Fifty-eight young professionals on Monday graduated from the public service training institute – the Bertram Collins College and would be integrated into the Public Sector.President David Granger joined by the 58 graduating professionals of the Bertram Collins College of Public ServiceProudly adorned in their signature purple and black uniforms, graduating professionals were presented with certificates, outlining their qualifications to officially serve the people of Guyana.As a result of the 12 months of extensive training, 58 young professionals will now embark on careers within the Public Sector as they will soon be attached to Ministries and other public offices across the country.The first six months of the initiative saw the 58 professionals being exposed to formal classroom sessions in areas such as housing, educating, law and order, public health and infrastructure.The trainees also underwent one month of travelling studies which took the group to various locations across the country.That having been completed, the 58 professionals will now take on four months of work attachment.Presenting an overview of the work of the newly-conceptualised institute was the College’s Senior Executive Director, Lawrence Paul.Paul told the gathering that the Guyana public service needed a fresh breath of energy that would be responsive to the needs of the public that must be innovative and prepared to take calculated risks to change the archaic systems that are counterproductive and wasting taxpayers’ money.With that being said, Paul charged the graduates with stepping up to take on these responsibilities by saying, “You have been trained to assist in this development.”Meanwhile, welcoming the first batch of graduates to the Public Sector was the Head of State, President David Granger.In delivering the feature address at the graduation ceremony on Monday, Granger explained the concept was brought to life shortly after taking office in 2015.In doing so, he dubbed the occasion a milestone achievement for both the graduating professionals and the country at large.With that, he congratulated the graduating class of 58 and charged the young professionals to embody the College’s motto: “Integrity, Impartiality and Objectivity,” as they set off on this journey. In fact, the President added the word “Intelligence” to that list.Emerging at the forefront of the first batch to graduate the Public Service College was Ato Vaughn, who was showered with prizes presented by the President.Vaughn was joined by his runner-up, William Charles, and other outstanding performers such as Most Improved Student, Towana Madramootoo, who also walked away with special prizes.Also present at the graduation ceremony were other Government officials, all of whom assisted with the distribution of certificates.The Bertram Collins College of Public Service, currently housed at GuySuCo’s former location in Ogle, was commissioned in 2016. The training institute is soon expected to expand with the use of a US$10 million grant by the Chinese Government.
The Portuguese coach, who wore a suit with no tie, is the latest high-profile football figure to be questioned over his tax affairs.He entered the main door of the court without his lawyers, who arrived before him.Spanish prosecutors accuse Mourinho, who coached Madrid between 2010 and 2013, of failing to declare income of Sh 193m (1.6m euros) in 2011 and Sh 205m (1.7m euros) in 2012.The basis for the case, as with a series of football stars based in Spain, is how income from Mourinho’s image rights was managed and declared.Prosecutors believe by ceding his image rights to a series of companies based in tax havens, Mourinho committed fraud by not declaring the income those companies made from his image rights.Mourinho is just one of a number of super agent Jorge Mendes’s clients to be investigated in Spain, including World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.Revelations from the whistleblowing website Football Leaks have lifted the veil on the practices supposedly used by Mendes to optimise often enormous earnings from image rights by his clients.Media consortium European Investigative Collaborations(EIC) has claimed that no less than 185 million euros worth of income escaped the attention of tax authorities through the use of shell companies and offshore accounts.Other clients of Mendes to be investigated in Spain include the former Real defenders Fabio Coentrao and Ricardo Carvalho, Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, now with Monaco but formerly at Atletico Madrid, and Paris Saint Germain’s Angel di Maria, who also spent four years at Real Madrid.– Ronaldo, Messi tax woes –A statement in June from Mendes’s Gestifute agency claimed Mourinho had already settled his tax obligation in Spain.“Jose Mourinho, who lived in Spain from June 2010 until May 2013, paid more than 26 million euros in taxes, with an average tax rate over 41 percent, and accepted the regularisation proposals made by the Spanish tax authorities in 2015 regarding the years of 2011 and 2012 and entered into a settlement agreement regarding 2013.“The Spanish Government in turn, through the Tax Department, issued a certificate in which it attested that he had regularised his position and was in compliance with all his tax obligations.”In July, Ronaldo gave evidence at the same Pozuelo de Alarcon court in northwest Madrid as Mourinho, accused of evading 14.7 million euros through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014.A judge is yet to decide whether Ronaldo’s case will proceed to trial.Barcelona’s five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi was sentenced to a 21-month suspended jail sentence and 2.09 million euro fine last year for tax fraud related to his image rights.However, the jail term was later replaced by an extra 252,000 euro fine.Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007 to 2009.Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, near Madrid, after being questioned over accusations of tax fraud during his time in charge of Real Madrid © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Nov 3 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was grilled by a judge in Spain on Friday over accusations of aSh393m ($3.8m) tax fraud during his time in charge of Real Madrid in 2011 and 2012.The 54-year-old did not speak to reporters as he arrived for the court hearing in Pozuelo de Alarcon, an upscale Madrid suburb where he used to live, which comes just over 48 hours before he is set to return to Stamford Bridge to face old side Chelsea on Sunday.
0Shares0000Iran’s goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand denied Oman’s penalty effort to spark a 2-0 victory in Abu Dhabi © AFP / KARIM JAAFARABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan 21 – Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand had flashbacks of facing a chest-puffing Cristiano Ronaldo before saving a first-minute penalty that kept his team’s Asian Cup challenge alive.The talismanic 26-year-old denied Oman captain Ahmed Al-Mahaijri to spark a 2-0 victory in Abu Dhabi at the weekend, sending title-chasing Iran into the quarter-finals. But Beiranvand revealed that memories of keeping out Ronaldo’s spot kick in a 1-1 draw with Portugal at last year’s World Cup had helped him prevent a disastrous start against Oman.“Ever since saving that kick from Cristiano, Iran fans expect me to save penalties,” Beiranvand told AFP after the game.“I actually did think about that moment for a fraction of a second — I told myself I can’t let everybody think what happened in Russia was a fluke,” he added.“I just tried to concentrate and tried to repeat it again at a different tournament. First and foremost, it’s my duty to save penalties and help the team.“But the way I look at my career at the moment, there’s no limit to my dreams.”Video emerged after the match of Iran forward Sardar Azmoun pointing to the goalkeeper’s right before Al-Mahaijri stepped up to shoot.“I had already decided to dive that way,” insisted Beiranvand. “But when Sardar gave me the sign I was 100 percent sure.”A poacher’s goal from Brighton forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh and an Ashkan Dejagah penalty were ultimately enough for Iran as the Asian Cup co-favourites advanced to face China in the last eight.– Title heartache –Iran, Asia’s top-ranked side, have failed to win Asian football’s most coveted prize since 1976 — an anomaly Beiranvand admitted causes the “Team Melli” players some heartache.“We think about it every single day to be honest,” he nodded. “Inside our hearts it is one of our biggest dreams.“And after 43 years it’s one of the biggest dreams of the Iranian people in terms of sport, so we definitely think about it.”Iran, Asia’s top-ranked side, have failed to win Asian football’s most coveted prize since 1976 © AFP / Khaled DESOUKIBeiranvand found fame at the World Cup when he revealed he had run away from his nomad family and worked in a car wash and as a street cleaner before making it as a footballer, often forced to sleep on the streets of Tehran.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz makes no secret of his admiration for his giant goalkeeper.“That penalty save kept us in the game,” said the former Real Madrid boss. “Ali gives us more confidence and tranquility to play our attacking game. We love Ali, he has a big heart and an amazing spirit.”Beiranvand tipped Iran to go all the way.“After the way we played in Russia, the expectation is that we make a run at it here,” he said.“We’ve been the top-ranked team in Asia for a long time now, so hopefully we can top it off by winning the Asian Cup. We want to make our country proud.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has told talkSPORT the Gunners’ reported move for Jamie Vardy is now OFF, after the striker performed a U-turn and decided to stay at Leicester City.Reports this week claimed Vardy was set to leave the Premier League champions after Arsenal triggered the £20million release clause in his contract.But it now seems the deal has fallen through after a change of heart from the 24-goal England frontman.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Highbury hero Parlour said: “It looks like it isn’t happening now.“I was at the Arsenal the other day and there were big reports flying around, and the club’s cameramen and digital staff had to get down to the training ground.“So it looked like it was going to happen – there was a medical being done.“But it seems Vardy thought about it while on England duty, and suddenly there was a U-turn.” 1 Jamie Vardy has apparently decided to snub Arsenal to stay at Leicester City
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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed with the Gujarat government’s acceptance of an offer by Director-General of Police P.P. Pandey to forego his extension till April 30 and step down from the top police post.A Bench of Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar and D.Y. Chandrachud recorded the State’s submission that Mr. Pandey wrote to express his willingness to resign forthwith and not wait till April 30.The court had, on March 2, 2017, sought a response from Gujarat on a petition filed by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Francis Ribeiro against the elevation and three-month extension given to Mr. Pandey, who is out on bail in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case.However, the Bench said the petition had become infructuous with Mr. Pandey stepping down.Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Mr. Ribeiro, had argued in March that Mr. Pandey was granted bail, reinstated, promoted and rewarded despite being an accused in a murder case. The Centre’s Appointments Committee of the Cabinet had granted three-month extension to Mr. Pandey, who was to retire on January 31.Mr. Pandey was heading the State Crime Branch when Ishrat, a 19-year-old Mumbai-based girl, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. After release on bail, Mr. Pandey was reinstated in February 2015 and made the Director of the State Anti-Corruption Bureau. On April 16 last year, he was appointed in-charge police chief of Gujarat.
Amid fears that another cyclone could approach the Odisha coast by the weekend, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre of IMD on Monday said a low pressure area has formed over north Andaman Sea and is likely to become a well marked low pressure area over the next 12 hours.“Under the influence of yesterday’s cyclonic circulation over north Andaman Sea, a low pressure area has formed over north Andaman Sea and associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 5.8 km above the mean sea level,” said H.R. Biswas, director of Centre, in a special bulletin.“It is very likely to become a well marked low pressure area over the next 12 hours and move west-northwestwards. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central Bay of Bengal during the subsequent 48 hours and intensify further with northwestwards movements,” he said.Mr. Biswas, however, said dry weather would prevail over the districts of Odisha over the next four days (till November 7). The bulletin said light to moderate rain or thundershower are very likely to occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha.“Squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over east central Bay of Bengal from November 5 and over west central Bay of Bengal from November 7. Sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas of east central Bay of Bengal from November 5,” the bulletin warns.Experts, however, said weather model has indicated about the formation of a cyclone, which would become clearer by November 10. The atmospheric system would move in north-west direction which means Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh could be hit, they said.
With the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman set to recommend their pick as the next head coach of the Indian team before June 22, all eyes are on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) conclave in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.The BCCI on Wednesday pruned the list of 57 aspirants for the head coach’s job to 21. Former India skippers Ravi Shastri and Anil Kumble and current selection committee chairman Sandeep Patil are some of the big names in the race for the top job, for which the BCCI has recently advertised.The board is likely to put its seal of approval on the head coach at the conclave. (ALSO READ: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman to pick India’s next coach)The conclave, from June 21-24, is the first ever the BCCI is holding and is expected to become an annual feature.It will start with a workshop for media managers of all state cricket associations, which includes a session on digital media.This will be followed by a conference of coaches and captains, Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council, junior committee and affiliation committee meeting before the all-important working committee meeting on the final day, when the next head coach’s name may be announced, the BCCI announced.The conclave will also focus on steps to strengthen one of the biggest domestic cricket season of the world and ways to take the IPL, the fastest growing league in the world, to new heights while also deliberating on ways to make the BCCI more transparent and efficient.advertisement”This is the first time BCCI is hosting a four-day long conclave that aims at getting all stakeholders at one place and align everyones thoughts for improvement of the sport,” BCCI President Anurag Thakur said in a statement.Board Secretary Ajay Shirke said, “Timing of this conclave couldnt have been better. We are about to step into one of the most exciting cricket season and this is a perfect opportunity to bring everyone under one roof and discuss ideas and how to implement them.”
Steven Gerrard secured his first Old Firm Derby win as Rangers manager on Saturday as his side recorded their first victory over Celtic in over six years.The Gers won 1-0 in front of a fevered Ibrox crowd to move level on points with their first-placed rivals.Ryan Jack’s 30th-minute deflected strike proved enough for Gerrard’s men, their first victory over Celtic since 2012. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In 2012, the Gers won 4-2 and 3-2 in two meetings with Celtic, though they were also beaten by their rivals twice as they eventually finished second in the SPL.The season following, Rangers dropped into the Scottish Third Division after an investigation into a takeover attempt into the club.Of course, in the years since they have risen back to the top-flight, with Gerrard now looking to bring trophies back to Ibrox.Rangers’ latest win over Celtic broke a run of four consecutive home defeats to the Bhoys.And it also ended a remarkable record for Brendan Rodgers; the former Liverpool manager had never previously tasted defeat in an Old Firm Derby, with his first loss coming in his 13th game in all competitions.Under Gerrard, Rangers have won 12 and drawn six of their opening 21 league games, losing just three times.They subsequently sit second, with the same amount of points as Celtic, but their fierce rivals do have a game in hand.