CRC Report: Citizens Want President, Lawmakers’ Tenures Reduced

first_imgFormer Chief Justice, now head of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, said Liberians have recommended the reduction of the tenures of the president, senators and representatives.She said the recommendation was contained in a statement presented to the CRC recently during the national consultation meeting.The presidential tenure, they said, must be reduced to at most four years; senators to six years and representatives to four years.Regarding the academic and other requirements of presidential and vice presidential contenders, citizens have called for the minimum of a Bachelor’s degree qualification.Cllr. Scott made the disclosure yesterday at the Ministry of Information’s regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.She said the CRC obtained a total of 56,729 suggestions which she described as “commendable” taking into consideration the country’s high illiteracy rate.   “Citizens also suggested that local officials, including county superintendents and district commissioners as well as commissioners at the National Elections Commission (NEC) be elected to avoid the headache a sitting president faces in selecting them,” Counselor Scott said.They recommended that an elected superintendent’s tenure be reduced to at least four years, while the NEC Commissioners should serve for a period of seven years.Cllr. Scott disclosed that the suggestion on the election of NEC Commissioners will help to make them independent in conducting elections in the country.She further reported that citizens also want the election of paramount chiefs and town chiefs, which will be conducted by traditional protocol and other means.”With regards to suggestions from the disabled community, they want a special seat allocated for them in the first branch of government.Cllr. Scott said, “There must be equal representation, that is 50-50 of both genders at all levels of government, elected and appointed and membership into any secret society should be at the age of consent which is 18 years and above.” “In addition to customary and statutory marriages, there shall be marriage by cohabitation and a man and a woman who have lived together for over two years, and who present themselves to the public as husband and wife, and doing all things appertaining except for a legal document, shall be deemed a married couple under the law,” citizens have requested.  “All forms of violence against women and girls should be prohibited, with capital punishment as recommended in the case of rape and sodomy, especially in favor of minor victims,” she said.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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Amelia’s Ward man remanded on armed robbery charge

first_imgCurwin Estwick of Lot 640 South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie was on Tuesday last remanded to prison by Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse on a charge of robbery under arms.Police contend that on March 15 at Bamia, Linden/Soesdyke Highway, while in the company of others and while being armed with a gun, Estwick robbed Michael Williams of three gold-and-diamond finger rings valued $440,000, a gold chain valued $75,000, a gold-and-silver band valued at $80,000, a Samsung Galaxy S8 cellphone valued at $160,000, and $3,000 in cash.The total value of the booty amounted to $758,000.On remand for a previous gun-related charge, Estwick pleaded not guilty to this new charge when it was read to him. The matter has been adjourned to May 22.last_img

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Vietnamese, Mauritian diplomats accredited

first_imgAs Guyana seeks to strengthen ties with its international neighbours, President David Granger has accredited two new diplomats of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the Republic of Mauritius.The Guyanese leader accepted the Letters of Credence from the Vietnamese Ambassador and Mauritian High Commissioner at State House on Main Street, Georgetown.The newly accredited Vietnamese Ambassador, Do Ba Khao, highlighted his country’s own outstanding Gross Domestic Product (GDP) performance over the past three decades, while recognising that Guyana continues to maintain political and economic stability despite external challenges not only in the Region but the world.Nevertheless, the non-resident diplomat noted that this renewed bilateral will see the two countries benefiting from each other in their respective national development.“The Government and people of Vietnam are very pleased with the new step to develop our traditional relationship and cooperation. We would like to further out bilateral relations,” Ambassador Do Ba Khao stated.Delivering remarks, President Granger outlined that both Guyana and Vietnam have identified similar areas such as coast to coast protection, forest protection, bio-diversity cultivation as sustainable development priorities in their environmental strategies.He recognised too that the countries have both adopted the 2020-2030 agenda for Sustainable Development as well as signed the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. To this end, the Guyana Leader underscored the progress Vietnam has made in these areas, saying Guyana in pushing its green economy agenda, looks forward to benefit from its 42-year-old diplomatic relationship with Vietnam.Meanwhile, President Granger in his remarks to the non-resident Mauritian diplomat, Sooroojdev Phokeer, outlined that the adverse effects of climate change pose common challenges to the national development goals of the two countries.On this note, the Head of State pointed to the need for Guyana and Mauritius, as member countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, to continue cooperation within that framework on matters relating to Small States.“Guyana looks forward to consolidating its cooperation with Mauritius… (since it) is moving towards the establishment of a green state; one that will place emphasis on the protection of our environment, on the preservation of our biodiversity, the provision of ecotourism and eco-educational services, and on the promotion of renewal energy and practicable measure to ensure climate adaptation,” the President noted.The Mauritian High Commissioner, on the other hand, said this renewed bi-lateral relations would pave the way for the two countries to achieve common goals as Small States.“Guyana and Mauritius as Small States rely on credible international institutions to realise our economic potential… I have no doubt that the Republic of Mauritius and the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will continue to work hand-in-hand to further our bilateral relations to achieve common goals and objectives,” High Commissioner Phokeer noted.Diplomatic ties between Guyana and Mauritius was established in December 1992.Mauritian High Commissioner to Guyana Sooroojdev Phokeer with President Granger, Minister Harmon and Ambassador Audrey Waddelllast_img read more

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Man United boost! ‘Moving abroad will be good for me’, admits transfer target

first_imgManchester United target Mats Hummels has hinted he could leave Borussia Dortmund.The defender has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford since last summer’s World Cup.And the Germany international has now revealed he could leave the Bundesliga.“Basically, I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well-being,” Hummels told Kicker.“Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga. I’m being open about this because I’m not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club.” 1 Manchester United target Mats Hummels has hinted he could leave Borussia Dortmund last_img

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DONEGAL GARDAÍ ‘WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK’ TO CATCH PAEDOPHILE

first_imgGARDAÍ are ‘working around the clock’ as fears grow over a predatory paedophile targeting schoolchildren in Letterkenny and Buncrana.Parents in other areas of County Donegal are also being warned to be extra careful as the behaviour of the man attempting to lure children into his car over the past eight days is described as ‘dangerous’.“This is highly irregular behaviour even for a sex offender and that is why Gardaí went public with its warning,” said one source. “The fact is that so-called ‘stranger danger’ is extremely rare but also extremely worrying.“The persistence of the attempts is the most frightening aspect of this with several attempts now to lure children into cars in Letterkenny as well as in Bridgend and Buncrana.“The fact that attempted abductions took place in Letterkenny after high profile media warnings over the Inishowen incidents tells us we are dealing with someone who is extremely dangerous and determined to get a child.”Gardaí stepped up patrols around Letterkenny on Tuesday and are expected to have a high profile presence in the coming days. Our previous article is here:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2013/10/08/community-alert-suspected-paedophile-approaching-children-in-letterkenny/Gardaí have issued the following advice to parents:Parents are advised to talk to their children and :1. Encourage children to report to them any occurrences – don’t be afraid.2. Try to get an accurate description of the car if possible the registration number.3. Advise children/teenagers not to walk alone on dark unlit roads.4. Use a taxi / public transport if feasible – don’t take lifts.5. Telephone home and remain in a busy well lit place until parents /family members arrive.6. Report the matter immediately to local District H.Q Station where a 24/7 service is provided i.e Letterkenny,Buncrana,Glenties,Milford,Ballyshannon.  DONEGAL GARDAÍ ‘WORKING AROUND THE CLOCK’ TO CATCH PAEDOPHILE was last modified: October 9th, 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:donegalDonegal DailyGarda Alertletterkennypaedophilelast_img read more

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DONEGAL NURSE RECEIVES HER MBE FROM PRINCE CHARLES

first_imgA nurse from Co Donegal has accepted an MBE from Britain’s Prince Charles on behalf of all multiple sclerosis sufferers and their carers.Nursing consultant Bernadette Porter MBE!Bernadette Porter, who is originally form Raphoe, was given her award at Buckingham Palace.Ms Porter has pioneered projects to help thousands of patients at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. She was the first nurse in the NHS to be appointed a multiple sclerosis nurse consultant in 2003 after working at Dublin’s Richmond Hospital in the 1980s.Bernadette, who has worked at the NHNN for nearly 25 years, said: “It was such a surprise for me to receive an award – and such an honour!“I feel very humbled and continually feel inspired by the people I meet who face a challenging disease like MS and live their life with such dignity.”“Around 3,000 people a year use the MS service at UCLH and it’s important to put patients at the centre of all we do. I try to really listen to what patients say about our services, to ensure they fulfil their needs.” One of Ms Porter’s biggest dilemmas before receiving her MBE was what she was going to wear on the day!She developed and spearheaded the use of new technology to give patients with neurological disability more control over their own lives and the care they receive.It included: a telephone triage/advice line staffed by specialist nurses; email advice service for GPs wishing to contact a consultant neurosurgeon and a video clinic linking the neurology team with the patient and local clinical team in the patient’s community.The original ‘NeuroResponse’ pilot in 2009 was supported by UCLH and the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation.Bernadette said: “It has linked up people with MS with expert clinicians and patients tell us it has improved their quality of life by giving them the confidence to manage their condition.” Bernadette also paid tribute to her ‘excellent colleagues.’“I feel privileged to work with them,” said Bernedatte who is a daughter of the late Joe and Kathleen Porter.Bernadette also won recognition at the British Journal of Nursing Awards 2011. She was chosen by a panel of respected judges as one of the top three nurses for clinical excellence and innovation in nursing.DONEGAL NURSE RECEIVES HER MBE FROM PRINCE CHARLES was last modified: February 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bernadette PorterdonegalMBEPrince CharlesRaphoelast_img read more

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Man United now the same price to be relegated as they are to win the title

first_img REVEALED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card BEST OF Latest Football Stories Manchester United are now 250/1 to win the Premier League title – the same price as they are to be relegated.The Red Devils were beaten 3-1 by rivals Man City on Sunday leaving them in eighth place, 12 points off top spot and 12 ahead of 18th placed Cardiff City. Manchester United stars Romelu Lukaku and Juan Mata look dejected. huge blow Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade center_img Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ “I think we are not going to be relegated,” said manager Jose Mourinho after the defeat when he was quizzed about how far they are behind City in the division.It’s not looking good for Man United and the current odds, just 12 games into a campaign, reflect badly on their season so far, even if they have had a recent revival.Oddschecker Spokesman George Elek: “Even the most optimistic Manchester United fan must now accept that a return to the summit of the Premier League is, for this season at least, not going to happen. no dice ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 RANKED REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REPLY “A relegation for the Red Devils is unthinkable, but still only as unlikely as a Mourinho’s men winning the top flight.”last_img read more

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MAJELLA RESTING UP BEFORE SERIOUS SURGERY IN THE COMING WEEKS

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife is having plenty of rest and relaxation before she undergoes serious surgery in the coming weeks.Daniel and MajellaThe singer and his brave wife Majella spent Christmas at home but have spent the last few weeks on sun-kissed Tenerife.But Majella will return to Ireland where she has opted to have a double mastectomy in her bid to overcome breast cancer. Daniel revealed “At the minute Majella and I are in Tenerife and we’ve been here since New Year’s Eve. My holiday is almost coming to an end as next Tuesday we start our UK shows.“We really haven’t been doing much since we got to Tenerife other than relaxing and we have really enjoyed this time together.“I’m glad to say Majella is feeling well at the moment. She will return home on the 4th of February as she is scheduled to have her mastectomy in the coming weeks.“Even though I’m going to be away during this time we are very lucky she has so many people around to support her,” said Daniel. Majella captured the hearts of the Irish public when she had her hair shaved live on the Late Late Show.She managed to raise more than €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society with her brave efforts ahead of her chemotherapy.Daniel has also revealed that his mother Julia has been ill in hospital in Dungloe but is recovering.“My mother is doing well and thank God everything is good with us,” he added. MAJELLA RESTING UP BEFORE SERIOUS SURGERY IN THE COMING WEEKS was last modified: January 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerdaniel o’donnellMajella O’Donnellmasectomylast_img read more

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PLAZA FOR GAZA SHAPING UP TO BE THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN!

first_imgBuncrana man John Cutliffe and a young friend in Gaza.Gaza City may be nearly 3,000 miles away from Buncrana but the tragic events happening there have been brought into sharp focus in our homes daily through our TV screens and social media.Even though many miles separate us we cannot ignore the pain and suffering of the inhabitants of the besieged city, especially innocent civilians, caught up in the deadly struggle between Hamas and the Israeli defence forces.And they don’t come any more innocent than children, hundreds of whom have been killed and many thousands injured from the fierce Israeli onslaught. For several weeks now Buncrana native John Cutliffe has been doing what he can to make life more bearable for the kids being treated in Jerusalem hospitals.His daily posts on social media show how desperate things are for the kids and the shortage of supplies in the hospitals. Musician John decided that in their time of need who better to turn to than the good people of Inishowen and his friends in the entertainment world. So Plaza for Gaza was born!On Saturday, September 6th the Plaza will be rocking to the rafters when bands and performers from near and far will take to the stage to present a musical extravaganza.Everything from jazz to trad to rock to folk will be heard on the night and a few surprises will be in store too! Headline act is the highly acclaimed Honor Heffernan and her band with popular local acts Larry and The Ladyboy’s, Don’t Fear The Natives, Studio 47 dance group, and the Passion Fruit Club DJs. More acts will be confirmed nearer the date but that’s an impressive line-up to be getting on with! All of the performers and organisers are giving their time for free and all proceeds from the night are going directly to the hospitals in Jerusalem. Indeed, Honor Heffernan is also kindly donating the proceeds from sales of her CD on the night to the fund.The money raised will all go to buy much needed equipment, medical supplies, toys and aid for the injured kids many of whom have lost everything. Tickets are on sale in a range of outlets throughout Buncrana and Inishowen or simply pay at the door on the night.An account has been opened in Buncrana Credit Union and all proceeds from Plaza for Gaza will be lodged there. After the big event the money will be electronically transferred to the bank accounts of hospitals in Jerusalem treating sick and injured children.The organisers are appealing for any businesses or individuals out there who want to help or contribute in any way to get in touch either through our Facebook page, Plaza for Gaza or Twitter @plazaforgaza.For example, one salon in Carn has offered to donate their takings on the day to the fund and other businesses have kindly offered items for raffle prizes. All donations and sponsorship will be gladly accepted and acknowledged. Please share our page to spread the word about the upcoming event in the Plaza Buncrana.The organisers are keen to point out that there is no political agenda here and the sole purpose of the event is to raise much-needed funds for innocent children.This is guaranteed to be a great night of music and a brilliant opportunity to make a meaningful and direct impact on the lives of those who have been injured, bereaved or displaced because of the crisis in Gaza.PLAZA FOR GAZA SHAPING UP TO BE THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN! was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAZAJohn CutliffePlaza for Gazalast_img read more

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Women’s Tennis Rolls Past Gustavus Adolphus, 5-1

first_img Print Friendly Version Match Notes Lomas wasted little time at No. 2 singles as she cruised past Baker, 6-1, 6-2. Freshman Alex Kozlowski extended Drake’s lead, 3-0, with a 7-6, 6-3 victory over Lilly Hartman at No. 5 singles. For the second-straight match, Brills secured the match clinching point with her 6-2, 7-5 win over Schulz at No. 1. 3. Williams, Kenya (DU) def. Briana Hartmann (GACW) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) 4. Katie Aney (GACW) def. Jaglarz, Mela (DU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 Singles competition Doubles competition 1. Brills, Summer/Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Michaela Schulz/Ally Baker (GACW) 6-4 The Bulldogs close out their non-conference schedule on Saturday as they host Upper Iowa.center_img The Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point. Summer Brills and Joely Lomas topped Michaela Schulz and Ally Baker, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles, while Kenya Williams and Mela Jaglarz secured the point with a 7-5 win at No. 2. Drake 5, Gustavus Adolphus College 1March 19, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,5,1,4,3) 2. Lomas, Joely (DU) def. Ally Baker (GACW) 6-1, 6-2 1. Brills, Summer (DU) def. Michaela Schulz (GACW) 6-2, 7-5 2. Williams, Kenya/Jaglarz, Mela (DU) def. Cal Carlson/Briana Hartmann (GACW) 7-5 5. Kozlowski, Alex (DU) def. Lilly Hartman (GACW) 7-6, 6-3 DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team rolled past Gustavus Adolphus College, 5-1, on Sunday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.last_img read more

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