LACC Drawn into Senatorial Politics

first_imgSince releasing its controversial corruption report, which links several government officials to acts of corruption, the graft commission has been dragged into the local and national politics.Latest of them is the local and administrative politics of Sinoe County, Southeastern Liberia.For the first time since he was implicated by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) a few weeks ago, Sinoe County Superintendent Milton Teahjay took to the airwaves in an effort to fight back and save his integrity already dented by the release of LACC report.During a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, Teahjay in reaction to LACC’s allegation, dragged the commission into a local tribal, political and individual rivalry involving him and Senator Mobutu V. Nyenpan. Both men are certified senatorial candidates in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election slated for December 16, 2014.According to Teahjay, the sole reason he was accused of corruption is because of what he called the “political and academic alliance Sen. Nyenpan has with LACC Chairman Cllr. James Verdier.”  Teahjay’s assertion was promptly dismissed by Nyenpan who called it a “fairytale.”According to the Sinoe Supt., Sen. Nyenpan was a classmate of Cllr. Verdier so the LACC boss was fronting for his friend. The Sinoe Senator in response rubbished the assertion and clarified that Cllr. Verdier was his professor and he (Nyenpan) never had any close relation with Cllr. Verdier.   Teahjay accused LACC of “stonewalling,” adding that the Commission was not interested in substantial issues linking Nyenpan to massive corruption as presented to the graft commission, but LACC was rather interested in digging up issues that never existed.He accused Nyenpan of establishing “fake and bogus” construction companies that were awarded contracts for local projects in the county meant to defraud the system by not living up to the terms of the agreements.In response, Nyenpan dismissed Teahjay’s allegation and challenged him to provide any material evidence to support his claims.Said Nyenpan, “The companies have managements and they are right here. I know Teahjay, if he had any documents [to the contrary], he would spread them all around the place. I have no connection with (any) company, whatsoever. His claim is I recommended a company to him; does that stop you from applying due diligence and following the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) laws? He’s talking spider story.” In defense of the expenditure of US$7,500 currently under investigation by LACC, Teahjay disclosed that he used US$5,000 of said amount to invest in the communities that host the Sinoe Rubber plantation for which the money was raised from rubber sold from the region.He disclosed that US$17,000 was generated from rubber sold after local authorities were successful in clearing the plantation of illicit economy migrants. According to him, the US$17,000 was used by him to resettle brokers who had initial investments in the plantation prior to government’s action.Mr. Teahjay, who is a senatorial candidate of the county, maintained that he was left with US$7,500 after settling the brokers and the rest was used for operations of the Emergency Response Police, who evicted the migrants from the plantation. Teahjay stated further that a written statement he (Teahjay) provided to LACC implicating Nyenpan to collecting US$421,800 did not interest the commission, but rather US$7,500 an assertion Nyenpan again dismissed, terming it as “lies and fabrications.”Teahjay indicated that it was unfortunate for the Commission to take interest in a bus LACC claimed he procured outside of the PPCC and not a pickup he procured with documents; stating that the Commission further proved its biases.“LACC will not go free with what they have created. I condemn the LACC report and believe it does not warrant listening to in this country,” Teahjay declared. He requested the Commission to immediately remove his name from the report or face a lawsuit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Promoter vows to deliver DeGale title fight

first_imgPromoter Mick Hennessy has responded to James DeGale’s discontent by vowing to do all he can to secure a world title fight for the Harlesden man.DeGale, who successfully defended his WBC silver super-middleweight title against American Dyah Davis on Saturday, is frustrated at his apparent lack of progress since signing with Hennessy last year.To make matters worse for the 27-year-old, his rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves will take on champion Carl Froch in a world title clash in Manchester this weekend.But Hennessy insists he is capable of delivering big fights for DeGale in the new year.“No-one wants that world title fight to happen more than me. I don’t want James to keep treading water,” he told West London Sport.“I’m going to do my utmost. Absolutely every which way I’m going to try and nail down a world title fight for him.DeGale and Groves could meet again“I’ve got a proven track record for it and I’m going to put that track record to the test.”DeGale, who narrowly lost to Groves on points in 2011, has been touted as a possible future opponent for the winner of Saturday’s all-British showdown.The more likely option seems to be a final eliminator against Mexico’s Marco Antonio Periban for a shot at the WBC’s world champion Sakio Bika.But Hennessy, formerly Froch’s promoter, believes DeGale is capable of beating the Nottingham fighter were they to meet.“I’d prefer him to fight the winner of Froch-Groves and then have a big unification fight with Andre Ward,” Hennessy said.“Carl Froch is a great fighter – determined and strong – but the way to beat him is with hand speed, skill and movement.“James has got all those things and I do believe he has the ability to beat Froch were they to fight.“That’s the preferred route but sometimes you’ve got to take what you can get.”Hennessy added: “I don’t think James should have taken a world title fight earlier – definitely not.“You’ve got to get the right time, when he’s had the right experience, to go into a world title fight.“I can understand James’ frustration, but sometimes patience is a virtue.”See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterTrainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotPromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator James DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happenedDeGale keen to put on ‘wicked’ 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

49ers legend Joe Montana knows how Dwight Clark would feel about ‘The Catch’ statue

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — Joe Montana, forever linked with Dwight Clark, knows exactly how his old friend would have handled the unveiling of “The Catch” statue on Sunday morning.“He’d be whispering in my ear: ‘You know they didn’t call it ‘The Throw’ for a reason,’ ” the quarterback joked.Montana and more than 70 other former 49ers attended the unveiling ceremony at Gate A outside Levi’s Stadium. The twin statues feature an …last_img read more

2018 Farm Bureau YAP Winter Leadership Conference coming up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau’s 2018 Young Ag Professionals Leadership Experience is open to young agriculturalists interested in building leadership skills, networking with agricultural leaders and making a difference in their communities.The conference will be held Feb. 2 and 3 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus. Attendees must be Farm Bureau members and programming is geared for young adults age 18 to 35The event will feature 20 educational learning sessions that include small business planning, canning and preserving, emerging ag careers, farm transition planning, farm labor laws, managing conflict, creating farm videos and starting your own business. The keynote speaker will be leadership coach Kelly Barnes, and entertainment will be The Big Bang Dueling Pianos.Also during the conference will be the finals of Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet, which tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills. The winner will compete at the national level during the American Farm Bureau convention.Cost for the leadership conference is $100 a person with no hotel room, $180 a person with hotel room and $225 for two people sharing a hotel room. Note that many county Farm Bureaus offer full or partial scholarships for the conference. Nationwide is Heritage sponsor of the conference and Farm Credit Mid-America and Heartland Bank and gold level sponsors.Dec. 15 is the deadline to register, which can be done at experienceYAP.com.last_img read more

Indian hockey team fails to make even semifinal grade of Fifth World Cup championship

first_imgIndia’s try for a goal against Australia: Another missed chanceIndia’s failure to make even the semifinal grade of the Fifth World Cup championship in Bombay casts a long shadow on the immediate future of the game in the country. Making it to the top four in the 12-nation contest would,India’s try for a goal against Australia: Another missed chanceIndia’s failure to make even the semifinal grade of the Fifth World Cup championship in Bombay casts a long shadow on the immediate future of the game in the country. Making it to the top four in the 12-nation contest would have given the much needed elbow-space and confidence the young and less experienced side is looking for.But that was not to be, and a touching irony is that Australia, the only team other than the hosts and Pakistan to play the traditional five-three-two-one pattern, sealed India’s fate on natural grass before a highly spirited and partisan crowd, that for once demonstrated nationalistic fervour by waving tricolours in a sports arena at the Wankhede Stadium.The home team lost both the crucial matches against Australia (1-2) and Holland (3-4) by the narrowest possible margins, but that was only a poor consolation for the team’s lack of cohesion and thrust in the attack which could have at least pushed India into the semi-finals.Easily, the major flaw was the lack of fluency in the half-line, notably on the left flank where veteran Onkar Singh failed to trap the ball well. He was indeed, a poor substitute for Bhaskaran. Incidentally. Bhaskaran’s name also served as a grim reminder of the much-vaunted Moscow Olympic victory of India which was possible only because of the impoverished nature of the contest with several of the top teams boycotting the games.Earnest Efforts: The country’s quest for retaining the World Cup the symbol of world hockey supremacy, began rather earnestly early last year soon after Inder Mohan Mahajan slipped into the saddle as the president of the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF). His first act was to disband a camp for selecting the side to take part in the 1981 Pakistan International Airlines Champion’s Cup tournament since he felt a poor showing there may be a damper to a young aspiring squad.advertisementTo him, winning the World Cup. which India had won once at Kuala Lampur mattered more. The inter-zonal tournaments were revived for this purpose. A select 125 players from five zones were short-listed to 44. the number further pruned to 18 and sent on an experience gaining tour of Europe before playing against Pakistan last year-end. This has enabled the players to be together for more than six months before the World Cup contest.While this may have built up a spirit of camaraderie among the team-mates, it has not been equally matched by a consistent effort to combine and play as a well-knit side. Undoubtedly, this has contributed to the team’s undoing in the recent World Cup championship. In the inaugural match on December 29 against Malaysia, India trailed 1-2 rather shamefacedly at half-time and then slowly got back into the game in the second half and won the match 6-2.Right back Rajinder Singh converted three penalty corners in this match and ultimately scored eight of the 21 goals India got from its five pool ‘B’ fixtures. He finished as the second highest scorer at the end of the league matches behind Pakistan’s centre forward Hassan Sardar whose tally was nine.Limitations: India’s forward line, except for Mohammed Shahid and Merwyn Fernandes, was not sharp enough and did not show the emotive strike power largely because of an unstable defence, particularly the half line. Shahid may not have scored a goal but his slick movements and remarkable finesse showed that the graces of the game that India gave the world are still well preserved.In the half line Rajindra Pal Singh did well keeping to the pivotal position of centre-half, but his pushes to both flanks were not accurate enough. Both Rajinder Singh and skipper Surjeet Singh did not wilt under pressure particularly in the matches India lost. For their part the forwards tried to capitalise on their team’s limitations and tried in vain to force penalty corners in the match against Australia.The 7-2 win over USSR was convincing but the 4-2 victory over England was a laboured effort against a tough defence. Said a dejected skipper Surjeet Singh in the dressing room after the last pool match against Australia: “‘With a bit of luck we could have won this match and the earlier one on New Year’s day against Holland.” Added team Manager Jhamanlal Sharma: “There is no excuse. There is no reason for despair. Ours is a young side. We will try and try. Our training and coaching schedules have been systematic but with some more experience. India can steadily get back to the top.” Former Olympian Gurubux Singh also felt that the half line was particularly weak. Says Singh: “It is a paradox that in a championship of goals galore, our boys could not score because of a poor finish.”advertisementViewed in the context of the current performances, India’s prospects are not very bright. There is the additional problem of preparing the team to play on astro-turf at the Asian Games. Further, there will be a change in rule, effective October next, by which the ball cannot be stopped with the hand for taking a penalty corner push or drive.A member of the IHF selection committee told India Today: “The kind of training will change and so will the composition of the team to include those who can play the kind of game demanded by the astroturf.” This means India’s chances of regaining the Asian Games title are as wide open as the winning prospects at the start of the World Cup championship.last_img read more

CM gets clean chit in 2014 agitation

first_imgNEW DELHI: A court here discharged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and others on Wednesday in a case of allegedly violating prohibitory orders and obstructing public servants during an agitation in 2014.Besides Kejriwal and Sisodia, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal also granted relief to other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, Kumar Vishwas, Gopal Rai, Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey. Former AAP members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav and others were also granted the relief. “There does not exist sufficient evidence to take cognizance of the offence as alleged as well as sufficient grounds to proceed against the accused persons. Proceeding with this trial will be a futile exercise as the charge sheet lacks even the prima facie evidence to proceed further,” the court said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn September 7 last year, the Delhi police had filed a charge sheet against the accused persons, seeking their prosecution for various offences. According to the charge sheet, on January 21, 2014 the accused broke the barricades and indulged in scuffle with the police and stone pelting in order to run towards Rail Bhawan, violating the proclamation under section 144 (unlawful assembly) CrPC, which was in place at that time. Some policemen were injured in order to control them, the final report said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe police had filed the charge sheet against the accused for offences punishable under section 145 (Joining or continuing in unlawful assembly), 147 (Punishment for rioting), 148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) of the IPC. The charges also included section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), and other sections of the IPC.last_img read more