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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_imgAs people gear up for the long weekend and plan to head out on road trips, the Insurance Corporation of B.C. is urging drivers to take care on the roads.Across the North Central region, alone, there has been an average of 120 crashes and 30 injuries between 2006 and 2010 over the B.C. Day long weekend.- Advertisement -ICBC says several crashes each year are caused by driver fatigue. Although many people consider impaired drivers to mean those who have been drinking alcohol, impaired drivers can be anyone who allows something to impact their reaction time or ability to judge situations, which includes fatigue.The provincial insurance company recommends drivers get a good night’s sleep before leaving on a road trip, take breaks every two hours and do not drive at night when they would usually be asleep.It also says that if drivers begin to feel drowsy, they should immediately pull over, get out of the vehicle and walk around or even take a nap.last_img read more

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first_imgCouncillor Dessie Larkin has asked Donegal County Council to develop a mobile phone App so the public can access the council’s services better.The Letterkenny councillor said it is obvious the Donegal public is becoming more on-line aware and the only way for the council to keep up is by embracing that technology.The council is already redeveloping its various websites including the development board, the library service and its own general website. Now Councillor Larkin wants the council to go one step further and develop a phone app so people can access the council’s services no matter where they are.He says the continual development of such services will save people time and money but ultimately make the council more responsible for the public it is serving.“Unfortunately the council has lost about 25% of its frontline staff because of the Croke Park agreement and that has put a lot of pressure on services.“But the development of these services including the apps for iPhones , Blackberries and Android phones will enhance that communication. “From a basic level it will mean that people can alert the council about a burst water pipe or a road that hasn’t been gritted or whatever service they require. Our plan is that people will also get an ID number so their complaint or query can they be logged on until it is sorted.“People don’t want to be have to be put on hold and listen to ‘The Wind Beneath my Wings’ of whatever. Their time is valuable and they want to be able to make their complaint or query and move on knowing that it is going to be addressed,” he said.Councillor Larkin said Donegal should embrace the on-line culture as there is no question it is the future of communication.And he even held up the example of the popularity of donegaldaily.com as proof of that online revolution!“I know donegaldaily.com is only going a short while but it’s part of people’s daily routine in Donegal for getting their news. “That shows you that the appetite is there for online news and it will only grow as we embrace that technology even more,” he said.EndsDONEGAL COUNTY COUNCIL TO MAKE THINGS H’APP’EN ONLINE! was last modified: March 3rd, 2011 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

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