Power Struggle in the House Is Totally Unconstitutional, Even Treasonable!

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first_imgIt seems that neither Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue and his rebellious cohorts in the House of Representatives nor the Executive branch of government seem to care that due to the impasse in the House the very government of Liberia has become paralyzed.This paralysis, which renders the GOL incapable of doing anything, is due to the fact that GOL has no money to operate or pay anyone anything because of the stifled budget hearings. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee cannot meet to discuss and approve the National Budget 2016/2017 because the Committee is divided.Part of the Committee is headed by the rebel Deputy Speaker, Hans Barchue, while the majority of the membership is headed by House Speaker Alex Tyler, who is supported by the majority of Committee members.The question of who is to blame almost seems irrelevant given the fact that the entire GOL is paralyzed because of the budget hearing impasse and there is no money to run the government, to take care of our national security—the Army, the Police or the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization—or even to run our health services and care for the nation’s sick and dying. This is far more serious than anything else.But what does that matter to the rebel Deputy Speaker, who is so interested in the Speaker’s job that he and his cohorts are prepared to defy the Liberian Constitution to accomplish their aims? The Constitution states that in order to remove the Speaker for any reason there must be a two-thirds majority voting in chambers. The faction headed by the Deputy Speaker and his cohorts has refused to submit to the gavel of the Speaker in order to try this vote; but has rather decided to hold their own session in the Joint Chamber of the Legislature, whose door they first broke down in order to enter. As we said in an earlier Editorial, that was an assault to the Upper Chamber, the Liberian Senate, which jointly shares the Chamber with the House.We call on all who read this Editorial also to read Counselor Tiawan Gongloe’s Op-ed Piece in today’s edition. All must read it, including the Deputy Speaker and his rebellious cohorts. They need to read it to realize that what they are doing is unconstitutional and therefore TREASONABLE. This warning alone should immediately end this stalemate in the House and return to the status quo ante, which means that until he is removed by a two-thirds majority vote, Speaker Alex Tyler is the only constitutional presiding officer in the House of Representatives. No one else! It is most unfortunate that the Executive branch of the government has decided to do business with the rebel faction, which is also a clear violation of the Constitution. Stop playing with fire, we once again caution the Executive. Clearly, the entire government is in crisis. You are talking about the Legislature itself, meaning the Senate and the House, as well as the Executive which, because of its dangerously unconstitutional interference in Legislative matters—more specifically its internal feud, is now embroiled in the self-made budgetary crisis.Alas, even the Judiciary, too, the third branch of government, is also involved because the matter was brought before it by the Speaker seeking protection but the High Court failed to deal forthrightly with it. Why did the Court not take a decisive action to help the first branch in its internal feud? After all, the High Court is the interpreter of the law of the land and it is clear to most people that Deputy Speaker’s faction was—indeed is—in contravention of the law by splitting the House into two instead of following the Constitution and pursuing a two-thirds vote in the House to remove the Speaker for alleged wrongdoing. Alas! the Executive, by its own overweening intervention in matters beyond its constitutional scope, has itself contributed to the legislative crisis that has resulted in this viciously stalled budget hearing process, by which the very Executive has become very seriously embarrassed—and so has the country, the people and even their security. Deputy Speaker Barchue, end your rebellion—you and your cohorts and return to plenary—the one House plenary provided in the Constitution. That is the only way forward.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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first_img28 November 2013Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe emphasised positive developments and untapped potential in South Africa’s mining industry during a working visit to Canada this week during which he engaged intensively with mining executives, investors, bankers and asset managers.During his three-day trip, which ended on Wednesday, Motlanthe also met with members of the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business, visited the Toronto Stock Exchange and paid a courtesy call on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Canada is a major investor in South Africa’s mining industry, and Motlanthe used his trip to encourage further investment, saying in an interview with Mining Weekly Online in Toronto that mining remained central to South Africa’s economy.“Motlanthe affirmed that the industry was still the country’s most significant currency earner and, despite more than a century of intensive exploitation, the industry was but turning over a fresh leaf and poised for significant growth, boosted by newly overhauled mining legislation dealing with inefficiencies, and by lifting domestic beneficiation levels,” Mining Weekly reported on Wednesday.Motlanthe told Mining Weekly that South Africa’s mining industry should not be measured solely by the performance of its gold sector, as there were huge proven unexploited deposits in other sectors, including iron ore, diamonds, manganese, platinum and chrome.On legislation, Motlanthe told miningweekly.com that the upcoming amendments to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act would streamline licence application processes, “shortening the turnaround time for juniors significantly”.At the same time, he said, a great deal of progress had been made in transforming South Africa’s mining labour landscape.“At the moment, we are involved with an all inclusive dialogue, a framework crafted and agreed to by all stakeholders, including organised labour, businesses, affiliated mining houses and government, through which we look at the whole range of archaic practices that serve as irritants today – methods that were previously used to serve the industry very well in terms of securing cheap labour,” he told Mining Weekly.He said there was now wide consensus on how such practices should be reformed.“We are encouraging mines to look into implementing a shorter six-month work cycle, to allow migrant miners to return home more frequently. That is still a work in progress, but we think it will remove many of the social deterrents and irritants of the mining industry.”Addressing members of the Canada-Southern Africa Chamber of Business on Tuesday, Motlanthe described South Africa as a country of contrasts.“On one hand we have sophisticated and advanced systems, such as those within the financial sector and mining sectors. At the same time, we have the part of South Africa that is underdeveloped, unskilled and poorly educated. These are accumulated disabilities that have confronted our country since 1994.”He said the government was directing resources at these social problems “which, once addressed, will help propel the country forward.“South Africa and Canada have a lot in common, and Canada has certain strengths that would be of great help for South African development, particularly in areas such as mining, engineering and education. We aim to strengthen and cement the bonds between our two countries.”Motlanthe was accompanied on his trip by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


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first_imgFive alleged members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) were killed during an encounter with security forces in Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Saturday.Two security personnel also suffered injuries during the exchange of fire. Some reports suggest that seven Maoists were killed, but the security forces could recover only five bodies.“One of the dead Maoists was identified as area secretary of the Maoists’ Malangir area committee,” Chhattisgarh’s Anti Naxal Operations unit said in a statement.The injured sub-inspectors, Dogendra Patro and Sangram Singh, are said to be out of danger.last_img


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first_imgVICTORIA – An expert task force will advise the British Columbia government on how to eliminate medical premiums within four years.Finance Minister Carole James says the panel’s expertise “will ensure the path we take is fiscally responsible, fair and evidence-based” as the government seeks to eliminate “regressive” Medical Service Plan premiums.The task force will be chaired by Prof. Lindsay Tedd, an expert in applied economic research and policy analysis at the University of Victoria.Paul Ramsey, a former NDP cabinet minister for health, environment and education, has also been appointed to the task force along with David Duff, a law professor from the University of British Columbia.The NDP government already announced in its budget plans this fall, which will cut premiums by 50 per cent as of Jan. 1. That would save individuals up to $450 a year and families up to $900.The threshold for households exempt from the premiums was also raised by $2,000, meaning couples with a net income of up to $35,000 and single parents with two children and a net income of up to $32,000 would pay nothing.“People know that MSP premiums are unfair and place significant burden on British Columbian families,” James said Thursday in a news release.The New Democrats had promised ahead of the spring election to get rid of the premium in favour of a progressive tax system similar to other provinces where higher-income earners pay more than middle- or lower-income earners.The move to get rid of the fee was also included in Premier John Horgan’s list of priorities for James after the NDP took power in June.The former Liberal government had also promised to cut premiums in half as of January, but the party said ahead of the election that it wouldn’t ditch the fees within the next three years.The Liberals said eliminating the fee would cost the province $1.7 billion.The Greens want to roll medial premiums into payroll and personal income taxes.The newly appointed task force will consult citizens, businesses and other groups on their views of replacing the premiums and look at health funding models in other provinces to determine an alternative revenue stream that is stable, efficient and simple.Keeping the premiums in place or increasing provincial sales tax are not options the task force is allowed to propose.It is expected to deliver a final report on its findings to the government by March 31.last_img read more


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first_imgCALGARY — A sense of calm comes over Nikki Pike when she’s with her three hens Nugget, Nibble and Noodle.The Calgary woman has had anxiety and depression since she was sexually abused as a girl. Spending time with backyard chickens provided a safe haven during that traumatic time, and the mental link between the birds and peaceful feelings has followed her into adulthood.“When I’m holding them, I’m feeling, I’m smelling, I’m hearing,” she says. “What calms me down is all of those sensory aspects of being with them.”Pike is working to formally register her “girls” as livestock emotional support animals under a new city program. In December 2017, a complaint prompted the city to investigate her backyard chicken coop.“I was worried that somebody was going to come and take them away,” she recalls. “That’s incredibly stressful on top of my already crazy life that involves a lot of anxiety.”Pike urged the city to amend its pet bylaw to allow animals normally found on farms into urban homes for mental-health purposes. Council voted to make the change last fall.Pike is happy the city has recognized her chickens’ importance to her mental health — and that the bylaw takes into account animal welfare and effects on neighbours.Pike’s hens spend most of their time in a heated coop decked out with disco balls, but they come inside at night for cuddles and treats. Her two sons, eight and six, like to read them bedtime stories.Chickens are more affectionate and show more personality than people realize, says Pike.“They will hop up on you and demand snuggles.” To get a permit, an applicant must provide a letter from a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist stating an animal is needed to treat a mental-health condition. Many websites will provide a boilerplate letter for a fee. But Aalika Kohli, a business and policy analyst for the city, says those won’t do.“The process is pretty robust to ensure there are no loopholes.”The city must be satisfied the animal has adequate space and that there’s contact information for a veterinarian who can provide specialized care. An alternate home for the animal must also be lined up.The city has not received any applications since its online portal opened in March, but Kohli says she’s expecting five to 10 a year.She thinks most applications will be for chickens, pot-bellied pigs and miniature horses. Larger animals, like cows, would probably require too much space, but Kohli says each application will be weighed case by case.Strathmore, east of Calgary, is the only other jurisdiction the city found with a similar bylaw. An exception there was made for a family with a pot-bellied pig.  In 2014, Trevor Dahl and his family convinced Strathmore’s town council to allow Chuckles, a pot-bellied pig, into their home.The Dahls had taken in Chuckles as a rescue a few years earlier, but were told he couldn’t stay. Dahl says the pig was a big help to his daughter, then 10, who had been having nightmares after a large fire on their street.“As soon as he started sleeping through the night, she started sleeping through the night, too,” he says.The Dahls have since moved to a more rural area where county officials have no problem with Chuckles and another pig named Fairie as long as they’re not a nuisance.Unlike service animals — such as dogs that help blind people get around — emotional support animals don’t need training.Dahl took Chuckles to be trained in Edmonton anyway to bolster the case before Strathmore’s town council. The course was a breeze for the pig, he says.Dahl believes municipalities should regulate pot-bellied pigs the same as cats or dogs. They’re clean and quiet, but their sharp minds do need to be kept occupied with games and toys to keep them out of trouble.“They are more loyal than a dog. They’re incredibly intelligent. They’re extremely affectionate.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter of the game against Maryland on Nov. 17. Ohio State won 52-51. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State got to Michigan week with a single loss, but in ugly fashion, defeating Maryland 52-51 in overtime in College Park. Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s win against the Terrapins.Dobbins becomes featured backSophomore running back J.K. Dobbins knew he was going to be the featured back against Maryland. Redshirt junior Mike Weber, according to head coach Urban Meyer, suffered a quad bruise during the week, which got worse heading into the game on Saturday.Going in, Dobbins and Weber were trading series, sharing the carries at the top of the depth chart. Even though it has worked in the past, Dobbins said he is more comfortable with being “the guy” in the backfield, saying after the game he is an energetic player that gets in a groove each drive he receives.Ohio State saw that from Dobbins against the Terrapins, recording 203 yards on the ground on 37 carries, the most, he said, he had had since high school, scoring on a 1-yard rush at the end of the second quarter.Dobbins was not by himself in the running game, with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins rushing for 59 yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground.However, with the consistency of Dobbins, Haskins had the opportunity to run an offense that many expected from Ohio State at the beginning of the year: utilizing the option, but with a player who can run for short yardage, but prefers to pass.With Dobbins and Haskins, it looked like the Ohio State offense Meyer wanted to run the whole time.But with a running game that Ohio State has had all year that runs with the 1A and 1B backs at the top of the depth chart, it is not likely, assuming Weber’s return, that this kind of consistency from one back, that amount of a workload, will continue against Michigan.Haskins continues to trust the tight endsHaskins’ main targets in the passing game have not changed much this season. In Ohio State’s 1-point victory over Maryland, redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon recorded six catches for 102 yards while redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin brought in a team-leading 118 yards and a touchdown on four catches.But in the short passing game, Haskins looked to his tight end, sophomore Luke Farrell, for consistent catches. He brought in four catches, tied for second-most on the team, for 44 yards, bringing in one for 19 yards.Farrell’s performance against Maryland tied for his most receptions in a single game this season, bringing in four catches against Purdue on Oct. 20. The 44 yards through the air was also a season high.Redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry was also a major factor against the Terrapins, recording an 11-yard catch on a 4th-and-1 in overtime, leading to a 5-yard touchdown rush by Haskins.For the Ohio State quarterback, tight ends were not the deciding factor in Saturday’s win. But the position, both Farrell and Berry, proved to be Haskins’ security blanket, something that could be effective moving forward.Ohio State defense needs work The Ohio State defense had a day to forget against the Terrapins on Saturday, allowing the most points (52) and the second-most yards (535) it had all season.The offensive success started quickly for Maryland. Reminiscent of the Oregon State game, Maryland redshirt freshman running back Anthony McFarland recorded two touchdown runs, one for 81 yards and the other for 75 in the first quarter, recording 298 yards on 21 carries overall. Now, heading into the Michigan game, the Ohio State defense, allowing 24.6 points per game, is giving up close to 400 yards per game, with opponents averaging 5.9 yards per play and scoring 33 touchdowns against the Buckeyes this season. Defending the ground game, Ohio State is No. 6 in the Big Ten, allowing 161.3 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry. In the passing game, opponents are completing 52.3 percent of passes against the Buckeyes, but averaging 237.4 passing yards per game, No. 10 in the conference. Next week, Ohio State will face a Michigan team that has the No. 4 rushing attack in the Big Ten, averaging 219.2 yards per game, and a passing attack that completes 65.1 percent of passes for 210.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes will have to try and stop the balanced attack of Michigan. But it cannot do it the same way Ohio State tried to stop Maryland on Saturday. read more


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first_imgInter Milan vice-president Javier Zanetti has revealed that Mauro Icardi has “manifested his desire” to remain at the club for next seasonThe Argentine’s impressive performances for the Nerazzurri over the years has gained him many admirers with both Juventus and Real Madrid believed to be among them.Despite Inter having secured their return to the Champions League for next term, Icardi has been strongly linked with a departure this summer to a European giant.The 25-year-old has a reported release clause of €110m in his current deal at Inter.But Zanetti is unconcerned over the speculation over his compatriot’s future and is certain that he wishes to remain at the San Siro.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“It’s disappointing he’s not going to the World Cup, as he has proved he fits in with the Argentina squad,” said Zanetti, according to Goal.“When you have a champion like him in the team, it’s only normal to receive many offers, but Mauro is the captain and a reference point for Inter.“We are happy to have him here and he is happy to be with us. We are not worried by transfer speculation, because he manifested his desire to remain and we in the Champions League, so wish to continue together.“Every time he steps on to the field, he shows how much he cares about Inter.”Icardi scored for Inter in their final day 3-2 victory against rivals Lazio to leapfrog them into fourth place and the final Champions League spot in the Serie A.last_img read more


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first_imgReal Madrid have announced that Alvaro Odriozola has been diagnosed with a grade one abductor injury that rules him out of this week’s UEFA Super CupThe Spanish right-back joined the Champions League holders last month from Real Sociedad and has featured prominently in the club’s pre-season fixtures.While Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid would have been Odriozola’s first competitive outing for Real, he will now have to wait a little longer due to a groin problem.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services on our player Álvaro Odriozola, he has been diagnosed with a grade one injury in the abductor of the right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” read a statement.Meanwhile, Atletico have announced that new signings Nikola Kalinic, Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar and Santiago Arias have all been included into the squad for the encounter in Estonia.last_img read more


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first_imgIn a release from KPBSD, if no one signs up in advance for video testimony, remote participation will be cancelled in that location (Homer Middle School, or Seward Elementary School). Participants must sign up no later than 3:00pm the Friday prior to a Board of Education meeting to guarantee the remote site will be open and staffed. Homer Middle School and Seward Elementary School sites will be open—if there are advance sign ups—starting with the January 14, 2019, school board meeting. For those interested in testifying they can sign up by calling or emailing Debbie Tressler, 907-714-8836 dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula School District Board of Education will open two additional locations for public testimony via video during an upcoming school board meeting. Citizens have four opportunities during a board meeting to address the Board of Education on education related topics:1. Public Presentations (non-agenda items)2. Hearing of Delegations3. Public Comments on Action Items4. Public Presentations (any topic)last_img read more