Southland Conference Week Three Release (PDF) He ended the week with his second double-double of the season and eighth of his McNeese career, registering 22 points and 11 rebounds against Arlington Baptist. Kennedy missed just one of his 11 attempts from the field. Six of his 11 rebounds came on offense and resulted in 10 second-chance points, of which he scored eight. The Southland leader in rebounds per game (9.3) so far this year, Kennedy averaged 8.3 boards last week. He also dished out three assists in each of the three games, blocked six shots and tallied a pair of steals. The Pokes play their final Legends Classic game against Richmond at 6 p.m. CT Friday. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese forward Sha’Markus Kennedy is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Kennedy was a bright spot for the Cowboys, averaging 22.7 points per game with at least 20 points in each of McNeese’s three contests. The senior forward shot a jaw-dropping 77.1 percent (27-for-35) from the field as McNeese fell on the road to Wisconsin, 83-63, and New Mexico, 90-80, in the Legends Classic. The Cowboys closed the week with a 103-51 drubbing of Arlington Baptist at home. Honorable Mention: Ty Brewer, Southeastern Louisiana; Jalon Gates, Houston Baptist; Dexter McClanahan, Nicholls; Jashawn Talton-Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Sha’Markus Kennedy, McNeese – Sr. – Forward – Tuscaloosa, Ala.Unfazed by an elite opponent in Wisconsin, Kennedy poured in 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting and hit eight of his 10 free-throw attempts against the Badgers. He grabbed five rebounds and recorded a trio of assists and a block. He posted one of the finest lines of his career against New Mexico, matching a career-high with six blocks to go with a season-high 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kennedy shot 11-of-15 from the field versus the Lobos.
House Speaker J. Alex Tyler has described Liberia’s under-development and poor governance system as “appalling and shameful.”At the close of the nationwide consultation on the draft oil/petroleum law in Bensonville City, Montserrado County, Speaker Tyler highlighted the suffering of Liberians, particularly in the rural areas.He told the gathering of both young and elderly, that the nation does not deserve what it is undergoing at present. The Bomi County lawmaker stressed the need for legislation that would include input from the people, in order to reflect their hopes and aspirations.“We are ashamed of the slow pace of development we saw in the counties during this nationwide tour. Because of this situation, we want the citizens to come out and participate in this process so that whatever is written and done will include the people. No amount of criticism will distract us from engaging the people for their participation in these national issues,” he said. The House of Representatives had earlier confirmed weaknesses on their part as it relates to exercising their oversight responsibilities in monitoring budgetary allocation to government functionaries responsible for infrastructure development. Speaker Tyler blamed public officials for such failure.Meanwhile, at the consultation, several Liberians including Ralph Nimene of District 16 called for a review of Section 75 of the draft law that speaks of “conflict of interest.”According to him, if a public official robbed government of millions of dollars and only be made to pay US$50,000 of spend five years in jail, a conflict of interest would be the order of the day as far as public officials was concerned.“Let a longer jail sentence be prescribed to prevent these malpractices. Remember the oil sector is a lucrative one and a fine of US$50,000 is completely unacceptable for serious crimes against the state,” he said.The citizens lauded the efforts of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) for providing international training to Liberians in the oil and gas sector; they, however, called on NOCAL and the government to institute advanced petroleum-related courses at various universities in order to train more Liberians in the field, in view of a shortage of capacity in the field.“In the area of exclusive jobs for Liberians, the Montserrado citizens indicated that the draft law must define what the jobs are to better inform the public.On the issue of having a petroleum ministry when oil is discovered in commercial quantity, a delegate of District 17 suggested that the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy remains and be made to perform holistic and multiple roles in that connection.“Let the proposed Petroleum Ministry be placed under Lands, Mines & Energy Ministry as a bureau for the purpose of small and efficient government,” the delegate pointed.The Montserrado consultation ends the nationwide tour while a big national conference is expected in Monrovia soon, according to Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)