January 14

8 Lawmakers under Intense In-House Probe

first_imgThe Statutory Committee on Rules, Order and Administration of the House of Representatives has launched its investigation involving at least eight Representatives, who allegedly disrupted sessions, and led to a violent assault on one of their colleagues.The Committee was tasked to probe the lawmakers after Plenary (the highest decision making body of the House of Representatives) reached a unanimous decision on Thursday, January 22 during the 4th day sitting of the House of Representatives.According to Plenary’s decision, the Rep. Jeh Byron Brown’s Committee is expected to come out with a ruling to advise Plenary on disciplinary actions by Thursday, January 29. Plenary’s decision stemmed from letters of complaints from Reps. Adam Bill Corneh and George Wesseh Blamoh.Members of the Committee on Rules, Order and Administration, who are expected to do the investigation include Reps. Mariama Fofana, Co-chairman; Edward Forh, Malai Gbogar, Richmond Anderson, Prince Togba, Muna Pelham Youngblood and William Dakel.In a letter of complaint to Speaker Alex Tyler,  Bong County # 6 Representative Adam Bill Corneh said on Thursday, 15 January, while attempting to intervene in the acrimony in Chambers, he was provokingly insulted and physically assaulted by Rep.  Roland Opee Cooper of Margibi County.“In view of the above mentioned, Mr. Speaker, distinguished Colleagues, I wish to respectfully pray that this Honorable Body examine and investigate this ugly development in accordance with our Standing Rules, with a view of maintaining the sanctity of the Chambers,” Rep. Corneh wrote on 21 Janaury.Rep. Corneh is the chairman of the Standing Committee on Public Utilities; and member on the Committees of Ways, Mean, Finance and Development Planning; Commerce and Industries; Post and Telecom as well as the Joint Legislative Public Account Committee.For his part, Rep. George W. Blamoh said the action of the lawmakers was characterized by shouting matches, the rhythmic drumming on furniture and the vile and physical attacks of colleagues.“Ostensible, these displays of infantile disorder are in gross violation of both our rules (Rule 48) given their unethical nature and the constitution of the Republic (Article 44) given the contemptuous coloration they have assumed,” Rep. Blamo wrote the Speaker on the same date as Rep. Corneh.He added: “Against the background of the above stated, it is my humble submission and prayer that these undesirable acts of depravity on the part of our colleagues be investigated and censured in order to deter their recurrence. Attached is the video of the two Session days mentioned.”He added: “Notable actors  in this tragic comedy were Hon. Edwin M. Snowe, Hon. Emmanuel Nuquay, Hon. Bill Tweahway, Hon. Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Hon. Samuel Kogar, Hon. Roland O. Cooper, among others.Rep. Blamo is chairman on the Statutory Committee on Executive and a member on Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning; and Investment and Concessions.“Meanwhile, the letters of complaint were in fulfillment of the House’s Rule 48.3 that a written complaint and evidence should be presented to the Speaker, and the Speaker will submit same to the committee on Rules, Order and Administration for an advisement to Plenary. Article “42.2 of the House Rules says, ‘No Member shall insult, abuse or harass other persons within the confines of the House, or cause disturbance to the activities of the House;”  while “48.1: The House shall take disciplinary measures against any member who violates or fails to comply with the House’s ethics and procedure specified in this rule.”However, according to Rule 48.7, the decision can be either of the following: oral warning; written warning; suspend a member for not more than 30 days of meeting; stop the payment of salary and allowances due him/her for the days of suspension, as the case may be; and expel a member from the House where the breach is very serious or where it is committed repeatedly.The disturbances by the lawmakers during the two sessions were owing to the investigation of Speaker Tyler for soliciting US$25,000 from the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for a local contract on the draft Oil and Gas Laws on behalf of Plenary.The lawmakers have requested through a letter, that Speaker Tyler be subjected to an investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 11

Matchup that’s fit for a King

first_imgKing, a 6-foot-8 forward, said as a freshman he intended to commit to UCLA but later changed his mind and signed a letter of intent to attend Duke. He’s averaging 26 points and 11rebounds per game and has scored 30 or more points 15times this season and 40 or more twice. “Oh yeah, there’s plenty of hype surrounding Taylor King,” Westlake coach Tom Donohue said. “He’s a great player, and there’s no doubt that he’s going to contribute at the next level. Hopefully, he has an off night against us. “We respect him and what he can do on the court, but we’re not intimidated, not by any stretch of the imagination.” The Warriors’ Allen Scott and Jeff Schwalbach are expected to take turns matching up against King, a smooth shooting left-hander who is rated as the No.7 small forward in the nation by Scout.com and No. 11 by Rivals.com. In his four-year stint as a starter, King attracted interested from nearly every major Division I program, including North Carolina, Gonzaga and Syracuse, before finally choosing to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils. “Taylor is one of the top three or four players on the West Coast, and you can make a case for him being included on just about anyone’s top-five list,” said Dinos Trigonis, editor of Fullctpress.net, a recruiting service. “He’s a phenomenal shooter. The kid can flat-out score. I haven’t seen a player like him around here in quite some time. No one has.” Revenge-minded: There are several other interesting games between local programs and Southern California powerhouses in Div. I-AA today, including a rematch between Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood (22-5) and Compton (23-5). For those prep basketball fans who’ve never had the opportunity to see Taylor King in action, here’s your chance. The highly touted senior from Mater Dei of Santa Ana will make an appearance in Ventura County tonight, leading the top-seeded Monarchs (26-3) against host Westlake (20-7) in a Southern Section Div. I-AA second-round playoff game at 7:30. center_img The Wolverines lost their first game of the season to Compton by 25 points in mid-December but figure to be well prepared for the fifth-seeded and host Tarbabes this time around with a berth in the quarterfinals at stake. “We’re a different team now. We’ve grown up since the year started,” Harvard-Westlake senior Jabari Trotter said. “Compton is Compton. They’re a good team. But if they underestimate us, they could be in for a shocker.” Wide-open race: The route to the Div. II-A title game got a little easier Friday after top-seeded Palmdale was upset in the first round by visiting Arroyo Grande 44-42, and second-seeded Knight of Palmdale was shocked at home in its opener, losing by three points to Corona. The main beneficiary could end up being Camarillo (17-9), which defeated Santa Ana by 24points in a first-round game and appears poised to make a deep postseason run heading into tonight’s second-round game against host Valencia of Placentia (19-10). “Anything can happen in the playoffs, and we like our chances now,” Scorpions coach Mike Prewitt said. “We have to deal with Valencia first, and then hopefully we’ll have the chance to deal with someone else after that.” sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3612 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

January 11

Passing the big bucks

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday followed through with its plan to imbue the chief administrator with more power in an effort to – finally – pin responsibility for the county’s various failings on somebody, anybody. The $1.7 million reorganization plan places true power and accountability on the newly created position of chief executive officer – as well as a hefty pay raise. The CEO will be paid up to $399,000 a year, and there will be six deputies. More authority and a lot more money will undoubtedly make the job more attractive to candidates when the supervisors do a second search to replace top administrator David Janssen. Janssen retired, but came back temporarily when the first search failed to turn up any willing and qualified candidates. But the question remains, who should pay for the cost of the reorganization: the people who rely on the county for badly needed – and too often badly provided – critical services, or people who are rolling in dough and who have failed for so long in their jobs? That question leads to one inescapable conclusion: The cost should be borne by the supervisors themselves. After all, it’s their failure that created the accountability void in the first place. Besides, with the burden of responsibility shifted, the five supervisors and their vast, well-paid staffs will have much less to do. Department heads will report directly to the CEO. Thus managing the near-collapse of one county medical center, the problems in the foster care department and the systemic waste of millions of dollars will cease to be the supervisors’ responsibility. If the reorganization lets the supervisors transfer much of their authority to the CEO, they ought to transfer a commensurate amount of their individual office budgets to cover it. That’s the fair thing to do, and it would send the right message to taxpayers and county workers. 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

December 28

Business records should be stored

first_imgNEW YORK — Accumulating records and documents is an inevitable part of running a small business. Paperwork turns into stacks of folders and eventually, filing cabinets that take up increasing amounts of space. If you have the urge to start throwing out your company’s old records, be aware that this is a task to be done very judiciously, or you could find yourself without crucial papers when unexpected litigation or tax questions come up. Better yet, you might want to think about preserving some of your old records electronically, saving space but still holding on to the documents you need. Before you start a big purge, you also need to be aware of the laws in your state, such as statutes of limitation on contracts, or regulations that require members of certain professions to keep some documents for a specified amount of time. You should also be aware of any federal laws, which of course include tax laws, that apply to your business. “There are really no hard and fast rules, depending on the state of the client, depending on the industry they’re in or the governing body that might be looking over them,” said Larry Blum, a certified public accountant with Rachlin Cohen & Holtz LLP in Miami. The safest route is to consult with an attorney or a CPA, who can help you sort through the kinds of documents you have and how they should be treated. Even safer than that: Take a conservative approach, and if there’s any question, don’t throw the records away. “Err on the side of an abundance of caution, because it’s better to be safe than sorry,” said Dorothy Bass Burch, a partner in the law firm Ragsdale Liggett in Raleigh, N.C. Burch said there are some papers that you should never throw away. For example, documents related to buying or selling property, or receiving property through a gift or inheritance. Let’s say a relative left you rental property 20 or 30 years ago and you now want to sell it; you’ll need to know the cost basis for the property in order to determine your tax liability. You should also hold on to marriage and divorce records. Burch recalled several cases of business owners who got tax bills for a former spouse, and needed to prove to the IRS that the marriage had ended years ago. Without that proof, their businesses could have been in jeopardy. It’s true in this last example that copies of the documents could be gotten from a court or county clerk. But why have to go through the extra hassle, especially when it can take weeks or longer to retrieve very old records? Any documents or records related to corporate governance should never be tossed out. For example, Burch said, “shareholders’ minutes need to be kept indefinitely as evidence of whether an action was authorized by the company.” The same goes for any papers related to the founding of a company or corporation, such as the articles of incorporation or the bylaws. Canceled stock certificates should also be kept on hand indefinitely. Blum’s firm suggests keeping a variety of legal documents permanently: contracts, deeds, mortgages, bills of sale, trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Also keep financial records such as ledgers, pension and profit sharing information and any checks or invoices related to an important transaction. The same goes for anything related to property, such as insurance records, plans and blueprints. Tax returns should also be retained indefinitely. There are varying theories on how long you should keep papers like sales records, payroll summaries, customer invoices, general correspondence and bank statements. Blum’s firm advises anywhere from four to seven years, depending on the record, but again, to be on the safe side, consider holding onto them longer, especially with employee records. Or, electronically archive them. Technology gives business owners the option of keeping their records without having them take up valuable real estate. Burch says it’s now so easy to store your documents electronically, “it’s almostly foolhardy not to.” You can do it yourself using scanners and high-tech storage devices such as CD-ROMs. Going forward, you can buy software that will store your documents going forward as you create them. A word of caution from Blum: “Sometimes when you scan things in, there can be a question of authenticity.” So before you store something and tear up the originals, be sure a court or other government agency would accept scanned copies. Of course, this is a project that would take you away from your day-to-day business, and you might want to hire someone to do it. You can sign up with a document management service, which can scan your existing records and provide for ongoing storage of the ones you’re going to be creating; that’s an added expense that you need to weigh. Whatever route you choose, storing your documents electronically will give you some added protection should a storm or other disaster strike your premises. As in the case of backing up your financial data and customer records, it’s best to have your stored documents duplicated in an electronic vault many, many miles away. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

December 26

Rangers vs Rapid Wien: Europa League preview and confirmed team news

first_img 2 on target Rapid beat Spartak Moscow in their own Europa League opener, but since then manager Goran Djuricin has been sacked with the club sitting in the bottom half of the Austrian Bundesliga; they’ve won just two of their nine matches so far, losing four.Rangers followed up their draw in Spain by thrashing St Johnstone and Ayr, though they head into Thursday’s clash on the back of a shock 1-0 defeat at Livingston, which kept Steven Gerrard’s side eight points off top spot in the Scottish Premiership. Team newsRangers will be without Lee Wallace, as well as long-term absentee Jamie Murphy. Ryan Jack is a doubt as he recovers from a calf injury. Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo and Philipp Schobesberger will miss out for the visitors.Confirmed line-upsRangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Worrall, Goldson, Flanagan, Arfield, Coulibaly, Ejaria, Kent, Morelos, Candeias.Subs: Foderingham, Halliday, Katic, Barisic, Grezda, Lafferty, Middleton.Rapid Vienna: Strebinger, Muldur, Barac, Sonnleitner, Potzmann, Schwab, Ivan, Murg, Ljubicic, Berisha, Pavlovic.Subs: Knoflach, Bolingoli Mbombo, Martic, Dibon, Auer, Knasmullner, Alar. Rapid Wien will be knocked off top spot of their Europa League group if Rangers secure a home win over the Austrains on Thursday evening.The Gers began their European campaign with a super 2-2 draw against Villarreal, and they take on current Group G leaders Rapid with the Austrian side in crisis. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img Latest Europa League news 2 What the managers are sayingSteven Gerrard (Rangers): “We expect a very strong Rapid team having just appointed a new manager. It is a difficult one to judge as the new manager as only had one training session so we are unsure what to expect. We respect this team but we are looking for a win tomorrow. This is a level that we all want to be involved in and to show Rapid how good a team we are at home.”Dietmar Kuhbauer (Rapid Wien): “For me, of course, it’s a huge story to be at the Ibrox Stadium for my first match in charge. However, you can not expect any miracles right now, so let us get to know our players first.” Kuhbauer was appointed Rapid manager earlier this week last_img read more

December 21

Donegal school principal who swindled €200k to have appeal heard today

first_imgA Donegal school principal who stole €200,000 by cutting school meals for disadvantaged pupils could face jail after State prosecutors appealed his “unduly lenient” sentence.Finbar Boyle, 39, who now lives in Ballybofey, spent the money on leading a lavish lifestyle. He went on Spanish golfing trips, weekend city breaks, his mortgage and clothes – but walked away from court with a suspended term.The dad of four was head of a primary school for children from disadvantaged communities in Co Cavan.The school receives gets extra State supports under its DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) designation.He could have faced up to a decade behind bars but in March last year, a judge decided to spare him jail because he’d managed to pay back €25,000 and shown “remorse”.Judge John Aylmer showed leniency after Boyle’s lawyers argued to the court that his “significant fall from grace” was affecting his efforts to find a new job. Now, Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus has taken action against the suspended sentence.Today, the DPP’s lawyers will ask appeal judges to review the case and consider sending him to jail.Boyle, of Annalee Manor, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, had no prior convictions.The Donegal man was principal of St Patrick’s National School in Kilnaleck, Co Cavan, between 2005 and 2013.In 2008, he cancelled school meals for kids at the small rural mixed primary, claiming a grant from the Department of Social Protection had been stopped.In fact, the school was still receiving the grant – and Boyle was keeping the money for himself.Gardai eventually caught up with him, arresting him in March 2015 following a two-year police probe. It later transpired Boyle had embezzled a total of €204,118 from State and also school funds.At court, he pleaded guilty to five sample charges – including theft of €73,320 from the Department of Social Protection between November 2009 and February 2011.One court sitting heard he spent €66,000 on the school credit card alone.His ill-gotten gains were splashed on golfing trips as well as weekend breaks in London, Dublin and Galway, Cavan Circuit Court heard.He purchased clothes as well as golf equipment and lessons, it was heard.And he put some of the cash towards his mortgage and household bills.However, Judge John Aylmer indicated in 2017 a non-custodial sentence would be “considered” if Boyle could repay €25,000 to the school.“He said: “I am not going to make any promises, but I am currently minded that it may be open to me to take a non-custodial approach.”The judge gave him 12 months to cough up – and with the help of family and friends, Boyle raised the cash ahead of his final sentencing hearing in March last year.During that hearing, his briefs revealed he’d endured a bitter divorce and had since suffered a breakdown.Boyle was on €193-a-week social welfare and had to travel in order to spend time with his young children, his defence team pleaded.His lawyers also claimed he’d suffered with “underlying and undiagnosed” psychological issues from a young age.It was also heard he was living in Ballybofey and had a new partner with whom he was expecting a child.Judge Aylmer remarked on the “significant breach of trust” and that the €25,000 paid back was a “fraction” of what was taken.But he noted Boyle’s many character references and lack of prior convictions – and handed him two-year suspended prison terms on each count.This morning, three top judges – Court of Appeal president George Birmingham, sitting with Judges Isobel Kennedy and John Edwards – will begin hearing the DPP’s appeal.Donegal school principal who swindled €200k to have appeal heard today was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:BallybofeyFinbar Boyleprincipaltheftlast_img read more

December 18

Brand South Africa launches Play Your Part Television Series

first_imgThe new season of the Play Your Part Television Series celebrates South Africans who continue to move the country forward. It started on 26 August on SABC.The Play Your Part TV series starts on SABC 2 on 26 August 2017. It celebrates South Africans who are doing their bit for the country. (Image: Musa Sibisi)Brand South Africa partnered with the SABC to air a 26-part Play Your Part Television Series celebrating South Africans who have played their part in the progress the country has made and continues to make, and encouraging all other South Africans to each play their part.Presented by Kabelo Mabalane, the series has been launched at the SABC on 23 August 2017 and aired at 18h00 on Saturday 26 August 2017.Click here to watch some behind-the-scenes footage.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

December 18

Local whiskies douse rivals

first_imgThe top performer whiskies of South Africa both come from the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, Western Cape.The picturesque James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington produces a range of world-acclaimed whiskies. (Images: Three Ships Whisky)Bhekumuzi MdakaneThe whisky industry has been historically dominated by Scotland and Ireland, which of course produces whiskey, but other nations – of which South Africa is one – are giving the old countries a run for their money.South Africa brings its own blends and home grains to the industry, though the country is still maturing as a whisky maker. Yet its Three Ships five-year-old Premium Select was named the world’s best blended whisky of 2012 at the annual World Whiskies Awards, held by Whisky Magazine. This is the first time a South African product captured the title.And its first single-grain whisky, Bain’s Cape Mountain, which was launched in 2009, has to date won three gold awards at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.(Image: Green Girls in Africa)These top performers both come from the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, Western Cape, which has been described as the only dedicated whisky distillery in all of Africa. Recent renovations and new equipment, including new copper stills and a highly advanced control room, have modernised the facility, although the fine taste of its products remains the same.The plant was named after the 19th century sea captain James Sedgwick, who arrived in South Africa in 1850 and became one of the pioneers of the region’s liquor industry. Its sixth master distiller, who has been at the helm since 1991, is Andy Watts.Bain’s is named after engineer Andrew Geddes Bain who built the scenic Bainskloof Pass in the 1850s, at the foot of which stands the distillery.Local whisky facts and figuresAccording to the Scotch Whisky Association, which is based in the UK, exports of the golden liquid to South Africa have been declining. In 2010, they stood at R1 951-billion (US$223-billion); in 2011, they dropped to R1 911-billion ($218-billion).The most recent figures have shown a 16.4% fall in imports to R633-million ($72-million) for the period January to July 2012, compared to R756-million ($86-million) for the same period last year.Sarah Truen from the consulting firm DNA Economics, in Pretoria, says: “Imported whisky appears to be faring less well. Measured in terms of absolute alcohol content, imports of whisky grew 7% in 2011, versus 27% growth in total spirits imports.”Despite the fall in import value, South Africa is a top 10 Scotch whisky importer, surpassing Canada and Australia. And the country is the biggest whisky importer on the continent, followed by Angola, Morocco, Nigeria and Egypt, the association’s figures show.The total VAT and excise contributions across the liquor industry are estimated to be R19-billion ($2.2-billion), which implies that 40% of the direct value added by the industry goes to the government. On the whole, the manufacturing and selling of liquor is estimated to have contributed R93-billion ($11-billion) to the economy in 2009/10, or 3.9% of the 2009 gross domestic product.The value of whisky has gone up 400% in the last four years; by comparison, the value of gold has risen 146% in the same period, so it’s easy to see the attraction of investment-grade Scotch. And experts predict that the value of the whisky auction market will increase four-fold over the next eight years, so now is the time to invest.Contributing to the economyLiquor producer and marketer Distell, whose portfolio includes Bain’s and Three Ships, contributed R37-billion ($4.3-billion) to the country’s economy, according to its 2012 annual report. The company said that the strongest growth in the spirits category came from whisky and cognac, with Three Ships posting double-digit volume growth.Distell has also undertaken the only significant black economic employment (BEE) transaction in the spirits market, giving 15% of its ordinary shares to BEE shareholders through a deal that includes a consortium of Distell employees, a corporate social investment trust and Women Investment Portfolio Holdings, or Wiphold.“With such quality credentials in our favour, and as South Africa’s largest local whisky producer, we believe we are well-positioned to capitalise on future growth in domestic whisky consumption,” read Distell’s annual report.A DNA Economics report produced in 2011 stated that “the value of strong brands is of particular importance in the whisky market”. Compared to other international markets, the report found, South Africa displayed a high consumption of premium and super premium whisky, with 87% of whisky sold falling into these two categories. This growth, said DNA Economics, was driven by the so-called “black diamonds” or black middle class.Other up-and-coming brandsBut Three Ships and Bain’s are not the only whiskies made in South Africa, and as new brands break into the market, expanding job opportunities and career choices add to the industry’s contribution to the country’s economy.Other local brands that are growing a strong following include Drayman’s Single Malt Whisky, the creation of brewer Moritz Kallmeyer, who has added whisky to his product range. Kallmeyer owns and runs Drayman’s Brewery in Pretoria. He produces Drayman’s single malt and solera whisky from a variety of top-quality imported Scotch and South African whiskies. The products are an artful mix of aged single malts and younger blends, which are then further matured in casks.Players on the South African whisky scene include Brandhouse, a joint venture between Diageo, Heineken and Namibia Breweries, and Pernod Ricard, which has the Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky and Jameson Irish Whiskey brands.Exceptional performanceWhile these are imports, South Africa’s own whisky brands are growing in value, with advertising and marketing helping to capitalise on the tipplers’ tastes. Marcel Swain, the brand manager of Three Ships and Bain’s, said: “More focus is being placed on the brand with a new through-the-line campaign to be launched in the new year – exciting times.”He added that the Three Ships brand was performing “exceptionally well” after collecting its international accolades, while Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky had been listed in Whisky Magazine, the UK’s best-selling whisky publication.Whisky festivalAnd adding to the growing appreciation of the fiery amber liquid is the annual FNB Whisky Live Festival, which claims it is becoming the largest and liveliest whisky festival in the world. It attracts locals and foreigners alike. They include global brand ambassadors, master distillers and whisky experts from all over the world. Now in its 10th year, the festival has estimated its attendance figures at 18 000.Spirits writer and aficionado Dave Broom, for example, attended the New York Whisky Festival before coming to South Africa for the FNB event. Others who have made the trip include Karen Fullerton, the global brand ambassador of Glenmorangie; Dennis Malcolm, the master distiller at Scotland’s Glen Grant; and Martine Nouet, a whisky and food expert from France.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

December 17

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – October 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest After some significant rains this past weekend, we put together 2 dry days before our next round of moisture comes through. We will see the remaining acres that are left to harvest get drawn out for a good while now, as our pattern is colder and more active. Today, as we mentioned, will be sunny and dry, with tomorrow similar.Moisture totals – Wednesday-Friday systemOur next system arrives on Wednesday, bringing showers, and then the rain continues through Thursday and the first part of Friday. Rain totals combined for the event will be from .75″-1.5″ with coverage at 100% of the state. We may have a few sloppy wet snowflakes as the precipitation ends in far northern Ohio on Friday, but the coldest air looks to wait to arrive until after moisture is basically done.We go drier again for the balance of Friday, and then stay rain free through the weekend and Monday of next week. However, temps will be well below normal through the period.We finish the 10 day forecast window with a chance of some widely scattered showers moving through the state next Tuesday afternoon (5th) into early the 6th. This will amount to no more than a few hundredths to a tenth or two, with coverage at 60%. The over night portion again may feature a few few wet snowflakes.For the extended period, we are adding a few scattered showers for overnight Thursday night into Friday the 8th. Moisture will be a few hundredths to .25″ with coverage at 80%. Colder air follows that wave. The rest of the extended forecast through Tuesday the 12th we have a mix of clouds and sun, with temps normal to below normal.last_img read more

December 3

Rajasthan puts gag order on govt. staff

first_imgOfficials of the Rajasthan government may face disciplinary action if they criticise any of its policies, programmes and decisions or make adverse remarks about any government institution or functionary on the social media. Even sharing of such a social media post will invite punishment.The Bharatiya Janata Party government issued a circular here over the weekend, inviting the employees’ attention to the service conduct rules of both the Centre and the state. The circular made a specific reference to “undignified and improper” comments being publicised on social media.State Personnel Secretary Bhaskar A. Sawant said many officers and employees were not complying with the conduct rules and were spreading “false, baseless and unverified” comments on the public forums. Such a conduct lowered the dignity of public offices, stated the circular sent to all Divisional Commissioners, Collectors and Director-General of Police.Opposition cries foulThe Opposition Congress has cried foul on the issue, saying the release of circular when the code of conduct for the government officials was already in force proved that the BJP government wanted to hide its “failures and irregularities”.“The new instructions issued by the [state] government amount to suppression of freedom of speech and expression and curbing of any opinion which goes against the ideology of BJP. This circular has revealed the autocratic character of BJP,” state Congress president Sachin Pilot said on Saturday.last_img read more