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first_imgOn the heels of calls by former Attorney General Anil Nandlall to have Government’s sale of its shares in Guyana Stockfeeds Inc (GSI) to Robert Badal investigated by Police, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has confirmed the shares were sold below market value.The shares were sold at $25 each in a deal passed through the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Minister Jordan told a section of the media on Tuesday that his Government opted to sell off the shares since it was not receiving profits from GSI. The Government’s sold its 5437 shares which represented 6.7 per cent of the total shares.It was outlined that Badal was the only one to indicated interest in purchasing Government’s shares. This came via his lone submission of and Expression of Interest (EoI) to purchase the shares.However, Minister Jordan disclosed that Badal’s offer was not in keeping with the valuation price. Though Government conducted three valuations of the shares to determine the value, it accepted Badal’s offer which was lower than the valuation. He however assured that all of the valuations were similar.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall is of the view that this arrangement should warrant the institution of criminal charges as the transaction is identical to ones in which former Government Ministers under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) tenure were charged for and are currently before the courts.Nandlall observed that when the sale was announced, there was no mention whatsoever of how the purchase price for these shares was arrived at. Further, there was no mention that a Certificate of Valuation was used to determine the purchase price of the shares.Nandlall later explained that “When one compares this with the transactions which formed the basis for the criminal charges instituted against Dr Ashni Singh, former Minister of Finance; and Winston Brassington, former CEO of NICIL, one would see quickly that they were virtually identical.”Singh and Brassington are accused of selling various properties at prices the State contends were grossly undervalued. However, the former Attorney General opined that “They were public advertisements for those transactions and the properties were sold based on the highest bids received. Each transaction received the approval of Cabinet. Therefore, if Singh and Brassington committed criminal offences then fairness and justice would demand that charges be immediately instituted in respect of the Stockfeeds’ purchase of shares.”Government agreed to accept around $136,000 for the NICIL shares in Guyana Stockfeeds. “If the Government is to obtain a valuation certificate from the very Valuation Officer (Rodrigues and Associates), whose name is mentioned in the charges against Singh and Brassington, I have no doubt that those shares would be valued several billion dollars,” Nandlall said on Monday.The PPP/C executive member had also reminded that the situation is further exacerbated by the fact that in 2008, the High Court ruled that the GovernmentAttorney Anil Nandlallowns 38 per cent of that company.The Court of Appeal then overturned the High Court decision last year, and reduced the Government’s 38 per cent shareholding to seven per cent.Nandlall had noted too that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration then refused to appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), “thereby essentially gifting Stockfeeds billions of dollars by allowing the Government shareholdings to remain at seven per cent.”“At the time, the PPP in a public statement, called upon the Government to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal to the CCJ. The PPP pointed out Badal’s close relationship with the AFC and alleged that this was a payback for donations made to the political campaign of the APNU/AFC. Our calls were ignored,” Nandlall said in his social media post.He highlighted that the recent charges instituted against former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, noted that he was “charged with conspiracy to defraud. However, Nandlall feels that when one carefully considers the facts of the sales of these shares, it reeks of a conspiracy to defraud the State of billions.Nineteen charges deemed politically trumped-up were on Wednesday last instituted against Ali by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), in a move the parliamentary Opposition and the International Centre for Democracy (ICD) have criticised and deemed “victimisation of a political opponent”. His arrest and subsequent charges stemmed from the sale and transfer of lands located in Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (ECD), commonly known as “Pradoville 2”.According to Nandlall, a formal complaint to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) will be made shortly in relation the Stockfeeds’ purchase. “We will see whether criminal charges will flow,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgVikings Cricket Club continued their winnings ways in the 2018 Toronto and District Cricket Association Super 50-over competition after recording a comfortable 63-run win over Mississauga Dolphins at Maple Leaf, King City, last Saturday.Vikings now have played in six matches, chalking up five victories with the other fixture being rained out. Vikings batted first and set up a challenging 194 all out off 36 overs while Mississauga Dolphins, in reply, reached 131-8 in 25.2 overs. One batsman was injured.Former Guyana and West Indies player Royston Crandon has been in fine formRoyston Crandonthis season and once again scored a half-century (55) while Marvin Small and ex-Guyana youth skipper Eugene Lafleur chipped in with 38 and 21 respectively. Slow bowler Salman Nazar captured 4-33 off his 10 overs.Hassan Mizra led the fight for Dolphins, hitting 42 as medium-pacer Akash Shah snapped up 3-44 from eight overs, while there were two wickets apiece for LaFleur and former Guyana quickie Jeremy Gordon.Another former Guyana youth cricketer, left-arm spinner Raj Nanna collected a wicket and only conceded a mere three runs from 10 overs among them eight maidens.The competition continues on Saturday, but Vikings will be out of action owing to a bye. They are set to resume their quest for supremacy on August 8 when they collide with Centurions Cricket Club at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club venue. (Ravi Madholall)last_img read more

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first_imgLANCASTER – Lancaster School District officials estimate that it will cost about $400,000 to repair a Park View Middle School classroom building that was damaged last year by arson. “That entire building will be rebuilt. The flames were so hot, they melted the (plexiglass) windows that were in there. It’s going to be taken down to the bare walls and rebuilt,” Superintendent Howard Sundberg said. “The ceiling is gone. The roof has to be replaced. All the electrical wiring was ruined.” The blaze broke out shortly before 3:30 a.m. June 5 at the school in the 800 block of West Avenue J. At the time of the fire, the room was being used for storage. No arrests had been made by last week, when district trustees last week authorized the staff to solicit bids for the repair project. The cost will be covered by insurance. The damaged classroom is in an older part of the campus, developed in the 1940s. The room was being used for storage of folding chairs, tables, older computer equipment, books, a couple of TVs and other materials, officials said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sundberg said it was the classroom he went to when he was in kindergarten in the 1950s. The building at one time had also been used as a special-education classroom. The building is being rehabilitated because the school needs another classroom, said Mick McClatchey, assistant superintendent for business services. “We are gutting everything and putting all the utilities back in,” McClatchey said. The fire was detected by a sheriff’s deputy who was driving down Avenue J when he smelled smoke and went to investigate, officials said. Firefighters had the fire under control within 10 minutes. last_img read more

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first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Florida went in the tank. The Gators prepped for the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments by losing to teams it should beat, by havng its desire questioned, and by blowing a chance for a No. 1 seed. The current plight of the Gators? Please. Actually, that’s how the Gators went into the 2006 postseason, and we all know how that ended. So Florida’s current slump, in which it has lost three of four, means nothing when it comes to a the possibility of a deep run in the NCAAs, despite center Al Horford stoking the “Florida flameout talk” after Saturday’s loss at LSU. “I’m worried about our team right now,” Horford was quoted as saying in the Miami Herald. “If it’s not going well on offense, guys quit on defense. That’s something we never did last year, so that’s something we have to deal with.” Florida’s effort wasn’t much better Tuesday when it was trounced at Tennessee, but the fact remains the Gators’ combination of depth, big-game experience, athleticism and pure talent is unrivaled in the nation. Horford (12.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and Joakim Noah (12.2 ppg, 8 rpg) are one of the toughest frontcourts to matchup with in the nation, wing Corey Brewer (12.7 ppg) is difficult to defend and Taurean Green (13 ppg) and slumping shooter Lee Humphrey (9.9 ppg) complete a perfectly balanced team that also get 20 points a game off the bench. “I don’t think last year has anything to do with this year,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “It’s all about right now. It’s all about what can be learned from our last several games, and where do we need to get better and where do we need to improve.” “It’s like talking about Lee Humphrey shooting 70 percent from the 3-point line (in the first nine SEC games) and now he’s struggled the last couple of games, (so) people’s emotions are going to go up and down based on winning and losing. I try to stay on an even keel and look at, OK, how are we going to continue to get better and help our team reach its fullest potential, and play to the best of our ability?” A year ago, Florida lost to Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama in late February, and a postseason collapse was predicted by many before the Gators rolled off 11 straight wins, finishing the season with a 73-57 demolition of the UCLA in the national championship game. In an 11-day span that ended Tuesday, Florida lost to Vanderbilt, LSU and Tennessee. Each loss came handily, but also on the road, and with each opponent needing big wins to be NCAA-bound. Meanwhile, Florida (25-5, 12-3 SEC), which won 17 straight before losing three of four, had already clinched the SEC East, and motivation was lacking. “I think sometimes (the media) all want to look at the team that’s favored to win, why they didn’t win, or is there a problem, or is there something going on?” Donovan said. “I think we fail to give credit to the opposition.” Bygones not gone: Washington guard Ryan Appleby showed he knows how to hold a grudge, and not only doesn’t he forget very easily, but he also does not forgive. That was evident when he ignored a pregame conciliatory handshake from Oregon’s Aaron Brooks before Saturday’s game at McArthur Court. It comes from an incident in which Brooks was totally at fault, but in one he also showed regret and remorse. Brooks was ejected for viciously elbowing Appleby in last year’s Pacific-10 tournament. While sitting in the locker room, Brooks wrote a note of apology. He was suspended for a game the following night, then for two more this season, including the Ducks’ game at Washington. When Brooks went to shake hands with Appleby before tip-off last weekend, Appleby stared at the floor and ignored him. “It was a gut reaction,” Appleby said afterward. “I felt like he took a cheap shot at me last year and I felt like they didn’t penalize him the right way. I’m not going to acknowledge anybody for hitting somebody in the face like that. There’s no reason for me to acknowledge somebody like that.” Of course, none of Appleby’s teammates seemed to care. His teammates shook hands with Brooks, who scored 30 points in Oregon’s win. “He didn’t want to shake my hand, that’s on him,” Brooks told reporters after the game. “I can’t dwell on that. We had a basketball game to win.” Last of its kind: Arguably the most important game of the regular season will take place Friday, away from the glare of big-time television but also in one of the best gyms in the country. Pennsylvania (19-8, 10-1 Ivy) hosts Yale (13-12, 9-3) in the Ivy League, and a win by the Quakers will send them and first-year coach Glenn Miller to the NCAA Tournament. The Ivy League is the only Division I basketball conference that does not play a conference tournament to determine its automatic bid for the NCAAs. Yale beat Penn 77-68 last month in New Haven, Conn., but history is on Penn’s side. Since 1989, Penn and Princeton are the only schools to represent the Ivy League in the NCAAs. Brian Dohn covers college basketball for the Daily News. His column runs Thursdays. brian.dohn@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 last_img read more

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first_imgSURELY the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power didn’t intentionally mean to make it harder for the Valley’s largest charity for the poor to do its good works. But the enormous and impenetrable bureaucracy has done exactly that, and the reason hardly matters to the people who rely on the food, clothes or other charitable services that Meet Each Need with Dignity provides to the San Fernando Valley. MEND has been preparing for a move into a new, bigger location for months. But glitches and miscommunications with the DWP and the Department of Public Works have caused delays that could mean months more before MEND can move. City officials say there’s no harm meant, and there probably isn’t. After all, who would dispute L.A. officials’ incompetence? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But city departments ought to be going out of their way to help MEND, not providing it the same unresponsive and inefficient service it provides to the rest of us.last_img read more

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Film Society has announced they are wanting help in selecting the fall film lineup from the Toronto Independent Film Festival (tiff) films for the next season.The tiff fall film schedule has been released and the Society needs to choose films for fall time slots. The Society is asking for your top five film selections to be sent to them through facebook message or email; filmsociety.media@gmail.com.Film suggestions are to be submitted by Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 as the Society shares the sooner the selections are submitted the better the chance at getting the films wanted.Films in the ‘coming soon’ category may not be able to be brought in.To view the selection of Films, CLICK HERE To view the FSJ Film Societies FB Page; CLICK HERE – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_imgBoss Guardiola still believes that City can reach the final four of the competition, but knows that they need to be at their best if they are to pull off a thrilling fightback at the Etihad Stadium.“To go through you have to make the perfect game, create chances and concede few chances. The chances we receive, we have to defend well,” said Guardiola, who saw his side suffer another defeat in last weekend’s Manchester derby.“We have 90 minutes and anything can happen. All we are going to do is try.“We have 90 minutes plus extra time and what we have shown this year – even in the last game – is we can create a lot of chances in the last few minutes.“It is a test. Football, like life, is a challenge.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A 3-0 first leg defeat leaves City manager Pep Guardiola praying for a historic second leg comeback.MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 10 – Manchester City need the “perfect game” if they are to overcome Liverpool’s three-goal advantage and reach the Champions League semi-final, says Pep Guardiola.City’s chances of adding the Champions League to their imminent Premier League title win took a huge hit after the first leg of their quarter-final tie, when Guardiola’s side were blown away 3-0 at Anfield.last_img read more

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first_imgA group formed to examine the possibility that hazardous waste was dumped off Donegal will hold its first meeting tonight.Aodán ó Gallchóir, founder of the Sea Dump Donegal Campaign, says the group will meet at 7pm in the Yard in Falcarragh to form the cloughaneely branch of the campaign.This group of people will have to investigate the rumours surrounding the barrels that are believed to contain nuclear waste and Ammunitions which were dumped off the coast of North West Donegal shortly after the world wars. This group will then hold information nights in the Cloughaneely area on this issue and any findings of their investigations.A plan for the Cloughaneely branch and a proposed plan for the campaign in the months ahead will also be put together.“ These stories have circulated around Donegal for generations. If it wasn’t for the late Dr. Paddy Delap on raising the issue on a national stage, this case wouldn’t have survived until now. I commend him for his trogon work and determination to raise it.”“ Why am I raising it ? According to Dr Paddy Delap these barrels could have a strong connection with Donegal’s cancer rates. “If these barrels are filled with nuclear waste, I have evidence that will support the late Dr Paddy Delap’s case. This will have huge effects on the people and the environment if this is the case,” he said.GROUP TO EXAMINE IF HAZARDOUS WASTE WAS DUMPED AT SEA OFF DONEGAL was last modified: January 25th, 2013 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)last_img read more

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first_imgAuthorities sought the public’s help Monday in identifying a violent gang of jewelry store bandits who robbed two Don Roberto Jewelry Stores in the San Fernando Valley in January. The men, some of whom were caught on video surveillance cameras, terrorized customers and workers, disabling them with pepper spray and smashing display cases with bats. At a robbery Jan. 8 in the 9000 block of Woodman Avenue in Panorama City, one of the suspects grabbed a store employee by the neck, pointed a gun to her head, sprayed pepper spray into her eyes and threw her to the floor, a police statement said. The same employee just happened to be entering another Don Roberto store in the 8300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Sun Valley four days later when the gang hit again. They made off with a total of $32,000 from both heists, police said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Witnesses saw the suspects get away in a dark colored car at the first robbery. The bandits split into two cars after the second robbery. One was a white 1980s model Honda Prelude, and the other was a burgundy Ford Expedition with chromed wheels. Los Angeles police said all of the suspects are African-American. One was described as 6 feet 2 inches tall, 280 pounds in weight, 25-35 years old, with corn-rowed hair. Another was 5 feet 5 inches in height, 130-140 pounds in weight, 25-35 years old, wearing a tan hooded jacket. A third suspect was 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150-160 pounds, 25-35 years old, wearing dark clothing. Another was 6 feet tall and 170 pounds, 20-25 years old, with a light complexion. There were no descriptions of the final two suspects, who were wearing dark clothing. Anyone with information should call Robbery Homicide Division at (213) 485-2511 or on the weekend, the toll free number 1 (877) 529-3855.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Donegal Association of An Taisce welcomes everyone to a guided nature walk in Duntally Wood, Creeslough next Thursday (April 30th).The group will meet at the car park in Creeslough beside the bottle bank at 7p.m.There will be a free return bus from the Car Park to the start of the walk (on the R245, Carrigart road). This will return to the car park from the end of the walk at Duntally Brae. This is the perfect time to see the young leaves emerging and the woodland flowers in bloom and to hear the dusk chorus of the birds.Our guide is Aengus Kennedy, Nature NorthWest.Aengus is an experienced nature guide who has guided many walks for the public and for schools throughout Donegal, including many walks in Glenveagh National Park.ARE YOU GOING DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY IN CREESLOUGH? was last modified: April 27th, 2015 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:An TaisceCreesloughdonegallast_img read more

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