The RFEF has confirmed the suspension of Zaragoza – Sporting corresponding to the 22nd day of LaLiga SmartBank due to the flu outbreak suffered by the Asturian staff. He has done it several hours after the request and has not yet announced a new date. The clubs accept the decision, although the maña directive does not understand how the postponement has been developed and questions the process and the fact that the medical parties have been presented by club doctors and not external. This is the full statement: “Real Zaragoza has the obligation to abide by the decision of the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation to postpone the match that was to be played this Friday, January 3, starting at 9:00 p.m. in La Romareda against Sporting de Gijón, due to the health problems of various players in the Asturian team. However, the Club communicates that, having previously requested allegations by the Competition Committee itself and understanding the situation of Real Sporting players, Real Zaragoza expressed its willingness for the match to be played on the date and time initially marked, on January 3, at 9:00 p.m., to safeguard their sports interests and with the aim of avoiding further disruption to their own subscribers and fans.At the same time, Real Zaragoza has transmitted to the Spanish Federation its request that, given the unquestionable importance of this type of incident, which has already been subject during this season, and in general, the medical reports of players that could be affected by physical problems of this nature are carried out by medical doctors independent of their own clubs, and have the essential support of the Spanish Federation itself when making a decision on the postponement of matches. What would guarantee the legal safeguard and integrity of the Competition itself“.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has nominated the following persons to positions in government:The JudiciaryCounselor Roosevelt Z. Willie, Judge Criminal Court “A”Ministry of Finance and Development PlanningMr. Amara M. Konneh, MinisterDr. James F. Kollie, Jr., Deputy Minister for Fiscal AffairsMr. Eddie Eesiah, Deputy Minister for AdministrationDr. Mounir Siaplay, Deputy Minister for Economic ManagementMs. Tanneh G. Brunson, Deputy Minister for Budget & Dev. PlanningMs. Romell A. Watson, Assistant Minister for AdministrationMs. Juah K. Fieka, Asst. Minister for Revenue & Tax PolicyMr. Alieu F. Nyei, Assistant Minister for ExpenditureDr. J. Alexander Nuetah, Asst. Min. for External Resources & Debt Mang.Mr. Augustine Blama, Assistant Minister for BudgetMr. Lee Mason, Asst. Minister for Regional & Sectoral PlanningMr. Sekou A. Sanoe, Comptroller GeneralMinistry of TransportMs. Angela Bush, MinisterMinistry of LaborMr. Neto Zarzar Lighe, MinisterMinistry of Foreign AffairsMr. Isaac Nyenabo, AmbassadorMinistry of Commerce & IndustryMr. Hanson Kiazolu, Assistant Minister for Industry (replacing Mr. Sei Gahn)Ministry of State for Presidential AffairsMs. Kaitee Korto Flomo, Junior Aide de Camp to the PresidentMr. Stanley G. F. Stubblefield, Local Aide, Margibi CountyLiberia Airport AuthorityMs. Rose Stryker, Acting Managing DirectorForest Development Authority BoardMr. Isaac Manneh, Member (replacing Mr. Jucontee Woewiyu)Mr. Robert Gbobeh, MemberCentral Bank of LiberiaMs. Elsie Dossen Badio, Member of the Board (replacing Ms. Mildred Reeves whosetenure has expired)National Housing AuthorityBishop George Harris, Chairman, Board of Directors (replacing Mr. Francis Carbah)Mr. Floyd Thomas, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Sam Gibson who resigned)Mr. Samuel Wlue, Managing Director (replacing Mr. Sam Thompson who isbeing reassigned)Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO)Mr. Sebastian Muah, Managing DirectorNational Port AuthorityMr. Tornolah Varpilah, Chairman of the BoardMr. David Gibson, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Morris Dukuly)Mr. Cecil Barnes, Member of the Board (representing the Shipping & StevedoringAssociation)Liberia Petroleum Refining Company Cllr. Felicia Coleman, Member of the Board (replacing Mrs. Tupee Neyor who resigned)Mr. Amin Modad, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Manyu Kamara)Liberia Maritime AuthorityCllr. Juah Lawson, Chairman of the Board of DirectorsMr. James Debbah, Member of the Board (replacing Mr. Debar Allen)General Services AgencyMr. Cole Bangalu, Deputy Director General for Administration (replacing Mr. Galakpai Kortimai)Grand Bassa Community CollegeMrs. Auguria Herring, ChairpersonRev. Nellie Wright, Vice ChairpersonHon. M. Gbehzohngar FindleyHon. Olubankie King AkereleHon. Etweda A. CooperHon. Hans BarchueMr. Simeon FreemanMr. Tarr Seyway, Student RepresentativeCllr. David A. B. JallahArcelor Mittal LiberiaEquatorial Palm Oil CompanyLiberia Agriculture CompanyChevronAccording to an Executive Mansion release, these appointments are subject to confirmation by the Honorable Liberian Senate where applicable.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A. IntroductionPlease find below the ANC’S positions on the proposed amendments adopted by the recently concluded National Constitution Conference (Conference) in Gbarnga.By way of background, the Constitution Reform Commission (CRC), whose members were appointed by the President and charged with the responsibility of overseeing a process that would lead to reforms to our Constitution, presented delegates at the Conference with 25 proposed amendments. The CRC claims that the proposed amendments were the result of consultations it had in all 73 legislative districts of Liberia and the Diaspora.We believe that there are many reasons to question the process the CRC used to come up with the 25 proposed amendments it presented the delegates—whether the process as designed was capable of producing results that broadly reflected the views of Liberians on the key issues they would like to see addressed as part of a constitutional amendment process. There are also many reasons, we believe, to question the way in which the delegates who voted on the proposed amendments were chosen and the way the voting process was conducted in Gbarnga, and we will raise whatever questions we may have separately.For now, though, we want to focus on presenting you our position as a party on each of the proposed amendments presented to the delegates at the Conference in Gbarnga and the rationale for every position we adopt.After each proposed amendment or after each group of related proposed amendments, we then state the ANC’s position and the rationale for our position.One final point: We found most of the proposed amendments to have sound policy rationale and thinking behind them. However, we should caution all of us against the belief that all we need to do to solve a problem is to assert the problem or its solution as a constitutional provision. Merely stating a policy goal as a constitutional provision does not, standing alone, guarantee that we can attain that goal as a society. To achieve it, we must work hard at devising and enacting the right mix of policies and have the political will to stick with them.Our Constitution of 1847 and our current Constitution were not perfect documents but they did a good job in laying out the fundamental rights of Liberians and the duties and obligations their Government owes them. The failures we have suffered as a state and the massive economic and development challenges we still face today are therefore due to no fundamental defect in the Constitutions that have governed us. The setbacks we have suffered and the immense development challenges we face today are simply a result of the failure of Government, not of the Constitution. So while we believe that there may be a need to include in our Constitution the ideas expressed in some of the proposed amendments, it is worth pointing out that doing so is only half of the battle. The greater fight is in getting to power the right Government that can follow through with devising and implementing policies that give life to those principles we hold so dear that we include them amongst the rights and obligations enshrined in our Constitution.B. The Proposed Amendments and the ANC’s Positions/Rationales1. REDUCTION OF THE PRESIDENTIAL TERM OF OFFICE FROM SIX TO FOUR YEARS2. REDUCTION OF THE SENATORIAL TERM OF OFFICE FROM NINE TO SIX YEARS3. REDUCTION OF TERM OF OFFICE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM SIX TO FOUR YEARSANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE with all three proposed amendments regarding reductions in terms of office for the President, Senators, and Representatives. The democratic goal of popularly elected government is best served when, as frequently as possible, people can pass on the performance of their elected leaders by subjecting them to the scrutiny of the election process. Terms of office of nine years (for Senators) and six years (for Presidents and Representatives) simply do not provide people the opportunity to frequently review the performance of their elected leaders by way of the election process.4. PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERSHIP SHOULD INCLUDE MINERAL RESOURCES5. PROPERTY OWNERS ON WHOSE LAND MINERALS OR NATURAL RESOURCES ARE FOUND SHOULD SHARE THE BENEFITS ACCRUED BY GOVERNMENT AND BE PART OF THE NEGOTIATIONSANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE in principle with Propositions 4 and 5. Subject to the principle expressed in Article 7 of our Constitution that the country’s wealth should be used for the benefit of all of its people, we agree with the general proposition that owners of property containing mineral or other natural resources should in some way directly share with the Government the benefits gained from the exploitation of those resources. The exact formula to determine how to compensate property owners while keeping faith with the directive of the Constitution to use the country’s natural resources for the benefit of all of its people is something that can be decided with the aid of economic and other experts. We are not sure what is meant by that such property owners should be “part of the negotiations.” We do, however, agree with the general notion that a person may assert and seek to protect his or her property interest in any land or real property at any time.6. PERSONS OF NON-NEGRO RACE SHOULD NOT BECOME CITIZENSANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE. The historic imperative behind the non-negro clause in the citizenship article in the Constitution is still relevant today. There are still reasons for Liberia to keep faithful to her founding mission: to serve as a refuge or haven for Black people fleeing persecution from anywhere in the world or simply looking for a homeland they can call their own.7. DUAL CITIZENSHIP SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIBERIAANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE DISAGREE with the proposed amendment abolishing dual citizenship. In a globalized world where multi-citizenship is increasingly common and necessary for a person to achieve his full potential in whatever society he may find himself, Liberia shortchanges herself and those of her children compelled by various factors to adopt the citizenship of another country if, on account of that, she denies them full participation in the life of their country of birth.8. DUAL CURRENCY SHOULD BE ABOLISHED IN LIBERIA; THE LIBERIAN DOLLAR SHOULD NOT BE REJECTED AS TEAR TEARANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE that the Liberian dollar should under no circumstance be rejected as legal tender in Liberia; we also favor a single currency economy but believe we should first put in place policies that would ensure our economy can survive the transition to a single currency (Liberian Dollar) economy.However, we do not believe that the question of dual currency is something we need to include in our constitution—making it a constitutional matter may tie the hands of future policy makers who may have to change policy on currency issues to deal with particular economic emergencies and may not have the luxury of time to amend the Constitution before effecting a change in policy.9. THE VICE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT PRESIDE OVER THE SENATE BECAUSE OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SEPARATION OF POWERSANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE DISAGREE. As President of the Senate, the Vice President plays the crucial role of casting the tie-breaking vote when the Senate is split fifty/fifty on an issue. Other than that, the Vice President’s role as President of the Senate is largely ceremonial. He or she takes no part whatsoever in the key law-making function of the Senate.The proposition that Vice President should not serve as President of the Senate because by doing so he violates the “principle of separation of powers” ignores the fact that a complementary and necessary counterweight to the principle of separation of powers is the principle of “checks and balances,” which allows one branch of government a limited role or say in another branch’s exercise of its core functions.For example, making law is a core function of the Legislative Branch. The principle of checks and balances allows the President, however, to check the Legislature’s exercise of its core law-making core function by the use of his or her veto power. That is why when the President vetoes a bill, we do not say he or she is violating the separation of powers principle and infringing on the law making duties of the Legislature.Similarly, it is the core function of the President to appoint cabinet ministers and ambassadors. However, our Constitution by design allows the Senate to check the President’s exercises of his or her appointment powers by requiring that nominees for cabinet and other positions be approved by the Senate. This is why when the Senate rejects a person nominated by the President for a cabinet or other position we do not say the Senate is violating the principle of separation of powers and infringing on the appointment powers of the President.It is for the same reason that it is wrong as a matter of constitutional law to say that the Vice President violates the principle of separation of power when he sits as President of the Senate. The Constitution by design establishes the Vice President as President of the Senate, where he has the very limited role of breaking a tie in the Senate and thus checking the Senate’s ability to create deadlocks that could stymie the functioning of government. This is a design that works well; there is no need to tamper with it.10. THE CHIEF JUSTICE SHOULD BE ELECTEDANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE DISAGREE. Of all of the judges in Liberia, the Chief justice, who is the top judge in the land, should be above politics. Subjecting the Chief Justice or any other justice of the Supreme Court to elections and hence to the political process could have far reaching consequences for the independence of the judiciary. Political calculations are more likely to be factored into the decisions of judges who gain their office by way of elections rather than by appointment. A judge who needs popular support to win an election may rule a certain way in a case not because he or she believes that is what the law requires but because publicly sentiments favor a particular outcome. Election of judges also raises the specter of money, which is so part and parcel of politics, corrupting the judiciary. Elected judges would need money to run campaigns and the independence of judges in cases involving their campaign donors could, fairly or unfairly, be called into question.11. SUPERINTENDENTS, COMMISSIONERS, MAYORS, AND CHIEFS SHOULD BE ELECTEDANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE. Devolution of power to the local level and providing people the right to directly elect their leaders is the best way to ensure a leadership that is accountable, and thus responsive, to the people.12. RESPECT AND RECOGNITION FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES SHOULD BE ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION AND EDUCATION AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES ACCORDED THEMANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE that as a country and a people we must enact and implement policies that accommodate and provide for the disabled, and that we should consider how to give expression in our Constitution to a national commitment to devote special attention to, and accommodate the needs of, the disabled.13. ELECTION COMMISSIONERS SHOULD BE ELECTED AND NOT APPOINTED BY THE PRESIDENTANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE DISAGREE. We appreciate and understand the reasoning behind this proposed amendment, which is to ensure that we have independent and fair election commissioners. However, we believe that electing election commissioners will produce more harm than good and possibly even corrupt the election process. Electing election commissioners effectively means that people (election commissioners) who should be monitoring the election process as neutral parties would themselves be participants in the process. Moreover, election commissioners are likely to run for office under the banners of various parties. We could thus easily have election commissioners who have run on the banner of one party monitoring elections involving candidates from an opposing party. This could certainly create the appearance, if not the reality, of bias by election commissioners who will be perceived as partisans and unfair, something that could undermine public confidence in our election process.We believe that we can achieve the goal of having independent and fair election commissioners without subjecting them to partisan and divisive elections. We can do so, for example, by limiting the President’s powers to appoint all of the election commissioners. The President may appoint two of the five election commissioners; the two opposition parties that achieved the next highest number of votes in the preceding election could each appoint one commissioner each and the other commissioner could be appointed by civil society groups. Also we could require that all election commissioners should not be registered members of any political party. We can also maintain the requirement that election commissioners are appointed for fixed 5 year terms during which they cannot be removed by the President or anyone else, except for proven criminal or unethical conduct. Importantly, we can do all of this without even amending the Constitution. Article 89 of the Constitution provides for the establishment of the Elections Commission as an autonomous agency of Government. Nothing in Article 89 gives the President the power to appoint election commissioners. Instead, Article 89 expressly provides that “The Legislature shall enact laws for the governance” of the Commission. Accordingly, it is the Legislature that passed a statute granting the President the power to appoint all election commissioners and the Chairperson of the Elections Commissions. The same Legislature can pass a statute repealing the old statute and limiting the President’s powers to appoint election commissioners.14. CONCESSION NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD INCLUDE THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND CITIZENS OF THE LOCALITY IN WHICH THE NATURAL OR MINERAL RESOURCE IS SITUATEDANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:As we have stated above in response to Propositions 4 & 5 and as we state below in response to Proposition 17, we believe that subject to the general principle expressed in Article 7 of the Constitution that the Country’s natural resources should be exploited and used for the benefit of all Liberians, the Government should share with the owners of property on which minerals or other natural resources are found the gains derived from the exploitation of those resources. As we have also stated, we agree with the general notion that a person may assert and seek to protect his or her property interest in any land or real property at any time and the Government should take those interests into account when negotiating any agreement involving the exploitation of land or mineral resources. We should, however, give serious thoughts to striking the right balance between the extent to which we want to constitutionally protect people’s property rights by having them as parties to all negotiations with investors, and the extent to which we may scare off potential investors wary of the burdens and legal complexities and uncertainties that result from having to negotiate with multiple individuals or entities, with each having potentially competing or conflicting interests, before entering agreements with Liberia.15. CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS SHOULD PRIORITIZE THE PARTICIPATION OF LIBERIANS IN ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AS REFLECTED IN ARTICLE 7ANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:Article 7 of our Constitution provides that:“The Republic shall, consistent with the principles of individual freedom and social justice enshrined in this Constitution, manage the national economy and the natural resources of Liberia in such manner as shall ensure the maximum feasible participation of Liberian citizens under conditions of equality as to advance the general welfare of the Liberian people and the economic development of Liberia.”The ANC agrees that as a Country we should consider how to include provisions in the Constitution that give Article 7 teeth particularly when it comes to Liberianizing our economy,16. CHILDREN’S RIGHTS SHOULD BE REVISITED SO THAT IT DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH PARENTAL DUTY TO DISCIPLINE THEIR CHILDRENANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:We do not understand what this Proposition means and thus cannot state a position on it at this time.17. TRADITIONAL PEOPLE SHOULD OWN THEIR OWN LAND AND BE A PARTY TO ANY NEGOTIATIONS WITH INVESTORS OR CONCESSIONAIRES ON SAID LANDANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:We agree that “traditional people” should have ownership rights to lands they have occupied through the years. As we stated in our position on Propositions 4 & 5, subject to the principle expressed in Article 7 of the Constitution that the country’s wealth should be used for the benefit of all of its people, we agree with the general proposition that owners of property containing mineral or other natural resources should share the benefits gained from the exploitation of those resources by the government. We are not sure what is meant by that such property owners should be “part of the negotiations” or “party to any negotiations.” We do however agree with the general notion that a person may assert and seek to protect his or her property interest in any land or real property at any time and the Government should take those interests into account when negotiating any agreement involving the exploitation of land or mineral resources. However, as we have said before, we should give serious thoughts to striking the right balance between the extent to which we want to constitutionally protect people’s property rights by having them as parties to all negotiations with investors, and the extent to which we may scare off potential investors wary of the burdens and legal complexities and uncertainties that result from having to negotiate with multiple individuals or entities, with each having potentially competing or conflicting interests, before entering agreements with Liberia.18. THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD ENSURE WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE AND NATIONAL AFFAIRSANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE. Despite the command of Article 11(c) that all people, including women, should enjoy the equal protection of the law, we believe that because of cultural and other reasons, women have been at a historic disadvantage when it comes to fully participating in national governance. We are thus open to seeing how our Constitution can compensate for or prevent the effects of cultural practices that have so disadvantaged women and thus ensure the fullest participation of women in national affairs and governance.19. THE CONSTITUTION AND ALL LEGAL DOCUMENTS SHOULD CARRY THE PRONOUNS “HE/SHE”ANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE. It is simply time to promote gender equity in every way possible.20. AGE OF MARRIAGE FOR GIRLS SHOULD BE AT LEAST 18 YEARANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:The policy objective behind this proposition, which is to prevent the early marriage of girls in their preteen or early teen years in certain segments of our society, is laudable. To the extent we cannot achieve this same objective by passing statutes, we may consider appropriate amendment to the Constitution. In order to avoid the appearance, if not the reality, of discriminating on the basis of sex or gender, any statute or amendment to this effect, should also speak to the age of marriage for boys.21. WOMEN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO EDUCATION EQUAL ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL OPPORTUNITIES (EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATION)ANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:As stated above in response to Proposition 18, we are aware that despite the command of the equal protection clause of Article 11(c) of the Constitution, which effectively guarantees equal opportunity for all irrespective of gender, women, by virtue of our culture and tradition, have been at a historic disadvantage when it comes to equality of opportunity. We thus agree that as a country and a people we should do all in our powers to grant women equal access to economic and social opportunities by first enacting and implementing appropriate policies and, where necessary, by constitutional prescriptions.22. THE CONSTITUTION SHOULD GUARANTEE INHERITANCE RIGHTS FOR TRADITIONAL WOMENANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE AGREE. Too many women are robbed of their property rights, including rights to property improved and developed by the sweat of their brow, because of the operation of traditional inheritance practices in various segments of our society. Anything we can do, including appropriate amendments to the Constitution, to prevent this travesty is most welcomed buy us.23. PEOPLE IN PROLONGED CO-HABITATION SHOULD ENJOY MARITAL STATUSANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:We understand that the reasoning behind this proposition is to prevent the all too frequent circumstance where one party to a relationship (usually a woman) who, after investing all of her time, energy and resources to the material development of the other party to the relationship, is abandoned by the other party without any legal recourse. We agree that to the extent there are laws now on the books that deal with this problem, i.e. recognizing so-called “civil” or “common law” marriages, they need to be rigidly enforced. If there are no such laws, we should work to enact them. Amending the Constitution may be considered as a last resort, but we should be wary of turning the Constitution into a legal code.24. LIBERIA SHOULD BE A CHRISTIAN NATIONANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:WE DISAGREE. We understand and appreciate the historic role Christianity played in the founding of our country. We are aware of the role Christian churches continue to play in the development for our country through the provision of education and health care to people all over Liberia. However, we strongly believe that including language in our Constitution that “Liberia should be a Christian Nation” is destructive of our body politic as it would suggest that Christians occupy a special status in our Country vis-a-vis people of other faiths and religions. This would violate the equal protection clause of Article 11 as well as the separation of religion and state clause of our current Constitution of Article 14. Moreover, we only need to look at other countries, including ones in Africa, that are torn apart by sectarian strife, to appreciate what can happen when we throw the very incendiary device of religious division onto the already highly combustible mix of social problems we face today. Also, simply because there may be majority support for designating Liberia a “Christian Nation” in the Constitution does not make it the right thing to do. One of the basic tenets of a constitutional democracy is that there are certain rights so sacred that they should not be subjected to the whims and caprices of a prevailing majority. We thus carve out those rights, which include the right to freedom of religion, and put them in the Constitution where they are supposed to be beyond the reach of any majority. The fact that one may be able to muster the two thirds vote required by Article 91 to amend the Constitution in a referendum and trample on those rights simply means that we have a tyranny of the majority, which is as dangerous as the tyranny of a single dictator.Imagine it this way: what if, by virtue of demographic and other changes, today’s minority becomes tomorrow’s majority and wants to use its majority power to amend the Constitution to essentially designate its religion as the official religion of Liberia. How would members of today’s majority feel?25. CUSTOMARY LAWS SHOULD BE MADE CONSTITUTIONALANC’S POSITION & RATIONALE:We understand the thinking behind this Proposition, which is to harmonize customary laws with civil law, or laws based on western tradition. We agree with this goal in principle. However, we must keep in mind that there are certain customary laws that simply cannot comport with the basic precepts and principles that undergird or Constitution. Accordingly, where there is no conflict between a particular customary law and the Constitution, we have no objections to that customary law being “made constitutional.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President David Granger charged the participants of the 26th annual Rotaract District 7030 Conference to take care of the resources during the opening ceremony at State House on Thursday evening.The Conference, which is being held under the theme, “El Dorado Undiscovered, Experience the Adventure” saw the assembling of beautiful culturally dressed persons representing more than 17 Caribbean nations.During his brief remarks, the Guyanese Head of State charged the youths to takeDancers perform a routine at the opening ceremonyup the challenge of caring for the valuable resources available to them.“These resources constitute an essential element in the Region’s economy and in the livelihood of our people. Caribbean youth, you are the custodians of these resources… we have to pass these resources over to you the younger folk. So it is you who must secure the future because the future is yours,” he posited.He went on to say that youths are in fact obligated to protect the environment from threats, given that most natural disasters are a result of human actions, as he was addressing the challenges of the Caribbean region.The Conference which officially opened Thursday night will conclude on June 18.More than 17 Caribbean countries will showcase their projects as they discuss new initiatives to benefit the Region particularly their countries. This year, Guyana will directly benefit from a project called HANDS. The project will include five phases which include the construction of a home for a single parent family at Hauraruni, Soesdyke/Linden Highway.As part of the project, a medical outreach and care package distribution will be done, among others.Fifty years ago, Rotary International spearheaded the creation of Rotaract, the ultimate youth service organisation focused on the development of young adults inA depiction of the 17 countries participating in the conferencetheir communities and workplaces.Over the years, District 7030 has made tremendous contributions to their countries. As part of the organisation’s anniversary, the 26th Annual District Conference has been designed to execute the community service project which will epitomise the mandate and spirit of the Rotaract Service.Home construction, attending to health needs, nurturing dreams, develop a play park and share love were the objectives of the HANDS project.
Tusker had broken the deadlock through David Majak before David Odhiambo equalized for Zoo.The result takes Zoo to within two points of 15th placed Chemelil Sugar with two rounds of matches to go and they will now look to win both games and hope Chemelil drop points in one of their two.The home side broke the deadlock in the 17th minute when Majak picked the ball inside the box after Faraj Ominde had flicked him through before slamming the ball oast the keeper.Before that, the Brewers had some half chances, first Hillary Wandera’s volley from the edge of the box going wide before Boniface Muchiri shot straight at the keeper from range.In the 36th minute Tusker had a chance when Majak out Jackson Macharia through but the latter’s shot was turned behind for a corner by the keeper.Zoo drew level just two minutes later when Kevin Omondi curled the ball to the top left corner after being out through on goal by Ernest Kipkoech.Almost immediately, Zoo had another glorious opportunity that should have ended in the back of the net when Kiokoech’s point blank cross fell on Derrick Amani whose point blank shot attracted a brilliant one on one save from Robert Mboya.Zoo Kericho midfielder Geoffrey Gichana clears the ball under pressure from Tusker FC’s Jackson Macharia during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi on May 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn a quick turn around with the heavens opening up, Tusker came inches close to restoring their lead off a counter but Wafula’s point blank effort was saved by keeper Martin Elung’at.The pouring rain made the pitch heavy and the pace if the game hugely died down.At the start of the second half. Robert Matano made changes to his midfield, Peter Nzuki and Jackson Macharia coming off for David Naftali and Timothy Otieno.With the slippery nature of the pitch, it was difficult to play the ball on the ground and both teams resorted to playing in high balls and dumping them into the opponent’s box.Off one of these moves, Zoo had a chance after 72 minutes when keeper Mboya made a brilliant double save to deny Chetambe. The midfielder picked up the ball at the edge of the six yard box, shot at goal and his effort was blocked.He picked up the ball on the second bite of the cherry and saw that effort blocked as well.Omondi was using his height and ball control superbly, his hold up play when Zoo were on the offensive being on point. However, they could not finish the job in the final third.The brewers them took the lead with 13 minutes left when Muchiri stood over a freekick from 30 yards out before curling it beyond the wall and past keeper Elung’at.Despite going down, Zoo showed some fighting spirit as they continued knocking on the Tusker door. Three minutes to go, they won a freekick from range and Chetambe stood over it, sending it to the top right corner of Mboya’s goal.There would have been late drama in the game when Omondi had a chance off another looped ball, but his shot was blocked by Eugene Asike.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zoo Kericho midfielder Danson Chetambe vies for the ball with Tusker FC’s Boniface Muchiri during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Ruaraka Complex in Nairobi on May 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – Danson Chetambe curled in a brilliant freekick three minutes from time to hand Zoo Kericho a massive point in the race to survive Kenyan Premier League relegation, scoring the equalizer in their 2-2 draw with Tusker FC at the Ruaraka Complex on Thursday.Boniface Muchiri had given Tusker the lead with another beauty of a freekick at a rain drenched Ruaraka before Chetambe replied with a beauty of his own.
No pressure Carroll said there is no extra pressure on the offense to produce against lowly Stanford following last week’s inconsistent performance, especially by quarterback John David Booty. “I don’t know that they lost confidence,” Carroll said. “Every week we’re looking for a strong effort. It makes no difference who we play or how we did before.” Who starts? It appeared senior Alatini “Tiny” Malu would start at right guard following Chilo Rachal’s sprained knee. But Carroll said freshman Zach Heberer (San Pedro High) also will play and he refused to name a starter. “I don’t know yet,” Carroll said. “Zach had a good week of practice.” O’Dowd recovery Center Kris O’Dowd, who underwent surgery on his knee to remove loose cartilage, said he hopes to return for the Notre Dame game on Oct. 20. Johnson update Tailback Stafon Johnson did some light running but did not practice all week, which makes it doubtful he would play against Stanford. However Carroll said, “I wouldn’t rule him out.” Said Johnson: “I don’t know anything right now. The pain went down but it still bothers me.” Odds and ends Tailback Broderick Green, who underwent surgery for a stress fracture in his foot, jogged Thursday and could return to practice in two weeks. “He’s a big dude that hammers the football,” Carroll said. It looks like USC will try to play Green if possible, instead of redshirting him. “It just depends, we need to see how he comes back,” Carroll said. … Booty after watching the Washington films: “It really wasn’t that bad,” he said. “It wasn’t my night. I never really played in the Northwest. I put it behind me, I moved on. Nothing technically was wrong” … Linebacker Thomas Williams will start his second straight game in place of Brian Cushing (sprained ankle). Clay Matthews, who sprained his shoulder two weeks ago, is healthy and will back up Williams. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER USC coach Pete Carroll said Thursday he considered moving wide receiver Brandon Carswell to cornerback because of injuries in the secondary. “If in an emergency we needed someone the last couple weeks, we looked at it, but it’s not permanently,” Carroll said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThree of the Trojans’ top cornerbacks are injured. Josh Pinkard tore knee ligaments last month, Cary Harris dislocated his shoulder two weeks ago and Shareece Wright pulled a hamstring last week. Carswell played cornerback in high school and also tried the position in summer workouts at USC. He is expected to redshirt this season, but his name has surfaced in coaching meetings in regards to the cornerback crisis. Harris wants to play against Stanford Saturday, but Carroll said Harris would need to be cleared by doctors before the game. Harris said doctors already cleared him. “The doctors cleared my shoulder. It’s up to me if I want to play. I’m playing,” Harris said. “But it’s really up to the coaches.” Carroll said he wanted Harris to play but needed doctors’ approval before the game.
— “Hairspray” — “Into the Wild” — “No Country for Old Men” Lead Actor in a Motion Picture — George Clooney, “Michael Clayton” Here is a list of nominees announced in West Hollywood today for the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be presented Jan. 27. Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture — “3:10 to Yuma” — “American Gangster” — Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood” — Ryan Gosling, “Lars and the Real Girl” — Emile Hirsch, “Into the Wild” — Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises” Lead Actress in a Motion Picture — Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” — Julie Christie, “Away From Here” — Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose” — Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart” — Ellen Page, “Juno” Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture — Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” — Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men” — Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild” — Tommy Lee Jones, “No Country for Old Men” — Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton” Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture — Cate Blanchett, “I’m not There” — Ruby Dee, “American Gangster” — Catherine Keener, “Into the Wild” — Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone” — Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton” TELEVISION CATEGORIES Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series — “Boston Legal” — “The Closer” — “Grey’s Anatomy” — “Mad Men” — “The Sopranos” Actor in a Drama Series — James Gandolfini, “The Sopranos” — Michael C. Hall, “Dexter” — Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” — Hugh Laurie, “House” — James Spader, “Boston Legal” Actress in a Drama Series — Glenn Close, “Damages” — Edie Falco, “The Sopranos” — Sally Field, “Brothers and Sisters” — Holly Hunter, “Saving Grace” — Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer” Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series — “30 Rock” — “Desperate Housewives” — “Entourage — “The Office” — “Ugly Betty” Actor in a Comedy Series — Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock” — Steve Carell, “The Office” — Ricky Gervais, “Extras” — Jeremy Piven, “Entourage” — Tony Shaloub, “Monk” Actress in a Comedy Series — Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?” — America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty” — Tina Fey, “30 Rock” — Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds” — Vanessa Williams, “Ugly Betty” Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries — Micheal Keaton, “The Company” — Kevin Kline, “As You Like It.” — Oliver Platt, “The Bronx is Burning” — Sam Shepard, “Ruffian” — Jon Turturro, “The Bronx is Burning” Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries — Ellen Burstyn, “Mitch Albom’s For One More Day” — Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife” — Anna Paquin, “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” — Queen Latifah, “Life Support” — Vanessa Redgrave, “The Fever” — Gena Rowlands, “What if God were the Sun?” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Four Rohingya Muslims, who had served out their prison term for entering Manipur without valid documents, were freed on Tuesday. Official sources said Mohammad Yunus, 23, Mohammad Abdul Amin, 40, Mohammad Hussain, 19, and Mohammad Sofi, 26, hailed from areas under the Buthidaung Mrone police station in Myanmar. They had entered the Indian State at different times. After the Home Department ordered their deportation, a police team escorted them to Moreh, the border town, and handed them over to Myanmar officials.
Jolted by the massive loss in the fourth ODI, India would aim to get the crucial psychological edge over the West Indies before the Test series when they take on the hosts in the fifth and final one-dayer, here on Thursday.The ODI series is already in their pocket as the Indians have taken a 3-1 lead but they would try and ensure that the score line suggests domination by signing off 4-1.Berths in the eleven for the first Test match, scheduled to start next Monday, are up for grabs and those certain would aim to fall in a groove while those still on the edge would look to leave a definite impression on the team management.There are at least two batsmen and the fast-bowling combination which needs to be sorted out ahead of the Test series.India needs two middle-order batsmen for the first Test.So, there is an added incentive for Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, almost certainties, to familiarise themselves with the venue.The pitch at Sabina Park is expected to have pace and bounce and it would do a world of good to Kohli and Raina if they are able to spend some profitable time in the middle.Both have had at least one notable innings in the series but their runs and averages so far — 105 for Kohli at 26.25 and 82 for Raina at 27.33 — aren’t very impressive.The only contender for a berth in the middle order, Subramaniam Badrinath, is way too behind in the race having made a mere 40 runs at 13.33 from four games and looking distinctly uncomfortable against short-pitched deliveries of Andre Russell in the fourth game on Monday.advertisementThe biggest beneficiary has been leg-spinner Amit Mishra with nine wickets at 17 apiece from four games.He could revise the trend of going into a Test abroad with just one spinner. The West Indian batsmen have found him more than a handful in one-dayers and he could be an even bigger force in Tests given that he would have an attacking field to support him.Mishra is likely to be retained in the fifth one-dayer even though he went for a few in the fourth game on Monday.The team management would like to have a closer look at him on a pitch which is more suited to a fast bowler.India would almost certainly go with two spinners in the final game and that leaves just two places for medium pacers.On the face of it, Munaf Patel is almost a certainty for the Tests and that leaves Praveen Kumar and Ishant Sharma to battle it out for the second slot.Praveen is yet to play a Test for India so he would not be short of motivation.West Indies would be encouraged by their consolation win in the fourth game. A couple of young men, Andre Russell and Anthony Martin, have shown the way forward with their spirit and belief but with Chris Gayle once again ignored, batting looks brittle.But the good news is that fit-again opener Adrian Barath made his way in, replacing a not-too-impressive Kirk Edwards in the squad which beat India by 103 runs in the fourth one-dayer.Besides Barath, Ravi Rampaul also returned to the side after a brief rest to replace Danza Hyatt.The 21-year-old Barath was undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a hamstring injury which forced him out of the 2011 World Cup.West Indies also finally have their wish for a hard and bouncy pitch answered in Sabina Park. They would love to carry the momentum forward into the game and in the Test series beyond.Opener Lendl Simmons has been a positive influence and Kieron Pollard is showing signs of asserting himself in the middle.The lower order has definitely shown signs of resurgence.If only the top order can look to tackle spinners, build stands and not give up then this West Indian side could still run the world champions close.- With inputs from PTISquads:India: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh (vc), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Carlton Baugh (wk), Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Adrian Barath, Ravi Rampaul, Anthony Martin, Kieron Pollard, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Lendl Simmons.