Palm Beach County previously led the state of Florida with the most coronavirus deaths, but now Miami-Dade County has more deaths after the Florida Health Department announced that 48 additional fatalities were reported in one day in the state to reach a total of 419.Palm Beach County had reported 79, Miami-Dade spiked to 84 deaths, compared with 66 Thursday and 74 Friday morning. Broward County went from 67 coronavirus deaths to 72.Indian River County reported its first fatality on Friday morning. Martin County reported 3 deaths. St. Lucie County has remained at 6 since Thursday with Okeechobee not having any fatalities.There are a total of 17,968 cases in the state as of Friday.Miami-Dade County leads with 6,300 positive cases, and Broward County is second with 2,679 cases. Palm Beach County has 1,431 cases.
Ghana has a rich history of sporting scandals that have brought disgrace to the nation at international level.We’ve profiled some of the most notorious of them (click here to read), but what all of them have had in common is how successive governments have failed to punish culprits for political expediency.Politics pervades every aspect of Ghanaian society, and to think a sector as politically lucrative as sports will be spared represents the height of naiveté.Sports is an instrument of political influence which is used in diverse ways to further the cause of political entities. The phenomenon is hardly limited to Ghana or Africa. The difference, however, is the level of abuse which ultimately result in disgrace and shame for the country.A lot of decisions in Ghana sports are tainted with political considerations to the detriment of the sector. The shame at Brazil 2014, when Ghana airlifted more than $3 million for Black Stars players and officials, and indeed the other tournaments could have been avoided had laid down structures been allowed to work.Now that the nation is reeling from yet another one in the shape of the Australia visa scandal, where investigations have started into how dozens of Ghanaians tried to illegally exploit the just-ended Commonwealth Games for their own ends, can we trust the President to finish what he’s started? How we dealt with Brazil – a reminderThe outrage after the Brazil 2014 airlifting fiasco was palpable for two reasons: the GFA/Black Stars players seeming lack of patriotism and the political dealings which contributed to a botched football campaign. The Justice Dzamefe Presidential commission of Inquiry was instituted by a Constitutional Instrument (CI 82) to, among other things, look into the preparation of the Black Stars and the lapses that culminated in Ghana’s early exit from the tournament.For four months the commission sat. It interviewed 87 witnesses, and presented a report to the President, a further two months later. Then President, John Mahama, promised to work on the recommendations, but that promise was received with skepticism. Failure to sack Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, the man under whose watch the entire World Cup saga unfolded did the government of the day and the country a huge disservice.Long story short, the John Mahama administration issued a White Paper on the Dzamefe Commission report, locked and forgot about it. By December 2016 when his government were voted out, the report was but a memory. Can Akufo-Addo be trusted to crack the whip?The ruling administration has pontificated protection of the public purse by rooting out corruption, with the newly appointed Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu as its poster boy. Nana Akufo-Addo is a man who has long had a reputation for being intolerant towards corruption.It was no surprise that his first response to the latest shame at the Commonwealth Games in Australia was to suspend the Deputy Sports Minister Pius Hadzide.President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Ben Nunoo Mensah; the Board Chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Kwadwo Baah Agyeman, and the Chef-de-Mission for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Mohammed Sahnoon were recalled from the Games to assist the Criminal Investigation Department in a probe.Ordinarily the President’s response should inspire confidence of an end to this canker, and although some have lauded the move, many more still are skeptical. I’m one of those who is not overly excited by the suspension of Hadzide, at least until the Police CID conclude their investigations and the real culprits, which include people from the sports ministry and the NSA, have been made to face the full rigours of the law. We’ve been here beforeThe Kufuor administration prosecuted and jailed Mallam Issah, then sports minister, in 2001.The conspiracy theories vary depending on who’s speaking. What is clear was that Mallam Issah was not ‘one of their own’. He was a member of the People’s National Convention (PNC) and was co-opted into the NPP administration under the President’s all-inclusive government policy, which also saw the CPP’s Dr. Papa Kwesi Nduom made Energy and Public Sector Reform Minister.Issah has always maintained his innocence and insists he was framed by elements within the Kufuor administration with the connivance of the then President.The John Mahama administration moved Elvis Afriyie Ankrah from the sports ministry to the presidency when Ankrah was implicated by the Dzamefe Commission, a move which afforded him a safe haven. It shielded him from being dealt with by the law. Worlanyo Agra, implicated in a probe into stinking money guzzling in 2011, continues to walk a free man despite been culpable for several breaches of the country’s procurement laws.The President’s current response is consistent with what we’ve seen in recent years. The various political regimes tend to shield ‘their own’ in matters like these.If there’s a reason Ghana continues to be the subject of ridicule and shame on the global stage it is because successive governments have failed to crack the whip when situations have called for it.A missed opportunity The President will look back at an utterance he made in January and admit it was a grave error.At the Presidential Encounter, Asempa FM’s Patrick Osei-Agyeman (aka Countryman Songo) asked the head of state what he planned to do about the World Cup’s Commission of Inquiry report.“I have forgotten about the 2014 paper…it has not been very much on my radar,” the president confessed. With the current nonsense from Australia threatening to mar his zero tolerance of corruption quest, Nana Addo will be the first to admit that, perhaps, implementing the recommendations of the Dzamefe Commission would have forestalled this visa scandal.Implementation of the recommendations made by the Dzamefe Commission, one of many from the several scandals the country has been engulfed in, would have inspired confidence in the actions by his excellency today, in response to Ghana’s latest shame. At the moment it looks like business as usual…until those found culpable stand in the witness box of a law court to prove their innocence. If it’s some of ‘their own’, that would be massive political points for the regime.But they never touch their own, do they?—
0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger shakes hands with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (2nd L)MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 29-Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes he can emulate Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger by coaching into his late 60s.Mourinho will face his old rival Wenger for the last time in an Arsenal match when the Gunners visit Old Trafford on Sunday. Mourinho’s longest managerial stint at any club was his first spell at Chelsea, which lasted for three years and three months.He spent three years at Real Madrid and two years each at Porto, Inter Milan and in a second spell at Stamford Bridge.Wenger is 68 and will step down at the end of the season after almost 22 years with the Gunners.Asked if he could emulate the Frenchman’s longevity, Mourinho said: “For sure. I will have to change clubs because you (media) don’t allow me to stay here!“I would see myself doing it but the new concept of media, social media, the pundit industry, the way people can express and influence the opinion, it is too much pressure – not just for the manager – but also for the club.“It is impossible for someone to resist for a long time, especially without any kind of success. “To stay a manager, to have four or five years to try to get a trophy and to improve the team, I don’t think you allow that any more.”But the Portuguese reckons he can stay at United longer than his other clubs after confessing his days of itchy feet are over.“I think so. At other clubs, I was already thinking ‘what next?’” he admitted.“I had things I really wanted to do – I had to go to Italy, I had to go to Spain.“At this moment, there isn’t anything around the corner and I don’t want to do anything different to what I am doing now.”Mourinho has won trophies since his time at Porto, but he is convinced he is a better manager now than ever.– More mature –“Yes, until the point you lose your motivation, you keep improving,” he added.“So yes, in every way. My passion for the job is the same and my sense of responsibility and emotional control (is better). I am much more mature too.“At every level – training, matches, relationships with players – it feels like everything is deja vu.“It is very rare now there is something in my professional life that I am surprised with or I don’t know how to react to. So, the more experience, the better you are.”Mourinho points to the example of Jupp Heynckes to back up his theory.At 72, Heynckes returned to manage Bayern Munich last October for a third spell in charge after being retired for four years following 32 years in management.“You have the example now of Mr Heynckes. He was retired, playing with his grandchildren, and suddenly he comes back and he is even better than before,” said Mourinho.As for Wenger, Mourinho has had many confrontations with the Frenchman but admitted his rival’s “Invincibles” team from 2003-04, who were undefeated as they romped to the Premier League title, made him a better coach.“I am going to remember him as a big opponent, as the manager of the Invincibles – the Invincibles I met when I arrived in the country in 2004, the Invincibles that made me a better coach. That is the way I would remember him,” he added.Mourinho is also convinced Wenger will continue in management.“I don’t think he will end his career. Until I have different information, he is only going to end his career as Arsenal manager,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)