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Mary Broh for VP Gains Public Favor

first_img‘General’ Broh, also known to be a hands-on fixer, is favorably looked upon by many as an ideal candidate for the VP position of any party. The popular workaholic (person with a compulsive need to work) in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, Mary T. Broh, has surfaced in the public domain as a favorite to be considered for Vice President on the ticket of any political party.On ELBC’s Bumper Show yesterday many callers expressed their admiration for the role of ‘General’ Broh in getting things done in the government and felt that she could use such a patriotic and energetic spirit to transform the country.According to the callers, Madam Broh, who now serves as director of the General Services Agency (GSA), has performed excellently in all the public positions she has served, including the current one.They praised her for being hard working, strict and ethical in her work, which they claim warrants gratitude and promotion to a higher position where she would be able to make major transformations to the Liberian society.A caller said: “Of all the officials, especially women serving in a government led by a woman, Mary Broh is the only hard working person we can see. Her good marks are evident in all the areas she has served, including the Passport Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Port Authority and the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).”Most female callers said Madam Broh has proven women’s capability to handle public positions, and they believe that serving in a high profile position as the Vice President would not be a mistake. They, however, worried that since the VP position is usually a dormant one, she might not be happy in it, or on the other hand, she could outperform the President.It is not clear on which political party’s ticket Madam Broh would go as Vice President since most of the parties have selected their vice presidential candidates. However, Broh is a partisan of the Unity Party which is yet to declare its VP.The Alternative National Congress has chosen Jeremiah Sulunteh, the Congress for Democratic Change (otherwise known as the Coalition for Democratic Change), Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and the Liberty Party has picked Harrison Karnwea.Two other major parties that are yet to choose their presidential running mates are the ruling Unity Party and the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE).Other views, however, suggested that while they recognize Madam Broh as a hardworking woman with remarkably high marks in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration, she will not be a good candidate for the vice presidential position.According to a male caller, “Madam Broh is very assertive in carrying out her duties, and is therefore good for a position that will take her into the field or allow her to directly supervise workers.“I recognize Mary Broh as a hard working woman, but making her Vice President will only kill the impact she could make on the public. The Vice President position is a ceremonial one that cannot allow you to do what you are capable of doing and if Mary Broh becomes Vice President, she will surely underperform.”Admiration for Mary Broh rose after she was dropped as City Mayor in 2013 on demands from the House of Representatives. President Sirleaf reappointed her in September 2013 as Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), which she has transformed into a pleasant environment and mostly efficient entity.Before going to the GSA, Madam Broh transformed the Monrovia City Hall, cleaned up Monrovia and its environs and placed restrictions on arbitrarily dropping trash on the streets. She demolished unsightly makeshift structures from several parts of the city.Mary Broh also set aside the first Saturday in every month as a cleanup day, and this has customarily been observed despite her departure from the Monrovia City Corporation.She is also head of President Sirleaf’s Presidential Task Force that rapidly responds to any public project the President wants to see implemented without fear or delay. Recently, she has been operating along the Somalia Drive where the Japanese road construction project is ongoing, removing any obstacles or hindrances to the progress of the road works.“She is a woman of character, a patriot who has always been useful as the head” and therefore her abilities and energy would be subdued or hindered in the position of Vice President, a caller implied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more


Multiculturalism highlighted at Ganga Temple construction ceremony

first_imgAfter many years of determination to obtain a plot of land for the construction of a Ganga Temple, the Guyana Divya Jyoti Association hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to commence the construction on Saturday.The temple will be built at Craig, on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD), in close proximity to the Demerara River which was deemed suitable by the coordinators.The ceremony was attended by acting President Carl Greenidge; former President Donald Ramotar; Social Protection Minister Amna Ally and other members of Parliament.During his address, acting President Greenidge highlighted the importance of cultural diversity and unity among Guyanese. Upon reflection, he noted that although there are many temples along the EBD, the will to construction another one shows the high level of commitment that the organisers possess.“The events that we celebrate together are a symbol of the multicultural culture that constitutes Guyana. This is a country which is blessed with an extensive array of resources. All Guyanese acknowledge the physical and natural resources but I don’t think we all always recognise the tremendous value of our multiculturalism,” Greenidge explained.Meanwhile, former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar in brief remarks stated that the diverse culture which Guyana comprises, is due to the remarkable works which ancestors have done in their quest to preserve traditions.There were also addresses made by former Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall; Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma and representatives from the Indian High Commission and also Guyana Lands and Survey. The gathering was also entertained by performances from the Ishara Dance Troupe.The coordinators also expressed the difficulties they encountered in the long-awaited lease which they were recently granted by the Guyana Lands and Survey Commision.At the end of the religious ceremony, a coconut was broken by acting President as significance to officially consecrate the start of the project.last_img read more


Forgiveness is the theme at Pro Bowl

first_imgTaylor and Merriman didn’t speak during Monday evening meetings or Tuesday’s practice, but Taylor believes the situation is workable. “We’ll talk,” said Taylor, who beat out Merriman for the defensive player award. Tomlinson’s now-squashed problems with Belichick occupied much less time before practice. New England cornerback Ellis Hobbs added an insult to the Patriots’ road playoff victory over San Diego last month when he danced on the Chargers’ midfield logo with some of his teammates. Moments later, Tomlinson said the Patriots “showed no class, and maybe that comes from the head coach.” After having nearly a month to cool down, Tomlinson no longer blames Belichick. Tomlinson said both the coach and the running back “kind of apologized” Monday. While league MVP Tomlinson no longer has any bad feelings toward the New England Patriots’ three-time Super Bowl-winning coach after their playoff meeting, another San Diego player’s feud still might be simmering: Merriman pointedly refused to speak to reporters after working out alongside Taylor, Miami’s NFL defensive player of the year. In late December, Taylor spoke out strongly against players who test positive for performance-enhancing substances. Though only some of his comments were addressed directly to Merriman, Taylor said players who use banned substances shouldn’t be allowed to receive postseason honors or even play in the league. LaDainian Tomlinson now thinks Bill Belichick has nothing but class, and Belichick says the feeling is mutual. Meanwhile, Jason Taylor has no problem starting alongside Shawne Merriman at the Pro Bowl – but it’s still unclear whether Merriman is less than thrilled to play with the Miami star who said the steroid-tainted San Diego linebacker shouldn’t be allowed to play in Hawaii. center_img Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera arrived at Cowboys headquarters around 4 p.m. Tuesday and spoke with reporters before meeting with team owner Jerry Jones to discuss the head coaching vacancy created when Bill Parcells retired more than two weeks ago. Rivera was the ninth person Jones interviewed. Indianapolis quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell will become No. 10 today. Bears LB Lance Briggs was dropped from the NFC’s Pro Bowl roster because of a left foot injury and will be replaced by Tampa Bay’s Derrick Brooks. Former Falcons offensive line coach Tom Cable was hired to fill the same role with the Raiders next season. Jeff Rutledge was hired as the Cardinals’ quarterbacks coach, one of four more assistants hired by new coach Ken Whisenhunt. Freddie Kitchens was hired as tight ends coach, Mike Miller as offensive assistant and Matt Raich as defensive quality control coach. Redskins OT Jon Jansen signed a five-year, $23 million contract extension. In Norristown, Pa., Britt Reid the 21-year-old son of Eagles coach Andy Reid was charged with drug and weapon offenses stemming from an incident in which he is accused of pointing a gun at another motorist. Reid was also charged with one count each of simple assault, making terroristic threats possession of an instrument of crime and making false reports to authorities. Titans CB Cortland Finnegan pleaded guilty to reckless driving in a plea agreement to settle a drunken driving charge. Replay official done Gordon Riese, the Pacific 10 Conference official who missed a call during the Oklahoma-Oregon game last season, has been told he will not return to the job in that capacity. Sidestepping Alex Rodriguez sidestepped whether he plans to opt out of his record contract with the Yankees and become a free agent following this season. Rodriguez is owed a $23 million salary this year, including $1 million deferred without interest until June 30, 2011, and then is due $24 million in each of the final three seasons of his record $252 million, 10-year contract. Agent Scott Boras left the impression that Rodriguez could get more than the $72 million he is owed in the final three seasons of his deal. “There’s a class of player that has not been fitted into this new market,” Boras said. “Obviously when Alex’s contract was done, the revenues of the game were around $3 billion. Now they are around $6 billion. The elite position player has not been really graded in this new revenue stream we’ve seen.” Joe Mays, a 17-game winner for the Twins in 2001, agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday and will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 31-year-old right-hander has a 48-70 record with a 5.05 ERA in 206 big league games, including 156 as a starter. Hamm to return Olympic champion Paul Hamm has decided to return to competitive gymnastics, hoping for a less tumultuous path to the all-around title at the Beijing Olympics than the one he took in Athens. Hamm and his twin brother, Morgan, met last weekend with USA Gymnastics officials to confirm their decisions to return. They plan to participate in a limited number of events in 2007 while they finish school and get back into competitive shape. Their decision was confirmed to Associated Press on Tuesday by their father, Sandy, and their agent, Sheryl Shade. Neither gymnast was immediately available for comment. Hamm won the gold medal in the all-around in Athens in 2004. Soon after the event, the International Gymnastics Federation acknowledged a scoring error had been made on South Korean Yang Tae-young’s second-to-last event, and he wound up with the bronze. The Koreans protested. When FIG president Bruno Grandi suggested Hamm share the medal as acknowledgment of a mistake, Hamm was forced to defend his gold well after the Games were over, all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Gold settlement World Series of Poker main event winner Jamie Gold has agreed to settle a dispute over half of the tournament’s $12 million grand prize, The Associated Press has learned. Schnyder upset In Paris, qualifier Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia made her first win of the year a notable one, upsetting sixth-seeded Patty Schnyder 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the Open Gaz de France. Fifth-seeded Nicole Vaidisova had an easier time, routing Aravane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-1, and lining up a second-round match against Czech compatriot Lucie Safarova, whom Vaidisova beat in the Australian Open quarterfinals. Nathalie Dechy of France beat Tathiana Garbin of Italy 6-2, 6-3, and faces defending champion Amelie Mauresmo. In Bangkok, Long Beach native Vania King beat Jelena Kostanic Tosic 6-1, 6-3 at the Pattaya Women’s Open. 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


Isles’ Simon suspended indefinitely

first_img“I haven’t really had time to sit down and talk to him about the situation,” said Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt, Simon’s roommate for six years when they played for the Washington Capitals. “Nobody is perfect in this world in any situation, and everyone has their moments.” Simon was ejected from the Islanders’ 2-1 loss with 6:31 remaining in what was a tie game. The ensuing major power play resulted in Petr Prucha’s decisive goal. Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with an unpenalized hit. Simon got up angrily and met him as they came together again and connected with a swinging motion near Hollweg’s chin and neck. Hollweg fell to his back and rolled over onto his stomach. He was motionless for a few moments and was bleeding from the chin when he got up. But he was well enough to practice with the Rangers on Friday and is expected to play today at Pittsburgh. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Chris Simon stepped onto the ice at Nassau Coliseum, dressed in his New York Islanders jersey for perhaps the final time this season. The occasion was team picture day, but the rugged forward barely mustered a smile. Simon was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Friday, one day after his vicious two-handed stick swing to the face of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. Simon, given a match penalty Thursday night for deliberate attempt to injure, was summoned to a hearing set for today at the league office in New York. Hollweg took a few stitches in the chin, but was not seriously hurt. Simon likely will be feeling the sting of his actions for quite some time; the length of the banishment won’t be determined until the hearing with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell. The Islanders have 15 regular-season games left and might be without Simon for those and the playoffs should the team qualify. center_img “It hurts, no question,” forward Mike Sillinger said. “His presence on the ice, his toughness in the locker room. Obviously there is nothing we can do about that. What’s done is done and we move forward.” Simon didn’t feel well Friday after the photo session and went to see a doctor, an Islanders spokesman said. Simon appeared to be shaken up when Hollweg checked him hard into the boards, which sparked the retaliation. Simon’s injury might be why the hearing is in New York instead of Toronto, where disciplinary sessions commonly are held. He also might face legal troubles in New York. A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Friday that “no decision has been reached” about whether to bring charges against Simon. This marked the sixth suspension Simon has been given by the league, which could work against him when the punishment is meted out. last_img read more


Plan puts price on better transit

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe 30-year transportation plan, which includes a regional report card, outlines all projects eligible for funding and explains how to pay for them. Some Los Angeles leaders said the region has no choice but to explore new ways to raise money for transportation projects – and they think voters can be convinced. “People understand that we need to do more, and that years of neglect and years of lack of vision have put us in the situation where we are really behind the eight ball in having a public transportation system that works,” said Los Angeles City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the council’s transportation committee. “People are willing to look at things they never looked at before.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has championed the westward extension of the Purple Line – or the “Subway to the Sea” – has his office analyzing funding schemes for that project and other major mass transit expansions in the city. Southern California’s transportation system is so clogged that residents and businesses will have to pay up if they want swifter freeways and efficient transit systems, according to a regional plan released Thursday. Current funding falls far short of the estimated $545.3 billion needed to upgrade and expand the transportation system throughout the six-county Southern California area. And with $132 billion needed to fill the gap, the region should pursue pay-to-use programs including toll roads, benefit-assessment districts and cargo container fees, according to the plan by the Southern California Association of Governments. “It’s time to recognize the infrastructure problems that we’re facing,” said Ontario City Councilman Alan Wapner, who helped oversee the plan. “We’ve never really placed a value on private transportation.” “All options are on the table to fund that investment,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. SCAG Executive Director Mark Pisano said most of the proposed innovative financing schemes have been used before – Orange County has toll roads, and railroads pay users fees’ along the Alameda Corridor. “We are suggesting we learn from the lessons of the past and move them forward,” Pisano said. “The reason we haven’t moved forward is the state has been unwilling to give us the authority to do more of these types of projects.” Yet many of the concepts are unpopular. Critics deride toll roads as “Lexus Lanes” that get the wealthy out of traffic. And some lawmakers and state employee unions are wary of government partnering with private firms to develop roads or transit lines. “We are hopeful the public realizes the importance of raising the dollars,” said Gary Oviatt, a San Bernardino County supervisor and president of SCAG. “We see that the state is continually taking (transportation) dollars and putting them in other parts of the budget to balance it. Therefore it’s important that we try the tolling and some of these other efforts in hopes that this is the right time.” While existing local, state and federal dollars make up $413 billion – the bulk of money needed for the 30-year transportation blueprint – the plan suggests 12 options that could generate $132 billion to fill the gap. Those include: Raising the state and federal gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, which would generate $17 million. Benefit-assessment districts along the planned extensions of the Gold and Purple lines in which businesses and developers pay a tax for the “benefit” of sitting alongside them. Such districts could generate $3.7 billion. Public-private partnerships in which a private company would finance and build roads or a transportation line under a lease agreement, which could generate $8.4 billion. For example, a firm wants to build a Maglev-like train that could carry freight from LAX and the harbor to Ontario. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and some Republican lawmakers have been pushing for more public-private partnerships on infrastructure projects, but some state unions and Democratic lawmakers have resisted amid labor-related concerns. Schwarzenegger said he plans to introduce more proposals for partnerships in his 2008 State of the State address next month. Staff writer Rick Orlov contributed to this article.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


Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg to take charge of Euro 2016 final

first_img1 Mark Clattenburg Mark Clattenburg will referee Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal, UEFA has announced.The 41-year-old Englishman, who officiated the Champions League final in May, becomes the second man to take charge of both major European occasions in the same year after Pedro Proença in 2012.Clattenburg, a former electrician, also took charge of May’s FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace.He has officiated three games at the Euros, Belgium v Italy, Croatia v Czech Republic and Switzerland v Poland.Now he will become only the third Englishman to referee a European Championship final, following in the footsteps of Arthur Ellis (1960) and Arthur Holland (1964).Clattenburg will be joined by assistant referees Simon Beck and Jake Collin and additional assistant referees Andre Marriner and Anthony Taylor for Sunday’s showpiece at the Stade de France in Paris.last_img read more



first_imgSHAY Given showed the sort of form Celtic fans would love to see at Parkhead next season – pulling off a string of fine saves against a trio of current and ex-Rangers players to help Ireland lift the Nations Cup in Dublin this evening.And if Robbie Keane fancies a new career back in Glasgow, the Hoops would be delighted to get him.For his winning goal in the 1-0 victory at Lansdowne Road (Aviva as it’s sometimes known) came against Rangers keeper Alan McGregor. Keane’s 49th international goal saw Ireland claim the inaugural Nations Cup.The Dubliner grabbed the winner midway through the first half after running 30 yards and firing low under McGregor.Scotland had controlled the game for long spells with Charlie Adam, Stephen Naismith and Kenny Miller forcing fine saves from Lifford man Shay.And Given also made a stunning save from Bardsley who had better a blistering effort from all of 30 yards that Shay turned on to the bar and over for a corner. Despite some frantic late defending, Ireland held on for their first senior international trophy since 1986, helped by the energetic Killybegs man Seamus Coleman who came on with half an hour to go and put in a superb performance.Republic of Ireland: Given, McShane, O’Dea (Foley 66), Kelly, Ward, Lawrence (Coleman 62), Andrews, Fahey, Hunt, Keane (Treacy 83), Cox. Subs Not Used: Forde, Randolph, Delaney, Keogh, St. Ledger.Booked: McShane, Fahey, Foley, Andrews.Goals: Keane 23.Scotland: McGregor, Whittaker, Hanley, Berra, Bardsley, Forrest (McCormack 85), Brown, Adam (Bannan 63), Robson (Maguire 75), Naismith, Miller. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Turner, McArthur, Caldwell, Wilson, Martin. Booked: Adam, MillerAtt: 17,694SUPER SHAY HELPS IRELAND TO NATIONS CUP WIN OVER SCOTLAND was last modified: May 30th, 2011 by gregShare 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:IrelandKillybegsLiffordseamus colemanShay Givenlast_img read more



first_imgLetterkenny Rovers Football Club have been accepted into the 2012/13 Under 19 Airtricity League.Their application was rubber-stamped at the last NLEC meeting. They will compete in the National U19 Airtricity Northern Section this coming season which gets under way in August.Eric White, Letterkenny Rovers secretary received the good news today from Pat Duffy- FAI Underage Administrator. The Rovers side will be managed by Antnony Gorman.  LETTERKENNY ROVERS ACCEPTED INTO UNDER 19 AIRTRICITY LEAGUE was last modified: May 30th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Letterkenny Roverslast_img read more



first_imgKarl Griffin pictured here in the yellow jersey, was crowned as the Irish Junior Athlete of the year.Donegal athlete Karl Griffin was crowned the Junior Athlete of the Year at the National Athletic Awards ceremony in Dublin.The Donegal Town native enjoyed a superb season and his performances reiterated why he’s considered one of the brightest prospects in current Irish athletics.Griffin reached the 800m semi-finals at the World Junior Championships, running a personal best of 1.47.44. That superb and accomplished performance singled out Griffin as a athlete that could make a serious impact if he keeps developing over the next few years.With Mark English winning the overall athlete of the year it was a great night for Donegal athletics.Well done to both Karl Griffin and Mark English on their wonderful achievements.KARL GRIFFIN CROWNED JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AFTER SUPERB SEASON was last modified: November 28th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticskarl griffinnewsSportlast_img read more



first_imgA CO Donegal man has appeared via videolink in court today charged with 15 counts of indecent sexual assault.The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had admitted the charges at a previous hearing in Dungloe.All the charges relate to one alleged victim between 1984 and 1987. The defendant appeared at Letterkenny District Court via videolink from Portlaoise prisonHe spoke three times during the brief hearing to confirm he could hear the proceedings and understood the charges.The case was adjourned until August 8th.The defendant will appear again via videolink on that date.At a previous hearing the man, who is 57 and already in custody, had heard evidence from a Garda John Gallagher that he had replied ‘guilty to all charges’ when they were put to him.DONEGAL MAN REMANDED IN CUSTODY ON ABUSE CHARGES was last modified: July 15th, 2013 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)last_img read more