All-Filipino TNT topples Meralco behind Castro, Romeo

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—TNT didn’t need an import to escape Meralco, 92-90, in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.The KaTropa, who sent home underforming import Mike Glover, improved to 1-1 after losing to NLEX in their first game, 103-90, while the Bolts dropped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH duel vs China ‘just another game’ for debuting Clarkson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Durham had another 20-20 mark of 27 points and 22 rebounds to go along eight assists for the Bolts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo connected in the game’s most crucial plays that allowed the KaTropa to take a massive sigh of relief after the earlier minutes of a tumultuous fourth quarter.With Niño Canaleta guarding him on the right wing, Castro drove to the paint and kicked the ball to the open Romeo, who drilled a three that gave TNT a 90-85 lead with 18.2 seconds left to cap the KaTropa’s 8-0 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It was also Castro who tied the game at 85 with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:42 left to play.TNT head coach Nash Racela said rebounding became their priority in the final two minutes after seeing Meralco import Allen Durham dominate the boards. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments “Durham was really imposing himself in the fourth quarter and getting a lot off offensive rebounds so during the timeout what we talked about was end every defensive possession with a rebound,” said Racela. “And I think we did that in the last two possessions.”Troy Rosario was able to take Chris Newsome’s miss and that defensive board that led to Castro’s game-tying three-point shot.And Castro once again got himself involved, this time on the defensive end when he stole the ball from Durham with 43 seconds left before dishing it out to Romeo for the clutch triple.Romeo finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, and 10 assists for TNT while Roger Pogoy had 19 points and five boards.Castro had 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists to add to the KaTropa’s tally while Rosario pitched in 13 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Boxers come through

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Phoenix posts No. 3; Ginebra scores Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Rogen Ladon dominated Tongdee Yuttapong of Thailand, scoring a 5-0 win in the men’s flyweight division on Friday afternoon to earn a crack at the country’s fifth gold medal and make up for the exit of two other Filipinos at Jakarta International Expo here.Light flyweight Carlo Paalam bid the tournament goodbye after a 2-3 loss to Amit of India, and middleweight Eumir Marcial fell to Uzbekistan’s Israil Madrimov via the same score to settle for bronze medals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I just followed my coach’s instructions, and that is to use the straights to my advantage,” said Ladon, an Olympian in Rio de Janeiro two years ago, after securing the country’s second silver. He suffered a cut on the nose bridge after an accidental head butt in the second round.He goes for the gold medal—and the country’s first in the sport since 2010 in Guangzhou—against Uzbekistan’s Jasurbek Latipov at 3:15 p.m. (PH time) on Saturday. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentscenter_img 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 MOST READ Latipov had a more difficult time disposing of his enemy from Kyrgyzstan, Azat Uzinaliev, who hung tough before taking a 4-1 defeat.Team Philippines will continue to improve in the overall medal standings because of Ladon’s sure silver, taking a four-gold, one-silver, 15-bronze tally into the final two days before the curtains fall on the Games participated in by 45 countries.“It will be an all-out war with Latipov,” Ronald Chavez, Ladon’s coach, said. “They are both southpaws.”The men’s basketball team tore Syria to shreds as expected, 109-55, to finish fifth—two rungs better than the previous Games in Incheon.Jordan Clarkson scored 29 points, Christian Standhardinger had 27 and 15 rebounds and two others tossed in twin digits for the squad, which will come home Sunday and start preparations for the Fiba Asia window matches against Iran and Qatar starting Monday.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs JAKARTA—Team Philippines can still have the slam-bang finish it wants in the 18th Asian Games, thanks to a boxer who shrugged off a bad start en route to a convincing semifinal victory.ADVERTISEMENT The country’s soft tennis bets in the men’s division also barged into the quarterfinals after 2-1 victories over Laos and Pakistan, while the women bowed out after 3-0 losses to China and Chinese Taipei.The men will take on Chinese Taipei in Saturday’s quarterfinals.Also in Palembang, Hermie Mascariñas and Ojay Fuentes made it to the finals of the 200-meter men’s canoeing doubles event, clocking 41.441 seconds to finish third in their heat behind China and Kazakhstan. The medal round is set at 10 a.m. (PH time) on Saturday.The women triathletes finished with a lot of fight but short of a medal, with reigning Southeast Asian queen Kim Mangrobang and charming Filipino-American Kim Kilgroe winding up seventh and ninth, respectively, also in Palembang.Mangrobang faded in the final 2.5 kilometers of the run leg, slowed down by 30-degree Celsius heat, and clocked two-hours, 5 minutes and 20 seconds. Kilgroe timed a minute and 37 seconds slower.Japanese Yuko Takahashi won in 1:59:29.Still, it was an improvement from Mangrobang’s ninth-place finish in Incheon.“Humid conditions affected her because she came from Portugal where the weather is cool,” coach Ani de Leon-Brown said.The women’s volleyball team bowed to Kazakhstan, 11-25, 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 14-16, and was relegated to the battle for seventh and eighth spots. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Fajardo rues timing of injury

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first_imgFajardo walked out of the Big Dome with a big boot encasing his right foot just minutes after San Miguel beat NLEX, 125-112, in its first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-10 center said his injury started way back in the Philippine Cup but the fracture did not manifest immediately and it was after the wear and tear in the Commissioner’s Cup that it fully developed.“There’s a crack on the bone so the shin has to be rested, no activities whatsoever and during the first week I just hung out in my bed room only leaving to eat,” said Fajardo, who has started to do core exercises.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo watches behind the Beermen’s bench as his team plays against NLEX in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFate couldn’t have dealt June Mar Fajardo a worse card than this.After knowing better not to involve himself in the brawl against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Fajardo was a virtual lock for the next window in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Clock ticks as Guiao prepares PH team for Fiba qualifiers Fajardo was just one of the four players that weren’t given Fiba suspensions—the other three were Gabe Norwood, Baser Amer, and Allein Maliksi—but fate intervened and handed the amiable giant a fracture in his right shin.The injury would leave Fajardo out of action for two months, effectively erasing any hope that he would play against Iran and Qatar, and the reigning four-time PBA MVP is nowhere near happy of his current predicament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It’s very unfortunate because this is fourth window and I won’t be able to play,” said Fajardo in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Of course, I will miss playing and I’ll be out of the window but I won’t be able to do anything about it because I can’t force any movement on it and that’s the advise of the doctor.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Cost of 2020 Tokyo Olympics ceremonies up 40 percent

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first_imgLOOK: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In this Feb. 12, 2019, photo, a worker walks past one of construction sites for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent according to numbers released by the organizing committee. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — The price of the opening and closing ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has risen about 40 percent.Toshiro Muto, the chief executive of the games, told executive committee members on Friday the cost for the ceremonies would be capped at 13 billion yen, about $118 million. Tokyo estimated that cost at 9.1 billion yen — about $82 billion — in 2013 when it was awarded the games.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 2020 PLAY LIST 02:26Hidilyn Diaz on pace for Tokyo 202001:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the increase, Muto said the privately funded operating budget of 600 billion yen — about $5.5 billion — would be unchanged. He said there was a reserve fund for such increases.“Using London Olympics spending as a model, this is the minimum we need to spend to get the job done,” Muto said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOverall, Tokyo is spending at least $20 billion to ready the city for the Olympics. Excluding the operating budget, the rest comes from the national, city, and regional governments.Mansai Nomura, a renowned actor in traditional Japanese theater, is the chief creative director for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless in Madrid as Atletico beats Juventus

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first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Juventus at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID— Atletico Madrid’s vaunted center-back pairing finally got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday, even providing the goals after holding their long-time rival scoreless for once.In a match where Atletico had more trouble with video review than Ronaldo, the Spanish team kept the Portugal star in check but had to overcome two key VAR decisions to defeat Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of the Champions League’s round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT “We hope the VAR keeps improving and helping make things right, but do you really believe that a person who is 1.87-meters tall can fall that way in a game action like the one with Morata?” said Simeone, who celebrated his team’s first goal with an obscene gesture and could face UEFA sanctions.The hosts dominated after an even first half at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, and both Costa and Antoine Griezmann missed clear scoring chances before Gimenez found the net after getting to a loose ball inside the area in the 78th and Godin added to the lead with an angled volley in the 83rd after defenders failed to fully clear a free kick cross by Griezmann. The shot seemed to take a slight deflection off Ronaldo, who was the closest player to Godin but wasn’t able to block the effort.“Luckily we were able to overcome the calls that went against us with the VAR,” Godin said. “It was a great result, scoring twice and not conceding, but we will have to be prepared for the final 90 minutes in Turin.”Ronaldo was loudly booed when his name was announced before the match, and he drew even louder jeers from the Atletico crowd when he prompted the game to be interrupted because he remained on the ground after getting his foot stepped on later in the first half.Ronaldo almost scored when his long-range free kick forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a difficult save in the ninth minute. He had another attempt with a deflected shot a few minutes later, but didn’t come close to the Atletico goal again until a late header sailed over the crossbar.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Central defenders Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin scored late to give Atletico the win, after the hosts had a penalty kick taken away and a goal disallowed by VAR.Ronaldo, jeered nearly every time he touched the ball, had a quiet performance in his first match in the Spanish capital since leaving Real Madrid last summer. He came close to scoring with a booming shot from a free kick less than 10 minutes into the match, but had few opportunities after that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHeavily marked from the start, Ronaldo wasn’t able to add to his good record against the old rival, which he helped eliminate in four straight seasons in the Champions League while playing for Real Madrid.Atletico had a first-half penalty reversed by VAR after it determined that Diego Costa was fouled outside the area, and the referee also consulted video replays on the pitchside monitor before disallowing a second-half goal by Alvaro Morata for a push on Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “Ronaldo played a good match, he is used to this type of match,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “The entire team had a letdown in the second half. It’s a lesson we need to learn going into the return match.”Ronaldo had not played in Madrid since joining Juventus in a blockbuster transfer at the end of last season. He had played with Real Madrid for nearly a decade, leading the Spanish powerhouse to four Champions League titles in five seasons, including in the last three.Entering Wednesday’s match, Ronaldo had scored 22 goals in 31 matches against Atletico in all competitions. In the Champions League, he helped Madrid beat Atletico in two finals (2014 and 2016), one quarterfinal (2015) and one semifinal (2017). He had scored four goals in six Champions League games against the city rival.Atletico Madrid is back in the round of 16 after failing to make it out of the group stage last season.Juventus was runner-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017. Last year, it was eliminated by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in the quarterfinals.This year’s Champions League final will be played at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 76ers center Joel Embiid out a week with sore left knee Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 View commentslast_img read more

Dimeh Women Prioritize Culture

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first_imgCelebrating and conserving our culture is a way of life for many of our people. Even though many say the practice of culture has totally vanished from Liberia, while Western values have eaten up the soil of Liberia and Africa at large. For these reasons, there are many Liberian children who do not understand their culture and the way of life of their ancestors.Unlike many towns around Liberia, Dimeh Town in the Dowen District of Bomi County, has vowed to make culture a top priority in their community, noting that the way of their fathers cannot be forgotten.It was revealed by the Chairlady of the Town, Madam Janet Rogers that the community has been practicing its culture since they were born and took over from the elder people they met there.She noted that before a child becomes a matured man or woman, they are trained in the ways of their fore-fathers.“Our main expression of our culture here is dancing, so all the women in this town —one way or the other— know how to dance. Their Cultural education has nothing to do with their Western Education. We make it our duty to teach them our culture before they become old enough to go to school,” she explained.She said out of appreciation to their culture, the women of Dimeh founded a women’s dance troupe to entertain visitors during important occasions and ceremonies.She said the masked dancer known as “the Country Devil” will wear a white clothe signifying Purity and togetherness.“Because of the way we have treated our culture in this part of the country, we have had international guest from all parts of the world come and talk to us about how we respect our culture,” Madam Rogers explained.“When our culture is practiced in the midst of a certain group of people, there is much more love and unity than expected. Our children know the meaning of respect and they know what it means to be obedient,” she said.Madam Rogers explained that girls in the Sande bush no longer spend a long amount of time there. “The bush only opens when the girls close their regular schooling activities. We decided it should be that way so that the girls would not get distracted from regular Western school,” she said.However, she said the community would continue to attach values and respect to its cultural heritage.Like other Women performing on the ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of the late Bai T. Moore, 4 year old Bendu Sonnie, beautifully danced to one of the native songs that was sung in the Vai dialect.According to onlookers around, little Bendu has been a part of the cultural team for almost a year. It was revealed by others that she has expressed a lot of interest in cultural dance and it is possible that she might continue dancing in the future.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lessee Calls for Investigation into House Burning

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first_imgA lessee of a three-bedroom house, which was gutted by fire and “completely burnt down” recently in the Paynesville 12 Houses Community, has asked authorities of the Liberian National Police (LNP), the Liberian Electricity Corporation (LEC) and the National Fire Services (NFS) to investigate the blaze.Madam Mariama Kaba, who has just moved into the house this past February, had leased the house for one year and said lease was renewable.She told the Observer via phone recently that on the night the house got burnt she had walked on the road (Tubman Boulevard) to get something (not specific). According to her, before she left, she instructed the security guarding the house to also look after her 10-year-old twin girls, who were in their room playing video games.“While on the road, the security called me and told me that smoke was coming from my room. I ran home and entered the living room. When I opened my door, the whole room was filled with thick black smoke. I told everyone to get out of the house. But by then the fire had already spread to other parts of the house,” Mariama explained.According to her, she was not able to rescue the “tons of belongings” she had in the house and all of them were burnt to ashes.When asked about the cause(s) of the fire, she stated that she could not be certain what had caused the fire, but she could hear bystanders saying that it was the high voltage from the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), which was supplying the house with electricity.Mariama said it was just the second week after she got connected to the LEC supply line and that the current was always “fluctuating,” meaning the current was not stable.According to her, when the fire started, they had called the National Fire Service, “but it took forever” before they got there and when they did, “the house had already burnt to ashes.” No authorities from either of those agencies—LNP, LEC and NFS—could be reached for comments as their phones were either said to be switched off or rang endlessly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

In Order to Contain Ebola 9,000 Household Kits Arrive

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first_imgThe war against the dreadful Ebola virus that has killed over a thousand in the country and over two thousand in the Mano River Union basin since its outbreak early this year can only be contained when the chain of transmission is broken.This what the United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF)and the United States Agency for International Development (USAD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the National Task Force on Ebola are endeavoring to do—to  break secondary transmission-which focuses on the family level.Against this backdrop, the US government through USAID and UNICEF on yesterday brought into the country thefirst shipment of 9,000 new household protection kits.The shipment of 9,000 kits marks the first in a series of airlifts that will bring in 50,000 kits for distribution.Funding for the kits has been provided by the USAID and the US-based Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The foundation has committed a US$3.6 million matching contribution to UNICEF to support the airlift.The protective kits, according to authorities, are intended to break secondary transmission at the household level and to ensure that families and communities get the support they need in the fight against the virus.Speaking at the UNICEF warehouse where the shipment was unveiled, UNICEF Country Representative, Sheldon Yett said that the kits have basic supplies that will ensure that community members stay safe and the chain of transmission is broken.Each kit contains protective gowns, gloves and masks, as well as soap, chlorine and a sprayer, along with instructions on the use and safe disposal of materials.He disclosed that UNICEF’s partners, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and USAID, will distribute the initial 9,000 kits to the five counties with the highest rates of Ebola in the coming weeks. The counties are Montserrado, Lofa, Nimba Bong and Margibi counties.Mr. Yett said that the kits will be given to families through Ebola care centers due to be established to allow family caregivers to look after Ebola sufferers as safely as possible away from their homes.They fill a critical gap left by the limited capacity of the country’s dedicated Ebola treatment units, which currently have only a fraction of the beds required.The proposed Ebola care centers, each with a limited number of beds, will be located primarily near designated healthcare facilities across Liberia.The centers will offer family caregivers basic training in “no-touch” care, using the protective gear and sanitation materials supplied through the kits, as well as safe disposal of waste items. Kits may also be given to families to disinfect homes after a sick family member has been isolated.“This epidemic is unprecedented and combating it requires an extraordinary response,” said the UNICEF Liberia Representative.“The first priority is for more dedicated Ebola treatment facilities and trained staff, but until these are in place, we need to support community efforts to safely care for those who may be infected and cut the transmission cycle of this deadly disease.”The U.S. Ambassador, Deborah Malac, speaking at the ceremony, re-emphasized that it is critical that the US and Liberian governments and other partners work together to contain the virus that continues to claim more lives in the country and the sub-region.She said the US government has a plan that is now being consolidated for immediate effectiveness, noting that UNICEF’s initiative is in the right direction in breaking transmission.“As we work to urgently get those who are infected into safe places for treatment, this airlift of protection kits will help ensure that Ebola Care Centers and communities have the information and tools they need to safely care for those who fall ill,” said Tim Callaghan, USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader.“We will continue to work alongside our international partners and the governments of the affected countries to coordinate a creative and global effort to stem this historic epidemic.”Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, lauded UNICEF and the US government for the shipment, which he termed as critical in tackling the disease at the community level.He said it is the right thing to break secondary infection which is crucial to containing the virus. “The kits are meant to give support to those who are in infected communities,” Minister Nyenswah said.Meanwhile, under the leadership of the Government of Liberia, UNICEF is supporting a mass social mobilization effort, including deploying teams of traditional communicators to spread prevention messaging, and producing print communications and radio programming to raise public awareness of the outbreak in communities across Liberia.Another major pillar of UNICEF’s Ebola response is providing psycho-social support and care to children affected by the disease, as well as water and sanitation, chlorine, sprayers and other hygiene items to support infection control.UNICEF has also distributed 300 metric tons of health supplies and protective gear for health workers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Point Shootout: 5 Soldiers Guilty, Towship Commissioner to be Reassigned

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first_imgThe Government of Liberia over the weekend responded to two investigative reports from the August 20, 2014, incident in the Township of West Point resulting into the death of Shaki Kamara, and the wounding of Titus Nuah.The first was received from the Joint Task Force Board of Inquiry established by the Ministry of Defense, which led to a guilty verdict and punishment of the Platoon Commander and four enlisted men of the AFL, by military tribunal, for their complicity, in the act. The second report is from the Independent Human Rights Commission (INHRC), which connected its findings to issues of poverty, justice and transforming the lives of people in all slum communities such as West Point.The separate reports were received by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September and October respectively.  However, upon the presentation of the first report, the President instructed the AFL’s Chief of Staff to take the appropriate measures in identifying and investigating those personnel of the AFL who were responsible in conformity with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).The latest findings from the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has brought down guilty the Platoon Commander and four enlisted men of the AFL for their complicity in the West Point shooting incident. The Board’s report concluded that the Platoon Commander and the four enlisted personnel were guilty of “indiscretion and exhibited indiscipline” on August 20, 2014, in the Township of West Point.Accordingly, Lieutenant Aloysious Quaye, Platoon Commander, was held responsible for “poorly assessing the situation and acting contrary to the behavior expected of a military leader in the reformed AFL.” As a leader in a situation of crisis, he was “expected to show efficient command after serving in the AFL for over five years” with training locally and in foreign parts. He should have been able to handle simple crowd control and dispersal. As a military leader, he did not follow proper military procedures in selecting personnel to fire warning shots. Although no evidence was adduced that any of the personnel of the AFL fired the shot that eventually killed Shaki Kamara, the Disciplinary Board thought it absolutely necessary to institute punishment for behavior unbecoming of a serving personnel of the AFL.As such, Lt. Quaye is found guilty of “violating Article 133 of the UCMJ” regarding the unbecoming conduct of an officer or gentleman; guilty of Article 92-C of the UCMJ regarding dereliction (negligence) in the performance of duty.Meanwhile, the punishment prescribed under the UCMJ includes: reduction in rank to the lowest rank permissible under the category of the accused; that he will lose two years of seniority with consequential effects; that he undergo 30 days correctional custody; that he be subjected to 30 days detention; that he forfeit 2/3 salary for three months; and letter of “Severe Reprimand” is served him.  Additionally, the other four soldiers were found guilty of various offences of the UCMJ. Corporal Mulbah Timothy was found in Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force; Corporal Flomo Anthony, Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force as well as Article 134 regarding threat in communicating; Corporal Toure Patrick, Violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ regarding making false statements; and Private First Class (PFC) Salebia Moses, Violation of Article 107 of the UMCJ regarding making false statement.Their prescribed punishments include: reduction in rank to the next lower rank; 30 days correctional custody; 30 days detention; and individual letters of “Severe Reprimand.”Meanwhile, the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) and President Sirleaf, has directed that all punishments be carried out in compliance with the relevant provisions and practices of the UCMJ.The second report from the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), insisted that the victims of the West Point shooting incident be compensated and helped to get back on their feet; that government improve the living conditions of its citizens living in West Point and other slum communities; and that the Commissioner of West Point, H. Miatta Flowers, be reassigned. In response, the Government of Liberia indicated that most of its interventions so far since the incident have reflected the INCHR’s recommendations, especially with regard to ongoing efforts to cater to the victims of the shooting.  In general, however, GOL opines that “all slum communities should be rebuilt and developed with emphasis on the transformation of the lives of all citizens. This objective is part of the government’s agenda for change and is incorporated in its development agenda.”  GOL also said it has instructed the Ministry of Internal affairs “to take appropriate measures to reassign” the West Point Commissioner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Can’t They See What’s Happening to Our People?

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first_imgIt is becoming too frequent now that young mothers, most likely in deep distress, are leaving their newly born on dumpsites or at hospital doors. We do not think it is necessarily a sign of maternal evil, even though one could call it that; but looking beyond what seems like the obvious, we should carefully think about what would drive a mother to dump or abandon her own infant. Teenage pregnancy is rampant today.   Just last week a 16 year-old in the Daily Observer’s immediate neighborhood gave birth to her first child, a son.  When we asked the young father what his intentions were, he talked of marriage, but said he had no job.  We told him we observed that he had a business which his girlfriend was helping him with— up to the day she delivered—so he could develop his business to be able to support a wife and child.Perhaps it was the small business, the teenager’s involvement in it and the seeming commitment of the father that caused her to keep her baby.  Otherwise poverty and an irresponsible mate could have driven this 16 year-old mom to desperation.Why?  It is because there are too many poor people in this rich country of ours.  And why do our people continue to live in poverty?  One reason is because so many of the people in power or near power are so mean-spirited and selfish, with no compassion for their own people.  They prefer to reach out to foreigners and give them EVERYTHING, including even allowing those who commit the ultimate abuse against our women—rape— to be released from prison and allowed to return to Lebanon even when these foreigners are convicted!Denying them justice is the horrendous (horrific, dreadful) extent to which some of our leaders go to demean, frustrate and harm their own people.  In which country, we ask, will Liberians receive such unconscionably corrupt benevolence?  There is none.As one drives to work daily, one sees our children, some as young as six, as well as our teenagers and healthy, able-bodied young men and women on the street wasting their precious energies selling chewing gum, candy and other totally insignificant imported items, when those of the appropriate ages should be on the farm producing food and other cash crops, or in school learning a trade, or productively employed in stores that instead prefer to hire foreign young people. Who says our own young people cannot be trained to do that same work these foreigners are doing in the stores?  But if our officials and powerful people in and around government have a heart and mindset that favors foreigners against their own people, then our people will continue to live in abject poverty and we will continue to WASTE our human resources; driving our people to live desperate lives that compel them to leave their infants on people’s porches, at hospital entrances and at dumpsites.No one, of course, can accuse us of defending the criminal act of throwing away an innocent child.  What we are trying to get our government, our leaders, the privileged and powerful in society—whether in government or on the fringes—to realize is that the Liberian people continue to live in abject poverty; and that they are, therefore, desperate.One of the comments from the crowd at the dumpsite where the infant was discovered last week said it happened probably because in this Ebola season in Liberia, it is difficult to get anyone into a hospital.  We see what happened a week ago to a prominent Liberian academician and politician, who after suffering a stroke could hardly find a hospital to accept him.  He died in his car!  How much more a penniless mother, who was most probably a teenager. Our leaders inside and outside government, and Liberians in general need to develop not just the intellect and acumen to perform their work successfully, but LOVE and COMPASSION in their hearts for people, especially their own people.Remember compassion was the distinctive mark of the most powerful man who ever walked this earth—Jesus:  He had COMPASSION for people.  He went about healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, making the lame walk.  And when He saw the 5000 who had been following him all day hungry, He had compassion on them and ordered His disciples to make them sit down.  The willingness and determination in His heart to do something to help them prompted the Heavenly Father to respond positively.  When all had been fed, there were 13 baskets of leftovers!When our people start loving and caring for their own people, the desperation will stop, and there will be plenty to go around and we all will be a well-to-do, safe, healthy,   grateful and happy people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more