Govt flagged for ‘double dipping’ money for SARA

first_imgFinancial Paper No. 2– as PPP highlights breaches of Fiscal Accountability ActLast Thursday, Government pushed financial paper No. 2 through the National Assembly, seeking more than $2.5B in supplemental funding. In that process, however, it breached the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA).Former Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Juan Edghill, speaking at a press conference on Saturday, disclosed that the FMAA had been breached, and referred specifically to the $89.8 million sought for the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) under the Ministry of Legal Affairs.“I asked the Minister of Legal Affairs on what authority are appropriations being made, when no appropriation had been made in the original budget of 2017,” Edghill related. “He couldn’t answer! The Minister of Finance tried to offer some arguments, even asking me if I’m suggesting something illegal was done.”Edghill continued: “I want to read from the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA), (specifically the part dealing with) authority to vary annual appropriations. The law says that when you vary the budget (submit an appropriations bill), new appropriations shall not be created.Section 22 (1) of the FMAA states: “The Minister may reallocate spending authority among annual appropriations during the fiscal year to which the appropriations relate, subject to the following restrictions”Minister of Finance, Winston JordanA perusal of the Act shows that appropriations can only be varied across programmes within the related budget agency. It also states that an appropriation for any programme cannot be varied by more than 10 per cent of the total sum. And subsection ‘D’ adds that “new appropriations shall not be created.”SARA was known as the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) before passage of the State Assets Recovery Bill 2017 in April. SARU had previously received allocations from budget 2017, and questions are being raised over the need to seek more money.According to Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, the unit fell under his ministerial responsibility and, as such, the Ministry would be making the purchase of the two pick-ups and furniture and other accessories to be turned over to SARA.Questioned on the allocations that had been made to SARU, the Legal Affairs Minister was unable to provide any answers since, according to him, the Unit fell under his remit only from May, 2017.“Do you know what this means, ladies and gentlemen and tax payers?” Edghill asked. “This is double-dipping. SARU has already received appropriations for the entire year under the Ministry of the Presidency. You now have SARA, the same thing as SARU, now under the Ministry of Legal Affairs,” he explained.“They are appropriating $89 million for current expenditure for an entity that has already had money appropriated towards it. They broke the law by creating a new appropriation rather than transferring the money. So that money will remain in the Ministry of the Presidency, and God knows where it will go,” Edghill detailed.A total of $89.9 million was voted as current expenditure, to cater for salaries, rental, utilities and other such recurring expenditure. These sums of money were represented as Line Item 52-521: Subsidy and Contribution to Local Organisations from the Legal Affairs Ministry, under Current Estimates.Under Capital Estimates, $13 million were approved for the purchase of two pick-up vehicles for the unit, because the agency “does not currently have any vehicles”.Another $13.4 million were approved for the purchase of furnishing and other equipment for the property being rented to house the agency.By the end of the session related to the Legal Affairs Ministry and SARA, in excess of $115 million had been approved by the coalition Government to operationalise SARA, despite the protestations of the Opposition.last_img read more

Google has new site for sore eyes

first_imgGoogle wanted to jazz up its site without making things too busy or commercial, Mayer said. Reflecting its cautious approach, Google’s first set of decorations consist of just six themes revolving mostly around landscapes. The settings include a Japanese tea garden, a beach, a city skyline and a bus stop. Google plans to introduce a few more themes each month and eventually might accept outside submissions, Mayer said. Google has programmed its decorations to reflect what’s happening in the outside world. Users are asked to enter their ZIP code so the digital drawings change from day to night and fluctuate with the weather. The designs also will contain hidden surprises known as “Easter eggs” that will open up with an opportune click at the right time of the day, Mayer said. She wouldn’t reveal any of the surprises, but indicated they will delight high-tech geeks with a sense of humor. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Sprucing up its famously plain Web site, Google Inc. is offering a new option that plants its Internet search box in panoramic settings that change with the time of day and the outside weather. The colorful graphics to be unveiled today represent the latest bit of pizazz to be served up on Google’s home page as the Mountain View-based company caters to the digerati who want to customize everything from their cell phones to their computers. While most of Google’s users remain satisfied seeing little more than the company logo and the search box that has anchored its home page for nearly a decade, millions of others have created log-ins that enable them to select from a variety of features that appear with each visit. These additional bells and whistles – introduced nearly two years ago – include stock quotes, local weather and news headlines. Google’s new package of decorations, also known as “skins,” are designed to make the home page feel even more homey, said Marissa Mayer, the company’s vice president of search products and user experience. “Google has become the doorway to the Internet for a lot of people, so we want to make (the site) feel more like an online living room,” Mayer said. “We feel we are personalizing things in a very tasteful and usable way.” Rival Yahoo Inc. already has been experimenting with a broader selection of decorative themes as part of an upgrade of its “MyYahoo” service. “This is a much bigger step for Google because they have always prided themselves on their plain white pages,” said Dan Cohen, who worked on the personalization efforts at both Google and Yahoo before recently becoming chief executive of Pageflakes Ltd., a startup that customizes Web pages. The use of more graphics illustrates Google’s evolution from a once-pure Internet search engine into an all-purpose Web site that offers e-mail, news, photo sharing, instant messaging, shopping and mapping services. The diversification over the past five years has raised worries that Google might be overextending itself, but the expansion hasn’t hurt so far. As its lead in the lucrative Internet search market continued to widen, Google more than doubled its profit to $3.1 billion last year. last_img read more

Neymar, Firmino put Brazil into WCup quarters

first_img0Shares0000Neymar scored one goal and created anotherSAMARA, Russian Federation, Jul 2-  Neymar scored a stylish opener and set up substitute Roberto Firmino for a late second as Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Mexico on Monday.Bidding for a record-extending sixth title in Russia, Brazil weathered an early storm at Samara Arena before Neymar turned on the style to underline their status as favourites. Brazil will now meet the winners of Monday’s later match between Belgium and Japan, but after seeing Argentina, Spain and Portugal eliminated in the last 16, Tite’s men will fancy their chances.“We have to learn to suffer and we did suffer, it was a tough match,” said Neymar. “We knew they were a high-quality opponent.”Mexico made a bright start in their attempt to beat Brazil in a World Cup match for the first time.But after dominating the first 20 minutes of an entertaining opening period, Brazil came back into the match, bossing the final stages of the half.The match had been billed as a duel between Neymar and Javier Hernandez, but the West Ham striker was more noticeable for his platinum-dyed blond hair, a choice also made by central defender Carlos Salcedo, before being replaced in the second half.Brazil awoke from their early slumber late in the opening half, but Neymar’s angled drive was blocked by Guillermo Ochoa and striker Gabriel Jesus saw the ‘keeper block his drive after a smart one-two.After the interval Mexico lost drive and focus and Neymar broke the deadlock on 51 minutes.Brazil’s WIllian in action against Mexico in theWorld Cup last 16 in Samara. PHOTO/FIFAThe Paris Saint-Germain star drew several defenders as he ran across the edge of the area with the ball at his feet.He laid it off for Willian and darted into the box, stretching to convert the Chelsea midfielder’s superb delivery.Mexico were on the ropes, but Casemiro spurned a great chance to stretch Brazil’s lead, seeing his shot blocked by Ochoa.Osorio replaced the ineffective Hernandez with Raul Jimenez on the hour and Alisson dived to tip over Carlos Vela’s curling drive.But Brazil had moved up a gear. Neymar was starting to showcase his talents but he was left writhing in pain after a tussle with second-half replacement Miguel Layun.Replays appeared to show Layun caught Neymar on his ankle but he escaped sanction.With 10 minutes remaining, Tite replaced Barcelona midfielder Paulinho with Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.Brazil secured victory when Neymar turned provider in the 88th minute, finding Firmino in the box and the Liverpool forward made no mistake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgScottish comedian Kevin Bridges couldn’t hide his delight when he finally got his hands on his favourite drink Football Special. The hugely popular comedian immediately took to Twitter to express his joy that the soft drink was now being stocked in his native Glasgow. Bridges posted a picture of the Football Special bottle and wrote the following caption.“Good to see this fine brew has made it over to Clydebank from Donegal! @The_glen_cafe Yaldy! 🙂A few weeks back Donegal Daily revealed how Seamus McDaid, 26, had been charged with giving the unique-flavoured soft drink a new lease of life – across the globe.He was tasked with promoting the brand across the USA in major cities like Boston and Philadelphia. McDaid also revealed how he was stocking the brand in Glasgow because of the large Donegal diaspora in the city.It seems his efforts are already paying off. 🙂  SCOTTISH COMEDIAN DELIGHTED TO GET HIS ‘SPECIAL’ DONEGAL BREW was last modified: May 6th, 2015 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:FeaturesFootball SpecialGlasgowKevin BridgesMcDaid’snewsTwitterlast_img read more

Italian press say Mourinho should leave Man United and return to Inter

first_img 2 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures tense Getty SORRY gameday cracker smart causal silverware possible standings whoops Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 The Portuguese has become the favourite Premier League manager to lose his job first, and there is a wide belief he will not see out the season in charge at Old Trafford.Reacting to these suggestions, Italian news outlet Calciomercato have formulated the idea that Mourinho should leave United and return to one of his former clubs, Internazionale of Milan.Mourinho won two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League during his time at the Giuseppe Meazza, completing an historic treble in the 2009/10 season.center_img Most read in Premier League latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 revealed If sacked this season, it’s unlikely Mourinho would take a new job before next summer. However, Calciomercato believe he should be brought as quickly as possible to Milan to guide Inter to their first Scudetto since Mourinho left the club in 2010. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted And Calciomercato say Mourinho could be the man to guide Inter back to the pinnacle of Italian football if he was to replace Luciano Spalletti, the club’s current manager, this season.It is argued that Inter’s current squad is stronger than United’s in every position except midfield, with Ivan Perisic namechecked as one player Mourinho wants to work with, having tried to bring him to Old Trafford in each of the last two years.The Portuguese’s trophy record is compared favourably to Spalletti’s, while his man management is also praised in relation to the latter. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Jose Mourinho has been told to leave Manchester United and return to Internazionale, to guide the Milan club to the Scudetto.The pressure has been piled on Mourinho since United’s 3-2 defeat at Brighton saw the Red Devils already lose pace in the race for the Premier League title. Mourinho guided Inter to the treble in 2009/10 before leaving for Real Madrid How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Mourinho’s position as Manchester United manager is under threat last_img read more

Virgil Van Dijk is the best in the Premier League, says ex-Liverpool defender

first_img no dice getty 2 Liverpool’s defence has improved immensely with the addition of Van Dijk MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED And according to Henchoz, no centre-back in the Premier League can match Van Dijk on current form.“It’s totally changed because Van Dijk has come,” Henchoz told talkSPORT.“And for me he is the best centre-back in the Premier League. He’s probably in the top three or five in the world.“So the defence has improved immensely and Joe Gomez playing as a centre-back – he is a top class defender as well – I didn’t expect him to play so well.“It’s a very, very good partnership. Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz believes Virgil Van Dijk is the Premier League’s top centre-back, and perhaps one of the best in the world too.Van Dijk became the world’s most expensive defender when he joined the Reds for £75m in January, but few would question his value.Liverpool’s defence has become one of the tightest in Europe, with no team conceding fewer league goals since the Dutchman’s arrival, not even the famous brick wall of Atletico Madrid.Henchoz was an inspirational signing himself back in 1999, forming an effective partnership with Sami Hyypia and quickly becoming a fan favourite at Anfield. RANKED huge blow Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Henchoz was popular at Liverpool center_img ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade And Henchoz believes this could finally be their year.“So far this season they’ve been great, they’ve been great to watch and obviously the results have been great so far.“So I think, under Jurgen Klopp, we could see a progression every season and hopefully this season they can compete for the title.“Maybe they can even win it.” “Van Dijk is not short of personality. Since he arrived, he took over as the leader in the back four and the players playing alongside him have improved as well because they’ve got more confidence now and because Van Dijk is the one who takes the leadership.”The Reds defence will be put to the test when they travel to Arsenal on Saturday evening – live on talkSPORT.Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten in the league and currently sit level on points with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League as they bid to end 28 years without a league title. BEST OF last_img read more

Picture Special: No tricks, all treats at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál!

first_imgScoil Mhuire Gan Smál in Letterkenny hosted a fancy dress extravaganza last Friday to celebrate the beginning of the spooky season! It was all treats and no tricks at the school as the fancy dress day raised funds for Mary’s Meals, a charity which provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every school day.Teachers also showed their ‘true colours’ as new box of crayons was spotted at the school on Friday!  L to R – Miss Doherty, Mrs. O’Donnell, Miss Ward and Miss BradleyMs. Harvey’s 3rd ClassMiss Ward’s 3rd ClassPicture Special: No tricks, all treats at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál! was last modified: October 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:HalloweenSCHOOLScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

Round-up: Costa trains, Salah backed, QPR latest, Symons excited

first_imgDiego Costa trained with the rest of the Chelsea squad today.The striker, who has been struggling with illness and an ongoing hamstring issue, is expected to return for the west London derby at home to QPR on Saturday.Mohamed Salah seems to have little chance of featuring in that game after failing to impress manager Jose Mourinho during Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win at Shrewsbury.Canoville says Salah can improveBut former Blues winger Paul Canoville has told West London Sport he believes Salah has the ability to develop his game and make the grade at Stamford Bridge – if he can improve his end product.Chelsea’s Under-21 side lost 2-1 to Cardiff in a friendly, while Blues youngster Jay Dasilva scored a fine solo goal for England Under-17s as they beat France 3-1.In terms of transfer speculation, Chelsea have today again been linked with Roma forward Mattia Destro and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.Meanwhile, QPR have confirmed the appointment of Chris Ramsey. West London Sport revealed on Wednesday that the former Tottenham coach was set to take over as Rangers’ academy boss.The R’s will again be without Joey Barton, Jordon Mutch and Nedum Onuoha against Chelsea, but manager Harry Redknapp says Adel Taarabt could yet be included in the squad following clear-the-air talks between the pair.Onuoha hoped to return on SaturdayRedknapp believes the injured trio could return against Manchester City a week on Saturday.He is also convinced Chelsea will win the title and that Ravel Morrison, who ended last season on loan at Loftus Road, is – like Taarabt – in danger of wasting his talent.For more of the best bits from his pre-match press conference today, check out our weekly Redknapp Recap.Lastly on Rangers, young midfielder Frankie Sutherland has joined AFC Wimbledon on a month’s loan.At Fulham, Kit Symons says he is excited by the challenge of being installed as manager on a permanent basis.And in cricket, Ealing CC wicketkeeper Robbie White is among three teenagers to have signed contracts with Middlesex.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders, NFL ask judge to toss Oakland’s antitrust lawsuit

first_imgThe Raiders and NFL are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by Oakland, arguing the city’s claims “turn antitrust on its head” and are a “striking perversion of antitrust law.”Attorneys for the team, league and its 31 other franchises laid out their legal arguments for the first time in court papers filed March 1. Spero is expected to rule on June 7 whether to dismiss the lawsuit. Both sides met for the first time in San Francisco before U.S. District Judge Joseph C. Spero on Friday …last_img read more

Nestlé expands operations in South Africa

first_imgNestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in South Africa. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The company has vowed to increase investments in South Africa. (Image: WordPress) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ravi Pillay Corporate Affairs Director Nestlé South Africa +27 11 514-6779 or +27 82 908 2580  RELATED ARTICLES • Toyota SA project to create 800 jobs • Nestlé unwraps new cocoa plan • SABMiller invests more in Angola • South Africa to create 5-million new jobsBongani NkosiNestlé is building two new multimillion-rand factories in Babelegi, a small town in the North West province, where it will manufacture some of the products it currently imports.Construction of the cereal and Maggi factories has started in Babelegi, Nestlé South Africa’s corporate affairs director Ravi Pillay confirmed in an interview on 3 February 2011.Contractors started ground work on the 16 000 square metre Cheerios and Milo cereal plant after a sod-turning ceremony on 2 February. Both projects are set for completion by mid-2012.Nestlé is investing R505-million in the new facilities and in the upgrade of a newly acquired soya venture in Potchefstroom, also in the North West. This forms part of its expansion drive in South Africa, where the multinational has been operating for decades.“We will continue to invest in South Africa, in line with our long-term commitment to business sustainability and economic development,” said Sullivan O’Carroll, chairperson and managing director of Nestlé South Africa. The cereal factory has been allocated R244-million. Cheerios and Milo, products that Nestlé currently imports to South Africa, will be produced in Babelegi for the first time when the plant is fully equipped.Some R155-million has been set aside for the factory that will manufacture the Maggi range, including instant soups, stocks, sauces, seasonings and instant noodles. While some of Nestlé’s Maggi products are imported, most are currently produced in factories located in Gauteng and Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal.The new plant will ensure that all Maggi products are made in South Africa. “New Maggi products will come through,” said Pillay.Nestlé recently bought the Specialised Protein Products (SPP) company in Potchefstroom. The acquisition of this and upgrades will cost R106-million, said Pillay.Through this new venture, Nestlé will be able to increase production of non-dairy creamers and begin making soya-based products.The multinational has retained 120 employees from SSP.Employment opportunitiesA sizeable number of people have already found jobs in Nestlé’s factory in Babelegi, and more opportunities beckon.“There will be many spinoffs to the local economy of Babelegi due to these investments,” Pillay said.The two new factories in the area will result in the creation of at least 230 new permanent jobs, according to the group. Coupled with the 120 employees from SSP, Nestlé will be responsible for 350 new employees following the expansion project.It said 70 new permanent jobs will be created in the cereal products factory, while the construction process will result in at least 100 contractor jobs.Some 160 permanent jobs are expected to become available at the new Maggi plant and about 200 employment opportunities will be created during that factory’s construction.“A number of our employees will go to factories around the world for manufacturing training,” said Pillay.Stimulating the local economyNestlé enjoys a substantial market share in South Africa. The group has factories and distribution centres in six of the country’s nine provinces, including Mpumalanga, the Western and Eastern Cape and Free State.Its popular products include baby formula milk Nido and Nespray, as well as baby foods like Nestum and Cerelac. Nestlé South Africa ventured into mineral water in 1987 and produces a range of ice-creams as well.Producing locally has a direct impact on prices for both customers and the multinational. “Having products closer to our customers is always affordable,” added Pillay.Local farmers will also score big as Nestlé suppliers. “By manufacturing locally we’ll also be stimulating the agricultural sector,” he said.STYLE–> STYLE–> read more