‘Stuart Broad debate mustn’t mask England errors’

first_imgBy Jonathan AgnewTHE debate surrounding England’s fascinating four-wicket defeat by West Indies in the first Test in Southampton will centre on the home side’s decision to omit Stuart Broad.Clearly, Broad’s absence was a factor, because I do not believe England chose their strongest side given the conditions.If he had been playing, England may well have taken the chance to bowl first in murky weather on Wednesday, and subsequently gone on to win.However, they are all ifs, buts and maybes, so we must make a judgement from what we have seen on the field.England were 204 all out in the first innings, lost five wickets for 30 runs in the second, and missed four opportunities to take wickets on the final afternoon.That first-innings return was not enough. Given West Indies’ margin of victory, England may only have needed another 70 or 80 runs to have run out as victors.At the time, the total was hard to assess, because England were dodging showers and feeling their way back after the coronavirus lay-off.But West Indies showed it to be inadequate by the way they were willing to knuckle down and grind out a sizable lead.Even then, England could have got out of jail by taking their chances on Sunday. Of those missed, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler’s leg-side drop of Jermaine Blackwood and Zak Crawley’s fluffed attempt at a run-out are particularly hard to explain.Reprieved, Blackwood reined in his game to play an innings of remarkable discipline, helping West Indies to the type of win over England that is becoming a bit of a habit.We should not be surprised they have pulled this off. This is not the team that England beat with regularity 10 or 15 years ago.They showed at Headingley in 2017, and again in the Caribbean at the beginning of 2019 that they are a very fine team. Perhaps the only people that need convincing of that are their own supporters. West Indies are focused. They have a terrific set of fast bowlers and batsmen who can be flamboyant but are also willing to graft.Remember, they have come here without Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer, two key men in their middle order.Not only that, but they faced the uncertainty of travelling from the Caribbean, which compared to the UK has been relatively unaffected by coronavirus. They had to quarantine for weeks, unable to set foot outside the Emirates Old Trafford ground, with only each other for company and nets to keep them occupied.That West Indies were then able to turn up in Southampton and deliver a performance of such professionalism speaks volumes for the way they are led by captain Jason Holder and coach Phil Simmons.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

‘Let’s go Outback’: Badgers bound for Tampa bowl

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoFor the fourth consecutive year, Wisconsin will be playing in a New Year’s Day bowl game in Florida against an opponent from the Southeast Conference.Unlike the past two years, however, the Badgers will not be playing in the Capital One Bowl.Following a 9-3 season that saw the Badgers go 5-3 in the Big Ten and finish fourth in the conference, Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced Wednesday the team accepted a bid to play in the Outback Bowl.”We’re absolutely thrilled to be returning to Tampa for the Outback Bowl,” Alvarez said in a university release. “It has been a tremendous destination for us the previous three times we have been there. Our players and fans have always enjoyed the Tampa area and everything the bowl brings to the table.”In their four previous trips to the bowl — two when it was called the Outback Bowl, two when it was named the Hall of Fame Bowl — the Badgers have experienced little success, winning only once. In 2005, the last time Wisconsin played in the Outback Bowl, it suffered a 24-21 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.”Our entire team is excited to be returning to Florida for our fourth straight January bowl game,” Bielema said. “We’ve always heard terrific feedback from our fans who have followed us to Tampa in the past and I know we’ll have a big sea of red down there again.”We’re looking forward to the warm weather, hospitality and a great game on New Year’s Day.”Under normal circumstances, the Outback Bowl would not extend an invitation until after the Capital One Bowl chose its participants. However, because Wisconsin played in that Orlando bowl game the last two years, the decision was made by the Capital One Bowl selection committee, UW and the Big Ten to eliminate the Badgers from consideration.”It has been decided that it is in the best interests of all concerned to release the Badgers from Capital One Bowl consideration,” Selection Committee chair Tony Martin and bowl executive director Steve Hogan said in a release. “We believe this will help expedite the process of selecting a postseason destination for the University of Wisconsin and its fans.”Wisconsin’s opponent for the game is still yet to be determined because the final SEC standings are still subject to change. That should be cleared up by Sunday, however, following its championship game and the announcement of the final Bowl Championship Series standings.As of now, the most likely options for opponents would seem to be Florida and Tennessee, which plays LSU in the SEC Championship Game Saturday. If the Volunteers win, the Badgers would likely face the Gators. If Tennessee lose, it will then likely represent the SEC in the Outback Bowl.The Badgers have won nine of their last 12 bowl games, dating back to 1994, including a 6-2 record in Jan. 1 bowl games.last_img read more

Politico editor discusses objectivity

first_imgShushanik Minasian, a graduate student studying journalism, said she enjoyed learning about Politico’s values and their expectations for journalists. Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown discussed the news outlet’s coverage of politics and stance on objectivity Tuesday. (Shaylee Navarro/Daily Trojan) Budoff Brown said that while journalists can have personal opinions on political issues,  they must remain objective to uphold their journalistic integrity. “We’re under a media microscope,” Budoff Brown said. “If one of us screws up, it looks like all of us screwed up.” “[Budoff Brown’s] hope is to foster an understanding of politics in the digital era,” Bellantoni said. “She has inspired students to be the best in [the journalism] field.” Budoff Brown concluded by discussing her own values as a news reporter and how she ensures objectivity at Politico. Politico editor Carrie Budoff Brown spoke about objectivity and today’s political climate to an audience of nearly 60 in Wallis Annenberg Hall Tuesday. The event was moderated by Annenberg Media Center Director Christina Bellantoni.center_img Budoff Brown said it’s important for journalists to remain objective in their coverage because if one reporter shows bias, readers can lose trust in news.    Budoff Brown discussed how Politico is different from other news outlets. Because of its focus on politics and policy, it hires journalists with varying political views but still expects unbiased reporting.   “I want everyone to look at the media and believe it’s a credible institution,” Budoff Brown said. “I’m trying to do my part, There’s a time and a place for expression [and] opinion, and I think if you’re a reporter at Politico you know what our jam is.” “None of us are not biased,” Budoff Brown said. “I know that. I’m not asking people to curb all of their feelings, but I do want them to bring objectivity to [reporting].”   “I’ve been really into Politico for a while,” Minasian said, “I’m interested in agenda and learning what people are up to in editorial rooms … I’m interested in how [Politico] structures their view of how they should report.”last_img read more

Presque Isle County woman dies in house fire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisPosen and Rogers City area fire departments responded to reports of the structure fire. High winds caused the flames to spread through house quickly. Sixty-nine–year–old victim Carole Orr was found inside the home after a search was conducted. The fire is not suspicious at this time. Investigation into the cause continues.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: fire, Orr, Posen, presque isle, PulawskiContinue ReadingPrevious From the gym to the range, Alpena Hall of Famer Donald Deadman is happy to helpNext Photo of the Day for Monday, May 20last_img read more

Cathy Sherman, 66, Conway Springs: August 12, 1949 – Dec. 19, 2015

first_imgCathy ShermanCathy Sherman, 66, of Conway Springs died Saturday, December 19, 2015 at her home in Conway Spring.Graveside memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City, Kansas. Arrangements are with Shelley Family Funeral Home of Wellington. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Cathy Sue was born August 12, 1949 the daughter of Dean and Iola (Teehee) Autherton in Peru, Kansas. She graduated from Peru High School in 1967. On August 7, 1974 Cathy was united in marriage to Robert Sherman in Newkirk, Oklahoma. She was a CNA and a dietary aid. Cathy loved to sew, cross-stitch and visit with friends and family.   She also enjoyed traveling with her husband, playing cards, watching people and telling stories about her childhood. She attended Millington Street Baptist Church.She is survived by her 3 sons: Bobby J. Sherman, Robby J. Sherman and wife Christi, Robert W. B. Sherman and wife Trinity; grandchildren: Mathew Stuckey, Destiny Sherman, Stormy Sherman, Robert E.S. Sherman, Amanda Sherman, Joseph Sherman and Erin Sherman.Cathy is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Robert.last_img read more

Five English players in Curtis Cup team

first_img6 May 2014 Five English players in Curtis Cup team Five English players have been selected for the GB&I team which will defend the Curtis Cup at St Louis Country Club, Missouri from June 6-8, 2014.They include Bronte Law, (image © Leaderboard Photography) who was a member of the 2012 team which won at Nairn in Scotland. She will be joined by Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock, Georgia Hall and Charlotte Thomas.The eight-strong team will be completed by Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, who scored the winning point in 2012, giving GB&I their first victory since 1996; and the Scottish pair of Eilidh Briggs and Gemma Dryburgh.The team is made up of:–    The top four GB&I players on the world rankings: Meadow, Hall, Dimmock and Law–    The top two players on the LGU Order of Merit not already selected from the world ranking: Cowley and Briggs–    Two selected players: Thomas and DryburghThe team will again be captained by Tegwen Matthews who said: “I am thrilled and excited with this team and genuinely believe it has the perfect mix to retain the Curtis Cup. Each and every member of this team has fought hard for their place and I know they all have the desire, talent and passion to bring the cup back home.” Anna Hubbard will return as Team Manager.GB&I’s victory at Nairn in 2012 halted a run of seven consecutive victories by the United States.The Nairn contest, which GB&I won by a single point over three days, was the closest since a 9-9 draw in 1994 at the Honors Course, Chattanooga in Tennessee. GB&I, as holders, retained the trophy that year. GB&I’s only victory when the Curtis Cup match has been played in America occurred in 1986 at Prairie Dunes, Kansas where GB&I won 13-5.United States leads the series with 27 wins to GB&I’s seven. Three matches have been drawn.The England players:Gabriella Cowley, 18, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) was runner-up in this year’s Portuguese amateur championship, teamed up with Annabel Dimmock to win the Nations Cup for England at the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championship, and was eighth in the Welsh open stroke play.  She won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver, representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, representing England and helping to successfully defend the Girls’ Home Internationals.Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) has soared up the world rankings with a string of excellent results this season. She won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title just over a week ago and followed up as runner-up in last weekend’s Welsh open stroke play. Earlier in the season she won the matchplay Jones Doherty Cup in the USA, where she was also runner-up in the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur. She was runner-up in the Spanish amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup and won the Sunningdale Foursomes. She is an England international and was a member of the winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals.Georgia Hall, 18, (Parkstone, Dorset) is the British women’s amateur champion and a past winner of the British girls’ title. She shared low-amateur honours at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup and won the LGU order of merit. She was Europe’s number one woman golfer for 2012, has previously represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and is an England international.Bronte Law, 19, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup. The England international is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in both the Junior Solheim Cup and Junior Ryder Cup matches. Bronte won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship and was runner-up in the Esmond Trophy the previous year, when she tied 33rd in the Ricoh Women’s British Open.Charlotte Thomas, 21, is based in Singapore but makes an annual golfing trip back to England. Last summer she won the English mid-amateur championship, one week after losing a play-off for the English stroke play title. She is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has won on the US college circuit. Earlier this season she reached the matchplay stages of the Australian women’s amateur and tied third in the Lake Macquarie ladies’ championship, also in Australia.last_img read more

Roethlisberger eager to knock that rust off vs. Titans

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws during NFL football practice on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Pittsburgh . (AP Photo/Don Wright) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger believes his right arm feels as good as it has in years.The same goes for the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s body, save for the occasional unwanted collision with a teammate.If the scariest moment Roethlisberger endures all season is the accidental blindside hit from right tackle Marcus Gilbert — who inadvertently knocked the wind out of Roethlisberger during practice last week, sending a brief scare through the organization and sending Roethlisberger into the concussion protocol as a precaution — the franchise’s all-time leader in nearly every significant passing category will take it.“Hopefully, the hardest hit I take all year is from Gilbert and we can laugh at it at the end of the year,” Roethlisberger said with a laugh on Tuesday.Maybe, but nobody was laughing when Roethlisberger’s familiar No. 7 was kneeling on the turf at Saint Vincent College. He took a pair of concussion tests and passed them both, clearing him to make his lone preseason appearance on Sunday when the Steelers host Tennessee.It’s been more than eight months since Roethlisberger last faced guys in different-colored uniforms, when he threw for a franchise playoff-record 469 yards and five touchdowns in a playoff loss to Jacksonville.Until the 2017 offseason — when he waited weeks before announcing his return — Roethlisberger said right away he would be back in 2018, an endorsement of both the coaching staff and the talent surrounding him in the huddle.Saturday will be the first time Roethlisberger will be hearing Randy Fichtner’s voice in his headset during a game. The Steelers promoted the longtime quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator in January.Though the low-key Fichtner carries himself differently than his predecessor — the fiery Todd Haley — Roethlisberger expects the offense to “pretty much stay the same.”That’s hardly a bad thing for a group that finished third in total yards while going 13-3 in 2017. The key to earning a fifth straight playoff berth will be turning all those yards into a few more points.Pittsburgh was eighth in the league in average points per game (25.4) due in part to some red zone issues. The Steelers finished a middling 18th in turning red-zone possessions into touchdowns (53 percent).Pittsburgh drafted former Oklahoma State star wide receiver James Washington in the second round, and Washington had a pair of touchdowns last week against Green Bay by outjumping the defender on a 50/50 ball.It’s something they’d like to see more of this fall in general, including from second-year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster. He wowed at times during his rookie season. Now comes the hard part as the firmly established No. 2 alongside All-Pro Antonio Brown: doing it again.“The key for him is how can he bounce back and not just put together a good year like last year but be better,” Roethlisberger said. “It starts with work and he put in a lot work, effort and time. I am looking forward to what he can do this year.”Roethlisberger isn’t quite sure how long he’ll get a chance to be on the field with Smith-Schuster and the rest of the starting offense this weekend. A couple of scoring drives early would likely make Roethlisberger’s appearance a mere cameo.A slow start might result in a bit of a longer stay. Regardless of how he feels, he still expects there to be some issues adjusting to game speed even entering his 15th season.“It’s live action,” Roethlisberger said. “We have been at practice and everything gets a little faster, a little quicker. I hope I don’t get hit, but it’s always good to knock that rust off, too, at some point.”NOTES: WR Eli Rogers was suspended for one week by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Rogers is on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from a torn ACL. Rogers is not expected to be ready by the opening week of the season.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Djokovic and Federer last played against each other in the Cincinnati final on Aug. 19, when Djokovic won 6-4, 6-4 to become the player to claim all nine ATP Masters 1000 events since the series started in 1990. Djokovic leads the all-time series with 24 victories.“This is what this competition is all about, you know, bringing us all together,” Djokovic said.How Djokovic and Federer do together remains to be seen. Sock is one of the world’s top doubles players, and the 32-year-old Anderson, who is from South Africa and played in college at the University of Illinois, is having a terrific year.But the possibilities for the talented pairing sure looked pretty good.“I think I will take the deuce side. If Novak is OK with that, I will be happy to play on the deuce side,” Federer said when asked where each player might set up.“I think I’m OK on the backhand,” Djokovic said with a grin.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer and Djokovic will close out the first day of the second edition of the Laver Cup when they take on Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in doubles at the United Center. Federer and Djokovic are playing for Team Europe, while Sock and Anderson are competing for Team World in the Ryder Cup-style event.“We have had so many great battles in all the singles courts, and to finally team up together I think is going to be very special for both of us,” Federer said Thursday. “I think we still have to talk over it a little bit exactly maybe either who’s going to take the lead or, you know, how do we play exactly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe pairing of Federer and Djokovic adds a little spice to an event long on star power and light on any real stakes. While world No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Juan Martin del Potro are out with injuries, the Laver Cup has seven of the top 11 players in the ranking and 10 of the top 20.But it arrives at the home of the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Blackhawks just a couple weeks after Djokovic beat del Potro in the US Open final for his 14th Grand Slam title. There are no majors left this year and the next big tournament isn’t until next month in Shanghai. FILE – In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Roger Federer, left, of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic, right, of Serbia, pose for a photo ahead of their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. The pair will team up for the first time when they take on Jack Sock and Kevin Anderson in doubles on the first day of the second edition of the Laver Cup on Friday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)CHICAGO — Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have played against each other 46 times. From Monaco to Shanghai and everywhere in between. Regular, run-of-the-mill tournaments and major finals.On Friday night, they play on the same side of the net for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award While the event looks and feels like a glorified exhibition — check out the unusual black court and the celebrations for the youthful Team World whenever it wins a big point — John Isner brusquely swatted away a question about the level of competition.“Honestly, that question really annoys me,” the 6-foot-10 American said. “One-hundred percent serious. This is not an exhibition at all. At all.”Federer and his management team played a key role in the creation of the event, and the Swiss star helped lead Team Europe to the victory last year in Prague. The inaugural edition also was marked by a splashy doubles pairing involving Federer, who teamed with Nadal for the first time for a 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 victory over Sock and fellow American Sam Querrey.Asked about the matchup with Federer and Djokovic, Sock cracked: “Who’s that?”“Yeah, obviously going to be a legendary team,” he continued “We got a little bit of it last year.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Knicks won’t rush Porzingis or future building plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Champion coach Obet Javier goes back to being a referee for a game in UAAP

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title PBA’s Chris Ross, Tony dela Cruz raise mental health awareness He’s also not closing any doors in officiating women’s volleyball since he’s only prompted of the games he would officiate on a short notice.“I actually liked that this went to five sets because it really tested my knowledge in officiating,” said Javier. “They just tell me what games I’ll be in, and who knows, I might get to officiate in the women’s tournament.”As far as dealing with other coaches, Javier said he just has to remain composed since he knows that it’s like being on the receiving end of irate demands.“I just have to be composed because I’m also a coach and I deal with referees all the time.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Apart from having a bright volleyball mind, Javier is also a national referee in the sport and he also officiated the game between Adamson University and University in the opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Javier said he was already a volleyball referee a few years back but he wasn’t allowed to officiate games in the UAAP due to his previous employment with University of the East.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It was in 2001 that I started refereeing but that was in high school, and this was the first time I officiated a collegiate game in the UAAP,” said Javier in Filipino after the game in which the Soaring Falcons won, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14.Javier said he didn’t hesitate in grabbing the opportunity in working as a referee once again and he was absolutely delighted to officiate five-setter of a contest. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Obet Javier is one of the NCAA’s most successful volleyball coaches after recently steering Arellano University to its fourth title in five years in women’s volleyball.That doesn’t mean, though, that Javier won’t expand his portfolio and do some other jobs here and there.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Scant Security Fear Grips LACC

first_imgIt appears that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is beginning to take a cue from the recent mysterious death of a whistleblower, Atty. Michael Allison, who drowned in the Atlantic Ocean, according to two autopsy reports. However, family members and many others still suspect foul play.Though the autopsy reports confirmed death by drowning, a family lawyer has insisted Atty. Allison’s death was not natural and many Liberians still harbor the view that he was killed for exposing corrupt practices in government.Against this backdrop, the LACC has begun to raise alarm over the inadequate security protecting its employees and its headquarters.Speaking at a Roundtable Conference with partners recently in Monrovia, the anti-graft commission Chairman, Cllr. James Verdier, indicated that the location of the LACC headquarters is not ideal due because it is particularly accessible to the many intruders who enter the building on a daily basis.The building is not suitable to host the offices of the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission, said Verdier.“I’m sure some of you noticed while coming here that the location of this building is not ideal for the kind of work that we are doing. This is one of our major fears. We have a lot of intruders,” Cllr. Verdier told journalists.He said bringing people to book for financial malpractices, which the LACC is solely involved in, is a difficult task and involves a lot of risks.Central government, out of fear for the lives of the LACC commissioners and their junior officials, has recently begun to assign officers of the Executive Protective Services (EPS) and Liberia National Police (LNP) to the building, a highly placed source, told the Daily Observer.The building, located in the heart of Monrovia, is frequented by people loitering in the area while others go about their daily business activities with no security screening around the vicinity, the source indicated.“There are also nearby homes and offices which bring a level of insecurity,” Cllr. Verdier said. Providing statistical updates behind LACC’s security concerns, Cllr. Verdier indicated that since the establishment of the Commission in 2009 it has investigated a total of 166 cases of which 14 called for prosecution.According to him seven of the fourteen cases were forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.He also disclosed that from 2014 the LACC has investigated seven cases and made the determination that those cases should be prosecuted. LACC has retrieved five cases from the Ministry of Justice, (MOJ) due to delay in prosecuting those involved.One of those cases was retrieved two years ago and this involved the former Police Director, Beatrice Muna Sieh, who was found guilty, but a lower court overturned the verdict, leading to the Supreme Court’s intervention to reinstate the earlier verdict.He also said LACC recently received three indictments, dealing with cases involving NOCAL bribery scandal; a CCTV case and the Flashpoint Newspaper operated by former lawmaker David Kortie.The LACC boss, however, noted that his commission has also been involved in restituting funds stolen from government coffers.“Last year we recovered US$16,000, another US$80,000 from a financial institution for unauthorized payment of civil servants checks,” he said.He also reechoed the need for the commission to be granted prosecutorial powers. “If we have the direct power to prosecute corruption cases ourselves, we will be able to achieve more.“This means that government will be doing simultaneous prosecutions. We will have the MOJ prosecuting while we will at the same time be prosecuting,” he noted.He also reechoed calls for the establishment of a specialized court for the prosecution of corruption cases.Meanwhile, Cllr. Verdier told partners, many of whom are donors, at the Roundtable discussion that the objective was to assure them and the general public that the commission is prepared to undertake its mandate and to build confidence with partners in terms of its support to government.Some of the partners present included representatives from UNMIL, the European Union, the United States government and others.He used the occasion to highlight challenges that the commission is facing.He revealed that the LACC, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program, has also begun what he termed as corruption risk assessment in Liberian schools, though the exercise was only conducted in Montserrado County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more