Accepting Findley in CDC: Has He Turned Good Now?

first_imgOne of the interesting things about Liberia’s multi-party democracy is the political cross-carpeting that takes place, especially at election time. It may be recalled that in the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, many people left their parties for the ruling Unity Party when the green light unveiled that the possibility was high for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to win the election. At that time, you could see many groups formed to support Ellen’s reelection. Some legislative candidates left their parties in support of Ellen’s second term for a publicized reason that “she was the best choice for Liberia at the time.” Support of Ellen, it was deemed, would lead voters closer to her. But unfortunately, many of these cross-carpeters did not make it to the legislature. However, some of the unfortunate candidates were able to end up in prominent government positions by presidential appointment, bringing into play the true intent of defection, crystallized by the saying, “Politics is interest.”A similar situation is unfolding today as the October 10 election fast approaches. There have been many instances of cross-carpeting, the latest being Unity Party stalwart and former Grand Bassa Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley, who rose to the dignified position of Senate President Pro Tempore. Senator Findley later lost his Senate seat and his high-profile position. Findley then defected from the UP right after the new UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, picked Speaker Emmanuel J. Nuquay as his running mate. In his resignation statement, Findley told the public that his political ideology and that of the Unity Party “were no longer in consonance.” Moreover, he said politics is interest, and that the Constitution gives everyone the right to associate or disassociate with any group or union.We challenged Mr. Findley in our editorial following his resignation to clarify how different was his political ideology vis-a-vis that of the Unity Party, but he did not respond. Now he has joined the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (otherwise Coalition for Democratic Change) and the political leader, George Weah, has welcomed and given him all of the positive adjectives. But long before joining CDC, Findley, like other ruling party stalwarts, had campaigned for his beloved UP and described CDC as a “party of immature members and an immature political leader.” Senator Findley and other UP partisans had campaigned against George Weah, saying that he was politically incompetent, lacked education and public speaking skills. Findley and company branded CDC partisans as a bunch of hooligans with no agenda but only troublemakers.In response, George Weah and his CDC members had described Findley and the ruling Unity Party members as a “bunch of rogues who have squandered the country’s money and diverted it to their own use, leaving Liberians in abject poverty.” Even though George Weah and some members of his CDC work in the first branch of government as Senators and Representatives, they have always distanced themselves from anything that has to do with failure of the government; referring to the rest of government officials only as “rogues”, of which Findley had been a part, even though he, too, like Weah and others, was also in the first branch of government.Now that Findley has joined CDC, Weah in his welcoming statement described Findley as “an astute leader with an impeccable record of service to our noble country. He has contributed immensely to the governance process of our country and I believe he will be a great asset to our movement.” Weah continued: “Findley’s move to our political institution is a testament that Liberians from all sectors of our society are yearning for change and see the CDC as the best political institution and only option to effectively bring about the change that Liberians truly desire. As he officially joins our movement for change today, I have no doubt in his ability to work assiduously and passionately to ensure that we realize our quest for a prosperous Liberia. I ask that you all embrace him with open arms and join me in giving him a rousing welcome to our great institution, CDC—the party of the people and for the people.”As these praises go out to Findley from Weah, how can both of them reconcile the earlier descriptions they gave each other? Has Findley now been baptized in a fountain of the good? And have CDC partisans and George Weah suddenly become academically, morally and politically refined? This is not only unique to the CDC and Gbehzohngar Findley. There have been many instances of political cross-overs since politics began to heat up for the pending election. From research, decisions leading to political cross-carpeting in Liberia have been based more on superficial interest than principles or state interest. This is why in our editorials, we have always advised Liberian voters to be careful in making decisions; for our decision may come back to haunt us—and make us end up looking ridiculous and opportunistic, plain and simple.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge, jury hear murder accused threatened to “burn down” building

first_img2014 triple murder trialAs hearings commenced into the trial for the 2014 murders of Clarissa Rozario, Theresa Rozario and Hilrod Thomas, a total of two witnesses including a sibling of the deceased teens, took the stand on Wednesday to offer evidence into the case.In the courtroom of Justice Brassington Reynolds, John Pyreandy was the first be called to the witness box, and told the court that he has been a businessman for the past 25 years as he went on to positively identify the two murder accused, Ganga Krishna and Avishkar Bissoon, who were seated in the prisoner’s dock.Murder accused:Ganga KrishnaMurder accused:Avishkar BissoonFurther, Pyreandy told the court that he operated a business in the lower flat of a three-storey wooden and concrete building that was situated at lot 65 King and Robb Streets, Georgetown – the location that the witness said that he spotted Krishna several times prior to the deadly blaze.On this note, the witness disclosed that on one occasion, he observed Krishna at the premises with a blowtorch connected to two gas cylinders in his car, he added that another individual, whom he identified as Bissoon, was also present with the first accused, as they were removing the grilles from the building.The court heard that on another occasion, the number one accused was at the said location speaking to a group of persons, claiming that the property belonged to him after which he proceeded to use threatening language. According to Pyreandy, he approached Krishna and told him to leave but the accused refused to do same and as such, a phone call was made to the Brickdam Police Station and a patrol car visited the location.“I approached him and ask him to leave, he turned to me and said the property is his own. I told [him] he has to be a mad man and his reply to me was, ‘we’re going to see who is a mad man when I burn it down’. I made a phone call to Brickdam Police Station and spoke to Sergeant Lewis and a patrol was sent….the sergeant addressed Mr Ganga about going to the property and warned him again” the witness stated.But according to the witness, Krishna still went ahead with issuing threats as they were leaving the police station together. Pyreandy communicated that “While we leaving the station together, he turned to me and said I will regret all the money I invested in it, I responded that you’re gonna go to jail. He said I’ll get people to burn it down for me”.When asked by Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial what he recalled of November 17, 2014, Pyreandy told the court that on the day in question, he received a call and as a result, he left for his business location. The witness further explained that upon arrival at the location, he observed that the third floor of the building was completely burnt, while adding that he didn’t see Thomas nor his daughters.Meanwhile, an emotional Zamara Dillon, during her testimony, informed the court that she was the sister of the now dead teens and the daughter of Thomas, who is also deceased. Dillon disclosed that 14-year-old Clarissa Rozario was a Fourth Form student of St Johns College while her 11-year-old sister, Theresa Rozario, was a First Form student of the New Guyana Trust College and they both resided with their father at lot 65 King and Robb Streets.Dillon, through tears, told the court that on the day of their deaths, she was preparing for work when she got a phone call, which resulted in her rushing to the building where her family resided. The witness added that upon arrival at the scene, she saw the burnt building that had already collapsed with smoke emanating from same, but saw neither her father nor sisters.The trial is set to continue today, and the remaining witnesses will be called to offer evidence.last_img read more

Driver jailed for collision with St Lucian Scouts

first_imgWoolford Avenue accidentA Kingston, Georgetown, woman was on Thursday sentenced to 10 months imprisonment for driving dangerously and colliding into two little St Lucian Scouts, leaving one of them in a critical condition.Tracy Fordyce has been jailed for 10 months for the Woolford Avenue accident that left a little St Lucian Scout criticalTracy Fordyce of Cowan Street was slapped with the charges of Dangerous Driving and Breach of a One-Way. She pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to her by Magistrate Renita Singh in Court Seven at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.According to reports, sometime around 12:10h on Tuesday, Nick Omarie Joseph, 8, and Darnell Matthews, 9, were walking along Woolford Avenue, Georgetown, under the guidance of a St Lucian adult, when they were struck by a car bearing registration PSS 1236.The Police statement revealed that the driver had gone to a nearby school for registration but was refused entry because of her mode of dress. As a result she became annoyed and drove off in a dangerous manner, hitting the two children in the process.Eyewitnesses claimed that Joseph was pinned in a nearby drain for several minutes before he was rescued and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) where he is currently battling for his life. He reportedly sustained a fractured skull and punctured lung. Meanwhile, Matthews received minor injuries and has since been discharged.In court on Thursday, Magistrate Singh sentenced Fordyce on the Dangerous Driving charge and imposed a fine of $15,000 for the Breach of a One-Way charge.However, after receiving the sentence, an unrepresented Fordyce expressed the desire to change her pleas but the court had already imposed its sentences.last_img read more

Spurs fans terrified on reports Wanyama is out for the season

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama. Photo/COURTESYLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Tottenham Hotspur fans are terrified that they will once again have to deal without a key first team player for longer than expected as reports have surfaced that Kenyan international Victor Wanyama will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.The Harambee Stars captain and midfielder has not featured for Spurs since the defeat to Chelsea at Wembley in August and that game remains his only start of the season, with a brief cameo against Newcastle his only other action so far. So Wanyama is out for the whole season? Wouldn’t be surprised if Poch was to stub his toe and go into a coma for 4 years at this point.— Ethan (@EriksensuaI) October 29, 2017 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) During this week’s episode of Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports, Daily Mail journalist Ian Ladyman suggested that Wanyama’s season may already be over.Spurs provided their last update on the midfielder last Friday, when they admitted that he had seen a specialist over his knee issues.“Victor Wanyama is receiving treatment and continuing to go through rehabilitation, following up with a specialist next week,” the club said in a tweet ahead of last week’s press conferenceWanyama was a key man for Spurs last season as they achieved their highest league finish in over 50 years, but he has barely featured in the new campaign.And the rumours have sent Spurs fans into panic mode as they fear he could be a long-term absentee like Erik Lamela or Danny Rose.Here is a sample of what the fans are saying on Twitter.If this Wanyama rumour about him being out for the season is true, it’s going to be a monumental blow to our season. #THFC #COYS— Jordan Pomeroy (@EastTerrace00) October 29, 2017 If Wanyama is indeed out for the season (which we were told was a minor knee problem) then that is a huge blow. #THFC— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) October 29, 2017 Talk Wanyama is out for the season. If this is true our medical staff need a kick up the arse— NornIronYid (@carseytheyid) October 29, 2017center_img If that thing is true about Wanyama being out the season. We need to take a real look at our medical staff because wtf— JWIMYS (@IsleyyMane) October 29, 2017 How as a slight knock kept Wanyama out for the season? Someone at the club has made a howler here, surely…— Dan Grimes (@False_CB) October 29, 2017 I worry whenever Pochettino says an injury is minor or not serious, that we will see that player again. Rose, Lamela and Wanyama #THFC— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) October 29, 2017Wanyama out for the season? We arguably have the worst medical team going— Scott Delaney (@Scott_delaney15) October 29, 2017 I have big reservations about the #Spurs medical department these days. Recovery times always longer than predicted. What’s with #Wanyama?— SpursDiver (@spursdiver) October 29, 2017last_img read more

Aston Villa and Leicester charged for player scrap

first_imgMidlands rivals Aston Villa and Leicester have been charged with failing to control their players during their Premier League clash on Saturday.The Foxes ran out 1-0 winners at the King Power Stadium thanks to Paul Konchesky’s volley but fans witnessed a mass brawl in the closing stages, sparked by Leicester midfielder Matty James and Villa defender Ciaran Clark.The flashpoint came in injury time when James went in hard on Jores Okore and Clark reacted angrily, sparking a melee in the centre circle which involved most of the players on the field.Both were shown straight red cards and clashed again at the mouth of the tunnel as they went off, having to be separated by stewards and coaching staff.A Football Association statement read: “Both Aston Villa and Leicester City have been charged by the FA following their fixture on 10 January 2015.“It is alleged that during added time at the end of the second half, both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.“The clubs have until 6pm on Friday 16 January 2015 to respond to the charge.” 1 Aston Villa and Leicester charged for player scrap last_img read more

Chelsea winger set to complete move away from Stamford Bridge

first_imgChelsea winger Nathan is set to sign for Atletico Mineiro of Brazil on a season-long loan, according to reports.The 22-year-old has yet to make an appearance for the Blues despite joining the Stamford Bridge club in 2015, spending time on loan at Vitesse of the Netherlands, French side Amiens, and Belenenses, in Portugal. TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Nathan signed for Chelsea from Atletico Paranaense of Brazil, and he’s set to return to his homeland this summer with UOL reporting that an agreement has already been reached for the former Brazil youth international to join Atletico Mineiro on a temporary basis.Nathan will spend a year with Atletico, as he was not in new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Stamford Bridge. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Latest transfer news Nathan has spent his entire Chelsea career away from the club on loan The youngster is set to travel to Belo Horizonte to finalise terms with Atletico, and undergo a medical with the Brasileirao side.17 players have already left Chelsea on loan this summer, though Nathan will be the sole Stamford Bridge representative in the Brazilian top flight when his move is confirmed. targets LATEST 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM center_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? REVEALED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on RANKED last_img read more

Pochettino wanted as Man United to axe Mourinho if club miss out on Champions League

first_img 2 BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade And, according to The Sun, United are ready to ‘head in a different direction’ if they miss out on European football’s top table.The club’s prime target to replace Mourinho is Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, who has long been tracked by those in power at Old Trafford. United chiefs remain keen on bringing Pochettino to Old Trafford Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Manchester United have already targeted Jose Mourinho’s replacement, with the current manager likely to be sacked if the club miss out on next season’s Champions League.Failure to qualify for Europe’s elite club competition could see Mourinho axed by Red Devils chiefs, and that is looking a likely event given the Old Trafford club are down in eighth – a huge seven points off the top four. REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED 2 huge blow Latest Football News Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mourinho has been under pressure for much of the season Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY REPLY ADVICE shining However, it is believed Untied will struggle to tempt the Argentine away from Spurs given he penned a new contract with his current club earlier this year. Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, is also expected to do all he can to keep Pochettino in north London as the Lilywhites’ move to their new stadium moves ever closer.Mourinho himself is believed to be angered by the set-up at United, with their ‘second rate’ standards well below many of their Premier League rivals. no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED Sunday’s defeat to local rivals City in the Manchester derby kept the Red Devils in eighth, below both Bournemouth and Watford on goal difference. As well as being seven points off the top four, United are also a staggering 12 points behind Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.last_img read more

Asian studies lagging in schools

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It hasn’t been revised in a long time,” Chu said. “My understanding is (the curriculum) does miss significant portions.” Chu presented her bill as AB 1071 this year, but it was gutted and revised to make room for emergency spending. California businesses are pushing schools to produce students better prepared to participate in Asian economies on behalf of American industries, said Mike Matsuda of the California Department of Education’s Curriculum Commission. “Our kids are woefully falling behind,” Matsuda said. The experts said states including Illinois, Florida and Kentucky are pushing Asian studies in social science and Asian language programs to lure Pacific Rim business away from California. California schools are far behind in explaining Asia and the history of Asian Americans to students, and they better catch up for California to stay competitive economically as a Pacific Rim state, experts say. “If you want to be competitive this century, you better know something about Asian countries, and we better have students come out of the education system speaking the language,” said Bruce Carter, San Gabriel Valley director of the California School Boards Association. “I think that California needs to wake up and take a look at our positioning as a Pacific Rim state and use it to our advantage, instead of expecting our position will maintain itself,” said Karen Leong Clancy, an education consultant to The Committee of 100, a national Chinese American organization promoting stronger ties between the United States and China. Assemblywoman Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, will introduce a bill next year that would beef up Asian and Pacific Islander studies in California schools. “Based on the research we’ve done on the issue, apparently in the California curriculum that is applicable to public schools the only time immigration from Asia is talked about as a subject is in the fourth grade, which in our opinion does a disservice to the issue,” said Malcolm Yeung, staff attorney for the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus. Few school districts and individual teachers are willing to sacrifice time spent teaching students to pass state tests in order to spend time covering Asian history, culture and immigration, Yeung said. Carter said Asian-American history should be a mainstay of California’s high school curriculum, the way African-American history and Latino history are now. “I think the history of Asian Americans in this country and in this state in particular is being shortchanged in comparison,” Carter said. Updating the social science curriculum to include more of the Asian-American experience won’t be an easy task, Matsuda said. Resistance is expected from an understaffed state education department and from the publishing and testing industries. But perhaps more of a tussle will be made over which Asian/Pacific Islander communities to include in a broadening of Asian studies. “It’s an ongoing discussion in the API community,” Chu said. “Defining what is API has been a huge challenge, because it does cover so many groups.” California is home to 3,814,500 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, according to the Census. They are 14.9 percent of the state population. California is about to make one advance in equipping some students with a better understanding of China and the Mandarin language. The California School Boards Association will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Shanghai government that would make it easier for student and teacher exchanges. Carter, a Monrovia Unified School District board of education member, will be part of a state delegation to Shanghai in November to sign the understanding. — Jason Kosareff can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717, or by e-mail at jason.kosareff@sgvn.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

TWITTER USERS KEEP THE LIGHT BURNING FOR TRAGIC CONOR

first_imgFamily and friends of tragic Donegal teenager Conor Boyle are using social media to help keep his fight for life to the fore.Thousands of messages of support are still flooding in on Twitter and Facebook for the 18 year old Loughanure man.# Pray For Conor was the most popular subject trending on twitter in Ireland at one stage yesterday as people literally will him to recover. The 18 year old remains in a coma more than a week after he was involved in a car crash in London.Conor, a very well-known and hugely respected young man who plays with Naomh Muire, continues to battle for his life.His parents Shiela and Hugh have been by his bedside willing him to regain consciousness.Thousands of pictures of Conor as well as messages of support have been flooding in for the young Donegal man who was working with his father in London for the summer having left secondary school in June. More than 500 people turned up for a mass praying for his recovery in Annagry last Wednesday.Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with Conor’s family and friends at this very trying time.TWITTER USERS KEEP THE LIGHT BURNING FOR TRAGIC CONOR was last modified: September 16th, 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:Conor BoylecrashFacebookLondonLoughanuresocial mediaTwitterlast_img read more

Social Innovator: Rolf Papsdorf

first_imgCEO: Alternative Energy Development CorporationWhy is Rolf a Social Innovator?Rolf Papsdorf is a mechanical engineer, a maverick, an inventor and the founder and CEO of the Alternative Energy Development Corporation.He could have pursued the six-figure salary and corner office but, luckily for us, his passion lies with empowering people across the globe to achieve a better quality of life.In the last eight years, Rolf has invested his skills in business management to provide rural communities with access to affordable basic electricity while stimulating sustainable economic activity in these areas.His company also provides alternative energy solutions to businesses, assisting them with reducing their costs and optimizing their performance.At a time when South Africa is facing an energy crisis that threatens to stunt our economic and social growth, it’s good to know we have people like Rolf working on an affordable alternative.In his own words.“I’m very passionate about what I’m doing. I believe we come with nothing and we go with nothing and we will be judged by what we did here.”Fast FactsThe AEDC places a strong emphasis on social development, with a particular focus on rural electrification.Zinc air fuel cells are very affordable, can be used 24 hours a day, and are a local product that can be recycled, thus counting as renewable energy.The AEDC’s flagship product is Mr Fuel Cell, a zinc air fuel cell set that is able to operate appliances without using conventional electrical supply.All of the AEDC’s products are environmentally friendly, non-hazardous and safe to use.How can I learn more?To discover how zinc air fuel cells can empower your community, visit the Alternative Energy Development Corporation.Contact the AEDCTel/Fax: 011 791 0802E-mail: info@aedc.co.zaStory published on SAinfo on 5 May 2008.Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more