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Baksh says audit intended to embarrass
GWI forensic audit– claims auditors ignored explanations to Board Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Shaik Baksh, believes the forensic audit into the utility which accused him of financial improprieties and abuse of power, is aimed atFormer GWI CEO Shaik Bakshembarrassing him and witch-hunting top executives.According to the audit report released by the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday, it was found that Baksh, while at the helm of GWI, had breached established company policies and procedures, and abused his authority.Among some of the allegations levelled against the former CEO during emergency meeting on May 28, 2015, are: alleged procurement of ‘political’ billboards for the May 11, 2015 elections campaign; the misuse of cash advances for site visits, abuse of authority in using the company assets, overriding company policies, among othersHowever in a statement on Tuesday Baksh explained that an internal audit was already conducted and explanations proffered to the board about the allegations. He further noted that the auditor – Ram and McRae Chartered Accountant – did not seek any explanations from him on the various matters listed under the item Chief Executive Officer in the report.“This is a clear breach of professional and international auditing standards and procedures. Further, the Auditor intentionally excluded my detailed explanation to the Board of Directors in June 2015 since a hearing was conducted on these same matters,” the former GWI head stated.He explained that the board had even taken a decision on the matter and this was communicated to him via a letter dated June 17, 2015. In that letter, Baksh said, having reviewed his response to the various queries raised by the Internal Auditor, the board was dissatisfied with the explanation provided with respect to the accident involving vehicle PPP 9050. The vehicle, belonging to the company, was being driven by the former CEO’s son at the time of the accident.In this regard, Baksh said the board requested he repay the assessed valuation of the vehicle in the sum of $4,500,000, to which he agreed. He noted that repayment commenced in July 2015 and will end in June 2016.“I tendered my resignation from GWI which the board accepted by waiving the required three months’ notice and paying me all the benefits. The question to be asked is: why did the forensic auditor intentionally reproduced the Internal Auditor’s report to the Board and did not include my responses to each of the matters,” the former CEO pointed out.Baksh believes it was the auditor’s objective to suppress information that would have “miniaturised and obliterated his frivolous findings. The initiation of an investigation against the CEO was the result of external directives to the chairman of the board after the May 11, 2015 Elections, and is meant to embarrass and witch-hunt top executives and replace them with persons affiliated to the new regime,” he added.Moreover, the former GWI head explained that as it relates to the advances for site visits, they were all cleared by him and approved by the Director of Finance and no query was ever raised.All these site visits were made in furtherance of the Hinterland Water Strategy and in keeping with the advances taken, he said, while noting that the relevant regional officers, village councils and communities in the various regions would be able to attest to this.He further stated that the contract of employment, which he accepted, was drawn up by the relevant authorities in terms of remunerations and conditions of service and that payment of gratuity was based on good leadership and management provided by him.“The many managerial initiatives, innovation, systems improvements and strategies implemented can easily be found in GWI’s documentation. All of these were designed to turn the Utility around, having regard to the state of the company when I took over as Chief Executive,” the former CEO stated.Baksh outlined too that the then board and top management especially the chairman, and the directors of finance and human resources were aware of the above contributions and it can be implied that they by their non-objection approved of the payment of the gratuity and programmed it in the payroll without any solicitation by me.Nevertheless, the former GWI head posited that the company was under good management under his tenure and for each of three years, received unqualified audit opinions from the external auditors after failing to achieve this important objective for several years.“In this regard, there is no surprise whatsoever that no financial irregularities had been unearthed by the Forensic Auditor in the multibillion dollar utility except that spurious and speculative observations were made of clearing of advances taken by the Chief Executive to further the community outreach of GWI in the hinterland,” he stated.
FSJ Blue Jays headed to Winnipeg – Interview with 2 players
The Fort St. John Midget Fastball Blue Jays are heading to Winnipeg this week for the Western Canadian Championships. Moose FM sports Director Jon Zacks sat down with Kory Bell and Ty Gullickson this morning. You can listen to that conversation by clicking this link:[asset|aid=136|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Ty and Cory_1_Pub.mp3] If you are interested in helping to sponsor the Blue Jays’ trip to Winnipeg, you can call Jenn Bell at 250-793-4454.- Advertisement –
Some facts about daylight-saving time, and why we’re making the switch so much earlier this year: The history: The U.S. went on daylight-saving time in World War I, but only for seven months. It was tried again in World War II. The Uniform Time Act made it a law in 1966. Why: To conserve fuel by adjusting daylight hours in the summer to more closely match the hours that people are awake. When to make the change: Traditionally, clocks were changed in April and October. This year, it starts earlier. Advance your clocks at 2 a.m. Sunday. The fall back is now Nov. 4. The change was mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Why the dates are changing: The government is still trying to conserve fuel. Moving clocks ahead is expected to cut energy consumption nationwide by about 1 percent each day, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. That is projected to result in $320 million in savings by 2020 and could reduce the need for new power plants. Source: California Energy Commission 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Suicide truck bomber hits Iraqi police station in series of strikes
BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber driving a truck with explosives hidden under bricks destroyed a police station Saturday in Baghdad – the largest in a series of insurgent strikes against the American-led security crackdown. At least 47 people died in the attacks, including 20 at the police station. The bomber bypassed tight security to get within 25 yards of the station by blending in with other trucks coming and going as part of a construction project, detonating his explosives after reaching the main gate. Police said half of those killed were policemen and several were inmates at the jail; 28 people were wounded. “We did not suspect the suicide truck, and he easily reached the main gate, where he detonated his truck. Suddenly there was a big explosion and part of the building collapsed,” said police Cpl. Hussam Ali, who saw the blast from a nearby guard post. “We were very cautious, but this time we were taken by surprise. The insurgents are inventing new methods to hurt us.” The thunderous explosion caused much of the two-story station to collapse and sent a plume of black smoke drifting across the Baghdad skyline. U.S. and Iraqi forces set up checkpoints at the scene and helped carry the wounded to hospitals, while military helicopters rumbled overhead. In all, at least 74 people were killed or found dead in Iraq on Saturday, making it the seventh deadliest day since U.S. and Iraqi forces launched the security operation on Feb. 14, according to an Associated Press tally. That included at least 25 bullet-riddled bodies – 11 found in Baghdad, six pulled from the Tigris River south of the capital and eight in the Anbar city of Fallujah. The U.S. military also announced the deaths of two more U.S. soldiers on Friday – one killed by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol south of Baghdad and another who died in fighting in the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar province. Northwest of the capital, a man wearing an explosives belt blew himself up outside a pastry shop in a central market area in Tal Afar, killing at least 10 people and wounding three, just over a year after President Bush declared that city was an example of progress made in bringing security to Iraq. A man driving an explosives-laden truck carrying boxes of new shoes also blew himself up near a Shiite mosque in Haswa, 30 miles south of Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding 45, police said. Two suicide car bombers also struck a police station in Qaim, near the Syrian border and about 200 miles west of Baghdad. At least six people – five policemen and a woman – were killed and 19 wounded in that attack. The Voices of Iraq news agency said there were three suicide car bombers that hit three police stations in the Qaim area, killing at least 20 and wounding 30. The agency said security forces were looking for a fourth car loaded with explosives and thought to be in the city. The report could not be independently verified. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sarri open to Terry return in Chelsea coaching role
Sarri believes Terry, 37, still wants to play for another season, but insists he will always be welcome at his “home” back at Chelsea.“The last time I spoke with him he told me that he wants to play for another season,” said Sarri on Friday.“For sure he will be a point of reference for me, for everybody here.“It’s up to him. If he wants to play for another season I think it’s right he tries to play. If he wants to help us, I’m very, very happy.”Ahead of Saturday’s visit of Cardiff to Stamford Bridge, Sarri’s side sit joint top of the Premier League with four wins from the Italian’s first four games in charge.However, he insists the Blues cannot yet be considered a serious threat to champions Manchester City or current leaders Liverpool after finishing 30 points off the pace in fifth last season.“I can answer City or Liverpool, at the moment,” added Sarri on which sides are title contenders.“We need another step, I think, to be the same level.“I think so. I hope not. It’s very difficult. The gap was 30 points at the beginning of the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Chelsea captain John Terry left the club in 2017, but could return in a coaching role © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 14 – Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has opened the door for former captain John Terry to return to Stamford Bridge as part of his coaching staff.Terry left Stamford Bridge after 22 years’ service in June 2017 for a season-long stint with Aston Villa and rejected a move to Spartak Moscow this week.
GAA NEWS: PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DUNGLOE U10 BLITZ
An Clochan Liath Club NotesBad aid 5, 8, 11 agus 15 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €5,800 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Laura McGowan, St. Peter’s Tce, Irene Ward, Diamond, Ann Sweeney, Ardveen, Mary McGee, Meenmore agus Mary Ward, Cronashallog.Bhain Carol Ann McShea as Lough Salt €150 agus bhain Kevin Gillespie as Mullaghduff, Ann Marian Sweeney as Sheskinarone, Ann Ward as Pole Rd agus Anne O’Donnell as Keadue €100 ag an bhingo. The winners of the Club 200 Draw are as follows €1,000 Ann Sweeney, Ardveen, €500 Kay Wehrley, Quay Rd, €300 Paul Martin, Tuberkeen and €100 to Charlie & Dolores McGowan, St. Peter’s Tce and Pauline Comack, Gweedore Rd.Well done to our under 8 footballers who traveled to Ardara on Saturday last for a very enjoyable blitz. Lots of great skills and plenty of determination against Ardara, Kilcar & Na Rossa. Thanks to all the parents for traveling up to support our future stars and to the coaches for preparing the teams. Special thanks to Ardara Club for the refreshments afterwards.The Club hosted their Annual Mary From Dungloe under 10 Blitz in Rosses Park on Saturday last. Well done to all boys and girls who took part and to the following clubs for their attendance Naomh Muire, Glenties & Cloughaneely. To John Ward and Dessie Gallagher for reffing and to all the parents to helped out in making it a successful Blitz.There was an excellent evening’s fun entertainment at the Duck Darby which was held at Lower Main St. on Sunday evening. The Prize winners were Kevin Bonner €100, Niamh Gillen €60, Bella Sweeney €40. Special prize to David Ward with best name duck “Great Quack”! Special thanks to Mary From Dungloe International Festival for the help in running this event. GAA NEWS: PICTURE SPECIAL FROM DUNGLOE U10 BLITZ was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAANoticesSport
Bulldogs Ready To Race At MVC Cross Country Championship
Story Links Championship Central The Drake University cross country teams are set to begin the championship portion of their season on Saturday, Oct. 29, when they compete at the MVC Championship in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Fischer has been the Bulldogs’ top runner in every raced he has started this season and has thrice been named the MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week to lead the league in that honor as well. One of Fischer’s mentors, Brogan Austin, was the last Bulldog to win an individual MVC title, doing so in 2011 to become the 11th Bulldog to become an MVC cross country champion. Saturday’s MVC Championship will be the first for the bulk of the Bulldogs’ roster. The men’s and women’s team have a combined 10 freshmen on the roster this season as the young teams have gained valuable racing experience throughout the season. Following Saturday’s MVC Championship, the Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship in Iowa City, Iowa, on Nov. 11. Print Friendly Version The championship races get underway with the women’s 5k at 10:30 a.m. followed by the men’s 8k at 11:30 a.m. at Pheasant Ridge Golf Course. Despite the youth, the Bulldogs’ veterans have enjoyed tremendous success throughout the season. For the women, junior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) has led the team in every race this season. Her season-best 5k time of 17:40.57 currently ranks as the ninth-fastest in the Valley this season. Prior to Saturday’s race, the MVC released the results of its annual pre-championship poll as voted on by the conference’s coaches. Those coaches projected the Drake men’s team to finish seventh while the women’s team was selected eighth. Bradley was the unanimous favorite to take the men’s team title and also the projected favorite in the women’s race. Meanwhile, the men’s team boasts one of the favorites to win the individual MVC title in senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.). Last season, Fischer finished as the MVC runner-up, but returns this year with the fastest 8k time to date by a Valley runner by more than 23 seconds with a 23:53.25 finish at the Chile Pepper Festival on Oct. 1.
FAMILY CRACKING UP AFTER BEING FORCED TO MOVE OUT OF ‘WEETABIX’ HOME
Damien Mc Cauley demonstrates how weak the blocks are from his house built in 2006 . All of the outer walls have to be replace at his family home, and his family had to move out. Photo Brian McDaidA young family have been left €30,000 out of pocket after discovering their home was made out of ‘weetabix’ cement blocks.The McCauley family moved into their dream home on the outskirts of Letterkenny in 2006.But a couple of years later they began to notice cracks up the side of the house. Damien Mc Cauley demonstrates how weak the blocks are from his house built in 2006 . all the out wall have to be replace at his family home, and his family had yo be moved out. Photo Brian McDaidIt got so bad in recent weeks that the family have been forced to move into rented accommodation.Now Damian McCauley and his family have been forced to remove the entire outer shell of his house, as well as footpaths and insulation.Damian, 33, said he has been told by engineers that his blocks have about the same strength as ‘weetabix.’“They are just crumbling in my hand. It’s unbelievable. They are just like Weetabix. “I have been forced to take down the entire outer shell because we feared the entire walls would come in on top of us,” he said.The family moved out of their five bedroom, 2,900 sq ft home at Woodlands overlooking Lough Swilly three weeks ago when it got too much for them.“My wife couldn’t sleep at night and she was constantly crying because she was afraid the walls were going to come down. That’s how serious it was.“My children, who are aged 5 and 2, were also terrified.“I’m involved in contracting so I decided the only thing I could do was to rip the entire outer shell down, suck out the pumped insulation and start again with tested blocks. “That’s what I am doing now to give my family some peace of mind and to save my house.“It will cost at least €30,000 to do that but if it means getting my house back and keeping my family safe, then that’s why I have to do,” he said.Damian said he is now considering pursuing the block supplier through the courts.And Damian isn’t the only person who has been affected by the bogus blocks. A group of more than 60 householders who are suffering similar problems have set up a campaign group called the Mica Action Group.The group aim to raise awareness of the problem across Donegal.Damian estimates that the problem of the defective blocks is much greater than many householders know.“I suspect that hundreds if not thousands of householders are affected by these defective blocks.“We want to raise awareness of this problem and to build a strong voice so we can approach the Government we our campaign and seek some kind of redress,” he said.The Mica Action Group can be contacted by emailing email@example.comFAMILY CRACKING UP AFTER BEING FORCED TO MOVE OUT OF ‘WEETABIX’ HOME was last modified: September 25th, 2014 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:blocksbuilderDamian McCauleydonegalGovernmenthouseletterkennyWoodlands
Male Nipples: Two Views
Is there a beachgoer who has not wondered why men have nipples? Since Live Science brought it up, let’s use this as a case study on how evolutionists and creationists explain things.The Evolutionist View: Live Science claims we all start out as females in the womb, and only after about 60 days the testosterone kicks in if it’s a male. By then, the nipples have already formed and don’t get deleted. As to why there are nerves and blood vessels serving them, the writer appeals to the old vestigial organ argument. There is no reason for male nipples, it’s just that natural selection hasn’t removed them yet. The article denies that early males once suckled the young on the grounds of lack of evidence. “Brace yourselves for a low blow, tough guy,” the article begins, hinting that the evolutionary answer won’t help a man’s self-esteem; at least it calls the nipples “harmless.” The article ends with a link to a list of other alleged vestigial organs, including the coccyx, appendix, wisdom teeth and body hair.The Creationist View: A creationist sees a phenomenon and looks for a design or function. Several creation sources have addressed this particular feature of the male anatomy: for example, Answers in Genesis gives a brief explanation, with reference to the book Vestigial Organs Are Fully Functional by Bergman and Howe. These authors point to the fact that the nipples are very sensitive to touch and therefore act as erogenous zones, contributing to the pleasure response during sex. Creationists have also argued that the single developmental plan for human embryos, which later differentiates the sexes, is an example of design economy. We don’t all start out as females. It’s more accurate to describe the early embryo as sexless in terms of the genes expressed; males, after all, contain an X chromosome. At the right developmental stage, the sexual differentiation genes are expressed. AIG also has posted a debate over the issue of male nipples.Creationists have long pointed out that the vestigial organ argument for evolution, of which this is one famous example, has been discredited (e.g., AIG and True Origin). They say it also is a “science show-stopper.” By assuming these traits are useless rather than applying good research to figure out what they are there for, evolutionists have hindered and delayed key insights into physiology that could have advanced medicine and increased understanding of biological design. Some 180 body parts were considered vestigial as recently as the 1930s. The list included organs as vital as the pituitary gland and thymus. This fact was not mentioned on the Live Science link. Creationists also argue that just because a person can live without a part, like the appendix, that does not mean it is useless. Many people alive today had their tonsils removed as kids. Science now understands better their role in the immune system and recommends keeping them unless seriously infected. One can live without an arm, too, and without eyes or ears, but is generally better off with everything intact. Furthermore, some parts may be useful at different stages of life. A part that was functional in the embryo cannot be considered vestigial if its remnants no longer function in the adult.Let’s think outside the Darwin box, shall we? Nipples don’t have to be for suckling the young to have a purpose. Every human knows these points are very sensitive to touch; that’s true in both sexes. Sex is a whole-body response God made to be pleasurable as well as procreative. We can’t rule out, too, that certain traits have value just for decoration – that is part of their function. Just as a navel can serve as a reminder that we all have an intimate tie to our ancestors, nipples help remind a man that he shares many traits with the female of the species, as well as having his own distinctive attributes. Even the shared traits, though, are expressed in distinctive man-ifestations. Women and men both have hair, too, but are the differences not interesting? Do they not add color and variety to life? Why does everything in nature have to be explained in terms of survival? Some things might be part of the costume, and that is good. A man’s chest would look kind of monotonous without those designer buttons there. Look at them as ornaments on a fine suit. (Looks best, guys, surrounded by lots of pectoral muscle; see YouTube.) This example shows that creationists and evolutionists deal with the same observational facts but look at them through different lenses. The evolutionist sees millions of years of waste and struggle, with us latecomers having to deal with the leftovers. Every trait must be interpreted in terms of survival and reproduction. Sex is only to generate more aimless, purposeless carbon units. That is a very cynical, demeaning approach to science and to life. A creationist, by contrast, believes the Creator designed every part for its own purpose and function. When a creation scientist doesn’t know the function, he or she is motivated to find it out. This can and should make science a liberating and joyful exercise. Many great scientists approached nature in just this spirit. Each of us, too, should strive to get over the bad vibes Darwin gave us about our bodies, and look at them in a new, positive way. Every part is good and useful and respectable because it was designed by a Genius and Artist. If you are embarrassed by male nipples and think they were some kind of mistake, you are disparaging the Creator. According to the Genesis account, God looked at man and everything He had created and said it was not only good, it was very good. Then God created woman and man said oo-la-la! where you been all my life, baby? It’s OK to feel good about your body the way God made it. A strong, manly chest is honorable and worthy of respect, no less the gentle curves of the woman’s bosom nursing a baby. For each sex, for every age, there is something to honor and cherish and be thankful for. Man or woman, boy or girl, God wants you to enjoy your body, nourish and cherish it, and use it for good. Let’s take off the Darwin glasses and begin again to have a constructive, positive, joyful view of life. I Timothy 4 is a fitting passage to consider along these lines, especially verse 4.(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Football Fridays to ignite Team SA
Walk it, talk it, wear it, share it!It’s all about football – and,ultimately, being part of the same team:Team South Africa With less than 280 days to go until Bafana Bafana run onto the pitch at Johannesburg’s Soccer City Stadium for the opening game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the concept of Casual Friday is getting a distinctively South African makeover.There are 40 Fridays to go until Friday, 11 June 2010, and South Africans are being urged to mark each one by “dressing down” in a way that will come naturally to a sports-crazy population – by wearing a football shirt to work.Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 Local Organising Committee, and 2010 World Cup mascot Zakumi joined a team of 2010 partners at Safa House in Johannesburg on Friday to celebrate the launch of Football Fridays, a national initiative to build local support and enthusiasm as the countdown to Africa’s first football World Cup gains momentum.“We are encouraging everyone to adopt Football Friday and to wear the shirt of their favourite team,” said Paul Bannister, acting CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), adding: “Obviously, we’d prefer it if their favourite team were the national team!“By wearing a football shirt to work or just socially each Friday, you’ll be showing your true colours as a supporter of South Africa proudly hosting the biggest sporting event in the world.”At a recent 2010 National Communication Partnership conference, 2010 Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza urged the country to appreciate the enormity of the World Cup, and to make the most of the event to promote the country and the continent in all its diversity.“We won’t get another marketing opportunity like this in the next 100 years,” Khoza said.A joint initiative of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), the IMC, South African Tourism, the SABC and the 2010 Organising Committee, Football Fridays is part of the Fly the Flag for Football campaign launched earlier this year.According to the IMC, it is hoped that the initiative will act as an “ignition point” for the campaign, which aims to get citizens to show their unique “South African-ness”, to support the national soccer team, and to be good hosts when the footballing world arrives on the southern tip of Africa in June 2010.