first_img-House Reviews InvestmentPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Tuesday wrote the House of Representatives to approve a ‘special tax cut agreement’ in favor of a group of Liberian professionals and investors – the Musons Group, Inc. (MGI), which will last for 15 years.Mr. Joe Gene Mulbah is the President and CEO of Musons Group, Incorporated.The President’s letter to Speaker J. Emmanuel Nuquay said the law, titled, “The Investment Incentive Agreement between the Government of Liberia and Musons Group, Inc,” has an investment of over US$70 million.The President said the purpose of the Investment Incentive Agreement (IIA) is to actualize government’s initiative of attracting and encouraging investors to invest in the country.The agreement was signed by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning and the National Investment Commission, and attested by the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Executive Branch of Government.The investment contract is intended for the construction, development and maintenance of a 210-room state-of-the-art hotel and resort in Marshall, Margibi County and other recreational facilities.“These recreational facilities when completed will develop the tourism sector, will provide jobs, generate revenues, provide opportunities for Liberians to showcase their talents and improve the livelihood of the citizens,” the President wrote.“The aim and objective of this Investment Incentive Agreement is to develop and put Liberia’s hotel and tourism sectors on par with other developed nations, encourage the construction of facilities that will attract world leaders and other world dignitaries to consider hosting major conferences and other global activities in Liberia.“Mr. Speaker, this Investment Incentive Agreement that is in line with Liberia’s relevant laws and public policy appertaining thereto, compliments the development plan of the hotel and resort sector of Liberia thereby attracting tourists.“As government commits to creating jobs and a sustainable economic environment, the passage into Law of this Investment Incentive Agreement will demonstrate Liberia’s commitment and implementation in that endeavor.”Following the reading and acceptance of the instrument, plenary agreed to a motion proffered by Hon. Clearance Massaquoi to forward it to the Committees on Investment and Concession, Judiciary, Broadcasting and Tourism, and Ways, Means, Finance and Development Planning to review and advise the body within two weeks.The MGI is comprised of Liberian professionals with a common objective of developing an organized, committed and focused institution, MUSONS GROUP, Incorporated, which was established on August 5, 1996. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks have been unbeatable after a loss.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 115-105 on Tuesday night, keeping the distinction of being the league’s only team without two straight setbacks.“I love that about this team,” said Antetokounmpo, who added three steals and two blocks. “Every game we don’t play well, the next game we try from the first minute to set the tone.”Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said the feat speaks to the character and the competitiveness of the team.“Really good teams historically, they usually bounce back after a loss,” Budenholzer said. “And, so far this team has been able to do that.”The NBA-leading Bucks improved to 13-0 after losing a game.“We learn from our mistakes,” said Bucks reserve Pat Connaughton, who matched a season high with 16 points. “The unfortunate thing in sports is you tend to learn a lot more from losing than you do winning.”Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez scored 12 of his 14 points in the first quarter when Antetokounmpo was limited to three points because he was on the bench for about half the quarter with two fouls.Eric Bledsoe had 20 points and seven assists, Khris Middleton scored 15 points and Tony Snell added 11 points for the Bucks, who have won seven of eight games.Detroit’s Reggie Jackson matched a season high with 25 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Blake Griffin had 18 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four of five and dropped to 21-28 overall.Griffin said he has not given up hope the team can make the playoffs.“It’s still within our grasp,” said Griffin, who insisted he has not asked the Pistons to trade him.The Lopez-led Bucks had an eight-point advantage after the first quarter and built a 13-point lead at halftime. That cushion was big enough against the Pistons, who did not appear to be motivated to potentially rally for the win late in the game.Detroit’s Stanley Johnson turned the ball over on a pass toward Reggie Jackson with 2:28 left, and Jackson stood and watched after Bledsoe took the ball near midcourt and went in for a layup.“We’re never trying to give up,” Lopez said.TIP-INSBucks: Milwaukee swept the season series against Detroit for the first time in franchise history.Pistons: Owner Tom Gores said he’s still hoping Detroit makes the playoffs, adding the franchise will explore all possibilities before the NBA trade deadline next week.“I have not lost faith in this team,” Gores said. “There is something there. We just need some time. Dwane (Casey) just got here.”X-FACTORBucks reserve D.J. Wilson, a former Michigan star, scored all nine of his points on 4-of-6 shooting in the second quarter. Wilson’s scoring helped Milwaukee build a 62-49 lead at halftime after the Pistons pulled into a 35-all tie.“That was a critical stretch,” Budenholzer said. “We needed somebody to put the ball in the basket, and he did it.”Casey, meanwhile, lamented how poorly his team played late in the first half.“They turned up the physicality and we didn’t meet it in that stretch,” he said.BIG PLAYMAKERThe 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo scored twice and had two assists on 3-pointers instead taking shots of his own in the lane over the final 1:38 of the third after Detroit cut its deficit to four.“He’s a great decision-maker,” Budenholzer said. “Those are big momentum swings, going into a quarter.”INJURY REPORTBucks: Shooting guard Malcolm Brogdon (bruised sternum) and guard Donte DiVincenzo (heel) missed the game.Pistons: Guards Reggie Bullock (left ankle) and Ish Smith (groin) were out with injuries.UP NEXTBucks: Play at Toronto on Thursday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.Pistons: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.___By LARRY LAGE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgManchester United will review security measures at Old Trafford after a pitch invader during last month’s Champions League match with Juventus was found to have carried two toy guns into the stadium in his backpack.”Carrying a children’s miniature plastic toy gun into a stadium is clearly an irresponsible act. Fortunately, the actions of the pitch intruder at the Juventus game did not harm anyone,” the BBC quoted a United spokesperson as saying.”However, as the security and safety of all fans and staff is the absolute priority at United, the club launched an investigation. This includes a full review of our already rigorous security protocols.” UEFA has charged Manchester United for field invasions by two spectators during the 1-0 home defeat by Juventus (Reuters Photo)European soccer’s governing body UEFA have charged United for field invasions by two spectators during the 1-0 home defeat by Juventus. They have until Nov. 22 to respond.In 2016, United evacuated the stadium minutes before a Premier League game after a suspicious package was found. The device was later determined to be fake and had been accidentally left behind after a training exercise.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court has asked Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji to not go public over their differences. Earlier, Diana Edulji has squashed rumours of a rift between her and chairman Vinod Rai on the issue of Pakistan’s participation in the ICC World Cup.There were reports claiming that Edulji was not in favour of Rai’s decision to ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri to write a letter to the International Cricket Council urging them to ban Pakistan from the World Cup in May-June.But Edulji cleared the air on this issue stating that, “There are no differences between the COA members on the issue. We will be meeting on Friday after which a collective decision will be taken taking into account all factors.”The apex court, while observing that it was “partially aware” of what was going on in the CoA, said that whosoever is involved in these issues, they should not bring it in public domain.”We have heard in newspaper reports that some sparring is going on between CoA members. We want to know is it correct?” asked a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and A M Sapre.Senior advocate Parag Tripathi, appearing for the CoA, responded, “Not on core issues.”To this, the bench said, “We have thought to tell the amicus curiae to inform them (CoA members) that whosoever is involved, they should not bring it in public domain. It should not come in public domain”.advertisementIn 2017, the apex court had appointed a four-member CoA, headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai, to run the affairs of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and implement the court-approved recommendations of the Justice R M Lodha panel on reforms in the cash-rich cricket body.The other three members of the CoA were — former Indian women cricket captain Diana Edulji, famous historian Ramachandra Guha and banker Vikram Limaye.Following the resignations of Guha and Limaye, the CoA presently has only two members — Rai and Edulji.The two-member CoA has been divided on several matters including the recent controversy involving cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul.Pandya and Rahul had attracted widespread criticism for their alleged misogynistic comments on TV Show ‘Koffee with Karan’.Rai had reportedly recommended a two-match ban on Pandya and Rahul, but Edulji had taken the matter to the BCCI legal cell which refused to call the players’ actions a violation of the code of conduct and recommended the appointment of an ombudsman.The CoA chief and Edulji had also reportedly differed on the controversy relating to exclusion of Indian women cricketer Mithali Raj from the playing 11 in the crucial semi-final match of the recently concluded women’s world cup.During the hearing on Thursday, senior advocate P S Narasimha, assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the BCCI matter, told the court that earlier there were four members in CoA but now there were only two.”We will appoint the members,” the bench said.To this, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for a state cricket association, said the number of members in CoA should have been odd.Narasimha also said the CoA should comprise of three members.Sibal told the court that CoA would mean that BCCI would be “sidelined completely”.However, the bench said, “We understand that. It (CoA) will be till further orders. Can we do it in-chamber? We have a name in our mind. We will pass an order”.Later, the bench observed that the CoA may also comprise of five members.”We are partially aware of what is going on in CoA,” the bench observed.The counsel appearing for some of the state cricket associations told the court that CoA has not released funds to them.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Maharashtra Cricket Association, said the condition was “precarious” as their stadium has been attached in a court proceeding and they have not been given funds by the CoA.Sibal argued that for the last three years, “not a single penny has been given to the state cricket associations”.Tripathi told the bench that funds were released directly to the respective vendors for the works done by them.”As long as people are playing the game and cricket is going on, we are not concerned,” the bench observed.It asked Narasimha to advise the CoA to release funds to the state cricket associations for cricketing purpose.advertisement”At the moment, let CoA be re-constituted and they can seek advise of P S Narasimha and then release funds. We are not going to loon into the accounts,” the bench said, adding, “We think that CoA is not utilising the services of amicus. Let them do it”.Meanwhile, the apex court issued notice to the CoA on an application of BJP leader Anurag Thakur, who was removed by the top court from the post of BCCI president in 2017 for obstructing its directions for overhauling governance in the cricket body, that he be allowed to contest and get back into the elected body of the BCCI.”My problem is that I am being barred (from BCCI) and have no remedy for the last two years,” senior advocate P S Patwalia, appearing for Thakur, said.Also Read | India should put pressure on ICC to throw Pakistan out of the World Cup: Chetan ChauhanAlso Read | World Cup not more important than the country, say Harbhajan and Azharuddinlast_img read more