United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, says in order to compete in the modern global economy, there is a need for Liberia to have a state-of-the-art telecommunications sector.“We need the ability to connect with the entire world, for the private sector, for the government, and for individuals to be able to succeed. We believe all this can be achieved through a vibrant telecommunications sector,” Ambassador Malac said.Speaking at the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication when she paid a courtesy call on Minister Frederick Norkeh, Ambassador Malac said a modern telecommunications sector would give the country’s economy a boost as government tries to rebuild the nation after 14 years of civil crisis.“That is why it is important that Liberia rebuilds its economy and the country becomes a part of the global economy.To do this, you need a modern telecommunications system,” she said.She said the telecommunications sector is just one of the many things that need to advance in Liberia for it to participate in the modern world.She indicated that Minister Norkeh has some very good ideas and a lot of good plans concerning where he wants to take the ministry and the telecommunications sector, but warned that there are still a lot of pieces that need to be put together and that it takes time for it to be built.When asked whether the government’s projection for the future were too ambitious and would cause embarrassing project shortfalls, she responded “it is important that governments don’t spend money they do not have because it is not a good position to be in.”“Sometimes it hard when you are impatient to make things happen and the money is not there, but sometimes it good to take a step back and figure out what is possible when the funding is not available and find other means to get the financing,” the US Ambassador said.“We would like to see the private sector involved in a number of activities that the government itself is currently involved in, but that has its own challenges as well,” she added.Minister Norkeh said that Ambassador Malac’s visit was one of the usual visits that she pays to his ministry, and that she actually wanted to know some of the challenges and achievements the ministry had experienced since her last visit.He said the U.S. has been providing assistance to his ministry, especially in the area of capacity building, and that the meeting was intended to discuss how best the U.S. could help in the fiber-optic installation process.“We have been having problems in the fiber-optic installation process. The U.S., being a premier country in this kind of technology, has offered to help Liberia,” Minister Norkeh concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,From the outset, I want to make it abundantly clear that I support investigations into decisions made and transactions done by public officers — including the Executive President — in respect to assets of the State; once there is a basis for such investigations. I apprehend this to be one of the cornerstones of accountable, transparent and good governance.Both the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, himself a former President, and former President Donald Ramotar have publicly declared that they welcome any investigation into the allocation of oil mining blocks to the recipients under the PPP Administration. Expectedly, they both demand that the investigations be done by a reputable international agency. Unsurprisingly, they both opine that the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) is not qualified to conduct such investigations. With these sentiments I fully concur.It is an uncontroverted fact that SARA is deeply politically-tainted, entrenched and influenced. This disability is aggravated by an aura of unconstitutionality which envelops its governing legislation, and is compounded by a stain of illegality surrounding the appointment of its two most senior functionaries.From its inception, the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU), the precursor to SARA, was conceived in, and birthed from, the political womb of the Ministry of the Presidency. There it spent its weaning months, where it was nourished from money out of the budget of that political agency. In that political epicenter, its three main officers were handpicked by the political czars; absolutely devoid of transparency or accountability, and without resort to a competitive process.Professor Clive Thomas is a known politician and a leader of the Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA), one of the political parties in the Coalition Government. While in SARU, he was quoted almost weekly in the press, expressing very jaundiced and conclusive views on a number of areas of endeavour — which were to become the subject of investigations by SARA — long before these investigations commenced. These premonitions, without more, illustrated an arrival at verdicts long before the probing began. His open hostility to the PPP and its supporters made the matter more toxic.Aubrey Retemyer was a leading member of the US chapter of the PNC. Now at home, there is no doubt that he would have transformed into a regularised and locally-domiciled patron of Congress Place.Eric Phillips’s long association with the PNC is well documented, and he is also one of the political advisers to President David Granger. His ethno-driven ideology will always be perceived to impair his objectivity in a society like ours.These are the three leading officers of SARA. Their political groundings, party affiliations and ideologies, ipso facto, disqualify them from being independent, professional and apolitical, all of which are requisites for the holders of offices in any investigative arm of the State.Irrespective of how professional their intentions and actions may be, the political stench which they emit contaminates anything that they do in the eyes of the public. More than half of the society perceive them as political apparatchiks with hatchets in hand. That is the cold, hard reality.Additionally, pending in the High Court is litigation which challenges the constitutionality of almost every provision of the SARA Act. These proceedings will certainly not end in the High Court; they journey all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). This challenge, therefore, will be extant for the next five years, at a minimum.Moreover, the Director and Deputy Director of SARA simply transitioned themselves from SARU into SARA when the SARA Act came into force. They were never appointed in accordance with the Act, neither were their terms and conditions determined in accordance with the Act.The schedule of the SARA Act provides that, “the National Assembly shall, by a simple majority and on the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments, appoint the Director and the Deputy Director of SARA.” Professor Thomas and Mr. Retemyer, who purport to be the Director and Deputy Director respectively of SARA, were never appointed by this process.The schedule of the Act also provides that, “the terms and conditions of the appointment of the Director and Deputy Directors, including their terms of office, shall be determined by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointments.” The National Assembly has had nothing to do with either the appointments or fixing the terms and conditions of employment of either Thomas or Retemyer.The schedule of the SARA Act further compels the Director to prepare a report at the end of each financial year, detailing how the agency has discharged its functions; its annual plans for the financial year, and costs associated therewith; along with monies credited to the agency. This statement is required to be laid by the subject Minister in the National Assembly. As far as I am aware, no such report was ever laid in the National Assembly, and SARA has been in existence since 2017.Additionally, yours truly has filed legal proceedings challenging the legality of the appointments of Professor Thomas and Mr. Retemyer. Those proceedings are pending in the High Court.In the end, we have the constitutionality of the SARA Act being the subject of a legal challenge; the two most senior functionaries of SARA holding office illegally; and the agency itself contravening its superintendent legislation by not laying its Annual Reports in the National Assembly. An agency so embroiled in its own implosive illegalities must be disqualified, by any standard, from being a professional investigative unit. No educated, civilized society will repose public trust and confidence where so many legal issues abound.Sincerely,Mohabir Anil Nandlall,MPAttorney-at-Law
Bishop Allan Klayee, the chairman of the board of directors of church based football club, Jubilee FC, has announced the appointment of businessman George Kailando, as its new president.Bishop Klayee said Mr. Kailondo’s appointment is intended to commercialize Jubilee FC. He rejected reports that the businessman has bought a share in the team.“The board of directors said after series of meetings with Mr. Kailando, a football lover and neighbor to the Jubilee Church resolved to appoint him as president,” Bishop Klayee said.Bishop Klayee said the team was founded in 2006 to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its members.“Since its establishment, over 500 persons have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and we will continue to use the game to win souls,” Bishop Klayee noted.Besides being a business man Mr. Kailando is also a politician and Attorney-at-law. He is the co-sponsor of the ongoing President’s Cup, which cost about US$33,000.Bishop Klayee is the founder and chief executive officer of Jubilee FC, formerly Paynesville Young Controller (PYC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Winners Incorporated, a major sports betting company, has donated 148 bags and cash of Ld150, 000, amounting to a total value of L$310,000 to the General Service Agency (GSA) in Monrovia.Winners’ donation is to support activities marking the forthcoming July 26th Independence Day celebration.Making the donation yesterday at the GSA Compound on UN Drive, Marketing Manager, Randall Kaybee, Sr., on behalf of the company’s CEO, Yacob Batshon, said the initiative is to identify with the government during the festive season.The donation came following series of discussions the company held with the GSA Management through Director-General Mary T. Broh.Mr. Kaybee said the company is committed to see that Liberia becomes a productive and functioning society among comity of nations.Winners, Inc. sees itself as a firm partner with the government and people of Liberia; therefore, when the nation is gearing up to celebrate its birth anniversary, the company has to contribute to make the celebration successful, he said.“This year, as Sinoe and Grand Kru play hosts, Winners is providing this consignment of 148 bags and other assorted items to support government’s efforts to celebrate a peaceful independence,” Mr. Kaybee said.Winners, he said, has meanwhile agreed to support other projects in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County and in other parts of the country to give the counties a face-lift for the July 26 celebration.“Giving back to the communities in a socially responsible way is a key attitude of our company. Winners continue to provide hundreds of jobs for many Liberians and projects that, in the next 12 months, the company will be able to create more jobs in line with government’s jobs creation policy,” he said.GSA Deputy Director General for Operations, Borkai Sirleaf, who received the donation, expressed gratitude to Winners, Inc.Mr. Sirleaf meanwhile promised to use the items to feed workers in the two counties that are given a facelift for this year’s Independence Day celebration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THE Los Angeles Unified School District may have no choice but to accommodate the popularity of charter schools under state law, but that doesn’t mean officials have to live up to the spirit of the law. Independent and popular, charter schools have long been requesting, to no avail, that the district allow them to use some of its vacant space. This week, school officials grudgingly gave in, as they must, but offered up school sites that might be rescinded in the fall. Essentially, their offer is a nonoffer, and now some charters don’t know where they will hold classes next school year. The LAUSD doesn’t like the charter school revolution, since it empowers parents, teachers and campus administrators instead of the district’s bloated and largely ineffective bureaucracy. Proposition 39 says the school district has to provide for and support all students equally. These games that the district is using to punish charters show that school officials are committed to their own survival, and not to the education of children.
Not everyone associated with Man United is excited at the prospect of Jose Mourinho sitting in the Old Trafford dugout next season.The Portuguese was appointed manager in May to much fanfare, but former United full back Paul Parker explained to talkSPORT why he has not been impressed so far, citing his dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s lack of titles as one reason.“His style worries me,” Parker told the Weekend Sports Breakfast. “When he had his press conference and he brings up Arsene Wenger – that worries me.”“He shouldn’t be talking about it, it’s irrelevant. If he wants that personal battle he should do it on his own time but don’t use Manchester United to do what you were doing at Chelsea.“He’s not managing Chelsea anymore.”Parker, who played for the club between 1991 and 1996 and won two Premier League titles, said he would like to have seen someone like Laurent Blanc in the hot seat.Blanc recently left PSG and Parker is a fan of the Frenchman’s ability to keep egos such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic under control.On the signing of Ibrahimovic, Parker revealed he is unsure about his suitability and questioned where he would fit in.“I’m going to wait to see what happens. I can’t jump on the bandwagon yet.”Catch the Weekend Sports Breakfast every Saturday and Sunday on talkSPORT from 7am here.
1 Crystal Palace have bid £20million plus add-ons for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, it is understood.It tops Stoke’s offer of £17million plus £3million in add-ons from earlier in the week – which is also yet to get an official answer – but West Brom have always wanted to find a suitable replacement before allowing Berahino to complete a move. The 22-year-old is expected to leave The Hawthorns this summer after four transfer windows of constant speculation over his future.Last summer he threatened to strike and never play for chairman Jeremy Peace again after Tottenham had several bids rejected, the last totalling £23million but was nowhere near the basic payment Palace and Stoke have now offered. He was omitted from boss Tony Pulis’ squad during the saga as Pulis felt the forward was not in the right frame of mind to play before being reintegrated into the squad.Berahino scored 20 goals in 2014-15 but has not recaptured that form and Albion have accepted it is time to let the England Under-21 international, who came through their youth ranks, leave.Palace are low on strikers after Dwight Gayle joined Newcastle and Emmanuel Adebayor left after the end of his short-term deal at the end of the season.The Baggies are chasing West Ham’s Diafra Sakho as a replacement for Berahino but the Hammers want reinforcements before letting him go. Saido Berahino
Michael Dolan from Lifford Co. Donegal has won €33,000 on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 11th April 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right : Harry Cooke, Head of Operations & Corporate Affairs, The National Lottery; the winning player Michael Dolan; Michael’s stepdaughter and guest support on the night, Charlene Mongan and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. The winning ticket was bought at The Diamond, Raphoe, Co. Donegal. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA Co Donegal man has scooped €33,000 on the National Lottery’s Million Euro Challenge Show.Michael Dolan from Lifford won the cash on Saturday’s night show.The winning ticket was bought at The Diamond, Raphoe. DONEGAL MAN SCOOPS €33,000 ON NATIONAL LOTTERY’S TV SHOW was last modified: April 13th, 2015 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:LiffordMichael Dolannational lottery
It was just the 13 goals in one World Cup for Moroccan-born Fontaine, who rather unjustly didnt win the player of the tournament award in 1958.In Sweden he scored in every game he played, including four against defending champions West Germany in a 6-3 win in Gothenburg to decide who came third.Overall, France scored 23 goals in six games, yet still lost two of them.Their defence must have been absolute merde.Miroslav Klose, meanwhile, has scored more goals overall at the World Cup with 16 across four tournaments. 2 Lineker is England’s top scoring player at the World Cup and won the Golden Boot with six goals in 1986, while he has ten overall.And Kane would love to be collecting another individual award, this time in England colours, having won two Premier League Golden Boots already.“I said before obviously as a striker that’s always an aim but I’ve said as well the most important thing is that we’re winning games,” he said following his hat-trick against Panama.“As long as the goals are helping the team win, that’s the most important thing and that’s a great performance.”However, Kane has some way to go to reach the tournament’s greatest ever haul. That title belongs to Just Fontaine. England captain Harry Kane scored five goals in two World Cup games 2 England v Croatia in the World Cup semi-final is live on talkSPORT at 19:00 on Wednesday 10 July hereHarry Kane is searching for the World Cup Golden Boot and is aiming to become England’s first winner since Gary Lineker in 1986.He started well by scoring five goals in his first two games of Russia 2018 and, ahead of the semi-final, has six strikes to his name. Fontaine scored 13 goals for France at the 1958 World Cup Just Fontaine still holds the record for most goals at a single #WorldCup. He scored 13 in 1958 ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Bup5WVHwCM— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) April 22, 2018