UWP looks to God for intervention in the country’s democracy

first_img Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Hon. Norris Prevost at Wednesday’s protest.Dominica’s main opposition party, the United Workers Party (UWP) has said that after several attempts to protect and save Dominica’s democracy, they have decided to leave it up to god to intervene.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Honorable Norris Prevost, carrying a cross, accompanied by opposition leader Honorable Hector John and UWP Candidate for the Wesley constituency, Ezekiel Bazil, made their appearance at parliament on Wednesday, just as the President was being presented with the Guard of Honor.Mr Prevost says the cross signifies their call on God to intervene and save Dominica’s democracy from this Roosevelt Skerrit-led communist party.‘We are asking the Lord to help us and give us the strength to save our Dominica from the communist dictatorship that we are under. We are asking our Lord to help Dominicans to remove the corruption that is on top of us in government and we are asking for the help of the Lord and the people to ensure that we get Voter I.D Cards in Dominica so that we can have free and fair elections. Our people are suffering, our democracy is dying..’ says Prevost.Mr Prevost says the UWP Parliamentarians will not be attending Parliament, since they are not prepared to debate a budget which does not make provisions for voter I.D Cards and Electoral reform.Leader of the United Workers Party, Honorable Ronald Green says his party has been advocating for electoral reform for six years now and Wednesday’s budget presentation cannot be ‘business as usual’, since there are many unanswered questions.‘We have had serious fraudulent activity on December 18th, 2009, and since then we have made it clear that Dominican are calling for some mechanism that will ensure that we have free and fair elections in the future,’ stressed Green.Opposition Leader Honorable Hector John says while the Prime Minster has indicated that the government will soon be introducing National I.D Cards, there is big difference with these cards and the Voter I.D Cards that the UWP has been lobbying for.He pointed out again, that only the Electoral Commission has the right to issue the Voter I.D Cards.‘As a responsible parliamentary opposition party, we are calling for free and fair elections and if they have national I.D cards, we will not have this. With the national I.D card, anyone can have them to give out to anybody overseas. But with a Voter I.D Card you have to meet the requirements locally, and that’s what we’re asking for…’ says John.Dominica Vibes News LocalNewsPolitics UWP looks to God for intervention in the country’s democracy by: – June 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share 94 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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African Games 2019 Day 7: Ghanaian athletes succeed in heats

first_imgTABLE TENNISDerek Abrefa and Felix Lartey defeated Salim Karam and Mounaim Tirselt of Morocco 3-2 to win their men’s doubles round of 16 match. CYCLINGClementina Ayoung finished 18th in the individual time trial in a time of It was a perfect score for Ghanaian athletics on Day 7 of the 2019 African Games in Morocco as all FIVE athletes who took part in their heats earlier on Thursday progressed to the next stages of their respective races.In the women’s 100m heats, Persis William-Mensah came second in a time of 11.76 seconds in Heat 1 to make it to the next round. South Africa’s Tebogo Mamathu was first in a time of 11.55 seconds while Sibonakele Ndzinisa of Eswatini was 3rd with a time of 11.89 seconds.In heat 5, Gemma Acheampong was 3rd in a time of 11.83 seconds. She finished behind Nigeria’s Aniekeme Alphonsus who had a time of 11.67 seconds and Gina Bass of The Gambia whose time was 11.38 seconds.In the men’s races, Sean Safo-Antwi came second in his heat in 10.51 seconds. South Africa’s Thandolwenkosi Dlodlo was first after crossing the line in a time of 10.37 seconds. Methukhela Makusha of Zaimbabwe was 3rd in 10.56 seconds.Joseph Amomah followed Safo Antwi’s lead and also finished second in his heat in 10.28 seconds behind Nigeria’s Ese Itsekiri who had 10.27 seconds. Cote d’Ivoire’s Arthur Cisse was 3rd with 10.30 seconds.Kwaku Azamati also finished second in his heat behind Nigeria’s Raymond Ekevwo. Azamati recorded a time of 10.32 seconds while Ekevwo had a time of 10.20 seconds. Bruno Matsenjwa of Eswatini was third with 10.54 seconds.BADMINTONIn the men’s opening round of the badminton event, Michael Baah defeated Mouin Wahali of Tunisia 2-0 and Daniel Sam also prevailed against Ouzaier Khayati of Tunisia in two straight sets.Ebenezer Andrews kept the winning streak going with a 2-0 win over Mutombo Tshizanga of DR Congo.However, Ghana’s Emmanuel Botwe lost 2-1 to Fantahune Abay of Ethiopia.last_img read more

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Destiny’s child: Lonzo Ball, Lakers can complete fairy tale in NBA Draft

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersAfter two workouts with the Lakers and refusing to audition for any other teams, Ball will find out on Today whether all of his father’s bluster, the primping and promising, will be rewarded with first-year executives Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka selecting him with the second pick in the NBA draft.No player has seemed so naturally ordained to play for a certain team since the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2003 lottery and drafted a hometown hero named LeBron James.After months of the father controlling the son’s narrative, Today’s draft will reveal what the Lakers found when they cut through all of LaVar Ball’s smoke and mirrors.Those who have spent time around Ball describe a level-headed player who rarely left the gym, whose only interests outside of basketball included the occasional video game and free-style rapping.As a freshman, he made the athletic director’s honor roll, which requires a 3.0 grade-point average. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On the court, Ball averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 assists, setting a program single-season record with 274 assists.With D’Angelo Russell relegated to the Atlantic Division’s cellar in Brooklyn, all signs point to Lonzo. Yet the specter of LaVar persists.“The reputation that Lonzo has is he’s a good teammate,” said Ryan Blake, a longtime NBA scouting consultant, “even though his dad is getting all the attention.”The Lakers, who faced a 53.1 percent chance of losing this year’s draft pick prior to the lottery, are not believed to have made any guarantees to Ball or any other prospect.As recently as Tuesday, team executives were on the phone with Kansas coach Bill Self, seeking more information on Josh Jackson, whose college coaches utilized the 6-foot-8 forward “like a queen on a chess board and (moved) him all over the place,” according to Jayawks assistant Kurtis Townsend.Some within the organization prefer speedy Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox.On Tuesday, NBA.com reported the Lakers had offered the No. 2 pick in a trade to Sacramento for the Nos. 5 and 10 picks in the draft. The Kings were reportedly not interested.No one expects Philadelphia to pass on former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick.That leaves the Lakers. It leaves Ball.In an ESPN The Magazine interview in May, LaVar Ball said, “Oh, (Lonzo’s) going to be a Laker. I’m going to keep talking about it until it happens.”As Lonzo told the Southern California News Group late last winter, “Everything that he’s said, it’s pretty much come true.”When Lonzo Ball arrived at UCLA, few knew what exactly to think.Smith was a senior walk-on whose career began as a practice player for the UCLA women’s team. He averaged 1.9 minutes per game for last year’s 31-5 Bruins team that advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.It’s hard to imagine a route further from the one Ball, rated with five stars by each of the top recruiting services, took. It makes Smith a good judge of humility.“He was great,” Smith said “He made everybody around him better because he led the team so well. He shared the ball so well. He has a great personality and is really fun to be around.”Lonzo’s brief Twitter biography includes the words “stay humble,” something those who spent time with the star at UCLA say he managed to do despite his hype machine father’s braggadocio.Former UCLA star and NBA sharpshooter Tracy Murray was a Lakers assistant coach in 2015-16 and returned to the broadcast booth as a color commentator on Bruins’ radio broadcasts last season. A resident of Chino Hills, Murray said, “We’ve seen this happening for the last few years.”Murray expected Lonzo to be more like his polarizing dad: cocky, obnoxious, constantly selling.Instead?“The kid just goes about his business in a professional manner,” Murray said.“That’s why I think LaVar is the charismatic one,” he added, “out there selling the kid. Because Lonzo is doing it with his play, he can’t do it with his mouth.”Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, who spent time with the Ball family at their Chino Hills home in his role as an NBA TV analyst echoed that, calling Lonzo “an incredible and well-rounded individual.”Thomas, who will be part of NBA TV’s live draft coverage on Today, was quick to defend LaVar Ball, as well.“Let’s give the mom and dad credit here,” he said. “Are we judging them on their parenting or are we judging them on their marketability? I judge them on their parenting. I see two parents who have done a damn good job with the kid.”His point: It would be a shame if the “big baller” in Big Baller Brand was, in fact, branded a clone of a domineering father rather than be able to establish an identity of his own.Added Smith: “Lonzo was always really used to how his dad was. So he never really worried about it.”Are the Lakers worried? Should they be?Today will bring long-awaited answers.taff writer Mark Medina contributed to this story.center_img Jerrold Smith grew up a fan of the Lakers, so whenever he heard someone question whether Lonzo Ball, his college teammate at UCLA, would be a good fit for his team because of an attention-seeking father he wondered if they knew what they were talking about.“The thing a lot of people are doing too much is they’re lumping Lonzo in with his dad,” Smith said. “They’re two completely different people. He loves his dad, he’s not going to say anything about his dad.“But Lonzo’s the one playing basketball.”Or, as Lonzo Ball said Wednesday in New York, according to the Sporting News: “He was raised in South Central, I was raised in Chino Hills.”last_img read more

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