Whither Ram and Goolsarran?

first_imgDear Editor,I had to smile at the lean coverage of the so-called independent media on the leaked Auditor-General Report for 2018— the AG Report used to trigger many months of PPP/C bashing. Names used to be named, ministers used to be called out, and reporters used to give their very best in investigative reporting. Imagine the report, which is traditionally released around September, if it was not leaked, taxpayers would not have gotten a glimpse of what our Government cooked up more than a year ago.The APNU/AFC cabal has not only nullified the Constitution with the help of the Courts, obviously but all checks and balances with it as well.I have identified the following more egregious headlines because APNU/AFC came to power promising to tackle these exact issues and of course to eradicate corruption and deliver good governance:1. In excess of G$800M unaccounted for2. Unauthorised spending from the Consolidated Fund3. Tax concessions nearly doubled in 20184. Rampant corruption in drug purchases in the Regions – Page 417 of the AG Report5. Contracts being awarded outside public tender6. Complete disregard for the AG recommendationsWe are now seeing the award of nearly a billion-dollar contract for a capital project to a known Government supporter just before the elections in a new fiscal year by a Government that is without legal footing and without a budget. This is a contract, just like the oil and parking meter which the people of Guyana will be saddled with.We are also seeing the gifting of tens of thousands of acres of land to APNU/AFC cronies which were seized from legitimate farmers. In 2019, we learned of excessive Government spending and racking up of significant debt at the central bank. Again, these are debts on the backs of all Guyanese taxpayers, current and future.Readers will note that the Auditor-General Report for the fiscal year 2019 will not be ready for some time yet, so the full extent of the corruption and thievery will not be known if it ever will be known. It is a rank shame that the AG findings for 2019, which is key to judging an administration’s performance, is not available to enlighten the campaign trail.However, if the above is anything to go by, 2019 was most certainly a blockbuster year for corruption at all levels in this APNU/AFC caretaker administration. I have to further conclude that over the last 4.5 years, there was an inverse relationship between corruption and the reporting and interest in it. This indicates how desensitised we have become.In these times, I have to ask whither Messrs Ram and Goolsarran, our foremost anti-corruption, transparency and good governance gurus.Sincerely,Ravi Ramlast_img read more

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Wenger keeps tabs on budding Arsenal star Nelson

first_imgWhile record-signing Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the headlines with a goal on his Arsenal debut, it was Nelson who provided Wenger with a glimpse of an outstanding Highbury future.“Since I’ve been in the game I’ve understood that you either have that (confidence) at 17 years of age or you don’t,” Wenger told reporters after the match.“They all did well today, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock as well had a very strong performance. They are young, just 17 or 18 years old, so that is very promising.”Nelson played 35 times for Arsenal’s youth teams last season, scoring seven goals and also featured in the England Under-17 squad.The Gunners are staying on in Sydney to play 2014 Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers at the Olympic stadium on Saturday, with Wenger thrilled by the response of Australian fans to the club’s first visit Down Under in four decades.“There were 80,000 fans turning up for a game like that and it shows how incredible sport is in Australia and how incredible the support we have here,” he said.Wenger hailed Sydney FC goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne as the man of the match in Thursday’s game after his spectacular saves, but was reminded by reporters that Redmayne had a trial with the Gunners 12 years ago.“I don’t remember. I must say that it is such a long time that I’ve been at Arsenal that I don’t remember all the trials,” said 67-year old Wenger.“But if he was with us, we made a mistake (not signing him)!” he laughed.Redmayne, then 16, trialled at Highbury and nearly had a deal before the north London club opted to sign a 15-year-old Wojciech Szczesny instead.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal player Reiss Nelson (C) was praised by manager Arsene Wenger for his performance against Sydney FC© AFP WILLIAM WESTSYDNEY, Australia, Jul 14- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says teenager Reiss Nelson is “very close” to more first-team action after his dazzling performance in the Gunners’ 2-0 pre-season friendly win in Australia.The 17-year-old looked a star in the making as he ripped apart the Sydney FC defence with his pace and on-the-ball skills in Sydney on Thursday.last_img read more

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