LET’S LECTURE: Perspectives on Liberia’s Corruption Problem

first_imgThe topic for this week is ethics and public service. I feel compelled to broach this subject because of all the financial scandals that have been surfacing in our public institutions of late—the National Oil Company (NOCAL), the National Port Authority (NPA), the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), my old stomping ground the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), the list goes on and on and on.Why is it that those entrusted with leading our public institutions appear to be on a mad rush to run off with our money and nothing is being done to stop them? Is there something inherent in our DNA that makes us incorrigible rogues? I think not. Liberians are not born with any genetic predisposition to steal any more than, say, Americans, Frenchmen, Germans or the British. The difference is in our system of rewards and punishment. It is not that corruption does not exist in these countries. Just pick up the Washington Post or New York Times. On any given day you will read a story about some financial scandal somewhere. But in those countries, if you are caught, punishment is swift and certain. You are prosecuted and, if convicted, you go to jail. An illustration will suffice to make the point.In the 1990s the FBI conducted a criminal investigation into the energy giant Enron. Top executives of the company including its chairman, Ken Lay, were found to have committed criminal offences. Lay was a golfing buddy of George “Dubya” Bush, then president of the United States. But that didn’t save him. Dubya didn’t even try to intervene on his behalf because he knew that, had he even made an attempt, he would probably have been impeached for obstruction of justice. The sad ending to the story is that Lay became so overwhelmed by the shame of what he had done that he committed suicide while in prison.If we want to put a cap on corruption here, that is what has to happen. People have to know that if they are caught, they will be prosecuted, not merely fired or suspended from their job, and sent to jail if they are convicted. A few publicised convictions and jailings of big big people (not small small people) is all it would take to put a curb on corruption. Again, an illustration from personal experience.The year was 1973. I was working in the law office of Cecil Dennis, having recently graduated from college. As a counterpoint to the normal practice of forcing civil servants to an involuntary contributions to worthy national causes by way of payroll deduction, in this case President Tolbert’s Fundraising Rally, Cecil founded an organization called the Big H Committee. Amongst other things, we organized a football tournament.A very, very close relative of mine, whom I love dearly, was hired as a vacation student to sell tickets for the tournament. Unfortunately, he allowed himself to be influenced by his colleagues to dip into the ticket sales. The matter was brought to my attention. I investigated and found out that he and his colleagues had stolen ticket money. I left the others and grabbed my close relative first and slammed him into Central Prison, on South Beach. I was ready to throw the keys away, so angry was I. Others, not me, took him out of prison later. But he learned his lesson and never repeated that offense.Another more recent example. Paramount Togar Glaygboe and others of Kokoyah Statutory District were involved in misappropriation of rental fees paid to the district by one of the GSM companies. I warned him repeatedly to desist. He didn’t. Eventually we had him indicted by a grand jury in Gbarnga. The county attorney in Gbarnga has been dancing around proceeding with the prosecution but we are not going to let this case die. We are seeking a change of venue. Even though I consider him to be a personal friend, I and other citizens of Kokoyah are absolutely determined to put Paramount Chief Glaygboe behind bars, not only to punish him for eating our money but, more importantly, as a deterrent to anyone else in District public service who might be thinking about doing the same thing.And this brings me to a point. As leader of an organization or country, you have to be completely colour blind when it comes to matters of crime and punishment. You cannot pick and choose. Every human being on this green earth is a friend or relative or someone else. So, if you cannot take action against your friends and family when they commit criminal offences, you have no moral authority to take action against anyone else.The writer is a Certified Public Accountant and businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez to undergo knee surgery

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption The 32-year-old Suárez is the club’s fourth all-time leading scorer with 191 goals in 270 matches. He has helped Barcelona win one Champions League, four Spanish league and four Copa del Rey titles.Barcelona did not say how long it expects to be without its second-leading scorer this season after Lionel Messi. Suarez has 14 goals so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4He will likely miss several Spanish league and cup matches during a January and February packed with games from the two domestic competitions, including an always demanding trip to Valencia on Jan. 25.Barcelona plays Napoli in the Champions League round of 16, with the first leg in Italy on Feb. 25 and the second leg at Camp Nou on March 18. Barcelona’s Luis Suarez reacts during the Spanish Super Cup semifinal soccer match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at King Abdullah stadium in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says Uruguay striker Luis Suárez will have surgery on Sunday for a right knee injury.The Spanish club made the announcement on Saturday – two days after Suárez played the complete 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Atlético Madrid in the semifinals of the Spanish Super Cup being held in Saudi Arabia.ADVERTISEMENT US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Nets’ Irving could return from shoulder injury vs Hawks MOST READ Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ View commentslast_img read more

Parking Meters installation an abuse of citizens

first_imgDear Editor,I have been reading with considerable interest the concerns being expressed by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) of Guyana regarding the project to rollout parking meters in Georgetown, pointing out the fact it is an indirect taxation without any value creation for the users.I do agree with the PSC which represents a cross-section of businesses in the country, regarding the negative impact this will have on businesses operating within the city; in particular on their employees and customers of the various businesses.I however do not understand their concern regarding the fact that the Mayor and City Council will only get from every 0 taken while the remaining will go towards administration and wealth creation of the investors. This is not and oversight or error on the part of the Council, this was deliberate and cheerfully agreed to for reasons best known to them, and as a result of a complete lack of concern for the raw deal the citizens will be getting. This is just abuse of our citizens by a foreign company in a most shocking way. In fact, I consider it modern day slavery.The advertisements which suggest that the parking meters will increase security, public safety and the efficiency in doing business within the capital city are just completely ridiculous.But I have a few concerns of my own – the first being whether this foreign company really has any experience in this business as they claim. If they did then they would not draw the spaces for only midsized cars. What happens when an SUV, pickup, van, and other larger vehicles wish to park? They will have to take up half of another space I guess and pay additionally?Secondly, I would like to know why they are being allowed to mark out spaces on roadways that do not fall under the purview of the Georgetown Municipality. Will they be giving the paltry 20 per cent to the Public Infrastructure Ministry or the Government of Guyana for those roads? Or will the Georgetown Municipality benefit from this largesse?Regards,Riley Matthewslast_img read more

Five lessons from Real’s Clasico victory

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, October 26-Real Madrid took the spoils in the first El Clasico of the season as Luis Suarez’s Barcelona debut ended in a 3-1 defeat.A ninth consecutive win in all competitions takes Madrid to within a point of Barca at the top of La Liga. Here, AFP sports looks at what else can be gleaned from the victory for Carlo Ancelotti’s menMore to come from SuarezThe Uruguayan was starting his first competitive match in four months since biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup and made an instant impact as he teed up Neymar for the opening goal.There were a few more flashes of brilliance as Lionel Messi should have tucked away another fine cross to make it 2-0, whilst he turned the Real defence on numerous occasions after the break without finding the final finish or pass.All positive signs for Luis Enrique’s men on what was ultimately a disappointing day.Madrid didn’t miss BaleA muscle injury robbed Gareth Bale of taking part in the biggest week of Madrid’s season to date, but they haven’t missed him whilst firing six goals past Barca and Liverpool in the past four days.Bale’s absence allowed Ancelotti to use the 4-4-2 system that guided Los Blancos to victory against Barca in the Copa del Rey final in April with Isco’s work rate and guile in midfield more than compensating for the lack of Bale’s pace on the counter-attack.Neymar is lethal, Messi wasn’tThe Brazilian registered his 11th goal this season in as many games with his only clear chance in the match as he ghosted inside Dani Carvajal and Pepe to slot into the far corner.And the result might have been very different had Messi been so precise with his big opportunity as Iker Casillas spread himself well to prevent the Argentine doubling Barca’s lead and becoming the joint top La Liga goalscorer of all-timeSame old defensive deficencies for BarcaThe game was decided by two goals in the second-half which came from corners as Barca continued to suffer from the defensive problems that dogged their trophyless campaign last season.Pepe powered Madrid in front as, just as in their only previous defeat this season away to Paris Saint-Germain, the Catalans were caught napping at a set-piece.Then, in their haste to equalise, Barca were caught on the counter-attack from a corner of their own as a mix up between Andres Iniesta and Javier Mascherano prompted a lightning quick move finished off by Karim Benzema.A big night for CasillasEver since playing his role in Spain’s disastrous World Cup campaign, Casillas has come under fire to justify his place in the team from the Madrid fans amongst others.However, he rewarded Ancelotti’s faith in him with two fine stops at crucial points in the match as he spread himself to deny Messi before flying to his right to prevent Jeremy Mathieu a stunning equaliser just after Madrid had gone in front.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Valley Western wear shop headin’ for the last roundup as cowboy era moseys out

first_imgSo when the last piece of merchandise and all the fixtures are sold – probably by late November or early December – it’s last call for King’s Western Wear at 11450 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. “The day we told people we were closing and kicked off our last sale, all I did was cry,” says Arlene, who at 86 was still working in the store with her son until recently. Maury died in 1995. “This was our baby, and it’s very, very sad to say goodbye,” she said. But while the good times lasted, it was one heck of a ride, says Randy, who joined the family business after graduating from Birmingham High in 1977. King’s Western Wear attracted a who’s who of Hollywood stars living in the Valley. Old movie cowboys Gene Autry and Randolph Scott were steady customers. Bob Hope and James Cagney used to drop in every few weeks when they were in town. Actor Tom Selleck still comes in. Up on the wall are head shots of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and actor Tom Cruise thanking all the employees of King’s Western Wear. Their store was also a trend-setter, Randy says. Long before other retailers selling Levi and Lee jeans got the idea, King’s was sending 200 pairs of the rock-hard jeans to the laundry every week to be softened up. “They came back soft and faded, and we began selling them like hot cakes,” Randy says. “We had 2,500 pair on the shelves at one time. “We sold to everybody from square dancers and weekend cowboys to bell-bottomed hippies in the ’70s. It was great.” King’s moved off Van Nuys Boulevard and onto Ventura Boulevard in 1996 to be nearer the studios and its customers, many of them living in or near Studio City. But the handwriting was already on the wall, Randy says. Business – particularly cowboy business in the Valley – was slowing down. Horse tack, saddles, bridles, bits and spurs weren’t jumping off the shelves anymore. The store with the bucking bronco on top was barely hanging on. “Times changed,” Randy says. “Nothing we can do about that. It’s time for us to go.” Before they do, Arlene and Randy want to say thank you to all their customers for the past 61 years. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to be part of the growth of the San Fernando Valley,” Arlene says. But now it’s time to ride off into the sunset. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.King’s Sporting Goods and Riding Shop in Van Nuys became strictly King’s Riding Shop, and later King’s Western Wear. It moved from Van Nuys after 50 years to Studio City in 1996. And now, after 61 years in business, “it’s time to ride off into the sunset,” Randy was saying Wednesday – half laughing, half cringing at the old cowboy pun. The long customer lines that used to snake down Van Nuys Boulevard for the King’s Western Wear holiday sale the day after Thanksgiving haven’t been long and snaking for years now. The studios that spent a lot of money at King’s buying Western clothes for TV shows such as “Dallas” and “The Dukes of Hazzard” are getting them straight from manufacturers for product placement now. They’re still selling a lot of blue jeans and boots, but not enough to keep a business this size open, Randy says. Maury and Arlene King came back from lunch one day in 1946 and saw their retail future flash right before their eyes. It wasn’t selling barbells and tennis rackets like they thought. It was peddling saddles and blue jeans to a young, growing, still rural San Fernando Valley. “The only thing that had sold while they were at lunch that day was a saddle,” says Randy King, Maury and Arlene’s son. “That’s when Mom and Dad realized they could sell more horse tack in the Valley than dumbbells.” last_img read more

Parole denied for man involved in killing cop

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Board of Parole Hearings member Linda Shelton and Deputy Commissioner Barbara Moore denied Williams parole. More than 50 residents had submitted letters opposing his release – “the strongest community opposition I’ve ever seen,” Morrison said. Williams’ attorney, Marc Norton, had argued that his client had taken responsibility for his role in the slaying and was filled with remorse. Norton could not be reached Wednesday. For law enforcement officials, the shooting represents one of the most heinous examples in memory of payback against a cop. “Murdering someone for doing his job is incomprehensible,” said Peggy Fiderio, who works at the LAPD Scientific Investigation Division and opposed Williams’ parole. “Murdering someone in front of his son is animalistic.” The Mac-10 machine pistol rattled off a burst of gunfire, cutting down Los Angeles Police Department Detective Tom C. Williams. By his side that fateful Halloween 21 years ago was his 6-year-old son, spared by an order from Dad to duck beneath the hail of bullets outside his Canoga Park church school. For his part in the conspiracy to kill a cop, Voltaire Alphonse Williams – no relation to the detective – was given a 25-years-to-life sentence. On Wednesday, a state parole board ordered that the 43-year-old inmate be kept behind bars at least two more years. “All murders are sad,” Los Angeles County prosecutor Lawrence Morrison said by phone from Solano State Prison in Vacaville, where Williams is serving his time. “But it’s especially bad when a policeman is assassinated for just doing his job. For family members, it represented the loss of a devoted husband and father of two. An hour before the shooting, he had called his wife, Norma, to say how much he loved her. “Over the years, Halloween has been a horrible reminder,” said Norma Williams, who recently moved from West Hills to a state she asked not be identified. “We hate it. We just try to grit our teeth and get through it.” She said her daughter, Susan, then a 17-year-old student at Canoga Park High, now attends the funerals of slain police officers. Her son, Ryan, still struggles with guilt about not being able to save his dad. In the late afternoon of Halloween 1985, 42-year-old Thomas Charles Williams was shot eight times as he picked up Ryan at Faith Baptist Church School. The detective, who had turned down an appointment at West Point to become a cop, had testified hours earlier in a robbery trial against his assailant. The triggerman in the killing, Daniel Steven Jenkins of North Hollywood, was sentenced to death. For protecting his son, the LAPD issued Williams a posthumous Medal of Valor. dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tosun fuming as Ferguson hauls off another substitute, but Ancelotti sees funny side

first_imgCenk Tosun was fuming after Duncan Ferguson brought him off during Everton’s 0-0 draw with Arsenal.For the second consecutive week, the interim boss substituted a substitute following Moise Kean’s controversial withdrawal at Old Trafford last weekend. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:09Loaded: 14.23%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Before the goalless draw, Everton confirmed the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.The Italian watched on from the stands as Ferguson took charge of his last game as temporary manager of the club.And the new boss couldn’t help but chuckle as Tosun was surprisingly removed from the action.Ancelotti will take charge of the Toffees for their next game, the Boxing Day visit of Burnley, and Ferguson is expected to retain his place among the coaching staff. Sam Allardyce says Duncan Ferguson should have embraced Moise Kean when he subbed him Moise Kean returns!For the second game in a row Duncan Ferguson takes off a substitute.Carlo Ancelotti can see the funny side. pic.twitter.com/9WqGpUPXpP— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 21, 2019And Tosun, who was introduced in the 10th minute and taken off in the 80th, was similarly frustrated with Ferguson’s decision.Ironically, it was Kean who replaced the Turkish striker!Tosun stormed past his manager, refusing to shake his hand, before heading straight down the tunnel at Goodison Park.center_img Kean suffered a similar fate last weekend 1 Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar: Malinga is a world-class bowler and a thorough gentleman

first_imgAppreciating speedster Lasith Malinga, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said the Sri Lankan is a world-class bowler and that it was a fantastic experience to play with him in the Indian Premier League.”It’s a difficult answer. Malinga has totally a different type of action. I don’t think any other bowler in the world, I have seen at the international level, who comes even 50 per cent close to that. He’s a truly world-class bowler, true champion.Sachin’s comments came in response to a question posed by the moderator on how to play Malinga. “Having played with him for Mumbai Indians was a fantastic experience. He is a thorough gentleman. On a lighter note, when many people ask me how to play him, I say ‘bal ko nahin, ball ko dekho (don’t look at the hair, look at the ball),” said Tendulkar.Also read: Sachin Tendulkar meets coach Achrekar on Guru PurnimaReplying to a query on his fondness for Hyderabad, Tendulkar said he and the whole team looked forward to playing in Hyderabad and enjoy the ‘biryani’ the city is famous for.The little master quietly stayed at the famous Falaknuma Palace in the city for two days along with his family.”I kept hearing a lot of things about Falaknuma from my friends. I wanted to have that royal experience. So, with my family, I had come there quietly for a couple of days. I spent two days at Falaknuma Palace. It was an enriching experience. To build a palace like that, it must have taken so much time. That imagination, that vision to have something as spectacular as that. It is something that stays with you forever. That experience has been special,” Tendulkar said.advertisementAsked about his recent social media post that he missed a bus in the United Kingdom, he said it was only a joke. “I had to re-post that I didn’t miss the bus, but you guys definitely missed the joke.”last_img read more

Watch: How ISIS trains Indian recruits for terror strikes

first_imgOver 14 men belonging to Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind (Army of Caliph of India), the Indian wing of ISIS, were arrested in raids across the country for planning attacks on important installations ahead of the Republic Day.The arrests have once again highlighted the ISIS’s nefarious plan of expanding its terror tentacles in India.Now, for the first time, India Today TV brings you video proof of Indians being trained by the Islamic State inside Afghanistan. ISIS campThe video was shot in Kandahar. Intelligence agencies have managed to identify the 7 Indians who can be seen in the motivational video.Make no mistake, the threat from the Islamic State is clear and present.The video shows 9 men getting terror training at an ISIS camp in the Afghanistan-Waziristan region. But not all 9 men in this video are from Syria. 7 of them are Indian, who’ve fled the country to fight for the Islamic state.Intelligence agencies say that these 7 men belong to Ansar-ul-Tawhid for Hind, an offshoot of the Indian Mujahideen, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.The training video is being used as propaganda by the ISIS to lure other young men in India.Titled, Lions of India, the video, accessed exclusively by India Today, even identifies all men undergoing training.The 9 men in the video are identified as Abu Lasees from Deccan, Abu Faisal from Saudi Arabia, Abu Ali from Afganistan, Abu Mohammad from Uttar Pradesh, Abu Bashir from Uttar Pradesh, Abu Masaav from Karnataka, Abu Sayeed from Karanataka and Abu Humaira from Mumbai.advertisementThis is the first time, Indians fighting for ISIS have been named in a propaganda video.It also shows how trained ISIS militants are being sent from Kandahar in Afghanistan to unleash terror in India.And in a telling message, the video also shows the ISIS flag flying over the Red Fort in New Delhi.In another video released by Ansar-ul-Tawhid for Hind, these men, whose faces have been masked, can be heard instigating Indians to join ISIS.India Today has identified the voices in this video. The voice that you hear is of Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar, the man who used to head the Indian Mujahideen earlier.Originally from Bhatkal, Karnataka, Sultan Armar went missing with his brother 10 years ago.The man sitting in the centre in the video is Sultan Armar. Intelligence agencies believe that Sultan died while fighting for ISIS in Syria.The man sitting next to Sultan is his brother, Safi Armar, who is now said to be the chief of ISIS in India.Former Additional Secretary R&AW, Jaydeva Ranade, pointed out that the video will actually help Indian agencies in their counter-radicalisation efforts and it will also help them to understand what kind of training is being imparted to these men by terror outfits such as ISIS.Speaking on Newsroom, top strategic affairs expert Sushant Sareen said that some of the guys in the video may have actually first gone to Pakistan for terror training.”The Indian Mujahideen at one point of time had very close relationship with the ISI and the Lashkar-e-Taiba. They were supposed to be the Indian franchise of those fellows. Then there was a split in the ranks of those who wanted to be with the ISI and those who wanted to fight for this larger Jihadist cause and not become tools in Pakistani hands. Many of those fellows apparently crossed the Durand Line and linked up with some of the TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) elements. There were some reports that they went to North Waziristan,” Sareen said.last_img read more