LFA Terminates Services of 5 Sub- Committee Heads

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association has terminated the services of five of its Sub-Committees’ chairmen with immediate effect for administrative reasons.In separate letters to the five individuals, Acting Secretary General Emmanuel Deah said he has been mandated by the LFA Executive Committee to inform the different heads of the five Sub-Committees that they have been relieved of their various portfolios.According to a release, the services of the chairman of the Caldwell LFA Sub-Committee Sylvester P. Mulbah, Sinkor LFA Sub-Committee chairman Samuel Brow and Gnahousname Roberts of the Paynesville LFA Sub- Committee have been terminated.The services of Fayah M. Varney of the Mount Carey LFA Sub- Committee and Thomas Kollie of the St. Paul LFA Sub-Committee were also terminated.The release said the LFA Executive Committee thanked the five football administrators for the able manner in which they administered the affairs of the various Sub-Committees over the years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police Release Five Victims of Homophobia from ‘Protective Custody’

first_imgThe spokesperson of the Liberia National Police, H. Moses Carter, said at least five persons, who were taken into ‘protective custody’ during a violent attack which rocked the quiet suburbs of Sinkor two weeks ago, has been released.The five individuals were part of a larger group of people who were said to be attending a birthday party in Sinkor at a Drop-In-Center (DIC) owned and operated by Population Services International (PSI) when they came under a massive attack from residents of the community over suspicion they were “Gays” (homosexuals).“A total of five persons were brought to our headquarters. Some of them sustained injuries as a result of the stone-throwing,” Carter said.The party, according to sources, was the 33rd birth anniversary of a staff member of PSI, and the entity seized the occasion to boost attendance at the DIC, following a previous incident last year that dampened the interest of a key section of the population who frequent the location for regular HIV/AIDS checkups.Carter said the five individuals will not be forwarded to court as they are victims who the police had ‘saved’ from mob violence and prosecution is out of the question as they were not “caught in the act of homosexuality.”Articles 14.74, 14.79 and 50.7 [of the Penal Code of 1976] consider “voluntary sodomy” as a first-degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one-year imprisonment.However, Liberia’s gay community says harassment and discrimination are widespread against their associates, but Carter furthered that the police could not arrest any of the assailants.“It was during the night hours; we only managed to restore calm in the midst of the stone-throwing,” he said.PSI Liberia continues to remain silent on probes by journalRAGE over the level of security measures employed, which would have staved off the attack from community members.But in a statement published in local news outlets including the Daily Observer, PSI Liberia Country Director, Rajiv Dua, said rumors circulating on social media that the entity was hosting a “Gay party” are “rumors of evil.”According to the statement, Dua said that the party, hosted by ‘Saranna,’ was the birthday of one of their clients at the center, during which time PSI peer educators would take advantage to conduct HIV/AIDS testing and counseling to those vulnerable groups, most of whom showed up during the night hours.“They invaded our premises because of wrong rumors,” Dua is quoted in the statement.“We provide HIV & AIDS testing and counseling at that premises, and the party was set up to ensure that a greater part of the population of this vulnerable group showed up to be tested and counseled, but unfortunately, people with no idea of what was happening invaded and manhandled them,” he said.However, observers say the imbroglio at the center could have been prevented if the organization had employed stringent security measures. But Carter added, “The police only got involved when the altercation broke out.”Source: journalRAGEShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No outcome from PCB meet; BCCI unlikely to pay compensation

first_imgDubai, May 29 (PTI) The meeting between the top BCCI and PCB officials ended without any conclusive outcome after the Indian government today refused to give clearance for any bilateral series with Pakistan. The BCCI, represented by joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary, CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) MV Sridhar met with their Pakistani counterparts to discuss the pressing issues including the USD 60 million compensation demanded by the PCB. “The delegations of the BCCI and PCB have met in Dubai today and shared their stated positions. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and its outcome will be shared with the members of their respective boards,” a BCCI release stated. However a BCCI source privy to the development said there were deliberations on the USD 60 million compensation that the PCB had demanded from BCCI for not adhering to the MoU, which stated that the two nations would play five bilateral series in eight-year cycle between 2015-2023. There were some thoughts of sneaking a small limited overs series in September, when Champions League T20 used to be held. It is learnt that BCCI is unlikely to pay any damages as its stand has always been clear that government clearance is paramount when it comes to playing Pakistan. In fact, BCCI has asked PCB to withdraw compensation claim. “After todays statement by the union sports minister, it is unlikely that a series against Pakistan will be held anytime soon. We have told PCB that unless our government gives permission, we will not even be able to play them at a neutral venue like the UAE,” a BCCI source privy to developments told PTI. As of now, India will only play Pakistan in ICC tournaments. PTI KHS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more