When Ed Woodward tried to be ‘matey’ with Wayne Rooney

first_imgAdvertisement 242b65fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaq98mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6mie( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6lr081qWould you ever consider trying this?😱uqrCan your students do this? 🌚3c7xRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ed Woodward finds himself in hot water after Manchester United’s worst start to a Premier League campaign in its history. Ironically, it seems to be the perfect occasion to look back on the time Woodward tried to be mushy with Wayne Rooney.Advertisement In 2016 , after a FA Cup semi-final victory against Everton, the former England striker received a weird text message.Advertisement Hi Wazza,” a text from the Chief Executive began. “Loved the game.”But, according to The Athletic, Rooney was not impressed by Woodward’s attempts to be ‘matey’.Advertisement The implicit bitterness stems from the time in 2013 when Rooney and his agent approached Woodward to talk about leaving the club, maybe to Chelsea who were interested.Woodward said of Rooney and Stratford: “I don’t want to be their friend. We think Wayne loves football so much he won’t sulk, he’ll go on the pitch and give his all.”Woodward now has bigger problems to solve as injuries keep mounting and Manchester United aren’t able to win games. Advertisementlast_img read more

UNO’s Franklin Tabbed Women’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – New Orleans’ Rehema Franklin is the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.Franklin lifted the Privateers (2-2) to a perfect run last week, including an impressive double-double performance (14 points, 11 rebounds) on the road over Ole Miss, falling just three assists shy of a triple-double. UNO ultimately topped the Rebels 69-64 in the Privateers’ first win over an SEC opponent in 24 years.She opened up the week with 16 points over 12 minutes in a 91-31 home victory against Pensacola Christian. The senior guard put up balanced numbers for the week, averaging 15.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.0 steals and 3.5 assists.Franklin and the Privateers are back on the hardwood Thursday night at home against Louisiana. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. inside Lakefront Arena.Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Rehema Franklin, New Orleans – Sr. – Guard – New Orleans, La.Franklin opened the week shooting 7-of-10 with 16 points in a win at home over Pensacola Christian where she recorded a career-high seven assists over 12 minutes of play. She then followed up with a career-high 11 rebounds to go along with 14 points, seven assists and three steals in the Privateers’ impressive victory on the road against Ole Miss. The win over the Rebels marked UNO’s first victory over an SEC opponent since 1995.Honorable Mention: Adrian Mann, Nicholls; Alexes Bryant, Texas A&M-Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

The sports director of Schalke leaves Murcia to meet Todibo

first_imgJean-Clair Todibo could have a new destination in the coming days. According to Bild, the sports director of Schlake 04, Jochen Schneider, has abandoned the concentration of his team in Fuente Álamo (Murcia) to meet with representatives of Barcelona and discuss the signing of the French central.The German team is from day 2 in Spanish lands, where it will be until tomorrow, stay that the German team has taken advantage of to approach positions with Barcelona and take an interest in the situation of the player. According to Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia, It will be transferred to Schalke 04 for the next six months.This means of the transalpine country ensures that Milan works to achieve a transfer that includes a purchase option but Todibo himself is not clear about the possibility of staying in the San Siro team if he wishes to do so and pays his transfer. Getting a plant remains one of the priorities of the Lombard group in this market and according to this means, if it is not Todibo, it will be another who arrives.The Schalke also needs a reinforcement for the center of the rear and it seems that the Frenchman sees the option of Germany with better eyes than the offer that Milan puts today on the table. Todibo would join Schalke for the remainder of the season in search of adding the minutes he cannot enjoy in Barcelona. This season he has only played three games under Ernesto Valverde in which he has added just 167 minutes.last_img read more

Bulls end 10-game skid with OT win over Hornets

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “Lauri showed again that he’s going to be a heck of a player in this league,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He was awesome down the stretch making big, clutch plays for us.”Robin Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Chicago. Kris Dunn scored 20 points, Justin Holiday had 17 and David Nwaba chipped in with 11 for the Bulls, who are 2-0 against Charlotte and 2-20 against the rest of the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseDwight Howard had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Hornets, his second 20-20 game of the season. Kemba Walker added 20 points, and Marvin Williams had a season-high 17.“We have to rely on (Howard) quite a bit,” Hornets’ coach Stephen Silas said. “Dwight was great tonight as far as his post presence, paint catches, rebounding and just keeping us in the game.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Randolph leads Kings past Pelicans in OT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny TIP-INSBulls: Chicago, despite a significant size disadvantage, outscored the Hornets 56-50 in the paint. … Nikola Mirotic saw 14 minutes of action, scoring six points, in his return from injury. Mrotic suffered facial fractures in a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.Hornets: Charlotte was without a pair of big men as Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller did not play after picking up injuries in Wednesday’s loss to the Warriors. … Silas coached the Hornets for the third straight game in place of Steve Clifford, who is out indefinitely with health issues.CALLING THE RESERVESThe Bulls’ bench provided 32 points and tight defense to keep the game close.“The second unit was key,” Holiday said. “It was like, ‘Right now is when we need to make our push,’ and they came in and I think might’ve gotten four stops in a row. … The second unit got us the lead and we won the game.”NO TIME TO RESTThe short-handed Hornets will turn around and play again Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Four Charlotte players were on the floor for at least 39 minutes against the Bulls, and Silas believes fatigue will be a factor.“It’s a mindset. We have to be in the right frame of mind to go out and play well,” he said. “Guys are going to have to come off the bench and play more minutes than usual.”UP NEXT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulls: Host the Knicks on Saturday night.Hornets: Host the Lakers on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, left, drives to the basket past Charlotte Hornets guard Nicolas Batum in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Chicago won 119-111. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Chicago Bulls thought they were trending in the right direction in the last few games of their 10-game losing streak. On Friday night, they kept their poise and finished strong.Lauri Markkanen had 24 points, including a key 3-pointer in overtime, and 12 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Charlotte made up a two-possession deficit in the final minute. Walker made a pair of free throws with 5.3 seconds left to force overtime in a back-and-forth game that featured 17 lead changes and 20 ties. Neither team led by more than eight.The extra period belonged to Chicago as the Bulls never trailed.“We thought, as a team, the last couple close games, we thought we could have won them. It just happened down the stretch we didn’t execute,” Dunn said. “We finally got the monkey off our back. It felt good, and we should start something new.”The Bulls used an 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter and gain an 83-79 lead, setting up a frantic final few minutes.“The thing I was most impressed by with our guys was how they just kept playing, how they showed the resolve,” Hoiberg said. “After Kemba tied it up to send it into overtime … to be able to keep our composure and make winning plays was huge.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NCAA on the bubble: Virginia gets top billing for March

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gordon, Paul lead Harden-less Rockets past Mavericks Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Virginia guard Ty Jerome, right, hugs guard Kyle Guy after Virginia defeated North Carolina 71-63 during an NCAA college basketball game for the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tournament title Saturday, March 10, 2018, in New York. APFrom the top seed in the NCAA Tournament — Virginia — to those that barely made it into the bracket — Arizona State and Syracuse — it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.College basketball is in trouble.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble — Alabama — to one of the best teams in the country. Arizona, a No. 4 seed in the South, has been roiled by a report that wiretaps caught coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to freshman Deandre Ayton. Miller has strongly denied the accusation, though the story line figures to follow the Wildcats through what could be a long run in the tournament.The chairman of the NCAA selection committee, Bruce Rasmussen, has said the investigations played no part of the bracket-filling process.And yet, it’s hard to imagine there weren’t some sighs of relief in the NCAA offices when some bubble teams’ names were left out of the field. For instance, Louisville has lost its coach (Rick Pitino), athletic director (Tom Jurich) and latest national title (2013) in the culmination of scandals that have slammed that program for the better part of this decade.Given the widespread nature of this corruption, there’s at least a chance that whoever cuts down the nets in San Antonio could eventually suffer the same fate as the Cardinals.More certain is that once this party is over, change of some sort will be coming.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The brackets came out Sunday, replete with the usual fanfare that accompanies America’s biggest office pool. Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as No. 1 seeds, but they, along with the other 64 contenders, will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups.The tournament begins Tuesday with opening-round games featuring a matchup of bubble teams UCLA and St. Bonaventure, then kicks into full swing Thursday and Friday at eight sites around the country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Final Four is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio. Shortly after that, a commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations from an investigation triggered by an FBI probe that led to charges last fall against assistant coaches, agents, employees of apparel companies and others.No fewer than a dozen teams in the tournament have been named either in the FBI investigation or in media reports that allege coaches and others have directed payments and improper benefits to recruits and players — thus, breaking rules that go to the core of the amateur-sports code that defines both the NCAA and the “student-athletes” who make this billion-dollar business run. “I don’t think it’s just going to be a little blip on the radar,” said John Tauer, the championship-winning coach at Division III St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor. “I think this runs deep enough and involves enough people in programs that something’s got to change.”For now, though, hoops — and there was plenty to discuss after the Big Reveal:—The region to watch is the Midwest, which is top heavy with Kansas, Duke and Michigan State, who were ranked in the top 4 in the AP preseason poll. It also features arguably the nation’s most electric player in Trae Young, who led Oklahoma in as a No. 10 seed despite going 2-8 down the stretch. Questioned by Charles Barkley during the selection show about the Sooners, Rasmussen said: “Games in November and December count the same as games in February and March.”—Snubbed: St. Mary’s missed despite a 28-5 record. It’s only big win this season: at Gonzaga in January. … Louisville, with an RPI of 39, became the highest-rated team in that index to miss the tournament, backing the concept that the selection committee would look more heavily at other factors. … Notre Dame got no love either for its deep run into the ACC tournament or the return of its best player, Bonzie Colson.—Place to be: Try Boise. It features a possible second-round South matchup between No. 5 Kentucky and No. 4 Arizona, each of which won their conference tournaments. “I had to ask my guys, ‘How many of you know what state Boise is in?’” coach John Calipari said of the long trip his team faces. Also in Idaho are defending national runner-up Gonzaga, which would have a home-court advantage of sorts in a second-round matchup against either Ohio State or South Dakota State.—The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set last year. The SEC sent eight teams and the Big 12 sent seven. The Big Ten only sent four and the Pac-12 only had three in down years for both marquee conferences. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

Trump threatens countries who don’t back US World Cup bid

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this April 26, 2018, photo, President Donald Trump speaks at White House in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Martin and Jane Raskin, added last week to President Donald Trump’s legal team is described by those who know them as experienced, skilled and humble, a striking counterpoint to some of the other attorneys who have represented him over the last year. The Raskin’s are joining the legal team at a critical phase in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as Trump weighs whether to sit for an interview with prosecutors. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold support from nations who don’t back the joint bid by the United States, Canada and Mexico to host the 2026 World Cup.Morocco also has bid to host soccer’s showcase. The FIFA Congress meets June 13 in Moscow to select the 2026 host, and a majority of the 207 voting FIFA members is needed. They also may pick neither bid, which would lead to the host process being reopened.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ball brothers, slowed by injuries, leaving Lithuanian club Trump tweeted Wednesday: “The U.S. has put together a STRONG bid w/ Canada & Mexico for the 2026 World Cup. It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?”Trump met this week with France President Emmanuel Macron. French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet told L’Equipe this month the FFF will vote for Morocco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua to make US debut against Miller

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I am looking forward to taking on another challenge with a good boxer and a brilliant talker,” Joshua said. “It will be an exciting fight, I will leave nothing to chance, and plan on dismantling Miller in style to make my mark.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I plan to embrace the culture and leave with an appetite for more,” said Joshua, whose 22 professional fights have all taken place in Britain. He has won all of those bouts, 21 by knockout.His last five fights have been in stadiums, with nearly 400,000 spectators attending in total. The highest-profile bout was against Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in April 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut Joshua has been increasingly aware that he needs to fight in the United States to raise his global profile.“AJ has created an incredible ‘Lion’s Den’ atmosphere in the U.K. and we plan to bring that energy to New York,” said Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet00:50Trending Articles02:48Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. D’Angelo Russell delivers in OT to lift Nets past Cavaliers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Boxers, Britain’s Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — The Anthony Joshua roadshow is finally heading to the United States. Not to fight the only other heavyweight champion, though.The four-title champion will make his American boxing debut when he defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.ADVERTISEMENT He won’t be doing so against WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who also is undefeated and most recently fought to a draw with Tyson Fury in December. Wilder has been openly critical of Joshua, claiming Joshua has been ducking him, and that boxing fans want to see a matchup to consolidate all the heavyweight titles.Joshua has said he is looking to unify the belts, but negotiations with Wilder broke down last year.Miller, meanwhile, also is undefeated after winning 23 of his 24 fights. He was born in New York, so fighting at the Garden is a natural for him.“AJ is making a huge mistake coming over here to fight me in my own backyard,” Miller said. “He wants to announce himself on the American stage, but all he’s doing is delivering me those belts by hand.”The fight will be broadcast by DAZN, the streaming service that also has a huge monetary deal with middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez. It will be on live television in the U.K.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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Dual Citizenship Bill Is Deceptive: Citizens Set Platform & Agenda For 2017

first_imgAs the political season heats up, there will be a lot of noise in Liberia about the gender equity bill, gay rights bill and dual citizenship bill. There is, however, no public outcry about abject poverty, the root causes and incentives for the rising ritualistic killings associated with the upcoming elections or the usual and seasonal impassable ‘highways’ between Tappita and Ganta or Gbarnga and Lofa since 1847. Considering the pressing life-and-death issues of rising ritualistic killings (17 deaths in Nimba County alone) and the nationwide highway transportation quagmire, it seems the noise over dual citizenship or gay bills are misplaced. The dual citizenship noise seems like symptoms of Liberia’s endemic corruption and lingering poor leadership in desperate moves for self-preservation and resuscitation to avert a natural death. It’s in the interest of citizens of Liberia that the real issues that pose serious risks to the safety and security of citizens for 169 years are prioritized.If the Republic of Liberia is a democracy, who is the boss of the Republic? Is the boss the government official or the citizens? If the citizen is the boss, why are politicians – not the citizens – responsible for setting the salaries and benefits of lawmakers or elected officials? If the citizen is the boss, why are citizens not allowed to directly propose laws without the approval or permission of the President or the Legislature? It seems Liberia’s governance system is corrupt by design and with such systemic corruption entrenched, Liberia’s greatest needs are neither a new president nor a new set of lawmakers to manage ongoing systemic corruption is in its 170th year! Liberia needs a new system that is democratic and designed by citizens, not the corrupt political elites. Who has the power and authority to change the current corrupt system? The corrupt system is working perfectly as designed by the political elites. Therefore, it’s the citizens, not the politicians – the President or the Legislators – who must change the corrupt system. A government of the people by the people and for the people must be designed by the people, starting with citizens’ input to setting salaries and benefits.Liberian citizens have a God-given right (inalienable right) to change the repressive system of government and replace it with a system that provides security, equal opportunities and is accountable to the citizens. In addition to their God-given rights, even the current flawed Liberian Constitution designed by the political elites to enable them to glean the resources of the country for personal use almost indefinitely also gives ordinary citizens the right to change a dangerous and corrupt system that threatens the safety and happiness of citizens: Article 1 of the 1986 Constitution is crystal clear on who has the power to change the system that provides incentives for ritualistic killers: “All power is inherent in the people. All free governments are instituted by their authority and for their benefit and they have the right to alter and reform the same when their safety and happiness so require.” We begin by denying the politicians the right to set the national agenda by setting up the citizens’ platform for Citizens’ Independence from domination by the political elites. If the politician is looking for a job, why must we allow him to set the agenda by bringing the political platform? The first two agendas of the citizens’ platform are clear:1. The citizen is the boss who hires, fires and sets the salaries and benefits of public servants.2. The citizen is the master who empowers the lawmakers and president and therefore reserves the right to directly propose laws for the greater common good, consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, without the permission or approval of public servants such as the President or the Legislators.Public servants who beg for votes can’t be the same folks who are profiting personally for depleting the natural resources forever, taking bribes to pass laws against the interest of the country, setting their own salaries & benefits higher than all lawmakers in American states, thus leaving insufficient money for roads, bridges, education and healthcare. Despite lip service to dual citizenship, neither the President nor the Diaspora are genuinely serious about facilitating the return of thousands of Liberian citizens forced into exile by a barbarous war to which the government of Liberia through the Armed Forces of Liberia, countless rebel factions and many of the politicians ruling Liberia today were parties to the crime. Aside from empty speeches, and the awarding of extravagant salaries and benefits to selected friends and family members in the Diaspora, can the current government show a single policy crafted to encourage Liberians who fled for their lives during the brutal civil war to return? Is there an executive order of any sort? Are there incentives for the people who sustained tremendous losses and harm, including torture that forced them to flee to return and re-engage in business in the private sector? Are there tax breaks for returning Diaspora entrepreneurs? How about waivers of work permits for returning Diaspora in the private sector? Or is return of the Diaspora only tied to political jobs, with preference over those educated in Liberia? With Liberia waving visa fees for over 300 million Nigerian and other ECOWAS citizens with no family ties to Liberia to enter Liberia freely and engage in business, has there been any incentives for Diaspora return such as visa waivers to encourage thousands of Liberian who fled to other countries? How can these folks keep screaming about dual citizenship when the doors are effectively shut to the Liberian Diaspora? Given the wide range of economic incentives and opportunities yet unexplored by the current administration at the 11th hour, it seems to me the current strategy of dual citizenship is shortsighted and purely political and not economic.The days for the corrupt system are numbered with no opportunity for emergency life support! Liberia, Africa’s 1st independent republic cannot remain the 4th poorest country in the world. Liberia doesn’t need a contest of politicians vying for the presidency or legislature to dump a system, which is toxic and corrupt by design because citizens have the inalienable right to change the system. With ritualistic killings rising along with the number of presidential candidates, it’s urgent that change happens now! To its credit, even the current flawed constitution gives citizens the power to change the system when their safety and happiness so require. So while the political elites are making noise about non-issues like gay bill, gender bill and dual citizenship bill, ordinary citizens don’t need to make noise because they are the only ones who can make a difference by joining the non-partisan and non-political freedom movement of citizens creating their own platforms and setting the agenda for real change.A co-director of Greater Boston Refugee Ministry, Krua is a pastor and human rights activist. He was instrumental in lobbying with US congressmen and policymakers to increase the quota of refugees from Africa being allowed into the US. He has also worked tirelessly in the New England region and beyond to champion the rights of refugees and immigrants. His organization, Universal Human Rights International, worked with thousands of immigrants from 38 different countries over the span of 20 years. He has been honored by the National Peace Corps Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. 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German firm wants stake in Guyana’s health sector

first_imgThree representatives of Siemens have recently met with Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence to discuss adding Guyana to the 75 different countries in which that company already holds permanent residence.Seated: Minister Volda Lawrence is flanked by Dr Karen Cummings and Daniel Fernandez. Standing (from left) are: Glendon Fogenay, Phillip Bryan, Ministerial Advisor John Adams, Karen Yaw, Denroy Tudor, Mike Singh, and Roberto TovarPromising a “positive future”, the company has said it wishes to accelerate the modernisation plans for the country’s current public health system.Business Partner Manager at Siemens Healthcare, Roberto Tovar, assured that the company has no intention of opportunistically angling to maximize profits from the financial fortunes of Guyana’s much-anticipated transition to a petro-based economy due to the recent discovery of oil in Guyana.“Our purpose is to make healthcare providers succeed, (and to) do more with less,” he said during the meeting at the Lot 1, Brickdam, Georgetown headquarters of the MoPH.Siemens’ CEO of South America (excluding Brazil), Daniel Fernandez, added that, in Colombia, over 300,000 citizens were able to have access to potable water because of the company. Siemens has also worked in the education system to help make Science and Technology more attractive to learners, since these fields of study were deemed unattractive globally.On this particular issue, Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings,Suggested that the organisation familiarise itself with the University of Guyana (UG), especially its Natural Sciences Department, to help strengthen the programmes like it had done in Colombia.Minister Lawrence has explained that the Government wants to “push the leasing and, where appropriate, retrofitting of equipment to improve health sector services”.Among some of the ambitious plans outlined by Minister Lawrence were construction of large, newly built hospitals in Barima Waini (Region One) and East Berbice/Corentyne (Region Six); and the “leasing of an entire laboratory… to bring (improved) service to our people.”Lawrence also stated the likely alliance with Siemens would prioritise fighting cancers, cardiovascular ailments, and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); and is part of a wider long-term vision, which includes upgrading systems in the sprawling hinterland. That “is our priority for 2018”, she explained.While in Guyana, the Siemens team also had discussions with Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Public Infrastructure Ministers David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman.last_img read more