PAC to begin work on AG Report

first_img…as Committee awaits presentation of 2015 reportThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly is expected to begin its work on the 2016 Auditor General Report in a matter of weeks, during which time the Government’s latest fiscal indiscretions will be put under the microscope.During an interview with Guyana Times, PAC member and Member of Parliament (MP), Juan Edghill related that work was still being done on the preceding 2015 Report. He noted that another meeting would have to be called at the Committee level to finalise the report.PAC member Juan EdghillEdghill explained that during the last sitting of Parliament, the Committee was able to clear the backlog of reports dating from eight years ago. As such, the Opposition-chaired PAC dispensed of the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Auditor General Reports. Regarding the 2015 Report, Edghill stated that it was close to completion.“That (2015) report is being prepared to send to the Parliament and the 2016 Auditor General Report, which was tabled in Parliament at the end of September, we’ll start examining now. Within weeks, the Public Accounts [Committee] should start moving (on that),” Edghill assured.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Issacs“But we have to have a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee, for them to bring the report to us and approve it. The Committee completed its work on the examination of the 2015 Report and it is now for the Clerk to do the write-up, format the report, and get our approval for it to be sent to the House.”Once the report is submitted, the Finance Ministry will have 90 days to account for the financial anarchy found by the Auditor General to have occurred since 2015 and documented in his report. This includes abuse of Guyana’s Contingency Fund and widespread overpayment of contractors.At the time of the examination, the Committee had been the scene of turmoil with several accounting officers having to be cautioned and evicted from the Parliament’s chambers for being untruthful to the Committee. In the wake of this, there was a major reshuffling of Permanent Secretaries among various Ministries.Efforts to contact Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, were futile.2016 ReportThe 2016 Auditor General report had re-flagged the fact that the consolidated fund of Guyana was in overdraft. At the end of that year, the Fund reflected an overdraft of $67.5 billion and the cash book, $86 billion. In 2015, the Fund was overdrawn by $42.6 billion.According to the Auditor General, the difference of $18.5 billion between the bank and the cash book was due to a deposit of $6.7 billion not being debited to the cash book. There was also some $22.7 billion in unpresented cheques. It was also revealed that deposits totalling $5.3 billion were not credited to the bank account, while debit advances of $1.6 billion were not credited to the cash book.In its response, the Ministry affirmed that the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act 2003 makes provisions for the account to be overdrawn in order to make up for cash shortfalls while implementing the Budget.last_img read more


Painted Pony closes deal to sell acreage in Northeast BC Montney

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Painted Pony Energy Ltd. has announced that it has closed a deal to sell 75 percent of its working interest in 11,280 gross acres in the Northeast B.C. Montney for cash consideration of $45 million.According to Painted Pony, this transaction totals approximately four percent of the company’s total Montney acreage.According to Painted Pony’s president and CEO, Patrick Ward, the sale would give the company financial leverage, and would not impact current production volumes.- Advertisement -Painted Pony’s bank debt is estimated to be $120 million on a $375 million syndicated credit facility.The buyer involved in the deal has not been disclosed.last_img read more


Liverpool MUST sort out Sterling’s contract sooner, rather than later!

first_imgRaheem Sterling’s Liverpool future MUST be sorted out sooner, rather than later!That’s the view of former Reds defender Steve Nicol, who claims the clubs should sell the forward quickly if he’s definitely going to leave Anfield this summer.The England flyer wants to leave the Merseysiders, after telling Brendan Rodgers he would not sign a new deal.And Nicol insists the side must come to a decision shortly – for the good of the whole team.“If Raheem Sterling is going to go, and Liverpool have decided to let him go, then get rid of him quick,” he told talkSPORT. “If they don’t, Sterling has a huge PR job in front of him.“[If he stays] Sterling has to first and foremost do one thing and one thing only, get the fans back on side.“If he doesn’t there’s going to be an absolute nightmare for him. That’s then going to affect the rest of the team as well.”last_img read more


Chelsea playmaker reveals summer plans

first_imgChelsea midfielder Willian wants to play in both the Copa America and the Rio Olympics this summer.The 27-year-old, Chelsea’s leading performer in a woeful season for last term’s Premier League champions, hopes an agreement can be reached between the Blues and the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF).The playmaker has made 50 appearances for club and country this season, but that has not affected his ambitions of representing the South American nation TWICE this summer.“Everyone knows my desire to play in both championships,” Willian told ESPN Brazil.“But of course we do not want to fight and put Chelsea in a difficult situation, and I do not want to fight with the Brazil Football Confederation.“I hope they and Chelsea enter into an agreement (about his release to play in the tournament).” Will Chelsea allow Willian to partake in both tournaments? The playmaker has made 50 appearances this term 1last_img read more


IT’S ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE

first_imgIt’s all systems go for the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge.Technical t-shirts have arrived and entries pouring in either directly to Ballyliffin Post Office or by email to ballyliffincoastalchallenge@gmail.com or download entry form on visitballyliffin .com Large numbers of walkers and joggers are preparing for the challenge aided by beautiful weather with many coming from various parts of Ireland and England .Primary school children on their Easter break are reminded that the 1k beach run is at 2-30pm – simply turn up and away you go with a fun family day in store.It all happens on April 7th at 2pm, Easter Saturday, with registration open in Ballyliffin Hotel at 11am.IT’S ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE BALLYLIFFIN COASTAL CHALLENGE was last modified: March 28th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyliffin coastal challengelast_img read more


COURT NOTICE: DONEGAL TOWN CIRCUIT COURT JURY PANEL

first_imgThe Jury panel sumonsed to Donegal Courthouse for Tuesday the 14th October, 2014 are not required to attend until Wednesday the 15th October, 2014 at 10:15am. COURT NOTICE: DONEGAL TOWN CIRCUIT COURT JURY PANEL was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CIRCUIT COURTDonegal Townlast_img read more


Park defeat Yeak to throw title race wide open

first_img Tags: DreamFutsal Super LeagueParkYeak Kabowa Park’s Iddi Babu (right) scored twice against Yeak on Thursday night (Photos by Futsal Media)Futsal Super League Thursday, 07-03-2019International Futsal Courts, Mengo -Nomad 1-1 Typhoon @6pm-Park 3-0 Yeak Kabowa @7pm-Yap Stars 3-5 Aidenal-Elephants 0-4 Crown-Equator 2-1 Bajim-Mengo City 0-2 Dream-Parakeets 8-1 Kabowa UnitedMENGO – They say, ‘When u want to be the best, beat the best’ and that is exactly what Park did in the Futsal Super League on Thursday night as they defeated log leaders, Yeak Kabowa 3-0 at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo.Going into the much anticipated encounter, Park were trailing Yeak by 5 points and knew that anything short of victory would all but end their title charge.With utmost determination and desire, Park showed they wanted it more right from the start and they raced into a 1-0 lead by halftime thanks to Shaffic Mulangira’s strike.In the second, Yeak threw all they had at Park but were always suspect at the counter and they were made to pay twice as Park Captain Iddi Babu helped himself to a brace, taking his tally of goals for the season to 22.In the end, Yeak who had scored in all their last 10 games could not breach a resilient Park defence, losing 3-0 at the sound of the final whistle.The three points earned see Park close the gap on Yeak to just two points with 15 rounds played. Park now have 33 points while Yeak remain on 35.For third placed Dream, they continued their fine run of form, thanks to a hard fought 2-0 win over Mengo City.Dream players celebrate one of their two goals against MengoDream who were without influential defender John Kitanda due to suspension, failed to get going in the first half as they were repealed by Mengo and hence the two sides went into the break dead-locked 0-0.In the second, John Ssegawa took the initiative, scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes, to see Dream take the day 2-0.Ssegawa (10) scored both goals as Dream defeated MengoDream who have not lost in any of their last 8 games now, move to within six points of leaders Yeak. The defending champions have now accumulated 29 points from 15 games and are very much back into the title race as they sit 3rd on the log.Mengo City on the other hand remain 10th with 16 points.In the other high profile encounter that took place on Thursday, Aidenal who went into the game winless in their last four, defeated bottom of the pile-Yap Stars 5-3 in a thrilling game.The Entebbe based side were rampant from the word go, taking a 5-1 lead by halftime thanks to goals from Oniala Louis, Michael Kasozi and a hat trick by Ronald Ssonko. Yap’s first half strike was scored by Ronald Kimbugwe.In the second half, Yap tried to mount a comeback as they scored the only two goals of the half, but Aidenal held on to take all three points. Kimbugwe and Hamidullah Nduga struck for Yap in the last 15 minutes.Victory sees Aidenal remain in 11th with 15 points while Yap are still rock-bottom on 6 points from 15 games.The highest scoring fixture on the night took place in the game between Parakeets and Kabowa United.Parakeets who have had a trying last few weeks produced a scintillating performance on the night, one identical to that that saw them climb onto the top of the log at one stage earlier in the season.Parakeets started strongly and held a huge 4-1 lead by halftime. In the second period, they never took the foot of the peddle, scoring as many as they scored in the first (4), to win the encounter 8-1.Victory sees Parakeets climb into 4th on the standings with 28 points, 7 adrift of leaders Yeak while Kabowa remain second from bottom with 9 points.Elsewhere, Equator defeated Bajim 2-1, Crown annihilated Elephants 4-0 while Nomad and Typhoon played out a 1-1 draw.Yeak’s Shaffic Avemah still leads the scoring charts with 26 points, four ahead of Park’s Iddi Babu (22).The Futsal Super League returns next Thursday with another gigantic battle between Yeak and Dream.Comments last_img read more


Riticia Nabbosa stars as Lady Doves storm Elite League playoffs, to face UCU

first_imgNabbosa (27) is congratulated by her teammates after scoring the all-important goal in the victory over Kampala Queens on Thursday. (PHOTOS/FUFA)FUFA Women Elite League PlayoffsThursday, 31-05-2019StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo-UCU Lady Cardinals 4-2 Kawempe Moslem-Kampala Queens 0-1 Lady DovesLUGOGO – Riticia Nabbosa produced a breathtaking performing as Lady Doves stormed yet another final in Ugandan Women football.The Masindi based side who clinched a showpiece spot in the FUFA Women’s Cup on Sunday, defeated Kampala Queens 1-0 on Thursday afternoon to reach the FUFA Women’s Elite League playoffs final.Nabbosa was at the heart of everything for Lady Doves, putting up a strong overall performance en route to scoring the all-important goal in a fiercely contested affair at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.After she was fouled on the 25th minute, Nabossa picked herself up and was at the end of the resultant free kick, closely controlling the lofted ball and slotting it into the back of the net to hand her side a lead that they never relinquished in the end, to reach the final.In the other semifinal of the day, UCU Lady Cardinals powered past Kawempe Moslem 4-2 in an entertaining six goal thriller.UCU players head for celebrations after scoring one of their four goals against Kawempe.Captain Maureen Kinavudori handed UCU a quick lead inside the opening minute, slotting in past Kawempe custodian Juliet Adeke after the Kenyan import was played in through on goal by Hassifah Nassuna.Nine minutes later, Cissy Nakate added a second to make it 2-0 to the Mukono based side before Jackline Nakasi saw her shot deflect off Kawempe defender Rehema Adubango to increase UCU’s advantage to 3-0.On 37 minutes, Anita Namata reduced the deficit to two with a fine finish but in the process, just set the tone for UCU’s fourth.Nassuna, curled a free kick into the top-left corner and ensured the Mukono based side took a 4-1 lead into half time.At the beginning of the second half, the defending Champions-Kawempe called for a double change with Nazizi Florence and Nanziri Rhoda paving way for Naddunga Sharon and Nakacwa Samalie. Naddunga managed to score the second goal for Kawempe in the 84th minute, one which in the end turned out to be a mere consolation.Thursday’s development confirms that the FWEL will have a new champion on Sunday 2nd June at the StarTimes Stadium.Kawempe Muslim who has won the title for four successive seasons will will face Kampala Queens in the third-place playoff match on Sunday.The final will pit Lady Doves against UCU Lady Cardinals as the Masindi based side who are also in the Women’s Cup final, bid to seal a first ever double.Comments Tags: Fufa women elite leagueKampala QueensKawempe MoslemLady DovesRiticia NabbosatopUCU Lady Cardinalslast_img read more


SA, Jamaica eye stronger relations

first_img7 August 2012 President Jacob Zuma says he would like to see increased volumes of trade and investment between South Africa and Jamaica. “We are committed to encourage and facilitate South African companies doing business in Jamaica, resulting in the steady growth in trade and investment between our two countries,” Zuma said on Tuesday. Zuma, who was on a working visit to Jamaica, was speaking following talks with Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in Kingston. As a first step towards this goal, the two countries envisage cooperation among universities on joint research projects, and student and academic exchange programmes. A number of additional agreements are being negotiated between the two countries in the fields of science and technology, defence and security, social development, sport and culture, bilateral air services and public works. Zuma said these agreements would serve to foster mutual cooperation, translating into stronger economic, social and developmental relations between the two countries. “The talks are a clear indication of our collective determination to take our relations to higher levels for the mutual benefit of our respective countries,” Zuma said. Currently, the Jamaican and South African governments have waived visa requirements for all South African and Jamaican passport holders to enable nationals to enter each others’ countries for up to 90 days without visas. This provision has facilitated the smooth movement of South Africans and Jamaicans who are engaging in music, education and sport, among other things. Zuma’s visit culminated in his attendance of a grand cultural gala to mark Jamaica’s 50th year of independence from British rule. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more


Sumit Nagal, Ramkumar Ramanathan Confirm Availability for Davis Cup Tie vs Pakistan

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. aitadavis cupIndiaIndia vs Pakistan First Published: November 8, 2019, 8:20 PM IST New Delhi: India’s best singles players Sumit Nagal and Ramkumar Ramanathan are set to be named in the Davis Cup squad for the tie against Pakistan after confirming their availability for the matches on November 29-30 at a neutral venue.Nagal, who has played his best tennis this season, sent a confirmation to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Thursday night while Ramkumar had conveyed his availability a few days ago. “Sumit has sent an email confirming his availability after new captain Rohit Rajpal spoke to him,” an AITA official said.With both Nagal and Ramkumar now available, India will have its best singles players taking on Pakistan.Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who is India’s best-ranked player, is unavailable since he is getting married on the first day of the tie.For the doubles rubber, veteran Leander Paes will make one half of the Indian team. The AITA took the decision after the seasoned campaigner made himself available without any condition when others refused to travel to Pakistan.It will be Paes’ first tie since winning the record-shattering doubles match with Rohan Bopanna during the China tie.The 46-year-old became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup when he won his 43rd match.It will be interesting to see if Bopanna will be approached and asked for his availability after publicly lashing out at the national federation for removing non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi.Skipper Rohit Rajpal has said that he is keen to field the best possible team and it has been learnt that he is in favour of having Bopanna in the side.”Rohit is keen to have Bopanna in side but he has to agree to play with Paes,” said a source who is privy to the discussions in AITA on the issue.”Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Saketh Myneni are other options to play doubles with Paes,” added the source.Both Nedunchezhiyan and Myneni made themselves available for trip to Islamabad before the ITF moved the tie out of Pakistan.The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has appealed against the ITF decision, citing the soon-to-be-opened Kartarpur corridor for pilgrimage to the Nankana Sahib Gurdwara.The PTF has asserted that if Indians can be on pilgrimage to Pakistan without security concerns, the tennis players from the country can also come and play. last_img read more