Can Chief Karwor Resolve Stalemate on Capitol Hill?

first_imgHouse Speaker J. Alex Tyler along with Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, presiding officer of the ‘renegade’ members, including top officials, are expected to face-up in the Traditional Palaver Hut in the headquarters of the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) on 24th Street Sinkor, this morning.The NTCL, under the leadership of Chief Zanzan Karwor, which statutorily promotes unity, good governance, peace, reconciliation and traditional healing, is expected to host members of the divided Lower House in an attempt to break the stalemate on Capitol Hill.Chief Karwor announced the convening of the meeting on Tuesday, August 16, after the Council met the two parties, during which a kola nut of peace and reconciliation was extended.Traditional CouncilLegislation has transformed the composition of the traditional council to provide to it elements of democracy, opened up an opportunity for such councils to achieve cooperative governance and have a strong voice in development matters, including entering into partnership and service-delivery agreements with the government.Many believe that while the country awaits the ruling of the Supreme Court this would be the final bid to break the deadlock in the Lower House.At the end of today’s meeting, many Liberians are hoping that either Speaker Tyler would recuse himself or the renegade lawmakers would be convinced to go in Chambers to use procedural voting to get Tyler to recuse himself.Either of the two means that a parallel session will definitely cease and work on the Expenditure Component of the 2016/2017 Fiscal Budget will resume as well as other normal business at the Legislature.Power of the LegislatureThe beginning of the parallel sessions in the Lower House on Thursday August 11 created a stalemate in the Legislature. According to Article 29 of the Constitution, ‘the Legislative power of the Republic shall be vested in the Legislature which shall consist of two separate Houses.’Parallel SessionsThe emergence of parallel sessions on August 11 saw one group led by Speaker Alex J. Tyler, with the Chief Clerk and the Sergeant-At-Arms in attendance, and the anti-Tyler bloc conducting its own session at the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers.Physically, there have been an increasing number of lawmakers present at the Joint Chambers, while the Tyler side has seen a considerable defection of allies.Tyler is reported to have said that he will not recuse himself or resign as Speaker of the House of Representatives once the call for his recusal or removal is based on what he described as an inducement from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.At a news conference last Thursday evening after another occurrence of parallel sessions by members of the House of Representatives, the Speaker maintained that there is no law in the Liberian Constitution or standing rules of the House of Representatives that calls for recusal.“It is dangerous for our country. Those who claim to be standing on moral grounds are doing the same things they are accusing others of doing. Nobody is going to frighten anyone. We are trying to avoid conflict. All of you know what is obtaining. I know you have to do your job, but that needs to stop,” Speaker Tyler contended.Government BreakdownThe Daily Observer has observed that the Executive has resolved not to recognize either side owing to letters from the anti-Tyler bloc to the Executive as well as the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the Central Bank of Liberia placing a freeze on ‘certain line-items’ on the bank account of the House of Representatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real Madrid’s Luka Modric questioned over alleged false testimony

first_img“My conscience is clear,” the 31-year-old Croatia captain said.“I’m certain that eventually it will be shown that I did not commit any criminal act.”In June the prosecutors opened a probe of Modric whom they suspect of giving false testimony during Mamic’s trial, which is punishable with up to five years in jail.Mamic is accused — along with his brother Zoran Mamic and two others — of abuse of power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than 15 million euros ($16.9 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.Cash was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers.Modric testified in mid-June over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur.From there he joined Real Madrid in 2012.The prosecutors alleged that, when questioned at the tribunal, Modric falsely said he had signed an annex to a contract with Dinamo over conditions for future transfers in July 2004.When questioned during investigations in 2015, Modric said the annex was signed after he joined Tottenham, according to the prosecutors.Another Croatian international, Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, is to appear as witness in September.The 28-year-old is expected to be questioned over his 2010 transfer from Dinamo to French side Lyon.The trial, which opened in April, has attracted huge interest from media and residents of Osijek where it is being held reportedly to avoid Mamic’s influence on judges in the capital Zagreb.Mamic is considered the most powerful man in Croatian football and his connections extend into many spheres of public life.Most Croatian football fans see him as the real boss of the Croatian Football Federation and believe its formal chief Davor Suker is merely Mamic’s puppet.Modric, who grew up as a refugee in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast, is highly popular in Croatia where he has a reputation for modesty.ljv/cw0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Luka Modric © AFP/File / Odd ANDERSENZAGREB, Croatia, Jul 5 – Croatian prosecutors on Wednesday questioned Real Madrid’s Luka Modric over his alleged false testimony at the trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former boss, Zdravko Mamic.“I came here to present my defence and tell the truth as every time so far,” Modric told reporters after the questioning in the eastern town of Osijek, where the trial is being held, the state-run HINA news agency reported.last_img read more


first_imgA COUPLE have appeared in court on dozens of benefit fraud charges.Martin Stokes, who is 25, and his 24-year-old wife Margaret, stood as the charges were put to them at Donegal Circuit Court.Stokes faced 39 charges of dishonestly obtaining benefits in Ballybofey and Letterkenny. His wife faced 20 charges, most of dishonestly obtaining social welfare payments.She also faced a charge of presenting a birth certificate in the name of Lisa Marie Reilly to the department of social protection in order to make a false claim.All the offences date back to 2008 and 2009.Mr Stokes was remanded in custody whilst his wife was released on continued bail.The case was adjourned until July.COUPLE IN COURT ON DOZENS OF BENEFIT FRAUD CHARGES was last modified: March 25th, 2015 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:Ballybofeycashdonegallast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S 2016 campaign starts in Ballybofey tomorrow as Rory Gallagher leads his team into the Dr McKenna Cup clash with Down (TI 2pm).There are some familiar faces in the line-up – and some new ones too.Ciaran Thompson and Hugh McFadden will line out in midfield, while stalwart Frank McGlynn starts in the half-forward line. Throw-in at Mac Cumhaill Park is at 2pm, and the forecast is grand – so why not go along and see Donegal in action for the first time this year. RORY GALLAGHER NAMES HIS FIRST TEAM OF 2016 FOR DR McKENNA CUP CLASH was last modified: January 2nd, 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)last_img read more


first_imgIts springtime and the daffodils are out and we are all starting to feel better – the days and are stretching out in front getting ready for summer.This is a time where we start to take the dogs out for longer walks and in different places which is fabulous and makes us all, including the dogs feel so much better and fitter but please remember that we need to prepare the dogs for the new places with such as a good worming and also flea treatment.Generally a dog should be treated every 6 months for worms. Roundworms and Tapeworms. They are the most common, roundworm being the bigger problem. Roundworms migrate throughout the blood, into the lungs, and are coughed up, and usually re-swallowed. Sometimes the larvae can travel through the liver and brain. You may never ever see these worms, and one day one may come out in the dog’s stool. They can cause bloating, diarrhoea and vomiting. Your dog may stop eating, after passing through a stage of over eating, and always being hungry.Dogs should be discouraged from using the area where kids play, as roundworms are dangerous especially to children. Roundworm eggs can lie dormant in a sandbox for years. Once they enter the child, they can migrate to the child’s liver, lungs eyes or brain and become permanently encysted. This can be dealt with by teaching your dog where to go to the toilet and having a specific place in your garden which will help isolate the possibility of this.There are a few different varieties of Tapeworms. Fleas carry tapeworms, so if your dog has fleas, or had fleas, there is a good chance he could have tapeworms. Standard wormer doesn’t always kill tapeworms, so a stronger wormer is needed.Heartworms live in the heart and large blood vessels. they are about 6 inches long. They are spread by mosquitoes. The tree hole mosquito, which breeds in oak trees, is very good at spreading heartworms. They live in areas where oak trees thrive. If you have oak trees in your area, you most likely live in an area where there are heartworms. Heartworms show no symptoms at all until the disease is very advanced. When symptoms do appear they are the same as the symptoms for congestive heart failure.Sometimes causing  fainting, coughing, difficulty breathing, dull coat, lack of energy, and an enlarged abdomen. Heartworms can be prevented. Dogs should be tested for heart worms, then given a preventive medicine. It is not wise to wait until symptoms appear before treating this dangerous worm. Talk to your Vet!How do you look for fleas? The first thing you need to do is look for flea faeces.  This will be small grains of what appears to be dirt.  If you take this ‘dirt’ and rub it between your fingers with a small amount of water and it turns red you’ve found your proof.This is because flea faeces contain dried blood. The most common place to find it is on “Spot’s” belly, his favourite bed or any area that your pet frequents.   These faeces drop off and stay in recesses.  Look closely and you will find it hiding in the soft under fur of his coat or the deep dark recesses of his pet bed.  This is where the flea favours to lay its eggs because this is a warm fertile area. There are many ways to treat fleas – Flea collars, spot on treatment, powder, oral treatments and shampoos. All very effective and easy to use. If your dog lives in the house, don’t forget to fumigate your home. Wash the bedding and disinfect the area until you know that the fleas are gone! Make sure you also disinfect your yard too! ASK CLARE QUESTIONS IN OUR COMMENT BOX BELOW OR EMAIL INFO@DONEGALDAILY.COM© 2012, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on CLARE BOYLE’S DONEGAL DOG BLOG was last modified: March 4th, 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:PETS: CLARE BOYLE’S DONEGAL DOG BLOGlast_img read more


first_imgIt was yet another fantastic weekend at Voodoo Venue with crowds flocking to have their picture taken with former Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan.Michelle happily posed for pictures throughout the night, and was said to have been extremely friendly with everyone.One club reveller said, “Michelle was so down to earth and friendly, I only got to speak to her briefly but she was so nice. “My other friends had their picture taken with her too and they also said she was really nice and friendly. “I cheekily said to her it’s a pity she didn’t bring her boyfriend Mark Wright with her, and she laughed saying he couldn’t make it.”Every week Donegal Daily and Voodoo Venue run a competition giving one lucky reader a chance to win free champagne and VIP entry for four.If your face is circled above, then you’ve won the prize and you should contact Voodoo Venue on Facebook immediately to claim your prize.VOODOO VENUE PICTURE SPECIAL – CROWDS FLOCK TO SEE SOAP BEAUTY MICHELLE KEEGAN was last modified: August 18th, 2014 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:Entertainmenthome-page featuresMichelle Keegannewspicture specialVoodoo Venuelast_img read more

Burbank police say shooting justified

first_imgBURBANK – After a four-month review, Burbank police officials said an officer acted within department policy when he shot an armed man outside the man’s home. Officer Michael Reyes fired one shot from a shotgun at Daniel Houy , 48, wounding him in the lower back after Houy ignored orders to drop the handgun, pointed it at himself and police, and tried to go inside his house, where his wife and two daughters were, police said. “The officer fired to defend the family so we didn’t end up in a hostage situation or with one of them being harmed,” said Burbank Deputy Chief Larry Koch. Reyes was among several patrol officers who responded June 11 to Houy’s home after his wife called 911, saying he was armed and threatening to shoot her, his daughters and then himself, police said. Houy pleaded no contest to a felony charge of resisting arrest, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years’ probation, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The District Attorney’s Office is continuing its review of the shooting, she said. The 30 guns Houy owned were confiscated and he was forbidden to own any more. In an interview at his home Friday, Houy said he was to blame but that he didn’t deserve to be shot. He said the incident began when his wife snatched away his glass of liquor and began to harangue him over his drinking. He said things went fuzzy fast. “That’s when my mind went woo-hoo,” said Houy, a disabled aerospace worker. Houy said he got a gun from his safe “just to put a scare” in his wife. One of his daughters grabbed the gun out of his hand, so he got another one, went outside and was pacing in the front yard of his Lamar Street home when police arrived. He said he can’t remember what happened next, but said that when he turned to walk inside his home, he was shot. “It knocked me on the ground,” he said. “I didn’t deserve to be shot.” After being treated at the hospital, he served 28 days in jail and was released on a written promise to return to court in January to finish out his term, he said. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want 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

Steve Kerr isn’t buying into the Gregg Popovich retirement theories

first_imgOAKLAND — Last month, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expressed uncertainty when asked about his coaching future beyond this season.“I don’t know the answer,” he told the New York Times.Warriors coach Steve Kerr, one of Popovich’s leading disciples, still believes the 70-year-old Pop has a lot left in the tank.“I don’t get the sense that he’s anywhere close to stepping down,” Kerr said Tuesday. “Then again, I’ve never asked him, but I just know how much he loves coaching.” Kerr played …last_img read more

Air Force goes hi-tech in flight training

first_imgRay Maota The simulator is designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma and certain compatible machines, including the SAAF’s Oryx medium utility helicopter, manufactured by Denel.(Image: Military Factory) The company which operates and maintains the simulator is Sim Aerotraining, a French aviation training company whose Gauteng headquarters will house the machine.(Image: Eurocopter Southern Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Eurocopter Southern Africa+ 27 11 266 2600The first full-motion helicopter flight simulator to arrive in Africa will be used by pilots of the South African Air Force (SAAF) as part of their training programme.Located at aerospace manufacturer Denel’s facility in in Bonaero Park in the east of Johannesburg, the second-hand simulator was acquired by Eurocopter Southern Africa, and was previously used by the Swiss Air Force, originally commissioned there in 1993.Of the approximately 2 500 hours available for use by air forces on the simulator, the SAAF will use 1 000 per year.Eurocopter Southern Africa CEO Fabrice Cagnat said his company is able to provide a diverse range of training programmes by bringing the simulators closer to the pilots who need them for training.“We are confident that the simulator will add significant value, not just in terms of monetary savings for the SAAF, but in real terms, where the object is to save people’s lives.”The simulator is designed to train pilots and flight engineers operating Eurocopter’s AS332 Super Puma and certain compatible machines, including the SAAF’s Oryx medium utility helicopter, manufactured by Denel.With the full-motion version, chopper crews have the chance to hone their skills in all conceivable types of potential emergencies, including some which would be too risky to try with a real helicopter.They can also train as if in mountain and search-and-rescue operations and can use night-vision goggles to make the scenarios as authentic as possible.“Positioning the simulator in Johannesburg, which is easy to get to, is an attractive proposition for all other Super Puma operators,” said Cagnat, adding that the company has noted strong interest from other African countries and further abroad.The company which operates and maintains the simulator is Sim Aerotraining, an international aviation training company whose Gauteng headquarters will house the machine, while Eurocopter focuses on the marketing and sale of the simulator hours.“We could not have done it ourselves in a cost-competitive manner,” said Cagnat, referring to their decision to use Sim for training.Certification for civil use is not yet ready, but Eurocopter is working to achieve this.Improved training programmeThe SAAF currently does not operate the Super Puma, but utilises the locally built and very similar Denel Oryx – which is also developed by Eurocopter. The advantage for the SAAF is that the simulated training will cost 25% less than the actual training using actual aircraft.Up to now South Africa has had to send pilots to Europe to train on simulators there. This meant added budget spent on travel, accommodation and visa costs as well as a stipend for each person and no-show cancellation fees.Acting director for helicopter systems at the SAAF, Colonel Hardus Engelbrecht, said pilots who ordinarily use the Rooivalk and AgustaWestland A109 light utility aircraft will now get the opportunity to train on the simulator.“The current plan is that about 140 pilots and flight engineers will train on the system every year,” he said.SAAF crews need up to 12 hours of emergency training per year, currently all done on real aircraft. The force hopes to reduce these to three hours on the aircraft and nine on the simulator.The acquisition of the technology also coincides with the appointment of the SAAf’s new chief, Major-General Fabian Zimpande Msimang, who starts occupying his position in October.last_img read more

‘I feel good when I help others and see them prosper’

first_imgThato Mokhothu named her company RTT Construction after her children, Refilwe, Tshiamo and Tshego. She is not only building a legacy in the business world but also in the lives of many women through her Phenomenal Women initiative.Thato Mokhothu runs Phenomenal Women, her non-profit organisation, without remuneration and says she enjoys seeing it grow. “It has helped me to feel good about myself by helping others and seeing them prosper.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBloemfontein businesswoman Thato Mokhothu believes that playing a part in the community helps to decrease stress and eases depression.The eldest of her siblings, she saw her mother become depressed following her parents divorce in 2000. Mokhothu had to become the family breadwinner for her siblings, according to the Vie by Envie online magazine.She dropped out of college and started waitressing. But Mokhothu was determined to improve her situation and went on to qualify for the National Home Builders Registration Council Women Empowerment Business Course offered through the Gordon Institute of Business Science.In 2014 she completed a Seda Enterprise Development Programme. Mokhothu also became part of the Cherie Blair Mentorship Programme.Working towards a bigger goalPhenomenal Women focuses on female and youth empowerment, says the founder of RTT Construction, named for her children, Refilwe, Tshiamo and Tshego.Mokhothu set up her non-profit organisation as a network that allowed women to share information and business opportunities. It has a Facebook group of more than 16,000 members.One of the ways Phenomenal Women empowers women and youth is by helping to connect them with possible new clients in other provinces. This allows members of the network to do business with other women in other provinces.“[Working towards making your community a better place] brings people from diverse backgrounds together to work towards a common goal,” says Mokhothu, a Play Your Part ambassador.Other Phenomenal Women initiatives include hosting finance workshops, mentorship opportunities and training in payroll, compliance advice and supplier diversity programmes. Members of the network also do various charity events, such as working with an orphanage in Heidedal, in the Free State.Mokhothu says: “I believe if the majority of people [are] involved in community work, we will be able to decrease poverty, the high rate of unemployment and assist with the economic challenges that affecting our country at the moment.“We cannot rely on the government alone to take care of the community.”Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan talked to Mokhothu.MJ: Where did you get the idea for the NPO?TM: I have always liked to help other people — when I was working for Absa I made sure that I shared available positions with friends and other people.I would also share available tenders, knowing very well that I would be applying for the same tender. In 2013, I started Phenomenal Women, but it was not registered as yet.I had a restaurant and allowed women to showcase their products at the restaurant at no cost. I started to host business workshops and invited key roleplayers such as the South African Revenue Services and the National Youth Development Agency to come to the event at the restaurant.I saw how everyone was benefiting from the workshops. People would, for instance, come to buy shoes and bags, and would also buy a plate and cold drink from me.There were other women’s associations before but they were not active in the Free State. I have been a member of some of them, but I never got to enjoy the benefits of joining.In 2014, I decided to re-launch Phenomenal Woman and register it and run it differently from other existing women’s associations. I also believe in leading by example, which has pushed me to work very hard.MJ: When did you become involved in community work and how have you made it part of your decision-making as a businesswoman?TM: From a young age my father taught me that I needed to give and help other people in order for me to be blessed or to receive more. That’s how I have lived my life.When I was in high school I was the chairperson of the TADA (Teenagers Against Drug Abuse), working together with the police. In my tertiary years, I took care of people with disabilities, visiting them and doing their hair.When I worked at Absa Home Loans, I was the chairperson of the Home Loans corporate social investment [programme] for the Free State. Our project was to renovate a school and turn it into a house of safety for children. It is still going, run by Christian Revival Church.I then adopted a children’s home in Heidedal, where I helped with things such as clothes and food. I celebrated my birthdays with the children and asked people to buy the children presents instead of buying me birthday gifts.In my company I empower other women and youth by giving them construction sub-contracting work. This is to help increase their Construction Industry Development Board levels because I know how difficult it is out there to get someone who will give you a chance in business.MJ: What are your Phenomenal Women highlights?TM: My highlights are the testimonies of women who have achieved their dream. One woman in particular started off as a member of Phenomenal Women and was inspired to follow her dream.She is currently demolishing 650 shacks used as day care centres in the Free State, and is offering them better structures with the help of Letsatsi Power Projects. These centres are also offered nutritious meals.MJ: How important are relationships for an entrepreneur and for someone who wants to make an impact in society?TM: I believe that every relationship is very important. If they know you and know your business ethics, they will listen to you and they will do business with you.When you need help in any corporate social investment projects, they gratefully assist you.MJ: Can you share tips on using social media to talk about what you are doing?TM: I use my social media pages to inspire people to get involved in community life. You need to be consistent. For example, I use social media to promote community involvement campaigns and collaborations.Branding is also very important and I have made sure that my page is full of positive quotes. I also share job opportunities and tenders.I get messages every day from different people who are inspired by my work and who would like to join me or start similar projects that I do in the community.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more