CENTAL program manager, Gerald D. Yeakula. The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has called on the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) to timely and independently verify and publish all declared assets, income and liabilities, including those of President George M. Weah.In a statement issued on Monday, CENTAL said it is glad to acknowledge receipt of reports of declaration of assets, income, and liabilities by President George Manneh Weah, which the General Auditing Commission (GAC) has confirmed.Although it is belated, CENTAL lauded President Weah for declaring his assets in compliance with chapter 10 of the 2014 Code of Conduct for Public officials that requires all public officials to declare their assets.“This is one of several steps that demonstrate concrete commitment and political will to set the necessary condition for a successful fight against corruption in Liberia,” the statement said.CENTAL has also called on the Vice President, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, Justices of the Supreme Court and other officials of government to do likewise.“We maintain that former officials accused of corrupt acts, especially those of the immediate past regime, must be investigated and if found guilty prosecuted in keeping with relevant Liberian Laws,” CENTAL said.CENTAL said former officials who refused to declare their assets while leaving power/government, should be compelled to do so or prosecuted, in keeping with relevant provisions of the Code of Conduct.Finally, “we would like to admonish President Weah against repeating mistakes of former President Sirleaf, when she, among other things, shielded her officials; ignored recommendations from independent committees established to probe corruption scandals as well as appointed persons with tainted records in key government positions.”Any anti-corruption effort that is not built on a strong prosecution and deterrent regime is bound to fail; this is the weak link in Liberia’s current anti-graft efforts, which must be addressed to decisively tackle corruption and bad governance in the country, the statement maintained.The statement further noted that continuous violation of the Code of Conduct does not augur well for the reputation of the government and its professed desire to address graft, arguably the biggest impediment to the success of the pro-poor agenda.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
But, before the final horn sounded, there would be one more fight, between Tyler Loney and Trevor Mazurek. The two had tried to scrap late in the second, but the fight never really developed before they crashed to the ice, and the referee assessed the pair only minor penalties, allowing them to stay in the game, and have one more crack at some fisticuffs. After the game, Loney said was glad the ref allowed them to come back and finish what they had started. “We played in midget against each other, so it’s just an ongoing battle,” adding “He doesn’t mind that stuff, and I sure don’t.”Likewise, coach Adam Brash wasn’t too surprised with the physicality of the game. “You always expect coming to Spirit River it’s going to be a physical game – anything can break out at any time.” But, Brash was more than happy to have a fight on his hands. “We’re all competitors, and you want to compete every night, and if that means the gloves come off, then that happens.” “It was a great team-builder for us,” he added, “We needed this.”In the end, the final score was 9-6 in favor of the Flyers. The total penalty minutes between the two teams was close to 300. And there was plenty of bad blood remaining for a potential semi-final matchup between the two teams. Listen to this highlights package Advertisement [asset|aid=907|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f1924b186f14c879a57e07bae7643abe-Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirt River Navigators_1_Pub.mp3]And so, the NPHL regular season comes to a close. The Flyers finish the season with a 24-1-1 record, and will await the winner of the first round mini-series between Valleyview and Lakeland. Flyers win 9-6 over the Spirit River RangersTo call Saturday night’s Flyers / Rangers game dramatic and intense would be underselling it. On the opening faceoff, Spirit River’s Shane McCormick went after David Alexander, leading to 14 minutes in penalties for each player. By the end of the first, more than 100 minutes in penalties had been assessed. And there were also seven goals.Craig Venhola opened the scoring, firing a point shot past Troy Hunt, to give the Rangers a lead, just 30 second in. The Flyers would fight back, with 3 in a row, from Jeff Shipton, and a pair from Jeff Fast. Goals from Mike Lefley and Mark Wallman would get Spirit River back to even, but before the first was over, Clayton Bahm put the Flyers back in front.- Advertisement -In the second, tempers continued to boil over, and 3 of the games 4 fights broke out. Aaron Scheppers fought with DJ Barbarich, Matt Shuya took exception to a hit from behind from Colin Lefley, and dropped with gloves with Lefley, and David Alexander stuck up for his cousin Todd, after Todd took a nasty high-stick from Chad Wilchynski, though Wilchynski seemed uneager to fight. By the time the second period was over, there were 224 minutes in penalties on the scoresheet. 3 players from each team had been thrown out of the game. And, while Todd Alexander got a concussion from the Wilchinski high-stick, Matt Shuya got a broken nose and put his bottom teeth through his bottom lip, and earned a trip to the hospital.There was also more scoring in the second, as the Flyers got goals courtesy of Kip Noble (2), and Mike Shipton, all three of which came on the powerplays assessed to the Rangers for thier stickwork. Spirit River got just one goal, scored by Mike Lefley, his second of the game.Finally, things settled down in the third, possibly because both teams were getting a little short-benched. Spirit River looked like they might make a game of it, after scoring two straight goals (Shane McCormick and Trevor Mazurek). But, within minutes, Kip Noble shelfed a backhander over Rangers goalie Darin Allen, to complete his hat-trick, and put the Flyers back up by 3. Advertisement
Dietmar Hamann says it would be a ‘big surprise’ if Jurgen Klopp allowed Adam Lallana to leave Liverpool this summer.Lallana’s former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino reportedly wants to be reunited with the midfielder at Tottenham, with the north London club plotting a £20m move when the transfer window reopens.The 28-year-old endured a difficult first campaign at Anfield after his £25m switch from the Saints in 2014, but has been in good form since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival.And Hamann hopes the Merseysiders snub Spurs’ interest in the midfielder – as he believes Lallana can be a ‘game-changer’ for Klopp’s men next season.“If Lallana were to leave, it would be a big surprise because he has come good lately and shown improved form under the new manager,” the Champions League-winning former Reds star told talkSPORT.“He is a very talented player. He is one of the players I love to watch and one of the players England has really produced in the last ten to 15 years who has got beautiful balance, uses both feet, has great vision.“Unfortunately he hasn’t done it often enough for Liverpool but I wouldn’t give up the ghost.“If the penny drops, he is a game-changer and with [Roberto] Firmino and [Philippe] Coutinho and either [Divock] Origi or [Daniel] Sturridge he forms a pretty formidable front four.”Another Liverpool player being linked with a summer exit is Christian Benteke, but Hammann would not be surprised if Klopp allowed him to move on.The Belgian striker has struggled to show his best form following his £32.5million move from Aston Villa last summer, scoring just nine goals in 39 appearances, and is understood to be on West Ham’s radar.Hamann added on talkSPORT: “He started the season as the number one or two striker depending on Daniel Sturridge’s fitness but he has gone down the pecking order.“Origi started ahead of him and I don’t see why that will change when he is back fit. If Sturridge does stay at the club then he will be third in the pecking order, which for a player of his talent is obviously not satisfying.“So, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Benteke were to leave.”Dietmar Hamann was talking at a golf day to raise funds for Arms Around The Child, which works to provide a loving home, medical treatment, protection, respect and education for children who have lost their parents or are living in adversity. Find out more here.
Austria 2 Germany 1: Neuer makes comeback in surprise defeat Guy Atkinson 03:41 6/3/18 Bongarts A returning Manuel Neuer was unable to prevent Germany falling to an unlikely defeat to Austria at a sodden Worthersee Stadion. Manuel Neuer made his long-awaited comeback as Germany slipped to a surprise 2-1 pre-World Cup friendly defeat to Austria.The Bayern Munich goalkeeper’s first appearance since suffering a foot injury in September had looked in jeopardy after heavy rain hit Klagenfurt shortly before kick-off.After officials undertook three separate pitch inspections, the game finally started an hour and 45 minutes later than originally scheduled. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, that uncertainty did little to disrupt Mesut Ozil, who took advantage of an early error from Austria goalkeeper Jorg Siebenhandl to give Joachim Low’s side an 11th-minute lead.Yet Austria were a much tougher proposition in the second period, with Martin Hinteregger and Alessandro Schopf scoring fine goals to seal a memorable triumph over their neighbours and stretch their winning streak to an impressive seven games. Germany will look to get their preparations back on track when Saudi Arabia travel to Leverkusen on Friday before starting their bid to retain the World Cup against Group F rivals Mexico on June 17.Game over Our first #WorldCup dress rehearsal ends in defeat in Austria: #DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER 2-1 pic.twitter.com/lq9GAUs7TX— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018After such a lengthy delay, it was hardly surprising that the game started in disjointed fashion with neither side able to fashion anything resembling a chance. That changed after 11 minutes, though, thanks to Siebenhandl’s mistake. The Sturm Graz keeper inexplicably clipped his attempted clearance straight to Ozil, who took a touch before curling a left-footed strike into the far corner. Germany really should have doubled their advantage 10 minutes later, but Julian Brandt’s low effort after a flowing move was diverted agonisingly past the far post by the legs of Siebenhandl.Shortly before half-time, Neuer demonstrated that his lay-off had done nothing to diminish his agility. Florian Grillitsch must have thought his low strike was creeping in at the near post, only for the 32-year-old to get down sharply and push the ball past the post.Class is permanent #NeuerTheWall#DieMannschaft #ZSMMN #AUTGER 0-1 pic.twitter.com/tTrcfVYNG5— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) June 2, 2018The hosts started the second period with the type of intensity that was lacking in their tepid first-half display and were duly rewarded with a fine equaliser after 53 minutes.David Alaba’s deep corner from Austria’s right was met at the back post by the unmarked Hinteregger, who flashed a fierce, first-time volley from a tight angle beyond the helpless Neuer.Marko Arnautovic was denied just moments later by Neuer’s outstretched hand as Austria pinned their illustrious opponents against the ropes.Their deserved winner arrived in the 69th minute when Schopf met Stefan Lainer’s back-post knockdown, the Schalke midfielder sweeping a first-time effort into the net to complete the turnaround. Low made a raft of substitutions in the closing stages, but none of the changes had the desired impact as Germany’s World Cup preparations suffered an unlikely setback. read more