Legislature Will Respect Supreme Court’s Decision

first_imgA co- chair on the Judicial Committee of the Senate has vowed the 53rd National Legislature would respect any decision by the Supreme Court regarding the controversial Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) amended bill.Cllr. Fredrick Cherue, Senator of River Gee County, noted that the High Court is the final arbiter of the law in the country, as such, they would not do anything to disrespect its decision.“The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of the law and we need to respect it. This is why we responded to its calls,” the River Gee County lawmaker said.“But, if it had been a political one, we wouldn’t have attended its calls. Whatever the result is we will accept it. We will adjust ourselves and we will bow to it,” Cllr. Cherue added.He gave the National Legislature’s assurance on Wednesday, February 26, just minutes after a conference with Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie in Chambers at the Temple of Justice.The conference was intended to determine whether the High Court should grant or deny a petition for a writ of prohibition prayed for by several CSOs— headed by the Citizens Solidarity Council— against the Legislature.A group represented by Counselors Theophilus Gould and Lavela Supuwood filed a complaint with the Supreme Court, challenging the recently amended CBL bill.They further argued that the action of the lawmakers was unconstitutional, describing it as “selective justice,” citing Articles 11C and 18 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia, thereby praying the Court for a writ of prohibition.  Unfortunately, at Wednesday’s hearing, Associate Justice Wolokollie denied the CSOs’ request, describing it as “premature.”The Supreme Court in its ruling said, “Though both Houses of the Legislature have passed the bill into law, President Ellen Johnsons Sirleaf has not signed the bill into law, nor vetoed it, nor has her veto been overridden by the Legislature. It has not been printed into hand book by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), therefore, such request is premature.”  Recently, the Senate unanimously passed a law barring the governors or staff members of the CBL from participating in the forthcoming election unless they resign three years prior to it; following the unanimous passage, the House of Representative the next day overwhelmingly concorded.The amended bill says, “The Executive Governor of the CBL and members of the Board of Governors shall be prohibited to contest political office(s) while serving in their respective offices and shall not be qualified to contest any electable office within three years, consequently, after the expiration of their tenure with the CBL.”The 1999 approved act creating the CBL said, “The CBL shall not engage in traders or participate directly or indirectly in the ownership of any financial institution or other enterprise.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Defined scope, TOR needed for credibility – Jagdeo

first_imgSARA oil blocks probeReiterating an earlier position that a reputable international firm should carry out any probe into the award of oil blocks offshore Guyana and not the Clive Thomas-led State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is insisting that in order for such an investigation to be credible, there needs to be defined scope and terms of reference.Jagdeo explained to reporters at his recent weekly press conference that this is the only way that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party will support the investigation. However, he noted that the Private Sector and oil stakeholders will have to be added to the process since they are the ones who will be most affected by the probe.“I think we should work out like national terms of reference – get everyone together. So, get the Private Sector, get the political parties and they do clear terms of reference so that everybody is at one on this and the scope of the investigation should cover everyone… and then you maybe approach an international organisation of repute to do this. I can’t tell you exactly whom but somebody who is not part of our landscape that can bring an impartial view that all sides – the oil companies, as well the Government of Guyana and the people of Guyana will have credibility in,” the Opposition Leader noted.According to Jagdeo, this will ensure that no one is treated unfairly or feel that the probe is a witch hunt against them.Last month Professor Thomas had disclosed that the agency is looking into the award of the blocks by the Donald Ramotar Administration before the 2015 General and Regional elections.However, Jagdeo had previously said that the PPP welcomes the probe since it has nothing to hide but noted that they will only support it if it is done by an independent international firm.When asked whether this suggestion will be taken under consideration, Government’s spokesperson Joseph Harmon told Guyana Times when contacted last week that he could not say since Cabinet was not briefed on the probe by SARA.In fact, he repeated this during the post-Cabinet press briefing on Friday, saying “We have not had a report from SARA with respect to the nature and extent of their investigations”.Harmon, the Director General at the Ministry of the Presidency, pointed out to reporters that SARA is an independent agency and operates on its own. However, he noted that Government will support the agency in pursuing the necessary actions if breaches or acts of illegality are found but there needs to be credible evidence of this.“Government will be prepared to throw its weight behind the agency so that we have an outcome that is in the interest of the people of Guyana. Of course, it has to be based on evidence which comes before us. As of right now, people are responding to reports that are made in the newspaper and that is what we have” Harmon contended.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOn May 22, an article appeared in the New York-based Bloomberg website, in which the SARA Director was quoted confirming that there was a probe ongoing. According to Thomas, the probe was in its early stages and would be centred on the award of blocks and licences to ExxonMobil and Tullow.Thomas was quoted by Bloomberg as saying “we’re investigating the issuance of the licences, for example, and the various blocks. We’re building up a case. This is an area of investigation into how the blocks were allocated and the decisions that were made”.However, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) said that this investigation can harm Guyana by discouraging potential investors from vying for future oil blocks.Head of the GCCI’s Petroleum arm, Charles Ramson had expressed worry over the impact these revelations have on Guyana’s image especially since the article appeared in Bloomberg, which meant that thousands in the global business community would have read this unsavoury news.Meanwhile, GCCI President Nicholas Boyer decried the haphazard way in which the investigation is being done. He also noted that the investigation is being done at a time when much of the regulatory framework for the industry has not even been set up.“At this point, I think we’re shooting in the dark. I think SARA is wasting its time because of the lack of having a petroleum commission in place, lack of policies saying how it’s going to issue future blocks and approach relinquishment.”SARA is said to be investigating the award of concessions in the Canje and Kaieteur Blocks offshore Guyana. The Canje Block was awarded to JHI, Mid-Atlantic Oil and Gas, and Ratio Energy in March 2015, a few months before the national elections.last_img read more

Pensioner dies following accident with GDF vehicle

first_img…one-year-old hospitalizedHarry Persaud, also called “Saw doctor”, a pensioner of Lot 7 Public Road, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, was on Saturday morning giving his year-old granddaughter Divya Gurucharran a ride on his pedal cycle as he traversed the East Bank Demerara highway en route to the Rubis Service Station at Soesdyke to purchase an item, when a vehicle belonging to the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) struck them off the machine.Dead: Harry PersaudThey both were picked up by the same GDF vehicle and taken to the Diamond Regional Hospital, where the 65-year-old Persaud was pronounced dead on arrival while his granddaughter was transferred to, and admitted a patient at, the Georgetown Public Hospital. The dead man leaves to mourn his wife and five children among other relatives. His body was taken to Lyken’s Funeral Home to await a post-mortem.Tasha Persaud, a daughter of the now dead man, told Guyana Times that she was not at home, but received a telephone call from a relative, informing her of the accident. Based on what she was told, she said, the army vehicle was responsible for the accident. She noted that her father sustained injuries to his head and other parts of the body, while her niece suffered a fractured shoulder and lacerations to her hand and head. The infant is, however, out of danger and has been listed as being in stable condition.The injured child,Divya Gurucharran, who is hospitalisedThe Guyana Defence Force, in a statement, declared that a Board of Injury has been established to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident, which occurred at about 10:30h and involved a pick-up that was driven by a GDF rank.The rank was taken into Police custody and is assisting with the investigations.Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Heat wave, grass kindle fire alerts

first_img susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But spring temperatures have soared to record levels, prompting some concern. County firefighters from Station No. 82 were out in La Ca ada Flintridge on Monday inspecting hillside homes and reminding residents to trim and remove brush 200 feet from structures to create a fire buffer zone. Community and resident preparedness helped spare about 2,000 homes during last year’s Topanga Fire, which charred more than 20,000 acres, fire officials have said. In Burbank, where a fire charred 1,100 acres of hillside near the Castaways Restaurant in October, mustard grass already has grown to 3 feet, Burbank Fire Department Capt. Frank Walbert said. In a fire, that type of grass is usually the first to burn, supplying kindling. “We all know brush fire season is coming,” said Glendale Fire Capt. Steve Parrish. “We’ve obviously noticed the heat. When we have rain, we have growth, but we know that growth is going to burn.” Brush fire season formally kicked off Monday in Southern California, where the warmer-than-usual spring is gradually transforming lush green hillsides into tinder boxes. The California Department of Forestry declared brush fire season a few days later than last year, based on weather conditions, the dryness of the brush and fire activity. A similar announcement for local areas will be made Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “This current heat wave is of some concern,” said Inspector Ron Haralson, spokesman for the county Fire Department. “We’ve had a decent rainy season so we know the vegetation growth is there.” Los Angeles has received about 13 inches of rain since July 1, when the latest fiscal year for measuring rainfall began. last_img read more

BISHOP APOLOGISES TO SINGER SARA BUT NO CONTACT FROM PRIEST

first_imgThe Bishop of Raphoe, Dr.Philip Boyce, has stepped-in to resolve a row between a choir singer and a local priest.Singer SaraDonegal Daily revealed how there was an unholy row after a priest in Lettermacaward became involved in a heated debate with local church singer Sara Laughlin.Fr Shane Gallagher reprimanded teacher Sara after a mix-up over the singing of a popular hymn. Fr Gallagher mistakenly thought the song was Voice of an Angel by pop singer Sarah McLochlan and ordered Sara not to sing it again.Sara, who sang the song at her grandmother and uncle’s anniversary mass at St.Bridget’s Church last Saturday, explained it was a different song of the same name by Fr Liam Lawton.A row ensued in which Sara claims she was shouted at by Fr Gallagher.Bishop Boyce has apologisedNow Bishop Boyce has contacted Sara to apologise over the matter. He has promised the teacher and director of the Donegal Youth Choir that the matter will be fully resolved.However Sara told Donegal Daily that she has not received any contact from Fr Gallagher.And she says that herself and her family will remain away from St Bridget’s Church while he is the priest there.“Personally I just could not go back as long as Fr Gallagher is there. I am still frightened of him after what happened.“People don’t realise what happened on Saturday night and what I went through. “I appreciate that Bishop Boyce apologised over the incident and I am very grateful to him for going out of his way to do that.St Bridget’s Church in Lettermacaward“I have received no contact from Fr Gallagher and it is too late now. I simply could not go back to the church while he is there,” she said.Our previous article is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/10/06/donegal-priest-and-choir-singer-in-unholy-row-over-song/ BISHOP APOLOGISES TO SINGER SARA BUT NO CONTACT FROM PRIEST was last modified: October 7th, 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:Bishop Philip BoyceFr Shane GallagherrowSara LaughlinVoice of an Angellast_img read more

TERMON AND GAOTH DOBHAIR CLAIM TITLES AT CHOMORTAS PEILE NA GAELTACHTA

first_imgThe Termon Senior ladies teamThere’s obviously something in the water when it comes to ladies football in Donegal!Both Termon and Gweedore won Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta titles today.Termon won the senior title again, making it four in a row. While today’s game was a lot tighter than previous finals, Termon were in control the whole way through.In the Junior final Gweedore had to go into two periods of extra time to secure the title for the second year in a row.At full time it stood at 2-07 a piece and after extra time it stood at Gweedore 2-12 Naomh Abán 3-09,in the second period of extra time Gweedore secured the point to win leaving the final score Gweedore 2-13 Naomh Abán 3-09. Nailbiting to the end for Gweedore supporters.Donegal ladies football is certainly at the top in Gaeltacht competitions with now the Senior, Junior and the minor title secured by Naomh Muire last month now resting in the Hills of Donegal. Comhghairdeas le foireann sinsir ban an Tearmainn a bhain cluiche ceannais sinsir na mban Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta sa Rinn tráthnóna inniu. An scór, An Tearmann 5-12, Cill Chomáin 4-08Comhghairdeas le foireann ban sóisir Ghaoth Dobhair a bhain Cluiche Ceannais Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta inniu le bua ar Naomh Abán i ndiaidh dhá thréimhse d’am breise.Gaoth Dobhair 2-13, Naomh Abán 3-09. TERMON AND GAOTH DOBHAIR CLAIM TITLES AT CHOMORTAS PEILE NA GAELTACHTA was last modified: June 2nd, 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)last_img read more

LETTERKENNY LIVE CONCERT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF LACK OF FUNDS

first_imgThe Committee of Letterkenny Live has announced that the event will not proceed this year due to funding issues and the time commitments of its members.Letterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterLetterkenny Live, which first was first held in 2011, aimed to deliver high quality free on-street entertainment and showcased talents such as Aslan, Bressie, Delorentos and Ryan Sheridan in the town.While audience numbers varied over the three years it was clear that there is a demand for this type of event and that it could be built on. However Letterkenny Live has been a big commitment for each individual concerned not just in terms of time as all have other full time jobs but also balancing the financial risk of the event. While lots of items were kindly sponsored the costs were still high and financial contributions have become more difficult.Toni Forrester, Chair Person explains “Letterkenny Town Council funded the festival over the three years and also gave lots of in-kind support without which we could not have put ion such a professional show. It’s funding in particular allowed us to book bands and gave the seed funding to plan the event each year.“As we all know the Town Council is being abolished in June and there is no indication of where this substantial funding would come from. In addition Failte Ireland has also provided marketing funding over the past three years but this is no longer available. This situation leaves us with no other option than to bow out.”Ms Forrester said the committee members hoped over the years to attract others to the committee who had expertise to help them develop and grow the festival. “While we had some willing volunteers for stewarding and bucket collections we felt that with such a small committee and very limited funding that it was impossible to go on. We still believe there is the appetite for a live music event or festival in Letterkenny during the summer but maybe it is time to pass the baton to others.“I would like at this point to thank all who contributed to Letterkenny Live over the last three years especially my fellow committee members Siobhan Barrett Doherty, Darren Browne, Ciaran Martin and Jimmy McGinty as well as all the businesses that contributed financially and provided in-kind support. We would be delighted if another group of individuals were willing to run with an event and we would be willing to give them all the support we can.”   LETTERKENNY LIVE CONCERT CANCELLED BECAUSE OF LACK OF FUNDS was last modified: January 30th, 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:Letterkenny Livelast_img read more

Man perished to death after leaving friend home on Christmas night

first_imgA man who perished just yards from his home after driving a friend home on Christmas night died from a mixture of alcohol poisoning and hypothermia.The body of Bartley Doohan was found by his brother close to their home in Gortahork, Co Donegal on St Stephen’s Day, 2016. The 58-year-old machine operator had gone to the home of neighbour John Harkin, less than 500 yards away, for a couple of festive drinks.However, an inquest into Bartley’s death heard he never returned that night and was discovered face up in a ditch the following day.Donegal Coroner’s Court, held in Letterkenny, heard how Bartley’s Renault Laguna car was found partially in a ditch and his body was found in five inches of water a few yards away.A post mortem on the dead man’s body found that he had eight times the normal drink-driving limit of alcohol in his body when he was found.Mr Harkin gave evidence that he had been in Mr Doohan’s home earlier in the night at Curransport but he had left him home and the pair enjoyed a few hot whiskies together.Mr Doohan left after 1.30am but the next morning he was contacted by Bartley’s sister Ann asking if he had seen her brother.He went looking and came across Bartley’s brother Peter saying he had found him drowned and asked him to give him a hand taking him out of the ditch.A doctor from the NowDoc service arrived on the scene along with Gardai and Mr Doohan was pronounced dead at 11am and taken to Letterkenny University Hospital.Pathologist Dr Katriona Dillon said the dead man had no noticeable injuries either externally or internally apart from a small abrasion above one of his eyes and another on his toe.She said that in her opinion death was due to alcohol intoxication and exposure to a cold environment and that there was no evidence that Mr Doohan had died as a result of a road traffic accident.She said a reading of 403 milligrams of alcohol per 100 ml of blood of was found in Mr Doohan’s body.Coroner Dr McCauley remarked that he wouldn’t normally see as high a level as that noting that 50 milograms of alcohol was the drink-driving limit.He said “That alone could have been enough to cause his death.”The coroner agreed with Dr Dillon that death was due to alcohol intoxication and hypothermia and recorded a finding of death by misadventure.He added it was especially sad considering the time of year of Mr Doohan’s death.“It’s just very sad. It was miserable night and he wasn’t going to walk home and it resulted in a terrible accident which caused his death. It happened on Christmas night which adds to the sheer extra sadness,” he said.Man perished to death after leaving friend home on Christmas night was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alcoholBartley DoohancarCHristmasdonegalGardaigortahorkhypothermiainquestlast_img read more

Dear Geocaching Diary: Twice the Finds, Twice the Fun

first_imgDay 11: Community Manager Annika Ledbetter (Username: Lebbetter) was a hero on Sunday (coincidentally also her birthday). She says, “This dinosaur was saved from extinction. After almost being lost for 4 years on Bainbridge Island, I rescued Dino and brought him to Geocaching HQ. We gave him a warm welcome and a day full of fun.” Day 10: On Saturday, Partner Programs Manager Annie Love (Username: Love) decided to lead her family off the beaten path. She reports, “Even though the geocache was 100 feet away, our group decided that exploring the creek drain and jumping in the swimming hole was necessary before we started our search.” Dear Geocaching Diary,We thought Week #1 of 31 Days of Geocaching was pretty great, but it turns out that Week #2 was two times the fun! This week we learned that every day can be an adventure if you choose to make it one. Here is a photo recap from our HQ explorers: Day 12: These intrepid travelers journeyed for hours (mostly because they have terrible navigational skills) to a hidden marvel that (for once in their chatty lives) left them speechless.Day 13: Product Manager Joel Werdell (Username: Tieyak) takes his geo-parent responsibilities very seriously. His daughter Bennet says cheese after finding some sweet swag. Day 14: Watch out for Troll droppings! Today marked the release of the Geocaching HQ GeoTour. We created this Tour to help share our favorite places in the Center of the Universe with all of you out there in our geocaching galaxy.Day 15: Beering up for Block Party – our Keg Squad organized a refreshing get together at a local micro brewery. Armed with tiny beermugs, we made our way through Ballard’s breweries. As we crossed a busy street to our next refill, Geocaching Reviewer “The Leprechauns” remarked, “This is not jaywalking, this is urban bushwacking!”Day 16: UX Manager Nick Botner (Username: Whiskey Bones) and his team take the cake for best Team Trackable. (Yes, it is actually a flying shark. Jaws has nothing on this monster.) Less than 24 hours left in the count down to Geocaching Block Party and International Geocaching Day 2013! But don’t worry – we still managed to earn a smiley in the midst of all the party planning panic.Stay tuned for more adventures from Geocaching HQ. What are your favorite tales from the 31 Days of Geocaching trail? Tell us about them in the comments below.Click for a printable version of the 31 Days of Geocaching CalendarShare with your Friends:More Day 7: No hitting the snooze alarm this morning! A few caffeine-loaded Geocaching HQ explorers skipped up a mountain to catch sunrise over Mt.Rainier and grab an early morning Smiley before work. (Pssst…check out our new geocaching and Forest Service volunteer friend photo-bombing from the fire lookout.)Day 8: What do you call a race that involves running, biking, swimming, and geocaching? A geocachalon. This heart pumping adventure was the brainchild of Videographer Reid Kuennen (Username: reidsomething). Office Manager Maria McDonald (Username: AKprincesswarrior) jumps into ice cold Lake Union to celebrate sweet victory.Day 9: Copy writer Derek Hamilton (Username: scattermycaches) struggled to figure out this smarty-pants geocache hidden by one of our own,   Community Volunteer Support Coordinator Cindy Potter (Username: Frau Potter). Derek says, “Call Bill Nye! There’s science in this tube!” SharePrint RelatedDear Geocaching Diary: Orange Headbands for the WinSeptember 1, 2013In “Community”Dear Geocaching Diary: 31 Days of Adventure with Geocaching HQAugust 7, 2013In “Community”Geocaching HQ – The Land of Extreme CoincidenceOctober 7, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

Firefox 4 To Arrive in February

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Browsers#web Get ready, Firefox fans, because Firefox 4 is on the way. PCWorld writes that the next version of the second most popular browser worldwide is “nearly ready for release” and should be available starting next month.Mozilla’s senior director Damon Sicore wrote on a developer mailing list that “Firefox 4 is gonna kick ass,” but that, until the launch “we need *everyone* to help in testing.”Mozilla had planned to ship the latest version of its popular browser by November, 2010, but too many bugs remained to release a final candidate. According to Sicore, Flash, Silverlight and “other major plug-ins” were continuing to cause problems, with users “affected by hardware acceleration causing crashes or other issues.” According to PCWorld, Sicore said that “about 160 ‘hard blockers’–or significant bugs–remain in the project.”Hardware acceleration is one of the key features boasted by Microsoft to boost Internet Explorer 9 ahead of other browsers. Currently, Firefox is second in popularity worldwide only to Internet Explorer, with Chrome and Safari following behind.For a full look at what to expect in the latest version of Firefox, take a look at Frederic Lardinois’ in-depth review from earlier this year. The long and short of it is that the next version will be faster, sleeker, with “do not track” capabilities to enhance user privacy. DownloadSquad points out that, if you want to help Firefox along, you can take part in beta testing the product by downloading the latest version and reporting any bugs you come across.What do you think? Will you try out Firefox 4? Is that your browser of choice or will Chrome keep your attention? Or has IE9 brought you back to the Microsoft side? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more