Did Ngafuan Resign Too Soon?

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan’s recent announcement of his resignation may have been accepted by many in good faith since he based his decision on compliance with the Code of Conduct Act passed in 2014 at the National Legislature.While the timing of Mr. Ngafuan’s resignation runs almost exactly two years to the October 2017 elections, it nevertheless has created apprehension among other potential candidates who are still holding on to their positions and there are questions regarding who would be the next to resign. A survey conducted in Monrovia suggests that there could be a very good reason among potential presidential aspirants that are still in government to be jittery. After all, Section 5.1 of the Code of Conduct requires that a person appointed by the President may not engage in political activities such as canvassing or contesting elected office, should not use any government facility or serve on any campaign team, political party or be an independent candidate. The code of conduct further states that if such a person holds a ministerial position and has any desire to contest any elective public office, the person should resign his/her position at least two years prior to the date of holding elections.Section 5.2 states that if any person affected holds a tenured position, that person should resign at least three years prior to the date of the elections. The Act exempts the President, Vice President, Senators and members of the House of Representatives.However, a group, calling itself Citizens Solidarity Council (CSC) last year filed a petition in the Civil Law Court for Declaration Judgment, requesting the court to declare Sections 5.1 and 5. 2 of the Code of Conduct “unconstitutional.”Information gathered suggests that the government opposed the Petition and the case was forwarded to the Supreme Court and it is now awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision. Hence, many legal minds who spoke to the Daily Observer suggest that Minister Ngafuan may have made a hasty resignation.“If the Supreme Court later decides that the Act is unconstitutional, then Minister Ngafuan would have acted hastily since no Minister or anyone affected by the Act could be expected to resign,” said a legal expert who asked not to be identified.Accordingly, he said, “If the Supreme Court decides that the sections of the Code of Conduct that are challenged are unconstitutional, then any cabinet minister or director could hold on to the position for as long as necessary.“This can go on as long as necessary until the person declares an intention for the elected political office and is accepted by the Elections Commission as a certified candidate,” they said.The Daily Observer has learnt that one of the major contentions of the CSC is that the Code of Conduct is “discriminatory” and therefore a violation of the Constitution by infringing on the rights of officials.“Because it tries to have an incumbent violate a contract which he or she entered into with the institution that employed such a person or a position anyone is appointed to,” our source said, noting that the Supreme Court must decide the legality of the Code of Conduct.Another legal source said, “All eyes are now on the Supreme Court, which has been dealing with constitutional issues, to deal with the matter.”It was learned that other incumbents who are still holding on to their posts are waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on the case before they decide on what course of action to take.A lawyer described it as a “smart and wise decision” and therefore no one should need to resign at this stage while the matter is still before the Supreme Court.“If anyone resigns now,” the lawyers said, “on account of the Act whose constitutionality is still in doubt and waiting for the Supreme Court to decide, the resigned officials cannot be reinstated.”What is clear is that some of those interviewed, including lawyers told the Daily Observer that, lawmakers who have the desire to run in the next presidential race will be highly disappointed if they are prevented from running for the nation’s top office, if the Act that many consider as discriminatory is not changed, as it is being pursued at the Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Huskies Player of the Week: Jonathan Bateman

first_imgHow would you describe your style of play?Jonathan: “I would compare my style to Pecker Renee. Big body, compete around the crease, and I think my game is technically sound, but when the time comes, I’m able to scramble around the crease and still make saves.”Favourite moment with the Huskies?Jonathan: “Favourite moment would have to be winning the championship last year. It was a pretty special moment. It doesn’t matter what league you’re playing in, when you win a championship it’s a one of a kind feeling.”Favourite hockey team?Jonathan: “The Winnipeg Jets. once they joined the league, I decided to be a fan and have just been a fan ever since.”Favourite player?Jonathan: “Favourite player would have to be Pecker Renee.”Advertisement How long have you been with the Huskies?Jonathan: “This would be my third season this year with the Huskies.”What position do you play?Jonathan: “I’m a goaltender. We’re a crazy bunch back there, left alone by ourselves, so we’re a little crazy.”Advertisement What music do you like?Jonathan: “I’m big into dance music, rap music, I like rock n roll, classic rock. Not a huge country fan, so that’s probably the only kind of music I won’t listen to.”What’s your favourite food?Jonathan: “I’m going to have to go with steak and mash potatoes.”What do you hope for the future?Jonathan: “For the future, hopefully, I can continue playing hockey. Next year I’m planning on going to school with hockey as well, so as long as I can play the sport, I’m happy.”center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This week’s Huskies Player of the Week is #31 goaltender Jonathan Bateman.Each week, a different player from the Huskies will be interviewed.As part of a weekly feature, Jonathan was met at the rink to talk about himself and his team effort.- Advertisement -Jonathan Bateman Facts:Age: 20Height: 6′ 3″Weight: 177 lbs.Shoots: —Hometown: Calgary, A.B.last_img read more

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Former Donegal election candidate on aid work in Syria

first_imgBallybofey man Tim Jackson is currently in Syria having been invited by a French aid agency based in the capital, Damascus.SOS Chrétiens d’Orient help refugees re-build houses and distribute food aid in an effort to curb the humanitarian crisis currently gripping the country.Alexandre Goodarzy, Head of Mission with the group in Syria, said, “We really appreciate that people like Tim are willing to help, that they are invested. The question is now, ‘what are you doing, what are you going to do?’ Anyone can help the victims, even from far away.” “We must give our time and presence to this conflict, it’s a big testimony, and it’s greatly appreciated by those who are suffering here. There is a time when we must do something. You have to take a stand, and act. Ours is a humanitarian response. The worst thing is to do nothing.”“If the jihadi’s have their way, Syria will be destroyed and broken into regions. This would be a disaster for minorities, such as the Christians. Our work is to not let Syria be divided or lose its identity, or to force innocent Syrians flee their own country.”Former Donegal election candidate on aid work in Syria was last modified: August 4th, 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) Tags:donegalSyriaTim Jacksonlast_img read more

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DD NOTICE: NAOMH CONAILL 5K TAKES PLACE ON WEDNESDAY

first_imgThe annual Naomh Conaill 5K road race will take place tomorrow evening at 7pm.A large crowd is expected to take part in the run which organisers hope will raise money for the club.Participants are asked to register at 6pm at the clubhouse before the race starts at 7pm.    DD NOTICE: NAOMH CONAILL 5K TAKES PLACE ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: August 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5K road raceGAANaomh Conaill CLGNoticesSportlast_img read more

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NASA touting its test facilities

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Representatives from NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field near San Jose came to the event to talk about wind tunnels. Ames has the agency’s West Coast wind tunnel facilities, used for research dating back to World War II. Joining the Ames crew at Expo 2005 were engineers from NASA’s Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio. Glenn specializes in wind tunnel tests of engines and power-plant systems. Engineers from Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., were at the expo to explain Langley’s various test capabilities including a transonic wind tunnel that can be pressurized and cooled with nitrogen. EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – NASA engineers and pilots promoted its supersonic research aircraft and wind tunnels at Aerospace Testing Expo 2005 last week at the Long Beach Convention Center. The exposition gave NASA the opportunity to talk about its aeronautics research capabilities to several thousand key players in the global aerospace industry. Visitors lined up at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center to try their hand at piloting a jet flight simulator. Dryden, located on Edwards Air Force Base, has the capability to make simulations for a wide variety of aircraft. Dryden is also home to supersonic jet aircraft such as an F-15B that recently helped engineers model the trajectories of divots of space shuttle fuel tank insulating foam, to help prepare the shuttle fleet to return to flight. In addition to research conducted by Dryden for NASA, the aircraft and facilities showcased at the expo can be hired by other government agencies and industry. last_img read more

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Men’s Tennis Opens NCAA Tournament Against Vanderbilt

first_imgThe other two teams in the region are No. 8 Illinois and Marquette. Full NCAA Men’s Tennis Bracket Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team learned its draw for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday (May 1) and will open the tournament against No. 19 Vanderbilt in Champaign, Ill. on Saturday, May 12 at 12 p.m. Drake was chosen to play at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of Illinois for the seventh time as the Bulldogs advanced to the second round before falling to the Fighting Illini in their last trip in 2015. It will be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and the Commodores in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs, who registered their second-ever tournament victory in 2015 versus Louisville, are making their 11th NCAA Championship appearance.  Print Friendly Version Live Video DRAKE NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORYYEAR • OPPONENT (LOCATION), RESULT1992 • Harvard (Athens, Ga.), L, 4-52006 • Oklahoma State (Stillwater, Okla.), L, 0-42007 • Michigan (Champaign, Ill.), L, 0-42008 • LSU (Champaign, Ill.), L, 1-42011 • Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), L, 0-42012 • Auburn (Champaign, Ill.), L, 2-42013 • TCU (Los Angeles, Calif.), W, 4-12013 • UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.), L 0-42014 • Memphis (Champaign, Ill.) L, 3-42015 • Louisville (Champaign, Ill.) W, 4-22015 • Illinois (Champaign, Ill.) L, 2-42017 • Illinois (Stillwater, Okla.) L, 0-4 Ticket prices for the First and Second rounds will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and can be purchased at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex starting one hour prior to the first match each day. One ticket is valid for one admission to all matches on the day the ticket is purchased. Spectator parking is available east of the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex off of Goodwin Ave. Spectators can enter the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex from this lot.last_img read more

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Local Elections 2019: John O’Donnell set to top the poll in Milford

first_imgKilmacrennan-based Councillor John O’Donnell looks set to top the poll in the Milford area.Independent Councillor O’Donnell said recently that ‘the electorate of the Milford area will be the judges of my record on May 24th – and tally figures indicate that he’s set to lead the way.O’Donnell has taken 24 per cent of the vote, with over 1,600 first preferences – with boxes in Kilmacrennan and Termon, his strongholds, still to be tallied. Fianna Fáil’s Liam Blaney is set to be comfortably returned to Lifford. Blaney has over 1,533 first preferences and there seems an intriguing battle set to develop for the last seat in the new three-seat area.Sitting Independent Councillor Ian McGarvey appears to be in a race with Fine Gael’s Eimer Friel and Sinn Féin’s Maria Doherty.Follow our LIVE Blog on the 2019 Donegal Local Elections via the link below LIVE: Donegal Daily Local Elections 2019 – follow our updatesLocal Elections 2019: John O’Donnell set to top the poll in Milford was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 local electionsDonegal County CouncilJohn O’Donnellkilmacrennanlast_img read more

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Workers’ compensation fund in the black

first_img7 July 2011The Department of Labour’s Compensation Fund reported a surplus of R3.2-billion in the past financial year, as the number of companies registered with the fund grew to 420 000.The fund raised R5.2-billion in assessment revenue compared to R4.8-billion in the previous financial year, an increase of eight percent.The accumulated financial standing of the fund was R26.5-billion, fund commissioner Shadrack Mkhonto said in a statement on Tuesday.Five percent of this would go towards investment in job creation projects.“The compensation fund is the biggest medical aid in the country covering more than 11-million members, most of whom are workers and employers,” Mkhonto said.The fund, which is financed by levies paid by employers, compensates workers who are injured or suffer from diseases contracted during their employment. It also covers death resulting from such injuries or diseases.The fund became embroiled in controversy last year when a presentation to Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour revealed a R1-billion decrease in compensation paid out to injured workers in the 2009/10 financial year.Sapalast_img read more

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South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport best in Africa

first_img21 October 2014Three South African airports have been voted the top three airports in Africa by frequent travellers in the sleepinginairports.net’s 2014 Best Airports in Africa survey.Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport tops the list, with Cape Town International Airport coming second, followed by Durban’s King Shaka International Airport in third place, taking all the top spots in the top five airports in Africa. The survey rates airports based on business and leisure travellers’ reports on comfort, convenience, cleanliness and customer service. The winning airports all sport modern conveniences: wi-fi, premium lounges, shower facilities and especially for those needing a place to work or snooze during layovers, quiet areas.OR Tambo InternationalOR Tambo International in Johannesburg is a major continental transit hub – it efficiently processes thousands of visitors a day and received a major overhaul to welcome football fans for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Its appearance on the list is virtually a no-brainer then.According to one survey respondent, it’s a “nice airport to get some sleep in after you’ve checked in. The area inside the international departures is a “silent zone’ so there are no annoying tannoys. Always clean and tidy, but very limited smoking. Enough shops to keep you entertained. But be warned the prices are much higher that outside the airport. A much better airport to sleep in than Skiphol in Amsterdam.’According to the sleepinginairports.net website, “Travellers praised the airport for its overall soothing ambience, its intuitive layout and friendly staff.’Cape Town International AirportCape Town International, while less of a layover destination than OR Tambo, nevertheless offers options to wile away a few hours. Bookshops, curio stands, restaurants, showers, premium lounges and the now must-have wi-fi make waiting for a flight a breeze. A bonus is the relative quiet, as the airport seldom hosts late- night flights.King Shaka International Airport, DurbanDurban is one of South Africa’s lesser-known international destinations, but a hit with locals for its year-round tropical climate. Its once somewhat poky airport was replaced in 2010 by the far more modern and efficient King Shaka International, offering an airy cool space to wait out flights, with a “decent variety of restaurants and shops’.The other African airports that made the list were: Algeria’s Algiers Houari Boumediene International and Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa-Bole International Airport.The best airports in the worldSingapore Changi Airport was voted the Best International Airport for the 18th year running. The virtual city within an airport sports “themed gardens, 800 mobile charging points, TV lounges and movie theatres, spas, a swimming pool and gym, free Singapore city tours and even a four-storey slide. There are also dedicated rest and relaxation zones allocated around the airport.’Seoul Incheon International Airport in South Korea is the second-best, then Helsinki International Airport in Finland, Munich International Airport in Germany and Vancouver International Airport in Canada.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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2019 Collegiate Discussion Meet

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentAryn Copeland from Crawford County will represent Ohio at the 2019 American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition takes place March 15-18 as part of the Fusion Conference in Milwaukee.The Collegiate Discussion Meet follows the same model as the Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet. The competitive event simulates a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. The competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. Participants build basic discussion skills, develop a keen understanding of important agricultural issues and explore how groups can pool knowledge to reach consensus and solve problems.The top four finalists will receive scholarship money from CHS Foundation. Copeland is a junior at Wilmington College where she studies agricultural communication and is involved on campus, serving as the vice president of the Wilmington College Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter, president of the Eta Rho chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority and the Greek Council Executive Board, and is involved in the Honors Program and Agricultural Advocacy trips.The past two summers she represented the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation as a member of the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board, serving as president this past summer. She is the daughter of Carl and Lauren Copeland of Bucyrus.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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