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GAC to Audit US$5M, Other Ebola Funds

first_imgThe Senate plenary Tuesday, September 30, unanimously voted to authorize the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to conduct an audit on funds disbursed to both local and national Task Forces set up  for the fight against the Ebola epidemic.The Senate accepted suggestions that while the GAC works on the details of the audit, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that is responsible for all public accounts be given the responsibility with a specified time frame of two weeks to be able to bring a report to the Senate in terms of the expenditure of the allotments that were made to the various institutions.The Senate’s decision Tuesday came days after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf submitted a disbursement report from the National Task Force on the US$5 million approved for the fight against the spread of Ebola virus.President Sirleaf in her report noted that the implementing agencies have made a budget request of US$34,820.98 for three months.Of the amount of US$5 million, according to President Sirleaf’s report that now goes under the GAC, approximately US$4.7 million was disbursed to the various implementing agencies against their respective budgets submitted, leaving an undisbursed balance of approximately US$1,069,094.91.The GAC is also mandated to conduct audit on Social Development Funds that were used by some of the counties for the fight against Ebola, and an earlier amount of US$250,000 approved for the purpose of fighting the epidemic at its early stage.Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is one of the advocates for transparency, thanked President Sirleaf for submitting the report.At a critical period when the country is dealing with Ebola, Senator Taylor said the intent of the Senate is not to be unduly critical, but to make sure that funding given to this process is done in an equitable way so that each county gets its fair share to fight Ebola. She suggested that the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance that is responsible for Expenditure and Revenue write all of the line Ministries and other spending entities that received money to ask them for their full report.During Tuesday’s debate, the Senate’s representative on the National Task Force, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman, made several attempts to caution the Senate that the call for audit may be interpreted by the international donors that the government is corrupt.  But this was thrashed out by his colleagues, causing him to short land his argument.Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, who is a strong advocate for the audit, in a strong words to counter his colleague’s intervention, argued that the issue at bar was not corruption, but an audit which will be accepted by the plenary.  “So to insinuate otherwise than what the plenary had agreed is unfortunate.”Meanwhile, Senator John Ballout warned that while the audit goes on, the Senate must maintain allotment of funding that may be requested for the fight against Ebola, until it is proven otherwise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandits beat, rob Corentyne couple

first_img…escape with cash, gunArmed bandits pounced on a Corentyne, Berbice couple, beating and terrorising them, before carting off millions in cash and jewellery, along with the rice farmer’s licensed firearm.The incident occurred at Number 65 Village, Corentyne, Berbice. Reports are at about 18:45h on Friday evening, two armed masked men scaled a side fence of the Lot 15 Section B Number 65 Village house, where 66-year-old Thirbenny Ramnauth, called “Reds”; and his 62-year-old wife, Chandrawatti Ramnauth, were seated on the veranda.The bandits then dragged the couple inside the house where they began to beat the businessman as they demanded valuables.Thirbenny Ramnauth said he was beaten by both men with their guns as they demanded cash and jewellery.The men then proceeded to bind the couple’s hand with duct tape. Thirbenny Ramnauth was ordered to lie face down on the floor while the men proceeded to take his wife in the upper flat of the house in search of cash and jewellery.The scared woman said she complied and handed over $300,000; US$2575; a large quantity of gold jewellery; one Apple iPhone; two Samsung cellphones; three bottles of whiskey; and the farmer’s 12-guage shotgun, along with 25 live 12-gauge cartridges. The men then returned to the lower flat of the house where one of them placed his gun in Chandrawatti Ramnauth’s mouth, threatening to shoot her.While the ordeal was ongoing, neighbours reportedly heard the woman screaming but no one called the Police.Guyana Times was told that a lorry driver, who was passing at the exact time the men were jumping into the yard, proceeded to the Police outpost one village away and reported what he saw.However, the Police arrived on the scene after the bandits had already escaped. An investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Azpilicueta signs new contract with Chelsea

first_img0Shares0000Long serving Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta signed a new four year contract which if he sees it out will take him to 10 years with the club © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 4 – Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea, signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday which if he sees it out will take him to 10 years with the Premier League club.The 29-year-old defender — who joined the Blues in 2012 from French outfit Marseille and has won the Premier League title twice as well as captained them this season in the league — says his desire to fight for the club is stronger than ever. Azpilicueta, who is two appearances short of 300 for the club, has been a pivotal player in the bright start to the Maurizio Sarri reign which sees them lying in third spot, seven points off leaders Manchester City.“Delighted to be a blue until 2022,” the 25-times capped Spaniard said on his Twitter account.“Since I arrived in 2012, my desire has been always to give my best and fight for this club, and now more than ever, I feel the responsibility to bring more success to this family.”Azpilicueta’s previous deal was due to expire in 2020 after he signed a three-and-a-half-year contract extension in 2016.Club director Maria Granovskaia said Azpilicueta’s new contract was reward not only for his loyalty but also his consistently high-level displays.“Cesar is one of our longest-serving players and has proven to be a fantastic acquisition over the past six years,” she said.“His professionalism and consistency in that time have been second to none and he has also developed into one of the squad’s most influential players.“This new contract will take Cesar to 10 seasons at Chelsea, and we hope that over the next four years he will be a key part of our success.”0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

ENTERTAINMENT: BANK HOLIDAY BANTER AT THE BREWERY THIS WEEKEND

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: The Brewery Bar is the No.1 place to be every weekend, the popular venue caters for all ages and has created a fabulous atmosphere since re-opening under a new management team. Every weekend is a big one at The Brewery, but the June Bank Holiday weekend is going to be huge. Velvet Rose kicked off things here last night and gave an incredible performance.Tonight, Mark Black and The Hard Rock Band will be playing LIVE and they’ll kick-start the weekend for you!On Saturday, resident DJ Oisin will kick things off and he’ll be followed by Midnight Blues.On Sunday, it’s everybody favourite ‘Karaoke Sunday’s’ – are you up for the challenge?? On Bank Holiday Monday, Martin Orr and The Honky Tonk Heroes will keep the party going!ENTERTAINMENT: BANK HOLIDAY BANTER AT THE BREWERY THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 3rd, 2016 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:Brewery BarEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

CHAMP JASON TAKES IT ‘ICE AND EASY’ AT FINN VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE!

first_imgnICE one Jason!Take it easy now ladies!Ballybofey’s European middleweight boxing champ Jason Quigley hasn’t taken up modeling!Instead he is one of the first to try out the new Cryotherapy pool at the Finn Valley Leisure Centre today. Jason was one of hundreds of people who attended the centre which opened today.And with fifteen jobs in the pipeline from the centre, we’re giving it the thumbs-up too! CHAMP JASON TAKES IT ‘ICE AND EASY’ AT FINN VALLEY LEISURE CENTRE! was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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:boxingFinn Valley Leisure CentreJason Quigleylast_img read more

NURSES COULD STRIKE OVER PAY-CUTS – DONEGAL CONFERENCE TOLD

first_imgClaire Mahon, President, Liam Doran General Secretary and Geraldine Talty, 1st Vice President at the opening of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) Conference in Letterkenny. Pic: Clive WassonNurses across Ireland could strike if the Government presses ahead with its latest planned round of pay-cuts.More than 350 nursing delegates from across the country have gathered in Letterkenny, for the three day conference.Both pay and patient care are top of the agenda at the three day conference. Claire Mahon, INTO President, said there was an appetite for industrial action if members’ pay was cut again.“Yes, if their pay is cut, definitely, very much so. They are not only feeling frustrated with being short-staffed on the wards but they aren’t high-earners in the scheme of things – an awful lo of them are under pressure in their home lives.“A lot of them can’t afford to go to work. A lot of that is compounded by the pressure they are feeling in the workplace.“So yes a lot of them have reached the floor and are very willing to take action,” she said. Nurses pay has ben cut by an average of 14% in just over three years.The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, will address delegates on Friday at the Mount Errigal Hotel.General Secretary Liam Doran said delegates will be courteous to the Minister but some said the reception will be “frosty.”“Delegates will do as they have always done and will listen to what the Minister has to say. I can’t say that it will amount to warm embraces all around but it will be cordial I’m sure.“We will be passionate in the INTO that the health service has got little protection, political protection in the last five years. “It has suffered overwhelming attacks and it has always been portrayed as a black hole into which you can pour tax-payers money and never get a return and that’s an insult to all these people here.“We will be looking for a Minister to come and to tell us where is the floor and when are the cutbacks going to end. I would expect it to be constructive, professional engagement but we are not silly. We are not looking for any disharmony if that can be avoided,” he said.In total more than 60 motions will be brought before the conference.NURSES COULD STRIKE OVER PAY-CUTS – DONEGAL CONFERENCE TOLD was last modified: May 8th, 2013 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:INTOletterkennyNURSESlast_img read more

DONEGAL COUNCILLOR CLEARED OF ALLEGED ASSAULT – ON OTHER DONEGAL COUNCILLOR

first_imgCleared: Cllr Frank McBreartyINDEPENDENT Councillor Frank McBrearty has been cleared of allegations that he assaulted a senior member of Fianna Fail.The Director of Public Prosecutions has told the former Mayor he has no case to answer – after Cllr Seamus O Domhnaill claimed he had been attacked. The Fianna Fail man had made a statement to Gardaí, prompting a six month investigation – after he claimed Cllr McBrearty has threatened and assaulted him at a county council meeting in Lifford last October.Cllr McBrearty had vehemently denied the claim, and he was backed by Fine Gael councillor Barry O’Neill who said the alleged incident “didn’t happen.”The alleged incident was the subject of much on-air debate, which Cllr McBrearty’s lawyers are now studying.Gardai interviewed 29 councillors and senior staff members at the council as part of the investigation.In a statement tonight Cllr McBrearty said: “After months of trivial, pointless, and redundant questioning, not to mention the unnecessary garda manpower which this whole non-event involved I have been told by the DPP that I will not be prosecuted.“The unnecessary anxiety and strain which these allegations have placed upon my family and myself, only served as an unwelcome reminder of the cruelties and injustices which we as a family have faced in the past.”“In addition to Cllr Ó Domhnaill’s initial declaration, I later learnt that in his statement to Gardaí, he made the accusation that I had also threatened to kill both himself and another Councillor – namely Cllr Barry O’Neill of Ballyshannon.“I categorically reject all of Cllr Ó Domhnaill’s accusations made against me.“In fact, this entire debacle has already strived to cause me, as well as my standing, considerable harm.”Cllr O’Neill said: “The whole thing was bizarre and that’s an understatement. I was named in Cllr O Domhnaill’s statement – which was read to me by Gardaí – as having also been threatened by Cllr McBrearty, but I was never assaulted or threatened that day by Cllr McBrearty or anyone else.”DONEGAL COUNCILLOR CLEARED OF ALLEGED ASSAULT – ON OTHER DONEGAL COUNCILLOR was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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:assaulassaultclearedCllr Barry O’NeillCllr Frank McBreartyCllr Seamus O DomhnaillDPPthreatening behaviourlast_img read more

MAN DROVE AFTER DRUNK-DRIVER AFTER ALMOST BEING HIT WHILE COMING OUT OF CHURCH

first_imgA man who was almost struck by a drunk-driver after coming out of church with his children drove after the woman before pulling the keys out of her car.Majella McCrory was disqualified from driving for four years. Pic by Northwest News Pics.The man, Winston Kee, had come out of church with his two children in Carnone, Raphoe when the incident happened. Mr Kee was driving home around 11am on September 14th last when a black Seat Ibiza came around a bend on the wrong side of the road forcing Mr Kee to swerve to avoid a collision.He performed a u-turn and drove after the car and eventually pulled out in front of it forcing it to stop.Behind the wheel was Ms Majella McCrory who admitted having drink taken.However, Ms McCrory of Alt, Castlefin, ran from the scene but was apprehended 300 metres from the scene by Gardai who had been alerted to the incident.Gardai said they got a strong smell of alcohol from Ms McCrory and she was taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Defense solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been employed in accountancy-type work but had ben laid off recently after more than six years.He said she would have been better staying home that morning but she had decided to travel to see a friend and chat about her situation.The court heard the mother-of-two also had a conviction for a similar offense in Strabane.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms McCrory €200 and disqualified her from driving for four years.And he added “I presume she is aware she will have to do something with her alcohol issue.”MAN DROVE AFTER DRUNK-DRIVER AFTER ALMOST BEING HIT WHILE COMING OUT OF CHURCH was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:castlefincourtdonegaldrunkJudge Paul KellyMajella McCroryRaphoelast_img read more

Friends of the late Paddy Mulhern raise €4,440 for charity

first_imgA successful fundraiser held in memory of the late Paddy Mulhern has raised €4,400 for two vital causes – the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association and The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the Mater Hospital.Paddy Mulhern RIPPaddy Mulhern of Gortahork was an exceptional character who was well-known across Donegal and beyond. As the first and longest-serving bus driver of Mangan Tours, he was a friend and travel companion to many and a friendly face to many more passers-by.Paddy sadly passed away in July 2018 after a long battle with lung disease. Paddy himself; an avid Big Tom Mc Bride fan vowed that when he finally reached the end of his transplant journey, he would have a night of entertainment to raise funds for all who helped him. Little did Paddy know, and to the tremendous shock and sadness of all who knew him, that he wouldn’t get to fulfil his envisioned trail to recovery. Following his death, it was decided that Paddy’s aspirations would be carried out.A great night’s entertainment was held in the Gweedore Bar in Falcarragh in February, with Big Tom being the theme of the night. The total proceeds was €4,440.00 and split between the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association and The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the Mater Hospital.Antoinette from Irish Lung Fibrosis Association being presented with a cheque at the Gweedore BarMicheal Mulhern, Mary Murray, John Cannon presenting a cheque to the The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the Mater HospitalThe Mulhern and Mangan family and the Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped, contributed and donated.Both Mary Murray and John Cannon released cd’s that night and contributed all proceeds to the charity. Many thanks to all the musicians and singers on the night.Thanks go out to Small Tom (Brendan Murphy), Ailish Mc Bride, Anne Biddy, Mary Murray, John Mc Hugh, Micheal Murray and Tommy Francis, all the ticket sellers and all who sponsored prizes and especially to everyone donated and helped make it such a huge success.Mulhern and Mangan Family, Mary Murray and John Cannon presenting a cheque to the The Heart and Lung Transplant Unit at the Mater HospitalFriends of the late Paddy Mulhern raise €4,440 for charity was last modified: May 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:gortahorkGweedore Barpaddy mulhern memorial functionlast_img read more

Things to know: Timo Meier gives an update on his health for Sharks’ playoffs

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Timo Meier skated onto the ice about 10 minutes before Sharks practice got underway on Monday, eliminating any doubt that he’ll be available for his team’s opening-round playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights.Meier confirmed that he’ll be healthy enough to play when Game 1 kicks off at SAP Center on Wednesday. As a result, the Sharks will be opening the playoffs with their most-complete roster …last_img read more