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Speaker Tyler Denies Being Probed by LACC

first_imgThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, has categorically denied having ever been investigated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for any financial or administrative malpractice as announced by the LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier.The House Speaker said he had never received any notification from LACC to the effect that he was being investigated; but said he had advised the Commission to exercise due diligence in the conduct of its duties as provided for under the Act.The Speaker’s clarification was contained in a press release, dated October 29, 2014, under the signature of Chief of Staff Edwin J. Clarke, Jr.The release said the Speaker had only received a communication from the LACC requesting the assistance of his Office to provide documentation including contract(s) between the House of Representatives and three independent consultants, which the Office of the Speaker provided.“The Office of the Speaker believes that the decision of the Chairperson of the LACC to select the “court of public opinion” as opposed to following the powers and functions as enshrined in the Act is inappropriate and outside the spirit of good governance,” the press release states, citing the LACC Act Chapters 4.1 and 5.1 and 5.2 – The Powers of the LACC and the Functions of the LACC.The release said, “members of the House of Representatives undertook a nationwide broad consultation seeking the input of Liberians on how to proceed with the Oil Sector of our country, in order to yield the desired dividends. The tour was a real eye opener, witnessing firsthand the deplorable living conditions of the people.”The release also said, “ the deplorable living conditions of the people placed upon their shoulders immense pressure to move swiftly with a district-centered budgetary proposal for immediate financial allocation intended to transform the lives of our people.“It would seem that moving with haste with the Oil Sector, seeking internal and external expertise for proper guidance amidst constraints, of Government’s policy of services before payment that provoked the Speaker’s financial surety, has now become an issue,” the release said.Speaker Tyler argued that “if national leaders act selflessly by putting forth their personal resources to expedite national processes, that should not be construed as a new definition of corruption.“When someone chooses to blackmail a senior official by reneging on a gentlemen’s arrangement for reimbursement of an advance payment he had received for services to be rendered, it only draws into question, the integrity of this particular individual,” the release further said.“In this instance, Speaker Tyler was not soliciting a bribe or percentage, but pushing active Liberian participation, at most two Liberian Lawyers, to properly advise on the legality of the oil instruments to be in line with our national laws and the overall national interest.”The release also said: “ by choosing to project himself as a Whistle-Blower to the LACC, this individual’s motive was sinister, bordering on greed and selfishness to renege on the reimbursement of the US $12,500.00 advance payment of the US $25,000.00 legal service contract.”Meanwhile, the release said, “it was saddened to note that due to the gullible political environment, the Speaker has now become the soft target and political whipping boy by those who fear that he has conceived a political ambition that could outplay their political agenda.”The Speaker, however,  questioned the integrity of the LACC saying: “When the LACC Chairperson, heading an integrity institution, begins to question whether or not the US $12,500.00 was the personal money of Speaker Tyler, then the issue is trivialized.”The release indicated: “Speaker Alex J. Tyler is a gainfully employed senior official of government with the capacity to have made such an advance payment of US $12,500.00 from his personal/family coffers, judging from delayed bureaucracy associated with such a payment with no pecuniary interest.”He further declared: “If this matter borders on the Honorable Speaker using his personal money, then the records are available for the perusal of the LACC and all interested parties to fully vindicate Speaker Tyler and protect his hard earned reputation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UEFA Delegation Due in Liberia to discuss Football Cooperation

first_imgA two man high power football delegation from European Football Governing body (UEFA) is due in Liberia from March 22 to 23, to discuss UEFA’s cooperation with the Liberia Football Association.The delegation will be headed by UEFA’s Deputy and current Acting Secretary General Theodore Theodoridis and Urs Kluser Integrity Officer, Legal Affairs/Disciplinary Services.A release from the LFA yesterday said the two-man UEFA delegation will discuss future cooperation with the Liberian FA in all aspect of football development.The coming of the UEFA delegation to Liberia followed discussions held between LFA President Musa Bility and newly elected FIFA President Gianni Infantino on the margins of last week’s FIFA Congress in Zurich.The LFA President reportedly played an influential role in deciding the outcome of the FIFA presidential polls.President Bility is excited about the upcoming visit and said it will help Liberia reach a higher mark in its football development program, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UPDATE 2 Search on for body of drowned youth

first_imgUPDATE 2 Police say they have suspended the search for the 14 year-old’s body and will resume the search when river water levels recede. UPDATE Police are continuing to search for the 14 year-old’s body and are now now conducting aerial searches of the river.Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge RCMP are searching for the body of a 14 year-old boy who drowned at Red Willow Falls.- Advertisement -Police say the boy was swimming with a group at the falls, south of Elmworth, Alta., near the B.C. border, Sunday evening.They received a call at around 8:50 p.m. that the boy had been pulled under by the current and subsequently began a search. However, police had to call off the search after it became dark.The search began again Monday morning.Advertisementlast_img read more

KCB beat Talanta to earn return to KPL

first_img0Shares0000Dennis Gicheru leads celebrations afte scoring for KCB in their National Super League match against Talanta as they earned a return to the KPL on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 7 – Dennis Gicheru and Simon Abuko scored in the final 10 minutes as KCB FC beat a stubborn FC Talanta 2-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday to earn promotion back to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) after three years.Gicheru poked home at the back post from a Dennis Ng’ang’a freekick with nine minutes left before Simon Abuko slotted home from the penalty spot in added time to finally break a stubborn FC Talanta as they earned an unassailable lead in second position. The three points will ensure KCB’s final match against Nairobi Stima next weekend will be a mere formality.The bankers moved to 75 points in the National Super League (NSL) standings, eight ahead of third placed Nairobi Stima who will be playing Kenya Police in the other NSL match later Sunday.“I am really pleased to have scored today in such an important match to help the team get back to the league. It was a tough match but we knew when we get one goal, things will be easy. I can’t really explain how it feels because we have fought for this so much,” goal scorer Gicheru said.KCB FC defender Dennis Gicheru celebrates after scoring for KCB during their National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAmazingly, Gicheru scored one of the four goals for Wazito FC last year when they beat Kenya Police 4-1 in Narok to earn promotion to the KPL which now means he has scored in both crucial matches and earned promotion with two different teams in consecutive years.Head coach Elvis Ayany, a former player of the bankers was in cloud nine after sealing the slot.“It has been a tough season and every game has been like a final. Over the last three years we have come very close but lost it in the final four games. This time round, we were very serious in every game and we did not underrate anyone,” Ayany pointed out.After being frustrated by a high defending Talanta, coached by former KCB boss Abdallah Juma, the bankers upped the tempo in the second half.On the hour mark, they came inches close when Samuel Mwangi’s venomous strike from distance was finger tipped over the bar by Talanta keeper Joel Bataro.KCB FC midfielder Samuel Mwangi strides forward during his side’s National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMwangi had come in after 35 minutes replacing Shami Kibwana who had found it tough to maintain the tempo with the scorching mid-morning sun and the blazing Toyoyo turf taking a toll on him.KCB were almost punished in the 70th minute when a defensive blunder by Isaac Okello gifted Emmanuel Mogaka the ball at the edge of the area, but the Talanta man’s shot from range was well collected by KCB keeper Omar Adisa.The bankers had a glorious opportunity with quarter of an hour left when an industrious Chrispinus Onyango did well on the left to lay in a cross that was met by Kennedy Owino, but the latter’s shot with acres of space ahead of him came against the side-netting.KCB FC striker Chrispinus Onyango was brought down leading to the opening goal during his side’s National Super League tie against FC Talanta at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on October 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe search finally yielded fruit with nine minutes left when Gicheru poked the ball home at the backpost when Ng’ang’a’s in-swinging freekick evaded a forest of bodies.Former AFC Leopards winger Simon Abuko then sealed the win in added time when he slotted home from the penalty spot after Mwangi was brought down inside the box by Brian Okeyo.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

FINALLY! Vermaelen to make Barcelona bow EIGHT months after signing from Arsenal

first_img Thomas Vermaelen 1 Thomas Vermaelen is finally set to his make debut for Barcelona on Tuesday – more than eight months after joining the club from Arsenal.The Belgian moved to the Camp Nou back in August, arriving from Arsenal for £15m and signing a five-year contract.Since then though the ex-Gunners captain has been riddled with injury, denying him the opportunity to make his bow for the Catalan giants.But now, after spending the majority of the season on the sidelines, the defender could finally make his debut against Getafe on Tuesday.“Vermaelen is back, which is great news and his team mates welcomed him with a big round of applause because they know what it is like to be injured,” said Luis Enrique.“There is competition for his position and I am sure he will be able to help us. Beyond that it’s the same situation as always.“We have 23 squad players now instead of 22 and it’s a problem for the coach and not the players.”last_img read more

How to make a Real Madrid fan angry in 60 seconds

first_imgIf you’re a fan of Real Madrid, this video probably isn’t for you.Ahead of this weekend’s Clasico, we’ve created a video that is sure to rile both sets of fans and crank up the atmosphere even more!If you need your blood pressure rising even further, we’ve made a minute long video full of the worst moments from Real Madrid’s history.If this video isn’t to your taste, check out how to make Barcelona fans angry in 60 seconds.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe – for free – to talkSPORT here!last_img read more

SEAFOOD BUSINESSES MUST CREATE JOBS TO GET GRANTS – DONEGAL TD

first_imgDONEGAL TD Thomas Pringle has called for the creation of jobs as a condition of grant aid under seafood business development and seafood processing schemes to ensure that the maximum number of jobs are created and maintained in the seafood processing sector.“Operated by Bord Iascaigh Mhara, the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme which began in 2010 had the creation of employment as a key element in the selection of seafood processing projects for financial assistance under the Scheme, but it was not mandatory,” said Deputy Pringle.“Speaking in reply to questions posed by me Minister Coveney stated that he is proposing to change grant support for ‘value added’ processing from 25% to 30%, and reduce the grant rate for ‘processing improvements’ to 20% in an effort to steer this sector towards value added processing to encourage diversification and job creation. “But grant announcements are misleading for workers in the fishing industry as it appears from grant announcements that are made that they are linked to the number of jobs, but that these jobs are more aspirational and not really the deciding factor.“For example the Killybegs High Level Group Report in June 2011 announced the creation of 250 jobs based on grant approvals, but these jobs are not a condition of grant aid making it difficult to verify if these jobs have been created and where.“While I welcome the increase in the value added grant, there needs to be a focus on it creating jobs and I am calling on the Minister to create that concrete link by making job creation a condition for such grants,” stated Pringle.  ********Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every DayFollow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDaily SEAFOOD BUSINESSES MUST CREATE JOBS TO GET GRANTS – DONEGAL TD was last modified: February 18th, 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:KillybegsSEAFOOD BUSINESSES MUST CREATE JOBS TO GET GRANTS – DONEGAL TDThomas Pringlelast_img read more

BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EURO

first_imgDonegal TD Thomas Pringle is today calling for the establishment of a process to allow a Eurozone member state to voluntarily leave the Union, in a motion to be debated this evening in the Dáil.The Independent TD for Donegal is also calling for the initiation of a wide ranging public debate through civil society on the future direction of the European Union, as part of his motion to be debated this evening and tomorrow.“There is no doubt that there are big changes coming down the line in terms of our relationship with the Union and what it will mean for us as a nation, and indeed whether we will be a nation afterwards or not. “The government is content to allow the debate in Europe to move on to treaty change and the development of a full banking union. Most European commentators and politicians are calling for closer and closer integration, despite the Taoiseach stating in the Dáil last June that we were not heading towards a federal Europe.“Yet we see the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso saying that a federal Europe will soon become a ‘reality’ and has insisted that the fiscal union will lead to an ‘intensified political union’ for all twenty-seven member states. And more recently French President François Hollande has called for a European Government to deal with the financial crisis with full powers to deal with all the issues involved in solving the crisis. So are we really to believe the Taoiseach even when he gives a categorical answer?“There is an attitude amongst the European elite that we should not waste this crisis, that the crisis should be used to push on with European integration and the creation of a European Super State.“I think it is appropriate at this time during our six month presidency of the European Union and the fortieth anniversary of our joining that we should evaluate where we are and where we are likely to go in the future and to go beyond the debate of how much Europe has been good for us, to discussing how flaws in the Eurozone have been detrimental from an Irish perspective. “As has been observed by a prominent economist, ‘the drive for austerity was about using the crisis, not solving it’. What is needed here is a constructive debate based on what is best for Ireland and solving our financial crisis, and to move beyond pleasing those who don’t have our country’s best interests at heart,” he added. BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EURO was last modified: May 21st, 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:BRING BACK THE PUNT? DONEGAL TD WANTS IRELAND TO BE ABLE TO LEAVE THE EUROlast_img read more

Killybegs Flooding: Support systems begin as clean up continues

first_imgOwners of businesses and homes in Killybegs are continuing clean up operations after a night of flash flooding in the town centre.Several feet of water flooded onto the Shore Road, Bridge Street and other areas after the Glen River burst its banks on a night of torrential rain.An important message to those impacted has been issued by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: The Department are advising that following the heavy rains and possible flood damage in the Killybegs area, any person or family who is in need of support should contact the Community Welfare Service of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in Ballybofey on 074 9131154 where our Community Welfare team are available to help you. This phone line is open until 5.00pm today, through lunchtime.Killybegs Flooding, 4th October 2017. Image via Eileen’s Hair Salon FacebookDonegal County Council have said that crews are back on the ground this morning cleaning up after the flooding.The following update has been issued by the council:As a result of the extended period of heavy rainfall experienced yesterday Donegal County Council’s Road’s crews responded to reports of flooding at a number of locations in Killybegs and the surrounding areas. The Council’s Roads Service received its first call at 6pm and our crews were on the ground from 6:10pm to approximately 9:30pm until the tide receded and the rain had eased off.Killybegs Flooding, 4th October 2017. Image via Eileen’s Hair Salon FacebookLocations affected were as follows:Killybegs:Bridge Street – a number of properties flooded.Roisin RoadShore Road – the extended period of heavy rainfall coupled with the high tide at approximately 6pm yesterday evening exacerbated the flooding along the Shore Road backing up along the river into Bridge Street area.Fintra SchoolKilcar: At the Kilcar Garage opposite the National School. Flooding of Roads:BinroeAt the Five pointsOn the N56 – Five Points to Ardara roadMalinmoreLargyKillybegs Flooding, 4th October 2017. Image via Eileen’s Hair Salon FacebookDonegal Fire ServiceKillybegs Fire Brigade were also deployed at Fintra National School at 6pm and Donegal Town Fire Brigade at Bridge Street in Killybegs at 6.26pm. Sand bagging and pumping operations took place at both locations.The Killybegs Brigade left the incident at Fintra National School at 7:57pm  and went to assist Donegal Town Brigade at the ongoing incident at Bridge Street in Killybegs. Both Brigades mobilised back to Killybegs Fire Station when the flood water subsided at 10:19pm.Killybegs Flooding: Support systems begin as clean up continues was last modified: October 5th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

Gardai forced to free robbery suspects because of lack of evidence

first_imgA four-man gang suspected of being behind the attempted robbery of two Donegal businesses this week were stopped by Gardai moments after the raids.However, Gardai were forced to let the men go after no evidence was found to connect them with the raids, Donegal Daily understands.The gang were stopped in a car following the break-ins at Coyle’s Centra in Raphoe and Tinney’s Oil at Bonagee just after 4am on Wednesday morning. The gang fled from Coyles after a failed break-in attempt and then drove to Tinneys in a BMW car.There they caused more than €10,000 worth of damage as they tried to use a rope and paling posts to roll out a large safe.The gang tripped an alarm however, and were forced to flee when members of the Tinney family and Gardai arrived.The robbers mounted a footpath and managed to evade Gardai. However, we have learned from reliable sources that four men, understood to be the suspects, were later stopped.A car was searched but nothing linking them to the attempted robberies could be found.The men are understood to be known to Gardai and are originally from the south of the country but had been staying at addresses in Derry.The gang had been captured on CCTV footage but wore balaclavas at all times and were not identifiable.Gardai forced to free robbery suspects because of lack of evidence was last modified: August 9th, 2018 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:gangGardailetterkennyraidRaphoerobberylast_img read more