Fired IFA director no longer working at ISU sporting events

first_imgThe fired director of the Iowa Finance Authority will no longer be working at Iowa State University events.Iowa State University spokesman, John McCarroll confirmed Thursday that David Jamison — who was fired by the governor for sexual harassment — had been working as a parking attendant and usher at football and basketball games. Jamison worked for Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC), which provides support personnel for the events. That revelation led to criticism from State Auditor Rob Sand who said it was “jaw dropping” that I-S-U allowed Jamison on their premises when his sexual harassment cost Iowa taxpayers a four-point-one million dollar legal settlement.McCarroll said Friday that C-S-C informed the school that Jamison would no longer be assigned to I-S-U events. McCarroll did not say why C-S-C made the decision.last_img read more

Concern over Maradona after health scare in Argentina World Cup thriller

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LeBron’s home loyalty could push him to re-sign with Cavs Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan The 57-year-old football legend started the evening dancing playfully with a female Nigeria fan, saluting and waving to well-wishers applauding him in the moments before kick-off.Throughout Argentina’s nerve-shredding 2-1 victory, which secured the South American giants’ passage into the last 16, the host broadcaster television feed regularly cut to images of Maradona as the tension mounted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhen Messi gave Argentina the lead early in the first half, Maradona screamed his delight, crossing his hands across his chest and gazing to the heavens.The 1986 World Cup-winner looked increasingly frazzled as the game wore on, at one stage slumped forward in his seat just before half-time. Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia—Diego Maradona roared and gesticulated through every anguished second of Argentina’s rollercoaster World Cup victory over Nigeria on Tuesday before triggering alarm with a health scare after the final whistle.Lionel Messi may have dominated the on-field action in Saint Petersburg, but from his VIP box in the stands Maradona reigned supreme as the undisputed center of attention.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Other photographs showed two uniformed paramedics attending to him, with one appearing to take his pulse.Argentina media reported that Maradona had suffered a spike in his blood pressure. Argentinian newspaper Ole later reported that Maradona was able to walk and had gone to his hotel.Maradona has had a series of health problems, including cocaine addiction.In 2007 he reportedly came close to death after being admitted to a hospital in Buenos Aires to be treated for hepatitis and substance abuse.As images of him being treated by paramedics went viral late Tuesday, some commentators expressed concern about his health.English former footballer turned broadcaster Stan Collymore said he believed it was time Maradona “took a break from football.”“The guy had serious heart issues years ago, yet FIFA and sponsors keep indulging him and he himself,” Collymore wrote on Twitter, above a widely shared image of Maradona being tended to by paramedics.“Whatever you think of him, anyone deserves decent health,” Collymore added.BBC broadcaster Mark Chapman said Maradona’s plight was “sad.”“Maradona was the greatest footballer of my youth,” Chapman wrote on Twitter. “Now he appears to be the joke cutaway of choice for tv directors. Not that he helps himself but sad.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After Nigeria made it 1-1 from the penalty spot after the break — a scoreline that would have sent Argentina crashing out of the tournament — Maradona grew increasingly distraught.By the 80th minute he sat with his hands covering his face, unable to watch as the seconds ticked towards a footballing calamity for Argentina.Yet when Marcos Rojo swept in a sumptuous volley with four minutes remaining, Maradona exploded with emotion, shouting an obscene insult before raising the middle finger of each hand in the direction of the pitch.Cocaine addictionBut the jubilation turned to alarm soon after the final whistle when a video emerged on social media of Maradona walking with difficulty and being guided into the dining room of the VIP section by two friends.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

FDA Board Must Do More Than Grant Timber Permits

first_imgThe news that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has resuscitated the board of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) is a welcome development and could not have come at a better time. Our hopes are now that this new board headed by an eminent public servant, Sister Mary Laurene Brown, with proven leadership credibility would no doubt be courageous and innovative in the execution of its duties.Although one of the smallest countries in Africa, in terms of geography and population, Liberia possesses a large diversity of species, including 2,200 plants, 590 birds, 193 mammals, 162 fish, and a vast array of butterflies. This is according to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). But these animals are being decimated because of over hunting and because of destruction to their habitats.The country has the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the environmentally important Upper Guinea Forest region and the animals it shelters are a conservation priority. However, the rate of deforestation and illegal hunting are serious threats to the nation’s rich flora and fauna ecosystems.Wild animals and the bush-meat trade represent a resource from which a large number of Liberians benefit, unlike the timber and mining industries. This is why the new FDA board should formulate sustainable policies to find a compromise that meets the nation’s biodiversity conservation goals, while integrating the management of these valuable natural resources. These policies should form part of a broader framework that increases national and community management capacity.President Richard Nixon, more than 40 years ago, when he signed into law America’s endangered species act, said: “Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life for which our country has been so blessed.” The act passed in the House of Representatives and the Senate in 1973 with barely any opposition. As a result, 1,500 species listed as threatened or endangered are now protected under the law. More than 100 species like the gray wolf, bald eagle, and sturgeon fish have been delisted.This kind of bold leadership is what the Liberian people require and would expect from a Sister Mary Laurene-led FDA board.Given that the bush-meat trade is an important source of protein and income to the local and national economies, the FDA should make wild animal conservation a central plank of its forest resource management strategies. There must be a complete rethink with a focus on ecosystems conservation. This new board should be more than overseeing the granting of timber concessions, its priority must be to save wildlife and wild habitats across the country from destruction.We know that protecting wildlife, given the high rate of poverty in the country, will be delicate. Therefore, it must be done synergistically, interacting with various stakeholder groups. We can talk and chew gum at the same time; we can address poverty and protect our wildlife simultaneously. It can be done! Since the mid-1980s, Liberia has lost 19,000 forest elephants to poaching, reports CITES. “The poaching of Liberia’s elephants has cut the population by 95% leaving only 1,000 elephants” currently roaming our lush forests. We can’t wait for these species to be in the “emergency room” before protecting them. At the rate at which the elephants have declined, wildlife conservationists believe it may take almost 100 years or longer for them to get back up to previous levels. The FDA board should solicit help from all statutory agencies, including the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and local conservation groups to cooperate toward a comprehensive common set of goals of conservation.Decision has to be made on the best available science and the data now shows that more than half of Liberia’s endemic species are threatened with extinction. We are rapidly losing elephants, zebra-backed and Jentink duikers, and manatees. We need to protect these animals urgently before we lose them for good.We can protect our animals and natural resources through science, conservation, education and management led by the new FDA board. Together we can change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.The Sirleaf Administration, like all other administrations before it, has been less engaged with endangered species conservation. Sister Mary Laurene Browne and her colleagues can reverse this trend and establish the President’s conservation legacy. Natural resource and land management laws need to be reformed. We need some innovative laws on the books to protect our wildlife, mammal life, wetlands, and forest ecosystems, and prevent large-scale poaching.By focusing on ecosystem, we can protect many species from the brink of extinction. Therefore, the board should push the FDA management to move to a more ecosystem-based management system, it would be a better habitat conservation system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

We cannot keep on reading old scripts of politics

first_imgDear Editor,To say that I was disillusioned to learn that the current Mayor of Georgetown has put herself up as her party’s candidate yet again for her constituency, would be the understatement of the year.It is just galling that someone who hung around the City Hall for a quarter of a century, without anything positive to show for it in terms of the development of our capital, would be attempting to return for another three years. Is the party devoid of young, talented and credible individuals? Are they at the bottom of the proverbial barrel?For some peculiar reason, some politicians seem to have turned the city of Georgetown into their personal estate; a land from where they milk the mostly unsuspecting citizenry dry.If not, why would the Mayor, without a hint of shame, refuse to leave the ramshackle City Hall to other younger politicians?These so-called politicians tell all and sundry that politics is a thankless job. They tell the citizenry that the Council never has money and that it is always broke. But surely, there must be something they get from there that causes them to be unable to move beyond the fence of City Hall.Such old spent politicians are creating a situation where the young generation, and those aspiring to join active politics, begin to believe that politics is a privilege of the few – namely, the old, out of sorts politicians who seem to starve – literally – once they are left out of the fold of ruling political parties.Not surprisingly, the citizens of Georgetown gain nothing when these recycled politicians are around, just as they miss nothing when they are not around. It renders credence to suggestions that these diehards at the Council are out merely to line their pockets with money, which they earn from hanging around the Council even though they are mentally bankrupt and tired.Surely, this time around, especially when we see what has been coming out of the current Commission of Inquiry, that the citizens of Georgetown turn the corner, embrace new ideas and stop toying around with politicians who only end up giving the voters a raw deal.We cannot keep on reading old scripts of politics of the Georgetown Municipality.Sincerely,Concerned citizenlast_img read more

Construction worker charged for killing brother

first_imgSophia murderTwenty-seven-year-old Orin Jules was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul atDead: Dexter Julesthe Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court after he was arraigned for the murder of his younger brother.Jules, of Lot 634 D Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on June 18, 2016 at Sophia, he murdered his brother, 23-year-old Dexter Jules.The unrepresented man told the Magistrate that he had previously been charged with other criminal offences, including break and enter with larceny.Prosecuting the case is Police Prosecutor David Goodridge, who told the Court that the defendant had a history of threatening to kill his family members.Goodridge noted that 27-year-old Jules was recently convicted before the same court for threatening to murder his mother and his siblings.According to the Prosecution, on the day in question, the defendant and his younger brother were involved in a heated argument at their Sophia home.As a result, Orin Jules picked up a knife and stabbed his brother several times in his chest. The younger Jules was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Following the incident, Orin Jules attempted to escape, but was apprehended by public-spirited persons who found him hiding in a clump of bushes nearby and handed over to the Police.The case will continue on August 4.last_img read more

Chief Justice Louis Arthur Grimes’ Address at the Opening of the April Term of…

first_imgHe was one of Liberia’s most celebrated Chief Justices.  But that was not the only place that he made his mark.  Louis Arthur Grimes (1883-1948)  also served in the administration of President C.D.B. King as Attorney General, like his father before him, Counselor Henry W. Grimes, who was Attorney General during the administration of President Joseph J. Cheeseman.The Grimeses were close to the Cheesemans.  As a young attorney for Montserrado Louis Arthur was also City Solicitor for Monrovia.  He paid frequent visits to Grand Bassa County to plead cases. At the time, the home of President Cheeseman in Edina was a “must see” for anyone visiting Grand Bassa.  And because he knew his father’s former boss, President Cheeseman, Mr. Grimes regularly visited the Cheesemans.It was there, believe it or not, that he found the young lady who would become his lifelong companion and mother of his children, three of whom became eminent citizens of Liberia.Young Victoria Cheeseman, who hailed from Jondu, Garwula Chiefdom, Grand Cape Mount County, was a member of the Kiazolu Clan of her father, Ambollai Fahnbulleh.  According to the Historical Dictionary of Liberia, Mrs. Grimes, who was born in Jondu in February 1869, spent the first years in that town.  She was later adopted by President Cheeseman and his wife Mary Ann Crusoe Cheeseman during their visit to Cape Mount in 1895.  They named her Victoria Elizabeth Cheeseman.  She lived in the Executive Mansion until the President died a year later, on November 12, 1896.  She was then sent to the Brierly Memorial Episcopal School in Cape Palmas.It was in the Cheeseman home in Edina that she met and befriended Louis Arthur Grimes.  They later married and the couple was blessed with five children.  The eldest surviving son, Henry, became an electronics engineer and worked for many years with the Liberia Telecommunications, and later with the Voice of America.  Another son was J. Rudolph Grimes, who became Secretary of State during the Tubman administration.  The Grimes’  daughter, Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, became the first African woman to head a university, the University of Liberia.Louis Arthur Grimes was best known for three main accomplishments. The first was as Attorney General, and his Opinions in that position are still referred to in cases and in the Law School.The second was his representation of President Edwin Barclay and Liberia in the League of Nations negotiations, when Liberia was threatened with being mandated (colonized) by some major powersEuropean powers.  This was because of the Fernando Po Crisis of 1929-1930, when the King and Yancy administration were found guilty of forced labor.  It was the legal, political and diplomatic brilliance of President Barclay and his Secretary of State, Louis Arthur Grimes, that saved Liberia from being taken over by a European power.That historic feat is regarded as the greatest accomplishment in Mr. Edwin Barclay’s legacy as President.Mr. Grimes’ third distinction was his tenure as Chief Justice, from 1934 to 1948.  His was one of the most highly respected courts in the nation’s history.  One of the landmark cases he decided was that involving P.G. Wolo, a leading official during Edwin Barclay’s administration, who was trying to divorce his beautiful, elegant, highly respected but illiterate wife, Juah Weeks.  Mr. Wolo took what he considered the shortcut to the divorce, by having the House of Representatives grant him the divorce.  Juah Wolo wisely appealed to the Supreme Court of Liberia.  In one of the landmark cases in Liberian jurisprudence, Chief Justice Grimes, in his opinion in that case, ruled that the House of Representatives had absolutely no jurisdiction in the case because divorce is a judicial, not a legislative function.  President Barclay got angry with the Chief Justice, who was his cousin, but there was absolutely nothing the President could do about it!Today in History & Us, we publish Mr. Grimes’ Address at the Opening of the April Term of the Supreme Court, delivered in 1934:  Credit for this is due to Counselor Henry Reed Cooper, himself a former Chief Justice, who generously shared this historic Address with the Daily Observer.The law school of the University of Liberia is named for Louis Arthur Grimes.”We have met on the morrow of Easter Day, and within the octave of Good Friday. This is the season of the year when, more so that at any other, the spirit of self-sacrifice seems to pervade the air, and we are forcibly reminded of Him Who setting us the example of service gave utterance to the expression: “I am among you as He that serveth.”The Supreme Court of Liberia is at the head of one the three co-ordinate branches of this Government. Some persons may be tempted to look upon a call to serve as one of the members of this Court as an elevation to a position of great honor and dignity, perhaps such a one would be right. Another ne may be carried away by the power inherent in the office, and that would be commendable providing such person is determine to use that power for good to the nest of his ability. But may not the coincidence of the Court’s having has to meet during Easter-tide suggest that the most correct way of regarding our elevation to these thigh offices is to regard it as a privilege to render greater and ever greater service?Without having placed our ears to the ground in order to catch what people may say, the news had been borne up to these heights that most thoughtful and conservative people in the community, both friend and foe alike, have commended the present Bench for having as its last session made a very good beginning. While this should be encouraging to us, yet it should only stimulate us to grater endeavor not only to maintain the standard we have already set, but also to lift that standard higher from time to time.For the past four years Liberia has been pilloried before civilized world as a nation in which there existed grave abuses, and was sadly in need of reform. It was not in Liberia alone that unsatisfactory conditions of the character complained of had been alleged to have arisen, nor in Liberia at all that such conditions were charged to have been observed in their worst form. During those four revolts, insurrections and civil strife have occurred in some nations to an extent that our people have never dreamed, and the bloodshed and suffering in some of those countries have been beyond the comprehension of any untraveled Liberia. In spite of this when, to refer to a most recent example, Monsieur Vandervelde, President of the Socialist International, telegraphed last month to Geneva asking for immediate intervention by the League if Nations between the Austrian government and the Austrian Socialists, the said league promptly replied that they could only act on the demand of the government. About the same time Sir John Simon, government, British Foreign Minister, made a statement with regard to the civil strife then prevailing in Austria in substantially the following terms: “But people as well as Parliament understood that one country cannot interfere in the internal affairs of another.” Although the principle of international law quoted from such eminent authority is incontrovertible, yet it has not been always invoked; sometimes it would appear not even remembered, in the dealings of sundry great nations with Liberia. Many lapses from the paths of national rectitude which when committed by one of the nations of a race that has reached a dominant position in world politics have been condoned as venial offenses, would, if permitted in Liberia, be stigmatized as moral sins. Although each and every one of us, as loyal and patriotic citizens, will, I am sure, do his utmost to assist in the reforms that have been instituted, and are being carried out to the best of our ability within the limit of our means, yet our greatest endeavor must be that field in which we have been specially selected to serve; namely, the Judiciary of the Republic. This branch of our government was subjected to severe criticism during most of the time Liberia was on the pillory; nor has that criticism as yet entirely ceased. Conscious of that fact and determined to do our utmost to retrieve the national honor, this Bench when reconstituted at the last term of this Court launched out with the objective of contributing its quota towards winning for the judiciary of the Republic an amount of confidence and respect which we hope will soon gain for us a place second to that of none other in the entire world. You may think the task stupendous, but it must be resolutely undertaken, and painstakingly followed, for the world demands of us, a Negro people infinitely more in any given field than it even expects from other people. Our ultimate ideal is to win for this Court such a reputation that the most untutored litigant, unable to afford the means of obtaining counsel, but satisfied that he, or she, ahs a just cause, will fell confident to appear in person at this bar, sanguine in the expectation that the merits of the cause will more than compensate for the emptiness of the purse, and that all so circumstanced will be able to rest assured that transparent justice will nevertheless be done.Some of the most bitter attacks launched at our judiciary have has as their objective the abolition of our jury system. This subject ahs has my very careful attention.It is perhaps true that in some cases the persons composing a panel have been devoid of that sense of moral responsibility without which one cannot nobly perform his duty in any sphere of life, and that is a problem that we shall have to tackle. But before recommending any remedy for dealing with such a problem I am calling a conference with the embers of the profession in Liberia in order that we may consult upon the situation, and collectively evolve a solution that will be effective.On the other hand there are other cases, and these not a few, where the fault has been primarily that of the trial judge. Our judges too often shirk the responsibility which is their own, and try to lay the burden thereof upon the shoulders of the jury, forgetting that their functions are separate and distinct, and that each should shoulder his own responsibility.Our Statute provides that:“The trail of all mixed questions of law and fact shall be by a jury with the assistance of and under the direction of the Court, except as otherwise provided by law…” Rev. Stat 375.Why “under the direction of the Court”? Because the jury is supposed to be a collection of untrained men taken from all and sundry avocations of life to come and consider, from the standpoint of the practical man, such matters of fact as are placed before them. They are not supposed to know, or even to have any training in, the science of law; and we cannot escape the fact that in very avocation of life it is the trained man who must guide and direct, and is responsible for the good and bad work of, those persons placed under his direction and control.Hence “The opinion of the court upon questions of law shall be binding upon the jury.” Id. at 575. When a case is presented to the court it is up to the judge to decide what issues growing out of the pleadings are presented for the consideration and adjudication of the said court. His is then the responsibility, like a master mariner, to set the course and to see to it that all parties taking part in the trail, whether as litigants, witnesses, or jury, steer by the course so set; namely, the issues involved. If there is a disposition shown to depart from the course, he, the judge, must check it, if he makes a mistake in the setting the course, or if having correctly done so he does not check any attempt to depart therefrom, the error is his, and the responsibility therefore he cannot escape. To give then but one illustration tending to prove this theory, there can never be an appeal to this Court from an error committed by the litigant, a witness or a jury. Every appeal from any action of theirs must be to the trial judge, and it is only from a decision, or collection of decisions, of his which shall have ended in a final judgment against the party aggrieved, than an appeal can be taken to this Court. I have every reason to believe therefore that when our trail judges shall have realized how great is their responsibility, and shall direct the trials over which they preside with that scientific skill which it is their duty to evince, errors will be reduced to a minimum, and with thee other remedies we hope to be able to settle upon at this term the aspersions on our jury system will disappear.When I had the honor of serving as Attorney General of Liberia, more than once I pointed out in my annual reports to the National Legislature the danger of permitting cases to drag on from term to term without being determined. In that of 2928 I said:“It is true that cases have hung on undetermined in some of the principal countries of the world for longer than those hereinbefore specified; as, for example in England, which country today sets the pace with respect to the speed, and impartially, with which justice is administered. But even there so late as the latter part of the eighteenth century Warren Hastings returned from the organization of the states of India preparatory to the founding of the great Indian empire to find himself accused in 1788 two years afterwards that his trial was commenced, and for seven ling years said trail dragged on until when he was finally acquitted in 1795 his entire fortune had been squandered in the defence of himself.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Will Senate Concur With House Over Cancellation of Tenured Positions?

first_imgLawmakers vote for the cancellation of tenured positions. With the recent decision by the House of Representatives to agree with President George Weah’s decision to cancel all tenured positions on grounds that those laws were enacted by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to protect her interest in government, many Liberians are looking up to the Senate, to which they refer to as the “House of elders,” to see if it  will concur with Thursday’s decision of their colleagues in the House.They are saying that the President wants to undo all of those institutions that were meant to work independently, according to his will and pleasure.Many Liberians interviewed believe that when the Senate concurs with the House and successfully cancel those tenured positions, the President will have more power to add up to the already imperial authority that he has.They believe that the cancellation of tenured positions will affect the Governance Commission that was created, because it was established at the Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA). Also, Liberia lacks a good governance system which they have described as a major contributing factor to the 14-year civil war.The Governance Commission is supposed to help develop a strategy where good governance will be practiced to avoid a lapse in the peace process.The Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), a key international component that will also be affected by the government’s decision, was established during the CPA, because the issue of human rights has been a major challenge even before the 14 years of civil unrest and up to the present government.The IHRC was established to be able to address those human rights issues, to ensure that the rights of every human being are respected, because if the rights of people are abused they feel less important and in most instances this lead to war.The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is a reflection of the peace accord, because the issue of corruption was a major problem which was also a justification for the 1980 coup headed by Samuel K. Doe, who said he overthrew the government because of high levels of corruption in the country.The PPCC was also set up to check how the government manages and maintains logistics and how the government acquires assets.It may be recalled that President Weah recently communicated with members of the House of Representatives requesting them to revoke the constitutional covering on all tenured positions within the executive branch of government.President Weah has been widely criticized by some Liberians for wanting to end tenured positions, as some believe that having certain integrity institutions in the executive branch of government being run by officials with fixed tenure would reduce the “excessive powers” of the Liberian presidency.The House of Representatives on Thursday, November 22, canceled tenured positions from various integrity institutions that were set to hold the government’s feet to the fire independently, without fear of being removed from their various positions by the president.The cancellation of the tenured positions, if it is concurred by the Senate, will directly affect the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) as well as Public Procurement & Concession Commission (PPCC), institutions set up in 2003 during the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord (CPA) after the 14 years of unrest.The bill will leave untouched the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the National Elections Commission (NEC).The bill, it is believed by many Liberians, including 10 lawmakers who voted against the cancellation of tenured positions, will dump the credibility of Liberians in the mud and international organizations will not take Liberians seriously.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Wake-up call’: Pochettino warns Spurs after Watford shock

first_imgWatford scored from two set-pieces, leaving Tottenham manager Pochettino to question his side’s approach in the wake of last Monday’s impressive 3-0 victory at Manchester United.“I think it’s a very good wake-up call for everyone and we can listen more when people talk about the reality and not the perception,” he said.“Today, it’s good to compare. Sometimes people talk about the perception but the reality was on the pitch and the reality is if you want to be a contender, today you need to win.”Pochettino admitted defeat was hard to take and having seen his side challenge at the head of the table in recent seasons, he hinted his side might have underestimated Watford.“We need to show more respect to this competition. You need to compete much better,” he said.“It’s difficult for me to understand after four years of us being contenders. You need to show respect, to compete to win, it’s not easy.”Pochettino questioned whether his side had shown sufficient aggression, and the way in which Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart were able to head home unhindered from a free-kick and corner respectively supported the Argentine’s view.“Today from the beginning we needed to go there like a lion and try to score in every single action,” he said.“The second half we scored and then they showed more strength (and were) more aggressive in the situation.“In every single game you’re going to find this type of situation. If you want to win you need to show that character, you need to defend well.“Maybe you can not play so well but you need to win this type of game if you want to be a contender at the end.”Pochettino, though, was keen to offer perspective at the start of the season and believes Tottenham’s first defeat of the campaign can help them improve.“It’s a chance for everyone to say ‘come on we need to compete’. We need to talk about how to improve,” he said.“And in March and April and the beginning of May if we are there, then OK, now we are contenders.“But before we talk, we need to show that we are contenders, and how (do) you show? Winning. And the only way to win a game is to give your best.”It was Watford’s fourth successive win and left Javi Gracia’s third-placed side level on points with leaders Liverpool and second placed Chelsea.“Everybody is happy because to get four wins in a row is not easy and we are enjoying it, the players, the supporters,” Gracia said.“It’s a big moment for us. But we know it’s only the beginning.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham were on the slide in their first defeat of the season at Watford © AFP / OLLY GREENWOODWATFORD, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at Watford was a wake-up call and conceded his side must improve if they are to win the Premier League.Pochettino was critical of his players’ failure to hold on to the lead given to them by Abdoulaye Doucoure’s 53rd-minute own goal.last_img read more

Determined Uruguay ready to spoil French World Cup party

first_imgA low-key start and an 89th-minute winner that gave them a forgettable 1-0 win over an Egypt side missing Mohamed Salah has now given way to real hope they can win their third World Cup.With a defence built around the central pairing of Jose Gimenez and the vastly experienced 32-year-old Diego Godin — they also play together at Atletico Madrid — Uruguay have won all four games in Russia, conceding a solitary goal.They are also the only side to have beaten Russia, overwhelming them 3-0 in the group stage in what appeared to be a reality check for the host nation before they want on to stun Spain in the last 16.Uruguay extinguished Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on a thrilling night in Sochi to reach the quarter-finals, with Edinson Cavani scoring two brilliant goals.Next up the grizzly, experienced World Cup campaigners take on a young France — including the exciting Kylian Mbappe and Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann — in Nizhny Novgorod on Friday, bidding for a place in the semi-finals.It is a tough assignment for France and any hope that their stars will enjoy the same space they found in their 4-3 win against a disorganised Argentina have already been extinguished.Edinson Cavani is an injury doubt for Uruguay © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU“France’s strongest points are the attackers, Griezmann and Mbappe,” Uruguay’s veteran coach Oscar Tabarez said in his understated yet determined way after the Portugal victory.“If you let France have space it will be very difficult.”“El Maestro” Tabarez has been in charge of Uruguay for 12 years and has not only forged a strong team who rarely fail to deliver on the big stage, but also a side with an immense work ethic and huge experience.At this World Cup, goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and star striker Luis Suarez both collected their 100th caps.The main doubt for France is Cavani, who has a calf muscle injury that forced him off against Portugal. He did not train on Tuesday. Cavani has played 105 times for his country. If he has not recovered in time, he could replaced by Cristhian Stuani, who has played 42 times for Uruguay, just 16 fewer than Griezmann has appeared for France. And they are marshalled by Godin, currently 121 caps and counting.“We always think about not letting our opponent play, that’s one of the things that bothers them,” midfielder Diego Laxalt told AFP.“We try to make sure that strikers don’t feel comfortable, it’s a good option.” – Turning over new leaf –But in this topsy-turvy World Cup, one thing for Uruguay has notably changed.Surprisingly, the team that have received the fewest yellow cards in Russia — just one — are Uruguay, known in the past to resort to the dark arts to win.At the last World Cup, Luis Suarez was involved in a notorious biting scandal and as back in 1986 Uruguay were labelled “liars and cheaters” by Alex Ferguson after a bad-tempered match against Scotland. This time, only Rodrigo Bentancur has been booked.It is a remarkable transformation.They have five fewer yellow cards than France and it is the Europeans who have to reshuffle because of a suspension to Blaise Matuidi.“In reality, I think Uruguay has been a strong, aggressive opponent, but without any bad intention towards the opponent,” said Suarez on Tuesday, adding that they should be proud of their disciplinary record in Russia.Uruguay also have a reputation as World Cup party poopers — including Ghana in 2010 — and history is on their side.The two nations have met three times in the World Cup and Uruguay have not lost once.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uruguay are marshalled by defensive stalwart Diego Godin © AFP / Odd ANDERSENNizhniy Novgorod, Russian Federation, Jul 3 – Streetwise and tough yet with a razor-sharp edge, Uruguay have moved serenely into the World Cup quarter-finals, side-stepping the chaos that has swamped former winners Argentina, Germany and Spain.Uruguay have shown in Russia they are extremely difficult to beat yet sometimes underwhelming — factors you could have predicted from them before the World Cup.last_img read more

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City free to battle for France midfielder as Bordeaux pull out of deal

first_img Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City target Yoann Gourcuff 1 Bordeaux are set to withdraw their interest in Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City target Yoann Gourcuff.The midfielder, 29, is a free agent this summer having left Lyon at the end of his contract and has attracted interest from all three Premier League clubs.However an emotional return to Bordeaux, the club where he enjoyed the best form of his career, looked like the most likely scenario earlier this summer.But the club owner Nicolas de Tavernost has now described any move for their former favourite “very unlikely” during an interview with Sud-Ouest.It has always been suggested that Gourcuff’s wages would be a stumbling block and now it appears that the two clubs have finally ended talks.That news will open the door for Arsenal, Liverpool or City to make their move for the gifted France international.last_img read more