Mr. Saykor K. Jallah, Secretary General of Unity Party’s District #4, Lofa County, comprising the electoral districts of Voinjama and Quardu-Gboni, has resigned citing ‘neglect, unemployment, unfulfilled promises and socio-economic hardships.’Mr. Jallah made the disclosure during the weekend in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Monrovia.He disclosed that he has already crossed carpet to the Liberia Transformation Party (LTP) in his bid to secure a better political and socio-economic future.Jallah claimed that with the holding of three successful elections for president and senators, no practical and realistic programs were designed for partisans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Constitutional reform– can provide independence for MPs to more freely exercise conscience votesWith the need for constitutional reform as pressing as ever, political scientist and Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive, Dr David Hinds is proposing strict separation of powers between Cabinet and voting Members of Parliament (MPs) be one such reform.WPA Executive, Dr David HindsDr Hinds made this suggestion while appearing on the Globespan 24×7 live show in New York. He appeared with former President Donald Ramotar and A Party for National Unity (ANUG) member Timothy Jonas.Hinds called for a strict separation of powers, urging that Guyana uses constitutional reform to get rid of irritants to governance. One irritant, he noted, was the fact that numerically, members of the Cabinet dominate in the Parliament and as such, it can lead to accusations of executive overreach.“We do not, in our Constitution, have enough separation of powers,” Hinds said. “Structurally, the system leans too much towards the executive. Parties, when they are in power, take advantage of that problem in our Constitution. Parliament is supposed to be an oversight body of the Cabinet, but you have Cabinet members in Parliament.“If you’re in Parliament, you’re in Parliament making laws. If you’re in the Cabinet, you stay in the Cabinet and implement policies. So (the accusation cannot be made) of executive bias. We use constitutional reform to get rid of these irritants to governance. We need proposals like that to be put forward and for the country to rally around them, so we can deal with these issues.”According to Dr Hinds, there should be a strict separation of powers between the executive and legislative arms of governmentAccording to Jonas, however, such a system would still not be enough to guard against parliamentarians continuing to act as ‘rubber stamps’ by voting along party lines for legislation that could potentially harm the country. Responding to this, Dr Hinds referenced the potential for backbenchers to think and vote independently, without the pressure of being part of the executive.“Yes, I agree with him. Those representing the party in Parliament will be party members. But history has shown us that some of those members do buck the system. Only recently, in Guyana, one member has caused an uproar,” Hinds said, a reference to former Alliance For Change (AFC) MP Charrandas Persaud, who voted in favour of the no-confidence motion of December 21 that brought down the Government.“If you go back to Barbados in the early 1990s, it was the backbenchers that brought down the Sandiford Government. So, I think it is a step, it is not a solution to the problem,” Dr Hinds argued.On December 21, 2018, Persaud broke party lines to vote in favour of a no-confidence vote brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government. At the time, there had been much criticism of government policies and the coalition was reeling from setbacks across Guyana at the Local Government Elections (LGE) polls.Afterwards, Persaud in explaining his actions said that he took a conscience vote after observing the Government’s closing of Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) estates and the toll it took on families in the sugar belt, from whence he hails.His party, the AFC, wasted little time in expelling him in an act of retaliation the next day. And after accepting defeat, Government turned around and tried to get the motion overturned, first through the Speaker and then through the High Court. When neither worked, it filed an appeal.The Court of Appeal then ruled in a 2:1 split decision that a majority of 34 votes would have been needed to validly pass the No-confidence motion brought against the Government last year. While Justice Rishi Persaud had dismissed the appeal and conferred with the ruling of the High Court, his colleague appellate Judges ruled in favour of the State’s appeal.Both Justices Yonette Cummings-Edwards and Dawn Gregory opined that while 33 is the majority of the 65-member National Assembly, the successful passage of a no-confidence motion requires an “absolute majority” of 34, and not the “simple” majority of 33 that has been used to pass ordinary business in the House. The case is now before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
…to face drug trafficking and money laundering chargesTower Suites owner Shervington “Big Head” Lovell, who was arrested in Jamaica on drug trafficking charges in late October, has been extradited to the United States.Tower Suites owner Shervington “Big Head” LovellLovell and two others were arrested at the Normal Manley International Airport in Jamaica, after arriving on a Fly Jamaica flight from Guyana. The trio have been extradited to the US, where they are expected to face additional drug trafficking and money laundering charges.Lovell’s arrest is part of a collaborative effort with Jamaica, Suriname, the Netherlands and the USA vessel — property of Lovell — which is suspected to have been used by the businessman to ship illicit drugs from Jamaica to St Maarten, has also been intercepted.The hotelier had been under the radar of local Police since 2010, when he was being investigated for a series of executions. However, charges were never brought against him for those allegations.
“I’m not proud of myself,” Chico told me when we first set out to write his story. “So why are you doing it?” I asked. “The money?” “No, it’s not the money,” he said, lying to both of us. So over several weeks, Chico had unveiled his life of growing up with Diana and the Jacksons. He still had access to the Jackson clan, and we spent long nights into the morning visiting with various members of the former Motown singing group as well as with relatives of Motown founder Berry Gordy. One night he called me to come get him from a drug shooting gallery in South Los Angeles. Another time he was attacked and had a front tooth knocked out. THE televised image of truck driver Reginald Denny being unmercifully beaten at Florence and Normandie avenues on April 29, 1992, ranks among the memories many of us can recall and, inexplicably, also recall what we were doing as we saw the riot unfold. I caught the first images of the Denny attack on an overhead TV in the visiting room at the Daniel Freeman Hospital substance abuse clinic in Marina Del Rey, where I happened to be visiting performer Diana Ross’ youngest brother. Chico Ross was a self-styled after-hours club owner who had once been married to the little sister of Playboy centerfold Shannon Tweed but whose life had degenerated into the pathetic Hollywood cliche of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. He told me he had needed money and was again resorting to what washed-up celebrities and the almost-famous often do. He was selling his story – which is to say his story about his life with his famous sister, Diana – through me to the sleazy British tabloids for what would turn out to be tens of thousands of dollars. “It’s hard,” he said, “being in a family of someone famous when the only thing you have to be famous for is being related to someone famous.” It dawned on me then that Chico Ross was just one of many in similar situations – people related to someone famous who seem to be crying out for recognition of their own, even if negative recognition. Billy Carter came immediately to mind. Soon Roger Clinton would have the same dubious distinction. I remember asking Chico why he didn’t ask his sister for help. “I don’t need her help,” he insisted. “I can turn my life around on my own.” Instead, he tumbled further into the abyss. Then on April 29, I got another call from Chico. “I’ve been in rehab and they say I can have visitors – can you come?” He sounded plaintive and, I feared, suicidal. We played cards much of the afternoon in a visitors’ room filled with other addicts in the throes of rehab, as well as their apprehensive relatives. At some point, the game shows that had been on the television set blurred into a news bulletin of the Simi Valley courtroom acquittal of the four LAPD cops in the Rodney King case, then exploded into what seemed like surrealistic images from helicopter cameras of angry crowds and Reginald Denny having his brains bashed in with a brick. The visitors’ room at Daniel Freeman went silent and numb. Jaws dropped and eyes glistened in disbelief. It went unspoken, but suddenly everyone must have realized that the world’s problems were bigger than the addictions in this room. It also struck me that what I was seeing on the television set was, like Chico Ross, Billy Carter and the like, another instance of insignificant people becoming famous for all the wrong reasons. Amid this, a nurse informed Chico that he had a telephone call. He left for a few minutes, then returned. “My sister’s on the phone,” he said. “She wants to talk to you.” I assumed that she wanted to read me the riot act, a less violent form at least, about writing a story about her family. I was wrong. “Hi, this is Diane, Chico’s sister,” she began, calling herself Diane, not Diana. “Chico says he trusts you, so I need to trust you. Is he going to be OK? I’m in Vegas doing a show. Do I need to cancel and fly there tonight?” I told her I thought her brother was fine as long as he stayed in rehab. She said that if she could delay doing so, she would fly into Los Angeles the next morning to check on Chico herself. “But he has to stay there,” she said. “Promise me he’ll stay there, even if you have to be there yourself.” She gave me a handful of telephone numbers for contacting her should there be an emergency. Then, out of nowhere, she asked: “Is there a riot there? Someone said they were rioting in L.A. Is that true?” Her distinctive voice didn’t fit in with the images of the Florence and Normandie intersection violence I was watching on the TV screen, even as she asked if L.A. was rioting. I told her there was violence, but no rioting. It wasn’t that I was lying, but that the rioting hadn’t fully developed. “Good, I’m glad to hear that,” she said. “People are always exaggerating.” Tony Castro is a Daily News staff writer. Write to him by e-mail at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
CALGARY, A.B. – A day after 5 year-old Taliyah Marsman’s body was found, and her mother was killed earlier in the week, the families have released a statement through the Calgary Police Service expressing grief and sadness over the murders.“We all are feeling the most profound grief and sadness that stems from the inconceivable and senseless murders of both Sara Baillie and Taliyah Marsman, Sara’s daughter.At this point in time, we respectfully request that all media outlets respect the families’ privacy and direct all questions through the Calgary Police Service Public Affairs Media Relations Unit.Accordingly, the families would like to extend their gratitude to the Calgary Police Service (“CPS”), who have devoted countless resources of hours, dedicated men and women and technology. Although our hopes and prayers may not have been answered, we certainly in no way, shape, or form blame the CPS.In addition, to all those extended family members and friends far and wide and, of social media as well, all your words thoughts and prayers will continue to see us through these darkened times.The families will be providing, at a later date, timings for the memorial services for Sara and Taliyah.Advertisement Thank you.”46 year-old Edward Downey of Calgary has been charged with 2 counts of first-degree murder in the case. He remains in custody, pending his next hearing.- Advertisement –
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – ICBC is making sure everyone is aware that there are now stiffer penalties if you get caught using your phone behind the wheel with a month long campaign.The insurance company says that distracted driving causes one quarter of fatal crashes in BC every year. It is even more important as kids head back to school next week that people are paying attention on the roads.Volunteers are going to be on the streets helping ICBC get the message out to leave the phone alone, even when stopped at an intersection or stuck in traffic, it is still illegal to use your phone.- Advertisement -ICBC road safety coordinators will be attending community events inviting the public to try a driving simulator to see firsthand how using a cellphone impacts your ability to drive safely.Studies show that drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50% of what is going on around them, visually and Every year, on average, 15 people are killed in distracted driving-related crashes in the North Central region.
0Shares0000Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is currently the best midfielder in Europe, according to Xavi.PHOTO/Sky SportsBARCELONA, Spain, Aug 17 – Barcelona are hopeful of pushing through deals to sign both Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho in the coming days as efforts to fill the gap left by the departed Neymar intensify.The Spanish club’s general manager Pep Segura, speaking early on Thursday morning after the Spanish Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid, indicated that the transfers were “close” to being completed. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Sporting director Robert Fernandez was less emphatic when asked about the deals later, although he was optimistic that both will soon be Barcelona players.“Dembele and Coutinho are two important players that we like a lot and have done for a long time,” said Fernandez at the unveiling of Brazil midfielder Paulinho, a 40 million-euro ($47 million, £36.4 million) signing from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande.“They have the conditions, the age and could adapt to our football. They would be good to have here. That’s the reality.”Under pressure to spend big after pocketing a world record 222 million euros from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, Barcelona have already had a £90 million bid for 25-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho rejected by Liverpool.Spanish media have also reported that Barcelona are prepared to pay an initial 80 million euros, plus 40 million in bonuses, to Borussia Dortmund for 20-year-old French winger Dembele.Fernandez added: “With respect to Liverpool and Dortmund, when there are negotiations you need time, you need to work things into a favourable situation for players and ourselves.“We still have days ahead of us, would like to move things faster, but (I) do admit they’re two players we would like here. But it’s the clubs who will have the final say on if we finally achieve those two transfers.”Liverpool and Dortmund have both been adamant that their respective players are not for sale, with the Premier League club’s manager Jurgen Klopp insisting that no discussions are ongoing with Barcelona.“No news from me because no-one told me anything different since we spoke last time about this,” said Klopp on Thursday.– Suarez sidelined –Coutinho, currently sidelined with a back injury, last week handed in a transfer request that was turned down by Liverpool’s American owners.There have been suggestions Coutinho could agitate for a move by effectively going on strike, but while he is still injured that is impossible.Klopp conceded it is a tricky situation for all parties, but was keen not to be seen criticising the Brazilian’s attitude.“To be honest I have nothing to say about his attitude because since he has had a back problem he has obviously not been in training,” he said.In contrast to Coutinho, Dembele has been suspended indefinitely by Dortmund after skipping training in a personal protest to pressure the German club to sell him.He will not play in his current side’s opening Bundesliga game against Wolfsburg this weekend but Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke on Thursday rubbished the claims made by Segura.“Barcelona have not managed to fulfil their wish to complete Dembele’s transfer — until now, they aren’t one millimetre closer,” Watzke told German magazine Kicker.Dembele, 20, was signed from Rennes just last year and has a contract until 2021.Barcelona are eager to complete the signings with their opening game of the season in La Liga coming at home to Betis on Sunday.The 2-0 defeat to Madrid on Wednesday saw them lose the Spanish Super Cup 5-1 on aggregate and also saw them lose Luis Suarez to injury.The Uruguayan striker suffered a knee injury in the game that means he will be out for around a month, ruling him out of Barca’s first three league games and their first Champions League group match.
4. Diego Simeone – Winning La Liga ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona, then coming within seconds of adding the 2014 Champions League was a phenomenal achievement by Simeone. While the Argentine is committed to Atletico, he may soon find that the club lacks the capability to regularly beat the two traditional Spanish giants to the game’s biggest trophies, and personal ambition could see him seek a new challenge elsewhere. Step forward Arsenal? 5 5. Frank de Boer – Frank de Boer is synonymous with attacking football, and the Dutchman is used to the pressure of managing a club that is expected to win trophies every season. An unprecedented four consecutive Eredivisie titles show De Boer is ready for new challenges, while orchestrating a brilliant victory over Barcelona in the Champions League last season suggests he has the skill to compete with the big boys. 5 5 5 Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Stoke City intensified the pressure on Arsene Wenger, with vocal elements of the Gunners support calling for their legendary manager to stand down.Wenger has won three Premier League titles for the club, but a fourth looks increasingly unlikely, as fourth spot in the division becomes more and more of a habit.But who could replace the Frenchman?Take a look at our slideshow above and tell us who you think would make a good Arsenal manager by commenting below… 2. Thomas Tuchel – Jurgen Klopp aside, former Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel is considered the most exciting young manager in Germany, having led the humble side impressively into Europe last season. Tuchel quit Mainz last summer and is currently on a Pep Guardiola-style sabbatical. There are obvious risks in moving for Tuchel without seeing how he performs at an intermediate club first, but sometimes it is worth taking a chance and landing the right man before someone else does. 5 3. Jurgen Klopp – Like Wenger, Klopp looks like he might have stayed a touch too long in his current job, as Dortmund have suffered a shocking start to the Bundesliga season. But Klopp is just 47 and recent memories of his two Bundesliga titles (in 2011 and 2012), a Champions League final (2013) and victories over Arsenal are fresh. Could the Gunners be a logical next step? 1. Roberto Martinez – Every time Roberto Martinez has taken a step up in his career, the Catalan has delivered. At Swansea, Martinez achieved promotion to the Championship. At Wigan, an FA Cup, and now, with Everton, European football within his first season. With a proven record like that it is easy to see why many believe that Martinez could make the next leap up with Arsenal. His style of football would certainly appeal to the club, while Martinez’s blend of experience of the English game and knowledge of the best untapped talent in his home nation is certainly reminiscent of the current Arsenal boss.
0Shares0000Betway renovates Kibra’s Alswafa FC community HallNAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – Betting firm Betway Kenya has unveiled the newly renovated community hall for the Alswafa Football Club based in Nairobi’s Kibera area.Alswafa FC is the oldest football club in Kibra now playing in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Nairobi West Regional League. The club has over the last 20 years produced players to the national team, Harambee Stars, as well as outside of the country as professionals.“We are delighted by the kind gesture shown to us by Betway through the renovation of our community centre as well as giving new kits to our team. This will go a long way in boosting the morale of our team and also growing the club to greater heights,’’ said Bashir, Chairman of Alswafa FC.The team hosts its matches at the famous Woodley stadium. Over 70% of players are youth residing in Kibra and its surrounding areas where the club provides necessary support and resources for them to achieve their aspirations in the sport.“As Betway Kenya, we are committed to community development through sport, and for us, this is a great pleasure and honour to support the Alswafa club and the community as a whole through the hall and new kits,” said Leon Kiptum, Betway Country Manager.“We understand the importance of confidence when striving to achieve one’s dreams and aspirations and we hope our contribution will add to the team’s confidence and growth of the club,” he added.The community hall acts as a source of income for the club and the team will greatly benefit from the investment as the hall has space for income-generating activities and also provide players with job opportunities.Furthermore, this initiative will create employment opportunities for the youth and aide the club in their journey to self-sustenance and rely less on donors and well-wishers.Please find attached the press release for the same as well as the link below with the images from the event.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
4. Crystal Palace – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – This is a very stylish effort from the Eagles. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 13. Tottenham Hotspur – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – Spurs have gone for a busy design which makes the players look like roadkill. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 8. Everton – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – The sleeves may well split opinion but its certainly unique. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 12. Southampton – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – Another green kit, seemingly this seasons away colour of choice. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 6. Liverpool – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – It’s a much calmer effort from the Reds compared to recent years and it works well. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 9. Norwich City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – It’s the best of the green away kits and a far sleeker shirt than the home abomination. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 20. Watford – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – The Hornets have got an instantly forgettable plain black number that mustve taken the design team all of two minutes to come up with. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 20 20 5. Manchester United (rumoured) – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – If this rumoured shirt is the one, keeping it simple works well. Inspired by Adidas previous stint creating the Red Devils kit, it’s a smart shirt. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 11. Bournemouth (rumoured, with new sponsor) – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – Bournemouth haven’t officially released their away shirt yet, but it’s rumoured this black and blue shirt will be the change strip, with updated Mansion sponsor. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 14. Sunderland – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – This number gives fans the chance to debate how many different shades of green are featured on the shirt during yet another insipid display from the Black Cats. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 A new season means new kits.All 20 Premier League clubs have released their home shirts for 2015/16, and we ranked them from worst to first.‘But what about the away shirts?’ We hear you cry.Well, we’ve taken a look at those too (including a couple of strongly rumoured efforts, where the offical change strip has yet to be released). Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so take a look at our top 20 and let us know which shirts you love and which ones you loathe by leaving a comment below.CHECK OUT NEW PREMIER LEAGUE KITS AS YOU’VE NOT SEEN THEM BEFORE: WITH CLASSIC SHIRT SPONSORS!More importantly, where do you see your team finishing? Our man, Stan Collymore has given us his Premier League predictions.The new season kicks off on Saturday, with Chelsea v Swansea live on talkSPORT from 5pm on 8 August. 20 20 20 1. West Ham United – Classy and original, the Hammers’ new away shirt stands out from the rest. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 10. Newcastle United – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – Another Puma diamond design, but fortunately you can’t really make it out on this kit. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 7. West Bromwich Albion – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – No sponsor, retro badge, what’s not to like? CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 20 17. Arsenal – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – Puma have handed the Gunners this gold number instead of the usual yellow but will it help them get silverware? CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 16. Leicester City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – Only marginally better than Arsenals design from Puma, also featuring diamonds. 20 2. Chelsea – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – A rare example of the sponsor’s logo working well with the team colours. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 15. Stoke City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – As yawn-inducingly dull as their home shirt. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 20 20 3. Manchester City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – A lovely variation on this years stylish superb home jersey. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 18. Swansea City – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – This bright jersey should come with an epilepsy warning. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1 20 19. Aston Villa – click the yellow arrow to see more Premier League away kits ranked – You have to be either brave or foolish to think this all-yellow monstrosity is anything but garish. CHECK OUT ALL 20 NEW PREMIER LEAGUE HOME KITS RANKED FROM 20-1