Olympic gold medalists Asafa Powell and Omar McLeod are among a high-powered Jamaican team set for the NYRR Millrose Games this Saturday, Feb. 3rd. Other Jamaicans – such as middle-distance runners Natoya Goule, Simoya Campbell, Kimarra McDonald, Aisha Praught Leer and distance runner Kemoy Campbell are also in the lineup for the meet at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center, at 216 Fort Washington Ave., in Manhattan’s Washington Heights section. “It’s been a good few years since I’ve run at the NYRR Millrose Games,” Powell was quoted as saying. “This year will be my first with it being held at the Armory. I hear the Jamaican crowd there is amazing I’m really looking forward to putting my mark down in a building with such history.”Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom Strikes Gold Jamaican diver Yona Knight-Wisdom has struck gold. Wisdom bagged a gold medal at last weekend’s British Diving Championships, scoring 392.40 to win over Oliver Dingley of Shamrock Diving (390.60) and Freddie Woodward (379.00).Wisdom will represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games On Australia’s Gold Coast in April.
A member of the House of Representatives, J. Gabriel Nyenkan, has threatened to impeach President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, “for criminal facilitation and her role in the alleged changes in the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) Law to favor the London-based company,Sable Mining to own the Wologizi Mountain, if the Global Witness Report were treated with credence.”Nyenkan, who represents Montserrado County District #11, said the President could also face impeachment for taking full responsibility for the bankruptcy of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL).An impeachment is an expressed power of the Legislature that allows formal charges to be brought against an elected officer of the Executive for crimes alleged to have been committed in office.Typically, the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachments, while the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments.On Thursday, June 23, in the House’s first floor conference room, Rep. Nyenkan quoted the Global Witness Report, ‘The Deceivers’, as saying that PPCC Chairman Prof. Willie Belleh admitted that the President was involved.“We finally got the Revised PPCC Act completed,” Belleh allegedly wrote to Sherman on August 6, 2010, according to Global Witness. “The Minister of Justice and I met with the President last night and reviewed areas of concern to her. She approved. The document has been forwarded to the National Legislature. It is expected to be fast-tracked.”Rep. Nyenkan, a former executive member of the ruling Unity Party (UP) who crossed over to the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), is also the House Chairman for Lands, Mines Natural Resources and Environment. According to him, those who don’t believe the Report is credible should urge the Executive to stop the discriminatory indictment of some top members of the Legislature, arguing that the President should also be indicted. He said the President’s alleged role, including the approval of the amended PPCC Law, which originated from her, is tantamount to her being indicted.“Before an Act becomes a Law, there are five signatures: the House Chief Clerk, the Speaker, the Secretary of the Senate and the Vice President, and then the President,” Rep. Nyenkan said.“If we are serious about fighting corruption, the President and the Vice President should also be indicted… maybe also include the 103 lawmakers that put their hands up to vote for the changes,” Rep. Nyenkan said.“Let’s stop the political witch hunt,” he cautioned, adding, “Rep. Edwin M. Snowe, the then Chairman on Rules, Order and Administration and who is on the vanguard for the Speaker to recuse himself should be also indicted because he was Chairman on the Joint Committee that advised Plenary to pass the law.”Meanwhile, Rep. Nyenkan has also accused the Executive of instilling confusion in the government to perhaps upset the 2017 elections so that an interim government would be established, in an apparent bid to avoid members of the Executive being dragged to court for corruption, as was done to former Chairman of the National Transitional Government of Liberia the late Gyude Bryant and other officials from his administration. “There is a political theory that they want us to have an Interim Government in fear of their necks,” Rep. Nyenkan said.This is the third opposition lawmaker who has threatened the President with impeachment.Montserrado and Maryland counties’ Representatives, Acarous M. Gray and Dr. Bhofal Chambers had also threatened to bring impeachment proceedings against President Sirleaf.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)