first_imgNational Patriotic Party (NPP) senatorial aspirant Saah Richard Gbollie has assured citizens of Margibi County that there will be no secrecy in the management of the County’s Development and Social Funds if he is elected Senator on Saturday, December 20.The NPP candidate told hundreds of supporters that the citizens of the county are not feeling the impact of the CDF and SDF from China Union and other companies owing to secrecy among the county leadership.  He said he would immediately tackle this problem upon his election to the Senate.The former Margibi lawmaker said he would also seek a review of the Firestone concession agreement to further improve the livelihood of citizens and residents of the county.“Where is your US$1m from China Union? You won’t know because there are a lot of secrets going on, but when you elect me, you will know about all your money,” Mr. Gbollie said.He gave the assurance on Monday when he was invited by the leadership and members of the Elders Itayee Center and the Forum for Intellectual Discussion Itayee Center, located in Harbel Market on the Firestone Plantation.The 2011 defeated Senatorial candidate also assured the people of Margibi of sustainable development, good health, women’s empowerment and human   resource capacity building.“Vote for me for proper representation, accountability and leadership,” the former Margibi lawmaker said.In the Margibi County senatorial race, Mr. Gbollie and 12 other candidates are contesting for the lone seat, occupied by incumbent Senator Clarice Jah.The head of the secretariat of Saah Gbollie’s campaign team, Ebenezer Wilson, said his candidate’s senate race is based upon his past records.According to Mr. Wilson, nationally, from 2006 to 2012, Mr. Gbollie was credited as the lead lawmaker for the Security Sector Reform process for leading major reforms in the Liberian Security Sector thru the crafting and sponsoring of key legislative instruments, including the New Defense Law.He said that Mr. Gbollie became known among his peers as forceful and a floor fighter in his stance on national issues.“At the District and County level, he supported and is still supporting scholarship, tuition aid and youth exposure schemes. He built a medical facility and constructed modern bus stops along the Harbel – 15 gate routes to shelter commuters waiting for commercial vehicles. He also facilitated broad based Economic Empowerment Initiative for his constituents,” Mr. Wilson said. “Rep. Gbollie used his oversight to advocate for reform in Firestone; something which saw direct benefits to the people of Firestone thru quality medical service, education and improved housing for employees and dependants of the Firestone.”He added: “Harbel Multilateral received direct support from the Renegotiated Firestone Agreement because of the argument proffered by Gbollie and his peers and for the first time in 80 years, Firestone runs a functional and well equipped high school; second to none in the Republic.”A female supporter, Ruth Nah,  said: “We have followed SRG (as he is affectionately called) and those things he did never happened through natural means, because as the man in whose district these things became visible, he had to make laws, represent his people and use his oversight responsibility for their protection and benefit. That he did and that I am sure he will do more if given the chance by the people of Margibi County this year.”Meanwhile, prior to Mr. Gbollie becoming a lawmaker, he served as senior police personnel during the regime of former President Charles Taylor. He was one of Taylor’s leading generals who participated in the civil war.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgNearly three years after Fort St. John City Council first made a resolution to look into the possibility of implementing an anti idling bylaw, Council has decided to re-examine its options.At a council meeting in June 2008, city staff was asked to look into the possibility of obtaining grant funding under the Ministry of Environment’s B.C. Air Action Plan. Although grant funding is no longer available, staff told Council that the Idle Free BC website offers information about creating an idle-reduction campaign. Furthermore, the City recently received a letter from a resident asking the City to investigate implementing an anti-idling bylaw. In his letter, the resident says he has experienced excessive vehicle idling in his neighbourhood and believes it is extremely unhealthy for residents to have to breathe in the exhaust.Currently, the Northern Environmental Action Team is conducting an idle reduction outreach program throughout the City. The program is designed to educate residents about the hazards of idling while specifically focusing on areas around schools and businesses.The City had originally put forward a motion to wait until it received a full report from NEAT regarding its education and awareness campaign before considering a bylaw. NEAT is expected to be finished its campaign by December 2011. However, several councillors said they did not feel they should have to wait until the campaign is complete to consider a possible bylaw.Advertisement Council voted against the proposed motion and instead passed an alternate option that city staff would “investigate and draft an Anti-idling Bylaw for the City” to be prepared by April 30.Mayor Bruce Lantz brought up potential problems regarding enforcing this type of bylaw. Lantz said the City would have to increase the number of bylaw officers it has to ensure the bylaw is enforced. However, Councillor Dan Davies said he believes that just because the City may not have enough bylaw officers to catch every idling vehicle that it should be prevented from implementing an anti idling bylaw.Davies said one possible option is for the City to use a complaint-based system to catch idling vehicles.Although both Prince George and Dawson Creek currently have anti idling policies – without strict enforcement – city staff told Council that most of the communities in the province that have anti idling bylaws are not located in the north.Advertisement Update – Below is a full copy of the debate City Council had on the idea of an anti idling bylaw.  – Advertisement –Get Microsoft Silverlight Note: Please disregard the first page of the “Diesel Idling Myths and Facts” attachment. According to city staff, if Council approves an anti idling bylaw, it will be the first municipality in northern B.C. to do so.Below are copies of questions and answers regarding vehicle idling and idling myths and facts regarding diesel engines that were provided to city councillors.last_img read more

first_imgSteve Smith has been the pillar for the Australian side lately and has been led the side with flair and panache.The Australian captain remained unbeaten on 65 at close of day one’s play in the Boxing Day Test. He has been on a scintillating run in whites this year and has hammered 426 runs from four innings prior to the Boxing Day Test.  He started 2017 with a bang, slamming a gritty hundred against India in Pune and guided his team to a 333-run victory in the first Test of the four-match Test series against India. Smith was slammed in the following Test for a DRS spat with Virat Kohli, where he was accused of looking towards the dressing room while reviewing. Australia lost the match but in the following Test at Ranchi, he had the perfect answer to all the criticism. He slammed 178 in the third Test at Ranchi and a 111 in Dharamsala. Australia lost the series but Smith finished with 499 runs from four Tests and ended as the leading run-getter in the series.He was average in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh but cometh the hour, cometh the man. Smith slammed a brilliant unbeaten 141 in the Ashes opener at the Gabba and followed it up with a career-best 239 at the WACA in the third Test as Australia regained the prestigious urn with two matches to spare.Smith has been unbeaten in three consecutive Boxing Day Tests, having scored a total of 434 runs in matches against West Indies, Pakistan and now England. And the Three Lions veteran James Anderson hopes that the Australian captain makes some mistake or gets to face a really good ball and gets out as the Australian has been in the form of his life.advertisementJust another day at the office for the Aussie skipper #ohwhatafeeling @Toyota_Aus pic.twitter.com/hBwOSz9EIZ- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017″I would like to get him out but every now and then you come up against a player who’s in the form of his life. I think he is the leading run-scorer this year in Test cricket and obviously he is in a really hot streak. And as a bowler it can be tough coming up against someone like that.But it’s our job to try and a figure out a way to get him out. With the new ball, I beat the bat and I thought ‘here we go’. The next 11 balls I bowled he played fairly easily,” said Anderson.”It’s just one of those things, when someone’s in that kind of form you just got to hope that he makes a mistake or just hope you bowl a ball that’s good enough to get rid of him,” he added.Smith now has 1192 runs from 11 Test matches in 2017.What’s it like to bowl to Steve Smith at the moment? Jimmy Anderson has his say… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/7XgzYN4Q8e- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Prior to Smith’s arrival, another Australian finally got some runs to woo the Boxing Day crowd at the MCG. Vice captain David Warner struck a 151-ball 103 to regain some lost form in Melbourne. But it was not that simple for ‘The Bull’. The southpaw fell to debutant Tom Curran on 99 to hand the debutant a dream start. As he walked towards the pavilion, the disappointment showed on the Aussie’s face while the young Englishman was seen celebrating a dream start. But, destiny had other ideas and Curran went sour in the space of few minutes. As Warner walked towards the pavilion, a TV replay showed that the Surrey pacer had bowled a no-ball of which Warner played a clumsy pull-shot that was caught at mid-on.Warner promptly returned to the crease as the terraces roared in delight and pushed a single on the next ball to raise his 21st Test century, leaving Curran pondering the agony of what could have been.Anderson limited the damage by having Warner caught behind for 103, but Curran finished his first day wicketless for 44 runs and Australia marched to 244 for three and a position of strength at stumps.”I was gutted for him,” pace veteran Anderson told reporters.”It was hard to watch really seeing the elation in his face, then watch it drained from his face seconds later when the big screen showed his foot came over the line.”It’s one of those things, you’ve got to learn the hard way and unfortunately for him it’s on debut at the Boxing Day Test match so I’m sure he’ll be behind the line from now on.”advertisementDavid Warner describes the hectic sequence of events on 99 today at the ‘G… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/RCKuTMsjpT- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 26, 2017Warner’s wicket put Anderson on 519 Test scalps, equal fifth on the all-time list with West Indies pace great Courtney Walsh.But it was a mostly frustrating day for he and his fellow quicks on a flat and slow MCG wicket.The drop-in pitch usually offers something for the bowlers in the first morning but proved to be a feather-bed for Australia, whose openers marched to 102 without loss at lunch after captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat.England rallied well to take two wickets and restrict Australia to 43 runs in the second session but Anderson felt the 88,172 spectators had been short-changed by the pitch.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more