Senator-elect Weah Delivers ‘Victory Speech’ Today

first_imgMontserrado County’s Senator-elect George M. Weah is expected to deliver his “victory speech” this afternoon at the headquarters of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in Congo Town after being overwhelmingly elected to the Liberian Senate on December 20.Amb. Weah defeated Robert Sirleaf, the son of President Sirleaf. He becomes the first Liberian international athlete elected to represent a county in the Legislature.In contrast to his failure to convey his platform to voters prior to the elections, blaming it on exhaustion and curfew, Senator-elect Weah will announce his deliverables (platform) to the people of Montserrado County today.In an exclusive interview via mobile phone over the weekend, CDC’s Montserrado County chairman, Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh, said Amb. Weah will be officially unveiled as the “Senator-elect,” though he did not clearly state what the Senator-elect’s victory speech would contain.“God willing, it will be done at a major press conference today, Monday, December 29, 2014 at the CDC headquarters. The event is scheduled to begin at 12 noon and all guests are required to be seated by 11:40 a.m,” Prof. Tarpeh said.Obviously  Amb. Weah is expected to thank the people of Montserrado for their votes.The former football star won a landslide victory, claiming 99, 226 votes, which represented 78.0% of the total votes from the 141 polling centers, while his closest rival, the President’s son, Robert Sirleaf,  got 13,692 votes, which is nearly 11% in the election marred only by a low turnout.The low turnout in the poll, which was first planned for October, and later December 16, was blamed on concerns about Ebola.Other winners in the senate elections include Jewel Howard-Taylor, the ex-wife of the jailed former president Charles Taylor, and the former rebel leader Prince Johnson. Both retained their seats for Bong and Nimba counties. The remaining Senators-elect are: A Marshall Dennis (Grand Gedeh County); Morris Saytumah (Bomi County), Cllr. Varney Sherman (Grand Cape Mount County), Jonathan Kaipay (Grand Bassa) and  Amb. ConmanyWesseh (River Gee County). Others include Jim WombaTornonlah (Margibi County), Francis Saturday Paye (Rivercess County), Daniel F. Naatehn (Gbapolu country), Albert T. Chie (Grand Kru country) and J. Gbleh-bo Brown (Maryland county)It may be recalled that the African football legend, Amb. Weah, was one of the leading lights of the global game in the 1990s, as a superstar in Africa. Although he never had the opportunity to grace the FIFA World Cup finals, Weah made up for it with a hugely successful club career.George Weah was a towering figure on the ’90s football scene. An exceptional goal scorer, it is no exaggeration to describe him as the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today. Quick, skillful and boasting a powerful physique, fierce shooting power and deadly finishing skills, in his prime Liberia’s ‘Mr George’ was rightly considered one of the giants of the game.He began his footballing career in 1987 with Yaounde’s Tonnerre, one of the biggest clubs in Cameroon, before joining Monaco in France a year later at the age of 21. Arsene Wenger, his coach in the principality, would later say of his purchase: “Weah was a real surprise. For me it was like a child discovering a chocolate bunny in his garden at Easter. I have never seen any player explode on to the scene as he did.”A return of 47 goals in 103 league matches for the Monegasques backs up Wenger’s glowing appraisal. However, after a four-season stay he moved north to Paris Saint-Germain, where he made his mark across the continent by scoring 16 times in 25 European outings, a haul that included a wonder-goal against Bayern Munich.After top-scoring in the 1994/95 UEFA Champions League with eight goals, he decamped to AC Milan and scooped the FIFA World Player of the Year, France Football’s European Footballer of the Year and the CAF African Footballer of the Year awards for 1995. He also helped his team to the championship in 1996, collecting a second scudetto three years later.In 114 appearances in the famous red-and-black jersey he scored 46 goals, none of them better than his unforgettable solo effort against Verona, which saw him slam his way past seven opposing players before coolly slotting the ball home. Weah departed Milan in January 2000, joining Chelsea and then moving on to Manchester City, Marseille and Al Jazirah before announcing his retirement in August 2003.The Liberian’s personal achievements reflect his immense impact on the game. He is the only African to have been voted FIFA World Player of the Year by his peers, and aside from his unique 1995 hat-trick, he also collected France Football’s African Footballer of the Year award in 1989 and 1994, and was named African Footballer of the Century by the continent’s sports writers in 1999.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Glendale still among safest

first_img Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and Santa Clarita have all tried to keep crime down while dealing with significant population growth. From 2000 to 2004, the three cities have each seen jumps of more than 6 percent. “The more people you have, the more possibility you have for higher crime,” city of Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said. “In 2004, we had five murders. For a city of 170,000, that’s really good. We’d rather have none, but it’s still very low. We’re talking very small amounts of crime in a medium-size, growing city.” Ortiz questioned Morgan Quitno’s methodology, which only used six types of crime and weighted them evenly. Santa Clarita’s serious crimes – which include violent crimes and property crimes like auto theft and burglary – have dropped from 39 per 1,000 people in 1994 to 21 per 1,000 people in 2004, she said. “The best measure of how safe a community is isn’t these statistics,” Thousand Oaks City Manager Scott Mitnick said. “You look at the big picture – the property values, school test scores and health of the economy. We know we’re fortunate to succeed by all counts.” To view the complete list, go online to The company charges $1.99 for an immediate 28-page download. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Glendale and Santa Clarita remain among the safest cities in the nation, despite a suburban population boom that pushed two of them down in the rankings. Thousand Oaks held steady at No. 7 in 2004 for cities with a population of more than 75,000, according to rankings released this week by Morgan Quitno, a publishing company that crunches FBI statistics. Simi Valley dropped from No. 17 to No. 22, and Santa Clarita fell 26 spots to No. 36 – behind No. 26 Glendale, the top-ranked city with a population more than 200,000. “People have come to expect that Thousand Oaks remains one of the safest cities in the nation,” Thousand Oaks Mayor Claudia Bill-de la Pea said. “As we continue to grow, we are going to attract a few more problems, but overall, Thousand Oaks can be very proud of maintaining its title as one of the safest cities in the nation.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Morgan Quitno ranked 369 cities with a population greater than 75,000 based on FBI crime statistics from 2004. The company used six crime categories, all weighted evenly – murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor-vehicle theft. Newton, Mass., Clarkstown, N.Y., and Amherst, N.Y, were ranked the safest cities in America. Burbank checked in at No. 75, Palmdale at No. 223, Lancaster at No. 261 and Los Angeles at No. 290. Glendale led cities with a population of more than 200,000, despite the Glendale Police Department’s claim that it is understaffed. The city hired 25 officers in the past two years, pushing the total to 270, and the City Council has pledged to hire 75 more over the coming decade. Glendale is the ninth-ranked city with a population over 100,000, down from No. 7 last year. “Certainly, as far as a large city with a population in excess of 200,000, that is excellent, something we can be very proud of,” Glendale Assistant Police Chief Ron DePompa said. “When you look at the 100,000 population benchmark, which is what we typically use, it is a little disconcerting that we have over time lost some ground there.” last_img read more