Auditor general backs Andrews

first_img Further breach Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has endorsed embattled Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) Administrative Director Ian Andrews’ position regarding the non-issuing of contracts for retirees Ann Marie Heron and Cloyfeld Thomas Davis. The auditor general, in a letter dated February 3, 2017, stated her concerns that in signing the employment contracts for the retirees, the INSPORTS Chairman Lloyd Pommells may have operated in the role of an executive chairman, in breach of Decision 26 of the Accountability Framework, which states: “The position of executive chairman shall be discontinued and legislation that could conflict with this direction shall be amended accordingly.” Reports have also surfaced that the board of directors has removed the security personnel from the premises and taken files from the offices. Staff members have also reported that the Board has expressed the intention to remove the security cameras that the management had installed sometime ago. These actions would further breach the Board’s Authority. The board also introduced David Mais to act in the role of administrative director without a hearing for Andrews. This again is not in keeping with government policies and procedures. Andrews has been suspended since February 7, albeit with pay, pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct. It has also been learnt that Andrews has retained the services of labour attorney John L. Bassie to represent his case. Andrews has been involved in an ongoing conflict with the INSPORTS board of directors since September 2013. In that year, the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament said the former broadcaster failed to report to the Auditor General’s Department in a performance audit of the agency.last_img read more

‘Bandit’ turns self in after robbing, shooting miner

first_img– at ECD bus parkThe prime suspect in an armed robbery committed on a miner on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) minibus park in downtown Georgetown, has turned himself into Police custody.The 33-year-old South Cummings Lodge, ECD, suspect has since admitted to theThese items were recovered by detectives from the carcommission of the crime and also to ownership of the unlicensed firearm and five live rounds which were recovered along with some of the stolen jewellery in a motor car, in close proximity of the crime scene.The robbery took place last Saturday, sometime around 15:00h.According to Police reports, the 44-year-old victim, who is a miner and resides at Middle Walk, Buxton, ECD, was a passenger in a minibus along with other passengers at the East Coast bus park when he was attacked by two suspects.One of the suspects was armed with a handgun as they pounced on the miner and relieved him of his gold and diamond chain valued some $950,000 and fled in the direction of the Stabroek Market.The victim gave chase after the armed suspect which resulted in a confrontation in front the Stabroek Market. The suspect then withdrew his firearm and discharged several rounds, hitting the victim on his left hand and buttocks. The gunman then quickly proceeded to a parked motor car, where he concealed something and escaped, leaving the vehicle locked.The car was towed to the Brickdam Police Station and later searched in the presence of its owner, who provided a key to gain access. The owner claimed to have rented the car to a Kitty resident since July.Meanwhile, the victim was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was treated and later discharged.The Police said that diligent investigative works into the armed robbery resulted in the prime suspect turning himself into Police at the Brickdam Police Station, accompanied by his attorney.Nevertheless, efforts are being made to have the other suspect arrested.last_img read more

Championship leaders Hull City suffer major injury blow

first_img Michael Dawson Hull captain Michael Dawson has been ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury.The former Tottenham star was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bristol City and is expected to be sidelined until the end of December.The loss of Dawson will come as a big blow to Steve Bruce, whose side are sitting top of the Championship following an impressive 11-match unbeaten run.Much of that success has been down to City’s sturdy defence – the best in the league having conceded just nine goals in 17 games.“Scans have confirmed that Michael Dawson sustained a grade two hamstring injury during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bristol City,” a statement on the club’s official website read.“The injury is expected to keep Dawson out of action for three to four weeks.”Dawson was already due to miss Friday’s match against Derby through suspension, which will keep out left-back Andrew Robertson.David Meyler faces eight weeks out due to a knee injury, while Adama Diomande and Robert Snodgrass have yet to feature this season. 1last_img read more

LAUSD’s building plan honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This award is particularly gratifying because it recognizes the efforts we’re making to protect our environment and save money on our energy bills,” said Sylvia Scott-Hayes, president of the district’s board of trustees. Among the “green building” measures in the district are rooftop solar panels, ultra-low-wattage lighting and energy-saving mechanical equipment. California State University, Northridge’s most recent Fulbright Scholar is mathematics professor Carol Shubin, who will leave for Kigali, Rwanda, in January to teach and develop math and science curriculum at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management. Shubin will work in Kigali for six months, teaching math classes and conducting lectures on her creation of a project at CSUN designed to strengthen students’ research, computer and analytical skills. Hermine Mahseredjian, the founder of CSUN’s Armenian studies program, will retire after more than 20 years of service. What started as one class in the university’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages in 1983 has since become one of the nation’s largest Armenian studies programs, offering 14 classes. Mahseredjian will leave at the end of the summer. Vahram Shemmassian, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will replace her. “(Mahseredjian) has left an indelible impression on many of her students and colleagues with her passion, dedication and enthusiasm,” Shemmassian said. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Unified School District was one of 10 national winners in the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence: The Americas competition. The district earned the award for its construction program, with $11.7 billion dedicated to complete 150 new schools by 2012. In awarding the honor, judges consider full development of projects including leadership, contribution to the community, environmental protection, architecture and design. Since 1936, the institute’s mission has been to provide leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. It established the Awards for Excellence Program in North America in 1979 and has since expanded it to Europe and Asia/Pacific. The Los Angeles Community College District won a Flex Your Power award from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for promoting energy efficiency. last_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Letterkenny Chamber has contacted the County Board to officially request the Donegal GAA team return to their town after the All-Ireland Final at Croke Park.The team has always traditionally returned to The Diamond in Donegal Town after any major victory including this season’s Ulster Final success.But in a strongly-worded letter, the Chamber said they felt it was now time for a Donegal team to have a welcome home reception in Letterkenny. The move is certainly due to meet with resistance from clubs and business interests from south Donegal.When contacted by Donegal Daily, Letterkenny Chamber President John Watson admitted businesses had been lobbied on the issue.He said “We feel the time is right now that Letterkenny could be the place for the team to return to.“We will welcome the team back with or without the Sam Maguire after the final and it won’t cost the County Board a cent. “For years the team has retuned to Donegal Town and we feel it’s time that Letterkenny got a turn.“We are the biggest town in the county and a number of businesses from the area have sponsored the team in recent years.“We feel it would be a nice touch if the homecoming could be shared around and we would like to do it after the All Ireland final,” he said.It is understood the County Board will discuss the matter tonight and give the Letterkenny Chamber an answer to their request.Mr Watson said the town had a number of locations it could accommodate a large crowd in including O’Donnell Park, the Tesco Car Park, the Town Park or Oliver Plunkett Road. It is expected to get support from people in Inishowen and the north of the county – where fans often complain that it can take up to two hours to get to Donegal Town.CHAMBER ASKS GAA COUNTY BOARD TO HOST HOMECOMING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALDonegal GAA teamJOhn WatsonLetterkenny Chamberlast_img read more

Sweden assessing injuries to two crucial players ahead of England quarter-final

first_img“I think they’ll check him today but he feels positive, that’s the information I’ve received,” captain Andreas Granqvist is quoted as saying by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet after Wednesday’s media session.“We hope that there is nothing serious.”Ekdal had a light gym session today before being accompanied by doctor Anders Valentin to have his foot assessed, Sweden’s press officer Staffan Stjernholm confirmed.“He has been training in the gym while the others were out on the pitch,” he said.“Then he and Dr. Anders Valentin went to do an x-ray. It is for safety reasons, to check.”The 28-year-old feared he had aggravated an old injury in Tuesday’s win over Switzerland.“It hurts a bit and it’s swollen. It’s too early to say what it’s like,” he said after the match.“I thought I had broken my old foot injury. Then there were many thoughts that flew through my mind.” 2 Durmaz was the other to sit out the session with those players who did not feature against the Swiss.“It’s a prudent precaution, he has a little feeling in his hip,” said assistant coach Peter Wettergren.“This training today is not the one that will determine how we will play against England.”Former Birmingham, Sunderland and Hull midfielder Sebastian Larsson admits he is relishing the last-eight tie with England.“Of course incredibly awesome. First and foremost, it’s a quarter-final in the World Cup, what a great challenge that means in itself,” Larsson, who was suspended for the game against Switzerland after his second yellow card of the tournament, told“To do it to England, where I have spent the last 17 years and played football, will be extra inspiring to see what we can do in that match.Join talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of England v Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals – Saturday, July 7: KICK-OFF 3PM BST Sweden beat Switzerland 1-0 in the last-16 Sweden are nursing a couple of players through injury ahead of their World Cup quarter-final encounter with England at the weekend.Albin Ekdal has had x-rays on a foot problem while fellow midfielder Jimmy Durmaz also missed training on Wednesday because of a minor issue with his hip. 2 Ekdal (right) and Durmaz (left) are potential doubts for Saturday last_img read more


first_imgThe search for missing County Donegal man David Colhoun who has been missing since escaping from PSNI custody has widened, police in the North said today.The 22-year-old from Lifford has been missing since May 22. His family fear he has drownedThe search involving police on both sides of the border and Foyle Search and Rescue has so far concentrated on the River Mourne near Lifford Bridge. It will be widened over the coming days, said the PSNI.“The search will continue until Mr Colhoun is found,” police said in a statement.David’s heart-broken dad Joe said he feared that his son drowned in the river.In a statement issued by police Mr Colhoun  thanked everyone involved in the search to date including Gardai, PSNI and volunteers from a number of organisation and the local community. The PSNI said it has assured the family that it will continue to respond to fresh information and offer assistance and support in “difficult circumstances”.Mr Colhoun is described as being 5ft 10in tall, of slim build with fair spiky hair and when last seen he was wearing a navy hooded top with white lettering on the front and dark tracksuit bottoms.DAVID: OUR SEARCH WILL CONTINUE, VOW POLICE was last modified: June 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: THE quarter finals of the Donegal senior football championship are on the weekend of 14th/15th September. In this video jacksonsmediatv  preview the four ties, between Kilcar v Glenswilly, Ardara v Gaoth Dobhair, Malin v St Eunan’s, and Killybegs v McCumhaills.Click Play to watch DDTV: VIDEO PREVIEW OF THE DONEGAL SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALS was last modified: August 27th, 2013 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:and Killybegs v McCumhaills.Ardara v Gaoth DobhairKilcar v GlenswillyMalin v St Eunanslast_img read more

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Warriors’ preseason loss to the Suns (yes, seriously)

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — If you don’t mind, I’d like to establish something from the start:If you’ve come to this corner of the interwebs looking for the deep meaning behind the Warriors’ 117-109 preseason loss to the Suns on Monday, you’ve come to the wrong place.Check back next week, when the regular season starts. Monday’s game was as prefatory and meaningless as a game played in front of a crowd of paying customers …last_img read more

Warriors Live: Warriors vs. Kawhi and new-look Clippers, Thursday night

first_imgScroll to bottom to follow our live feedAs the Warriors embark on a new era in a new arena, let’s take a closer look at their first regular-season opponent ever at Chase Center.Here are five questions about the transformed Los Angeles Clippers heading into the Warriors’ season opener on Thursday night (Clippers favored by 1):1. Why are the Clippers (the Clippers?) now the favorites to win the NBA title? For those who tuned out after the Warriors’ NBA Finals defeat, the …last_img