In an earlier editorial we described the mid-term senatorial election held two weeks ago as the most peaceful since Liberia’s return to democratic rule in 2006.We contrasted this last gone election to the past two major ones, the first in 2005 and the second in 2011, both of which were heatedly contested and disputed. In both elections—2005 and 2011—the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) vigorously contested the run-off outcome, in which the Unity Party’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was declared the winner. It took a considerable amount of political and diplomatic pressure to get the CDC to concede defeat.The scenario was somewhat different this time around. The December 20, 2014 senatorial election in all 15 counties, though marked by low voter turnout due mostly to Ebola fear, was remarkably peaceful and orderly. There was a full line-up of candidates’ representatives at every single poll—people who were cautious, circumspect, sober and watchful. The same was true at the counting centers, where poll watchers were attentive and observant, to ensure that the process was free of any kind of mistake, misdemeanor or fraud. The result was that even as the counting progressed, showing how leading candidates in the various counting centers took early leads and went running with them, it became clear to the losing ones, their partisans and representatives, that the long night was not theirs, but belonged to others.Even before most people went to bed they knew who had won and who had lost in the various counties.With only a few exceptions, many defeated candidates across the country immediately recognized their fate and not long thereafter called their victorious opponents to concede defeat.Probably the most prominent candidate to concede defeat was the controversial independent, Robert Sirleaf, son of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who came second to the popular football superstar George Weah in the Montserrado senatorial race. Mr. Sirleaf went beyond congratulating victorious Mr. Weah, commending the National Elections Commission (NEC) for what he called “the smooth conduct of the election.”The defeated senatorial candidate for Maryland County, incumbent John Ballout, also congratulated the winner, former Maryland Superintendent J. Gbleh-bo Brown. River Gee senatorial winner Conmany B. Wesseh has received at least two concessions, one from former Superintendent Daniel Johnson and A. Nyepan Saytue. And unconfirmed sources say that runner-up Boy Charles Soigbai over the weekend also conceded defeat.In Bong County, most of the opponents of incumbent Senator Jewel Howard Taylor have acknowledged that she won the election. Likewise in Nimba County most of the opponents to the political behemoth (monstrous power) incumbent Senator Prince Johnson, have conceded defeat and pledged to work with him for the development of their county.These concessions are heartwarming because they confirm the efficacy (efficiency) of the December 20 elections. Yet there are a few defeated candidates, notably Dr. Henrique Tokpa of Bong County and Bhofal Chambers of Maryland, who are contesting the elections, contending that there was fraud. This is entirely within their constitutional right to do. We hope that all defeated candidates who are contesting the elections will follow the advice of the Election Coordinating Committee (ECC) and carefully detail their complaints and expeditiously submit them to the National Elections Commission for speedy redress, so that the country may move on. Overall, we commend NEC Chairman Korkoyah and his fellow Commissioners and staff as well as the Liberian electorate, who followed all the rules, not only those that governed the electoral process but also those that were put into place to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.Those, including the Daily Observer, who advocated that the elections proceed to avoid a constitutional crisis, are thankful to the good Lord that our courage and optimism paid off and now the full Senate can convene on the second Monday in January. At that time the Senators, along with Members of the House of Representatives, will convene in joint session to hear and receive the President’s Annual Message.The final and most important point we wish to make in this Editorial is to warn the newly elected Senators that they are entering a highly questionable environment, whose members always placed SELF before country. In the Legislature there is very little that gets done without illicit money changing hands.Please be different. Your people elected you to stand up for God and country, not for yourselves. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I take issue with Jan Mangal’s recent letter in the press about Guyanese participation in our oil industry.In the letter “Bright light needs to be shone on MNR/GGMC over award of oil blocks” he states that “The country does not benefit when say twenty well connected Guyanese get a couple million US$ in the bank, a couple Land Cruisers, and acquire some properties in Miami and Long Island. Also, no Guyanese can legitimately “partner” with any of the major oil companies”.What is Mr Mangal saying here? If he has evidence that specific individuals are engaged in corrupt practices to gain oil block licenses, then he should disclose it and endorse a full investigation. And even if he has concrete evidence of that sort, how can he extend that to a blanket statement that not a single Guyanese should have the ability to invest in oil blocks? Are we all unqualified and corrupt?Mr Mangal goes on to say that “the guidelines mentioned above pretty much disqualify all Guyanese applications for oil blocks. But this is alright, this is not a problem. Disqualifying the unqualified is a good thing”.Fair, most Guyanese right now don’t have the capacity to develop an oil block. But if there are, now or in the future, Guyanese companies that are able to invest the money, who is Mr Mangal to say they can’t because of their nationality?Importantly, it is clearly stated in the Government’s standard Production Sharing Agreement that if a company does not explore or develop a block within a short period of time, it must relinquish its ownership and the block can be auctioned again. So, why can’t Guyanese be allowed to bid on blocks? If they can’t find money or hire the skilled workforce to develop it, then they’ll have to relinquish it anyway.It seems to me this could be a great opportunity for Guyanese companies who know the coast and our geology well but don’t have the capacity to develop fields singlehandedly.Mr Mangal should rethink his position and use his expertise to help Guyana’s oil industry move forward, instead of asking that it be held back.Sincerely,Donald Singh
Liberia won a silver medal in high jump at the just ended African Junior Athletics Championship in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.Mr. Kadmiel Enders, 19, secured the second place in a tight race in the biennial competition which ran from Wednesday, the 2nd to Thursday, the 3rd of July 2014.Enders is expected to represent Liberia in the World Junior Championship in USA, the World Youth Olympics in China and the African Senior Championship in July and August respectively.Liberia’s second representative, Ms. Christine Julu 18, who participated in the 100m and 200m was among the first 10 countries to reach the finish line.Meanwhile, the two kids were selected from amongst about 100 kids at this year’s National Open Championship, which took place in Monrovia at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member Chris Phang was on Friday morning elected to serve as Mayor of the town of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini).In the words of the Mayor-elect, “The Mayor’s office will be open to all regardless of race, political affiliations… all are welcome”. Seconding him is Carolyn Robinson who was elected as Deputy Mayor.The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and elected Councillors, all took their Oath of Office to serve the people of Mabaruma.Meanwhile, Pastor Rajendra Prabhulall is now the new Mayor of the Township of Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) while Rudolph Williams was elected Deputy Mayor, both representatives of the PPP/C.Prabhulall’s main aim is to meet with the citizens, especially the business community, to discuss the way forward in seeing developments in various areas.“If we give incentives and other support to the business sector they will eventually grow and the demand will be there for employment and our people will be the ones to be benefiting,” he said.Williams also pledged to give his fullest support to the Mayor and Council.
Boys and girls ages 4-9 can register for Diamond Bar Community Services youth indoor soccer league. Registration will start Feb. 20 for this eight-week program. Both practices and games will be played at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School, 23300 Golden Springs Drive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Skills day will kick off the season on Saturday, March 31. For information, call (909) 839-7070.
A lack of rain this winter on the course near the Pacific Ocean has caused a lack of rough and it was evident in the scores. The scoring average of the 78 players in the event was 69.76, nearly two strokes lower than the Champions Tour average. Peter Jacobsen, Allen Doyle and Morris Hatalsky were a stroke behind, and Loren Roberts, Bobby Wadkins and Bruce Lietzke topped an 11-player group at 67. The Newport Beach Country Club is about as accomodating as the Champions Tour players could have hoped for Friday. Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Purtzer, Euardo Romero and R.W. Eaks shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Toshiba Classic. “I think not having any rain hurts the course a little bit,” Purtzer said. “It makes the course a little defenseless. “The golf course is playing fast also. The par 5s, most of the guys can get there in two on two of them. The fairways are hard and fast.” Purtzer, who won the event in 2004 aided by a course-record 60, said the rounds could go lower on the weekend. Haas, who along with Crenshaw had the only bogey-free rounds among the leaders, said: “I think you’ll see someone shoot a low score. There are a lot of guys close together now.” Crenshaw, who had not recorded a round in the 60s in his six previous rounds, found his game at the 6,584-yard layout, the second shortest on the tour’s schedule. “We enjoy playing this golf course,” Crenshaw said. “It’s not a killer course. You have to place your shots on the green. There are subtle tilts on this green that I find very interesting.” One up: Stephen Leaney hit a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole to give him a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum at the PGA Tour’s PODS Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. Leaney shot a 4-under 67 as only 37 players remained under par and 27 of them were within four shots of the lead. Playing in the rain: Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the LPGA’s MasterCard Classic in Huixquilucan, Mexico, while two-time defending champion Annika Sorenstam had a 69 in her season debut. Play was suspended because of rain at about 3 p.m., then called for day because of darkness at about 6 p.m. Sixty-seven players were unable to complete the round. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
16. Kenedy (left wing) 22. Willian (right wing) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11 11 11 26. John Terry (centre back) 11 2. Branislav Ivanovic (right back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11 11 12. John Obi Mikel (centre midfield) 11 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 5. Kurt Zouma (centre back) Chelsea face a tough clash with Everton on Saturday afternoon.The Blues suffered a disappointing 2-2 draw in their midweek match against West Bromwich Albion, who fought back twice to clinch a point.But there’s little time to dissect their performance, with the Toffees out to inflict further misery on their opponents, and the hosts will have to contend with in-form ex Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.So, could Guus Hiddink make a few changes to his side that struggled against the Baggies?Has Kenedy, who replaced Pedro at half-time, earned a spot in the starting XI? Will Gary Cahill return to the heart of defence?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Chelsea line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 8. Oscar (attacking midfield) 11 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (right back)
BY ADAM RORY PORTERTHEY’VE done it again – the Northern Lights made a spectacular return to the skies of County Donegal in the early hours of this morning.And he’s done it again – photographer Adam Rory Porter was up in the middle of the night to capture these sensational images.The good news is that if there is any sign of a clear night tonight the Northern Lights are expected to be even more spectacular. “It was superb,” said Adam Rory.“The Aurora Borealis returned to the skies near Buncrana We’re due an even bigger display over the next 24 hours,” he added.STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL
Well known Donegal man Joe Boland is celebrating today after being named the Community Champion for 2012.The Lifford photographer was the unanimous choice for the inaugural award by judges.As part of his prize in being named the Calor Ireland Community Champion, Joe had donated the €7,500 prizemoney to the 19th Donegal Scout Group (Lifford/Clonleigh). Joe, a scout leader with the group said the money will make a huge difference.“It will mean so much to the group. We can get new equipment and new tents.“This award is not for me but for all the other scout leaders and scouts who have never received any recognition for their tireless work over the years,” he said.Joe, a photographer with the Derry Journal, also received a personal prize of €1,500 with he is also donating to the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary, the Rainbow Animal Rehousing Centre and the Lifford Hospital Restoration Centre. “I feel great. I also just want to say a big thank you to all the people who voted for me.“It’s great to be recognised but it’s also great what we can do with this money now,” he admitted. DONEGAL MAN JOE NAMED COMMUNITY CHAMPION 2012 was last modified: September 4th, 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:CALOR COMMUNITY CHAMPIONJoe BolandLiffordSCOUT LEADER
George Groves is hopeful of securing a world title shot against Robert Stieglitz following the Germany-based Russian’s surprise victory over Arthur Abraham.Stieglitz stopped Abraham on Saturday evening, regaining the WBO super-middleweight belt he lost to him on points in their first meeting.Groves is the WBO’s number one contender and was scheduled to fight Stieglitz for the title last year, but withdrew from the bout because of an injury.But the 24-year-old from Hammersmith is confident his big chance will come soon.Groves said: “I’m the number one contender and I hope the fight happens.“I was supposed to fight Stieglitz before but couldn’t because of the injury and I’m hoping the fight can be made.“I feel I’m ready. People talk about me as a prospect but I want that world title sooner rather than later.”Groves extended his unbeaten record with a second-round stoppage of Baker Barakat of Syria on the undercard of the Abraham-Stieglitz fight.See also:Groves eases to victory in GermanyBooth: Groves will relish his Arena return Groves weighs in ahead of O2 Arena 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook