Nimba County District #8 Rep. Larry YounquoiIncumbent Representative of Nimba County District 8, Larry P. Younquoi has been declared the winner in the October 10 legislative election of that district.Representative Younquoi’s victory follows a recount of the vote after his main rival, businessman turned politician, Saye Miannah, was announced by authorities of the National Election Commission (NEC) as a winner earlier.Mr. Miannah in previous counting won with 19 votes more than the incumbent, but the result was challenged by Representative Younquoi for recount.The recount that took place in Saclepea on Saturday, November 4, gave Representative Younquoi 6,191 votes leading Mr. Miannah who obtained 6,174 votes; a difference of 17 votes.According to some insiders in the counting booths, Larry’s defeat as announced in the initial counting came as a result of considering some votes invalid when they were actually not.Some voters wrote the name of the candidate of their choice in the marking box, instead of using the voting signs, but poll workers considered it as invalid, which went against the incumbent lawmaker.The first round of voting gave Saye Miannah a 19 vote lead over Younquoi.Having rectified the error in the recounting not only for Younquoi, but for the rest of the candidates, the incumbent finally triumphed over his closest rival, Miannah, with 17 votes, making him the winner.Representative Younquoi’s re-election defeat attributed to him earlier had received mixed reactions.The announcement of his defeat stirred up opinions that he is very boastful and presents himself as the only educated person from the district, if not from the county in the Legislature.Others accused Younquoi of being egocentric (selfish, self-centered) to the extent that he does not help his own relatives except his biological children.Others also said during the first term of his leadership, Representative Younquoi did not advocate on their behalf to reopen their roads. That situation reportedly led most of them in the district to register in another district to vote.Those that admire Younquoi, on the other hand, said if he were defeated in the race, it would have been a great loss not only for Nimba County, but for the country, because his performance over the years classifies him as one of the best lawmakers.Some journalists critiquing Younquoi recently said Nimba was making a grave mistake to get him out, emphasizing that it clearly manifested Nimbaians’ resolve not to get rid of competent lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Saido Berahino’s proposed transfer to Tottenham could be out of West Brom’s hands, according to assistant manager Dave Kemp.Spurs have been linked with a move for the England under-21 international all summer and made an official bid for the player last week, which was promptly rejected by the Baggies.However, Kemp admits all the speculation has will have turned Berahino’s head and that the whether the move happens is not necessarily down to the club.“Saido’s been good in training, doing his work,” Pulis’ number two told Drivetime.“But you’re just sitting in the breakfast room and his name is coming up on the TV, linked with Tottenham, so your head is going to get turned.“He’s only a young lad but his attitude has been good. He’s a fabulous player and we’d be quite happy to keep him but these things get taken out of your hands sometimes.”
WASHINGTON – Congress on Tuesday struck back at the Bush administration’s trend toward secrecy since the 2001 terrorist attacks, passing legislation to toughen the Freedom of Information Act and increasing penalties on agencies that don’t comply. The White House would not say whether President Bush will sign the legislation, which unanimously passed the House by voice vote Tuesday a few days after it sailed through the Senate. Without Bush’s signature, the bill would become law during the congressional recess that begins next week. It would be the first makeover of the FOIA in a decade, among other things bringing nonproprietary information held by government contractors under the law. The legislation also is aimed at reversing an order by former Attorney General John Ashcroft in the wake of the attacks, in which he instructed agencies to lean against releasing information when there was uncertainty about how doing so would affect national security. The overwhelming congressional support for the legislation owes in part to administration allies who successfully insisted on stripping out language explicitly reversing Ashcroft’s order. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThat victory, said Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is evidence that “we’ll continue to try to balance national security with the vital interests of open government.” With or without the Ashcroft provision, one of the sponsors said, the rewritten version that cleared Congress on Tuesday will have the intended effect of reversal. “No matter who is the next president, he will have to run a government that is more open than in the past” if the bill becomes law, Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said on the Senate floor. A previously passed version was rewritten this month to meet House concerns about how government agencies would pay for attorneys’ fees when they lose or settle a FOIA lawsuit. That money will now have to come from other programs within each agency. Supporting changes in the law were dozens of media outlets, including The Associated Press. “After years of growing government secrecy, today’s vote reaffirms the public’s fundamental right to know,” said Rick Blum of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, which represents 10 media organizations. “This bill makes common-sense changes to help the public know what government is up to.” “People worldwide have admired America for its openness in government, yet in past years we’ve moved backwards toward secrecy,” said Dave Ledford, president of The Associated Press Managing Editors and editor of The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. “This bill is a positive step forward.” Last year, the government received 21.4 million requests for information under the 40-year-old law, according to statistics provided by the Justice Department. Agencies processed nearly the same number of requests, which was almost 1.5million more than processed during the previous fiscal year, according to the department. The bill restores a presumption-of-disclosure standard committing government agencies to releasing requested information unless there is a finding that such disclosure could do harm. Agencies would be required to meet a 20-day deadline for responding to FOIA requests. Their FOIA offices would have to forward requests for information to the appropriate agency office within 10 days of receiving them. It they fail to meet the 20-day deadline, agencies would have to refund search and duplication fees for noncommercial requesters. They also would have to explain any redaction by citing the specific exemption under which the blacked-out information qualifies.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Borussia Dortmund 2 Hoffenheim 1: Pulisic late show extends perfect Stoger start Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 03:31 12/17/17 Bongarts Borussia Dortmund looked set to suffer a first loss under Peter Stoger, but turned things around with Christian Pulisic grabbing the winner. Christian Pulisic’s superb late goal maintained Peter Stoger’s fine start at Borussia Dortmund as they climbed to third in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 victory against Hoffenheim.After a run of one win in 13 in all competitions, Dortmund triumphed 2-0 at Mainz in Stoger’s first game in charge and a second success followed here thanks to a late rally.Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim – leading through Mark Uth’s first-half opener – had looked set for a deserved away win until Stefan Posch’s rash challenge allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to level from the spot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Even then, it appeared Dortmund would extend a winless home run in the Bundesliga to five matches for the first time since 2006, with Hoffenheim pushing for a winner of their own.Yet Pulisic brilliantly turned the game on its head with one minute of normal time remaining, beating goalkeeper Oliver Baumann with an outstanding touch before converting, and Aubameyang could and should have added a third in stoppage time as he missed an open goal.The Dortmund supporters were left delighted, though, sending Nagelsmann home pointless following links with the hosts as Stoger’s end-of-season successor.15 – Hoffenheim have lost 15 points this season after a lead, more than any other BL side. Unstable. #BVBTSG— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) December 16, 2017Stoger’s side could drop two places on Sunday with Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig in action, but he has at least been able to have a much-needed impact before the mid-season break.Andriy Yarmolenko passed up a golden opportunity to open the scoring for Dortmund early on, pouncing on Florian Grillitsch’s slack pass to run clear and drag a finish just wide.The next chance fell Pulisic’s way – this time from Yarmolenko’s slipped pass – but the finish lacked power and allowed the scrambling Baumann to gather.Dortmund’s attack has hardly been the problem this season, though, and their defensive frailties became evident once more as soon as the visitors came forward, with Serge Gnabry’s low drive first testing Roman Burki.The opener then followed for Hoffenheim on the same right flank when Nadiem Amiri teased a pass through the home defence and Pavel Kaderabek squared for Uth to convert.Jeers met the half-time whistle and Dortmund could have fallen further behind after the restart as the unmarked Amiri volleyed straight at Burki at the end of a fine team move.But the tide started to turn as the second half wore on; Dortmund found their rhythm and belatedly moved the ball with some urgency, allowing Shinji Kagawa to win a penalty as Posch desperately lunged in to halt a dangerous move.Aubameyang calmly slotted away the spot-kick, but the momentum swiftly shifted back the other way as Hoffenheim sought a winner.Cool as you like @Aubameyang7 slots @BVB level from 12 yards! #BVBTSG 1-1 pic.twitter.com/90k3uNHAWk— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) December 16, 2017And yet, after Kaderabek curled an effort wide, there would be another twist. With just over a minute of normal time left on the clock, Pulisic controlled magnificently to nudge the ball beyond Baumann and tap into the net.Baumann was further embarrassed in stoppage time, too, but it was Aubameyang who was left holding his head after closing down the goalkeeper’s clearance and then nodding hopelessly across the face of a gaping goal.It mattered little and Dortmund celebrated a dramatic win. read more