Urey, Pointing an Accusing Finger Is Not Enough

first_imgThe political leader of the All Liberian Party (ALP), Benoni Urey, is one politician who has in recent days accused the Unity Party led government of corruption.  At the ALP’s recent political rally in Ganta, Nimba County, where he selected Alexander Duopue as his running mate, Mr. Urey called on Liberians to ensure that Unity Party does not win the upcoming election.  “Let’s Remove this corrupt system,” he insisted.The statement in Ganta is not the first that Urey has expressed in his determination to prevent the ruling Unity Party from securing a third term in Liberia.  Early this year, Mr. Urey, in an interview with the Daily Observer stated, “I am not wishing that I become President of this country at all cost, but to ensure that this corrupt government does not get a third term in office.”There have indeed been reports of corruption in the Unity Party-led government and by many public officials, most without trial. Of the few that have gone to trial, government prosecutors have lost those cases.The truthfulness of corruption in this government is indisputable, as confessed by President Sirleaf in her last Annual  Message last  January.  Earlier, the President even took responsibility for the bankruptcy of the National Oil Company (NOCAL) under her son Robert Sirleaf’s leadership. Whatever the case, it is expected in this election that the ruling party will face serious accusation of corruption especially during the campaign period.  This will definitely be one of the charges which the UP standard bearer, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, will have to contend with.  He must first, if at all he can, attempt to distance himself for the widespread corruption that has taken place under the watch of President Ellen Sirleaf and his watch.  He must go further to convince the Liberian people, again if at all he can, that his administration will be different.Nevertheless, as politicians, including Benoni Urey, criticize, they must also be realistic enough to tell Liberians the main cause(s) of corruption and provide way forward as to how to go about eliminating or minimizing it.  Urey and the rest of the politicians need to realize that the very officials of this government are related to them and are perhaps part of the corrupt system.Let us see the instance with Benjamin Sanvee, former Chairman of the Liberty Party and a beneficiary of the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) fund intended to help Liberian businesses.  He took the money, did not pay and kept silent for years until his name surfaced just in recent days.The most frustrating and deceptive aspect is that when the same corrupt officials defect from the ruling party and join oppositions, they are embraced and praised to be some of the good people on earth.  Does this not imply hypocrisy and dishonesty?  Greek Philosopher, Socrates wrote this about deception:  “Man’s mind is so found that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.”   While we cannot dispel that this government engaged in widespread corruption,  people that wishing to grab the presidency and other elective positions should be fair and honest in presenting their platforms, citing in them definite measures to combat corruption and doing everything possible to convince the public that those seeking office are determined and serious about repeating the terrible mistakes of the past.  Criticizing the past is definitely not enough.Now that Mr. Urey is aiming to ascend to the highest position of the land, Liberians will be happy to know what his economic and social platforms are for Liberia.  More importantly, he needs to come clean with Liberians and tell them when and how he started business to become the wealthy man that he is.  What business did Mr. Urey engage in prior to the ascendancy of Charles Taylor as President of Liberia.People are anxious to know how, now that Mr. Urey anxiously seeks the presidency, how he managed the Bureau of Maritime Affairs during the regime of Taylor.Explanation is needed from Mr. Urey about his connection with Sanjivan Ruprah (alas Samir NASR), an arms dealer named in the United Nations Security Council Report on Liberia.  The report states that Mr. Urey was the direct supervisor of Mr. Ruprah, and both of them played key role in arm procurements starting in the summer of 2002.The UN Security Council Resolution 1343 placing travel restriction on officials of the Taylor Administration names Benoni Urey for being one that secured money at Maritime and facilitated purchase of arms through Ruprah.  Can Urey make his side clear to the Liberian people in this matter?  If he realistically wants to see Liberia moving forward without rampant corruption, can Urey evaluate and tell the Liberian people which of the two governments, the one he served in and the current one, was impactful?  In a state of an ethical dilemma wherein one needs to compare the two evils to choose the lesser, what conclusions can Urey draw between the regime he served in as a Commissioner of Maritime and this government of corrupt public officials?We bring all these concerns to remind Mr. Urey and other politicians about the past and present so they may adequately be able to defend themselves to win the minds of Liberians.The challenge is, therefore, yours, Mr. Urey, to convince Liberian voters on things that make you different from current officials who have instituted a corrupt system that has grossly mishandled the affairs of the Liberian people.  Pointing the accusing finger is not enough, but dealing forthrightly and convincingly the rest of your own fingers pointing at you is what truly matters.How different are you from the accused? 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Liverpool latest: Daniel Sturridge ‘good to go’ after recovering from hamstring injury

first_img Daniel Sturridge 1 Perfect gift for Christmas from the boys getting a win. On a sidenote I’m back training and good to go!! #Lfc #redordead— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) December 26, 2015 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has declared himself “good to go” after recovering from his latest hamstring injury.The injury-prone England star has made just six league appearances this season and last featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle at the start of December.He came on as a 62nd-minute substitute at St James’ Park, but suffered a fresh knock which kept him out of games against FC Sion in the Europa League, plus Premier League clashes with West Brom, Watford and Leicester on Boxing Day.Sturridge watched from the stands as his teammates battled to a 1-0 victory over league leaders Leicester which ended a run of four games without a win.And following the crucial three points, the forward revealed on Twitter that he will soon be available for selection again. The news comes as a timely boost for Klopp, who vented his frustration after his strike force was again reduced by an injury to Belgian forward Divock Origi.The Reds coach was forced to substitute Origi after he picked up a hamstring problem, with international team-mate Christian Benteke taking his place and going on to score the winner goal against the Foxes.“Origi did really well. I hope it is not too serious, we will see,” said Klopp, following the game. “Hamstring is the s**t word of the year for me.“It is always hamstring, hamstring, hamstring – that is the intensity of the game and fixtures.”last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A Raphoe building contractor who ‘faked’ a set of invoice books and failed to make VAT returns of more than €110,000 has been jailed for nine months.Alan James Hynes claimed he panicked and had made a false set of books for a four month period between November 2005 and February 2006 during which his company took in €480,000.Hynes of AJH Construction was investigated by the Revenue Commissioners office on March 9th, 2006 as part of a general audit. Revenue investigator Ms Shiela Hanley told Letterkenny District Court this afternoon that on the face of it the books of AJH Construction were in order.However further investigation by the Revenue found large sums of money had been paid by large building contractors to the accused which had not been disclosed.When investigators challenged Hynes, of Sheercloon, Raphoe, about the non-payment of the VAT returns, he admitted he had not paid the returns and that he was operating a second set of ‘false’ books.The court heard how Hynes had two bank accounts with both ACC and Bank of Ireland and had tried to hide income from his business.Investigators from the Revenue Commissioner’s office examined Mr.Hynes’ accounts and sales books and found that VAT returns of €43,800 had not been paid on income between November and December of 2005.A further €65,673 in VAT returns on estimated income had not been paid for the months of January and February, 2006.During the time he had paid a total of €14,800 in VAT returns.Mr Hynes said he completely accepted what he had done was wrong and that he panicked and wrote up the false invoice books over a two day period.“I know what I did was wrong but I panicked. I am not denying that I did not pay VAT,” he said.Father-of-three Hynes added that his company went into liquidation as a result of the investigation by the Revenue Commissioner’s office and that he had to let eight workers go.Judge Seamus Hughes said his actions had cost up to eight people and their families their livelihoods.“I did find five of those people other jobs with other contractors,” replied Hynes.The court heard that Hynes had since had a serious motorbike accident and was confined to a wheelchair for a number of months and was now unable to work.Judge Hughes asked Hynes what he had done with all the money which he had failed to declare.He said he had pumped the majority of the money back into his business buying trailers, scaffolding and other equipment.“I don’t have invoices for what I spent the money on because I lost them when my office was being renovated,” said Hynes.Judge Hughes said this was fraud on a “massive, massive scale” and wanted to send out a message to dissuade other people from a similar offence.“I have no sympathy for him going out of business and if he had not he could have gone on to defraud the public out of a lot more money,” he saidJudge Hughes also fined Hynes €750 for failing to lodge an income tax return for 2005 and a further €750 for failing to lodge a VAT return for 2005.He also directed Hynes to file a tax return for the period.EndsRAPHOE BUILDER JAILED FOR 9 MONTHS FOR FORGING INCOME BOOKS was last modified: February 7th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patients Perception Of Care Takes On New Importance — But Measuring That

first_img The wide swing in nursing home patients’ re-hospitalization rates has a lot to do with the condition patients are in when they are discharged from inpatient stays, as well as the planning that goes into the transition to other care. The federal government has been penalizing hospitals since 2012 for high rates of patients returning within 30 days of discharge. But now, nursing homes (or skilled nursing facilities) also are being held accountable for hospital readmissions. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started publicly reporting the rates at which nursing home patients return to the hospital – for any reason — within a month of admission. (Chedekel, 1/29) Modern Healthcare: The Next Frontier In Quality Care Measurement: How Patients Feel  This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The CT Mirror: New Strain On Nursing Homes: Keep Patients Out Of Hospitals center_img Patients’ Perception Of Care Takes On New Importance — But Measuring That Is Tricky Doctors, hospitals and the federal government are all asking patients about their care as the health system is being transformed. But many experts question the science and technical infrastructure for capturing good data. Also in the news, a report from Connecticut looks at efforts to curb the number of people who are readmitted to a hospital after a nursing home stay. Physicians, policymakers and payers in healthcare are increasingly asking patients for their input. This information is viewed as vital for clinicians, payers and health systems as the industry transitions from fee-for-service to value-based payment. By shaping clinical decisions and helping gauge the benefit of medical care, the patient’s perception of health before and after treatment is critical not only for maximizing the quality of care but also for assessing its value, many in the industry say. But the science and technical infrastructure to capture this information and incorporate it into payment programs fall short of the eagerness and optimism for using them. At this frontier of quality measurement, important questions remain over how these metrics can be implemented, what burden they’ll impose on physicians and patients, and how they’ll be used to determine payment. (Whitman, 1/28) last_img read more