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Convicted FDA Finance Manager’s Prison Sentence Suspended

first_imgThe former Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Finance manager, Bernard Bropleh, last Monday, walked free out of Criminal Court ‘C, after his prison sentence was suspended by Judge Yussif Kaba.Judge Kaba also ordered Bropleh, who he found guilty of stealing US$17,208.34 from the FDA, to pay back the money within a year.The Criminal Court Judge further ordered Bropleh to perform community service of three hours daily, five days a week, at the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) for a period of six months.“Bropleh will be monitored and supervised by the authority of the Paynesville City Corporation,” Judge Kaba stated.He further ruled that “Bropleh would also be turned over to the Probation Section of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), so that his activities would be monitored for a period of two years, to ensure that he engages in no act of financial malpractices or any (similar) act(s) during the two year period.”Bropleh throughout the trial confessed that he stole US$17,208.34 from the FDA, but said it was with the intention to engage in business activity and was not intended to unduly deprive government of its revenue.In his confession to the court and the prosecution, Bropleh pleaded guilty to stealing US$17,208.34 and asked the court to grant him forgiveness and to have him restitute the money.He also asked the court to allow him to pay back the money within a year and to render community service in a location where he would be monitored.He went ahead to promise by saying “If my appeal is accepted and approved, I would do nothing to delay the payment of the amount.”Bropleh also apologized, describing his action as “error of judgment.”On Monday, Judge Kaba took less than an hour to find Bropleh guilty.In his ruling, the Criminal Court Judge said, “This court noted with keen interest that the defendant in these proceedings has shown his conduct when he was made to plead to the charged that he indeed regretted his action.”Since this is the case, Judge Kaba added, “this court hereby grants the request of the defendant for a suspended sentence and he has to pay the money within one year.”Instructing the Court Clerk, Judge Kaba declared, “The Clerk of this court is hereby ordered to do a communication to the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), and to the Probation Section of the MOJ to give effect to this judgment.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Drivers charged for drunk driving, other traffic offences

first_imgRuby fatal accident– causing death case file still being preparedThe drivers of the two motor cars that struck and killed a 44-year-old North-West District (N-WD) man last weekend on the Ruby Public Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), were on Tuesday fined and released on station bail after they were charged for drunk driving and a series of traffic offences.The duo appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning and pleaded guilty to the series of charges.Kimberly Pearson, 21, of Section ‘C’ Block ‘Y’ Grove, East Bank Demerara was charged with the following offences: Driving under the influence of alcohol; unlicensed driving; driving an uncertified motor vehicle, and driving an uninsured motor vehicle. She was fined a total of $77,500.Sherwin Joseph, 28, of Hyde Park, E.B.E, was also charged with the following offences: driving under the influence of alcohol; driving an uninsured vehicle; driving an unlicensed motor; and driving an uncertified motor vehicle. He was fined a total of $65,000.In addition to the fines, the two defendants were placed on station bail with respect to the death of pedestrian Shurman Daniels, a logger/labourer of Kamwatta Mission, NWD. The file for this case is still in the process of being compiled, but is expected to be sent for legal advice later this week.Reportedly at some time around 01:30h on Saturday, motor cars PWW 6657, driven by Pearson, and PRR 459, driven by Joseph, struck the 44-year-old Daniels who was allegedly walking in the centre of the Ruby Public Road.The cars were both heading west along the southern carriageway when the vehicle driven by Joseph first struck Daniels. Immediately, the rear of the vehicle driven by Pearson also collided with the pedestrian.The injured man was picked up and rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was identified the following day by his sister.The two drivers were arrested shortly after the accident, and were found to be above the legal limit in terms of alcohol consumption.last_img read more

Pulling money out of a hat

first_imgAn Evening of Magic will begin with close-up magic demonstrations at 5:30p.m. Saturday followed by the two-hour stage show at 7p.m. in the gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall. Tickets are $10. “When people first come in, they’ll see six or seven tables around the perimeter with people doing close-up magic such as cards and coins. They can go from table to table to watch, and after that the stage magic show with the larger illusions will begin,” said Jim Thompson, president of the local magicians group. The brotherhood is made up of magicians of all ages and walks of life, from a 12-year-old who will be making his debut at the show to people in their 70s, from students to doctors and even a rocket scientist. They get together once a month to share laughs and tricks. Thomas Ellery, 12, a seventh-grader at Rio Norte Junior High School, will perform for the first time during the stage portion of the show. For information or tickets, call the club at (661) 254-2582 or visit www.scvkids.org. sharon.cotal@dailynews.com (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Local magicians hope to pull some money out of their hats for a good cause. In a joint venture with the local Boys & Girls Club, the International Brotherhood of Magicians of the Santa Clarita Valley will hold a show Saturday to raise money for the club. A few months ago, when the magicians were looking for a place to meet, member Bryan Lake, director of administration for the club, offered the clubhouse for their monthly meetings. “Some of the guys always come a little early and demonstrate tricks for the kids who are still here at the club,” said Jim Ventress, the club’s chief professional officer. “The kids love it. Then they offered to do a fundraiser for us, and we thought it was a great idea. They’re a good group.” last_img read more

LAUSD enrollment falls below 700,000

first_imgTotal enrollment708,461694,288 -2 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Economic conditions like job availability and housing costs also contributed to the decline, officials said. — LAUSD enrollment TOTAL GRADED GRADES2006-07 2007-08%CHANGE K-5 323,112312,222-3.37 Enrollment34,94434,226-2.05 6th-8th158,631 154,002-2.92 Los Angles Unified’s total student enrollment continued its expected decline, dropping 2 percent from 708,461 students last year to 694,288 this year, according to figures released Thursday by the district. About 41,000 of the students – or 6 percent of the population – are enrolled in fiscally independent charter schools. Charter schools reduced enrollment at traditional LAUSD schools by about 1 percent per year. District officials attribute the drop to a decline in births in Los Angeles County, which have declined sharply since 1990 but have now stabilized. Enrollment673,517 660,062 -2 SOURCE: Los Angeles Unified School District 9th-12th191,774193,838+1.08 TOTAL UNGRADED 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

Orange County Sheriff Carona indicted in federal corruption probe

first_imgSANTA ANA – Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona has been indicted on federal corruption charges stemming from an investigation into allegations that he misused his office for financial gain. The indictment, filed under seal, could be made public as early as today. A one-time Carona friend, former Assistant Sheriff George Jaramillo has pleaded guilty in the case, admitting he had collected cash and gifts worth about $45,000 and filed false income tax returns concealing the income. As part of the plea agreement, Jaramillo is cooperating with prosecutors in the Carona investigation. An indictment would mark a spectacular fall for the 52-year-old sheriff, who only five years ago was seen as a rising star in California Republican politics. Since then, there have been attacks on his character and calls for his resignation, but he was narrowly reelected to a third term in 2006. The full scope of the federal investigation remains unknown, but one apparent focus is a scheme outlined in Jaramillo’s plea agreement. The 30-page plea agreement describes Jaramillo’s involvement with individuals identified as “M.C.” and “D.H.” Corrado said the initials stand for Carona and former Assistant Sheriff Donald Haidl. The agreement says that beginning in late 1998 or early 1999, Haidl arranged for Jaramillo and Carona to be appointed to the boards of directors of several companies that paid them compensation or honoraria. In the plea, Jaramillo conceded receiving $7,000 from Charity Funding Services, a firm owned by Haidl’s uncle. The plea agreement says Carona also received monthly payments from the company and cash from Haidl. Asked how the rank-and-file was taking the news of Carona’s indictment, Lt. Larry Abbott, a Sheriff Department watch commander, said that “somebody sent me that story and my initial reaction was, `wow.’ I don’t know the validity of the story because I don’t know the boss personally, so I can’t really comment.” Abbott added: “There are a half dozen call takers here and there’s really no reaction. Everyone’s curious of course, but none of us really have interaction with the boss that much. He was up here for the fires. But we don’t have much information and so it’s a totally wait-and-see attitude. We just need to wait to hear all the details and his reaction.” For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“He has cooperated in the past, has cooperated while in jail and will continue to cooperate in the future,” Jaramillo’s attorney, Robert Z. Corrado said. Jaramillo is serving a 12-month sentence on state charges in a pay-to- stay facility in Montebello and is expected to be released next month. Federal investigators “were asking questions about Carona’s activities since he was elected sheriff,” Corrado said. Investigators asked Jaramillo specifically about “gifts and monies” Carona had received. Jaramillo and federal prosecutors reached the plea agreement months ago, but it was sealed while investigators continued to pursue the case against Carona and is expected to be made public at an arraignment today. Carona’s longtime political advisor and attorney, Michael Schroeder, said that federal authorities had not questioned the sheriff or officially informed him he was a target of an investigation. The sheriff did not respond to a request for an interview. last_img

Job Vacancy: B&S Credit Union seeks Finance Officer

first_imgJob Vacancy: The Ballybofey and Stranorlar Credit Union seeks a Finance Officer to manage the day to day activities of accounts.Job Title: Finance OfficerReporting to: CEO & Board of Directors B & S Credit Union is a progressive community credit union based in Donegal. B & S Credit Union is committed to meeting new regulatory requirements and enhancing its financial reporting and organisational structure. To this end, a Finance Officer is being recruited. This person will have responsibility for managing the day to day activities of accounts.Main ResponsibilitiesPrepare financial / management accounts, budgets and cash flow projectionsReport consistently on financial performance to the CEOAttend Board and Committee meetings, as requested by the CEO and BoardStatistical analysis, statutory returns and regulatory reportingDevelop & implement financial controlsManage the investment portfolio and liaise with investment advisorsUndertake cost / benefit analyses for capital investments and new servicesParticipate in decision-making, as a key member of the management teamSupport various Board Committees, including Investment CommitteeIdentify and report internal and external risks in finance area to the risk officer.Implement Board policies.The successful candidate should possess:A suitable accountancy qualification and knowledge of FRS102Experience in a similar financial role desirable but not essentialAn understanding of the ethos of credit unions and sectorial challengesComputer literacy, with good Excel & presentation skills and experience of accounting softwareBe proficient in preparing & analysing monthly financial accounts and statutory returns within pre-set deadlinesA desire to join our team and undertake training if and when required.Terms:Salary negotiable based on qualifications and relevant experience.B & S Credit Union is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Canvassing will disqualify. To ApplyPlease forward Cover Letter and CV in confidence quoting reference CU-Finance 2017 preferably by email to vacancies@bandscu.ieApplications to be received on or before the 08th July 2017.Job Vacancy: B&S Credit Union seeks Finance Officer was last modified: July 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Ballybofey and Stranorlar Credit Unionfinance officerjobVacancylast_img read more

HUGE CROWD TURNS OUT TO SUPPORT BUSINESSMAN FACED WITH COLLAPSE

first_imgA taskforce is to be set up to examine ways of ensuring one of the county’s best-known businessmen does not go to the wall.Danny Lafferty (foreground) ponders the future as he receives huge support from locals in CreesloughUp to 500 people gathered in Creeslough last night to show their support for businessman Danny Lafferty and to try and save 40 jobs locally.Mr Lafferty’s firm has gone into examinership and he now has less than 100 days to save his business which includes the Corncutter’s Rest bar, Vivo supermarket and Shell Service station. Locals have expressed fears that the closure of Mr Lafferty’s business interests will mean the death of the economic life of the north Donegal village.A huge crowd turned up at the Massinass Hall last night, many being forced to stand outside, to examine ways of keeping the businesses sustainable.The meeting heard that many village businesses across Donegal are hanging on by a thread.The meeting heard that if Creeslough went under then other villages like Dunfanaghy, Termon and Carrigart could follow soon. Mr Lafferty, 60, who has been working in the family business since he was 17, said a combination of factors has led his company into entering examinership“I don’t want to sound like I am complaining but it is a combination of factors which has resulted in my business being where it is today.“I cannot compete with the multi-nationals and neither can any small shop in rural Ireland today.“On top of that you have rising rates and costs and it is just getting more difficult all the time,” he said.However, Mr Lafferty received a huge standing ovation when he told those gathered that he will not go down without a fight. Among those who turned up to support the Creeslough businessman were public represenatatives Pearse Doherty TD (SF), MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher (FF), Senator Briain O’Domhnaill (FF) and Colrs David Alcorn (FF) and Seamus O’Domhnaill (FF).Each public representative appealed to people present to back Mr Lafferty by shopping locally and to ensure the heart of rural Ireland – the local village – continues to survive and thrive.The meeting heard that Mr Lafferty is being helped in his bid to beat his financial woes by  Fanad accountant Sean Kerr.Mr Kerr appealed to people to spend a little more in Lafferty’s businesses to save the business but also to protect the jobs which were there because of it. The Lafferty family business has been part of the fabric of life in Creeslough since 1906.Mr Lafferty and his business featured heavily in the best-selling novel ‘No News At Throat Lake’ by author Lawrence Donegan.Pat The Cope addresses the large crowd in Creeslough last nightMr Lafferty said he was proud to be part of the community-led initiative but didn’t know whether it could come in time to save his business saying he wished he was 40 years younger.“The business has been in Creeslough for over 100 years and we have been given 100 days to save it.“It won’t be for a lack of trying and the support we have received. All we can do is to try our best,” he said.Former county councillor and businessman Noel McGinley said he was shocked and dismayed by the situation Mr Lafferty found himself in.“We’re all guilty in these hard times of looking for the best value and sometime or other we are going to have to say stop and look locally,” he said.HUGE CROWD TURNS OUT TO SUPPORT BUSINESSMAN FACED WITH COLLAPSE was last modified: March 5th, 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:CreesloughDanny Laffertyexaminershipsupportlast_img read more

HURLING: DONEGAL GO DOWN TO MAYO IN CASTLEBAR

first_imgTwo first half goals set Mayo on their way to a 2-18 to 0-12 win over Donegal at McHale Park in Castlebar.The Connacht side led 2-10 to 0-08 at the break and held Donegal to just four second half points.Ronan Cullinane and Keith Higgins were Mayo’s goal scorers.It was a disappointing result for Donegal in this Division 3B clash, though they were up against a Mayo side with a 100 per cent record.Meanwhile two of this season’s Allianz Hurling League finals have been confirmed following this weekend’s round of matches.In Division 3A Wicklow and Derry will contest the final, while in Division 4 South Down and Tyrone will face-off for the title. Only the winner of those finals will gain promotion.HURLING: DONEGAL GO DOWN TO MAYO IN CASTLEBAR was last modified: March 27th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Man was making a nuisance of himself in Moville

first_imgAn Inishowen man had two public order charges against him struck out in court after he admitted making a nuisance of himself.Sean Doherty, 32, from Carrowmore, Gleneely, was charged with disorderly conduct and intoxication at Annies Bar, Main Street, Moville on April 23, last year when he appeared before Carn District Court. Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court that Garda Stephen Canning was on duty at Moville Garda Station when he received a report of a person making a nuisance of himself in the Square, Moville.Insp. Murphy said when Garda Canning located the man, Mr. Doherty, he was in Annies Bar where he was being obstructive to Gardaí and failed to co-operate.He was cautioned and arrested, with Insp. Murphy adding that he was put into handcuffs due to the level of obstruction.The court heard Doherty was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station where he was given two fixed penalty notices, which were not paid.Defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said Mr. Doherty had no previous convictions, was single and lived at home with his mother. However, he said he worked during the week as a plasterer in Dublin and was hard working.But he said on this occasion Mr. Doherty had ‘too much to drink’ and was not able to control himself due to his intoxication.“It’s probably not the worst case you have heard,” Mr. MacLochlainn said to Judge Paul Kelly.“He is willing to pay a charitable donation and hopes to avoid a conviction.”Judge Kelly agreed that it ‘probably wasn’t the worst case’ but ordered him to pay to pay €150 to St. Vincent de Paul. He said if he did this then he would strike out the charges against him and leave him without a criminal record.Mr. Doherty complied with the order that day and paid the monies to SVP. Judge Kelly struck out the charges.Man was making a nuisance of himself in Moville was last modified: May 23rd, 2018 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:courtdonegalmovilleNuisancelast_img read more

12 Essential Filmmaking Tools Under $20

first_imgWhether you’re outputting for recording or simply monitoring, HDMI cables are great to have on set. Instead of using a 6ft cable for your camera rig try using a thin and extra short cable to prevent clutter.Price: $77. Cable BagInstead of having your cables loose on set, try using a cable bag. Cable bags have dividers that help keep cables organized and easy to find.Price: $178. ClapboardA clapboard is probably one of the most easily recognized tools on a film set. If you are recording audio and video separately having a clapboard will save you a lot of frustration in post.Price: $209. Split Power StripA power strip with split ends allows you to plug in multiple “boxy” AC plugs into the same power strip. No more filling up an entire strip with just 3 things plugged in.Price: $1510. Extension cordsExtension cords are a must have on any set. You will always need 1 more than what you currently have…Price: $711. Allen KeysAllen keys are great for tightening down tripod legs, rigs, or any other equipment that might need regular maintenance.Price: $12 for 212. Field NotebooksYou never know when you will need to take a quick note. You can use field notebooks to write down script notes, editing notes, or autographs for when your fans see you.Price: $10The following video created by Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows us his list of essential filmmaking tools:This video was first shared on the DSLR Video Shooter YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing, Caleb!As Caleb Pike recommends in the video, an Amazon Prime account will most assuredly save you a lot of money on shipping. I use this service very frequently to buy cheap filmmaking gear and it has paid for itself over and over again.Know of any other cheap filmmaking gear under $20? Share in the comments below. When going on-set, you can’t afford NOT to get these 12 cheap essential filmmaking tools!Filmmaking can be a really expensive craft. Between buying a nice camera, lenses, audio equipment, rigs, and accessories, you are looking at thousands of dollars in equipment. However, some of the most useful equipment you can have on can have on-set won’t break the bank.Caleb Pike at DSLR Video Shooter has shared 12 essential pieces of filmmaking equipment that you can pick up for less than $20.1. Travel BagsTravel bags really help in staying organized on set. Most have a spot where you can label them according to your needs. They come in a variety of sizes making them a must-have on set.Price: $18 for pack of 72. SandbagsAn improperly anchored light can be a real safety hazard on set. Even if it doesn’t hit anyone the light still is probably going to break. It’s a silly mistake that can fixed by simply placing a sandbag on the light stand.Price: $20 for 43. ClampsClamps have an innumerable number of uses on a set. From holding back cables to quick set-fixes, you need to have clamps close by.Price: $5 for 44. RopeBesides simply tying things off, rope allows you to organize things that are easily lost like gaff tape and clamps.Price: $85. Gaff TapeGaff tape is probably the most useful tool you can have on set. Gaff tape allows you to tape down cables, place actor marks, label stuff, and make giant dodge balls once production is done!Price: $16 for 30 yards6. HDMI Cableslast_img read more