Commerce Ministry’s Absence Proves Guilt in Japanese Rice Donation

first_imgMembers of the joint Public Accounts, Audit and Expenditure Committee of the Legislature have said that the continuous non-appearance of key witnesses from the Ministry of Commerce at Public Hearings on the 8,612.2722 metric tons of the 2008 Japan KR rice donation to Liberia will be considered proof of guilt. On Wednesday, February 8, the joint PAC Chairman, Representative Thomas Fallah, said the committee has written the Commerce Ministry on four different occasions to appear alongside the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to answer various claims levied against it as stated in the audit report. The Ministry of Commerce has repeatedly refused to honor the committee’s request with no justification, Rep. Fallah said.According to Fallah, who is also the Representative for Montserrado County District #5, the Commerce Ministry was written on May 6, 2016; May 19, 2016; June 2, 2016 and February 1, 2017, but failed to appear for all the hearings.The joint PAC of the Legislature examines reports produced by the Auditor General of the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and all anti-graft agencies on the value of money in compliance with Section 37.6 of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act of 2009 and Rule 51 of the Interim Financial Management RulesIn the report, the then AG (John S. Morlu II) observed that the rice donated was not handled in line with the bilateral agreement and exchange of notes signed between the governments of Liberia and Japan, which caused the loss of US$831,624.09 from under-pricing, missing bags, and other irregular (unaccounted) transactions.Members of the committee, who were present during Wednesday’s hearing, included Reps. Garrison Yealue and Clarence Massaquoi, Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh, among others. The committee termed the action by the Ministry of Commerce as a “deliberate attempt to undermine the Public Accounts Committee and above all to diminish the work of the General Auditing Commission in the eyes of the public as a meaningless institution.”The irate lawmakers said there is a need to levy the necessary punitive action on the Commerce Ministry to serve as a deterrent to other ministries and agencies that may want to emulate its bad example.The lawmakers said the Commerce Ministry’s actions suggest that the ministry is guilty of the charges levied against it as enshrined in the GAC audit report.Following hours of debate on the matter, Representative Clarence Massaquoi made a motion for the committee to accept the GAC audit report on the Japanese grant. They also unanimously agreed that punitive actions be taken against the Commerce Ministry and that such recommendations should be communicated to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.It may be recalled that in 2008, the Government of Japan provided 8,612.2722 metric tons of KR rice as Japan Food Aid to Liberia. The donation was aimed at helping to stabilize the price of the country’s staple food on the Liberian market.The GAC’s audit report was commissioned by former Auditor General John S. Morlu II on May 1, 2010.There was an agreement through the exchange of notes that the minimum revenue to be generated from the sale of donated rice would be US$4,035,552.52 or its equivalent L$256,257,556 with exchange rate of L$3.60 to US$1.Given the quantity of rice supplied by the Government of Japan, the minimum price was set at US$14.12 per bag of rice. The Inter-Ministerial Committee, based on market conditions at the time, adjusted the price to US$11.50 without a written approval from the Government of Japan or an amendment to the bilateral agreement. This resulted in an overall under-pricing variance of US$734,046.59 and contributed significantly to the overall revenue loss of US$831,624.09. This loss in revenue was due to the purported damaged bags of rice, according to the AG 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

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE CLUB GETS READY FOR BIG BIG BBQ

first_imgPeil na mBanThe U-10;s and U-12’s will continue to train from 5-6pm on Monday evenings.U8 girls will train on Saturday mornings for 10-11am with the mixed groups of boys and girls. The U14 County Semi finals will be played at The Bridge, Dunfanaghy on Thursday 5th September @6.30pm against St. Eunans. Everyone Rally the troops and head out the mines to support our young girls in the quest to make the county final.Our Minors were defeated at home last Tuesday by Milford. The next game for them is Tuesday the 3rd Sept in the Banks against Termon @6pm.A fundamental coaching course has been organised by the Donegal ladies board for the 14th September and a level 1 course is going ahead on the 21st September. Anyone interested in doing either of these course contact Dónal O’Séarcáigh. The Fundamentals coaching course is a must for anyone working with Girls/Ladies teams. New 22″ kit bags are in stock @ €28,contact Donal O’Séarcáigh.Cluichí / FixturesIt was mixed fortunes at the weekend for the senior and reserve teams when they played neighbours Dungloe. The reserve game ended in a draw while the seniors lost on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-09. This weekend sees the senior team travel to MacCumhaill park for the Intermediate championship semi final where they take on Aodh Ruadh. Ádh mór ar Danny agus na gasúraí uilig.BBQNaomh Muire are holding a bbq on the night of the 14th September. It promises to be a great night with great food an music on the night. Please see website or facebook for more details.Light Up Your Club The LIGHT UP YOUR CLUB campaign is being run by the club with the aim of getting the Floodlights up and running this autumn and winter. The bulbs are €100 each and so far well over half have been sponsored from all over the world by so many. If you would like to sponsor a bulb please email naomhmuire@gmail.comThose who sponsor a bulb will have their name on a board in the clubhouse for the next ten years. Go raibh maith agaibh.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE CLUB GETS READY FOR BIG BIG BBQ was last modified: September 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:Club NewsGAANAOMH MUIRElast_img read more

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Passengers from hell! We want your opinion!

first_imgWhich is worse? The inconsiderate passenger reclining into your face for an entire flight or the out of control child running amok in the cabin? Editors at AirlineRatings.com, the world’s first safety, and product rating website, have listed its 10 worst passenger types with the seat recliner and the inconsiderate parent topping the list as the most hated. Now we want to know what tops our viewer’s lists. Select your choice here Click here to take surveyGeoffrey Thomas Editor and founder of Airlineratings.com said that “it was a tossup between parents that think their 200 fellow passengers are babysitters or the thoughtless passengers who recline into your space from takeoff to landing.”These two passengers have been dubbed Parentus Slapdashii and Reclinus Maximus.“Of course we all feel for the mother with the crying baby and we can always put a headset on to reduce the impact but it’s the children running amok and kicking your seat that angers fellow passengers.”“However Reclinus just wins according to our editor survey.”Various global surveys back up the airlineratings.com worst passengers picks.“One by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper found that nearly 70 percent of travelers would be prepared to pay more for a child-free cabin which underscores the problem of the irresponsible parent,” said Mr Thomas.“Responding to that Malaysian Airlines and Air AsiaX have both moved to child-free zones in the past 18 months.”Another growing problem passenger is Smellus Incredibilus.“There is no doubt that personal hygiene on planes is in decline and typically “Smellus” will also leave the toilets in a mess,” said Mr ThomasNext on the list is Armrest Grabbis who hogs the armrests and typically he has become more of the problem as passengers get larger.Chatticus Majorus makes up the top five and it seems no matter what you do if Chatticus wants to talk you are in for a long and boring trip!Making number 6 is Bladder Incredibilus who some bizarre reason always seems to request the window seat. Bladder not only affects the passengers in the same row but also the ones in front as he or she inevitably uses the seatbacks as a steadier.At number 7, often you can’t decide whether Carry-on Greedicus is stupid, arrogant or just plain inconsiderate. Maybe he’s all three.Greedicus is typically seated in row 30 or 40 but he thoughtlessly— particularly in the US — dumps his carry-on bag which is way toobig or too heavy or both in row 2’s overhead bin, rather than carry itall the way down the back.This of course causes chaos for passengers boarding after him.Holding down number eight position is High-and-Mighticus, who is almost always bathed in self glory. This tiresome traveler sees the overhead reading light more as a spotlight on their own special opening night stage rather than as reading aids.You will often hear Mighticus demanding before you see him and that tone will continue all flight.At number nine DVT – Avoidus would be funny if they were not so irritating.A real tell-tale sign of this trait is the traveler going through their yoga or tai chi routine in the boarding lounge.Once on board, they spend the entire trip doing arm stretches and leg raisers bumping the back of your seat or elbowing you in the head or shoulder.The final irritating passenger is “Window Hoggus” who takes the window seat and immediately after take-off pulls down the window shade and goes to sleep denying fellow passengers a view.And there is a dark side to these characters’ thoughtlessness in that it fuels air rage.“It is impossible to get accurate figures but one reliable estimate puts the air rage incidents count in the US alone as 10,000 a year,” said Mr Thomas.Extrapolated across the globe the number of air rage incidents could top 40,000 a year.“Another survey of frequent flyers found that 37 per cent occasionally felt a sense of rage on a flight,” said Mr Thomas.And it’s no longer just one passenger causing grief.Last month US airline Air Tran off loaded 100 school children and their chaperones, after a number refused to turn their mobiles off and sit down.last_img read more

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SA para-cyclists on song in World Cup

first_imgReigning world champion Ernst van Dyk claimed the first gold medal by edging out his nemesis Alessandro Zanardi in a sprint finish to the road race. Zanardi had won the time trial two days earlier. SAinfo reporter C4 cyclist Roxy Burns retained her World Cup leaders’ jersey, which she had earned after her first race earlier this season. It’s a great achievement for Burns, especially since her preferred discipline is track cycling. South Africa’s second gold medal was awarded to T1 Tricyclist George Rex, who won the time trial over an 8.3km course in 17:40.09, 13.08 seconds ahead of Spain’s Aitor Oroza Flores, with Jiri Hindr of the Czech Republic finishing third. 27 August 2013 The first three riders to cross the finish line after eight laps and 66.4km of racing – Van Dyk, Zanardi and Jetze Plat (Ned) – all recorded the same time of 01:56:51, with only four seconds separating the top five riders. The team’s attention will next be turned onto the 2013 World Championships as they settle in at Baie-Comeau in Quebec. Racing starts on Thursday, 29 August. First winIt was the first time this season that Van Dyk, who races in the H4 category, had defeated former Formula One driver Zanardi, who had dominated the previous rounds of the road racing and time trial disciplines. “Our new T1 rider George Rex was a pleasant surprise. He finished fourth in Italy, and then followed it up with second places in Spain, and a win and third place here in Matane. “Of course we are also well aware that his main adversary, the French rider, broke his collarbone and did not compete. South African para-cyclists captured two gold medals and three World Cup leaders’ jerseys at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Series in Matane, Canada on the weekend. ‘Consistency’“Consistency also gave Justine Asher the overall win in the H2 class.” Asher’s achievement was all the more remarkable since she had to return home early after racing at the Italian leg of the World Cup series following a crash in which she broke bones in a foot. ‘Our best ever World Cup’“This was our best ever World Cup,” team coach Ricky Kulsen told Road to Rio’s Mark Etheridge. “Due to consistently riding in all the events, Roxy won the C4 World Cup overall without winning one single race. This was actually just part of getting her used to riding the road in preparation for the track.last_img read more

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USDA designates 14 Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 14 Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Adams, Belmont, Champaign, Clark, Guernsey, Highland, Madison, Miami, Monroe, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit, and Trumbull counties who suffered losses due to excessive rain and flooding that occurred from Jan. 1 through Sept. 4, 2019, may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.Producers in the contiguous Ohio counties Ashtabula, Brown, Carroll, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Darke, Fayette, Franklin, Geauga, Greene, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Logan, Mahoning, Medina, Montgomery, Morgan, Muskingum, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Shelby, Tuscarawas, Union, Washington, and Wayne, along with Lewis and Mason counties in Kentucky; Crawford and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania; and Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel counties in West Virginia, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is June 3, 2020.The Secretary previously announced several Ohio counties as primary natural disaster areas. A listing of all disaster designations can be found at fsa.usda.gov.FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at farmers.gov/recover.last_img read more

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