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Robert Sirleaf Receives Petition, Yet to Decide

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s “beloved son,” Robert Sirleaf, remains undecided as to whether he will contest the senatorial race despite receiving a petition to stand in the ensuing election.The National Elections Commission (NEC) is to hold Liberia’s first ever, Special Senatorial Election since the coming into force of the 1986 Constitution.The NEC has set the polling date for the second Tuesday in October of this year (2014).Mr. Sirleaf received a petition Monday in Monrovia to stand in October’s poll as a candidate for Montserrado County.The petitioners, under the banner of the Montserrado Redemption Squad. headed by Lasanna Fofana, said they believed that the President’s Special Advisor has the ability to deliver in the areas of education, youth empowerment, and community development, which he said “Montserrado County is desperately in need of at the moment.”Reading the petition at the Clara Town football field, Fofana indicated that community development programs initiated by the President’s son were the determining factor in their choice of the former National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) board chair.“Petitioning him for the senate is a gateway to the long term development agenda of the country,” Fofana said.Receiving the petition, Robert Sirleaf described it as a level of responsibility presented to him by the petitioners that needs to be treated with caution.“I have not made a final decision on this but I will take it to bed tonight and ask God. I believed this petition is about nine years of adequate representation of the people. I know tomorrow will be better,” Robert asserted.He noted that positive approach to things remains his hallmark.  He encouraged his petitioners to remain proactive and positive in addressing issues in the country.Though undecided, Monday’s petitioning program confirms the prospect of his entering the senatorial race, which will in turn test his popularity should he intend to succeed his mother in the near future.If Robert should win the senatorial seat, political commentators pointed out; “His mother will certainly tutor him to serve as her successor to run the affairs of the state in order to keep a strong grip on power.”Mr. Sirleaf has no political party at the moment.  This means he will file his papers to Electoral body as an independent candidate. Hee is competing for the Montserrado Senate seat against soccer icon George M. Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), Liberty Party’s Benjamin Sanvee and the candidate fielded by his mother own Unity Party,  Alue Silla.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gwenigale Faces Senate’s Contempt Trial Today, Asked to Present Medical Certificate Indicating His State…

first_imgFollowing a week of reprieve from enraged Senators of the 53rd Legislature, embattled Health and Social Welfare Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale is expected to face the Senate plenary today with his lawyer, to show reason why he should not be held in contempt by the Senate.The Senate’s decision last Tuesday to hold Dr. Gwenigale in contempt, came in a report by the Senate Committee on Health, submitted to plenary on October 15, 2014 in which he (Dr. Gwenigale) is  allegedly accusing the Liberian Senate of being supportive of the strike action by health workers.The health workers were threatening for the third time  in one year to go on strike, in demand for the reinstatement of their dismissed president Joseph Tamba, and secretary general George Williams.The Senate Committee on Health was meeting with Minister Gwenigale to enquire why he had refused to reinstate the two leaders.The Health Minister’s outbursts during the meeting with the committee on Health, headed by Senator Peter Coleman as contained in the report to plenary, did not go down well with the lawmakers, who immediately ordered the Secretary of the Senate to write and invite Minister Gwenigale to face the Senate plenary.However, after receiving the citation and waiting in the Senate Cafeteria for the most part of the day, Dr. Gwenigale was finally summoned in the Chambers and informed that he was before the Senate to answer contempt charges, and reminded him that he was entitled to a lawyer if he so desired. His appearance was then postponed to afford him the chance to face the Senators along with his lawyer.But to the amazement of the lawmakers and the dozens that gathered in the Senate gallery to witness Dr. Gwenigale’s appearance, the Senate Secretary read a communication from the embattled Minister, informing the Senators his inability to appear, citing poor health.In that communication to the Senate plenary dated October 17, 2014, Dr. Gwenigale said he was unable to appear as requested by the Honorable House of the Senate due to health reasons which could also not permit him to travel along with the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her recent trip to Lofa County.“After my appearance before the Senate last Thursday, my blood pressure went up, and it is still up with mild headache. Appearing before you again tomorrow will further increase my pressure.Dr. Gwenigale’s letter continued: “I kindly request that you reschedule my reappearance to a time when my health condition has improved. I thank you for your understanding and cooperation…” After hours of debating the Doctor’s communication, a motion was proffered by Sinoe County Senator Nyenpan requesting that the communication from Dr. Gwenigale be received by the Liberian Senate, and that his request be granted to the effect that he appeared before the Senate on Tuesday (October 28, 2014), and that he brings along medical certificate indicating his state of health during the period of his illness.An authoritative source within the leadership of the Senate informed this newspaper yesterday that Dr. Gwenigale will make his long-awaited appearance before the plenary today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Car, minibus burst into flames in city

first_imgIn two separate incidents, two vehicles went up in flames on Wednesday morning at High Street and Sheriff Street, Georgetown respectively.The car on fire at High Street, GeorgetownReports are the first fire occurred at High Street and Brickdam where passers-by saw a man stopping his vehicle and thick smoke which emanated from the bonnet transformed into an uncontrollable fire.The vehicle, bearing registration number PJJ 5656, was badly damaged. When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, the driver could not say what may have caused the fire. He could only said that he was at the Stabroek Market and noticed smoke rapidly escaping from the car.The Guyana Fire Service was subsequently called, and the situation was brought under control. No one was injured.Firefighters inspecting the car after the flames were put outMinutes later at Sheriff Street, Georgetown, a similar scenario unfolded when a minibus contracted to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) erupted into flames.According to information received, the minibus was crossing David Street, heading in the direction of the Rupert Craig Highway when the driver, Tameshwar Mullin, noticed smoke coming from under his seat. After parking and exiting the vehicle, he lifted the seat and saw the flames.Efforts to save the minibus proved futile, but fire-fighters from the Guyana Fire Service arrived shortly after and doused the fire.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES

first_imgClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – 13.08.12There are no games scheduled for the adult football teams this weekend with the Donegal v Cork All-Ireland semi-final looming in Croke Park on Sunday week. Anyone that wants to order tickets must place their order with Charlie McAteer (087-2668633) before 5pm this Wednesday (August 15th).The U21’s had a good win over MacCumhaills in the championship in a close game. They will meet the winners of the Killybegs v Kilcar game in the quarter-finals. The Minor boys met Urris in their Northern Championship quarter-final  2nd leg in the Park on Tuesday evening. After a very narrow win in the 1st leg, a tough game is anticipated. See next week’s notes for details of the result. They are also awaiting a League semi-final fixture against Aodh Rua.The U14 Div. 1 boys take on Buncrana in the Northern Championship Final this Friday, August 17th in Convoy. Throw-in is currently listed for 7:30pm.Well done to Conor Morrison, Michael Miller, Davis Tyrell and Conal O’Boyle who were members of Donegal’s Buncrana Cup winning team.GAA President, Liam O’Neill will visit O’Donnell Park next Monday, August 20th at 2pm as the Club Launches the Peace III Coaching Initiative. The club will also be making a special announcement in conjunction with all National Schools in the greater Letterkenny area about an exciting upcoming Fundraiser. Anyone that wants to come along is welcome to attend. The U16 Hurlers lost at home to Aodh Rua despite a spirited display throughout. They play at home this Thursday against Buncrana.The U12 Hurlers had a good win away to Aodh Rua last Thursday. They have a game this Thursday. Details at training.The Friday evening Hurling & Camogie Academy returns this Friday, August 17th at 6:30pm.The Sunday Morning Football Academy also returns this week (August 19th) at 11am. It will not be on the day of Donegal’s semi-final v Cork to allow people to travel to the match.Money is now being collected for the Club Ties for those still to pay. If you ordered one and still haven’t got it, contact Paul McGovern on 086-8114151 to arrange collection. There are still a limited number available for anyone that wants to get their hands on one. There was no Jackpot winner in this week’s Lotto Draw. 2 winners matched 3 numbers and win €50 each. Laura Neilson, Boxtree Apts. and Patricia Nulty, Calhame (both Adrian). The numbers drawn were 3-19-23-24.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 14th, 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:GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 12s

first_imgMORE results from the County Cross Country Championships at Castlefinn.Under 12s results: ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 12s was last modified: October 8th, 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:ATHLETICS: COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY RESULTS – UNDER 12slast_img

DONEGAL FALL TO THIRD DEFEAT IN DR MCKENNA CUP

first_imgDonegal fell to their third defeat in a row when they were beaten by Derry in the McKenna Cup.The Tir Conaill men were already out of the reckoning after defeats by UUJ and Cavan but wanted to salvage some pride coming into this game.In what was an overall sloppy game Donegal at MacCumhaill Park, the home side never got into their stride and eventually were beaten by two points on a scoreline of 0-9 to 1-8. Donegal only scored two points in the second half which will be of concern to Jim McGuinness albeit without powerhouse and captain Michael Murphy.Colm Finnegan got 1-3 for Derry but Donegal never had a similar player to snatch the scores.McGuinness tried a number of players and will be happy that he has had the opportunity to do so.However going into the National Football League in two weeks time against Down, the Donegal team should have a very different look to it.    DONEGAL FALL TO THIRD DEFEAT IN DR MCKENNA CUP was last modified: January 18th, 2012 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)last_img read more

ALL-IRELAND WEEKEND – YOUR PICTURES SUPPORTING DONEGAL

first_imgFROM RUAIRI WARD: Me and my Bro Shane, alog with our teddies Jinks and Andy thought old lizzy out on Mounts Bay Road in Perth Australia, looked a bit chilly so we added a bit of Donegal Chic to her sping summer Collection. C’MON DONEGAL, YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE countdown is nearly over – and you, our wonderful readers, have been getting behind Donegal to give the boys one last push towards All-Ireland glory.Win or lose, Jim McGuinness, Rory Gallagher and their team have given us all an awesome summer.We are proud of you lads. And so are Donegal fans around the globe. So Michael, Colm, Rory and the rest – here’s messages from Donegal Daily readers to you.Do your best.(We’ll have more pictures later!)Muinteoir Frank McGlynn getting a good send off from the pupils of Strath Mhor SchoolFrank McGlynn gets stuck into his ‘good luck’ cake!Kathleen Kidd tells us: “I’m a Donegal expat living in outback Queensland I’ve been coulour coding the pets. Good Luck boys.”Even Teddy is supporting Donegal in Kathleen’s Outback Gardenhi donegal Daily from all in Thailand. Up donegal in the shirt is Branden Mc Gowan saying” I wish I was bigger, I could play for donegal” regards Tony Mc gowan Chiang Rai ThailandJosephine Breslin writes: ‘Thanks Donegal Daily; Greetings to my son Michael ,Sile,and Joe,in Queensland who would love to be here for the match,from MamColaiste Cholmcille Ballyshannon First Year girls say: ‘Jimmy Win Another Match’Niamh Slevin and Hannah Heron, Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, getting behind the Donegal teamFree Whiskey perform ‘Half Cut Sam’ for students at Colaiste CholmcilleRosie Ferry from Gweedore, Supporting Donegal…Firefighters of Ladder 4 in Boston show their support for Jim and the boys. Both men have ties with Malin & Ballybofey!Good luck to Jim and the boys – Bring Sam back to the Hills where it belongs. From Shane, Kelly, Louise & Martin in Brisbane, Australia.Best wishes to Donegal from All children at the Stars of the West Dance & Performance School in Bundoran,Ballyshannon & Donegal Town.Aiden Blake captaining St Jude’s giving Enda the Donegal flag today in Dublin    ALL-IRELAND WEEKEND – YOUR PICTURES SUPPORTING DONEGAL was last modified: September 22nd, 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:ALL-IRELAND WEEKEND – YOUR PICTURES SUPPORTING DONEGALlast_img read more

Mountjoy planning run for

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONROVIA – Former state Sen. Richard Mountjoy said Wednesday that he will run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in June unless another Republican with deeper pockets enters the race.Mountjoy, a Monrovia resident, will seek the nomination to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein.“If somebody with money gets into the (Republican) primary, I don’t want to do battle,” said Mountjoy, 73. “With this campaign to take her out, it will take energy from start to finish.”Mountjoy represented parts of the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier area when he was in the state Senate from 1995 to 2000.Mountjoy said he had received hundreds of e-mails asking him to run and decided to consider it.“We need somebody in the race willing to go and ask the hard questions of Mrs. Feinstein,” Mountjoy said.“She’s on the wrong side of history,” he said. “With her attacks on the president, who is trying to protect the United States, she’s joining the cut-and-run caucus.”Kam Kuwata, Feinstein’s campaign manager, said that his candidate is the one who is in the mainstream of California, not Mountjoy.“She’s represented the state quite well, and that’s why when you take any public survey, she’s overwhelmingly supported by the vast majority of Californians,” Kuwata said. “Meanwhile, Sen. Mountjoy is in the narrowest part of the state’s political thought.”Whoever wins the Republican nomination is likely to have an uphill struggle, said Barbara Stone, professor of political science at California State University, Fullerton.“Sen. Feinstein has three things going,” Stone said. “She has high name identification, is generally regarded as a pretty effective senator and has access to lots of money.”Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger might be the only Republican who would have a chance of beating Feinstein, Stone said.Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, a conservative group, said he thought that Mountjoy would be a strong candidate.“It would give him an opportunity to talk about illegal immigration and other issues on which Diane Feinstein has been hurting California,” Spence said.During Mountjoy’s 23 years in the state Legislature – he was in the Assembly from 1978-95 – he had the reputation of being a maverick.In a 1998 interview, Forest Tennant, the vice-chairman of the Lincoln Clubs of Los Angeles County, said Mountjoy marches to his own drummer.“He wants that drummer to be what he perceives to be the populist view,” Tennant said.This would be Mountjoy’s second attempt at statewide office. He ran unsuccessfully in 1998 for lieutenant governor. mike.sprague@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more

Market action for sideways prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Soybean market commentaryArgentina weather remains good, which could mean an increase in bean yield estimates.  If this continues, global supply will be high and likely push down prices. The key will be plenty of rain through the growing season, and then dry weather during harvest. Expect volatility for the next few months, as many speculators remember last year’s events.Corn market commentaryCorn continues to trade sideways. Farmers are selling when the market rallies, but quickly stop when the market pulls back. Two billion bushels of carryout will continue to hold this market back. It seems to be another year of boring winter trading months.Looking forward, many wonder how many acres U.S. farmers will plant in 2017.  Some don’t believe early surveys suggesting reduced corn acres. However, farmers I talk to say that it’s difficult to not take the guaranteed profits of beans, when corn isn’t at profitable prices right now. If this happens, corn may have some upside potential. Still it’s unclear how accurate the USDA usage estimates are for the current year. If corn acres aren’t reduced more than 2 million acres in March, the market will be facing an uphill battle.Market ActionUncertain about the market direction going into spring, and with nothing sold for 2017 new crop, I want to make my first trade.  With what I know now, I expect the market to be trading sideways next fall.Trade DetailsBack on 1/23/17 – Dec ’17 corn futures were at $3.95Sold 2 – Dec 4.00 calls – collected 29 cents each (or 58 cents total)Bought 1 – Dec 3.50 put – paid 11 centsBought 1 – Dec/Dec +20 C.S.O. call –  paid 5 cents (I’ll explain what this is at the bottom)Net profit: +40 cents (after paying a 2 cent commissions)All Trades Expire: Day after ThanksgivingThis trade amount = 5% of planned production so I doubled the sale to get 10% coverage on.What does this mean?Basically I have a floor price of $3.90 and a price ceiling of $4.40, but the outcome varies depending on the price of Dec corn at expiration.If Dec corn is at or below $4.20 at expiration  I get somewhere between $3.90 and $4.40Every penny corn is below $4.20 to $4.00, 1 additional cent is added on to the $4.20 price (e.g. if it is $4 exactly I take home $4.40)Every penny corn is below $4.00 to $3.50, 1 cent is subtracted from $4.40 all the way down to $3.90 (if it is at $3.50)Anywhere under $3.50, and I still get $3.90 (5 cents below where the market was when I placed the trade)If Dec corn is above $4.20 – I have to make another corn sale at $4.20 (even if corn is $4.50 or $5)If this happens, I’ll most likely move this sale directly to the 2018 crop yearWhy would you move the additional sale to 2018?I don’t want to wonder all year long if I will have to increase my sales by an additional 10% sale in 2017.  I will know with certainty that at worst I move an additional sale to 2018.  In seven of the last 10 years, if I had to move a trade like this forward I would have received around a 40 cent profit (i.e. the 4.20 becomes a 4.60 sale) to move the additional sale to the following year. The three years it didn’t work was due to a drought (2010, 2011, 2012), which caused inverses (where nearby prices are higher than prices in the future) in the market.  In 2010, there was a 20 cent inverse, while 2011 had a 40-cent inverse and 2012 had a 100-cent loss.  If this happens, I will have to roll this sale to next year at those type of losses.The trade sounds great, but the 100-cent loss is too much.I agree, I can’t afford to take that big of a loss on a 4.20 sale.  That’s where the Dec/Dec +20 CSO call option comes into play.A CSO option is a calendar spread option. It’s an option based upon spreads between future contracts and it is traded in the pits and not electronically.  Not many people are familiar with these types of options, so they can be harder to find quotes on when the market isn’t open.  CSO options can protect farmers from the inverses of 2010-2012 situation detailed above. It provides a guarantee that I will not take more than a 20-cent hit on the additional $4.20 sale that I would have to move from the Dec ’17 to Dec ’18.  In other words, worst case scenario: I move my $4.20 sale to 2018 and its worth $4.  This isn’t a bad spot to start pricing some corn for 2018, if it gives me the opportunity to trade at or above $4.20 in 2017 especially if the market is trading sub $4 today.As seen in the chart below this trade gives me lots of protection and great upside potential if the market is at these levels next fall.Seems like a great trade, why not do more?There is still the potential of doubling up 2018 sales at $4, which I’m willing to accept, but I don’t want to commit more than 10% right now.Trade SummaryBottom line: this is a sideways market trade play with full downside protection.Market trades sideways — biggest profit (the closer the market is to $4, the better)Market goes up — I get a premium that puts me on our farm’s breakeven points or betterMarket goes down — I have a $3.90 floor priceHorrible drought — I miss out a little on a huge price rally, but I’m protected against having to sell more grain at lower values this year.As I’ve mentioned before, I plan my grain marketing on what I think might happen based upon what I know today and historical trends. However, I still consider all possible scenarios the market could do.  The market can do three things: go up, go down, or go sideways.  So when making trades I need to be comfortable with all outcomes.  That’s why I always balance potential premiums on each trade against the risk I’m taking if the market goes a different direction.Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

Trailer Park Trash Goes Green

first_imgI recently had the privilege of watching modular homes be built in a factory and then installed on the job site, and I must say, I came away pretty impressed. These are two homes that when complete will be LEED certified, as well as meet the requirements for EarthCraft House and the new NAHB Green Building Program.Modular homes, also known as “systems built,” are a far cry from the old mobile home that was rolled to the site and finished with an aluminum skirt (and a couple of pink flamingos, for good measure). While each component of a modern modular home is roughly the size of a mobile home, they are assembled onsite into medium to large homes that to all but the most knowledgeable visitor look no different than a stick built home.While the details vary among manufacturers and specific models, the basic idea is the same: Homes are built in sections, finished between 50% and 70% inside and out, shipped to the job, installed on a foundation, and completed in the field. The homes I saw came out framed, insulated, wired, plumbed, and drywalled, with interior doors and most of the trim installed, and they were primed, too—ready for the finish coat of paint. In the field, the builders install drywall to cover the joints between boxes, install flooring, roofing, siding, and a few other details, and the house is done.I understand the costs are similar to a site-built home, but the construction schedule is compressed by one-half to two-thirds, reducing carrying costs. The quality control is very good, due to the fact that most of the work is done in a factory setting (with no weather or temperature issues).I have to admit that I was skeptical, and I think that there is certainly room for improvement in the process, but overall, this system has won me over. I would seriously consider building a modular home for myself.last_img read more