Minister Broomes’ actions threaten impartiality in industry – GGDMA

first_img… supports her transfer out of Natural Resources MinistryAs conflict-of-interest concerns continue to rage over Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry Simona Broomes’ mining concessions and her oversight of the industry, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has now joined the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry, since herMinister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomespresence in the current Ministry was a clear conflict of interest and posed a threat to impartiality.Minister Broomes has been at the centre of a raging debate after this publication reported that she was granted a new mining permit on March 4, 2016, just about two months after she was transferred to that Ministry and handed responsibility for the mining sector.However, the Minister, who has said she transferred her mining interest to her two children, has since denied this and stated that the documentation which was ‘leaked’ was for her daughter, who was also named Simona Broomes.This publication, however, was able to confirm that the National Identification (ID) number on the application is that of the Minister and not her daughter.The GGDMA, in its strongly-worded statement, said that the subsequent “spin” by the Minister that the permission was her daughter’s hinted at the Minister’s “inability to deal impartially with mining matters and the facts”.Such actions, it said, threaten the entire industry. The GGDMA recalled that prior to becoming Minister, Broomes had both positive and negative interactions with members of the mining community.As such, the Association is arguing that when these pre-existing relationships and “bridges that may have been burnt in the past” within the sector are considered, it would be difficult for the Minister to operate in her post “impartially and without personal bias”.“No existing miner, in good sense, can refuse a request from the sector Minister for her to be given permission to take gold from their land,” the GGDMA said, adding that it must be recognised that such permissions and all future requests or permissions rest in the hands of the agency under her direct preview.“It is foolhardy for anyone to expect that in Guyana you can deny the Minister permission and then expect to get an impartial hearing on matters. If somehow the Minister is indeed capable of staying impartial in this regard, the question remains of whether or not she should be put in such a position in the first place, where reasons for her actions can always be defended, even when they are affected by secret or closet biases,” it stated.Calls for transferThe GGDMA said it supported the call for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.“The GGDMA, therefore, is heartened by the comments of His Excellency, President David Granger that he will reassign the Minister if a conflict of interest arises. We declare that there is a clear conflict of interest and call on the President to honour his words. Minister Broomes can serve well in any other Ministry,” the release stated.Miners concernedThe GGDMA said that it is being bombarded with calls from miners who have expressed concerns about the clear case of conflict of interest involving the Minister, but are reluctant to voice their concerns publicly for fear of victimisation.“At our recently-held miners’ meeting, the issue was also raised. Members have since privately contacted the leadership of the Association to express their concerns. Both miners and mining equipment suppliers have expressed a concern as to their ability to refuse a request from the Minister or her children in mining. For example, should they request credit terms for mining supplies, a supplier would be hard pressed to say no or even complain, since the agency for complaints is headed by the very Minister,” the Association stated.Already there have been calls from several persons, including the newly-appointed President of the Transparency Institute (Guyana) Inc (TIGI), Troy Thomas and former Government Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey for the Minister to be reassigned to another Ministry.They both agree that this could remove the cloud of conflict of interest.last_img read more

CIOG donates supplies to over 650 persons

first_imgOver 650 persons were assisted by the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) on Thursday with the donation of supplies for children and elderly persons across the country.A few persons who benefitted from CIOG’s distribution exerciseA formal donation exercise saw mattresses and basic necessities being disbursed to the elderly while stationery and school supplies followed for school-aged students that were in need of assistance. These vulnerable children will also be given textbooks that are needed in the classroom setting.Shaikh Moen-ul-Hack of the organisation told Guyana Times that this exercise was made possible through donors in the diaspora and will continue at Meten-Meer-Zorg on the West Coast of Demerara throughout the week.The International Development Relief Foundation (IDRF) has been funding a number of distribution exercises at the organisation. However, this donation cost about $5 million.“The handing over of mattresses, walkers and adult disposable items for the less fortunate in our community was made possible through the International Development Relief Foundation based in Canada. They have funded a number of projects here in Guyana through the CIOG. More than 450 orphans and vulnerable children in all three counties will benefit from this donation and more than 200 poor elderly persons will benefit from basic necessities which IDRF has funded,” he said.Moen-ul-Hack related that they accept monetary and tangible donations from the public to support these ventures. Persons can also donate their time to deliver the items to the recipients. Over the past year, they have also received assistance from other religious groups.“Our motto is caring and sharing and to be kind to the less fortunate. So the CIOG receives both donations in cash as well as in kind. Our contributions are extended to everyone regardless of race or religion. We accept distribution of clothing, foodstuff, household items and so on.”Victims of flooding, fires and other disasters also receive support whenever the need arises. It was explained that the local community has played an important role in reaching those that require help.“Our local community has stood with us, both corporate and Guyanese individuals right across from Food for the Poor, the Humanitarian Assistance Programme, members of the Hindu as well as Christian organisations,” Moen-ul-Hack expressed.last_img read more

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first_imgMeanwhile, other Bollywood celebrities including filmmaker Karan Johar and actress-turned BJP MP Kirron Kher also supported Salman.”I think that the sportsmen of this country need to have a bigger heart. Ive played badminton for this country, my sister has captained the Indian team, she is an Arjuna award winner. She has won medals at the Commonwealth (games) for badminton… I think we know Milkha uncle (Milkha Singh) very well…”, Kher told reporters here on sidelines of an event.”I feel when we choose someone like Salman Khan, it also brings in a lot of corporates. There are several sports which are not cricket, which need money, for coaching and all…The government can do only this much. And if he (Salman) brings in all that into it, I think its wonderful for the sportsmen involved,” she added.”Someone had told me that film people live in an imaginary world and we sports people live in reality. I would like to tell them that we live very much in reality. The amount of hard work that people in this line do, I doubt if many people in the country or world can,” the 60-year-old actress said.Kher urged sport persons to give respect to the “Dabangg” actor.”So with deep amount of respect, I would like to urge my peers and my juniors and seniors in the sports world to give some respect to someone like Salman Khan. He has been there for a long time, and he has lasted a long time. There must be something to the gentleman which inspires all of us,” Kher said.advertisementJohar said, “I think that consistency, sincerity, hard work and dedication are the mark of a great artist, athlete or anyone in the performing zone.””Salman is a humongous achiever, and his brand can rightly be leveraged. His reach is tremendous, he is one of the biggest movie stars of our country and when he does endorse anything the impact is for everyone to see.”If he has been made the goodwill ambassador then I think more power to the authority who chose him, more power to him to accept it and no power to people who actually reject this choice,” the “My Name is Khan” director said.Actress Malaika Arora Khan too backed Salman on his appointment as a goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the Rio Olympics.”He is what he is for a reason and was chosen for a reason. You have to give credit to the people who chose him purely because they know his leverage and what he brings to the stage.”More power to them. Sports is something that will always be close to my heart and I want it to have all the recognition possible and I think Salman will bring all that and much more,” Malaika said. PTI JUR NRB PVI PTPlast_img read more

When Todd Heap was released by the Baltimore Raven

first_imgWhen Todd Heap was released by the Baltimore Ravens, the 31-year-old created a short list of teams he’d like to play for.“From day one once I got released my wife and I talked, and we had a short list,” Heap told Sports 620 KTAR’s Dave Burns and John Gambadoro. “The Cardinals were at the top of that list.”That’s a good thing, too, as Heap will surely help the Cardinals. Heap caught 40 passes and scored five touchdowns last season, and for his career has 467 receptions and 41 scores. Numbers like that would place him among the very best tight ends to ever suit up for the Cardinals. In fact, it would make him the best to ever play the position in Arizona.And yet, he almost never made it to the Valley. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more