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Bassa Community College Faces Challenges

first_imgThe Grand Bassa Community College in Buchanan City is said to be facing numerous challenges to effectively run the institution with an enrollment of over 1,200 students owing to lack of adequate funding.According to students, the school does not have a bus to transport them and the technical department does not have the requisite instructional materials to enhance their learning abilities, among other issues.It is believed that since the establishment of the Community College, it has never had a bus to transport students to school and as a result, the students are being transported to school in an old Man Diesel truck.When this reporter visited the campus, which is about an hour’s walk from the main street of Buchanan, the stretch of road running to the campus was in deplorable state while the bridge over the “Benson Creek” (where all vehicles ply) was in a dangerous condition, something the students consider as a safety hazard.“Motorcycle fare from the center of Buchanan to the college is about L$75 and it is not just easy to get a bike back home after school because of the condition of the road and bridge,” they added.Gardawroh P. Larway, a student of the Electrical Department, said there are a limited number of computers in the computer lab, with three students assigned to a computer, adding, “and even the very department does not have the required instructional materials.”Owing to the huge challenges the students as well as the school face in carrying out a smooth operation on campus, the students on Wednesday October 14, held board members and some faculties hostage, something Gardawroh said was intended to claim the attention of the county leadership, including the caucus.“Our lives as students are in danger,” said Austin O. Garpue. “See the bridge you just crossed? It is not rehabilitated, and the county administration continues to delay the provision of the allotment promised the school.”The aggrieved students explained that the Grand Bassa County leadership, including members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus, made a commitment to give the school US$400,000 from the Social Development Fund so as to underwrite some of their needs, including the purchase of a school bus, the maintenance of school facilities as well as the bridge, but the amount is yet to be released, adding, “that was from over two years ago.”Railey Guson, Head of the Engineering and Applied Sciences Department, who was repairing the dilapidated bridge with some men, explained that the delay in the release of the funds promised the institution is greatly hampering the activity of the technical department.He agreed with the students and added that the lack of basic instructional materials in the various departments remains a major challenge for the school “all because the county allotted budget is not coming.”Pointing at the old Man Diesel truck, he said, “This old German made truck is the one that transports every one of us to school.”However, the president of the college, Dr. Levi Zangai, agreed that the plight of the students and the staff is happening because of budgetary constraints, owing to the delay in the release of the allotment the Grand Bassa leadership agreed to give the college. He said the college needs about US$2.2 million, including the subsidy from government, the US$400,000 from the County Social Development Fund and students’ tuition, but because of the delay to commit the US$400,000 from the county budget, it is causing constraints for the administration.“As we speak, FED is willing to furnish the computer lab, but they are saying that unless we provide security. And how can we hire any more when we do not have money?” he asked.“The subsidies we receive from the government go to faculty salaries and the balance is used for maintenance, such as lubricant for generator, stationery, communication and many more.“We still owe our staff three months salaries for the times they were resting during the course of Ebola, but we thought we could get the allotted money from the county so as to pay them. But because we are not getting the money the staff members are threatening to strike anytime, beginning from Monday.” Efforts to get to the Board Chairperson, Mrs. Augurie E. Herring, via mobile phone remained futile as her phone was switched off, but her deputy, Rev. Nelly Wright, said via mobile phone that they have appealed to the students to remain calm as efforts were being made to address their plights.She added that a member from the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus was due on campus on Monday (today) to meet with the aggrieved students and staff members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Give President Weah A Chance!

first_imgMuch has been said about the controversial loan scheme undertaken by the Weah Administration to finance road development projects in the country. Many have argued that the loans were contracted out of the well-known channels of the Bretton Woods Twins, the IMF and World Bank. But it is possible we could be running too fast to judgment so, we may need to give President Weah a chance.Major concerns have been centered on the transparency of the arrangements as well as the ability of the country to repay the loans once they fall due. The IMF and World Bank as expected have not given their blessings to the contract of the loans.They argue that such may worsen the country’s debt to GDP ratio since the loans are been contracted outside the ambit of Liberia-IMF/World Bank relations. Additionally, this newspaper shares the general public concern about the secrecy surrounding the source of the loans as well as the kind of sovereign guarantee being requested and shall remain so until these concerns are adequately addressed.On the other hand, this newspaper believes that there is a need for Liberia to seek development financing from sources outside the World Bank and International Monetary Fund(IMF) if at all the country’s development needs are to be met. The IMF/World Bank is known for imposing difficult and strangulating structural adjustment policies on borrowing nations which call for the cutting of social spending to meet debt servicing requirements.These structural adjustment policies have proved to be disastrous for developing and under-developed countries as they contribute to the deepening and entrenchment of poverty. In many ways than one, the World Bank, as it would appear within the context of our situation is complicit in the exploitation of the country by multinational companies and by extension the deepening of poverty in Liberia.The open pit gold mining concession in Kinjor, Grand Cape Mount County for example has forcibly displaced thousands of people from their traditional lands including burial grounds and sacred groves. Additionally, chemicals, mainly the highly poisonous cyanide used to leach gold from the soil have polluted their drinking water sources and caused itching skin diseases among others.Under the concession agreement, over 943,000 ounces of gold will be extracted during the life of the operation. At today’s market price of US$1,280.90 per ounce of gold, the Kinjor gold reserves estimated at 934,000 ounces is worth US$1,196,361,000 (one billion, one hundred ninety-six million, three-hundred sixty-one thousand dollars United States Dollars).The World Bank through the International Finance Corporation(IFC) has invested 10 million U.S. dollars in the mine from which 17,172oz of gold at a value of US$21,995,614 (twenty-one million nine-hundred ninety-five thousand, six hundred, fourteen U.S. dollars) in 2015. But the people of Kinjor, despite the huge mineral sources which they rightly own, remain in abject poverty and have benefited almost nothing from their resources.Similarly is the newly signed Hummingbird concession agreement granting exploitation rights in River Gee, Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties to mine 14 trillion ounces of gold. This agreement like the Bea Mountain (Kinjor) agreement is one of several agreements that President Sirleaf unsuccessfully tried to pass into law before leaving office.The World Bank is also financing this venture. Yet this is the same World Bank that we have historically been running to for development financing. Our leaders, both past and present have consistently failed to create a sovereign wealth fund based on Liberia’s vast endowment of  rich natural resources.Instead they have pursued policies that have virtually mortgaged the country’s future for a pittance. Whether President Weah’s outreach to non-traditional sources of development financing is the beginning of a move towards a development paradigm shift may be too soon to tell.It is possible that he may be well meaning in his desire to bring development to his people and has, as such, plunged into uncharted territory replete with unknown dangers. But he has to be aware that his dream could possibly run aground given the constellation of characters, some being very unsavory, who may lack the patriotism and commitment to country that he may be possessed of.Perhaps President Weah was fully aware that IMF/World Bank policies have tended to create poverty debt traps out of which no escape seems possible. And perhaps such concerns were the main drivers responsible for his determination to seek development financing outside the World Bank/IMF. In this regard, this newspaper believes that President Weah may be setting a precedent, the core of which is non-dependency on the IMF/World Bank for national economic survival.Unlike President Weah, former President Sirleaf slavishly embraced World Bank/IMF diktat, pushing the country further into the grip and control of multinational corporations who have continued to exploit the country resources for little or nothing. For example, despite all the bad things that may be attributed to jailed Liberian President, Charles Taylor, he did one good thing which only what a nationalist leader would do.For instance the 2002, Petroleum law crafted under the Charles Taylor administration provided for a 20 percent stake for Liberia in concession agreements in addition to the 10 percent set aside for Liberian participation in the oil industry. Under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, all of these provisions were squashed placing Liberia completely at the mercy of denizens of international capital.She removed or caused to be removed all such legal provisions concerning the concessioning of Liberia’s mineral resources. In the end she succeeded in awarding iron ore concession agreements to shady companies like Elenito, hitherto, a mere scrap dealing company with no history of mining anywhere.President Weah should avoid retracing his predecessor’s footsteps mortgaging the resources of this country on the cheap. From our perspective, most Liberians, hungry for long denied development, are indeed supportive of the move to source development financing outside traditional World Bank/IMF sources.What they (Liberians) remain wary of, though, is the chance that most of the loan money may end up in private pockets and their dreams of development in the form of excellent road networks may not be realized.In conclusion, we cannot help but sound a note of warning to World Bank/IMF policy makers that their structural adjustment policies which have only succeeded in creating poverty traps for poor countries like Liberia will face growing rejection by the new breed of emergent African leaders.President Weah may lack the sophistication and finesse of his predecessor but he may not be as bereft of empathy as his predecessor and it is likely he may very well turn away from her embrace of the Bretton woods twins whose structural adjustment policies have so much harm to African economies.Against this backdrop, we can only urge Liberians to give George Weah a chance for this move may just be a precursor of things to come. 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‘Do Not Betray the Confidence Reposed in You’

first_imgThe officers of the National Baptist Men’s Department take the oath of office. ..Boakai advises inducted church officialsFormer Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has cautioned the newly inducted officers of the National Baptist Men’s Department, not to betray the trust and confidence the Church has reposed in them.The former VP, who officiated the induction ceremony, called on the officials to serve well, for the Lord will reward everyone according to his or her service to the Almighty God.The induction ceremony was also held in commemoration of the 28th Annual Convention of the National Baptist Men’s Department at the St. Simon Baptist Church in Monrovia.On Sunday, November 17, 2019, the Church inducted into office its new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the department for the next two years.Mr. Boakai, who serves as a Deacon in the Baptist Church in Liberia, recalled his services to the Church over the years, said: “Every service that a man renders for the sake of God is rewarding. As such, the Church should always be the right place to serve.”Samuel F. Dakana, the newly inducted acting National Director of the Men’s Department, called on his colleagues to work together for the common good of the department and the entire church.Dakana, who praised God Almighty for His grace bestowed on members of the department and the Baptist Church in Liberia at large, underscored the importance of of officials and members always working collectively for the growth and development of the organization.He named several pillars on which his administration will strive to bring achievement to the church. They include evangelism and investment to enhance sustained, and coordinated programs; accountability, human resource development, and enhance effective communication.He said his leadership is appreciative to all the officials and members of the national Baptist Men’s Department.“We want to express our thanks and appreciation for the support you gave to us over the years, Dakana said as he expressed the hope of serving Christ Jesus to the end.“We see many windows of opportunities at our disposal; we only need to amalgamate our time, talents, and treasures in support of this endeavor. This is a call to duty for the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention (LBMEC) to get active in the service of God on the national level.”He also called on all men of the LBMEC to join hands, hearts and resources to change the face of the Church in Liberia positively and beyond where it is today. “We are hopeful that, with your support, we can fully move the national convention morally and financially,” he said.“As we embark on our Christian journey, our country is faced with a lot of challenges, [including] social, political and economic crises; we want to call on all the men to remain prayerful, seeking for divine intervention in this regard.”Dakana added, “God, who brought us this far, can change Liberia for the good of its people; because our God will hold thy right hand unto us to prosper.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GRA losing $90B

first_img…due to Tax evasion, Vehicle smugglingThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has said tax evasion and cross-border smuggling of items such as vehicles remain countrywide problems with which the authority is grappling even in this New Year.Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Mr Godfrey Statia, hasGRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statiasaid the entity lost 40 per cent of its revenue for last year — some $70 billion — through tax evasion. He complained that the situation exists at all levels, and has said it has implications for overall budgetary allocations.He said, “If we collected $170 billion last year, 40 per cent is (roughly) $70 billion. And if you collect $70 billion more, I’m sure the Minister of Finance would be able to balance his budget. I’m also sure that all the capital projects we would like to have and see started would be completed. But you have tax evasion at all levels.”The Commissioner General also posited thusly, “At the level of customs, there’s a lot of under-invoicing. Or if they don’t do that, they would use incorrect codes. If you could actively collude with the broker, you would see a simple analysis would show that people have been using incorrect descriptions to get past that. We have lost all discipline. Value systems have broken down, and it’s countrywide…we have to face it.”According to Statia, the entity has been dealing with the problem by utilizing its Law Enforcement and Investigation Division and going after defaulters. In addition,A vehicle with fake number platesmore staff rotation has been employed. Asked about the status of cases made by the Law Enforcement and Investigation Division, Statia related that several individuals are presently before the courts.VehiclesStatia also addressed the issue of the vehicle smuggling racket. He related that over 2000 vehicles have entered Guyana from Suriname, but did not depart Guyana. Purchasing the vehicles and then bringing them over with false number plates is a practice designed to cheat the system of duties, he explained.“You found that thousands of vehicles were being imported from Suriname and Brazil and were not going back (there). (And they were) using old registration numbers (to operate on the roads),” Statia related. “You also found that people were abusing the process (by) using fake vehicle numbers, fake diplomatic numbers, and all these things. The other day I saw a DPL 501. Nowhere in the United States Embassy (are there) 501 vehicles,” he declared.Statia affirmed that Government has not abandoned a project to introduce number plates with special security features, but the project has been put on the back burner as conflict arose regarding jurisdiction.According to the tax chief, there was some uncertainty as to whether his entity should handle the project or the Ministry of Public Security. He noted, however, that the project should get under way in 2018.PrototypesPrototypes of modern vehicle registration plates with security features had been submitted to Government in 2016 to enable Government to introduce a centralised and more secure system. A Guyanese company called EuroSign, based in Miami, Florida, USA, had made the proposal to Government Ministers, officials of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), and members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Traffic Department.The recommended licence plates will be embedded with security features that stymie the use of falsely registered plates, and enable easier tracking and identification.The new centralised system would see the issuance of standard licence plates for all categories of vehicles, including diplomatic vehicles, State vehicles and Joint Services’ vehicles.In December 2015, a German company had submitted a proposal for special licence plates for vehicles, to assist in tracking traffic offenders as well as vehicles used for criminal activities.last_img read more

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Fiorentina commemorate Astori before emotional return to action

first_imgAfter emotional scenes on Friday night as Roma, one of Astori’s former clubs, beat Torino, and a commemoration on Saturday at the Verona derby, Fiorentina kicked off Sunday’s gamne at their Artemio Franchi stadium against bottom-placed Benevento.For the warm-up, all the Fiorentina players and coach Stefano Pioli wore shirts bearing the number “13” and the name “Astori”.The ground was packed on three sides, only the space reserved for visiting fans was largely empty.One banner in the crowd read “Ciao captain”, another “Our captain forever” and purple smoke from flares to match the colour of Fiorentina’s shirts filled the sky.The screens played a video homage to the club’s late skipper. The flags above the curved stands at either end of the long, narrow stadium flew at half mast.The stadium announcer included “Number 13, forever our captain, Davide Astori” in the line-up.A post-mortem examination found that Astori, who was 31, most likely died from a cardiac arrest linked to the slowing of his heart rate.In a draining week, Fiorentina players and fans as well as stars from other Italian clubs attended Astori’s funeral in Florence on Thursday, including Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and his Juventus teammate Giorgio Chiellini who came to pay their respects to the defender who captained his club and played 14 times for his country.On Sunday, as the Fiorentina and Benevento teams re-emerged for the match, accompanied by mascots in the shirts of Fiorentina or another of Astori’s clubs, Cagliari, all the advertising hoardings round the pitch turned purple and bore only the words “Davide Astori” and the club crest.The pre-match ceremony began with the two sides lining up as Italian star Jovanotti sung his hit “Terra Degli Omini”. Players, from both teams, wept.The Fiorentina players held a long, home-made, banner saying “Ciao Davide”. Both teams had the same phrase sewn on their left shirt shoulders. The words were repeated on many of the banners in the crowd. Others read “Linked forever”, “Florentine forever”, “Ciao Davide” and “True captain, man from another time.”In the top deck of the Curva Fiesole, home of Fiorentina’s Ultras, all the fans held purple, white and red flags spelling “Davide”.Fans remained eerily silent as the teams shook hands, the referee conducted the coin toss and then the players reassembled in the centre circle for a formal silence.As that ended, some in the crowd started a brief “Davide” chant.Before kick off, fans in the main stand released a cloud of purple and white balloons that floated heavenwards.The match finally started six minutes after the scheduled kickoff.The advertising billboards switched to their normal slogans.There remained one more planned commemoration.After 13 minutes, Astori’s shirt number, the action simply stopped, the players and match officials, like the fans, stood and clapped for 60 seconds.The supporters in the Curva Fiesole held up their flags again and, as the clapping ended, they waved them.Eleven minutes later, as the rain began to fall, Fiorentina, who had been applying steady pressure, took the lead.Vitor Hugo, who had stepped into Astori’s place in the centre of defence and wears 31. The reverse of Astori’s number, leapt to meet a high ball and headed it powerfully into the net. Then he grabbed a tee-shirt printed with a picture of Astori and held it up as the crowd applauded.As the rain intensified, the crowd chanted: “un capitano, c’è solo un capitano!” (“One captain, there’s only one captain!”)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Players and supporter pay tribute to late Fiorentina’s captain Davide Astori before Fiorentina host Benevento at the Artemio Franchi stadium in Florence © AFP / Claudio GiovanniniFLORENCE, Italy, Mar 11 – Fiorentina returned to action on Sunday in a home game on played in a poignant atmosphere, a week after the sudden death of the Serie A side’s captain Davide Astori.Last Sunday’s top-flight fixtures in Italy were postponed after Astori’s body was found in his hotel room ahead of an away game against Udinese.last_img read more

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From Russia with love… Brief stories from the World Cup

first_imgWith the help of two priestesses and a rain stick shaped like an ancient Mesoamerican god, Mexico’s “Grand Warlock” has cast a spell to help the national team.In a public ceremony, Antonio Vazquez — better known as the psychic “El Brujo Mayor” — invoked the plumed serpent god Quetzalcoatl to help Mexico end their 32-year wait to reach the quarter-finals.The Mexicans have lost in the last 16 in six successive World Cups.“Quetzalcoatl, give me all your force and power to break through heaven’s doors,” he said, his long white beard standing out against his green Mexico jersey.Up in the godsPeople seated in the Yekaterinburg Arena’s now-infamous temporary stands behind each goal will certainly need to be fit.Fans sitting in the temporary stand at the Yekaterinburg Arena will need to be fit © AFP/File / Anne-Christine POUJOULATFans will have to scale 250 metal steps to reach the dizzying top rows and once they get there they will also need a head for heights.They would be advised to pack a raincoat — the stands are open to the elements — and a pair of binoculars will also come in handy.The two stands, which are each the equivalent height of a 14-storey building, were constructed specially for the World Cup to increase the stadium’s capacity to 35,000.Hairy momentsJackson Irvine’s flowing locks could be in danger should he find the back of the net in Russia © AFP / SAEED KHANAustralia’s Jackson Irvine laughed off suggestions that teammate Trent Sainsbury will “shave his (Irvine’s) hair off” if Irvine scores a goal. The midfielder stands out from the rest of the Socceroos squad because of his long locks.“It came up last night actually,” he said. “Trent Sainsbury tried to convince me if I score, then he gets to shave my hair off after the game so… I haven’t quite agreed to that bet yet but it has become part of my trademark. I’ve become quite emotionally attached to it so I can’t see it going anywhere soon.”A red-hot start?The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has warned that “frosts are expected” on Thursday in the Leningrad region.But it added that there would also be “extreme fire danger” in the western part of the region for the first three days of the tournament.Keep calm, pass it to ChristianEriksen scored a brilliant treble in the 4-1 win over Ireland that took Denmark to the World Cup © AFP/File / Paul FAITHDanish fans have enjoyed poking fun at their team in the build-up to the tournament, even making a joke shirt that shows their “tactics” on the back.The cunning gameplan involves always attempting to pass to Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, who scored a stunning hat-trick in the 4-1 play-off victory against Ireland.But the Danes will be without Nicklas Bendtner through injury. A petition to postpone the World Cup until the much-maligned former Arsenal striker is fit has garnered more than 11,000 signatures.Anger in ColombiaFans in Colombia have been left incensed after Spanish magazine Panenka’s parody of their side ‘the XI of the Narcos’ depicted a team led by infamous drug traffickers such as Pablo Escobar, Carlos Lehder, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela and Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha.The magazine was forced to apologise after an outcry on social media, saying: “We have always wanted to treat the country with love and respect.”Rugby dig“Maybe if Italy had entered the @federugby (Italian rugby) team, they’d have something to cheer about this #FIFAWorldCup” — World Rugby can’t resist a cross-code dig at the Azzurri’s failure to qualify for the finals in Russia as it tweets footage of Italy’s rugby players showing impressive round-ball skills.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Luzhniki Stadium is hosting the first game of the World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 14 – AFP Sport takes a look at some of the stories you may have missed as the World Cup starts in Russia.Cast a spell on youlast_img read more

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first_imgCongratulations to Keelin Devenney on his brand new app “The Club Hub”. Keelin launched this new app at the Donegal Southern Boards AGM last Thursday evening in the Abbey. The main 4 pillars of “the club hub” are Social networking, Team/Squad management, Stats Tracking & Live score notifications. From all on the committee.The lotto draw took place last Monday night in the hall. Numbers drawn were 4,11,13 & 21. No jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dip winners receive €50 Dominic Gallagher, Farrigans & Mary King, Meenagowan. NA ROSSA LAUNCH BRILLIANT NEW APP CALLED ‘THE CLUB HUB’ was last modified: November 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAASportlast_img read more



first_imgOne of Donegal’s best known birdmen is in a flap after losing an eagle.Pedro Soltani from Glenties is a hugely respected falconer who has a massive aviary at the rear of his home. Pedro cares for injured birds or prey and keeps a variety of birds including kestrels, peregrine falcons and owls.However Pedro has now appealed for people to keep an ‘eagle’ eye out for one of his large brown eagles which has escaped from his premises.The bird may be in the Glenties area but may have stayed further.“It is not a homing bird so we are not hopeful it will return here. We are asking anybody who sees a large eagle-type bird to contact us,” he said. DDTV: BIRDMAN OF GLENTIES SENDS OUT SOS FOR MISSING EAGLE was last modified: April 25th, 2012 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:eagleGlentiesmissingPedro Soltanilast_img read more


Palmdale files 3rd lawsuit against A.V. Hospital District

first_imgPALMDALE – The city of Palmdale has filed a third lawsuit against the Antelope Valley Hospital District, this time claiming another set of violations of the state’s open meeting law. In the newest filing, the city alleges that the hospital board violated California’s Ralph M. Brown Act by discussing the possibility of taking over the site of a planned hospital through eminent domain in a closed session during an Aug. 30 special meeting when that issue was not properly listed on the agenda. The city is also alleging that the district’s board also discussed the two other city lawsuits without properly listing that discussion on the agenda. The city is seeking a court order to declare actions to acquire the Palmdale hospital site null and void, and to direct the hospital board to conduct all future discussions on the issue in open meetings. In July, the city filed a lawsuit alleging Brown Act violations by the hospital district in preparing its bid for the hospital site. That filing also seeks to have the court declare any actions to acquire the site null and void and to have future meetings on the issue in public. Hospital officials denied the city’s allegations, stating that the board and administrators worked with legal counsel throughout the process to ensure no laws were violated. The city filed another lawsuit in August, alleging breach of contract by the district over its operation of a clinic on Palmdale’s east side. In that lawsuit, Palmdale is seeking a court order to force the hospital district to provide 24-hour emergency and ambulance service at the clinic. The city is alleging that the district is not honoring a June 2000 agreement to provide those services in exchange for up to $1 million in street, utility and other improvements made to aid the clinic’s construction. The clinic provides service 16 hours a day, not 24, and provides no ambulance service. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A spokeswoman for the hospital said she could not comment on the litigation. The legal battle centers on what city officials view as an attempt by the hospital district to block privately owned Universal Health Services from building an $82 million hospital complex at 38400 Tierra Subida. The hospital district made a bid June 1, the day before Universal and city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital complex, offering to buy the site for $9.3 million. Hospital district officials have said they fear that a new private hospital would draw off patients with insurance, leaving Antelope Valley Hospital caring for a higher percentage of patients unable to pay for their treatment. Hospital district officials also said they are not pursuing eminent domain and that they are, in fact, willing to support the new hospital provided UHS enters into a contract to provide services for poor people covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. last_img read more

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first_imgTommy Bonner has opted to quit Finn Park.Finn Harps have been dealt a blow following the decision by Tommy Bonner to quit the club.The influential midfielder made his Harps debut back in 2005 against Bohemians.He was signed by Felix Healy after returning home following a three-year spell with Wolves. He left Harps shortly after, and had spells with Institute FC and Dergview before being re-signed by James Gallagher for Harps in 2010.Bonner has been a consistent performer since James Gallagher brought him back to Finn Park, and was a regular under Felix Healy and Peter Hutton.One of Bonner’s strengths was his versatility, with the combative midfielder also regularly being used as defender by a succession of different managers over the years.Bonner was a regular at the start of the season and produced a number of high quality displays in centre-midfield, with his second-half performance against Shelbourne earlier this season particularly eye catching. However, in recent weeks he has had limited opportunities under Horgan and has decided to part company with the club.It is not yet known were Bonner will move to now, but it would seem likely that a number of Irish League clubs would be interested in acquiring the services of the midfielder who has amassed over 1oo appearances for Finn Harps. BLOW FOR FINN HARPS AS BONNER DECIDES TO QUIT was last modified: August 5th, 2014 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:Finn Harps FCFinn ParknewsOllie HorganquitSportTommy Bonnerlast_img read more