Supreme Court to Hear LP Case Today

first_imgTemple of Justice, seat of the Liberian JudiciaryAfter placing a stay order on all activities leading to the holding of the runoff presidential election, the Supreme Court is today expected to begin hearing into the complaints of irregularities filed by the opposition Liberty Party (LP) against the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections by the National Elections Commission (NEC).The Supreme Court order is believed to have placed a serious temporary obstacle on preparations for next Tuesday’s runoff elections, as the NEC has to wait for the outcome of the hearing of the complaints, which the LP said is a “violation of the Constitution, election law, fraudulent acts and gross irregularities during the October 10 elections.”The runoff election is scheduled between the ruling Unity Party (UP) of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) of Senator George Weah.Lawyers representing the NEC and the LP were expected to appear before the Supreme Court yesterday, but failed to do so without any legal reason.The matter has been rescheduled for today, Friday at 9 a.m.The UP has publicly announced that it is backing the LP, claiming that “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was interfering with the electoral process to influence its outcome.”President Sirleaf’s office has denied the allegation, although the UP is yet to produce any evidence to support her claim against the party’s former standard bearer.The stay order on the electoral process resulted from the LP’s plea for a Writ of Prohibition claiming irregularities and fraud during the October 10 polls.The writ was issued on Tuesday by Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh, the current Chamber Justice, who warned the NEC not to proceed with electoral activities leading to the run-off.In his order, Justice Ja’neh instructed: “NEC has to stay away from any and or all actions in respect of the November 7 runoff election, pending the deposition by the Supreme Court of the LP’s petition.”The order added: “the parties are informed that given the constitutional issues raised in the petition coupled with the fact that election matters are to be expeditiously heard and determined that upon serving the writ and the return, the case is hereby docketed for urgent deposition by the full bench.”In  respect to Justice Ja’neh’s order, the NEC has immediately halted all electoral activities to the runoff including training of election workers, which was scheduled for Thursday, and also the transportation of ballot materials to and in the all the 15 counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Trackers fall to Prince George twice, seek redemption next weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers hosted the Prince George Tier 1 Midget Cougars for a pair of games this past weekend.Coach David Johnston says that the team might not have done themselves any favours by choosing arguably the toughest opponent in the province this past weekend, but that the challenge did help to motivate the players.Squaring off against the 2016 Tier 1 Midget provincial champions, the Trackers went into their first game Saturday afternoon with a sense of trepidation. Johnston says that 14 of the 19 players on the bench were playing in their first game at that level of hockey. Connor Bowie scored the lone goal just under 8 minutes into the first period for the Trackers, assisted by Aiden Craig-Steele and Jeridyn Loewen. The Trackers ultimately lost 5-1 in their first game on Saturday. Johnston says that though it took the better part of the game for the Trackers to get into step with the Cougars’ intensity. Despite this, he added that that the final 7 minutes of the game were the best part, and that the team didn’t give up at all.- Advertisement -On Sunday morning, Johnston says that the Trackers were by far the better team for the first forty minutes of play. After the Cougars went up 1-0 shortly after the 10-minute mark, Connor Bowie evened things up two and a half minutes later on a feed from Joel Bourgeois. Tied 1-1 after two periods, the Cougars managed to rattle off three quick goals in 4 minutes to make it a 4-1 final score.According to Johnston, despite the losses, the coaching staff was incredibly pleased overall with the team’s performances this weekend. He says that all of the faults are things that can be fixed, and Sunday’s game in particular was a big morale booster. This week, the Trackers will be focusing on structure and play in the defensive zone ahead of another two games against the Midget Cougars in Prince George this coming weekend.last_img read more

Raila hosts Kenyan football legends

first_imgThe ex-internationals, who represented Kenya in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, said they have been ignored despite playing a pivotal role in putting Kenyan football on the world map.“The current crop of Kenyan footballers are enjoying the fruits of our labour,” said Kadenge who was happy to meet Raila one more time.Former Prime minister Raila Odinga greeting legendary Bobby Ogolla“Mheshimiwa (Raila) you are my long time friend from the fifties when I was playing and I have confidence through you, we, the legends will get recognition,” he added.Raila was excited to have met the legends who were led to his Capital Hill office by former Football Kenya President Sam Nyamweya. The former Prime Minister spoke of his playing days at Luo Union while Kadenge was with Abaluhyia and he maintained that community football was the way to go in building passion for the game.The legends stated their support for the new found working relationship between the opposition chief and President Uhuru Kenya and said the same should be extended to football from the management level to the playing unit.Odinga said he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways and means of helping the retired footballers get better livelihoods.Among the legends who were present included former Harambee Stars coach Marshal Mulwa, John Bobby Ogolla, Mahmmoud Abass, Victor Onyango, John “Shoto” Lukoye, Josiah Ougo, George Waweru, James Ojiambo and Swaleh Oswayo.The legends recently formed an association to look into their issues. The Sports Stars Foundation’s aim of empowering sportsmen after their active years in sports.The foundation which is open to all sportsmen across all disciplines is mooting a grand plan of forming a Savings and Credit Association (SACCO) in future to financially help the sportsmen.The foundation which is open to all sportsmen across all disciplines is mooting a grand plan of forming a Savings and Credit Association (SACCO) in future to financially help the sportsmen.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The ex-internationals, who represented Kenya in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties, said they have been ignored despite playing a pivotal role in putting Kenyan football on the world map.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Thursday met retired Kenyan footballers led by legendary Joe Kadenge expressing the pain seeing the state of their lives.Odinga said he will meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways and means of helping the retired footballers get better livelihoods.last_img read more

Sharks, Bandari to duel in FKF Shield final

first_img0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate Boltoon Omwenga’s own goal during the Football Kenya Federation Shield semi-final at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on May 12, 2019. PHOTO/Kariobangi SharksMACHAKOS, Kenya, May 12 – In a repeat of the 2019 SportPesa Super Cup, defending champions Kariobangi Sharks will duel with 2015 champions Bandari FC in the final of the Football Kenya Federation Shield on June 1.Former Kariobangi Sharks left back Bolton Omwenga scored an own goal to aid his former side beat KCB 1-0 while Bandari made light work of third tier side SS Assad beating them 6-1 to sail to the final, both games played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday. Sharks who narrowly edged out Bungoma Super Stars in the quarter finals on penalties were keen to give a better account for themselves and sail into a third consecutive final.Sharks were off to a better start and despite chances being few and far in between they threatened with 10 minutes left before the break when Mike Kibwage almost turned the ball into his own net while he tried clearing a cross from the right.-More chancesSharks kept prodding and had more chances with Duke Abuya striking a freekick inches over before James Mazembe also had a chance with a shot from close range that missed the target by a whisker.Youngster Kebintom Machika had two back to back chances, first his free header from close range going wide before facing the keeper one on one and failing to beat him.Sharks kept the pressure and Omwenga who had been brought into left back after an early injury on Dennis Ng’ang’a directed the ball into his own net as he tried clearing a free kick from Boniface Onyango.They should have been two up but Vincent Wasambo could not get a meaningful connection on a Mazembe cross.-More urgencyAs the clock ticked, KCB kicked in some urgency and they began creating attacks to get back into the game. However, they could not get sharp enough in the final third and Sharks defended well to ensure passage to the final.Bandari FC’s Abdallah Hassan celebrates his goal against SS Assad in the semi-finals of the FKF Shield. PHOTO/BandariIn the early kick off, Bandari were in no mood for errors as they spanked their Mombasa neighbors Assad, kicking off the scoring spree with four goals inside the opening 20 minutes.Hassan Abdallah was the chief architect bagging a first half brace.Within three minutes, Bandari were already one up, Yema Mwana breaking the deadlock before Abdallah capitalized on goalkeeper Suleiman Mwasiri’s error to double the lead with a wonder goal two minutes later.Mwana was then denied by the post before the Congolese forward was replaced by Wycliffe Ochomo after suffering a shoulder injury.-Abdallah braceBut, Bandari were not about to be shaken as Darius Msagha made it 3-0 after 16 minutes connecting home a well weighted cross from Moses Mudavadi.Four minutes later, Abdallah grabbed his brace before Ochomo got his  name on the score sheet after numerous misses.Athuman Bori pulled a goal back for Assad on the stroke of halftime after pouncing on Mwalim Hindo’s rebound from a free kick. However, William Wadri put the final nail in Assad’s casket a minute into the second  half.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgTHANKS to the hundreds of you who entered our competition to win tickets to see Tommy Tiernan on his World Tour of Donegal!Of course the answer was…DONEGAL!The winners were as follows: Louise Doherty, Kiltoy, Letterkenny (An Grianan)Dolores Gallagher, Carrigart (Dunlewey)Silena Boyle (Glenties)Liam Harkin (Buncrana) Emiline Clancy (Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town).Sorry to all of you who missed out. However there are some tickets still left – available from the venues or ticketmaster.HERE’S A FULL LINE-UP OF HIS DONEGAL SHOWS:Nov 30 – Balor Theatre, BallybofeyDec 1 – The Plaza, Buncrana Dec 2 – Mount Errigal Hotel, LetterkennyDec 3 – Dunlewey Theatre, DunleweyDec 4 – Abbey Hotel, DonegalDec 7 – An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny Dec 8 – Highlands Hotel, GlentiesDec 9 – Great Northern Hotel, BundoranTOMMY TIERNAN COMPETITION WINNERS: was last modified: November 28th, 2011 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:tommy tiernan competition winnerslast_img read more

Celebrating a proud Gaoth Dobhair woman

first_imgÉigse Uladh is an annual Irish language event which takes place in Gaoth Dobhair each spring for the last 48 years. It is a forum for discussion and celebration and has had many wide ranging themes over the years from “Tionchar na Meáin ar an Teanga” to “Scríbhinní Johnny Sheáin”.This year’s Éigse Uladh takes place this coming weekend from the 21st-23rd April in Gaoth Dobhair, and the theme for this year’s Éigse is “Máire Neidí Nic Giolla Easbuig- a saol agus a saothar”. Máire Nic Giolla Easboig, or Mary Neidí as she was affectionately known as locally, was a teacher and highly respected community person. She was a lifelong member of Aisteoirí Gaoth Dobhair, and a great promoter of drama amongst the young people of Gaoth Dobhair.She was also one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Gaoth Dobhair Technical School (which is where An Chrannóg, the community and cultural centre sits today).This year’s Éigse will be officially opened on Fri 21st April at 8.15pm in Acadamh na hOllscolaíocht Gaeilge by the renowned actor and singer, Aodh óg Ó Duibheannaigh, who was a past pupil of Máire’s. She was much loved by students, friends and family and its expected that this year’s opening night lecture by Noel Ó Gallchóir will be very well attended, in Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge. There will be events over the course of the weekend in An Chrannóg and fittingly in the newly re-opened Amharclann Ghaoth Dobhair.See for full programme.Éigse Uladh is presented by the Éigse Uladh Committee in association with Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair.Celebrating a proud Gaoth Dobhair woman was last modified: April 18th, 2017 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:donegalEventGaoth Dobhairirish languagelast_img read more

Mt. SAC celebrates 60 years

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2This year marks the 60th anniversary of the award-winning institution. Events are planned throughout the year, capped with an Oct. 28 gala at the Richard M. Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda. Founders of Mt. SAC probably could not have ever imagined the of the school that began using the facilities of the U.S. Naval Hospital. At a time when most junior colleges used high school campuses for instruction, the California State Board of Education petitioned for the school districts of Pomona, Covina, Puente and Bonita to devise a plan for a junior college to accommodate the influx of returning soldiers. A plan was adopted on Aug. 1, 1946, with a general reserve fund of $191,790 to educate 635 students with a faculty of 23 instructors. This year, the Walnut college will hand out 2,443 degrees, the most ever. And last year, 18-year-old Alex Wu became Mt. SAC’s 1 millionth student. “A lot of people look down on community colleges, but from what I know it’s harder than universities,” Wu, a West Covina resident, said. “The classrooms are smaller, and I am saving a bunch of money. I would say I made the right choice.” Along with record numbers, Mt. SAC has also taught a vast array of distinguished students. The list includes former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Fred Claire, Albertsons supermarket Southern California division president Dave Simonson, Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard. Politicians have also roamed the halls, including former Walnut Mayor Drexel Smith, state Sen. Nell Soto D-Ontario, and former California Secretary of Business Maria Contreras-Sweet. Bob Seagren, an Olympic gold medal pole vaulter, was awarded the 2005 “Alumnus of the Year.”He later became an actor with a role in the 1970s sitcom “Soap.” Attending Mt. SAC from 1964-1966, his thoughts of the college reach back to before the modernization of the school. WALNUT – During World War II, young men from throughout the San Gabriel Valley fought for their country. In 1945, the war was over, and they returned home. Many had deferred their education, and a sudden need for college learning prompted immediate action by communities willing to provide one. On Sept. 16, 1946, doors opened for East Los Angeles County Junior College. Now known as Mt. San Antonio College, the school – which has 26,650 full-time students – has the highest enrollment of a single-campus community college district in California. “Residents call us UC Walnut. Even though we don’t want to be a four-year university,” said Mt. SAC President Christopher C. O’Hearn. “We want to be a community college with a university feel.” “It was a very rural setting back in the ’60s. There were big open fields and the old bookstore was a converted house or gymnasium,” Seagren said. The 60th anniversary means a little more to Seagren than most. This year will mark his 60th birthday. Seagren is raising funds to build a heritage hall for the athletic department. “It was the major turning point in my athletic career. Before I got to Mt. SAC, I was just a normal high school athlete,” he said. “They had a great faculty at Mt. SAC and I was able to set a national collegiate record.” For more the 60th anniversary celebration, go to growth (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393160Want 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

VAR has brought one big positive to the World Cup, says Mark Clattenburg

first_imgThe introduction of VAR at the World Cup has not been all bad, according to Mark Clattenburg, who believes the new technology has improved the behaviour of players on the pitch. 1 Players wait while the referee consults VAR during Portugal v Iran Well that’s the closest I’ve been to swearing on live TV! What I really wanted to say is that VAR is complete and utter bollocks!!🤣🤣 #IranPortugal #VAR #RussiaWorldCup2018— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) June 25, 2018Some have even claimed VAR has made some referees scared to make a decision by themselves, knowing there are a team of officials in Moscow also watching every movement on the pitch.There has been plenty of VAR controversy at this summer’s tournament, but Clattenburg believes it has had a positive influence on the players, at least, having noticed a marked improvement in their conduct.Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former top Premier League referee said: “What I’ve seen is that the video technology has improved player behaviour.“I don’t see mobbing of refs, I don’t see clear simulations.“I think players are starting to realise that what they actually do, they will be picked up on.“That’s one of the most important things, because we need to improve the beautiful game and protect referees from being harassed and put under pressure.“That’s been a positive at this World Cup.” Thoughts on #VAR anyone? Absolute shambles for me 🤬 #beautifulgamespoilt #worldpenaltycup #rugbytacklesallowed— James Milner (@JamesMilner) June 26, 2018 All this whining about VAR is ridiculous. It’s like blaming CCTV for a burglary.If a referee watches a replay and STILL makes a bad decision then that’s down to the competence of the official, not the review system.#VAR #WorldCup18— DES KELLY (@DesKellyBTS) June 26, 2018 Has VAR improved player behaviour? 🔴Former Premier League referee @clattenburg1975 believes so📻 | #TSWorldCup— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) June 27, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. I like VAR. There, I’ve said it. It’s making the most mundane of games more dramatic. It improves most refereeing decisions, (although human error will still occur). It gives us lots to discuss and it really annoys @alanshearer. They need to remove clear & obvious edict, though.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 26, 2018 VAR has sparked a mixed reaction – although largely negative – with fans, former pros, pundits and commentators.Many have praised it when used correctly but many more have voiced their frustration over the confusion it often creates on the pitch, on the benches, in the stands and in the studios.last_img read more


first_imgANTI-VRT campaigners from Co Donegal have won the backing of a leading Unionist politician.John Doherty, the Donegal branch chairman of the Irish Drivers Association, said his delegation’s meeting with Democratic Unionist Party MEP Diane Dodds was very constructive.“We got a warm welcome and were well received by Mrs Dodds,” Mr Doherty told “The association have brought it to the attention of Ms Dodds how the Irish Government are discriminating against other member states by imposing a levy as high as 36% on vehicles imported into the south.“What the Irish Government are trying to do is make it more expensive for a citizen from the south to import a vehicle from NI which is in clear contravention of the free movement of goods under article 39 of the treaty of Rome.“Ms Dodds expressed shock at this even though the association have a petition lodged in Brussels with the commission on taxation stated that it is now time to raise the matter in Brussels with the competition authorities.”Mr Doherty said Ms Dodds promised to raise the matter with the North’s Finance Minister Sammy Wilson. “This may be the first time that another member state attacks the Irish Government on the free movement of goods which could be very good news for us as Europeans,” added Mr Doherty.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on Follow us on MEP PROMISES TO BACK DONEGAL ANTI-VRT CAMPAIGN was last modified: February 21st, 2012 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:Diane Dodds MEPdonegalDUPIrish Drivers AssociationJohn DohertySammy Wilsonlast_img read more

Women’s Basketball Moves to No. 24 in AP Top 25

first_imgStory Links The Drake University women’s basketball team moved to No. 24 in Monday’s Associated Press’ women’s college basketball poll. Drake, which is 6-1 overall with its lone loss to No. 1 Notre Dame, received votes each of the first three weeks of the poll. The Bulldogs went 2-1 last week at the Vancouver Showcase with wins over Rutgers and then No. 13 South Carolina and a loss to the Fighting Irish. This is the first ranking for the program since it closed the 2016-17 season at No. 20 in the final AP poll. AP Top 25 Rankings Drake plays at Creighton Wednesday at 12 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more