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House to Grill First Cabinet Minister in Open Session

first_imgLands amd Mines and Energy Minister Gesler E. MurrayMines and Energy Minister, Gesler E. Murray, is reportedly facing mounting pressure over an increasing amount of fake mining licenses being issued to so-called miners, and the corresponding effect of illegal mining activities throughout the country.With those reports, the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill has invited Minister Murray for questioning. He is expected to appear before that august body on Thursday, May 16, 2019 in an open session.Minister Murray and his principal deputies, including technicians, are expected to appear before the House Plenary to explain the wave of illicit mining on their respective scopes of operations and give a roadmap as to the way forward to stop the illegal activities.Murray’s expected appearance will mark the first of its kind of a cabinet minister that members of the 54th have invited for grilling.The lawmakers alleged refusal to invite cabinet ministers to grill them in open session, reportedly created rifts between some members of the Independent Legislative Caucus and Speaker Bhofal Chambers.Prior to this death, the late Representative Adolph Lawrence of Montserrado County District #15 became the core fighter and was, on two occasions, thrown out of session, having been accused of vilifying Speaker Chambers for not placing on the agenda, his (Lawrence’s) communications inviting some cabinet ministers for questioningMontserrado County District #10 Representative Yekeh Kolubah, River Gee County District #3 Representative Francis S. Dopoh, II and Grand Bassa County District #5 Representative Thomas A. Goshua, II were also among those lawmakers agitating for being victimized.Besides the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweh, who was questioned in closed session, a proxy represented Labor Minister Moses Kollie before that august body.Plenary’s decision on Tuesday, May 7, during the 28th day sitting was based on a motion filed by Representative Mariamu Fofana (Lofa County District #4), following a communication from Representative Matthew Joe (Grand Bassa County District #3), seeking the acquiescence of the House to invite Minister Murray to explain the cause(s) of the proliferation of the reported illicit mining activities across the country; explain circumstances leading to granting of mining licenses in the categories of class “A & B,” specifically to aliens and Liberians  and state the measures the ministry is doing to stop the alleged illegal activities.The Grand Bassa Lawmaker argued that the proliferation of illegal mining involving aliens is becoming alarming across the country, with specific reference to the Nimba County gold mine disaster where dozens were trapped under the debris at the Gbanepea Gold Mine near Tappita.Rep. Joe said that during a most recent visit to Grand Bassa County, specifically in Districts four and five, respectively, he saw dredges on the Timbo and the St. John Rivers being operated by Ghanaians. When he inquired whether they were licensed, their response was no.He also referenced reports of dredges discovered on the St. Paul River and ongoing illicit mining in Haindii, Fuamah District, Lower Bong County.This proliferation of illicit mining activities, he said, is swindling government of thousands of United States dollars in revenue.The Ministry of Mines and Energy, Liberia . The Ministry of Mines & Energy (MME) was established by an act of legislature to administer all activities related to mineral, water and energy resource exploration, coordination and development in the Republic of Liberia.Also, illegal mining is on the rise in Grand Kru County and at least 2,000 foreigners, especially from Ghana and Ivory Coast are currently estimated to be involved in illegal artisanal gold mining.The illegal miners present huge challenges that need to be addressed from a range of perspectives. It takes place both at abandoned mines and at operating mines, with illegal miners often operating out of desperation and in dangerous conditions.Grand Kru County District # 2 Representative, Cllr. Jonathan Fonati Koffa, confirmed the illegal mining.According to him, foreigners are reportedly bringing dredge machines into the county illegally and mining gold, something he noted, when not addressed urgently, could lead to serious environmental degradation.According to Grand Bassa County Lawmaker, Hon Matthew Joe, the illicit mining taking place in the country is depriving the Government of needed revenue and is damaging the creeks and rivers from which the citizens fetch drinking water.Other officials that are expected to appear before the lawmakers are the Administrators of the Phebe Hospital, including the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Willimena Jallah, to show reasons why Phebe Hospital is underfunded, something which exposes the citizens to risk.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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Ohio State Fair attendance up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2019 Ohio State Fair concluded its 12-day run on Sunday, Aug. 4 with an estimated 934,925 attendees entering the gates between July 24 and August 4. This marks an increase of approximately 3 percent more visitors than 2018.“This year’s weather was absolutely beautiful, and hundreds of thousands of Ohioans turned out to celebrate our great state and experience all that the Fair has to offer. Some of the most popular aspects each year are the animals, education, food, art and rides,” said Virgil Strickler, General Manager. “We are so thankful for the many people who worked hard all year long to make this a great Fair.”The annual Ohio State Fair, held at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, celebrates agriculture — the state’s largest industry — and is well-known across the country for traditions including the famed butter cow and calf, the unique eight-acre Natural Resources Park, and one of the largest youth livestock shows in the nation.last_img read more

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₹24 lakh suspected poll cash seized in Bihar

first_imgThe police on Sunday seized ₹24 lakh in cash from two different places during a vehicle checking drive in Bihar’s Kishanganj district.Superintendent of Police Ashish Kumar said that the police seized ₹19.20 lakh and took two persons in custody from Lahra Chowk area while another ₹4.80 lakh was seized from Rampur check-post area in which one person was taken into custody. Both the seizures were made during a vehicle checking drive under Sadar police station of the town area, the SP said.The police are investigating the matter, he said and added that Income Tax officials have been informed about the seizures. The man in the first case was on his way to Siliguri via Kishanganj in his car bearing a West Bengal registration number, the SP said. The other person was also on his way to Siliguri from West Bengal’s Malda district. Sources, however, said that the money was being transported for use in the general elections which begin on April 11.last_img read more

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Women shuttlers bring India back as No 2 in medals tally

first_imgIndian badminton’s golden girls – Saina Nehwal, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa – won India two gold medals on the final day of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, October 14. They thus created history in Indian badminton, winning the first gold medals for the country in Commonwealth Games.While world number three Saina beat Malaysian Mew Choo Wong in a tough women’s singles final 19-21, 23-21, 21-13, Jwala and Ashwini thrashed Singaporeans Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei in straight games.The twin titles in women’s badminton also saw India reclaim their number two position in the medal’s tally as India pushed England to number three with 38 golds with the visitors trailing by one.Going as a favourite, Saina had a disappointing start as she lost the opening game to the revenge-seeking Malaysian. But she fought back in the second game and saved a match point to finally win the game. She dominated in the final game and did not let Wong to overtake her at any point of the game.The 20-year-old Hyderabadi girl had earlier defeated Wong in the ongoing Commonwealth Games’ team event finals, which India had lost to Malaysia 1-3. Saina was the only player to win a match against the much stronger Malaysian team. She had defeated Wong 24-26, 21-17, 21-14.Jwala, Ashwini give India women’s doubles goldEarlier, Jwala and Ashwini registered a historical win for the country as they thrashed favourites Sari Shanti Mulia and Yao Lei of Singapore to claim their first major international victory.advertisementThe duo played to expectation as India’s hopes pinned on the three women shuttlers as well as the men’s hockey team to reclaim the second position from England in the medal’s tally. While the world champions Australia were humiliating in a one-sided men’s final at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, Jwala and Ashwini battled their higher-ranked Singaporean competitors at the packed Siri Fort Stadium.They outplayed top seed Shanti-Lei 21-16, 21-19.Though the Indians had slightly disappointing start in the first game as they conceded three successive points to trail 0-3, a perfect blend of attack and defence brought Jwala and Ashwini back. Soon they were leading in the game, which they ultimately won.The second game saw a similar action as the Indians were trailing at 12-15, but Jwala-Ashwini used drops and smashes to return in the game. Jwala’s aggressive game finally saw the Indian pair through in the second game also.last_img read more

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Queensland Maroons Dinner Award Winners

first_imgCongratulations to the award recipients at the Queensland Touch Football Maroons Dinner on Saturday night. Rick Borg Medal – Luke McKenzieAffiliate Referee of the Year – Pat Williams (Kingaroy)Junior Coach of the Year – Adam Pryde (South Queensland)Coach of the Year – Shane Crotty (Sunshine Coast)Junior Team of the Year – Beenleigh 16’s BoysTeam of the Year – Sunshine Coast Women’s 20’s Junior Female Player of the Year – Tamika Upton (Central Queensland)Junior Male Player of the Year – Ty Titasey (South West Queensland)Senior Player of the Year – Renee Fraser (Brisbane City)Female Player of the Year – Emilee Cherry (South West Queensland)Male Player of the Year – Dan Withers (Central Queensland)Volunteer of the Year – Amanda Dwyer (Noosa)Affiliate Administrator of the Year – Lesleigh Schiffke (Hervey Bay) Affiliate of the Year – Blackwater Touch AssociationRegion of the Year – South QueenslandRelated LinksQLD Maroons Dinnerlast_img read more

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19 days agoArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luiz

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We’re all happy with matchwinner David Luizby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery hailed matchwinner David Luiz for victory over Bournemouth.Luiz struck the only goal of a tense encounter.Emery said, “The most important thing is to have a lot of corners offensively. In this match, we had a lot of corners in the first half, but in the second half we had less. When we are taking that corner, we can score. We did that today and It’s important for us to have confidence with different players scoring.”He’s very positive. Every time he’s speaking about positive things and helping young players. He came late into the squad but really, his commitment is very high with us, and his behaviour is too. Everybody is happy with that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Vanquished Liberals return to Hill one last time

first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberals from across the country are cleaning out their offices on Parliament Hill this week.The party lost 43 seats in the recent federal election including its only Aboriginal MP.With a major defeat in the election, they’re in Ottawa for a last meeting and a few goodbyes.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has that story.last_img

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How The LastPlace Bulls Became The Hottest Team In The East

CHICAGO — After the Bulls sparked controversy in June by trading their franchise star to launch a rebuild, the team’s floor — already below sea level — just kept dropping.In October, only days before the team’s season-opener, forwards Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic clashed during practice, with Mirotic suffering a concussion and fractured bones in his face. In November, the Warriors thrashed Chicago by 49 points — without All-Stars Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. Then earlier this month, things seemed to hit a new low. The Bulls, owners of a league-worst 3-20 mark, dropped a 10th-straight game, blowing a 16-point fourth-period lead to the Pacers.Fast forward two weeks, and that same ragtag collection of players who couldn’t buy a win in November is suddenly and mysteriously unbeatable. The Bulls, after blowing out Orlando on Wednesday, are winners of seven straight and own the East’s longest win streak. Only Golden State — 10 in a row — has more. If that seems bizarre … you’re right: Before this, no team in NBA history had ever lost 10 consecutive games (or more) and then rebounded with an immediate win streak of five games or more. Before this Bulls streak, FiveThirtyEight’s NBA projection system1Which, to be fair, doesn’t account for injuries like Mirotic’s. would have given Chicago just a 0.03 percent chance — 3 in 10,000 — of sweeping the seven games it’s won.The turnaround raises two questions for this young club: What, exactly, has changed in such a short amount of time? And are the Bulls at risk of jeopardizing their rebuild and a chance at a good lottery pick by winning too much? The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out Related: The Lab Mirotic’s return is the easiest thing to connect to the Bulls’ streak, considering that it began with his first game back. He’s playing unsustainably well — it’s almost impossible to imagine his continuing to be the NBA’s most efficient high-volume post player while shooting 49 percent from the 3-point line. And he’s averaging 35.8 points and 14.1 rebounds per 100 possessions, which puts him among a handful of superstars in the league posting at least 35 and 10.Part of this is opportunity. Mirotic comes off the bench2When Lauri Markkanen is healthy enough to play. but is clearly the No. 1 option when he’s on the floor. That’s a change from the past, when he had to defer to Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose. But to his credit, Mirotic has made one key change in his game: The 6-foot-10 forward has been more decisive with the ball than in years past. In particular, he has largely shelved a pump fake that often seemed to do the opposite of its intended purpose.According to an analysis published in 2015 by Vantage Sports, Mirotic fired off a shot attempt after using a pump fake more than anyone in the league during the 2014-15 season, yet logged the worst field-goal percentage on those shots among the league’s most frequent pump fakers.3If you broaden the sample by one more year, Mirotic was even worse. He shot just 22 percent from the field after pump fakes over the two-season stretch covering 2014-15 and 2015-16, the worst in the league among players who attempted at least 100 shots after pump fakes in that window. (Unlike Stephen Curry or JJ Redick, who pump-fake their way into cleaner looks by using a side dribble, Mirotic often stood fully stationary and faked his way into a worse shot, which gave defenders extra time to close out on him even further. You can see the difference in the clips below — the first shows a failed pump fake from 2014 and the second, from Wednesday’s game, shows Mirotic shoot in rhythm without any hesitation.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticpumpfake.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/miroticquick.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pointing solely at Mirotic’s impact would be oversimplifying the genesis of the streak, though. Kris Dunn — acquired in the Butler trade after posting the league’s worst true-shooting percentage among regulars4Who played 15 minutes per night and in at least 65 games. last season — has settled in nicely as the starting point guard after an initial rough patch. He has been getting to the basket regularly — ranking fourth in the NBA during the Bulls’ win streak, with almost 18 drives per game — and finishing more consistently once he gets there.Quietly, backup shooting guard David Nwaba — who also recently returned after being injured — might be having the strongest influence on the team’s winning. He aggressively pushes the ball in transition, arguably one of the bigger shifts in Chicago’s identity. The Bulls have ranked second in pace during this streak, up from 23rd before it. The 24-year-old generates nearly 32 percent of his offense from transition opportunities, the highest rate in the NBA5Among players who’ve checked into at least 15 games and gotten at least two transition possessions per game. and has scored on an impressive 65 percent of those chances. That and his energy on defense explain Nwaba’s presence in eight of the Bulls’ nine most efficient two-man lineups6With at least 100 minutes played. up to this point.“It’s a lot easier for our team to score in transition instead of having to break down a set defense that’s already set up, so I like to run when I can,” said Nwaba, who is on pace to become the first 6-foot-4 or shorter player7Who has played at least 15 games and 20 minutes per contest. in 30 years to shoot 55 percent or better from the field. That mindset is particularly valuable to a points-starved Bulls team that, even after reeling off seven victories in a row, is essentially tied for last in the league in offensive efficiency.These two plays — in which Nwaba catches opposing players off guard by taking an extra dribble or two into the teeth of the transition defense — are typical of how he generates scores for Chicago.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/nwaba.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/extradribble.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The defensive improvement has been noteworthy as of late, too, especially since the Bulls have begun playing lineups with four defenders who can all switch their assignments and having their rim protector play pick-and-rolls less aggressively.But no one — well, except maybe Bulls forward Denzel Valentine — expects Chicago to continue playing at this level. (Tonight, the 10-20 Bulls take on LeBron James and the Cavs, who dominated them in a game just before this streak began.) It’s highly unlikely that the Bulls will maintain their Warriors- or Rockets-like shooting from midrange or that opposing teams will continue bricking wide-open threes against them in late-game scenarios.A quick look at the replies under this tweet (highlighting the Bulls’ streak) shows that Chicago fans are worrying about how this stretch of good basketball could hurt the team’s odds of landing a top lottery pick, a concern that still seems a bit premature considering everything that could take place between now and the end of the season.As good as Mirotic has looked, he has had to split playing time with Lauri Markkanen, the team’s promising first-round draft pick.8Also acquired in the Butler deal, although the Bulls traded their own pick to Minnesota as part of the deal. If Mirotic keeps playing anywhere near this level, the Chicago front office would have a nice asset once his contract becomes tradable9On Jan. 15. — a move that would free up more opportunity for Markkanen, who’s far younger and more athletic than Mirotic and has a similar skill set.Beyond that, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg told me and other reporters Wednesday that Zach LaVine is only two or three weeks away from seeing game action after tearing his ACL last season. His presence in the lineup will alter things considerably, for better or worse, as he knocks off the rust.All of this is simply another way of saying: Yes, the Bulls have been on a historic run the past couple of weeks, but they still have a fair number of flaws to work through. And for those worried about what the win streak means for tanking purposes, the educated guess here is that they’ll still lose plenty of games along the way to stay firmly in the lottery conversation.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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