“I am very disappointed,” Ramsey said. “We had a spell where we could, at least after the first goal, stopped the flow and stopped the tide. “There’s nothing to explain it, apart from that we’re in this position because of those key moments. We really need to do better in those situations.” QPR did rally after half-time but it was a matter of too little, too late due to their embarrassing first-half collapse. “The opportunity for me was to come in and try the best to turn things around,” Ramsey said. “The squad is the squad, we’re going to work with the players that we’ve got. “I am hoping nine games is enough, that’s all that I’ve got, so we’ll go for it as best we can. “The players believe in it. The players downstairs are disappointed, they’re not bickering and moaning at each other. Press Association QPR boss Chris Ramsey says there is still belief in the QPR dressing room that they can beat the drop despite falling to yet another defeat at Crystal Palace. “Yeah, some people are disappointed and some people are obviously voicing their opinions about how disappointed they are, but they’re still unified, as you’ll find. “They’re still unified in what we’re trying to do and all we can do really is to keep fighting.” The visitors’ only highlight on a miserable afternoon in south London was Phillips’ outstanding long-range strike. Just as the match was petering out, the winger took aim and rifled past Eagles goalkeeper Julian Speroni from 43 yards, earning applause from both sets of fans. “To be honest with you, it was a great strike but a tap-in or a 40-yarder, it made no difference,” Ramsey said. “Two of their goals were tap-ins and I’d rather have two tap-ins than one of those.” While Ramsey found it hard to get excited about Phillips’ goal, with Palace all-but assured victory when it went in, counterpart Alan Pardew was far more appreciative. “No one was going to save that,” the Eagles boss said. “That was a freak goal. “From 25 or 30 years on a training ground, I can’t remember seeing a better goal on the training ground let alone on a match day. It puts it into context. “I remember David Beckham scoring the goal here (against Wimbledon in 1996) and from a technical point of view Phillips’ one was better because it was a real, outstanding hit. He can be very proud of that.” It was not just Phillips rolling back the years, as Pardew heaped praise on Zaha and Yannick Bolasie after their electrifying displays. “I wouldn’t say they were the best wingers in the country, but they’re exciting,” he said. “There’s two flaws in their game, really. One – they don’t score enough goals and two – being disciplined in their defensive duties. “They are two areas we’ve worked hard on but their individual talent, the way they go past players and lift it over their heads, that’s purely from within and what they’ve learned in how they’ve been brought up. “They were fantastic, so exciting in the first half – a kind of throw back. “(Former Palace boss and ex-Manchester United winger) Steve Coppell would have been pleased today – I hope he was watching because it was like a Steve Coppell game today.” Five points from 12 top-flight matches makes grim reading for all those connected to Rangers, who on Saturday paid the price for their embarrassing first-half capitulation. Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and Joel Ward all struck as Palace ran amok as half-time approached – goals which proved decisive as the hosts ran out 3-1 victors, with Matt Phillips’ goal of the season contender a mere consolation.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s Republican governor has rejected two-thirds of the Democratic state attorney general’s requests to join multistate lawsuits. Gov. Kim Reynolds’ actions were made possible by an unusual compromise that has allowed her to repeatedly block the state’s involvement in challenges to Trump administration policies. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller agreed in May 2019 to seek Reynolds’ approval before he would join multistate lawsuits, and Reynolds in turn vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have prevented the state’s top lawyer from joining any multistate suit unless the governor or Legislature requested it. Miller says the compromise importantly is temporary and won’t hamstring future Iowa attorneys general
Marketers and others that travel between central Monrovia and other parts of the country daily are calling on Government to bring in more buses to help ease the transportation constraint.Some stranded commuters who spoke to the Daily Observer recently on McDonald Street stressed that the limitation of commercial vehicles in the city is posing a serious problem for them.Jenifer Peterson, a resident of Old Road said, “We find it difficult both in the morning and evening hours to get cars, and such [should] not always be the case. Government must try to reduce this stress by bringing in more buses that we can ride and pay as done in the case of NTA.”As economic and social activities are centralized in Monrovia at the national level, so it is with activities in Monrovia.Most social and economic activities are concentrated in central Monrovia. The majority of people from outside Monrovia come to the central to work and sell, which causes overcrowdedness during rush hours.In the morning, those living outside Monrovia fight for transportation to central Monrovia, and this creates transportation constraint for them.As drivers see the demand for transport, they add the already skyrocketing fare up to double the stipulated price, and commuters are compelled to pay as staying out late may be dangerous for them also.Jenifer added, “We normally pay LRD$25 from Broad Street to Old Road. But now we pay a little over that. I think if there were enough cars in the streets, there would be competition and fares will drop,” she said.Robert Dennis, student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and a resident of Duport Road Community said the Ministry of Transport should put in place mechanism to help solve the transportation crisis.He recommended that the ministry brings in more vehicles in the country for commercial use since there are more passengers than vehicles.“This is a serious issue. To get to school on time as students, we have to wake up as early as 5 a.m. every morning to fight for car. In the evening it becomes difficult for every one of us again, and we can’t boycott our classes. So we need the Government of Liberia to please respond to our concern,” he pleaded.For his part Bobby Manneh, a businessman and a resident of the S.D. Cooper Road community, stressed that it is disheartening that over the years, the issue of transportation has continued to fall on deaf ears.“I am sure this will not be the first time we speak about issues concerning our transport system or the challenges we face on a daily basis. Why has the government decided to remain quiet on the whole issue? We have spoken on this many times.”Manneh also noted that in addition to the difficulty in getting car to bring them to town and take them back to their communities, self designed transport fares by drivers was causing problem for the common people.He observed that the Ministry of Transport has not been strict in regulating fares in Monrovia, but drivers have been left to do as they please.Also speaking to this paper, Titus Summerville attributed the difficulty associated with transport to traffic congestion that occurs in the morning and evening.He said, “Leaving central Monrovia to ELWA Junction takes 30 minutes, but because traffic becomes heavy in the morning and evening, we stay up to 1 hour,” he said.Matthew Sayweh, a commercial driver who runs between Broad Street and Old Road also pleaded with the Government of Liberia to import more vehicles to create competition in the transportation business.“We need more people in the transportation field, so if the Ministry brings in more cars and puts system in place to board, it will help us the drivers.Frankly speaking, cars limited in the street and it is a serious issue,” he pointed out.He also noted that “The prices are increased because of the US rate. When the rate is high, we will have to increase fare because prizes of fuel and gasoline can rise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It 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)