Fraud, corruption concocted to remove staff – former Housing Minister

first_img1000 Homes ProjectAmid reports of the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) taking a decision to fire the entire team of the 1000 Homes Project, former Housing Minister under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration Irfaan Ali has called the move “sinister”.His comments were in response to an article published on Friday by another section of the media under the title: “Amidst fraud, otherFormer Housing Minister Irfaan Aliirregularities on 1000 Homes project…Central Housing to sack entire team.”The article states that “According to a senior housing official yesterday [Thursday], the decision was taken to send home all the staffers of the project after it became clear that mismanagement, fraud and a number of irregularities were discovered.”However, Ali pointed out that the Board of Directors need to identify the “many instances of fraud” that they are claiming were found within the 1000 Homes Project and produce evidence of same. In fact, he said he is of the view that these allegations were fabricated as part of a plan to dismiss the project’s team and have them replaced by new persons.“It would appear that some sinister motive is at hand to concoct allegations of fraud and corruption in order to get rid of all the staff at the 1000 Homes Project to make way for an entirely new batch that would be handpicked and nurtured to execute the agenda of a select few for their own benefit,” the former Housing Minister stated.Last week, the Hamilton Green-headed CH&PA Board came under fire after it was reported that contractor Ivor Allen was single-sourced to execute ‘corrective’ works on some 11 homes under the Government’s 1000 Homes Project.Guyana Times understands that the CH&PA Board handpicked Allen; a close associate of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Allen was once the Chairman of Region Two under the People’s National Congress (PNC), and served as a Member of Parliament of that party up to 2006.Chairman of CH&PA Hamilton GreenIt was also disclosed that the cost for the works is at $7,467,227, but the internal memorandum issued by the Secretary to the CH&PA Board put the cost for the same 11 homes at a whopping $16,727,623, a difference of over $9.2 million.Moreover, the newspaper article claimed that several of the staffers, inclusive of management members, were not listed as being part of the CH&PA, and that several staffers were related to former Finance Director of the Project Taslim Baksh. It was noted too that during the Board meeting on Thursday, CH&PA Project Manager Fazal Wahab and former Chief Executive Officer, Myrna Pitt, distanced themselves from the 1000 Homes Project.However, according to Ali, the project was managed by a committee headed by Pitt. He pointed out that according to the Project’s Standard Operation Manual, the 1000 Homes team “will be headed by the CEO and will comprise a Project Manager, two Supervisory Engineers, Clerk of Works and other field staff”. He added too that the former Finance Director was only a member of the 1000 Homes Project team and was not responsible for the management of the project as the article is falsely claiming.“The Board of Directors need to produce evidence that staff employed on the 1000 Homes Project is related to the former Director of Finance of CH&PA. No staff working on the 1000 Homes Project has any family relation to the former Director of Finance,” he posited.The former Housing Minister, under whose watch the Project located at Perseverance (behind Providence), East Bank Demerara, began, went onto address reports that the project was poorly supervised, hence substandard work on the two bedroom houses that will require millions to repair.“The supervision of the construction of the houses at the 1000 Homes Project was done by the Projects Department of CH&PA. The site was headed by a Superintendent of Works and several Inspectors of Works that reported directly to the Director of Projects,” the former Housing Minister highlighted.Moreover, there were reports that the CH&PA Board had discovered that a 22-year-old Data Entry Clerk was promoted to Procurement Officer, handling the purchase of $500 million in materials for the project, without there being any records to show why he was appointed.However, Ali explained that the young man, who holds a degree from the University of Guyana, was highly recommended for the position by his supervisor since it was felt that his skills were being under utilised as a Data Entry Clerk. He further stated that the Procurement Officer is housed in the Projects Department and reports directly to the Director of Projects of CH&PA; hence he was not solely responsible for the procurement of over GY$500 million in materials.Furthermore, in response to reports of inaction by the CH&PA in relation to several cases of vandalism, the former Housing Minister noted that steps were taken to have the area secured.“There was vandalism and thefts at the 1000 Homes Site that usually occurred after dark, in spite of security arrangements that were in place. The CH&PA tried to engage the Guyana Police Force to put an outpost in the area because it was impossible for CH&PA to prevent the vandalism and thefts that were occurring on the homes because of the vastness of the project site,” he remarked.last_img read more

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Stabbing in Moberly Lake

first_imgOne local adult male was taken into custody, and is being charged with attempted murder. He will appear in court on April 11, 2012. No names have been released. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers.- Advertisement –last_img

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UC execs owe more taxes

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – University of California officials said Monday they are fixing the tax forms of more than a dozen executives after an audit found their pay wasn’t reported correctly. UC President Robert C. Dynes said he and 19 other senior managers will get corrected W-2 forms for benefits not properly reported as taxable compensation. UC executive pay has been an issue for several months after a series of articles in the San Francisco Chronicle reporting that the university quietly paid top administrators millions in stipends and other compensation at a time when student fees were being hiked to offset state funding cuts. An independent audit recently found that administrators kept some details of compensation packages secret from the public and UC’s own governing board. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventlast_img read more

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Four ways Tottenham can beat Chelsea and remain ‘invincible’

first_imgTottenham Hotspur travel to Chelsea on Saturday night looking not only revenge, but for their first win at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.Last season, the Blues came from 2-0 down to draw with the Lilywhites and officially end their title ambitions, allowing Leicester City to lift the trophy.Now, with retribution and redemption in mind, Spurs must come up against an in-form Chelsea side swatting aside opponents thanks to their new formation.So, how can Tottenham finally dispatch the Blues and exorcise the ghost of last season’s result, which left some players in tears? Click the right arrow above to see our thoughts… 2. Stop taking short goal-kicks – Tottenham don’t concede many goals, but when they do the root is often a punished error. Regularly, these errors are directly linked to their propensity for a short-goal kick. When these restarts work, they look good and allow Spurs to attack quickly, getting the full-backs forward and into the game early. When they don’t, they leave the central defenders under pressure and Hugo Lloris, almost certainly, facing a shot or making a rash clearance – giving the ball back to their opponents in an attacking position. For this game, with Chelsea in irresistible form, it’s best not to give them any kind of chance or opening. So, for one game at least, they must be smarter when Lloris has the ball at his feet. 1. Use Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen on the flanks – Click the right arrow above for more ways Tottenham can beat Chelsea… – If Tottenham can disrupt Chelsea’s back-three, they could get themselves all three points at Stamford Bridge. Drawing either Cesar Azpilicueta or Gary Cahill away from their nominal position could allow Spurs space and time in front of goal. Both Son and Eriksen have the ability to take on opponents and create mischief, with the South Korean inspiring Mauricio Pochettino’s men last weekend against West Ham, engaging Michail Antonio and Havard Nordtveit, assisting a goal and winning a penalty. Eriksen, who looks laboured and restricted in a central role, could flourish given time out on the flank. With both players also able switch sides throughout the match there is added flexibility. The last time these two occupied similar roles was against Arsenal and they had plenty of joy. 4 4. Dominate the midfield – using Moussa Sissoko – We know he’s out of form, but give us a moment. If Tottenham are going to get any foothold into the game they need to disrupt Ngolo Kante and Nemanja Matic. The Blues’ duo have been in superb form, keeping things tight and both winning the ball and keeping it, with impressive passing success statistics. If Mauricio Pochettino wants to overrun these two, he should consider moving Sissoko into a midfield three alongside Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele. Using Wanyama as an anchorman, capable of dropping in alongside centre-backs Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer, and Dembele and Sissoko as box-to-box hustlers they could dominate the centre of the pitch. 4 4 3. Stop Chelsea’ dribblers – The Blues’ ability to transition from defence to attack thanks to their superb dribbling stars is impressive. Their wing-backs, and their wide forwards, are extremely capable of engaging and beating opponents. It’s crucial to their game and Tottenham would be smart to nip these in the bud. Whether it be a tactical foul or a feat of physical strength, it’s crucial Spurs stop them from meandering towards goal. Pochettino’s midfielders should be ready to muck in and double-team Chelsea’s attacking threats when necessary. 4last_img read more

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‘One of the best’: Reid tribute to 1966 hero Ball, 10 years on from his death

first_imgPeter Reid has paid tribute to World Cup winner Alan Ball on the 10th anniversary of the passing of one of England’s true greats on talkSPORT 2.Ball was the engine room behind the Three Lions’ famous triumph in 1966 and passed away at the age of 61 following a heart attack. But his legacy of his illustrious playing career lives on, with a league title at Everton in 1970 just one of his numerous honours. Reid knew Ball well and won honours, including two league titles, at Everton in the 1980s.  Reid joined the Ray Stubbs show to share his memories of Ball, saying: “He lived life like he played football – to the full. “He had one of the best football brains there has ever been – you talk about one-touch football, he would play with half a touch.“Anybody who had any contact, or anything to do with Alan Ball loved him not just a footballer, but as a person.Stubbs added: “His personality was infectious – showing everyone what it meant to play football for England.”last_img read more

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Jamie Carragher says there is only ONE coaching role that could tempt him off TV

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher would only be tempted to quit television for coaching if his old club came calling with a first-team opportunity.The 39-year-old suggested if his friend and ex-team-mate Steven Gerrard, currently managing the under-18s side, one day succeeded Jurgen Klopp and wanted his assistance he would seriously consider the offer.Bootle-born Carragher, who made 737 appearances for the Reds before hanging up his boots in May 2013, was initially tipped as one of the players most likely to go into management but instead carved a successful career as an analyst for Sky Sports and said he would find it difficult to give that up.“It would have to be a very special role: I think there has to be only one with Liverpool Football club and the first team,” he told the Daily Telegraph’s Total Football podcast after joining the newspaper as a columnist.“I don’t mean managing in terms of when I say ‘one’, that wouldn’t be realistic at all, but maybe being asked to be involved in the first team at Liverpool.“Helping a foreign manager, helping Steven Gerrard (currently the club’s under-18s manager). Who knows?“That is not a guarantee I would do it because I value the role I have at the moment – but it would only be one club.”Carragher said he weighed up the options of pursuing a role in coaching against one in television while he was still a player.“In my 20s I was 100 per cent going to be a manager. I started to do my coaching badges at 31, 32, and I can’t say I loved it when I started off,” he added.“Brendan Rodgers (former Liverpool manager) asked me to be his assistant when he first arrived at the club but that never sort of progressed and other people came in, which was fine as I still had 12 months playing.“Then I realised if you want to stay in the game there is coaching and the media side so I dipped my toe into both before I finished.“I did the European Championships in 2012 with ITV and did some coaching and I really enjoyed the TV.“I had a great opportunity at Sky and there wasn’t that opportunity in coaching.” 1 Jamie Carragher last_img read more

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Liverpool fan on talkSPORT: ‘Arsenal star Ozil could win us the Premier League’

first_imgThe German insists he has no plans to leave the Emirates Stadium and is ready to play, but it appears manager Unai Emery does not agree as the midfielder’s exile has continued.Clubs in Turkey have been mooted as possible destinations for the 31-year-old, who has made just one league start this term, while Paul Scholes has said he would be a great short-term option for Manchester United.But Reece the Liverpool fan believes Ozil could also be the missing piece for the Reds, who are six points clear at the top of the table as they pursue their first league title in almost 30 years.Calling in to speak to talkSPORT host Jim White, he said on Friday:  “About this time last year when Liverpool were top of the Premier League and going into December seven points clear, I said to a few of my arsenal pals: Ozil could be the difference for us winning the title.“If we took a punt on loaning him, and if Arsenal would give him to Liverpool, he could be the difference. Ozil has certainly got it in his locker to be a match-winning, but those days for Arsenal seem a long time ago A Liverpool fan has urged his club to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal.He’s only played twice this season, but Reece the Red believes the playmaker could be the difference for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Premier League title race.Ozil is being linked with moves away from north London after he was left out of the Gunners’ matchday squad for the fifth straight game on Thursday night, as they won in the Europa League. Getty Images – Getty 2 getty 2 Ozil has been frozen out at Arsenal under Emery, making just two appearances this season. “I think there are just certain games, tight games, where we don’t have that ability in the middle of the park to pick that pass and find Mane, Salah or Firmino.“There are games where we struggle to break teams down.“And at £1.4 million a month, when we didn’t spend a lot in the summer, it’s a punt I would take.”So, Reds supporters – do you agree?Listen to Reece the Liverpool fan on talkSPORT in full abovelast_img read more

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Google Won’t Resume Its Street View Wi-Fi Collection

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google won’t be resuming its use of Street View cars to collect information about Wi-Fi networks. So says the fine print of the Canadian Office of Privacy Commissioner’s statement today, that as we reported earlier, found that Google had violated Canadians’ privacy.Google’s Street View project has raised a number of privacy concerns, most notably in May when the company announced that it had mistakenly included code in its Street View software that collected Wi-Fi payload data. Google halted the Wi-Fi data collection, but it was unclear if this was a permanent decision. In the report issued today, Canadian privacy commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said that the “collection is discontinued and Google has no plans to resume it.” The plans, according to Stoddart, are to rely on users’ smartphones to collect the information on the location of Wi-Fi networks. Google uses this to build out its location-based services database, particularly in those areas with limited celltower strength.The report does add that “although it has no tracking tool to keep records of a customer’s locations (and does not intend to create one), Google acknowledges that it does need to examine the potential privacy concerns of this method of collection.”Currently, Google’s mobile privacy policy reads that “If you use location-enabled products and services, such as Google Maps for mobile, you may be sending us location information. This information may reveal your actual location, such as GPS data, or it may not, such as when you submit a partial address to look at a map of the area.”“With Android, location-sharing is opt-in,” Google spokeswoman Christine Chen tells CNET. “Whether we’re talking about location provider services or individual apps that use location, Android provides users with notice and control over collection of location, sharing of location and use of location to help provide a better mobile experience… We don’t share individual location collected from user devices with any applications or services.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google#NYT#web last_img read more

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California Amends Tax Penalty Provisions

first_imgCalifornia Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., has signed legislation easing several corporate franchise and income tax and personal income tax penalties. Specifically, the legislation:repeals the “failure to keep records” penalty for material advisors;expands the Franchise Tax Board’s Voluntary Disclosure Program to allow S corporations and limited liability companies classified as partnerships relief from failure to file and late filing penalties (operative for voluntary disclosure agreements entered into on or after January 1, 2017); anddecouples state law from the federal provisions that imposes a $50,000 penalty for each failure to satisfy the federal REIT requirements due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect (operative for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2005).Ch. 176 (A.B. 1719), Laws 2017, effective January 1, 2018, and applicable as notedLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Asian Champions Trophy: India held to goalless draw by Malaysia

first_img Defending Champions India were held to a goalless draw by Malaysia but managed to maintain their pole position in the points table in the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament. Both India and the Asian Games Silver medallists Malaysia now have 10 points each from four outings in the preliminary round-robin league, with India topping the standings on basis of a superior goal difference.The Indian team were off to a nervy start as they wasted several scoring opportunities early in the match. They had a spate of chances early in the contest, only for Hardik Singh to fritter away a scoring opportunity. Harmanpreet Singh’s penalty corner flick was blocked by the Malaysian goalkeeper and Mandeep failed to get a touch on long diagonal ball. It happened twice in the first quarter.Malaysia created one opening on a counter-attack, but mostly fell back to defend their goal against the Indian strikers. In the second half, the Indian strikers were not allowed space to enter the circle until the closing stages, when they forced two penalty corners but could not produce a goal-bearing shot. This was a period when Malaysia were down to 10 players as Tengku Tajuddin was shown the yellow card for a deliberate foul on Indian Captain Manpreet Singh.Nilakanta Sharma missed the target by inches in one of the combined Indian raids. Indian Chief Coach Harendra Singh rued the missed chances. “I am not happy. We cannot miss chances like this in international hockey,” said Harendra.Malaysian coach Roelant Oltmans said his team faced a tough time when they were down to 10 players due to Tajuddin’s yellow card. “We came under some pressure in the last phase after the yellow card,” said Oltmans. “Otherwise, the game was more of less what we expected.” On Wednesday, the Indian team will play their fifth round robin match against Korea. SHARE COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT A representational image   –  Reuters A representational image   –  Reuters hockey October 24, 2018 Published on ×last_img read more

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