NEC Issues Writ of Election

first_imgAll is now set for the successful conduct of 2014 Special Senatorial Election, that’s according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).The electoral body at the weekend issued the Writ of Election to the magistrates across the country to go out and conduct the polls.Issuance of the Writ means that resources, logistics and other vital materials needed to stage the process are either on hand or in sight.A Writ of Election is a legal instrument that authorizes election magistrates to proceed with the conduct of elections.At the ceremony in Monrovia, NEC through its Electoral Clerk mandated the 19 Elections Magistrates across the country to conduct a Special Senatorial Election for 15 senatorial seats in Liberia.Madam Antoinette B. Johnson, who is NEC’s Electoral Clerk, instructed the magistrates to hold election on October 14, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in all 15 counties of the country and report to central office with the results, as the electoral law demands.She authorized the magistrates to certify the endorsement of the Writ of Election by submitting to her office, the results of the Election following the completion of the process.Madam Johnson’s action was prompted by previous mandate issued her by NEC Chairman, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, to issue the Writ of Election to the 19 Elections Magistrates.The issuance of the Writ is a requirement of Chapter 4 Sub-section 4.3 of the New Elections Law of 1986.The New Elections Law of 1986 requires the issuance of a Writ of Election not later than 90 days prior to the conduct of an election.Said process should have been issued on May 9, 2014 but was suspended. Sources close to the Commission had hinted to the Daily Observer “lack of resources” to hold the Special Election.With the issuance of the Writ, elections observers believe that the electoral body and national government have resolved the issue of funding for the process amidst budgetary shortfall strangulating the economy.Government attempted borrowing US$10.3 million to fund the process, but up to press time, it is unclear which chamber of the Capitol Building said financial agreement is stock in.Meanwhile, Cllr. Korkoya has directed that the last day for Nomination of Candidates by duly registered political parties, alliances, coalitions and independent candidates shall be the 24th Day of July 2014.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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2nd suspect in biker’s killing arrested

first_imgTwo days after a 22-year-old Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident, who allegedly confessed to the murder of Patrick “White Boy” Fraser was charged, a second suspect has been arrested.The arrest was made when ranks of D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) swooped down on a Westminister, West Bank Demerara (WBD) house on Tuesday.Patrick “White Boy” FraserSome of the items found during the raid on WednesdayAccording to the Police, the ranks were at the time acting on information when they searched the premises and discovered an unlicensed pistol, seven live rounds of ammunition, a small quantity of cannabis, several pieces of electronic gadgets and other items.Three males who were found in the house at time, including the wanted suspect, were arrested and taken into Police custody.Fraser, 23, was gunned down in Norton Street, Bagotstown, EBD, on May 9, 2019.It was reported that the young man, who hailed from Republic Park, EBD, was hanging out with a group of friends during which an argument broke out among them and it was at this time that one of the men whipped out a handgun and discharged two rounds in Fraser’s direction, hitting him to the right side rib and the right upper leg.Meanwhile, the Police stated that although the young man was shot twice, they have only retrieved one .32 spent shell and one warhead. In addition, a pair of slippers and a bloodstained Polo hat were found at the scene.The first accused in the crime, Kevin Rose, made his appearance for the murder before the Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Tuesday morning.It is alleged that the suspects wanted a gun which the biker had in his possession.Rose was subsequently remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on June 4.last_img read more

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Greenidge to meet with Venezuelan counterpart

first_imgBorder controversy…says no ‘penny pinching’ in addressing territorial issuesBy Lakhram BhagiratSlated to make his Budget 2018 presentation on Friday, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge was forced to bring forward his contribution on Wednesday after the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s Special Representative on the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy, Ambassador Dag Halvor Nylander, scheduled a meeting in Antigua for Friday.Greenidge told the National Assembly that the meeting is expected to be much more of an informal level to determine a way forward as it relates to addressing theForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge during his Budget 2018 presentationissue surrounding the disputed territory. He noted that Guyana and Venezuela had to formulate teams to further the negation process and it is those members that are expected to meet.The Foreign Affairs Ministry has been unable to confirm the attendance of the Venezuelan representatives but President Nicholás Maduro is expected to be in Antigua at the same time.The Minister said Guyana’s team consists of 10-14 persons inclusive of persons with international experience in the fields of international and maritime laws along with constitutional laws. He noted that the negotiation process is an expensive one but a vital one since one cannot afford to be “penny-pinching” in defending Guyana’s territorial integrity.He also lauded the Opposition for their contribution to the negotiation process, much to the agreement of his Government colleagues. The Minister noted that while he is not at liberty to get into the nitty gritty of the negotiation process, he can reveal that the talks have so far been focused on proposals, ideas and concerns.Greenidge informed that Nylander has committed to sticking to his word of taking the issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Guyana is relying on the decision by then United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon that the border controversy over the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal, if not resolved by the end of 2017, then the matter would be taken to the ICJ honouring Guyana’s request.In February this year, Norway’s Nylander has been selected to represent Secretary General António Guterres in the Good Offices Process. Nylander had visited Guyana a number of times to hold talks with President David Granger and Foreign Minister Greenidge, among others.Relations between Guyana and Venezuela have worsened ever since oil giant ExxonMobil announced in 2015 that it had found oil in Guyana. Venezuela has staunchly been against oil exploration in Guyana’s Stabroek Block, where ExxonMobil found multiple oil deposits.In fact, Venezuela’s National Assembly had approved an agreement to reject the oil exploration activities in March 2017.Venezuela, with almost 40 times the population of Guyana and a territory that is several times bigger, claimed in 1968 the entire territorial sea of Guyana by means of the Leoni Decree, which has never been withdrawn.In 2015, the Government of Guyana requested then UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to take steps toward resolving the controversy. In 2016, because of a stalemate on the matter, the outgoing Ban Ki-moon agreed with his successor, Guterres, to continue to use the Good Offices Process until the end of 2017 as a means of arriving at a settlement.It is with this intention that Guterres appointed Nylander as an envoy to resolve the border controversy. According to the mandate of the Personal Representative, “If, by the end of 2017, the Secretary General concludes that no significant progress has been made towards arriving at a full agreement for the solution of the controversy, he will choose the International Court of Justice as the next means of settlement, unless the Governments of Guyana and Venezuela jointly request that he refrain from doing so.”Guyana has maintained that the only way to settle the controversy is by way of a juridical settlement at the International Court of Justice. Venezuela’s claim to two-thirds of Guyana has escalated over the years, with various shows of aggression and harassment.last_img read more

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Abdul blasts ‘Idol’ chatter

first_imgPaula Abdul’s spacy behavior on “American Idol” has prompted many to ponder whether there’s a tumbler or two of booze in that red cup on the table in front of her on the Fox talent contest. That’s nonsense, the 44-year-old “Idol” judge tells Us Weekly magazine in its Feb. 16 issue. “I’ve never been drunk. I have never done recreational drugs,” she said. “Just look at my 20-year career. Tell me someone who is into partying or doing drugs that could have done that.” In her five years on “Idol,” Abdul – a singer and a movie, TV and stage choreographer – has weathered criticism about her sometimes odd behavior, which has included slurred and garbled speech, and her not-so-subtle gushing over the show’s young, male singers. “There have been 100 million lies about me,” said Abdul, who has said she’s taken prescription medication for health problems, including inflammatory arthritis. “I’m squeaky clean. I’ve worked my ass off my entire life. (But) being involved in the show causes people to question everything.” Last year, Fox announced that Abdul signed a deal to put up with Simon Cowell – oh, and judge, too – on “Idol” through 2008. “I have never missed a live show,” Abdul noted. “Even when I had surgery on my hand (for an infection caused by a botched manicure in 2004), I left my hospital bed to go to the show.” – Associated Press 160Want 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

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Hotel boycott

first_img– Bill Lyons Santa Clarita Another civil war? It seems to me that the executive branch is engaged in a civil war with the Democratic-controlled legislative branch. President Bush appoints GOP fundraiser Sam Fox ambassador to Belgium without Senate confirmation and castigates House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria even though three Republican congressmen had visited there a short time ago. I wonder what will happen next in this skirmish between the two branches. – Jean Strauber Encino Plastic bag issue Just as in the case of the “shopping cart” issue, I will, again, point to Europe when it comes to the most recent controversy on this side of the Atlantic: the plastic bag. For decades now anyone shopping for groceries or otherwise will either bring a bag – widely practiced – or pay from 20 cents to a dollar. That simple move is the solution to yet another situation Americans find terribly complex. In each case, the levy of a fee makes the difference. It seems that the prospect of such has a soothing effect on a host of social and environmental problems. – Michael E. White Burbank Big oil, big prices Dow Jones’ Market Watch reports that Chevron’s CEO, David O’Reilly received $27 million in stock options last week. O’Reilly also serves as Chevron’s chairman of the Board, which should be monitoring O’Reilly’s performance as CEO. Meanwhile, gasoline prices march steadily toward $4 per gallon, and California drivers must cut back on other expenditures to finance Chevron’s largess. The resultant diminished consumer spending saps energy from the economy. The real question is why our legislators will not loosen Big Oil’s grip on consumer’s wallets. One reason may be the recent junkets to Japan and South America that California legislative leaders have taken with energy officials. – Lloyd A. Dent Studio City Accelerating change This planet has endured numerous global climate changes, but something very unnatural is sneaking up on it. It required many thousands of years to add the first billion people to the population, only 12 years to add the last billion. One year less to add the next billion, and so on. Can resources, environment handle 17.5 billion people devouring the planet by 2018? The warming and population explosion could collide and equal mass starvation. Imagine cities tripling in population. – Ken Garrison Rosamond160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Garcetti’s folly” (Our Opinions, March 25): I applaud City Council President Garcetti’s support of the boycott of the LAX Hilton. Your recent editorial is misinformed. Garcetti recommends that potential hotel customers honor this boycott and avoid any inconvenience and disruption caused by the boycott by choosing from the many other fine hotels in the L.A. area and along Century Boulevard. I recently spoke with an employee who has worked for the LAX Hilton for 22 years. He supports the boycott even though in the short term his earnings could be reduced. I hope the owner of this LAX hotel will agree with the Hilton Corp. and begin to deal with workers in good faith. – Jane Affonso Redondo Beach Bus fare hikes Re “Planned MTA hikes could strand some” (April 3): Why do those like Bonnie and Richard Haviland stew about bus fares? Don’t they realize that approximately 80 percent of the cost of their ride is paid by others? Do they think they are entitled to low fares because they can’t afford to pay the actual cost? This victim mentality has bred unprincipled vote-seeking politicians who reinforce this “poor me” thinking and boldly legislate hundreds of smoke-spewing, nearly empty buses to roam the streets in the name of service. If buses truly add to our quality of life, people will pay full, unsubsidized fares to use them. I think the Havilands and other bus riders should be grateful for the taxpayers’ largess. last_img read more

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Video: Goals in top Euro league – LFC target ready for PL move?

first_imgAlexandre Pato appears to be on the verge of returning to Europe.The forward’s boss, the Corinthians president Robero de Andrade is said to have claimed “Liverpool await,” with a January transfer reported to be on the cards.Pato spent five years at Milan before joining Corinthians in his native Brazil in January 2013. He is currently on loan at Sao Paulo and has 10 league goals this season in 30 games, but rather than play as a central striker, as he had done during his time with Milan, the 26-year-old has been playing wide. “I like to have the ball and run at defenders,” he has said and it is surely a matter of time before we see Pato back in Europe.He has the quality and experience of playing in one of the best leagues on the Continent, winning the Italian title in 2011 and scoring 51 goals in 117 Serie A games.Watch his goals for the Italian side in the video above.last_img read more

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Dutch legend: This Everton player will benefit if Frank de Boer is named boss

first_img1 John Stones is the same type of ball-playing defender that Frank de Boer was at his peak Ronald de Boer believes his brother Frank would be the ideal coach to inspire Everton’s John Stones to reach his potential.For all of his ability in possession, Stones has been criticised this season for some costly lapses in defence.He remains at the centre of a wider debate over whether his footballing instincts should be nurtured or if he should instead be instructed to kick the ball long.Everton’s unreliable defence was a major factor in the team’s struggles that culminated in the sacking of manager Roberto Martinez, creating the managerial vacancy that Frank de Boer – until recently at Ajax – has been linked with.At his peak, the Dutchman was a classy central defender known for his passing ability, essentially similar to Stones.Having played alongside Frank for much of his career, twin brother Ronald knows how he would shape Stones, and is convinced the England international would thrive under him.“Frank was a type like Stones,” said De Boer, 46. “My brother never kicked the ball in the stands: never did it in his life, always trying to have a solution.“Stones is the same and that is why he sometimes makes mistakes but that is also why people like him. Frank can help him to get better, with his 112 caps and so many trophies.“If I see what (Frank) did also already with the youngsters like Kenny Tete and (Jairo) Riedewald at 19 years old, and (Mitchell) Dijks, (Joel) Veltman, all four of them are full internationals.“Frank would never choose a player who’s just defending, he would like to have a guy like Stones. Frank gets crazy if somebody kicks the ball out.”The concern remains that, at a time when the Football Association is trying to encourage a more possession-based style of football and to develop young English players’ technique, the wrong manager would inhibit Stones’ cultured instincts.Ronald de Boer recognises Stones’ talent requires polishing but he is adamant it would be a mistake to change his game, believing he would be more appreciated on the continent.“He has to realise when to take risks or not, but you must never take away his qualities,” he said. “People like him because of what he did. If he now changes his game, he wouldn’t be that special, because he can defend, but what makes him so exciting is that he can play from the back.last_img read more

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North West 10K gets a new chairperson

first_imgThe Northwest 10k Charity Run & Walk Committee has elected Neil Martin as its new Chairperson following the organisation’s 21st AGM in the Mount Errigal last night.The change of chief comes after the decision of James Boyle to step down from the position.Another long serving member Grace Boyle is also retiring along with Patsy and Bridgeen Doherty who had been ever present since the North West 10k committee was formed in 1996. The organization is also seeking a new PRO with Declan Kerr not seeking election for another term in the post. The new committee has now set the wheels in motion to recruit new members and would hope to complete that process in the short term as work on the 21st charity event gets underway next month.Succeeding Neil Martin as new Vice-Chairperson is Nancy McNamee while the remainder of the executive is unchanged with Anne Condon (Treasurer), Brendan McDaid (Assistant-Treasurer and Race Director) and Bernie Brennan and Rosemary Foy (Joint-Secretaries). Re-elected as committee members were Gerry Davenport, Paddy Bond, Neily McDaid, Gerard McGinley, Charlie Kerr and Norman Spratt. The Honorary President is Charlie Kelly.In his address outgoing Chairperson James Boyle said he had enjoyed his time as head of the organization but added it was now time for new members to give the North West 10k a fresh impetus.“There comes a time to allow new blood in and I have every confidence that the North West 10k committee can move forward successfully” Mr Boyle said. New Chairperson Neil Martin paid tribute to the work of those not seeking re-election.“I would like to thank Patsy and Bridgeen Doherty who had been committee members from the start 20 years ago and Grace Boyle who came on board in the early years for their long and distinguished voluntary service which has helped raised nearly €750,000 for 31 very worthy charities. I also want to acknowledge the very good work done by James Boyle as Chairperson and PRO Declan Kerr who are also stepping down tonight” Mr Martin said.In her report to the AGM Treasurer Anne Condon said that since 1996 the North West 10k has raised €744,474 for 31 charities. Last year two charities the Irish Pilgrimage Trust and the Spina Bifida organisation each received €8,627 from the charity race and walk.Applications will open early in the New Year for charities wishing to be beneficiaries from the 21st North West 10k Charity Run & Walk which takes place on Sunday the 30th of April in Letterkenny.North West 10K gets a new chairperson was last modified: December 15th, 2016 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

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DEIS SUCCESS IN DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS – McHUGH

first_imgDeputy Joe McHughDonegal Deputy Joe McHugh has welcomed the announcement from Minister Quinn which shows that DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunities in Schools) is working in primary schools around the country.Commenting on the report’s findings, Deputy Joe McHugh: “I am very pleased to see the findings released today, which show that test scores in DEIS primary schools at all grade levels have increased significantly.“This is something I worked closely on to convince the Minister to retain the DEIS disadvantaged classification and these strong indications of improvement among primary school students demonstrates how important this programme is. “The education system, specifically in Donegal, needs to address the different challenges students and teachers are facing.“As we know, small schools are common in the North West region and this is an issue that many of them face.“There is no question that some schools are going to come under enormous pressure, including some faith-based schools and this administration needs to focus on addressing individual needs and requirements, acknowledging that schools of different sizes and religious faiths face different issues. Investment in education is paramount in getting people into the work place and I believe the continued success of this programme will play a big role in that process.”  DEIS SUCCESS IN DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS – McHUGH was last modified: December 17th, 2013 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:DEIS SUCCESS IN DONEGAL PRIMARY SCHOOLS – McHUGHlast_img read more

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