ANC to Take NEC to Court

first_img“By accepting current election results without challenging them… we the Liberian people would again be accepting the same behaviors and tolerating the same injustices,” said Cummings.The standard bearer of the Alternative National Congress (ANC), Alexander Benedict Cummings, is contemplating possible legal action against the National Elections Commission (NEC) as his team of legal and fraud experts are putting together every piece of information and evidence that would culminate into a sensible case against the electoral body.The ANC’s lawsuit would come in the wake of reported or possible fraud into the October 10 presidential and legislative elections; and by that, would be seeking redress against the NEC’s many irregularities that greeted the voting process, such as stolen ballot boxes,  mix-matched tally sheets, to centers moved with no notice to voters and the intimidation of poll watchers, among others.“While I am thankful for a peaceful process and the impressive turn-out of voters, I am very concerned about the integrity and subsequent validity of the recent election outcomes,” Cummings said at a press conference in Monrovia yesterday. “I am also disturbed by the reported thousands of Liberians that were denied their constitutional right to vote due to inefficiencies and negligence in the administration of the process,” he said.“From stolen ballot boxes, to mix-matched tally sheets, to centers moved with no notice to voters, to the intimidation of poll watchers, and an unprecedented number of both invalid votes and turned-away voters, it is clear that our election process lacked the capacity, preparedness and consistent application of the rules to ensure that the votes of the Liberian people were protected with a guarantee of results that’s the true will of the Liberian people,” he noted.At the press conference held in the presence of some international observers from the EU EOM and NDI, Cummings said that the ANC will only accept a result that is free fair and transparent in a process where every eligible voter had the opportunity to exercise his/her constitutional right.International elections observers were invited to attend the ANC press conference“I want to state emphatically that we, the ANC, would accept the outcome of the election as the will of the Liberian people if it was free, fair and completely conducted,” he said.Cummings assured his supporters and every Liberian whose rights may have been violated on elections day that he will not stop until due process is served. “I want to let you know that I am even more determined and passionate about helping change the process and this broken system. After 170 years, Liberia deserves better!”He asked his many partisans to continue to remain calm during such “a very difficult period in our democracy. We must remain steadfast in the preservation of peace and stability of our great nation,” he said.“During my campaign,” Cummings said at the conference, “I outlined many reasons why we  are where we are as a country, consistently noting that if we keep doing the same things, we will not get different results. Today I find that to be truer than ever.”“The acceptance of an incompetent, inefficient and rigged electoral process is an illustration of that expression.“By accepting current election results without challenging them amid the numerous and wide spread improprieties, we the Liberian people would again be accepting the same behaviors and tolerating the same injustices,” he said.“As Liberians, we will never fully be empowered to exercise our constitutional rights- and Liberia will never change-if we tolerate mediocrity and corruption in any fact of the electoral process. We cannot do the same things and expect different results.“So, after much consultation and initial review of substantive evidence, I find it as my duty and responsibility as a Liberian that is dedicated to creating change and reform, to explore challenging the purported outcome of the recent election.“As such, the ANC has engaged expert assistance to conduct a detailed review of the party’s findings with a view to verify and pursue every available avenue, legal and otherwise, to a fair, transparent and valid election result.”With the registration of his intention to take legal action against the NEC, the  ANC political leader would be joining his colleague from the Liberty Party, Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, who has also registered his intention to take legal action against the NEC.After all, these were the same two men who challenged the NEC at the Supreme Court after their respective running mates were barred from contesting the elections all because the NEC held them in violation of contents of the controversial Code of Conduct. The High Court vindicated them.Brumskine is demanding that the election be rerun, claiming that massive fraud and irregularities are to blame for preliminary results indicating that the LP performed poorly.He said that the elections were faced with “serious gross irregularities and fraud that undercut the integrity of the process as well as denying voters their constitutional rights to vote.”He added: “The preliminary results released by authorities of the National Elections Commissions (NEC) are not valid, because we at the LP have evidence to prove our case.”The LP’s evidences, the political leader said, range from the stuffing of ballot boxes with marked ballot papers for a rival party in Nimba County by a NEC presiding officer; the late opening of polls at some centers; and the omission of names and photographs from the voter roll.The standard bearer of the All Liberian Party, Benoni Urey, has also voiced out similar discontent.Meanwhile, to his many supporters, some of whom graced the press conference yesterday, Cummings said, “I want to sincerely thank all of our dedicated supporters and to every Liberian that participated in our recent hallmark presidential elections. Your passion, energy and love for our county inspires me and strengthens our resolve as a party to continue to fight for the Liberia we all deserve.“Many of you took the time to wake up early and exercise your civic duty. Whatever your reasons were, and whoever your choice was, you were involved in the democratic process of our nation. For that I am grateful. That single act of exercising your right to vote demonstrates your commitment to Liberia and participation in its future,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

North Rupununi leaders urged to create visionary, green sustainable projects

first_img“As leaders, we need to be visionaries and consider projects that will be of great benefit to the people. If we are going to progress, we must use the resources available to the best of our ability for the benefit of the people who elected us.”This was the charge given to Toshaos and Senior Councillors of villages in the North Rupununi by Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock on Friday last. The Minister was speaking at the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) meeting at the Bina Hill Institute, Annai District, where 16 village leaders were in attendance. He urged the North Rupununi village leaders to be forward-thinking as they moved the development of their communities forward. Minister Allicock said that the Government has embarked on creating a Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) through which a number of projects will be executed across the regions, including solar farms and hydropower projects. He advised the leaders to consider green sustainable projects that would cause little or no damage to the natural environment, while generating an income for the village and creating employment for the people.“You must look at what is needed in your village. If you had flooding last year, what are you doing to avoid flooding this year? Do you know your area? Do you knowIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock addressing village leaders at the North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB) meeting at the Bina Hill Institute, Annaiyour resources? You need to get started and be ready to access funding that is available to you. We at the Ministry are ready to support you,” the Minister was quoted as saying by the Department of Public Information (DPI).Minister Allicock encouraged the Village Councils to organise members and elect persons who would represent the health, education, infrastructure, social services and security sectors. These individuals will liaise with the Regional Administration to ensure issues in those areas are addressed in a timely manner.Minister Allicock further suggested that these concerns be forwarded to the Community Development Officer (CDO), who is in direct contact with the Minister.last_img read more

Fire scorches RHY&SC clubhouse

first_imgThe RHY&SC building which was scorchedAlert members of the Rose Hall Youth and Sports Club on Saturday prevented what could have been a major fire.Reports are that at the time the fire started, three club members including the Chief Executive Officer were inside the building at Area ‘H’ Ground, which only has one exit.According to the club’s CEO, Hilbert Foster, on Saturday members of the entity did an extensive cleanup exercise and burnt items which are no longer needed.“To the best of my knowledge I think what happen there is that a flying piece of paper which had flames on it ended up in one of the boxes which was eventually brought back into the storeroom,” Foster told this publication.However, as he was making final checks on his way out of the building, ensuring that all lights were off, he noticed the flames.The other club members were notified and attempts were made to extinguish it despite the extreme heat.Cricketers, who were in practice, and members of the public formed a bucket brigade and were able to extinguish the fire.Foster said that he is thankful that most of the items in the storeroom were saved but more than $500,000 worth in trophies along with gifts which the club had secured for its award ceremony, scheduled for later this month, were destroyed in addition to some items for the club’s Christmas village.“The Rose Hall Youth and Sports Club is going to get over this. We are not asking anybody for assistance. We have gotten over other things like this in the past where bandits broke in and stole millions of dollars in stuff and we were able to get over it. One thing we would like to do is to thank the Heavenly Father for his guidance during the twenty minutes of madness, for saving our lives,” Foster said.Meanwhile, on Sunday four persons were left homeless after a fire destroyed a two-storey house at Number 57 Village, Corentyne.Reports are that two persons were at home at the time.Marcia Courtland and her daughter were attending to a GWI meter reader when smoke was seen coming from the upper flat.Neighbours were able to save some household items.The fire is believed to have been caused by a fault in the building’s electrical wiring.last_img read more

Fire destroys shed on 96 Avenue

first_imgThe Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a call of a shed on fire on a property on 96 Avenue between 84 and 82 Street. The shed was a loss and while a primary cause has yet to be determined, a hydro wire is being attributed as a secondary cause in the blaze.Fire Chief Fred Burrows said fires near hydro wires can potentially create a secondary issue relating to a blaze as it did in this case.“It was a garden shed attached to a garage. The garage sustained some minor damage. The shed was a loss. We believe that the hydro was a secondary issue around the fact that there was a fire. We haven’t determined the cause of the fire at this time. In many cases a hydro issue can errupt at a structure fire because all of the components of what’s supposed to happen with hydro is interfered with. The insulation starts melting and the wires come together and may or may not short out. In this case they stayed live for awhile.”- Advertisement -The home on the property sustained minor fire damage. No one was injured as a result of the situation.last_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Agoura/Las Virgenes Optimist Club will meet, 6:30 p.m. at Terri’s Cafe, 30135 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 707-1934. Sun Valley Neighborhood Council will meet, 6:30 p.m. in the Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center assembly room, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 768-8342. Neighborhood Watch meeting, 7-8 p.m. at Panorama City Recreation Center, 8600 Hazeltine Ave., Panorama City. Call (818) 893-3401. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail TUESDAY: Snarka Snoops, 11 a.m. at Storyopolis for children, 12348 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Free. Call (818) 509-5600. Mardi Gras Celebration, noon-10 p.m. at El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza (Olvera Street), Los Angeles. Free. Call (213) 485-9769. Taste of the South soul food celebration, 3-5 p.m. at Van Nuys Recreation Center, 14301 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. Call (818) 756-8131. Santa Clarita City Council will meet, 6 p.m. in the council chambers, 1st floor, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 255-4391. last_img read more

He’s generous, down to his bones

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAll Winkelman knew was that his bone marrow had given a woman dying of leukemia new life. And all Sholkoff knew was that she was lucky to get it. With no siblings, and her own three children only a half-match, she would have to rely on a stranger to save her life. The doctors on the City of Hope’s bone-marrow transplant team told her there were only 50 registered donors worldwide that could be a possible match. In the end, there turned out to be only one perfect, 10-point match for her: an attorney in Detroit named Roger Winkelman. The bone-marrow transplant rules dictate that if both donor and recipient agree, they can contact each other after a year. They had promised they would try not to get too emotional when they finally met face to face Friday. But, of course, they did. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to. For more than a year, Sandra Sholkoff, a 67-year-old grandmother from Woodland Hills, and Roger Winkelman, a 51-year-old father of two from Detroit, could only wonder about each other. They didn’t know each other’s names, anything about their families, or even where each other lived in the country. Winkelman and Sholkoff had spoken on the phone several times, but never met. Not until Friday at the City of Hope’s 30th anniversary Celebration of Life bone marrow transplant reunion. All the phone promises not to get too emotional went out the window. They hugged and, yeah, they cried. “Thank you for saving my life,” Sholkoff said. When the call for his bone marrow finally came, Roger Winkelman didn’t think twice. “I had a chance to save someone’s life – it was a no-brainer,” he said Saturday morning on his way to Woodland Hills with his wife, Linda, for a brunch with Sholkoff and her family. It was because of Linda that he even had this wonderful opportunity to save a life. It was 18 years ago, but in his mind it was only yesterday, Winkelman said. Linda was giving birth to their oldest daughter when his wife started bleeding uncontrollably. “She lost half her blood supply, and I thank God every day that they had the blood to give her,” he said. “I had always given blood, but I redoubled my efforts after that.” It was so long ago that he had forgotten he had also agreed to become a donor for the national bone marrow registry. Until that phone call about 18 months ago telling him he was a perfect match for a woman dying of acute myeloid leukemia. What he did next was a no-brainer. Winkelman went in for a full physical and then received a series of shots over four weeks to make his bones excrete the stem cells that would give Sholkoff new life. “It wasn’t painful at all,” he says. “My bones ached a little after they took the bone marrow out, but it went away.” Meanwhile, at the City of Hope in Duarte, Sholkoff was being prepped for surgery by Dr. Stephen Forman, who could tell her nothing about the donor except it was a man. “He said if the bone marrow arrived before noon, it was from someone living in California, and if it was after midnight, it was from out of the country,” she said. “Mine came in at dinner time, which told me it was from a man living somewhere in the United States.” After the operation, Sandra’s children gathered around her bedside anxious to know if she was all right. Sandra looked up at them and smiled. She knew she needed to give them and herself something to laugh about to break the tension. “I’m fine,” she said, dropping her voice low to sound like a man. Half her blood cells and all her bone marrow were now male. Last September, a little more than a year after the successful bone marrow transplant, Winkelman got another phone call. His wife told him it was from a woman named Sandra Sholkoff in Woodland Hills, Calif. She wanted to thank him for saving her life. “I was a blithering idiot, crying on the phone, thanking him,” Sandra said Saturday, waiting for the Winkelmans to arrive. “My hair had come back in curly after the operation, and I asked him on the phone if he had curly hair,” she said. “He laughed and told me he was bald.” If there is one thing both Sandra and Roger want you to take away after reading their story it’s this: Having the chance to save someone’s life is a no-brainer. To join the National Marrow Donor Program’s registry call (800) 627-7692 or go to the registry’s Web site at Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want 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


first_imgTHE owner of a private bar in the Bluestack Mountains insists people are still welcome to join him for a drink – despite a court case yesterday where he was fined €50.Patsy Brogan, 75, owns the Bog Hotel near Frosses.Yesterday a judge found him guilty of having alcohol for sale at the ‘pub’ without a license last year. Two other charges were found not to be proven. Today Mr Brogan insisted that he has never charged for drink, adding: “If people want to leave money, that’s fine – if they don’t, that’s fine as well.”Mr Brogan – pictured with his fiancee Darla Weiske – said he would continue to welcome people to his home, and the converted shed at the rear of it.“My house is a ceili house and people are welcome to come and have a bit of craic and a wee drink if they want; sure there’s no harm in that,” he said.“My home is not a shebeen. Never was. Never will be. I’ve never had a single complaint about the place in the past five years.“I plan to appeal the fine and conviction and we will be applying to the court to have the drink that was taken from my home returned by the gardai.”Yesterday’s case can be read here:‘BOG HOTEL STILL OPEN’ INSISTS PATSY BROGAN was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FROSSESPatsy BroganThe Bog Hotellast_img read more

Letterkenny school acquires life-saving defibrillator

first_imgThe staff and pupils of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál have welcomed the installation of a defibrillator in the school building.In keeping with best practice, the Letterkenny national school recently acquired the emergency medical device for the school community.A defibrillator can be used in the event of a cardiac arrest, by a trained individual, to deliver a potentially life-saving shock to the heart to allow it to resume its normal rhythm. “The funds to provide this valuable piece of equipment were sponsored by the Board of Management, to whom we are very grateful,” said teacher Mrs Margaret Rowland.Five teachers on the staff are certified in the use of this defibrillator should the need ever arise.Scoil Mhuire gan Smál is a health promoting school and has an Active Flag. Health and wellbeing is of paramount importance within the school community.Scoil Mhuire gan Smál principal Ms Simmons and teacher Mrs Rowland with 5th and 6th class students at the installation of the school defibrillator.Letterkenny school acquires life-saving defibrillator was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:defibrillatorScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

NaVorro Bowman returns to 49ers … for his retirement

first_imgSANTA CLARA — NaVorro Bowman returned to the 49ers facility Tuesday, not for another inspiring comeback but rather to retire and officially end an impressive career that got waylaid by a knee injury in the 2013 season’s NFC Championship Game.“That one play,” Bowman began his recollection. “I used to always say, ‘Should I have just let him score and then maybe I’d be playing 12-13 years, six-time All-Pro?’ I don’t … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/05/bang_77960f52-ba14-43bf-82d7-2efc47d3634a”]last_img read more

R1bn investment sees new Corolla roll off the line

first_img5 February 2014 Toyota South Africa Motors on Monday started full production of the new Toyota Corolla – the 11th generation of the world’s best-selling car – following a R1-billion investment in its Prospecton manufacturing plant in Durban. Toyota South Africa Motors CEO Johan van Zyl said the company’s R1-billion investment was the second to be announced in the current phase of a capital expansion programme that started with a R363-million new parts distribution centre in Gauteng province in 2012. This followed a R8-billion investment programme that was completed in 2008 and that saw Toyota’s local production capacity increase to 220 000 units. In December, the company celebrated the production of its 1-millionth South African produced Corolla. “It is hard to believe that a mere two generations of the Corolla ago we were a manufacturing operation with South Africa as our sole market,” Van Zyl said in a statement. “Today the Corolla, a good example of leading-edge technology, is manufactured in high volumes for both the local and the export markets.” The new Corolla will be built in both left- and right-hand drive variants for the local and sub-Saharan Africa export markets. Van Zyl said the South African automotive industry’s transformation from local manufacturing and assembly operations to globally focussed manufacturing facilities was due in large part to the successful implementation of the government’s Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), which was designed to encourage high-volume local manufacturing and export programmes. “The environment created by the MIDP, and subsequently the challenges posed by the new Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), allows vehicle manufacturing facilities to invest in long-term projects that have long investment horizons,” he said. “The decision to invest in the production of the new Toyota Corolla was one taken well in advance of the start of production and one that considered the future economic prospects of South Africa and that of major Corolla export markets. “We believe that despite the current economic slowdown and currency pressures, the South African built Corolla will prove to be a good long-term investment.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more