4 Top Empty Seats at Justice Ministry

first_imgAs the nation witnesses the removal and reshuffling of several high profile government officials, some Liberians, particularly employees of the Justice Ministry, have expressed fear for their safety wondering when the Ministry’s new leadership will be announced,. Expressing their misgivings, they want to remind President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the four top empty seats in the Justice Ministry, the government department responsible for the enforcement of law and order and the administration of justice in the country.The four top vacant positions at the Ministry include the Minister, the Deputy Minister for Administration, the Deputy Minister for Qualification and the Assistant Minister for Correction.According to our investigation, the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Cllr. Benedict Sarnor, is relatively acting in all the positions and running the Ministry in consultation with the Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo.Some Liberians yesterday told the Daily Observer that the vacancies at the top echelons of the Ministry, if not filled soon, have the propensity to tilt the statutory mandate of that government department.   These concerned citizens are keenly aware that effectual leadership at the helm is required for the Justice Ministry to carry out its chief responsibilities to enforce the law, defend the interests of the country, ensure public safety against foreign and domestic threats and provide unitary leadership in preventing and controlling crime and punishing those guilty of unlawful behavior.Madam Musuly Morrison and Mr. Jenkins Nah said separately that the absence of the Attorney General and other key officials at the Justice Ministry would undercut the rule of law, jeopardize the maintenance of peace and security, sustainable development, and the protection of human rights.However, the spokesperson of the Concerned Workers of the Justice Ministry, who is known only as ‘Scarface’, indicated that the prolonged vacancies of the top seats at the Ministry would not only slow down the access to justice but also delay the process of fair play and justice in the country.It may be recalled that former Justice Minister Christian Tah resigned a month ago.  Earlier, Cllr. Whetonia Dixon-Barnes and Madam Victoria Leigh-Sherman were relieved of their posts as Deputy Ministers for Administration and Qualification, respectively, as well as Assistant Minister for Correction, Hilary Sackor.Justice Minister Tah, in her resignation letter, said she could not be the Minister of Justice and not supervise   the operations of the security agencies under her Ministry.The letter cited her lack of independence to investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency, which is headed by Mr. Fumba Sirleaf, son of the President.Minister Tah also said it had become “unbearable” to continue as Minister amid “determination to systemically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness.”In a brief statement issued later, the Executive Mansion said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had “received and accepted the resignation” of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General.  There is no hint of who the President might be considering to fill these top positions at the Ministry of Justice.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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REVEALED! PL top 10 most dangerous teams at set-pieces

first_img 5. QPR – 11 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – If it wasn’t for their success at set-pieces there is a chance the Super Hoops would be languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table. Thankfully, Chris Ramsey’s side have been able to give themselves a shot a survival with their ability to score from deadballs. If you’re going to succeed in the Premier League you have to make the most of set-piece situations.Not converting corners or hitting the back of the net with a well placed free-kick is a cardinal sin in the top flight, especially for sides lower in the table who need to make the most of sparser opportunities.But who is the English top flight’s most successful side when it comes to scoring from free-kicks and corners, talkSPORT takes a look.Click right to scroll though our list…All stats correct up to 14 April 2015 10 6= Everton and Sunderland – 9 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – Two teams with set-piece specialists, Leighton Baines and Sebastian Larsson, the duo though can only do so much though and need a helping hand from their team-mates. 3= Man United, West Brom and West Ham – 13 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – Red Devils defender Chris Smalling has managed four goals in the Premier League this season – excellent deliveries have played a huge part in this. West Ham and West Brom, who are also blessed with set-piece stars, also find themselves mixing it with the elite. 9= Liverpool, Stoke and Swansea – 5 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – The continuing wane of Steven Gerrard see Liverpool desperately seeking set-piece solutions and Stoke City’s transformation under Mark Hughes sees them low down on our list too. 1. Crystal Palace – 15 goals from set-pieces – The Eagles soar above all others when it comes to set-pieces, Scott Dann and Brede Hangeland have been heading in corners, while Jason Puncheon is pretty handy at curling home a free-kick as Manchester City found out to their detriment. 10 10 10 7= Aston Villa, Burnley, Leicester, and Man City – 7 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – A trio of relegation candidates and a side desperately clinging on for a place in the top four are joint seventh in our list. No matter where you are in the Premier League table, converting set-pieces is important. 8= Hull and Southampton – 6 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – The Tigers have been toothless at set-pieces this season, which could help to explain their troubles and the Saints could do with getting in habit of scoring from deadball situations too. 10 10 4. Chelsea – 12 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – With the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Oscar delivering quality balls into the box it’s no surprise they feature high up on the list. 2= Arsenal and Tottenham – 14 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – There is no separating the north London giants when it comes to successfully converting set-pieces. Christian Eriksen has shown he’s capable of whipping home a free-kick this season, while across the road several stars, including Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have hit the back of the net. 10 10 10. Newcastle – 4 goals from set-pieces – Click right to find out who the Premier League’s deadball specialists are… – Despite have 6ft 4in defender Mike Williamson amongst their ranks, the Magpies have been unsuccessful with their set-pieces this season. Ryan Taylor’s return from injury could change that though. 10 10last_img read more

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Vermont Nonprofit Bets on Syrian Refugees

first_imgShare39TweetShare6Email45 SharesRefugees Welcome – Sanctuary rally / TakverJanuary 2, 2017; New YorkThe war in Syria is a humanitarian crisis without easy solutions. Amid concerns that refugees will endanger public safety, some states are welcoming refugees, refusing to turn them away out of fear. A small town in Vermont is betting that in fulfilling its humanitarian duties, it will be able to turn around its economic fortunes as well.Rutland is a town in the middle of Vermont that’s losing population due to decreased fertility rates and migration to the area. Advocates for resettlement are hoping that an increase in population, albeit small, will encourage larger employers to remain in the area, and a more diverse culture will eventually spur an increase in young immigrants.A grassroots nonprofit, Rutland Welcomes, is doing its part to make sure refugees feel welcome and have what they need to get settled. In addition to that, they are fighting to make sure that the citizens of Rutland are properly informed about the refugees, which could relieve some fear of the resettlement.As one might expect, the small community is not unanimous in its support. Another group, one opposed to the resettlement plan, Rutland First, sees the refugees as a financial burden carried by locals still reeling from the recession. Additionally, the group sees the potential for danger if one of the refugees is a hostile agent, despite the fact that the likelihood of anyone in the U.S. being killed by a terrorist is preposterously low.From a standard of living perspective, moving from a war-torn country to the United States is an almost unfathomable improvement. Sometimes, the easiest way to improve a person’s life is to let them move to a place where it isn’t so fragile. From an economic standpoint, this is likely a boon for the small town of Rutland, especially if the town has jobs left unfilled, as the article alludes. Immigration tends to lead to economic growth, especially from the second generation onward. To spurn these immigrants for fear of terrorism or difficulty catering to their needs seems shortsighted. Hopefully, Rutland Welcomes can help alleviate some of the possible costs.Ultimately, the resettlement of refugees will remain in flux until the new president takes office. If Mr. Trump bars entry of Syrian refugees, the debate is moot. For now, a nonprofit will continue to work to raise awareness and construct support networks, in hopes that they can welcome some new neighbors.—Sean WattersonShare39TweetShare6Email45 Shareslast_img read more

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