Adam Silver confirmed kneeling during the national anthem is against the NBA rules, but added he respects peaceful protest and acknowledged “these are highly unusual times.”The 2019-20 NBA season is set to return Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic. As well as the global crisis, the season’s suspension has coincided with a period of protest across the United States and beyond following the death of George Floyd in police custody. Players, coaches and trainers must stand and line up in a dignified posture along the foul lines during the playing of the American and/or Canadian national anthems.Silver recognizes such demonstrations are especially important in the NBA, a predominantly black league, where he revealed Floyd’s death almost halted the season.”It’s been part of our history. I think of it as part of the DNA of this league,” he said. “You think of Bill Russell and some of the early players, their activism over the years. Now an issue like the killing of George Floyd comes and you have a league, in the case of the NBA, that is roughly 80% black — similarly with the WNBA. These are issues in terms of racial inequities in society that are near and dear to their hearts. Right at the time that we were making plans to relaunch the season is when the death of George Floyd occurred.”It frankly nearly prevented us from relaunching the season, given the turmoil and how emotional people were around the league — and around the country, for that matter. It was very important then when we came together to think about what we could do to use this platform to affect change. The messaging is just part of it, but the images show the court saying Black Lives Matter on the floor, plus the players will be wearing messages on their jerseys. Beyond that, we’re working collectively with the 30 NBA teams on a foundation dedicated to economic empowerment, specifically focused on black Americans. This has been a part of the league forever.” The incident brought the Black Lives Matter movement to the fore, with its message to be painted on the floor for the upcoming games in Florida.Here is the NBA restart court in Orlando: the spaced out chairs are the socially distanced bench, Black Lives Matter is written on the court. pic.twitter.com/XGJu1w4QLC— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 21, 2020NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explainedSports stars across the world have subsequently taken to kneeling before games, echoing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 national anthem demonstration against racial injustice and police brutality. WNBA players preferred to remain in their locker rooms during the anthem.Further protests are anticipated in the NBA, starting with Thursday’s opener between the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz.There’s growing consensus among NBA players to kneel during the national anthem when season restarts Thursday, our NBA Insider @ShamsCharania reports. pic.twitter.com/6HrdbDdruz— Stadium (@Stadium) July 28, 2020But commissioner Silver is understanding of his players’ desire to make a stand.”The NBA has had a rule on its books that preceded David Stern, which was standing for the national anthem,” Silver told Good Morning America on ABC. “Having said that, I respect peaceful protest. I’m not sure what our players will do when they come out tomorrow night and we’ll of course address it at the time, but I also understand these are highly unusual times.”MORE: NBA season would ‘cease completely’ following coronavirus outbreakThe NBA rule for the anthem can be found in the league’s rulebook:
The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has rejected a request for an engagement meeting with the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), arguing that the CBL is exempted from audit as Liberia’s monetary authority – with functional independence, power and right to carry out said mandate.CBL’s Deputy Governor for Operations, Charles E. Sirleaf, in his letter to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PPCC, James Dorbor Jallah, said the CBL is excluded from entities that are made subject to the requirement of Public Finance Management Act of 2009 and even the PPCC Act Part I Section 2 (49) recognizes the CBL as the monetary authority responsible to formulate and implement monetary policy.“In view of the aforementioned, we regret to inform you that the CBL cannot honor your request for an audit engagement meeting with the Senior Management of the Bank on Thursday, July 30, 2015,” Deputy Governor Sirleaf wrote.The CBL’s letter was contained in a ‘dossier’ attached to a written communication to the House of Representatives by the PPCC over the alleged non-compliance posture of the CBL to be audited – but which said it cannot be audited unless by itself.On May 4, 2015, the House of Representatives wrote the PPCC to conduct a comprehensive audit on compliance and performance of the CBL covering fiscal years 2010/2011 to 2013/2014.“The CBL informed the Commission that it could not honor our request for an audit engagement meeting with the senior management team,” Jallah’s letter to the House read.“The Commission wants to inform the body that it has been engaged with the Central Bank [of Liberia] since 2010 regarding its non-compliance with the provisions of the PPCC Act of 2010, but the CBL persistently failed to subject itself to the applicability of the PPCA,” the letter further explained.The PPCC’s law recognizes the CBL as the monetary authority responsible to formulate and implement monetary policy, but allows for the auditing of the Bank.The PPCA of 2010 however states that the Act shall not apply to ‘agreements executed’ by the Central Bank of Liberia relating to the implementation of monetary policy or procurement related to the production of coins or currency.The law states that agreements relating to the general administration of the CBL will not be excluded from the application of the Act, including but without limitation to procurement of general stores, stationery, office equipment or vehicles.The PPCC boss in his letter said that the Ministry of Justice was in support of the CBL being audited in acquiescence with the PPCC Act.Meanwhile, CBL Governor Dr. J. Mill Jones maintains that the CBL was established by rules and procedures in consultation with internationally reputable auditors, which are strictly adhered to by the management of the Bank.He said the Board of Governors has an Audit Committee which has direct oversight responsibility, concerning expenses and procurement and reports to the full Board. The audit of the financial statements of the CBL is enshrined in the CBL Act of 1999 and is conducted every year.But the opinion of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General is that, “while the CBL’s claims of functional independence and unique circumstances are relevant vis-à-vis its functions of monetary policy and currency production, they are simply unavailing when used as a shield against a law which expressly considered same, and applies to a number of other functional independent and autonomous entities.”Hence he (Minister of Justice) advised that the CBL bring itself into compliance with the PPCA and PPCC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
4. The Philosopher’s WalkThe Philosopher’s Walk – named after the 20th century philosopher Nishida Kitaro who liked a stroll down this pretty lane – runs between Ginkaku-ji (the Silver Temple – which is actually made of wood) and Nanzen-ji temple. The wander takes about half an hour, and is at its most glorious in cherry blossom season (late March/early April) when the surrounding trees throw a canopy of delicate pink flowers over the canal.5. KiyomizuderaThe star attraction of the Higashiyama district is Kiyomizudera, a large temple dedicated to the goddess of Mercy. The temple’s wooden terrace – constructed entirely without nails – is its most popular architectural feature, best enjoyed in spring and autumn when it gives you a spectacular view of the surrounding cherry blossom trees and vivid autumn landscape. 6. Heian ShrineBuilt in 1895, Heian Jingu may be a more recent addition to Kyoto’s collection of shrines and temples, but its four gardens are nonetheless some of Kyoto’s best. It’s here that you’ll find those stepping stones from Sofia Coppola’s critically acclaimed film Lost in Translation.7. Nijo CastleLearn the ways of the shogun at Nijo Castle, where powerful warriors appointed by the emperor wielded power and influence throughout centuries of Japanese history. The castle occupies a large site in central Kyoto, with two rings of moats and fortifications built to protect the Ninomaru Palace, where you can wander through private rooms once reserved for only the most important of the shogun’s visitors.8. Nishiki MarketFondly regarded as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, this ancient market is where you’ll find great local produce, perfect for a penny-saving picnic if you’re visiting Kyoto on a budget. Even better, trawl the stalls for your fill of free samples and see if you can spot the matsutake, which, at £750 a pound, is one of the world’s priciest mushrooms. While Tokyo is all flashing neon, future tech and skyscrapers, Kyoto is quieter, quainter and the perfect place to experience authentic Japanese culture. So take the bullet train back in time…We’ve picked 10 of the best sights and attractions essential for getting to know Kyoto.1. Kinkaku-ji, the Golden PavilionKyoto is famous for its temples, their beauty as well as the sheer number of them, hence its nickname, the City of Ten Thousand Shrines. Avoid temple fatigue and choose the ones you visit carefully. A great place to start is Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, arguably Kyoto’s most celebrated landmark. Admire its gold-leaf walls reflected in the tranquil pond surrounding it, amidst a peaceful park of cherry trees. Skip the swarms of tourists by arriving bang on 9am, when the site opens. 3. HigashiyamaBuilt into the lowest slopes of the mountains to the east of Kyoto, this historic district is (unsurprisingly) quite hilly, but it’s worth getting out there to see traditional wooden architecture, buy some local crafts and feast on food stall snacks. A special effort has been made to preserve Higashiyama’s old-world vibe; they’ve removed any signs of 21st century living, like telephone cables and poles. 2. Fushimi Inari ShrineThis is another terrific temple to stick on your hitlist. Over 5,000 red torii, or shrine gates, ensure Fushimi Inari-Taisha sticks out from the crowd. Dedicated to Inari (the god of rice and business) the shrine lies at the foot of Mount Inari. The gates – each one a donation from a business enterprise hoping for success – mark out woodland paths leading up the mountain to smaller shrines and city views. 9. Kyoto Station and TowerA train station may not sound like an exciting hangout, but Kyoto’s, designed by architect Hara Hiroshi, is a futuristic, ultra-modern homage to the historic city. While you’re at the station, cross the road and pay a visit to Kyoto Tower. Its 100m-high Observation Deck offers 360 degree views of the city and surrounding mountains – well worth the ￥770 (£4.30) admission fee whether by day or night.10. Gion, the Geisha DistrictGion, in eastern Kyoto, is known as the Geisha District, although they’re called ‘geiko’ in Kyoto dialect (apprentices are ‘maiko’). The exclusive tea-houses where these female performers, artists and conversationalists work are generally out of bounds to tourists. You’ll stil be able to spot them though, out and about during the day, or walking between evening appointments in their distinctive dress. A glimpse of a geiko is a reminder that the traditions of historic Kyoto thrive in a very modern Japan.Want more inspiration for Japanese jaunts? Check these out:Top 9 things to do in TokyoGiant robots? Mega towers? Ancient temples? Electronic sushi restaurants? Tokyo is like a peek in to the future with a foot in the past.5 cool things to experience in JapanLooking for more inspiration in the Land of the Rising Sun? Let us give you some top tips of what to see and do.8 best geek things to see and do in TokyoLove technology and gadgets? 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