Prez. Sirleaf Aches For Unity, Service To Nation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has called on Liberians to exhibit a greater sense of unity and service to nation as the country celebrates her 168th years of nationhood.She noted that the unprecedented representation of Liberians from all levels and persuasions of society at the independence celebration in Greenville, Sinoe County, was a demonstration of unity.She added that unity is even greater than Ebola virus, “because it touches one’s inner spirit to serve his or her nation.”President Sirleaf made the call in a special statement she delivered at programs marking the official celebration of Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary in Greenville, Sinoe County on Monday.“As Liberians have come together in unity to celebrate their community as a strong foundation for accelerated development, each one should touch one, say a good thing to someone and reach out to someone holding a placard and offer him or her a scholarship rather than mudslinging the Nation,” she urged.She also pointed out that the convergence of Liberians in Greenville in their numbers demonstrates patriotism in recognition of the achievements and quantifiable progress made by the government, especially in the fight against Ebola due to the unity and service to nation exhibited by everyone.“Let today’s celebration remain in our hearts as we resolve to love our country, protect our heritage and pledge a true idea of service to our nation,” President Sirleaf stressed.Meanwhile, President Sirleaf has assured Liberians that in spite of the trying times and difficulties faced by the country due to the Ebola outbreak, the government’s development objectives remain on course.The Liberian Chief Executive noted that Liberia’s fundamental principles of democracy, the rule of law, human freedom and individual dignity were strengthened by the resolve of all Liberians to defeat the Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the country.She observed that this year’s celebration is quite different from those of previous years, especially looking back at last year when the country was challenged by an unknown enemy, something, she noted, that spoke to the true test of the Liberian people’s faith and resilience.President Sirleaf lauded diplomatic missions, the international community and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as well as bilateral and multilateral partners for their extraordinary show of solidarity during the Ebola scourge in Liberia.She also thanked members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) for mobilizing in an unprecedented way, private sector support and recruiting about 339 medical practitioners from 16 African countries to help Liberians eradicate Ebola from their country.“We are always mindful that global conditions such as floods, earthquakes, death and terrorism, among others, affect people in all parts of the world, but their ability to surmount these challenges demonstrates their inner strength to survive, to regain lost grounds and to continue to build their nation towards the common goals of peace and prosperity; this was shown by Liberians,” she emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I want to sign for West Ham’, says starlet linked with Spurs and Chelsea

first_imgDeclan Rice intends to sign a new West Ham contract despite Chelsea and Tottenham showing interest in the teenage midfielder.Rice, 19, has been in talks with the east Londoners for a couple of months now as they seek to reward him for his ascent from unknown youth player to important first-team player. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings predicted LATEST Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Amid the ongoing contract saga, Rice is also centre of a tug-of-war between England and Ireland over his international allegiance. The teenager has represent the Republic on three occasions, but Gareth Southgate hopes to tempt him over to the Three Lions moving forward. 2 He currently earns just £3,000-a-week on a deal that runs until 2021, and West Ham made an offer to raise his salary to a reported £15,000-a-week – though that was knocked back by Rice.A new and improved offer is now believed to have been tabled that will see Rice earn £21,000-a-week, while he’ll also be paid £20,000 for every Premier League start with a £5,000 wage increase after every 15 league appearances.Despite reports claiming the improved offer was submitted over a month ago, Rice remains on his original deal as talks have reached an impasse. Rices rise to prominence has been remarkable This has led to rival interest in Rice, with Tottenham and Chelsea – the club with whom Rice began his career – said to be keen on swooping for the teenager.However, Rice insists he remains committed to West Ham, and signing a new deal with the Hammers should be on the cards.“I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is going to happen,” Rice told The Times. “Playing every week is what is best for me at the moment and hopefully the contract can come soon.” latest SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Most Read In Football Rice started his career at Chelsea but was released aged 14 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion BEST OF gameday cracker Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 RANKED revealed scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos last_img read more