Coach of promoted Maverley-Hughenden Anthony Patrick is hoping to add some ‘killer’ players to the team for the new year. Patrick was hired to replace Lijyasu Simms three weeks ago. At that point, Maverley-Hughenden were flirting with relegation in tenth position on 13 points from 14 games. Three games later, they have improved to seventh position on 20 points from 17 games. Since Patrick, who saved Waterhouse from relegation last term, crossed the road to neighbouring Maverley, the team has won twice and drawn once. “We are looking to add some young players to the squad during the upcoming January transfer window,” Patrick told The Gleaner following his team’s 1-1 draw against Harbour View on Wednesday in the final round for this year. “We want to have some ‘killer’ players coming from the bench. The plan is to add young quality players in all areas. We have quality players, but it is important to have a strong bench,” he informed. Patrick said that on arrival at Maverley, he told the players that the plan was to end the second round with at least 17 more points. “I told the players that we want to aim for at least 17 points from eight games, and we have achieved seven in three games. So, with five more games remaining in the second round, we are on target,” Patrick, who is also coach of St Catherine High in the Manning Cup schoolboy competition, added. When quizzed as to the difference in the team, he responded: “It is about self-belief. The players believe in me and I believe in them. I will continue to instill confidence in the players. The work ethic of the team is stepping up. However, we don’t want to push ourselves too much at this point.” Maverley-Hughenden will next face second-place-Tivoli Gardens (32 points) on January 4. “We will have more time to prepare for the next game against Tivoli and be ready for them,” Patrick concluded. ON TARGET
Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’Judge Willie AlarmsJudge Roosevelt Willie, the president of the National Association of Trial Judges of Liberia (NATJL), said on yesterday that the continued denial by the government to pay retirement pension and benefit to judges has left most of them who have retired to live in abject poverty and disgrace.Willie, also Resident Judge of Criminal Court ‘A’ at the Temple of Justice, delivered his charge yesterday during the opening of Criminal Courts, A, B, C, D and wondered aloud, “It is very disheartening and frustrating for professionals like us to serve our country for all our lifetime and after reaching the retirement age of 70, live in abject poverty and disgrace.”Willie’s assertion comes just days after another retired Associate Justice Gladys K. Johnson sued the government for refusing to pay her legal and factual pensions and benefits, since August 2016, up to and including the filing date of her Petition of Writ of Mandamus before the Supreme Court.Mandamus is a “Special proceeding to obtain a writ requiring the respondents to perform an official duty.”Speaking to his audience that included Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor, judges, lawyers as well as party litigants, Willie explained that once a judge was to be retired his or her allowances cease to exist.“The monthly allowances of US$5,000 for judges and US$2,000 for magistrates and the 135 or 40 gallons of fuel as well as the quarterly scratch cards (GSM) and some funds for entertainment, including vehicles are all cut-off by the government,” the criminal court judge disclosed.The NATJL president was frank yesterday to inform his audience that judges were receiving Liberian dollar LD$7,500 as monthly retirement benefits, likewise magistrates were taking LD$4,000, which is 50% of their take-home pay.Explaining the ordeal of some judges, Willie said, Judge William Ware, who was retired few years back, could not live on the LD$7,500 monthly retirement benefit with his family, and because of that stressful situation he died.“During his period of sickness, it was the association that was catering to his medical bills, even until he died,” the criminal court judge recollected.He also explained that another retired Judge, Friday Nah of the Debt Court in Sinoe County, has suffered from stroke and, because of the poor retirement benefits, the NATJL was also caring for his welfare.Besides Nah, Willie said, Judge Amy Musu Jones is also sick and cannot even walk and that the association is also caring for her wellbeing and welfare.To ensure that judges get their just retirement benefits, Willie told the gathering about their engagement with the Legislative and Executive Branches to see reason to enact the appropriate laws in that direction.“But, our plight for retirement benefits over the years continue to fall on deaf ears and have yielded no fruitful results,” the criminal court judge declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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