Cassell Kuoh: Elected to Promote Passion

first_imgThe search for well-grounded Liberians to help develop Liberian football may not have come at a better time, since it is crystal clear that adequate funding is the most basic to its success.The newly elected LFA vice president for operations, Mr. Cassell Kuoh’s entrance into the football arena is shrouded with a sense of what he can offer Liberian football.However, it is quite interesting that Mr. Kuoh, Sr., announced his interest to be a force to be reckoned with the introduction and his support to FC Fassell, one of the leading soccer clubs in the current LFA league.Since the former vice president for operations, Adolf Lawrence had different principles that did not work fairly well with President Musa Bility’s vision and therefore was booted out.But Mr. Lawrence’s troubles with the administration might have begun the moment he decided to wash the dirty clothes of the Football Association in public, when he granted an interview to a Frontpage Africa reporter late last year.At that time the idea of ‘fraternity football’ was still alien to football administrators till President Bility received his baptism of fire from CAF.Bility learned so quickly that his administration’s success would depend on the consistency, only of those officials whose vision was in line with his own, and therefore to avoid internal distractions, he encouraged only those whose ideas were consistent with his own to join his train.And this was where Cassell Kuoh was needed to do. His willingness to put his resources to move Liberian football forward, evidence of his club, FC Fassell, settled any question of his passion for the game.Though Bility was presented with a ‘white’ ballot to march on to zion, he found it expedient to campaign for his under-men, including vice president for administration Musa Shannon, who it was evidently clear had lost favor with some electorates.Bility swiftly countered, and with some ingenuity, managed to get his team back on course.It can be assumed that Shannon has become aware of his shortcomings and is prepared to make some amends. Few minutes after he came through the door, after his successful re-election was announced, he shook hands with well-wishers in Buchanan, and when he encountered this writer; he shook his hands and said, “We’ll work together.”Cassell Kuoh has shown he is a partner, for the success of FC Fassell is evidence of his passion to see Liberian football forward, and should the Government of Liberia remain true to its youth Transformation Agenda, through a U$5m towards sports, there can be no argument that some Liberian footballers may find their career in Europe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimbaians Plead for Presidential Clemency

first_imgRelatives and family members of those facing court hearing for vandalizing ArcelorMittal properties earlier this year are pleading with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for clemency on their children.The citizens, who could not really channel their request through a spoke person, but decided to speak individually along the way, admitted that their children were in error to have destroyed the company’s properties,  rather than seek peaceful means to resolve their grievances.The citizens spoke with President Sirleaf on Tuesday October 7, while she was on her way to ArcelorMittal’s operation site in Yekepa for a brief visit.It may be recalled on July 3rd and 4th 2014 facilities of the steel giant, ArcelorMittal, were  attacked and vandalized by some residents of the county, mainly youths.The vandals attacked ArcelorMittal’s main mining facility, located in Tokadeh, Nimba County and held the company’s staff, contractors and employees hostage for hours.Offices were vandalized and mining equipment; vehicles, construction materials, office supplies and buildings were destroyed or looted.Law enforcement officers, who had gone to restore calm were shot at and injured, the government reported at the time. Several people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident.Some of those initially arrested were Gun Siaway, Emmanuel Zore and Wuo T. Dolo, whom county authorities accused of leading the protest against the company in the Gbarpy area which lies between the provincial capital Sanniquellie and Yekepa.During a stop-over in Zolowee Town, while en route to Yekepa on Tuesday, the citizens informed the Liberian leader that they did not understand why their children had attacked the company, causing the loss of millions of dollars.The citizens, majority of whom were elderly women, however, pleaded with the Liberian leader for a presidential pardon.President Sirleaf, in response, told the weeping women that the court process to determine as to whether they were culpable is ongoing.  She urged them to let the law of Liberia take its course as a means to deter future repetition.  She urged citizens of the county to seek peaceful means to their grievances as government will equally not allow their rights to be violated by any company operating in Nimba County, and Liberia in general.During her visit with the company, President Sirleaf reassured authorities of ArcelorMittal of her government’s fullest protection as long as it continues to operate under Liberian laws.The Liberian leader promised that those accused of vandalizing the properties of Arcelor Mittal earlier this would have their day in court.She assured the company that government will continue to create an enabling environment for investment opportunities thereby leading to job creation and will not allow any group of people to undermine development by their actions.Meanwhile the ArcelorMittal saga brought shock to most Liberians, the government, especially President Sirleaf, taking into account the over 14 years of violence the country had just gone through.In response to the incident, the Liberian President announced that Nimba would bear the brunt of the actions of some of its citizens, who recently allegedly looted and destroyed properties of the company, as well as some public infrastructures in the county.President Sirleaf said then that the violence in Nimba County on the company’s facility was a national threat, especially to the county’s economy.She said the violence appears to be springing up elsewhere in the country, including concession areas and said the exercise of freedom without the associated responsibility, leads to anarchy, something the government is not willing to tolerate.“Anarchy anywhere in our country undermines our collective progress. We cannot permit this to happen, the Liberian government is absolutely resolved that whatever, whomever, the unlawful incitement of the public to violence, will be dutifully punished according to law,” she said. President Sirleaf said the government’s collective response to the attacks must be decisive, immediate and forceful because of the gravity of the rioters’ action.Upon hearing the news that President Sirleaf had announced that the county would be held responsible for whatever damages the rioters caused, the Nimba County Legislative Caucus vehemently disagreed with the President’s utterances terming them as ‘not serious or jokes’.“The President is joking, we will challenge it constitutionally she has no constitutional authority she has no power.” Nimba Legislative Caucus represented by representatives Samuel Koigar and Jeremiah Koung.“This is the president who said she will adhere to the law if she said that then she is not reading her own constitution, she needs to read her budget law if someone commits a crime he or she must be investigated. Let no one provoke Nimba in the term of this crisis, Nimba has condemned the violence in the strongest term and let those who carry out the act take full responsibility and let none provoke Nimba.”Nimbains, comprising prominent citizens On July 14, in a release, condemned the violence and the act of vandalism carried out at the company by the young people.“We the citizens of Nimba County join our fellow Liberians today in condemning the shameful acts of violence and economic sabotage that were carried out by some residents from within the areas surrounding ArcelorMittal facilities,” “We are appalled that they elected to use violence and vandalism as a means of expressing their grievances. Nothing justifies such an action in a fragile society seeking to mend wounds from past acts of communal violence and war. Our hearts go out to the company and its staff as well as law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens who were victims of this despicable violence,” the citizens said.Some eminent sons of the county that signed the release were, Frederick Norkeh, Michael Slawon, Victor Kpaiseh, Carlton Boah and others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Duala Market, Some Hilarious Invalid Votes

first_imgphoto credit: US Peace BuildingPolling staff, observers, Liberian National Police, Immigration officers, NEC officials and the PRESS were up half of the night counting ballots and tallying those that were completed, leading to NEC’s announcement of who will be Liberia’s next president and district representatives. Though alert, everyone was physically beat.There were many challenges to polling staff and observers as night fell. The major one was the lack of electricity in the Duala community where it seemed a limited number of voters cast their ballots. There was insufficient light for everyone to see across the room, but enough to see what ballot the polling staff was holding up. Two observers stood near ballots boxes holding certified lamps that never seemed to lose their glow as the polling staff held up each ballot and shouted out the result.Every once in a while, laughter would erupt in the ‘counting’ rooms when an invalid vote was announced. It’s alleged that there were more than 6,000 invalid votes across the country, though not confirmed by the NEC.What made observers and others laugh at some of the invalid votes was the time the voters took to slap democracy in the face. “Everyone has the right to his/her vote, but instead some voters wasted it drawing stupid things across the ballot,’ a NEC official covering Saint Mary’s Catholic Senior High School polling center stated.Invalid votes, as they are known technically, are  ballots that are filled out incorrectly, according to NEC guidelines. Before the election, NEC and other groups went around sensitizing the public on the voting process including what would be considered an invalid ballot.This presidential ballot was deemed “invalid” because it was marked more than once.It seemed as if thousands missed out on the information.“Some people chose not to exercise their civic right to vote and the way they went about showing that is hilarious and somewhat entertaining. But thank God they were not too many, or it would have caused some noise,” added the NEC official.Among three invalid ballots which burst the crowd into laughter, was one tracing the check box that is already positioned on the ballot paper.“It’s as if they weren’t sure of who to vote for and didn’t want people to know, so they traced the box,” stated Ansu, an observer for the Unity Party.Another hilarious occurrence was the invalid ballots that had candidates’ names spelled out in signature or cursive writing.“This clearly indicates they had no intention of having their votes counted,” another observer said.According to the NEC guidelines, (1)Ballot papers shall be disallowed and included in the number of question ballots in the following circumstances: Section: 4.13 : Question Ballots (a) If there is no mark in favor of any candidate on the front of the ballot paper; (b) If the voter has voted for more than one (1) candidate for the same post; (c) If there is any writing, signature or words on the ballot paper other than the mark for the candidate; and (d) If the position of the mark for the candidate on the ballot paper is such that it is not clear as for which candidate the voter intended to vote.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

B.C. Refederation candidate running for North Peace MLA

first_imgAnother candidate announced her intent to run for the North Peace MLA in the provincial elections.Suzanne Arnston will be representing the B.C. Refederation Party. She says she has lived in the area for many years and is aware of the issues in the region. [asset|aid=962|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=da61b24a3a56280f5cf699792b5ad5b4-Suzanne Arnston 1_1_Pub.mp3]The Refederation Party says they have a unique three step plan to ’empower the people’. The plan’s main goal is to take the power from Ottawa, and give it to the Peace River residents. [asset|aid=963|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=da61b24a3a56280f5cf699792b5ad5b4-Suzanne Arnston 2_1_Pub.mp3]- Advertisement -For more information on the B.C. Refederation Party, visit www.refedbc.comlast_img read more

Controversy on menu at prayer breakfast

first_imgIn response to the breakfast, which is happening on the National Day of Prayer, the Santa Clarita Valley Interfaith Council will hold an event at noon the same day outside City Hall. “It’s their event and they’re running it their way, and bless them for going ahead with it,” said the Rev. George McLeary, president of the Interfaith Council. “But it isn’t as inclusive as we like to be on the Interfaith Council.” Participants in the interfaith event will offer prayers from the Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, American Indian and pagan traditions, according to organizers. Drollinger is a Santa Clarita Valley resident who played basketball on the University of California, Los Angeles, 1975 championship team and was briefly in the NBA. Now, he is a seminary student who tours the country, bringing his message to legislators in state capitals. Sean Wallentine, vice president of Capitol Ministries, said that the best outcome from Thursday’s prayer breakfast would be for any participants to become Christians because of it. He also said that unlike the Interfaith Council, his group believes that faith in Jesus is the only path. “I would just say they’re allowed to have their meeting,” he said, “but we wouldn’t be supportive of a meeting that taught that there are many ways to heaven. There are not.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Drollinger also was rebuked for calling Catholicism a false religion. Thursday’s 7 a.m. breakfast is being organized by a Christian organization called the Dunamis Group. Organizer Joe Messina said he picked Drollinger to address the prayer breakfast in response to critical e-mails he received about the event. “I brought him in because what he does is kind of what they’re telling us we shouldn’t do,” he said, “where you can’t mix religion and politics, or politicians shouldn’t talk about religion, and that’s crazy to me.” McLean distanced herself from Drollinger’s comments about women legislators in the state Capitol. “I believe that a woman can choose her own career and her choice could be either to stay home or to work,” McLean said. “And I think it makes no difference with the love that she has to give to her children.” SANTA CLARITA – The keynote speaker at Thursday’s Santa Clarita Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is an evangelical leader who called Catholicism a false religion and accused women legislators of abandoning their children. While it is not sponsored by the city of Santa Clarita, the annual prayer breakfast typically draws the city’s mayor, some City Council members and other local officials. Mayor Marsha McLean said she plans to speak briefly at the event and will talk about her experience seeing many religions co-exist peacefully when she worked in Israel for the U.S. government. Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, a former City Council member, is tentatively scheduled to speak. The keynote speaker at the $25-a-head breakfast at the Hyatt Valencia will be Ralph Drollinger, president of Sacramento-based Capitol Ministries. Women legislators in Sacramento donned kitchen aprons in 2004 to protest against Drollinger after he called them sinners for leaving their children at home to work in the Capitol. last_img read more

Caravan Motel fire deemed suspicious

first_imgThe fire was out within an hour, but Deputy Fire Chief Curtis Redpath says its cause is still undetermined. “We’re not sure how the fire actually started, so for us it’s kind of suspicious,” he says. “We don’t have any other ideas or clues.” The case was passed on to police, who have also taken the position that the blaze was suspicious, but subsequent investigation hasn’t revealed any suspects so far. – Advertisement -“We do believe it is suspicious,” says Corporal Jodi Shelkie, adding, “We have no suspects at this time.” The fire is still under investigation. Anyone with information can call the detachment at 250-787-8140.Advertisementlast_img read more

First Nations Clean Energy Funding

first_imgThe provincial government has confirmed it is now accepting applications until the end of January for the next round of funding from the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund.This year slightly more than 1.3 million dollars was invested in fourteen First Nations new clean energy projects, and since 2011 the government investment has exceeded 6.8 million dollars in support of 116 aboriginal communities.Local area support this year included 150 thousand dollars to the Saulteau First Nation near Chetwynd for a cleaner, lower cost, biomass heating system, at a plant nursery, replacing one fuelled by propane.- Advertisement -The Twin Sisters Native Plant Nursery grows plant species used in site reclamation by the mining and oil and gas industries.  By providing local plant stock for reclamation, the nursery is playing an important role in helping restore post-industrial lands to natural, healthy and productive ecosystems.Funding for clean energy projects and agreements is part of the government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations, and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister, John Rustad, says “These are the kind of projects that can reduce harmful emissions, strengthen local economies, and create well-paying jobs”.last_img read more

Home sales at lowest level in 20 years

first_imgNORTHRIDGE – Foreclosures in the Greater San Fernando Valley area soared nearly fivefold and home sales plunged to their lowest level in almost 20 years in October, a research center said Monday. As the credit crisis increases its choke hold on residential real estate, the Valley’s median house price slipped under its year-ago level for the first time since 1997, said the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. Last month lenders foreclosed on 414 properties, up from 84 in October 2006, as owners could not make monthly loan payments. The center said the most likely reason for the jump in foreclosures was higher interest rates making payments unaffordable, the center said. The financial and emotional pain spread unevenly across the the Greater San Fernando Valley from Glendale to Calabasas since January. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“Looking back over the last year you can really see that the (foreclosure) rates are growing most in the lower income… areas of the Valley,” said Daniel Blake, the research center’s director. Those areas include communities in the Northeast, Central, West and East Valley, he said. October’s foreclosure count is the highest since a monthly tabulation began in the second quarter of 2005, Blake said. But this year’s fourth quarter probably won’t break the record 1,854 foreclosures in the third quarter of 1996, he said. Foreclosures had been increasing an average of 20 a month this year but in October they jumped 112 from September. Blake called the increase startling and said it’s simply a case of more people bailing out of unaffordable loans. Things could get worse in the months ahead as the subprime loan portfolio mess is sorted out. Blake said that many subprime borrowers in trouble got into the market with teaser rate adjustable loans in 2005 hoping to profit from price appreciation. “In most of the foreclosure cases the person in the house was counting on building equity,” Blake said. But prices made only modest gains at best while interest rate adjustments sent mortgage payments to budget-busting levels. Meanwhile, sales in the Greater Valley area last month plunged an annual 55.3 percent to 738 properties. It’s the lowest in the center’s data base which dates back to 1988. The sales number includes new and previously owned houses and condominiums. The median price slipped an annual 2.6 percent to $589,000. It’s the first year-over-year price dip since March 1997, when the median declined 6.4 percent to $161,000. However, Blake predicts “gently falling prices” rather than a big plunge. “We’re not going back to a $165,000 median but there is simply not the buying power or buyers out there,” he said. “But I think that a person with good credit and means to get what they want to buy can get a loan pretty easily.” Real estate market analyst Nima Nattagh expects this trend to continue for months. “I think the real concern now is whether this anemic housing market is going to start having an impact on consumer spending,” he said. “The one bright light in this whole thing is other economic sectors are doing fairly well.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com 818-713-3743160Want 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

DONEGAL’S RICH LIST REVEALED: AND PADDY IS ON TOP WITH €517M!

first_imgPADDY McNally is officially Donegal’s richest person.He was the highest placed Donegal person in the Sunday Times rich list 2013 published yesterday.In fact Paddy is so wealthy he came in as Ireland’s 17th richest person, having made his fortune in Formula One advertising and properties in Britain and Switzerland. He is also placed in 209th place in terms of wealth in Britain and Ireland. The 74-year-old former racing driver one dated Sarah Ferguson, the British Royal.He is estimated to be worth €517,000,000! (that’s €517 Million!)Gaoth Dobhair singer Enya Ni Bhraonain singer was valued at €102M, having sold 70 million albums worldwide. The valuation placed her 88th in Ireland.But someone else from the arts isn’t doing too badly either – Riverdance founder Moya Doherty and her husband John McColgan were valued at €75M, placing them at 121 in the top 250. Donegal man Tim Kelly isn’t far behind in 124th place.Based in Harrow, England, where he runs his Kelly Group telecommunications company, he is estimated by the newspaper to be worth €73.In joint 174th place is Vera McHugh who inherited a fortune from her husband Kevin in 2006. He was the owner of Atlantic Dawn, Ireland’s biggest fishing trawler. The Sunday Times says she’s worth €56M.In joint 215th place is Philip O’Doherty who owns E&I Engineering in Burnfoot. He was estimated to be worth €45M. DONEGAL’S RICH LIST REVEALED: AND PADDY IS ON TOP WITH €517M! was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 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:DONEGAL’S RICH LIST REVEALED: AND PADDY IS ON TOP WITH €517M!GAOTH DOBHAIR singer Enya Ni Bhraonainlast_img read more

Donegal Garda gets ban and suspended jail sentence after crashing into Garda car

first_imgA serving Donegal Garda has been banned from driving for six years and given a five month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.Kevin McLaughlin aged 31, appeared at Carrickmacross District Court in Co Monaghan where he pleaded to a number of charges. These included drink driving and also dangerous driving on March, 20th, 2015.McLaughlin, with addresses at Gartan, Churchill, Letterkenny and 30 Woodvale, Carrickmacross had pleaded guilty to the charges.The court had heard that Mr McLaughlin, who was a serving Garda based in the area, was driving his own car which crashed into a Garda vehicle that was stopped on the roadside at Moyles outside Monaghan town.Two gardai at the scene were injured – one seriously.McLaughlin was arrested and found to have reading of 290 milligrams of alcohol in his blood.In relation to the second drunken driving charge, the prosecution said the serving Garda was intercepted as he drove from the Garda Station at Carrickmacross on August 16th, 2015.He was again found to have an alcohol level above the legal limit.Defence Counsel said McLaughlin had service of eight years in the Gardaí and had previously completed three years with the Defence Forces.He accepted he had a problem with alcohol but had since sought help – he also apologised profusely for what happened.Passing sentence Judge Denis McLoughlin said the court could not ignore the “elephant in the room” and that Mr McLaughlin was a serving member of An Garda Siochana.He sentenced him to five months in jail but suspended it for two years for drinking driving and took a charge of dangerous driving into consideration for the offences on March 21st, 2015.On a charge of drink driving on August 16th, 2015, he disqualified him from driving for six years.Donegal Garda gets ban and suspended jail sentence after crashing into Garda car was last modified: February 24th, 2017 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)last_img read more