first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal No. 1 Simona Halep has MRI exam that shows herniated disk Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Napoli co-operated with police to help identify and arrest the suspect.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Young Boys players warm up prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)TURIN, Italy — Juventus has been ordered to play one match with a section of its stadium closed after its supporters made racist and anti-territorial chants against Napoli during a 3-1 win this weekend.Serie A’s governing body announced the sanction on Tuesday, saying chants which were “clearly racist” were directed toward Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the sixth minute of the second half. Chants against the city of Naples and its citizens could also be heard throughout the match.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The chants were mainly coming from the Curva Sud, the section of the Allianz stadium that will be closed for Juve’s next home match, against Genoa on Oct. 20.Juventus has also been fined 10,000 euros ($11,500).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissOn previous occasions where sections of its stadium have been closed, the club has invited local schoolchildren to attend the game for free.Napoli has been fined 15,000 euros ($17,300) after one of its supporters threw a chair into a section of Juventus fans during the match. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgThe commissioning last Saturday of the 95,000 capacity hatchery at the Obasanjo Farm in Grand Cape Mount County is a great and serious opportunity for the poultry and egg industry in Liberia, and mostespecially for poultry farmers.President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Nigerian leader-turned major agricultural investor, with the encouragement of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has given Liberia its biggest poultry investment ever, and opened the way for our poultry farmers to buy day-old chicks and other products right here in Liberia.Gone, hopefully forever, are the days when our farmers had to import their day-olds from Holland and other parts of Europe.The Obasanjo farm is also expected to produce 22,000-24,000 broiler chicks per week and 10,000 pullets or layer chicks, depending on demand.Our Presidential Correspondent William Harmon, who covered President Sirleaf’s commissioning of the hatchery, said if local poultry farmers take advantage of the initiative, it would help end the importation of chickens and eggs in Liberia.This has been going on since the late 1980s, following the outbreak of the war.  We recall that in the mid-1980s poultry farmers, including Robert Bright, his son Rameses in Kakata, Margibi County, then Chief of Staff General Smith in Montserrado County, and others pleaded with the Daily Observer newspaper to expose their plight by putting pressure on the Agriculture Ministry to impose a tariff on imported eggs.  The indiscriminate importation of chickens and eggs was ruining their business.  They contended, rightly, that this was a totally unfair advantage, since European poultry farmers, empowered by subsidies from their governments and from the European Union (EU), were shipping their eggs and chickens by hundreds of container loads monthly to Liberia.Not long after the Observer   started writing about this problem, the Agriculture Ministry got the Samuel K. Doe government to ban the importation of chickens and eggs.  Our poultry farmers were happy and grateful, and soon they started meeting the demand of the market.But then came the civil war,   when everything changed, with the looting and destruction of the Bright and other poultry farms and the disappearance of eggs from the market, except for the few produced by local chickens.  But these soon disappeared, too, as rebel soldiers seized every chicken, goat, sheep and cow in sight, resulting in a massive scarcity of eggs and meat in the country.Since the end of the war merchants have intensified their importation of poultry and eggs, making Liberia nothing more than a dumping ground for European chicken and eggs, much of it outdated.This has caused widespread discouragement among local poultry farmers, many of whom, including Sangai Farm in Suacoco, Bong County and Wulki Farm in Careysburg, Montserrado County, have been struggling for survival.  Urey Farm was even producing day-old chicks and broilers, though on a small scale.Market women bought the imported chicken and sold them in piles that have become increasingly expensive, causing many customers to switch to fish.The Obasanjo farm has also pledged to engage in training and agricultural extension, in a bid to encourage poultry farmers to reenter the industry.   Obasanjo Farm says it will go one step further, by empowering Liberian farmers to grow more corn and other products in order to begin the manufacture of chicken and animal feed that would limit imports.The Agriculture Ministry says Obasanjo Farm is a major concession which is not in competition with local farms, but is instead designed to help them.We pray that this major development will be taken very seriously by Liberian farmers.  Here, it is important to remind ourselves that we should not depend on Obasanjo Farm alone to encourage farmers to grow corn.  We call on the Ministry   of Agriculture and the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) to become actively involved in training the farmers in the proper and successful cultivation of corn and other crops that will enhance feed production. They would have a ready market–Obasanjo and other poultry and livestock farms–and we trust that the government will ensure that the farmers are given a fair price for their corn. This will encourage them to produce evenmore and make money to improve their family livelihood.Obasanjo Farms should do everything possible to encourage ALL poultry farmers to become profitable and successful.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – – Targets real estate, mining, aviation, othersPresident George Manneh Weah at his inaugural address passionately appealed to the global business community to explore the enormous investment opportunities the Liberian economy has to offer. The influx of investors to Liberia after this clarion call has been highly remarkable and refreshing.According to reliable data at the National Investment Commission, a significant amount of these investors are from West Africa, reinforcing the pan African school of thought that Africa can be built by Africans. Latest to respond to this call is one of Ghana’s astute and highly successful business owners, Dr. George Obeng.Dr. Obeng is expected to visit Liberia later this month, January, in order to hold talks with some top government officials from selected ministries and agencies so as to discuss his investment plans and also extend a hand of invitation to the official opening of Nananom Group Liberia in the first quarter of 2019.The company seeks to commence operations in various sectors; namely: Real Estate, Hotel, Shopping Malls, Logistics, Aviation, Transportation and Mining.In a telephone conversation, Dr. Obeng said: “Our decision to invest in the Liberian economy is also in line with Nananom Group’s 3 year strategic plan to extend operations to 6 African countries. Liberia was given immediate consideration, based on the findings of our consulting partners who conducted three months of feasibility studies in various sectors of the economy.“We are excited about the prospects in Liberia and will commit a significant amount of investment to the private sector. Our passion is job creation, which we strongly believe will complement the pro poor agenda of the government.”Dr. Obeng started Nananom Financial in 2006, the first African-owned financial service company in Ontario, Canada, where the company offers financial services to over 5,000 clients. These services include accounting and taxation, bookkeeping and finance, mortgage and loans, legal services, income tax appeal, insurance bond, harmonized sales tax, etc.Nananom grew from a single company to a Group Status in 2010, with a number of distinct businesses in Canada and Ghana.According to Dr. Obeng, Nananom Group has built a strong financial base in order to cater for all its subsidiaries; it has been re-positioned and re–structured so as to be one of the most competitive businesses in Africa and the world.He said the group currently operates in over 15 industries, namely: Real Estate, Property Management, Mining, Transportation, Manufacturers’ Representative and security Services. Highlighted among these is the group’s flagship housing project, Summerhill Estate, which has been highly applauded by the Ghanaian government and stakeholders in Ghana’s housing sectors.Apartment buildings at Summerhill EstateIn 2015, the Nananom Group gave birth to the prestigious Summerhill Estate located in a new luxurious residential enclave, East Legon Hills, Accra, Ghana. It offers very high quality products, exquisitely and stylishly built with personalized first class facilities.Summerhill is considered the most preferred real estate company in Ghana and beyond as it offers the highest quality and customer focus housing while creating value for clients through competitive price. It comes with emphasis on affordability, which highlights bridging the gap between luxury and affordability—which Liberians could benefit from.The CDC-led government, since its ascendancy, continues to echo the need for the provision of affordable, permanent and decent homes for Liberians, many of whom are extremely poor and underprivileged.Some of the apartments that Nananom Group intends to build hereThis effort, the Weah government indicates, is to address the country’s housing dilemma as Liberia lags far behind its African counterparts, especially within the Mano River Union basin, on the provision of decent and affordable housing units that could bring dignity to the lives of the citizenry.Being a renowned real estate firm involved with the construction of Luxurious Apartments and Condominium Rentals in Ghana, Nananom Group, through its Summerhill subsidiary, is also contemplating on constructing housing units for low income earners based on arrangements with the requisite authorities within the country. “Our coming to Liberia could also be a great relief for the nation and its people through the construction of affordable housing units,” the Nananom Group founder said.Venturing in such an initiative could engender President Weah’s quest to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor through government pro-poor agenda.Another advantage that comes with such an investment is the employment opportunities that it offers for ordinary Liberians, especially the young people.Dr. Obeng noted that his interest in investing in Liberia is predicated upon President Weah’s call that the country is open for business and that those wanting to invest in Liberia should come in. “We need to come as Africans and support the vision of this new President and his government,” he said.Dr. Obeng acquired his PhD in Economics from the Gordon Brown University. In this same prestigious university, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Accounting and Business Administration respectively.He worked as a Chemical Engineer for four years before establishing Nananom Financial Services, a subsidiary of the Nananom Group of Companies in Canada. Mr. Obeng is a Chartered Accountant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The founder and CEO of Nananom Group of Companies, Dr. George Obenglast_img read more

first_imgMayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green has noted that City Hall is in talks to address the woes of the Route 42 (Timehri to Georgetown) bus park, which is presently stationed on High Street, opposite Ashmins Trading, which was flooded and was ultimately displaced on Tuesday, even as it remains a criminal hotspot.She made this comment on Wednesday during an interview with Guyana Times. Chase Green explained that the “Mayor and City Council (M&CC), the Traffic Department and all agencies are having discussions on the way forward on this matter.”In relation to the flooding which resulted in the already displaced park being displaced on Tuesday, the Mayor would only say, “as soon as the tide goes down the water recedes”, noting that the administration is looking into the situation, which is evidently affecting not only drivers but commuters.“We are looking at it and we are looking at it to see how best we can work with the bus drivers and other agencies around the area,” the Mayor added.Although the M&CC would have partnered with the Traffic Department in A Division (Georgetown), Chase Green said she was unable to say how often the bus parks are monitored by Police, given that it is a haven for thieves and prostitutes.Numerous calls made by this publication to contact the Divisional Commander, Marlon Chapman went unanswered.As the intermittent rains poured on Tuesday, several Timehri bus park operators demanded that City Hall relocate their temporary bus park which is prone to flooding. They were relocated from Stabroek Square, Georgetown to High Street, Georgetown to facilitate the temporary transfer of displaced stall owners at the deteriorating Stabroek Market Wharf.Tuesday morning’s floodwaters resulted in the operators being displaced, which some termed a river. Others view the location as a hotbed of illicit activities, including crime and prostitution.City Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene“Imagine we mixing with the prostitutes and the thieves, school children going to lessons and coming home lil late, people working and going home in the evenings and even foreigners who use the public transportation to be taken to the airport, all of we have to be in between thieves and prostitutes, no respect they (City Hall) don’t have for we,” an operator explained.Operators related also that they had to beg the Traffic Department to grant them permission to park outside the nearby Ashmins store with strict instructions to return to the assigned High Street parking space on Wednesday.Some operators even said the Mayor is not looking into their interests.Everton Pole, who has been operating for some 20 years, said minibus operators make a significant contribution towards transportation in Guyana. He berated City Hall’s treatment of the operators.“Let’s say that they want to relocate us from there, what is wrong with having consultations with us, what is wrong with meeting us and letting us have an input into this thing… They are treating us like animals, like we are moving from one pasture to the next… They had no discussion with us at all,” Pole explained.Christopher Johnny, a passenger, chimed in with the operators to vent his frustration, calling for the Mayor to vacate her post.“It’s very bad here because in the night you could come and get rob. Like the Mayor just get up with a dream and say that the park has to be moved. She ain’t know what she doing, like she own the town… I want the Mayor to come out of office…” Johnny remarked.last_img read more

first_img… to continue lobbying for VAT exemption on security equipment – GCCIEscalating security woes across the country have triggered a Private Sector-led confab aimed at bringing together stakeholders for a security engagement, even as business leaders question the statistics being released by the Guyana Police Force, which points to a 21 per cent decrease in crime.GCCI President Vishnu Doerga and GCCI Junior Vice President Nicholas Boyer at the press conference on WednesdayThe Georgetown Chamber of Commerce (GCCI) will on Wednesday formally open its inaugural Security Forum and Expo, where, according to GCCI President Vishnu Doerga, an opportunity will be afforded to the several stakeholders to provide security proposals and solutions, including the tackling of cyber threats.Speaking to the genesis of the security confab, GCCI Junior Vice President Nicholas Boyer, who also chairs the entity’s Security Sub-Committee, spoke of the fact that security provisions now take up a significant portion of a business’ operational expenses.The seminar, he said, is an activity to demonstrate to companies, those who have solutions to make lives and businesses more secure.GCCI President Doerga during a media engagement at the entity’s Waterloo Street, Georgetown, office on Thursday, spoke to the fact that security concerns rank high when it comes to potential investors making a decision to do business in Guyana.He used the occasion to lament that Guyana still ranks as one of the more unattractive places for doing business internationally and security concerns did form a key element of any investment decision.Doerga said it is for this very reason the GCCI was looking to showcase to its membership what options are available to them with respect to making themselves and the business environment a safer one.Security apparatusHe disclosed too that it is in this vein that the GCCI will continue to lobby the Administration to place a Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption of security apparatus to serve as an incentive to business people.Doerga in making the pitch for VAT exemptions on security appliances pointed to the use of efficient Closed Circuit Televisions systems which have recently been aiding the Guyana Police Force more and more in the apprehension of, and prosecution of criminals – many of whom would have committed armed robberies on local businesses.Meanwhile, on the matter of the recent reportage by the Guyana Police Force that crime was in fact down by 21 per cent, the GCCI representatives questioned the accuracy of this and also pointed to the fact that there is a big difference between released statistics and public perception.Doerga told media operatives that members of the GCCI only recently met with officials in the public security spectra and the matter of the Police statistics was raised.The situation, according to Doerga, is compounded by the fact that there is significant under reporting of criminal activities.He said an objective analysis of the under reporting could not be had at this time since any such would only be a ‘guesstimate.’Boyer told media operatives that the GCCI was also unaware of the methods used by the Guyana Police Force to compile its statistics, and as such, could not give an informed opinion on its accuracy.Doerga told media operatives that in many cases, it is possible to be assured and still fearful.He pointed to members of the business community being presented with statistics pointing to a decrease in crime, only to be confronted with the news in the dailies – documenting incidents such as the recent robbery at a supermarket at Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.Doerga said in his meetings with potential investors, among the concerns was the matter of security and the security of their investments.On the matter of the Police’s response to crime locally, Doerga contended that there has been some positive movement.“All of us would want this to happen much faster but this is the reality of what we’re dealing with,” said Doerga.He said the GCCI is heartened by some of the positive movements witnessed, such as action being taken against rogue Police ranks.Security confabMeanwhile, on the matter of the active participation of its membership with respect to exploring different security solutions including cyber threats, Doerga told media operatives, “one can only lead a horse to water, we created the event and it’s up to them to take advantage.”The GCCI’s inaugural Security Forum and Expo will be hosted throughout Friday at the Roraima Duke Lodge in Kingston, Georgetown.The Chamber is of the view that security concerns continue to rank high as a barrier to investment, and in response to this, it has organised “this important event as a means of empowering business owners to be proactive in safeguarding themselves against criminal threats.”The Chamber said it recognises the growing need for business owners to gain knowledge on security strategies, and has put together an impressive array of notable speakers, industry experts and security professionals who will deliver information packed presentations on the latest trends.The Security Forum and Expo is slated to cover both traditional concerns in addition to cyber security.last_img read more

first_img1 Accrington have announced the surprise exit of James Beattie as manager.The former Everton and Southampton striker, who earned five England caps during his career, took his first job in management at the Store First Stadium in May 2013.Despite failing to win any of his first 12 league games in charge of Stanley, he earned acclaim for keeping the club in the Football League last season and was heavily linked with the vacancy at Oxford towards the end of that campaign.Although they had started the new season in similarly poor fashion, last weekend’s 3-2 victory over Tranmere took them out of the bottom two in League Two.However, in an announcement on Friday night, Accrington confirmed Beattie’s tenure would be ending with immediate effect.“It is with a hugely heavy heart that I decided to end this journey,” Beattie said in a statement.“I can never fully repay the faith and backing I got from the players, my staff and of course the fans – who always gave me 100%.“I thank them from the bottom of my heart for granting me the opportunity and privilege to be part of your unique club.”Carlisle, Blackpool and Leeds are currently searching for new managers and the fact Beattie’s statement indicated it was his decision to depart suggests he may not be out of work for long.Assistant manager Paul Stephenson will take charge of Accrington’s League Two game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. Former Accrington Stanley manager James Beattie last_img read more

first_imgMental Health Classic: On Friday 6th, we hosted a Golf Classic in aid of Donegal North West Mental Health Services. Despite the miserable weather, there was a great turn out and we would like to thank all those who participated in such a worthy cause. We would also like to thank all the Sponsors on the day, for making this event possible and so successful.Weekend Competitions: On Saturday 7th, we held our Captain’s Shoot Out Qualifiers and on Sunday 8th, we held our Centenary Cup. Scores for both days as follows:Dunfanaghy Golf Club Summer Draw:Don’t forget that tickets are still on sale for our Club Summer Draw for your chance to win a trip to a Premiership Match. Tickets are priced at €10 each and can be purchased by contacting any Committee Member.Youth Academy:Our Youth Academy started on Monday evening, 9th July and we are delighted to welcome a large group of young new faces to our Club.Open Week:Dunfanaghy Golf Club’s Open Week runs from Wednesday 18th July, through to Saturday 28th July this year. Timesheets are in operation. For more details, contact 074 91 36335 or visit our Facebook page.04/07/2012Wednesday Open Stableford 1st Kyle Barton (N/S) 47 pts.2nd K Ballantine (N/S) 39 pts.Gross James Brogan 29 pts. bot3rd Kevin Daly (Tramore) 38 pts. Css 37 pts.Mental Health ClassicFriday 6th July1st Peadar Curran/ Cornie McMullan/ Jimmy Keenan/ Roisin Curran 93pts.2nd Maggie Foy/ Margret Witherow/ Caitlin Hegarty/ Mary Lafferty 92pts.3rd John Doherty/ Cian Williamson/ Hugh McClafferty/ Kevin Mills 89pts.4th Brendan Kelly/ James Doherty/ Michael Kelly/ Brian McGinley 89pts.Longest Drive:Ladies Cathleen BoyceMen David AlcornNearest the Pin:Ladies Mary ConwayMen Michael Crossan07/07/2012Captains Shoot Out1st John Hanna 622nd Pat Corrigan 63Gross Paul Grant 703rd Stephen McClafferty 65 bot1st 9 Mark Caithness 312nd 9 Plunkett Keys (B&S) 31.5Css 6708/07/2012Centenary Cup Stroke1st Andy Murray 662nd Paul Burton 67 botGross Daniel McColgan 773rd Nigel Doherty 67 bot1st 9 Neil McGinley 312nd 9 Barry Treacher 32 botCss 67GOLF NEWS: DUNFANAGHY CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 10th, 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:DUNFANAGHY GOLF CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

first_imgGAA Bingo- Every Thursday Evening In St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9.00pm Everyone Welcome.Match “N” Win October 31st: No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 5, 6, 11 & 20. €15 winners: Adam & Hannah Toland, Altahalla. Maria & Brendan Kelly, Dunaff. Mary Duffy, Letter. Sammy Harkin, Urrismana. Anne Devlin, Altahalla. Jackpot next week €2,580.Thanks to everyone for your continued support for our weekly lotto. CHRISTMAS ORDERS FOR CLUB GEAR: All orders for any club gear needs to be in with Donal Kelly by the END November, earlier if possible to avoid disappointment on Christmas Morning, New Training Top with initials and club tops now available, contact Donal 0876461707.Under 8 training for boys and girls will start on Saturday November 9th at 11.00 am in the community centre, Clonmany. Registration will take place beforehand. €2 per child per week to cover cost of centre. Further information available from nichola (086) 6030736 or anne marie (087) 9825856IORRAS GAA CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW – Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or 3 tickets for €10 great prizes to be won, contact any Club Member In Your Area To Get Your Ticket.BUY A BLOCK – Urris GAA Club are running a BUY A BLOCK Fundraiser Drive for the Development of the New Club House. Individuals can contribute €10 towards buying a block, and they will be then have their name framed on the club wall along with all contributors we would be grateful if you would consider supporting this fund raising drive. Contact Rose Kelly 0877770639 or any Club Member. FACEBOOK – Find us on Facebook CLG Iorras/Urris GAA and keep up to date on all the latest Fixtures Results and Training plus lots of other links and news.Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets and new training top and club top now available something for everyone order now for Christmas Contact Donal Kelly 0876461707. Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie. Any items for the notes please send to lckn3@eircom.net or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.  GAA NEWS: URRIS URGE MEMBERS TO GET CHRISTMAS ORDERS IN was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 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:Urris GAA club noteslast_img read more

first_imgA man charged with the attempted murder of a well-known Letterkenny man has been sent for trial at Derry Magistrate’s Court today.Paul Greatbanks, with an address at Maghaberry Prison, appeared at a preliminary enquiry.The 47 year old was charged with the murder of Patrick Harkin and the attempted murder of Co Donegal musician Paul Mythen (pictured) on February 20 last year. Greatbanks said he did not wish to call any witnesses or make any statement at this time.He was returned for trial to appear at Laganside court in Belfast on June 22.Mr Mythen suffered severe injuries in the incident and is still in hospital as a result.Paul Mythen is well-known in the alternative arts scene around Letterkenny and Derry where he was part of the nartystation.com movie company.He has starred in 16 of the group’s films and also played guitar.Formerly of Croagh Patrick Avenue, his sister Clare, who spend man weeks at his bedside in hospital, died suddenly last year.MAN SENT FOR TRIAL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF LETTERKENNY MAN was last modified: May 31st, 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:Paul Mythenlast_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who requested the audits that were released Tuesday, said he wants the department to get a handle on these problems before it’s “beyond our control.” “We don’t want this to become another MLK (Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center) problem where the problem gets so bad that it’s virtually impossible to turn around quickly,” Yaroslavsky said. “We need these issues to be dealt with now or we’ll have ourselves a huge problem with the federal Justice Department.” Auditors wrote that criminal investigations of department employees are assigned to outside law enforcement agencies that often refuse to investigate because of jurisdictional issues. “For many of the allegations that rise to the level of a crime, there is no investigation,” auditors wrote. “Many allegations of criminal activity by Probation Department employees only result in administrative investigations and are not pursued criminally.” About a dozen department employees are charged criminally each year, mostly for off-duty incidents, including drunken-driving, drug crimes and domestic violence, said Robert Smythe, chief of administrative services at the department. Smythe said he only recalls one arrest in the last two years of an employee who allegedly used excessive force on a youth. “It had to do with use of force at one of our camps,” Smythe said. “Shortly after the arrest, the person was released due to a lack of evidence.” The audits urged the department to enter into an agreement with the sheriff or district attorney to conduct criminal investigations of employees suspected of committing crimes. The audits also urged officials to strengthen background checks on new employees. “The limited system check for criminal activity may not reveal serious criminal activity of candidates for employment,” auditors wrote. “For example, if a potential employee has committed certain serious crimes in counties other than Los Angeles, the (background) system check will not reveal these crimes. There are approximately 300 background investigations that are pending.” The department, which has a $530 million annual budget, also oversees 1,650 youths at three juvenile halls and 2,000 more at 19 probation camps. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Amid increasing reports of violence against children by county probation workers, two audits released this week found the Probation Department fails to adequately screen new hires to ensure they don’t have criminal histories. Auditors also noted that the department is unable to investigate whether its 5,400 employees are engaging in criminal activity. “Many of the allegations made against Probation Department employees are criminal in nature,” auditors wrote. “These include child abuse or excessive force, taking money or other gratuities under the color of authority, falsifying reports or other documents.” The allegations have come from Los Angeles County juvenile halls and probation camps, the audit said. last_img read more