World Cup 2018: Senegal Lions

The Senegalese thought that would be the case after a wildly successful debut 16 years ago that came with a freewheeling style of play and memorable celebrations. A national holiday was declared after the victory over France, and it's still considered among the best performances by an African team. Cameroon (1990) and Ghana (2010), neither of whom qualified for the tournament in Russia, are the only other African teams to reach the quarterfinals.

    DAKAR, Senegal — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion. It’s an experience he hopes is real in Senegal one day. Sall optimistically turned to Senegal coach Aliou Cisse that day and said: “It won’t be long.” That’s some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance. But that first appearance, in 2002, was memorable. A team of relative unknowns led Senegal to the quarterfinals in a run that began with a 1-0 victory…

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Why Liberian leaders want to be called “Honorable?”

For example, if Mr. McGill recommends that Mr. John S. Bestman, LBDI President, be the next Central Bank Governor, do you think President Weah will say no?? I don't think so.

    The Editor, There are many in our society who thinks the best way to show respect to political leaders and others influential statesmen and stateswomen is adding honorable and excellency to their rightful names and rightful titles. To the contrary I disagree as these titles are used by those who demand them to usurp more power at the detriment of the ordinary people.  For this reason, I encourage all Liberians to recognize and change this particular cultural perception. The reason is these “worshipping titles” are reinforcing autocracy form…

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Controversial Singaporean Loan

No later did it turn out to be set up for journalists who were now trapped and prevented from leaving the yard or the party headquarters. They were mercilessly flogged, on instructions from some party officials, who instructed that both local and international journalists be flogged and while in the process, their electronic equipments were destroyed.

    The Editor If the Singapore loan agreement is so good for our country, why not publish it?? Here’s why they won’t: It’s because President Weah wants the Liberian people to buy pig in a bag!  (Re “Senator Sando Johnson Weighs In On Controversial Singapore Loan”) But our common sense tells us that before you buy anything, you must inspect it FIRST! So we need to look at the terms and conditions of the Singapore Loan before signing on the dotted line. Why? Because private investors seldom use their…

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‘We need young people in Pan African Parliament:’ Malema

"It is always important to be part of a collective, the African collective needs to work together legislatively," said Modise in an interview with the SABC. Modise said she hoped issues such as the representation of women would improve, adding that while regulations wanted each country sending a delegation of five members to include one female it was incumbent on member states to appoint more female leaders to the African parliament.

      Tshidi Madia South Africa is committed to strengthening the pan-African parliament even though it still hasn’t made a decision on its Malobo protocol, the newly sworn-in member of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), Thoko Didiza has said. Didiza, Chairperson of the national council of provinces Thandi Modise, former president Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla Mandela and the EFF’s Julius Malema were among the five south Africans who were sworn into the 255-member institution on Monday. The new members of the PAP have committed to assisting in strengthening the…

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Senator Gble-Gbo Brown Wants Elections for Superintendents

The passage of the act is being challenged by the some Senators, who called on Thursday, May 3, for the version sent in by members of the Lower House to be amended. The House of Representatives is calling for superintendents, commissioners and town chiefs to be elected.

    Monrovia –The Local Government Act, along with several other bills, has lingered in the corridors of the Legislature for a long while now with hope that one day they will be passed into law by members of the legislature. The Local Government Act is aimed at decentralizing the Liberian government’s operations. The passage of the act is being challenged by the some Senators, who called on Thursday, May 3, for the version sent in by members of the Lower House to be amended. The House of Representatives is…

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536.4M Loan Could Have Serious Consequences for Liberia’ -CePAR

The key findings by the report indicated that the actual interest cost to the government over the duration of the loan is estimated at US$62,651,520 or 12% of the loan. This excludes other charges and default penalties that may accrue. Total repayment is estimated at US$599,051,520.

    The ETON Finance PTE Limited-Government of Liberia Loan Agreement worth US$ 536.4 million and currently before the Legislature for ratification may have serious financial repercussions if the Legislature approved the deal, a 21-page document issued by the Center for Policy Action and Research (CePAR) said in a release yesterday. The analysis was done by CePAR’s Stephen R. Johnson (lead), Francis Kiazolu, Alieu F. Nyei and M. Boakai Jaleiba, Jr. The release said they analyzed both the loan agreement and the company’s capacity to provide the service to the…

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Renewed Tensions Between Uganda and Rwanda Will Ripple Across East Africa

Although the situation doesn’t appear to be heading toward outright conflict in East Africa, this growing animosity could stall attempts to increase cooperation and integration in the region. If it escalates any further, it could also worsen already tense situations in neighboring countries. While war between Rwanda and Uganda is almost unimaginable, proxy battles have sprung from their private disagreements before.

    Despite a steady stream of denials from Kigali and Kampala, ties between Rwanda and Uganda appear to be deteriorating rapidly. The latest ebb in this historically volatile relationship stems from the Ugandan government’s pushback on what it perceives as Rwandan meddling in its domestic affairs. Though Ugandan officials have not gone public with any formal allegations, their dissatisfaction can be read in a recent string of increasingly high-profile incidents. Last year, the Ugandan government mounted a crackdown on suspected Rwandan spies operating in Uganda, including the arrest of…

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LBDI Confirms McGill US$200,000 Mortgage Application

For example, if Mr. McGill recommends that Mr. John S. Bestman, LBDI President, be the next Central Bank Governor, do you think President Weah will say no?? I don't think so.

The Editor, Do you think LBDI would bend its lending practices if Nathaniel McGill were an average Joe? Please, an average Joe’s application would never see the light of day because he’s credit risk! (Re “LBDI President Confirms Nathaniel McGill’s US$200k Mortgage Application”) Even though Nat. McGill is a credit risk, he’s NO average Joe.  He’s the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.  And, as such, he has a lot of power and influence in presidential decisions. For example, if Mr. McGill recommends that Mr. John S. Bestman, LBDI President,…

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Russia 2018 World Cup: Egyptian Pharods

Form guide: Egypt have lost their last two friendlies, against Portugal and Greece, as Cuper looked to experiment. The team, who reached the African Nations Cup final last year, have two wins, a draw and two defeats in their last five matches.

    FIFA ranking: 46 (till June 7) Previous tournaments: Egypt have appeared in two World Cups — in 1934 and 1990 — and have never won a match in the tournament. The Pharaohs became the first African nation to qualify for a World Cup in 1934, but were beaten 4-2 by Hungary in their only game. They finished bottom of their group at the 1990 tournament with two draws and a defeat. Coach: Hector Cuper: The 62-year-old spent a decade managing clubs in Spain and Italy, including Inter Milan…

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Be a True “Country Champion” President Weah

    Press Release Monrovia, Liberia—- The Emancipation Movement of Liberia Inc. (EMOL) writes to retell President George M. Weah to be a true “Country Champion” by creating Equal Fighting Chance Opportunity (EFCO) for all Liberian children through an act of Legislation EMOL said this because registered voters in 14 of the 15 counties voted for him overwhelmingly over former Vice President Joseph N. Boakai to end the old political culture, which allows the presidency to run the country as a patronage political network. EMOL is a non-profit and non-partisan…

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