The United States Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Deborah Malac, has disclosed that her government is committed to seeing a world where human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons are realized.While there is distance left to travel to make the world a [a better place], the United States pledges to be a partner with Liberia in that journey to remove the stigma of Ebola and HIV/AIDS and to ensure justice for people to travel.“There is need to empower women and girls, and promote the rights of persons with disabilities and this will amount to global human rights and freedom that everyone envisages,” said Ambassador Malac in her New Year’s message to Liberia.“My wish for all Liberians in 2015 and beyond is to continue to build upon the progress we have made and the challenges we have faced in the past year. Let us continue to work to prevent new Ebola infections, to strengthen our partnerships, and to increase our respect for all members of society as one people.”The US diplomat noted that the Government of the United States is proud to partner with the people and Government of Liberia to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa, due to the progress it has seen in the past few months.However, she cautioned that the battle is not yet won and called on the general public to exert all efforts in ensuring that Ebola is eradicated. According to her, with the support of the United Nations, civil society, and international partners, the people of Liberia must stay committed to stemming new Ebola infections and preventing new outbreaks throughout the country.She said the full-fledged international response to the Ebola crisis has created new partnerships between government, civil society and various institutions since the outbreak of the epidemic. She urged the people of Liberia to continue this worthy partnership during the post Ebola period. The US ambassador further disclosed that, “We hope these health-related partnerships continue to flourish and strengthen in 2015 and beyond into a post-Ebola Liberia so that men, women, and children have access to regular and safe healthcare.”The US ambassador added that, “Together we can eliminate Ebola from Liberia and her neighboring countries; getting this done is everybody’s business.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Crucially, though, is that he provides the much-needed drive from midfield that Spurs can utilise to ease the burden on Dembele. The Belgian has re-established himself as a vital member for the north London side this term, dictating play in the middle of the park. Indeed, Dembele boasts the best dribble success rate (92.2%) in Europe’s top five leagues this season of the 388 players to attempt 50 or more dribbles. Coincidentally, Diarra features second on that list (84.1%).Like Dembele, though, Diarra’s game is not focused primarily on bringing the ball forward. Having developed a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘tackling’, the Marseille man is also capable of carrying out the necessary defensive duties to help ease pressure on the defence, with Diarra making three tackles per league game. With Spurs’ return to the Champions League confirmed, upgrades are required in certain areas of the pitch and midfield is one of the priorities.Given his experience and leadership qualities, Diarra could well be seen as the ideal signing for a Spurs side that boasts the youngest squad in the league.For more stats on Lassana Diarra, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Without Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele through suspension, Mauricio Pochettino’s side lacked the panache that saw them earn their title contender tag earlier in the season. Ryan Mason was called in to cover for Dembele, but the England international failed to have the desired impact with his WhoScored.com rating (5.98) the worst of all outfielders on show at White Hart Lane.Many feel midfield is one of the first ports of call required for Spurs to strengthen this summer – along with another striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane – with Marseille star Lassana Diarra once again linked with a switch to White Hart Lane.The Frenchman has been courted by Spurs in previous transfer windows but they could finally land the midfielder this summer. In what has been a wholly disappointing season for Marseille – the Ligue 1 side currently sit 13th in France’s top tier – chances are a number of key players will depart the Velodrome for pastures new at the end of the season.Michy Batshuayi and Steve Mandanda are set for moves away from L’OM with Diarra tipped to follow the duo out of the exit door. The 31-year-old may have struggled with injury this term, but has been crucial when available. Diarra has a better WhoScored.com rating (7.32) than any other Marseille player this season, with the French side winning a considerably greater proportion of games with him starting (33.3%) than without (15.4%). 3 3 Lassana Diarra could be on his way out of Marseille this summer 3 Football stats experts WhoScored.com assess the merits of a rumoured Tottenham target. For more football statistics, check out WhoScored.com‘s excellent website.Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Southampton on Sunday highlighted one of their major flaws this season – failing to hold on to winning positions.It was revealed that Spurs have thrown away the most points (20) from winning positions in the Premier League this season.Seven of those have come in the last three Premier League outings as Spurs’ hopes of a top-two finish rely on them beating struggling Newcastle in the final game of the season.The loss to Saints again highlighted Spurs’ lack of strength in depth and their need to invest in the summer.