AG 2015 Report… used advances for tax-free bonusAuditor General Deodat Sharma in his 2015 Report has cited the Office of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo for misuse of the Contingencies Fund and diverting monies drawn down from the Contingencies Fund for purposes it was not intended for.Sharma in his Report stated that Nagamootoo’s Office in December 2015, requested an advance of $11 million from the Contingencies Fund and stated the reason for the advance was for the Government Information Agency (GINA) to offset a part of its debt to the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), publisher of the Guyana Chronicle newspaper. However a portion of that sum was used for another purpose, which constitutes a breach of the financial regulations.This is based on the fact that the payment of GINA’s debt to GNNL does not constitute an emergency but rather a routine expenditure and therefore, the Contingencies Fund should not have been used. This expense should have been budgeted for in the annual budget.The use of the Contingencies Fund for the routine expenditure is a breach of the financial principles.The Prime Minister, who always portrays himself as a bastion of accountability, was found wanting with the report revealing that his Office did not just misuse the Contingencies Fund, it went a step further to use the advance for purposes it was not intended.According to Sharma’s Report, an examination of the requisite payment vouchers and other supporting documents revealed GINA paid GNNL the sum of $9.450 million, whilst the remaining $1.550 million was used to pay employees of GINA non-taxable bonus for 2015.This constitutes a further breach of principles governing the use of public funds.It is important to note that while in opposition, Nagamootoo was at the forefront of a campaign against the GINA, including the reduction of that entity’s annual budget to $1 in 2013 and 2014.Sharma’s Report stated that during 2015, the APNU/AFC Government abused the Contingencies Fund through a total of 11 advances for which the requisite laws did not cater for.He said that the advances abused the Contingencies Fund by an amount in excess of $600 million with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) being the biggest recipient of almost $300 million.Other breachesSharma’s Report also highlighted other breaches by Nagamootoo’s Office which include flouting of the Stores Regulation.Sharma observed that the Office’s inventory was not being kept up-to-date and as such it was difficult for the auditors to verify the accuracy of stock on hand.Sharma urged that the Office ensure that it adheres to the Stores Regulation.Meanwhile the PM’s Office was also cited for a breach of a purchase agreement involving vehicles.The AG Report stated that under the Office’s Capital Expenditure, a sum of $19.405 million was used to purchase a $5.3 million Toyota Corolla car, a motorcycle at a cost of $203,000 and a Toyota Land Cruiser valued at $13.8 million.Sharma said while the Office would have received the car and motorcycle, the issue was with the Land Cruiser.He explained in his Report that the procurement of the new Toyota Land Cruiser was awarded to the lone bidder and according to the quotation, 50 per cent of the cost must be paid on “Firm Order”, while the remaining 50 per cent is to be paid on delivery.“However, the full amount was paid to the supplier on 4 January 2016 via cheques numbered 05-612925 and 05-612926. Notwithstanding this, the vehicle was delivered in September 2016,” Sharma observed in his Report.He has since recommended that the Office ensure there is “full compliance” with purchase agreements.Similar instances are replicated across ministries of the government during 2015.The Auditor General complained in his Report that despite his recommendations for measures to be implemented to tackle issues of this nature, there continues to be very little action by officials.“The Audit Office continues to view the lack of action towards the implementation of prior recommendations with serious concerns and suggest stringent action be taken to address these findings, especially those related to overpayments on construction works, lack of weak internal controls, including poor record keeping and breaches of relevant Legislation,” he stated.
There’s still no word on the cause of an early morning house fire yesterday which destroyed what is believed to have been a large two story home northwest of Fort St. John. However, Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows now says the damage is likely to run well in excess of a million dollars… It is believed the fire broke out about two o’clock and ironically it was first spotted and reported by Chief Burrows… [asset|aid=1093|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=403f7f06ca012bffe78d878857cb479e-Chief Burrows_1_Pub.mp3] It turns out it was the latter and, Chief Burrows says a total of four units from the Fort St. John and Charlie Lake fire departments responded and, were on the scene for about four hours. He also says there was nobody home at the time, there were no injuries and, the flames did not spread to any other structures.- Advertisement –
30 January 2014South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations get under way in Gauteng province on Thursday when the live, interactive Building the Legacy: 20 Years of Freedom exhibition opens at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria.One of the biggest exhibitions of its kind undertaken in the country, the exhibition is unique in that it offers the public an interactive view of the last 100 years of South African history since the 1913 Natives’ Land Act was passed.In addition to the 12 truckfuls of artefacts, expo material and props that make up the exhibition, the public will be informed and educated by a team of professional actors and performers who bring the past alive – complete with anecdotes of forced removals and other injustices under apartheid – while highlighting the progress the country has made since 1994.The exhibition builds on the Reversing the Legacy exhibition created last year by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to mark the centenary of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act.Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo, speaking to SAnews last week, said the exhibition would give people an opportunity “to walk through the history of South Africa and actually feel like you were there … to experience life [as it was] before colonialisation, during the apartheid era and through the dawn of democracy to where we are currently celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy.”“Through this exhibition … we will be showcasing what we’ve achieved since the dawn of democracy in 1994,” Gobodo said. “We know that we still have a lot of work to do ahead of us, but for now we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.”The exhibition runs in Pretoria until 9 February, after which it will travel to other provinces. It runs from 9am to 5pm daily and is free to the public.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
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Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Read Next “It’s back to work in the semifinals,” Dillinger added. But the euphoria should be short-lived as the Bolts are facing a big possibility of missing import Allen Durham when they face the Hotshots on Sunday at the start of their best-of-five semifinal duel.“That’s going to be tough particularly if AD (Durham) can’t play 100 percent,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of his reinforcement, who sprained his ankle late in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlack said they have no immediate plans in case Durham can’t play at all.Black said that compared to the Elite, who relied heavily on import Henry Walker, the Hotshots “got a lot of players who can score.” “Locals contribute a lot in the game,” he said. “It’s a different animal for us.” View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Blackwater’s Henry Walker gestures after a play against Meralco. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonOrder is restored.Top seed Meralco avoided a major power interruption by frustrating upset-minded Blackwater, 104-96, Thursday night and arranging a semifinal duel with the Star Hotshots in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cone: We still have work to do Walker unloaded 27 points in the first half as Blackwater threatened to nullify Meralco’s twice-to-beat advantage and become only the fourth eighth-seed team to upset the No. 1 squad.But Meralco put the reliable, all-purpose veteran Ranidel de Ocampo on the former New York Knicks player and managed to slow him down with just seven points in the final half.That paved the way for the Bolts’ charge, which was anchored on Baser Amer, who finished with a career-high 31 points, and Jared Dillinger, who threw down five three-pointers.“We showed a lot of heart,” said Black. “For a while there we couldn’t do anything right and we’re like floating in the water. But we remained as calm as possible.”Dillinger, who made all his points from the three-point range, said “it’s very bizarre now that it all depends on how AD is feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cavaliers win 5th straight in 28-point rout of Pistons Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Former NBA star Kobe Bryant gestures as he speaks to invited guests during an event to inaugurate new basketball playground in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. AP/Michel EulerThere’s no doubt Kobe Bryant is one of, if not the greatest player in NBA history to have come out of high school.At a time when the league still permitted teenagers to skip college and head straight for the pros, the then 18-year-old Bryant was a cut above the rest, despite not being a part of a powerhouse college program.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Bryant, who has since retired from the game, took to Twitter to reveal that he actually took summer classes at UCLA.Little known fact, I did one year of summer school at @ucla after my rookie year but now I hire @usc film students on the regular #gofigure https://t.co/PYHVCz5JCLFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 20, 2017 In a subsequent tweet, the five-time NBA champion shared why he would have chosen Duke over its rival and fellow powerhouse program North Carolina Tar Heels.“Coach Smith stopped recruiting me,” he said, referring to former Tar Heel coach Dean Smith. “He thought I would go pro and wished me luck. Coach K (Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski) kept at it.”Maybe but Coach Smith stopped recruiting me. He thought I would go pro and wished me luck. Coach K kept at it. https://t.co/xS6OD8SmEV— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 20, 2017Although their player-coach dynamic would not materialize in college, Krzyzewski and Bryant still worked together as part of Team USA over the years. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kobe Bryant on donning No. 8 and No. 24 for Lakers: ‘They’re two different people’ “Little known fact, I did one year of summer school at @ucla after my rookie year but now I hire @usc film students on the regular,” he wrote, which prompted a fan to ask which school he would have opted to go, if he played college ball.Turns out, “The Black Mamba” could have worn the bold blue colors of the Duke Blue Devils, after his playing days at Lower Merion High School.Duke https://t.co/RDyzJ0PMUw— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) November 20, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
India’s hopes of bagging a medal in women’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games faded on Wednesday as defending champions Australia handed them a 1-2 defeat. After a 1-1 draw with Scotland, India have just one point from two matches.Chanchan Devi and Australia’s Jayde Taylor vie for the ball during the match on Wednesday. After two wins in two days, Aussies seem headed towards the semi-finals. India – the 2006 Games silver medallists – now need to beat South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago in their remaining pool matches and also need to keep an eye on goal difference. On Wednesday, a goal in each half – from Shelly Liddelow and Megan Rivers – saw the Aussies through.Rani Rampal pulled one back in the dying minutes, but it was too little, too late. India started on a bright note and put in a much improved display than what was seen against Scotland. They dominated the opening exchanges and earned as many as four penalty corners, but the ageold weakness in the area continued to haunt them.They also created chances from open play, but Chanchan Devi failed to connect with a shot by Saba Anjum. On the other end, the Aussies took the lead on their first clear opportunity of the match in the 11th minute. Kate Hollywood capitalised on some lax Indian defending and couple of mis-traps allowed Fiona Johnson to put the ball in the path of Shelly Liddelow, who found the empty net.The Australians tried to drive home the advantage, but their first penalty corner was saved by a combination of custodian Deepika Murty and the post. India had several chances of putting the Aussie defence under pressure but a lack of pace in attack and a tendency to dwell on the ball for long put paid to their efforts. More often than not, they were crowded out. Both teams got eight penalty corners each, but to no avail. Dipika made a great save on her near post from close range of a Casey Eastham shot.advertisementThe Aussie girls went into halftime with the slender lead and the trend continued after the break. In the second half, a dangerous pass by Chanchan provided Ritu Rani with a good opportunity, but her shot missed the target. Ritu tried again but this time, Australian goalkeeper Rachel Lynch made an alert save with her pads. In the 59th minute, however, the Australians provided the body blow when Megan Rivers beat Deepika in a one-on-one confrontation after receiving a pass from Hollywood.Australia had chances for a third goal as well but could not find the net. Ritu injected some tension in the final minutes when she dispossessed an Aussie defender and shot past the goalkeeper. But there was no time left to look for the equaliser. “We now have to win the next two games. It is going to be tough as South Africa are playing good hockey,” coach Sandeep Somesh said. “We missed chances and also gave away the ball a lot. The problem of fading in the second half, which we saw at the World Cup, persists.”
DefinitionA head injury is any trauma to the scalp, skull, or brain. The injury may be only a minor bump on the skull or a serious brain injury.Head injury can be either closed or open (penetrating).A closed head injury means you received a hard blow to the head from striking an object, but the object did not break the skull.An open, or penetrating, head injury means you were hit with an object that broke the skull and entered the brain. This is more likely to happen when you move at high speed, such as going through the windshield during a car accident. It can also happen from a gunshot to the head.Head injuries include:Concussion, in which the brain is shaken, is the most common type of traumatic brain injury.Scalp woundsSkull fracturesHead injuries may cause bleeding:In the brain tissueIn the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma,extradural hematoma)Head injury is a common reason for an emergency room visit. A large number of people who suffer head injuries are children. TBI (traumatic brain injury) accounts for over 1 in 6 injury-related hospital admissions each year.Alternative NamesBrain injury; Head traumaCausesCommon causes of head injury include:Accidents at home, work, outdoors, or while playing sportsFallsPhysical assaultTraffic accidentsMost of these injuries are minor because the skull protects the brain. Some injuries are severe enough to require a stay in the hospital.SymptomsHead injuries may cause bleeding in the brain tissue and the layers that surround the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematomata extradural hematoma).advertisementSymptoms of a head injury can occur right away. Or symptoms develop slowly over several hours or days. Even if the skull is not fractured, the brain can hit the inside of the skull and be bruised. The head may look fine, but problems could result from bleeding or swelling inside the skull.The spinal cord is also likely to be injured in any serious trauma.Some head injuries cause changes in brain function. This is called a traumatic brain injury. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of a concussion can range from mild to severe.First AidLearning to recognize a serious head injury and give basic first aid can save someones life. For a moderate to severe head injury, CALL 911 RIGHT AWAY.Get medical help right away if the person:Becomes very sleepyBehaves abnormallyDevelops a severe headache or stiff neckHas pupils (the dark central part of the eye) of unequal sizesIs unable to move an arm or legLoses consciousness, even brieflyVomits more than onceThen take the following steps:Check the persons airway, breathing, and circulation. If necessary, begin rescue breathing and CPR.If the persons breathing and heart rate are normal but the person is unconscious, treat as if there is a spinal injury. Stabilize the head and neck by placing your hands on both sides of the persons head. Keep the head in line with the spine and prevent movement. Wait for medical help.Stop any bleeding by firmly pressing a clean cloth on the wound. If the injury is serious, be careful not to move the persons head. If blood soaks through the cloth, do not remove it. Place another cloth over the first one.If you suspect a skull fracture, do not apply direct pressure to the bleeding site, and do not remove any debris from the wound. Cover the wound with sterile gauze dressing.If the person is vomiting, to prevent choking, roll the persons head, neck, and body as one unit onto his or her side. This still protects the spine, which you must always assume is injured in the case of a head injury. Children often vomit once after a head injury. This may not be a problem, but call a doctor for further guidance.Apply ice packs to swollen areas.Do Not Do NOT wash a head wound that is deep or bleeding a lot.Do NOT remove any object sticking out of a wound.Do NOT move the person unless absolutely necessary.Do NOT shake the person if he or she seems dazed.Do NOT remove a helmet if you suspect a serious head injury.Do NOT pick up a fallen child with any sign of head injury.Do NOT drink alcohol within 48 hours of a serious head injury.A serious head injury that involves bleeding or brain damage must be treated in a hospital.For a mild head injury, no treatment may be needed. However, watch for symptoms of a head injury, which can which can show up later.advertisementYour health care provider will explain what to expect, how to manage any headaches, how to treat your other symptoms, when to return to sports, school, work, and other activities, and signs or symptoms to worry about.Children will need to be watched and make activity changes.Adults also need close observation and activity changes.Both adults and children must follow the health care providers instructions about when it will be possible to return to sports.When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall 911 right away if:There is severe head or face bleeding.The person is confused, tired, or unconscious.The person stops breathing.You suspect a serious head or neck injury, or the person develops any signs or symptoms of a serious head injury.PreventionAlthough no child is injury-proof, parents can take some simple steps to keep their children from getting head injuries.Not all head injuries can be prevented. But the following simple steps can help keep you and your child safe:Always use safety equipment during activities that could cause a head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.Learn and follow bicycle safety recommendations.Do not drink and drive, and do not allow yourself to be driven by someone who you know or suspect has been drinking alcohol or is impaired in another way.ReferencesHeegaard WG, Biros MH, Head injury. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al., eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2013:chap 41.Landry GL. Head and neck injuries. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW III, et al., eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 680.Review Date:1/13/2014Reviewed By:Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
Dejan Lovren has warned Real Madrid that Liverpool are a side that can be “compare with every team in the world” and that they must not be underestimatedLos Blancos are widely viewed as the favourites to win an unprecedented third successive Champions League crown when the two sides meet later this month at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.However, despite the underdog tag, Lovren is certain that Liverpool has the talent at their disposal to cause an upset.“Every year it’s getting more difficult to get into the top four. It’s about teamwork,” said the defender, according to The Express.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“The most important thing is that we won and we are in the Champions League again next year, because everyone deserves that – the fans and us. Everyone is happy.“We have a squad that can compare with every team in the world.“We showed it in the Champions League (against) Porto, Manchester City and Roma in the first game. It’s the team.”Liverpool defeated Brighton 4-0 on Sunday in their final Premier League game of the season to secure their place in the top four for next season’s Champions League.