18 Jan

Don’t Meddle In Politics

first_imgThe exclusion from certification by Justice-in-Chambers Philip A.Z. Banks of three senatorial candidates declared winners by the National Elections Commission (NEC), has come under sharp criticism by Speaker J. Alex Tyler, warning the Supreme Court to not meddle in political affairs.Speaker Tyler on Saturday during the formal program marking the certification of winners in last month’s Special Senatorial Election, argued that there are three separate and coordinate branches of government and the Supreme Court should deal with constitutional issues.Though the Speaker’s brief remarks did not detail what he meant, some political commentators believed that he was referring to Articles 2 and 3 of the Liberian Constitution.Article 2 says that the Supreme Court, pursuant to its power of judicial review, is empowered to declare any inconsistent laws unconstitutional if any laws, treaties, statutes, decrees, customs and regulations found to be inconsistent with it shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void and of no legal effect.And Article 3, states, that Liberia’s form of government is Republican with three separate coordinate branches: the Legislative, the Executive and Judiciary, and consistent with the principles of separation of powers and checks and balances,… no one branch shall exercise any of the powers assigned to either of the other two branches except as otherwise provided in this Constitution.The stay order from the Supreme Court denied  the certification of Cllr. Varney G. Sherman (Grand Cape Mount);  Atty. Morris G. Saytumah (Bomi) and Dr. Jim W. Tornonlah (Margibi), meaning that if they are not certificated they would not be inducted as Senators on Monday, January 12, 2015, as prescribed in the Constitution.Some pundits believe that the “stay order” is political owing to his sour relations with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and his interest in the President Pro Tempore position.They also argue that Cllr. Sherman is reportedly the only freshman Senator who is capable of becoming the President Pro Tempore owing to his wealth of legal and political experience and his financial strength. Atty. Saytumah of Bomi and Dr. Tornonlah of Margibi Counties were also prohibited from certification by the Supreme Court on account of alleged voters or elections fraud. Those who were certificated include Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong), Jonathan L. Kaipay (Grand Bassa), Marshall A. Dennis (Grand Gedeh), Albert T. chie (Grand Kru), Stephen J.H. Zargo (Lofa0 and J. Gbloh-bo Brow of (Maryland Counties).Others are Senators George M. Weah (Montserrado), Prince Y. Johnson (Nimba), Francis S. Paye (Rivercess), Commany B. Wesseh (River Gee) and Milton J. Teahjay (Sinoe).According to the Director of Communication at NEC, Mr. Joey Kennedy, the stay order was the first-time in the history of Liberia for an aggrieved candidate to not follow the protest procedure by complaining first to the County magistrate and then to the Board of Directors of NEC before going to the Supreme Court but instead filing a protest straight to the Supreme Court.Meanwhile, the President of the Liberia Bar Association, Cllr. Theophilus C. Gould, has expressed disbelief and disappointment in Speaker Tyler, who is an Attorney-at-Law, for judging the wisdom of the Supreme Court.Cllr. Gould added that the Speaker should be held in contempt for his public assertion against the Supreme Court.It can also be recalled that the Justice-in-Chambers of the Supreme Court, Philip A.Z. Banks III, issued a stay order on the December 16 Special Senatorial Election pending hearing into petitions filed before the Supreme Court of Liberia.The Justice-in-Chambers ordered the Chairman of the NEC to halt all campaign activities leading to the Special Senatorial Election.The petitions were filed on November 24, 2014 by a concerned group of eminent citizens due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).Justice Banks took the decision based on two separate petitions for a Writ of Prohibition filed against the NEC and the Government of Liberia by Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus and Atty. Edwin Martin.After arguments, the stay order was lifted and the election was held on Saturday, December 20, 2014.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

15 Oct

Trailer Park Boys whisky branding at LCBO catches Wynne by surprise

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Rock Spirits, a division of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, which distributes the rye made in Alberta, did not return a call seeking comment.Rock also handles actor Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka, which was initially banned from LCBO stores because of its clear glass skull-shaped bottle.Later in the day, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said the Liberal government is concerned about the tone of the whisky’s website, which plays heavily on the Trailer Park Boys’ affection for drink and encourages patrons to join in. When you mix the Trailer Park Boys and whisky, what could go wrong?The Ontario government is taking a second look at plans to start selling the east coast comedy troupe’s rye — Liquormen’s Ol’ Dirty Canadian Whisky — at LCBO stores across the province on Thursday.While bottles have been sold in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and elsewhere for over a year, the whisky’s cheeky website has raised eyebrows here over its liberal use of the f-word and advice to start drinking before 10 a.m. with a “six-paper joint” of marijuana. Advertisementcenter_img Word of the online marketing campaign, which includes a drink called the Heavy Metal D—, caught Premier Kathleen Wynne by surprise Monday.“I didn’t know about this,” she told reporters when asked about the website at a news conference on hospital parking rates. “None of that sounds particularly savoury to me . . . and dangerous in a lot of ways.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

30 Sep

Bryan Stow in Attendance At Giants Game 2 Win

Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was attacked and beaten by two men at Dodger Stadium on opening day 2011, was in attendance Thursday night as the Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in game 2 of the World Series.Stow, who was a guest on the behalf of the team, was accompanied by his family in what is believed to be his first game since the vicious attack.  Where he was watching the game from in AT&T  Park was not divulged because the family requested for privacy.Fans cheered during the game as the scoreboard greeted Stow with the message “Welcome to Bryan Stow and his family.”Stow’s presence in the park was not only felt from the fans, but management as well.“We are truly thrilled to have Bryan with us tonight at the World Series,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said. “It’s been a long road back. We’re very grateful he has progressed and could join us.”The March 31, 2011 attack left Stow in a medically induced coma at a Los Angeles hospital, which left him with serious skull and brain injuries, from some of which he may never fully recover. It has taken him months to speak and walk outdoors.Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were arrested by the Los Angles Police Department on July 22, 2011, in connection with assault of Stow. The LAPD initially arrested Giovanni Ramirez for the attack, but later exonerated him of all charges.The two suspects have been ordered to stand trial after a six-day preliminary hearing that included graphic testimony from witnesses who heard Stow’s skull hit the pavement.The Giants have showed their continue support for Stow by raising more than $70,000 for the Bryan Stow Fund in 2011. Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum gave $25,000 to assist in the rehabilitation of San Francisco fan.In the Giants home-opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates this season, they allowed Stows’ 13-year-old son Tyler to throw the ceremonial pitch, while his father appeared on the jumbotron.The family has been able to inform the public about Stow’s process through their blog. In their recent post Oct. 9 they stated:”As always, there are good days and not so good days. Despite the extra bone growth he developed, he still is working hard in all his therapies,” the update reads. ”It is painful for him and he is adamant that his fingers are broken (they aren’t) and one time insisted he had a broken foot. His memory is very unpredictable and we don’t know what he will remember and what he won’t. We imagine that this is something that will be a part of his recovery for a long time.” read more

17 Sep

Eusebio psyches Roma players ahead of Inter clash

first_imgRoma manager Eusebio Di Francesco has urged his players to overcome their psychological issues as they brace up to face Inter Milan on Sunday.“Diego Perotti and Javier Pastore are both available, but they cannot play from the start,” confirmed the Coach in his Press conference via Football Italia.Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Daniele De Rossi are out of action and could be on the sidelines for a while.“There is a UEFA study that shows there are statistically more injuries during this period of the season, when there are teams playing in multiple tournaments. Unfortunately, we had all these injuries at the same time.“Don’t think that because they earn a lot more money now, players can have 100 games per year. The tempo of the sport has increased and the quality level is far higher, so you need to step up the intensity of training and that can lead to injuries.“We’ve got to bring out something more from within ourselves. The defeat to Real Madrid showed we are still lacking something, including that bit of luck you need to put the ball in the back of the net.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“I was criticised for not using Patrik Schick enough, then criticised for using him. What do people want? We need everyone and at this moment, I am not in a position to make many choices. Patrik has to give more and above all believe in his own immense potential.“The psychological aspect becomes decisive at this level and that is where he needs to improve. We need strong men and therefore must help these men to feel stronger. I have to make them feel strong in their own minds.“The only area where I can make some choices is in defence. I don’t know if Federico Fazio will start, I could use three or four at the back. I’m working on both systems and we’ll see what is most opportune.“Last season there were different players, different teams. We didn’t deserve to lose against Inter, so I can only hope we replicate their good fortune and bring home a victory even when playing badly.“We owe the Roma fans something, but at the same time we still need their support.”last_img read more