Topics : US Senator Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is “prepared to undermine American democracy in order to stay in power,” and called for an independent commission to oversee the upcoming US elections.On Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer in response to a reporter’s question, and said he expected his Nov. 3 election battle with Democrat Joe Biden to be settled by the Supreme Court.Sanders, a progressive US senator from Vermont, said in a speech in Washington that Trump, behind in the polls, is “attempting massive voter suppression” and “sowing the seeds of chaos, confusion and conspiracy theories by casting doubt on the integrity of this election.” “This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy – and democracy must win,” said Sanders, an independent who Biden beat for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.Sanders, who has endorsed Biden, said he backed calls for a nonpartisan commission to oversee the election and help reassure voters, and repeated his call for the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold hearings on election integrity.All states should begin counting mail-in ballots before Election Day and social media companies must stop misinformation spreading on their platforms, Sanders said.Congressional Republicans on Thursday issued statements assuring American voters that November’s election outcome will be accepted, but did not openly condemn Trump, who is also a Republican.”The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell wrote in a tweet.
Wayne Rooney’s spectacular late winner put Manchester United’s Premier League title assault back on course and left Manchester City devastated at Old Trafford.David Silva’s deflected equaliser put Roberto Mancini’s side in sight of a point after Nani’s first-half goal gave United a slender advantage in a tight and tense encounter.It was Rooney, however, who produced a moment of inspiration to score a stunning overhead kick that will live forever in the memory of United’s fans and extended City’s dismal sequence of only one league win in their last 27 visits to Old Trafford.Silva’s fortunate leveller, unwittingly deflecting in substitute Edin Dzeko’s shot via his back, had given City momentum but they were stopped in their tracks in the most dramatic fashion with only 12 minutes left.Nani’s cross from the right flank was high and behind Rooney as he lurked near the penalty spot, but he elevated an indifferent personal display to the heights by readjusting his position and sending an acrobatic, unstoppable overhead kick high past startled City keeper Joe Hart.The quality of the goal was worthy of winning any game and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may even look back on it as a strike that won the title after they bounced back from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Wolves last Saturday. Rooney, superbly shackled by City defender Vincent Kompany for so long as Ferguson surprisingly left Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, had previously cut a forlorn and frustrated figure but his natural instincts continue to serve him and United so well.And if his love affair with Old Trafford was strained by the saga of his demand to leave earlier this season, the bond was rekindled as United claimed a vital victory.It enabled them to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points at the final whistle – and also inflicted a serious blow to City’s own lingering hopes of mounting a challenge as they now stand eight points behind United having played a game more.City were left to regret failing to make the most of some early supremacy when Silva squandered the perfect opportunity to strike a crucial blow early on in the second minute.United boss Ferguson entrusted Rooney with a lone attacking role – and in the opening stages it was City who made all the running and should have taken the lead in the opening moments. Silva, a significant influence as City dominated, exchanged passes with Carlos Tevez inside the area and was left with only Edwin van der Sar to beat. The angle was acute but the gifted Spaniard was wasteful as he rolled a tame finish across the face of goal and inches wide.The hulking figure of Yaya Toure also cast a giant shadow over United’s midfield as they struggled to assert any authority and he was frustrated when referee Andre Marriner ignored his penalty appeals when his cross struck Chris Smalling.As United finally started to pose a threat, Darren Fletcher headed straight at City keeper Hart from Ryan Giggs’ cross – and the seemingly ageless Old Trafford veteran was instrumental when they took the lead four minutes before the interval.Rooney challenged for Van der Sar’s clearance and Giggs pounced to deliver an inviting pass for Nani, who escape the attentions of Pablo Zabaleta to slide a composed finish past Hart.City boss Mancini, who watched his team fail to capitalise on so much early possession, made a change early in the second half when he replaced Aleksandar Kolarov with Shaun Wright-Phillips. And in an attempt to actually call Van der Sar into serious action, something City had failed to do, he then introduced Dzeko for James Milner.The impact was exactly what City required as both substitutes were involved when they drew level after 65 minutes. Wright-Phillips’ cross fell to Dzeko and his effort took a vital touch of Silva’s back to wrong-foot Van der Sar.Ferguson immediately introduced Berbatov for Anderson, but it was that moment of brilliance from Rooney that put them back in front and visibly deflated City.City were stunned at being struck by such a blow and their threat fizzled out as Old Trafford buzzed with excitement at what had unfolded. United survived in comfort to close out a crucial victory.Source: BBC
The Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James N. Verdier, Jr. has been elected vice chairman of the Bureau of Executives of the Network of National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa (NACIWA).Cllr. Verdier was elected during the Round-Table Meeting on “Whistle-Blowing” for member institutions of NACIWA and the Annual General Assembly of NACIWA held in Abuja, Nigeria from March 10-13.The Assembly also elected Issoufou Bouraimah of Niger as chairman, Mrs. Nafy Ngom Keita of Senegal as administrative secretary and Shollay Davies of Sierra Leone, financial secretary. They will serve for a period of three years.The Annual General Assembly of NACIWA also set up a committee to review the constitution of the organization. The committee comprises Professor Ibriga Luc Marius of Burkina Faso as president and Cllr. Verdier, Agapit Napoleon Maforikan of Benin, Mrs. Fati Abarchi, Niger and Dr. Luis Jose’ Tavares Landim of Cape Verde as members.The Meeting was designed to re-enforce the capacity of anti-corruption institutions on “Whistle-blowing” in the region, with a view to enhance their efforts in combating corruption as well as deepening and promoting transparency and accountability at all levels in the governance process in member states.The conference also examined the skills, tools and methodologies deployed by member states to work in-country and across borders to effectively support citizens, CSOs and media involvement in whistle blowing practices in the region. At the close of the meeting, participants recommended that ECOWAS should develop a Regional policy on Whistle-blower protection. They further recommended that efforts should be made to reinforce synergy between and among civil societies, media, anti-corruption institutions, legislature, judiciary and other stakeholders with the aim to promote whistle-blowing and the protection of Whistle-blowers.Participants also recognized the need to ensure absolute autonomy of anti-corruption Institutions in the region and promote integrity of the institutions, particularly in relation to Whistle-blowers. They agreed that members of NACIWA should consider a compensation regime for Whistle-blowers; that there be continuous engagement on the enhancement of the capacities of the judiciary to understand better the mechanism of whistle-blowing and its processes; and the need for reinforcement of the collaboration between NACIWA and the ECOWAS Commission in order to help countries who have no anti-corruption institution to establish one. It was further agreed that member institutions should work towards the formulation of national whistle-blower legislation that will reflect best practices as obtained across the region, continent and the world; and that NACIWA should raise funds to promote whistle-blowing across the region.The meeting was attended by several heads and representatives of national anti-corruption institutions from the member-states of Benin; Burkina Faso; Cote d’Ivoire; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea Bissau; Cape Verde; Liberia; Mali; Niger; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone and Togo.The Regional Advisor of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes (UNODC), a representative of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the director of the Journal “l’Evènement” Niger and the representative of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) were also in attendance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)