The Director of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) has informed both Houses of the National Legislature, on the need to reform their operations.In a seven-page letter of recommendations, Director McCarthy Weh, II identified six major areas that needed reform.“Having attended to your duties and functions of lawmaking in the last ten years, it is about time to focus on internal reforms of the first branch of government,” Mr. Weh observed.The seven-page letter proposes internal reforms “so that, as we, as a nation, thread the path of transformation in our ongoing nation rebuilding, reforms will underpin our collective drive.”The letter is entitled: Need for a Comprehensive Reform of the Operations of the Legislature, and recognizes progress in the last decade; spotlights challenges and suggests internal reforms, which it said set the stage the agenda for much more effective and efficient running of the First Branch during the next two legislative terms of the 54th and 55thLegislature.It said the Legislature has endeavored to execute the mandate of its three functions while improving the outlook of its physical structures, this same momentum has not been directed to the internal operations of the Legislature.“Internal reforms have not been heard of, least to talk of evolving and executing at the Liberian Legislature in recent decades. It is predicated upon this that we sense a compelling need to shift the Legislature’s attention to internal reforms in the last years of the 53rd Legislature,” Director Weh disclosed in the LIS document.Weh said there was no better time than to offer recommendations, especially when the lawmakers are visiting with their constituents and holding discussions on wide range of issues. The need to reform the Legislature, he noted, is one critical issue on which they may seek the opinions of their constituents as they come close to the end of twelve years. “If such matter is placed on your Recess Agenda, it could assist in informing you on what contributions to proffer when you shall have been briefed by your respective leadership upon your return in January 2016,” he said. Six areas that need consideration, according to Mr. Weh, include the strengthening of internal audit departments with semi-independence status, introduction of administration and management for inclusion of departmental budget lines exclusive from budgetary allotments for members in the national budget, among others.The LIS letter also recommends that the Legislature engage the Executive Branch to bring senior staff on income par with their counterparts in the Executive and Judicial branches.The letter wants the Legislature to develop staff by building their capacity through budgetary means while calling on that body to do away with manual voting system and make electronic voting mandatory in both Chambers.The extraction of Administration from “Rules, Order and Administration” to be called “Committee on Rules and Order” leaving policymakers with national issues is one recommendation.Meanwhile, credible Legislative statistics displayed by LIS show that within the period 2006 to 2015, the Legislature has acted on 310 legislative instruments, 113 laws enacted, 145 ratifications of international protocols and 52 amendments.Some of the laws acted on and described as ‘quite impressive, remarkable and commendable’ include the Financial Management Law, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), the Code of Conduct and the establishment of various integrity institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Less than one month after Acting Town Clerk Sharon Harry-Munroe was sent on administrative leave owing to the alleged failure to submit pertinent information for a forensic audit, these documents were finally submitted.Guyana Times was informed that the new acting Town Clerk, Sherry Jerrick, handed over these documents after being provided with a one-week timeframe to do so. This is after the Audit Office of Guyana had written the Commission, ordering that the documents be provided.At Monday’s statutory meeting, the full Council was briefed by Jerrick about the submission to the Audit Office.Since June, Auditor General Deodat Sharma told this publication that the audit was delayed as a result of the Council’s shortcomings to provide requisite data. He insisted that once it was provided, the forensic assessment could be completed.The decision to conduct an audit stemmed from the alarming findings of the Commission of Inquiry, which exposed financial irregularities and mismanagement at the Council. Lone Commissioner, retired Justice Cecil Kennard had called for the Audit Office of Guyana to conduct a forensic audit into the entity’s management even as officers are being disciplined.Earlier this year, there were reports that City Hall had failed to submit a large percentage of the required documents for the Audit Office to continue the inspection.During the CoI hearings, finance records from the Audit Office were presented by the Audit Manager, Dhanraj Persaud, which showed unaccountability for millions of dollars.As he delved into the matter, Persaud showed that Central Government through the Communities Ministry had supplied funds for city restoration projects at a sum of $300 million in 2015 and in 2016, another $200 million was injected into the initiative which totalled to an overall balance of $500 million.However, when checks were made into the pieces of evidence presented for the expenditure of these projects, $70.489 million was unaccounted for.“For 2016, Council did not produce evidence to account for amount totalling $70.489 million,” he said.It was related that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has a history of failing to source records. In the course of six years which dates back to the period from 2006 to 2011, there have been no financial records for the disbursement of monies at City Hall. Additionally, for the year 2005, documents were submitted but an audit could not be completed because the files were “damaged”.Persaud said, “A few documents were submitted [in 2005] but those are the ones that were damaged”.The Audit Manager stood before the Commission, stating that his agency inquired about the absence of the report but no explanation was provided. In 2012, records were damaged but from 2013 to 2015, some amount of files was presented for auditing, from which they were able to inspect and extract information.According to the Auditor General’s 2015 Report, there were several “discrepancies” in the way the sums of money allotted to the City Council had been spent during that year.
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2018…– face off tonightSt Lucia Stars finally managed to put an end to their thirteen matches losing streak when they beat Barbados Tridents by 38 runs in their previous match. Now they will be hoping for the second win when they host St Kitts and Nevis Patriots (SKNP) in the 13th fixture of the CPL 2018 at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia today.Kieron PollardBoth teams have played five matches against each other in the Caribbean Premier League with the Nevis Patriots winning three of those and the Lucia Stars two.Stars after one win and four losses from five league matches, find themselves right at the bottom of the points table with two points. After facing defeats in their first four matches straight, they finally managed to break their shackles in the previous fixture against Barbados Tridents to secure their first win of the season and this should give them some confidence going into this game.Andre Fletcher and Kieron Pollard who is the season’s second-highest run-getter, cracked a 52-ball 80 and a 54-ball 104 respectively in the previous game against Barbados Tridents. While David Warner had recently smashed an unbeaten 72 against Trinbago Knight Riders.Chris GayleMeanwhile, Mitchell McClenaghan has been their most successful bowler so far with six wickets in five matches. While Obed McCoy who claimed a three-wicket haul against the Tridents. Both of them will be expected to get early breakthroughs.Patriots have won one and lost two out of the three league matches they have played so far this season and are placed fifth on the leaderboard with two points. The defeat in the previous fixture against Jamaica Tallawahs and their underwhelming performance with the bat in that game has raised a few questions as they could only muster 131 while chasing Jamaica’s 178.Skipper Chris Gayle has scored the most runs for his side so far with 145 runs which include an outstanding knock of 86 against table-toppers Guyana Amazon Warriors and he will once again be the key figure for them against Stars. While Lewis is yet to make a mark this CPL and the team will be hoping that he is able to find form against the Stars.Sandeep Lamichhane has been their leading wicket-taker with five wickets in three matches and is coming off impressive figures of 2-21 from four overs. The young Nepalese off-spinner is expected to cause a few problems for the Stars in this match as well. While the Patriots will also bank on the likes of Sheldon Cottrell and Carlos Brathwaite to do the job.SKNP expected Playing XI: Chris Gayle (C), Evin Lewis, Tom Cooper, Devon Thomas, Anton Devcich, Mahmudullah, Sheldon Cottrell, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Jeremiah Louis and Sandeep LamichhaneStars expected Playing XI: Kieron Pollard (C), Darren Sammy, Qais Ahmad, Kavem Hodge, Odean Smith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Obed McCoy, Andre Fletcher, David Warner, Rahkeem Cornwall and Lendl Simmons.
Pay It Forward Day is a global movement, making its way to our community in 2009 thanks to the Fort St. John Association for Community, who says they were inspired to “perform our own acts of kindness within this great community of Fort St. John”.“The biggest reward is seeing how the people of this community have opened their minds and hearts to people with developmental disabilities,” the association goes on to say. “When people go out of their way to smile, say hello or take the time to get to know those who are a bit different or give the opportunity of employment to someone with a disability, we realize how fortunate we are to be part of this community.”The association is asking for everyone to participate in this heart warming cause and also “share stories and inspire others to not only extend kindness on the Annual Pay It Forward Day, but to extend kindness to others everyday.”- Advertisement -We encourage you to report acts of kindness on June 13 to our radio station at 250 787 2222, motivating others to ‘Pay It Forward’.
Danny Murphy has urged Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to hand starlet Jordon Ibe more of a starring role in a Reds shirt after he missed out on a starting spot against Manchester United.The 20-year-old has impressed since making his Premier League breakthrough under former boss Brendan Rodgers last season, yet has struggled to cement a regular place under new boss Klopp.Ibe has netted only three goals in 26 appearances this term – with his most recent the winner in their League Cup victory over Stoke – but it is his pace and ability at taking on opponents which has seen him hailed as one of the club’s most promising young talents.The speedster has started just eight games since the German coach’s arrival and was relegated to the bench for Sunday’s scrappy 1-0 home defeat to rivals United.And former midfielder Murphy believes Ibe deserves to be given more regular game time.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Anfield hero said: “Jordon Ibe is well thought of at the club and I think he could go on to be a really good player for Liverpool.“But he does need games.“Sometimes Ibe plays with a little bit of fear, fear that maybe he might not be picked next week if he doesn’t play well or makes a mistake.“He needs games to gain a bit of confidence, and when you play more often you get that confidence.“I thought he played really well last week [in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Arsenal], and I love his pace and his ability to go past people.“I was surprised he didn’t start against United, I really was. I’m not sure Jurgen Klopp knows his best 11 at the moment.”
SANTA FE SPRINGS – Whittier resident Chris Canales regrets having asked his brother to fill in for him at his night security guard job at Se or Charlie’s bar and grill. Had he gone to work as usual, it would have been Canales, not his brother Thomas, who would have been standing near the entrance of the establishment on Santa Fe Springs Road the night an uninsured driver crashed into the building. Injured in the March 19 collision was Thomas Canales and Alejandro Vasquez of Norwalk. Vasquez worked as a disc jockey at Se or Charlie’s. “There’s part of me that says I should have been there that night,” Chris Canales said. “These guys have families they take care of. Now they don’t have the opportunity.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventNow Canales has organized a fund-raiser on Saturday to raise money to cover medical and other expenses for the two. In the accident, which occurred at about midnight, both of Canales’ legs were broken. He needed surgery on his knees and ankles. The Army reservist is now recuperating at Veterans Hospital in Long Beach. He had no private insurance coverage. Vasquez also suffered a broken leg. “They’re great people and don’t deserve what happened to them,” said Rick Jimenez, manager of Se or Charlie’s. Chris Canales said he recruited an artist he knows through his production company to perform at Saturday’s fundraiser. “With all of the people I know and resources I have, maybe I can do something to help them,” he said. email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GREASE IS THE WORD AT LORETO AND ST EUNAN’S – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: March 10th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
PEARSE Doherty’s bid to repeal the home tax legislation has failed in the Dail.The party had accepted it was unlikely to win the vote, but had used the bill as a bid to highlight what it said was the unfairness of the tax – and the fact the party would get rid of it in government.The government parties voted down the bill – 81 votes to 49. Speaking during the Dáil debate on the Sinn Féin bill to repeal the property tax, the party’s spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, said: “The Local Property Tax is unjust, unfair and will be rubbished if Sinn Féin is elected to government at the next general election.”Deputy Stanley continued: “Sinn Féin has opposed the local property tax since it was first introduced by this government. We have actively campaigned against it, but unfortunately this government appears not for turning.“We are introducing this bill in an attempt to encourage government TDs to do the right thing and to support the repeal of the family home tax.“If we fail in our endeavours tonight then we will continue to campaign against it at every opportunity. In fact we have promised that if elected to government Sinn Féin will repeal this tax. “It will be a priority for us in government. No ifs, no buts, we will consign this tax to the rubbish bin of history where it rightly belongs.“The conservative parties have become the coalition of the confused. Fianna Fail was in favour of the property tax and now it’s not, Fine Gael was against it and now support it and Labour cannot make up its mind.“The family home tax is simply a tax too far. This government appears not have any threshold beneath which they will not go to protect the rich in our society.“The rich should be asked to pay more. Let us take Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary. Michael’s country manor in Co Westmeath, is reported to be valued between €150 – €200,000, this makes poor Michael liable pay €157 for this year.The Sunday Times in October 2012 valued his net worth at €418.73 million making him the 20th richest person in Ireland. But he will be paying the same home tax as a pensioner, lone parent or someone on disability. “The property tax, be it from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour punishes everyone equally, but those on lower income feel the pain a lot more that the super-rich like Michael O’Leary.“A far more equitable and efficient way of providing funding to local government services is through the public exchequer. This requires a reform of the tax system.“Sinn Féin is calling on this government to do what other countries have done and introduce a wealth tax. It is fair and based on the ability to pay. It would mean a one per cent tax on income and assets above €1 million. This alone would raise up to €800 million.”PEARSE DOHERTY’S HOME TAX REPEAL BILL DEFEATED IN DAIL was last modified: June 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PEARSE DOHERTY’S HOME TAX REPEAL BILL DEFEATED IN DAIL
White Sox 3, Indians 1 The Indians lost for the sixth time in their last seven games following a 17-2 run. Cleveland went 7-for-56 (.125) with runners in scoring position in the final seven games five of them one-run losses. “We played so well for so long, we were bound to hit a tough stretch,” Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia said in a somber Cleveland clubhouse. “It just happened in the last week of the season.” Orioles 6, Devil Rays 2 Bruce Chen (13-10) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings, and backup catcher Sal Fasano homered for the second consecutive day. Twins 6, Tigers 4 Johan Santana (16-7) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings, finishing with a 2.87 ERA. Carlos Pena hit a fifth-inning homer. Athletics 8, Mariners 3 Eric Chavez hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth off George Sherrill (4-3), and Joe Kennedy (4-5) won for the first time since Aug. 27. Blue Jays 7, Royals 2 Gustavo Chacin (13-9) allowed two runs one earned and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He led AL rookies in wins and innings (203). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The champagne had a brief wait and a short trip after the New York Yankees clinched the AL East at Fenway Park. A day later, across the diamond, the Boston Red Sox joined their longtime rivals in the playoffs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Schilling (8-8) held the Yankees scoreless for five innings; by that time, the Cleveland Indians had already lost 3-1 to the Chicago White Sox and assured Boston of the AL’s last playoff spot. The outfield message boards posted matching congratulations one for the Red Sox and one for the Yankees, who celebrated in Fenway Park’s visitor’s clubhouse on Saturday after clinching the AL East. The Red Sox and Yankees each finished the year 95-67, though the Fenway scoreboard listed them alphabetically, with Boston ahead of New York. But the Yankees actually took the division title because they beat the Red Sox, 10-9, in the season series. “Co-division champs. That’s what I’m calling it,” Red Sox owner John Henry said. “I can understand why there isn’t (a playoff), but frankly, I would have liked to have had one. It would have been nice to settle the division championship.” By the time this one was over, the starters were out of the game and the much-anticipated season finale had the look of a spring training game, except for the chill in the air and the anticipation of a possible playoff rematch. “There’s a chance we’ll meet again,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “If it does happen, it’ll be a shootout.” “Both of these teams went through a lot this year,” said Curt Schilling, who shut the Yankees down long enough for the Red Sox to win 10-1 on Sunday and grab the AL wild-card berth. “To be where we are says as much about the people as it does about the talent.” Reigning World Series MVP Manny Ramirez hit a three-run homer and also threw out Derek Jeter from the outfield to put Boston in the playoffs for a franchise-record third consecutive year.
The famous Oatfield sweet factory is Letterkenny is to be demolished.The Oatfields sweet factory will disappear soon.The factory, which once employed as many as 85 workers, is to be cleared after planning permission was granted by Letterkenny Town Council this week.Zopitar Ltd, a subsidiary of Donegal Creameries, are expected to bulldoze the site in the coming weeks. The factory closed last May with the loss of its remaining 17 jobs when production at the plant was moved to the UK.There had been initial calls for some sort of museum to be built on the site in memory of the famous sweet factory but nothing transpired.Sweets form the plant, which was founded by Ira McKinney in 1927, were known around the world.The included the emerald chocolate and the chocolate orange. It is not known yet what plans the current owners have for the site.PERMISSION GRANTED TO DEMOLISH OATFIELD FACTORY was last modified: August 23rd, 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:demolitionOatfield Sweet Factory