President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said that her administration does not lack the political will to address shortcomings enumerated in the 2014 Human Rights Report on Liberia released by the US State Department Bureau of Democracy and Human Rights.Speaking at the United States’ 239th Independence Anniversary at the Executive Pavilion in Monrovia yesterday, President Sirleaf requested the US Government for continual partnership and support to address those shortcomings.“I only wish, given the likelihood of the report that most of the comments in the report are based on local media reports, and taking into account comments in the report on the media, that the US will adopt a policy of reviewing and consultation before such reports are published,” President Sirleaf countered.She told the audience of US Embassy officials, officials of the Liberian government and guests that she had read the human rights report which contained many good things as well as several shortcomings of her government.The published reports among other things highlighted lack of political will by the Executive in handling cases of corruption, citing cases of former Commerce and Industry Minister, Miatta Beyslow and former LPRC Managing Director T. Nelson Williams, who were dismissed following allegations of corruption by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC).The report also noted that Justice in Liberia was based on favor and bribes, and judges were giving justice to people who have money to pay, leaving the poor without justice.It also indicated that integrity institutions including the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) were not supported enough to be independent in their work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Speed Skating Canada revealed teams for the ISU World Long Track Speed Skating stages yesterday, which included Denny Morrison.Skaters were selected based on their performances at the Fall World Cup Selections last weekend in Calgary. The aim for skaters is to secure qualifying spots for each distance for Canada at the upcoming Olympics.Morrison will be competing in the 1000 metre and 1500 metre races at Stage One of the event in Heerenveen, Netherlands from November 10th to 12th. Morrison will be in the same races for Stage Two in Stavanger, Norway from November 17th to 19th. In the Third Stage Morrison will add the 5000 metre event to the other two in Calgary from December 1st to 3rd. The final stage has Morrison competing in the same distances as the previous stage.- Advertisement -A maximum of ten athletes per gender can be selected to the Olympic Team, that will be based on achieving the performance standard for the event and on earning the quota spot.
Dimuth Karunaratne and his Sri Lanka squad were still in contention at the Cricket World Cup when they practiced on the eve of their group game against West Indies.They were out of contention before the sunset Sunday, when England beat India at Edgbaston.It was a payback of sorts from the tournament hosts. The Lasith Malinga-inspired upset win over England at Leeds on June 21 revived Sri Lanka’s prospects of reaching the semifinals, and also opened the door for Pakistan and Bangladesh.Until then, it appeared the top four of Australia, India, New Zealand and England were destined for the semifinals. That loss dented England’s chances, and a subsequent loss to Australia put the hosts under even more pressure.Going into the last week of the group stage, only Australia is assured of a place in the last four, with seven wins and 14 points from eight games. India and New Zealand are on 11 points and England is back in the fourth spot on 10. Pakistan (9) and Bangladesh (7) are still in the hunt, but Sri Lanka (6) can’t make it – even if it wins its last two games against West Indies and India to finish on 10 points and England loses its last game group to New Zealand.The tiebreaker, if teams finish equal on points, wins – and England would have more in the W column because Sri Lanka picked up two points from washouts.Sri Lanka was trounced in its opening game against New Zealand, beat Afghanistan and then had washouts against Pakistan and Bangladesh. A loss to Australia had them on the verge of an exit until the win over England shook up the whole competition. With the loss here to South Africa last Friday, Sri Lanka lost control of its tournament destiny.advertisementThe West Indies slumped out of contention after a loss to India three days ago, but coach Floyd Reifer said it wouldn’t influence their game plan against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. He said the future starts Monday for his team.Rain may interrupt Match 39 of ICC Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and West Indies as the weather is partly cloudy. However, rain is expected for a very short period of time so a full game is on the cards. Screen grab from AccuweatherAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan supported India for the first time since partition, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | Sportsmanship of few champions got tested, they failed badly: Waqar Younis slams Team IndiaAlso See: