Lawmakers’ New Legislation Backfires

first_imgA newly organized Civil Society Organization (CSO) referred to as the “Rural Dwellers Consciousness Movement of Liberia, (RDCML)” has differed with the Senate on legislation barring officials of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) from contesting future elections in the country. In a statement, RDCML says its attention has been drawn to the legislation adopted by the Senate, barring functionaries of the CBL entity from any electoral process in the country. Through a statement issued yesterday, and signed by its secretary-general, AdolphusGbagba, the Movement believes that the legislation is not only “ill-fated and infamous, but holds that said legislation is also selfishly and politically motivated by a hidden external hand.”The movement, according to the statement, believes that during this critical period in our national existence where a majority of the citizens must wallow to fend for themselves, “it is unthinkable and far-fetched for elected lawmakers to propagate legislations that are diabolical and anti-the people.”“It is evident that the move by the CBL to get the masses, especially rural inhabitants, out of the poverty trap is unprecedented: It helps to provide livelihood for the vast majority of our citizens in a poverty-stricken post-conflict. It must therefore be appreciated by all well-meaning citizens.” According to the group, the lawmakers want to keep the struggling masses of a war-ravaged country in abject poverty, starvation, and destitution. This is   unacceptable.No time in the history of Liberia have benefits such as the CBL Loans Scheme, and other initiatives representing tax-payers’ money, has anything ever triggered down to the down-trodden until recently when the CBL made a robust intervention through its governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, with inspiration and support from the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Moreover, the movement noted that the action by the lawmakers has further exposed them to an absolute higher level of “insensitivity to the interest, wishes and aspiration of the Liberian people.”Accordingly, the movement representing the interest of, wishes and aspirations of thousands of rural dwellers, wish to caution the Senate of the movement’s ability and capacity to rally the support of its membership across the country to organize popular citizens’ protest against members of that august body to step away from yet another mistake— again, of their own making.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jagdeo pleased Govt rehires Harper

first_img… sees her as competent Foreign Service OfficerOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he is pleased that Government strayed from its typical behaviour and recognised the value of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Prime Ministerial Candidate Elisabeth Harper by rehiring herElisabeth Harperat the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Ambassador Harper, a career diplomat, was the Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry before stepping down last year to run alongside PPP/C Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar for the 2015 General and Regional Elections.Jagdeo, during the parliamentary Opposition’s yearend press conference, described Harper as a competent Foreign Service Officer and expressed satisfaction that Government rehired her.“We believe that competent people should be in the public service regardless of their race and political affiliation. We’d like to see more of this because the trend over the year has to dismiss people because of their race and politics and remove them capriciously and supplant them with cronies who are incompetent,” he stated.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told media operatives on Thursday that Harper was retained by the Ministry to work in the areas of documentation and border issues, which he said she has “unique skills” to match.The Minister noted that as Director General and a staff member within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Harper had worked very closely on the matters pertaining to sovereignty, which they have already begun capitalising on.Prior to her entering the political arena, Ambassador Harper held the post of Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry since 2001. She was also an Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) at the time of retirement.Harper, who also holds the Golden Achievement Award, began her career at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1976 as a Registry Clerk and moved her way up to hold the title of Director General.She has previously served as Director, Department of the Americas and Asia at the Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1996 to 2001; a Consular at the Guyana High Commission in London from 1991 to 1995, and Head of the Frontier Division, Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1990 to 1991.Described as a distinguished public servant, Harper has been a member of Guyana’s delegation to various meeting of Caricom, the Latin American Economic System, the Association of Caribbean States, United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), among others.Harper has served in several other positions as Ambassador to Caricom (2003 to present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago (2003-present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Barbados (2004-present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Grenada (2006-present and Non-resident High Commissioner to St Kitts and Nevis.last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Man City still outsiders to win the Champions League

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager claims Manchester City are still big outsiders, at 33/1, to win the Champions League – despite their astonishing 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as the Blues came from 2-1 down to beat the Bundesliga champions at the Etihad. The result leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s side third in Group E, and know a win against Roma in their final match, coupled with a victory for Bayern Munich against CSKA Moscow, will see them progress.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Palos Verdes makes its move for triumph

first_imgPalos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici had Alex Scotten and Charlotte Newell playing together for the first time. It probably won’t be the last. Scotten and Newell, positioned at No. 2 doubles, swept their sets, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, leading Palos Verdes to a 9-9 (76-71) Bay League victory Tuesday at Mira Costa. Palos Verdes was ahead, 8-7, in the last round when Scotten and Newell handed Mira Costa’s No. 1 doubles team of Natasha Bothwell and Krystal Langley its only loss of the afternoon, 6-4. Scotten and Langley’s triumph clinched the win for Palos Verdes (5-2, 1-0), because it was too far ahead in games for Mira Costa (9-2, 1-1) to catch up. “It was really exciting because we had never played in a match together,” Scotten said. Moscovici, tying different doubles combinations in practice, said Scotten and Newell stood out. GIRLS TENNIS: Sea Kings win crucial Bay match at Mira Costa. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER In a match that featured star-studded singles sets and Bay League title implications, it was a shake-up in doubles pairings that was the biggest factor in the outcome. “They were the one team that had been playing well together in practice,” Moscovici said. It didn’t take long for the duo to click on the court. “We had good communication and meshed well together,” Newell said. Palos Verdes took five of nine doubles sets, and had the edge in doubles games, 44-39, which proved to be the difference. “We took the majority of doubles sets, and that was the goal going in,” Moscovici said. Mira Costa’s freshman phenom, Nicole Gibbs, swept her singles sets, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5. Palos Verdes’ Kathryn Webb gave her the best set, a 7-5 loss in the third round. Gibbs countered strong Webb backhands with drop shots and big returns of serve. Webb and Brooke Schweyer each won two of three singles sets for Palos Verdes. Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said getting Palos Verdes at home with Gibbs on hand would be Mira Costa’s best opportunity to beat the Sea Kings and stay in contention for a league title. “They took our best shot and beat us,” Ciasulli said. “That may have been the Bay League title right there.” Ciasulli put singles player Langley into doubles to strengthen that area. Langley and Bothwell won two sets before dropping the third against Scotten and Newell. “It was the right move,” Ciasulli said. “I was surprised they lost that last doubles set.” dave.thorpe@dailybreeze.com160Want 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

Dynamo Kiev charged by UEFA for supporters’ racist behaviour in Champions League clash against Chelsea

first_img1 Dynamo Kiev charged by UEFA for supporters’ racist behaviour in Champions League clash against Chelsea UEFA has ordered Dynamo Kiev to play their next three European home games in an empty stadium as punishment for offences including racist behaviour by fans during the Champions League match against Chelsea last month.Football’s European anti-discrimination body Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) passed footage to UEFA of an apparent attack on four black fans at the match in Ukraine on October 20 which ended 0-0. Charges were brought against Dynamo for racist behaviour, crowd disturbances and blocked stairways.The club has also been fined €100,000 – and the order of closed doors for the third match will be suspended for three years and only applied if further offences are committed.A UEFA statement read: “Dynamo Kiev has been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches as host club behind closed doors. The third match is suspended for a probationary period of three years.”last_img read more

Ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic eager to rejoin former club

first_imgFormer Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is pushing for a return to his old club Spartak Moscow.Vidic, who has yet to feature this season following hernia surgery last summer, is expected to be released by Inter Milan in the January transfer window after a difficult 18 months in Italy.And, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, Vidic has sent out a plea to his former employers to sign him up next month.Spartak are expected to be active in the market as they aim to reduce the seven-point gap between themselves and league leaders CSKA Moscow.But it is understood the Russian giants have reservations over Vidic’s fitness and would only consider offering him a deal if he was prepared to accept a significant pay cut.Vidic spent two years at Spartak before signing for United in 2006. Nemanja Vidic 1last_img read more

Suit to stop sale of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia close to resolution

first_imgA company formed by Marilyn Monroe’s heirs to oversee the property assets of the Hollywood icon reached a preliminary agreement with a man to stop his sale of Monroe memorabilia, court papers obtained today show. Marilyn Monroe LLC filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Millington Conroy on Oct. 25, the same day Judge David P. Yaffe issued a court order stopping Conroy from selling fur coats, purses, perfume bottles and even financial statements that once belonged to the actress. Laura A. Wytsma, an attorney for company, filed additional court papers Nov. 13 stating both sides were nearing a final resolution of the case and that the restraining order would remain in effect until then. According to the suit, Conroy obtained the items from his mother, Ruth Conroy. Ruth Conroy was the sister-in-law of Inez Melson, who was once Monroe’s personal assistant. Melson was the special administrator of Monroe’s estate for a year after the actress’ death in August 1962, the suit states. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsConroy claimed the items were stolen from his car, but Marilyn Monroe LLC officials learned in September that he still had them, the suit states. The suit further asks that the items be placed in the hands of an independent third party so they can be photographed, accounted for and preserved. “(Conroy) has allowed these items to be photographed by a professional photographer for purposes of publishing a book,” the suit states. CNS-11-23-2007 10:22last_img read more

Cardiff end goal drought but Arsenal do enough to claim three points

first_imgArsenal were twice pegged back by Cardiff but still managed to secure their second win of the season with a 3-2 defeat of the Bluebirds in Wales.Neil Warnock’s side scored their first and second goals of the season by taking advantage of some woeful Arsenal defending, but goals from Shkodran Mustafi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were enough for Unai Emery’s side to head into the international break with six points to their name.Mustfai’s opened the scoring with a powerful header that came from a quite superb Xhaka corner, and it was deserved with Arsenal testing Etheridge in the Cardiff goal time and again in the opening stages. Bellerin, Ramsey and Monreal were each denied in the minutes before and after centre-back Mustafi thundered the ball into the top corner of the net. But Cardiff refused to concede defeat, and they pulled level for the second time when Ward headed past Cech after getting onto the end of Morrison’s flick-on.Reid had the chance to send the hosts ahead with just over 10 minutes remaining, but Cech saved well from his shot, and then Lacazette fired a miraculously powerful strike over Etheridge to restore Arsenal’s lead.Morrison came close to grabbing a third equaliser for Cardiff in injury time, but his header dropped over the bar and the Bluebirds were not afforded another chance to restore parity before the final whistle blew.STAR MANNeil Etheridge made a host of excellent saves to keep Cardiff in with a chance of securing a share of the spoils in the final stages of the game. In the first 10 minutes alone Arsenal could have scored three or four times were it not for the fine form of Etheridge, who denied Monreal, Bellerin, Lacazette and Mustafi on numerous occasions. He may have been beaten three times, with Cardiff going on to lose the match, but all three of Arsenal’s goals were top class efforts the glovesman could do little about. 8 8 Camarasa scored Cardiff’s first league goal of the 2018/19 season But, after that early flurry, Cardiff grew into the game and had some brilliant chances of their own.Ward should have scored but ended up inches away from connecting with Reid’s low delivery across the face of goal, then Hoillet fired wide after gaining possession inside the area.Further chances fell to Reid and Hoillet before Lacazette hit the post as Arsenal went so close to doubling their lead.Cardiff were doing all they could to score their first goal of the season, and chances were being created consistently, but the lack of a finisher meant Cech was never seriously tested.Until, that is, a cross from Bennett found Camarasa inside the area, and he fired high into the Arsenal goal after brilliantly turning Monreal. The restart signalled Arsenal regaining dominance, with Etheridge forced into further excellent saves to keep out Monreal and Mustafi.However, he could do nothing about the superb strike that restored the visitor’s lead just after the hour mark; fine link-up play between Lacazette and Aubameyang resulted in the latter finding space on the edge of the area, and he curled a beautiful finish into the right-hand corner of Cardiff’s goal. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won revealed tense Most read in Premier League Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? MOMENT OF THE MATCHArsenal’s second goal was a sublime showing of attacking football Arsene Wenger would have been proud of. The ball was played forward by Mesut Ozil into the path of Alexandre Lacazette, and he flicked the ball first time into the path of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Taking a few steps forward to set himself up for the shot, Aubameyang then curled a fine finish past Etheridge’s outstretched arm to get off the mark for the season.MATCH STATS PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE latest Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img silverware predicted 8 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? whoops changes SORRY Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Etheridge has been Cardiff’s best performer so far this season Mustafi opened the scoring with a fine header from Xhaka’s corner Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 8last_img read more

Rafael Benitez admits it will be ‘difficult’ to recruit in January

first_imgRafael Benitez has dampened any expectations Newcastle could be busy in the January transfer window, saying it will prove “difficult” to improve his squad.Newcastle have been linked with a number of stars including Atlanta United striker Miguel Almiron. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 no dice Latest Premier League News The Magpies are out of the relegation zone but it’s set to be a difficult season for them Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Benitez’s plans suffered a setback during the international break when defender Paul Dummett suffered a calf injury playing for Wales against Denmark, ruling him out of the trip to Turf Moor and possibly beyond.But he is not short of options, especially at the back with the imminent return of Florian Lejeune likely to give him additional strength for the pivotal Christmas period.Lejeune has been ruled out with a serious knee injury since July but is making faster than expected progress and has begun to take part in some training sessions at the club’s Benton base.“Lejeune is still not available but he has been doing a full training session with the team so he is getting closer,” added Benitez. huge blow Newcastle travel to Burnley on Monday night having won their last two games Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT “It is important for any manager to have competition in each position, so when you have a player like him who did so well last season, it means the other players are competing for the place will give everything.”Benitez has a trio of further injury concerns ahead of the Burnley game, with skipper Jamaal Lascelles (shoulder) and Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto (both calf) facing further tests over the weekend. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker Two straight wins have eased the pressure on Benitez ahead of Monday’s Premier League trip to Burnley and he might have to continue relying on his current squad to haul themselves further to safety.Benitez said: “It’s January so it’s quite difficult – it’s not a question of much (money), it’s a question of how to find the right player.“It’s quite a difficult window because the top-class players normally are playing in the Champions League and with top teams, so it’s very difficult for them to change.“We don’t have too many options so we have to keep working hard and if we find the right player then we have to start talking about that.” Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED deals tense 2last_img read more