Why Liberians are Really Angry about Corruption

first_imgThis newspaper has tackled Liberia’s corruption challenge from many angles over its 35 year history, recounting, analyzing and opining on current events – full many of which centered on the use of national resources by public figures.In fact, corruption remains a fixture on the headlines and bulletins of the Liberian media, and the word ‘GRAFT’ screams perpetually across front pages, just above the photograph of the sitting President, the Finance Minister, or the head of any big-budget public entity. With such headlines constantly leaping out at a public too lazy to read the stories beneath them, the constant anger against Government is expected. “The Government is doing nothing!” they say. “They’re just eating all our money!”Indeed, President Sirleaf’s political opposition has accused her administration of being the most corrupt Liberia has ever had. Supporters, of course, deny this; and international think tanks fuel the debate with reports confirming high public suspicion of Government’s financial mismanagement. While this debate will doubtless continue long after Ellen steps down, one thing distinguishes her presidency from those of her predecessors: people are allowed to openly express their dissatisfaction, with no fear of retribution. No one gets a visit from the military police at 2:00AM, or gets thrown into jail, or gets killed. No one gets their business shut down, or their newspaper burned to the ground. The President has been patient and poised before a public that has often disrespected her in the most personal manner. So, all things considered, may we suggest that one reason this administration seems to take the corruption cake, is because the subject remains welcome to overwhelm our national discourse? To be clear, denying that corruption is rife in the current administration would be foolish. After all, the media suffers from Government’s refusal to pay for legitimate ads. And when we are finally paid a mere fraction of what we are owed, we, too, get those friendly phone calls from comptrollers’ offices demanding “commission.” Our intent, therefore, is not to dismiss the reality of the day, but to acknowledge the elephant in the room: the fact that corruption is not anyone’s public enemy; rather, that it is our favorite national past time. Liberians are right about one thing: the trillions of dollars that Government has been mandated to steward during our nation’s 168-year history are, in fact, our money. “We the People” have a right to determine how it is spent, through legislative representation; to remain informed about its use; and to receive just recourse when that money is misused (a dream yet to be realized). We, however, are not entitled to directly access the money ourselves – unless we are employed or contracted by the Government, and therefore, receive due payment for the goods and services rendered. Generally, the impact of ‘our money’ should be felt through human and infrastructural development. The trouble is, however, that we Liberians do not truly accept the concept of good financial governance. That is too boring, too slow, and too hard. Let us be honest, “We the People” prefer for public funds to “trickle down” the way they did during a previous administration. It is said that a former Liberian head of state kept many boxes of public cash in his dining room. And when “friends and neighbors” came calling, he would hand out hundreds and thousands of United States Dollars to these individuals, for their personal use. How generous! Or so many Liberians thought, because they benefitted first-, second-, and third-hand from that generosity. And, today, many look back on that era with painful nostalgia, because…well…”money was flowing. We weren’t hungry.” But since that corrupt supply line is now cut off, as Government works earnestly to reform its rotten systems, “We the People” are suddenly all hot and bothered about corruption. Granted, President Sirleaf inspires public dismay because the Liberian people believe that she and “Public Enemy Number One” have become best friends. But the truth is, that is not really why “We the People” are angry. “We the People” don’t care that money is (allegedly) being stolen from national coffers. “We the People” don’t care whether or not Rob Sirleaf works pro-bono or Aunty Jenny gets board fees. “We the People’s” only concern about “corruption” is that “We the People” are not feeling the trickle-down effect. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LNRCS Identifies with Underprivileged Children

first_imgThe Liberia National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has identified with children it considers as underprivileged in Kakata, Margibi County.LNRCS donated food and several school and hygiene supplies to 75 orphans and vulnerable children in that county.The donation, according to LNRCS Secretary General, Fayiah Tamba, is the entity’s way of identifying with vulnerable children, especially those made orphan by the Ebola virus disease (EVD). “The EVD outbreak greatly affected every sector and segment of the Liberian society leaving behind many unfavorable situations that would take time to heal,” LNRCS SG observed.The materials were provided through the Liberia Chapter of the Society by the Turkish Red Cross to help orphans in the Ebola recovery phase.The Coordinator for youth and volunteers of the LNRCS, Arthur Becker, during the donation of the items said, the supplies were intended to assist children who lost their parents and are facing challenges that require humanitarian intervention to improve their circumstances. The Red Cross worked with Margibi County’s Health Team, local authorities, Ebola Survivor’s Network and civil society organizations in identifying orphanages and caregivers that equally benefited from the donation. Mr. Tamba earlier stated that the Red Cross is moving full steam ahead with recovery, “because there are many people who have been left in a vulnerable situation as a result of the Ebola virus that ravaged the country.” “From health problems to loss of livelihood or deaths of the main family breadwinners, many people need our help to get back on their feet”, Mr. Tamba added.He said the Red Cross will continue to provide a range of practical help focusing on the most vulnerable groups including orphan children and single mothers with assistance ranging from cash, food and non-food items to agricultural training and equipment as well as livelihood and skills training.“The ultimate goal of the Red Cross post-Ebola recovery,” according to Mr. Tamba, “is to re-establish the conditions for a quick return to a healthy society, with viable livelihoods, psychosocial well-being, economic growth, and overall human development that can foster a more inclusive society in the future.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reports – Man United, Man City and Chelsea target set to sign new Juventus deal

first_img Paul Pogba in action for Juventus 1 Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea target Paul Pogba is set to sign a contract extension with Juventus, according to reports in Italy.The French international is one of the most in-demand talents in Europe after a series of stunning performances following his decision to leave Old Trafford for Turin in the summer of 2012.That has led to him being linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs, with the Premier League trio said to be particularly keen on his signature.But Mediaset say he has agreed a deal in principle that would see his earnings rise to over £3m a year if he commits his future to Juventus until the summer of 2019.last_img read more

St. Anthony’s, Kakamega make statements

first_img0Shares0000Kakamega High School players celebrate one of their four goals against Kathungi High School during their Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) game in Eldoret on July 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluELDORET, Kenya, Jul 24- In the absence of defending champions Upper Hill High School from Nairobi, pre-favorites St. Anthony’s Boys Kitale and Kakamega High’s Green Commandos showed early intent after winning their opening games of the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association boys’ football on Tuesday in Eldoret.St. Anthony’s Kitale thumped debutants Ringa Boys from Nyanza 5-0 in a mini Mashemeji derby, a game that attracted a huge number of fans while Kakamega High School won 4-1 against Eastern Region’s Kathungi. “I am very pleased with the result today. Winning the first game with a good margin is good and it has given my boys confidence. I know we are in a tough pool but I am not afraid. I have played in these championship so many times before and winning has been a part of me,” a confident George Owoko, the St. Anthony’s Kitale head coach said.Owoko, a former Tusker FC and Bandari FC assistant coach who won the national and East Africa title in 2016 with Kisumu’s Barding says he is confident they will win the crown.St. Anthony’s Kitale head coach Georeg Owoko gestures from the touchline during their Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) game in Eldoret on July 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDebutants Ringa were keen to show they were in it on merit and had an early chance after five minutes when Bill Clinton broke through with only the keeper to beat, but his finishing was wanting sending a shot straight to the keeper.But, Owoko’s boys blew from the shadows of Ringa to break the deadlock after 12 minutes when Eli Sakenyi’s shot from distance somehow managed to grease through the butter fingers of Ringa custodian Roswel Otieno.In the second half, ST. Anthony’s came back wit more venom after being restricted in most of the first half and Sakenyi doubled his tally for the game with a 66th minute goal tapping home from a defensive error.Owoko’s boys finished off the job in the final 15 minutes of the game, James Kibendi stepping off the bench to score a late brace to see the team start off positively.In the other pitch, Kakamega whose last conquest in the national games was 2008 in Machakos showed their intent to reclaim the trophy with a comfortable win over last year’s semi-finalists Kathungi.Kakamega were powered by Gor Mahia midfielder Alpha Onyango and Sony Sugar’s Joshua Otieno and used their experience playing in the National Super League to make minced meat of the Eastern region reps.This member of the canine family could not ignore the allure of isikuti voices amidst Kakamega High School team fans during the Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) games in Eldoret on July 24, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“That NSL experience has really helped us to grow but in these school games, you can’t underrate anyone. We are taking a game at a time and hopefully we go on to win. It is tough but we are equal to the task,” said the Green Comandos coach Brendan Mwinamo.Kakamega however had to come from a goal down with Kathungi breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute through Rashid Abdulrahman.But, the hard fighting commandos went back level eight minutes later through Kevinton Machika before Otieno showed his worth with a 21st minute thumping goal from the right after the keeper failed to give the ball a powerful punch.Machika completed his brace late on in the first half before Dan Oloo sealed the win six minutes into the second half.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Louis van Gaal admits Real Madrid target De Gea could leave Man United this summer

first_img1 de Gea and Van Gaal Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted superstar goalkeeper David De Gea could leave the club this summer.The Spain international has been targeted by La Liga giants Real Madrid, with recent reports suggesting the 24-year-old has already agreed a five-year contract with his hometown side.And while Van Gaal conceded the lure of returning home may be too strong for De Gea, the Red Devils boss was adamant the club will put up a fight and hopes his number one will stay at Old Trafford.Asked about the keeper’s future, Van Gaal said: “With every individual transfer there is a process and there will be a process with David de Gea.“David de Gea shall not leave us so easily because we are a great club and he wants to participate.“Of course he is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, and he can go to another great club, so it is difficult for him to decide but a big compliment for Manchester United.“The transfer is an individual thing. He has to decide. We have given [him] a fantastic contract because we want him to stay – He’s had a fantastic season.”De Gea was a usual starter for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with top three rivals Arsenal, though the Spaniard’s afternoon was brought to a premature end after suffering an awkward fall which saw him replaced by countryman Victor Valdes in the 74th minute.Old Trafford was awash with banners asking De Gea to stay, and during his pre-match warm-up the goalkeeper was seen applauding fans in all four corners of the ground, sparking panic from United supporters who took this as a farewell gesture.Van Gaal praised the support of the loyal fans, and added they have done all they can to keep De Gea.“I don’t think I can persuade him because he knows everything what he has at Manchester United,” said the manager.“I don’t have to say something because he can feel it every day. You have seen the fans, unbelievable.“When he goes he is losing that. Here he has a lot of credits. He has to decide.”last_img read more

Thierry Henry and John Terry to form unlikely double act at Aston Villa?

first_imgHe had been combining his work in the media with his role as part of Roberto Martinez’s backroom staff with the Belgium national team since 2016.Now Henry is poised to get his shot at management at Villa Park, with the Mail reporting he has been offered the chance to succeed Steve Bruce.Bruce was axed by the Championship club earlier this week after a woeful run of just one win from ten games.The Mail claims that Henry is set to be joined at Villa by a former rival from his playing days – Chelsea great and ex-England captain Terry.Terry made 32 appearances for Villa last season after his 19-year spell at Stamford Bridge came to an end and helped them reach the Championship play-off final, where they lost to Fulham, before leaving in the summerHe officially announced his retirement from professional football on Sunday evening, paving the way for him to start his coaching career, and his return to Villa in a senior role would likely be popular with the fans. 2 Henry and Terry would be an unlikely alliance, given they were once big rivals. battling for major honours with Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.They both enjoyed glittering careers as players, winning numerous trophies between them, including the Premier League and Champions League. John Terry impressed in his season-long spell with the Villans 2 Thierry Henry has emerged as the leading contender to become Aston Villa’s new manager, with John Terry reportedly in line to be his number two.The Arsenal legend revealed earlier this year that he was preparing to enter management after ending his time as a pundit for Sky Sports. Thierry Henry helped Belgium to third place at this summer’s World Cup, but has no managerial experience at club level last_img read more

Real Madrid sack manager Lopetegui following El Clasico thrashing by Barcelona

first_img Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star g.o.a.t lack of bottle REVEALED REAL DEAL Latest Real Madrid News Lopetegui, who stepped down as Spain manager after taking the Real job while preparing to lead the country into this summer’s World Cup, won four of his ten league games in charge.Their last league victory was a 1-0 triumph over Espanyol on September 22 and has been followed by four defeats and a draw.Madrid were also beaten 1-0 by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League, where they are joint leaders with Roma in Group G with six points from three games. El Clasico Thousands of pro-Catalan protesters make their voice heard before El Clasico in the hat Eden Hazard vows to go back to Chelsea when he’s done at Real Madrid Pogba-Bale swap deal would be ‘mistake’ as Man United ace linked with Real Madrid Champions League live reaction: Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Spurs learn fate return center_img Bale spotted on Real bench doing ‘bottle flip challenge’ as he Bernabeu exit Real Madrid have sacked their manager Julen Lopetegui and provisionally replaced him with reserve team boss Santiago Solari.The Galacticos were beaten 5-1 by bitter rivals Barcelona on Sunday and have acted quickly to replace their boss following the latest result of their horrendous start to the 2018/19 season. PREDICTED How to watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Stream, channel, kick-off time, team news Champions League Super Computer: Will Liverpool, Chelsea, City and Spurs qualify? WARNING All of Lionel Messi’s incredible records against Real Madrid ahead of El Clasico Lopetegui replaced Zinedine Zidane in June The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 ROWDY Los Blancos posted the following statement on their website: “The Board of Directors of Real Madrid CF, meeting today October 29, 2018, has agreed to terminate the contract that linked coach Julen Lopetegui with the club.“This decision, adopted from the highest level of responsibility, aims to change the dynamics of the first team, when all the objectives of this season are still achievable.“The Board of Directors understands that there is a great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid, which has eight players nominated for the next Golden Ball, something unprecedented in the history of the club, and the results obtained to date.“The club thanks Julen Lopetegui and all his technical team for their effort and work and wishes them the best in their professional career.“It will be provisionally replaced by Santiago Solari, who will lead the first team starting tomorrow, Tuesday.”last_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO RUN COURSE ON STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING FOR YOUNG ATHLETES

first_imgStrength & Conditioning for Young AthletesDonegal Sports Partnership are organising strength & conditioning course for coaches working with young athletes. Course tutor will be Chris Galway who has 15 years experience in working in strength and conditioning at club and provincial level. Chris is also accredited by the Australian Association of Strength and Conditioning, the UKStrength and Conditioning Association and is a tutor with Coaching Ireland. Closing date for booking is Friday 27th January, places are limited to 25 so early booking is essential.Course Outline· Components of fitness· Windows of Optimal Trainability · Warm Ups and Strength, Agility and Balance· Injury causes and prevention· Resistance Training· Postural correction – correcting muscle imbalance.· Plyometric training for injury prevention. · Fitness Testing.Date/Time: Saturday 4th February 2012, 9.30am – 4pmVenue: Finn Valley Sports Centre, StranorlarCost: €25 per head – includes light lunch and resources. Please contact Donegal Sports Partnership at 074 9116078 / 16079 or email info@activedonegal.comDONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP TO RUN COURSE ON STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING FOR YOUNG ATHLETES was last modified: January 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

BRAVE VANESSA’S DELIGHT AFTER VIP VISIT FROM RUGBY STAR

first_imgA young Donegal woman has received a much needed boost before surgery after getting a surprise visit from Irish rugby star Conor Murray.Rugby star Conor chatting with Vanessa before her latest operation.Vanessa Canning, who suffers from Osteogenesis imperfect or brittle bone disease, has suffered a staggering 55 bone breaks.The 17 year old is currently in Temple Street Hospital in Dublin after breaking both her femurs after tripping on St Valentine’s night. But her spirits were lifted when sporting star Conor called in to see her and chatted to her at her bedside.Vanessa’s dad Paul, the well-known local county councillor, said he and wife Stephanie were delighted by the visit.“We are used to hearing al the negative stuff but this was the other side of life that we don’t read about.“He is on the eve of a big game and yet he took the time out to visit Vanessa and other patients. “He was a lovely guy and I just wanted to say thank you to him for giving his time up,” said Paul.Vanessa, a fifth year student at Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, is keeping her chin up ahead of her surgery later today.Dad Paul added “Vanessa has a great outlook on life and despite all her breaks, she is always in good form.” BRAVE VANESSA’S DELIGHT AFTER VIP VISIT FROM RUGBY STAR was last modified: March 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:brittle bone diseaseConor MurraydonegalhospitalsurgeryTemple StreetVanessa Canninglast_img read more

AVB insists draw is a positive result

first_imgTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas insisted his side’s draw at QPR was a positive result.Spurs dominated the game at Loftus Road but were unable to break the deadlock as Rangers hung on to secure a point.“Drawing away from home in the Premier League is always a positive. Our away form is excellent and we feel comfortable away from home,” Villas-Boas said.“It was important to get the first goal to unlock QPR in some way. They can be difficult to break down. That’s why we came away with only a point.”Spurs’ best opportunity fell to Emmanuel Adebayor, who tried to forced home the rebound after Julio Cesar’s save from Jermain Defoe but was denied by another fine stop from the Brazilian.Villas-Boas admitted: “It was big big chance. Julio did extremely well. Credit to the goalkeeper and to QPR for their defending.”See also:Sandro knee injury not serious – 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Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more