‘Ellen Institutionalizes Corruption’

first_imgA stalwart of the ruling Unity Party, Representative J. Gabriel Nyenkan has accused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of “embracing and institutionalizing corruption at the highest degree at the detriment of the poor Liberians.”At a news conference Thursday, September 18, in Monrovia, the Montserrado County lawmaker asserted that the UP-led government has totally lost the fight against corruption and all that is witnessed today are “issues of the past, corruption and nepotism, the same situations President Sirleaf spoke against during William R. Tolbert era.”“All the institutions established by government to fight corruption — Liberian Anti-corruption Commission (LACC), General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) are all cosmetic,” he added.Rep. Nyeankan claimed that the President has established a family and friendship club of people from the Diasporas, who are currently feeding on the national resources like “leashes at the expense of the foot soldiers that sacrifice their blood and labour for Madam Sirleaf.”“I regret today for ever joining the party, and I say sorry to our counties’ chairpersons, who are being neglected by Madam Sirleaf. The President has no intension of fighting corruption and the second term of her government does not have any input from the party any longer. I will officially turn in my resignation from the party because I see the party as an empty vehicle. President Sirleaf has lost the war against corruption totally just as the government is losing the fight against Ebola.”The Montserrado County lawmaker further said that there is no trust in the presidency anymore and all he and others get from the Executive Mansion are “untrue and unrealistic speeches.”The UP secretary general, Mr. Wilmot Paye told this paper that the party has received no official communication from Rep. Nyenkan and added: “This comes as a surprise to us.”When contacted, President Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Mr. Jerolinmek Piah, declined to comment, stressing; “I have not listened to the statement so I can’t respond appropriately.”Relative to containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, the lawmaker also pointed out that “President Sirleaf has squandered money intended for the fight.”“Why will the government give money to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs for Ebola fight? Does the Ministry of State run a hospital where Ebola cases are referred to for treatment?” he wonders.He recommended that to halt the further spread of the virus, among other appropriate measures should be allowing medical experts and health workers (not politicians & lawyers) to take the lead in the fight while the rest work to provide supportive services as advised and requested by the health experts.Nyenkan: “Consistent with Article 72 of the Constitution, let each government official beginning with us at the Legislature waive this September salaries and allowances to help pay health workers who are abandoning the fight and protesting for their salaries.“As a way of motivating our health workers, let us quickly insure and give each of them US$1,000 as stipend for being in harm’s way and continue to provide for siblings orphaned by the death of bread winners.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four VAR officials, giant screen replays at every World Cup match – FIFA

first_img0Shares00002018 World CupCOVERCIANO, Italy, Apr 18 – Four video assistant referees will be present at every game at the World Cup in Russia with replays to be shown on giant screens inside the stadiums, FIFA said on Wednesday.“Everything will be centralised in a single location in Moscow and all referees will be based in Moscow,” explained FIFA’s referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina during a training seminar organised at Coverciano, near Florence. Over the next two weeks two groups of 36 referees and 63 assistants will be trained for the World Cup in Coverciano, with workshops organised on the VAR system which will be used at the tournament for the first time.Another former Italian referee Roberto Rosetti explained how VAR would work during the tournament.“There will be four VAR officials. The VAR principal will communicate with the main referee and can suggest that he comes to verify images on the sidelines,” explained Rosetti.“The VAR assistant number one will be in charge of following the match live while the review is taking place. VAR assistant number two will be specially in charge of off-side.”Two specially-adapted cameras will be used to watch out for off-side players during the World Cup.A third VAR assistant will be in charge of supporting the VAR principal, focusing on the respect of protocol and to assure good communication between the whole team.In addition to the VAR officials there will also be four technicians in charge of screens and camera angles with a FIFA representative present to relay decisions with explanations on giant screens.“We have to remember that the the very clear objective and the success of VAR will also depend on how it is understood,” said Collina.“It’s about avoiding clear and obvious major errors. It’s not a question of refereeing the match with technology. The goal has never been to check every minor incident.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

YET ANOTHER DOG GOES MISSING: CAN YOU HELP FIND IT?

first_imgMISSING DOG: Yet another dog has vanished in a worrying trend now developing across Donegal.Almost every week we carry stories appealing to the public for information on dogs that have gone missing. While some owners are thankfully reunited with their pets – many aren’t and are devastated at the fact they’ve lost their beloved pet.Many feel these dogs are being snatched by people looking to make a quick dollar by selling them on.Another Donegal Daily reader, Olive Gallagher contacted us earlier asking to share the following post on our website.“Just letting you know that my dog went missing from Sessiaghoneill on Saturday morning. “She is a black and white collie called Lady.“She is 16yrs old, totally blind and deaf, and has never been outside our house and garden before.“Lady seems to have vanished and we’re just heartbroken that we can’t find her.“Any help would be greatly appreciated.YET ANOTHER DOG GOES MISSING: CAN YOU HELP FIND IT? was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more