Senate Clears Konneh of Contempt

first_imgThe Senate yesterday voted unanimously to purge the Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Amara Konneh, of Contempt of the Legislature and told him he was free to go, but to “sin no more.”The Senate’s decision followed a motion for reconsideration filed by Grand Gedeh County Senator, G. Alphonso Gaye. It was read and followed by a brief statement of apology from Minister Konneh himself to the plenary presided over by the President of the Senate, Vice President Joseph Boakai. Immediately after the apology, a motion for an executive session was proffered and behind the mahogany doors, the lawmakers reached a decision to end the protracted misunderstanding between the Senate and the Executive. Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, on behalf of his colleagues, stated that due to the intervention of the Liberian Council of Churches, the Traditional Council of Liberia and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Senate meeting in executive, had rescinded its position on Minister Konneh’s 48 hour imprisonment sentence. He told the Finance Minister that “…the Senators have tempered justice with mercy; we have pardoned you and say to you that you are now purged of all that we have brought to bear on you and as per your charge with the Senate, you are once more a free man. Go and sin no more.”In a brief statement, Minister Konneh expressed gratitude to the senators for their mercy on him.“Mr. President of the Senate and Honorable Senators, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your mercy and to wish you happy Easter. Thank you,” the Minister declared amid laughter from some of the Senators and those who accompanied him to the session.It may be recalled that a few weeks ago, Mr. Konneh’s Deputy Minister for Fiscal Affairs, Dr. James Kollie, wrote the Senate informing them of the downturn in the economy and the need to recast the 2015/2016 National Budget. The Senate however, took exception to a phrase which they considered offensive in the wording of the letter and therefore invited Minister Konneh and his Deputy to appear before plenary.In spite of Minister Konneh’s apology to the Senators for the aspect of the letter they found offensive, he was charged with contempt of the Legislature for usurpation of their functions by attempting to appropriate the budget, which is constitutionally their role. They sentenced him to 48 hours imprisonment, but the Minister, on several occasions, eluded detention.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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KCB’s Lande wins Atlancis sponsored Inter-Banks golf

first_imgAnd Lande savored a rare double when he led a three-man KCB outfit comprising of Simon Bett (handicap 12) and Timothy Kuria (handicap 36) to the team title.Lande was all smiles after victory and this is what he had go say: “I’m delighted with the result today. I was playing for handicap and not the prize as I have always wanted to lower it. I will continue to improve my shot game as my swing is closer to where I want it to be. Lastly, I wish to thank my employer for giving us an opportunity to practice every Friday.”KCB won the team trophy with 117 points beating a three-man Stanchat Bank of Paul Njoki, Irene Auma and S. Mwiti to second on a cumulative score of 109.Itiola of Stanbic Bank playing off handicap 19 emerged the overall runner up with 39 stableford points. Itiola beat NIC Bank’s B. Matimu and Stanbic’s S. Ndungu on count back.Fifth overall was KCB Bank’s handicap 12 golfer Simon Better on 38points.The men’s winner playing off handicap 14 with an impressive score of 38 was Paul Njoki of Stanchat Bank.Stanchat’s handicap 36 player Rose Chepkemoi fired 35points to emerge the ladies winner.First nine honors with a score of 21 went to Adam Boru of CBK with Irene Auma racking up second nine honors on a similar score.Nearest to the pin men’s trophy went to S. Munyua while Nelius Kariuki won the ladies trophy.Longest drive men and ladies winners were Fred Gatamu and Carol Kiremgo.Sponsor winner was handicap 19 player Edward Muthiga on 33points.Sponsor’s guest winner was handicap 19 Jared Oroso on 36.Piga Mingi prize (best effort) went to Benson Githae.This year’s event was sponsored by ICT enterprise solutions firm Atlancis. The support sponsors were Oracle and Migaa.Atlancis Chief Executive Daniel Kinyua thanked organizers Kenya Institute of Bankers (KIB) for running a great round of golf at Vet Lab.“This is the first time we have sponsored the KIB Golf Day and we are overly excited to partner with bankers in a golfing environment. We work with several banks on a day to day basis and we felt it was prudent to give back this vibrant sector,” said Kinyua.The Inter Bank Games which teed off with a round of golf at Vet Lab will be officially opened at Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000And Lande savored a rare double when he led a three-man KCB outfit comprising of Simon Bett (handicap 12) and Timothy Kuria (handicap 36) to the team title.NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 21 – Ibrahim Lande fired 43 stableford points to win the Atlancis sponsored 2018 Inter Banks golf tournament at the Par 72 Vet Lab Sports Club on Saturday.Playing off handicap 29, Lande who is KCB Bank’s Platinum Relations Manager shot 19 in the front nine and 24 in the back nine to clinch this year’s overall trophy.last_img read more

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Mata calls for strong United response

first_imgMata believes they cannot afford to put in another performance like that again this season if they are to challenge for titles and hopes the players take the opportunity to learn from what was a woeful showing.“Arsenal started with more intensity, they scored very quickly and with no time for our reaction they scored the second goal,” Mata is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.“Not even 10 minutes have passed and things were already looking very bad. A start like this from us is unacceptable; if we want to fight for big things we must learn the lesson as soon as possible.“The only thing I can say is that we shouldn’t play a game like this again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Juan Mata in action during the Champions League match against Wolfsburg. PHOTO/EFEMANCHESTER, October 6- Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has called on the squad to bounce back from their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Arsenal, calling the performance ‘unacceptable.’The Gunners were 3-0 up inside the first 20 minutes after a blistering start to the clash at the Emirates, with Alexis Sanchez scoring twice and Mesut Ozil adding another to put Arsene Wenger’s men out of sight before half-time.last_img read more

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Ulinzi welcome back Waruru for second leg

first_img“He has returned to the team and will start training on Monday. He will have to fight for a place in the team and prove to the coach that he warrants a place. He will be a great addition to the team,” Ulinzi Stars CEO Major Joel Birgen told Capital Sport.If he picks up, Waruru will form one of the strongest striking partnerships in the league alongside John Mark Makwatta, who has so far netted nine goals in 14 matches.Last season, Makwatta scored 14 goals, breaking Waruru’s 12 goal season tally set in the 2011 season.Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru will have to fight his way back to Robert Matano’s starting squad.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.The team will also welcome back midfielder Elvis Nandwa alongside new signing Samwel Onyango who have graduated from the Recruit Training School (RTS) in Eldoret on Monday and will commence training with the team after a two-week rest.Also returning is defender Mohammed Hassan who was in a military training course while winger Ezekiel Otuoma has recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the 30-man squad at the beginning of the season.Matano will have a deep field to select from as he seeks to strengthen the team and it is unlikely he will make any signings in the June transfer window.The team is also expected to promote two players from the junior ranks, captain Ibrahim Shambi and Vincent Otieno who impressed in the team’s KPL under-20 championship.“We are waiting report from the technical bench to know how we will structure the team in the second leg, but I don’t think we are going to sign hugely. We have quite a good group with us,” Birgen stated.The soldiers are looking to reclaim the SportPesa Premier League title for the first time since 2010 and they look poised to challenge as they sit third on the log on 26 points, two shy of leaders Tusker FC.Ulinzi Stars head coach Robert Matano is happy with the team’s performance in the first leg so far.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.Matano will be hoping to give the side a push in the final 16 games of the season and he says he has been impressed with what he has seen in the opening leg.“Ulinzi has not collected 23 points in the first leg for a very long time and seeing that we are now on 26, tells you something on our improvement. We want to do better in the second leg and improve on our weak areas. We are taking a match at a time,” Matano said.Ulinzi host Kakamega Homeboyz in the final game of the first leg on Thursday and Matano hopes his boys can sign off in style by collecting 29 points, a mark that will strongly pit them as title contenders.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars striker Stephen Waruru is set to return for the SportPesa Premier League second leg.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Ahead of the second leg of the 2016 SportPesa Premier League season, Ulinzi Stars will welcome back top striker Stephen Waruru who had been away on military duty for the last two seasons.Waruru, who had been Ulinzi’s top scorer in 2011 and 2012 is expected to start training on Monday with the hope of picking up fitness and making way into Robert Matano’s squad.last_img read more

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LISTEN: Liverpool set for Premier League glory IF they sign this star in January

first_imgLiverpool should go all out for Virgil van Dijk in January – as his signing could win them the Premier League.That’s the view of talkSPORT presenter and lifelong Reds fan Micky Quinn amid reports linking the Southampton central defender with a move to Anfield.Jurgen Klopp’s side have made a promising start to the campaign and are currently sitting just a point off the top of the table.But Quinn reckons the addition of Van Dijk in the New Year could be what’s needed to push them on to title success.“I think he could be the missing link for Liverpool in regards of winning the Premier League if they sign him,” said Quinn, speaking on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“You’ve seen him at Celtic and at Southampton. He’s a football player, an aggressive centre-back, and he just goes from strength to strength every time I see him.“I think he would be a great signing for Liverpool. Money no object. And he could seal them the Premier League if they sign him.”last_img read more

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Memories are the best gifts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Visions of toddlers playing with brightly wrapped boxes and gold, silver and red bows while toys and clothing items were left littering the floor fill my head. I remember knotted silver tinsel and tangled lights that always made the tree look beautiful, regardless. I chuckle when I recall the dog licking up patches of candy canes that were crushed into carpeting by tiny cowboy-booted feet. I can close my eyes and smell the tangerines that were stuffed into the toes of Christmas stockings hung by the chimney with care. One of the best Christmas gifts I get is the gift of remembrances of Christmases gone by that allow me to have loved ones who are no longer here to visit around the dinner table. I can look at past Christmases through a soft-focus lens, blurring the stress, expense and sadness this year’s Christmas brings. It is the gift of memories of past Christmases that offer me the best present I could ever receive. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here in the desert, people still wear sandals, tank tops and shorts in October. Yet Christmas displays, decorations and holiday advertising saturate every business and publication we see. Store shelves sag from the weight of tinsel, Christmas tree bulbs, lights, greeting cards and bags of cotton snow, all haunting reminders that Christmas is coming. This is also the same time of year when my stomach writhes, my heart palpitates and I wake up during the night in cold sweats. Will I be able to afford all the necessities and niceties of the season without having to hock my firstborn, I wonder. Will I honestly be able to feel and express good cheer, magnanimity and goodwill toward all for this marathon-like season? Hmmm. I enjoy getting material gifts as much as the next person and I do enjoy seeing a loved one’s eyes light up when they open a package and seem truly delighted with the contents. But, while contemplating the subject of, “What was the best gift you ever received,” nothing tangible comes to mind. My best and favorite Christmas gifts are stored inside my mind and heart. When I recall past Christmases, memories of the house being filled with the scent of a real, green pine tree emerge. The memory of handmade ornaments hanging precariously from all the tree’s bottom branches because that’s as high as my then-little ones could reach comes to mind. last_img read more

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Pogba shouted ‘he f***ed with the wrong baller’ after Mourinho sacking – reports

first_img no dice REVEALED 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Paul Pogba responded to Jose Mourinho’s sacking by shouting ‘he f***ed with the wrong baller’, according to reports.In astonishing scenes at Manchester United’s training ground, Michael Carrick reportedly intervened and reminded the midfielder that nobody is bigger than the club. Paul Pogba reportedly celebrated in the dressing room after Jose Mourinho was sacked He allegedly shouted: “He thought he could make a fool of me and turn the fans against me. He f***ed with the wrong baller.”Carrick, who was placed in temporary charge for 48 hours, reportedly told the players that their position at the club was not safe either unless they started meeting Man United’s high standard.Meanwhile, Mourinho issued a statement saying he will not be drawn into comments about his relationship with certain individuals at the club. ADVICE RANKED Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY center_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED huge blow 3 The pair endured a frosty relationship Jose Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba from his starting XI on several occasions He said: “I have been immensely proud to wear the badge of Manchester United since the first day I arrived, and I believe all United fans recognise this.“Each time a chapter is closed, I show my deepest respect by not making any comments about my former colleagues.”The Sun report that the only player not to partake in the celebratory scenes at Carrington was Romelu Lukaku, who was signed by Mourinho for £75million in the summer of 2017. BEST OF Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been appointed caretaker manager until the end of the season with Sir Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man Mike Phelan returning as his assistant.Carrick, who took training on Tuesday and Wednesday, will remain on the coaching staff with Kieran McKenna. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Mourinho and Pogba endured a frosty relationship at Old Trafford, with public bust-ups and training ground spats contributing to the Portuguese manager’s downfall.Towards the end of his Red Devils tenure, Mourinho repeatedly benched Pogba for big games, including the 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.And according to The Sun, Pogba led euphoric scenes at Carrington on Tuesday morning when news of Mourinho’s sacking was announced. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3last_img read more

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‘Thank you Petr’ – Chelsea fans pay tribute to former player before Arsenal clash

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move no dice 2 MONEY The banner read: “Thank you Petr. Chelsea Legend.”He also holds the record for the most clean sheets in Premier League history with 202 – a stunning achievement considering the great keepers that have graced the division. REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Chelsea fans unveiled a tribute to their former goalkeeper Petr Cech following his retirement announcement this week.Cech spent 11 campaigns at the Blues where he made 494 appearances winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and Europa League. Current Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech The goalkeeper announced on Tuesday he will retire at the end of this season.The 36-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 and has gone on to make 130 appearances for the north London club and prior to the match on Saturday evening, the Chelsea fans showed their appreciation for their former player who played such a large part of their success this century. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 BEST OF ADVICE The banner unveiled by Chelsea fans RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Latest Football News And when one of the greats decides to say goodbye to his playing career many footballers past and present from a number of teams showed their appreciation for the Czech. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

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Awareness Washington County Chili Cook-Off March 11

first_imgIt’s free to enter – just bring three pots of your best chili (must be the same) and provide a power strip and extension cord. Marji Morris, Director of Awareness Washington County, said they will supply all the rest.“We’ve got tables, tasting bowls, and the facility,” said Morris on WSLM’s Coffee Club Friday. “This is a fundraiser for Awareness and we want to encourage people to come out for a fun evening with lots of great food.”Each team gets free admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Tickets to the general public are $5 and $3 for children. Set up begins at 10a and chili should be in place no later than 2p for judging. Teams may leave after setup and return by 3:30p. Teams are required to provide an typed list of “major” ingredients. There will be a cake walk, children’s activities and raffles from area businesses. There will also be sandwiches, dessert and drinks served with the various chili. For additional details, contact Debbie Mildenburger, Directer of We the Youth at 812.786.2016. Some like it hot! Some like it with beans. Some like it with noodles. But when you come to the Awareness Washington County Chili Cook-Off on March 11 at Southern Hill Church from 4-7p – come hungry and ready to vote in the best chili in the county.Prizes will be awarded for the People’s Choice, Independent Judging and Best Decorated Booth. last_img read more

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Impaired charge laid

first_imgA Chatham-Kent police officer reportedly saw a vehicle travelling on Wheatley Road at a high rate of speed Thursday afternoon and swerving in its own lane.The officer allegedly clocked the male motorist driving 121 kilometres per hour in a posted 80 km/h zone. As the officer turned around, the man passed another vehicle almost striking it, police said.The officer stopped the vehicle and believed the man was driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and taken to police headquarters for breath tests.The 54-year-old Tilbury man was charged with having a blood-alcohol concentration exceeding the legal limit and driving while disqualified. He was released with a court date.Minor injuries in crashEmergency crews responded to a collision Thursday afternoon involving a pickup truck and school bus on Longwoods Road between West Bothwell Road and Zone Road 9.One student was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.The driver of the truck, a 23-year-old Chatham man, was charged with careless driving. Total damage was estimated at $45,000.Failing to sign inOn March 4, a woman was released from court with several conditions, including that she report to police headquarters every Thursday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Last week, the woman reportedly failed to sign in, police said.On Thursday afternoon, when the woman attended police headquarters to sign in, she was arrested and charged with failing to comply.The 25-year-old Chatham woman was held in custody for bail.Breach of curfewOn May 14, a man was released from custody with several conditions, including that he obey a daily curfew of 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.On May 27, police received information the man was not abiding by his curfew condition and attempts were made to find him.The man police headquarters Thursday afternoon and turned himself in at police headquarters Thursday afternoon . The 27-year-old Chatham man was arrested and charged with failing to comply. He was held for bail.Warrant arrestsOn May 22, a man was released from court with a condition to participate in the John Howard Society bail supervision program.On May 29, the man reportedly failed to attend his appointment, police said. On Thursday morning, police found the man in Wallaceburg and he was arrested. The 26-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with failing to comply. He was held for bail.Late Thursday afternoon, police located a man on Park Avenue wanted for assault, mischief, failing to comply with his release conditions and failing to attend court. The 36-year-old Chatham man was arrested and held in custody pending a bail hearing.On Thursday night, Middlesex OPP located a man wanted for mischief and failing to attend court in Chatham. The 27-year-old Woodstock man was arrested and transported back to Chatham-Kent for court purposes. He was held for bail.Break and enter in ChathamSome time Thursday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., someone entered a home on Lansdowne Avenue and stole jewelry, medication and cash.Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Josh Flikweert at joshuaf@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 ext. 87146. Anonymous callers may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.Traffic enforcementOn Thursday afternoon, an officer with the traffic unit conducted enforcement on Indian Creek Road West in Chatham.Two motorists were charged with speeding. Police remind drivers to obey the posted speed limits, especially when entering a school zone.last_img read more

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