Ellen Receives CRC Final Report on the NCC

first_imgThe Constitution Review Committee (CRC) has presented its final report on the National Constitution Conference (NCC) also containing recommendations to amend the Constitution of Liberia as well as several CDs of the 1986 Liberian Constitution in the 16 local vernaculars to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. During a formal presentation ceremony at the office of the President, the Chairperson of the CRC, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked President Sirleaf for the confidence reposed in them to perform the task and for the opportunity provided them to form part of such an historic national project.“Madam President, thank you for this opportunity to formally present to you the report from the National Constitution Conference,” Cllr. Scott said.She catalogued the President’s mandate given the Committee and the process they embarked on over three years to reach this point. Cllr. Scott reported the excellent cooperation from ex-officio members, the Governance Commission (GC), Law Reform Commission (LRC) and partners that strengthened them particularly providing financial, technical and moral support during the process. “Their vast experience and knowledge were at our disposal, and we have now reached this point,” she indicated.The CRC Chairperson expressed special thanks to all Liberians and emphasized that citizens’ participation in this review process was significant most especially for their direct participation and through their delegates during the formal and informal consultative phase in the 73 electoral districts of Liberia, and the National Constitution Conference held in Gbarnga, Bong County, from March 29 to April 2, 2015. She praised the partners who contributed immensely to make the process a success. “United Nations Development Program (UNDP) provided initial seed money; United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) provided technical assistance from New York, helicopter services, UNMIL Radio; USAID significantly contributed to the National Constitution Conference, while United Nations Peace-Building Fund (UNPBF), among other partners, provided additional assistance,” she pointed out.Cllr. Scott also highlighted the contribution of the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) and the Liberian Women Democracy Radio that provided their media outlets “free of charge” for the dissemination of information to the Liberian public.In response, President Sirleaf thanked the CRC for the work. She also thanked the partners for the support they provided the CRC in executing its mandate.In 1847, the President said, the Constitution to a large extent reflected the circumstances and desires of the settler class. She said recognizing that circumstances had changed, one needed to add more in terms of equal opportunity, equity and recognition of the role of the population; thus a new Constitution came into effect in 1986 reflecting new circumstances of the country.President Sirleaf stressed that that Constitution remained with a few amendments in 2011 to ensure that the country’s political process remain intact.Starting in 2012, the Liberian leader continued, under the chairmanship of the GC and a committee formed under the “National Vision 2030,” there were consultations all over the country to form that National Vision. “That consultation indicated that the Liberian people wanted more than what the 1986 Constitution contained,” she emphasized, adding, “They wanted to see some revisions in some of those provisions; they wanted to ensure that certain equity and participation of the people were pronounced than what the 1986 Constitution provided and so those consultations formed the basis for starting that process of amendments to the Constitution,” she outlined, expounding further on the CRC’s mandate.President Sirleaf clearly stated that the Constitution stipulates that it is the National Legislature that determines what kind of constitutional amendments are made; but noted that as a result of the consultations in the CRC exercise, the document will pass through her, before being conveyed to them.Now that the CRC has presented to President Sirleaf for consideration the NCC report also containing recommendations to amend the Constitution of Liberia, it is anticipated that thereafter, the Liberian leader will make a presentation to the National Legislature for its due consideration.In the event of approval of the proposals for amendment by two thirds of the duly seated members of both Houses of the National Legislature, the approved proposals will be published in an Official Gazette for public consumption and understanding.The Constitution mandates that this public education be conducted for a minimum of 12 months prior to the holding of a referendum. Proposals receiving the approval of two thirds of the voters voting in the referendum shall then become amendments to the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.Liberia embarked upon the Constitution review process in August 2012 as part of its national reconciliation by setting up the CRC based on the recommendations from the Governance Commission (GC). To organize and lead this process, President Sirleaf established the CRC which eventually consisted of six eminent citizens as members; and two Ex-officio Members, Chairman of the GC and the Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission (LRC). This review process is intended to form part of addressing Liberia’s governance pitfalls and consequently engender reconciliation.Present at the presentation ceremony were partners including the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador, H. E. Abdoulaye Dore; Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, Mr. Antonio Vigilante, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, H. E. Tiina Intelmann; a representative of the United States Agency for International Development; Co-Chair of the National Elections Commission, Cllr. Sarah Toe; Chairperson of the Civil Society Organizations of Liberia, Mrs. Frances Greaves; Ex-Officio Members: Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos Sawyer; and Cllr. Deway Gray, representing the Law Reform Commission.Others were representatives of political parties, the Chairman of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders, Mr. Zanzan Karwor; among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liverpool latest: Injury problems under Jurgen Klopp ‘nothing new’, reveals ex-Dortmund coach

first_imgFormer Borussia Dortmund youth coach Gary Gordon has revealed to talkSPORT that Liverpool’s injury crisis is ‘nothing new’ under manager Jurgen Klopp.The Reds currently now have 11 first-team players on the sidelines, with at least five of those suffering from hamstring injuries, after Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren limped out of Tuesday’s League Cup win over Stoke.Their lengthy list of absentees has led to criticism of Klopp’s methods, with former Liverpool manager Roy Evans and Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce saying the German’s intense playing style is to blame.And Gordon, who worked with Klopp during his seven-year stint as Dortmund manager, admits the Bundesliga club experienced similar problems due to the boss’ high demands of his squad.When asked about Klopp’s training methods, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “They are intense.“It’s a lot of pressure on the players, the intensity in the game is very high so you have to find the right balance between training sessions and matches. It’s difficult to find the right solution at the moment.“We had similar problems at Dortmund, I don’t think it’s anything new. You have to have a balanced squad and you have to take that into consideration.“Jurgen likes runners. If you‘re doing six or seven miles a game he’s happy. That’s the style he likes and I don’t think he’s going to change it. It’s the way he likes to work.”last_img read more

DONEGAL DRINK-DRIVER JAILED AFTER DANGEROUS 18KM CHASE

first_imgGallagher leaving court after getting bail for an appeal against his prison sentenceA CONVICTED drink driver has been jailed for six months after dangerous driving and refusing to provide a specimen.Sean Gallagher, 44, from Cabra, Churchill, led Gardai on an 18km chase across County Donegal on April 1 this year, Letterkenny District Court heard. Inspector David Kelly said Gallagher sped off in his jeep when he was approached by a garda patrol in the car park outside the Rock Bar, Newmills. It was 2.05am.Inspector Kelly said Gallagher spun his wheels and drove off.What followed was a “15 minute frenzy of dangerous driving” on narrow country roads around Churchill.On several occasions on the 18km route, Gallagher attempted to block the Garda car before finally giving himself up.Gallagher was arrested but was abusive to gardai, telling Garda Paul McGee on several occasions that he would get him.“I know where you live. This is not the end of this,” Gallagher had threatened.When told refusal to provide a specimen could lead to a fine or imprisonment or both, Gallagher responded: “I’ve a good bicycle and I don’t have far to go for a drink.”He also said: “You can’t take knickers from a bare arse.”Inspector Kelly said Gallagher had four previous convictions and was still banned from driving for a previous drink-driving offence.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client wished to apologise to gardai.Judge Kelly said: “This offence took place whilst Gallagher was banned from driving; there was some appalling driving over a distance of 18kms with attempts made to prevent the garda car from overtaking.”He jailed Gallagher for a total of 10 months – six months and four months consecutively – and fined him €500 and banned him from driving for a total of nine years.Gallagher, who is unemployed and lives with his mother, was later freed after lodging €500 and an independent surety of €1,000 pending an appeal.DONEGAL DRINK-DRIVER JAILED AFTER DANGEROUS 18KM CHASE was last modified: July 16th, 2013 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:cabraChurchilldrink driversean gallagherThe Rock Bar Newmillslast_img read more