Tacloban takes gritty five-set win over Pocari

first_imgRising star Kouame wants to motivate players interested in playing in UAAP At 3-4, the win allowed Tacloban to come within striking distance of the top four, which will have incentives in the next round. Pocari fell to its second consecutive defeat for a 3-3 record.Jovielyn Prado scored three straight points in the fifth set which Tacloban dominated as Pocari superstar Myla Pablo could not find any support from her teammates.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 ChrissThe underrated Fighting Warays needed some time to find their groove after trailing, 6-11, in the third frame.But Heather Guino-o, Pacres and Prado slowly chipped away at the lead to steal the set, forcing Pocari to commit seven errors in that frame. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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? 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Pocari once again took a commanding lead, 12-7, in the fourth only to witness Tacloban claw back to tie it all up at 17, before finishing off the frame and forcing a deciding set through the efforts of Pablo and Jeannete Panaga.But Tacloban broke that momentum in the fifth set as Kyle Negrito deftly distributed the ball to the Fighting Warays’ gunners, making 30 excellent sets in the process.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dimdim Pacres slammed 21 points to lead Tacloban over Pocari-Air Force, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 on Saturday night, fueling its campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.The heavy-hitting lefty served as the Fighting Warays’ main option against the Lady Warriors, who came into the game still licking the wounds of a stinging five-set defeat at the hands of the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Victor Oladipo helps Pacers end Nets’ 7-game win streak

first_imgIndiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) dunks against Brooklyn Nets’ Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)NEW YORK — After winning seven straight, Indiana head coach Nate McMillan noticed his team was developing some bad tendencies in their late-game execution.The Pacers gave up a buzzer-beating tip-in basket in Tuesday night’s one-point loss to Cleveland. The following night, they squandered a 17-point lead in a tough loss at Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest PLAY LIST 01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil TIP INSPacers: Turner had 15 points and 12 rebounds.Nets: G Joe Harris has hit at least a 3-pointer in 30 consecutive games, a game short of tying Joe Johnson’s franchise record of 31 straight set during the 2012-13 season.FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHINGKurucs led the Nets in scoring for the first time in his career, shooting 6 for 11 from the field over 34 minutes. He had 15 of his 26 points in the second half, providing a spark for a Nets offense that trailed by 10 points at halftime.“It’s hard to take him out of the game,” Atkinson said. “It wasn’t the plan to play him 34 minutes, and he’s earning his minutes. He’s earning his play, and it’s a pleasant, pleasant surprise for a 20-year-old kid.”UP NEXTPacers: Host Washington on Sunday night.Nets: Host Phoenix on Sunday night. Rookie Rodions Kurucs, a 2018 second-round draft pick, continued his stellar improvement with a season-high 26 points for Brooklyn, and DeMarre Carroll added 16.The Nets struggled in the first half, giving up 37 points in the first quarter, before turning things around late in the second half.“We could really never stop them,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We didn’t stop them all night.”Kurucs hit a free throw with 4:07 left in the game that gave Brooklyn a 100-98 lead before Oladipo accounted for all of Indiana’s scoring in an 8-4 run that put the Pacers ahead 106-104. Oladipo punctuated the spurt with an impressive left-handed dunk over Kurucs with 2:01 left.Bogdanovic then hit a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 109-104.On the next Brooklyn possession, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie was blocked by on a driving layup attempt by Pacers center Myles Turner, and Darren Collinson was then fouled by Kurucs.Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson came running off the bench to argue the call and was immediately ejected with 1:09 left by referee Tony Brothers.Bogdanovic hit the technical free throw to widen the lead to six points.Collinson hit one of his two free throws to make it 111-104.Kurucs then answered with a pair of free throws to draw the Nets with five before Oladipo’s final basket, a 3-pointer, closed it out for Indiana. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs make season-high 19 3-pointers, rout Wolves Star guard Victor Oladipo then changed things around in a six-minute span in Brooklyn on Friday night.Oladipo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Thaddeus Young added 21, and the Pacers won 114-106, ending the Nets’ seven-game winning streak.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“In the NBA you have to (put it behind) if you want to be good because stuff like this happens, unfortunately,” said Oladipo, who added nine rebounds and six assists.Oladipo was tough on himself after a couple of personal mistakes doomed his team. He missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left against the Cavaliers and then turned the ball over twice in the last minute against the Raptors. Those games are in the past now.“You might lose one game, you might lose two, three, but how you respond to the next game (is what matters),” he said. “It’s a new game, it’s a new day. All you got to do is just learn from the last games apply to the current game. It’s easier than done, but the good teams can do it.”Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis each added 17 points for the Pacers.Indiana has played 77 straight games without losing three in a row.“You try to figure it out after two losses,” McMillan said. “I thought tonight we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Serena Williams wins Perth season-opener ahead of Grand Slam tilt

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Genie Bouchard gives herself pass mark after comeback win Serena Williams of the United States serves during her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to power past Maria Sakkari in straight-sets at the Hopman Cup on Monday in her first competitive match since melting down in the U.S. Open final.The 37-year-old was rusty and down an early break but did enough to record a comfortable 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes in the women’s singles match.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The result leveled the tie between the United States and Greece, but Williams and playing partner Frances Tiafoe lost the later mixed doubles match in three sets to Sakkari and Stefanos Tsitsipas .Even though both her ankles were strapped and required medical attention during the change of sets, Williams moved freely and looked sharper as the match wore on.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“It was my first match back. I was making a lot of errors,” Williams said. “It was great to be back out on match day.”The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion lost an exhibition match against sister Venus in Abu Dhabi last week, but the Hopman Cup is her first competitive event since her controversial defeat to Japan’s Naomi Osaka at Flushing Meadows in September. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ The fancied Greece kept its tournament alive with a 4-1, 1-4, 4-2 victory in the mixed doubles after an opening defeat against Britain.The United States will battle Switzerland in a showpiece fixture on Tuesday, which pits Williams against fellow tennis legend Roger Federer in the mixed doubles.“As a player it’s something that you would dream of playing Roger Federer,” Williams told reporters. “It’s only mixed doubles, but still it’s like a dream come true for me.”The 37-year-olds have won 43 Grand Slam singles titles between them — Federer a record 20 in men’s tennis — and are arguably the best ever.The match in Perth is expected to be a sellout.“I really look forward to sharing the stadium with him,” said Williams, who will be chasing a record-equaling 24th major at the Australian Open next month. “It’s going to be special.”Their showdown has added spice, with the United States’ title hopes hanging by a thread after the loss to Greece.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was an error-strewn start for Williams, who struggled to land her first serve and was broken in the third game. She could have been in a bigger hole if not for saving break points in her first and third service games.A vocal Williams tried to pump herself up in a bid to shake off the stupor and raised her arms skyward after holding serve in the fifth game. A confident Sakkari held the edge until losing her nerve attempting to close out the set in the 10th game.Williams then found her range and dominated the tie break to wrap up the first set in 63 minutes. She broke twice in the second set and closed it out with an ace.Williams is a two-time Hopman Cup winner, having triumphed in 2003 with James Blake and five years later alongside Mardy Fish.In the earlier men’s singles match, No.15 ranked Tsitsipas overcame a second set wobble to defeat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3. It was a confidence boost for the Greek rising star after his shock straight-sets loss to unheralded British played Cameron Norrie on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Trade Deficit Widens

first_imgIn the face of the rising exchange rate between the United States and Liberian dollars (L$88.00 for US$1.00), the Liberian economy is reported to have experienced a huge trade deficit in the first quarter of 2014. According to a 1st quarter 2014 data released by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), trade deficit widened by 86.9 percent to US$77.0 million from US$41.2 million at in December, 2013. Total trade volume amounted to US$382.1 million with import receipts alone accounting for US$226.9 million. The CBL says the widened trade deficit is explained by a 4.2 percent decline in merchandise export earnings couple with a 14.6 percent decline in merchandise import payments. When compared with the corresponding quarter in 2013, however, the trade balance narrowed by 51.1 percent on account of a 20.2 percent rise in export earnings against a 19.3 percent decline in import payments. The Bank, however, noted that the slight deterioration in the trade deficit was outweighed by improved net current transfer inflows during the quarter, yielding a narrower current account deficit. Overall, total merchandise trade increased by 6.3 percent to US$382.1 million, from US$359.4 million in December, 2013, largely on account of a 4.2 percent and a 14.6 percent rise in merchandise export receipts and import payments, respectively.On annualized basis, total trade declined by 7.1 percent, largely indicative of a 19.3 percent decline in import payments that outweighed the 20.2 percent rise in export receipts. Merchandise export receipts accounted for 39.9 percent and 30.8 percent of total trade at the end of March, 2014 and in the same quarter in 2013.                                                Merchandise ExportsCommodities export receipts declined by 25.1 percent to US$152.5 million in the review quarter, from US$159.1 million at the end of December, 2013, which the CBL attributes largely on account of a 25.1 percent fall in rubber export earnings to US$30.2 million in March, 2014, from US$40.3 million in December, 2013. Compared with the corresponding quarter in 2013, commodities export receipts rose by 20.2 percent during the quarter. The decline in rubber export receipts in particular, was mainly occasioned by both volume and price factors. Export volume declined to 14,584 metric tons at end-March, 2014 from 17,950 metric tons at the end of the preceding quarter. Rubber price recorded a three month average of US$2250.9 per metric ton in the review quarter, from US$2527.5 per metric ton and US$3155.6 per metric ton at in December, 2013 and March 2013, respectively.The CBL warned that weaker than expected growth prospects in the United States and struggling recovery in the Euro area may perpetuate the decline in rubber prices in the near term. Meanwhile, combined rubber and iron ore exports recorded 85.7 percent of total export receipts from 84.3 percent in December, 2013. The CBL called for a paradigm shift from an enclave sector led-growth model to one that engenders broader export base, particularly towards SME-led non-traditional exports to reverse Liberia’s sole dependence on iron ore and rubber exports.On the logging industry, the Bank noted that ongoing reforms in the sector coupled with global logs price decline continue to affect the production and export of round logs. Data released by the Bank declared that round logs export earnings plummeted by 10.0 percent to US$7.0 million, from US$7.8 million in December, 2013. “Round logs recorded a quarterly average price of US$289.8 per cubic meter in March, 2014, from US$296.3 per cubic meter and US$322.5 per cubic meter in December, 2013 and March 2013 respectively,” the CBL said.                            Direction of TradeAmid Liberia’s widening trade deficit, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub-region accounts for the giant share of the country’s total trade. In the review quarter, the ECOWAS sub-region topped chart as Liberia’s largest trade partners in the area of import followed by Europe, Asia and North America, where the country mostly exported.Merchandise export receipts from Europe amounted to US$57.9 million in the quarter, from US$51.3 million in December, 2013, accounting for 38.0 percent of total export receipts for the quarter, from 32.1 percent of total export receipts during the preceding quarter.The growth in exports towards Europe, the CBL noted, reflects the ongoing recovery in the Eurozone. Europe’s share of Liberia’s import payments for the quarter also rose to US$67.7 million at end-March, 2014, accounting for 29.5 percent of total import payments, from 19.6 percent at end- December, 2013.North America’s share of Liberia’s exports also grew to US$40.0 million in the March, 2014, from US$30.3 million in December, 2013, accounting for 26.2 percent of total export earnings during the quarter from 18.5 percent for the preceding quarter. The Bank said improved growth outturns in the US economy triggered the upward trend.It wasn’t too good for Liberia’s exports in Asia for the quarter as export dwindled to US$32.1 million, from US$54.3 million in December, 2013, accounting for 21.1 percent of total export receipts, from 34.1 percent for the preceding quarter. Weak external demand from China is largely blamed for the decline. Asian-sourced imports also fell to US$47.7 million during the period, from US$68.2 million as at December, 2013, and accounted for 20.8 percent of total import payments at the end of the quarter, from 34.1 percent recorded for the preceding quarter. Liberia’s intra-regional export trade with its sub-regional counterparts meanwhile inched up to US$2.1 million during the quarter under review, from US$1.9 million in December, 2013, reflecting gradual improvement in regional trade as a result of improving trade relations. Analysts have stressed the need for greater improvement intra-regional trade. Liberia’s import payments to the ECOWAS sub-region surged to US$51.9 million in the quarter, representing 22.6 percent of total import payments, from US$48.6 million recorded at the end of the previous quarter.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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What Happened to Africa’s Newest Nation?

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Liberia YMCA U14 Invited to Dallas Cup Tourney

first_imgDonamiSport has secured invitation to bring a Liberia YMCA U-14boys All-Star team to the U.S. for the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup soccer tournament from April 13-20, 2014.This was confirmed by its Executive Director, Doc Lawson, in an email to the Daily Observer sports desk last Friday.He said the team will compete in one of the oldest and most prestigious international youth football tournaments in the world, which is The Dallas Cup. The Liberian team will compete against teams from England, Mexico, United States, Canada and New Zealand.Doc Lawson, who will be arriving in the country later this week, said he would be holding meetings with the Liberia Football Association, the Ministry of Youths & Sports and other partners to conclude arrangement for Liberia’s participation.The DonamiSports, which began a community football development program in several communities in Monrovia, will hold try-outs to select Liberia’s representative.When he arrives later this week, Doc Lawson said he would meet with,” my partners on the ground, Liberia YMCA, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Football Association to share the details about this historic event.”In a press release issued by the organizers the first round of international team invitations for the U17 bracket of the 2014 tournament had been sent to the best teams from around the globe, to clubs hailing from five different countries.“The Dr Pepper Dallas Cup continues to set the standard for international competition in youth soccer tournaments,” said Andy Swift, the tournament’s Executive Director. “This year’s U17 bracket, with the quality and diversity of the international clubs, combined with yet another extremely talented group of teams from the United States, is shaping up to be one of the strongest and most competitive in many, many years.”The release said headlining the U17 group are three professional Mexican clubs, a Dallas Cup U17 bracket first.  Club America, UANL Tigres, and CF Monterrey Rayados will be sending their U17 teams to Dallas to compete in the 2014 tournament. “CF Monterrey will be fielding the same team that won the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup 2013 U16 Championship this past March. All three teams were playoff quarterfinalists in the recently concluded Mexican U17 Apertura season, with Tigres and Club America advancing to the semifinals.  The eventual winner, CD Guadalajara, will compete in this year’s in the Dr Pepper Gordon Jago Super Group.”  In addition there will be teams from four different continents, all competing with their own unique style of soccer.  German side FC Astoria Walldorf, Club Deportivo ASES from Colombia, and the Gold Coast Knights from Australia will join the Puerto Rican U17 National Team in one of the most competitive and diverse U17 brackets in Dallas Cup history.While the remaining international U17 participants are yet to be announced, the DonamiSports has secured a place for the Liberia U14 to participate in the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV from April 13th through April 20th, 2014.Dr Pepper Dallas Cup is the oldest and most prestigious international youth soccer tournament in the United States and will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Dallas Cup consists of seven age groups from U13 to U19 and entertains on average more than 100,000 spectators during the week.  Since its inception in 1980, Dallas Cup has hosted teams and referees from 47 states, 100 countries and 6 continents.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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‘They’ll NEVER Come Back’

first_imgHealth and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale, has thrashed the main demand of the striking National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL).Dr. Gwenigale, who did not mince his words when he spoke Monday, October 13, during the regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, told the health workers that their demand for the re-instatement of Mr. Joseph Tamba, president and Mr. George Poe Williams, Secretary General and spokesman, would never be honored.“To those of you striking because you want those two men back, you better just stay home forever because they are never coming back to work with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” Min. Gwenigale told the striking health workers.Both Tamba and Williams have since been fired from their respective posts at the National Malaria Control Program and the James David Hospital for over a year. However, the striking public health workers still regard both men as their leaders even though they (Tamba and Williams) are no longer officially in the employ of the public health sector. The health workers, especially the ones at the largest Ebola treatment unit (ETU) at the Island Clinic of 150-bed capacity at the moment, are also demanding that monies deducted from their September hazard pay be refunded to them.The Health Minister assured them that every health worker affected by the cut would be reimbursed. He appealed to them to return to work in order to save lives that they swore to protect. Dr. Gwenigale’s statement was buttressed by the Acting Finance and Development Planning Minister, Dr. James Kollie.Reacting to Dr. Gwenigale’s statement that they would ‘never return’ to the Ministry of Health, NHWAL Secretary General Williams told our Health Correspondent via phone that “never” belongs to God and that a “mortal man should not use it because things can change around.”He said with that pronouncement from Min. Gwenigale, he was left to wonder what could be the way forward.Asked whether the strike was ongoing he said “yes, but there have been numerous calls coming from international partners asking us to relax our action. So, we have informed our colleagues at various ETUs to remain and help save the lives of those who came in before the strike began.”He stressed that his colleagues at the ETUs have been warned not to take in new victims even if there are empty beds.At the moment, the immediate impact of the workers’ action might not be felt, but in the coming days if new victims are not allowed to be admitted to the ETUs, Liberia could return to the situation a few weeks ago when dead bodies were found everywhere in homes and communities. This will increase the risk of more infections of the disease, which has so far killed at least 2400 in confirmed, probable and suspected cases in Liberia between March 22 and October 7.Meanwhile, Mr. Williams disclosed to the Observer that he fears for his life. “Someone told me that there is a secret arrest order for me and Tamba. I am not on the run, if the security wants me, I can turn myself in but hunting me secretly is worrisome for me and my family looking at our country’s history,” he stated, emphasizing,  however, that he was not afraid of being arrested.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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Beach Parties: A Timely Interdiction

first_imgThe Liberian Government’s announcement this week banning all beach festivities on November 29 ensuing is very timely.The Information Ministry told the regular Ebola press briefing on Wednesday that GOL had decided to prohibit any gathering whatsoever at beaches on that day to avoid the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.The ban is particularly aimed at President William V.S. Tubman’s birthday celebration on November 29, which has over the past several years morphed into a major holiday in Liberia kicking off the Christmas season.  Tubman would be surprised.As though determined to recapture Tubman’s happy-go-lucky, libertine (unrestrained by morality) character, which most of today’s generation know little about, the nation’s youth in their thousands, converge on the beaches to party until late into the night. In Monrovia, droves of celebrators, scantily dressed, jam up in the back of pick-ups or on the hoods and in the trunks of vehicles to get to the beaches, especially those along the Robertsfield highway.  Quite often traffic on that highway and in the whole of Paynesville is blocked most of the day as people throng the beaches and entertainment spots to have a good time. This year when Tubman’s 119th birthday falls on a Saturday the crowds would have been even bigger.  Many would have forgotten that they had to attend church services on Sunday, as they reveled late into the night, in relentless, rambunctious (rowdy, high-spirited) partying.Alas! Not this year!  The deadly Ebola virus has changed all that.  It is not just the economic crisis that Ebola has brought upon us.  Indeed for this one day, most people would prefer to forget the crisis and spend their last to crowd the beaches and let the good time roll.But the risk of the virus spreading again is too high and the Liberian Government is not taking any chances.  Neither should any of us even for that one day. After surviving the horrendous experience of the past several months in the grip of the deadly Ebola virus from which we are not yet free, who would want to flout (disobey) the precautions that have restrained the virus, pulling defeat out of the jaws of victory, so to speak?The government, its foreign partners and the Liberian people themselves have joined in the unrelenting fight to contain the virus, causing us to make big gains towards its recession and finally zero cases.  The least we can do is sacrifice one day of celebration.But just to make sure, the GOL has for now banned beach gatherings on November 29. We do not know whether we can achieve the status of “Ebola free” by Christmas, but a lot depends on the people themselves—their following all the rules, observing all the measures to prevent infection; and on the government and the international partners ‘in union strong’. We have been striving to let the government see the need to take one other urgent action—to deploy Liberian troops, accompanied by some from the United States, at key border points, especially on the Guinea and Sierra Leone sides.  This, we believe, would   help stop the resurgence of the virus, by keeping it from coming again across the border. We saw what happened last week in Jenewonde Town on the Cape Mount border with Sierra Leone.   We have to be very vigorous in protecting our borders, because while the virus is receding in Liberia, it is spreading in the other countries, especially Sierra Leone.  We don’t know why.  But government must take immediate action, remembering what happened in Foya, Lofa County in March: it took only one person with the virus to cross the Guinea border into Liberia.  After that, the virus spread like wild fire and our country became the worst hit in the entire sub-region.We pray that the government will go one step further in obeying the First Law of Nature: Self-Preservation.      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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Tragedy at Gold Camp in Bassa

first_imgTangible reports gathered by the Daily Observer speak of tragedy at a gold mining site called No Way Camp, Marloi Township, in Central Glaakon Statutory District No. 2, Grand Bassa County.More than 20 miners are feared dead while several reportedly sustained multiple injuries and were rushed to a distant health center outside the township for medical treatment, according to the reports.                                                                                                                                                                  The incident took place almost at the end of December 2014  at the gold camp following a random shooting which caused a falling dirt wall that was said to have been undermined by the miners themselves.Survivors of the incident identified as George David, Pedehgar Tamu and one Obediah, who fled the scene confirmed the disaster during a separate interview with the Daily Observer in the township.They narrated that the incident started when over 2000 mining job seekers were asked by managers of the No Way Camp to pay the amount of L$500 each as a fee to obtain the jobs.However, hell broke loose when the managers received the fees and deliberately failed to offer the men the jobs, the survivors reported.  They said the aggrieved men went on a rampage and reportedly attacked the managers’ homes demanding the refund of their money since they could not get the jobs.They alleged that during the riot, the security guards at the mining site opened fire at the crowd with their single barrel guns and allegedly killed an unspecified number of people. A dozen of the men who ran for their lives jumped in a 40-foot gold pit and those who were already in the pit instantly died when the dirt wall broke and fell on all of them, the survivors stated.They further disclosed that the crowd demolished the managers’ houses and looted their belongings including 25kg bags full of gold and one containing 75 grams of gold, according to the survivors’ account.Because of the tragic incident, the traditional people in the vicinity abruptly closed the camp and banned all mining activities to prevent further disaster.  It is not clear when the camp will be reopened, the survivors said.It is reported that government has deployed security personnel at No Way Camp to make sure that calm and peace are restored.When contacted, the Grand Bassa County Information Officer, Eddie Williams, confirmed that “an incident” had happened at No Way Camp. Williams also told the Observer that Police officers from Buchanan had there to restore calm and to find out what had gone wrong.Thirty-two years ago, it can be recalled, residents of a camp in Grand Cape Mount County with the same name—No Way Camp—suffered almost similar disaster on a Tuesday morning in October.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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Politicians, political influence are destroying GPF

first_imgDear Editor,People would be surprised if we examine racism, discrimination, intolerance and the abuse of power in the Guyana Police Force, based on critical analysis of theoretical and empirical research in the Guyana Police Force. The unlawful intrusion by the State and the discrimination by the Police Service Commission in the promotion of police officers are factors that are demoralising the police officers within the Force. A framework relating to anti-discrimination policy for promoting officers must be implemented, also the introduction of robust mechanisms to achieve democratic accountability.Since the APNU/AFC coalition Government took office, it is evident that the Indian Guyanese police officers are being discriminated and humiliated in every aspect. There are no Indian Guyanese Assistant Commissioners of Police, there is only one Commander that is Indian Guyanese and the last promotion list indicated that only a few Indian Guyanese in the Police Force were elevated. There are many officers who are working under severe stress but are afraid to speak out against the system because of the fear of being victimised. There is a senior officer who was transferred to a department without even being given a desk to operate, no reasons why, the only assumption is that he is an East Indian, and was politically victimised.The Government must set a human rights framework based on existing national legal instruments relating to anti-discrimination policy (including the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials). This will provide a basis for critical evaluation of the research evidence and the development of measures to reduce racial discrimination and injustice.Such measures include: – attempts to ensure that police organisations reflect the diversity of the society;-measures to promote equality of opportunity and equality of service delivery;-structures and processes to ensure legal, political and community accountability;-introduction of civilian oversight measures and robust mechanisms for handling complaints;-the development of ethnic minority staff networks and innovation in education and training. Politicians and political influence are destroying the Guyana Police Force.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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