first_imgThe Liberian Senate at its 50th sitting Thursday, August 7, voted by consensus to hold a special extraordinary session today, Friday, beginning at 12 noon to deliberate on the communication from President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, informing that body about her decision to declare a state of emergency in order to adequately address the Ebola epidemic.The issue of the State of Emergency, which was not on the proposed agenda for Thursday’s sitting, was, however, placed there after Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley had informed his colleagues that he and House Speaker Alex Tyler were informed earlier by President Sirleaf about her intention to declare a state of emergency in the wake of the widening spread of the epidemic.“Five days ago, the President called the Speaker and me to inform us of her intention to declare a State of Emergency. After the consultation, the Speaker, the President and I agreed on her declaring a State of Emergency. We have received a communication a few minutes ago on the State of Emergency she declared…”Senator Findley informed his colleagues that the President acted in line with Article 86 (A) & (B) of the Constitution, and that her communication to the Senate was based on Article 88.According to said Article, “The President shall, immediately upon the declaration of a State of Emergency, but not later than seven days thereafter, lay before the Legislature at its regular session or at a specially convened session, the facts and circumstances leading to such declaration.The Legislature shall within seventy-two hours, by joint resolution voted by two-thirds of the membership of each house, decide whether the proclamation of a State of Emergency is justified or whether the measures taken thereunder are appropriate. If the two-thirds vote is not obtained, the State of Emergency automatically shall be revoked.Where the Legislature shall deem it necessary to revoke the State of Emergency or to modify the measures taken thereunder, the President shall act accordingly and immediately carry out the decisions of the Legislature.”Pro Tempore Findley, who called for motion to hold the extraordinary session today, Friday, said it was necessary for all 30 senators to be present for the deliberation, based on the important nature of reasons given for the State of Emergency.There are indications that one of the sticky areas for the senators’ deliberations will center around the free movement of citizens, considering the fact that many Liberians live on what is commonly called hand-to- mouth.Some senators are expected to suggest that instead of restricting the movement of people from one location to another, daily testing centers must be established for those commuting from one location to another, and those found to be suspected as carriers of the Ebola virus must be stopped and quarantined.Majority of the senators, however, are expected to place emphasis on the availability of food in areas that will be quarantined during the period of the State of Emergency.One senator was heard warning his colleagues that if the nutritional condition of people in areas that will be quarantined is not addressed, he fears another crisis would follow after the Ebola. “Ebola is a disease that thrives on poverty.”With few but, rather very important amendments, the State of Emergency is expected to receive overwhelming concurrence.    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNew Welterweight Champion Duncan Wilson says he kept to his game plan in the cage and gave credit for his win to Fivestar trainers and organizers that helped him prepare for the bout.“It went as planned. He felt pretty strong and he was a tough game guy but I handled him on the ground and handled him on the feet. I was really happy. I put a lot of work into this camp more than I ever have,” he explains. “I had a lot of help from a lot of key guys. Darren Robson worked my muay-thai and Paul Rosborough and Justin Donally with Fivestar and my training partner was Brad [Stewart]. It just all came together really well.”The fight for Wilson was his first in the Welterweight weight class at 170 pounds after previously competing at 185 pounds. He says he felt much more comfortable in the new weight class and plans on sticking with it going forward.- Advertisement -“It feels great. It was a lot of extra work but it all came together really well. It feels that much better, that much sweeter to put that extra work in and have it work out and get that title,” he states. “The cut to 170 went well because I put in the work and did everything right. It felt better than I thought it would and this is where I’m going to stay at 170.”Brad Stewart faced his share of obstacles in his Middleweight Title defence against Cody Krahn. A previous injury to his rib was hit making it pop out on his left side. The injury was of concern to the point that the referee temporarily called a stop in the third round to have it looked at but it was determined that Stewart could continue. After the fight he wasn’t concerned about what happened saying it was from a previous injury.“The rib injury wasn’t a big deal because it was an old injury that I had before it was just sticking out a bit and I was told it was just a bunch of cartilage that didn’t heal right,” he admits. “He just happened to hit me in the same spot and it swelled up so I wasn’t too worried about that. He caught me with a couple good shots on the ground. It was a tough fight. My coach said ‘three two’ and I landed the three and two [right hook, straight cross] and he went down.”Advertisement Below are the full results from Fivestar Fight League’s Homecoming:Brad Stewart def. Cody Krahn via KO at 2:45 of Round 3 – Retains the FFL Middleweight TitleDuncan Wilson def. Jonathan Cowan via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 4:03 of Round 2 – Wins the FFL Welterweight TitleShawn Albrecht def. Zach Gait via Submission (Triangle) at 2:15 of Round 1Jared McComb def. Micah Brakefield at 5:00 of Round 1 (Brakefield unable to answer the bell for Round 2)Trevor Lafrancois def. Gary Peck via TKO (Referee Stoppage) at 3:16 of Round 1AmateurDylan Leilke def Grey Patino via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:52 of Round 2Ron Pope def. Jacob Moore via Submission (Key Lock) at 1:23 of Round 1Elysse Stevenson def. Robin Combs via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)Dakota Huard def. Malcolm Clarence via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:32 of Round 2Tate Rawling def. Yorkhander Martinez via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:22 of Round 1Michael Friesen def. Jacob Moore via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)Timber Bigfoot def. Kyle Minault via KO at 1:19 of Round 1Alex Martinez def. Alex Paul via Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:28 of Round 2 Stewart adds that successfully defending his title in his home town was a great feeling and he was happy that he put on a good performance.“It felt so good. I tried not to think about it because I get myself psyched out but once it was all over and I knew I won in front of everybody then it hit me,” he says. “It was almost too much. I just really didn’t want to let anyone down. I wanted to put on a good fight. Win or lose I wanted it to be exciting. Mission accomplished.”On the amateur portion of the card one of the many fighters who had impressive performances was Mike Friesen. Friesen who also owns MC Rehabilitation and Wellness says he was confident in his wrestling skills and it showed with his victory by unanimous decision over Jacob Moore.“It feels fantastic. Honestly I wouldn’t have done it without my coaches. I’m the an athlete that just gets in there but without my coaches. Without the coaches to mold me and my gameplan all of those guys played an intrical part in the win,” he explains. “Going into it I knew I was going to have better wrestling than him. My gameplan was to take it to the ground, ground and pound him, and attempt some submissions. He was really good on his submission defence I was quite impressed but my coaches kept telling me to feed knees.”Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Fort St. John based provincial Oil and Gas Commission has released the findings of its 2009 Archaeology Audit Program.Conducted annually to gauge the effectiveness of archaeological management systems used by the oil and gas industry the report evaluated the peformance of 18 companies operating in the province.The OGC has issued an information bulletin which doesn’t identify them, but does give general results for all but one of them.- Advertisement -It says three were given a “good’ rating for demonstrating proactive and innovative management plans.Another 13 received a “satisfcatory” rating, and one was the recipient of an”opportunity for improvement” rating.The final report is available on the Commission website @ www.ogc.gov.bc.ca.Advertisementlast_img

first_imgJackson sent Andrew Bynum to replace Cook, who returned to the bench without playing a second. Once the quarter ended, Cook blew up during the timeout and Odom had to step in to keep him and Shaw separated. “We talked about it just now after the game and he apologized,” Jackson said. “That’s not in character for Brian to do that but he’s frustrated. He hasn’t been playing in the regular rotation now. There’s some things that’s about that that’s not unnatural.” Ever since Odom returned from a sprained knee ligament, Cook has struggled to find playing time. “Anybody who knows me, they know I’m passionate about the game to the fullest extent,” Cook said. “I practice hard, I play hard, I work hard in the summer. I love my teammates. I’m a team player. I think (Jackson) knows that about me. “I met with him afterwards and we settled it. I told him I didn’t mean to do it. He said that he wants to do what’s best for me. He’s going to use me at the times he wants to use me. That’s what I have to deal with is him using me the way he wants to. “I’ve dealt with it all year. I’ve dealt with it for three years.It’s nothing new for me. I look forward to dealing with it for three more years.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Before the Lakers set out on this eight-game road trip, their longest since December 1989, coach Phil Jackson framed it for his team in terms of bringing them together or tearing them apart. After watching the scene that unfolded on the bench between the third and fourth quarters of Thursday night’s 93-78 loss to the Detroit Pistons, it was hard not to conclude that the Lakers were coming apart at the seams. center_img Already beaten by the Pistons, the Lakers were broken when forward Brian Cook engaged in a furious shouting match with assistant coach Brian Shaw after Jackson removed Cook from the game for a perceived act of insubordination. Jackson called for Cook to check in for Lamar Odom with 1:25 left in the third quarter, then removed him immediately after he believed Cook intentionally deposited his warm-up top in the coach’s lap on his way to the scorer’s table. last_img read more

first_imgA loss against Lionel Messi and company at Wembley would leave Tottenham facing a tough task qualifying for the knockout stages in their remaining four games.It is a perilous situation that leads Tottenham boss Pochettino to recall the day his Espanyol team upset the odds in the Barcelona derby to start his journey to managerial stardom.Pochettino’s three years in charge of Espanyol came after he spent nine years with the club, in two spells as a player.That time in the trenches made Pochettino a favourite son of Espanyol’s fans, giving the Argentine a special affinity for the rivalry with Barca.Given Barcelona’s history and financial might in contrast to the less glamorous Espanyol, it is little surprise Pochettino found it tough to get the better of the superpower from the other side of town.In nine local derbies against Barca, Pochettino’s team managed only one win, with five defeats and three draws.But that lone success remains a touchstone moment for Pochettino.Back in February 2009, Pochettino secured the first win of his managerial career in the most unlikely circumstances as lowly Espanyol stunned Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Barca in the Camp Nou.It was Espanyol’s first victory at the home of their rivals for 27 years and, even now, Pochettino can’t quite believe it happened.“I don’t know how we did it. All the people were saying Espanyol were dead and had no chance,” he said.“It was a special victory and an unbelievable memory.”– Enormous respect –Pochettino’s special relationship with Espanyol has seen him refuse to contemplate the possibility of ever managing Barcelona, even though it would rank as a step up from Tottenham.The 46-year-old believes taking charge at the Camp Nou would be a betrayal of the deep roots he planted during his time in Catalonia.“It motivates me being a periquito (Espanyol’s nickname) and living so many years in Barcelona,” he said in quotes reported by Marca this week.“Going back to the city is always nice and playing against Barcelona, too. It is always motivating.”Asked whether it is certain that he will never manage Barca, he replied: “It’s something that is more than understood.“I have a lot of friends in Barcelona, who are from the Blaugrana and for whom I have enormous respect, but my path, and that of Barcelona, are different, opposite directions, and coaching there would be impossible.”Having enjoyed an impressive Champions League group stage win over Real Madrid last year, Pochettino knows Tottenham are capable of toppling Barca as well.Crucially, they go into the game with Harry Kane back in form after the England striker shrugged off his early-season lethargy to net twice in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Huddersfield.Tottenham haven’t been at their best so far this term, but neither have Barca, with Ernesto Valverde’s side failing to win any of their last three league games.Mauricio Pochettino started his career at Espanyol in January 2009 and soon faced Pep Guardiola and Barcelona in a cup match © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEThey did start their European challenge with a 4-0 drubbing of PSV Eindhoven however and Pochettino admits the long ball style played by Huddersfield at the weekend wasn’t the best preparation for facing smooth-passing Barca.“We are the third or the second team in the Premier League with most possession, but this was a different game,” Pochettino said.“It was a game where the ball was more in the air than on the grass. I think if you were here you realised it was a massive fight between both teams.“We’ll see what happens on Wednesday. I’m sure it will be a completely different game than it was at Huddersfield.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino has reason to be pensive ahead of Tottenham’s clash with Barcelona © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – In dire need of a famous victor to revive his team’s Champions League campaign, Mauricio Pochettino will draw on the memory of the most cherished success of his career when Tottenham host Barcelona on Wednesday.Pochettino’s side can ill afford a damaging defeat against the Spanish champions after conceding two late goals to lose their opening Group B match 2-1 at Inter Milan.last_img read more

first_img1 Sol Bamba New Leeds signing Sol Bamba has revealed he is still working his way towards full fitness.The centre-back joined the Championship club during the January transfer window, arriving on loan from Palermo until the end of the season.And the 30-year-old made an instant impact on his debut as he helped Neil Redfearn’s side to 2-1 victory over Huddersfield.However, the Ivorian insists that the best is yet come as he continues to work his way back to match fitness after appearing just once for Palermo.“I felt OK [against Huddersfeild]. I’m not 100 per cent yet, but I’m getting there,” Bamba told the Leeds official website.“I’m happy that I managed to play 90 minutes, that is very good. I will feel better after each game.”last_img

first_imgHe is the Premier League’s joint-leading English scorer, his eight goals matching Harry Kane’s tally after the weekend games, and is joined by two others on top of the assists table.But Guardiola says his star cannot rest on his laurels and warned Premier League rivals that there is far more to come from the 23-year-old.“He can do better,” said the City boss on Monday. “We are so delighted with what he’s done in three years but he can do better.“He can be more consistent, his first touches, receptions, many things. Definitely — I’ve said many times we are delighted but he can do better.”Guardiola, speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Watford on Tuesday, leapt to the defence of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has faced criticism for his celebrations after his team’s late victory over Everton on Sunday.The German may yet face FA action for sprinting onto the pitch but Guardiola, who was similarly criticised for his response to a late win against Southampton last season, can understand his actions.“I did it, against Southampton,” said the City manager. “There’s a lot of emotions in those moments. I know when I did it I was not happy to have done it.“So I can understand (Everton manager) Marco Silva, (then Southampton manager) Mauricio Pellegrino when it happens.“But sometimes it is what it is and it’s an emotional game, everything happens in your mind. I talk from my side, you have to be respectful of the others.”– Pep backs VAR –Guardiola has also welcomed the announcement that European governing body UEFA will introduce VAR for the knockout stages of the Champions League this season.City felt decisions went against them in last season’s quarter-final defeat to Liverpool, especially when Leroy Sane had a goal ruled out in the tie at the Etihad.“I welcome the news, I’m delighted with it,” said the City manager. “The Premier League is the last one (to adopt VAR) and sooner or later it will happen.“This season, our second goal against Shakhtar was a ridiculous penalty. It’s so we don’t have to talk about it or to talk about last season versus Liverpool.“Now with VAR, we are looking to make better football, better decisions. Most of the time, not always, the ref will do a good job. Everyone makes mistakes and they’ll be helped by it and it will be good.”Sergio Aguero and Alexander Zinchenko face late fitness tests before City travel to Watford. Kevin De Bruyne is not yet ready to return to the first team.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling has scored eight Premier League goals so far this season for Manchester City © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Pep Guardiola challenged in-form Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling on Monday to improve his game even further, despite his sparkling form for club and country.Sterling has recently been rewarded with a new five-year contract, worth a reported £300,000 ($382,000) a week, by the Premier League leaders and is currently enjoying the best form of his career.last_img read more

first_img In a letter to the city, Pete Shubin, who represents T-Mobile, said the owner of the building has not been willing to sign a lease after a year and a half of negotiation. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to ask T-Mobile to again try for another site for a cell tower instead of building it on a church site across from East Whittier Middle School. T-Mobile wants to build a cell tower at the Second Church of Christ Scientist, Whittier, 8723 Catalina Ave., Whittier. Council members asked T-Mobile to again try to get a lease for a cell tower on top of the Whittier Medical Plaza, 14350 Whittier Blvd., Whittier. “I just don’t feel I’m ready to give up on the applicant giving a final show with Whittier Medical Plaza,” Councilwoman Cathy Warner said.last_img read more

first_imgLetterkenny Credit UnionIndependent MEP Marian Harkin has called on Donegal’s credit union members to consider the government’s ‘anti credit union’ policies in the context of the upcoming general election.In a statement, responding to the signing by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan of restrictions on the amount of deposits an individual can hold in a credit union, she described the decision as a blatant attempt to divert deposits away from credit unions to the banks.Ms Harkin told Donegal Daily: “Credit Unions have, with few exceptions, withstood the financial crisis and its ongoing after effects and remained in, and served, their communities while providing a bulwark against moneylenders. “However they have been subjected to unnecessary and disproportionate regulation from a Central Bank that, itself, had played a damaging role in the financial crisis.“In a recent statement the Chief Executive of the Irish League of Credit Unions said ‘Credit Unions want to evolve and change but are increasingly frustrated at the regulatory road blocks put in our path. These road blocks threaten the ability of credit unions to serve in communities throughout the country in the future’. My experience in dealing with credit unions over the years fully endorses these views of the ILCU Chief Executive.“Typical of this government’s anti credit union policies, it is determined to restrict credit unions in offering mortgages and being a safe and productive home for the funds of community conscious savers. Instead of encouraging credit unions to continue their community favouring policies the government has restricted them in their lending and forced them to place their surplus funds at derisory rates of interest with the banks which then lend at a multiple interest rate.“We have a combination of a discredited Central Bank, attempting to make up for their deficiencies of the past, and a government seeking to add value to their shares in the banks, actively pursuing policies which have little to do with prudence or efficiency. “I call upon the Credit Union Advisory Committee to be open and fair in the coming months in assessing the justification for the €100,000 limit on individual deposits in Credit Unions and on the government to pull back from its unacceptable and wrong-headed anti-credit union policies.The Government needs to hear from Credit Union members in the next election, while all candidates in that election should clearly state in their manifestos where they stand in relation to the restrictions placed on credit unions and this government’s failure to acknowledge the unique role they play in enhancing their communities.” ANGER AT GOVERNMENT’S ‘ANTI-CREDIT UNION’ POLICIES was last modified: December 28th, 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:credit unionmarian harkinlast_img read more

first_imgManorcunningham man Danny McDaid knew he had to ‘nail’ a new career when the building boom dried up.So the 24 year old former carpenter decided to go down a new road and has just become one of Ireland’s youngest driving instructors. The well-known Errity man has just set up McDaid School of Motoring and now he has some real direction in his life.“I was a carpenter since I was sixteen and I really enjoyed it. But I knew I had two options when the recession hit and the building dried up.“I could emigrate or I could try to find myself a new career. I love Donegal so I didn’t want to leave.“I always loved riving so I thought that might be an option,” he said. He signed up to complete a driving instructor’s course with the well-known Swilly School of Motoring and has just received his instructor’s badge.With youth on his side, Danny said he is hoping he may attract business from a younger clientele but says he won’t refuse anybody’s business!“I suppose a lot of younger people might relate to a younger instructor and that’s fine by me. I know the kind of things that might make them nervous being a young driver so I will be able to sort those issues for them.“But to be honest, I will take anybody for a lesson. Age isn’t an issue for me and I don’t think it will be for people looking for lessons either.“I have got my car – a Toyota Yaris – all kitted out and it has dual controls so it’s all ready to go. I’m just looking forward to working hard and helping people to get their tests and becoming responsible drivers themselves,” said Danny.Ends DONEGAL’S NEW DRIVING INSTRUCTOR IS A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK! was last modified: June 14th, 2011 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:Danny McDaidMcDaid School of Motoringlast_img read more