Thousands Attend Urey’s Party Membership Launch

first_imgThousands of Liberians gathered at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) on Wednesday, November 4, to attend the launch of businessman Benoni Urey’s All Liberian Party’s (ALP) membership drive. “ALP, although one of the newest and might be one of the strongest political parties, is looking at the number of human beings who braved the scorching sun to attend the party’s membership drive,” a political commentator told the Daily Observer.Led by their first partisan, Benoni Urey, the day was full of festivities and culminated in an address by their leader, who is likely to be their 2017 presidential nominee.While addressing the crowd, Benoni Urey was constantly interrupted by endless applauses from his supporters and well wishers, who covered every inch of the ATS playing pitch. Though the party is relatively new, some political observers believe Mr. Urey’s ALP is probably the only effective opposition that could figure out the winning combination to snatch power from the ruling Unity Party-led government, which has now ruled the country from more than a decade. Mr. Urey told Liberians that the party was established to unite citizens behind one purpose, which, according to him, is “to build a nation for all Liberians.”“This party welcomes partisans from any ethnic and religious origin to collaborate for the betterment of the country,” said Urey.Mr. Urey, a renowned Liberian businessman turned politician, reached out to all citizens in the country and promised that the rights of all Liberians will be protected during his presidency, if he’s elected in 2017. He stated that under the leadership of the ALP, Liberia will move forward and the livelihood of the citizenry will improve.Mr. Urey, who has a share in the Lonestar Cell GSM company, lamented that only one percent of Liberians have access to pipe-borne water, saying that this was “intolerable.” He said his first priority would be the health of Liberians, and that the ALP had already received pledges from Liberian medical professionals from around the world who are willing to come home to improve Liberia’s healthcare sector. Mr. Urey also used the occasion to praise the US government for all the support it provided Liberia over the years, including that country’s efforts during the post-war dispensation. “US support to Liberia has been an indispensable part of the country’s rebuilding efforts,” he said, adding that he would continue to seek closer collaboration with the US and its allies in promoting regional peace and global economic advancement. Although the Unity Party has won two elections, which some opposition politicians termed ‘controversial’, the last 12 months have seen cracks in the rank and file of the ruling party as leading figures have resigned to join other political parties. Speaker Alex Tyler resigned recently and took with him some of his key allies including Representative Moses Kollie of Lofa County and former Senator Richard Devine of Bomi. When Mr. Devine resigned, over 10 grass-root partisans of the UP followed their former Senator.Former Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan shocked most of his fellow Unity partisans when he resigned from the UP government. Although he is still a member of the party, he has not ruled out resigning from the party. He announced his resignation on October 2 while attending the UN General Assembly in New York. With all the falling away from the UP, opposition political parties such as the ALP, are hoping that those leaving will add to their numbers.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Unity Party have not announced their support for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, who is the only Unity Partisan to have openly declared his intention to contest for the presidency in 2017. Accordingly, the scramble for the presidency is on and the launching of the ALP, which appears to be a formidable political force, should make the elections an electrifying period. Observers say the ALP’s show of strength puts it in the first tier of political parties poised to make a great impact on the country’s political landscape in 2017. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chetwynd RCMP need help in locating a Witness

first_imgThe Chetwynd RCMP are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man that may have witnessed a theft of dynamite between July 15th and July 16th, 2008.Sometime during that night, thieves broke open two locked magazines and made off with a 400 kg of Vibrogel Dynamite sticks and detonation caps from the Sukunka Forest Service Road near Chetwynd. The attached sketch is an artist’s drawing of the witness, as described by another witness in the area of the theft. Police are asking that the man in the sketch or anyone that recognizes the man in the sketch, to contact your local detachment of the RCMP or call Crime Stoppers at (800)222-TIPS (8477). – Advertisement -Anyone that locates the explosives are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.last_img read more

State anti-gang program sought

first_img (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While lobbying state officials Tuesday for more local transit funds, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also used his trip to seek a statewide anti-gang program. Villaraigosa, who has made fighting gang crime one of his top priorities, appealed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders to develop a comprehensive statewide intervention and prevention program that would include $30 million for Los Angeles. “The mayor stressed that what the city is doing on suppression of gangs is only the first step,” said Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo. “He believes that we need to address the problem in a comprehensive fashion and develop a coordinated approach on preventing young people from joining gangs.” Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the governor was receptive to Villaraigosa’s pitch. During their meeting, Schwarzenegger also related to the mayor various anti-gang efforts that the state was pursuing. “The governor agreed with him,” McLear said. “That’s an important endeavor and he hopes to work with him on that.” Szabo said the Los Angeles strategy of focusing on gang hot spots with stepped-up enforcement is being used in other cities and that all municipalities could use more money to curtail gang activity. “We don’t want to see a situation where we solve our gang problem by sending it elsewhere,” Szabo said. “We think the state should work with the cities and counties to keep kids out of gangs.” last_img read more

Liverpool line up v Arsenal: Attacking trio unleashed plus changes at the back again?

first_img1 Liverpool players celebrate Liverpool host Arsenal on Sunday as they look to get their Premier League season back on track.Both sides have had tough starts to the campaign and will be looking for a positive festive period to fire them up the table and Brendan Rodgers will be praying a good result can lift the gloom currently engulfing Anfield, League Cup run aside.The problem Rodgers has is settling on his best side. An unconvincing Brad Jones has usurped Simon Mignolet between the sticks and a switch to 3-4-3 has been made in the past week, following attempts at a diamond and several more orthodox formations.A once invincible Steven Gerrard has seen himself dropped, Rickie Lambert has been drafted into the side and quickly ditched in favour of Raheem Sterling, and Mario Balotelli has been, well, he’s been Balotelli.And Rodgers’ line-up for the match with Arsenal, a game which the Reds won 5-1 last season, is probably still a mystery to him as he plays with chalkboard at Melwood.DefenceJones is likely to remain in goal for Liverpool in place of Mignolet, whose spell on the naughty step continues.In front of the Australian glovesman, Rodgers faces a stick or twist situation. An injury to Dejan Lovren could force his hand but the Northern Irish boss is hopeful about his problem clearing up in time.Should he stick with a back-three, Lovren could join forces with Kolo Toure and Skrtel again but he may also opt to return to a back-four, which would see Lovren and Skrtel flanked by Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno, with Glen Johnson absent.If Croatian star Lovren isn’t fit then expect Mamadou Sakho to make an appearance against the Gunners.MidfieldAgainst the guile of Arsenal, Rodgers would be well advised to go for grit over style.Lucas Leiva should add some solidity to the middle of the park, allowing Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson to carry the ball forward and supply an attacking triumvirate.Joe Allen and Emre Can also provide good options if any of those three are taken out of the firing line.AttackIf Liverpool are to get anything out of the game on Sunday it will be down to their attack rather than their defence.Italian striker Mario Balotelli once again misses out, this time through a suspension incurred thanks to an Instagram post, meaning Sterling could well reprise the false nine role which saw him hit the back of the net twice against Bournemouth.The England starlet is then likely to be flanked by Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana, who are both beginning to show the kind of form that saw them signed by Rodgers in the summer.How Liverpool could look against Arsenal:How would you like Liverpool to line up against Arsenal? Join the debate, below…last_img read more

Scotland blow! Winger OUT of Euro 2016 crunch match against Poland

first_imgWatford winger Ikechi Anya has been ruled out of Scotland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at Hampden Park.There are several permutations which could leave the Scots in a play-off spot but defeat against the Poles on Thursday night would end their hopes before the Group D finale against Gibraltar in Faro on Sunday.However, 27-year-old speedster Anya will be unavailable to help the Scottish cause.Strachan, speaking at the national stadium, said: “Ikechi is not going to make it, he has a tight calf so he has gone back to get treatment at Watford.“James Morrison [suspended for Poland game] is going to struggle. He got an injury at the end of the game against Crystal Palace the other day.“Charlie Mulgrew [thigh] was never going to be fit. Charlie is only here because he wanted to be here and add to the squad and what we do behind the scenes and he has certainly done that.” Watford winger Ikechi Anya 1last_img read more

Antelope Valley Weekend

first_img Pianist Jim Wilson will perform with a cinematic multimedia montage, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $20, or $15 for students, seniors and military. Call (661) 267-5684. Travelogue on western Canada will be presented, 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E. Tickets: $5. Call (661) 267-5684. Tony Molina and Friends perform salsa music and Latin ballads, 8-11:30 p.m. Thursdays at Harry’s Place at the Antelope Valley Inn, 44055 Sierra Highway, Lancaster. Salsa DJ Wayne Molina performs, 11:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Call (661) 948-4651. Ranger-led nature hikes, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce. Meet in the first small parking lot by the ranger station. Call (661) 268-0840. Mojave Desert Information Center offers natural history exhibits, videos and a touch-screen computer to find out more information about desert state parks and the surrounding areas. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week at 43779 15th St. W. Call (661) 942-0662. Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday by the Knights of Columbus, 719 W. Ave. M. Palmdale Repertory Theatre will present the Tony-winning comedy-drama “Mornings at Seven,” 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. E., Palmdale. Tickets: $12 for general admission; $10 for seniors, students and military personnel. Call (661) 267-5684. “Retro Vacation Slide Show,” culled by Charles Phoenix from garage sales and elsewhere, will be shown, 8 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $15. Call (661) 723-5950. Cedar Street Theatre will perform Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Jan. 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 29 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center’s J.P. Eliopulos Family Theater, 750 W. Lancaster Blvd. Tickets: $14. Call (661) 723-5950. Local author Diana Beard-Williams will discuss and sign her mystery novel “Unfinished Business,” 1 p.m. Sunday at Barnes and Noble, 39228 10th St. W., Palmdale. 40 and Up Singles dance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday at 240 E. Ave. K, Lancaster. Admission: $7. Club membership: $20. Call Hester at (661) 718-8997. Fun After 40 Ballroom Dance Club dance, 7:30-10 p.m. at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, Palmdale. Lessons are available, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for $2. Admission: $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers. Bring small dessert. Call (661) 943-0210 or (661) 267-5551. The Antelope Valley Weekend column runs weekly. Fax information or updates to (661) 267-5747 by noon Wednesday. Mailing address is 1645 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite D, Palmdale, CA 93550, attention: Entertainment. 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

‘The Lampard effect’ – Derby fans love Chelsea legend after stunning goal

first_img REPLY CONFUSION GREAT NEWS Derby County fans are already loving life under new boss Frank Lampard after a sensational pre-season goal.The Rams beat Notts County 4-1 and turned in an impressive display against the League Two side. The lampard effect. Decent goal 👌— Matt King (@MKingy25) July 15, 2018 Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer ROUND-UP Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship We r actually passing the ball ive missed this roll on next season 😍😂— Gareth (@hunty02) July 15, 2018Lampard told RamsTV: “I’m really happy; more than just with the scoreline. The performance was our first thought – and I thought that it was good.“It’s difficult in pre-season with the conditions against a very organised side, so to move the ball as well as we did, I was very impressed.“When you move the ball well, the goals come. I couldn’t ask for more. It’s normal to get a few creaks in pre-season but the lads have got 45 minutes under their belts.” 1 It was their second goal that got tongues wagging as they put together a brilliant move that contained 18 passes and went through nine players before talented teen star Luke Thomas finished with aplomb.And supporters on Twitter are loving the revolution taking place under the Chelsea legend at Pride Park. Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off Derby County manager Frank Lampard. Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues center_img EFL result Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ stalemate impact ‘close’ Orient chief gives update on manager search after ‘unfortunate’ Fletcher sacking Macclesfield set for further EFL sanctions after Plymouth match is called off 🎯 18 passes 👊 9 players involved 👌 1 clinical finish @luke_luke19’s second goal of the day was a stunner… 👏— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) July 15, 2018And he also reserved praise for youngster Thomas, who scored twice in the match, including the strike above.“Luke has been bright and sharp all through pre-season,” Lampard added.“I knew about him before I came here, and he’s impressed me since I joined with his work ethic, his ability and his speed. He’s unpredictable, in a good way.“He can run at people and fans love to see that and we love to see that because he can make things happen.“He got his goals and they were well deserved, it’s great for his confidence so early in pre-season.” Latest Football League news Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack goalless last_img read more

Ison Paces Bulldogs On Second-Day At ODU/OBX Intercollegiate

first_img ODU/OBX Second Round Results The Bulldogs totaled a second-round score of 297 for a combined total of 584 (287=297) and are in 11th-place. Drake are just one stroke from getting back in the top-10 and 10 strokes away from getting back into sixth-place. POWELLS POINT, N.C. – Drew Ison led the Drake University men’s golf team on the second day of the Old Dominion University/Outer Banks Intercollegiate on Monday. Drake will play the final round of the ODU/Outer Banks Intercollegiate and close out its fall season on Tuesday. Print Friendly Version Ison shot an even par 70 for a 36-hole total score of 141 (70-71) and is tied for 12th-place. Sophomore Jack Kennedy recorded the second best round for the Bulldogs, shooting a three-over par, 74, for a total score of 153 (79-74). After firing a season-best, fellow sophomore Tommi Avant struggled in the second round, shooting a 78 for a total score of 147 (69-78). Matt Lavery and Chase Wicklund tallied identical scores for the second straight day for a total score of 150 (74-76). “I’m disappointed with how we scored today. I thought as a whole we hit the ball well. We really struggled with our putting. We missed too many putts and had our share of three putts. These unforced error really hurt us,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “The positive is how well we hit the ball as a team and I believe a low score is out there for us tomorrow.” Story Linkslast_img read more

Resurgent Power pile more misery on sleeping giant Falcons

first_imgFalcons players try to block a basket. Brian Kawalya.Wednesday June 7Falcons 51-86 PowerMarines 56-94 DolphinsBASKETBALL. Betway Power continued to show that they are this season’s team to beat as the five-time league champion recorded a convincing 35point gap victory over StarTimes Falcons in the first game of a long Wednesday evening at YMCA court in Wandegeya.Record seven -time league champions Falcons who are still struggling with squad depth, continued to miss the services of Vinnie Jurua, Dickson Asiku and Francis Tumusiime. Head coach Bernis Ankunda, who was taking charge of the team for the first time, only had six players available. That squad depth proved too shot to stand the test of a resurgent Betway Power side that has been picking up wins effortlessly.Power coach Arnold Lando and his assistant Chris Kyebambe were not bothered by the absence of Julius Wapera, Martin Tyron, Anthony Lwal and new signing Diego Anghemi as his boys managed to pick a third consecutive win of the season.Unstoppable MakiadiMichael Makiadi proved pivotal in the victory as he led the way with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists as the rock solid tower of a player continued to show that he’s the best shooter in the league and having the best shooting accuracy converting all four of his free throws on the night.Falcons’ Bernard Okumu had a good game, too, but his 19 points were not enough to rescue his side as they suffered defeats in their opening two games of the season,following their defeat to JKL Dolphins recently.Power’s Fahmy Ssebatindira, the shortest man on the court, had a dream evening converting five three-pointers from his seven attempts, taking his tally to 15 points. The dream moment for Ssebatindira came in the last minutes of the last quarter of the game, a significant moment that also sealed Falcon’s fate.Joseph Ikong, the Power captain who only managed 8 points on the night, said the victory was all down to hard work.“Every game between Power and Falcons is a tough one. Falcons are a big team,” Ikong said. “We won because we followed the coach’s game plan, but above all, it was hard work and those shooting that made us win tonight.”In the last game of the night, Phillipe Jean Pemha and Ferdinand Odama scored 20 and 18 points, respectively, as Boniface Okello’s JKL Dolphins hammered Timothy Odeke’s Nkumba Marines 94-56.The National Basketball League resumes tonight at MTN Arena Lugogo with six fixtures on the roaster.Javon ladies vs Magic StormersA1 Challengers vs KCCA leopardsPemba Warriors vs UPDF tomahawksBetway Power vs Sharing YouthKIU titans vs Our SaviourUCU Cannons vs City Oilers.Commentslast_img read more

Looking for your dream wedding dress? RTÉ is seeking applications for ‘Say Yes to the Dress’

first_imgRTÉ producers have started their search for brides-to-be to take part in the second series of ‘Say Yes to the Dress’.Presented by Ireland’s most famous wedding planner, Peter Kelly aka Franc, brides-to-be who are selected to take part will be swept away to the new couture section of Vows bridal store in Cork, stocked with stunning dresses from all over the world.Cameras will follow brides through the bridal salon as they try on all the styles, colours and patterns to then face their families and friends in the hope that they will Say Yes to the Dress. Ramelton woman Martina Patterson has starred in the first series, saying ‘yes’ to a gorgeous lace dress that caught her eye upon entering the shop.RTÉ issued a statement saying: “Are you a bride to be looking for your dream dress? Look no further because our team of experts are here to guide and advise you every step of the way.“We want to hear from all brides: big and small budgets, traditional and non-traditional and those who’ve already searched high and low and those who are only beginning.“Young, old, short or tall – if you’re searching for the ultimate gown and would love to find one while being filmed, then Say Yes to the Dress wants you to get in touch.” Fancy applying? Click here to access the application.Check out’s feature on Martina’s experience by clicking the link below:Radiant Martina gets mammy’s approval to say YES to the dressLooking for your dream wedding dress? RTÉ is seeking applications for ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Peter KellyRTEsay yes to the dressweddinglast_img read more