Senate Rushes into Executive Session

first_imgThe President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate yesterday announced what appeared to be a surprising motion for an executive session, minutes after the Secretary of the Senate had read the first of two agenda items prepared for the 76th day sitting of that body.One of the two items, which came under the title, ‘Business on President’s Desk,’ included a communication from Montserrado County Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo in which she submitted a summary report of the proceedings at the 5th Ordinary Session of the 3rd Pan African Parliament (PAP).  That Session was convened last month in Johannesburg, South Africa.The members of the plenary, who were already in receipt of her report, thanked her for ably representing the Senate and asked that the document be placed in the Senate’s file.It was after the reading of Senator Freeman-Sumo’s communication that President Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley announced a motion for executive session and was unanimously approved.The next item under the title: ‘Report from Standing Committees’ would have been a report from the Joint Committee on Autonomous Commissions & Agencies and Judiciary, Claims, Petitions and Human Rights on a communication from the National Elections Commission (NEC), on request made to approve the proposed Senatorial Election Date.As usual, journalists who stayed around the Chamber of the Senate went home late yesterday, without knowing what was decided behind the mahogany doors of that august body.However, authoritative Legislative sources confided to this newspaper late yesterday evening that the Senate was deliberating on whether to go along with the NEC’s December 16, 2014 date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election.The NEC boss, Cllr. Jerome Korkoyah, had informed the Legislature that his decision stemmed from the overwhelming acceptance of the new date during comprehensive consultations organized by his Commission in collaboration with other international bodies.Like the Liberian Senate, the House of Representatives, too, went into Executive Session yesterday to conclude discussions on the election date. Reports say the House of Representatives is proposing the 16th of December, while the Liberian Senate is opting for the 30th of December, but the conference committee is proposing the 23rd to harmonize and resolve the matter.The issue about the extension of the state of emergency for 30 more days as recently proposed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor was expected for discussion yesterday, according to inside sources.In a related development, a joint resolution No. 003/2014 adopted by both the Senate and House of Representatives has resolved that NEC, “the agency of government authorized to hold general and Special Elections, is hereby accordingly directed to schedule the commencement of the  campaign process for the 2014 Senatorial Elections the first week of December 2014, and that the conduct of elections shall be held throughout the Republic of Liberia on December 30, 2014.”This joint resolution may seem as though the issue of the 2014 Senatorial elections has already been decided.  However, it cannot become law until it has been signed by the leadership of both Houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.Furthermore, the fact that both houses yesterday, immediately upon convening, proceeded into executive session, gave observers the impression that there were certain urgent matters, probably including the elections, that were yet to be concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

JFK, IU Launch Dr. Sam Brisbane Fund

first_imgThe John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFKMC) and the Indiana University (IU) yesterday collaborated to launch the Samuel S. Brisbane Fund. Dr. Samuel S. Brisbane, who had spent nearly 50 years in the practice of medicine, was the first Liberian medical doctor to succumb to the deadly Ebola virus disease. He died Saturday, July 26, 2014 after contracting the virus from a patient who he selflessly attended to at the JFK Hospital. He died after a three-week battle with the virus.Dr. Brisbane spent a considerable portion of his career at the Firestone Medical Center where, from 1992 to 2003, he served as medical director. He later transferred to the JFK. He had already begun his medical practice at the JFK when he returned from medical studies in Germany at the turn of the 1970s.In his long career, Dr. Brisbane trained hundreds of Liberian medical students as well as many from foreign lands, who have gone on themselves to become medical practitioners. In his passing, Liberia lost an outstanding medical doctor, who was in good health, ready and able to continue for many more years serving his country in the vital field of medicine. Dr. Brisbane remained on the ground throughout the 15 year civil war making great sacrifices to fulfill his invaluable services to his people. As Liberia’s leading Internist, he headed the Emergency Unit at JFK and saw most patients coming there for various treatments.The FundAt the launch of the Fund yesterday, Mr. Samuel Brisbane, Jr., told the Daily Observer that the Brisbane Family, which had at least six members present at the program, was very honored for what JFK and the IU had done in their father’s memory. “His colleagues, who worked with him and had interactions with him, have really made me and my family proud to know that he has really been missed. It has also shown me that his dedication to his profession, was really remarkable,” Brisbane, Jr. said.He further stated that it was very hard for the family to take when their father died especially after living throughout the civil war years in Liberia. “Being a medical doctor, he always told us that his people needed him so he was not going to leave his people who really needed him,” said Brisbane.The JFK Board Chair, ‘Aunt’ Jennie Bernard, conveyed their sincere gratitude to the Brisbane Family. She stated that it was a wonderful experience working with Dr. Brisbane.The General Administrator of JFK, Dr. Wvannie Scott-McDonald, praised Dr. Brisbane for his work ethics and his vision to bring JFK back to its pre-war status. Dr. Scott-McDonald announced that the hospital’s next project would be to also launch the Abraham Borbor Fund.The objective of the Brisbane Fund, according to Chad Priest, the IU representative, is to build the emergency management, emergency medicine and infection control capacities at JFK. “We are going to do this in three ways: training and education, provision of technical assistance from experts from around the world who will come to Liberia and the newly announced fellowship that will bring a doctor and a nurse each year from JFK to the US for a brief period for advanced training to come back and train their colleagues,” he stated.The Fund will raise up to US$100,000 annually to carry out its objectives. Reminiscing on some fond memories with Dr. Brisbane, Priest said Dr. Brisbane put everyone before himself. “He was also very human and a great doctor. We are glad that we got to know 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

Datebook 4/30

first_imgMail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TODAY Metro poetry reading, 4-6 p.m., Union Station East Portal Atrium, One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles. Call (213) 922-2738. Used-book sale, 6-8:30 p.m., Burbank Central Library, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd. Call (818) 238-5600. L.A. Police Commission meeting, 6:30 p.m., Department of Water and Power auditorium, 111 Hope St., Los Angeles. Call (818) 419-2513. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Alaska Highway historical site: linking the Peace Region to the Yukon Territory

first_imgRight now there are over 1,500 places, persons and events commemorated in Canada for their national historic significance. Julie Harris is the Ottawa-based consultant of the Alaska Highway Heritage Project, which at the moment would include 16 sites – a half dozen in B.C. and 10 more in the Yukon.“With the approval of a National Historic Site, the opportunity exists to more fully capture the way that the places along the Alaska Highway corridor, from Dawson Creek all the way up through Yukon, how those places are linked together and how they changed,” says Harris. “What we imagine is that travellers and residents in the corridor would be able to anticipate what they can see next, how they would get there and what opportunities would be available to them in every season.”“With the commemoration, it would also be clearer, I think, to visitors and to residents how the history of the corridor is really a continuum of the human experience of both the First Nations and the settlers in the corridor.”- Advertisement -The Peace River Regional District holds primary funds for the project and the Alaska Highway Community Society Board includes representatives from the northeast region communities, First Nations and other organizations – including the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council.In this case, once the board has the consent of all the interested parties – that is the First Nations and property owners of the aforementioned sites whose stories would be told – the nomination will go to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, which is administered by Parks Canada.That means, acting on the board’s recommendation, it is the federal Minister of the Environment who appoints the members of the Monuments Board who gets the final say on the historic site nomination.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ginola ‘not giving up’ on FIFA presidency

first_img1 Former Newcastle and Tottenham forward David Ginola insists he is “not giving up” on the position of FIFA president, despite suggestions the Frenchman had pulled out of his attempt to oust Sepp Blatter at the helm.The Frenchman had revealed to talkSPORT he would “open doors” within the federation, stating “everything would be dealt with in a perfect way”.But the Team Ginola website suggested the 48-year-old would no longer be running for the position.It read: “A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. The crowdfunding page is now closed. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged.“The fight is not over. Football still needs to change. I urge you to continue to vocalize your craving for change in football in whatever way you can. Let it be known that no matter how small you think your voice may be alone, if we speak together we will be heard. Whilst FIFA may not be an open democracy for the footballing public, our opinions will be heeded, only if we persist.”However, Ginola announced on Twitter that his campaign was not over: “Not giving up, still in the race to reboot football! Will not give up…final nomination results might not be known before 8th February…” David Ginola last_img read more

Salah steers Liverpool into Champions League at Chelsea’s expense

first_imgGabriel Jesus’s stoppage time winner for Manchester City in a 1-0 victory at Southampton saw the champions set another record landmark by becoming the first side in English top flight history to reach 100 points. At the other end of the table, Swansea’s seven-season stay in the Premier League came to an end as they were relegated to the Championship after a 2-1 defeat by Stoke.Liverpool faced the uncomfortable scenario of travelling to Kiev to face the might of Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26 having to win to qualify for next season’s competition had results gone against them.However, there was little doubt over the outcome once Salah eased any nerves by swivelling to strike his first goal in four games on 26 minutes to take his tally in all competitions this season to 44.“I’m really proud of the boys, a nearly perfect season,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. “We had no chance to challenge Man City so the only thing you can go for is a Champions League spot. It is a big thing.”Salah’s strike also saw him secure the Premier League Golden Boot to add to his multiple Player of the Year accolades. “He was fantastic,” Klopp added. “I can’t imagine how difficult it must be if everybody tells you every day how brilliant you are but not only that, they give you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident. “It is really difficult to stay focused but he is focused. He now has two weeks to prepare for our biggest game.”Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke and Andy Robertson were also on target as Klopp could even afford the luxury of substituting Salah in the second-half.Liverpool were under little pressure all afternoon as Chelsea slumped to a 10th Premier League defeat of the season in the north-east.Dwight Gayle and two goals for Ayoze Perez piled ever more pressure on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte just six days ahead of what could be the Italian’s final game in charge in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.“Newcastle showed greater desire and fight, and if we play like this in the FA Cup final we don’t have a chance,” said Conte. – City hit 100 –End of the road: Arsene Wenger on his last day as Arsenal manager © AFP / Adrian DENNISCity’s victory also saw them set a record Premier League margin of victory of 19 points from Manchester United, who won 1-0 over Watford at Old Trafford.“When you win for 100 points it’s something special for the club,” said City manager Pep Guardiola. “I think it’s a record that will stay for a long time.”England manager Gareth Southgate will name his World Cup squad later this week, and there was plenty of encouragement for Southgate as three of his strikers were on target.Marcus Rashford scored his first goal since March for United’s winner, whilst Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane both struck twice at Wembley as Tottenham came from 3-1 down to beat Leicester 5-4 and hold off Liverpool to finish third.Kane cancelled out Vardy’s early opener before Riyad Mahrez restored Leicester’s lead and Kelechi Iheanacho’s smashed home a third for the visitors early in the second-half.An Erik Lamela double and Christian Fuchs own goal to put Spurs in front before Vardy levelled with his 20th league goal of the campaign.However, Kane had the final say with his 41st of the season to head to the World Cup in fine form.Arsenal gave Arsene Wenger a parting gift in his final game as manager after 22 years in charge by winning their first points away from home in the Premier League in 2018 with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield.“Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club,” said Wenger. “To enjoy it we had to win it. Winning football games is what makes me happy and the boys did it.” Club record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted his 10th goal in 13 games since joining in January by finishing off the sort of free-flowing move that Wenger has made his trademark as Gunners boss.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Record breaker: Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates winning the Premier League Golden Boot © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, May 13 – Liverpool warmed-up for the Champions League final in style by ensuring they are back in the competition next season as Mohamed Salah set a new Premier League record of 32 goals in a 4-0 thrashing of Brighton on Sunday.Victory for Liverpool meant it didn’t matter what fifth-placed Chelsea did at Newcastle, but they failed to put any sort of pressure on the Champions League finalists by succumbing limply to a 3-0 defeat at St. James’s Park.last_img read more

Danny Murhpy: ‘There is NO WAY Chelsea will offer John Terry a new contract’

first_imgDanny Murphy believes Chelsea are purely ‘covering their own backs’ with claims they could yet offer John Terry a contract extension, saying there is ‘NO WAY’ they will offer the long-term captain a new deal.Former England centre-back Terry rocked Stamford Bridge following Sunday’s FA Cup victory over MK Dons by revealing he is set to leave the club at the end of the season.Not even his team-mates knew of the news, and it means the departure of another of their experienced stars is likely, with the Blues already losing Petr Cech, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard – the spine of their multiple title-winning team – in the space of 12 months.Chelsea attempted to dampen the blow with the release of a statement on Sunday evening, insisting the defender could still be offered the chance to remain at the club.But former Liverpool, Tottenham and England midfielder Murphy claims if there is no deal on the table by now, it is unlikely Terry will be offered one at all.The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast co-host said: “I was an older player at Fulham, I was captain and I was on a rolling contract each year.“A new contract would always be on the table by January, always. But in my last year, I got to February and there was no contract.“Now, there’s absolutely no reason why there wouldn’t be a new contract on the table by now if they wanted to keep them.“So, Chelsea coming out and saying there’s still a chance is just them covering their own backs from the fan backlash.“There’s absolutely no way they have an intension of offering John Terry a new contract and that’s why he has come out to the press, because I think he is disgusted the club have dismissed him out of hand.”last_img read more

Council’s roadshow

first_imgSTARTING in April, the entire Los Angeles City Council and its entourage of staff and supporters will pull up stakes and troop over the Cahuenga Pass once a month. There, in the restored Van Nuys City Hall, a smaller replica of the white tower downtown, the council will convene a regular meeting on the first Friday of every month. It’s a significant symbolic gesture to the San Fernando Valley, whose residents have felt disrespected and neglected by the over-the-hill leadership for decades. But as everything that comes from City Hall, there’s a bittersweet quality of the gift: Friday council meetings are typically those in which the least amount of significant business is heard. Indeed, in an effort to speed up the regular Tuesday and Wednesday council meetings, Friday has become the repository for the meaningless but numerous council presentations, demonstrations and bloviations. Still, this is a genuine move by the city’s elected officials to reach out to neighborhoods once marginalized by downtown, and it will give many more Valley residents the chance to let the council know what they think.v AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘FIVE MILER’ FUN RUN IN LETTERKENNY TONIGHT

first_imgA 5 Mile Fun Run takes place this evening in Letterkenny in association with Letterkenny AC.The race, on the popular out an back course, will start close to the entrance to Ballymacool Town Park at 7.30 pm. Registration at Aura from 6 pm.With the North West 10K Charity Road Race coming up next month, this race will be idea preparation. Everyone welcome.   ‘FIVE MILER’ FUN RUN IN LETTERKENNY TONIGHT was last modified: April 18th, 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:Five MilerletterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

MEETING OF LETTERKENNY NO 1 CELTIC SUPPORTS CLUB

first_imgThe next meeting of Letterkenny no.1 Celtic Supporters Club will take place this tueday 27th august in the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny at 8pm. All are welcome. MEETING OF LETTERKENNY NO 1 CELTIC SUPPORTS CLUB was last modified: August 23rd, 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:CELTIC NO 1 LETETRKENNY SUPPORTERS CLUBlast_img