Vice President Boakai: “I do feel embarrassed that every time we face our partners, we are either asking them for a favor or thanking them for one weVice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has urged the National Legislature to give full and urgent attention to the passage of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bill into law, a LACC press release said yesterday.Speaking at a resort in Monrovia when he delivered the keynote address at a one-day colloquium on the passage of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bill organized by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) in collaboration with USAID/LPAC, he said the passage of the law will protect and motivate whistleblowers and witnesses in the fight against corruption and help strengthen government’s efforts in dealing with the issue of corruption in society.The Vice President enumerated several steps taken by the government in the fight against corruption, including the issuance of Executive Order numbers 38 and 55 for members of the Executive Branch of government to declare their income, assets and liabilities, the passage of the Code of Conduct, Freedom of Information Act, adoption of a National Anti-Corruption Strategy, revamping of the GAC, establishment of LEITI, IAA, FIA, LRA and the Law Reform Commission.The VP expressed government’s commitment to breaking the chain of corruption, which he noted would help provide good education, healthcare delivery services and social protection for all.“I do feel embarrassed that every time we face our partners, we are either asking them for a favor or thanking them for one we have received,” the Vice President said.Remarks were made by the acting chairperson of the LACC, chairman of the House Standing Committee on Governance, Minister of Justice, Representative of the SRSG, the EU Ambassador, USAID/LPAC Chief of Party and the ECOWAS Ambassador.The one-day colloquium was intended to solicit the support of the Legislature for the passage of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Bill into Law.It was also aimed at raising awareness among civil society organizations (CSOs) and other state actors on the importance of the Whistleblower and Witness Protection Law in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
West Indies batsmen led by young Darren Bravo showed gritty resistance to eke out a draw against India in the second Test match at the Kensington Oval thus keeping alive the hopes levelling the series. Score | PhotosChasing a competitive target of 281, West Indies reached 202 for seven when the umpires Ian Gould and Asad Rauf decided that light wasn’t good enough to continue although 10.3 mandatory overs were still left to be bowled.Bravo’s innings of 73 turned out to be the match saving one for the West Indies despite lion-hearted effort from Ishant Sharma (4/53) who ended with a match haul of 10/108.Barring Ishant, none of the other Indian bowlers looked incisive as Bravo played them with ease hitting eight boundaries. By the time he was dismissed, he had ensured that the home team had little chance of losing the match.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sporting declaration at 269 for six promised an exciting final day as he provided his bowlers with 83 overs to take 10 West Indies wickets. The home team never tried to make a match of it after losing two quick wickets in the opening session.The visitors might sniffed victory in the final session when the quick dismissals of seasoned pros Shivnarine Chanderpaul (12) and Marlon Samuels (9) reduced the home team to 132 for five.But wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh (46 not out) counter-attacked which put paid to any hopes of victory that Indians harboured. India lead the series 1-0 as the two teams now head to Dominica for the third Test starting from July 6.advertisementWest Indies were 181 for 5 in the final session, needing another 100 from 18.3 overs (111 balls) when heavens opened up sending the players back to the confines of the dressing room.The match did resume after 32 minutes and only one over was lopped off but there was more drama in store. Within three balls of resumption, Dhoni had summoned the two umpires about the water which had spilled to the edge of the square while covers were being removed.Another 15 minutes were spent in the mopping up operation, with even eager Indian players picking up the sawdust to get the game going. No further overs were reduced but what these two interruptions ensured was that bad light, sooner than later, would come into play.Dhoni brought in his two best bowlers, Ishant and Praveen to force the issue. After a couple of overs from both didn’t work, he tossed the ball to Mithun who promptly obliged with the wicket of Bravo.Ishant then got his 10th wicket dismissing Darren Sammy (0) with a yorker that caught him plumb.The two umpires now conferred, another delivery from Ishant was bowled to new-man Ravi Rampaul, before two umpires finally called it off. To cap off the bizarre proceedings, the ground was bathed in sunshine for the next half an hour!From the 18.3 overs of playing possible before the rain came, only seven overs could be bowled. In all six hours and 12 minutes of play was lost in the match.Before the rain cruelly intervened, Baugh (46) entertained the crowd with some lusty hitting raising visions of the improbable.Baugh whose place in the side was in danger before this innings was lucky when rival captain Dhoni dropped a sharp chance off Harbhajan Singh’s bowling with the diminutive glovesman still on naught.It triggered an aggressive response from Baugh who once swept Harbhajan over midwicket for a six.Things were going through the motion till the 64th over of the innings when Baugh hit rookie pacer Mithun for three successive fours in the latter’s 12th over.The first delivery which hoicked to the midwicket fence, the second past slip cordon and the third flicked to fine leg as West Indies suddenly gathered momentum.Dhoni showed a hint of desperation when he brought on Praveen to stem the rot. The swing bowler from Uttar Pradesh had bowled only three balls when the rain intervened.The Caribbeans batted with uncharacteristic stubbornness after it lost two early wickets of Lendl Simmons (14) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (8) to India’s new ball bowlers, Ishant and Praveen.The turning point for West Indies was the 54 run fourth wicket partnership between Bravo and Chanderpaul. The important thing was the stonewalling by Chanderpaul as he consumed 83 deliveries in the process. The second session saw India taking only one wicket.The match once again took a twist after tea when Chanderpaul was wrongly given out leg before to Harbhajan with the ball was going way outside the off-stump. It was the first major howler by umpire Gould.advertisementIshant then earned a leg before decision against Marlon Samuels (9) to get his third wicket of the innings.Earlier, India, resuming at their overnight score of 229 for 3, added 40 more runs and lost three wickets before Dhoni decided to declare the innings.- With inputs from PTI
The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on WhatsApp FA clears José Mourinho of using foul language after independent ruling Manchester United said the safety of fans was an “absolute priority” for the club. “Carrying a children’s miniature plastic toy gun into a stadium is clearly an extremely irresponsible act,” said a spokesperson.“Fortunately, the actions of the pitch intruder at the Juventus game did not harm anyone. However, as the security and safety of all fans and staff is the absolute priority at Manchester United, the club immediately launched an investigation into the circumstances around this issue. This includes a full review of our already rigorous security protocols, using our own security teams together with external expert consultants.”At the time of the incident, Greater Manchester Police confirmed to Press Association Sport that one man in his forties was kept in custody overnight, having been arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion. Share on Pinterest Manchester United have launched a review into their security protocols after it emerged a pitch invader got into Old Trafford with two toy guns during last month’s Champions League game against Juventus.Shortly after play got under way during the hosts’ 1-0 defeat by the Italian champions, a fan ran across the pitch and was restrained by stewards close to the players. Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter news Uefa has charged Manchester United for the “field invasion”. The case will be dealt with by the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body on 22 November.There have been other security concerns at Old Trafford in recent history. In November 2016 two fans hid in a toilet overnight after leaving a stadium tour party, in the hope of watching Manchester United play Arsenal the following day. In September 2016 a match against Bournemouth was cancelled after a fake bomb went unnoticed inside the stadium for four days. It emerged that it had been left behind after a training exercise. Manchester United Read more Share via Email Share on Facebook Reuse this content
The Australian Men’s Open squad took to the field at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, showing off their skills before the Sydney Roosters and Wigan Warriors World Club Challenge match. Former NRL stars Dean Widders and Joe Galuvao and a couple of NRL Development staff joined the Australian Men’s Open squad who played a 25 minute intra-squad match. Young New South Wales referees Billy Greatbatch, Luke Heckendorf and Luke Saldern officiated the match. Galuvao was impressed with the skills of the squad and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the match. “It was heaps of fun and the guys are awesome, very generous, if I was one of their teammates I would have been giving me a massive dressing down.”“They are unreal, they are the best at what they do, to be there and see it and play them, I was very impressed.”To check out some highlights from the game, please visit the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. To view some photos of the game, please visit the TFA Facebook and Instagram pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksWorld Club Challenge
Craddock urges Wolves to keep Arsenal target Bolyby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Wolves skipper Jody Craddock is a fan of Willy Boly.Arsenal have been linked with Boly, who Wolves signed for £10m from Porto in the summer of 2018.“We definitely want him to stay at Wolves as he’s been doing so well, but he probably could walk into another team higher up the table,” Craddock told the Express & Star.“Hopefully, he doesn’t. But when you’ve got these players and they’re playing well, there’s always going to be clubs sniffing around them.”Then, it’s down to Wolves to do the job and keep hold of him if we want to step up to the table ourselves.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Around 100 people rallied outside Kinder Morgan’s annual shareholders’ meeting in Downtown Calgary Wednesday.They were there to voice their support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Pro pipeline rally as Kinder Morgan holds its AGM in Calgary. pic.twitter.com/Kxc5LiZtHh— Jon Muma (@jonmuma) May 16, 2018The demonstration outside the Metropolitan Centre comes as a deadline looms from the company on whether it will proceed with construction.Lara said she knows the benefits of a strong oil and gas industry.“I lost my job in 2015 and I was off work for a year and a half, so I just think, like, let’s get going and let’s get some people working and build it and get our oil out of here,” she said.“We’ve been kinda getting pushed around a little bit and I think it’s time to show the rest of Canada that we really do need the energy and we should be proud of our Canadian energy and our Canadian product,” another demonstrator, Monty, said.#KinderMorgan #cdnpoli #ableg pic.twitter.com/klDi2jm7ry— Michael Lumsden (@LumsdenNews) May 16, 2018The CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. says he “appreciates” an announcement by Finance Minister Bill Morneauthat the government will compensate investors in the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if “unnecessary delays” cause costs to rise.Morneau says the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is able to proceed.Kinder Morgan chief executive Steven Kean offered no further comment during his remarks and declined to talk to reporters after his company’s first annual general meeting on Tuesday since being spun off by U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc. to hold most of its Canadian assets a year ago.Last month, the company said it would stop all non-essential spending on the expansion project to triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to the West Coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.Kean reiterated that construction won’t be restarted unless there are sufficient assurances by the end of this month that it can proceed.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A company building a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia has agreed to pay $122,350 for environmental violations.The Charleston Gazette-Mail cited a consent order made public Monday in reporting that Columbia Gas Transmission agreed to pay the amount to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for 16 violations while building the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline.Columbia Gas Transmission is a subsidiary of TransCanada and will operate the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline when it’s completed.TransCanada spokesman Scott Castleman said the company implemented measures to address each environmental issue as it arose and has accepted the draft consent order.The pipeline is one of many being built in the region and would run 170 miles (274 kilometres) from Marshall County to Wayne County.___Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.The Associated Press
Gurugram: Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri at a Press conference to discuss preparations for Lok Sabha elections said that pink polling station will be set up to boost the number of women voters. At 10,82,870 for the first time, Gurugram district will have more than a million citizens who will be eligible to cast their vote in the upcoming General as well as assembly elections. In the given set, there will be 5,12,506 women and 5,70,364 men voters. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticThe figure has seen a rise from 9,36,471 voters who had voted in 2014 elections. The rise in the number of voters can be gauged from the fact that in just one year 27,689 voters have been added. The sex ratio figures in terms of voting were however not satisfactory in 2014 with 899 females to 1,000 males recorded in 2014 General Elections. The Deputy Commissioner affirmed that this time steps were taken by the administration to ensure that the percentage of voters would be much higher than in the previous elections. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Our basic priority this time is to ensure that there is a high turnout of women voters. Not only are we going to make sure that they will be provided with more security, we are also exploring other ways by which they can come in huge numbers and exercise their democratic right,” said Amit Khatri. Providing more information, Khatri mentioned that a total of 1,113 booths will be set up at 532 locations. Around 15,000 people, including security personnel, will be involved in ensuring voting proceeds smoothly. “Gurugram district has always voted proactively. In the last General elections, the voting percentage was over 70. We would want this healthy trend to continue. In the coming days, we will be providing facilities by enhancing the communication channels. If the voter wants any of the doubts cleared, he can call at the toll-free number 1950,” said the deputy commissioner who took the charge of Gurugram only in February. The significance of Gurugram can be gauged from the fact that it is the largest Lok Sabha seat in Haryana.
New Delhi: A man hailing from Uttar Pradeshs’ Shamli district has been apprehended by the CISF at a Delhi Metro station here for allegedly masquerading as a CRPF jawan, a senior official said Sunday. Nadeem Khan, donning a khaki uniform of the CRPF, was intercepted at the Chandni Chowk station on Saturday as his activities were found to be suspicious. “Upon enquiry, the man did not give any satisfactory reply and was not having any force ID card or any proof of being a force member,” a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) official said. Also Read – CM urges Delhiites to help accident victims The man claimed he was a trainee at the Central Reserve Police Force training force in Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir and that he on way to Shamli for his mother’s final rites, he said. A check with the CRPF centre in Srinagar and Shamli police found both his claims to be false. The man’s physical search led to the recovery of two Aadhaar cards with different dates of birth, father’s name and addresses and a mobile phone, he said. The man has been handed over to the Delhi Police to further probe the case and find out his motive, he said.