Mr. Editor:My heart leaped with implicit joy when I read the back page story of the Thursday, January 16, 2014 edition of the Daily Observer Captioned: “Legislature Must Be Audited”-Rep. Chambers Stresses.I think Rep. Bhofal Chambers’ suggestions for the National Legislature to be audited by the General Auditing Commission (GAC) is a step in the right direction. This will definitely forge “transparency and accountability in the operations of the first branch of the Liberian government.” Funds intended to foster the welfare of the Liberia people should not be utilized at the will and pleasure of the legislatures. Sadly, many of our legislators are seeking self-aggrandizement rather than working tediously to secure the interest of their constituencies.Remember, the prime function of the legislators is not to accumulate wealth, but instead to enact laws to elevate the living standards of poverty-stricken Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s biggest contribution as a Miami football player came in a game against Florida State, when he sacked Seminoles’ star Charlie Ward to help seal the win. “Turned the game around for us,” said Miami coach Randy Shannon. More than a decade later, Johnson is still helping. The 35-year-old wrestler-turned-actor and his wife, Dany Garcia Johnson, announced a $1 million gift Tuesday to Miami’s football-facilities-renovation fund – the largest gift former Hurricane student athletes have ever made to the university’s athletic department. Paltrow, pals hit road for TV series Gwyneth Paltrow, acclaimed chef Mario Batali and New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman are embarking on a road trip that boasts slick cars, hearty food and a candid camera monitoring the flashy travelers. Halle Berry says she and boyfriend Gabriel Aubry tried and tried to get pregnant. “So there was a lot of staying home and doing what you do. Like, all the time, around the clock,” the Oscar-winning actress said Tuesday on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” One negative pregnancy test followed another, “and finally, after about 35 tests, we finally got a positive test,” Berry, 41, told Winfrey. ‘Rock,’ wife give team $1 million Paltrow, the duo of American food gurus and Spanish actress Claudia Bassols announced their journey, which will be captured in a 13-part TV series, “Spain … on the road again.” The series, which is designed to give viewers a closer look at Spain’s cuisine, wine, culture and nightlife, will air on PBS next fall. The four celebs were to set off today and spend much of the next four months cruising in a fleet of Mercedes, oblivious to what award-winning producer and fellow adventurer Charles Pinsky has in mind for their itinerary, and sampling the best fare in the world’s second-most powerful tourist magnet. ‘The Bachelor’ plans to tie knot Andrew Firestone’s proposal to Jen Schefft on ABC’s “The Bachelor” in 2003 was watched by millions and led to months of tabloid chatter – until the couple broke up later that year. Now, Firestone is engaged again, his father and Santa Barbara County Supervisor Brooks Firestone said Monday. His son is engaged to model-actress Ivana Bozilovic, and they plan to marry in the spring, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The 2010 U.S. Open Championship will mark the fifth time that the storied course at Pebble Beach, Calif., has hosted this prestigious event. Opened in 1919 and designed by Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, Pebble Beach Golf Links has hosted ten previous USGA championships, including Tiger Woods’ 15-stroke victory in 2000; Jack Nicklaus in 1972; Tom Watson in 1982; and Tom Kite in 1992. With a number of improvements to the course, Pebble Beach is poised to host another legendary tournament next June 14-20.The primary purpose for the improvements was to maintain Pebble Beach’s historic shot value in light of the increased length exhibited by today’s players. Some of the most dramatic changes occurred on the 6th and 18th holes, where the ocean was brought more into play through the strategic placement of bunkers and Cypress trees. At the 6th, the large fairway bunker at the lower landing area was replaced with five new bunkers that shift the landing area to the right towards the ocean. On 18, arguably the greatest finishing hole in golf, two Cypress trees and a fairway bunker were added in the landing area to force longer hitters to aim left towards the Pacific. In total, four greens and 16 bunkers were altered, 11 tees were enhanced, and the total length of the courses was extended by 166 yards to total 7,014 yards.While the pros have until next June to prepare for their rounds on the improved course at Pebble Beach, visitors can play it now. The property just unveiled an “Ultimate Pebble Beach Golf Experience,” which includes three nights at The Lodge at Pebble Beach, one round of golf each on Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Links at Spanish Bay and Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and a $100 retail credit. The Experience costs $3,425 for single golfers and $4,485 for double golfers, and is valid through March 31, 2010.Call (866) 226-5442 or visit www.pebblebeach.com.