International and local Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) operating in Liberia are not sincere in their financial dealings and there is a strong likelihood that they are involved in high levels of corruption, panelists revealed at an accountability program held in Monrovia yesterday.The Liberian government has received the heaviest lashes for corrupt practices, but the panelists shed light at the accountability conference on the “unscrupulous activities” of NGOs.Panelist Al Varney, a journalist from the FrontPage Africa Newspaper revealed that there is a high level of insincerity among the many international and local NGOs operating in the country. Varney is a member of the US run International Research and Exchange (IREX) Ebola Funds Accountability project.He said several of the major organizations that were involved in the battle against the EVD, were very tight-lipped when asked to give account of how funds provided them by foreign donors were spent.“I got to know that NGOs operating in Liberia are not sincere when I began to work with the IREX Ebola Funds Accountability Project,” Varney said. “They are not willing to disclose to the public how funds donated to the country through them are spent and this raises eyebrows.”He said that he had a lot of difficulties with many of the NGOs, that he could not name, but said they were never willing to provide him the information he wanted. “Most of them do not see the media as their friend because they do not want their misdeeds to be uncovered,” he said. A similar revelation was also made by Ms. Antoinette Sendolo, who said she got in trouble because of a report she did after officials of NGO decided to remain mute for so long. She reports for the Inquirer Newspaper.“This was one of my worst experiences I had as a young journalist. The people were saying that I did the report clandestinely because I wanted to achieve certain things or I had an ulterior motive, which was not the case,” she said.“I visited the headquarters of the organization several times and even called its public relations officer on numerous occasions but they were never willing to provide me the information,” she said.The public and other foreign nationals have a negative perception of the Liberian government squandering public funds through corrupt practices, but this new revelation will now switch the pendulum as more focus now would be given to NGOs, some that bring millions of donor funds into the country.There have been complaints that almost all of the donor funds coming to the country are not impacting the lives of the people who still live in abject poverty. “When the white people send their money they can send a lot of people called experts behind the money to carry it back to their country,” many Liberians have said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers opened a crucial homestand needing wins any way they could get them. A variety pack of goals was the perfect way to start.Matt Read and Sean Couturier each had a goal and an assist to lead the Flyers to a 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 11.The Flyers scored short-handed, on the power play, even strength, and into an empty net. Wayne Simmonds scored the power-play goal, and Jakub Voracek added the empty-netter to seal the win.The Flyers earned the win after dropping four of five on the road. Three of the four losses were by one goal. They have dropped to the bottom portion of the Eastern Conference and need to make the most of the four-game homestand to jump back into postseason contention.“It’s huge, especially if we want to stay in the playoff race,” Couturier said.They got an unexpected lift from Read, who has only three goals and seven assists in 28 games. He had one of each in the first period, giving the Flyers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.“I just keep shooting pucks, getting in front of the net, getting in the hard areas,” Read said. “Things kind of bounced my way tonight.”With Steve Mason 0-5 against the Devils, Ray Emery got the start for the Flyers. Emery was 0-4 with a 4.12 GAA in his last four starts. But he was hardly tested with 17 saves against the Devils for his fifth win of the season — matching Mason’s total in eight fewer games.Emery improved his career record against New Jersey to 8-4-0-2 with a 1.78 GAA.Not even the return of leading goal scorer Mike Cammalleri (11) could spark the Devils. Cammalleri returned after missing two games with a strained gluteus muscle. “Maybe we’ve got to get a little greasier, get to the net and find ways to get a little of the sandpaper to our game around the net,” he said.The Flyers scored first on perhaps one of the unlikeliest of scenarios for a team that has struggled as much as any playing short-handed. The Devils had been spectacular of late, killing 44 of 49 power plays against during the last 14 games.But with the Devils down a player early in the first, Couturier scored his sixth goal for Philadelphia’s first short-handed goal of the season.They scored at even strength, too. Couturier blindly passed the puck in front of the net, Read pounced and stuck it past Cory Schneider for the 2-0 lead. “I just fired backdoor,” Couturier said. “Luckily, he was there.”Read scored 24 goals in the 2011-12 season and 22 last season, leaving him mystified about the cause of his season-long slump. He had his first multipoint game since April 6, 2014, against Buffalo and scored for the first time since Nov. 15.“Coot’s pass was pretty lucky, it went through about three guy’s skates and landed right on my tape,” Read said.The Flyers entered 13th in the Eastern Conference and seven points out of a playoff spot. With home games ahead against Carolina, Tampa Bay and Florida, now is the time for the Flyers to gain ground.The Devils scored their lone goal in the second when Martin Havlat scored a power-play goal for the Devils. Havlat tipped Scott Gomez’s slap shot from along the boards to cut it to 2-1.The Devils have lost two straight. “We didn’t panic with the 2-0 deficit,” said Schneider, who had 32 saves. “We stuck with it and got one on the power play, but they played pretty solid.”Simmonds’ 12th goal stretched the lead to 3-1.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Manchester United Rashford extends incredible debut record with Champions League strike Last updated 2 years ago 04:33 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League It took the United striker a mere seven minutes to break his duck, having previously scored on his England, Premier League and Europa League bows Manchester United star Marcus Rashford kept up his impeccable debut record with a goal in his first Champions League match against Basel on Tuesday. The 19-year-old striker has made a habit of netting in his maiden appearances. Rashford 11/10 to score v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His Premier League, Europa League, League Cup and England bows were all marked with goals, and Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford was no exception. 1 – Marcus Rashford has scored on his PL, Europa League, Champions League & EFL Cup debut for @ManUtd , as well as his England debut. Star. pic.twitter.com/15yOy8Mc8V — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 de septiembre de 2017 With United cruising two goals to the good against the Swiss side, Rashford swooped to put the clash beyond any doubt and make it 3-0 to Jose Mourinho’s men.It took him just seven minutes to beat the Basel defence after coming on as a late replacement for Juan Mata in the 77th minute.In putting Basel to the sword, Rashford also followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney in scoring in a Champions League fixture as a teenager. 4 – Marcus Rashford is the 4th English teenager to score a #UCL goal for @ManUtd after David Beckham, Wayne Rooney & Phil Jones. Fresh. pic.twitter.com/3u3Ergj5wd — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 de septiembre de 2017 Only Rooney, David Beckham and Phil Jones had made the scoresheet for United before their 20th birthday, and now the young striker joins the club. The sky really seems the limit for this wonderkid, vindicating Mourinho’s decision to bring him off the bench in his first Champions League outing as United boss.