Former Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall could find himself before the courts facing criminal charges for the purchase – for his personal use following an arrangement with former PresidentAttorney General Basil WilliamsDonald Ramotar – of the Commonwealth Law Books, which was made with funds from the Ministry.This is according to the current Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Basil Williams on Friday at a news conference. Last month, Minister Williams disclosed that during the audit conducted to locate the $2.5 million missing books, former President Donald Ramotar admitted to the auditor that he had an arrangement with Nandlall, as part of his contract of service, for the State to buy the law book series for his personal use and so when he demitted office, he took them with him.However, on Friday, Williams rejected the explanation, saying that the act was a criminal one and the matter has to be addressed.“The view is that under the Auditor Act, we had rejected within a month, which we are allowed to do, that position he had offered to us… it is my position that any audit – whether forensic or otherwise – once there is a criminal offence disclosed ex-facie on the records or in the audits, the matter will go straight to the Police… it’s criminal,” Minister Williams outlined.According to the Attorney General, the matter is now supposed to go to the Public Accounts Committee.Anil NandlallNevertheless, when questioned whether Government would consider asking the former Minister to repay the State’s money, Williams explained that such a decision would have to be made by Cabinet.“That’s not for me to say… that matter is really out of my hands; that matter is for Cabinet,” the Attorney General posited.Moreover, the Legal Affairs Minister explained that Government has many such cases they are working on but do not publicise them because they do not want to alert any of the suspects. However, he noted that persons are not aware of this fact but are quick to say Government is not doing anything.“I’m not going to essay any tactic that we are going to address. You have to recognise that if you essay certain things, men would jump the country. We already have one man who jumped the country… So who feels that we are not doing this and we are not doing that, and we must put up or shut up, it’s just a matter of time,” Williams asserted.Meanwhile, Nandlall had previously told Guyana Times that nothing was abnormal about the arrangement for Government to stand the expense for his subscriptions for the Commonwealth Law books, arguing that this practice is done by other Government Ministries such as Finance and Health.“I was subscribing to this particular law report over a decade before my appointment as Attorney General. When I was offered the position, one of the conditions I asked for is for the Government of Guyana to continue to pay the subscription of these books because I did not want to break the subscription,” Nandlall pointed out.Further asked why he did not continue to pay for his own subscriptions instead of depending on State resources, Nandlall asserted that it is somewhat an entitlement just as other benefits he received from the State.“Why didn’t I pay for my light bill? Why didn’t I pay for my own phone bill? Because they are all a part of my conditions of service,” he had responded.
Though several large insurers cut prices in the state lately, Allstate in September asked for an average 12 percent increase. The request is still pending. The spokesman said the move to stop writing new policies in California was not driven by insurance rates, but was purely a move to limit its exposure to catastrophe. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Allstate Corp. will stop writing new homeowners policies in California beginning in July, the company said Thursday. An Allstate spokesman said the move was to help control its catastrophe exposure in the state, which is prone to wildfires and earthquakes. The move will not affect current customers, nor will it affect auto insurance. Allstate agents in the state will continue to work with customers, but will offer new homeowners customers insurance through partner Pacific Specialty Insurance Co. Northbrook, Ill.-based Allstate and other homeowners insurers have had a contentious relationship with insurance regulators in the state over homeowners insurance prices.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press NEAH BAY, Wash. – The Makah Tribal Council on Sunday denounced the killing of a California gray whale that was harpooned and shot several times off Washington’s coast, calling it “a blatant violation of our law” and promising to prosecute those responsible. But one of the men suspected in the killing told a newspaper Sunday that he was “feeling kind of proud” and whaling is “in the blood.” “We are a law-abiding people, and we will not tolerate lawless conduct by any of our members,” the council said in a statement released Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard detained five men thought to have killed the whale Saturday, then turned them over to tribal police for further questioning. In its statement, the council said the men, whose names it did not release, were booked into the tribe’s detention facility and released after posting bail. The council said the men will stand trial in tribal court but did not set a date. Wayne Johnson, captain of the whaling crew that in 1999 legally killed the tribe’s first whale in decades, told The Seattle Times that he and four other tribal members plunged at least five steel whaling five harpoons into the animal, then shot it with a .460-caliber rifle.
FOUR MASTERS CYCLING NEWS: Ras Dhun na nGall 3- day cycle race returns to south- west DonegalWith the an Post Ras having just spent four days in Donegal, cycling is in the news and it is now the turn of the Ras Dhun na nGall to take to the roads around Ardara over the bank holiday weekend. Sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, the Ardara Town Traders, and The Dealer “free- ads” paper, this exciting and colorful event will see 110 of the country’s best young riders take on some of Ireland’s most difficult cycling terrain.The race has always been an important stepping stone for riders with ambitions of going to the highest levels of the sport, and several of our previous competitors have gone on to win big races all over Ireland, Britain and Europe. The 2012 Ras Dhun na nGall takes to the roads this coming Friday evening, leaving Ardara and heading through Kilraine, Frosses, Dunkineely and Bruckless and returning to Ardara via the Five Points. This stage will be short, fast and more than likely will end in a big bunch sprint along the Main Street in Ardara just as the Melting Pot Festival is getting into full swing.Saturday morning sees the riders in Maghera for a time- trial, which while short, will see the maximum effort from each rider as time lost or gained here may prove to be critical to the overall result of the race. Each rider will ride flat out uphill for just under two miles, and the fastest riders will cover the distance in around six and a half minutes. After a short recovery period, the riders leave Ardara again in the afternoon on a 51-mile stage that takes them through Maas and Glenties before turning at Fintown for Doochary and Lettermacaward and through Glenties to finish at the school in Ardara.The final stage, at lunchtime on Sunday, is by far the most difficult as the riders race from Ardara through Bruckless, Dunkineely, Glenties, Clooney and Ardara again before finishing on the famous Glengesh Pass. Glengesh is known throughout Irish cycling circles as being one of the most difficult climbs in the country, friendly for spectators but much less so for the cyclists themselves at the end of three hard days of racing. While the overall winner will take the plaudits on Sunday evening in Ardara, all the riders will be content in the knowledge that they will have just completed one of the hardest races in Irish cycling.The racing will be hard and fast for the entire weekend, and while some traffic delays may take place in the south west of the county over the weekend, the public has always been hugely supportive of the race, and the riders appreciate the courtesy and appreciation shown to them by all along the route. Approximate time schedules:Friday 1st June:Stage 1Depart Ardara: 7.30pmFrosses: 8.11 Dunkineely: 8.27Bruckless: 8.32Arrive Ardara 9.00pm Saturday 2nd June: Stage 2First rider starts Maghera: 9.01amLast rider finishes: 11.20amStage 3:Depart Ardara: 2.30pmClooney: 2.50Glenties: 3.06Fintown: 3.29Doochary: 3.41Lettermacaward: 4.10Glenties: 4.31Finish Ardara: 4.48pmSunday 3rd June:Stage 4Depart Ardara: 12.00noonBruckless: 12.31Dunkineely: 12.35Glenties: 1.16Clooney: 1.33Ardara 1st Passage: 1.48Ardara 2nd Passage: 2.30Finish Glengesh: 2.44pmCYLCING: RAS DHUN NA NGALL RETURNS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CYLCING: RAS DHUN NA NGALL RETURNS THIS WEEKEND
Motoring columnist Brian McDaid catches up with defending Joule Donegal International Rally Champion Manus Kelly ahead of ‘The Donegal’ 2018:The River Swilly rises at the foot of Meenaroy up the glen. All the competitors will see it when they turn off the main Letterkenny to Glenties Road this Friday morning on their first stage of The Donegal International Rally.They will follow the number 1 seed, Manus Kelly up past Johnnie Mac Phaidin’s old house with the corrugated iron red rusted roof before the start of the Breenagh stage. Advertisement Manus “Mandy” Kelly was looking for a drop of rain when Donegal Daily caught up with the Glenswilly man at the top of Brennagh on Monday evening. The back-to-back winner of the Donegal International Rally was hoping for rain at the start of this week so it would neutralise the roads a bit for the weekend.If it would rain right if it was going to rain at all, then we can deal with that, but a shower here and dry up the road will put the cat among the pigeons.Manus Kelly on his way to his back to back victory on the Donegal International Rally with Donall Barrett on the notes. Photo Brian McDaidIn most sports, home advantage is a benefit, but on Friday morning Manus is going to treat Brennagh as just other special stage. Manus must be in the most unique position in the forty-six-year history of this event, as he will be the first person ever to lead the 2018 International Rally out of his own parish of Glenswilly on Friday morning when a bumper entry will start the three day event over the mountains from Glenswilly to Cloghan.Looking out over Glenswilly on Monday evening Manus looked relaxed and well prepared to defend his title. A hundred yards or so up the road, Manus Kelly ’s grandmother was born, she was a sister of Neil Gallagher’s grandfather. Advertisement Neil made his name for Donegal in the air in the middle of the field for both Glenswilly and Donegal, and likewise Manus will be in the air a few times this weekend on a different Donegal as he battles with his terrain to look for grip.He will be focusing more on the time he is connected with the tar, with his Subaru fresh from a trip to Prodrive, as he goes in search of a third win for himself and his navigator Donall Barrett and an amazing 15th win for the flat four powered four wheel drive Subaru brand.Manus Kelly in his native Glenswily this week where he will lead the rally out on Friday morning on the Brennagh Stage. Photo Brian McDaidKillarney Rally a great benefit.With the support of Applegreen for 2018, Manus and Donall are getting huge benefits of doing a two day rally on the run into the ‘Donegal’ this year. “It’s a great grind to bring your skills up to scratch again for this year’s ‘Donegal’ and it also was an added bonus for us to win the event.”Manus and Donall have no less than four former winners snapping on their heels including Donegal’s Declan Boyle, Gary Jennings, Eugene Donnelly and Sam Moffat who will watch and wait to pounce. Through the Gap. The biggest challenge for a win for 2018 has to be from fellow Donegal man Donagh Kelly in his Ford Focus from Frosses. The ex works WRC Focus has undergone a complete mechanical rebuild following last year’s event whenthey camee so close to taking the title.The National Title might also head through the gap to the talent crew of Kevin Eves and Chris Melly, who were leading before they crashed on Knockalla stage and went out of the event. This Laghy man is back and ready to fight again for the overall honours in the ultra competitive modified national section.Laghy’s Kevin Eves on maxim attack last years Donegal and has to be one of the favourite for this years’s national honours. Photo Brian McDaidBattles within battles. Forty years ago the rally went through this same Brennagh Stage. Vatenan , Mc Cartney, Fisher, Ernest Kidney, and Mick O’ Connell were all in RS1800 all developing in or around 240 brake horse power.Forty years on from that and the next generation of the first Donegal winners Vincent Bonner and Seamus McGettigan, that of their sons John Bonner and Damien Mc Gettigan will compete in two different Mk2 Escorts. Which will have around 100 brake horsepower more than the original Mk2’s.Vincent Bonner’s son John with his son David pictured as have a yarn with Seamus Mc Gettigan’s son Damien ahead of the Donegal rally this weekend. Photo Brian McDaidJohn Bonner will drive his escort in the colours of that of his father’s Vincent who drove to victory in ’83 while Damien will call the notes to the chairman of the Motor Club Brian Brogan also in a Mk 2 Escort.Manus Kelly gets the name Mandy from his late grandfather Manus who was one of the best known sportsmen in Glenswilly in his time. There were no Subarus up the glen in his grandfather ’s day. It was playing gaelic, soccer, cycling or tossing the sheaf.I’m told Mandy’s training for tossing the sheaf at the sports day was to practice at the gable of his house and throw the sheaf up out over the telephone wires followed by many’s a big day along the River Swilly at the sport day.We have included a small tip of film from RTE of Mandy Kelly having a chat with Tony Gallagher about Glenswilly nearly 50 years ago.Over this weekend young Mandy will compete in his preferred sport but never will be far from the Swilly, be it at the start up in Brennagh on Friday morning or as he climbs the famous mountain of Knockalla on Saturday with Lough Swilly down below or on Sunday evening as he navigates the famous Fanad Head stage as Lough Swilly flows along side as it heads out to meet the Atlantic Ocean.And finally our motoring column made the big time this year with three different stories that we covered on the rally since last June which are including in this year’s rally program.They recall John Lyons success in the late 70s and eighties, on to the first official civic reception by the Donegal County Council for a winner of the Donegal Rally in Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett. And finally, not forgetting the story for another Glenswilly man Brian Devine’s and his classic Avenger which he built for the historic section. We are so looking forward to seeing and hearing Brian Devine and Tony Mc Hugh on the Donegal Rally this weekend.Take a wee break from double clicking on the torsion bar and enjoy the rally Brian Devine – you more than deserve it.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Home advantage for Mandy! was last modified: June 14th, 2018 by Brian McDaidShare 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:Joule Donegal International RallyManus Kelly
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The United States and Argentina last week finalized an export certificate that allows the U.S. pork industry to ship product to the South American country.“Argentina has tremendous potential for U.S. pork exports,” said Jim Heimerl, National Pork Producers Council President and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. “This is great news for America’s pork producers, who last year exported almost $6.5 billion of pork around the world.”Argentina, which had a de facto ban on U.S. pork, has a population of more than 44 million and a per capita income of $17,250 — higher than Mexico’s — making it an attractive market for U.S. pork. Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes has noted that fresh pork consumption in the country has increased from about 2 pounds in 2005 to 22 to 26 pounds today. The Argentine pork industry estimates that by 2020 consumption will increase to 35 to 44 pounds.The new opening represents the first time in 25 years that U.S. pork will be allowed into Argentina, which has the potential to be a $10 million-a-year market for U.S. pork producers.NPPC helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture address concerns raised by Argentine officials, and in October, the organization urged the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to reinstate Argentina’s eligibility for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, which allows some foreign products into the United States without tariffs, after the country in August agreed to re-open its market to U.S. pork imports. The export certificate allows the shipment of fresh, frozen and processed pork to the South American country.“This development demonstrates the Argentine government’s commitment to expanded and more open trade with the United States,” Heimerl said. “And it will help us grow our exports, which the U.S. pork industry is very dependent on. Last year’s exports, for example, added more than $53 — representing almost 36% of the $149 average value of a hog in 2017 — to the price we received for each animal marketed.“The United States can’t sit on its hands when it comes to trade. Opening new markets, such as Argentina, and expanding existing markets is imperative.”
Image via Martin Bekerman.In addition to the massive list of grants from third party organizations, the IDA hosts its own grant programs. The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund “supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of Pare Lorentz’s work” and offers grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000.The majority of awards are for documentary projects. However, a few of the grants offer funding to all kinds of film projects, including short films, feature narratives, animation, and experimental films.You can access the full list of grants here. The International Documentary Association supports filmmakers, and it can help you get the financing you need to bring your projects to life.Cover image via Shutterstock.The International Documentary Association (IDA) hosts an impressive list of grants and funding opportunities for independent filmmakers and documentarians.With close to 150 funding programs, the list includes grants and awards ranging from $250 to $500,000 (most awards fall in the $10,000 to $25,000 range). The IDA also offers a longstanding fiscal sponsorship program, which allows filmmakers to apply for grants that would otherwise require a partnership with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.Image via Sam McGhee.Documentary storytelling expands our understanding of shared human experience, fostering an informed, compassionate, and connected world. The International Documentary Association (IDA) is dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture. Through its programs, the IDA provides resources, creates community, and defends rights and freedoms for documentary artists, activists, and journalists. —IDA’s Mission StatementIDA’s list of grants support the following types of projects:Development (pre-production, scripting, treatments, etc.).Production (equipment, goods/services/labor subsidies, etc.).Post-production (editing, sound design, etc.).Distribution (marketing, festivals, competitions, outreach & engagement, etc.).By topic (human rights, gender, the environment, economic policy, etc).By filmmaker (emerging filmmakers, female, Middle-Eastern, LGBTQ, etc.).By location (U.S., Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, etc.).By medium (web-based, digital media, VR/AR, etc.).
“Under the FIFA code of ethics, the investigatory chamber “Under the FIFA code of ethics, the investigatory chamber shall examine all circumstances of the cases equally,” THE statement said.”For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the investigatory chamber will not publish further details at the present time.”Blatter, 80, who is fighting to overturn his ban from football, declined to make comment about the latest case against him.However, people close to the disgraced Blatter and Kattner say both men strongly deny the allegations.Blatter and Platini were the most prominent casualties during more than a year of unprecedented scandal that upended world football, but many others have fallen.Prosecutors in New York have indicted at least 40 football and sports marketing executives over allegedly receiving tens of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which typically has the final word in major sport disputes, is expected to deliver a verdict in Blatters appeal within weeks.Blatter has said that he will respect the verdict.Separately, former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been banned from all football-related activities for life, FIFA said.Webb was found guilty of charges including conflicts of interest and bribery and corruption. He was also fined one million Swiss francs (USD 1.02 million).Webb, who had been close to Blatter, was among those arrested in a dawn raid at a Zurich luxury hotel in May last year by Swiss police acting on a US warrant. AFP SSC SSCadvertisement
Two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a shock loss to Czech qualifier Karolina Muchova in the second round at the U.S. Open on Wednesday.Muchova, who came into the match against the 12th seed with a world ranking of 202, was understandably nervous from the outset but grew into the contest and eventually prevailed 3-6 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes.Muguruza, a former world number one who has triumphed at Wimbledon and the French Open, showed plenty of her Grand Slam pedigree by racing into a 5-0 lead as she appeared on course for a routine victory.The Spaniard closed out the opener in 37 minutes and few of those watching the match unfold would have predicted what was to follow.A stunning upset in Louis Armstrong Stadium as qualifier Karolína Muchová defeats Muguruza 3-6, 6-4, 6-4!In just her 3rd tour level match, she will now face Ash Barty in R3…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/0dfiBCWlRbUS Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2018Muchova, playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time, quickly turned the tables at the start of the second set, evening up the contest after she opened a 3-0 lead on the back of some brave shot-making.”It’s the first match for me on such a big stadium so I was feeling nervous. Somehow I got used to it, I don’t know how,” the 22-year-old said in a courtside interview.”I don’t even know. I was surviving but I think the (fans) helped me a lot.”advertisementAfter she settled, Muchova displayed an adept ability to mix up her play, slogging it out from the baseline before picking the right moments to charge the net.READ – Serena outclasses Carina Witthoeft to set up 3rd round clash vs VenusMuguruza, a traditional baseliner, tried to change her tactics to regain the initiative but Muchova kept her at bay with a selection of passing shots and lobs every time the Spaniard ventured forward.Overall, Muchova hit eight aces and 41 winners as she rallied from a break down in the deciding set to seal victory and claim the biggest win of her career as the clock ticked past 1:00 a.m. at the Louis Armstrong Stadium.Next up for the Czech is a third-round meeting with Australian 18th seed Ashleigh Barty.(With inputs from Reuters)
World Cup Pickford can handle being England No.1 at World Cup – Kirkland Neil Jones Click here to see more stories from this author 17:00 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images World Cup England Sunderland Everton Preston North End Premier League Once a Three Lions netminder himself, the 37-year-old believes his former team-mate has a fearless self-belief that will see him succeed Jordan Pickford has been backed to handle the pressure of being England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the World Cup by Chris Kirkland.Everton keeper Pickford has been allotted the No.1 shirt for the tournament in Russia and is expected to start the opening group game against Tunisia ahead of Jack Butland and Nick Pope.Former England international Kirkland, who worked with Pickford at Preston North End, believes the 24-year-old is a ‘special talent’ and can impress for Gareth Southgate’s side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m a big fan of Jordan, having played and trained with him at Preston,” Kirkland told Goal. “He’s probably the best I’ve ever worked with. I expect and hope that he starts in the World Cup.“He’s fearless, and he’s got that incredible self-belief which you need as a goalkeeper. I always say that I wish I had a bit more of it when I was playing.“He has the mentality to handle playing for England at a World Cup, for sure. It’s not easy to play at a major tournament, where everybody is on your back, but he’s the right kind of character.”Pickford enjoyed his breakout season during the 2015/16 campaign while on loan at Championship side Preston, making 27 appearances.Upon returning to Sunderland he ousted Vito Mannone to become first choice and ended that season as one of the only shining lights for the Black Cats as they were relegated from the Premier League.He subsequently earned a move to Everton and his performances have elevated him to England’s likely first choice, with Kirkland impressed by Pickford’s distribution.The 37-year-old added: ”Obviously, they want to build from the back and ideally dominate games, but Jordan gives them the option to launch quick attacks with long kicks up to the forwards or into space. He’s capable of those 60-70-yard passes which open the game up.”He has to start, and I think he will. I’ll be rooting for him in Russia and think he will really show the world what he’s capable of.”