Govt Ministry unable to account for State assets – PS

first_img… blames development officers for mismanagementThe Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry is unable to properly account for all of its assets and resources distributed across the regions, to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, as a result of lapses in the procurement, fiscal management and accountability laws and obligatory regulations – a situation that has reached alarming proportions.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary, Alfred King made the startling disclosure when he was joined by Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sidney Allicock and Minster within the Ministry, Valerie Gariddo-Lowe for the opening of a two-day meeting of the Ministry’s Community Development Officers (CDO).He told the CDOs gathered at Moray House, they also contribute to the mismanagement in the system. Pointing out the situation recently unearthed at the Ministry, through its various mechanism and outlying offices and unit, the Permanent Secretary said it has been failing to accurately account for resources that have been distributed.According to King, recent queries were undertaken by the Ministry that focuses on compliance with the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act and Guyana Procurement Laws among other standards.In making the disclosure, King said it was “only two days I was spending over three and half hours trying to not ramble but go through thoroughly, what is the assessment of the Ministry’s performance by the FMA standard by the Stores Regulation standard, by the Procurement Act standards and what we found is quite alarming in some cases.”According to the recently appointed Permanent Secretary, “there are queries as it relates to the Ministry not being able to account accurately and efficiently for the distribution of its assets and resources to support the community’s work.”He lamented this to be a most distressing, since on further investigations it was discovered that there are several gaps existing in the system, in addition to other breakdowns in the governance mechanisms.“What we found was that there were gaps as it relates to people who should be involved and persons who should be taking action to correct those deficiencies.”King said the Ministry has since taken cognisance of the existing gaps in the Indigenous Affairs Ministry’s operations. He highlighted too, “lots of parallel operations… things are happening and people are operating in silos when in fact we should be operating at one Ministry.”Permanent Secretary Alfred KingThe Ministry’s Permanent Secretary used the occasion of the two-day meet to challenge the CDOs in the formulation of strategies on the way forwards, to bring to fore and address the sore issues plaguing the Ministry such as outstanding liabilities.“I want to see you come up with a plan for us to reduce all those liabilities that we have out there.”DebtsBemoaning the point, the Permanent Secretary pointed to the Ministry’s solicitation of the services in various communities, such as with the Uniform Assistance Programme where persons are employed to construct the garments.“After a year and two sometimes we still owe the people out there…We operate an annual budget, that is a financial year from January to December and therefore we should not be talking about operationalising the previous year’s budget for five and six months into a new year, something is fundamentally wrong with that and must be changed.”Lamenting other woes being experienced by the Ministry and departments such as the CDO’s, King pointed to the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) with some 1800 persons enlisted across the country –many of whom have since begun complaining.He regaled the objectives of the project which could ultimately lead youth employment and self-empowerment King chided the CDOs saying “if you are out there and you not part of this whole process of trying to empower young people then you are not really with the Ministry.”King was adamant the CDOs should take a more proactive role in engaging the HEYS and similar programmes targeting hinterland regions.“You are supposed to be ensuring that you help to coordinate and manage the mobilisation for these young people for monthly payments of their stipends, we are still getting reports that we are taking too long to get out there, that’s difficult to conceptualise if we know that we have ongoing presence on the ground,” according to King.He said “you can understand how frustrating it can be from time to time when we get these types of reports.” King was adamant during his interaction with the CDOs “If you don’t like what you do, best thing is to get out of it.”RelationshipsSpeaking to the importance of the CDOs and their relationship to the Ministry, King at the onset announced that the meetings will no longer be held annually.“You are regular staff and this should be statutory engagements where you are given policy directives,” in addition to performance reviews and evaluations.King said the meetings will in future be held with a quarterly arrangement “where you work closely with all the units in the Ministry to execute their works.”Community Development Officers attached to the Ministry are posted with the majority being located in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) and Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo) while one officer is tasked with responsibility for the coastal Amerindian communities.The meeting was organised by the Ministry’s Department of Community Development and Governance.last_img read more

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Arif Bulkan to be sworn in as Appeal Judge

first_imgGuyana will have a new acting Appeal Court Judge in the person of Attorney, Dr Arif Bulkan.Bulkan is expected to officially be sworn-in by President David Granger today at State House, according to the Ministry of the Presidency. Bulkan is the nephew of Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Dr Arif BulkanHe is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine with specialisation in constitutional law and Caribbean human rights law, among others.Previously he served as Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Law from 2013 to 2016.He also co-founded the Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project at the Cave Hill campus, which is a group of law professors who engage in litigation and advocacy aimed at promoting human rights.He is the recipient of the 2017 Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence in Public and Civic contributions.Bulkan practiced law in Guyana (1990-2004) and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Transparency Institute Guyana Incorporated, a local chapter of Transparency International from 2011 to 2015.He received his legal education from the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Canada, University College London in the UK, and the UWI.last_img read more

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Slo-Pitch Cancelled!

first_imgGames canclled due to rain will not be rescheduled.As for Wednesday’s set of games, there is no word yet as to if games will commence, as organizers prefer to cancel games one day at a time.Moose FM will report if Wednesday’s games will take place or not.- Advertisement –last_img

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Good results for local Long Track Skaters at Championships

first_imgIn Male T2T 12, Matthew Mitchell received Gold. Emerson Bigras also participated in this category but, after a good effort, was unable to grab a medal.Sidney Bennie picked up Gold in Female T2T 13.In the Male T2T, Nicholas Guliov won Gold and Dakotah Ruel, of Dawson Creek, won Silver. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 B.C. Long Track Championships were held in Fort St. John over the weekend.127 skaters participated in this year’s Long Track Championship, with 12 clubs being represented from across B.C.Long Track Skaters from the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club had a good performance at the Championships.- Advertisement -In the L2T B Male category, Kallum Dunn won Gold.Austin MacGregor received Iron in L2T A Male.Emma North won Gold and Cheyanne Key won Bronze in Female T2T 12.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team to play in semifinals on Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Paralympic athlete, Bo Hedges, and the Canadian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team are currently on their way to reaching gold at the 2019 ParaPan Am Games in Lima, Peru.On Wednesday, the Canadian Men were playing against Peru in the quarterfinals, a game in which Canada ended up winning 78 to 31 over Peru.The undefeated Canadians, which sit at a standing of 4-0, will now face Colombia in the semifinals on Friday.- Advertisement -The winner of that game will move on to play in the gold medal final and is guaranteed a spot at next year’s Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.last_img read more

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RCMP driving crackdown over weekend

first_imgFort St. John RCMP are reminding drivers to be cautious as winter weather approaches.Last Friday, local RCMP and Peace Region Traffic Services executed a 24-hour crackdown on bad driving in and around Fort St. John. The team issued numerous tickets for speeding, running stop signs and not wearing seat belts.RCMP also took six impaired drivers off the road over the 24-hour initiative, including an impaired 19-year-old male with eight intoxicated passengers. That driver had a blood alcohol reading of twice the legal limit.- Advertisement -Police ask anyone who sees a vehicle operating in a dangerous manner to note the license plate, the direction of travel and a vehicle description in order to better assist the RCMP.The Fort St. John detachment also thanks local drivers who practice safe driving, saying their efforts do not go unnoticed by RCMP.last_img read more

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Snowfall Warning ended – Wind Chill Warning Continues

first_imgWIND CHILL WARNING ISSUED For Fort St John BY ENVIRONMENT CANADABULLETIN ISSUED AT: 10.01 AM PST WEDNESDAY 7 JANUARY 2009BRISK WINDS COMBINED WITH COLD TEMPERATURES ARE PRODUCING VERY COLD WIND CHILL OF MINUS 40 TO MINUS 45.  THIS IS A WARNING THAT EXTREME WIND CHILL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS.- Advertisement –last_img

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Local singer competing in national star search

first_imgGies says even if he doesn’t win, he will continue pursuing a singing career. He entered the competition after his mother’s coworker suggested that he should.[asset|aid=1491|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b9748c4664b447e11e2e743c3a644962-Geis 2_1_Pub.mp3]The winner gets to travel to Nashville, Tennessee, with a chance to visit the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame.The winner also receives two demo recordings at Powersound Recording Studios in Edmonton.Advertisement A local youth is one of five contestants left in the Global Country Star Search.18 year old Justin Gies is the only male contestant left in the competition. Gies says that is making him nervous.[asset|aid=1490|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=4ca403bf415f4d5041bfd1724aba3342-Geis 1_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -Gies will be singing “Proud of the House We Built” by Brooks and Dunn.The five contestants will be performing with a live band at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. Those in the audience get to vote on their favorite singer, and a winner will be chosen live on June 15th.Meanwhile, Gies is the only contestant from British Columbia. He lived most of his life in Fort St. John, but relocated to Taylor with his family several years ago.Advertisementlast_img read more

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One last chance to win the Honda CRV from Moose FM

first_imgJust enter all your info after Clicking Here.  The draw will take place Friday June 26th at 7:50am on Moose FM with Kelly Doiron. Moose FM and Transport Honda are giving you one last chance to win the Honda CRV.- Advertisement – You could win a one year lease on this Honda CRV.  All this year Moose FM has taken entries any time we’ve been on location around Fort St. John.  Since we don’t have any more on locations scheduled between now and the draw date on June 26th….we thought we’d give you one last chance online. The Honda CRV is brought to you by Transport Honda, Graphx Signs and Auto Designs and Moose FM.center_img last_img read more

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City releases 2008 statement of financial information report

first_imgThe financial statements are out for Fort St. John City employees and elected officials for 2008.City employees salaries totaled just over $9,644,000. As for elected officials, the total came to more than $185,000.Former City Manager John Locher, who was fired in June of 2007, received just over $141,000 as a promised severance package.- Advertisement -Now, last year, former Mayor Jim Eglinski spent just under $7,000 for expenses, like out-of-town conferences. Since January 2009, Mayor Lantz has spent just over $11,000 for conferences in various parts of BC and Alberta.Meanwhile, wages for three firefighters varied from $128,000 thousand to $147,000.To see a full copy of the statement, click on the attachment below.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Holiday Update – Senior Flyers

first_imgLarson says the current team will be joined by the likes of Tyler Brough, Ryan Carter, and Ryan Manitowich.   He says a few players from the affiliated Dawson Creek Senior Canucks are likely to factor in, including Adam Loncan, Dustin Kersey, Rod Branch, Blair Lefebvre, and Chris Stevens. He says Mark Woolf has moved to Toronto, leaving him out of the picture, though Fort St. John native Mike Hofstrand is still on the radar.As mentioned last week, star-defenceman Kip Noble has joined Dawson Creek for the rest of the season, in what the Flyers brass are calling a mutual agreement.   Larson expects to see Noble in the Flyers lineup when they host Augustana College, and for other exhibition series’ leading up to the Allan Cup. Larson and Adam Brash both say the move will let Noble play more games, and help out the Senior Canucks in the process.Brash also doesn’t seem too concerned about the impact of not having Noble around for practice and regular NPHL games. “He knows what to do. He’s one of those coachable guys that gets it” Brash says. “He doesn’t necessarily need to be instructed at practice, except for just playing with the guys … And he’s used to the guys.” Brash also points out the team now has four strong defencemen to work the powerplay, meaning Noble himself isn’t as vital to the team’s success.One of those defencemen is Gerard Dicaire, who just rejoined the team, after a one-year absence. The former AHL blue-liner says his own preparations are coming along, as he gets back into the flow of competitive hockey. “Slowly” he laughs. “The timing is slowly coming back to me, and I’ve just got to drop a few pounds and get skating and working out a little bit more.” The Flyers have also added Andrew Derton, who in eight games, is now tied with rookie Adam Horst for the lead in team scoring (19 pts in 8 games).Advertisement As the calendar flips over to 2010, the Fort St. John Flyers officially begin the most exciting year in the team’s history.In April, the Flyers host the Allan Cup, meaning they will be playing in the National Championship for the first time.So, how is the team progressing towards its ultimate goal of winning the national championship?- Advertisement -For Coach Adam Brash, the question has two parts. “I believe we have the player personnel that we need to win a championship. We’ve filled the gap … defensively and offensively.” But, Brash says his team’s performance hasn’t been where it needs to be. He says it’s a question of commitment, in a fundamental kind of way. [asset|aid=2319|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=71d35a5e01af09cec7ba4dbdeb6fb904-Brash-committment_1_Pub.mp3]Flyers G-M Rob Larson is also concerned about his team’s focus.   After a loss to Grande Prairie on Dec. 18th, Larson said his team was overconfident, and not taking NPHL games seriously enough. [asset|aid=2320|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=71d35a5e01af09cec7ba4dbdeb6fb904-rob-lolligaggers_1_Pub.mp3]In terms of the January 10th deadline, Larson says he doesn’t have any big changes to mention as of yet.Advertisement Van Nostrand says TSN representatives were quite content with the North Peace Arena on their pre-Allan Cup visit. The plan is now to install a low-emissivity ceiling at the arena just before the Allan Cup, as well as a platform for TSN’s broadcast team and a couple of cameras.He says the Flyers are still waiting to get the City’s permission to hold a beer-garden during the Allan Cup, and provided there are no problems, the area will be on the Southeast corner of the arena (opposite to last time). Van Nostrand says ticket sales are now underway, and he encourages hockey fans to get their tickets as soon as possible. He says the ticket packages currently on sale are a much better deal than single tickets, so it’s worthwhile to get them early.After two weeks off over the holidays, the Flyers kick of January against Augustana College on January 2nd and 3rd. Adam Brash says the series will be an important test for Fort St. John. “They’re going to be conditioned properly. They skate every day, and they’re a college hockey team” he says, adding “They’re going to be fast, they’re going to play their systems.” Brash says it might also be the kick in the pants the Flyers need. “I think these guys are going to get a wake-up call.” Rob Larson says he expects most of the Flyers and some affiliate players will be around for the series, meaning the Flyers will probably dress some different players for each game.Tickets for the exhibition series against Augustana are available at Ernie’s Sports Experts, in the Totem Mall.center_img Noble and Derton, along with Donny Lloyd and Dicaire give the Flyers two exceptional powerplay pairings, something that was missing in their McKenzie Cup loss to Bentley last season.As far as the Savage Cup goes, Larson says Hockey B.C. has a deadline of January 12th to decide when and where the Savage Cup will be held.   He says there will be three teams involved (Fort St. John, Powell River, and Whitehorse) likely in the same format as when the Flyers first won the event (against Powell River and Trail) in 2007.  Of course, it’s not just the team that is preparing for the Allan Cup.    Members of the Flyers executive and Allan Cup Committee have been working tirelessly to make sure everything is ready for when Fort St. John hosts the big event.Flyers President Paul Van Nostrand says preparations continue, and he says the pieces are starting to fall in to place. [asset|aid=2321|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=71d35a5e01af09cec7ba4dbdeb6fb904-PaulV.N.-AllanCup_2_Pub.mp3]He says the Flyers organization is around ‘65-70’ per cent of the way to achieving its fundraising goals, and he hopes to hit the target in January.Advertisementlast_img read more

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eZone to sponsor fastest 50

first_imgHero Caribbean Premier League…The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) welcomed eZone as its official logistics partner for the 2018 tournament.Evin Lewis hit a 19-ball 50 in the 2017 edition of the Hero CPLThe 2018 event takes place between August 8 and September 16 and will be contested in seven countries. The services that eZone offers are a vital part of being able to deliver a world-class entertainment product.eZone will be presenting the player who scores the fastest 50 of the 2018 tournament with a prize of US$5000. Last year’s winner was Evin Lewis of the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots who made his half-century in 19 balls on his way to 97 not out against Barbados Tridents.Paul Pantin of eZone said, “We are thrilled to be continuing our partnership with the Hero CPL for the second year. Connecting the Caribbean through logistics is what we do best and we look forward to bringing our expertise and support to the CPL team once again.”Speaking of the second year of the deal, Barrie Corcoran, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Hero CPL said, “The logistical challenges involved in moving six teams of players and support staff, camera crew and CPL staff between seven nation states are massive. eZone showed us last year with their professionalism and ability to solve problems that they are a huge asset to the tournament.”last_img read more

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Barbie and Bratz dolls slug it out over popularity claims

first_img“They tried this last year,” said Mattel spokeswoman Lauren Dougherty, “but Barbie is still the number one fashion theme doll for the year in the United States and worldwide.” So who is the real princess? Neither, according to Alison Marek, the managing editor of TD monthly, a specialty toy trade magazine. “As far as (my readers) are concerned, neither Bratz or Barbie is the number one doll because they don’t want their kids playing with them,” she said. “A lot of parents would prefer that their kids find something that reflects their own peer group.” But the competition is healthy. “If somebody is breathing down your neck,” Marek said, “you need to think of the next thing.” julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Let the catfight begin. If the toy industry is one big popularity contest, Barbie and Bratz are wrestling over the queen’s crown. Both claimed Monday to be the fashionable doll that has won the hearts – and purses – of little girls. The dueling claims are the latest in a drawn-out battle between the two doll makers that has included lawsuits, counter-lawsuits and backhanded gossip about the dolls. Both Mattel, which makes Barbie, and MGA Entertainment, which makes Bratz, can say they are number one by touting different statistics from the NPD Group, a market research firm. If you look at sales from the last three months of 2006 in the United States, Bratz reigns. After trailing in Barbie’s taller, thinner shadow for years, Bratz elbowed Barbie out of the way with 34 percent of sales in the fourth quarter, said Isaac Larian, head of MGA in Van Nuys. Mattel declined to disclose Barbie’s market share for the same period. “For the whole year they were just a little bit higher than us,” Larian said. “For the past seven years we have not been able to beat them. But we finally beat them.” Larian expects Bratz’s lead to last because January sales of the dolls increased by double digits. But Bratz’s lead disappears if you step back and examine sales from the entire year. Then, Barbie is the favorite. last_img read more

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For the record

first_imgA front-page item Tuesday incorrectly identified Penelope Cruz’s nomination for an Academy Award. She has been nominated for Best Actress for her performance in “Volver.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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U.S. economy lagging projections

first_imgRetailers boosted inventories by 0.3 percent. That reflected gains in many categories but declines at auto dealers. Manufacturers raised inventories by 0.1 percent. The latest reports provide fresh figures showing that the economy was not performing as well as previously thought at the turn of the year. Analysts said the slowdown in retail sales in January was not too worrisome given that it followed a 1.2 percent surge in December sales. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a new high. The Dow closed up 87.01 points at a new record of 12,741.86. It was the 28th record close since the start of October. A string of weaker-than-expected numbers is causing economists to reduce their estimates for overall growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, for the final three months of last year. They now believe that the GDP was growing at an annual rate of just 2.5 percent, a full percentage point below the government’s initial estimate of 3.5 percent GDP growth in the final quarter of 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Retail sales, hurt by a big drop in auto purchases, slowed at the start of the year and business inventories turned in the poorest showing in 17 months. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that retail sales essentially were flat in January, the poorest performance since a 0.2 percent decline in October. Business inventories, the department said, basically were unchanged in December at $1.37 trillion, $147 million less than in November. It was the weakest showing for inventories since they fell by 0.4 percent in July 2005. The inventory report included a 0.5 percent plunge in stockpiles held by wholesalers. last_img read more

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