Popular petting zoo devastated by flash floods

first_imgA popular petting zoo in Gaoth Dobhair has been forced to close for almost a week due to flash flooding.Errigal View Pet Zoo, located behind An Chúirt Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair, was hit by torrents of water after heavy downpours on Tuesday last.Here a video showing the extent of the flooding on Saturday: Video via Errigal View Pet Zoo The flooding ripped through the farm and swept away the main paths, forcing the owners to close for the last weekend of the summer. They hope to clear the debris and divert the water in time to reopen this weekend, but losing a week of business has hit them hard.Owner Connie Gallagher told Donegal Daily how the frightening events unfolded on Tuesday night:“It happened in the middle of the night. I had to rush out and release the animals. They are all completely safe, but if I hadn’t got out to them I don’t know what would have happened.“We’ve been here for four years and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was a flash flood, just a washout.” While the flooding has eased off, Mr Gallagher said he has been working with the assistance of An Chuirt Hotel and a local plant hire firm to repair the damage.“We’ve diverted the overflow and we have another drain set up now,” he said.“All the pathways are destroyed. You couldn’t walk the farm. It has to be all refurbished. I’m trying to get it all repaired before the end of the season now.”Established in 2015, the Errigal View Pet Zoo is a family-friendly destination with a variety of animals along with an indoor play area. The farm proudly welcomed a newborn llama on August 24th.But a difficult summer followed by the flooding is putting serious pressure on the business. Mr Gallagher said: “Between Brexit, bad weather and a bad season, we need to get open for a couple of weekends in September to survive. We are a non-funded farm. Everything that goes into it comes from our pockets.“We don’t know what will happen next year. The insurance is a beast on its own.“If it hadn’t been one thing against us, it’s everything. And the weather is still against us as we clear up. There is no guarantee we won’t get another washout.”Mr Gallagher said he is 90% hopeful that the farm will be reopened by the weekend of 7th September and they will be looking forward to welcoming guests to see the animals and enjoy the many activities on offer. He advised families to keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/Errigal-View-Pet-Zoo-1773168876248368/Popular petting zoo devastated by flash floods was last modified: September 4th, 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 petting zooFLOODINGGaoth DobhairGweedorelast_img read more

Steph Curry sighted with no wrist brace, has message for Dubs

first_imgOver a very wholesome looking meal at home, the couple is rooting the team on and Steph says playfully, “We’re watching you.”Also, if you look closely, the brace that has been a constant on Steph since he broke his left hand during the Oct. … Brace off of Steph’s hand 🤗🤗 https://t.co/yd9AsHhUC6— OG (@IceSchmaltz) December 10, 2019Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry and wife Ayesha posted a message for Warriors and Warriors fans during the team’s loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.last_img read more

Active Moons Challenge Old-Age Beliefs

first_imgBeyond the asteroid belt, where sunlight is weak, small bodies that should be old and cold seem young and active.  Here are some recent papers and reports about some of the moons around the gas giants showing more signs of vitality than expected for bodies assumed to be billions of years old.Jupiter’s Io: Astronomers at the Keck Observatory in Hawaii detected a big outburst of the Tvashtar volcano on Io.  Reported in Icarus,1a, the eruption lasted over a month from April to June 2006.  The temperature extended over 60 square kilometers and emitted 7.7 trillion watts.  The authors noted the activity at Tvashtar seen by the New Horizons spacecraft in February this year (10/15/2007), but could not say if it was a continuation of the eruption they observed.    Another paper in Icarus found plumes near Pele.1b  Using the Hubble Space Telescope, a team detected sulfur and sulfur dioxide plumes in February 2003, March 2003 and January 2004.  These plumes showed dramatic variability over a matter of days and weeks.  Additional plumes were detected at other locations.    Another paper in Icarus recalculated the heat output of Io’s volcanoes downward.2  This somewhat mitigates the problem of explaining the anomalously high temperatures measured, but still shows that, within error, Io’s heat output is right at the edge of what can be explained by theory – 1340K measured, 1300K theoretical.  Even so, getting the hot lava out in a 20-30% liquid crust while keeping the mountains up presents other theoretical problems.  The authors said that it is still possible the lavas are ultramafic (see “Io, Io, It’s Off to Work I Go,” 05/04/2004).  Whether or not the heat output can fit tidal flexing models, “Io has a staggering rate of volcanism,” they said.  “…if the observed heat loss were all provided by mafic lavas, ~500 km3 would have to be erupted each year (Blaney et al., 1995) compared to ~4 km3 per year for the Earth.”Note this admission: “if there were no efficient means of recycling the crust into the mantle, we would actually see only relatively low temperature silicate volcanism on Io.”  Models of Io’s interior, therefore, include the recycling assumption: “The fact that eruption temperatures in excess of 1100 °C are observed requires that there be an efficient recycling mechanism and that there is limited differentiation between the crust and mantle.”  This requirement comes from the assumption that Io is 4.5 billion years old.Jupiter’s Europa:  A paper in Icarus about Europa this month,3 though focused primarily on its magnetic interactions with Jupiter, repeated the well-known evidence of the moon’s youthfulness:Galileo measurements of Europa’s gravitational field and modeling show Europa to be a differentiated satellite consisting of a metallic core, a silicate mantle and a water ice�liquid outer shell.  The minimum water ice�liquid outer shell thickness is about 80 km for plausible mantle densities (Anderson et al., 1998).  High resolution data obtained with the Solid State Imaging (SSI) system show evidence of a young and thin, cracked and ruptured ice shell (e.g., [Belton et al., 1996] and [Carr et al., 1998]).  The geological observations imply that warm, convecting material existed at shallow depths within the subsurface at the time of its recent geological deformation.A dazzling montage of Europa, reprocessed from Galileo images, was posted on Astronomy Picture of the Day for December 2.Saturn’s Titan:  A range of mountains on Saturn’s largest moon Titan was discovered by radar imaging in 2005.  This month in Icarus,4 Cassini scientists analyzed this feature which stands out from the rest of the moon’s mostly gentle terrain.  As with the Appalachians on earth, they said “erosion seems to act fast enough (or mountain-building slow enough) to preclude the formation of abundant features taller than a few hundred meters.”  They estimated the age of the range at 20 to 100 million years old maximum – which would be less than 1/40 the assumed age of the moon.  “This is short for planetary geological timescales, and further corroborates the conclusion from the dearth of impact craters [refs] that the surface overall is less than a billion years old.”  These figures should be understood as upper limits.Saturn’s Enceladus:  The geyser moon of Saturn got another write-up in Icarus this month.5  This time, however, the focus was not on the plumes at the south pole, but on the wrinkles and ridges near the equator.  The ridges appear to be up to 400m high and 3-4 km apart.  This area may lack the tiger stripes and eruptions of the south polar terrain, but has been active recently as well: there are “extensive sets of parallel, north�south trending ridges and troughs occur within the planitiae themselves, and evidence for resurfacing and extensional tectonics abounds.”    Models of fracturing caused by unstable extension (stretching) of the crust are 2 to 3 times too low to account for the observed ridges.  Perhaps some other process amplified the stretching.  Because Jupiter’s moon Ganymede is more massive, the grooves on that moon are even harder to explain, they said.    The tremendous range of ages of surface features on Enceladus led the scientists to begin their paper with an obvious but astonishing statement: “Saturn’s moon Enceladus is one of the great enigmas of the outer Solar System.”Neptune’s Triton:  One would think the farther out you go from the sun, the colder it gets, and, therefore, the more quiescent.  That is surely not the case at Neptune, which has some of the strongest winds, and for its moon Triton, another aging body sporting a young physique.  “Triton’s geological complexity ranks with Europa and Titan,” said another paper in Icarus this month that claimed the moon Triton has a “negligible surface age.”6    All the impact craters on Triton cluster on the leading hemisphere, suggesting a pummeling from objects in orbit around Neptune.  None of the craters appear to have come from outside the system.  The authors put an upper limit of 50 million years on the heavily cratered leading hemisphere, and 6 million years on the Neptune-facing “cantaloupe terrain” observed by Voyager 2 in 1989.  This would be negligible indeed – about 1/10 of 1% of the assumed age of the solar system.    The authors considered whether the young-looking terrain was resurfaced because of the cratering or other factors in the past, and ruled them out.  “no matter what, Triton has to have actively resurfaced on a time scale short compared to its age,” they said.  Obviously, “From the perspective of Triton’s thermal history, there is little distinction between a world that remains active for 4.0 billion years and a world that remains active for 4.5 billion years.”  The resurfacing rate on Triton has probably been high for a long time, they judged.  In fact, “Our results push Triton’s surface to even younger, perhaps negligible, ages.  If we accept the hypothesis that most of Triton’s large craters are not heliocentric [i.e., not caused by interlopers from all angles], then the surface may be significantly younger than Europa’s.  The consensus is that Triton’s surface is very young, and therefore is probably geologically active today.”Sources of heating that might keep small bodies active include (1) radioactive heating in the core, (2) tidal flexing, (3) impacts.  It seems unlikely any of these could work non-stop for 4.5 billion years on moons as small as Enceladus; indeed, a paper in the September issue of Icarus said that resonance and tidal heating is insufficient to account for the observed flux; “Therefore, the source of endogenic activity of Enceladus remains unexplained.”7  And if the activity began just recently, why at a time when humans are present to observe it?1a.  Laver, de Pater and Marchis, “Tvashtar awakening detected in April 2006 with OSIRIS at the W.M. Keck Observatory,” Icarus, Volume 191, Issue 2, 15 November 2007, Pages 749-754.1b.  Jessup, Spencer and Yelle, “Sulfur volcanism on Io,” Icarus, Volume 192, Issue 1, 1 December 2007, Pages 24-40.2.  Keszthelyi et al, “New estimates for Io eruption temperatures: Implications for the interior,” Icarus, Volume 192, Issue 2, 15 December 2007, Pages 491-502.3.  Schilling, Neubauer, Saur, “Time-varying interaction of Europa with the jovian magnetosphere: Constraints on the conductivity of Europa’s subsurface ocean,” Icarus, Volume 192, Issue 1, 1 December 2007, Pages 41-55.4.  Radebaugh, Lorenz, Kirk, Lunine, Stofan, Lopes, Wall and the Cassini Radar team, “Mountains on Titan observed by Cassini Radar,” Icarus, Volume 192, Issue 1, 1 December 2007, Pages 77-91.5.  Bland, Beyer and Showman, “Unstable Extension of Enceladus’ Lithosphere,” Icarus, Volume 192, Issue 1, 1 December 2007, Pages 92-105.6.  Schenk and Zahnle, “On the negligible surface age of Triton,” Icarus, Volume 192, Issue 1, 1 December 2007, Pages 135-149.7.  Rappaport, Iess, Tortora, Anabtawi, Asmar, Somenzi and Zingoni, “Mass and interior of Enceladus from Cassini data analysis,” Icarus, Volume 190, Issue 1, September 2007, Pages 175-178.As if this weren’t enough, there is recent evidence that Pluto, Charon and some of the Kuiper Belt objects and minor planets at the farthest reaches of the solar system also show activity on their surfaces.    CEH is one of very few websites reporting the latest papers from leading scientific journals with a critical analysis of their evolutionary implications.  TV documentaries and textbooks rarely mention these very serious problems with standard theories of the solar system.  You have just seen that the best planetary scientists in the world, constrained within their chosen billions-of-years mindset, have many questions and few answers.  We hope you find this liberating.(Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Novell Pulse: Security and Backup to Google Wave

first_imgWhile users can work on Novell templates within the system, they can also collaborate on 3rd party spreadsheets and documents with real-time syncing to desktop folders. This attention to backup is yet another of Pulse’s advantages over Google Wave. When asked about the scenario of an employee going wild and vandalizing Pulse docs, says Fox, “We’re not just offering point backup. We’ve got versioning on every single system keystroke.”Pulse also offers a higher degree of privacy for group settings and profiles where IT admin and general users set customized admin settings and privileges. According to Fox you can even customize the privacy on profile form fields to ensure that headhunters are not prospecting your staff from outside of the organization. Meanwhile the social aspect of a Yammer-like employee feed is enough reason to keep staff interested and engaged. And for those groups who are still committed to Wave, Pulse will also offer Wave integration via Google Wave’s Federated protocol. For more info on Pulse check out the demo site. Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#Real-Time Web 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now dana oshiro IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Earlier today Novell demoed it’s Google Wave-like product to the enterprise world. Pulse is the latest workplace collaboration platform to announce at this year’s Enterprise 2.0 Conference and ReadWriteWeb was lucky enough to catch up with Novell’s VP of Engineering Andy Fox for a demo of the new tool. The beta product is expected early next year. In late June we offered our first impressions of Google Wave. While Wave’s claim to “reinventing email” has met with heavy criticism in the blogosphere, Pulse appears better-equipped to serve work-related users. One of the great selling points for Pulse is the fact that instead of forcing users to add individual teammates for collaboration, the tool provisions groups and workmates from an enterprise identity system. This means that new employees are already set up to start. From here users can follow team and employee feeds, edit and send real-time messages and collaborate on documents in real-time. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

An ‘ICE-ing’ Challenge for Tesla Owners

first_imgPickup truck owners with an apparent grudge against Tesla or its customers have found a way to harass drivers of their electric vehicles. A number of news outlets are reporting incidents in which pickups are parked in front of Tesla Supercharger stations, preventing car owners from refueling. The practice is called “ICE-ing,” in reference to the internal combustion engine, and it appears to be a way for truck owners to poke fun at the environmental sentiments behind electric vehicle ownership. “These guys parked in a Tesla charging spot with their gas (or diesel) truck, unhooked the charge cable, and laid it into their truck bed for ‘comedic’ effect,” Freckletan, who took the photo at the top of this post, wrote at Reddit. “… The only harm done is the fact they are taking up a spot for an unknown amount of time that a Tesla could use to charge. It would be the equivalent of a Tesla parking at a fuel pump at a gas station and walking away.”RELATED ARTICLESElectric Vehicles Hit a Pothole in CaliforniaHow to Grow the Electric Vehicle MarketBill Proposes New Incentives for Electric VehiclesIt’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the Grid How widespread is the practice? That’s hard to say, but an article at E&E News described similar incidents in a handful of states, including Texas, South Carolina, and Delaware. In Delaware, an RV was parked perpendicular to five Tesla charging stations, blocking access to all of them. In Texas, two oversized pickups had parked in front of at least four chargers. In the text that went with the photo, the owner of a Tesla who was trying to recharge the batteries in his car said he called police but eventually squeezed close enough to refuel. “I rode up on the curb and did a 12 point turn between the truck and another vehicle with about 1 inch to spare on either side to connect,” the driver said. “We had to hit the road to get home, but I wish I could have seen the fallout.” Dan Becker, the executive director of the Safe Climate Campaign, called the practice “mean and stupid,” E&E reported. “Does it insult their manhood that they pollute more and therefore they want to attack vehicles that pollute less?” he asked. “I don’t understand their motivation.” At the website Teslarati, Simon Alvarez described the problem and posted a link to a video showing how a Tesla Model X is capable of towing a Chevrolet Silverado pickup out of the way. “Spread the word that you really can’t stop a Tesla from getting to a Supercharger,” video blogger Patrick says. “If people really wanted to, they could moving anything.   Tesla drivers also have complained of “rolling coal,” where diesel pickups have been modified to pump excess fuel into the engine, which produces a blast of black smoke. It’s not just Teslas that get the extra attention. As the video above shows, Prius owners also have been given some unwelcome attention.last_img read more

Significant Improvement in Case Disposal Rates in the Courts

first_img Citing the Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts of Jamaica for the period January-June 2018, Mr. Chuck said the Corporate Area Criminal Court and Westmoreland Parish Court had the highest disposal rates of 62 to 63 per cent. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting significant improvement in the case-disposal rates of the Courts.Citing the Chief Justice’s Statistics Reports for the Parish Courts of Jamaica for the period January-June 2018, Mr. Chuck said the Corporate Area Criminal Court and Westmoreland Parish Court had the highest disposal rates of 62 to 63 per cent.The disposal rate is the proportion of new cases filed within a particular period that have been disposed of within that similar period. The improvement in the case-disposal rates has also been a catalyst for improving the case-clearance rates across the Parish Courts.“An average of 2,451 new criminal cases are filed across all parishes on a monthly basis, with a total of 14,824 new criminal cases entering the Parish Courts for the first six months of 2018,” he noted.The Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (October 9).Mr. Chuck said 11 Courts have achieved case clearance rates of more than 90 per cent and have, therefore, attained international standards in this respect, in the second quarter.“The case-clearance rate is the ratio of new cases filed to cases completed, regardless of when those cases commenced. A persistent case-clearance rate of less than 100 per cent will result in a backlog,” Mr. Chuck said.“The Courts, therefore, have to target 90-100 per cent clearance rate in order to prevent the backlog from persisting in the courts,” he added.Mr. Chuck said the overall clearance rate for the second quarter of 2018 was 98 per cent, an improvement of nine percentage points over the first quarter.He pointed out that although these results indicate that there are still more new cases filed than cases disposed of across the Parish Courts, the overall direction is quite positive for the reduction of the criminal case backlog.“The Parish Courts of Westmoreland, St. Catherine and St. Thomas have the best cumulative clearance rates, so far, in 2018, while the Parish Courts of Clarendon and Hanover were the most improved Courts on this measure in the second quarter, with increases of 54.39 and 26.78 percentage points, respectively,” Mr. Chuck said.The Minister indicated that the international benchmark for case-clearance rate is an average of 90-110 per cent, adding that the Chief Justice has set a target of 130 to 140 per cent for case clearance rates, in order to clear and prevent a continued backlog.Mr. Chuck said the noteworthy improvements in the case-clearance and case-disposal rates across all Parish Courts have resulted in the case-congestion rate falling from 310.20 per cent in the first quarter of 2018 to 223.3 per cent in the second quarter, an improvement of 86.9 percentage points.Case-congestion rate means the ratio of pending cases to cases disposed of in a given period. It is an indication of how fatigued the courts are, given the existing state of resources and degree of efficiency.A case\-congestion rate of 150 per cent, for example, is an indication that given the resources currently at a court’s disposal and its degree of efficiency, it is carrying 1.5 times its capacity.“The ideal case-congestion rate should be around 100 per cent, which would indicate that the Courts’ existing resources are efficiently aligned and optimally utilised. If the current trend continues for the next two years, the criminal-case backlog across the Parish Courts will be reduced by at least 72 per cent,” Mr. Chuck said.“This means that if we manage to sustain the current disposal rate, we will not only clear the backlog, but we will also prevent the creation of new backlog. The Courts need to dispose of cases at a rate that is faster than the rate of filing, in order to clear the backlog and prevent new cases from going into backlog,” he added.The Minister informed that the courts with the largest number of new cases were the Corporate Area, St. James and St. Catherine Parish Courts, while the Hanover, St. Mary, and St. Thomas Parish Courts reported the smallest number of new matters.The three most frequent criminal charges filed in the Parish Courts over the period under report were Assault Occasioning Bodily Harm, Unlawful Wounding and Threats.Males within a certain age group are the main offenders. The report noted that 82 per cent of the matters in the Courts were committed by males, with the dominant age group of offenders being young men – 26.99 per cent were 20 to 26 years old and 29.34 per cent were 27 to 36 years of age. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting significant improvement in the case-disposal rates of the Courts. The disposal rate is the proportion of new cases filed within a particular period that have been disposed of within that similar period. The improvement in the case-disposal rates has also been a catalyst for improving the case-clearance rates across the Parish Courts.last_img read more

Manitoba FN organization hosting AFN election facing financial political turmoil

first_img(Pictured: Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsWhen Assembly of First Nations chiefs on Tuesday decided to hold the election for national chief in Winnipeg this coming December, Manitoba Keeewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper, who will be the host, told the Halifax gathering his organization was “financially ready” to hold the event.Harper’s claim, however, is disputed by chiefs within his own organization.They paint a picture of MKO as a financially troubled organization run by a grand chief who is rapidly losing the confidence of the chiefs who elected him to the job.According to documents obtained by APTN National News and interviews with three MKO member chiefs, the organization is swimming in red ink and there is a move to oust the sitting grand chief.MKO chiefs are set to meet in Norway House, Man., next week from July 22 to 23.All three chiefs interviewed by APTN National News requested anonymity for now. The chiefs will be identified as first, second and third MKO-member chiefs.“I don’t have any confidence in Grand Chief Harper, especially in telling the truth,” said the first MKO-member chief.APTN National News requested an interview with Harper, who is Halifax at the AFN’s annual general assembly, but he declined the offer.MKO represents 30 northern Manitoba First Nation communities and some are among the poorest in the country. The organization handles about $17 million in program revenues.The chiefs interviewed by APTN National News said they questioned Harper’s claim MKO is financially ready to host the event.“That was pretty bold of him to say that…We don’t have any documentation to back up that statement that he made publicly,” said the second MKO-member chief.“I don’t think MKO is in a good financial position to host the AFN assembly,” said the third MKO-member chief.MKO spokesperson Brennan Manoakeesick said MKO would be relying on “third-party” dollars to fund the AFN election event. He said Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg had already promised to put in $200,000 toward hosting the December gathering.“MKO has very little liability,” said Manoakeesick.Manoakeesick, however, said only Harper could answer questions about the organization’s finances.The chiefs interviewed by APTN National News said it’s difficult for them to get any accurate information on the current state of MKO’s finances.“Some of the chiefs who have asked about these improper authorizations are being vilified. We are made out to be the bad buys, basically, for trying to do the right thing,” said the second MKO-member chief.MKO is in the midst of an internal forensic audit of all its books and those of its subsidiaries by Winnipeg-based firm Lazer Grant. The audit was requested by MKO’s executive council of chiefs.The last phase of the audit, however, is being held up until MKO pays Lazer Grant for work done during the earlier stages of the audit.According to a timeline of events distributed among a select group of chiefs and obtained by APTN National News, Lazer Grant reported in January of this year that its mandate had been “severely restricted.” The timeline alleged Harper was behind efforts to curb the audit.“The mandate of Lazer Grant was arbitrarily changed by Grand Chief David Harper without a proper executive approval or a proper notice to all executive members,” said the timeline.The seeds of the forensic audit date back to an MKO executive meeting in June 2013, following the resignation of financial officer Glen Buchko. During this meeting, chiefs were able to see Buchko’s contract for the first time and it was later revealed he was making about $250,000 annually.“They were contracts that were authorized without the knowledge of the executive council,” said the second MKO-member chief. “There are serious transactions that are in question and we are very concerned.”Lazer Grant was formally engaged to launch the forensic audit in August 2013, the same month MKO received a report from an independent accountant that determined the organization faced a significant “risk” as a result of its finances.APTN National News has obtained the report sent by Bernie Shore, a Winnipeg-based accountant, to MKO that month stating he could not conduct an audit on the organization’s books because he had “not been able to obtain sufficient appropriate audit evidence to provide a basis for an audit opinion on the March 31, 2013, and March 31, 2012 financial statements.”Shore’s report noted MKO’s accumulated deficit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013, had ballooned to $976, 025. The report said MKO had accumulated an operating deficit of $609,058 by March 31, 2013. The report said this was a 71 per cent increase over the previous year’s operating deficit of $356,108.“There is a risk that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada may put the organization in co-management or worse still, the organization may be placed in a third-party administration,” stated Shore.Shore’s report recommended a major curtailing of travel costs, which rang in at $336,374 in 2013.“I would recommend that in the future travel must be on budget and that controls be put in place to ensure this doesn’t exceed budget. This is the second fiscal year where travel has consecutively been over budget. This is a critical point for the organization as MKO cannot sustain these operational losses,” stated Shore.He also recommended MKO cut the money it spends on outside consultants, which reached $178, 944 in 2013 and $255,724 in 2012.He said MKO hired consultants with “no budget lines being identified for a funding source.”Shore stated MKO’s chiefs needed to set hard guidelines on both matters.“This is bordering on a critical situation,” stated Shore.Shore also highlighted problems with the use of MKO’s Visa credit card.“There were several payments and charges on MKO Visa made during the year that were not supported by actual invoices or evidence of the purpose,” stated Shore. “Without an actual invoice and details of the purpose, evidence does not exist that the amount paid was a legitimate expenditure relating to MKO business.”The third MKO-member chief interviewed by APTN National News said the financial irregularities are especially troubling given the level of poverty faced by many of the organization’s member communities.“It is despicable, especially when he is not doing the advocacy he is supposed to do,” he [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more