House Draws Up Citizenship, Land Ownership Amendments for Referendum

first_imgSpeaker Chambers, House Judiciary Chairman Cllr. Koffa, and other lawmakers.But uncertainty hangs over its approval by the PeopleThe House of Representatives has begun reviewing four resolutions amending certain provisions of the Liberian Constitution, including citizenship and land ownership but uncertainty hovers over its passage into law by referendum.The titles for the four resolutions are Citizenship Amendment, Property Amendment, Qualifications I Amendment, and Qualification II Amendment.At the 8th day sitting yesterday, the first reading of the resolutions was done and sent to two separate Joint Committees for revision and report to the House Plenary in three weeks — by Thursday, March 1.For the resolution on the Property Amendment, members of the Joint Committee are Judiciary, Claims and Petition; Lands, Mines and Energy; and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning.The Joint Committee for the remaining three resolutions, the Citizenship Amendment, Qualification I Amendment and Qualification II Amendment, includes Judiciary, Claims and Petition and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning.The Four ResolutionsThe Citizen Amendment is aimed to remove the “discriminatory” Negro clause and open citizenship to any race, while at the same time defining natural born Liberians and allowing them to have dual citizenship. The amendment will upset Articles 27 and 28 of the Liberian Constitution.The purpose for the amendment of the Property Amendment is to allow non-citizens of Liberia to own property, with certain restrictions. The Amendment will affect Article 22, in which the entire Article 22 will be deleted and a new Article 22 will be written as “Every Liberian citizen shall have the right to own property, as well as in association with others.”Also, “Non-Liberians may own property under the restrictions,” and Qualification I Amendment is intended to restrict certain elected offices to natural born Liberian citizens as the term may be defined in the constitution. The amendment will be done in Article 30 and is rewritten: “Natural born citizens of Liberia who meet the following qualifications are eligible to become members of the Legislature.”In addition to the restriction of only natural born citizens to be eligible to become members of the Legislature, Qualification II Amendment is also restricting the appointment of Supreme Court justices to natural born citizens. This amendment will be done in Article 68.Sponsors and Co-sponsorsThe Resolutions are sponsored by Representatives Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa (Grand Kru County District #2); Thomas P. Fallah (Montserrado County District #5); and Acarous M. Gray (Montserrado County District #8).The co-sponsors of the resolution are Speaker Bhofal Chambers (Maryland District #2); Representatives Clarence Gahr (Margibi District #5); Marvin Cole (Bong District #3); Matthew Zarzar (Sinoe District #3); Alfred Koiwood (Gbarpolu District #1); J. Nagbe Sloh (Sinoe District #2); Saah Joseph (Montserrado District #13); Crayton Duncan (Sinoe District #1); Adolph Lawrence (Montserrado District #15); Solomon C. George (Montserrado District #7); A. Kanie Wesso (Gbarpolu District #2); and Joseph N. Somwarbi (Nimba District #3).Others are Representatives Emerson Kamara (Grand Cape Mount District #3); Dixon W. Seboe (Montserrado District #16); Matthew Joe (Grand Bassa District #3); Isaac Roland (Maryland District #3); Munah Pelham-Youngblood (Montserrado District #9); Albert B. Hills, Jr. (Bong District #1); Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh (Margibi District #1); Bishop M. Johnson (Bomi District #2); and Alex C. Grant (Grand Gedeh District #3) — 24 representatives in all.Passage and ReferendumThe four Resolutions will be approved if two-thirds of the members of the House of Representatives and the Senators affix their signatures. If their signatures are affixed, it means the Resolutions will be considered “items” for Referendum – Yes or No!President Weah’s ProposalsIt may be recalled that on Monday, January 22 during his first Annual Message, President George Weah called for the removal of what he called a “racist” clause in the constitution which restricts citizenship to Black people.He said the clause was “unnecessary, racist and inappropriate,” and also pledged to scrap the law that prohibits foreigners owning land.It can be recalled that President Weah’s State of the Nation’s address calling for the granting of land ownership and citizenship rights to foreigners including people of non-Negro descent, sparked huge controversy with many arguing against it. They expressed fears that ordinary Liberians would stand to lose if ever such a proposition is passed into law through a referendum.They cited the cases of Zimbabwe and South Africa where most of the prized lands were taken over by whites. Unlike South Africa where the land issue is still unresolved, in the case of Zimbabwe, there was outright seizure of white owned lands by the Mugabe-led ZANU PF party.It remains to be seen however whether Liberians are going to give this proposal a vote of approval in a referendum. But judging from past experience where similar proposals have been overwhelmingly rejected and given the current tide of  sentiments against the proposals, it appears unlikely that President Weah’s proposal will be given the Yes vote in a referendum.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

K’Ogalo’s Wendo faces up to six weeks out

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Ernest Wendo vies for the ball against Esperance du Tunis’s players during a CAF Champions League tie at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on March 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11- Gor Mahia midfield workhorse Ernest Wendo will miss Wednesday afternoon’s CECAFA Kagame Cup semi-final match against Azam in Dar es Salaam and faces up to six weeks out with a groin injury after limping off the quarter final game against Vipers on Sunday.The injury looks to keep him out Gor’s CAF Confederation Cup campaign as well as a good chunk of their league assignments and will also miss K’Ogalo’s trip to England for a friendly match with Everton FC. “We have lost Wendo, we don’t know for how long. We need a proper physio to assess him and the extent of the injury, but it could be a minimum of six weeks because it’s a groin injury and that usually requires a lot of time,” head coach Dylan Kerr said.While Kerr will patch up with Philemon Otieno moving to midfield and Innocent Wafula slotting at right back at the Kagame Cup and local assignments, he might have to think of a solution for the Confederation Cup as Wafula is not registered to play.Gor will face Tanzania’s Yanga at home on July 18 and away in Dar es Salaam 10 days later, games that will be crucial in their aspiration to make it to the quarter finals of the continental championship.Gor Mahia’s George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo vies for the ball with Vipers’ Milton Karisa during the CECAFA Kagame Cup Quarter Finals at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on July 8, 2018.But before all that, the Kenyan champions will have their eyes fixed on a maiden Kagame Cup title in 23 years when they face Tanzania’s Yanga in the semis on Wednesday, a repeat of the 2015 final at the same venue.Kerr notes that Gor will not be going into the tie breathing revenge having lost that game 2-0, but notes his side will have their focus on getting the job done and qualifying for Sunday’s final.“I don’t really like the stories of revenge because sometimes the players lose focus. What I want us to do is go there and get the job done, do what we do best. I was here in 2015 and I watched the game; I think they were unlucky then,” the tactician says.Gor have grown into the tournament after a lackluster start dominated by off the field issues, but the tactician notes that everything is now settled and they are looking to make the best of their Kagame Cup campaign.Gor Mahia forward Ephraim Guikan controls the ball under pressure from a Rayon Sport defender during their CECAFA Kagame Cup game at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on July 1, 2018“The morale when we came here was low but the players have picked themselves up and it was evident in the game against Vipers especially in the second half. We have played six games in 12 days and that is definitely tough but my players have been phenomenal so far,” the coach noted.He now hopes that having had an extra day to rest compared to Azam will give them an edge and his charges will bulldoze their way into the final.While Gor came from behind to beat Vipers 2-1 in their quarter final tie, Azam made easy work of Rwanda’s Rayon Sport beating them 4-2, striker Shabaan Iddi scoring all four.In the other quarter final, Simba SC will face off with Zanzibar’s JKU who beat Singida United on penalties to progress.Potentially, Simba and Gor will meet in another final, barely a month after facing each other in the SportPesa Super Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Excellent, basic’ police work credited for second arrest in brutal Porter Ranch park slaying

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – The second suspect wanted in the grisly park stabbing of a 33-year-old homeless man has been arrested, caught camping on a beach in Santa Barbara, police said. Justin Thalheimer, 18, of Northridge, was arrested after a short foot chase along the beach in Isla Vista, tackled by a University of California at Santa Barbara police corporal who had been notified to be on the lookout for Thalheimer, who was wanted in connection with the murder of Daniel Edward Koch, who was stabbed sometime late Aug. 25 or early Aug. 26. The corporal, Dan Wilson, was walking the beat near campus last night about 7 when he asked two teens whether they had seen a man who fit Thalheimer’s description camping on the beach. The teens initially told the officer they hadn’t seen him, went away, and then returned later to say they had seen him, said UCSB Police Capt. Cathy Farley. He had been seen camping in a multi-colored tent near a bluff on the beach, Farley said. “It was a I-think-I-got-LAPD’s-man’ moment,” Farley said. “It’s excellent, basic police work.” Thalheimer was held in Santa Barbara custody until L.A. police arrive to pick him up and bring him back to L.A. County custody. He was being held without bail in the Los Angeles County Jail. He faces a murder charge in connection with the death of Koch, who was stabbed repeatedly at Limekiln Canyon Park in Porter Ranch. His bloodied was found face down in a creek about noontime on Aug. 26. A second suspect, Quinn Alexander Marez, also 18, from Northridge was arrested in connection with the slaying on Tuesday as he was getting off a bus in West Los Angeles, police said. Police say Marez and Thalheimer knew Koch and had been drinking with him when an argument broke out and the stabbing occurred. In a twist, Marez was arrested on the night of Aug. 26 on a charge of possession of a heroin needle at his Northridge home, but was released on a written promise to appear in court on that misdemeanor charge. Police said that when he was released on that charge, Marez was a “person of interest” in the murder investigation, although they wouldn’t give specifics about the time line. At some point, they said they had witnesses who could identify the men as suspects. Police arrested Marez at 10 p.m. Tuesday after spotting him get off a bus in West Los Angeles. He was booked on suspicion of murder into the Los Angeles County Jail with bail set at $1 million. Prosecutors filed murder charges against him yesterday. At the time of Marez’s arrest on Tuesday, he was out on bail in a case from July. He was due to appear in a Van Nuys courtroom yesterday to face charges of driving without the owner’s consent, receiving stolen property, and narcotics possession, according to the court. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he did not show up in that case because the court was apparently not aware that he was already in custody in connection with the murder case. ———————————————– For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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

Malibu, Santa Clarita fires fully contained

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. In northern Los Angeles County, the Buckweed Fire, which has scorched about 38,356 acres between Agua Dulce, Canyon Country and Saugus since Sunday, also was fully contained about 7 p.m., county fire officials said. Three civilians and two firefighters were injured, and a total of 32 structures — including 15 homes and 17 outbuildings — have been destroyed, according to county officials. Authorities believe downed power lines also might have caused the fire. Meanwhile, the Ranch Fire, which broke out Saturday northwest of Castaic near Townsend Peak, has charred 51,337 acres and was 45 percent contained. The wildfire destroyed seven structures and 14 boats in a storage area, fire officials said. Firefighters contained two major blazes that have charred swarths of Malibu and the Santa Clarita Valley over the past four days. The Canyon Fire, which has blackened 4,500 acres in tony Malibu, was declared fully contained about 7 p.m., the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. The fire, which roared out of Malibu Canyon before dawn Sunday, destroyed six homes, including a landmark castle, the Malibu Presbyterian Church and five businesses in the Malibu Colony shopping center Authorities believe a powerline knocked down by hurricane force winds might have ignited the blaze near Malibu Canyon and Piuma roads.last_img read more


first_imgUPDATED: DELUDED INVESTORS STILL standing by crooked businessman Francois de Dietrich are in for a shock today.For can reveal the on-the-run thief has a string of convictions for fraud, as cops throughout the European Union began a hunt for him.In fact his criminal record is so extensive, one investigator told us: “The man’s middle name should be ‘Fraudster’.” The shocking revelations will stun those few people in Donegal who still believed the one-time Ballybofey bigwig was a man of his word who would give cash back to them.One source who has been reliable throughout’s lengthy investigations in Monsieur de Dietrich told us last night: “Incredibly there are still a few people who believe in this man, such was his power.“Some people are making excuses for him, saying that even his court case this week didn’t mean he was a criminal.“Unfortunately de Dietrich has a very very long criminal record in his native France for ripping people off. He is a thoroughly dishonest person and the sooner people realise that the better.” The crook behind the get-rich-scheme which has left Donegal investors more than €20 million out of pocket was jailed for 18 months yesterday for contempt – but as he wasn’t in court, a European-wide warrant was issued for his arrest.Judge Deeney told the court: “I’m satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that this was a deliberate contempt on the part of the first defendant (de Dietrich) who is seeking to evade his obligation to obey an order of the court and indeed his statutory obligation to respond to legitimate requests for information from the Financial Services Authority.“There are very large sums of money involved. The current freezing order of the court exceeds £20 million.”Dozens of people on both sides of the Irish border fear they may have lost millions of pounds in investments they made in liquidated stock through de Dietrich.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers are thought to have been handed over money. Court proceedings launched by the FSA led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing £6.8m in assets linked to the businessman and later increased in £20.2m.But lawyers for the FSA argued that he had only revealed details of assets held in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Estonia.* There will be more stories throughout the weekend FRANCOIS REVELATIONS: CROOK HAS LENGTHY CRIMINAL RECORD IN FRANCE, EU-WIDE ARREST WARRANT ISSUED was last modified: January 29th, 2011 by gregShare 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_imgDONEGAL CULTURE: This July there are some incredible festivals and events coming up in Donegal (and one in Clones), and below are six of the best! Official Opening Loose Ends by Willie Doherty, Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny, Saturday July 9th, continues until September 24th: The audience response to the new Willie Doherty exhibition was universally positive. Orlaith McBride Director of the Arts Council tweeted afterwards ‘It’s superb’.Sue MacDiarmid the exhibition designer wrote ‘Personally, I think the Loose Ends is a great show and I really enjoyed working on the installation and planning.I also really loved the educational exhibition’. Michael O’Reilly of the Ireland 2016 Office described it as ‘Willie Doherty’s intense meditation on time and place’. Cllr. Terence Slowey Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council congratulated ‘everyone who has worked tirelessly to create this magnificent exhibition here in Donegal’ for additionl info Trad Heaven in Dunlewey from Tuesday July 12th: Trad Tráthnóna at Ionad Cois Locha Dunlewey, an exceptional series of weekly Tuesday night traditional music concerts throughout July and August, got off to an exceptional start on July 12th with the first ever public concert by the new family group Na Mooneys. Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw and Manus Lunny (all from Scottish super-group Capercaille) play on July 19th and the final July concert is Maighread and Triona NiDhomhnaill on the 26th. for additional infoWorld Music at Earagail Arts Festival Thursday 14th and Sunday 24th July: This year features two incredible international visitors, Chouk Bwa Libète from Haiti and Vieux Farka Touré from Mali. Chouk Bwa Libète perform a standing gig at RCC Letterkenny on Thursday 14th.A highlight of the WOMEX World Music Expo in 2015, this authentic traditional Caribbean roots music and dance group bring the true Voodoo flavour of Haiti to Ireland for the very first time. Often referred to as ‘The Hendrix of the Sahara’, Vieux Farka Touré from Mali, the son of the late legendary guitar player Ali Farka Touré, plays McGrorys Culdaff on Sunday 24th. for info and bookingRichard Dawson at RCC Letterkenny, Saturday July 16th: Richard Dawson, the much acclaimed experimental, folk-tinged, Newcastle singer and guitarist, who weaves his songs from his experiences in North East England is supported by the Belfast based singer-songwriter Robyn G. Shiels, winner of Best Album at the Northern Ireland Music Prize Awards 2014.Dawson, described as a skewed troubadour, will perform an intimate show that embodies timeworn singing traditions. He is a quirky figure that continues in the tradition of English eccentrics like Robert Wyatt and Kevin Coyne and according to himself he is ‘not a folk singer’. for info and bookingMacGill Summer School Glenties, Saturday 16th – Friday 22nd July:The MacGill School, now in its 36th year, will continue with its wide ranging programme on the theme of political reform.More than fifty eminent contributors from diverse areas of public life in Ireland and abroad will look to the future and put forward their views on the changes needed to adapt to the demands of a changing society and an unstable and turbulent international environment. Exceptionally, MacGill will run for an extra day, to enable them to pay homage to Brian Friel. for info and bookingUlster Final, Clones, Sunday July 17th:Normally the focus on Cross-Border projects is peace and reconciliation but when Donegal and Tyrone meet in the Ulster Final it’s more likely to be attrition and conflict. If last year’s spectacle in Ballybofey, with Justin McMahon hanging off Michael Murphy’s back throughout, is anything to go by, we are in for a lively encounter. for info and bookingBallyshannon Folk & Traditional Music Festival, Friday 29th – Sunday 31st July:Another top class line-up has been announced bringing the best of folk and trad acts to the Ballyshannon stage including: Ralph McTell, Kieran Goss & Frances Black, Buttons & Bows, Eleanor Shanley, The Young Irelanders, The Ward Sisters and Blackwater Céilí Band.http://www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.comDONEGAL CULTURE: WOW! CHECK OUT THE STUNNING LINE-UP OF FESTIVALS AND EVENTS THIS JULY was last modified: July 15th, 2016 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:Donegal CultureEntertainmentFeaturesnewsRCClast_img read more

For the record

first_imgJohn Fisher is the assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. Due to an editing error, he was incorrectly identified in a story Saturday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want 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

‘Chelsea do not want me’ – DIEGO COSTA BOMBSHELL

first_img1 Diego Costa has claimed he is no longer wanted by Chelsea and that he is now looking for a new team.The Spanish striker, who scored 26 goals in 46 games for the Premier League champions last season, says Antonio Conte has told him he is not part of his plans for next season.Speaking to reporters following Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday night, the 26-year-old said he was notified of the manager’s decision via text message.“I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there,” said the Blues star.“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.“It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide. But it is clear that the coach does not count on me and does not want me there. You have to find a team.”An exit from Chelsea has long been on the cards for Costa, who has been the reported subject of a money-spinning offer from a Chinese Super League club.The striker has his heart set on a return to Atletico Madrid, though that move would be delayed due to the Spanish side’s transfer embargo.“It would be nice to return to Atletico, but it is difficult to be four-five months without playing,” Costa added in quotes reported by Marca.“Being five months without playing? I do not know, it’s complicated, but people know that I love Atletico a lot and that I love living in Madrid.“It would be nice to go back, but it’s difficult to be four-five months without playing. It’s a World Cup year and there’s a lot to think about. I need to play, that’s all. “Costa did not feature for Spain in the friendly in Murcia, where reported Manchester United target Alvaro Morata scored a late equaliser.He joined the Blues in 2014 for a £32million fee and has bagged 58 goals in 120 games for the club, winning two Premier League titles and one League Cup. Diego Costa has been told he can leave Chelsea last_img read more


first_imgFrancie Friel with Frank Galligan and Geraldine McLaughlinWORLD class athlete Mark English is Donegal Sports Star of the Year after a glamorous awards ceremony at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny tonight.The Letterkenny athlete was the favourite – and the outstanding sports person of 2014.Proud dad Joe picked up the award on Mark’s behalf before a rapturous crowd as the Letterkenny athlete is preparing to represent Ireland in New York. But there were awards galore for Termon’s brilliant ladies gaelic footballers.The players were named Team of the Year.Francie Friel, the team coach, was named Coach of the Year.And the brilliant Geraldine McLaughlin was given the Brendan McDaid memorial award. Donegal Men’s County Darts Team received a special recognition award – and quite right too!Neil McGee was named GAA (men’s) footballer of the year (though he’s still not as good as Geraldine!)The International recognition award went to the brilliant Finesse Gymnastics Display Team after their performance in Italy last summer.Secondary School Sport Teacher award winner was Stephen Doohan while Primary School Sports Teacher winner was Keadue’s Maire Mc Cole.Primary School award winner was Scoil Naomh Fiachra Illistrin while Mulroy College, Milford were crowned Secondary School of the Year. Athlete Karl Griffin was the Young Sports Person of the Year.MARK ENGLISH IS DONEGAL SPORTS STAR – TERMON NAMED TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: January 31st, 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:Ladies Footballmark englishSports Star AwardsTermonlast_img read more


first_imgARRANMORE PIPE BAND PLAY TO FINAL WHISTLE – JARLA’S VIEW! was last modified: March 27th, 2013 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:Arranmore pipe bandIrelandJarla’s Viewlast_img