• Banks Denies Tipoteh’s Lawsuit against Korkoya

    first_imgCenter: Frustrated Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh and his lawyer Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe left after the short judgment.By Abednego DavisYesterday was an emotional day for Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, a presidential hopeful in the upcoming elections and a veteran politician, when his request for the Supreme Court to prevent National Elections Commission (NEC) Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya from serving that post for allegedly holding an American passport was denied.Tipoteh, during the hearing that lasted for little over two (2) minutes, shook his heads repeatedly as Associate Justice Philip A.Z. Banks delivered what several lawyers described as “Justice Banks’ shortest judgment,” yesterday.Justice Banks, since his ascendancy to the Supreme Court, is believed to be one of the justices with the longest judgment (opinion).That was demonstrated recently when he delivered a 64-page opinion on the Sable Mining bribery case that involved Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, of which he reversed Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay’s judgment against the prosecution.At his extremely brief judgment, Justice Banks advised Tipoteh, and his lawyer, Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe that the court cannot issue the writ to prevent Korkoya from being chairman of the NEC, “because there is no evidence for me to determine as to whether or not Korkoya holds dual citizenship and the Supreme Court also cannot take evidence.“You can file your case to the Civil Law Court, there it will take evidence before the Supreme Court can decide it,” Banks’ short judgment stated.Immediately after Banks’ decision, Cllr. Gongloe in an interview with journalists said they are considering yesterday’s ruling whether to go to the Civil Law Court or not.Banks’ decision comes three days after he heard arguments on the matter to prohibit Korkoya from further conducting activities of the NEC as chairman.Initially, Korkoya had argued that the lawsuit against him was “a dangerous game and a clever attempt by politicians to take away his Liberian citizenship and to make me stateless.”Korkoya also contended that Dr. Tipoteh lacked the legal capacity to determine whether or not he is a citizen because that decision is under the purview of the Attorney General and the Minister of Justice.Tipoteh’s lawsuit sought the intervention of the Supreme Court to prohibit Korkoya as NEC chairman from conducting the October elections because he is a citizen of the United States by his alleged possession of that country’s passport and for voting in US elections.Tipoteh also argued that in order for the results of the national elections to be considered credible, the legal capacity of persons conducting the elections, especially its chairman, who speaks for the Board of Commissioners and presides over its meetings, must not in any respect be in doubt.“The NEC requires that all candidates and voters participating in the 2017 Presidential and Representative elections comply with the Election Laws of Liberia and for the Commission to have the moral authority to rigorously enforce all provisions of said law, the Commission and its members must obey, abide by and comply with every provision of the Election Laws of Liberia,” Dr. Tipoteh said.Yesterday’s ruling, which expected to be hotly debated by people on all sides of the dual citizenship issue, is nonetheless seen as a victory for those who campaigning for Liberia to make changes in its constitution to allow Liberians who are holding other nationalities to maintain their Liberian citizenship.Though the case is far from over, many Liberians commented that the maintenance of peace demands that there should be no more distractions as the country gradually moves on to decide the next leaders for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • NPSS Grizzlies Cross Country team kick off the fall athletics season

    first_imgOur junior girls, senior girls and senior boys volleyball teams will be in Grande Prairie, September 20 and 21, competing at the Super Red tournament hosted by Grande Prairie College. Senior boys soccer will be in Prince George September 20 and 21 for the Warrior Invitational, and the cross country runners will be racing in Grande Prairie on the 21st. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It’s Grizzly Season! The 2019 fall season kicked off with the Dawson Creek Sneak on Saturday morning. September 14. It was a beautiful day for running and all of the athletes from North Peace, Bert Bowes, and Dr. Kearney competed well.Grade 12 runner Jordynn McPherson took second place in the senior girls’ division and Grade 10 athlete Kane Schreiner took third place in the senior boys’ division.Special shoutout to Israel Tebultr (Bert Bowes), Paige McPherson (Dr Kearney) and Shayne Turner (Bert Bowes) for finishing first, second, and third to sweep the junior girls division, and to Ryder Hunt (Bert Bowes) for finishing third in the junior boys division.- Advertisement -Athlete of the Week:Carter CollinsCarter had a great race on Saturday. He had an unrelenting positive attitude and fantastic work ethic, and demonstrated an impressive final push to finish the race strong. We are excited to see what he can achieve this season! Congrats Carter!Up Next:Advertisementlast_img read more

  • 7 left homeless in morning fire

    first_imgFamily members hailed Trevor Preter as a hero. They say he broke a window and crawled into the burning structure to pull his 11-year-old daughter, Caitlyn, to safety. Preter, 39, was in a medical-induced coma Monday afternoon at Antelope Valley Hospital, where he was being treated for severe smoke inhalation. His wife, Valerie Preter, 36, said doctors told her Preter was in stable condition and is expected to make a complete recovery. “(The doctors) said he’s doing better, but they just want to keep him sedated,” Valerie Preter said. Jacob Preter, 7, who suffered second-degree burns on his right foot, was the only other family member seriously injured. Jacob noticed the fire when he awoke to use the bathroom. He woke up his older brother, 13-year-old Cody. ANTELOPE ACRES – Frank Preter fought off tears as he turned to look at the lot in the back of his Antelope Acres property, where an early morning fire Monday left his son, daughter-in-law and five grandchildren homeless. “Everything they had was right there,” he said, pointing to the lot, his voice quivering. “I’m just glad they’re all alive.” Preter’s son Trevor, daughter-in-law Valerie, and the couple’s five children barely escaped when their 40-foot trailer and a 32-foot recreational vehicle on West Avenue E-8 became engulfed in flames about 12:40 a.m. Monday, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said. The fire is believed to have been ignited by a space heater in a shack that connected the trailer and RV. However, the blaze is being probed by county Sheriff’s Department arson investigators, Fire Department Inspector Jason Hurd said. “They came into our room screaming,” their mother said. “(Jacob) is our little hero.” Neighbor Esko Woudenberg said fire trucks didn’t arrive on the scene until more than 30 minutes after a call on his wife’s cell phone was placed at 1:45 a.m. Hurd confirmed that the trucks were accidentally dispatched to an east-side address. Firefighters fully extinguished the fire about 2:30 a.m., a Fire Department official said. Woudenberg said he became aware of the fire when his dog started barking. “I saw the fire, and I knew if they weren’t out of there yet, it was too late,” Woudenberg said. Valerie Preter said her family is in immediate need of assistance. She said her two sons, daughter Caitlyn, and two other daughters, Lauren, 9, and Rachel, 18 months, as well as she and her husband, lost all their clothing and other possessions. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 To help: To donate clothing, groceries or money to the Preter family, call the Grace Resource Center at (661) 940-5272.160Want 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

  • Injured Lloris ruled out of France matches

    first_imgThe uncapped Montpellier goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte has been called up to the squad as a replacement for Lloris.With Marseille’s Steve Mandanda — the regular back-up to Lloris — also absent due to injury, Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola is set to win his first cap when France play Germany in a meeting of the last two world champions.Areola went to the World Cup but did not play a single game in Russia as Les Bleus won the trophy for the second time.“The fact he came with us to the World Cup means I consider him to be one of the three best French goalkeepers. He knows the squad well, so this is not all new to him,” said Deschamps of Areola.“We have these two matches and logically he will take the number one spot.”Lloris was at France’s training centre at Clairefontaine, south of Paris on Monday, to have his injury assessed by medical staff.It has been a complicated start to the new season for the 31-year-old, who was charged with drink driving last month after being arrested in central London in the early hours of August 24.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Hugo Lloris was at France’s Clairefontaine base on Monday to have his thigh injury assessed © AFP / FRANCK FIFECLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, France, Sep 3 – France World Cup-winning captain Hugo Lloris will miss his country’s games in the inaugural UEFA Nations League this week due to a thigh injury, coach Didier Deschamps confirmed on Monday.Lloris missed Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Watford in the English Premier League on Sunday and will now sit out France’s games against Germany in Munich on Thursday and at home to the Netherlands on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Residents in Trudeau’s Montreal riding unfazed by blackface scandal

    first_imgMONTREAL — Residents in Justin Trudeau’s home riding expressed support for the Liberal leader on Thursday as he dealt with the fallout of old photos showing him in skin-darkening makeup.In Montreal’s multi-ethnic Papineau riding, people interviewed from different cultural communities said they don’t think Trudeau meant to offend.Sani Piameng, the owner of an African butcher shop and grocery store, says Trudeau has often visited his store and even watched soccer games with him and his customers.- Advertisement -He says Trudeau is not a racist, and that’s more important than photos taken nearly 20 years ago.Zahid Nassar, an immigrant from Pakistan, says he’s not bothered by the images because many people do regrettable things when they’re young.Members of Quebec’s political class have condemned the photos, which show Trudeau wearing blackface and brownface on at least three occasions, ranging from a high school talent show to an Arabian Nights-themed party in 2001 when he was 29.Advertisement The Canadian Press This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 19, 2019.last_img read more

  • Record signing finally set to join West Brom following visa issues

    first_img1 West Brom record signing Brown Ideye Nigeria striker Brown Ideye is finally set to join West Brom having resolved the visa issues that delayed his club-record move to the Hawthorns.The 24-year-old signed for the Baggies in July for a reported fee of around £9million, but has been forced to wait in his homeland until the matter was cleared.But the former Dynamo Kiev forward revealed on Twitter that he has now been allowed to complete his switch: “So happy to announce my Visa has been issued. Will join the team ASAP.”Albion head coach Alan Irvine has described Ideye, who put pen to paper on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth season, as “strong, quick and powerful”.Ideye, however, will now have to integrate himself quickly into the squad ahead of Albion’s Barclays Premier League season-opener at home Sunderland on August 16.last_img read more


    first_imgMoya DohertyDONEGAL native Moya Doherty has funded the purchase of ‘The Laurels’ in Glenties where playwright Brian Friel set his play ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’.The successful entrepreneur behind Riverdance put up the cash needed to buy the property.MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland made the announcement yesterday. The house is now in the Brian Friel Trust which hopes to raise another €250,000 for restoration work and a visitor centre at the Glenties property.Trustees include RTÉ chairwoman Moya; Séamus Neely, chief executive of Donegal County Council; Orlaith McBride, director of the Arts Council; Noel Pearson, theatre and film producer; Tom Kilroy, playwright; Mary Finan, public relations executive and Gate Theatre board member, Joe Dowling, theatre director; Michael McDowell, barrister and former minister and Mary Friel Bateman, one of Brian Friel’s daughters.The cottage was the home of Brian Friel’s grandfather, Barney McLoone, and his wife Sarah. It was originally a railway house and Barney worked at the nearby station in Glenties.The couple had 10 children, including five girls, one of whom, Chris, married Paddy Friel. They were the playwright’s parents. The five McLoone sisters were immortalised by Brian Friel in Dancing at Lughnasa as the Mundy sisters of fictional village, Ballybeg.In 1998 Friel – who passed away last year and was laid to rest in Glenties – unveiled a plaque at the house alongside Hollywood actor Meryl Streep who featured in the film version of the play.Donegal County Council heritage officers have already carried out an initial survey of the property.Members of the public wishing to contribute to restoration should email frieltrust@gmail.comThe LaurelsMOYA DOHERTY BUYS HISTORICAL GLENTIES HOUSE WITH LINKS TO BRIAN FRIEL was last modified: July 18th, 2016 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:GlentiesMACGILL SUMMER SCHOOLMoya DohertyThe Laurelslast_img read more

  • A world sleight-of-hand champ who’s heavy on ambition

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA hard-working kid who can’t get to his tricks because they’re secured inside a Santa Clarita warehouse and he doesn’t have the key. And yet, he’s undaunted. After a quick rescheduling, he’s there, fired up, ready to go. “I was raised by a pack of wild magicians!” Latimer proclaims, surrounded by pieces of tricks. “I’m magic, magic, magic, magic. I eat magic, I sleep magic, I dream magic.” After years as a journeyman playing restaurants, bar mitzvahs and progressively larger shows, he’s planning a national tour, starting off with a one-night engagement tonight at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Though he’s an expert in close-in magic, subtle darts and dashes of his hands to distract viewers’ attention, this one’s going to be big. Very big. SANTA CLARITA – The magician has toured the world, owns a Lamborghini and flashes a million-dollar smile. He’s handsome, confident and ready to dazzle. He’s also locked out of his warehouse. That’s Jason Latimer. He calls himself the EnVisioneer; the Federation Internationale des Societes Magiques calls him the World Champion of Magic. His fingers are so fast and his moves so cunning, he can make objects vanish right in front of your eyes. Even when you know he’s cheating, you know it’s an illusion, you know it’s a trick, he’s so good, you still can’t tell. So good, you want to believe it’s real. Unfortunately for him at interview time, none of his illusions involve lock-picking. He’s 25, not so long out of Agoura High School. He could be great, one of those guys who tourists pay piles of money to see in Vegas. He could be a Master of Illusion, breathing the rarified air of the legends. Guys like that make tens of millions of dollars a year, guys like David Copperfield, Lance Burton, Penn and Teller. But until Latimer gets there, he’s still a hard-working kid. “EnVisioneer: Unleash the Illusion” involves lasers, rotating stages and his expensive Italian sports car in some fashion. He doesn’t give too much away, not wanting to spoil the surprise. At some point, someone’s going to levitate and rotate 360 degrees in the air, like something out of “The Matrix.” Latimer’s poised, practiced, ready to knock the audience out. Though he’s so skilled he’s said to be light years ahead of the industry, he’s still got a hesitant twinge to his voice as he pontificates about the show. “This is home court,” he mused. “The people I went to high school with, they can afford a ticket here, so I can’t screw up. I’ve gotta do good.” He talks a million miles an hour, punctuating it with nervous laughter and magical references. When illusions are your trade, it’s hard not to overuse the word magic. He often says fairly innocuous things, then hesitates and demands “don’t write that down!” or “that’s off the record!” Then again, when you traffic in illusions, it’s wise to keep things mysterious. Here’s a sampling of details Latimer’s willing to part with: he started practicing magic at age 9, when a cruise ship conjurer picked him from a crowd as an assistant; he’s got a girlfriend; he usually parks his Lamborghini in favor of a Toyota Corolla; when he was 12, he talked his way into The Magic Castle. The storied Hollywood mansion, sort of like the Pentagon of magical happenings, brought the young Latimer to those wild magicians who schooled him in the arts of amazement. After four years in the junior program, he garnered a reputation as a brilliant innovator and headlined performances. He wasn’t even old enough to buy a ticket to his own show. “Jason’s one of the superstars of tomorrow, there’s no question about it – he’s at that jumping-off point right now,” said Milt Larsen, The Magic Castle’s founder and a lifelong practitioner of the art. “He’s been a world traveler, been to a dozen different countries, won all the awards he could want. There’s no question that he’s on the first few steps of the ladder to stardom.” By the time he left for college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Latimer had a bizarre study plan in which he spent three days in class, then four days flying all over the world to perform. Though it took him six years to finish, he ended up learned in math, economics and applied physics, all of which he managed to incorporate into his magic career. This made him a frequent visitor during professor David Cannell’s office hours in the physics department. “It didn’t take me too long to figure out he wasn’t there for the physics, but what I could do for him,” Cannell said. “He was trying to use it to build a trick, and I was like, `Yeah, good luck, kid.’ But as we were talking, he did a card trick for me, and I thought, `My God, this kid is as good as anyone I’ve ever seen.’ I started taking him very seriously after that.” Soon, Cannell was advising Latimer, and the guys in the shop were helping him build illusions. The educational foundation Latimer gained while working alongside gave him the technical roots that bring his tricks to life. He sketches like a madman, bringing in elaborate designs and ideas to Valek X. Sykes, his chief illusion-builder. Sykes, a Philadelphia-bred ex-Marine turned robot-maker and puppeteer, often finds himself shaking his head at Latimer’s wild ideas. “He gets so into it, I could say, `Jason, the shop’s on fire,”‘ said Sykes, president and chief executive officer of Tech-Works Studios in Santa Clarita. “And he’d be like, `Fire? Oh, that reminds me of a trick!”‘ The young illusionist calls this “borderline obsession.” But it’s been a good one. What started as a fun hobby as a kid has made him a success. If he plays his cards right, or in this case, makes them disappear properly, he could be onto something far beyond. The money’s nice, but he doesn’t really like talking about that. It’s the moment the audience snaps around and jaws start to drop, the moment he’s not Jason Latimer, econ student and physics fan. When he’s in that other world, like something out of Peter Pan. When he has pulled off something magical. “The technical aspects, that’s all Val. The sneakiness, well, when it comes to that,” he said, trailing off into that brilliant performer’s smile. “Some of us never grew up. Some of us found our Neverland.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

  • Manchester United confirm Sampdoria friendly clash at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium

    first_img Sampdoria will face Manchester United in a pre-season friendly Manchester United have announced they will face Sampdoria in a friendly at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium as part of their pre-season preparations this summer.The meeting with the Serie A side will take place on August 2 and be the seventh fixture of United’s summer schedule.Jose Mourinho’s men begin with five matches in the United States, against the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.They are then set to head to Norway to face Valerenga in Oslo at the end of July.United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said on Monday: “The team has a good variety of games over the summer, playing in great stadiums and allowing a large number of our global family of fans to see live games across the world.“The pre-season programme has been put together to ensure the manager and his squad have a great platform to prepare for next season with games against top class opposition.” 1last_img read more

  • Liverpool plot Oxlade-Chamberlain move, West Ham in £50m swoop for Arsenal duo

    first_imgHere are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Liverpool have made an enquiry about £25million-rated Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – after talks over extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium stalled. (Daily Mirror)However, Manchester City and Chelsea are also interested in the 23-year-old, who has only 12 months left to run on his current Gunners contract. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool have been told by RB Leipzig they will have to part with an eye-watering £70m if they want to land midfielder Naby Keita, who is reportedly keen on a move to Anfield after a superb debut season in the Bundesliga. Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign the all-action midfielder, but his price-tag could rule the Reds out of the running. FULL STORY HEREThe Reds are still interested in Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who is valued at £70m. However, Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen on the  25-year-old Dutch international. (The Guardian)Liverpool will not face any punishment over the alleged tapping up of the Saints star, after a preliminary investigation by the Premier League found there was insufficient evidence to start disciplinary proceedings. (The Times)Manchester United have all-but completed a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, but an official announcement has been delayed by the uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the Spanish club. (Diario Gol)Manchester United are optimistic they will be able to bring Nemanja Matic to Old Trafford – but the Serbian is only manager Jose Mourinho’s third choice midfield target. (Daily Telegraph)Mourinho had been eyeing Tottenham’s Eric Dier and Radja Nainggolan of Roma, but, with United unable to make headway, it seems Matic is the most viable option. (Daily Telegraph)Chelsea would apparently prefer to hang on to Matic, but an offer of around £40m may be enough to entice the Blues into letting the 28-year-old join a Premier League rival. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester City are expected to sign Dani Alves by the end of the week, following confirmation from Juventus that his contract will be terminated a year early. (Daily Mail)West Ham want to lure Arsenal pair Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud across London and hope the Gunners will be receptive to a £50m bid for the duo. (Daily Star)Former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho is a surprise target for Spanish giants Barcelona. The Catalan giants could move for the Brazilian if they fail to land their number one transfer target Marco Veratti, who is reportedly unsettled at Paris Saint-Germain. (Daily Mail)Gianluigi Donnarumma says he will make a decision over his AC Milan future once he has fulfilled his commitments with Italy Under-21s at the European Championship. The 18-year-old goalkeeper is attracting the attention of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid and Manchester United. (Marca)Barcelona are running out of time to re-sign Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu from Everton, as his buy-back clause expires this week. (Marca)Former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is plotting to raid his old club for midfielder Papy Mendy, who made just nine appearances for the Foxes after struggling with injury. (The Sun)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines:?Alexandre Lacazette would be a great addition to the Arsenal squad, Mikael Silvestre has told talkSPORTDavid Ginola has told Tottenham star Harry Kane to forget about transfer links with a move to Manchester United and stay put this summerDavid Ginola tells ‘very special’ Kylian Mbappe: Learn from Martial – STAY at Monaco!Sporting Lisbon have told Leicester City and Tottenham they can sign Adrien Silva this summer – if they fork out £26millionNewcastle have made an £8.75m offer for Valencia midfielder Enzo PerezManchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov wants to return to Lazio in the futurelast_img read more