Pres. Weah: ‘Liberia Stands to Benefit from China Trip’

first_imgPresident George Weah has spoken positively of his trip to China and the benefit Liberia stands to accrue, with specific reference to the US$54 million grant and others soon to be revealed, a release from the Executive Mansion has said.President Weah termed as successful for Liberia’s recovery process his visit to China in terms of the gains made in terms of re-strengthening the country’s relations with China as well as its support for agriculture, road, health and technology under the government’s Pro-poor Agenda.According to the release, China offered a US$54 million grant to Liberia for the construction of two overhead bridges as well as US$20 million in food aid.The President made the comments Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the Roberts International Airport shortly after he returned from China where he joined other African leaders at the 2018 Edition of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).FOCAC’s objectives are equal consultation, enhancing understanding, expanding consensus, strengthening friendship and promoting cooperation between Africa and the People’s Republic of China.[Consultation Mechanism] as prescribed in the Program for China-Africa Cooperation in Economic and Social Development adopted at the 2000 Ministerial Conference of FOCAC, China and Africa agreed to set up joint follow-up mechanisms to conduct regular evaluations on the implementation of the follow-up actions.“I have the responsibility to develop the country, and I will do everything in my power to build partnership with other countries and bring Liberia on par with them through infrastructure, road connectivity, good healthcare system and a good educational sector,” Weah said.The President lauded the Chinese government for the grant given the country and revealed that more is expected to follow.In a related development, President Weah expressed disagreement with those who underrated the financial aid China offered Liberia.He added, “No one in his/her sound mind will not appreciate a free gift from a friend.”A grant is a sum of money given by an organization, especially a government, for a particular purpose, often non-repayable funds or products disbursed or gifted by one party (grant makers) to a government department, corporation, foundation or trust; to a recipient, often (but not always) a non-profit entity, educational institution, business or an individual.“It is always good to be grateful to people who give you free money to develop your country,” the President said, reaffirming Liberia’s commitment to the “One-China Policy.”“One-China policy” is an approach that says that there is only one country called China, despite the fact that there are two governments – the Chinese and Taiwanese authorities – with the official name of China.In the case of the United States, the One-China Policy was first stated in the Shanghai Communiqué of 1972, concluding that, “The United States acknowledges that Chinese on either side of the Taiwan Strait maintain there is but one China and that Taiwan is a part of China.”Dozens of African leaders attended the two-day gathering, which takes place every three years as the linchpin (cornerstone, heart) of Chinese foreign policy in Africa as well as the fulcrum of its investment and lending on the continent.It is also part of China’s efforts to build greater ties with the African continent, to reinforce China’s image of an emerging commercial and diplomatic power in Africa. It also overshadows the prospect of coordinating Chinese programs with other players, such as the United States, in support of Africa’s development objectives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIVE: Real Valladolid vs Barcelona

first_imgBarcelona battled to a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid on Saturday to make it two victories from two in their LaLiga title defence.Ousmane Dembele’s second-half strike settled matters at the Jose Zorrilla against last season’s LaLiga123 play-off winners.Valladolid thought they had equalised through Keko in second-half stoppage time, but the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR referral. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! It was a far from convincing display from Ernesto Valverde’s side, but it means they move top of the table ahead of Sunday’s fixtures, while Valladolid are still looking for their first goal and win of the season.Barca recalled Philippe Coutinho to the starting line-up but struggled for rhythm in the first half, with Dembele wasting the best of the early chances following a fine cushioned pass from Lionel Messi. Dembele remained the most threatening of the champions’ attackers, though, and made the most of his next good chance, sending a controlled volley past former Barca goalkeeper Jordi Masip 57 minutes in after a header down from Sergi Roberto.Valladolid responded well to the setback and looked the most likely to score next, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen saving from Keko and Kiko Olivas in the final 15 minutes.Luis Suarez had what he thought was the decisive second goal disallowed for offside, but Barca held on to make it two wins and no goals conceded from two league games this term, although it took a VAR intervention to deny Keko’s last-gasp header. Supercopa de España #LaLigaSantanderDembele’s on a roll! #RealValladolidBarça pic.twitter.com/u64vbpW6Fp— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) August 25, 2018 What it means: Barca top but well short of their bestIt never really looked like Barca would lose this game, but they certainly made hard work of trying to win it.The champions struggled in the first half against Deportivo Alaves last week, so it was no surprise to see Coutinho brought back into the starting line-up, but they fared little better for most of the first hour here.Still, they are nothing if not patient under Valverde, and Dembele took his goal very well given his earlier misses. Once they had the lead, they rarely looked likely to surrender it.It means they are top of the standings with a maximum six points, but they have yet to produce a performance this season to make the rest of Spain – or Europe – unduly worried. Pat on the back: Roberto stakes claim for regular spotBack at right-back for this game, Roberto gave himself a real chance of supplanting Nelson Semedo as first-choice pick.He had plenty of defending to do as Valladolid concentrated their attacks down their left, but he rarely put a foot wrong, while he also bagged the assist for the winner. Boot up the backside: Messi goes missingMessi effectively dragged Barca to three points last week, but he more or less forced them to get their latest win without him.He had just one touch in the Valladolid box in the first half, wasted two promising free-kicks and was lucky not to be booked for a deliberate handball. It certainly was not his day. What’s next?Barca’s final game before international football returns is at home to another promoted team, Huesca, next Sunday. Valladolid travel to Getafe on Friday. read morelast_img read more

Veteran Midfielder Yaya Toure Back with Olympiakos

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Yaya Toure is back with Olympiakos after a 12-year absence.The 35-year-old midfielder received a warm reception from Olympiakos fans at their Karaskaikis Stadium on Sunday. Perhaps inspired by Toure’s presence, Olympiakos thrashed Giannena 5-0 in the Greek league.Toure last played for Olympiakos in the 2005-06 season. He has been a free agent since leaving Premier League champions Manchester City in the summerHis return has excited Olympiakos fans with the team having just had its worst season in 23 years — third place after winning 20 league titles in 22 seasons.Olympiakos competes in this season’s Europa League after beating Burnley 4-2 on aggregate in the playoff round.Toure said he had “offers from lots of clubs” before choosing Olympiakos.“I cannot wait to help the club win the trophies the great fans of Olympiakos deserve,” Toure wrote on his website.Although no financial details were given, Greek sports website Sport24 said Toure will be paid 2.5 million euros ($2.9 million) for one season, plus 2 million euros as a signing bonus.—By DEMETRIS NELLAS , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more