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first_imgRelatedPosts Watford tempts Troost-Ekong with five-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Manchester City booked their place in a third successive League Cup final, but made hard work of disposing of Manchester United 3-2 on aggregate after losing the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 at home on Wednesday. City enjoyed the vast majority of the chances but could not find a way past the inspired David de Gea and went behind to United’s first attempt on goal 10 minutes before half-time when Nemanja Matic fired home. However, United’s hopes of completing a miraculous comeback were extinguished when Matic was sent off 15 minutes from time and City held on to face Aston Villa at Wembley on March 1. United had a mountain to climb after losing the first leg 3-1 at home three weeks ago and were without top scorer Marcus Rashford, who played a big part in the Red Devils’ victory when they last visited the Etihad in December. City started like they did in racing into a 3-0 lead within 38 minutes at Old Trafford as they swarmed all over the visitors, who had De Gea to thank for keeping them in the tie. Sergio Aguero was first to threaten with a diving header that the Spaniard parried to safety before using his legs to repel Riyad Mahrez’s effort. Bernardo Silva flashed a shot across goal before more De Gea acrobatics denied Aguero again at his near post. United had not even mustered a shot in anger for the first 35 minutes, but suddenly the tie was back in the balance when Matic connected sweetly from the edge of the box after City failed to clear a free-kick into the box. The hosts did have the ball in the net before half-time when Raheem Sterling finished off a flowing team move, but the England international was denied his first ever goal against United by an offside flag. Sterling contrived to miss another glorious chance to kill the tie off just before the hour mark as he rounded De Gea but blasted over with just defenders on the line to beat. Guardiola then could not believe his eyes when David Silva tried to tee up Ilkay Gundogan rather than shoot with just De Gea to beat after Harry Maguire was caught in possession. The tension among the home support was eased when Matic finally paid for persistent fouling when he chopped down Bernardo Silva to cut short a City counter-attack. Aguero finally beat De Gea with a deft finish only to also be flagged offside as United salvaged some pride, if not their chances of a first trophy since 2017.Tags: David De GeaLeague CupManchester CityManchester UnitedNemanja Maticlast_img read more

first_imgROGER Federer beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the Australian Open final and stay on course for an 18th Grand Slam title.The 35-year-old will face Rafael Nadal on Sunday if the Spaniard beats Grigor Dimitrov in today’s semi-final.The Swiss, returning from a six-month lay-off to rest his left knee, last won a major at Wimbledon in 2012.He is the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall did so at the 1974 U.S. Open at the age of 39.“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Federer. “I felt like everything happened so quickly at the end, I had to check the score.“I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I’d come this far in Australia. It’s beautiful, I’m so happy.”Federer’s extraordinary run in Melbourne had already seen him beat top-10 seeds Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori to reach the last four.Seeded 17th following his injury, Federer had an 18-3 record against the fourth seed and reigning U.S. Open champion coming into the semi-final, but the two had never played a five-set match.Both players needed medical treatment during a match of high intensity but it was the 17-time Grand Slam winner who finally prevailed after three hours five minutes.Federer will now seek a fifth Australian Open title, and his first in Melbourne since 2010, when he plays in his 28th Grand Slam final and 100th Australian Open match on Sunday.FEDERER’S REMARKABLE RETURNWhat makes Federer’s run to the final remarkable is the combination of being in the twilight of his career and not having played competitively since his Wimbledon semi-final exit last year.Federer missed the Olympic Games and the rest of the 2016 season to have “more extensive rehabilitation” on a knee injury suffered in February while he ran a bath for his twin daughters.He played just seven tour events last year, leading to his dropping out of the world’s top 10 for the first time in over 14 years.After beginning his comeback with victories against Britain’s Dan Evans and France’s Richard Gasquet in the Hopman Cup – a non-ranked event played in the first week of January – Federer played down his chances of going far in the Australian Open.But, after reaching his first Slam final since the 2015 U.S. Open, he finally spoke about the prospect of winning in Melbourne.“I can really actually talk about playing a final – I’ve been dodging that bullet for a few rounds,” he said.“I’ll leave it all out here in Australia and if I can’t walk for five months that’s OK.”Wawrinka noted how the tour and the fans had missed Federer, saying: “Everyone wants even more to see him play, to see him win. He’s flying on the court. He’s playing amazing tennis. He’s the best player ever.”Former world number one Federer started the match brightly and had three early break points before converting his first set point, on Wawrinka’s serve, in the 12th game.Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, was broken for the second time at 2-3 in the second set as Federer maintained his impressive standards.Clearly frustrated, the 31-year-old Wawrinka cracked his racquet in two over his left knee and, after the set, left the court with a trainer for treatment to his other knee.But he came back superbly to win the third set in 26 minutes and break Federer in the ninth game of the fourth set to take the match to a decider.Federer went off for a lengthy medical timeout for treatment to his leg as the physical nature of the match started to tell.He also came back fighting and broke Wawrinka in the sixth game when the U.S. Open champion double-faulted on break point.There was no let-up as Federer completed a stunning victory to the delight of the majority of fans in Rod Laver Arena. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jordan Vale timed his run on Jordan Murrell’s corner kick just right, meeting the ball with his forehead above a group of Louisville defenders. As it did three nights earlier against Rutgers, the duo gave Syracuse an early one-goal lead.The Cardinals proved to be a much tougher test than the Scarlet Knights, though. After relinquishing that early goal, Louisville (7-4, 3-1 Big East) controlled the tempo and handed Syracuse (9-4, 2-2) its second loss in three games on Saturday night in front of 1,652 at SU Soccer Stadium.“We started out really, really well,” Vale said. “But we weren’t able to keep that momentum going and a team like that will make you pay for slowing up.”Head coach Ian McInytre said his team looked sluggish after its second home game in three days. Fatigued or not, the Orange seemed slower in every phase of the game, routinely losing uncontested balls.Louisville’s blazing team speed — and a few crucial Orange mistakes — paved the way for Syracuse’s second Big East loss this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth factors helped Louisville score a game-tying goal in the 28th minute. In his second start on a mixed and matched backline, freshman SU defender Tyler Hilliard misplayed a long ball down the near sideline. The ball sailed over his head and to a sprinting Dylan Mares, who crossed to Greg Cochrane for an easy goal from 4 yards out.The score would remain tied until the 70th minute, when Louisville forward Zach Foxhoven scored on a breakaway goal that left the Syracuse backline flat-footed and unresponsive.“It’s not like they’re an easy opponent, they were an elite eight team a few seasons ago,” McIntyre said. “So besides those two errors, I thought we played them pretty tight tonight.”Not tight enough to earn another upset win this week. Alex Bono was given the biggest test of his young career with six Cardinals shots reaching the freshman goalkeeper.That constant pressure never cracked Bono, who ended the game with four saves, including a highlight reel stop on a free kick he punched over the crossbar.But the pressure limited the number of counterattacks the Orange could mount. Always on the defensive, Syracuse rarely strung together the type of offense that it has in past games.A last-minute slide tackle rebuffed a point-blank Cribley attempt in the 10th minute of the first half. Louisville goalkeeper Mike Mauro punched out a Murrell free kick haphazardly with 45 seconds in the first half.And in between those opportunities, Syracuse stumbled with maintaining possession, giving the ball back to the dangerous Cardinals attack with each new blunder.“We had to go into a defensive mode tonight to try and fight them off,” Bono said. “Every time the ball was in the (Syracuse) backline they were pressuring hard. They seemed like they were everywhere in the midfield. They got a lot of touches on the ball and they were able to work it around us.”McIntyre called the contest a “measuring stick” game that proved his team could compete with the league’s best. But on Saturday, Louisville pulled through in spite of a slow start, leaving the fast-starting Orange wondering where the team actually measures up.“We just took too long trying to find out what was going to hurt them and what was going to work for us,” Murrell said. “And, evidently by the score, they were able to do what we couldn’t tonight.” Comments Published on October 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm Contact Nick: nctoney@syr.edu | @nicktoneytweetslast_img read more

first_imgTeam ComparisonSyracuse vs. Boston College Create bar charts Overview Facebook Twitter Google+ Myles Willis vs. Jordan Fredericks Create bar charts Thadd Smith vs. Steve IshmaelCreate bar charts Gabriel McClary vs. Cordell Hudson Create bar charts Position ComparisonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textJohn Fadule vs. Zack MahoneyCreate bar charts Steven Daniels vs. Zaire FranklinCreate bar chartsBig NumbersNumber of yards Boston College allows per game, which ranks first in the country.Most points the Eagles have given up all year. It happened on Oct. 17 against No. 5 Clemson. It was more than Boston College had given up through the first half of the year. Comments Published on November 28, 2015 at 9:06 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

first_imgThe Palm Beach Titans defeated Southshore via the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method when they clashed at the John Stretch Park last weekend. Southshore reached 189 all out in 38.1 of the allotted 40 overs while West Palm Beach Titans was 122 for 2 in 17 overs when rain stopped play and they were declared the winner via DLS. Southshore’s Bradley Chung added 49 and Horace Stanley 47 to help their team to 189.   West Palm Beach Titans, Andre Fraser bagged 3 for 24 and Jitendra Chauraia 2 for 17. Titans Dalip Madnani scored 69 and Andre Fraser 35. Bowling for Southshore, Byron Bowes took 1 for 4 and Michael Nembhard 1 for 44.last_img read more

first_imgWith every new and nutty proposal to change Major League Baseball, I inevitably reach the same conclusion: Rob Manfred sure seems to find baseball in its traditional sense absolutely abhorrent.I don’t reach that conclusion lightly, either. Although it’s become hip in recent years to question the commissioner’s love of the game, to accuse him of intentionally trying to destroy all tradition and build a new, mutated version of the sport, it’s been easy to dismiss such takes as merely hyperbolic. But, as spring training begins and the 2020 season beckons, it’s becoming more and more apparent to me that these accusations have at least some merit. Before I get to Team Manfred’s latest banger proposal, let’s re-examine the evidence that existed before this week. Since around 2017, the commissioner has seemingly made it his mission to let people know that baseball, as it exists now, is unappealing. There’s not enough action. There’s too much downtime. There are too many strikeouts. Too many home runs. We need a pitch clock. We need to put a runner at second base to start extra innings. We need to make relief pitchers face at least three batters. We need to kill a bunch of minor league teams.They’ve all carried the same misguided notion, just with varying volumes: BASEBALL IS IN TROUBLE!Which brings us to Monday, when word came of a new proposal that would obliterate not only baseball’s postseason format, but the way teams approach the regular season. The new plan would essentially allow half the teams to make the playoffs and would include a silly reality TV component to determine matchups. The idea is that more teams in the hunt would create more drama and more fan interest, meaning more teams would spend money, meaning more teams would make money. The proposal, reported by the New York Post, doesn’t name Manfred directly, but he’s responsible for making sure ideas like this are shut down.BERNSTEIN: Why new playoff proposal wouldn’t lead to more spendingAs change goes, it would be hard to get more drastic. This is not an idea from someone who thinks MLB is in a good place. This is an idea from someone who sees a major, unprecedented, identity-shattering shakeup as a critical component to making the sport more appealing to the masses.I’ll pause to acknowledge that baseball isn’t without its significant blemishes: illegal sign-stealing, poor minor league pay, service-time manipulation, a lack of player marketing, silly blackout rules, and more. It seems that a focus on any or all of those would have better long-term success in growing the game than blowing up the semi-traditional postseason approach. And there are also legitimate issues to discuss around attendance, ticket prices and TV viewership. But this revamped, reality-TV postseason idea is a knee-jerk attempt at a “fix” that isn’t necessary.  MLB person: Do we need to improve the playoffs?Rob Manfred: pic.twitter.com/bWctemtu50— Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster) February 10, 2020I’ll pause again to say that postseason tweaks have always been part of baseball history. There was the advent of divisional play in 1969, expansion of the league championship series from five to seven games, the addition of a wild card for the 1994 season, and the addition of a second wild card for the 2012 season. Those changes, it could be argued, were more palatable because they were gradual. But imagine if MLB had introduced them all at once. That’s kind of what Manfred’s latest plan does.But here’s something that can’t be overlooked: Aside from Manfred and a few like-minded media folks, nobody — NOBODY — is asking for any of this. Most fans, most players and most media members don’t lament over pace of play (though length of game is a different topic), too many home runs or the need to nuke the postseason. This is mostly coming from the league office.I’ll pause a third time to say that I’m not a “get off my lawn” guy who thinks baseball should never change. I’ve even proposed some rule changes that I think might work. I’m even open to tweaking the postseason because I think fans will generally adapt to anything. But there are gradual tweaks and there are assaults on the sport itself. This playoff proposal leans toward the latter category. FAGAN: Here’s a better approach to tweaking the MLB postseasonAside from claims that this or other changes would make baseball more exciting or more appealing, the real goal, of course, is to put more money to MLB’s coffers. More specifically, the coffers of Manfred’s bosses — the 30 team owners. So, in one respect, one could argue that Manfred is just trying to do his job. But the problem is that the playoff proposal and all the others seem only aimed at making money and not also about making the game better. There’s always been a cold, business-first approach to everything in the Manfred era, with seemingly no regard for tradition or for what baseball fans actually like or want. There’s seemingly no love for the game itself — only a desire to use the game as a starting point to find ways to line pockets. It’s money over everything. Not that this hasn’t always been the case, but I guess other commissioners were just more patient in their approach or just better at hiding their intentions.So, given all this, I find it hard to believe that Rob Manfred doesn’t have at least some disdain, or perhaps just intense apathy, for the sport he oversees. He seems to look out over the vast MLB landscape and see more wrong than right, more sour than sweet, more opportunity for dollars than delight. He’s not made baseball better. You could argue he’s made it worse. And with each new idea, it’s easy to envision a wider chasm.last_img read more

first_img807 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…East central Wright County in north central Iowa…Southwestern Franklin County in north central Iowa…* Until 845 PM CDT.* At 807 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Belmond, or 12 miles northeast of Clarion, moving southeast at 30 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Radar indicated.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.* Locations impacted include…Dows, Alexander, Rowan, Popejoy and Galt.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 154 and 165. 819 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT FOR NORTHEASTERN WRIGHT…SOUTHEASTERN HANCOCK AND SOUTHWESTERN CERRO GORDO COUNTIES…At 819 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Belmond, or 11 miles northeast of Clarion, moving southeast at 30 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Radar indicated.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.Locations impacted include…Clarion, Belmond, Elm Lake, Meservey, Goodell, Belmond Municipal Airport and Clarion Municipal Airport. 811 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT FOR NORTHEASTERN WRIGHT…FRANKLIN…SOUTHEASTERN HANCOCK AND SOUTHERN CERRO GORDO COUNTIES…At 811 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located 9 miles west of Sheffield, or 13 miles northwest of Hampton, moving southeast at 35 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts. A trained weather spotter near Meservey  estimated wind gusts of 50 mph around 8:07 pm.SOURCE…Radar indicated.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.Locations impacted include…Hampton, Belmond, Sheffield, Rockwell, Latimer, Thornton, Coulter, Meservey, Alexander, Swaledale, Goodell, Bradford, Chapin, Beeds Lake State Park, Hampton Municipal Airport and Belmond Municipal Airport.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 165 and 184.last_img read more

first_img“We have made many early season mistakes but learn everyday,” Mace added.The lone games have come against Mead Panthers of Spokane.LVR,0-5 to start the season played a doubleheader against the Spokane powerhouse in mid-March.The Bombers travel to Priest River, Idaho for its next game Tuesday (April 9).To help offset the expensive costs of travelling the Bombers joined forces with Scotia Bank employeesto raise more than $3900 during a car wash fundraiser March 24 at the Nelson Car Wash on Nelson Avenue.Following the Nelson tournament, the Bombers have two road trips to Grand Forks and Lethbridge, Alta., to conclude the spring high school season. The boys of summer have began quest for the Major League Baseball title and so have the L.V. Rogers Bombers on the High School Baseball circuit.The Bombers have been playing teams south of the 49th parallel to prepare for the annual LVR Invitational April 19-20 at Queen Elizabeth Park in Fairview.”So far the only days the team has been outside on a field is when we have played in Spokane,” said Bomber head coach Ron Mace.last_img read more

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–Fingers crossed, there will be plenty of fireworks on New Year’s Day at Santa Anita, as Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Arrogate was entered this morning to run in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, which will serve as a tune-up for an epic rematch at a mile and one eighth with California Chrome in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park.The San Pasqual, for 4-year-olds and up, will be run for the 80th time on Sunday and has traditionally served as a steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap in March. This year’s San Pasqual has attracted a field of five, and trainer John Sadler’s Accelerate, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Midnight Storm and trainer Cliff Sise’s Prospect Park would all appear to be contenders for the trifecta.Third, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here Nov. 4, Hronis Racing’s Accelerate will hope to make his presence felt late, while Midnight Storm, who comes off a rousing gate to wire triumph in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Native Diver Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 27, has never been better and can be expected to contest the early lead with Rafael Bejarano up.Pam and Martin Wygod’s 5-year-old Prospect Park, a graded stakes winner on turf and a multiple graded stakes placed runner on dirt, has been idle since running a solid second in a seven furlong main track allowance on Dec. 1 at Del Mar and can be expected to be on or near the early lead as he adds blinkers on Sunday under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. Prospect Park–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120Accelerate–Tyler Baze–125Dalmore–Kent Desormeaux–122Midnight Storm–Rafael Bejarano–125Arrogate–Mike Smith–125First post time on New Year’s Day at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. ARROGATE: Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Juddmonte Farms, this soon to be 4-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song rendered the racing world spellbound with a record shattering win in Saratoga’s iconic Grade I Travers Stakes on Aug. 27, as he won gate to wire by 13 ½ lengths while covering a mile and a quarter in 1:59.36–his final quarter mile accomplished in 23.84! Baffert then trained Arrogate up to the BC Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 and he responded with a devastating stretch run under Mike Smith, reeling in California Chrome late en route to a convincing half length win. A true physical specimen, Arrogate, following a third place maiden finish in his debut at Los Alamitos April 17, has rattled off five consecutive victories, with three of them coming at The Great Race Place. With Smith set to man the controls for the third consecutive time, Arrogate enters the San Pasqual with five wins from six starts and earnings of $4,084,600. THE GRADE II SAN PASQUAL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDT BAFFERT SUPERSTAR TO PREP FOR REMATCH WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME JAN. 28 AT GULFSTREAM PARKlast_img read more

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