Simpson captures Benton County opener, All-Star ballot nod

first_imgThe headliner of the night was the 25-lap IMCA Modified feature, which provided great racing on the perfectly prepared track and a battle to the checkered flag. Simpson, driving a Doug Cue-owned car, started on the pole position, led the race early and appeared to have control of the race until fourth starting Carter began to reel him. Kaden Reynolds got to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock stripe first, ahead of Nathan Ballard and Bret Vanous.  The Bullring had a stellar field of 120 race cars in attendance. While the Covid-19 pandemic has played havoc with the scheduling of racing events, perseverance and innovative thinking got the season officially underway. The grandstands were closed on Sunday night but fans were allowed into the parking lot where they could view the races on a drive-in style large movie screen and the races were broadcast on IMCA.TV. Simpson’s victory paid $1,000 and put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Carter raced to the white flag on the rear bumper of Simpson and set up a side-by-side drag race down the back chute as the checkered flag was about to be waved. Simpson shot off the high side of turn four and held off Carter at the finish line taking the win by half a car length. Ethan Braaksma followed across the stripe in third.  By Jerry Mackey  center_img Defending national champion Tyler Soppe scored the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod win. He chased down early leader Ben Chapman and made the winning move as the race slipped past the midway point.  The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature was another nailbiter. Leah Wroten led early as she has shown that she will be a force to be reckoned with. Steve Meyer took the lead on lap 16 of the 20 lap feature and went on to take the checkers, just nipping Damon Murty at the checkers. Wroten held on to finish third.  Chris Simpson held off Cayden Carter in winning the IMCA Modified feature, and $1,000, at Ben­ton County Speedway’s opener Sunday night. The checkers put Simpson on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Jim Wittke) VINTON, Iowa (May 24) – With fans watching on big and small screens, Chris Simpson held off Cayden Carter in winning the IMCA Modified feature on opening night Sunday at Benton County Speedway.last_img read more

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2020-09-23

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United will bounce back – Van Gaal

first_img Vardy, who was plying his trade in the seventh tier of English football four years ago, also found the net in a frantic final half-hour, as did Esteban Cambiasso, who was making his full debut. Former captain Gary Neville criticised his former side, branding them as “soft-centred”, and Wayne Rooney hit out at his team’s defending too. “Overall, it wasn’t good enough as a team,” the United captain told MUTV. “We played some good stuff at times and scored some great goals, but we made too many mistakes as a team and have to do better.” Van Gaal, meanwhile, lashed out at his players for failing to kill the game off. “We made such big errors,” said the 63-year-old, who handed Radamel Falcao his debut at the King Power Stadium. “We did not keep possession.” Van Gaal, who is already missing the injured Phil Jones, could now be without Jonny Evans for a while after he hobbled off following a challenge from Ulloa. “I don’t know how bad it is,” Van Gaal said. ”We will see (on Monday), he will probably have a scan.” Van Gaal’s opposite number Nigel Pearson lauded his players after their historic win. The Leicester boss reserved special praise for Cambiasso, who joined on a free transfer from Inter Milan this summer. Pearson said: ”He had a very profound influence on the game. ”It’s never easy for a player with such high expectations on him to come in against a side like Manchester United and run the show. ”Before today he had played 45 minutes of competitive football for us.” Louis van Gaal is convinced Manchester United will bounce back from their 5-3 humbling at the hands of Leicester. Press Association Just seven days after recording his first win as Manchester United manager, Van Gaal was brought down to earth by the Barclays Premier League newcomers. Lax defending allowed the Foxes to come back from 3-1 to complete their first home win over the 20-time English champions in 29 years. Van Gaal, who spent over £150million in the transfer window, is refusing to panic despite the fact that his team have taken just five points from their opening five matches. “I cannot say that I am happy, but in the world of football, these matches happen,” said Van Gaal, who ended up with 10 men in his side following Tyler Blackett’s red card. “In my first year as trainer-coach of Barcelona we were 3-0 ahead (against Valencia) with a quarter of the match to play and we lost 3-4. “It can happen. “We had the game in our pocket, but we gave it away. That I don’t like, but I am convinced we shall improve.” United’s attacking talents were clear for all to see in the first hour, when goals from Robin van Persie, Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria, who beat Kasper Schmeichel with an outrageous chip, found the net. But, buoyed by the defensive lapse that allowed Leonardo Ulloa to head in after Di Maria’s wonder goal, Leicester continued to attack and the pressure paid off in the second half. Rafael and Blackett fouled Jamie Vardy to hand the hosts two penalties, which were dispatched by David Nugent and Ulloa respectively. last_img read more

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2020-09-21

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McGrath clear for Six Nations duty

first_img Loosehead prop McGrath was cited after his Leinster’s 24-11 victory in Dublin on Saturday, where he was found guilty of foul play. The disciplinary committee deemed McGrath’s actions deliberate and initially handed down a five-week ban – but reduced the punishment due to his “unblemished playing record”. Press Association “The disciplinary committee’s view was that the player’s actions had been deliberate and that the player’s actions were at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions for foul play,” read part of the Pro12 statement. “In light of compelling mitigating factors, including the player’s unblemished playing record, together with his conduct at the hearing, the disciplinary committee determined that the player should be suspended for a period of three weeks.” McGrath will be free to return to action on Sunday, January 25, missing Leinster’s two final pool stage matches in the European Champions Cup. The 25-year-old will be available for Ireland’s preparations in the build-up to their Six Nations opener in Italy on February 7 however. McGrath’s continued Six Nations availability will ease any pressure on Cian Healy as the Leinster prop battles towards full fitness after a lengthy injury absence. British and Irish Lions prop Healy tore his hamstring in September but could yet be fit to feature in Leinster’s European matches at the end of the month. Welsh disciplinary officers Roger Morris and Rhian Williams and England’s John Doubleday formed the committee that oversaw McGrath’s hearing on Wednesday. center_img Jack McGrath will be free to play in Ireland’s full RBS 6 Nations campaign after receiving a three-week ban for stamping in Leinster’s Pro12 victory over Ulster. last_img read more

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2020-09-20

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Rain wrecks West Indies

first_img(CMC) – ANY hopes West Indies entertained of rebounding to win their three-match Twenty20 series against New Zealand were dashed when rain wiped out the second match here on New Year’s Day.The adverse weather, which had forced a 20-minute delayed start, returned after nine overs with New Zealand on 102 for four, ending play prematurely in the contest at Bay Oval.With the disappointment, the Windies will now head into the final game today at the same venue needing a win in order to avoid another series defeat.They trail 0-1 following a 47-run defeat in the opener in Nelson last Friday.In the play possible before the rains arrived, opener Colin Munro stole the show with a pulsating 66 of 23 deliveries, following up his 53 in the first game.The 30-year-old left-hander smashed 11 fours and three sixes, an innings which put the visitors under pressure early after they won the toss and opted to field first.West Indies claimed an early victim when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell had Martin Guptill caught at the wicket for two off the fourth ball of the match, with three runs on the board.But Munro then took charge, dominating a 75-run, second-wicket stand with captain Kane Williamson (17 not out) which required a mere 31 deliveries.His mood was evident when he took a couple off-side boundaries off leg-spinner Samuel Badree in the second over before following up with a pair of sixes over long-on off Cottrell in the next over which leaked 17 runs.Munro then ripped into captain Carlos Brathwaite in the fifth over, smashing a six and three fours in the medium pacer’s solitary over which went for 21.He clipped the final delivery of the over for a single to backward square to raise his half-century off 18 balls – the second fastest-ever for New Zealand.In the following over from pacer Kesrick Williams, Munro punched consecutive boundaries off the first four balls of the over and appeared to be eyeing something special when he holed out in the deep trying to clear the long-on boundary with the fifth delivery.West Indies them admirably clawed their way back, picking up three wickets for 19 runs in the space of 16 balls.Glenn Phillips missed a straight one from Badree and was lbw for 10 in the eighth over and Brathwaite produced a one-handed stunner at mid-wicket to account for Tom Bruce for three off off-spinner Ashley Nurse.NEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill c wkp. Walton b Cottrell 2C. Munro c Powell b Williams 66K. Williamson not out 17G. Phillips lbw b Badree 10T. Bruce c Brathwaite b Nurse 3A. Kitchen not out 1Extras: (w-2, nb-1) 3Total: (4 wkts, 9 overs) 102Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-78, 3-92, 4-97.Bowling: Cottrell 2-0-21-1, Badree 3-0-23-1, Brathwaite 1-0-21-0, Williams 1-0-24-1, Nurse 2-0-13-1.WEST INDIES – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle, Andre Fletcher, Shai Hope, Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Samuel Badree.Result: No result.Series: New Zealand lead three-match series 1-0.last_img read more

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2020-09-19

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Badgers hit court after Sunday scare

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter struggling to beat Long Beach State Sunday afternoon, the No. 25 men’s basketball team will return to action tonight against SIU-Edwardsville at the Kohl Center.The Badgers were able to knock off the 49ers 68-61 in a game where senior forward Marcus Landry led the team with 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left the secure the game. Landry also came up with a big block to keep Long Beach State off the board at the end of the game.“He was the help guy on that [play], and he did a great job,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “His hands are big enough he could have grabbed that ball out of the air on that one.”Landry was also a contributor in the post. The Badgers were able to limit the 49ers to only 12 points in the paint and four second-chance points, giving them an edge in transition defense as well.“We needed [Landry] because he was the post presence and we were struggling,” Ryan said. “We were going a little bit with some of our other guys inside, and Marcus was the guy who delivered in the paint. That didn’t come easy. Long Beach [State] definitely had a plan of what they wanted to do, where they didn’t want the ball to go, and I just think that Marcus was the guy that, from his experience, figured some things out before anybody else did.”Sunday’s game will present new challenges to the Badgers. The Cougars are beginning their first season as a transition team into Division I. They just recorded their first D-I win against Western Michigan 83-72 in the Charleston Classic. As part of their transition, they will play 15 games against other D-I schools and eight against other teams in transition from lower divisions.Although still a young team, the Cougars are led by freshman forward Mark Yelovich. So far this season, Yelovich is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. Against Western Michigan, Yelovich had 10 points and five rebounds in 33 minutes.On the Badgers’ side of the ball, they are going to look to even out the point distribution and rather than relying on Landry to carry them through the game. Against Long Beach State, there was a major drop-off between Landry’s 23 points to Jason Bohannon’s 12, which was the team’s second-highest point total.Wisconsin will increasingly look to their point guards, especially freshman Jordan Taylor, to help run the offense. Jordan played 15 minutes on Sunday, while accumulating four rebounds and two assists.“Jordan’s just a bulldog,” Landry said. “As a freshman, he’s coming in here and he’s able to contribute right away, and he’s a really smart freshman. He’s able to make plays and do the right thing. That’s why he’s on the floor and that’s why Coach likes him a lot.”Although it is early in the season, the Badgers still have a lot of work to do. Until they are able to spread the ball around, they might have to rely on their senior leaders, like Landry and forward Joe Krabbenhoft, to carry them through the first few games.“It’s a different story out there without Marcus playing the way he did today,” Krabbenhoft said. “I think everyone knows that. He was huge; getting the ball to the post is an easy job, and then he did all the work. I told him at halftime that I was just going to throw it in there, and you go get it and go to work.”last_img read more

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2020-09-17

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USC travels to Palo Alto for battle against No. 7 Stanford

first_imgTwo games into the season, the Trojans have been on both the giving and receiving end of a blowout, but that is likely to change this weekend as the team travels to face No. 7 Stanford in Palo Alto.Despite the odds seemingly being stacked against the Trojans — not being ranked, off-the-field distractions, Stanford’s junior running back Christian McCaffrey — fans should expect a competitive and hard-fought game until the end.Stanford has beat USC six of the last eight times the two teams have met, including two victories for the Cardinal last season.  The first meeting ended in a 41-31 loss in the Coliseum before the Pac-12 Championship game where Stanford erupted in the fourth quarter to win, 41-22.USC, however, beat the Cardinal in their most recent game at Stanford Stadium, a 2014 matchup that ended in a 13-10 victory for the Men of Troy.The focus of USC’s defense is on McCaffrey, a Heisman finalist last year. In 2015, he broke the NCAA single-season all-purpose yards record, finishing the year with 3,864 yards. McCaffrey was also the first non-Heisman winner to be awarded the AP Player of the Year in six years.In two games against USC last year, McCaffrey totaled 710 all-purpose yards and in the Pac-12 Championship game he rushed, threw and received a touchdown. Sophomore linebacker Cameron Smith is a critical player if the Trojans hope to contain McCaffrey.“We have got to tackle him,” Smith said. “He’s just a human. He’s a great ball player, but we have got to do our job. He’s very elusive.”McCaffrey isn’t the only problem the Trojan defense will face and preparing for Stanford’s thinking man offense, where two plays are called in the huddle and the quarterback makes the final decision at the line, has kept defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast on his toes.“They give you a lot of things,” Pendergast said. “They give you multiple personnel groupings, multiple formations. They force you to have to adjust and you’ve got to be on your Ps and Qs because of the different things they do and you have to be really good at playing situation football.”The Cardinal are known for their power and strength in the trenches, and their offensive line has great experience as they start three juniors, one senior and one fifth-year senior. On the defensive side of things, the Cardinal start only three sophomores and not a single freshman, compared to the USC defense that lists six sophomores as starters.In the last six regular season meetings between the two teams, the margin of victory has been 10 points or fewer. Redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne, who is in his fourth season, has seen the close wins and loses and understands how important his role will be in determining Saturday’s outcome.“I’ve been here long enough to know this game’s going to come down to a few points,” Browne said. “Very competitive team, very competitive rivalry — especially in recent memory. It’s going to come down to a few throws so just staying prepared and executing what we need to do.”Browne threw his first touchdown pass last week against Utah State, as did backup quarterback redshirt freshman Sam Darnold. Both quarterbacks saw significant playing time, and being able to utilize the strengths of both players in certain situations is something head coach Clay Helton expects to do.Despite the two touchdowns against the Aggies, Browne’s longest pass of the game was 27 yards, and the Trojans biggest momentum plays came defensively (an interception) and from the special teams unit (blocked punt and punt return touchdown).“We missed a few last week,” Browne said. “It falls on my shoulders, so making sure those balls are accurate and giving our guys a chance. I feel like that’s one of my strengths -— just going out there and throwing the deep ball. It’s backyard ball, I’ve been doing that since the good old recess days. Going out there and executing those plays, those plays are big momentum plays, so that’ll be huge for us.”Saturday’s game marks the first Pac-12 game of the season and is being broadcast on ABC. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.last_img read more

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2020-09-16

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What TV channel is USA vs. Russia on? Schedule, time for World Juniors 2020 game

first_imgGroup B at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship has gotten, well, quite interesting. Every team — the United States, Germany, Canada, Russia and the Czech Republic — has a record of 1-1-0 after two games played. So, basically, every game from here on out is a must-win.On Sunday, the top two teams in the “Group of Death” meet for a showdown in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Team USA, who followed up their opening-day loss to the Canadians on Boxing Day with a 6-3 win over the Germans on Friday, will face Russia. On Saturday, the Russians got into the win column with a 6-0 thumping of Canada; they were upset by the Czechs two days prior. WJC: Team USA’s complete schedule, results  | Live scores, tv schedule for FridayLong Island, N.Y., native and Ottawa Senators prospect Shane Pinto leads the tournament with six points (three goals, three assists). Another New York State kid, Trevor Zegras who hails from Bedford and was the Anaheim Ducks first-round pick this past June, sits atop the assists leaderboard with five.Here is how to watch the United States and Russia at Ostravar Arena in the Czech Republic on Sunday: How to watch United States vs. RussiaTV channel (U.S.): NHL NetworkTV channel (Canada): TSN 4/5Live stream (Canada): TSN LiveIn the United States, Stephen Nelson will provide the play-by-play on NHL Network and will be joined by analyst Dave Starman and reporter Jill Savage.United States vs. Russia: When is puck drop?Date: Sunday, Dec. 29Time: 1 p.m. ETWORLD JUNIORS: Team-by-team guide  | 20 players to watch  | Five storylinesFull World Junior Championship scheduleSUNDAY, DEC. 29Kazakhstan vs. Finland9 a.m.TSN 3/4/5, NHLNUnited States vs. Russia1 p.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNMONDAY, DEC. 30Kazakhstan vs. Sweden9 a.m.TSN3Germany vs. Canada9 a.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSlovakia vs. Switzerland1 p.m.TSN 1/3United States vs. Czech Republic1 p.m.TSN 4/5, NHLNTUESDAY, DEC. 31Sweden vs. Slovakia9 a.m.TSN 1/3, NHLNRussia vs. Germany9 a.m.TSN 4/5Finland vs. Switzerland1 p.m.TSN3Canada vs. Czech Republic1 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNTHURSDAY, JAN. 2Quarterfinal6:30 a.m.TSN, NHLNQuarterfinal9 a.m.TSN, NHLNQuarterfinal11:30 a.m.TSN, NHLNQuarterfinal2 p.m.TSN, NHLNSATURDAY, JAN. 4Semifinal9 a.m.TSN, NHLNSemifinal1 p.m.TSN 1/4/5, NHLNSUNDAY, JAN. 5Bronze-medal game9 a.m.TSN, NHLNGold-medal game1 p.m.TSN, NHLN(All times Eastern)last_img read more

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2020-08-14

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Sebastian “Tano” Ramirez, 78, Burbank, Calif.: Jan. 20, 1938 – May 4, 2016

first_imgTano RamirezSebastian “Tano” Ramirez, of Burbank, Calif., died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at his home in Burbank at the age of 78.Sebastian was born the son of Tobias and Tiburcia (Venegas) Ramirez on Thursday, January 20, 1938 in Somerville, Texas.On February 21, 1976, Sebastian and Marie Miller were united in marriage in Las Vegas, Nev. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage. Tano was employed in the aerospace industry for over 42 years. Survivors include his wife, Marie Ramirez of Burbank, California; daughter, Carol Geary (Phil) of Burbank, California; grandson, Michael Catlett, brothers: Joe Ramirez (Elisa) of Goddard,, Tony Ramirez (Jenny) of Winfield,  Raymond Ramirez of Wellington, John Ramirez (Allura) of Shreveport, Louisiana, Paul Ramirez (Debbie) of Wichitax, Manuel Ramirez (Ramona) of Wellington, Tom Ramirez (Renee) of Castaic, California and Larry Ramirez (Sheri) of Wichita; sister, Delores Rodriguez (Lucas) of Wichita along with many nieces, nephews and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Victor Ramirez and sisters: Sandra Ramirez and Theresa Perez.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.Recitation of the Holy Rosary will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church, Wellington.Funeral Mass for Tano will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016 at St. Anthony/St. Rose Catholic Church, Wellington. Interment will follow at Sumner Memorial Gardens, Wellington. To share a memory or leave condolences, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements are by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington.last_img read more

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2020-08-14

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Man, 21, Stabbed to Death on Perry Street

first_imgResidents of Perry Street in Monrovia early last Sunday morning woke up to the news of the death of Boimah Fanbulleh (not related to Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh) who was stabbed to death by a young man said to be his friend.Speaking to Daily Observer, Mohammed Kaba, an eyewitness and cousin of the victim, said Fanbulleh and his friend the perpetrator, identified as Slopee, were together around a pool board at the White House Video Club on Perry Street in the late hours of the night.According to Kaba, Slopee was playing while Fanbulleh was watching the game. Slopee later asked Fanbulleh for his phone’s memory card that he had collected from him, a few days earlier.“They argued at the video club and got into a fight and when they were separated Sloopee ran to a nearby Fula shop, took a knife, returned and re-engaged Fanbulleh in another round of fight,” Kaba said.Later, on his way home, around God’s Glory Free Pentecostal Church, Fanbulleh encountered Slopee who reportedly stabbed him.Kaba said Fanbulleh was immediately rushed to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.A group of young men, meanwhile, ran after Slopee when they were told by someone that he was hosted by a friend in Jallah Town.When they arrived in Jallah Town, Peter Kollie, one of the men, said Slopee’s blood stained clothes were found in his friend’s room but Slopee was nowhere to be seen. This, according to Kollie, annoyed them and they decided to brutalize the host to force him to disclose the whereabouts of Slopee.Samuel Kailondo (not related to Businessman George Kailondo), who was accused of hosting Slopee, was taken to Perry Street with cuts on his body and head.When asked as to what he knew of the accusation linking him to hosting the man believed to be Boimah’s killer, Kailondo said Slopee met him but was not lodged in his house.According to Samuel, Slopee met him at 2AM while he and his friends were cooking rice and soup. He said he saw Slopee with blood all over his clothes and hands and asked him to go away because it scared everyone in the gathering.“Slopee told me he and Mohammed fought,’’ Samuel said, ‘’but did not speak when I assumed he may have killed before reaching me.I told him to go far from me, and he left. I can’t speak about where he went next when he left us.”Samuel said a group of men met him later and asked to search his room, which he said he obeyed but was brutally hit with sharp objects and severely hurt.According to him, the young men said they saw Slopee’s blood stained clothes in his room but it was not true.For her part, the grandmother of Kaba who reared Fahnbulleh said she and Mohammed’s parents are looking up to the police to see how the matter will be addressed.Many onlookers said the death of Mohammed made it the fourth on Perry Street this month, although the others happened differently.They also stated that there are several drug addicts who instill fear in the residents daily. A group of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) of the Police Force, meanwhile, took control of situation on Perry Street at 7AM while efforts to arrest Slopee are still ongoing.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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2020-01-14

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ALCOD Names V.P. Boakai “Diaspora Person of the Year 2016”

first_imgThe All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship (ALCOD) representing over 500,000 Liberians in the Diaspora has resolved to name Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai as “Diaspora Person of the Year 2016”.A letter from the All-Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship (ALCOD) to V.P. Boakai, a copy of which is in possession of this newspaper, said the decision was due to his acknowledgement of his concern and meaningful support for dual citizenship for those born as Liberians and of Liberian parentage. “We take note of your effort to protect the Liberian citizenship of Diaspora Liberians with dual nationality,” said the letter signed by Emmanuel S. Wettee, Chairman, The All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship, and approved by President Wilmot W. Kunney of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA).The letter, dated December 15, said “Mr. Vice President, our decision to select you as ‘Diaspora Person of the Year 2016’ was based on the fact that you are the only standard bearer of a major political party in an election year season to publicly declare support for dual citizenship. “In addition to your sound and precise leadership and honestly expressed views for our quest to protect the Liberian citizenship of those born as Liberians and of Liberian parentage, Mr. VP, your views relating to protecting the Liberian citizenship of Diaspora Liberians with dual nationality are consistently the same irrespective of audience or locality.” The letter further explained: “Mr. Vice President your vision to involve all Liberians in the development of our country has led to your commitment towards dual citizenship and the protection of Liberian citizenship for those born as Liberians and those born of Liberian parentage. “Each year, we develop an objective to guide our quest to protect our Liberian citizenship. For 2017, we are developing a document called ‘The Liberian Citizenship Protection Act,’ to be presented to President Sirleaf for her consideration as a legislative item for the President’s upcoming annual message. We shall provide your office with the document when it’s developed. “For the past 10 years or more we have continued to take numerous steps to remove this legal impediment so that Diaspora Liberians can actively invest in the country and participate in the economic recovery. We have sent delegations to Liberia, written letters and held meetings with the leadership and individual members of the National Legislature. We have submitted proposals and actively lobbied to repeal the Alien and Nationality Law. “Sadly, after all of these efforts, the 1973 Alien and Nationality Law as amended in 1974 through the Fourth Regular Session of the Forty-Fifth Legislature still remains in place, notwithstanding its unconstitutionality.“Consequently, Mr. Vice President, with about 400 days left in office for President Sirleaf, we wish to appeal to you to please ask President Sirleaf to consider The Liberian Citizenship Protection Act as a legislative Item for 2017. “Again, we want to express our sincere gratitude to you, Mr. Vice President, for your public support for dual citizenship and the protection of Liberian citizenship for those born as Liberians and of Liberian parentage.”The letter was also approved by four organizations that made up of the All Liberian Conference on Dual Citizenship (ALCOD), a conglomeration of four Diasporan organizations. They included the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA), headed by president Kingston Washington Wleh Sr., the Federation of Liberian Communities in Australia (FOLICA), Inc., under George Jerue as president, Conference of Liberian Organizations in the Southwestern United States (COLOSUS), led by president Francis Williams and the United Liberian Association in Ghana (ULAG), under the leadership of Julia Mardea Richards as president.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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2020-01-14

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