House Elects New Speaker

first_imgMembers of the House of Representatives have overwhelmingly elected Margibi County District #5 Representative J. Emmanuel Nuquay as the new Speaker of the 53rd Legislature after over three months of in-house wrangling.Speaker Nuquay has replaced Bomi County District #2 Representative J. Alex Tyler Sr.Rep. Nuquay was unanimously elected by ‘white ballot,’ with the attendance of 50 Representatives.The Speaker’s election was based upon the lifting of the Stay Order placed on it on Monday, October 3, by Justice-in-Chambers, Sie-A-Nyene Gyapay Youh. The Stay Order was petitioned by Montserrado County District #15 Adolph Lawrence.Justice Youh further declined to issue an alternative Writ of Prohibition against the election, from which the deposed Speaker said he was unconstitutionally removed.It may be recalled that the former Speaker was removed by 49 lawmakers, comparable to two-thirds members, through a resolution amid a major row over his criminal indictment relating to bribery as alleged in the Global Witness Report.The resolution referenced Article 49 of the 1986 Constitution and Rule 9.1 of the House’s Rules and Procedures qualifying the Speaker’s removal on Tuesday, September 27, during the 8th Day Extraordinary Sitting.Article 49 of the Constitution says: “The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House” and also Rule 9.1 of the House’s Rules and Procedure states: “The Speaker, Deputy Speaker and other Officers of the House may be removed from office for cause by a resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House.”Chief Clerk Mildred Sayon, the Chief Administrator of the House of Representatives, served as the Chairman of the Election Body, aided by Sergeant-at-Arms Gen. Martin Johnson.Meanwhile, before Justice Youh’s decision yesterday, another lawmaker, Representative Adolph Lawrence, had raised a similar concern against the holding of the election on grounds that it was unconstitutional.Rep. Lawrence’s lead lawyer, Cllr. Cooper Kruah, had argued that the lawmakers’ action to hold the election contradicted Article 49 of the 1986 Constitution.Article 49 states: “The House of Representative shall elect once every six years a Speaker who shall be the presiding officer of that body, a Deputy Speaker, and such other officers as shall ensure the proper functioning of the House. The Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other officers so elected may be removed from office for cause by resolution of a two-thirds majority of the members of the House.”Cllr. Kruah in his argument said Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, who was then next in line, should have been elected as Speaker to complete Tyler’s remaining six years without any election.In counter argument, Cllr. Beyan Howard, who represented the lawmakers pressing for the election, said his clients were not proceeding wrongly to hold the election.Cllr. Howard argued that they acted in line with Rules 10.1 adopted by the House of Representative.Rules 10.1 provides that “When the office of the Speaker shall become vacant by reason of removal, death, resignation, inability or other disabilities the Deputy Speaker shall act as Speaker until a new speaker is elected within Sixty days. And when the Speaker is absent from session, the Deputy Speaker shall act in accordance With Rule 8.1 and 8.2. In the absence of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker such Member of the House as the House may elect for that purpose shall preside. Such member shall be known as ‘Speaker Pro-Tempore.’”Also, article 38 of the 1986 Constitution provides that “Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order and with the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, may expel a member for cause. Each House shall establish its own committees and sub-committees; provided, however, that the committees on revenues and appropriations shall consist of one member from each County. All rules adopted by the Legislature shall conform to the requirements of due process of law laid down in this Constitution.”According to Howard, Rule 47 of the House also provides that “Any member who claimed that their right is violated should subsequently submit a written communication to the Chairman of rules, orders and administration.”Cllr. Howard claimed that Rep. Lawrence failed to take advantage of that provision, but went to the Supreme Court, which was a complete violation of the proceedings at the House.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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For the record

first_imgDue to an editing error, a story Wednesday incorrectly reported that Los Angeles County Administrative Officer David Janssen would get a raise of up to $399,000 in the newly created chief executive officer position created by the Board of Supervisors. In fact, Janssen retired earlier this year and serves under contract while a successor is sought. The pay scale for CEO ranges from $179,865 to $399,925. 160Want 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

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One-woman cleaning crew

first_img“Little stuff like this makes a difference,” she said after finishing her work. McFarland also went to the city with her complaints about the problems with trash on sidewalks and other problems with Uptown. It included a conversation with City Manager Steve Helvey. She wasn’t satisfied. “I called the city manager and he gave me the old razzmatazz,” she said. Helvey said that after their conversation he has had public works employees go to the Alpha Beta site to do some cleaning, but McFarland still isn’t satisfied. “She wanted me to turn Uptown into Disneyland,” he said. “I appreciate her sentiments, but there’s a limit to what we can do.” McFarland said she decided to go public about her effort because of a letter from a R. Rousselle complaining about Uptown Whittier in this newspaper. “When I saw that letter, I realized there were other people who think as I do,” she said. McFarland, who raised four sons and was married for 51 years to the late Lee McFarland, a geologist who founded McFarland Energy Co., said Whittier is important to her. “I want it to be a neat, clean little city,” she said. Her sons include J.C. “Mac,” a member of the Whittier City School Board; Andrew, a resident of Montana; Stuart, who lives in Colorado; and William, still a resident of Whittier. The trash issue isn’t limited to the Alpha Beta site. Merchants also see a problem with sidewalks throughout the Uptown business district, said Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Whittier Uptown Association. “The alleys are OK, the parking lots are OK and the streets are OK, but the sidewalks are the worst,” Trujillo said. “They are in direct need of monthly, if not weekly, care.” Currently they aren’t cleaned, he said. Another problem is the ficus trees that drop berries and stain the sidewalks, Trujillo said. “It makes people feel the business area is run down and in disrepair when most of the shops inside are nicely done and kept up,” he said. Part of the problem is that a former maintenance assessment district lapsed about a year ago, said Nancy Mendez, assistant city manager. The funds that were used to pay for additional cleaning are no longer available. The city still uses it own money to pay for street sweeping, but it only has so much, she said. “There’s a bit of a pull between how much the city can do for a shopping area,” she said. “We don’t clean the sidewalks at the Whittier Town Center, the Quad or Uptown,” Mendez said. “Should the entire city pay for this additional service or it should be a common maintenance charge?” Trujillo responded by saying the streets and sidewalks aren’t private property like Whittier Town Center. They’re public property. It doesn’t help that it’s expensive to clean the sidewalks since the city and even merchants aren’t allowed to just go out and hose them down with water. And just using a broom won’t do much good, Trujillo said. State stormwater rules prevent cities from putting sediment and pollutants into the sewers that run to the ocean, said David Pelser, public works director. Special tools are needed to clean the sidewalks, Trujillo said. The resumption of the assessment district is being studied as well as ways to reduce costs, he said. As for McFarland’s efforts, Trujillo described them as well meaning. “Her intentions are great, but unfortunately it’s barely a drop in the bucket,” he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: Keeping Whittier CleanWHITTIER – Twice a week, Ruth McFarland goes out to the now-closed Alpha Beta site and picks up trash. McFarland isn’t a city employee or a person assigned community service paying her debt to society. She’s an 86-year-old woman who is upset about the lack of cleanliness in the city she’s lived in for the past 53 years. “I feel the street department is negligent in many areas,” McFarland said. “Our sweet old town is in trouble and I want to fix it.” McFarland has been going to that area of Uptown for the past 20-plus years to walk, usually with her dog, Roxanne. A couple of months ago she began noticing trash, particularly around the fence surrounding the former grocery store along Comstock Avenue near Hadley Street. “The westerly winds have blown trash into that fence and it looks terrible,” she said. So she began taking a broom and a bucket. On Thursday, she had a full bucket of trash which she took home with her to throw away. last_img read more

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John Barnes in heated debate over racism at the World Cup in Russia

first_imgJohn Barnes entered a heated debate on talkSPORT on Tuesday night over the potential racial abuse players may face at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.The former England, Liverpool and Watford winger phoned into the Sports Bar to join the discussion and insisted he would ‘never walk off the field’ if he was targeted by fans.Barnes was responding to a suggestion from The Times’ chief football writer Henry Winter that England’s stars should take a stand against FIFA and leave the pitch should they hear racist heckles and chants from the stands at any stage of the competition.“It would be nice, but naive, to think that FIFA will confront any racism at the World Cup with significant sanctions,” Winter wrote in his column on Tuesday.“If England players hear racist abuse, they should shame FIFA, the hosts and the bigots by taking direct action, by leaving the field, even in defiance of the FA’s polite but weak “protocol”.Winter’s remarks formed the basis of a debate hosted by Sports Bar host Jason Cundy and Daily Mirror journalist Darren Lewis on Tuesday night, and Barnes called into the show to have his say.Asked if he would walk off the pitch if he was racially abused by spectators, the 79-capped former Three Lions star said: “Listen, I’m from a different generation – I would never walk off the field.“I would never let and ignorant person affect me in that way.“But obviously times have changed“And it also depends on what you consider racist abuse to be. We know that if you hear a whole stadium booing when a black player gets the ball is that racial abuse? It’s not, because it’s booing and they are well within their rights to boo.“Aren’t you allowed to boo players?“However, that can be construed as racial abuse.“I would say that if I hear one person, I’m not walking off. I would never walk off the pitch, end of story, and I can’t tell the players to walk off.”Barnes also said banning fans who are found to have racially abused players is not the long-term answer to a problem which has plagued football across the world for generations.“Racism exists, education is the only way,” he added.“Just banning people is not the answer because they will always find ways of letting you know they are racist without it being illegal.”Listen to the debate from Tuesday night’s Sports Bar with John Barnes IN FULL abovelast_img read more

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STORM UPDATE: ESB CREWS HAVE JUST 500 HOMES TO GO

first_imgESB emergency crews have fixed power to more than 3,500 homes in the past few hours – with just 500 more to go.The Buncrana area was one of the worst affected areas in Co Donegal with small numbers of black outs in other areas of the county.Anyone who has a fault – and can see this story on a smart phone – should report it to 1850 372 999. The ESB says crews will work right into the night to restore power to last affected homes.  STORM UPDATE: ESB CREWS HAVE JUST 500 HOMES TO GO was last modified: January 3rd, 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:donegal stormESB UPDATElast_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO OF ALL THE FUN AT SEAFEST RATHMULLAN

first_imgDDTV: THEY’RE a hardy bunch in Rathmullan.So no amount of rain was going to hold them back from having a whale of a time at the SeaFest today.The carnival atmosphere could be sampled on land and at sea.And Paul Deeney put together this superb video of Saturday’s activities. We’re told the sun even shone for a time!Sunday’s line-up is below: DDTV: VIDEO OF ALL THE FUN AT SEAFEST RATHMULLAN was last modified: June 24th, 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:DDTV: VIDEO OF ALL THE FUN AT SEAFEST RATHMULLANlast_img read more

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GOVERNMENT HAS LEFT DONEGAL MORTGAGE HOLDERS AT MERCY OF BANKS – MCCONALOGUE

first_img“As interest rates continue to rise the Government has left thousands of borrowers in Donegal at the mercy of banks, despite promises to support those in serious difficulty”, according to Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue.Deputy McConalogue says he is meeting people every day who fear the cost of surviving week-to-week is being put further and further beyond their reach.“The latest increases in variable interest rates by AIB and Bank of Ireland will take even more money out of people’s pockets in the weeks before Christmas. And there is no sign that this Government is prepared to do anything to help. “As a result of this latest interest rate hike, mortgage holders will have to pay an extra €30 a month for every €100,000 borrowed. The fact that the Government refuses to intervene in any meaningful way is unacceptable.“The official mortgage data shows almost 11% of occupied properties are in arrears of 90 days or more. But what’s of huge concern to me is the real lives of the people behind those statistics.“When you look beyond the headline figures you see that by value, more than one in four (27%) residential mortgages is either in arrears or has been restructured already. On top of that, a recent report by Davy stockbrokers revealed that half of all residential mortgages are in negative equity, including the majority of those taken out since the year 2000.The Inishowen Deputy says the real problem with negative equity is that the banks hold all the cards. “If the term on a customer’s fixed interest rate is up the bank can increase the rates, knowing the borrower has no choice because they can’t switch mortgage provider.“Every time the banks increase interest rates they take more money out of people’s pockets, more money out of the economy and actually push those very borrowers closer or into arrears, causing yet more trouble for the banks.“The domestic economy is still in a very weak state and retail sales continue to show a year-on-year decline. How can it be in the best interests of the banks to stop their borrowers from spending in the local economy here in Donegal, helping a local shop in Letterkenny or Buncrana which in all likelihood has loans out from those same banks?,” he said.This Government promised to help borrowers in Donegal but instead what we see every month is more mortgage holders in difficulty and more viable small businesses in the North West unable to get credit from the banks, he claimed.“The bottom line is independent reports hat banks are not lending tin the way they should, and when they are lending they are doing so at punitive interest rates. How long are Fine Gael and Labour going to leave borrowers here in Donegal and across the country at the mercy of banks which are showing no mercy at all?” GOVERNMENT HAS LEFT DONEGAL MORTGAGE HOLDERS AT MERCY OF BANKS – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: October 22nd, 2012 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:banksCharlie McConalogueinterest rateslast_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: LONG TRAFFIC TAILBACKS EXPECTED AFTER THREE VEHICLE COLLISION

first_imgThe scene of the crash a short time ago at the Dry Arch Roundabout.Motorists have been warned about major delays in and out of Letterkenny after a crash at the Dry Arch Roundabout.The accident, between two cars a van towing a trailer, happened just before 4.30pm.It is unclear if anybody has ben seriously hurt in the incident. One of the lanes on the roundabout has been closed to traffic.The emergency services are now at the scene.We will bing you more form this incident as we get it.  BREAKING NEWS: LONG TRAFFIC TAILBACKS EXPECTED AFTER THREE VEHICLE COLLISION was last modified: June 12th, 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:crashdonegalDry Arch Roundaboutletterkennylast_img read more

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New outdoor gym almost completed at Bernard McGlinchey Park

first_imgThe new outdoor gym at the Bernard McGlinchey Park will be opened to the public in the coming weeks,All works are set to be completed by ‘mid April’, Donegal County Council said in response to a question from Councillor Gerry McMonagle at this month’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal District.“It will be opened soon thereafter,” the Council said. Groundworks began earlier this year and a playground contractor arrived on site to install the equipment.Healthy Ireland sanctioned funding of €40,000 for the development, which has been welcomed by Councillors and public alike.New outdoor gym almost completed at Bernard McGlinchey Park was last modified: April 13th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Bernard McGlinchey ParkCouncillor Gerry McMonagleletterkennyLetterkenny Municipal Districtlast_img read more

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Local soccer team closing in on league title

first_imgThe AC Samoa under-16 girls posted a key victory to move them closer to the Gold Division championship this past weekend.The local travel team, featuring girls from Fortuna, Eureka, Arcata and Kneeland, defeated their biggest challengers, American Canyon Vipers, 3-0, to move them one point ahead of the Vipers in the league standings.The two teams meet again in Tracy this weekend in the final game of the season, where a tie will give the Humboldt County club the title.Kalia Yang, Klayre Barre …last_img read more

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