Korkoya: ‘Frauds, Irregularities Claims Politically Motivated’

first_imgConcerning Unity Party’s request for the Commission to subpoena all of the October 10 election’s presiding officers’ worksheets, results from investigations into the alleged frauds, final registration roll (FRR), among others, Korkoya said it may take a longer time, say weeks. He admonished the complainants to be specific in their evidence request, rather than generalizing, if only time would be saved to conduct the ensuing runoff.  “Such a request from a political party claiming to be intervening in a case filed by another party is only a clever attempt to cause more delay in the electoral process. That will take us weeks to get it done,” he pointed out. Korkoya added that even though the hearing officer of the Commission is still looking into UP’s concerns and is expected to hand down a ruling today, the party should express their love for country by calling for specific areas of conflict rather than demand the Commission to revisit results from all the 5,390 polling centers across the country.Concerning Liberty Party’s request of the BOC to recuse itself from hearing its case; he said he could not comment on it because the party’s recusal request is not formally brought before it.“What we heard on the radio and read in the newspapers about LP calling for our recusal is speculation and it remains a speculation,” he said. “The BOC is a constitutionally organized body that acts based on formal procedures.”He said the rule of law, in all aspects, including the recognition of the fact that the NEC is a responsible agency should be respected.“Political parties and individual members of our political processes need to be civil and do away with fabrications. Do not incite the people and cause disunity in the country,” he admonished and called on the public to see the NEC as a mediator rather than a prosecuting arm of the government.Meanwhile, the presidential runoff slated for Tuesday, November 7, between Senator George Manneh Weah (Coalition for Democratic) and Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai (Unity Party), was suspended due to a writ of prohibition from the Supreme Court filed by the Liberty Party.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Cllr Korkoyah: “In keeping with Section 1 of said Resolution, the Senate and the House of Representatives resolved that the by-election be conducted no later than July 31, 2018.”Amid growing concerns of alleged irregularities and frauds emanating from the October 10 polls, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, has termed the allegations as “politically motivated.”Addressing journalists at the Commission’s regular elections update press conference in Monrovia yesterday, Korkoya said the NEC should in no way be blamed for the delay in the conduct of the runoff election because some political parties and actors are responsible for the delay.“One thing they all should know by now is that the NEC is not a political party situated to be counter-reacting all of the time to allegations as they may want us to do. We are not delaying the process, neither are we failing to dispose of pieces of evidence depicting frauds that we may have gotten from the field if any by the way,” he said.“We have repeatedly informed the public that the October 10 representative and presidential elections were faced with some irregularities but let our message not be construed as saying that there were frauds, particularly intended to favor a candidate in the process,” he noted.Korkorya’s reaction came following complaints filed by the Liberty Party, (LP), and All Liberian Party (ALP) and some individual candidates alleging that there were gross irregularities, frauds, and abuse of the constitution on October 10.“Hearing into the Liberty Party’s case was ongoing but out of impatience they decided to run to the Supreme Court and seek a writ of prohibition ordering a stay order on the runoff until an investigation into their case was completed,” he said. “The NEC, as provided for by law has 30 days to hear complaints and if an aggrieved party feels any discontent, he or she or it can appeal to the NEC Board of Commissioners and if ruling from said matter is also not welcomed by any party, an appeal can be taken to the Supreme Court.”“The Supreme Court has seven days to handle appeals from this Commission and renders its opinion,” he said.He noted that the resolution of election disputes is of high priority to the Commission and as such no one should think that it is careless about looking into grievances from any camp or an individual.Korkoya admonished political parties to be responsible and verify their allegations before bringing them to the public.“Political technicalities from political parties and their lawyers are causing the delay, not the NEC,” he noted.last_img read more

80s rock still rocks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CERRITOS Eighties rock reigned supreme Saturday when co-headliners John Waite and Survivor shared the bill during a well-received concert before about 1,700 at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. Waite opened and provided most of the highlights with a semi-acoustic set that included his Babys’ classic “Isn’t it Time,” along his No. 1 single from Bad English, “When I See You Smile.” Other highlights from Waite’s solo work were moving versions of “Bluebird Caf?,” “Missing You” and the set-closing “Change.” British-born Waite’s songs worked well in an acoustic setting, mostly because his voice that voice came through loud and clear. Few singers from the classic rock era (any era actually) have such a distinct, heartwarming tone, and Waite has always done a wonderful job connecting with the crowd. A bit jet-lagged after flying in from New York City just in time to make the show, carrot-topped Waite was all smiles, and in short time he was in total command of the room. Survivor, led by singer Jimi Jamison and original guitarist Frankie Sullivan, don’t have as many hits, and two overly long guitar solos/blues jams gave the hour- long set a fat stomach. Nevertheless, the Chicago group did a nice job with renditions of “High on You,” “The Search is Over” and of course the Rocky classic “Eye of the Tiger,” which always will be Survivor’s signature song. gerry.gitttelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218 last_img read more

HECTOR TAKES DONEGAL BY STORM – WEARING HIS DONEGAL JERSEY!

first_imgBREAKFAST with Hector was never so good as the 2FM star brought his radio show to Donegal Town this morning.He’s off to Mayo tomorrow – let’s hope he keeps that jersey on!Said Hector: “We had a fantastic time here in Donegal today.” He also visited Abbey Vocational School, remarking: “A big thanks to the principal, teachers, staff and pupils. They were incredible.” HECTOR TAKES DONEGAL BY STORM – WEARING HIS DONEGAL JERSEY! was last modified: September 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:HECTOR TAKES DONEGAL BY STORM – WEARING HIS DONEGAL JERSEY!last_img read more

Saugus product sizzles for Nevada

first_imgShe was the best girls’ golfer in the Santa Clarita Valley the past two seasons, and Melanie De Leon hasn’t much slowed the pace since stepping up to the NCAA Division I college ranks. The 2003 Daily News Girls’ Player of the Year has been team medalist or co-medalist in three of four tournaments played by the University of Nevada and enters the Nov. 1-3 Kent Youel Invitational in Honolulu as the Wolf Pack’s top scorer. De Leon, who won a California state junior title in 2004 and qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links championship this year, is averaging 75.8 as a freshman and posted a Nevada season-best 2-under-par 70 last week when she was seventh at the 108-player Collegiate Invitational. The four-year Saugus letterwinner shot 74-70-76 to finish 4-over 220 at the 6,319-yard, par-72 New Mexico State University Golf Course, leading the Wolf Pack to 12th-place in the 21-team tournament. Erik Jarvey, now starting as a freshman for Cal State Northridge, and Lawrence, who failed in a bid to make the CSUN team as a walk-on this season after being out of competitive golf for a year, combined to shoot 8-under 64 in their SCGA Four-Ball qualifier at Crystalaire Country Club in Llano. The younger Jarvey, a June graduate of Highland High in Palmdale – both brothers were Southern Section qualifiers for the Falcons – has been hot lately. He placed sixth at the SCGA Amateur championship in July, with Lawrence as caddie, then won the CSUN preseason tournament to start the year as the Matadors’ No. 1 player, then opened his collegiate career with a team-medalist 68 at the Northwest Collegiate Classic. Team Jarvey finished with nine birdies against a single bogey at Crystalaire in a 33-31 effort, one shot better than its closest challengers. The top 12 teams in the 36-team qualifier claimed berths in the Dec. 14-15 SCGA Four Ball Championship at El Niguel Country Club in Laguna Niguel. Riley Marshall, who will play as a sophomore for College of the Canyons next year, teamed with Thad Koontz to shoot 66 at Crystalaire, tying for fourth place and winning a berth in the final. Down to the wire: Valencia, ranked No. 1 in high school girls’ golf by the Daily News, and No. 3-ranked Hart went into Monday’s final Foothill League tournament of the season tied for the league lead. Valencia (27-2) and Hart (26-5) shared first place with 22 points, six ahead of third-place Saugus, going into the nine-hole league finale at Woodley Lakes Golf Course in Lake Balboa. The top three Foothill teams qualify for the Nov. 7 Southern Section prelims at River Ridge Golf Course in Oxnard. The top 18 individual finishers qualify for the league’s 18-hole individual postseason qualifying tournament. Four Foothill golfers advance to the Nov. 4 Southern Section individual final at Diamond Bar Golf Course in Diamond Bar. Valencia’s Stevy Loy led the league in scoring at 34.0 heading into Monday’s event. Teammate Michelle Mannix and Hart’s Tessa Harp shared second at 34.7. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 dave.shelburne@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week De Leon led Saugus to back-to-back Foothill League titles and a 66-match winning streak spanning parts of the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In her junior year, she became the first Santa Clarita Valley golfer to qualify for the state high school girls’ championship. She is leading a resurgence at Nevada that has produced top-10 finishes for the Wolf Pack in three of their first four tournaments – 10th in the season-opening Oregon State Invitational, second in their Wolf Pack Invitational, and a tie for eighth in the Heather Farr/Colorado Memorial. Nevada finished second in the Western Athletic Conference and 18th in the NCAA Regionals in the 2002-03 season, but it fell to fourth in the 2003-04 WAC championship and did not advance as a team to postseason play. De Leon, 18, one of three freshman starters on a Nevada roster that doesn’t have a senior, has been the Wolf Pack’s low scorer in four of 12 rounds this season. Brother act: Lawrence Jarvey, who nearly won the Western State Conference scoring title in his redshirt sophomore season at College of the Canyons in 2003, teamed up with younger brother Erik last week to qualify for the Southern California Golf Association Four-Ball Championship. last_img read more

Lidl stores to begin Autism Quiet Evenings

first_imgLidl Ireland have announced that they will soon begin rolling out Autism Aware Quiet Evenings across all 194 Lidl stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Every Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm, the store environment will be altered to offer customers a calmer shopping environment. Priority queuing and additional assistance will be made available to customers if necessary.The first stores to introduce the evenings from April 2nd, World Autism Day, are in Westmeath, Dublin and Monaghan, while the full roll-out is expected to be completed across all stores in May. The evenings will involve a number of sensory adjustments being made in each of their stores:Reduced lightingNo music or announcementsPriority queueing for customers dealing with autism as well as – extra assistance upon requestTill scan sounds loweredAutism assistance dogs always welcomeA statement from Lidl said: “We’ve been working with charities, such as Irish Autism Action, to ensure that these evenings fit our customer’s needs.“We would also like to invite registered Irish autism charities to get in touch on csr@lidl.ie if they would like to promote their work and raise awareness of autism by speaking with Lidl colleagues and customers in stores nationwide during our Autism Aware Quiet Evenings.”Lidl stores to begin Autism Quiet Evenings was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:autismLIDLshoppinglast_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Dwell On Their Future

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Your dwelling is the place where you live. Hustlers dwell in their future. Non-hustlers dwell in their past.A hustler doesn’t allow their past define them.Being born into humble circumstances only fuels the hustler to escape. Being born into privilege only provides a hustler with a head start and the responsibility to hustle to deserve they were given. The hustler doesn’t dwell on where they started.Hustlers don’t allow their past mistakes to define them either. They don’t dwell on their failures. They learn from their failures and mistakes, but they don’t agonize over them. They don’t replay their missteps over and over in their mind, living there instead of their future.Non-hustlers define themselves by their past. They live there.The non-hustler believes that being born into poor circumstances somehow prevents them from ever escaping to something better. They stay there. Other non-hustlers are born with so much of a head start—and so little adversity—that they aren’t motivated to do anything. Or be anything. They dwell on a past event that was merely chance.Other non-hustler types believe that they can’t outrun their past. They believe that they are defined by their mistakes and their past failures. They dwell on the past, and in their minds, they live in the past. Even though the past is just pictures and movies.Hustlers dwell on the future. They take the actions that move them towards that future. Hustlers aren’t haunted by their past, and they don’t believe it holds any power over their future.Your mindset is the foundation of all the results you produce in your life—and all that you fail to produce. It’s the difference between success or failure, happiness or misery.It matters where you dwell. Dwelling in the future provides you a powerful vision that pulls you forward. Dwelling on the past pulls you under and drowns you in cold, dark water. Hustlers dwell on their future.last_img read more

India’s TCS signs largest deal worth $2 billion

first_img“The multi-year agreement is worth more than $2 billion in revenues, the largest contract signed by TCS to date,” the company said in a statement announcing the contract with Transamerica.The agreement comes a day after the IT giant’s disappointing slide of almost four percent in its third-quarterly earnings due to falling demand for its banking and financial services from global clients.The Indian software giant said it will make job offers to all 2,200 Transamerica employees in various roles and departments while increasing investment in the region. Read it at Phys Related Itemslast_img read more

ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem into Semis as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Face Shootout

first_img atpATP FinalsATP Tour Finalsdominic thiem First Published: November 13, 2019, 7:28 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Dominic Thiem produced a scintillating display of attacking tennis to beat Novak Djokovic and qualify for the last four at the ATP Finals on Tuesday, leaving the Serbian facing a shootout against Roger Federer.In the standout match so far at London’s O2 Arena, the Austrian fifth seed took the fight to the world number two, recovering from losing the first set to triumph 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) Earlier, Federer put himself back in the mix at the end-of-season event with a 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 win against Italian debutant Matteo Berrettini in their round-robin clash.Federer and Djokovic will face off on Thursday in a repeat of this year’s Wimbledon final to determine who else will progress from Group Bjorn Borg.Thiem was forced to play high-stakes tennis against the 16-time Grand Slam winner, taking the breath away with some of his inside-out forehands and single-handed backhandsForced to play at his limit, he hit 50 winners compared with Djokovic’s tally of 27 but also racked up 44 unforced errors.”This was really one of these special matches, what I’ve practised all my life for, all my childhood for,” Thiem said.”Really epic one in an amazing atmosphere, beating a legend of our game. And also I’ve qualified for the semi-finals, which is the best.”Coming back from 1-4 (down in the deciding tie-break) was a little bit of luck, but it was an unbelievable match and one I’ll never forget. Novak is the best player in the world and I had to do something special.”In a captivating first set the players swapped a break apiece but Djokovic, a five-time ATP Finals champion, edged the tie-break.Undaunted, Thiem broke his opponent at the first opportunity in the second set and, with Djokovic’s error count climbing, went on to level the match.Thiem also drew first blood in the decider but cracked in the sixth game as Djokovic levelled the match and appeared to have engineered a switch in momentum.The Austrian successfully challenged at 30-30 in the 10th game after his forehand was ruled out, preventing a match point for Djokovic and he toughed it out to level at 5-5.He then broke Djokovic to love to earn a chance to serve for the match but stumbled and the decider went to a tie-break.Still the drama was not finished. Thiem slipped to 4-1 down but battled back to win it on his second match point when Djokovic dumped a forehand into the net.FEDERER STAYS ALIVEThird seed Federer had put himself under the cosh by losing his opening round-robin match to Thiem.The six-time champion was not at his fluent best on Tuesday but ultimately had too much for his Italian opponent.The Swiss upped his game to take the first set tie-break comfortably and broke immediately at the start of the second set to leave the big-serving Berrettini with too much to do.Federer was asked after his win against Berrettini whether his defeat to Djokovic at Wimbledon had left emotional or mental scars.”We’ll find out, but I think it’s all flushed away from my side,” said the Swiss.”A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then.”Djokovic is hunting a sixth ATP Finals title to pull level with Federer’s record and is also seeking to pip Rafael Nadal to the year-end number one ranking.On Monday, top seed Nadal lost his opener in Group Andre Agassi to defending champion Alexander Zverev while Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Daniil Medvedev. last_img read more

MS Dhoni bounces back to form, reveals how he staged trademark finish

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the years as he finished off the innings to help the Rising Pune Supergiant beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in Pune to register their third win in this year’s Indian Premier League.Dhoni slammed his 17th IPL fifty as he finished with an unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to guide Pune home versus Hyderabad.Pune needed 47 off the last three overs and the 35-year-old looked in fine touch and displayed finesse of the yesteryears to finish the game off.The former India captain had shown glimpses of his old in the previous match when he hit a towering six against the Royal Challengers Bangalore but soon fell for 28.Prior to the tournament he was replaced as the Pune captain and he has not been in good form in the tournament as he scored just 61 runs from six games before this match. His form had also invited trolls upon him on social media. Harsh Goenka, the brother of the RPS owner Sanjeev Goenka, made fun of him and trolled him for not being able to play even after being dropped from the captaincy. He tweeted with stats that showed that Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwary and Ben Stokes all having better strike-rates than Dhoni.However, Dhoni, promoted at No. 4 in the batting order, came up with the perfect response today with his 61 off 34 balls, where he hit five fours and three sixes with with a strike-rate of 179.41, scoring his fifty off just 29 balls. He hit Hyderabad’s star bowler and the Purple Cap holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 17 runs out of the 19 that came in the 19th over to dent the Sunrisers and turn the tide of the match towards Pune.advertisementTalking about the chase, Dhoni said that seeing off Rashid Khan’s overs before attacking was the plan.”It was a difficult one but it was important that, since we had strikers towards the end, that we take Rashid out of the game. That was his last over. It’s not a pretty big ground, and there was a pretty strong breeze. That was the plan.””In modern day cricket, there’s no run rate that’s high. It boils down to how the opposition bowlers execute. It’s about who handles the nerves well. Overall I feel that last four overs you can get close to 60 runs provided the opposition plays badly and you play well,” he added.He also praised Manoj Tiwary for staying in the middle and contributing.”It was slightly above average, the run rate. You can’t always pull it off. Manoj’s contribution was very important.”Also watch:last_img read more

Ravi Shastri, Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan form India’s star-studded coaching staff

first_imgThe BCCI’s hunt for a head coach has finally come to an end with Ravi Shastri bagging the high-profile job on Tuesday. But the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman sprung a huge surprise by naming Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants for India’s overseas tours.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.Dravid was a legendary batsman during his playing days but he is also an accomplished coach and has had a lot of success while coaching the India A and U-19 teams in the last two years.”As the Indian team is to play plenty of Test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters,” read BCCI’s press release.In his first assignment as coach, India A won the Tri-series in Australia which also involved South Africa. He repeated that success with the Under-19 team, guiding them to the final of the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh, where they lost to West Indies.WATCH FULL VIDEO HEREDravid will continue to coach the junior teams after accepting a two-year contract recently.Dravid and Zaheer worked together at Delhi Daredevils for two seasons where the former was the team mentor-cum-coach and the latter is the captain and the most senior player in the squad.advertisementIn the final stages of his career, Zaheer played the role of a mentor for young India pacers like Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. He was the leader of the attack for quite a few years before his retirement and was instrumental in shaping the careers of the junior bowlers.”Mr. Khan is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs and wisdom will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years,” read the press release.Shastri meanwhile, enjoyed a lot of success when he was the team director between 2014-2016 as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.(BCCI Photo)”Mr. Shastri has been the team director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as player and as coach.”Virat Kohli and his team would have no reasons to complain now one would imagine as they have got the preferred choice of coach in Shastri along with the vastly experienced Dravid and Zaheer.The combined experience of these three gentlemen accounts for 18,349 runs from 336 Test matches along with 14,789 runs from 694 ODIs. What more could Kohli ask for?last_img read more