Band of brothers (FILES) In this file photo taken on June 10, 2018 Spain’s Rafael Nadal kisses the Mousquetaires Cup (The Musketeers) after his victory in the men’s singles final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Rafael Nadal has given one million euros ($1.14 million) to the victims of floods in his native Mallorca, the mayor of the affected town Mateu Puigros said on Thursday.The incidents claimed 13 lives in October in the town that neighbors Nadal’s home of Manacor.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The 17-time Grand Slam winner had also made his tennis academy available for those impacted by the sudden downpour.“In the name of the municipality and the residents especially those effected by the flood in October, we want to thank him for the sensitivity he has shown since the beginning and after what happened here in Sant Llorenc,” Puigros said in a video.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin eagerly awaiting justice, says lawyer PLAY LIST 01:10Maguindanao massacre victims’ kin eagerly awaiting justice, says lawyer00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments
AG 2015 Report…as NICIL collects B from GUYOIL but hoards half from TreasuryThe Ministry of the Presidency utilised millions of dollars in revenues it earned from the Guyana LotteryAuditor General Deodat SharmaFund for the building the D’Urban Park, Georgetown, without Parliamentary approval; and the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) collected $2 billion on behalf of Government but only turned over half that amount to the Treasury.These were among some of the pertinent findings of the Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, as he audited the accounts for the first year of the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Sharma’s 2015 report was made public on Thursday by Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland, when the House emerged from its annual two-month recess.According to Sharma’s findings, the Guyana Government earns 24 per cent of the proceeds from the Guyana Lottery Company but this money is paid into an account controlled by the Ministry of the Presidency and spent with the approval of Cabinet.Sharma in his report noted that at the beginning of 2015, that account held some $1.4 billion and it received an additional $421 million in 2015.D’Urban ParkThe Auditor General said following checks on the accounts, it was found that while Government transferred $1 billion of that money to the consolidated fund in 2015, it held onto just over half a billion dollars to remain under the control of the Ministry of the Presidency and it spent $305 million on various activities.According to a breakdown of the expenditure provided by the Auditor General, $36.5 million went towards the rehabilitation of D’Urban Park; $63.7 million went towards Mashramani celebrations; while another $51 million was utilised for ‘music’.Other activities funded by the Ministry of the Presidency using the Lotto proceeds related to Emancipation, Amerindian Heritage and Carifesta, among other celebrations.The Auditor General did observe in his 2015 audit that, “cash book and payment vouchers for 2015 to verify the details of the amounts spent were not presented for audit and the Deputy Accountant General explained that these were with the Forensic Auditor and had not been returned up to the time of the audit.”Monies from the Lotto Fund held by the Ministry of the Presidency has for years attracted the ire of the now Government since it was always adamant that all of the earnings constituted revenues of the state and should all be deposited into the treasury to be spent with parliamentary approval.This did not obtain.It was pointed out by Auditor General Sharma that while the Finance Ministry has budgeted for lottery receipts, expenditure continues to be met without Parliamentary approval.Sharma has since expressed his opinion that in this regard, the expenditure from the proceeds of the National Lottery should be accounted for by having a Supplementary Estimate passed in the national assembly and recorded in the Public Accounts.NICIL hoardsMeanwhile, the Auditor General found also that NICIL – another of the state-owned institutions, which the APNU/AFC has in the past criticised as a slush fund – continues to function in a manner where it retains significant bulks of its proceeds.This state of affairs has since been adversely reflected on the national accounts since a shortfall of $1 billion from NICIL represented more than half of what was supposed to be collected by Government as part of its revenues on dividends from non-financial institutions.According to the 2015 Audit Report, an amount of just over $1 billion was reflected as dividends from non-financial institutions, as received from NICIL for the Guyana Oil Company (GUYOIL) for 2015 as an interim payment.It was found after an examination of the financial statements for GUYOIL that in 2015 just over $2 billion was in fact handed over to NICIL which in turned over only half of that amount to the Treasury.Missing US$5MThe missing US$5 million that was supposed to be paid to NICIL by a Chinese-based company for shares held in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) Company was also flagged by the Auditor General.According to Sharma, NICIL was the registered holder of 4,125 shares representing 20 per cent of the holdings in GT&T but this was sold in November 2012.“On November 8, 2012 upon signing of the agreement, an amount of $4.9 billion was transferred to NICIL… the Balance of US$5 million remaining should have been paid by the company within two years. At the time of reporting, no payment was made with respect to the outstanding balance.”Sharma reported that with respect to the audits of NICIL as an entity, the audit for 2014 is still being finalised.With regards to the company’s consolidated financial statements, “these have been completed and reports issued up to the year 2006.”
ONTARIO – On a cool October night, Ontario brought the heat Friday in a well-played, hard fought 31-21 victory over Don Lugo at Chaffey High School. While recording eight sacks of Don Lugo’s quarterbacks, the Jaguars (4-3, 1-1 in Mt. Baldy League) were able to disrupt offensive timing and create key special teams miscues in the hotly contested game. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Our offensive line did the job tonight,” Ontario coach Nick Baiz said. “We overcame the fumbles in the first half for a big win over a good team, who has beaten us the past two years.” The Jaguar defensive line tortured Don Lugo for eight sacks and two botched punt attempts, creating relentless pressure without blitzing. That pressure allowed for more defenders in the secondary, resulting in two Russell Carr interceptions. Carr, in for injured starter Andrew Hernandez, was able to connect on some big plays, including a 66-yard bomb to wideout Chris Young. Ultimately, however, Ontario’s front four was too much to handle, led by defensive end Julian Flores’ four sacks. Don Lugo (4-3, 1-1) charged out of the gate on the opening kickoff, with Andre Pickens going 90 yards for a score. Momentum kept residence on the Conquistadores’ sideline when Ontario fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but Don Lugo managed only one yard on that possession, failing to capitalize on the turnover in Jaguar territory. Ontario responded by churning out a 62-yard, 11-play scoring drive, capped by John Koloa’s 12-yard run. The running game was effective all night, punishing Don Lugo’s defense for 234 yards. After recovering a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown, Ontario later forced a bad snap, leading to a big advantage in field position. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium had a surprise visitor on Friday. Sports minister Vijay Goel showed up after reading a Mail Today report on the dirty toilets, messy surroundings and swarms of mosquitoes at the arena that are proving to be a prickly problem for Indian and international wrestlers who have gathered for a championship.Goel visited each restroom, with jolted Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials in tow. The administration that was caught unawares had cleaned up some of the toilets. But many others that were still in poor condition.The minister was clearly upset after spotting tissue papers littered all over the floor of one washroom and started cleaning it himself. He then hauled up SAI administrator Manjushree Roy.Roy tried to control the situation by putting the onus on the Wrestling Federation of India that is hosting the Asian Wrestling Championships at the stadium’s KD Jadhav indoor hall. But Goel was not satisfied with her response.The anxiety on Roy’s face was palpable as the minister’s personal assistant kept taking note of everything and also clicked pictures of the dirty corners. Goel said a committee, looking after the utilisation of stadiums, will also scrutinise the cleanliness of the facilities.”It must have got cleaned,” he joked. “I regularly visit stadiums. I have visited almost all the stadiums, except this one. I had come here two-three days ago. Today, everything is clean. The administrators are saying that the responsibility is with the other agency but the foreigners who are coming for competition will not see whether it’s a mistake of A or B. When an international event is held, the players and others go back with the impression about India and not about various agencies involved.”advertisementThe incident comes about three years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission that aims to make the country clean and free of open defecation by 2019. The PM led the drive in 2014 by wielding the broom at the Mandir Marg Police Station in the Capital and exhorted everyone to follow suit.’NO POINT OF BLAME GAME'”It is the duty of all to make it clean. Together, we will have to work on this issue. There’s no point of blame game,” Goel told reporters.Mail Today on Friday reported that international wrestlers, who are here for the championship, have lodged a strong protest with the WFI. Some said they have been forced to answer nature’s call out in the open.Asked if he will form a task force to look into the matter, the minister said, “We are making efforts for better utilisation of stadiums. And we have already made a committee for it. The same committee will also give report on such issues and on how the agencies here in such stadiums work.”The minister also directed that the SAI should not depend on organisers, but should look after the cleanliness work on its own. He said that the maintenance and sustenance of the stadiums has to be done throughout the year and should not be event-specific.Goel had earlier visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, National Stadium and Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex in the Capital.ALSO READ | Asian athletes wrestle dirty washrooms, mosquitoes in Delhi ALSO READ | How did Indore and Bhopal improve their rankings to become cleanest cities in country