A letter addressed to the Senate Pro Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley, and his colleagues has raised alarm over US$1.75 million that has allegedly gone unaccounted for from the 2011/2012 national budget.Written by Senator George T. Tengbeh, Junior Senator of Lofa County, the communication asked for a full investigation into what he termed the “misappropriation” of US$1,750,320.The amount was said to have been set aside for car washing under a “Fleet Management Policy”; but according to Senator Tengbeh, thanks to an investigation, “no carwash in the Republic of Liberia has received said amount.”Senator Tengbeh’s letter read: “During the recess period, lots of issues were identified which claimed our attention. One of these issues is the alleged “misappropriation” of US$1,750,320 of the 2011/2012 budget that was said to have been given for car washing under the Fleet Management Policy. Our investigation revealed that no car wash in this country received such an amount.”He concluded: “In view of the above, distinguished colleagues, we request a full investigation into the matter to determine the whereabouts of this amount.”In reaction, Senator Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh intervened to point out that the organ that deals with misappropriations in the Chamber is the Public Accounts Committee:“…in [the] case of misapplication of items, the Ways, Means and Finance Committee comes [in]to play for inquiry and investigation. This communication talks about misappropriation; and the constitutional committee [concerned] is the Public Accounts Committee,” Nyenabo explained.The Grand Gedeh County Senior Senator then suggested that plenary dispatch the letter to the right committee.But in their reaction, some members of that august body observed that the name given the communication was incorrect; that instead of “misappropriation”, which would require reference to the Public Accounts Committee, the Senator should have used the word “misapplied.”The Senate, at only its second day sitting, refused to act on the communication from Senator Tengbeh until it was rewritten and re-phrased.Amid the controversy, the presiding officer of Thursday’s plenary, President of the Senate and Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. Boakai, decided to end the debate. Describing Tengbeh’s communication as a serious matter, Boakai called for contact with the author of the letter.Following a few minutes of dialogue with VP Boakai, Senator Tengbeh agreed with his colleagues that the word “misappropriation” should be replaced with “misapplied.”Given the final decision, presiding officer Boakai ordered the communication withdrawn and rewritten to address the actual intent. That decision was unanimously agreed to.The verbage of the communication has now been downgraded to “misapplication” with the consent of the author.(Editor’s Note: This story has been edited from its original version to include the necessary corrections. We thank our readers for their observations.)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell reaffirmed his call for a collective agreement to reduce airline ticket taxes and some other fees attached to intra-regional air travel.The former Caribbean Community (Caricom) Chairman made the call at the opening of the 29th Intersessional Heads of Government Meeting being held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Meeting concludes today.“This would represent a significant instalment to the regional integration account,” Dr Mitchell said.Regional transport and travel continue to challenge Caricom. Dr Mitchell said the community must take “due responsibility” for failing to properly respond. Addressing connectivity should be an urgent priority for regional leaders, Dr Mitchell added.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge also reiterated the call for more cost-effective intra-regional travel. He noted that this was the focus of one of the legal instruments that would be discussed at this Intersessional Meeting.“There are a number of things the Attorney Generals have been asked to look at which have to do with aviation, trying to ensure that the aviation industry in the Region meets the needs of the Region,” Minister Greenidge said.Last July, affordable intra-regional travel was addressed at the Caricom Heads of Government Conference in Grenada. Leaders were expected to sign off on an age-old Multilateral Air Services Agreement that sought to pave the way for easier inter-regional travel.Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago have all ratified the Multilateral Air Services Agreement, which came into force in 1998.
Celtic are unlikely to extend Jo Inge Berget’s loan spell at the club and instead send him back to Cardiff City, according to reports.The Norway international, who joined the Parkhead side in July, is now set to return to the Cardiff City Stadium after failing to make an impression at the Scottish giants during his loan stint.Celtic had the option to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent basis when his deal expires in January but boss Ronny Deila has revealed he cannot offer the forward regular first-team football in Scotland.He said: “Jo Inge’s loan contract finishes in January. We have not decided yet. But I think Jo Inge needs playing time and, therefore, he will look for other choices.”Berget has scored twice in eight outings for the Glasgow side this term. Jo Inge Berget battle for the ball 1
1 Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini suffered some embarrassment on Sunday as he was sent flying by his own player.Defender Marco Andreolli, while attempting to halt a counter attack, thwacked the ball out for a throw in and caught his manager straight in the face.Ex-Man City boss Mancini hit the deck, which will no doubt please some of his former charges, but the Italian took it all in good humour was able to laugh about the incident in their Serie A clash with Genoa.You can see the incident below…
“The whole thing has gotten out of hand,” Bagwell said, explaining the council requested a cost survey and not a dismantling of the department. Lopez-Reid said she has always been for keeping a city-run fire department, which brought laughs from the audience. “It’s never been about getting rid of the Fire Department, but addressing escalating costs,” she said. Former Mayor Kathy Salazar, who has sued the city on getting the initiative on a ballot, said, “It’s about the community and our right to make an important stance.” She is appealing a judge’s recent decision dismissing the case. The remainder of the seven candidates vying for the two council seats who were present were Robert Urteaga, Guiseppe “Joe” Veneziano and Leo Rodriguez. Johnny Verdugo was not present. The council candidates also addressed the development of Montebello Hills, the last piece of significant open space in the city. Both Lopez-Reid and Bagwell said the city has no say in the matter since the land is privately owned. Veneziano said the city needs to explore every avenue with developers whether the plans include housing or retail projects. They all said the city has been active in fighting graffiti, especially with the installation of cameras in key spots. However, Urteaga said the plan should include prevention and intervention and not only suppression. He suggested going into schools and educating children about graffiti. All the candidates on each of the panels said accountability to the public is key for any elected official. “It’s important to keep the public informed,” said city clerk candidate Annette Ramirez. “It’s the job of the city clerk to make sure that citizens have unbiased information.” Fellow city clerk candidate Larry Salazar agreed. “Right now people are apprehensive about coming in and asking for documents,” he said. Incumbent Robert J. King said his office has always been impartial and there has been no controversy out of the City Clerk’s Office during his 10 years on the job. He also dismissed the others’ comments about his role in not validating the fire department petition earlier this year. City treasurer candidates Norma M. Lopez and incumbent Gerri Guzman told the audience what type of financial investments they would make on behalf of the city. Guzman, who has been treasurer for eight years, said her knowledge of how the finance department works gives her an edge. Lopez, who’s been in banking for 20 years, said the first step in the process is to know the bank involved, including asset size, services offered and the rates it will be able to provide. David Manuel and David Vela, running for the school board, said the federal No Child Left Behind Act to make public schools accountable regarding student achievement needs to be revamped or taken off the books. Incumbent Marcella Calderon had a prior commitment and did not attend. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Candidates for City Council, treasurer, city clerk and the school board spoke before potential voters Tuesday night about graffiti, the development of open space, the city versus the county fire department and accountability of public officials. About 120 people gathered at the League of Women Voters of Whittier candidates’ forum at The Quiet Cannon, where they submitted questions during three separate panels for city clerk and treasurer, the Montebello Unified School District board and the council. Moderated by league chapter President Margo Reeg, the candidates answered questions on a variety of subjects concerning residents. Council incumbents Norma Lopez-Reid and Robert “Bob” Bagwell both said putting an initiative before the voters on whether fire services should be under city or county control has been distorted.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – Two men were shot and wounded by a gunman who asked them where they were from before opening fire, police said Sunday. A 32-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot in the chest about 11:10 p.m. Saturday near Van Nuys Boulevard and Plummer Street, Los Angeles police Sgt. Julian Mu oz said. A 23-year-old man he was with was shot in the hip and was in stable condition. Both men said they were not affiliated with a gang, said Mu oz, of the Mission Division. Police are looking for a Latino man, about 25 years old, and a white man, about 20 years old, who fled the shooting on foot. They do not know which one was the gunman. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
TIR CHONAILL GAELS CLUB NOTES:Seniors:Our senior team booked their place in the Conway cup final last weekend after defeating KKG by a scoreline of 4-15 to 1-5: They will now play Round Towers and attempt to do the clean sweep of winning all available domestic trophies last done in 2007.Reserves:Well done to our reserve team who completed the championship/league double in the past few weekends beating Fulham Irish and St Kiernans respectively.The usual talk of retirements has yet again been mentioned but we will wait until the new season arrives to see who hobbles in. Well done to manager Michael Mullan who seems to be more effective on the sideline. Juniors:The club would like to thank manager Ricky Williamson who has stepped down from his post after three years of hard work and commitment. Ricky has matured the young guns to the fine team they are today and we wish him well on his gardening leave.Minors:Hard luck to our minor team who unfortunately came out the wrong end of a 3-5 to 1-8 defeat to Parnells last Sunday in the championship final at Ruislip.Ladies: So near but not to be as our ladies team bowed out of the junior championship after a very late goal ended our hopes in the semi final against St Anthony’s. TCG 2-10 St Anthony’s 3-8Well done to all involved especially the management team of Conor Connelly and Shaun Campbell, our money’s on you next year girls.Kevin Downes:Congratulations to club member Kevin Downes who has been appointed trainer/selector with the Cavan football team for the coming season. Kevin has been involved with the club for a number of years and has been a great servant as a player and trainer, he will also be a huge loss to the London football team under Paul Coggins.We wish him well on his new adventure.Condolences:The club received the sad news last week of the passing by of Brid Carr, wife of club stalwart Seamus who lost her long battle with illness. Brid had been a familiar face around the club for over 30 years and was a great support to Seamus in his roles within the club and to London county board. The club offer our sincere condolences to Seamus and children Christina, Anna and Tom. May she rest in peace.We also pass on our sympathy to former members, Gary Murray who lost his mother in Co Galway and to Denis O’ Leary who sadly lost his wife Ann recently. May they rest in peace.Lottery:Lotto results for 16/10/14Jackpot £3000, numbers drawn 2-7-13-17 No jackpot winners, £25 lucky dip winners Porto Joe, Sean Mullins, Steve McLoughlin and Niall Boyle. Next draw takes place this Thursday 23rd October, jackpot £3,050. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS BOOK THEIR PLACE IN CONWAY CUP FINAL AFTER EMPHATIC WIN OVER KKG was last modified: October 20th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportTir Chonaill Gaels
A young man, who knocked another a man out after punching him in the face in a nightclub, will have to pay €1,500 in compensation before he is sentenced.Oran Cregan, 20, of Bolin, Iskaheen, Muff was accused of assault causing harm to Christopher McLaughlin at Tul na Rí, Carndonagh, on June 6, 2016. He appeared before Carndonagh District Court where he pleaded guilty to the charge against him.Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that the victim, Mr. McLaughlin from Malin Head, had to have surgery to repair his nose and had his left front tooth chipped in the attack.He said Mr. McLaughlin is still in pain since the procedure and is still on pain relief medication. He also had to take time off work following the attack.The court heard that the Malin Head man had been enjoying a night out in Carndonagh and dancing on the dance floor when a man, he didn’t know, hit him twice on the arm.‘After the second time, Mr. McLaughlin asked him what his problem was,’ Insp. Murphy explained.‘But the man [Cregan] punched him with one punch in the head. Mr. McLaughlin fell to the floor and he believes he temporarily lost consciousness because when he came round he was in the toilets being cleaned up.’Insp. Murphy said Mr. McLaughlin was taken to Nowdoc to receive treatment to his face.The court heard that the bouncer in Tul na Rí was on the scene within three seconds and Cregan was escorted from the nightclub. Insp. Murphy said Cregan was identified as the culprit to Gardaí.The Buncrana Garda said Oran Cregan was arrested on November 24 and taken to Buncrana Garda Station.‘During the course of his interview with the investigating gardaí the majority of Mr. Cregan’s approach was to answer no comment when questions were put to him,’ Insp. Murphy added.A victim impact statement and photographs of Mr. McLaughlin were handed into Judge Paul Kelly, but there were no details on the cost of his medical expenses.Judge Kelly handed the victim impact statement and photographs to Mr. Cregan and ordered him to examine them before briefly adjourning the hearing.Defence solicitor Ray Lannon said his client had no previous convictions and had been out with friends from Muff and had too much to drink on the night in question. He said after reading the victim impact statement, Cregan had an even greater insight into the damage he caused Mr. McLaughlin.Mr. Lannon said his young client left school after his Junior Cert and had worked in the construction industry locally, in Scotland and in Australia, but he returned to deal with his charge.The defence solicitor said on the night in question Mr. Cregan said he was being pushed about a couple of times on the dance floor and this annoyed him.‘He accepts that his behaviour was out of order but it was out of character,’ Mr. Lannon said.‘He took it out on Mr. McLaughlin and he apologises but it wasn’t premeditated he had too much to drink. He’s asked me to point out his remorse and he understands the injuries he has caused but he has hopes for the future and his future career.He would like to travel in the future and he knows also that living around here he will most likely have to travel to gain work.’The Carn solicitor opened a number of number of references to the court, including statements from the Muff Parish Priest Fr. John Farren and Thomas McColgan, Butcher.In his statement Fr. Farren said Cregan’s parents were hard working people and held in high esteem in the local community. He said Oran is kind and helpful towards his elderly grandparents, who live nearby, and the charge against him is out of nature.Similarly Mr. McColgan said Oran is not known as someone who resolves problems in this manner. He said Oran is the son of a family friend and has helped him out in the butchers on a number of occasions, adding that he is a ‘peaceful and respectful’ young man.Judge Kelly said he accepted that and had read over the references but he said this didn’t change the fact that Cregan had caused Mr. McLaughlin to suffer grievously as a result of his actions.Mr. Lannon said his client was offering Mr. McLaughlin €1,500 in cash, which he had with in court thanks to help he had received from the family support, as a gesture.Judge Kelly said what Cregan did was ‘not at all acceptable’, describing it as thuggish behaviour.‘Whatever jostling was going on on the dance floor was one thing, but your response was to hit someone in the face,’ Judge Kelly said.‘It is not at all acceptable and is nothing more than thuggish behaviour – it’s not on.’However he did give Cregan credit for ‘putting his hands up’ and dealing with the case with a degree of remorse.He put the case back until February 20 for Mr. McLaughlin’s medical expenses to be produced in court.‘I accept what you have said about your client and I give him credit for the way he has met the case so far,’ added Judge Kelly before adjourning sentencing until February 20.Mayhem on the dancefloor – Man to pay victim €1,500 after nightclub attack was last modified: January 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackCarndonaghdancefloordonegalOran CreganTul na Ri
There was a lot of mixed emotion at the Aura Leisure Centre in Letterkenny today for the counting of votes in the abortion referendum.Here is a selection of photos from the day.Referendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comReferendum Count at Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny. Photo: DonegalDaily.comDay of mixed emotions at Aura Leisure Centre for abortion count – Pic Special was last modified: May 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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