‘Beware of Detractors’, Senator Wotorson Cautions President Sirleaf

first_imgAn influential member of the 53rd Legislature has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to remain steadfast and beware of detractors as she steers the affairs of the State, especially in this critical period of the country’s history.Speaking at the head of a high level Senate delegation to the office of President Sirleaf where they had gone to identify with her on the occasion marking her 76th birth anniversary last week, Senator Cletus Wotorson, told the Liberian leader that there would be many detractors, as it has been in the past.  But he urged her to remain focused and do what is right for the Liberian people.The delegation, which included Senators  Frederick Cherue of River Gee County;  Alphonso Gaye, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County; Joyce Musu Sumo of Montserrado County and others, met the Liberian President in the Cabinet Room of the Foreign Ministry.Senator Wotorson, who is also a former President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, did not indicate what triggered his admonition, but since the Ebola outbreak, there have been sentiments of public opposition to government’s leadership of the response.Many called on the Liberian leader to relinquish her post as head of the National Taskforce on Ebola and at the same time outsource the response initiative to a reputable global health organization such as Médécins Sans Frontieres and the World Health Organization.But President Sirleaf said the fight would not be outsourced, indicating that Liberians are capable of handling the situation if they received the needed support and that the handling of the fight by Liberians would give them the requisite experience to handle any future outbreak of the virus.The calls for outsourcing  the fight came at a time when MSF and WHO were already heading major response components, leading several, including the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health,  Dr. Peter Coleman, to wonder, “What else do these critics want for government to outsource?”The Liberian leader was also recently criticized when she sent a letter to the Liberian Senate requesting ‘additional power’ to curtail some rights and privileges in an attempt to curtail further spread of the Ebola virus.But Senator Wotorson, speaking on behalf of the Senate said, “Madam President, we have come to wish you a happy birthday. We want you to be steadfast as you lead us through this difficult period. We want to let you know that there are many detractors and there  will continue to be, but do not give them heed as long as you are doing the right thing for the Liberian people.The Senate promised that despite hiccups now and then, they will continue to work with the Liberian leader in forming a common front to foster the country’s development.The Grand Kru County Senator said the Senate had recently passed into law four financial bills in preparation for the post-Ebola era. He noted that the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton Findley, would have loved to be present, but was en route from his home county, Grand Bassa.President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to the Senators for their visit and called on them and all Liberians to unite and not to give up the fight against Ebola as signs are beginning to show progress being made.She admonished all Liberians to brace up for the post-Ebola era as the outbreak has placed lot of development projects on hold and it will only take a united front to catch up with projects delayed by the Ebola outbreak.She noted that the commemoration of her birthday should be a moment of reflection for all Liberians and partners standing up together in the difficult period to fight Ebola.Others officials and functionaries of government who visited President Sirleaf on her birthday included the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Cabinet, staff of the Ministry of State, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Land Commission, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Alumni Association, Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arsenal v Liverpool: Mesut Ozil returns for Gunners, Daniel Sturridge on bench for visitors

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool both made three changes for Saturday afternoon’s crunch Premier League clash.Mesut Ozil returned for the Gunners in place of Danny Welbeck, who dropped to the bench after suffering a slight knee injury during England’s European Championship qualifier against Lithuania.Per Mertesacker and Hector Bellerin also came into the side, with Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers missing out.For Liverpool, Kole Toure was drafted into the starting XI in place of the suspended Martin Skrtel.Lazar Markovic and Lucas also returned, with Daniel Sturridge dropping to the bench and the injured Adam Lallana not included in the matchday squad.Arsenal, sitting third in the Premier League, headed into the game six points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool.A victory for the Gunners would see them move above Manchester City and into second, while the visitors would close to within two points of the final Champions League qualification places with a win in north London.TEAMS:Liverpool – Starting XI: Mignolet, Can, Toure, Sakho, Allen, Lucas, Moreno, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Sterling. Subs:  Jones, Johnson, Lovren, Sturridge, Manquillo, Borini, BrannaganArsenal – Starting XI: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud. Subs: Macey, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck 1 Mesut Ozil last_img read more

DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NAOMH MUIRE’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WIN

first_imgTHERE are a lot of sore heads in the Rosses today after Naomh Muire took the Intermediate Championship crown in Letterkenny on Sunday. Jacksonsmediatv was there to capture the occasion.Click play to watch   DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NAOMH MUIRE’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WIN was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:DDTV: VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM NAOMH MUIRE’S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WINlast_img read more

QPR midfielder Fer ‘very disappointed’ after Sunderland move is scrapped

first_imgLeroy Fer’s agent Rob Jansen has confirmed that Sunderland called off a proposed loan deal for the QPR midfielder because of doubts about his fitness.Fer, 25, was hoping to move to the Stadium of Light on a season-long deal but has been nursing an injury problem.He will not be fit for the start of the season and Sunderland refused to go ahead with the move after the Netherlands international completed a medical.“Leroy is currently confronted with an injury that means he is not able to play immediately,” Jansen said.“Sunderland said ‘we do not want to go ahead’. Leroy is very disappointed. He is now trying to get fit at Queens Park Rangers.”West Ham have also expressed an interest in Fer, who moved to Loftus Road from Norwich a year ago.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Final H-DN League meet provides tune-up for County Prelims

first_imgFortuna >> Typically one would never schedule a league meet in the same week as the county prelims, but this season has been anything but typical.Prep track and field athletes from across Humboldt-Del Norte League schools competed in the league’s fourth meet of the season a mere five days before the all-important County Prelims meet on Saturday in Crescent City — not by choice, but necessity as wet weather caused the meet to be postponed earlier this season.“We have some people doing things …last_img read more

South Africa Budget 2014 – all you need to know

first_img• Jabulani Sikhakhane Department of Finance spokesperson +27 (0)12 315 5944 • National Development Plan to grow jobs • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • Team SA to call for investmentLucille DavieOver the past five years, the government has spent more than R100-billion on employment programmes, creating more than six million job opportunities, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said in his 2014 Budget speech, delivered on Wednesday 26 February in parliament in Cape Town.“Allocations will continue to grow strongly, and 6 million job opportunities will be created over the next five years,” he said.Watch the Budget speech:Job creation was a central priority of the National Development Plan (NDP), Gordhan said, the government’s 30-year plan to boost economic growth. Since the low point of the 2009 recession, 1.3-million jobs had been created. But unemployment remained at an uncomfortable 24%, or almost 5-million people unemployed, a figure that was “still far too high”.“We know that job creation is a central priority of the National Development Plan. Bantu bakuthi masibambisane sakhe amathuba emisebenzi. (Fellow South Africans, let us work together to create opportunities for employment.)”Since 1996, more than 5.9-million jobs had been created, and since 1994 the average income of South Africans had increased by over 30%. This “will continue to rise in the years ahead”.Budget 2014 key documentsNational Budget Speech (442 KB)Budget speech errata (53 KB)National Treasury Budget Highlights (1 291 KB)People’s guidesPeople’s Guide to the Budget: Afrikaans (8 215 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: English (8 559 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: Setswana (8 181 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: isiXhosa (8 484 KB)People’s Guide to the Budget: isiZulu (7560 KB)Billions of rands allocated“It is time for a bold vision for our future as set out in the National Development Plan,” said Gordhan. “It is time for action and implementation. It is time to move South Africa forward to the next stage of our historic journey to more rapid growth, jobs and development – time to leave behind poverty, joblessness and inequality.”Several measures were in place to reach these goals, to which “billions of rand have been allocated”:Stepping up the implementation of the Expanded Public Works ProgrammeImplementation of the Community Work Programme in every municipality by 2017Introduction of the Youth Employment Tax Incentive, which in one month produced 56 000 beneficiariesEstablishment of special economic zones, industrial incentives, and support for agriculture and labour-intensive sectorsRamping up of skills development and further education and training programmesInvestment in housingSupport for small and medium enterprisesJobs Fund partnerships with private and public sector development agenciesAnd to ease the burden on those who lost their jobs, the government would increase unemployment benefits from 238 to 365 days, on condition that claimants were actively seeking work.Gordhan said that the growth projection for this year was 2.7%, with an expected budget deficit of 4%. The global economic outlook remained unsteady, and South Africa was experiencing a weak exchange rate. Ideally, the economy should grow at 5% a year to create jobs, he acknowledged.Support for businessThe state would support businesses in an effort to encourage job creation. This would take the form of:Increased support and tax relief for entrepreneurs and small businessesStrengthened incentives for industry, including funding for special economic zonesGiving training and financial support to about 500 000 subsistence and small-holder farmersGordhan said that over the past five years, more than R100-billion had been spent on employment programmes, creating more than four million job opportunities. Also over the past five years, spending on infrastructure, where jobs were created, amounted to R1-trillion. In the next three years, R847-billion would be spent. In addition, R22-billion was spent on industrial incentives over the past five years. Almost the same amount was budgeted for the following three years.Infrastructure investmentThe public infrastructure investment of R847-billion over the next three years would be spent in the following ways:The first phase of the Medupi power station, which was expected to be completed towards the end of this yearTransnet would further expand its coal, iron ore and manganese linesThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa would implement its rolling procurement programme this year – last year it refurbished 500 Metrorail coachesSpending on social infrastructure – health, education and community facilities – would increase from R30-billion in 2012/13 to R43-billion in 2016/17, with priority given to programmes that would eradicate school infrastructure backlogs and refurbish clinics and hospitalsSome R40-billion in infrastructure grants would be transferred to local governments for their water, sanitation, energy and environmental needs, in the 2014/15 year“The private sector is also making an increasing contribution to infrastructure investment,” said Gordhan. Contracts for 47 renewable energy projects were concluded in the 2012/13 year. “These will add 2 460MW of power capacity, and investment of R70-billion. A further R45-billion in investment will be contracted this year.”He added: “We have achieved much over the past five years, in a very difficult post-recession climate. But there is more to do ahead, more to build, more to put right, more to learn, more to implement. We can only do this together.”last_img read more

New push for careers in science and innovation

first_imgAn information portal has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology designed to inspire pupils and students to become scientists and engineers. Alongside career insight, it includes information on things such as bursaries and funding in the sector. Minister Naledi Pandor said a national website is set up to assist learners to get into career fields like science and technology. (Image: SKA Africa) • Girls encouraged to reach for the stars • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Solar car races around southern Africa • Nigerian student builds solar car from scrap • DNA detective work could end poaching Melissa JavanThe importance of investing in intellectual property and how to protect intellectual property are issues discussed on the national online portal Mzansi For Science, created for aspiring scientists and engineers.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor launched the site during National Science Week, which ran from 1 to 8 August this year.Mzansi For Science was created to raise awareness about the role of science, technology and innovation, as well as to celebrate unsung South African heroes and to encourage South Africans to study, support and invest in the sciences.The stakeholdersIn building the portal, the Department of Science and Technology partnered with the South African National Space Agency, the Technology Innovation Agency, the Mineral and Metallurgical Innovation (Mintek), the Academy of Science of South Africa, and the National Research Foundation.Pandor said the information portal profiled the work of universities and science councils. It also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter.“Of course, for the youth of today to become scientists of tomorrow, learners must know about the various careers that are available in the world of Stemi [science, technology engineering, mathematics and innovation subjects],” she said. This site gives learners and students access on information to bursaries and funding to pay for their studies. (Image: Screen grab via Mzanzi For Science)How the site helpsThe portal categorises the various fields and careers that depend on the Stemi subjects, such as engineering sciences, physical sciences, life and medical sciences, and mathematical sciences. Aeronautics, for example, is a field in engineering sciences.Pandor said science had given birth to huge industries such as safety and security, and energy efficient lighting, among many others. These were strategic sectors for South Africa.Information is included on the portal about where pupils, undergraduate and post-graduate students can apply for bursaries and funding to pay for their studies. This, along with a list of universities, are found under the “Study it” tab.Intellectual property explained“The World Intellectual Property Organisation refers to [intellectual property] as creations of the mind, such as inventions, literature, art, designs, symbols, names and images used in commerce,” explains the site. “However, like any piece of property, you must protect your [intellectual property] if you want to gain any benefit from it.”Medicines, music and movies are examples of intellectual property that should be protected. For more information, check out the site here.last_img read more

SA vs Ban: India in quarters as SA beat Bangladesh

first_imgSouth Africa beat Bangladesh by a massive 206 runs in their final group B match of the World Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Saturday. ScoreTheir win not only helped the Proteas finish on top of the table with 10 points in six matches, but even helped Group B rivals India, England and West Indies secure a place in the quarter-finals.South Africa’s win means India and England are also assured of quarterfinal places. West Indies can advance if it avoids a heavily lopsided defeat to India at Chennai on Sunday. Bangladesh’s only hope of advancing is for the West Indies to slump to a heavy defeat and fall behind on the net run-rate for the tournament. Both teams are on six points.Chasing a stiff victory target of 285, Bangladesh were shot out for a paltry 78 in 28 overs. This was Bangladesh’s second score of less than 100 after they were bowled out for 58 against West Indies in an earlier group league game.After their 284 for eight in 50 overs was aided by three half-centuries from Hashim Amla (51), Jacques Kallis (69) and Francois du Plessis (52), Lonwabo Tsotsobe (3/14) blazed through the top-order, picking up Tamim Iqbal (5), Imrul Kayes (4) and Shahriar Nafees (5) before Smith took a great low catch off Robin Peterson’s first ball to dismiss Mushfiqur Rahim (3) as the Tigers plunged to 36 for five in the 16th over.The procession was ongoing and while the crowd sarcastically cheered the team crossing 58 (their score against West Indies), the hopes of a fight ended when skipper Shakib Al Hasan edged one to Morne van Wyk for 30.advertisementShakib’s 30 was the only double-digit score of the innings, Peterson picking up three wickets as the Tigers were crushed out for only 78 all out in 28 overs.Tsotsobe’s first spell ensured that Proteas comfortably topped the group B with 10 points from six games.South Africa’s batting was a proficient routine. Amla, Kallis and Du Plessis picking up solid half-centuries and just as the Bangladesh bowlers almost got the run flow under control, Robin Peterson and Johan Botha snatched away that glimmer of hope with a flurry of boundaries towards the end.But it was the Graeme Smith-Amla opening partnership that laid the foundation for the big score on a slow and low track.The two put on 98 for the first wicket, Smith coming back to some form with his steady 45 off 68 balls. There was hardly a ball that found the edge or beat the bat with Shakib desperately shifting his bowlers in a bid to unsettle the pair early on.Mahmudullah Riyad, the off-spinner, had Smith stumped in the 21st over with Amla following in the next over bowled by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak.The fluent knock by Amla had some attractive cover drives, the right-hander making 51 off 59 balls with the help of six boundaries. .After Jean-Paul Duminy gloved one to wicketkeeper Rahim, Kallis and Du Plessis added 87 for the fifth wicket before both batsmen fell early during the third Powerplay.Kallis was his typical classic self, hammering five boundaries and a six in his 76-ball knock of 69.Du Plessis too played a solid hand, making a run-a-ball 52 with the help of a six and four boundaries, the two making way for Peterson to smash four boundaries in a short time during his 9-ball 22.For Bangladesh, Rubel Hossain took three for 56 while Shakib picked up two wickets and there was one each for Razzak and Riyad.With Agency inputslast_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeck

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: We must be careful with Welbeckby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores won’t rush Danny Welbeck’s comeback.Welbeck, who has recovered from a broken ankle, scored his first Hornets goal in the 2-1 Carabao Cup win over Swansea on Tuesday night.He has played the full 90 minutes in both of Watford’s cup matches this term but made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.“I said two weeks ago we have a plan for him,” said Sanchez Flores. “We are taking care with him and we are very passionate about him coming back to the team.“I just want the fans to see the good version of Danny, not the kind of Danny who goes to the pitch with some pain. I want Danny 100 per cent so we can enjoy this Danny.” last_img read more

Gattuso warns of match against Roma

first_imgFor the AC Milan manager, the Giallorossi is a very strong opponent, which has very quick players in the Italian Lega Serie AGennaro Gattuso is not comfortable after his AC Milan club lost their opening match of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.The Italian manager is looking for his first win, and in front, they have a strong Roma opponent.“We’re preparing for a match against an opponent with very different characteristics,” Gattuso warned as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to pay attention to Dzeko. They have quick players, they’re good on the break, and they’ve got tall players so we need to be very careful on dead balls and pay close attention.”Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“In terms of mentality very little will change, we always have to go into a game with balance and not feel like it’s a scrap,” he said.“Against Napoli saw the real Milan for 60 minutes. When we keep the ball, when we make our opponents think, it’s hard to play against us.”“We ran more than Napoli, the problem is how you run. That’s why I say we have to play on 25-30 meters, when we go chasing it and just swing crosses in that’s where our problems come from,” he explained.“If the goal for 2-2 didn’t deflect of [Giacomo] Bonaventura he’d have saved it. Two out of three times that ball would go out, the other it’ll go where it did.”“We can’t single one person out for blame, on the third goal everyone fell asleep. There was an individual error, but I’m happy with Donnarumma,” he added.last_img read more

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