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Cavaliers ban fan who aimed racial taunts at Spurs’ Mills

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills (8) is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyle Korver (26) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers have indefinitely banned a fan from their arena for making racial taunts at San Antonio’s Patty Mills.Security officials reviewed videotape from Sunday’s game and identified the fan sitting near the court. He yelled at Mills while the Spurs guard was shooting free throws in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PSG denies Neymar requires surgery; Brazil doctor in Paris LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The team did not disclose his name or any details about him. He is barred from events at Quicken Loans Arena, with the team to review the ban after one year.While Mills was at the foul line, the fan was heard on the ABC broadcast twice yelling, “Hey, Jamaica called, they want their bobsledder back!” Mills is black and from Australia with an Aboriginal heritage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLast week, the Chicago Blackhawks banned four fans from attending their games after they yelled racist taunts toward Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedcenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

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Neymar ‘not yet 100%’ but ready to play for Brazil

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a dream to play in another World Cup, a dream which I hope won’t be interrupted again,” he said.Brazil will play two warm-up matches before traveling to Russia, with a friendly against Croatia at Anfield on June 3 before a trip to Vienna to face Austria on June 10.The five-time world champions play their opening match in Group E against Switzerland on June 17 in Rostov-on-Don. Brazil then faces Costa Rica on June 22 in Saint Petersburg and Serbia in Moscow on June 27. ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “It’s going to take a bit more time for this fear to go away, but I’m ready to play. Nothing can stop me from doing so,” Neymar added, hours before a planned flight to London where the team will continue their World Cup preparations.The world’s most expensive player hasn’t played since hurting himself in a French league game against Marseille on February 25, but Neymar has been training for the past 10 days and took part in a national team preparation camp this week in Teresopolis.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“I feel good physically. My foot is fine. Of course, I have to adjust to certain things. I’m feeling a bit of discomfort but it’s not going to stop me from playing,” he said.The 26-year-old also reflected on what was a frustrating 2014 World Cup experience on home soil, as a back injury ruled him out of Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Semana could miss remainder of PVL tournament due to ankle sprain View comments LATEST STORIES Brazil’s Neymar smiles after taking a spill on the pitch during a national soccer team practice session ahead the World Cup in Russia, at the Granja Comary training center In Teresopolis, Brazil, Friday, May 25, 2018. Neymar, the world’s highest paid soccer player, is nearly recovered from a foot operation and has joined 16 of his teammates in Teresopolis, looking ahead to competing in Russia at the World Cup in July. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Neymar acknowledged on Sunday that he was “not yet at 100 percent” after surgery on his fractured right foot, but the Brazil forward said he was ready to play for his country at the World Cup.“I’m not yet at 100 percent. That will come with time. I’m still a bit scared of going all out, but there are still several days before our start,” the Paris Saint-Germain star told reporters at Brazilian football headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

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Hope floats: Future bright for PH ‘3’ as Tokyo beckons

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “There is promise; there is hope,” coach Ronnie Magsanoc told the Inquirer. “There is actual proof that these four players can compete together and make each other better and stay with the best teams in the world.”The squad of Stanley Pringle, Christian Standhardinger, Roger Pogoy and Troy Rosario bested sixth-ranked Brazil (15-7) and third seed Russia (19-14) in pool play, where it also bowed to more experienced Canada and Mongolia.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“Imagine what can happen if we have a program in place,” said Magsanoc. “Our first real scrimmage was the game against Brazil. The first learning curve was against Mongolia. And again another lesson against Canada, before we managed to regroup and beat Russia.”Magsanoc said the building blocks have already been established for a push for that Tokyo Olympics spot. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Philippines’ last taste of basketball action in the Olympics came in 1972 in Munich, Germany, where the men’s team finished 13th out of 16 teams.“That is the challenge that really gave us the excitement to be a part of this team because the Gilas program is really geared towards landing a spot in the Olympics and this might be another avenue where we can make the Olympics,” said Magsanoc.Rosario pushed for the creation of a pool for the 3×3 event much like the Gilas program: “There’s a pool for Gilas for Fiba 5-on-5 and I think we might need the same with 3×3.”Standhardinger would love nothing more than to keep the squad.“Of course we’ll try to do our all but I hope that all of the organizations involved will give us the opportunity to stick together and I think we showed great promise,” he said. “You saw what this guy (Pogoy] did with the two-pointers. Amazing. He’s made for this physicality, he’s made for 3×3, Troy is made for 3×3 and nobody can stop Stanley. So I think we have a great team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Pontejos is World Cup’s best shooter, male or female Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETBOCAUE, Bulacan—The Philippines may have missed out on the playoff round of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, but the squad feels it has laid the foundation in the chase for an Olympic berth in the event’s debut in Tokyo two years from now.The disappointment of failing to get past the group stage last Monday was tempered by the fact that the World Cup has provided plenty of lessons on what it takes to be a solid contender in this specialized event, which has additional rules than the actual five-on-five games.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Former NBA player Clifford Rozier dies at 45 after heart attack

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Rozier was the 16th overall pick of the 1994 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors. He played four seasons with the Warriors, the Toronto Raptors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.Rozier played college ball at North Carolina and Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Toronto Raptors Clifford Rozier (L) is pressured by Denver Nuggets Ervin Johnson (R) during first period action of their game 25 February at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, CO. AFP PHOTO Doug COLLIER / AFP PHOTO / DOUG COLLIERBRADENTON, Fla.  — Former NBA player Clifford Rozier has died following a heart attack. He was 45.Rozier’s brother, Kobie Rozier, posted on Facebook that Clifford Rozier had been fighting for his life for the last few days but succumbed to his condition Friday in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rajon Rondo expects to ‘win now’ with LeBron, LA Lakers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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NCAA: Bolick lifts San Beda past St. Benilde in comeback win

first_imgSan Beda stayed unscathed and came back to beat St. Benilde, 82-65, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT The Red Lions needed a furious fourth-quarter rally to halt the vastly-improved Blazers and hike their record to 2-0 after trailing for most of the game and by as much 12 in the first.Robert Bolick carried San Beda on his shoulders, notching a career-best in points with 25, 12 coming in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“St. Benilde really played well today. Coach TY [Tang] really prepared for us,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.Javee Mocon provided solid back up with 14 points and 12 rebounds while Franz Abuda chipped in 12 points. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Blazers, after their 90-79 drubbing of Mapua last week, slid to 1-2 so far.Clement Leutcheu’s 22-point, 11-rebound effort went down the drain with the loss. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READlast_img read more

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Duke’s RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson contend for Wooden Award

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FILE – At left, in a Jan. 28, 2019, file photo, Duke’s RJ Barrett (5) dunks against Notre Dame during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in South Bend, Ind. At right, in a Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, Duke’s Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against Virginia during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Durham, N.C. Duke freshmen RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson are 1-2 in the league in scoring. They could end up that way for top ACC player, too. (AP Photo/File) The ballot was announced Saturday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.Voting by a national media panel takes place March 18-25, which includes the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans can vote online.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe top 10 vote-getters will be named to the Wooden Award All American team after the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. Five finalists will vie for the Wooden Award to be presented on April 12 in Los Angeles. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOS ANGELES — Duke teammates Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, along with Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura, are among 15 players on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award that goes to the nation’s outstanding college basketball player.The other contenders are Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech, Mike Daum of South Dakota State, Carsen Edwards of Purdue, Ethan Happ of Wisconsin, Markus Howard of Marquette, De’Andre Hunter of Virginia, Dedric Lawson of Kansas, Ja Morant of Murray State, PJ Washington of Kentucky, Grant Williams of Tennessee and Cassius Winston of Michigan State.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lakers’ Brandon Ingram out for season with deep venous thrombosislast_img read more

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A big feat

first_imgBarangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio plays in his 597th consecutive game in the PBA. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDays before last Sunday, Barangay Ginebra spitfire LA Tenorio really couldn’t fathom what being the “Ironman” meant in the PBA.“I was asking my friends: Is that such a big deal? Why are all the news reports making a fuss out of it?” Tenorio told the Inquirer, a day after playing his 597th consecutive game to become the league’s most durable player.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “I consider this a miracle,” said the 34-year-old Tenorio after the game. “For the past 17 years, I’ve been playing competitive basketball, so I think it’s really God’s gift. He chose me—among the millions of basketball players from the PBA, NBA, international [leagues] etc.—to do this.”Tenorio was drafted as the fourth choice overall by San Miguel Beer in 2006, and he has never missed a game throughout his pro career—this despite several call-ups for national duty and the accompanying rest that he foregoes after each international tournament.Tenorio has been injury-free since the 2003 UAAP while with Ateneo, and that is why he says that this record is a miracle.“I am not religious, but I told him that he cannot thank anybody except God,” Arben Santos, the businessman who is Tenorio’s adviser, said in a separate interview. “I told him to give whatever bonus he gets from this record to the church, because this will never be repeated by anyone.”Not counting the eight games that Tenorio has played this season—the Gin Kings have a 5-3 record and are chasing a twice-to-beat advantage in the Philippine Cup playoffs—the No. 4 pick in the 2006 Draft is averaging 45.3 games per season in his first 13 years.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Alab can’t wait to be healthy with playoffs nearing And with his current pact to expire at the end of next year, if another 90 games are added until his contract ends, he could wind up playing 679 straight games.And he won’t be done after next season.“I think I still have another three to four years left in me,” Tenorio went on. “As long as I can do what coach Tim (Cone) wants me to do, as long as I feel that I can play in this league, I’ll keep on playing.”For Cone, Tenorio and Patrimonio are a class of their own. “That’s why only the two of them have done it. It’s really a lot harder than people think it is. No one has come close.”“I hope this becomes the legacy I’ll leave in the PBA,” Tenorio closed.It will.And it will stand the test of time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college He took the record away from Alvin Patromonio, who, ironically, was on the opposite side of the Big Dome floor that boisterous night as the Magnolia team manager.Patrimonio watched as his Hotshots lost in overtime, 97-93, after Scottie Thompson played his way through cramps to help make it Tenorio’s night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The way my teammates stepped up for me that game showed that it was truly a big deal,” Tenorio, who scored 10 points and had eight assists, went on over the phone. “(Days before) I never thought it was that big considering that I just wanted to play (all those years). I never had that record in my mind.”Like June Mar Fajardo’s five straight MVP’s, it’s hard to even think that someone could be playing that well for that long. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

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Government Must Save Ganta Hospital

first_imgWhen in 1926 Dr. George W. Harley, the great American missionary doctor, came to this part of Africa as part of the Harvard Medical Expedition, one of the first things he did was to care for the sick in that part of the country later known as Nimba County.Dr. Harley built the Ganta Methodist Mission to educate first the Manos, main inhabitants of the area, and the rest of the Nimba people.  The doctor, at the same time, also  devoted his time to healing the souls by engaging in evangelism.  He later built the rock church that still stands there till this day.  Dr. Harley soon discovered that leprosy was in the area and he began treating the lepers.He then built the Ganta Hospital, the  first referral hospital far into the Liberian interior.  American  Lutherans later erected a hospital and nursing school in Zorzor, Lofa County.  It would take another a half century before the Lutherans would erect Phebe Hospital in Suakoko.The Methodists, of whom Dr. Harley was a part, also opened a  nursing school at the Ganta hospital.How sad it is that such a rich and glittering medical facility, built and maintained over the decades purely by Methodist missionary money, is now in trouble and, according to our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor, threatening collapse.You mean after all these years the Liberian government cannot find the money to maintain that purely humanitarinan effort developed by American Methodists?    What is the real problem?  Surely Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has not forgotten and can never forget that Phebe, built by American Lutherans, was in the identical boat in 1973 when President William R. Tolbert came to the rescue.  When news broke out that Phebe was about to be closed down due to the shortage of funds, he asked his Health Minister, Counselor Oliver Bright, what it cost to run Phebe annually.  The answer lay in the two stories that had been written about Phebe’s imminent closure: US$400,000.  The President immediately ordered Minister Bright to draft a letter for the President’s signature directing the Minister of Finance, Steve Tolbert, to make immediately available an annual budgetary allocation of   US$400,000 to keep  Phebe open.  Since then support for Phebe has primarily come from the Liberian government.  But thankfully, the Lutherans have always, until this day, kept a keen interest in Phebe.We are sure that the Methodists will do the same thing in Ganta.  But in this time of crisis, we call on Senator Prince Y.  Johnson and all the other political heavyweights in Nimba immediately to consult with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to keep theGanta Hospital open by injecting emergency funding to save lives.    It must be remembered and carved into our consciousness that it is the government, not the churches or anyone else, that has the  primary responsibility to care for the sick in our country.  The churches—Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran,Catholic and in later years the Pentacostals, Seventh Day Adventist and the Ahmadiyya, have done us a great favor by investing in our health care delivery system and using it—and education, too, as a tool of evangelism.  The government must now face up to its responsibility to care for its sick, and to ensure the health and medical wellbeing of the whole Liberian population.  Even as we do this, the religious community, the international community, private individuals and others would be encouraged to join in lending a helping hand to keep Liberians and others in our midst healthy and well.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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‘We Believe in Fair Competition’

first_imgA commissioner at the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) has said that executives and members of the Commission believe in ‘fair competition’ as they go about executing laws that govern procurement and bidding for contracts. According to PPCC’s Commissioner Charles Collins, the entity was also under an obligation to execute the laws of procurement and bidding. Under that obligation, Mr. Collins assured several heads of government entities and their deputies that the PPCC would enlighten them by working a periodic workshops and seminars. Mr. Collins made the comment Wednesday, March 26, on behalf the Commission’s executive director, Madam Peggy Varfley Meres, during ceremony marking the official opening of a one-day PPCC workshop for medium and large spending entities of government. The workshop was conducted by the PPCC in her drive to contribute to government and other actors’ efforts to strengthen corruption prevention, transparency and accountability as well as to provide support to both state institutions and civil society organizations to increase transparency and accountability in governance process. Wednesday’s workshop was held on the theme, “Enhancing Structural Authorities Ability to Prevent Corruption, Ensure Transparency and Promote Compliance.” It was conducted with funding from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through a project called, “Strengthen Transparency Accountability Oversight and Participation (STAOP). UNDP was represented at the workshop by its program analyst, Yvonne Wolo. The project, according to PPCC director of information dissemination and communications, Nathan N. Bengu, aims to support the achievement of the Agenda for Transformation (AFT), and the objectives of the UN Development Assistance Framework for Liberia (2012-2017), which prioritizes strengthening governance and promoting transparency and accountability. He said, the PPCC as an implementing agency for the project, is charged with the responsibility to increase corruption prevention capacity of oversight institutions and line ministries; increase prevention capacity in at least five counties; organize capacity development workshop for PPCC staff on standard concessions procedures and contracts, and also increase public awareness on the reform program and concessions awards through drama, jingles and hold radio talk show. “Consistent with the implementation plan of the STAOP project, PPCC will utilize the available resources to increase corruption prevention capacity of oversight institutions and line ministries through the conduct of technical working session, utilizing the theme.”According to Mr. Bengu, the intent of the technical working session is to increase public awareness and strengthen the procurement capacity of key staff of line ministries and agencies to help them understand the policies, processes and procedures guiding public procurement and adopt corruption prevention measures. It is expected that the corruption prevention capacity of oversight institutions and line ministries will be increased and corruption prevention methods adopted. A total of 132 participants, who represented 33 procuring medium and large spending entities, included heads of entities/deputies for administration, comptrollers, internal auditors, and the procurement directors attended yesterday’s session of the workshop. Topics discussed at Wednesday’s session included Public Procurement Compliance Requirements, Overview of Procurement Methods and Legal Time, etc.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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‘Don’t Be Complacent as Ebola Declines, Warns Market Woman

first_imgA 55-year-old businesswoman is cautioning Liberians nationwide not to become complacent on hearing news of the decline in the deadly Ebola spread. Liberians should in fact double up and continue to strictly observe all the preventive measures issued by our health authorities, Madam Marvoline B. Smith admonished in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Monrovia recently.Mrs. Smith, an importer of used clothing and a cross border trader for nearly 21 years, expressed concern that some Liberians and foreign residents have begun to abandon the Ebola prevention measures and return to the old ways of doing things in some parts of Monrovia.Asked about what she made of the worrisome predictions in the international media, Madam Smith was confident that with “sustained determination, fortitude and resilience on the part of Liberians, those predictions will be proven wrong.”“We can beat back all the terrifying and Judgment Day predictions given by international medical agencies, once Liberians adapt the appropriate behavior patterns throughout the country,” said Madam Smith.“It is my fervent prayer that the newly constructed ETU facilities will not be used for massive admission of Ebola virus patients in the country,” Madam Smith said.For the past three weeks, many holding, isolation centers and Ebola Treatment Units around the country have reported a steady decline in the number of suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola patients. As a result, many Liberians are breathing a sigh of relief as the terrifying predictions of another Ebola surge continue to be deflated, thanks to the waning of infections across the nation.In order for Liberians to remain alive and safe, Madam Smith advised that the Ebola prevention guidelines such as frequently washing hands, refraining from shaking hands and hugging should be strictly observed and that sustained and extensive public awareness should be prioritized throughout the country.In a related development, several market women have pointed out the need for themselves to observe the vital Ebola prevention measures issued by the Ministry of Health and its partners.“We are the second group of Liberians at the front lines, providing very essential services to the greater population of the country and we should be vigilant against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus,” Mrs. Martha B. Benjamin, one of the marketers, stressed.Mrs. Benjamin cautioned market women in the country to handle with great care the various kinds of foodstuffs intended for the Liberian markets in all parts of the country.“Let all of us work together as foot soldiers and drive the deadly Ebola virus from all parts of our country,” urged Mrs. Benjamin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more