Why Didn’t Ellen Mention Yahya Jammeh in Her Annual Message? What Is She Up…

first_imgIt was so far the most important foreign policy move of her second term—some will argue in her entire administration.The most important accomplishment of her first term was two-fold: first, she restored Liberia to her pre-war position as a responsible member of the comity of nations. Second, she succeeded in getting the international community to cancel Liberia’s US$4 billion debt.There was a possible third—what National Investment Chair Richard Tolbert called the 16 billion new investments that he brought into Liberia during Ellen’s first term. Alas, that, in the minds of many Liberians, turned out to be debatable, to say the least. For since then, people have been wondering what happened to all those investments? Liberians have really not felt the impact, especially the ordinary people, who believe they are 70 percent unemployed.In Ellen’s second term, her most significant foreign policy achievement so far had to be her leadership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as its President, and most particularly its success in driving Yahya Jammeh, the defeated fourth term presidential candidate, from Banjul, the Gambian capital.Moreover, ECOWAS, under Ellen’s leadership, did this without shedding a drop of blood! ECOWAS’ patient, persistent and resolute diplomacy, under her leadership, prompted Jammeh’s peaceful and uncompromising departure. ECOWAS, mark you, did this not only without bloodshed, the fear of which earlier in December and January caused tens of thousands of Gambians to flee to Senegal; but also without foreign intervention from Europe, the USA orAsia. There was no accomplishment more important than this, for which we owe our President, Ellen, and ECOWAS, in particular Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari and former Ghanaian President John Mahama, a debt of gratitude.So why did she not mention this foreign policy triumph in her Annual Message—one that could have won her tremendous applause?Here we are, on the eve of our own elections, a period rife with rumors and speculations. Most outgoing Presidents are keenly interested in who their successors will be. The issues are protection of their legacies or at least their friendships. At one point earlier on, it seemed as though her son Robert Sirleaf was being eyed for the succession. That may have been the reason for his bid for the Montserrado seat in the Senate, which he lost overwhelmingly to George Weah. Ellen, however, told people she had advised her son not to run. But that may have been what Sir Winston Churchill called a “terminological inexactitude.”Now rumors are rife that though in her public stance she is supporting her own Vice President, Joseph Boakai, for the succession, that she is meanwhile reportedly empowering Charles Brumskine in his third presidential bid. If so, why?Jelejuay, Ellen’s ancestral home in Bomi County, is a long way from Upper Buchanan, Brumskine’s hometown in Grand Bassa. Why is it speculated that he is about to choose Ellen’s staunch supporter Musa Bility as his running mate?There is another interesting question: Where did Brumskine get the money to lease for his party headquarters that imposing building on Tubman Boulevard, right next to Mill Jones’ Movement for Economic Empowerment headquarters? There is speculation that the hand of a powerful politician may be there, too.But the history of Liberian and even world politics teaches us all to be careful what we ask for. In Liberia, for example, we remember that President J. Barclay, upon retiring from the presidency in 1943, handpicked Maryland County’s W.V.S. Tubman as his successor. In so doing, he bypassed many eminent Montserrado sons, including former Interior Secretary James Francis Cooper, the wealthy rubber planter and eminent son of Monrovia. Also bypassed was the eminent Liberian statesman, Counselor Clarence Lorenzo Simpson, who by that time had held many prominent government positions, including Speaker of the House of Representatives, secretary general of the True Whig Party, Delegate to the League of Nations and Secretary of State. President Barclay’s bypassing of these two great statesmen to choose his successor from Maryland County is extensively explained in Kenneth Y. Best’s book on Albert Porte. Suffice it to say now that already at Tubman’s inauguration in January, 1944, Barclay knew that he had made a fatal mistake! So disenchanted was he at what happened during the inaugural ceremony that he quickly slipped through the Broad Street entrance to the Government Square, where the Centennial Pavilion now stands, and walked to his home at the corner of Broad and Randall Streets, the spot on which the Executive Pavilion stands.A decade later, President Barclay organized the Independent True Whig Party (ITWP) to challenge Tubman for the presidency. But Tubman on June 22, 1955 staged “the plot that failed,” an aborted assassination attempt on the President, which Tubman blamed on the ITWP. Hundreds of the ITWP partisans were arrested and imprisoned, and with them all still in jail, and David Coleman and his young son John, of the ITWP, murdered at the Barclay Training Center, Tubman sailed through to victory in the elections later that year. President Edwin Barclay died later that year a disillusioned and broken man.The bottom line to all this is: Be careful what you ask for.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tottenham seal double swoop for Swansea stars

first_imgTottenham have made their first summer signings by raiding Swansea for left-back Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm with midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson moving in the opposite direction.The Welshman has signed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane while the Dutchman has agreed terms on a four-year contract.Sigurdsson, 24, has rejoined the Jacks – where he spent part of the 2011/12 season on loan – on a four-year deal.It is believed that Tottenham and Swansea agreed a staight swap deal for Davies, 21, and the Icelandic midfielder while Vorm, 30, has signed for a fee believed to be £3.5million.Sigurdsson told Swansea’s official website: “It’s fantastic for me. I really enjoyed the last time I was here, so it’s good to be back.“I was here for four months and I have a lot of good memories. Hopefully this time it will be even better.“I really enjoyed my time at Spurs. It was tough leaving a club that I’ve enjoyed playing for over the last few years, but as soon as Swansea came in it was an easy decision to make.“The squad has changed a bit with new players, but the core is still here and I know a lot of the staff and, of course, the manager as I played with him while I was here last time.“It’s not as if I’m joining a new team. I’m coming back after two years away. The club has really grown on and off the pitch. There’s a new training ground here for the first team and the academy.“It was fantastic to see the club win the cup and go into the Europa League. The club has continued to progress and hopefully in the next few years we will get even bigger.”Meanwhile, Vorm’s arrival at White Hart Lane casts doubt over the future of Spurs No.1 Hugo Lloris, who only penned a new five-year deal with the north London club earlier this summer. 1 New Tottenham defender Ben Davies last_img read more

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Back from Israel, official calls for more vigilance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Israeli officials shared security strategies used in public facilities such as Ben Gurion Airport, hotels and restaurants, and discussed emergency health-care systems, first-response planning and mass transit issues. Weiss said the trip gave him a new sense of urgency for Los Angeles International Airport and its perimeter. “I am trying to arrange for the head of security at Ben Gurion Airport to come out here … and look at what we have and what we should be doing,” Weiss said. “We have a large perimeter area around the airport and I’m not sure we are doing all we can.” Weiss said he has begun talking with Los Angeles Police Department officials involved in intelligence gathering to have them work more closely with their counterparts in Israel. “We already work with the Israeli Consulate here on local security issues,” Weiss said. “I think we have an opportunity to expand on that and work directly with the Israeli government. Fearful that complacency will stall efforts to protect against potential terrorist threats, a Los Angeles official on Wednesday called for the city to beef up its security. Councilman Jack Weiss, who returned from a weeklong security seminar in Israel, said he has developed a list of programs he hopes to see started soon. Weiss said he also will seek city sponsorship of an annual conference with Israeli officials to exchange information. Joining Weiss on the trip was Deputy Mayor Maurice Suh. “One of the problems we have here is the lack of information being exchanged between the federal, state and local governments,” Weiss said. “The Israel government figured this out and invited about 130 local and state officials from the United States and Canada to get the latest information they have.” “What I see happening is that the further away we get from Sept. 11, the more complacent we become. In Israel, it’s the opposite. Over the last three years, the number of suicide bombings are down there, but the vigilance is higher than ever.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 160Want 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

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Aspartame not linked to cancer

first_imgWASHINGTON – A huge federal study in people – not rats – takes the fizz out of arguments that the diet-soda sweetener aspartame might raise the risk of cancer. No increased risk was seen even among people who gulped down many artificially sweetened drinks a day, said researchers who studied the diets of more than half a million older Americans. A consumer group praised the study, done by researchers independent of any funding or ties to industry groups. Findings were reported Tuesday at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Aspartame came on the market 25 years ago and is found in thousands of products – sodas, chewing gum, dairy products and even many medicines. NutraSweet and Equal are popular brands. Research in the 1970s linked a different sweetener, saccharin, to bladder cancer in lab rats. Although the mechanism by which this occurred does not apply to people and no human risk was ever documented, worries about sugar substitutes have persisted. They worsened after Italian researchers last year reported results of the largest animal study ever done on aspartame, involving 1,800 lab rats. Females developed more lymphomas and leukemias on aspartame than those not fed the sweetener. The new study, by scientists at the National Cancer Institute, involved 340,045 men and 226,945 women, ages 50 to 69, participating in a research project by the National Institutes of Health and AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons. From surveys they filled out in 1995 and 1996 detailing food and beverage consumption, researchers calculated how much aspartame they consumed, especially from sodas or from adding it to drinks. Over the next five years, 2,106 developed blood-related cancers such as lymphoma or leukemia, and 376 developed brain tumors. No link was found for these cancers, said Unhee Lim, who reported the findings. The information was collected before the cancers developed, removing the possibility of “memory bias.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want 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

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‘If we sign Kasper Schmeichel, I’m going to stop watching football’ – Reaction

first_img1 Manchester United fans are not open to seeing the Dane follow in his father’s footsteps Manchester United have emerged as favourites to sign Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel this summer, according to reports.The Red Devils are expected to lose David de Gea to Real Madrid as the 26-year-old eyes a move back to his native Spain.And Schmeichel has been touted as a replacement for the current Old Trafford number one after enjoying an impressive season with the reigning Premier League champions.United could face competition for the Danish international from local rivals Manchester City, with Claudio Bravo failing to justify his hefty price tag following his move from Barcelona.The reports have been fuelled by the news Schmeichel, 30, has recently changed agents.Should he complete a return to Manchester, he would be following the footsteps of his father Peter, who enjoyed legendary status with United after a trophy-laden spell with the club.But it would seem United fans would rather leave their association with the family name of Schmeichel to one single Dane.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online…last_img read more

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CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG – DEFEAT TO DERRY, NOW TO DOWN

first_imgDefeat to Derry, now on to Down BY CATHAL MAC SUIBHNEDonegal rounded off the 2012 McKenna Cup campaign tonight with a date with Derry, a repeat of last year’s Ulster Final. It was a decent Donegal display, coming out on the wrong side of the result by two points.Jim McGuinness again gave youth its chance with survivors from Sunday’s line up including Martin O’Reilly, Daniel McLaughlin and Michael Mullin. Dermot Brick Molloy was the star of the show early on, scoring five points (three from play) in the first half while it was only an early Derry penalty that kept them within touching distance. Derry played with quite an experienced side and John Brennan has certainly added some defensive steel to his side despite his apparent abhorrence to the notion last season.Rory Kavanagh made his first appearance of the year, lining out at midfield; the Eunans man was hampered for long periods of last year’s Championship with an ankle problem so he’ll be a huge plus for the manager if he can regain full fitness.Derry fought back well early in the second half while the home side went a long time without a score, almost twenty minutes, similar to what happened in the second period at Breffni Park. Donegal eventually awoke from their slumber but couldnt catch the Oakleaf county who go on to a semi final this weekend. Meanwhile Donegal can take stock of the opening stages of what is hoped will be another long inter-county season.Overall the competition served its purpose – players got back a bit of match sharpness, a welcome break I’m sure from the hectic training schedule they’re going through at present, and there were also some newcomers introduced to keep existing panellists on their toes. SAME SYSTEMAfter a successful 2011 though, Donegal are not looking to reinvent the wheel in 2012. The system will remain much the same; tweaks have to be made up front and also in how the half backs and midfield support the full forward line. Other teams will have a better idea as to how to play us, so there’ll be a step up to be taken overall – if you’re not moving forward you’re standing still after all.Similarly the personnel will not change greatly, if Jim unearths a player or two who can perform in the Championship cauldron then great. If not, it will be those players who didn’t quite make the starting team last season, those from 16 to 22 on the panel, who will push us on that bit more. We’ve already seen Brick and Neil Gallagher do this in the opening fixtures, its up to other players like Eamonn McGee, Martin McElhinney and Marty Boyle to show the manager they’re worth a starting berth.With the way our league fixtures are mapped out, a win in our opener against Down could set us up for a great Division 1 campaign. Last year showed the importance of getting points on the board early – we looked dead and buried against Sligo in our first game, but somehow salvaged a draw from eight points, and a man, down. Then came the terrific performance against Tyrone in Healy Park and after that we were looking good for a promotion push.It’ll be no different this year, we’ll have a fair idea after our first two games whether its a relegation battle or a chance at a semi final spot. Tyrone managed to mount a promotion bid last year despite enduring a poor start but Division One won’t be as forgiving should Donegal start off poorly. Laois, a team we’ve played on numerous occasions in the league in recent years, visit O’Donnell Park in Round Two. We’d be expecting to win that game and if that was bringing us to three or four points with three home fixtures remaining we could be anticipating another promising league run. It’s a bit early though for those kinds of permutations and predictions – Jim will be looking at getting somewhere close to his championship 15 over the course of the league and what will be of most interest will be the make up of the forward line.Michael Murphy’s groin operation rules him out until March at the earliest and a niggling back injury will also rule out his partner in crime Colm McFadden for a similar length of time. That means likely starting spots for Dermot Molloy, Patrick McBrearty and Stephen Griffin – certainly two of those three should start in Newry. Griffin, being the only natural right footer of the trio, has a good chance of starting after an his excellent display against Cavan; indeed he would have started tonight but was withdrawn from the line up before throw-in.The other main selection difference from last year’s Championship team will be the gap left by Kevin Cassidy. Leo McLoone started as last year’s centre back with Karl Lacey at wing back and there’s a fair chance that that will be the configuration again come the Summer.So it’s all ahead of us now – at least seven league fixtures and hopefully a lot more than the bare minimum two Championship clashes. A journey like last year is what we’re all hoping for and we’re dreaming of it being one game longer. Newry in February…..Croke Park in September…..we’re on the road again.CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG – DEFEAT TO DERRY, NOW TO DOWN was last modified: January 19th, 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:CATHAL MAC SUIBHNE’S DONEGAL GAA BLOG – DEFEAT TO DERRYNOW TO DOWNlast_img read more

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DUNGLOE GAA CLUB HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFUL MARTELLO ADVENTURE RACE

first_imgDespite tough weather conditions the 4th annual Martello Adventure event held in the scenic village of Maghery west of Dungloe proved to be very successful.This event which encompasses a tough 5k run on road, sand and across sand dunes, a 20k cycle on some of the most challenging country roads in West Donegal finishing with a water obstacle in the cold atlantic waters at maghery beach challenging the physical and mental strength of the field many of whom were competing for the first time.Individually in the men’s section Brain Mc Bride from Gweedore was the first man home followed closely by Michael Brennan and Noel Diver, despite trailing after the run the former Gweedore GAA player showed his strength on the bike to come in a time of 1.05.04. Indeed it was a double for the McBride family as Cian Mc Bride also took the under 12 title in the Mini Martello.In the ladies section Lindsey O Neill set a super time of 1.13.51 followed by Marie Timoney 1.22.10 and Bronagh Heffernan 1.30.01 with Cathy Breslin very close in fourth with a time of 1.30.30.In the under age categories Laoise Mc Gonagle won the under 12 girls title with Shaun Mc Gee winning the under 16 boys section and Cara Mc Gonagle and Laoise Brennan joint 1st in the girls section.The organisers would see this event as an introductory to the adventure race scene and while the event may not be long in distance it makes up for it in the challenges set by the difficult terrain. Indeed many female participants new to the running scene from around the local area are to be commended in completing the course. A full set of finishers and times are available on the Martello Adventure Race Facebook page. DUNGLOE GAA CLUB HOST HUGELY SUCCESSFUL MARTELLO ADVENTURE RACE was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:dungloeGAAMartello Adventure RaceNoticesSportlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018 referee Fahad Al Mirdasi withdrawn after match fixing

first_img Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi shakes hands with Gianni Infantino 1 The FIFA Referees Committee have withdrawn Saudi official Fahad Al Mirdasi from the tournament following a lifetime ban for match fixing in his homeland.A FIFA statement read: “With reference to the current situation of the Saudi referee Mr. Fahad AL MIRDASI, the FIFA Referees Committee has considered that the conditions to be selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ are not satisfied anymore and therefore has decided that the selection of Mr. Fahad AL MIRDASI is withdrawn with immediate effect.“In line with FIFA’s overall philosophy of seeking to appoint match officials together as a team of three during the preparation, the FIFA Referees Committee has therefore also decided to remove the two assistant referees Mohammed AL ABAKRY and Abdulah ALSHALWAI, who are in Referee AL MIRDASI’s team.he Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have been officially informed.‘The FIFA Referees Committee has taken the decision not to directly replace Mr. AL MIRDASI. However, two assistant referees – Mr. Hasan ALMAHRI (UAE) and Mr. Hiroshi YAMAUCHI (JPN) – will be nominated for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to work as Assistant Referees to Mohammed Mohammed ABDULLA (UAE) and Ryuji SATO (JPN) respectively, who have already been appointed to officiate at the tournament.”The Saudi Arabian Football Federation handed Al Mirdasi the suspension after he admitted to offering to fix the King’s Cup final, between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly on May 12 this year.Al Mirdasi is now forbidden from participating in any football-related activity for the rest of his life.“Following the appointment of the referee, Fahad Al Mirdasi, to manage the match between Al-Ittihad and Al-Faisaly in the Cup final, Mr. Hamad Al-Saniaa, the president of Al-Ittihad club, addressed the Saudi football federation,’ said a SAFF statement.“He confirmed that he had evidence which highlights Al Mirdasi offering help for money.“After the president of Ittihad club presented what was in his possession to the Federation of Football, the Saudi Federation sent this conversation to the Chairman of the General Directorate of Sport, who in turn informed the competent authorities in all details.“Al Mirdasi was in custody and had been presented then to the administrative investigation. Following the investigations, the Saudi Federation received the report of the competent authorities, which proved the charge against the referee under his personal confession of the request for bribery.”last_img read more

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UNIONS TO MEET DONEGAL TDs AND SENATORS IN DAIL AMIDST SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER HOSPITAL

first_imgDonegal’s biggest medical union has sent a delegation to Dublin today in a bid to save the future funding and management of Letterkenny General Hospital.Members of the IMPACT Trade Union will be in the Dáil to brief Donegal TDs and Senators about concerns on the future of the two North West General Hospitals – Letterkenny and Sligo.The union has expressed its concerns ahead the much awaited “Higgins Report” named after Professor John Higgins, Chair of the Hospital Group Strategic Board, which is due to be published imminently. Speaking ahead of the Oireachtas briefing, Richy Carrothers, IMPACT North West Assistant General Secretary said they will speak with politicians about their concerns arising out of the Higgins Report.“All of the signs are that both Letterkenny and Sligo General Hospitals will join the already established Galway and Roscommon Group of Hospitals with the further addition of Mayo.“In the event that this comes to pass the two North West Hospitals will simply be add-on’s to the structure that is already in place.“The Galway and Roscommon Group have their own senior management structure, clinical structure and Board and we are concerned that the North West is simply being added for the purpose of convenience rather than making strategic sense”. He added that IMPACT is concerned the two hospitals in the North West are being forced into a very large structure that may not be fit for purpose.“Equally so, clinical decisions and priorities are likely to be made in Galway rather than at local level. Galway will to be the tertiary centre for care and possibly at the cost of Sligo and Letterkenny and may result in the two North West hospitals having to compete against each other.“We are in the Dáil today with the view to establishing cross party support to protect our two excellent hospitals and the services they provide to the people of the North West,” he said.UNIONS TO MEET DONEGAL TDs AND SENATORS IN DAIL AMIDST SERIOUS CONCERNS OVER HOSPITAL was last modified: February 28th, 2013 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:IMPACTLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 1

first_imgLocation: Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, Eastern CapeCapacity: 45 931 seatsMatches: South Korea vs Greece (12 June), Côte d’Ivoire vs Portugal (15 June), Germany vs Serbia (18 June), Chile vs Switzerland (21 June), Slovenia vs England (23 June), Round of 16 (26 June), Quarter-final (2 July), Third-place playoff (10 July)Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

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