The Liberian media, most especially the Daily Observer newspaper, talked and talked, and wrote and wrote, warning the Liberian government to tread carefully and transparently with the people’s resources in the Western Cluster. But the more we talked, the more we wrote, the more determined the government became to hurry ahead and give away the Western Cluster iron ore mines to whomever was willing to spend a fast buck.First, against our persistent warnings that this company had absolutely no experience in iron ore mining, the government hurriedly sold the Western Cluster to a bogus Israeli company called Elenilto Minerals and Mining LLC. The Elenilto people, confirming that they had no experience or track record in iron ore mining, almost immediately sold 49 per cent of its imminent ownership to the Indian steel giant Sesa Goa. We say ‘imminent’ because Elenilto had not yet signed any paper with the Liberian government, and here they were selling what they did not yet own. That was in August, 2011. Just four months later, in December, 2011, Elenilto sold its remaining shares in the concession to Sesa Goa for US$35 million.The Daily Observer continued to criticize this deal because we said the Liberian government did not know this new company they were dealing with. Only Elenilto had contacts with these new speculators. But government went ahead and handed over the concession Sesa Goa. Once they started their operation, Sesa Goa, a company whose full background government did not know, showed up one morning and presented to government a most preposterous (outrageous, silly) proposal: they want to ship their iron ore from Cape Mount and Bomi by road on trucks, through Duala to the Free Port of Monrovia!In its over 50 years of operation, the iron ore firm Liberia Mining Company (LMC) shipped its iron ore from the Bomi Hills mines by railway, which LMC built, to the Free Port of Monrovia. But Sesa Goa said it would cost too much to rebuild the railroad to the Free Port. The Liberian government also seemed to be in agreement with Sesa Goa, arguing that too many people had built in the path and it would cost US$30 million to pay them off and rebuild the railway. But there was a public outcry against trucking millions of tons of iron ore through an already congested Duala traffic, on a fragile highway that can hardly manage the regular traffic.The government had itself to blame for this terrible proposal, because it did not know enough about Sesa Goa or its capacity to do anything. Whoever heard about such a thing—road transport of tens of millions of tons of iron ore by road?Now there is a new and alarming development: Sesa Goa announced recently that it was scaling down to the staggering tone of 80 per cent, its operations in the Western Cluster! They say the demand for iron ore has suddenly dropped. This means that the majority of its workers will be out of work.Did the government really know who Sesa Goa was, and what kind of company it really is? Sesa Goa negotiated not so much with the Liberian government as with Elenilto from whom it purchased the concession.Had the people currently in government been in the opposition today, and had the press been silent on issues of national urgency such as these being discussed in this editorial, those in opposition would be complaining about media silence on burning national issues. Now that they are in power, they seem to have great difficulty understanding the role and responsibility of the press. But the press MUST understand its role and responsibility because there is too much at stake.The press has to speak out to help keep the government and the whole country on their guard. It is this early warning system that will hopefully prevent the country from falling into chaos again.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly has observed that efforts aimed at taking the country to the next level will require peace and reconciliation as the only options.Minister Dukuly made the statement when he spoke Monday, May 19, at the event marking the first friendship and reconciliation luncheon held in Monrovia. The event was organized by the Liberia Peace Initiative (LPI) to reunite citizens of Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties.The Internal Affairs Minister said the two counties prior to the Liberian civil war had intermarriage tides. Minister Dukuly, however, expressed optimism that with the launch of the peace initiative between the two counties, it will eventually resolve their differences and stand for a just cause.He also urged Peace Ambassador George M. Weah not to focus his attention only on Nimba and Grand Gedeh Counties, rather to include counties that have issues of land related conflict in order to ensure that there is peace in every part of Liberia.“We must put to practice the peace we speak of every day, and carry out peace building activities in our various communities. The government remains committed to insuring there is peace and stability in Liberia.”“I am also urging the media because the media plays a major role in the peace process. Your role is major because many at times, people react to the kind of stories you published and your head-lines. But again, without the media, we cannot have a sustained peace.”Senator Prince Y. Johnson of Nimba County is of the opposing view that both counties are the real problems. According to him, if Ambassador Weah does not look at the root cause of the whole situation, then he will not have his (Sen. Johnson’s) support. “I have already told him that,” Sen. Johnson added. “We don’t have money to buy guns, so let’s involve everybody including the traditional leaders and traditional council,” Senator Johnson suggested. According to the Nimba lawmaker, the peace process should include those who he claimed brought into the conflict the guns.“The Ambassador should set up a national conference to involve all of us and bring us to one voice then I know he is serious,” Senator Johnson urged.Like Senator Johnson, Senator Thomas Grupee of Nimba County is also of the view that both counties still maintain their good friendship, and there is no cause for alarm.He added that since the allotment US$5 million into the peace process, much has been done and the occasion is a dream comes true.He also agreed with his colleague, Senator Johnson on the inclusion of all the stakeholders to the Liberian conflict.For his part, George Bolly, a head of the disbanded rebel Liberia Peace Council (LPC) expressed gratitude for the Peace Initiative, which he described as ‘kind gesture.’He said that peace is about the young people and their future, therefore, the situation of Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties is a mere illusion of other people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Viewers watching Kwesé Free SportsPan-African media group Econet Media and the Raising Africa Media Incorporated (RAM) have launched Kwesé Free Sports in Liberia – Africa’s oldest republic. Kwesé Free Sports, Africa’s largest free-to-air channel, will now be available on CLAR TV (Channel 5), introducing a 24-hour premium sports channel for Liberian audiences to enjoy.Kwesé Free Sports is a free-to-air channel which offers unrestricted access to premium sports content including the Premier League, the NFL, Brazil Serie A, Copa Del Rey, motorsports, international boxing and so much more. The channel also has exclusive free-to-air rights to broadcast the 2017/2018 NBA Season, Play-Offs and Finals as well as the 2018 FIFA World Cup.The channel is available in 26 countries, including Liberia, on free-to-air analogue and digital terrestrial television (DTT). This means Kwesé Free Sports will now become Liberia’s 24/7 local sports channel accessible across the country on any free-to-air end-user antenna, set-top-box, and all DTT platforms.As an affiliate to RAM, CLAR TV of Royal Communications Inc., will provide the broadcast platform for Econet Media’s Kwesé Free Sports, which has signed a carriage agreement with RAM.RAM Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Gerald Sherman, “We are excited to bring premium sports content to Liberia through our agreement with Econet Media. Local audiences are looking for compelling content and we believe that Kwesé Free Sports represents the very best in premium free-to-air content. RAM is premised on connecting ideas and empowering people and Kwesé Free Sports is the perfect fit for our network of channels”.“Kwesé Free Sports continues to grow from strength-to-strength and we are proud to add Liberia to our network through our partnership with RAM. We look forward to dazzling local fans with our world class coverage of some of the best in international and African sports programming” said Joseph Hundah, President and Chief Executive of Econet Media.Kwesé Free Sports programming began broadcasting on CLAR TV on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, the 2nd November. Liberian viewers can catch all the action by tuning into Channel 5 on using antennas and free-to-air set-top-boxes.Econet MediaA subsidiary company of the globally networked Econet Group founded by Executive Chairman Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Media is a dynamic content business driving the development of Kwesé, a fresh new television brand. Created for Sub-Saharan African audiences, Kwesé is inspired by the ‘TV everywhere’ revolution. As such, a range of Kwesé products will be made available on satellite and internet based platforms, including video-on-demand and mobile options.Focused on providing premium, affordable, exclusive viewing, Kwesé products will offer sports, music, movies, series, kids, lifestyle, faith, news and other programming. Consumers will also benefit from the infrastructural strength of Econet Media sister companies, Liquid Telecom and Econet Wireless. Their expertise and capacity in the areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks will be utilized to establish Kwesé products. In addition, Econet Media has invested intensively to build its own operational assets.Kwesé Free SportsKwesé Free Sports is Africa’s largest and only Pan-African Free-To-Air (FTA) channel available in more than 24 countries in Africa. It offers live premium sports viewing to fanatics across Africa for free. Watch Kwesé Free Sport on Kwesé’s satellite TV service, using the Kwesé TV decoders or on your FTA Set Top Box (STB) with no subscription fee. Viewers can also live stream the channel on Kwesé’s mobile app available for download on all Apple and Android devices or on the web on www.kwese.espn.com wherever they are, whenever they want. Don’t miss the Premier League live, NBA, various FIFA tournaments including the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and leagues, NFL, AVIVA Premiership Rugby as well as sport themed magazine shows only on Kwesé Free Sports.Kwesé Sports is Econet Media’s exclusive sports content platform available on the Kwesé TV network. Through Econet Media’s pan-African presence, Kwesé Sports is accessible in a growing number of countries across Sub-Saharan Africa offering the very best in international and African sports. Kwesé Sports is the home of premium sports programming bringing the world’s leading sporting formats and leagues to the continent. Kwesé Sports holds rights to some of the most popular sporting leagues such as the NBA, various FIFA tournaments and leagues, NFL, Copa del Rey and so much more. Kwesé is also the exclusive home of ESPN offering 24 hours of comprehensive sports coverage.Through Kwesé TV’s multiplatform offering, Kwesé Sports fans can access up to the minute sports news, updates and analysis on the go on Kwesé and ESPN’s collaborative digital and mobile platforms KweseESPN.com and the KweseESPN app.Raising Africa Media (RAM) A Media and Entertainment company, duly-registered, locally incorporated, and founded by Chief Executive Officer and President, Gerald Sherman, RAM is a highly networked business that is ushering the development of media, entertainment, and people, as a means to reshape how, where, and when content and information are consumed. RAM maintains strong alliances and relationships between South Africa, Malawi, Zambia, West Africa, and the United States.Raising Africa Media Incorporated is building on five key pillars to create an eco-system that covers not only media and entertainment, but is also built to solve problems today, for a future where consumers, partners, and citizens from mass markets to niche markets can access and enjoy goods, services, products, initiatives, programs, and projects at affordable and targeted prices and contributions; with premium and quality benefits.Through our vision, mission, services, products, initiatives, programs, and projects. RAM aims to be recognized, trusted, and recommended above all others by consumers, partners, and citizens. RAM seeks to connect ideas and empower people to positively change communities, country, and world. CLAR TV – Liberia – Channel 5 CLAR TV is a privately Liberian-owned analogue licensed television station that formally launched into the Liberian market in 2004. CLAR is owned by Mr. George Weah, Liberia’s international football star; former World best footballer; UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador; current National Legislative Senator; and candidate for President of the Republic of Liberia. CLAR TV, is a part of Royal Communications Inc., (RCI) and an affiliate of Kings FM 88.5 and City FM 90.2 – two of the leading radio stations in the Liberian market with thousands of weekly radio listeners.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Embattled former teacher of The Bishops’ High School, Coen Jackson, will now answer to a Judge and jury on a rape charge after he was on Tuesday committed by City Magistrate Judy Latchman to stand trial in the High Court.Coen JacksonMagistrate Latchman handed down the decision to a sober looking Jackson following a paper committal.Thirty-nine-year-old, Jackson, who has been a teacher for the past 15 years, is being accused of abusing his position of trust as a teacher after he began grooming female students for sexual activity.He has vehemently denied the accusations but did admit to having sexual relations with two former students who are now both in their early 20s.The embattled teacher recently got married to one of his former students who is said to be in her early 20s. According to him, their relationship has been ongoing for a number of years.The prosecution case stated that between December 2010 and May 2011 at D’Urban Street, Lodge, Jackson raped one of his students. The Education Ministry had launched an investigation into the allegations and upon completion, authorised the Police to begin conducting a criminal investigation.After the charge was instituted, Jackson was released on $300,000 bail. On Tuesday, after the committal, Jackson was informed that he will remain on the same bail.The Bishops’ High school’s administration was also accused of covering previous complaints made against the former economics teacher.
Weathersby, the hero of the Hawks’ upset Friday of second-seeded Bishop Montgomery, made his first three shots and had 11 points after one quarter. He was 2-for-14 from the field the rest of the way, several of his shots coming up short. “I wasn’t tired,” Weathersby said, “it was me rushing my shot.” Alazin said St. Bernard made a point of “getting a hand in (Weathersby’s) face the rest of the time, and not let him get his feet set.” James Sanders scored 14 points for Arroyo Valley, which trailed by as many as 10 points (47-37) before 6-foot-6 junior center Joseph Richard led a fourth-quarter rally. Richard finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots after rarely seeing the ball early. St. Bernard won despite making only 7 of 20 free throws and missing the front end of three 1-and-1 opportunities down the stretch. Arroyo Valley was unable to take advantage, however, and junior guard Devin Price (16 points) got a breakaway layup after a Weathersby miss inside to give St. Bernard a 54-48 lead with 59 seconds left. The Hawks clawed to 54-52 with 14 seconds left on a layup by Charles Grays, but Price hit two free throws, Weathersby lost a ball off his leg on a layup attempt, and Price clinched it with another free throw. Smith has taken San Bernardino teams to the CIF semifinals six times (the first five at Pacific), and five times his teams have lost. “People don’t know how hard it is, especially when you’ve never been here before, like our kids,” he said. “It’a a lot of pressure.” Arroyo Valley could still make the state tournament, Smith said. At any rate, four key contributors Tuesday are juniors – 6-6 Demetrius Sneed, Jermane Anderson, Richard and Sanders – and figure to make the Hawks a formidable unit next season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – For 105 giddy seconds, it seemed too good to be true. It was. After their opening flurry, the Hawks had severe trouble getting inside the big and active St. Bernard defense, rarely getting a decent look at the basket. “We knew once we got the ball over midcourt we would be OK,” St. Bernard coach Robert Alaniz said. “But that’s a hell of a team we beat.” Arroyo Valley, champion of the San Andreas League, fell to 23-7. St. Bernard, the No. 3 team out of the Del Rey League, improved to 20-10 and faces top-seeded Pasadena for the section title Saturday in Anaheim. “That was our dream all season, to get there, and we got this far, one step away,” Arroyo Valley’s Weathersby said wistfully. “Just fell short.” Arroyo Valley sprinted to a 10-0 lead, but Playa del Rey St. Bernard didn’t panic, began handling the Hawks’ pressure, choked off the visitors’ offense and went on to a 57-52 victory in the CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA semifinals Tuesday night before a near-capacity crowd at El Segundo High School. “Sometimes you lose your focus when you start like that,” Arroyo Valley coach Scott Smith said. “You forget that you’re not an offensive team, you’re a defensive team.”
0Shares0000Monaco’s new signings, (from L) Terence Kongolo, Diego Benaglio, Souahilo Meite, Youri Tielemans and Jordi Mboulla, pose with the club’s Vice President Vadim Vasilyev (3rd R), during official presentation in Monaco, on July 26, 2017 © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEPARIS, France, Aug 2 – After a summer dominated by talk of Neymar’s possible arrival and the potential departure of Kylian Mbappe, the new French season begins this weekend with Monaco the defending champions but Paris Saint-Germain again favourites.Ligue 1 has long suffered in comparison with Europe’s other leading domestic leagues, while its clubs have often performed poorly in the Champions League. But a PSG swoop for Barcelona and Brazil superstar Neymar would be a game-changer for French football and its image.It would also cement the capital club’s status as the favourites to dominate at home after last season’s stutters allowed a thrilling young Monaco side to take the title to the Mediterranean principality.However, Neymar or not, Paris start 2017-18 as the team to beat.Their Qatari owners have kept faith in coach Unai Emery but have appointed the Portuguese Antero Henrique, once the transfer guru at Porto, as sporting director.Paris Saint-Germain’s players take part in a training session at the Grand Stade in Tangiers on July 28, 2017, on the eve of their French Trophy of Champions (Trophee des Champions) match against Monaco © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEOn the field one Brazilian star has already joined, Dani Alves rejecting Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for the French capital.With Marco Verratti and Edinson Cavani among those still there, Emery believes PSG can sweep the board.“If we can add a collective strength to the individual talent we have and a winning mentality, then we can target winning everything, even the most difficult competitions like the Champions League,” he told sports daily L’Equipe last month.At first glance, Monaco’s longer-term prospects hinge on their chances of persuading 18-year-old gem Mbappe to stay amid reports of a 180 million-euro ($213 million) move to Real Madrid.The Russian-owned club scored 107 league goals last season but they have already sold Benjamin Mendy and Bernardo Silva to Manchester City, Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and Valere Germain to Marseille.Coach Leonardo Jardim and skipper Radamel Falcao are among those to have signed new contracts, and they have signed a pearl in Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans from Anderlecht.They have rebuilt and thrived after selling their best players before, although Monaco’s Russian vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has been keen to play down expectations.“We need to target the top three. It will be very difficult to defend the title but we will do everything we can. You have to be ambitious,” he said.– Foreign investment –Nice have kept their star Italian striker Mario Balotelli © AFP/File / VALERY HACHEMost clubs still cannot come near competing with the unedifying wealth of the English Premier League, even if significant money is being injected into French clubs by outside investors.Marseille are preparing for their first full season under the ownership of American tycoon Frank McCourt.They have lost last season’s top scorer Bafetimbi Gomis but have France star Dimitri Payet as captain. A top-three finish and Champions League qualification is their aim.There are Chinese investors at Lyon, who boast a magnificent stadium and yet have lost their two best players, Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal and Corentin Tolisso to Bayern Munich.Sales have seen over 100 million euros swell the coffers, but that will surely not help OL get into the top three or go all the way to the Europa League final, which they will host.“It is true that we have lost important players, but I think the recruitments we have made are of great quality and should help us achieve our objectives,” insists coach Bruno Genesio.Last season’s surprise package was Nice, helped by American and Chinese investors as they finished third.They have kept star striker Mario Balotelli and highly regarded coach Lucien Favre, although they may struggle to repeat that showing.There are exciting developments at Lille, whose owner from Luxembourg has enacted a revolution in the far north and has managed to attract the enigmatic Marcelo Bielsa as coach.The Argentine returns to France two years after walking out on Marseille and a horde of fascinating signings have followed him.Bielsa is a man of few words but with him in charge Lille are certain to be worth watching. And his first game in charge will see him come up against Claudio Ranieri, the Italian now at Nantes just a year after his heroics at Leicester City.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo could feature against former club Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKSkopje, Macedonia, Aug 7 – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United after travelling with the squad to Skopje on Monday.Ronaldo was surprisingly named in the reigning European champions’ group for Tuesday’s match in the Macedonian capital after only returning to training with his club over the weekend. His summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him appearing in court last week, and speculation over his future.According to a report from Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Ronaldo told the court he “would like to return to England” due to his tax troubles in Spain.The World Player of the Year was handed an extended summer break after playing for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia. He also reportedly became a father to twins in June.But despite all that, Zidane said: “There have been a lot of things happening, a lot of noise around him as always, but he is relaxed.”Ronaldo’s last club appearance saw him score twice in the 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff in early June as Madrid successfully defended the trophy.“What impresses me the most about him is that physically he is just as he was on the day of the final, which was two months ago now,” Zidane added at a press conference at the Philip II Arena.“In the end that is what interests me, him and everyone else.“The fact he is here with us means a lot because if he is with us he is here to play.”Having not played any part in Real’s pre-season tour of the United States — which featured a defeat on penalties to United in California — it would still be an enormous surprise if the 32-year-old started in Skopje against his former club.However, he took part in training on the Skopje pitch on Monday evening and he could get some game time as part of his preparations for the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona this Sunday.“Cris is a very important member of our squad,” said skipper Sergio Ramos.“It is important too that he travels with the team. He has a different role to any other player and his presence with us is always good, whether he plays or not.”Zidane took his entire 24-man squad to Macedonia for the game as Madrid look to win a trophy they also claimed last year, when they beat Sevilla 3-2 in extra time in the Norwegian city of Trondheim.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Memphis Depay to Tottenham may still happen.And reports that Southampton will renew their interest in Andros Townsend have only added to rumours the Netherlands World Cup star may head to England. Here, talkSPORT has the latest on what is being said about a possible transfer.Holding off on signing new contractThe 20-year-old has apparently turned down a new contract at PSV, say the Mirror. A lack of significant signings at the Dutch club are said to be causing him concern and he may wait until after the transfer window closes before committing. His current deal ends in 2017.A huge black and white stripped problemAs talkSPORT told you earlier, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claim Serie A champions Juventus are desperate to bring in new forwards. They have reportedly targeted the young winger.Gullit says stay at PSVPSV coach Phillip Cocu has already expressed hope Depay will stay and former Netherlands forward Ruud Gullit has done the same. Speaking to Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad he cited fellow Dutchmen Karim Rekik and Nathan Ake as examples of what can happen if you move abroad at a young age.“You can fall behind in just two years,” he said. “Depay has clearly come back with confidence from the World Cup. But I hope that he stays at PSV.“When I think back to my early days, when I was as young as Depay, I learned from fellow players who had children. These were the men who put me on the horse and also knocked me down when needed. Who will do that now with Depay? All the players he looks up to as examples all play abroad.” Tottenham transfer target Memphis Depay (right) 1
Jonjo Shelvey Garry Monk insists Swansea have no interest in selling Jonjo Shelvey in January.The midfielder was hit with a violent conduct charge by the Football Association after he appeared to fling back an arm into the face of Emre Can during Swansea’s defeat at Liverpool on Monday.The incident came only days after Shelvey had been blasted for Monk over a lack of discipline and has led to suggestions the Swans boss may now be ready to move the 22-year-old on, with incoming Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew tipped to launch a move when the transfer window reopens.Monk, however, insists the former Charlton youngster, who joined Swansea from Liverpool in a £5million deal in the summer of 2013, is going nowhere in January and has a key role to play at the Liberty Stadium.“It is often the case (to sell) when a manager talks about a player,” Monk said. “But that is absolutely not the case. It was not my intention to give the impression I do not want Jonjo here.“When I talked about him I was talking about the specific instances where he can do better, in relation to the yellow cards he has picked up.“When I talked about laziness I meant the situations he gets into to get bookings, not his overall performances.“Yes, he can do better, but so can all our players. With Jonjo it is a case of me trying to help him, him trying to help himself and pushing on.“He is going to get a lot better and I want that to happen here at Swansea, not anywhere else.” 1
Colin Murray was joined in the studio alongside Dietmar Hamann and Steve Bunce to give their Euro 2016 qualification review.