Having a facility of its own to manage and host national camps, plus getting better financial aid would be on top of the wish list of basketball president, Mark Broomfield, when the new Government takes office.Broomfield says if associations, especially basketball, have a facility to call their own, it would greatly improve preparation for international tournaments and enhance programmes to develop local talent.”We want a facility to manage and operate on our own. For any sport, give them (associations) facilities, so they can develop programmes. As it is now, we don’t own any facilities. The minister of sports for the first time gave the national (basketball) team the opportunity to train indoors when we are preparing for international tournaments, so we can use the indoor centre free of cost.”The next step would be to have our own facility, where we have the keys and can have any training programmes and have access to it. We want also a facility that can be managed by the association, so we can have training when preparing for international tournaments, especially the youth programme.”If you have a home, you can have a camp and have access to courts. We have one that is used for netball, we want one for basketball as a home allows us to do things that you are not able to do if you don’t have a camp, and for basketball, we want our own facility,” he reasoned.Broomfield added that financial assistance could also be improved.”One of the improvements I would like to see is greater financial support for the associations, especially basketball. But I would love to see them continue the improvement of sport as it relates to government intervention,” he said.
Where has Bomi Senator Sando Johnson been ever since? Is he just now realizing the overweening (conceited, presumptuous) influence of powerful politicians far beyond the branch of government within which they operate and control? Where was Sando Johnson at the beginning of this administration, when Legislators were demanding financial incentives, to put it more euphemistically, to push concessions agreements through ratification?Where was Senator Johnson when from the very beginning in 2006 and onward, the coveted confirmations of nominations of officials in the Executive Branch could not be obtained unless each nominee “see us,” meaning show up with some cash—thousands of dollars of it.Where was he (Senator Johnson) when, from the very beginning, Legislators sat in their chambers waiting for handsome payoffs before the President could obtain approval for ratification of concessions agreements? Remember Clemenceau Urey’s bold confession in 2014 when, accused of paying bribes to Legislators, he told the court that legislators should, in the words of Jesus, “cast the first stone”? The government was prosecuting Urey and Counselor Bill Dunbar for having allegedly, as Chairman and member, respectively, of the Board of Directors of the National Oil Company (NOCAL), paid bribes to the Legislators for the ratification of certain oil blocks. Urey took pains to inform the court that he was reluctant to comply but that lawyers from the Justice Ministry, also on the Board, advised him that it was “okay” because that was how things were done. Urey and Dunbar wondered why the government was not also prosecuting the Legislators who received the “bribes,” since it is a principle in law that “The receiver is just as bad as the rogue.”Unfortunately, the timid Anti-Corruption Commission felt it dared not go after the receivers of the bribes—the Legislators.In the face of this embarrassing, self-defeating impasse, the government withdrew its case against Urey and Dunbar. Now Senator Sando Johnson is weeping bitterly about what has happened to Senator Oscar Cooper, one of the boldest, most principled and most patriotic legislators on Capitol Hill. As Chair of the Committee on Public Works, Senator Cooper was insisting that things were properly done in that sector. More specifically, Senator Cooper was investigating US$34 million road construction contracts awarded outside the scrutiny of the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC). But others felt differently, and very quickly, the maneuvering began that eventually got Senator Cooper booted out of the Chairmanship of that Committee!We submit that Senator Sando Johnson’s is a belated cry, a cry that comes after so many horses have been stolen from the barn! Should he not have already done so, the Senator should go and read the Daily Observer’s last Thursday’s Editorial, “Whither Good Governance in Liberia?” This is the identical message we have always sent to our colleagues in the Liberian media: Do not get into anybody’s pocket. For the minute you take one cent from anybody, he/she feels that you are fair game and can be bought. And the day you refuse to bow to his/her wishes, the bowl of corruption beans will be spilled in the open for all to see. That is why it is always advisable to remain above blemish, as the day of reckoning will one day come, for us in the media, for the Senators, for members of the House, as Hans Barchue experienced last week; as it will come for anyone who dabbles in mischief.But we all pray for the preservation of peace in Liberia. Though the nation continues to be tantalized (tempted, provoked), we pray that it will not be to the extent that things fall apart and the peace is again disturbed in our beleaguered (long-suffering, stressed) country.Our present, persistent, pleading cry, ‘GOD GIVE US PEACE! And lead us to free, fair and transparent elections, during which you, our Heavenly Father, will anoint a leader of your own choosing, to save and carry Liberia forward.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was surprised at the ultra-defensive tactics of Rafael Benitez in the Blues’ 2-1 victory at St James’ Park.Sarri’s side had 82% of possession but still relied on a controversial Eden Hazard penalty and a late own-goal from DeAndre Yedlin after Joselu looked to have rescued a point for Newcastle. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 2 Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings ALTERED smart causal Benitez was forced to defend for 90 minutes against Chelsea Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack “I think here [St James’ Park] is very difficult for every team. Last season Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal lost here.“I was surprised at the beginning because in Italy I have never seen Rafa [Benitez] play with five defenders. So I was really surprised.“Newcastle were very compact, so we could only move the ball and be patient.” silverware gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Sarri and Benitez have both managed Napoli Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Benitez was Napoli manager before Sarri inherited his position in 2015, and earlier in the week, the Italian had praised his predecessor for his work in Naples.Newcastle 1-2 Chelsea: Blues player ratingsIt therefore came as a surprise to the Chelsea boss when he was faced with a different Benitez team to the one he knows.Sarri said: “It was a very difficult game for us. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS impact Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 2 highlights MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade