14 Jan

The Ellen “House of Cards” in These Elections: Why She Doesn’t Trust the Current…

first_imgBy Varney AnastersBackgroundThe Liberian General elections of 2017 is already parading many controversies. From crossing carpet to infightings, electoral activities have been filled with tension, as well as surprising, if not mystical, occurrences. However, the person dictating the current electoral climate is no other than the “Maradona,” or in modern day attribution, the “Cristiano Ronaldo” of Liberian politics, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Varney Sherman long time feudPresident Sirleaf and Senator Varney Sherman were one-time real buddies. When Sherman graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law in 1979, he joined the Maxwell and Maxwell Law Firm in 1980 as an associate, performing duties as a consulting attorney and a trial lawyer. After his graduation from Harvard Law School in 1982, he was given additional assignments and was entrusted to represent some of the firm’s biggest corporate clients; notably Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, Tradevco Bank among others. While at this firm, it was noticed that President Sirleaf had formed a special friendship with the head of the firm. The friendship between President Sirleaf and this head of the firm where Senator Sherman worked went on until the inception of the war in 1990, when all of them fled the country. After the war subsided, Cllr. Sherman went back to Liberia while the head of this Maxwell and Maxwell Law Firm stayed in the United States. The agreement was, Cllr. Sherman should revamp the law firm and report to him. After doing that for a while, Cllr. Sherman saw that as a disservice to himself, as he had to do all the work while this so-called boss was receiving the bulk of the remittances. He then decided to establish his own firm. After the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm was founded, Cllr. Sherman took all the valuable clients from the Maxwell and Maxwell Law Firm over with him. This caused some bad blood between Sherman and his former boss who President Sirleaf was close to, thereby starting a rift between Sirleaf and Sherman. It is understood that President Sirleaf was being aided by Sherman’s ex-boss while in exile. After Sherman stopped the cash flow, it ultimately triggered disenchantment and heated exchanges between Ellen and Varney. For years, Ellen and Varney could not see eye-to-eye, and after the elections of 2005, he somehow started reversing his stiffness. After peace talks, both parties decided to reconcile, and in 2011, they formed a coalition which, in earnest, Ellen was only using to gain a second term win. Originally, Varney Sherman was promised a vice presidential slot after Ellen ended her term, when Joseph Boakai would have become the candidate on the party ticket. However, the rift between them reignited during the 2014 midterm elections when the Unity Party refused to support the senatorial candidacy of Robert Sirleaf and the Vice President subsequently campaigned for Sherman in Cape Mount. This led to President Sirleaf empowering the former President of NOCAL, Dr. Foday Kromah, who was also a candidate in Grand Cape Mount county race, to file a lawsuit about the elections result, which led to Sherman missing out on the Senate Pro-Temp position. Fast forward to 2016, Vice President Boakai’s top pick for a vice standard bearer was Senator Varney Sherman. Since President Sirleaf still harbored some resentment against Senator Sherman, she ignited the Global Witness investigation. Tyler was included in that investigation because he would have ultimately become chair of the party, and a Sherman-Tyler clique would not have owed any loyalty to Ellen after her term and could have had real influence on Vice President Boakai (Madam President knew that Sherman and Tyler would have been hard to control). Although Tyler had resigned from the Unity Party and founded the LPDP, he had plans to join the Unity Party in a coalition, which was going to give him some leverage and chairmanship of the party. But Ellen thwarted all those plans with the Global Witness report and setting up of a task force which eventually sent both Sherman and Tyler to court. The 2017 Ellen play: the Liberty Party and Coalition for Democratic Change scenarios After the dismantling of the Sherman and Tyler forces, and with the election of Wilmot Paye as chairman of the UP, Madam President still saw that as a threat to her influence; most of Sherman’s young intellectuals he brought over during the merger in 2011 have become the most powerful and influential people in the Unity Party. In addition, Sherman and Vice President Boakai have a strong relationship, therefore, Madam President started having reservations about Boakai’s candidacy. It was with this thought that she turned her focus toward the Liberty Party. Cllr. Fonati Koffa, a former chairman of Liberty Party, started working on a deal between the President and the party for her support, and the party’s protection of her family when they win. This was how Koffa was appointed as head of the special task force on the Global Witness saga. The earlier negotiations started with a proposal to Vice President Boakai for a Boakai-Brumskine ticket by Madam Sirleaf, which the VP rejected. After that rejection, Madam Sirleaf decided to boost the morale of the Liberty Party by funneling money through the task force headed by Cllr. Koffa. Because she did not want this money to be detected, the task force budget was embedded into the National Security Agency’s budget (the NSA can’t be audited). Three payments of US$250,000 each were made through the NSA over the last three months with the intent of the task force’s operational budget. It was not: it was a means used to clean the money for onward transfer to the Liberty Party by Fonati Koffa. This was how the Liberty Party brought in all those vehicles and bikes, with Musa Bility fronting like he made the arrangements for them. Actually, it was taxpayers’ money. During this period of Madam President’s support to the Liberty Party, officials of the Unity Party started to become a bit jittery. Tension was visible between the Madam President and Vice President Boakai, which eventually led to a peace talk between the two by Bishop David Daniels of the AME Church of Liberia. During that meeting, Madam President wanted assurance from Vice President Boakai for the protection of her family and to eliminate the Country and Congau rhetoric. Vice President Boakai could not commit to the protection of her family, as his stance was if they were found culpable of any crime, they will be prosecuted. But he promised to intervene with the party to calm the Country and Congau rhetoric. Since that meeting did not yield the fruit she wanted, Madam President then turned her attention to the Liberty Party once and for all. However, after three surveys were done by Nigerian, UK and an Israeli firms, the President was told that Liberty Party does not have a chance of winning these elections. She was advised that if she wants to partner with any opposition, the Coalition for Democratic Change of George Weah could be the best shot. At a meeting at the American Embassy some time ago, the President was informed by the Americans that they want a free and fair elections, void of any malpractice. This put the president in a position of eliminating any thought of influencing the results in favor of Liberty Party for a second-round spot. Being the ‘smartest’ Liberian politician she is, President Sirleaf then reached out to the CDC. Madam President’s outreach to the Coalition for Democratic Change is for two reasons: protection of her family from prosecution and Weah’s support to Robert Sirleaf during the special elections for Montserrado for his vacant seat if Weah wins. Since the provisional acceptance of her outreach by Senator Weah and co., the President has instructed all her trusted confidants to choose between the Unity Party and her. This led to the resignation of Eugene Nagbe as Secretary General of the Party and Gbezongar Findley from the party (Nagbe will officially resign from Unity Party soon). More resignations are expected in coming weeks. In addition, it is being reported that Robert Sirleaf has promised Gazprom, a Russian Oil Company, some of Liberia’s oil wells with the election of Weah. This has prompted Gazprom to make some significant commitment to the campaign of Weah through the Sirleafs. The CDC is expected to benefit from choppers and some good sum of money from this arrangement. Conclusion Although they are saving face, the Unity Party is in serious disarray. The party is divided into two factions: the President Sirleaf faction on one hand, and the Vice President Boakai and Varney Sherman faction on the other hand. If the marriage between the Sirleafs and the CDC becomes really successful, we will see unusual defections from the party in the coming weeks. While it is true that politics is about interest, I would like to clearly state in my impartial and independent opinion that the treatment of the Vice President by President Sirleaf is very bad. This was the party that elected you to two terms. In the meantime, the Coalition for Democratic Change needs to be careful with this marriage with Ellen. Madam President is a political strategist and should not be trusted in a wholesome manner. While Madam President might not influence the election by manipulating the results, she might just influence it by manipulating parties. In our Liberian terms, “Ellen is putting political susu hand all over.” As the Liberian “House of Cards” series premieres, we are on the sidelines watching. Good luck to all parties involved. 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11 Jan

Juma, Shariff gain FIDE rating

first_imgCAC Chess Championship…– Barbados’s Blackman clinches titleTwelve-year-old Chelsea Juma has become Guyana’s youngest FIDE (World Chess Federation) ranked player after gaining her ranking and a wealth of experience with her 14-year-old teammate Sasha Shariff.Participants in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Women’s Chess ChampionshipThe Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Women’s Chess Championship, which ran from July 27 to August 3, matched the two Guyanese girls with top-ranked chess players from all across the Caribbean and Central America. Even though they went into the tournament with one other international appearance to their names, the girls played valiantly to receive their rankings.The Guyanese duo have completed their seven games against rated players from Carifta Championships in Paramaribo, Suriname to this challenging and unpredictable tournament. At the CAC, Chelsea’s performance rating was 1113 and Sasha’s was 1022. As such, they will join Guyana’s four other female FIDE rated players: WFM Maria Thomas (1739); WCM Sheriffa Ali (1363); Jessica Clementson (1203) and Nellisha Johnson (1123).From the nine rounds played, Juma finished on 1.5 points while Shariff finished on 1 point. Being the only unrated players at the event put the girls at an instant disadvantage, nevertheless, they battled their way through the intense competition featuring players from Barbados, Trinidad, Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Costa Rica.A notable game from Juma was her win against three-time Guatemalan Olympiad champ and WCM Julissa Figueroa, who will be playing for Barbados at this year’s 43rd World Chess Olympiad.Playing the black pieces, WCM Figueroa turned to the “tricky” Paulsen Variation of the Sicilian Defence, but due to a possible “blind spot” left a Bishop undefended which young Juma was keen to capture thus making her opponent resign and sending a shockwave throughout the tournament hall.While Shariff got some better positions and winning advantages in a lot of her games, the teenager failed to convert those advantages into a full point. Her notable game was Round (1) and eight (8) which she should have definitely won, but was unable to find the winning combinations to receive full points. Additionally, during the tournament, both Shariff and Juma received some training via post analysis and pre analysis of their games from Barbadian IM (FIDE International Master) Orlando Husband and Lawrence Depradine. The tournament and training is all part of Shariff’s planned training before she represents Guyana at the 43rd World Chess Olympiad scheduled to be held inn Batumi, Georgia from September 23-October 16, 2018.FIDE National Instructor and National Chess Champion CM Wendell Meusa has expressed his gratitude to those who have contributed to the girls’ participation in the tournament.“Without these few persons who dug into their pockets, these girls would not be able to attend and make history for Guyana and I would like to thank each of them,” Meusa stated. He also echoed a call for private businesses to support the growth and development of chess in Guyana aiming to place the country among the greats once again, as in the late 1970s under former President Linden Forbes Burnham.The 2018 CAC tournament was won by Barbados’ four-time national women’s champion Katrina Blackman.In an intense finish to the Championship, the 25-year-old Blackman clinched the US$1000 top prize on a tie-break after finishing level on points with Ailen Oriana Mena of Curaçao.Both Blackman, the number six seed, and Mena, the number two seed, went into the final round level on six points in a three-way tie at the top of the table. With the pair clinching victories to finish on seven points, Blackman took gold on account of winning their head-to-head clash in the sixth round.“It feels really nice. Being ranked at number six and actually winning against persons higher rated than me by a lot of points, it feels really good,” Blackman said.last_img read more

11 Jan

Rain helps tame N.J. blaze apparently started by flare

first_imgNo deaths or injuries had been attributed to the fire, but at least 13 homes were damaged or destroyed and about 6,000 people were evacuated from 2,500 homes along the border between Ocean and Burlington counties. About 115 people were in shelters Wednesday evening, authorities said. “I didn’t grab anything but the cat and myself, and we scrammed,” said Helen Sura, who spent a sleepless night with her pet, aptly named Smoky, in a Burger King parking lot. A portion of the Garden State Parkway, one of the state’s main north-south routes, was closed briefly Wednesday because dense smoke made it difficult for motorists to see. It was reopened later in the day. Lt. Col. James Garcia, a spokesman for the New Jersey Air National Guard, said the fire was believed to have been started Tuesday afternoon with a flare dropped from an F-16 fighter jet. An investigation continued, he said. The Warren Grove Gunnery Range, about 25 miles north of Atlantic City, was also involved in the accidental strafing in 2004 of an elementary school during a training exercise. LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A rainstorm Wednesday night helped firefighters make progress against a blaze that apparently began when a military jet dropped a flare on a bombing range. Officials were hoping to determine at daybreak whether the blaze had been contained. The thunderstorm rolled into the region during the early evening, just after high winds associated with the storm pushed the fire eastward toward a highway, jeopardizing the road and thousands of homes east of it. “All the reports we are getting are that the fire is laying right down,” said Bert Plante, a spokesman for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, after the storm began to subside. The fire, which began Tuesday, sent walls of flames 80 to 100 feet high racing toward senior citizen communities. Elderly residents grabbed their pets and fled. 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

11 Jan

Critics to launch formal drive to pull councilman

first_imgSome disgruntled Westside residents plan to launch a formal recall drive today against City Councilman Jack Weiss, who has previously announced he will give up his seat in two years to run for city attorney. The Committee to Recall Jack Weiss has scheduled a formal announcement at Rancho Park, across from Fox Studios, a heavily congested area that organizers say exemplifies the problems in the 5th Council District. “Jack Weiss has ceased to represent his constituents and has focused instead on representing developers and other special interests,” the organization said in a printed statement. “It is time fo the people of (the district) to send the message that Jack is supposed to support and represent residents, not just developers, lobbyists and lawyers who donate to his campaign.” Neither Weiss nor his campaign manager would comment on the announcement. The recall proponents’ Web site, www.recalljackweiss.com, and press releases say they believe they needed to act to express their frustration to Weiss and other city officials. To qualify a recall election, the group would need to collect the signatures of 22,000 registered voters in the district. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 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

28 Dec


first_imgSome well-known Donegal food business owners pictured with members of staff at Donegal Local Enterprise Office at a photo shoot to highlight, that businesses in the county can now apply to join the Food Coast Network and to use the Donegal Food Coast Brand.Businesses in Donegal associated with the food sector, will soon be able to demonstrate how they champion Donegal food by applying to use the Donegal Food Coast Brand and by joining the Food Coast network.The initiative is the latest step in the roll-out of the Donegal Food Strategy and will allow businesses in Donegal to seek to obtain use of The Food Coast branding.This, says Eve-Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative, will permit businesses to demonstrate that they are either a Donegal-based producer or a business sourcing produce from Donegal producers. “When Donegal Local Enterprise Office launched The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – the object was to support development, growth and raise awareness of Donegal’s food sector.Now the initiative is on track to further raise awareness of food from within the county – through the launch of The Food Coast Brand – giving local enterprises an opportunity to clearly demonstrate that they champion Donegal food,” she said.Eve-Anne explained that Businesses in Donegal, can now seek to obtain use of The Food Coast branding and she believes there is already a strong desire among those working in the food-sector in the county to highlight their pride in Donegal produce.“The initiative aims to assist the food and drink producers and manufacturers of the region, the retailers supplying local produce and the hospitality outlets working with locally sourced ingredients. By contacting Donegal Local Enterprise Office – Primary producers, Value Added Processors, Retailers, Restaurants and Food Service Businesses – can all now apply to use the Food Coast Brand and to join the Food Coast Network.”Strict criteria will apply, but the Food Coast executive says she believes the new branding will be much-coveted among those working across the spectrum of the food sector in Donegal.“In a short space of time, The Food Coast has become a central platform for establishing Donegal as a “Food County” – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy.Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Donegal County Council are keen to ensure that The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – continues to create employment and contributes to sustaining the county’s local economy,” Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said.Anyone seeking further information on the Food Coast Brand can contact Eve-Anne at eveanne.mccarron@leo.donegalcoco.ie or call 07491 60735 DONEGAL FOOD CHAMPIONS INVITED TO APPLY FOR FOOD COAST BRAND was last modified: August 26th, 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:donegalFOOD COAST NETWORKlast_img read more

27 Dec


first_imgA big congratulations to the Donegal senior team on reaching the Ulster Final for the sixth year in a row, Paddy McBrearty, Ryan, Eoin and Mark McHugh played and Stephen McBrearty was a sub in the victory over Monaghan on Saturday evening.Our seniors and reserves travel to Letterkenny to play St Eunans this Sunday in Division one. Seamus DooganThe club would like to express our deepest sympathy with the Doogan family, Drumreagh, on the death of Seamus.Seamus served the club as Chairman, 1979, 1980 & 1982, as Secretary, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983 and 1984, as treasurer in 1977 and as PRO in 1976, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Club MeetingMonthly Club Meeting this Wednesday at 9pm in Áislann Chill Chartha, all welcome.Ulster Final TicketsTickets for the Ulster Final to be ordered by Thursday at 8pm, all orders to be given to Fiona and people must specify what they require, whether seated or terrace, adult or Under 16s.UnderageOur Under 12s and 16s were both defeated by Naomh Columba last week; our Under 16s are at home to Dungloe this Friday at 7:30.Cúl Camps Hosted by CLG Cill Chartha in Towney from 11th-15th of July for boys & girls aged from 6-13 years.Registration evenings this Monday and Thursday in Towney from 7pm – 8pm €55 for 1st child, €45 for 2nd child and €40 for 3rd child Payable on either evening or online: https://www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ieLadiesLidl, proud supporters of Ladies Gaelic Football, are committed to supporting the grassroots of the game.Now, through a new store competition, starting on Thursday 26th May and running until Sunday, 10th July, Lidl Donegal Town customers are invited to nominate their local Ladies Gaelic Football Club to win cash prizes.Using the nomination card, offered at the till with every purchase (two cards given for over €20 spent) customers can vote for their local club from the list of clubs on the in-store competition unit. €1,000 is available to be won in each store with an additional three prizes of €5,000 to be won on Lidl’s social media platforms (see Lidl Ireland’s Facebook page for details). Lidl will have donated €160,000 to Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs at the end of this competition.Club GearWe now have a selection of Club gear on sale in Áislann Chill Chartha with adult and kid’s club home jerseys, new half zip tops, polo shirts and children’s kit bags and shorts now in stock. You can also now buy club merchandise online via our website.Club AppWe have now 219 members on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system.LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €5,300 this week’s numbers were: 4, 8, 9 and 25 winners were: €50 Michael Smyth, Meath €30 Margaret McShane, Castlecarn €20 Marie Gallagher, Dunkineely and Rose McBrearty, Killybegs. For those not living in the area you can buy your Lotto’s online at clgchillchartha.com click the Club Lotto section for details!Club Bingo Jackpot now €7,500!There was no winner of the Jackpot so it rises to €7,500 on 45 numbers, Club Bingo is on in The Parish Hall on Sunday nights at 8:30pm so please support to be in with a chance of winning the Jackpot and thanks to all who continue to support our Bingo!. This week’s winners were: €150 Mary Byrne, €70 Margaret Campbell, Alise McMorrow, Sandra Byrne, Rose McBrearty, Joan Ellis, Pamela Bonner and Margaret Anne McBrearty.For the latest from Kilcar GAA visit their  website,  you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter GAA NEWS: KILCAR GAA CONGRATULATE DONEGAL SENIOR TEAM ON REACHING ULSTER FINAL was last modified: July 4th, 2016 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:chill charthaGAA newsSportlast_img read more

26 Dec

Blackburn Rovers sign Newcastle United striker

first_img 1 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST moving on Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong, the club have announced.The 21-year-old spent last term with the club and hit nine goals in 21 games with the Ewood Park club. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January TOP WORK Adam Armstrong in action for Newcastle United. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED center_img three-way race The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets targets After the successful loan he’s now made the move permanent with Blackburn paying an initial £1.75million, and add-ons possibly taking it to £3million in the future.And the England Under-21 star is excited to be returning to the club. LIVING THE DREAM Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer “It’s an amazing feeling,” Armstrong told Blackburn’s official website. “I enjoyed my time here last season and it was a no-brainer to come back.“The lads have been texting me every day since I left, asking when I was coming back!“It’s nice to feel wanted and it’s nice to feel at home, so it was a pretty easy decision in the end.“It’s what’s best for me, and both me and my family think it’s the right time to move on and challenge myself somewhere else and I don’t think there’s a better club than Blackburn Rovers to do that with.”last_img read more

25 Dec

Ex-county worker jailed

first_img Taylor had worked in the county Planning Department for 20 years before he came under suspicion in August 2000. Prosecutors said Taylor ran a private company out of his home, forged grant deeds and issued fraudulent land-division certificates that bypassed the normal public review process. The certificates were issued over a five-year period to landowners who avoided public hearings, thousands of dollars’ worth of fees and other requirements to subdivide property, according to prosecutors. Officials said Taylor’s activities came under suspicion when one of his clients sent him payments – so-called “consulting fees” – to a county government address rather than to his home. Taylor was fired in November 2000 and arrested two years later after an investigation by county officials, who reviewed more than 1,000 certificates of compliance dating back to the early 1990s. The investigation led county officials to question all certificates of compliance, causing delays for property owners who sought permits to build on their land. In many cases, officials said, property owners seemed to be trying to avoid setting aside part of their land for road easements. In some cases, a property owner went through the usual public-hearing procedure and got permission to cut his land into smaller parcels, but applied for a certificate saying the land had been subdivided years earlier. That meant he didn’t have to give up land for roads, investigators said. Taylor sought to withdraw his plea, saying he did not fully understand his placement on parole and was impaired after taking a higher-than-normal dose of sedatives the morning of the plea. In September, Pounders denied Taylor’s request based on the parole argument. Taylor appealed that ruling but his appeal was denied by the Second District Court of Appeal. Taylor withdrew his motion to nullify his plea because he was impaired, prosecutors said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 68-year-old former county planning employee awaiting sentencing in connection with pocketing money to issue illegal land certificates was jailed after the prosecutor told the judge he misrepresented a medical condition. Prosecutors checked into Emmet Taylor’s claim that eye surgery was needed to save his eyesight and that therefore his sentencing and custody time should be postponed indefinitely. “I did a background check and talked to the eye doctor,” Deputy District Attorney Leonard Torrealba said. “The facts about eye surgery were misrepresented, and I filed a motion to increase bail based on the misrepresentation.” Taylor, who had remained free after posting $100,000 bail, was taken into custody Wednesday after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders increased bail to $1.82 million. Taylor’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Taylor is a former Los Angeles County Planning Department employee who is accused of collecting $500,000 to issue illegal certificates to landowners for hundreds of acres in Agua Dulce and Malibu. Taylor pleaded no contest in May to three counts of falsification of public records after prosecutors agreed to dismiss 94 other counts. He faces up to four years in prison. At Wednesday’s hearing, the doctor testified that the eye surgery Taylor referred to in a medical affidavit was an elective procedure, Torrealba said. “It was laser surgery that would take about 30 seconds to do. It was not necessary,” Torrealba said. “The surgery was an elective thing and wasn’t an emergency.” Taylor’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment. last_img read more

21 Dec

Main Street Glenties to close for two days during Harvest Fair

first_imgThe Main Street of Glenties will be closed to traffic on Thursday 12th September and Sunday 15th September to facilitate events for the Glenties Harvest Fair.The road will be temporarily closed from 8am-9pm on Thursday for the Harvest Fair Day, as over 150 market stalls are set up on the street alongside street entertainers.The road will close again from 12noon-9pm on Sunday for the festival parade and entertainment. Donegal County Council has planned the following diversions for traffic: • Traffic from Donegal Town (R262) will be diverted left onto the N56 at Kilraine continuing on to Hillhead, Ardara and from there divert right onto the R261 continuing on this route until rejoining the N56 at Maas.• Traffic from Ardara/Killybegs will be diverted left onto the R261 at Hillhead, Ardara continuing on this route until rejoining the N56 at Maas.• Traffic from Lettermacaward/Dungloe will be diverted right on to the R261 at Maas and continue on this route rejoining the N56 at Hillhead, Ardara.• Traffic from Letterkenny/Ballybofey (R250) will be diverted right onto the N56 at Glenties Grotto and rejoin the N56 at Hillhead, Ardara via the R261 at Maas• Traffic intending to use the R253 will be diverted onto the R252 at the R253/R252 junction at Glenmore and are advised that access to Glenties is not possible via this route Main Street Glenties to close for two days during Harvest Fair was last modified: September 10th, 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) Tags:Glentiesroad closurelast_img read more

19 Dec

Reuniting South African friends

first_imgWant to reconnect with old school, varsity or college friends – but don’t know where on Earth they’ve gone? If they’re South African, wherever they’re living now, there’s a website that can help you find them. Launched in 2002, SAReunited now lists over 36 000 schools, universities and colleges and over 31 000 cities and towns in its database, and has over 664 000 registered users.“South Africans, by nature, place great value on friendship”, says founder Themi Stergianos. “Our research has shown that, due to varying circumstances, many of us have become displaced from our families and friends that we grew up with. Yet no matter where you are, SAReunited can offer its reuniting service to each and every South African.“Overseas members, for instance, can upgrade to premier membership, whereby they can not only look for South Africans in their overseas city, but even search for those from a particular school who live in their city.”Around 70% of SAReunited’s users live in South Africa, while the majority of foreign users are in the UK, Australia, the US, New Zealand and Canada.One reason for SAReunited’s success is its South Africanism: it was conceived, designed and developed by South Africans, who understand their users’ unique requirements.Another factor is the ongoing evolution of the site. Since its inception, the developers have added dedicated sections for various professions, while providing a variety of special offers for members.South African expatriates can now publish their “confessions” on the site, while users looking for love can try their hand at an associated, innovative online dating site co-developed by Stergianos: yesnomayB.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more