As UL Trouble Breeds Again

first_imgA group of University of Liberia staffers under the name “Concerned Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association (ULSA)” says a call by University of Liberia Staff Association president Zizi K. Zubah for the Vice President for Administration, Prof. Ansu Sonii, to resign is his personal opinion and not a general consensus of the entire association.Of recent a group named and styled “University of Liberia Staff Association,” wrote five counts alleging that Prof. Sonii is involved in administrative malpractices. The group subsequently called on him to resign his post.The Concern Staff of University of Liberia Staff Association, which supports Prof. Sonii, in a statement on Tuesday, May 6, passed a vote of no confidence in Zizi K. Zubah. They noted that Zizi’s tenure has expired but continues to perpetuate himself in power.The head of the Sonii support group, Gabriel Pyne Vanjah, who read the group’s position statement to the press indicated that Zizi’s call for Prof. Sonii to resign his post in 15 days, also poses an ultimatum on the University of Liberia’s Board of Trustees to act against its will in favor of him. “This is unrealistic and will never be given adherence to,” Vanjah said.In the vote-of-no-confidence resolution against Zizi, Vanjah and his group labeled among other things that Zizi has overstayed in the UL Staff Association leadership and this violates Article 9 Section 1 of the organization’s constitution.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi’s leadership has not been transparent and accountable to the general body, which is the supreme decision maker, withholding to present quarterly financial updates.Mr. Pyne Vanjah outlined monthly contributions, ULSA’s loan scheme interest generation, ULSA Day Fund expenditures, rice sale income, fund raising programs, and ULSA-UL Administration car loan as some sources of financial income that are unaccounted for.He also said there has not been annual report from the Zizi leadership. Said report is to take place on the second Friday of December annually to the general assembly.Vanjah further alleged that Zizi unilaterally appointed some individuals in elected positions which contravene ULSA’s constitution.Furthermore, the group said Zizi has been appointed Academic Coordinator for the T.J.R Faulkner College of Science & Technology, which under Article 4 Section 1 of their constitution prohibits a member from holding key administrative position.Zizi K. Zubah’s Position About a week ago the leadership of Zizi K. Zubah circulated a resolution in the name of the University of Liberia Staff Association, calling for the resignation of the Vice President for Administration, Ansu Sonii.Zizi alleged that Prof. Sonii uses regular and temporary staffers to perform his private duties with no compensation.According to Zizi, Prof. Sonii promised to employ some temporary staffers who have worked with the University of Liberia for more than three years; something he (Zizi) claims has not been fulfilled.In addition, the counts noted that the UL Vice President’s office has created a hostile posture to the leadership of the UL Staff Association in addressing legitimate concerns of staff of the University.He and his group also claimed that Prof. Sonii, is ambitious of contesting the senatorial seat in Margibi County. According to them, because of this alleged quest of Prof. Sonii, Mr. Sonii is now paying less attention to activities of the University and at the same time using the University resources to support his campaign.Zizi’s camp further accused Prof. Sonii of instigating confusion within the ranks and files of the University of Liberia Staff Association.He threatened that if Prof. Sonii does not resign in 15 days as Vice President for Administration, “we will as of May 15, 2014 lay down our chalks.”Meanwhile, the emerging argument between the two groups sends signal of past event that stalled normal academic activities at the University of Liberia for sometimes this just-ended semester.It can be recalled that in November, 2013, University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) laid down chalks, demanding Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost Dr. Wede Elliot-Brownell to resign.This was fueled by violent actions by group of students and it led to indefinite suspension of classes until late January 2014 when academic activities resumed and was just completed in March.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Short tracks facing long odds

first_img The Nextel Cup drivers will be in Bristol, Tenn., Saturday night, the fifth Saturday night Cup race this year – not including the All-Star Challenge at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in May. There are two more Saturday night races on the Cup schedule, making seven for the year. Considering the success of the races from a TV ratings standpoint, more Saturday night races can be expected in the future. By holding Saturday night Cup races, some NASCAR fans are opting to stay home and watch on TV, Southwell said. He’s even tempted to watch Saturday night Cup races instead of going to the track to watch live racing. Great for ratings and the Cup drivers and teams. Not so great for short tracks like Irwindale Speedway. “The whole thing is just a negative,” said Phipps, another NASCAR Super Late Model driver at Irwindale Speedway. “A downward spiral is what it feels like to me. It’s not positive. But it seems to me when there’s a Cup race, there’s a lot of empty seats out there.” Irwindale Speedway track officials do not release attendance figures, but they do admit they need an alternate strategy when the Cup drivers race on Saturdays. In addition to drifting, Irwindale Speedway has scheduled monster trucks, moto cross and demolition derbies when the Cup drivers race on Saturday nights. “I think we have to keep in mind what’s going on at the local- and short-track level and keep them in mind and try not to affect them,” Gordon said. “But I would assume that if you’re a short track and you do Saturday night events around a Nextel Cup event around that area, you might want to consider moving your times and dates around just for that particular weekend.” That’s not really an option for Irwindale Speedway, but offering other forms of racing is. Phipps said NASCAR is being short-sighted in its approach to draw higher TV ratings and attract new fans. “They’re not looking at the future,” said Phipps, who lives in Simi Valley. “They’re looking at the here and now.” Southwell said if more Cup races are scheduled on Saturday nights, it’s going to destroy the sport. “Their minor leagues are going to kind of sit there and rot on the vine basically,” said Southwell, a Canyon High of Canyon Country graduate. “They’re kind of killing their own young to survive right now.” Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or timothy.haddock@dailynews.com NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES Sharpie 500 Site: Bristol, Tenn. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (TNT, 3 p.m.); Saturday, race (TNT, 4:30 p.m.). Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, .533 miles, 36 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 266.5 miles, 500 laps. Next race: California 500, Sept. 4, Fontana. On the Net: www.nascar.com NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Food City 250 Site: Bristol, Tenn. Schedule: Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 1:30 p.m.); race (TNT, 5 p.m.). Track: Bristol Motor Speedway (oval, .533 miles, 36 degrees banking in turns). Race distance: 133.25 miles, 250 laps. Next race: Busch Series 300, Sept. 3, Fontana. INDY RACING LEAGUE Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix Site: Sonoma, Calif. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 12:30 p.m.; Sunday, race (ESPN, 1:45 p.m.). Track: Infineon Raceway (road course, 2.26 miles, 12 turns). Race distance: 184 miles, 80 laps. Next event: Delphi Indy 300, Sept. 11, Joliet, Ill. On the Net: www.indyracingleague.com CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES Molson Montreal Indy Site: Montreal Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 11 a.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 11 a.m.; Sunday, race (NBC, 1:45 p.m.). Track: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (road course, 2.709 miles, 15 turns). Race distance: 186.921 miles, 69 laps. Next race: Las Vegas, Sept. 24. On the Net: www.cart.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 TV ratings are up and Cup drivers have a fondness for racing under the lights on a Saturday night. “It’s important to have people in the stands supporting racing, including local track racing, and you know, it’s tough because from where I’m at on the Cup side, I love the Saturday night races,” said Gordon. “It’s great for our schedule. The fans seem to like it. The sponsors seem to like it. So it’s a big, big plus in my opinion for what we do.” Meanwhile, Irwindale Speedway will be having the Formula D Drift 2005 Championship finale. Irwindale Speedway NASCAR drivers Todd Southwell and Andrew Phipps are not big fans of Saturday night Cup races. They see the Saturday showcases as uprooting the NASCAR fan base and discouraging potential drivers from developing their skills. “They’re basically eating their young,” said Southwell, a NASCAR Super Late Model driver at Irwindale Speedway. “The short track fans and drivers are their offspring. That’s what builds the whole fan base. That’s what builds the driver base – everything.” center_img When Jeff Gordon was younger and working his way up the auto-racing ranks, he would race Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Sometimes he would race every day of the week. The packed racing schedule didn’t bother Gordon, but with more NASCAR Nextel Cup races running on Saturday nights, some Los Angeles area short-track drivers, unlike Gordon, are a little annoyed, and are noticing a negative effect on attendance at their hometown tracks. last_img read more