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Solid Waste Director accused of forcing workers to admit to non-existent accident

first_img…investigation ordered into incidentBy Lakhram BhagiratCity Hall’s Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine, is being accused of pressuring two of his junior workers to take responsibility for an accident, involving Councillor Khame Sharma that never occurred, according to the Personnel Officer, Paulette Braithwaite.At Wednesday’s Statutory Meeting, Sharma submitted a letter to Mayor Patricia Chase Green where he alleges that a garbage truck belonging to the City of Georgetown damaged his motor car, PGG 6938 and is claiming compensation.City Hall’s Solid Waste Director, Walter Narine“Once again I am submitting documents relating to this incident hoping that this matter will receive the consideration this matter deserves. Madam Mayor, once again I am appealing to you to address an issue that is now reaching one year in breach of completion,” his letter stated.The incident allegedly occurred sometime in December of 2016 and since then, Sharma has been seeking compensation from the city but the administration claims its vehicle was not involved in the accident.Initially, both Narine and the workshop manager said the garbage truck showed no sign of being in an accident and that Sharma could not have produced any evidence to substantiate his claims.“On investigation of my drivers and loaders they all denied any involvement. A check was made for paint or scratches and nothing was found and I advised Councillor Sharma to speak with the workshop manager. The driver and loader were sent to the HR Manager and from our end, the drivers and loaders denied it and I can only go with that (and) there were no evidence to substantiate the damages he (Sharma) claims,” Narine said.However, when Braithwaite presented her oral report to the Council, she said the two junior officers who indicated that they were being forced to sign a statement saying that they were involved in the accident visited her.“The Director of Solid Waste attempted to get them to sign the statement to say that they were involved in the accident and they refused to sign so they came down to me to say that they were protesting because the Director said based on what Councillor Sharma said, they ought to sign the statement,” she revealed. She noted that she became suspicious and then launched an investigation and it was found that the officers were being truthful.The Council has since ordered a report into the allegations and a report is expected to be submitted by the next Statutory Meeting.last_img read more

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Nets may now be front-runners to sign Kevin Durant

first_imgThe latest turn in the Kevin Durant free-agent sweepstakes has the Warriors star headed directly toward the Brooklyn Nets.According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Nets are now more hopeful than ever they’ll be able to convince both Durant and Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to sign with Brooklyn after free agency starts on June 30.On ESPN’s The Jump, @WindhorstESPN says the Nets are “gaining confidence” that they’ll sign Kevin Durant.Kendrick Perkins says the Nets are the …last_img read more

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Gordhan moots contingency reserve

first_img26 October 2011 The National Treasury is looking at creating a separate kitty or “policy reserve” of funds, drawn from surpluses in its existing investments and revenue, in order to support economic development, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in Cape Town on Tuesday. Presenting his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement in Parliament, Gordhan said the government had substantial financial investments, some of it in surplus cash and some in other assets. “Where these resources could more productively be applied to other priorities, we will return surplus funds to the fiscus” for Kitty for priority projects In a media briefing shortly before delivering his speech in Parliament, Gordhan said a figure had not been developed yet for how much the National Treasury wanted to place in the policy reserve, but that it was likely to be in the “tens of billions” of rands. This could be drawn from state-owned companies and other public entities with surplus cash. Government departments could also have a percentage shaved off their budgets and transferred to the reserve kitty. These funds would be used for “public-policy priorities”, special projects which the Cabinet would decide upon and which would be disclosed in next year’s Budget, Gordhan said.Tighter government spending Gordhan added that greater efficiency must also be sought in government cash management and in the procurement of goods and services, by strengthening ordinary disciplines of financial management. In this way, further steps would be taken to reduce administrative costs and unnecessary duplication of capacity. “Departments will be obliged to identify and report on savings initiatives. We will request the Auditor-General to strengthen his focus on value for money,” said Gordhan. BuaNewslast_img read more

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Last stop: Minissha Lamba

first_imgThis graduate from Delhi University always had a dream of making it to Bollywood, and finally made her debut in 2005. Here she tells us that she loves diving with sharks and wants to be on the moon some day.Last vacation: I went to Kuala Lumpur for the Grand Prix. It was fantastic!A souvenir you’ve just picked up: I’m not much into souvenirs, but a friend of mine recently got me a lighter (even though I don’t smoke) from The Venetian in Macau which. It is in the shape of a stack of chips. I simply love the design. Most extravagant holiday: My visits to Dubai are very extravagant. I spend on shopping, nightlife and dinners. I also indulge in activities such as skydiving, going to water parks, and diving with sharks. A place you shot in and fell in love with: A small little town in Rajasthan called Gajner. We stayed at Gajner Palace while shooting for Anamika. I’ve been wanting to go back for a long time.Weirdest conversation with flight neighbour: I’m usually not a very chatty person on flights, and most of the time I’m engrossed in a book. Once I was sitting next to a businessman who, while leafing through a magazine, found an article on me. He then started talking to me and pretended he didn’t know of me. I gave him a bogus name and told him that I was an oceanographer and for 15 minutes, explained the intricacies of my work.Trains, planes or automobiles: I prefer any mode of transportation that would get me from point A to B at the earliest.Baggage check–how much do you carry: I am a fairly light traveller and always way under the travel allowance.Music you heard while travelling and now listen to regularly: I don’t get the opportunity to listen to the music of the region when I travel. My music influences come mainly from songs that I hear in films.What do you carry to make flights comfortable: A big fat book and a shawl. Invariably, at most places the air-conditioning is too strong.Ever done a spur of the moment trip–only credit card and no baggage?I don’t own a credit card to this date. Most of my personal trips are generally spontaneous. When they are planned it feels like work.Favourite overseas places for shopping: Southeast Asia and Dubai. Favourite holiday spots: Any coastal area with calm waters where I can swim and indulge in water sports. I am a complete beach person. Places on Minissha’s wishlist: Morocco, Egypt, Prague, Peru, Tokyo and, hopefully, the moon as well! advertisementlast_img read more

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Ind vs Eng 1st Test: India take on England in high-octane clash

first_imgStrong contenders India and England go into a high-voltage cricket Test series at the Lord’s on Thursday with the spotlight on Sachin Tendulkar who aims to achieve an incredible milestone of 100 international centuries in a match which has historic significance.The first Test between number one team India and third ranked England at the hallowed Lord’s can be termed as a statistician’s delight for the sheer milestones in waiting.The series opener happens to be the 100th Test between the two sides and also the 2000th in the history of the game.If that was not enough, the historic venue could also become a witness to Sachin Tendulkar’s 100th international century in his 22nd year in Test cricket as the champion batsman is just a ton away from achieving the feat. But leaving aside all the historical importance associated with the Test, the four-match series is also touted as a fight between two best teams of the world for Test cricket’s top position.The fickle English weather, however, could play spoilsport as rain is predicted on all the five days of the match which has generated a lot of interest. While India would be desperate to do whatever it takes to hold on to its numero uno Test status, a series win by a two game margin will see England topple Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men from the pinnacle.But against a formidable side like England, who have been unbeaten in the last five series at home, it won’t be easy for the Indians, who did very little to impress in the drawn practice match against Somerset at Taunton.  Barring Suresh Raina, who hit a ton, the stars of India’s famed batting line-up, including Tendulkar, did little justice to their reputations, while the bowling department came a cropper accounting for just five Somerset batsmen in two innings.advertisementBut what would worry Dhoni more would be the failure of his experienced batting line up, which includes the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.Tendulkar would be pivotal to India’s batting in the absence of Virender Sehwag. Together with Dravid and Laxman, the champion batsman has shared over 35,000 runs in Test cricket and India’s fate in the series would largely depend on the trio’s performance against a potent English attack.Since December 6, 2009 when India became number one Test team, Tendulkar has scored 1722 runs from 15 Tests. But the great man’s record at Lord’s is far from rosy with 37 being his highest at the ‘Mecca’ of cricket. And Tendulkar, who did not play a Test since January this year, would have do much better to not only help his but also his side’s cause.But against a fiery English pace attack what India need is a strong star from their openers — inexperienced Abhinav Mukund and Gambhir, who returned to the team after missing the West Indies tour due to a shoulder injury. Dravid, who failed against Somerset but looked in form in the Carribean, is expected to hold on to one end, while Laxman’s is high on confidence after three half centuries against the West Indies.Skipper Dhoni might have come under the weather on the Caribbean tour and would be itching to contribute with the bat against England. Raina, on the other hand, has more or less sealed his place in the playing eleven ahead of Yuvraj Singh by virtue of his consistent performances in the West Indies and fighting century against Somerset.On the bowling front, India has been bolstered by the return of Zaheer Khan, who will spearhead the visitors pace attacks alongside in-form Ishant Sharma, who was the man-of-the-series in the Caribbean with 22 wickets from three Tests at a strike rate of 16.86.Apart from Zaheer and Ishant, the Indian pace attack also has Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar, who can be lethal on their day.The spin attack, meanwhile, will be under Harbhajan Singh’s charge while giving him company would be leg-spinner Amit Mishra.The Indian camp will be a bit worried about Zaheer’s record in England. In his previous two visits in the country, the left-arm seamer managed only nine wickets at a strike rate of 30.22. If nothing, Zaheer at least is expected to extend his hold over England’s left-handed openers Andrew Strauus and Alistair Cook, whom he has dismissed five and three times in Test matches respectively.But claiming 20 wickets in the match would be a difficult task for the Indian bowlers as they are up against a formidable and much-improved English batting line-up. For the home team it would be a relief to see captain Strauss back among runs. He was hardly troubled by the Indian bowlers en route to his 78 and unbeaten 109 run innings for Somerset.advertisementTo add to Indian bowlers’ concerns, ODI captain Alistair Cook and number three Jonathan Trott have been consistently scoring runs for England.The duo, since their unbeaten 329-run stand in the opening Test in Australia last year, have had five century and one double century partnerships in the last seven Tests. Cook has smashed five and Trott three centuries from England’s last eights Tests.Even though, critics have pointed out the failures of Strauss and Kevin Pietersen (85 from three Tests), it has been been magnificently balanced by the trio of Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan and Matt Prior who have never failed collectively in recent times. Down the order, Stuart Broad and Swann are also more than handy with the bat.The present English bowling attack is full with variety, which makes it one of the most fearsome ion the world at present.The home team’s pace department will be lead by three over six feet bowlers — James Anderson (6’2), Stuart Broad (6’5) and Chris Tremlett (6’7), who have been instrumental in England’s 11 victories out of their last 16 Tests.Anderson would be India’s biggest threat due to his ability to swing the ball while Tremlett uses his height to extract uncomfortable bounce from any surface. England’s spin attack will be the sole responsibility of Graeme Swann, who is regarded as one of the best in the business.The 32-year-old off-spinner is an attacking bowler, who has scalped 140 wickets from 32 Tests. As expected, the “home of cricket” is sold out for the historic tie and the ICC and by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has also planned a host of activities, including a parade of former Test captains of the two nations on the fourth day of the match, to mark the occasion.But the only wrong note in the proceedings can be the unpredictable English summer weather as frequent showers are expected on all five days, the worst being the third day of the match.Teams (from): England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Alistair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wk), Gautam Gambhir, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Wriddhiman Saha, S Sreesanth.Umpires: Billy Bowden (New Zealand) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan).Third umpire: Marais Erasmus (South Africa)Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)The match starts at 3.30 pm IST.last_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Joins Brandon Weeden in 400-Yard Club Against Kansas State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! On a day in which the running game was almost completely dormant, quarterback Mason Rudolph lead the team in a come from behind victory to outlast the fighting Snydercats 36-34.Rudolph finished the day with 437 passing yards, the fourth-highest in program history. The other top three belong to Brandon Weeden. Rudolph is the only QB other than Weeden (who did it seven times) to now have multiple 400-yard passing games.He’s eight games into his college football career.Going into the day, the Cowboys were without leading rusher Chris Carson and Rennie Childs due to injury, and Gundy knew he had a tough challenge ahead. In the postgame, Gundy said he had a feeling they would have to toss it around a lot.Gundy: “We had a feeling we would have to throw the ball 50 times.”— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 4, 2015Rudolph finished the day 34-55 passing (62 percent completion percentage) and three touchdown tosses.last_img read more