Ellen Disagrees with ‘Christian State,’ Accepts Dual Citizenship

first_imgThe chairperson of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, has disclosed that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf personally disagrees with the quest for Liberia to be declared a ‘Christian State’ and has called on the National Legislature not to pass it into law.At the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Dr. Sawyer said apart from President Sirleaf, he believes that no citizen, particularly a patriotic leader, will support such a position to declare Liberia a Christian State.“We believe that the issue of making Liberia a Christian State is contentious and we don’t need to be protected by state security in the name of worshiping Christ Jesus. The Constitution also speaks of free practice of religion and we don’t believe that making Liberia a Christian State is good judgment,” Dr. Sawyer explained.He further explained that Madam Sirleaf has sent a proposal to the National Legislature supporting the issue of dual citizenship, with supporting reasons, including Liberians who had to leave the country due to the civil crisis but continued to make contributions to families back in Liberia.“This issue is not new to Africa because many countries have dual citizenship and continue to gain the benefits, so in the President’s judgment, she reconciled with it and communicated to the Lawmakers and the Legislators the need to consider the issue of dual citizenship to Liberians who have taken up other nationalities,” Dr. Sawyer explained.He said looking at Liberia’s position and commitment to the International Declaration on Human Rights, and all other rights and protocols, considering the time this clause was put into the constitution and change now, Liberia needs to change itself.On the work of the Governance Commission (GC) and Constitution Review Committee (CRC) toward local empowerment, he explained that expanding Liberia’s physical infrastructure, including access to roads; economic activities and other deliverables remain cardinal in helping Liberia achieve its development goals.Dr. Sawyer emphasized the need for Liberians to engage in full coordination and institutional development to address Liberia’s development challenges.Dr. Sawyer stressed on infrastructure development, including ports, electricity and roads among others as the hallmark of Liberia’s development, which generate power and connect various communities as well as empower locals with support to their livelihoods.“We need to focus on human capacity building, the kind of human and infrastructure needed for Liberia’s development. If the capacities of the people are built, they become the caretakers of the development and the beneficiaries,” he noted.Dr. Sawyer said that the Governance Commission has “been engaged in coordinating a sizable sector of governance and institutional development that is within the software package for empowering locals and developing Liberia.”He explained that if anyone in other parts of the country intends to focus on the private sector with electricity, roads connectivity, it is possible for such individual to utilize and develop within the process; but said if the infrastructure is absent, it becomes difficult to succeed.Dr. Sawyer described the coming of people from the rural counties and communities to Monrovia to carry out their business registration as a serious challenge to making progress and feeling the impact of the economy.He noted, “We cannot use our roads effectively if we don’t engage in improving the infrastructure. The road maintenance cannot be centralized in Monrovia, including the issuing of drivers’ licenses. This makes the governance infrastructure important.”Dr. Sawyer said the CRC in its 25-count document also talks about the reduction of the Presidency from 6 to 4 years, Senators tenure from 9 to 6 years, and Representatives tenure from 6 to 4 years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SWF proceeds could be spent on restocking reduced reserves – Jagdeo

first_imgDepleted reservesFollowing reports of Guyana’s reserves, including that gold has been significantly depleted by Government, Guyanese could very well see the proceeds of the prospective Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) being utilised to replenish the country’s assets which signals that some time would pass before citizens can benefit from the impending oil and gas sector.This was posited by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who told members of the press on Wednesday that Government’s approach to the yet to be established investment fund is “wrong in principle”.“Often Sovereign Wealth Funds are there when you have reserves to manage but we are running down our reserves so low now [with] over $400 million [spent in] less than three months of imports, that we may have to spend a couple years using all the money we receive from ExxonMobil just to build up back our reserves,” Jagdeo noted at his Georgetown office.The former President told reporters that the current approach is being dominated by the Government to which the People’s Progressive Party is opposed.“We want an independently managed Sovereign Wealth Fund that insulated from actions of people in the political sphere. We want a petroleum commission that exhibits the same features that is a technical body without political interference. We believe that once the management of the SWF caters for that, it must have a simple fiscal rule to get resources out of this fund and once that happens there must be a transparent system,” he noted.The PPP’s position is that once the resources are paid into the revenue stream of the Government, it must go through the requisite parliamentary process. Noting that SWFs are managed for saving for a country’s future, stabalisation and excess reserves but according to him, State reserves have be “run down” by the present coalition Administration.“They have already sold out all the gold and used up the money; they have transferred over $40 billion from the semi-autonomous agencies that they claimed was there as a slush fund under the PPP. They transferred it and used it all up. In the reserves in the central bank, the net foreign assets in the country are being depleted and they are borrowing more. Government is damaging our future by borrowing so much money,” the former Head of State opined.In April 2018, an interpretation of the Bank of Guyana’s Statement of Assets and Liabilities reflected that the bank’s total assets were on a slide, as several indices ranging from the bank’s gold holdings to its market securities showed reductions when compared to previous years. According to the bank document, its total assets as of March 28, 2018, were $206.4 billion which had included $1.9 billion in gold reserves, $82.1 billion in capital market securities and $5.6 billion in money market securities. This is a reduction from the gold reserves the bank recorded in June 2017. According to the bank’s Half Year Report last year, it had $4.8 billion worth of gold in its foreign holdings as assets. The central bank in a subsequent report, explained that gold reserves were down as it was taking advantage of a higher price. Bank of Guyana Governor Gobind Ganga told the press that “you sell when the value is high and buy when it is low”.At the end of August 2018, ExxonMobil made its ninth discovery offshore Guyana, marking its fifth discovery on the Stabroek Block in the past year. The previous discoveries had led to the announcement of an estimated recoverable resource of more than four billion oil-equivalent barrels discovered to date. It also created the potential for up to five floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels per day by 2025.The first discovery was made in 2015 and as 2019 approaches, Government is yet to establish the SWF even though first official oil production is expected by 2020. Government had issued a Green Paper on the Fund but Jagdeo had said it proved nothing unless the Administration took the necessary steps to introduce draft legislation on the SWF which will guide how money from oil resources will be utilised for the country’s development.last_img read more

Marcelo accused of Sh 60.8m tax fraud

first_imgAccording to court documents, Marcelo earned Sh142m (1,168,764 euros) from his image rights in 2013, which were ceded to a Uruguayan company but should have been declared to the Spanish authorities.Marcelo is just the latest in a series of star players based in Spain to be accused of tax fraud on income related to image rights in the past few years.Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded Sh 1.7b (14.7 million euros) worth of tax between 2011 and 2014.Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano received 21-month and one-year suspended sentences respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud over their image rights in 2016.However, five-time World Player of the Year Messi’s sentence was later replaced by a Sh30.6m (252,000 euro) fine.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Marcelo earned 1,168,764 euros from his image rights in 2013, which were ceded to a Uruguayan company but should have been declared to the Spanish authorities © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 17 – Spanish prosecutors have accused Real Madrid’s Brazilian left-back Marcelo of tax fraud totalling nearly Sh 60.8m (500 euros), a judicial source confirmed on Tuesday.The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid Sh 60.8m ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.last_img read more

Just like Van Nistelrooy! PSV star who can become a Man United hero

first_imgCheck out lots of brilliant Manchester United statistics on WhoScored.comThere is always a risk that comes with a Premier League side signing a player from the Eredivisie. For every Ruud van Nistelrooy, see Afonso Alves. For every Luis Suarez, see Mateja Kezman. For every Christian Eriksen, see Jozy Altidore. Players arriving from the Netherlands almost always seem to either excel or disappoint. Memphis Depay is the latest to have been linked with a move to England’s top tier, and his performances for PSV Eindhoven suggest he would go the way of Van Nistelrooy, Suarez and Eriksen should he make the move.Only Luuk de Jong (7.95) and Edouard Duplan (7.93) have gained a better WhoScored.com rating in the Eredivisie this season than Depay (7.83). His form this campaign has seen a number of teams across the continent show an interest in the young attacker, with Manchester United supposedly frontrunners to secure his signature and for good reason. “If you compare him to a young Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age, then Depay has more strings to his bow. I like him better,” former United scout Ed van Stijn recently said of the PSV star.United have become tiresome to watch under Louis van Gaal and an injection of excitement is exactly what they need if they are to re-establish themselves as the best in England. Depay certainly boasts the ability to bring supporters to their feet with his average of 2.7 dribbles per league match bettered by only one player in the Eredivisie this term, reinforcing the 21-year-old’s WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’.This return is better than every United player, with summer arrival Ángel Di María closest to matching that. The Argentine has underwhelmed since his move to Manchester, in part due to Van Gaal’s insistence on either playing the club’s record signing out of position or the Dutchman’s continued use of a 4-3-1-2 formation. Should Depay move to Old Trafford, it’s likely Van Gaal would have to alter his approach in order to get the best out of his compatriot.Each of his 22 league starts under Phillip Cocu this season have come on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation. Van Gaal has been reluctant to use a lone striker this campaign, instead partnering Robin van Persie and Falcao up front, with mixed results. With that in mind, Van Gaal would need to alter his approach in order for Depay to excel in England. The young attacker thrives when starting on the left, before cutting onto his right foot and going for goal, with his dribbling ability aiding him when he receives possession.This tack has helped Depay net more league goals (16) than any other player in the Eredivisie this season. An average of 5.4 shots per game indicates that he is confident in his ability to go for goal, with Cocu demanding Depay does so wherever possible. Again, though, Van Gaal would need to alter his game plan to game to allow the PSV star to thrive.The former Netherlands boss favours more patient build up play when going forwards, which has limited Falcao’s influence in attack. The United manager previously admitted fans will not see the best of his team until next season, but the performances of his side this term are cause for concern. The acquisition of Depay, though, may reinvigorate United as they look to return to the summit of English football.His unpredictability in wide positions and goalscoring ability from the wing would appeal to any team, but working under a manager who handed him his international debut perhaps puts United at the head of the queue. Should the former Premier League champions convince the Dutchman to leave Eindhoven for Manchester, they will have in their possession one of the brightest talents in Europe.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Memphis Depay, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page. Memphis Depay in action for PSV Eindhoven 1last_img read more

Arsenal star admits frustration at bit-part role

first_imgArsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits he was growing frustrated with cameo appearances after making his first start in six months on Wednesday night.The England midfielder played the opening 70 minutes of the 0-0 draw with Sunderland at the Emirates following a long-term ankle injury.Wilshere was deployed down in an unfamiliar positon on the right flank but appreciated his opportunity after so long on the sidelines.“I enjoyed it,” he told arsenal.com. “I have come on in three games so I was getting a little frustrated as I wanted to play, but I am thankful for the boss playing me.“I was getting tired towards the 70th minute and the boss brought me off. But it felt good.” 1 Jack Wilshere in action for Arsenal against Sunderland last_img

Newcastle manager change, Man United mega deals, Wenger out? Sunday paper news

first_img Take a look at today’s newspaper stories Here is a selection of stories from Sunday’s papers…Manchester United want to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer (Sunday Express) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Mail on Sunday)The Red Devils also linked with a £40m offer for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. (Daily Star on Sunday)Jose Mourinho expects Ryan Giggs to succeed Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager. (Sunday Mirror)Chelsea want Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to take over at Stamford Bridge. (Sunday Times)Chelsea also want to sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this summer, but would face paying double the £28m they received from the Toffees for their old player in 2014. (Sun on Sunday)Bayern Munich sent technical director Michael Reschke to watch Lukaku in Everton’s win against Aston Villa. (Sunday People)Steve McClaren will be sacked by Newcastle, with David Moyes expected to open talks about taking the job. (Sunday Telegraph)Arsene Wenger will be asked to step down at the end of the season if the Gunners fail to beat Hull in their FA Cup replay in midweek – Patrick Vieira is favourite to replace him. (Sunday Express)Manchester City and Chelsea both want Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, and have offered both him a salary of £300,000 a week. (Daily Star on Sunday)Pep Guardiola wants to sign three world-class players this summer and has a budget of over £150m to be spend. (Sunday Mirror)Jurgen Klopp will be allowed to spend £100m to reshape Liverpool in his image. (Sun on Sunday)Saido Berahino will complete his move to Tottenham in the summer. (Observer)Antonio Conte will meet Roman Abramovich in Monaco next week as talks over the Italy coach taking the Stamford Bridge job accelerate. (Mail on Sunday) 1last_img read more


first_imgFormer Donegal hurler Andrew Wallace is about to climb a mountain……and do a large cycle and complete an obstacle course.The Burt man is about to take on the supreme endurance challenge for 2012, the Westport sea2summit Challenge. The sea2summit challenge is made up of a 45 K run, 8 K cycle, 5k mountaon climb (Croagh Patrick), 35 K cyle run and a 4 K obstacle course run. The total distance covered in the challenge is 56.5 K. The race on is on Saturday week next November 3rd.Andrew is undertaking the challenge to raise funds for two causes that are very close to his heart.Simply CLICK on the video to see Andrew in action and hear him explain the reasons why he is going the extra mile.    DDTV – WHY DONEGAL HURLER ANDREW IS UP FOR THE CHALLENGE was last modified: October 21st, 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:Andrew WallaceBURTEndurance Challengehurlerlast_img read more

Pitching a focus for Cards,

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Cardinals trot out a formidable group: Chris Carpenter (21-5), Mark Mulder (16-8) and Matt Morris (14-10) in the first three games, with Jeff Suppan (16-10) and Jason Marquis (13-14) in reserve. Because of two days off in the series, Carpenter could go again if a Game 4 is needed on Sunday, just as the Padres likely would return with their ace and Game 1 starter Jake Peavy (13-7). But all of St. Louis’ starters except for Suppan have bad outings to live down or shake off, contributing to a 6-8 finish after the Cardinals became the first team to clinch on Sept. 15. The Cardinals recovered with a three-game sweep of Cincinnati to close the season despite poor starts from Mulder, Marquis and Morris. In Carpenter’s case, there’s a string of mediocre performances. Heading into September, the right-hander was the likely favorite for the NL Cy Young Award, but not anymore. He has a sorry 9.14 ERA in his last four appearances, hiking his overall ERA 62 points to 2.83. Carpenter threw 241 2/3 innings, by far a career high, but insists that disinterest — not fatigue — is responsible for his fade. “We clinched and there was nothing on the line anymore,” Carpenter said. “Everybody was talking about who we’re going to play and what day we’re going to play and all that kind of stuff and you lose that little tiny edge. “I think everybody is ready to go and we’re excited about this series.” Mulder has lasted only 5 2/3 innings in his last two starts and surrendered 10 runs, seven earned. Morris began the year 10-1 but was 0-6 in his last seven starts and his ERA was 5.32 after the All-Star break. Morris is the longest tenured Cardinal, having been with the team since 1997, and he started the final regular-season game at Busch Stadium on Sunday. In three innings, Morris gave up five home runs, and the Reds hit three consecutive homers to start his final inning. “It wasn’t the start I would have pictured, the storybook ending type of deal,” Morris said. “But it’s time to move on. The regular season is over.” Peavy, on the other hand, allowed three earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in his last two starts. He’ll be followed by Pedro Astacio (4-2) and Woody Williams (9-12) in Games 2 and 3, with Adam Eaton (11-5) available for a Game 5 if needed. Manager Bruce Bochy downplays Peavy’s lack of postseason experience. This will be the playoff debut for the 24-year-old right-hander, but Bochy notes his first career start was against the Yankees and he pitched in the All-Star game this year. “This kid’s makeup is off the charts,” Bochy said. “We’re excited to have Jake all ready to go.” Peavy knows this is the biggest test yet. The Cardinals are without Scott Rolen, who had season-ending shoulder surgery in August, but still have one of the most dangerous lineups in the game led by Albert Pujols and fortified by a healthy Larry Walker, who had a fourth cortisone shot for a herniated disc in his neck just in time for the playoffs. “There are some good lineups, but this is as good as it gets,” Peavy said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are about to find out if their late-season pitching swoon was just a collective exhale after months of dominance, or a reason for concern. St. Louis, coming off its second straight 100-victory season, opens the postseason Tuesday in a best-of-five division series against the San Diego Padres, who were only 82-80. But the Cardinals’ recent pitching struggles could be the equalizer. center_img “I know the last couple of weeks we hadn’t pitched as well as we’re capable of pitching,” pitching coach Dave Duncan said. “I’d like to attribute that to maybe that edge that you lose when you know you don’t have to win the game. “At the same time, these guys are going to have to step up and be the pitchers they were the majority of the season for us to have a successful postseason.” last_img read more

Michael D Higgins confirms he will seek second term as President

first_imgAfter much speculation, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins has today confirmed that he will run for a second term in the Áras. The President has previously maintained that he would only hold the position for one term. But after seven years in Áras an Uachtaráin, he has come to change his decision.A statement issued today said “President Michael D. Higgins wishes to confirm that he will be offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht Na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later in the year. “The Government has been informed of this decision.“The President’s programme of official duties and engagements continues.”The next Irish presidential election is expected to take place in October 2018.Other candidates have expressed an interest in seeking nomination to run for the presidency including Donegal artist Kevin Sharkey. If elected, the painter and former broadcaster would become the first black president of Ireland.  Michael D Higgins confirms he will seek second term as President was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

2010 is a media not soccer event

first_imgThe 2010 FIFA World Cup is more than just a soccer event. It is both an opportunity and challenge for Africa, particularly its media, to use the occasion of this world event to counter the wrong perceptions of Africa by projecting the positive image and values of the continent globally.Only a fraction of the followers of the beautiful game will be physically present at soccer matches in South Africa. The large majority will depend on the media to bring them live action on the playing field.This was said by Mr Ben Egbuna when addressing the second 2010 National Communication Partnership Conference taking place today at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.Egbuna is director-general of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria and president of the African Union of Broadcasters.Download Ben Egbuna’s full presentation…[PDF: 384KB]He stressed that one of the challenges in hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is that much more effort is needed to meet and even surpass the standards of previous hosts. Many critics expect a flawed and mediocre organisation of the tournament.To ensure this is not so, Africa must be shown to deliver service, display attitudes that will earn Africa a good reputation, ensure present benefits and guarantee future profit with friendly, hospitable and industrious people.“Africa is the host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and South Africa is the stage”, Egbuna said at the Conference, which was organised by the 2010 National Communication Partnership. The Partnership includes communicators from government, business and civil society working together to take advantage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the country and the continent.The year’s Conference, themed “Africa’s time has come”, brings together marketers, communicators and other interested stakeholders from across Africa to discuss how to create a new and lasting impression of Africa that will encourage foreign investment and a global mind-change about the continent.Welcoming delegates to the Conference, the chairperson of the Communication Partnership, Mr Nkenke Kekana, said that communicators must take advantage of the opportunities created by the 2010 FIFA World Cup to project Africa positively.Yet communication is about much more than football, it “is part of a new moment in Africa’s history – a moment of growth, development, and the rebirth of the continent”.He stressed that hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup is a communication opportunity of a lifetime for South Africa and the African continent.This means going beyond showcasing soccer. It must express and promote unity, create a positive communication climate to promote development and opportunities, inspire the youth, market the country and continent within a common framework and messages, plus fostering African solidarity.Kekana also noted that the Conference was one of many processes in building partnerships across Africa.Download Nkenke Kekana’s welcoming address…[PDF: 53KB] and presentation…[PDF: 461 KB]What kept her awake at night, said Ms Yvonne Johnston, CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), was that she felt so “sorry for the next World Cup hosts – they will find it very hard to beat the standard that we are going to set”.She spelt out what the event would do for Africa: grow investment, tourism, thus the economy and employment and give Africa global airtime in people’s headspace over a concentrated period of time which will help in changing perceptions.The 2010 event can be made an African World Cup by working towards changing perceptions of the continent, by African communicators using the world spotlight on the continent to profile the “majesty, spirit, energy, and successes of Africa” and communicate about legacy projects.Download Yvonne Johnston’s presentation…[PDF: 2 MB]Speaking at the Conference, Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee, said the 2010 FIFA World Cup will take forward a new element that came out of the previous World Cups – a festival for the fans. For those who could not attend the actual games, huge TV screens were put up in public spaces and in Germany 21 million people in twelve cities watched the 64 games.But, Jordaan stressed, the World Cup is about more than the game. It is also about supporting African Legacy programmes, such as promoting African Renaissance projects, developing the game of football and also its people – players and fans.He showed the progress made with the various stadia, stressing they are on track; and affirmed that South Africa would host the most successful World Cup.Download Danny Jordaan’s presentation…[PDF: 3.5 MB]Download all presentations…[ZIP: 5.8 MB]ENDSIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of: International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC)For more information, please contact:Claire Taylor: 011 772 1000/ 072 341 3898clairet@meropa.co.zaPamela Dlamini: 011 772 1000// 082 686 2198pamelad@meropa.co.zaLauretta Theys: 083 444 4755last_img read more