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Ebola Fund Audit Report Expected in Senate Today

first_imgThe General Auditing Commission (GAC) is expected to present the final audit report on the Ebola Trust Fund to the Liberian Senate today. Prior to its Easter break, the plenary of the Senate requested the GAC to make a report on the Ebola Trust Fund.But in a communication dated March 30, 2015, the GAC through its Director General requested the Senate to extend the deadline for the submission of the final audit report on the Ebola Trust Fund to Monday, April 6, 2015, instead of the March 30, 2015, deadline.According to that communication, the GAC was expected to analyze the responses during the extension period and complete the audit process accordingly.The GAC further explained that the final exit conference with the Incident Management System (IMS), and its implementing partners was set for Friday, April 3, 2015; and that the AG’s final report would have been presented to the National Legislature on Monday, April 6, 2015.The communication, signed by the Deputy AG for Administration, Foday S. Kiazolu, informed the lawmakers that any additional response emanating from the IMS and IPs (Implementing Partners) after the exit conference would not be accepted by the GAC.  “Accordingly, the GAC will direct them to submit their responses to the National Legislature.”The GAC’s April 6, 2015, deadline for the final audit report, however, coincided with the Senators’ Easter break, which ended yesterday. They are expected to return to the Capitol today to resume normal sittings.It may be recalled that last September during the height of the Ebola epidemic, Grand Bassa County Senator, Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, wrote a letter requesting a mandate from plenary of the Senate to have all Ebola activities audited by the GAC.Senator Lawrence’s request was granted and approved by plenary and a letter was sent to the GAC from the leadership of the Senate mandating it to audit all Ebola activities funded by the government and through the government.But having waited for well over six months, the Grand Bassa lawmaker again last week raised the red flag, reminding the plenary that the GAC needs to comply with the Senate’s request to conduct the audit; and requested an additional mandate from plenary to have the GAC go and brief plenary on the status of the audit report.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Getting set to play for her dream

first_imgBut she can’t help thinking about what it would be like to play in the NCAA Tournament. “I know I shouldn’t think about it,” Waddell said. “Trust me, I try not to. But playing in the tournament would be so exciting that you really can’t help it. I’d like to play in it so bad.” With their recent success, Big West opponents have spent countless hours trying to prepare for the Highlanders. That preparation likely involves discussions about Waddell, who has equipped herself nicely in her first season. She earned a spot on the conference’s all-freshman team by serving as a shot of adrenaline off the bench. Despite starting just six of UCR’s 28 games, Waddell is fourth on the team in scoring with 7.8 points per game. She has been especially effective down the stretch, scoring in double-figures in seven of UCR’s final eight games – with a career-high 19 coming against UC Davis this past Saturday. She is the Highlanders’ leader in 3-pointers made with 48. “I’m finally starting to feel comfortable,” she said. “It took me a while to get adjusted to playing at this level. I had heard that there was a big jump between high school and college, but I didn’t really think it was going to be that much of a difference. “It was definitely different though, and it took me a while to get comfortable.” The comfort in choosing UCR was validated with its run last March, when Waddell watched the Highlanders ascend from a No. 5 seed in the Big West to the NCAA Tournament. “I really liked the girls on the team, but when I saw the team making it to the tourney last year, I knew I had made the right choice,” Waddell said. “Hopefully we can go back against next week.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The odds of that happening seem to be in Waddell’s favor. The Highlanders enter today’s game coming off their first Division I conference title in school history, winning the Big West and earning the bye to the semifinals with a 12-2 conference record (19-9 overall). UC Riverside also has tournament experience, winning the Big West Tournament a year ago to earn the conference’s automatic bid. The Highlanders, a No. 16 seed, proceeded to lose to top-seeded North Carolina 75-51 in the first round of the Midwest Regional, but that didn’t tarnish the memories of Waddell’s teammates. “All of my teammates talk about how cool it was to be there,” Waddell said. “They all tell me that it was a great experience and it’s something that I want to be a part of. Hopefully we can do a little better if we go this time.” To go to the “Big Dance”, the Highlanders likely will have to follow up their regular-season title with a conference tournament title. To do that, Waddell will have to face two teams that have UCR in their crosshairs. “Every time we play a conference game we get the best that teams have to offer,” Waddell said. “There certainly isn’t a break or a game that we can take lightly because everyone wants to beat us. Because of what we did last year and how we played this year, everyone is targeting us.” center_img RIVERSIDE – UCR freshman guard Brittany Waddell knows that she shouldn’t look past the next game, even if it’s a split-second daydream. As the top-seeded Highlanders get set to play No. 6 Long Beach State in the Big West Tournament semifinals at noon today at the Anaheim Convention Center, Waddell, a Hesperia graduate, tries to stay completely focused on the task at hand. last_img read more


Sierra Club BC launches judicial review against Site C’s removal of amphibians

first_img“The Minister is not entitled to jettison the rule of law and facilitate the commission of offences under his enabling statute when the proper administration of that statute becomes inconvenient.Encouraging the commission of offences under the Wildlife Act by issuing illegitimate exemptions from prosecutions is, from the perspective of the rule of law, much more problematic than passing legislation to allow Site C to evade ordinary financial scrutiny by the BC Utilities Commission.”According the the application BC Hydro had prepared, several amphibian species were subject to removal from the area, including the Western Toad. The Western Toad is “provincially Blue-listed and designated as a species of special concern under the federal Species at Risk Act.” A Joint Review Panel Board report on Site C apparently found that the project would have harsh consequences on the Western Toad and the habitat that they live on in the wetlands.BC Sierra Club Executive Director, Bob Perat says that the BC government should have done the impacts assessment that was recommended.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Sierra Club of BC and Josette Wier, an environmentalist, have filed a petition for judicial review in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against the Province of British Columbia.The petition, which was filed yesterday, states the group is looking for a declaration that the Province of British Columbia gave BC Hydro unauthorized permission to remove amphibians along the Peace River during construction of the Site C dam. The group states that the Province lacked the legislative authority to give BC Hydro.According to a post on the Sierra club website, they state that:“As part of the civil works for the Site C project, BC Hydro had applied for a permit under the Wildlife Act from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to remove amphibian species from a part of the Peace River that was going to be dewatered for dike construction.  Removing wildlife from its habitat without a permit is an offence under ss. 29, 33 and 37 of the Wildlife Act punishable by imprisonment and fines.”- Advertisement -They also go on to say that ministry emails allegedly show that officials “deliberately and knowingly” ignored the permit process, and gave BC Hydro an “exemption from prosecution” as a way to avoid any delays in the construction process of the dam.Lawyer Jason Gratl, representing the petitioners says that the law can’t be broken, just because of an inconvenience.Advertisement “Damage to any species, especially a species at risk, has grave implications for the ecological integrity of the Peace valley, given the onslaught of oil, gas and hydro projects in the region.At the very least, the BC government should have done a cumulative impacts assessment, as the Joint Review Panel recommended. Unfortunately, the unlawful permits for amphibian removal are only the latest in a series of attempts to evade due process on Site C by the BC Government.”The Province has 21 days to respond to the claims, according to the petition.last_img read more



first_imgAre you up for the challenge?Capture the Flag, LYIT’s computer security event, takes place this Saturday 20 February at the Letterkenny campus.Students and industry leaders will be given access to a purpose-built attack server and will be given a series of 30 security challenges and problems to work through, with each challenge building on the previous. Solving computer problems and assessing vulnerabilities present in the attack servers is the aim of the game.The Capture the Flag event sets real life challenges for students and allows students to apply their academic knowledge.William Farrelly, Lecturer, and event organiser, added, “This event, now in its third year, allows students to put into practice techniques learned on their computing courses.Year-on-year, the LYIT Ethical Hacking Society have played a fundamental role in organising this event, and the employment success rates of previous graduates is a ringing endorsement of the value of events, such as this one.” Chris Williams, President, LYIT Ethical Hacking Society, commented “As students, events such as Capture the Flag, give us the practical experience necessary to ready us for the workforce. We are delighted to be organising this event with our mentors and encourage anyone interested in participating to contact us.”Anyone interested in taking part in LYIT Capture the Flag 2016, please contact Chris on or, William on william.farrelly@lyit.ieDO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE THE FLAG AT LYIT? was last modified: February 19th, 2016 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:Capture the FlagdonegalLYITlast_img read more


Initiative will appear on June 6 ballot

first_img“If I had the power to put a `No on 82′ sticker on everyone’s car, I would,” said Sherrie White, director of the East Whittier United Methodist Church Children’s Center. She believes the initiative would force some smaller secular private preschools to close, since they would not be able to compete with the free program. “I just think we’re going to lose some good, quality schools,” White added. Even if faith-based programs like hers were to apply for Proposition 82 funds, which she said was highly doubtful, they would have to cut all religious instruction from their preschool programs. When she brought the proposition’s details to the attention of the church’s board of directors, “the blood drained out of their faces,” White said. But one provision in the ballot measure that White does like requires that all preschool teachers have a bachelor’s degree. The measure also calls for those teachers to acquire an “early learning teaching credential,” the standards for which have yet to be developed by state education officials. Currently, only about 30 percent of preschool teachers have a college degree. Judy Smith, program director for Santa Fe Springs’ Child Development Center, a preschool program, said the increased standards for teachers and a standardized curriculum for preschools are positives. “Teachers would have 10years to get their bachelor’s degrees,” Smith said. “This will provide funding for teacher education. When kids are in good, enriching environments, they’ll do well in school.” White believes that, despite the potential impact on some existing preschools, parents who want their children taught in a faith-based program will still be willing to pay for it. The Child Development Center in Santa Fe Springs, which receives funding from the state and the city, requires parents to donate three hours a month helping out in classrooms. That helps offset some of the costs, Smith said. But some parents of preschoolers welcome the idea of free programs and schools that would not require busy parents to volunteer in classrooms. Both Vanessa Preciado, 20, and Griselda Valdez, 43, whose children attend the Child Development Center, said they would gladly switch to a preschool that did not require parent participation – especially if it was free. Vilma Medina, a child development specialist with the state-funded Plaza De La Raza preschool program, said families who earn too much to qualify for government programs but not enough to afford private preschool would benefit most from Proposition 82. “The state income guidelines for our program are basically very low, and only families that make almost minimum wage qualify,” Medina said. “But I think this initiative is beneficial because it’s preschool for all children.” While some critics have argued that the measure would cause the rich to flee the state, Nathan James, spokesman for the “Yes on 82” committee, disputed that. He noted that the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce was one of the first to endorse the bill. “It’s a great investment in the future economy of the state,” James said. “Businesses aren’t fleeing because of taxes, but rather because they don’t have skilled, educated workers to fill the jobs of the future.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – It would create what essentially would be a whole new elementary school grade level, complete with its own curriculum and standards where there are none now. It would also require that teachers attain a special new credential, the standards for which also do not currently exist. If California voters pass Proposition 82, the Preschool For All initiative on the June 6 ballot, young children will not be the only ones to feel its impacts. The ambitious initiative aims to make free preschool available for all 4-year-olds in California by 2010. Conceivably, all children born by June 6 of this year would be eligible to receive a minium of three hours a day in a preschool program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTo raise about $2.4 billion annually to fund the program, the state’s richest residents would be hit with a 1.7percent tax increase. But the proposal also would impact preschool teachers, who would be required to have a four-year college degree; parents who earn too much to qualify for state or federally funded programs; and existing day-care facilities linked to religious institutions, which could find themselves competing against the new program for students. Supporters, including the California Teachers Association and the California Police Chiefs Association, say the investment in preschoolers will eventually pay off in real dollar returns. Children who attend preschool typically are higher academic achievers later in their school careers, and are more likely to stay away from crime, drugs and gangs, which cost taxpayers millions of dollars a year, proponents argue. But critics believe the money generated by Proposition 82 could be better used to boost the existing public K-12 system, rather than to increase preschool attendance by just a few percentage points. last_img

Picture Special: St. Eunan’s Cúl Camp a big hit!

first_imgSt. Eunan’s hosted a very successful Cúl Camp last week, where children between the ages of 6 and 13 got the chance to try their hand at gaelic football, hurling and camogie. Kellogg’s Cúl Camps focus on skill acquisition, learning, friendships, well-being, and promoting school and club links. All children who participate get a full kit of gear and a schoolbag.The promotion of gaelic games is the main goal of the camp. It looks like the St. Eunan’s kids enjoyed their GAA adventure!     Picture Special: St. Eunan’s Cúl Camp a big hit! was last modified: August 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Cul CampGAASt Eunanslast_img read more


‘Do not rule Germany out of this World Cup’, warns Sam Allardyce

first_imgGOAALLL!!!! A late, late winner for Germany as Toni Kroos bends in a brilliant free-kick!#GER #SWE #GERSWE #WorldCup— ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 23, 2018And Big Sam believes they will up their game now to avoid ‘further embarrassment’.“I think Germany grow into it,” Allardyce said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’ve had a massive shock in these first two games and I think they’ll stand up and get ready to be counted now.“They won’t want to embarrass themselves any more than they have already done – they have been getting plenty of criticism from everybody back home.“The manager is so experienced, he’ll pull the reins in and I would have thought he’d sit them down and tell them the truth, that this is just not good enough for a German side.“He’s been there for many years, he must be one of the longest serving international managers, and he’ll tell them they must improve and do better and live up to their standards an getty 2 Tony Kroos’ late winner against Sweden kept Germany’s World Cup hopes alive After opening their title defence with a defeat to Mexico, Joachim Low’s side faced a possible early elimination when they took on Sweden in their second Group F game on Saturday.And it appeared the defending champions could be set for a stunning group stage exit when Sweden took a surprise first-half lead in Sochi.But Ola Toivonen’s smart lob seemed to kick the German’s back in gear – with Marco Reus equalising before the break, before a stoppage-time strike from Toni Kroos sealed a 2-1 victory.The Real Madrid midfielder’s last-gasp goal kept Germany hopes alive of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. Former England manager Sam Allardyce has warned people not to rule out Germany as World Cup challengers after their shocking start in Russia. Germany have been uncharacteristically poor so far in Russia, but Big Sam expects that to change d reputation.“I’d be concerned that they will go further and they have the experience to go further if they all come together.“It’s been a massive shock for them and let’s face it, they’ve used about ten get out of jail free cards already.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 2last_img read more



first_imgA mother and daughter escaped serious injury after their family chip-van was hit with a bullet on Saturday evening.A pellet gun is believed to have been used in the attack.The well-known chip-van located at Newmills, Letterkenny was shot at just before 7.30pm on Saturday night.The van is operated by local couple Sabrina and David Mackey who also live locally. It is understood that Ms Mackey and her young daughter were working in the van at the time of the attack.Letterkenny Town councillor Tom Crossan has slammed the incident.He told Donegal Daily “This is absolutely scandalous and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything to contact Gardai.“If anyone knows this chip-van, there is quite a large hatch at the front. “If this bullet have had went into that hatch and hit one of these people, then there could have been very serious consequences.”The incident has been reported to Gardai who have carried out an examination of the scene.It is understood that the gun used to fire the bullet may have been a high-powered pellet gun.  MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TARGETED IN GUN ATTACK ON CHIP-VAN was last modified: December 9th, 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:chip-vanCllr Tom CrossanNEWMILLSpellet gunlast_img read more


‘Polar low’ to bring freezing temperatures and some snow from tomorrow

first_imgDonegal is set to experience its first real major cold snap of the winter as Met Eireann forecasts the arrival of a ‘polar low.’The weather front will bring a sharp drop in temperatures tomorrow, with snow and ice also forecast for parts of the country.Donegal may escape a lot of rain forecast for parts of the country but as it clears during the day, temperatures will plunge to just five or six degrees. On Wednesday night, things will continue to get colder, with Met Eireann predicting that temperatures will touch freezing in parts of the country.After that, an area of low pressure, known as a ‘polar low’ will approach the north of the country.It will bring with it showers, which will be heavy and which will fall as snow on higher ground.Thursday is also set to be cold, with more wintry showers expected on higher ground. Thursday night is forecast to be even colder, with minus temperatures leading to ice on untreated surfaces.‘Polar low’ to bring freezing temperatures and some snow from tomorrow was last modified: November 23rd, 2017 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:donegalforecastMet EireannPolar Lowsnowlast_img read more


Brentford v Ipswich: match preview, team news, facts and figures

first_imgLasse Vibe scored twice in Brentford’s 3-1 win at Ipswich in AprilKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 13 August 2016Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)Vital statistic: Brentford have conceded at least two goals in their last three home matches against Ipswich in all competitions.Injuries and suspensionsBRENTFORDRuled out: Alan Judge (broken leg), Alan McCormack (heel), Andreas Bjelland (muscular), Lasse Vibe (international duty).IPSWICH TOWNRuled out: Brett Pitman (thigh), Luke Hyam (knee), Giles Coke (knee). Possible line-upsBrentford: Bentley; Clarke, Egan, Dean, Elder; Yennaris, Woods; Saunders, Sawyers, Macleod; Hogan.Subs from: Bonham, Colin, Holldack, Barbet, Field, Clayton, McEachran, Ledesma, Cole, Kerschbaumer, Hofmann, Shaibu.Ipswich: Bialkowski; Chambers, Webster, Berra, Knudsen; Ward, Skuse, Bru, Sears; Murphy, McGoldrick.Subs from: Gerken, Smith, Digby, Malarczyk, Emmanuel, Kenlock, Bishop, Douglas, Dozzell. Facts and figuresFORM GUIDE (last five league matches)Brentford: L W W L W (9 points) • Home: W W D W L (10 points)Ipswich: W W W D D (11 points) • Away: W D D D L (6 points)TOP SCORERS (league only)Ipswich: 3: Ward; 1: McGoldrick.Brentford: 1: Yennaris.LAST FIVE MEETINGS9 Apr 2016: Ipswich 1 Brentford 38 Aug 2015: Brentford 2 Ipswich 27 Mar 2015: Ipswich 1 Brentford 126 Dec 2014: Brentford 2 Ipswich 423 Aug 2004: Ipswich 2 Brentford 0Brentford 1 win, Ipswich 2 wins, 2 drawsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more