Audit into UG’s finances to begin in 2 weeks – Auditor General

first_imgIn light of the request recently made by the Education Ministry to have a special audit into the finances of the University of Guyana (UG), the Auditor General’s Office has already commenced the preparation stages to kick-start that process.This is according to Guyana’s Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, who told Guyana Times in an interview on Saturday that the “groundwork” will commence shortly.“We [Audit Office] were contacted and are planning to go in and start the special audit quite soon. I have contracted an auditor, outside of my office, who does work there, contracting an auditor [is] what is usually done by my office. I asked him to complete a Terms of Reference for this, this is in addition to the normal audit that takes place,” Sharma explained.Vice Chancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw GriffithThe Auditor General noted that the Permanent Secretary of the Education Ministry had officially written to him, requesting this special audit, but before his Office could begin its work, the necessary meeting had to take place.“Meetings were held with the Education Ministry officials, of course, they had to be held first so that we could be briefed.Then there were meetings with the Unions from UG but I am not at liberty to discuss what transpired in those meetings.However, what I can say is that I am hoping to go into UG to start the special audit within two weeks from now.”The request for the special audit came in light of an appeal made to the Ministry by the two workers’ unions at UG.However, the administration of the University on Thursday said such a move is welcomed so as to clear up any misinformation about the present financial state of UG.Auditor General of Guyana, Deodat Sharma“The administration welcomes the opportunity to clear the air on the allegations and assertions by the Unions and other individuals…We have long indicated such, both directly to the UG Unions and in my two recent memoranda to the University Community,” said Vice-Chancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, in the release.The request made by the two Unions to the Education Ministry birthed from the fact that UG’s administration, in January of this year, stated that the institution was not in a position to pay further salary increases for 2018, having paid a four per cent salary increase to academic staff and three per cent to non-academic staff, both tax-free, in December 2018.On February 13, 2019, in an update to the members of the UG Community on the industrial climate at Turkeyen and the call by the Unions for a forensic financial audit, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the administration is willing to have its financial position examined by any competent and independent auditor.Meanwhile, UG’s administration was accused of wanton spending, including hosting several events and standing the expenses of meals and accommodation for guest speakers.last_img read more

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College ball lacks a flurry of action

first_img Crossword puzzle. Trail mix and water. Cell phone to maintain contact with the outside world. Laptop computer. Even though it has only three hours of battery life, we can get a start on that screenplay. College baseball already is tedious. And to play two? Not even Ernie Banks would have advocated that. “Doubleheaders,” Cal State San Bernardino coach Don Parnell said with a sigh. “Players don’t like to play them, umps don’t like to work ’em, fans don’t want to watch. So why play them?” He answered his own question. “Because they’re administratively advantageous. There’s some cost savings, I guess.” Big-league doubleheaders have disappeared for a reason. Because owners don’t like selling two games for the price of one. But also because fans don’t have the attention spans to stay with two games in one sitting. College ball, especially at the Division II and III levels, still schedules twinbills with numbing frequency. Take the Coyotes’ pair with Cal State Monterey Bay on Saturday at Arrowhead Credit Union Park. Please. About the time it takes to drive from the Inland Empire to Las Vegas – and back. “It’s a full day,” Cal State outfielder Justin Roberson agreed, smiling. “You play nine, you get that half-hour off, then you’ve got to psyche yourself back up to go out and play seven more. And try not to spend too much time on Cloud 9 out there in the outfield.” Luckily, the second game is only seven innings. Luckily, the Coyotes and Otters played fairly crisp, low-scoring games, certainly by college standards, San Bernardino earning a 6-4, 9-3 sweep. Game times: 2:48 for Game 1, 2:05 for Game 2. College ball can be painfully drawn out. Too many cheap hits with those metal bats. Too many walks from pitchers afraid to throw strikes. Too many errors, too many pitching changes. Next thing you know you’re on the high side of three hours – as San Bernardino was in its first six nine-inning games this season. Actually, we’re impressed college guys still want to be part of all this. What with growing up in a microwaveable, text-messaging, instant- gratification world. Everything stodgy ol’ baseball is not. “We love the game that much,” Roberson said. “It does seem kind of slow, at times,” Coyotes pitcher Toph Grenfell said. “But if you enjoy the competition …” Ask the Coyotes and Otters how they spent their Presidents Day weekend, and they’ll say, “Well, I played baseball.” Nine innings Friday. Sixteen on Saturday. Nine more today. Played at the college-game crawl. Cal State’s players were at the ballpark at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. Game 2 ended at 4:31 p.m., with the lights on. “I’m gonna get something to eat and go sleep,” Roberson said. Because he has to be on the field at 9:45 a.m. today for a noon game with Monterey. Many (most?) modern ballplayers concede they prefer other sports to baseball. Roberson likes basketball better. If he were 6-foot-8? “I’d be outta here,” he said with a smile. Grenfell prefers football; he played safety for two years at Chaffey College and two more at Montana State. “Not as much sitting around,” he said. But baseball still has its attractions. The nuances. The strategy. Even though it requires enormous time commitments. Three-hour practices several days a week. Three-hour-plus games three days a week. Fifty-six games in a season. More, if you make the playoffs. And remember, you have to go to class, too, to play “college” baseball. “If you’re a good student, well organized, you can do it,” Parnell said. “If you’re young and trying to figure it out, classes can be an issue.” It’s a miracle any of these guys stay eligible. Not to mention awake during the slow parts of a doubleheader on a warm Saturday afternoon. “Their dedication and attention span is the same now as when I started here, 16 years ago,” Parnell said. “They can keep their concentration through the down time.” Which is good. Because Cal State will be playing two again on March 3. And on March 10, 17, 24 … Bring plenty of sunflower seeds. A thermos of strong coffee. Maybe the iPod. And a Russian novel … Paul Oberjuerge check out his blog at sbsun.com/sports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SAN BERNARDINO – Our college baseball doubleheader survival kit: Reading material. last_img read more

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