The last resort for the enactment of a draft law to establish 21 Special Legislative Constituencies for which additional 21 members of the House of Representatives shall be elected, is expected to be itemized in today’s agenda for deliberations, but may not receive full support, the Daily Observer has learnt.Lawmakers who spoke under condition of anonymity, said the Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act violates the Constitution, especially Article 18.Article 18 says: “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, ethnic background, place of origin or political affiliation, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work.”The lawmakers argued that violation of the Constitution would compel a referendum, if the bill should be passed. The Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016 provides 21 additional seats in the House for women, youth and persons living with disabilities.The Senate unanimously passed the “Affirmative Action for Equal Participation and Representation Act of 2016” which was forwarded to the House of Representative for concurrence.In Wednesday’s public hearing, Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell told the 28-member House Joint Committee that the Affirmative Action Bill for equal participation and representation of women in politics, the youth and persons living with disabilities requires the affirmative action legislation to elevate it to a level of equitable representation and participation in the governance process.The House Joint Committee comprised of Gender, Judiciary, Good Governance and Election & Inauguration The Gender Minister reminded the Legislature that Article 5 (a) of the Constitution empowers the Legislature to enact laws that promote the realization of social justice and increase citizens’ access to political and economic participation.“There are international instruments to which Liberia is a signatory and has acceded to for the enactment of affirmative action legislation for the empowerment of women, youth and persons living with disabilities. ECOWAS and AU Protocols, CEDAW, CRPD, the Beijing Declaration, and the African Youth Charter are some of the international instruments supportive of affirmative action as a means of accelerating their participation in politics for adequate representation,” Min. Cassell said.The National Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council, Madam Frances R. Deigh Greaves; the Vice President for the Association of Female Lawyers in Liberia (AFELL), Atty. Nadia S. Kamara; Mr. Daintowon Domah Payebaye, representing the disabled community; and Mr. Amos Williams, Deputy Secretary General for Program at the Federation of Liberian Youths (FLY) are among Civil Society Organization (CSO) members, urging the Legislature to enact the Affirmative Action Bill.The consultant for the Coalition of Caregivers and Advocates for the Elderly in Liberia and the Disabled Community, Mr. Sam Togba Slewion, also recommended that the Affirmative Action Bill should include the representation of older people.The Affirmative Action Bill has suffered many setbacks and has been lingering in the Legislature since 2010, before it was recently passed by the Senate.For the progress made by the Senate, the UN Women held a one-day consultative meeting with the media, the Women Legislative Caucus, Government Ministries, the disabled community and the public to create awareness and engage stakeholders before the bill was presented to the House of Representatives on Thursday.“In 2010, when we brought about the passage of this bill, it was not easy to convince our male counterparts because they thought we were trying to unseat them, but we are over that now because of our regular consultations that made the issue clear to them,” said Senator Jewel H. Taylor of Bong County.Senator Taylor, who also chairs the Women Legislative Caucus, noted that in meetings with women contestants, it was agreed that the elections will be determined on a single majority win. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– as APNU launches LGE campaignOfficially launching its campaign, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on Friday defended itself against questions about its involvement at the Local Government Elections potentially coming at the expense of independents and smaller groups.At a press conference at Congress Place, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, the question was posed as to why large parties like APNU are contesting in certain places instead of leaving it to smaller parties or individuals. But APNU Chairman David Granger was adamant that their party’s involvement does not weaken but rather strengthens democracy.“In conducting countrywide elections, you need an organisation. And that organisation strengthens democracy,” Granger said. “It doesn’t weaken democracy. And organisations are one of the principles laid down in our discussions with other parties. There must be organisation that people shouldn’t feel free to come and go.”“Because the voters must know that year after year, they’ll be able to contact theFrom left: Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, President David Granger, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and Minister of State Joseph Harmonpersons that they’ve elected. So we adhere to the idea of organisation, but we encourage persons who do not belong to APNU but who share our ideals to come and work with us and campaign.”Granger also pointed out that these elections combine the First Past the Post and the Proportional Representation (PR) principles. In light of this, he noted that the population is in favour of a system where the party at the local level can also represent their interests at the national level, be it Cabinet or the National Assembly.Hard workGranger also noted that individual candidates must have the capacity to go door to door and campaign actively. He noted that organisations are therefore necessary because Local Government Elections is “hard work.”“Let me assure you that APNU will do everything possible to fortify grassroots democracy by ensuring that local residents are allowed to play a greater role in managing their own neighbourhoods, villages and towns,” Granger stated.Meanwhile, APNU General Secretary Amna Ally informed the media that the party would be contesting in 76 out of 80 Local Authority Areas. Nomination Day, which will see the introduction of the party candidates, will be on September 21. But according to Ally, the wheels were already in motion in her party’s campaign.“We have begun our preparation some time ago. But we are intensifying this. As you see, we have our campaign managers here. And we are intensifying our preparations, making sure that our legal requirements are in place,” Ally explained.The head table was asked about the number of candidates from APNU’s different parties that would contest the elections. It was explained by Granger that CN Sharma of the Justice For All Party (who was present at the press conference), as well as the other smaller parties, would take part.ElectionsThe elections are slated to be contested on Monday, November 12. It is understood that approximately 62 symbols were submitted to GECOM, though one candidate subsequently withdrew.While APNU contested the election in 2016 joined at the hip with coalition partner Alliance For Change (AFC), things are different this time around. The AFC has already indicated that it will go to the LGE polls on its own.The Cummingsburg Accord the AFC signed with APNU in 2015 has a lifespan of a minimum of three years and maximum of five years, and was focused primarily on the General and Regional Elections.To this end, the AFC had proposed as part of the nine points up for negotiation with its coalition partner that an agreement on LGE be crafted. In fact, the minority coalition partner detailed some of its positions for negotiation in the LGE Accord.The AFC’s National Executive Committee (NEC), after a May 1 meeting, had allowed additional time for the two coalition partners to have a definitive written agreement in the form of a Local Government Elections Accord.
Over 30 health-care professionals attached to the Guyana Medical Mission (GMM), who arrived in Guyana on November 1, are conducting a week of medical outreaches.The Department of Public Information (DPI) stated that the GMM was a group of dedicated medical professionals who travel to the Caribbean and Guyana annually to bring healthcare services to the citizens. The group of 39 health professionals from the GMM in conjunction with the Caribbean Medical Mission, comprises 11Director of Regional Health Services in Region Six, Jevaughn Andrew Stephenmedical doctors along with 18 clinic staff, including professional nurses and assistants, and 10 surgeons.The Mission’s spokesperson, Sharon London, who is also a nurse, disclosed that this year’s outreach is expected to provide services to six communities in Guyana. They will be visiting Liverpool on the Corentyne; Belladrum on the West Coast of Berbice; Mahaica, Buxton, and Enmore on the East Coast of Demerara and Mibicuri.The outreach, which commenced on Saturday, November 3, was hosted at the Mibicuri Cottage Hospital, Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) for the very first time, then moved to the Fyrish Village Health Centre on November 4. The group of medical professionals attended to over 60 patients at the Mibicuri Cottage Hospital and saw over 200 persons from Fyrish and the surrounding communities.According to Doctor Ezema James, one of the medical professionals, most patients were being treated for diabetes, kidney disease, and arthritis. Persons also received blood pressure, cholesterol, and eye tests. The team also provided three months’ worth of free medications for their patients.The Director of Regional Health Services, East Berbice-Corentyne, JevaughnSpokesperson of the Guyana Medical Mission, Sharon London attending to one of the residentsAndrew Stephen noted his satisfaction with the outreaches hosted by GMM. Stephen added all three of the region’s medical theatres were functioning and could accommodate the approximately 50 surgeries scheduled to be conducted by the professional surgeons attached to the medical mission. Several Mibicuri residents expressed their satisfaction with the treatment they received from the GMM.Last year, the Medical Mission attended to approximately 5500 patients and previously conducted approximately 850 successful surgeries.The Guyana Medical Mission was founded in 1996 by six physicians and three nurses, with the aim of treating underprivileged people in the Caribbean. They have made several trips to Guyana over the past decade.According to the head of the Guyana Medical Mission, Dr James Cort, he looks forward each year to dedicating his service to the citizens of Guyana.
“I am going to enjoy this moment and in the next few days I will give an answer to the fans, who have always been at my side,” Ronaldo told BeIN Sports Spain.“It was very nice to be at Real Madrid. In the next few days I will speak.”Ronaldo later admitted his immediate post-match comments had been ill-timed.“It wasn’t the perfect time. I don’t want to take away any credit from what Madrid have done. To win three consecutive Champions Leagues is a unique moment, he added.“Personal situations are not important at this moment.”Ronaldo’s comments appeared to target Real president Florentino Perez for a lack of support.However, Perez hinted he was tired of Ronaldo’s intimations he could leave.It isn’t the first time Ronaldo, who joined Real from Manchester United for a then-world record fee in 2009, has appeared close to the exit door at the Santiago Bernabeu.Over and out? Could Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid with his fifth European Cup © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKYIn 2012 he claimed to be “sad” in Madrid, and, even after securing a first European Cup and La Liga double for Madrid in 59 years last season, Ronaldo was also reportedly looking to leave.Then, it was for what he perceived as a lack of support from the club over an ongoing tax investigation into the management of his image rights from the Spanish authorities.Ronaldo himself said this week of speculation over who might arrive at Real: “They always speak about 50 players and in the end no one comes.”“Here the most important thing is the club, and the most important thing is that we are celebrating this Champions League,” Perez told Antena3.“I am not going to go into the personal situations of any player because, as he himself says, nothing ever happens.”Ronaldo still has three years to run on a lucrative five-year contract signed in 2016.“Cristiano likes to be wanted,” said Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.“He will not find a better place than here. He is our true star, whether he scores goals or not. I don’t know why he has said that, but we respect him.”Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who become the first ever manager to win three consecutive European Cups, said that Ronaldo must stay.“I’m not thinking about that. We are thinking about what we are doing now, about the game, about what we have achieved,” said the Frenchman. “Cristiano has to stay.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League winner’s medal on Saturday © AFP / Paul ELLISKiev, Ukraine, May 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo cast a shadow over Real Madrid’s third consecutive Champions League triumph by suggesting he could have played his last game for the Spanish giants in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Liverpool in Kiev.Ronaldo, 33, has now won five European Cups in all, but failed to score in a fourth final as Gareth Bale was the hero for Real after coming off the bench to score twice.
7 7 Number 7. Those bloody flags! Read below for an explanation, then click the arrows above, right, to see six more reasons why rival fans hate Chelsea – If you’re not a Chelsea supporter, you’ll surely recognise these seven reasons why the Blues are often less than loved. Starting with number seven, those flags! English football supporters have always prided themselves on spontaneous acts of support, so any club to trying to generate atmosphere and spectacle ‘artificially’ is always going to draw scorn. File alongside ‘singing sections’. 7 3. Diego Costa is a dirty player – The heir to Didier Drogba not only as the focal point of Mourinho’s Chelsea attack, but also as an infuriating wind up merchant. But while Drogba enraged thanks to his penchant for falling over far too easily, Costa also indulges in a casual thuggery that too often distracts from his obvious ability. Yes, he’s a good footballer, but Costa’s also a bit of a nob. 7 7 4. Their celebrity fans – Can any club rival Chelsea for annoying celebrity supporters? Check out true Blue Tory George Osborne, above, lapping up the 2012 Champions League win. And he’s probably not the most odious Conservative to back the Blues, considering David Mellor switched allegiance from Fulham to support Chelsea. Away from politicians, former Vicarage Road regular Tim Lovejoy has become the plastic flag bearer of the Premier League era Chelsea fan, while Marmite man himself, Jeremy Clarkson, is Chelsea too. But they all pale by comparison with the fact that Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe has previously admitted to being a Chelsea fan. 6. Success has been bought – Winning attracts jealousy, and since Roman Abramovich started pumping his immense wealth into Chelsea, the Blues have been serial winners, which was never going to sit well with their rivals. In 98 years before Abramovich took over, Chelsea had won eight major trophies. In 12 years since, they’ve won another 12, thanks mostly to his spending. The Blues were on the brink of bankruptcy prior to Abramovich arriving, but he turned them into champions with money that let’s face it was accrued by controversial means following the collapse of the Soviet Union. While millions of ordinary Russians struggled to make ends meet, Roman was cleaning up by getting his hands on vast Russian resources at a knockdown price. Buying Chelsea was, as Simon Jordan once suggested, a “big life insurance policy” for Abramovich, as he sought to stay on the right side of Putin. What a lovely business! 5. Jose Mourinho’s gamesmanship – In terms of silverware, Jose Mourinho is one of the most successful managers in football history, so you have to respect his record. But that doesn’t mean his methods are admirable. Mourinho seems to prize winning above anything else, which is a nice way of saying his tactics on and off the pitch are often aggravating. While his teams will always be more functional than fantastic, the self-appointed ‘Special One’ employs all sorts of diversions to niggle at referees and the opposition. Chelsea’s last 16 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain was the apotheosis of Mourinho’s approach; reducing a game involving world class talents to a farce of foul play. As Jamie Carragher put it, Mourinho’s teams “will always be respected, but never loved”. Chelsea’s Champions League exit against the 10 men of Paris Saint-Germain drew plenty of Schadenfreude from rival fans, but why is it that the West London club attract so much dislike?The number one reason is surely success, but is there more to it than that?Check out the slideshow above and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.DO YOU LOVE CHELSEA? CHECK OUT 15 SIGNS YOU’RE A CHELSEA FAN (BLUES WILL ENJOY THIS PAGE MUCH MORE!) 2. All those players on loan – The loan system is out of control and Chelsea personify this more than any other Premier League club. The Blues have sent 30 PLAYERS on loan this season. That is utterly ridiculous and sums up the imbalance in resources that means clubs outside the elite can only dream of challenging the likes of Chelsea for the title. Yet still John Terry remains the last youth product to become a regular in the first team. The true purpose of Chelsea’s talent stockpile appears to be a clever way of getting round Financial Fair Play (selling players, who’ve shown their capability during loan spells, for a profit), while potentially thwarting their rivals’ ambitions (loan players can’t play against Chelsea, but can help to beat their rivals, as Patrick Bamford proved for Middlesbrough against Man City see picture above). 7 7 1. John Terry – Fill this one in yourself.
Front Row: L- R: Ken Gunning, Daniel Simpson, Ronan OertzenMiddle Row: L-R: Julliete Guichard, Marie Olsson, Killian Weir, Patrick Weis, Gavn McCrea, Jack-Tim Murphy , Back Row: L-R: Kerry Larkin, Nicole Martin, Ann-Marie Smith, Michaela Gaffney, Nis Kaden, Alex McCloy.It was a weekend to remember for the IT Sligo surfing team as they secured the overall team title at the 2016 Intervarsities Championships, held in Strandhill.There were also individual gold medals for two IT Sligo students: Rossnowlagh’s Gavin McCrea, and Strandhill’s Aidan Kelly.The event which was streamed live online, was organised by the National Surfing Association (NSA) in conjunction with IT Sligo, and saw 148 competitors from 18 third level institutions take to the water. “Conditions were very challenging for the surfers,” said Jack-Tim Murphy-Malone, one of the event organisers and President of the IT Surfing Club (pictured).“Our surf club had been working towards this event since the start of the academic year,” said the Recreation & Leisure student, who also runs his own surf school in Curraroe, Co Wexford.“The standard was very high, particularly in the men’s open event – but the atmosphere in the water amongst the competitors was very friendly – and showing the event live online helped capture the imagination of the wider surfing community.”Surfers completed in a team event across five disciplines: the Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Longboard, Bodyboard and Stand Up Paddling (SUP). As well as winning the team prize, two IT Sligo students claimed individual titles. Gavin McCrea from Rossnowlagh, a Fine Art student, took gold in the men’s Longboard while Strandhill’s Aidan Kelly, who’s studying Pharmaceutical Science (online) won the Bodyboard event.This is IT Sligo’s second Intervarsities surfing title, having previously won the event in 2011. ROSSNOWLAGH STUDENT LANDS GOLD AT UNIVERSITY SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: March 7th, 2016 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:IT SligoRossnowlaghstudentssurfers
Caption – Johnny McCollum presenting Letterkenny Athletic Club Chairman Brendan McDaid with a copy of a DVD chronicling the history of the club. Also included are committee members Neily McDaid, Danny McDaid and Bernie Walsh along with juvenile members.The annual presentation night takes place in The Station House Hotel on Friday, September 27th at 8 pm and not Friday, September 20th as previously reported.Tickets are €20 per adult and €10 per child. The DVD of the history of Letterkenny AC will also be launched on the night.The club hosted the Donegal 5K road championship on Sunday and the event was a great success, with 278 taking part. Peter Gibbons was the best of the black and amber vests when finishing in seventh place in 16:32. The race was won by City of Derry’s Conor Bradley in 15:42, with Finn Valley’s Mark Hoy second in 15:45 and Gerard Gallagher, also of Finn Valley, third in 15:48. The senior women’s race was won by Theresa McGloin of Finn Valley in 16:56, with Letterkenny AC’s Fionnuala Diver second in 18:16 and Finn Valley’s Catriona Devine third in 19:03. The next race on the local circuit takes place on Saturay morning when Milford stage a 10K road race. This race has an 11 o’clock start and entry fee is €10.Training for the juveniles has resumed for the new season, with sessions each Tuesday and Thursday at the Danny McDaid Track at the Aura Centre at 6.30 pm. Caption – Johnny McCollum presenting Letterkenny Athletic Club Chairman Brendan McDaid with a copy of a DVD chronicling the history of the club. Also included are committee members Neily McDaid, Danny McDaid and Bernie Walsh along with juvenile members. The DVD will be launched at the club’s annual presentation in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny on Friday, September 27th ATHLETICS – LETTERKENNY AC TO HOST ANNUAL PRESENTATION was last modified: September 20th, 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:Letterkenny AC notes
August 11, 2004Proudly South African will be launching a R2-million media programme to educate the consumer about country-of-origin labels for clothing.The campaign will be launched once legislation for the labelling has been passed. Draft regulations have been published in the Government Gazette by the Department of Trade and Industry. The proposed legislation will have all clothing sold in South Africa carrying a label indicating the country of manufacture.Proudly South African says the responsible or campaign-educated consumer might be more inclined to buy local content when she or he knows where the clothing has been made. It says it hopes that the campaign will increase demand for locally-manufactured clothing, and go some way towards alleviating unemployment in South Africa – particularly in the clothing sector.A Proudly South African label will indicate that the product is made in South Africa, guarantee its quality, and indicate that it has been made with at least 50% local materials.The Proudly South African campaign aims to promote South African companies, products and services and through that to stimulate job creation and economic growth in South Africa.SouthAfrica.info reporter
25 June 2008Indian multinational Tata Communications has announced its intention to acquire a further 30% interest in South Africa’s second landline operator Neotel, from the state-owned enterprises Eskom and Transnet.Upon completion of the transaction, Tata Communications and Tata Africa, both controlled by the Tata Group, will become the major shareholder in Neotel, with an effective 56% stake.“This agreement is subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions precedent, some of which have a period of up to 180 days to be fulfilled,” Tata communications says in a statement this week.The other shareholders of Neotel are Nexus, Communitel and Two Telecom Consortium.Neotel introduced its first consumer offering in April this year, with their NeoConnect bundle which includes 1 000 Neotel to Neotel voice minutes, 50 Neotel to Neotel SMS’s, an email account and free internet access up to 10 gigabytes of data for a monthly charge of R599.The company is also providing the optical fibre backbone for the newly established South African National Research Network (Sanren), and will also operate the local landing station of the majority African-owned Seacom cable that will link southern and eastern Africa with India and Europe.Tata Africa Holdings, situated in Johannesburg, is the company which holds the Tata Group’s interests in 10 countries across the continent, with collective investments of over US$100-million.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Greg Beebe, Beebe Seed Farms, North Bend, NE The group included Greg Hartschuh, Rose Hartschuh, Ashley Weaver, Bill Jordan, Brandie Finney, Caleb Rausch, Candace Lease, Chad Gebhardt, Derek Looker, Emily Rudd, Ethan Hall, Fred Durant, Jason Hartschuh, Jerry Holman, Joel Griffin, Kayle Roe, Kelsie Williams, Kurt Weaver, Luke Dull, Matt Dauch, Matt Reese, Matt Rudd, Nadine Miller, Ron Hurst, Sam Kline, Sara Tallmadge, Tom Miller, Tyler Miller, and Zolton Feldman. We kept finding dead fish that had been left behind from the high flood waters. The hospitality in North Bend was amazing. Wynford FFA members on the trip Digging out fence buried in debris The fence posts were not this short three weeks ago More dead fish Luke Dull from Montgomery County helped cut up trees dropped in fields by the flood so they could be removed. The silt was a couple of feet deep in some places from the flood. We spend a fair amount of time removing dead trees dropped in fields from flood waters. This was taken during the flood. We were working out in the middle of that sea. This the gate after it was cleaned up. The crews stacked up debris to be burnt. The silt from the flood piled up around and then flood water washed out the dirt around the wheels of the pivot irrigation, sinking them a couple of feet below the field’s surface. The silt from the flood piled up around and then flood water washed out the dirt around the wheels of the pivot irrigation, sinking them a couple of feet below the field’s surface. Before the fence was cleaned up The silt from the flood piled up around and then flood water washed out the dirt around the wheels of the pivot irrigation, sinking them a couple of feet below the field’s surface. The water flowed over the streets of North Bend a couple of feet high and swamped basements. unloading supplies Unloading supplies There was up to 10 feet of water in the lower elevations of this photo after 18 inches of snow melted, rains fell and the Platte River flooded. Luke Dull is cleaning debris off fence on the Hines farm. Alex Hines shows how high the water got near his farm. This gravel road washed out completely and has had sand applied to make it functional. Fred Durant, Matt Dauch, and Derek Looker The water flooded into the bottom of this bin causing the beans inside to expand and burst the bin. Photo by Ashley Weaver. One farm lost a significant number of they cattle and they kept track of the survivors with these notes on a feed wagon. Photo by Ashley Weaver. The flowing water twisted these pivots and broke them. Photo by Ashley Weaver. The loss of cattle is an unfortunate reality on many farms in Nebraska as high flood waters tore through pastures and barns. Photo by Nadine Miller.