Montserrado County’s Senator-elect George M. Weah is expected to deliver his “victory speech” this afternoon at the headquarters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Congo Town after being overwhelmingly elected to the Liberian Senate on December 20.Amb. Weah defeated Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Sirleaf. He becomes the first Liberian international athlete elected to represent a county in the Legislature.In contrast to his failure to convey his platform to voters prior to the elections, blaming it on exhaustion and curfew, Senator-elect Weah will announce his deliverables (platform) to the people of Montserrado County today.In an exclusive interview via mobile phone over the weekend, CDC’s Montserrado County chairman, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, said Amb. Weah will be officially unveiled as the “Senator-elect,” though he did not clearly state what the Senator-elect’s victory speech would contain.“God willing, it will be done at a major press conference today, Monday, December 29, 2014 at the CDC headquarters. The event is scheduled to begin at 12 noon and all guests are required to be seated by 11:40 a.m,” Prof. Tarpeh said.Obviously Amb. Weah is expected to thank the people of Montserrado for their votes.The former football star won a landslide victory, claiming 99, 226 votes, which represented 78.0% of the total votes from the 141 polling centers, while his closest rival, the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf, got 13,692 votes, which is nearly 11% in the election marred only by a low turnout.The low turnout in the poll, which was first planned for October, and later December 16, was blamed on concerns about Ebola.Other winners in the senate elections include Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of the jailed former president Charles Taylor, and the former rebel leader Prince Johnson. Both retained their seats for Bong and Nimba counties. The remaining Senators-elect are: A Marshall Dennis (Grand Gedeh County); Morris Saytumah (Bomi County), Cllr. Varney Sherman (Grand Cape Mount County), Jonathan Kaipay (Grand Bassa) and Amb. ConmanyWesseh (River Gee County). Others include Jim WombaTornonlah (Margibi County), Francis Saturday Paye (Rivercess County), Daniel F. Naatehn (Gbapolu country), Albert T. Chie (Grand Kru country) and J. Gbleh-bo Brown (Maryland county)It may be recalled that the African football legend, Amb. Weah, was one of the leading lights of the global game in the 1990s, as a superstar in Africa. Although he never had the opportunity to grace the FIFA World Cup finals, Weah made up for it with a hugely successful club career.George Weah was a towering figure on the ’90s football scene. An exceptional goal scorer, it is no exaggeration to describe him as the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today. Quick, skillful and boasting a powerful physique, fierce shooting power and deadly finishing skills, in his prime Liberia’s ‘Mr George’ was rightly considered one of the giants of the game.He began his footballing career in 1987 with Yaounde’s Tonnerre, one of the biggest clubs in Cameroon, before joining Monaco in France a year later at the age of 21. Arsene Wenger, his coach in the principality, would later say of his purchase: “Weah was a real surprise. For me it was like a child discovering a chocolate bunny in his garden at Easter. I have never seen any player explode on to the scene as he did.”A return of 47 goals in 103 league matches for the Monegasques backs up Wenger’s glowing appraisal. However, after a four-season stay he moved north to Paris Saint-Germain, where he made his mark across the continent by scoring 16 times in 25 European outings, a haul that included a wonder-goal against Bayern Munich.After top-scoring in the 1994/95 UEFA Champions League with eight goals, he decamped to AC Milan and scooped the FIFA World Player of the Year, France Football’s European Footballer of the Year and the CAF African Footballer of the Year awards for 1995. He also helped his team to the championship in 1996, collecting a second scudetto three years later.In 114 appearances in the famous red-and-black jersey he scored 46 goals, none of them better than his unforgettable solo effort against Verona, which saw him slam his way past seven opposing players before coolly slotting the ball home. Weah departed Milan in January 2000, joining Chelsea and then moving on to Manchester City, Marseille and Al Jazirah before announcing his retirement in August 2003.The Liberian’s personal achievements reflect his immense impact on the game. He is the only African to have been voted FIFA World Player of the Year by his peers, and aside from his unique 1995 hat-trick, he also collected France Football’s African Footballer of the Year award in 1989 and 1994, and was named African Footballer of the Century by the continent’s sports writers in 1999.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Steve Bruce has told talkSPORT Hull’s move for Michael Dawson is ‘edging towards’ completion.The Tottenham defender, 30, has been a long-term target of the Tigers boss this summer but, with Spurs set to land Sevilla star Federico Fazio, the transfer is now closer than ever to being done.And after his side’s 1-1 draw with Stoke, Bruce stated his belief the England international will be a brilliant addition to his backline.He told Call Collymore: “[A deal for Michael Dawson] is edging towards where we want it to be. It’s been going on a long time but he’s worth the wait.“He’s a really terrific player who we would love to bring into the squad if we can.”And Bruce could dip into the transfer market a couple more times before the window slams shut.“We’d still like to sign two or three players before Monday, September 1 but then again I’m probably like every manager. I’m never satisfied. Another two or three additions would be terrific especially with the demands on our players [through competing in the Europa League].”
A Pico Rivera man who asphyxiated five of his six children by lighting a charcoal grill inside his home and leaving it burning in a hallway is appealing one of his convictions. Adair Garcia appealed his conviction of causing great bodily injury to his then-9-year-old daughter, who survived. Oral arguments had been scheduled to be heard Thursday but were waived. Instead, the appellate court will weigh written arguments from both sides. The court has 90 days in which to issue a response. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventGarcia is serving six consecutive life sentences, plus an additional three years for causing great bodily harm to his second-eldest daughter. His five other children, ranging in age from 4 to 10, all died when carbon monoxide fumes from the burning grill filled the home. Defense attorney Janice Blair said she filed the appeal on grounds that Garcia did not directly physically injure his daughter. “The argument was that the infliction of great bodily injury required under the law for that enhancement requires a more direct infliction of the injury than occurred here,” Blair said. “The great bodily injury enhancement was on the basis of the carbon monoxide poisoning, and that was the product of the barbecue fire – the intervening aspect.” But Deputy Attorney General Yun Lee, in his written argument, said Garcia’s actions did indeed directly inflict injury on the daughter. “\ put \ in the bedroom and lit the barbecue grill in the hallway, causing carbon monoxide to fill the air,” Lee wrote. “\ put towels in the bathroom floor and a fleece blanket on the wall to enclose the area.” However, even if the court overturns the enhancement, Garcia’s six consecutive life sentences would still stand. Only the additional three years would be withdrawn, said Lee. Garcia, who was 33 at the time, took his children to a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, then to see the movie “Peter Pan” at the Puente Hills Mall on Feb. 20, 2002. After the daylong outing, he filmed a videotape for his estranged wife in which coached his children to say good night to their mother and that they loved her. He then addressed his estranged wife directly, telling her she would not have to worry about the children any more. He said that he and the children were “falling asleep” and that they were “going to be in a better place.” He put his children to bed, then lighted the barbecue grill in the hallway. Garcia was convicted of five counts of murder, and one count of willful, deliberate, premeditated murder, which carried a sentence enhancement for “great bodily injury” on his surviving daughter. He received six consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus three years for the great bodily injury charge. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness has revealed he’s superstitious – and once made his players wreck a changing room…to find his lucky training whistle.In an interview with HotPress the Glenties man revealed: “I’ve a lucky whistle, which got mislaid one day at training.“I gathered the lads together and said, ‘No one’s going home till it’s back in my pocket!’ We had to tear the dressing-room apart but eventually we found it!” You can read the full interview on the link below:http://www.hotpress.com/Jim-McGuinness/features/interviews/Hot-Press-Meets-Jim-McGuinness/10087530.html JIM McGUINNESS TELLS HOTPRESS: ‘I MADE PLAYERS TEAR DRESSING ROOM APART TO FIND MY LUCKY WHISTLE’ was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by John2Share 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:JIM McGUINNESS TELLS HOTPRESS: ‘I MADE PLAYERS TEAR DRESSING ROOM APART TO FIND MY LUCKY WHISTLE’
Athletics Ireland has named reigning world youth walk champion, Kate Veale (West Waterford AC) as part of a 15 member squad to compete at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships to be held in Barcelona from the 10-15th of July. Veale finished an impressive sixth at the recent IAAF World Cup of Race Walking in Saransk, Russia. Emma Prendiville (Farranfore Maine Valley AC) will also compete in the 10k Walk.Mark English (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 800m having run an impressive 1.45.77 this season to break his own National Junior Record. This time moved him to fifth on the Irish all-time list, ahead of Marcus O’Sullivan (1.45.87). Fellow Donegal athlete, Karl Griffin (Tir Chonaill AC), is also set to compete over this distance. Karl, European Youth Olympic medallist from 2011 has shown good form this year breaking English’s 800m Youth Record, running 1:49.63. 16 year old, Síofra Cleirigh-Buttner (DSD AC) will compete in the 800m. Her personal best of 2:04.82, set at a Dublin Graded Meet in June, ranks her second fastest Irish woman to date this year. European Youth Olympic Champion, Ruairi Finnegan (Letterkenny AC) will compete in the 1500m having run 3:46.27 this year. He will be joined in the 1500m by Sean Tobin (Clonmel AC) who recently ran 3.46.41 for the distance.In the longer distance event, reigning Inter club Cross Country Champion Sarah Collins (Finn Valley AC) has been selected to compete over 3,000m with Kevin Dooney (Raheny AC) competing in the 10,000m. In the Sprints, Marcus Lawler (St. Laurence O’ Toole) will compete in the 200m. Lawler has this year so far, set personal bests of 21.42 in the 200m and 10.72 in the 100m, both new Irish Youth Records.Joanna Mills (Ballymena & Antrim AC) will go in the 400m in Barcelona. Mills ran brilliantly last year to place fourth in 400m final at the 2011 European Junior Track and Field Championships in Estonia.Sarah Lavin (Emerald AC) is selected for the 100m hurdles. Lavin began 2012 in style by equalling Derval O’Rourke’s national junior record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.46. Lavin transferred this form to the outdoor season recording an impressive personal best of 13.73 to win the Irish Schools. European Youth Olympic Champion from 2011, Ben Kiely (Ferrybank AC) is set to compete in the 400m Hurdles.Dempsey McGuigan (Finn Valley AC) will compete in the Hammer having set an Irish Junior Record of 70.02m earlier in the year. McGuigan will be joined in the hammer by newly crowned National Junior champion, James McCabe of Dunboyne AC who has thrown 68.62m this year.Jacqui Freyne Junior High Performance Manager said “This is a strong team across a variety of events and reflects the immense athletic talent that exists, and the quality of coaches working within the younger ranks in athletics in Ireland at the moment, and we wish all the team the best of luck in Barcelona.”Irish Team IAAF World Junior Track and Field ChampionshipsAthlete Club Coach EventMarcus Lawler St. Laurence O’ Toole AC Patricia Lawler 200m Joanna Mills Ballymena & Antrim AC Ian Neely 400mSarah Lavin Emerald AC Noelle Morrissey 100m HurdlesBen Kiely Ferrybank AC Bríd Golden 400m HurdlesMark English Letterkenny AC Teresa McDaid 800m Karl Griffin Tír Chonaill AC Eamon Harvey 800mSíofra Cléirigh-Buttner DSD AC Eddie McDonagh & Donal Hennigan 800mRuairi Finnegan Letterkenny AC Teresa McDaid 1500mSean Tobin Clonmel AC Anthony Moynihan 1500mSarah Collins Finn Valley AC André Puschnig 3000mKevin Dooney Raheny AC Dick Hooper 10,000mKate Veale West Waterford AC Jamie Costin 10k WalkEmma Prendiville Farranfore Maine Valley AC Michael Lane 10k WalkDempsey McGuigan Finn Valley AC Alan Bertram HammerJames McCabe Dunboyne AC George Eyres HammerDONEGAL ATHLETES NAMED IN WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM was last modified: June 25th, 2012 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)
Donegal native Fr Ambrose O’Gorman survived bombing raids during the second World War and a terrifying plane crash in 1960, but this week the popular cleric celebrated his 102nd birthday.The Kilmacrennan native still enjoys attending mass in St. Patrick’s Churches in Ballyshannon and Belleek. Despite his close brushes with death, the much loved priest celebrated turning 102 with a brilliant birthday bash in Shannagh Nursing Home in Belleek.Fr Ambrose was born in Kilmacrennan. Once he was ordained he spent most of his time as a priest for over 40 years mostly in Essex. He was attached to parishes in Chelmsford, Basildon and lastly, as Parish Priest in Newbury Park. He survived the German bombing raids during the second World War, Fr Ambrose recalled that period saying, “It was a terrifying time”, he said, once cowering under a chair during one German bombing raid.“We had a shelter in the house and I once hid under a chair with my beads and saying the Rosary.“I worried a lot then, we hardly discussed it among the priests but I do remember saying I was never going to learn German.Fr Ambrose also recalled the terrifying moment he cheated death, when the plane to Dublin he was travelling on crashed and burst into flames. On January 7, 1960, Father Ambrose had a miraculous escape he and 58 passengers and crew were aboard a British European Airways flight from Dublin which crashed in dense fog at London’s Heathrow Airport.“I remember a loud bang and just before the crash nudging the man beside me.“I asked him what was wrong but he was a dreadful colour, so I didn’t ask any more questions.“The plane burst into flames, but we all managed to get safely off.“All I had was the new suit from Clery’s that I was wearing, and my breviary, because I had been praying. “The fog was so bad that it took them more then two hours to find us, even though they had spotlights.“We were all huddled in little groups and had to shout so that they could locate us.The special milestone was celebrated at Shannagh Private Nursing Home in Belleek, where the ‘remarkable’ figure has lived in recent years.Marking his birthday celebrations quietly with staff and residents, his 102 years were marked at a special mass. Among those to join Fr. Ambrose were priesthood friends from Ballyshannon. The Rev. Fr. Cathal O’Fearrai, Ballyshannon was the main celebrant and other clergy took part before the priests joined him for tea.Fr. Ambrose served as a priest for over 40 years mostly in Essex where he was attached to parishes in Chelmsford, Basildon and lastly, as Parish Priest in Newbury Park.Having returned to Ballyshannon on retirement, he moved around eight years ago into Shannagh Private Nursing Home, where he is ‘good form’.Described as a “remarkable” man, who is “very independent,” Fr. Ambrose is also acknowledged for his “very good memory”.A staff member at Shannagh mentioned yesterday that “he never forgets anything” and that he has a powerful memory!He loves getting cards and meeting people, she said, adding that he “loves visiting people and people visiting him.”DONEGAL PRIEST WHO CHEATED DEATH 54 YEARS AGO CELEBRATES 102ND BIRTHDAY was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:102nd birthdayBallyshannonDonegal PriestEssexhome-page featuresnewsPlane CrashWW2
View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey poised to join the WWE at ‘Wrestlemania 34’ —report The victory allowed the Fighting Maroons to leapfrog over National University to get to the fourth spot, tying the Tamaraws with a 5-6 record.UP head coach Bo Perasol is just on his second year with the Fighting Maroons but he is aware of his team’s 12-game losing streak against FEU.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“First off, Paolo Romero really asked us to win this game because in his seven years in UP he hasn’t won a game against FEU, so we did it for Pao,” said Perasol in Filipino.“Paul also made sure that he’ll get back on [Ron] Dennison on the defensive end limiting him to just nine points.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FEU held a 49-39 lead midway through the fourth quarter after outscoring UP 22-5 in the third period, but the Fighting Maroons came roaring back with Jun Manzo capping a 17-4 run to give UP a 56-53 lead with 38 seconds left in the game.Jasper Parker momentarily silenced the UP crowd with a triple that tied the game, 56-56, with 32.9 seconds remaining.Desiderio finished with a game-high 15 points, on a disastrous 6-of-23 shooting clip, while Ibrahim Outtara held UP’s interior with 10 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks.Parker filled the stat sheets for FEU with 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Final Four picture got a little tighter as University of the Philippines forced a tie at the fourth spot after surviving Far Eastern University, 59-56, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Paul Desiderio emerged as the hero again for the Fighting Maroons, knocking down the game-clinching step-back triple over Ron Dennison with a little over a second left on the clock.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
AFC U-19 Championship QualifiersfootballIndiaindian football First Published: November 9, 2019, 3:07 PM IST Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia): India bowed out of the race for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championships qualification after a 0-4 defeat to Saudi Arabia here.The home side opened the scoring in the second minute as forward Mohammad Khalil Marran latched on to a loose ball and put it past Indian custodian Prabhsukhan Singh Gill. Saudi Arabia made it 2-0 in the 10th minute as midfielder Ahmad Albassas got on the end of a cross from the left flank by Hazzaa Alghamdi.As India head coach Floyd Pinto’s side pushed forward to reduce the deficit, Albassas scored his second of the game in the 18th minute at the Prince Saud bin Jalawi Stadium on Friday.He completed his hat-trick in the 28th minute, once again converting a low cross from the left flank as Saudi Arabia broke forward in numbers on the break.Ninthoinganba Meetei posed problems for the hosts throughout the first half down the wing with his pace and guile, earning multiple free-kicks from attacking positions. He came closest to scoring two minutes before the half-time break but his powerful shot went just wide of the post.India made a personnel change at the break with Manvir Singh coming on for Ricky Shabong. Manvir almost made an instant impact as he raced towards the by-line down the right and put in a cross that just evaded Vikram Partap on the far post in the 47th minute.In their final group stage match, which has been rendered inconsequential, India will face Afghanistan at the same venue on Sunday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
zoom The smooth running of the well-established global regime for compensation from oil pollution from ships may be under serious threat, due to a decision by governments to wind up the 1971 International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund (IOPCF), says the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the global trade association for shipowners.At next week’s IOPCF meeting in London, ICS (in conjunction with BIMCO and Intertanko) will argue that it is premature to wind up the 1971 Fund when there are still outstanding claims not covered by the current 1992 Fund.Some of these claims are subject to litigation, with money potentially still owed to the shipowners’ insurers, the Protection & Indemity (P&I) Clubs. ICS is therefore supporting the position of the International Group of P&I Clubs on this issue and advocating a rethink of the decision, confirmed by an IOPCF meeting in April this year.The shipping industry believes that the decision to wind up the 1971 Fund before resolving outstanding claims is in breach of the 1971 International Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution, and will also result in a serious threat to the operation of the 1992 Fund, to the detriment of future pollution victims’ interests.The issue is complicated but, because of the failure to address outstanding claims, the P&I Clubs may no longer be willing to continue their current practice of making advance interim payments, following pollution incidents, in excess of the shipowners’ limitation amounts (under the IMO Civil Liability Convention) if it is thought that these excess payments may not be compensated by the 1992 Fund in the future. This could cause delay in providing compensation, potentially resulting in significant hardship for claimants when they could already be in difficult circumstances, says the ICS.ICS believes that those governments that have supported the decision to wind up the 1971 Fund may not have not given full regard to these long term dangers.“It is important to understand that these unintended consquences are real” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe. “The P&I Clubs, which are owned by shipowners, have made it very clear that this decision is likely to have very serious implications. We are therefore pleased that the United Kingdom has recognised our concerns, suggesting that the decision to wind up the 1971 Fund should be deferred at next week’s critical meeting of the IOPCF. We hope very much that other IMO Member States will support the UK’s submission.”For four decades the regime established by the IMO Civil Liability (CLC) and Fund Conventions, with costs divided between shipowners and cargo interests, has provided a quick and efficient means of compensating pollution victims. The shipowners’ contribution is paid regardless of fault, with claimants having recourse to the IOPCF (which is funded by contributions from the oil industry) if the shipowner’s liability under the CLC Convention is exceeded.“We wish to avoid jeopardising the future operation of the IMO regime” said Peter Hinchliffe. “The decision to wind up the 1971 Fund before claims have been settled also appears to contravene the IMO Fund Convention. We therefore hope that governments will do the right thing and reverse this unfortunate decision.” Press Release; October 14, 2014; Image: NOAA