first_img(L-r) Justice Minister-designate, Cllr. Charles Gibson; Defense Minister-designate, Rtd. Gen. Ziankahn(CAPTIONS: Justice Minister-designate Cllr. Charles Gibson; Defense Minister-designate Rtd. Gen. Ziankahn)The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Claim and Petitions, Grand Cape Mount Senator Varney Sherman, yesterday announced to the 54th Senate at its 6th day sitting that it will this afternoon conduct confirmation hearings for the embattled Minister of Justice-designate, Cllr. Charles Gibson.Senator Sherman, who made the announcement for the scheduled 2:00 p.m. hearing, did not say on which specific areas his committee will place priority during the expected marathon grilling.Sen. Sherman’s announcement comes in the wake of continuing calls by some die-hard Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) partisans and cross-section of the citizenry for President George Weah to reconsider the nomination of Cllr. Gibson, who was found guilty and suspended by the Supreme Court for duping one of his clients to the tune of US$25,400.Even though the lawyer has refunded the full amount and the Supreme Court reinstated his license to practice law, the calls protesting his nomination have even increased, with many asking that Gibson save the credibility of the Justice Ministry and the title of Attorney General by doing the honorable thing and decline the nomination.Also, in the Chambers of the Senate this morning (11:00 a.m.), the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence, Security and Veterans Affairs will conduct confirmation hearings for the Defense Minister-designate, retired Major General Daniel Dee Ziankahn.Gen. Ziankahn was appointed Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia(AFL) following his return from the United States, where he underwent intensive military training. If confirmed, he will succeed Brownie J. Samukai, the long-serving Minister of Defense under former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Meanwhile, Major Brigadier General Prince C. Johnson, the new nominee to replace Gen. Ziankahn as Chief of Staff, is also expected to be placed on the grilling iron of the Defense Committee chaired by Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee.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_imgAce shuttler Saina Nehwal is one step closer to defending her title at the Indonesia Super Series after storming into the quarter-finals.Saina NehwalThe two-time defending champion registered a thumping 21-18, 21-9 win over 16th ranked Bulgarian Petya Nedelcheva.Saina was battling an ankle injury after suffering early exits at Thailand and Singapore in the last fortnight.The fourth ranked player is chasing a hat-trick of titles at the Indonesia Super Series and looks to be in good shape.Saina is set to face either eighth seed Dane Tine Baun or Japanese Ayane Kurihara in the semis.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgTonight marked the first game of the 2017 Harvey Norman NRL Touch Football All Stars Competition. 28 of Australia’s best touch football players have been hand-picked to create two super teams, the All Stars and the Indigenous All Stars. â€œThe All Stars is a great concept- it allows the elite in the Men’s and Women’s to join in the one field and the opportunity to play with girls who you wouldn’t be able to play with usually, along with being able to recognise our history as a country and celebrate that too” Nick Good, Men’s Australian Open Captain tells us before taking to the field. The competition creates an opportunity for us Aussies to celebrate our proud Indigenous culture, as well as our multicultural backgrounds from all over the world. â€œThis is a genuine all-stars match and this has heightened the excitement has been around this year’s competition. I think it is going to come down to play by play and I have no doubt that with 5 minutes to go it will be pretty close. The caliber of players in each team it is the type of touch game you want to watch,” Nick Good predicts. These teams will battle it out across three games for the third year running and the Indigenous All Starts currently hold an undefeated title. The 2017 series kicked off tonight at Wallsend Touch Association with 100 local kids learning some tricks and techniques in a touch football clinic hosted by the All Stars. The kids had a blast, and snagged a few autographs and sausages from the canteen. After a warm up with the kids, the All Stars teams were raring to take to the battle field… And a precursor… Nick Good was right! The first half was a 3 -3 draw. Pete Norman for the TFA All Stars and Jarrad Rutumah from the Indigenous All Stars were instrumental in scoring and playing a part in the opening 3 Touchdowns for their respective teams. The All Stars Girls all crossed in the first half with, Yasmin Meakes, Patricia Michaelopolous and Hayley Maddick all scoring a Touch Down. The second half was a tight affair with no score until the 11th minute. Enter Scott Bundy, scoring a great quickie to give the Indigenous All Stars a 4 – 3 lead. The All-stars quickly leveled to make 4-4.With 5 minutes left, Jared Townsend crossed for the Indigenous All Stars to make it 5 -4. With only two seconds left, the All Stars responded with Pete Norman scoring to take the game to a drop off. 5-5. In the opening set of the drop off, the All Stars crossed through Dylan Hennessey making it 5 -6. The Indigenous All Stars had the right to reply… and they did. Jared Townsend crossed again to make it 6-6. The atmosphere was electric with the TFA All Stars in possession. with the drop off still alive. It was that man again, Dylan Hennessey that took the game on, sliding into to score and winning the game for the TFA All Stars 7-6.The next two games will be thrilling and passionate, follow the action here:Website  www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook  www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter  www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus Instagram  www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaRelated Links2017 All Starslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Norwegian transportation company The Fjords DA has confirmed that is building a sister ship to the diesel-electric plug-in hybrid Vision of the Fjords, launched in 2016.However, unlike its predecessor, this 42-meter-long carbon fibre vessel will be all electric and completely emission free, according to the company. Named Future of the Fjords, the new vessel is scheduled to be launched in April 2018.Currently under construction at specialist shipbuilder Brødrene Aa, the ship, which will cost NOK 144 million (USD 17 million), retains Vision of the Fjords’ design and environmentally friendly build, with a hull that minimises wake and reduces shoreline impact erosion.The new DNV GL-classed ‘light craft’ will be propelled by two 300kW electric motors, enabling cruising speeds of 16 knots. Work to develop the charging infrastructure to enable its planned 700 trips a year is currently in the early stages. Alongside the changes to the propulsion system, Future of the Fjords will boast an upgraded IT systems.In total, The Fjords operates seven tourist ships in the Western Norwegian fjords. With the backing of Fjord1 and Flåm AS, the shipowner has embarked on a fleet renewal programme to provide vessels with minimal environmental impact.last_img read more