NEC Seeks Electoral Threshold for 2017 General Elections

first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has written the Senate seeking an electoral threshold on which it will conduct the 2017 General Elections. In a letter dated July 19, 2016 addressed to the Senate through Pro Temp Armah Jallah, NEC Chairman Jerome Korkoya recalled that in 2010, the Legislature passed a Joint Resolution LEG-002 (2010) which set a special electoral threshold for the 2011 General Elections. According to Chairman Korkoya, that threshold maintained the sixty-four electoral districts used by NEC for the conduct of the 2005 General Elections; added nine more electoral districts, thereby establishing a total of seventy-three (73) electoral districts; and mandated NEC to reapportion the districts accordingly. “Pursuant to the authority granted it by both Joint Resolution LEG-002 and the Constitution of Liberia, the NEC reapportioned the seventy-three electoral districts provided for under Joint Resolution LEG-002, and the 2011 General Elections were also conducted accordingly.”As the special threshold of Joint Resolution LEG-002 was limited to the 2011 General Elections, the NEC letter informed the Legislature that it will need a new threshold from that body for the 2017 General Elections, scheduled to be held on October 10, 2017. The national electoral body noted that Section 1(b) of Joint Resolution LEG-002 states, among other things, “that following the 2011 General Elections, arrangements will be made for the conduct of a National Housing and Population Census. If the census referred to in section 1(b) of Joint Resolution LEG-002 is unlikely to be conducted before the holding of the 2017 General Elections, the NEC respectfully submits that in order for it to satisfy the requirements of Article 80 (d&e) of the Constitution, and the principle of equal representation, the threshold for holding the 2017 General Elections should be based on the population figures released from the 2008 National Population and Housing Census.”The letter has been sent to the Senate Committee on Autonomous Commissions & Agencies chaired by Grand Bassa County Senator Jonathan Kaipay.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

I feel home at Chelsea, reveals Batshuayi

first_img0Shares0000However, the emergence of Tammy Abraham as Chelsea’s leading goalscorer has meant Batshuayi has yet to start a match this season and the future looks bleak. Photo/TEAMTALK MEDIALONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 18 – Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi insists he is loving life at Stamford Bridge despite struggling to break into the starting lineup.Chelsea splashed out Sh4.3 billion (£33million) to sign the Belgium international from French outfit Marseille in the summer of 2016, but he has never been a regular starter. Loan spells with Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace have followed, but they failed to provide the spark he needed to force his way in at Chelsea.The 26-year-old would have been hoping this could be the season, following the arrival of new boss Frank Lampard coupled with the fact Chelsea have not been able to make any new signings due to the transfer embargo.However, the emergence of Tammy Abraham as Chelsea’s leading goalscorer has meant Batshuayi has yet to start a match this season and the future looks bleak.He is third in the pecking order behind Abraham and Olivier Giroud and a move away from the Bridge is sure to happen at some point in the near future.It could even happen in the January transfer window if Chelsea receive the right offer and the player expresses a desire to leave.However despite his troubles, Batshuayi has spoken of his love for the club and seems determined to fight for his place in the side.“I have never been a full-fledged starter, but Chelsea is my club, that’s where I feel at home. It’s a club I love deeply,” the striker revealed.There should be no shortage of offers should Batshuayi feel the time is right to move on, with clubs throughout Europe ready to offer him the chance to get his career back on track.Chelsea will look to recoup as much of their outlay as possible but may have to take a small hit to get him off the wage bill.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal ‘can’t afford to play catch-up’ in Premier League title race, warns Aaron Ramsey

first_img Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey 1 Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal need to raise their level if they are to stay in the Premier League title race.The Gunners were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City on Sunday to leave them two points adrift of leaders Manchester City and without a league win in November.Ramsey, who made his first start since he sustained an injury in October, is wary of the dangers of playing catch-up with the pace-setters so early in the season.“Every game is important at the moment, it is so tight so we don’t want to drop any points,” said the Welshman.“We don’t want to have to play catch up but we will see at the end of the season and we will want to bounce back and get back to winning ways on Saturday.“It was good to be back out here and to get some minutes under my belt.“Hopefully I can get a few more games under my belt to get my fitness levels back up.”last_img read more


first_imgRE-POSTED: “They’re all replaceable” –  so says film critic and broadcaster Barry Norman about the screen icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood.There’s no room for sentiment with the 78-year-old who tells it like it is – and was – as he prepares to take centrestage at Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre on Sunday in his show: “Barry Norman’s Favourite Films”.Speaking about his time interviewing Hollywood screen legends, the respected film critic told “They’re all replaceable, well, they are, there are also people who say the stars aren’t as great as they used to be, I don’t believe this is true, in fact, I think the best stars today are certainly as big.” He also didn’t hold back about the current state of the film industry saying that “at least seventy per cent of movies are just about tolerable down to dreadfully awful.”Norman hasn’t seen The Twilight movies, “made for 15-year-old girls” and describes Arnold Schwarzenegger as, “not an actor but a human special effect” and tells us that John Wayne had to be held back from thumping him.Anecdotes about Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman trip off Norman’s tongue matter-of-factly and whet the appetite for what promises to be a gem of a show for any film fan.Best remembered for his BBC ‘Film’ review programme which he hosted for almost thirty years, his current tour is an insight into four classic movies with a second half for Q&As. He says: “I talk about four classic movies and they are the kind of films that most people would have seen and would remember with affection, I hope.”The films are: The Adventures of Robin Hood (with Erroll Flynn), Dirty Harry, Casablanca and Gone With The Wind.Asked if people had moved on from these classics, he said: “Of course people have moved on from them.  I’ve moved on from them but they are still terrific movies and if you are interested in good films you can’t just move on from a good film because another one that is slightly different has come along.“A good film is a good film is a good film.“Listen, I’m not one of those that say, ‘oh they don’t make them like that anymore’ because the best movies today are as good as any other made and technically better than many others made before. “What I’m uneasy about is the fact that movies nowadays are aimed at a core audience of 15 – 18 yr olds which is a bit terrifying really.“That mainly lies with the really big Hollywood studios which are now run, not by people who care about film, but by accountants and they just look at the balance sheets.”He has watched around 12,000 movies and might bristle politely at being asked what’s his favourite film or actor for the umpteenth time, and why not?Even the title of his show he says is a “total misnomer”. “I didn’t think of it. Clive Conway my agent did.”(Clive Conway Celebrity Productions and the website Barry Norman is at An Grianan Theatre, Letterkennythis Sunday April 1st at 8pm. Telephone Box Office 074 91 20777 fortickets.FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSICS was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:An Grianan TheatreDONEGALDAILY INTERVIEW: FILM CRITIC BARRY NORMAN TAKES US BEHIND THE SCENES OF HOLLYWOOD’S CLASSIC MOVIES AND SCREEN ICONSletterkennylast_img read more

European Super League: Premier League clubs decline to comment on claims

first_img Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT whoops 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense TOP WORK Most Popular Premier League Stories The documents claim they are among 16 clubs who would leave their domestic competitions to play in the new league as early as 2021. Such a move would leave the future of the leading domestic leagues and major competitions such as the Champions League in question.Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are the other clubs listed, with five further clubs allegedly to be invited as ‘initial guests’.City, United and Liverpool all declined to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport, while Chelsea did not immediately respond. changes Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City predicted England’s leading clubs have declined to comment on leaked documents which appear to reveal plans for the launch of a European Super League within the next three years.Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal were all named in the documents which were released by Football Leaks and published by German news magazine Der Spiegel. latest Der Spiegel reported the most recent document was sent to Real Madrid on October 22, with a plan to finalise arrangements later this month.According to the published documents, the 11 founders of the league would be immune from the risk of relegation with guaranteed membership for 20 years.The five clubs in line to be invited to join as guests were named as Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Marseille, Inter Milan and Roma. revealed Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 huge blow SORRY getty Press Association Sport understands Arsenal remain committed to the Premier League.Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – who is also the chairman of the European Club Association – issued a statement rejecting the documents and stating his club is committed to playing in the Bundesliga.“FC Bayern Munich stands by its membership of the Bundesliga and, as long as I am chairman of the board of FC Bayern, also by the club competitions organised jointly by UEFA and the ECA,” Rummenigge said.The club statement read: “FC Bayern is also unaware of recent plans for a so-called Super League, also reported by ‘Der Spiegel’, nor has FC Bayern taken part in negotiations relating to such plans. FC Bayern is also unaware of why it is listed in a document quoted in this context by ‘Der Spiegel’.” gameday cracker Chelsea and Liverpool are claimed to be among 16 clubs who would play in the European Super League. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Cruises Past Iowa Wesleyan, 102-25, in Annual Pack the Knapp Game

first_img Next Game: Drake (5-4) was led in scoring by two of its local student-athletes as freshman Hannah Fuller (West Des Moines, Iowa) and sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) each scored 18 points. Fuller’s total is a career-high for the West Des Moines Valley product while Hittner from Dowling Catholic recorded 18 points for the second consecutive game. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team cruised past Iowa Wesleyan, 102-25, in the program’s annual Pack the Knapp for Character presented by the YMCA of Greater Des Moines game. More than 4,000 Des Moines and local area elementary and middle school students filled the stands for a fun morning of basketball, educational and fun activities. Total attendance was a season-high 4,615 fans. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) nearly recorded a triple double with nine points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Rose filled the stat sheet with nine rebounds, four assists and steals and two blocks. Senior Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) and freshman Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) each scored nine points. Following Tuesday’s game, Drake will welcome Nebraska on Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest at the Knapp Center. The game is part of a holiday doubleheader with the Drake men’s basketball team, which will host Omaha at 5 p.m. The games will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Nebraska 12/9/2017 – 2 PM Monahan scored the game’s first points 24 seconds in as the Bulldogs never trailed. Iowa Wesleyan (0-8) didn’t score until just over four minutes and finished with just three points in the opening quarter, 37-3. The three points are a program-low for a quarter by an opponent. Story Links Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Joining Fuller and Hittner in double figures was sophomore Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) with 13 points, freshman Katie Van Scyoc (Green Lake, Wis.) equaled her career-high with 11 points and junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) added 10 points. HTML Box Score Photo Gallery PDF Box Score Drake, which came into the game as one of the top passing teams in the country in average assists per game at 21.3, recorded 33 assists on 38 field goals. Six Bulldogs finished with three or more assists. Drake knocked down 13-of-25 (52.0 percent) three-pointer, pulled down 42 rebounds and forced 30 turnovers.last_img read more

Softball Splits a Pair of Games Saturday at Mizzou Tournament

first_img PDF Box Score SE Louisiana vs. Creighton 3/4/2018 – 10 AM Creighton’s Sam Crowley led off the sixth inning with a home run to tie the ballgame at 1-1. Ashley Cantu followed with a single to center field before a wild pitch allowed her to safely advance to second. A third consecutive hit moved Cantu to third and she then scored the go-ahead run after an error by Alexander in centerfield. In the seventh inning, Drake mounted a rally attempt as freshman Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) drew a one-out walk and later advanced to third, but Johnson popped out to end the game between the former Missouri Valley rivals. The Bulldogs’ bats struggled in the game with just three hits but did put an additional six runners on base with four walks and two hit by pitches. Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) responded in the fifth with back-to-back one-out singles. A walk to Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) loaded the bases for Drake as Roemmich followed with a sacrifice fly to score Frank. Johnson followed with a double to bring in both runners to push the lead to 7-2. Smith worked out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth inning and allowed one base runner in the seventh but finished the game with a flyout. Preview Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) pitched five innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with four strikeouts as her record drops to 4-3 with the defeat. PDF Box Score Creighton Live Stats Smith (2-2) entered in relief for Timmons for the final two innings and allowed only one hit and struck out three. Smith pitched the complete game against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday morning as she allowed just two runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks.center_img Full Schedule Roster COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Drake University softball team split a pair of games Saturday at the Mizzou Tournament. The Bulldogs opened the day with a 7-2 victory over Southeastern Louisiana (10-8) before narrowly falling to Creighton (8-4), 2-1.   Story Links Drake (11-6) and Creighton moved quickly through the first four innings with only three combined hits. In the fifth frame, Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) followed her one-out single with back-to-back stolen bases to reach third base. A bunt by Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) gave Johnson enough time to score the Bulldogs’ lone run of the game. Smith and Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), who was hit by a pitch before Smith’s at-bat, were doubled up on the bunt. Southeastern Louisiana took a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first before the Drake offense came out strong and grabbed four runs in the first three innings for a 4-1 lead. The Lions pulled within two runs after an error by Drake catcher Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.) allowed a run in the fourth inning. Next Game: The Bulldogs close out the Mizzou Tournament Sunday with rematches against Creighton and Missouri at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Drake dropped a close 4-3 contest to Missouri Friday night.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgSevere winds continue to bash the county today as Met Eireann issue a weather warning.Gusts of speeds up to 100km/h are expected to sweep through Donegal, Connacht, Cavan and Monaghan.Met Eireann has issued a Yellow Weather Warning – which means that those exposed to the elements in coastal and high areas could be at risk. The strong gusty winds and heavy showers are due to ease off by this evening. Temperatures will stay at a cool 12 degrees Celsius.Even more rain is forecast for the county tomorrow morning, but they will clear by the afternoon. Temperatures will rise slightly to between 12 and 14 degrees Celcius.STORM-FORCE WINDS TO CONTINUE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:galestormweatherwindslast_img read more


first_imgHotelier and county councillor Sean McEniff has said Donegal tourism needs a new body if it is to attract visitors to the region.Hotelier and county councillor Sean McEniffWhile he praises initiatives like the Wild Atlantic Way, he says that tourism in Donegal has generally been forgotten by those in power in Dublin.The Bundoran-based businessman says the only way we can revive our tourism industry locally if it is given back to the operators locally. In this article he suggests that a regrouping of the North West Tourism initiative, which was disbanded in 2006, could help tourism attract much larger numbers in the years ahead.“As we entered the New Year it was difficult to read of yet more hotel, restaurant and bar closures in Co. Donegal.“The difficulties experienced by both the Seaview and Jacksons Hotel is a shock for the whole tourism sector in the County and I hope is a wake up call for the mandarins in Dublin who now administer the tourism sector on behalf of all the regions throughout the country.When North West Tourism was abolished in 2006 we were promised significant investment for the tourism sector in the North West and as a consequence new visitor attractions and increased visitor numbers would be apparent. “However when we study visitor numbers and revenue for the past number of years we see that the North West is still bottom of the pile and way behind the other regions of Ireland. In other words the new system brought into place in 2006 has failed Donegal and the North West in general.“The Government has already admitted that the new Health system is not working and that the HSE is a failed entity and I regret to say that the new centralized system brought in by the Department of Tourism and Failte Ireland is also a failure for the tourism sector in Co.Donegal.“Following the troubles in Northern Ireland the Northern Ireland Tourism Board received huge Government support for the tourism sector in the six counties. North West Tourism was very proactive in requesting the same support for the six border counties in the South who suffered equally in visitor numbers and revenue during that period. The Department of Tourism and Failte Ireland responded by abolishing the regional board in order that they could keep the tourism sector quiet in this region.“However the same pressing issues face the tourism sector in Donegal nine years on and until this is recognized at a national level we will continue to under perform in this County and the closures we heard off in the past number of months will continue.“North West Tourism was locally elected by the trade and were hands on meeting on a regular basis with hoteliers, self catering and B&B owners,visitor attraction and activity tourism providers, local tourism committees and the Local Authorities. Almost eighty per cent of our Board were from the private sector and we now need a similar entity that gives a proper voice to those who deliver tourism at the coalface. “I welcome initiatives such as the Wild Atlantic Way which is a marketing initiative for all of the West Coast and I applaud the work of Donegal tourism which is now led and mainly funded by Donegal Co Council. Indeed most of the tourism initiatives for the County are led out by the Council, however in previous times the lead was taken by the tourism sector and I still think this approach would still be the most beneficial and call on Failte Ireland in Dublin to be more proactive with initiatives for Co. Donegal.Before North West Tourism was abolished we were seeking the following as a priority for Donegal:• Significant additional marketing funds for Donegal• Targetted overseas marketing campaigns in the UK, France, Germany and the USA. • Funding for Sliabh League to be fast tracked• A Discovery Centre for Letterkenny• Sea Life Centre for Bundoran• Major Visitor Attraction for Malin Head• Enhancement of visitor facilities at visitor attractions such as Glenveagh, Ards Forest Park, Inch Levels, Dunlewey and the Islands.• Major Investment in Activity Tourism including Walking, Cycling, Angling, Surfing, Golf and Equestrian.• Attract major new festivals and events to Donegal.“These are still priorities for the County and until we are given the special designation we deserve the North West will continue to be the least visited region in the Country as is now the case. As my colleague Cllr Paddy McGowan put it last week there needs to be special help and the whole country is being administered as if it were all the same and a business in O’ Connell St. is the same as one on Main St. Ballybofey.“One of our most successful initiatives in North West Tourism was that myself, the Chief Executive and members of the trade would go to the UK and meet the key tour and coach operators and sell the North West to them which resulted in thousands of additional visitors coming to Co. Donegal.“Unfortunately as I said the Board and the position of Chief Executive was abolished so I now think we in the Council should take on this initiative again and try to win some badly needed overseas business for the County. It is absolutely crucial for Donegal’s economic development that we grow the tourism sector and make major strides in increasing tourism revenue which will result in new jobs whilst assisting the many businesses that are finding it very difficult at the moment.”McENIFF SAYS TOURISM IN DONEGAL NEEDS TO BE RUN BY LOCAL INITIATIVES was last modified: January 26th, 2015 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:bundoranCLLR SEAN MCENIFFdonegaltourismlast_img read more

Sadness as woman who shared beautiful waterfall with Donegal passes away

first_imgThe funeral will take place today of Doris Russo, a much-admired lady who contributed much to the Inishowen community.Doris, who was born in Illinois USA, lived in Clonmany for 20 years, where she renovated and opened the Glen House as a B&B in the 1990s.Ms Russo developed an access route to the Glenevin waterfall behind Glen House and created a popular natural attraction that is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year. She passed away at Nazareth House, Fahan on August 12th. Removal will take place today (Monday) at 10.40am to St. Mary’s Church, Clonmany for Requiem Mass at 11am. Cremation will take place in Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan at 3.15pm.Ms Russo is celebrated at The Glenevin Waterfall Park with a special plaque and banner in her honour at the beginning and end of the walking trail.Ms Russo sold the Glen House in 2004, which was bought by Martin and Sonia McGonigle, who run the B&B today. Ms Russo leaves behind a lasting legacy at The Glenevin Waterfall Park and the wider community.Sadness as woman who shared beautiful waterfall with Donegal passes away was last modified: August 15th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:clonmanydoris russoglenevinRIPthe glen housewaterfalllast_img read more