PUL Announces 2015 Awards Application

first_imgThe Press Union of Liberia (PUL) is calling for entries for its annual awards program, intended to honor the work of journalists and media institutions that performed with distinction in 2014.A PUL release said the competition, to be umpired by a carefully selected panel of judges comprising experienced and knowledgeable journalists, academics and other professionals, will award over 15 prizes.The competition is open to all journalists who are registered members of the Union, and covers radio, television, newspapers or the internet. Journalists are encouraged to submit their entries between April 15 and May 4. Late applications will be disqualified, said the PUL release.The Awards Committee will distribute entry forms for the institutional and the journalist of the year awards to be filled out, sealed up by media houses and submitted to the Union.Awards will be presented for the best work in each category during the PUL’s Annual Awards Night on Saturday, May 29, at a memorable event in Monrovia, which climaxes the 2015 World Press Freedom Day celebrations, the release signed by PUL Secretary General D. Kaihenneh Sengbeh 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

AG out-of-court settlement proposals receive Cabinet approval – Harmon

first_imgIn defending the coalition Government’s out-of-court settlements – a move which Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said has caused the Treasury billions of dollars – Minister of State Joseph Harmon said Attorney General Basil Williams would have recommended these settlements after the previous Administration failed to defend the State in the respective cases.Speaking at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, Minister Harmon explained that Cabinet was briefed on and approved the settlements.“These are recommendations made by the Attorney General and… whether it is out of court or in the court, whatever settlements are made that requires the State to pay over any resources, it is dealt with at Cabinet and full discussions take place there. Cabinet gives its guidance to the responsible minister,” he pointed out.Of recent, Government, particularly the Attorney General’s Chambers, has come under much criticism for not being able to secure success for several cases against the State. Since taking office, in addition to losing cases, Government has opted to enter into out-of-court settlements. Among those companies to benefit from these out-of-court settlements are BK International, which cashed in on US$5.7 million on a settlement, and more recently, a $226 million settlement with Guyana Tractor Equipment (Guytrac). Additionally, local spirits giant, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) would have also benefited from a $3.8 billion tax write-off in another out-of-court settlement.At his weekly press conference on Wednesday, Jagdeo had raised concerns about this practice, asking whether the State is deliberately losing millions of dollars in court cases.“I wonder if people are benefiting financially from all of these settlements by claiming lack of knowledge?… I probably should say I am confident; but I am saying I wonder now that it is a conduit for corrupt activities – these big judgements,” the Opposition Leader suggested.However, on Friday, the Minister of State sought to bosh the claim saying these cases started under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime, which failed to defend them.Attorney General Basil WilliamsOn the other hand, the Government’s spokesperson went on to say that the present Administration wanted to uphold the rule of law by honouring those judgements delivered in the court against the State.“The matters which we settled were matters which were decided by the court and we felt that it was important to establish a regime of the rule of law, which said that we respect the judgements of courts… we cannot say that citizens who have been granted awards by the court that we can pay them.He noted that there are more cases and at the appropriate time the Attorney General will make a full statement of those matters.Among the cases which the State has lost is the one brought by local construction company, Dipcon Engineering Company at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in which Government was ordered to pay over $446 million. More recently, the State lost a case to another company, Toolsie Persaud Limited (TPL) in the local High Court and was ordered to pay $187 million.On several occasions, Attorney General Basil Williams would have blamed the fact his predecessor for dropping the ball on the cases, many of which he said were contracted out to private lawyers.However, only a few days ago, the Attorney General’s Chambers published an ad, calling on private lawyers representing the State on cases that were not handed out by him to notify the office immediately.However, the Opposition Leader questioned why such a move was made now and not three years ago when the Attorney General assumed the post.“Now he wants to know who had been doing representations on behalf of the Chambers for cases in the past and current cases… If anyone is worth his salt or even a one per cent level of competence, when you go to a desk you would say to the staff can you find out for me all the cases we have outstanding so that I could be apprised of the cases outstanding,” Jagdeo opined.Moreover, the Opposition Leader pointed out that his party had offered, through Nandlall, the coalition Administration, upon its assumption to office, assistance on many of the outstanding cases the State had in the courts. But the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change regime never accepted the offer.“They ignored the offer. He didn’t find out and then (AG Williams) blames the PPP every time there is a ruling against him,” Jagdeo said on Wednesday.Back in January, Williams had defended his performance, saying that the Chambers under his leadership has “won more than we’ve lost.”last_img read more

NEBC Yukon Trackers on the road this weekend to Whitecourt

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Trackers are on the road this weekend as they visit the Whitecourt TRAC Wolverines.The last time these teams had met was at two home games in Fort St. John in early November.In the first game, the Trackers beat the Wolverines 5-4 and then in game two the Trackers won that game 7-6.- Advertisement -Currently, in the Bouchier Division, the Trackers are still standing at a strong first place with 39 points, while this weekend’s opponents, the Wolverines, are sitting in last with 17 points.Current Bouchier Division Standings as of January 25. Source NAHLGame one goes this Saturday, January 26, at 3:15 p.m. and game two takes place on Sunday, January 27, at 10:45 a.m. Both games are taking place in Whitecourt.Advertisementlast_img read more

Too much Suns shine

first_imgThe only trap for the Lakers was the one they fell into Sunday, when they seemingly deluded themselves into thinking they had the answers to the riddles of slowing down Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire. After a one-game blip, the Suns resumed their domination of the series’ pace, resolved all of their issues from the previous game and put themselves on the brink of the second round with an easy 113-100 Game 4 victory over the Lakers in front of a deflated crowd of 18,997 at Staples Center. Nash, stifled in Game 3 when the Lakers confused him and the Suns with a trapping defense, reasserted his authority and had 23 assists, one short of the NBA playoff record, and 17 points. Stoudemire, harassed at both ends by Kwame Brown threedays earlier, dominated from the start, finished with 27 points and 21 rebounds and eliminated any semblance of an inside game by the Lakers. “They made their adjustments to what we were doing,” said Kobe Bryant, who scored a team-high 31 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds. “We made some pretty good adjustments during the course of the game, but it wasn’t enough. They just had too much firepower for us today.” In an odd, full-circle sort of way, the Lakers must now draw motivation from last year’s first-round series, in which they led the Suns three games to one but lost the next three games and the series. Now the situation is reversed, and the Lakers must make an identical comeback. “We’re a team that always plays well with our backs to the wall,” said forward Luke Walton, who committed a game-high seven turnovers. “We can’t get any closer to the wall than we are right now.” Nash had eight assists in the first 8:41 and 15 by halftime, which tied an NBA playoff record for most assists in a half, held by Magic Johnson and Doc Rivers. Nash fell one short of the full-game record, shared by Johnson and John Stockton, but his 23 assists were two more than the Lakers totaled as a team. “We just wanted to be in the right spots, and I just wanted to be a lot more aggressive,” Nash said. “I just felt like I was going to be more aggressive, put the onus on myself to make plays.” Nash had little problem with Jordan Farmar, who started at point guard for the Lakers, and pushed the action from the start with his usual array of bounce passes and drive-and-dish plays in the paint. On the rare instances when the Lakers tried to trap Nash, he dribbled out of it or passed to an open teammate. Nash broke Kevin Johnson’s franchise record for most assists in a playoff game (19). “If we shot the ball well, he could have had 35 (assists),” Suns guard Raja Bell said of Nash. “We run when he runs. He’s the engine that can really rev us up and get us in transition.” Phoenix took the lead for good with an 8-0 run midway through second quarter for a 47-40 lead. The Suns held a double-digit lead early in the third quarter and led by as many as 20 points in the fourth. Wednesday’s Game 5 in Phoenix could bring the end of the Lakers’ topsy-turvy season, one that showed so much promise early, but now seems destined to end in a flurry of defensive miscues. “I’m not going to count them out,” Lakers coach Phil Jackson said of his players. “They’re a team that has remarkable resilience against all odds this season, with injuries and whatnot. They’ve come back many times and found a way to do things, so I’m certainly not going to count them out.” Sunday’s game couldn’t have been much more different than Game3, in which the Suns took a 17-point lead but relied too much on jump shots and let the Lakers slow down the game with strong inside play. This time, the Suns led by only five after the first period but played at a pace more to their liking. Nash became more aggressive, which neutralized any thoughts the Lakers had of trapping him. “You just can’t get out there and trap Steve,” Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said. “They tried, but once you get blown by a couple times, you’ve got to come up kind of softly because you just can’t do that. … It’s not the first time in 15 years he’s been trapped. It usually doesn’t work. It just did the other night.” Phoenix’s improved inside game helped give Nash some options. Stoudemire stayed out of foul trouble, and on defense, the Suns’ pack-it-in philosophy often turned the Lakers into jump-shooters. When the Suns did come out of their interior-defense shell, they often sent multiple defenders at Bryant, who was unable to drive to the basket consistently and took only three shots in the fourth quarter. “In Game 3, I made some adjustments, and I had a split-second to operate and I operated,” Bryant said. “In this game, they just said, `To hell with it.’ They just came and took the ball out of my hands.” Bryant didn’t get much help. Lamar Odom, who has a sore shoulder and a hyperextended left elbow, had 19 points, 13rebounds and five assists, but made just 2 of 6 free throws and 1of5 shots from 3-point range. Brown, bothered by a stiff back in the first half, finished with nine points, four rebounds and four fouls in 29 minutes, and the backup big men, Andrew Bynum and Ronny Turiaf, did not score. In their Game 3 victory, the Lakers had a solid rebounding edge – particularly on the offensive end. On Sunday the Suns held the edge in both defensive (33-29) and offensive (11-10) rebounding. rich.hammond@dailynews.com (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Who’s in charge? Corruption in county Sheriff’s Department?

first_img The $147,211 Compass paid for Sheriff’s Department retirement parties and the Baker-to-Vegas relay, the annual long-distance run involving Sheriff Lee Baca and other law-enforcement officials. Could it be that Compass was able to shortchange inmate services because it was lavishing its generosity on Sheriff’s Department officials instead? And isn’t it illegal for county employees to get all these goodies from a contractor? Well, yes, it is, but here’s the hitch: The records don’t show us which department employees benefited from Compass’ good will, so it’s impossible to tell who, if anyone, broke the law. That answer isn’t good enough. Law enforcement has a lot of tools to get at the truth in matters such as these, starting with the county grand jury. Since Baca is the man in charge, responsible for what goes on in his department, it’s up to the district attorney to live up to his promise to get tough on public corruption. Taxpayers have a right to know the whole truth.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! How could the Sheriff’s Department, which is charged not only with overseeing the jails but also ensuring law and order in L.A. County, have failed to stop this abuse? How could no one have noticed during the six years this kind of improper spending went on? Good questions. Unfortunately, there’s no good answer – although there are plenty of bad ones, such as: The $169,465 Compass spent on “client hospitality” – wining and dining Sheriff’s Department employees. The $304,291 Compass gave to the sheriff’s Youth Foundation. STEALING hundreds of dollars can, in Los Angeles, land you in the county jail. So what, then, is the penalty for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the county jail itself? Apparently nothing. According to county Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley, the corporation that runs the inmate stores in county jails, Compass Group USA Inc., ripped off inmates and the public to the tune of $640,213. The money, a portion of Compass’ jail profits, was supposed to go to inmate services, but never did. last_img read more

Gas Transmission Project seeking public comment on Environmental Assessment Application

first_imgTransCanada says the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) will prepare a report based on its internal review and input from the working group and the public, after which they’ll submit recommendations on the proposed project to the Government of British Columbia.TransCanada also says if approved, the proposed pipeline will “safely deliver natural gas from a point near Hudson Hope to a proposed LNG facility on Lelu Island with the District of Port Edward.”The pipeline is approximately 900 kilometres in length.- Advertisement -The Application is available for review at the TransCanada offices in Fort St. John or their website http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/.The EAO is holding an open house June 23 2014 at the Hudson’s Hope community centre between 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.last_img read more

LIFE IS A BEACH FOR STRANDED ICE-CREAM SELLER!

first_imgThe stranded ice-cream van on Rossnowlagh Beach.Life can be a ‘beach’ even on a sunny day when you’re selling ice-cream.Just ask the owner of this ice-cream van who got surrounded by the tide at Rossnowlagh Beach.We’re not sure if he managed to get out in time but as one wag put it “he had 99 problems.” But we bet he was ‘flaked’ out after his ordeal.Many thanks to Surfers Bar in Rossnowlagh for the picture.   LIFE IS A BEACH FOR STRANDED ICE-CREAM SELLER! was last modified: August 14th, 2015 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:beachdonegalice creamRossnowlaghlast_img read more

FORMER DONEGAL SELECTOR ACCUSES KERRY OF CYNICISM IN ALL-IRELAND FINAL

first_imgFormer Donegal star and selector Damien Diver has accused Kerry of cynicism in the All-Ireland final between the two counties last September.Former Donegal GAA star and selector Damien Diver has accused Kerry of engaging in the darker arts of the game in last year’s All-Ireland Final.Diver also pointed out that Michael Murphy came in for special attention from the Kerry players and believes the Donegal captain doesn’t get the protection he deserves.Rory Gallagher takes his Donegal side to Kerry this weekend in a crucial Allianz National League encounter. The game a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland is sure to be a fiery affair and Diver’s comments will only add more fuel to it.Diver told the Irish Examiner, “There was a lot of off-the-ball stuff that wasn’t seen.“Michael doesn’t get a fair crack of the whip as far as referees are concerned just because he’s a big man. A free is a free no matter how big or small the player is.“I would say having been beaten by Tyrone a lot down through the years and Armagh didn’t help things and they (Kerry) changed their style and probably got more cynical that way. “Some of their tackling in the All-Ireland final was very cynical, like holding on a lot and stopping runners. They learned all of that through time.Diver praised Donegal’s disciplinary record over the years and said it’s exemplary.Diver said, “At no stage does a Donegal team go out to individualise players and take them out. The record of Donegal and their yellow, black and red cards speaks for itself.“Their discipline is unbelievable, that is what we have been preached and preached ourselves. Tackle the ball and nobody will get sent off.  FORMER DONEGAL SELECTOR ACCUSES KERRY OF CYNICISM IN ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: March 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ALL-IRELAND FINALCyncismDamien DiverdonegalGAAKerryMichael MurphynewsSportlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Travels To SIU

first_imgSIU is 10-10 overall and 4-5 in MVC play after a road wins at Bradley and Illinois State last weekend. The Salukis trailed the Bulldogs by just three points at halftime in the first matchup between the two teams in Des Moines on Jan. 8, but a 22-7 run to open the second half helped Drake to the win. SIU senior point guard Rishonda Napier is averaging 13.8 points and is second in assists in the MVC behind Ingle at 4.7 per game. Drake made 34-of-36 free throws at the McLeod Center as Hittner (8-of-8) and Rose (9-of-10) set career marks at the charity stripe and Wendell made 8-of-9. The Bulldogs also had a 54-40 rebounding advantage. Rose and Jonas were recognized by the MVC for their performances as Rose earned her first career MVC Newcomer of the Week award and Jonas was named MVC Scholar-Athlete for the second time this season. The Bulldogs had five players finish in double figures, led by redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) with a team-high 18 points. Jonas added 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists for her second double-double this season and 12th in her career. Two others recorded double-doubles in freshmen Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.). Hittner had a career-high 11 rebounds and had 10 points for her second career double-double while Rose set new career-highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 16 points with 14 coming after halftime while Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) tallied 12 points and eight assists. Drake is on a 10-game winning streak and when the Bulldogs takes the floor in Carbondale will try to match their best start to league play (10-0) since the 1997-98 season. Following Friday’s game, Drake plays at Evansville on Sunday with tipoff set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team begins the second portion of its Missouri Valley Conference schedule on Friday night when it visits Southern Illinois. Tipoff at SIU arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Drake is coming off an 88-79 win at UNI on Jan. 27 that lasted two overtimes and featured 16 ties and 12 lead changes between the top two MVC teams. Drake improved to 16-4 overall and 9-0 in the MVC with the road victory to take sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The two overtimes are the most extra periods in the series since the two teams played a four-overtime thriller on Jan. 23, 1992, which Drake won 112-106 in the Knapp Center.last_img read more

Donegal’s three Miss Ireland finalists hit the stage tonight

first_imgThree ambitious young women from Donegal have the 2019 Miss Ireland crown in their sights as they compete in the national final this Saturday.Miss Donegal Holly McCrea, Miss Letterkenny Anna Gallagher and Miss Kildare Naomi Molloy, who is from Glenties, are all taking to the stage of The Helix in Dublin in a bid to win the coveted title.There are 33 finalists in the competition, which was won by Buncrana’s Lauren McDonagh in 2017. Holly, Anna and Naomi have had a busy summer preparing for the final by carrying out charity fundraising for Variety Ireland, modelling and campaigning with their individual causes.Miss Donegal Holly McCreaMiss Donegal Holly McCrea (23) from Donegal Town is a secondary school teacher with a passion for supporting children with special education needs. She held a vintage tea party this summer in aid of Variety Ireland. And she flew to the Miss Ireland final in style today via Donegal Airport!Miss Letterkenny 2019 Anna GallagherMiss Letterkenny Anna Gallagher (21) is passionate about GAA. A Letterkenny Gaels stalwart, she coaches the minors and had an active summer with the Cúl Camps. When not involved in football, she’s working at Spar in Ballyraine. Anna has an Arts degree in Geography and Sociology and plans to do a Masters to become a secondary school teacher.Miss Kildare Naomi MolloyMiss Kildare Naomi Molloy (23) will be flying two flags this weekend – for Celbridge and for Glenties. Naomi is a graduate of Food Science and Business who now works in Sales at O’Brien Fine Foods. She launched a mental health week in her workplace and has been promoting positive mental health messages with her new platform. Excitement is building fast for the 72nd Miss Ireland final on Saturday night, where there is sure to be a large Donegal presence as friends and families cheer on their favourites.Donegal’s three Miss Ireland finalists hit the stage tonight was last modified: September 14th, 2019 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