football star and the candidate of the opposition Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), has scored an unassailable lead in the Liberian presidential run-off election.
In results announced on Thursday by the chairperson of the country’s electoral Commission, Jerome Kokoya, Mr. Weah scored 720,023 votes which is 61.5 percent of the total votes so far collated and counted.
He has effectively been elected president of the west African nation.
The incumbent vice president and candidate of the Unity Party, Joseph Boakai, scored 451,088, which is 38.5 percent of the vote cast.
A 34-year-old Mutaru Mumuni Muqthar has been named AFRICAN OF THE YEAR award winner for 2017.
Former President of Botswana and chairperson of the award jury, Festus Mogae, said the young Mr. Muqthar was selected for his exemplary work on counter-terrorism, which led to de-radicalization of would-be extremists in Africa.
He said the seven-member jury noted with satisfaction the effectiveness of Mr. Muqthar’s engagement with dozens of would-be terrorists, including a 21-year-old who was dissuaded from joining ISIS in Syria.
Two earthquakes more than three hours apart rattled the San Jose area of California late Tuesday, but no damage was reported, authorities said.
The U.S. Geological Service said a magnitude-3.1 quake struck at 7:19 p.m. local time a few miles east of San Martin. A stronger quake, registering 3.9. and centered northeast of Alum Rock, rolled through the area at 10:32 p.m., USGS said.
“A good shaker,” Sanjay Khandelwal, of Los Gatos, told The Mercury News. “My daughter felt it as well. She sleeps in a bunk bed and felt it move.”
Dozens of people were killed when suicide bombers set off multiple explosions at a Shiite cultural center in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Thursday.
At least 41 people died and 84 were wounded when an unknown number of attackers set off an explosion outside the center in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood in the west of the city, authorities said. The militants stormed the two-story building before setting off other devices in the basement.
A new train station to be built near the Western wall in Jerusalem would be named after United States President, Donald Trump, an official has said.
Israel’s Minister of Transport, Yisrael Katz, made the announcement on Wednesday.
Mr. Katz said he decided to honour Mr. Trump this way following the president’s decision early this month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to ultimately move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
“The Western Wall is the holiest site of the Jewish people and I have decided to name the train station leading to it after the president of the United States, Donald Trump, following his courageous and historic decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel,” the Associated Press quoted Mr. Katz as saying.
Mr. Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn condemnations from leaders across the world. The move was also condemned by the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly.
Mr. Katz approved the recommendations of an Israel Railways steering committee, which proposed the development of the Western Wall train station at the Cardo, an ancient street in the Jewish Quarter near the Kotel.
Donald John Trump station, as Katz called it, was one of two stations proposed for an extension to a new high-speed line nearing completion between Tel Aviv and the western entrance to Jerusalem via Ben-Gurion International Airport and the city of Modi’in.
Mr. Katz called the rail extension to the Old City, “the Transportation Ministry’s most important national project.”
The cost of the project was estimated at 2.5 billion shekels, approximately, $720 million.
The Western Wall is the holiest site where Jews can pray. In May, Mr. Trump was the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall.
Being Santa is a serious business. It requires hard work. And conscientious study.
“It’s a cardinal sin to forget the words to Jingle Bells,” says Holly Valent. “And the names of your reindeers — Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.”
With husband Tom, Holly Valent is the co-dean of the Charles W. Howard Santa School in Midland, Mich. Founded in 1937, it is the oldest continuously run Santa school in the world.
The school is named after an actor and teacher who worked as a Santa for Macy’s in New York. Howard died in 1966, but the Valents uphold his legacy, preserving the tradition of Father Christmas and the Santa ethic.
Growing up in Salamanca, N.Y., Tom and Holly knew each other as children but never talked until college. Tom decided he wanted to be a Santa when they were expecting their first child.
He remembers loving the Santa that visited his farm in New York State. He enrolled at the Charles W. Howard School, becoming dean in 1987. Holly brought their five children to the classes. They never knew.
The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to rejects President Trump’s controversial declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump threatened to withhold aid in retaliation for a vote condemning his position.
The U.N. body voted 128-9 to declare Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.” Thirty-five nations abstained.
The measure, drafted by U.S. ally Egypt, urges nations to support U.N. resolutions dating to 1967 — when Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan — that call for Jerusalem’s status to be decided through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.