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Reports sent to Police, SOCU for investigation – Harmon

first_imgForensic audits– administrative actions being taken BY VAHNU MANICKCHANDIn light of mounting calls for Government to take action on the findings emerging from the forensic audits intoMinster of State Joseph Harmonseveral State agencies, Minister of State Joseph Harmon has disclosed that some of the audit reports have been sent to law enforcement bodies for further probing while actions are being taken administratively on others.He was at the time responding to questions posed during this week’s post-Cabinet briefing on Friday.According to the Minister, it is important that the public understands that while the audits have actually discovered some wrongdoings, they were not provided with all of the information, which in some cases, persons refused to give them.Nevertheless, Harmon explained that having received the findings from the audits, Government had to determine whether some will have to go to the Police for Police investigation while others will be dealt with administratively.“Those which have to go to the Police, we have actually sent some of those files to the Police and to SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) and they have actually started their investigations. Matters which are to be dealt with administratively, we are taking actions administratively,” he disclosed.In fact, the Minister of State outlined that only on Thursday President David Granger had a meeting with all of the Permanent Secretaries in the various Government Ministries during which he made it very clear what their responsibilities are in relation to these audits.“So you will see some actions being taken as it relates to administrative recommendations and some actions are to be taken with respect to Police work, which has to be done,” he remarked.Moreover, Harmon went on to say that in order to establish a case in the court, there is a certain standard of proof which has to be established, adding that the standard for an auditor is not the same standard which the police requires for building a court case.“So what you provide to the Police from the audit will be certain statements and findings from the audit; for the Police to now make this a matter for the court, they will have to go beyond what the audits say and found. They will have to get additional information to ensure that they have a case, which when it goes to court, they will be able to secure convictions,” Minister Harmon explained.On this note, the Minister of State urged the public to be patient, noting that the information is coming out and it is now up to the State to take it to the next level, which they are doing currently.“The information is in the public domain about what the auditors have found but in some cases, you just can’t act on that because in many cases, personalities and persons’ tenure in office is affected by what is written and so we have to be sure that we have enough and solid information so that when we act, we act wisely and we act justly,” he stressed.Only recently, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt, posited that Government was wise not to want to see prosecutions that are going to fail.“They want to make sure that whatever is taken to court by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has the best possible chance of bringing those responsible for the crime to justice, which means they want to make sure that they have all the necessary evidence, that they have made sure that SOCU has carried out thorough investigations and can definitively answer the question who is responsible for the problems in the forensic audits,” he remarked.According to the US Diplomat, there is nothing wrong with civil society pushing Government to move forward, noting that the international community also wants to see this but at the same time, everyone should want the State to move forward in a systematic way that is going to achieve maximum results, that is, all the questions answered and evidence gathered.Moreover, Hunt pointed out that criminal prosecutions take time in Guyana. This, he said, is as a result of resources and requirements in the justice system, which includes many safeguards to ensure that those who are innocent are not wrongly convicted.“So I am not surprised that we are at a point where we don’t have people who are convicted of financial crimes,” he noted.last_img read more

Mayor back in nation’s capital

first_imgFor the most part, though, Villaraigosa stuck to the needs of Los Angeles, stumping for the region’s “fair share” of federal funding. “We think it is important that Los Angeles, as a national asset, be a place for investment on the national level,” he said. “As Los Angeles goes, so goes the nation.” Tuesday’s itinerary included sit-downs with Dreier, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. King, who chairs the House Committee on Homeland Security, agreed to visit Los Angeles to see the region’s command centers, city officials said. Villaraigosa’s trip is the second to Washington this month. In town earlier this month to speak to the American Jewish Committee, the mayor backed Sen. Ted Kennedy’s immigration plan now before the U.S. Senate. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said she believes Villaraigosa is helping Los Angeles financially by becoming a familiar face on Capitol Hill. “Congress stubbornly sticks to the East Coast mentality that the U.S. ends at the Mississippi,” she complained. With a looming $8.3 trillion national debt, she said the personal touch is becoming ever more important. “Competition for federal dollars has never been so fierce.” Villaraigosa said he plans to become a regular Washington visitor. “I have been here a few times lately. That red-eye (flight) is starting to wear on me,” he joked, adding, “This won’t be my last time.” lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continued to rack up frequent flier miles Tuesday, returning to the nation’s capital in search of federal dollars. Joined by dozens of members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Villaraigosa called on Congress to invest more heavily in Southern California infrastructure, particularly the Alameda Corridor East rail network aimed at relieving San Gabriel Valley truck congestion. Last year, Southern California lawmakers brought home less than a quarter of the $900 million that local officials sought for the rail project. But Villaraigosa and local business leaders said they believe the $37 billion infrastructure bond package on California’s November ballot will induce Congress to be more generous this year. “We have something today we didn’t have a year ago,” David Fleming, the chamber’s incoming chairman, said of the bond measure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsVillaraigosa noted that if the bond passes, Los Angeles would get about $1 billion in public transportation dollars. Moreover, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made cargo-transportation projects, such as the Alameda Corridor East, a top priority. “One thing that Congress has always liked is when local people put up their own money,” Villaraigosa said. “That breeds money.” On immigration, Villaraigosa declined to offer his opinion of President George W. Bush’s proposal to temporarily deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. But he did swat the House and Senate for a resolution backed by Reps. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and Gary Miller, R-Brea, insisting that the national anthem be sung in English – a backlash against a proposal to translate the anthem into Spanish. “I think our national anthem should be sung in English,” Villaraigosa said, adding, “I don’t know that we need a resolution for that. It’s just common sense.” last_img read more

SA hockey teams in action in London

first_img9 July 2014 South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams will be aiming to build on successful endings to the recent World Cup when they take part in the Investec Cup in London from Wednesday. On Wednesday, the women open their challenge against Scotland, while the men’s first outing will be against Ireland. With the Commonwealth Games starting in Glasgow on 23 July, the competition is an excellent opportunity for the South African teams to fine-tune their games in London. The Investec Cup will also celebrate the opening of the new London Olympics 2012 legacy venue, the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, which has now become England hockey’s national stadium.Line-ups England, Scotland, Ireland and South Africa, all Commonwealth Games contestants, make up the men’s line-up in London, while the women’s teams are also Commonwealth Games sides, namely England, Scotland, Wales and South Africa. “We will only have one training here before the Scotland match so we be looking at getting our processes right in that game,” South African women’s captain Marsha Cox said on the bus to the venue on Tuesday afternoon. World number 11 South Africa beat Japan, the world’s ninth-ranked team 2-0 to finish ninth at the World Cup and if they get can back into the groove quickly it will stand them in good stead. They also scored an impressive 4-1 win over England, who went into the tournament ranked third in the world. Double Olympian defender Lenise Marais, so cruelly denied a World Cup experience after serious injury forced her out at the eleventh hour, returns to the women’s team.Tough Irish challenge Looking ahead to his side’s opener, South African men’s captain Austin Smith said after arriving at the team’s accommodation at East London University (ELU) that the Irish punch above their weight. “The last time we met, before the Olympics in 2012, they beat us, and we will only have had one training session (Wednesday night), so we will be focusing more on getting ourselves familiar with the game plan and carrying on where we left off during the 6-2 win over Malaysia at the World Cup in June,” said Smith. He also said former South African men’s assistant coach Craig Fulton, who is now the head of the Ireland coaching staff, will be familiar with the South African style of play.South African Investec Cup fixtures (SA time) 9 JulySA women vs Scotland 12:00SA men vs Ireland 18:15 10 JulySA women vs England 14:15SA men vs England 20:30 12 JulySA men vs Scotland 10.45SA women vs Wales 18:15 13 JulyPlayoffs for final placings SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Market Matters Blog

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Mary KennedyDTN Cash Grains AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — The domestic distillers dried grains (DDG) weekly average spot price from the 40 locations DTN contacted was down $1, to $141 per ton for the week ended Oct. 16. Prices were mixed from various sellers, but overall, the DDG price this week came under some pressure from the weaker cash corn price.Based on the average of prices collected by DTN, the value of DDG relative to corn for the week ended Oct. 16 was at 100.78%. The value of DDG relative to soybean meal was at 46.26%. The cost per unit of protein for DDG was $5.22, compared to the cost per unit of protein for soybean meal at $6.42.Various closures on the Mississippi River are likely stalling transport of some export containers to the Gulf this week. In the Upper Mississippi River, Locks 16 and 17 have been closed to northbound and southbound traffic since Oct. 13. American Commercial Barge Line noted that the latest forecasts reflect Lock 17 will reopen the evening of Oct. 17 and Lock 16 will reopen the morning of Oct. 18. Twenty-four hours of transit delays are expected for the cleanup of both locks.In the Lower Mississippi there is a closure at Mile 249 as of Oct. 16 through Oct. 18 from 07:00-17:00 to southbound tows with four or more barges. At the Gulf, weather fronts moving through the Gulf and Canal areas this week through Oct. 18 will cause intermittent delays there from wind and fog, added ACBL.ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATIONCURRENTPREVIOUSCHANGECOMPANYSTATE10/16/201910/11/2019Bartlett and Company, Kansas City, MO (816-753-6300)MissouriDry$150$150$0Wet$75$75$0Show Me Ethanol LLC, Carrollton, MO (660-542-6493)Missouri SubjectDry$147$147$0Wet$75$75$0CHS, Minneapolis, MN (800-769-1066)SubjectIllinoisDry$140$140$0SubjectIndianaDry$140$140$0SubjectIowaDry$135$135$0SubjectMichiganDry$150$150$0SubjectMinnesotaDry$135$135$0SubjectNorth DakotaDry$130$130$0SubjectNew YorkDry$150$150$0SubjectSouth DakotaDry$125$125$0MGP Ingredients, Atchison, KS (800-255-0302 Ext. 5253)KansasDry$145$145$0POET Nutrition, Sioux Falls, SD (888-327-8799)IndianaDry$140$150-$10IowaDry$140$145-$5MichiganDry$135$135$0MinnesotaDry$138$140-$2MissouriDry$143$145-$2OhioDry$145$155-$10South DakotaDry$150$150$0United BioEnergy, Wichita, KS (316-616-3521)KansasDry$145$140$5Wet$55$45$10IllinoisDry$147$147$0NebraskaDry$135$145-$10Wet$45$45$0U.S. Commodities, Minneapolis, MN (888-293-1640)IllinoisDry$145$145$0IndianaDry$155$155$0IowaDry$140$140$0MichiganDry$150$150$0MinnesotaDry$135$135$0NebraskaDry$140$140$0New YorkDry$165$165$0North DakotaDry$140$140$0OhioDry$155$155$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0WisconsinDry$135$135$0Valero Energy Corp, San Antonio Texas(210-345-3362)(210-345-3362)IndianaDry$136$136$0IowaDry$145$135$10MinnesotaDry$140$140$0NebraskaDry$135$135$0OhioDry$145$145$0South DakotaDry$135$135$0CaliforniaDry$205$200$5Western Milling, Goshen, California (559-302-1074)CaliforniaDry$203$206-$3*Prices listed per ton.Weekly Average$141$142-$1The weekly average prices above reflect only those companies DTNcollects spot prices from. States include: Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska,Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan,Wisconsin and Indiana. Prices for Pennsylvania, New York andCalifornia are not included in the averages.VALUE OF DDG VS. CORN & SOYBEAN MEALSettlement Price:Quote DateBushelShort TonCorn10/16/2019$3.9175$139.91Soybean Meal10/16/2019$304.80DDG Weekly Average Spot Price$141.00DDG Value Relative to:10/1610/10Corn100.78%104.56%Soybean Meal46.26%46.69%Cost Per Unit of Protein:DDG$5.22$5.26Soybean Meal$6.42$6.40Notes:Corn and soybean prices take from DTN Market Quotes. DDG pricerepresents the average spot price from Midwest companiescollected on Thursday afternoons. Soybean meal cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 47.5. DDG cost per unitof protein is cost per ton divided by 27.Mary Kennedy can be reached at mary.kennedy@dtn.comFollow her on Twitter @MaryCKenn(BAS/SK )Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.FD Source:FD Page :Page Member(s): 08052430, , , ,Slash Commands: Summary Page Member:(AGSK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Laddoos’ overdose leads to divorce of Uttar Pradesh couple

first_imgA resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district has sought divorce on grounds that his wife, under the influence of a tantrik (shaman), was giving him only ‘laddoos’ to eat.The man approached a family court where he said that on the instructions of the tantrik, his wife gave him four laddoos to eat in the morning and four in the evening. He was not allowed to eat anything else.The man said that he had been ailing for some time and his wife approached the ‘tantrik’ who asked her to make her husband eat only the laddoos.Officials at the family counselling centre were puzzled over the pretext for seeking divorce.“We can call the couple for counselling, but we can not treat the woman for being superstitious. She firmly believes that the laddoos will cure her husband and is unwilling to accept otherwise,” said a counsellor.last_img read more

IPL 4 auction: Will Ganguly, Lara find takers today

first_imgFile photo of fomer Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.This year’s auction saw money splurging on players for record deals but there were some big names who, surprisingly, found no takers from among the 10 franchisees.Having doubled his base price to $4,00,000 (Rs 1.84 cr), former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly was in for a rude shock when he failed to find any bidders at the auction from amongst the 10 IPL teams.Ganguly wasn’t the only big name who was given a cold shoulder by the franchises as even former West Indies skippers Chris Gayle and Brian Lara were snubbed.While Lara hasn’t played much of cricket in the last four years and does not have much experience in the shortest format of the game, Gayle’s fate was unexpected.The big Jamaican is a proven T20 cricketer with his attacking strokeplay and useful off-spinners and was one of the most talked about signing in the first IPL auction where Kolkata Knight Riders inked a deal with him. Besides, there are other names like England’s Graeme Swann and South African Herschelle Gibbs who weren’t picked.While Ganguly and Lara failed to prove their prowess for the highly demanding IPL seasons, doubts over the availability of Gayle and Swann, arguably the best off-spinner in the world at the moment, for the event could have cost them a place in the Twenty20 extravaganza.But with no takers on Day One of the auction, it is still not the end of the road for the unsold players as they will be up for sale on Sunday after the first round of auction. But it is highly unlikely that any of these names will fetch anything more than their base price. It was surprising that Ganguly decided to double his base price from $2,00,000 even though it was clear that he was not likely to get too many bidders.advertisementBut there could be some thought in that move. At Rs 1.84 crore, franchisees may have found Ganguly an expensive signing and preferred to put in their money on younger players.But on Sunday, Ganguly could well be seen in the camp of Pune Warriors for the base price.Those who remain unsold: Tamim Iqbal, Chamara Kapugedera, Murali Kartik, Ajantha Mendis, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Dilhara Fernando, Luke Wright, Matt Prior, Mark Boucher, Graeme Manou, Brian Lara, Herschelle Gibbs, Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle.FAQ’sWhat are marquee players? Those players, who went under the hammer first and are picked according to a combination of their valuation and star power. These players will be retained by their franchisees for 3 editions. For this year’s auction, there are 27 marquee players.How many teams will be participating in IPL-4? Ten. This includes the eight existing teams and two news teams – Team Kochi and Pune Warriors.What is the total purse for each franchisee? $ 9 million. But the teams that have retained some players will have their budgets reduced as the price of such players.What is player retention? Each of the eight franchisees, who were part of the last three editions, were allowed to retain four players.What’s the condition regarding overseas players? A team is allowed to play only four overseas players in a match. Besides, four players must belong to the catchment area where the team is located.What is the maximum pool of players a franchise can have? Each franchise can have a maximum squad of 30 players. They must have 4 under-21 players in the pool.Who is the master auctioneer? Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England, is accepting the bids from all the franchisees as he did for the last 3 editions.last_img read more