Ceres-Negros tries to bounce back, battles Yangon

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Donaire Sr. now in Pacman corner The winner of the semifinal tie meets the survivor of the Persija Jakarta-Home United duel.Following an impressive run in AFC Champions League qualifying and a stellar start to the AFC Cup, Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic eased the pressure on the Busmen.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 crown“The most important thing to me is that the players make a big effort,” the Serbian said. “They have to give everything and I think for me that is enough. We cannot be obsessed with the score, the result.”Vidakovic said winning the Asean zone crown again would be tougher with the emergence of stronger teams, including Yangon, which entered the semifinals for the first time. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIEScenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast BACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros hopes to return to winning ways in the AFC Cup when it clashes with Yangon United of Myanmar in the first leg of the Asean zone semifinals at Panaad Stadium here.Stunned by Home United of Singapore in their final group game two weeks ago, the Busmen set out to grab the upperhand in the 7:30 p.m. clash before the tie shifts to Yangon for the second leg next Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

Nadal edges closer to 11th French Open crown by reaching quarterfinal

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadal was caught cold in the opening stages as some big hitting from Marterer brought him the first two games.But it didn’t take Nadal long to figure out his opponent, reeling off four straight games en route to an inevitable one-set lead.The 16-time Grand Slam champion raced through the second set in just 38 minutes, breaking his opponent’s serve twice.But Marterer — who was playing in the main draw for the first time — moved into a 3-1 lead early in the third as he threatened to become the first man to take a set off Nadal at Roland Garros since the Spaniard’s 2015 quarterfinal defeat by Djokovic.But the reigning champion quickly hit back before securing a tie-break on his second match point when Marterer fired long, celebrating with a trademark fist pump.ADVERTISEMENT Spain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Germany’s Maximilian Marterer during their men’s singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTRafael Nadal moved a step closer to an incredible 11th French Open title on Monday by seeing off German Maximilian Marterer in straight sets to reach the quarterfinals.The world number one’s 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory over the world number 70 saw him equal the record of 12 last eight appearances at Roland Garros, which was set by Novak Djokovic the day before.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic overcomes Fognini fightback to make last eight in Paris Schwartzman fought back from two sets down to stun Anderson and reach the  quarterfinals for the first time.He was totally outplayed in the first two sets, but twice broke Anderson when the South African was serving for the match to pull off a dramatic win.The 25-year-old also reached the quarterfinals at last year’s US Open.World number seven Anderson, who was looking to become the first South African man to make the last eight in Paris since Cliff Drysdale 51 years ago, has now lost in the fourth round at Roland Garros on four occasions.Later on Monday, third seed Marin Cilic takes on combustible Italian Fabio Fognini, while former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro faces ninth-seeded American John Isner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Top seed Nadal, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday, is now on his own in third on the all-time list for most match wins at Grand Slam events with 234 victories after passing Jimmy Connors.He powered 39 winners past Marterer, who pushed the Spaniard as hard as he could without ever threatening an upset.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 crownNadal will face Argentinian Diego Schwartzman for a semi-final spot, after the 11th seed staged a thrilling comeback to down sixth seed Kevin Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/0), 6-2.“The third set was very difficult, Maximilian is a good player,” said Nadal, who has now won 37 consecutive sets at Roland Garros, just four short of Bjorn Borg’s record set between 1979 and 1981. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Letran survives Lyceum after controversial review

first_imgA dramatic game between Final Four contenders Letran and Lyceum ended in the most anticlimactic of ways after game officials huddled together for a review of a call after the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Although the game ultimately fell into the hands of the referees in a controversial decision, the match itself was a pulsating affair that saw the two teams slug it out in the final quarter.Marcelino almost traveled on his spin attempt but was able to get up for a layup that gave Lyceum a 75-73 lead that Bong Quinto quickly erased with a literal falling down shot that tied it at 75-75.Quinto would then work his magic twice more with his drives, giving the Knights an 80-77 lead with just two minutes left.“The players gave it their all, it was all out all heart, I can’t say anything aside from that they gave it their all,” said Napa. “The kids are the ones laying it out on the line and I’m just here to guide them, teach them what’s right and tell them the things they’re not supposed to do. The good intention became good execution.”Larry Muyang finished with a 23-point, 16-rebound double-double for Letran while Quinot delivered 20 points seven rebunds, and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Osaka into China Open semifinals with win over Zhang LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum JP Calvo played his part as the Knights’ floor general 18 points, four boards, and six assists.Mike Nzeusseu led all scorers with 25 points with 10 rebounds while CJ Perez had 16 points and eight boards. The Knights came away with a 80-79 win over the Pirates after referees ruled Jaycee Marcelino’s field goal with 40.8 seconds left in the game was a long two instead of a three, which was the initial judgment.Marcelino’s field goal initially tied the game at 80 but it was later deemed a two after the review that was conducted at the end of regulation instead of during the dead ball situations after the shot was made.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 ChrissStill, it was a win the Knights badly needed as they improve to an 11-4 record to stay at the third seed while the Pirates settled at the second spot with a 14-2 slate.“Good win or big win for us? I don’t know but we won it’s that simple,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa in Filipino. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

PH Azkals near Suzuki Cup semis after holding Thailand to 1-1 stalemate

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gilas Pilipinas wins tuneup after Jordan team walks out in 4th quarter Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES On a rainy Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium, Joven Bedic came off the bench to rifle home the equalizer as the Azkals salvaged a 1-1 draw with Thailand to stay on track for a place in the semifinals. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The Philippines and Thailand played out a 1-1 draw after a late goal from Jovin Bedic earned the home side a share of the spoils! 👏 #AFFSuzukiCup18 #TimeToShine #PHIvTHA Match Report 👉 https://t.co/hD4GnUcaj4 pic.twitter.com/3kALX29e1q— AFF Suzuki Cup (@affsuzukicup) November 21, 2018FEATURED 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 ChrissBACOLOD CITY – The latest in the long line of talents hailing from the country’s football hotbed, Barotac Nuevo, delivered a goal that could prove crucial to the Philippines’ hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Bedic’s deflected effort in the 82nd minute canceled out an earlier strike from Supachai Jaided as the Philippines remained level with Thailand with seven points in Group B. Another point against Indonesia in Jakarta on Sunday will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round.The Azkals came into the match looking to end a 46-year winless spell against the Thais. And although they did not walk away with the maximum points, the battling performance was enough to impress coach Sven Goran Eriksson. In truth, the Azkals could have gotten more from the match had they been more clinical on goal as Phil Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt missed good chances in the first half.“First of all I think we played very well 90 minutes,” said Eriksson. “We were the better team out there. A draw is okay but we could have won the game. I think we did very well against a good team.”Eriksson believes this type of performance should put the Azkals on their way to the semifinals.“If we play like this we should qualify for the semifinals,” said Eriksson. “I think this is a very good performance for us.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Pacers’ Myles Turner breaks nose in win over Hawks

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Warriors’ Andre Iguodala fined $25K for throwing ball into stands Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Indiana big man Myles Turner broke his nose in a collision with John Collins Monday in the Pacers’ 116-108 NBA victory over the Atlanta Hawks.Turner contributed 20 points before departing in the fourth quarter, with the Pacers announcing the diagnosis shortly thereafter.ADVERTISEMENT The four-year NBA veteran, who is averaging 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and a career-high 2.8 blocks in 35 games this season, also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Pacers, who head into 2019 on a five-game winning streak.Pacers star Victor Oladipo, who suffered a facial fracture in a pre-season practice in 2014, said he’d give Turner some tips if his teammate has to wear a protective mask when he returns to court.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’ve worn a mask before, I’ll give him some pointers,” Oladipo aid. “The mask has secret powers so he’ll be all right.”Oladipo led the Pacers with 22 points, seven assists and five steals. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After a strong third quarter Indiana built their lead to 17 points early in the fourth before the Hawks trimmed the deficit to six with less than two minutes to play.“They’re a really good team, especially offensively,” Oladipo said. “We did a great job of digging down and getting stops when we needed it.”The Pacers, who improved to 25-12, are third in the Eastern Conference but Oladipo said they have their sights on doing more.“We’re doing pretty good, but we can be better, man, that’s what’s scary about it,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of room to improve. We have bigger goals.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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

Thailand fires coach Milovan Rajevac after AFC Asian Cup loss to India

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra No. 2 Michigan stays unbeaten, beats No. 21 Indiana Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He announced the decision to fire Rajevac after Sunday’s game in Abu Dhabi, despite Thailand still having group games against Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to play.In a statement released early Monday he says, “It was not the playing format that Thai FA and the team supporters desired. I hereby announce the suspension of the contract with Milovan Rajevac as the coach of Thailand’s national team.”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 ChrissAssistant Sirisak Yodyathai will take over as interim head coach for the tournament.Rajevac was hired as the Thailand head coach in April 2017 to replace Kiatsisak Senamuang and had been under increasing pressure since Thailand failed to defend the AFF Cup title last month, losing to Malaysia in the semifinals on away goal rules. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Thailand’s head coach Milovan Rajevac reacts during the AFC Asian Cup group A soccer match between Thailand and India at Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)BANGKOK — The Football Association of Thailand has fired Milovan Rajevac as head coach after the national team’s 4-1 opening loss to India at the Asian Cup.Thai FA president Somyot Poompanmoung had warned ahead of the continental tournament that Rajevac’s job was on the line if he couldn’t take the team to the second round.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The 65-year-old Serbian was voted the African confederation’s coach of the year in 2010 after guiding Ghana to the World Cup quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Roger Federer battles into Australian Open third round

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but was made to battle hard by Britain’s Dan Evans before winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.The ageless 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is gunning for a record seventh Melbourne Park title and third in a row, had breezed past Denis Istomin in the first round, but was given a much tougher examination by the world number 189.ADVERTISEMENT “I think if I could have pulled away early in the match it might have been different,” said the 37-year-old Swiss master who needed 2hr 35min to get past his 28-year-old opponent.Evans, whose ranking plummeted from a career-high 41 after he was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in April 2017, played almost flawless tennis to stave off a set point on his way to forcing a first set tie-break.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 ChrissHe even had the temerity to lead 5-3 in the breaker before Federer stepped up a gear and reeled off the next four points with a cry of “Come on!” as he secured a hard-fought opening set after exactly one hour.It was harsh on Evans who had committed only two unforced errors and constantly put the third seed under pressure with his scampering, attacking game and flurry of winners off both wings. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder The plucky Evans, who had covered acres of ground and found the lines brilliantly, needed treatment for blisters on both feet before the second set started and immediately was broken.But he refused to lie down and broke back as Federer served for the set to force another tie-break.“I thought I might have pulled away midway through the second set,” added Federer. “But I couldn’t, to his credit. He played well.”The Swiss star hasn’t often needed luck during his unparallelled career but he took advantage of some in the third set to finally ease the pressure.Holding break point at 2-1, he barely scooped up a half-volley which grabbed the net cord and toppled over forcing Evans to go long.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil A service game to love followed to put Federer 4-1 up and the brave resistance of Evans was finally broken.The veteran will next play either France’s Gael Monfils, seeded 30, or American Taylor Fritz in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

The Violence Must Be Punished

first_imgThe recent violence by Nimba County youth against Arcelor Mittal was a reprehensible act that deserves the condemnation of not the President and the Nimba Legislative Caucus, but all  Liberians.The whole matter should be thoroughly investigated, and the perpetrators brought to justice.  The government has to set an example this time and make it unmistakably clear that violence in the settlement of disagreements will not be tolerated and will be punished.Surely, not only Nimba youth, but all Nimbaians and most  Liberians, are not happy with  Arcelor Mittal’s handling of its  concession agreement.The company has been accused of not faithfully executing the full agreement.  Several months ago when Nimba youth occupied the railway in Nimba, preventing the shipment of ore, this newspaper, the Daily Observer, called the attention of the nation to what aroused the youth’s anger.  We mentioned the accusation that not much is happening at the center of Arcelor’s operations, Yekepa, where there is hardly any evidence of development taking place there, but only the rush to get the iron ore out.  Even the first-class   hospital which LAMCO operated is still in disrepair, several years after Arcelor took over the operations.  There were also complaints of joblessness, even though we acknowledge that many of the youth lack the technical skills the company requires. There is also the issue of the Ganta-Yekepa road that the company agreed to pave.  But several Dry Seasons have passed and we see no action there.So there is a lot to complain about against Arcelor Mittal.   In our editorial, we warned the company, as we have done with most concessionaires, including China Union in Bong Mines and Golden Veroleum in Sinoe County, that it is one thing to sign a concession agreement with government,  and another to WORK WITH THE PEOPLE ON THE GROUND.  These LOCAL PEOPLE, not the bureaucrats in Monrovia who signed the agreement, are the first to feel the impact of the agreement.  The company must, therefore, work with the local people for the sake of peace and progress.  One concessionaire which has finally learned this critical lesson is Golden Veroleum.  In the beginning and for some time, there were constant and intense quarrels between the company and the Sinoe people.  But the company finally came to realize that in any work environment,  peaceful coexistence is crucial, otherwise the work will be impeded.  Today Golden Veroleum and Sinonians people are working harmoniously together and things are smoothly progressing on the oil palm plantation.China Union, too, seems to have learned this lesson.  They have considerably eased the tension between themselves and the local people in the Fauma Chiefdom by making serious progress on the Kakata-Bong Mine-Haindii highway, and despite other remaining issues, the people are reasonably pleased.  We cannot, unfortunately, say the same thing about Arcelor Mittal.  Is it Indian stubbornness, mean-spiritedness, or what?  Why is this company so impervious to people’s legitimate complaints?  Why can‘t this multibillion-dollar enterprise take care of the minimal concerns of the people whose resources they have come here to exploit.  Did this company really do no research to find the truth of what happened in Yekepa in the 1960s through the 1980s—how the Nimba and the Liberian people got very little out of LAMCO, which  departed with billions of dollars from our iron ore,  leaving Nimbaians— Liberians—impoverished?Surely, the public saw Arcelor  Mittal’s impressive and colorful  spread in yesterday’s   newspaper; but nothing of the Ganta-Yekepa road, nor did the photo of the hospital repair tell much.Yet the Liberian government is especially good and kind to Arcelor Mittal.  Recently the government, in return for US$75 millilon, gave it mining  rights also to Mount Tokadi in Nimba.Arcelor Mittal must, therefore,   understand that the Liberian   government is serious about  doing business with her.  By the same token, the company must realize that it HAS TO WORK WITH THE LOCAL   PEOPLE, and engender peaceful coexistence in their   area of operations—and with all Liberians.Let us be unmistakably clear, however, that as much as we criticize the Indians in Yekepa,   we also unreservedly and emphatically condemn the violence perpetrated by the Nimba youth and urge the Liberian government to set an example this time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Major Cabinet Changes: Gwenigale, Tarpeh Replaced

first_imgSpecial Statement to the Nation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Delivered Sunday, November 16, 2014 My fellow Liberians: Even as we continue to combat the Ebola virus and strive to achieve our national objective of zero-new-cases by Christmas, we must also attend to what will be a difficult job of recovery – recovery to the health care system so that we deliver health care services all across the country and are better prepared for any epidemic of the size and scale of Ebola; recovery to the economy so that we are repositioned to produce more opportunities and afford decent and better living conditions for all our people; recovery to governance so that notwithstanding the superficial differences which haunt the body politic, we can still remain enjoined behind the common purpose of national healing and reconstruction. This requires a team that is adaptable, responsive, disciplined, loyal, and focused – a team that is understanding of the prevailing challenges, and are resolved to respond by taking appropriate risks to get things done on time. It is my job to continuously vet and ready such a team for the challenges we currently face and those that lie ahead. And so today, I announce a number of changes to the Executive Branch of the Government. A few are transferred or reassigned, signifying our recognition of their capabilities and performance. Others are dropped from where they served, but will be given appropriate opportunities to continue to serve the country. I am deeply grateful for the services and contribution of all of those we who have served or continue to serve. We are not short on expectation that going forward, each working day – indeed each working hour – will be spent not only on catching up and continuing with the transformational agenda of the country but also to exploring creative new approaches by which we deliver on the agenda within the limited time of our stewardship. My hope is that this team will take us to the finish line. But make no mistake: As Captain, I will not hesitate to change anyone who fails to meet our expectations. With these remarks, I am pleased to make the following initial appointments, others to follow at a subsequent time: Ministry of Public Works Mr. William Gyude Moore, Minister Mr. Roland Giddings, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Education Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, Minister Dr. Nancy Freeman, Deputy Minister for Administration Mr. Anthony Nimely, Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development National Investment Commission Mrs. Etmonia David Tarpeh, Chairperson Ministry of Health Mr. George Werner, Minister Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection Mrs. Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister Mr. Peter Roberts, Deputy Minister for Administration Mrs. Sienne Abdul-Baki, Deputy Minister for Gender Mrs. Mardia Martin Wiles, Deputy Minister for Policy, Planning & Technical Services Mrs. Lydia Sherman, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Protection Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr. Wede Brownell, Deputy Minister for Administration Ms. Albratha Doe, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry of Transport Mr. Bushuben M. Keita, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Commerce & Industry Mr. Cyril Allen, Jr., Deputy Minister for Commerce Mr. Mohammed Turay, Assistant Minister for Industry National AIDS Commission Ms. Candace Eastman, Commissioner (replacing Ms. Wessehdi Sio-Njoh) Ministry of Youth & Sports Mr. Ramses Kumbuyah, Deputy Minister for Administration (replacing Ms. Jacqueline Capehart) Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy Mr. Zack Sharpe, Deputy Minister for Administration Ministry of Information Mr. Andrew Tehmeh, Deputy Minister for Administration (to replace Norris Tweah who moves on to the University of Liberia) Ministry of Internal Affairs Ms. Gbemie Horace Kollie, Deputy Minister for Operations (replacing Mr. Ranney Jackson) Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications Ms. Margretta Smith-General, Assistant Minister for Administration (replacing Mr. James Cooper) Liberia Broadcasting System Mr. Ledgerhood Rennie, Director General Mr. Patrick Honnah, Deputy Director General for Broadcasting Mr. Christopher Sellee, Deputy Director General for Rural Comms The special word on the change in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gwenigale will continue to serve as Advisor until his planned retirement in February.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Town Clerk must go!

first_imgDear Editor,If the article, “Calls grow for King’s removal”, in regard to a recent correspondence from Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan to Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase-Green is accurate, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, I welcome the minister’s wise counsel, and hope Her Worship acquiesces to giving the information the Minister has requested.Editor, while I agree with our subject minister in principle, my only reservation here would be that all the information necessary might not be forthcoming, especially since the very information being sought has the potential of indicting the suppliers.I will not be brash to suggest culpability or complicity by any means on any individual; but what would the reasonable man think?Additionally, while I dare not impugn the noble office of the minister, or his wisdom on such matters, my own humble reading on such delicate issues suggests that no reasonable person would want to incriminate themselves: exposing oneself to an accusation or charge of crime, or bringing oneself in danger of a criminal prosecution.As I have said before Local Government Elections 2016 and subsequently, there is a dire need for an independent, complete financial audit of City Hall. Information indicates that we, the “new” Councillors, inherited $180 million in our city coffers, since that time to now, even with numerous financial injections from Central Government, City Hall records billion-dollar debts currently with no end in sight.The Auditor General’s Report to the National Assembly on the spending of funds of the Georgetown Restoration Programme left little to be desired of the Council’s financial and accounting system. And with the $200 million earmarked for the city in the 2018 Budget, I am not confident the people of our beloved city would feel the full benefit if we put new wine in old wineskins.Editor, I have offered before that we ought to sit down as a Council and construct a business plan for the city, but we need to know where we were, and where we are, before we can know where we ought to be heading. We need, as is said colloquially, to “ketch our bearings”.Having the right information, accurate information, would be a good compass. And this city, with it latent potential to be a real international city, needs a better captain. Let me be clear at this point: I am not interested in the job as much as I am ready to exert more energy at the oars and chart a new course with my fellow Councillors. The potential and promise of City Hall must become performance; must become reality.That our Honourable Minister had to require “a complete list of all contracts, leases, sales, and any other transactions involving assets (real estate, equipment, etc.) under the control of council between the dates of assuming office in April 2016 to the present” tells us of the gravity of the situation, and locates for us where we are.This is a crisis of administration and management. We have a crisis of leadership. When a billion-dollar company is failing, the board does not fire all the workers; it fires the management, and brings in new people to turn things around. It is time!I believe in our Government to understand the fierce urgency of the moment. The Town Clerk has, by his own actions, disqualified himself from playing any meaningful role in the city going forward. We must act.Sherod Avery DuncanCity Councillorlast_img read more