AFCON 2015: First round qualifiers conclude

first_imgSlightly over two weeks back, 28 teams entered the first round of qualifiers towards the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be hosted by Morocco.On Friday, Kenya became the first Nation to confirm their place in the second round after going past Comoros 2-1 on aggregate. On the same day, Mozambique was held 0-0 by South Sudan to go through 5-0 on aggregate.Last dayOn Saturday, Uganda, Rwanda, Guinea- Bissau, Sierra Leone also confirmed their places in the next phase. Malawi also joined in – on the away goals rule after tying with Chad 3-3 on aggregate.On the last day of the return games – on Sunday, Lesotho went past Liberia, asTanzania squeezed past Zimbabwe.Botswana is also through after seeing off Burundi 1-0 on aggregate and so is Benin who dismissed Sao Tome and Principe 4-0 on aggregate. Join respective groupsCongo’s 3-0 over Namibia on Sunday set them through with a 3-1 aggregate win. And so is Equatorial Guinea who beat Mauritania 3-0 to proceed 3-1 on aggregate.The 14 qualified teams from the first round will now meet in the second round over two legs from where the aggregate winners will join respective groups for the final set of qualifiers.Second round matchupsLesotho Vs Kenya, Uganda Vs Equatorial Guinea, Congo Vs Rwanda, Botswana Vs Guinea-Bissau, Sirra Leone Vs Seychelles, Benin Vs Malawi, Tanzania Vs Mozambiquelast_img read more

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Swiss law allows more scrutiny of sports finances

first_imgSwiss lawmakers have passed legislation allowing more scrutiny of bank accounts held by sports officials and organizations.The law passed on Friday, in a 128-62 vote in the lower chamber of parliament, was prompted by FIFA bribery scandals in recent years.Switzerland-based sports leaders such as FIFA President Sepp Blatter and IOC President Thomas Bach are now classed as “politically exposed persons” in wider legislation covering money-laundering.Swiss lawmaker Roland Buechel says “normally these rules are for politicians and dictators.”Buechel says the law also applies to executive committee members and employees of sports federations.The law allows greater scrutiny of “any strange movement” in bank accounts and financial assets held in Switzerland, Buechel says. Buechel says further draft legislation making sports corruption a criminal offense could pass in 2016.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article4443936.html?#storylink=cpylast_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers set playoff roster without Joc Pederson, Paco Rodriguez

first_imgStarting pitchers (4): Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dan HarenRelief pitchers (8): Pedro Baez, Scott Elbert, Carlos Frias, J.P. Howell, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, Jamey WrightStarting lineup (8): A.J. Ellis, Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Carl Crawford, Yasiel Puig, Matt KempReserves (5): Drew Butera, Andre Ethier, Miguel Rojas, Justin Turner, Scott Van Slyke Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.Among the final cuts were left-hander Paco Rodriguez, outfielder Joc Pederson and infielder Darwin Barney.The Dodgers will carry four starting pitchers and eight relievers, including two left-handers: Scott Elbert and J.P. Howell.Here is the complete roster:last_img read more

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March Madness bracket 2019: Bill Bender’s expert NCAA Tournament predictions

first_imgWest Region (Dani Congdon/SN Illustrations) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e2/7e/bill-west-bracket-picks-031719-sn-ftr_2d8o2o7meljl1mlyxlwwi66kw.jpg?t=-1906021999&w=500&quality=80 In last year’s NCAA Tournament bracket picks, I left a section of March Madness tips in the bottom with this gem:”I always take all the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds to win in the first round. If I miss, then I have a story to tell.” (Dani Congdon/SN Illustrations) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/57/8/bill-east-bracket-picks-031719-sn-ftr_11yhr4ktkm9j414tdq0uklvr8h.jpg?t=-1905967431&w=500&quality=80 (Dani Congdon/SN Illustrations) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e4/d8/bill-midwest-bracket-picks-031719-sn-ftr_1bqolyhjv5otb1eqghcsladjmh.jpg?t=-1905817431&w=500&quality=80 (Dani Congdon/SN Illustrations) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/9e/52/bill-final-four-picks-031719-sn-ftr_13hraxukh2a481wh2jbm70wrbt.jpg?t=-1905751303&w=500&quality=80 Midwest Region South Region (Dani Congdon/SN Illustrations) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/43/8d/bill-south-bracket-picks-031719-sn-ftr_1aq8uojubp6pdzovfngd2g51q.jpg?t=-1905888791&w=500&quality=80 … And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.” About that …SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsLast year was the first time I filled out an “expert bracket” for Sporting News, and I learned the most valuable lesson of all: Get the national champion right. You can guess where this is going.I picked Virginia to win the NCAA Tournament — and the Cavs promptly became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a No. 16 seed, when UMBC pulled that first-round shocker last year. That’s the difference between doing this for the first time and, say, somebody who’s covering their 31st Final Four this season, like our own Mike DeCourcy. Mike picked Villanova to beat Michigan last year because he knows what he’s doing.My bracket was a disaster. I also pointed out “five games that will determine your bracket.” The problem with that was none of those five games materialized because of early-round upsets. This is a lot more difficult than football, where the end game is picking the winner of Alabama and Clemson every year.MORE BRACKET TIPS: Play the odds when picking Final Four, national champsI didn’t even get that right last year.That just reinforces the lesson: I had Villanova in the championship game last year but didn’t pick the Wildcats to win it all. I wouldn’t have remembered picking Virginia to lose the championship game. If you want to win your bracket, then you must get the national champion right. It’s as simple as that.It’s beyond embarrassing when you miss like that, but I wore that for a year, and I now have that story to tell. So, let’s try this again: One of three ACC teams will win the national championship this year. It comes down to a choice among Duke, North Carolina and Virginia.I could pick North Carolina. It swept the Blue Devils in the regular season and nearly pulled off the three-sweep (with Zion Williamson in Duke’s lineup, mind you) in the ACC Tournament. The Heels have a trio that can carry them to another one with Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye and Coby White.MORE: Using KenPom to predict NCAA bracket upsets, Final FourI could pick Virginia, too. That would be the best story, to bounce back from losing to No. 16 last year to get back to the Final Four for the first time since 1984. Plus, it would give me another story to tell next year.But, I’m going to go with Duke and the bump that comes with the return of Zion. That’s the thing I missed last year: You see, the Cavaliers lost De’Andre Hunter before the tournament last year and I disregarded the impact. I won’t ignore what Williamson can do with the most talented team in the country.It’s a riskier pick than it seems — it always is with freshmen. But I’m going to trust the Blue Devils to win it all. At a minimum, I’m trusting them to get out of the first round.If not, then I’ll have an even better story to tell.SN’s BRACKET GUIDES: SOUTH | EAST | WEST | MIDWESTNCAA Tournament bracket picksEast Region Final Four March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. last_img read more

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Steelers prep for post-lockout transition period

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP)—New Steelers secondary coach Carnell Lake walked through the team’s practice facility on Pittsburgh’s South Side late Monday afternoon with a purpose.“Now,” Lake said as he headed up the stairs to the coaches’ offices, “the real work begins.”Hours after the NFL’s four-and-a-half-month lockout was officially lifted, things weren’t quite back to normal yet at Steelers headquarters. But they were at least on the way to getting there.By Tuesday morning, players were permitted to report to the team facility for voluntary workouts. And like the other 31 teams, the Steelers were to open negotiations with unsigned players.Still, expect some confusion and chaos during what will be a frenzied week. Even Steelers President Art Rooney II—a member of the owners’ labor committee—was hazy on the terms of the transition period for the new collective bargaining agreement and its compacted schedule.The Steelers will report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe by 3 p.m. Thursday and will perform a conditioning drill. Their first official practice is Friday.“We only received this memo a short time ago, so I want to put a little caveat out there: I could be wrong,” Rooney said midway through a late-afternoon Monday press conference. “I am going to give the best information I can give you.”It became clear Rooney, like everyone else, still was learning the details of the free-agency period, signing deadlines, reporting dates and training camp practices that traditionally take place over the course of months, but is compressed into mere days in this most unusual of offseasons.“It’s fair to say we’re in uncharted territory,” Rooney said. “We’ve never had to start up a league year like this. It will be different, but every team is in the same boat. Once we get to September, I know that coach (Mike) Tomlin feels like we’ll be prepared to play, and that’s got to be our mindset: Be ready to play when the season kicks off.”Tomlin said back in March that the lockout could, in fact, be an advantage to the Steelers. The team has a veteran roster already set in its ways that, the theory goes, has less to gain from offseason workouts than a younger, less-experienced team.Also, Tomlin reasoned, the Steelers annually undergo little turnover relative to many other teams. Plus, there was less wear-and-tear this summer on the team’s older bodies.“Having a veteran team can be an advantage in a lot of different circumstances,” Rooney said. “But it is hard to predict. It is up to our players and coaches to make sure that is an advantage and prepare in a way to take advantage of that if that occurs.”Pittsburgh has 14 unrestricted free agents and two restricted free agents, but only one of those players (cornerback Ike Taylor) started on offense or defense last season. Taylor is the only Steelers free agent expected to garner heavy attention on the open market, though other contributors of last season’s AFC-champion team are free agents.Also, the Steelers are currently over the salary cap of $120 million, and Rooney said the team will be talking with some its players about restructuring their contracts to provide cap relief this season.“Being prepared to get under the cap is something we’ve been through before. The challenge this time around is to handle that business in such a short period of time,” Rooney said. “But our guys are back there right now, trying to work on how we will get there and trying to piece together the rosters.”The players association successfully negotiated the elimination of two-a-day practices and reduced practice workloads both in terms of frequency and in their intensity.Rooney said he had “mixed feelings” about such things, but that it was an issue the owners gave on.“It’s probably fair to say that if it were up to us, we probably would have had a little different approach to some of the practice rules,” Rooney said.Although Rooney said he had not yet spoken to commissioner Roger Goodell about any of the Steelers recent potential violations of the league’s personal-conduct policy, he did say that he expected to hear from Goodell soon.Earlier this month, receiver Hines Ward was arrested on a drunken driving charge, and linebacker James Harrison was quoted in Men’s Journal magazine ripping Goodell in scathing fashion.“These things will be under review by the commissioner’s office in due time,” he said, “and we will be communicating about these things.”last_img read more

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Johnny Football’s real education beginning

first_imgTexas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, center with towel, sways with teammates during the school song following an NCAA college football game against Rice, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, in College Station, Texas. Manziel missed the first half due to a suspension. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)by Jim LikteAP Sports ColumnistThe real education of Johnny Football is just beginning. So he better enjoy all the clowning while he still can. He’s about to learn there’s no more wearying job in sports than being a marked man all the time.For starters, you’re always looking over your shoulder for the next guy trying to make his name. It’s dispiriting, too, hearing nothing but boos on the road and knowing that even the guys who are supposed to have your back think of you as a calculated risk.A few athletes have done it well for a while. But you can count on one hand how many of those — Ty Cobb comes to mind — parlayed the role into a long and productive career.At the moment, sure, it seems like nobody can stop Manziel.The NCAA whiffed on its shot and Rice — Texas A&M’s opening opponent — turned out to be overmatched. And this weekend’s opponent, Sam Houston State, arrives straight from the tomato-can division.Neither A&M’s chancellor, a fanboy named John Sharp, nor it’s coach, Kevin Sumlin, who got a big raise riding the Johnny Football wave last season, are inclined to change a thing about him. He brings in too much money. Judging by recent remarks from his father, Paul, even Manziel’s parents have given up.One referee in last Saturday’s game did his best, slapping Manziel with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the fourth quarter that even Sumlin couldn’t ignore. The coach finally benched his star — after Manziel had delivered three touchdowns, and as many insults, at the expense of Rice’s defenders — and then called it a “foolish penalty.”“No matter what the comments are, he’s going to face that every week with people chirping. That’s not OK,” Sumlin added, “and obviously I addressed that on the sideline after it happened.”Of course, that was also after Manziel had apparently mimicked signing an autograph after he got tackled and then pretended to count some cash after throwing a TD.“If I’d seen that,” Sumlin said about the “autograph” pantomime, “I’d have done something about it.”But like most coaches, Sumlin wasn’t about to commit to anything until he had a chance to watch the film.“And if that did happen,” he added, “I will address that.”Sumlin better — and fast. Next up after Sam Houston on A&M’s dance card is defending national champion Alabama, and you can bet Nick Saban has watched film of the Aggies’ opener more than once already.The Crimson Tide are still fuming over last year’s upset — at their place no less — and being reduced to bit actors on the stage where the whole Johnny Football drama caught fire.And don’t think that Saban is beyond teaching the kid a lesson about how exhausting it is to be cast as the villain nearly every time out. Saban could give anyone who asked chapter and verse on the subject. The insatiable work ethic that marks his whole career is a testament to that. Despite three national titles, it still makes him chase each win more relentlessly than the last.Manziel will turn 21 in December, but even judged by the most charitable standard, he’s headed in the exact opposite direction. He’s avoided real trouble so far, but his offseason yielded a steady stream of questionable choices and annoying distractions. When those things happen, the higher-ups in charge always say they need to get that ballplayer back on the playing field, because that’s their “office,” the one place where they can get away from things that don’t really matter.Except it’s not, at least not when Manziel is allowed to pull some of the same stupid pranks he did when no one was around to play grown-up. The referees will be watching him more closely and the teams he’ll face will have had plenty of time to look at exactly what made Johnny run and pass so effectively the first time around. His opponents, too, have plenty more buttons to push.None of this seems to have sunk in with Manziel, no matter how many times those around him protest that it has. Sumlin recalled how just the night before the Rice game, Manziel gave a speech in the locker room stressing “that everyone’s individual actions affect the football team.” Then he went and played as if Manziel meant everyone but him.Talent is a wonderful thing, and Johnny Football has plenty. It’s gotten him this far. But unless things change, he’s on the front end of what will turn out to be a very short learning curve.___Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke@ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.last_img read more

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Dispute Over Mad Hatter Loses an Objector

first_imgBy John BurtonSEA BRIGHT – There is one less objector, and a continuing number of supporters, as the borough Planning Board continues to hear the application this week for the re-envisioned Mad Hatter restaurant.As the board continued to address the plans to rebuild the popular Sandy-damaged spot, located at 10 East Ocean Ave., the lawyer representing one of the project opponents withdrew the objections.Jeffrey Gale, a Hazlet attorney representing the owner of a now-vacant neighboring property, told the board and crowded audience that his client was satisfied with changes to the plan that address the concerns.Gale’s comments were met with a round of applause by the supporters of the project, causing the attorney to quip he’s been waiting months to hear that applause.Later, Gale said the issue was the concern over the noise that would emanate from the popular shore spot. But given the testimony of a sound expert for the bar at the hearing held earlier this month and the planned changes, “My client is satisfied and ready to let the board do as it may,” the attorney said.Gale represents JMN Holdings, Inc., the owner of record of the neighboring property that formerly had a lumber business before being damaged by Super Storm Sandy in October 2012.Kevin Asadi, the lawyer representing the Mad Hatter’s owners, told the board that the plans changed to include modifying the stereo sound system and installing an 8-foot-high wall, made of half-inch glass, around the second floor rear outdoor deck.Courtney Davis, a borough resident who has attended hearings to support the project, was happy with this development. “Hopefully, they’ll come to their senses,” she said of the other objectors.Davis has been giving out T-shirts reading #MADPRIDE and a number of audience members wore them. “We decided we wanted a visual support and show the Kellys we’re behind them,” Davis said, referring to the bar’s owners.Despite this development, Red Bank attorney Ron Gasiorowski, representing a neighboring homeowner, gave no quarter. Gasiorowski cross-examined professional planner Keenan Hughes, representing the bar. Hughes said the use is permitted and desirable for a downtown commercial zone and would encourage visits to the area and insisted the site isn’t a “nightclub” under state land use definition; it is primarily a restaurant and bar, but will have live and recorded music, Hughes said.Gasiorowski is representing Jennifer Walsh, who lives in the vicinity of this Ocean Avenue location, and has been arguing that the project is too substantial for the property and would be disruptive for the quality of life for area residents.The board will again hear this application on May 19, when Gasiorowski is expected to continue to present professional testimony of a noise expert.Kelly Management Group, LLC, headed up by Scott Kelly, is seeking board approval to construct a three-story, elevated structure, which would have seven parking spaces under it. The three stories would consist of the ground floor with restaurant seating and a retail kiosk for selling T-shirts and sweatshirts and takeout food; the two upper levels would have bars and outside decks. The site would have live entertainment during the busier evenings and a sound system playing recorded music the rest of the time. Kelly said his planned operating hours would be between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m., seven days a week.Supporters say this project would help in Sea Bright’s ongoing redevelopment after Sandy’s devastation to the community. Opponents say the owners are seeking to overdevelop the site which would overtax area parking and be noisy.last_img read more

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Rain or Shine comes back to beat Phoenix for 5th straight win

first_imgMOST READ With Rain or Shine trailing, 96-90, early in the fourth, James Yap scored six straight points to start off the Elasto Painters’ 14-2 run for a 104-98 lead at the 4:11 mark of the quarter.The Elasto Painters, however, were  unsteady at the start of the game and allowed Jeff Chan and Eugene Phelps to match them in scoring with the two Fuel Masters scoring a combined 45 points after the first 24 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s another hard-earned win for us, and during half time I told the players we can’t be complacent against any team as I felt we didn’t want to win today’s game,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. “I just told them we have to at least keep the game close to have a chance at beating Phoenix.”“They were playing so good especially Jeff and Eugene who tied us at halftime in terms of scoring, they had 45 we had 45.” Passionate Peruvian fans flood World Cup’s smallest city Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Rain or Shine eventually clamped down on the defensive end forcing Chan and Phelps to go a combined 2-of-11 in the second half.And defense was also the key factor in stopping the Fuel Masters down the stretch with Reggie Johnson forcing Phelps to miss a layup with 5.9 seconds left to preserve Rain or Shine’s 107-106 lead.Johnson, who finished with a game-high 32 points on top of 17 rebounds, then, followed up his defensive stop on Phelps with a crucial challenge on Matthew Wright, whose attempt hit the backboard on his last heave.Yap, who had eight points in the fourth quarter, and Beau Belga finished with 13 points apiece to help the Elasto Painters while Raymond Almazan added 11 points.Phelps and Chan eventually finished with 26 points apiece for the Fuel Masters while Wright had 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine erased an early game deficit to edge Phoenix, 108-106, to retain its spot atop the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Elasto Painters chipped away at Phoenix’ 19-point lead, 29-10, in the first period and slowly built up their momentum in the second half to take their fifth straight victory and get a league-best 8-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Where Did US$14m Go?

first_imgIn spite of budgetary allocations totaling US$14 million between 2010 and 2014 for the renovation of the Executive Mansion, the project appears to have no end in sight and Lawmakers want to know why.  Therefore, a three-member Joint Committee comprising Public Works, Executive and Public Accounts, is expected to advise the 73-member Plenary of the House of Representatives on the status of the renovation of the Executive Mansion.The advisement of the Joint Committee will entail whether the delay on the renovation works is legitimate or not.The Executive Mansion, situated on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, is the official seat of the Liberian Presidency. It was constructed in 1964 under the regime of the late Liberian President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman by 2,000 workers, including about a fifth of Monrovia’s labor force, and 150 foreign technicians.The imposing, eight-storey Mansion, which costs US$20 million, is equipped with a bomb shelter, an underground swimming pool, a private chapel, a trophy room, a cinema, an emergency power plant, water supply and sewage system, among others.But the Executive Mansion was damaged by fire in 2006, during Liberia’s 159th Independence Day celebration, in the presence of three West African leaders at a time when the then newly elected President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf switched on electricity to reach limited parts of the capital city.At the time, the cause of the fire at the Executive Mansion, according to South African forensic scientists, was an electrical fault.Following the fire outbreak at the Executive Mansion, the Government of Liberia (GOL) announced a closure of the Mansion, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf relocated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has been performing her official functions since then.In the wake of the unfortunate incident, the National Legislature has over the fiscal periods appropriated the amounts of US$973,496 (2010/2011FY), US$1,230,078 (2011/2012FY), 2,000,000 (2012/2013FY) US$6, 466,667 (2013/ 2014FY) and US$6, 466,667 (2014/2015) for the renovation of the Mansion under the Public Sector Investment Plan and Technical Services budget of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.The total amount that has been allocated for the renovation of the Executive Mansion stands at US$14,933,334.A preliminary probe on the ruined Executive Mansion was made on Thursday, November 27 after the reading of a formal communication addressed to that August Body by Grand Bassa County District # 4 Representative Jeh Byron Brown.His communication was read during the 24th day sitting of the Extraordinary Session of the House of Representatives. A motion for the acceptance of the Grand Bassa County lawmaker’s communication was filed by Nimba County Representative Worlea Saywah-Dunah.In an interview with legislative reporters at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Rep. Brown stated that the Mansion is not only the official home of the Liberian President, but it also hosts reception and accommodates foreign guests and dignitaries.The Capitol Building is the seat of the Legislature.Speaking further, Rep. Brown recalled that for over five years, the Liberian government has been using local hotels to host foreign guests and dignitaries entering into the country. This, he said, has caused a huge loss of money to the Liberian government.He asserted that the money was exclusively set aside by the Legislature not only for the renovation of the Executive Mansion, but also for the relocation of the offices of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.He termed as “unfair” to the Liberian people the prolonged delay in the rehabilitation of the Executive Mansion.The Grand Bassa lawmaker averred that the renovation contracts were given to the Chinese Company CNQC QINGJIAN International, Liberia Group Development Incorporated and others (whom he did not name) that were hired to carry out the work, but the work is yet to be accomplished.”In an effort to restore the physical structure and other important architecture of the building, this Legislative body has consistently placed money in the National Budget since the occurrence of the ill-fated event. I believe it will be an appreciated undertaking as a matter of fulfilling a crucial Legislative oversight, were we to inquire into the current state of the Executive Mansion with particular reference to the level of work that has been done in commensuration with the amount of financial resources that have been approved over the budget years,” the Liberty Party lawmaker stated.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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SADISTIC THIEVES BATTER ELDERLY FARMER IN SICKENING ATTACK AT HIS HOME

first_imgDD NEWS: SADISTIC thieves battered and taunted an elderly Donegal farmer in his home before stealing his shotgun and a small sum of cash.The sickening incident – described by neighbours as ‘evil’ – left the victim badly shaken.But the man, who is 76, is so fiercely independent he didn’t bother calling Gardaí to report the incident. Instead a friend calling to check on him a day later raised the alarm after seeing the serious injuries suffered by the victim.Friends say the pensioner was battered and beaten and taunted by at least four men late on Thursday night.“They dragged him out of his home, beat him and then went through his home before leaving with tools, a shotgun and some money,” said one friend.The thieves spent several minutes in his home just outside Falcarragh looking for the valuables and cash. “It means there is some lunatic out there now with a gun. That has left everyone frightened,” said one neighbour.The friend who found the farmer called Gardaí on Friday evening, 24 hours after the incident.It’s understood Gardaí have launched a major investigation into the attack and spent yesterday taking a statement from the victim.They have also carried out follow-up inquiries.Another local man told us: “We need more guards here; more guards out searching for this gang. “It’s a disgrace what has happened to an absolutely innocent gentleman.”SADISTIC THIEVES BATTER ELDERLY FARMER IN SICKENING ATTACK AT HIS HOME was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:burglarsburglaryFalcarraghGardaishotgun theftthieveslast_img read more

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