Ramirez title defense off as challenger O’Connor hospitalized

first_imgREAD: Ramirez defends WBC super lightweight belt without Roach in cornerThe fighter was taken to hospital with dehydration and possible kidney failure, the post said.O’Connor’s Twitter feed later carried a post showing a picture of the fighter in hospital, with a message.“heartbreaking to be rushed to the hospital and deemed medically unfit to fight the day before fighting for my first world title,” he posted. “I let the idea of being a world champion cloud my judgment of my personal health. Nothing is more important than my health.”In a second post he added: “As I rest and recover with my family I ask for privacy. Thanks for all the well wishes and your continued support.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DeGuardia said O’Connor had been trying to shed a last two pounds (900 grams) to make the 140-pound weight limit.O’Connor, a 33-year-old from Massachusetts with a record of 30-3 with 11 knockouts, was preparing for his first world title fight.Ramirez, 22-0 with 16 knockouts, was to make the first defense of the title he won with a defeat of fellow American Amir Imam in New York on March 17.Since then Ramirez had parted with trainer Freddie Roach, and was to fight for the first time with trainer Robert Garcia in his corner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 1) heartbreaking to be rushed to the hospital and deemed medically unfit to fight the day before fighting for my first world title. I let the idea of being a world champion cloud my judgment of my personal health. Nothing is more important than my health. pic.twitter.com/uc8SEHTZQD— Danny O’Connor (@DOC_Boxing) July 7, 2018Jose Ramirez’s first defense of his World Boxing Council super lightweight world title was called off Friday as challenger Danny O’Connor was hospitalized with severe dehydration.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’The WBC said in a brief item on their website that the bout scheduled for Saturday in Fresno, California, had been called off after O’Connor “suffered various dehydration symptoms during the official weighing,” adding that he was taken to hospital.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins A post on the Facebook page of O’Connor’s promoter — Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing — said emergency medical personnel were called when O’Connor collapsed upon leaving a sauna Friday. MOST READ DeMarcus Cousins, on the Warriors’ potential: ‘Scary’ View commentslast_img read more

TNT stops skid, outlasts winless Columbian in OT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT returned to winning form but not after surviving a winless Columbian side, 118-114, in overtime in the PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The KaTropa, who played without head coach Nash Racela who was reportedly put on leave after the team’s poor start this conference, stopped a three-game losing skid to improve their record to 2-3 while the Dyip slid to 0-5.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Jayson Castro was the first to perform his heroic act for the KaTropa hitting a long three-pointer from the top of the key for TNT’s 115-112 lead with 2:22 left in overtime.Romeo then had his own clutch play scoring a layup against the defense of Rashawn McCarthy, whom he proceeded to taunt, for TNT’s 117-114 lead with 57.2 seconds remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’TNT assistant coach Eric Gonzales, who did not talk too much about the game, said the team is in the middle of fixing itself in the middle of this bumpy start.“I was just surprised with what happened and I was still with coach Nash last night and he didn’t know what was about to happen,” said Gonzales in Filipino. “After the things that happened I just hoped for the best and I dedicate this win to coach Nash.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “There are still things to be done for TNT, it will be hard but I’m thankful for this opportunity.”Castro finished with 25 points, six rebonds, and seven assists for the KaTropa while Romeo had 22 points and six dimes.Roger Pogoy played bigger than his listed 6’2” height and put up a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double for TNT.Jerramy King finished with 26 points and nine rebounds for the Dyip who have yet to win a game in the Governors’ Cup since 2016, a time when Manny Pacquiao was still in their roster.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Beef, sushi on menu as Japan’s Ikee named Asian Games MVP 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 awardlast_img read more

NFL opener no classic, even with exciting finish

first_img“This stings for sure,” said Falcons coach Dan Quinn, who certainly knows that feeling after the Super Bowl collapse two seasons back against New England, and then last winter’s divisional playoff loss here that ended almost exactly the same way as Thursday night’s defeat. “We knew this would be a competitive fight that would come down to the end, and it did.”Competitive? For sure.Classic? Not even close.“It wasn’t pretty, it was sloppy,” All-Pro tackle Lane Johnson said. “But at the end we got a win.”What NFL fans got ultimately might be an indictment of the preseason.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA: Late rally lifts Lyceum past JRU to stay unbeaten “It just came down to closing really,” Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant said.This was one opening show that artistically deserved to close after one night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Julio Jones’ case, it’s simple to say, “Who needs it?”Jones didn’t play a down in August, but he was unstoppable against a Philadelphia defense that handled everyone else, especially the scatter-shot arm of Matt Ryan. While local native Ryan once again was struggling at the Linc, Jones still managed to make 10 receptions for 169 yards. Only when Atlanta got within the Eagles 20-yard line did Jones not dominate — in great part because Ryan kept making misguided throws.Frankly, while Jones seemed to be in all-world form, Ryan — a virtual non-participant in the exhibition games — looked rusty.The Eagles weren’t a whole lot better. Other than their opportunism and some creativity, they also were plagued by mistakes on both sides of the ball.Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles caught another pass; it didn’t score a touchdown as the quarterback did against the Patriots, but it set up one of Jay Ajayi’s two TD runs. That was fun.But the dropped passes, including some potential interceptions, and silly errors such as a blocker on the punt team letting the ball touch his foot, looked like something straight out of, well, an exhibition game.“It wasn’t a rhythmic game but we fought hard and did the job,” Foles said. “Winning isn’t easy, especially against Atlanta. It was a dogfight. Our defense did a great job.”If this is a harbinger of what the other openers might look like on Sunday and Monday, fans might want to juggle their viewing schedules. Remember, virtually every team preserved regulars for the games that count. Unfortunately, that just might mean counting the number of flags that fly and errors that occur from Miami to Minneapolis, from Detroit to Denver, more so than the touchdowns going up on the scoreboard.“We made a ton of mistakes today,” safety Malcolm Jenkins noted. “But every time we got out there, we dealt with the situation. If we made mistakes, we moved on and we tried to win the situation.”The Eagles did, displaying the kind of resilience that helped them to last season’s title. The Falcons flopped again in a tight spot, though it’s inconceivable such a talented group will continue to get in its own way like this again. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown And even with a weather delay featuring some lightning before the Eagles and their fans could celebrate the unveiling of the banner for their first championship since 1960, this wasn’t exactly a sparkling display of football.You can credit two pretty staunch defenses if you want. Yet despite neither team reaching 300 yards in total offense, neither D was dynamic because plays were there to be made. The offenses rarely could do so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And then there were the penalties. Altogether, 30 points were scored — and two teams expected to contend for the NFL title compiled 26 penalties. It’s never a good sign when flags nearly equal points.Hey, the Super Bowl champions gained 232 yards and gave away 101 in penalties. Atlanta, which must think there are hot coals lining the red zone at the Linc, gained 299 but had 135 yards in penalties. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones, front right, cannot catch a pass against Philadelphia Eagles’ Ronald Darby during the final second of an NFL football game early Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 18-12. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)PHILADELPHIA — Even with an exciting finish eerily similar to last January’s playoff game, this was pretty much a forgetful opener to the NFL season.Even with another Philly Special, there wasn’t a whole lot to cheer about in the Eagles’ 18-12 victory over the Falcons on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Football fans clash with church members over stadium plaza

first_imgCarpio 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 LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this photo provided by the Andina government news agency, Alianza Lima club soccer fans, left, fight with members of an evangelical church, yellow helmets at right, outside the soccer club’s stadium in Lima, Peru, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. The two groups clashed outside the stadium over who has the right to use the area surrounding the sports venue, after the religious group arrived early in the morning and started removing the team’s logos from the parking area. (Norman Cordova/Andina News Agency via AP)LIMA, Peru — Football fans clashed with members of an evangelical church Monday in a dispute over who owns a sprawling plaza in front of the main entry to a stadium.Hundreds of members of The Upper Room church wearing yellow construction helmets arrived in buses early in the day and began painting walls, covering over images of famed players from Alianza Lima, one of Peru’s most historic clubs.ADVERTISEMENT Soccer fans soon arrived and the two sides clashed. Police used tear gas to break up the confrontation.Police Chief Gaston Rodriguez said two of the fans were detained and one of the church members was injured.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 club said in a news release that it has owned the plaza for 40 years. But church attorney Sandro Balbin said the church has been the registered owner of the property since 2016.The area is now used for concerts, parking and a gathering place for fans. The Upper Room, which has thousands of members across the country, wants to hold worship services there. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Pacquiao to Arum: I’ll see you in court Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

PBA: NLEX frustrates Alaska in OT to keep playoff bid alive

first_imgTip-off is at 4:30 p.m. with this game of utmost importance for the Elite, who can earn a shot at a twice-to-beat privilege next week provided they hurdle the Dyip even as San Miguel Beer seeks to extend a three-game winning streak when it battles Rain or Shine in the 7 p.m. game.The Beermen also need to take this one in order to keep hopes of advancing in the upper half alive.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown ANTIPOLO—NLEX snapped out of a three-game skid in style on Friday night, rallying from 10 points down in the fourth period to clip Alaska in overtime, 116-110, and stay in the hunt for a playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alaska dropped to 7-3 and is now forced to win its clash with NorthPort tomorrow at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao in order to avoid complications as far as a seat in the top four—and the twice-to-beat privilege that goes with it—is concerned.As things stand, the Aces dropped out of a tie for the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia, which will be locking horns also Sunday for what would now be a sure quarterfinal bonus and the No. 1 seeding in the playoffs, meaning, the lightest quarterfinal assignment.The Hotshots were still playing TNT KaTropa at presstime and could sew up a quarterfinal bonus with a win.Should Alaska win, the loser of the Ginebra-Magnolia match would then need to win its last game to get to eight wins and avoid possible complications that could arise for the last quarterfinal bonus with San Miguel Beer looming as a likely playoff foe for that slot.Meanwhile, Blackwater tries to snap a two-game losing streak and stay in the hunt for a top four berth when the Elite battle ousted Columbian in the first of two games making up a Petron Saturday Special schedule at Alonte Sports Center in Laguna.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal JP Calvo’s Letran stint ends in a heartbreak Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aaron Fuller had 42 points and 21 rebounds and was big late in the regulation, and JR Quinahan hit 10 of his 15 points in the extra period as the Road Warriors improved to 5-5 overall and stalled the Aces’ march for a top four finish.“He carried us on his shoulders tonight,” coach Yeng Guiao said of Fuller, who forged the extension with a short stab with a fraction over two seconds left at 99-all.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 ChrissIt was a disappointing way to finish a game for the Aces, who muffed two crucial free throws, one by Vic Manuel in the dying seconds of regulation, which would have forced the Road Warriors to take a triple to tie instead of making Fuller work underneath for that short stab.Quinahan, meantime, made two big triples when the game truly hung in the balance and swung the momentum in favor of the Road Warriors, who will close out against Rain or Shine on Nov. 3 seeking the win that would seal their place in the next round.last_img read more

Hitting their stride

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We’re happy [with] the win, but we were not because they scored 34 points against us in the second quarter,” TNT coach Bong Ravena said.“So we told the guys to stay in control and be locked in. I’m glad, they pulled through,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRR Pogoy, who was returning from an illness, caught fire in the KaTropa’s blistering start to the final period.  He emptied 12 of his total 28 points in that quarter and helped his teammates assemble a 26-0 run that left the Elite gasping.TNT’s blistering, unanswered run in the final quarter is the most by any team in the league. Blackwater’s Mac Belo leaps to avoid colliding with TNT’s Ryan Reyes, who loses possession of the leather. —AUGUST DELA CRUZANTIPOLO—TNT coach Bong Ravena asked the KaTropa during the halftime lull to approach Saturday’s match against Blackwater with a “locked-in” mentality.The pleading paid dividends as soon as the second  half resumed. TNT, already ahead by five, padded its lead again and again en route to a 127-89 drubbing of Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup hostilities at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No place like home as Cebu CC writes interclub history with overall championship View comments The KaTropa’s Troy Rosario and Don Trollano pumped in 17 and 11 markers respectively, to help the team move to a 5-3 slate—and stay in the hunt for a twice-to-beat playoff incentive.“The players have been focusing now on defense, unlike before. It’s now their priority to make stops,” said Ravena.TNT compiled 14 steals and seven blocks to hand Blackwater, which never got a taste of the lead, its worst beatdown since losing to Rain or Shine by 38 points in 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “I’m happy with the way I played,” Pogoy said in Filipino. But he added that he is even happier for the three straight victories his team has collected because of their stellar play on defense.“He came out strong and ready to play,” Ravena said of the sweet-shooting Gilas Pilipinas standout.Magnolia delivered a sterling performance from both ends of the court to take down Alaska, 103-86, in Saturday’s nightcap.The Hotshots imposed their will on the defensive end, keeping the Aces under 20 points in the middle quarters.“Ynares has been very good to us,”  coach Chito Victolero jokingly said in Filipino. “Maybe this place is our lucky charm.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Expectations for 2014

first_imgAfter 366 days in 2013, we have begun a New Year. With barely five days into 2014, many citizens have already begun to expect more of the government this year.In every sector of government, Liberians want change and new ideas that will benefit their country and its economy.The Daily Observer’s reporter toured Monrovia yesterday to hear from citizens concerning their expectations from government in 2014. Unsurprisingly, everyone had different expectations.Moses Forkpah, a resident of the Fiamah Community in Sinkor, said that this 2014, government should pay more attention to the financial sector. Mr. Forkpah called on them to see how banking institutions can be improved in the services they render to the public.“The Banking sector in Liberia is very important, so the kind of services rendered should be up to international standards because there will always be guest in the country and they cannot be inconvenienced,” he explained.“Over the years, the financial sector of Liberia has improved tremendously, but more has to be done. Our Bankers need more education on how to deal with customers and clients as well,” Mr. Forkpah said.He also said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should take bold steps in the reduction of corruption, adding that the President and her colleagues should also take a more detailed look at concession agreements.“It would also be in the country’s interest if the President encourages more investors in the country because if they come to Liberia, there would be other responsibilities given to them. When I say responsibilities, I mean they would help improve other areas the county is still struggling with. Areas like water, health, electricity and employment,” Mr. Forkpah concluded.Mrs. Beatrice Holt, a resident of the Old Road Community, said the government has to put in place more policies to combat the high rate of teenage pregnancy.She said teenage pregnancy in Liberia remains a serious issue that has hampered the improvement and well-being of the nation’s young girls“Our young girls these days are ruining their future for no reason. This is bad for our country. These young girls could be future leaders and decision makers; that is why they have to be protected and educated on what is right and how they should lead a healthy life,” Mrs. Holt asserted.The Gender Ministry has done a lot to help these young women, but the minster needs to expand upon her good work and tackle the issue more aggressively. Women are important to every society and we cannot sit by and watch our young girls ruining their chances of becoming role models in the African setting,” she said.For his part, Mr. Chucks Chosen, owner of the Chucks Chosen Business Center on Carey Street said if Liberians want a changed society, Liberians must look up to God first.He said Liberians must learn to accept that without the help of God, Liberia will not experience a change in this New Year.However, he noted the Government of Liberia should improve on its education system because it is through education Liberia will have good leaders for the future.‘This Government should see how it can implement better policies to improve the education system. Teachers should be paid their proper salaries, and students should be given the necessary items needed for successful learning,” Mr. Chosen explained.We also spoke with Mrs. Watchen Bruce, the Chief of Party of the International Executive Services Corps (IESC), who said she would like to see the government working in close relationship with private sector in 2014.She said that with such a partnership the private sector would be able to achieve its intended goals.“Since IESC’s work is to help expand businesses across the country, we want to collaborate with government to improve access to finance. We also want to build the capacity of business owners,” Mrs. Bruce detailed.“We want to help people know how to maintain their businesses and get steady profits so they can witness a physical manifestation of their achievements. This is being achieved through a program called Investing for Business Expansion sponsored by USAID. Closer partnership with government is very important to these kinds of initiatives,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NDS Finance Officer Found Guilty of Stealing US$179,183.06 and LD$958,247.08

first_imgThe Jury of Criminal Court ‘C,’ last Tuesday evening brought down a guilty verdict against a finance officer from National Drug Service (NDS) for stealing US$179,183.06 and LD$958,247.08.through a fraudulent account he opened for the company at the First International Bank (FIB).It was after a four-week trial that the jury convicted Wesley Jlue for the commission of the crimes of theft of property and forgery, of which he was indicted by the grand jury for Montserrado County.The money was raised from the sale of malaria drugs donated to the NDS by Global Funds.According to the evidence presented at trial, Jlue, from November 2012 up to March 2014, maintained the fraudulent account in the name of NDS, at the FIB.He used the account and directed checks given to him for deposit into the company’s Global Funds account with another bank, Ecobank-Liberia.All the transactions with the FIB were done through the Reconciliation officer at that bank and any communication between him and the bank had to go through the bank’s appointed officer.Despite Jlue’s intimate involvement in all of the Global Funds’ dealings at Ecobank, he lied that his managing director, Beyan K. Johnson, instructed him to open the fraudulent account at FIB. “I have never taken any corporate action without the clear written or verbal instruction from my boss,” he told the jury.Over approximately two years, Jlue obtained hundreds of thousands of both United States and Liberian dollars from the Global Fund checks, which he then diverted to his personal account at FIB.Jlue also lied to the court saying that his boss, Johnson, prepared and signed the documents used to open the account at FIB purportedly for NDS to pay staff and customers because of the difficulty they were encountering in withdrawing money from the Global Funds account at Ecobank.In fact, the NDS never made a single withdrawal from FIB, and all their payments were made from Ecobank and the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) where the company’s Global Funds accounts were kept.For his crimes, the Reconciliation officer was suspended by his institution until he could restitute the amount which it is not clear he had done.The Global Fund is the world’s largest financier of anti-AIDS, TB and malaria programs and by mid-2012 had approved funding amounting to US$ 22.9 billion that supports more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries, including Liberia.Microsoft founder Bill Gates was one of the first private foundations among many bilateral donors to provide seed money for the project.NDS is the custodian of the Global Funds in the country. It is also responsible for supplying and sell drugs including HIV/AIDS and TB medications to public and private health centers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberian Forests: the Blessings Remain

first_imgLiberia is one very blessed country! Why we are not among the most highly developed in our sub-Region is hard to answer.One manifestation of these blessing is our forests. After all these years of logging, Liberia is, according to Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director Harrison Karnwea, still the only country in the sub-Region with 43 percent of its forests intact. Intensive logging in Liberia began during the Tubman administration. Some Liberians remember filmmaker Bill Alexander’s famous documentary on Liberian forests, “Wealth in Wood.” It was produced in collaboration with the then Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (DICA), headed by Secretary E. Reginald Townsend. He commissioned many other documentaries on Liberia and, along with cultural icon Bai T. Moore, created the National Cultural Center at Kindejah and the National Cultural Troupe, which won worldwide acclaim. Townsend was also part of the decision making that created the Ducor Intercontinental Hotel, West Africa’s first five-star hotel. The Ducor was supposed to have spearheaded the launching of tourism in Liberia and West Africa—but. He also initiated the creation of the Liberian Broadcasting System, the training of scores of Liberian media and artistic personnel and the production of numerous books on Liberia. But both of these men were mistreated by the Liberian government. Bai T. was summarily removed from his job as Deputy Secretary for Culture, without even a pension. But Mr. Townsend got the worst of it—he was executed by firing squad following the 1980 coup d’état!Sometimes these diversions are necessary for historical purposes. Now back to Liberia’s forests.Last week President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, Armah Jallah, expressed concern that Liberian logging activities had “ceased,” leading to interruption in related development activities such as jobs and the construction and maintenance of roads. The Senator made his comments when he received a visiting Montana State Legislator, Dave Hagstrom, who offered to introduce hydro-electric power in Gbarpolu County. Mr. Hagstrom said in his native State of Montana, people purchase electricity at only 9 cents, compared to 53 cents per kilowatt in Liberia.It was not clear why Senator Jallah, during that conversation, jumped from cheap electricity to logging. Was Mr. Hagstrom interested in logging?Mr. hagstrom’s push for mini hydros is one of this newspaper’s constant themes. In Monday’s editorial we wondered why Liberia was not using its many rivers to produce cheap electricity. So far there is only one up-country town producing hydro-electricity— in Yandehun, Kolahun District, and Lofa County. President Sirleaf dedicated it early last year. Our Correspondent Alaskai Johnson, who coveredVice President Boakai’s Lofa visit last week, also visited Yandehum where Alaskai observed that the town was enjoying electricity “24-7.”We hope Mr. Hagstrom will fulfill his Gbarpolu plan. This will encourage government to exploit our rivers and extend cheap power throughout the country.FDA’s Managing Director was quick to react to Pro Temp Jallah’s concern of alleged cessation of logging in Liberia. Far from it, said Mr. Karnwea, logging is ongoing. In interviews with this newspaper, he named several logging companies engaged in Liberia. The Daily Observer then asked what was the status of GOL’s agreement with Norway. It is due to take effect this year, with Liberia standing to gain US$150 million for preserving its forestry reserves and promoting the campaign against carbon omissions. That agreement is on course and comes into effect this year. Mr. Karnwea then gave some details on the country’s forestry reserves. The largest is the SAPO National Reserve; then the East Nimba, between Nimba and Gedeh Counties; Lake Piso in Grand Cape Mount; and the Gola Forest between Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu.Mr. Karnwea further stated that the FDA is working on legislation for other forest reserves—the Wani Gizi in Lofa, the Grebo Forest in Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties, the Kpelleh Forest between Gbarpolu and Bong Counties and the Sanquin in Grand Kru and Sinoe Counties, etc. It is a fact that Liberia is rich in forest reserves, which are thankfully in place. Several of them still have elephants and other wildlife, enhancing Liberia’s vast tourism potential. Hopefully soon, the President will find someone who can successfully organize tourism and Liberia would finally be on its way to reap its long delayed tourism bonanza. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Morning will come to City Hall, it has no choice

first_imgDear Editor,With the citizens of Georgetown having been subjected to enduring, over the last two years, some of the worst living conditions that one could encounter in a capital city, it finally seems as though the end is nigh for the current Mayor and City Council with the announcement of Local Government Elections for November 12, 2018.One would think that this gives for more substantial grounds or cause for celebration than the commemoration of the 175th anniversary of the birth of the city, as substantial as that is.As the Mayor begins to pack and remove her things from her office in anticipation of departure, one can only hope that she takes along with her a number of the infamous things from her stint, including the infamous parking meter contract; the useless stun guns that were purchased for the Abattoir; the scores of used airline tickets and boarding passes; the plans to convert green spaces in Bel Air Park, Farnum Playground and Lamaha Springs into residential areas; the massive plans they had to overhaul Georgetown and restore its Garden City acclaim; plans for the Merriman Mall Recreation Park, which was supposed to  feature among its facilities a petting zoo; the proposal to construct a three-storey shopping mall with special entertainment facility at the new vendors mall; and a similar edifice with parking facilities for farmers, wholesalers and other merchants at Bourda Green; and all the other quixotic ideas that came from La La Land.Hopefully, the new Mayor and City Council would do away with all of the excesses, such as bodyguards, chauffeurs, special assistants, residential security, frequent travel to the ends of the earth with assistants in tow etc.Hopefully also, the new municipal government will be filled with smart young persons who will not be so out-of-control, so bloated, and so infested with deceit and abuse of power.Have faith, citizens. Morning will come to City Hall; it has no choice.Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more