14 Jan

Varbah Gayflor, Others Booked

first_imgThe Joint Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Legislature has booked former Gender and Development Minister Varbah Gayflor for “financial malpractices” and wants her restitute monies allegedly mismanaged.Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Capitol Building in Monrovia, PAC announced that Madams Gayflor, Parleh D. Harrison, Director of Women Division and Stephen Forkpah, Comptroller, all from the Gender Ministry, should jointly restitute US$75,000 and deposit said amount into an escrow account for government purpose.PAC also wants Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie jointly restitutes US$25,279.55 that remains unaccounted for as a result of bank and cash reconciliation.According to the PAC, recommendations to restitute these monies are based on the fact that the issue of non-approval of budgets presents a challenge for governance of affected entities.“The Committee believes that the expenditure of funds without an approved budget will continue in the future if no action is taken. The committee considers such actions systemic across sectors line ministries and agencies, and hereby recommends that henceforth the Legislature must approve the budgets for these entities along with the annual budget of the government of Liberia,” the PAC declared.In further recommendations, the Committee intoned that Madam Gayflor and Forkpah must be made to payback US$23,901.71 and L$31,180 allegedly mismanaged for fees collected from the Ministry’s Conference Hall rental, which were not accounted for during the period of the audit.Relative to monies intended for women’s organizations and unaccounted for allowances, Madam Gayflor and Forkpah again were booked for the alleged misappropriation of US$143,459 and US$35,576 respectively.Payments made to third parties instead of service providers, PAC believes that Edwin Borbor and Mrs. Moses S. Kelleh should jointly restitute US$355,367.60 and deposits the amount into escrow account.The PAC also wants Matthew Bundo, Personnel Director to restitute L$235,629 from monies accounted for as a result of payroll irregularities.The Auditor General during the audit of the Ministry of Gender and Development analyzed the bank statements of the Ministry and observed that there existed a variance of US$25,279.55 for which the AG did not receive any substantive explanation or documentation, according to the PAC.During the public hearing, the chief witness in person of Varbah K. Gayflor and the financial controller at the time argued that the money was a donor fund, as such, the reconciled reports were sent to the donors, so the ministry was unable to give the AG a report on such donor fund.During the cross examination, the committee was emphatic that all monies that flows into any government agency from central government or partners belongs to the people of Liberia and are subject to the AG’s commissioned audit under the laws of Liberia. Thus, the Committee recommends that Forkpah and Mrs. Jestina Kollie should restitute US$25,279.55.Meanwhile, other line ministries and agencies captured under this report are to be published in our subsequent publications.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

11 Jan

Hearing goes to D-Rays

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Tampa Bay Devil Rays won the first arbitration decision of the year Saturday – against backup catcher Josh Paul. Paul sought a raise from $475,000 to $940,000 at Friday’s hearing. The Devil Rays countered with $625,000. Only one figure may be chosen, and the three arbitrators decided on the club’s offer. Paul is best known for a play during the 2005 playoffs while with the Angels. Umpire Doug Eddings ruled Paul did not glove Kelvim Escobar’s pitch before it hit the ground, allowing A.J. Pierzynski to reach base as the Chicago White Sox rallied in the ninthinning of Game 2.. center_img Jeter weighs in on Williams’ plight: New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter said it would be “unfortunate” if longtime outfielder Bernie Williams doesn’t return to the team. “You never like to see that aspect, you know with Bernie, what he’s meant to the organization,” Jeter said Saturday in Tampa, Fla., at a baseball clinic. “I’m not up to date or up to par with all the negotiations and things like that. I would love to see Bernie come back.” Williams told reporters Friday night before playing guitar at a benefit concert that he plans to decline the Yankees’ offer to attend spring training on a minor-league contract. New York general manager Brian Cashman said there was no room for the 38-year-old Williams on the roster. “We love and respect Bernie, but with the dynamic of our roster, there’s not a spot,” Cashman told The NewYork Times. “We had a lot of conversations with him. I understand that he doesn’t want to accept a minor-league deal.” last_img read more

10 Sep

Microsoft and Sony will partner on game streaming AI

first_img See It Rylo Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Comments HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $6 at Tidal Best Buy $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET 3 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Read Google Home Hub review Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida (left) and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella  Microsoft Sony and Microsoft on Thursday said they’re exploring a strategic partnership to develop cloud-based solutions for their respective game and content streaming services.The announcement doesn’t specifically mention Microsoft’s Xbox or Sony’s PlayStation consoles, but it appears the partnership will focus on entertainment platforms including gaming. As part of the agreement, the companies will jointly develop cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure, according to a release. Sony might also use Microsoft Azure for its game and content streaming services. The efforts will also include building better tools for content creators.”Sony has always been a leader in both entertainment and technology, and the collaboration we announced today builds on this history of innovation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, in a release. “Our partnership brings the power of Azure and Azure AI to Sony to deliver new gaming and entertainment experiences for customers.”Also, the companies will explore working together in the areas of semiconductors and artificial intelligence.Both Sony and Microsoft revealed new details on new gaming consoles in April, which are expected to be released next year. Sony said its next-gen console — likely called the PlayStation 5 — will be AMD-based, support high-end graphics features like ray tracing and 8K output, and switch to high-speed SSD storage. Microsoft followed with the announcement of the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, a late-in-life addition to the Xbox One line that finally ditches the optical drive. $520 at HP DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sprint Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Comments See It I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free.center_img $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read the AirPods review See at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Read the Rylo camera preview 7 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET See it $299 at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See It $999 Gaming Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $59 at eBay Turo Microsoft Sony,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Apple iPhone XS Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $155 at Google Express The Cheapskate Share your voice $999 $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale.last_img read more