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first_imgGabriel Nyenkan, President Weah’s choice to head to LEITI Secretariat-Transparency Watchdog Global Witness wants Pres. Weah withdraw Nyenkan’s nomination immediatelyPresident George Weah’s controversial appointment at the Liberia Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (LEITI) has not only sparked a barrage of criticisms locally but has also received its initial international condemnation with global anti-graft institution, Global Witness (GW) calling for an immediate withdrawal of the nominee.President Weah, on March 5, announced former Montserrado County Lawmaker Gabriel Nyenkan as the new head of Secretariat, replacing Konah Karmo who was appointed by the Multi-Stakeholders Steering Group (MSG) of LEITI in 2014, following a competitive recruitment process in which several other individuals and institutions participated.Following President Weah’s announcement, Mr. Nyekan stormed the offices of the LEITI secretariat with armed Police officers in tow and demanded that its head Konah Karmo leave the building. Karmo is reported to have complied with Nyekan’s orders given at virtual gunpoint.But Nyekan’s action was greeted with almost instant rebuke by civil society groups who condemned the action. This was followed by condemnation by other watchdog groups including Global Witness (GW) who, in a release issued on Monday, condemned what it termed as the illegal removal of LEITI Head Secretariat, Mr. Karmo—in clear violation of the act that created the anti-graft entity.“Global Witness strongly condemns the illegal removal of Mr. Karmo, Head of Secretariat of the Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (LEITI). The firing of Mr. Karmo by President George Weah, who has replaced him with Gabriel Nyenkan, violates Liberian law and severely undermines the independence of Liberia’s critical anti-corruption agency”.The international watchdog also declared the removal of Mr. Karmo and his replacement by Nyekan as illegal and called for the withdrawal of Nyekan’s appointment. Its extractive industries campaign leader, Simon Clydesdale declared “President Weah must immediately withdraw his appointment of Gabriel Nyenkan, allowing Konah Karmo to resume his duties as LEITI Head of Secretariat.”Stressing that because the independence of the LEITI is fundamental to its mandate and to the political stability of Liberia, the institution cannot be what he (Clydesdale) termed as the “playground of political appointments”.Further, according to Global Witness,  the Act creating the LEITI which states that only the Multi-stakeholder Steering Group has the authority to appoint or remove the Head of Secretariat, serves as a critical safeguard which maintains the institution’s independence and ensures that it is not subject to foreign interference or dominated by any of its constituent groups.A March 19 Global Witness press release said “LEITI is an autonomous Liberian agency that ensures transparency in Liberia’s forestry, oil, mining, and agricultural plantation sectors. It has the legal mandate to publish company contracts and the money they pay to the government. LEITI is governed by an independent MSG that is comprised of representatives from the government, companies, and Liberian civil society groups. Together, these representatives can keep one another accountable and ensure LEITI continues to promote and deliver transparency”.In a related development the Acting Chairman of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), Abraham Darius Dillon, has said  it is a shame that such an error would not have been corrected by the President after blatantly violating the law.“When we spoke against Pres. Weah’s illegal appointment of Gabriel Nyenka as Head of LEITI, loyalist CDCians that never see anything wrong the President does, even if such wrong was inadvertent, told us to “shut up”; insisting the President was “right”. Now, our international partners are speaking and condemning the very appointment. Let us see now if these loyalist CDCians will tell the same to these international partners,” Dillon wrote on his facebook pageIn other related developments, President Weah’s appointment of  Weah’s action has also been  condemned by the Center for Transparency and accountability in Liberia (CENTAL), noting that it is disturbed by the President’s action.CENTAL is the Liberian affiliate of Transparency International (TI). Its Executive Director, Anderson Miamen said in a press release that the sanctity and credibility of integrity institutions must remain intact.“The government, especially President Weah, must do nothing to undermine that, whether directly or indirectly,” Miamen said.He noted that the President overstepped the limits of his authority by ascribing to his office unassigned powers; something which is worrisome and must have no place in the new Liberia.“The rule of law is a fundamental pillar of our maturing democracy and such arbitrariness has the propensity to reverse gains made in strengthening governance and the rule of law in the country,” he noted.The LEITI Act of 2009 requires the President to appoint members of the Multi Stakeholders Group (MSG), and “shall designate one of them as the Chairperson and another as the Co-Chairperson”.“The power to recruit the Head of Secretariat, Deputy and other staff members of the LEITI Secretariat therefore lies with the MSG, which should comprise of members of the legislature, CSOs and the Executive,” according to Section 6.3d of the Act.Though Section 6.5 of the LEITI Act of 2009 ascribes the appointment of members of the MSG to the President, Section 6.3(d) grants the MSG the “power to recruit and dismiss the Head of Secretariat, Deputy and approve the recruitment of other staff members”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe few teachers who did not participate in the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) organised strike, which is now in its second week, are inadequate to control a total school population, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Chairman David Armogan said on Monday.Region Six Chairman David ArmoganHundreds of teachers representing schools throughout Region Six on Monday morning took to the streets of New Amsterdam protesting for increased salaries while less than 50 per cent of the school population attended school on Monday and the numbers are expected to reduce significantly today.The teachers chanted slogans, which suggested they were not going to settle for anything less than the 40 per cent wage hike they proposed to Government.The teachers demonstrated outside the Department of Education in New Amsterdam and then went around the town before converging at the GTU Hall at Vrymens Erven.GTU President Mark Lyte was part of the protest demonstration in Berbice.He explained that the mass demonstration was to send a signal across the region that teachers are prepared to work.“As you can see, they are all dressed for work but because of the fact that we have not been given our package, we are not going into the classroom… The package is a multiyear proposal that we have. Most importantly in the package would be salary increases for teachers; that is where the loggerhead is where we are not being offered anything reasonable,” Lyte said.He noted that the way forward is for Government to go back to the table and relook at what they have offered teachers and to come back with something that the Union can accept.“We indicated that we do not trust the conciliation mediators but we all times remain open to the Government or the Ministry of Education coming to us and say ‘Let’s end this thing we are willing to offer X percentage; we are willing to make a commitment on clothing allowance,’ and the Union will be willing to go ahead with it. Failing that we will have to go to arbitration,” the Union’s President explained to Guyana Times.Meanwhile, Region Six Chairman David Armogan said while the teachers were on the streets on Monday, he visited schools to get a firsthand feel at what was taking place at schools throughout the region.According to him, between 40 to 50 per cent of the children turned out to school but a large number of parents, who were taking their children to school for the first time, having realised that the teachers were on strike took their children back home.“Probably recognising that there would be very little supervision in schools, they decided not to take chances… Now in terms of the teacher turnout, it is just 15 and 20 per cent overall,” he added.In all of the schools in New Amsterdam and along the Corentyne, which this publication visited, teachers were not seen in the classrooms. Many children were happy to reunite with their friends after the school holiday.Armogan said many of the volunteers indicated that they were not going to be able to handle the noise in the schools; all of which were poorly manned.According to the Regional Chairman, many of the schools had about four or five members of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) assisting to supervise schools.“They have to supervise between 200 and 300 children; some of these people are old people too and I don’t think they have the capacity to handle these young children. Some of them had already started to give up by the time a left the school this morning, because they are not accustomed to dealing with children at that level. Children at that level are very playful and very noisy’” the Chairman said. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

first_imgA committee of young people is spearheading a series of events to spice up life in the Energetic City. Leslie Oliver led a group of young people before City Council on Tuesday night, to request council’s support for a World Youth Day Fair.- Advertisement -Youth Making a Difference spokesperson Shane Fraser says a fair at the Lido Theatre on June 10th would promote multiculturalism in Fort St. John, at the same time as giving young people ‘something to do.’ Fraser told council about the plans, and also asked for a street closure adjacent to the Lido, so that a street hockey tournament can be held that day.Youth Making a Difference is also planning a couple of events on Canada Day, including a skateboard and BMX competition. Fraser says he’d like the competition to somehow include a tribute to Eathan Geisbrecht, a well-known skateboarder who passed away in 2008 at the age of 15. “We all knew him, he was a really good friend of ours, and we don’t want him to go unnoticed.”The committee is also planning a Much Music Video Dance on Canada Day, though the location of that event is still up in the air. While Youth Making a Difference was hoping to use the North Peace Arena, city staff warned that the Rec Centre will be tied up on July 1st, in case the Canada Day celebrations are forced indoors by inclement weather. The dance needs a big enough space to fit a large number of people, but also needs to be dark, so that the video screens can work. Director of Legislative and Administrative Services Janet Prestley proposed the young people look into using the Curling Club, and also suggested the City could help with the costs of renting that venue. Advertisement By Jon Zackslast_img read more

first_imgFans made throat-slitting gestures while missiles were seen to be thrown in the direction of the executive seats amid chants of “sack the board” and “you killed our club”.On the pitch, the toxic atmosphere boiled over after West Ham captain Mark Noble grappled one fan to the floor and team-mate James Collins marched two others away.Burnley’s coaching staff let children shelter in their dug-out to avoid being caught in the chaos that left police investigating two allegations of assault.West Ham defender James Collins (2R) confronts a pitch invader carrying a corner flag during the English Premier League match against Burnley at The London Stadium in east London on March 10, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALLWest Ham said an emergency meeting had been called with all London Stadium stakeholders, which includes Gold and Sullivan, whose decision to uproot the club from Upton Park to Stratford has caused resentment.The FA is also set to launch a probe, with a spokesman saying: “The FA strongly condemns the crowd disturbances seen today at West Ham United versus Burnley and will be seeking observations from West Ham as well as awaiting the match referee’s report.”The east London club, currently just three points above the relegation zone, could be hit with a heavy fine or even forced to play matches behind closed doors as punishment for the disturbances.In their own statement the Premier League said: “It is essential that everybody who plays or attends a Premier League football match can do so safely.“There is no place at any level of the game for what happened at the London Stadium.A pitch invader gestures towards West Ham’s Italian defender Angelo Ogbonna (L) during the English Premier League game against Burnley at The London Stadium in east London on March 10, 2018 © AFP / Ben STANSALL“While the official investigation of the incidents will be carried out by the Football Association, we will be asking our own questions of West Ham United about what happened this afternoon, especially to ensure similar events never reoccur.”– ‘Horrible atmosphere’ –West Ham manager David Moyes admitted he understood why tempers had frayed, but the Scot condemned the ugly scenes.“As a supporter you can’t cross the line. You can’t come on the pitch. That’s the rule,” Moyes said.“What we need is the club, supporters, players, everyone, is to pull together.”Noble’s ascent from boyhood West Ham fan to key player for the club had made him a favourite of the Hammers support.A pitch invader confronts West Ham’s Mark Noble (L) after several West Ham supporters invaded the pitch during their 3-0 Premier League defeat against Burnley © AFP / Ben STANSALLBut even the east London-born star admitted the situation was out of control.“I’m a West Ham fan and I’ve always protected the club. But if someone approaches me, I’ll protect myself,” he said of his clash with the fan.“It’s been like this for the past two seasons, since we moved to this stadium.“Every time we lose we and the board get a lot of stick. It seemed today that the fans had had enough.“The atmosphere was horrible. We know a lot of it isn’t aimed at the players, but we have to be man enough to play in that atmosphere.”West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to flee when furious fans ran riot making throat-slitting gestures while missiles were seen to be thrown in the direction of the executive seats © AFP / Ben STANSALLIt was an horrific end to a turbulent week which saw a protest march called off as fans’ groups turned on each other during threats of violents by one Hammers supporters’ organisation linked to the club’s notorious Inter City Firm hooligans of the 1970s and 1980s.Burnley manager Sean Dyche was relieved the poisonous atmosphere didn’t end in his players suffering harm. “When we scored the second the atmosphere changed,” he said.“We know people can’t come on the pitch but I can’t imagine it was dangerous for the players.“Hopefully there are better times ahead for West Ham.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Burnley’s Ashley Barnes (R) trips up a pitch invader after furious West Ham fans ran riot at The London Stadium on March 10, 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – West Ham face a Football Association probe after the troubled club’s owners David Gold and David Sullivan were forced to flee their seats when furious fans ran riot at the London Stadium.Several West Ham supporters invaded the pitch during Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat against Burnley, while hundreds of fans gathered beneath the directors’ box to protest against Gold and Sullivan.last_img read more

first_imgFormer QPR defender Clint Hill will arrive in Glasgow on Friday as he closes in on a move to Rangers.Press Association Sport understands the 37-year-old is set to undergo a medical after agreeing a 12-month deal with the Ibrox outfit.Gers boss Mark Warburton is looking to stiffen his defensive options ahead of the Light Blues return to the Ladbrokes Premiership, and Hill could give his side the dose of experience it lacked at times last season.Hill, who has also featured for Tranmere, Oldham, Stoke and Crystal Palace during a 19-year career, is a free agent after being released by Loftus Road boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink last month.The veteran defender’s former QPR boss Harry Redknapp reckons he will be a valuable addition to the Ibrox ranks.“He’s in absolutely great shape,” Redknapp told STV. “He trains well, looks after himself and he’s a family man. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him.“[Rangers would be] getting a good player, a character, a leader who wants to win. He’s fit as a fiddle and doesn’t carry an ounce of excess weight on him. He’s a good lad, a tough lad with a good left foot who loves a tackle.“He’s a very good player who would be an excellent signing on a free transfer.”If he completes his switch, Hill will team up with former QPR colleague Joey Barton and could be joined by another former Rs midfielder, with Croatian Niko Kranjcar also reported to be close to agreeing terms with the Glasgow giants.As well as Barton, Rangers have already signed youngster Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool and Accrington Stanley pair Josh Windass and Matt Crooks this summer. Clint Hill played 185 games for QPR 1last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The only conflict on the night came between O’Neal and Bynum, the past and present of Lakers centers colliding just before halftime. O’Neal finished with 18 points but Bryant’s brilliance won out again in the end. With Bryant on the bench to start the fourth quarter, the Lakers faltered as center Chris Mihm had a shot blocked and committed a three-second violation. They also had a shot-clock violation and saw their lead sliced to 79-75 as Gary Payton drove the lane for a layup with 9:22 remaining. What happened next was almost predictable. Lakers coach Phil Jackson called timeout and checked Bryant back into the game, guarded by Payton, his teammate for one stormy season in Los Angeles. Bryant buried two long jumpers over Payton midway through the fourth, then nearly tossed in a miracle shot as he collided with O’Neal cutting backdoor. Bryant settled for two free throws and a Lakers lead restored to 84-77. Photo GalleryLakers vs Heat There was closure for Kobe Bryant, starting with a hand offered by Shaquille O’Neal before tipoff Monday night, as well as an introduction for rookie center Andrew Bynum, who most definitely did not back down from O’Neal. There also was a 100-92 victory for the Lakers, their first over the Miami Heat in the four games since the O’Neal trade, with Bryant scoring 12 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, when his team had to have them. The good feelings lasted all night, except as the Lakers gave back nearly all of a 19-point third-quarter lead. But after not even acknowledging Bryant on Christmas Day, O’Neal did so three times before the game started Monday. “We’ve been though so many wars together and it feels good to kind of be able to enjoy the sweetness of it,” Bryant said, “and now to be able to just move on, for the organization to move on, the city to move on and focus on building this team and wishing him all the best with his team down there in South Beach.” Said O’Neal: “I had orders from the great Bill Russell. He was telling me how rivalries should be. I asked him if he ever disliked anybody he played against and he said never. He said I should shake Kobe Bryant’s hand, let bygones be bygones and bury the hatchet.” center_img Bryant connected on a 20-footer with 1:35 left, Devean George pulled down a big offensive rebound and sank two free throws in the final minute and forward Lamar Odom hit a shot with 19.2 seconds left. “Kobe had a really nice game,” Jackson said. “He played well and seemed in control.” It was yet another nail-biting victory for the Lakers, who have won six of seven games since Bryant returned from suspension. The Lakers (21-17) also had lost all three games to the Heat since the O’Neal trade before Monday. The best fireworks came between O’Neal and Bynum, the 18-year-old Jackson talked about playing against O’Neal from the first game of summer league. Bynum didn’t get the chance on Christmas Day, but did Monday night. It might be all anyone remembers from the game. O’Neal toppled Bynum on a follow-up dunk only to have Bynum take a pass from Bryant and spin past him in the post at the other end for a dunk. With the crowd going crazy, Bynum pushed O’Neal setting up for defense and O’Neal retaliated in full. He grabbed Bynum and clocked him in the head with an elbow, leading to a double technical foul and both players having to be separated. “Shaq used him for a pogo-stick down there on the play previous to that and he kind of collapsed on the floor,” Jackson said. “But he came back with a lot of energy and got a dunk on him. He’ll remember that one for a long time.” LAKERS NOTES: After everything he has gone through in returning from open heart surgery, Ronny Turiaf said he wouldn’t be opposed to heading to the NBA Development League, as Jackson suggested this weekend. But Turiaf also hopes to prove Jackson wrong, that he doesn’t need a trip to the Fort Worth (Texas) Flyers as part of his comeback. The 23-year-old forward is expected to officially sign with the Lakers today, according to his agent, Bouna Ndiaye. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Buster Posey has struggled in April before, but he’s never struggled quite like this.After undergoing August hip surgery to repair a microfracture, Posey is hitting just .200 with a .291 slugging percentage through his first 16 games following an extensive rehabilitation process.Despite consistently batting in the middle of the Giants lineup, Posey has driven in just one run thus far and admitted Wednesday he is disappointed in his early offensive results.“It’s a challenge …last_img read more

first_imgStatistics published by the Times of India Newspaper showed a significant decline in the number of immigration permits granted to Indians working in the Gulf region in 2018 – 19 percent or 295,000 permits compared to 374,000 in 2017, reports Alrai daily. Read it at Arab Times Related Itemslast_img

first_imgHenrikh Mkhitaryan admits he had “never heard of” Matteo Guendouzi when Arsenal moved to snap up the French youngster over the summer.The Gunners took in a low-key transfer window, with new boss Unai Emery unable to work with the riches on offer elsewhere.That forced the Spaniard, along with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, to go in search of hidden gems. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! One bargain they have unearthed is 19-year-old midfielder Guendouzi, with Mkhitaryan among those to have been impressed by a relative unknown following his arrival from Ligue 2 side Lorient.The Armenian playmaker told RMC: “To be honest, I had never heard of him. I had never seen him play.“He really impressed me in his first training session. We said: ‘Oh, he’s got a lot of quality, he can bring a lot of good things to the club.’“When the coach decided to start him in his first game for the club, I agreed with it because he deserved it.“We’ll try and help him to do everything he can. We hope he can do more in the next matches, too.”Emery has displayed considerable faith in Guendouzi after handing him an opportunity to impress in pre-season.The youngster made his Premier League bow against reigning champions Manchester City on the opening weekend, and has retained his place for meetings with Chelsea and West Ham.His mature performances have belied his tender years, with big things now expected of an exciting talent who was acquired for just £7 million ($9m).last_img read more

first_imgJurgen Klopp has described Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world ahead of Liverpool’s showdown with Manchester City on Sunday.The Premier League champions head to Anfield looking for a win that will take them three points above Liverpool at the top of the table, with only goal difference separating the sides after seven matches.Klopp says he has huge respect for the way in which City play under Guardiola and described it as “exciting” to face his teams. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I’ve said it a few times, that if we couldn’t be champions last season then Manchester City are very welcome,” the Liverpool boss told Sky Sports.”They had an outstanding season, I respect it a lot – I love it, actually. Watching them is really good.”My respect for Pep Guardiola couldn’t be bigger, he is the world’s best manager and that makes it so difficult, but so exciting to play his teams.”I have a really good relationship with Pep. A few times before these games, you say a few things and then realise obviously it could have been misunderstood, but then it’s really important to say I really like and respect Pep and his staff.”Liverpool beat City 4-3 at Anfield in the league last season to end the visitors’ unbeaten run in the top flight in 2017-18, which had stood at 22 matches.They then knocked them out of the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 aggregate victory, which came following a 3-0 victory at home and a 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium.Klopp, though, thinks that tie showed Liverpool that they cannot ever relax against Guardiola’s men.”Normally when you win 3-0, you say it’s halfway done, but it was not even that much of an advantage, it was just a lead,” he said.”If you asked anyone they would say it was not done. Look at the game at Manchester City – there was an offside goal, which was not offside, which could have changed the game, but we were really calm.”We had to change a bit tactically in the game, and worked better then, but we had the opportunity with two really good goals.”You could feel the shock when we first scored. It’s not that you go out of a game like this thinking now we have the solution to deal with Manchester City. That was that day, and they will try to strike back.”last_img read more