Rep. Yekeh Kolubah Threatened with Expulsion From House of Representatives

first_imgMontserrado County District #10 Rep. Yekeh Kolubah threatened expulsion from the House of Representatives for his utterances. – Advertisement – — Rep. Fallah disclosesTough talking and controversial District# 10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah has been threatened with expulsion from the House of Representatives if he does not , within three months, retract and apologize for remarks he allegedly made about unseating the government of President Weah.According to Montserrado County District#5 Representative Thomas Fallah if Rep. Kolubah does not desist from consistently and continuously bringing the House of Representatives into ‘disrepute’ with his ‘reckless and insulting comments’ he will either be suspended if he is lucky, or expelled based on Rule 40 of the House’s Rules and Procedures.Rep. Fallah said majority members of the House, at least 49 members, in accordance to the House’s Rules and Procedures, will either suspend or expel Rep. Kolubah for ‘bad conduct and undesirable acts.’“I want to use this time to urge my colleague and my nephew (that’s how we call one another in Lofa), Rep. Kolubah, to desist from raining insults and bringing the Honorable House of Representatives [into disrepute] and, if he does not desist and continues as of this (Tuesday) evening or tonight, if he is lucky he will be suspended and, when bad-lucky, he will be expelled,” he said.Rep. Fallah further urged Rep. Kolubah to limit his advocacy on policy issues, including the economy, health and other basic social issues, but not make unsubstantial issues and rain insults, which will cast a dark cloud on the Legislature and the government.But legal experts here, commenting on Representative Fallah’s remarks,  have scoffed the idea of having Yekeh expelled from the body on account of statements he has allegedly made against the President. They maintain that threats to have Yekeh expelled if actualized could provoke a constitutional crises with implications for peace and stability in Liberia.They further noted that such threats are intended to institutionalize the criminalization of free speech and expression s guaranteed under Article 15 of the Constitution.Article 15 of the Constitution provides the following: a) Every person shall have the right to freedom of expression, being fully responsible for the abuse thereof. This right shall not be curtailed, restricted or enjoined by government save during an emergency declared in accordance with this Constitution.b) The right encompasses the right to hold opinions without interference and the right to knowledge. It includes freedom of speech and of the press, academic freedom to receive and impart knowledge and information and the right of libraries to make such knowledge available. It includes non-interference with the use of the mail, telephone and telegraph. It likewise includes the right to remain silent.c) In pursuance of this right, there shall be no limitation on the public right to be informed about the government and its functionaries.d) Access to state owned media shall not be denied because of any disagreement with or dislike of the ideas express. Denial of such access may be challenged in a court of competent jurisdiction.e) This freedom may be limited only by judicial action in proceedings grounded in defamation or invasion of the rights of privacy and publicity or in the commercial aspect of expression in deception, false advertising and copyright infringement.Moreover, according to a leading legal practitioner(name withheld) , Article 42 of the Constitution of Liberia provides that “No member of the Senate or House of Representatives shall be arrested, detained, prosecuted or tried as a result of opinions expressed or votes cast in the exercise of the functions of his office”.Article 42 further provides that “Members shall be privileged from arrest while attending, going to or returning from sessions of the Legislature, except for treason, felony or breach of the peace. All official acts done or performed and all statement made in the Chambers of the Legislature shall be privileged, and no Legislator shall be held accountable or punished therefor”.The legal practitioner questioned whether  or not Yekeh is being threatened with contempt of the Legislature. And in case he is, according to the lawyer, Article 44 of the  Constitution of Liberia specifically provides that  “Contempt of the Legislature shall consist of actions which obstruct the legislative functions or which obstruct or impede members or officers of the Legislature in the discharge of their legislative duties and may be punished by the House concerned by reasonable sanctions after a hearing consistent with due process of law”.Article 44 further provides that “No sanctions shall extend beyond the session of the Legislature wherein it is imposed, and any sanction imposed shall conform to the provisions on Fundamental Rights laid down in the Constitution”.According to the lawyer the last part of Article 44 has to do with disputes between legislators and non-members which, according to the Constitution, shall not be entertained or heard in the Legislature if such disputes are properly cognizable before the courts. But more to that, according to the lawyer, under Article 20 of the Constitution Yekeh cannot be deprived of his privilege as a legislator “except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in the Constitution and in accordance with due process of law”.The lawyer in closing said gone are the days when an elected member of the House could be expelled at the whims of the Executive under the cover of what was at the time referred to as a Joint Resolution (JR). He observed that during TWP rule a former legislator, at the time from Grand Gedeh County, Chea Cheapoo was expelled from the House because he had run afoul of the True Whig Party elites who dominated local politics, according to the lawyer.Meanwhile it remains to be seen whether  Representative Fallah can indeed make good on his threats which may, more likely than not, prove untenable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – THE POISON GLEN by Brendan Whelan

first_imgThis week we are going to take a hop, skip and a jump across the road from Mount Errigal to another iconic Donegal landmark, the ‘Poisoned Glen’.Have you ever wondered how such a spectacular place could be cursed with such a cruel, cold and callous name? Well let’s see what’s lurking in the past…Toxic Moss & Balor na Suíle Neimhe (Balor of the Evil Eye)… Some say that the Poisoned Glen owes its name to the former presence of the highly toxic Irish Spurge Moss. It is rumoured that the plant poisoned the drinking water and although the Spurge Moss is now extinct here farmers are still advised to keep their animals away from the Glen’s waters.Another reason for the name comes from times past, when it was said, Balor King of Tory had a daughter more beautiful than any eye could behold. Such was her beautiful radiance, and such were the ethics of the time, he decided it was best to imprison her in a lonely isolated tower, so she would never come within sight of man. But word of her stunning looks spread far and wide. Subsequently many attempts were made on her lonely cell and it wasn’t long before one would be Romeo succeeded in breaking in and taking her away across the water.The enraged Balor followed her across the seas to Magheroarty and he stalked her captor across the mainland, killing him with a giant stone. One such stone stands in a prominent position about 600meters up the glen and is said to be the evil, or poisoned, eye of Balor.Lost in translation… The more generally accepted version of why the ‘glen’ has the name that it does, is based simply on a mistake made by an English cartographer, who made a mistake in the translation from Irish to English.The mistake arose due to the fact that the Irish word for poison, “neimhe” (pronounced niv-uh), differs in its spelling by only one letter (the letter ‘I’) from the word for Heaven, “neamh” (pronounced nyow-uh).The glen used to be called the ‘Heavenly Glen’ by local people, as it was to them like they imagined Heaven itself to be and standing in the glen you can’t help but marvel at nature’s wondrous forces.Dunlewy Church…A striking landmark of this area is the roofless, white marble and blue quartzite church which is located near the car park area at the entrance to the glen. The church was built by Jane Smith Russell, as a memorial to her husband, James Russell who died September 2nd 1848. James Russell, was the landlord of the Dunlewey estate, was laid to rest in a vault under the church floor. Over time the local congregation diminished and as the estate’s resources also did too, maintaining the up keep of the church was no longer sustainable. So in 1955 it was decided to remove the roof for safety reasons and various items such as the church furniture went to churches in Derry and Raphoe. The main church bell is now installed in Cashel Church of Ireland near Doe Castle.Fancy a walk?This is an accessible location, at only 80meters above sea level, it is low level and yet it feels really mountainous! There is a minor pathway to the South East side of the main river, that’s the left hand bank as you walk into the glen! The pathway is rough, so good sturdy footwear should be worn. You follow this pathway both into and out of the glen. Care should be taken after or during heavy rainfall, as rivers in the area can rise very quickly. You can enjoy the area on many levels, be it from the car park at the mouth of the glen or after venturing further up towards Balor’s eye. So all in all it’s a great place for the family, novice or serious hill walker a like, enjoy!Map required: OSI Sheet Number 1, Scale 1:50,000Local attractions:www.dunleweycentre.comwww.glenveaghnationalpark.ieA great place to stay locally is the Errigal Youth Hostel, check them out on Facebook!http://www.facebook.com/errigal.hostelFor some excellent photos of the area check out:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karl-Harold-Photography/201685779861848THE GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – THE POISON GLEN by Brendan Whelan was last modified: May 18th, 2012 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)Tags:bren whelanPoison GlenThe Great Donegal Outdoorslast_img read more

Hemsted named Livestock Man of the Year

first_imgThe California State Chamber of Commerce and the Grand National Rodeo Horse and Stock Show recently announced the selection of Jerry Hemsted as the 2016 Livestock Man of the year.Hemsted will accept the prestigious award at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on Saturday evening, Oct. 15.Hemsted was born into the cattle industry. He demonstrated his first love of the industry with the purchase of a heifer named “Domino Princess the 44th” at the age of 10 in Millville. He partnered with his dad …last_img read more

Raiders Straight Talk: Time for Derek Carr to conquer Arrowhead Stadium

first_imgALAMEDA — We’ve seen a lot of growth in the second year of the union between Derek Carr and Jon Gruden.Now comes the next step, and in the case of Carr it’s more of a leap.Arrowhead Stadium is the most hostile of environments for Carr. His record there is 0-5, his stats are awful and not once has he passed the eye test of being a solid, functional NFL quarterback.When the Raiders (6-5) visit the Kansas City Chiefs (7-4) Sunday afternoon, Carr might not win, but he needs to keep the Raiders …last_img read more

ATP Synthase: Another Unexpected Case of Fine Tuning

first_imgATP synthase, the miniature rotary motor that powers our cells, has been a subject of great interest since the elucidation of its rotary function won three scientists a Nobel prize in 1997.  As an example of a precision-crafted, true electric rotary motor in living systems (another being the larger bacterial flagellum), it also provides a classic case study in intelligent design vs. evolution.  It has been the subject of frequent updates in these pages (start at 02/13/2004 and work backwards).  Now, another discovery about this ATP-synthesizing engine has revealed a deeper level of fine tuning.  Japanese scientists publishing in PNAS1 found a precision coupling between two components that was unexpected, yet apparently essential.    For review, recall that ATP synthase has two functional domains, named F0 and F1.  The F1 part that actually synthesizes ATP from ADP + P is now fairly well understood.  It is composed of three pairs of lobes that spring-load ATP with every 120o turn of the camshaft, each pair of lobes either loading, catalyzing or ejecting an ATP molecule.  The F0 domain, however, has been harder to study.  Scientists knew it looks like a carousel of identical proteins, labeled c subunits.  Linked to it is a camshaft, named the gamma subunit, that drives the synthesis of ATP in F1.  Scientists knew the F0 carousel runs on protons delivered by a gumball-like mechanism named the a subunit (see 12/22/2003 headline).  But up till now, they were not sure how many c subunits comprised the carousel – or even if the number mattered.  Some studies had hinted that the F0 motor contained anywhere from 8 to 13 c subunits, depending on the species.  Now, the team of Mitome et al. found the answer: it is 10, and it must be 10 and only 10.  Other numbers don’t work.  That’s strange.  It means that F0 needs 10 protons per revolution, but F1 produces 3 ATP per revolution.  The ratio 10:3 is not an integer.  How can that be?    The scientists arrived at the number 10 by customizing F0 rings with fixed numbers of c subunits, 2 through 14.  Then they linked them to the F1 domains and watched how much ATP was synthesized.  Results were obtained for only c=2, 5, and 10, which is interesting, considering that 2 and 5 are factors of 10.  The c=2 and c=5 cases produced a little ATP, and c=10 produced the maximum.  All the other numbers produced none.  The team deduced, therefore, that 10 (or one of its factors) is essential to match the proton-loading mechanism of the a subunit.    The scientists also measured the proton flow through their custom carousels when disengaged from F1 and found, again, that 10 was the only number that worked.  Without 10 c subunits, no protons flowed.  Divide a circle of 360o by 10, and you get a 36o angle per c subunit during a complete revolution of the F0 motor.  The F1 domain, by contrast, produces ATP for each 120o turn, or 3 ATP per complete revolution.  The scientists seemed surprised that the proton-ATP ratio, “one of the most important parameters in bioenergetics,” is not an integer.  It’s as if three protons are sufficient to generate an ATP sometimes and four other times, because one cannot have a third of a proton.  Wouldn’t it be more logical if the number of c subunits was a multiple of three, say 6, 9, or 12?  With c=9, for instance, the camshaft angle would regularly line up with the F1 lobes every 3 protons, yielding one ATP every time, nice and neat.  The fact that it does not means that the coupling between F0 and F1 is not strict, as with toothed gears, but “permissive” – as if the two domains rotate according to their own structural needs, and are coupled together by a adaptor mechanism that has some degree of freedom to either twist or slip.    The scientists ruled out slippage.  They knew that the camshaft can only produce an ATP in the F1 domain when it is lined up perfectly at the 120o steps.  Instead, they found that there is enough elastic flexibility in the camshaft to permit twist up to 40o during its rotation.  This flexibility allows the two domains to work separately, each according to its optimum configuration, with the twisting camshaft able to rock back and forth a little to give the F1 lobes time to complete their work.  In scientific lingo, “The flexibility of gamma allows both the F0-gamma and F1-gamma interfaces at the free-energy minima to stay in conformations adequate for the proton transport in F0 and the catalysis in F1 despite the step-size mismatch, providing sufficient time for those events to take place.”    One more thing.  There isn’t much tolerance for error in this system.  The team found that a single point mutation at a spot named E56 in the c subunit was enough to quench all proton flow and all ATP synthesis: “This result provides evidence that each of all 10 E56 in the c-ring is indispensable.”  Also, the quantity of 10 subunits in the c-ring is critical, because 8, 9, 11, 12 and other numbers did not fit the gumball proton-delivery system of the a subunit: “Thus, the proton transport through F0 requires very strict arrangement of contact surface between F0-a and F0-c in the F0 assembly and even a rotary displacement as tiny as 3.3o (360o / 10 – 360o / 11) seems to be enough to disable a proton transfer between them.”    The team made their measurements on ATP synthase motors from a species of thermophilic (heat-loving) bacteria.  They feel they have found a coupling strategy in living systems that could demonstrate a general principle: “Here, we report the permissive nature of the coupling between proton transport and ATP synthesis of F0-F1, but such nature of the coupling can be general among other biological motor systems to connect critical well tuned microscopic events in the large domain motions.”1Mitome et al., “Thermophilic ATP synthase has a decamer c-ring: Indication of noninteger 10:3 H+/ATP ratio and permissive elastic coupling,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0403545101, published online 8/09/04.This discovery reveals a deeper level of design even more difficult to explain by evolution.  (As expected, these authors make no reference to evolution in their paper.)  A simple, easy-to-fathom machine would use the integer ratio; 3 protons yields one ATP.  The 10:3 ratio, puzzling at first, actually shows superior engineering.  It enables two disparate components with different operational requirements to be coupled together for the maximum efficiency of each.  In software, it would be like the driver that allows a device to work with any operating system.  In hardware, it would be like a tractor with a power-takeoff adapter that allows the engine to operate an attachment running at a different RPM.      ATP synthase is made up of two finely tuned domains, F0 and F1, that operate under their own stringent requirements for function, but are useless without one another.  Why would the F0 c-ring carousel evolve by itself, if it had no function vital to the cell?  And how could the F1 system of six lobes, exquisitely-crafted for the synthesis of ATP, operate without an electrical motor to turn the camshaft?  The camshaft itself is a perfectly-designed component, with just the right amount of elastic flexibility, to couple the two very different domains.  Add to that the a subunit that feeds the protons at just the right rate and matches them to the appropriate active site on each c subunit, and the epsilon subunit that anchors the motor to the membrane, and you have an irreducibly complex system of irreducibly complex systems.  The fact that this whole composite machine works at near 100% efficiency is proof of product, a contrivance that virtually shouts “made by intelligent design.”(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Google, Mozilla & Sunlight Announce Nationwide Government Data Hackathon

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The Sunlight Foundation, in partnership with Google, Mozilla and Redhat, today announced a nation-wide weekend hackathon dedicated to coding projects that foster government transparency. Scheduled for December 12th and 13th and titled The Great American Hackathon, the network of events could lead to some really cool developments. Sunlight has some specific suggestions for projects developers might work on (see below) and lots of the unexpected is expected as well.You can help make it happen by signing up to host an event in your town. At least a few awesome things ought to come out of it. Check out the list of what’s been proposed so far.A tool for reporting online privacy violations to the FTC and simultaneously blowing the whistle to all your friends on your favorite social networks? That’s one cool idea. A tool for making Layar Augmented Reality endpoints easily in Django? People would eat that up. (And build projects like Sunlight’s AR Recovery.gov.) A Python wrapper for Sunlight’s competitor to Data.gov, the National Data Catolog API? A computer assisted researcher’s dream come true!What would you like to build or build with other participants in the Hackathon? This is nerdy stuff, too few people appreciate it, but someone just might build software so beneficial to the civic interest that a parade is in order. Maybe a parade in every town that hosts a hackathon. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid

first_imgKeys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series Read Next Macaraya, though, is keeping his optimism going forward knowing that everyone from this core will return next year.“Hopefully, everybody is healthy next year. We will continue the hard work and standard that we all agreed on. I know that we will have a bright future next year,” he said.Aside from Calisaan and David, also back in the fold next season will be guards Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, and Renzo Navarro, as well as swingman Allyn Bulanadi.Macaraya also expressed his elation with the outpour of support for his team.“We’re very happy that the San Sebastian community again is united and very supportive. That’s one of our goals and visions: to bring back the glory days of Baste and we’re one step in achieving it,” he said. “Hopefully, next year we can do better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Golden Stags made it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, marking its return in the post-season after the “Pinatubo Trio” era.However, that run was cut short after San Sebastian lost to San Beda, 71-76, on Tuesday in the final level of the stepladder semis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBehind the heroics of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David, the Golden Stags did everything they could to extend their season.Unfortunately, the odds just caught on San Sebastian, with the Red Lions making a living from the charity stripe as they shot 25-of-36 to the Golden Stags’ 3-of-6. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RK Ilagan weeps as San Sebastian bowed out of NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Sebastian bowed out of the Finals race, Stags coach Egay Macaraya is sticking to the positives in his team’s performance this past NCAA Season 93.“We have our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we did our best. It just so happened that we fell short,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

a month agoLampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valencia

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Lampard not afraid to play Chelsea youngsters against Valenciaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has no qualms about playing his Chelsea youngsters for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Valencia.Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham all started and scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves.And Lampard says he won’t change his selections for the club’s first Champions League clash of the season.”I won’t consider age,” Lampard said. “I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That’s easy. I just pick them on merit.”Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that.”The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager.” last_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Pep Guardiola: I have no money!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has no money to spend in January.It’s been suggested Guardiola is seeking a new centre-half signing for the winter market.But the manager insists: “It’s not up to me, but we can’t buy anyone in January.”We do not have the money to deposit large amounts. That didn’t work in the summer, so not in the winter either.“We will do it with the players that we have. With Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Eric Garcia and the new players in the youth academy. We have young talented players that we can count on.” He added: “Vinny (Kompany) had a great personality and he was very helpful to me and the entire club. But he has decided to go to Anderlecht and we must continue.” last_img read more

Video: Duke Basketball Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks

first_imgGrant Hill of Duke on draft day.Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.last_img read more