Inadequate Funds Hamper Renovation

first_imgRenovation work at the Sports Commission, on Broad Street is proceeding gradually but lack of funds will make the project incomplete.Liberia Basketball Association President Rufus Anderson told the Daily Observer yesterday that the project is being done partially.“We are replacing a portion of the sitting area with concrete,” he said, “but the top portion will not be done due to inadequate funds.”Though he was unable to say how much the renovation would cost the LBA, the job is proceeding as expected.“The breakdown of expenditure is already sent to all clubs,” Anderson said, but explained that he could not say how much the project would cost.On a projected cost, Anderson could still not come up with a figure, but said, “Go to Samukai he has a copy.”He was making reference to the owner of K-Delta female basketball team, Mr. Abraham Samukai, who responded to a telephone interview yesterday, “I’m yet to receive a copy of the breakdown of the project.”A construction worker at the Sports Commission had initially argued that our reporter did not have the authorization to take pictures of the ongoing work at the Sports Commission.Though he did not say whether his argument was a directive from the Liberia Basketball Association, he still insisted that our reporter needed authorization from the LBA to take pictures of the on-going work.President Anderson, who was reviewing the project yesterday during the argument, asked our reporter if he had taken any pictures of the ongoing work at the commission. The answer was negative, and our reporter asked him, “How do we get authorization from the LBA to report on the progress of your renovation work here, Mr. Anderson?”Without providing any verbal answer, he instructed our reporter to go ahead and get the pictures he wanted.However, he did not educate the construction worker why it was necessary to cooperate with sports writers who would visit the Commission, and wanting to gather information, including pictures for publication.“That’s strange,” said a bystander who witnessed the exchanges, “at least Anderson should have told the worker that he cannot stop journalists to do their work at public places.”Perhaps the construction worker’s action stemmed from the current impasse on the leadership of the LBA. Aggrieved basketball owners are at loggerheads with Anderson’s administration and the crisis has been ongoing since 2014.“Anderson has avoided the media for some time,” said another basketball player who has followed the development of the leadership crisis, “he must have improved relations with the media.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Libby lawyers can interview NYT journalist

first_imgWASHINGTON – Defense attorneys for I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby on Thursday won the opportunity to question a journalist they hope will undercut the prosecution’s perjury case against the former White House aide. A battle over the scope of the defense case broke out just after Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald rested the government’s case in the CIA leak trial in midafternoon. The prosecution presented 11 days of testimony.. Libby, former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, is charged with lying to the FBI and a grand jury about his talks with reporters concerning Valerie Plame and with obstructing an investigation into how her name and employment at CIA got leaked days after her husband, ex-ambassador Joseph Wilson, criticized President George W. Bush’s justifications for the Iraq war. U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ruled that Libby’s lawyers can call New York Times Managing Editor Jill Abramson over objections from the prosecutors and her lawyer, Charles Leeper. Defense attorneys want Abramson to repeat her out-of-court denials that reporter Judith Miller urged Abramson – then Washington bureau chief – to pursue the story of Plame’s role in sending her husband to Niger to investigate whether Iraq was trying to buy uranium there for nuclear weapons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more