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AFC’s calls are “nonsensical” – Ramon Gaskin

first_imgInternational review of local auditsAs the apparent fall out continues to deepen between the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change AFC), independent analyst and economist Ramon Gaskin has dismissed as “nonsensical”, a call by the AFC for there to be an international review of the forensic audits into several State agencies, conducted by local auditors.Economist Ramon GaskinThe AFC in a statement, following a leadership retreat on Sunday, said it was of the view that the series of audit reports into “apparent irregularities in various Government agencies should be supplemented by a review by experienced independent international forensic auditors and thereafter submitted to high quality external professional independent legal advice with a view to proceeding to prosecution where warranted.”However, Gaskin during an interview with Guyana Times on Monday said such a review was unnecessary.“An international audit of an audit done by professional accountants is extremely silly; it’s nonsensical in the professional world. You can have an audit of an institution, but you can’t have an audit of an auditor. There is no need to bring in foreign auditors to audit the auditors, nobody does that,” Gaskin said.The economist and political commentators believes that the AFC’s calls for ‘an audit of an audit’ are grounded in its uneasiness with a number of things.“It is part of their unhappiness with a lot of things. I think they are unhappy with a lot of things and this is one new thing they are bringing up… that they are not happy with the results of the audit, that they need an international auditor. But they should tell you which one of the audits done here by local people they are not happy with,” he reasoned.Gaskin mentioned that Nigel Hinds Financial Services was one of the auditors and Nigel Hinds only last week defended Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who is embroiled in a campaign that is being waged against him by the Kaieteur News and several other anti-Harmon elements.The economist further questioned why the AFC members who sit at Cabinet did not object to the appointment of the local auditors when the Government initiated the audits last year.“When all of these auditors were appointed and the matter went to Cabinet presumably, because a lot of money was paid to Goolsarran, Nigel Hinds and all of them, at that stage they should have indicated that they didn’t want these local accounting firms to do it,” he stated.Many are of the view that the audits were done in a haphazard manner where on many occasions, the managers and heads of some of the audited agencies were not allowed to respond to claims made by the auditors, or in cases where they responded, their comments were excluded.From the onset, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had issued calls for the audits to be conducted by independent international firms.He had said that while his Party – the People’s Progressive Party/Civic – was willing to support any audit, it was only going to support such exercise if they were done by an international firm.“We in the PPP will support any forensic audit, but for a forensic audit to be fair and to do its work to find corruption, you have to have the skills to do that and I submit that these two persons (Christopher Ram and Anand Goolsaran), they are political operatives. They do not have the skills to practise forensic audits… We are in favour of hiring a reputable international company, in a transparent process to do this, to do forensic audits of all of our accounts,” Jagdeo had said.last_img read more

Belle West man slapped with 4 counts of rape

first_imgA Belle West, Canal Number Two Polder, West Demerara resident was on Tuesday slapped with four counts of rape and appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.Stepheon Phillips, 42, appeared before Magistrate Zamina Ally-Seepaul accused of raping a child under the age of 16.The particulars of the case were not presented, but Phillips was remanded to prison. The case will continue on February 28, 2019 at the Wales Magistrate’s Court.last_img

Ram baffled by CJ’s ruling on GECOM Chair

first_imgOutspoken attorney and chartered accountant Christopher Ram has expressed his opposition to the recent ruling handed down by acting Chief Justice Roxane George in relation to the President’s unilateral appointment of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).The Chief Justice ruled, on June 9, that the Constitution of Guyana allows for the President to unilaterally appoint someone to fill the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Justice George’s ruling came after the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had, on October 23, 2017, filed an injunction to have the court rescind the unilateral appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of GECOM. The motion was filed in the name of PPP party Executive Secretary and Member of Parliament Zulfikar Mustapha just days after President David Granger had made the announcement.“I am not at all comfortable with the decision,” Ram told Guyana Times in a recent interview, wherein he explained that his statements are being made with some reservations, especially since he has not read the written decision.Ram says he is a bit baffled by the decision. “I think it sets a rather unfortunate stage; and without going through all the merits in the law, I find it hard to understand the decision,” he added.Apart from asking that the appointment of Patterson be rescinded, the PPP had argued that he is unqualified for the post, and had petitioned the court to order the President to choose a person from the 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.But the Chief Justice, in her ruling, has stated that there is nothing before the court to support a finding that the President had acted unlawfully or irrationally in resorting to the proviso to Art 161(2); and there is nothing to rebut the presumption that Justice Patterson is qualified to be appointed to the post of Chairman of GECOM.According to the Chief Justice, the Opposition did not produce evidence to support the contention that Patterson was unqualified for the position. She added that even if she had agreed with the contention that the appointment was unlawful, it would not have been “permissible for this court to usurp the function of the President by directing him to choose a nominee from the third, or any, list.”The Opposition has since expressed its disappointment in the decision of the Chief Justice. “This decision strikes at the heart of our constitutional and electoral democracy. It has destroyed that delicate balance which a Chairman is intended to bring to the Guyana Elections Commission,” the PPP has stated.The Party has also stated that it has noted, with deep regret, the great focus which the ruling placed on “inconsequential issues and the glossing over of the more fundamental questions.”According to the Party, it would be remiss if there is not a recognition that this ruling may, or has, paved the way for more executive unilateral appointments in situations where the Constitution requires agreement between the President and the Leader of the Opposition.Patterson was appointed to the position of Chairman of GECOM after President Granger had rejected three lists comprising 18 names submitted by Opposition Leader Bharat Jagdeo for the post of GECOM Chairman.AppealIn the PPP’s appeal, filed at the Court of Appeal on June 11 and seen by this publication, it was outlined, inter alia, that “The Learned Hearing Judge erred and misdirected Herself in law when Her Honour misconstrued and misinterpreted the role of the Leader of the Opposition in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana insofar as Her Honour’s interpretation or misinterpretation has reduced the role of the Leader of the Opposition to being merely perfunctory.”Moreover, the appeal states: the “Learned Hearing Judge erred and misdirected Herself in law in construing Article 161 (2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana by failing to give effect to the intentions of the framers of the said Article.”Article 161 (2) states that, “Subject to the provisions of paragraph (4), the Chairman of the Elections Commission shall be a person who holds, or who has held, office as a judge of a court having unlimited jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters in some part of the Commonwealth, or a court having jurisdiction in appeals from any such court, or who is qualified to be appointed as any such judge, or any other fit and proper person, to be appointed by the President from a list of six persons not unacceptable to the President, submitted by the Minority Leader after consultation with the political parties represented in the National Assembly other than the party to which the President belongs.”President David Granger had, on multiple occasions, declared that the lists provided by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo were “unacceptable” because not all of the candidates had met the requirement of being a judge or being eligible to be a judge.It was explained on countless occasions that the Constitution was amended to include the Carter Formula, which is designed to expand the range of persons suitable to be appointed GECOM Chairman (to not limit that pool of persons to judges or those qualified to be judges).last_img read more

BC Crop Damage

first_imgA record crop payout under the provincial crop insurance program this year is predicted to exceed 30 million dollars.The drought in the Peace Region is one of three key factors…the others being cold snaps and hail in the Okanagan and, a cool wet spring in the Lower Mainland.Gary Falk, the Director of the province’s risk management branch, which overseas the program, calls the Peace area drought one of the most severe in the past decade and a half.- Advertisement -The Vancouver Sun has quoted Janet Bauman, the office administrator for the BC Grain Producers Association, as saying grain farmers will request the federal government to declare the Peace drought a disaster.That would clear the way for government funding beyond the provincial crop insurance program.However, the key to disaster designation will be whether receipts show crop production did not exceed 50 percent of the regional norm.Advertisement The biggest insurance payouts so far this year include six and half million for grain crops in the Peace and, another 1.1 million for forage crops, with most of them also in this area.last_img read more

Fire damages Encino laundromat

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ENCINO – A fire that damaged a strip mall laundry is under investigation this morning, authorities said. No one was injured in the blaze reported just before 11 p.m. Friday at the Lucky Wash laundromat at 5124 N. Zelzah Avenue, said Brian Ballton, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman. Some 30 firefighters extinguished the fire within 15 minutes, he said. last_img read more

Eibar 2 – 1 Real Sociedad: Armeros come from behind to win Basque derby

first_img Sergi Enrich scored and assisted for Eibar 1 You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.Eibar came from behind to defeat Basque rivals Sociedad on Saturday evening, ending the visitors impressive recent winning run.Sociedad headed into the clash on the back of wins over Sevilla and Barcelona, and they went ahead through David Zurutuza’s excellent effort after just seven minutes.However, Sergi Enrich brought the tie level with a deflected header, before Gonzalo Escalante won the game in the 58th minute with a headed effort, from Enrich’s cross.Eibar wasted further chances to extend the lead, but they held on for the win regardless, moving on to 41 points which surely secures La Liga safety for the season.last_img read more

NORTH WEST ALARMS – A NEW LOOK BUT STILL THE SAME GREAT SERVICE!

first_imgThey keep an eye-out for you so now it’s time to keep an eye-out for them!North West Alarms have been safeguarding Donegal homes and businesses for years. Their famous VW Transporter van has been a regular fixture on the county’s roads since 1995.Now the company has a new look with its VW Caddy van which advertises the wide range of security systems and services available to the domestic and commercial market.So keep an eye out for us on the road and any queries for your security needs contact us on 074 9721687. All jobs are priced with free no obligation quotations.  NORTH WEST ALARMS – A NEW LOOK BUT STILL THE SAME GREAT SERVICE! was last modified: July 21st, 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:North West AlarmsVW Caddylast_img read more

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City ‘will be better’ next season

first_img1 Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will improve next season following the disappointment of a trophy-less first year in English football.Expectations of silverware were high after Guardiola, who had enjoyed huge success at previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, replaced Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium last summer.However, his side failed to mount a Premier League title bid and eventually finished third, while they also came up short in both domestic cup competitions and the Champions League.City are scheduled to kick-off the upcoming campaign at newly-promoted Brighton on August 12 and Guardiola is confident his side can make progress.“We will be better, like Everton will be better,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.“The teams every year do better than the year before – we’ll be better next season.”City have already begun rebuilding their squad, bringing in Benfica goalkeeper Ederson and Monaco attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva for a total of around £76million.Guardiola says he is happy in his job and relishing the start of the new season.“I enjoy a lot (managing City), I said many times,” he added.“Always when you win you are a god and it’s good but during the process, 11 months together, you can enjoy being with your staff and your players and imagining new games, new actions.“But the opponents always play and play good, sometimes you can beat us but the beautiful thing is the process. “I was so happy last season in Manchester, being manager there and that’s why I’m so delighted to start again.” Pep Guardiola last_img read more

‘Don’t worry, Raheem – Henry couldn’t hit a barn door when he joined Arsenal’

first_img 2 And Parlour has told talkSPORT all it needs is one goal for the winger to rediscover his confidence and his best form for his country – saying Henry ‘couldn’t hit a barn door’ during his early days at Arsenal.Speaking on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Gunners legend said: “You talk about players who can’t score goals, I know Sterling is going through a bit of a barren spell.“But when Thierry first turned up at Arsenal, he didn’t score for his first seven games.“All the players in the dressing room, we were all thinking, ‘what are we going to do?’“Goals win you games and if you haven’t got a good goalscorer, you’re always going to struggle.“Believe or not, we were like, ‘we can’t win the Premier League with Thierry up front, it’s impossible’. Sterling celebrates his last England goal – at Wembley against Estonia in 2015 Ray Parlour celebrates with Henry – who went on to score a club-record 228 goals for Arsenal Ray Parlour has urged Raheem Sterling not to worry about his England goal drought, saying even the great Thierry Henry struggled to score when he first joined Arsenal.He also revealed the French striker’s form was so bad when he first arrived at Highbury, that the rest of the Gunners team doubted whether they could win the Premier League title with him leading the line!Sterling has been in fine scoring form for Manchester City but is under the spotlight again for his international form, having last scored for the Three Lions back in 2015.The 23-year-old will look to end his three-year dry spell when England take on Spain on Monday night in their latest UEFA Nations League clash. “We’d just lost Nicolas Anelka, who was unbelievable and when he left for Real Madrid we all thought, ‘how are we going to replace him?’“Obviously Thierry came in and in the first seven games he couldn’t hit a barn door, I promise you now.“But then he scored his first goal against Southampton and after that, I’ve never seen a player get so much confidence and believe and improve as much as he did.”Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE COMMENTARY of Spain v England on Monday night, KO 19:45 – DETAILS HERE 2last_img read more