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Urban netball hits high gear today

first_imgTHE hunt for places in the junior and senior finals of the ISSA Urban Area Schoolgirl Netball competition, scheduled for Thursday December 1, will get underway today at the Leila Robinson Courts at 2:00 p.m. With the top qualifiers divided into two groups, the opening set of matches in the second round is sure to serve up some exciting contests. Former champions, the Queen’s School, which topped Zone B with five wins from just as many games have been drawn in Group 1 and will have Norman Manley, Wolmer’s Girls, St. Catherine High, Holy Childhood and Campion to contend with. The Marvette Anderson coached team will go up against Holy Childhood in their opening match today. Other matches in this Group will see Norman Manley going up against Wolmer’s and St. Catherine opposing Campion. After winning their first title last year, the Dalton Hinds – conditioned Gaynstead High who eased through their Zone with five impressive wins, including a big 60-1 win over Mona will carry top billing in Group 2. The other teams in the group are, St. Hugh’s, St. Andrew Technical, Camperdown, Papine and St. Jago High. The defending champions will face former champions, St. Hugh’s in their opening game today. Other matches in the group will see Camperdown meeting St. Andrew Technical High and Papine going up against St. Jago High. SIX TEAMS Defending senior champion, Camperdown High will head the six teams that are drawn in Group 2 among the seniors. Other teams here also include Gaynstead, Tarrant, St. Catherine High, St. Hugh’s and Tivoli Gardens. The defending champions will get their title defence underway today when they do battle with Tivoli Gardens. Other matches in the group will have Gaynstead facing St. Hugh’s and St. Catherine battling with Tarrant. The Queen’s School and the in-form Excelsior High are on a collision course as both teams have been drawn in Group 1. They will be joined by Immaculate, Penwood, Wolmer’s and Norman Manley. Excelsior will meet Penwood in their opening fixture, while Queen’s will oppose Immaculate. The other game in the group will have Norman Manley and Wolmer’s squaring off. There will be five sets of matches in the second round with the winners and runners-up of each group advancing to the semi-finals on Thursday November 24 at GC Foster College.last_img read more

Irfaan Ali rubbishes KN ‘manipulations’ of scrap metal audit

first_img????????????????????????????????????In light of attempts to manipulate the findings of the forensic audit report into the scrap metal trade, former Housing Minister Irfaan Ali, who indirectly supervised the operations under the previous Administration has rubbished a recent report in the local tabloid, the Kaieteur News, which he said was”riddled with sensational lies”.The tabloid published in its Thursday edition, the scandalous article captioned “Scrap Metal Unit audit…Inspectors, others paid over $43M to do little; CH&PA’s Finance Director, Taslim Baksh, collected two salaries”.The recently released forensic audit report into the scrap metal trade was prepared by Ram and McRae and stated that it was suspicious that no Cabinet approval was given for the purchase of a 4×4 pickup for the Scrap Metal Unit.However, in a prepared statement, Ali pointed out that the Board of Directors of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA) approved the purchase, noting that there was no requirement for Cabinet to grant approval.Another observation was that there were containers packed in an unlicenced yard, but Ali explained that that was only one instance and in that case, immediate action was taken against the scrap metal dealer to prevent further operations in the unlicenced yard.Ali added that it is impractical to observe the movements of scrap metal from collection yards to licenced ones since there were more than 20 licensed scrap metal yards that would have required the full-time employment of over 20 scrap metal inspectors.On the matter of the CHPA Finance Director receiving two salaries, Ali posited that he was actually paid a monthly stipend, as is rightfully highlighted in the report.According to the audit report, the sum of $3.1 million was paid to the administrator for the period 2011 to May 2015, which works out to approximately $58,000 per month.With regards to the spending on “Mashramani stuff”, Ali explained once again that branded pens, shirts, hats, etc were ordered from time to time from Impressions for distribution at events such as Mashramani and GUYEXPO.He explained that these items were branded with the Scrap Metal Unit logo and the aim was to bring awareness to the work of the Scrap Metal Unit.The former Minister noted that copy of Ministerial and Head of Presidential Secretariat approval was sent to Ram and McRae Chartered Accountants via letter dated August 19, 2015, and some of the branded items such as T-shirts, hats and pens are still on hand and were presented to the forensic auditor during the physical assets verification exercise.He expressed that it should be noted that the sum of $1.2 million was expended on branded items for Mashramani and $1.4 million on branded items for GUYEXPO 2014. The audit report has incorrectly classified the entire $2.6 million as ‘Mashramani stuff’.Ali made previous attempts to clarify the manipulation of data being released from the report when it was leaked to the media prior to its official release.He had explained that the Unit was transferred for better management given that both sectors had one Minister, and the Scrap Metal Unit and the Enforcement Unit of the CHPA were both viewed as having the capacity that can be interdependent in order to police the system.“You may recall that one time there was tremendous vandalism of property, even phone lines and so on as it related to the scrap metal trade, so an enforcement arm became necessary for the Scrap Metal Unit,” Ali pointed out, noting that instead of establishing another enforcement arm, a decision was made to bring it over to the Housing Ministry for more integration.Furthermore, the then head of the Scrap Metal Trade Unit had argued that the findings in the report are not justified.last_img read more


first_imgKilcar GAA NotesSeniorsOur seniors and reserves both had hard fought wins at home to Malin in Division One last Sunday final score in the senior match was Cill Chartha 1-15 Malin 2-10. The reserve result was Cill Chartha 2-11 Malin 1-12, next up is a trip to Dunfanaghy to play St Michaels on Sunday. Scrap SaturdayBring your unwanted Scrap Metal items to Towney GAA fields on Saturday 21st June, all Scrap Metal items welcomed see posters and our website for more information all funds raised will go to the development of CLG Chill CharthaUnderageOur Under 10’s had a blitz last Saturday down in Na Rossa and ended up winning two of their three games, well done to all.The Under 12’s began their league campaign with a hard fought victory over Na Cealla Beaga the final score was Cill Chartha 4-04 Na Cealla Beaga with 4-02. They now play Naomh Ultan next Monday in Towney at 6:30pm.Our Under 14’s started their championship campaign on Wednesday evening last against Naomh Bríd with a narrow victory the final score was Cill Chartha 3-14 Naomh Bríd 5-07 next up are trips to Dunkineely to play Naomh Ultan on Wednesday evening at 7:15 and Naomh Mhuire on Friday evening at 7:30 in The Banks.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €5,700 this week’s numbers were 19, 20, 22 and 23 winners were: €50 John James Gallagher, Meenacannon, €30 Eileen McGinley, Umiskin and €20 Danny Molloy, Churchtown. Lotto Plus numbers 16, 21, 22 and 24 there was no winner. Lotto results for 1st June numbers were 9, 12, 16, 28 €50 Gavin Curran, Bogagh €30 Jennie Gallagher, Cashlings and €20 Mary Shovlin, Kilbeg. Lotto plus numbers 5, 19, 22 and 24.BingoClub Bingo winners €150 Mary B Cunningham (Glen), €80 Ethna Byrne, €70 Rosealeen Boyle, Oliver Boyle, B Gallagher, Grainne McBrearty, Mairead Gallagher, Mary Cunningham, Tracy Byrne and Rose McFadden. The Jackpot next week is €2,150 on 45 numbers. Winners 1st June €150 Marie Cunningham, €120 Rose McFadden, €85 Goretta Kennedy, €70 Dorothy McGinley, Margaret Byrne (Cashel), Margaret O’Donnell, Triona McShane, Annie McGinley and Siun Brady. For the latest news visit our website www.kilcarcargaa.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: KILCAR U14’S GET CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN OFF TO A WINNING START was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAkilcarNoticesSportlast_img read more