Senators Vote for Border Closure

first_imgSeated in an unlit Chamber, Senators of the 53rd Legislature Tuesday, April 1st, voted to work in collaboration with the House of Representatives to bid President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf declare a State of Emergency and order Liberia’s borders with Guinea—and if necessary, those with Sierra Leone and La Côte d’Ivoire—closed.That move, the Senators believe, will help health workers cut down the number of people moving in and out of the country and, axiomatically (obviously, goes without saying) reduce the incidence (frequency, rate) of carriers of the Ebola virus, entering through the country’s porous land borders.According to the motion proffered by Maryland County Senator John Ballout, the leaderships of the two Houses will work with the Executive to encourage the President to declare state of emergency.The Senators’ action was taken immediately after the Chairman on the Senate Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women & Children Affairs, Dr.(MD) Peter Sonpon Coleman, had briefed the lawmakers on the status of the Ebola virus.Senator Coleman, who supports the eventual closure of the borders as the last measure to contain the virus, disclosed that the latest report from the Du Side Hospital in Harbel, Firestone, where the only living carrier is hospitalized, said there was encouraging news that her condition was improving, and that she is no longer rejecting her food intake.Quoting a report from Lofa County, Sen. Coleman said the Superintendent of that county has ordered a stop to residents going into Guinea, a decision many in that border town have accepted.The briefing was greeted with mixed reactions, though all supported measures that would contain the virus.For instance, Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor warned that news about the Ebola virus is causing lots of panic in the communities; she suggested that the Senate act more decisively.The Bong County senior Senator said some parents have begun taking their children out of school, fearing they might contract the virus.Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson, however, reiterated the call for the President to address the nation and thereafter declare a state of emergency; he said that the situation has gone beyond the Minister of Health and Social Welfare making mere daily briefings, and that it was time for decisive, national action.Meanwhile, there are reports that Ministers of Health of ECOWAS are scheduled to attend a conference in Monrovia next week. It is believed that containing the Ebola virus will be high on their agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Weah Names 9 Former Lawmakers to Strategic Positions

first_imgFormer Speaker Atty. J. Emmanuel Nuquay is the Director General for Liberia Civil Aviation AuthorityFormer Montserrado County Senator and Head of Delegation of the 53rd Legislature to the ECOWAS Parliament, President George M. Weah, has appointed nine (9) former lawmakers to strategic positions.Six of the nine were his former colleagues in the 53rd. The remaining three lawmakers did not serve with him after his election in the 2014 special senatorial elections.During the 53rd Legislature, which ran from January 9, 2011 to January 15, 2018, President Weah served as Senator of Montserrado County from December 2014 – January 15, 2018, during which he worked with as well as collaborated and interacted with members of the House of Representatives.J. Emmanuel NuquayFormer Speaker Atty. J. Emmanuel Nuquay is the Director General for Liberia Civil Aviation AuthorityAmong over 100 persons appointed to serve in the Coalition of Democratic Change (CDC) led-government, the President has appointed former Speaker of the House of Representatives,  J. Emmanuel Nuquay to serve as the Director General of the Liberia Civil Aviation Authority.Nuquay served 12 years representing Margibi County District # 5, was Speaker of the House of Representatives from October 6, 2016 to January 15, 2018, and was former Vice President Joseph Boakai’s running mate in the just ended presidential elections that brought President Weah to power.Jefferson KanmohFormer Sinoe County District # 1 Representative Jefferson Kanmoh also served 12 years as a member of the House of Representatives, from January 9, 2006 – January 15, 2018. He served as the 3rd Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament.President Weah has appointed him to serve as National Security Advisor.Moses Y. KollieLabor Minister-designate Moses Y. Kollie.The former Chairman of the Joint Legislative committees of Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning and Investment and Concession of the House of Representatives, was appointed as Minister of Labor. Rep. Kollie served 12 years, representing Lofa County District # 5. George Wesseh BlamoFormer Grand Kru County District # 1 Representative Rev. George W. Blamo was a member of the House of Representatives for 12 years.He has been appointed Deputy Minister for Administration for the Minister of State and Presidential Affairs. He served as Chairman on the Executive during his tenure in the legislature.Bill TweahwayFormer Montserrado County District # 4 Rep. Bill Tweahway is the Director General for LIPAThe former House Chairman on Education, Rep. Bill Tweahway, is appointed as the Director General for Liberia Institute for Public Administration. Rep. Tweahway served six (6) years as Representative of Montserrado District # 4. William DakelThe Montserrado County District # 17 Representative served as a member of the House of Representatives for six (6) years. He served as co-chairman on the Committee on Hydro Carbons.He is the Assistant Director General of the General Service Agency (GSA).Gbehzohngar Findley Findley2.gifFormer President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton FindleyGrand Bassa County former Senator and President Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley was a member of the 52nd and 53rd Legislature respectively from 2006 – 2014.He is now the Minister of Foreign Affairs.center_img Mobutu NyenpanFormer Sinoe County Senator and Chairman on the Senate Committee on Public Works Mobutu V. Nyenpan has been appointed as the Minister of Public Works. He was a member of the 52nd and 53rd Legislature respectively from 2006 – 2014.Kai FarleyKai Farley was a former Representative from Grand Gedeh County for six years, 2006 – 2012. He has been appointed as the Superintendent of Grand Gedeh County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Santa Aratak celebrates Amerindian Heritage Month

first_imgHundreds of visitors from across Guyana and some from overseas braved the sunny weather and travelled up the Kamuni Creek on Saturday, to participate in Santa Aratak’s Village Day.The Village Council of Santa Aratak opened the day’s activities with a formal cultural programme, at the community’s multi-purpose hall. This was followed later by several sport competitions and displays of the community’s heritage sites.The welcome and opening remarks were delivered by Toshao Williams. “Santa Aratak is a peaceful settlement of Indigenous people from the Arawak nation and we are always happy and excited during this time because people of all walks come and enjoy our culture, our way of life. We welcome you with open arms. I encourage you all to make lasting memories here and when you go back home spread the word of our beauty and encourage more people to come next year,” Williams is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The celebrations continue today.last_img read more

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Govt to set up Drug treatment Court for petty offenders

first_img“We do not want necessarily to jail our juveniles and to make this a jailhouse nation, we want to have alternatives, we want to have diversionary measures and I see this Drug Treatment Court as an aspect of that.”Those were the sentiments shared by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday as a two-day workshop kicked off at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown for stakeholders who will be involved in the new arm of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan sharing remarks at the opening ceremony of Wednesday’s workshopThe court has come at a time when statistics have proven that there has been an increased number of drug offenders in the court system. The new system will provide rehabilitative services to offenders rather than have them incarcerated.Ramjattan noted that the idea of a Drug Treatment Court was first spoken of 30 years ago in the United States and has proven to be a successful measure as too many people are being imprisoned because of the said matter.He said, “For very many offenders in relation to matters to drugs, jail is not the best place but treatment and that is why it has kicked off since then to a number of countries that have implemented the Drug Treatment Court to the extent that it is saving a generation”.A section of the gatheringRamjattan further added that his experience in the law system has taught him that jailing offenders does not help them, but rather pushes them to graduate into “bigger things”.“They get to learn the tricks of the trade while serving their three years for possession of narcotics and they come out back being with a higher degree of criminality,” he noted.It was on this note that the Minister made mention of the overcrowding of prisons, another issue the Drug Treatment Court would tackle. According to him, as opposed to incarceration, the rehabilitative programme for such offenders will allow for benefits to sprout. In fact, almost 90 per cent of persons who went through the treatment, he said, managed to turn over new leaves.The Minister added that he is fully aware that with the opening of such a court there may very well be a flood of persons, however strives will be made to ensure that eligible offenders are identified early.Moreover, it was pointed out that drug offenders will be given a choice to go to jail or through the rehabilitative system. Certain criterions, he however, pointed out will have to be met before a person is granted rehabilitation over jail time, one of those include the person’s history of drug use.He said he hopes that the pilot programme can be extended to the Corentyne, Bartica and other places where drug offenders are rife.Meanwhile, a representative from the United States Embassy, Terry Steers-Gonzalez said the Government is committed to such efforts through programming support from the US State Department’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau (INL).Since 2011 INL has trained and certified drug abuse treatment personnel and even supported a certification programme for drug and violence prevention.Another representative from the Organisation of American States (OAS), Jean Dormeus posited that he is happy Guyana has taken such a step as it has already proven to be successful in other countries.Guyana’s laws currently provide for a mandatory three-year jail sentence for anyone found in possession of small amounts of marijuana and other illicit drugs.This has led to the incarceration of petty offenders, leading to an overcrowding of the country’s prisons.last_img read more

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FOUR MASTERS CYCLING CLUB LEAGUE

first_imgFour Masters Cycling Club Castle Cycles Sponsored Race League 2012Castle Cycles of Raphoe have kindly sponsored a club league starting from Tuesday 15th May. This league will cover both Time Trials and Road Races and will last for 8 weeks. Points will be awarded for each event and this league is open to everyone, not just Four Masters CC members. Prize List1st Overall — €150 voucher for Castle Cycles + Cup 2nd Overall — €100 voucher for Castle Cycles + trophy3rd Overall — €50 voucher for Castle Cycles + trophyMost Improved Cyclist – €100 voucher for Castle Cycles + trophyPoints will be awarded as followsPlace TT Points RR Points TT Personal Best1st 10 15 Each PB will be awarded 5 points2nd 9 103rd 8 9 4th 7 85th 6 76th 5 67th 4 5 8th 3 49th 2 310th 1 2The races which qualify for this league will beDate Race1 15th May 10 Mile TT Burt2 22nd May 26 Mile RR Galdonagh3 29th May 10 Mile TT Burt4 5th June 25 Mile RR Ballyholey5 12th June 10 Mile TT Burt6 19th June 25 Mile RR Slab7 26th June 10 Mile TT Burt8 3rd July 26 Mile RR GaldonaghThese dates may be changed. All changed will be notified on this Four Masters website and on facebook.For more information on this league or cycling in general check out www.fourmasterscycling.comFOUR MASTERS CYCLING CLUB LEAGUE was last modified: May 14th, 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:FOUR MASTERS CYCLING CLUBlast_img read more

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Declan Rice ‘decides to play for England’ after rejecting Ireland call-up

first_imgAble to play in defence or midfield, the 19-year has made 38 appearances for the Hammers, appearing predominately in midfield this season.Born in Ireland, Rice is eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland as his grandparents were from Cork. He received his first call-up to Martin O’Neill’s squad just days after making his Premier League debut in May 2017, but had to wait until March of this year to make his debut for the Boys in Green. Declan Rice has opted to pledge his allegiance to England after rejecting an Ireland call-up, according to reports.Rice, the teenager, has established himself as one of the best young players in the Premier League since breaking into the West Ham team. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Rice was not named in O’Neill’s most recent squad for Ireland’s upcoming Nations League clashes against Denmark and Wales, and it is believed plans are already in place for the FA to submit to FIFA the paperwork required to switch his registration to England. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed scrap BEST OF gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Since then Rice has made a further two appearances for Ireland to take his cap total to three – all won in friendlies – though he was left out O’Neill’s squad for September’s internationals amid interest from England’s Football Association and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate in the youngster.Rice was considering switching his allegiance amid the interest, and Sky Sports say he has finally decided to represent England moving forward, having rejected another Ireland call-up. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware Most read on talkSPORT.com Rice looks to have finally decided where his future lies 2 REVEALED Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY latest LATEST 2 Rice has already won three caps for Ireland, all in friendlies Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update last_img read more

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PARTNER OF BURNS VICTIM CLAIMS SHE DIED OF ‘SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION’

first_imgAn inquest has heard how a woman was found burned to death but no other part of the room was damaged.Elizabeth McLaughlin was found at her home in Carndonagh on December 31st last year.The 50 year old was found at her home at 42 Close Padraig and was only identified by her dental records. Coroner Dr John Madden said when he saw the remains of Ms McLaughlin spontaneous human combustion did come to mind.However Dr.Madden has described spontaneous human combustion as “probably an urban myth”.A garda described finding the charred remains on the floor of the sitting room with the damage just confined to the remains and the immediate vicinity.The inquest heard from Harry Masterson, partner of Ms McLaughlin for the previous 12 years.He had stayed with her over Christmas and then returned to his home in Moville on 30 December to collect medication.Normally Ms McLaughlin would have rung him around 7am every day, but that had not happened and he became concerned and took the bus to Carndonagh on 31 December at 9.30am.Dolores Loftus, a niece of Ms McLaughlin, had tried to get into the house when she heard the smoke alarm going off at 10.20am but she had been unable to get in.Mr Masterson eventually gained access to the house with the help of a nephew who went in through an upstairs window.Kevin Loftus described to the inquest how he smelled smoke and saw a dead cat lying on the landing.“I kept looking for my aunt and I discovered two more dead cats lying on the floor,” said Mr Loftus.“I saw what I thought was a burnt Christmas tree lying on the sitting room floor and I kept searching for her and felt relieved she was not in the house. I let the others in the door.“Dolores said in the sitting room ‘there is her shoe’. It was then I realised it was a leg – I could not believe what I was seeing and I put everyone out. It took me a couple of minutes to get my head straight and then I rang 999.”The Garda and fire service attended and the scene was preserved and a video taken of the remains in situ before they were removed for post mortem.Dental records and DNA from Ms McLaughlin’s hairbrush were required to formally identify the deceased, Sgt John McLaughlin told the inquest.“Inside the sitting room on the floor were the charred remains of a person. An unusual aspect was that the actual burning and fire damage were confined to the human remains on the floor and the immediate vicinity,” Sgt McLaughlin said.“The room was smoke damaged. I saw an empty vodka bottle close to the remains and saw two dead cats close to the remains.”Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis conducted the autopsy on Ms McLaughlin however, Coroner Madden did not read it out, describing it as “quite graphic”.“There was a high level of cyanide in the blood stream and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere, which is not normally there. There was no anti-mortem damage. Death was caused by fire.“There was talk of spontaneous human combustion at the time. I did a little research and that probably is an urban myth, but when I did see the remains, it did come to mind.“There was little damage to the surrounding area. I believe the clothes acted like a wick on a candle – there was the complete destruction of the body but the fire did not spread,” the Coroner said.He offered his sympathy to Mr Masterson, who he said had brought happiness to the deceased.Following the inquest Mr Masterson said he believed Ms McLaughlin had died as a result of spontaneous combustion and cited a recent inquest in Galway which made that finding.“It seems to me to be spontaneous human combustion, which I know is unusual. It was just terrible. I would not wish it on anyone,” Mr Masterson added.PARTNER OF BURNS VICTIM CLAIMS SHE DIED OF ‘SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION’ was last modified: November 11th, 2011 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:CarndonaghELIZABETH MCLAUGHLINHARRY MASTERSONSPONTAEOUS COMBUSTIONlast_img read more

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It’s official: no reporting of air emissions from animal waste

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramThe U.S. EPA has posted a final rule this month clarifying that air emissions from animal waste at farms are exempt from federal regulations that require the reporting of air releases from hazardous wastes. The rule implements an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and revisions in the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act enacted by Congress earlier this year. We reported on the court case and legislation earlier this year.last_img read more

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ECI may announce poll dates for three States on Thursday

first_imgA team of officials from the Election Commission of India (ECI) will visit Maharashtra on Tuesday to assess preparations before announcing dates for the Assembly election. The team, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, is likely to hold meetings over the next two days with officials from the State government, Maharashtra Police, Railways, Income Tax, Excise and other departments involved in preparation for the elections due in October.“The three-member team will hold meetings for the next two days and is likely to announce a date on September 19 (Thursday),” a senior official said. Assembly elections are due in Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand this year. Officials said Maharashtra could see polling in two phases, while Jharkhand, which had voted in five phases in 2014, may see a different pattern this time.Senior officials of the State Election Commission said once the date is announced, they would need a minimum of 35 days to prepare for polls. The process is likely to get over, as per tradition, before Diwali holidays, which end on October 27, said a senior official. The State government is also likely to make a requisition to the ECI and the Central government for additional police force if necessary as part of law and order requirements leading up to the elections. The team will hold meetings with divisional commissioners, collectors and leaders of political parties during the visit. Earlier, in the wake of the floods, the district administrations had written to the government requesting that the elections be deferred due to severe damage in western Maharashtra. Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta held meetings in this regard last month and directed officials to ensure all possible efforts are made to continue poll preparations in flood-affected areas, said officials.last_img read more

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Football: Rui Patricio joins Wolverhampton Wanderers

first_imgAdvertisement(Twitter)The last week has totally been mind-boggling for the Portuguese International who is in Russia for the ongoing World Cup. From terminating his contract with Sporting Lisbon due to an attack on players and fans by a group of 50 fans to facing the 2010 World Cup Winner, Spain in the first match for Group B and coming out with a draw due to a blistering performance by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though he conceded 3 goals all of them were pretty tough to save.(Credits: BeINSPORTS)He also signed a four-year contract with Premier League newcomers, Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday which is subject to International Clearance.Wolves are delighted to confirm @selecaoportugal and @Sporting_CP number one Rui Patricio has joined the club on a four-year deal. #BemVindoRui🐺 pic.twitter.com/tGUQUXQICX— Wolves (@Wolves) June 18, 2018It will be interesting to see how the Portuguese International fares in the Premier League with a new team who have just been promoted to the top tier after a 6-year absence.What do you think about Rui Patricio’s move? Let us know in the comments below.Advertisementlast_img read more

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