Split Sessions at Capitol

first_imgAn unprecedented three separate and distinct sessions were yesterday held simultaneously in the 68 year old Capitol Building (at the Legislature) with two at the Lower House and one in the Upper House with the presence of over 400 elite officers of the Liberia National Police. Compelling Recusal of Speaker Tyler?Thirty eight (38) members of the House of Representatives (34 present and four distance), who are referred to as “Renegade or Conscious Lawmakers” have unanimously adopted a resolution to remove Rep. Alex J. Tyler, Sr., as Speaker or Presiding Officer of the Legislature.The defector lawmakers, in an outlawed separate session in the William R. Tolbert Joint Chambers, which was presided over by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue, made the decision yesterday due to a resolution signed by 40 members of the House of Representatives. However, three of them, including Saah Joseph, Samuel Woleh and Morais Waylee, claimed that they withdrew their signatures. The “conscious Lawmakers”, in search of a place to hold their session, proceeded to the Joint Chamber, which they found locked. The sergeant-at-arms, believed to be a Tyler sympathizer, was unavailable to provide access to the Joint Chamber. It was then that former Speaker, Edwin M. Snowe, Jr. ordered the door busted, according to eyewitnesses, which was performed by a staffer of Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue. The anti-Tyler lawmakers suspended the House’s Rules and Procedures on the Motion for Reconsideration as well as the Normal Legislative Procedural process of the Committee’s work to effect the decision to recuse Speaker Tyler.The lawmakers also appointed an ad hoc Chief Clerk and Deputy Chief, Rudolph Hill and Darlington Blayon, staffers of the Deputy Speaker.In the resolution, the lawmakers said the Speaker has denigrated his colleagues who have expressed disagreement with his dictatorial leadership and refers to elected Representatives of the Liberian people as surrogates, forgetting that he is just ‘primus inter pares’ (first among equals) by the free election of his peers.“Whereas, that the Speaker has been criminally indicted of a crime. We the members of the House should not have to bear the burden of these allegations. Let the Speaker exonerate himself of these criminal charges using our court system and not hide under the authority of the Speaker’s gavel,” the Interim Chief Clerk read.“Whereas and in so declaring, we, the majority members of the Honorable House of Representatives of the 53rd Legislature having taken a solemn oath of office to protect and uphold the constitution and all other laws of the Republic call upon Hon. J. Alex Tyler to immediately recuse himself as presiding officer.”The Interim Chief Clerk added: “Whereas we also call on those doing business and other activities with him to immediately halt and refrain from future transaction with him in the name of the Honorable House of Representatives including the Liberian Senate, the Executive and Judiciary Branches of Government and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mission.”Those who signed the resolution included: Rep. Numene T.H. Bartekwa, Rep. Emmanuel Nuquay, Rep. Munah E. Pelham-Youngblood, Rep. Samuel G. Kogar, Rep. Thomas P. Fallah, Rep. Acarous M. Gray, Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, Rep. Julius Berrian, Rep. Morais T. Waylee and Rep. Samuel G. Wolleh.Others are Rep. Richmond S. Anderson, Rep. Corpu G. Barclay, Rep. Adolph A. Lawrence, Rep. Christian Chea, Rep. Johnson Chea, Rep. Saah Joseph, Rep. Roland O. Cooper, Rep. Worlea S. Dunah, Rep. Henry B. Fahnbulleh, Rep. Edward S. Forh, Rep. Josephine George Francis,Rep. Stephen S. Kafi, Jr., Rep. Jefferson Kanmoh, Rep. Edward W. Karfia, Rep. Mary Karwor, Rep. Jeremiah Koung, Rep. Eugene F. Kparkar and Rep. Gertrude T. Lamin.The remaining lawmakers are Rep. Jeremiah W. McCauley, Rep. Prince Moye, Rep. George S. Mulbah, Rep. Tokpah Mulbah, Rep. Robertson N. Siaway, Rep. Gabriel Smith, Rep. Richard M. Tingban, Rep. Ricks Toweh, Rep. Bill Twehway, Rep. Ballah G. Zayzay, Rep. J. Byron Brown and Rep. J. Gabriel Nyenkan.Meanwhile and simultaneously, the 51st day sitting under House’s Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., in the House’s official chambers, ended successfully with the appearance of Public Work Minister Gyude Moore, summoned to update the lower house on the progress of the Somalia Drive Road. Speaker Tyler conducted yesterday’s session with a quorum of 37 persons; 34 in person and three in distance.Prior to the Public Work Minister’s appearance, the House’s Plenary summoned the management of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) to appear on Tuesday, 16 August. The decision was predicated upon a complaint from Hon. Larry P. Younquoi of Electoral District 8, Nimba County.In his letter, the Nimba Lawmaker questioned the refusal of the Liberia Broadcasting System to honor a request from the House Press and Public Affairs Bureau to provide live broadcast coverage to the on-going public hearing on the Draft National Budget at the Capitol Building. Following discussions on the matter, plenary agreed to invite the management of LBS to appear next Tuesday to give reasons for the entity’s action predicated on a motion proffered by Hon. Isaac Roland of Electoral District 3, Maryland County.Pro-Tyler’s ReactionThe chairman of the House committee on Foreign Affairs, Maryland County District # 1 Representative, Rep. James Biney, has accused President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of sponsoring the recusal campaign to unseat Speaker Tyler, over an unbearable working relationship with him.“If the precedence of getting the leader of one branch removed on the basis of indictment (not court verdict) through subterfuge, the tendency of the Executive controlling the Legislature will be further enhanced at the time when it should be broken,” Rep. Biney said “This is not good for any emerging democracy. When a leader of a country says, I will never work with the head of the legislative branch of government and the leader succeeds in removing the head of that branch of government, such a leader cannot be a true representation of genuine democracy. As we proceed to protect our democracy, it is quintessential that we accept to work with each other as leaders not because we want to, but because we have to,” Rep. Biney added.He added: “On the issue of the fight against corruption, I call on President Sirleaf to also go after those who wrecked NOCAL, squandered the Japanese Aid to Liberia, mismanaged Chevron Social Development Support to Liberia, etc. The contrary would suggest to the public and the world that the fight against corruption is not only selective, but a sham. Finally, we leaders, especially President Sirleaf, have the responsibility to enhance the peace and protect our democracy.”However, two senior staff members to the Speaker, who begged for anonymity, said the Speaker and his colleagues have termed the renegade lawmakers’ decision as “trash.”They further said the pro-Tyler lawmakers are considering going to the Supreme Court, but they did not say why or when.Speaker Tyler’s compelling recusal is due to his alleged accusation of receiving US$75,000, according to the May 11 Global Witness report, for his alleged role in changing the Public Procurement Commission Committee (PPCC) law in favor of the London based Sable Mining Company to win a concession agreement to exploit iron ore in the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bayern urged to bring CL mindset to Bundesliga title race

first_img0Shares0000Kovac wants to see Bayern Munich bring the same defensive discipline to their game in the Bundesliga as they showed at Liverpool in midweek © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFBERLIN, Germany, Feb 22 – Niko Kovac wants his Bayern Munich side to show the same defensive discipline that saw them shut out Liverpool in the Bundesliga title race as they set their sights on stuttering leaders Borussia Dortmund.Bayern conceded sloppy goals — including a Bundesliga record fastest own goal after just 13 seconds — in last Friday’s 3-2 win at Augsburg, which put the reigning champions three points behind Dortmund thanks to them drawing 0-0 at Nuremberg on Monday night. Kovac’s team followed that up with a far more disciplined goalless draw at Anfield that has put them in a decent position against Liverpool ahead of the deciding leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at the Allianz Arena on March 12.“I expect the same concentration and absolute discipline in defence,” he said on Thursday ahead of their home league clash with Hertha Berlin Saturday.Hertha beat second-placed Bayern in the capital 2-0 in September, the first of the four defeats this season.“The Bundesliga is important, but a few players rate the Champions League higher and put more into it,” he added.A win in Munich would put Bayern level on points with Dortmund for at least 24 hours before Dortmund play on Sunday at home to Bayer Leverkusen — who have surged up to fifth under new coach Peter Bosz — while a seven-goal swing in Bayern’s favour over both fixtures could put the Bavarians top on goal difference.Croat Kovac wants to make it “hard to score goals against Bayern Munich — it’s all in the mind” after too many loose defensive displays.Centre-back Mats Hummels is doubtful to face Hertha with a cold and set to be replaced by Jerome Boateng, who missed the draw at Liverpool with an upset stomach.Midfielder Leon Goretzka could also return after shaking off an Achilles tendon knock.– Bosz back to haunt Dortmund –Dortmund desperately need a win as what was once a nine-point lead has been slashed after drawing their last three league matches, while Bayern have bounced back from a rocky November by winning nine of their last 10.Dortmund are also focused on ridding themselves of defensive frailties after leaking 10 goals in their last five games.Director of sport Michael Zorc has had to defend coach Lucien Favre after poor recent results and says lady luck is simply not smiling on his team.“We made mistakes in the first half of the season too, the difference now is that we are being punished,” said Zorc.“We’re missing that bit of luck, but we won’t change everything.”Borussia Dortmund are set to welcome back playmaker Marco Reus, who has been sidelined by a thigh injury, on Sunday © AFP/File / SASCHA SCHUERMANNDortmund are set to welcome back Marco Reus, whose influence has been badly missed since he picked up a thigh injury in the German Cup defeat by Werder Bremen earlier this month, and key defender Manuel Akanji, sidelined since December with a hip injury.The timing could not be better against a Leverkusen team challenging for a Champions League place.Thirteen goals in four consecutive Bundesliga wins, including a shock 3-1 victory over Bayern, has hauled Leverkusen up into fifth.Their head coach Bosz, who was sacked by Dortmund in December 2017 after barely half a year in charge, has turned Leverkusen’s fortunes around since replacing Heiko Herrlich late last year.He has given Germany starlets Julian Brandt, 22, and Kai Havertz, 19, more freedom and the pair have obliged with six goals and three assists in the last four games.They were deadly as Brandt scored twice and set up two more, including one for Havertz, in the 5-1 battering of Mainz a fortnight ago.Fixtures (all times 5:30pm unless stated)FridayWerder Bremen v Stuttgart (10:30pm)SaturdayBorussia Moenchengladbach v Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin, Freiburg v Augsburg, Mainz v Schalke 04, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Nuremberg (8:30pm)SundayHanover 96 v Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen (8pm)MondayRB Leipzig v Hoffenheim (10:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ford Wants to Remove New Car Odors by Heating Up Vehicles

first_imgStay on target Aston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain LairSony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo If you dislike the “new car smell,” you’re in luck: Ford filed a patent for an odor-eliminating process that uses heat to get rid of the leather-like aroma in new automobiles.Ford, which filed the “vehicle odor remediation” patent  in July, aims to appeal to its global customer base, including customers in China, who reportedly prefer to buy odor-free cars, reported the Detroit Free Press.According to a 2018 J.D. Power China Initial Quality Study, more than 10 percent of drivers in China complained about new car smells. Considering China has one of the largest car markets worldwide, Ford is taking note of what customers want when it comes to brand new automobiles.AdChoices广告Ford’s patent said that new car odors come from volatile organic compounds given off by vinyl, leather, plastic, and chemicals used in vehicle production. When new automobiles are exposed to high temperatures, that’s when the odors kick in.To eliminate new car smells, the patent said the car would need to park in the sun, slightly open windows, and have the engine, heater, and fan turned on. This process would allegedly involve semi-autonomous vehicles that can tell when to expel compounds, drive themselves to a sunny spot, and bake away the unpleasant smell.The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or Ford haven’t provided updates on the odor-removal process yet, however it would be interesting to see how this high-tech innovation could reduce new car smells in the future.More on Geek.com:Will Autonomous Cars Become Brothels on Wheels?‘Flying Sports Car’ Could Be the Smallest in the WorldVolvo’s Cars and Semis Can Now Talk to Each Otherlast_img read more