Housing Minister admits husband received 3 contracts

first_img…GTUC calls for conflict of interest to be investigatedIn a bid to address concerns regarding her husband receiving contracts from the Housing Ministry, subject Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood has confirmed that her husband had in fact received three contracts.According to the minister in her statement on the issue, the contracts were all awarded in 2017. She admitted that one of these contracts is still outstanding, but is expected to be concluded in two weeks’ time.“He was contracted by the Central Housing and Planning Authority to construct one duplex unit, two single elevated units, and two units for the differently-abled. This represents three contracts, all signed in 2017, and with the final one signed in December 2017. Prior to that, he was contracted (in) early 2017 along with another contractor to do rehabilitation works at the Linden office”, the minister’s statement has said.The minister insists that her husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was subjected to the same rules and regulations as other bidders; there was no exemption.She also took care to note that the contracts had been awarded by the CH&PA Board of Directors, of which she is not a member.She, moreover, denied presiding over any contracts, though she did admit to being present during contract signings.“I was present at the symbolic signing ceremony for contractors that had been pre-qualified to build houses for the Housing Expo. Two of the contractors signed their documents that day”, she disclosed.The minister also claimed that Desmond Murphy, the sub-contractor whose complaints about non-payment from Yearwood had sparked the revelations in the first place, was not paid because of substandard work. According to the minister, her husband fixed the defects with his own money.No violationsMeanwhile, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes has also issued a release hitting back at suggestions that she was violating the Integrity Act. Her company, Videomega Productions, was recently the recipient of a contract from the Department of Energy.After that story broke, the minister insisted she was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.“I have no relationship with the decision-making processes of the DoE. The decision was entirely that of the Department of Energy. I have never utilised any influence, official or otherwise, to influence the furtherance of any contract with VideoMega Productions Ltd,” Hughes has insisted.She noted that these are the conflicts of interest to which the Integrity Act speaks, and insisted that she has not breached any of them.Integrity CommissionBut with reports circulating of potential conflicts of interest involving the business dealings and even marital affairs of ministers of Government, the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) is not about to take the ministers at their word. In a statement sent out by the body on Monday, there has been a call for allegations of conflict of interest to be investigated thoroughly. And the GTUC wants the Integrity Commission to do so.However, the GTUC has expressed concern about the capacity of that Commission to do investigations.According to the GTUC, the commission has, for a while, been calling for the resources and investigators it needs to carry out its mandate.GTUC has noted that, having committed to fully staff the Commission last year, Government must make good on its promise. Noting that institutions cannot be put in place with no teeth to function, GTUC has called for a drive to fully staff not only the Integrity Commission, but other investigative arms of the state.“This Coalition rode into office not only on its professed intolerance for corruption, but amidst society’s concern. Society does not expect corruption to be removed overnight, but expects the beginning of corrective measures to bring the society to a state of accountability. To do otherwise will cause disillusionment in the political process, deterring citizens from participating, thereby undermining an important element in democracy… allegations of conflict of interest should be checked, and where exist, reined in forthwith…“We need a society where rules, laws and conventions hold sway and subject all,” GTUC has said.last_img read more

Egypt star Salah to travel to Spain for treatment

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah (R) injured his left shoulder when he was wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final in Kiev © AFP/File / GENYA SAVILOVCAIRO, Egypt, May 28 – Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah will travel to Spain on Tuesday for treatment on the injured shoulder that wrecked his Champions League final bid and threatens his World Cup participation.Egypt’s football federation (EFA) said Salah’s entourage had chosen Spain for a rehabilitation programme that Egyptians will hope helps Salah return in time for next month’s World Cup in Russia. According to an EFA statement Salah will be accompanied by Liverpool’s medical staff “for the duration of the treatment period”, having “started his rehabilitation on Sunday”.Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season in all competitions, was forced out the Champions League final in tears on Saturday clutching his left shoulder after being wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.It was feared the injury had ruled Salah out of the June 14-July 15 World Cup, but on Sunday the Reds’ striker said he was “confident” he would be back in time.“It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud,” Salah wrote on his official Twitter account on Sunday.Egyptian media reported Salah wouldn’t kick a ball in anger for three weeks.Egyptian federation officials meanwhile are set to pay Salah — described by the EFA as “the symbol of Egypt” — a morale-boosting visit on Wednesday.Egypt, who were drawn in Group A, open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on June 15, before facing hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.The Pharaohs play a first warm-up match, against Colombia, in Bergamo, Italy on June 1.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nicolas Otamendi dropped by Valencia as Manchester City close in on €45m deal

first_img Nicolas Otamendi Nicolas Otamendi has been dropped by Valencia for Wednesday’s Champions League play-off first leg against Monaco as the defender nears a switch to Manchester City.City are understood to have agreed a deal to sign the Argentina international and he is reportedly set to undergo a medical at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, the Premier League club will pay Valencia around 45million euros for the 27-year-old.Both clubs are keeping quiet over the deal but Valencia coach Nuno has revealed that the former Porto star will not be considered for Wednesday’s match with Monaco at the Mestalla stadium.He told the Spanish press: “I understand and it’s logical that you want to ask me about Otamendi’s situation as he is in the news.“But I ask to respect this press conference as there is nothing more important that tomorrow’s game against Monaco. “For a few days now we have prepared for this game without the option of using Otamendi and tomorrow’s game is crucial for us. We have confidence in those that are here.“Once everything is resolved, we will make decisions and the club will announce everything.” 1last_img read more

Kasper Schmeichel signs contract extension at Leicester

first_imgLeicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has handed the club a huge boost by signing a new deal.The Dane – one of the stars of the World Cup and a Premier League title winner with the Foxes in 2016 – will now remain with the club until 2023. Five more years to continue what’s been an amazing journey at this club. 🙌 #LCFC #KS1 pic.twitter.com/Z9v71HOqJ6— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) August 31, 2018He told the club’s official website: “I’m very happy to be here for many more years. I’ve spent the majority of my career at Leicester now and had some amazing times here, so hopefully we’ll have some more.“I’ve felt at home at this club from day one, so I’d like to thank the fans for the support they’ve given me and also the owners who’ve played a huge part in my career.“I want to bring more success to this club as I’ve loved every minute and hopefully we can keep going in the right direction.”The 31-year-old has made 298 appearances for Leicester since signing from Leeds in 2011. smart causal Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures REVEALED no dice silverware possible standings REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won huge blow Latest Premier League News Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more


first_imgLittle Ruby was left in the toilets of St Eunans Cathedral.A tiny dog who was dog-napped has been found thanks to some ‘divine intervention.’The McBride family from Letterkenny feared the worst when their adorable pet dog Ruby went missing earlier today.Even worse still were local reports that someone had spotted the dog being lifted from the Fernhill estate where they live. St Eunan’s CathedralMum Deirdre McBride contacted Donegal Daily and started a social media campaign to track the family pet.But not even Deirdre could have foreseen who was looking down on little Ruby.That’s because she was left overjoyed when she got a phonecall to say Ruby had been found – in the toilets of St Eunan’s Cathedral.Kind staff at the Parochial House had heard of Ruby’s plight and contacted Deirdre. And just minutes later Ruby was reunited with her delighted family.“We were just so delighted to get Ruby back. We would like to thank everyone who helped us.“We’re not sure how Ruby ended up in the toilets of the cathedral but she is safe and well and that’s the main thing,” said Deirdre.How Ruby ended up being locked in the toilets will remain a mystery.But all the prayers said hoping for her safe return obviously worked! FAMILY’S MASS-IVE RELIEF AFTER STOLEN PET FOUND IN CATHEDRAL TOILETS! was last modified: February 9th, 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:donegalletterkennyMISSING DOGpetRubySt.Eunan’s Cathedrallast_img read more

March madness continues at DMG Motors!

first_imgIt’s time to see the next car of the week from DMG Motors, outside Donegal Town!This week’s Car of the Week is this impressive 161 Skoda Superb Elegance, finished in Corrida Red & Black Leather Interior. 1 local Owner from New with Full SKODA Service History.Available on 0% finance – just €26,900 with 18 months warranty! Equipment includes:Leather upholsterySunset glass17″  Alloy WheelsPark Assist SystemColumbus Sat NavOn-board computerHeated SeatsElectric Seatsand much more!Check out a review of this fabulous vehicle:  For more, visit their website at www.dmgmotors.ie**FREE ENTRY TO WIN A NEW SEAT ATECA IN AID OF THE JACK & JILL FOUNDATION WHEN YOU PURCHASE THIS OR ANY USED CAR THIS MONTH**Sponsored PostMarch madness continues at DMG Motors! was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:161 Skoda Superb Elegancecar of the weekDMG MOTORSmarch madnesslast_img read more

Red Bluff girls volleyball sweeps LP for fourth straight victory

first_imgOroville >> The long trip down SR 99 didn’t deter the Red Bluff High girls volleyball team, with the Spartans easily dispatching Las Plumas of Oroville in straight sets (25-6, 25-11, 25-27) in a nonleague battle. The Spartans (10-5) have won four in a row and seven of their last eight matches heading into the start of Eastern Athletic-Sac River League Sept. 26 at home against Enterprise (7-9).Senior Logan Wheeler led Red Bluff with 10 kills on 19 attacks, while sophomore Sarah Reineman added …last_img

Vuvuzela: symbol of the World Cup

first_imgA vuvuzela blows out across DurbanStadium during the 2010 Fifa World Cupgroup stage match between Brazil andPortugal on 25 June.(Image: Kurt Wilms, Flickr) Letting rip on the Millennium Bridge inLondon at a special vuvuzela eveningorganised by the High Timber Restaurantand Brand South Africa on 9 June 2010.John Battersby, Brand South Africa’s UKcountry manager, is at far right.(Image: Patricia Walby, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• John BattersbyBrand South Africa country manager, UK+44 207 002 7114johnb@brandsouthafrica.comRELATED ARTICLES• Gallery: Vuvuzelas conquer the world! • South African English• Meet Bafana’s number-one fan• Flying the South African flag• The vuvuzela: Bafana’s 12th manJohn Battersby, LondonIn the space of four weeks the vuvuzela has become the defining sound, shape and buzzword of Africa’s first Fifa World Cup.It is on everyone’s lips – both literally and figuratively – and is likely to gets its place in the Oxford English dictionary some time soon.Prince William, heir to the British throne, had a go at blowing one although, by his own admission, with limited success. And Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, has blown a vuvuzela and thinks they’re a hoot.The vuvuzela is like Marmite: you either love it or hate it.Gallery: Vuvuzelas conquer the world!But there came a point – round about the end of the first week of the 2010 Fifa World Cup – when everyone wanted one, wanted to blow one, wanted to hear one and wanted to get their tongues around that magic word v-u-v-u-z-e-l-a.Sainsbury’s ordered 70 000 from a supplier in China and they walked out the door.A South African manufacturer who has teamed up with a German manufacturer to make three-piece vuvuzelas claims to have sold 500 000 of the instruments and done turnover exceeding R6-million. In the UK, The Sun newspaper has distributed tens of thousands as a promotional gimmick.A British distributor who wanted to give South Africa the business found that his South African suppliers could not meet demand, so he turned to the Chinese for a two-piece model with South African branding.One Chinese manufacturer says they have sold a million vuvuzelas. Demand is now picking up sharply in China and they are expecting an increase in global demand after the World Cup.In his seminal best-seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell defines that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviours cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire.That is exactly what happened with the vuvuzela by then end of the first week of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.It was the first World Cup in which microblogging site Twitter saw a massive proliferation in tweets as the teams went head-to-head. The site reached peaks of 3 000 tweets a second during the tournament and when goals were scored, according to an investigation by new media analyst Kerry Le Cordeur.In the first week of the World Cup the vuvuzela was recorded by Twitter as a “trending” topic – a status indicating exceptionally high levels of interest.Mobile technology saw an influx of iPhone and iPad apps, and the most popular of all turned out to be the ability to send the b-flat parp of a vuvuzela directly from your iPhone.Media commentators agreed that in a stadium the collective noise of the vuvuzelas fluctuated between the sound of a herd of elephants trumpeting and a large swarm of angry bees.The broadcasters hated them but found a way of digitally tuning them out.The players hated them because they could not hear each other or their coaches barking orders from the touchline. And Fifa officials hated them because they drowned out the fans and the singing that would have showcased South Africa’s tradition of voice and music.Fifa officials passed on pressure to ban the noisy instrument to the South African Local Organising Committee. LOC chief Danny Jordaan said that his committee was doing its best to control the use of the vuvuzela and it had been clearly established that it could not be played during national anthems.Jordaan said further measures would be taken if it became necessary. But it soon became clear that any attempt to ban the vuvuzela would lead to a huge uproar and rob the contest of its most tangible and audible African hallmark.A compromise was then found to produce a vuvuzela which made less noise and posed less of a threat to one’s hearing at close range. Instead of an ear-splitting 140 decibels they could come down to 115 or so.But the controversy surrounding the vuvuzela just fed the frenzy. The tipping point was reached by the beginning of the second week of the World Cup, and there was no turning back.To end the debate, Fifa President Sepp Blatter then came out in support of the vuvuzela. As did Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. That more or less ended the debate, and broadcasters began to learn how to pronounce the word on air.BBC Newsnight took the unusual step of ending its evening programme by inviting a British musician who plays the trumpet to have a go with a vuvuzela, to see whether he could get some varied sounds out of it – or even some music. The musician succeeded, but presenter Jeremy Paxman stumbled on pronouncing the word, a slip that did not go unnoticed in the British media.The fans visiting South Africa grew more and more intrigued and embraced the vuvuzela as a symbol of the exuberance of their South African hosts, using them as a way of identifying with local football culture.International television viewers also became fascinated with the vuvuzela. Children clamoured to own one.Science journals carried long technical articles about the sound properties of the vuvuzela, why its base note was b-flat, why the sound was so irritating and why they could adversely affect your hearing if you got too close.London firefighters used them for a union protest to demand higher pay and better working conditions. South African companies and UK companies with links to South Africa wanted them to add colour – and noise – to their 2010 World Cup launch events.Finance Ministers blew them at the G20 summit in Toronto. They were blown at a key baseball match in the United States between the Boston Red Sox and the Arizona Diamond Backs. In the UK, they were heard in the most unlikely places.Executives in the City of London took part in a vuvuzela blowing competition from the Millennium Bridge in the heart of London organised jointly by Brand South Africa and High Timber restaurant, an upmarket South African restaurant on the banks of the Thames.The Brand South Africa office in London, which distributed some 5 000 South Africa-branded vuvuzelas in the run-up to the World Cup and during the first few weeks of the contest, was inundated with requests from companies in the UK and Europe who wanted to include vuvuzelas in client packs.Charity events and England supporter farewell parties all wanted them. And of course they featured in large numbers at the opening game between South Africa and Mexico which was televised on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square on 11 June.Although Freddie Maake, 55, a Kaizer Chiefs supporter from Soweto claims to have invented the vuvuzela when he put his lips to a horn on his bicycle and extracted an interesting sound 30 years ago, another South African, Neil van Schalkwyk, appears to have been the first to have patented it and started manufacturing for the mass market about 10 years ago.But the real origins of the plastic horn probably lies far further back than that, in the tradition of blowing a hollowed-out kudu horn to summon people for an important announcement.As is the case with the makarapa, the ingenious decorated soccer helmet made from a construction workers plastic hat, these South African inventions raise questions about copyright and patenting in a developing country where people are not always aware that their ingenuity needs to be protected.Neither Alfred Baloyi, who invented the decorated helmets in 1979, nor Maake are ever likely to earn royalties or revenue from their ingenious inventions.The word “vuvuzela” means welcome, unite or celebrate in isiZulu. Despite all the noise and controversy surrounding it, that is exactly what the vuvuzela has done.John Battersby is the UK country manager of Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Presidential Hotline eyes improvement

first_img14 September 2010 Directors-general now responsible Most of the complaints are around housing, unemployment, water and electricity problems. A major challenge in dealing with the needs of the public was to get quicker responses from government departments and provinces. Zuma said he was aware of some of the frustrations members of the public were experiencing in their effort to use the hotline, adding that his office was working on improving the line. Others include service providers who were owed money by municipalities and have now received refunds. The municipalities include Matlosana Municipality in North West, Matjhabeng Municipality and Ngwathe Municipality in the Free State, and Emakhazeni Municipality in Mpumalanga. The review, which will be conducted by the Ministry of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, will inform the interventions that need to be introduced to make the hotline more effective. One of the satisfied citizens is Fikile Manzini of Mpumalanga, who raised concerns about the lack of water in Pienaar, Kwa-Msogwaba and the construction of RDP houses in her area. The local municipality, Mbombela, intervened and the area now has water, while the building of Manzini’s house has been completed. Another happy citizen is Lynette Temlett, who had been struggling to get the subdivision of her plot at Ruimsig in Roodepoort registered. She has since written a letter of appreciation thanking the Presidential Hotline for helping with the registration. Source: BuaNewscenter_img Zuma thanked the public for taking the time to call the Hotline. “We thank those who report anti-corruption allegations as well,” Zuma said. “They will help us in our campaign to ensure clean governance.” The Presidential Hotline, set up by President Jacob Zuma to give people easier access to the government, handles about 400 cases per week, and has resolved over 30 500 complaints since it was introduced on 14 September 2009, Zuma’s office said this week. “We will continue working to improve this service, as it is clearly a valuable tool in keeping government in touch, and also to train public servants to take members of the public seriously when they raise issues,” he said. Common complaints While South Africa’s Presidential Hotline has answered over 30 000 complaints from members of the public on various issues of service delivery since its inception a year ago, the Presidency aims to make the service still more effective. To ensure that people get rapid responses on their complaints, the President decided to make directors-general responsible for resolving the queries and complaints in their departments. This is in addition to the assessment that will look at challenges, successes and opportunities to improve the Hotline. Hotline service to be improvedlast_img read more

Financial Times and Brand South Africa Roundtable: “Opportunities and challenges of the Green Economy”

first_imgMinister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa will deliver the keynote address as well as participate in the panel discussions.The panel will explore future solutions as well as engage and discuss green issues under the theme “Building A Green Economy”.Panelists, from l to r: Bheki Sibiya, Parks Tau and Steve Lennon.Brand South Africa wishes to see these conversations translating into action on climate change. In turn, this will assist in improving South Africa’s image as a country that facilitates and leads debates on issues that impact the future sustainability, development and economy of the country in the first instance and the continent and beyond.This thought leadership engagement between government and business leaders will include;Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs: Edna Molewa, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg and SALGA CEO, Parks Tau; Executive Director of Resources & Strategy at Eskom, Dr. Steve Lennon and Chief Executive Officer: Chamber of Mines, Bheki Sibiya.Financial Times Special Report: South Africa and the Green Economylast_img read more