Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 142 Views no discussions Ambassador David Shoul. Photo credit; caribarena.comST JOHN’S, Antigua — Ambassador David Shoul failed to make an appearance before the Antigua and Barbuda Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday afternoon, after being summoned by the chairman of the committee.Shoul was asked to prepare himself by bringing certain relevant documents and to be ready to answer questions from the chairman of the committee. The PAC had invited Shoul to provide answers regarding the US$52.5 million Chinese power plant recently constructed at Crabbs Peninsula. The PAC is established by Section 98 of the Constitution, which mandates a review of all government spending by examining and considering government accounts. The chairman of that committee is always the leader of the parliamentary opposition.Former prime minister and current leader of the opposition, Lester Bird, as chairman, wrote to Shoul one week earlier, seeking to question him on the Chinese power plant, since the ambassador has been credited by Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer with playing a pivotal role in the negotiations for the plant. Shoul had a letter delivered to the office of the leader of the opposition on Monday, indicating only that he had received the former prime minister’s letter. On Tuesday afternoon, the PAC members waited in vain for Shoul to show up. All the written questions were instead handed to the auditor for onward transmittal to the ambassador. Negotiations for the Chinese power plant began in 2008, when a price tag of US$18 million was initially mentioned. The amount climbed to US$30 million by the time a funding agreement was entered into with the Export/Import Bank of China in June 2008. Later adjustments took the cost to US$47 million. The total cost has now climbed to US$52.5 million. Examination of the installed plant has shown that the engines, the alternators and other parts of the plant are not new, though both Shoul and Spencer have each claimed otherwise. In fact, they both deem questioning of the quality of the delivered plant, by the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and thousands of Antiguans and Barbudans, as unpatriotic and diminishing of the relations between China and Antigua and Barbuda. Bird has promised to continue to pursue answers and to seek to get to the bottom of the issue.By Caribbean News Now contributor NewsRegional Antigua-Barbuda ambassador a ‘no show’ before PAC by: – January 27, 2012
Craig Young took three wickets on his Ireland debut as Scotland toiled in their Intercontinental Cup clash. Kevin O’Brien also took two wickets and a catch as he started his 200th game for Ireland by helping his side into a commanding position on the first day. Ireland forced Scotland out for 138 and had eaten 35 runs into the total without loss by stumps in Dublin. Only a 56-run eighth-wicket partnership from Safyaan Sharif and Moneeb Iqbal prevented Scotland from real humiliation at Clontarf. Fresh from their World Cricket League double over the Scots, Ireland started strongly following a rain delay when Max Sorensen bowled out Hamish Gardiner for a duck in the third over. And Sussex bowler Young had Scotland in serious trouble when he took the wickets of Freddie Coleman, Richie Berrington and Preston Mommsen to leave the visitors on 33 for four. O’Brien then took over, taking the wickets of Calum MacLeod and Craig Wallace, either side of pouching a catch which removed Majid Haq, to leave the Scots 68 for seven. At this stage Berrington was Scotland’s top scorer with a meagre 14 runs but Sharif and Iqbal then frustrated the hosts with nine boundaries between them in a vital stand. Graeme McCarter, who took three wickets in all, bowled Iqbal out for 25 and Scotland’s innings came to an end when Sharif fell for 41. William Porterfield (23 not out) and Paul Stirling (11 not out) saw Ireland safely through their first six overs to further consolidate the home side’s advantage. Press Association
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Syracuse jumped out to a two-goal halftime lead at North Carolina on Friday, but it all fell apart in the second half. The No. 5 Orange allowed three goals in the final 20:24 to the No. 2 Tar Heels, eventually falling 3-2 on the road.North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) outshot Syracuse (2-1, 0-0 Big East) 22-3 and took 12 penalty corners compared to just two for the Orange.SU senior forward Heather Susek and senior midfielder Liz McInerney both beat UNC goalkeeper Caitlin Powers in the first half. However, the Orange was unable to beat Powers’ second-half replacement in goal, Sassi Ammer.Abby Free put North Carolina on the board in the 50th minute, scoring off a rebound on a penalty corner. Kelsey Kolojejchick accounted for UNC’s second and third goals, scoring in the 61st and 63rd minutes. Both goals came off rebounds.Syracuse junior goalkeeper Leann Stiver recorded a career-high 14 saves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, the Orange bounced back with a 4-1 victory over No. 11 Wake Forest. But early in the game, it appeared SU could be leaving Chapel Hill, N.C., with two losses.Rae Lizzie put the Demon Deacons (1-3, 0-0 ACC) on the board first, scoring on a penalty corner in the eighth minute.But Syracuse junior forward Kelsey Millman answered later with her first of two goals.Junior midfielder Haley Bomboy tipped the ball in from the left side in the 31st minute to give the Orange a lead it would not relinquish.Susek and Millman each netted goals late in the second half to finish off the scoring for Syracuse.SU has another doubleheader this weekend as it takes on No. 6 Ohio State (2-3, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday at 2 p.m. and No. 12 Old Dominion (4-0, 0-0 Colonial Athletic Association) on Saturday at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Buckeye Varsity Field on the OSU campus.VolleyballSyracuse lost for the first time this season to Utah State 3-1 on Friday at the Utah State Tournament. The Orange bounced back with a sweep over Texas State and a 3-1 victory over Idaho State later Saturday.SU (5-2, 0-0 Big East) then concluded the weekend with a 3-2 loss to Utah Valley on Monday. The Orange blew a two-set lead in the match.Outside hitter Noemie Lefebvre became the 11th member of the 1,000-dig club on Friday. She tied for the team lead with seven kills against Texas State before matching her season high with 16 against Idaho State.Lefebvre was joined by fellow senior Ashley Williams on the all-tournament team. The defensive specialist led the team in digs in each of the tournament’s three games, highlighted by a 28-dig performance against Utah State.Junior Samantha Hinz contributed six kills in the sweep over Texas State and 11 blocks against Idaho State. Senior Laura Homann tallied a season-high 50 assists against Utah Valley to bring her total to 271 on the season.Syracuse returns to New York for the Long Island University Tournament in Brookeville, N.Y., this weekend. SU will face tournament host Long Island on Friday before a Saturday doubleheader with Temple and Lehigh.Women’s SoccerDespite controlling possession for much of its game at Rhode Island, Syracuse lost to the Rams 2-1 on Sunday. The Orange outshot Rhode Island 12-6 in the game but couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities.SU (1-2-1) cut a two-goal Rams (3-0-1) lead to one on sophomore defender Cecelia Borgstrom’s first career goal at the end of the first half. The goal came 13 seconds after Rhode Island went up 2-0 on a header by Stephanie Santos. Both Rams goals came off free kicks.The Orange failed to score on five shots in the second half of the loss. The team has lost both games this season by a single goal.Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Anghel saved four shots in goal for SU.The Orange travels to Fairfield, Conn., to play in the Fairfield University 20th Anniversary Invitational this weekend. SU faces Fairfield on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Central Connecticut Sunday at noon.Cross CountryThe Syracuse men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the regular season in style on Saturday, winning both the men’s 6,000-meter race and the women’s 4,200-meter race at the Harry Lang Invitational in Hamilton, N.Y.Top runners for the Orange didn’t compete, making it possible for younger team members to gain some experience.For the men’s 6K race, freshman Jon Squeri finished second overall, clocking a time of 20:54. Sophomore Joseph Bubniak finished close behind with a time of 21:13. David Wilson (21:18), Matthew Bennett (21:32), Jonathan Aziz (21:42) and Andrew Nelson (21:44) also contributed to the team’s performance, finishing fourth through seventh, respectively.Rebekah MacKay placed the highest for the women’s team with a time of 16:11, earning second place. Also running for the Orange women were Alexandra Clinton (16:30), Carly Hamond (16:35), Brenna Symoniak (16:52), Erin Cawley (16:55) and Katie Weisenburger (16:59), finishing third through seventh for SU, respectively.The Harry Lang Invitational was the first of two meets held by Colgate University. The Orange harriers will be back in Hamilton for the Colgate Invitational on Sept. 17.
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