All Set for Rivercess Showdown

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first_imgThe National Elections Commission (NEC) has announced its readiness to conduct voting on April 21 for an occupant for the recently vacated seat of Representative for District #2, Rivercess County.Ten candidates, including a female from the Alternative National Congress (ANC), are vying for the seat to succeed former Representative Francis Paye who relinquished it to contest the 2014 Special Senatorial Election. Paye defeated incumbent Jonathan Banney, becoming the first to walk out of the chamber of the House and into the Senate.Paye’s seat was announced vacant by House Speaker J. Alex Tyler on January 22 and with that notice, NEC was authorized to conduct elections for the post.Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, Acting NEC Chairperson Cllr. Sarah M. Toe, disclosed the arrival in the country of 24,200 ballot papers for an expected 16,003 registered voters at 42 polling stations across the district.Commissioner Toe further informed reporters that 200 temporary staffers are being processed to serve as poll workers and shortlisted pollsters are to be trained to conduct polling activities on Election Day, April 21, 2015.The Commissioner announced that 44 national and 26 international observers have been accredited to monitor the election process, lending the necessary element of credibility to the polls.“About 840 independent candidates and political party agents have also been accredited to observe the voting process. Among institutions accredited by the Commission thus far are the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), United States Embassy, African Union, European Union, UNMIL, UNDP, the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) the Elections Coordinating Committee and the Angie Brooks International among others,” Commissioner Toe announced.Meanwhile, since the campaign was officially declared open on March 25, “there has been no official report of rancor or misbehavior either on the part of the candidates or their supporters,” Madam Toe indicated.She called on all participants in the process to remain peaceful and tolerant in order to keep the democratic process on course. “We call on registered voters in Electoral District #2, Rivercess County to turn out en mass and vote for the candidate of their choice,” she declared.All eyes are on the Rivercess County electoral district comprising 19 voting precincts and 42 polling stations for the more than 16,000 anticipated voters.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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first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP) — Teenage striker Marcus Rashford enhanced his reputation by stepping up in the absence of the injured Zlatan Ibrahimovic to steer Manchester United into the Europa League semifinals with an extra-time winner against Anderlecht.Showing coolness beyond his years, Rashford deceived two defenders in the penalty area with a Cruyff turn and slotted home a shot in the 107th minute to give United a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.United advanced 3-2 on aggregate to join Lyon, Ajax and Celta Vigo in the last four, after a tension-filled night of quarterfinal second legs in Europe’s second-tier continental club competition.The Europa League was the competition in which Rashford made his senior breakthrough last season, scoring twice on debut against FC Midtjylland as an 18-year-old unknown. He’s now an England international and one of the hottest prospects in European soccer.Rashford may have to take on the mantle of being United’s chief striker for the last month of the season after Ibrahimovic hobbled off in the final minutes of normal time after hyperextending his right knee on landing, having chested down a long ball into the area.The Swedish striker appeared to be in pain and held his head in his hands as he was being treated.“Fairly negative,” Mourinho said of injuries to Ibrahimovic and center back Marcos Rojo, who went off injured in the first half.There is barely a month left in Ibrahimovic’s first season at United, and he is yet to commit to another year.With the teams level at 1-1 after the first leg in Belgium last week, Henrikh Mkhitaryan put United ahead on aggregate with a 10th-minute strike at Old Trafford only for Sofiane Hanni to equalize in the 31st.The draw for the Europa League semifinals takes place Friday.Here’s a look at how the other quarterfinal matches turned out:___BESIKTAS 2, LYON 1 (3-3 on aggregate, Lyon advanced 7-6 on penalties)Lyon’s players held their nerve to beat Besiktas in a tense penalty shootout.Lyon players celebrate at the end of a penalty shootout during a Europa League quarterfinal, second leg soccer match between Besiktas and Lyon in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)The first 12 spot kicks were clinically struck, before Dusko Tosic had a penalty saved for Besiktas and right back Christophe Jallet blazed over for Lyon.Besiktas center back Matej Mitrovic then missed for the home side, and Lyon made no mistake with its second chance to go through when club captain Maxime Gonalons converted.In an exciting game played at a relentless pace, Brazilian forward Talisca scored twice either side of striker Alexandre Lacazette’s brilliant finish.Last week’s match was marred by widespread fighting among rival fans inside and outside the stadium, leading to both teams being given suspended one-season bans from European competition. There was no repeat of the trouble in Istanbul.Lyon advanced to its third European semifinal, after reaching the last four of the Champions League in 2010 and the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1964.___SCHALKE 3, AJAX 2 (Ajax advances 4-3 on aggregate)This was the third quarterfinal to go to extra time, with Ajax advancing following late goals by Nick Viergever and Amin Younes and reaching it first European semifinal since 1997.Trailing 2-0 after the first leg, Schalke scored twice in four minutes early in the second half through Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller to take the game to extra time.Daniel Caligiuri’s header in the 101st put Schalke — the 1997 champion when the competition was called the UEFA Cup — in front, but Ajax finished stronger.___GENK 1, CELTA VIGO 1 (Celta advances 4-3 on aggregate)Celta stayed on course to extend Spain’s domination of this competition by advancing to a semifinal of a top European club competition for the first time.Sisto completed a driving run with a stunning strike to put Celta 1-0 up on the night and leave Genk needing two goals to advance on away goals.Leandro Trossard scored one of them in the 68th but Celta held on.Sevilla and Atletico Madrid have won the Europa League or UEFA Cup seven times in the past 11 years.STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Antwerp Port Authority Sustainable growth, mobility, transition, safety & security and operational excellence will be strategic priorities of Antwerp Port Authority in the next few years, the port authority revealed in its new business plan. “Our new Business Plan that aims to bring results in five strategic priorities gives us a sharper focus. We are convinced that we can turn this company around by concentrating on a number of clearly defined strategic priorities that will form our main action guidelines between now and 2020,” Jacques Vandermeiren, Antwerp Port Authority CEO, said.“In today’s fast-changing world we aim to be a safe home port and act as a lever for all those who see opportunities and embrace challenge,” Vandermeiren continued.“Our main advantages for this are our great adaptability and our strong focus on innovation and digitisation. We constantly strive for sustainable added value, while assuming our responsibility towards society,” he added.The Antwerp industrial and logistics port platform is said to be the main economic engine for our country. One in 16 people in Flanders works in or for the port, and the platform directly or indirectly generates added value of EUR 21 billion annually. As one of the main links in trade between Europe and the rest of the world, the port platform occupies a central place in a world that is changing increasingly rapidly and becoming more and more unpredictable.“We are working towards a sustainable future for the port. This ambition is expressed in our new mission and vision, in which our role is defined even more sharply. We are much more than a port landlord, an operator and a facilitator in the nautical chain: we are also a community builder. We challenge ourselves to be even closer to our employees, our customers and stakeholders,” according to Antwerp Port Authority CEO.As explained, the five strategic priorities are to be translated into concrete projects.  The new Enterprise Portfolio Management Office (EPMO) department will support these projects and ensure they are carried out successfully.“The Port Authority employees are the key to success in this transition phase. With our DELTa programme we challenge them to Dare, to Experiment, to Learn and to Trigger others. In this way, we will make the transition from a mainly operational to a knowledge-driven organisation.” Vandermeiren concluded.last_img read more