first_imgThe country’s ambitious six-member Paralympic team’s medal hunt is steadily gaining momentum, with three medals bagged, so far, at the 2015 Toronto Para Pan American Games, currently under way in Toronto, Canada.The medals include one gold and two silver and have, so far, cemented the dream of one medal per member.Jamaica’s latest and first medal on track came yesterday evening, with Shane Hudson striking silver in the men’s T47 Class, with a time of 49.97 seconds.Hudson’s start was less than satisfactory, but he finished strong.”I misjudged it, but the silver is mine,” he commented following his race.Alphanso Cunningham opened his account on his first day competing in discus F51/52/53/57 Class with gold on Monday. That was then followed by Tanto Campbell’s silver on Tuesday night in the men’s discus F54/55/56 Class.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,If a tree falls in the forest and GHK Lall didn’t hear it, did it make a sound? I ask in all sincerity for it would seem not. Irfaan Ali delivered the opening address at the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s National Stakeholders Conference on Saturday, February 16; over 150 representatives of various civil society organisations were in attendance, but not Lall, as he represents no one. The video of the speech was widely viewed and distributed on social media, but Lall missed that too. Hence, we are treated to a missive about a ‘phantom candidate’. It will be on television stations soon, but no doubt this will also be missed by Lall.Donald Rumsfeld famously stated “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know”. I know that Lall knows nothing about ostriches from his letter where he observed that many Guyanese still like to bury their head in the sand in true ostrich like fashion; sadly, the myth of the ostrich burying their heads in sand has been debunked decades ago, except this fact is unknown to those who do not know enough to continuously seek knowledge. Using a long disproved ‘fact’ to insinuate that others are stupid may well be the epitome of stupidity!Editor, Irfaan Ali is no unknown; he held three vital ministerial portfolios and delivered massive change and innovation during his six years as a Government Minister. Irfaan Ali has a body of work that can be examined; policy writings, speeches and accomplishments. Irfaan Ali is a known known. Over the coming days, there will be an election date set and an official campaign launched, no doubt Irfaan Ali will make speeches, one can only hope he does not promise US$4 billion airports to communities when he does. At that point, direct comparisons can and will be made with the incumbent, David Granger, who has had three press conferences in four years, not a phantom; more a shadow of a tin soldier.Editor, older persons like GHK Lall mean well and like to impress with knowledge of geopolitics, but alas, seems not to know that CNOOC which owns 25 per cent of the Stabroek Block is controlled by the State of China when he ignorantly speaks of sharing our production with our neighbour to keep the peace, balderdash! In the absence of ability to keep himself current with people, places and things like ‘facts’, I would suggest that Lall take his fictional writing to the Chronicle and/or one of the seven publications that the directorate of public information puts out weekly. Uncle Eddies Fast Times perhaps?Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

first_imgFormer representatives Rufus Dio Neufville and Alomiza Ennos are wanted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature, to answer to questions about their involvement in a scandal at the National Oil Company of Liberia, (NOCAL).The PAC at the weekend issued the statement ordering the two former lawmakers to appear before that August Body based on audit reports from the General Auditing Commission (GAC) linking the former Montserrado County lawmakers to collecting bribes on behalf of members of the House of Representatives for contract purposes in the oil sector.Those to appear before the committee include former NOCAL president, Dr. Foday Kromah, former board chairman Clemenceau Urey, former Chief Clerk Atty. James Kaba (deceased), and Neufville and Ennos.Neufville was recently appointed Chief of Protocol to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after serving at the Ministry of Commerce briefly, while Madam Ennos is in the employ of Liberia Transit Authority.The PAC took the decision after holding two unsuccessful public hearings on NOCAL last week. Authorities of NOCAL were invited to give account of some US$118,400 that the GAC said was paid from NOCAL’s account as “lobbying fees” to the National Legislature in order to ratify petroleum contracts that were pending before the National Legislature.According to the Auditing body, Mr. Urey said that the lawmakers requested for such amount from NOCAL to rapidly ratify the contracts, but there was no evidence provided to justify NOCAL’s claims.The payment of the purported lobbying fees to the Legislature is unlawful, and contravenes Section 12.50(1) of the Penal Law of Liberia which states “a person has committed bribery, a second degree felony, if he knowingly offers, gives or agrees to give to another, or solicit, accepts or agrees to accept from another, a thing of value as consideration for: (a) the recipient’s official action as a public servant, or (b)the recipient’s violation of a known duty as a public servant.”GAC: “Minutes of the NOCAL’s Board of Directors indicated that the Board was also concerned that payment of such amounts to influence the passage of the petroleum contracts of Broadway PLC and Oranto Petroleum was irregular, a form of bribery. The Board’s Chairman in his response to the findings of the audit made these assertions: “After consultation with the authorities we gave into their demands, reluctantly. The first amount of $ 50,000.00 was approved by the Board.”“A scrutiny of the minutes will reveal that we did not have fund at the time; the Board authorized management to borrow it from the LPRC. A second payment was made to the Legislators without the approval of the Board. I was informed by Dr. Kromah, NOCAL’s president that the situation demanded that this amount be paid right away. I do not believe I was even in the Country and many Board members were unavailable.”Board Chairman Urey admitted to the Board’s approval of the US$50,000 borrowed from LPRC for the purpose of bribing the Legislature for the passage of these petroleum contracts. By his admission, he is saying that he and the Board Members were aware of the disbursement from the borrowed US$50,000 from LPRC to a Member of the National Legislature and the Chief Clerk of the House of Representative. Montserrado County District #1 Representative Alomiza Ennos received US$40,000 as authenticated by the receipt issued by her and the Chief Clerk James Kaba received US$1,500 as also authenticated by a receipt issued by him.However, the current leadership of NOCAL said they could not account for the spending as only a single senior member of the regime involved is still in the employ of NOCAL at the moment.Based on said explanation, Representative Edward W. Karfia made a motion to compel those booked in the audit to appear before the committee on Wednesday of this week.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgProsecutor Samson Weah regarded the witness with a sympathetic eye.“What happened afterward, Joe Boyd?”“He told me that if he had his way, I would be dead.”“Why?”“Because he said I was following his wife and that night we had a quarrel where I sustained an injury on my right hand.”“Did you follow his wife?”“No.”The prosecutor’s smile was triumphant, and sweeping his head away from the spectators, said, “Boyd, what happened on the first weekend of May?”“I met the defendant Dorothy Jones when I came out of a pharmacy store.“She said she wanted to speak with me. I went closer to her and she said she had lost money to buy food for her son and wanted me to help if I could.“I thought about it and felt the need to help since she had approached me on the issue. It was not that I was really interested in spending money that easy.”A murmur swept across the courtroom.The prosecutor said, “What happened next, Boyd?”With still a smile at the corner of his mouth, the witness said, “I pulled out a wad of bills and took out Ld500 and handed it to her.“She told me how great she was to have met me, and even explained that since I moved in the area, she had had some admiration for me.”“Like a secret admirer?”The witness smiled, and said, “That kind.”“How did you feel then?”“Well,” the witness said, “I’m a man and when someone is admiring me, particularly a woman and secretly, I felt rather good.”The prosecutor could not fail to smile.“She did suggest something to you, and there were a couple of juicy letters from her?”Folding his arms, the witness said, “Yes, she gave me the indication she was interested in a form of relationship.”“Did you know she was married?”“No, but I knew she had a child.”“Ok,” the prosecutor said, “then what happened?”“I told her I was surprised that a beautiful woman like her was still a spinster.“She smiled and said she was waiting for the right man.“When I asked her about the father of her child, she played my question down and said rather that it was a mistake she made in her life.”“Did you really believe her?”“Somehow yes,” the witness said, “for I did not put any word in her mouth.“I then suggested to her that since she was a single woman and I was also a single man, I think the chemistry was perfect.”The courtroom once again exploded into a mild laughter, and Judge Thomas Moore responded with his gavel to restore calm, with the statement, “The Court will not hesitate to hold any spectator contempt and therefore the court insists that spectators must behave as proceedings continue.”“Thanks, Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, and turned to the witness: “With a correct chemistry, you decided to do what?”With a smile wedged at the corner of his mouth, the witness shifted his position. “We planned to meet and that same evening, we met at a local drinking spot.“Later I realized that a man who had come with her identified himself as Willie Jones, was, in fact, the man she was living with.”“What did Willie Jones tell you about his relationship with Dorothy Jones?”The witness hesitated. “He told me he was her brother.”“Tell the court what occurred one week after your meeting.”The witness adjusted his position and swept his head back. “He came to me with a request for USD500.”“The decedent, Willie Jones’ body was found three hours after his visit to your house, did you engage him in a fight?”“I did not engage him in a fight, though he ranted and threatened to make trouble for me.”“You met the defendant the same night of her husband’s murder?”“Yes, she said she had by accident knocked her husband’s head with a club and she thought he might be dead.“She told me that now that he was dead, it was time for us to make his death to appear as if it happened during an armed robbery.”“What did you do next?”“I told her it could be that way but I felt if I refuse her anything, she could kill me.”“So it was the defendant, in this case, meaning Mrs. Dorothy Jones who confessed to you that she had struck her husband’s head with a club and she thought he might be dead?”“Yes.”“Mr. Boyd, did you kill Willie Jones or did you have any reason to have him dead?”“No,” the witness said, “I did not.” Turning to defense, the prosecutor said, “Your Witness.”“Dorothy came to you with the information she had struck her husband’s head with a club and she thought he might be dead?”“Yes.”“What was the reason she came to you?”“I don’t know.”“It was not because when the couple left the club the night Mr. Jones was murdered,” the lawyer said, “you followed them and struck him from behind?”“No.”“It was not also because when you approached Mrs. Jones and she told you that she was already married you said you could find a way for you to get together?”“No.”“You had a quarrel with Mr. Jones?”The witness shifted his position. “Actually, this quarrel had taken place a week before he died. At the time I was a little drunk.”“What was the reason for the quarrel?”“I wanted to know why he had accused me of going after his wife.”“At the night of your fight, you sustained an injury and made some threatening remarks, against him.”“I don’t remember what I must have said.”“But suppose someone who was there came to testify that you made threatening statements against him?”“Well, in that case, I would say might have made some statements to that effect.”“But you remember that you violently attacked him from behind?”“I remember he wanted to fight me and I resisted.”“Because he did not tell you why you allegedly claimed he said about your involvement with his wife?” The prosecutor was on his feet.“Your Honor, I think counsel is pulling the wrong strings about an incident that occurred a week before the murder. He is trying to confuse the witness.”Judge Thomas Moore who had been following the proceedings, lowered his glasses beyond his nose and glared at the defense counsel. “Does counsel have any explanation?”Jason Doe frowned. “Your Honor, the situation demands a careful discovery of information from the witness on what could be the inherent motive behind the eventual murder of the decedent.“I suspect a reason that this witness can provide to the resolution of this case.”“Very well,” Judge Moore said, “you may continue.”“The night after the incident,” the lawyer said, “the defendant wanted your complicity in the murder of her husband.”“Yes.”“And it was not because of any reason?”“She had her own reason,” the witness said. “She was apparently interested in a relationship with me.” A low murmur swept across the court, but Jason Doe ignored it and pressed forward:“You testified that during your brief contact there were some juicy letters?”“Like all love affairs,” the witness said coldly, “I received letters from her.”“And she received some letters from you?”“Yes.”The lawyer strolled to the defense table, and searching through some documents extracted at least three of them, and returned to the witness.“Mr. Boyd,” the lawyer said with a grin, “I should remind you that you’re under oath and therefore we are going to read a couple of letters that you sent to Mrs. Jones.”Suddenly, the witness’ composure changed dramatically and he began to perspire so profusely that Judge Moore intervened and called the two counsels to a brief meeting where Jason Doe informed him that the case had reached its climax with the evidence in his possession. The next twenty-five minutes the clerk, assisted by a court-appointed doctor, went to the witness’ assistance. When he was finally able to continue with the trial, the moment Jason Doe stood up to continue his cross-examination, the witness said he felt as if he had been crushed under the weight of circumstances.“Do you remember some of the information in your letters to the defendant, Mr. Boyd?”In a low tone of voice, he replied, “I can remember some.”The lawyer raised one of the letters to get the witness a glimpse of his handiwork. “You wrote this letter three days before the murder occurred, and I’m going to hand the letter over to the judge.”The judge grabbed the first of three letters from the extended hand of the lawyer, and smiling ran his eyes through it, and handed it to the clerk to read it.Judge Moore asked the witness if he had anything to say about the letter before it was read, and the witness said being a funny man, he had the habit of writing letters to women with “some crazy ideas about killing their husbands that I did not mean to do anything stupid in reality.”“But you wrote such letters?” Judge Moore said, gazing directly at the witness.“I might have.”“And I am assuming you take responsibility for what you wrote in the past, whether good or bad?”“But a joke is a joke because mistakes are allowed to be made,” the witness said.The judge considered his reply for a moment. “Who said that mistakes are allowed to be made when we are dealing with the law?”The judge then turned to the defendant whose tear-filled eyes spoke nothing but the humiliation of having been accused of murdering the man she had come to love and cared about.“Look at the defendant,” Judge Moore instructed the witness, “and tell me what your lies have made her?”The witness began to fuss with his hands and said under his breath that he was sorry. The judge lifted his gaze and shook the letter in his hand at the witness, “Uncontrolled jealousy has doomed you.”“You were so desperate that you allowed your desire for the defendant to lead you to commit a heinous crime like murder and as a result destroyed a model family, and the law is interested to know how you, could succumb to such destruction.“This Court takes exceptional interest in the final resolution of this case when it comes to trial and hopes that we will find satisfaction and condemn violence as the last resort to get, for example, power, love, and riches.”But Judge Moore’s poignant final remark was too telling to ignore, “The explosions of human passion bring to light the darker elements of man’s nature, as this case has revealed and as a result, its adjudication demands the highest understanding of human nature.”Jason Doe laughed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dedicated to: Atty. 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first_img• Photo Gallery: 2/21: Muir vs. Woodbridge IRVINE – Even with Muir High School center Brittney Hendersen in foul trouble and host Woodbridge hanging dangerously close to the Mustangs early in the second half, there was no reason for the girls in blue to panic. Darxia Morris, Eliza Pierre and Cherrish Wallace turned up the pressure, and it resulted in a 70-49 rout over the No. 16 Warriors in Wednesday’s CIF-SS Division I-A second-round game. The Warriors’ Christina Bartlett hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 37-31. But the Mustangs responded by finishing the quarter on a 20-4 run to take a commanding 57-35 lead into the final quarter. Morris finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists and Wallace finished with 16 points and five assists. But the sparkplug was quick sophomore Pierre, who finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. “We just do what we have to do to get the job done,” Pierre said. “We started running and putting the pressure on them, and when we get turnovers and fastbreaks, we go on runs pretty quick.” The No. 3 Mustangs (26-1) forced the Warriors into 24 turnovers and will face No. 6 San Clemente (23-5), a 59-47 second-round winner over Palos Verdes, in the quarterfinals on Saturday at a site to be determined. With Hendersen in foul trouble, the Mustangs’ bench stepped up. Kalen Cooper finished with eight points and Chrishawn Friersen hit two big 3-pointers in the first half. center_img After sitting out almost all of the first half, Hendersen finished with eight points. “Our bench has been doing that for us lately,” Mustangs coach Gary Johnson aid. “And with our pressure the whole game, we started to wear them down during the middle of the third quarter.” fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgpositions open SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Public Library is recruiting to fill two positions for AmeriCorps, the national version of the Peace Corps. Individuals will work exclusively in the literacy program serving adults and children. Applications must be submitted to the library, 11700 Telegraph Road, by Saturday. For information on the available positions or to obtain an application, call (562) 868-7738, Ext. 7819. Sign up for child, infant CPR SANTA FE SPRINGS – Sign up today for a Child and Infant CPR public-safety class from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov.28 at the Police Services Center, 11576 E. Telegraph Road. The course is designed to teach you to recognize an emergency and overcome the reluctance to act. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate. For information call (562)409-1850. Comedy night planned by VFW SANTA FE SPRINGS – A VFW comedy night will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at 11912 Rivera Road. The event, hosted by Sebastian Cetina, will feature Brad Williams from Mind of Mencia. For information and tickets, call (562) 500-6842 or (562)698-9059. Senior talent show planned WHITTIER – A talent show will be held from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Uptown Senior Center, 1325 Walnut St. For information call (562)464-3370. Hear the sounds of Christmas WHITTIER – “The Joyful Sounds of Christmas,” sang by the Southern California Mormon Choir, will entertain at 7p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Whittier stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15265 Mulberry Drive. Community service awards will also be given to Ed and Ruth B. Shannon, Pat Ruiz from the city of La Mirada and Mike Blackmore with the Whittier YMCA at the free event. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation is presenting the 2007 Holiday Home Tour over two days, featuring three unique historic Whittier homes decorated for the holidays. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 patrons will be able to view the homes, indulge in holiday shopping, view art for sale and savor hot chocolate, coffee and spiced cider. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door from the first home on the tour. They can be purchased at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.; Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce, 8158 Painter Ave.; and from any chamber board member. For information, call (562)464-3360. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Race exhibit to open at museum WHITTIER – Race to the Whittier Museum Sunday for its unveiling of an exhibit honoring George Salih, builder of the winning race car at the 1957 and 1958 Indianapolis 500. The exhibit dedication will be at 2:30 p.m. at the museum, 6755 Newlin Ave. For information call (562)945-3871. AmeriCorps last_img read more

first_imgAS awkward TV moments go, this one took some beating.Kevin Cassidy, double All-Star winner and some-time commentator/pundit for TG4 was standing on O’Donnell Park as a telly colleague starts interviewing Jim McGuinness.What – enquired the TG4 reporter – about Cassidy? Would be be returning to the fold? The Gaoth Dobhair man was three feet away, head looking down to the ground, feet shifting from side to side. It was difficult to work out who was more embarrassed – McGuinness or Cassidy.“Kevin made his decision and that’s it. That was 2011 and this is 2012,” McGuinness said.“We have to move on now. He made his comments on Friday night and they are what they are. From my point of view we have dealt with the issue.”McGuinness was responding to Cassidy’s declaration on Friday that he had retired from inter-county football. Today at O’Donnell Park Donegal were seriously missing other star performers who are still in the fold.“We’re very disappointed with the performance and our energy levels,” McGuinness said afterwards.“We missed Michael (Murphy) and Colm (McFadden) a lot in the full-forward line. There’s a lot of work but at least they showed a lot of heart to try and get back into it.“Laois are a physically strong team and they put a lot of emphasis on that, while our three biggest players are Michael, Colm and Christy Toye and when you take them out of your team then it has an impact.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW © 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldaily AWKWARD OR WHAT? TG4 QUIZ McGUINNESS AS CASSIDY STANDS JUST FEET AWAY was last modified: February 13th, 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:Jim McGuinnessKevin CassidyTG4last_img read more

first_imgDANSKE BANK MACLARNON CUP SEMI-FINAL PREVIEWGarvaghey, Wednesday 7.30pm St Malachy’s Belfast v St Eunan’s Letterkenny St Eunan’s Letterkenny are favourites to make it an all-Donegal final in the Danske Bank MacLarnon Cup.The team standing in their way this Wednesday evening is the surprise semi-finalists St Malachy’s Belfast who had a single point to spare over a fancied Holy Trinity Cookstown at the start of February.A late pointed free from Ciaran Loaney clinched a 3-7 to 2-9 victory, but St Malachy’s led by 11 points after just 17 minutes as they tore the Cookstown defence apart.However they hit a barren spell after that and Loaney’s late free was their only score of the second half. St Malachy’s had topped their qualification group and have on board most of the St Enda’s Glengormley club side that collected the 2012 Ulster under 16 title.No fewer than eight of the school team are included in the Antrim minor squad and the likes of Ronan Hanna, Odhrán Eastwood and James McAuley will trouble any defensive line.St Eunan’s however looked good in their group games and also in Celtic Park when they defeated St Columb’s Derry in the quarter-final by 0-11 to 1-6.All-star goalie Shaun Patton had an excellent game at the back for the Donegal lads and the distance and placement of his kick-outs greatly assisted his side.Sean Hume was the scoring hero with seven points in total while 15-year-old Niall O’Donnell also impressed in the forward line in a decent all-round team performance. St Malachy’s fancied themselves against Cookstown, and being the underdog suited them. This however is a stiffer challenge and they will need more than one second half score to see this one out.St Eunan’s have the incentive of a derby final with Coláistí Inis Eoghain and that should drive them on to justify the favourites’ tag.CAN ST EUNAN’S COLLEGE MAKE MACLARNON CUP FINAL AN ALL-DONEGAL AFFAIR? was last modified: February 25th, 2014 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:Danske BankInishowenletterkennyMacLarnon Cup FinalSt Malachy’s BelfastSt.Eunan’s Collegelast_img read more

first_imgAC Milan may beat Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers to the signing of Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara.The 21-year-old’s long-term future at his current club is unclear having started just four Serie A games so far this term. REVEALED MONEY RANKED Latest Football Stories huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice ADVICE Both Spurs and Wolves are interested in bringing the young midfielder to England when the transfer window opens but Napoli are unsure about selling him just yet.And now Milan could offer their Serie A rivals the perfect solution by landing the Guinean on loan until the summer.The Rossoneri need cover for the injured Lucas Biglia and, according to Tuttosport, believe Diawara could represent the perfect stop gap. 1 shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade It would also allow Napoli to appease Diawara with regular first-team football without having to sell him on for good.last_img read more

first_imgYOUR KEYS ARE IN THE POSTA CO DONEGAL businessman who has fought a running battle to have a rent review with the Government has thrown in the towel – and his keys.John Shine posted off the keys to the premises he rented in Killybegs to Marine Minister Simon Coveney.He had been seeking a rent reduction for a former ice house on the quay which he hoped would allow him to employ 14 new staff. But the Minister put the rent up!As well as posting off the keys to Mr Coveney, he has written a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.Mr Shine has featured in Donegal Daily before. Details of his dispute are here https://www.donegaldaily.com/2012/01/06/donegal-mans-anger-government-is-forcing-me-to-emigrate/The FULL text of his letter to Mr Kenny is below: Dear Mr Kenny This is the last resort. I have tried for 5 years to work with my land lord (Minister Coveney). You promised me market rent in your election manifesto. I believed you. I went for planning and secured it, I sent staff to the UK to train, I bought equipment to fit out the new business. I got bank support for the new venture. Everything was on target for us to create 4 fulltime jobs and 10 part time jobs for trade’s men. All we needed was fair market rent from our land lord Minister Coveney. Minister Coveney refused to give us market rent. Dinny McGinley was at the meeting with me and my wife.Dinny was disappointed at how we were treated by minister Coveney and his dept. Dinny felt that we had a good case and that we should be able to invest in the project.We are currently expected to pay 3.5 times more rent than the identical property in Howth rented by minister Coveneys Dept. (The old Ice plant).How does this make commercial sense? Killybegs is a rural disadvantaged area not a urban wealthy area like Howth. The Bay view Hotel in   Killybegs is under contract for sale for at a price that is 90% lower than the price it sold for in 2005. Rents in Killybegs should be half the rate in Howth not 3.5 times higher. We have our family home mortgage on this lease. That was our decision. We are losing our family home as a result of this venture. All we ever needed was fair market rent and we would be able to survive this recession, keep our staff and family home. You stated that the attorney general said you could not remove the up only rent condition in existing leases. This may be true for tenants of private land lords. You are exempt from this situation. All you have to do is write to the dept of finance and ask for an exemption from state procurement guild lines .In the current economic situation this measure would be done and dusted in 5 minutes. I do not have to tell you how important jobs are in S.W. Donegal.I am now surrendering the remainder of the lease back to the Dept of Marine. (Minister Coveney’s Dept).The Current terms are not financially viable/bankable. As with many businesses trapped in upward only rent conditions. This is not a decision that I have taken lightly. I fought the Dept for 5 years trying to get workable terms and conditions. The property has accumulated substantial arrears as a result of not trading for a long time. I now find myself in a position that I am losing my house and letting go the last of my staff (3). You on the other hand have the benefit of €295K of renovations done to your property at my expense. I still have to pay the loan for that and other money I invested in your old derelict shed on the pier in Killybegs. This must be the most expensive ex ice plant ever rented in Ireland.Why are you allowing this to happen .Is this your idea of fair?. 200   years ago Irish tenants fought for the 3Rs, Fair rent, Right to renew, Right to profit from improvements. Not much has changed in 200 years.This country will never recover unless things change. I thought your party were going to deliver this change.Regards John ShineDONEGAL MAN SENDS KEYS TO BUST BUSINESS IN THE POST TO MINISTER was last modified: October 3rd, 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:DONEGAL MAN SENDS KEYS TO BUST BUSINESS IN THE POST TO MINISTERJohn ShineKillybegslast_img read more