Simeon Freeman Wants Liberia WHO Certified Ebola Free Before Elections

first_imgThe political leader of the opposition Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), Mr. Simeon Freeman, says Liberia should be certified Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO) before the National Elections Commission (NEC) can conduct the Special Senatorial Elections.Speaking over the weekend in Monrovia, the MPC former standard bearer said it was a shame that the government decided to close schools and other activities because of the Ebola disease and then wants to conduct elections that would put more lives at risk. He stressed that the elections should only be held after WHO has declared Liberia Ebola free.Mr. Freeman, acknowledging that the disease has caused hardship for most Liberians, said he is worried that most children might not be able to get back to school immediately because many of the companies that their parents worked for folded and left the country due to the virus outbreak.“They have no certainty that even when schools open in February or March, paying tuition is going to be possible. They are victims of something they know nothing about and we need to be concerned about that as a country and people and not the holding of elections at this time,” he stated.    “We share, care and have never been a country that while experiencing difficulties, we go about celebrating as we are trying to do in holding elections for a few people to be glorified. That is not Liberia and the type of political leadership that Liberia needs,” said Mr. Freeman.The MPC political leader said he would only spend his resources on a Liberia that he knows to have respect for the people.Mr. Freeman said it should be remembered that Liberians are still in tears due to the hardships and thousands of deaths caused by the Ebola virus and holding an election to satisfy a few individuals was a grave concern that needed to be discussed by people who are to benefit from the election.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea, Arsenal count their losses as top four soar

first_imgAt the other end of the table, seven clubs are separated by just four points but West Brom look down and out after a fourth straight Premier League defeat against Huddersfield.AFP Sports looks at the major talking points from the Premier League weekend.Chelsea on the slideAfter the opening half hour on Sunday, Chelsea looked on course to move level on points with United as they deservedly led through Willian’s opener.However, they are now six points adrift of Mourinho’s men as they wilted after the break.“At the end we are talking about another defeat,” said Conte, whose side have now lost three of their past four league games.“We must be disappointed because when you have this type of situation you have to manage the game better with experience and maturity to get three points. Instead for another time we are talking about a loss.”Worse could be to come for Chelsea as they make the daunting trip to City next Sunday, while Spurs, Liverpool and United face Huddersfield, Newcastle and Crystal Palace next weekend.Awful few days for ArsenalIf losing the League Cup final in a meek 3-0 submission to Manchester City was not bad enough, Arsenal also saw Tottenham, in fourth, open up a 10-point gap on their north London rivals.Arsene Wenger’s men now realistically need to inflict just City’s second league defeat of the season when the sides meet again on Thursday to remain in contention for the top four.“Arsenal really needs to win against City or then the distance will be too big for them like it happened for us last season,” said United manager Jose Mourinho.United salvaged Mourinho’s debut season at Old Trafford by qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League.But even that route looks less likely for Arsenal than a few days ago after they drew AC Milan in the last-16.103 not out for LiverpoolLiverpool’s 100th goal of the season may have come from an unlikely source as Emre Can got the ball rolling in a 4-1 rout of West Ham at Anfield.However, the familiar three then took over as Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane took their combined tally for the campaign to 66.Jurgen Klopp declared the display “a joy to watch” and beyond even his own expectations.Tellingly, Klopp also highlighted the importance a 10-day break before Saturday’s clash had been to help his side reach peak performance.The German has rotated more than any other manager in the Premier League this season and Liverpool look refreshed rather than running on fumes for the final stages of the season as they have in Klopp’s previous two seasons.West Brom cut adriftWest Brom boss Alan Pardew admitted he had “a bag-and-a-half packed” even before Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Huddersfield, given his inability to turn the Baggies fortunes around.Reports say Pardew will be handed one more week to save his job when West Brom travel to Watford this weekend, but time is rapidly running out not only for Pardew’s prospects of remaining in charge but West Brom’s chances of survival.Seven points now separate them from safety with just 10 games remaining.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho (L) watched his side come from behind to beat Antonio Conte’s Chelsea on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 26 – Manchester United inflicted a miserable weekend on Chelsea as Jose Mourinho won his personal duel with Antonio Conte and helped shunt the champions out of the Premier League’s top four.Former Chelsea man Romelu Lukaku scored and set up the winner for Jesse Lingard in a 2-1 defeat for Conte’s team, whose bid for a Champions League place was further hit by victories for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.last_img read more