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VOL 9 NO.152

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015

PRICE L$40

PRESIDENT SIRLEAF TELLS WORLD


DEADLY VIRUS SCARS UNIMAGINABLE

EBOLA INDELIBLE MARKS

Undoubtedly, the Ebola scourge leaves indelible marks of grief, sorrow and
unimaginable affliction. But it has also caused us to celebrate heartwarming tales of
extraordinary courage and leadership across governments and communities as well as
exceptional regional and international cooperation-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

UN ASSEMBLY - pg. 6

CENTRAL BANK OF LIBERIA

MARKET BUYING AND SELLING RATES


LIBERIAN DOLLARS PER US DOLLAR

BUYING

SELLING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

L$87.00/US$1

L$88.00/US$1

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

L$87.00/US$1

L$88.00/US$1

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

L$87.00/US$1

L$88.00/US$1

These are indicative rates based on results of daily surveys of the foreign exchange market
in Monrovia and its environs. The rates are collected from the Forex Bureaux and the
commercials banks. The rates are not set by the Central Bank of Liberia.
Source: Research, Policy and Planning Department, Central Bank Liberia, Monrovia, Liberia

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Monrovian February this year, the International


Consortium of Investigative Journalists
website released information relating to 300
secret bank accounts accused of involvement
in tax evasion scheme accordingly operated with
the knowledge of British multinational bank HSBC
via its Swiss subsidiary, HSBC.
The investigation was conducted by over 130
journalists in European countries including
France, United States, Switzerland and 46 others
countries alleged that 180.6 billion euros passed
through accounts held with HSBC in Geneva
by over 100,000 clients and 20,000 offshore
companies between November 2006 and March
2007.
Known as the biggest leak in Swiss banking
history, African countries made up huge sums of
money deposited into Swiss banks with Eritrea
topping the list with a single client from the
country banking a whopping $695.2 million.
There were other African countries listed in the
top 10 list including Chad and the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
Liberia was ranked 13th amongst the African
countries that made up the list with a single
client baking $59.7 million. Out of 203 countries
in world Liberia was ranked #75 with a total of
US$287.9 million deposited by clients associated
with Liberia.
The leaks indicate that there were 60 client
accounts opened between 1987 and 2006 and
linked to 128 bank accounts associated with
Liberia.
Out of the 60 clients, 58 clients are associated
with Liberia and 2% have a Liberian passport or
nationality.
The money deposited in foreign banks by clients
associated with poor countries including Liberia
is staggering to the extent that a project managed
on the website www.swissleaksreviewed.org has
calculated the percentage of money deposited
through this process to the percent of Gross
Domestic Product.
In the analysis, it is indicated that the money
associated Liberia amounts to 287.9 million which
is 14.76% of the countrys GDP.
In a statement issued today at 9:00 am GMT
entitled SwissLeaks Reviewed: Developing
countries the biggest victims, the statement

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indicates that one African country for example,


Kenya, SwissLeaks money connected to that East
African country is six and half times higher share
of GDP than the money connected to Spain.
According to the statement, the Swissleaks
scandal shows poor countries are likely to be
damaged much more than rich ones, according to
a new analysis of the leaked HSBC Swiss account
information.
Campaigners say the evidence strengthens
developing nations urgent need to know about
their citizens foreign bank accounts, but a G20
Finance Ministers meeting next week looks set to
keep them in the dark.
While all the focus on Swissleaks so far has been
on the huge sums of money hidden from places
like the US, UK, France and Spain, SwissLeaks
Reviewed, the joint project of Christian Aid and
the Financial Transparency Coalition, re-examined
the SwissLeaks data as a percentage of a countrys
GDP.
The statement continued The results were
staggering. Because the totals arent huge, no
real attention has been paid to the cash from
developing countries in HSBC Switzerland,
yet proportionally Senegal has nearly three
times as much in HSBC Switzerland as France,
and more than 10 times as much as Germany;
similarly outsized proportions run true for many
developing countries, said Joseph Stead, Senior
Economic Advisor at Christian Aid. We shouldnt
be ignoring this, and neither should the G20.
The review noted that as Finance ministers and
Central Bankers of G20 nations are gathering on
9 October to put the final touches on a plan to cut
cross-border tax evasion, the new interpretation
of the data shows just how much more developing
countries have to lose, and why they must be a
central voice in designing solutions for the future.
Joseph Stead, one of the campaigners said
The goal of automatic exchange of financial
information between governments is laudable,
but requirements of the OECD system will end
up acting as barriers to developing country
inclusion, said Stead.
He continued When you look at SwissLeaks
money in relation to a countrys economy, its clear
why we cant let this happen; tax haven banks
like HSBC Switzerland are hiding proportionally
a much larger amount of money, and potentially

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depriving developing countries of significant,


desperately needed tax revenues.
Another campaigner Christian Freymeyer, Press
& Digital Media Coordinator for the Financial
Transparency Coalition said ICIJs SwissLeaks
investigation was monumental to the broader
discussion on illicit flows and tax evasion, but
much of the initial media coverage centered
around money in places like the U.S., France, and
Spain,.
Freymeyer added We wanted to use the same data,
but visualize it differently, to help demonstrate the
scale of the problem for developing countries, and
why the fact that they dont have a say in the global
standard setting process is cause for concern.
The campaigners say while the G20 and OECD are
finalizing the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)
on automatic information exchange, which will
be formally adopted at the G20 Leaders Summit
in November, questions linger about the inclusion
of low-income countries, who may not have
the technology or capacity to meet some of the
requirements.
Ninety-five per cent of the worlds offshore
activity is in high income countries, and just 0.05
per cent is in low-income countries. The clear
problem is money held in banks in rich countries,
so its hypocritical for those same rich counties
to refuse to consider a temporary period of nonreciprocity where developing countries could
simply receive information about their own
citizens money abroad, added Stead. The OECD
is essentially asking low income countries to solve
a problem that doesnt exist, he
As important as the SwissLeaks media coverage
was to stir policy debate in Europe and the US,
a closer look at the data reveals some major
constraints and shortcomings of the OECDs
plan to fight cross-border tax evasion, added
Freymeyer.
We also hope it will help focus attention on
Switzerlands policies; so far they have suggested
that no matter what developing countries do to
join the exchange, Switzerland is unlikely to share
information with them, as there is no political or
economic necessity to do so. While that may be
true for Switzerland, this data show its not the
case for developing countries, where theres a
clear economic need for this information added
Stead.

With countries such as Spain


working and has already
recouped 15% of the money
connected to it in back taxes
and fees, it remains to be
seen what countries such
as Liberia will do to recover
these hidden money.
Majority of the period during
which the clients accounts
were
opened
between
1987 and 2006, Liberia was
experiencing
instability
especially from 1989 to
2005.
During these years, rebel
activities contributed to
illegal transactions as rebel
leaders used illegal means to
support their rebellion.
Reports of gunrunning and
other business deals in
exchange for minerals and
forest resources from Liberia
were common during the
course of the Liberian civil
war.
In 2003, at the height of
the Liberian civil war,
Switzerland ordered its
banks to block any account
held by former Liberian
President Charles Taylor,
his relatives and members
of the Taylor government
following a request by the
United Nations-backed court
set up to try war crimes
suspects in Sierra Leone. At
the time, international news
agencies reported that Swiss
banks had declared US$1.5
billion belong to private and
public interests in Liberia.
In 2010, a report in the New
York Times suggested that
the estimates of hidden
wealth believed to have been
extracted from Liberias
timber and diamond trades,
its international merchant
shipping registry, tax coffers
and the government of
Taiwan run from as high
as $3billion to a mid-range
of US$280 million but none
was tied directly to Taylor.
The
former
President
during his appearance in
court in 2009 challenged
prosecutors claims that he
had millions in Swiss banks.
I challenge any human
being or organization in this
world I mean this planet to
bring one bank account that
Charles Taylor has money in.
I have heard the prosecutor
blatantly saying, we found
millions. Bring the Millions
here.
But Stephen Rapp, the
U.S.
Ambassador-at-large
for war crimes issues and
former prosecutor on the
case was quoted by the
Times as saying that the
hunt could continue for
years. You will never find an
account listed under Charles
Taylor, he said. In all of
these asset recovery cases
of former leaders who have
been accused of corruption
or worse, it has taken a long
time to achieve recovery. So
this is not going to end.

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FrontPage COMMENTARY
EDITORIAL A THREE HORSES RACE
v

URGENT ACTION
NEEDED TO CURB
ILLICIT FINANCIAL
FLOWS

LIBERIA IS NO DOUBT in need of all the necessary and


available resources to put the country back on the track of
growth and development.
SINCE RETURNING FROM war more than one decade ago,
the country continues to struggle to provide the needs of
the population estimated at over four million people.
THE HEALTH SECTOR is awful, education in a complete
mess borrowing the words of President Ellen Johnson
Sirleaf, basic social services are lacking with majority
of the population unable to have access to safe drinking
water and good health care.
STUDENTS IN RURAL Liberia sit on the floor and in some
instances in the open in pursuit of poor quality education
due to lack of chairs and good school buildings.
ROADS AND OTHER infrastructure are terrible and during
the rainy season Liberians face the worse some spending
weeks in the bushes along the road to get from one location
to another due to vehicles breakdown or getting stuck in
the mud.
WITH THESE APPALLING conditions facing the country,
Liberia is in dying need of all the available resources to
provide better living conditions for the population but on
the contrary resources are leaving the country.
SOME INDIVIDUALS FOR personal and selfish reasons
prefer transferring the limited resources out of the country
ignoring the plight of their fellow Liberians.
OVER THE LAST few months the international Watchdog
group Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has released reports
showing how thousands of dollars are leaving Liberia
through illicit means.
IN JUNE THIS year, GFI reported that Liberia is ranked the
second country in the world with the most illicit outflows
of money
ILLICIT FINANCIAL OUTFLOWS from Liberia according to
the GFI reached 61.6 percent of gross domestic product on
average between 2008 and 2012, and 80.6 percent of total
trade volume.
THIS, GFI STATED that money lost could have funded
the country health budget four and half times over, in a
country where 63.8 percent of the population are living
in poverty.
IT HAS BEEN estimated that nearly US$1 trillion in illicit
finance leave poor countries each year, money world
leaders say could help replace the shrinking amounts of
foreign aid and support ambitious new development goals.
A senior official of Global integrity says illicit financial
flows are pervasive in developing countries.
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN countries are ranked high based
on total tax revenues, appearing in the top 25 at a rate
higher than it appears in the overall group.
AGAIN IN ANOTHER recent report the GFI ranked Liberia
the fifth country in the world where illicit financial flows
swamped national spending on health with a ratio of
455.7%.
THESE REPORTS BY the GFI relating to Liberia are
very alarming and require serious attention from all
stakeholders mainly the government to put in place
stringent measures to curb the huge wave of illicit financial
flows from the country.
UNLESS SOMETHING DONE, real development will not be
achieved in Liberia, it will look like water being pour in
bucket with big hole at the bottom where the water later
escapes.
DONORS WILL CONTINUE to pump in millions while the
money evaporates with no impact on Liberia and Liberians
THIS SITUATION IS harming the growth and development
of Liberia and must be addressed urgently.

TO THE FINISH LINE-2017

By; Julius Vonleh, Contributing writer

n every radio talk show, on every street corner and


even in the offices of private and public agencies,
the talk about the 2017 elections is ever increasing.
They speak of 2017 with passion, zeal and disgust.
Parents and children alike find themselves different sides of
the political shades.They are prepared to make a difference in
their lives, not because it is an imperative, but because they
feel let down by the power that be. However, will Liberians
remain consistent until that time or will they be carried away
by handouts and false hope?
It is no secret that the government of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has
miserably failed the Liberian people, it has dashed their hopes
and aspirations whether selfish or nationalistic. The lack of
the provision of basic social services such as education, health
care and roads remain major constrains for the country. The
agriculture sector is also so dormant that there are signs of
food insecurity in several counties including Bomi and Sinoe.
It is as though the government is no longer of the people, by
the people and for the people. It has assassinated democracy
and replaced same with corruption, nepotism and selective
justice. With this dashed hope, lots of the voting populace
remains unplugged from their government; they are hopeless
and wearied like sheep led to the slaughter.
Liberians will definitely be seeking answers from a roll call
of more than 10 presidential aspirants. The proliferation of
these candidates has the tendency to create a sense of political
apathy or indifference from voters. In this brief narrative,
I turn my political lenses on three of the many would be
presidential hopefuls. The pictorial order should be ignored
and focus should be placed on the issues that will form the
basis for rationale political decision making come 2017.
Like many Liberians, I am convinced that some of the most
critical issues of concerns would include corruption, nepotism,
the provision of social services including agriculture, electricity
and roads and climate change among others. However, for this
first edition, I take a cursory look at where these candidates
stand on the issues of corruption and agriculture.
Joseph Boakai: As Vice President, he presides over the Senate
and assist the president in the implementation of her national
development agenda. As it has become a way of life for this
government, the Vice President has never made a single
criticism on the issue of corruption. Critics say he has done
so in quietude or behind closed doors but the President has
refused to listen to him. But of what good it is to the people
if he only speaks about corruption behind closed doors? So
what are the chances of him speaking on corruption when and
if ever elected?
For Senator George Weah, it is somewhat difficult to understand
where he stands on the issue of corruption due to the fact that
he is not noted for speaking. This form of political inaction is
either due to advice from his supporters or that he naturally
lacks the ability to speak to issues extemporaneously. However,
it is sometimes better to remain silent them to expose your
incompetence. Whatever the case, the Senator himself has
been embroiled in few corruption scandals including the time
when he served as Peace Ambassador for the country as well
as his role in financial foul play at the Legislature.
Charles Brumskine has oftentimes spoken on the issue of
corruption as a virus and an incurable sore of this government.
However, whether he remains true to paper is yet to be
determined. As there is limited information on his stay as
President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, it is difficult to
see whether he was involved in any corrupt malpractice. But
whatever the case is, he must confront and address the issue
of corruption realistically.
We now turn to the issue of agriculture, which is the bedrock
of any nation. Someone once said that a nation that is able to
feed itself will no doubt be a powerful nation. However and in
spite of the natural resources and vegetation this country has,
Liberia faces the problem of food insecurity to the extent that
the nations spend more than 220m on the importation of its
staple; a huge revenue outflow.
For VP Boakai, it is expected that he should have a comparative
advantage on the issue of agriculture not because he comes

from an agriculture rich county but because he once served


as Manager of LPMC. So for him, he should have a better
understanding of both subsistence and mechanize farming
and how they can be used to improve standard of living by
increasing income.

I do have an unyielding belief that


all people yearn for certain things:
the ability to speak your mind and
have a say in how you are governed;
confidence in the rule of law and
the equal administration of justice;
government that is transparent and
doesnt steal from the people; the
freedom to live as you choose. Those
are not just American ideas, they are
human rights, and that is why we
will support them everywhere. Now,
there is no straight line to realize
this promise. But this much is clear:
governments that protect these rights
are ultimately more stable, successful
and secure. Barack Obama

Unfortunately, there have been rumors of the VP involvement


in an ACDI agri project that should have been funded by
the Libyan government. The alleged demand by the VP for
kickbacks stalled that project. Additionally, the VP has made
no inroads in the sustainability of the LPMC to the extent that
it is about to be decommissioned into a non-entity. So what
will he say about the agriculture sector during the campaign
season?
As Senator Weah remains mute on several national issues, it is
difficult to see what his plans for the agriculture sector are and
how a CDC led government can create food security for the
Liberian people. This does not mean that we should just see it
written on paper, but must also be expressed by the Senator.
Unfortunately again, his natural sense of speechlessness puts
voters in a state of decision imbalance.
Cllr. Brumskine likewise Senator Weah must be able to tell the
Liberian people how a Liberty Party led government intends
to tackle the problem of food insecurity and lift Liberians from
the dungeon of poverty to a better standard of living. This is
not just a paper talk, a clear and well defined roadmap must
be laid before the Liberian people with practical steps into
achieving sustainable agriculture goals towards reducing
poverty.
In short, the platforms of these candidates is insufficient to
convince the thousands of vulnerable Liberians as there is no
guarantee that they will be true to what they say on paper. For
this and many other reasons, ordinary Liberians must begin
to question the commitment of these individuals through
consistent dialogues on the way forward. It is also expected
that supporters of these three candidates would respond to
these issues on their behalf in a more responsible manner so
as to ensure the voting populace of their intent to address the
two major issues outlined so far.
One last thing, voters are not servants; they are the masters of
their faith. However, if the master decides on hiring a greedy
and selfish servant, the master may as well be enslaved to
her servant. If voters cannot call a spade a spade, voters will
always be slaves to their servants. As quoted by Naomi Klein:
Democracy is not just the right to vote but rather the right to
live in dignity. So to live in dignity requires making the right
choice and not one based on fun fare, ethnicity, false hope or
sentiments.

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MOCKERY: ELLEN
LETTER TO LEGISLATURE
ABOUT TRC REPORT

TQ Harris CEO at HV WoodGas Technology


Now that President Ellen Johnson has shown interest in
implementing the TRC recommendations, we stand ready
to give her our fullest support. As the original advocate for
the formation of a War Crimes Court for Liberia and a strong
supporter of the truth and reconciliation component of the
national healing process, it would be my pleasure and indeed an
honor to serve as the administrator of the TRC implementation
phase to ensure it is handled properly and in accordance
with international standards. For my time and services, I will
accept no compensation. Madam President, any further delay
in dealing with the TRC issue will only mean more suffering
for the Liberian people. We must act now and close this ugly
chapter in an otherwise impressive history. Let's Go! 231 77
011-0119 / 231 88 040-2479
Sarr Abdulai Vandi
Isn't she crafty, cunning, tricky and treacherous?

After deliberately debunking and refusing to implement the


TRC recommendations, which questioned and jeopardise her
2011 Presidential bid, she now disingenuously recommends
the implementation of the recommendations in the dying days
of her corrupt and incompetent governance, and illegitimate
rgime.
John Williams, Works at Unemployed
I think it would be an affront to the Liberian people and a
mockery of the international system if Ellen actually wrote
such a letter! The TRC Report was very clear on what to do
about stamping out impunity in Liberia! It recommended that
Ellen and others should have been banned from taking any
in political leadership for a number a years. Ellen and those
sanctioned deliberately disregarded the Recommendations
of the TRC. Regrettably, the Liberian people, unlike their
Burkinabe counterparts, lacked the courage to confront evil.
To add insult to injury, the international community remained
silent on the issue. In fact, Ellen was awarded a "Nobel Peace
Prize". This "Prize" was a slap in the face of the Liberian
people and convinced some to re-elect Ellen "because the
international community wants her". Some people argue
that "for the international community to support the TRC
Recommendation, the Liberian people should have led the
way". This is a lazy argument! Did the people of Sudan "lead the
way?" Did the people of Kenya lead the way?" Did the people of
Rwanda "lead the way" when one of their officials was arrested
for human rights violations while on a foreign trip? Ellen will
be completed two terms very soon. Then she has the nerves of
writing a letter to implement a TRC Recommendation that bans
people from politics while, when she herself should have been
disqualified long ago? Of course, the international community
can take whatever action it deems necessary to "assist the
Liberian people and discourage impunity". However, some
Liberians will also wonder "Had Prince Johnson, George Boley,
Alhaji Kromah etc become President in 2005, would it have
been the same way?" But the Liberian people are to blame!
Burkinabes have shown all of Africa that the people are the
custodians of their own destiny. Compaore was a darling of the
international community but they kicked him out and banned
his buddies from contesting the coming elections. When his
surrogates tried to crawl in, they put them in their place. When
ECOWAS tried to arrange a "sweetheart deal" for them, the
people refused. "As you make your bed, so shall you lie on it!"
Moses Harris, Works at Retired
Mr. Williams, we cannot blame the international community for
treating us the way it does; they do this because we (Liberians)
don't know what we want. My fellow Liberians, until we change
our thinking (our mindset), we will always be ruled by those
individuals with the get, grab and go (what's in it for me)
mentality. My people, if we continue to sell our birthrights,
we will continue, as a nation, to suffer. With most, if not all,
of our resources auctioned off by this government, the next
government will have a serious problem managing (meeting)
its affairs; yor jus wait, yor will ce what hard time is.

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LIBERIANS MUST TAKE PARENTS DESERVE A


FIRST STEP ON TRC SAY IN SCHOOL CHOICE
RECOMMENDATIONS
The Editor,

THE EDITOR,

resident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf then needs to resign


and hand power over to Vice President Joseph Boakai
because the TRC Report recommended that she does
not hold any public office for 30 years. This will test
her honesty about her now calling for the implementation of the
TRC recommendations.
Why the change of heart this late in the game when Sirleaf
initially vehemently rejected theTRC provisions that call for her
and others not to hold any public office? Well, we should take
her word for whatever gain of salt it is worth: resign now, call
on the United Nations to help set up a Liberia War Crimes Court
outside Liberia, preferably in Europe as it did in Sierra Leone.
But this is all political gimmicks by Ellen, and we pray the
Legislature will take her words for granted and go at full speed
to grant her wishes. This also shows that certain people are
above the law in Liberia. The TRC Report is legal, binding but
Ellen sought to trample on it from the beginning and we let her
get away with it. Let's see if the National Legislature has the
political will to deliver and give meaning to the TRC Report.
Time will tell but this is all bluff by Ellen intended to win back
her sinking international image as a corrupt and incompetent
leader.
It is possible this political posturing by Ellen could backfire on
her if we Liberians exert pressure on the regime. We could do
that by protesting at the United Nations and in Washington and
ask the international to help us implement the TRC Report now
that President Sirleaf has half-heartedly and belatedly called for
its full implementation.
But the international community will do nothing if we Liberians
don't take the first step. A first step in that direction is for
Liberians in the United States to show up in their thousands
on Tuesday, September 29 at the United Nations and make our
demands known, not only for the implementation of the TRC
Report, but against corruption, human rights abuses, the abuse
of power, rape of baby girls and women, injustice, and the rapid
fire sale of our natural resources to greedy capitalist investors
with no benefit to poor tribal landowners and the nation in
general.
Liberia has some of the best political scientists in the world
but are not willing to put their money where their mouths
are; we want change but detest political activism. Nonviolent,
sustained peaceful protests can force positive changes in Liberia
but everyone is too busy to get involved in social and political
activism.
But Madame Sireaf who publicly confessed to funding the civil
war and the other war criminals in Liberia must know that
war crimes and crimes against humanity carry no statutes of
limitation. They can run but they can't hide, because "truth
crushed to earth shall rise again."--Carlyle.
Jerry Wehtee Wion,
Journalist and Political Commentator,
Washington, DC, USA

ome of the products of our government schools don't


know pupu! And they can't spell it (pupu) either--even if you told them that the word "pupu" begins
with a consonant and has 2 vowels in it! That's why
you see them booting on our beaches, even though when
there's a big sign that says DO NOT PUPU HERE, YOU IDIOT!"
But yet the President believes that you can improve our
education system by emulating the failed top-down policies
from the central planners at Ministry of Education and
the so-called education experts! (Re "Liberia's Messy
Education"...."From Mess to Best")
Look. Most of these education experts you see with the
President, at these meetings, wearing their exotic Liberian
apparel, are just there to make big, big speeches and eat
free government food. According to the Deputy Minister of
Education, Dr. Khalipha Bility "Before good food waste, let
belly burst!"
Since 2006, these same people and their ilk have failed to
improve the educational outcome of our children, but yet you,
Madame President, continue to take seriously the pretensions
of these so-called "education experts" who put on airs of
having professional expertise beyond the understanding of
our illiterate parents!
But you know what? I will never forget those market women
of West Point, with little or no schooling, who just wanted a
good education for their children. That was their vision, and
they didn't need book people telling them that government
schools were rotten and private schools were far superior!
They had common sense!
To achieve their vision, they toiled under the hot sun---selling
used clothing, pepper, bitter balls, etc. They used the profits
to send their kids to private Catholic Schools because they
knew that a superior education was the key to get you out of
poverty!
So how about empowering poor parents to solve our education
mess, Madame President? It's their children who bear the
brunt of your failed top-down government policies!
Yes, we all know that they can't read and write, but as my
father used to say, they got "Mother Wit".. They know good
schools from bad schools.
A good start in the right direction would be to abolish our
US$80 million Ministry of Education altogether, and use that
money to help poor parents who want to take their kids out of
poor performing government schools!
At the barest minimum, an "opportunity scholarship" or
education voucher ought to be available to allow poor parents
to opt out of our rotten government schools.
The time has come for poor parents to have school choice too!
Martin Scott
Atlanta, Georgia
martyretire@yahoo.com

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EBOLA INDELIBLE MARKS


PRESIDENT SIRLEAF TELLS WORLD DEADLY VIRUS SCARS UNIMAGINABLE

Undoubtedly, the Ebola scourge leaves indelible marks of grief, sorrow and unimaginable affliction. But it has
also caused us to celebrate heartwarming tales of extraordinary courage and leadership across governments and
communities as well as exceptional regional and international cooperation-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Monroviaollowing a difficult
year for Liberia when
the country and its
two neighbors-Sierra
Leone and Guinea experienced
the outbreak of the worse ever
Ebola virus in human history,
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
has the told the world that
although the virus is gone
but the aftermath remains
indelible.
Addressing the first General
Assembly of the United
Nations Tuesday in New
York, since the end of Ebola
in Liberia President Sirleaf

applauded the support of the


world in providing assistances
to Liberia in the quest to defeat
the virus before reminding the
world about the scars of the
virus on the country.
Said
President
Sirleaf
Undoubtedly,
the
Ebola
scourge
leaves
indelible
marks of grief, sorrow and
unimaginable
affliction.
But it has also caused us to
celebrate heartwarming tales
of
extraordinary
courage
and
leadership
across
governments and communities
as well as exceptional regional
and international cooperation.

SIRLEAF SPEECH

She
specifically
thanked
Secretary-General Ban Ki moon
whom she said in partnership
with Liberia and support
from the African Development
Bank, the African Union, the
European Union and the World
Bank hosted the International
Conference on Ebola Recovery
to focus attention on and seek
support for our post-Ebola
Recovery Programs.
The Liberian leader disclosed
that the country is now on the
path of implementing its post
Ebola economic stabilization
and recovery plan along with
bilateral and multilateral
partners.
We are now proceeding with
implementation of our Post
Ebola Economic Stabilization
and Recovery Plan with
expectation of support from
our bilateral and multilateral
partners.
We are also
committed to a regionally
approved Post Ebola Recovery
Strategy which the three
affected countries of the Mano
River Union, have formulated,
President Sirleaf declared.
The Ebola outbreak led to
breakdown in many sectors
including education, health and
others and the Liberian leader

in her speech noted that her


government and the Liberian
people are determined to
address the development
losses due to the virus.
She added We are determined
to address the development
losses including rebuilding
better and more resilient
health and education systems.
The Addis Ababa Action
Agenda, which we adopted
in April, offers pathways to
various forms of financing,
capacity
building
and
technological exchanges to
support the pursuit of our
development objectives. We
must now forge genuine
partnerships in order to move
ahead together on the road
to strengthening peace and
security, human rights, socioeconomic development and
environmental sustainability.
Pushing for women
The
first
democratically
elected female President in
Africa says while there has
been much improvement in the
status of women, more needs
to be done at the highest level
mainly the UN to have women
occupying top positions.
To this end she called on the
world to step-up and take

further measures beyond


moralizing gender equality
saying after with seventy years
only one woman has served
as President of the General
Assembly.
And while improvement has
been made in the status of
women, much more is still to
be done. We must therefore
all "step-up" and take further
measures beyond moralizing
gender equality to tangible
actions.
At seventy, only
three women have served
as President of the General
Assembly, one of them being
our compatriot Mrs. Angie
Brooks Randolph.
Only a
few women serve as special
representative of the Secretary
General and not a single woman
has ever served as SecretaryGeneral, said President Sirleaf.
According to her in many
countries around the world
women are treated as second
class citizens.
In many countries of the
world, women are still being
treated
as
second-class
citizens. And as Liberia bears
painful witness, weak public
health systems in individual
countries threaten global
health and wellbeing. It is
not beyond this body to find
answers and to respond as we
know we must, he challenged
the world.
Haunted by terrorism
While the terrorists are
causing havoc in Africas most
populous nation and biggest
economy Nigeria, with Boko
Haram bombing and killing

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civilians on a daily basis


President Sirleaf expressed
that Liberia and the other
countries are haunted by the
growing terrorist threats.
We are haunted by the growing
threats of destabilizing forces
such as Boko Haram and ISIS
as well as attempts to reverse
democratic initiatives such as
in Burkina Faso which invoked
an immediate and decisive
ECOWAS response, she stated.
On other critical issues
confronting the world, the
President
Sirleaf
spoke
changing climatic conditions.
President Sirleaf took a dip at
the UN concerning issues of
bureaucracies.
She questioned At seventy,
we feel compelled to ask:
Is our world organization
hindered today by inflexible
structures and overburdened
by bureaucracies? Is the
current structure of the UN fit
for purpose - to play its role
in the global transformation
process over the next 15 years?
We are encouraged by the
introspection which is taking
place at the UN around these
questions.
President Sirleaf and several
other world leaders are in
New York, the United States
attending the annual United
Nations General Assembly.
Sirleaf other fellow African
leader Robert Mugabe of
Zimbabwe frowned at western
powers for imposing issues of
Gays on other countries saying
we are not gays.

STATEMENT BY HER EXCELLENCY MADAM ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA
TO THE 70TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Mr. President;
Mr. Secretary General
Excellencies, Heads of State and Government and Heads of
Delegations
Distinguished delegates
Ladies and Gentlemen:

as Boko Haram and ISIS as well as attempts to reverse democratic

On this auspicious occasion, the seventieth anniversary of the


United Nations, I am honored to address this august assembly on
behalf of the Government and people of Liberia. I congratulate
you on your election as President of the Assembly and appreciate
the stewardship of your predecessor, H.E. Mr. Sam Kutesa who
ably conducted the affairs of the 69th session.

Excellencies,

Mr. President,

This year has registered ground breaking developments. After


50 years, the United States and Cuba have decided to resolve
their differences by establishing Diplomatic relations. Another
milestone the adoption here a few days ago of the Post 2015
Development Agenda: Transforming the world: 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development by which we committed to implement
measures to transform the lives of our peoples - to lift them from
poverty to prosperity and to preserve the planet. It was this same
vision, which, seventy years ago, motivated the founding of this
global organization to promote peaceful coexistence, economic
and social advancement of all peoples, respect for human dignity
and equal rights of men and women, and nations large and small.
I am proud to say that Liberia was among the founding members
of the United Nations.
The creation of the United Nations was a realization that only a
global organization, through the support and cooperation of the
comity of nations, would be suitable to grapple with the many
challenges faced by humanity.
Today, a reduction in interstate conflict, cooperation in the
protection and promotion of human rights, and in alleviating
global poverty, disease and hunger, etc., have been the hallmark
of this body.
On the other hand, increased intra-state conflicts and international
terrorism are seeking to undermine the gains made in reducing
human suffering. Protracted and intense conflicts in various parts
of the world pose serious threat to global peace and security.
Mr. President,

The United Nations is thus called to action by new and emerging


challenges. Despite commendable efforts, Africa, the Middle East,
Asia and Europe still have vortexes of conflict. Migrants and
people seeking refuge from conflicts and economic hardships are
swirling across Europe.
We are haunted by the growing threats of destabilizing forces such

of women, much more is still to be done. We must therefore all


"step-up" and take further measures beyond moralizing gender
equality to tangible actions. At seventy, only three women have
served as President of the General Assembly, one of them being our
compatriot many years ago, Mrs. Angie Brooks Randolph. Only a
few women have served or continues as special representatives
of the Secretary General and not a single woman has ever served
as Secretary-General.

initiatives such as in Burkina Faso which invoked an immediate


and decisive ECOWAS response.
Climate conditions are changing and so must we. In many
countries of the world, women are still being treated as secondclass citizens. And as Liberia bears painful witness, weak public
health systems in the individual countries threaten global health
and wellbeing. It is not beyond this body to find answers and to
respond and we know that we must.
At seventy, we feel compelled to ask: Is our world organization
hindered today by inflexible structures and overburdened by
bureaucracies? Is the current structure of the UN fit for purpose
- to play its role in the global transformation processes over the
next 15 years? We are encouraged by the introspection which is
taking place at the UN around these questions.
We commend the foresight of the Secretary-General in
directing a comprehensive review of peace operations, which is
complemented by a review of the organization's peace building
architecture and a global study on the implementation of
Resolution 1325 on women participation in peace processes.
After the completion of these reviews, we expect implementation
to bring further improvements. Liberia can attest, with gratitude,
to the critical and indispensable nature of the UN's peacekeeping
and peace building functions for post-conflict countries.
Mr. President,

This year we marked the twentieth anniversary of the


historic Beijing Conference and its Plan of Action for Women's
empowerment and gender equality. We are also marking the 15th
anniversary of resolution 1325 on women's participation in peace
processes. And while improvement has been made in the status

As we ponder, in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, three countries


worst-hit by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, we bear witness to
the foundational creed of the United Nations - that we can always
find it within our humanity to respond even to unknown enemies
to our collective progress. Accordingly, we remain grateful to all
of you for the outpouring of support and assistance as we faced
down the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, the greatest modern threat
to global public health.
We thank Secretary-General Ban who, in partnership with our
countries and support from the African Development Bank, the
African Union, the European Union and the World Bank hosted
the International Conference on Ebola Recovery to focus attention
on and seek support for our post-Ebola Recovery Programs.
Undoubtedly, the Ebola scourge leaves indelible marks of grief,
sorrow and unimaginable affliction. But it has also caused us
to celebrate heartwarming tales of extraordinary courage and
leadership across governments and communities as well as
exceptional regional and international cooperation.
We are now proceeding with implementation of our Post Ebola
Economic Stabilization and Recovery Plan with expectation of
support from our bilateral and multilateral partners to a regionally
approved Post Ebola Recovery Strategy which the three affected
countries of the Mano River Union, have formulated.
Mr. President,

We are determined to address the development losses including


rebuilding better and more resilient health and education
systems. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda, which we adopted
in April, offers pathways to various forms of financing, capacity
building and technological exchanges to support the pursuit
of our development objectives. We must now forge genuine
partnerships in order to move ahead together on the road to
strengthening peace and security, human rights, socio-economic
development and environmental sustainability.
We stand firm in the political will to meet any challenges in our
commitment to leave no one behind.
I thank you.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL SLAMS LIBERIAN DETENTION FACILITIES

POOR PRISON CONDITIONS


Despite policy reform and other positive initiatives, Amnesty International shares the concerns expressed by
several States during the review, regarding shortcomings in the justice sector, including prolonged pre-trial
detention, and poor conditions in detention-Amnesty International Public Statement

Monroviahe justice system of


Liberia continues to
come under strong
criticisms from local
and international organizations
for low performance including
violations of the basic human
rights of Liberians.
The United States Department
Human Rights report and
other reports have consistently
highlighted the appalling
conditions facing people in
various prisons around the
country.
Early
this
year,
a
FrontPageAfrica reporter who
travelled to the South Eastern
county of Grand Kru reported
that due to the lack of prison
facilities in the county, people
who commit crimes are
allowed to go free.
Also, the only makeshift prison
facility is being used to detain
both males and females with
no toilet facility, FPA reporter
observed.
The international human
rights group Transparency
International in a recent
public statement has once
again raised concerns over

the deficiencies in the judicial


system of the country.
In
a
statement
issued
25th September, Amnesty
International
stated
that
deficiencies in the Liberian
judicial system lead to
prolonged pre-trial detention
and impunity for sexual and
gender-based violence

The statement made in line


with the Human Rights
Council adoption of Universal
Periodic Review outcome
on Liberia indicates that
Amnesty appreciates efforts
by the Liberian authorities to
uphold human rights despite
challenges arising from the
Ebola outbreak, including its

engagement with the Universal


Periodic Review.
However,
despite
policy
reform and other positive
initiatives,
Amnesty
International
shares
the
concerns expressed by several
States during the review,
regarding shortcomings in
the justice sector, including

THE DEVELOPMENT OF
LIBERIA IS IN YOUR HANDS
says UNDP Country Director

Monrovia,
he Country Director
of the United Nations
Development
Program in Liberia
has stressed that Liberians
are the masters of their own
development.
Dr. Kamil
Kamaluddeen noted that
working together as a nation
and people brings about rapid
development.
Speaking during the hosting
of the Social Good Summit
on
Monday
September

28 and organized by the


United Nations Development
Program
in
partnership
with
the
Press
Union
of
Liberia
(PUL),
the
UNDP
Country
Director
stressed that development
can
only
be
achieved
through collaboration and
partnership.
The
development
of
Liberia is in your hands Dr.
Kamaluddeen noted.
This years social Good
summit was also center

around the build up to the


adoption of the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs),
the
new
development
agenda, Transforming Our
World.
According to the UNDP
Country Director, unlike the
Millennium
Development
Goals (MDGs), the SDGs
provide a broader and wider
platform to improve and make
better, the implementation of
programs that will support
poverty stricken communities

on achieving the 17 SDGs.


Also making remarks at the
program, the President of the
Press Union of Liberia Kamara
A.
Kamara
encouraged
Liberians to take appropriate
actions to end poverty, with
the adoption of the new set
of development Agenda, the
SDGs.
The Social Good Summit
explores how technology is
being used for social good
around the world. The global
theme, #2030NOW, asks the

prolonged pre-trial detention,


and poor conditions in
detention, the statement
added.
The human rights campaigner
wants Liberia to improve
conditions of detainees in all
places of detention.
Amnesty
International
urges Liberia to improve the
conditions of detainees in all
places of detention, in line with
international standards, and
to ensure access to genderspecific medical care, adequate
food, hygiene and exercise.
Liberia must ensure that pretrial detention is used only
as a measure of last resort,
including by expanding the
availability of mediation and
other options to reduce pretrial detention for minor
offences, stated Amnesty.
According to the campaigner,
as was highlighted by several
States during the review,
deficiencies in the judicial
system have led to impunity
for sexual and gender-based
violence.
Continued Amnesty Despite
an increasing rate of violence
against women and girls,

question, "what type of world


do I want to live in by the year
2030?". During the summit,
global citizens around the
world unite to unlock the
potential of technology to
make the world a better place.
In Liberia, the Social Good
Summit highlighted ways in
which new technology was
harnessed to help tackle the
Ebola outbreak in some of the
countrys most disadvantaged
communities.
On behalf of Dr. Mosoka
Fallah, his Deputy, Dr. Netty
Joe, of the Community Based
Initiative UNDP/Ministry of
Health Incident Management
System Programme led a
panel on technology and
public health to discuss how
technology was used to tackle
the Ebola virus.
According to Dr. Joe, the
community
engagement
methodology
proved
successful
with
the
recruitment, training and
deployment of 5,000 Active
Case Finders supported by
UNDP.
Communities like West Point,
were divided into zones to
help spot and report on cases
of Ebola and ensuring supply
of food supplies as well as
psycho- social support. She
acknowledged
numerous
challenges but hailed the
commitment and dedication
of volunteers to defeat the
virus. We are proud to say to
you that you have done well
Dr. Joe intimated.
She praised UNDP for the
level of support provided to
the programme. We want to
say thank you to UNDP for the
support. At the time you came
in, times were hard; no jobs,
nothing to doschools closed,

only a few cases have been


conclusively
prosecuted.
Amnesty
International
reiterates its call on Liberia
to increase resources and
improve coordination and
cooperation within the justice
system on cases of genderbased violence, including by
creating a tracking system to
monitor case progression.
The
campaigner
has
meanwhile called on Liberia
to accelerate the ratification of
the Optional Protocols to the
Convention on the Rights of
the Child.
The
Amnesty
statement
concluded:
In
closing,
Amnesty International also
urges Liberia to immediately
abolish the death penalty, as
recommended in the review, in
line with its obligations under
the Second Optional Protocol
to the International Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights. In
the meantime, Liberia is urged
to commute all death sentences
to terms of imprisonment
without delay.
Liberians continue to face
obstacles in seeking justice
with access to justice still poor,
despite widespread reports of
people spending years on jail
for minor offenses without
being arraigned in court.
In spite of the Public Defender
program introduced by the
Ministry of Justice with the
support of donors to provide
legal aid for indigent people,
legal representation for many
is still a huge problem.

no way to get a job.


Science, Technology and
Innovations (STIs) are at
the heart beat of the new
development goals. To the
extent, a major achievement
of the recently adopted Addis
Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA),
an outcome of the 3rd
International Conference on
Financing for Development
is Technology Facilitation
Mechanism (TFM).
This has been widely
recognized
as
one
of
the
more
substantial
outcomes. The mechanism,
which will encourage the
development, dissemination
and diffusion and transfer
of environmentally sound
technologies to developing
countries, is designed to
support all the SDGs and
will include an online global
platform to bring together STI
best practices.
In a presentation delivered
during the hosting of the
Social Good Summit in Liberia,
the Director for Economic
Policy Unit at the Ministry
of Finance and Development
Planning Bobby Musah said
ICTs can facilitate effective
governance
structures,
by helping governments
connect with citizens and
civil society, as long as their
role is recognized within the
Sustainable
Development
Goals (SDGs).
Technology is very important
in the implementation of the
SDGs Mr. Musah noted.
Participants at Liberias
Social Good Summit were
drawn from the government,
media, communities, as well
as academic and technical
institutions.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

LIBERIANS BRAINSTORM
ON IMPROVING BUSINESS

M
Monrovia-

ore
than
70
participants
of
a one day event
have
validated
a report on a Feasibility
Study and Business Plan for a
proposed National Business
Development and Advisory
Center (NBDAC) in Monrovia.
USAID-Investing for Business
Expansion Program (IBEX
commissioned
the
study
which was done by the
local
consultant,
Agency
for Economic Development
and Empowerment (AEDE).
Part of the study included
a desk review, national
consultations through focus
group discussions and key
informant interviews with
relevant
stakeholders,
including
prominent
Liberian
entrepreneurs,
concessionaires, and academia
across the country.
The event which took place
at the Paynesville City Hall
brought together participants
drawn from both public and
private entities who welcomed
the idea of establishing a
NBDAC in the country.
They, however, expressed a
number of concerns and raised
several critical issues affecting
the Center during a question
and answer period.
This followed a presentation
of the local NGOs report by
Mr. Samuel Thompson, Senior
Consultant at AEDE.
Mr.
Thompson said the mindset of
Liberians about how they do

Monroviahe power TV Station


has up to Thursday
at 11:am to present
to the Criminal
Court A at the Temple of
Justice the video recording
done barely five years ago
on the Capitol By-Pass where
police officer Amos Tutu was
reportedly burned to death
by angry residents.
The late police officer
assigned with the Police
Support Unit an auxiliary arm
of the Liberia National Police
was reported to have been
sprayed with a gasoline and
body set ablaze on February
27, 2010 on the Capitol ByPass by some angry residents.
Court records claimed that
the angry residents have
allegedly committed the act
after hearing that the late
police officer has allegedly
shot and killed one of the
residents
identified
as
Preston Davis during a scuffle
over rental fees .
Presiding Judge Blamo Dixon
issued the order to the TV
station Tuesday after the
reading of a mandate from
the Supreme Court Justice in
Chamber Kabineh Janeh to
the court to do same.
The mandate was in line
with a writ of certiorari filed
by the prosecution against
the lower court to bar the
prosecutions request to have

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National Business Development & Advisory Center


Feasibility Study & Business Plan Validated

business must change so that


Liberian businesses who are
the target beneficiaries would
eventually get to have a bigger
piece of the economic pie than
their foreign counterparts,
the opposite of which is
the current situation. The
participants agreed that the
mindset of Liberians and lack
of integrity also give Liberian
businesses inadequate access
to finance.
A
prominent
Liberian
businessperson,
Harry
Greaves, said it should not be
imperative for concessions
to give contracts to Liberian
businesses
based
on
nationality;
but
instead,
their capacity and technical
expertise.
No concession

wants to run the risk awarding


a contract to an unqualified
local business. Mr. Greaves,
however,
suggested
that
Liberian businesses team up
with foreign businesses with
the requisite capacity to bid for
projects with concessions.
Also suggested was the need
for an independent Liberian
firm to monitor the NBDAC and
help stop the payments of taxes
and duties in United States
dollars by agribusinesses
when they, in fact, trade in the
local currency. Asked if the
Center would also help remedy
the problem of high taxation
and over-charging of duties
by the relevant government
entities the organizers replied
The Center will not get

involved in political activities


and will implement whatever
regulations government has
in place. One participant said
now was the time Liberians
think and act as entrepreneurs,
including farmers who must
see themselves as business
people and do farming as a
business.
It was recommended that the
report state the number of
businesses that the Center will
cater to every year. This data
will be a baseline for evaluating
the work of the Center to
measure the level of impact on
Liberian businesses. Financial
services expected to be offered
at the proposed Center will
include business registration,
improved financial reporting,

preparation
of
business
plans, market and product
development,
facilitating
access to finance and skills
training on fees for service
basis.
Earlier, in his brief remarks,
USAID
Liberia
Mission
Director, Dr. Anthony Chan,
said he wished to let Liberians
know that USAID Liberia
supports the idea of expanding
small and medium businesses.
He disclosed that USAID
through IBEX has facilitated
about US$6 million in loans to
Liberian businesses through
partner banks and a total of
US$11 million in credit.
We provided IBEX the
funding to get it started and
we hope very much that

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this effort will continue


through the implementation
of the National Business
Development and Advisory
Services Center. He thanked
AEDE for doing the study and
Consultant Thompson for his
presentation, describing the
report as comprehensive and
very informative.
As part of next steps, Mrs.
Watchen Harris Bruce, Chief
of Party at USAID-IBEX, said
the program would focus on
fund-raising activities for the
construction and operation of
the Center whose facility has
been donated by the Liberian
government.
Mrs. Bruce, said its the job of
the program in collaboration
with AEDE to facilitate
private
sector
business
development...We believe in
public-private
partnership,
adding One group or entity
cannot do it all by themselves.
IBEX would also issue a Request
for Proposals for selection of
private management firm to
operate the Center on fees
for service basis. We want to
ensure that the legacy of what
the US Government is doing
remains the private sector
business development long
after IBEX closes, adding The
public sector needs the private
sector because it is where
more jobs are created. The
government can have all the
policies but it takes individuals
and businesses to improve the
enabling environment, the
IBEX Chief concluded.
Government officials and
representatives
from
Ministry of Commerce &
Industry, National Investment
Commission (NIC), Liberia
Business Association, United
Nations Development Program
(UNDP), and South African
Embassy also attended and
made separate remarks.

COURT
SUMMONS
POWER
TV
To Produce Video Recording of Murdered Police Officer
Kennedy L. Yangian kennedylyangian@frontpageafricaonline.com 0777296781

the TV station produce the


video recording.
The mandate from the high
court reads: His Honor
A. Blamo Dixon Assigned
Circuit
Judge
Criminal
Court
ANicolas
Wleh
Action. Petition for the
Writ of Certorari, you are
hereby mandated to resume
jurisdiction over the case and
proceed to issue and serve
the subpoena duces tecum
on Power TV as prayed for
the petitioner by directive

of his honor, Kabineh Janeh


Associate Justice In Chamber,
Supreme Court of Liberia.
Following
the
reading
Presiding judge Dixon told
the parties to the case that
he has hereby rescinds his
two previous rulings on the
subject matter of the writ of
subpoena duces tecum that
should have been served
on the Management of the
Power TV.
The Judge went on to say
that with the mandate of the

high court the lower court


has no other alternative but
to rescind the two rulings
and grant the request of the
prosecution for the writ of
subpoena decus tecum to be
issue on the Management of
the Power TV.
Wherefore and in view of
the foregoing and the laws
controlling coupled with
the mandate of the Supreme
Court, the clerk of this court
is hereby ordered to issue
a writ of subpoeana decus

tecum on the Management


of the Power TV to produce
the television recording of
the burning of Inspector
Tutu and TV station is hereby
ordered to appear in court on
Thursday, October 1, 2015
at 11: am, stated the Jusges
ruling.
However the case was
adjourned to resume on
Thursday October 1, 2015
at 11:00 am while the two
defendants on trial Aaron
Lackey and Nicolas Wleh

were reprimanded at the


Monrovia Central Prison
This is the second time
for
prosecution lawyers
to demand for the video
recording from the TV
station which the TV station
management has claim not
to have such recording in its
studios , however there has
been no official comment
from the Management of the
Power TV on based on the
mandate of the high court.

SIRLEAF VETOES

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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Controversial Pension Bill


Henry Karmo (0886522495) henrykarmo@frontpageafricaonline.com

Monroviaresident
Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf has
officially
written
the
House
of

Representatives informing
them of her decision to reject
the Pension Bill passed by
the two chambers (Senate
and Representatives) of the

legislature raising concern


on several issues.
In
the
Presidents
Communication
to
the
legislature dated Tuesday

HE WAS A
GOOD MAN
Legislature opens Book of condolence for fallen Colleague

Monroviaeveral Members of the House of


Representatives have described their
fallen Colleague, Sahr Fofi Bimba as a
good man. Bimba died on September 12
2015 after a brief illness.
Most of the lawmakers who signed the book of
condolence for their fallen colleague said he will
be missed for his meaningful contribution he
made during discussion held in plenary that has
positively impacted the lives of Liberians and
the nation in general.
He was a good and committed Lawmaker. He
made meaningful contribution on the floor that

positively impacted the Nation and its people.


He will surely be missed this is a great loss,
Representative Edwin Snowe said.
Several senior officials of government Tuesday
signed the Book of Condolence for the fallen Lofa
County Lawmaker Sahr Fofi Bimba (UP-District
#2 Lofa County). Officials including members
of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature all
gathered at the capitol to pay the last respect.
Funeral arrangement for the fallen lawmaker
is slated for Friday October 2, 2015. According
to family sources, the remains of the fallen
lawmaker will be buried in nearby cemetery and
will be taken to Lofa after six months.

September 29, 2015 she said,


the new law does not take
into consideration former
interim leaders, and is vague
about spouses of people

mentioned in the law in the


case of death and that the
laws does not comply with
the constitution.
No final decision was
made by lawmakers on the
Presidents communication
to the legislature but the
communication was read and
sent to the leadership of the
House of Representatives
through a motion filed by
Representative
Acarous
Gray
(CDC-District
#8
Montserrado County)
In August 2015 received
credible sources that the
President had veto the bill
but the information was
kept discreet by the Liberian
Senate who first received the
President Decision to Veto
the bill.
The bill since its passage
by both the Senate and
the Lower House has been
greeted with public rebuke

with many Liberians taking


their elected representatives
to task for only seeking the
interest of themselves and
not the constituencies and
those who elected them into
office.
In the 2015/2016 National
Budget
the
National
Legislature is allotted over
US$38 million out of which
compensation
accounts
for nearly US$ 20 million
within a year. The office
of the Senate pro temp is
allotted more than US$1,483
million; office of the Speaker
more than US$974, 000;
the House of Senate over
US$11 million while the
House of Representatives
carries bulk of the budget
over US$23 million. At the
moment, members of the
House of Representatives
make between US$8,000US$12,000
monthly
in
salaries,
allowances,
communication and other
benefits. Senators make
around
US$12,000
all
bundled in categories such
as
salaries,
allowances,
communication and others.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

MINISTRY OF LANDS, MINES AND ENERGY (MLME)


LIBERIA ACCELERATED ELECTRICITY EXPANSION PROJECT
(LACEEP)

CREDIT NO: 52520


PROJECT ID: P133445
PROCUREMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
REF NO: MLME/LACEEP/2015/01
1.The Government of Liberia has received financing toward the cost of
the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project, and intends to
apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the contract for the
Procurement of Motor Vehicles.

2. The Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy now invites sealed bids from
eligible bidders for the supply of the following
Item no.

Description

Quantity

Delivery period

Lot 2

4x4 Cross Country


SUV

6 to 12 weeks

Lot 1

4x4 Double Cab


Pickup

6 to 12 weeks

to be delivered in Monrovia, Liberia.


3. Bidding will be conducted through the National Competitive Bidding
procedures as specified in the World Banks Guidelines: Procurement of
Goods, Works and Non-Consulting Services under IBRD Loans and IDA
Credits & Grants by World Bank Borrowers, January 2011 (Procurement
Guidelines), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the
Procurement Guidelines. In addition, please refer to paragraphs 1.6 and
1.7 setting forth the World Banks policy on conflict of interest.
4. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from
Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Liberia Accelerated Electricity
Expansion Project, Attention: Manuel Maoni, Email Address:
manuelmaoni@yahoo.com and inspect the bidding documents during
office hours from 0900 to 1700 hours at the address given below.

5. A complete set of documents in English may be purchased by interested


eligible bidders upon submission of a written application to the address
below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee of USD50.00. The
method of payment will be Cash. The document will be sent by Courier for
overseas bidders at the Bidders own cost.
6. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before 2:00pm on
October 29, 2015. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids
will be rejected. Bids will publicly be opened in the presence of bidders
designated representatives and anyone who choose to attend at the
address below on 2:00pm on October 29th, 2015.
7. All bids must be accompanied by a Bid-Securing Declaration.
8. The addresses referred to above are:

i) For inquires
LACEEP Office
Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy
Capitol bypass
Monrovia,
Liberia
Tel: +231 886513636
E-mail: sbocay@gmail.com: copy: manuelmaoni@yahoo.com
Web site: emansion.gov.lr
ii) For Bids submission
LACEEP Office
Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy
Capitol Bypass
Monrovia,
Liberia

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The Liberian Bank for Development & Investment organized and operating under the Laws of the Republic of Liberia,
is seeking for qualified Liberians to fill the below vacancy. Duty station is at its Monrovia Offices. Successful candidates
should be willing to travel out of Monrovia.
All applications should be addressed to the Human Resource Department no later than October 12, 2015. All signed
applications should be sent to recruitment@lbdi.net. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview. For
additional information you may call: 0880 159 159.

TREASURY OFFICER (TRADING & INVESTMENT)


Job Title
Grade Level: P1-P3
Reports To Vice President Treasury

Job Purpose
- Assist in the undertaking of a wide range of treasury management activities, developing long-term financial
projections, investment strategies and financial risk analysis.
Key Duties
- Measure impact of interest and exchange rates on Banks investment portfolio;
- Report/Analyze major development on global financial markets that impact the Banks portfolio;
- Raise memo to effect changes on system in exchange market, Money markets, Government and other securities;
- Conduct gap analysis and advise appropriate investment action;
- Maintain daily dashboard, measure the Banks cost of funds and advise on pricing of credit products;
- Measure, monitor and report the Banks FX exposure and resolve all transaction discrepancies to ensure settlement
by close of day and within 24 hours;
- Analyze bank cash flow requirements and identify funds available for investment;
- Advise and implement the transfer of funds and securities to implement;
- Help prepare investment proposals and contracts;
- Assist with formulation and implementation of investment policies
- Perform portfolio analysis and prepare periodic performance reports
- Perform any other duties assigned by Management
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely response to the Banks day-to-day cash requirements;
- Quantum of successful deals handled per period;
- Timely updates of exchange rates in the operating system.
Education & Experience
- Bachelors degrees in economics, finance or accounting;
- Three (3) years work experience in treasury management with at least two (2) years in treasury trading environment;
Skills
- Goal oriented, extremely capable communicator;
- Good analytical skills;
- Computer skills in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word;
- Good Knowledge of financial products;
- Knowledge of regulatory and/or liquidity processes;
- Understanding of banking products-both assets and liabilities;
- Knowledge of investment principles and practices related to securities
- Understanding of cash management principles assets and liabilities;
- Ability to evaluate and interpret economic and financial information
- Capability to asses and apply economic and financial conditions to current investment decision
- Ability to negotiate the purchase and sale of investment instruments

The Liberian Bank for Development & Investment organized and operating under the Laws of the Republic
of Liberia, is seeking for qualified Liberians to fill the below vacancy. Duty station is at its Monrovia Offices.
Successful candidates should be willing to travel out of Monrovia.

All applications should be addressed to the Human Resource Department no later than October 12, 2015. All
signed applications should be sent to recruitment@lbdi.net. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for
interview. For additional information you may call: 0880 159 159.

TREASURY OFFICER (LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT)


Job Title
Grade Level P1-P3
Reports To Vice President/Treasury

Job Purpose
- To implement the resource mobilization initiatives of the Bank, proactively monitor and manage the Banks
liquidity portfolio.

KEY DUTIES
- Monitor and measure the liquidity position against established benchmark and report exceptions;
- Monitor and report the Banks daily inflow and outflow of cash;
- Maintain daily treasury dashboard;
- Implement the approved strategies to raise funds in domestic and international capital markets;
- Provide inputs into the monthly, quarterly and annual treasury business plan;
- Prepare daily and weekly Management reports on liquidity and rate outlook;
- Inform and provide recommendations to the Treasurer of significant developments, emerging opportunities
and challenges in areas of responsibilities;
- Carryout any other duties assigned by Supervisor/Management.
Key Performance Indicators

- Timely response to the Banks day-to-day cash requirements;


- Timely reporting of exceptions;
- Timeliness in identifying and establishing hedge positions and recommendation to mitigate risk position;
Education & Experience
- Bachelors degrees in economics, finance or accounting;
- Three (3) years work experience in treasury management with emphasis in liquidity management.
SKILLS
- Goal oriented, extremely capable communicator;
- Good analytical skills;
- Computer skills in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word;
- Good Knowledge of financial products;
- Knowledge of regulatory and/or liquidity processes;
- Understanding of banking products-both assets and liabilities;
- Understanding of issues within liquidity management and liquidity risk management

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RONT

WORLD NEWS

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

C. AFRICA LEADER PLEADS FOR CALM


AS UN SAYS 27,000 FLEE UNREST

NINE DEAD IN SUSPECTED BOKO


HARAM ATTACK IN NE NIGERIA

BANGKOK (AP)
hailand's ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra,
who was pushed from office more than a year ago,
impeached and faces criminal charges, hit back at her
opponents Tuesday with her own lawsuit.
Yingluck filed a case at Bangkok's Criminal Court to countersue the country's attorney-general over the handling of her
prosecution in connection with a subsidy scheme for rice
farmers, which ran up huge losses.
The lawsuit is another twist in a long-standing political battle
dividing Thailand. On one side is the country's traditional ruling
elite who are backed by the military that staged Thailand's 2014
coup, and on the other is a group of politicians who challenged
the status quo, led by Yingluck's brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a
telecommunications billionaire-turned-populist politician who
held office from 2001 to 2006.

IRAN NEWS AGENCY REPORTS OBAMA,


IRANIAN FM SHOOK HANDS AT UN

TEHRAN, Iran (AP)


n Iranian news agency says President Barack Obama
and Iran's foreign minister shook hands when they
ran into one another on the sidelines of the U.N.
General Assembly in New York.
Tuesday's report by the official IRNA agency quotes an
unnamed diplomatic official as saying Foreign Minister
Mohammad Javad Zarif came upon Obama "accidentally" and
the two shook hands.
U.S. officials were not immediately available for comment.
If confirmed, it would be the first handshake between an
American president and Iran's top diplomat since the 1979
Islamic Revolution ousted a pro-Western monarchy in Iran. The
two countries have had no diplomatic relations since then.

THE LATEST: OVERCROWDING IN


REFUGEE HOUSING NOW AN ISSUE

PARIS (AP)
he latest developments as European governments
struggle to cope with tens of thousands of people
trekking across Europe to find safety. All times local:
3:55 p.m.
Authorities in some parts of Germany have waived housing
standards to cope with an unprecedented influx of migrants
this year.
An Associated Press survey has found that at least three of
Germany's 16 states have lowered their requirements for
refugee shelters, including for the minimum amount of space
given to each refugee. Six states had no minimum requirements
or said it was up to inspectors to approve conditions on a caseby-case basis. Two didn't respond.
Rights groups warned Tuesday that overcrowding is causing
stress in refugee shelters, citing a mass brawl between up to
400 residents at one refugee tent city last weekend.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has dismissed
their concerns, saying "we can't offer any luxury and we don't
want to offer any luxury."

Bangui (Central African


Republic) (AFP) he Central African
Republic's president
appealed for calm
Tuesday as the
United Nations reported
36 people dead and almost
30,000 displaced in three
days of bloodshed terrorising
the capital Bangui.
"We fear that the violence
that we're seeing in Bangui
is a return to the dark days
of late 2013 and 2014, when
thousands were killed and
tens of thousands had to flee
their homes," UN refugee
agency
spokesman
Leo
Dobbs told reporters.
At least 36 people had died
in the last three days and
27,400 fled their homes, the
UN said.
Announcing
she
was
cutting short a visit to the
United Nations to return
home, interim President
Catherine Samba Panza said
in a message broadcast on
national radio: "I appeal to
you my compatriots for calm.
I ask you to return to your
homes."
"I know that when I speak to
you, you listen," she added.

obert Mugabe, the


91-year-old leader of
Zimbabwe, deviated
slightly from his
prepared remarks, during his
Monday evening address to
the United Nations General
Assembly, to do something
that he does frequently: slur
against homosexuality. "We are
not gays," he shouted. And it's
worse than it sounds.
Mugabe made the comment
in the course of a point about
"double-standards," which is
usually dictator code for "I'm
tired of Western countries
calling out my human rights
abuses," and about
"new rights," which is usually
code for "I long for the days
when discrimination against
certain groups was considered
acceptable."
Here's the full quote, with the
line he added at the podium in
bold:
Respecting and upholding
human rights is the obligation
of all states, and is enshrined
in the United Nations charter.
Nowhere does the charter
abrogate the right to some to
sit in judgment over others,
in carrying out this universal
obligation. In that regard, we
reject the politicization of

Sources told AFP she was


expected to be back in the
city late Tuesday.
In Bangui, shots continued to
ring out even after the 0500
GMT lifting of a dusk-to-dawn
curfew, following a night of
sporadic shooting as security
forces sought to repel looters,
an AFP correspondent said.
With barricades blocking
traffic, the heart of Bangui
stood largely empty as
French and UN peacekeepers
from the MINUSCA force

patrolled key areas.


MINUSCA has denied reports
that its troops killed three
people and injured others
after opening fire on a
crowd of several hundred
demonstrators
heading
towards the presidency
to demand Samba Panza's
resignation.
But it pledged to look
into the allegations. The
10,000-strong peacekeeping
force is already facing 17
damaging accusations of
sex abuse. French troops,
who number around 1,000,
face separate sex abuse
allegations.
- Streets deserted Across the city, streets were
deserted as people stayed
at home for fear of fresh
fighting and to avoid attacks
by looters, with only an
occasional taxi visible, an
AFP correspondent said.
Overnight, shooting erupted
as security forces tried to
stop looters from attacking
the premises of several
humanitarian organisations
which had been evacuated for

security reasons, a military


source told AFP.
Looters targeted the offices
of the UN's World Food
Programme, French medical
NGO Premire Urgence and
the Dutch NGO Cordaid,
police said, indicating they
had repelled them in several
places.
"Attacks on the civilian
populations and the targeting
of humanitarian workers
whose aim is to deliver
lifesaving aid must stop
immediately," the EU said in a
statement.
The latest round of violence in
two years of trouble broke out
Saturday after a motorcycletaxi driver was murdered in
the Muslim-majority PK-5
neighbourhood of Bangui,
the unrest quickly spreading
to other districts, medical
and humanitarian sources
said.
Around 100 people have
also been wounded in the
bloodshed, prompting the
government to impose a
curfew on the capital.

WHY ROBERT MUGABE JUST SHOUTED


"WE ARE NOT GAYS" IN HIS UN SPEECH

this important issue and the


application of double standards
to victimize those who dare
think and act independently
of the self-anointed prefects of
our time.
We equally reject attempts to
prescribe "new rights" that
are contrary to our values,
norms, traditions, and beliefs.
We are not gays! Cooperation
and respect for each other
will advance the cause of
human rights worldwide.
Confrontation, vilification, and
double-standards will not.
(Caveat: this is based off

Mugabe's prepared remarks


and my memory of his speech
as delivered. I will update if
necessary once I can verify
from video of the speech.)
Mugabe barked the line, which
drew audible laughter from
the attendees at the United
Nations General Assembly.
The Zimbabwean dictator
has made overt homophobia
official policy for years, and
has
frequently
couched
this in criticism of Western
countries
(which
have
sanctioned Mugabe for his
appalling
human
rights

record), sometimes saying


that Western leaders wish to
impose not just acceptance of
LGBT rights but homosexuality
itself on Zimbabweans or
Africans generally. Hence his
declaration that "We are not
gays."
Mugabe's colorful homophobia
may be earnestly held, but
it's also a play for populism
at home and a way to divert
attention from tougher issues.
He's used homophobia as a
way to attack President Obama
especially, who is popular in
much of sub-Saharan Africa,
and thus deflect American
criticism
of
Zimbabwe's
dictatorial regime.
"Then we have this American
president, Obama, born of an
African father, who is saying
we will not give you aid if you
dont embrace homosexuality,"
Mugabe said in July 2013.
"We ask, was he born out
of homosexuality? We need
continuity in our race, and that
comes from the woman, and
no to homosexuality. John and
John, no; Maria and Maria, no."

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Frontpage

Sports

CHAMPION LEAGUE REVIEW

ARSENAL, CHELSEA STUNNED

SUAREZ BAILS BARCA

fter three defeats from


four in the opening
round of Champions
League
group
matches, the Premier League
suffered two more tonight,
with Arsenal and Chelsea
both suffering disappointing
reverses.
Can the Manchester clubs fare
any better tomorrow night?
Join us from 6pm to find out!
BARCA DOESN'T NEED A
SAVIOUR - SUAREZ
Luis Suarez stepped up for
Lionel Messi-less Barcelona
tonight with the winning goal
over Bayer Leverkusen, but the
former Liverpool forward says
he will not try to 'imitate' the
Argentine in his absence.
"Barcelona doesn't need a
saviour," Suarez said.

"It needs character and it


was a team victory against
Leverkusen. I am happy for
the goal but specially for the
victory. Nobody can imitate
Messi, and now the strikers are
Neymar, Sandro, Munir and me.
Leverkusen made an intelligent
game. We knew how they would
play to us. They covered well
in first half and in the second
one we searched for adequate
solutions."
COMAN & COSTA HAVE
IMPROVED BAYERN - PEP
Robert Lewandowski scored a
hat-trick which took the Pole to
10 goals in a week, but Bayern
boss Pep Guardiola praised
summer signings Douglas Costa
and Kingsley Coman after the
5-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.
"We
showed
a
good

performance for the entire 90


minutes. Our game style has
much improved with Douglas
Costa and Kinsgley Coman,"
said Guardiola.
"We can use the whole pitch
and our strikers get more
chances. Joshua Kimmich made
a great game, incredible. Now
we have six points, we are in
great shape and on our way.
Today and tomorrow we have
Oktoberfest, than we can think
about Dortmund," the Catalan
added.
Dinamo Zagreb boss Zoran
Mamic had no complaints about
the result.
"Bayern showed how strong
they are," he said.

"They had a very good day


and have been better than us

in every aspect. The quality


difference is enormous, we have
been really punished. They have
a lot of great players, which are
very fast. It it difficult, to foul
them tactically. The result in the
end is well-deserved."
WENGER BLAMES 'BAD LUCK'
Arsene Wenger blamed bad
luck on his side's 3-2 defeat
to Olympiacos, and was VERY
techty when pressed about
David Ospina's selection ahead
of Petr Cech..
"I do not have to sit here and
give you an explanation about
every decision I make," he said
when asked about his choice of
goalkeeper.
"That is always the simple thing.
Ospina kept 14 clean sheets in
19 games last season and was
fantastic against Tottenham last

week.
"No goalkeeper is mistakefree. I make the decisions and
selections for the team and I
am responsible. I know many
things that you dont know or
you ignore. You cant select a
team by taking a poll before
the game and taking everyones
opinion.
Asked if he had any regrets, the
Arsenal boss added: "Honestly,
I dont want to go into that
conversation with you. It leaves
us in a bad position but we are
still in it. We have to get a result
in our next game against Bayern
at home.
"Some aspects of our game
were quite good but we
lacked quality in our defensive
concentration. I believe we had
a bit of bad luck as well - they
had four shots on target and
scored three goals.
"The turning point was at 2-2.
We got back in the game and
then gave them 3-2 straight
away.
"Tonight we feel guilty because
we gave easy goals away."
NO EXCUSES
Roma
midfielder
Radja
Nainggolan made no excuses
for his side's shock 3-2 defeat to
BATE Borisov in Belarus.
"In the first half we didn't play
well, so Bate used free space
that we left us," said the Belgian.
"In the second half we played
well and at the end we could
recover the result. It was a
match with two sides, but now
we have to accept this situation
and play better in the next
Champions League match. We
knews that this match agains
BATE would be difficult."
EXTRAORDINARI'
Scenes: Valencia assistant
manager Phil Neville tweets
in Spanish about his side's 1-0
with in Lyon.

LAWMAKER PROMISES SUPPORT FOR MIGHTY BARROLLE


A. Macaulay Sombai, macaulay.sombaifrontpageafricaonline.com 0777217428

M
Monrovia-

ighty
Barrolle,
alias the Rollers
maintained
her
second
division
status on the weekend after
she escaped relegation to
the third division stage of
the 2015 Liberia Football
Association (LFA) national
league season with a 1-0 win
against Conqueror in the
second division playoff second
leg played at the ATS.
The first leg ended 0-0 a week
ago.
On the same day Barrolle
escaped relegation, one of
the lawmakers of Rivercess
County and a supporter of the
rollers who also watched the
match, told journalists that
he was very happy that the
team maintained her second
division position but promised
to now focus his main attention
on how to help move the club
forward not only in Liberian

football but also in continental


competitions as it used to be.
Senator
Francis
Paye
mentioned that all of his
attention was focused in his
county but as of now, he is
going to paid more attention
to his county mother club
Mighty Barrolle. According to
him, his main concentration
is to make sure that he

brings back together all of


the founding members, fans
and sympathizers of the
association.
This position I am in today
came through the popularity of
Barrolle and I can never forget
her so I will not sit there to
see the team go down and as
I speak to you all this evening,
I am already in contact with

all of the founding members


of the association and we are
about to put together an idea
that would help us to create an
avenue to race money for the
team.
The honorable lawmaker paid
homage to the association
current leadership headed by
Minister Julia Duncan Cassell
for their hard work and urged

them to do more so that they


collectively help to move the
team back to the first division
status.
To all officials of Barrolle,
I am calling on all of us to
come together and join hands
with the association present
leadership headed by Madam
Cassell so that we will be able
to really develop a roadmap
that we all can use to better
put together a team that would
be able to deliver the needed
results for all of us.
The honorable agreed that it
was based on his team poor
performance that caused her
to go for playoff for the second
times in two successive season
in order to escaping relegation
but vowed that he and other
officials of the association
will never allow their team to
again go for a playoff that is
associated with relegation.

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SPORTS

SCHWEINSTEIGER
KEEN TO MENTOR
DEPAY AND MARTIAL

astian
Schweinsteiger
believes Memphis
Depay and Anthony
Martial have a bright future
ahead of them atManchester
United and is ready to take
both youngsters under his
wing.
Depay joined United from
PSV for 25 million at the
start of the summer, while
the club spent 35 million to
bring Martial to Old Trafford
at the end of the transfer
window.
Both players have made their
mark since signing for the
Premier League leaders, with
Schweinsteiger keen to give
them the best possible advice
to help them flourish.

'MOURINHO IS OBSESSED

WITH WENGER'

ormer
Arsenal
striker Ian Wright
says
Chelsea
manager
Jose
Mourinho is "obsessed"
with Arsenal bossArsene
Wenger.
The two managers have
clashed repeatedly in recent
seasons, with the latest spat
between the pair coming on
the back of Chelsea's 2-0 win
over the Gunners two weeks
ago.
Mourinho was incensed
that Diego Costa received
a retrospective three-match
ban after Wenger had urged
officials to punish the striker
in the aftermath of the
game following an incident
involving Laurent Koscielny.

MANCINI SHOCKED
BY JUVENTUS CRISIS

nter coach Roberto


Mancini has admitted
he has been surprised
by Juventus' poor start
to the campaign.
Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo
and Carlos Tevez all left
Juventus Stadium ahead of
the 2015-16 campaign after
playing key roles in their
success last term and the
Turin giants have struggled
to replace them.

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