Chairman of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Dr Maurice Odle is of the view that local newspaper Kaieteur News is being “rash” in its claims that that the NICIL Board members are uninterested in bringing wrongdoers to justice.The chairman was responding to an article carried by the newspaper on Wednesday last titled “NICIL’s operations still shrouded in secrecy”. The article claimed that even with a new Administration in place, the installment of different board members, and a detailed forensic audit report exposing the company’s weaknesses, NICIL has not changed its face and that a year has gone yet the entity “essentially remains shrouded in the secrecy that had been detested during the previous regime”.NICIL Chairman,Dr Maurice OdleAccording to a detailed statement from Dr Odle on Friday, while the forensic report of auditor Anand Goolsarran has been in the hands of the NICIL Board for several months now, the Board is awaiting the outcome of the additional transactions audit, recommended by the Forensic Auditor and endorsed by the Cabinet, which is currently being undertaken by the Audit Office of Guyana.In the meantime, the Chairman noted that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has been examining NICIL’s records and files for any evidence of corruption and other illegality.“NICIL stands ready to take whatever appropriate action is required,” he remarked while adding that the Board has already made several policy reforms and operational adjustments based on the Forensic Auditor’s comments and recommendations.To this end, he pointed that the Minister of Finance no longer sits on the Board after the auditor found it “inappropriate” for the Minister to appoint himself to chair NICIL’s Board since in effect, he is reporting to himself on matters relating to NICIL.It was highlighted too in the statement that, in accordance with recommendations made, NICIL’s Chief Executive Officer Winston Brassington has resigned back January while the Deputy CEO Marcia Nadir-Sharma is currently on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the transactions audit.Moreover, the NICIL Chairman posited that in relation to recommendations of liquidating NICIL as a private limited liability company, such a policy decision has to be taken by Government. In fact, he stated that the Board decided not to recommend the disbanding of NICIL.“The Board recommended that NICIL retain both its original custodial and oversight role as a holding company and, also, its development role. The development role, in conjunction with line Ministries, involves capitalization, financial and legal structuring, and project management, with respect to certain investments approved by Cabinet. In addition, NICIL continues to be responsible for various types of assets, particularly land and property, until such time that the Government may deem it necessary to privatize same,” the Chairman outlined.With regards to its own procurement rules, Dr Odle posited that NICIL is guided by the provisions of the Procurement Act and is in the process of formulating clear implementation rules and guidelines for larger projects.Furthermore, in response to comments about the status of millions of dollars in debt being owed by various agencies, the Chairman disclosed that in relation to the sale of Government’s shares in GTT, no new contract will include terms for payment by instalments. He added that full payment of the purchase price must be effected before possession and/or transfer of ownership will be allowed.Dr Odle also sought to outline that the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) is conducting its own investigations and is yet to formally advise the NICIL Board on its progress as it relates to recovering any State assets/properties that might have been improperly and illegally transferred to third parties.Meanwhile, the article also highlighted the fact that despite the Chairman having given his support for the release of the Marriott Hotel contract, the document is yet to be released under his watch.According to Dr Odle, the current Board of NICIL subscribes to the principles of transparency and accountability. However, he noted that constraints exist, as in the case of the Marriott Management Agreement that was executed under the previous administration.“The terms of this Agreement are “strictly confidential” and disclosure is not possible without the written consent of Marriott,” the NICIL Chairman stated.
A Grove, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man died on Saturday after he jumped off the pedestrian overpass at Diamond.Dead is Navin Surujpaul. Reports are at about 15:30h the man removed the barriers set up by construction workers and made his way onto the structure. The 40-year-old man then jumped from the structure onto the roadway. Construction workers went to his aid and rushed him to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where he succumbed to his injuries.The EBD pedestrian overpasses at Houston, Peter’s Hall, Eccles, Providence and Diamond, are soon to be complete. Earlier in the year, Minister of State Joseph Harmon had announced that a US$364,000 contract was awarded for the pedestrian overpass at Diamond and a US$1 million contract for those at Houston, Peter’s Hall and at Eccles.The construction of the overpasses at Houston, Eccles and Peter’s Hall were awarded to B&J Civil Works whilst those at Providence and Diamond were given to S Jagmohan Hardware.The overpass projects are part of the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s efforts to improve road safety countrywide.
…no info on whether Govt official instructed PoliceThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday afternoon denied that one of its ranks had been verbally assaulted by an A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change Government Minister after an online article went viral on social media about another confrontation involving yet another official serving within the David Granger Administration.The online article had alleged that Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Ferguson had been involved in a confrontation with ranks of the East Ruimveldt Police Outpost after they refused to adhere to instructions from her toMinister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, Annette Fergusonrelease someone they had arrested for committing an offence.The offence was said to have occurred on Sunday night when the individual in question was alleged to have been speeding on a motorcycle without a number plate which resulted in him being stopped and detained.The article further alleged that the rider assaulted a Police Constable identified only as “Jacobs” before he was taken to the East La Penitence Police Outpost.It stated that the ranks complained that the Minister in question had verbally assaulted them after they raised objections that she could not instruct them or even threaten them with dismissal. The man was released and the Minister subsequently left.The Police Force in responding directly to the article said that the Police Constable has denied being abused. It did not name him.“Please be advised that the Constable in question has indicated in a signed statement that he was neither abused nor assaulted by the Honourable Minister Annette Ferguson, during the night in question,” Police said.The statement from the Police also said that “it, therefore, makes the publication by the online media entity a total fabrication, which may have legal consequences”.Surprisingly, the Police statement did not provide any other details or confirm whether the Minister had indeed given instructions to the Policemen. Further, it did not state the circumstances that led to the arrest and detention of the man or on what grounds he was released.No official statement was forthcoming on the Minister’s very active social media page about the incident, and efforts to contact her for a comment on Thursday proved futile.
The San Fernando Valley Fair will celebrate its 61st anniversary – in Santa Clarita. Continuing the surprisingly controversial saga of the agricultural and carnival show’s location, the fair board voted Friday to move its June exposition to Saugus Speedway. Citing long-running frustration with Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks, board members said they might consider the Santa Clarita Valley as its permanent location. “We have a place where people welcome us,” said fair President David Honda. “On the other end of the spectrum, we have a place where people want to abuse us.” Earlier this week, he threatened to cancel the exposition altogether after a plan to move from Hansen Dam to Woodley Park in Encino fell through. Fair organizers claim Rec and Parks reneged on a December agreement that would have allowed the move, forcing them to seek an alternative to Hansen Dam, which has hosted the fair for the past three years. Ron Berkowitz, superintendent for the department’s Valley operations, denied that the two parties had an agreement. The contract they signed in December, he said, was merely a letter of intent. And he claimed that fair organizers failed to respond to Encino residents’ concerns, necessitating the move back to Hansen Dam. The conflict made for an unusually bitter City Council meeting Friday. Though the council did not have the issue on its agenda and thus was legally prevented from discussing it, fair supporters and detractors turned out at Van Nuys City Hall in force to speak during the public-comment session. The pro-fair camp brought kids, a rabbit and stories about hot dogs and falling in love amid the exhibits. The anti-fair movement labeled the event a rock concert disguised as an agrarian exposition, filled with drunken partygoers and unwanted cars. “Serving alcohol? Not appropriate,” said Rosie Saenz, West Van Nuys/Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council board member. “Not in our neighborhood. We don’t want it, especially with the gang problems.” The back-and-forth dominated the session, stretching comments nearly an hour beyond the normally allotted time. Councilman Tony Cardenas, whom Honda blamed for setting conditions on the move to Woodley that would have caused it to fail, angrily rebutted the charges. He said organizers had been unresponsive to neighborhood complaints and blamed Honda and fair Chief Executive Officer Catherine Garcia. “The bottom line is, and you can quote me, the San Fernando Valley Fair doesn’t have a problem with where it can be in the San Fernando Valley,” Cardenas said. “The fair has a problem with David Honda and Ms. Garcia not being able to run it and market it properly.” Rather than canceling the show – which the board has threatened previously over undesired moves – organizers elected to take the fair out of the Valley once again. It left the area in 2003 for Castaic Lake, also in the Santa Clarita Valley, setting off yet another fight that led to the replacement of several board members and ultimately brought it back to Hansen Dam. “If we move, it may be permanent,” fair board member Dennis De Young said. “We may not come back to the Valley for many, many years. Hansen Dam is a death sentence. … Starting fresh somewhere else may be the shot in the arm that we need.” That was not the case in 2003, when attendance dropped by 1,000 guests, to 23,000, over the fair’s several-day run. It rebounded to 30,000 the next year at Hansen Dam, only to fall to 14,000 in 2006. Organizers noted that the Saugus Speedway’s Sunday swap meets typically draw 15,000 admissions in one day and hope to win those people over as fairgoers. “It looks like the winner is the Santa Clarita Valley,” Honda said. “This is a hard decision to make.” email@example.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Dragons’ Den star and author Peter Casey has launched an Irish-based online interviewing company in Donegal which he claims will lead change in the future of the recruiting sector.Peter CaseyOnline Interview is an online hiring system that allows companies a flexible solution to create and record live or automated video interviews using immediate candidate responses to important questions.While Online Interview (www.onlineinterview.ie) will operate worldwide, the company will be based in Buncrana, with offices in Dublin, and hopes to be employing ten people by the end of the year. Pre-sales support operations are currently based in Chicago and will be handled in Donegal in the next few months.Mr Casey, who made his fortune in executive recruiting, predicts a year one turnover of €1m for Online Interview, rising to €3m at the end of year two.“Online Interviews will be the most disruptive tool in recruiting and training since the introduction of the internet,” said Mr Casey, who has partnered with Managing Director Elton Hysa in the new company which was launched with a live webinar from Chicago in Dublin this week.“This technology is going to completely change the way that recruiting and training is going forward,” said Mr Casey. “It is built with the reality of recruiting in mind and it allows the client to better sell their company to the candidate and vice versa.“Interviews can be two-way or one-way – or we can have a number of different hiring managers online at the one time.“It is also user friendly for the applicant, allowing them to re-record answers to a specific question a number of times until they are happy.“Candidates don’t necessarily need to take off work to record and submit their answers. They can do it from the comfort of their home and therefore eliminate any travel time.“I describe this system as being like Skype with steroids. Its beauty is that you can pre-programme questions and answers, follow up with up to ten hiring manager and allow them to give feedback to candidates. “The system is compatible with all existing Applicant Tracking Systems and is also invaluable as a sales and training tool for companies currently using it in Australia and Tokyo.“It is completely customisable and companies are already finding advantages in uploading training and promotional material for potential candidates and existing staff.“We developed this technology 12 years ago using Cold Fusion and Sql, but the issue was that the files were massive and people had to go out of their way to do it.“Cloud-based technology has now caught up and the stage is set for us to integrate with some of the world’s best recruiters. “It is a more customised, flexible, unlimited and affordable patented product than anything else that is out there.“We have a lot of clients that are currently using it, which has been a huge plus to our development from the start.”DRAGONS’ DEN STAR LAUNCHES ONLINE RECRUITING COMPANY IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 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:online recruitingPeter Casey
BY EMMET RUSHE: Relay for life is upon us again.It is in its fourth year in Donegal and is sure to be another fantastic event, so be sure to land in and give your support in any way possible.Last year I was honoured to have been asked to talk at the ‘Fight Back Conference’.My talk was on the benefits of exercise during and after cancer treatment. This message is as important today as ever.In Ireland;• One in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime.• An average of 30,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed each year.• This number is expected to rise to over 40,000 people by 2020.• 50% of all cancers are preventable.• 30% through lifestyle changes.If you’re becoming more active during or after cancer treatment, you’ll need to consider how much activity is appropriate for you.This will depend on different things, for example, any side effects or symptoms you may have and your level of fitness before treatment.It is important to set yourself realistic goals and to listen to your body and you should start with gentle and low intensity activities.You’ll be able to build up progressively as you become stronger and fitter. There are a number of tips that can help you to get started.They’ll also help you stay motivated;∗ Join an activity group or association.∗ Walk or cycle to the shops.∗ Keep a record of how active you’ve been.∗ Set goals you can achieve.∗ Take up activities you enjoy. Make sure they are fun.∗ Tell your friends about it. They may want to join you.The activities you do will depend on different factors. Make sure you keep to the level of activity that is appropriate for you and choose activities you enjoy and, if possible, do a mix of activities:∗ Aerobic exercises – walking, dancing, running, cycling or swimming – are good for heart health.∗ Resistance exercises – lifting small weights or ‘sit to stand’ exercises that you can do at home – help strengthen muscle.∗ Flexibility exercises – stretches, yoga, Tai Chi/ Qi Gong – improve suppleness. These are also great for balance.If you are living with advanced cancer, being physically active can benefit you. It can help improve symptoms such as tiredness, poor appetite and constipation.It reduces stress and helps you sleep better. Start slowly and gradually build up the amount you do.To begin with, try to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting or lying down. Just moving around the house and doing simple day to day things will help.You may be able to manage short walks or gentle stretching exercises.See if you can get your family and friends to join in with you. Resistance exercises can help strengthen your muscles and bones. This helps with getting in and out of chairs or baths, going up and down stairs, and going shopping.It also helps reduce the risk of accidentally falling. There are chair-based exercises that can help improve your muscle strength and flexibility.There is much evidence from research and studies to prove the positive effects of physical activity on sufferers of cancer;An RCT in Glasgow offered a 12-week group exercise sessions for women with early stage breast cancer as an addition to standard care.The study found significant improvements in physical functioning, active daily living, shoulder range of movement, cardio-vascular fitness, positive mood, and breast cancer-specific quality of life. There were no adverse effects reported.There was also evidence that the intervention group spent fewer nights in hospital and made fewer visits to their GP than the control group.It’s important to get advice before you start becoming more active.Your cancer doctor, GP or specialist nurse can tell you what type of exercise is most appropriate for you.You can also get support from a physiotherapist or an occupational therapist.Your physiotherapist can show you exercises that will help improve your fitness and an occupational therapist can show you ways to help you to save your energy so that you can take some gentle physical activity.Physical activity throughout the cancer care pathway should be promoted to patients at all stages of cancer; from initial diagnosis through to the later stages, where being active can continue to benefit physical function and quality of life.The evidence shows that if an activity recommendation is carefully tailored to the individual, and takes account of potential side effects, it is likely to have a positive impact.Physical activity should be guided first and foremost by your medical advisors. If you seek guidance and support from a professional trainer, it is essential that you keep them informed of your condition and treatment. Your trainer should be happy to communicate with your care provider to ensure the most suitable activity programme for you.#TrainSmartIf you are unsure how to start or would like to join a friendly and supportive team, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’ FITNESS COLUMN: READY FOR RELAY FOR LIFE was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 by John2Share 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:emmet rushefitness columnRelay for Life
Stan Bowles was given a hero’s reception at Loftus Road, where Tjaronn Chery’s first goal for QPR put them ahead three minutes before the interval. Rangers legend Bowles, who has Alzheimer’s disease, looked in very good physical condition as he was introduced on the pitch to the crowd before kick-off on ‘Stan Bowles Day’.And the home fans were on their feet again when summer signing Chery side-footed home after James Perch’s right-wing cross was nudged into the Dutchman’s path by Charlie Austin.Bowles is a guest of honour at Loftus Road this afternoonRotherham might have taken an early lead when Jonson Clarke-Harris got away from Perch and crossed for Matt Derbyshire, who was unable to finish from close range.And after Chery’s well-taken goal, keeper Rob Green saved at his near post after Lee Frecklington’s intended cross deflected off R’s defender Grant Hall.QPR (4-2-3-1): Green; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Faurlin,;Chery, Luongo; Phillips; Austin.Subs: Smithies, Hill, Doughty, Kpwekawa, Hoilett, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Reyland Capellan (left) and Kaitlin de Guzman (right) celebrate with Gymnastics Association of the Philippines and chief of mission Cynthia Carrion after winning two gold medals in the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — With two golds in the bag, gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion said the Philippines can still expect two to three more triumphs in the next few days.Carrion, who is also the chief of mission, said she is looking at a few more wins in individual and team events in the sport being held at MITEC Hall 9.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medalCapellan will still see action in vault, while the 17-year-old De Guzman will vie for golds in her favorite events, floor exercise and balance beam.“I hope the other sports follow suit,” said Carrion who is also counting on team events.RELATED VIDEOGymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension 3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending 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 LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA GamesGymnastics has 20 golds at stake in both rhythmic and artistic disciplines, which can turn in a gold mine that Team Philippines needs.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 shutoutIncidentally, it was Carrion, in her capacity as chief delegate, who forecasted a 50-gold turnout for the PH contingent.Gold medalists Reyland Capellan in men’s artistic floor exercise and Kaitlin de Guzman in uneven bars kept the country’s campaign afloat Tuesday morning. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments
Honorary Lieutenant Colonel MS Dhoni, who has been undergoing training at the Paratroopers Training School in Agra, successfully completed his maiden jump from an Air Force aircraft on Wednesday.According to a report published in NDTV, the Indian limited overs skipper had jumped off an AN-32 aircraft from a height of 1250 feet at 7 am.MS Dhoni completes his first parachute jump in 70 seconds. (Photo credit: Facebook/MS Dhoni).Dhoni is expected to complete four more jumps in his two-week training. He had said that it was his duty towards the army to sincerely perform, despite an honorary rank. He said that he hoped to complete all five jumps within the fifteen day training period and earn the maroon beret and paratrooper wings for his uniform.Also read: MS Dhoni undergoing two-week Para training in Agra Dhoni’s instructor at the Army Air Transport School said that the cricketer was being treated as a regular military officer and given exactly the same training as was imparted to any officer undergoing paratrooper training.Notably, Dhoni has already entered the army shooting range and undergone complete arms training and hopes to serve the country as a military officer, whenever required to do so by the army.
Erik Compton wonders if he should start drinking more often after firing an eight-under-par 62 to grab a three-way share of the first round lead at the Wyndham Championship on Thursday.The two-time heart-transplant recipient, who tied for second at last year’s U.S. Open, took advantage of ideal scoring conditions on a soggy Sedgefield course to join fellow Americans William McGirt and Tom Hoge atop the leaderboard.Preferred lies and soft greens allowed players to attack the pins fearlessly on a day when 102 players broke par, including Tiger Woods, whose 64 was his best score in over two years.Compton does not normally drink, but the 25-year-old had a couple after the pro-am on Wednesday after being summoned for a drug test.”I drank two vodka tonics to get my kidneys working. Maybe I should do that again,” Compton joked to reporters.At 114th on the FedExCup points list, Compton is likely to stay in the top 125 and qualify for the lucrative playoffs starting next week, and a good start here did not hurt his cause.He arrived after a couple of weeks off and a London holiday with his wife, but knocked off the rust in the pro-am and continued his hot hand when the real action started.”Kind of an unexpected round,” he said after storming home in 28 strokes on his final nine holes, the easier front nine.”It was really a great ball-striking day with a lot of tap-ins and the course yielded some low scores (so) it was just put your foot down and know (it is) going to take a low number to win this week.”advertisementCo-leader McGirt, who grew up in nearby Charlotte, teed off so early that it was hard to read the greens for the first few holes on a cloudy morning.”It was a little dark early but I played pretty solid all day,” said McGirt, who is ranked 86th in the tour standings and, as with Compton, has never won on tour.Tour rookie Hoge, in the last group of the day, birdied the 18th to make it a three-way tied for the lead.Compton and McGirt led a group of four players by one stroke, while two-times major winner Martin Kaymer was among those who matched Woods on 64.