Supreme Court Hears Kamara Case Today

first_imgToday, the Supreme Court is expected to hear legal arguments as to whether or not it should grant Abu Kamara the opportunity to contest as a representative aspirant for Montserrado County Electoral District #15 in the October presidential and legislative elections.The court’s decision stemmed from a communication to lawyers representing Kamara and the National Elections Commission (NEC) requesting the parties to appear before it by 1:00 p.m. today.After today’s argument, the court may likely suspend its opinion (ruling), preferably by a day, which would be deferred.Kamara currently serves as assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications.Kamara had argued that the NEC, without any legal basis and support consistent with the process, denied and rejected his application on grounds that he is prohibited from contesting for public office as outlined in the controversial Code of Conduct (CoC).Further to Kamara’s argument, he said although he had not resigned his post two years prior to the upcoming elections, “it does not warrant disqualification to contest as a candidate in Section 15.1 of the CoC.”The NEC, however, argued that Kamara committed what they described as “egregious and flagrant violation” of the CoC “by still serving as assistant minister and intends to use government resources to canvass and contest in the forthcoming elections.”The NEC contends that when Kamara filled the aspirant questionnaire to establish residency, domicile and compliance with the CoC for public officials, “he placed on record that he was serving as assistant minister for administration at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, after which admission he was accorded a hearing, [where he] admitted and confirmed what was contained in his completed application form,” the electoral body noted.According to the NEC, the primary objective of the CoC is the disqualification from running for elective offices of all public officials appointed by the president.“The law was duly enacted and approved on March 31, 2014, and published on June 20, the same year more than three years ahead of the elections, which are scheduled on October 10,” NEC told Kamara.“Kamara had up to October 19, 2015 to have resigned his position that would have given him the opportunity to be within the time frame of the law, which he failed to do, but to say that the law cannot affect him, while he is serving as assistant minister, that is a wrong decision,” the NEC said in defense of its decision.They claimed that the June 20, 2017 amendment of the CoC transferred the aspect of qualification and disqualification for public officials to the NEC, “Therefore no new law was made, rather it was an amendment,” the NEC emphasized.“How have Kamara’s rights been affected? What disadvantage has he suffered by the amendment?” the NEC wondered. “Can Kamara rightly say that the CoC is a 2017 and not a 2014 law?”NEC further argued that Kamara filed the wrong lawsuit before the Supreme Court, because after Kamara’s application was rejected on July 1, which was done in line with the election body’s power and duty to screen all candidates for elective public offices, he should have rejected the NEC’s action immediately.“Kamara should have also filed a bill of exception and perfected his appeal to the Supreme Court within 72 hours, which he failed to do, thereby, qualifying his lawsuit for dismissal,” the NEC claimed in its argument.These are some of the arguments the Supreme Court will be hearing today and subsequently make its determination.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Abu B. Kamara, Assistant Minsiter, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications, and Montserrado County District #5 representative aspirant – Advertisement –last_img read more

$65,000 for FSJ Aboriginal Homless Outreach Program

first_imgThe Fort St. John Friendship Society will be getting 65 thousand dollars in funding to run the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program.Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman made the announcement on Thursday. He says the Province wants to provide Aboriginal people who are homeless with culturally-appropriate supports and services to help them find safe, affordable housing. Since the program began in 2006, approximately 4,600 people have been connected to housing and supports across B.C. – Advertisement -Through the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program, outreach workers help Aboriginal people living on the streets reconnect with their culture and provide them with access to stable housing, income assistance and community-based support services. With the addition of Fort St. John, the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program has been expanded to nine cities across British Columbia.The funding will cover operational and administrative program costs and will provide a homeless outreach worker along with mobile outreach beginning in April 2009. The Fort St. John Friendship Society is a community-based organization that provides a variety of quality programs and services to Fort St. John and surrounding area residents.Advertisementlast_img read more

Province helps fund lot clean-up

first_imgThe province will help fund the clean-up of the Sew it Yourself Shop site on 102 street.The old building at 102 street and 101 avenue has been vacant for several years and the province will be providing $14,170 to help start the clean-up.Through the Brownfield Renewal program, the City will get the money for environmental investigations needed to clear the land and make it possible for the land to be developed.- Advertisement -The Brownfield Renewal Funding Program is designed to encourage more brownfield redevelopment across British Columbia. Brownfields are abandoned, vacant, derelict, or underutilized commercial and industrial properties, where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination.last_img read more

Working for those looking for work

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA FE SPRINGS – An area agency that checks up on the welfare of local seniors and helps other residents find work has moved to a new, more accessible location. The Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority, SASSFA, moved last week from its office in a warehouse complex on Painter Avenue to a large office space on Pioneer Boulevard in Santa Fe Springs. “We had been searching for a new place for almost three years, because our last office was hard to find and we would get complaints from clients,” said Kirk Kain, executive director of SASSFA. “So now we are in a much better place for the community.” The new office at 10400 Pioneer Blvd. offers a bigger computer lab for job seekers, an expanded youth computer lab with shelves piled high with computer games, and upstairs rooms where employees handle outreach to seniors. “It’s much more convenient, close to where I live and not that busy,” said Jorge Luna, of Whittier, as he worked on a computer. “It’s a good place to come to see what kind of training I need to change careers.” SASSFA workers have also added a new program, Rapid Response, at the agency’s new location. The new service assists businesses with plant closures and downsizing. A Rapid Response team will visit the site and make a presentation on such topics as the services of the WorkSource centers, unemployment insurance, job service, veterans benefits and California Training Benefits. The services are all designed to help displaced workers return to the labor market as quickly as possible and to assist employers in the process. SASSFA now also has a second office for job seekers in the city of Paramount. SASSFA was created in 1979, when four cities, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, Pico Rivera and La Mirada, established it to expand senior services, including home-delivered meals, in the area. Over the years, it expanded to help people find work, with a focus on low-income residents who are struggling to find jobs, keep high school students in school and on track for college, and help link employers with job applicants. The agency holds workshops for unemployed people, teaching them interviewing skills and how to prepare a resume. They provide fax machines to send resumes and telephones people can use in their job hunts. The services are free and offered in Spanish and English by SASSFA’s bilingual staff. “We have offered a lot so far and now we will be able to do more,” said Kain. “I think this will be a very good site for us.” debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN EXCELLENT WIN OVER BURT

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club GAA News: Letterkenny Gaels are pleased to announce that we will be presenting the Monday night Bingo in Arena 7 every Monday night. The Jackpot this week is €1600 Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm.  The senior footballers recorded a good win over Burt at the weekend. Both the senior and reserves are away to Naomh Ultan on Saturday. Throw in times are 5.30pm (reserve) and 7pm (senior). All support welcome. The club are running Guthanna 1916 which is a schools public speaking competition next Monday 25th April and Tuesday 26th April beginning each evening at 7pm sharp in the Gaels Clubroom at the Clubhouse, Thorn Road, Letterkenny. The competition is open to students in Sixth Class and students in secondary schools. Participants may apply to take part through their school or their GAA club. For more details please see club Facebook or contact Bairbre Cahill. Gaeltacht scholarships for Colaiste Aoidh Mhic Bhricne are available and could be won by young Letterkenny Gaels members. The deadline for applications is 29th April. Please see Club Facebook for more details. The underage football training continues every Sunday morning at Pairc na nGael from 11am to 12 noon. Please bring water and a mouth guard. New players are always welcome.  The U-14 footballers played Naomh Colmcille at Pairc na nGael on Monday evening and unfortunately  lost out by 3 points in what was a high scoring and entertaining game. The U-16 football lads had a good win over Cloughaneely in an invitational tournament in Annagry at the weekend. They are now through to the Naomh Mhuire organised tournament finalTraining continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings at 5.15pm.Outdoor Hurling training for U-6, U-8 & U-10 continues every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players welcome. U-12 to U-18 hurling continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm. The Senior Ladies had their first game of the season when they took on Fanad Gaels at Pairc na nGael. The girls lost out to a strong Fanad side. They are fixed to play Mc Cools in 2 weeks time. Circuit training continues every Wednesday night in the clubhouse from 7 to 8pm. U-12 girls football training takes place at the pitch every Sunday morning from 11am-12noon. All welcome.  This year we will have Ladies and Girls football for u-12, u-14, Minor and Senior. Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs.Camogie Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Monday from 6pm-7.30pm for U12s, 14s, 16s & 18s and Friday evenings from 6-7.30pm for U8s, 10s, 12s & 14s.  New  members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details.  For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS EARN EXCELLENT WIN OVER BURT was last modified: April 19th, 2016 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011

first_imgMcGETTIGANThe sudden death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Paul McGettigan, Main Street, Milford. His remains are leaving the hospital this afternoon, Saturday, at 4pm going to his  late residence at Lough Fern Heights, Milford. Requiem Mass on Monday morning at 11 o’clock in St Peter’s Church, Milford, followed by burial in Milford Cemetery. Family time please from 11pm to 10am.McBRIDE The sudden death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Aidan McBride, 5 Mulreany Terrace, Stranorlar. Removal from McCool’s Chapel of Rest, Navenney Car Park, Ballybofey at 4pm today, going to his late residence. Funeral from there on Monday morning at 10.30am for 11am Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Church, Stranorlar, followed by interment in Drumboe Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice, c/o any family member. Family time please from 11pm to 10am.HUTCHINSONThe death has taken place at Carndonagh Community Hospital of Hamilton Hutchinson, late of Galaduff, Moville. His remains are reposing at his late residence.Funeral from there on Sunday at 2pm for funeral service in Glack na Drummond Methodist Church, followed by burial in Gleneely Burial Ground. House private please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Glack na Drummond Methodist Church, or Carndonagh Community Hospital, c/o Collins and Mc Dermot Funeral Directors, or any family member. KANEThe death has taken place at Letterkenny General Hospital of Eddie Kane, late of Galladuff, Moville. Removal from Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, today (Sat) at 12 noon, going to his late residence. Funeral from there Sunday at 10.15am for 11am Mass in St Mary’s Church, Ballybrack, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2011 was last modified: October 1st, 2011 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)last_img read more

PICTURE SPECIAL AS FINN VALLEY NAME TRACK AFTER PATSY McGONAGLE

first_imgHE’S been at the centre of athletics in the county for decades – now Patsy McGonagle has been honoured as the new track at Finn Valley Athletics Club has been named after him.A crowd of some 500 turned out for the occasion and heard how the club had developed from humble beginnings in 1971 operating out of Mac Cumhaill Pk to buying a derelict factory to what it is today with further plans to add a swimming pool on site. The track opening  was named in honour of Patsy Mc Gonagle – with the official opening performed by long time club stalwarts Patsy Mc Ginley and Peader Mc Granaghan.PICTURE SPECIAL AS FINN VALLEY NAME TRACK AFTER PATSY McGONAGLE was last modified: October 3rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO HIT THE STUDIO!

first_imgTHIS is top Donegal band Mojo GoGo – locked away for a whole week!But fans needn’t worry too much. They aren’t behind bars.The lads are laying down some tracks at a studio in Co Westmeath. Niki Pollock on Guitar and vocals, Keelin Gallagher, Bassist and singer along with guitarist Paul Rodgers and drummer Jordan Carty look as if they are having a whale of a time at the luxury Grouse Lodge studios.And if they run out of ideas for new songs, they can always hit the pool.Said Jordan: “Heading off to the Studio for the week with Mojo GoGo and Crew. Clients that have recorded in this studio include: Michael Jackson, R.E.M, Stereophonics, Bloc Party, Muse and so many others. So excited.”Local fans can catch the band live at the Balor Theatre in Ballybofey on March 24th. DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO HIT THE STUDIO! was last modified: March 7th, 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:DONEGAL BAND MOJO GOGO HIT THE STUDIO!last_img read more

LATE LATE SHOW HEARTACHE: PARTNER OF MARIE FLEMING READS HER LETTER TO THE NATION

first_imgTHE partner of assisted suicide campaigner Marie Fleming broke down in tears on the Late Late Show last night as he read out a letter she had written to the people of Ireland.Tom Curran spoke to Ryan Tubridy in an emotional interview about their failure to have assisted suicide recognised by Irish law. Marie, from Lifford here in County Donegal, is in the final stages of multiple sclerosis and was “very disappointed” after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal against the High Court’s refusal to grant orders that would allow her to be lawfully helped to end her life at a time of her choice.Mr Curran however said he was still prepared to help his terminally ill partner to end her life. He also revealed that Marie, a prolific writer, would publish her memoirs.Tubridy had visited Marie at their home earlier this week.But neither he nor the audience was prepared as Tom Curran read a letter she had written especially for the RTE1 programme.Weeping at times, Mr Curran read Marie’s letter.It read: “Thank you for listening to what I have to say. This is what was missing from the court.“While I feel let down by the judgement it is more upsetting that I feel that I wasn’t listened to. It seems the State does not want me to die but all the time shifts away at my quality of time one cutback after another; the latest being the mobility scheme and the carbon tax increasing heating and transport costs.“Shame on Enda Kenny for what he is doing to people like me. If the people who made the decisions won’t listen to me I would ask them to come and live with my life for just one day, even one hour, and tell me how enthusiastic they would be about living.“It seems they will not give me permission to die but they will not help me to live either.“On a positive note I want to say how grateful I am to Tom, my family and all my carers for what they do for me. They do all the things I wish I was able to do for myself like showering, dressing, feeding and even scratching my nose when it itches.“I tolerate a lot and I don’t ask much. All I ask is to make my decision about death and to be given that help that I need to carry out my wishes. Through no fault of my own I cannot carry out my wishes myself. I am not asking to find someone to help me; I have that person already.“All I ask is that I carry out my wishes without getting him into trouble. Is that too much to ask?”Mr Curran then broke down as the studio audience burst into a round of applause.LATE LATE SHOW HEARTACHE: PARTNER OF MARIE FLEMING READS HER LETTER TO THE NATION was last modified: May 4th, 2013 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:LATE LATE SHOW HEARTACHE: PARTNER OF MARIE FLEMING READS HER LETTER TO THE NATIONlast_img read more

DONEGAL GARDAI QUIZ UKRAINIAN MAN OVER SHIP STABBING

first_imgGARDAI in Ballyshannon are questioning a Ukrainian man over the stabbing of a fellow national aboard a ship 300kms off the Mayo coast.The victim, who is 26, was flown to Sligo by the Coast Guard 118 helicopter before being transferred in a critical condition to University College Hospital in Galway.The 32-year-old suspect from Ukraine was detained when his boat, the Afric Star, docked in Killybegs earlier today. The cargo vessel was travelling from St Petersburg to Panama when the incident happened. DONEGAL GARDAI QUIZ UKRAINIAN MAN OVER SHIP STABBING was last modified: September 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more