‘The Imperatives of Human Rights and Good Governance in Liberia Now and in the…

first_imgYour Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,I feel privileged and honoured to be asked to deliver this Statement on the International Human Rights Day. I am therefore immensely grateful to the organizers of this event for the opportunity. As you are all aware, the respect for human rights lies at the core of our collective existence and the very essence of our humanity. In the history and trajectory of a nation, there is an inextricable link between the respect for the fundamental human rights of its people and the level of its national development. When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris exactly sixty eight years ago, to ensure the universal protection of the dignity of all human beings, it became the minimum standard for relations between humanity, between the governed and the governors, between people of all races, religion and creed. Personally, I marvel at the simplicity yet profoundness of Article 1 of the Declaration. I quote “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”! (End of quote). Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, to appreciate the weight and importance of the content of the Universal Declaration, we must take our minds back to the heroic and sacrificial acts of distinguished personalities such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Ghandi, Madam Rosa Parks of the Montgomery bus fame, Madiba Nelson Mandela, and Aung Sung Sun Kyi, Mother Theresa, all members of the human rights global Hall of Fame, who represent the struggle against the oppression of human beings and committed their entire lives to the struggle for the emancipation of their people and for humanity in general. Their calls for freedom for everyone and the struggles and deprivation that they have had to endure, sometimes resulting in the payment of the ultimate price, must cause us to reflect and appreciate the importance of freedom for humanity across the world. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the history of Liberia itself was founded on the very essence of liberty. The forefathers of this great nation left the predictable comfort of the United States of America in the early 19th Century to return home to the land of their forefathers. They placed emphasis on the dignity of the Black race and worked hard to make Liberia a home to all Africans. In spite of their laudable efforts at making Liberia a safe haven for all Africans, we must be true to ourselves in admitting that the prolonged inequality in Liberian society was largely responsible for the serious strains in society, which eventually led to the epochal events such as the 1979 ‘Rice Riots’, the 1980 coup d’état which ushered in the military regime of the late President Samuel Kanyon Doe, and eventually, the protracted civil war of 1989-2003. Several hundreds of thousands of West Africans have had to pay the ultimate price for restoring freedom and democracy to Liberia. History will definitely be kind to the initiative of the ECOWAS Authority to establish the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group in Liberia (ECOMOG) in 1990. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, as you will all recall, the outbreak of civil wars on the African continent coincided with the end of the Cold War in the late 1990s and like wildfire, ravaged a significant part of the African continent. For us in West Africa, the outbreak of violent conflicts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, and later in Côte d’Ivoire, as unfortunate as they were, made ECOWAS to reassess its efforts towards regional integration. Founded in May 1975 for the purpose of fostering economic cooperation between its Member States, ECOWAS, as a result of the aforementioned, however had to, in the early 1990s; adopt a ‘security-first’ approach to regional integration. It became clear from the late 1990s that for ECOWAS to achieve the goals of economic integration and prosperity in West Africa, it must first and foremost achieve a peaceful and stable region guided by the key principles of fundamental human rights and democracy and good governance. This made ECOWAS to prioritize the entrenchment of democracy and good governance across the region. As you all know, democracy and good governance and human rights are identical twins. Where one is found, the other must also reside. The foregoing therefore means that we must carefully nurture good governance and democracy in West Africa and in Liberia in particular. Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the adoption of the Protocol relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peace Keeping and Security in 1999, the adoption of the Supplementary Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance of 2001, and the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework in 2008 by the ECOWAS Authority, have helped to ensure that minimum standards on democracy, good governance and human rights, are complied with by ECOWAS Member States. The articles and sections of these aforementioned frameworks have served as the Holy Grail for good democratic practice in West Africa today. Specifically on human rights, the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF), a normative instrument which has as its core aim the strengthening of the human security architecture in West Africa has fifteen components that are being implemented across the region at the Member State, ECOWAS Commission and Civil Society levels. Indeed, the ECPF has a specific component on Human Rights and the Rule of Law. Deriving from the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, the Human Rights and the Rule of Law component of the ECPF seeks “to ensure equal protection and access to justice and social services for all before the law, and strengthen the institutions of human rights and justice in the region…” (ECPF, 2008: 33). Through the medium of the ECPF, ECOWAS seeks to facilitate the harmonization of policy and practice with regards to human rights, the rule of law and access to justice. ECOWAS also seeks to facilitate the adoption, reform and enforcement of national constitutions and human rights instruments to promote human rights, access to justice and social services for all. The operationalization of the ECPF will therefore go a long way in advancing human security in West Africa. Another very important vehicle through which ECOWAS drives its regional human rights agenda is the Network of National Human Rights Institutions (NNHRI) which is a body whose membership comprises ECOWAS Member States National Human Rights Institutions. The Network’s Secretariat is situated in Abuja, Nigeria and it meets annually to review the human rights situation in Member States and to proffer responses to threats to human rights. Members of the Network are tasked with ensuring that human rights are mainstreamed into government policies and decisions. West African civil society organizations are active participants at the Network’s meetings where they usually present their own perspective on human rights issues and either affirm or contest the reports of the national human rights institutions. Human Rights and Democracy: The Keys to Attaining Sustainable Peace and Stability in Liberia.Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, it is proven that in societies where democracy, good governance and human rights are respected, development is easily attained. Respect for diversity and the rights of people is important for growth and development for Liberia and the other fourteen ECOWAS Member States. In particular, protecting the rights of women and children is necessary for our collective well-being. Despite the numerous challenges that it has faced since the end of the war and from the commencement of the President Johnson Sirleaf administration, Liberia has enjoyed a stable democracy and has become a place where people’s rights are respected and diversity valued. We must ensure that going forward; people’s rights are not denied them. More importantly, we must work assiduously towards strengthening our democratic institutions for this is the only way that we can actualize the Liberia of our dreams. We must ensure that the struggles of modern day heroes of Liberia such as the late Archbishop Michael Francis, Sheikh Kafumba Konneh, Ma Mary Brownell, Leymah Gbowee, Asatu Bah Konneh, Dr. Amos Sawyer, and several others, who dedicated their lives to the restoration of peace and stability in Liberia, must not be in vain. Civil Society has a key role to play in ensuring that the rights of our people are respected by those in authority. Their role as the watchdogs and sources of alternative opinion on governance needs to be louder and clearer more than ever before. As we have achieved relative peace and stability in Liberia since 2003, the coming days are so crucial to the destiny of this great nation, Africa’s oldest Republic. With the inevitable departure of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the crucial presidential elections 2017, which will bring forth a new democratic dispensation, all eyes will be on Liberia from early next year. Indeed, we are entering a crucial year in the history of Liberia in a couple of days from now. All hands must therefore be on deck to ensure that Liberia never returns to the dark years.Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, let me assure you that the ECOWAS Commission remains committed, more than ever before, in ensuring that Liberia remains on the firm path to recovery and stability. The ECOWAS Commission has identified Liberia as one of the four ECOWAS Member States that will benefit from the pilot National Early Warning and Response Mechanism (NEWRM) that it is putting in place. ECOWAS is also making concerted efforts to maintain a permanent presence in Liberia by establishing an Office of the Permanent Representative of the ECOWAS President in Liberia and in every ECOWAS Member State.Let me conclude by reiterating that we must ensure to safeguard our hard-earned democracy in Liberia. That way, the respect for human rights and the freedom of all can be guaranteed. Again, I would like to express my profound gratitude to the organizers of this important event for the invitation. I thank you also, distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, for listening. Liberia must rise again!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Land Rights sale nets 20 million

first_imgIt now appears October’s 370 million dollar sale, of oil and gas land rights in Northeast BC, was a 2009 single month anomaly. That’s because yesterday’s November sale, resulted in less than 20 million dollars in bonus bids. That leaves the year-to-date total, at about 720 million, meaning that the October sale was bigger, than the combined total, of the other ten months of this year. It also, almost certainly means, the 2009 total will be less than half, of last year’s record, calendar year total, of more than 2.6 billion dollars.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Spurs open pre-season with 4-2 friendly win over PSG

first_imgAnd although Unai Emery’s side were difficult to break down, late strikes from Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld and Kane, both on as substitutes, sealed a 4-2 triumph in front of 33,332 fans at the Camping World Stadium.It’s very early days in this pre-season yet there was certainly enough on show from the London team to suggest a strong campaign in the Premier League beckons.Both teams arrived at the Camping World stadium with tremendous uncertainty surrounding their transfer dealings this summer.The French champions are reportedly poised to land Neymar from Barcelona in a world record 222-million euro ($256.8 million) deal, and also remain confident of landing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.Emery was giving nothing away when asked about the potential transfers.“We are always looking for players who can help the team,” he said.“Now for us the most important thing is to concentrate on the matches we have coming up,” added the coach, who on the evidence of Saturday’s game could use the infusion of talent.Tottenham, meanwhile, were once again forced to contest claims that Eric Dier, their versatile England international, was the subject of a $50 million bid from Manchester United.There is certain to be movement involving both teams as their respective domestic seasons draw closer, yet this was the first time Mauricio Pochettino’s side had played this pre-season.PSG beat Roma on penalties in Detroit last Wednesday after their exhibition game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.That match saw Dani Alves, the Brazilian defender, make his Paris debut following his transfer from Juventus and he was started again here by Emery in a line-up which also included Thiago Motta and Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani.Pochettino, whose side travel to New York on Sunday ahead of Tuesday’s match with Roma at Red Bull Arena, kept star men Kane and Dele Alli on the bench, although Dier began in midfield alongside Mousa Dembele.On six minutes, Cavani powered the French side ahead. Youngster Cameron Carter Vickers was caught out by Adrien Rabiot who raced clear and squared for the Uruguayan frontman.Tottenham looked culpable defensively, yet just five minutes later, Christian Eriksen pulled the Premier League side level. The Danish international unleashed an unstoppable, curling effort from 30 yards which flew past Kevin Trapp into the top corner.While Eriksen’s equaliser was world class, Dier’s 18th minute goal was pure luck. Trapp’s poor clearance was hit straight at the Spurs player who gleefully saw the ball rebound over the line.The English Premier League side should have extended their lead even further soon after, but Georges-Kevin Nkoudou wastefully fired over with just Trapp to beat before Ben Davies also went close thanks to some lovely build up play involving Vincent Janssen.Pastore , however, wasn’t about to waste any opportunities and his close range strike on 36 minutes brought the entertaining tussle level once more only for Motta to head against his own post five minutes before the interval.Trapp’s disastrous evening plummeted to new depths just 20 seconds into the second half. The German handled the ball outside of the box and was immediately shown the red card.– ‘A lot of positives’ –Kane and Alli, brought on by Pochettino during a raft of eight half-time changes, now had the chance to make the Parisians pay for their sloppiness and it was the England striker who sealed the triumph after Blaise Matuidi handled in the box six minutes after Alderweireld’s fantastic 20-yard strike left replacement keeper Alphonse Areola with no chance.“There are lot of positives to take,” Pochettino said. “Our first game, it’s good to feel the competition. It’s a friendly but playing this kind of team it’s always good to compete.“The result isn’t important. We just need to recover and arrive at the start of the Premier League season in good condition.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur gets held by Thiago Motta of Paris Saint-Germain during the International Champions Cup 2017 match at Camping World Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. PHOTO / AFPORLANDO, United States, Jul 23- Harry Kane’s late penalty helped Tottenham Hotspur start their pre-season preparations in emphatic fashion as French champions Paris St Germain imploded in Orlando.PSG were reduced to 10 men just moments into the second half when German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who had endured an awful first 45 minutes, was sent off for handballing outside of the box.last_img read more

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England dream of World Cup glory as Russian fans thank team

first_imgThey will face Croatia, who had to endure a strength-sapping penalty shootout for the second consecutive match, in front of 80,000 people in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.But first Roberto Martinez’s exciting Belgian side will attempt to reach their first ever World Cup final when they play favourites France in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday.England is basking in the team’s run to the last four of the World Cup as fans start to believe that they can lift the trophy for the first time since 1966.“Southgreat” trumpeted the Sun on Sunday. “Cry God for Harry, England and St George!” said the Sunday Telegraph.Croatia defender Domagoj Vida celebrates after scoring a goal in extra-time in the World Cup quarter-final against Russia © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVGoals from Leicester defender Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Dele Alli sealed victory against Sweden in Samara while man-of-the-match Jordan Pickford made three outstanding saves.“England’s players have guaranteed they will return from the World Cup as heroes. Now they can dream of a grander ambition. Can they come home as legends?” asked former England defender Jamie Carragher in a column for the Sunday Telegraph.– No FIFA ban for Vida –Croatia defender Domagoj Vida escaped a FIFA ban on Sunday after posting a clip dedicating his country’s victory over Russia in the quarter-finals to Ukraine.The former Dynamo Kiev player scored an extra-time goal and one of Croatia’s penalties in a 4-3 shootout win over the World Cup hosts in Sochi on Saturday.The ponytailed 29-year-old shouted “Glory to Ukraine!” in a video posted by former Croatia international Ognjen Vukojevic shortly after the match.Russia supporters pictured during the visit of their team to a Moscow fan zone on July 8, 2018 © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVFIFA said it had studied the video and decided to issue a warning to Vida but would take no further measures.Vida told Russian media after the clip was made public that he had meant no offence. “I love Russian people,” Vida was quoted as saying. “It was just a joke.”“Glory to Ukraine!” was a slogan of the former Soviet republic’s pro-EU revolution that toppled a Russian-backed president in 2014.The revolt was condemned as illegal by Moscow and sparked a crisis in relations between the two neighbouring states.Looking forward to the match against England, Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic told a press conference on Sunday that the game would be more open.Russia’s players react to their defeat on penalties by Croatia in the World Cup quarter-finals © AFP / Adrian DENNIS“Our last three games were different because we played teams with a defensive approach,” he said.“But we are looking forward to a different style of game against England because they like to play attacking football.”– Russian fans pay tribute –Russian fans paid tribute to their team, who exited the tournament after their defeat on penalties following 120 gruelling minutes of football.The Russians were the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams at the World Cup but, just as in the previous round against Spain, they refused to die despite enjoying just 36 percent of possession against a superior Croatian team.Coach Stanislav Cherchesov led his players onto a stage to a heroes’ welcome in a Moscow fan zone.“You were not the 12th player — you were the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th players,” Cherchesov told the crowd.“We felt your support from the first second.”Midfielder Denis Cheryshev dedicated his four goals — tied for second-most in the tournament behind England forward Harry Kane’s six — to “the whole country”.President Vladimir Putin has invited Cherchesov and his charges to the Kremlin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev commiserated with the players in the dressing room after the defeat.Away from Russia, the Spanish football federation said Fernando Hierro, who stood in as Spain coach when Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the World Cup, would not continue in the role.Under the former Real Madrid and Spain defender, who had little previous coaching experience, 2010 winners Spain lost on penalties to Russia in the last 16.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England fans celebrate after their team beat Sweden in the World Cup quarter-finals © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVMoscow, Russian Federation, Jul 8 – England were Sunday looking forward to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 as Russian fans thanked their disappointed players after their fairytale World Cup run was halted by Croatia.Gareth Southgate’s young team swept Sweden aside 2-0 on Saturday, sparking mass celebrations in England, where at least 20 million people watched the match on TV.last_img read more

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Manchester United set to miss out on two transfer targets this summer?

first_imgManchester United could miss out on two of their main transfer targets this summer.That’s the view of Italian football expert Max Evangelista, who claims PSG are the favourites to land Juventus’ Paul Pogba.The Ligue 1 side, along with the Red Devils, Manchester City and Chelsea, are keen on the 22-year-old but the French club hold an ace card.Juventus are interested in Edinson Cavani, who looks set for a move away from Paris this summer, and want the Uruguayan included in any deal which sees Pogba return to his homeland.“There are lots rumours Paul Pogba will leave Juventus,” Evangelista told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “There are lots of clubs interested.“The most prominent seems to be Paris Saint Germain. They are offering millions on the table, plus Edinson Cavani, which is a man [Juventus manager] Massimo Allegri has been looking at.”last_img read more

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‘It’s everything I’ve dreamed about’, says Leicester hero on title

first_img The Foxes skipper has been at the heart of his side’s dominance this season 1 Wes Morgan insists he does not feel any nerves despite being on the brink of claiming an ‘unbelievable’ Premier League title with Leicester.The Foxes skipper will lead his side out at the King Power Stadium against West Ham on Sunday knowing victory will move them 10 points clear at the top of the table.Three wins from their remaining five games will secure the title for a side that only narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season, in what has been one of the most remarkable top-flight campaigns in recent memory.The sense of achievement is beginning to dawn on the former Nottingham Forest defender, but Morgan says the job is not done yet.He told the Daily Mail: “There’s still work to be done, but it’s a big, big possibility. I can’t deny that. It’s in our hands. We’ve got the chance to win the games to make it happen, to finish as champions.“As a kid, it’s all I dreamed about: playing in the best league in the world, becoming a champion and lifting that trophy. So I can see the end, definitely, and I want to make the dream a reality.“To be in this position is unbelievable. It’s everything I’ve dreamed about. To be at a club like Leicester and saying, ‘We could be champions’, is incredible. We’re not there yet, but we’re very close.”Second-placed Tottenham could yet have a say in the title race and, if Leicester lose against the Hammers, they will close the gap to four points with victory over Stoke on Monday night.The 32-year-old Morgan, though, claims he is not feeling the pressure with games against Swansea, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea also on the horizon.He said: “It’s surreal now. You’re in the moment and you’re just kind of going along with it.“When it’s all over, maybe it’ll dawn on me. There are no butterflies though, that’s just the way our team are. It’s more like, ‘Let’s do this’.“I know there are going to be some twists and turns before the end of the season and I need it to be mathematically certain before I can give that final tick: champions.”last_img read more

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‘Saturday can’t come quickly enough!’ – Wes Morgan on Leicester’s title win

first_img1 Wes Morgan will collect the Premier League trophy this weekend Wes Morgan hailed Leicester’s remarkable Barclays Premier League title triumph as the best feeling of his career.The Foxes were crowned top-flight champions for the first time in the club’s history after Tottenham were held to a 2-2 draw by Chelsea on an evening of high drama at Stamford Bridge.Leicester captain Morgan was watching events unfold at striker Jamie Vardy’s house with a number of his team-mates as the party turned to delirium at the final whistle.Christian Fuchs was also among the guests and the Austria international posted a video on Twitter showing the group celebrating wildly as the title was confirmed.Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki and plenty of others also shared the moment while a number of supporters gathered outside the gates of Vardy’s house.Former Nottingham Forest defender Morgan, though, managed to reflect on a stunning season which has seen the 5,000-1 outsiders upset the odds.“It’s the best feeling of my career and I couldn’t be prouder that it’s as part of this team,” he said.“Everyone’s worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions and deservedly so.“I’ve never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we’re like brothers. People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong. This season’s been a continuation of that. We’ve built on the momentum, but I don’t think anyone believed it would come to this.”He added of receiving the trophy against Everton at the weekend: “Saturday can’t come quickly enough. I can’t wait to get my hands on the trophy.”last_img read more

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Spain v Turkey: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img3 Turkey have failed to beat Spain in 52 years and it is the two nations’ first meeting in a major tournament. They last met in a World Cup qualifier in April 2009 – Xabi Alonso and Albert Riera scoring in a 2-1 win for the Spanish, Semih Senturk scoring for Turkey. A number of Premier League representatives past and present are set to feature for Spain, including David De Gea, Gerard Pique, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas.  What they saidSpain defender Jordi Alba told a press conference of chief string-puller Iniesta: “We know the influence he has in the game.“There’s no need to dodge the subject. He’s important for us. Regardless of where he plays he’s key in the national team and in his club.“When we’re stuck, he sums up all the conditions to create danger. He’s a different player to the rest. We’re lucky to have him as a team-mate.”Turkey captain Arda Turan – Alba’s Barcelona team-mate – told Euro2016.com of their opening game:  “We don’t have many players who have played at this level.“It’s natural that it might have affected us. I hope those nerves won’t affect us this time. Spain are the favourites – they will have more of the ball – but, they will still only play with 11 players like us. We’re going to fight until the end.“We’re going to try our hardest to get a point – if we can do that, our chances of going through are very high.”Confirmed team news:Spain XI: De Gea, Juanfran, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta, Silva, Morata, NolitoSubstitutes: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Bartra, Koke, Lucas, Pedro, Bellerin, Thiago, San Jose, Bruno, Aduriz, Sergio RicoTurkey XI: Babacan, Gonul, Topal, Balta, Erkin, Tufan, Inan, Ozyakup, Calhanoglu, Yilmaz, TuranSubstitutes: Kivrak, Kaya, Calik, Sahin, Tosun, Sahan, Koybasi, Malli, Sen, Mor, Ozbayrakli, TekinLIVE on talkSPORT: Spain v Turkey – click here for commentary from Allianz Riviera – at 8pm (BST) on June 17, 2016. Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTSpain will be hoping to continue their defence of the European Championship trophy with victory against Turkey on Friday. Vicente del Bosque’s men – winners of the tournament in 2008 and 2012 – got their Group D campaign underway with a narrow 1-0 victory over Czech Republic. After finding it tough to break the deadlock against a tough Czech side, the Spanish finally won it three minutes from time, when Andres Iniesta’s floated cross was headed home by Gerard Pique. In the other group clash, Turkey started with defeat against Croatia, as Luka Modric settled the tie with a stunning volley. LIVE on talkSPORT: Spain v Turkey – click here for commentary from Allianz Riviera – at 8pm (BST) on June 17, 2016.Here is how their group looks ahead of the clash: Spain v Turkey: The Group D clash is live on talkSPORT – 8pm kick-off center_img 3 3last_img read more

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REVEALED! Premier League clubs ranked by pre-season mileage – lowest to highest

first_img 6. Arsenal – 12,143 miles – The Gunners will have played in the USA, France, Norway and Sweden. 20 12. Bournemouth – 8,134 miles – The Cherries will have played in the USA and across England. 20 We are coming to the end of another busy pre-season as clubs return from tours around the world. From USA to Australia, Europe to China, Premier League clubs have prepared for the new campaign in style – but will the distance have an effect on them come kick-off on August 13/1415?READ MORE: Premier League fixtures 2016-17 revealed: Complete list of every game in the new seasonNewcomers Burnley, Middlesbrough and Hull City will be hoping to be ready for the new season after promotion from the Championship in May. Meanwhile, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton, Watford and Southampton have been preparing under new management methods.So, who has covered the most ground out of all 20 Premier League clubs in pre-season? Click the arrow, above right, to see the list from least to most… 20 18. Hull City – 1,862 miles – The Tigers will have played in Austria and across England. 20 17. Sunderland – 1,900 miles – The Wearsiders will have played in Austria and France. 4. Liverpool – 12,625 miles – The Reds, playing their first pre-season under Jurgen Klopp, will have played in the USA, Germany and across England. 20 20 19. Burnley – 1,740 miles – The Clarets will have played in Switzerland and across the UK. 15. West Brom – 3,544 miles – The Baggies will have played in Austria, Netherlands and Spain. 20 10. Stoke City – 9,624 miles – The Potters will have played in the USA and Germany. 20 13. Southampton – 8,071 miles – The Saints will have played in the Netherlands and USA. 20 20 8. Manchester United – 11,442 miles – Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils will have played in Sweden and China. 20 20. Watford are travelling 1,632 miles in pre-season – click the arrow, above right, to see which Premier League clubs covered the most mileage during pre-season – The Hornets will have played in Austria and across England. 20 9. Crystal Palace – 10,939 miles – Alan Pardew’s men will have played in the USA, Canada and across England. 20 5. Leicester City – 12,415 miles – The Premier League champions will have played in the USA, Sweden and across the UK. 20 7. Manchester City – 12,071 miles – Pep Guardiola’s Citizens will have played in Germany, China and Sweden. 3. Chelsea – 14,345 miles – Antonio Conte’s men will have played in the USA, Austria and Germany. 16. Everton – 1,906 miles – Ronald Koeman’s men will have played in Germany and across England. 20 11. Swansea City – 8,192 miles – The Swans will have played in the USA and across the UK. 20 14. Middlesbrough – 4,750 miles – Premier League newcomers Boro will have played in Spain, Italy and across England. 2. West Ham – 14,520 miles – The Hammers [including in the Europa League] will have played in Slovenia, USA and Austria. 20 20 20 20 1. Tottenham – 22,468 miles – Mauricio Pochettino’s men will have played in Australia and Norway.last_img read more

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COUNTRY WILL FACE ANOTHER €6BILLION IN CUTS IF WE VOTE YES, SAYS DONEGAL TD

first_imgSinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has today challenged the Government to “spell out where it will get the €6 billion that will be required to meet the 0.5% structural deficit target if the Austerity Treaty is passed”.Under the terms of the Austerity Treaty, he said, Ireland will have to meet a structural deficit rule of 0.5% after we exit the current Troika funding programme in 2015.Deputy Doherty said: “The first week of this campaign has been dominated by negative campaigning by the Yes side. The Government are hoping that bully boy threats and scare tactics will frighten people into supporting a bad Treaty. “Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour are arguing that a no vote will result in the state being denied access to emergency funding in the future. Sinn Féin has shown that this argument is false. Nobody should be in any doubt; if Ireland needs further emergency funding the European Union will provide that finance.“The Government has claimed that a no vote will make this year’s budget ‘dramatically more difficult’. This is untrue. The targets for the next three budgets have already been agreed by the Government and the troika. The Government is committed to €8.6 billion in adjustments between 2012 and 2015. The outcome of the referendum will not affect any of this.“The Government needs to stop the scaremongering. The electorate deserve a sensible debate on the economics and the politics of this Treaty.“The most important question that the Government must answer is how they will pay for the cost of a Yes vote. “At the centre of this Treaty is the so called ‘balanced budget rule’. If passed we will have to reach a structural deficit of 0.5% after we exit the current Troika austerity programme in 2015.“According to the Department of Finance’s own Spring Forecast published last week the structural deficit in 2015 will be 3.5%. The gap between this figure and the new 0.5% rule is equivalent to approximately €6 billion.“The Government has a responsibility to explain to the voters where they will get this money from. Is it their intention to further increase the tax burden on low and middle income families? Is it their intention to cut even more funding from front line education, health and community services?“Sinn Féin agrees with deficit reduction. We have repeatedly set out proposals that would reduce the deficit in a fair way without further damaging the domestic economy. The Government’s policies of austerity are not working. The Austerity Treaty will further hamper economic and financial recovery. The sensible thing to do on May 31st is to vote no.”COUNTRY WILL FACE ANOTHER €6BILLION IN CUTS IF WE VOTE YES, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: May 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:COUNTRY WILL FACE ANOTHER €6BILLION IN CUTS IF WE VOTE YESSAYS DONEGAL TDlast_img read more

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