The group says the pronouncement attributed to the Liberian football governing body was ill-advised and against the laws of the association. According to the splinter group, LFA’s By-laws and Constitution are amenable and subservient to the Liberian Constitution which is the organic Law of the CounWorld football governing body, FIFA goes to the polls today to decide a replacement for the disgraced former President Sebb Blatter. Five candidates will battle in Zurich today to become FIFA president in one of the most important elections in the organization’s 112-year history.
This is how they are shaping up as they head into the home straight and the odds on whom might cross the finish line first: AFP news Africa’s first home-grown platform for legal music downloads has launched in Senegal with the aim of promoting artists from the continent, paying them properly, and fighting internet piracy. Internationally renowned musicians such as Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal are among the almost 200 who have signed agreements with “MusikBi”, along with younger rappers, jazz artists and Christian and Muslim singers. “It is the first platform of its kind enabling music downloads by text or PayPal,” Solid, the company behind the project, said in a statement on Wednesday.
The platform draws its name from the word for music in Wolof, the language widely spoken in Senegal and neighbouring Gambia. Songs cost between 50- 85 US cents and users can download them using mobile phone credit in a region Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been released from a prison in the western Indian city of Pune.
Dutt, 56, was sentenced for firearms offences linked to the 1993 Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people and injured 713. He was convicted of buying firearms from the bombers but said the weapons were necessary in order to defend his family during Hindu-Muslim rioting. The actor was moved to the Pune jail in 2013 to finish his five-year jail term. But he was recently granted a remission of 144 days on the basis of good behaviour and activities like running a radio programme.
“His remission was worked out in compliance with jail rules and he was treated like any other convict,” the chief of Pune Yerwada Jail Superintendent UT Pawar told the Press Trust of India news agency. Dutt kissed the ground as he walked out of the prison try. The group is calling on the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other institutions mentioned in the LFA pronouncement to disregard the ban as it runs contrary to appropriate approaches and required due processes. “If we were to agree with the LFA in its disagreement with Journalist Marteh, cardinal questions would be whether the LFA is a Court. Was Mr. Marteh invited for an investigation? Did the LFA exhaust processes of seeking remedy on accounts of alleged Journalistic ethical breach with the Press Union of Liberia as other Liberian institutions do? Did the LFA complain him to the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) or his employers?”
The so called ‘Majority Bloc’ recalled that when the LFA axed six of its Executive Committee members during the leadership of Cllr. Izetta Wesley; the Liberia National Olympic Committee was called in and played a key arbitration role in making sure democratic tenets through an extraordinary congress. A release signed by the group spokesperson, Trojan Kiazolu says “LFA calling on clubs not to speak with Journalist Marteh violates Article 15 of the Liberian Constitution which calls for freedom of speech and expression by all Liberians.”
The Media group, urges Journalist Marteh to continue discharging his reportorial duties, noting that “in our best recollections as reporters on football in Liberia, the LFA cannot stop, and has not stopped any Journalists from covering and reporting on Football activities only because they feel strongly uneasy about his reportage.” Mr. Kaizolu reminded the FA that the doors of the Courts of Law are opened to the LFA and any group of Liberians to adjudicate any and all issues of professional misconduct so the LFA should pursue such medium and desist from pretending to have run out of options.