Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “This is good for us because we ended the year with a win. Hopefully, we sustain this. We’ll enjoy the New Year, but we have to manage our sleep because we still have upcoming games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “They are a good team. You can’t just get a big lead against them because they are also an organized team,” he said in Filipino.Fajardo was also satisfied with how San Miguel played in the first half, noting that it gave the public a glimpse of how strong his team could be when everything is clicking.“When we’re executing our plays, swinging the ball and get it to the other corner, that’s when we’re playing at our best,” he said. “We know our game and we know each other’s game because we’ve been together for so long. We just need to execute our plays, and it also helps if our players step up, like tonight, Von (Pessumal) played well.”San Miguel is so far living up to everyone’s expectations as it heads into to the new year unbeaten at 2-0.And Fajardo hopes that the Beermen will sustain their run as they seek to win an unprecedented fourth straight Philippine Cup crown.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “He was heavy and was big,” Fajardo said of the former Adamson star as he was seemingly frustrated majority of the last two quarters.Showing his pedigree, however, the Cebuano giant eventually solved the puzzle as he linked up with Chris Ross in pick-and-roll plays in the fourth period on his way to 26 points and nine rebounds in San Miguel’s 103-97 victory Ynares Center here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comebackFajardo said that those adjustments are further proof that no team this conference, not even a Meralco crew, which was at the cellar the past two all-Filipino conferences, is a pushover as the Beermen saw what was once a 22-point lead trimmed down to as low as one in the third frame that paved way for the frantic finish. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Despite loss, unfazed Tolomia dazzles for Bolts vs SMB guard trio Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Height is might, but for June Mar Fajardo, heft gave him problems in San Miguel’s duel against Meralco on Wednesday.With the four-time PBA Most Valuable Player having his way down low, Bolts coach Norman Black dug deep and pulled Ken Bono out of his bag of tricks as the 33-year-old center made life hard for the Beermen slotman in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments
Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New-look Clippers beat Thunder for 1st win of season Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Russian’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN his fighter would “respect the contract” with UFC but added, “we’re open if Floyd wants to box Khabib.”READ: Nurmagomedov challenges Mayweather to a fight“You have a guy who is 50-0, a guy who is 27-0 — both have never tasted defeat. Khabib brings 2.5 billion Muslims around the world, some of the richest countries in the world, and they’re behind him. Floyd Mayweather is a megastar. Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather. If the two forces clash, that’s a real fight.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Nurmagomedov temporarily for his post-fight actions after being McGregor, climbing out of the octagon and fighting members of the Irishman’s entourage. A disciplinary ban into next year is possible.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russia’s Nurmagomedov, 30, defended his UFC lightweight crown with a submission victory over Ireland’s Conor McGregor two weeks ago in the top-selling UFC fight ever, improving his record to 27-0.READ: Mayweather says Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will happenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAmerican Mayweather, 41, came out of retirement last year to box McGregor and stopped him in the 10th round in Las Vegas to raise his career record to 50-0.Nurmagomedov told Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe in an online video that “We have to fight” while Mayweather told TMZ earlier this week his team can “make it happen.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ FILE – Floyd Mayweather attends the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPFloyd Mayweather has not contacted UFC about a boxing match with Khabib Nurmagomedov despite both sides hyping the prospect, UFC president Dana White told ESPN in a website posting Friday.“Don’t pay attention to it,” White said. “The Mayweather team has not approached us at all. Khabib is under contract with the UFC. We haven’t talked to anybody from the Mayweather team. Floyd is very good at getting his name back out there when he’s ready.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
The embattled Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which oversees the region’s homeless programs, repeatedly violated regulations by using about $1.7 million in federal funds to bail out other programs, the Daily News has learned. The improper transfers were made in fiscal 2004 and 2005 when the LAHSA staff used U.S. Housing and Urban Development grants to make “temporary loans” to pay emergency bills when the proper funds weren’t as easily accessible. William Vasquez, HUD’s Los Angeles field office director of community planning and development, acknowledged in an interview that the authority violated federal rules that ban commingling of funds. He also said the loans were made without HUD’s knowledge. HUD, which this year awarded LAHSA $60.4 million – some of which LAHSA gives directly to housing authorities – could impose sanctions against the agency. Penalties could range from suspending the authority’s federal funding to requiring repayment of the money with nonfederal dollars. City Controller Laura Chick questioned the continuance of LAHSA, a city-county authority created in 1993 that was given fiscal autonomy in 2001. With a fiscal 2006 budget of about $50 million, the authority has a staff of 65 aiding dozens of nonprofit agencies helping the region’s approximately 80,000 homeless. “The possibility of having to return precious dollars for the most needy in our society is more than a flare, it’s like sending up fireworks saying, ‘Pay attention,”‘ said Chick, whose auditors uncovered fiscal problems at the agency last summer. “I really have concerns and doubts that LAHSA is a viable and effective agency that should continue in its current form.” LAHSA Commission Chairman Owen Newcomer said the agency has “been straightened out,” and he isn’t concerned about the previous federal violations. “It has been corrected,” Newcomer said. “There are a lot of people who disagree with us. Those who look at the old problem need to look at the current situation.” But LAHSA Commissioner Douglas Mirell, a Villaraigosa appointee, said the new disclosure about HUD violations is “extremely troublesome.” “I’ve received various assurances from various people (that) these are all historical anomalies,” Mirell said. “I’d heard about the commingling, but (the HUD violation) is new to me.” Ramona Ripston, another Villaraigosa appointee and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said the disclosures are worrisome. “There must be a problem there, and we have to look at how LAHSA operates and how they got there,” she said. Mitchell Netburn, the $150,000-a-year executive director for LAHSA, said in an interview that he couldn’t “recollect” whether he knew the “temporary loans” were a violation of federal regulations at the time they were made. But Netburn – whose performance is to be discussed in closed session as part of a commission meeting today – said he now does. “In retrospect, it was wrong and we’ve put in procedures to keep it from happening again,” Netburn said. “The reason we did it … we had no line of credit, and very often there was a length of time to draw down funds (from the correct funding source). We had very small providers who were going to close their doors and homeless people were going to be on the street. To prevent that from happening, we did this. Ultimately, no, it was not justified.” It was quicker to draw on HUD funds than to go through more cumbersome processes with other funding sources when emergencies arose, he said, adding that LAHSA also occasionally used other funding sources to pay emergency bills. “They had to rob Peter to pay Paul,” said Terri Kasman, the county’s chief accountant auditor, who has been working to reconcile LAHSA’s numerous grants. Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller Tyler McCauley said he wasn’t aware that the temporary loans violated federal regulations. McCauley said HUD officials told the county they just wanted the books corrected, with the grants reconciled with the programs they were originally supposed to pay for. “They (auditors) corrected all the things they (LAHSA) did,” McCauley said. “They put them back in the right buckets.” Vasquez said HUD’s monitoring has been stalled by LAHSA’s failure to complete its fiscal 2004 independent audit – now nearly a year late. “All of a sudden, the system fell apart,” said Vasquez, who said it is unusual for an organization of LAHSA’s stature to have broken federal regulations. “You’d expect an organization like LAHSA to have a professional accounting system in place that we could easily track,” he said. Netburn – defending his performance amid a political firestorm at City Hall, where Villaraigosa has shaken up the LAHSA commission with five new appointees – said he should get a second chance. He blamed a constellation of problems for the situation, including the agency not having its own line of credit for emergencies – an issue also to be addressed at today’s commission meeting. He said the number of grants the agency received was expanding rapidly – including more complexities, such as when the city’s three contracts split into 20 – at the same time his fiscal staff of 11 was about half of what was needed and a new chief financial officer was hired. Netburn said establishing a line of credit had been discussed but was never seriously pursued because of the interest payments that would be required. And he said the mandated fiscal 2004 independent audit was put on the back burner. “With limited staff, the audit came second,” he said. The authority’s disintegrating fiscal situation was flagged, he added, by his reports to commissioners who report to elected county and city officials. “People make mistakes and learn from them,” said Netburn, who took over the authority in September 2000 and said he has saved the county and city money by being understaffed for years. “The goal was altruistic, but wrong. In retrospect, I wouldn’t repeat it. At the time, we’d do a temporary loan – or have somebody on the streets.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Los Angeles County auditors have been working for the past five months to correct the violations. LAHSA officials and auditors said this week that the practice has been stopped, borrowed federal funds have been repaid, and procedures are in place to prevent the practice. They also said no criminal fraud has been found. But the violations are the most serious yet in a string of fiscal and mismanagement problems that surfaced last year when auditors disclosed that the authority owed homeless providers $5 million, but had just $700,000 in the bank. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that he is “very concerned” about the possibility LAHSA has violated federal regulations. “We are quickly getting to the point where it will be difficult to defend the status quo at LAHSA given the pattern of mismanagement over a sustained period of time,” said Villaraigosa, who has asked for a management audit of the authority.
Is this your dog looking for a wash and blow-dry outside a Ballybofey hair salon?!It’s a woof life!The little fella was discovered outside Salon A in the Glenview Business Park.The dog is obviously a family pet as it has a red collar and even a lead behind it! The owner can get it by calling in to Salon A and hopefully it won’t have had a colour or perm done! IS YOUR DOG LOOKING FOR A HAIRCUT IN BALLYBOFEY? was last modified: March 8th, 2014 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:BallybofeyDOGlostSalon A
A man has denied in the High Court he was involved in an “arranged road traffic accident” at a roundabout in Lifford.Martin Lafferty (55), from Clady in Strabane, sued the driver of a rented car, as well as Hertz Rent-a-Car itself, for injuries arising out of a collision with his Peugeot 406 at a roundabout in Lifford on June 28, 2011. Mr Lafferty was driving with three other people in his vehicle while the other car, driven by Gareth Feeney, with addresses in Strabane and Middlesex, England, had a total of five people in it.Seven out of the nine, including Mr Lafferty were awarded sums of less than €10,000 in Buncrana Circuit Court in 2015 for injuries from the accident.The Irish Independent reports that Hertz, which is owned by Ryans Investments NI Ltd, appealed those awards to the High Court.In evidence, Mr Lafferty said he was on his way to check on his cattle when Mr Feeney’s hired Ford Fiesta approached the roundabout but failed to stop and hit his car.His car was not driveable afterwards because of the damage while the Fiesta could be driven.The court heard a garda who arrived at the scene saw extensive damage to the rear passenger side of the Peugeot and some damage to the front of the Fiesta.Under cross examination by Joseph McGettigan SC, for Ryans/Hertz, Mr Lafferty said he had been involved in three other road traffic accidents in the last 14 or 15 years, including one which was settled and one he is still pursuing.He was also injured in 1993 when he was shot by a British soldier in Newtownards.His father was Neil Lafferty who was in charge of the west Tyrone brigade of the IRA and who died in Long Kesh prison.He agreed he was the person carrying a tri-colour at the head of a commemoration march by the “Joseph Plunkett 1916 Society” – which commemorates the IRA dead – in November 2011, a few months after the accident in which he claimed he suffered pain in his head and right shoulder.He said he was the leader of that society but disagreed that carrying the flag was difficult with his injuries. He disagreed it was more difficult that the act of trying to turn the steering wheel on his van which he said he had difficulty doing after the accident.He said all the people in his car were members of the Joseph Plunkett Society while one of them in the other car had just attended a commemoration ceremony and was a member of another similar group called the Charlie Darcy 1916 Society.Mr McGettigan put it to him this was “an arranged accident between you and Mr Feeney” and that he had been in touch with Mr Feeney over it.He replied: “That is a very serious allegation and it is untrue”.Mr McGettigan said when Mr Feeney arrived at the Hertz office in Derry to return the car, he did not have Mr Lafferty’s details.He was able to immediately ring him (Lafferty) and the first thing he said was “How’re ya Marty”.Mr Lafferty said he has never been called Marty in his life and could not remember any such phone call but knew he must have provided his details to Mr Feeney.He also denied he knew Mr Feeney except to see from him coming into a night club in Strabane where he had worked for 12 years.The case continues before Mr Justice Charles Meenan.High Court hears claims that man involved in ‘arranged accident’ in Donegal was last modified: July 19th, 2017 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:accidentcrashdonegalLiffordMartin Laffertystrabane
* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *SACRAMENTO – The original itinerary entailed Damion Lee preparing for a G-League game. Then, that changed with one phone call.The Warriors informed Lee on Nov. 16 they would need him for a game against Dallas the following day amid injuries to Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. So instead of playing for Santa Cruz against the South Bay Lakers, Lee flew to Dallas …
Dr Petrus de Kock, research manager at Brand South Africa, addresses the audience at the inaugural Play Your Part/Sowetan Dialogues in East London, Eastern Cape.“The problems are not new, they have existed for over a decade and they are fixable if the Department of Health engages with civil society,” said Vuyokazi Matiso of the Treatment Action Campaign and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition.(Images: Keshina Thaver)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Petrus de KockResearch managerBrand South Africa+27 11 712 5000Keshina ThaverCommunity members, government leaders and health activists and professionals held a stimulating debate at Brand South Africa’s inaugural Play your Part/Sowetan Dialogue in East London on Wednesday 20 November 2013.The dialogue focused on health issues in the Eastern Cape. The dialogue’s panel included the head of the province’s health department, Dr Thobile Mbengashe, Brand South Africa research manager Dr Petrus de Kock, Vuyokazi Matiso of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition, Dr Nombasa Mayeko of the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (Rudasa), Eastern Cape Democratic Nurses Organisation South Africa (Denosa) regional chair Luleka Ntlebi, and Eastern Cape Denosa provincial organiser, Sivuyile Sikwe.The event was sponsored by Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part campaign, in association with the Daily Despatch and Sowetan newspapers.Members of the audience raised significant issues regarding healthcare delivery in the province, which the facilitator, well-known Mhlobo Wenene FM radio personality Putco Mafani, directed with charm.While it soon became clear that a number of problems, from staff and medical supply shortages to unpaid staff and failing equipment, still needed to be addressed, community members and panellists alike expressed their appreciation that such a dialogue was taking place.“This is an important opportunity to talk about the things that affect us in the Eastern Cape,” said the province’s Mbengashe. “We have unique issues we have to address, such as the social determinates like access to water and the use of firewood in homes which affect the health of the population.“However, I have met some extraordinary people who are doing extraordinary things all the time, and I have met a few people who do not meet the standard, yet the focus is on them.“I challenge everyone to get the system to work. I am quite willing to work with anyone who has constructive ideas to improve the health system, especially for those without a voice,” Mbengashe said.Working with the Department of HealthBut Mayeko of Rudasa said it was not possible to talk about solutions without addressing the problems first, and a critical step in finding those solutions was for all the health organisations to work together with the Department of Health.“Doctors need leadership to meet their promises, not just to make them,” Mayeko said. “The harsh treatment of doctors leads to them leaving the province and this means that the people who need them the most are at risk.”She said the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition needed to be listened to because they were able to voice solutions coming from the community. She asked Mbengashe to take note and allow the coalition to help the Department of Health improve health services in the province.“The problems are not new. They have existed for over a decade and they are fixable if the Department of Health engages with civil society,” said Matiso of the TAC and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition.“In all of our attempts to engage with government, this is the first opportunity the coalition has had to directly address the Department of Health. We want Dr Mbengashe to know that we are willing to work with government if they give the coalition a chance.”Mbengashe responded by reiterating that he was happy and willing to work with anyone wanting to work with health services.“My door is always open, but we have to all come together to work on a constructive way forward,” he said.One of the audience members, Dr Nozipho Jaxa, asked Brand South Africa’s De Kock if he could take positive stories and show the public that even though doctors and nurses worked under stressful conditions, they were still doing incredible work under the circumstances.“I am very passionate about the Eastern Cape,” Jaxa said. “I was born here and I train doctors all over the province, and I see what wonderful work is being done.”
Federal scientists last week discovered a half-dozen forgotten vials of smallpox virus while cleaning out a storage area on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Variola, or smallpox, which killed hundreds of millions before it was declared eradicated in 1980 through a worldwide vaccination campaign, is legally stored at only two locations in the United States and Russia.The six vials of freeze-dried virus, apparently dating from the 1950s, were found by a scientist from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 1 July in a cold storage room that was originally part of an NIH laboratory, but was transferred to FDA in the early 1970s. The FDA laboratory is being moved to the FDA’s main campus, according to ABC News, NBC Washington, and a statement today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The vials were labeled as containing variola and were packed in a cardboard box along with 10 other vials with unclear labels, ABC News reports.NIH immediately placed the vials in a high-security containment laboratory in Bethesda and notified CDC of the discovery. Yesterday, a three-person CDC team flew the samples by government plane to Atlanta and transferred them to CDC’s biosafety level 4 lab, where testing overnight revealed that the six labeled as variola virus were positive for variola DNA. 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CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins is working with the FBI to investigate the origin of the samples. Smallpox is regulated as a select agent under U.S. laws that require special safety and security practices.Most Americans born since 1972 have not been vaccinated for smallpox. Under a 1979 WHO agreement, the only remaining official live smallpox stocks are kept at CDC in Atlanta and the VECTOR laboratory in Novosibirsk, Russia. Every few years, WHO considers whether these last stocks should be destroyed. At a meeting in May, WHO members again postponed a decision because some experts argued that the stocks are still needed for research.This is not the first time smallpox vials have been discovered unexpectedly in a laboratory. According to this 2009 article by the late bioweapons researcher Jonathan Tucker, after most smallpox stocks were shifted to the two central repositories, “[a] few scientific research centers also reported finding and destroying vials containing the smallpox virus that had been retained inadvertently in laboratory freezers, sparking fears that other poorly secured samples might exist that could fall into the hands of terrorists.”This past December, WHO’s smallpox advisory committee reported that the organization was “finalizing arrangements for the destruction of cloned variola virus DNA fragments that have been stored in South Africa.” It is not clear whether the fragments, which can be used for vaccine development, represented a serious safety threat. Their destruction reportedly occurred this past January under WHO’s supervision.In an earlier incident, forgotten smallpox samples were found in a lab in an Eastern European country in the 1990s, former WHO official David Heymann told NBC Washington. Thomas Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania, wrote in an e-mail to ScienceInsider that he is not aware of any other such discoveries: “My colleagues and I … can’t recall other times with finds like this. … Not to say it hasn’t happened, but nothing that we know of.”
Organisations representing five minor tribes in Meghalaya have asked Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma to intervene in the move to exclude them from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.The five minor tribes – Bodo-Kachari, Hajong, Koch, Mann and Rabha – are clubbed as “unrepresented tribes” for nomination in Meghalaya’s autonomous tribal councils. These councils are in the names of Garo, Jaintia and Khasi, the State’s three major matrilineal communities.Special provisionsParts or the whole of four Northeastern States – Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura – fall under the Sixth Schedule, which makes special provisions for “tribal areas”.On September 26, a sub-committee on the amendment to the Sixth Schedule constituted by the State government decided to recommend to the Standing Committee of Parliament the removal of the word “unrepresented tribes” from the amended special provision.“The Constitution of India says that the Sixth Schedule is specially meant for the welfare and advancement of the Scheduled Tribes, but the proposed amendment will deprive some of the STs of their constitutional rights in the district councils,” the Meghalaya Hajong Welfare Association said in its appeal to Mr. Sangma.The association said it was also speaking on behalf of organisations of the other communities such as Meghalaya Koch Association, Meghalaya Rabha Jatio Sewa Sangha, All Bodo Students Union, Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Meghalaya Mann Welfare Society, Hajong Students’ Union and All Rabha Students Union of Meghalaya.The MHWA asked former CM and Congress leader Mukul Sangma to clarify on the issue.