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Area Towns Sue TRWA

first_imgMichael Gianforte, executive director of the Two Rivers Water Reclama­tion Authority (TRWA), believes the legal battle between the authority and about half of its municipal customers can be settled amicably.The customers, however, have moved forward and are looking to take the authority to court, alleging overbilling.“Once in a while you have disagreements, you might have to get a third party to say who’s right and who’s wrong and then you get back to having a great relationship,” Gianforte said this week in response to the lawsuit filed by the towns.But attorney John Giunco Jr., representing the plaintiff towns, said his clients had sought to settle through negotiation. “Rather than respond to us, they chose to file a complaint,” Giunco said.Rumson, Red Bank, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Shrews­bury Township and Eaton­town and the Eatontown Sewerage Authority filed suit in Decem­ber against the authority, located in Mon­mouth Beach. The suit alleges that since 2006 the authority has overcharged them more than $1.1 million for treatment costs, double billed them $434,000 for unwarranted construction costs, and billed them for services they did not get and were not supposed to receive, according to the complaint filed in the Superior Court’s Chancery Division in Freehold.“There are a number of millions [of dollars] that are in question here,” Giunco contended. He said the crux of the suit “is about the proper allocation of those costs and revenues.”The sewerage authority was established in 1967, creating a two-tier level of service for its members. There are the participant municipalities of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Shrewsbury Bor­ough and West Long Branch and there are the customer municipalities that are the plaintiffs in the suit.Under the more than 40-year-old agreement, the authority provides wastewater collection services for the participating municipalities. The customer towns “are responsible for owning, constructing, operating and maintaining their own wastewater collections facilities” and then having it move on to the Monmouth Beach authority site for treatment, according to the court documents.Because the two types of customers receive differing levels of service, the intent of the agreement with the authority is “to apportion both the cost of construction, acquisition and financing of the project and the cost of operation of the System on a fair an equitable basis,” the complaint contends.“The Authority is continuing to overcharge Customer Municipalities in this manner, and Customer Municipalities are injured thereby,” the complaint said.The towns in the suit are seeking to “have the economics equalized,” Giunco said. They are looking to have the charges made to their accounts corrected and credits be given where entitled. The attorney said the towns want that “going forward the rates charged will be accurate.”The Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority had won a substantial lawsuit against the design engineer of a pumping station, claiming a defect in the design. The award was approximately $11 million, Giunco recalled. “The municipalities are entitled to it. That money should be redistributed and not held in the authority’s account,” he said.The authority has responded by filing a separate suit against Rumson for nonpayment of repairs to a sewer main. The authority’s participating towns have responded too, filing their own brief, arguing that the existing four-decade-old arrangement is an equitable and fair one.“We are an open book,” Gianforte said, insisting billing has always been documented, “calculated and distributed over the last 45 years in accordance with that contract.“It is very early in the process, very early,” Gianforte said, adding that he remained hopeful “and looks forward to resolving the issues.” By John Burtonlast_img read more

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Rowling helps fund for girl

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sir Richard Branson offered $198,000 and American Idol judge Simon Cowell promised $99,000. Rowling, 41, is one of Britain’s richest people with an estimated fortune of $1 billion, thanks to the best-selling novels and films about her boy wizard. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has pledged a major contribution to a $3 million reward fund for the safe return of a British girl who has gone missing in Portugal, a Sunday newspaper said. The News of the World said Rowling had offered the single largest contribution to the fund started by the tabloid newspaper. It called Rowling’s pledge “staggering,” but said the author asked the amount be kept secret. Madeleine McCann, 4, disappeared on May 2 after her parents left her, and her brother and sister, both aged 2, alone while they went to a restaurant at Praia da Luz, their vacation resort in Portugal’s Algarve region. Portuguese police continue to search for her. The newspaper said the amount Rowling offered was larger than the $495,000 pledge from Topshop owner Sir Philip Green. last_img read more

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Neymar deal ‘beyond rationality’, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Neymar’s imminent transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain shows fees in the game are now out of control © AFP/File / Jewel SAMADLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 3 – Neymar’s imminent mega-transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain is “beyond calculation and rationality”, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.In a reference to PSG’s super-rich Qatari backers, Wenger said the 222 million euros ($260 million) deal was a consequence of what happens when “a country owns a club”. “For me, it is the consequence of the ownerships and that has completely changed the whole landscape of football in the last 15 years,” he told a press conference at the Emirates Stadium.“Once a country owns a club, everything is possible.“It becomes very difficult to respect the financial fair play because you can have different ways or different interests for a country to have such a big player to represent a country.“It can’t justify the investments and looks unusual for the game.”Wenger said Qatar’s use of football as a vessel for soft diplomacy meant PSG’s owners did not need to worry about whether the transfer represents value for money.“We are not in a period anymore where you think, in some places: ‘If I invest that, I will get that back.’ We are beyond that,” said the Frenchman.“The number today involves a lot of passion, pride, public interest and you cannot rationalise that anymore.”Citing the 1979 transfer from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest of Trevor Francis, who became Britain’s first £1 million ($1.3 million, 1.1 million euros) player, Wenger said fees were now out of control.“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” he said.“We crossed the 100 million (euros) line last year (when Paul Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus) and, only one year later, we’re crossing the 200 million line.“When you think that Trevor Francis was the first £1 million player and that looked unreasonable, it shows you how much distance and how far we have come, how big football has become.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Bush: U.S. ‘does not torture people’

first_imgWASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, reacting to a congressional uproar over the disclosure of secret Justice Department legal opinions permitting the harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, on Friday defended the methods, declaring, “This government does not torture people.” The remarks, Bush’s first public comments on the memorandums, came at a hastily arranged Oval Office appearance before reporters. It was billed as a talk on the economy, but after heralding new job statistics, Bush shifted course to a subject he does not often publicly discuss: a once-secret Central Intelligence Agency program to detain and interrogate high-profile terror suspects. “I have put this program in place for a reason, and that is to better protect the American people,” the president said, without mentioning the CIA by name. “And when we find somebody who may have information regarding a potential attack on America, you bet we’re going to detain them, and you bet we’re going to question them – because the American people expect us to find out information – actionable intelligence so we can help protect them. That’s our job.” Without confirming the existence of the memorandums or discussing the explicit techniques they authorized, Bush said the government’s interrogation methods had been “fully disclosed to appropriate members of Congress.” But his comments only provoked another round of recriminations on Capitol Hill, as Democrats ratcheted up their demands to see the classified memorandums, first reported Thursday by The New York Times. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The administration can’t have it both ways,” Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the West Virginia Democrat who is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement after the president’s remarks. “I’m tired of these games.” In two separate legal opinions written in 2005, the Justice Department authorized the CIA to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures. The memorandums were written just months after a Justice Department opinion in December 2004 declared torture “abhorrent.” Administration officials have confirmed the existence of the classified opinions, but will not make them public, saying only that they approved techniques that were “tough, safe, necessary and lawful.” On Friday, the deputy White House press secretary, Tony Fratto, took The Times to task for publishing the information, saying the newspaper had compromised America’s security. “I’ve had the awful responsibility to have to work with The New York Times and other news organizations on stories that involve the release of classified information,” Fratto said. “And I could tell you that every time I’ve dealt with any of these stories, I have felt that we have chipped away at the safety and security of America with the publication of this information.”last_img read more

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DONEGAL DAILY – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ ADVERTISING!

first_imgGet people running into your business this Friday with Donegal DailyTHIS Friday is retail’s Black Friday – when bargain hunters will be out and about looking for Christmas presents with a discount.If you and your business are having a Black Friday special offering, you can reach the whole county and beyond on Donegal’s biggest media site.Your special offers will also be seen by more than 50,000 followers on our social media sites Facebook and Twitter. You can reach that audience easily and quickly.To find out how, simply email Mark now on info@donegaldaily.com DONEGAL DAILY – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ ADVERTISING! was last modified: November 23rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:Black FridayDonegal Dailylast_img read more

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Arsenal and Chelsea to miss out as Bayern Munich close in on Lyon star Tolisso

first_img1 Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal for Arsenal and Chelsea target Corentin Tolisso.The 22-year-old has become one of the most in-demand midfielders in Europe following his impressive form for Lyon last season.Both London clubs as well as Juventus have been heavily linked with a move for him this summer but they appear to have lost out to Bayern.According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Tolisso is on the verge of joining the German giants in a deal worth £35m.The playmaker made 31 appearances in Ligue 1 last term, scoring eight goals. Corentin Tolisso last_img

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SPOOKTACULAR: WIN FREE VIP TICKETS TO THE AMAZING HAUNTED HILL IN MILFORD

first_imgDonegal Daily in conjunction with the organizers of the Haunted Hill in Milford, are giving one lucky reader the chance to win four FREE VIP tickets to experience the terrifying outdoor trail.Haunted Hill is situated beside Millie’s Tea Rooms in Milford and it officially opened for the Halloween season on Friday.It will run until the 31st of October, the trail is open every evening from 7pm-11pm. Those who have experienced the outdoor trail and have insisted it’s not for the faint hearted!It is an outdoor trail, themed to guarantee you have a spooky scary experience.Organizers of the event told Donegal Daily, “We promise this will be your worst nightmare, if you are whimpish..STAY AT HOME!“Only the hardiest will make it to the end, what goes up may NOT come down. “DO NOT call for MAMMY….as in some cases your wish may be granted!!All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize is like and share this post on your Facebook timeline.SPOOKTACULAR: WIN FREE VIP TICKETS TO THE AMAZING HAUNTED HILL IN MILFORD was last modified: October 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesHalloweenHAUNTED HILLMilfordnewslast_img read more

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MARGO: ‘I SUFFERED SEX ATTACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG SINGER’

first_imgMargo: Honest and frank account of her lifeSINGER MARGO O’Donnell has revealed how a man sexually assaulted her when she was 20 and recovering after a road traffic accident.The shocking revelation comes in her autobiography ‘Margo Queen of Country & Irish: The Promise and the Dream’ released today by O’Brien Press.The Donegal singer was taking medication after suffering injuries in a car crash; however this led to her having blackouts. “After singing one night I felt dizzy and had one of my blackouts and as I was coming round, this man, whom I knew, was performing a lewd act in my presence and though I was never physically raped, I was forced to perform a sex act on this person,” she writes, saying she was teetotal at the time.“Abuse can take many forms and this event affected me very badly,” she writes in her book.A decade later she was told her career would take off if she had sex with a showbiz contact.“I ran so scared I wanted to die. I believe that sort of thing happens right up to the present day, but I am proud to say I never slept my way to the top,” she said. Her brilliant book is a heartfelt and honest appraisal of her life, dealing with her battle with alcohol after she began drinking at the age of 23.Now aged 63, she says she was able to read her entire book to her mum Julia before she died and her mum had backed her decision to publish it. MARGO: ‘I SUFFERED SEX ATTACK WHEN I WAS YOUNG SINGER’ was last modified: September 24th, 2014 by John2Share 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:bookdrinkMargo O’Donnelllast_img read more

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FORMER COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT PASSES ON HIS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION!

first_imgGREAT students become great teachers.And here is former Coláiste Ailigh student Séamús Ó Brollacháin along with one of his students from the the Star of the Sea National school in Sandymount, Dublin. Seamús enetered his class in this year’s Primary school’s section of the BT Young Scientist.Mr Brollacháin was himself a member of the Coláiste Ailigh group that won an award at the 2007 Exhibition with a project on Codene addiction in IrelandHe is pictured: ó Clé: Séamus Ó Brollacháin, James Crowley agus Micheál Ó Giobúin,, Príomhoide, Coláiste Ailigh.The Irish medium college in Letterkenny continued its winning streak at this year’s show. Coláiste Ailigh students Stiofian Ó Gallchoir and Cristian Ó Scalaí are pictured below with their display award which they received at this year’s BT Young Science Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.Their project examined the changing levels of glucose in the blood before, during and after exercise.Our bottom picture is of Coláiste Ailigh students Maighread Nic Ceallabhuí, Joyce Wylde and Aisling Ní Fhearáin with their display award which they received at this year’s BT Young Science Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin. Their project was titled: An bhfuil eifeácht ag cinealácha éagsúla bia ar leathnú an mhac-imreasc? FORMER COLÁISTE AILIGH STUDENT PASSES ON HIS SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION! was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Colaiste AilighletterkennystudentYOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITIONlast_img read more

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EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled

first_imgThe four seats of the Midlands-North-West constituency have finally been filled in the European Elections.Mairead McGuinness, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Maria Walsh and Matt Carthy have all been elected to the European Parliament.Donegal-Derry businessman Peter Casey was eliminated in the final count, finishing in 5th place. Sitting MEP Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness topped the poll on the first count with 134,630 first preference votes. She was followed by Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (121,824 votes), who retained his seat on Wednesday.Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh (107,198 votes) and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy (98,732 votes) were both elected last night without reaching the quota.  EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled was last modified: May 30th, 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:European electionsMEPlast_img read more

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