30 Political Parties to Contest in 2017

first_imgThe certification of Liberia People Democratic Party (LPDP) has raised the number of political parties expected to contest the 2017 elections to 30, Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, National Elections Commission (NEC) Chair disclosed.LPDP was yesterday cleared by NEC to function in Liberia after meeting the requirements as outlined by the electoral laws of the country.The party predominantly comprises lawmakers, particularly members of the House of Representatives as evidenced by the presence of some of the lawmakers.The LPDP has been seen as an “institution that takes with it a majority of the members of the ruling Unity Party evidenced by the presence of many UP legislative caucus members who were reportedly involved with its formation.At the ceremony yesterday, Cllr. Korkoya expressed delight in the existence of the party, adding that its qualification to operate promotes democracy and freedom of association.He urged leaders of political parties to remain active and engage in positive undertakings with the aim of maintaining peace and stability.LPDP chairman, Cllr. Henry Gogba, said the party is confident, ‘’because we have come to offer Liberians new hope and the best deal ever for the governance of the country.“We have noticed that Liberians are anxiously looking forward to a period in their lives when increased gross national product can be visibly seen in their lives, especially rural district dwellers.”He said the party was registered to articulate the anxiety of Liberians in order to ensure that government creates a balance between urban and rural dwellers.Cllr. Gogba said the LPDP has also noticed how deeply Liberians have come to appreciate fundamental freedoms especially freedom of speech and freedom of the press, adding that these freedoms will be accompanied with economic freedom as well.Cllr. Gogba explained that his party has noticed the love for democracy in Liberia and therefore, has come to make it more meaningful to the extent that practically there would be a government for the people, of the people and by the people.“In this light, we shall push forward to achieve decentralization of powers and some autonomy to the 73 electoral districts. This party has emerged with detailed understanding of the workings of the three branches of government and is fully equipped with the understanding of grass-roots or constituents’ problems,” LPDP chairman asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Van Gaal claims he inherited a ‘broken’ Man United squad from Moyes

first_img1 New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal claims he has inherited a ‘broken’ Manchester United squad from David Moyes.The Dutchman went on to insist it would have been easier to follow Sir Alex Ferguson, who won 13 titles in 26 years at Old Trafford, than the former Everton boss.In Van Gaal’s eyes, Ferguson left Moyes with a team of winners. He says he is inheriting a “broken” squad awash with attacking midfielders.“No,” Van Gaal said when asked whether following Ferguson would have been harder.“I don’t agree. I had to follow Bobby Robson at Barcelona the year after he won three titles and there wasn’t a problem (Van Gaal won the league that year).“When there is success you have a very good squad, and now I have to follow and the squad was broken I think.“When you look at the squad, there is quality. There is (Wayne) Rooney, (Robin) van Persie, (Javier) Hernandez, (Danny) Welbeck, but you also see Juan Mata, (Marouane) Fellaini, and you see (Ander) Herrera. There are a lot of players that can play in the same position.“It is not in balance. It’s more difficult to succeed in a difficult situation than in a fantastic situation.”Van Gaal will look to address the imbalance in his squad by signing at least two players over the next three weeks.Van Gaal is interested in signing Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels.United have been told they will have to stump up £79million to sign other target Kevin Strootman from Roma while Real Madrid are also demanding a big fee for Angel Di Maria, who is also on the club’s radar.Van Gaal insists he will not pay over the odds for any transfer targets though.“I don’t buy players for the sake of buying players,” he said.“I buy players to improve my selection.“Now I don’t know if we will play (5-3-2) or 4-3-3.“If I play 4-3-3 I need more specialists in the wings and attackers and then we have to buy another kind of player.”Meanwhile, Van Gaal insists he will not get drawn into any mind-games with Jose Mourinho this season and he says he still regards the Chelsea manager as his “friend”.Mourinho controversially claimed earlier this week that United were paying over the odds for Luke Shaw, a £27million signing from Southampton who reportedly now earns in the region of “100,000 a week.Mourinho said had Chelsea paid that kind of money to the 19-year-old, it would have “killed” the London club.United boss Van Gaal hinted he would speak privately to Mourinho about the matter. Many saw that as a sign the two former colleagues were set for a rocky relationship this season.Mourinho, who worked as Van Gaal’s assistant at Barcelona for three years, has a record of trying to wind up fellow managers.But Van Gaal is sure he will have a harmonious relationship with the Portuguese this term even though both he and his former protege are in charge of teams vying for the title.“I don’t think I will fall out with him. He is my friend,” Van Gaal said of Mourinho.United play the third game of their tour against Inter Milan in Washington DC on Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Exclusive – ‘I’m no rhino!’ Mertesacker laughs off criticism from Szczesny’s father

first_imgArsenal defender Per Mertesacker has laughed off comments from team-mate Wojciech Szczesny’s father and insisted his performance against Stoke City proves he’s no rhinoceros.Following his son’s disastrous display against Southampton, Maciej Szczesny likened Mertesacker, a World Cup winner with Germany in the summer, to the beastly animal in an attempt to deflect criticism away from the goalkeeper.But when the 30-year-old centre-back joined Call Collymore after the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Stoke, he revealed he has found the incident funny, insisting that after a chat with his team-mate there are no hard feelings.Asked if he had been hurt by the remarks or had simply laughed them off, he told talkSPORT: “I’m always laughing.“I know in football everyone has this opinion [that I lack agility] and it’s very strange but Wojciech [Sczczesny] and myself spoke about the situation.“It’s not easy for Wojciech either to respond to that but we’re quite fine now and the best response is to keep yourself calm and respond with that performance today [against Stoke]. That is all you can do.”last_img read more

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Distant smoke a constant reminder of local forest fire danger

first_imgANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – No place shows the trouble on the horizon better than the dusty turnoff along winding Lake Hughes Road. Some 60 miles to the west – but appearing much, much closer – billows a giant plume of smoke from the massive and relentless Zaca Fire that started a month ago in the Los Padres National Forest. There’s no question it could happen in the Angeles National Forest, where the U.S. Forest Service has increased the fire danger from “very high” to “extreme,” a designation that usually doesn’t come until the fall of a dry year. The region’s seen a scant 3 inches of rain since Oct. 1, compared with a norm of about 20 inches. On top of that, the heat this spring and summer has been sweltering and it shows in the thickets covering parched hillsides. “It’s really brown out there, scary brown,” said Lynne Dahl, administrator at Warm Springs, which houses up to 199 patients and 35 staffers. The center continuously trains its staff to handle evacuations – they’ve been ordered out twice in the last four years, Dahl said. “We have an extensive evacuation plan we go over and over this time of year,” she said. Fire drills are conducted and this year U.S. Forest Service firefighters have made frequent visits to ensure brush has been cut back to protect the facility and no other hazards exist that could mean catastrophe should fire sweep through. “They’re more nervous this year,” Dahl said of forest officials. “We’re pretty isolated and it’s really dry. We have a little creek and the water level is dropping.” In July 2004, some 37,000 acres burned in the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers district, and the fire danger wasn’t termed “extreme” until two months later. The following year, more than 50 inches of rain wiped out the fire concern. With this year’s warning, issued Aug. 1, came restrictions in the forest that will last until the weather improves. Wood or charcoal fires are prohibited and only propane or jelled gas stoves may be used by those holding state campfire permits. Smoking is allowed only in enclosed buildings or vehicles. Shooting, power tools, welding, grinding and other activities that could produce sparks also are prohibited, Forest Service spokesman Stanton Florea said. Proof of the danger is evident in the Los Padres where the Zaca Fire has burned 38,400 acres since July 4, largely in deep wilderness, but prompting some evacuations in remote areas of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials said that blaze was sparked on a private ranch by workers grinding metal to repair a water pipe. Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Mike Ricker works Station 81 in Agua Dulce, a semirural enclave northeast of Santa Clarita and on the forest’s edge. Adding to the worry of a bad fire year is the fact that residents have no public water source, relying on private wells. The hazards of a bad fire season are well-known about town and most residents are quick to take precautions, Ricker said. They got a warning last month when fire consumed 700 acres and threatened about 40 homes – though no structures were lost. “This year, we have had the rain and the fuel moisture is really low, but the people are a lot more cognizant and most of them take steps to protect their property,” Ricker said. “Anything they can do makes our job easier.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com (661) 257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We have an extraordinary situation,” said John Capell, ranger in charge in the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District. “The fuel moistures, they’re at a level that is beyond where we are typically by September, even October. It’s much drier that normal.” On this spot in the Angeles forest, overlooking the sprawling Castaic Lake, the plant life is parched to a crisp. It’s been far too long since any significant rainfall hit the spread of Angeles between the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys and forest officials worry that, indeed, there is trouble on the horizon. All it takes is a car overheating as it makes it way up the steep grade of Interstate 5 toward the Grapevine to spark a fire that can devastate this stretch of the Angeles, Capell said. Forest Service officials have worried for years that fire in this section of forest along the freeway can jump lanes and charge toward the Los Padres, which lost 163,000 acres to last summer’s month-long Day Fire. “A very common cause of fires is traffic collisions, traffic accidents,” he said. “They very frequently cause fires.” At stake is the obvious, swaths of the vast wilderness that provide escape so close to Los Angeles. And then there’s the not-so-obvious. Small towns are pocketed within the forest, their only escape the winding, narrow mountain roads. There are seasonal camps, some for kids with special needs. And a dozen miles up Lake Hughes Road from Castaic is the county-run Warm Springs Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center. last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgThis week, the former Arsenal, Cardiff City and Wales defender Rhys Weston reflects on the Gunners’ start to the season, having commentated on the loss to Liverpool last weekend. Both Arsenal and Leicester City will be desperate not to lose their opening two games of the season when they meet on Saturday.The former West Ham, Tottenham and Stoke winger Matthew Etherington is also on the show looking ahead to West Ham’s first game at the London Stadium. Matt also reflects on Stoke’s good point at Middlesbrough before they play City and says Spurs looked impressive at Everton.Tom Rennie hosts.last_img

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Transfer Talk: Ross moves for Morgan, Edwards to Hearts

first_imgLewis Morgan and Jack Ross formed a formidable partnership last season at St Mirren before going their separate ways.But the duo won’t be apart for long if Ross has his way.The new Sunderland boss is reported to have made his move to bring Celtic winger Morgan to the Stadium of Light on a season-long loan.Ross will apparently be made to wait to see whether the Scottish champions will sanction their new recruit’s departure, though, as Brendan Rodgers wants to give Morgan the chance to impress in pre-season. Elsewhere, Rangers are on the brink of completing a double deal, with Brighton defender Connor Goldson and Liverpool playmaker Ovie Ejaria set to sign for the Light Blues this week.Celtic, meanwhile, could be in for a hefty payday if they can make the group stage of the Champions League after UEFA revealed prize money is to more than double.last_img read more

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Jackson County Inmate Roster – 2.12.17

first_imgAllison, Daniel K View Profile >>> Booking #:96321 Booking Date:02-12-2017 – 5:32 am Hensley, Brandon R Bond:$705 Bond:No Bond Charges:35-48-4-10 Dealing in Marijuana/Hasish35-48-4-11 Possession Marijuana/Hashish35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance Booking #:96323 View Profile >>> Charges:9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox9-30-5-1 BAC .08% to .14% Charges:7.1-5-1-3 Public Intoxication Booking #:96322 Donaldson, Matthew D Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:02-11-2017 – 6:45 pm Bond:$355 Booking Date:02-12-2017 – 12:11 am View Profile >>>last_img

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(REOPENS DEL 36)

first_img“Lodara is considered as a BJP stronghold. But, none of the BJP leaders came here to extend help. Patels are very angry with them, as none of the leader said anything about the police atrocities against us. Now, if they come here for votes, we will not be responsible if things get out of control,” Lodara village resident Suresh Patel warned. Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Vijapur in Mehsana, Prahlad Patel today sat on symbolic one-day hunger strike in his constituency to condemn the alleged police atrocities and pay homage to the martyrs who lost their lives during the quota agitation. He had earlier supported the demand for reservation for Patels by writing a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. PTI PJT PD GK KISlast_img

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SPORT-IOA-LD MINISTRY 2 LAST

first_img“In the Annual General Meeting held in Chennai on “In the Annual General Meeting held in Chennai on 27.12.2016, at the fag end of the meeting a point was raised by a member stating that IOA should nominate two life presidents. As no notice in writing was received at least 7 clear days as per the Constitution Clause VII no resolution was put to vote and passed,” Ramachandran had claimed. “…members can make proposals in the meeting but if it does not meet provisions of the Constitution it cannot be assumed that the proposal has been approved and passed in the meeting. Since the proposal was not in accordance with the Constitution, the inconvenience and embarrassment caused to the individuals concerned, members of IOA and to all is regretted,” he added. Kalmadi and Chautala were elevated to the honorary position at the IOAs Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Chennai on December 27, but the Olympic body was forced to reverse its decision after it was opposed by a majority of IOA members. Kalmadi declined the post till his name was cleared following the outrage, while Chautala said he would also step aside should the International Olympic Committee raise any objections. While Kalmadi is an accused in the 2010 Commonwealth Games corruption scam and has also spent nine months in jail, Chautala is facing a trial in disproportionate assets case. PTI PDS PM PDSlast_img read more

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James Anderson suffers knee injury during county game

first_img Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 14:13 IST James Anderson left the field after being hit on the knee (IANS Photo)James Anderson suffered a knee injury while performing his county duty with Lancashire coach Glen Chapple, suggesting that the England pace spearhead could be in for a “painful few days”.Anderson had to leave the field after James Fuller’s drive hit him on the inside of his knee during Lancashire’s four-wicket defeat by champions Hampshire in a One-Day Cup semi-final on Sunday, reports BBC Sport.”It is a nasty blow in a painful area,” said Chapple. “We don’t know but we think that it will be a nasty bruise that will settle down in the next few days. The physio will see him in the morning and he walked off there.”Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, will now require further medical assessment on Monday.As Anderson no longer plays ODI cricket, the injury will have no bearing on England’s campaign in the upcoming World Cup beginning at the end of this month.Anderson can possibly be seen playing next for England when they take on Ireland in the four-day Test at Lord’s from July 24 before the Ashes series against Australia begins at Edgbaston on August 1.Also Read | Liam Plunkett cleared by ICC after ball tampering scareFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow James AndersonFollow James Anderson injuredFollow knee injuryFollow English county cricketFollow LancashireFollow Hampshire James Anderson suffers knee injury during county gameJames Anderson was hit on the knee during Lancashire’s four-wicket defeat by Hampshire and to leave the field.advertisementlast_img read more

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