The 2016 Supligen National Fitness Championships, which will feature 120 contestants will be held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, University of Technology, this evening.Today’s finals, which are set to start at 6:00 p.m., will see stiff competition among 10 reigning champions from the respective categories. The competition will feature 81 males and 39 females.Three overall champions will be seeking to successfully defend their crowns.Dwayne Walker will seek to remain men’s overall bodybuilding champion, while Brian Curtis will seek to stave off challengers for the men’s physique overall champion, as well as men’s physique short class.Dr Lisanne Levy, the women’s bikini overall champion, will be the lady to beat in her category.Other category winners from last year include;Dwight Campbell – men’s bodybuilding lightweight; Cecil Deacon – men’s bodybuilding middleweight; and Dwayne Walker – men’s bodybuilding heavyweight.Among the females, Raquel Neath is the women’s bodybuilding fitness champion, while Davina Barrett is the women’s physique champion.A new champion will be crowned in the women’s bikini short class as Trudi-Ann Freeman will not defend her crown.The entrance fee for adults is $2,000 while there is no charge for children under 12.
INTRODUCTIONDuring the many years of armed violence and persecution in our Nation, more than 250,000 of our fellow Liberians lost their lives, the Nation’s economy and infrastructure–houses, schools, clinics, roads and bridges were damaged, and more than 900,000 Liberians, out of a pre-civil war population of about 3.2 million, were forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries. As time passed, an appreciable number of the more than 900,000 Liberians, who were forced to flee their homes in Liberia, (1) settled in economically advanced countries; (2) gave birth to thousands of children in their host countries; (3) got married to citizens of other countries; (4) became naturalized citizens in their host countries; (5) took military and other employments in their host countries; and (6) acquired skills and expertise in various sectors.As we work to transform our Nation from a post-conflict status into a stable, prosperous, and leading democracy, the Liberian government is urged to create an environment that will welcome and encourage Liberians at home and Non-Resident Liberians alike to adjust to the new lives they have built so as to contribute more to our nation’s development. One of the best ways to get Liberians to adjust to the new lives they have built is for this Honorable Legislature to pass legislation that officially permits Liberians to have dual citizenship. The legislation will facilitate travel to and from Liberia and also remove obstacles to investment opportunities for Liberians who may want to contribute more to the Nation’s development.The international trend is increasingly moving toward permitting dual citizenship, as countries recognize the reality of intense globalization, technological advancements, and the immense benefits of non-resident citizens traveling, living, and working abroad. Presently more than 150 countries, including African countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, and Uganda, officially permit dual citizenship in some form. And there is overwhelming evidence that these countries are benefiting from dual citizenship. As the number of countries permitting dual citizenship continues to grow, the Liberian government is called upon here to answer an inescapable and important question regarding its people at home and abroad: when will Africa’s oldest independent republic, which is recovering from years of armed violence and persecution and has a large, active, and productive Diaspora population, officially recognize the reality and immense benefits of its citizens having dual citizenship?METHODS FOR ACQUIRING LIBERIAN CITIZENSHIPLiberian citizenship laws are based upon the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia and the Alien and Nationality Law:Citizenship by Birth: Birth within the territory of Liberia does not automatically confer Liberian citizenship. There is an exception, however, for a child born to unknown parents. A child born or found within the territory of Liberia acquires Liberian citizenship if the child’s parents are unknown, their citizenship cannot be established, or they are stateless.Citizenship by Descent: A person acquires Liberian citizenship at birth regardless of the person’s actual country of birth, if at least one of the person’s parents is a citizen of Liberia. Citizenship under this method permits a person to keep dual citizenship before reaching the age of majority (presently age 18). Upon reaching the age of majority, the person must renounce any other citizenship in order to keep Liberian citizenship.Citizenship by Naturalization: Liberian citizenship maybe granted through naturalization upon the applicant’s satisfaction of the necessary requirements, or upon the waiver of such requirements by the President of Liberia.LOSS OF CITIZENSHIPUpon information and belief, loss of Liberian citizenship is found in Chapter 22 of the Alien and Nationality Law and Volume II of the Liberian Code of Laws Revised.Voluntary Loss: Voluntary renunciation of Liberian citizenship is permitted by law. A Liberian may renounce his or her Liberian citizenship through the nearest Liberian consulate.Involuntary Loss: There are four conditions under which Liberian citizenship maybe lost involuntarily:1. Any Liberian who obtains naturalization in a foreign state upon his or her own application, upon the application of a duly authorized agent, or through the naturalization of a parent having legal custody of such person; provided that citizenship shall not be lost by any person under this section as the result of the naturalization of a parent or parents while such person is under the age of 21 years, unless such person shall fail to enter Liberia to establish a permanent residence prior to his twenty-third birthday.2. Taking a citizenship oath or making a formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state or to a political subdivision.3. Exercising a free choice to enter or serve in the armed forces of a foreign state, unless prior to such entry or service, the person receives approval from the President of Liberia.4. Voting in a political election in a foreign state.CHAPTER 22 ENFORCEMENT PROVISIONSection 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law provides that loss of Liberian citizenship is automatic if a person performs any of the four acts specified in section 22.1, and that the Liberian government is not required to institute any proceeding to nullify or cancel the person’s citizenship.DUAL CITIZENSHIP DEFINEDDual citizenship is the simultaneous possession of two citizenships. The concept recognizes that a person may have and exercise rights and responsibilities of citizenship in two countries.DUAL CITIZENSHIP BY OPERATION OF LAWDual Citizenship by Birth: For example, a child born in the United States to a Liberian citizen will acquire American citizen by birth and Liberian citizenship by descent. Similarly, a child born in Liberia to a foreign parent and a Liberian citizen acquires Liberian citizenship by descent and may also acquire the citizenship of the foreign parent.Dual Citizenship by Marriage: A Liberian citizen may automatically acquire the citizenship rights of his or her foreign spouse’s country, because some nations’ laws permit a person to become a naturalized citizen without going through the naturalization process upon the marriage to one of their citizens. Such a Liberian could legally hold dual citizenship, travel on the passport issued by his or her foreign spouse’s country, and without voting in that country’s election or serving in its armed forces, may hold dual citizenship in perpetuity because he or she obtained the foreign citizenship upon the marriage to a citizen of the foreign country and not by his or her formal application or upon the application of a duly authorized agent.DUAL CITIZENSHIP BY DEFAULT1. Because the Liberian government does not have an independent and credible way of knowing when a Liberian citizen becomes a naturalized citizen of another nation, dual citizenship can arise by default under the Nation’s unofficial don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy.2. A Liberian citizen who serves in the armed forces of another country without the approval or knowledge of the Liberian government may still retain Liberian citizenship by default under the Nation’s unofficial don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy.3. A Liberian citizen who acquires dual citizenship at birth and is not permitted by the law of a foreign country to renounce its citizenship may still retain Liberian citizenship, because some countries continue to recognize its people as citizens even after they become naturalized citizens of other countries.4. A Liberian citizen who acquires dual citizenship at birth and fails to renounce his or her foreign citizenship at the age of majority may still retain Liberian citizenship, because the Liberian government does not have an independent and credible way of determining whether the foreign citizenship was renounced.5. An applicant who meets the necessary requirements, recites the renunciation oath under Liberian law, and becomes a naturalized Liberian citizen may still retain his or her foreign citizenship regardless of what Liberian law says, because some countries’ laws require that their citizens may only renounce their citizenship before a competent authority within those countries’ borders or at their individual foreign embassies.ARGUMENT ABOUT DIVIDED LOYALTYThe argument has been made that one cannot serve “two masters” at the same time, and that it maybe “divided loyalty” to officially allow Liberians to have dual citizenship. While we acknowledge the argument, we respectfully believe that dogma should not be put ahead of pragmatism. In fact, it would be an understatement to say that the pre-civil war Liberian society as we knew it has changed. Years of armed violence and persecution in our Nation caused more than 250,000 of our fellow Liberians to lose their lives. The Nation’s economy and infrastructure—houses, schools, clinics, roads and bridges were damaged. There was mass exodus in which more than 900,000 Liberians were forced to flee their homes, seek refuge in other countries, and built new lives in those countries. Moreover, we know it is not serving “two-masters” or “divided loyalty” when people with two parents take care of mom and dad. We also know it is not serving “two masters” or “divided loyalty” when people with girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, or husbands take care of their families and the families of their girlfriends, boyfriends, wives, or husbands. Laws are often amended to address society’s needs. The pre-civil law Liberian society as we knew it has changed, and so should our citizenship laws.DUAL CITIZENSHIP THROUGH LEGAL LOOPHOLESection 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law of Liberia provides:“The loss of citizenship under Section 22.1 of this title shall result solely from the performance by a citizen of the acts or fulfillment of the conditions specified in such section, and without the institution by the Government of any proceedings to nullify or cancel such citizenship.”There is no doubt the Constitution gives the Liberian government the power to pass a law that provides for loss of Liberian citizenship. However broad the power of the government to pass such a law maybe, the government is required to stay within the limits set by the Nation’s Constitution. One of the constitutional violations regarding Chapter 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law is that it attempts to deprive Liberians of the constitutionally protected rights of citizenship without first providing for a hearing judgment consistent with due process of law. As the Honorable Senators and Representatives of the 52nd National Legislature are aware, procedural due process under Article 20(a) of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia provides that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with due process of law.Procedural due process has been defined by various decisions of the Supreme Court of Liberia to be the following: (1) a tribunal competent to pass on the subject matter in dispute; (2) notice must be given to the party-of-interest to appear in person, with counsel, or both, to present evidence on his or her behalf; (3) the party-of-interest must have been duly served with process and must have submitted to the jurisdiction of the tribunal; and (4) where the party-of-interest, upon proper notice, fails to appear to present evidence on his or her behalf, the accusing party must still prove each element of its allegation before the tribunal.As the self-executing enforcement provision of Chapter 22 of the Alien and Nationality Law, which provides for automatic loss of Liberian citizenship upon a person’s performance of an act under section 22.1 does not meet any of the safeguards of procedural due process as announced by the Nation’s Constitution and Supreme Court, the Honorable Legislature is urged to officially recognize dual citizenship so as to permit all Liberians to benefit from the legal loophole section 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law has caused. The legislation should be retroactive so as to clear doubts and save judicial resources, because if a section is invalid on its face it never had the force of law and nothing will stop Liberians who were said to have “lost” their Liberian citizenship pursuant to sections 22.1 and 22.2 of the Alien and Nationality Law from seeking a declaration from a competent Liberian court that the invalid sections did not affect their status as citizens of Liberia.CONCLUSIONAccording to UNMIL statistics, there are about 450,000 Liberians living in the United States and Canada, another 250,000 more living in Western Europe, and hundreds of thousands more living in West Africa and other parts of the world. However, the number of Liberians living in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe is actually higher than what the statistics show. For example, the United States did not include Liberians who are naturalized American citizens or U.S.-born Liberians in its count, even if they claim Liberian citizenship. Moreover, World Bank and other sources show that Non-Resident Liberians, particularly those living in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, send more than $55 million U.S. dollars and goods in kind home annually to family members and friends in Liberia, and that between a quarter and a third of the population in Liberia benefit regularly from such overseas remittances. Official recognition of dual citizenship is in Liberia’s best interest. Even countries that have not experienced the kind of problems Liberia has have gone through great lengths to accommodate their non-resident sons and daughters and make them an active participant in the development of their countries of birth. We also know that the majority of Non-Resident Liberians who fled Liberia did so because of the many years of armed violence and persecution in our Nation, but they have always been and continue to be Liberians at heart. They have kept faith with Liberia by maintaining supportive ties with families and friends in Liberia and, on numerous occasions, have served as some of the most effective ambassadors Liberia has had in lobbying friendly governments for assistance and promoting a better understanding about the Liberian culture and people. In addition to the remittances Non-Resident Liberians send home to families and friends, the Nation can also benefit from the professional, technical, entrepreneurial skills, investment opportunities, expertise, and international presence of its non-resident citizens as we work to transform our Nation from a post-conflict status into a stable, prosperous, and leading democracy. 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Vice President Joseph N. Boakai says the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations need to be implemented in order to resolve problems facing the country.The Commission came into being as a result of the Comprehensive Accra Peace Accor (CPA) that put an end to the 14 years civil conflict in Liberia.In 2010, the TRC concluded its operations and made several recommendations to the national government. Some of the recommendations included, “banning the few Liberians responsible for insecurity in the country for 30 years from holding public office, establishing an Independent National Human Rights Commission and conducting palava hut discussions across the country to resolve political, social and ethnic differences.”In an exclusive interview with Daily Observer recently in Monrovia, the Vice President indicated that recommendations from the Commission should be dealt with in order to promote stability.Though he failed to name which among the recommendations should be implemented and how, the Deputy President was quick to mention, “recommendations of the document that would reconcile the country should be implemented.”Political commentators have said that if the recommendation calling for banning Liberians who took part in the destroying of the country should be implemented as stated by the TRC’s Commissioners, than most officials holding top posts, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, would be affected.However, the Vice President noted that as Liberia modelled its TRC from the South African government’s version, it is important that portion of the document which speaks of embracing every Liberian and creating an environment to forget the past that divided Liberians must be of significant interest.The Vice President maintained that there are several of the recommendations already being considered for implementation by government.“The problem here is that, the war in Liberia was such that after a certain amount of time you couldn’t tell who did what and for what reason,” he maintained.Ambassador Boakai used the medium to caution Liberians about the document, stressing; “the TRC’s recommendations are something that we consider carefully.” He wants the report to serve as a primary tool in reconciling Liberians rather than further dividing them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– T&T take top honoursAfter a three-day weekend in and out of the pool, three of Guyana’s most talented young swimmers have proven that they are always up for a challenge.Aleka PersaudEleven-year-old Aleka Persaud, 12-year-old Ethan Gonsalves, and 17-year-old Daniel Scott rose to the occasion during the three-day meet, each finishing as one of the best, if not the very best, in their respective age groups.The ever-improving Persaud took home 6 gold medals, won in the 100M freestyle (1.03.13), 200M IM (2.36.50), 50M freestyle (27.95), 50M fly (30.63), 200M freestyle (2.20.33), and the 100M fly (1.09.17). She also copped silver in the 100M breaststroke (1.23.21 100) to finish at the pinnacle of the 11-12 age group with 71 points.Ethan Gonsalves, in similar fashion, also finished atop his 11-12 age group with 62 points. He walked away with gold in the 100M freestyle (1.01.18) and 200M freestyle (2.12.92). Additionally, he copped silver in the 200M IM (2.32.46), 100M breaststroke (1.21.14), 100M fly (1.09.03), and produced bronze medal performances in the 100M backstroke (1.14.19) and 50M freestyle (28.23).Swimming in the 15-17 category, Daniel Scott copped gold in the 100M freestyle (54.96), silver in the 50M fly (27.71), 200M freestyle (1.59.94) and bronze in the 200M IM (2.20.05) and 100M fly (1.01.15). His performance landed him in second place of his age group.Their efforts were backed by a gold medal from Shareefah Lewis in the 50M backstroke (40.29) and a silver from Patrice Mahaica in the 50M backstroke (34.02).Despite not being able to repeat their third place performance from last year, the Guyanese team managed to finish in fourth place out of eight teams, registering 553 points in the process.Team Trinidad and Tobago took the top spot for 2018 with a marvellous track record. With their swimmers placing in almost every race, the twin island republic finished on 1,351 points to take home the overall gold. They were closely followed by hosts Barbados with 1,032 points, and Bahamas finished off the podium with 670 points.A 36-member team departed Guyana last Thursday to attend the annual event in Barbados, from August 17-19. The Goodwill Meet is open to only a handful of Caribbean countries, and is seen as a developmental meet for young swimmers. Owing to that fact, when swimmers have competed at the CARIFTA level, they are no longer eligible for participation in the Goodwill Games. For this reason, star swimmer Leon Seaton Jnr was unable to compete this time around.
1 Arsenal target Sami Khedira has hinted that his future could lie away from Real Madrid.The 27-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been on Arsene Wenger’s wish-list for some time.Khedira has become a bit-part player at Real Madrid and has started just three La Liga games all season.But, despite his lack of game time, some reports have suggested that he could yet pen a new deal at the Bernabeu.However, after Real’s dramatic 4-3 defeat to Schalke on Tuesday night, Khedira gave the chasing pack a boost by suggesting he is set to leave.Schalke, who went out because of a 5-4 aggregate defeat, are said to be one of Arsenal’s main rivals in the race for Khedira.But when asked about the interest from the Bundesliga club, the 2014 World Cup winner said: “Am I Open to Schalke? I am open to many teams.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Firefighters doused an apartment fire today that inflicted $200,000 damage to the building, firefighters said. It took 41 firefighters 24 minutes to put out the 7:30 a.m. fire at a bottom-floor apartment at 2121 N. Verdugo Road, said Glendale fire Capt. Tom Propst. Two residents of the 24-unit complex were evaluated by paramedics for smoke inhalation, but none required treatment. No other injuries were reported. The fire did $150,000 damage to the building and $50,000 to its contents, Propst said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.– Daily News wire services
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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You’ve got the biggest band in the world on the biggest tour in the world and everything we do has technology,” Kapellen said during a brief break at Tuesday’s setup. “Even the construction techs – hammer-and-nail guys – have two iPods and a laptop. They’re always begging me to put a wireless network on their truck.” Kapellen, an aerospace engineer by training, didn’t come by this gig easily. He works for the Best Buy Geek Squad, whose members normally spend their time setting up office networks and servicing crashed laptops but is under contract with the tour to provide technical services. After five years with the Squad and attaining the title of Special Agent of Information Technology, he put his job in the research and development department on hold to go on the road with his favorite band last February. And for a guy used to dealing with computer emergencies rather than the crazy complications of the road, it’s been an interesting adjustment. In Toronto, he was up 44 straight hours setting up and troubleshooting. He spent his 28th birthday pulling apart the components of the band’s signature video projection and getting it running on an off-day. In Dallas, he gashed his arm during setup, leaving a screaming red line from biceps to forearm. That came not long after he knocked himself cold on the tour bus prior to a show. “I’m on call 24/7, day off or not,” Kapellen said. “It’s not rare for me to get a call at 12:30 in the middle of the night. And if someone’s got a problem, sure, I come on down and fix it.” Brawny roadies lug huge equipment cases across the floor and guitar techs strum their instruments as a slim man purposefully totes a silver laptop. Joshua Kapellen is clearly different from the rest of the 80 grizzled crew members setting up U2’s massive and complex Vertigo show, which will play the second date of a two-night stand in Los Angeles this evening. They’ve got tattoos, long hair and the rough look of men who spend their lives sleeping in the back of buses. He’s got a badge that proudly labels him a geek. But on a tech-heavy tour such as this, that once insulting term’s an honor. If the light show busts, Kapellen gets the call. When Bono can’t get his e-mail, it’s Josh whose BlackBerry buzzes. This is a far cry from the old days of touring, where a high-tech fix involved duct taping electrical cords together and praying no one got electrocuted. There are laptops everywhere and more flat screen monitors than a sports bar. To get every phone plugged in and wireless Internet network secured, Kapellen rolls around through the stadium’s labyrinthine corridors on a Razor scooter. The calls for his assistance are frequent – and urgent. “I’m on my 33rd phone in three years, my seventh BlackBerry in seven months and my third computer on this tour,” said Tommy Whitelaw, the band’s global merchandising manager. “Josh being on this tour has changed everything for me. I’ve learned more from him this past year than I did in the last 12.” After nine months and multiple countries, Kapellen’s still not sure if the road life’s the one for him. Though it’s pretty comfortable in the bus – he wired the lounge for DVD surround sound and an Xbox game system – he’s still getting used to getting some sleep with just his arms and a folding table for his pillow and bed. Even so, he can’t imagine missing a chance to help guitarist The Edge get his Apple PowerBook working again. “I thought about it,” Kapellen said. “And said that I’d kick myself if I had the chance to go out with U2, the only band I liked enough to buy every one of their albums and I didn’t do it.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!