“In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.” Warner is currently fighting extradition to the United States, where he was one of 14 current and former football executives indicted in May on “racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies”. The US Department of Justice said the 72-year-old former government minister, while serving as CONCACAF president, had along with other football executives engaged in an elaborate 24-year-old scheme “to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer”. Last week, Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general, Faris Al Rawi, signed off on papers allowing the extradition to proceed. Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades. He quit both roles in 2011 to avoid an ethics investigation into his role in the cash-for-votes scandal when some Caribbean Football Union officials were accused of accepting bribes from then FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed bin Hammam, in exchange for their votes at the election later that year. Bin Hammam, a Qatari, was also handed a life ban by FIFA in July 2011. ZURICH, Switzerland, (CMC): Former football supremo Jack Warner has been slapped with a life ban by football’s world governing body, FIFA, four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal. FIFA said yesterday that it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner’s involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The Trinidadian, FIFA said, had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body’s code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and “accepting and offering gifts and other benefits”. As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of “football-related activity at national and international level for life.” “Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF,” FIFA said. money-making schemes
Charo Soriano hopes to continue her comeback from injury with another strong showing in Dumaguete. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCharo Soriano said a change in strategy with partner Bea Tan has helped her ease her way back to fighting form in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour circuit after a knee injury.“We now have a more fluid system where we are both flexible on our tasks,” said Soriano.ADVERTISEMENT The result was a title during their Lido Beach leg in El Nido, Palawan, and the teammates hope to continue their winning ways when the tournament hops to Dumaguete City with a field of 20 local and international pairs—10 in both women’s and men’s.Soriano and Tan, playing under the Perlas banner, will spearhead the women’s division, which will feature newly minted UAAP champion Babylove Barbon and Genesa Eslapor of University of Santo Tomas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe two-day event, which kicks off Saturday, will be held at Rizal Boulevard’s sand court.Among visiting women’s players joining are Samaa Miyagawa of Japan, Tin Lai of Hong Kong, and Tati Sablan of Guam. Mitabashi Masato and Takashi Tsuchiya of Japan will also play in the men’s side. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s now or never for Hotshots Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The BVR on Tour is now becoming a platform for former student-athletes to pursue playing beach volleyball even after college.Former UAAP champions KR Guzman and Krung Arbasto will reunite in the ninth leg of the year that will also feature two pairs from host Dumaguete—Reynald Catipay and Buensuceso Sayson, and Jestorni Tubosa and Jayron Eltanal.It will be the first time that BVR will stage a leg in Dumaguete City, which is celebrating its 70th charter anniversary.Among other teams participating are Air Force, UNO-R, University of St. La Salle and teams from Cebu and Dipolog.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
We, the members of THE LIBERIAN ELECTORAL COLLEGE, a non-profit and civil liberties advocacy association of Liberians and friends of Liberia, connected by our common heritage and interest in issues of equality, social and economic justice, and political freedoms; hereby express outright objection to the passing of a bill into law by the Plenary of the Liberian Senate on Thursday, February 13, 2014, which seeks to amend certain provisions of the March 18,1999 Act authorizing the Establishment of the Central Bank of Liberia.Our attention is drawn to sections of the amendment which seeks to prohibit the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and members of the Board of Governors from contesting political office(s) three years consecutively after the expiration of their tenure with the CBL. Whereas we do agree with the premise that prohibits the Executive Governor and members of the Board of Governors from participating in political activities while serving in their respective official roles, we believe that this bill far exceeds this intent.Our total disagreement and concern is with the overreach of this bill which in effect disenfranchises these individuals from exercising their political choice. It would seem by doing so would be penalizing them for having rendered invaluable services to the country. We are all aware of the role played by the bank in the negotiations and the arduous work done by it toward meeting the benchmarks that were required by the IMF and World Bank for external debt relief. We are also aware of the bank’s continuing astute management over the financial system of Liberia in adopting sound policies for the growth and expansion of the economy. We are cognizant of the low savings rate and depth of non-performing loans which have been some of the major challenges facing the banking system. The bank’s role in channeling loanable funds to underserved segments of the population should be embraced and further harnessed.Where policy differences have existed over the implementation of these policy goals, we think that there are less draconian ways of addressing such than through the passage of law(s) which appear as political witch-hunting. We believe that none of the issues of policy differences are addressed by this bill but rather, it only seeks to impact the management of the bank. It is a fact that a central bank has as one of its major roles the setting up of policies that guides and promotes credit creation. It is therefore essential that the central bank be allowed to carry-out this cardinal responsibility to play a leading role toward broadening the scope of financial inclusion and access to credit.We are also partially concerned by other provisions of the bill, more specifically as outlined in Sub-Section 3 of Part IV. Section 13 of the CBL Act which calls for “the removal of the Executive Governor and Board of Governors from office upon a bill of impeachment by the House of Representatives, and upon finding by a majority of the Board of Governors and the recommendation of the President, for several reasons which include; Gross Breach of Duty, Misconduct of Office, Conviction of a Felony and Being declared Bankrupt and Violation of paragraph (a) and /or (b) of sub-section 1 of section 13.” In the Senate’s amended provisions, the bill also gives power to the National Legislature to determine whether or not an impeachable offense has been committed by the Executive Governor or a member of the Board of Governors at the Central Bank of Liberia. It claims to give unilateral power to the Legislature to take the necessary action such as impeachment in keeping with the relevant provisions of the constitution of the Republic of Liberia. We are however concerned with such unbridled use of political power over a body whose work should not be beholden to any political interest. The central bank’s preoccupation should be toward the performance of the Liberian economy in general and its monetary system in particular.A central bank by definition of its role as the banker’s bank and lender of last resort is to provide an impartial and independent execution of monetary policy outside of political manipulations. It is therefore critical that the independence and autonomy of the bank be maintained. Whereas it is important to ensure that the Governor and Board of Governors operate within the norm of high ethical and moral standards; we believe that only after proper investigations by law enforcement and the necessary national security agencies, and after the provision of evidence that specific laws have been broken, should legal action be warranted.One must understand that whereas the idea is not to condone any form of misconduct or felony by any official; we are just as concerned with the use of arbitrariness over policy differences as a ploy to remove the Executive Governor and members of the Board of Governors under the disguise of a “gross breach of duty”. This is why we believe that appointments to the Board of Governors of the central bank not be taken lightly, as these should be individuals with a track record of professionalism, probity, and be of good character. The Executive Governor and Board of Governors of the CBL should be entrusted with making sound policy decisions and work independently without undue political interference. Their policy decisions should be made from the strength of empirical research and evidence from the results of economic modeling.We are also in partial agreement with those sections of the amendment under Part IX Section 44 “which prohibits the Central Bank of Liberia from engaging in trade or participating directly or indirectly in the ownership of any financial, Agriculture, Commercial, Industrial, or other enterprises.” However, we believe that more details and definitions under these provisions need to be included in order to avoid arbitrariness and as a means to protect the interest of the country.In conclusion, we would like to call on the members of the Liberian Legislature, including both the Chamber of the Senate and the House of Representatives to reconsider its overreach in the provisions as presented in this bill, which would in effect disenfranchise private citizens who have provided invaluable services to Liberia. This bill is seen as a contravention of the spirit of the Liberian constitution which provides fundamental freedoms to citizens to exercise personal choice in matters of political engagement. The bill is violation of Article 21A of the Liberian Constitution which states that “no person shall be made subject to any law or punishments which was not in effect at the time of commission of an offense, nor shall the Legislature enact any bill of attainder or ex post facto law.”We also admonish the President of Liberia, her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, consistent with her obligation to protect and defend the constitution of Liberia, to veto any such bill which goes against the spirit of the constitution and infringes on the rights of any citizen or group of citizens. We ask the Liberian media to continue to draw attention to the issues which contravene the constitution. Lastly to the citizens, we admonish you to call your county senators and representatives to give account for their actions in this bill that whereas today it is the Executive Governor and his Board of Governors, but tomorrow, it could be any one of us.Signed on this 19th day of February, 2014 by the following individuals:NAMES ADDRESS TELEPHONE1. Bartum N. Kulah, MD, MBA (President) Atlanta –Georgia (404) 200-77862. Musa Willie (Chief Campaigner) Pennsylvania (267) 808-10183. William Ponder, MBA Boston-Massachusetts (617) 913-43804. Arlene Peaches Cassell, MPA New Jersey (609) 503-04555. D. Matthew Fully Pennsylvania (267) 844-83066. James Marshal Pennsylvania (267) 753-56797. Lawrence L. Kennedy Delaware (302) 256-15338. Sylvanus S. Konneh Australia (614) 139-112269. J.KK Peah Pennsylvania (267) 318-504310. Henrietta Askie Rhode Island (347) 286-699611. Cyrus Pailey Crystal, Mn (763) 496-999512. Eugene L. 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The 16-member business delegation from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which preceded the arrival of that country’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, has expressed interest in investing in some of Liberia’s prime national assets, including the nation’s only remaining Iron Ore reserves, Wologisi, the Roberts International Airport (RIA) as well as in the energy sector.The delegation, which is includes of members of various multilateral companies with global recognition, expressed their respective interests in investing in the country when they paid a courtesy called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia over the weekend.Vice President of Sinotech Minerals, He Zhijun, upon introducing himself to President Sirleaf, noted that his company wants to invest in the Wologisi Mountain. Mr. Zhijun said his company, which is also involved in engineering work, is ranked in the top three mining companies in the world. He also expressed interest in the rehabilitation of the RIA.He told the President that if given the opportunity, Sinotech Minerals will construct a modern airport as they have done in other countries and are currently doing in Sierra Leone. He said his company has the expertise, capability and the financial resources to undertake these investments and asked President Sirleaf for her blessings to consider his company. Established in 2004, Sinotech Minerals Exploration Co., Ltd (Sinotech) was officially designated as China’s high technology enterprise. With a registered capital of 362.304 million Chinese Yuan (CNY) (US$58.369 million), its first largest shareholder is the Beijing Institute of Geology for Mineral Resources (BIGM). Sinotech is mainly engaged in businesses on the upper stream of the mining industry. The company is now well established and reputed in three major business fields: geological service, mineral exploration and mining development. Currently Sinotech owns more than one hundred properties all over the world, and has developed over twenty subsidiary investing companies. Sinotech Minerals is the second company after Jindal Steel of India, to express interest in exploring the Wologisi Mountain in Lofa County. President Sirleaf, in response, said, “I know over the years China has expressed interest in the Wologisi Mountain and I hope you’ve been talking with the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy. Wologisi is the last major iron ore asset we have now and so we all are trying to be careful how we handle it.”She told members of the delegation, who are desirous in investing, to be time conscious. “Whatever you do, whatever we agreed to partner in we want it done fast to quality [and] international standard no doubt, to meet all of the conditionality and the arrangement; yes we have to do all of that but we want you to do it fast.”The President also wants China Union to be supported in its plan to do the processing of Iron Ore, “China Union which is operating in Liberia here requires support from the Government of Liberia and the Government of China to enable China Union to carry out the big project they have about processing the iron ore in our country.”She stated, “If China can really deliver that for us, by processing iron ore here, you will make a big difference and you will be truly a star partner in Liberia, if you can make that happen and again we need to know what we need to do to work together to support China Union in that project,” President said.Liberia’s Ambassador to China, Mckinley Thomas said the presence of the Chinese delegation in Liberia is a manifestation of the close relationship that exists between Liberia and the PRC.He said the pronouncement by the Chinese President, Xi Jinping of “win-win” partnership with Africa in general and Liberia in particular is further manifested by the presence of this delegation. “They have come to Liberia to say to the Government and people of Liberia that China is serious about “win-win cooperation.”Also speaking, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Zhang Yue said the visit of the Chinese delegation, the largest in almost a decade, comes on the heels of a high-level Liberian ministerial delegation visit to China recently.The delegation, dubbed the “2015 Sino-Liberia Win-Win Visit Delegation” included the Vice President of Blue Seafronts Group, Mr. Peng; General Manager China Railway Material, Li Shu; Vice President of Sinotech Minerals, He Zhijun; Engineer, Power China, Mei Chuansheng; and Vice President of Hydro China, Zhang Nianmu.The Chinese have undertaken some major infrastructure investments in the country, which include the University of Liberia Fendell Campus, Jackson F. Doe referral hospital in Nimba County, the construction of the Monrovia Vocational Training Center and many more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…no mention of Charity wharfCitizens who rely heavily on ferry services will soon benefit from improved facilities as rehabilitation works are set to commence shortly on stellings and wharfs across the country.This is according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson who made this announcement recently during a live local radio programme. He said the project will include the preparation of detailed designs and cost estimates for the rehabilitation of sea defences and ancillary waterfront development.Minister Patterson noted that the stellings will be designed into a modern market-like environment, while noting that these upgrades are necessary, especially for persons using this facility to ply their trade.However, despite a report presented by the engineer of the Public Infrastructure Ministry claiming that the Charity Market Centre Wharf have sunk more than six inches and poses a serious risk to life and limb, there was no mention of works to be done at that facility.In his 2018 Budget speech last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced that $250 million was allocated to upgrade the Bartica and Leguan stellings.Additionally, it was also revealed at the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s end of year review that studies for the rehabilitation of the Parika, Supenaam and Wakenaam stellings would be undertaken.A total of $534 million was allotted in the 2017 Budget to the department, and $240 million will be used on vessels, while $294.2 million will aid in upgrading stellings.Another $20.0 million was allotted for the construction of two water taxis.Some $130 million will be used to extend the current narrow driveway of the Supenaam stelling to permit easier passage of long-based trucks. The entire driveway will also be asphalted.In July 2016, the MV Sabanto had collided with the floatation unit and cluster piles causing extensive damage to the Supenaam stelling. Subsequently, rehabilitation works were executed by the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation to the tune of $17 million.Additional works were executed to the Supenaam stelling, including rehabilitation to the side loading system where three piles were replaced, re-installation of defective galvanised safety rails and lamp poles, and recasting of defective curb walls. Sections of the driveway are to be covered with asphalt.The sum of $20 million will be used on the Morawhanna stelling which will see some rehabilitation works, including works on the bond and wharf, and the fender system will be reconstructed. “This facility was last rehabilitated in December 2005.Some $10 million will be spent on rehabilitating the New Amsterdam and Rosignol stellings. Areas to be addressed include the lavatory block for staff and passengers, office space, lunch room and a few deck planks.Further, rehabilitation works will commence on the dilapidated Mazaruni dockyard. The entire docking facility and workshop would be rehabilitated at a total cost of approximately $50 million.The contract for the rehabilitation of the goods wharf has been awarded to M Sukhai Contracting Service to the tune of $58.9 million.Meanwhile, for vessels, general docking and rehabilitation of the MV Sabanto and MV Kanawan were executed by EC Vieira to the tune of $77.5 million and $76.9 million respectively.Other vessels docked include the MV Makouria, MB Sandaka, MV Lady Northcote and MV Malali among others.
BC Hydro is reporting several power outages across Fort St. John.The areas affected are:– North of highway 29 and south of the Alaska Highway– Mile 56– North of Rd 101– 141 A Rd., 137 Rd and 141 Rd Milligan, Wolf Battery, Milligan Creek, 101 Rd, Milligan Creek Rd. and Mile 46– 107 RD, 5700 block Baldonnel Rd.– 241 Rd.– 20700 – 20800 block of Braun Rd and 284 Rd.There are approximately 220 customers affected by these outages.The majority of the outages were due to the high winds the area experienced over night. A few were caused by trees falling on the power lines.Power is expected to be restored by 5 p.m., Saturday. UPDATE 2: Power has been restored to all areas of Fort St John except 241 Rd. This affects fewer than five customers. BC Hydro estimates it should be restored by 7:30 p.m., Saturday. UPDATE Power has been restored to a majority of customers in the City. Customers are still without power in:Mile 56,107 RD, 5700 block Baldonnel Rd., 7000 block of 253 Rd., 241 Rd. and 20700 – 20800 block of Braun Rd.- Advertisement -The number of customers now affected is fewer than 25.
LETTERKENNY GAELS NOTESPairc na nGael hosted its first competitive game of the season as our U-18 lads took on Naomh Colmcille Newton. In cold & windy conditions Gaels won on a score line of 6-07 to 3-05. Their next game is fixed for 14th March against neighbours Glenswilly at Pairc Naomh Columba.The final registration day for 2015 takes place this Saturday 7th March from 2-4pm at the Church of the Irish Martyrs. See website for more details. Well done to our U-10 hurlers who took part in an Ulster blitz in Gweedore at the weekend. Thanks to all who attended.Our club PRO Mark Mc Fadden has been nominated for PRO of the year in the Donegal News Sports Personalities Awards 2014. You can vote for him at www.donegalnews.comThe Club are running Circuit training for girls & lady’s from 12 years and older in Woodland School Hall every Wednesday from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Price €2 per person. All welcome.Our U-12 Hurlers travelled to Derry on Sunday morning past to take part in an indoor blitz at the Creggan Community Centre. Well done to all who took part. Letterkenny Gaels has welcomed the announcement that Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure will continue the sponsorship support of Team Jerseys for 2015 previously provided by Donegal Sports.Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs so go along and get all your Club gear in readiness for the playing season.”Underage football coaching continues for U-6 (6-6.45pm) & U-8 (6.45-7.30pm) in the hall at Woodlands School & U-10 & U-12 is in the Aura from 7.30-8.30pm. New members welcome.Indoor Camogie training has resumed at the Aura on Mondays from 7-8pm for 5th & 6th Class & Secondary school girls while Wednesdays from 6-7pm at the LYIT is for 4th class & younger. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome.Hurling training for U-6 to U-12 continues every Thursday from 6.30-7.30pm. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome. For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaeGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS TO HOST LAST REGISTRATION NIGHT was last modified: March 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Gaels GAA notes
Donegal boss Jim McGuinness will start doing his homework on Monaghan after they beat Cavan in the Ulster semi-final in Clones.Monaghan can thank Conor McManus who helped himself to six point tally to see his side beat Cavan 1-10 to 0-12.This was a close contest throughout but Monaghan grew stringer in the second half. The Farney men are through to face reigning champions Donegal in the Anglo-Celt Cup decider.Donegal will be strong favourites but McGuinness will be taking nothing for granted. MONAGHAN FACE DONEGAL IN ULSTER FINAL AFTER THEY BEAT CAVAN was last modified: June 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMonaghanUlster Final
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s basketball team travels to Missouri State on Friday night to open the Missouri Valley Conference road portion of its 2015-16 season. The contest between the longtime MVC rivals is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Drake (8-6, 1-1 MVC) is coming off a big home win over Evansville. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo) dropped in 23 points on the Purple Aces as four others joined her in double digit points. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a blistering 62.5 percent from floor to tie the eighth best single-game performance in school history. Also as a team, the Bulldogs recorded an impressive 30 assists on 40 made field goals, led by junior Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) 14 assists, just one off her career high. Missouri State (9-5, 2-0 MVC), who was picked to win the league in the preseason poll, collected a pair of road wins over Indiana State and Illinois State on opening weekend. Seniors Tyonna Snow and Kenzie Williams pace the Lady Bears in scoring at 14.2 and 13.4 points a game, respectively. Missouri State is the only Valley team to hold an advantage in an all-time series with Drake as the Lady Bears hold a 40-37 edge over the Bulldogs. Home court advantage has been key in the series the last three seasons as the home team has won every game. Drake is seeking to win its first game in Springfield, Mo. since Feb. 8, 2009. Friday’s game features two of the top scoring teams in the conference with Drake averaging a league-best 80.2 points per game while Missouri State is third at 69.6 points per game. The Bulldogs also lead the Valley in field goal percentage (44.8), free throw percentage (74.1), assists per game (18.7) and average three pointers made (7.9). The Lady Bears are shooting a league-high 33.6 percent from behind the arc. Following Friday evening’s game, Drake visits Wichita State on Sunday, Jan. 10 for a 2 p.m. contest that will be broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Version
Eureka >> With school set to begin and preseason practices two months away, College of the Redwoods has had to find a new head women’s basketball coach even before its previous one even coached a game.Former Humboldt State assistant DJ Broome, who was named the Corsairs’ head coach back in mid-April, has accepted a job to be the No. 1 assistant to Pat Fuscaldo at Sonoma State University. And as a result, CR decided to stay in-house for its replacement, naming Jain Tuey as its new coach, …