‘No Due Diligence on Hummingbird Deal’

‘No Due Diligence on Hummingbird Deal’

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first_imgNimba County District #6 Representative Dorwohn Gleekia: “I’m disappointed because our colleagues did not carefully scrutinize the process.” – Nimba Lawmaker expresses disappointmentThe House of Representatives, at 1:03 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, concurred with the Senate to ratify the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) between the Government of Liberia (GoL) and the Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Incorporated.This latest development, according to Nimba County District #6 Representative Dorwohn Gleekia, “the process of the concurrence was a disappointment.”Gleekia chairs the House Committee on Peace, Religion and National Reconciliation. He informed the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview that the “The Act to Ratify the MDA between the GoL and the Hummingbird Resources (Liberia) Inc. needed due diligence by scrutinizing the details.According to the Senate’s letter to the House of Representatives, dated March 1, 2019, individual Senators approved the Hummingbird Resource Deal on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 12:23 p.m., thus seeking the House’s timely concurrence. The Hummingbird Deal is the Senate’s Engrossed Bill #3.“I am disappointed over the process of the concurrence with the Senate on the agreement. I observed that there was not much time; no due diligence, and some of us do not know the cause of President Weah’s veto against the Hummingbird Agreement,” Rep. Gleekia said.“Last year, both Houses approved the agreement and sent it to the President for passage, but was vetoed and then, few months later, he sent the it back for passage. And then we did approve it without due diligence of dissecting the document,” he said.Rep. Gleekia’s disappointment is in agreement with Margibi Senator Oscar Cooper, Nimba Senator Prince Y. Johnson, and Senators Sando D. Johnson and J. Gbleh-bo Brown of Bomi and Maryland, respectively. They all walked out of session, and refused to vote on the bill on February 28, arguing that the bill was not also given due diligence.The Hummingbird Mineral Development agreement was previously ratified by the House of Representatives and Senate in June 2018, while President Weah vetoed it from the Senate to ratify the agreement in July 2018 on grounds that it equired an adjustment in two parts to bring a protracted benefit with mutual balance for each of the comparing parties.According to the agreement, it will yield US$250 million in direct investment to the country. It will also see development of the largest gold mine in the southeast of the country as the first major direct investment secured by the Weah’s administration.History of Hummingbird Gold PitchIn July 2015, a US$100 million gold mining agreement with Hummingbird Resources (HUM) for mining operations in Sinoe County was signed between GoL and the Company, but with the modification of the Bill and the addition of Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee counties, there is yet to be known whether the worth of the signature of the Agreement, signed and granted as well as the mining license will remain the same.In the previous agreement, as of July 2015 and 2016, respectively, when it was submitted to the Senate, the company was to pay the government US$1.5 million signature fee once the agreement was ratified by the Legislature, and another US$1.5 million on the granting of the mining license.Hummingbird on annual basis commencing on the first anniversary of the effective date of the agreement will contribute an amount to the Social Development Fund (SDF) for the affected communities, which means those areas in which the company will do its mining, should enjoy some financial benefits. The SDF during years one and two, will amount to US$100,000; years three and four, US$150,000; years five to 10, US$200,000; and years 11 onward, US$250,000 throughout the 25-year period.The company will also pay all other taxes and duties. In keeping with GoL’s economic recovery plan, Hummingbird will give first priority to qualified Liberians for employment, help improve workers and community education and health and give preference to Liberian suppliers in terms of procurement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img

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Sam Houston State’s Kai Mitchell Picks Up Player of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State forward Kai Mitchell is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. In a 22-point victory over A&M-Corpus Christi, Mitchell poured in 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting in just 26 minutes and grabbed nine boards. He also blocked a pair of Islanders’ shots. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. The Haverstraw, N.Y., native averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in a pair of Bearkat wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Houston Baptist, extending the team’s win streak to six games. Mitchell and the Bearkats aim to stay perfect in league play (5-0) with a road contest against Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before returning home to host Lamar at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Kai Mitchell, Sam Houston State – Jr. – Forward – Haverstraw, N.Y. He extended his double-digit scoring streak to five games and added a trio of blocks and assist against the Huskies. This marks the first player of the week honor for a Sam Houston State student-athlete in 2018-19. Honorable Mention: Jalone Friday, Abilene Christian; Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin; Hayden Koval, Central Arkansas Mitchell scored the first six points of the game and reached double digits in the first 10 minutes on his way to posting a game-high 18 points in a road triumph over Houston Baptist on Saturday.last_img

Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy, Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin Named Tennis Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Sheehy and Central Arkansas’ Chunxi Xin are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Sheehy recorded the match-clinching point Friday with an upset of No. 50 Carles Sarrio to help the Wildcats (11-3) take down SMU 4-3 on the road for their fifth-straight team victory.Abilene Christian takes the weekend off before two road matches against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Harding on March 9 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. CT, respectively.After missing the opening month of the season due to injuries, Xin made her collegiate debut Saturday, earning the Bears’ only point in a 4-1 loss at No. 34 Missouri. The next day, she won her singles and doubles matches in a 6-1 win over Missouri State, also in Columbia, Mo.Central Arkansas opens conference play at home against Lamar at noon Friday and faces Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at noon Sunday in Waco.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Josh Sheehy, Abilene Christian – Senior – Arlington, TexasSheehy claimed his fifth-consecutive singles win and ninth of the spring season after upsetting No. 50 Carles Sarrio 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Alongside brother Jonathan, Sheehy’s top-line doubles match was left unfinished with the score tied at 5-5. The weekly honor is the second for Josh and the fourth for the team as Jonathan has also taken home two weekly awards.Honorable Mention: Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiWomen’s Tennis Player of the Week – Chunxi Xin, Central Arkansas – Freshman – Baoding, ChinaIn the first spring collegiate match of her career, Xin rebounded after losing set two 3-6 to edge Missouri’s Lisa Fukutoku 7-6 in the final frame. The next morning, Xin picked up her second-straight win in a 6-3, 6-2 sweep of Missouri State’s Anna Alons before joining forces with teammate Marli Van Heerden to win 6-4 in doubles play. Honorable Mention: Jasmin Buchta, Lamar; Carolina Bulatovic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Jelena Dordan, Incarnate Word; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img

Southland Men’s Basketball Season Tips Off Next Tuesday

first_imgThe contest is one of 117 broadcasts across the ESPN Networks and various other platforms on the slate of television and streaming games for the 2019-20 season. Coverage will also be provided for each matchup in the Southland Conference Tournament, set to take place March 11-14 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The Southland title game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on March 14 on ESPN2. SEC Network Plus:Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Northwestern State at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – UIW at Missouri, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 8 – Sam Houston State at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Nicholls at LSU, 3 or 7 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 17 – New Orleans at Mississippi State, 2 p.m.Monday, Nov. 25 – Southeastern Louisiana at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.Friday, Dec. 6 – Stephen F. Austin at Alabama, 7 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 15 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas A&M, 5 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi, 1 p.m. ESPN+:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Central Arkansas at Baylor, 11 a.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – LeTourneau at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – McNeese at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – McNeese at Louisiana, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Lamar at Duquesne, 6 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Niagara at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 20 – LeTourneau at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 22 – McNeese at Richmond, 6 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 23 – Southeastern Louisiana at Austin Peay, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana, 7 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 5 – Southeast Missouri State at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 7 – Rice at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 14 – ULM at Stephen F. Austin, 8 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – Nicholls at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 28 – Paul Quinn at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Southeastern Louisiana at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 8 – McNeese at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Sam Houston State at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – UIW at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – Southeastern Louisiana at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 25 – Stephen F. Austin at Lamar, 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Central Arkansas at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8 – New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8 – Lamar at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Houston Baptist at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Lamar at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar, 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22 – Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – UIW at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – UIW at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 3 – Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 7 – McNeese at Lamar, 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 7 – Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 11 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 1 – First Round, 5 p.m.Wednesday, March 11 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 2 – First Round, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, March 12 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 3 – Second Round, 5 p.m.Thursday, March 12 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 4 – Second Round, 7:30 p.m.Friday, March 13 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 5 – Semifinal Round, 5 p.m.Friday, March 13 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 6 – Semifinal Round, 7:30 p.m. Six other teams begin their campaign Tuesday, including defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Abilene Christian facing Arlington Baptist in the league’s nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Reigning regular-season champion Sam Houston State hosts Paul Quinn at 6:30 p.m. Longhorn Network:Saturday, Nov. 30 – McNeese at Texas, 1 p.m. ESPN2:Saturday, Dec. 28 – New Orleans at Memphis, 12:30 p.m.Saturday, March 14 – Southland Men’s Tournament Championship, 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network:Wednesday, Nov. 13 – McNeese at Wisconsin, 6 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Nebraska, 3 p.m. Big Ten Network Plus:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Nicholls at Illinois, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Stephen F. Austin at Rutgers, 6 p.m.Friday, Nov. 22 – Houston Baptist at Michigan, 6 p.m. Mountain West Network:Saturday, Nov. 16 – McNeese at New Mexico, 7 p.m. ACC Network:Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Central Arkansas at Duke, 6 p.m. WAC Digital Network:Thursday, Nov. 21 – Lamar at Utah Valley, 8 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 30 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UTRGV, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – UIW at Seattle, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Sam Houston State at UTRGV, 7 p.m. West Coast Conference Network:Saturday, Dec. 14 – Central Arkansas at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. SEC Network:Monday, Nov. 11 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 24 – Lamar at Kentucky, 6 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – New Orleans at LSU, 8 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 8 – Northwestern State at LSU, 3 p.m. Houston Baptist travels to Tulsa for a noon tip off against the Golden Hurricane, and Nicholls faces a road test against Illinois at 7 p.m. Northwestern State will square off with in-state foe Centenary at 5:30 p.m.center_img ACC Network Extra:Saturday, Nov. 9 – Nicholls at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m. 2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Television & Streaming Schedule (PDF)2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Media Guide ESPN3:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Champion Christian at Lamar, 11 a.m.Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Houston Baptist at Tulsa, NoonTuesday, Nov. 5 – Paul Quinn at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Arlington Baptist at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 8 – Arlington Baptist at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – North Carolina Central at Stephen F. Austin, 1:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 12 – New Orleans at SMU, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 15 – Mount St. Mary’s at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Northwestern State at Tulane, 1 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Drexel at Stephen F. Austin, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Pepperdine at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Houston Baptist at Houston, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Sam Houston State at CSU-Bakersfield, 9:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 29 – Abilene Christian at SMU, 7 p.m.Monday, Dec. 2 – Arlington Baptist at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Northwestern State at SMU, 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 7 – Dallas Christian at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Southern at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Houston Baptist at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 4 – Abilene Christian at Lamar, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Nicholls at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 11 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Abilene Christian, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 25 – Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State, 3 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – UIW at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Houston Baptist at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls, 3 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1:Saturday, Dec. 28 – Central Arkansas at Marquette, 1 p.m. 2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Television & Streaming Schedule Pac-12 Network:Saturday, Dec. 7 – Central Arkansas at Utah, 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – UIW at Washington State, 6 p.m. FloSports:Sunday, Nov. 10 – Abilene Christian at Drexel, 2 p.m. Fox Sports Southwest:Saturday, Dec. 14 – Lamar at TCU, 2 p.m. Fox Sports Go:Saturday, Nov. 9 – Central Arkansas at Georgetown, 11 a.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – New Orleans at Butler, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Stephen F. Austin at Duke, 8 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 14 – Nicholls at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Conference USA TV:Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UTSA, 7 p.m. New Orleans, the preseason favorite according to the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, takes on Spring Hill at 7 p.m. FRISCO, Texas – The 56th season of Southland Conference men’s basketball tips off at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Central Arkansas takes on No. 16 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on ESPN+, and Lamar hosts Champion Christian.last_img

6ft 6in Etete, 17, is making giant strides at Spurs since signing in the summer

first_imgKION ETETE is expected to have a big future at Tottenham.And the young striker is already a massive figure at the club’s training ground as he stands at 6ft 6 ins – and is about to rise to 6ft 7ins.4 Kion Etete is a 6ft 6in centre forward making giant strides with SpursCredit: Getty Images – GettyEtete, 18, was a £200,000 arrival at Spurs from Notts County in the summer and has already impressed for the club’s under-18s.He made his debut for Tottenham’s development squad in a Leasing.com Trophy match against Colchester on October 8.The scores were level at 1-1 after normal time and Etete struck one of the penalties in a 6-5 shoot-out win.A THROWBACKThe player who hails from Derby is a real throwback into past times as he is a traditional number nine.He is a quick, powerful player who is good in the air. He holds the ball up well and under the guidance of highly-respected academy director John McDermott, Spurs will be hoping Etete can continue to improve and develop over the coming season.Etete has scored twice in five appearances for Tottenham under-18s and is expected to soon be given a chance with their under-23s with first-team boss Mauricio Pochettino always keen to move players through.NOTTS COUNTYPreviously, he made his debut for Notts County aged 16 under the eye of former boss Harry Kewell. He was a 76th minute substitute in an EFL Trophy clash with Newcastle under-23s in October of last year.He also played in four League Two games as a sub for Notts, against Port Vale, Morecambe, Oldham and Cambridge and also made a late cameo appearance in a 4-0 FA Cup loss at Barnsley.4 Spurs signed Etete from Notts County for £200k in the summer4 Harry Kewell handed Etete his debut with Notts County last seasonCredit: PA:Empics Sport4 Etete has hit the ground running since signing for Spurs and is starring in their youth sidelatest football featuresHOUSE OF GODMaradona’s teenage home now a quirky museum made to look like it was in 1978TIM VICKERYCunha’s goals for Hertha Berlin show he can succeed Firmino & Jesus for BrazilMAN THEY’RE BADMan Utd’s worst kits include vintage green and gold shirt & ‘cursed’ greyLewdicrousInside Lewandowski’s £7m flat in Poland with private cinema and a golf simulatorExclusiveTIM VICKERYBarcelona target Martinez stood out as a teen because of his talent and graftGONE TO THE DOGSGrealish, Sterling & Noble among Prem stars protected by £25k guard dogsMALIBU STANArsenal owner Kroenke’s £20m Malibu home where Princess Di was set to move inGROOM-ALDORonaldo’s hairstyles through the years, from blond highlights to tight top knotEtete completed his move to Tottenham after impressing in a trial against West Ham when he scored two goals in a 5-2 win.He also became the third Notts academy player to move to a Premier League side in recent years.Jack Bearne left for Liverpool in December 2016 and in 2018, the highly-rated midfielder Dongda completed a switch to Wolves.Christian Eriksen blasts rumours Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen slept with his girlfriend and sparked dressing-room bust-up with Harry Kanelast_img

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