The Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA) has called for a national day of anger against reports of massive corruption among key past and current officials of the government of Liberia.“ULAA will consult with its membership and partners, civil society groups, religious, political, and other interest groups both at home and in the Diaspora to organize a National Day of ANGER in order for Liberians from across the globe and at home to simultaneously stage a peaceful opposition to the promotion and accommodation of corruption by the Government of Liberia,” ULAA’s statement signed by Arthur Weah Doe National General Secretary, stated in a press release.Global Witness, an international watchdog on bad business practices, revealed what appears to be a pay to play scheme of bribery to key lawmakers and government officials to weaken the nation’s laws and award the country’s natural resources to a shady British mining firm, Sable International, said the release. That this massive corruption was done so cavalierly in wanton disregard to the interest of the Liberian people constitutes the tragedy that has befallen “our country, and further explains why the people have not benefited from concessions and other agreements valued at over $16 billion in a small country like Liberia,” according to a press release issued by ULAA.ULAA finds it unconscionable that individuals in positions of public trust will so easily betray that trust and form an alliance with a foreign business entity in an effort to surrender the country‘s resources to that entity. It is even more troubling as the report indicates that the Speaker of the National Legislature and other key officials of government converted their official positions to that of “consultants” for this foreign firm seeking to do business in Liberia, said the press release. ULAA acknowledges that corruption remains one of the major challenges facing the country, but declares that this very extreme and dangerous form of corruption, which has been the hallmark of this government, is unprecedented in the history of the country.Accordingly, ULAA hereby places the government of Liberia on notice that enough is enough. Enough is enough when hospitals lack basic diagnostic and other essential equipment while corruption walks the corridors of power. Enough is enough when health workers, ordinary police officers, teachers, and firefighters are poorly paid, and many primary students in different grade levels are crammed in a single classroom, while government officials are involved in ill-gotten wealth. Enough is enough when schools, hospitals, roads, and bridges are either non-existent or in serious disrepair while the national budget is rigged to pay the salaries and benefits of the top one percent of high government officials, most of whom are very corrupt, the release continued.It further stated, enough is enough when Liberians are dying from curable diseases while key government officials and law makers formed phantom companies to siphon money from the public coffers for their personal benefit while at the same time seeking medical treatments abroad.Meanwhile ULAA views the reaction of the government of Liberia to this damaging report by setting up an investigative committee as nothing more than a publicity stunt intended to play to international theater. Everyone familiar with how this government has handled high level corruption incidents in the past and now knows fully well that this so-called committee will produce nothing of national significance, as evidenced by the appointment of an individual with a colorful background as its head. Finally, ULAA is calling on all Liberians not to despair at this point in the fight against corruption and the flagrant abuse of public office that has now become routine in our land. This is an existential fight for our motherland, and we must rise up to the challenge. Accordingly, ULAA has decided to lead this charge by adopting the following actions in its efforts to mobilize public opinions and escalate the fight against corruption:“Henceforth, ULAA as a matter of policy will no longer invite or share platform with any official of the Liberian government who is implicated in corrupt practices either by the General Auditing Commission, the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, or other credible investigative bodies until their names are fully cleared of any wrong doing. ULAA will encourage other Diaspora organizations to adopt this policy.“ULAA is currently examining the legal ramifications of leading a direct protest at the homes and schools of children of government officials who have families in the United States that are implicated in corrupt practices either by the General Auditing Commission or other credible investigating agencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Action between URA FC and SC Villa on Friday. (PHOTO/URA FC)Uganda Premier League SC Villa 1-1 URA FCLuzira Prisons Stadium, LuziraFriday, 01-11-2019LUZIRA – SC Villa vice captain Ambrose Kirya scored a 92nd minute penalty to ensure the Jogoos draw 1-1 with URA FC on Friday.Kirya who had played a missing in action role all day, sent Alionzi Nafian the wrong way after the custodian brought down Faizo Muwawu in the area.Earlier, Brian Majwega had converted from the spot to hand URA FC a deserved lead.URA started the game strongly and Saidi Kyeyune pulled an effort wide.Moments later, Kyeyune sent Joachim Ojera on his way but the winger went down in the area under the challenge of Saidi Keni. However, referee William Oloya waved play on and signaled for a goal kick after the ball went out.Ojera who was a problem for Villa all afternoon would not be denied twice as he fell over from a Yayo Lutimba shove prompting Oloya to award a penalty.Brian Majwega stepped up and sent Keni the wrong way to put the Tax Collectors 1-0 up inside the first 10 minutes.URA FC were in close control of proceedings and could have increased their tally only yo be let down by poor finishing.Kagimu shot straight at Keni after good work down the right by Ojera.The skippers then miscued a Cromwell Rwothomio low cross while inside the Villa area.He was then sent through on goal by Kyeyune’s clever free kick but pulled his effort over the bar.Mikadad Ssenyongo then rattled the post as he pounced onto a Rwothomio poor header.Rwothomio got a glorious chance to seal the points but after nut-mugging Alishe, his goal bound effort was pushed out for a fruitless corner by Keni.Villa struggled to create chances throughout the game.Their first realistic opportunity came 25 minutes from time with Muwawu forcing Nafian into a finger-tip save.From the resultant corner, the hosts could not force the ball over with Alishe and Kirya all failing to sort their feet in a goal-mouth scramble.Muwawu then pulled a shot wide after he was played in by Kibumba’s low cross.With time running out, Villa would steal a point from almost nothing.Emmanuel Kalyowa played a ball over the top and Muwawu pounced but before attempting a shot, he was brought down by Nafian inside the area. Kirya took responsibility and scored in what proved to be thw last piece of action.The result means the Villa have now gone 9 games without defeat since losing their opening game away to Kyetume FC.The win sees SC Villa move onto 17 points for the season but remain 4th on the log.For URA FC, they remain 10th with 11 points.Comments Tags: Ambrose KiryaBrian MajwegaJoachim OjeraSaidi Kenisaidi kyeyuneSC VillaUganda Premier LeagueURA FC
DENVER — If the right one doesn’t get you, the left one will.For the Sharks, it means if one line is not scoring goals, one or two others can make up the difference.At least that’s been the case through the first three games of their series against the Colorado Avalanche, as the Sharks’ top three lines have taken turns leading the offense and exposing the depth disparity between the two teams. The Sharks take a 2-1 series lead into Thursday’s Game 4.In Game 1, Joe Thornton and wingers Marcus …
2 September 2009A total of 67 999 people from 170 countries have applied to become volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with an average of 1 600 applications being received each day between 20 July and 31 August.2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Danny Jordaan said the programme proved to be hugely popular: “We are honoured by the incredible response we have received from around the world,” he said.Strong foreign responseAccording to the LOC, there was a strong response from outside of South Africa, with Nigerians showing great interest with the highest number of applications (750) from outside of the host country.The United States followed with 554 applications, while Brazil was close behind with 489. Zimbabweans registered 449 applications, while Italy managed an impressive 414.Other African countries that responded were Cameroon with 375, the Democratic Republic of Congo with 109, and Lesotho with 106.Local applicationsLocally, with two World Cup stadiums, Johannesburg came in with the most applications, receiving a total of 16 280 applications for Soccer City and Ellis Park.Pretoria received 8 496 applications, followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay with 7 365, Cape Town with 5 998, and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province and Rustenburg in North West province coming close behind with 5 781 and 5 558 applications respectively.eThekwini/Durban received 5 148 volunteer applications, followed by Polokwane in Limpopo province with 5 503, and Mangaung/Bloemfontein in Free State province with 4 371 applications.Administrative supportThe LOC said that most volunteers had applied to provide administrative support for the tournament, as well as hospitality and ushering services, fan park services, and information technology and telecommunications.In order to assist with hearing-impaired spectators, 83 volunteer hopefuls have applied to work in sign language support.The next step is for the applications to be screened, with the interview process beginning in December. Overseas volunteers will be interviewed by teleconference, while host city interviews will be conducted simultaneously at venues in each city.Once the final selections have been made, the volunteers will then be trained in their respective fields before the World Cup kicks off.Source: BuaNews
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Napoli coach Ancelotti: I want Sarri’s Chelsea in Europa League finalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to meet Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in this season’s final of the Europa League.Sarri left Napoli to be replaced by Ancelotti last summer.And the latter says: “I will be judged on the results of the team, but I think Napoli is doing a very good job. We did not qualify for the Champions League, but we knew from the start that it would be very difficult. “Napoli was up against two of the best teams in Europe. I would like to reach the final. It would be even better to be able to play against the Chelsea of Sarri. I think even Sarri would be happy to face Napoli. “Napoli versus Chelsea in the final of the Europa League, it would be magnificent. For me, it would be special to play Chelsea, one of my former clubs.”
Atletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias: I spoke to James about moveby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid fullback Santiago Arias admits he spoke to James Rodriguez about a possibly joining him this season.James was tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer, with Atletico being touted as a possible destination, but he ended up staying at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.”We talked about Atleti,” Arias, who plays with James in the Colombian national team, told Onda Madrid.”I asked him if the rumours were true and I explained how things were here, but not much else.”There were options, but we didn’t speak about it much more because it was down to the clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
It’s been a long year for both Michigan and Rutgers on the hardwood. Saturday, the basketball Gods decided to make it just a little bit longer. During the first half of the contest between the Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights, the lights went out at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Here’s video of the incident.Lights going out at Rutgers-Michigan game mid-play. #B1G pic.twitter.com/DjuypIi3gw— Matt C (@05HAWKI) March 7, 2015The issue was quickly fixed, and the teams have resumed play. Michigan is up 41-26 with two minutes to play in the first session.
Twitter/@OU_AthleticsCollege football week five features a very deep slate of games from noon through past midnight. For Oklahoma fans, things are kicking off at 11 am central time, with a huge game against an impressive West Virginia team. To celebrate the morning Big 12 battle, OU put out a unique hype video, featuring the song “Good Morning,” made famous by the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain. Fry up some eggs, pour yourself a glass of orange juice, or maybe a screwdriver if you’re so inclined, and get ready for some early Sooners football.No matter the time, it’s always a great day for Sooner football! Get ready for tomorrow with a little twist! https://t.co/lOz473epYX— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) October 2, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, IN – OCTOBER 14: Jim Harbaugh the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines watches the action during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) YouTube/Jim HarbaughWe knew that Jim Harbaugh would respond to the recent NCAA vote to ban satellite camps. That was a certainty. Even with the Michigan head coach’s history of lashing out, we wouldn’t have predicted just how hard Harbaugh swung back in response. In an interview with Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg, Harbaugh slams the NCAA, and even the term “student-athlete” in light of the vote.As Harbaugh tells SI : “The incompetence of the NCAA has reared its ugly head yet again.” …Harbaugh says the ruling was “knee-jerk … like somebody was shaving in the morning, cut themselves when they were shaving and said, ‘Let’s just ban satellite camps.’“I mean, what’s it based on? A survey? There wasn’t a lot of discussion or study. What are the facts? What are the perils and merits of making that decision? It just seemed lacking in that regard.”Satellite camps are no new concept, but Harbaugh put a special emphasis on them after taking over at Michigan, with a specific target on the Southeast, home of many ACC and SEC power programs.“During the NCAA basketball tournament we discuss the term ‘student-athlete’ ad nauseam in promoting our governing institution and our member institutions. Then, when we have an opportunity to truly promote the ‘student-athlete’ with a concept shared by educators and football men from all backgrounds, our leadership goes into hiding.“I suggest we drop the term ‘student-athlete’ for consistency.”Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to take targeted swipes at rival coaches either, specifically Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze who recently defended the decision.“It seems to be outrage by the SEC and ACC,” Harbaugh says. “They power-brokered that out … the image that comes to my mind is guys in a back room smoking cigars, doing what they perceive is best for them. It certainly isn’t the best thing for the youngsters. It’s not the best thing for the student-athletes.”Harbaugh saw Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze say, “I’m away from my family enough, and I just did not want to go,” and it did not sit well with him.Says Harbaugh: “You’ve got a guy sitting in a big house, making $5 million a year, saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me. What most of these coaches are saying is they don’t want to work harder.” While some may assume Harbaugh is the coach affected most, he’s done a great job at Michigan so far, and that program rarely needs help on the recruiting trail. He’ll get his players. This really hurts small schools that aren’t in talent-rich areas this most, and players who aren’t in position to receive the exposure that those in places like Florida, Georgia, and Texas receive. We’ll see if Harbaugh’s complaints hold real weight, or if they will just fall on deaf ears.[Campus Rush]
OTTAWA – Diplomats from some of Canada’s closest allies are quietly expressing frustration with how the Trudeau government handled this week’s announcement that it plans to send military helicopters to Mali.The news that Canada had finally committed resources to the peacekeeping mission was greeted with relief-tinged applause, but diplomats — speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter — say the government has failed to explain that the mission is both necessary and that the Canadians will be relatively safe, compared to the thousands of other peacekeepers working across the country.They fear the government has allowed incorrect information to spread unchallenged, threatening to undermine Canadian public support for what they say is a critical contribution to the UN peacekeeping effort.“It seems the government missed the opportunity to inform (Canadians) about the mission,” one diplomat said. “I believe they have to do more.”The government is still hammering out the details after what appears to have been a quick decision to help the UN, which appealed for Canada’s assistance last week.Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Monday that Canada will send six helicopters to Mali to help with medical evacuations and the transporting of UN troops and supplies.The 12-month mission was in direct response to an urgent request from the UN, sources have said, but many specifics remain up in the air, including when the helicopters will arrive and how many troops will accompany them.That is despite the government and military officials having studied the possible deployment of Canadian military helicopters to Mali in late 2016, which was subsequently shelved for more than a year.“Details regarding the final structure and chain of command of the Canadian mission in Mali are still to be determined, as negotiations with the United Nations have yet to begin,” Sajjan’s spokeswoman, Byrne Furlong, said in an email Friday.“It is important to keep in mind that preparing for a mission can take several months. Mission requirements need to be defined.… All of this must be supported by ongoing diplomatic engagement with the UN, partners, and host nations.”Jocelyn Coulon, an expert on peacekeeping at the University of Montreal who advised then-foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion, said that could partly explain what he also felt was the government’s understated approach to Mali.But he said questioned the government’s failure to challenge allegations that Canadian peacekeepers will be at grave risk or explain the broader importance of the mission, which he believed had resulted in a proliferation of misinformation.“And I find this very strange because we have been working on a Mali plan since summer 2016,” Coulon said. “I don’t understand what happened.”The government is sending a delegation to Berlin next month to meet with officials from Germany and the Netherlands, both of which have previously operated helicopters in Mali and have large contingents in the country.The Department of National Defence is also planning a reconnaissance mission to the West African nation to get a firsthand look at the UN base in Gao where the Canadians will be stationed, known as Camp Castor.One diplomat described the base as being up to “gold standards,” with protections that include Dutch and German guards and equipment including anti-aircraft weapons and surveillance drones to monitor the surrounding area.“They’re not going into a Third World camp with Third World soldiers defending them,” the diplomat said of the Canadian troops.In criticizing the Trudeau government for agreeing to the UN’s request for Canadian helicopters, the Conservatives have questioned the purpose of the mission and emphasized the potential dangers.More than 160 peacekeepers have died in Mali since 2013, only nine have been from western countries and six of those fatalities were caused by accidents — a point that defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance has made in interviews.But the diplomats felt the government has not done enough to challenge the narrative that Canadian troops will face significant danger in Mali.The envoys also said the government failed to explain how the UN mission in Mali is helping secure the country after years of war and ensure it doesn’t become a safe haven for Islamic militant groups.The Canadian helicopters will essential to that effort, they said, by supporting the thousands of other peacekeepers who are out working and patrolling in different parts of the country.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.