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Police to probe fraud in award of government contracts

first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Police to probe fraud in award of government contracts by: – June 2, 2011 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Information implicating three Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Parish Councilors in alleged fraud in the award of Government contracts is now being investigated by police and has also triggered a wider probe.The multi-million dollar scam involved a fake contractor getting contracts from the country’s largest Parish Council, the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Council (KSAC), and then passing over money paid for that work to the three implicated Councilors and a KSAC staff member. Contractor General Greg Christie said the particulars of 114 contracts valued at J$98.4 million (US$1.16 million), as well as taped interviews and other evidence, was sent by his Office to Police Commissioner Owen Ellington yesterday, following the submission of statements the previous day.The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) said of those contracts in question, 104 valued at a total J$83.4 million (US$985,233) were awarded to the sham contractor by the KSAC, while the others were given by five other public bodies – the Ministry of Education and Youth; the Ministry of Education; the Factories Corporation; the National Water Commission; and the Social Development Fund.“The OCG, commencing today, will be working very closely with police investigators to assist them in their investigations into the matter,” Christie said in a statement issued yesterday.The names of those implicated in the scandal are not being released even though it has been ascertained that they are from the PNP.Christie revealed what his Office had discovered in statements issued to the media over the past two days. The first one said the OCG had “uncovered evidence of corruption and what appears to be another major fraud in the award of Government contracts”.According to the OCG 104 contracts, mostly for gully and drain cleaning, were awarded between November 2006 and November 2010 to a contractor who has admitted, in a sworn, tape recorded and signed statement, that she is a fake who was merely acting as a front for the three Parish Councilors and a staff member of KSAC’s Roads and Works Division.“The fake contractor who, based upon OCG internal investigations, fraudulently secured registration with the National Contracts Commission (NCC) as a Government works contractor, had listed three staff members on her NCC Contractor Re-registration Application Form. However, two of the persons, when interviewed by the OCG, disclosed that they neither knew of the contractor nor had they worked for her,” the statement on Monday said.“The fake contractor, who was summoned to the OCG to account for the discrepancy in the sworn representations which she had made in her application form, cooperated fully with the OCG and disclosed the extent of the alleged scam.”According to the OCG, she disclosed that she was simply used as a “front” and did not have any construction experience or any real business. She explained that she received the contract awards or projects from the implicated Councilors and staff member and the projects were then undertaken by their own agents. After being paid by KSAC, she took the money from the bank and paid it over to the KSAC personnel who gave her a fee, equivalent to 10 percent of the contract sum.She said there were also other Councilors with whom she worked but said she could not recall their names.Following on the heels of this information, Christie yesterday announced that his Office is widening its own investigation into the contractor and will also review the NCC files of all works contractors who have received contracts from all of the island’s Parish Councils since 2006. “The OCG’s investigation will be aimed, among other things, at identifying if any of the referenced contractors are sham contractors and, if so, whether and to what extent such contractors may have had illicit links with Parish Councilors or other public officers or officials,” he said.Meantime, the PNP has indicated that the Councilors have maintained their innocence and have vowed to defend themselves vigorously.  They met yesterday with party leader Portia Simpson-Miller.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

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Area Girls Soccer Sectional Championships

first_imgArea Girls Soccer Sectional Championships.Saturday  (10-11)Class 1A @ Rising Sun.Lawrenceburg  8     Switzerland County  0Class 1A @ Centerville.Triton Central  2     Centerville  1Class 2A @ East Central.East Central  2     Batesville  0Class 2A @ Richmond.New Castle  7     Richmond  1Courtesy of Rising Sun AD Brian Graham and The IHSAA.last_img

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Baggies play down bust-up claims

first_img A club spokesman said: “Tensions were understandably running high in the dressing room after Cardiff’s late equaliser, but the incident has been sensationalised in the media. “What happened is not uncommon in a dressing room and shows that the players care. “The players involved have apologised. The club has drawn a line under the matter and is now fully focussing on Saturday’s important game at Norwich.” Reports on Tuesday morning suggested England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino, a 72nd-minute replacement for Morgan Amalfitano, had been confronted by angry team-mates after conceding possession in the run-up to Daehli’s strike. However, sources in the midlands have refuted suggestions that chief executive Mark Jenkins was forced to read to riot act to the players. Indeed, Press Association Sport understands the repercussions were dealt with in the dressing room and that order was soon restored. Saturday’s draw saw West Brom pass up the opportunity to ease themselves six points clear of the relegation zone. They led 2-0 after just nine minutes through goals from Amalfitano and Graham Dorrans, but were pegged back as Jordon Mutch and Steven Caulker struck either side of the break. Tempers flared following Saturday’s 3-3 draw with the Bluebirds at the Hawthorns after Mats Daehli snatched a last-gasp equaliser for the visitors. However, the Baggies have insisted the incident was nothing out of the ordinary and has been dealt with. However, substitute Thievy Bifouma looked to have snatched victory in the fourth minute of injury time, only for Daehli’s late and, for the home side, costly intervention. West Brom sit in 17th place in the table, three points better off than Cardiff in 18th and having played a game fewer. Their seven remaining games include home fixtures against Tottenham, West Ham and Stoke, while they must travel to Norwich, Manchester City, Arsenal and Sunderland. West Brom have played down claims of a dressing room bust-up in the wake of their dramatic Barclays Premier League draw with Cardiff. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cricket News Ramesh Powar on Mithali Raj: She was ‘aloof, difficult to handle’

first_imgNew Delhi: Ramesh Powar, Indian women’s cricket coach, on Wednesday admitted that his professional relationship with senior player Mithali Raj was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle. On Tuesday, Mithali broke her silence on her omission from the World T20 semifinal against England and slammed Committee of Administrators’ member Diana Edulji and Powar. Mithali said while Powar humiliated her during the ICC Women’s World T20, Edulji used her position against her.On Wednesday, Powar met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim. He met the two Board officials at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.The senior-most batswoman of the Indian team, in a scathing e-mail to Johri and Karim, alleged that Powar humiliated her during the World T20 in the West Indies and she was left in tears after the axing from the team.”Ramesh admitted that his professional relationship with Mithali was strained as he always found her aloof and difficult to handle,” a BCCI source told news agency PTI on conditions of anonymity.The official added that the Indian coach insisted that Mithali’s axing from the semifinal, which India lost to England by eight wickets, was based on strategy and not acrimony.”He maintained that it was due to poor strike rate that she was dropped against England and also because the team management wanted to maintain a winning combination,” the official said.Interestingly, Powar had no answer to defend his decision when he was asked why Mithali’s strike rate didn’t come in the way of her selection for the games against Ireland and Pakistan. Mithali scored half centuries in both the games and was adjudged Player of the Match.The source said Powar denied receiving calls from anybody but claimed to be aware of one “powerful individual in the BCCI” being in touch with team manager (Trupti Bhattacharya) and tour selector (Sudha Shah).The 40-year-old Powar’s interim tenure comes to an end on Friday.(With PTI inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Harding, Wiltshire among Woodpecker Squash winners

first_imgTHE curtains came down on the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) second junior tournament for 2017, the Woodpecker Products Ltd Junior National Squash Championships, which were held at the Georgetown Club Inc courts.Ten champions were crowned, with Shomari Wiltshire and Taylor Fernandes being the top players on show.Shomari Wiltshire defeated Daniel Islam in three tough games to win both the Under- 17 and Under- 19 titles: 11/6, 11/8, 11/7, while Taylor Fernandes outplayed Rebecca Low in the final Under-19 match, winning comfortably in straight games: 11/4, 11/5, 11/6.Other winners in the tournament included: Beau Fernandes who took the Girls Under-11 title ahead of Christiana Fernandes and Isabella Ramjohn, while on the male end of things, Mohyryan Baksh beat Louis Da Silva, Nathan Rahaman and Shiloh Asregado in that order.At the Girls Under-13 level, Kirsten Gomes triumphed over Paige Fernandes and Haley Carpenter, while Michael Alphonso was victorious over Demetrius De Abreu and Ethan Jonas respectively, in the Boys’ division.Makeda Harding was able to overcome the challenges of Abosaide Cadogan and Kirsten Gomes respectivel, to take the Girl’s Under-15 title, while Shomari Wiltshire held off the challenges of Samuel Ince – Carvalhal and Gianni Carpenter in the Boys’ division.Harding also picked up the Girls Under-17 title ahead of Cadogan and Gomes, while in the men’s division, Wiltshire showed his class to outwit Daniel Islam and Alex Cheeks.The Girls Under-19 class belonged to Taylor Fernandes who got the better of Makeda Harding and Rebecca Low.Additionally, Kirsten Gomes took the most improved girl’s trophy, while her male counterpart was Michael Alphonso.Harding and Wiltshire took the female and male awards respectively for the most outstanding players of their genders.Prizes were presented to all winners by Robert Fernandes who represented the sponsors.last_img read more

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McIntyre buys 250 tickets for Syracuse’s NCAA tournament game at SU Soccer Stadium

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre has bought 250 tickets for Sunday’s NCAA tournament second-round game, assuring that the first 250 students who arrive at SU Soccer Stadium on Nov. 23 with their student ID card get free admission.The Orange will play either Hartwick or Penn State. The game will be during Thanksgiving break for SU students, but McIntyre said this was more about making a small gesture to the fans who have supported the team throughout the record-breaking season.“The SU Soccer Stadium has turned into a special place to watch a soccer match,” McIntyre said.  “… So just in a small way, it’ll hopefully get some of our supporters in the stands and at the same time, have a chance to say thank you.“I know some of the student body will be heading home so timing’s not ideal from that perspective, but I think our Syracuse soccer community will really enjoy this one.”No. 4 Syracuse (15-3-1, 5-2-1 Atlantic Coast) is the tournament’s No. 9 seed, with the seeding being based on the NCAA’s ratings percentage index rankings and not the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHartwick (6-9-4, 3-1-1 Sun Belt) and Penn State (12-5-1, 5-3 Big Ten) will face off in a play-in game on Thursday at 7 p.m. in University Park, Pennsylvania, a game McIntyre said he’ll catch in person. The winner will play the Orange on 2 p.m. on Sunday.McIntyre added how sometimes the team doesn’t get the chance to interact directly with the crowd, but the players have been able to do so as the program has evolved.Sunday’s game will be the first-ever NCAA tournament game Syracuse hosts and the second postseason game this season. After attracting a program-record 2,533 fans for the ACC quarterfinal against Duke, McIntyre hopes for a similar environment this weekend.“There’s nothing quite like postseason college soccer,” McIntyre said. “That’s the wonderful thing about our sport, the crowd is part of the action, is part of the event. We saw that at the Duke game.“I hope that it’s the same way on Sunday.” Comments Published on November 19, 2014 at 12:19 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Students react to USC’s slip in college ranking list

first_imgAt No. 24, USC is one spot lower on the 2013 U.S. News and World Report National University Rankings, which were released Tuesday night.USC tied with UCLA, which ranked No. 25 last year, and University of Virginia for the No. 24 spot. Harvard University and Princeton University tied for first.Though the U.S. News and World Report is a respected publication, some experts believe it does not correctly reflect a university’s quality.Jerome Lucido, a research professor of education at the USC Rossier School of Education, said the university’s position on the list provides little to no indication of the quality of the school.“The U.S. News rankings only gives an illusion that institutional quality can be measured, and there’s way too much emphasis placed on these rankings,” Lucido said. “It creates competition over categories that, at best, only reflect educational quality instead of actually measuring it.”U.S. News and World Report bases its rankings on 16 criteria, including freshmen retention, acceptance rates, graduation rates and strength of the faculty. Each criterion is then given a specific weight in an overall formula that is determined by a subjective assessment of how much it matters. A final weighted composite score for each school allows it to be ranked and compared to other universities.According to the website, the list is based on these quantitative measures, along with the publication’s own “researched view of matters in education.”Katherine Strashnov, a sophomore majoring in fine arts, says that the rankings are helpful in determining which universities are competitive in their academics, a fact that might be relevant once students enter the job market.“I pay attention to rankings because when you’re looking for jobs, employers want to see that the school you graduated from has a solid reputation and gave you a great education,” Strashnov said. “Ranking schools is the easiest way to tell where a school stands and therefore, where a potential employee stands compared to others.”Lucido, however, suggests that ranking universities might be detrimental to students just entering college because it reinforces the idea that high school seniors must earn admission to a top-ranked university. Lucido believes this leads students to focus on a ranking over choosing a school that might be best suited for them.“Institutions exacerbate the problem by touting their rankings, which in reality are only meaningful in terms of bragging rights,” Lucido said.In an explanation of how they calculate the “Best Colleges” rankings, U.S. News says that their data is meant to be used in conjunction with students’ own intuition while selecting a college.Kenneth Mang, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said he believes that the criteria used to rank universities cannot be applied to accurately rate one school over another.“USC is a very well-rounded school,” he said. “I don’t think these rankings can measure a lot of the things that make this university so great.”Some students, however, said they believe the lists are necessary because it is important for people to have a sense of a university’s reputation.“It’s a necessary process because nothing is completely fair. Just because a few schools sometimes feel like it’s unfair doesn’t mean it should be completely eliminated,” said Lexine Cudjoe, a junior majoring in political science. “We need a way to measure a school’s worth.”Still, Cudjoe couldn’t help but be annoyed to be ranked at the same level as UCLA.“It sucks to be the same level as your rival,” Cudjoe said. “A lot of people say USC pays their way up there. But with all this money we should be able to equip our students in such a way that we deserve a higher ranking.”last_img read more

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Iheanacho Completes Leicester City Switch

first_imgMeanwhile, the move is the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Egyptian international, Mohamed Salah’s £34.3m move from Italian Serie A side, AS Roma to Liverpool.Although the move was delayed by legal issues over image rights with his former agents, sources close to the player confirmed to KweséESPN that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.However, an announcement is only expected within the next 24 hours as the club wants to tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.It is also mentioned that the Citizens have inserted a buy-back option in the contract, which is reported to be in the region of £50m for one of Europe’s brightest young footballers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria and Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho has completed his switch to Leicester City.Sources close to the Super Eagles forward revealed that the former FIFA Under-17 World Cup winner has completed a £25 million move from City to the Foxes after passing a medical.KweseESPN also reported yesterday that the fee makes the Super Eagles star the most expensive Nigerian player ever, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January.last_img read more

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Former Education Minister Ruel Reid, Accused of Corruption, Arrested at His…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Just two days after Jamaica’s opposition party, the People’s National Party (PNP) threatened to take action if the government did not provide an update on corruption investigations, Former Education Minister Ruel Ried and several others were arrested.At about 5:00 AM on the morning of October 9, police detectives showed up at the house of the former minister with a warrant to search the premises. Following the search, it is reported that Reid, his wife, Sharen, and their daughter, Sharelle were all arrested and taken into custody.At the same time, police also paid visits to the homes of President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock and Brown’s Town Division Councillor Kim Brown Lawrence, who were also arrested.The police say they seized several documents and electronic devices that could be used as possible evidence in the criminal investigation.The Major Organised Crime Agency (MOCA), the Financial Investigation Division (FID) and the Constabulary Financial Unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (CTOC) began conducting a criminal probe into Ruel Reid and company after allegations of corruption, fraud and misappropriation of public funds involving the Ministry of Education and the CMU came to light in March.Following the allegations, Reid was fired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and he then resigned from the Senate that same day. Just yesterday, Pinnock was sent on special leave with immediate effect pending the outcome of the probe.In a news release, MOCA said that the search and consequent arrests were to “target the main suspects implicated in a multi-million dollar corruption and fraudulent schemes perpetrated by the Ministry of Education, Caribbean Maritime Institute and other government entities falling under the portfolio responsibility of Mr. Ruel Reid, former Senator and Minister of Government.”After the arrests this morning, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn said that her office was not further consulted prior to the move to take Reid and others into custody.In July, Llewellyn found that four criminal laws may have been breached by “key players” in the Ruel Reid- CMU corruption case. She recommended further investigations but said the decision whether to arrest and charge any of the accused and place them before the court rested with the police and other investigative bodies.The arrest of the former Minister now honors one of the requests made by PNP leader, Dr. Peter Phillips.At a media conference on October 7, leader of the PNP, Dr. Peter Phillips called for the government to provide a status report on several corruption scandals including corruption at the Ministry of Education as well as the PetroJam scandal.“We expect that these reports should be forthcoming within 30 days and a timeline must be given to the public to show the government’s commitment to transparency and integrity”, Dr. Phillips said.Earlier this year, the PNP staged an anti-corruption protest in Kingston to shed light on the allegations of corruption, but not much progress has been made in the other investigations since then.last_img read more

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