House Frowns on ‘Exploitation’ in Rubber Sector

first_imgIn the wake of alleged mismanagement of the rubber sector by Firestone and the Rubber Planters Association, members of the House of Representatives have expressed disappointment and called for the re-establishment of the Liberia Rubber Development Authority (LRDA).The LRDA, the House says, would be responsible for regulating the rubber sector and streamlining the operations of all stakeholders as well as researching the price of rubber and making monthly reports.The House Plenary has mandated its Leadership to engage President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to convince the Legislature about the legality of the Executive order recently issued on the rubber sector given that it was issued while the Legislature was in session.The House’s decision was predicated upon a seven-person Special Committee Report, submitted on yesterday during the 15th day sitting of the extraordinary session.  The committee was headed by Nimba County lawmaker, Rep. Larry P. Younquoi.“While, the Committee does not substantially differ with provisions of said Executive order, it is believed that having it passed while the Legislature was sitting renders it illegal and if allowed to remain enforced, has a tendency to create a constitutional crisis,” Rep. Younquoi said.The House also frowned on the US$2.00 deduction by the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL) from each sale made by farmers, and the 4% tax deduction by Firestone from each ton sold.It may be recalled that Bong County Representative Adam Bill Konneh, on behalf of the National Rubber Broker Farmer Union of Liberia (NARBFUL), filed a complaint against the management of Firestone-Liberia and the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL).  NARBFUL accused Firestone and the RPAL of malpractices that have the propensity to undermine the economy and endanger public safety.The Daily Observer contacted the president of the Rubber Planters Association, Mr. Benjamin Greene Garnette, for his reaction.  However, Mr. Garnette said the RPAL will react in a formal and comprehensive statement at the weekend for publication in Monday’s papers.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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Destruction of sugar will return to haunt

first_imgDear Editor,One of the first acts of the APNU/AFC regime was to begin the destruction of the sugar industry. In so doing, they have revealed several aspects of their true nature. The massive closure that they have started has so far left more than 7000 people jobless, and has led to great hardship, including hunger in the sugar belt.They took this step primarily because of their profound hatred for the sugar workers, whom they tend to blame for everything, including the loss of power in 1992.In the APNU/AFC Government’s White Paper — stating why the industry was shutting down estates — the following is stated on page four: “Most of the employees of GuySuCo are supporters of the Opposition political party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). The main unions of the sugar workers are affiliated to the PPP…” So the main consideration was not economic, but political.Having come to power, and discovered that oil was found in massive quantities in Guyana, they felt that here was their chance to deliver a massive blow to the sugar workers. It is clear that they took that action in the belief that whatever revenue they would lose from a revived sugar industry would be made up when oil begins to flow.In this regard, sugar is the first victim of oil. The rest of agriculture will follow.As I have argued before, the revival of sugar was not ‘mission impossible’. The industry had experienced worse difficulties before, and overcame them.Indeed, in 1990, sugar production had fallen to a mere 129,000 tons. The PNC was planning to sell it for a pittance. However, the PPP/C, taking office in 1992, saved the industry. Production went up to more than 300,000 tons.Under the PPP/C Administration, the problems in the industry were being overcome. Just recall that, in 2015, all the targets were met. Clearly, the disaster for the industry was the APNU/AFC regime’s doing. That regime reversed the turnaround and turned it into a reversal.The regime has since borrowed thirty billion dollars ($30B) from the commercial banks at substantial interest. The pretext that they used is that they are going to invest that money in the other estates to save the industry. That is a false argument. It is a smoke screen for total closure. What that is actually doing is saddling the industry with a huge debt, to ensure that they stifle the industry and make it impossible to repay the debt. I say this because an examination of their actions will show that this regime continues to take action to kill the industry. They have removed many experienced and skilled managers from the industry. Almost all of those senior staff members that were removed are Indian-Guyanese, and they were all highly qualified, efficient and competent. They have imposed on the industry a large amount of old PNCites. Those gentlemen are each receiving salaries well above one million dollars ($1M) per month. It is apposite to note that those are persons in their 80s, and one is in his 90s.  Those persons are without energy, and their knowledge of the industry is obsolete.If their intentions were to revive the industry, I ask why borrow $30 billion, instead of accepting the offer from India to assist in recapitalising the sugar industry?India was prepared to give not only credit at favourable conditions to fix the factories, but technical assistance in field and factory. In 2014 and 2015, the then management of GuySuCo was testing liquid fertilisers in the field.Using that would have allowed us to cut cost of procuring fertilisers by more than half. This regime, while talking about a ‘green economy,’ has damaged the best hope for having a green economy. All the plans for developing new revenue streams to compensate for the cut in the prices of sugar from Europe have been dashed by this regime. Their actions are most callous.The PPP/C was making this industry into a complex. We had already begun producing electricity from bagasse. That project could have been expanded to Albion and Enmore estates. GuySuCo should by now have become a major producer of power. It would have satisfied a large amount of the country’s needs. Packaging was to be expanded; and refining sugar, with some joint venture, was also very feasible. Plans for production of ethanol and for establishment of another distillery have all been cast aside. In the meantime, we can see no evidence of where the thirty billion dollars ($30B) are being utilised to help the industry.Instead, we are hearing of the construction of a modern, lavish entertainment complex at La Bonne Intention. What is this for? Would it be an exclusive club for GuySuCo’s big boys and those of the APNU/AFC regime? What revenue would this generate to revive the industry?The regime has no intention to revive the industry. The truncated industry cannot sustain the huge bureaucracy that it has to upkeep. It will be incapable of repaying the huge debts with which it is now being saddled.What is taking place now is the ‘milking’ of the industry by the regime — to extract for themselves as much as possible for their own enrichment, while workers and communities are pauperised. The wanton and criminal destruction of sugar would come back to haunt us!Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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UP Challenges Partisans to Ensure 1st Round Victory

first_imgMontserrado County Senator and campaign chair for the county, Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, addressing the media on Saturday’s rally and the October 10 pollWith 21 days to the October 10 polls, Montserrado County Senator and campaign chair, Geraldine Doe-Sheriff, has challenged Unity partisans to ensure a first round victory for the Joseph N. Boakai and J. Emmanuel Nuquay ticket.Senator Doe-Sheriff said VP Boakai has mandated the party to ensure a first round victory, because of economic reasons, including using the run-off election fund and other resources to build the health sector, rehabilitate public schools across the country and to continue the government’s development programs.In spite of the massive success of the party’s campaign launch last Saturday, Senator Doe-Sheriff told partisans that the presidential race had just started and as such they must work hard to reach the end by winning the presidency.“We must win the first round, because we have the right agenda for socioeconomic growth and development,” Senator Doe-Sheriff said.The Unity Party Montserrado chair made the remarks at a press conference in Monrovia, where she thanked the people of Montserrado for their commitment to the presidential bid of VP Boakai.“Saturday’s rally put an end to the illusion, bigotry and misguided propaganda from lazy detractors who do not mean well for Liberia. UP’s Saturday campaign was an undisputed indication that the majority of the people are conscious of their destiny and the future of their children,” Doe-Sheriff said.Saturday’s rally displayed the strength that represents the dawn of a new era,” said the Senator.There is a need for all partisans to keep pushing and working hard till victory is certain, she warned, adding, “We must continue to defy the rain and move from town to town until October 10.”“The ocean of human beings at Saturday’s rally did not fall from heaven, but the good will as the result of hard work by many individuals and institutions,” she said, and lauded Boakai for the level of leadership shown thus far. “I want to give flowers to institutions and individuals that defied the rain and politically invaded Montserrado,” she concluded.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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AFC has lost its electoral support, influence in coalition – Ramkarran

first_imgNew possibilities now exist, as Guyana’s political landscape is changing, says former Speaker of the National Assembly, Attorney-at-law Ralph Ramkarran, who, in his most recent Conversation Tree column, noted that there is enough room for a new political party to be established here.According to him, the mixed middle class is now 19 percent, and it has within it a large contingent which is opposed to the ‘racial politics’ of the two main parties: A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Ralph RamkarranIt is this group, he said, together with disaffected PPP/C and People’s National Congress (PNC) supporters, which gave the Alliance for Change (AFC) its oxygen. However, the failure of the AFC to bridge the racial gap in politics as promised, or to influence APNU in any way, much less in implementing constitutional reform, has signalled the end of the AFC’s influence in the coalition and its electoral support.“Guyana now needs a new political party which will seek the support of the groups that the AFC has disappointed. It should have one of two objectives, namely, to win the support of the majority of the electorate; and if not, to bring the support of both of the main political parties to below 50 percent.”Ramkarran said if such a party gains an absolute majority, it will form a national unity Government. If not, it will never join a Government of either of the main parties, and will provide all the necessary guarantees to the public that it will not do so. “It will, however, give its support to that party which supports constitutional reform to bring about the end of the culture of ethno-political dominance as well as other economic and social policies that have national consensus,” he added.Further, the former Speaker said developments since the AFC’s abandonment of its agenda of bridging the racial gap has proved that there still exists a critical mass of voters who continue to be motivated by the desire to eradicate from Guyana’s politics the harmful effects of the culture of ethno-political domination. This, he said, could be used as an opportunity for the rise of a new political movement.While many Guyanese are under the impression that Guyana’s political parties are mainly responsible for promoting the culture of ethnic dominance, and without it Guyana’s politics would not be dominated by race and instability, Ramkarran said he has a different view on that issue.“Guyana’s main political parties reflect the social, economic and political aspirations of the people of Guyana. The fundamental feature of Guyana which determines these aspirations is its ethnic composition and history. This has been characterized mainly by separate struggles against employers and the colonial state for survival,” he remarked.An important lesson learnt from this is that whoever controls the state controls the distribution of its limited resources. The struggle for control of the State was a natural outcome of the nature of our main political parties and their fundamental, though unspoken political objective: ethno-political dominance, he added.The attorney believes that a large section of the Guyanese electorate reflects a desire for ethnic security in their electoral choices. They see policies which are designed to ensure that security by the political party holding office, if they do not support it, as ‘discrimination’ and ‘marginalisation’. When one party loses office and the other succeeds, the cycle is obviously repeated.“After 60 years of this pattern, aggravated by undemocratic rule, violence, corruption and economic stagnation, it is no surprise that strong and persistent voices have emerged which are opposed to ‘racial voting.’“Guyana may have seen some temporary alleviation of ‘racial voting,’ but no fundamental departure from its hold on the major part of the electorate, which appears quite comfortable in supporting parties which it believes will protect its ethnic interest,” he further added.Ramkarran said while there is public discourse in regard to how to fashion a political system that accepts the will of the electorate, whichever political party may win at any one time will have to, at the same time, minimise the impact of the culture of ethno-political dominance.“There are three problems to resolve; namely, persuading the parties to negotiate an end to the culture of ethno-political dominance; if they refuse, carrying out a political struggle to encourage them to accept such a course; agreeing to the constitutional formulations that will be put into effect.”At present, both main political parties formally reject the politics of ethno-political dominance, but in practise recognise its importance to their political survival. Ramkarran asserted that most times these same parties pay lip service to constitutional reform, but do nothing about it.“It appears therefore that for those who believe that the end of the culture of ethno-political dominance is a pre-requisite for Guyana’s progress, then a political struggle would have to be carried out to encourage the political parties to accept such a course,” he added.last_img read more

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Rafer Johnson going extra mile to help kids

first_imgMost days, Rafer drives home after his workout for a light breakfast before starting his day as chairman of the board of governors for the Special Olympics of Southern California. But not Tuesday. Rafer had a side trip to make first – and an important job to do. Inspire and motivate about 200 students at Ranchito Avenue Elementary School in Panorama City to get into better shape. Give them a pep talk and some advice that one of his old teachers gave him a long time ago when he was a kid with big dreams just like them. “Be the best that you can be,” the Olympian told the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at the school. “No one can ask more.” This was the first of five visits he’ll make to the school in the next few months as part of Los Angeles Unified’s Fitnessgram program. Six mornings a week, he gets up at 5:30a.m., puts on his sweats, and drives over the hill from his Sherman Oaks home to the track at his alma mater, UCLA. Rafer Johnson is 72 now, but one would never know it. Age hasn’t laid a glove on him. He spends an hour running and doing wind sprints with young college students whose parents weren’t even born when he won the silver medal in the 1956 Olympic Games and the gold medal in the 1960 Games – competing in the grueling 10-event decathlon. At 190 pounds, he’s 15pounds less than his Olympic Games weight. He still more than holds his own out there. It’s funded in large part by the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, which is promoting Los Angeles as a site for the 2016 Summer Games. “We jumped at the chance when we were asked if we’d be interested in having an Olympian work with our fourth- and fifth-grade students who traditionally have not done well in physical-fitness testing,” Ranchito Avenue Principal Patricia Pelletier said. Who better than a legend still living his own words – still being the best he can be more than 50 years after standing on an Olympic Games victory stand. “This is an important job, helping these kids – not only athletically, but also to be good students,” Johnson said, as the students gathered around him. “Were you ever nervous in the Olympics?” one little boy wanted to know because he always got nervous playing sports. “Oh, yeah, I was nervous,” Johnson said, laughing. “If you don’t get nervous, you might not be ready to do the best job you can do. It’s good to be a little nervous.” Coral Bowman, 9, brought one of Johnson’s U.S. Olympic cards her grandfather had at home. The kids thanked him for coming and promised they weren’t going to let him down – that they would listen to their P.E. coaches and run that extra mile, do those extra sit-ups and pull-ups. Johnson smiled and said he would see them again in a few weeks, just to check. “Just do the best job you can do. No one can ask more.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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New Leeds boss Milanic sets sights on Premier League

first_img Darko Milanic 1 Darko Milanic is dreaming of leading Leeds United back into the Premier League.The 46-year-old had no hesitation in leaving Sturm Graz to take over from David Hockaday, despite owner Massimo Cellino’s record of making rapid managerial changes.He told a news conference at Elland Road: “It is a dream for everyone, for the fans, that we make it to the Premier League but we know that it will be very difficult.“When we talked [to Cellino] last Sunday he told me my job is to make the squad better, play better on the field and be prepared to play in the Premier League but not that we are going in Premier League.“For me I am concentrating on the extremely important first game and then the next game. I don’t look to 2016 – I live now in this moment.“I am very motivated and excited about the new job at Leeds United. I like that the fans come in the stadium and have fun with us but you have to have order on the pitch and be aggressive and play like a team.“I want to make some changes technically – I saw that here are many talented guys and I will push them to play.”Asked if he was worried about Cellino’s reputation for firing coaches, he replied: “No. In our job it is at risk every Saturday, every game. I have to do my best.”Leeds sporting director Nicola Salerno told the news conference that it was unlikely there would be new permanent signings in the January transfer window, but that there would be the possibility for loan deals.The club have won three and drawn one since Hockaday’s departure and Milanic confirmed caretaker boss Neil Redfearn will be in the dugout with him for future games, starting at Brentford on Saturday.Leeds, meanwhile, refused to comment on a report in The Guardian detailing the full findings of Cellino’s conviction for tax evasion in an Italian court.The Football League has said Cellino can be barred from ownership if the findings say he was guilty of a “dishonest” offence.The Guardian report the ruling from the Italian judge states set up a “bogus corporate screen” as part of a “Machiavellian simulation” to evade paying import tax on a yacht.The Football League has yet to receive the court’s ruling, however, and the Italian’s lawyer has lodged an appeal against the conviction.last_img read more

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Employee benefit plans should be reviewed during open enrollment

first_imgIn addition, many companies are setting up disease-management programs with free drugs to treat chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma, or underwriting preventive screening tests such as mammograms. And some are adding “spousal surcharges” if workers seek to cover spouses who have access to insurance through their own employers. “Families have to look at the benefits both (spouses) are offered and decide what to do,” Billet said. “In some cases, it might make sense to pay the surcharge, while in others, you won’t want to do that.” Sara Taylor, head of open enrollment at Hewitt Associates, suggests that workers focus on what she considers to be the most important offerings – health care insurance and retirement savings plans. “Workers don’t have to pick all the benefits – and many can’t afford to – so go for the big-bang ones,” she said. Taylor added that not making a choice for medical coverage can have ramifications, too. Pick or they’ll do it “If you don’t select a health plan, some employers will say, `You will stay in what you have today,”‘ she said. “Others, if you don’t act, will decide that they’ll move you to another plan of their choosing. “And some have become very aggressive, saying `If you don’t enroll, we’ll put you into the `no coverage’ category for medical.”‘ Randy Stram, vice president of MetLife Employee Benefits, a division of the New York-based insurance company, said a survey of workers found that the majority would like more help in selecting benefits, with six in 10 saying they would like employers to suggest benefits most appropriate for their ages and lifestyles. “Twenty years ago, employees didn’t need to make any decisions because there were no choices,” Stram said. “Today, benefits have become more complicated, and employers have shifted more of the decision-making responsibility to their employees. But employees are saying, I’m ill-prepared to make these decisions.” `Rules of thumb’ MetLife has developed some “rules of thumb” guides for workers in various life stages, available on its Web site at www.metlife.com. When it comes to health insurance, for example, single workers are told that if they’re young and in good health, they should consider high-deductible plans; new families are told that while health management organizations may be cheapest, a family is likely to want a wider selection of doctors and should consider other plans. Stram said that according to the latest survey, workers still rate medical insurance as their most important benefit, just ahead of paid vacation. Other prized benefits, in order of preference, are 401(k) retirement accounts, prescription drug benefits, dental benefits, sick leave, pensions, vision coverage, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible work schedules, long-term care coverage, financial planning services, homeowners and renters insurance, income annuities, auto insurance and banking services.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK As the open enrollment season begins at most companies, workers need to re-evaluate their health insurance plans and other benefit offerings to determine which best satisfy their needs. But studies indicate that many people allot a half-hour or less to the task, and then simply renew last year’s selections without weighing the changes in their benefits or in their lives, said Bill Mullaney, president of MetLife Inc.’s institutional business. That’s a problem because employees are being asked to take more responsibility for selecting – and funding – their benefit programs at a time when the costs for many of them are going up, he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityOne of the most expensive benefit categories is health care, and costs are expected to rise nearly 9 percent next year, according to Hewitt Associates, a global human resources company based in Lincolnshire, Ill. As a result, the average employee can expect to pay about $330 more in health care costs in the coming year, or about $3,600 in premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Tom Billet, a senior consultant with Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc., a human resources consulting company based in Arlington, Va., said it’s important for workers to educate themselves about their options during open enrollment “because making the right choices can lead to savings of thousands of dollars, while making the wrong ones can potentially cost thousands of dollars.” Billet said this means workers should read the benefit packages their employers provide and not hesitate to ask questions about them at human resources offices or call centers set up by benefit providers. So what, aside from price, could be so different year-to-year? For one thing, companies increasingly are providing incentives and tools to encourage healthy behavior, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, and adding penalties or boosting premiums for those who don’t make lifestyle changes, Billet said. last_img
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GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS SUFFER DEFEAT AWAY TO BURT

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA News: The Senior & Reserve footballers had mixed results at the weekend when they played away to Burt. The Reserves recorded a good win on a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-08 while the Seniors lost by 0-11 to 1-04. This weekend we are at home to Red Hugh’s. Paid Up Club Members are invited to TEXT their application for Tickets for Donegal v Tyrone to Jim on 0862271435 by this Saturday, 9th May.Hard luck to our U-16 lads who lost out to Muff on Monday.With the summer holidays fast approaching we have finalised dates for our Hurling Fun Week, Camogie Crew & Cúl Camp.The Hurling Fun week runs from 6th to 10th of July, Cúl Camp is from 27th to 31st July and the Camogie Crew is provisionally penciled in for the 3rd week of July.Our annual 5k road race & fun run is fixed for Tuesday 2nd June. This race is part of the Donegal Athletics Board Grand Prix Series and more details will be published in the coming weeks. Sympathy is extended to the English family on their recent bereavement.Club Members are requested to contact our Club Secretary for more information if they wish to obtain a Club Donegal Membership Card which covers Free Admission to all Adult Club matches in the County for the 2015 Season and also included an item of Donegal merchandise.Topaz Cash for Clubs cards can be obtained from James Frain and we are encouraging club members to call to Tobins Topaz filling station and get their cards stamped with each €40 of fuel purchased.Any business interested in getting a pitch side ad should contact Dan on (086) 739 2780 for more details.U-12 football training continues on Monday & Friday evenings from 6.30-7.30pm at the pitch. With the competitive action starting soon it is important that all players attend training. New players welcome. Underage football coaching continues at 11am every Sunday at Pairc na nGael. New members welcome.Camogie training continues at the pitch on Mondays from 6-7pm for U-14 and older girls and Fridays from 6.30-8pm at the pitch for U-8, U-10 & U-12. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. Please check club website and Gaels Camogie Facebook for more info.Hurling training continues at Pairc na nGael every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. Please contact Dan Harnett 0867392780 or Sharon Harnett 0868405785 to book or for more information. New members always welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS SUFFER DEFEAT AWAY TO BURT was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR SENIOR MANAGER’S POST AT NAOMH PADRAIG MUFF

first_imgApplications are now being sought for the vacant post of senior manager at Naomh Padraig Muff.Anyone wishing to apply for the post should contact the club secretary on secretrary.muff.donegal@gaa.ie no later than 6pm on Friday 18th of December.  APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR SENIOR MANAGER’S POST AT NAOMH PADRAIG MUFF was last modified: December 10th, 2015 by John2Share 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:manager’s jobNaomh Padraig Mufflast_img read more

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‘Nothing will ever convince me Roberto Martinez is anything other than a fraud’

first_imgSo is Martinez a certifiable fraud now?— Zärä (@goonerathena) July 10, 2018 France booked their place in the 2018 World Cup final by defeating Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday evening.Samuel Umtiti scored the only goal of a less than impressive game, with Les Bleus doing well to restrict Belgium’s brilliant attacking players to nothing more than half-chances. Nothing will ever convince me that Martinez is anything other than a fraud of a manager— Ricci Dunn (@B_H_Baggie) July 10, 2018 Martinez being found out for the fraud that he is— BRO-zovich (@hamza_k10) July 10, 2018 1 goal behind in a world cup semi final and you wait until 91st minute to bring a 2nd striker on. Martinez the fraud— Christian Wainwright (@Christian_Wain) July 10, 2018 Another bit of justice being done here in sending Martinez packing the clueless fraud, France it is in the final, easy win that #itscomimghome #Eng #WorldCup— Will Jones (@Wi1lJ) July 10, 2018 Such an occurrence has not really come as a surprise to fans of English football, who have watched the entirety of Martinez’s career as a club manager, and people were quick to take to Twitter to react to the 44-year-old finally confirming himself as a ‘clueless fraud’You can see some of the best tweets  below… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Martinez is a fraud. #Bel got to the semi’s INSPITE of him and not because of him. #WorldCup— I just (@_Potz_) July 10, 2018 2 Christ, Belgium were woeful tonight. Martinez a fraud— Gavin (@GavlarLFC) July 10, 2018 Umtiti’s winning goal booked France a place in the World Cup final center_img Extremely grateful that Martinez won’t win a world cup, the big fraud— ryan (@EveryTimeIDwyer) July 10, 2018 Martinez’s side were clueless against Les Bleus Roberto Martinez is a fraud I been saying #FRABEL #WorldCup— Captain Charles Vane ☠ (@BlessingTsb) July 10, 2018 Imagine being such a bad manager that you sub off Marouane Fellaini when your entire gameplan is crossing it into the box? #Martinez #Fraud— Kingsley (@kingsley1234f) July 10, 2018 2 Roberto Martinez, the Belgium manager, was unable to change things as the game wore on, and the Red Devils were deservedly beaten despite doing so well to reach this stage of the tournament.Martinez has history for this sort of thing.The former Swansea, Wigan and Everton manager has always been one to stick to his principles even when all the signs are pointing to the need for change. When a Plan B is needed, the Spaniard does not have a Plan B to call upon.And this time, his flaws have cost him, and Belgium, a place in the biggest match in world football. Martinez is a fraud. Got out of Jail v Japan, Brazil should have had four goals n tonight, they have been poor.— Lee Huskinson (@LeeMundoBoro) July 10, 2018 For all those soccer fans out there still in any doubt… MARTINEZ IS A FRAUD #FRABEL— Alen Boksic (@Baramenyn) July 10, 2018 Now let’s all correctly return to saying Martinez is a Wigan level fraud— 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿So clear, yet so VAR 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@Caddies) July 10, 2018last_img read more

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