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first_imgGrant (19-1) is coming off a 56-30 loss to Taft in the City semifinals, which ended the Lancers’ school-record 19-game winning streak. Long Beach Poly is the top-ranked team in the state by calpreps.com. The Jackrabbits (31-1) defeated Brea Olinda 55-53 in Friday’s Southern Section Div. I-AA title game. Hart received an at-large bid to the Div. I state playoffs despite losing to Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 50-40 in the Southern Section Div. I-A semifinal. The Indians (27-3) host City Section runner-up Washington (22-7). The only local representative not competing in Div. I is L.A. Baptist, which clinched its first section title in school history Friday with a 63-58 victory over Bishop Conarty-Loretto of LosAngeles in the Southern Section Div. V-A final. The Knights (21-6) host LACES of Los Angeles (6-14) in a Div. IV play-in game. All games begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. kevin.connelly@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four local girls’ basketball teams were selected to the CIFstate playoffs when the pairings were released Sunday: Taft of Woodland Hills, Grant of Van Nuys, Hart of Newhall and L.A. Baptist of North Hills. Taft (23-2) has won an area-best 23 consecutive games, including Saturday’s 39-36 victory over Washington of Los Angeles to clinch the program’s first City Section title. center_img The Toreadors will host Pacifica of Oxnard (20-10) in the first round of the Div. I playoffs. The other local City Section representative is Grant, which visits defending Div. I state champion Long Beach Poly for a first-round game. last_img read more

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first_imgSenator Brian O Domhnaill has reacted to claims that he has paid back €3,434 to the Oireachtas for wrongly-claimed expenses.The Fianna Fail politician issued a statement this afternoon on the matter.The Gortahork public representative said the Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which he received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability. The Fianna Fail politician is already being investigated by the Standards in Public Office Commission for alleged duplication of expenses claims.A total of five members of the Oireachtas repaid €4,992 in claims after the audit, which was carried out by Mazars.Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill, who was investigated by the commission over travel and subsistence claims made between 2006 and 2007 when he was a county councillor, accounted for €3,434 of the total.This is his statement in full. The Vouched Public Representation allowance payments which I received from the Oireachtas for 2012 were “absolutely and entirely” for expenditure incurred in the carrying out of my duties to the best of my ability.Since the introduction of Vouched allowance for TDs and Senators I have always opted for vouched expenses. My legitimate expenditure on constituency activities for 2012 was in excess of Eur 25,000. The Vouched allowance payment for Senators was Eur 15,000.I was advised by the houses of the Oireachtas In 2011 that expenditure which I had incurred was deemed eligible for Senators ie Constituency Offices costs etc.However, it has since been clarified as being deemed ineligible expenditure for allowance purposes for Senators. Therefore over Eur 13,000 of absolutely necessary expenditure in the fulfilling of my role has been deemed ineligible for the purposes of the Allowance.I also had incurred other eligible secretarial expenditure for the 2012 period which was an eligible allowable expense, however due to a lack of clarity I didn’t present those for claim purposes. If I had submitted those as part of my claim at the time no repayment on my part would have been due at all. However for the purposes of clarity I decided not to query the matter and instead immediately repaid the amount of Eur 3,434. This left an overall payment of Eur 11,566 allowance for 2012. My constituency expenditure for the period was approximately Eur 25,000 which was paid for exclusively by myself.It is worth pointing out that TDs are allowed to claim for all of the constituency expenses which I had incurred however Senators cannot claim for this expenditure.Because I am one of the only Irish Senators with a Full time constituency office my level of annual expenditure is much higher. I am happy to do this and will continue to do so in order to provide a dedicated and full time service to the people of Donegal.The reporting of any inaccurate claims is absolutely incorrect as no claims were made for this payment. The PRA is paid by the houses of the Oireachtas to each Senator and TD without the need for a claim having to be made. The only requirement is for a Senator or TD to specify as to whether or not the payment is to be vouched or unvouched. I have always opted for the vouched option.SENATOR O DOMHNAILL SAYS EXPENSES WERE USED TO CARRY OUT HIS DUTIES was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:expensesSENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILLlast_img read more