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first_img(L-R) House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay, Senate Pro Temp Armah Z. Jallah and President of the Senate, Joseph N. BoakaiAlthough it has a huge to-do list, the Legislature – the House of Representatives and the Senate – has less than a week of working time left until its end.The 53rd Legislature, which started in January 2012, will end on January 8, 2018. The House’s upcoming recess this election year is the final break for lawmakers who will not be reelected. The legislative break is in the House’s rules and regulations, with reliance on Article 38 of the Constitution, which states: “Each House shall adopt its own rules of procedure, enforce order… All rules adopted by the Legislature shall conform to the requirements of due process of law laid down in this Constitution.”This week, which is the final business week for the August bodies, both Houses are under pressure to offload several legislation, known as landmark bills, including the Lands Right Act (LRA), Bill of Referendum and the Presidential Transition. The other bills include the Whistleblower and Witness Protection, the New Elections Law, the Amendment and Restatement of the Public Management Act (to manage and control public resources), and the Domestic Violence Act among others. Additionally, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf may come under increased pressure to win major legislative victories before the Legislature’s farewell break, which will formally be on Thursday, August 31.Speculation in the corridors of the Legislature says both Houses are considering a possible extension for at least three weeks as a result of a request from President Sirleaf. It has not been established whether it would be formal.Article 32(b) of the Constitution states “The President shall, on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern. When the extension or call is at the request of the Legislature, the proclamation shall be issued not later than forty-eight hours after receipt of the certificate by the President.”The Daily Observer has reliably learned that both Houses also face an increasing number of legislative distractions because of the elections campaign, especially in the House of Representatives, where most committee chairs and co-chairs are busy with district projects and campaign activities for their hopeful re-election. There is a big divide among members of some committees over certain provisions in several acts, resulting in the lack of the required signatures to recommend to plenary for passage.Meanwhile, with House Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay being vice standard bearer on the ticket of the ruling Unity Party (UP) and Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, President of the Senate and UP standard bearer, there are signs that there would either be extra sessions besides the regular Tuesday and Thursday sessions, or an official extension.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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first_imgDiversified media companies will have a better chance of staying afloat during this credit crisis, according to a report from global ratings agency Fitch Ratings. According to the report, companies like Time Warner and the Walt Disney Company—which owns Disney Publishing Worldwide—benefit from “strong and stable” operating liquidity, diverse revenue streams and “meaningful amounts of capacity” in the form of cash on hand. Other media conglomerates mentioned in the report include News Corp. and Viacom.This morning, Time Warner stocks were trading at $12.80, down 2.36 percent from the previous close. Walt Disney Company stocks were trading at $30.05, down 2.05 percent.The report analyzed media and entertainment sector liquidity in regard to the “systemic reduction in lending capacity” due to recent collapse of Lehman Bros. and the expected mergers of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Citigroup and Wachovia. “Although facing both cyclical and secular threats, the media and entertainment industry is characterized by relatively predictable revenue streams and high margins,” the report says. “High free cash flow conversion is supported by limited working-capital swings, low capital expenditure and (sometimes) low cash taxes. Fitch believes these factors make some media companies relatively attractive borrowers for banks and bondholders, even under more selective market conditions.”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? Shop at Wilmington Recreation! Consider the following great experiences for or with the fabulous women in your life!Red Sox tickets! We have tickets for the Sox/Blue Jays game on Friday, June 21 at 7:10 p.m. $48.Or… hit the road with Wilmington Recreation! We have great trips for a day, a couple of nights, or longer!Tuesday, May 21 – “We’ve Only Just Begun” – We’re off to Chez Josef in Agawam for a luncheon and a concert celebrating the music of the Carpenters. $92Friday, July 26 – “For the Love of Lobster” – We’re headed out on a lobster boat where Captain Bob will teach us all about lobstering, and let us help haul in the traps if you’d like! We’ll also have a lobster luncheon (alternatives are available) and have free time in Kennebunkport, one of New England’s most charming towns. $140Saturday, September 7 – Martha’s Vineyard – Let us deal with the traffic while you enjoy the day at leisure on the Vineyard! $50 Adults, $40 ChildrenTuesday – Friday, May 28 – 31 – “Ocean City Adventure!” – We’re off to Ocean City, Maryland for beachfront accommodations and a ton of fun activiities including an Eco-Cruise, tours of Ocean City, Assateague Island National Seashore and the Victorian town of Berlin, a Magic Show and an optional visit to the Ocean City Casino.September 6 – 15 – “Northeast Historical Tour” – Check out this amazing tour including New York City, Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Charlottesville VA, Williamsburg and Washington D.C.Have fun with one-stop shopping – as our customers say “Just sign up, and show up!”Call, stop by or shop online at Wilmington Recreation, 978-658-4270, www.wilmingtonma.gov/Recreation.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Looking For An Easter Basket Gift Idea?In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For SNL Flag Football & Rec BasketballIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”last_img read more

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first_imgSix children burned in the Guatemala volcano eruption arrived at Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston Thursday.We’re learning more on the condition of the six Guatemalan children transported to Galveston after being severely burned from a volcanic eruption last week.Shriners Hospital officials say four of the children are in critical condition and two others are in good condition.The six were flown by military plane to Shriners on June 7, four days after the Volcano of Fire eruption.The hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Steven Wolf, says the children, who haven’t been identified, face months and possibly years of recovery.When the children arrived, officials said they were taken to the pediatric intensive care unit for treatment of life-threatening burns.The eruption has killed at least 110 people and left about another 200 missing. Sharelast_img read more

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first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 L.A.-based Parcast operates two studios and has around 20 employees. According to Spotify, Parcast will continue to function as an autonomous studio.“The addition of Parcast to our growing roster of podcast content will advance our goal of becoming the world’s leading audio platform,” Dawn Ostroff, Spotify’s chief content officer, said in announcing the deal. “Crime and mystery podcasts are a top genre for our users and Parcast has had significant success creating hit series while building a loyal and growing fan base.”“In three years, we have created a production house that has grown exponentially and hit a chord with mystery and true-crime fans, especially women, across all 50 states and around the world. We are proud to join the world’s most popular audio subscription streaming service and gain access to one of the largest audiences around the world,” Parcast’s Cutler said in a statement. “Alongside Spotify, our ability to scale, grow and amplify the unique and tailored brand of content we create is full of fantastic possibilities.” Popular on Variety center_img Spotify announced plans to acquire Parcast, a scripted-entertainment podcast studio — the streaming giant’s third podcasting pickup so far in 2019.Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Spotify expects the acquisition to close in the second quarter of 2019. Parcast had not raised any outside funding; founder and president Max Cutler and his father, radio producer Ron Cutler, were the only investors, according to a report in Podcasting Business Journal.The Parcast acquisition comes after Spotify last month paid around $337 million to buy two podcasting companies: producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc. Spotify told investors it expects to invest between $400 million and $500 million in podcasting this year.Parcast, founded in 2016, has launched 18 premium podcast series to date and has more than 20 shows in development that are slated to launch later this year. The startup focuses on mystery, crime, science fiction, and history genres — with an audience that is more than 75% female. Parcast’s lineup of original shows includes “Serial Killers,” “Unsolved Murders,” “Cults,” “Conspiracy Theories” and “Mind’s Eye.”last_img read more

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