The group Extraordinary (XO) and their fans are grieving whole-heartedly as they mourn the death of 30 year-old music artist, Even XO.Also known as Kilven Jones, Even passed away on July 29, 2014 at 3 a.m. Laid back but cool and friendly with everyone, the he and his twin brother Milven Jones made up the two-man group, XO.The group is popular for hit tracks like the post-war anthem “It’s over now” and “Crazy”, a nice dance track that was produced in Ghana years ago.The late Even XO is survived by his parents, twin brother, wife, host of relatives and two-week-old daughter Lucy Even Jones.According to the late singer’s cousin, Ranale Zleh, Jr., Even XO died after a period of painful illness and swelling.”He was sick off and on, but not too bad. This time around it was serious; he was swollen from head to waist before he died. We knew he wouldn’t make it, I knew from the swelling in his stomach,” narrated Ranale.It is also said that during the late singers agonizing medical experience, he was taken to a Chinese clinic in town and diagnosed.”They did his blood test and said he had a kidney infection and urine infection. The doctor also said the swelling looked strange. We later took him to a native doctor who said that Even was poisoned. The native doctor also said that it had spread all over his body and that we were late.” Ranale further added.”Even fought death and right now his twin brother is bad off. We sent him away before Evens’ death, we didn’t want him on scene because we didn’t know what he would have done.”According to Ranale, the twin brothers were inseparable and both recently had babies before the singer’s death.”Melvin can’t believe that his brother is gone, they went everywhere together, they haven’t missed each other for a day in their lives. We pray Milven comes out fine after this.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As Liberia continues to step up its Ebola containment strategy since the deadly disease was imported from Guinea to Lofa, BRAC- Liberia, a Microfinance Company last Friday, September 26, joined in supporting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) eradication effort by donating a huge quantity of assorted food items and disinfectant materials valued at L$56, 8650 to the newly constructed Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit.Kolubah Zazay, Acting Country Representative of BRAC-Liberia, who presented the items, said the donation was part of his company’s social responsibility in the area of health for the benefit of Liberians. “We see the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a threat to the collective health and socio-economy of the country. We therefore reiterate our commitment to partner with other stakeholders to stem the tide of Ebola,” Mr. Zazay lamented.Mr. Zazay further promised that the company will work tirelessly in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure that the dreaded disease is contained and stopped from spreading throughout the country.“We have a very strategic ongoing approach to support the work of Ebola in Liberia and hopefully by next week we will be going to Bong County and other communities to make more donations to affected Ebola patients as well as health workers,” he added.Responding, Dr. Atai Omoruto, a Uganda Medical Director and WHO consultant on Ebola case management at Island Clinic, lauded the effort of BRAC and described the contribution as invaluable in the concerted efforts at containing the disease.“This donation will definitely assist in dealing with this emergency. It is important to acknowledge the fact that Liberia has done a very good in responding to the Ebola fight,” Dr. Omoruto added.The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with hard-hit countries-Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone-struggling to control the outbreak against a backdrop of compromised health systems, deficits in capacity, and rampant fear.The hard-hit countries are experiencing a phenomenon never before seen in any previous Ebola outbreak due to the fact that as soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload, according Dr. Omoruto.Of all Ebola-affected countries, Liberia has the highest cumulative number of reported cases and deaths, amounting, on 8 September, to nearly two thousand cases and more than one thousand deaths, Dr. Omoruto concluded.BRAC-Liberia is a development focused organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their lives. BRAC achieves large scale, rapid change by working with individuals, families, communities and institutions to overcome poverty.The organization’s approach is comprehensive – with financial services, capacity building and livelihood development as well as health, education and social justice – enabling them to realize their potential.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, incorporated BRAC Microfinance Company in January 2009 and disbursed the first loans by June of the same year.The items donated by BRAC-Liberia includes 50 mattresses, 100 bags of 25kg rice, 20 (10L) gallons of Argo-oil, 10 cartoons of chloride, 20 cartoons of alcohol and 50 cartoons of medicated Soap. Others items included 40 cartoons of Juices, 10 cartoons of Dettol, 100 sacs of mineral water and 10 sacs of toilet tissue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The decision to establish whether or not four banking institutions be compelled to make available transaction records of two of the nine public officials and international companies implicated into the Global Witness bribery allegation is expected to be delivered by Judge Boimah Kontoe of Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice on Monday, May 30.Judge Kontoe made the disclosure yesterday immediately after hearing final legal arguments into the merit and demerit of a request of ‘Subpoena Duces Tecum’ (summon) asked for by government lawyers to be served on the banks.Subpoena duces tecum is a court order requiring a witness to bring documents in their possession or under the control of the witness to a certain place at a certain time.This subpoena must be served personally on the person subpoenaed. It is the common way to obtain potentially useful evidence, such as documents and business records, in the possession of a third party, a legal expert hinted the Daily Observer yesterday.“Failure to respond to a subpoena duces tecum may subject the party served with the subpoena to punishment for contempt of court for disobeying a court order,” the expert added.International Bank (Liberia) Limited, Ecobank Liberia Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank Liberia Limited and Global Bank Liberia Limited are those financial institutions expected to produce the bank statements of the accused that covered the period of January 1, 2010 to September 30, 2010, of which the legal team of Grand Cape Mount County Senator Varney Sherman of and former Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Wotorson, of claiming it violates the privacy rights of their clients. Article 16 of the Liberian Constitution of 1986 requires that “No person shall be subjected to interference with his privacy of person, family, home or correspondence except by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.”Article 11 (a) also provides that “All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the right of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining and security of the person and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.”The New Financial Institution Act of 1999, section 35(2) prevents unauthorized disclosure of personal information held by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and other banking institutions, except by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.It provides that “the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) shall not, unless lawfully required to do so by law or court of law, reveal to any person information as to the affairs of any individual customer of a financial institution obtained in the exercise of its regulatory jurisdiction.”Global Witness alleged in its report that over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were made to top government officials by UK-based firm Sable Mining through its Liberian lawyer, Cllr. Varney Sherman, chairman of the ruling Unity Party. At yesterday’s deliberation, packed with lawyers and spectators, Cllr. Sherman was represented by Cllr. Cyril Jones of the Jones and Jones Law Firm, Cllr. Musa Dean of the Dean and Associates Law Firm, and the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm, while former Senator Cletus Wotorson was represented by Cllr. Gloria Scott, chairperson of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia.The state was represented Cllr. Theophlius Gould, Montserrado County Attorney Cllr. Daku Mulbah, Cllr. Arthur Johnson and lawyers of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).In his argument, Cllr. Mulbah who is the lead prosecutor of the Global Witness allegations, told the gathering that the accused motion was based on two cardinal issues, which he stated as “whether or not somebody can be subpoenaed during criminal investigation.” “Account holder must be notified before information of their accounts can be released before court of competent jurisdiction.”“This issue has already been clearly pointed out in Article 16 of the Constitution. Secondly, when a crime is committed, criminal investigation in ongoing privacy seize to exits,” Cllr. Mulbah pointed. He continued, “When it comes to criminality, the general rule is suspended and the court order takes precedent.”The lead prosecutor explained that in criminal or administrative investigation subpoena can be prayed (asked) for by an authorized government authority. “In that case, upon the service of a subpoena by a court based on request by an authorized government authority, the person subpoenaed, the banks, are to comply to make disclosure under exceptions with the general rules on privacy provisions.“Accordingly, the privacy provision does not apply to prohibit disclosure in said instances as the privacy of the individual will become subordinate and secondary to the interest of the state,” the County Attorney said, adding, “ They failed to show which fundamental principle of law has been violated by the government.”He argued that when a crime is committed or allegedly committed, the claim of confidentiality cannot be used to protect the commission of a crime. “Banking institution information can only be released when lawfully required, that the request to the judge, the subsequent granting of same, the issuance of the writ and the service on the named banking institutions constitute lawful action,” he reminded his opponents.He, however, wondered why should the accused not allow their bank statements to be revealed to the investigation, “when an allegation which points and establishes the probable cause for one to believe that a crime was committed and that the particular individuals and or institutions in the possession of the criminal agencies traceable to the accused should produce such instruments that certify the functional elements of potential criminal charges or crimes.”According to him, there exists a probable cause. “It is that probable cause that the court is under the legal duty to issue the subpoena duces tecums and prayed for and contained in the request made by this court under the signature of the County Attorney.”He claimed that the intent of the statute does not imply that confidentiality protection extends to cover criminality, and thereby asking the court to deny the accused request not to summon the banks.Earlier in her argument, former Senator Wotorson’s lawyer, Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, asked the court not to issue the writ on ground that it was done illegally and does not conform to Article 16 of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.According to her, the article prevents non interference with people privacy making specific reference to the accused bank statement, except by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.But she argued that her client has no knowledge nor was he ever notified by the government about his bank making available his personal information regarding his financial status to the government.“Mr. Wotorson was never been given due process of law as the article provides,” the former Chief Justice added.She went on with her argument, “It is not the bank information that was subpoenaed; it is the people who are customers of the bank. So you can’t ask for their personal document without notifying them, and it is during trial that you can subpoena the records of the accused.”“They are not on trial and there is no case or matter against them for which prosecution is asking the court to compel the bank to produce their bank statement. The practice is unlawful and we should not allow this to happen in this jurisdiction, because we would be setting a bad precedence,” Cllr. Scott told the court.She claimed that the government would threaten the entire banking industry to ask them to produce confidential document of their customers, something, she alleged undermines the integrity of the court and violates the bank confidentiality of its customer’s personal documents.“The action is like you are building a police state and create fear in the banking system which is grave to the survival of the country’s economy and it can make investors to flee the country,” Cllr. Scott said.Before Cllr. Scott’s argument, Cllr. Sherman lawyers said that the confidentiality of any individual’s account at a bank and his transaction with a bank is a fundamental underlying basis for banking in Liberia and most parts of the world.“The confidentiality of the accused accounts with those banks are so sacrosanct that the law provides that the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) shall not, unless lawfully required to do so by law or court of law, reveal to any person information as to the affairs of any individual customer of a financial institution obtained in the exercise of its regulatory jurisdiction,” they said in the document.According to them, each of the financial institutions mentioned in the subpoena has its own internal regulations and contract provision with their customers on the sanctity of confidentiality of the customer’s account.“It seems therefore that this confidentiality obligation should not be set aside or violated by this Honorable Court unless good cause is shown, unless the account holder has the opportunity to object to the application to this court for disclosure of his account and transaction of his account,” those accused emphasized.They argued the law provides that, “the CBL shall not publish any information which would disclose the affairs of any person who is a customer of a financial institution, unless the consent of such interested party has been obtained in writing.”The Sherman lawyers therefore asked the court to deny the state request.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It’s similar to one of those feel-good movies that never gets made. Race-car driver bounces around Southern California short tracks, doing well, and a year later, finds himself sitting on the pole for the premier stock-car race of the season, NASCAR’s Daytona 500. Too hokie, producers might say. Too unbelievable, NASCAR Nextel Cup watchers would think. Unlikely to happen, Cup insiders would insist. Besides, this rookie’s too old. Gilliland was offered a one-shot Cup deal to race from Bryan Mullet at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma and he was then subsequently signed by Robert Yates Racing to replace Elliott Sadler, who jumped to Ray Evernham’s team midway through the season. He raced the final 14 Cup events for Yates, forgoing a chance to run for Rookie of the Year honors. He was on the pole at Talladega, Ala. Superspeedway, finishing 15th in the race. He also finished 15th in Atlanta. “A lot has happened in one year,” Gilliland said. “My wife (Michelle) was saying the other day that it was just a year since we closed escrow on our house (in Mooresville, N.C.).” Gilliland has won 11 races at Irwindale in three divisions. He won single Super Late Model races in 1999 and 2000 and had his best year in 2001 when he led the track’s top series with four victories. He finished fourth in points that year. He then jumped to the Southwest Series, where he has won three times at Irwindale, twice in 2003. In his last Irwindale appearance, in 2005, he won the Toyota All-Star Showdown. “No, it does not seem like that long ago,” he says of racing at Irwindale. “I’m just making the most of an opportunity.” When he was running at Irwindale, Gilliland admits he could not see himself being on the pole — with his teammate, Ricky Rudd, beside him — for Sunday’s 500-mile race. It was just a dream that was nurtured by his father, Butch, also a NASCAR racer who had never quite reached the dream of running in NASCAR’s top echelon. Improbable dream? Even broadcaster Sadler mis-spoke this week when he indicated on national television that another rookie named David — Reutimann — was on the pole. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m keeping it that way,” Gilliland said. Ive been getting an incredible amount of calls from friends and family. My dads been here with me. Everyones been supportive of me. Gilliland, who has a contract with Yates through 2008, had never been to Daytona, which is a 2.5-mile oval with banking as high as 31 degrees in the corners, until testing began this season. That pole at Talladega qualified him for last week’s Budweiser Shootout, and he finished second to Tony Stewart. Then on Thursday, he finished fourth in the 150-mile qualifying race. “All the credit goes to the team,” said Gilliland, who was the crew chief to his father’s West team when Butch won the 1997 title. “Theyve worked extremely hard and (crew chief) Todd (Parrott) has worked really hard on the motor. They’ve had a lot of success here.” Yates’ teams have won three Daytona 500s, the last in 2000 with Dale Jarrett, but a team in disarray struggled last year. “This is a good day,” Yates said of the 1-2 pole day. “This is as good as ‘back in the day’ or better.” When he first showed up at Daytona, Gilliland admits he wasn’t sure what to expect. He took his car out — the one that was second in the Shootout — and told Rudd, who came out of retirement to help Gilliland and is making his 29th Daytona start, that it didn’t seem right. Rudd, 50, got in the car and agreed. “It was a white-knuckle ride,” Gilliland recalled. “Daytona is extremely rough, and one mistake… “Growing up, racing in NASCAR late models, it’s something you dream of doing. Just pulling into the race track for the first time and seeing the Daytona name on the wall is something I’ll never forget. To be able to go race out there and learn the draft and the track, the great history behind the track, it was incredible. I definitely have butterflies going into the start of the race.” That has been the learning process of Cup racing, he says. “It’s the 500 miles,” he said. “Its more draining mentally than physically. That’s the toughest test. You have to give 100 percent effort without one mistake. That one mistake will cost you. My first time here. I’m just wanting to learn,.I’m just wanting to learn. We’ve taken a big step in the right direction.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hokie? Impossible? Well, movie scripts don’t turn out this good. “It’s pretty incredible, Gilliland said this week, between filming a commercial and now the man of the hour, talking nonstop to television, radio and newspaper reporters. “It’s been an incredibly fast ride. It’s pretty exciting. I’m just taking it one day at a time.” Two years ago, the former Chino Hills resident by way of Riverside was still lurking in the Irwindale pits. Not as often as between 1999 and 2003, when Gilliland was an Irwindale regular. The 30-year-old — old by first-year Cup standards — landed a partial Busch Series ride last year with the newly formed Clay Andrew Racing team of Corona. The team did not have a sponsor. Heck, there was not even one word about Gilliland or his team in the 2006 series media guide. But Gilliland shocked the NASCAR world by winning the Meijer 300 race at Kentucky in only his seventh start in the series. It was the first win of the year by a non-Cup regular, and driver-turned-broadcaster Hermie Sadler called it “the biggest upset in Busch Series history.” A scant four years ago, David Gilliland was walking the Irwindale Speedway pit area, talking it up with fellow Southern California drivers, could-be team-owners and sponsors. Anyone with a pit pass. Sunday, that same driver will be sitting on the pole for the Great American Race.
The Football Association is considering launching an appeal after it was fined more than £50,000 by FIFA due to three England players wearing unauthorised socks at the World Cup.Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Raheem Sterling have been wearing Devon-made Trusox over their official Nike socks and it is understood they have ignored a FIFA warning to stop doing so. In a disciplinary update published on its website four and a half hours before England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia, FIFA said it was fining the FA 70,000 Swiss francs for “breaching media and marketing regulations and the FIFA equipment regulations”.It added: “FIFA had previously requested the Football Association to cease the activity that led to the sanction. In particular, several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the quarterfinal match between Sweden and England.”This brings the total number of players to be sanctioned for wearing the non-slip sports socks during the game in Samara to four, as Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist has already been punished. It is understood the FA is likely to appeal against the severity of fine.Dier is listed among several star footballers on the Trusox website, with Gareth Bale and Alexis Sanchez also wearing the new brand, while England cricketers Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Joe Root and England rugby stars Danny Cipriani and Owen Farrell wear them, too.And in the same disciplinary update, FIFA announced it was also fining Uruguay’s FA almost £40,000 for arriving late to a stadium and because one player has breached its equipment rules. The player is not named but Luis Suarez is known to be another Trusox wearer.Under pressure from official sponsors, FIFA has been quick to dish out fines for unauthorised items, including a £50,000 sanction for the Croatian FA when it promoted beer other than Budweiser. Alli, who is one of the guilty parties has been flagged up on his socks 1
The 1st and 2nd year students of Errigal College have soared to the challenge laid down to them by three time Paralympic Gold medallist Michael Mc Killop of the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.The students completed their challenge to cycle from Glenveagh National Park to Errigal Mountain and climb Errigal. They set off from Glenveagh National Park into a strong headwind after 10.00am on Tuesday morning in good spirits following the completion of their six “key to success” workshops which included planning for success, mental toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sport and life knowledge and breaking barriers.These workshops were extremely valuable in their content as the staff and students conquered their individual and collective challenges over the past six weeks in preparing for the event.Michael Mc Killop is one of a team of Sky Sports Athlete Mentors that visit schools across Great Britain and Ireland and use their life story to motivate and inspire students to boost their confidence and develop leadership skills through participation in the Sky Sports Living for Sport programme.The challenges and success stories Michael Mc Killop presented to the students and teachers on his first visit to Errigal College were truly inspirational and called upon a few times during the challenge yesterday. Michael Mc Killop will return to Errigal College on May 21st to debrief the students and complete the remaining sections of the Skysports Living for Sport programme with the Errigal College students. ERRIGAL COLLEGE EXCEL AT SKY SPORTS CHALLENGE was last modified: April 13th, 2014 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:errigal collegeSKY SPORTS CHALLENGE
Photographers could win up to $4 000 in this year’s Africa Agility photo competition. The aim of the event is to show positive aspects of the continent to counter-balance the many negative perceptions people have of it. The Africa Agility photo competition is a chance for photographers to showcase positive development on the continent. • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Done right, urbanisation can boost living standards in Africa • A tribute to South Africa’s neighbours • Documentary focuses on plight of albinos • Woman spreads love on street with cake Priya Pitamber All too often, people carry negative perceptions of Africa. It has a reputation as a continent ravaged by famine, poverty, disease, and corruption. A photographic competition hopes to change that, and show off a vibrant and vast continent at work.The 2015 Africa Agility photo competition wants budding photographers from across the world to capture an “Africa booming with tech-savvy, youthful consumers, fast-paced urbanisation, and enormous long-term economic prospects”. Agility is a provider of integrated logistics.“Much of the world’s perception of Africa is outdated,” said Geoffrey White, the chief executive of Agility Africa. “Today, seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa. This photo competition is intended to highlight a dynamic market with opportunity.”He said world media often reported bad news from Africa, but there was a lot to be proud of on the continent. “We hope this photo competition will demonstrate some of the positives revealing the real progress and development that Africa is making.”There are three categories for photo submissions: Industry, Technology, and Cities. The winner in each category will receive $2 000, and the overall winner will get an additional $2 000.“The photo competition is an engaging way to encourage photographers to present modern, fast-changing Africa through images that show its successes,” White said.“We want to capture images reflecting the robust modernisation happening every day, from sustainable farming to manufacturing to oil and gas production. We hope, as a result, perceptions of Africa will become more balanced, and [that people] will come to see Africa as a significant contributor to the world economy.”The competition is open to amateur and professional photographers and will run from 1 June to 1 September. There is no limit on the number of entries per person.To enter:• Complete the online entry form and include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, photo, photo location, and photo caption. • Specify to which category your entry belongs.There is more information on the competition’s website. The winning images will be shown on a CNBC Africa broadcast and published in Forbes Africa magazine.Africa 2015 Agility Photo Competition. The story of today’s Africa needs to be told. http://t.co/J4jMF97hJI — Aries Setiadi (@ariessetiadi) June 8, 2015Agility is launching a global photo competition to highlight the success of emerging Africa @StartupGrindCPT @FNBSA http://t.co/YfMiZN81cK — SA Innovation Summit (@innovsummit) June 2, 2015
In what amounts to a rap on the knuckles of the Chhattisgarh government, the Home Ministry has asked it to ensure that only genuine Maoist cadre surrender before the police, and to avoid spiking the numbers through surrender of ‘fake Maoists.’This was conveyed to Chief Minister Raman Singh, who met Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this month.As per the Home Ministry’s data, in the 10 Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected States taken together, a total of 1,442 Maoists surrendered in 2016. Of this, 1,167 surrenders were from Chhattisgarh alone. The total number of surrenders there in 2015 had been 323.A screening committee found that more than 90% of the people who had surrendered did not conform to the definition of “Maoist cadre.” “As many applications were rejected, there was resentment in people who were assured monetary and other rehabilitation benefits. This can lead to another wave of discontent that could be tapped by Maoists,” said a senior government official.Till October 31 this year, 584 surrenders have taken place overall, as compared to 1,373 during the same period in 2016.The LWE-affected States and the Home Ministry have framed policies for surrender and rehabilitation of Maoist cadres who want to join the mainstream. A screening-cum-rehabilitation committee comprising officials of the State government and central armed police force (CAPF) officials examines the cases before enrolling them for the rehabilitation scheme.“During an assessment, it was found that most people who had surrendered were not active Maoist cadres. They had no cases registered against them or were not involved in any encounter,” said the official.Most of the surrenders in 2016 had taken place in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region, which was under the operational control of the controversial Inspector General of Police S.R.P Kalluri. Mr. Kalluri was removed from Bastar following allegations of human rights violations.
With an eye on municipal elections due in November, the ruling Congress in Rajasthan is planning to conduct a survey before distribution of tickets to candidates. The party has asked its block committees to identify the local issues which will be raised in the run-up to the polls.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot has asked Ministers to visit the district Congress committee offices during their tours and address the grievances of people, besides getting feedback from the local party workers. “Local polls are fought strictly on the issues of the neighbourhood. It is our duty to resolve the problems related to municipal bodies,” he said.In its first Cabinet meeting after being elected in December 2018, the Congress government had reversed the previous BJP regime’s decision of 2014 on the mode of election of Mayors of municipal corporations from indirect to direct polling. The government’s latest decision to increase the number of municipal wards and delimit their boundaries may also help the Congress. Mr. Pilot said at a preparatory meeting held here on Wednesday that the Congress was willing to fulfil people’s aspirations for development after being elected to the State Assembly. The local Congress workers should help the party in selecting suitable candidates without any prejudices and carry the message of the government’s welfare policies to the voters, he said.Manifesto planningMr. Pilot, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said the district committees would prepare manifestos, incorporating the local issues, for the towns where municipal corporations and municipal councils are functioning. The office-bearers of the party’s front organisations will also be involved in the works such as corrections in the electoral rolls.Local Self Government Minister Shanti Dhariwal said the party would present a road map for completing the works of local bodies to win people’s confidence and field candidates with a background of working among the residents. Former PCC president Girija Vyas, Energy Minister B.D. Kalla, Transport Minister P.S. Khachariawas and office-bearers of the party’s local units attended the meeting.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Smith saves TNT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Victoria Azarenka AP FILE PHOTOMALLORCA, Spain — Former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka made a winning return to tennis after a year out to have a baby — but she first had to save three match points at the Mallorca Open on Wednesday.Azarenka beat Japan’s Risa Ozaki, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7) in the first-round match that started late on Tuesday but was halted due to darkness.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “I definitely felt better on the tennis court, especially playing-wise,” Azarenka said. “I wouldn’t say I had the best preparation coming to this tournament, but mentally it’s better to go through this kind of a match.”Azarenka next plays Croatia’s Ana Konjuh in the second round.Azarenka will be looking to lead Belarus in the Fed Cup final against the United States in November. CBBADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “There were a lot of ups and downs, good shots and then easy mistakes. That’s something to expect after a long break, but definitely something I need to work on,” the 27-year-old Azarenka said after her first match since withdrawing from last year’s French Open due to a knee injury before she got pregnant.When play restarted on Wednesday, Ozaki was serving for the match. But Azarenka broke her serve to stay alive and then fended off three match points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It was definitely complicated, having to stop and come back for a short amount of time,” Azarenka said. “But it was really intense because it was the end of a third set.”Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner, announced she was pregnant and would step away from the courts last July. She gave birth to a baby boy named Leo in December. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments