Dr. Jones Tussles Over Generator at Party Headquarters

first_imgThe party Dr. Jones co-founded has suspended him indefinitely, pending an investigation into reports of misconduct on his partA serious impasse between the standard bearer of the Movement for Economic Empowerment (MOVEE), Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, and the party’s assistant national secretary, James Roberts, has erupted over some of the party’s property in Monrovia.The standoff involving Dr. Jones and his junior official ensued at the party’s headquarters in Congo Town over the weekend.Roberts told journalists that Dr. Jones allegedly issued instructions ordering his security to break into the generator house and take possession of a 7.5 KVA generator that powers the building.“He came in with his security guards to collect the generator but I refused to allow them to enter the powerhouse. While Dr. Jones and I were talking, the other security guard used a rock to destroy the lock on the generator house and he brought out the generator and attempted putting it in Dr. Jones’ car,” Roberts alleged.He said: “I stood up tall and prevented them from putting the generator in the car and that’s how I got wounded in my leg by the other guard while tussling over the generator. I immediately called the party’s vice chairman, Dan Sayeh, who instructed me not to allow anyone to take anything from the party headquarters; and I followed his instruction.”Roberts said his decision to prevent the security from taking the machine was also based on instructions from the party’s chair, Dee-Maxwell Kemayah.He claimed that he hurt his back during the tussle over the generator with Dr. Jones’ security.Robert noted that the said generator does not belong to Dr. Jones, alleging that it was donated to the party by chairman Dee Maxwell Kemayah and his wife.“He was not the one that bought the generator for the party, it was the party chairman and his wife that bought the machine and donated it to the party,” he said.Making an official statement on behalf of the party, MOVEE vice chairman for Press and Propaganda, Robert Sammie, said he was surprised to hear that Dr. Jones had gone to the party headquarters to retrieve the party’s property.“There are procedures in getting things out of the party compound and there are people responsible for that, so it is disappointing to hear that Dr. Jones had gone to burglarize the headquarters of the party and take the generator,” he said.It was reported that there are some internal wrangling between MOVEE officials and their political leader, Dr. Jones, ever since Kemayah, the party’s chairman, announced MOVEE’s pledge of support to the Coalition for Democratic Change for the runoff election.But Sammie denied knowing of any internal wrangling within the party, saying if Dr. Jones had a problem with the majority of the party’s decision, he would have made a public announcement expressing his disappointment.“Everyone in the party was not pleased with the decision to go to the CDC, but we had no option because majority carried the day and we are in a democratic era where decisions are made by the majority,” he said.Meanwhile, Dr. Jones refused to respond to the allegation levied against him by the party when he was contacted, saying he had better things to think about and did not want to be bothered.MOVEE obtained over 12,000 votes accounting for 0.8% according to official results from NEC.The party has declared its support to the Coalition for Democratic Change of Senator George Weah, an action that is, according to insiders, apparently against the standard bearer’s choice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parents in battle to name baby ‘Griezmann Mbappe’

first_imgBut if the name was meant as a tribute to two of the players who helped France to World Cup glory this summer, officials were less impressed.Authorities tasked with ensuring children’s names are in their interests have flagged the case to prosecutors, the local mayor’s office told the newspaper.If prosecutors share the opinion that such an eye-catching name could cause the child problems in life, a family court could order the couple to change the name.Such cases have repeatedly made headlines in France.Earlier this month authorities in the eastern city of Dijon launched a legal bid to stop a mother naming her son “Jihad”.Despite her argument that the name does not necessarily have violent connotations in Arabic — it can mean a struggle against sin within oneself — authorities worried the baby would face prejudice.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A little boy born in the central French town of Brive was bestowed with first names honouring Antoine Griezmann (R, pictured October 2018) and Kylian Mbappe, a decision which authorities flagged © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE, France, Nov 28 – French authorities are seeking to ban a couple of apparently football-obsessed parents from naming their baby “Griezmann Mbappe” after two of the national team’s heroes.The little boy was born in the central town of Brive this month and immediately bestowed with first names honouring Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, regional newspaper La Montagne reported Wednesday.last_img read more

Softball Defeats Evansville, 7-2, in Regular Season Finale for 40th Win

first_img Full Schedule Roster Drake (40-14, 24-2 MVC) earned its second-straight 40-win season and matched last year’s program-record for Missouri Valley Conference victories with 24. The Bulldogs head to Peoria, Ill. for next week’s MVC Tournament as the No. 1 seed and defending tournament champions. They are scheduled to play their first tournament game Friday at 11 a.m. in the first semifinal contest. Watch Live Next Game: Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) drove in two runs with a single in the fifth while Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) just missed her first home run of the season crushing a triple off the wall in the fifth that scored Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa). Roemmich scored two runs and is now tied for No. 7 with 109 in her career. Print Friendly Version ESPN+ It was senior day for Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.), Newman, Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) and Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) as the five played their final home games at Buel Field. Frank and Pena each had one double. Pena’s is the 40th in her career and she is tied for No. 3 all-time with 40. She drove in two runs and passed Dani Tyler (1993-95) for No. 2 all-time in career RBI in school history with 116. Frank drove in one run with a second-inning bases loaded walk that also gave her the new school record in career walks at 112 and later she added one more walk for 113. Jonas added 10 putouts to her career program-leading total and has 1,285. Schlotzhauer drove in a run with a fielder’s choice. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team defeated Evansville, 7-2, Saturday, May 4 afternoon in the regular season finale and on the team’s senior day at Buel Field. Live Stats Story Links PDF Box Score Drake used a six-run second-inning to grab control of the game. Evansville (19-29, 9-16 MVC) collected their first hit of the series with a fourth-inning leadoff double by Eryn Gould off Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.). Newman, who pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one hit and one walk, exited to a standing ovation with two outs in the sixth inning. She improved to 26-6 on the season, and is now just two wins away from the top single season victory mark in school history.   Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) took over in the circle and allowed a two-run home run to Haley Woolf on the first pitch as the Purple Aces’ scored their first runs of the three-game series. Timmons settled in after the home run and got the final four outs and even collected her first career hit, leading off the seventh for the Bulldogs and smoking a rope to left field. vs. Bradley 5/10/2019 – 11:02 a.m. Previewlast_img read more

3 unsung heroes behind the 49ers’ perfect record

first_imgWhile, … It took a few weeks, but the 49ers have turned skeptics into believers after manhandling the Rams 20-7 Sunday to move to 5-0 on the season.In the Niners’ rise from the team that picked No. 2 overall last year to a bonafide playoff contender, there’s plenty of praise to be passed around.But here are three players that I think deserve more:Jaquiski Tartt(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Let’s be real: the MVP of the Niners’ defense is really coordinator Robert Saleh.last_img read more

South Africa: open for business

first_imgWith its top sporting, recreational andhospitality facilities, and a world-classconvention centre, Durban is a perennialfavourite with visitors. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free pictures, visit the image library)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Thandiwe Mathibela  Communications, South African Tourism  +27 11 895 3000 RELATED ARTICLES • Maropeng top evotourism destination • Africa’s greenest hotel for Cape Town • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • Table Mountain new natural wonder • SA becomes business tourism hubBongani Evans MtlhavaniSouth Africa is open for business – this is the emphatic message delivered by the Department of Tourism during the recent Meetings Africa gathering.Said to be Africa’s biggest business tourism business trade show, the event took place at Johannesburg’s Sandton Convention Centre from 28 February to 1 March, and attracted influential buyers from around the world.It’s a flagship marketing initiative of South African Tourism (SAT), and focuses on the so-called MICE (meetings, incentives, conference, and exhibitions) industry, with offerings that appeal to local and international buyers alike.Meetings Africa 2012 also saw the launch of the National Convention Bureau (NCB) which is going to play a crucial role in harnessing national tourism efforts.“The NCB will add considerable value to the country’s business tourism industry,” said tourism minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, “and will strengthen and support efforts already being made to drive expansion in business tourist arrivals to make South Africa a truly global force.”Van Schalkwyk pointed out that through the successful staging of major events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the recent COP17 climate change conference, and other sporting, business and tourism events, South Africa has established its credentials as a competent global host.He also said that South Africa has an advantage in that the country has world-class business and conference facilities, but also excellent leisure tourism attractions and hospitable and friendly people.The NCB was established in November 2011 and is headed by executive director Amanda Kotze-Nhlapho, who joined SAT after a successful tenure as head of convention bureau and events at Cape Town Routes Unlimited.“We believe that the industry is ready to contribute to the economy,” she said.The NCB will offer services such as support with the planning of conventions, all aspects of the bidding process, and on-site event services.Welcome to South AfricaA presentation on the first day by Mabeka Makola, SAT’s brand experience manager, gave details about the organisation’s SAT’s Welcome Campaign, aimed at inspiring all South Africans to welcome visitors warmly and so encourage them to return.He said that perception of the country is a crucial factor not only in bringing visitors back, but in inspiring them to spread the word about South Africa back home.“It’s about everyone working together to emphasis the small things that will have a greater impact on visitor perception in the long run.”The initiative is going into its second phase of implementation, which brings the consumer on board. The first phase involved talks with the trade.“We need to partner with small businesses to make sure that this campaign reaches the full potential, because its success relies on partnerships,” said Makola.Significance of the BRICS partnershipA Meetings Africa panel discussion highlighted the role South Africa’s BRICS membership has played in in fuelling trade and investment in the country.South Africa officially joined the bloc of emerging economic powers in April 2011.Representing their countries on the panel were Russia’s Elena Demidova, general director at Expert Avis Marketing; Nandakumar Devarajan, president of India’s largest travel group Kuoni India; Civic Group founder Olivia Ji from China; and South Africa’s Anitha Soni, Brand South Africa chairperson.The discussion was chaired by CNBC Africa business reporter Lionel Skink.Soni told the audience that the move to join BRICS has enabled South Africa to connect with the big growth economies in the world, and tap into their lucrative markets.“President Jacob Zuma has shared that since we joined the BRICS family, our exports grew four-fold into those countries and our imports into the same countries doubled,” said Soni. “It therefore makes business sense to play with the largest growing economies in the world.”She added that to make the most of these opportunities, long-term strategies were needed, and these were in place.Demidova indicated that there is great interest in South Africa from the Russian side. “Russians are interested in what is going on in this country, and are looking at the destination as an event alternative.”She hinted at the possibility of direct flights between South Africa and Russia in the future, likening the concept to the recent non-stop flight to China recently introduced by South African Airways.South Africa and China have set up bilateral agreements in many areas, including transport, education, housing, infrastructure, and water resource management.The introduction of non-stop flights between South Africa and Russia promises to facilitate business and leisure travel between the two countries, said Demidova.She said that South Africa should continue to focus on issues of access to the country, such as visa requirements, flight length and destination promotion. She revealed statistics from Russia which show that since Latin America dropped visa requirements, travel from Russia to that region increased exponentially.Ji shared Demidova’s sentiment, and indicated that the Chinese people want to know more about South Africa and how to do business with the country.“Our focus is on cooperation and looking for a win-win situation,” she said. “We are very open to forming new partnerships and are looking at a long term interest.”Devarajan said that there are a number of elements to consider when planning a MICE tour.“The planner wants a focus on logistics, access and customising an itinerary to suit the traveller, while the tourist wants to see new things, experience new sites and enjoy nightlife and shopping. Corporate visitors want more bang for their buck and are concerned about safety” he explained.In terms of Indian visitors to South Africa, Devarajan said that their numbers would increase if hotels offered more Indian products, such as Indian television channels and cuisine.The bottom line for business tourism, said Soni, is that South Africans need to speak with one voice.“Business, government, society and the media need to communicate accurate messages, and we all need to be ambassadors for our country.”last_img read more