The 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)
Threat to rice in BerbiceWeeks after being deprived of vital irrigation to farmlands, some 2000 acres of farmland in areas along the East Coast of Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) remain in danger of depletion due to discontinued access to a canal that is managed by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Guyana Times reported the plight of 20 farmers in Bolam and Palmyra, Berbice who noted the urgent need of water for their rice fields, which are cracking after GuySuCo shut off the water supply. The farmers indicated that were relying on rainfall to start the crop but after the change in season, the canal which normally supplies to them was closed and this prompted much concern.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder in an invited comment on Saturday briefly stated that he was aware of the situation and referred this newspaper to a Government official in the region. However Guyana Times was able to ascertain that GuySuCo and the National Drainage and Irrigation (NDIA) have been engaging in discussions to work out which entity will assume responsibility for drainage works following the closure of the Rose Hall Estate.According to information received, one of the strategic pumps that operates at that entity is reportedly not operational following Rose Hall’s closure.“NDIA would need to take over these pumps at some point but this hasn’t happened as yet. GuySuCo was offering a lot of services and irrigation to the communities and now that they are shut, NDIA and GuySuCo have been having these discussions over the past few weeks,” a senior official in the region disclosed on Saturday.According to reports, officials at GuySuCo contend there is an area along the canal that is blocked with weeds. Guyana Times was however told by several farmers that they have an arrangement where they paid the Sugar Corporation $500 per acre to have water supplied to them. When contacted for comment, Region Six Regional Chairman David Armogan told this publication that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is prepared to assist GuySuCo in alleviating the situation but observed that the pumps fall under the management of the Sugar Corporation.“I am very concerned about the situation because as far as I can remember, GuySuCo used to provide water for those farmers in the number 19 – Palmyra areas – that is the primary source of irrigation water, there’s no other irrigation system that presently exists. If GuySuCo does not supply them with water, it means that they cannot plant,” Armogan pointed out.The regional official added that he is collaborating with GuySuCo in an aim the resolve the depleted water supply. “They are moving to resolve but there is an area that is blocked and I don’t think they will be able to pump the water to reach there quickly. We got to put an excavator there quickly to clear the area so once the pumping starts; we can get the water flowing into the number 19 area,” he stressed. “I don’t think anybody in their right senses would allow 2000 acres of rice to go under; the rice is now under threat but in the event that the farmers don’t get water, then it would be damaged,” Armogan further noted. On Saturday, Guyana Times reported that the farmers decried the millions of dollars they invested going into the current crop which started late December in the height of the rainy season.
As mothers around the world were honoured in observance of Mother’s Day, the Kuru-Kururu Assembly of God Church took a special time to celebrate the mothers that attend the church, handing each of them a token of love.Barbara Bagot flanked by mothers of the churchScores of mothers turned up at church despite the weather conditions, well decked, to return thanks to God for not only sparing their lives, but for allowing them the privilege of being a mother.During the brief sermon, Pastor Gladston Bagot reminded the mothers that they all are special.Some of the mothers shared the joys and challenges they face as mothers. Several lucky mothers were called to the stage on Sunday, as they offered words of encouragement to the young and aspiring mothers.As is customary, the mothers received tokens of love and appreciation from the church, as the various departments shared their wishes to the mothers in the forms of poetry, dance and song.
However, Omwela says he will run for the vice presidency in the Rugby Africa elections.“I will not defend my seat in March, it is time to have a new thinking and pave way for a new chairman as we prepare to go to the Annual General Meeting in March. in future I will want to be involved and give all support I have in terms of contacts I have in corporate circles, will be much around to continue supporting the level,” Omwela confirmed.Omwela commented on the players contract that has led to the go slow of senior players saying the Union cannot commit on their demands since they have no sponsor.“We have to change mentality… we are not playing for money but for the nation, with or without money you should be able to wear Kenyan jersey with pride and do us pride, we know money is important but we must have right mentality, issue of players dictating is not good,” Omwela said on the players who are on go-slow.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Rugby Union boss Richard Omwela. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – After serving his second term at the Kenya Rugby Union, chairman Richard Omwela has declared that he will not seek re-election when the elections will be held in March.Speaking on Wednesday after head coach Paul Murunga named the Kenya Sevens squad for Hamilton and Sydney 7s, Omwela said its time to give another person opportunity to lead.
The case of a man, who sped away from gardaí at 160kph in a 13 mile chase, has been described as one of the worst cases of dangerous driving heard in Buncrana Court. Ryan Harkin was charged before Buncrana District Court last Tuesday with a total of 11 separate charges.Harkin was accused of eight counts of dangerous driving at various locations along the N13 road from Manorcunningham to Bridgend on June 4. He was also charged with travelling in a stolen car, in Letterkenny, which had earlier been stolen from Ballybrack, Moville, on December 10, and two counts of interfering with cars at Burnfoot on July 30.Derry man Harkin pleaded guilty to all the charges before him.Harkin, 24, was brought to court in handcuffs having being transferred from Castlerea Prison that morning. The court heard that Harkin had been remanded in custody in August when his application for bail, and High Court bail, was refused.Detective Inspector Barry Doyle told the court that on June 4 this year an off duty Garda saw Harkin sitting in a Ford Focus car outside his neighbours house. He did not recognise the car so he decided to watch the vehicle as he believed the driver was acting suspiciously. A short time later another male appeared from his neighbour’s driveway carrying garden equipment but when he saw the Garda he dropped it and ran to the car. The driver, Mr. Harkin took off at speed, the court heard.Det. Insp. Doyle told the court that the off duty garda contacted the Garda Station and the Ford Focus being driven by Harkin was intercepted by Gardaí in a marked patrol car at the Manorcunningham roundabout on the N13.However he once again refused to stop for Gardaí and took off towards Bridgend.Det. Insp. Doyle said the Gardaí made chase with lights and sirens on but the car failed to stop. He said there were a number of incidents of dangerous driving witnessed by the chasing Gardaí, who were forced to follow at a ‘safe distance’.Speeds of 160kphThe court heard that Harkin, of 6 Glenbank, The Glen, Co Derry, was driving at speeds of more than 160kph and was ‘swerving wildly’ from one side of the road to the other. Det. Insp. Doyle said if there had been oncoming traffic when Harkin was driving like this it could have resulted in a catastrophe.He also said that on a number of occasions Harkin violently slammed on the brakes in what they believed was an attempt to rear end the patrol car.He added: “At one point the patrol car got in front of the Ford Focus in an attempt to get him to pull over but he tried to ram the patrol car. He continued driving at speeds more than 160kph and travelling on the incorrect side of the road. At one point at Burt he forced another vehicle onto the hard shoulder. There could have been a disaster.”The court heard that Gardaí continued with the pursuit but that Harkin got away from them and fled across the border into Northern Ireland. The PSNI were informed but Harkin was not apprehended on this night. Following this incident, six weeks later, Harkin was caught ‘rummaging around cars’ in a Burnfoot housing estate.The court heard that Gardaí received a call from Gerard Arbuckle after his wife got out of bed at 4.15am to get a glass of water and noticed that their car door was open.Det. Insp. Doyle said Mrs. Arbuckle called out to her husband who ran outside and caught Harkin rummaging around in the car.“Mr. Arbuckle apprehended Harkin and locked him in the car. He then called the Gardaí and when they arrived Harkin was arrested and taken to Buncrana Garda Station,” said Det. Insp. Doyle.“The dangerous driving incidents from the previous month were put to him then.”The court heard that both vehicles which Harkin entered were ‘unlocked and there was no damage’ caused to them.Det. Insp. Doyle also told the court that Harkin was spotted in a car, which had earlier been reported stolen from Mr. Casey of Ballybrack, Moville, on December 10, last year.The garda said Harkin was spotted on the CCTV footage from the Dry Arch Filling Station in Letterkenny after Gardaí received a report of theft of fuel from the petrol station.He said it should be noted that Harkin was the passenger in the vehicle and that the value of stolen fuel was €48.Det. Insp. Doyle said the car was later found at the bottom of the Lurgybrack Hill in Letterkenny.42 previous convictionsThe court heard that the Derry man had no criminal record on this side of the border but that he has 42 previous convictions in the North.Det. Insp. Doyle outlined his extensive record, which included eight burglaries, three drugs convictions, 11 for road traffic incidents, seven for theft, two for interfering with a vehicle and one for stealing a car.He said Harkin has previously been given suspended sentences and spent time in prison in Northern Ireland.Defence solicitor Mr. David Henry said his client deeply regrets his actions and wants to apologise to anyone who was affected by his behaviour – particularly those who were involved in the pursuit.Mr. Henry said Harkin had spent the previous three months in prison in Castlerea, adding that it has had a ‘harrowing affect’ on him. He said the Derry man has had no contact with any of his family or friends since his incarceration.Mr. Henry said this has had a ‘profound affect’ on the 24-year-old and he stated that he didn’t want to come to the attention of gardaí again.“This was one repeated incident of dangerous driving,” said Mr. Henry. “He panicked and it was very reckless but there were no injuries or damage caused.“Regarding the over application of the brake, Mr. Harkin said he wasn’t trying to rear-end the garda patrol and instead puts this down to his inexperience as a driver – there was nothing sinister in it,” added Mr. Henry.The Buncrana solicitor asked the Judge to be ‘mindful’ that his client spent three months in prison already and the affect this has had on him.Addressing the court Mr. Harkin said he had previously lived at home with his mum and 14-year-old brother. He said he left school at 16 and did a course at a car breakers but had gone off the rails when his granny, whom he was very close with, died.Judge Paul Kelly said this was ‘as bad a case of dangerous driving’ that he has ever had before him.“The speeds involved here are insane,” said Judge Kelly.“What if your younger brother had of been in one of the cars you met when you were on the wrong side of the road.“Do you ever think that you could have hit someone who was just coming home from work?” he asked Mr. Harkin.“Yes, I’m sorry, I was just afraid and kept going because of peer pressure,” Harkin responded.Judge Kelly said it was “an absolute miracle” that no one was killed or injured but that was ‘no thanks to Mr. Harkin’.The District Court Judge said he would take into consideration the Derry man’s early plea and that he had spent time in jail but he said there was only way of dealing with the case. He sentenced Harkin to a total of four months jail and disqualified him from driving for five years. He was also fined €350Judge Kelly backdated all sentences until August, when Harkin first went into custody, meaning he would only serve a maximum of one month in prison.Man reached speeds of 160kph in one of worst cases of dangerous driving was last modified: November 2nd, 2016 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)
The Warriors are the fourth team in the last three years to take a chance on Marquese Chriss as they reportedly signed the former lottery pick to a one-year contract.The 6-foot-10 Chriss, who has mostly disappointed since being the eighth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, will join the Warriors for the start of training camp next week, according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.Free agent forward Marquese Chriss — 8th pick in 2016 NBA Draft — has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with …
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Data Portability#Features#web jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… So, what’s the verdict, readers? Does this surpass Chrome’s identity-porting capabilities? Does this create massive privacy issues for users who don’t want their personal traffic tracked? Firefox gets distributed social networking and identity management.The good people who work on the revolutionary, open-sourced, and occasionally maligned browser have been hard at work on making cross-site navigation and portable IDs a solvable problem. A discrete button to the left of the URL that can tell users whether or not they are logged in to a particular site and allow them to log in without further navigation? Accuse us of punning, but definitely sign us up. Google Chrome: Start taking notes.Our friends at Mozilla posted this teaser back in the spring, when they touted a way to eliminate clicks and keystrokes between navigating to and being recognized by a given website.Our own Marshall Kirkpatrick enthused, “Earlier this week, we argued that browsers and social networks were fast converging, and that with more users and some feature advantages, Firefox could be the best real competition for Facebook… This is just one more chapter in a much larger story – but look how easy this makes OpenID to use!”But now, Mozilla’s UX chief Aza Raskin has posted more updates to his personal blog that indicate new hotness is coming soon. The new feature will harness the power of Mozilla’s Weave to make your online identity something that’s stored in your back pocket more than it’s stored in your cookies or a third party’s server.Decrying redirects and iframes, Raskin tells of a brave new world where an in-browser button that defies navigational difficulties allows for something closer to true identity portability than we’ve seen yet:Identity will be one of the defining themes in the next five years of the Web. Nearly every site has a concept of a user account, registration, and identity. Searching for “sign in” on Google yields over 1.8 billion hits. And yet, the browser does nothing to make this experience better save for some basic auto form filling. The browser leaves websites to re-implement identity management, and forces users to learn a new scheme for every site… Your identity is too important to be owned by any one company.Finally! They said it!And now, we give you screenshots:
David Luiz celebrates after scoring his goal for Brazil Tight and tense as it was, it was enough to keep Brazil’s national obsession of winning the World Cup on home soil from taking a desperately disappointing turn.And it wasn’t Neymar, the country’s poster boy for this year’s World Cup, that played the key role this time. It was goalkeeper Julio Cesar, the country’s scapegoat from the last World Cup, who made several crucial saves and even got some help from the woodwork in a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Chile.With the score level at 1-1 on Saturday, Brazil was inches away from an early exit when Chile forward Mauricio Pinilla hit the crossbar in the final moments of extra time.Then, on the final kick of the match and after a pair of saves from Cesar in the shootout, Gonzalo Jara hit the post.”I believe the Brazilian people just needed this,” said Cesar, who made a mistake four years ago in South Africa that led to a quarterfinal loss. “The players, everybody else, we needed this.”The fans still have to wait to celebrate the title, however. There are three more matches to win before the home team can lay claim to a sixth World Cup title.”Let’s see if we can make fewer mistakes in the next matches,” Brazil coach Felipe Scolari said. “Perhaps next time we won’t be as lucky.”To be fair, it wasn’t just luck that saw Brazil through to the quarterfinals at Mineirao Stadium, which was a sea of Brazilian yellow with islands of Chilean red.advertisementNeymar, David Luiz and Marcelo scored in the shootout, and Cesar saved penalties from Pinilla and Alexis Sanchez before watching Jara’s final attempt hit the post.The game over, some Brazilian players fell to the ground, exhausted and emotionally drained. Willian, who missed a penalty for Brazil, sobbed uncontrollably, as Fred helped him to his feet.The Chileans stood still, staring into the ground, wiping the sweat off their faces.”Do you think I can be satisfied with the result?” Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “We’ve played a hard 120 minutes even if everybody was against us in the stadium.”Brazil, which extended its 39-year unbeaten streak in home competitive matches to 61, will next face either Colombia or Uruguay in the quarterfinals.Brazil dominated the first half against Chile and took the lead when Luiz scored following a corner kick. After Sanchez equalized for Chile, Brazil had several chances to regain the lead.Neymar’s header deflected wide, Fred lifted the ball over the bar from close range and Dani Alves forced a backpedaling Claudio Bravo to make a one-hand save.But after referee Howard Webb disallowed Hulk’s second-half goal, ruling he had used his arm to control a long pass, Brazil lost the initiative to a Chile team that can leave the World Cup with pride after eliminating defending champion Spain in the group stage.Pressing deep inside Brazil’s half, Chile pressured the home side into making mistakes or resorting to long passes to Hulk and Neymar.And, again, it was Cesar that often came up big, making a spectacular save on Charles Aranguiz’s shot to keep Chile from taking the lead in the second half.”We tried to give everything, we tried to fight for a dream, and we didn’t achieve it,” Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal said. “But we gave all our effort on the pitch.”Chile has never defeated Brazil in Brazil and hasn’t reached the World Cup quarterfinals since 1962, when it hosted the tournament.Brazil, meanwhile, has reached the quarterfinals of each World Cup since Argentina eliminated it in the second round in 1990.Brazil went ahead in the 18th minute after Thiago Silva deflected Neymar’s corner kick toward the far post. Luiz was given the goal but replays showed Jara may have touched the ball before it went in.Brazil lost the lead when it failed to cope with Chile’s aggressive pressure in a throw-in situation deep inside its half of the field. Eduardo Vargas intercepted Hulk’s pass and found Sanchez on the right side of the area. The Barcelona striker scored easily with a shot toward the far post.In the end, however, it was Brazil moving on to the quarterfinals, with the hopes of a nation planted on the backs of every player.”I hope these are lessons being given to the whole population,” Scolari said. “If you make a promise, you must deliver. This is what the players are doing.”Team Lineups:advertisementBrazil: Julio Cesar; Dani Alves, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Luiz Gustavo, Fernandinho (Ramires, 72), Oscar (Willian, 106); Hulk, Fred (Jo, 64), NeymarChile: Claudio Bravo; Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel (Jose Rojas, 108), Eugenio Mena, Francisco Silva, Gonzalo Jara; Arturo Vidal (Mauricio Pinilla, 87), Marcelo Diaz, Charles Aranguiz; Alexis Sanchez, Eduardo Vargas (Felipe Gutierrez, 57)
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While the Indian team management is busy fixing the middle-order issues, another problem that has flared up is the inconsistency in India’s pace bowling department.Among the tried and tested fast bowlers only Jasprit Bumrah has been consistent and is a surety to board the flight to England and Wales for the next year’s ICC World Cup.The biggest cause of concern is Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form this year. He has not looked impressive ever since his return from the back injury which he suffered in Ireland in June.While wickets have been few and far between, the other problem that India faced is that Bhuvneswar leaked runs.Read – Dhawan slips to 9th, Chahal breaks into top 10 as Kohli, Bumrah retain top ODI rankingsIn 14 matches this year, Bhuvneshswar managed to pick only 11 wickets at a mediocre average of 48.81.Bhuvneshwar, who has a career economy rate of 4.98, conceded 5.31 runs per over this year in the 50-overs format.Another worrisome news is that the right-arm paceman has not looked lethal and has not done justice to his billing.Also Read – India end 2018 as the most successful team in ODIsBhuvneshwar sent down 33 overs in 5 ODIs against South Africa but could only manage 2 wickets at 100.50 and an economy of 6.09.He played only one game in England before his back injury aggravated and he was ruled out of the entire tour.On his comeback against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Bhuvneshwar looked rusty finishing with none for 50 from 9 overs.advertisementHowever, he got his rhythm back in the next game against Pakistan and picked up three wickets for 15 runs. He continued his good work and once again grabbed 3 wickets against Bangladesh in the Super Four stage.But in the Super Four fixture against Pakistan, Bhuvneshwar once again did not look up to the mark and went wicketless. In the final against Bangladesh too, the pacer did not get any wicket.Also read – Rohit Sharma quickest to 200 sixes in one day internationalsAnd against the West Indies, Bhuvneshwar picked only 3 wickets from three matches.In the course of 14 ODIs in 2018, the 28-year-old went wicketless in 7 matches including 5 on the trot.”Barring Bumrah, none of the others will walk into a one-day side on merit. Yes, Bhuvneshwar until recently would have done, but I am not quite enjoying the Bhuvneshwar we have been seeing of late in 50-overs cricket,” former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.”While acknowledging his recent injury and its after-effects, his approach bothers me. We know the white ball does not swing much, but that does not mean Bhuvneshwar should become a “hit the deck” bowler, delivering short of length most of the time. In his recent comeback matches against West Indies, that’s what he did.”There is a tendency in all of us to not appreciate and value what comes as natural gift to us, or what we can easily do, and it seems this has happened to Bhuvneshwar too. He is just not trying to get the ball up there, full and swinging it. This is disappointing, because even when the ball was not swinging for him in Mumbai, the few times he bowled it full, he had the batsman in trouble.”If he gets preoccupied with hit-the-deck kind of bowling, the kind that big, strong South African bowlers bowl, I fear his one-day career might not blossom too much. This would be such a shame, for he is so earnest as a cricketer, whether batting or bowling – the kind of player every captain wants in his side”The thing with Bhuvneshwar is that he is not that versatile a bowler, so I feel he has no choice: to survive and thrive, he has to remain essentially a swing bowler who keeps the ball up.”Manjrekar also lavished praise on India’s new left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who has impressed so far in his 6 ODI appearances.”Khaleel has plenty of enthusiasm, as we saw, which with maturity, could be channelled in the right direction.”Khaleel is good news for India. When the World Cup is upon us, if he becomes an automatic pick along with Bumrah and Hardik Pandya in the playing XI, with Bhuvneshwar and Co as options, the concern over the quality of India’s 50-overs seam bowlers will have been somewhat addressed,” Manjrekar wrote.How India’s frontline pace bowlers fared in 2018:BOWLERMATCHESWICKETSAVERAGEECONOMYBhuvneshwar Kumar141148.815.31Jasprit Bumrah132216.633.62Khaleel Ahmed61124.005.07Mohammed Shami2346.667.00Umesh Yadav4468.756.90advertisement