Liberia’s best FIFA badge referee, Isaac Montgomery is expected to lead a team of Liberian referees to officiate the crucial 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Mauritania and the Gambia on March 25.Following their failure to officiate in the CAF Club competition preliminary, the local league best referee Montgomery along with three other Liberian match officials have been given a Nation’s Cup engagement by the Confederation of African Football.Montgomery, Elisha Johnson, Francis Sannoh and Jerry Yekeh will handle the first leg match between Mauritania and Gambia at the Office Du Complexe Olympique of Nouakchott.Montgomery will serve as center referee, while his compatriots Johnson and Sannoh will run the lines as assistant referees one and two respectively and Jerry Yekeh will serve as fourth official.They are expected to depart the country for Nouakchott, Mauritania a week prior to the match. Their trip to Mauritania will be the second assignment for Liberian referees after the Ebola crisis.Last year, four Liberian referees handled a U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match between the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone and Guinea-Bissau.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
APTN 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.
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US Embassy in Dhaka has shared a video on father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on its verified Facebook page marking the National Mourning Day, reports UNB.”US Embassy Dhaka is proud to say that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is a State Department alumnus – he’s one of the very first International Visitor Program (IVP) participants from #Bangladesh,” reads a post with 35 seconds video on Bangabandhu.Today marks the 43rd anniversary of assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Khaleda Zia file photoThe Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way to deliver verdict in Zia Charitable Trust graft case in absence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports UNB.A seven-member bench of the Appellate Division, headed by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order rejecting a leave-to-appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia seeking cancellation of the High Court order clearing the way for continuation of the trial proceedings in the case in her absence.Attorney general Mahbubey Alam said now there is no bar to delivering verdict in the case.Earlier on Sunday, the SC fixed today to pass order on the petition.A Special Judge Court installed inside the old central jail is scheduled to deliver its verdict in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case today (Monday).On 14 October, the High Court bench of Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice SM Kuddus Zaman cleared the way to continuation of the trial proceedings of the graft case against Khaleda in her absence as they rejected a writ petition filed by the BNP chief.On 18 October, a leave-to-appeal petition was filed with the Appellate Division against the High Court order.On 20 September, judge Md Akhtaruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 of Dhaka decided to continue the trial proceedings in absence of the main accused.On 27 September, the BNP chairperson filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging a lower court decision.Meanwhile, the special court on 16 October fixed 29 October for delivering the verdict in the corruption case.Khaleda Zia, who has been in jail since her conviction in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February, refused to appear before the court during the trial of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case on ‘ security grounds’.Later, the government shifted the court to the jail premises to ensure her safety. Yet, she did not appear before the court. The state counsel appealed to the court to continue the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda Zia. The court accepted their plea.The case was filed by the Anti-corruption Commission with Tejgaon Police Station in August, 2011, accusing Khaleda and three others of abusing power to raise funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Last Saturday, a sunny and mild day, 25-30 people gathered at the Gilmore Homes, where Freddie Gray grew up. As youth held up anti-violence posters and listened to pastor Rodney Hudson, members of his Ames Memorial United Methodist Church got the assembled marchers ready to go as another group arrived on the scene.While Hudson’s group sought to focus on Black on Black violence, this new group, fronted by Tay Lawrence of the communistRevcom.us, wanted to spotlight violence perpetuated by the police against citizens. They were also more confrontational with the assembled light police presence; chanting curse words at them and holding up their middle fingers at the police.After a quick mini-conference the two groups agreed to put their differences behind them and set off for City Hall, about 2.5 miles away. Having only moved to Baltimore last year, walking at a slow pace through the different neighborhoods was a revealing experience. It is one thing to know that some areas are better off than others, it is another to walk their streets. The seemingly endless rows of abandoned and boarded up buildings, the closed businesses and gang-related graffiti are well known. Less obvious are the neighborhood entrepreneurs – the people with their grills out selling freshly made hamburgers and hot dogs, sellers of flavored ice – and people trying to keep their patch of Baltimore clean despite being surrounded by trash-strewn streets.The neighborhoods change slowly. One minute march leaders were pointing out where three people had been killed that morning, the next we were on the outskirts of downtown. The businesses went from primarily churches, pawn shops, and liquor stores to coffee chains, national fast food joints, and office buildings. As we got closer to City Hall, even though it was a Saturday afternoon, you could easily imagine office workers striding to their desk jobs, something impossible to contemplate just a few blocks away.Not that downtown Baltimore doesn’t have its own problems. The row of strip clubs on E. Baltimore Street, one block over from City Hall, attests to that.The problems of Baltimore are many and varied. There were too many murders and shootings before Freddie Gray and that trend continues although now it gets a lot more attention. Whether something can be done remains to be seen. That 18 people were shot over the Memorial Day weekend does not indicate that it can.Lately I have been listening to a Baltimore Club remix of “We Shall Overcome” by local Baltimore DJ James Nasty that was posted online five months ago. It takes the melancholy piano of the original civil rights staple song and mixes it with current protest chants such as “No racist police,” “No Justice, No Peace” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” Between it layers in short snippets of contemporary protest leaders talking about Freddie Gray and the injustice of his situation and the out of control violence over the signature skittery Baltimore club sound. It is not the answer to what’s going on, but it gives me hope.Kamau High is a journalist living in Baltimore. He has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Billboard and The Baltimore Sun. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your monthly dose of the newest music with artists launching their LPs, EPs and albums. Hauz Khas social’s Social Spotlight gives artists all the ingredients for an ideal launch – a jam-packed space with mind-blowing energy complete with top-notch production. A platform to display an artist’s creativity, it seeks to showcase the mad musical output and bring music enthusiasts together every month. The purpose of Social Spotlight is to put a spotlight on the most cutting-edge sounds being made in the country. Social Spotlight will take off with MalcolmBraff’s immensely talented band – Greenwoman on 26 November. Malcolm Braff’s new Jazz Pop Electro project is kicks off in Delhi at Hauz Khas Social. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There has never been a better time to be an independent musician in India. There’s an influx of untapped musical talent across the country waiting to be explored, and the current Indian music scene has a larger following than ever before. With regular gigs becoming an urban fixture as well as the outburst of music festivals, the audience suddenly has access to different platforms to experience various genres and exploding talent. With live sets, eclectic tunes, massive energy and the emergence of experimental music. The much-awaited India tour is in collaboration with ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council. Greenwoman is a band led by pianist Malcolm Braff, featuring Claire Huguenin on vocals, Björn Meyer on electric bass, Lukas Koenig on drums and Alexandre Gaeng on video.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday.Clearing misconception, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clearly explained in the state Assembly that the Chief Minister is not at all out of the purview of Lokayukta, apart from the matters “relating to public order”. She assured that within 10 days after the Bill is signed by the Governor, a former judge will be appointed as Lokayukta.Stating that it is wrongly said that the Chief Minister is not under the purview of Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “the Prime Minister is not under its purview in connection with the matters related to defence, external affairs, internal security and space. In our case, the exemption is broadly related to executive decision and approval in exercise of maintenance of public order, which is understood to include deployment of police forces under the control of the state government, modernisation of police forces and capacity building of the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe maintained in the same breath: “As per the Constitution, there are Centre, State and Concurrent lists and there are 58 subjects under the state list that include matters related to agriculture, land and Panchayat. One must go through the law properly instead of wrongly explaining it.”It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MLA Tapas Roy has brought amendments to the provision that “Lokayukta shall investigate any complaint relating to other matters involved in, arising from, or connected with any allegation of corruption against the Chief Minister, with the approval of the state Assembly by a majority of two-third of its members present and voting…” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said: “I have been in politics for so many years and till date, no one has raised question on my credibility. Credibility is my accountability.”ISpeaking on the misconception that Chief Minister will not be under the purview of the Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “There can be discussions on different issues in a democracy, but there cannot be any misconceptions. It is also not right if any group controls the Assembly from outside. After a news is published, it is being told over phone to share the same in the Assembly.” While speaking about the Bill, she said: “We have maintained parity with the Bill that was introduced by the UPA government in 2013 and with that of the erstwhile Left Front government in the state. But it is not exactly a copy of the same.”All MLAs are under the purview of Lokayukta. With the amendment of the Bill, the Parliamentary Affairs minister will also be consulted for appointment of Lokayukta. Earlier, one had to be a Judge of the Supreme Court for appointment as Lokayukta. Now, a High Court judge can be appointed as Lokayukta as well.The Chief Minister attacked the Left Front, saying that their party would have survived if they had taken care of it instead of unnecessarily continuing to criticise her. She took a dig at the party, saying: “Your goraksha friends are buying your party and you cannot do anything.”