The struggle for position at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is brewing as President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s quest to create a new position at the Agency backfires.According to documents obtained by the Daily Observer, President Sirleaf has opted to create a Deputy Executive Director for Operations at the EPA, contrary to the Act establishing the entity.It all started when Civil Service Agency (CSA) Director General George Werner wrote to EPA Executive Director Amyaa Vohiri requesting a new position to be occupied by former Margibi County superintendent Levi Piah.“I write to appeal for the creation of the Deputy Executive Director for Operations (DEDO) within the EPA,” CSA Werner said in a letter dated October 14, 2014 addressed to EPA.According to Werner, the DEDO will be accompanied by a Special Technical Assistant to the DEDO who will assist the DEDO with facilitating EPA’s operations.He added that fiscal allocations for both positions will be placed in EPA’s 2014/2015 Budget but will require EPA management’s follow up with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.Knowing full well that the creation of the two positions would contravene the EPA Act, the CSA communicated the Terms of Reference (ToRs) to EPA in an apparent attempt to justify the Civil Service’s request.According to information obtained by this paper, the EPA boss apprised stakeholders about the CSA request, forcing Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh to immediately intervene.In his letter of November 7, 2014 addressed to the CSA, Konneh proposed that such a request is directed to the EPA Board of Directors for approval prior to any action by the Ministry of Finance to include the positions in the FY2014/2015 National Budget.“I therefore request that you direct your appeal to the Board for consideration,” Konneh advised.Similar to Konneh’s reaction, Madam Vohiri reminded CSA that the request “contravenes the Act establishing EPA, an autonomous agency situated under the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. Further, your directive does not in fact reflect a current need of the Agency. The leadership structure of the Agency as enshrined in the Act allows for the Executive Director, one Deputy Executive Director and line managers to inform the management team that is currently operating the EPA as successfully as it can, given the budgetary and technical constraints,” Madam Vohiri declared.President Johnson Sirleaf in apparent anger, wrote the EPA boss informing her of her immediate suspension.“In keeping with the authority granted me under the Constitution as head of the Executive Branch of which EPA is a part, and in response to your gross misconduct and disregard to the instructions given you in a meeting on Thursday, November 20, 2014, you are hereby suspended for an indefinite period of time.“The Minister of Finance and Development Planning, in his capacity as chair of the National Environmental Policy Council, has been advised on the reason for this decision and requested to take appropriate action,” President Sirleaf said to the EPA boss.However, the Act creating the EPA does not call for the establishing of the two positions. According to Section 16 A, B & C, “There shall be an Executive Director who is a person with wide environmental knowledge.“The Executive Director shall serve for the period of 7 years and shall be eligible for reappointment, except that there shall be appointed an interim ED.“The ED shall have security of tenure but shall cease to hold office if he/she, resigns, found guilty of gross misconduct on the advice of the Board and approval of the Policy Council or unable to discharge the functions of his/her office for health reasons.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As time runs out…With the parliamentary Opposition requesting that the international community withhold recognition from the coalition Government after the March 21, 2019 deadline passes without elections being held, the United Kingdom’s envoy to Guyana is hopeful for a timely resolution to the situation.Gregory Quinn was at the time being interviewed on Friday on the side-lines of an event at his residence, with less than a week to go before the three-month deadline expires. According to UK High Commissioner Quinn, it is actually too early to conclusively say what the British Government’s next move would be when the election deadline passes.British High Commissioner Gregory Quinn“I think it’s too early to talk about that. I think we’re not there yet. There is a process that is ongoing, an ongoing discussion between the President and the Leader of the Opposition. So I think we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” he said.The High Commissioner related that at the moment he is hopeful that there would be a resolution to the political stalemate. But he noted that if the worst does come to pass, the United Kingdom still has to have relations with the country.“It’s important to remember we recognise countries, not governments. I am accredited to the country of Guyana, not the President. Former President Donald Ramotar was there when I first arrived. So, obviously, we would have to maintain a relationship with the country of Guyana if we ever get into that situation,” he declared.This is the second time for the week that the British diplomat is calling for a resolution to the issue as he urged respect for Guyana’s Constitution.International communityDuring a press conference on Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo revealed that letters were dispatched to various members of the international community, calling for countries not to recognise the Government beyond March 21, if there is no extension of the elections timeline.Since Government was defeated by a no-confidence motion in December of last year, which should have triggered early elections, it has sought recourse through the courts. In fact, the Court of Appeal is expected to rule on the no-confidence matters before it any day now.Calls have repeatedly been made by various stakeholders, including foreign diplomats based in Guyana, for the Government to abide by the Constitution. It is understood that even former United States President Jimmy Carter has become involved in the matter, seeking to hold discussions with both sides.Earlier this week, British High Commissioner Quinn, in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times, reminded that the clock is ticking on the constitutional three months’ deadline for holding elections. This deadline expires next Thursday.Additionally, representatives from the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have echoed similar calls in February for the Guyana Government to adhere to the Constitution.Article 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Article 106 (7) goes on to state, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election.”So far, there has been no word on when a sitting of the National Assembly would be called to seek an extension. When asked at a previous press conference, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, had informed the media that there must be pressing issues for the National Assembly to be called. When asked if elections were not a pressing matter, he conceded that it was.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche traded forward Brad May to the Anaheim Ducks for goalie Michael Wall on Tuesday, shortly before the NHL trade deadline ended. Wall, 21, has played most of the season with Portland of the AHL where he was 10-6-1 with a 3.13 goals-against average. But the acquisition of Wall makes for a logjam of goalies Colorado, which already has Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore. May has missed 53 games this season after shoulder surgery on Sept. 28. He injured the shoulder in a preseason game against Detroit. He played in 10 games for Colorado this season and had three assists. ”You’ve got to laugh about it,” forward Ian Laperriere said. ”I asked the guys for their tickets for (Tuesday night’s) game if they get traded. ”It’s on everyone’s mind, unless you’re Joe (Sakic). He knows he’s not going anywhere.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ”Michael Wall is a solid prospect who will help the goaltending depth in our system,” Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere said. Wall has been recalled by the Ducks twice this season, going 2-2 with a 2.97 GAA. On his way out of the Avalanche locker room Tuesday morning, May was asked about possibly being traded. ”You just don’t know,” he said. The Avalanche players were even joking in the morning skate about who may be dealt.
West Ham aren’t known for their fast flowing football, but there was nothing ‘route one’ about this strike as the Hammers sealed a 5-1 friendly win over Ipswich with a simply marvellous goal.It seems Alex Song’s recent loan arrival has brought some Barcelona-esque play to Sam Allardyce’s side, with the Cameroon international linking up brilliantly with Ravel Morrison to bamboozle the Tractor Boys’ defence before fellow summer signing Diafra Sakho tapped in.Even our very own Upton Park resident, Ian ‘The Moose’ Abrahams, couldn’t believe his eyes, as you can tell in his goal commentary above! Check out the full match highlights below, with Hammers youngster Matthias Fanimo netting four times in a performance which is sure to grab Allardyce’s attention.
Losing weight at any time of the year can be difficult but the summer can bring a whole host of extra challenges with it. Kids off school, days out, picnics, bbqs, weddings and if you’re lucky, maybe even a holiday. Who’d blame you for thinking losing weight at this time of year is impossible? But it’s not!It’s summer time and the living isn’t just easy – it’s extra easy with Slimming World’s fabulous Food Optimising plan. Every week in our groups we help members negotiate their way through those tricky situations, not by sheer will-power, but by choice power – deciding to choose foods that will help them lose weight.Holiday coming up in a few weeks? Wishing you’d lost that pesky half stone? No problem!In 2 weeks by just following our plan 100% you could be jetting off on your holidays half a stone lighter. And when you come back we’ll be there to help you get back on track and knock any weight gains on the head!Here’s a simple recipe to tempt your taste buds, and if you visit our Facebook page at you’ll get a few more. You’ll also find a list of our local groups, where you’ll get even more ideas, support and inspiration. So what are you waiting for? Your new life start today…Scotch EggsIngredients4 large eggs, hard-boiled2 packs Slimming World Iceland pork sausages1-2 tsp curry powder2 tbsp dried parsley1 tsp mixed herbs2 beaten eggs50g wholemeal breadcrumbsMethodPut four eggs into a pan of cold water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5-6 minutes then plunge into cold water for another 4 minutes. Carefully peel and set aside.Skin the sausages, it’s less messy if the meat is still frozen. Mix together the sausage meat, curry powder and dried herbs into a food processor. Season and blend until fairly smooth. Transfer to a bowl and divide the mixture into four portions.Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas 6.Flatten a portion of the mixture in your right hand and, with your left hand, take an egg and wrap the mince around it until it’s fully encased. Repeat for the remaining three boiled eggs.Spread the breadcrumbs out on a wide plate. Beat the remaining eggs and dip each Scotch egg in the beaten egg, then roll in the breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment and lightly spray with low calorie cooking spray.Place the Scotch eggs in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until lightly golden. Eat hot, or cool completely on kitchen paper then cover and chill until you’re ready to eat.TRYING TO DROP A FEW POUNDS? TRY THIS SLIMMING WORLD RECIPE was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:lifestylescotch eggsSlimming Worldweight loss
Warm water still within reach and a flat ocean forecasted for Wednesday is all it took to spark the interest of some late-season tuna die-hards, or at least one die-hard. Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sport Fishing and a crew of anglers took a gamble and ran to the patch of water that’s held fish for a while now, roughly 50 miles northwest from the Humboldt Bay entrance. And the gamble paid off handsomely. I didn’t get the exact numbers, but they landed close to 25 and left the fish biting. …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentThe membership team of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and volunteers throughout the state set some lofty goals at the start of the 2019 membership campaign. After a full year of countless events, meetings, phone calls and contacts, those efforts culminated into goals being met and exceeded, as the final tally for farmer and ag professionals membership gain came in at 107.2%, year over year.“These accomplishments would not be possible without the leadership of our county membership coordinators and the commitment of their dedicated teams of volunteers that invite their family, friends, neighbors and local businesses to join them as a member of our organization,” said Paul Lyons, Ohio Farm Bureau’s vice president of membership. “Achieving these goals has even greater meaning, as we celebrate 100 years of doing the important work of our organization.”An impressive 81 counties received the Milestone Award for achieving a gain in farmer and ag professional members, and 14 volunteers won the Murray Lincoln Award for signing up at least 50 new members to Ohio Farm Bureau.“Our members are the core of all the efforts that we make everyday on behalf of farmers,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “Our outstanding membership achievements offer insights to measure our work. The gains we have seen over the past year give our organization a great message and motivation to continue engaging in issues important to rural Ohio.” At the same time these achievements are being recognized, the 2020 membership campaign has begun. To find out more about becoming a member of Ohio Farm Bureau or to volunteer to help the grassroots organization continue to grow, visit ofbf.org/membership.Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities. Learn more at ofbf.org. This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230. Leave a Comment
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AMA, Wangs, and Batangas are all slated to make the first three selections.The PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens festivities on January 18, 2018. Completing the field are last year’s cellar-dwellers Wangs Basketball and Gamboa Coffee Mix, and neophyte Mila’s Lechon.Curiously, defending champion Cignal HD, powerhouse Flying V, and perennial contender Racal Motors have all opted to forego participation in the first conference.Three of the 12 teams have also secured a tie-up with PBA teams namely JRU with Ginebra, CEU with Rain or Shine, and Powerball with Blackwater.Interested teams have until Monday, November 27, to submit their letter of intent and pay their entry fees to be eligible for the upcoming conference.Rookies aching to make the roster will also get their chance as the 2017 PBA D-League Draft is set on December 12 at the PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSchool-based teams take center stage when the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup tips off in January.Seven of the 12-team field will be trotting out players from their respective varsity squads, mostly from the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ This early, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum is emerging as the favorite for the crown with coach Topex Robinson and NCAA MVP CJ Perez in tow.Not to be outdone is Foundation Cup runner-up Centro Escolar University which will bring back a virtually same core bannered by Congolese big man Rod Ebondo.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 shutoutAlso seeing action this year will be returning school-based teams AMA Online Education, Jose Rizal University, and Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, as well as newcomers Perpetual and Powerball-St. Benilde.Last season’s semifinalists Tanduay and Marinerong Pilipino are also hoping for another run to the finals. Champions League, Premier League, La Liga to air live on free TV CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next View comments
Unlike BCCI’s opposition to the Indian players participation in the Sri Lankan Premier League, the Cricket Australia is likely to allow its players to feature in the inaugural Twenty20 league, starting next month.The BCCI had refused No Objection Certificates to the Indian players, saying that SLPL is not a tournament to be organised by SLC but by a private party based in Singapore on its behalf.CA acting chief executive Michael Brown and Ricky Ponting. APBut CA acting chief executive Michael Brown said he would discuss the details of the tournament, which is to be held from July 19 to August 4, with Sri Lanka Cricket officials at the ICC’s annual conference in Hong Kong next week. He, however, indicated it had CA’s “in principle” support.”We’ve got a number of CA camps during July, so our CA (centrally contracted) players will be training in preparation for the tour (of Sri Lanka) two days after the SLPL finishes — they’ll be locked into camps,” Brown was quoted as saying in The Age.”For the other guys, we just need to find out what the comp is, who’s involved. We want to support Sri Lanka Cricket, like we want them to support us. We want their players to play in our Big Bash,” he added.The SLPL will be played in Colombo and feature seven teams, each with up to five international players.The fact that Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka begins with limited-overs matches should preclude any CA-contracted players from participating.advertisementBut some state players like Victoria’s Brad Hodge and Dirk Nannes and South Australia’s Aiden Blizzard and Daniel Christian have already confirmed their participation.- With inputs from PTIFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But Peterson never saw this coming: His roommate becoming an NBA owner and hosting the league’s All-Star game in his home state of North Carolina.“You know, staring across the dorm room at him back then, no, I never would have thought this would happen,” Peterson told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJordan didn’t either.“Frankly, no,” Jordan said Tuesday in a news conference previewing the All-Star game. “Growing back up as a kid here in North Carolina, the first thing is play basketball. Then things just evolved from there.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants His Hornets have yet to win a playoff series since he took over as majority owner nine years ago and they remain mired in NBA mediocrity while struggling to compete in a small market.But Jordan wants to change any negative perceptions of the Hornets or of Charlotte. It’s one reason he aggressively pursued the All-Star game, hoping the showcase will help attract marquee players in the future. He said Kemba Walker being an All-Star game starter also helps.“It’s an illustration of the type of players we are trying to draft and grow from within,” Jordan said. “So from a Hornets standpoint, that is on display this week. We have a lot of work to do and choices to be made to get to that (championship) level, but it starts with the presentation of what the city is all about — for other people to see and understand that this may be a small market but it is a unique city to be in, and that the fan base tremendously comes out and supports the game.”Dell Curry is expecting Jordan to go all-out for this weekend’s festivities.“He’s excited for the NBA to come to his home state and play in the building of the team he owns,” said Curry, the Hornets color commentator and former NBA player. “So he is going to roll out the red carpet. He only knows one way to do it, and that is big time.”Jordan’s is known to embrace a challenge.On the court, after not being able to make his school varsity as a sophomore, Jordan went on to become a two-time All-American, NCAA champion and the national college player of the year in 1984. He is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and won three straight NBA titles — and after a stint in minor league baseball — returned to the league and won three more.Off the court, Jordan marketed his on-court success into a fortune.“He has always had incredible determination — always,” said Fred Lynch, Jordan’s former junior varsity basketball coach at Wilmington’s Laney High School.Michael Jordan’s older brother, James Jordan Jr., said it comes from their parents. He describes Michael as a “country boy” who never lost sight of his work ethic. He was the youngest of the three boys who relished a challenge, and James Jr. said their parents, James Sr. and Deloris Jordan, always taught the boys to go after their dreams.“Our parents taught us that you can achieve anything you want, but you have to have drive, that motivation — and you have to work hard at it,” said James Jordan Jr., who now works as an executive for the Hornets after spending 31 years in the military.Jordan changed the shoe game when Nike created Air Jordan, which he later spun off into the Jordan Brand.Now, when fans see the Jumpman logo, they think of Jordan.“I think it was easy to envision Michael doing anything at that point,” said former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr. “He was conquering the NBA world as a player and as a shoe salesman and endorser, so I think we all just felt like the sky was the limit.”Forbes Magazine estimated Jordan’s net worth in 2018 at $1.6 billion and Hornets president Fred Whitfield said he anticipates the All-Star game will have a $100 million economic impact on Charlotte.It should all make for an entertaining weekend.“I think when it’s all over,” James Jordan said of his brother, “he will sit back and relax and maybe smoke a cigar and say ‘that was a great event,’ and just be really proud of himself that he made it happen.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trae Young leads Hawks past LeBron James, Lakers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan speaks to the media about hosting the NBA All-Star basketball game during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Buzz Peterson knew Michael Jordan as well as anyone when they were in college.Roommates and teammates at North Carolina, they spent countless days competing on the basketball court in practice and endless hours talking hoops. Their nights often included shooting pool and tossing cards in their Granville Towers South dorm room. There often were arcade games — before the home video game craze hit — at the Pump House on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes While maybe unexpected, Peterson said he isn’t shocked by what Jordan has achieved.“Michael has always been very sharp, very smart,” said Peterson, now an assistant general manager for Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. “He’s a very good listener. He gathers information and opinions and then makes decisions. And once he makes the decision to go after something, he goes all out. He is absolutely driven to be successful in whatever he chooses.”The All-Star game will be played on Sunday — Jordan’s 56th birthday.“It’s a constant reminder that I am getting old,” Jordan joked. “The All-Star game is always around my birthday and I wish it could be postponed a week.”The only thing seemingly that has eluded Jordan is ultimate success as an executive and team owner.ADVERTISEMENT View comments