‘Bogus!’

first_imgThe Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), along with its administrative bodies, has condemned the Senate’s action to pass what they term a ‘Bogus Bill’ that seeks to hurt the people of Liberia, the CBL family.According to LINSU, the bill crafted by the Senate is not only unconstitutional but lacks all of the basic principles of good governance and focused on individuals—rather than on issue proves the undoing of the House of Senate.LINSU further explained that Article 18 of the Constitution declares “All Liberian citizens shall have equal opportunity for work and employment regardless of sex, creed, religion, political affiliation, status, and all shall be entitled to equal pay for equal work, which the Senate seeks to violate by denying CBL Executive Governor Dr. Joseph Mills Jones and other governors and board members of the CBL the right to a job, irrespective of what a senator or group of senators may perceive as a ‘future political treat’ from Gov. Jones.The Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) and its county-based associations at all universities and high schools in a news conference at weekend called on Dr. J. Mills Jones to proceed with doing regular financial business with the suffering people and needy students of Liberia in obedience to the Financial Institution Act of 1999, which created the Central Bank of Liberia.  The group said, “The national student movement of Liberia will continue to urge Jones to increase the volume of support in the towns and villages to various citizens and students groupings in reducing poverty striving as well as responding to the people call.The heads of students’ movements considered the bill of the Senate a “gross failure of not living up to their political promises for which many will be voted out by the heavy determination of students,” adding that it is preposterous to fear a man who is yet to declare his political ambition to be one who in fact is providing serious financial help to people around Liberia.The national student movement wishes to equivocally state that this is not a fight in defense of Governor Mills Jones and his deputies, but a fight intended to set the records straight and save future generations.The Senate last week passed the Bill, which is an amendment to an Act that authorized the establishment of the CBL on March 18, 1989, among other things, declared that: “The Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and members of the Board of Governors shall be prohibited (from contesting) political office(s) while serving in their respective offices and shall not be qualified to contest any electable office within three years consecutively after the expiration of their tenure and in his/her resignation from the Central Bank of Liberia.”The Senate amended the functions of the CBL, which had granted it the authority to “Issue legal tender and banknotes and coins,” to now read as follows: “The CBL will supply legal tender and bank notes and coins.”The Senate further agreed that Part IV. Section 13, which deal with the resignation or removal of Governor, Executive Governors, and deputy Governors was amended to give more authority to the Legislature.According to the new Bill, “The Legislature shall determine whether or not an impeachable offense has been committed by the Executive Governor or a member of the Board of Governors of the CBL. Where such a determination has been made, the Legislature shall take the necessary action of impeachment in keeping with the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Classic Transfer: Liverpool sign winger who tore Brazil apart in Rio

first_imgtalkSPORT looks back at the signing of John Barnes by Liverpool on this day, 9 June 1987.When Liverpool signed John Barnes 28 years ago today, they didn’t just buy one of the best players ever to pull on a red shirt. For the first time in the club’s history, Liverpool FC – then the undisputed kings of English football – had spent big money on a black player.These days, the colour of a player’s skin means nothing at Anfield, but back in 1987 racism – be it overt or more subtle – was more widespread in English society and, by extension, English football. While Barnes wasn’t the first black player to pull on a red shirt. That honour befell Howard Gayle, whose handful of appearances included a star cameo in a European Cup semi-final win against Bayern Munich. But Barnes’ Anfield career would go on to easily eclipse Gayle’s as he carved his name into Liverpool folklore as an attacker whose skill could be mentioned in the same breath of Kop idols like Billy Liddell, Kenny Dalglish and latterly Luis Suarez.Jamaican-born, Barnes made his name as a mesmeric winger for Watford in the mid-1980s, as the Hornets rose from the Fourth Division to a second place finish behind Liverpool in 1983, and an FA Cup final in 1984.It was in that year Barnes scored a goal for England that would serve as both a catalyst and a millstone for his career, dribbling past half the Brazil team to score a wonder goal against the home side in Rio.Three years later, following an impressive, if fleeting substitute display against eventual winners Argentina at the 1986 World Cup, 23-year-old Barnes helped Watford reach another FA Cup semi-final.By then, his skills were crying out for a more cultured platform than the more prosaic long ball football that Taylor had honed at Vicarage Road.With his boss on the move to Aston Villa, Barnes’ time at Watford was up and Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish took his chance.The Reds had endured a rare trophyless campaign in 1986/87 and with the departure of key goal scorer Ian Rush to Italian giants Juventus for a then British record fee of £3.2m, their Scottish boss took the opportunity to shrewdly reinvest and reinvent his attacking line up.Barnes was snapped up for £900,000, along with £750,000 goal poacher John Aldridge from Oxford United and £1.9m record signing Peter Beardsley, a diminutive forward whose close control and ability to shimmy past defenders had made him a firm favourite at Newcastle United.The trio formed one of the most lethal front lines in Liverpool history, having Kopites purring from day one. It took just nine minutes in a Liverpool shirt for Barnes to create a goal for Aldridge on the opening day of the season away to Arsenal, with a 2-1 win setting the tone for a sensational title-winning season.Barnes was crowned PFA Player of the Year as Liverpool won the title with four games to spare, going unbeaten in their first 29 matches and playing a brand of fluid football that has arguably only be rivalled in its beauty by the legendary double-winning Tottenham team of 1960/61 and Arsenal’s unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ of 2003/04.A highlight for Barnes came early in the campaign, as Liverpool took on then table-topping QPR at Anfield in the autumn. The England winger was in full flow that day, scoring twice in a thumping 4-0 win.In April 1988, Barnes was part of a masterclass 5-0 victory over title challengers Nottingham Forest.For the first goal, he played a beautiful one-two with marauding midfielder Ray Houghton to set up the opener.The fourth goal saw a cornered Barnes untangle himself from the corner of the pitch with a nutmeg, surge into the box at the Kop end, then lay a perfect ball back towards the edge of the area for Beardsley to strike first time.The following season brought further success for both Liverpool and Barnes, albeit overshadowed by the horror of the Hillsborough disaster.After making the decision to play on in the FA Cup, following the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters in the abandoned semi-final against Nottingham Forest, the Reds reached the final against neighbours Everton.On an emotional day at Wembley, Barnes created two goals for the now returned Rush, clinching the final in extra-time.The title was relinquished in dramatic style against Arsenal in the final game of the season, when Barnes lost possession with moments left and the Gunners pounced to score a stunning, decisive title-winning goal. But coming so soon after Hillsborough, never did the Bill Shankly adage that football was more important than life and death seem quite so wide of the mark.Barnes was sensational again in the 1989/90 season, playing more of a forward role and top scoring with 22 league goals as the Reds regained the title, scoring the championship-winning goal against QPR in April. His performances earned a second Football Writers’ Player of the Year award, joining Kenny Dalglish, Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews as double winners.But the following campaign saw Dalglish dramatically depart from Anfield in February, followed by Arsenal pipped Liverpool to the title again.His successor, Graeme Souness, flopped badly as Reds manager and his awful transfer dealings – including the premature sale of Beardsley to Everton – precipitated a decline at just the moment Manchester United were on the rise, with the dawn of the Premier League in 1992.Despite helping the Reds reach another FA Cup final in 1992, a series of injuries ruled Barnes out of the Wembley showpiece and much of the 1991/92 and 1992/93 seasons.By the time he returned to regular action in the side, Souness was on borrowed time and Liverpool had gone from perennial title-challengers to also-rans.Long serving Liverpool coach Roy Evans was promoted to manager in 1994 and managed to restore some of the traditional pass and move qualities to the Reds’ play, while reinventing Barnes’ role.Now entering the latter stages of his career and less mobile than in his flying winger heyday, Barnes’ supreme skills were in evidence as he was shifted to central midfield, dictating play with a sublime range of passing.It was in this position that Barnes helped Liverpool claim the 1995 League Cup and in 1996 and 1997 they flirted with a title challenge, only to fall short of Manchester United on both occasions.Perhaps his defining performance in this period was the thrilling 4-3 win against Newcastle United in April 1996, when Barnes played a perfectly weighted pass to Stan Collymore to seal the win in injury time in what is often cited as the greatest Premier League game ever.But a 1996 FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United and the failure to knock the Red Devils off their Premier League perch led to a changing of the guard at Anfield, as Barnes and his younger midfield partner Jamie Redknapp appeared too powderpuff by comparison with the tenacity of United’s Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.The arrival of Paul Ince – a double title winner with United – from Inter in the summer of 1997 was designed to remedy this situation, and heralded Barnes’ departure on a free transfer.But while Liverpool have still to land that elusive top spot, memories of the brilliance John Barnes produced in a red shirt live on. 1last_img read more

Two nations get tough on bird flu

first_imgHANOI, Vietnam – Two of the countries hardest hit by bird flu announced extreme measures to fight the disease Tuesday, with China promising to vaccinate its entire poultry stock of 14 billion birds and Vietnam launching a campaign to purge its two largest cities of poultry. Jia Youling, chief veterinary officer in China’s Agriculture Ministry, said China is in the process of vaccinating all poultry in the country. He said the government will pay all fees involved, but he did not provide any details of how officials would carry out the vaccinations. It was unclear if the birds were being vaccinated against the virulent H5N1 bird flu strain that has ravaged poultry stocks across Asia and killed at least 64 people since 2003. China has more than 14 billion farm poultry, accounting for nearly 21 percent of the world’s total. Millions of birds have already been vaccinated in the country because of previous outbreaks. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Meanwhile, in Vietnam, government officials in Ho Chi Minh City and the capital Hanoi have warned farmers to kill or sell all poultry by Monday. They will be compensated at half the current market value if they act now, but birds found alive after the deadline will be destroyed with no compensation, officials said. “We hope that clearing out live poultry in the city will help minimize the chances of people getting sick from bird flu,” said Huynh Hu Loi, director of Ho Chi Minh City’s animal health department. “A pandemic can happen anytime. We are doing all we can.” The campaign is one of the most extreme measures taken in the communist country to try to slow the H5N1 virus. Vietnam has experienced a surge in poultry outbreaks over the past few weeks. The latest human death was reported last week. On Tuesday, China said it would also ship 45 tons of bird flu vaccine to Vietnam. International health experts have warned that the bird flu virus could mutate into a form easily spread among humans, igniting a global pandemic. So far, most human cases have been traced to contact with infected birds. 160Want 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

Neville Next six months will be critical for Man United

first_imgManchester United great Gary Neville expects the upcoming six months to be critical as the club aim to rebuild once againThe Red Devils parted with manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.The Portuguese coach was left frustrated by the lack of support he received in the summer transfer window and refused to make changes to the club in a similar manner to what Arsenal have done.“This next six months is a critical period of planning and restructuring,” Neville told Sky Sports.“I can’t for one minute believe that the board and owners are going to continue to operate the club off the pitch in the same way they have in the last few years.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They need the best in class football leaders in that club, that’s people who have done it with the best clubs in the world, the best clubs in Europe who have operated recruitment departments, who have looked at the technical side of the game, academies to first team – Sir Alex Ferguson did that himself. He linked the whole club as one, and that’s not possible any more. The club’s too big, it’s huge.“They have got a fantastic commercial and operations side, a model that has been copied all around the world, and they deserve huge credit for that.“It’s innovative, it’s a machine. But on the football side, since Sir Alex and David Gill left, there’s been a huge void.“I think it’s time to put a more modern system in – sporting director, technical director – but the very best in class.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to replace Mourinho as interim manager at Old Trafford.last_img read more

USS Carl Vinson departs for RIMPAC 2018

first_imgUSS Carl Vinson departs for RIMPAC 2018 Posted: June 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed San Diego, June 18, to participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.Carl Vinson is joining more than 50 surface ships and submarines from 26 nations in the world’s largest international maritime exercise. The aircraft carrier’s 5,000 Sailors are part of 25,000 personnel scheduled to participate in various training events ashore and at sea June 27 through Aug. 2.“This is a chance for us to showcase what we do and strengthen relationships with our international partners,” said Capt. Matthew Paradise, Carl Vinson’s commanding officer. “There are a lot of opportunities to build camaraderie.”The training syllabus includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as military medicine, humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Units will also train in counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal, and diving and salvage operations.RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. Participants this year include forces from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.Brazil, Israel, Sri Lanka and Vietnam are participating for the first time.Carl Vinson completed a three-month deployment to the Western Pacific in April. The mission included a bilateral exercise with Japan’s maritime forces and the first visit by a U.S. aircraft carrier to Vietnam in more than 40 years.The ship supports more than 70 aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 2 and also serves as the flagship for Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1.– CVN 70 – KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News center_img June 18, 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Four teens arrested for attack near Petco Park

first_img November 19, 2018 Updated: 10:59 PM Sasha Foo, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo center_img Posted: November 19, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego police have arrested four teenagers for the beating of a man near the pedestrian bridge across from Petco Park.A 56 year old man is in the hospital on life support and is not expected to survive. Police say the attack occurred on Sunday, just after 2 p.m. According to investigators, the victim and the teenagers were involved in an argument prior to the attack. Witnesses say even after the man was knocked to the ground, the teens continue to hit him. When bystanders began yelling at the teenagers to stop, the group ran away. Investigators say a 19 year old male, and three girls, ages 14, 15 and 17 were later arrested on charges of felony battery. Although police have not indicated a motive for the beating, a friend of the suspects said the victim was attacked following a lewd act inside one of the bridge elevators in which the older man exposed his privates to the teens. Samuel, whose a friend of the suspects said he felt the attack was justified.“I think the guy deserves it. He deserves to be beaten up for exposing himself to younger females. They were 14 and 15 years old so he deserves it,” Samuel said.Investigators are working on identifying other possible suspects in the assault. Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Diego Police Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Four teens arrested for attack near Petco Parklast_img read more

Preliminary hearing scheduled for man accused of killing SDPD Officer Jonathan JD

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A preliminary hearing is scheduled Monday for a man accused of fatally shooting San Diego police Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman and wounding his partner in Southcrest in 2016.Jesse Michael Gomez, 58, faces the death penalty if convicted of murder, attempted murder and a special circumstance allegation of murder of a police officer. The preliminary hearing will determine whether Gomez will proceed to trial on those charges. He remains held without bail.Gomez is accused of shooting DeGuzman and Wade Irwin — two gang-unit officers — about 11 p.m. on July 28, 2016, when they tried to detain him in the 3700 block of Acadia Grove Way.Patrol personnel responding to the officers’ call for backup found them suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.DeGuzman, a 16-year SDPD veteran, was pronounced dead after being rushed to a hospital.Gomez was taken into custody in a ravine off South 38th Street, a short distance from the scene of the shooting. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his upper body. Preliminary hearing scheduled for man accused of killing SDPD Officer Jonathan “J.D.” DeGuzman Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 17, 2019 Elizabeth Alvarez Elizabeth Alvarez, Posted: June 17, 2019last_img read more