As concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus continue to grow to the peak in Liberia, President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has provide US$500,000 to aid the fight against the deadly virus that has claimed over 40 lives.President Goodluck Jonathan’s donation on July 10 in the Ghanaian capital, Accra at the 45th Ordinary Session of ECOWAS is in response to the launch of fund drive against Ebola announced by the Chairperson of ECOWAS, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.Ebola broke out in Guinea a few months ago and subsequently spread to Liberia and then Sierra Leone. The disease has claimed 518 lives in the three countries with more suspected cases standing.President Jonathan then made separate donations to Guinea and Sierra Leone, West African Health Organization (WHAO) and the ECOWAS Pool Fund Against Ebola, bringing to the total of US$3.5 million.Heads of State of ECOWAS made the decision to launch the pool fund against Ebola following a report to the Summit by the Director General of the West Africa Health Organization (WAHO) Dr. Xavier Crespin.In his report, the WAHO Director General informed the leaders about the threat the Ebola epidemic is posing to the sub-region especially the three affected countries including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.He informed the Summit that 844 cases linked to Ebola have been reported in the three countries out of which 518 deaths have occurred so far. He disclosed about 15 million United States Dollars will be needed to fight Ebola given the scale of the crisis in the three countries and to prevent the virus from spreading to other West African nations.Giving an update on the scale of the Ebola situation in Liberia during the summit, Vice President Joseph Boakai disclosed that 87 deaths have been reported while there are 131 suspected and confirmed cases of the virus in Liberia.Vice President Boakai spoke of efforts by the Liberian Government to step up the fight and awareness against the disease. While calling for more support, the Liberian Vice President commended the West African Health Organization for an earlier donation of 250 thousand United States Dollars to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone as part of efforts to combat Ebola. Sixty-six thousand (Sixty-Six thousand Dollars) of the amount went to the Government of Liberia through its Ministry of Health.He also extended gratitude to WAHO and other members of the international donor community for their assistance so far to Liberia and then lifted praises to Nigerian President Jonathan for what he described as a truly brotherly donation. Meanwhile, Ghanaian President Mahama has called on other member states of ECOWAS to join the fight against Ebola by following the footsteps of Nigeria contributed to the ECOWAS Fund to Combat Ebola. Vice President Boakai led the Liberian Government delegation to the ECOWAS Summit in Accra, Ghana, which include Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan along with a host of other Liberian Government Officials.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Acute budgetary constraints are said to be hampering development initiatives in Nimba County since the last County Council sitting in April 2013.Speaking on a local radio station in Ganta on the 28th January, the Secretary of Nimba’s Legislative Caucus, Nimba Electoral District # 7 Representative Worlea Dunah said the Government of Liberia has owed Nimba County US$ 3.8 million since 2011.He said the delay in releasing the budget is causing problems in the implementation of the projects that were earmarked during the last Nimba County Council Sitting.Rep. Dunah quoted the Minister of Finance as saying the said amounts were in the government’s escrow account; and added that and it could be released at any time.“We have outstanding debt owed to us from 2011/2012 to 2012/2013 budget years totaling US$ 3.8 million; members of the caucus have been advocating tirelessly to the government. We believe that this amount will be released soon,” he said.He quoted the Minister of Finance as saying that the national budget shortfall doesn’t affect the US$ 3.8million and that it was safe.There was a budgetary allocation for development last year in the County Council sitting, but most of the projects, including the scholarship scheme for Nimba students attending universities and colleges in Liberia, allotment for the disabled and other key projects remain in limbo.Last year, Nimba County Council Projected a US$2.8 million budget; within the projected budget around 23% (US$644,940) would go to development projects in the nine electoral districts of the count. Another 10% (US$ 305,000) goes to scholarships, youth and women’s empowerment, projects for the disabled, the county meet and the renovation of the chief compound in Sanniquellie. In a recent development, Nimba County’s infrastructural development project has begun the opening of streets and alleys in the city of Tappita, lower Nimba County.The project, which started a few days ago, is said to be destroying property built closely to the streets. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is now being accused of delivering lip service, and changing like a “chameleon” when it comes to addressing the concerns of the sugar workers.General Secretary of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Seepaul Narine, has said, “While he (the PM) justifies unashamedly the cutting down of the sugar industry and the laying off of thousands, Mr Nagamootoo himself and his party have been saying that he is…a friend of the sugar workers’ union. ‘We are a friend of the sugar workers and we are there to strengthen your backbone’. What a friend indeed!” Narine said on Monday.Narine called on Nagamootoo to get off his high horse, go into the villages, and interact with the workers who have lost their jobs, and tell them of the plan for the future.He was at the time responding to the PM’s December 03, column titled ‘Different strategy in changing times.’He noted that the Government’s callous move has resulted in the breadwinner for most families having been left without a job, resulting in the families being pushed further into poverty.“Documents shared by the Government on Old Year’s Day last year pointed out that the industry’s real indebtedness stood at about $17 billion at the end of October 2016, far from the number quoted by the PM. The $85 billion debt flag waved at every possible chance by the PM and his cohorts is nothing more than a diversionary tactic to scare a section of the Guyanese public into supporting the very unsound plans it has for the industry. Such course, we repeat, will see thousands of workers as victims”.He is urging the Prime Minister to check the facts before he pens another column.Narine related that the Government has taken the sugar industry from the road to recovery and has reduced it to an industry now on life support. He further stated that, in the short time the APNU/AFC Administration have been in power, the production of GuySuCo has fallen by 35 per cent, and workers’ morale is at its lowest point. He referred to the more than 1,500 workers who have now lost their jobs pending the closure of the East Demerara Estate, and added that over 1,500 workers from East Demerara Estate are “being shown the gate, and cannot be told by the PM or his Government what workable plans they have for them.“While touting the possibilities of self-employment for sugar workers, can the PM point to any concrete initiative implemented by his Government in this regard? Wales was shut down almost a year ago, and at this point in time, not one single success story is known, but we well know the misery and hopelessness that stalks the villages,” the statement read.“While the PM speaks about State support to the industry, he forgets that it is the largest employer in the nation, and its operations touch so many lives across our country. Furthermore, he forgets, maybe conveniently, the industry’s huge contributions, financial and otherwise, to the progress of our country and welfare of the people,” the statement added.Narine also noted that the Union would continue to fight for the rights of the workers.
0Shares0000Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi gestures during a training session at the Goan Institute in Nairobi. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi wants his side to be more consistent this season and ensure they finish the campaign at a better position to put themselves in line for title contention.The Slum Boys ensured a brilliant start to the last campaign but ended up letting their feet off the gas peddles finishing eighth with 48 points, a massive 27 off champions Gor Mahia. “We have to try and see if we can improve on that. Having a good start is one thing but if you have an end that has good results as well, that’s brilliant. If you can do that then you can be competitive at the end of the season. We will try and see whether we can achieve that, have a good start and maintain it to end well,” the tactician told Capital Sports.The Slum Boys have endured a title drought since their only league title in 2008 and will be looking to quench that thirst this season, though Kimanzi has not exactly put a finger to it.They kick off their campaign at home on Saturday against Chemelil Sugar and the tactician has spelled out starting well will lay the marker for the entire campaign.“There is always pressure to get the feeling of competing. The first match is always difficult because you have to get that tempo in. We have not had friendly matches good enough in a good environment and that will be a challenge,” Kimanzi noted.There has been a short turn-around between the just concluded season and the new one, with the teams having less than eight weeks of both rest and pre-season.Midfielder Kevin Kimani has returned to the club after six yearsKimanzi has managed to sign two players, former captain Kevin Kimani returning to the fold after six years while youngster James Kinyanjui has joined from Thika United.With the transfer window extending all the way to January, Kimanzi says he will continue strengthening the team and will use the first month of the new season to assess his team.Meanwhile, he comes up against a Chemelil side that has transformed and coach Francis Baraza who returned to the side in June has built up the squad with a rock of young players.“I have always believed in the young players because they will go into the pitch and give their all because they want to prove something. Sometimes the older players have nothing to fight for. I am happy with the squad that I have and they have gelled in together so well,” the tactician stated.Mathare United forward Cliff Nyakeya against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League match on March 30, 2018 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/CourtesyHe hopes to start off his campaign on a high but concedes it will not be an easy game against Mathare.“They are a very good team with a technical bench and I know it will not be easy. We have prepared well and I know the boys will be up to start with a bang. We are playing on a very good surface in Kasarani and there, we can give the best account of ourselves,” noted the tactician.The sugar millers won the last meeting between the two sides in Awasi where they picked a 1-0 result on September 15. Overall in 20 meetings, Chemelil has beaten Mathare only four times, two at home and two away.Mathare has won thrice, while 13 of the other meetings ended up in draws.Kenyan Premier League weekend fixtures (Kick off 3pm unless stated):Saturday: Mathare United v Chemelil Sugar (Kasarani Stadium), Bandari v Gor Mahia (Mbaraki Complex), Kakamega Homeboyz v KCB (Bukhungu Stadium), Posta Rangers v Western Stima (Afraha Stadium)Sunday: Mount Kenya United v Sofapaka (2pm), AFC Leopards v Kariobangi Sharks (Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, 4pm), Zoo Kericho v Nzoia Sugar(Kericho), Sony Sugar v Tusker FC (Awendo), Vihiga United v Ulinzi Stars (Mumias),0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
REVEALED! Chelsea’s TOP 10 summer transfer targetsREVEALED! Chelsea’s TOP 10 summer transfer targets
6. Raphael Varane – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – One of the worlds hottest young prospects, this 22-year-old French centre-back has been on Mourinhos radar since he rejoined the Blues in 2013. Having brought the young defender through at Madrid, Jose clearly holds a close bond with Varane; which Chelsea fans will be hoping he can exploit this summer. Should he be able to turn the Frenchmans head then the Blues defence with Varane alongside fellow young countryman Kurt Zouma could well be set for the next decade. 10 5. Raheem Sterling – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – Could Chelsea be about to get involved in one of the biggest transfer sagas of this summers window? Liverpool value their 20-year-old, wantaway, hotshot at a whopping £50million, having already rejected bids of £30million and £40million from Manchester City. But Chelsea have been known to pay £50million for over-priced Liverpool players before and with Juan Cuadrado struggling to impress Mourinho thus-far, Sterling could be brought in to give real competition to Willian on Chelseas right side. 10 10. Radamel Falcao – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – There were tough times for this 29-year-old, Colombian hit man last season as he failed to adapt to the Premier League at Manchester United. It may seem that Mourinho is taking a gamble on the striker who once famously tore Chelsea apart in the UEFA Super Cup, however, as this signing looks to be just a loan deal, the worst-case scenario for the Blues here is that Falcao simply doesnt perform again this season and returns to Monaco at the end of the campaign. On the other hand, the possible rewards on offer should the special one be able to help rediscover Falcaos best form, are truly limitless. 10 10 10 10 10 4. Toby Alderweireld – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – This 26-year-old, Atletico Madrid centre-half proved his worth in the Premier League last season as he made 26 appearances in Southamptons side. It seems Atletico could be keen on using Alderweireld as a makeweight in order to secure the return of Filipe Luis to Madrid. But whether Mourinho would be happy to lose a left back and gain this Belgian is, as yet, an unanswered question. 10 8. Alex Song – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – In a similar vein to Axel Witsel, Song could be the ideal replacement for an outgoing John Obi Mikel in Chelseas midfield. The Cameroonian is still only 27 years old and, unlike Witsel, has proved at both Arsenal and West Ham that he can certainly cut it in the Premier League. As rumours circulate that Barcelona would be willing to offload Song for a mere £5million it seems this deal could well be the bargain of the summer for Roman Abramovich and co. should they choose to take it. 10 Chelsea were comfortable Premier League champions last season, having their name engraved on that coveted trophy with three games to spare.However, a shock early European exit at the hands of PSG, accompanied by the inevitable strengthening of their title rivals this summer, gives the Blues all the more need to bolster their squad as Mourinho’s men look to push on in all four competitions next season.Although Chelsea’s first team looks as if it needs little improvement, questions were raised last season about the squad’s strength in depth. Jose Mourinho stuck to an almost identical starting eleven all year long but, should injuries strike the side next season, the special one could be left scratching his head as he tries to cobble together a makeshift lineup.But where should Abramovich splash his cash this summer to ensure no such head-scratching takes place?talkSPORT has assessed the club’s main targets and picked out ten that all Chelsea fans would surely welcome to Stamford Bridge next season.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets 3. Charlie Austin – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – Having burst onto the scene with 18 goals in 36 games at QPR last year, this 25-year-old Englishman was always going to be hot property this summer. Since returning to Chelsea, Mourinho has started every season with three strikers and will ask £15million Austin to complete his trio for the year ahead should Loic Remy head out of the Stamford Bridge exit door in search of first team football. 7. Rob Green – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – Wait! Hear us out!! With the loss of Petr Cech looking inevitable, Chelsea are going to need a new second keeper and 35-year-old Rob Green could well be the man for the job. Despite being relegated with QPR in the last campaign, many Rangers fans declared the stopper to be one of their players of the season. Green put in some stellar performances throughout the year at Premier League level for QPR and could do the same if called upon for Chelsea. 10 2. Paul Pogba – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – Still just 22 years of age, Paul Pogba has taken European football by storm. At 6ft 2 tall this young, box-to-box midfielder catches the eye as much with his impressive work rate as he does with his flamboyant hairstyles. Chelsea are looking for a new central midfielder and Juventus ARE apparently willing to sell Pogba if offered the right price. But, can Mourinho convince Abramovich to, once again, open up his sizeable wallet and blow all competition out of the water? 9. Axel Witsel – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – The tall, powerful, big-haired Belgian (no, no its definitely not Fellaini) looks a top class replacement for John Obi Mikel as deep-lying midfield cover at Stamford Bridge. Having initially caught the Blues eye at Benfica in 2012 before moving to Russia and adding goals to his game at Zenit, this dominating force of a midfielder could well give Nemanja Matic a run for his money in the Blues first eleven. 1. Gareth Bale – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of Chelsea’s top transfer targets – Everybody knows about Bales current problems in Madrid and everybody knows about Welshman’s love for the Premier League. So, could he return? If he did then Chelsea certainly couldnt afford to simply sit back and watch him sign for a major title rival. They would have to jump right into the frenzy and could do so as main contenders because, out of all English clubs at present, Mourinhos champions certainly appear the most attractive prospect for league football and also the most likely to push on in Europe over the coming seasons.
NO offers from Liverpool or Man United for €35m Bacca, insist SevillaNO offers from Liverpool or Man United for €35m Bacca, insist Sevilla
Sevilla will only sell Carlos Bacca if his €35million buy-out clause is met, according to sporting director Monchi.The Spanish club have yet to receive any offers for their prolific striker, but are aware there is much interest in the 28-year-old.Liverpool and Manchester United are among a host of clubs reportedly eyeing a move for the Colombian, who has hit 34 goals in 71 appearances for the La Liga club since his arrival from Club Brugge two years ago.However, Sevilla are keen to keep hold of Bacca and have made it clear they will not accept any offer below his buy-out clause.“We have not received an official offer for Bacca,” Monchi said on his club’s official website. “We are not in negotiations for any important player.“I’m no fortune-teller but top strikers in the market there aren’t that many. Bacca has averaged 24.5 goals, 21 goals in his first season at the club and 28 in his second.“I hope no one pays his buy-out clause. It’s a risk we take but we can’t do anything about that.“We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future.” 1 Carlos Bacca
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Villaraigosa welcomed the governor’s traffic proposal, calling the issue “critical to the hearts, souls and wallets of everyone in Los Angeles.” “L.A.’s transportation needs are substantial and complex and they won’t be remedied overnight,” he said. “While there’s been a great proposal here, we’re going to make sure at the end of the day we get our fair share.” The infrastructure proposal unveiled earlier this month includes $107 billion for transportation projects, including $12 billion in bonds. The governor said he hopes California voters will approve a transportation bond measure this year, adding that he would prefer to see it on the June primary ballot rather than in November. But while Los Angeles is home to more than one-fourth of the state’s population, Schwarzenegger’s proposal calls for the city to get less than 25 percent of the funds. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday to promote transportation improvements that are included in the governor’s sweeping $222 billion infrastructure plan, and insisted that Los Angeles must get its fair share to relieve the region’s notorious gridlock. The high-profile politicians held a news conference at historic Union Station to spotlight $1.5 billion in road, highway and rail improvements earmarked for Los Angeles and Orange counties as part of the plan. “Traffic is one of our biggest problems,” Schwarzenegger said. “We must work together as a united team of Californians, because getting rid of political gridlock means also getting rid of gridlock on our roads. “It’s about building a better quality of life for the people of California. It’s about having more time with your families and less time in traffic. And it’s about getting rid of air pollution which is good for everyone’s health.” The proposal would provide $350 million toward the northbound 405 Freeway car-pool lane between the San Fernando Valley and the Westside, as well as improvements on other L.A. freeways. Critics have complained that the plan would short-change mass transit by failing to earmark funds for San Fernando Valley busways, the Exposition train line or the mayor’s proposed Wilshire Boulevard subway. Instead, the governor’s plan focuses on $290 million for track improvements and grade separations on a line that Metrolink shares with freight trains near Union Station. “We believe public transit should be a part of this infrastructure investment,” Villaraigosa said. “If we don’t get people out of the single-passenger automobile in Southern California, nothing we do with the highways is going to make a difference.” The Legislature has also proposed infrastructure plans, and committees are expected to start meeting next week on the various ideas. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United: Red Devils flops rated and slatedArsenal 2-0 Manchester United: Red Devils flops rated and slated
14 14 SUB – Marcus Rashford – 5 – Surprisingly brought on in the closing stages as United attempted to get back into the game. Menacing without an end product 14 14 SUB – Jesse Lingard – 5 – The midfielder looked lively but ultimately failed to change the course of the game Juan Mata – 5 – Looked bright after returning from a seven-week spell on the sidelines. Failed to offer Tuanzebe enough protection and tired as the game wore on Axel Tuanzebe – 6 – Composed in an unfamiliar right-back role, but it was always going to be a big ask to replace the ultra-consistent Valencia Chris Smalling – 5 – Guilty of some truly awful defending for Welbecks goal. Allowed his former teammate to jump unchallenged for a free header 14 Matteo Darmian – 4 – Often left his defensive duties to the back of his mind. Spent plenty of time attacking and left gaping holes for the hosts to take advantage of 14 Ander Herrera – 5 – Committed the unforgivable sin of turning his back before an opposition player took aim. Second best to Xhaka in the centre of the park 14 SUB – Scott McTominay – N/A – Not enough time to make an impact on his first team debut Michael Carrick – 5 – Did little to affect what was a pedestrian encounter. Unable to provide the necessary spark to help his side get back into the game Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5 – Another subdued display from the Armenian. Mourinho will have plenty of ammunition to criticise a lacklustre performance from the midfielder. Needs to do more 14 14 Phil Jones – 4 – A major weakness at the heart of the United defence. Targeted relentlessly and looked nervous with the ball at his feet 14 14 14 14 14 Anthony Martial – 6 – Uniteds biggest threat but was let down his teammates slack passing. Gave the ball away for Arsenals second goal David de Gea – 6 – Given little chance of preventing either goals due to a hefty deflection and poor defending Manchester United saw their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League through a top four finish all but end, after losing 2-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates.Goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck condemned the Red Devils to a disappointing defeat ahead of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.It was far from a vintage performance from Jose Mourinho’s men as a number of fringe players toiled when given the chance to impress.But which players put on better displays than others? Click the right arrow above to find out… Wayne Rooney – 3 – Should have put United ahead before half time with a glorious one-on-one opportunity. Sluggish throughout and looks finished at the highest level
‘He’ll be a worse flop than Andy Carroll’ – Liverpool fans blast Klopp signing‘He’ll be a worse flop than Andy Carroll’ – Liverpool fans blast Klopp signing
Klopp was right, Fabinho is NOWHERE NEAR being ready enough for Premier League football.— Aaron (@LFCAaron_) September 26, 2018 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Fabinho finally made his first start for Liverpool – but it ended in defeat Upon his signing, Liverpool fans were excited to see Fabinho take up the holding role in Jurgen Klopp’s midfield, with many believing the 24-year-old was another piece of the jigsaw as Liverpool seek their first ever Premier League title.However, Fabinho’s time at Liverpool has, so far, been remarkably poor.He has still yet to appear in any of the club’s Premier League matches, and has only made two appearances to date; one of which came as an injury time substitute in Liverpool’s Champions League defeat of PSG. gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Most read on talkSPORT.com Not impressed with Fabinho through 30 minutes. Sideways passes, poor headed clearances, just looks like Lucas Leiva part 2 but looks like Vincent Kompany in the face.— SA (@EstebanMasters) September 26, 2018 tense Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Fabinho has been poor so far.— Red Juggernaut (@redjuggernaut) September 26, 2018 predicted Most strikingly, Fabinho appeared to possess no real notable talents. His passing and tackling were average and he got around the pitch well, but there was nothing about his game that made him stand out – except for how poor he was.Liverpool supporters were watching Fabinho’s full debut with keen interest due to how long they had to wait for it, but social media was abuzz with negative comment after negative comment concerning his performance.You can see the best reaction below… Fabinho so slow and has no clue, should of never started if he’s not ready #lfc— H (@HartyEU_) September 26, 2018 Fabinho continues to wait for his Premier League debut Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions On Wednesday evening, Liverpool midfielder Fabinho finally made his full debut for the Reds almost four months to the day after the Premier League club announced he would be moving to Anfield for £39million.Fabinho, the Brazil midfielder, arrived at Merseyside after five excellent years with Monaco, during which time he developed from a capable right-back into a superb defensive midfielder. Hate to say it but Fabinho looks dreadful— JFT96 (@warpaintdanny) September 26, 2018 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ silverware 2 Klopp finally handed Fabinho his full debut on Wednesday evening, selecting him from the start for Liverpool’s Carabao Cup third round clash against Chelsea.He lasted 87 minutes of the match in a midfield trio alongside James Milner and fellow summer arrival Naby Keita, but failed to catch the eye.He looked well off the pace of the game, and it is clear to see why Klopp has yet to risk him in the Premier League. LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion God Fabinho has been dreadful , would sub off rn . As well as that thing we have as a LB— CT (@ClinicalTrent) September 26, 2018 Btw, Klopp doesn’t get many buys wrong and I back most his buys but I was always questioning the Fabinho deal and I honestly think he will be a worse flop than Andy Carroll. I hope I come back to this tweet and delete it so it was never said but I just can’t see him being good.— Scouse (@ColossusFunBets) September 26, 2018 Fabinho’s been poor but will go on to be a fantastic signing. Can see what he’ll offer but he’s off the pace.— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 26, 2018 BEST OF SORRY latest How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed Clyne looks a shadow of what he was. Fabinho looks dreadful. Far better second string than last year though— Matt Pengelly (@Gellyfour) September 26, 2018 scrap Fabinho is not ready for PL— freddy (@freddywinter) September 26, 2018 Fabinho looks really really poor— No added thyme (@shankster1892) September 26, 2018 Fabinho isn’t ready…and throwing him to protect Lovren and Matip…made it even more obvious #LFC— Pedro J. Salazar C. (@ppedrossalazar) September 26, 2018
Brand South Africa CEO, Kingsley Makhubela, shares his thoughts on leadership from former African National Congress (ANC) leader, Oliver Reginald (OR) Tambo, who passed away in 1993. This year marks the centenary of Tambo’s birth.Oliver Tambo displayed an important quality when it comes to leadership: the ability to provide solutions to current challenges, says Brand South Africa CEO, Kingsley Makhubela. (Image: Melissa Javan)Kingsley MakhubelaThe most important quality when it comes to leadership is to provide solutions for current challenges and inspire people to work towards a better future for all.Because the past is over and cannot be changed, leaders who want to project confidence and the impression that they are in control of events talk optimistically of the future, often emphasising that today’s sacrifices will pay dividends down the road, observe the US business theorists Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton.The leadership qualities demonstrated by late ANC president Oliver Reginald (OR) Tambo provide an eloquent illustration of this principle.Moreover, the ability to project into the future was evident in his diplomatic skills, particularly when he drafted one of the ANC’s strategic documents for negotiations with the apartheid government, the Harare Declaration. It was later adopted by the UN General Assembly as the Declaration on Apartheid and its Destructive Consequences in Southern Africa.The document articulates conditions under which the negotiations regarding the South African conflict should take place.Following the end of the Cold War, the late 1980s were characterised by fundamental changes regarding conflict resolution. During this time, Tambo realised the importance of having a framework for negotiation on the South African conflict. The Harare Declaration was drafted in anticipation of possible negotiations, brought on by global changes after the end of the Cold War.Once the declaration was adopted at the Summit of the Frontline Heads of State, it was escalated to the meeting of the then Organisation of African Unity (OAU) held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 1989.The presentation of this declaration to the OAU’s summit of heads of state was an act of brilliance on the part of Tambo, given that some leaders doubted its merits. Tambo’s diplomatic skills were fundamental to ensuring the unanimous adoption of the declaration at that summit.Tambo understood that the opposition of even a single country had the potential to derail the adoption of the document by world leaders at the UN General Assembly. His grasp of the value of UN consensus and political support underlined his resolve to present a united front by African states at the UN.A step aheadThe document was finalised within a short time. I have no doubt that Tambo’s health was severely affected by the work he needed to complete before the General Assembly gathering in September 1989. I remember him missing his annual medical checkup because he had to prioritise gaining the support of all frontline member states regarding changes to the document, as mandated by the OAU summit.As always, Zambia’s then president Kenneth Kaunda provided him with a plane to fly to all the frontline states to finalise these changes.Tambo flew to six countries in three days and accomplished his mission. The gruelling travel demands contributed to his suffering the stroke which eventually took his life. I cannot forget that day: Wednesday, 9 August 1989. It was the day Tambo made the supreme sacrifice to ensure that there was a viable framework for the negotiation of a democratic South Africa.A closer look at the UN Declaration highlights the fact that one needs to appreciate Tambo’s understanding of the Westphalian political order, which has at its core the notion of state sovereignty.To this end, the declaration is divided into sections dealing with the principles of a future democratic South Africa based on constitutionality, the rule of law and an independent, nonracial judiciary.Our constitutional democracy is rooted in Tambo’s sterling work, which provided a climate for negotiations by spelling out what the apartheid regime needed to do to create conditions conducive for negotiations.Scholars on the subject of negotiation suggest that some form of compromise by both sides during the negotiation process is a key enabling condition for success. However, Tambo was a step ahead of them in the way that he had structured the Harare Declaration. He ensured that the onus was on the apartheid regime to level negotiations by undertaking to unconditionally release political prisoners, lift the ban on political parties, end the state of emergency and cease all political trials.These concessions were to be made by the apartheid regime without the expectation of any concession on the ANC’s part.Tambo was aware that once the apartheid regime made some positive steps, there would be an expectation for the other side to make concessions.But concessions by those opposing the apartheid regime would be tantamount to capitulation by liberation forces in the face of blatant power asymmetry at the negotiation table.The declaration was equally unequivocal when it came to guidelines regarding the process of negotiations. To this end, Tambo was strategic in ensuring that the declaration articulated the parameters of the negotiation process with regard to the role of the international community. He ensured that the international community underwrote the negotiation process to guarantee a positive outcome.The UN Declaration made it clear that the dismantling of the apartheid regime in its entirety was the only item for negotiation. In its programme of action, the document spelt out steps that needed to be taken to dismantle apartheid, and mandated that, based on progress during negotiations, sanctions should be gradually lifted. The road map to the integration of South Africa into the global community was stipulated by the declaration.Finally, certain aspects of the Declaration on Apartheid and its Destructive Consequences in Southern Africa found expression in our Constitution, thanks to Tambo’s leadership and vision. South Africans will be eternally grateful for this.Follow on Makhubela on twitter @klmmakhubela.@klmmakhubela @Brand_SA CEO was the key note speaker at the OR Tambo Exhibition launch #ORTambo100 pic.twitter.com/fJZyUebAV7— Tsabeng (@tsabengr) August 23, 2017This is an edited version of the keynote address at the launch of an exhibition at Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum marking the centenary of Oliver Tambo’s birth.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.