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Igor Dvorskiy, a former college entrance exam administrator, arrives at the federal courthouse for a hearing for his role in the vast U.S. college admissions fraud scheme called "Varsity Blues," in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., August 9, 2022.

A Kyiv-born test administrator who admitted to involvement in Operation Varsity Blues, the U.S. college admissions bribery scandal, was spared prison on Tuesday after helping prosecutors build cases against other defendants.

Igor Dvorskiy, 56, was sentenced to one year of supervised release, including three months in home confinement, and ordered to forfeit $149,540, the office of U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins in Massachusetts said.

The defendant was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani in Boston, after pleading guilty in 2019 to conspiring to commit racketeering.

A lawyer for Dvorskiy declined to comment.

Dvorskiy, a former director of the private Los Angeles high school West Hollywood College Prep, was accused of accepting nearly $200,000 in bribes to help parents inflate their children's scores on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams.

Prosecutors said Dvorskiy arranged for sham proctors to "correct" the children's wrong answers.

The parents were represented by William "Rick" Singer, a consultant who admitted to leading the scheme to help their children get into top universities through cheating and bribery. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 16.

More than 50 people have been convicted at trial or pleaded guilty over involvement in the scheme, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

In seeking to avoid home confinement for Dvorskiy, the defendant's lawyers said the father of three college-age children was not motivated by greed or prestige, and quickly accepted responsibility.

They also said Dvorskiy had persevered through a difficult upbringing in the former Soviet Union, including anti-Semitism.


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Killexams : Veritas varsity vacates students, shifts exams over insecurity

THE Management of Veritas University, Abuja, has shut the institution over security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This followed a directive by the FCT Administration for the closure of all schools in the Capital Territory due to a threat of attacks by bandits.

The University has accordingly postponed the conduction of examinations for 100-level students who were yet to sit for their examination before the directive on the closure of schools.

The University in a statement on Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer, Enuwa Obekpa, however, explained that the University had successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

The statement read in part: “The Management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100-level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website to obtain an admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”


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Killexams : Veritas University asks students to vacate, shifts exams over insecurity

THE Management of Veritas University, Abuja, has shut the institution over security threats in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This followed a directive by the FCT Administration for the closure of all schools in the Capital Territory due to a threat of attacks by bandits.

The University has accordingly postponed the conduction of examinations for 100-level students who were yet to sit for their examination before the directive on the closure of schools.

The University in a statement on Wednesday by its Public Relations Officer, Enuwa Obekpa, however, explained that the University had successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

The statement read in part: “The Management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100-level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website to obtain an admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”


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Killexams : Tension grips Abuja, environs over rising insecurity

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Killexams : Fear spreads, Presidency, senators clash over impeachment threat

Senators on Wednesday threatened to impeach the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over the worsening insecurity in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and the country at large.

The angry senator, who are in the opposition, gave the President a six-week ultimatum to address the security crisis or face impeachment proceedings.

Opposition senators issued the ultimatum on Wednesday as fears over insecurity in Abuja worsened with the government ordering schools to shut to prevent attacks by terrorists.

The Presidency in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the action of the opposition senators as babyish, advising them to put their time to a better use.

The nation’s capital had been gripped by fear following the attack by suspected terrorists on the elite Presidential Guards Brigade by gunmen along the Bwari-Kubwa road on Sunday in which a captain, lieutenant and six soldiers were killed. Three others were injured in The personnel were on their way to the Bwari campus of the Nigeria Law School which had received a threat when they were ambushed.

Following this development, the security forces Tuesday deployed troops and policemen in strategic locations in the FCT, including helicopters and drones.

Also on Tuesday night, there were reports of sporadic shootings at Dantata Bridge, Airport road and Ministers’ Hill, Maitama, sparking panic among residents.

Similarly, a leaked memo from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps indicating that Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province terrorists were amassing dangerous weapons for massive attacks on Katsina, Lagos, FCT, Kaduna, and Zamfara States, created further fear in Abuja.

The criminals were reported to have acquired high-calibre weapons, including Anti-aircraft guns, General Purpose Machine Guns, among others.

Tension has, however, increased in the city as messages circulated on social media that the terrorists were planning to attack some estates in Gwarimpa, Lokogoma, Maitama, Apo and other high brow areas.

Security guards and residents of estates in the area expressed concern over the poor security in Abuja, saying the government must sit up.

Private security guards at some estates confided in The PUNCH that they were thinking about the ominous signs, saying the residents were scared of possible terrorist attacks.

A resident of a popular private estate at Gwarimpa, Charles Kufre, said he was thinking about the insecurity in the FCT.

 He said, ‘’The terrorists have occupied the streets of Abuja and we are still playing politics instead of us to shout out. They have issued a threat and those guys would carry out their threats; we have seen this in the past. If they can attack Kuje Medium Custodial Centre, it is only God that can prevent further attacks.”

A Kuje resident, Joshua Friday, said it was worrisome that the nation’s capital which used to be safe had been infiltrated by criminals.

“The entire security situation in the FCT calls for concern. What it means is that Abuja that we used to think is the safest place in the country has been breached. Take a look at these attacks that have happened of accurate for yourself,’’ he noted.

Residents worried

A thinking resident of Lugbe , Balarabe Musa said, “Since Monday, I have hardly slept. You don’t know where the attack is coming from. Life has not been the same. We cannot move around the way we used to. The most painful thing is that our leaders will not admit it.”

Sunday Jackson, a furniture store Manager in the Karu area of Abuja, said that in spite of the security scare, he still closed his store “at the regular time of 8pm”.

An ice cream store owner in the area, who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity, said her safety was in God’s hands, adding that she closed her store at 10pm, and felt safe enough to walk home, regardless of the security situation.

Efforts to get the Media Aide to the FCT Minister, Mohammed Sani proved abortive as calls to his lines were not answered. He has yet to reply to a message sent to him on the  efforts being put in place by the administration to allay the fears of residents.

Also, the FCT police command spokesperson, Josephine Adeh, declined comment on the insecurity in the FCT.

Meanwhile, the FCT Administration has ordered all schools to shut down as apprehension spreads in the FCT.

Earlier, the Federal Ministry of Education ordered the immediate closure of one of its Unity Colleges, the Federal Government College  Kwali, located in Kwali Area Council of the Abuja, on Tuesday.

The decision was taken after a reported terrorist attack on the neighbouring Sheda community close to the college.

However, in a statement signed by  the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools in Nigeria, Abuja, on Wednesday,  The PUNCH gathered that the directive to shut down schools came from the FCT Education secretariat.

The message read, “Dear school educators, instruction reaching me now from the Ag. Director DQA is that the FCT Education secretariat has directed that schools are to make sure all examinations going on should be ended by Wednesday, July 27,2022 and all students including those in boarding should be allowed to go home for the holiday.

“Those writing external examinations and schools that have planned their end of the year speech and prize-giving day beyond Wednesday, 27th could go ahead as planned but must put adequate security in place to safeguard both students and staff of their schools, you are addressed strictly to the above instructions.”

Confirming the authenticity of the statement, the publicity secretary, NAPPS, AMAC, Peter Edoh said, “Yes. It is very true”.

The PUNCH reports that there have been reports of attacks in the capital city following the release of senior commanders of the Boko Haram during the invasion of the Kuje prison.

In compliance with the directive, some schools were hurriedly closed down on Wednesday as panic gripped  residents over fear of possible attack by terrorists.

Veritas University

A Catholic school, Veritas University, Bwari, announced the end of its 2021/2022 academic session.

A statement released by the Media and Public Relations Officer of the school, Evelyn Obekpa stated that the examination for first year students had been postponed due to the directive by the FCT minister.

It read, “The management of Veritas University wishes to notify the general public that the University has successfully completed the 2021/2022 academic session.

“However, due to the current security tension and the directives of the Minister of the FCT for the closure of schools in Abuja, examinations for our 100 level students shall be conducted at a date to be announced later.

“Candidates seeking admission into Veritas University for the 2022/2023 academic session are encouraged to visit the University or the university’s website – www.veritas.edu.ng to obtain admission form. All correspondences may be forwarded to the following emails.”

Reacting to the increasing state of insecurity in FCT, the Financial Secretary of Karimo Market, Wilson Lawrence said, “The insecurity rounding the  market area is so high nobody has put the traders into consideration.

“If the terrorists or bandits attack the markets, it is going to be a very bad incident with many casualties. Flash back to the Nyanya bomb blast experience. We are also calling on the government to provide security to market traders. It is very important.”

Taking a cue from the FCTA, the Nasarawa State Government has also ordered the immediate closure of both public and private schools to safeguard the lives of students in the state.

The closure of schools across the state was part of the resolution arrived at during an expanded state executive council meeting at the Government House, Lafia on Wednesday.

Briefing journalists shortly after the council meeting, the state Commissioner for Education, Fatu Sabo, said “The decision became necessary considering the proximity of the state to the FCT as well as the resolve of the government to ensure that schools in Nasarawa state operate within a safe environment.’’

She, however, clarified that the directives excluded the exit classes that are already writing their final examinations, especially in secondary schools.

Meanwhile, the impeachment moves against Buhari began when the Senate Minority Leader and the senator representing the FCT,  Philip Aduda, Peoples Democratic Party, FCT, raised a point of order for the Senate to deliberate on issues raised at the closed-door session which lasted for two hours.

The Senate President, after the session, announced that issues relating to smooth running of the Senate and unity in Nigeria were deliberated upon but instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items listed on the order paper.

Miffed by the development, Aduda raised a point of order, calling for deliberation on issues discussed at the closed-door session.

He said, “ Mr President, I raised this point of order to bring to the front burner, issues deliberated upon at the closed-door session.

“Resolution made by all Senators at the closed door session which lasted for two hours was to further deliberate on it in plenary and arrive at a resolution to provide President Muhammadu Buhari ultimatum on an urgent basis to stop the worsening security situation or face impeachment.”

The Senate President quickly interrupted him by saying that his point of order fell flat on its face since he didn’t discuss it with him.

Lawan in his ruling said, “Minority leader, when you’re going to come under a point of order, first, you’re supposed to cite the order.

“Secondly, you’re supposed to discuss with me what you’re going to raise on the floor. You didn’t. Thirdly, we have already passed that stage. So, at this moment, I really don’t know what the point of order is, as such it falls flat on its face.”

He, thereafter, instructed the leader of the Senate to proceed with items on the order paper.

In response to the development,  all the Senators across the opposition parties led by Aduda stormed out of the chamber chanting, “All we are saying,  Buhari must go, Nigeria must survive, Ahmad Lawan should follow .”

APC senator

The protesting Senators, including Adamu Bulkachuwa (APC Bauchi North), later gathered at the Senate Press Centre to disclose what transpired during the closed-door session.

Speaking on behalf of the Senators, the minority leader said their anger was fueled by the refusal of the Senate President to follow the resolutions taken by senators across party lines at the closed-door session.

He said, “We are here to tell Nigerians that as Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we are disappointed with the way the worsening security situation across the country is being handled.

“We held closed-door session for two hours, where it was resolved that the issue will be deliberated upon in plenary with an agreed resolution to provide President Muhamnadu Buhari  a -six week ultimatum to address the insecurity issue of the country or face impeachment by both Chambers of the National Assembly.”

He added, “We agreed that the primary responsibility of government is the protection of lives and property of citizens.

“For us the minority caucus in the Senate, we also took into cognizance the fact that the Senate had at various times convened various security meetings, various security issues were discussed and we did recommend to government various steps and measures aimed at curbing these issues of insecurity. We realised that even Abuja that we are in is no safer and all of you will agree with us.

“So, at the close session we agreed that we will provide the President an ultimatum that if it does not comply with the resolutions, we will move immediately to provide an impeachment notice. This we agreed at the exclusive session.”

The minority leader added that they had expected the Senate President to brief the public on the issues that have happened but this, however, did not happen.

Aduda then said, “So we have come here in protest to brief you (press) and to let you know that we are with Nigerians in this struggle and that we are thinking that nowhere is safe in Nigeria and as such we have walked out of the chambers in protest that the security situation in “Nigeria is deteriorating and urgent steps need to be completely taken to ensure that these issues are curbed immediately. These are the issues that were discussed and these are the reasons why we left the senate plenary in protest.”

On how soon the opposition lawmakers would formalise their impeachment threats against the President, Aduda said, “We have given six weeks’ notice within which the security issues should be resolved and all our resolutions should also be implemented.

“We have passed so many resolutions on what should be done about insecurity and we have given all the support to that effect.”

Aside the PDP Senators who participated in the walkout, other Senators like Enyinnaya Abaribe (APGA Abia South), Ibrahim Shekarau (NNPP Kano Central), Francis Onyewuchi (Imo East ) etc, also joined.

Former Senate Majority Leader, who recently defected to the People’s Democratic Party, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi also said what, happened was that the senate was unable to agree on the motion to impeach the president.

He said, “The Majority leader said that they wouldn’t support impeachment while the minority insisted that we should impeach him, so we were all on the issue before the plenary.

“That was why the senators then walked out on the Senate President. I am in support of the motion and we all both majority and minority are unhappy with the President on this security issues.”

Abdullahi said the president as the Commander In-Chief was expected to do the needful.

He stated,  “The Senate is giving him six weeks to visit those resolutions and implement them, else we would look into the constitution and address the issue from what the constitution states.”

Also commenting on the issue, the lawmaker representing Kogi-West, Senator Smart Adeyemi said that the motion was not only moved by the opposition party but it is a uniform agreement of the Senate.

When contacted, Senate Spokesperson, Senator Ajibola Basiru, said he was not part of the closed session.

Basiru, however, said he was concerned about the insecurity situation in the country.

He said, “There should be an executive-legislative strategy to tackle the situation. It is becoming worrisome and we cannot continue like this.”

Also, the Senate President had told the security agencies to be alert and do more to stop the rising insecurity.

He said, “I am particularly concerned like all of us here, through our various interactions, including a very important closed session we had today.

“We (Federal Government) have to be alert and alive to our responsibility, particularly to secure and protect the lives of our citizen.

But reacting to threats by the lawmakers, the Federal Government said it is “working 24 hours” to bring the situation under control.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who addressed House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by Buhari, commended the lawmakers for their patriotism but added that work is ongoing to restore order.

The minister said, “As to the resolution passed by the Senate, it was passed when we were deliberating (at the FEC meeting). We thank them for their patriotism and their concern. But we are working around the clock 24 hours to ensure that the situation is brought under control.

“I want to assure you that the President is aware of all these and as a matter of fact, I think tomorrow there’s going to be another Security Council meeting. So, it’s not a matter the President is taking lightly and like I’ll always say some of the measures we’re going to take are not measures that you can discuss openly here, but we’re as concerned as you are, we’re not going to abandon our responsibility.”

Lai dismissed as laughable the threats by some terrorists in a viral video to abduct the President.

The terrorists who flogged the 43 passengers of the Kaduna-Abuja train had threatened to abduct Buhari and the Kaduna Stated Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Presidency berate Senators

The Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity,  Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday night described their the opposition actions as “performative and babyish antics”.

He also commended  Lawan for turning down the motion, saying it was quite appropriate and correct.

The statement added, “In contrast, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to the emerging security threats, including those left behind by the PDP in the South-South, the Northeast and throughout the federation. In the last 24 hours, two more Chibok girls were freed, in addition to the three brought home last week.”

Amid the growing insecurity in the country, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, has warned Nigerians against scaring investors away from the country over their alarms.

According to him, the Federal Capital territory is still safe.

Wase issued the warning in a drama that played out at the close of plenary on Wednesday.

The Deputy Speaker, who presided over the day’s session, in his closing remark, said in part, “I believe most of us will be retiring to the constituencies but for the PDP (members) who have yet to get themselves organised, you are free to stay around.”

After the Majority Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, moved a motion for adjournment till September 20 for the two-month annual recess of the National Assembly, the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, while seconding the motion, replied Wase.

Elumelu said while the ruling All Progressives Congress had accepted its fate on losing the accurate governorship election in  Osun State to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, the minority party would win the 2023 general elections.

“However, I want to beg members, Abuja is no longer safe; please, if possible, go back to your constituencies. The place is insecure and I am very sure about this,” the Minority Leader added.

The Majority Leader interjected Elumelu, saying he was “derailing,” Wase stated that security is everybody’s business and “we should not play politics with security.”

The Deputy Speaker added, “Colleagues, I want to beg of us that we all need to come together, work together and think in a manner that we can work together to sort out our issues. I believe the Minority Leader, maybe he was putting some jokes, but I do not believe that it was a joke on the security in the lives and property “of the people.”

“By the grace of God Abuja is going to be secured. I do not think we should scare investors who are coming into the country. I do not believe that we should scare people who could come to add value to us. The parliament may be the one to raise this issue, maybe one or two issues, but it has not gotten to that level to say Abuja is not safe.’’

Commenting on the security situation, retired commodore Abimbola Ayuba, observed that the nation was bound to find itself in an embarrassing situation because the government allowed the criminals to have free rein.

He stated, ‘’What we are experiencing now is the fallout of the prison attack in Kuje and some of the escaped inmates have decided to join ranks with their brothers to take vengeance

Bandits were reported to have attacked Damari town of Kazaga Ward, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State and killed three while no fewer than 13 villagers were abducted.

This was contained in a statement by the chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union, Ishaq Kasai, released to newsmen in Kaduna, late Wednesday evening.

It was learnt that the hoodlums  in large numbers and on motorcycles raided the village between Monday and Tuesday unchallenged.

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LONDON, Aug. 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Condor Gold (CNRCOG is pleased to announce that it has received the final results of metallurgical tests for a Feasibility Study (FS) being conducted on the La India Open Pit from Bureau Veritas Laboratories in Richmond, British Columbia. The most accurate iteration of testing was focused on variability testing and confirmation of recoveries at the lower grades. The 2022 FS Study (the "FS" or "Feasibility Study") will bring the level of confidence for the Project to the industry-standard of engineering design, sufficient to support +/- 15% capital and operating cost estimates.

Highlights of Feasibility Study Metallurgical Test Results

  • The confirmatory testwork demonstrated that gold recovery is independent of grade and a fixed gold recovery of 91% assuming a 75 micron grind size will be used in the project economics of the forthcoming Feasibility Study.
  • Gold extraction from the 11 variability composites averaged 92.6% at the 75 micron grind size, which is reduced by 2% to allow for gold being locked up in the processing plant.
  • Gold extraction from the four low grade composites averaged 93.8% at the 75 micron target grind, indicating a gold recovery of 91.8% after a 2% reduction to allow for gold being locked up in the processing plant.
  • At a finer grind size of 53 microns an average gold extraction of 94.7% was achieved, indicating a potential upside gold recovery of about 93%.
  • The selection of the composites by both grade and approximate year of production provides confirmation that the mill recovery will not be materially affected over the life of the La India Mine.

Mark Child, Chairman and Chief Executive of Condor Gold, commented:

"I am delighted that a net metallurgical recovery of 91% will be used in the technical economic models for the forthcoming Feasibility Study on the La India Open pit. Very comprehensive metallurgical test-work has been conducted to the highest standards as a Feasibility Study level is the technical document to which project finance is provided to the Project. 91% metallurgical recovery over the life of mine is a terrific result and represents a significant de-risking of one of the most important variables in the development of a new mine at La India Project and provides significant comfort to investors.

The application of both variability testing and confirmation of low-grade responses is consistent with best practices in the mining industry, while confirming the ability of the processing plant to achieve excellent recoveries down into the lower grade portions of the deposit, in a standard Carbon-in-Pulp cyanidation plant.

The higher gold recovery at 53 micron-grinds suggests an opportunity to recover an additional 2% of the contained gold from the La India material".


During August of 2021 in preparation for the FS, Condor assembled eleven further variability composites from La India Open Pit, testing high grade, medium grade and low-grade composites as well as composites selected to represent individual phases and production years. Additional composites were selected to test responses of the lower grade ores (below 1.5 g/t Au) to ensure that the recovery parameters previously applied were valid at the lower grade ranges. This work was conducted by Bureau Veritas Laboratories (BV) in Richmond, British Columbia.

Discussion – Leaching Studies

The 2022 studies were conducted as a confirmation and check of earlier leaching test results obtained in December 2021, and to extend Condor's understanding of the response of the mineralized material at smaller grind sizes and lower grade ranges.

The variability test results are summarized below in Table 1.

Condor notes that the results of the current BV results are consistent with the results from the PFS study in 2014, which indicated a fixed gold recovery of 91%. It is notable that the current design parameters at a 75 micron grind support a total retention time of 48 hours versus the 30-hour retention time nominated in the PFS.

Table 1: Summary of Leach Test Results for 2022 Bureau Veritas – 11 Variability Composites

100 Micron Summary - 11 Variability Composites          
Sample ID Actual P80 Size Measured Head* Calculated Head 48h Extraction
μm Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (%) Ag (%)
High Grade Var Comp 103 5.16 12.67 5.43 14.20 88.74 64.79
Medium Grade Var Comp 99 1.76 9.00 2.29 9.33 87.65 57.11
Low Grade Var Comp 99 0.89 4.00 1.18 3.89 91.72 48.65
Starter Pit North Var Comp 98 1.84 10.33 2.77 10.01 90.32 60.03
Starter Pit South Var Comp 101 2.95 12.67 3.92 13.63 87.30 63.32
Phase 2 - Year 4 Var Comp 98 3.44 10.33 4.85 11.23 92.00 64.38
Phase 2 - Year 5 Var Comp 101 4.32 7.67 4.93 8.29 91.25 63.82
Phase 2 - Year 6 Var Comp 105 5.25 7.00 6.10 7.13 90.58 57.95
Phase 3 - Year 6 Var Comp 102 1.92 5.00 2.25 6.03 90.58 50.22
Phase 3 - Year 7 Var Comp 98 1.90 4.00 2.48 4.27 91.21 53.16
Phase 3 - Year 8 Var Comp 99 2.65 6.00 3.58 5.49 91.73 63.59
Average 100             2.92           8.06           3.62           8.50         90.28         58.82
75 Micron Summary - 11 Variability Composites          
Sample ID Actual P80 Size Measured Head* Calculated Head 48h Extraction
μm Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (%) Ag (%)
High Grade Var Comp 75 5.16 12.67 5.35 13.43 92.64 70.21
Medium Grade Var Comp 73 1.76 9.00 2.32 12.87 90.42 45.61
Low Grade Var Comp 74 0.89 4.00 1.11 3.99 93.79 49.82
Starter Pit North Var Comp 73 1.84 10.33 2.84 11.51 94.03 65.25
Starter Pit South Var Comp 73 2.95 12.67 3.83 14.07 89.93 64.47
Phase 2 - Year 4 Var Comp 73 3.44 10.33 4.16 10.79 94.10 62.93
Phase 2 - Year 5 Var Comp 72 4.32 7.67 4.86 8.21 92.37 63.46
Phase 2 - Year 6 Var Comp 72 5.25 7.00 6.13 7.55 92.46 60.26
Phase 3 - Year 6 Var Comp 78 1.92 5.00 2.17 5.30 93.01 62.27
Phase 3 - Year 7 Var Comp 78 1.90 4.00 2.54 4.29 93.07 53.34
Phase 3 - Year 8 Var Comp 77 2.65 6.00 3.70 5.76 93.54 65.29
Average 74             2.94           8.27           3.53           9.20         92.58         59.76
53 Micron Summary - 11 Variability Composites          
Sample ID Actual P80 Size Measured Head* Calculated Head 48h Extraction
μm Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (%) Ag (%)
High Grade Var Comp 54 5.16 12.67 5.61 13.11 94.57 77.11
Medium Grade Var Comp 68 1.76 9.00 2.28 7.90 91.63 74.67
Low Grade Var Comp 55 0.89 4.00 1.15 4.13 95.96 51.58
Starter Pit North Var Comp 52 1.84 10.33 3.04 10.99 95.37 72.70
Starter Pit South Var Comp 52 2.95 12.67 3.87 13.82 93.55 71.07
Phase 2 - Year 4 Var Comp 54 3.44 10.33 4.22 10.32 95.62 70.94
Phase 2 - Year 5 Var Comp 54 4.32 7.67 4.60 7.57 95.53 73.60
Phase 2 - Year 6 Var Comp 52 5.25 7.00 6.02 7.61 95.12 60.56
Phase 3 - Year 6 Var Comp 55 1.92 5.00 2.15 5.38 94.83 62.85
Phase 3 - Year 7 Var Comp 54 1.90 4.00 2.64 4.49 95.64 55.43
Phase 3 - Year 8 Var Comp 56 2.65 6.00 3.59 5.84 95.19 65.77
Average 55             3.06           8.74           3.66           8.98         94.69         68.34

* Measured Head is determined prior to the leach testing as determined from a split of the initial sample. Calculated head is based on the sum of the assays of both the leach solutions and of the residue. Calculated head is considered the more reliable measure of the contained gold and recovery.

Condor and its consultants also recognized the lack of metallurgical testing at the lower grade ranges, particularly at the break-even and marginal cutoff ranges. While not a significant contributor to overall project economics, the stockpiling of low and even sub-grade material offers the opportunity for capturing additional ounces at the end of mine- life. This recognition initiated the secondary investigation on the low-grade material.

The results of the low-grade investigations are presented in Table 2 below:

Table 2: Low Grade Recovery at 75 micron

Low Grade Composites - 75 micron target grind          
Sample ID Actual P80 Size Measured Head* Calculated Head 48h Extraction
μm Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Au (%) Ag (%)
Condor 0.5 78 0.48 3.00 0.59 3.10 93.49 35.53
Condor 0.75 82 0.74 3.00 0.86 3.75 94.96 46.66
Condor 1.5 78 1.23 4.67 1.55 4.97 93.08 59.79
Condor 2.0 70 1.81 6.00 2.32 5.65 93.48 64.58
Average response 77             1.06           4.17           1.33           4.37         93.75         51.64

For further information please visit www.condorgold.com or contact:

Condor Gold plc Mark Child, Chairman and CEO
+44 (0) 20 7493 2784
Beaumont Cornish Limited Roland Cornish and James Biddle
+44 (0) 20 7628 3396
Numis Securities Limited John Prior and James Black
+44 (0) 20 7260 1000
BlytheRay Tim Blythe, and Megan Ray
+44 (0) 20 7138 3204

About Condor Gold plc:

Condor Gold plc was admitted to AIM in May 2006 and dual listed on the TSX in January 2018. The Company is a gold exploration and development company with a focus on Nicaragua.

On 25 October 2021 Condor announced the filing of a Preliminary Economic Assessment Technical Report ("PEA") for its La India Project, Nicaragua on SEDAR https://www.sedar.com. The highlight of the technical study is a post-tax, post upfront capital expenditure NPV of US$418 million, with an IRR of 54% and 12 month pay-back period, assuming a US$1,700 per oz gold price, with average annual production of 150,000 oz gold per annum for the initial 9 years of gold production. The open pit mine schedules have been optimised from designed pits, bringing higher grade gold forward resulting in average annual production of 157,000 oz gold in the first 2 years from open pit material and underground mining funded out of cashflow.

In August 2018, the Company announced that the Ministry of the Environment in Nicaragua had granted the Environmental Permit ("EP") for the development, construction and operation of a processing plant with capacity to process up to 2,800 tonnes per day at its wholly-owned La India gold Project ("La India Project"). The EP is considered the master permit for mining operations in Nicaragua. Condor has purchased a new SAG Mill, which has mainly arrived in Nicaragua. Site clearance and preparation is at an advanced stage.

Environmental Permits were granted in April and May 2020 for the Mestiza and America open pits respectively, both located close to La India. The Mestiza open pit hosts 92 Kt at a grade of 12.1 g/t gold (36,000 oz contained gold) in the Indicated Mineral Resource category and 341 Kt at a grade of 7.7 g/t gold (85,000 oz contained gold) in the Inferred Mineral Resource category. The America open pit hosts 114 Kt at a grade of 8.1 g/t gold (30,000 oz) in the Indicated Mineral Resource category and 677 Kt at a grade of 3.1 g/t gold (67,000 oz) in the Inferred Mineral Resource category. Following the permitting of the Mestiza and America open pits, together with the La India Open Pit Condor has 1.12 M oz gold open pit Mineral Resources permitted for extraction.


Neither the contents of the Company's website nor the contents of any website accessible from hyperlinks on the Company's website (or any other website) is incorporated into, or forms part of, this announcement.

Qualified Persons

The technical review of the SGS metallurgical results has been conducted by Eric Olin, a principal consultant with SRK Consulting (U.S. Inc., who is a registered member of SME and a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Olin has over 40 years' experience in extractive metallurgy including extensive experience with CIP and CIL gold extraction plants. Eric Olin is a full time employee of SRK Consulting (U.S.) Inc., an independent consultancy, and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration. Eric Olin consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on their information in the form and context in which is appears and confirms that this information is accurate and not false or misleading.

The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed, Verified and approved by Gerald D. Crawford, P.E. who is a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101.

Technical Information

Certain disclosure contained in this news release of a scientific or technical nature has been summarised or extracted from the technical report entitled "Technical Report on the La India Gold Project, Nicaragua, October 2021", dated October 22, 2021 with an effective date of September 9, 2021 (the "Technical Report"), prepared in accordance with NI 43-101. The Qualified Persons responsible for the Technical Report are Dr Tim Lucks of SRK Consulting (UK) Limited, and Mr Fernando Rodrigues, Mr Stephen Taylor and Mr Ben Parsons of SRK Consulting (U.S.) Inc. Mr Parsons assumes responsibility for the MRE, Mr Rodrigues the open pit mining aspects, Mr Taylor the underground mining aspects and Dr Lucks for the oversight of the remaining technical disciplines and compilation of the report.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are ‘forward- looking information' with respect to the Company within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements with respect to: the Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves and future production rates and plans at the La India Project. Forward-looking information is often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as: "seek", "anticipate", "plan", "continue", "strategies", "estimate", "expect", "project", "predict", "potential", "targeting", "intends", "believe", "potential", "could", "might", "will" and similar expressions. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including, among others, assumptions regarding: future commodity prices and royalty regimes; availability of skilled labour; timing and amount of capital expenditures; future currency exchange and interest rates; the impact of increasing competition; general conditions in economic and financial markets; availability of drilling and related equipment; effects of regulation by governmental agencies; the receipt of required permits; royalty rates; future tax rates; future operating costs; availability of future sources of funding; ability to obtain financing and assumptions underlying estimates related to adjusted funds from operations. Many assumptions are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Company and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

Such forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks, which may cause the actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including, risks related to: mineral exploration, development and operating risks; estimation of mineralisation, resources and reserves; environmental, health and safety regulations of the resource industry; competitive conditions; operational risks; liquidity and financing risks; funding risk; exploration costs; uninsurable risks; conflicts of interest; risks of operating in Nicaragua; government policy changes; ownership risks; permitting and licensing risks; artisanal miners and community relations; difficulty in enforcement of judgments; market conditions; stress in the global economy; current global financial condition; exchange rate and currency risks; commodity prices; reliance on key personnel; dilution risk; payment of dividends; as well as those factors discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's annual information form for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 dated March 22, 2019, available under the Company's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.

Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by law.

Technical Glossary

Abrasion Index
The Bond Abrasion Test determines the Abrasion Index, which is used to determine steel media and liner wear in crushers, rod mills, and ball mills. Bond developed correlations based on the wear rate in pounds of metal wear/kWh of energy used in the comminution process. Higher values indicate more abrasive rock.

Calculated Head
Calculated Head is an assay determined following the metallurgical leach testing and is based on the sum of the assays of both the leach solutions and of the residue, and is considered the more reliable measure of the contained gold and recovery (as compared to the Measured Head).

Carbon-in-Pulp (CIP) or Carbon in Leach (CIL)
A metallurgical process for extracting gold by leaching gold from the pulverized host rock with a cyanide solution. Gold is subsequently adsorbed onto activated charcoal for later recovery.

Measured Head
Measured Head is an assay determined prior to the metallurgical leach testing as determined from a split of the initial trial to be subjected to a leach test. It may vary from the calculated head. Calculated head is based on the sum of the assays of both the leach solutions and of the residue, and is considered the more reliable measure of the contained gold and recovery.

Mineral Resource
Mineral Resources are sub-divided, in order of increasing geological confidence, into Inferred, Indicated and Measured categories. An Inferred Mineral Resource has a lower level of confidence than that applied to an Indicated Mineral Resource. An Indicated Mineral Resource has a higher level of confidence than an Inferred Mineral Resource but has a lower level of confidence than a Measured Mineral Resource.

A Mineral Resource is a concentration or occurrence of solid material of economic interest in or on the Earth's crust in such form, grade or quality and quantity that there are reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction.

The location, quantity, grade or quality, continuity and other geological characteristics of a Mineral Resource are known, estimated or interpreted from specific geological evidence and knowledge, including sampling.

Material of economic interest refers to diamonds, natural solid inorganic material, or natural solid fossilized organic material including base and precious metals, coal, and industrial minerals.

The term Mineral Resource covers mineralization and natural material of intrinsic economic interest which has been identified and estimated through exploration and sampling and within which Mineral Reserves may subsequently be defined by the consideration and application of Modifying Factors. The phrase ‘reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction' implies a judgment by the Qualified Person in respect of the technical and economic factors likely to influence the prospect of economic extraction. The Qualified Person should consider and clearly state the basis for determining that the material has reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction. Assumptions should include estimates of cutoff grade and geological continuity at the selected cut-off, metallurgical recovery, smelter payments, commodity price or product value, mining and processing method and mining, processing and general and administrative costs. The Qualified Person should state if the assessment is based on any direct evidence and testing.

Interpretation of the word ‘eventual' in this context may vary depending on the commodity or mineral involved. For example, for some coal, iron, potash deposits and other bulk minerals or commodities, it may be reasonable to envisage ‘eventual economic extraction' as covering time periods in excess of 50 years. However, for many gold deposits, application of the concept would normally be restricted to perhaps 10 to 15 years, and frequently to much shorter periods of time.

Inferred Mineral Resource
An Inferred Mineral Resource is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity and grade or quality are estimated on the basis of limited geological evidence and sampling. Geological evidence is sufficient to imply but not verify geological and grade or quality continuity.

An Inferred Mineral Resource has a lower level of confidence than that applying to an Indicated Mineral Resource and must not be converted to a Mineral Reserve. It is reasonably expected that the majority of Inferred Mineral Resources could be upgraded to Indicated Mineral Resources with continued exploration.

An Inferred Mineral Resource is based on limited information and sampling gathered through appropriate sampling techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes. Inferred Mineral Resources must not be included in the economic analysis, production schedules, or estimated mine life in publicly disclosed Pre- Feasibility or Feasibility Studies, or in the Life of Mine plans and cash flow models of developed mines. Inferred Mineral Resources can only be used in economic studies as provided under NI 43-101.

There may be circumstances, where appropriate sampling, testing, and other measurements are sufficient to demonstrate data integrity, geological and grade/quality continuity of a Measured or Indicated Mineral Resource, however, quality assurance and quality control, or other information may not meet all industry norms for the disclosure of an Indicated or Measured Mineral Resource. Under these circumstances, it may be reasonable for the Qualified Person to report an Inferred Mineral Resource if the Qualified Person has taken steps to verify the information meets the requirements of an Inferred Mineral Resource.

Indicated Mineral Resource
An Indicated Mineral Resource is that part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity, grade or quality, densities, shape and physical characteristics are estimated with sufficient confidence to allow the application of Modifying Factors in sufficient detail to support mine planning and evaluation of the economic viability of the deposit.

Geological evidence is derived from adequately detailed and reliable exploration, sampling and testing and is sufficient to assume geological and grade or quality continuity between points of observation.

An Indicated Mineral Resource has a lower level of confidence than that applying to a Measured Mineral Resource and may only be converted to a Probable Mineral Reserve. Mineralization may be classified as an Indicated Mineral Resource by the Qualified Person when the nature, quality, quantity and distribution of data are such as to allow confident interpretation of the geological framework and to reasonably assume the continuity of mineralization. The Qualified Person must recognize the importance of the Indicated Mineral Resource category to the advancement of the feasibility of the project. An Indicated Mineral Resource estimate is of sufficient quality to support a Pre-Feasibility Study which can serve as the basis for major development decisions.

Mineral Reserve
Mineral Reserves are sub-divided in order of increasing confidence into Probable Mineral Reserves and Proven Mineral Reserves. A Probable Mineral Reserve has a lower level of confidence than a Proven Mineral Reserve.

A Mineral Reserve is the economically mineable part of a Measured and/or Indicated Mineral Resource. It includes diluting materials and allowances for losses, which may occur when the material is mined or extracted and is defined by studies at Pre-Feasibility or Feasibility level as appropriate that include application of Modifying Factors. Such studies demonstrate that, at the time of reporting, extraction could reasonably be justified. The reference point at which Mineral Reserves are defined, usually the point where the ore is delivered to the processing plant, must be stated. It is important that, in all situations where the reference point is different, such as for a saleable product, a clarifying statement is included to ensure that the reader is fully informed as to what is being reported.

The public disclosure of a Mineral Reserve must be demonstrated by a Pre-Feasibility Study or Feasibility Study.

Mineral Reserves are those parts of Mineral Resources which, after the application of all mining factors, result in an estimated tonnage and grade which, in the opinion of the Qualified Person(s) making the estimates, is the basis of an economically viable project after taking account of all relevant Modifying Factors. Mineral Reserves are inclusive of diluting material that will be mined in conjunction with the Mineral Reserves and delivered to the treatment plant or equivalent facility. The term ‘Mineral Reserve' need not necessarily signify that extraction facilities are in place or operative or that all governmental approvals have been received. It does signify that there are reasonable expectations of such approvals.

‘Reference point' refers to the mining or process point at which the Qualified Person prepares a Mineral Reserve. For example, most metal deposits disclose mineral reserves with a "mill feed" reference point. In these cases, reserves are reported as mined ore delivered to the plant and do not include reductions attributed to anticipated plant losses. In contrast, coal reserves have traditionally been reported as tonnes of "clean coal". In this coal example, reserves are reported as a "saleable product" reference point and include reductions for plant yield (recovery). The Qualified Person must clearly state the ‘reference point' used in the Mineral Reserve estimate.

Master Composite
A testing trial comprised of multiple sub-samples taken from multiple locations within an area of a deposit. This is a common practice when individual samples are of insufficient size for a minimum trial requirement for metallurgical tests. Source sub-samples are selected to represent specific mineralization types or specific areas within a deposit.

Probable Mineral Reserve
A Probable Mineral Reserve is the economically mineable part of an Indicated, and in some circumstances, a Measured Mineral Resource. The confidence in the Modifying Factors applying to a Probable Mineral Reserve is lower than that applying to a Proven Mineral Reserve.

The Qualified Person(s) may elect, to convert Measured Mineral Resources to Probable Mineral Reserves if the confidence in the Modifying Factors is lower than that applied to a Proven Mineral Reserve. Probable Mineral Reserve estimates must be demonstrated to be economic, at the time of reporting, by at least a Pre-Feasibility Study.

Pre-Feasibility Study (Preliminary Feasibility Study)
The CIM Definition Standards requires the completion of a Pre-Feasibility Study as the minimum prerequisite for the conversion of Mineral Resources to Mineral Reserves.

A Pre-Feasibility Study is a comprehensive study of a range of options for the technical and economic viability of a mineral project that has advanced to a stage where a preferred mining method, in the case of underground mining, or the pit configuration, in the case of an open pit, is established and an effective method of mineral processing is determined. It includes a financial analysis based on reasonable assumptions on the Modifying Factors and the evaluation of any other relevant factors which are sufficient for a Qualified Person, acting reasonably, to determine if all or part of the Mineral Resource may be converted to a Mineral Reserve at the time of reporting. A Pre-Feasibility Study is at a lower confidence level than a Feasibility Study.

Relative Density / Specific Gravity

The weight of a given volume of material expressed as a ratio of the density of water. A specific gravity of 2.50 would indicate that a cubic meter of the material would weigh 2.5 metric tonnes.

SAG Mill Work Index – Short for Semi-Autogenous Grinding – (A x b) – The SAG Mill Work Index is a measure of the resistance of material to grinding in a SAG mill.

It can be used to determine the grinding power required for a given throughput of material under SAG mill grinding conditions.. The index has no units. Higher values indicate better performance through a SAG mill.

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Killexams : Europe's new Venus probe will have to survive months-long scorching 'aerobrake' procedure No result found, try new keyword!Europe's planned Venus exploration mission will depend on a challenging aerobraking procedure to lower its orbit, which will test the thermal resiliency of the spacecraft's materials to their limits. Thu, 28 Jul 2022 22:00:18 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/europes-new-venus-probe-will-have-to-survive-months-long-scorching-aerobrake-procedure/ar-AA106l7Y Killexams : Guidehouse Insights Explores Opportunities for the Home Robot Market

In addition to growing adoption of smart home technologies, home robot technology has experienced important advances

BOULDER, Colo., July 27, 2022  /PRNewswire/ --  A new report from Guidehouse Insights explores the market landscape and potential for home robots.

Despite optimistic product launches from prestigious high-tech companies and start-ups, the market for robots in the home has had limited success to date. However, there is reason for hope—according to a new report from Guidehouse Insights, with the success of at least one home robot application and the growth of others, confidence is high for more applications in the future. The in-home navigation technology developed for robotic vacuums—the primary success story for home robotics—has enabled other applications, including social robots and home healthcare robots, which serve certain niche markets with highly customized human-like interactions, and robots designed to enhance the smart home's capabilities.

"Home robots have the potential to make life more convenient and fulfilling in the early 21st century, removing drudgery and increasing free time, as household appliances did for families in the 20th century," says William Hughes, principal research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. "The transition to using more robots in the home will likely be slower than many might wish but it is unstoppable."

The technology embedded in robotic vacuums enables other home robot categories. In addition to home maintenance, some robots are useful for consumers who need help carrying items, for food preparation, and for home healthcare. A new and interesting category is robots designed to enhance smart home functionality by bringing a voice-activated speaker closer to the user, offering a moveable security camera, and providing social engagement options, according to the report.

The report, Expanding the Market for Home Robots Beyond Smart Vacuums, explores the status of the myriad applications for robots in the home, examines the implications for the adoption of home robot applications, and looks at factors that will likely affect smart home adoption. An executive summary of the report is available for free get on the Guidehouse Insights website.

About Guidehouse Insights
Guidehouse Insights, the dedicated market intelligence arm of Guidehouse, provides research, data, and benchmarking services for today's rapidly changing and highly regulated industries. Our insights are built on in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The team's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research, and demand assessment, paired with a deep examination of technology trends, to provide a comprehensive view of emerging resilient infrastructure systems. Additional information about Guidehouse Insights can be found at www.guidehouseinsights.com.

About Guidehouse
Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 13,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. For more information, please visit www.guidehouse.com.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Expanding the Market for Home Robots Beyond Smart Vacuums, is a summary and reflects the current expectations of Guidehouse Insights based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report's conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Guidehouse Insights nor Guidehouse undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.


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Killexams : Liberia @ 175 - Sycophancy Rings Familiarity, but Some Orators Defied the Norms As Weah's Govt. Plays It Safe

Dear Readers,

The ricochet of Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee's 2019 Independence Day oration is still felt in the corridors of the George Weah-led government, begging the question, who was responsible for tipping Gbowee in what has become a defining moment of truth that redefined the spirit of the '26, if only for a moment in time.

After all, Gbowee had been no stranger to controversy. Nearly a year after sharing the Nobel Peace Prize with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Gbowee, in an October 2012 BBC radio interview, slammed Sirleaf for not doing enough to combat government corruption. In her statement which coincided with her resignation as head of Peace Commission, a group designed to report on human rights violations during the war, and to promote peace and security, the Nobel Laureate said her criticism of Sirleaf was not personal. "I've been through a process of really thinking and reflecting and saying to myself, you're as bad as being an accomplice for things that are happening in the country if you don't speak up. I also want to make it clear that my speaking up against these things does not mean that I hate President Sirleaf or that I am anti her regime."

Gbowee also threw pointed jabs at Sirleaf as she urged the President to dismiss her three sons from government positions as a sign that she was sweeping out nepotism.

While answers have been in short supply as to who was the brain behind tipping Gbowee to address the 2019 Independence Day, the selection of speakers since the Gbowee snafu, has drawn many political observers to one conclusion: That there may never be another lapse in judgment by anyone in the Weah administration to make a mistake deemed detrimental to a government exhibiting intolerance to opposing views since the infancy of its ascendance to power.

Perhaps even more revealing was the unfolding reality that the administration was afraid of experimenting with someone unfamiliar, who like Gbowee could use the platform to criticize or dissect the government, ahead of next year's crucial 2023 presidential and legislative elections.

Playing it Safe: First Tweah, Now Diggs

For Gbowee, the questions were many: "How can we be stronger together when individuals who were poor yesterday are now living in mansions and driving cars that cost enough to fund good schools for our children? - How can we be stronger together when women are still dying in the hundreds during the process of giving birth? - How can we be stronger together when there is a serious war on the bodies of women without any legal recourse in many instances? - How can we be stronger together when there is a prevalence of selective justice? - How can we be stronger together when political appointment is based not on competence but party affiliation? - How can we be stronger together when our educational system is a huge challenge? How can we be stronger together when we can't feed ourselves? - How can we be stronger together when interests are never national but individual?"

In playing it safe, this year the Weah administration has tipped its Minister of Commerce, Mawine Diggs, also a long-time friend of the President, for the big stage. This follows the footsteps of likewise safer bet, Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, who used the platform as the first speaker in the new government in the '26 oration of 2019, to trumpet the rare opportunity to illustrate how President Weah's grandmother, Emma Forky Klon Jlaleh Brown, refused to allow her grandson to fail even when he was rejected by his society.

Minister Tweah lamented: "Born to extreme poverty on the rocks of Gibraltar, Clara Town, George Forky Klon Jlaleh Gbakugbeh Tarpeh Tanyonoh Manneh Weah had to live off the streets to make a living for himself. Inspired by his grandmother to face the adversities of Liberian life, Weah was able to lift himself up by the bootstraps from the pangs of poverty. Like the Founding Fathers of his country, his path to success and achievement was never clear. Even in football where he was naturally gifted, George Manneh Weah was told that he would amount to nothing. Coaches told him he was either too lazy or too slow or that he had to train much harder. Young George took all these criticisms or admonitions in stride, patiently working hard to Strengthen and master his footballing skills. Liberians soon saw that mastery through his brilliant performance on the national team."

Tweah did as was expected. He toed the government and ruling party line while trumpeting the new President's rise to power as a change moment for Africa's oldest republic.

For Tweah, a firebrand of the grassroots CDC, who proved to be a thorn in the flesh of former President Johnson-Sirleaf, the oration marked an ironic twist of fate: The once fearful face of the opposition was now a ruling party shouldering the expectations of a nation on the rebound from war, nurturing its first democratic transition since the end of the civil war.

Sycophantic Turn: 'Splendid Oration' of '51

Since 1847, when Liberia became independent, orators of the Independence Day have used the stage to either toe the line of the powers of the day or brave the storm to speak truth to power.

Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, Professor Emeritus at the Alfred Walter Negley, Sawnee University of the South and a former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, states that the idea of the oration was originally aimed at giving thoughtful Liberians an opportunity to address the state of the nation.

Delivering the oration for Liberia's Independence Day on July 26, 1951, Oscar S. Norman, Secretary of the Interior drew praise from everyone associated with the powers of the day in the administration of William V.S. Tubman, for what was described as a splendid speech marking the independence of Africa's oldest republic.

Tubman was in the seventh year of his 27-year presidency, now ranked amongst the longest-serving in the history of Africa.

McKinley A. Deshield, Postmaster General of Liberia, in a letter to Norman dated August 9th, 1951, wrote: "I wish to extend in you my sincere congratulation for the splendid and very able address delivered by you on the occasion of the one hundred and fourth celebration of the Independence of Liberia. Besides depicting the activities of previous administrations from the founding of this republic up to the present, which was highlighted by the keynote of "Unification" the subject of your address, many other inspiring thoughts were acutely disclosed. You are therefore worthy of praise for your painstaking efforts in collecting such material which you amplified into an address of great merit, thereby tending to serve as both an inspiration and impetus of rising generation of our beloved country."

At the time, Richard A. Henries, a future Speaker of the House of Representative, trumpeted the orator for urging every true and loyal Liberian to support Tubman, who described as, "our illustrious, brilliant and farsighted Captain of the Ship of State in his effort to develop the human resources of the country that Liberia might continue to roll forward into greater and broader destinies."

For Dr. Dunn, some past orators defied the norms of convention.

One was, "the 1855 oration by Rev. Alexander Crummell, under the theme: "The Duty of a Rising Christian State: The World's Well-being and the Means by which it may Perform the same" which Dr. Dunn asserts, seems sufficiently suggestive of an early purpose.

Crummell was a pioneering African American minister, academic and African nationalist who moved to Liberia in 1853 to work to convert Africans to Christianity.

Similarly, Dr. Dunn says, Edward Wilmot Blyden's 1867 oration, "Liberia is a Means and Not an End," is also clearly suggestive.

'44 Oration: D. Twe Champions Aborigine's Cause

Blyden was an educator, writer, diplomat and politician and one of the early West Indies residents to join the wave of black immigrants from America who immigrated to Liberia. He is widely regarded as the father of pan Africanism and is noted as one of the first people to articulate a notion of "African Personality" and the uniqueness of the African race. Blyden's ideas influenced many twentieth century figures including Marcus Garvey, George Padmore and Kwame Nkrumah.

According to Dr. Dunn, Momolu Massaquoi's 1921 oration, "Readjustment and Development of Liberia as an African State" spoke volumes as to the need to Africanize the Republic of Liberia, including the integration involving repatriate and indigenous Liberia.

Massaquoi, a politician, diplomat and monarch of the Vai people of Sierra Leone and Liberia, served as Liberia's consul general to Germany from 1922 to 1930, and appears to be the first indigenous African diplomat to modern Europe.

Massaquoi's theme, according to Dr. Dunn was brought forward in Norman's oration of 1951 which pointed to the important measure of integration accomplished to date.

Additionally, Dr. Dunn asserts that Plenyono Gbe Wolo's 1929 oration, and Didhwo Twe's 1944 oration, "The Future of Liberia," in which he continued to champion the cause of what he called the "Aboriginal population."--both were early voices from the indigenous community.

Wolo, the son of the chief of the Kru ethnic group, was the first Black African to graduate from Harvard in 1917.

Didhwo Twe, became a representative in the Liberian legislature and a presidential candidate in the 1951 general elections. He was an advocate of Liberian native rights and the first Liberian of full tribal background to officially and openly seek the Liberian presidency. A US Library of Congress document shows that Twe had a good friendship with Mark Twain and that "Twe assisted Mark Twain with his book, King Leopold's Soliloquy.

Past Orators Addressed 'State of Nation'

Dr. Dunn gathers that his sense from these examples of past orators, is that public intellectuals and other thoughtful Liberians were called upon to offer their reflections on the "state of the nation," and the requirements for progressive change going forward. "During the Tolbert administration, we had orations by Dr. Edward Kesselly, Dr. J. Bernard Blamo, Professor Yancy Peters Flah, and Ambassador James B. Freeman. Each of these spoke explicitly and clearly to the imperatives for change that characterized the decade of the 1970s."

While the Weah administration has come under fire for playing it safe in the selection of Independence Day orators, some accurate speakers like the Rev. Dr. Simeon L. Dunbar, who served as orator in 2020 used the platform to warn that the future potential of Liberia might be jeopardized if injustice, rampant corruption, disobedience to the rule of law, nepotism and tribalism continue to be condoned. "To win these battles certain requirements must be met," Rev. Dunbar said. "You cannot go to war and expect to subdue the enemy and win the war without the appropriate war-winning plan and strategies."

Dunbar's critique came in the backdrop of the now infamous June 7 protest, drawing the world's attention to reports of widespread corruption under the Weah-led government and the alleged disappearance of billions in the local currency from the Central Bank of Liberia.

During the reign of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, orators like Dr. Dunn, used the platform in 2012 to challenge the government and people to rethink and debate the appropriateness of the national symbols, notably the nation's seal, motto and flag. "As we all know, the national motto, the seal and the flag refer to a divided people: those who created the Republic and their descendants versus the majority of the population, belonging to one of the sixteen tribes that already lived in the region known to the outside world as 'Pepper Coast' - before the arrival of the first immigrants in 1821."

Similar message was trumpeted by the visually impaired professor, Dr. Sakui Malakpa, who in 2008, used the platform during the Sirleaf era to among other things, call for the rewriting of the nation's history to reflect the true history of the founding of Liberia. Professor Malakpa of the University of Toledo, USA, declared that the new identity should be reflected in a change of name of the country's capital, Monrovia, because it does not reflect Liberia's indigenous heritage. Then American President James Monroe, Dr. Malakpa recalled, was a man who had great disdain for the black man and therefore should not be honored as a symbol of liberation for repatriated slaves. Changes in naming, Dr. Malakpa added, must meet national consensus, not ethnic sentiments.

In 2014, Dr. Elizabeth Davis Russell, President of the William V.S. Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County, proposed a transformation of minds, attitudes and behaviors, as Liberia rebuilds from the scourge of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak. The orator observing that, in the face of competing priorities of infrastructure development, education and healthcare, it is of utmost importance to seriously focus on the human factor.

The orator stressed that public and civil servants must take the lead and refrain from dishonesty. She urged Liberians to be moral in their performance, practice personal responsibility and avoid blaming others. "We currently see too much emphasis on self-aggrandizement. There is what I call the beating of the chest, followed by the question, do you know who I am with the expectation that we should pay homage. Instead, the approach should be. I am your public servant here to serve you. What can I do for you?"

Clergy Orators Identify 'Missing Links'

During the 2010 oration, Catholic Prelate, Monsignor Dr. Father Robert Tikpor used the platform to identify what he referred to as the three missing links which are indispensable for national unity. Dr. Tikpor said the bond of blood, language and faith are crucial in the attainment of national unity.

Father Tikpor listed insidious poverty which, he said has been exacerbated by selfishness and greed, unceasing corruption in high places and a lack of patriotism. Personal interest, he noted has been placed above a common national interest. "As a result, when the test of a civil war came, we were a divided, tormented and easily turned apart people," the clergyman recalled.

Dr. Herman Browne used his turn at the platform at the 2017 Independence celebration to urge Liberians to go back to basics by demonstrating respect for constituted authority, justice, honesty and values whether divinely commanded or socially approved to cultivate a wholesome functioning society. He noted that in every home or family, in every school or playground, in every church or mosque, in every institution or workplace, these should be demonstrated and demanded of all.

The National Orator said respect for constituted authority begins at home - with parents and guardians - mother, father, uncles, aunties, grandpa and grandma. He said that in life, we are all under authority. He maintained that law and order should be rhythm of family life that enable relationship and trust to be built; where boundaries are establish and the common good was indistinguishable from the upholding of this order.

Dr. Brown also used the occasion to commend members of the Liberian media for their tenacity and commitment to hold public officials accountable and expose matters that should rightly concern the public.

Recurring Season of Complacency, Mediocrity

The Weah government's choice of Independence orator in Diggs comes amid what many say has been the minister's poor handling of the accurate rice shortage and uncertainty over allegations that illegal Import Permit Declaration (IPD) have resulted in low quality, imported eggs, biscuits and other essential commodities and goods with under-declared value, all of which are depriving Government of legal revenues.

In accurate months, some businesses have also complained that Bureau Veritas (BIVAC), whose duty it is to inspect imported goods through the Ministry of Commerce, has not been carrying out inspection despite having an agreement with BIVAC to inspect.

Many political observers fear that Diggs will more than likely follow the trend of Finance Minister Tweah, in trumpeting the government's gains while ignoring the many missteps and obvious signs of discontent brewing in the country now.

It is becoming more difficult by the day to declare the Independence Day happy, when many families are still struggling to put food on the table, when kids continue to be breadwinners for their families while young girls prostitute themselves just to survive. All this in a country where rape is at an all-time high, greed and corruption have taken over and the abnormal have suddenly become the norm. Like the deadly Covid 19 virus, Liberians have become accustomed to embracing bad governance, corruption and greed. "My '26 on you" has become a cliche-ridden term when even the usual givers have themselves become preying mantis in search of their own handout.

Pardon the expression if the '26 is an unhappy one this year, but the onus must be on each Liberian to re-examine what is consider the norms. When the clock strikes midnight, another '26 will be gone like a fart in the wind, as those struggling to get by prepare to live another day, in this unending circle of complacency and mediocrity.

After 175 years of independence, Liberia appears to be trapped in a recurring season of discontent, brought on by flashes of sycophancy which from all indications have become the norm.

This was evident during the 27-year reign of President Tubman when every civil servant was forced to contribute a month's salary each to the aged-old True Whig party, which had ruled Liberia since the 1870's. Although, Tubman's successor, William R. Tolbert eliminated the practice, the normal practice had become an acceptable way of life, embraced by the many under the spell of sycophancy.

These days, some Liberians with access to the powers of the day, continue to believe that they are more patriotic than others.

Liberia and Liberians have had to endure hardship, pain and suffering for 175 years because its citizens have become complacent with mediocrity and allowed themselves to stand for nothing while falling for everything wrong, to the detriment of those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

As the country celebrates 175 years of existence, repetition of some of the many ills that brought Africa's oldest republic to its current predicament, continue to linger and those suffering the most appear content with the way things are while continuing to cry about how bad things are.

In the halls of the national legislature, the practice of checks and balance has become scarce although Article III of the Constitution stipulates the Legislature as one of the three branches of government that ought to be equal and coordinated based on the principle of checks and balances.

Unscrupulous laws are being passed as lawmakers, elected to serve the people have become spectators, constituted tenured positions of integrity institutions are suddenly being overturn without debates or input from the public. Suddenly, just as things were yesterday, they remain today. After 175 years of existence, the old refrain has never been truer than it is today, the more things change, the more they appear to remain the same.

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