Brumskine: ‘Time for Ellen, Joe to Retire’

first_img“Our Ma fooled us, our Pa na come,” reverberated throughout the vicinity of the newly acquired headquarters of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), where thousands of partisans gathered yesterday for the dedication of the facility. The song claimed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has failed to live up to her promises to the Liberian people and it is time for her to go, along with Vice President Joseph Boakai, who aspires to succeed her.Their message called for a total change in the leadership of the country because they “are now tired and weary of the current administration.”The crowd complained about unbearable economic hardship under President Sirleaf’s administration, erupted into song after song indicating that, under the LP government, the US rate will be drastically reduced and living conditions would improve, though they did not explain how. “We want change and we believe that only the Liberty Party can bring that change,” a partisan said.The political leader of the LP, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine did not disappoint his supporters and in his response briefly declared that “change is definitely on the way.”Cllr. Brumskine, like many top contenders for the presidency in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, appears he would be more poised to deny the ruling Unity Party (UP) a third term.He told his fellow partisans that with their consent and commitment to a just cause, President Sirleaf and her deputy, VP Boakai, who has assumed the political leadership of the UP, would be retired at the polls this year. “President Sirleaf and her VP have done what they could do for Liberians. So it will be prudent enough for them to be retired together,” he said, “because the UP administration has nothing to offer Liberians again.”Just ahead of the 2011 presidential and legislative elections Cllr. Brumskine himself promised Liberians that if he did not win the presidency that year, he would retire from politics for good. He has not since addressed that promise in his bounce-back bid for the nation’s highest office. He however indicated that Liberty Party is better positioned and prepared to lead this change that Liberians are calling for, adding that the LP is the most prepared alternative to the ruling party. “Our gathering here is more than just for the dedication of our new headquarters; it is a dawn of a new day for our beloved party. We are here to bring hope to our people,” he said.“This government just admitted to us that it has failed us. The President said that her government cannot reconcile Liberians and fight corruption, which she has on numerous occasions termed as public enemy number one and a vampire,” he said.The President, in her state of the nation address, admitted that two areas that have posed challenges to her administration were reconciliation and the fight against corruption. CollaboratorsSenator Prince Y. Johnson was more than a guest of honor at the ceremony as the crowd went into massive celebration upon his arrival. “I’m here in the spirit of collaboration, because this is the only way we will succeed in our quest to deny the ruling party a third term,” he said.Senator Johnson, who also initiated a collaborative meeting that eventually led to “the Ganta Declaration” in September 2016, added, “We have to ensure that the UP government is booted out this year. Madam Sirleaf and Joe Boakai are in a political marriage and they must leave the scene together.” Many other opposition leaders, including Benoni Urey of the All Liberian Party (ALP); Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress; Dr. J. Mills Jones of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE) and others have been pushing for collaboration within the opposition community if the UP is to be defeated at the polls this year.What has been difficult until recently for collaborative efforts is the choice of who should be standard bearer. But recently, three parties – the Congress for Democratic Change, the National Patriotic Party and the Liberian People Democratic Party – established a coalition, Coalition for Democratic Change, which many see as a viable collaboration. The coalition is headed by Senator George Weah with NPP’s Jewel Taylor as vice standard bearer. Whether any other collaborative efforts will arise as the election draws nearer, remains to be seen. Liberty Party stalwarts, including acting chairman Ben Samvee, secretary and assistant secretary general Jacob Smith and Kla Toomey, Darious Dillon, Israel Akinsanya, Laurence Bropleh, E. Surprise Wea, Vincent Willie and several others, graced the occasion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS NARROWLY DEFEATED BY CARNDONAGH IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH

first_imgINTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Both teams travelled to Carndonagh on Saturday night for the championship games. Disappointing night as both teams lost their matches. Final score- Reserve Intermediate championship Carndonagh 0-10 Urris 0-09. Final score in Senior game Carn 1-08 Urris 0-09. Both teams make the long trip to Glencolcille on Saturday night to play Naomh Columba in the next round of the Intermediate Championship.MATCH “N” WIN: Match “N” Win August 20th: No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 7, 19, 23 & 24. €15 winners:Anne Mc Gilloway, Roxtown.Daniel Wilson, Buncrana.Annie Duffy, Urris.Bridget & Kathleen, C/o Bingo.Bridget Harkin, Malin Head.Jackpot next week €1,700. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly lotto. MINOR LADIES FOOTBALL: Our girls played Glenfin in Newtown on sunday in their semi final match but were beaten by a much stronger team on the day.A Level 1 Coaching Course: Course to start early September has been applied for by the Dgl ladies Dev. Officer.Club Coaches who have a Fundamentals Coaching course covering ladies football accredited by Coaching Ireland. Any ladies interested please let David Hession know asap so he can book places.U16 FOOTBALL:Lads have two games to play in the Championship. We will keep you updated on our Facebook page with fixture dates.U13 GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL: Our girls play their first match on Saturday with Carndonagh the visitors to Straid. Check our facebook page for times. U12/13 girls training on Wednesday from 2pm to 3.30pm in Straid. Any girls 13 this year and wishes to play please come on Wednesday. DATES FOR THE DIARY: Big Bingo on Sunday October 18th and Gigs & Reels on October Bank Holiday weekend. More details to follow.BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.GAA NEWS: URRIS NARROWLY DEFEATED BY CARNDONAGH IN INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH was last modified: August 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportlast_img read more

NFL power rankings: Will Saints’ Brees be sentimental choice for MVP?

first_imgHow NFL teams rank heading in to the final week of the regular season:1. New Orleans (13-2)Take down Carolina and Drew Brees could be pick for his first-ever MVP award. Still think he’s trailing Pat Mahomes, but sentiment could carry the day in a close race.Last week: 1 Next: Carolina 2. L.A. Rams (12-3)Aaron Donald is now up to 19 1/2 sacks. Could be the first interior rusher to break 20 (since sacks were official stat in 1982) but be advised, still won’t win MVP.  Defensive …last_img read more

New Raider Antonio Brown has parting message for Pittsburgh

first_imgShortly after saying hello to his new team, Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown said goodbye to his old home in high-profile fashion.Brown bought space on some electronic billboards in Pittsburgh to display his gratitude toward those who supported him the past nine years. The signs reading “Thank You Pittsburgh, AB 84” were seen downtown on Wednesday, near Heinz Field where Brown became the NFL’s most dangerous receiver.Thank You Pittsburgh billboard from Antonio Brown in downtown Pittsburgh …last_img read more

Heavy rains lash Gujarat, NDRF teams deployed in Vadodara

first_imgHeavy rain lashed Gujarat particularly Vadodara and Bharuch in South Gujarat where it poured more than 16 inch in less than eight hours leading to low lying areas getting inundated. The authorities have deployed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams to shift people from low lying areas to safe locations while schools and colleges have been ordered to be shut on Thursday.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani held a high-level review meeting in Gandhinagar and rushed two IAS officers to oversee moving people from inundated localities in Vadodara.Incessant downpour since Wednesday morning flooded major parts of city even as river Vishwamitri that flows through it, was just a couple of feet below the danger level. Hundreds of people were either stranded in offices or had to wade back home through flooded streets while the authorities have launched rescue works in societies and localities flooded with waist deep water.According to the district administration, Ajwa dam reservoir was also at 209.7 feet, just 5 feet below the danger mark of 214 feet at 6 pm on Wednesday. The Vishwamitri river which overflows after 26 feet, was flowing at 23 feet.As many as 13 trains have been cancelled due to waterlogging in Vadodara junction, leaving hundreds of people stranded amidst incessant rainfall in South Gujarat.Due to heavy rain and waterlogging, principal district judge ordered all courts functioning at headquarters of Vadodara District, including taluka courts, to remain closed on Thursday.Rains to continue till SaturdayAs per the IMD forecast, widespread rainfall across Gujarat will continue till Saturday.Since Monday, the South West monsoon became vigorous over Saurashtra region and active over other districts of Gujarat where heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred at several places in the Central Gujarat and south Gujarat districts like Vadodara, Valsad, Surat, Dangs, Bharuch and in Daman, Dadra Nagar Haveli while Jamnagar, Dwarka and a few areas of Kutch on Wednesday.On July 30, parts of south Gujarat and Saurashtra received heavy rainfall in a massive relief to farmers who were eagerly waiting for a major round of monsoon showers after a prolonged break.Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) were put on stand-by in various rainfall districts in north and south Gujarat and Saurashtra region to tackle any eventuality while the state has activated flood monitoring control rooms at all districts.last_img read more

Djokovic ponders long break ‘for body and mind’

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The 30-year-old Serb was trailing 7-6 (7/2), 2-0 and felt he had no option but to call it quits as the pain, from an injury that has troubled him for more than a year, began to increase.“There is a possibility that they will propose  surgery, but I don’t think that is good,” Djokovic told Serbian media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“To go be cut in surgery or to poison myself with pills…. none of the solutions is good.“A logical conclusion is that a kind of a rest and a longer break is a logical solution. Maybe a longer rest is necessary, not only because of the injury but for my mind as well. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic pauses during a press conference after losing his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Match against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych on day nine at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. APLONDON, United Kingdom — Novak Djokovic admits a long break is on the cards after an elbow injury forced him to retire from his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych.Djokovic’s miserable 12 months hit a fresh low on Wednesday when a right elbow problem curtailed his bid to win Wimbledon for a fourth time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “It’s not easy to kind of play on the highest level throughout the entire season, then be able to do that over and over again every season, and then stay healthy.”The injury was especially frustrating for the 12-time Grand Slam winner as he felt he was finally beginning to play his best tennis after a turbulent period.“For an athlete, it’s really hard to swallow when you have to retire, especially when you’re playing well,” Djokovic said.“I was playing really well, probably the best tennis I’ve played in the last 10 months or so.“It’s just unfortunate. It takes some time to understand why this happened and to learn from it.” CBB Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “During my entire career I have followed a school schedule, I have never been reprimanded, maybe I will skip the next semester.”Djokovic, who has also struggled with a shoulder issue, had spoken to medical experts about the elbow problem before Wimbledon and was told surgery was an option.Asked what he would do to finally resolve the nagging injury, Djokovic had admitted he wouldn’t rule out an operation.“The specialists that I’ve talked with, they haven’t been really too clear, mentioning also surgery, mentioning different options,” he said.“Nobody was very clear in what needs to be done. As long as it kind of comes and goes, it’s fine.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Horn wants Pacquiao rematch to settle rules row Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But obviously, adding up, maybe it worked for seven, eight, ten months, but now the next seven months is not working that great.“Obviously it’s adding up more and more. The more I play, the worse it gets. Yeah, I guess the break is something that I will have to consider right now.”With the US Open just six weeks away at the culmination of the American hard-court swing, Djokovic doesn’t have long to return to full fitness.‘Very tough year’Since winning the French Open last year to complete his career Grand Slam, Djokovic has failed to claim another major title.He crashed out of the Australian Open in the second round and the French Open in the quarter-finals.With world number one Andy Murray losing against Sam Querrey earlier on Wednesday, Djokovic knew he would have regained top spot in the rankings if he won Wimbledon.That honour will have to wait for now and, with Murray hobbled by a long-term hip injury against Querrey, Djokovic conceded the two rivals could be paying the price for their grueling battle for the top ranking last year.“Could be. We both had a very long, very tough year, a lot of matches, a lot of emotions, a lot of things in play,” he said.“Our bodies have taken a lot physically. So, I mean, as an athlete, one way or another, at a certain stage of your career, you’re going to experience these kind of things.“Injuries are part of this sport, unfortunately. Professional tennis is getting very physical in the last couple of years. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Agent Viru

first_imgThe Indian team’s departure from Bangalore to Delhi meant that my interactions with Agent Viru would be temporarily disrupted. I grabbed the last opportunity I had before the team was cordoned off by the national Capital’s paranoid security. As Agent Viru boarded the flight with the rest of the team, he saw me greeting him, working undercover as the flight attendant. He evaded any further eye contact and went straight to a seat in the economy class where I was serving.The players dropped their guard as soon as the flight took off. Piyush Chawla was on his PSP, beating the heck out of the machine, which must have been an unusual experience for him. Virat Kohli emerged from the toilet with his hair freshly spiked, designed to cause serious bodily harm to any fly that may sit on it. Fortunately for the flies, Munaf Patel’s gaping mouth as he slept was far more attractive. S. Sreesanth was flirting with the airhostesses, for some odd reason, with his iPod plugged into his ears disturbing communication signals with the air traffic control. Over the next two and a half hours, I caught up with Agent Viru for five quick chats and overheard some other conversations, a synopsis of which forms this week’s report.Everyone asked what Chawla is doing in the team? Apparently, it’s more than just ‘C’ being close to ‘D’, as Viru had told me earlier. With Ashish Nehra injured, the other bowling option makes one senior bowler very insecure. “The Masala Dosa in our team is better than Butter Chicken. And Butter Chicken knows it. He and his close buddy Captain Cook won’t let Masala Dosa in, unless Nehra remains injured and our situation becomes desperate,” Agent Viru told me cryptically.advertisementThere’s a feeling that Doug Bollinger’s “injury”, once M/s Lee, Tait and Johnson struck form, making way for Michael Hussey to bolster the middle order, seems too convenient to be true. Also, most believe that the pretence of being civilised, a recently acquired fa?ade, has also been thrown out of the window going by the way the Aussies ruffled Tillakaratne Dilshan. “Thank God. Now I can recognise Ricky Ponting,” Viru told me on his way to the toilet.Kevin Pietersen’s (KP) injury is beyond suspicion, although, probably not caused on the field. “Don’t lift any watermelon,” KP said to a confused Ian Bell who was, incidentally, seeking dinner suggestions. Bell figured it only when he saw a soft drink commercial with KP jumping around with watermelons. “I took those watermelons home after the shoot,” Viru told me. “They were juicy but also heavy,” he added with raised eyebrows.There were laughs galore about Bangladeshi fans who pelted stones on the West Indies team bus. “Their fans are like their bowlers, always off target,” Yuvraj Singh said generating more laughs than Kamran Akmal’s face does. Kamran was also briefly discussed with Harbhajan Singh saying that Kamran should try catching the ball with his mouth. “Who needs hands when you have a mouth like that,” he added.Munaf was the butt of most jokes. He was watching 7 Khoon Maaf with his wife when Kevin O’Brien started blasting the English bowlers. Munaf was called back midway through the film to watch him bat. “Abey, couldn’t you have seen the highlights?” Agent Viru asked him jokingly. Privately, though, he chuckled mischievously as he told me, “When you look like Munaf and perform like Munaf, it’s not wise to take your wife for 7 Khoon Maaf . Why give her ideas?”- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.last_img read more

1st Test: Sri Lanka hold on for draw as rain washes out final day in New Zealand

first_imgThe 1st Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ended in a draw after rain washed out the fifth and final day’s play of the first Test in Wellington on Wednesday.Kusal Mendis was 141 not out and former captain Angelo Mathews on 120 with their side 287 for three in their second innings, still nine runs shy of New Zealand’s mammoth first innings of 578.Bad weather had been forecast to interrupt most of Wednesday’s final day and light rain delayed the start of play for 90 minutes until 12:30 p.m. (2330 GMT).The visitors resumed on 259 for three and Mendis and Mathews were rarely troubled before a light shower forced them from the field just ahead of the scheduled lunch break of 1:30 p.m.A southerly change during lunch, however, brought heavy showers across the ground and umpires Rod Tucker and Michael Gough had little option but to abandon play just before 4 p.m.New Zealand had dominated the first three days of the match, dismissing Sri Lanka for 282 early on the second day, then batted themselves into a match-winning position with Tom Latham’s unbeaten 264 driving them to their big total.Tim Southee and Trent Boult reduced the visitors to 13 for three in their second innings late on the third day before Mathews and Mendis stonewalled New Zealand’s pursuit for victory.The pair batted throughout the entire fourth day, the first time a wicket had not fallen on a complete day’s play in Test cricket in more than a decade.The draw ensures that New Zealand can no longer move to second in the world Test rankings at the conclusion of the two-match series.advertisementThe second game begins on December 26 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoEx-AC Milan striker Hateley backing move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan striker Hateley backing move for Chelsea midfielder Cescby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan striker Mark Hateley is backing their move for Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas.The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for the Chelsea midfielder in January, with his contract expiring at the end of the season.“If he’s fit then he’d be an important addition,” Hateley told Gazzetta dello Sport.“He has experience and knows how to play, but he needs to be match fit. At this point in the season you need players who are ready.“Gonzalo Higuain? If he gets back to scoring consistently I’d sign him outright, but keeping a player who isn’t convincing would be a mistake.” last_img read more

Big Ten Star WR Suffered A Brutal Hand Injury Today

first_imgMichigan State WR Cody White breaking his hand.Michigan State shook off a pesky Central Michigan team today, as the Spartans hung on at home 31-20. Unfortunately, MSU lost a key wide receiver in the process.White suffered a broken hand during the game, adding himself to the list of injured Spartans receivers. Michigan State’s pass catching unit is hurting, literally.White will miss at least several weeks with his hand injury, though Mark Dantonio said he could return this season.The Spartans are also dealing with injuries to Darrell Stewart, Jalen Nailor and Cam Chambers.#MSU WR2 Cody White – broken hand – depending on the severity of the fracture, should be out for at least a month.WR3 Darrell Stewart + WR5 Cam Chambers – undisclosed injuries – out today & no timetable given.WR4 Jalen Nailor – assumed injury – out today & no timetable.— Zachary Swiecicki (@zachswies) September 29, 2018For a closeup look at how White hurt himself, check out the photo below.Warning: it might make you a bit squeamish.This is how Cody White got hurt, inadvertent kick to the hand, really awkward pic.twitter.com/TccZKoc0yp— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) September 29, 2018Best wishes to White on a speedy recovery.last_img read more