Porteria brace props Ceres-Negros

first_imgOJ Porteria bagged a brace as Ceres-Negros turned back Stallion Laguna, 2-0, Wednesday night to keep its nine-point lead at the top of the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Aching to atone for a disappointing performance in a 0-2 defeat to JPV Marikina last Saturday, the Busmen relied on Porteria’s brilliance to increase its output to 35 points from 16 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Kaya-Iloilo continued to put pressure on Ceres after whipping JPV Marikina, 4-2, behind Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy’s hat trick at Iloilo Sports Complex.An own goal from Marikina defender Suzuki Tsubasa in the second minute triggered a perfect start for coach Noel Marcaida’s side, which has 26 points from 15 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe win extended Kaya’s lead to six points ahead of the Davao Aguilas in the race for second place, which will be rewarded with an AFC Cup playoff spot next year. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Strong Cignal sends message with second straight victory Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Djokovic lines up Anderson in Shanghai quarters

first_imgNovak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return shot to Marco Cecchinato of Italy during their men’s singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — Novak Djokovic earned partial revenge when he beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0 to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic saved both break points he faced on serve in the match and successfully broke Cecchinato’s serve on four of 11 offerings.Djokovic will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-heads. Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight sets in the Wimbledon final in July.Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1).Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4.Zverev will play 11th-seeded Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato.“I was making him play always an extra shot,” Djokovic said. “I was aggressive when I needed to be. The second set was perfect, really.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I wanted to start off well because I know that he battles hard and he makes you deserve every point, win every point.”Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he’s won 28 of his 30 matches. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. He’s bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LeBron, Lonzo take the floor together for first time View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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June Mar Fajardo sad to see Brian Heruela go, but hopes pal gets longer minutes at TNT

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It was a harmonious albeit polar partnership for the former University of Cebu Webmasters with Fajardo raking in two of his four MVPs in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 season while Heruela languished at the Beermen bench.San Miguel traded Heruela away with forward David Semerad and a 2020 first round pick to TNT for Terrence Romeo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFajardo admitted that he was sad to see his pla go but he’s aware that the PBA is a business and no one player has full control of his career.“At first I was sad because I’ve been teammates with him for so long,” said Fajardo after the Beermen’s practice Wednesday at Acropolis Clubhouse. “But it’s always been said that we really don’t control our destiny in basketball. Whatever your team is now, you should cherish your time with it.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I’m happy for him,” said Fajardo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Fajardo, though, is happy to Heruela go to a new team that could use his talent unlike in San Miguel where the 5-foot-10 point guard had to wait behind Alex Cabagnot, Von Pessumal, and Chico Lanete,Heruela played the least among the Beermen during the 2017-18 season with an average of 9.7 minutes per game, but Fajardo hoped that his buddy could have a better individual career with the KaTropa.“I think it’s better that he’s there because he can play longer,” said Fajardo.Blackwater chose Heruela as the 26th overall pick of the 2014 Draft but the diminutive point guard was quick to prove his worth as he put up 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in 25 games in his rookie season.These numbers caught the eye of Barako Bull, which then traded him to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lassiter on Romeo’s arrival: San Miguel style ‘not going to change for another player’ MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—College pals June Mar Fajardo and Brian Heruela time as teammates in the PBA has come to an end after three years.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Jayson Tatum scores 25, Kyrie Irving-less Celtics down lowly Cavs

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I told my wife I was a little anxious about it for sure sitting in my hotel room last night,” Hayward said. “Just thinking about how everything changed and where I was sitting a year ago from now. Just happy to try to find some perspective, I guess. Just happy that I was out there.”Rookie Collin Sexton scored 27 — but none in the fourth quarter — for the Cavs, who dropped to 3-20 since Dec. 19. Alec Burks, who has been linked to recent trade talks, added 21 for Cleveland. Larry Nance Jr. had 11 points and 12 rebounds.The struggling Cavs were still within 94-91 when Smart hit a pull-up jumper, and after a miss by Sexton, dropped a 3-pointer. Burks had a monster dunk and 3 to make it 101-96, but Tatum blocked a shot by Ante Zizic underneath and Tatum closed it out by making a pair of free throws with 1:35 remaining.Without Irving and starting forward Marcus Morris (sore right knee), the Celtics needed someone to pick up the scoring slack and make plays down the stretch, and Tatum came through at both ends.“We’re super confident with this lineup,” Tatum said. “We’re young, but we were very battle tested last year together in the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celtics coach Brad Stevens was sure the Cavs would give his team all it could handle.“Everybody just looks at records and makes assumptions that things are easy and they’re not,” Stevens said. “It’s hard to win. That team over there is playing hard. We were lucky to be where we were at halftime. You knew at the start of the third quarter it was going to be back and forth the rest of the way. ”TIP-INSCeltics: Irving has missed three of Boston’s four visits since the Cavs traded him. … Stevens said reserve center Aron Baynes (bruised foot) will be out through the All-Star break. He said Morris’ injury is not a “long-term” thing and it’s possible he’ll play Thursday. … F Daniel Theis was called for a rare, punching-the-ball violation while going after an offensive rebound in the fourth quarter.Cavaliers: F Cedi Osman missed his first game since rolling his right ankle on Saturday against Dallas. Osman averages 12.6 points. … Gs Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin have joined the Cavs but are not ready to play. They were acquired on Monday from Portland in the trade for F Rodney Hood.IRVING UPDATEStevens said Irving, who is averaging a team-high 23.8 points per game, may return on Thursday when Boston hosts LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, hours after the NBA’s trade deadline.“I would hope he would be able to go, but I don’t know for sure,” Stevens said. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”RACING ROOKIESexton came out in attack mode, scoring 18 points in the first half on 8-of-13 shooting. He cooled down after halftime and missed all five shots in the fourth quarter. Cavaliers: At Washington on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacers’ 3-point flurry buries Lakers in LeBron James’ worst loss Making his first visit to Cleveland since suffering a horrific broken left ankle in his debut for Boston in 2017, Hayward scored 18 points as the Celtics beat the Cavaliers 103-96 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory despite missing All-Star guard Kyrie Irving.A strained left hip prevented Irving from facing his former team, but Jayson Tatum helped make up for his absence with 25 points. Marcus Smart had 17 and Jaylen Brown finished with 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHayward came off the bench and made 9 of 14 shots and added six rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes. The 28-year-old admitted being nervous about coming back to where his leg grotesquely snapped as he jumped to catch a lob pass in his first game after signing as a free agent with the Celtics.His season was over in just five minutes, and Hayward was taken off the floor on a stretcher. 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If something happens it happens. I enjoy my time here and hopefully it keeps going.”PERFECT FORMTatum went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line and Boston didn’t miss any of its 14 attempts.“I was just looking to be aggressive and attack the rim from the beginning,” Tatum said. “It’s the easiest way to get points, getting to the line.”UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum (0) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Cleveland. Boston won 103-96. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Gordon Hayward finally got some closure at Quicken Loans Arena.He walked off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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We Must Address the Foreign Exchange Issue Now

first_imgWhy are we Liberians so timid a people?  As far back as the early 1990s anyone entering Nigeria, Ghana or Sierra Leone with United States dollars or any other foreign currency had to surrender everything being changed to the local currency.  And anyone who received a transaction in a foreign currency automatically had to surrender the entire amount, whatever it was, in the local currency.But we in Liberia seem to be blindly addicted to anything foreign, currencies included. So when it comes to making a  decision one way or the other, we cry, as though we are about to make a decision as painful as a mother giving birth.  For true?  Or is it simply   cowardice, or an unwillingness to swallow a bitter pill and get on with life?Senior Reporter Edwin Fayia’s story published in yesterday’s business column was alarming indeed. The prices of everything, including locally produced foods as well as transportation, are  skyrocketing due to the rapid decline in the value of our own currency, the Liberian dollar.    We know that the Central Bank Governor, along with others, contend that Liberia needs to be producing more goods to earn more foreign exchange.  True.  The cost of rubber is somewhat down right now, owing to instability in the global economy.  From over US$2,000 per ton a year or two ago, it is down to little over US$1,600.  Worse yet, only Firestone is buying farmers’ rubber right now. Neither Salala Rubber Company (SRC) nor Liberia Agriculture Company (LAC) is buying rubber from farmers as they used to do.  We also understand that due to the same difficult global economic situation, the iron ore companies are having difficulty bringing money into the country.  There are two other problems causing our foreign exchange woes.  A week ago someone sent us an article for publication alleging that one of the foreign companies to which government gave huge contracts for road construction   was busy shipping millions of United States dollars to Lebanon in suitcases and brief cases.  The writer found it extremely painful that the government would favor foreign companies over Liberians, but that these foreigners would show absolutely no appreciation to their benefactor, but would religiously ship the money they were paid out of the country.    He said he could not   understand how Liberians would continue to shoot themselves in the foot by allowing such a thing, when there was no other country in the world that would do this for Liberians.We could not publish that story because we were unsure of the facts.  But we honestly believe that the Central Bank of Liberia should investigate. Does the CBL know how much foreign exchange leaves the country daily and how?  We are told that many businesses no longer put their foreign exchange into the banks and that is one of the reasons for the shortage.  What has the CBL to say about this?Perhaps the biggest cause of our foreign exchange woes is that we consume what we do not grow.  Take our staple, rice.  Hundreds of millions are spent annually on the importation of rice.  And we have consistently refused to produce the meat we love so much.  Before the coup and before the war we grew our own chickens and eggs, our own pork.  Today most of these are imported.  A leading poultry producer told the Daily Observer a year ago that she no longer produces eggs because she could not face the competition posed by foreign importers.  Does the Agriculture Ministry know about this?  What is the Ministry doing about it? What incentives are being developed and implemented to encourage Liberian agricultural production?We have often lamented in this very column about the importation of vegetables from neighboring countries  with the identical soil type and rainfall as Liberia’s.  What are we doing to correct this?  Or are we surrendering to the status quo?Well, so long as we continue to adopt a philosophy of surrender, so long will we continue to suffer, and have no ones to blame but ourselves. 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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New Insurance Company to Invest US$1M Here

first_imgEquity Assurance Liberia Limited, a Nigerian-based insurance company, has pledged to invest US$1 million in Liberia. The latest investment, according to insurance experts, will help boost the country’s struggling insurance industry because of its financial strength.The Liberian insurance sector is undercapitalized and largely divided and so with the coming in of stronger foreign insurance companies, many people here believe that most of the Liberian-own insurance companies will see reasons to form merger in order to compete. The coming of Equity Assurance Company Liberia brings the number of insurance companies in the country to 19.The coming of Equity Assurance Company to Liberia was planned for many months with the direct involvement of prominent Liberians including, former Liberian Ambassador to the US, Dr. Milton Nathaniel Barnes, who now chairs the Board of the company.Officially launched on 24th Street on Tuesday, April 8, Equity Assurance is set to provide insurance coverage for fire, business interruption, motor, and accident, marine, amongst many others.Business executives including bank officials and insurance sector stakeholders as well as foreign diplomats and other guests graced the ceremony.Speaking at the program, Equity Assurance Liberia Board Chair, Dr. Milton Nathaniel Barnes reminded Liberians and the business community that the insurance entity would be aggressive in its professional approaches.Barnes assured the public that his company has the expertise to offer and render professional services in Liberia and at the regional level in West Africa.Ambassador Barnes pointed out that the business outfit would also concentrate its outreach strategies in all parts of the country in terms of coverage and settlement of claims.“We are here to stay and do business with all Liberians and the business community in the country,” he assured.He also pledged that that Equity Assurance Company Liberia would strive to make a big difference in its operations in the country.In a special statement, Nigeria envoy to Liberia Madam Chigozie F-obi Nnadozie, reminded Liberians that her Nigeria and Liberia have done a lot of professional collaborations over years.Ambassador Nnadozie urged Liberians and the business community in the country to take advantage of the new insurance company’s offers for development, growth and progress of their respective entities in Liberia.The Nigerian envoy thanked the planners and organizers of Equity Assurance Company Liberia for engaging the insurance industry in a bid to assist Liberians, foreign business entities and others in the country.For his part, the Managing Director and CEO of Equity Assurance Company Liberia Ishola Akintunde said the insurance entity was entering the market to deliver professional and reliable services to all Liberians and businesses in the country.“We have entered the insurance market to make a difference in the settlement of claims, services and business engagements that would be of immense benefits to all Liberian businesses and foreign business entities in the country,” CEO Akintunde maintained.He also admonished Liberian small business owners, private business entities and Liberians in general to take advantage of the services being offered by the newly established insurance company for development in the country.In remarks, the Director of Banking and Supervision Services at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Marcus Ogun welcomed Equity Assurance Company Liberia to the insurance industry in the country.Director Ogun also urged the managers of the newly established insurance company to offer products that would reasonably respond to the socio-economic conditions of Liberians and businesses in the country.He added that he was delighted to represent the CBL at the auspicious ceremony of the launch of the Equity Assurance Company Liberia that has entered the insurance industry at such a crucial period in post-war Liberia.Director Ogun revealed that the CBL has been working assiduously to bring the necessary reforms in the insurance industry in the country over the years. Equity Assurance has several branches in Nigeria and Ghana.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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Nimbaians Yearn for Ebola Treatment Center, Other Things

first_imgCitizens of Nimba have called on their government and its international partners, including WHO, to set up an Ebola testing center in that county, as the deadly Ebola virus rages on there.The Nimba citizens’ calls were made on a community radio talk show in Saclepea. They think that once this is done, the further spread of the disease would be curtailed and it would also minimize casualties, as most patients are brought down to Monrovia for treatment.They argued that if a center with all facilities, including testing, is created in Nimba, especially Ganta, it would be very quick and easy to get someone treated and stop the virus from spreading to another person.Since the outbreak, over 75 persons had died in Nimba County with most of the victims coming Ganta.Nearly all the suspected, probable and confirmed cases had been kept in their homes in the community they lived,  something that is causing terrible frustration among the citizens. The holding site in Ganta is yet to be completed, over a  month since work started on it, at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital’s eye clinic.Over the weekend, suspected Ebola patients as well as bodies of victims have been littering the streets of Ganta,  owing to the lack of facilities  to host them and protected people to bury the bodies. “We learned from the awareness team that Ebola can be cured if the person starts  immediate treatment, but how can the person get cured if it takes days or a week before the person is tested and transferred,” asked Menkalo Zuo, one of the callers.Recently, the Nimba County Authority disburses US$100, 000 from the County Development Funds for the procurement of motorbikes for local authorities to speed up the awareness within their districts of control, while some portions of the funding were given to township commissioners, district commissioners, city mayors as well as media houses to speed up the sensitization process throughout the county.  But  the callers argued that  the authorities were long on sensitization short on  responses and treatment of those affected.In the latest development, the virus over the weekend claimed the lives of an ambulance driver of the Saclepea Comprehensive Health Center and the Principal of Faith Academy High School in Ganta; while on last Tuesday morning, September 9, 2014 one of the Catholic classroom teachers identified as Alfred Slelikpo died from what was  believed to a probable Ebola Case.The lack of a center in Ganta is posing problems for the local authority.  On that same  Tuesday morning, a very sick man who was believed to have travelled from Bassa was seen  lying in the Palava Hut at the Ganta City Mayor’s office.He was said to have arrived in  an unknown car when he was rejected in the town called Bayleglay, where he had earlier gone to seek herbs.“If there were available treatment, this man would not have been lying here like this,” said the City Mayor Cooper.Although, his family was making some efforts to take him somewhere until the arrival of the medical team, up to press time he was still lying helplessly in the palava hut.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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Five Health Workers, Clinic Honored for Lifesaving Work

first_imgAssistant Minister of Youth and Sports, V. Murvee Gray, over the weekend honored five health workers and a health center for their exemplary contributions in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on Sunday, October 26.The honorees reside on 12th Street and the health center, God’s Grace Laboratory Clinic, is also located on 12th Street Sinkor, Monrovia.Those who received the first-of-its-kind certificate of appreciation were:  Mr. Zazay S. Yekey, officer-in-charge and Physician Assistant and Madam Alice D. Kollie, midwife, both from the God’s Grace Medical Laboratory Clinic; Siafa Gibson, operation room’s nurse of the SDA Cooper Hospital; Mrs.  Roseline N. Ballah, a Registered Nurse at the Liberian Red Cross Dead Body Management Department and Madam Melvina Williams, a Registered Nurse and midwife of the James N. Davis Memorial Hospital.Presenting their certificates, Minister Gray said the initiative is aimed to honor the lifesaving work of health workers in Liberia, but especially those who are residing in his community.“We could not be more thrilled than appreciating our health workers amidst the decline of the Ebola virus and we are happy to at least honor the first five of many dedicated health workers in our community for sacrificing their lives to save lives,” the longest senior Sports Minister said.Minister Gray said program was his initiative to celebrate the health profession and the exceptional healthcare professionals for their contributions to society.In response, Mrs. Ballah thanked Mr. Gray for the appreciation and urged other public officials to emulate his example.The 12th Street Sinkor Community leader, Michael Wilson also expressed his satisfaction for the honor and described health workers as heroes.Minister Gray’s initiative comes after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf honored 15 prominent Liberians for their exemplary contributions to Liberia and humanity over the years.They included former Vice Chairman of the Transitional Government of Liberia, Ambassador Wesley Momo Johnson, the granddaughter of former President Hilary R.W Johnson, Madam Catherine E. Johnson, Madam Theresa Leigh Sherman, Madam Joanna Coleman George, Madam Lucretia Jeneba Thomas, Madam Patricia N.C Logan and Mr. William T. Bruce Sr.The rest were the Very Reverend Emmanuel W. Johnson, Mr. William Wu, Hon. T. Edward Liberty, Mr. Samuel Mitchell, Mr. Gabriel N. Wilson, Brigadier General Richard K. Wright, Madam Lusu Klubo Sloan, Mr. Jackson M. Suah, Mr. Aaron Loila and Rev. Samuel Kpadia.She also bestowed posthumous honors on Ugandan doctor, Sam Mutooro Muhumuza, and all other health workers affected by Ebola while discharging their duties in Liberia, along with the World Health Organization.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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Nyonblee Cares Foundation Making Headway in Bassa

first_imgThe Nyonblee Cares Foundation, a non-political but purely humanitarian organization, is said to be making headway in Grand Bassa County as it has embarked on a project called “Stop the Spread of Ebola”.Speaking to the Daily Observer in Grand Bassa County, the project coordinator of “Stop the Spread of Ebola,” Abba G. Karnga, Jr., disclosed that the foundation helps vulnerable people, promotes education youth activities and gives scholarships to needy students at all levels in private schools.Mr. Karnga said the foundation focuses on adult literacy in Buchanan, and social activities in all levels of schools, without discrimination.  It also promotes a fear-reduction campaign and case identification.He pointed out that the foundation has currently joined other organizations to fight against the spread of Ebola. In this vein, the foundation has been donating Ebola preventive materials, food, sacks of water, and other supplements to affected communities and families including.  It also engages in counseling.The foundation continues to set up hand washing points in various overcrowded communities in Buchanan and its environs, said Mr. KarngaHe names the communities where the hand washing points are as Open Bible, Korduah, Dirt Hole, Biafra, Sawmill, Jerko Town, Central and Upper Buchanan, Gorzohn and the Liberian government hospital. He advised the recipients to make maximum use of the items in order to help curtail the spread of Ebola.  Some of the items also reach various quarantine centers to support inmates during the 21-day observation so they can survive.He urged other humanitarian organizations and good will personalities to help fight the deadly Ebola virus and stop politicizing the situation as people are dying.The recipients separately commended the Nyonblee Cares Foundation for the gestures and prayed that other humanitarian organizations and good will persons would emulate the good examples of the foundation to assist the affected people and communities so that the deadly Ebola virus will be eradicated from Liberian.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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Freddie Kissoon is “politically nasty”

first_imgDear Editor,I pen this letter in response to Frederick Kissoon’s column that was published in Kaieteur News on Friday, July 13, 2018, captioned, “One of the deadly sins of this country”. Subsequent to its publication, I spent some time contemplating whether I should reply or ignore Kissoon, given his unrepentant attitude on the false and malicious accusations he made against me, which resulted in me having to sue him some years ago.In his column, Kissoon decried what he sees as civil society officials and politicians objecting to, and being subjected to, public criticisms, and the many times he was sued for libel. He named me and other persons as being guilty of what he described as “One of the deadly sins of this country”.While I don’t intend to challenge Kissoon on his thesis of what constitute “deadly sins” in Guyana, I will not allow him to get away with his self-serving, self-righteous position when he claimed to be a victim of unwarranted lawsuit for libel.In my case, I took him to court not in pursuit of money or to silence his public criticism. Instead, I did so to give Kissoon the opportunity to produce, for the benefit of the nation, the evidence/information which he claimed to have obtained, which he said linked me to a secret meeting with gunmen in Buxton.Equally important is that what transpired at the time must be seen in the context of the deadly killing spree in the country, and the fact that Kissoon’s false accusation against me was contained in one of a series of articles which he was commissioned to do for the PPP for a price.Those articles were published in the state-owned Guyana Chronicle. This forced me to conclude that Kissoon had become a willing agent of the state, and was involved in a conspiracy to do me harm, politically and otherwise. It is only in Kissoon’s warped mind that his hostile and nasty attacks on me were not matters to be tested in a court of law.Kissoon has the habit, when it suits his purpose, to pretend that he doesn’t know right from wrong; and, as usual, he seeks to hide under deception, and opportunistically invokes generalisation in order to cover his nakedness. In this instance, he sought to give the impression that all libel suits against him were in the category of unwarranted acts, and were the actions of persons who disliked being criticised. As far as Kisson is concerned, none of those cases was justified outside his self-serving construct.It is public knowledge that he and I, over the years, have had numerous exchanges in the letter columns of the newspapers, and many of those polemics were not friendly. On every occasion that I was forced to engage Kissoon, it was as a result of his vile attacks on me for something I had written, or that he claimed I had done. None of those matters, except for the one mentioned above, ever reached the courts.I submit here that Kissoon at times behaves like the proverbial “school bully”, who picks a fight but doesn’t want to feel the pain from the encounter.My position has been, and continues to be, that political activists, including me, must be subjected to public criticisms. I have, on many occasions in the past, publicly defended citizens’ right to freedom of expression, whether or not I agreed with their position. I have also defended my detractors’ right to criticise me; my only concern is that, after they have done so, my right to respond to them is upheld. The record will show that I stand firmly by this conviction.I, however, believe that in public polemics, there must be limits. Very often, Freddie Kissoon, more than any other writer/commentator in Guyana, crosses the “line” and deliberately commits libel.It is my strongly held belief — and I therefore submit that, in my case, he has been, and continues to be, politically nasty, and in the process has set out to have me jailed or killed. In Kissoon’s crooked politics, that is fair game once he is the offender, but when he becomes the victim, he shouts and screams.Yours sincerely,Tacuma Ogunseyelast_img read more

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