Zidane keen on landing Bayern Munich’s star this summer

first_imgRead Also: South Korea women’s golf resumption draws world top-10 players: reportThe Austrian is also highly sought after due to his versatility in between defence and midfield, with Bayern deployed him at left back and central midfield this season.Alaba is thought to be available in the price range of €35m-40m.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their Kids5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Absolutely Stunning Asian Actresses10 Irresistibly Cute Albino Animals That Will Make You DayWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos? Zinedine Zidane wants Real Madrid to sign versatile Bayern Munich player David Alaba, Diario Sport cite German media outlet Bild as reporting.Advertisement It is claimed that Alaba’s ability to play across several positions – primarily as left-back, but also in midfielder or the heart of defence, is highly valued by Los Blancos.center_img Loading… Last month, El Mundo Deportivo cited a report in Bild that the Austrian has a new agent, Pini Zahavi, in the latest indication that he wants to leave the Bavarian club.The 27-year-old has amassed 372 appearances for Bayern over the past but has not been involved quite as frequently this time round making just 24 appearances across the Bundesliga and Champions League.Alaba’s deal at the Allianz Arena expires in the summer of 2021 and no contract talks have yet taken place so there is a window of opportunity which means he may be sold for a profit this summer.last_img read more

Tammy Abraham may return against Aston Villa

first_imgRelatedPosts Manchester City sign Valencia winger on five-year deal Man City set to sign Valencia winger Liverpool CEO pushes for £54m Osimhen Tammy Abraham is in line to face his former club Aston Villa on Wednesday night if he can prove his fitness in time.The England striker missed Chelsea’s home defeat by West Ham at the weekend after suffering a hip injury in the midweek Champions League draw with Valencia.But they are optimistic that he will be able to lead the line against the club he spent last season on loan at, according to The Telegraph.Olivier Giroud deputised for the 22-year-old at the weekend but struggled in his first start since August.Michy Batshuayi similarly failed to take his chance to impress when he replaced Abraham at the Mestalla last week.Abraham is the club’s leading scorer this season with 11 goals after returning from a hugely impressive spell at Villa Park last year.He scored 26 times during his loan spell helping to fire the club back up into the Premier League. Tags: LOSC LilleValencialast_img read more

Cricket News IPL 2019: Games will begin at new prime time

first_imghighlights The first game is scheduled to be played between CSK and RCB. Vinod Rai, the COA chief said that games will start at regular prime time – 8 pm. The schedule for the first two weeks has been announced by the BCCI.  New Delhi: The much-awaited franchise-based T20 league is all set to begin on March 23 as the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taken on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai. The speculations surrounded whether the Indian Premier League (IPL) games will start at 7 pm or 8 pm. However, to put everything to rest the COA chief Vinod Rai on Thursday said that encounters will begin at usual prime time, that is, 8 pm.The afternoon matches will start at 4 pm and night matches at 8 pm. There was speculation that the BCCI was under pressure to change the timings of the night matches to 7 pm when most teams wanted the Board to stick to the 8 pm slot.”Matches will begin at 8 pm,” said Rai after the COA meeting here. Even last year, there was speculation that the matches will have an earlier 7 pm start but all league games began at 8 pm. However, the playoffs including the final began at 7 pm.”We welcome BCCI’s decision to retain the match timings. Like last year, we wanted the games to have an 8 pm start. This time, we were not yet approached by the BCCI regarding match timings but we were eagerly awaiting its decision,” a team official told PTI.Last month, the BCCI announced the schedule for the first two weeks of IPL while the full schedule will be announced after dates of general elections are made public.Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL opener on March 23 in Chennai.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse basketball stat pack: Comparing this year’s 3-point shooting through 8 games to last season’s

first_img Published on December 13, 2014 at 10:22 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ It’s not that complicated.Those were the last words of Jim Boeheim’s postgame press conference, as he walked away from the podium, after a 69-57 loss to St. John’s on Saturday.The media’s questions tried to pinpoint specific aspects of Syracuse’s (5-3) slow start, but largely focused on one discernible fact.“Let me put it this way,” Boeheim, the Orange’s head coach, said. “… We’re either going to make shots or we’re going to lose against good teams.”Syracuse’s tepid start has included losses to California, then-No. 17 Michigan — which has since lost to the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Eastern Michigan — and most recently St. John’s, which helped the Red Storm surface to No. 24 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange has shot 28 percent or lower from beyond the arc in seven of its eight games, a year after 3-point struggles led to a quarterfinal exit in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and a Round of 32 exit in the NCAA Tournament.So how does SU’s start compare to last year’s from behind the arc? It’s significantly worse and that’s a concern for a team that has shown few signs of improvement as conference play draws closer.The numbersHere are Syracuse’s figures from behind the arc in the first eight games of this season and last.Last season: 43-for-118, 36 percentThis season: 27-for-128, 21 percentAt the start of last year, the Orange was solid from 3 outside of a 2-of-16 game against Fordham and a 7-of-24 game against Colgate. But SU started 8-0 — en route to a 25-0 start — in spite of inconsistent shooting, and it didn’t catch up to Syracuse until a 3-6 finish.This season, the Orange’s team 3-point percentage is actually generous. Syracuse was a decent 6-for-17 in its loss against Michigan, but that’s the only game it’s shot over 30 percent. The lowlights have been a 2-for-12 showing against Loyola (16.7 percent), 0-for-14 against Holy Cross (0) and 3-for-22 against St. John’s (13.6).The X-factorWhile Syracuse had Tyler Ennis, C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant last season, none of those players were consistent 3-point shooters. In that vain, Syracuse’s perimeter threats have a similar makeup this season, and that starts and ends with Trevor Cooney — the main reason for the slower start.Here are his numbers at the start of last season compared to this year.Cooney’s first eight games last season: 26-for-55, 47 percentCooney’s first eight games this season: 13-for-46, 28 percentAfter the St. John’s game, in which Cooney went 0-for-4 from 3 and scored just two points, Boeheim stressed the importance of finding another 3-point option. The Red Storm face-guarded Cooney for most of the game, and made it a team effort to run him off the 3-point line and trail him hard on every off-ball screen.And while the emergence of Ron Patterson, Michael Gbinije or B.J. Johnson as a reliable long-range shooter could certainly help the Orange, Cooney was able to shoulder the team’s perimeter production at the start of last season. This year, there have been 14 3s made by other players. Through eight games last season, there were just 17 3s made by other players and that trend continued into the rest of the season.The difference is that Cooney was shooting close to 50 percent. Syracuse doesn’t necessarily need that; it just needs its only legitimate shooter to play like one.The takeawayWhen it was all said and done, Syracuse underachieved last season. That was ultimately due to its inability to score from the perimeter, and Fair, Grant and Ennis couldn’t compensate for that.They were all players that could get to the rim with relative ease and create their own scoring opportunities, which is a player that this year’s Orange doesn’t have. Freshman forward Chris McCullough is the closest thing, but he’s been at his best facing up in the short corner and operating in the low post off feeds from the outside.The lack of that player only accentuates the need for a reliable shooter, as SU’s forward-focused offense makes it dependent on a 3-point threat.Louisiana Tech (7-2) is SU’s next test and then No. 7 Villanova and soon a full conference slate. The reason for the Orange’s bumpy start isn’t complicated, but winning is going to be. Commentslast_img read more

City Forum Gives Residents A Better Understanding of City Council Candidates, Issues

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Alpena County League of Women Voters hosted a City Council Forum on Wednesday night featuring the candidates for City Council and issues surrounding the community. The forum kicked off with a presentation from the County Sheriff’s Department on the proposed Jail Millage followed by the Downtown Development Department. The second part of the forum featured candidates answering questions from the audience. The League of Women Voters does not endorse any candidate, they only hope to make sure voters are informed on the issues and go vote on November 7th.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County Sheriff Office Tours Continues Before November ElectionNext Sunrise Side Streakers Hosting Halloween Costume Run/Walk Saturdaylast_img read more

Whicker: Montrezl Harrell, Clippers work hard on holidays, too

first_img Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So, if you must draw conclusions from the Clippers’ 33rd game and the Lakers’ 31st, you can say with tentative confidence that the Lakers don’t have anybody like Harrell and nobody has anybody like Leonard.You can also surmise that both teams have lots of bandwidth to fill since the Lakers are still relative strangers and the Clippers haven’t had their full cast until now.“We’re nowhere near what we’re going to be, I really believe that,” Rivers said. “It might not happen until the playoffs for all I know. But we know we’re not there yet.”“It’s a great stepping stone,” Harrell said. “We had to come on in the second half with a great mindset. We know we can’t put ourselves in the position we did in the first half. We just had to be the hard-playing team. If they still beat us with that, then we just have to live with it.”The Lakers and Clippers meet again Jan. 28 and March 8. For fans of what the NBA ought to be, there are few other reasons to live. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Clippers won 111-106 in a game featuring 16 lead changes and multiple mood swings.It was the Lakers’ fourth consecutive loss, but it seemed unlikely when they led by 10 at halftime and by 15 after Kawhi Leonard’s turnover became Avery Bradley’s layup in the third quarter.That was the Clippers’ 12th turnover. They would make only four in the final 21:26.The Lakers had 63 points in the first half. They had 43 in the second and shot 4 for 23 from 3-point land.The Lakers batted away eight Clippers shots in the first half, including an epic chase-down by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. They had two in the second. LOS ANGELES — Did you get your money’s worth? Considering the money it took, that’s hard to say.Was it a couple of hours well-spent on a strato-cumulus Christmas evening? Unquestionably.The Lakers and Clippers kept enforcing their belief this was just another NBA game, but we all know that’s not true, because we’ve seen other NBA games. They do not look or feel or sound like this. Nor are they priced like this. StubHub’s cheapest ticket was $450 late Wednesday afternoon.Patrick Beverley didn’t believe it either, screaming at friendly and hostile faces in the crowd after he dogged LeBron James into a sideline turnover with fewer than four seconds left. Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine center_img Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed And Kyle Kuzma was 2 for 7 after halftime, 8 for 17 before.“We were letting him fly around freely,” Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell said. “His first four shots were uncontested. We just weren’t playing hard enough. We were doing more complaining than playing.”So Harrell flexed his heavy hands and scored 12 of his 18 in the second half, freeing the rim from the Lakers’ protection. (Such a thing might have been more difficult with more minutes from JaVale McGee).Leonard, doing his best-player-in-the-world impression, patiently chopped away with 35 points.The Clippers overcame a combined 8-for-26 effort from Paul George and Lou Williams, who scored 23 when they average nearly 44.And while the Lakers’ offense devolved into three onlookers waiting for James and Anthony Davis to invent something, the Clippers played and, particularly, defended as one.“It’s relentless,” Harrell said. “We put ourselves in position to get their rebounds, and then we got those 50-50 balls in the second half. We just have the luxury to switch a lot of things defensively, so if one thing isn’t working, we can go to something else.”The Lakers went where everyone knows they’ll go on the final possession after the Clippers had gone ahead by three.“They must have set four screens for him (James),” Harrell said. “We just kept switching. Pat got right up in him. You’ve seen these plays before. You give him space and he just sidesteps and raises up and shoots a 3. Pat wouldn’t let him put the ball on the ground. He took his air space. He’s not All-Defense for no reason.”Beverley reached up and jarred the ball loose, and a replay showed James was the final man to touch it before it went out of bounds.But Clippers coach Doc Rivers also liked Beverley’s offensive rebound of George’s missed 3-point shot with 5:42 left. That allowed George a second chance, and he hit a 20-footer to bring the Clippers to within three.Harrell got three offensive boards in the final 4½ minutes. He converted one of them for a 103-103 tie, and then the Clippers pointed Leonard toward the foul line, where he cashed six of eight.After James found Davis for a dunk with 4:58 left, the Lakers stayed outside the paint and got only one more field goal.Related Articleslast_img read more

Colts bash NFL for controversial non-review of apparent Deshaun Watson fumble

first_imgAfter the game, Colts linebacker Darius Leonard told reporters he recovered the ball. He also said Watson knew right away that it had been popped out of his hands.Darius Leonard: “That was a fumble. I had it.”— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 22, 2019Darius says Deshaun Watson actually told him on the field that he popped the ball out.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 22, 2019Injured Colts running back Marlon Mack and former Colts defensive back Darius Butler right away expressed displeasure on Twitter when the play occurred.Wow— Marlon Mack (@Marlon_Mack25) November 22, 2019Oh that’s OUT! #Maniac— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) November 22, 2019Others, including Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp, seemed to be on the Colts’ side.The NFL has to review that play.Reward great plays by great players.— Darrius Heyward-Bey (@theDHB85) November 22, 2019Ball OUT!!— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) November 22, 2019Just getting to see the end of the Colts/Texans game..WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED @NFLOfficiating ? pic.twitter.com/pbTwDlXCPC— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) November 22, 2019So no time for a review of a potentially game-changing fumble tonight. But I’m sure on Sunday we’ll get a six-minute stoppage in some game so they can review whether someone stepped out of bounds on a four-yard gain in the middle of the second quarter.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) November 22, 2019Incredible…. no review?— Ted Nguyen (@FB_FilmAnalysis) November 22, 2019 Controversially, there was no announced video review of the play. Indianapolis could not initiate a challenge because the clock was well beyond the two-minute warning.Houston ran out the game’s remaining seconds after the near-giveaway to claim a key victory in the AFC South divisional race.Why didn’t the officials at least review this? The #Colts potentially screwed if Watson was unable to recover this fumble 👀 pic.twitter.com/neSbcZ4Ot4— NFL on ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsNFL) November 22, 2019″There was no clear visual evidence of a recovery by the defense,” the NFL’s officiating account tweeted.In #INDvsHOU , officials on the field ruled a fumble recovered by the offense. There was no clear visual evidence of a recovery by the defense.— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) November 22, 2019MORE: Updated NFL playoff picture In the final two minutes of Thursday night’s Colts-Texans game, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson appeared to lose the ball on a rush attempt as he tried to bleed time off the clock.Colts players frantically motioned with their arms around the ensuing pile to indicate they believed they had gained possession. Officials, however, ruled the Texans had recovered the football, meaning it remained Houston’s ball with the Texans leading 20-17.last_img read more

‘Japanese Babe Ruth’ set to take MLB by storm

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Japan’s Shohei Ohtani follows a double in the seventh inning during the international friendly baseball match between Japan and the Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGIShohei Ohtani is a 100-mile-an-hour fastball pitcher and home-run slugger who once dreamed of skipping the Japanese leagues to head straight for the big time stateside.Hailed in the US media as “Japan’s Babe Ruth”, the 23-year-old is the hottest Japanese export since Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki took the Major Leagues by storm in the early 2000s.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ At the starting lineOhtani has wowed fans with stellar successes both at the plate and on the mound, supported by his stoic self-discipline.After five seasons in Japan, Ohtani has a career earned-run-average of 2.52 and 624 strikeouts in 85 game appearances as a pitcher. He also boasts a career batting average of .286 and has smashed 48 home runs in 403 game appearances as a batter.Ohtani’s brilliance led the Fighters to their first championship in 10 years in 2016, catapulting him to global fame.He was crowned the most valuable player of the Pacific League in 2016 and was chosen as the league’s best pitcher and designated hitter.Ohtani’s discipline drove him to his success, Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama, said in a recent magazine interview.However, he advised Ohtani, who weighs 97 kilogrammes (213 pounds), to bulk up his physical frame.“It’s like I see both Ichiro and Hideki Matsui in Shohei Ohtani,” Kuriyama said.“At the Fighters, he fulfilled tasks that many said were impossible,” he said. 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Bulls end 10-game skid with OT win over Hornets LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “There has never been a player who has performed two ways and reached his great height,” Masa Yamamoto, retired Japanese baseball pitcher, wrote for the Nikkei newspaper.“He is the best talent in Japanese baseball. Without exaggerating, he is a talent seen only once in a century,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseOn Friday, Ohtani agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Angels capping a frenzy of courtship and speculation that had surrounded the player’s move to the US major leagues — and fulfilling his childhood dream of playing stateside. The Angels, who must pay the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani’s Japanese club the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, have until December 22 to complete the deal. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ “He will continue to get better. He is only standing at the starting line,” he said.Be number oneOhtani moves to MLB after surgery in October for an ankle injury, with the Fighters announcing that he will regain full fitness by mid-January.He also tore his left hamstring in the 2017 season. While Ohtani insists on playing two ways, observers say he will eventually have to focus on one skill-set — most likely pitching.Yu Darvish, a former Fighter who moved to the Texas Rangers in 2012 before joining the Dodgers, advised Ohtani to focus on his pitching in the US.“If he wanted to go to the Majors, it (the two-way approach) would absolutely work against him,” Darvish said in a 2014 interview on TV Asahi.“He is a pitcher. There are powerful batters everywhere. Ones with good shoulders and speed. Fundamentally, it is extremely difficult to compete with them,” he said.“But pitching gives him an opportunity to be the number one. You must choose the opportunity to be the number one,” said Darvish. A strapping 6-foot-4 (1.93 metres) from rural Iwate in northern Japan, the baby-faced Ohtani originally wanted to join the US big leagues straight from high school after dominating at that level, passing over Japan’s professional league.However, that could have proved costly for Nippon Professional Baseball, fearing a disastrous precedent that might doom one of Asia’s oldest sporting leagues.Ohtani relented after the Fighters, based in Sapporo on the northern-most Japanese island of Hokkaido, offered to let him play as a designated hitter in games he was not pitching — a rare feat in both Japan and the US.Armed with pitches clocking faster than 160 kilometres (roughly 100 miles)-per-hour and with dozens of home runs to his name, he has drawn comparisons to Babe Ruth, the American baseball icon who began his career as a pitcher but is best remembered as a New York Yankee home-run artist.Unlike legendary Ruth, however, Ohtani is still an evolving talent after only five professional seasons, and Japanese media have treated the nickname as a validation of his talent among US baseball fans.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Putu Mining Pumps US$3M to Support 2015 Social Programs

first_imgPutu Iron Ore Mining (PIOM) on Monday disclosed that it has contributed about US$3 million into government coffers, as part of its annual responsibility to implement social programs in three counties in the Southeastern part of the country beginning 2015.The chief executive officer (CEO) of PIOM, Christian Messurenko, named Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and RiverGee as the counties that would benefit from his company’s annual social responsibility to government.“In September 2014, PIOM’s annual social contribution in the amount of US$3 million was paid into government coffers through the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA),” Messurenko further disclosed.Explaining further about his company’s settlement of its financial obligation with government, Messurenko disclosed that “We can confirm payment of all our financial obligations to government for fiscal year 2014/2015 in the tune of US$5 million and we look forward to resuming full activity within the new year of 2015.”He made the disclosure on Monday, when he presented an Earth Lab equipment valued as US$50,000 to the  mining, engineering and geology departments of the University of Liberia (UL) in a short presentation ceremony held at the university’s Fendell Campus, outside of Monrovia.Presenting the lab, the PIOM boss added that it was in fulfillment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by his company and the university in 2013, to support mining, engineering and geology studies at the university.He said, procurement and installation of the earth lab is fully funded by his company.“Putu has consistently demonstrated commitment to honoring its corporate social responsibility and all other obligations under the MOU,” he emphasized.Commenting further on his company’s contribution in the country’s education sector, Messurenko noted that they also contributed an amount of US$200,000 into a General Education Fund as was provided for in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) also singed between his company and the government.“This education fund which is launched today,” he added” will be used to provide scholarship  and vocational training to students from the South East Counties of Grand Gedeh, Sinoe and River Gee, in order to equip them with marketable skills in the areas of construction and to prepare them for careers in mining, engineering and geology.”Messurenko assured his company’s commitment to carry out mining project in Liberia, admitting “We have been experiencing difficulties since we obtained our mining license from government in July 2014.”He made specific reference to the escalation of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).“While the company was about to begin its construction phase of its project, we were faced with the prevailing health situation, which has caused some of our major foreign contractors to suspend their activities,” he stated. “As a consequence,” he continued, “the company has been constrained to slow down its operations and as a result, we would regrettably begin reducing staff from November through December 2014.“We want to use the opportunity to assure government and its international partners that we will continue to remain with you people combat the deadly virus,” he said, promising his company’s commitment in the Ebola virus fight.He added that they have demonstrated, over the past months, by providing material and financial support to the Ebola Task Force in Grand Gedeh and Sinoe Counties respectively.“We have equally supported the efforts of Medicines Sans Frontieres by providing five (5) mobile offices for use at the ELWA medical facility,” he said.He continued, “We want to reassure partners that the constructions phase of the project, which was to have started in 2014 to 2017, we are anticipating starting next year.”Receiving the equipment on behalf of the university, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL lauded the company for the assistance that would help to improve leaning activities especially for engineering students in his university.Commenting on the scholarship assistance, Dr. Dennis said that only deserving students would benefit from it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-GOL Officials Risk Weah’s Wrath

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Weah asks former officials still with government issued vehicles to return in two weeksPresident issues 2 weeks Ultimatum to turn government properties in or else…Some former government officials who did not heed the order of President George Weah to return government vehicles that were assigned to them could face his wrath after his two weeks’ ultimatum expires.Though President Weah did not indicate how many vehicles are involved, he said some former officials of the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf-led administration are still in possession of vehicles assigned to them while serving in government.He warned them to turn over those vehicles, an order he had stated prior to his inauguration.President Weah declared this after he returned home after his three-leg successful visits to Senegal, Morocco, and France.Speaking at an intercessory service held for his safe return home at the Dominion Church in Congo Town, Monrovia, President Weah said, “Our government is having a problem and these are just simple problems.“People who worked with the former government are hiding and scrapping vehicles they used in the past government. They are stealing all the cars leaving this new government with the burden to buy new vehicles. What is a car that you cannot be honorable enough to leave behind?“All of you who took government properties, you have two weeks to bring them back. If not, we will come for them. You have two weeks.”He added: “We have to be true to our government. I am glad that I am saying it in a church. You got two weeks or we will come for them to be used for the benefit of our country.”The ultimatum comes amid efforts by the Director General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Mary Broh and her team to retrieve GOL vehicles and other properties from past officials.This is the second of such an ultimatum as the GSA had initially issued a similar caveat for those former officials to turn in government properties. The initial call might have fallen on deaf ears, but the reiteration by the President seems to add some weight, many officials say.Many believe that President Weah is gradually realizing that, in spite of his overwhelming victory, it will take tough decisions and measures, sometimes against his own kith, if his administration is to succeed.Weah’s declaration comes amid speculations about his tenacity, ability and courage to make tough decisions.  Although some have considered him politically strong but ineffective, others say his success would definitely boil down to radical decisions and measures.The President accused some of these former officials of damaging the vehicles and or stealing them while others were hiding the vehicles in bushes. He warned that his government will go for these vehicles if said former officials don’t honorably return them.Afraid that his government will be accused of witch hunting, he indicated, “We don’t want people to start to accuse us of witch hunting, so the best thing to do is to bring government’s property back. I am not a professor. I am a practical person. I am not here to make the news but to make an impact if I am given the chance.”“Enforcement only becomes necessary when it becomes unavoidable. Remember, it is initially diplomacy, then sanction, and then force when such a remedy becomes unavoidable,” a top government official told the Daily Observer on Friday.“Are these stubborn officials saying that all their money and lots of gas slips they benefited from can’t be used to buy their own cars? They should have parked these cars immediately when they were replaced. They are taking this government for a joke, but we will teach those people some lessons,” he added, though he did not mention how many vehicles are involved or who are those still holding on to the vehicles.Liberians Are Our Own ProblemPresident Weah also noted that no nation or people should be blamed for the underdevelopment of the Liberian state as the nation is what it is because of greed and corruption.He blasted critics who believe that Liberia has benefited nothing from her historic and long existing relationship with the United States.The US Government, Weah indicated, has always assisted Liberia but past governments failed to make these benefits trickle down to change the lives of other Liberians.“There is no way you can suggest that the US is our problem. America is our ally and France is America’s ally so the friends of America are our friends.“How can we blame America when we have failed to manage billions of dollars given to this country by America? Why do we want to blame people when we are in charge? Let us change our attitude. Everything that comes in is for the Liberian people.”He added: “We want to succeed and we want Liberians to succeed. We want our people to benefit so we cannot blame America, China, and France for our setbacks.”The President called on officials of his government, who have been given the opportunity to serve to do it with diligence. “Those of you with the opportunity to serve, you need to do due diligence and for Liberia to change we must change our attitude,” he said.Meanwhile, many Liberians have indicated that if the President is to realize his good intentions that are summed up in his ‘Pro-Poor Governance’ mantra, he has to be tough as Liberian government officials always behave like “spoiled children.”“Weah has to do what he has to do to establish a lasting legacy. But being lenient may make things difficult for him to move forward,” one of his staunch supporters, notedShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more