… sent on leave a year ago…as PAC calls for US Embassy’s intervention to recover millionsThe Public Security Ministry has for more than a year paid three members of staff their full salaries despite the fact they have not been on the job – after being suspended as a result of suspected involvement in a multimillion-dollar scandal.Permanent Secretary Daniella McCalmon made the revelation to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which met on Monday to query findings raised by the Auditor General in 2015.The Ministry was unable to account for in excess of $15 million, since the payment vouchers were not handed over to the auditors.The Permanent Secretary told the Committee that the three staffers were sent on administrative leave since March 2016 and they have not been interdicted, so payment continued since the investigations have not been completed.The disclosure was met with disbelief by Committee Member Juan Edghill, who voiced his discontent over the fact that taxpayers’ dollars were being used to pay the staffers for doing nothing and they could in fact be already gainfully employed elsewhere.“I am paying three people’s salaries every month…They could actually be doing another job looking at me and laughing,” he quipped.PS McCalmon indicated to the Committee that an interim report from the Guyana Police Force and the Audit Office have been sent to the Public Service Commission with regard to the three employees.According to McCalmon, it was the decision of that Commission to have the persons be sent on leave instead of being interdicted at the time.$100M contractAnother of the matters raised by the Committee was a contract entered into on December 31, 2015 for in excess of $100 million.It was found that the Ministry held onto a cheque representing the balance owed – more than $52 million — that was never uplifted by the supplier until nine months later.McCalmon told the Committee that the supplier would have been vacationing overseas at the time hence the money was not collected at the time.This explanation did not go down well with the Committee members. People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member, Nigel Dharamlall observed that while the original contract was inked on the final day of the year, at the time of the audit the Ministry was still in possession of the $52 million cheque in breach of the laws of Guyana.“This issue is much bigger than what is being reported to PAC at this time,” Dharamlall said, and he was informed by the Permanent Secretary that a special investigation has been launched into the transaction.Dharamlall questioned the apparent repeated financial breaches by the Public Security Ministry and was told by Permanent Secretary McCalmon, “I will pledge the Ministry will not be in this position again and all money to be refunded will be refunded.”The Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) dictates that all unspent or monies not disbursed at the end of each financial year must be returned to the treasury.It was pointed out that that the Ministry was deliberately looking to avoid returning money to the treasury by entering into such large-scale contracts on the final day of the year.American companyAnother of the questionable contracts entered into by the Ministry related to the supply of an industrial washer and dryer to the tune of more than $7 million – to date the items are yet to be supplied by the American company contracted.Committee members recommended to the PS, writing to the local American Embassy in order to seek its assistance in recovering the money or getting the equipment.The Committee heard that the equipment was meant to ease the burden at the Georgetown prisons, but since it was never supplied the prisoners have had to resort to manually washing their attire.The Committee heard also that there was no public tender and the Ministry instead wrote to the tender board seeking permission for the sole sourcing of the equipment.
“While our population has increased, our crime rate has gone down,” he said of the city of about 125,000 people. “We’re happy we have an overall decrease in crime. We have a very supportive community and city government.” Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks continue to have relatively low crime rates, which have traditionally ranked them at or near the top of the list of safest cities in America with populations of 100,000 or more. In other parts of eastern Ventura County patrolled by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, officials said an increase in assaults might be because of an uptick in gang activity. Serious crime rose 6 percent in parts of Ventura County patrolled by sheriff’s deputies, 9 percent in Moorpark and 1 percent in Thousand Oaks, where police services are provided by the sheriff. Capt. Ron Nelson, a sheriff’s spokesman, said the department is concerned that a 23 percent increase last year in aggravated assaults countywide could be the result of increasing gang activity, mostly in the western part of the county. He said the department hopes to reduce assaults and other violent crimes this year with a new anti-gang unit made up of a sergeant and four deputies who will gather intelligence on gangs. “What we’re hoping to do is stay ahead of the curve and intercept the crimes before they occur,” he said. Nelson pointed to thefts of cell phones, music players and laptops from unlocked vehicles and said citizens can help keep crime down and protect themselves from being victimized by locking their car doors and keeping valuables hidden. “The public can have a large impact reducing crimes,” he said. Last year in Moorpark, serious crimes rose from 406 to 442. There was an 11 percent increase in robberies, to 10 for the year; an 18 percent increase in residential burglaries, to 40; and a 29 percent increase in grand thefts, to 112. But there were no homicides, rapes dropped to one and there was a 21 percent drop in auto thefts – to 22. In Thousand Oaks, the total number of serious crimes rose from 1,976 to 1,993. Residential burglaries were up 27 percent, to 167, and aggravated assaults were up 24 percent, to 128. There were no homicides, and robberies were down 27 percent, to 41. email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – In an increase police didn’t attribute to anything in particular, violent crime went up 15 percent in Simi Valley last year while overall crime dropped 9 percent. Crime figures, including the level of violent crime, typically fluctuate to some degree from year to year, and the 2006 increase apparently does not indicate any kind of trend. “We pay close attention to violent crime, but we can’t attribute the violent crime increase … to any specific cause,” said Sgt. Dave Livingstone, a spokesman for the Simi Valley Police Department. “Overall the violent-crime rate in Simi Valley remains extremely low relative to the population.” Although the number of violent crimes in Simi Valley increased from 172 in 2005 to 198 in 2006, overall serious crime decreased 9.2 percent in the city from 2,509 crimes in 2005 to 2,278 in 2006. While there were no homicides in Simi Valley in 2005, there were three in 2006. The number of rapes rose from 17 to 21, robberies jumped from 47 to 58 and aggravated assaults increased from 108 to 116. But property crimes, including burglary, theft and arson, dropped from 2,337 in 2005 to 2,080 in 2006. Simi Valley police said the serious-crime rate in the city is about 38 percent lower than it was 20 years ago in 1986, when it was 29.8 crimes reported per 1,000 residents. The decreasing crime rate in the city is the result of cooperation involving the police, the community and city officials, Livingstone said.
Two more motorists have had a lucky escape after their cars were caught by rising tides on the beach at Rossnowlagh.The incident occurred yesterday evening, and comes just 24 hours after a Toyota was swept away out to sea on the same beach.Rossnowlagh is one of the most popular beaches in Donegal and attracts huge crowds throughout the year. The Mondeo car this mroning.However, the tide comes in exceptionally quick in Rossnowlagh which catches out unsuspecting beach goers.There has been an on-going problem at the beach, particularly during the summer, with many beach goers parking their cars on the beach.Its led to traffic jams on the beach due to the volume of cars on it, with people trying to get off the beach as quick as possible as the tides swarms in on them.This latest incident again reiterated the dangers of parking your car on the beach at Rossnowlagh, thankfully though these two cars were saved this time round unlike the unfortunate Toyota. FEARS FOR DRIVERS’ SAFETY AFTER ANOTHER TWO CARS CAUGHT BY RISING TIDES was last modified: October 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:beachdonegalRossnowlaghtides
JIM McGUINNESS has declared hip surgery on Karl Lacey a success but says he won’t rush the 2012 Player of the Year back into the Donegal squad.The Four Masters All-Star also missed the trip to Dubai because of exams and recovery from the surgery.And it may the Ulster Championship opener against Tyrone before he comes back into the panel. “It will take a wee while. He had three or four jobs done when they went in there to do the work,” said Jim.“He had a problem with a bit of bone growing on the ball socket joint, and then they shaved the cartilage when they were in there and there was floating bone and stuff like that.“Karl is a very important player to us but he is also a player who picks up a lot of heavy knocks in games. Whether they are purposeful or not, I don’t know, but he does get a lot of heavy knocks in games.“It is disappointing, we have lost him now. We will have to make sure that everything is done very professionally in terms of getting him back because it is very easy to rush players back. We have not done that and we don’t intend to do it with him. He is a young man and we want to make sure that he is perfect when he does come back.” ‘I WILL ONLY BRING BACK LACEY WHEN HE’S READY’ – McGUINNESS was last modified: January 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:’I WILL ONLY BRING BACK LACEY WHEN HE’S READY’ – McGUINNESS
John TerryThe Chelsea skipper received the outstanding contribution honour at the London Football Awards. Terry, whose next game will be his 700th appearance for the club, collected the award from former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.Chelsea’s Willian was shortlisted for the Premier League player of the year, won by West Ham’s Dimitri Payet, while ex-Chelsea man Petr Cech was the London goalkeeper of the year.Moussa DembeleFulham’s 19-year-old forward won the Football League London Player of the Year, pipping team-mate Ross McCormack, Brentford’s Alan Judge and QPR’s Matt Phillips. He failed to win the Young Player of the Year award though, which went to Tottenham’s Dele Alli.BrentfordThe Deaf Sports Plus Project, run by the Bees’ Community Sports Trust, was among the runners-up in the Community Project of the Year category.Eni AlukoThe Chelsea Ladies striker was also honoured at the awards in Battersea, being named the London Women’s Player of the Year. The Blues’ Katie Chapman and Fran Kirby were among those nominated.Aluko was among those to win an awardChelsea LadiesAluko, Kirby, Gilly Flaherty and Karen Carney all featured for England as they were beaten 1-0 by world champions United States in their opening game of the SheBelieves Cup in Tampa.Team-mate Ji So-Yun played for South Korea in their 2-0 defeat by Australia at the Olympic Games qualifying tournament.Charly MusondaThe Chelsea midfielder has been invited to play for Zambia, the birthplace of his parents. The 19-year-old, currently on loan at Real Betis, has played for Belgium from Under-15 to Under-21 level, having been born and brought up in Brussels.However, his father was a Zambia international and the country’s coach George Lwandamina has asked the teenager to join up with the squad for a match against Congo Brazzaville this month.FulhamThe Under-21 game against Arsenal, originally scheduled for Friday 18 March, has been brought forward to Wednesday 9 March. It was due to be played at Craven Cottage but will now kick-off at 7pm at Motspur Park.Oliver SpragueThe Hendon left-back has been named on stand-by for England ‘C’, the non-League representative team, for a match with Ukraine on 22 March.The 22-year-old, who was on the books of both Chelsea and QPR as a youngster, joined the Greens in March 2014 from Northwood.Sir Bradley WigginsThe 35-year-old Olympic champion led the Great Britain team to silver in the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships. They beat Italy to take on Australia in the gold medal match and held a slender lead going into the final 1,000m, but ended up finishing more than a second behind.Middlesex WomenSophia Dunkley, Alex Hartley and Fran Wilson have all been named in the England Women’s Academy squad that travels to Sri Lanka later this month. The trio are in a 15-strong party that will take on Australia Women’s Academy and Sri Lanka Women ‘A’ over six 50-over matches and two T20 games.HarlequinsBoss Conor O’Shea has made five changes to the Quins line-up for Saturday’s Premiership game at Sale Sharks. Tim Visser starts on the wing after returning from international duty, Matt Hopper comes in at centre, Dave Ward and Kyle Sinckler slot into the front row with Nick Easter back at number eight.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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Virat Kohli is “quite emotional” but a world-class player, said Nathan Lyon weeks after an acrimonious Test series between India and Australia concluded in the cool climes of Dharamsala. (RCB will be tough to beat with Kohli and De Villiers back: Clarke to India Today)Kohli had taken on the aggressive Australians after the DRS row erupted in Bengaluru and had even taken exception to Lyon’s “head of the snake” remark after India had won the second Test to draw level in the four-match series which they eventually won.While Kohli and Aussie skipper Steve Smith were often embroiled in a war of words in their respective press conferences, there was plenty of sledging in the middle which spiced up an already tense contest. (Kohli is back for RCB and De Villiers is a happy man)After India had wrapped up their seventh successive series win at the HPCA Stadium, Kohli said his friendships with the Australian cricketers were damaged permanently. However, he clarified later that the comment was meant only for a couple of the Aussies and he continued to share cordial relations with other players. (Kohli keeps my passion for cricket alive, says de Villiers)Lyon, who took 19 wickets in the four Tests against India, has ow come out to say that his rivalry with Kohli was left behind on the field in India and he would love to buy the Indian captain a glass of lemonade when they next met.”I am the type of guy who will play hard on the field and compete very hard but I am more than happy to talk to anyone off the field,” Lyon said.advertisement”I am more than happy to shake his hand and say hello to him, that is for sure. There is no harm in being nice.” (Kohli is a freak: Clarke to India Today)Kohli has himself said that he could have handled things differently in a heated series where both teams were under immense pressure.”In the course of such an important series, such a big event, you tend to sort of go into a zone. But you look in hindsight afterwards and think ‘maybe I could have done things differently’ or maybe handled myself differently, but in the larger picture you understand what was important for the team.”So I have learnt a lot from that phase, in terms of learning as a captain, learning as an individual, learning as a person,” he said.Kohli had injured his shoulder in the Ranchi Test and had to sit out of the Dharamsala match. He also missed Royal Challengers Bangalore’s first three matches in the IPL but will be back in action later on Friday against Mumbai Indians. (Kohli declared fit, will be available for Mumbai Indians clash on Friday)Kohli will next face off against Smith’s Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday.
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Former Georgia five-star quarterback Justin Fields has yet to be ruled eligible for the 2019 season at Ohio State.Fields, who transferred out of Georgia and into Ohio State following his freshman season, is appealing the NCAA for immediate eligibility.The attorney for the talented quarterback had a promising update on his case today.Tom Bars, the attorney representing Fields, spoke to CBS Sports about his status:Mars represents Georgia transfer quarterback Justin Fields, who is filing a waiver appeal so he can be eligible immediately at Ohio State. “I spent my career digging up [stuff], taking all the jigsaw pieces and telling a story,” Mars said. “I do the same thing at trial. I’ve done the same thing in the Fields case.” Mars had high praise for Buckeyes’ coach Ryan Day, Ohio State compliance and the entire experience. Regarding the Fields case, Mars told CBS Sports on Sunday, “I think we’re very close to the finish line.”Fields is expected to receive immediate eligibility at Ohio State and it’s great news for the Buckeyes that his attorney still believes that will happen.Is this overview of the transfer portal in Year 1, some really good news for @OhioStateFB fans. https://t.co/pnxCixEN6N— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) February 4, 2019Ohio State has little quarterback depth outside of Fields, so getting him eligible for the 2019 season could be paramount to their College Football Playoff hopes.The Buckeyes are expected to start the 2019 season ranked inside the top five.
Changes to the Animal Protection Act introduced today, Sept. 13 will strengthen the rules that protect animals in Nova Scotia. “We know that farmers and families are deeply committed to the welfare of their livestock and pets,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “Nova Scotians can have confidence that our animal protection is among the best in the country.” Cosmetic surgery that alters an animal’s appearance will not be permitted unless medically necessary and carried out by a veterinarian. This includes procedures such as tail docking, ear cropping, debarking and declawing. “We support Nova Scotia for taking a leadership role in animal welfare. Banning cosmetic surgery for non-medical reasons aligns with our code of ethics,” said Dr. Frank Richardson, registrar of the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association. Other changes include updating language around animal cruelty to animal welfare. This will better reflect the intent of legislation. The Animal Welfare Appeal Board process will include public hearings. These steps will improve transparency and understanding of animal welfare. Animal welfare inspection and enforcement will be strengthened.Inspectors appointed under the act will be better able to enforce existing court orders restricting animal ownership. Animal fighting will be prohibited and enforceable under the revised act. “The Nova Scotia SPCA is very pleased and supportive with these proposed changes to the legislation,” said Jo-Anne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector, Nova Scotia SPCA. “These amendments will certainly reduce the challenges faced by the SPCA when coming to the aid of animals in Nova Scotia.” These amendments are supported by the Minister’s Forum on Animal Welfare, which includes animal welfare advocates, enforcement officials and other stakeholders.
WINNIPEG – Anthony Faraci stood in his food truck mixing together a special family recipe that shaped the snacking world in the 1960s.His great-uncle Paul Faraci is credited with inventing Pizza Pops — the tasty treat which became a staple in dorm rooms across the country — in Winnipeg in 1964.Anthony Faraci is now hoping to bring the original recipe back by selling the handcrafted snack in the city where it all began.“It’s one of those hidden gems,” Anthony Faraci said Tuesday. “Everyone has enjoyed them before but not realizing they were made literally in your back door.”Paul Faraci owned a restaurant in Winnipeg when he decided to experiment with the Italian cheese-filled turnovers. The snack, which he called Pizza Pops, were a big hit.Soon, Paul Faraci took on partners, started manufacturing the snack and selling them to grocery stores.By 1980, Paul Faraci split with his partners and they later sold the business to Pillsbury. Pizza Pops are now made by General Mills.But the founder always wanted to bring the original recipe back, said Phil Faraci, his nephew and Anthony Faraci’s father.“He kind of always wanted to be back in the business and have his family back in the business, but we weren’t really quite sure what the response would be for the original taste because it is different,” Phil Faraci said.Paul Faraci died in February in Vernon, B.C., at the age of 89, and soon after the family received calls from across Canada asking for shipments of the pizza treat.Anthony and Phil Faraci had always made them at family gatherings and decided to try their hand at reviving the family legacy.People looking for the original taste can find it in Pops — Paul’s Original Pizza Snack — which are being baked and sold out of Anthony Faraci’s food truck.“For right now, if you are lucky enough to live in Winnipeg, you’ll have a chance,” Anthony Faraci said.One of the first customers to the food truck on Tuesday was Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman. He said it was nice to welcome the tradition back to Winnipeg.“They are making them from scratch here so they are not frozen,” Bowman said. “If you went in [the truck] they have the fresh dough, they are doing the fill, the forms, the whole bit in there.”Placing the freshly baked snack onto a plate for another hungry looking customer, Phil Faraci looked at a picture of his uncle hanging on the side of the truck.“It’s emotional sometimes. I see his picture, this is what he wanted,” he said. “We will try it and see what happens and hopefully the public will like it too.”