In Pro-Tempore Election: Candidates under Spotlight

first_imgThe race for the President Pro-Tempore position is gaining momentum as old and new senators are set to elect ‘the first among equals’ this week.It is now clear that the more than six names that emerged right after the Special Senatorial Election last December, have now reduced to three potential candidates vyingfor the post.From all indications, Oscar Cooper (Margibi), Joseph Nagbe (Sinoe) and Armah Zolu Jallah (Gbarpolu) are the three senators that are opting to occupy the Pro-Tempore vacancy. The following is a critical analysis of the track record of those wanting to lead the Senate as presiding officer.Margibi County Senator Oscar CooperSince joining the Legislature in January 2012, the Unity Party senator, a professional businessman, wasted no time in establishing himself as a seasoned politician.As an entrepreneur, his work outside the Legislature of creating hundreds of job opportunities for many Liberians has paid off for him.Sen. Cooper has encountered some difficulties in presiding over the committee on Public Works and Rural Development which entails providing direct oversight over the Committee considered‘critical and vital’ to the development agenda of the UP-led government.His work has been solid on committeeswhere he has the time to sit and work with his colleagues. However, for the last three years that he has been in the Legislature, his committee is one of several that have failed to provide annual reports to plenary detailing how its oversight responsibilities are being carried out. For the record, like all other committees, his has been able to present only confirmation reports to plenary.With respect to presiding over sessions, Cooper has never made any attempt to lead his colleagues as presiding officer even though he sits in leadership roles on many committees including, Ways, Means, Finance and Budget; National Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veterans’ Affairs; and Maritime.The job he is opting for requires one to know legislative or parliamentary procedures coupled with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Senate standing rules and the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.On many occasions, Cooper has been interrupted by his colleagues because he failed to support his arguments with references from the required instruments.He can be hailed for pushing the Decent Work Bill through the Senate, but again, ignorant of the body politics of the Capitol Building, he was beaten by his colleagues in the House of Representatives; thereby stalling the full passage of the draft legislation.His medical condition does not allow him to shout so most often when debates became intense, he tried to stay clear. As a prostate cancer patient, Cooper spent almost seven months on the sideline after going through a major operation in the U.S. last year.      Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Z. JallahJallah replaced Cllr. Eddington Varmah as Senator for Lofa County in a By-election in 1998. The creation of Gbarpolu in 1999 was the result of a pledge he made to his people.He is currently the largest private investor in Gbarpolu County with the construction of a 25 bedroom guest house in Bopolu City, a major gas station at Bomi and Gbarpolu counties North Western border.He contested the October 2005 presidential elections but failed. He was elected to the Senate in 2011 by his kinsmen.Sen. Jallah chairs the committee on Internal Affairs and, like Sen. Cooper, has never made any report to plenary besides confirmations. All committees are required to make annual reports to plenary about their oversight, but to date only Banking and Currency and Judiciary have reports in the secretariat.On two occasions, Senator Jallah declined to preside over session when the opportunities came his way; something his colleagues blamed on his ‘poor brain condition’.His committee is the only one that has brought the Senate to disrepute of late.When President Johnson Sirleaf nominated chiefs, district commissioners and superintendents to Gbarpolu early last year, Jallah misinformed the Secretary of the Senate that the nominees were denied, forcing Madam Sirleaf to re-nominate the local officials. Later it was realized that his committee did not report to plenary for action. He apologized and the matter was discarded.On another front, he misinformed the Senate about a situation involving him and Police Director Chris Massaquoi.According to him, Massaquoi obstructed his movement while on his way to session, an action that warrants Contempt.That again brought the Senate to disrepute when it was established in a meeting with President Sirleaf and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at a local hotel that Senator Jallah was not on board his official vehicle but rather his concubine. In order to protect the image of the Senate, Madam Sirleaf then asked Chris Massaquoi to apologize and suspended him (Massaquoi) for one day.Sinoe County Joseph NagbeHe is by the far the most experienced senator, with 22 years at Capitol Building. He started as a Researcher and was later promoted to Senior Researcher. He can boast of being the only lawmaker in the Capitol Building trained by the U.S. Congress, having studied Law Drafting. He served as a member of the National Transitional Legislative Assembly (NTLA) and got elected as senator of Sinoe in 2005 with a second chance in 2011. As co-chair and chairman of the Judiciary Committee respectively, Nagbe has his signature on almost all of the 68 concession agreements signed under this administration of which only two met international best practice.  In so doing, the blood of the suffering masses is also on his hands.Nagbe, a seasoned lawyer is struggling with Diabetes which most times affects his attendance.On the issue of presiding over session, Nagbe acted many times in the absence of the Vice President, President Pro-Tempore and Chairmen on Executive and Foreign Relations, respectively.Under former pro-tempore Isaac W. Nyenabo, Nagbe presided several times when Nyenabo was away and even led the Senate under former pro-tempores such as Cletus Wotorson and Gbezohngar Findley.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antonio Brown tells Raiders he won’t play again if NFL won’t allow him to wear his old helmet

first_imgAntonio Brown is threatening to never play football again, apparently telling the Raiders Friday he’s done unless the NFL loosens its rule and allows him to wear his old helmet, ESPN reported.Brown spent two hours on a call with league officials trying to convince them to let him wear a 10-year-old helmet that the NFL has since banned because it doesn’t meet the league’s new safety standards, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.When the Raiders were reached for comment, they told this news …last_img

Matt Saal, June 22

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are pretty soggy. We got quite a bit of rain through the week but we have not had serious flooding issues. You can see spots where crops are starting to suffer from too much water, though.Most guys are finished up with the first cutting of hay and guys are hoping to get started with second cutting this week if it dries out a little. It looks like there will be pretty good volume there with all of the moisture we have had.There is some wheat going down with the rain we have had but over all it is still standing pretty well. There are some ponded wet spots that always hold water. Further north they had a lot more rain than we did and they had some corn under water up around the Medina area.I haven’t heard a lot of people talking with a high level of concern about the amount of rain we have had, but we have plenty for now. I haven’t seen any pest problems or diseases yet. Some of the soybean fields have weeds that are pretty tall because nobody has been able to get in and spray.last_img read more

Check out our definitive IoT market participant landscape

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#featured#innovation#Internet of Things#IoT#startups#top Maya Rao Follow the Puckcenter_img The Internet of Things is a behemoth. IoT companies number nearly 3,000, employ 10 times that, and have created over $600 billion in value. But this behemoth is also mysterious, and, at times, confusing. So what exactly is IoT and who is involved?According John Koetsier, IoT analyst and advisor to ReadWrite Labs, IoT is a sort of blanket term for adding connectivity technology and artificial intelligence to everyday products and sensors. Don’t miss your chance to attend our IoT Revolution Symposium“Ultimately, we’re ‘smartifying’ and connecting everything and every thing — giving all things the ability to sense, to act, to control themselves, to be controlled by humans, and to impact their environment,” Koetsier said.There are countless products, some already commonplace, that fit into this definition — Fitbits, smart locks, connected refrigerators. In fact, about two-thirds of Americans today own at least one connected device.There is no denying that IoT will soon become a part of our day-to-day life, and in order to keep up with the ever-changing industry, we must understand the people and companies involved in growing the space.Unsurprisingly, nearly half the companies involved in IoT are headquartered in California, the Mecca of technology. But more interesting than where the companies are located is what their focuses are. More than 25 percent of IoT-related companies are concentrated in only five categories — AI and machine learning, connected home, healthcare (enterprise), facilitative reality and data security. “AI and machine learning are essential to not only processing but also accelerating decision-making on the flood of information that IoT appliances and sensors are creating,” Koetsier said. “The connected home is the low-hanging fruit of IoT — consumer IoT — that enables people to monitor and control their home and media. Healthcare is clearly a massive revenue opportunity, and ‘facilitative reality’ encompasses much of what both giants and startups are building augmented reality and virtual reality.”Security investment is the key?But the $7.1 billion investment in data security is perhaps the most telling clue of the direction in which IoT is heading. Recent attacks like the Mirai botnet and the Persirai malware have attacked public infrastructure and private data, triggering security concerns among many consumers and government officials. To ensure the development of the IoT industry, it must address these concerns in an effective manner. Despite the massive strides IoT is making in connected devices, the industry still feels like a bit of a let-down. Many people are disillusioned with the development of IoT, expecting flying cars but getting smart watches instead. “Given this long, slow build, some … [are] saying that IoT is hitting the slope of disillusionment — the phase in the hype cycle after over-hyping and before real value is generated,” Koetsier said. Still, Koetsier counsels patience, promising that the value of IoT is on the way — efficient smart technology is emerging; all we have to do is wait.ReadWrite’s IoT landscape will be revealed at its inaugural IoT Revolution Symposium on July 11. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

‘I’ll be back’ says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH However, final confirmation of the trade has been delayed amid ongoing questions surrounding Thomas’ injury, which forced him to miss the end of the Eastern Conference finals last season.Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday that there was no question he would come back from his injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am not damaged,” Thomas said. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”Thomas insisted that medical professionals had assured him he would recover his fitness. Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games NBA player Isaiah Thomas attends the super welterweight boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. AFPLos Angeles, United States — Isaiah Thomas insisted Tuesday that he would return to fitness from a hip injury as concern over his condition threatened to stall his move from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers.Thomas is poised to join Cleveland with several teammates in a blockbuster trade that saw Cavs star Kyrie Irving head to Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN.“Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”Thomas said he had remained in touch with Cleveland since a physical on Friday but was in the dark about the team’s plans.“I don’t know what [the organization] is doing,” Thomas told ESPN. “It’s out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this (hip) won’t be a problem into the future.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Woods went 4-1-0 at the Presidents Cup in 2013, his last team competition. Except for the odd occasion when PGA champion Justin Thomas or Rickie Fowler comes over to his house in south Florida to chip in his backyard practice facility, he’s not around the players in this environment.Woods said he was “very optimistic” about getting back into the fray. He’s also as uncertain as ever.“Like I said, the pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet,” he said.He said in his May blog that he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, and he said again Wednesday that he was in no hurry to get back from a fourth back surgery, which followed four surgeries on his left knee.Woods was asked if could be the best in golf again if he returned to 100 percent health. That made Woods smile, only because he doesn’t know what 100 percent means anymore with all his injuries. The next question was if he could return to the health he had in his 20s, and Woods did all he could to keep from laughing.“Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s?” he said.“Seriously?”He turns 42 at the end of the year. His role at the Presidents Cup is assisting U.S. captain SteveStricker, encouraging players who were not even in kindergarten when Woods won the first of his 14 majors.And he’s loving every minute of it.So are the players, and the fans. Woods still remains the top draw when it comes to autographs at Liberty National. It’s a rare sighting these days on a golf course.“The younger player on both sides, he was our dominant player, the face of the PGA Tour, and they grew up idolizing him,” Jim Furyk said. “Having him here in the team room and here with those guys is invaluable. “It’s a two-way street. It’s great for Tiger. As much as he’s been injured, it’s probably wonderful for him to be out here.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.Just not to play.Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. He even acknowledged Wednesday a scenario that he doesn’t return to competition because he’s at a stage where he’s only hitting 60-yard shots.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last fall, and even though he doesn’t have a club in his hand or a putt on the line, they are big weeks. Having not played a full schedule since 2015, removed from the game, opportunities to spend time with an American team is not anything he would want to miss.“There were times when … I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart,” Woods said Wednesday. “The bouncing just hurt too much. Driving a car still hurt. So that’s all gone now, which is fantastic. And yeah, there were some intrepid times — not just for this golf tournament, but for life going forward.”Woods looks as fit as ever. He said in another blog he posted last week that he was working out six days a week, alternating among a treadmill, his bike, swimming and lifting weights twice a day. He is hitting wedges up to 60 yards, but that’s as far as he said his doctors will allow him to go.He was asked if he could see a scenario where he would not return to competition and Woods replied, “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”“I’ve been out of the game for a while,” Woods said. “First things first: Get my health organized. Make sure the pain goes away. Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says.I’m still training. I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained because obviously I’m not doing anything golf-related.”ADVERTISEMENT This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms. He had fusion surgery on his back in April, and he had reason to wonder if he would be able to join the U.S. team in this capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe said in his blog May 24 that surgery brought instant nerve relief. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. Three weeks later, he entered a treatment center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next LATEST STORIES NBA: LeBron relieved that Cavs snagged Wade away from other contenders Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View commentslast_img read more

Indian Olympic Association and Commonwealth Games Federation Chiefs to Discuss Shooting at CWG

first_img The CGF chief is also expected to meet Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju.Earlier, Martin in her letter to Batra, written on July 29, had listed three purposes of her visit to India but she did not directly mention any discussion on India’s demand for a reversal of the CGF’s decision to drop shooting from the 2022 Birmingham CWG owing to.After the unprecedented move of the IOA in July to propose boycott of the Games, the CGF leadership has indicated that it’s too late to change the decision, more so after the event roster was ratified by the General Assembly in Rwanda on September 3, which the IOA had boycotted in protest.”The intended purpose of our visit would be to cover the following three areas:… further clarification necessary on the composition and process for determining the CWG sports programme, recognising the concerns raised by India (including relations going forward with the ISSF and ICFRA).Batra said Mehta will accompany Martin and Grevemberg to Mumbai and Bengaluru.The IOA top officials had earlier talked about not having any Indian in the CGF decision-making bodies which they said made it difficult for them to work in making shooting a core sport in the CWG.Shooting has featured in every Commonwealth Games since 1966 with the exception of Edinburgh 1970.But since the sport in an optional one, it has remained the prerogative of the host nation whether to include it in the CWG.The CGF constitution will need an amendment if the sport is to be included in the core programme.The November 14 meeting may discuss the issue of India’s absence in the top decision-making bodies of the CGF. 2022 Commonwealth Games2022 CWGCGFCommonwealth games First Published: September 23, 2019, 5:07 PM IST Martin will be accompanied by CGF chief executive David Grevemberg, while IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta will also be present during the deliberations. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Narinder Batra is set to meet Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Louise Martin here on November 14 to discuss the “concerns” raised by India on the axing of shooting from the 2022 Birmingham CWG.Martin had, in a letter written on September 16, suggested the meeting between the top brass of the IOA and CGF to which Batra replied that the most suitable time would be November 14. “…as suggested by you in your e-mail dated 21.09.2019, we agree to start from 14th November 2019 in Delhi,” the IOA chief wrote.The CGF chief is yet to reply to Batra’s latest e-mail but the meeting is most likely to take place on November 14 as Martin had earlier indicated a tentative window (of the weeks of November 11 and 18) for it.last_img read more

Stramaccioni Panathinaikos Coach

first_imgPanathinaikos, however, suffered a bad start to this season and failed to reach the money-spinning Champions League group stages, while falling behind Olympiacos at home. TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos’ soccer club has named former Inter Milan and Udinese boss Andrea Stramaccioni as its new coach in a bid to catch arch-rival Olympiacos in the Greek league.Strammaccioni, 39, signed a two-year deal to take over from Yiannis Anastasiou, who left by mutual consent as the revolving door of coaches in the Greek league continued.“I’m really happy and proud to be at this club,” Stramaccioni said in a statement on the club’s website. “I’m in the right place for the work I want to do and prove to the people who have brought me here that I can meet the demands required.“I do not want to make big promises; this is something I don’t do generally. The only thing I pledge is that I will give the best I can to take this club where it wants to go…“I am coming in mid-way during the season and this is difficult because there is no time but much work to be done – starts for the derby coming up fast.”Stramaccioni jumps right into it when the Greens take on Olympiacos on Nov. 21 as the Reds are pulling away in the league, leading their rivals by eight points.last_img read more

Dejected Brazil coach Tite finds World Cup 2018 exit ‘very hard to accept’

first_imgThe FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia threw another surprise on Friday as five-time champions Brazil got knocked out of the tournament after being outplayed by a rampaging Belgium team in Kazan.Brazil dominated possession throughout the game but it was Belgium who converted their chances with lethal accuracy.Coach Tite was left to regret the missed opportunities that Brazil had in the second half and had a tough time pin-pointing the reasons for the shock loss.France and Belgium in historic World Cup semi-final: Stats and facts”Football has a randomness but I don’t like to talk about luck,” he said. “When it is on our side it is a polite way of putting down the opponent. So I don’t believe in luck. Was Courtois lucky? No, he was great. It hit the woodwork, what can you do. Belgium were competent and effective.World Cup 2018: Belgium showed their worth to the world, says De Bruyne”Randomness, accidents, they happen. And today they happened. It hurts to say that. That is not to undermine Belgium, who are a great team. But chance was cruel to us. It was so hard and it is very hard to accept,” Tite said after the game.Quarter-final 2: Belgium knock Brazil outThis edition has seen almost all the big names bow out early in the competition with three big teams getting knocked out in the city of Kazan. Brazil joined Argentina and Germany in the list of teams that played its final match at the Kazan Arena on Friday.advertisement2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe defeat was Tite’s first in a competitive match since he took over in mid-2016 and only his second defeat overall. It was also the first time his side had allowed two goals in a game after conceding only six in their previous 25 matches.Yet Brazil were the dominant team for much of the game, and especially in the second half when substitutes Douglas Costa and Renato Augusto ran at the Belgium defence.Tite, though, praised their opponents – who had eight shots at goal to Brazil’s 26 – for their superior finishing.”We had the upper hand for two-thirds of the game, a very high quality game,” he said. “Belgium turned their chances into goals. It’s very difficult to say this but it was a great game. Two very impressive teams technically.””With all this pain that I am feeling, this bitterness, it is difficult to talk, but those who like football took great pleasure in watching this game. What a game it was,” the 57-year-old concluded.Fernandinho put Belgium ahead with an own goal when the ball came off his shoulder from a corner after 13 minutes before Kevin De Bruyne hammered home a second just past the half-hour.Brazil substitute Renato Augusto reduce the deficit after 76 minutes with a fine header but although Tite’s team piled on the pressure they could not get an equaliser and Belgium now go through to the semi-finals to play France.Brazil were every bit Belgium’s equal and had chances to score, hitting the woodwork early on through Thiago Silva and forcing Thibaut Courtois to make several great saves.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img