Flashback: Former Ghanaian President (second from left) following the first results announced recently by Jerome G. Korkoya (fourth from left).For a possible third time since multi-party elections were restored, Liberians will be revisiting the polls to decide on who becomes the country’s next president in a run-off presidential election between the two candidates who have obtained the most number of votes from the October 10 polls.The two candidates with most of the votes so far have not been able to secure 50%+1. So far the top opposition contender, George Manneh Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has secured 572,453 votes, which amounts to 39.0% of the 1,550,923 votes already tallied across the country. Vice President Joseph N. Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP), trails behind Weah with 427,550 votes, 29.1% of the national tally so far.And with the The National Elections Commission (NEC) having tallied 95.6% of all votes cast on October 10, it is quite unavoidable that a run-off election will ensue.Weah is contesting as a presidential candidate for the third time since the end of the 14-year Liberian civil war in 2003.According to the Liberian Constitution, the President and Vice President must receive an absolute majority of the votes in order to win the election. An absolute majority means that the candidate must receive fifty percent plus one (50%+1) of all valid votes cast. If no candidate receives an absolute majority, then there will be a run-off election between the two candidates who received the most votes.So as it is becoming evident and since neither of the leading presidential candidates (Weah & Boakai) has or could acquire 50%+1 votes, the NEC is mandated by Article 83 (b) of the Liberian Constitution to conduct a run-off to determine the next President of Liberia.Meanwhile Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine of the Liberty Party (LP), Ex-Coca-Cola executive Alexander B. Cummings of the Alternative National Congress (ANC) and Sen. Prince Yormie Johnson of the Movement for Democracy and Reconstruction (MDR) are trailing in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively, and will not be qualified to participate in the run-off as a candidate. Each of them, however, has significant number of devoted voters who they could encourage to vote in favor of either of the two top in the run-off.Brumskine has so far received 144,359 votes (9.8%), while Cummings has received 104,127 votes (7.1%) and PYJ gets 102,564 votes (7.0%).According to Article 83(b) of the Liberian Constitution, a runoff election is held within two weeks following the announcement of the results of the ballots cast in the first round of the presidential election. The NEC, by the same law, has until October 25 to announce the final results of the first round of voting and the possible run-off.Role of other parties not contesting the run-offAll political parties, even if they are not participating in the run-off, have a stake in the electoral process. Their accredited representatives may monitor the election to ensure that it is free, fair and transparent. Also, political parties that are not contesting the run-off may encourage their members who are registered voters to participate in the election by voting for a preferred candidate between the two leading candidates.Party representatives may witness every process at the polling place except the act of a voter recording his or her vote. Inside the place, representatives may not communicate with voters in any way.During polling, the party or candidate’s representatives for the run-off election are allowed to stand to witness the polls from a visible position.This step is to ensure the transparency of the process by allowing a party or a candidate representatives to observe the process of identification of the voter in the Final Registered Roll (FRR).Run-off campaign periodThe campaign period for the possible run-off election shall commence on the day following the announcement of the final results, but the NEC may announce the results earlier and the campaign shall end 24 hours before Election Day. Campaign guidelines issued by the NEC for the October 10 elections remain in effect; parties and their supporters must campaign in compliance with these guidelines and regulations.What regulates campaign expenditures?Campaign expenditure limits set forth in the 1986 New Elections Law as amended by the 2004 Electoral Reform Law shall include the additional campaign period for the run-off Election.As amended in Section 13 of the Campaign Finance Regulations, the post-election campaign finance report for candidates contesting the run-off Election shall be submitted fifteen (15) days after the official results of the run-off election are announced.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Ronaldo wheels away in celebration after doing what he does best – netting in the biggest of occasions for Real Madrid.PHOTO/Getty ImagesMADRID, Spain, Sep 8 – Cristiano Ronaldo, hounded by allegations of tax evasion in Spain, is “delighted” to be staying at Real Madrid, according to club president Florentino Perez, who called claims that the Portuguese striker might leave the country exaggerated.“As he said a little while back, he’s delighted to be here. No one is better placed than him to say that,” Perez told Cadena Ser radio. Ronaldo strongly denied having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.5 million) in tax on his image rights when he appeared in court in a preliminary hearing on July 31.Prosecutors accuse the Real Madrid star of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.In addition, they say Ronaldo only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.They also accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.The four-time World Player of the Year, 32, has been heavily critical of the probe into him, leading to rumours that he might seek to quit Spain.“I don’t know what happened this summer,” Perez said. “A Bola (newspaper) published a story, on what a teammate might have said (about Ronaldo leaving)… In the end, there was nothing.“As there was not much to talk about this summer, they exaggerated,” Perez said, conceding however that “Cristiano was angry about this tax problem, having been summoned, that’s not nice for anyone.”Perez added that there was nothing in the case against Ronaldo “that would constitute a crime”.“He’s hidden nothing and if there’s no hiding, there’s no crime,” he said.“It’s possible there’s a different interpretation (between Ronaldo’s advisers and tax authorities) and he’s cool and collected on this issue.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Swansea boss Garry Monk refused to blame Wilfried Bony’s red card for costing them the game against Southampton but hopes the striker will learn from his mistake.The Jacks were comfortably on top, though the game was goalless, before the Ivorian was sent off for two yellow cards in the 39th minute. It proved a key moment as it allowed the Saints to take control and eventually win 1-0 through Victor Wanyama’s strike ten mintues from time.Bony picked up his first booking for toppling Jose Fonte while the Saints defender was in mid-air dealing with a bouncing ball, and then saw red following a misjudged tackle on Maya Yoshida on the halfway line.Monk had no complaints with the decision and said after the game: “There was no malice in it but it was reckless and you run the risk of receiving a second yellow when there’s a scissor motion from behind.“I don’t need to tell Wilfried what he’s done. He was distraught in the dressing room after and annoyed with himself. He’s a good character and personality for us, but you make mistakes at times and hopefully he’ll learn from it and bounce back.“He’s very honest and held his hands up and we’ll move on.”The Swansea manager acknowledged the moment changed the course of the game as his side slipped to a second consecutive league defeat.“We were so dominant in that first half. We played some great stuff and it looked as if it was only a matter of time before we were going to score,” Monk added.“We had to re-assess the situation at half-time, but the second half was always going to be difficult playing against a team who want to have the ball as well.“But, until the 80th minute, they did not have a shot at our goal and it showed how well we controlled our shape. Their goal was the first time we switched off.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Farmar iced his foot in a bucket immediately after UCLA’s win Thursday at Arizona for about 20 minutes and also on the nearly two-hour bus trip from Tucson back to Phoenix. Farmar’s foot was stepped on again in UCLA’s 85-79 win over the Wildcats, and he stayed up until 2:30 a.m. icing the ankle. But it already was sore by early Friday afternoon. Against Arizona, Farmar was 3 for 8 from the field but he made four crucial free throws in the final 20 seconds. Against Cal on Dec. 31, he was 2 for 11. Many of his shots have been short, but Farmar said he didn’t want to use the ankle as an excuse. “They all feel good but they’re not going in,” Farmar said. “I don’t know what it is. I’m just trying to do what I can and get shots up during the week where I can get back into a rhythm and start feeling good again. Hopefully, I can start knocking them down.” Farmar isn’t practicing between games, which is likely the reason for his rusty shooting touch. PHOENIX – Less than 24 hours after saying he needed a break to rest his sprained right ankle, UCLA’s Jordan Farmar said he’ll play against Arizona State today. A week off would be nice, but Farmar doesn’t think that will cut it. “The problem is, will that be enough time to really heal it? If I take that time off and roll it again, then I just wasted time,” Farmar said. “If I take time off, I really have to take time off – two, two and a half weeks. That’s the battle right now. “If I’m going to take time off and let it heal, I’m going to let it heal. If not, then I’m going to suck it up and play through it.” UCLA coach Ben Howland pointed to Farmar’s three-point play, a nice flip pass to Ryan Wright for a dunk and his free throws against Arizona as proof that the Bruins are still better with him on the floor, even if he’s hobbling at times. “With the ankle, (he) can’t practice and (he) doesn’t have the reps,” Howland said. “He’s not even doing as much shooting. We’re still more likely to win with him in there at 75-80 percent then we are if he’s not playing at all, and he knows that.” Farmar scored 11 points and had four assists against Arizona but but also committed six turnovers. Still, the young Bruins (12-2 overall) are tied for second in the Pac-10 with a 2-1 conference record. And today they face Arizona State, which hasn’t won a conference game. Farmar has his ankle tightly taped , and that’s working for now. “I want to be out there,” Farmar said. “If I can keep from rolling it in a game, if I could go a couple of games without stepping on someone’s foot, that would help the process. They’re doing a good job with me with the practice schedule, doing rehab and cardio. That helps a lot.” Jill Painter, (818) 713-3615 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A ferry packed with passengers had a bizarre stand-off with a huge basking shark.The Tory Island ferry docks in the harbour.The ocean giant came face-to-face with the Tory Island ferry off the coast of West Donegal and refused to budge.The boat had to cut off its engines as it made its way out of Tory Island harbour on its way to Magheroarty Pier. The shark, which measured up to 5 metres long, stubbornly refused to swim out of the ferry’s way.The basking shark had been swimming around the harbour for up to two hours before the encounter.The ferry was full of day-trippers to the remote island and other islanders on their way out to the mainland.A basking sharkAmong the passengers on board the ferry was the King of Tory Island, Patsy Dan Rodgers. King Patsy said “It was a huge creature and very stubborn. It just refused to get out of our way.“It was great for the children because they got to see the shark up very closely.“It eventually gave in and swam away but it certainly took its time.”Hundreds of the creatures, which survive on microscopic plankton, have arrived in Irish waters with many off the coast of Donegal.Emmett Johnston, who runs the Basking Sharks Study project said it is the greatest number of sharks in Irish waters since 2010. It has been the perfect year to set up the Basking Shark Summer Camp which saw a group of secondary school pupils get up close and personal with the creatures.FERRY IN BIZARRE STAND-OFF WITH HUGE BASKING SHARK was last modified: August 11th, 2013 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:basking sharkferryTory Island
London: Manchester City believe the sporting integrity of the Premier League has been compromised by the scheduling of a hectic festive period that will see the English champions play twice in less than 48 hours.City’s game at Wolves has been pushed back from Boxing Day to December 27, kicking off at 7.45pm (1845 GMT). That gives them less than two days to prepare for their game at home to Sheffield United, now set for 6pm on December 29.The change to the Wolves fixture also means Nuno Espirito Santo’s men will have 24 hours less to rest ahead of their trip to City’s title rivals Liverpool on December 29.Liverpool already hold an eight-point lead over City at the top of the table.”Premier League games are a huge physical demand, and it’s not ideal to be made to play twice in less than 48 hours because it doesn’t give the players time to properly recover,” City’s chief operating officer Omar Berrada told the Manchester Evening News.”We also need to make sure that we protect the players’ wellbeing, the sporting integrity of the league, and the quality of the product.”We’ve had an open dialogue with the league to consider other options, but ultimately, we will have to comply with the kick off times and dates as they have been presented to us.”Liverpool fans are also unhappy at the fixture announcement made on Thursday as they face the trip to Leicester for an 8pm kick-off on Boxing Day, a national holiday with limited public transport available.”The latest round of televised Premier League games has been announced and once again there is scant, if any, consideration given to match-going supporters and those employed at the stadiums,” Liverpool fans group the Spirit of Shankly said in a statement.”The Premier League and TV companies repeatedly ignore the welfare of supporters. But they do have a chance to redeem themselves.”Spirit of Shankly call on the authorities to do the right thing and revert all Boxing Day fixtures to a sensible kick-off time.”Supporters groups had already been angered by the delay in releasing the fixtures, which were originally scheduled to be announced on October 11.”These fixtures are five days late. This impacts on family arrangements, the price of train tickets, the ability to book leave and much more,” said the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust.”It is especially sensitive over Christmas, when match-going fans already have challenges regarding fitting in with family arrangements.” footballliverpoolmanchester cityPremier League First Published: October 18, 2019, 10:38 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Turkey coach Fatih Terim was left to rue a missed chance in the first half of their Euro 2016 Group D defeat by Croatia, which he believes would have changed the outcome of Sunday’s match.Ozan Tufan’s downward header was blocked on the line by Danijel Subasic as Turkey had the first clear chance of the match at the Parc des Princes, before Croatia scored the game’s only goal through Luka Modric.”If Ozan had scored (this goal), the outcome of the match would have been different,” Terim told a news conference.”I thought we would have more possession. The first half was balanced.”Modric put Croatia in front with a superb 25-metre volley from a hooked clearance four minutes before the break.Turkey created very little as they searched for a way back into the game after the interval, while Croatia pushed for a second goal, coming close when Darijo Srna’s free kick brushed the bar.”We had the best chance in the first half but it was not the case after the break,” said Terim.”We were dominated physically, we dropped after about an hour.”Turkey, who are playing in their first major tournament since they reached the semi-finals at Euro 2008 by beating Croatia on penalties in the last eight, face an uphill battle to qualify for the last-16, with matches to come against holders Spain and the Czech Republic.”We will learn our lesson,” Terim added.”Some players need to make more effort, I expected better from them. We will keep fighting.”advertisement
Sony just announced a couple of more Xperia smartphones – the Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact – ahead of IFA 2016, in Berlin. While the Xperia XZ is follow-up to the Xperia X Performance, the Xperia X Compact is a compact variant of the Xperia X. Both the new Xperia phones boast of a new design language, better cameras and adaptive charging technology.Both the phones come with what Sony calls loop surface design. They have been “designed with a surface that’s apparently seamless, looping around the phone in a continuous flow giving a pure, uncluttered look,” according to the company. While the Xperia XZ is carved out of glass and metal, the Xperia X Compact is essentially all-plastic.Both the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact sport a 23-megapixel rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, triple image sensing technology, predictive hybrid autofocus and 0.6 sec quick launch and capture. There is however no optical image stabilisation. While the premiere Xperia XZ comes with a 13-megapxiel front-camera, the Xperia X Compact has a 5-megapixel camera on the front.Also Read: Sony Xperia X review: Stakes are high, so is the priceBoth the phones come with side-mounted fingerprint scanners and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The Xperia XZ also comes with water-resistance capabilities.While the Xperia XZ comes with a 5.2 FullHD curved display, the Xperia X Compact has a 4.6-inch HD display. The Xperia XZ is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory which is further expandable via microSD card. The Xperia X Compact on the other hand is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB of memory which is again expandable.Both the phones run Android Marshmallow-based Xperia UI and support 4G LTE, alongside dualSIM capabilities. They also support what Sony calls as adaptive charging. “The Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact use intelligent charging to prevent battery decline. They learn your charging patterns and adapt to them, resulting in up to twice the battery lifespan,” claims the company.advertisementThe Xperia XZ will be available in the colours: Mineral Black, Forest Blue, and Platinum while the Xperia X Compact will come in Universe Black, Mist Blue, and White.
Pep Guardiola calls Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea a ‘good lesson’ Chelsea Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Read more Somehow Chelsea blocked and covered and kept their goal intact. On the right Kanté stayed closer to Jorginho than he has, but without much control or synergy between the two. The story here looked like becoming the same old story, the one where the light-blue shirts simply take the day away.Before this game there had already been some cautious talk about City going the Premier League season unbeaten. Football has always had wonky sense of humour. In the event a team who breathe and sweat and burp out goals in their sleep were outscored by a midfielder with two Premier League goals since September 2016; with a second added by David Luiz, who was solid and orderly where he seemed to be playing in great flapping brown clown shoes against Tottenham a fortnight ago.Two wonderful passes made Kanté’s goal just before half‑time. First David Luiz pinged a hard flat crossfield missile from the left-back position on to the foot of the scampering Pedro. The ball found its way to Eden Hazard, who did something sublime, waiting a beat, allowing the players in front of him to move, then rolling the ball into a paddock of space he alone seemed to have spotted.Kanté is of course borderline psychic when it comes to reading the flow of the ball in tight spaces. As the ball trickled across he came rushing in off his right-half position to slam it high into the net past Ederson. Share on Twitter Manchester City Share on Facebook features Read more Share on LinkedIn Stamford Bridge had been a chilly, breezy boisterous place before kick-off, the air lashed with tongues of fire from the pitchside flamethrowers. As a right-sided player Kanté looked like a very good central defensive shield in those opening exchanges, intercepting the ball then finding himself robbed, or his passes misplaced.An hour later Kanté had begun to surge down the right wing like an auxiliary wing-back, three times finding holes outside Fabian Delph. And something did shift here. City were still sublime on the ball but Sarri’s plan to hold a deep line and hustle hard kept them at arm’s length. Meanwhile Kanté showed that every plan can be made to work with a little willing; a player who remains the most generous of professionals, a lesson in willing, warrior spirit and pure footballing intelligence. Share via Email Chelsea and police investigate claims of racist abuse aimed at Raheem Sterling Share on Messenger The goal was Chelsea’s first shot on target. It was also Kanté’s most assured touch of a half that had seen him reduced to a frantic figure at the edge of things. Kanté had been dispossessed four times. He had skittered about wildly in search of a space to fill, a tackle to make. He had completed nine passes. And yet, as ever he had just kept on coming.There has already been a great deal of harrumphing about Sarri’s attempts to play Kanté in a slightly different role, replacing him in the centre with the more ponderous, more artful Jorginho.Understandably so. Kanté has been a darling of the Premier League, where his spidey-sense for interceptions and brilliance in the clinches have fitted the tempo and texture of the game so well. It is an easy issue to jump on. We can all see what Kanté does. We can all see that Jorginho is another kind of player. Infamy! Coming over here, confusing our much-loved French defensive pivots.This is of course not quite as simple as some would make it. To ask Sarri to move Jorginho from the base of his midfield is to ask him to abandon the sense of how he wants his team to play. It is to ask him to stop doing the things that brought him here, the deep passing game that is central to his plans.Pep Guardiola had a similar reaction in his first year in England. How, we shrieked, could he persist with this tactic of dinking it around at the back? Why weren’t there more tackles? Except, without that process he wouldn’t have created the most sublime club football machine of the last few seasons. Time: it is the one thing English football refuses to give you. How do you solve a problem like N’Golo? On the evidence of a bruising, thrilling night at Stamford Bridge, Maurizio Sarri’s attempts to transform the best covering midfielder in the world into a withdrawn right-sider may or may not succeed. But it won’t be for want of manically committed effort from the man himself, who provided a lesson in making a plan work, even when that plan seems to push you to the fringes.For the opening 44 minutes of this 2-0 Chelsea win Manchester City had eased around like a swarm of blue-shirted princelings, scything through what was once Kanté country. Just past the half hour there was a beautiful moment as Riyad Mahrez walked one way in the centre circle, then shuffled back the other, making Antonio Rüdiger hare off into the wrong movie set, a man suddenly speaking the wrong lines and dancing the wrong steps. Read more Premier League David Luiz seals win as Chelsea end Manchester City’s unbeaten start Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Topics
Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Club founder and South Africa captain Janine Van Wyk said: “I am absolutely honoured that out of all the other women’s clubs around the world, she has chosen JVW as the club where she would like to start showcasing her football skills.“I welcomed her at her first training [session] with the team on Tuesday and was impressed to see that she definitely has all the fundamentals.”Semenya is not the first athlete to transfer to football – 100m and 200m Olympic champion Usain Bolt did the same after retiring in 2017, joining Stromsgodset in Norway prior to signing for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners. However, it proved to be short stint in Gosford for the sprint icon; he left after only eight weeks at the club.Semenya will not be registered for the 2019 SAFA Sasol League, the league in which JVW play, as the transfer window has shut for the current season. She will train with the team and target being ready to play for them during the 2020 campaign. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The two-time Olympic 800m gold medallist Caster Semenya appears to be preparing for a career outside of athletics after joining a women’s football club.The 28-year-old is currently appealing against a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport which approved the IAAF’s introduction of a new testosterone limit for female athletes. The governing body introduced the rule change because it argues female athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – such as Semenya – have “a competitive advantage”.Under the rule, all athletes with a difference in sex development should reduce their blood testosterone to a specific level for at least six months – and then maintain that for the rest of their athletic career – in order to compete in events from 400m to a mile. Semenya has remained “steadfast in her defiance” to do so and, as such, is unable to defend her 800m world title in Doha later this month without taking hormone-suppressing drugs. So the South African, has started training with Gauteng-based JVW FC with a view to making her debut next season as the transfer window is currently closed.“I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team,” she told the club’s website. “I am looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.” Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… news Athletics Caster Semenya Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics Reuse this content