Senate Votes on Dual Citizenship Debate on Thursday

first_img— Banking and Currency Committee retrieves L$35Bn printing reportThe Secretariat of the Senate has been mandated to compile all notes from the day-long debate on Dual Citizenship, which is one of 13 Articles of the 1986 Constitution before the Senate for amendments.According to the Senate plenary vote, the Secretariat report will be submitted to the Senate on Thursday, September 19, 2019 to be voted for approval or rejection by two third of members of that august body.Grand Cape Mount County Senator, H. Varney Sherman, a lawyer by profession, who submitted the report to the Senate plenary presided over by President of the Senate and Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor, underscored the need to give value that once a Liberian, always a Liberian.Montserrado County Senator Abe Darius Dillon, passionately and vehemently pleaded for the passage of the Dual Citizenship, which is under Article 28 of the Liberian Constitution.Like Senator Sherman, Dillion believes that once the blood of Liberia runs in the veins of an individual, such person should not be denied his/her birth right.Although majority of the 23 Senators in attendance at Tuesday’s sitting vowed to vote in favor of the Article, many of them, however will do so with caveats attached.For example, Senator J. Milton Teahjay , of Sinoe County, though supports the proposal on the Dual Citizenship, he promised not to accept any law that supports such person hold offices of President, Vice President, Senator or any elected or appointed governmental positions.Senators Sando Johnson, (Bomi County), Armah Jallah, Gbarpolu County, and Marshall Dennis, Grand Gedeh County, all support the proposal, but with similar caveats of limiting their functions in the areas such as superintendent, Senate, House of Representatives, Finance Minister, Defense, and/or President and Vice President.Based on the passion shown by majority of the Senators, and the patience of the President of the Senate for the hours she spent in presiding, there are indications that the Dual Citizenship proposal will receive the necessary blessings towards referendum.In another development, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency, A. Marshall Dennis, on Tuesday retrieved the submitted report his committee in which the Senate was requested to approve its recommendation for the printing of L$35 billion to replace L$21 billion of the current banknotes in circulations.Dennis’ decision to proffer the motion to return the report back to committee room, was necessitated by a minority report by a member of the Banking and Currency Committee, Oscar Cooper, who argued that due diligence was not done before the report was submitted to Senate plenary for action.Senator Cooper warned that if the printing of the L$35 billion is approved, “I see additional and irrefutable hardship on our people, and we will only have ourselves to blame; if we do not carefully study the various scenarios, we will impose extreme hurt on the Liberian people who are already suffering from the last infusion of L$16 billion.Senator Dennis welcomed Senator Cooper’s decision, and agreed that there was a need for flexibility so that mistakes of the past are not repeated.“We have observed that most of our colleagues still have a lot of lingering concerns on their minds that need answers; Mr. Cooper is quite correct when he said he sent to me that a list of questionnaire for Central Bank response, and since CBL is supposed to be responding to those concerns, at least to allay his apprehensions, it is but necessary that we accept his request to retrieve our report and invite CBL and the Ministry of Finance here,” Senator Dennis said.The CBL Governors and the Minister of Finance are meanwhile, expected to appear before the Banking committee on Thursday, immediately after the Senate’s regular sitting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – The Joint committee is chaired by Senator Varney Sherman.last_img read more

RCMP find items related to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky along the Nelson River

first_imgLast week the RCMP announced they would scall back the search for Schmegelsky and McLeod in Northern Manitoba.  In the next Province, the OPP have been investigating several tips that the pair is now in that Province. So far the OPP have not been able to confirm the tips.Police continue to stress, that if you believe you’ve seen Kam McLeod and Bryer Schemelsky, contact your local police department immediately or 911.  Sightings have been posted to social media before being shared with the RCMP, that has caused delays in the investigation.The last confirmed sighting of the pair was on July 22 in Gillam Manitoba.  The pair are wanted in connection with three homicides in Northern B.C. that all occurred during the week of July 15, 2019. GILLAM, M.B. – The RCMP have found items along the Nelson River that are directly connected to Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky.On August 3, 2019, RCMP located several items on the shoreline, approximately 9 km from where the burnt vehicle was located. RCMP have confirmed that these items are directly linked to the suspects. That same day, a damaged boat was also found along the Nelson River.On Aug 3, several items directly linked to the suspects were found on shoreline, 9km along the Nelson River. RCMP Underwater Recovery Team did not find additional items. Roadblock on PR 290 has been removed, but officers remain in the Gillam area. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 6, 2019- Advertisement -Based on this information, the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) were immediately deployed. On August 4, 2019, URT conducted a thorough underwater search approximately 29 metres around the location where the boat was found. The search did not uncover any additional items linked to the suspects.The roadblock on PR 290 has been removed, but officers remain in the Gillam area.  To ensure the integrity of the investigation, the RCMP will not be releasing any further information about the items.Advertisementlast_img read more

Crystal Palace midfielder returns to Selhurst Park after Ipswich injury hell

first_img1 Jonny Williams in action for Ipswich Crystal Palace midfielder Jonny Williams has had his loan move to Ipswich cut short after an injury plagued season.The talented youngster was due to see out the season with the promotion-chasing Championship side.But a groin problem that sidelined him earlier in the season has returned and put pay to his temporary switchThe Wales international was substituted before half-time while playing for Town’s U21s in the 3-2 defeat to Bristol City on Monday.last_img read more

Boy (6) and Girl (10) awarded €25,000 following car crash

first_imgCOURTS: Two young Donegal siblings have been awarded €25,000 in compensation after they were involved in a hit and run collision in 2011. On July 24th, 2011, the car a Donegal family were travelling in was rear ended, the driver of the other vehicle ‘took off over the border’. It was later established that the driver of that vehicle was an uninsured driver.Counsel for the claimants, Ms Patricia McCollum said an offer of €7,500 was put forward for the younger child, who was two years old at the time of the accident.She said a report from Ms Ann O’Connell, consultant psychologist said that since the accident, the child was nervous while travelling in cars, “in case it would happen again.”She said Ms O’Connell said the child was suffering in the mild range of post traumatic stress disorder.Consultant surgeon Mr Kevin Moran said the child did not suffer any physical injuries, but suffered from general irritability.Ms McCollum said on this basis, an offer of €7,500 was put forward for the now seven-year-old. She added that the child’s father requested a withdrawal of €500, in order to purchase an iPad for the child for school.An offer of €17,350 was made for the older sibling, who was six-years-old at the time of the accident. A report from Mr Moran said the child sustained “direct trauma to the head and chest wall,” and suffered from “significant” psychological problems following the accident, including difficulty sleeping, flashbacks and nightmares.A report from psychologist Mr O’Dwyer said the child now suffered from separation anxiety, sleep disturbance and travel anxiety.A report more recent report from Ms O’Connell said the child suffered from borderline mild to moderate post traumatic stress.Ms McCollum said that the older child, who is now ten-years-old, does not require any equipment for school, but the parents would like to purchase a present.Judge John O’Hagan approved the offer of €7,500 for the six-year-old child, with €500 to be paid out, and the offer of €13,350 for the ten-year-old child, with €500 also to be paid out.Boy (6) and Girl (10) awarded €25,000 following car crash was last modified: July 20th, 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) Tags:Aged 10AGED 6childrencompensationcourtsdonegalJUdge John O’HagannewsPatricia McCollumlast_img read more


first_imgKILLYBEGS soccer star Seamus Coleman missed out an a first Wembley FA Cup Final today after his error lead to the winning goal for Liverpool in today’s semi-final.The Everton dynamo was brought on in the 68th minute six minutes after Suarez had equalised Jelavic’s first half goal.And he was lucky to stay on the pitch, picking up a yellow card for a rash challenge. That was followed by another foul that led to the goal.Seamus was lucky to escape that second caution when he clattered into Gerrard but Liverpool took full advantage.Craig Bellamy, on for Downing, whipped in the 87th-minute free-kick and Carroll flicked in a header.Liverpool could even afford for another substitute Maxi Rodriguez to hit the post from close range as they booked a third appearance at Wembley in three months and kept their season alive. For Everton, however, their priority now will be finishing ahead of their local rivals in the Barclays Premier League, something they have done only once since its inception. HEARTACHE FOR COLEMAN AS ERROR SENDS LIVERPOOL TO FA CUP FINAL was last modified: April 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:HEARTACHE FOR COLEMAN AS ERROR SENDS LIVERPOOL TO FA CUP FINALlast_img read more

Mourinho ‘did nothing wrong’ in celebration to Juve fans – Alan Brazil

first_img Mourinho and Bonucci clashed after Man United’s win over Juventus talkSPORT host Alan Brazil has defended Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and says ‘there was nothing wrong’ with his celebration towards Juventus fans following the Red Devils’ win in Turin.United came back from a goal down to beat the Italian champions in the Champions League on Wednesday night, and the manager got a little carried away after the final whistle. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning volley put Juve ahead but Juan Mata’s fine free-kick four minutes from time pulled the Premier League side level, before Leonardo Bonucci’s late own-goal gave United the win.It was Juventus’ first defeat of the season in all competitions, and their first loss on home soil in the Champions League since 2009. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most Read In Football revealed Mourinho’s full-time celebrations have seen the Portuguese come under fire, after he turned around and cupped his ear to Juventus fans after watching his team complete their stunning comeback.He then squared up to Italian defender Bonucci, before being escorted from the pitch amid a chorus of boos and jeers from the home supporters. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense LATEST BEST OF 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions scrap center_img RANKED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion SORRY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Mourinho gestures towards Juventus fans in Turin Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 🤷‍♂️ Brazil: “I don’t understand why he’s getting so much stick!”🏔️ Murphy: “People are making a mountain out of a molehill.”🗣️ Alan and Danny don’t think Mourinho did anything wrong by cupping his hand to his ear at the Juventus fans last night.Do you agree? 🤔— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 8, 2018 whoops United legend Paul Scholes branded the coach ‘classless’, while others have accused Mourinho of goading the Turin crowd.But Sports Breakfast host Alan Brazil believes he did nothing wrong.Listen to what Big Al and co-host Danny Murphy said about the incident below… gameday cracker last_img read more

Mine blast kills 30 in N.E. China

first_img 160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The official Xinhua News Agency said managers were trying to determine how many miners were still underground. China’s coal mines are the world’s deadliest, with explosions, floods and fires killing thousands of workers each year. Inadequate safety equipment and lax safety rules are often blamed for the accidents. BEIJING – An explosion tore through a coal mine in northeast China, leaving at least 30 miners dead and more than 100 missing, state media reported today. Some 220 miners were underground when the blast occurred late Sunday in Qitaihe, a city in Heilongjiang province, the official China News Service said, citing the local coal mine safety administration. Forty-two miners had been rescued by today, the news agency said. It said the cause of the blast was under investigation. A man who answered the telephone at the coal mine declined to comment to The Associated Press. last_img read more

Mistakes haunt Sharks in record-setting loss

first_imgSAN JOSE — It was the most lopsided home opening loss in Sharks franchise history.Sure felt like it, too.For the second straight game, the Sharks fell behind by two goals in the first period and never recovered in what became an ugly 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center.“Top to bottom, just not NHL level tonight,” Sharks captain Logan Couture said. “Pretty disappointing. Veterans, myself, all the way through the lineup, just not close to NHL level. Disappointing …last_img read more

Malaysia Airlines coming back from the abyss

first_imgMalaysia Airlines was already in deep financial trouble as it entered 2014 and the twin tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 only made things worse.The airline had lost $A1.5 billion since 2011 and the crashes saw its loss for the second quarter ending  June 30 of that fateful year burgeon to almost $A100 million as passengers stayed away. This was the sixth straight quarterly loss for the airline but it was almost double the loss for the corresponding quarter in the previous year.The response of the Malaysian government was to re-nationalise the airline and move it into a new company structure.This saw state-run Khazanah Nasional, which already owned 69.4 per cent of the airline, pay  $A450 million for the remaining 30.6 per cent of the shares and de-list it at the end of 2014.A few months later, an administrator was appointed to oversee the transfer of assets and liabilities from the existing company to a new vehicle, Malaysia Airlines Berhad.Then chief executive Christoph Mueller also set about what he called a “hard reset’’ for an airline he said had been technically bankrupt.In a restructure likened to US Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the airline offered jobs to just 14,000 of its 20,000 staff, sold buildings, shed some planes, reduced the size of aircraft on some routes and cut frequencies on others.The one change the Malaysians resisted, despite forecasts to the contrary,  was to change the name of the national carrier. The airline is now  two-and-a -half years into its recovery and parent company Kahazanah has spent more than RM5 billion($A1.49 billion) of the RM6 billion it set aside for the five-year process.But Khazanah managing director Azman Mokhtar said the recovery was slightly ahead of schedule, cash flow was increasing and suggested the airline could break even next year.His comments came after the carrier’s current chief executive, Peter Bellew, said in October there was no need for extra funding from Khazanah because targets were being met.The restructure has seen significant changes in Malaysia’s fleet and product as it moves to re-focus on growth within  Asia, with China a principal target, and uses codeshare deals with airlines such as Emirates to build its long-haul international are the long-haul Boeing 777 and 747 passenger aircraft and the airline’s fleet of six flagship Airbus A380 super-jumbos are destined to be reconfigured and leased for religious pilgrimages such as the Haj.  There are hints the airline could later this year order 25 widebody jets — either Airbus A330neos or Boeing 787 Dreamliners — to progressively replace its 15 Airbus A330-300s and give it the flexibility for growth.This would be in addition to six long-haul Airbus A350-900s on order as replacements for the A380s on routes such as London. The biggest part of Malaysia’s fleet, its narrowbody aircraft, is also getting an upgrade. The carrier has 25 next generation 737 MAX 8s  on order plus purchase rights on 2, Deliveries start in 2019 and these fuel- efficient aircraft fly further than carrier’s existing fleet of B737-800s and can carry more passengers.But as Bellew noted in an interview with Air Transport World last year, the delivery of the new 737s  will mean more than just the arrival of a new aircraft type.“Malaysia Airlines’ future is now safe and secure,’’ he said “The new aircraft make that a reality for our employees.’’Bellew told reporters at an industry gathering on Tuesday in Hong Kong that a sales and marketing blitz, combined with new inflight menus and product such as lie-flat business seats, had helped bring customers back.Confirming that the airline was meeting key performance goals and was on track to return to profitability in 2018, he said its load factor had averaged 82 per cent in the third quarter and 90 per cent in December.  These sorts of figures look promising in terms the Malaysian government’s aim of eventually relisting the airline on the stock exchange.last_img read more

SA air quality info goes online

first_imgLaunched at the South African Weather Service offices in Pretoria this week, the South African Air Quality Information System (SAAQIS) allows all reporting stations to verify their data and feed it directly into the system. The system will contain the latest updated data of a location, and can give the status of air quality or pollution according to the chosen day and time when checked on the website. South Africans now have easy access to the latest information on air quality and pollution from testing stations around the country, via a new interactive website launched by the Department of Environmental Affairs. “We now have access to all available air quality legislation, progress reports and information on the priority areas,” said Lukey. Currently, there are 95 government air quality monitoring stations, with 42 reporting live to the system. Most of the testing stations are from networks belonging to spheres of government, including those of Mpumalanga province and the metropolitan municipalities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and eThekwini. The department’s National Air Quality Officer, Peter Lukey, said the country can now assess whether its air quality is improving and identify areas where potential air problems exist. The department is in discussions with other parties that conduct air quality testing in the country in order to get them to join the network.center_img “For the first time, we have universal access to tools that facilitate the generation of tailor-made ambient air quality information graphs for decision makers and decision shapers. The website also contains air quality related documents for download, such as government gazettes, legislation, presentations, reports, as well as government projects. 25 March 2010 He said the country would now have universal access to a large and growing portion of South Africa’s ambient air quality data in a useful and understandable format. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more