Swimmers warm up for finals

first_imgAll eyes will be on Golden Fish Ryan Pini as he takes on lane four in the 50m backstroke. Pini will be competing against second fastest Teiki Dupont of Tahiti who clocked in a time of 26:81 sec in the heats behind Pini’s 26:22 sec.New Caledonia pair Kevin Calmettes and Julien Goyetche will also be competing with Pini. Fiji duo William Clark and Gordon Thompson are also swimmers to watch out for. In the women 100m freestyle, Savannah Tkatchenko and Anna-Liza Mopio-Jane will be competing in the finals. PNG will also be hoping for gold from Sam Seghers who finished first in his heat in the men 200m freestyle. Britney Murray will be competing in the women 400m medley finals while Ashley Seeto and Ryan Maskelyne will be competing for a medal in the men 100m breaststroke. A large crowd is already here in gold, red and black ready to support our seven PNG swimmers.last_img read more

Weah’s “Failure” to Declare Assets, Prompts Legislators’ Independence Day Boycott

first_imgRepresentatives Tarwonpeh and Koluba both cite wasteful spending in the Weah administration, when the country is engulfed in economic crisis. Two Legislators, representing Margibi District#1 and Montserrado District#10 respectively have declared they will not be in attendance at official ceremonies marking the observation of Liberia’s 171st Independence anniversary celebrations.Representative Yekeh Kolubah of Montserrado County District#10, claiming to have written the Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives, informing him about his decision to stay away from official functions presided over by President Weah, said the President has failed to declare his assets as provided for by law but is instead moving on with multiple private projects, including the demolition and reconstruction of his property on 9th Street in just five months of his Presidency. Representative Kolubah made these remarks when spoke recently on a local radio talk show.“Until the President can stop building his houses and establishing other [private] businesses, I will not attend any event he is a part of. In fact if only I get the support, I will stand firm to ensure that he is impeached. He has to be impeached, not an Associate Justice in person of Kabina Ja’neh,” he said.On why the Weah led government is not taking interest in the establishment of a war crimes court in Liberia and subsequently persecuting those alleged to have committed heinous crimes in the country during its dark days, Kolubah said “Weah himself is a war criminal.”“I have hardcore facts about this. Weah used his money to support Movement for Democracy in Liberia (MODEL), a warring faction headed by former transitional government of Liberia (NTGL) Foreign Affairs Minister, Thomas Yayah Nimely,” he said.According to him, President Weah could not have succeeded in disarming the rebels if he was not a part of them. “He used to send money to Liberia during the war in order to get Charles Taylor out of the Executive Mansion and even the country,” he noted.He said the term “pro-poor” has been abused by the Weah Presidency. “What pro-poor? For this President to be given US$500 daily for food from our taxpayers’ money?,” he asked rhetorically on the talk-show.Representative  Kolubah further alleged that Weah’s government appears to be even more wasteful in the use of the country’s money than any other government, although he did not say how.When contacted for  response to Representative Kolubah’s assertions, the Presidential Press Secretary, Sam Mannah, in a text message, said: “The Executive Mansion has no response to the reckless allegations made by Hon. Kolubah at this time. At an appropriate time, when deemed necessary we will respond.”For his part, Margibi District #10 Representative Tibelrosa Tarponweh said due to the enormous challenges facing the nation, the pomp and pageantry usually attending such ceremonies are worthless and of no real value to the Liberian people. “I have nothing against President Weah or anyone else, but I think it will not be right for me to go out for an elaborate event when my people are suffering as they are. Those who have been driven out from their homes by the flood the other time are yet to receive care from government,” he said.According to the CDC Lawmaker, “inasmuch that government is seriously challenged with the lack of money to implement most of its programs, it is still undeniable that there is so much wasteful spending in government”, he concluded.He said government failed to show any interest in the plight of the people badly hit by the flood. “I will be with my people in my district on that day. We will share with them their sorrow as they strive on their own to get remedy from God. It is so sad,” he said with a deep sigh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more