Liberia Labor Congress has ended a two-day capacity-building seminar aimed at enhancing LEITI’s multi-stakeholders steering group feedback and promoting awareness on extractive resource governance.The seminar was held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and brought together 60 participants within the extractive industries from across the 15 political sub division of the country.Deputy Secretary General for Administration of Liberia Labor Congress, Obediah Tarlue, said the seminar also encouraged active, sustainable participation with members of the organization. According to him, not much has been done in the extractive industry in terms of monitoring and has led members not to understand issues affecting the sector.He said the society building initiative will now promote and enhance understanding of the dynamics about resource governance and foster cooperation with the government.Mr. Tarlu wants a new term of collaboration with the GOL and the Bassa seminar helped outline government policy issues that would benefit the country’s workforce.Contributing, Deputy Head of Secretariat of LEITI, Myer Saye, said Africa is experiencing growth, but lack development which has increased poverty.Mr. Saye pointed out that to find the root cause of the problem, the mismanagement of the country’s natural resources over the past decades should be discussed.He said it is time for mineral rich countries to plan strategies in addressing the economic hardship of their citizens.He explained further that transparency in the natural resource sector should also be given a top priority if at all Liberia and other countries would succeed in meeting their goals.“As part of ensuring transparency in the resource sector, we want to make sure that everybody is on par with the information in the sector,” he added.Meanwhile participants commended both the Labor Congress and LEITI for what they called an eye-opening seminar and said they would continue to be supportive in seeking to transform the sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…as audit revealed breaches of financial regulationsThe Guyana National Newspaper Limited (GNNL) on Wednesday said it terminated the services of its General Manager, Sherod Duncan, following recommendations from an audit which found that there were several breaches of financial regulations.Fired: Sherod DuncanDuncan, who was the Alliance For Change (AFC) Councillor for the city of Georgetown and Deputy Mayor, served as General Manager of the company from June 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019.The Board of Directors of GNNL in a statement said the decision to dismiss Duncan came after a five-hour long meeting at the company’s office where Duncan and his legal representative, Attorney James Bond were given the opportunity to provide an explanation in response to the findings of the audit report, which was dated March 18, 2019, and answer questions posed by the Directors as to why he should not be disciplined in accordance with the recommendations of the report, which was presented by the Office of the Auditor General.“All Directors agreed that numerous breaches identified in the report in all of the areas under review were of a serious nature and disciplinary action against the General Manager was necessary especially since he was on probation,” the statement said.According to the statement, one Director recommended one month suspension and an extension of probation for Duncan while two other Directors recommended an extension in the probation period while three other Directors held the view that Duncan’s services be terminated with immediate effect for gross misconduct.The GNNL Board comprises of a Chairman and six Directors; one of whom was absent at the time of voting and a workers’ representative without voting rights.A vote on the matter of termination of services was called and three Directors voted against, while three voted in favour. There was a tie and the Chairman Geeta Chandan-Edmond supported the termination of Duncan in accordance with Article 94 of the Company’s Articles of Incorporation.There are over 20 transactions conducted under Duncan’s watch or by Duncan himself, which were in blatant violation of financial regulations.A special audit ordered by the Office of the Auditor General found numerous violations during the short three-month period under Duncan’s stewardship of the company.Auditing firm Chateram Ramdihal Chartered Accountants conducted an audit of the State newspaper’s operations from June 1, 2018, to September 10, 2018.The audit found that tender rules were violated, services were procured without contracts and approvals were given for payments without the regular procedure of company stamp or signature.Further, cash advances were given to Duncan to travel overseas but he did not clear the amounts. It was also found that the company’s personnel policy and procedures manual were ignored during the recruitment, termination and dismissal of employees.Guyana Chronicle has a Management Tender Committee, which approves transactions ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 before payments are made. But during the stipulated time examined, no approval was given for nine such transactions valued at $1.6 million.Duncan took an overseas trip with the marketing coordinator for the resuscitation of the publication’s New York edition. This trip cost an excess of $736,028, but there was no approval for such an event and to date, no relevant documents were brought forward to support these expenditures, the audit found.Efforts to contact Duncan for a comment on the issue proved futile.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You know it, and I know it, and the entire city knows it. And that is, there’s got to be something completely off the 26.2-mile beaten path to convince anyone at home they’ve got 4 1/2 hours to invest watching KNBC-Channel 4’s coverage Sunday morning of the Los Angeles Marathon. Fred Roggin wants us all to believe that this gender-centric gimmick of skirt-chasing – starting the elite women about 20 minutes ahead of the elite men and letting it come down to the wire – creates plenty of buzz for those who’d otherwise be catching z’s. But why not take it a step – specifically, a misstep – further. Remember when Kenya’s Robert Cheruiyot won the Chicago Marathon last October? Go find it on YouTube.com: He reaches the finish line, puts up his hands, slips, falls backward and slams his head on the pavement. Trying buying that kind of national exposure. So what if Fearless Fred greased up the finish line near the Central Library in downtown L.A. Wouldn’t that be a video clip worthy of both “Roggin’s Heroes” and the “Hall of Shame” for eternity. “The problem with that is you can really only do it once,” Roggin admitted. “I don’t think anyone will ever try that again.” If anyone could, it’d be Roggin, the Channel 4 sports anchor whose production company again is taking care of everything TV-wise for the event that starts at 7:30 a.m. with hopes of capturing the first finisher – be it man, woman or lost toddler – at about the 10:15 a.m. mark. But Roggin refuses to budge from this “challenge” that he, analyst Toni Reavis and producer Phil Olsman convinced the marathon organizers to try four years ago and now might be ahead of the curve. With a new point-to-point downhill course that goes from Universal Studios and winds up a couple blocks from Skid Row, there’s plenty of newness to focus on. But apparently the novelty of beauty-vs.-the best hasn’t worn off yet. “As a TV station, you get involved because it’s a great local event, but from a TV perspective, you have to put something compelling on the air,” said Roggin. “The challenge translates to viewers. And with a new course it’ll be tougher to predict what’ll happen.” Olsman said other marathons across the country have to consider this kind of contrived change if it’s to remain a viable TV product, since ratings aren’t really justifying the rights fees any longer. “Not everyone thinks watching people run for three hours is appointment TV,” said Olsman, “but we do have something that not only levels the playing field and puts women in the spotlight, but it’s more theatre. The ratings definitely increase as the races comes to a conclusion.” “You’ve got to be realistic,” Roggin added. “Now we have a vehicle to build the drama. Now we’ve turned it into a TV event.” Which is exactly why they need some kind of booby trap at the end, where the winners aren’t expecting anything and – wham! – there’s your big Hollywood finish. OK, so here’s something more original: Take a TV crew down to the local gym and find a group of weekend warriors willing to stage their own kind of challenge – stay on a treadmill, stair-climber or stationary bike throughout the entire marathon broadcast. It’s not enough to vicariously compete through watching on TV – now make it interactive. Load in software that duplicates the course. And no bathroom breaks. “That sounds like a Saturday Night Live’ sketch,” said Olsman. “It’s kind of the anti-marathon.” Roggin thought about it for a few seconds. “That could work,” he said. “Next year, we can do that.” Now we’re getting somewhere. WHAT SMOKES How a blog can be productive: KCAL-Channel 9’s Alan Massengale used his on the station’s Web site to explain why he thought it was inappropriate to show video on Tuesday night’s sports segment of the gruesome injury suffered by the Clippers’ Shaun Livingston. “It would be gratuitous exploitation of a horrible situation,” Massengale wrote. “We told the story well enough. Showed him on the floor and the stretcher, and the players on both teams and their reactions. However, I understand some of our competition showed it over and over. One station and its network showed four different angles. In my opinion, that is disgusting. It was not necessary. It served only to satisfy some of our worst curiousities (sic).” The Dodgers won’t do tape-delayed broadcasts on 980-AM with their spring-training games this month, instead going live only on the weekends (after doing Thursday’s opener). Those who want to hear midweek games must go to the dodgers.com Web site, pay $14.95 (which covers the cost of the season-long cybercast package) and listen to Rick Monday and Charley Steiner do the bulk of the contests, with A. Martinez and Steve Lyons also contributing. KFWB will add a Dodger talk show Sunday nights (8 p.m.). On the Spanish-language side, 1220-AM will only do games on weekends with Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez, as Fernando Valenzuela joins them March 20-26. The Angels, meanwhile, go live (and free) with each spring game on flagship station 710-AM, the final year of their deal with KSPN until they switch to the Arte Moreno-owned 830-AM in 2008. Terry Smith and Rory Markas do most of the games, with Jose Mota and Ken Forsch assisting. They won’t do any Spanish-language broadcasts until the Freeway Series at the end of March. Check out Mota and Mark Gubicza teaming up for the first time Saturday on a delayed broadcast (7 p.m., FSN West) of the Angels’ spring game against Colorado. WHAT CHOKES We have an uneasy feeling about the future of Angela Ruggiero based on promos for the next episode of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” (10 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 4). The U.S. Women’s Hockey team star who was raised in Simi Valley and lists her hometown as Panorama City is one of 12 left from the original 18, but has been flying under Donald Trump’s radar for the first six episodes, mostly because she is in the group, Kinetic Corp., that won early. Ruggiero was on the losing team in the last original episode that aired two weeks ago but survived the boardroom drama as she was among the four excused from the final interrogation. Trump has referred to Ruggiero as “very strong, very silent and very tough.” But the promos for Sunday’s episode promised two firings, with a clip of Ruggiero saying: “I’m not going down without a fight.” Sunday’s task involves putting on a VIP event for high-end luxury cars that somehow involves Snoop Dogg. The Avengers’ season opener Sunday from Staples Center won’t have any TV coverage (just the radio on 570-AM and 1330-AM in Spanish). The first TV appearance is in Week 2, on Monday, March 12 at Orlando on ESPN2. The Avengers have seven games on FSN West or FSN Prime Ticket during the 17-week regular season, the first of which is on delay on April 21. FSN West actually is carrying Las Vegas-Austin at 1 p.m. Sunday instead, taking a network feed. ESPN’s coverage of the league starts with regional coverage on ABC at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with the Desperados (they’d be from Dallas) taking on them Dragons (who reside in New York) with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic providing the audio.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Headlining this year’s festival will be a pair of rock acts – Rare Earth and NineDays – on April 21. Rare Earth, known for such hits as “Get Ready” and “I Just Want to Celebrate,” will perform at 1:30 p.m., and NineDays, whose album “Maddening Crowd” went gold, will perform at 3:30 p.m. Jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows will perform at 1:30 p.m. April 22. Eubanks, who has been music director for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” since 1995, is scheduled to perform at 3:30 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 will be admitted free. For information, visit www.poppyfestival.com. LANCASTER – “Tonight Show” bandleader and jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks will be one of the headline performers at this month’s California Poppy Festival. Eubanks is replacing musician Wayman Tisdale, who recently underwent surgery and has canceled performances through December. The 16th annual festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 21 and 22 at Lancaster City Park, 43011 N. 10th St. W. This year, the flowers aren’t expected to be the stars of the festival because of the dry winter. But the show will go on.
Having ended months of speculation by signing a new two-year contract, he is looking forwards and says that if the team put on a united front, the fans will fall into line behind them.“A lot (of the trouble) was created by my own situation. Maybe I made a mistake,” Wenger said after Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties in last weekend’s Community Shield.“Overall I believe that it’s down to us. The trend has always to come from the team.”Undermining Wenger’s quest for harmony is the uncertainty surrounding several first-team players.Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are among the players whose contracts expire at the end of the season.Sanchez in particular has been the subject of intense speculation about his future amid reported interest from the big-spending duo of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.The Chile forward missed pre-season after being granted extra time off following the Confederations Cup and has been ruled out of Friday’s game due to an abdominal strain.That Wenger is not going into the new campaign with the fans still at his throat owes much to Arsenal’s strong finish to last season.After Wenger belatedly adopted a 3-4-2-1 formation — a tactical trend sparked by champions Chelsea — Arsenal won seven of their last eight league games and stunned Chelsea 2-1 in the FA Cup final.They defeated Chelsea again when the teams renewed acquaintances at Wembley in last Sunday’s Community Shield, winning a penalty shootout 4-1 after a 1-1 draw.– Iheanacho ready for action –As well as the silverware, Arsenal’s supporters have also had a major signing to celebrate after Wenger broke the club’s transfer record to sign prolific French striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon.The 26-year-old set Arsenal back an initial fee of £46.5 million ($60.3 million, 51.5 million euros) and is expected to lead the line, flanked by Sanchez and Ozil.Ozil is a doubt against Leicester, however, along with Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker and Shkodran Mustafi, while Laurent Koscielny is suspended. Gabriel and Santi Cazorla are definitely out.For the first time since 1997, Arsenal are going into a season without Champions League football and Wenger has pledged to rest players in the Europa League.He has said he intends “to focus completely on the Premier League”, but if such an approach fails to yield a title challenge, he can expect the protests to ramp up quickly.After going into last season as defending champions, only for a close shave with relegation to cost manager Claudio Ranieri his job, Leicester are targeting stability under Craig Shakespeare.They have spent over £50 million, strengthening each squad department with moves for goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, centre-back Harry Maguire, midfielder Vicente Iborra and striker Kelechi Iheanacho.Spaniard Iborra has been ruled out of the trip to the Emirates Stadium with a groin strain and joins centre-back Robert Huth and midfielder Danny Drinkwater on the sidelines.But 20-year-old Nigeria starlet Iheanacho, signed from Manchester City last week, has been passed fit after sustaining a knock in a friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach.“You’ve got the season ahead to look forward to and everyone’s raring to go,” said captain Wes Morgan.“We’ve got our first game this Friday coming and we can’t wait to get started.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsene Wenger’s 21-year tenure as Arsenal manager has exposed him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support adn last season was by far the most difficult © AFP/File / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 10 – Arsene Wenger brokered a fragile truce with Arsenal’s dissenting fans by winning the FA Cup, but has little margin for error ahead of Friday’s Premier League opener against Leicester City.Last season was by far the most difficult of Wenger’s 21-year tenure as manager, with Arsenal’s on-pitch travails exposing him to furious protests from sections of the club’s support.
“For example, Casillas’s deal ends at the end of the season. It’s a very expensive contract,” he said.“We will scrupulously pay his salary until the end of the season. We have no alternative.”“But when the contract ends, it will free-up millions of euros.”Casillas, his country’s most-capped player with 167 appearances, had signed a one-year extension to his deal last July having left Real Madrid in 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000End of the road: Iker Casillas will leave Porto at the end of the season © AFP/File / FRANCISCO LEONGLISBON, Portugal, Mar 3 – Spain’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Iker Casillas will be released by Porto at the end of the season as the cash-strapped Portuguese giants look to cut costs.Francisco Marques, the Porto spokesman told A Bola daily, that the former European champions need to slash the contracts of their best-paid players.
0Shares0000Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli are set for a spell on the sidelines © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – Tottenham Hotspur suffered a double injury blow ahead of a key week with goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli ruled out for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool and a Champions League trip to Inter Milan on Tuesday.France’s World Cup-winning captain Lloris is “expected to be out for several weeks” with a thigh injury according to the club, while manager Mauricio Pochettino is more hopeful Alli could return in time for the trip to Brighton on September 22. Lloris was on Monday fined £50,000 ($65,000) and handed a 20-month driving ban for drink-driving.He missed Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Watford before the international break and France’s Nations League matches against Germany and the Netherlands.“He is going to do another scan to see how is the evolution of his injury,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.Alli suffered a slight muscle strain in England’s Nations League defeat to Spain last weekend.“(We are) disappointed because we are going to miss him for maybe this game and against Inter Milan in Champions League,” said Pochettino. “But the most important thing is it is not a big issue and he will be available as soon as possible.”Spurs trail Premier League leaders Liverpool by three points but could move top for a few hours at least with victory at Wembley.A trip to Italy follows just three days later with Pochettino’s men facing a tough task to qualify from a group also containing Barcelona and Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
RTE has apologised to Donegal filmmaker Neasa Ni Chianain over comments made on Radio Na Gealtachta about her film Fairytale of Kathmandu.It said that the material broadcast in the course of this interview given by poet Paddy Bushe suggested Ms Ní Chianáin offered payment to a person to make a false statement on film.It also suggested she had pressured another person to give pre-scripted answers to certain questions and had exploited a number of youths who participated in the programme. RTÉ said it accepted these suggestions were entirely incorrect and unfair to Ms Ní Chianáin and wished to apologise for the hurt and distress they had caused to her and to her partner.Ms Ní Chianáin left the court in tears. In a statement she issued later, she said she welcomed the apology.She said it had taken two years to get final closure on the unfounded accusations and comments made in the interview.Ms Ní Chianáin said she had had no option but to seek the apology through the courts, as she was told by the head of Raidió na Gaeltachta Edel Ní Chuireáin that RnaG would not correct the material or apologise.She said that independent filmmakers were all vulnerable when speaking out in their work about injustices and moral bankruptcy.Ms Ní Chianáin said as individuals, independent filmmakers did not have massive corporations behind them and did not have the resources to hire lawyers for legal actions if defamatory material is published.‘All we have is the truth to protect us, our reputation and integrity,’ she said.She said if this was attacked by individuals with certain agendas and that is knowingly or unknowingly facilitated by the media, then what hope was there that whistleblowers would want to come forward and warn of injustices and wrong doings.Ms Ní Chianáin said throughout the aftermath of Fairytale of Kathmandu she was accused of many unfounded things, but she said the essential truth of the film had never been undermined.She said if there was more effort put into establishing facts before publishing, a lot of pain and waste of resources would have been spared.RTE APOLOGISES TO DONEGAL FILMMAKER was last modified: May 24th, 2011 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:Neasa Ni ChainainRTE
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Letterkenny is in line to be named one of the top Radisson Hotels in the world.The hugely popular hotel is now in third place in a competition to be named the most popular Radisson – just behind Dubai and Berlin.But of course the advantage the Radisson Blu, Letterkenny has is that it is in Co Donegal! For everyone who votes they are entered into a draw to win a short break away for 2 people each weekThen for the grand prize you win a short break for you and 3 friends! So it’s a fantastic prize – and all you got to do is to vote for Radisson Blu, Letterkenny.Follow the link below and vote for Radisson Blu, Letterkenny.http://nexttophotel.com/shopping-and-design/radisson_blu_hotel_letterkenny WIN A FREE WEEKEND BY VOTING FOR RADISSON BLU, LETTERKENNY! was last modified: July 6th, 2012 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:letterkennyRadisson Blu
PICO RIVERA – As far as cold cases go, this one is starting to ice over.More than a month and a week after some young people in Pico Rivera stumbled across two plastic bags containing parts of a woman’s body dumped at a street curb here, the investigation remains frozen, stuck by the fact that investigators have so far been unable to learn the victim’s identity.And without that, investigators say, the hunt for her killer or killers has been a non-starter.“There are as many frustrations (in the case) as your imagination can fathom,” said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department cold-case investigator Sgt. Rich Longshore.Without at least a name to go on, “we can’t even take the first step of piecing together the last few days” of the victim’s life, he added.Three days after the Sept. 30 discovery of the woman’s arms, legs and head inside the two black plastic bags dumped on Lexington-Gallatin Road in Pico Rivera, a torso matching those remains turned up in a trash bin in Los Angeles.But the now-recovered body remains listed as Jane Doe in the morgue of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.“With skeletal and extremely decomposed remains, we have nothing to go on,” said Gilda Tolbert, a coroner’s cold-case investigator.The case is among hundreds involving as-yet unidentified bodies coroner’s officials are working to identify. Each year, Tolbert said, her agency deals with 350 to 400 such cases.Los Angeles coroner’s investigators list the cases on the agency’s Web site, coroner.co.la.ca.us.They also work with forensic experts and check state missing-persons lists. Forensic artists are sometimes able to create drawings of a victim, using a skull or a reconstruction of a skull.Investigators also try to match victims to a list of missing persons provided by the California Department of Justice. The Los Angeles Coronor’s Office also has a DNA database of missing persons. Using DNA collected from families who have reported a relative missing, officials are sometimes able to match the DNA with a Jane or John Doe.Coroner’s offices throughout the state collect DNA samples from unidentified bodies and send them to the database.While the dismembered woman found in Pico Rivera is proving a tough case to crack, a recent and similar case in Mammoth Lakes might give local investigators some hope.There, investigators are tracing the movements of a women whose skeletal remains were found in a shallow grave in 2003.After a series of DNA and bone tests completed by anthropologists and other scientists, Mammoth Lakes Police Department Sgt. Paul Dostie learned the woman was a Zapotec Indian from Mexico.He later discovered other information that traced her likely birthplace to the Southwestern United States or northern Mexico. She also is believed to have lived in southern Mexico before moving to California, where she was slain, Dostie said.Dostie believes investigators now are much closer to solving the case than they were in 2003.“Eventually, I hope that hooking up law enforcement with anthropologists can set a new protocol for dealing with human remains,” said Dostie. email@example.com(562)698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!