‘We Cannot Allow A Few People to Undermine This Country’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has expressed serious displeasure at the news of the vandalism and looting of properties at Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) in Butaw, Sinoe County on Tuesday, May 26.“As a government, we cannot allow a few people to undermine the interest of this country; to run investors away and to make sure that we do not attract what we need to achieve our development goals,” President Sirleaf stated.According to an Executive Mansion release, Madam Sirleaf said her government will respond to the violence ‘in a very effective way’.President Sirleaf was addressing journalists at the Roberts International Airport upon returning from Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire where she participated in the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the African Development Bank.She indicated that her government cannot continue to go out and attract investments to create jobs, and others engage in violence that scares away investors.“When I returned the last time you may recall, I said to Liberians that we cannot continue to go out and attract investment, bring people to do business and create jobs and then when you have these kinds of violence, it takes away from our effort and people run away from the country,” a visibly upset President Sirleaf said. “Money only goes to the place where it’s safe. They [investors] don’t go where they’re frightened,” she said.At the request of Vice President Joseph Boakai during a visit to Indonesia in April, a senior Vice President of Golden Veroleum was visiting the company’s operations in Sinoe County when the violence and destruction unfolded.An annoyed President Sirleaf vowed not to allow this to continue, stressing, “People cannot undermine the interest of the millions of others in this country that are looking for jobs, that want to be safe, that want to make sure that this country progresses.”She urged all Liberians to stand against violent behavior “because it takes away from us, our livelihood and success.”It may be recalled that angry protesters in a violent demonstration last Tuesday attacked facilities of Golden Veroleum in Butaw, Sinoe County and took hostage several individuals, including Gender and Development Minister, Angela Cassell, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister who was injured and an Indonesian worker of the company.According to the Liberia National Police, both ministers were later released upon the collaborative intervention of UNMIL.The demonstrators who were armed with cutlasses and other deadly instruments attacked the Golden Veroleum mess hall and looted several items, causing company workers to flee into nearby bushes for safety, a release by the LNP said.Police Director Clarence Massaquoi informed leaders of the protestors, headed by a man identified as Terry Pirnos, in a phone contact about the consequences of their actions and cautioned them to avoid further destruction of the company’s properties.The extent of the damages is yet to be determined but Director Massaquoi warned the demonstrators that the law would take its course where necessary.President Sirleaf’s warning that the government would respond ‘in a very effective way’ indicates determination to hold those involved responsible for their actions. Meanwhile, the LNP said a team of Police Support Unit (PSU), and Emergency Response Unit (ERU) was dispatched to the scene of the violence and eventually brought the situation under control. However, the LNP has not confirmed the arrest of any of the ring leaders and has also not provided reasons for the violent protest.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barcelona vs Alaves: Team news & TV guide

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona vs Alaves: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 19:40 1/28/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Barcelona v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés While their unbeaten run in all competitions came to a halt last week, the Blaugrana have yet to taste defeat in La Liga this season Barcelona can potentially extend their lead at the top of La Liga when they face Alaves at Camp Nou on Sunday.The Catalan outfit are currently 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play earlier in the day, and depending on results can move further clear.They come into the game on a high, having booked their place in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, with new signing Philippe Coutinho making his first appearance. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alaves, meanwhile, are struggling at the other end of the table and have lost their last three games in all competitions. Game Barcelona vs Alaves Date Sunday, January 28 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fuboTV (7-day free trial) TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fuboTV In the United Kingdom (UK) the game is available to watch live  on television on Sky Sports Football and can be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sly Sports Football Sky Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Alba, Digne, Mina, VIdal, Umtiti Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Alcacer Barcelona are without their record signing Ousmane Dembele, while Thomas Vermaelen is also out of contention. Andre Gomes is suffering digestive problems, while Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu have been left out of the panel.Philippe Coutinho made his first appearance for the club from the bench on Thursday and could be in line to start on Sunday.Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta, Paulinho; Messi, L. Suarez. Position Alaves players Goalkeepers Pachecho, Sivera, Landeto Defenders Vigaray, Duarte, Alexis, Laguardia, Maripan, Litri, Dieguez, Martin Midfielders Katai, Ibai, Torres, Pedraza, Pina, Manu, Wakaso, Medran, Lopez Forwards Sobrino, Santos, Guidetta, Bojan, Perez, Munir, Demirovic Alaves will be unable to call upon Rodrigo Ely and Thomas Pina, who are both suspended, while Hector Hernandes and Burgui are injured.Potential Alaves starting XI:  Pachecho; Laguardia, Alexis, Martin, Vigaray; Torres, Pina, Ibai, Pedraza; Guidetti, Munir.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Espanyol Copa del ReyBarcelona are favourites to win according to dabblebet , who price the Catalan outfit at 1/12. Alaves are rated at 25/1 to upset Barca and a draw is a 10/1 bet.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. GAME PREVIEW Luis Suarez, BarcelonaBarcelona suffered a minor blip when they lost the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final to Espanyol last week, but they remain unbeaten in the Liga after 20 games.Their performances in the league have catapulted them well ahead of their rivals and they will aim to take another step in their procession towards the title when they host Alaves.Barca triumphed 2-0 in the corresponding fixture back in August and they have only improved since then, adding quality such as Coutinho to their ranks.With a Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia to come just a couple of days later, Ernesto Valverde may opt to rest some players, but the replacements have shown they are up to the task.last_img read more