IOC suggests more Olympic host bidding changes

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee wants to keep considering changes that could result in both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games awarded in September. An internal letter written by IOC President Thomas Bach’s spokesman suggests further adjustments are needed in the way Olympic hosts are chosen. It references Bach’s statement from last year, saying the “process produces too many losers”. In December, Bach floated the idea of awarding both the 2024 Games, as scheduled, along with the 2028 Games. Los Angeles and Paris are the remaining candidates from a list that began with five cities. Budapest, Hungary, said this week it was withdrawing. The letter, obtained yesterday by the Associated Press (AP), was first reported by Inside The Games. In an interview last week with the AP, Bach said continued speculation about awarding two Olympics at the IOC’s meeting in September “may give us some ideas”. “This procedure as it is … our political environment in such a fragile world just produces too many losers,” Bach said last Saturday. The letter echoed that phrasing, saying “the political situation in our fragile world requires us to further adjust the candidature procedure”. The IOC acknowledged Budapest’s withdrawal, which will be made official by Hungary’s Olympic committee. “It is clear that a promising Olympic Games candidature has been used to promote a broader domestic political agenda beyond the Olympic Games and was overtaken by local politics,” said the letter, written by Bach’s spokesman, Mark Adams. Adams defended Bach’s ‘Agenda 2020’, the core of which was to streamline the Olympics and make bidding more attractive and less expensive for cities. “All three candidates have made it clear that their candidatures would not have taken place without Olympic Agenda 2020,” Adams wrote. Still, the dwindling of the candidate pool raised questions about whether Agenda 2020 was really working. The point of the letter was that Agenda 2020 was only the start and more reforms are needed. If those reforms involve awarding the next two Summer Games this year, it will be a hard sell for both Paris and Los Angeles, each having insisted its proposals are good for only 2024. Replicating plans for 2028 would be possible but would also take significant retooling since many of the contracts in place for development and stadium use are for only the 2024 Olympics. FRAGILE WORLDlast_img read more

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Alert: Granger administration is talking-up rule of law & civil rights

first_imgDear Editor,An administration truly and firmly rooted in these principles would scarcely have need to make repeated assertions of their commitment to these tenets; it should be self-evident.So when these avowals are once again adorned centre stage in a national address, one has to ask what’s afoot.Each incremental undemocratic and dictatorial reset of the country towards autocratic rule has been accompanied by loud utterances of respect for the rule of law and civil rights – as again occurred on Friday when the President used the national podium to prime the country.A similar device was also deployed in the preparation to contravene the Carter Formula and unilaterally appoint retired Justice James Patterson as GECOM Chairman in October 2017. At that time, the country was prepped and the unilateral action sanitised with the “Fit and Proper” dressing down – none of the 18 prominent Guyanese nominees on the three lists were fit and proper, according to Granger.Patterson’s installation compromised the independent nature of the National Secretariat and the institution’s mandate which was enshrined in the Constitution in order to guarantee Guyanese free and fair elections.The intention and consequence of Granger’s unilateral imposition are now glaringly clear. GECOM has been effectively stymied from discharging its duties on behalf of all Guyanese. Instead of implementing a plan for elections in the timeframe required by law, the GECOM administration has been complicit in the administration’s delaying tactics. It has acted as a tool of the administration even while Granger seeks refuge in the subterfuge that the GECOM administration is acting independently in an arm’s length relationship.The Granger administration have brought Guyana to a dangerous crossroad. They have wasted three months with duplicitous delaying tactics and absurd court challenges (the logic of which, if applied equally to GECOM resolutions, would require 5 of the 7 votes to carry). Now, at the last moment, they are in a scramble.The country crosses the official threshold of being a pariah among nations with an illegal government If Granger does not act by this coming Thursday. International pressure is mounting. Countries which continue to deal with Guyana on an ‘as usual’ basis risk damage to their own reputation.Granger’s law and order mantra is not only wearing thin, it has become a precursor for the staging of autocratic actions. Be alert.Sincerely,Ron Cheonglast_img read more

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Bility, Snowe Pledge Support to Weah

first_imgThe current and former presidents of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) have pledged their support to the Senatorial bid of George M. Weah for Montserrado County, reports Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The two football administrators called on every football player, coach and manager as well as sympathizers of football to elect what they called Liberia’s football idol on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 for the Senate.Mr. Hassa Bility and Hon. Edwin Snowe made their public declaration last week on a radio talk show in Monrovia.Mr. Bility said in the two general elections and a by-election, he didn’t support Mr. George Weah and the Congress for Democratic change (CDC), but this election, he will campaign vigorously for Africa’s football legend.Though, he didn’t state while he is not supporting BYC Chief Executive Officer, Robert A. Sirleaf, reports said his support is a payback to Mr. Weah when he was indefinitely suspended from all football activities by CAF Executive Committee.Snowe’s declaration didn’t come as a surprise owing to the continuous dispute between him and Robert Sirleaf over wide range of issues including the ownership of “Oil Blocks.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Poetry February 19, 2015

first_imgEfficacy for JusticeA Poem in Tribute to Former Chief Justice Johnnie Naustedlau LewisBy Togba-Nah Tipoteh, PhDWith a name like NaustedlauNo wonder he embraced the Rule of LawFor as Chief of Justice Struggling to remove InjusticeHe looked and stood tallWith no slip and fallLooking straight as an arrowSeizing Due Process to followHe was one person to know Being a Strong Brain from SinoeBringing wisdom from the EastTo render spineless the corrupt beastThat thrives on injusticeWhile the people thirst for justiceThis then is the legacyOf the Man Johnnie Naustedlau LewisOut of the Heritage of Susana LewisBearing Liberia’s Flag of Justice As Liberia’s Chief of JusticeMy Body is Gold{Poem to end violence against women}By: Lekpele Nyamalon Ever tried to break gold?With your own bare hand?Did you feel the stiff?Would you trade gold for brass?Or try to sweep it like some grass?Gold is a precious shiny stone-not a strawMy body –this body you see, is goldI may be short, small or hugeWith my lappa stained with red palm oilSwamped by crying babies in the kitchenOr, I may be carrying my bucket,Filled with pepper, okra, and cornBut with these, I put food on that tableCan’t you see my courage shines like lightening?I may be walking in mud down watersideBut I smile like the bright morning sunDoes that make me a cow that you beat to move?Why do you knock me down and gang rape me like hungry thirsty leopards?Am I sweeter than honey?And you laugh like its funny?You are a coward, cruel and shamelessWhy do you keep me dirty, barefooted and broken?Are you afraid of the radiance in my eyes?Do you fear the glamour of my beauty?Are you struck by the size of  my hips?Are you intimidated by the glow of my breasts?Now, hear me young manThis body you beat is goldAre you a beast, built to beat a woman?If you’re Hercules, why not jump on a lion in his den?Is your prowess fixed for women?But, you don’t know goldSomeday, you’ll see a real manA man with arms thicker than yoursAnd chest wide for my bodyWith voice that vibrates like thunderAnd hands stronger than oxenBut, he, like a knight, guards me like a queenAnd guess what?This man, my man, is a real manLike a miner, he knows gold, even in dirtAnd he cleans it up and sets it in a jarAnd marvels at the splendor-enjoying his treasureBut, you poor manYou were blinded by a ghostNever knew the gold you hadAnd boy, oh boy, when you know thisI’ll flee like a bird and be goneWhen it hits your door, you’d be doneLeft with your over grown egoChained in a cageStuck with your rageDid you think you could dim my bulb?And blow my lambI’ll still be on fireWhen we pass you byRolling your wheelbarrow on the outskirts of dualaYou’ll hide your face behind the mountain’s backWith your torn-out trouseurs, asking in your coloqua-da my woman there?This face you bruise is goldThis nose you punch is goldThis arm you twist is goldThis leg you sweep is goldThis body, my body is gold.Salute to the Armed Forces of LiberiaVARNEY L. S. GEANSuch was that moment they were so despisedSuch was the time they had no familiar friendSo dire it was many wished that they vanishedBut in time they will unearth their truth bearingsIn time they will mount from that era of trivialitySalute to our National ArmySuch was the instance many would laugh at themSuch was that time death was greeted with smirksAwful it was many wished they never ascend againBut in time all that will change for the greater goodIn time they will once again be our nation’s prideSalute to our National Army The Lieutenants the Generals the CorporalsThe Majors the Colonels the Sergeants the PrivatesFive stars three stars and all those honors bestowedVibrant men and women of our dear motherland In time we will sing sonnets about their greatnessSalute to the Armed Forces of LiberiaSHACKLEDVARNEY L. S. GEANI feel so bordered by revulsionI feel so bounded by indifferenceI feel so enclosed by blasphemiesI feel so imprisoned by humiliationI feel the aloof eyes staring deeplyPungent breathes against my cheeksInfinite hands fervently waitingTo inflict the worst grief I can abideFew are thus far but it seems so nearerSome nearness strike the instant fearBounded I am will sure suffocate soonerThis draws closer a time I can’t escapeIn such moment I ponder for the longestQuestions asked but retorts I bare notNevertheless the truth I boldly defendFor being the virtuous persona I truly amI Saw Liberia RiseBy Lekpele M. NyamalonI sat on the top of a treeAnd saw the sky blazing with scrapersHooping for the skiesI saw lights beaming from the slums of west pointAnd the corners of rock spring valley to the ghettoes of capitol by passI heard the grounds vibrating, making way for the bulldozersTo rebuild our cityI closed my eyes and found a town deep in the belly of the southeastAnd found pipes buried under the dirtPumping clean water to the shoresI sat from afar and saw kids going to schoolWalking in disbelief at the glamour of their cityI sat near a palm tree and looked through my binocularsAnd saw roads paved from redlight to LoguatuoFrom Buchanan to GreenvilleStretching from Harper to BarclayvilleI saw Marshall springing with buildings and birth given to a cityI saw leaders leading with honesty and parents guiding their childrenI saw a nation booming with hopeThat was my Country, the land of the freeSmiling with passion of a birth renewedI was there, I saw the lightI saw Liberia rise!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Amended Nurses and Midwives Bill for National Assembly

first_imgAs the business of the National Assembly gets underway following an extended recess, provision could be made to afford nurses the opportunity to study and specialise in various areas with Government’s introduction of the amended Nurses’ and Midwives Bill to the National Assembly.Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs, gave official notice of the legal supplement during last week, which signals that Members of Parliament will soon debate on the amendment. Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence is expected to present the amended bill.The existing Nurses’ Bill, which governs the training and employment of nurses and midwives, has been made law since 1942. However, under the proposed changes, nurses would have the opportunity to study and upgrade their careers through tertiary education and other studies.The law provides for a Nurses and Midwives Council to be established. The bill seeks to make provision for the registration and regulation of nurses, midwives and nursing assistants. It outlines that anyone in the nursing profession found guilty of professional misconduct can face a fine of up to $100,000.Another penalty relates to practising without a valid licence, wherein the bill says that any nurse or midwife guilty of this offence shall be liable, on summary conviction, to a fine of $500,000 and 12 months’ imprisonment.The Public Health Minister had explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) in September that special attention will be given to training and academic elevation of all staff.last_img read more

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Shinyalu, Archbishop Njenga set up Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Western Girls final

first_imgArchbishop Njenga came a goal down after Venah Chepkwemoi had sent Chelebei ahead at the half hour mark to take a 1-0 lead at the break.However, Archbishop Njenga returned rejuvenated in the second half, inspired by Sharon Mato who grabbed a brace.Violet Wanyonyi levelled the scores in the 49th minute before Mato ensured they took the lead in the 56th minute with a fine finish.She sealed the win in the 61st minute to see her also complete her brace.-Shinyalu dominant-The last semi was a one sided affair as Shinyalu reigned supreme aided by Sylvia Munyasa who netted a double.Photo/GERALD ANDERSONThe last semi was a one sided affair as Shinyalu reigned supreme thanks to Sylvia Munyasa who netted a double.Lavenda Lihemo opened the scoring just six minutes after kick-off before Munyasa doubled the results in the 13th minute.Defender Dianah Musilivu scored the third goal at the half hour mark as Munyasa scored her second.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The first semi-final saw Archbishop Njenga beat Chelebei 3-1 while Shinyalu thrashed Kingandole 4-0 to see the two sides book a mouth watering finale for the only slot to represent Western in the national final. Photo/GERALD ANDERSONBUNGOMA, Kenya, Feb 3 – Shinyalu Youth will battle it out with Archbishop Njenga Queens in the Girls Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Western Region Final on Sunday at the Kanduyi Stadium in Bungoma County.The first semi-final saw Archbishop Njenga beat Chelebei 3-1 while Shinyalu thrashed Kingandole 4-0 to see the two sides book a mouth watering finale for the sole slot to represent Western Region in the national final scheduled for March.last_img read more

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Chelsea open talks over Kante move, West Ham put £100m tag on Payet – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers and online…Chelsea have started formal talks with Leicester over the signing of France international midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Daily Telegraph)West Ham have put a staggering £100million price tag on playmaker Dimitri Payet to put off potential bidders. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are now NOT interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze, and will leave Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund to compete for the 24-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)Meanwhile, Crystal Palace target Christian Benteke is NOT on the brink of leaving Liverpool, according to the striker’s agent. (Evening Standard)Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have all been told they can leave Manchester United by new boss Jose Mourinho (Daily Record)LaLiga club Villarreal will rival Everton for the signing of Mata. (Super Deporte)Graziano Pelle’s move from Southampton to Chinese side Shandong Luneng has made the 30-year-old striker the sixth highest-paid player in the world on £260,000 a week. (The Sun)Manchester City are prepared to trigger Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez’s release clause by launching a £20m bid. (The Sun)West Ham are confident of signing AC Milan striker Carlos Bacca in a £26m deal. (The Guardian)Here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Manchester United target Paul Pogba is ‘very happy at Juventus and NOT desperate to move’ – Mino RaiolaNo Manchester United return for Cristiano Ronaldo – ‘He’ll retire at Real Madrid’, close friend Jose Semedo tells talkSPORTNewcastle United put staggering £35million price tag on wantaway France midfielder Moussa SissokoTottenham transfer news: Mauricio Pochettino wants World Cup winner Mario Gotze as marquee summer signingInsider Trading: Arsenal will not entertain ANY offers for Alexis Sanchez, plus Pogba, Berahino and Sissoko latestTransfer latest: AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen set for medical as he edges closer to long-awaited Spurs switchCrystal Palace working on £3m deal for Davide Santon after proposed Sunderland move falls throughlast_img read more

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College student may assemble a LEGO job

first_img“I like playing with LEGO, so I said, `Yeah, why not?”‘ he said. Whoever wins today’s competition will be paid between $27,000 and $45,000, depending on experience, to work as part of a six-person team at LEGOLAND California, making the theme park’s LEGO models. “A lot of people have described it as a candy shop for LEGO enthusiasts,” said Julie Estrada, spokeswoman for LEGOLAND California. Today, the 24 finalists will have two hours to make a new LEGO creation, and judges will announce the winner of the job contest this afternoon. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I just told me them I have free tickets to LEGOLAND. I didn’t tell them anything else,” he said. “I don’t want to jinx it I guess.” Payandeh entered the company’s open contest in the Los Angeles region and managed to beat 29 contestants, advancing to the next round. Going for originality, he made a parrot to fit with the competition’s pirate theme – only to find that someone else had the same idea. The other parrot was better than his, Payandeh thought. But still he was chosen as the day’s winner – to his own wonder. “Charm and good looks I guess,” he said. Payandeh said he hasn’t spent a lot of time building intricate LEGO models. His experience was limited to creating whatever was pictured on the box. But he still entered the competition. GLENDALE – Scrolling through job postings on the Web, Hanif Payandeh happened across a LEGOLAND California ad looking for someone to help make the theme park’s crowd-pleasing LEGO models. Payandeh, 24, knew that even if he lacked a wealth of experience for the job, applying for it was going to be an experience in itself. Today, the junior college student from Glendale will compete in a field of 24 finalists at LEGO’s theme park in Carlsbad. He still hasn’t told his parents about the competition. last_img

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Fox: Two countries must work together

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2In Yakima, Fox toured a 700-acre cherry, apple and pear orchard and an apple-packing warehouse owned by Rene and Carmen Garcia. Their operation, G&G Orchards, is believed to be the only Hispanic-owned apple warehouse in Washington state. “So far, we’re looking for a bigger crop this year, and I’m getting nervous,” Rene Garcia said. “We’re not seeing the people circulating around looking for jobs.” Six busloads of farmworkers, farm owners and others welcomed Fox. Enrique Diaz, 67, a farmworker originally from Colima, Mexico, has lived in the central Washington city of Pasco for about 30 years. He said he came here to make a better living and has been a citizen since 1976. Diaz said he hopes the main message Fox walks away with is immigrants’ need for amnesty. “There’s a lot of pressure. They’re both suffering – people who aren’t residents and people who are,” Diaz said. Fox flew to Washington state to meet with farmers in the Yakima Valley and Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski after an appearance earlier in the day in Utah. Today, Fox is to attend a breakfast with business leaders in Seattle, visit a community health center, and have lunch with other business groups. He then heads to California to address lawmakers and meet with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Fox told a special session of the Utah Legislature that the most pressing issue for U.S.-Mexico relations is immigration. “One cannot underestimate the importance of this moment and how complex this issue is for our two nations,” said Fox, speaking in English. “Since the beginning of my administration, the government of Mexico has promoted the establishment of a new system that regulates the movement of people across our border in a manner which is legal, safe and orderly.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YAKIMA, Wash. – Mexican President Vicente Fox told hundreds of farmworkers here Wednesday that neither his country nor the United States can go it alone in trying to fix immigration problems. “It’s clear the purpose is to reach an agreement that can give security, that can give legality, that can give flow to the migrant people,” Fox said in Spanish on his second day of a four-day visit to the western U.S. “I think we are closer to the end of this route. This is a shared responsibility, the immigration reform.” Fox’s speech came on the same day the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to limit debate on election-year immigration legislation. That cleared the way for final passage later this week of a bill that calls for tougher border security as well as an eventual chance at citizenship for millions of men and women in this country illegally. Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire specifically pressed Fox to visit the eastern part of her state, where thousands of Hispanic workers – many of them illegal immigrants – labor in agriculture and comprise as much as 90 percent of the population in some communities. Some Washington farmers are worried that a border crackdown could create a shortage of workers. last_img read more

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CONSTITUENCY COMMISSION: WHAT IT SAID ABOUT DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGAL is to become a five-seat constituency.Below is what the Constituency Commission said about their decisions.The following areas will be transferred from Donegal to Sligo Leitrim: Ballyshannon Urban, Ballyshannon Rural, Bundoran Urban, Bundoran Rural, Ballintra, Cavangarden, Carrickboy and Cliff. “The constituencies in this region presented the Commission with particular concern because of the coincidence of population change with the mandatory reduction of seats and the particular configuration of county boundaries. A specific feature of the area is the fact that Donegal is unique in being contiguous with only one other county namely, Leitrim. This limits the options for constituency arrangement in comparison with other parts of the country.The total population of these five counties, at 391,994, is equivalent to an allocation of 13 seats in a 158 member Dáil. In this area the reconfiguration of constituencies recommended by the Commission precludes direct comparison with the current seat allocation for the area.The existing arrangement of constituencies must be changed because in a 158 member Dáil the Donegal population can no longer sustain two 3-seat constituencies and the Cavan-Monaghan population can no longer sustain a 5-seat constituency. Of the submissions received by the Commission for the constituencies in the area the majority suggested that the entire county of Leitrim should be in one constituency.The Commission considered a range of options for the area. An arrangement of constituencies based exclusively on county boundaries is not feasible. None of the counties of Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan or Sligo could individually constitute a constituency. Other options considered included moving population from Leitrim into Donegal to maintain two 3-seat constituencies in Donegal with the remainder of Leitrim, with Sligo, forming a 4-seat constituency; moving population from Donegal to provide for a 4-seat Donegal constituency with a 5-seat Sligo-Leitrim constituency or a 5-seat Donegal constituency with a 4-seat Sligo-Leitrim constituency. None of these options on its own however provided a solution for Cavan- Monaghan. The Commission looked at the feasibility of addressing Cavan-Monaghan by adjusting adjoining constituencies to the south and east of these counties. The consequential impact on those adjacent constituencies was not acceptable to the Commission when change there was not otherwise necessary.Having regard to these considerations the Commission recommends the following arrangement of constituencies for the area:DonegalNine electoral divisions in the south of County Donegal, with a population of 8,779, should be transferred to the Sligo-Leitrim constituency and the rest of the county of Donegal should form a 5-seat constituency.Sligo-Leitrim The counties of Sligo and Leitrim, combined with nine electoral divisions from Donegal and thirty-six electoral divisions from the western part of the county of Cavan which is contiguous with the county of Leitrim, should form a 4-seat constituency.Cavan-MonaghanThirty-six electoral divisions in the west of County Cavan, with a population of 13,183,21CONSTITUENCY COMMISSION REPORT 2012 should be transferred to the Sligo-Leitrim constituency and Cavan-Monaghan should become a 4-seat constituency.CONSTITUENCY COMMISSION: WHAT IT SAID ABOUT DONEGAL was last modified: June 21st, 2012 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

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