All 30 Senators Now Seated

first_imgThe Senate on its 24th day sitting yesterday inducted into its membership the last Senator to be cleared of a stay order by the Supreme Court.   Margibi County Senator Jim Womba Tornonlah, People’s Unification Party (PUP) candidate who was certificated by the National Elections Commission (NEC) last Saturday following the more than three months stay order, eradicates the numerical shortage experienced by the Senate after the 2014 Special Senatorial Elections. Senator Tornonlah yesterday presented his certificate and other credentials to the Senate plenary and was subsequently inducted into office as the 30th Senator by the Secretary of the Senate, J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh. The defeated Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Margibi County senatorial candidate, University of Liberia Professor Ansu D. Sonii, protested the outcome of the election and took legal action against both NEC and the winning candidate before the Supreme Court, calling for prohibition against the certification of Mr. Tornonlah.It may be recalled that the certification ceremonies of three of 15 Senators from Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi Counties elected in the Special Senatorial Elections were placed on hold after injunctions were filed by defeated contestants to both the NEC and the Supreme Court.Complaints and injunctions filed against Grand Cape Mount and Bomi counties’ Senators Cllr. Varney Sherman and Morris Saytumah were a month ago lifted after their opponents dropped all charges against them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cummings: Liberians ‘Were Mistaken’ to Vote CDC to Power

first_imgANC political leader, Alexander B. Cummings (center): “Yes, we made a mistake as a people by electing this government, based on their promise for change…”-Accuses CDC led-government of embarking on a journey of ‘self-serving economics’Alexander B. Cummings, who was re-elected unopposed as political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) over the weekend, said amid the challenging global economic situation in 2017, Liberians expected new and fresh ideas to improve their livelihoods when they voted in George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) as President of Liberia. However, he says that decision was mistaken and their trust misplaced.Mr. Cummings said it is important for Liberians to think wisely during the 2020 senatorial and 2023 general and presidential elections to right those wrongs that have caused Liberia to take a downward turn.He accused the CDC-led government, headed by President George M. Weah, of embarking on a journey that he referred to as ‘self-serving economics,’ which seems to be working only for people within the government, not the citizens who voted him for change.Mr. Cummings made those remarks last Saturday in the commercial city of Ganta, Nimba County, at the ANC’s 3rd national convention.“The jobs are not forthcoming, businesses are folding up and our new leaders have embarked on a journey of ‘self-serving economics’ that seems to be working only for them,” he said. “The cost of living is becoming unbearable by the day, while a cabal of inexperienced and incompetent people pillage the National Treasury and are enriching themselves to the detriment of the broad mass of the people.”Following the first round of the 2017 presidential elections, Cummings, as ANC standard bearer, became one of the early influences in the outcome of the subsequent run-off election between the Unity Party standard bearer Joseph Nyumah Boakai and CDC standard bearer George Manneh Weah. Faced with the decision of whether to lead his partisans in favor of either of the two run-off candidates, Cummings told his supporters that each ANC partisan voter was free to choose the candidate of their choice in the run-off.As standard bearer of his party, Cummings was not alone his decision. Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, then standard bearer of the Liberty Party (LP) also set his partisans free to vote for the candidate of their choice in the run-off election. Both standard bearers were party to the Ganta Declaration, an agreement signed in 2017 by standard bearers and political leaders of the then opposition political parties, to hold together to unseat the then ruling Unity Party.At the 2019 ANC national convention on Saturday, May 4, Cummings said ANC as a party will continue to remain a loyal but critical opposition voice for the vast majority of the people of the country, particularly in the midst of their hopelessness.“To my fellow citizens, my people… this is no time to wallow in self-pity over our predicament. Yes, we made a mistake as a people by electing this government, based on their promise for change but it is never too late to correct your mistake. 2023 is fast approaching and that will be your opportunity to use the ballot box and CORRECT YOUR MISTAKE!The ANC political leader said Liberians are no doubt a living testimony of the harsh economic, social, educational and health-related realities that confront us as a people, adding that as the situation stands, there seems absolutely no answer to these burning difficulties.Mr. Cummings said solving critical problems that border on the lives and survival of a people can never be a child’s play. “That is why,” he said, “the economic woes are far from being over because those at the helm of power simply lack the basic understanding of statecraft to manage the affairs of our country.“We cannot engage in the tactics of scaring investors away by our actions and inaction and expect the very investors to trust us. Disturbingly, how do we expect to fix the economy when the government’s Economic Management Team is built around a Finance Minister who is obsessed with philosophical platitudes? What has become of the clichés coined and used by President Weah that: “Liberians will no longer be spectators in their own economy”? Those were mere words from him with absolutely no hindsight, least to mention any kind of commitment to act on it.”Recommendations Mr. Cummings said the ANC is committed to helping the government create the right and conducive business environment to attract investors’ and to build their confidence.He recommended that in order for the government to create a conducive environment to attract investors to the country they must take the following decision hard decisions:“Eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse of government spending. We must cut down on expenditures especially on the salaries and benefits of those in the Legislature and redeploy to more productive expenditures that will directly benefit the vast majority of our people”;Urgently review the regulatory and tax environment with a goal to simplify and ease the process of doing business in Liberia;Adequately staff and fund the Liberia Revenue Authority to effectively collect legitimate revenues with a focus on other streams of revenue generations ;Revamp processes at the ports to make it easier to import goods as well as export our products to larger markets around the world;Initiate a careful review of all Concession Agreements aimed at ensuring Liberia gets its fair share from the value of its resources and to create a conducive working environment for our concessionaires; free from threats and other liabilities;Invest in Agriculture, especially in the rural areas and strengthen the capacity of our farmers by providing support to both cash crops and food crops sectors;Uphold the rule of law and sacredness of the independence of our Judiciary, to allow them to dispense justice without fear and favor and void of any intervention or undue influence. This will give investors, as well as our people, explicit confidence in our justice systemCurb Corruption and Stop The Stealing! This cannot be emphasized enough. For many years, you have heard corruption called many different names; from Public Enemy #1, to Cancer, but most importantly, you have felt the negative effects of corruption in every sector of our society and ultimately in your lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Possible Cause of Weekend Apartment Fire

first_imgFort St. John’s Deputy Fire Chief now says the blaze that destroyed an apartment on 93rd avenue Friday night, across the street from Sobey’s, may have started on the balconey of one of the suites…Curtis Redpath says, the ruins of the building are still, far too dangerous, for a thorough investigation to be conducted….but he adds, something on a balconey, perhaps a bar-be-que, may have been the root cause of the fire… [asset|aid=2774|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=92e97f40b34f66643f5a8870a4d61a64-Redpath-1_1_Pub.mp3] – Advertisement -He’s also confirmed he has received a number of calls suggesting the fire alarm system didn’t go off…but he says there may be a good explanation for that… [asset|aid=2775|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=92e97f40b34f66643f5a8870a4d61a64-Redpath-2_1_Pub.mp3] About 60 tenants were left looking for a new place to live and began today meeting with Sterling Management officials to try and find new accomodation.Advertisement The company believes it has enough vacancies in other buildings throughout the city to meet their demands, but many of them have associated problems, because their belongings were not insured.The fire followed on the heels of another apartment fire, which was punctuated by an explosion in one suite, and has left police speculating drug activity “may” have been the cause.Thus, the fire department has no comment on the nature of that fire on 102nd avenue, between 98th and 100th streets…and police are taking public information assistance calls at 250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477.The deputy chief does say however, there’s absolutely no indication of any connection between the two fires.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bonds: Go ahead, investigate me

first_imgNoticeably absent were his two personal trainers, Greg Oliver and Harvey Shields, who no longer can be with the slugger at the ballpark. Bonds, who spent the weekend in Las Vegas for the NBA All-Star game, was flanked by his two publicists and a Major League Baseball security guard assigned to him. He joked with new teammate Barry Zito in their corner space of the clubhouse, then the 42-year-old Bonds made his way through the room and greeted outfielder Jason Ellison, infielder Rich Aurilia and pitcher Matt Morris. Clubhouse staff soon came his way with new undershorts and hats. Bonds took part in a team meeting before walking to the field for the Giants’ first full-squad workout – and he took a big bow for the horde of cameras. He re-emerged later in the morning to start his routine and waved his batting helmet to fans in the bleachers, carrying two bats in his right hand. He shagged fly balls and hit five home runs in batting practice, including a shot to the berm in right-center on a fastball from No. 2 starter Matt Cain. That was enough to impress new skipper Bruce Bochy, who saw Bonds do his share of damage against his old team, the Padres. Bonds has hit more homers against San Diego than any other team. “He’s an incredible talent,” Bochy said. “He showed it today on the first day.” Bonds was mostly business – with a little fun mixed in – once he got on the field. He still could be indicted if a federal grand jury determines that he perjured himself when testifying in 2003 in the BALCO steroid distribution case that he hadn’t knowingly taken performance-enhancing drugs. Bonds, who has long denied ever using steroids, said his level of concern about the investigation is “none.” Last month, the New York Daily News reported that Bonds failed an amphetamines test last season and then attributed it to a substance he took from teammate Mark Sweeney’s locker. Bonds publicly apologized to Sweeney at the time, then stretched alongside him and Ray Durham on the first day of workouts. “I did not blame Mark Sweeney,” Bonds said Tuesday, noting he apologized only “because you guys just started talking about it and I just thought it was unfair for him to be accused of something that wasn’t true.” Asked if he had failed an amphetamines test, Bonds declined to comment. Also, he denied reports that he wasn’t always available to pinch-hit last season. “That’s not true at all,” said Bonds, who has language about behavior in his new contract. “I’m always available. I’m in uniform, so I’m always available.” As far as Bonds is concerned, all that is over with. “I don’t need to say anything to anybody,” he said. Bonds quickly ended his 12-minute interview in the dugout when the questions turned from baseball to his problems away from the field. He begins his 22nd major league season, and 15th with San Francisco, needing only 22 home runs to break Hank Aaron’s career record of 755. Bonds isn’t about to make predictions, but said he won’t stop once he catches Hammerin’ Hank. “I said I’m playing till I’m 100 – you guys get used to me,” Bonds said. Bonds and Zito had a little fun, coming out of the clubhouse at one point in matching black T-shirts with this orange writing on the back: “DON’T ASK ME … ASK BARRY,” each with an arrow that pointed at the other Barry. Zito, who threw to Bonds this winter at UCLA, stood on the left with his arrow aimed at Bonds. “Hey, ya’ll don’t want to miss this,” Bonds said to get everyone’s attention. New center fielder and leadoff man Dave Roberts knelt next to Bonds’ folding chair to chat with the resting slugger between rounds of BP. “It’s going to be interesting to see how this shakes out,” Roberts said about the hype. “We’d be naive not to think he’s going to be a big part of this team. He wants to win as much as anybody.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Let them investigate. Let them, they’ve been doing it this long,” Bonds said Tuesday after his first workout this year with the San Francisco Giants. “It doesn’t weigh on me at all – at all. It’s just you guys talking. It’s just media conversation.” When Bonds showed up, he waved twice to the swarm of people waiting to see him make his entrance, then quickly headed into Scottsdale Stadium to get to work. center_img SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Barry Bonds had a pointed message for the grand jury: Go ahead, investigate me. After arriving at spring training Tuesday, more fit than in recent years following a productive winter of conditioning, the slugger insisted he’s unfazed by all his off-the-field issues and is ready to resume his pursuit of the home run record. last_img read more

Recycling starts today in Fort St. John

first_imgFinally, the first day of recycling collection is here for residents of Fort St. John.Collection has started for those living in the blue section, and will continue in the same schedule on which garbage pick up occurs in the city – just on alternating weeks.In preparation for recycling collection, what do you need to know?Set out your container by 8 AM on your driveway or lawn for pick up – don’t park it on the sidewalk.Place your bin so the arrow on the lid points to the street.Make sure there is at least 2 metres, or 6 ft, of space on all sides of your bin. Don’t park it right beside your neigbours bin or parked car.Containers must be removed no later than 7 PM on the day of collection.Don’t overfill your bin, it has to be able to close. Bins with the lid not completely down can not be picked up by the mechanical arm on the truck.- Advertisement -Stickers on top of the bins act as a guide to what can and can’t be thrown into the blue bins.Recycling-Postcard-MailoutLG2More information on garbage/recycling schedules, acceptable items, and rules for the bins can be found here.Also, the City has an app for that, available for iPhone and Android.Advertisementlast_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur star ‘close’ to signing new, long-term contract

first_img Alli captained Spurs in the Carabao Cup win over Watford Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Dele Alli is set to end speculation about his long-term future with Tottenham Hotspur by signing a new contract, according to reports.The England international has been linked with moves to Barcelona in the past after his meteoric rise from MK Dons.According to Sky Sports News however, the 22-year-old is set to commit his future to the north Londoners by signing a long-term deal. gameday cracker latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Spurs were hoping to convince Alli to join Harry Kane in signing a new deal after the England captain secured his future for the next six years.The midfielder is currently suffering with a hamstring injury, but has returned to first team training ahead of Spurs’ game with Manchester City.In fact, boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule the star out of Monday night’s clash with Manchester City out altogether.“It is good news but we need to careful,” he said. “We are happy that he started (to train) today with the group. We hope he will be available for Monday but we are not sure if he’ll be in the squad.” BEST OF center_img revealed The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense Most Popular Football News 1 LATEST Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Alli signed for Spurs in 2015 in a £5million deal after rejecting a move to Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool side six months previously.The midfielder has scored 48 goals in 152 appearances for Spurs and established himself as an England regular with 31 caps.last_img read more


first_imgDDTV VIDEO: CONSERVATIONISTS on the look-out for basking sharks were instead confronted by a spectacular display – from more than 50 dolphins.The dolphins danced and sped through the waters of Lough Swilly before hanging a right and swimming towards Malin Head.A pod of approximately 50 Dolphins were spotted in Lough Swilly, by evening they had traveled quite a distance, and were enrolee to Malin Head and onwards.While at the north end Lough Swilly, the some of the Basking shark team got the chance to shoot some footage and film. The video we have here features some video footage of the dolphins as they speed through the water.Towards the end of the footage the team have included some stunning still images.Click to play and enjoy.  DDTV VIDEO: MORE THAN 50 DOLPHINS PUT ON SPECTACULAR DONEGAL DISPLAY was last modified: August 19th, 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:DDTV VIDEO: MORE THAN 50 DOLPHINS PUT ON SPECTACULAR DONEGAL DISPLAYlast_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny General Hospital’s Coffee Dock restaurant is to close this Friday.The restaurant, which is used by hundreds of patients, visitors and staff on a daily basis, is currently directly managed by the hospital.However Donegal Daily understands that the restaurant may be franchised out to another company to run. It is believed the move is part of further cost-cutting measures by hospital management.It is not known if the restaurant will be closed during any changeover.Staff who currently work at the Coffee Dock will be integrated into other positions at the hospital.There is speculation as to who will take over the running of the restaurant. One source at the hospital has suggested it could be taken over by the Friends of the Hospital group.Another source claims that staff at The Vestry restaurant on the St Conal’s campus may take over the running of the restaurant.Despite the completion of the €24 million new hospital wing, there are no new canteen facilities. IS COFFEE DOCK LATEST CASUALTY OF HOSPITAL CUTBACKS? was last modified: September 12th, 2012 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:Coffee DockLetterkenny General Hospitalrestaurantlast_img read more


first_imgThe Finn Valley Centre has scooped a major award.Finn Valley centreAt a packed Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday night, the centre was the best community project initiative at the prestigious Local Authority Members Awards ceremony.Organised by IPB Insurance, the Stranorlar facility emerged as winners to the delight of those present including Athletics Chairman Patsy Mc Gonagle, County Manager Seamus Neely, Mayor Ian Mc Garvey and Neil Martin . At a function attended by community representatives and county councillors from around the country, they got the nod ahead of many notable nominations from around Ireland .Patsy Mc Gonagle thanked those who had supported and developed this added development at the Centre and underlined the positive working relationship between Donegal Co Co and Finn Valley AC which delivered the project.He said the award provided a further boost for what is a great addition to the Finn Valley and wider Donegal community .FINN VALLEY CENTRE SCOOPS GONG AT LOCAL AUTHORITY AWARDS was last modified: January 26th, 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:Finn Valley Centrelast_img read more

UPL: Vipers SC target Police FC scalp

first_imgVipers SC are the only side that has not lost a game this season. (PHOTO/Vipers SC)Uganda Premier LeaguePolice FC vs Vipers SCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 09-10-2019 @4:30pmLUGOGO – Vipers SC will be in high spirits when they take on Police FC in the Uganda Premier League on Wednesday afternoon at Lugogo.The Venoms returned to winning ways in their last fixture, defeating Proline FC 1-0 courtesy of a Fahad Bayo strike, at Kitende.The victory was their first in three games but they have been on some fine run of form as they have not lost any of their five games this season.Being the only side yet to taste defeat this season, Vipers head coach Edward Golola thinks Police will try to push them to the limits.“I think they will try to push us for results but we have to start well with aggressiveness and determination, noted Golola ahead of the game.“We are not looking at what our opponents are not doing, instead we are fighting to improve ourselves with each game, and it is important.”Innocent Wafula picked up a knock against Proline hence will have to undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability. Rahmat Senfuka who scored the winner in our when the two sides last met, returns to the squad after being rested for the previous match. Paul Willa will also be facing his former paymasters for the first time having transferred to Vipers in July and has had consistent performances making the right-back position his own. Rashid Toha remain sidelined with an injury so is Shaban Muhammed.Police FC on the other hand have had a slow start to the season.After six games, the Cops sit second from bottom with just two points.Their last game saw them lose 5-3 to Express highlighting their defensive issues.Already this season, they have conceded 11 goals, a second joint-most in the division.Going into the game, Police head coach Abdallah Mubiru says they have been working to correct their defensive mistakes.“We have tried to correct some mistakes we committed against Express in the last game we played which cost us and we don’t hope to continue with the same mistakes,” commented Mubiru.“The spirit is high and everyone wants to prove a point, hope we get a good game.”Police will still be without goalkeeper Davis Mutebi who is still suspended. Henry Katongole is ineligible to play against his parent club as he is on loan from Vipers.Match FactsThis will be the 20th meeting between the two sides since October 2010.In the past 19 meetings, Vipers have won 10, Police six while the other three ended in draws.Vipers SC have won all four of the last meetings including home and away in the past season.Other games on Wednesday-Mbarara City vs Maroons FC @4:30pm-SC Villa vs Wakiso Giants @8pmComments Tags: abdallah mubiruedward gololaFahad Bayopolice fcUganda Premier Leaguevipers sclast_img read more