first_imgIn the wake of the fight for legality over the removal of Bomi County District # 2 Lawmaker J. Alex Tyler Sr. as Speaker of the House of Representatives by lawmakers in the Joint Chambers, the Chairman on Peace, Reconciliation and Religion is encouraging his colleagues to go in the “House Chambers,” to remove the Speaker through votes.The “Peace Chairman”, Nimba County District # 6 Representative, Atty. Ricks Y. Toweh – one of the signatories for the Speaker’s recusal – challenged his fellow so-called ‘renegade lawmakers’ to return to work in the official House Chambers to proffer their “Recusal Resolution” and then use their “Majority Votes” to remove the Speaker.Rep. Toweh made the call in a press conference on Friday, August 12, in his Capitol Building office.“As Chairman on the House’s Peace, Reconciliation and Religion and a legal practitioner, I want to use this time to tell my colleagues that since we have the majority members, we should go to our chambers in session, and through votes compel the Speaker to recuse himself,” Rep. Toweh said.“I’m not the court to say what we did on Friday in the Joint Chambers was right, but I want to encourage my colleagues that, let’s go to work in the Joint Chambers and recuse the Speaker,” he said.He added: “As a peacemaker I would not force them to go to chambers, but will continue to talk to them; and who knows, one day peace and reconciliation will prevail.”Rep. Toweh did not tell journalists what he would do if the renegade lawmakers refused to go to work, but one of his close staff members said he has planned not to continue to go to either of the two sessions until there is one session in the chambers.Many political and legal pundits are arguing that the drama of the recusal of the Speaker by the said “majority members of the House of Representatives” over the past week was illegal, stating that the Legislature’s rules and procedures indicated that the Chief Clerk (Secretary of the Senate), Sergeant-at-Arms and a Chaplain must be at every session.It may be recalled that over the weekend 38 members of the House of Representatives (34 present and four distance), who are referred to as “Renegade or Conscious Lawmakers,” unanimously adopted a resolution to remove Rep. Alex J. Tyler, Sr. as Speaker or Presiding Officer of the Legislature.The lawmakers, in an outlawed and separate session in the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers of the Capitol, which was presided over by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, made the decision owing to a resolution signed by 40 members of the House of Representatives.The anti-Tyler lawmakers suspended the House’s Rules and Procedures on the Motion of Reconciliation as well as the Normal Legislative Procedural Process of Committee’s works, to affect the decision to recuse Speaker Tyler.In the resolution, the lawmakers said the Speaker has denigrated his colleagues who have expressed disagreement with his dictatorial leadership and refers to elected Representatives of the Liberian people as surrogates, forgetting that he is just primus inter pares (first among equals) by the free election of peers.Meanwhile, the 51st day sitting under Speaker J. Alex Tyler Sr. in the House’s official chambers ended successfully with the appearance of Public Work Minister Gyude Moore providing update on the Somalia Drive road project. Speaker Tyler conducted that same day (Friday) with a quorum of 37 persons; 34 in person and four in distance.Prior to the Public Minister’s appearance, the House’s Plenary summoned the management of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) to appear on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The decision was predicated upon a complaint from Hon. Larry P. Younguoi of Electoral District # 8, Nimba County.Meanwhile, a pro-Tyler lawmaker and Chairman of the House’s Foreign Affairs, Maryland County District # 1 Representative James Biney, has accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of sponsoring the recusal campaign to unseat Speaker Tyler over “an unbearable working relationship with him.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTiffani Collison, the mother of one who was implicated for attempting to ship four hammocks laced with cocaine to the United States of America, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison, after being found guilty of drug trafficking. She was also slapped with an $18.2 million fine for her crime.Tiffani Collison, left, and the four hammocks laced with 6.742kg of cocaineThe sentence was handed down by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Thursday, who found that the prosecution provided enough evidence against the accused. According to the facts of the matter, Collison tried to traffic 6.742 kilograms of cocaine to the US on September 20, 2017, under her mother’s identity via DHL Shipping service.Police said the 26-year-old mother from Guyhoc Park, Georgetown, posted a box containing the cocaine-laced hammocks at DHL Express in Alberttown, Georgetown. Her plan was however foiled after the narcotics were discovered by a CANU rank at the Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD).As such, a wanted bulletin was issued for Collison, who subsequently surrendered to CANU with her attorney. Collison was represented by Attorney Stanley Moore. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

first_imgThe time for frolicking and gyration at the Kingston beachfront area has come to an end following a Government-imposed ban announced by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) on Sunday.Marriott Beachfront in Kingston, GeorgetownIn a notice published in the press, the MPI, under a ‘cessation on use of the Kingston foreshore for certain events and activities’ statement, made it clear that “approval will not be granted” for the area which lies between Fort Groyne and Camp Street to be used for activities that could generate noise above permissible levels.The area will not be used as a venue for entertainment and/or social and other events which involve the use of loud audio and video systems, including those installed in motor vehicles; and for events “characterised by crowd generated noise”.This is in keeping with Government’s recent drive to clamp down on operators and business owners who facilitate sounds that exceed the provisions stated in the Guidelines for Noise Emission into the Environment.The MPI’s statement outlined that the organisers are now “duly notified” of the annulment of their approvals, and that organisers are “advised” to use alternative venues and operate with the relevant regulations for use in public spaces.It has also been noted that neither members of the public nor Government agencies can use any sea or river defence reserve without first getting approval from the Sea Defence Board.“All persons and entities, including Government agencies, desirous of utilising any section of sea or river defence reserve are required to apply to the Sea Defence Board for approval. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in legal action (being taken) against the violators involved, in conformity with Chapter 64.02 of the Sea Defence Act,” the MPI has noted.During last month, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan posited that revoking the licences of some music operators was being considered. He said the Police should be targeting unlicensed operators, in keeping with the campaign to clamp down on noise nuisance. However, most places visited by Police ranks were reportedly licensed businesses.Guyana Times reported that push cart vendors had protested the move, since their livelihoods would be in jeopardy. Nevertheless, the Public Security Minister made it clear that Government intended to take the profit out of “illegal activity”, those being the bars that play loud music; the carts which sell their video and tape recordings; and persons who play loud music from cars.This clampdown comes against a 02:00h curfew wherein bars must cease operating and not conduct any business beyond that time.The enforcement of these measures has not been sitting well with many sections of society, especially the business community which sponsors and hosts the very events that are being curtailed. In fact, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, told Guyana Times late last month that he hopes the Police would be fair in clamping down on noise nuisance.“If people are breaking the law (by) playing music to an unacceptable level of loudness, and are causing discomfort to the neighbours and people in the surrounding periphery, the Police have to enforce what the law is. What I’m hoping for is that whenever this does happen, it happens in an even manner, and not an uneven manner. If we’re going to enforce something, do it across the board. If we’re going to do it, I’m hoping that the Police, when they have to enforce a law, they do it across the board,” Indar had noted.Owner of Seeta’s Bar, Seeta Gosahai, had explained that Police officers had visited her business place on Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown and she had been forced to close earlier that the normal time. She claimed that only her establishment had been targeted, and other establishments where music was being played louder continued playing their music late into the night.last_img read more

first_img“The developer’s done a lot of community outreach and the supervisor (Antonovich) is aware that there is a range of opinions from the community, some pro and some con,” Novak said. (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Castaic Town Council last year endorsed the project in concept. In addition to 252 single-family homes, the project would have two parcels set aside for parks and 50,000 square feet of commercial space. It will be at least nine months before the county Regional Planning Commission reviews Green Valley Ranch, said Paul Novak, planning deputy to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. For the commercial center, Williams said, he envisions a ranch-style market, perhaps with a coffee shop, a cleaners and a postal annex. The project would be built at the north end of Chiquito Canyon Road by Del Valle Road. The EIR process could take up to 18 months, Williams said. Residents have until April 16 to submit to the county written responses about the project. VAL VERDE – The developer of a proposed 252-home project that would change the look of rustic Val Verde is taking the project to the next level, beginning an evaluation of the project’s environmental impacts. Plans for Green Valley Ranch will be unveiled at a March 27 public meeting at Castaic Elementary School, where the developer will solicit suggestions on what the environmental impact report should focus on. “We’re not developers and our family has owned the property for over 60 years, and we’re trying to develop the best project we can,” said Hunt Williams, principal of Utah-based Sterling Gateway. Williams’ grandfather, oil man Theodore Sterling, began decades ago to assemble the land where the development is planned. last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER B.C. – With the May long weekend fast approaching, the government is reminding the public that alcohol and boating are not a good mix.A joint campaign between BC Liquor Stores and The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable)  will feature 15 marina ice coolers in high-traffic marinas around B.C. They will be wrapped with a picture of an overturned boat and a message: “If you think drinking and boating is a good mix, have a word with yourself.” These images will also be placed in B.C. Liquor stores around B.C. in July.- Advertisement -One of the main goals of the campaign is to shift how the public thinks about boating and drinking. Drinking while operating a boat is illegal but can also have consequences of jail time and/or fines.In B.C. every year there is an average of 48 deaths a year from water activities. 42% of those are alcohol related. There is also approximately 160 people per year hospitalized due to water related injuries. Most of those injuries occur from June to August, which is why the campaign is starting now.Dr. Ian Pike, a spokesperson with preventable says people need to look at the proven statistics.Advertisement  “This campaign encourages British Columbians to stop and think about their attitudes and behaviors before boating under the influence. It educates us on some of the staggering statistics and reminds us that drinking and boating don’t mix.” The wraps on the ice coolers will be in place between May 16 and Sept. 6, 2016.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Referee Tony Chapron showing a red card to Nantes’ Diego Carlos after tackling the player, for which he has been banned for six months © AFP / LOIC VENANCEPARIS, France, Mar 23 – French referee Tony Chapron’s ban for tackling a player in a Ligue 1 game was doubled on Friday as he lost his appeal, according to sources close to the disciplinary process.Chapron was banned for three months for kicking Diego Carlos, a Nantes player, during a game against Paris Saint-Germain in mid-January. The referee, who had already announced plans to retire this summer, appealed in an attempt to return before the end of the season.The move backfired on Friday however as the French Football Federation appeals commission doubled the punishment to six months.The verdict means that Chapron, who is 45, may never again officiate a French league match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgThe light aircraft carrying the 28-year-old footballer and pilot David Ibbotson to his new Premier League team Cardiff City disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.The shipwreck hunter hired by Sala’s family with the help of funds donated by football stars such as Lionel Messi found the plane wreckage on Sunday.The AAIB has since taken over operations. It revealed on Monday that an unidentified body had been found at the site.But it warned on Tuesday that strong tides “mean we can only use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for limited periods each day”.“Regardless of the results, we will not be making a further statement until the families have been informed,” it said.– ‘Technically possible’ –Shipwreck hunter David Mearns had earlier warned that “time is of the essence” in an underwater operation like the one being launched by Britain off France’s northern coast.“As tragic as the loss is, it’s made much, much worse if the body is never recovered or (the family) never get an answer to what happened,” Mearns said.“Finding it is just the starting point. The AAIB has got to investigate it.”Players and supporters honoured Sala before an English Premier League football match between Cardiff City and Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKSala was flying to join up with Cardiff from his old French team Nantes.His signing was the most expensive in the Welsh club’s history and marked what fans had hoped would be a turning point in its bid to avoid relegation from England’s top division.“There’s no longer any hope,” Horacio Sala, Emiliano’s father, told Fox Sports, acknowledging there was no longer any prospect of finding his son alive.“We hope the two bodies are inside (the plane). It’s over, the only thing I hope now is that they find them.”Mearns said his discovery of two seat cushions on the French coast last week revealed that the plane had broken up.“It’s in one area (on the seabed), it’s all one mass, but some bits may not be connected. So what you don’t want to do is to disturb the body in a way that you lose it,” he said.Sala’s family raised more than 370,000 euros ($422,000) in an online campaign to pay for the private search.“Had that not happened, I don’t think anybody would have searched for the plane,” Mearns said.“We were told by the AAIB that they didn’t feel that there was much to be gained,” he said.The AAIB ended up chartering a ship to join Mearns on Sunday.He said recovery was now “technically possible — the water depth isn’t an issue really, and the weather can be managed with the right ship”.“It’s a matter of will to do it,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000David Mearns found the wreckage on Sunday, before British government’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) took over the operation. They revealed on Monday that a body had been found at the site © AAIB/AFP/File / HOLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 5 – British crash investigators on Tuesday launched an underwater operation to recover a body from the wreckage of the plane carrying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in the Channel.“We are attempting to recover the body. If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage,” an Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesperson said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgInter Milan are being linked with a shock move for Liverpool flop Mario Balotelli.The controversial Italian striker has been on the periphery at Anfield since he returned to the club following an unsuccessful loan spell at AC Milan last season.And he is almost certainly set to leave Merseyside this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp admitting the striker has no future in the famous red shirt.According to Tuttosport, Inter are searching for players on the cheap this summer, and Balotelli would fit the bill with Liverpool open to offers to get the striker off their books.It remains to be seen whether Inter boss Roberto Mancini would sanction the deal, having had a frosty relationship with Balotelli during their time at Manchester City together.However, Balotelli did enjoy his best spell in front of goal with City when Mancini was in charge and Inter are hoping the pair would put the past behind them if a deal is struck.Balotelli spent three years at Inter before joining City in 2010. 1 Will Mario Balotelli be reunited Roberto Mancini this summer? last_img read more

first_imgMORE RESULTS from the county cross country championships at Castlefinn.Record turn-out for the event.Here are the results from the Under 14s.   ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 14s was last modified: October 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 14slast_img read more

first_imgSt Eunan’s College have launched their 5K with members of their Parents’ Association, Staff and Students turning out to promote the event which is to take place on Tuesday 23rd of April at 7.30pm.Registration for the 5K will take place in the College Recreation Hall from 6pm onwards prior to the start of the race.Chris Darby, Principal of Saint Eunan’s College wants to encourage as many people in the local community to take part as possible. “We want the event to be fun and are encouraging our students and their families to join in, we would like to invite past alumni and would also encourage the families of boys who will be attending the school in September 2013 to come along. We are welcoming both walkers and competitive runners and all participants are invited back at the school for refreshments at the end of course.”The 5k is a joint venture between Saint Eunan’s College Parents’ Association and the Transition Year Students.“Our role as a Parents’ Association is to support the school and the boys as best we can, be that in an organisational capacity, by providing people to help at events or by fund raising. The 5K offers the opportunity for us to do a little of each of these. It’s a great event for everyone to be involved in from a health and fitness point of view and if we do raise some money so much the better.“We have so many students very successfully involved in both sports and academic pursuits; the school had two all Ireland football wins last year and a silver in basketball, students have gained awards in maths and science, we currently have a group of students with diverse interests from marketing to engineering involved in a Formula One project and they have reached the next round of their competition. “In addition the school has a very active Student Council involved in student welfare and environment issues. All of these projects require some degree of financial support be it in terms of travel, equipment or materials and fundraising enables us to offer that support” explained Attracta Winters, Chairperson of the Parents Association.“We would welcome support from any parents who would like to become involved with the Association, that need not necessarily mean attending meetings although new attendees are always welcome, we already have a number of parents signed up as helper volunteers and always need more. Helper volunteers may be involved in marshalling at an event such as the 5k, helping serve tea and coffee at school open evenings or assisting at the School Book Sale, Bag Packing, Collections or other fund raising events, really just an hour or two in the course of the year.”Anyone interested can find out more about the Parents’ Association by checking out the college website and can contact the association via e-mail Transition Year Students along with Mr Gary McDaid of the PE Department and Mr Pauric Meenan have been instrumental in planning the route. The staff and students felt that it was very important that the route of the 5K centre round the college itself and were keen to have the race both start and finish in the vicinity of the school. The big challenge has been to come up with a route that minimises steep gradients; however it was never going to be an option to avoid them altogether in this area of Letterkenny. Conor Morrison a TY student and avid runner himself has designed some promotional literature which we hope to distribute round local Sports Clubs, Fitness Centres and Schools shortly. The TY students have also been instrumental in sorting out much of the minutiae associated with this type of event, from signage, to clip boards to computer stations for registration.We would particularly like to thank Brendan McDaid, Letterkenny Athletic Association who has been invaluable in providing us with direction in the organisation of the 5k and also Letterkenny Athletic Association for their kind offer to assist with the Start and Finish Stages of the 5K. Prizes are being offered for the top 3 competitors in each category, Senior Men, Senior Women, Junior Male, Junior Female and Team. The Team Category is open to groups of 5 runners who wish to run together as a Team and we are encouraging not only those from Saint Eunan’s Soccer, Gaelic and Basketball teams to put together a team but also teams from other schools and sports organisations. Spot Prizes are also on offer. Keep an eye out for further promotional information and we hope that the weather will keep fine.ST EUNANS LAUNCH THEIR 5K was last modified: March 21st, 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:St Eunans 5Klast_img read more