CENTAL program manager, Gerald D. Yeakula. The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has called on the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to timely and independently verify and publish all declared assets, income and liabilities, including those of President George M. Weah.In a statement issued on Monday, CENTAL said it is glad to acknowledge receipt of reports of declaration of assets, income, and liabilities by President George Manneh Weah, which the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has confirmed.Although it is belated, CENTAL lauded President Weah for declaring his assets in compliance with chapter 10 of the 2014 Code of Conduct for Public officials that requires all public officials to declare their assets.“This is one of several steps that demonstrate concrete commitment and political will to set the necessary condition for a successful fight against corruption in Liberia,” the statement said.CENTAL has also called on the Vice President, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, Justices of the Supreme Court and other officials of government to do likewise.“We maintain that former officials accused of corrupt acts, especially those of the immediate past regime, must be investigated and if found guilty prosecuted in keeping with relevant Liberian Laws,” CENTAL said.CENTAL said former officials who refused to declare their assets while leaving power/government, should be compelled to do so or prosecuted, in keeping with relevant provisions of the Code of Conduct.Finally, “we would like to admonish President Weah against repeating mistakes of former President Sirleaf, when she, among other things, shielded her officials; ignored recommendations from independent committees established to probe corruption scandals as well as appointed persons with tainted records in key government positions.”Any anti-corruption effort that is not built on a strong prosecution and deterrent regime is bound to fail; this is the weak link in Liberia’s current anti-graft efforts, which must be addressed to decisively tackle corruption and bad governance in the country, the statement maintained.The statement further noted that continuous violation of the Code of Conduct does not augur well for the reputation of the government and its professed desire to address graft, arguably the biggest impediment to the success of the pro-poor agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Christian Music Executive Bill Hearn Dies At 58 Twitter Email News Remembering Bill Hearn, Christian Music Maestro christian-music-executive-bill-hearn-dies-58 Facebook Capitol Christian Music Group leader helped develop the modern Christian and gospel genresPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 1:16 pm On Dec. 10 Bill Hearn, chairman/CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group, died in Nashville, Tenn., from cancer. He was 58 years old.The son of Billy Rae Hearn, Bill Hearn got his start in the industry with Sparrow Records. During his career, he worked with Christian artists such as Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Matt Redman, and TobyMac before assuming the same role his father held at Capitol Christian Music Group.Hearn’s producing efforts earned Hearn two GRAMMYs during his career, first for 1995 for his contributions to Amazing Grace — A Country Salute To Gospel for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel and again for 2009 for his work on the collection Oh Happy Day, which earned Best Traditional Gospel Album.In 2015 he was honored with the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Frances Preston Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award.A great friend to the Recording Academy, Hearn served the organization as a past Trustee.”Following in the footsteps of his late father Billy Ray, Hearn played an essential role in the formation of the renowned Christian music company — Capitol Christian Music Group,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Hearn will not only be remembered for his impressive list of achievements, but for his philanthropic efforts, kind spirit and commitment to his craft.”Hillary Scott on GRAMMYs, God, Family, ‘Love Remains’Read more
Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… Stay on target It turns out that in between robbing banks and fleeing and killing law enforcement officials, notorious gangster couple Bonnie and Clyde, who died in a shootout with police in Louisiana in 1934, wrote poetry about their life of crime.Newly released poems, written while the duo was on the run, are in a collection of Bonnie and Clyde items that will be auctioned off by Heritage Auctions in Dallas on May 4, along with a notebook and some photos.(Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions / HA.com)“We donte want to hurt anney one/ But we have to Steal to eat,” read one poem penned by Clyde, whose poetry was filled with spelling errors. “And if it’s a shoot out to/ to live that’s the way it/ will have to bee.”One of Bonnie’s poems seemed to foreshadow their death.“Some day they’ll go down together / And they’ll bury them side by side,” read one of her poems. “To few it’ll be grief, to the law a relief / But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.”(Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions / HA.com)Both Bonnie and Clyde wrote poems that have a sense of fatalism to them, as if they were actually aware of their ultimate doom, according to NPR.“Even going to jail doesn’t seem to be an option,” Don Ackerman, the consignment director for Heritage Auctions, told NPR’s Scott Simon. “I think they realize that they’re eventually going to be killed by the police.”The couple’s exploits captured the attention of the American public during the “Public Enemy Era,” between 1931 and 1936. In the media, they were often glamorized, but the poems seem to turn them into “real” people again.“There’s an authenticity to it,” Ackerman said. “It has a very poignant aspect to it.”(Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions / HA.com)Ackerman estimates the poems will sell for upward of $10,000 apiece.The photos set to be auctioned off came from five photo and scrapbook albums that belonged to Clyde’s sister, according to Heritage Auctions.(Photo Credit: Heritage Auctions / HA.com)The albums contain around 60 photos of Bonnie and Clyde, some of which date back to around the time they were killed, Heritage Auctions said. They also contain images of family members, friends and neighbors.“The vast majority are family photos, some of which were no doubt the personal property of Clyde Barrow,” the auction company said in its website.More on Geek.com:Rare Penny Found in Boy’s Lunch Money Could Fetch Up to $1.7 Million in AuctionRare ‘Unicorns’ of Paper Money Set to Fetch Millions in AuctionSealed Copy of ‘Super Mario Bros.’ for NES Fetches $100K in Auction
The theme of this year’s Festival was Vertical Gardens.As Delhi witnessed a pleasant days, visitors in huge numbers came to see the unique floras on display. More than 5000 various floras are on display at this year’s festival. The highlight of this year’s Festival is the specially designed Vertical Gardens of size 20 ft. X 30 ft.This year’s theme Vertical Gardens encourages the use of vertical space for gardens indoors and outdoors. It is enlightening, garden enthusiasts about planting on roofs, walls and creating structures within small spaces as green covers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various competitions were organized in more than 30 odd categories and an on the spot painting competition for children’s was also held today.Garden Tourism Festival is the only Festival in India where people finds plethora of floras on display. There are Rudraksh plants all the way from Nepal for sale, Orchids from Sikkim, Bonsai plants, Cacti etc. There were alos stalls where visitors could buy plants and other equipments.Apart from providing visitors a glimpse into some of the most exquisite flowers, Delhi Tourism has also created an Adventure Park at the venue to indulge visitors in outdoor activities such as Rappling, Flying Fox, Burma Bridge, Zorbing Ball etc. This zone is witnessing tremendous response from adventure enthusiasts.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Police has organised an awareness campaign to make people realise the ill effects of using mobile phones while walking on roads.According to an officer of the Kolkata Traffic Police, it has been noticed that many accidents can be avoided if pedestrians in the city become a bit more careful and avoid using cell phones while walking on roads.A police officer said earlier people only used to speak over phone while walking. Though their concentration used to get diverted, at least they used to look straight while walking. But now the situation has turned worse as people keep texting while walking. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMany were even found remaining glued to the screens of their cell phones while crossing a road. There were many instances when pedestrians were found walking on city roads using earphones to speak on cell phones or listen to songs. “This is more dangerous as many times they cannot realise that a vehicle is approaching when he or she is crossing a road and it often leads to an accident,” the police said.So, the police have started creating awareness among pedestrians so that they do not use cell phones while walking on roads. The awareness campaign was held mainly at two important locations in the city including Hare Street. Such initiatives have brought down the rate of accidents as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had launched the state-wide campaign Safe Drive Save Life.The Headquarter Traffic Guard took the initiative to create awareness on this particular issue and it was done by engaging school goers as it is considered that people easily accept when a child requests him or her to follow something.