Town Clerk to take action against PPP Councillor – Mayor

first_imgCity Hall’s hidden bank accountsMayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase Green has signalled that the Town Clerk will be taking “necessary” actions against People’s Progressive Party Councillor Bishram Kuppen for stirring up allegations of corruption and four hidden bank accounts.PPP Councillor Bishram KuppenChase Green stated that Council has expressed its annoyance about Kuppen’s claims that there were four hidden bank accounts at City Hall. At the first statutory meeting, Kuppen had revealed that he had perused a report and found the discrepancy of four hidden accounts. He related that when he questioned the City Treasurer on the matter, he confirmed the existence of the accounts.He stated that the City Treasurer blurted out that there were additional accounts but whenever he pushed for it to be entered into the reconciliation of the financial statement it was pushed aside.“I am not aware that there are any hidden accounts. There are special accounts for salaries and special projects but there are no hidden accounts. I’m here and I have nothing to hide at City Hall,” she said in a telephoneMayor Patricia Chase Greeninterview.She indicated that the law gives provision for the Council to have special accounts, asserting that neither the Mayor nor the Town Clerk handles the purse strings.Recently, the Council has been accused of shrouding corruption and not being accountable, thus prompting calls for an audit to be conducted into the financial affairs of the Mayor and City Council, since there has not been any audit reports submitted for the past 10 years.According to the Municipal and District Councils Act, within four months of the close of the financial year, the City Treasurer is required to prepare and submit to the auditor, financial statements for that year for audit. If the treasurer fails to comply, he/she will be guilty of an offence. It has been over a decade that the M&CC – dominated by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), a main partner in the governing coalition – has failed to make any public presentation of its financial position.Former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran had insisted that 10 years of arrears in terms of financial reporting and auditing was not only a “disturbing trend” but also showed that the Council had no interest in bringing the accounts to order.He stated that as of August 2013, the last set of audited accounts of the Council was for 2004 and the Audit Office had received financial statements for the years 2005 and 2007. There is no evidence to suggest that any financial statements were produced for 2006.However, Chase Green stated that she will not deter any auditor from probing the financial affairs of the Council.She affirmed that Kuppen has shown “disrespect” to the Council by making statements without any evidence. “The Councillor must apologise to Council and the Town Clerk. He is making allegations and he has no evidence to prove what he is saying,” she said.When Guyana Times had first approached Mayor Chase Green on the issue and questioned her on where the accounts were, she had laughed and said “they are at a bank”.However, shortly after she redirected the question to her Town Clerk.But, when attempts were made to contact Town Clerk Royston King, the newspaper was told that he could not pronounce on the issue. In fact, this publication was told that authorities within the Council were warned not to communicate to the media on this particular matter.last_img read more

Street dwellers to be relocated, receive counselling – NTFC

first_imgThe National Task Force Commission (NTFC) is hoping to work with the relevant stakeholders to have street dwellers documented and assessed by professionals with the aim of relocating them.The NTFC is also seeking to provide street dwellers with counselling and therapy, and begin a process of rehabilitation. This exercise will commence by the last quarter of this year.Vagrants occupying the pavement at the Parliament.NTFC Chairman, retired Major General Joseph Singh, has said the National Committee has already begun work, and has been evaluating persons living on the streets to determine whether they are placed into shelters or drug rehabilitation centres.“To the extent of persons living on the streets, whether they are street dwellers or mentally challenged… The National Committee did some pilot work with trained therapists and psychiatrists from the Ministry of (Public) Health, to determine what type of therapy and welfare management would be appropriate for the categories,” Singh told journalists on Friday.According to Singh, it is a norm for persons to be taken off the streets, but they manage to find themselves back there in a matter of hours.“Persons, in the past, have been removed from the pavement, taken to the night shelters, cleaned up, and given all that they need; but the next day they are back on the very pavements. If you visit some of those persons, you will see that that is there home,” he said.He said there are some homeless persons who are intelligent, while there are others who prefer to be homeless even though they have families.He said that now that the Hugo Chavez Centre in Berbice is up and running, the NTFC would be working closely with the Social Protection Ministry to see how many persons could be relocated there, along with the Phoenix House which deals particularly with drug rehabilitation.Singh opined that homelessness is caused by many factors. “It has to do with the migration of a significant number of persons and people left here in the care of others. So the whole structure of the society needs to be retooled — restore that caring for the neighbour,” he said.He said many relatives are willing to take their family members back into the home, but it was found that those persons refuse to stay in the home.Meanwhile, regarding the project, Singh said the task force is currently getting together the relevant professionals to get the work started. He said a lot of pre- planning has to be done.The project will be based in Georgetown, and it is hoped that the experiences of this pilot project would inform future projects elsewhere.The issue of street dwellers has long plagued Guyana, and has received attention from many organisations over time. Earlier this year, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) announced that it was collaborating with the Anglican Diocese of Guyana to provide assistance to street dwellers and vagrants. It is unclear what has become of that plan.Vagrancy comes under the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Protection, though there is scope for collaboration with other agencies.Back in 2015, then Minister of Social Protection (MSP), Volda Lawrence, had announced that the MSP would be working with a welfare committee to evaluate and possibly reintegrate the homeless into society.The committee comprised persons from the Ministry of Social Protection, Public Health, Public Security, Agriculture, and the Mayor and City Council.When speaking on the issue in 2015, Minister Lawrence had stated that there must be an evaluation, because you have various persons out there. You have the addicted, the mentally challenged, the homeless, and persons who see it as an economic means.She had also acknowledged that there are those who use begging as a means to earn an income, even sending their children to beg. Saying that a programme has to be put in place to educate those individuals, Lawrence had pledged the Government’s support in tackling vagrancy. It is not clear what fruit this collaboration has borne, since begging and destitution, including among juveniles, remain fairly prevalent in the city.last_img read more

‘Curse’ of KPL Awards strikes yet again!

first_imgThe ‘curse’ of the annual Footballer of the Year Awards (FOYA) Awards has struck again this season, throwing aspersions to the integrity of the nomination process and on a wider perspective, fuelling the assertion the KPL is over-hyped.Since the domestic topflight was remodelled and awards introduced in 2008, veteran striker, John Baraza, 38, is the only recipient who has matched being named the KPL Player of the Year with substance.Gor Mahia goalkeeper, Boniface Oluoch formerly of Tusker and defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino managed to win awards at the glittering FOYA Gala twice in a row before going on to make headway in the game to join Baraza in the small list of those who have escaped from the ‘curse’.Oluoch was crowned the 2011 and 12 shot –stopper of the Year, whilst Owino was named the Best defender in 2013 and 14 before departing for Zambian, side Zesco United where he has managed to flourish.The inaugural FOYA Player of the Year winner, Francis Ouma (Mathare United/2008), George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo (Gor Mahia/2010), Kevin Kimani (Mathare United/2011), Ugandan Dan Sserunkuma (Gor Mahia/2012), Jacob Keli (KCB/2013) and the latest victim of the ‘jinx’ Ekaliani Ndolo (Sofapaka/2014) have failed to replicate top form in the subsequent season.The midfielder who was the rave last year, bagging the Midfielder of the Year Award is struggling to start in Sam Timbe’s first XI, with only a goal to his name thus far, 18 games into the season.Coaches have not been spared from the ‘hex’ with last season’s surprise top tactacian, Mike Mururi of Chemelil Sugar, facing the chop after a torrid sequence of eight games without victory with the club only a place above the relegation zone.He continues an astonishing nightmare run for recipients of the Coach of the Year award who have not gone on to complete an entire season in the campaign after their moment of glory.Club chairman, Robert Nyakundi told Capital Sport Mururi’s fate will be decided on Monday, just less than 24 hours after Team Manager, Meshack Muyonga was sacked following their latest 5-1 mauling to Tusker FC on Sunday.“We have not fired Mururi, he is still our coach, you can’t fire someone for losing the match but we will meet on Monday to decide what to do because we are not happy with the performance of the team,” Nyakundi declared giving the beleaguered former club captain what should a short reprieve.His keeper, Jairus Adira, who was also controversially named the Goal Keeper of the Year, has soaked in 25 goals between the Chemelil sticks, with all talk of making national team Harambee Stars a distant memory.-Traces of the ‘curse’-Ekaliani Ndolo with the FOYA Player of the Year and Midfielder of the Year Awards. PHOTO/File“When you are put on the spotlight everyone will be watching on you. I’m there now and I hope to even do better in the coming season. I know where I have come from and where I’m heading, it won’t be easy maintaining consistency but I will try my best.“Football has become a full time paying job so if an offer comes and my club agrees I will go but for now I have six months left in my contract,” Ndolo said last year after being crowned KPL’s best but like those before him, he would rather return the gong to rediscover his touch that put him on the cusp of the national team.At least, Ndolo did not move to foreign competition when he was the hottest property with his predecessors, Odhiambo, Kimani and Sserunkuma who ditched the KPL in the glow of their victories were forced to return after failing to replicate.KPL standards have been put in question by the continued failure of its stars to make head away once they are out of the cuckoo nest.Promising Odhiambo, who was spotted while playing for Thur Gem High School in the Kenya Secondary School Ball Games, was voted Young Player of the year on his debut KPL season at Gor in 2009 before bagging the top award in 2010.He left the country for Denmark where he turned out for top fight side Randers FC for one season (2011-12) before joining Tanzanian side Azam FC for the 2012-13 campaign, failing to dazzle defences with the wizardly that had some here to brand him ‘Kenya’s Messi’ in glowing comparisons with the Argentine superstar.Odhiambo returned to the KPL in January 2013 with his tail in between his legs after mutually terminating his contract with Azam to sign a six-month deal with Nairobi City Stars and after the contract elapsed, he signed with Armenian club Shirak FC but only stayed for six months before returning for his old stomping ground, K’Ogalo in 2014 where he remains a bit part player.Kimani hightailed to Belgian’s third Division Bocholter (2012-2013) before moving to Greece for a half a season to feature for second tier side, APO Fostiras Tavros FC in the immediate aftermath of his KPL recognition.After a spell without playing, he returned quietly back to the KPL in 2014 after signing for Tusker FC where he re-united with his former coach at Mathare United, Francis Kimanzi.Former Gor talisman Sserunkuma, a feared goal poacher in the land failed to bench fellow Ugandan Emmanuel Okwi at Tanzanian Vodacom PL giants Simba and five months into a two-year deal, he parted company with his new side in May and his mooted return to K’Ogalo during the June transfer window fell through.The man who led from the front as Gor claimed back-to-back KPL titles could not force his way back to the side that had exhausted their quota of seven foreign players as his fall from grace continues.Keli did not escape either, his goals drying up in 2014 after joining dream club AFC Leopards having found the net more than anyone else in the previous season in KCB colours. He scored only eight in a season he came in for stick among the Ingwe faithful.“After winning the Golden Boot and the Best Player in the domestic league, there is nothing more I can win here because I have already achieved, I only have to be very careful and patient.“It’s all about playing time and it’s not that the previous winners have disappeared, I usually chat with Kevin Kimani and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo. They are playing where they are and earning money it’s just that we don’t get information of how they are doing,” Keli, who recently joined Zambia side, Nkana FC said at his crowning moment in 2013.-Coaches jinx-Inaugural Coach of the Year winner, Robert Matano was shown the door only three months after leading Sofapaka to their first title on their KPL debut in 2009 with Ugandan Sam Ssimbwa brought in to take his place.His successor in 2010, Benjamin Nyangweso (Ulinzi Stars) was demoted after another three months after helping the Militarymen win their fourth title. He was briefly re-instated before being officially fired in 2012 to be succeeded by Salim Ali.Sammy Omollo, the next man in the queue, was the next causality but at least he lasted eight months only to be replaced by Matano who went on to lead the Brewers to snatch the title from Gor on the final day of the 2012 season for back-to-back victories.Croatian, Zdravko Logarusic, the only foreign manager to have bagged the accolade in 2012 when he led Gor to GOtv Shield title and second in the league, parted ways with the champions’ mid-season.He then watched as his successor, Scot Bobby Williamson, finally broke the 18-year wait for the crown as Gor fans went into frenzy.Abdallah Juma, the 2013 winner did not last past three months after KCB failed to win a single game in nine at the start of the following season.KPL Players of the Year2008- Francis Ouma2009- John Baraza2010- George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo2011- Kevin Kimani2012-Dan Sserunkuma2013- Jacob Keli2014- Ekhaliani NdoloKPL Coaches of the Year2009- Robert Matano2010- Benjamin Nyangweso2011- Sammy Omollo2012- Zradvko Lofarusic2013- Abdallah Juma2014- Mike Mururi 0Shares0000Under fire Chemelil Sugar head coach, Mike Mururi, shouts instructions during their 5-1 mauling by Tusker last weekend. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, July 13 – Every sportsman’s dream is to be feted and when one is named the best, it means he or she has surpassed all others in excellence, achievement, quality and skills.In football, the most popular sport in the world, players and coaches who are voted the best go on to raise their standards but in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) being named the finest has turned into a poisoned chalice. 0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Clinton basks in L.A. beam

first_imgWESTWOOD – Using a UCLA preschool as a backdrop for one of her education proposals, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday picked up the formal endorsement of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in her run for president. Clinton – with a beaming Villaraigosa by her side at the Kreiger Center preschool at the University of California, Los Angeles – said the endorsement is important to her campaign both in California, with its Feb. 5 primary election, and around the country, with the growing Latino influence in elections. “To receive the endorsement of the mayor – someone I have admired for a long time – is important,” Clinton said. “He is an honest optimist and a practical visionary. That is the kind of president I want to be.” Villaraigosa, who had informally announced his support for Clinton on Tuesday, said he believed the New York senator is the best qualified to lead the nation out of the Iraq war and back on track. “Next year the American people will make what I believe is the most important electoral decision of our lifetime,” he said. “We will choose whether to perpetuate the disastrous policies of the last six years that brought us war and division, debt and diminished expectations, or whether we will choose a new course and a brighter path.” Among Clinton’s proposals is a $10 billion effort to provide a preschool education to all children beginning at the age of 4, Villaraigosa said. His endorsement of Clinton comes more than seven months before the Iowa caucuses, which mark the start of the formal process to choose the presidential nominees, and eight months before the California primary, which is looming larger in terms of its significance. (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Premier League title contenders have bid accepted for England star

first_img Demarai Gray 1 Leicester City have had a bid accepted for Birmingham City’s 19-year-old winger Demarai Gray, talkSPORT understands.The price is believed to be £3.5m and Gray was withdrawn from Blues’ squad for the Championship match against Brentford today.Gray has made 72 Football League appearances for Birmingham and has represented England at under-19, under-19 and under-20 levels.last_img

Sheffield Wednesday boost as midfield man signs on

first_img1 Former Aston Villa and Crystal Palace midfielder Barry Bannan has committed his future to Sheffield Wednesday.Bannan, a product of the Villa academy, played 64 times in the Premier League before he left for Crystal Palace on a permanent deal in 2013.He spent time on loan at Bolton but he landed at Wednesday during the summer, signing an initial one-year deal, and has gone to rack up 19 league outings for the club.And his impressive performances have earned the Scotland international a new contract, with Wednesday moving quickly to tie him down for another three-and-a-half years at Hillsborough. Barry Bannan last_img read more

Leeds boss Garry Monk refuses to look too far ahead in chase for promotion

first_img United moved within eight points of the automatic spots 1 Garry Monk refused to take his eyes off Leeds’ next game despite an impressive toppling of promotion rivals Brighton.Chris Wood’s 26th and 27th goals of the season earned United a 2-0 win at Elland Road, denying Brighton top spot going into the international break.Brighton head into the recess in second but know Leeds, Huddersfield and Reading are all behind them and primed to take advantage of any further slips.But Monk is not willing to contemplate that, nor securing a play-off place, as his side head into the final eight games eight points shy of second and eight clear of seventh.They meet Reading next, on April 1.“The win is a massive boost for confidence and morale, offensively and defensively we were very good against an excellent side,” he said.“We delivered against a top side and it’s nice to go into the international break like that.“We prepared really well and tried to maximise what we did in the week to give us the best chance of performing. We delivered an excellent performance from start to finish. We had to be at our level and we pushed that level.“We are not naive. We know the situation we face but we are focused on the next game and the next three points.”Monk made arguably the biggest call of his tenure in omitting lynchpin defender Pontus Jansson.The Swede is understood to be fit, so leaving him out in favour of the rarely-used Liam Cooper was a gamble that paid off.“Number one – I’ll always do what I feel is best for the team,” Monk said.“That goes for who we’re playing against, the set-up, but also the principles we have to follow on a daily basis.”Monk also confirmed in-form ex-England goalkeeper Rob Green had triggered a new one-year contract.last_img read more

Students tackle worldly issues

first_img“But it’s also your responsibility to decide who you want as a role model. Celebrities are unreal and untouchable, and it’s better to choose real role models you have real contact with every day.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Hundreds of local high school students gathered Wednesday to discuss world safety, the need for good role models and the impact of “super-sizing” on childhood obesity at the 26th annual Youth Forum at the Whittier Community Center. The event was organized by Soroptimist International of Whittier, which provided cash prizes to the most well-spoken and knowledgeable students from California, Frontier, La Serna,Pioneer and Santa Fe high schools. “This gives students a chance to think and talk about current issues that are of concern so they can share their ideas with others,” said forum committee member Joyce Kaufman. “And it’s a chance for the adult leaders in the community to hear what students are thinking.” After a morning welcome session, the students were separated into smaller groups and sent to three 45-minute sessions: “Is The World A Safer Place?,” “The Supersize Trend – Its Impact On Today’s Declining Health,” and “The Responsibility of High-Profile Role Models To Our Youth.” Judges and moderators for the sessions included local leaders like Whittier police Chief David Singer and Mayor Cathy Warner. In the session on world safety, Whittier High senior Ian Jimenez said the United States has been “set up to be the world’s police.” “Our citizens are all over the place, nearly every country has U.S. citizens living in it – and if they are being attacked, our country is here to protect them,” said Jimenez, 17. “That’s why we end up in places where we shouldn’t be.” The lunchtime guest speaker was actress and Whittier native Andrea Barber, best known for her role as Kimmy on the 1980s TV show, “Full House,” who spoke on whether celebrities have a responsibility to be good role models. “They do, especially those who have lots of young fans,” said Barber, who said she worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation while on “Full House.” last_img read more

John Robertson set to be named new Inverness CT manager

first_imgThe 52-year old managed Inverness from 2002 to 2004, taking the club into the top flight for the first time in their history.He left the Highlands for a return to Hearts as manager but was sacked less than a year later.In addition to numerous coaching positions, Robertson has also managed Livingston, Derry City and East Fife. Inverness Caledonian Thistle are set to appoint John Robertson as their new manager, STV understands. The Highland club parted ways with Richie Foran in May and are expected to announce their former boss as his replacement on Wednesday morning.Aberdeen under-20s coach Paul Sheerin and former St Mirren manager Danny Lennon had interviewed for the post while Maurice Malpas, drafted in to assist Foran at the tail end of the season, was also linked with the job.Robertson is currently working as a club ambassador at Hearts but will leave Tynecastle to lead Inverness in their bid to return to the Premiership at the first time of asking, following their relegation.last_img read more