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Legislature to ‘Investigate Self’

first_imgThe National Legislature, comprising the Senate and the House of Representatives has expressed disappointment and detestation against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and said it has observed that the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of the Legislature.In a joint statement by both Houses yesterday evening, President Pro Tempore Armah Z. Jallah said the Legislature has urged the President to instruct the Special Task Force, headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa, to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature.The statement was issued in the office of the President Pro Tempore with attendance of scores of Senators and Representatives.Pro Tempore Jallah said the Legislature has resolved to establish a joint committee of both the Honorable House and the Honorable Senate to thoroughly investigate this matter, commencing with a Public Hearing, and a subsequent public debate before an ultimate decision by theLegislature is made. The press statement, which was signed by Pro Tempore Jallah and House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, Sr., said they “are aware that search and seizure writs were issued against the home of Senator Varney Sherman and it was widely reported that the Senator’s home was put under siege by security forces on May 23, 2016; and that there are further attempts to go after other Legislators in like manner.”“The Legislature has seized itself of this matter for several reasons and has appointed a joint committee of both the Honorable House and the Honorable Senate.“What prompted the Legislature to seize itself of this matter is that the Executive has failed to observe the principle of coordination consistent with the Constitution and the rules of both Houses of the Legislature,” the statement said. The statement added: “It has also come to the attention of the Legislature as alleged in the Global Witness report that laws were changed in 2010 to give Sable Mining favorable treatment to enable it secure Wologizi outside of competitive bidding. The joint committee of the legislature will investigate this allegation as the legislature is the branch of government constitutionally charged to make laws.” “There are several other issues which warrant the attention of the Legislature which will be exhaustively covered during the public hearing and the Legislative debate. The Legislature therefore calls on the President to instruct the Special Task Force to cease attacking the person and property of any present or former member of the Legislature while the Joint Committee carries out the investigation.”The President Pro Tempore has also said the names of the members of the Joint Committee of the Legislature to investigate the Global Witness report will be announced to the public not later than May 26, tomorrow. “The Joint Committee will also be charged with the responsibility to establish whether or not the Executive exceeded its constitutional mandate through its recent actions,” Sen. Jallah said.Senate’s DecisionMeanwhile, the Senate has summoned Cllr. Fonati Koffa, the head of the Special President Task Force, the Acting Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue, as well as the Chairman of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Verdier. The trio are expected to appear before the Senate’s Plenary today (Wednesday, May 25,) in a Special Session in their Chamber, at 11:00am.The invitees are expected to explain why was the residence of Grand Cape Mount County Sen. Varney Sherman besieged by officers of the Liberia National Police and staff of the LACC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tendulkar extends World Cup centuries record

first_imgSachin Tendulkar on Saturday extended his record of highest centuries in the World Cup history by smashing his sixth hundred against South Africa in the mega event event here.Tendulkar had scored the record fifth World Cup hundred against England last month. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Australia duo of Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh have all scored four World Cup hundreds.Tendulkar scored 111 runs during his 101-ball stay at the crease in India’s group-B match against the Proteas. His dazzling knock ended when JP Duminy caught him at point off Morne Morkel.Saturday’s knock was Tendulkar’s 48th ODI hundred and is now just one shot of creating a century of international centuries as he also has scored 51 Test hundreds.Tendulkar also completed 2000 ODI runs against South Africa and incidentally, the legendary batsman had scored the record-breaking 200 against the Proteas in Gwalior in February last year.South Africa is now fourth team in the world to have conceded 2000 or more runs to Tendulkar. Australia (3005), Pakistan (2389) and Sri Lanka (2965) are the other teams, that have conceded 2000 or more runs to Tendulkar.Tendulkar, playing his sixth World Cup, also holds the records for most runs and most half-centuries in the flagship event of the ICC.He has accumulated 2120 runs in 41 matches and has scored 13 fifties so far, followed by Ponting with 1577 runs in 42 matches.Ganguly is the only other Indian to score 1000 or more runs in World Cup. The former captain made 1006 runs in 21 matches and stands 11th in the list of highest run scorers in World Cup.advertisementlast_img read more

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Pawan Suyal to miss upcoming Ranji season

first_imgPraised by none other than Rahul Dravid on his Ranji Trophy debut against Karnataka in 2009, Pawan Suyal made a dream entry into domestic cricket.A rank outsider till the previous season, Suyal picked 13 wickets in his debut season, and signed up for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in 2010.But things haven’t gone according to plan since.At 21, when he was expected to be ready to make the jump to the next level, a freak knee injury on the eve of Delhi’s Ranji match against Railways in 2010 sees him fighting to regain fitness and get back to running, let alone bowling.Not only has he failed to play a single IPL or Champions League match, he is also certain to miss the upcoming Ranji season as it will take him another three to four months to regain full fitness and get back to his bowling run-up.Suyal said that the timing of the injury couldn’t have been worse. “Injuries might be part and parcel of every sportsperson’s career, but my injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. Not only did I fail to play a role in the Duleep Trophy match last year, I also had to miss the whole fourth season of the IPL,” Suyal told Mail Today from Mumbai where he is undergoing rehabilitation.”The team management at Mumbai Indians felt that it was apt that I get my knee scanned and after the reports came, surgery seemed the most suitable solution. It is irritating when a freak accident can play havoc with your career,” he said.advertisementSuyal had got hit on the knee by the ball resulting in a bad fracture. He believes that taking the injury lightly cost him dear.”While I skipped the match against Railways, I was back in the squad for the match against Mumbai – a grave mistake. I didn’t take the injury too seriously. It was only during the Duleep Trophy match that I realised that I was making an error by taking the injury lightly,” he said.”I went to the Mumbai Indians camp and the management was looking forward to fielding me. But it was frustrating to get up every day hoping that I would get to take the field and then realise that I wasn’t close to being 100 per cent fit.”It was after consulting the team doctors there that I decided to have surgery. And now here I am undergoing rehabilitation and itching to regain full fitness as soon as possible. No cricketer likes to warm the bench due to injury and I am no different,” Suyal said.The left-arm paceman is distraught that he is all set to miss the upcoming domestic season as well.”Recovering fully is very important and that is a lesson I have learnt very early in my career. While the eagerness to get back on to the playing field saw me ignore the knee injury and suffer as a result, I don’t want a repeat of that incident.”So I would much rather recuperate fully and then get back on to the playing field than waste another season with a recurring knee injury. I hope to be fully fit by the end of January – which means I will definitely miss this Ranji season,” Suyal said.last_img read more

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Vintage performance

first_imgBut while the young stars shone, the skills challenge was a domain of winners who, combined, the three have logged 35 years in the PBA.“It’s an honor to win something like this at the twilight of my career,” Simon, the Magnolia guard, said on TV in Filipino.The 38-year-old veteran had only five points going into his last two racks in the final but missed just once from thereon to finish with 17 points.NorthPort rookie Robert Bolick gave chase in his final rack, coming to within a moneyball of the title. But his final attempt rimmed out and he settled for 16.Bolick and the other finalist, Philip Paniamogan of NLEX (14 in the final) have spent just a third of the time Simon, a 15-year veteran, has played in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT PJ Simon wins three-point shootout. PBA IMAGESPJ Simon burst into a smile of relief as he watched a challenger’s final shot rim out. Beau Belga also broke out a grin that showed just how close he came to losing his crown. Rey Guevarra won with plenty to spare—his final dunk a mere ceremonial display that showcased more style than athleticism.In a league getting younger with every season, the veterans showed up to compete during the skills challenge of the PBA All-Star Weekend at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Is the Pacquiao-Spence fight good as gone? Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guevarra became just the league’s second 5-time dunk champ. Simon ruled the three-point shootout. Belga retained his obstacle challenge crown.The night was supposed to be a showcase of youth, with the league unearthing an old format from three decades back and rehashing it into a Rookie-Sophomore versus Juniors showdown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe young stars thrilled fans in a battle to the finish, with Rain or Shine freshman Javee Mocon tipping in a shot at the buzzer to power the Rookies-Sophomores past their immediate seniors, 141-140.“We just wanted to thrill the fans in the first three quarters but in the fourth both teams wanted to win it,” Columbia’s CJ Perez, the game’s MVP, said in a TV interview. Belga, an 11-year pro, won by a fraction of a second in the obstacle final, beating third-year big man Russel Escoto of Columbian.Guevarra’s three final foes have a combined five years of PBA experience—almost half the time the ex-Letran star has been in the league—and it showed.The Phoenix guard exerted just enough to get to the final round—and still got there on top of the heap with 95 points. He pressured top rival Renz Palma of Blackwater by popping a 50 in his first dunk in the final.Palma, who entered the final tied with Columbian rookie Perez at 86 points, responded with a 50 of his own, jumping over two rows of three crouched players each. But his second dunk, an ambitious attempt at a one-hander off a long Belga pass from the stands, flunked several times and he couldn’t get a safety dunk in.He finished with a 30, leaving Guevarra needing just the simplest of slams to retain his crown. His Phoenix teammates lined up in two rows from underneath the basket to close to the three-point line. As Guevarra sprinted toward the basket, the rows parted, allowing the champ to soar for an easy one-hander.And it looks like the dunk contest could just get a little older next year. A TV report said KG Canaleta, the other 5-time champion, told Guevarra before the contest that should he win this edition, the 37-year-old Meralco forward and 14-year league veteran would challenge him next year.“Maybe he was just joking,” Guevarra told a TV interviewer, before doing a mock call-out: “KG!” —FRANCIS T.J. OCHOASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View commentslast_img read more

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Early-Childhood Practitioners Exempt from Certain Payments

first_imgStory Highlights Early-childhood practitioners will no longer be required to pay for certain government documents.This was stated by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (December 5).“Cabinet has granted approval for all practitioners at registered early-childhood institutions to be exempt from paying for police records, medical reports and food handlers’ permits,” he informed.Senator Reid noted that all three related ministries – Education, Youth and Information; National Security, and Health – will absorb the relevant fees in their budgets as needed.“The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) will monitor and verify only those approved practitioners to be exempted from payment,” he said.They will however, still be required to get annual renewals to be fully complaint with the requisite legislation and to operate within the Commission’s operational standards, the Minister emphasised. Early-childhood practitioners will no longer be required to pay for certain government documents. “Cabinet has granted approval for all practitioners at registered early-childhood institutions to be exempt from paying for police records, medical reports and food handlers’ permits,” he informed. This was stated by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (December 5).last_img read more