How Did Romeo Quioh Get Nominated for Sinoe Superintendent?

first_imgWe begin by stating that this editorial has absolutely no intention of implying that someone has been indicted by a grand jury.Indeed no grand jury; however, Romeo Quioh has been indicted anyway—by the General Auditing Commission (GAC), along with several other Sinoe County officials, for their alleged failure to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars.  These amounts were allegedly pillaged from both the County Development Funds (CDF) and the Social Development Funds (SDF).The questions could credibly  be asked, does President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf believe in, trust and respect the government’s institutions?  If she does, has she any appreciation for their reports?  By what yardstick does she determine who should be nominated to serve in government?The General Auditing Commission was started during the Tubman administration.  Its aim is to ensure transparency and accountability in the use of government’s financial and other resources.Quioh left the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be appointed to what he probably thought was a far more lucrative position, Sinoe’s Development Superintendent.  It was there that he came into contact with some big money, money that to her credit, President Sirleaf has made available to all the counties to enhance their development.We hope that in leaving the EPA, Mr. Quioh was motivated more by the great opportunity to SERVE HIS PEOPLE in Sinoe, one of the nation’s oldest, but most backward counties.  Sinoe, remember, was among the original counties—after Montserrado and Grand Bassa.  Later came Grand Cape Mount, then Maryland.  These five dominated Liberian politics for well over a century, until 1964 when President W.V.S. Tubman’s National Unification Policy created four new counties—Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh—bringing political parity to the interior peoples.  This empowered them to elect their own Senators and increase their representation in the House.  More counties were added during the Doe and Taylor administrations.Mr. Quioh had an excellent opportunity to give his county a lift.  Sinoe is backward, yes, though it is the ancestral home of some of the nation’s eminent sons and daughters.  So Quioh and his boss, Superintendent Milton Teahjay, had a great chance to help their beloved county and leave a lasting legacy there.Instead, unfortunately, all we have heard from Sinoe during the past few years has been internal wrangling among Sinoe leaders, both administrative and legislative, caused mostly by accusations of maladministration, malfeasance and misfeasance.In one of its most recent reports, the GAC booked both Mr. Quioh and his boss, former Superintendent Milton Teahjay for allegedly embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. But this report was apparently ignored by the President, who promptly ushered both men into bigger and far more important positions.  Quioh got the nomination to succeed his boss, Teahjay, while he was nominated by President Sirleaf’s party, Unity Party, to contest for Sinoe’s seat in the Liberian Senate!In pop culture one would exclaim, “Wow!”  In regular parlance the question would be “What!? How did that happen?”The GAC’s report having been totally ignored—and forgotten—it took a little known Senator from far away River Cess County, Dallas A.V. Gueh, to bring the Report to the Senate’s attention.  Senator Gueh informed his colleagues that Mr. Quioh and other Sinoe officials had been indicted by the GAC Report for “embezzling hundreds of thousands of both CDF and SDF.Expressing concern, Gueh said nominee Quioh “already had a serious problem with the Liberian government while at the same time he is being nominated to another position.”Senator Gueh further cautioned: “The nominee for the post must have a character that is suitable to be a Superintendent of Sinoe County.  Therefore, he owes us an explanation—to tell us whether he has been cleared of the charges leveled against him.  We must know the character of the person we are sending to Sinoe.”The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Internal Affairs, Gbarpolu Senator Armah Jallah, immediately called for a motion, which was unanimously adopted, suspending the hearing until a later date.Thank you, Senator Gueh, for alerting the Senate on so critical a matter.  Our last question is, does the President have any people in her inner circle who can alert her about the character of her nominees for any position?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Golf: Lefty survives bad weather, shares lead

first_imgMaking only his eighth career start on the PGA Tour and his fourth this year, Mallinger made his first bogey of the week by missing a 3-foot par putt on his 15th hole, then went birdie-bogey-birdie to give himself a chance. Mickelson is perfecting his swing by the day, and what helped this week was the perfect rotation of courses. He played Pebble Beach on Friday, the only day the wind didn’t blow much, and shot 67. Sutherland opened with a 72 at Pebble Beach on Thursday and rallied at Spyglass and Poppy. Jim Furyk had to take on rain that fell sideways in 20 mph gusts at Pebble Beach on Saturday, and it was costly. He hit a fairway metal for his second shot on the par-4 10th over the cliffs and took double bogey, and wound up with a 76, six shots behind. “A tough day to be at Pebble,” he said. “I could have done a lot better job. I have a lot of work to do tomorrow.” More “Crosby” weather was in the forecast for today, and that was OK with Mickelson. While he has started slowly this year after a four-month layoff, he is most pleased with the ease in hitting draws, fade and low, piercing tee shots. “The key if the weather gets bad is to drive the ball well,” he said. “You have to put the ball in place because from the rough or the bunkers, you’re just fighting for par the whole time. I’m actually really excited about my chances. I’ve been driving it better than I think I ever have, and I’m excited about putting it to the test here.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This was only the wet, cold, windy and miserable Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where patience is tested not because of 6-inch rough but six-hour rounds. The similarity Saturday was Mickelson tied for the lead going into the final round, the first time he’s been in that position since last summer at Winged Foot. All he has to do now is write a better ending, although redemption didn’t even cross his mind. PEBBLE BEACH – The conditions were the toughest Phil Mickelson has faced in eight months, a day of survival when it was important to keep the ball in play and keep big numbers off the scorecard. That’s the kind of language often used at the U.S. Open. center_img “I don’t really think in those terms,” Mickelson said. “I would like to get off to a good start this year, and I love playing this tournament, having won it a couple of times. It would be nice to get momentum on the West Coast.” Mickelson made only two small errors at Spyglass Hill and shot a 2-under 70, putting him at 14-under 202. He was tied with Kevin Sutherland, who birdied the last hole at Poppy Hills and also found himself in a familiar spot. It was the second time in three weeks he birdied the last hole to get into the final round. And it was the second time all the focus was on somebody else. He had Tiger Woods in the group ahead of him at Torrey Pines. Now he gets Mickelson at his side at Pebble Beach. “That’s to be expected,” Sutherland said. “I’m playing well right now. I’m shooting scores that I should be shooting given the way I’m playing, so I feel good about tomorrow.” John Mallinger, a 27-year-old rookie and Long Beach State alum, had a 68 at Poppy and was one shot behind. last_img read more

Brazil’s Dani Alves undergoes knee surgery – PSG

first_img“We waited for the right moment to operate so he would be fit again as soon as possible,” the club said.In his 17-year career, he won his first trophy with boyhood club Esporte Clube de Bahia followed by five at Sevilla, 23 with Barcelona, two at Juventus and four so far at PSG.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dani Alves had surgery on a knee in Paris on Tuesday © AFP/File / François-Xavier MARITPARIS, France, Jun 6 – Brazilian defender Dani Alves went under the knife Tuesday for the injured knee that ruled him out of the World Cup, his club Paris Saint-Germain announced.The 35-year-old former Barcelona star Alves suffered knee ligament injuries on May 8 during the French Cup final, meaning Brazil lost a senior player with 107 international appearances for the World Cup.last_img read more

DDTV: WOW! DONEGAL SURFERS TACKLE GIGANTIC 40FT WAVES!

first_imgVIDEO EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL SURFERS have been tackling massive 40ft waves in some of the best surf seen for months! Surfers from Bundoran headed for the beach at Mullaghmore to see the waves – and surf them!You can see how they get on by watching this video from Bexter Productions!Enjoy  DDTV: WOW! DONEGAL SURFERS TACKLE GIGANTIC 40FT WAVES! was last modified: March 9th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegaldaily.comsurferslast_img read more

GM sales to fall despite discounts

first_img Automakers are scheduled to report their November results on Thursday. The November results are another bitter pill for GM, which announced on Monday a plan to cut 30,000 jobs and close 12 facilities around the country to get its production in line with falling U.S. demand. GM’s U.S. market share fell to 26.2 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to 33 percent a decade ago, the result of increasing competition from Asian rivals. Wall Street was unimpressed, with many analysts suggesting the automaker needs to do far more to stem its losses. “While we give GM a ‘B’ for effort, this news is not as compelling as it sounds,” said Shelly Lombard, an analyst with the corporate bond research firm Gimme Credit, in a note to investors. Lombard said most of the reductions will come through natural attrition, which runs at about 6 to 7 percent per year. The rest will come through early retirement incentives that must be approved by the United Auto Workers, which has already lashed out at GM over the plan. Lombard said to get meaningful savings GM needs to cut a jobs bank for laid-off workers, another perk the UAW likely won’t give up easily. Ford also recently announced it’s planning to eliminate about 4,000 white-collar jobs in North America early next year as part of a restructuring plan. The action comes on top of 2,750 white-collar cuts at the No. 2 automaker this year. Ford Chairman and CEO Bill Ford said the automaker will announce significant plant closings and layoffs in January. The return to incentives in November was particularly frustrating for U.S. automakers, who vowed to cut back on the costly promotions after the employee-discount blitz but reversed course after a dismal October, when GM and Ford each saw their sales drop 23 percent. Sales for Chrysler and Asian brands were flat last month compared to the year before. GM, Ford and Chrysler had little choice but to turn to incentives this month, since automakers typically offer price breaks during the holiday season. Nissan Motor Co. plans to release details of its new incentive program on Thursday, a spokeswoman said, while Toyota already is offering discounts. Neither automaker would release further details about their incentives. GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner said GM’s current incentive, which posts a maximum price consumers should pay on a red tag on each vehicle, is in line with its strategy of more transparent pricing. Wagoner said the employee discounts taught GM that customers don’t like having to wade through incentives to figure out prices. But in a teleconference with Wall Street analysts last week, Wagoner admitted the company would prefer to stop relying so heavily on discounts. “We’re winding along the road, but it’s not as straight as we might like,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Casesa said GM will likely see its eighth month of year-over-year sales declines this year. Those declines paused only over the summer, when GM allowed consumers to pay the employee price for their vehicles. Ford also will likely see double-digit declines as sport utility vehicles continue to falter, Casesa said. Chrysler has been buoyed in the past by hot models including the Chrysler 300 sedan and a big increase in fleet sales, but it probably will be dragged down in November, Casesa said. Asian automakers saw steadier sales in November, shielded from the downturns because they sell fewer trucks and SUVs and they didn’t offer employee discounts over the summer. David Healy, an analyst with Burnham Securities, predicted Toyota Motor Corp. could see a 12 percent jump in November while other Asian automakers will see smaller increases. Healy said the summer’s heavy sales will combine with the weak fall for a year that’s on par with last year in terms of total sales. “Despite concerns that the current sales weakness represents a new recession in vehicle sales, we believe that the explanation continues to be payback for last summer’s excesses,” Healy said in a note to investors. DETROIT – Despite a new round of discount offers, November will likely be another disappointing month for sales and profitability at General Motors Corp., intensifying pressure on the world’s largest carmaker to speed up or expand the job cuts and plant closings it announced this past week. GM, Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG’s Chrysler Group launched new price breaks in mid-November to lure customers to dealerships. The strategy worked, but not enough to counter other factors like jittery consumers and the hangover effect from a summer of near-record sales, industry analysts say. “It seems that November got off to an excruciatingly slow start, with new incentives programs from Ford and GM just now beginning to boost showroom traffic,” Merrill Lynch analyst John Casesa said last week in a note to investors. Sales in the U.S. market – the largest in the world – can make or break automakers. Profits at GM, in particular, have been dragged down in recent months by faltering sales in North America, where it lost nearly $5 billion in the first nine months of this year. And while discounts boost sales and help cover fixed costs, they typically don’t translate into higher profits. last_img read more

Perfectly-timed double delight for sisters Marie and Sarah

first_imgSisters Marie Thornton and Sarah Doherty didn’t have to go far to visit eachother when they gave birth to their bounding bundles of joy.In fact, the Co Donegal women simply had to look across the maternity ward at eachother at Letterkenny University Hospital.By a remarkable coincidence, both women gave birth at the same time, making it a real family affair. The babies, who have yet to be named, both arrived within hours of eachother with baby girl Doherty arriving at 8am and baby boy Thornton arriving at 5.20pm.Both sisters are originally from Rathmullan but Marie now lives in Letterkenny while Sarah lives in St Johnston.Marie said it was comforting to be in the same maternity ward.“I suppose it is unusual but it was lovely to have your sister there with you in the hospital. “It’ll be good fun and having birthdays together and the like,” said Marie.And in another coincidence, it was revealed that Sarah’s other daughter Katie was also born on the 29th of May – in 2012.Perfectly-timed double delight for sisters Marie and Sarah was last modified: June 5th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:babiesCOUSINSdonegallast_img read more

So what was this Walking Dead star doing in Bundoran?

first_imgHe’s one of the biggest names on television cult show ‘The Walking Dead.’But actor Norman Reedus wasn’t eradicating zombies when spotted in Bundoran yesterday.Instead, the American actor, who plays Daryl Dixon, was looking for the best surf spots. Gobsmacked local Calumn Harris chatted with the star.He said “He was really friendly but I asked for a selfie and he said he’d rather not because he was trying to lie low.“A few people recognised him though. He was with a dark haired girl and they both left on a Ducati motorbike with an English plate.”Reedus, 49, is one of the highest paid stars on television and one of the biggest names on the television show which has a cult following. The star previously enjoyed a long-term relationship with model Helena Christenson and the couple have a son.So what was this Walking Dead star doing in Bundoran? was last modified: July 13th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorandonegaltelevisionWalking Deadlast_img read more

DD Motoring: First of the Hybrid Fords arrive in Donegal

first_imgYou could be very mistaken for taking this very first hybrid Ford Mondeo for just any other top of the range Ford.There is a hybrid badge on the boot lid but other than that you would never know.Even when you go inside, this car has more of a luxury message to it than anything else. Advertisement It’s as if Ford is saying, “listen, we will do all the hybrid work under the bonnet and you can sit back and take the credit for making the decision for opting to go hybrid and do your part to reducing your carbon footprint.”Other than a small display at the bottom of the dash showing when the car is running on its petrol engine and recharging its battery or running on its battery only or running on both the battery and engine which the car does beautifully in the background without any fuss.A view from behind the wheel of the new Ford Mondeo Hybrid. Photo Brian McDaid.There were even times that I had to put down the window to see if I could hear if the engine was running because it was so quiet cruising along.On the short time we had with this Ford Mondeo Hybrid, its economy was coming in at 47mpg which was mostly town driving which is where the batteries do most of the work in slow moving traffic, which by the way is an everyday event in Letterkenny! Advertisement Late Late ShowIt may be a case of the Late Late show for Ford to joint the hybrid race, but this car maker seems to have come up to speed with this first hybrid to be introduced to the Ford line up.As with most of Ford cars now like the new Focus and the new commercials vehicles all are now known as ‘world cars’ and sitting inside this luxury model, it feels of flavours of America with its white leather in the top of the range model.A view under the bonnet of the new Ford Hybrid which went on sale in Donegal recently. Photo Brian McDaid.A view of the well appointed interior of the New Mondeo Hybrid which we recently tested courtesy of Hegarty’s . Photo Brian McDaid.In North America, this car is called the Ford Fusion.Our Hybrid came in the Vignale level which was created by Ford to help challenge premium manufacturers and is designed to deliver the ultimate in terms of luxury within the Ford range. Vignale models are the luxury flagships in the Ford model lines, where they appear with a leather-lined cabin and a specification packed with the latest Ford technologyWorld CarIt only seems like yesterday that I mistakenly turned down an invite to test drive what I thought was a version of the Ford Fiesta called St. Moritz in Mondello Park in Dublin.When Ford rang me to see why I wasn’t going to St. Tropez to test the very first Mondeo, I wasn’t long getting my bags packed to head down to the South of France for a test drive and short holiday of a lifetime. Our motoring columnist Brian McDaid at the wheel of one of the left hand drive Ford Mondeo when they were first introduced at the press launch in the South of France back in 1993.That was 26 years ago and there has been many changes and generations of the Ford Mondeo since, but the car still is one of the names that has been Ford for the longest time.At the launch all them years ago, we were told that the name Mondeo came from the Latin for ‘world’. And ironically it was a 2,000cc petrol automatic Mondeo Ghia that I drove in France back then and this week it was also a 2000cc petrol powered automatic hybrid that I am testing a quarter of a century on.Diesel v HybridHaving a 1.5 Ford diesel that I drive a lot myself and know how easy the car on fuel is, the diesel version of the Mondeo will probably be up their as well in the fuel economy figures and here is where hybrids have a competition with conventional cars.But the economy is not what its all about when you go out to buy a hybrid. Even if a diesel car will match a hybrid at the pumps, it will not last for long as the trends look likely to tax diesel more than petrol.And in a way, this new Hybrid Mondeo is now doing its part for what it was called after in the first place, “Mundus” in Latin which translated into present-day English means“World”.There’s not much to tell you about a hybrid of any type because everything it looked after for you.The beautiful Mondeo Hybrid which we tested recently courtesy of Hegarty’s Letterkenny. Photo Brian McDaid.You don’t have to worry about things like range anxiety or charging points our charging leads because this hybrid will recharge itself and will switch for petrol to electric when it’s most beneficial to do so.Its all down to you now to do your part and make the move to hybrid or even all electric.They reckon that in as little as 15 or 20 years time there will be more hybrids or all-electric cars on our roads than there will be cars with single powered engines in them so there’s no better time than the present to start thinking on the future in motoring than today.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: First of the Hybrid Fords arrive in Donegal was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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:motoringlast_img read more

Arcata girls soccer claims comeback win over Eureka to stay in race for league title

first_imgARCATA >> With its streak of consecutive league titles getting as good of a challenge as its gotten in years heading down the home stretch, the Arcata girls soccer team’s final four regular-season games have subsequently turned into must-win situations.Wednesday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Eureka allowed Arcata to control its own destiny, as the Tigers got second-half goals from senior captains Maya Zambas and Claire Bareilles within a 15-minute span to claim a hard-fought comeback victory over …last_img read more

SA Sevens claim World Games gold

first_imgExcellent form“I didn’t tell them anything special before the match,” South Africa’s coach Vuyo Zangqa revealed. “They proved by their display in the semi-final that they were playing great rugby. They couldn’t have improved much on that. UnbeatenThe South Africans finished the tournament unbeaten after seeing off strong challenges from France and Argentina. It was a first gold medal for the Springbok Sevens at the World Games. They won bronze and silver at the two previous editions of the Games. “It’s unreal,” South Africa’s coach Vuyo Zangqa said in a statement afterwards. “I think we answered Sascoc President Gideon Sam’s request for a medal in the best possible manner.” South Africa were crowned the World Games Rugby Sevens champions after the Springbok Sevens defeated Argentina 33-24 in an exciting gold medal match in Cali, Colombia on Friday. 2005 (Duisberg) Fiji – gold South Africa – silver Argentina – bronze The first of the knock-out matches on the second day of competition went to form with South Africa beating Uruguay 36-0, France just edging Hong Kong 14-12, Argentina overpowering the hosts Colombia 49-5 and Canada beating Brazil 26-7. “My captain Kyle Brown proved that is back to his best, and the value of having experienced players here was invaluable. Now we must build on this going forward to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year and then obviously the Olympics.” 2001 (Akita) Fiji – gold Australia – silver New Zealand – bronze “And now we definitely have our eye on bigger things like the Olympics, in another South American country, in three years’ time,’ Brown concluded. A month after South Africa lost to Fiji in the quarterfinals of the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow, flyer Seabelo Senatla scored two of his team’s five tries in a deserved finals win in front of an enthusiastic crowd. 2013 (Cali) South Africa – gold Argentina – silver Canada – bronze IRB Chairman, Bernard Lapasset, commented afterwards: “The World Games is a significant milestone as we count down to Rugby Sevens’ Olympic Games debut at Rio 2016. Congratulations to South Africa and all the participating teams. I am sure the experience will have heightened their anticipation of playing on the world’s greatest sporting stage in three years’ time.” center_img After sitting out the first game as the last of a bizarre three-game suspension he received at the World Cup in Moscow, Brown was full of praise for the locals. 2009 (Kaohsiung) Fiji – gold Portugal – silver South Africa – bronze In the semi-finals, the South Africans rose to the challenge against France to win 33-12, while Argentina joined them in the final after edging Canada 19-7. “I remember the last World Games in Taiwan when it poured with rain in our final match and we didn’t play at all well. This more than makes up for that. RUGBY SEVENS AT THE WORLD GAMES FinalIn the title-decider, the flying Seabelo Senatla touched down twice for the Blitzbokke to add to tries from Steven Hunt, Willem-Johannes Strydom and Mark Richards as South Africa registered a hard-fought 33-24 victory. 5 August 2013 ‘Amazing’Commenting after lifting the title, he said: “This was just amazing. The people, mainly non-rugby followers, were brilliant and made for a superb atmosphere. The noise at this stadium was just as loud as any World Cup match. Canada captured the bronze medal with a win over France, while Hong Kong beat Brazil to finish fifth. Uruguay overcame the hosts Colombia in the playoff for seventh and eighth places. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugbylast_img read more