Legislature Adjourns for Easter Break

first_imgHouse of Rep.jpgLawmakers will go on their first ceremonial break after Thursday’s session in observance of Easter, the most important and oldest festival of the Christian church, to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.The Lower House, the House of Representatives, will on Thursday, April 6 adjourned for two weeks and is expected to resume work on Thursday, April 20.The Easter Break is in consonance with the timetable of the House Rules and Procedures, which states that the Legislature is entitled to two breaks, Easter and Constituency/Agricultural.Meanwhile, several bills are in Committee Rooms waiting to be deliberated on, including the Firestone Agreement and the controversy surrounding the transfer of assets of BHP Billiton to Jonah Capitals.Firestone-LiberiaThe modification of the oldest concession in Liberia, Firestone–Liberia, has been forwarded to the House of Representatives entitled: “Amended and Restated Concession Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and Firestone, Inc.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told lawmakers that the Bill seeks to amend certain provisions of the 2008 Firestone Concession Agreement which will gradually return Firestone to full rubber production capacity.Moreover, the Bill will enable Firestone to consider commencing the process of diversification into other agricultural products.The President said that the Government of Liberia and Firestone Liberia, Incorporated entered into an Amended and Restated Concession Agreement in 2008, which became effective on March 31, 2008.However, there has been substantial and unanticipated decline in rubber prices since 2013 that threatened the continued viability of rubber production in Liberia.As such, Firestone-Liberia’s Rubber production is less than 30 percent of the pre-1990 production levels due to the inability to replant during the Liberian civil crises.BHP BillitonThe House is investigating what has been termed as a gross violation of the controversy surrounding the recent acquisition of four major iron ore assets in Liberia from BHP Billiton by Cavalla Resources – a wholly owned iron-ore holding company of Jonah Capital, chaired by Sam Jonah, a Ghanaian businessman.The House believes that no transfer of assets should be done without the approval of the Legislature.It has been discovered that BHP Billiton Iron Ore Holdings PTY Ltd in 2016 transferred their assets to Jonah Capitals without the acquiescence of the Legislature.“What is troubling is the fact that the transfer to Jonah Capitals was only done with the Executive Branch,” Rep. Henry B. Fahnbulleh wrote.“Its contrary to Section 23.1, which states that no transfer of (1) this agreement or a mining license, or (2) any rights of the company in a mine or any immovable infrastructure (other than in ordinary course of renewal and replacement of its properties and other than transfer of products in the ordinary course of business) is permitted unless the transfer has received the prior written consent of the government.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 Southern California fires contained

first_imgA section of Highway 18 between Running Springs and Big Bear Dam remained closed to traffic because of falling rocks, officials said. In eastern San Diego County, a roughly 850 acre wildfire northeast of Julian was also contained. The blaze was started by an illegal campfire and had forced about 400 people to flee while destroying one vacation home and at least 23 other structures, including a chapel, a lodge and several cabins. By The Associated Press FAWNSKIN – A wildfire that scorched more than 14,000 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest was fully contained Thursday, the U.S. Forest Service said. Several days of cool weather helped firefighters surround the six-day fire. Hundreds of residents who were ordered to evacuate from the mountain community of Fawnskin were allowed to return home Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Graeme Souness – The next instalment

first_imgGraeme Souness was one of the finest footballers of his generation and captain of the all-conquering Liverpool side of the 1970s and 80s.A glittering career saw him win multiple honours as a player and a manager on both sides of the border, including a hat-trick of European Cups.Now one of the most respected pundits on television, Souness spoke to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook about his life after football.last_img

‘Arsenal are running out of time!’ Gunners legend fearful over lack of transfers

first_imgArsenal are running out of time in their bid to sign top players as they attempt to mount another Premier League title challenge, fears former star Frank McLintock.The Gunners have added three players to their ranks this summer with Granit Xhaka signing in a £30million deal, while Rob Holding and Takuma Asano have also joined but are considered ones for the future.Many supporters and pundits believe if Arsenal are to challenge for the Premier League, which they haven’t won since 2004, this season they need to add at least two more world-class talent to their ranks.But with the campaign just 18 days away, McLintock is worried about their chances.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I think Arsenal fans have got their hands ready to grab him by the throat and ask him why he isn’t buying a centre forward, a midfield player and a centre-half, especially with Per Mertesacker injured.“They’re talking about being in for Riyad Mahrez but all the other top clubs appear to have bought three or four players in the last month or so and are all getting settled down and ready for the new season. Yet we’re still looking and trying to get a last minute buy, which seems crazy.“You’re running out of time and running out of players to go for. That’s the problem.”He added: “It’s very hard to think who will win the Premier League this year.“I actually, if Arsene Wenger doesn’t buy a couple of top players, don’t think they’re going to be strong enough [to challenge]. I think they might be in the top four again and it’s going to be harder than it was last season, that’s for sure.”last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: This is the last part of my series on ‘How to lose weight and keep it off – for good’This week we will be looking at HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and if you need or should use it in your fat loss goals.High Intensity interval Training is better known as HIIT. 
It is being heralded as the latest and greatest form of cardio based fat loss training. HIIT is a form of training that is short, intense and can involve a single exercise done numerous times, e.g. hill sprints. It can also be done with multiple exercises done in a short circuit format.The reason that HIIT has become so popular is because of EPOC.
 
EPOC stands for Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption and what this means is that after you finish your training session, your body will continue to burn calories due to the intensity of the session in order to replace the oxygen ‘debt’ the training has provided.It all sounds a bit complicated, but basically you do short intense sessions and you will still be burning calories long after your session has finished, or so the story goes.HIIT has also been shown to help release fatty acids, (stored fat) for energy. A 15 min HIIT session which can herald anything from a 200 – 400 calorie burn depending on the intensity of the sessionSounds like a win-win situation: short workouts, longer calorie burn and using stored fat for energy.It should be noted that if you are not in a calorie deficit the released fatty acids that you would like to burn off won’t be used, your body has no reason to use them up.Another thing to consider is that EPOC isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.EPOC from HIIT is around 14% of total calories burned in the session. 
EPOC from steady state cardio is around 7% of total calories burned in the session. 30 minutes of HIIT intervals = burning 342 calories including EPOC.60 minutes of moderate steady state cardio = burning 642 calories including EPOC.If you look at the overall totals, there is very little difference.So should you use HIIT? It’s not a yes or no answer.The question shouldn’t be “which is better?”The question should be “which is better suited to me?”Let’s say you are overweight and have been inactive for years. You may find it hard just walking up the stairs at work.Do you really think that a 30 min session of HIIT class that involves high impact exercises like burpees is the best starting point for you?Probably not.But an hour of walking on the treadmill might be a great starting because it’s low intensity and uses fat as an energy source.Let’s say you are busy, train a few times per week and want to add some cardio to your session for some extra fat loss.A 10 min HIIT sprint session at the end of your workout can be the extra push you need to drop those last few pounds.To sum up the last few weeks of this series for you;In Order to lose weight and Keep it off here’s what you have to do.Reduce your calorie intake.Have protein with every meal.Forget about the low fat nonsense.Manage your carb intake and reduce your intake of processed foods.Train with weights 3-4 days per weekChoose a form of cardio that suit YOU and your life.It’s that simpleFollow these simply rules and you will be on your way to a better body in no time.#TrainSmartTo keep up to date with fitness and nutrition tips, be sure to follow me through the link below.
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING was last modified: February 16th, 2015 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)Tags:emmet rusheHIITKeeping weight offlosing weightlast_img read more

RAPHOE REPORT IS DAMNING OF BISHOP HEGARTY – THOSE DAMNING EXTRACTS HERE:

first_imgIn his report Ian Elliott on abuse in Raphoe, chief executive of the NBSCCC said: “It is clear that significant errors of judgement were made by successive bishops when responding to child abuse allegations that emerged within this diocese“Too much emphasis was placed on the situation of the accused priest and too little on the needs of their complainants.“Judgements were clouded, due to the presenting problem being for example, alcohol abuse and an inability to hear the concerns about abuse of children, through that presenting problems. “More attention should have been given to ensuring that preventative actions were taken quickly when concerns came to light. This view is based on an assessment of cases reported to the diocese and includes a number which were received during the previous bishops’ time in office.”There was severe criticism of retired Bishop Seamus Hegarty – and Bishop Boyce admitted he hadn’t always accepted the significance of the report.Mr Elliott goes on: “More attention should have been given to ensuring that preventative actions were taken quickly when concerns came to light. This view is based on an assessment of cases reported to the diocese and includes a number which were received during the previous bishops’ time (Seamus Hegarty) in office.”Mr Elliott did praise Bishop Boyce for accepting the audit in full but said he hadn’t always treated the issue with the significance needed. “It is a matter of great regret to Bishop Boyce that his focus on victims’ needs was not greater in the past, and he now acknowledges that he has a very different appreciation of his safeguarding responsibilities as to when he first came into office.“The reviewers would accept that this is the case and would wish to commend Bishop Boyce on his willingness to learn the painful lessons of the past and to apply them to the current practice in the diocese.”RAPHOE REPORT IS DAMNING OF BISHOP HEGARTY – THOSE DAMNING EXTRACTS HERE: was last modified: November 30th, 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) Tags:raphoe abuse reportlast_img read more

Traffic plan in place for funeral of the late Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly, RIP

first_imgLarge crowds are expected to travel to Glenswilly this Thursday for the funeral of the late Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly. Thousands will say a final farewell to Cllr Kelly at a funeral mass in St Columba’s Church Glenswilly at 12noon, followed by burial in Conwal Cemetery.To facilitate the mourners, the following traffic management arrangements have been put in place by Gardaí: From 11.30 a.m. Thursday morning, all non-funeral traffic travelling out the R250, Glenties road other than funeral traffic and emergency service vehicles will be re-routed via the Letterkenny – Rockhill – Newmills Road.All HGV traffic travelling from Glenties direction to Letterkenny will be diverted at Fintown via Ballybofey.All persons attending the Funeral Mass are advised that parking at St Columba’s Church, Glenswilly is limited to family only. Persons attending may park at Glenswilly GAA Club, The Rock premises, Templedouglas Graveyard and McDaid’s field, Tullychullion. These locations will be stewarded and buses will convey mourners to and from St Columba’s Church. Parking for St Columba’s Church is also available at Kilpheak Cemetery, which is within walking distance.Following the Funeral Mass, interment will take place at Conwal Graveyard. Due to limited parking at Sweeney’s field, those attending are requested to park at O’Donnell Park GAA Grounds and walk to Conwal Graveyard. Your assistance and co-operation is very much appreciated.  Traffic plan in place for funeral of the late Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly, RIP was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:funeralManus Kellytraffic managementlast_img read more

Yamaha

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2016 Trade TalkYamaha’s Steve Nessl, ATV/SxS Group Marketing Manager, spoke with Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood about the newest lineup of Yamaha’s off-road vehicles, as well as the Outdoor Access Initiative.161110_TradeTalk_Yamaha_SteveNessllast_img

Battle of wits, oratory skills in Puri LS seat

first_imgIt’s a battle of wits and oratory skills in Puri, a prestigious Lok Sabha constituency in Odisha.Verbal duels have taken centre stage in the poll campaign as three mainstream political parties — Biju Janata Dal, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress — have fielded their key spokespersons — Pinaki Mishra, Sambit Patra and Satya Prakash Nayak respectively — from this coastal constituency.All three spokespersons have not lost a single chance to throw verbal volleys at each other. Two debutants, Mr. Patra (BJP) and Mr. Nayak (Congress), are pitted against three-time Lok Sabha member Pinaki Mishra. As the campaign picks up, the communication proficiency of the candidates, which has so far been visible in TV studios, is increasingly being put to test on the ground.“It’s a battle for who can really work for the people of Odisha. I am not just a spokesperson of the BJP, but also a spokesperson of the poor and downtrodden,” Mr. Patra said.’Symbol of Odia pride’“The people here are very happy with us. They see me as a symbol of Odia pride who fights for Odisha across the globe and talks about Odia culture,” said the BJP spokesperson.Mr. Nayak, the chief spokesperson of the State Congress, attacked the sitting MP, BJD’s Pinaki Mishra, for not doing anything for the constituency. “Despite being a three-time MP from Puri, Pinaki Mishra has not done anything visible for Puri. He is like a migratory bird seen only during elections,” he said.Mr. Mishra, meanwhile, ruled out any threat from Mr. Patra and Mr. Nayak in the elections. “The track record of Mr. Patra is that he has so far debated only in ‘godi channels’ (lap channels) where anchors don’t pose any serious questions. Let him debate with me, I will show him his place and tell him about my performance in Parliament,” he said.last_img read more