NDI Deploys 34 International Observers

first_imgUS Senator Gary Peters – Advertisement – US Senator Gary Peters Heads Delegation; Ghana’s Mahama Heads ECOWAS Observer Mission, Arrives TodayThe National Democratic Institute (NDI) is fielding an international delegation from today, Thursday, October 5 to Thursday, October 12 to observe the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.According to the NDI, the delegation includes 34 political leaders, civic leaders and election experts from Africa, Europe, and North America.The NDI’s international delegation will be led by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI); Senator Ken Nnamani, former President of the Nigerian Senate; and Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, Regional Director, NDI.“In this election, Liberians have an opportunity for a historic peaceful transfer of power from one democratically-elected president to another,” said Senator Peters. “I am honored to be joining an international delegation to observe the process and to support transparent and peaceful elections.”NDI’s delegation will observe polling places on Election Day, and hold high-level meetings with the National Elections Commission, government officials, political party leaders and civil society representatives. NDI conducted two pre-election assessment missions prior to the polls and provided recommendations to key stakeholders in statements issued in February and September.In addition, NDI has deployed six long-term observers and four long-term analysts in Liberia since July.“Liberia has come a long way to consolidate its democracy, and Liberians can take great pride in their accomplishments to date,” said Dr. Fomunyoh.The delegation will present its mission findings at a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, at 11:30 am at the Royal Grand Hotel. Over the last 25 years, NDI has conducted more than 150 election observation missions in 62countries.NDI first worked in Liberia in 1997, providing technical assistance to Liberian voter education and election monitoring efforts. The Institute has maintained an in-country office in Liberia since 2003.The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.The critical nature of the October 10 elections, Liberians believe, will determine the country’s future for the next six years. The next government, many say, has the responsibility to work with the expectations of Liberians, including improved infrastructure, healthcare, education, security and the economy.Meanwhile, Ghana’s immediate-past President John Dramani Mahama, Head of the 71-member ECOWAS Election Observation Mission to Liberia will be arriving in Monrovia today Thursday, 5th October.Twenty-one (21) ECOWAS Long-Term Observers are already deployed across Liberia’s 15 administrative Counties. The Long-term team will be joined this week by 50 Short-term observers, and both teams are headed by former President Mahama for the observation of the pre-election, the Election-Day (October 10), and post-election processes.The Head of the ECOWAS Election Observation Mission on his arrival at the Roberts International Airport will be expected to meet with the media.center_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Welcome Back, Jonathan! Your Return Gives President Weah an Opportunity to Kick-start the National…

first_imgThe British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Associated Press (AP) Correspondent Jonathan Paye Layleh, who fled the country nearly a month ago, following an outburst against him by President George Manneh Weah, returned to the country last Sunday.Paye Layleh became shocked at President Weah’s response when, during a press stake out with United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed, Jonathan asked the Liberian leader whether he would establish a war crimes tribunal. President Weah, to everyone’s surprise, in the presence of his guest, Deputy SG Mohammed, told Jonathan that he had been “against” him (Weah).“You were one person who was against me when I was advocating for peace and human rights in the country,” the President told Paye-Layleh. Such a bold, direct accusatory remark against a journalist in the presence of a top UN official was, in Jonathan’s perception, beyond threatening. He immediately wrote to the President seeking clarification, but got no response. Shortly thereafter, Jonathan left the country and later surfaced in New York City.The President’s remark against Jonathan took the entire Liberian and the international media, too, by complete surprise. In Liberia, no journalist could afford to take this lightly. As we used to say in the 1980s, during the regime of military dictator Samuel K. Doe, when the entire Liberian media lay under siege, “If they come for you in the evening, they’re coming for me in the morning.”We all learned during that period that under such a dangerously repressive regime, no one could take anything for granted. Jonathan clearly wasn’t taking lightly this totally unexpected encounter with Liberia’s most powerful person, the President of the republic. So Jonathan immediately fled the country.But the Daily Observer newspaper, where as a typesetter, he learned the craft of journalism, immediately published an Editorial urging Jonathan to return home, contending that he had “nothing to fear but fear itself,” quoting American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.President Weah, meanwhile, invited the Liberian media to a conversation at the Executive Mansion. It was a free and frank exchange, when many journalists, including President Charles Coffey of the Press Union of Liberia and the nation’s oldest practicing journalist, Observer Publisher Kenneth Y. Best, told President Weah in no uncertain terms that he should welcome Jonathan back home to reassure the Liberian media that they are NOT under siege.The President responded forthrightly by stating that he had nothing against Jonathan Paye Layleh or the Liberian media. “The BBC Correspondent asked me a critical question and I gave him a critical answer,” President Weah noted, then proceeded to recall his personal relations with several Liberian journalists, including Paye Layleh. Weah said he had shared with many of them his hospitality in Liberia and Ghana, some of whom he had even given lots of money.And though the President maintained that he had evidence that Jonathan had been undermining his (Weah’s) efforts, he encouraged the BBC Correspondent to return home without fear. We strongly believe that Jonathan’s return gives the President an opportunity to kick-start Liberia’s reconciliation process. First, he should invite Jonathan for a conversation to make peace and reassure him and the two organizations with whom he is associated — BBC and AP — that all is well.We think it is important to begin with the media because it is we who have the responsibility to publicize and promote any reconciliatory initiatives the President makes. Heaven knows that this deeply divided nation needs to be reconciled.The past administration downplayed reconciliation first by ignoring the Report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and by failing to organize a single “town hall” meeting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf promised. As the public noticed on page 11 of the Daily Observer last Tuesday, the families of the 13 top officials executed by Samuel Doe’s People’s Redemption Council (PRC) are still hurting, longing for some kind of national gesture to console and reconcile them.There are also the relatives of the brutally murdered ELBC/TV broadcaster Charles Gbenyon and eminent Liberian artist R. Vanjah Richards, the over 600 persons hacked to death in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 14th Street, Monrovia on July 29, 1990 by President Samuel Doe and his henchmen; the truckloads of holy innocent children from Nimba County and elsewhere who, en route to the Children’s Village in Congo Town, Monrovia disappeared in 1990, some say buried alive on the beach in Schiefflin on orders of Samuel Doe; the massacres on Du Port Road, Paynesville and in Firestone and the murder of the five Roman Catholic nuns in Gardinersville, all on orders of Charles Taylor; the murder of pop singer Tecumsay Roberts, banker Phillip Bowen, Forester Melvin Thornes, Samuel Doe and his fellow PRC members eliminated at the Free Port of Monrovia and elsewhere and so many others on the orders of General Prince Y. Johnson; the elimination of Jackson Fiah Doe, Samuel Dokie and his family and thousands of others on orders of Charles G. Taylor and his henchmen.The list goes on. President George Weah was elected, among other reasons, to reconcile Liberia, to end poverty in the country and to jumpstart national development. Reconciliation is first on the national agenda, and it should begin with Jonathan Paye Layleh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Robbery suspects’ getaway misfires

first_img“He had his T-shirt in his pocket,” said Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar, who suspected the getaway bicycle had been stolen. “I’m sure it was. That’s the least of his concerns,” she added. Police arrested four 17-year-old boys and 18-year-old Dewey Tee Gordon, all of Los Angeles, on suspicion of robbery. One of the teens was also booked on suspicion of grand theft auto and evading police, Salazar said. The teens appeared in juvenile court Thursday, where a judge ruled they will be tried as adults. Gordon was being held at Whittier Police Department jail on Thursday, the spokeswoman said. All five suspects are scheduled to appear in Whittier Court today. WHITTIER – Armed robbers who held up two women in Pico Rivera and Whittier couldn’t get away with their loot, police said. The five suspects, including four teens and an adult, led Whittier police on a brief chase in a stolen car, then the driver abandoned the car and his companions. Police said the driver dropped one of the stolen wallets as he fled. He was later caught while trying to pedal away on a bicycle. He had also changed garb. Police recovered a gun, wallets allegedly taken in the robberies, and a 2002 Mitsubishi Gallant officials said was stolen in Simi Valley. The caper began 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, when officers got a call about the robbery in front of Whittier High School. A woman was robbed by two men at gunpoint, Salazar said. As a description of the getaway car and a possible license plate was broadcast on police radio, an officer spotted a car matching the description turning left onto Painter Avenue from Hadley Street. A check of the license plate showed it had been stolen. The driver sped up and tried to lose the police, driving through residential streets. When he attempted to go north on Armley Avenue from Dittmar Drive, his speed was too great, Salazar said. The driver stopped abruptly to avoid a crash, then bailed out, leaving his four passengers inside the Gallant. He dropped the victim’s wallet as he ran. Police arrested the four passengers. Inside the car was another wallet stolen from a woman in Pico Rivera 15 minutes earlier, Salazar said. Police searched for the driver using police dogs but couldn’t find him. Then a sergeant spotted someone matching the driver’s description riding a bicycle on Mills Avenue and Lambert Road, she said. The suspects also allegedly admitted to throwing a gun out of the car. Officers found a handgun in the 13600 block of Dittmar Drive, Salazar said. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

Gor fined Sh1m, Shakava, Joash suspended

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia skipper Harun Shakava in training. Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have been dealt with a major blow after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) slapped the club with a Sh1m fine and suspending two players for unsporting behavior.In a ruling from the CAF Disciplinary Board, defenders Joash Onyango and captain Haron Shakava have been banned for the next two matches, meaning they will be ineligible when Gor travel away to Cameroon’s New Stars de Duala for the CAF Confederations Cup playoff return leg. Onyango is accused of using abusive language towards the referee while Shakava kicked the goalkeeper of Lobi Stars during the return leg away in Nigeria in a match that K’Ogalo lost 2-0 to be relegated to the Confederations Cup playoff.The incident led to Gor being fined Sh 1m and have been given 60 days to make the payments.The decision can be contested before the CAF Appeal Board.“This decision can be contested before CAF Appeal Board. The party intending to appeal shall announce his intention in writing within three days of notification of the decision,” the CAF ruling read in part.“Reasons of the appeal shall be given in writting within a further time limit of 7 days, commencing upon the expiry of the first limit of three days. the deposit mentioned in article 58 of the Dicsiplinary Committee must be paid to CAF’s account. the appeal is invalid without the relevant deposit within the relevant tiem limit,” the CAF ruling added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

De Bruyne will be a Man City player ‘by the weekend’, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester City will complete the big-money signing of Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg ‘by the weekend’, talkSPORT have been told.Having chased the Bundesliga star – crowned Germany’s Player of the Year last season – all summer, City have finally agreed a deal to bring the former Chelsea man back to the Premier League.Reports on Thursday suggested the two-time English champions have met the German club’s £58million valuation – an initial £54m fee plus add ons – and German football expert Olly Knaack reveals the midfielder is set to pen an ‘insane’ contract at the Etihad Stadium.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He’s coming. He will be a Manchester City player by the weekend.“The deal is pretty much done, the only thing that’s missing is his signature, but sources say it’s really close now.“We’re looking at a five-year deal and the numbers are insane, it’s like Ronaldo or Bale dimensions.“I’m not sure he can actually live up to that. He was THE star at Wolfburg, but he’s just one of many stars at Manchester City.“But if you’re got all the money in the world, why not sign him?”last_img read more

BREAKING TRANSFER NEWS! Newcastle agree £12m fee for Tottenham winger

first_img Andros Townsend Tottenham have accepted an offer from Newcastle for Andros Townsend.The winger has found himself out of favour at White Hart Lane this season and has not played for the club since October.Newcastle have been chasing Townsend all month but were unwilling to meet Tottenham’s £14million valuation.However, Spurs have now budged on their initial asking price and have accepted a £12m bid from Steve McClaren’s sideTownsend will travel to Tyneside within the next 24 hours for a medical and to sign a long-term deal with Newcastle.His arrival at St James’ Park will be a boost for head coach McLaren, who had identified the 24-year-old as one of his main targets in this transfer window.Townsend was a key part of Tottenham’s squad last season, making 35 appearances and scoring five goals.But he was on the fringes at the start of this term and was banished to the reserves after a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.Pochettino is happy for Townsend to leave this month and the player himself is keen to go in order to reignite his hopes of playing for England at Euro 2016. 1last_img read more

Fire crews begin burning debris from the forest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe piles contain tree limbs, chaparral and other types of forest vegetation that would otherwise be lying on the forest floor. Firefighters stay on the scene during the burn and after the flames subside and the pile is hot. Crews also continually evaluate the weather and fuel conditions, officials said. Crews have already been out in the forest burning. On Tuesday alone, Miller estimated crews burned some 500 piles. “Some areas do get a lot of these piles,” Miller said. “And we can burn 800 to 1,000 piles in a day.” The agency has also been putting the word out as a way to ease the fears of mountain visitors, many of whom are unaware of the program and who might be alarmed at seeing smoke rising from the forest, Miller said. Tis the season to burn debris, say U.S. Forest Service officials. Chilly weather conditions have allowed the fire crews to burn piles of what they call slash and debris that have accumulated throughout the San Bernardino National Forest, said U.S. Forest Service spokesman John Miller. “We’re building piles during the summer and burning them in the winter,” Miller said. “That allows us to get rid of unnecessary fuel.” That means less things to burn during the dry and warm fire season. The smoking is normal and the burning is necessary and effective, he said. In an area off of Sonoma and Brentwood drives in Lake Arrowhead, 244 acres were cleared and rehabilitated as part of the Tunnell II project, Miller said. During the Grass Valley Fire in late October, flames burned right to the area and stalled. “When it ran into the project area, it basically became a ground fire,” Miller said. The most recent efforts to clear the debris have been focused in part of the Angelus Oaks area along Highway 38. Miller anticipated crews to begin burning slash piles northeast of Lake Arrowhead in January. Fuel reduction projects near mountain communities will continue through the spring and summer months, according to a Forest Service news release. The projects include removing dead trees, and thinning, creating and stacking of even more piles of dense brush that will burn during this wet season, officials said. The pile burning locations are: Northeast Lake Arrowhead – East of Yosemite, Yellowstone, Banff and the Northshore Campground. Smoke will be visible from Lake Arrowhead, Green Valley and from Highway 18 near the Heaps Peak Transfer Station. Barton Flats/Angelus Oaks – Above and below Highway 38 near Angelus Oaks and Jenks Lake. Smoke and flames will be visible from the highway in the area. Motorists traveling along Highway 18 in the Arctic Circle near Snow Valley will see smoke from the project that will occasionally be visible from Highway 330. gina.tenorio@sbsun.com (909) 386-3854160Want 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


first_imgHuge crowds are expected for the country and western festival in Ardara.It’s time to get out the cowboy boots and brush up on the dance moves because the Ardara Country and Western Festival is on the way back to town.This unique festival started 11 years ago and was considered a rarity as country music and dancing was not popular as it is today.But nowadays country music and dances like jiving and waltzing are the craze of the moment. And the Ardara Festival has now become a leading date on the country and western music calendar for music lovers across the country.Many of its thousands of visitors have been coming for the past eleven years and festival organisers are looking forward once again to greeting you all this year.The Ardara Country Festival take place from Friday 22nd January until Sunday 24th January.Fr those of you coming a long distance or simply want to taste the great hospitality of Ardara, the Nesbitt Arms is offering an amazing rate of €110pps for TWO nights B&B including two dances and €55 pps for one night B&B and one dance. Sure you couldn’t beat that!The following is a sample of the bumper line-up which features some of the top names in Irish country and western music.Friday 22 in the Nesbitt Arms, Top Country Star Robert MizzellSaturday 23 The Nesbitt Arms, the Sensational Stephen SmythSunday 24 afternoon dance (4 to 6pm) Nashville Live Friday & Saturday Eunan McIntyre in the Weavers BarARDARA DUSTS ITSELF DOWN FOR UPCOMING COUNTRY AND WESTERN FESTIVAL! was last modified: January 21st, 2016 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:ArdaraCountry and Western FestivalNesbitt Armslast_img read more

Entertainment Calendar

first_img“The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol” will be presented, 8 p.m. Friday at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Nature Hike will teach about mountain lions, 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Christmas Bird Count will allow volunteers to scatter throughout the area to count local birds. Meet at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at Western Bagel in the Kmart shopping center in Valencia. Bring binoculars and dress warm. Beginning bird watchers are welcome. Call Dan Cooper at (323) 397-3562 or e-mail him at dan-cooper-90042@yahoo.com. — To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want 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

Track & Field Heads To MVC Outdoor Championship

first_img Friday ESPN+ Broadcast 2018 MVC Championship Heat Sheets Schedule Championship Central Action for the Bulldogs begins Friday with the multi-events in the morning followed by the javelin at 4 p.m. Events on the track begin at 6 p.m. Competition resumes Saturday at 3 p.m. before finals begin Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) will look to defend her 100-meter hurdles title from a year ago. Young has finished in the top-five in every outdoor meet this season and currently holds the third best time in the Valley of 13.79. Fellow hurdler, Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) aims to continue her strong junior campaign just weeks after setting a personal best time of 1:00.80 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Tom Botts Invitational. Her mark leads the Valley by nearly a second and ranks as the sixth fastest time in school history. On the men’s side sophomore Caulin Graves (Kansas City, Mo.) returns to the MVC Championships a year after taking fourth and second, respectively, in the 100 and 200 meters last season. At the 2018 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee, Graves tied a personal best 100m time of 10.51 which ranks fourth this season in the Valley. Kundai Maguranyanga (Glen Zorah, Zimbabwe) rounds out the Valley top 10 in the 100m while Maguranyanga also ranks 3rd in the 200m. Sunday ESPN+ Broadcast Live Results center_img Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) is another Bulldog aiming to add an MVC title to her resume to build upon her second-place triple jump finish from last year’s championships. Earlier this season after just narrowly missing a school record multiple times, Rolle set the Drake triple jump record at the Jim Duncan Invitational with a mark of 41-8.5 (12.71m) that ranks 59th in the NCAA this season. The Drake University track and field teams are set to travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 11-13. The championship, hosted by Indiana State, will have all portions of all three days aired on ESPN+. Story Links Saturday ESPN+ Broadcast The Bulldogs also have a pair of javelin throwers in Max Harlan (Hopkins, Minn.) and Jake Taylor (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) who are both coming off career performances at the Drake Relays. Harlan and Taylor rank fourth and fifth in the Valley with marks of 172-3 and 171-1. In the MVC’s annual pre-championship poll, the Drake men were projected to finish sixth overall while the women were selected seventh. Illinois State was the unanimous pick for both the men’s and women’s titles.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more