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2018 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings

first_imgStandings become official on Oct. 29Ties are broken by 40-point (then 39, 38, etc. as necessary) feature finishesIMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,235; 2. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich., 1,229; 3. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,224; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,222; 5. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,194; 6. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,190; 7. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,190; 8. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., 1,178; 9. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,172; 10. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,170; 11. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,160; 12. Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., 1,159; 13. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,157; 14. Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., 1,155; 15. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 1,150; 16. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,150; 17. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,147; 18. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,145; 19. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 1,132; 20. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore., 1,129.IMCA Late Models – 1. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 803; 2. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 802; 3. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 802; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 782; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 768; 6. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 763; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 741; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 731; 9. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 697; 10. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 685; 11. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 680; 12. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 669; 13. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 669; 14. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 650; 15. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 646; 16. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 641; 17. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 640; 18. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 634; 19. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 634; 20. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 571.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 814; 2. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 789; 3. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 786; 4. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 765; 5. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 753; 6. Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind., 750; 7. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 746; 8. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 745; 9. Kyle Smith, South Egremont, Mass., 743; 10. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 743; 11. Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D., 739; 12. Austin Bishop, Elverson, Pa., 737; 13. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 736; 14. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 734; 15. Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., 723; 16. Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind., 723; 17. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 721; 18. Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D., 711; 19. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 707; 20. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 707.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,228; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,200; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,187; 4. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,158; 5. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,154; 6. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,153; 7. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,144; 8. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,141; 9. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,133; 10. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,128; 11. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,127; 12. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn., 1,124; 13. Chris Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,123; 14. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,121; 15. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,118; 16. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,118; 17. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,114; 18. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 1,113; 19. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 1,106; 20. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,103.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, New Virginia, Iowa, 1,240; 2. Cory Probst, Brewster, Minn., 1,225; 3. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 1,215; 4. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 1,208; 5. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,196; 6. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 1,180; 7. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 1,175; 8. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 1,169; 9. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,163; 10. Garrett Hager, Hays, Kan., 1,160; 11. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 1,156; 12. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,150; 13. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 1,147; 14. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,120; 15. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 1,119; 16. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 1,118; 17. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,110; 18. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 1,103; 19. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,102; 20. Drew Barglof, Sioux Rapids, Iowa, 1,102.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,220; 2. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,188; 3. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,179; 4. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,124; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,096; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,095; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 1,083; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 1,039; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 973; 10. Chris Cogburn, Robinson, Texas, 956; 11. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 952; 12. Cory Williams, Tahoka, Texas, 947; 13. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 904; 14. Brayden Wyatt, Wichita Falls, Texas, 896; 15. Steve Gray, Vernal, Utah, 889; 16. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 881; 17. Jason Reese, Spanish Fork, Utah, 877; 18. Chase Vineyard, Davis, Okla., 864; 19. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 843; 20. J.P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 833.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,228; 2. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,219; 3. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,206; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,199; 5. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,196; 6. Austin Svoboda, David City, Neb., 1,194; 7. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,187; 8. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 1,181; 9. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 1,180; 10. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,172; 11. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore., 1,172; 12. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb., 1,171; 13. David Siercks, Princeton, Minn., 1,166; 14. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,160; 15. Tony Rialson, Cottonwood, Minn., 1,157; 16. Gage Neal, Ely, Iowa, 1,156; 17. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,153; 18. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 1,147; 19. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 1,144; 20. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D., 1,144.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,221; 2. Dustin Virkus, Clarkfield, Minn., 1,201; 3. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 1,192; 4. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 1,177; 5. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,173; 6. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 1,172; 7. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,163; 8. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 1,153; 9. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 1,149; 10. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,138; 11. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 1,097; 12. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,093; 13. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 1,085; 14. Jeff Klinkefus, Golden, Colo., 1,073; 15. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 1,067; 16. Brock Klaith, Marshall, Minn., 1,064; 17. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 1,061; 18. Austin Friedrich, St. James, Minn., 1,056; 19. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 1,051; 20. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 1,050.last_img read more

EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Southampton vs. Tottenham Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium Kick off: 12PMSouthampton and Tottenham Hotspur square off at St Mary’s this afternoon having both suffered defeat on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season. A day after the Saints succumbed by a 1-0 scoreline at Crystal Palace, Spurs suffered the same fate at home to Everton.While much of the talk this week has been regarding the return of Gareth Bale, Jose Mourinho and his players have been focused on trying to negotiate their first test in the Europa League qualifying rounds against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.Despite naming a stronger side than expected, Mourinho watched his side have to overcome a one-goal deficit in Bulgaria to move closer to the group stages.Their victory has added yet another fixture to a punishing schedule which sees Spurs face away games at the Saints, Leyton Orient and Macedonian side Shkendija in the space of five days.On paper, the North Londoners are favourites for each contest, but Mourinho needs a reaction from his squad after two disappointing performances since the beginning of the campaign. Although the Portuguese was critical of his team’s fitness after the 1-0 defeat against Everton, their upcoming list of matches should give each member of the group a chance to get up to speed.As far as Southampton are concerned, Ralph Hasenhuttl has been left perplexed by his team’s less-than-inspiring displays during defeats to Crystal Palace and Brentford.Having ended the last campaign on a high, most people expected the South Coast side to continue their momentum as they bid to break into the top half of the standings.Despite it being early days, Hasenhuttl quickly needs to witness his side show a greater threat in all areas, not just from last season’s top goalscorer Danny Ings.To add to his frustration, the Austrian has revealed that big-money arrival Mohammed Salisu will not slot into the centre of the backline until the back end of October. Southampton possible XI: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Smallbone, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Djenepo, Ings, Long. Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Lloris, Doherty, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Moura, Lamela, Son, Kane.Tags: MourinhoSouthamptonTottenhamlast_img read more

FL nanny arrested after toddler overdoses on fentanyl

first_imgA Florida woman was arrested after a 1-year-old girl in her care overdosed on fentanyl.Heather Revell, 35, is facing charges of child neglect, heroin possession, and possession of a controlled substance.According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect injected herself with heroin mixed with fentanyl on Saturday night.On Sunday morning, the girl was lethargic and unresponsive, prompting her mother to call 9-1-1.Pasco County Fire and Rescue crews determined the toddler suffered from an overdose and gave her Narcan to reverse the effects.Once she became responsive, the girl was transported to a local hospital.The 1-year-old girl is expected to make a full recovery.Revell said she cleared away the drugs and paraphernalia, but the baby must have ingested something left out.Deputies found used syringes and crushed Xanax in the home and fentanyl in Revell’s purse.It’s unclear whether Revell has an attorney.last_img read more

Injured Broyld studies his multidimensional role from the sideline in spring

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 9, 2013 at 12:26 am Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Related Stories Morris III adds depth to experienced group of running backsNew-look wide receiver corps emerging for Syracuse in springSignal change: Syracuse searches for its next quarterback in spring practicecenter_img A year ago, Ashton Broyld struggled to get on the field.He lacked a clearly defined role. He came to Syracuse as a quarterback, but was primarily a running back and wide receiver.This spring, he could be preparing for a breakthrough year. In practice, he has made plays split out wide, from the backfield and even under center, to prepare for a potential pistol offense.There were signs of progress, but Broyld suffered a high ankle sprain earlier this spring and was ruled out for the remainder of spring practice on March 29 — a setback for a player who wowed coaches early in the season.“It’s too bad, too, because he was playing really well,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “I was really pleased with the way he was playing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBroyld starred at Rush Henrietta High School in Rochester, N.Y., and Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., as a quarterback, but moved to running back upon joining the Orange. He rushed for 171 yards as a freshman, highlighted by a 61-yard game and his first career touchdown against Stony Brook, and a 58-yard game against Connecticut.He faded out of the running back rotation down the stretch. He carried the ball just five times in SU’s last five games and failed to see the field in Syracuse’s final two regular-season games.Part of that had to do with the strong running back duo of Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith, but it was also the transition to a new position.This year, Shafer wants to use him “all over the place.”“Last year we tried to do it, I wasn’t quite ready. It was a lot for me. It was new,” Broyld said. “I’m glad that I had a chance to mess with it last year, but now I think I’m ready for the whole thing.”The time on the sidelines could help that. Broyld has the potential to be the ultimate gadget player for the Orange. He has the size to handle the ball in the middle of the field, the speed to play down the sidelines or as a return specialist, and the pedigree to take occasional snaps as a quarterback.“Mental reps … that’s just as important as actually being out there getting those actual reps,” quarterback John Kinder said, “so I think it should serve him well.”During seven-on-seven drills in the Orange’s first practice of the spring, Broyld was almost exclusively used as a wide receiver. With the top two wideouts gone from a year ago, it’s perhaps his best opportunity to get onto the field consistently.Broyld has been on the sidelines for each of the Orange’s scrimmages since injuring his ankle, getting a chance to see each of the positions he could play come fall — running back, slot receiver, wideout and quarterback.“He’s a great-looking kid and real exciting — he’s big and he can move real well,” wide receiver Jarrod West said. “He’s real good in open space, so he’ll definitely help us once he gets healthy and comes back.” Commentslast_img read more

Roundup

first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident summary between Friday, April 20, and Sunday, April 22.Crimes against a personat 1:06 p.m. on April 22, a juvenile reported that another juvenile touched her buttocks with the palm of his hand while she was standing outside a restroom at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. The second juvenile was detained for investigation, but after questioning him the officers concluded that there was insufficient evidence of a crime having been committed and he was released.at 8:21 p.m. on April 21, a student reported that a suspect approached him on an MTA bus and forcibly pulled a chain from around his neck while he was standing at the rear door preparing to exit. When the door opened the suspect pushed the student off the bus and the suspect remained on board as it drove away.at 5:02 p.m. on April 21, a non-USC female reported that a suspect touched her buttocks while she was standing in a crowd in front of a booth at the center of campus. The female did not report the incident at the time it occurred. DPS officers were unable to conduct a search for the suspect.Crimes against propertyat 10:45 a.m. on April 20, students and faculty members reported that a suspect has been sabotaging experiments in laboratories at Jerry and Nancy Neely Petroleum and Chemical Engineering Building for the past several months and the incidents have caused safety concerns.at 8:53 a.m. on April 20, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect attempting to sell a bicycle near Jefferson Boulevard and Catalina Street and detained him for investigation. The bike was registered to a student, but the officers were unable to contact her to determine if a crime had occurred and the suspect was subsequently released. The bike was impounded at the DPS office until the student could claim it.Miscellaneous incidentsat 3:43 p.m. on April 21, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect selling ice cream from a cart near Marks Tower and detained him for investigation. The officers confiscated the cart and the suspect was released after being advised against trespassing on university property. The owner of the cart was advised that he could claim it at the DPS office.at 7:35 p.m. on April 20, DPS officers responded to a fourth floor fire alarm activation because of smoke in two operating rooms at the Keck Hospital of USC. No fire was found and the officers did not observe any smoke, but they detected the smell of burning rubber. FMS personnel were then requested to check the building but could not locate the source of the smell. The smell began to dissipate and the building was cleared for re-entry without further incident.at 9:27 a.m. on April 20, a staff member in University Gardens reported that a suspect attempted to make unauthorized travel arrangements through her office via email under the name of another staff member. The reporting staff member did not process the request.last_img read more

Trojans look toward NCAA championship

first_imgThe Trojans distanced themselves from the field on the last day, finishing 4-under-par on the final day and finishing with a total score of 11-under-par 841.  Oregon finished in second place at 842 while Kent State, Virginia and TCU rounded out the top-five.Kang led the Trojans throughout the tournament and earned another top-12 finish, finishing in 10th place with a final score of 4-under-par 209.Lim (72-70-69) and freshman Anthony Paolucci (67-69-75) tied for 13th at 2-under-par 211. Lim had three birdies in the final round and an eagle at 11th hole. Paolucci’s finished in the top 17, his fifth top finish this season. Smith, meanwhile, had five birdies, including three during a 2-under-par on the back 9. Junior Martin Trainer hit three birdies in the final round and finished in 35th place.“It feels great to play well in such a critical week,” USC coach Chris Zambri said in a statement. “Everyone contributed and now we need to find ways to improve and be sharp for [the Rivera Country Club].”In his sixth seasons at USC, Zambri has led the Trojans into the NCAA finals four times.USC is now eyeing the NCAA final next week. The championship, hosted by the Trojans, starts May 29 and continues until June 3 and will be held at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The Trojans are looking for their first national title in program history. The No. 5 USC men’s golf team advances to the NCAA final after winning the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional Saturday. The win was the Trojans’ second this season. It also marked the eighth top-4 finish during the 2011-2012 season.The Trojans were led by the success of sophomore Jeffrey Kang who recorded his second consecutive score of 67. Senior Steve Lim and junior Sam Smith both logged 69, pushing USC into the NCAA championship.On par · Sophomore Jeffrey Kang (above) helped lead the Trojans past Oregon to finish in first place at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. USC will compete next at the NCAA Finals, which begin May 29. – Photo courtesy of Sports Informationlast_img read more

McDan fulfills Junior Tennis pledge

first_imgShipping and logistics  giants, McDan Group has fulfilled its pledge to juvenile tennis players who excelled in the just-ended  McDan Juniors Open Tennis championship.McDan Group chairman, Dr Daniel McKorley together with his spouse, Mrs Abigail McKorley together with officials from the Canadian Embassy yesterday presented the cheques to the outstanding players and their parents at his East Legon office.The six winners in the three age categories-U-12, 14 and U-16 (Boys and girls) each received ¢2,000 scholarship worth, runners-up (six)  took home ¢1,500, while the semi finalists, numbering seven received ¢1,000 worth of scholarship each.The McDan boss indicated that plans are in place to ensure tennis in the country is developed.“We will be selecting  20, pay their fees to the highest level of their education, camp them at Winneba and  would be coached by Bagerbaseh. “Later, we will fly them out to the ITF Centre in Morocco for two years and depending on how they will fare, we will take them to the States (US).He charged the players to be serious with training, respect their coaches and the sky will be their limit.“We are not stopping now, we walk the talk, and since we walk the talk, we want to see results. I have confidence in the kids; give McDan two or three years and you will see the kids playing Grand Slams. It is a promise I am giving to the nation.”Tennis president Isaac Duah commended McDan for his unflinching support for tennis in the country.Meanwhile, the presentation ceremony saw Dr McKorley presenting $1,000 cash each to coaches Francis Mainoo (Ashaiman) and Bagerbaseh for their selfless efforts in the development of the young talents.last_img read more

Angels pick up veteran lefty reliever Dan Jennings

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros TEMPE, Ariz. — The Angels added another experienced reliever to their bullpen mix by agreeing to terms with veteran lefty Dan Jennings on a minor-league deal Friday, according to a source.Jennings, 31, has a career 2.96 ERA over parts of seven big-league seasons.He had a 3.22 ERA in 72 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last year. Left-handed hitters batted .226 with a .570 OPS against him last season.The Brewers non-tendered him rather than paying him a salary of about $1.5 million in arbitration. Jennings joins a bullpen mix that was without an experienced lefty. The top relievers on the depth chart are all right-handed, with Williams Jerez as the most likely lefty to have a chance to pitch in the majors. Jennings will make $1 million if he makes the Angels’ squad, with another potential $500,000 in performance bonuses.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Oz- The Great and Powerful is held over for second week!

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: “Oz – The Great and Powerful.” (Movie trailer is below). Held over for a second week!When: Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG. Length: 2 hours 7 minutes.Movie Synopsis:Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well. — (C) Walt DisneyRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 61%. Audience review: 65% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:To be determined…last_img read more

PAC’s and Audit Office’s uphill task

first_imgDear Editor,The current difficulties being experienced by members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament in getting information regarding millions of dollars in funds provided by Central Government since 2015 to the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, though disappointing and worrying should come as no surprise to anyone in this country.Financial management at the Georgetown Municipality has to be the worst not just in Guyana, but surely breaks a record in this region and possibly across the globe.The fact that City Hall’s yearly budget is never published in a detailed way to be scrutinized by the public is no oversight on the part of the Council, it is deliberate. The fact that Council gives out hundreds of millions of dollars yearly in contracts without adherence to the policies and guidelines of the National Procurement & Tender Administration (NPTA) of Guyana is no mistake on their part, it is intentionally and knowingly done in order to award grossly bloated contracts to friends and family.It is just unimaginable that the Council would have been allowed to avoid having its accounts, its financial records and its systems audited during the life of this Council and the previous Council from 1994 to now. Which other public entity in this world would be allowed such laxity?But most worrying in all of this is that in spite of this well-known negligence and venality that has been going on at City Hall, successive central governments have been bailing them out with billions of dollars over the last 24 years without insisting that their books be audited. Simply incredible!Expenditure allocated by Parliament for the Ministry of Communities should have never been handed over to the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, without strict conditionality and should have been stringently monitored every step of the way. Handing over hundreds of millions of dollars to the City Council was asking for trouble, the trouble that the PAC is now encountering.The members of the PAC should not expect answers or explanations to the discrepancies discovered any time soon, because the Council is not accustomed and is unwilling to answer to anyone regarding its errant behaviour.The Audit Office of Guyana has admitted that it has been awaiting the supply of the documents for several months from the Georgetown Municipality. It must be pellucid by now that none are forthcoming.I wish the Public Accounts Committee and the Audit Office of Guyana, the best of luck in unraveling the mysteries of the Georgetown Municipality. There are so many secrets there, so many hidden facts that a book could be written of the City Council.Sincerely,James Mc Onnelllast_img read more