Sinoe Supt-Designate Confirmation Hearing Aborted

first_imgMembers of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs and Governance yesterday unanimously agreed to put on hold confirmation proceedings for Sinoe County Superintendent-designate Thomas Romeo Quioh. He was told that the Committee will hold a separate confirmation proceeding with him at a later date.The decision by the Committee, chaired by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zolu Jallah, to halt the confirmation proceedings of Mr. Quioh came about when Rivercess County Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh raised concern over the General Auditing Commission (GAC) report indicting him (Quioh) and other Sinoe County officials for failing to account for hundreds of thousands of United States Dollars of both the CDF and SDF.Mr. Quioh served as Development Superintendent under outgoing Superintendent J. Milton Teahjay, who is now running for Senator for Sinoe County. Both Quioh and Teahjay were indicted in the GAC report for embezzling County Development Fund (CDF) and Social Development Fund (SDF).Expressing his concern, Senator Gueh said the nominee already had a serious problem with the Liberian Government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.“The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County. Therefore, he owes this committee an explanation to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him.  We must know the character of the person that we are sending to Sinoe.”Supporting his colleague’s argument, Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson said the reason why the President sends a nominee constitutionally to the Senate for confirmation is help determine the suitability of that nominee to serve.Senator Jallah then made a unanimous motion to suspend the hearing of Mr. Quioh. At  the same time, Senator Jallah  declared that those who have information on what is being alleged are encouraged to present same to our offices by Wednesday, “so that the Committee will study [said information] and make a determination as to whether we can go ahead to confirm or not.”He said information received by the Committee earlier from some individuals is not tenable in law because they lacked names or signatures.”Meanwhile, a group calling itself “Sinoe Citizens for Accountability & Equal Representation yesterday circulated a letter accompanied by a dossier revealing alleged financial transactions involving nominee Quioh and other Sinoe County local and Legislative officials.The letter, which was addressed to the Internal Affairs Committee, showed, among other things, that the GAC in its November 2014 report indicted Mr. Quioh and others for failing to account for US$727,669.20 of the county’s development fund; making 44 bank payments without voucher support, making payments and failing to include same in the Project Management Committee’s financial reports, as well as receiving money for six projects that were since abandoned.In a related development, several superintendents, local government officials and an Internal Affairs Deputy Minister-designate recently nominated by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, appeared before the Jallah Committee for a crowded hearing.Among those appearing was a former Member of the 52nd Legislature for Gbarpolu County, Representative Armah Sarnor, who is now going as Superintendent. 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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CAF bosses leave as Kenya pegs hope on Sep 23 meet

first_img0Shares0000Kinoru Stadium worksNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 16- The Confederation of African Football (CAF) inspection team that has been in the country for the last one week concluded its tour of duty on Friday evening and Kenya will now hinge its hope that next year’s Africa Nations Championship will not be taken away based on the report presented in an Executive Committee Meeting in a week’s time.A scheduled press conference that had been planned for Saturday morning was called off with growing fear that Kenya will not be in a position to successfully host the event with work on rehabilitating the venues way from completion. “I am hoping that CAF can trust us to complete the job. It is true there is massive concern in Kinoru and Eldoret and even I would be concerned. But work is going on and we have given our assurances that we will get it done,” Deputy Local Organizing Committee CEO Herbart Mwachiro told Capital Sport.The CAF team had been scheduled to meet with Governors in Nairobi, Meru and Eldoret, but of the three they met only one, newly elected Meru county boss Kiraitu Murungi and his deputy.A scheduled meeting with Nairobi’s Mike Mbuvi Sonko did not happen due to the unavailability of the latter while in Eldoret, they met Jackson Mandago’s deputy Daniel Chemno.As part of the schedule, they were to also have a meeting with Deputy President William Ruto after meeting Sports Ministry officials. However, none of those happened.CAF vice president Constant Omari addresses the press at the end of CAF’s five day inspection tour on June 17 ahead of CHAN 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Constant (Omari) was not present and so it would have been impossible for the technical officials to meet with the top ranking government officials. But even with that not happening, I am still confident that we will be given a chance,” Mwachiro added.The CAF team is said to have been concerned with work at Kipchoge Keino and Kinoru, most of which is in its primary stages. The two are undergoing an almost complete overhaul with the playing turfs all plucked off.But the county officials have promised to fastrack the process and ensure by latest December, everything is ready.“Our county engineers will be inspecting the progress of the work being done at the stadium twice a day, to curb any element of complacency. We are ready to do everything possible in collaboration with the LOC to beat the set deadlines, and have the tournament in this sporting region,” Chemno told the visiting CAF delegation at the county offices on Friday evening.Earlier on Thursday, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa said the biggest of CAF concerns was the political situation with the impending elections, but remains confident that the government assurances will be enough to convince CAF.The CAF Executive will have a meeting next Saturday in Accra Ghana, before the final of the West African Football Union (WAFU) final where a final decision will be reached on whether or not the tournament remains with Kenya.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Reports: Chelsea to make £11m swoop for Ghana starlet

first_imgChelsea are reportedly set to offer in the region of £11million for FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman.According to French newspaper L’Equipe, the Ghanian full-back has impressed Jose Mourinho this season after breaking into the Bundesliga team following his move from second-tier German side Greuther Fürth last summer.The 20-year-old has made 28 appearances for FC Augsburg, who currently sit in sixth place – the final Europa League qualifying spot in the Bundesliga.Rahman, who is captain of Ghana’s under-20 side, has made 11 appearances for the Ghanian senior team, including being part of Avram Grant’s 2015 African Cup of Nations squad, which finished runners-up.It is believed Manchester City are also interested in the Ghanian starlet, though it seems the Blues are set to make the first move to secure his signature. FC Augsburg defender Baba Rahman 1last_img read more

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Led Zeppelin gives in to digital age

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Led Zeppelin, one of the last major bands to resist digital distribution, is releasing its back catalog online. Led Zeppelin songs, including “Communication Breakdown,” “Whole Lotta Love” and “Stairway to Heaven,” will be available from online music stores Nov. 13. The band plans to release a two-CD retrospective, “Mothership,” the same day. “We are pleased that the complete Led Zeppelin catalog will now be available digitally,” guitarist Jimmy Page said Monday from London. “The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer.” The Beatles are the highest-profile digital holdouts. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Led Zeppelin has signed a separate deal with Verizon Wireless to offer its songs as ringtones and downloads to mobile phones. The band, which split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, will reunite for a Nov. 26 concert in London. The lineup includes Page, singer Robert Plant, bass player John Paul Jones and Bonham’s son Jason on drums.last_img read more

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BROGAN – ‘I WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR ELECTION’

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Fianna Fail stalwart Cllr Ciaran Brogan has revealed he will NOT be running in the general election.Cllr Ciaran Brogan – will NOT be standing for election.The Letterkenny businessman was considered by many to be a strong favourite to stand in the forthcoming election next year.But Cllr Brogan told a shocked meeting of the party in the Mount Erigal Hotel last night that he will not be putting his name forward. He has many business interests and a young family.The well-known local public representative told more than 200 party members that he thought it was time that some young blood came through the ranks.He also said that he was in favour of a three candidate strategy in the county.Fianna Fail is considered by many to be in with a strong chance of getting at least one seat in the Donegal five seater. Cllr Brogan’s announcement comes in a week when Dragons Den star and businessman Peter Casey revealed he was standing as an Independent candidate in Donegal.The following is the full statement form Councillor Brogan. “In the best interests of the party, I have decided at this early stage to announce that I will not be putting my name forward for the General Election.“I informed delegates at last night’s Dail Ceanntair meeting in Letterkenny as I felt duty bound to tell them before releasing it into the public arena.“I strongly believe Fianna Fail needs fresh blood and energy if it is to make an impact at the polls. The party should be aiming to take two seats in the Constituency and to help them secure those seats they should be running three candidates but I won’t be one of those candidates. “I had decided some time ago after long consideration that I would not be putting my name forward and am relieved that I have now made my decision public.“It will give the party the space and time to reflect on suitable candidates for the Election next year. It’s an opportunity for fresh thinking and fresh faces within the party and whoever is nominated to run can be assured of my full support. It is better to let delegates know at this stage rather than leaving it until further down the line.National politics and a national stage is a completely different ball game and I will be focusing my efforts and my energy on local issues. My primary focus will be on protecting the services in the Letterkenny area and as a member of the H.S.E. Regional Forum, I will also continue working hard to ensure services and resources at Letterkenny General Hospital are maintained and improved upon.As I said, the decision not to contest the Election was one I had given a lot of thought to over the past few months but those who voted for me at the Council elections can rest assured that I will not be shirking my duties and responsibilities at that level. Our meeting last night was held to devise a strategy for going forward in light of the General Election. We need to look at different areas where we were losing votes and to this end it was important to outline my own intentions at this early stage not to run as a candidate.You can be part of a winning team but you don’t necessarily have to be on the pitch to do it.BROGAN – ‘I WILL NOT BE RUNNING FOR ELECTION’ was last modified: March 27th, 2015 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)last_img read more

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MAN CAUGHT PASSING FAKE €20 NOTES IN HOTEL AND NIGHTCLUB

first_imgA young man bought a quantity of €20 notes so he could attend a friend’s 21st birthday party.Letterkenny court.Ryan Murphy appeared at Letterkenny District Court on four charges of passing fake notes.Murphy, 19, had tried to pass a €20 note at Voodoo Nightclub in Letterkenny but was caught by security staff on March 1st last.When interviewed by Gardai, it was discovered he had passed a further six of the bogus notes at the Station House Hotel.Three of the notes were used to pay for a room and a further three were used to buy food and drink.The court heard that Murphy of Ballindarragh Road, Market Hill, Armagh, had paid £70 sterling for €160 in fake euro notes.Judge Paul Kelly remarked “He didn’t get a great exchange rate on them.”Murphy solicitor Kieran Dillon said there had been a 21st birthday party on and he had no money and stupidly bought the fake notes so he could attend.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said the notes were made outside the jurisdiction and were of a good quality.Judge Paul Kelly fined Murphy €400 on one of the charges of passing a forged note and struck out the other three charges. MAN CAUGHT PASSING FAKE €20 NOTES IN HOTEL AND NIGHTCLUB was last modified: May 25th, 2015 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:donegalfak notesGardailetterkennyRyan MurphyStation House HotelVoodoo NIghtlcublast_img read more

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Met Eireann issue weekend wind warning for Donegal

first_imgMet Eireann has issued a weather alert for Donegal.The status yellow wind warning will be in place from today (Sat) at 9am until Sunday at 3am.It reads: “South to southwest winds will reach mean speeds between 50 and 65 km/h at times, with gusts between 90 and 100km/h. Winds will be strongest along coasts.” One year after Storm Emma hit Ireland, this weekend is set to be cold, windy and rainy.Two other counties, Galway and Mayo have also been issued with the wind warning.Tomorrow will be a windy day all across the country.Met Eireann issue weekend wind warning for Donegal was last modified: March 2nd, 2019 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:donegalMet EireannWarningwindlast_img read more

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Kevon Looney sheds light on whether he’ll have a future with Warriors

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – For a player that prides himself on preparing for every role, it appears Kevon Looney has already mapped out his free-agency future.The Warriors will like Looney’s initial plan when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.“Everybody wants to get paid, but I would love to stay with this team and this franchise,” Looney said. “It’s a great …last_img read more

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You & your rights

first_imgWhat are your rights? Have they been violated? What can you do if they have? Our directory covers human rights, gender, language, the workplace, rights of landlords and tenants, as well as your rights as they relate to the police and the government. The Flame of Democracy burning outside of the Constitutional Court at Constitution Hill. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)HUMAN RIGHTSSA Human Rights CommissionThe Commission can give you information or training on human rights and can help you if you think that any of your rights, as defined in the Bill of Rights, has been violated.It also has a specific responsibility to promote and monitor the implementation of Public Access to Information Act (PAIA).The Commission’s website has a facility for filing human rights complaints online.Website: www.sahrc.org.zaEmail: sahrcinfo@sahrc.org.zaHead office, Gauteng: Tel 011 484 8300Read more: The SA Human Rights CommissionAids Legal Network SAA non-governmental organisation based in Cape Town, the Aids Legal Network aims to address discriminatory practices and attitudes to HIV/Aids. It works to promote “legal literacy” and will respond to violations of human rights.Website: www.aln.org.zaLegal aid desk: lad@aln.org.zaGENDER RIGHTSCommission on Gender EqualityIf you have been unfairly treated because of your gender, you can complain to the Commission. Their website has a facility for filing complaints online.Website: www.cge.org.zaEmail: cgeinfo@cge.org.zaTel: (011) 403 7182Read more: Commission on Gender EqualityLANGUAGE RIGHTSPan South African Language BoardEvery South African has the right to use the language of his or her choice, provided this is consistent with the rights of others. To find out more about your language rights, or to complain if they are violated, contact the Board.Website: www.pansalb.org.zaEmail: communication@pansalb.org.zaTel: (012) 341 9638/9551Read more: Pan South African Language BoardWORKPLACE RIGHTSCouncil for Conciliation, Mediation and ArbitrationAn independent, statutory dispute resolution body. Labour disputes, such as unfair dismissals, can be referred to the CCMA. But not all labour disputes – check under “general CCMA information” on the website. The site also carries excellent information on labour rights and codes of good practice in terms of the Labour Relations Act.Website: www.ccma.org.zaEmail: info@ccma.org.zaCCMA call centre: 0861 16 16 16Read more: You & your domestic/ ‘madam’, Employment Equity FAQ, Employing the disabled: guidelines, HIV/Aids in the workplace, Getting help for workplace injuriesThe SA Labour GuideGuidelines for employers and employees, labour law, dispute resolution, advice, assistance and more.Website: www.labourguide.co.zaLANDLORD AND TENANT RIGHTSRental Housing TribunalsThe government has established Rental Housing Tribunals in each province to deal with all types of illegal or unfair practice relating to the landlord/tenant relationship. The Tribunals are courts, with powers similar to those of magistrate’s courts.Tel: 086 010 6166Read more: Consumer help: estate and rental agentsTHE POLICE AND YOUR RIGHTSIndependent Police Investigative DirectorateIf you believe your rights have been violated by a member of the SA Police Service, contact the IPID. You may lodge a complaint online via their website.Website: www.ipid.gov.zaTel: 012 399 0000GOVERNMENT AND YOUR RIGHTSThe Public ProtectorThe Public Protector investigates serious complaints against government departments and organisations, including provincial or local authorities, state-owned companies, and any person that performs a public function. The Public Protector’s brief includes investigating improper dealings with public money.Website: www.publicprotector.orgEmail: customerservice@pprotect.orgToll-free: 0800 11 20 40Customer service line: 012 366 7143Read more: South Africa’s Public ProtectorPublic Service Accountability MonitorThe PSAM tracks cases of public sector corruption and maladministration in the Eastern Cape, following up these cases in an objective, politically non-partisan fashion. The PSAM website contains regular updates on these cases and includes audio interviews with officials.Website: www.psam.org.zaSAinfo reporterReviewed: February 2014Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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“We must to learn to live together” – Mapisa-Nqakula

first_img“We dare not let the actions of a few define us as a nation,” writes Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula of the recent attacks on foreign nationals. “What was intended to pull our nation down must be used to strengthen our resolve to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society which respects human dignity and rights of all people.” A still from the music video for United We Stand by Salif Keita and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, a song calling for peace and unity in Africa. (Image: YouTube)Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaWe live in a globally connected world where local actions can reverberate across the globe. No country is an island and we are all interconnected in more ways than one. Therefore, since 1994, South Africa has actively sought to strengthen partnerships and ties with countries in Africa.These partnerships have a profound effect on our daily lives often without us even thinking about it. When you turn on the tap to draw a bath, chances are that you are using water from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Much of our electricity is also sourced from the Cahora Bassa Dam in Mozambique. This demonstrates our interdependencies as Africans for our countries to succeed and develop.The shameful attacks on foreign nationals that sought to plunge our country into anarchy took place far away from Lesotho and Mozambique, yet they reverberated in those nations and far beyond.It is precisely for this reason that we dare not let the actions of a few define us as a nation. What was intended to pull our nation down must be used to strengthen our resolve to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society which respects human dignity and rights of all people.We have proved as a nation that we are resilient and our defeat of the apartheid system shows that. Today South Africa is counted among the most diverse and enchanting countries in the world. The past few weeks have shown that the overwhelming majority of South Africans stand for peace, the rule of law and fundamental rights, in contrast to the few who are bent on perpetuating acts of violence.This week we have begun the healing process and are working to restore harmony within our communities. President Jacob Zuma has also convened stakeholders to discuss migration.South Africa will next month join the rest of the continent in celebrating Africa Month. In the spirit of Africa Month let us take hands with our fellow Africans in South Africa and elsewhere on the continent to encourage greater social cohesion, nation building and African unity.Our destiny is intrinsically linked to that of the rest of the Africa. We are already working with a number of African countries to grow business, trade and investment.In the energy sector we access gas from neighbouring countries which is used in local industries and households, and sustains thousands of jobs. We are also a major importer of crude oil from African counties.The Great Inga Hydropower Scheme in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will produce electricity for a number of countries within the SADC region including South Africa.Our long-standing relationship with neighbouring countries allows us to procure electricity and water required for our power stations. These relationships have enabled us to electrify more than 6 million new households since 1994.In light of above, the government appeals to all South Africans to remember that united we stand and can achieve so much more; we are all Africans. Furthermore, we are aware of concerns raised by citizens about illegal migrants and their alleged take-over of local businesses. President Zuma has mandated a high-level government team to address the matter.The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster together with the Ministers of Social Development, Trade and Industry and Small Business Development will engage affected communities, organisations representing foreigners, business and non-governmental organisations to attend to their concerns.Moreover, measures are being put in place to better regulate immigration into South Africa and a Border Management Agency has been established to manage all ports of entry.We have also transferred 350 members of the SANDF to the Department of Home Affairs to boost the capacity of immigration officers at our border posts. Our military personnel have been deployed along the border in seven provinces to prevent border crime and illegal border crossings.This week the President himself has met with stakeholders to discuss the country’s migration policy and how various sectors can work with government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and foreigners.The President intends to build a lasting partnership with stakeholders in the country to better manage migration and ensure that the shameful attacks on foreigners do not ever again occur and attempt to destroy our hard-won gain as a country.We must never allow perceptions to become our reality. Many foreigners have legal status and abide by the country’s laws. They contribute meaningfully to the economy and the development of our country.Throughout the liberation struggle, our fellow African brothers and sisters took a stand and supported our fight against apartheid. They provide much-needed shelter to our leaders and activists. Their support played an important role in our attainment of freedom we enjoy today. Their help will remain forever etched in our memories.Moreover, the criminal actions by a handful of perpetrators are in no way a reflection of the true state of relations between foreigners living and working within our communities.To render these criminal elements powerless, we must collectively address misconceptions and stereotypes about foreign nationals or other cultural groups to ensure that such incidents don’t happen again.The government cannot do it alone and needs all sectors of our society. Let us all use our various platforms to address stereotypes about foreigners and educate South Africans about the need to co-exist and live in harmony with our fellow brothers and sisters from other countries.last_img read more

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