‘Ellen Institutionalizes Corruption’

first_imgA stalwart of the ruling Unity Party, Representative J. Gabriel Nyenkan has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of “embracing and institutionalizing corruption at the highest degree at the detriment of the poor Liberians.”At a news conference Thursday, September 18, in Monrovia, the Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that the UP-led government has totally lost the fight against corruption and all that is witnessed today are “issues of the past, corruption and nepotism, the same situations President Sirleaf spoke against during William R. Tolbert era.”“All the institutions established by government to fight corruption — Liberian Anti-corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) are all cosmetic,” he added.Rep. Nyeankan claimed that the President has established a family and friendship club of people from the Diasporas, who are currently feeding on the national resources like “leashes at the expense of the foot soldiers that sacrifice their blood and labour for Madam Sirleaf.”“I regret today for ever joining the party, and I say sorry to our counties’ chairpersons, who are being neglected by Madam Sirleaf. The President has no intension of fighting corruption and the second term of her government does not have any input from the party any longer. I will officially turn in my resignation from the party because I see the party as an empty vehicle. President Sirleaf has lost the war against corruption totally just as the government is losing the fight against Ebola.”The Montserrado County lawmaker further said that there is no trust in the presidency anymore and all he and others get from the Executive Mansion are “untrue and unrealistic speeches.”The UP secretary general, Mr. Wilmot Paye told this paper that the party has received no official communication from Rep. Nyenkan and added: “This comes as a surprise to us.”When contacted, President Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah, declined to comment, stressing; “I have not listened to the statement so I can’t respond appropriately.”Relative to containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, the lawmaker also pointed out that “President Sirleaf has squandered money intended for the fight.”“Why will the government give money to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs for Ebola fight? Does the Ministry of State run a hospital where Ebola cases are referred to for treatment?” he wonders.He recommended that to halt the further spread of the virus, among other appropriate measures should be allowing medical experts and health workers (not politicians & lawyers) to take the lead in the fight while the rest work to provide supportive services as advised and requested by the health experts.Nyenkan: “Consistent with Article 72 of the Constitution, let each government official beginning with us at the Legislature waive this September salaries and allowances to help pay health workers who are abandoning the fight and protesting for their salaries.“As a way of motivating our health workers, let us quickly insure and give each of them US$1,000 as stipend for being in harm’s way and continue to provide for siblings orphaned by the death of bread winners.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nothing sinister in new NGSA format – CEO claims

first_imgChief Education Officer (CEO), of the Education Ministry Olato Sam said there is “nothing sinister” in theChief Education Officer Olato SamMinistry’s move to change the format of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations to include a requirement for the students to write their names on the examination paper.Since publicly announcing the new requirement, the Ministry and Government have come in for censure from certain sections of the public. Opposition member and former Minister of Education Priya Manickchand have blasted government over “not being able to explain the value of such a move.”Speaking with the media on Friday however, Sam restated that, “there is absolutely nothing sinister or secretive” about the process, and further, the officers of the Ministry of Education are professionals that “do not get themselves involved in sinister and secretive processes.”The CEO explained that in changing the format, the Ministry consulted the premier assessment entity in the region, (which is the Caribbean Examinations Council). He also said the Ministry adopted the new format and measures because “they are more efficient and will be more effective in preserving the integrity of our assessment in Guyana and that is our primary concern.”“It is not my place to get involved in any of the other things, but I can assure all of the public that our assessment process is going to be conducted with the standards and the expectations that are not just local, but are regional,” Sam stated.“We have certainly ensured that all of the expectations that are actually enshrined in the assessment processes that have international standards are now being brought to bear on the local process,” he added.According to Sam, the Ministry is currently crafting a broad-based response to public concerns raised over the new format for the examination. This is in addition to a press release that the Ministry would have already sent out outlining clearly, that the new requirements are administrative functions that will in no way affect the marking process of the examinations.Manickchand had again lashed out at Government over the “real” changes made to the format of the NGSA, noting that it could lead to subjectivity.The NGSA, expected to be written by more than 14,000 students across the country in a matter of two weeks, now requires students to inscribe their names on the examination paper along with their identification/registration numbers.Manickchand suggested that the move to change the format and layout of the exam from the way it has been done for decades, could be an attempt at victimisation. But that is just a suggestion and the former Education Minister said she hopes Government through the Education Ministry could show reason for its sudden decision to ask students to now write their names on their examination papers.Manickchand said this new development could cause much more trouble than in any way help, and her Party is still seeking to figure out in what way the change could help. She said the Ministry has not been forthcoming with information regarding this.A number of parents, she noted, have contacted her with concerns over the changes. That had prompted her to make contact with officials at the Ministry, including Chief Education Officer Olato Sam and the officer responsible for primary education.According to Manickchand, although she had a detailed response, she still could not fathom the reason for children’s names being written on their exam paper.She said it is always hard to keep integrity of examinations intact. This new development, she said, will most definitely shake the integrity of the examination, which took “many years building up”.last_img read more

Taylor Flats 200 kicks off tomorrow morning at Peace Island Park

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 4th Annual Taylor Flats 200 will see 24 jet boats racing along the Peace and Pine Rivers this weekend. The Peace Country River Rats are hosting the race on Saturday and Sunday, with races starting at 9:00 a.m. The boats will be start by zooming up the Pine River from Peace Island Park to Happy Hour Corner and back. At 2:00 p.m., the boats will hit the 5.5 mile circuit on the Peace River near Taylor.There will be five classes of boats entered in the race. The River Rats’ Trapper Wolsey says that anyone with a boat can watch the races from the banks of either river, while anyone that doesn’t have a watercraft of their own can catch all the action from the bleachers at Peace Island Park. – Advertisement -The River Rats are kicking off the event with a show’n’shine on this afternoon at the North Peace Leisure Pool parking lot from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.last_img read more

Huskies fall to Navigators Sunday, drop to 3rd in NWHL standings

first_imgPEACE RIVER, A.B. — The Fort St. John Huskies didn’t finish the 2017 calendar year the way they wanted after playing a pair of games in Peace River against the North Peace Navigators.After falling to the Navs 5-2 on Saturday, the Pups were looking to keep their hold on first place in the NWJHL standings during Sunday’s rematch. After Thomas Webster took a boarding penalty for the Huskies just 3:30 into the first, the Navs’ Chase Hendrickson put his team up 1-0 just 15 seconds later on the powerplay. Penalties would prove costly for the Huskies once again in the opening frame, as Henrickson scored another powerplay marker to make it 2-0 after twenty minutes.In the second, Sebastian Powsey took a pass from Josh Robinson and Jared Loewen to cut the Navigators’ lead to 2-1 just 2:34 in. Fort St. John outshot North Peace 11-5 in the second frame but the team wasn’t able to tie things up. Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Navs’ defence would hold off any more scoring attempts in the third, as the score stayed 2-1 until the final buzzer.- Advertisement -With the loss, the Huskies now sit in 3rd place in the NWJHL standings with 34 points, just one point behind both the Navigators and the Dawson Creek Jr. Canucks. The Pups will play their first game of the 2018 calendar year on January 5th, when they host the Grande Prairie County JDA Kings at the North Peace Arena at 8:00 p.m.last_img read more

Cold snap to hit Southland

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A “very rare and cold” September storm is headed for the Southland, the National Weather Service reported today. The NWS says a computer model indicates that an “unseasonably strong and cold storm system” is developing in the Western United States and probably will affect the Southland later this week. The storm is expected to form in British Columbia later today, then trek south through the Pacific Northwest, reaching Northern California tomorrow evening and Southern California by Thursday, the NWS reported. According to the NWS, the storm will be preceded by a deep marine layer that likely will create widespread drizzle both tomorrow morning and Thursday morning. Measurable light rain is possible during the late night and morning hours, especially in the foothill areas of the county. Temperatures everywhere will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal tomorrow, with additional cooling likely on Thursday. The storm is expected to move out of the area late Friday night and early Saturday. Affected areas will include the Antelope Valley, Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County coast, including downtown Los Angeles, and the mountains and valleys of Los Angeles County.last_img read more

Online retailers try to lure the store-fatigued with incentives

first_imgNEW YORK – After a long weekend of battling maddening crowds at the malls, the last thing most people want to do is return to the stores after work to do more shopping. To make it easier for the bruised, battered and otherwise shopped-out, retailers kicked off the official start to the online season, dubbed “Cyber Monday,” with lots of come-ons to keep the cash registers ringing even as consumers return to work. With an overall holiday season expected to be the weakest since 2002, and the number of new online customers leveling off, Web retailers are dangling even more incentives to keep them buying online, including fat discounts and free shipping without minimums. On Monday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched five days of specials available only at Walmart.com. The 150 online specials this week is triple the number that was offered a year ago and include $60 quartz cocktail rings and $1,198 Samsung 40-inch LCD HDTVs. Toys “R” Us Inc. held a one-day online sale, and rival eToys.com launched a two-day sale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“More and more retailers are using Cyber Monday as a promotional event,” said Andrew Lipsman, senior analyst at comScore Networks Inc., an Internet research firm. Target Corp., Circuit City Stores Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Crate & Barrel, the Discovery Store and Overstock.com Inc. were among dozens of retailers offering free shipping Monday. The incentives seemed to work, with many sites reporting surges in traffic that at least met expectations. Ice.com, an online jewelry site that offered 20-percent-off coupons, reported that traffic soared more than 70 percent and sales were up 82 percent as of Monday afternoon. Ice’s CEO, Shmuel Gniwisch, had projected a 65 percent gain in business. Ebags.com, which offered a 20 percent discount on merchandise Monday, reported an almost 49 percent increase in sales compared with a year ago, beating expectations for 20percent growth. Raul Vazquez, CEO of Walmart.com, expected 7 million visits to the site Monday, up from more than 5.5 million a year ago. As of mid-afternoon, plenty of items had already sold out, including $448 1-carat diamond earrings, $38 toy workbenches from Step2 and $10 Thomas the Tank Engine toys. There were some snags. The heavy traffic overwhelmed an e-commerce service offered by Yahoo Inc., preventing consumers from completing purchases at thousands of Web sites Monday. The outages began late in the morning on the East Coast and continued for at least four more hours, Yahoo spokeswoman Kristen Wareham said. The problems affected more than half of the roughly 40,000 sites that subscribe to Yahoo’s “merchant solutions” service, which costs $39.95 a month plus a 1.5percent sales commission. Although the first Monday after Thanksgiving kicks off the online holiday shopping season, it’s not the busiest day for retailers, according to comScore. Last year, the busiest online shopping day was Wednesday, Dec. 13, generating $667 million in sales. The Monday after Thanksgiving was actually the 12th busiest day in terms of sales for the 2006 holiday season. Still, Ellen Davis, a spokeswoman for The National Retail Federation, which coined the term Cyber Monday, noted that even though more than half of U.S. homes now have high-speed Internet access, a growing number of office workers feel more comfortable shopping online at work. This year, according to a survey conducted for Shop.org, the online arm of the National Retail Foundation, 54.5 percent of office workers with Internet access, or 68.5million people, are expected to shop for holiday gifts from work, up substantially from 50.7 percent in 2006 and 44.7 percent in 2005.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

After drought, ski resort operators pray for snow

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champFresh powder would fall on more than a foot of man-made snow. New runs would open near summits. And hordeshoards of snow buffs would hit the slopes. At least that was the hope.“It’s the talk of the town, especially in our industry,” said John McColly, director of marketing for Wrightwood Mountain High in the San Gabriel Mountains northeast of Los Angeles.“All the retailers, they love it. And for consumers, natural snow … who doesn’t like powder?”Last year, there wasn’t much to like.On the flats, Los Angeles experienced its driest year on record, with 3.21 inches of rain. At Wrightwood, that translated to just 29 inches of snow – or 120 inches below normal at the 7,000-foot resort. It also meant a 10 percent decrease in attendance, from the typical 500,000 to about 450,000 visitors.At Mount Waterman, that meant a trace 8 inches – and never opening.Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, the downhill mecca in the Sierra Nevada for a million visitors a year, got just over half its normal 400-inch allotment.Up at Bear Mountain and nearby Snow Summit in Big Bear, operators purchased $6 million in snow-making equipment to ensure the runs were white. This year, the co-owned resorts bought $600,000 more.“It wasn’t the best year,” McColly said. “In February, it heated up to 60 degrees. And we had to close in March. Not only did we not have natural snow, we didn’t have the cold temperatures to make it. We were just twiddling our thumbs.”Despite the short season, Mountain High remained profitable, said McColly, who declined to release financial figures.This year, snow fiends may have a better go. But only slightly better.Because of an emerging La Ni?a weather system, or cooler waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, forecasters have predicted another dry winter.And that could mean a third less rain and snow, said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Ca?ada Flintridge.“What we need is these big cold North Pacific-Gulf of Alaska storms, which are wet and cold,” he said. “But at this point, looking ahead to December through March, the four big snow months, La Ni?a is not going to deliver.”As what had portended to be a big cold North Pacific storm crawled down California last week, operators remained hopeful to have all runs open by Christmas.In anticipation of a better season, ski resorts statewide spent the summer upgrading lifts and services.Wrightwood invested $1 million in improvements, including sliding rails and jibs for snowboarders. Bear Mountain added to its snowboard tricks. Mammoth opened a “Cloud 9 Express,” now ferrying six instead of two at twice the speed on Chair 9.And Snow Summit and Bear Mountain had a squadron of new snow machines at the ready. Both resorts temporarily closed Fridaycq as new snow fell.“Last weekend, we did sell out,” said Kim Hermoncq, marketing director for Bear Mountain, which mostly caters to snowboarders. “We’re starting out OK.“Our goal is to get everything open by Christmas. So we just continue to make snow, make snow. Our guys work around the clock. We’re basically snow farmers – we make it happen.”“We’re going to plug on, whether its from our guns or Mother Nature,” said Chris Riddle, marketing director at Snow Summit, as rain turned to snow on Friday.Mammoth spokeswoman Laura Johnson looked out last week as fresh snow drifted past her window. By Friday morning, the ski area had received up to 12 feet of snow.“We’re not the weather forecasters, but with the snow that’s falling right now, we’re excited about the season,” said Johnson, a snowboarder. “Last season was not so great; we were below average.“This year, I think it’ll be a later season. It’s looking like it’ll come through with us. La Ni?a could go either way.”Skiers and snowboarders have already planned snow vacations.At the Sports Ltd. boutique, they’ve already gone through several reorders of skis and boards.“It’s awesome,” store manager Lenny Rosenberg said. “We’re really excited. Everybody’s getting snow. It’s good.”Keith Sakamoto bought helmets for his 7-year-old and 4-year-old daughters for a trip to Mammoth next week for what would be his youngest daughter’s first run up the mountain.“We’re hoping for a good snow year,” said Sakamoto, 41, of Los Angeles. “We’re happy to go. It’s our first trip of the season.”Mark Markowiczcq popped in for a ski rack for four days up at Mammoth this weekend. Last year, the intermediate skier said he went twice to Big Bear, but it was crowded, with little snow. But this year is different.“I can’t even begin to say how excited I am,” said Markowicz, 19, of Woodland Hills. “It’s that time of year – I’ve waited all year for it.”dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A year after the worst snow season on record, snowboarders, skiers and mountain resort operators looked to this weekend’s storm for fluffy flakes of hope.For Anthony Kim, it meant a dash to Bear Mountain.“Last year was horrible, horrible. I went to Big Bear once last year, that’s how bad it was,” said Kim, 28, a Los Angeles snowboarder, picking up some last-minute gear at Sports Ltd. in Woodland Hills. “This year looks promising. If there’s powder, I’m there.”Lift operators at Southern California ski sites, which partially opened last month, had crossed their skis this weekend for what promised to be the first big storm of the year.last_img read more

COMPETITION WINNER – DAISY WINS OUR LOTTIE DOLLS!

first_imgWe’re not sure who is the cutest – Donegal-made doll Lottie or Daisy Leeper from Raphoe.Little Daisy Leeper with her Lottie dolls.Daisy, 5, was the winner in our recent competition in which we teamed up with Arklu.The company, based at the CoLab at LYIT, celebrated Lottie’s second anniversary with an amazing doll giveaway. Daisy was the winner and we’re sure you’ll agree, Lottie and Daisy are just a perfect match. COMPETITION WINNER – DAISY WINS OUR LOTTIE DOLLS! was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ARKLUDaisy LeeperLottie dollslast_img read more

ICE ALERT – ‘ROADS ARE TREACHEROUS’, SAY MOTORISTS

first_imgMOTORISTS have been warned tonight to be careful on many of the county’s roads – including major routes.Temperatures have dropped below zero again.Donegal County Council have spent all evening gritting major routes, but with scattered showers washing away grit, it is still leaving dangerous conditions. The Barnesmore Gap was particularly bad in the past hour, say donegaldaily.com readers.The roads around all the major towns are also treacherous with reports of black ice in Letterkenny, Moville, Carndonagh, Convoy, Lifford, Twin Towns, Ballyshannon, Donegal Town, Glenties, Gaoth Dobhair and Ardara badly affected. (Thanks to everyone for your emails – you can send updates to info@donegaldaily.com).Many roads will be worse by dawn, so please be careful out there. Snow is predicted to fall on higher ground.Met Eireann has issued an Ice Warning and says the worst of the frost is affecting inland areas. The BBC in the North has also issued a similar warning. The forecaster is also predicting that milder weather will arrive in Donegal by the end of the weekend.Met Eireann has repeated its prediction that Christmas Day will see temperatures of around 10C.Meanwhile ESB workers from Letterkenny have been drafted into Co Derry to help repair broken power lines in the Sperrins.Several pylons lost electricity cables due to heavy snow earlier this week.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com ICE ALERT – ‘ROADS ARE TREACHEROUS’, SAY MOTORISTS was last modified: December 16th, 2011 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:donegal weather warningiceice on roadssnowlast_img read more

Dispute puts redevelopment into neutral

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Nguyen wants to add a 9,000-square-foot commercial building to the southwest corner. He would tear down an abandoned restaurant adjacent to the west end of the shopping center to make way for more parking. More parking could be added by making the facade of the old fabric store flush with the rest of the shopping center, according to Nguyen’s tentative plans. Eric Lee owns the Universal Bank building and some of the surrounding parking lot. Lee’s plans to add a small cafe and a small restaurant inside the bank building were approved by the Rosemead Planning Commission, but the approval was appealed by Nguyen. The issue came before the City Council on Tuesday, and each side sought to block the other’s proposal. The council took no action. Councilman Gary Taylor summed up the dilemma. ROSEMEAD — Plans to revitalize downtown have been snagged yet again by a dispute between two property owners with competing plans for a Rosemead shopping center. While city officials call the center in the 8800 block of Valley Boulevard an eyesore and residents complain about its outdated appearance and lack of services, the two owners are locked in a chess match to see whose plan can win approval first, effectively check-mating their rival by tying up parking spaces. The shopping center, formerly home to a Ralphs food market, is the only one downtown and could be key to making that part of the city a destination. Ban Nguyen owns a majority of the shopping center that includes Rosemead Supermarket, Pho Pasteur Restaurant and a now-closed fabric shop. He owns most of the parking around the stores, including the large parking lot on the southwest side. “There’s just too much squabbling going on,” he said. One of Nguyen’s team of lawyers threatened to sue the city if they approved Lee’s proposals. At the heart of the matter is parking. “The problem with (Lee’s) proposal is he’s assuming there is parking where there isn’t any,” said John Henning, a lawyer for Nguyen. The two owners share a parking easement, an agreement that allows their customers to use either owner’s parking lot. Lee’s renovations to the bank building would create more demand for parking, so he proposes re-striping a portion of the lot to create more stalls. Henning argues the easement doesn’t give Lee the right to add more of a parking burden to Nguyen’s parking lot. Lee argues that Nguyen’s plans for a new building would burden his parking. Brad Johnson, the city’s planning director, said neither property owner really has enough parking. The matter will come before the council again at its Oct. 25 meeting. The City Council has made several efforts over the years to start downtown redevelopment, but nothing ever got off the ground, said Bob Bruesch, a former City Council member. Jason Kosareff can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, or by e-mail at jason.kosareff@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more