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To Retrieve Gov’t Vehicles, Prez Weah Constitutes Task Force

first_imgIn early January 2018, ahead of Weah’s inauguration, several government vehicles were arrested from their assignees President George Weah has constituted a Special Presidential Task Force to retrieve all government-owned vehicles still in the possession of former government officials.President Weah has mandated the former officials to submit within two weeks the vehicles to the Special Presidential Task Force, an Executive Mansion release said late last night.Those named to the Task Force are Benedict E.E. Reeves, Chair, with other members including Patrick Sudue, Inspector General of Police, Sam Worzie, Garmondeh Glaydor, Isaiah T. Harris, Fleet Specialist and Robena L. Brown.According to the release, President Weah has also directed that all former officials who had purportedly purchased vehicles from the General Services Agency (GSA) to submit these vehicles to the Special Task Force for verification.President Weah has further directed that the vehicles should be submitted to the Special Presidential Task Force on the Executive Mansion grounds.The submission of the vehicles, the release said took effect immediately after the President made the pronouncement upon his arrival in the country on Friday, February 23, from his first foreign trip that took the President and 23-people delegation to Paris, France.The circular has accordingly mandated that failure on the part of former officials will result in the forwarding of their names to the Minister of Justice for prosecution.The President’s WrathSome former government officials who did not heed the order of President  Weah to return government vehicles that were assigned to them could face his wrath after his two weeks’ ultimatum expires, which took effect as of Monday, February 26.Though President Weah did not indicate how many vehicles are involved, he said some former officials of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration are still in possession of vehicles assigned to them while serving in government.He warned them to turn over those vehicles, an order he had stated prior to his inauguration on January 22.President Weah declared this after he returned home following his three-leg successful visits to Senegal, Morocco, and France.At an intercessory service held for his safe return home at the Dominion Church in Congo Town, Monrovia, President Weah said, “Our government is having a problem and these are just simple problems.”“People who worked with the former government are hiding and scrapping vehicles they used in the past government. They are stealing all the cars leaving this new government with the burden to buy new vehicles. What is a car that you cannot be honorable enough to leave behind?“All of you who took government properties, you have two weeks to bring them back. If not, we will come for them. You have two weeks,” the President threatened.He added: “We have to be true to our government. I am glad that I am saying it in a church. You got two weeks or we will come for them to be used for the benefit of our country.”The ultimatum comes amid efforts by the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Mary Broh and her team to retrieve GOL vehicles and other properties from past officials.This is the second of such an ultimatum as the GSA had initially issued a similar caveat for those former officials to turn in government properties. The initial call might have fallen on deaf ears, but the reiteration by the President seems to add some weight, many officials say.Many believe that President Weah is gradually realizing that, in spite of his overwhelming victory, it will take tough decisions and measures, sometimes against his own kith, if his administration is to succeed.Weah’s declaration comes amid speculations about his tenacity, ability and courage to make tough decisions.  Although some have considered him politically strong but ineffective, others say his success would definitely boil down to radical decisions and measures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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US Open roundup: Sania Mirza, Leander Paes set sights on grand slam titles

first_imgThe top seeded pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis reached the US Open final with 6-4, 6-1 win against Sara Errani-Flavia Pennetta on Thursday.Sania and Martina maximised spaces and kept hitting angles against their 11th-seeded opposition. The duo had a first serve winning percentage of 67.  Sania and Martina are a win away from clinching their second grand slam title in two months. The duo won the Wimbledon title in July when they overpowered Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5.Also read: Federer joins UAE Royals for 2015 IPTL, Kohli to co-own team In mixed doubles category, the Indo-Swiss pair of Leander Paes and Hingis went past Rohan Bopanna and Yung-Jan Chan 6-2, 7-5. The duo have reached the final of a grand slam for the third time this year. With the loss, Bopanna’s campaign came to an end in this year’s grand  slam.Swiss legend Roger Federer maintained his good run by defeating 12th-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-3, 6-3, 6-1. Federer has now reached US Open semifinal for the 10th time in his career. The No. 2 seed, who never faced a break point in the match, took only one and half hours to battle past his opponent.Federer will be seen fighting for a place in the final against his Swiss counterpart Stan Wawrinka. The No. 5 seed Swiss overpowered South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets.Also read: Federer, Wawrinka set up all-Swiss semifinal at US Open Federer heaped praise on Wawrinka saying, “Stan played a wonderful match against me in Paris, and I was very happy for him that he went on to win the tournament. He deserved it. He’s been such a great player throughout his career. He always improved a lot, kept on working really hard.”advertisement”Couldn’t be happier to play him here, to be quite honest,” Federer said.In women’s singles, the 26th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach US Open semifinals.”In the second set, I was really in trouble,” Pennetta said in an on-court interview. “I just keep going, playing, playing. It’s unbelievable,” she said.Romanian Simona Halep secured a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 victory against former world number one Victoria Azarenka to reach the semifinals of the tournament.No.1-seeded Serena Williams, after beating her sister Venus in the quarterfinal on Wednesday,  will continue her quest to win calendar-year grand slam when she takes on unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci.last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Yet, for all that they are doing well, there are some who are starting to believe the Seahawks may be rounding into form as the team to beat in the NFC.Winners of their last four games by margins of 16, nine, 31 and 29 points, the two-time defending NFC champions are led by QB Russell Wilson, who has thrown 16 touchdown passes and zero interceptions over his last four games.In short, the Seahawks are looking more like the team that reached the last two Super Bowls than the one that lost five of its first nine games.Indeed an NFC West team may represent the conference in the Super Bowl, but who is more likely to fill the role, Arizona or Seattle?That — and eight other questions — were answered by NFL.com’s Adam Schein in this week’s Schein Line.As for his answer?All the Seahawks have done recently is lay the wood to opposing teams … and all the Arizona Cardinals do is win and show off their amazing top-to-bottom talent. Rawls’ injury curbs the enthusiasm for Seattle a tad. Yes, the Cardinals’ suffered their own injury at running back, with Chris Johnson landing on injured reserve in Week 12 — but rookie David Johnson has stepped up since, recording 90-plus rushing yards and 120-plus yards from scrimmage in each of Arizona’s past two games. And the rest of the Cardinals’ roster is simply stacked, 1-53. While I acknowledge Seattle is primed to make another strong run, it’s clearly Arizona.Does that make Cardinals fans feel better or, at least, less nervous about a potential postseason matchup with Seattle? Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The good news, at least in terms of those teams, is unless the Cardinals collapse here at the end of the regular season any playoff game against the Seahawks will be held at University of Phoenix Stadium.If it comes to that, of course, and plenty still must happen for that to be the case. The Arizona Cardinals have given little reason to believe they are destined for a disappointing postseason.At 11-2, they have the second-best record in the NFC and are tied for the second-best record in the entire NFL.They are tops in the NFL in yards and second in points per game, while at the same time rank fourth in football in yards allowed and seventh in points allowed per game.Furthermore their point differential of plus-153 is second only to the Carolina Panthers, and they’ve beaten three potential playoff teams (Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings) during their current seven-game winning streak.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is hit by Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel just after getting a pass off during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) Top Stories last_img read more

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