Ellen Suspends Senatorial Election

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a Proclamation suspending the holding of the October 14, 2014 Senatorial Election, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.According to the Foreign Ministry, the President acted under authority of the Constitution and “pursuant to powers vested in her by both the Constitution of Liberia and the Declaration of the State of Emergency.”The Ministry stated that the President has also suspended all voting rights associated and connected with the Senatorial Election.“The President has directed the National Elections Commission, the agency of Government authorized to hold general and special elections, to immediately commence consultations and discussions with all recognized and accredited political parties, independent candidates, and civil society organizations and other stakeholders, as well as national and international health authorities on a new date for holding the Special Senatorial Election,” the Ministry said in a statement issued by Mr. Horatio Bobby Willie, Assistant Minister for Public Affairs At least 15 of the 30 senators should have headed for election on October 14 but with suspension, they still have their jobs until a new date can be set to conduct the election.Citing reasons that necessitated the suspension of the October 14 Senatorial Election, the President’s Proclamation states that, “As a consequence of the measures taken by the Government under the State of Emergency to contain the spread and eradicate the virus, the continued prevalence of the Virus, and other self-surviving measures taken by the people in restricting their travel and contacts, necessary for a free, open and transparent political atmosphere, the National Elections Commission, the Institution clothed with the authority to conduct elections in Liberia, has informed the Government that it has been unable to undertake several of the processes that are prerequisites to conducting the pending 2014 Senatorial Election, including the deployment of staff in the field to conduct civil/voter education, the recruitment and deployment of the required polling staff at polling centers, the importation of basic, essential and sensitive electoral materials due to the suspension of flights to Liberia, the requisite campaigning by senatorial candidates and the monitoring of the process and activities by the NEC to ensure that there are no violations of the Elections Law and that violations are adequately addressed.”It can be recalled that the President on August 6, 2014 declared a State of Emergency throughout the nation, which action was subsequently approved by the National Legislature as stipulated under Article 86 of the Constitution with the aim to combat the deadly virus affecting Liberia and its people and eradicate the virus from the nation.“Under the Constitution and the mentioned Declaration of the State of Emergency, the President is vested with the power and clothed with the authority to suspend, during the period of the State of Emergency, any and all [some] rights ordinarily exercised, enjoyed and guaranteed to citizens and residents of the Republic in normal periods, limited only by specific exceptions stipulated by the Constitution”, the Proclamation adds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Diamond man crushed after jumping off moving truck

first_imgA Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD), resident is now dead after he was pulled under the wheel of a truck that was uncontrollably descending a hill in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Dead: Phillip ArthurThe incident occurred sometime around 18:30h on Sunday last at the Kumung Kumung Trail, Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The dead man has been identified as Phillip Arthur, 35, of Lot 38 Section B Block X, Diamond Housing Scheme, EBD. He was a senior operator attached to the mining company owned by the Alphonsos.Police preliminary investigations revealed that Arthur was seated in the cabin of motor lorry GPP 8748 with trailer TPP 9380 attached, which was going up a hill along the trail.However, the lorry reportedly developed mechanical problems and began to descend during which, Arthur allegedly jumped out of the vehicle resulting in the front right wheel running over him.The dead man’s reputed wife, Veronica Johnson, told Guyana Times that they received news of Arthur’s death on Monday when the owner called and informed her brother.Johnson related that they were told that at the time of the accident, the trailer attached to the truck was carrying an excavator.“This is nothing strange though because he always does work like this… but we hearing all sorts of rumours about how the accident happened but I wasn’t there so I don’t know what really happened. They sent my brothers some photos and that’s all we have,” the woman said.According to Johnson, her reputed husband left for the interior about two weeks ago but the truck was giving them issues so they were forced to stop in Itaballi, Mazaruni, to have it repaired.“He used to call and update me on what happening so I does know where he is and so on,” she noted.Arthur’s body is presently at the Bartica Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.Meanwhile, the 42-year-old lorry driver, a resident of Itaballi, is in custody assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Huskies set for 2010/11

first_imgAt the club’s AGM on June 15th the club filled many of the organizational vacancies for the upcoming year and elected a new executive.- Advertisement -Past President Carolyn Krauss says there are still a few positions that need to be filled, but the operational team is strong heading into the summer.Sylvester Apsassin will be returning as Huskies president in the coming year, while Mary Doyle has offered to take over as secretary. Clayton Verchere, Carolyn Krauss, and Bill Snow are also all returning as directors. Krauss says she thinks the Huskies have also found someone to fill the key treasurer’s role left vacant by the departing Karen Sparling.Krauss says the Huskies got less money from provincial gaming grants this year than in the past, but she says the club’s finances are in good shape. She says the team is ready to begin selling advertising packages for the upcoming season. “We just hope the community supports the Huskies like they have in the past” she adds. The Huskies are in good shape heading into the 2010/2011 season.last_img read more

RCMP search for two suspects in house fire

first_img– Advertisement -The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for two suspects following a fire Friday night.At around 10pm, July 9, 2010, the Fort St. John Fire Department and the RCMP were called to a fire on 82nd street near 86th avenue. The fire started in the house that was under construction at the time and one adjacent house was also totally destroyed.The RCMP have confirmed to Energeticcity.ca, that witnesses spotted two suspects fleeing from the scene and the RCMP need you help to find those suspects. If you have any information about the fire, please call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8140 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca.Fire Chief Fred Burrows speaking about the incident:[asset|aid=3010|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=moosefm_news-20100709T2331.mp3]Advertisement Photo:  Crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire on 82 street – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca Following the fire, RCMP Members were seen searching the area and taking photographs of bystanders.  The RCMP are treating the fire as arson.  Thankfully, no one was injured in the fire. For more photos and video of the fire, click here.  If you have any photos or video you’d like to share, email [email protected]last_img read more

Disaster for West Ham as star striker is ruled OUT for four months

first_img1 West Ham’s Andy Carroll is set for another spell on the sidelines Andy Carroll’s nightmare spell at West Ham has taken a turn for the worse after it was revealed he would miss the next four months with ankle ligament damage.The Hammers had already revealed their £15million club-record signing would miss the rest of their pre-season tour to New Zealand as a precautionary measure.However, Jack Sullivan – son of West Ham co-owner David Sullivan – revealed on Twitter the problem was a lot more serious.He wrote: “Very bad news regarding AC. Torn ligaments in his ankle… Operation tomorrow with top surgeon in USA… Will be playing in 4 months.”Carroll later confirmed the news on the social media website, writing: “Going under the knife tomorrow morning and absolutely devastated to be missing the start of the season!!”The Hammers signed the Liverpool striker last summer despite the fact he was still carrying a heel problem, which meant he did not appear until January. Carroll then only mustered 15 Premier Leauge games last season, scoring just two goals.Manager Sam Allardyce was forced to persevere last season without his star striker, though, he has acted quickly this summer to make sure history does not repeat itself by signing Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia.last_img read more