Dear Editor,The refusal to offer an apology or at least a withdrawal of the claim in view of proof presented, and no sanctions, not even a reprimand from the one in charge of proceedings within the hallowed Chamber, is a clear sign of the level of autocracy the country has descended to.This does not hold well for unity and cohesion.Sincerely,Shamshun Mohamed
(From left) House Judiciary Chairman, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa; Claims & Petitions Committee Chairperson, Rep. Rustonlyn S. Dennis; and Rep. Jeremiah K. Koung, executive member of Sen. Prince Johnson’s party, MDR-Legislature Ends 1st Session TodayA report from the House’s Joint Committee on implementation of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee’s (TRC) recommendations and the establishment of a War & Economic Crimes Court has been stalled by Nimba County District #1 Representative Jeremiah K. Koung.Rep. Koung is a co-founder and executive member of the Movement for Democracy and Reconciliation (MDR), a party which Senator Prince Y. Johnson heads as standard bearer and political leader.The report is entitled: “An update from the Joint Committees on Claims & Petition, the Judiciary; Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning, Peace, Religion & National Reconciliation and Good Governance & Government Reform on the Petitions for the establishment of a Special Criminal Court and the Implementations of the TRC Recommendations.”Many observers believe that the stalling of the Joint Committee’s report by the Nimba County lawmaker is intended to buttress and prop his party’s standard bearer and kinsman, Senator Johnson, who has expressed strong opposition to the establishment of a War and Economic Crimes Court in Liberia.Senator Johnson, the founder of the Independent National Patriotic Front of Liberia (INPFL), according to the TRC report, was accused of committing egregious crimes ranging from “extortion and massacre, destruction of property, forced recruitment, assault, abduction, torture, forced labor, and rape.”On Thursday, September 13, Representative Koung expressed his reluctance to vote on a motion seeking to include the Joint Committee’s report on the agenda of the 57th day sitting of the House of Representatives on grounds that Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning was not involved in the hearings that impelled the report.The co-chairman on the House’s Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning Committee’s objection sparked a debate, with the chairperson on Claims and Petitions, Representative Rustonlyn Dennis, arguing that at least five members of the Ways, Means, Finance & Development Planning Committee had affixed their signatures.House Speaker Bhofal Chambers’ review of the signatories to the Committee’s report revealed that six out of the 15-member committee had signed, while three of the six-member committee members of the Claim and Petition Committee had also signed.All the members of the Judiciary Committee affixed their signatures.“With non-majority signatures of two of three leading committees, it means the update report on the implementation of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee’s (TRC) recommendations and the establishment of a War & Economic Crimes Court cannot be included in today’s agenda,” Speaker Chambers said.“A joint committee report needs a signature of 50+1 members’ signatures,” the Speaker added.Joint Committee’s ReportAccording to the report, the House’s Joint Committee received two petitions from the Citizens of Liberia, for the Establishment of a War & Economic Crimes Court and Citizens Against the Establishment of a War & Economic Crimes Court.“The petitioners called Citizens Against the Establishment of War & Economic Crimes Court’s sole reason was predicated upon the current economic constraint faced by the people of Liberia, terming their counterparts as an enemy against President Weah’s agenda. The other petitioner, Citizens of Liberia for the Establishment of War & Economic Crimes Court, on the other hand, sole motive is to seek justice and to promote peace, unity and abrogate the culture of impunity,” the report said.The report further said it is on the right trajectory to come up with a substantive document for or against the establishment of a War & Economic Crimes Court and the implementation of the TRC recommendations, having carefully reviewed the TRC report, considered the arrest of alleged war criminal Awaliho Soumaworo aka “Kunti K.” and read and comprehended the resolution introduced by US congressman Daniel Donovan, supporting the call for a war and economic crimes court for Liberia.“The Joint Committee, however, craved the indulgence of Plenary for a Month of Extension after the House resumes the 2nd Session, to enable it make more informed decisions on the Establishment of the War & Economic Crimes Courts, Specialized Courts, and implementation of the TRC recommendations,” the report said.Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives are expected to close their 1st Session of the House of Representatives today for Constituency (Agricultural), having completed the extension of the 15-day sitting in consonance with Article 32b of the 1986 Constitution, to concur with the Liberian Senate.The extension of the 1st Session of the 54th Legislature commenced September 1, 2018, and will end September 15, 2018.The 54th Legislature will resume work for the 2nd Session on Monday, January 14, 2019, and a day’s sitting will begin Tuesday, January 15, 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A pensioner was on Tuesday morning killed after she was struck down while using a pedestrian crossing at Nigg Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice. DeaThe car that was involved in the fatal accidentDead: Parbattie Ramsarrand is 81-year-old Parbattie Ramsarran of Lot 4 D Nigg, Corentyne, Berbice.Based on information received, the motorcar bearing registration number PPP 1008, driven by a 29-year-old male at a fast rate of speed, came into contact with the woman as she was in the centre of the pedestrian crossing.As a result of the impact, the woman sustained severe injuries about her body. She was picked up and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.The driver was taken into custody as Police continue their investigations. Her body is presently at Ramu’s Funeral Home awaiting a Post-Mortem.At the home of the dead woman, her son, Jaichan Persaud Balkarran, explained that his mother had gone to the post office to uplift her pension while adding that when he is at home, he would normally accompany her.“I went out after her and about fifteen persons been at the post office…so I decided to wait at the bus shed fuh she… and I saw her walking out and but the time I look away someone under the bush shed, tell me, ‘ look something happen’… when I turn around I see my mother lie down in the middle of the road.”He said as he approached, he observed that she was motionless but he was assisted by the driver to take his injured mother to the hospital.“Me and the Chinee boy who went in the car and some other people who went around pick she up and put she in the same car and carry she to the Port Mourant Hospital. The doctor sound her and then tell me that she dead,” he said as he broke down in tears. He added that his mother was a good person and did not have to die in that manner.The Police are continuing their investigations. The woman leaves to mourn her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren among other relatives and friends.
“We are facing a very tough final because Kariobangi Sharks is a good team and we watched them play their semi-final. But our ambition remains the same; we have to go and try to win something. There are no two ways about it. When I came into the team that was the target I had,” Matano told Capital Sport.Having missed the 2016 title with Ulinzi Stars who lost 0-1 in the final to Tusker FC, Matano has a personal drive as he gears his side into the final, hoping he can add shield glory to an already decorated feather he has.“It has been tough to come up but one thing about the team is that we have been improving daily. Definitely we can’t be at 100 per cent but the far we have come is because of the hard work we have put in,” the tactician added.He has also lauded his players for braving the storm, winning their semi against Vihiga in playing their fifth match within 10 days.-Muluya happy with Sharks’ season-Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya says he is overly impressed with the performance of his squad in their debut season in top flight football. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, his Kariobangi Sharks counterpart William Muluya is enticed by the possibility of his side playing continental football for the first time in their history as winning the GOtv Shield will guarantee them a ticket to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup.Muluya’s men made it to the final for the first time ever after beating Sony Sugar 2-0 and the coach has now called on his charges to go on and “complete the job.”“As a club we are really delighted with this achievement. Our target was to do better than last year which is to get to the final and achieving it is really great. We have worked hard all through against very tough opponents and now, we need to go in there and complete the job,” Muluya opined.He added; ”On a scale of 1-10, if there was an allowance of scoring above 10, then I would give this team. We have achieved our targets noting that it is our first season in the league and we now only need to finish well.”Sharks have done well this season and apart from making it to the Shield final, they have performed well within their target in the league, currently placed sixth on the standings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Robert matano shouts instructions to his players during their GOtv Shield semi-final match against Vihiga United on September 24, 2017 at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 25 – AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano has urged his charges to give their all and ensure they bag the GOtv Shield title after qualifying for the final with a nervous 1-0 win over Vihiga United on Sunday in Nakuru.Ingwe has endured a tough 2017 season where they have struggled to knit results together in the KPL but in the GOtv Shield, they have a chance to redeem an otherwise hugely under-achieving season.
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA HABRA HEIGHTS – Quicker fire department responses to the west side of this city and nearby unincorporated areas are expected under an automatic aid agreement reached by the city and Los Angeles County. The memorandum of understanding went into effect Sept. 1. “It should really give peace of mind to our residents to know that they not only have our first-class fire and paramedic service, but also have as backup Los Angeles when it’s needed,” City Manager Ron Bates said. Under the agreement, county fire trucks would go to the west side of La Habra Heights, while city firefighters would go to unincorporated areas between the city and La Habra. The county has about 30 of these agreements with other cities, including Santa Fe Springs.
KillybegsRecent rumours of the demise of Killybegs have been greatly exaggerated, according to local councillor Niamh Kennedy.“Far from a failing town, as depicted in some recent reports, this is a thriving community with expanding businesses and industries competing not only nationally but on a global scale.”She added that the claim has been made that 250 jobs have been lost here. “We didn’t lose 250 jobs; these were “potential jobs” depending on a number of recommendations made back in 2011.”Cllr Kennedy outlined where she believes job for the fishing town will be created.The sources of the actions that will deliver the job opportunities are predicated on the resolution of a number of items:The appointment of a Killybegs development co-ordinatorThe harbour management activity committeeThe continuation of an integrated approachFundingLegislative issues, foreshore, planning, commercial buildings.A marine survey office.A Border Inspection Post.Presently, only actions 2 and 3 are in place; the harbour management activity committee (The Harbour Users’ Forum) and the continued integrated approach with local business interests working hand-in-hand with Donegal County Council, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). Government support for the job-creation plan was on a cost-neutral basis. Assurances were provided that various agencies would pro-actively engage to enable relevant initiatives agreed within the scope of the strategy.The 5 key areas for the potential jobs are:Promoting seafood value added activity 130 jobsEnhancing ancillary services 24Developing offshore supports 20Promoting tourism and marine leisure 47Promoting green economy / renewable energy 39“It was noted that additional jobs could be created if collaborative opportunities between various companies could be enhanced and abilities promoted with the support of local government, educational and State agencies. Donegal County Council are actively promoting the ancillary services in their marketing and through Golden Bridges.“It was also noted that upskilling would be required for the 20 jobs in the offshore sector. This is happening through the private sector presently.“In the green economy, it was noted that appropriate marketing was essential with a longer term focus to develop the necessary infrastructure and resources. Donegal County Council are actively promoting this through Golden Bridges and LYIT by training on wind energy. “I would say that the 47 jobs identified within the tourism and marine leisure are on target with the development of an appropriate marine tourism infrastructure along with a co-ordinated marketing strategy.”The construction of the Small Craft Berthing Facility for marine leisure and tourism within Killybegs harbour is well under way at an estimated cost of €1.1m to date from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.The collaborative approach between the Department of Marine, tourism providers, Donegal County Council and the local community has seen a large boost in cruise ship tourism to the port, which would by no means be profitable for the Department of Marine but they acknowledge the economic spin-off throughout the County from these cruise ships.Donegal County Council has had a very large input into the promotion, funding, and marketing of the cruise ship, sailing and other water sports and tourism-based activities through Malin Waters and Sail West promotions. BIM’s Fishery Local Action Group (FLAG) funding has also created a potential tourism event for the future of communities dependent on the fishing industry. The largest publically-funded project in Killybegs is the €55m development of the new pier.The latest initiative from LYIT and Donegal County Council, along with EU funding, will if successful provide for a centre of excellence for seafood, renewable energy and tourism.It must be said that the highest investments in developing Killybegs have come from the private sector. Since the report launch the following can be confirmed:Since 2014, nineteen cruise ships have entered the port of Killybegs, 12 cruise ships are already booked for 2016 and 4 already booked for 2017. This will not only benefit Killybegs but the entire North west, thousands of visitors throughout the season, with this year being the first time for passengers to embark at the port for their holiday.The Bay View Hotel reopened creating 40 jobs. Two coffee shops opened, crafts people from throughout the County came to sell their products at the fairs when cruise ships are in port. These private-sector initiatives have created 50 full-time jobs and a further 10 part-time jobs in Killybegs.14 full time jobs has been created in one seafood business, developing value-added seafood products.The ancillary services sector has never been busier with a number of companies excelling in their fields across the world. I can confirm that, all through private investment on a range of companies I have talked to, the increase in employment since 2012 is 84.So, by private investment an extra 84 jobs have been created in ancillary industries and 60 jobs in tourism since 2012.The Biomarine plant with its potential of 70 jobs would have likely been on the radar within this document. Until the decision is made by An Bord Pleanála for this plant, we cannot comment.The reduction in fish quotas in general along with the migratory pattern in the Boarfish fishery has led to reduced employment in the factories. Without the fish we cannot upgrade our fleet and deliver to our factories to go to market.In 2012, a total of 197,654 tonnes of fish were landed in KillybegsIn 2014, a total of 183,053 tonnes have been landed, the fish landings are down but our employment is up.However, in 2015 we have seen four new boats landing into Killybegs harbour, two major lengthening jobs and one more new vessel for 2016.One Killybegs business man has stated: “Killybegs has never been busier”.“I believe there is no need for any more negativity,” added Cllr Kennedy.KILLYBEGS IS FAR FROM FINISHED CLAIMS LOCAL COUNCILLOR was last modified: November 12th, 2015 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)
It’s more important than ever to signal a message of intent in the summer transfer window.With so much money pumped into the English Premier League, managers are putting together the priciest of wish lists.For those teams competing at the top of the table, they have the tools to go for the biggest names in European football.So who should the Premier League’s title challengers make their marquee signing this summer?Scroll through the gallery above to see who we’ve picked. 6 Arsenal should make Alexandre Lacazette their marquee summer signing – It seems obvious to everyone but Arsene Wenger that a centre forward should be a priority for Arsenal. The Gunners are reliant on Alexis Sanchez, while Olivier Giroud isn’t trusted to be a regular starter. Lacazette, who was in huge demand last summer, scored 37 goals in all competitions for Lyon and might now be looking to test himself outside of France. Get this deal done, Wenger. 6 6 Manchester United should make Antoine Griezmann their marquee summer signing – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at who has been selected for each of the Premier League’s title-challenging teams – A day doesn’t go by without Griezmann and Manchester United said or written in the same sentence. It has to be this summer that the Red Devils make their move. The Frenchman recently stated that Atletico’s transfer ban would will see him reject any exit, but that shouldnt deter Jose Mourinho from offering the most lucrative of deals. 6 6 6 Manchester City should make Alexis Sanchez their marquee summer signing – Despite Arsene Wenger insisting Sanchez is going nowhere this summer, no new deal has been signed. The Chilean will be out of contract at the end of next season, which has left Arsenal in a difficult situation. Hes been outstanding and when it comes to the Gunners, a transfer to a title rival cannot be ruled out. Hed walk straight into Pep Guardiolas team. Tottenham Hotspur should make Thomas Lemar their marquee summer signing – Spurs must act in this summers transfer window. They were Chelseas closest challengers to the Premier League title, but are still not considered genuine rivals for the trophy. They have been too tame in the market and need to change that. Versatile midfielder Lemar is a wanted man, and could be the missing spark in Tottenhams attack. He contributed 19 goals to Monaco last season, scoring nine and assisting 10. Rumour has it though, that hes interested in a move to Arsenal. Liverpool should make Virgil van Dijk their marquee summer signing – There are few complaints over Liverpool’s attack, but their defence is an entirely different story. Strengthening the back four should be a priority for Jurgen Klopp this summer, particularly as they look to return to the Champions League with qualification in August. Van Dijk is the most wanted centre back in the Premier League right now, and there will be major bragging rights for whoever seals his signature. Chelsea should make Alvaro Morata their marquee summer signing – Either replacing or bringing in competition for Diego Costa will be at the top of Contes to-do list over the summer. Morata has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, and in an interview with The Guardian back in April, revealed his admiration for Conte. He was Real Madrid’s second-highest top scorer for the season after Cristiano Ronaldo and, to many, would be a superior signing to reported target Romelu Lukaku.
1. Frogner, Mia/Hollebeck, Tiffany (SIUE) def. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) 6-3 3. Aranda, Lexi/Steffes, Morgan (SIUE) def. Kozlowski, Alex/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 6-0 The Bulldogs found a bright spot at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.Herder won in straight sets to give Drake its first point, defeating Mia Frogner 6-2, 7-5 at No. 2. Brills recorded the matches’ final point by beating Lexi Aranda 6-4, 6-4. Tess Herder and Kenya Williams gave Drake a chance to win the double point after a dominating 6-1 victory at No. 2 doubles. But the Cougars came away with the doubles point as Mia Frogner and Tiffany Hollebeck secured the point with a 6-3 win over Summer Brills and Joely Lomas at No. 1 doubles. SIUE 5, Drake 2Jan. 22, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center) Match Notes 2. Herder, Tess/Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Tupper, Lara/Link, Ann-Christine (SIUE) 6-1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,4,3,5,2,1) 1. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Aranda, Lexi (SIUE) 6-4, 6-4 4. Hollebeck, Tiffany (SIUE) def. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) 6-1, 6-2 Drake 0-1 SIUE 1-0 6. Adams, Callaghan (SIUE) def. No player (DU) Won by default DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team fell to SIUE, 5-2, in the Bulldogs’ season opener on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Doubles competition Box Score Print Friendly Version 2. Herder, Tess (DU) def. Frogner, Mia (SIUE) 6-2, 7-5 Singles competition Story Links 3. Steffes, Morgan (SIUE) def. Williams, Kenya (DU) 6-4, 6-1 5. Tupper, Lara (SIUE) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Feb. 4 when they host South Dakota.
The Donegal Rás team are continuing to perform well on day three of the An Post Rás around Ireland. The team are currently embarking on the gruelling 154 km trek from Lisdoonvarna to Charleville.The team were dealt a blow on day-one of the eight-day event when rider Mark McClure had to pull out of the tour due to illness. Despite that setback the team have performed admirably in his absence, and Ronan McLaughlin took the prize of first county rider over the line on the first day.Earlier this week, all tracks led to the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Sunday as the Donegal Rás team cycled into Buncrana. They were in town to announce the Inishowen Gateway Hotel as the team’s official sponsor for 2014.With the Giro D’italia now finished up, attentions have focused on the An Post Rás, the annual, eight-day, stage race around Ireland on which the Donegal team are on day-three of. The race is Ireland’s number one cycling event,and the epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since.It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide.The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite, international calendar.The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals. Hoping to win big at this year’s Rás will be the all new Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel, made up of 5 talented Donegal cyclists – former Irish Hill climb Champion Ronan Mc Laughlin, former Donegal Time Trial Champion Conor Mc Ilwaine, reigning Donegal Time Trial Champion Rory Devlin, Donegal Veterans Champion Damian Lagan. First time national competitor Mark McClure pulled out on day-one due to illness.The team are managed by Chris McElhinney.Rena Doherty from the Inishowen Gateway told Donegal Daily, “We are delighted to be sponsoring Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel and we would like to wish the team the best of luck and hopefully victory will be brought back to Donegal. The team will be joined by the Gateway Girls, Aine Gleeson and Shareen Doherty,who will Tweet and Facebook live from the road to provide realtime information from the race to keep Donegal supporters up to date with the efforts of Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel, the official Donegal team. To stay connected with the team, the Inishowen Gateway Hotel invite you to like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.These pages will feature competitions and provide followers the chance of win exclusive race merchandise.This year’s Rás covers 1260 kilometres over eight stages with 36 categorised climbs, beginning in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Roscommon, Lisdoonvarna, Charleville, Cahirciveen, Clonakilty, Carrick on Suir, Baltinglass and finally Skerries.Can Team Inishowen Gateway Hotel win big at this year’s An Post Rás? It’s looking positive if the team motto is anything to go by – “AYE WE CAN”!!DAY THREE- DONEGAL RÁS TEAM EN-ROUTE FROM LISDOONVARNA TO CHARLEVILLE was last modified: May 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:An Post RásCycliny eventdonegalFeaturesIrelandnewsSport
POLITICS: Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue says he is dismayed by reports that insurance companies are hiking motor insurance premiums for volunteers who provide life-saving first aid in their communities.Deputy McConalogue made the comments after Aviva introduced a 20% loading fee on motor insurance policies for volunteers operating under the Community First Responder Scheme.“The news that Aviva has decided to hike the insurance policies for volunteer first responders is deplorable. In Ireland, up to 5,000 people die annually from cardiac arrest. Consistent efforts have been made to reduce the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest, and the presence of volunteers operating under this scheme is crucial to achieving this goal,” said Deputy McConalogue. “The scheme is particularly important in counties like Donegal, with a large geographical area, and where first responders can get to the scene of an incident much quicker than an ambulance can. In many situations community first responders are the first people to come to the aid of a person who is suffering chest pain, breathing difficulty, choking, stroke and cardiac arrest. They save lives right across the country on a daily basis.“The move by Aviva to hike motor insurance premiums for first responders will undo all of the good work that has been achieved to date in reducing the number of deaths caused by cardiac arrest. I’ve been contacted by a number of volunteers who have said they are reconsidering their voluntary work following the sharp increase in motor insurance costs. They want to continue providing a valuable voluntary service, but Aviva is making it impossible for them to do so.“This hike in insurance costs will only lead to a reduction in the number of volunteers in towns and villages across Donegal, and could ultimately cost lives. Aviva should reconsider this move, and I’ll be pushing for Fianna Fáil to bring forward proposals to prevent unfair loading on motor premiums for first responder volunteers.”“Insurance hike for ‘first responders’ is deplorable and unjustified” – McConalogue was last modified: September 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)