‘Liberians Must Support Bill for Dual Citizenship’

first_imgThe Liberian Advocacy for Change (LAC), made up of Liberian citizens residing in the United States, in an open letter to the Liberian public, has called on all Liberians to join them to plead with the Legislature to support a bill to grant them ‘dual citizenship.’In LAC’s appeal, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the LAC said, “We are Liberians who have resided in the United States and many other countries around the world. During this period several countries due to humanitarian reasons agreed and came to our aid by resettling Liberians all over the world to rebuild their lives. “In keeping with the various policies of those countries, most Liberians obtained citizenship in those countries knowing this was an opportunity to better our lives, get quality education and skills needed to later return and contribute to the development of our devastated Nation.”The release, signed by Mr. Togba R. Croyee Porte for Liberian Advocacy for Change, said, “Our initiative is not affiliated with any political party, religion, tribal or ethnic organization. It is solely because we are Liberians who continue to support our friends and family in Liberia by sending millions of dollars every year by MoneyGram and Western Union.“Besides this financial contribution, we have the burning desire to help in any way we can to contribute to the development of our country. Our desire is not a new one as countries all around the world have passed laws for Dual Citizenship for their citizens where they have been displaced because of wars and other catastrophes such as Nigeria and Ghana. “This is the same provision that we are asking you to petition the Liberian Legislature to adopt. We want to help shape the present and the future of our country by opening businesses, bringing in organizations and friends we have made abroad who can help to make life for all Liberians better.”The release quoted the Liberian 1986 Constitution, which states in chapter 1, Article 2 that, “all persons who on the coming into force of this Constitution were lawfully citizens of Liberia shall continue to be Liberian citizens.”(a)The release concluded: “In view of the following constitutional provisions and all that we are doing to help our family and friends in Liberia we ask you to join your voices with our voices to support the bill in the Legislature that will make sure our rights as Liberians are protected.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adebayor blasts Spurs fans as striker admits: We’d rather play away!

first_img Emmanuel Adebayor Emmanuel Adebayor has launched an amazing attack on Tottenham supporters at White Hart Lane.The Togo striker feels fans have created a negative atmosphere around their own stadium and claims it is affecting the players so badly that they would rather play away.Spurs have lost at home in the Premier League four times already this season, with Stoke the latest team to leave north London with three points.“Will it help playing away from home? To be honest, I think so,” Adebayor said.“At least you know I am going to be having the majority of opposition fans booing me rather than our own fans booing me. And I am not just talking about me, I am speaking on behalf of all the players.“I think it might be better to play away from home at the moment because at least we know beforehand we are guaranteed to be booed because they want their home club to win.“But when you are playing at home and your own fans start booing you after a few minutes then it is harder.”Adebayor, a late substitute against Stoke, added: “When you are playing in front of your own crowd you want them to support you.“But now it is like going through a sad moment and your family not welcoming you home – that’s the worst thing ever because you have nowhere to go.“Obviously I was on the bench against Stoke and, though I could not see everything as clear as night, I could see that nobody wanted the ball.“It’s hard for the players. It’s not their fault and it’s not the fans’ fault either because the fans want to see a result, the fans want to see a response and things are not going our way at the moment. We just have to fight as a team and as a club to find a solution – the quicker the better.”Adebayor has been heavily criticised for his role in Spurs’ struggles this season, having scored just twice in 12 appearances.But he has defended his performances and rubbished suggestions he is lazy.“For 13 years now I’ve been a professional and I’ve had to deal with that stick everywhere I’ve been to,” he said.“If I make a mistake it doesn’t mean I’m lazy, I will always try my best, but the funny thing in football is, when you score two goals everyone is like ‘Wow, he’s back on form and back to his best’.“But that’s not the point. Even when things aren’t going my way I am still trying the same, running around, wanting the ball, jumping to head it and looking to play my football.“But now because I have missed a couple of chances, people are like ‘Whoa, he is not trying and shouldn’t be in the first team.’ As a footballer you have to deal with those things, but it does make you laugh.”The defeat at Stoke has left Tottenham sitting 12th in the Premier League and with five defeats to their name already.Their poor start inevitably means manager Mauricio Pochettino is coming under pressure, but Adebayor insists the Argentine is not to blame for their problems.“Obviously all managers bring their own philosophies, the way they see football, the way they see games,” Adebayor said.“But come on, this the third or fourth manager in two or three years so we just have to stop it now being about the manager.“He’s a good manager and we just have to find a way so that we can try to understand what he wants to tell us and how he wants us to play and put that on the pitch.“If every player could do what the manager wants then we would win the Champions League but at the moment we are not getting the message.“To me, he is a good manager and a good man – we just have to get what he is telling us.” 1last_img read more

Confident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conference

first_imgGeorge Groves and champion Carl Froch square up to each other after the final press conference ahead of their world super-middleweight title clash in Manchester this weekend.Hammersmith’s Groves is the underdog but insists he will cause an upset and dethrone the Nottingham man.Video courtesy of iFL TV. See also:Hearn predicts Groves will go on the attackRelaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerGroves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clashGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedGroves stays cool at tense weigh-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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Photo library: South Africa at work 20

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download South Africa at Work contact sheet (1.5MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Cape Town, Western Cape province: Set of a German advert production.Photo: Rodger BoschMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image SOUTH AFRICA AT WORK 20: {loadposition saatwork}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Photo: Desmond Howard Attempts To Play Peacemaker Between Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Desmond Howard can now add “peacemaker” to his resume. The former Heisman Trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst visited Nick Saban at Alabama today. Of course, the head coach of Howard’s alma mater, Jim Harbaugh, has been feuding a bit with the Crimson Tide coach. Harbaugh called Saban “hypocritical” for his criticism of satellite camps, which the Wolverines’ coach has helped make popular. Howard posted on Twitter a picture of himself and Saban, asking why we all can’t just get along. Enjoyed my time at Alabama today with Nick. #Peacemaker #CantWeAllJustGetAlong #RollTide #GoBlue! pic.twitter.com/G2LFqQbCBz— Desmond Howard (@DesmondHoward) June 8, 2016Howard got Saban to smile. Maybe he really does have a future in mediation.last_img read more

Loonie lifted by inflation data TSX hits second consecutive record high

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian dollar soared on news that the country’s annual inflation rate accelerated to 2.1 per cent last month to reach its highest mark in nearly a year, as the Toronto stock index hit another record high.The loonie closed at an average trading price of 78.53 cents US, up 0.66 of a U.S. cent as Statistics Canada said Thursday that its inflation reading for November came in hotter than the 1.4 per cent number for October compared with a year earlier.The surprising result — boosted by higher costs for gasoline and air transportation — means the annual pace of inflation, which had slowed to a two-year low of one per cent in June, has now climbed above the Bank of Canada’s ideal target of two per cent.Economists said the inflation reading reinforced their expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will resume raising rates over the coming months — the next one is scheduled for Jan. 17.“The prediction now is three interest rate hikes in Canada next year after two this year,” said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. “There’s not concern of more than three rate hikes but there is worry they might come sooner than later.”On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 22.96 points to 16,182.63, led by gains in the energy and health-care sectors. It’s the second consecutive trading session that the commodity-heavy TSX has reached an all-time high.“Utilities and REITs ironically are the weakest sectors today,” noted Currie. “They’re not down by much but those two are the sectors most affected by rates going up. So I think people are playing a little bit of that on the stock side as well on the economic side.”South of the border, U.S. stocks closed higher, erasing modest losses from a day earlier. U.S. market indexes have risen over the past few weeks as Washington moved closer to passing its tax overhaul, but they haven’t done much over the last several days as Congress voted on the bill.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 55.64 points to 24,782.29. The S&P 500 index added 5.32 points to 2,684.57 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 4.40 points to 6,965.36.“The bears are having a hard time getting any traction in the States,” said Currie. “We saw a microscopic pullback yesterday and it looks like we’re right back on the upward trajectory again. It almost seems like no news is going to pull back the U.S. markets.”In Canadian corporate news, shares of Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) were up five cents, or 1.66 per cent, to $3.07. The company has signed a deal with Mercitalia Rail, a major freight rail operator in Italy valued at approximately $316.8 million. Also, Toronto regional transit agency Metrolinx says it is cutting more than half of the light rail vehicles from a $770-million supply order with Bombardier.On the commodities front, the February crude contract was up 27 cents to US$58.36 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down four cents to US$2.60 per mmBTU.The February gold contract added US$1.00 to US$1,270.60 an ounce and the March copper contract was up two cents to US$3.22 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Husky to spend more in the Montney region

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – In a third-quarter report, Husky Energy says it will remain committed on capital-efficient operations in its three core Western Canadian hubs.The report said, “The Company remains focused on capital-efficient operations in Edson, Grand Prairie and Rainbow Lake, its three core Western Canada hubs.  An accelerated drilling program that was increased from an 18 to a 25-well program in the Ansell and Kakwa areas of the Wilrich formation is progressing, with 15 wells drilled and 13 completed. In the oil and liquids-rich Montney formation, four wells have been drilled as part of a 2018 program of up to eight wells, primarily in the Wembley and Karr areas. Three have been completed.”Husky Midstream Limited Partnership is progressing construction on the new Corser gas processing plant in the Ansell area of Central Alberta. It is expected to add 120 mmcf/day of processing capacity when it starts up in the fourth quarter of 2019.You can read the full report here.last_img read more

Batting with AB makes job easier Stoinis

first_imgMohali: Following a match-winning partnership with AB de Villiers , RCB all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said batting alongside the South African great made his job a lot easier. Stoinis remained unbeaten on 28, ensuring an eight-wicket win against KXIP, RCB’s maiden victory of the season. The all-rounder had walked in at the fall of skipper Virat Kohli with RCB needing 46 runs off 27 balls. Kohli (67) in company of de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb runchase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I am pretty familiar with this ground, I have played here for three years,” said Stoinis at the post-match press conference here. “The more comforting factor is batting with AB de Villiers, that makes it easier.” He said that RCB badly needed a win to stay alive in the tournament. “We needed it, it’s good get to two points and get ourselves started,” he said. After Kohli got out, Stoinis said he had a chat with de Villiers on how to go about the target. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”Make sure to keep head straight, watch the ball, keep it simple and then once you get in think about which balls you want to target,” Stoinis said, referring to the advice from his senior partner. Stonis also praised the knock played by KXIP opener Chris Gayle. “Main thing is every team has got world class players and they have got someone like Chris Gayle, who is arguably the best T20 player,” he said. Praising the effort of RCB bowlers, he said they applied brakes during middle overs claiming wickets at regular intervals, which also ensured that Gayle had to play a controlled innings. “Make sure you keep coming back and get into contest with every single ball and that’s what our seam bowlers did, they did particularly well. They got hit early but all of them had good spells later and then our spinners controlled through the middle overs as there was a little bit of turn,” said Stoinis. On the games ahead, he said RCB are not thinking too far ahead. “We are not thinking about finals and that sort of thing..it is just about each game now, we can’t afford to get too far ahead of ourselves, it is good to get started, we will take next game as it comes and hopefully we will win few on trot..it’s still a long season,” he said.last_img read more

Major ports cargo traffic rises 6 to 60 MT in Apr

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s 12 major ports recorded 5.65 per cent rise in cargo handling to 60.07 million tonnes (MT) in April this fiscal, mainly due to higher demand for coal, petroleum, oil and lubricants, industry body IPA said. These top ports, under the central government, had handled 56.86 MT of cargo in April last year. Increased demand from various sectors, including coal, POL (petroleum, oil and lubricant) and containers, was the main reason behind the growth in traffic, as per the latest data from the Indian Ports Association (IPA). Coking coal volumes handled by the 12 ports surged by 30.62 per cent to 5.51 million tonnes (MT) during the first month this fiscal, while thermal and steam coal grew 12.65 per cent to 10.91 MT. Thermal coal is the mainstay of the country’s energy programme as 70 per cent of power generation is dependent on the dry fuel, while coking coal is used mainly for steel-making. India is the third-largest producer of coal after China and the US and has 299 billion tonnes of resources and 123 billion tonnes of proven reserves, which may last for over 100 years. As per the IPA data, container volumes too rose 5.74 per cent to 12.54 MT in terms of tonnage handled. POL handling during April jumped by 11 per cent to 18.99 MT as compared to previous fiscal. As per the figures, Deendayal Port, earlier known as Kandla port, handled the highest traffic volume at 11.30 MT in April, followed by Paradip Port 9.55 MT, JNPT 5.99, Visakhapatnam 5.69 and Mumbai Port 5 MT. Kolkata Port, including Haldia, handled 4.95 MT of cargo, while Chennai port handled 3.94 MT of cargo. Volume of seaborne cargo is essentially in the nature of derived demand and is mainly shaped by the levels and changes in both the global and domestic activity. India has 12 major ports — Deendayal, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Kamrajar (earlier) Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata (including Haldia) which handle over 60 per cent of the country’s total traffic. These 12 major ports had recorded 2.90 per cent growth in cargo handling to 699.04 million tonnes (MT) in 2018-19.last_img read more

Angeline Jolie gets honorary Oscar for humanitarian work

first_imgLos Angeles – A-list movie star Angelina Jolie was awarded anhonorary Oscar for her humanitarian work late Saturday at the Governors Awards ceremony in Hollywood.Veteran actress Angela Lansbury, comedian Steve Martin, and Italian costume designer Pietro Tosi also received awards at the annual ceremony organized by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.Film royalty among the 600 guests included Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Keaton, Emma Thompson, Harrison Ford, Amy Adams, Matthew McConaughey and George Lucas, as well as Jolie’s fiancee Brad Pitt. “It was only when I began to travel that I understood my responsibility to others,” Jolie, who has been involved in humanitarian work for years, told the audience.“When I met survivors of wars and famine, and rape, I learned what life is like for most people in this world and how fortunate I was to have food to eat, a roof above my head, a safe place to live and the joy of having my family safe and healthy,” she said.“I realized how sheltered I had been and I was determined never to be that way again.”Since 2012 Jolie has travelled on more than 40 missions around the world as a special envoy for the United Nations Refugee Agency.Jolie, 38, received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award — a statuette identical to a “classic” Oscar — from Lucas, the man behind the “Star Wars” films.Jolie won an acting Oscar in 2000 for her supporting role in the movie “Girl, Interrupted.”Lansbury, 88, the British-born actress known for her role as amateur detective and mystery writer Jessica Fletcher in the popular TV series “Murder, She Wrote,” and comedian Martin received lifetime achievement awards.last_img read more