Impasse over MOE Budget

first_imgHearing aimed at addressing the passage of the Ministry of Education (MOE 2015/16 Fiscal Year Budget yesterday ended in deadlock as the Joint Committee of the Legislature could not reach a definite understanding.The House of Representatives passed the 2015/16 Budget on Wednesday with a caveat that the MOE will only receive funding to support personnel salary until Minister George Werner can appear before lawmakers to defend his projected figure.Based on said position, the Joint Committee on Ways, Means, Finance/Development Planning and Public Accounts scheduled a hearing involving the Ministries of Finance and Development Planning and Education.During the hearing, Education Minister George Werner began with an apology for his actions and comments made previously relative to his “controversial” Educational Reform Policy.He continued by providing what few lawmakers called “little information” about the ministry’s performance report for last budget year while at the same providing summary on the projected figure captured under the new envelope.While in speech, he was sharply interrupted by Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh who insisted that by entertaining the budget hearing could mean that the Legislature has agreed with the executive on the proposed reform.Several Representatives including, but not limited to, Dr. Bhofal Chambers, Larry Younquoi, Wesseh Blamoh and Lester Paye, sided with Rep. Forh; stressing that there remains fundamental problem with the draft policy. As such, in separate comments, the lawmakers insisted on the need to address the policy other than holding hearing on the budget.“How can we sit here to discuss a budget that supports a reform process that we as lawmakers have fundamental problems with? By doing so means that we endorse the policy which is not the reality,” Forh asserted.In defense of the Executive, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh craved lawmakers’ consideration to pass the draft MOE budget, adding that most of the line-items in that budget do not support the reform process.He noted that passing MOE’s budget will help accelerate his approaches with international partners in attracting resources to the sector that needs government contribution as well.His comments again received serious opposing views from lawmakers who insisted that there have been about 100% increase of the ministry’s budget, and the writings on the wall show that the draft policy is captured in draft budget.The claims and counter claims brought heated argument between members of House and Senators who were part of the hearing.Said counter arguments involving Senators J. Milton Teahjay, Edward Dagoseh and the executive on one hand, and members of the House on the other, lasted for hours forcing the presiding officer, Representative Moses Kollie, to prematurely adjourn the hearing.In his closing remarks, Rep. Kollie said: “Henceforth let the word go that from now; I think the House will hold its hearing separate.”He reminded his colleagues from the upper chamber about article 34 of the 1986 Constitution which provides for financial bills to originate from the House of Representatives before going on to the Senate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Flood damage prevents petting zoo from reopening

first_imgThe Errigal View Petting Zoo has had to tell families the disappointing news that they cannot reopen this weekend due to flood damage. The petting zoo in Gaoth Dobhair was hit by flash floods on Tuesday 27th August. All the animals were taken to safely, but as heavy rain continued during the week, the owners were forced to close the farm to the public.It was hoped that Errigal View could reopen this weekend, but many parts of the zoo are still not ready for the public. “It was a lot worse that we thought,” owner Connie Gallagher told Donegal Daily.“The fencing is all damaged and the paths are unwalkable. We will try to open next week, but we want to tell people to follow our Facebook page for updates.”This video shows the extent of the flooding on Saturday: Video via Errigal View Pet ZooFlood damage prevents petting zoo from reopening was last modified: September 6th, 2019 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:errigal view pet zooFLOODINGGweedorelast_img read more

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Serero back in Bafana fold for Brazil clash

first_img17 February 2014 Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has named a strong squad, including recalled midfielder Thulani Serero, for South Africa’s friendly match against World Cup hosts Brazil in Johannesburg on 5 March. Serero had a falling out with coach Gordon Igesund ahead of Bafana Bafana’s Fifa World Cup qualifier against Botswana in September 2013, but the two men have since resolved their differences. The squad contains many of the players who did duty in Bafana’s shock 1-0 win over world number one Spain in November last year. That match took place at the FNB Stadium, the venue for clash with the Brazilians. “It is not every day that one gets to play against five-time world champions,” Igesund said in Johannesburg on Friday. “This is a great opportunity for us to continue from where we left off against Spain last year. “They are the hosts of the 2014 World Cup, so they will definitely be taking this match seriously, as you can see from the squad they have selected.” The Brazil squad, is loaded with big name players, including, among others David Luiz, Dante, Dani Alves, Neymar, Thiago Silva and Hulk. South Africa last played Brazil in Sao Paulo in September 2012, in coach Igesund’s first match in charge, with Hulk scoring the only goal of the game in the 75th minute. “I also have a lot of confidence in the squad I have selected, and I believe we will be very competitive on the night. This should be a very good challenge for the players,” Igesund said. Tickets for the match are already on sale at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. They are going for R50 for the top tier, R200 for the middle tier, and R100 for the bottom tier.BAFANA SQUAD Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Ronwen Williams Defenders: Thabo Nthete, Bongani Khumalo, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Siyanda Xulu, Anele Ngcongca, Thato Mokeke and Thabo Matlaba Midfielders: Dean Furman, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Daylon Claasen, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Ayanda Patosi, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Bongani Zungu and Hlompho Kekana Strikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie and Dino Ndlovu Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Bayliss leads national aquaculture organization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. is the second largest consumer of seafood, yet it imports 85% of the seafood it consumes. This offers a tremendous opportunity for U.S. farmers, especially soybean farmers as soy is an excellent feedstock for many species of fish. However, growing an industry comes with challenges.An Ohio farmer from West Mansfield, Ohio has stepped up to tackle these challenges head on as chairman of the national Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA).“The Soy Aquaculture Alliance acts as a hub for the soy-based aquaculture research cultivating high-value soy solutions for the global aquaculture industry, growing a U.S. aquaculture industry and making U.S. soybeans one of the most utilized ingredients in fish and shrimp farming,” said Bill Bayliss, SAA Chairman who also serves on the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees.To him, the passion he brings to this position comes from a desire to serve.“It’s a calling. Providing people with nourishing food, supporting communities, and stewardship of natural resources is what farmers do and I’m happy to be able to be a part of this new budding sector of the industry in the U.S.”SAA’s board of directors is comprised of members of the soy, aquaculture and seafood industries. Since its formation in 2011, the board has focused on two primary goals: collaboration among member of the core industries it serves; and facilitating essential aquaculture research.“The opportunity for growth is there, both in the production of the fish and seafood products, as well as the soy and other feedstocks,” said Bayliss. “We are doing some great work to help that growth along so that both farmers and consumers can reap the benefits.”To learn more about aquaculture, visit the Soy Aquaculture Alliance at www.soyaquaalliance.com.To learn more about OSC’s improved soybean meal technology developed for the aquaculture industry visit www.enzomeal.org.last_img read more

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