“I have nothing to hide” – new City Mayor

first_imgCity Hall Forensic AuditNewly elected Mayor of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) Patricia Chase-Green has said she welcomes with open arms any attempt by the Auditor General to carry out an audit of City Hall.New City MayorPatricia Chase-GreenA recently elected People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor, Bishram Kuppen, just two days ago, joined the list of voices which previously called for an independent probe into the operations of City Hall. He said with the completion of Local Government Elections (LGE) and the appointment of a new Council, it was time that they get down with serious business of managing the affairs of the city.Kuppen said many citizens have expressed grave concern about transparency and accountability at City Hall, especially with the election of past members of the City Council, including the Mayor-elect and Chairman of the Finance Committee and some of its members who have been part of the administration at City Hall for many years.But even with these claims, the new Mayor said she has nothing to hide. She related that even before she became Deputy Mayor, serving under former Mayor Hamilton Greene, she had always been calling for an audit to be held.“Before I became Mayor or Deputy Mayor, I supported audits. I had also written to the Auditor General for him to come to City Hall to carry out an audit”, she told Guyana Times on Friday. She said back in 2012, she had written more than three letters for the then Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker for him to intervene and have the audits done, particularly because of the excessive spending and abuse of funds by then acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba. She said nothing to that effect has taken place.“So, I will not object to an audit. The Auditor General is free to come,” she told this publication. “I have nothing to hide,” she reiterated.The call for an audit was also made by newly elected Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan. He had said, following his swearing in last Friday, that a forensic audit is very much needed at City Hall, which has seen the presence and operation of a single Council for some 23 years. Duncan stated that an audit should be entered into in good faith.Following its ascension to office in May 2015, controversy began over the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change’s (APNU/AFC) decision to launch forensic audits into almost every State agency in the country, but failed to carry out one into the affairs of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council – an agency said to be plagued by repeated accusations of financial impropriety, which had been backed by several investigations.The City Council for years had failed to address the many issues facing the capital city of Georgetown. While the Council continuously blamed its inability to deal with the problems confronting the capital on the lack of financial resources, then Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker contended otherwise.Whittaker had previously declared that the Council lacked the political will under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government to actually commit to responding to the changing dynamics of the city and to provide improved services to residents.More specifically, Whittaker had pointed out that the Council has no serious debt recovery programme to capture the billions of dollars owed in taxes by businesses and residents. Instead, he explained, the Council continuously cried out that the Central Government did not provide adequate funds for it to effectively conduct its operations.last_img read more

‘They deserve that victory!’ – James Milner praises Liverpool supporters

first_img1 James Milner playing against Borussia Dortmund James Milner has praised the Liverpool fans for the role they played in the Reds’ comeback win against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday evening.The Merseyside club were against all odds when the Germans went 2-0 up at Anfield, and it appeared as if Jurgen Klopp’s men would be falling out of the Europa League.However, a spirited second half performance brought goals from Divock Origi, Mamadou Sakho, Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren, and passage to the semi-finals of the tournament.Klopp has taken a lot of the praise for the turnaround in performance, but Milner believes the fans at Anfield created the perfect atmosphere for the amazing fightback.“The way the fans were when we were driving into the game they deserve that victory,” the England international said.“The atmosphere especially in the second half when we got the second goal and drove forward means it is difficult for any team to come here.“When the crowd are like that there are not too many better places in the world to be playing and to be part of a night like that is fantastic.”However, Milner is not taking away from Klopp’s impact in the win, revealing what the German boss said at half-time to catalyse the victory against his former employers.He added: “The manager was brilliant. He was calm. He said, ‘We are not playing too badly. It is a long way back, we have lost the first half but you have nothing to lose, go out and do it’.“I think it was the perfect atmosphere created at half-time to be honest.”last_img read more

Finn Valley Centre to host health and wellbeing event

first_imgA Health and Wellbeing Event is being held on the evening on Thursday June 29th from 7.00 – 10.00 in the Finn Valley Centre, Stranorlar.It is a FREE event open to everyone of all ages that aims to showcase what is available in our local community to promote a healthy lifestyle.Get a free health check, dental advice, sample some alternative therapies, enjoy some healthy food tastings, find out about community activities or take part in some fitness demos and advice. The event is being organized by the Finn Valley Community Health Forum in association with the Finn Valley Centre.Finn Valley Centre to host health and wellbeing event was last modified: June 21st, 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:finn valleyhealth and wellbeingStranorlarlast_img read more