BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgASTON VILLA VS BOURNEMOUTHIf Aston Villa are beaten by Bournemouth at Villa Park they could be relegated, with five games still remaining. A defeat would mean they can win a maximum of 31 points; 17th-placed Norwich, just outside the relegation zone, already have 31. The fact that they have lost seven in a row in the Barclays Premier League – for the second time this season – suggests their fans should start preparing for life in the Championship.CRYSTAL PALACE VS NORWICH CITYPalace remain in a relegation battle and face fellow strugglers Norwich City at Selhurst Park still waiting for their first league win of 2016. Palace drew 2-2 at West Ham United last weekend but since the turn of the year they have drawn two games and lost nine. Norwich last won at Selhurst Park nearly 20 years ago, in May 1996. Since then, Norwich have failed to win in 14 visits, losing eight and drawing six – including the last two.SOUTHAMPTON VS NEWCASTLENewcastle United are in dire trouble. With just seven games remaining they are in penultimate position in the Barclays Premier League and three points from safety. And away from home, Newcastle have a dreadful record. The Magpies have lost 13 of their 16 away games – the most of any Premier League team. They have scored just nine away goals – including two at Norwich – and have lost their last seven away games.SWANSEA CITY VS CHELSEAGuus Hiddink remains in control of Chelsea, five days after the club confirmed that Italy manager Antonio Conte is to be their new first-team head coach, starting from this summer. The 46-year-old former Juventus boss will begin a three-year contract after his country takes part in Euro 2016. Swansea, meanwhile, are 15th, 10 points from the relegation zone. They have won three and drawn one of their last five league games.WATFORD VS EVERTONIn their first season back in the Barclays Premier League, Watford are probably one win away from safety. Currently on 37 points, in 14th place, they are 10 points from the relegation zone. However, they are without a win in five league games, losing their last four, most recently the 4-0 thrashing at Arsenal. Perhaps the Hornets have one eye on their Wembley FA Cup semi-final, against Crystal Palace on April 24, but three more points are crucial.L’POOL VS STOKE CITYAt Anfield, Liverpool have won fewer league games than they have on the road with just five at home and seven away. Indeed, with just five home games left, they could be heading for some unwanted records. Liverpool’s record for fewest home wins in a Premier League season is six, in the 2011-12 season. Stoke have two points more than Liverpool and are one place better off, in eighth.last_img read more

Watching Her Life Flash Before Her: “I Want Her to be Like Me”

first_imgTwo single parents living with one another share a lot of things in common, including the fact that they are lesbians. What many in their communities, churches, social life and work places don’t know about the two women is that they are living together as a couple.For the past five years they have been secretly living as ‘husband and wife’ in a small rented room outside Monrovia, which barely can accommodate two people, let alone an entire family.Mommi, who’s the dominant, masculine one, keeps her hair cut low and feels her lifestyle and preference for women has over the years been a test of time.”I love women and have suffered because of it. Liberians don’t accept this type of fetish and desire that I have for my wife. So we have to try to hide it the best way we can,” she shrugged.What confuses many of their tenants living in the 8-bedroom house that they all share is the fact that these two women do everything together, including taking baths.”Sister, when you love the same sex, you have to counsel them, the people around you, to help them understand why you are the way you are. They need to understand why my wife and I are doing some of the things that we do, together,” Mommi maintained.”They understand why I teach my wife that she should never trust or like a man because men have hurt both of us. And because of this, she trusts me and those around us respect our feelings” she revealed.Because of that trust, Martina, Mommi’s partner, says she finds herself satisfied with her life, which she says has never been this good.”She has put it in my head, her daughters head that we should hate men, that they are no good to us because of many reasons. You pick your own that has happened to you before, either way, all women have suffered behind a man. Our daughter is two years old and we want her not to depend on a man either. Period,” she declared.Meanwhile, I watched a pretty child with carmel skin kick on a football, which seemed to be her favorite toy. When I called the child over to me, she bounced over with aggression and ran past me to pick up a mini sized toy car to play with.”If you see our daughter, she’s already behaving like a boy child. We’re training her to love women, because she will never be hurt by one,” she said confidently.“Watching her grow reminds me of how I was brought up and I want her to be like me in everyway possible,” she added.Martina, who has been unable to have children to date, says as a teen, a man she lived in the house with abused her.”I don’t blame my feeling for women on being raped. But, this man always abused me and there was no one that I could run to and tell. So I grew up with this feeling that my life with a man ever again would be ruined, so I’ve decided to forget about men. I was 18 when I learned how to be with a woman,” she revealed.According to Mommi, who says she gave birth only to please her wife says she tried to find a normal life, but lives and does everything as a man would.”I wear men’s clothes and I am what you call a stud. And when it comes to the men who see me portraying them, they feel offended at times and humiliate or mock me. But I’m okay with it; I try to block out the rude remarks and evil stares whenever I’m in public places with them,” she added.Meanwhile, the child who has never felt pain, abuse or reason to hate men or dislike them, watches her parents with love. For her, she trusts that every decision her parents make will be for her best interest.“What I have planned for my daughter is already working, she gets excited whenever other women come around her, and frightened when she sees men. That’s the reaction we want from her,” said Mommi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Power Is Nothing Without Control’

first_imgFormer Justice Minister, Cllr. Frederick Cherue The newly appointed Minister of Justice, Cllr. Frederick Cherue, said that power is nothing without control. In other words, if one is given power and cannot control himself or herself in the exercise of that power, he or she will surely lose it. The statement was in reference to the misuse of power, in which so many Liberian Attorneys General have engaged while they held office, getting into trouble not only with the public, but eventually with their boss, the Presidents of Liberia, who appointed them. Being one of the most powerful and most prestigious positions in government, the position of Justice Minister and Attorney General of Liberia has been abused in the past by some officials who engaged in the excessive use of power against certain people and the masses, causing them great pain and suffering. One of them was Justice Minister Chea Cheapoo, who as Justice Minister appointed immediately following the April 12, 1980 coup d’etat, sent many innocent people to jail and kept them there for months until Head of State Samuel K. Doe fired him inAugust 1981. Another was Jenkins Scott, who also committed many innocents to prison and closed down the Daily Observer several times. He also presided over two arson attacks against the newspaper, in March 1986 and March 1990.But just as the newly appointed Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Frederick Cherue told the Daily Observer yesterday, if one has power and cannot control it, that power is nothing, and it will soon be gone. The identical thing happened to both Cheapoo and Jenkins Scott. As for the latter, Jenkins Scott died a disgraceful death, while trying to fetch food from a dumpsite in Monrovia.Counsellor Cherue, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s newly appointed Justice Minister and Attorney General, on the other hand, has vowed not to tread the path of the reckless and uncontrollable use of power. “I do not intend to leave this office tomorrow as a friendless, isolated individual, leaving many enemies behind,” he declared in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer yesterday. “I intend to serve my time in this office knowing that there is a tomorrow when I will no longer be Attorney General; and when that time comes, I intend to return to the community where I can live in friendship and peace with all those I knew before, and even among more friends.” “Power is nothing without control,” Cllr. Cherue reemphasized, and pledged “to keep a level head, just as I have done throughout my public and private lives in the positions I have been fortunate to hold.” He further pledged his commitment “to help President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reach the finishing line (of her administration) peacefully.” The MOJ is the prosecuting arm of the government, and Minister Cherue said his tenure at the Ministry will be very consultative in order to ensure “that the right things are done.” Many of Cherue’s predecessors, though not all the immediate ones, were “intoxicated” with the power and prestige that come with that position, preferring to use excessive power or an iron fist to execute the mandates of their office. They, however, ended up creating many enemies for themselves.Some of these past officials in the country’s recent history, specifically Chea Cheapo and Jenkins Scott, gained notoriety for the manner in which they governed the Ministry. They often went beyond their bounds to terrorize and dehumanized their compatriots. However, Attorney General Cherue, who officially took over the position yesterday, said that power becomes useless when it is used beyond control.Speaking to the Daily Observer at his 9th Street Justice Ministry office yesterday, Minister Cherue spoke of his very humble beginnings in River Gee County. Both his parents were humble and hardworking people.Asked as to how he intends to interpret and use the power that comes with his new position, the former River Gee Senator replied, “I will do my best. I will read the laws and consult with my colleagues, especially those here at the Justice Ministry, to make the best decisions possible in the interest of the Liberian people. I will advise my boss, President Sirleaf, strictly on be basis of the law. If there is anything she wants done that may not be in keeping with the law, I will advise her by saying, ‘Madam President, this is what the law says.’”The Minister also senses that the inability of past officials to tell their bosses the truth stems from the fact that many of them were not too familiar with the country’s laws, and the absence of the truth creates some of the unnecessary situations in the country’s past.“I will obey, respect and be committed to the President’s national development agenda, but I will muster the courage whenever I’m opportune to sit with her to advise her appropriately in order for us to make the right decisions. I know the President will always be willing to listen to me because she has confidence in me. That’s why she appointed me,” he added.Upon officially taking over as Justice Minister yesterday, the first thing that Minister Cherue did was to visit the Monrovia Central Prison, which he described as being “very overcrowded.” Providing an update on the prison facility, the Minister indicated that the facility currently hosts 1,001 detainees, when it was built for only 300. And many of the prisoners there are pre-trial detainees—a situation he described as “very disturbing.” “Out of this huge number only a hundred have been sentenced, while over eight hundred are pre-trial detainees,” Minister Cherue noted. Their prolonged detention is not helping the system. Because of this, he said, he is working with Chief Justice Francis Korkpor to see how the problem might be resolved. The Attorney General revealed that the Chief Justice, who is seriously concerned about the prison’s over-crowdedness, has set up a “fast track court,” to fast track some of the minor cases and see how some of these prisoners can be released on bail.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more