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At least four presidential appointees, among them, a junior staffer, may be on the listing of the Executive Mansion for possible replacement during the upcoming reshuffle exercise, the Daily Observer has reliably learnt.A phone call from a ‘highly placed’ source confirmed to the Daily Observer Tuesday that an ‘imminent reshuffle’ would be announced shortly upon the arrival of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from a visit to the United States.According to our source, officials already tipped for possible replacement have reportedly been informed through written communications addressed to their deputies, who would be in charge, while a search committee reviews applications from lists of candidates that would fill in the gaps. This report is yet to be independently verified by the Observer.Others to be replaced, our source said, will include two administrators of controversial security agencies that have constantly been criticized by the general public in recent times.Among those named by our source to be affected by the reshuffle exercise are Finance Minister Amara Konneh, Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh, Public Works Minister Antoinette Weeks, and Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Matthew Piah.Minister Konneh was sworn into office in February 2012 replacing the present Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. He is a core member of President Sirleaf’s Economic Management Team and is credited with helping to stabilize the Liberian economy from the effects of a protracted civil war. Concurrently, he also serves as Liberia’s Acting Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs. Mr. Konneh is also a National Coordinator of the Liberia Development Alliance that coordinates Liberia’s development agenda (Agenda for Transformation – 2012 – 2017), among other positions of influence.Of late, he has become the subject of public criticism owing to his handling of the country’s budgets, particularly with the subsequent crisis of a ‘budget shortfall.’Mr. Konneh has coordinated the implementation of the Lift Liberia Poverty Reduction Strategy (2008 to 2011); his critics are of the opinion that he has ‘underperformed.’ He has been summoned numerous times by the national legislature over issues ranging from his dual-ministerial role at Finance and Planning to the budget shortfall, and lawmakers have recently called for his resignation.Minister of Education, Etmonia David Tarpeh, previously served as Minister of Youth and Sports during President Sirleaf’s first term (2006-20012). She succeeded Mr. E. Othello Gongar in the second term and was subsequently confirmed as Education Minister by the Liberian Senate more than three months later.But the country’s education system under her oversight continued to flounder, and took center stage when all of the 25,000 cadidates who took the University of Liberia’s entrance exams last year flunked. President Ellen Johnon Sirleaf, internationally embarassed by the situation, was constrained to admit that the education system was a complete mess. Since then, frantic efforts to get the system on track have hardly shown tangible results, as students continue to learn in deplorable conditions, under-trained teachers continue to demand bribes for grades, and students themselves, particularly at the university level, continue to resist efforts geared toward implementing change. Last week, Minister Tarpeh and her deputies finally presented a plan to the president; but judging from this latest development, that may have come too late.Dr. Antoinette Weeks, the first female to occupy the Ministry of Public Works as Minister proper, was appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a year after President Sirleaf’s first term ended, replacing Attorney Samuel Kofi Woods, who had occupied the position for four years.Minister Woods, for reasons yet to be disclosed, resigned his post in 2013, thereby making way for the first female minister of Public Works. Woods took over the government’s infrastructure arm and pulled back its lost confidence to the public during his four-year term.However, since she took over, there has been public outcry over her poor performance, the latest concern being raised by the House of Representatives over her failure to exercise effective monitoring of contractors constructing roads in the country.Concern has also been raised about the delay in reconstructing Somalia Drive, for which the Japanese and Liberian Governments signed a US$50 million agreement almost a year ago.Madam Weeks, who holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with expertise in Project Management, Compliance and Regulatory Oversight, is not considered to have performed at the same level as Woods did. Although he is not an engineer, he spent much of his time, especially weekends, touring and inspecting projects — the hallmark of his success.Rather, she has reportedly been actively engaged in disputes with coworkers, over which one deputy minister reportedly resigned.Furthermore, Madam Weeks is on record for her aggression towards the media and has, on many occasions, denied requests for interviews from journalists, describing them as bad journalists. The incumbent Presidential Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Matthew Piah, took over from Liberian Journalist Cyrus Badio with the expectation that he would bring to the Executive a renewed dynamism of communication with the public.Since he took over the President’s communication apparatus, however, his engagement with media houses has left much to be desired, especially as it regards timely responses to questions from media houses. Since leaving the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism early 2012, he has remained in strong defense of the President’s actions and whatever criticism has been directed at the Executive.It can be recalled that when the Press Union of Liberia sanctioned the Executive Mansion with a media block out in May of 2013, the Presidential Press Secretary along with Deputy Minister of Information for Public Affairs, Isaac Jackson, lambasted the media’s action and accused the PUL of violating the public’s right to information.Of recent, Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah is on record for debunking Grand Bassa lawmaker, Gabriel B. Smith’s statement against the President, describing it as “reckless.” He also jumped to the Presidency’s defense when the political leader of the Movement of Progressive Change (MPC), Simeon M. Freeman, criticized the recent State of Nation Economy Address made by President Sirleaf.He also reacted to opposition member Benoni Urey’s statement against the President, instructing him to concentrate on Agriculture, which, he (Piah) argued, Urey knows more about than government.It remains to be determined whether this report of a major reshuffle is corroborated by the President upon her return from the United States.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In the wake of the controversy over the annexation of Gbi and Doru (Nimba County, District 9) to Rivercess County, a construction of a modern high school is expected to kickoff in the district soon, with funding from Senator Thomas Grupee’s share of the Legislative Support Project Fund.In an interview with reporters in Nimba on October 1, Senator Grupee said he is going to use about US$ 120, 000 of the 2015/2016 share of the Legislative Support Project for the construction of the high school as part of the development to enhance access to high school education.He said he received an amount of US$ 229, 000 as his share of the LSP from the 2015/2016 budget and, looking at the needs of the citizens of that southern part of Nimba, he has asked LACE to carry on construction of a school building in the middle part of the district, precisely Glann Town.Gbi and Doru have many public schools, but there is no high school in the district, something that is forcing high school students to seek high school education in the city of Tappita or other parts of Nimba.An attempt to build a junior high school in Gbi and Doru did not materialize, an issue Commissioner David Toe expressed his frustration and disappointment over the constructor and the donor (European Union). “The Legislative Support Project covers some basic areas, including health, education and agriculture, among others,” he said.The Senator did not explain how the balance will be used, but earlier this year he asked the 17 administrative district commissioners in Nimba via the local radio station to identify areas where he can use his share of LSP.Majority of Nimbaians are yet to see the impact that the Legislative Support Project has on the county’s development, since it was introduced by the 53rd Legislature.When it comes to the LSP, few representatives are said to be using their shares wisely, with visible projects that the citizens can boast of in Nimba.Rep. Jeremiah Koung (Nimba, District 1) constructed several schools in his constituency, compared to other members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, despite the huge challenges the county is facing with bad roads or bridges as well as inadequate schools and clinics at some localities in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A recent Ipsos Reid survey conducted on behalf of the Insurance Corporation of BC reported that nearly 87 per cent of respondents believe texting or emailing while driving is one of the most risky things we can do behind the wheel, and 76 per cent reported it’s just as dangerous as drinking and driving. Fifty per cent also consider talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving just as dangerous as drinking and driving.From Feb. 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011, police issued 36,921 tickets to drivers for use of an electronic device while driving, and 1,081 tickets to drivers for emailing or texting while driving.- Advertisement -Each year on average, B.C. records 117 fatalities and more than 1,400 serious injuries as a result of distracted driving. This fatality rate falls right behind impaired driving and speeding, which results in 126 and 152 average annual deaths, respectively.During the month of September, police across B.C. will use targeted strategies to enforce distracted driving behaviours such as talking or texting on a handheld electronic device. Police will be issuing warnings and tickets with a $167 fine where appropriate.
0Shares0000Sadio Mane celebrates his goal for Liverpool against Spartak Moscow in a UEFA Champions League tie. PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that his players gave Sadio Mane a standing ovation after the 2-1 win against Burnley in the Premier League on Monday.The Reds were made to work hard for their three points at Turf Moor. The teams were locked at 0-0 until the 61st minute when Mane produced the opening goal as he found the back of the net from the edge of the area. Johann Gudmundsson equalised in the 87th minute, but Ragnar Klavan netted the winner in stoppage time to clinch victory for the visitors. However, it was Mane who received the plaudits in the dressing room.“We came into the dressing room and the whole team got up and gave him big hands,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “It’s not the easiest time in this moment, it’s not fluent, but scoring that goal shows pure class, so I am really happy about that.”“In so many moments he is strong, quick, so many things. And in the other moments where it doesn’t click, he scores a goal like this and it is like ‘wow’,” he added.“He came into the dressing room and the whole team got up and gave him a hand, because they know. He will be back on top.“He has made steps. We need him, we need him so much for all the things that are coming. I am happy because I had a lot of players with moments where it wasn’t clicking and they never scored. Sadio still scores, and that’s really cool!”0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)
A three-man panel convened by England’s governing Football Association (FA) could not agree on whether his action merited a retrospective red card, so Deeney, who has already served three and four-match bans this season, merely faces the prospect of receiving a written warning regarding his future conduct.An FA spokesperson said on Twitter: “Watford’s Troy Deeney will not face any formal action following his goal celebration during the game against Chelsea on Monday (05/02/18).“Video footage was referred to a panel of three former elite match officials who were asked to consider independently whether it was a red card offence.“The response was not unanimous, therefore, no disciplinary action will follow. Nevertheless, the FA will write to the player and warn him as to his future conduct.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tory Deeney appeared to make an offensive gesture after scoring a penalty against Chelsea © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Watford striker Troy Deeney has escaped disciplinary action over his goal celebration in a shock 4-1 win over Chelsea on Monday after officials failed to agree on whether he had committed a red card offence.Deeney opened the scoring from the penalty spot shortly before half-time and then appeared to make an offensive gesture towards a section of the Vicarage Road crowd.
Justice said Bing thought he would get more media coverage if the announcement were Wednesday, even though his decision to turn pro would be old news by midweek. Bing has not hired an agent, but will have a panel screen prospective candidates. Justice said isn’t worried that NFL teams will shy away from him because of off-field incidents during his USC career. He was suspended for the 2004 season after flashing a pellet gun at another student and arrested in 2003 for soliciting a prostitute in Long Beach. “I feel very, very prepared,” Justice said. “The teams will see my true character. The teams will see that.” He doesn’t know where he will get drafted but the NFL projected him between the 10th and 20th pick of the first round in its evaluation. “I’m very confident in my talents,” Justice said. “The draft is crazy. I really don’t know. I thought I had a pretty solid season. Sometimes, I struggled.” No offers: USC defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said he hasn’t received any offers from NFL teams for assistant coaching positions. Franklin is a natural candidate since he spent the previous five seasons in Green Bay, but he aspires to become a head coach and was a finalist for the San Diego State job. Offensive line coach Pat Ruel already turned down a job offer from the Packers. Another commitment: Fullback Stanley Havili of Salt Lake City, Utah, committed to USC on Sunday night. Havili (6-feet, 208 pounds) is ranked the third-best fullback in the country by Rivals.com and selected the Trojans over Brigham Young. Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “You have a bunch of tackles that can replace me easily,” he said. “Charles Brown, Kyle Williams. I don’t think the team will take a hit. No one knows how deep this team is.” Justice said Monday he decided a couple days after the Rose Bowl he would turn pro, even though he did not officially notify the NFL until Friday. “Nothing’s really guaranteed in the draft,” he said. “But the opportunity is here now.” He will now select either Steinberg or David Dunn as his agent, after originally deciding to sign with Peter Schaffer. Justice held a news conference Monday at USC that was supposed to include Bing, but Bing skipped it after asking Justice right beforehand to delay the official announcement until Wednesday. It’s a very different USC team from a week ago, with five key juniors off to the NFL draft despite the best lobbying efforts of Trojans coach Pete Carroll. “This is the single biggest mass exodus in history,” agent Leigh Steinberg said. “It was the perfect storm, really.” Tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White, the seventh and eighth all-time rushers in school history, are gone along with offensive tackle Winston Justice, safety Darnell Bing and offensive guard Fred Matua. But Justice said Monday his departure will not be terribly difficult to overcome for the Trojans, even though he was considered the most naturally gifted offensive lineman.
3. Antoine Griezmann (France) – 12/1 If Kane replicates his Premier League habit of humiliating the lesser teams, he should score a hatful against Panama in the group stage. The rest will come down to how far England progress which, according to many, isn’t likely to be further than the quarters. The world’s most prolific footballers have all kindly agreed to meet up in Russia and bang a load of goals.But who will score the most?talkSPORT have taken a look at who the bookmakers reckon will win the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup.Take your pick… 5= Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 16/1 Here’s an incredible stat: Lukaku has over 100 Premier League goals and is Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer. He’s 25. 10 The Paris Saint-German has come out of the shadows in France since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left the club and even with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe battling to get the ball in the back of the net he managed 28 in Ligue 1 last term. 5= Harry Kane (England) – 16/1 5= Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 16/1 While he is only 22, he has more than 150 appearances and 47 goals in the German top-flight, first for Stuttgart and more recently for Leipzig. Werner isn’t a total stranger to the big occasion, either. He scored three goals in Germany’s 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup triumph and went home with the Golden Boot. 10 4. Timo Werner (Germany) – 14/1 10 10 Suarez is bound to do something outrageous at the World Cup. In 2010, he denied Africa a first-ever semi-final by handling on the line in the 120th minute against Ghana. Then four years later he had a little nibble on Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder. Perhaps this time we’ll talk about his football. 10 France are many people’s favourites for the tournament, so it goes without saying that their most prolific player could win the Golden Boot. The goals may be shared out among Les Bleus, though, with several players capable of going big in Russia. 5= Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 16/1 As well as holding Portugal’s appearance record, the prolific Ronaldo has also scored more goals than any other player in the history of the Iberian nation. The five-time Ballon D’Or winner scored over 50 per cent of his nation’s goals in qualifying and carries the vast majority of their attacking threat. At 33 years of age, this is likely the last World Cup for Ronaldo and the last chance for him to guide Portugal to the greatest honour in the game. 10 Only Edinson Cavani scored more goals than the 21-year-old in South American qualifying and he has brought a new dimension to Brazil’s play. The Samba Stars are expected to go the distance, so he’ll have plenty of time to 10 9. Edinson Cavani – 22/1 10 10. Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 25/1 2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 10/1 10 The Barcelona legend has 61 goals in 123 games for Argentina at almost exactly a goal every two games. But that’s nothing compared to his domestic record of 552 goals in 637 appearances. He has netted five times in three World Cups, including four in 2014 and a blank in 2010. Argentina will be hoping he replicates his Brazil form, rather than South Africa. 10 1. Neymar (Brazil) – 9/1 The phrase ‘Neymar dependencia’ has genuinely established itself in Brazilian football parlance, so you can imagine the panic when he suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle early in March. The hopes of an entire nation rest largely on his shoulders.
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A fundraising campaign to get a new security system installed in the home of a 100-year-old man who was robbed by three masked men has reached its target in less than 24 hours.People were left feeling disgusted after the gang broke into the home of popular Pat Gillespie.Two of the gang held Pat’s arms while a third thug went through his pockets stealing an amount of cash he had hidden. Pat, from Railway Road, in Strabane, was not physically assaulted during the raid on Friday night last but was left very shaken.A fundraising campaign to get a security system for widower Pat, who lives alone, reached more than £1,485 in just a few hours.A reward for information leading to the capture of the heartless gang who set upon Pat has also been doubled by two local businessmen.The gang gained entry through a back door of Pat’s home at Railway Street before taking a panic alarm from around his neck. Two of the men held his arms while a third man went through his pockets and found a sum of money.Thankfully the raiders did not assault their victim.The men, who did not speak during the raid, did not go through any other rooms in the house but fled very quickly.Pat’s son-in-law Danny Kelly said yesterday that there was a feeling that Pat may have known his attackers.“They seemed to know that he may have a few pound on him and that’s what they went for. They were masked and didn’t say a word. “They took the panic alarm off him very quickly and that was found on the floor later.“We feel it’s all a bit suspicious that they didn’t ransack the house or go through the drawers looking for more money.“Pat is so well-known and he uses his electric scooter around the town. They could have been watching him and they could even know him,” said Danny.Pat is well-known through the border town where he visits his late wife Eileen’s grave every day to pray. He dabbles is fixing old bikes and cars and even has a mini-transport museum at his museum which thankfully his attackers did not damage.Police carried out a full investigation at Pat’s home today in the hope of finding clues which may lead them to the callous attackers.Son-in-law Danny added “How can anybody plan to do such a thing to a man who is one hundred years old or anybody else for that matter.“Pat is such a lovely man living out the final years of his life and hopefully did will not affect him too much but we are obviously very worried for him.“Hopefully the police can get enough evidence together to find out who did this and bring them to justice.”Amazing community response hopes to give shaken Pat some peace of mind was last modified: October 30th, 2017 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:fundraising campaigngangobbedPat Gillespiestrabane