Residents of three separate student housing units reported burglaries before the start of the spring semester, according to a Jan. 21 email sent from Notre Dame’s Off Campus Council.One burglary reportedly occurred in the 1500 block of Turtle Creek Drive between Dec. 12 and Jan. 11. Entry was gained by unknown means, and a 42-inch Samsung television was taken, the email stated. Suspect information is not available.Another burglary occurred between Dec. 20, and Jan. 10, this time in the 800 block of East Washington Street. Entry was gained by unknown means, and the email stated that a 32-inch Vizio television and an Xbox 360 were taken. Suspect information is not available.The third burglary reportedly occurred in the 1600 block of Turtle Creek Court between Oct. 21, and Oct. 27. Entry was gained through an unlocked sliding rear door, and a 60-inch Sony flat screen television was taken, according to the email. Suspect information is not available.In the email, the Off Campus Council directed students to the Notre Dame Police Department’s website for more information on crime prevention. A live crime map of Notre Dame, South Bend and Mishawaka is available at www.crimereports.com/agency/nd Tags: Crime, Off Campus, South Bend, winter break
…calls for forensic auditSeveral employees of the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure have dispatched a letter to the President and copied the Prime Minister calling for a forensic audit of the department and for a senior manager to be sent on leave during the audit.The letter to both President David Granger and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo revealed that there is a mass of corrupt practices and favouritism occurring within the department. The letter indicated that persons, who are friends of a senior manager, are being promoted without the necessary qualification and experience.“Only staff within that circle is being promoted…,” it read, highlighting that the senior officer has hired several family to work in the department. The letter outlined that the officer in question has been “finding and creating” jobs for family and friends.It noted that an Officer in Charge within the department was removed by the previous subject minister for corrupt practices, however the officer was reinstated by the very same senior officer.The employees in the letter revealed that priority passes are being sold by senior managers. Priority pass is for government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corp, and senior officers of the Joint Services.“What has been happening is that Tom, Dick and Harry are coming for pass and paying between $10,000 to $25,000 for one pass,” the letter stated.The employees also allege that monies are being deducted from salaries and are not paid over to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). It is only after they visit NIS to query about benefits, that they are told that, for months, the department has not paid any contributions on their behalf.“Same is being done for credit union deductions. All this can be considered as fraud being committed by the T&HD and should be stopped,” the letter urged.In addition, the concerned employees related that customers shipping goods to the North West District (NWD) are also being harassed by staff.“They are told that if they want the goods to go on the boat they have to pay. Customers suffer a lot through theft when the boat reaches North West. Goods are missing,” the missive read.“The fuel and drugs are big businesses,” the letter went on, adding that drugs are being shipped on the boat to the NWD. “Customers and sailors of the boat are in collusion. The sailors and the captain keep the drugs in the cabin. We want to see the Police and CANU come and search the boat before it sail every time. Drugs will be found. With the fuel: illegal fuel comes from the North West District on the boat in seven and five gallons containers and hidden away in the cabins.”When contacted Friday for a comment, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson said that he is unaware of any such letter. He said too that if there were any instances of corruption occurring within the department he would have been notified.“I’m not aware of anything of that sort. I haven’t seen the letter but I will assure you if anything came to the ministry it would have been investigated but we haven’t received any information,” he said.In the letter, the employees maintained that T&HD management are indeed aware of the wrongdoings.“Management is aware of a lot of things but playing blind, deaf and dumb on them because we know they are part of the wrongdoings that are taking place at the department.”“It is time for the government to act. It is the tax payers’ monies running the T&HD. The department does not make monies; it is not a profit making department. It depends on money from the government to keep it afloat and that money is the tax payers’ money,” the letter said, adding that the senior manager and cohorts should be sent on leave pending a forensic audit into the department.The concerned employees called on the President and the ministers “to help save T&HD now” as many “wrong things are taking place”. They maintain that the department has now become “a money making organisation” for some.
The hosts had made a strong start and took a deserved lead through Sadio Mane in the 24th minute, but United quickly hit back with an equaliser from Jesse Lingard nine minutes later.Klopp hailed the performance of his players as they kept the Red Devils on the back foot and maintained their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to go one point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table.“I’m completely over the moon about the performance,” the German said in his post-match interview. “The way the boys played tonight was just outstanding.“We saw the line-up of United and their quality – how well organised they were and they fight from the back, you knew it could be really tough.“But the plan was to take the risks, be brave and chip the ball behind the lines. The first goal was how, if you could have drawn, it would have been the goal. It was just brilliant.“A fantastic performance, it’s so deserved. Top, top first-class team. I don’t think United wanted to play defensively but we didn’t let them out. Overall it was just brilliant.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Klopp praises ‘outstanding’ Reds displayLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 17 – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his team were full value for their 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Sunday which took them back to the league summit.Xherdan Shaqiri was the hero for the Reds at Anfield after his two deflected strikes in the second half killed off the Reds’ fierce rivals, who were still in the contest at the break.