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first_img Mourinho charged by FA MANCHESTER, England (AP): Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho found himself in more trouble with English football authorities yesterday when he was again charged with misconduct, this time for verbally abusing a referee in a Premier League game. Five days after being charged for comments made about a referee ahead of a game, Mourinho was accused by the Football Association of using “abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official” during United’s 0-0 draw against Burnley at Old Trafford on Saturday. He could be handed a touchline ban. Joshua to fight Molina MANCHESTER, England (AP): Anthony Joshua will make the second defense of his IBF world heavyweight title in a fight against American challenger Eric Molina on Dec. 10. Joshua’s promoters announced the fight yesterday. It will take place at the Manchester Arena in northern England, a rare fight outside London for the unbeaten British boxer. It is the 34-year-old Molina’s second world title fight, after losing to compatriot Deontay Wilder for the WBC belt in June last year. Molina beat Tomasz Adamek in the 10th round of their fight for the IBF inter-continental belt in April. Joshua, whose 17 straight professional wins have all come inside the distance, won the world title by knocking out Charles Martin in the second round at London’s O2 Arena in April. He successfully defended the IBF belt with a seventh-round win over Dominic Breazeale, also in London. Joshua had hoped to fight former world champion Wladimir Klitschko in December, but the bout was postponed after the Ukrainian picked up an injury. Man City tops UCL prize money NYON, Switzerland (AP): Manchester City earned 83.8 million euros in Champions League prize money last season to top the table of UEFA payments to clubs. Although Man City lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Real Madrid, their share of lucrative British television rights lifted them above Madrid’s 80 million euro share of the 1.345 billion euro UEFA prize fund. Juventus were third with 76.2 million euros.last_img read more

The Challenge for Capacitating Liberian-owned Businesses (Part II )

first_imgIn Monday’s editorial on this subject, we wrote about the role of government officials and their failure to put their people and country first in the development of business and industry in Liberia.  We touched briefly also on the role of the Central Bank of Liberia and the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) in their attempt to lift Liberians in business.Today we return to our government, and to our educational institutions and their failure to seize the opportunity to make a difference by rescuing their people from second class citizenship and from a persistent and domineering foreign presence in Liberia’s commerce and industry.We have often in our editorials alluded to certain key government Ministries and Agencies which are chiefly responsible for ensuring that Liberian business   participation is encouraged.  These Ministries are Finance, which has a serious influence because it pays the bills; Justice, including its Immigration arm that dishes out the Resident Permits; Commerce, which issues the Business Licenses without asking a single question about Liberian participation; and all the other GOL institutions that consistently dish out the contracts to foreign businesses again.We are dealing with a  government and its  officials–our own people–who could care less about their fellow Liberians in business, yet those who run Liberian businesses are their   mamas and papas, sisters and brothers and cousins and friends–yea even their children. Yet these government officials only see the short term–what they can get today from foreign businesspeople–rather than the long term—what it means for peace and stability, for the economic empowerment and wellbeing of Liberians.But what about the macroeconomic role of government in ensuring that Liberians enjoy a fair share in the national economy?  It is as though absolutely NO ONE is thinking about this.  We recall in the mid-1960s a speech by Treasury Secretary Charles D. Sherman, Liberia’s first economist, addressing foreign businessmen at the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel.  He appealed to them to consider “the little man on the street.”Here was a very powerful GOL official and his government, surrendering their   macroeconomic responsibility to put in  place policies to ensure that Liberians participate meaningfully in their economy. The thinking young people who listened to that speech considered it a sad day for Liberia–that a powerful figure like Mr. Sherman seemed to have surrendered his responsibility to use his power and influence to stand up  and make a difference on behalf of his beleaguered (broken, oppressed,  subjugated) people.It seems we still have such officials in power today in Liberia–officials who just don’t care about their own people and are quite content to see them remain in the same old state–cheated, deprived, disengaged, dejected and poor.Doesn’t the government know what to do?  How can the government just sit there and see foreigners control EVERYTHING in the country while GOL’s own people struggle so desperately and so pitifully for survival?  Does the government not know that this – the disconnect of Liberians from commerce and the economy is what brought the war?  Have they already forgotten Varney Sherman’s Independence Oration last year, that blamed the war primarily on abject poverty?The handing over of the Robertsfield Hotel to a Lebanese businessman and the sidelining of a Liberian hotelier who won the first but cancelled bid is a clear indication that this government doesn’t care. But that was two years ago.Now that the President has spoken about this glaring disconnect of her people in business, we hope that she has something up her sleeves to address it.When University of Liberia president, Dr. Emmet Dennis, took over several years ago, he pledged to   introduce a program to boost Liberian entrepreneurship.  What has happened to that program?  Is the UL Business College still not teaching Marketing?  Have the other universities followed suit?What are schools, colleges and universities for, if not to teach the courses the people need most to deliver themselves from poverty and powerlessness?The fundamental question we always ask is, how SERIOUS are we as a people?  The answer, in the current premises, is obvious: We are not a serious people.  We–all of us–better start getting serious; or otherwise sow the seeds that will take us again to the abyss, from which we may never return.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThirteen Donegal beaches have all retained their blue flags, following an announcement today from An Taisce. An Taisce announced earlier that thirteen beaches in Donegal retained the International Blue Flag Award. It was also announced that Donegal has retained its 6 Green Coast Awards.The 13 beaches to retain their blue flags in Donegal are Bundoran, Culdaff, Fintra, Downings, Killahoey, Marblehill, Lisfannon, Murvagh, Naran, Magherawarden, Shroove, Rossnowlagh and Carrickfinn.Blue Flag beaches must be identified bathing waters and are judged against a total of 32 criteria.The areas in the county that retained their Green Coast Awards are Dooey Beach, Drumnatinney, Magheroarty, Port Arthur and Rathmullan. The Green Coast Award can be awarded to non-identified bathing waters and go to beaches that have excellent water quality, a five year beach management plan and where the local communities are encouraged to engage in the management of the beach.THIRTEEN DONEGAL BEACHES RETAIN ALL OF ITS BLUE FLAGS was last modified: June 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beachesBlue FlagsnewsNoticeslast_img read more