MUNICH, Germany (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday, ending the German side’s tournament record of 16 straight wins at home. Ronaldo’s second-half goals saw him become the first player to score 100 goals in European club competition. The Portuguese star ensured Madrid came from behind – after Arturo Vidal’s 25th-minute header for Bayern – to put the defending champions on course to reach the semi-finals for a seventh successive year. “We are still alive,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti after losing to his former side. Bayern were without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. But they had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when they lost 4-0 to Ancelotti’s Madrid in the semi-finals. Ancelotti’s successor at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is bidding to become the first coach to lead a side to back-to-back titles in the Champions League era. Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball. The Madrid defender was booked though TV replays showed Ribery’s shot had hit his upper body. Other quarter-final results: Atletico Madrid 1 Leicester 0; Borussia Dortmund 2 Monaco 3.
Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley has stated that although members of the Senate have overwhelming agreed with the National Elections Commission (NEC) that it is not feasible to conduct free and fair elections on October 14, 2014, the final decision to postpone the election lies with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The Senate last Thursday unanimously endorsed an NEC communication to that body, warning that under the prevailing circumstances, elections must be postponed, noting that it was not with the Senate to make the final decision.“Article 83a clearly declared that the second Tuesday of elections year is guaranteed under our Constitution; the only person that can suspend that Article is the Executive (President), which has the lone authority under a state of emergency as is the case now.”Pro Tempore Findley, one of 15 Senators whose seats are up for grabs, made a passionate argument last Thursday before his colleagues that it was not practical, prudent or logical to call for elections in October when those who should be voting are dying in their numbers because of the Ebola epidemic.The decision by the Senate to endorse the NEC’s declaration of inability to conduct the October 14, 2014 special elections followed a report by the Senate’s joint committees on Autonomous Commission and Agencies, and Judiciary, that the holding of elections is mandated by the Constitution of Liberia in Article 83a; and similarly the responsibility for the conduct of elections in Liberia is statutorily conferred on NEC, which has now explicitly indicated its inability to conduct the Special Senatorial Elections in October, 2014. “The joint committee hereby advises that with such expression of inability by NEC for understandable reasons as underlined supra, the Liberian Senate should now commence immediate discussions with the Executive, which has the Constitutional power under the State of Emergency.”It may be recalled that NEC in a recent communication to the Senate informed the lawmakers the Commission was unable to fulfill its statutory responsibility to hold free, fair and credible election since under the prevailing circumstances it is unable to conduct free campaign activities.The electoral body further warned that it would not be able to provide an enabling environment under which local and international observers will be able to participate, observe and state that indeed it is free, fair and credible election.Most importantly, the NEC asserted that amidst the confusion and fear brought about by the Ebola epidemic, voter turn out will be very low, which would undermine the credibility of any election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) had been in the spotlight for the past few days, as it relates to its failure to grant business applications for construction and pending documents which were never approved.The issue has affected the operations of many businessmen who took the opportunity to testify at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) so that their matters can be resolved.Malcolm Panday served as a witness on Friday, where it was heard that he was facing a similar problem. It surrounded the intention of constructing a modern eight-storey building on a Water Street property, which currently houses a structure that is popularly known as the ‘zinc bond’.After being granted approval by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) 13 years ago, Panday told the Commission that he could not commence construction because the City Hall has refused to give permission to cordon off the perimeter of land.“The office has for years repeatedly refused to give me the usual and necessary permission to cordon off the areas along the perimeter of the land approved for building,” he said in a statement, which was submitted as evidence.Despite being engaged several times, he noted that no action had been taken by the City Hall since the vendors outside the bond were authorised by the Council to ply their trades in close proximity to the property. As such, finalised documents would mean that the M&CC would have to relocate the payment merchants.“Permission is not forthcoming because the M&CC has vendors occupying the perimeter of the four sides of the land approved for the construction; North pavement (Regent Street), West pavement (Water Street), South pavement (South Street) and the East pavement (West Alley). These vendors are blocking the four sides of my ‘Zinc Bond’ and denying me ingress and egress.”Since 2007, Panday expressed that he would’ve offered to facilitate the movement of the vendors. However, no actions were taken. The businessman noted that he is unable to start the works since persons can be hurt and their stalls can cave in when the foundation is dug.“The vendors on my land were able to make a good living and within that 13 years, not having to pay rent, nor rates and taxes, they built good foundations, acquiring assets like house and land, vehicles…”Another affair of concern was the struggles that many enterprises are faced with in relation to parking. It was underscored that offloading of goods has been difficult since vehicles are occupying the spaces in front of these stores.Just a few days ago, the Chief Executive Officer of Camex Restaurants, Terence Campbell, had blasted City Hall for failing to approve numerous applications for respective properties. Campbell hinted that he was told that a bribe could fix the situation to which he responded that such acts would not be engaged.
WHITTIER – The Planning Commission at its 6:30 p.m. meeting tonight will decide whether “hookah” bars should be allowed in Uptown Whittier. Fred Chang of Hacienda Heights has said he wants to open a smoking lounge, which would include the hookah pipes, at 6727 Comstock Ave., Whittier. Hookah originated in India in the 16th century and is commonly used today, in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The hookah or “water pipe” is made out of a clay bowl with the body used as a water reservoir, and a stem or hose for the inhalation of tobacco smoke, according to a Whittier city staff report. Hookah tobacco is a moist, paste-like mixture consumption of tobacco, honey, molasses, and pulp of different fruits. Smoking from a hookah has become popular among young adults, the report stated. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!