first_imgJOSE MOURINHO has spoken with Dele Alli over the star’s coronavirus controversy.The Tottenham boss also revealed his club are planning a pre-season trip to Asia, but want “guarantees” before agreeing to travel.3 Jose Mourinho has revealed that he has spoken to Dele Alli over his coronavirus controversyThe FA have asked Dele, 23, for his observations after he put a video on Snapchat in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man.He later deleted the post and then released a new video on Chinese social media platform Weibo to apologise.Mourinho said at his Press conference today: “Yes, of course I spoke with him about that. But for me it was quite an easy conversation because he was sorry about, let’s say, the mistake but it was never his intention to hurt, offend.“He immediately regretted it, recognised it was a young guy mistake, a young generation mistake. And he apologised. So my conversation was easy.“It was not a contradiction of ideas with me unhappy and him not understanding why. It was so simple.“He regrets it, and that’s the best feeling he can show and to have the humility to apologise is remarkable because sometimes young people make mistakes and do not realise.“This conversation was so easy.”He immediately regretted it, recognised it was a young guy mistake. And he apologised. So my conversation was easyJose Mourinho on Dele AlliThe coronavirus outbreak has led to more than 900 deaths in China, with over 40,000 cases reported worldwide.The UK government has described the virus as a “serious and imminent threat” to public health.Tottenham went on a pre-season trip to Singapore and China last summer.Mourinho revealed: “I can say our solidarity is with anyone fearing this situation in China and all over the world. Solidarity with people already with coronavirus, especially the people who died and their families who are suffering.3Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by Celtic“Our connection with the Asian fans is obvious, so we care about it.“Are we thinking about going to Asia in the pre-season? Yes, we are – but we need guarantees of safety for our people.“Although we are not thinking about this at the moment. We’re thinking about the people affected.”3England footballer Dele Alli apologises after appearing to mock deadly coronavirus in airport Snapchat videolast_img read more

first_imgNatural Resources Fund– Bill proposes parliamentary approval for withdrawalsBy Jarryl BryanGovernment has released the draft Natural Resources Fund Bill of 2018, which proposes among other things a 22-member Public Accountability and Oversight Committee that will oversee the management of the Fund and provide checks and balances.According to the Bill, the Committee will include a media representative proposed by the Guyana Press Association (GPA). Other entities that will have to propose representatives include the Guyana Bar Association; the Guyana Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GY-EITI); Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporated (TIGI), the Guyana Consumers’ Association and the various trade unions.In addition, nominees will have to come from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Guyana; the Private Sector Commission (PSC); the governing council of the University of Guyana (UG) and each of the 10 administrative regions.The Bank of Guyana will house the FundIn the case of the regions, the terms of these members will be for two years with the possibility of being reappointed for one more term. Members nominated by any other organisation besides Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs) will serve a single three-year term. The Bill specifically excludes persons such as Members of Parliament, Ministry staff, persons of unsound mind, ex-convicts and the bankrupt from serving on the Committee.The Bill also lists the functions of the Committee, which will include monitoring and evaluating the compliance of Government and other officials related to the NRF, with the provisions of the Bill. They will also have to independently assess the management of the Fund and use of withdrawals, as well as facilitate public consultations on the NRF.The Committee will be charged with “monitoring and evaluating whether the Fund has been managed in accordance with the principles of transparency, good governance, and international best practices, including the Santiago principles.”The Santiago principles are a set of generally accepted principles and practices that reflect Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) investment best practices and objectives. They include expectations of a sound legal framework, well-defined mission, clearly defined rules for withdrawals, transparency, annual reporting and independent auditors.Where transparency is concerned, the Bill stipulates that biannual reports on the Committee’s activities must be published on its website or Parliament’s website. In addition, the Committee must organise annual public consultations to update the public on its work.The Bill adds that the Committee must “submit copies of its biannual reports to the President and to the National Assembly within 60 days after the end of the first half of each fiscal year, as well as within 60 days after the end of the second half of each fiscal year.”While the subject Minister, in this case the Finance Minister, will have overall responsibility for the management of the Fund, the Bank of Guyana will have operational management responsibility. In addition, the Minister must obtain parliamentary approval for withdrawals.“The amount Parliament shall approve as the withdrawal from the Fund for the next ensuing fiscal year shall be included in the annual budget and shall not exceed, for that year, the economically and fiscally sustainable amount plus any amount required for emergency financing,” the Bill states.According to the Bill, the Fund will be held at the Bank of Guyana. However, the Fund itself will be managed independent of the Bank’s reserves. All budget requests must go through the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), with the monies being charged on the Fund.The FundA SWF, which is what the NRF was previously known as, is a State-owned investment fund that is made up of surpluses from official foreign currency operations, proceeds of privatisations, governmental transfer payments, fiscal surpluses and/or receipts resulting from resource exports.last_img read more