Wellington Police notes: Monday, February 27, 2017:â€¢9:06 a.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 100 block S. Seneca, Wellington.â€¢9:16 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 300 block E. 9th, Wellington.â€¢9:33 a.m. Joshua B. Schlecht, 32, Wellington was arrested on a city of Wellington bench warrant for failure to appear.â€¢9:37 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a tire in the 700 block N. F, Wellington.â€¢10:10 a.m. Officers took an animal complaint in the 1200 block S. F, Wellington.â€¢1:36 p.m. Officers took a miscellaneous report in the 1300 block Edgewood, Wellington.â€¢2:41 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 400 block S. C, Wellington. â€¢3:15 p.m. Ryan F. Bohannon, 36, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢3:18 p.m. Joey M. Thompson, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢3:28 p.m. Adam K. Dry, 29, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢6:17 p.m. Officers took a report of a civil matter in the 1300 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢7:09 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to windows in the 100 block E. 4th, Wellington.â€¢7:39 p.m. Officers took a report of a verbal disturbance by known subject(s) in the 1300 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.â€¢7:57 p.m. Officers took a suspicious activity report in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for the weekend of Oct. 19-21, 2018. If you still need a garage sale advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck with bargain hunting! Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -1 Vote up Vote down Carrie · 96 weeks ago We are doing it again! 3-family garage sale, Sat. October 13th 8:30am-12:30pm 343 S. Central Rd. Wellington, KS (located behind the radio station off of 81 Hwy) Report Reply 0 replies · active 96 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 95 weeks ago Chromecraft rectangular dining table with extra leaf and (6) ea. chairs with castors. Pretty decent shape, except several of the chair upholstery need cleaning. Make me a decent offer and there yours. 620-326-8129, John Report Reply 0 replies · active 95 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Inez Glamann · 95 weeks ago *GARAGE SALE* 422 Circle Dr Sat, Oct 20th 9am-2pm Lots of nick-knacks, pictures, movies, books, jewelry, fishing rods, small color TV, kitchen equipment, wireless keyboard w/ mouse, beautiful Chinese screen, tools, small Chinese Ivory netsukes, man’s Indian watch bracelet, Indian lady’s bracelet w/ ring…lots of stuff! Report Reply 0 replies · active 95 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Turek · 94 weeks ago 5 family sale 316 N Washington (next door to Big Cheese) Friday October 19th 4p – 6p Saturday. October 20th. 8a – 1p Fall and Christmas decor, name brand teen girl clothing and ladies professional and casual attire size 6-12!!! Furniture jewelry and more shop early Report Reply 0 replies · active 94 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
NEW YORK | Weddings are expensive, even if you’re not the one walking down the aisle.Chantay Bridges expects to spend more than $4,000 to attend the weddings of three close friends this summer.That tidy sum is going to dresses, shoes and gifts, as well as tuxedo rentals for her husband. Two of the weddings also require plane tickets and hotel stays. But there are still more costs she can’t plan for yet, such as spa days, spontaneous group dinners or other events that are likely to happen as the big day gets closer.“It’s really hard to figure out all the expenses,” says Bridges, a real estate agent in Los Angeles. “Stuff comes up all the time.”Being invited to a wedding can put a major dent in your finances. Ditching the wedding often is not an option. New outfits and cash-stuffed envelopes add up. So does the cost of travelling to out-of-town celebrations. But advance planning can help you from going broke.“I’m big on relationships. I have to be a part of their big day,” says Bridges. “You can always make more money.”Bridges has been putting away $400 a month since save the date cards started rolling in.“I said, ‘Oh my God, we actually have to save up for this.’”Saving should start even before the invitation hits your mailbox. Begin when a close friend or family member gets engaged, says Kelley Long, a Chicago-based certified public accountant and member of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission.Don’t forget to set aside money for expenses beyond the main event. You may need funds for wedding shower gifts or trips for bachelorette or bachelor parties, says Long. If you can’t afford them, don’t feel obligated to go, but let the bride or groom know early that money is tight.And when weddings are out of town, ask the couple to be married if they know anyone with a spare bedroom who could host you, says Long. Or rent a house with other guests, instead of staying at a hotel, says Kevin Kautzmann, a certified financial planner at EBNY Financial in New York. If that’s not an option, try looking for cheaper alternatives than the hotel the soon-to-be newlyweds selected.A side job is helping Jackie Murtha pay for the six weddings she’s going to this year. The Cranford, New Jersey, teacher tutors two or three times a week and will use that money to pay for the weddings. She expects to spend more than $4,000 on dresses, cash gifts and overnight bachelorette parties.If you have more than one event to go to, Kautzmann recommends wearing the same outfit more than once to save money.But that may be harder to do in the age of Facebook and Instagram. “You don’t want to be seen in the same dress twice in pictures,” Lauren Lorenzo, a publicist at New York public relations company LKPR, who has four weddings to go to this summer.Instead, she scoured sale racks for dresses. She bought three for a total of $150 at a department store, using a coupon. She will have less control over the cost of a bridesmaid dress she has to buy for one of the weddings.Still, she expects to spend $3,000 this summer on weddings.Lorenzo has cut down on going out and stopped herself from a buying a purse she wanted.“It’s a rough time trying to save all that money,” she says.Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter at https://twitter.com/josephpisaniCopyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Henry Golding in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Nico Santos, left, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) 1 of 6 This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Michelle Yeoh, from left, Henry Golding and Constance Wu in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Constance Wu, left, and Awkwafina in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) The result is a totally winning confection: a frothy fairy tale, trivial and weighty at once, that simultaneously uses tried-and-true romantic comedy convention while riotously bursting free of movie-business formula. “Crazy Rich Asians” has much of the same DNA as a host of princess tales like “Cinderella,” but it is a radical departure, too.Chu’s film is the first contemporary-set studio film centered on an all-Asian and Asian-American cast in 25 years, following Wayne Wang’s 1993 adaptation of Amy Tan’s “The Joy Luck Club.” Further, studies have shown that less than 5 percent of the most popular movies in North America last year even featured a speaking character of Asian descent. Movies like this, to everyone’s loss, almost never come along.“Crazy Rich Asians” would still be an important film even if it understandably sagged with such history on its shoulders. And it’s not perfect. Like rom-coms before it, it has a blatantly superficial side, so drowning in the accoutrements of high-society Singapore that it conflates materialism with matrimony. (There is a wedding set in a church transformed into a lily pond and a bachelor party on a cargo ship anchored in international waters.) And some could reasonably quibble that Chu’s film has blind spots of its own, omitting South and Southeastern Asians for a tale entirely focused on Chinese and Chinese-American characters.But it’s not for “Crazy Rich Asians” to single-handedly make up for all the studio movies that have been missing for the last 25 years. And thanks largely to its energetic ensemble, led by Constance Wu and Henry Golding, Chu’s film is a charming romp, full of heart and heartening breakout stars.Wu plays Rachel Chu, an economics professor at New York University whose Singapore-born businessman boyfriend Nick Young (Golding) suggests a trip to the Far East. “Like Queens?” she replies over dinner in Manhattan. But his proposal is that they fly back to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding and to meet his family. It’s only as they are boarding the airplane and are led to an entire bedroom suite that Rachel realizes her long-term boyfriend is filthy, stinking rich.“We’re comfortable,” he says, a phrasing Rachel immediately recognizes as “exactly what a super-rich person would say.” Once they arrive in Singapore, it gradually dawns on Rachel that she’s on the cusp of marrying into one of Asia’s wealthiest real-estate empires. Young is the princely heir of the family business, which he has temporarily fled but is still expected to soon takeover.For Rachel, it’s like stepping into a fantasy and a nightmare. She has unwittingly landed one of Asia’s most sought-after bachelors, drawing the jealous, ever-watchful eyes of all around her, along with the piercing glare of Nick’s mother, the fiercely Old-World matriarch Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh). In their palatial estate, Rachel — a self-made woman raised by a working-class single-parent — feels acutely like an unworthy outsider. Eleanor sneers at her “American” aspirations of “happiness” and following her “passion,” a collision with her stout beliefs of spousal sacrifice.That “Crazy Rich Asians” is a rom-com where the mothers are its most vital co-stars is one of the movie’s best attributes. Though some of the satirical edges of Kwan’s book have been smoothed down, it remains a love story more about immigrant identity and Chinese heritage than romance. Its climactic moments are found not in a wedding aisle or in some impossibly lavish setting, but over a mahjong table and on an airplane, in coach.But what most makes “Crazy Rich Asians” such a pleasure is its spectacular ensemble of performers so often unseen on American movie screens. There is Wu, the “Fresh Off the Boat” star, who glides with grace and comic timing through the film; the British-Malaysian newcomer Golding, who already has the sheen of a leading man for years to come; the scene-stealing Awkwafina, as Rachel’s college pal; the wry Nico Santos, as Nick’s cousin; Jimmy O. Yang, of “Silicon Valley” as a loose cannon relative; and the reliably hysterical (and a little underused here) Ken Jeong as Awkwafina’s father.Some are already well known, some are totally new, but they collectively make an overwhelming impression: Hollywood, this is what you’ve been missing.“Crazy Rich Asians,” a Warner Bros. release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some suggestive content and language. Running time: 121 minutes. Three stars out of four.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Constance Wu, left, and Michelle Yeoh in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP) There are two glittering parades running in tandem through Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” a glitzy and delightful adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller. One is the blinged-out, designer-label, crazy-rich opulence often characteristic of rom-coms yet extreme enough here to make even Carrie Bradshaw or Christian Grey blush. The other, and far more arresting pageant, is of the film’s Asian cast of various nationalities who, one after another, shame Hollywood’s regular disinterest in them by being so effortlessly dazzling. This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Awkwafina in a scene from the film “Crazy Rich Asians.” (Sanja Bucko/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)
NORWALK, Conn. | Jim Fowler, a naturalist who rose to fame on the long-running television program “Wild Kingdom” and who famously bantered with Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show,” has died. He was 89.Fowler died peacefully Wednesday at his home in Norwalk, surrounded by family, said Jennifer Whitney, a spokeswoman for Mutual of Omaha, which sponsored the show.“Jim was one in a million, and with his passing we’ve lost a true wildlife icon,” she said in an email. “His memory will remain through the work he did on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, as well as through the many parks, wildlife centers and nature preserves to which he lent his expertise. But perhaps his most important legacy will be the role he played in inspiring the next generation of naturalists and wildlife experts.”FILE – In this July 27, 1998, file photo, television personality Jim Fowler ducks to avoid being battered by a peregrine falcon on a tether at the National Bison Range near Missoula, Mont. Fowler, a naturalist who rose to fame on the long-running television show “Wild Kingdom,” died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at his home in Norwalk, Conn. He was 89. (Michael Gallacher/The Missoulian via AP)“Wild Kingdom” debuted in 1963. Fowler began as an assistant and later became a co-host with Marlin Perkins before taking over as host.Fowler had his arm swallowed by an anaconda and was charged by a gorilla and other creatures.He was an athlete in college and turned down offers from the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees to pursue his career in wildlife, according to a biography on the “Wild Kingdom” website.He had a special interest in training eagles and became an internationally recognized authority on predatory birds.He also made appearances with exotic animals on talk shows, including “The Tonight Show,” were his educational talks often also served as a foil for the humor of Johnny Carson.He shook his head when asked by The Associated Press in 1993 about his reputation for wrangling some of the world’s most fearsome beasts while Perkins watched and narrated. Perkins died in 1986 at age 81.“Johnny Carson started that and I can’t seem to shake the image,’ Fowler said. “It isn’t true, you know. Marlin was right there with me on almost all of the stuff.”He met Perkins on the “Today” show in 1961 and became his sidekick when the fledgling “Designs for Survival” aired a few months later.Fowler also was there as host when the last episode of the original “Wild Kingdom” — “Tigers of Ranthambhorn” — was filmed in 1991. The show was revived on “Animal Planet” in 2002.Fowler’s survivors include his wife, the wildlife artist Betsey Fowler; two children; and two grandchildren.
Connacht Rugby, along with players from NUI Galway women and men’s rugby teams will deliver an informal rugby skills session at NUI Galway’s Open Day on Saturday, 24th March. The session will take place at 12.30pm outside the Bailey Allen Hall, the main exhibition hall for Open Day. NUI Galway Sports will also be running a Sports Talk at 11am for those interested in all sports, and there will be an opportunity to meet current athletes who are representing the University at inter-varsities, at national, European and International competitions. There will be information on Sports Scholarships, and coaches will be present to give first-hand information on facilities and coaching services. Mike Heskin, Director of Sport at NUI Galway stresses that Sport is for everyone at NUI Galway. NUI Galway sports teams and athletes are competing and winning on the national and international stage, and through a range of scholarships and supports our athletes are fully supported while at University, enabling them to compete and study to the best of their ability. As well as supporting accomplished athletes in their chosen sports, we also have many athletes taking up a new sport for the first time while at University and, with the support of our coaching teams, are very quickly competing on a provincial, national and international stage. Sport is truly for everyone at NUI Galway. We recognise the relationship between academic performance and health and well-being and our mission is to encourage all students to participate in physical activity.NUI Galway lecturers and current students will be on hand to talk to students and parents at the main exhibition area in the Bailey Allen Hall, with over 80 subject-specific stands. At NUI Galway’s recent Spring Open Day were Raíchéal Walsh and Ella Gavin from Salerno Secondary School, Galway with Darragh Leader of Connacht Rugby. Sports at NUI Galway, including a guest appearance by Connacht Rugby playersCareer talks – What are my employment prospectus after university?Volunteering and the value of NUI Galway’s extra-curricular programmesSUSI- Applying for a student grantAccess routes into Education, including HEAR/DARE and FETACTo find out more visit www.nuigalway.ie/opendays, phone +353 91 494398 or email email@example.com At NUI Galway’s recent Spring Open Day were Raíchéal Walsh and Ella Gavin from Salerno Secondary School, Galway with Darragh Leader of Connacht Rugby.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email The Parents Programme will provide parents and students with information on important issues such as fees and funding, careers, accommodation andsupport services for students.Open Day tours will include the state-of the-art sports complex and gym, the newly built Human Biology Building and the Alice Perry EngineeringBuilding. Tours of student accommodation will also be available to visitors on the day, with the tour shuttle bus departing regularly from outside the Orbsen Building. Guided walking tours of the main campus will also take place throughout the day.Open Day is the perfect opportunity to explore all NUI Galway has to offer. A programme of talks, workshops and masterclasses will runthroughout the day. Talk highlights include:
Ardrahan had overcome reigning champions Beagh in the semi–final by 4-6 to 4-4 while Tommie Larkins saw of neighbours Tynagh Abbey Duniry by 3-7 to 1-11 in the other semi-final. One of the new features of the Tournament this year was the countdown clock and the hooter which signalled half-time and full-time in all the games. The pitch was also in excellent condition. A late point from Cianan Fahy earned Ardrahan a 0-13 to 0-12 win over Tommie Larkins in the final of the Kilbeacanty 7s Hurling Tournament on Bank Holiday Monday. A great day’s entertainment came come to the wire as Ardrahan won their first title in Kilbeacanty in 10 years. Indeed, winners Ardrahan were involved in one of the most exciting happenings of the day, when they finished level at 1-13 to 0-16 with Gort after extra time in the quarter-final, but won it on the golden score rule to progress on a 1-14 to 0-16 score-line. Craughwell, St Thomas and Loughrea were the other quarter-finalists. Ciaran Callanan, the Ardrahan goalkeeper, was named as player of the tournament.StThomas won the camogie 7s title when they defeated Ardrahan by 4-2 to1-8 in the camogie final. The knockout stages were played on Sunday withthe Final taking place on Monday evening. Aoife Keane was the player ofthe Tournament for the second year in a row.In the Joe Gillane U12 Finals, Kinvara defeated Kilbeacanty to win the Shield, while Craughwell overcame Athenry by 4-4 to 1-7 in the Cup Final. All in all, it was a wonderful day’s entertainment in Kilbeacanty and well done to the organising committee for running a great event.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email
FIFA will raise the prize money for the Women‘s World Cup from $15 million to $30 million starting with next year’s edition in France, president Gianni Infantino announced on Friday, though critics immediately said the increase was not enough.Following a FIFA council meeting in Rwanda, the Swiss-Italian also said that $20 million would be made available for pre-tournament preparations, meaning that $50 million in total would be allocated across the 24 participating nations.The prize money is double the amount awarded in the 2015 World Cup in Canada and for the first time clubs will be rewarded for their players taking part in the tournament, as is the case in the men’s edition.“It’s a very important message for women‘s football. It will certainly boost this World Cup even more,” Infantino told a news conference.However, global footballers’ union FIFpro said the changes were not enough to redress the inequality between men’s and women‘s football worldwide.“FIFPro notes the willingness of FIFA to increase prize money for the Women‘s World Cup and make structural improvements to support women’s football. However, despite these changes football remains even further from the goal of equality for all World Cup players regardless of gender,” a FIFpro statement said.“In reality, the changes actually signify an increase in the gap between men’s and women’s prize money. This regressive trend appears to contravene FIFA’s statutory commitment to gender equality.“We strongly support our members, women‘s national-team players in multiple countries, who have written to FIFA in recent days expressing their dismay about the distribution of prize money.”Players’ unions in Australia, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand had written to world soccer’s governing body to protest that even with women‘s prize money being doubled, the rewards in the men’s game still dwarf the new amounts.The total prize money for this year’s men’s World Cup in Russia was $400m, with champions France receiving $38m.The letter from Australia’s PFA argued: “For the group stage alone, Socceroos players have shared $2.4 million for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, while the Matildas will only share $0.225 million, less than 10 percent.“If the Matildas are to become World Champions, they will only receive 50 percent of what the Socceroos received for qualifying for Russia.”U.S. women, the world’s most successful squad and winners of three of the seven Women‘s World Cups, also called for an increase in prize money.“The USWNT Players Association is thankful for the women and men who tirelessly work on a daily basis to advance women’s football within institutions like FIFA and U.S. Soccer, as well as within fellow unions like FIFPro and its members,” it said in a statement.“The common objective of all these institutions – both management and labour – is ultimately to grow the game. Substantial investment is required to overcome generations of inequality and discrimination in the women‘s game, to make football the world’s preeminent sport for womenand girls.“We are committed to … have continuous dialogue around how FIFA and U.S. Soccer can fulfil their respective statutory obligations of gender equality, including the prize money for the 2019 World Cup, which is an area we feel immediate and impactful investment can be made.”Infantino said that FIFA was committed to consistently increasing investment and cited the launch of a new strategy for women‘s football earlier this month which included plans to strengthen the game in all 211 member associations.“Clearly… we want to invest more and earmark more for women‘s football and not only for the best 24 teams in the world who play the World Cup, for which we have increased significantly the allocations and prize monies, but we have a duty to do so all over the world,” he said.“Also in these regulations there are specific requirements for all associations in the world that in order to receive the necessary grants they have to organise women‘s competitions, otherwise they don’t receive these grants.”
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists UST professor Faye Martel shared on Facebook that both the Thomasian and Atenean communities are raising funds to help get the parents of Golden Tigresses Cherry Rondina, Dimdim Pacres, and Alina Bicar to Manila to be in attendance for the rest of the series.“Part of our drive is also to give the parents the pocket money they will need to make sure their visit would be memorable,” posted Martel in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Volleyball has done great things! Wherever we are, let’s help each other for the sake of these who will eventually become the faces of Philippine volleyball.”Rondina and Pacres’ parents are in Cebu while Bicar’s are in Samar and all can still watch their children for the remainder of series after UST won Game 1, 25-17, 25-16, 25-20, Saturday. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Willing sponsors can deposit the funds through Adrian Gabriel Chan Babista in both BPI and BDO.The bank details are as follows:BPI CommercialAdrian Gabriel Chan BabistaSavings Account No. 4179463224Banco De OroAdrian Gabriel Chan BabistaSavings Account No. 010860028763“Kami po ay buong pusong nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga tumutulong!” posted Martel.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Sports really does bring people together.University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo are playing in the finals series of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament but supporters of both schools are working together for a kind gesture.ADVERTISEMENT Rondina-Laure duo remind UST icon Balse of herself and Bernal The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption
A letter addressed to the Liberian Senate recently by the Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Dr. James F. Kollie, has thrown members of that body into frenzy and they have promptly ordered Kollie and his boss, Minister Amara Konneh, to appear before plenary tomorrow Tuesday, February 2, for possible contempt hearing.In the letter dated January 21, Dr. Kollie among other things told the Senate that due to the urgency to complete processing allotments for the 3rd quarter of the fiscal year his Ministry was requesting a prompt response with information on “how adjustment should be distributed in their budget.” Minister Kollie then threw the killer blow by telling the lawmakers that “if you do not respond with regard to said distribution by 4 p. m. on Wednesday, January 27, we will use our discretion to reallocate the amount appropriately and proceed with the processing of the allotment for the remainder of the 3rd quarter.”That statement plunged the Senate Chambers into an uproar of disbelief that a junior member of the Executive Branch was issuing an ultimatum to the first branch of power that has the Constitutional mandate to approve budgetary appropriations.River Gee Senator Conmany Wesseh did not mince his words when he told his colleagues that Kollie needs to seek assistance whenever he intends to communicate with senior officials of government. “How in the first place can a junior official write the highest body of the Legislature with such words,” Wesseh wondered.Some Senators demanded the immediate appearance before them of the two Ministers if it meant that they had to wait for the whole day while others suggested that Konneh and his deputy appear Tuesday with all relevant documents.Some described the letter as an insult and an attempt to usurp the functions of the Legislature. “It is an affront to this body and he (Kollie) needs to appear with his boss to tell us where he received his authority to dictate the function that is allotted to us.” In his letter Kollie informed the Senators that after a careful review and analysis of the impact of the global economic downturn on the economy, the revenue forecast for FY2015/2016 had been revised downward.The decline in the prices of iron ore, rubber, etc, and the recovery from the Ebola crisis, according to Minister Kollie, had significantly impacted the broader economy and the country’s fiscal position.Kollie said strategies were being deployed such as enhancing domestic resource mobilization, improving tax administration procedures, improvement in the business environment and accelerating government’s efforts in meeting disbursement triggers for full realization of external budget support. However “it still remains an extreme imperative that we employ austerity measures to cut back public spending by US$69.9 million,” he maintained.Deputy Minister Kollie however informed lawmakers that efforts have been made to protect spending on compensation, debt payment and social benefits, as well as funding national priority projects and spending on programs in the health, and education sectors.“In the light of these developments, we would like to inform you that subject to Legislative endorsement, your revised recurrent appropriation for FY2015/16 is now set at US$14,043,570, down from US$15,306,416. For additional clarity, please note that this new ceiling reflects projected Government of Liberia funds and include the US$7,756,575 that has already been allotted to you, as at December 31, 2015”“Therefore,” the letter continued, “only US$6, 286,995 will be available to support your entity’s activities for the remainder of the fiscal year (January to June). Although the provided amount may be less than the amount required to accomplish your entity’s objectives, we suggest that you carefully review your priorities and employ innovative means to efficiently allocate the recommended appropriation among those priorities that will assist Government in reducing poverty.”Concluding, Kollie reminded them of the obligation of each government entity to submit a copy of its FY2015/16 second quarter Budget Performance report by January 15, 2016, now two weeks past due.Due to its importance Plenary agreed that the issue of the letter will be the only matter on the agenda for Tuesday’s sitting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)