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first_imgAccording to Justice Minister F. Musa Dean (pictured), the accountability of the mop up funds is not in question, however, section 2.2.4 of the GAC’s report says that fifteen entities listed by the CBL as having received moneys from the CBL’s staff during the exercise, denied their participation in the exercise.Liberia’s Justice Minister and  Attorney General Frank Musa Dean has attributed the description of discrepancies, variances and delays in posting financial transactions contained in the General Auditing Commission (GAC)’s report point to systemic weaknesses at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).“As Minister of justice and attorney general, I have the responsibility and obligation to respond to the report on behalf of the government of Liberia. I will, hereafter, summarize the factual findings established by GAC’s report,” Minister Dean said.He recounted how the US$25 million was authorized to be infused into the economy, to stabilize the exchange rate through monetary interventions by the CBL.“Out of the US$25 million authorized, only US$17 million was used. Section four, table five of the GAC’s report establishes that out of the US$17 million used, US$10 million was exchanged at the rate of L$155 to US$1; and US$5 million was exchanged at a rate of L$152 to US$1,” Mr. Dean said.Mr. Dean said the GAC’s report, like the Kroll and Presidential Investigation Team’s (PIT) reports , also revealed entrenched, systemic flaws at the CBL over the years.According to Mr. Dean, US$15 million applying to rates spelled out above, was exchange for Liberian dollars two billion three hundred two million seven hundred ten thousand nine hundred forty (LRD2,302,710,940), adding that the said amount was deposited with the bank as per the accounting records of the CBL.Mr. Dean said the ministry received on May 15, 2019 the findings contained in the GAC report on the use of (US$25million), authorized by President George M. Weah in his speech delivered on July 16, 2018.“Section 2.5.2 of the GAC’s report establishes that the remaining United States dollars two million (US$2), out of the United States dollars seventeen million (US$17M), was sold directly to Total Incorporated at the exchange rate of (LRD156.5709) to (US$1), realizing a value of Liberian dollars (LRD313,141,800),” he said.Mr. Dean said as Justice Minister and Attorney General, he has made specific recommendations to the President and that President George M. Weah will shortly address the nation.Mr. Dean said consistent with the above findings, the GAC’s report provides evidence that two point six billion Liberian dollars (LRD2.6), representing the value of United States seventeen million (US$17 m), was actually brought to the CBL, indicating that “it can safely be concluded that no money is missing in the25 million United States mop up exercise.”“In the process of exchanging the fifteen million used for the direct mop up exercise as detailed above, section 2.2.5 table two of the GAC’s report shows that United States dollars six million seven hundred thousand (US$6.7 m) was taken out of the bank to be exchanged during the exercise, using five different teams; while (US$8.3m) was exchange at the CBL, on the bank’s premises,” Mr. Dean said.According to Mr. Dean, the accountability of the mop up funds is not in question, however, section 2.2.4 of the GAC’s report says that fifteen entities listed by the CBL as having received moneys from the CBL’s staff during the exercise, denied their participation in the exercise.“Eight of the entities on the CBLs transaction list were found not to be in existence. The burden of proofs is on the CBL to establish the veracity of the transactions and the existence of the entities. Multiple sections of the report reference discrepancies and variances in the accounting records of the mop up exercise,” Mr. Dean indicated.He emphasized that these variances and discrepancies places the burden of proof on the CBL to explain or to establish that they are not factual.But a leading legal practitioner(name withheld) has described the Justice Minister’s position as a charade noting that the Minister served as a member of the Technical Economic Management Team(TEMT) which took the decision to infuse the US$25m into the economy through local money exchangers rather than through the commercial banks as the law dictates.According to the lawyer, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah had boastfully declared on radio that as head of the TEMT he made the decision to deal with local money exchangers rather than through the commercial banks because according to him doing so through the commercial banks would have not yielded the desired results.Further, according to the lawyer, former CBL Deputy Governor had told investigators on the record that the CBL had no part to play in the infusion exercise which was solely handled by Finance Minister Tweah who has since distanced himself from the exercise and placed blame squarely on CBL Governor Nathaniel Patray for the fiasco.Liberia’s Justice Minister and Attorney General Frank Musa Dean has attributed the description of discrepancies, variances and delays in posting financial transactions contained in the General Auditing Commission (GAC)’s report point to systemic weaknesses at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).“As Minister of justice and attorney general, I have the responsibility and obligation to respond to the report on behalf of the government of Liberia. I will, hereafter, summarize the factual findings established by GAC’s report,” Minister Dean said.He recounted how the US$25 million was authorized to be infused into the economy, to stabilize the exchange rate through monetary interventions by the CBL.“Out of the US$25 million authorized, only US$17 million was used. Section four, table five of the GAC’s report establishes that out of the US$17 million used, US$10 million was exchanged at the rate of Liberian dollars (LRD155) to (US$1); and US$5 million was exchanged at a rate of Liberian dollars (LRD152 to (US$1),” Mr. Dean said.Mr. Dean said the GAC’s report, like the Kroll and Presidential Investigation Team’s (PIT) reports , also revealed entrenched, systemic flaws at the CBL over the years.According to Mr. Dean, US$15 million applying to rates spelled out above, was exchanged for Liberian dollars two billion three hundred two million seven hundred ten thousand nine hundred forty (LRD2,302,710,940), adding that the said amount was deposited with the bank as per the accounting records of the CBL.Mr. Dean said the ministry received on May 15, 2019 the findings contained in the GAC report on the use of (US$25million), authorized by President George M. Weah in his speech delivered on July 16, 2018.“Section 2.5.2 of the GAC’s report establishes that the remaining United States dollars two million (US$2), out of the United States dollars seventeen million (US$17M), was sold directly to Total Incorporated at the exchange rate of (LRD156.5709) to (US$1), realizing a value of Liberian dollars (L$313,141,800),” he said.Mr. Dean said as Justice Minister and Attorney General, he has made specific recommendations to the President and President George M. Weah will shortly address the nation.Mr. Dean said consistent with the above findings, the GAC’s report provides evidence that two point six billion Liberian dollars (L$2.6), representing the value of United States seventeen million (US$17 m), was actually brought to the CBL, indicating that “it can safely be concluded that no money is missing in the25 million United States mop up exercise.”“In the process of exchanging the fifteen million used for the direct mop up exercise as detailed above, section 2.2.5 table two of the GAC’s report shows that United States dollars six million seven hundred thousand (US$6.7 m) was taken out of the bank to be exchanged during the exercise, using five different teams; while (US$8.3m) was exchange at the CBL, on the bank’s premises,” Mr. Dean said.According to Minister Dean, the accountability of the mop up funds is not in question, however, section 2.2.4 of the GAC’s report states that fifteen entities listed by the CBL as having received moneys from the CBL’s staff during the exercise, denied their participation in the exercise.“Eight of the entities on the CBLs transaction list were found not to be in existence. The burden of proofs is on the CBL to establish the veracity of the transactions and the existence of the entities. Multiple sections of the report reference discrepancies and variances in the accounting records of the mop up exercise,” Minister Dean indicated.He emphasized that these variances and discrepancies place he burden of proof on the CBL to explain or to establish that they are not factual.But legal analysts have slammed Justice Dean’s report claiming that the Minister as a member of the TEMT which took charge of and led the mop-up exercise should be held liable because as a lawyer, the Justice Minister should have been aware that Finance Minister Tweah’s decision to use local money exchangers, some of who were not licensed, was explicitly against the Public Finance Management law(PFM).Additionally, according to the lawyer, the Justice Minister, in trying to cover-up his role and that of the Finance Minister, illegally imposed restrictions on the Auditor-General in the performance of her duties by having her agree to a set of procedures to guide the conduct of what should have been a forensic audit. This, according to the lawyer, was illegal although the Auditor-General faltered by subjecting herself to the authority of the Justice Minister when the law provides that she should be free and independent in the discharge of her duties.Moreover, according to the lawyer, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah had boastfully declared on radio that as head of the TEMT he made the decision to deal with local money exchangers rather than through the commercial banks because according to him doing so through the commercial banks would have not yielded the desired results.Further, according to the lawyer, former CBL Deputy Charles Sirleaf had told investigators on the record that the CBL had no part to play in the infusion exercise which was solely handled by Finance Minister Tweah. But Tweah has since distanced himself from the exercise and placed blame squarely on CBL Governor Nathaniel Patray for the fiasco.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLast month was a big month for construction in Fort St. John.The City’s building numbers show 33 construction permits were issued in August 2010, with a total value of more than $6 million.- Advertisement -That compares to $4.9 million worth of permits in July, and $1.9 million in August of 2009.The August numbers bring the total number of permits issued so far in 2010 to 208, worth almost $34 million – well over double the $14.4 million-total at the same point last year.The City’s revenue from the August permits is $1,950, for a total of approximately $177,000 so far this year.last_img


first_imgVan Nuys Failed gang programs Re “Your grandfather’s LAPD” (March 24): Instead of going after the property owners by increasing trash fees and collecting false alarm fees, take the $14 million away from failing gang- intervention programs like L.A. Bridges, that has been suspected of indirectly funneling money to the Mexican Mafia, and spend it on hiring more police officers. Or take the $20 million the city plans to spend on a bike path in the North Valley and spend it on street lights in residential communities. For $52 million, LAPD can hire 1,000 new police officers. And yet we spend $100 million on gang-prevention programs that can’t prove they prevent kids from joining gangs. Ask a single mother of two in Pacoima what she would rather see: an ex-gangbanger teaching her son basketball at the local high school or a cop on every corner. Re “Iraq war backers must admit our errors” (Viewpoint, March 18): If Chris Weinkopf had put as much thought in going to war in Iraq as he did in his half-hearted apology, over 3,000 brave men and women would not have died and 20,000 would not have been wounded. He talks about not withdrawing anytime soon. Well, let me tell something: We don’t have any allies there. England is pulling out over the next few months and that leaves just your friends and neighbors to do all the fighting and dying. My son is going back for a third time because of neocon thinking like Weinkopf’s and the war criminals in the White House. – Jerry Pennington – Donna Connolly Sherman Oaks Not ignored by Weiss Re “Cautionary tale: Weiss recall attempt ought to be a warning to all” (Our Opinions, March 16): I am a Sherman Oaks constituent of Councilman Jack Weiss and I wish to go on record that I do not feel ignored by him. He has helped us with public safety, streets, local schools, our fabulous annual street fair and much more. Unlike many politicians (especially those in local office), Weiss has been willing to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of the broadest group of citizens and will improve our city for years and decades beyond his time in office. – Richard Ryan Sherman Oaks Nativist laws Re “This is the USA” (Your Opinions, Mar. 16): Being one of those American citizens of non-Mexican stock who hasn’t been invited to the “you too can now directly own oceanfront property on Mexico’s coast” fiesta, I wonder what other ultra-nativist parts of the Mexican Constitution may be amended for our many, seemingly beguiled Mariel Garzas and/or other less favored foreigners alike? Take Title I: Articles 8 and 9, Chapter ll, constitutionalizes citizen bias over “foreigners” in all concessions and employment. Then there’s Title III, Article 82: Hereunder, even the native-born son (or daughter) of a naturalized “Arnold-and-Maria” tandem could never aspire to run for presidente in Mexico, because neither of his parents were native-born themselves. Then there’s Title VII, Article l30: Ministers of religion may never … . – Harvey Pearson Los Feliz All Bush lies Re “Iraq war may end with a lie” (Their Opinions, March 21): Forget the word “may,” in “may end with a lie” or “may have begun with a lie.” The George W. Bush Iraq war began with a lie and will end with a lie and it will be all Bush lies in between. Also, the reality (is) – and I am so sorry for the families and friends of our brave troops – their lives were wasted by the lies of our war criminal Bush administration and the co-conspirator Republicans who still stupport it. – Bob A. Greene West Hollywood Pathetic Paris Re “Only in L.A.” (March 21): Why the photo of pathetic Paris Hilton and all the skinny on porn star Jenna Jameson on the front page of our Valley newspaper? What’s next for the Daily News? If perchance you are searching for a new name, I suggest Tawdry News. – Eileen O’Neill West Hillslast_img read more


first_img 4 CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE UNITED’S RONALDO RETURN PLEA – The Old Trafford faithful are desperate for the Portugal star to return to Manchester CLICK HERE TO SEE MAN UNITED’S “COME HOME RONALDO” PLEA Recent rumours have suggested world star Cristiano Ronaldo is unhappy at Real Madrid, so a group of die-hard Manchester United fans staged another elaborate stunt to try and persuade him to return to Old Trafford.It’s not the first time Red Devils supporters have taken to the skies, having begun their calls for David Moyes’ exit as manager with a famous airbound banner during a match at the Theatre of Dreams last season.This time, though, they took their pleas oversees, as a plane flying the words, “come home Ronaldo”, was seen above Villarreal’s El Madrigal stadium as Los Blancos secured a 2-0 victory.The win came courtesy of goals from Luka Modric and that man Ronaldo – the Portuguese icon’s tenth goal of the season.And, as you can see by the pictures above, the forward showed no sign of his alleged unrest as he celebrated with his team-mates, perhaps suggesting the United fans’ pleas have fallen on deaf ears…Check out pictures of Man United supporters’ second plane stunt above! CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE UNITED’S RONALDO RETURN PLEA – Ronaldo celebrates with his Real Madrid team-mates after netting Los Blancos’ second against Villarreal CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE UNITED’S RONALDO RETURN PLEA – Man United fans fly a banner bearing the words, “come home Ronaldo” above Real Madrid’s match with Villarreal 4 4 4last_img read more


first_img Former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano Former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano has offers from three French clubs.The 30-year-old left Upton Park by mutual consent at the start of October after reportedly falling out of favour with new boss Slaven Bilic.Since then the Frenchman has been on the hunt for a new club in an attempt to kickstart his career once again.And, according to Calcio Mercato, Amalfitano now has offers from Bordeaux, Lorient and Guingamp.All three Ligue 1 clubs are keen to snap up the free agent and have presented his agent with a variety of proposals.Amalfitano is said to be keen on a return to France and it is now up to him to decide where his future lies. 1last_img


first_img Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne suffers injury against Everton 1 Manchester City have been dealt a blow with the agent of Kevin De Bruyne claiming the playmaker is likely to be sidelined for around six weeks.Belgium international De Bruyne suffered knee and ankle injuries in Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final win over Everton.The 24-year-old scored a vital – albeit controversial – goal and set up another after coming off the bench in the 3-1 win at the Etihad Stadium, before being carried off late on following an awkward fall.He appeared to get his studs caught in the turf and then landed on his knee as City closed in on their 4-3 aggregate triumph, which sealed a final trip to Wembley to face Liverpool.Initial medical reports suggest the problem is not related to the cruciate ligament, but the player’s representative Patrick De Koster has claimed the midfielder would likely be out of action for around six weeks.“Kevin is sad. His dream is to always be playing football. He will miss games like the League Cup final and in the Champions League, which are important,” De Koster told Sky Sports News.“But he knows they [City] are a good team, that the other players will do what they have to do, and maybe win the game for him, and also that [injuries] is what happens in football.“He is sad, of course, but he told me, ‘this [happens] in a match, [is something] which can arrive in football, and the only thing I can do is to work hard and to come back’.”The full extent of the injury is yet to be determined, but De Koster feels the midfielder will not be able to return to action until the end of February at the earliest.“[It is] the tear in the ankle and also the lateral [knee] ligaments are such that I think for sure he will need six weeks of rehabilitation, but they are still going to do some more medical [tests] today and at the end of the day,” he added.“So maybe tomorrow morning we will have the final news about the time he will need to be 100 per cent again.”last_img read more


first_imgWASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department will speed up warnings about contaminated meat in the future, officials said Thursday as they sought to quell criticism of an 18-day delay in seeking the recall of millions of pounds of tainted ground beef. Briefing reporters, department officials acknowledged that they knew as early as Sept. 7 that frozen hamburger patties could be contaminated after preliminary tests indicated the presence of E. coli bacteria strain O157:H7. They said it was impossible to seek a recall without conducting a more sophisticated test to confirm original results, but said they would re-evaluate what the USDA can do better to warn the public sooner. “Let me be clear from the beginning, at this point we weren’t able to take action based on the initial test,” said David Goldman, assistant administrator of the USDA’s Office of Public Health Science. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityStill, “this agency is not completely satisfied with the time elapsed and the issuance of the recall,” he said. “We will be reviewing data related to this recall as well as our own protocol to determine how we might improve.” Richard Raymond, the department’s undersecretary for food safety, then added: “It’s a policy we will be changing here.” The department’s response comes after news reports about an Agriculture Department e-mail showing that the department knew Sept. 7 about possible contamination but waited 18 days before concluding that the Topps Meat Co. should issue a recall. The recall that began Sept. 25 was soon expanded to cover 21.7 million pounds of hamburger produced by Topps, based in Elizabeth, N.J. It’s the second-largest beef recall in U.S. history. A Florida teen was hospitalized with kidney failure in August, and the meat her family bought was tested by the USDA. The e-mail – from Kis Robertson, an employee of the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service – was provided by the teen’s family lawyer, Scott P. Schlesinger, on Thursday. Existence of the e-mail was reported Wednesday by the Chicago Tribune. “They should have recalled immediately. That’s not even a maybe,” Schlesinger said. Asked about the delay, Topps spokeswoman Michele Williams referred questions to the USDA. “We’ve been fully cooperating with their investigation and certainly taking their recommendations,” she said. In the news briefing, Agriculture Department officials said the Sept. 7 preliminary results yielded 13 negative samples and just one positive result. Subsequently, USDA scientists conducted a more sophisticated test, known as the Pulsed Field Gel Electrophoresis, that took an additional seven days due to some unexpected glitches. Those results became available Sept. 14, but the USDA did not act immediately because the suspected meat had been opened in the consumer’s home, raising the question of whether it had been contaminated there. As part of USDA policy, the department does not immediately seek a recall until it gets a second confirmation elsewhere, which it received days later when New York officials reported they had run their own tests on a separate suspected E coli case and found that the beef had tested positive. The USDA’s Raymond acknowledged that the department could have moved forward as soon as Sept. 14. He said the department in the future will seek a recall if officials have strong evidence of contamination, regardless of whether the tested meat had been opened in the home. “There’s always a possibility of contamination in the home rather than the place of manufacture, but it’s unlikely,” Raymond said. As of noon Wednesday, 29 people in eight states had E. coli infections matching the strain found in the Topps patties, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. None has died. The first illness began July 5, and the last began Sept. 11, the CDC said. The Agriculture Department is investigating in an attempt to find the source of the E. coli strain, which is harbored in the intestines of healthy cattle. The CDC reported these states and numbers of cases: Connecticut, 2; Florida, 1; Indiana, 1; Maine, 1; New Jersey, 6; New York, 9; Ohio, 1; and Pennsylvania, 8. Privately held Topps, which is believed to be the leading U.S. maker of frozen hamburger patties, said it sells its products to supermarkets and institutions such as schools, hospitals, restaurants and hotels.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


first_imgJason BlackMountaineer Jason Black has been hit with a stumbling block in his latest summit attempt.The well-known Letterkenny adventurer is attempting to start the New Year by scaling Aconcagua, a 6,960.8 metres (22,837 ft) mountain, in the Andes Mountain range in Argentina.After some initial successful days of climbing, Jason has ben forced to return to base camp after some horrific weather conditions. Click on his latest news dispatch for Donegal Daily to hear how he is getting on.Audio Playerhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/msg-8.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.  JASON BLACK HITS STUMBLING BLOCK IN LATEST MOUNTAIN ATTEMPT was last modified: January 10th, 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:Jason Blackmountainsummitweatherlast_img read more


first_imgA Donegal businessman was forced to sit in vomit for more than 10 hours as he flew on a flight from London to Seattle.Dave Gildea, Vice President for well-known Letterkenny-based company CloudRanger, shared a photo of his destroyed footrest on May 22 and shared that his horrible experience occurred the day before.David posted on twitter how disgusted he felt after coming across the situation. He said “This was my seat from London to Seattle yesterday, covered in dried in vomit, no offer to move seats, just insinuation from the attendant that I had done it even though it was dried in for days.”The 38-year-old had upgraded his seat while at London Heathrow and was assigned the seat.‘I didn’t notice anything until about two hours into the British Airways flight when I popped down the foot stool so I could get some sleep and saw the vomit on the seat,’ he explained.The sick on the plane seat. Pic by CloudRanger twitter.Gildea was annoyed the cabin crew insinuated that the throw up came from him. ‘He didn’t offer a seat change or an apology, so I asked for a blanket to cover it up so I could put my feet down,’ the BA Silver Member explained.‘Of course as I slept, I moved around on the blanket so I woke up with dried vomit on my feet. It was pretty disgusting. With the price I paid for the ticket, I was shocked.’Gildea was disappointed that it took the airline more than two weeks to respond to his issue.‘I tend to travel a lot – this was a very poor experience and the handling of the experience at the time and since then has been where the problem is,’ Gildea asserted. ‘It’s frustrating how they can take your money in a second for a ticket, but when it is a problem it takes weeks.’British Airways released a statement apologising for ‘falling short’ of expectations. ‘We pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of service and an enjoyable experience on board our flights, and we are sorry that on this occasion this fell short of our customers’ expectations, they said in a statement.‘We are investigating and are in contact with the customer to apologise and resolve this matter.’Donegal businessman’s outrage at being left on vomit-filled plane seat was last modified: June 10th, 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:British AirwaysCloudRangerDavid Gildealetterkennyplaneseatsicklast_img read more


first_img21 May 2013 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa has given state company Eskom a licence to go ahead with its Sere wind farm near Koekenaap in the Western Cape. “Sere is our first large-scale renewable energy project,” Eskom chief executive officer Brian Dames said in a statement on Monday. “It demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and to investing in a sustainable energy future.” The project will cost R2.4-billion and is expected to be in full commercial operation by the end of 2014. It is expected to create about 170 direct jobs during construction. Taking its name from the Nama word for “cool breeze”, the Sere wind farm will generate up to 100 megawatts (MW) of power for the national grid and will lead to the saving of approximately 4.7-million tonnes of carbon emissions over 20 years. It has been funded by a group of development finance organisations, including the World Bank, African Development Bank, Clean Technology Fund and Agence Francaise de Developpement. “We are very pleased that we have been able to take advantage of attractive financing from international development finance institutions to construct the project at costs which compare favourably with the market,” Dames said. Forty-six Siemens 2.3-108 wind turbine generators will make up the Sere farm, as well as construction of a new substation and 132-kilovolt (KV) distribution line. It has an expected operating life of 20 years, with average annual energy production of about 233 00-megawatt hours (MW-h), enough clean energy to power about 97 000 homes. Eskom also has a 100 MW concentrating solar plant project close to Upington in the Northern Cape, and has installed solar photovoltaic panels at it headquarters and two coal-fired power stations, with plans to roll out these panels at more of its facilities. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more