House Holds 4 Former CBL Governors in Contempt

first_imgFormer CBL board members Kolli S. Tamba and Melisa Emeh and Board member Elsie Dossen Badio -Reappear on Monday, with Charles Sirleaf, Internal AuditorsThe House of Representatives has unanimously voted to hold former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Milton Weeks in “contempt” for printing additional L$10.5 billion banknotes without an expressed authority from members of the 53rd Legislature, an action which, according to the House has put the past and current Legislators in disrepute, and has caused unwanted protests that impeded legislative function on Monday, September 24.Former members of the CBL Board of Governors, Kolli S. Tamba and Melisa Emeh and Elsie Dossen Badio, were also placed under contempt charges.The contempt of the Legislature is an offense of obstructing the House in carrying out its functions, or of hindering any legislator in the performance of his or her duties.The motion was made by Nimba County District #8 lawmaker, Representative Larry Younquoi after a closed-door session.The motion carried the three former CBL Governors, and the current Governor, who also served between 2016 to July, 2018, to reappear on Monday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. before the full Plenary, including former Governor David Farhat, Deputy CBL Governor Charles Sirleaf, CBL Director and Deputy Director for Internal Audit, Adolphus Forpka and Joseph Dennis, respectively, to also appear with evidence as to why they, too, should not be held in contempt for the unauthorized printing of additional L$10.5 billion.The Chief Clerk, according to the motion, was mandated to write President George Weah to expedite those employees of the Executive, who are not in the country to be made to come home before next Monday to appear.The motion was prompted following over four hours of testimonies from the four witnesses but some lawmakers argued that their testimonies cannot be considered as  ‘prima facie’ evidence because of inconsistency in their testimonies.A ‘prima facie’ is based on the first impression, accepted as correct until proven otherwise.Former board member Kolli S. Tamba (May 2016 – May 2018), told lawmakers that being aware of continuous back-and-forth meetings with the Legislature in their interpretation, the letter written by the Chief Clerk and the secretary of the Senate was an “expressed authority,” especially with the second-to-last paragraph.“In the view of the above, and with the power assigned with the Legislature under Article 35(d) of the Constitution, this shall constitute your legal and sufficient authority,” Tamba’s letter said.Kolli said the CBL’s resolution was written verbatim based on the letter from the Legislature.Governor Melisa Emeh (January 2016 – January 9, 2018) said for their understanding, the letter from the Legislature meant “Approval” but apologized that the last paragraph was not adhered to, which said: “Meanwhile, the Legislature would request that you furnish with the appropriate details of the volume and denominations of the replacing banknotes prior to the printing and minting of coins.”She pointed out that the Board of Governors are policymakers, but the administrative matters or day-to-day activities are taken care of by the Executive Governor and Deputy Executive Governor for Operations.She also stated that deposition of some of the money at a warehouse at the Housing Bank is an old scenario and intended to “spread the risk.” She indicated that the Finance Ministry was paid for using the Housing Bank.Mrs. Elsie Dossen Badio (2016 – present) also admitted seeing the letter from the Legislature and said they understood it to be an authority given the CBL to print additional money. She indicated that LD$15 billion is gradually being infused in the economy.Former Executive Governor Weeks maintained that the letter from the Legislature was interpreted as an authority based on a two-month long conversation with the Legislature.Though the letter did not state the volume and denomination, he stressed that their interpretation was that the Legislature already knew the volume and denomination from the “closed-door meetings.”Weeks denied acting alone to print additional LD$10.5billion and indicated that it was a collective mistake.He, however, admitted failing to inform former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and the Legislature with the appropriate details of the volume and denominations of the replacing banknotes prior to printing.The former CBL boss further disclosed that coins were minted and are with the CBL with the remaining Liberian banknotes, but stressed that there is no money missing.In adherence to the Legislature’s authorization, the Central Bank convened a Board meeting in which resolution BR-06-/2017 for the printing and replacement of Liberian dollar legacy banknotes was adopted.The resolution cited Article 32(2) of the Central Bank of Liberia Act of 1999, which grants the Central Bank the authority to print and issue Liberian Dollar (LRD) banknotes, albeit with the consent of the Legislature.The resolution referenced the Legislature’s July 19 letter requesting its full consent for the printing and subsequent issuance of new LRD banknotes, the simultaneous replacement of all LRD legacy notes and the introduction of LRD coins in lower denominations.The Board’s resolution authorized the Executive Governor to print more of the new banknotes and mint coins in obedience with the Legislature’s mandate.But a noted Liberian lawyer(name withheld) has told the Daily Observer that the Board of Governors as well as the Executive and the Deputy Executive Governor for operations were in error to have proceeded with the printing of the banknotes. According to the lawyer, the letter purporting to authorize the CBL to proceed with printing was not only irregular but illegal as well.This is because the letter did not bear the signature of the Speaker of the House of Representatives since he is, according to the Constitution, head of the Legislature argued the lawyer. He further maintained two separate letters bearing the signatures of the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate respectively cannot be construed as a having the force of Legislative authority simply because both individuals, by law, lacked the standing to commit the Legislature to any deal or arrangement. As such, according to the lawyer, since what is not done legally is not done at all, the letter of authority unto which former CBL Governors acted was bogus and by extension their decision to print the banknotes was also illegal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rangers Finish Off Panthers, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Sloppy at the start, strong at the finish. That has been the New York Rangers’ winning formula the past two games, yet they know they need to change the plan — and soon.After a two-game post All-Star break skid, in which the Rangers scored a total of one goal, New York has regained its offensive mojo.The Rangers followed up Saturday’s win over Carolina with a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers on Feb. 2.In both games, the third period was their best. But if they start slowly when powerhouse Boston comes to town on Feb. 3, the game could be out of reach by the time the final 20 minutes roll around.“We are getting to that point in the season where we’ve got to be desperate for points,” said Rick Nash, who scored two goals to reach 31 for the season and move back into a tie for the NHL lead. “Playing in the third, we didn’t have as many turnovers as we did in the first two periods.”It is no coincidence that the Rangers’ offense has rebounded the past two games when Nash has scored three goals. But they have spread it around, too. Mats Zuccarello scored his first goal in 11 games during New York’s decisive three-goal third period.“I can feel pressure from everyone around to score some goals, so obviously I’d like to score some more,” he said.Dan Boyle scored a deflected goal 8:10 into the third to make it 4-3, and Nash and Zuccarello added insurance tallies.Boyle flipped the puck from the left point, and it hit the stick of veteran Florida defenseman Willie Mitchell and bounded past surprised goalie Roberto Luongo. Zuccarello made it 5-3 with 4:02 left.Carl Hagelin was stopped by Luongo on a penalty shot with 3:19 remaining to keep it a two-goal game, but Nash scored into an empty net at 18:07.The Panthers held a 1-0 lead in the first and dug out of a 3-1 hole in the second, yet fell to 1-6-1 in their past eight.“Every game is must win for us,” forward Nick Bjugstad said. “We can’t afford any nights off. That was an unfortunate bounce.”Kevin Hayes and Marc Staal added goals for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for his 334th victory, 20th best in NHL history.Aleksander Barkov, Dave Bolland and Brandon Pirri had Panthers goals. Brad Boyes added two assists, and Luongo made 32 saves. The Panthers will finish their three-game trip to the New York area against the Islanders on Tuesday.“We just can let games like this one get away against teams we are chasing,” Bolland said. “We need momentum, and we had it tonight.”After Hayes and Staal gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead in the second, the play shifted back to the Panthers. Lundqvist briefly stemmed the tide when he denied Jonathan Huberdeau, who came in alone, but he couldn’t hold off Florida for long.Bolland cut the deficit to 3-2 with 7:09 left in the second after he put the puck off the crossbar. The rebound came back to him, and he batted it in for his second goal.Then, during a power play, Bolland sent a hard pass from the goal line out front to Pirri, who dropped to a knee and fired in his seventh — and fourth in five games — with 4:30 remaining.“Even though they came back and they tied it up in the second period, when the game was on the line in the third, I thought we played our best period,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said.New York seemed to be in control after getting even on Nash’s first-period goal and then grabbing a two-goal edge when Hayes and Staal scored 6:37 apart.Hayes gave the Rangers their first lead at 2:51 of the second on the power play when Zuccarello sent a pass from the left circle to Hayes for a one-timer from the slot that produced his seventh goal. This one came as his older brother Jimmy — a Panthers forward — watched from the Florida bench.Staal, who played against his brothers Eric and Jordan in New York’s 4-1 win over Carolina, waited with the puck above the right circle and snapped a wrist shot past Luongo at 9:28 for his third.Nash’s first goal gave him his first 30-goal season with New York and eighth in 12 NHL seasons.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Stars Support 2014 Blue Shirt Day To STOMP Out Bullying

first_imgOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month, and STOMP Out Bullying hopes that students around the world will join celebrities in participating in Blue Shirt Day on October 6.Video: Mario Lopez BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION 2014STOMP Out Bullying founder Ross Ellis, the initiative aims to get as many people as possible across the globe to wear blue on World Bullying Prevention Day to raise awareness of the problem of bullying.“The goal of the initiative is to give students a “call to action” where they not only GO BLUE, but they create events, talk about the issue in class and work together to stand up for others and to end bullying in their school communities,” said Ross. “In its sixth year, Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention has had an impact around the world. Each year more and more schools participate. Reports from schools show that the initiative has shown there is a slight decrease in bullying and cyberbullying.“Bon-Ton stores is the exclusive shirt sponsor selling the STOMP Out Bullying™ limited edition 2014 Blue Shirt in their stores and online. Marvel Comics is releasing a series of variant covers that depict superheroes spotlighting the issue. In each image, a Marvel hero comes to the aid of a lonely or targeted teens. Armour Lunchmakers and Breakfastmakers, as well as Groupon and other companies are joining the initiative to help put an end to bullying.”Among the celebrities who have filmed PSAs for this year’s campaign are Chloë Grace Moretz, Robin Roberts, James Marsden, Josh Gad, Abigail Breslin, Mario Lopez, Taylor Schilling, Cyndi Lauper, Kristen Bell, Megan Hilty and Justin Long.Find out more here.last_img read more

Yukon RCMP again facing probe

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Yukon RCMP is facing another investigating after their officers were accused of roughing up a First Nations woman.RCMP members from Carcross, Yukon, are being investigated after a local woman filed a complaint against the officers for using excessive force after they arrested her last month.The woman said she was dragged from her home and roughed up in Whitehorse cells. Lynn Rose Johns said she suffered a concussion.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img read more

FOLIO Announces 2009 Growth Summit

first_imgThis year’s event features more than 30 sessions that have been broken into two groups: one for larger publishers and one for smaller publishers. Focusing on delivering actionable ideas, more than 50 speakers will lead sessions on topics ranging from revenue and cost control to the changing organizational structure. The conference will include end-of-day forums and the FOLIO: Editor’s Trendwatch, a series of presentations featuring exclusive research and roundtable discussions.For more information on the FOLIO: Growth Summit, click here. In this challenging economy, magazine publishers more than ever are looking growth opportunities across more than just the traditional media channels.With that in mind, FOLIO: has renamed its annual conference for C-suite executives the FOLIO: Growth Summit, slated for March 16-18, 2009, at the Westin Hotel in Chicago.Anchoring the program will be keynotes by Source Media CEO Jim Malkin, IDG CEO Bob Carrigan  and  Storm Mountain Publishing founder Brad Fayfield.last_img read more

Tools for Managing Your Brand Online

first_imgSocialMention (socialmention.com)SocialMention’s search platform tracks conversations across the Web in real time. It offers a free, adhoc search engine that provides tracking and metrics with support for more than 75 social media properties and is available in multiple formats. Monitoring your magazine brand’s Web reputation can be just as important as updating your magazine’s Web page. Amanda MacArthur, Mequoda Group editor and publisher, offers three online tools that are necessary to monitor and manage her brand.The rationale behind signing up for free alerts and networks? Constant conversation with your readership. “Sometimes people will link to the wrong page,” MacArthur says. “If we post a free special report, a blogger may link to our homepage instead of the report itself. We’ll be alerted through a social media tool and contact the blogger to remedy the situation.”By constantly monitoring what readers and competitors are saying about them—and what they’re linking to—Mequoda has increased site traffic and newsletter sign-ups (which now boast a 28 percent conversion rate). Mequoda’s traffic has more than doubled from 12,000 unique visitors per month in March 2008 to 31,000 today. From one post on Twitter, Mequoda sees between 50 and 60 visitors. “Twitter is now our second biggest traffic driver after Google,” she says.Tweet Later (www.tweetlater.com)A “Twitter Productivity Tool,” this free function tracks keywords and can be set up to automatically e-mail a daily digest of all of a brand’s daily mentions on Twitter. The service costs $29.97 per month. BackType (www.backtype.com) BackType tracks what’s being said about content across the Web using BackType Connect, which supports every major publishing platform for blogs, as well as Twitter, Digg, FriendFeed and Reddit. Publishers work with BackType to display related conversations online with existing comments on their properties to encourage more engagement. last_img read more