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Capitol Hill Sounds Alarm over Mistakes in National Budget

first_imgThe Capitol, Seat of the LegislatureRepresentatives on Capitol Hill have expressed dismay over discrepancies they claimed have been identified in the approved 2013/2014 National Budget.Plenary Thursday, January 30, said that it is concerned these irregularities have the propensity to confuse the electorate and create tension in the counties.The Lower House’s concern is based on a communication addressed to the plenary from River Cess County Representative Francis S. Paye. Rep. Paye pointed out what he believed to be several inconsistencies in the published Citizens Guide of Liberia.The Citizens’ Guide is a document published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Ministry of Finance detailing all concession companies, how much financial benefits a particular county has and what projects are to be undertaken in these locations.According to Rep. Paye, interchanged budget lines intended for River Cess were shifted to River Gee County.He made specific reference to pages 52 to 55, involving US$732,000 worth of Social Development Funds allotted by concession companies operating in River Cess County that was placed under River Gee County.“Anardarko Block 10, Chevron LB11, Chevron LB12 and EJ & J Logging Company and AmLib were all transported to other areas of outside their required places,” Representative Paye claimed.“The much-talked about Block 13 that was previously rumored to be located in River Cess County, was rather seen under Grand Bassa County. Now the same budgetary transfer is occurring in the case of River Gee; this make us believe that there must have been some politics involved in denying River Cess its justifiable benefits,” Rep. Paye pointed out.Rep. Paye, a former River Cess Superintendent, demanded corrections for the record’s sake to all errors identified in the final and approved Budget.According to Rep. Paye, “by doing so we will have socio-economic growth and development for all of our various political sub-divisions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Amelia’s Ward benefits from road upgrades

first_imgThree areas at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden, are presently being targeted by the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) as it embarks on its capital works road rehabilitation programme.Upper Main Street, Amelia’s Ward, being rehabilitatedThe areas currently benefiting from such road works include Church Lane, upper Main Street and Banquet Hall road.Linden Town Clerk (TC) Jenella Bowen during an interview with Guyana Times said the three projects are a cumulative sum of $3 million, which is an additional sum of the Council’s 2015 subvention that has been provided by Central Government.The roads which were in dire need of repairs had been identified for upgrades under the previous Council, however Bowen explained that those works are only now being executed: “We were able to officially uplift our cheque…$8 million, to start with our subvention. We haven’t had any monies from Central Government for 2016, it’s our first tranche.Once we would have expended just maybe about 90 per cent of that, we will be allowed to uplift our second tranche. It is now August and it would have been late July when we would have gotten the cheque. So we have practically just a few months to complete the year’s proposed and approved capital works and the use of our subvention monies.”The rehabilitation includes patch-works and resurfacing.last_img read more

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Jagdeo says PPC has failed to inspire confidence

first_imgSix months after the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) raised concerns with the pace at which the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) is conducting their work and the finding with some of its report, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo now said the Commission has not done anything to inspire confidence.Jagdeo told a news conference on Thursday that the National Procurement Tender and Administration Board (NPTAB) is currently mired in corruption scandals, including the tampering with evaluation criteria and setting criteria in contravention of the law, among other things.The Opposition Leader also pointed to examples of major infractions of the procurement laws which he claimed are being ignored. In addition to that, he said that several contracts are being awarded in clear violation of the Procurement Act, which makes it clear that bids must be awarded to the lowest bidder.Further, he noted that the 2016 Auditor General Report listed 71 breaches of the Procurement Act, as well as 82 breaches of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA). Jagdeo, also the General Secretary of the PPP/C, said this is a grave matter of concern and should not be taken lightly.Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had expressed that she had already expressed ‘no confidence’ in the PPC, since she believed that a thorough probe would not be conducted into the award of a contract to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study on the proposed new Demerara River bridge.Teixeira’s ‘no-confidence’ remarks were made based on the fact that PPC Chairperson Carol Corbin promised to look into the matters raised with the relevant entities and also wrote that this would be done “within the confines of (the Commission’s) work programme and available resources”.The Opposition MP had expressed concern about the Commission’s response, noting that the law mandated it has to investigate complaints. Teixeira, who wrote requesting the probe of the feasibility contract, even described the Commission’s response as scary – when its responsibilities are considered.Meanwhile, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall had stressed that the PPC’s functions and mandates are outlined in the Constitution. “So it’s not a capricious or whimsical schedule that they can construct. They have to have a work programme that is within their constitutional mandate. And the matters requested in the letter are matters that ought to find priority within their constitutional mandate.”According to the Opposition MPs, the Commission has also responded in similar fashion to requests for probes into the D’Urban Park Project and the Sussex Street bond. Opposition MP Juan Edghill had confirmed that the Commission also responded in similar fashion to his request for two probes.In a letter to PPC Chairperson Corbin, Edghill identified aspects of the D’Urban Park Project the Party is most concerned about. Edghill noted that despite promises to the contrary, no account of donations received between September 2015 and January 2016 was made public.The PPP/C had therefore queried the procurement process used for works on the project; as well as the scope a private company has to engage contractors and receive funding for a public project. The Party queried the budgeted and actual costs throughout the project, as well as the final cost. In addition, the Party demanded information on what payments were made to individuals and contractors up to June.In the case of the Sussex Street bond, Edghill also approached the PPC to call for an investigation into the contract inked between the Public Health Ministry and a known financier of the coalition Administration.Until now, not a single investigation has been launched into any one of those incidents.last_img read more

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Outlook gloomy for Clippers

first_imgWith basically the same roster as last season, Dunleavy and many of his players have been baffled with the dropoff. While it’s not that difficult to see the statistical change, explaining why the same players are performing much worse, Dunleavy said, “That’s the $64 million question.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It will not be official until the Clippers’ final game on April 18. But barring a dramatic statistical turnaround after the All-Star break, this is safe to say: The Clippers have digressed. Last season, they finished 47-35 and came within one victory of the Western Conference finals. This season, the Clippers will have to go 12-2 (.857) on the road in the second half to equal last season’s road record, and they’ll have to go 22-7 (.759) overall to finish with last season’s record. center_img Things look bleak, when comparing this season to last. But at least they are within on game of a playoff spot. The Clippers already have had a handful of dismal moments this season, and coach Mike Dunleavy has pointed to inconsistent defense as a big reason why the Clippers have played below his expectations. The numbers support Dunleavy’s assertion. The Clippers were first in the NBA in rebounding last` season and are ranked 13th this season. They were fourth in opposing field-goal percentage last season and are 13th this season. Dunleavy often points to turnovers as the team’s biggest offensive problem. But statistically, the team has had a bigger drop in field-goal percentage than with turnovers. last_img
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Liverpool handed boost as duo return to training ahead of Manchester City clash

first_img1 Jordon Ibe and James Milner Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s injury worries have been alleviated slightly after both James Milner and Jordon Ibe returned to training.Milner pulled out of the England matches against Spain and France after missing his first Premier League match for the club he joined in the summer with a hamstring problem sustained in the Europa League victory against Rubin Kazan 12 days ago.Ibe withdrew from England Under-21s squad with a bruised knee but Press Association Sport understands both took part in full training at Melwood on Monday afternoon with the squad members not involved in internationals.The pair were monitored during the session by medical staff to see how they reacted to their injuries but the fact they were able to participate means both are in contention for Saturday’s trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City, providing they suffer no after-effects later this week.It offers a small glimmer of hope for Klopp, who has had to deal with a growing injury list since taking over last month.The German has yet to have the opportunity to work with key players like captain Jordan Henderson [broken foot] or striker Daniel Sturridge [knee], although the pair are edging closer to a return to training.However, he has lost striker Danny Ings and Joe Gomez to long-term cruciate knee ligament injuries, defender Mamadou Sakho is sidelined until the new year with a knee problem while young midfielder Jordan Rossiter is still nursing his way back to fitness after sustaining a hamstring problem on international duty with England Under-21s a month ago.last_img read more

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CARA HOUSE OVERWHELMED BY RESPONSE TO THEIR ‘ONE IN A MILLION’ APPEAL

first_imgCara House launch their “One in a Million” fundraising appeal. Included were Cara House coordinator Susan McCauley, Colr. Jim Pat McDaid, Colr. Kieran Brogan, Colr. Jimmy Kavanagh and Colr. Gerry McMonagle. (North West Newspix)Susan McCauley addressing the crowd during the launch of the “One in a Million” fundraising appeal.FEATURES: Following the launch of their ‘ONE IN A MILLION’ appeal, Cara House is delighted with the response it has received from Councillors Ciaran Brogan, Gerry McMonagle, Jimmy Kavanagh, James Pat McDaid and Dessie Shiels and from the Letterkenny community.September is the busiest month of the year for people booking up courses.  Already the art class has had to be divided into 2. There were 28 in the 2 Hand dancing on Wednesday and 28 at the Yoga today!  The drop in crèche has one space one day next week.70 children are currently attending the afterschool clubs with people coming looking for spaces all the time – now only available Mondays and Fridays.‘The management and staff were delighted to receive an undertaking from the councillors that they would work on behalf of Cara House and would return in TWO months’ time to let us know how things are progressing,’ said Susan McCauley.‘People are collecting newspapers, knitting and crocheting, organising quiz nights, walks, a Santa Dash… and generally asking what they can do to help.’ ‘What we need is to secure a site and then move forward.’‘If you would like to help call us on 0749123086 or email info@carahouse.ie.  CARA HOUSE OVERWHELMED BY RESPONSE TO THEIR ‘ONE IN A MILLION’ APPEAL was last modified: September 29th, 2015 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:FeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

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Mesa coaches run a sneak on SBVC

first_img Midway through the second quarter, SBVC coaches caught on and told Meech over the headset to relay their concerns to athletic director Phil Mathews or physical education dean Dan Bridges, both of whom were on the sidelines. Bridges approached the coaches and asked them to move down a few rows. SBVC contends that the coaches had a tape recorder and were repeating their calls into it, something they deny. After some heated words were exchanged, the coaches moved and there was no further incident. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Any attempt to record a team’s play-calls may not have been illegal, but it was unethical. Meech said the incident was not brought up when the two squared off on the field. “Our jobs are hard enough without something like that happening that can create ill will,” Meech said. Meech said the Wolverines came out flat, failing to climb out of a 21-0 deficit. They did get strong play out of sophomore running back Kendrick Harris (Cajon), who rushed for 137 yards, and receiver Marquis Smith (A.B. Miller), who caught four passes for 143 yards. Linebacker Foaki Fifita (Cajon) and defensive back Demetrius Waller were the standouts on defense. SBVC hosts Mt. San Jacinto at 1 p.m. Saturday. San Bernardino Valley dropped its football game to San Diego Mesa 28-25 Saturday, but coach Pat Meech doesn’t think that had anything to do with Mesa’s somewhat sneaky tactics the previous week when it came to scout the Wolverines’ home game against Grossmont. Mesa was idle, so two coaches attended that game and conveniently sat adjacent to the press box in front of the SBVC coaches who were calling plays. center_img BULLDOGS LEAD Redlands (9-2-1, 6-0-1) currently leads the men’s soccer standings in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Bulldogs credit that to the performance of their defense. The team has notched shutouts in eight of its last nine games, the lone goal given up in that stretch coming in a 3-1 nonconference win over Chapman. Coach Rob Becerra singled out the efforts of sophomore goalkeeper Andy Roraff (Highland/Redlands East Valley); senior midfielder Will Roraff, Andy’s brother; senior defenders Silverio Martinez (Fontana/Bloomington), Andrew Zink and Chad Holash and junior defenders Brice Maloney (Upland/Damien) and Jameson Martin. The Bulldogs’ tie was a 0-0 double-overtime game against Cal Lutheran, but they remain in first place because Cal Lutheran lost an overtime game to La Verne. Redlands will host Occidental at 4 p.m. today. SOCCER PLAYERS STAR Senior midfielder Renee Scachetti of UC Riverside and freshman forward-midfielder Dana Farquar of Long Beach State are the co-recipients of the Big West player of the week honors for women’s soccer. Scachetti had an assist and the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Pacific and tallied the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Northridge. Farquar (Redlands/Arrowhead Christian) tallied five points in two games last week with two goals in an upset of Cal Poly. HARRIS STILL WITH PROGRAM Former NCAA Division II volleyball player of the year Brie Harris (Victorville) may not be playing with the Coyotes, but her presence is still felt. She is a graduate assistant and expects to finish her degree work in December, so she often practices with the Coyotes. “I definitely miss being out there,” Harris said. “I’m competitive, and I want to be able to help the team.” Harris would like to start competing in some beach volleyball in the near future. She is also a newlywed, having married longtime boyfriend Paul Crosby on Sept. 4. He is the brother of Ryan Crosby, who is married to Harris’ sister, Bridget. TENNIS PLAYERS SUCCEED Several players representing Redlands fared well at the Wilson ITA West Regional in Claremont earlier this month. The top-seeded Redlands doubles team of Sandra Montez and Tatiana Steinberg won the Division III bracket, beating foes from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and UC Santa Cruz, while the fourth-seeded duo of Jenna Umeno and Kaleena Wakamatsu lost in the semifinals. In singles, Montez lost the championship match while Steinberg was eliminated in the semifinals. Katie Bell (San Dimas) lost to teammate Montez in the quarters. On the men’s side, 12 Redlands players competed, the most notable being the team of Chandler Lutz and Robert Vincent, who made the quarterfinals in doubles. GOLFERS GET SET The 10th annual Dave Stockton Classic, the biggest fundraiser for student-athlete scholarships at Cal State San Bernardino, is slated for Nov. 7 in the PGA of Southern California at Oak Valley. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by a clinic conducted by the two-time PGA Tournament champion. There will be a shotgun start at 11 a.m. with an awards dinner and charity auction ending the festivities. The entry fee is $395 per person or $1,400 for a foursome (tax deductible). Different levels of sponsorship are also available. The event has raised $400,000 for scholarships since its inception. For more information call (909) 537-5049. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘BEAUTIFUL SHEENA’ KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

first_imgGLOWING tributes have been paid to the young woman killed in a road traffic accident in Co Donegal earlier today.Sheena Stewart, from Ballybofey, was a 33-year-old mother of three children.She was knocked down and killed in Ballyshannon at 1.50am. Gardai believe she may have tripped and fallen into the path of an oncoming taxi.Ms Stewart was a former pupil at Royal and Prior and had been living in Letterkenny where she was a valued volunteer for the local charity Cara House.Susan McCauley, co-ordinator of Cara House said Sheena would be sorely missed by all those who knew her.“Sheena has been a valued volunteer in Cara House for more two years, coming in and helping in the kitchen every Monday and Tuesday,” said heartbroken Susan. “She was so reliable, thoughtful and willing to do anything she saw was needed. She was a valued member of staff. She will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with her family and friends on their sad loss.”Garda collision forensic investigators spent today examining the scene of the tragedy.The taxi minibus driver was unhurt. He and passersby had tried to resuscitate Ms Stewart.TRIBUTES PAID TO ‘BEAUTIFUL SHEENA’ KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT was last modified: January 2nd, 2015 by John2Share 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:Ballyshannoncar crashdeathletterkennyrtaSheena Stewartlast_img read more

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Half-time: Brentford 1 Wolves 0

first_imgJohn Swift gave Brentford a half-time lead with his fifth goal of the season.Alan Judge burst into the box and Swift’s shot hit Wolves defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell before striking Swift again and bouncing into an empty net.Judge had hit the post from distance and Bees striker Marco Djuricin squandered chances, including an unmarked header from close range that he sent harmlessly over the bar.Winger Nathan Byrne went closest for Wolves when he shot straight at keeper David Button unmarked inside the penalty area early on, while Joe Mason forced another save from Button on the stroke of half-time.Brentford (4-2-3-1): Button; Yennaris, Dean, O’Connell, Bidwell; Woods, McEachran; Canos, Judge, Swift; DjuricinSubs: Bonham, Saunders, Hofmann, Kerschbaumer, Vibe, Barbet, ClarkeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Dry Titan Has Static Cling

first_img(Visited 110 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Imagine putting a cat in box of packing peanuts. Something like that happens when Titan’s sand dunes grow, some scientists think.Long gone are the days when Titan was imagined to be an ocean world, buried half a kilometer deep in liquid methane. After Cassini found sand dunes under the haze, that scenario was over. Large dunes wrap around the equatorial regions of this giant moon of Saturn. Experts were so baffled by first radar images of the surface, they at first described them as “cat scratches”.Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology just published a new theory that adds to the bafflement. The grains in the sand appear to be electrified. “The grains that cover Saturn’s moon act like clingy packing peanuts,” the headline reads. One of the researchers has a vivid imagination:“If you grabbed piles of grains and built a sand castle on Titan, it would perhaps stay together for weeks due to their electrostatic properties,” said Josef Dufek, the Georgia Tech professor who co-led the study. “Any spacecraft that lands in regions of granular material on Titan is going to have a tough time staying clean. Think of putting a cat in a box of packing peanuts.”The new theory was prompted by a puzzle. The dunes seem to run the wrong way, against the prevailing winds. The scientists built a simulator to model what happens to grains in a dry nitrogen atmosphere. Sure enough, static electricity caused the particles to clump together.“Titan’s extreme physical environment requires scientists to think differently about what we’ve learned of Earth’s granular dynamics,” said Dufek. “Landforms are influenced by forces that aren’t intuitive to us because those forces aren’t so important on Earth. Titan is a strange, electrostatically sticky world.”This implies that Titan and its atmosphere are very dry. Except for some large lakes near the poles, the static-clingy dune particles fall out of the atmosphere and clump together. The relatively low average wind speed seems inadequate to build large dunes out of the clumps. New Scientist surmises that “More powerful winds from storms or seasonal changes could blow otherwise-stable sands eastward, forming the dunes that we see today.” And about that dryness, Leah Crane writes,Grains on Titan can maintain that charge and stick together for much longer than particles on Earth could, because of their low density and the dryness of Titan’s atmosphere.That might explain the strange opposite orientation of the dunes. But where do the particles come from?“The atmospheric particles are very small, so they can’t be the things blowing around in those dunes, but this is one way that we could make them grow,” says Jani Radebaugh at Brigham Young University in Utah.Once enough particles had clumped together, they would fall out of the sky, coating the moon’s surface like electric snow.But Titan was not supposed to be dry. Its atmosphere was supposed to be drenched with liquid methane and ethane. Yet hydrocarbons must form continuously because of known interactions in the atmospheric methane with the solar wind. It was a major surprise to planetary scientists when the Huygens Probe landed with a thump on a moist sand of organic-coated particles. It had been designed to float on the fabled oceans!The new hypothesis is published open-access in Nature Geoscience.None of the articles worry about the time factor. They should. If particles have been falling out of the atmosphere for billions of years, where are they? It’s the same problem as with the missing oceans, only this time with static-cling particles. They don’t seem to want to talk about it.last_img read more

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