By Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comNEWARK—More than two years after he was indicted on a litany of bribery and corruption charges, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is finally about to go on trial in a case that could end his political career and dramatically change the dynamics of the Senate. The New Jersey Democrat is accused of accepting lavish personal gifts, expensive meals and golf outings from Dr. Salomon Melgen—as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in political donations—in exchange for using the power of his office to lobby for his wealthy benefactor’s extensive financial and personal interests in Washington. Read more of this reportSource: NJ.com(Visited 8 times, 8 visits today)Commentscomments
August 22, 2017 12:44 UTC
By Nigel WilsonRamallah, Occupied West Bank- Palestinian leaders in Israel have denounced the arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, as politically motivated and called for his immediate release. Salah was arrested at his home in Umm Al Fahm, northern Israel, in the early hours of August 15 on charges of inciting violence and supporting a banned organisation. Old city, new reality: Palestinians sense status quo change in Jerusalem“I am sure that this is a political arrest,” said Mohammed Barakeh, chairman of the Higher Committee for the Arab citizens of Israel. Gilad Erdan, Israeli public security minister, said that Salah encouraged “extremism” and promoted violence and murder. The minister of communication, Ayoub Kara, said that Salah should be deported from Israel.
August 22, 2017 11:37 UTC
After pulling huge crowds in Monrovia and its environs last weekend to launch its political campaign for the October 10, 2017 general and presidential elections, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), Senator George Manneh Weah has been accused by the National Movement to Support Boakai (NAMBO) of holding a dual citizenship as an American. Displaying the passport of Senator Weah as a US citizen, the NAMBO official said the refusal of the NEC to disqualify Senator Weah from participating in these pending elections, his organization will have no alternative but to reach the Supreme Court on the issue. However, critics of NAMBO’s statement speaking on local radio stations regarding the threat by the pro-Boakai group condemned the statement, and said it is belated, and urged the group to pay attention to the ongoing campaign for the 2017 elections. For ordinary Liberians who spoke to our staff noted with great disappointment, and said Liberians are not prepare to backward, and further said the coming 2017 elections should be transparent and free of violence. Reacting to the NAMBO’s statement on a local radio station, an official of the CDC, Mulbah Morlu described the statement issued by the pro-Boakai group asking for the disqualification of his presidential candidate, Senator George M. Weah.
August 22, 2017 07:28 UTC
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Bolstered by a Navy amphibious-assault ship, search-and-rescue efforts continued Tuesday for 10 sailors missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a civilian oil tanker near Singapore. The Yokosuka-based guided-missile destroyer was traveling to Singapore for a routine port visit early Monday when it collided with the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC oil tanker east of Singapore, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 missing. The amphibious-assault ship USS America joined the damaged destroyer at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base on Monday evening. It has been providing MV-22 Ospreys and SH-60 Seahawk helicopters to assist with the search, the Navy said. Ships and aircraft from the Malaysian and Singaporean naval and security forces are also helping to search an area east of Singapore where the collision occurred.
August 22, 2017 06:56 UTC
The Carter Center CEO who was accompanied by Former Information Minister Rev. Emmanuel Bowier, and few staff of the Carter Center Liberia’s office at the Traditional Women United for Peace Headquarter in Brewerville and extended warm salutation from Mr. and Mrs. Carter and the entire Carter Center’s family in the USA and assured the gathering of traditional women of the Carter Center’s full support. The Traditional Women United for Peace which is headed by Mama Toma is a cross-section of rural women. The Carter Center CEO also praised the Head of the Traditional Women United for Peace for her steadfastness. The Head of the Traditional Women United for Peace added that when the alleged rapist spend time behind bars; relatives, most often pay money to get them (alleged rapist) released.
August 22, 2017 03:22 UTC
The latest is the shocking pronouncement by the National Movement to Support Boakai (NAMBO) that Senator George Weah, the Standard Bearer of Liberia’s largest opposition party, the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) is an American citizen; hence he should withdraw from the presidential race. “We have obtained tangible document indicating that Senator Weah is an American citizen." This is someone who said he believes in this country,” Kpadeh intoned. Manna rather expressed appreciation to the press, the Liberia National Police and all the security entities for their contributions towards a successful campaign launch. It is not the first time that a major Presidential Candidate in Liberia has been accused of being a citizen of America.
August 22, 2017 02:37 UTC
“Let him show up in the next debate and let’s have the discussion in public." But Senator Weah who failed to attend the debate said upon his told his supporters that most of the policies proffered by his opponents at the debate were mere lies and should be trusted. Prior to entering Liberian politics, Cummings served as Chief Administrative Officer of Coca-Cola Bottling Company at its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Cummings, however, cautioned Liberians and CDC those who turned out over the weekend to support Senator Weah, to look at the track record of individuals aspiring to be President. Let’s put debate aside and look at the records, past records in any perspective and let’s compare.
August 22, 2017 02:36 UTC
Gbarngasiaquelleh, Bong County - Bong County Police on Monday, August 21, 2017 arrested a 43-year-old hunter from Zota District who allegedly shot and killed his wife four months ago because she did not give him enough food. Olivia Weetol, head of the Bong County Women Organization, was one of the callers. Acting Bong County Superintendent Anthony Sheriff praised citizens of Gbarngasiaquelleh for their bravery in arresting Porkpah. “Had it not been for the bravery of citizens of Gbarngasiaquelleh, Porkpah would not have been arrested,’’ he said. Frederick Nappy, commander of Bong County Police detachment, also lauded the citizens for their collective efforts in arresting Porkpah.
August 22, 2017 02:26 UTC
Suakoko, Bong County – Renowned land right advocate Silas Siakor told hundreds of supporters in Bong County District #5 over the weekend that he would give them a leadership never seen before if they replace their current lawmaker by electing him in October. A spokesman for the incumbent said Representative Edward Karfiah would only respond via the ballot box on the day of election. Siakor is one of more than a dozen candidates going against Representative Karfiah for the Bong County District #5 seat. The launch of his campaign began with a parade throughout the district, with his supporters chanting slogans and carrying banners with inscription “Our future is now”. “In the case of District #5, Bong County, the work we have done for the past five and a half years now will speak for us.”Klemin said a lot happened during the administration of Representative Karfiah, and said the Bong lawmaker could not do all.
August 22, 2017 01:52 UTC
Another factor that is driving the president’s perplexing actions is the desire to ensure the safety and protection of her favorite child, Robert Sirleaf. Ellen’s moral and financial support to Joe Boakai cannot be granted without control by a key ally, someone like Amara Konneh. Moreover, the fears and political ambition of Robert Sirleaf also played a decisive role in the CDC-Sirleaf alliance. Robert Sirleaf wants political power as a means of insuring himself against future legal jeopardy. That a faction of the UP is supporting Weah is a clear indication of the flirtatious alignment between the CDC and allies of Robert Sirleaf.
On the next front is the candidate who has racked up a number of high level political endorsements, Vice President Joe Boakai. On the strategy and planning front, the Unity Party does not seem to have coherent strategy or message on which to campaign. For now, everything we see point to a disappointing scenario whereby the Unity Party is running against Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Sam B. Reeves of the Providence Baptist Church, who is as selfish and self-centered as he (Mills Jones) is. Reeves cannot win an election in the Baptist Church but this just goes to tell you who Mills Jones is.
Liberians come together on August 24 every year to celebrate Flag Day which is declare a national holiday to observe the making and the symbolic meaning of the Liberian national flag. On this day, Liberians come together to remember their country’s history and the flag that it represents. The first flag from 1827 was copied after the America flag but with a white cross instead of the stars. The six red stripes show valor and the five white stripes represent purity. When take a sober reflection on the significance of celebrating August 24-The Flag Day, key words such as, loyalty, dignity and purity, are used interchangeably and are considered as a nation so to avoid merely carousing the Flag.
"I have not seen any candidate pull such a large crowd in the rain like George Weah is doing. The last message that came through reading: “If CDC wins this election, I am going to be a disgruntle Liberian for six years." George Weah can bring the crowd but can he deliver the votes? But when it comes to presidential elections, size is not always a barometer of a campaign's destiny. There is no reason to fear the CDC political juggernaut of hype.
August 22, 2017 01:07 UTC
Monrovia - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday, August 21, 2017 - in keeping with tradition, officially commissioned three senior government officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as the National Elections Commission (NEC). She urged them to promote good relationship and development and reminded them to do the right thing for the country. President Sirleaf challenged the newly commissioned officials to promote good relationship and development and continue with the same level of energy, enthusiasm and efficiency exhibited in previous roles. In separate remarks, Commissioner Davidson and Ambassador Ballout thanked President Sirleaf for their preferment and promised to demonstrate examples worthy of their offices and make Liberia proud. The ceremony was attended by senior government officials including Foreign Minister, Marjon Kamara, Dr. Augustine Konneh of the Foreign Service Institute, family members among others.
August 21, 2017 18:22 UTC
A solicitor who lamented that a plane carrying Jewish refugees didn’t blow up mid-air has been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay almost £10,000 costs. Majid Mahmood, a partner at City Law Chambers in Luton and a director at Liberty Law Solicitors, had the sanction imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for comments he made on social media in 2015 and 2016. Mahmood, 40, said his statement referred to airborne IDF soldiers blowing up mid-air, but the panel ruled that this was an “implausible” argument, and accepted that the comments had been made in response to an article about Jewish refugees being airlifting out of a troubled country to Israel. His comments first attracted attention in 2015, when he wrote: “Someone needs to shoot all the Israeli Zionists dead then send their bodies to America as a present for Obama and his Zionist pals.”Read more of this articleSource: Jewish News Online(Visited 26 times, 17 visits today)Commentscomments
August 21, 2017 17:48 UTC