Scottie in Guiao’s mind as Fiba windows approach

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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms JAKARTA—Yeng Guiao used to breed and race horses for a hobby.And when asked about the possibility of Scottie Thompson joining the next Fiba World Cup Qualifying team Guiao blurted out an answer which every jockey works for to get his mount in the best position to win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “He’s by the rail entering the homestretch,” Guiao told the Inquirer in Filipino.Fans have used social media to clamor for Thompson’s inclusion just hours after the Inquirer broke a report of some players on Guiao’s wish list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I am definitely considering him,” Guiao added. The fiery mentor had earlier mentioned Greg Slaughter, Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot as those he wants on the team. “And for sure, (Scottie) is (Fiba) eligible.”The PBA, meanwhile, doubled down on its assignment that Guiao can have any player he wants for the coming Fiba windows, where he will take the place of head coach Chot Reyes, who was suspended in the aftermath of the Philippines-Australia brawl during their World Cup-qualifying match last month. Guiao’s main concern now, though, is whether Slaughter and Lassiter are eligible even as he practically seeded Raymund Almazan and Poy Erram to the team, which has a need for big men that can hit the three-point shot.“We need big men because of the (June Mar) Fajardo injury,” Guiao said after his Nationals plastered Japan, 113-80, Tuesday to advance to the battle for fifth spot and seal Gilas’ improved performance when the Asian Games were last held in Incheon, South Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Tempered emotions Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Vettel needs to find a way to hit back at Singapore Grand Prix

first_imgView comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2018 file photo, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, is flanked by his teammate Kimi Raikkonen of Finland during a news conference at the Monza racetrack, in Monza, Italy. Kimi Raikkonen is leaving Ferrari for Sauber and will be replaced by rookie Charles Leclerc, that will team up with Sebastian Vettel. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)SINGAPORE — Sebastian Vettel needs a return to form at this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, the night race where his Formula One championship challenge started crumbling last year.Vettel was perfectly poised to regain the overall lead from Lewis Hamilton at the Marina Bay street circuit last year, but caused a multi-car crash from pole position and spiraled out of the race. Hamilton avoided the first-lap chaos and, despite starting fifth, went on to win.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Although he beat Hamilton at the Belgian GP , after Hamilton took pole, familiar problems resurfaced for Vettel and Ferrari at the Italian GP two weeks ago.Ferrari secured a front row 1-2, with Hamilton third, but Vettel was unhappy with his team because Kimi Raikkonen was on pole in Monza. Then, Raikkonen held his ground at the start and didn’t let Vettel past, even though Vettel is much better placed for a title push.Unable to pass, Vettel then got in a tangle as Hamilton was overtaking him and span off the track — again showing signs of vulnerability. Vettel clawed back to fourth, but Hamilton won to extend his title lead on a track where Ferrari should have helped Vettel close the gap on the British driver.The fact he did not also underlines how Ferrari has seemed in a state of flux at times. Given Vettel’s need to pressure Hamilton, it was logical to impose team orders and tell Raikkonen to let Vettel past him.Ferrari has never officially established a 1-2 hierarchy in the team, and neither has Mercedes. But while it is seemingly evident to observers that Valtteri Bottas is Hamilton’s No. 2 at Mercedes — and he drove like that in Monza to help Hamilton overtake Raikkonen — the situation at Ferrari is confusing.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown This was compounded this week when, even against Vettel’s wishes, Ferrari chose not to extend Raikkonen’s contract for next year and instead promoted 20-year-old Charles Leclerc from the Sauber team. Leclerc is a hugely promising driver who came through the prestigious Ferrari academy, and touted as a future F1 champion, but he is inexperienced and will need time to adjust to a vastly more powerful car in 2019.Raikkonen has been competitive with six podiums in the past seven races to reach 100 podiums overall. But the 38-year-old Finn is going to Sauber next year, back to where he started his F1 career in 2001 and a clear demotion in terms of prestige.With only six races left after Singapore, Ferrari needs Raikkonen to help Vettel catch Hamilton.But as his second spell with Ferrari again promises to end bitterly — like when Ferrari bought out the last year of his contract in 2010 to bring in Fernando Alonso — Raikkonen may have other ideas.The uncertainty at Ferrari merely plays into Mercedes’ hands, with Hamilton looking a stronger bet to clinch a fifth F1 title than Vettel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The crash affected Vettel’s momentum badly. Hamilton won two of the next three races and eventually sealed the title by a comfortable 46 points.Unless Vettel finds a way to respond, it could be deja vu for the German driver as he already trails Hamilton by 30 points heading into Sunday’s race. Hamilton has won three of the past four races and outscored Vettel 93-55 during that span.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 ChrissConsidering Hamilton has won six races to Vettel’s five this year, the margin between them should be much closer. But, just like in 2017, Vettel has been throwing away points and his composure is again being called into question .The slump started when the Ferrari driver crashed in the rain while leading the German GP , in July then botched qualifying — again in the rain — at Hungary despite being faster than Hamilton’s Mercedes. 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UP Diliman field gets Fifa Quality Certification seal

first_imgThe international football asssociation (Fifa) recently awarded the University of the Philippines Diliman football field with the Quality Certification seal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Installed by  E-Sports International, the first local company to have a field tested for Fifa certification, UPD’s newly minted pitch got the award after meeting stringent and globally recognized criteria for safety, durability and performance.The  Rizal Memorial and Biñan football stadiums have also received Quality Certifications.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 View comments Guiao on being permanent PH coach: ‘If they give it to me formally, I will accept it’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA 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 awardlast_img read more

LeBron James’ season-low 13 in blowout caps Lakers’ eventful week

first_imgAnd on Saturday, James and point guard Lonzo Ball each had a triple-double — a double triple-double that only one other pair of Lakers teammates ever accomplished, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar way back in 1982 — in a 128-100 win at the Charlotte Hornets.If that appeared to be a sign that the Lakers were coming together as a group, and specifically that James and Ball could coexist successfully, Sunday’s setback raised a few questions.Not, though, among the Lakers themselves.“Nights like this happen. It’s a long season. … But it’s just a process,” said Ball, who had 10 points and four assists against the Wizards.One surprising aspect of Sunday was that the Lakers had not previously been troubled by playing on consecutive days this season: They entered this one with a 5-1 record in the second game of back-to-back sets.Perhaps that’s why Walton sounded so optimistic about where his team that’s fourth in the West stood — and where it was headed — before tipping off against the Wizards.“Well, we’re moving in the right direction. We have been for a while. The more we can get on road trips together, get practice time together, go through adversity together, the stronger our team’s going get,” the coach said during his pregame session with the media. “As of right now, I’m very happy where we’re at. But we’ve still got a long way to go.”The way his team played later in the evening showed just how accurate that final sentence was. James shot just 5 for 16, managing merely a season-worst 13 points. He and the rest of the Lakers put up barely any resistance at the defensive end and trailed by as many as 27 points while stumbling their way to a 128-110 loss to the Washington Wizards on Sunday night.“We’re a good team,” James insisted afterward. “Tonight was just one of those instances where we didn’t play well.”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 ChrissThat’s certainly true, at both ends of the court and in various ways.The 22 turnovers. The 51-43 rebounding deficit. The 0-for-8 start on 3-point attempts. The way they allowed Wizards point guard John Wall to dominate en route to a 40-point, 14-assist performance. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “Not a lot of good to take from that, other than the lesson of: You don’t show up to play in the NBA, you will not win,” LA coach Luke Walton said.His club wraps up a four-game road swing at the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.Consider what went on over the past week.On Monday, James and former teammate Dwyane Wade met for what was almost certainly the final time in their NBA careers, with the Lakers topping Wade’s Miami Heat 108-105.In Los Angeles’ next game, a 126-111 loss at Houston on Thursday, James and other Lakers occasionally kept their hands behind their backs at the defensive end, an indication of what they thought about the way the referees were making many foul calls when James Harden — who had a 50-point triple-double — and the Rockets had the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and head coach Luke Walton dispute a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON— This was hardly the ideal way for LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers to cap what amounted to an eventful week of highs and lows.And arriving one night after what seemed to be a breakthrough performance, this dud demonstrated just how much more room for improvement four-time NBA MVP James and his new teammates have.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Daughter tells of dad’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

76ers escape Knicks

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Joel Embiid scored 26 points for the Sixers, who were coming off a 123-121 home loss against Atlanta on Friday night. JJ Redick added 22 points, and Jimmy Butler finished with 16.Simmons called his team “too soft” after the loss to the lowly Hawks. He answered his own challenge with a pair of big plays late in the fourth quarter against New York.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 Knicks pulled within two on rookie Kevin Knox’s 3-pointer with 3:02 left, but Simmons pulled down an offensive rebound and fed Redick for a key jumper.A defensive rebound for Simmons set up Redick’s two foul shots with 20 seconds left, lifting Philadelphia to a 106-98 lead. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons reacts after dunking during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — Ben Simmons backed up his tough talk with a big day.Simmons had 20 points, 22 rebounds and nine assists, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks 108-105 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Knicks: G Tim Hardaway Jr. was sidelined by a left hamstring injury. He got hurt during Friday night’s 121-106 loss to Atlanta. … C Enes Kanter was held out due to what coach David Fizdale described as “flu-like symptoms.” … G Frank Ntilikina played 28 minutes after missing his last three games due to a sprained left ankle. He had eight points and six assists. … Mudiay scored 19 points in 28 minutes off the bench.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Knicks: Will play the NBA’s ninth regular-season game in London when they face the Washington Wizards on Thursday. “I thought especially the offensive rebound at the end of the game that led to JJ’s 3, I thought that was the game,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “They made it close at the end, but I thought his overall performance was dominant.”New York’s Emmanuel Mudiay missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.Knox had career-high 31 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and 19 of 22. Luke Kornet had a career-best 23 points.At 19 years, 155 days, Knox became the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to score 30 points in a game, joining Kobe Bryant, Devin Booker, Jaren Jackson Jr., Kevin Durant and LeBron James.“Those are some legendary players,” Knox said. “There’s a lot of other players on that list, but it just shows the work (I’m) putting in is paying off. Those are some great guys (to share) company with.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments New York trailed by as many as 24 points in the second quarter, but closed to 83-82 on Kornet’s basket with 11 seconds left in the third.The 76ers responded in the fourth, beginning the quarter with an 11-0 run. Simmons capped the spurt by finding a driving Butler for a layup that made it 94-82 with 6:22 left.“We have to lock down on defense and offensively take care of the ball,” Simmons said. “I think that’s really it. Everybody needs to be locked in.”HOME SWEET HOME?New York has lost eight in a row at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks’ last home win was Dec. 1 over Milwaukee.COMING UPFive of the Sixers’ next six games are against teams competing for a playoff spot. They host Minnesota on Tuesday night, and then visit Indiana on Thursday. They play Oklahoma City, Houston and San Antonio during a three-game homestand beginning on Saturday against the Thunder.“I’m excited,” Embiid said. “We’re going to see how good we are and how good we can become or how bad we are. The next three weeks are going to shape our season.”TIP-INS76ers: Embiid also had eight rebounds and blocked six shots in his return to the lineup after missing the loss to Atlanta. Embiid was sidelined by left ankle soreness. … It was Philadelphia’s seventh straight win over the Knicks. Big Boi, Travis Scott to join Maroon 5 in Super Bowl show Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Eya Laure rues missed shot to represent PH anew amid Asian U23 pull out

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments MOST READ Kiefer Ravena proud of brother Thirdy: ‘Hardwork, sacrifice get you to where you want to be’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure was supposed to get another chance at international competition, but the Philippines suddenly decided to pull out from the 2019 Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship.ADVERTISEMENT “There are still a lot of leagues in international competition and every athletes dream of representing the country.”Laure, for the meantime, can just focus on the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament wherein the Golden Tigresses just lost to Ateneo in four sets, 21-25, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25.The Golden Tigresses dropped to a 1-1 record after the loss and Laure wants to help UST get a better campaign.“I’ll focus first here in the UAAP,” said Laure who had 12 points against the Lady Eagles. “I just tell myself every game that I have to find my confidence as a player. I think I waited a long time before I got my confidence back.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Laure was added into the lineup that was supposed to compete in the tournament in Vietnam but the rookie from University of Santo Tomas couldn’t do anything but move on from the higher-ups’ decision not joining the games.“Of course I was saddened by the decision but I think my time has yet to come,” said Laure in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. “There are still a lot of chances for me to once again represent the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas officials gave an unorthodox reason regarding pulling out from the tournament, saying they wanted to prevent opposing countries from scouting the country’s Filipino-foreign players.Laure already wore the Philippine colors as part of the under-17 team and she also has a chance to wear it once more if she can crack the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.last_img read more

NPA-Anchors, I. E in Mid-week 5th Round Encounter Today

first_imgWhat is the most attracting thing between this afternoon’s first match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium is that the two teams lost their last league in the 4th round.NPA-Anchors lost 2-1to Oilers and Invincible Eleven lost 2-0 to LISCR and with the defeats still behind them, they will each try to change their stories at the end of what is expected to be a gruelling 90 minutes play.While Invincible Eleven lost at the Nancy B. Dos Sports Stadium in Kakata, NPA-Anchors lost their match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.So in a sense, the Anchors will be returning to the same field that they were defeated, while Invincible Eleven does not have any immediate past discomfort about the field.That aside, both teams are not strangers to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium and that suggests that both teams should be sufficiently prepared for what they hope to achieve. That is if they play well and make use of their chances.This suggests that while preparation is key to a team’s success, what is important is how effective players up front make use of chances, which are most often not real failures, but the inabilities of defenders to opponents’ attempts under control.And of course, a player must be well prepared, which means he must be sufficiently conditioned to respond to opponents’ attacks that are built from the midfield.An important drawback in the current league that I have observed is the lack of key players who are able to take the ball into their opponents’ dangerous area or the 18-yard zone, and at the same time scoring.Until such players are found, team-work, building from the midfield and moving to the wings and connecting in the 18-yard box seems the most effective method.It was interestingly that it was the only effective method that earned Nimba United FC the lone goal against BYC ll in their last match at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, when Sunnyboy Dolo found himself with the ball and with only goalkeeper Jalloh to beat.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 ‘Well-furnished’ Libraries Dedicated in Monrovia

first_imgTwo libraries constructed with funding provided by a retired Dutch volunteer residing in Monrovia, were dedicated over the weekend amidst widespread jubilations spear-headed by school administrators and the student body. The refurbished well-furnished libraries were dedicated at the William V.S. Tubman High and its Sinkor-based annex, the A. Glenn Tubman Elementary and Junior High School, respectively. In an exclusive interview shortly after the well-attended indoor program, Madam Jaeq Turel told the Daily Observer that the projects were borne out of her curiosity to see Liberian students adopt a culture of reading, but with comprehension.Not only did Madam Turel refurbished the two libraries, she was also instrumental in soliciting books and other useful materials that have arose the interest of students to spend most of their leisure hours in school in these libraries. According to her, it was about two years ago when she conceived the idea to revamp and or refurbish libraries of few selected schools in Monrovia especially at the Tubman High and the A. Glenn Elementary schools where she noticed the students could not properly read. Before starting the process, Madam Turel had helped tutor the students primarily with the reading subject where she herself got involved by teaching them to read and understand what they had read. “In my country-The Netherland, some parents like me, most often go to the campuses of schools, especially the primary schools, and begin to teach alongside the teachers some basics of reading to the pupils. This is what I also want to get involve in Liberia while here in my retired age.” She said, because Liberian students are noticed to be lacking (not there) behind in reading, “I started looking for the money as well as other essential reading materials, including current books for primary schools in order to refurbish the libraries. I also encourage the students to take advantage of the libraries.” Unlike in Liberia, she said, in The Netherland (her homeland), parents sometimes volunteered to teach the pupils how to read and write, while the teachers are also doing likewise.  With all the help from Madam Turel by giving the over 2,370 students the needed assistance through refurbishing the libraries, she noted that there were challenges owing to the lack of electricity to provide light and get other stand fans and other appliances (pieces of equipment) functional in the libraries. She also cited the lack of running safe drinking water for the students and their administrators. Madam Turel has expressed gratitude to the Liberian business community and individuals, who helped by making financial contributions to the projects as well as those who donated materials, including wooden tables and other materials to make the projects fruitful. She also extended thanks to the few trained librarians for their tireless efforts to impact the required knowledge to the students. At the occasion, the students as well as their administrators and even other educators, who were in attendance were provided a T-shirt each with various inscriptions, such like…”I support the National Reading Campaign, Learn to Read to Learn!!!, Reading Brightens Your Life, etc.” Several other persons, who made remarks called for help to empower the teachers, and also provide all time maintenance that would preserve the libraries.“We are grateful to Madam Turel for the projects, but we are equally concern about our students making the necessary use of the libraries wherein they would stop running to video clubs and ridding motor-bikes,” each of the speakers corroborated  the previous speakers.While urging for the maintenance of the projects at all times, Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent, A. Benjamin Jacobs called on the students to make maximum use of the facilities.“If you cannot read, you cannot go anywhere in your academic pursuit, because all of our successes in education begin with reading; one have to read to understand the necessities of life. This is how important reading is as it was also written on the T-shirts distributed among the students and others at the program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

US-Africa Summit Opens Today in Washington

first_imgThe U.S.-Africa Summit aimed at consolidating relations between Africa and the United States begins today, Monday, August 4, in Washington, DC.The summit is the first of its kind, and is expected to bring together 49 sub-Sahara African leaders to meet with President Barack Obama and the Government of the U.S.Countries not expected to form part of the summit include Zimbabwe, Eritrea, Republic of Sudan and Central African Republic, because of their suspension from the African Union for instability and poor human right records.President Obama is expected to orient discussions toward the issues addressed in his 2012 U.S. Strategy toward Sub-Saharan Africa (Africa Strategy).The summit, according to an official release, will be divided into three topical sessions — Investing in Africa’s Future, Peace and Regional Stability and Governing for the Next Generation.This first and biggest conference to be hosted by the United States with Africa raises the concern as to why the U.S. has such an interest at this time.Many insinuate that because of China’s presence in Africa, the United States wants to solidify its status with the continent in order to maintain its influence and benefit of its economic resources.However, anofficial statement from the US government about the conference indicates that the Obama Administration has decided to hold the summit, in part, to help define and share U.S-African views on how to achieve common goals.Such goals, the US says, include accountable, transparent, democratic governance; stronger rule of law; greater mutual economic growth, and trade and investment; greater peace and security; and enhanced socio-economic opportunity and development outcomes.The summit signals both continuity in long-standing U.S-African cooperation and increasing U.S. development assistance to Africa since 2000.Some activities expected to characterize the summit include a bi-cameral Congressional reception for African Leaders and senior civil society leaders’ presentations, recommendations, goals, and demands of a series of African civil society thematic working groups.Independent sources have hinted to the media that the U.S. Government may announce an attractive aid package for Africa during the summit.Meanwhile, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, departed the country on Friday, August 1, to join African Heads of State and Government at U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.President Sirleaf had announced that she would remain at home to oversee efforts to control the deadly Ebola virus disease that is spreading in Liberia and has killed many Liberians. In that connection, the President on Wednesday, July 30, launched the National Action Plan presented to the National Task Force on Ebola and announced an initial contribution of US$5 million by the government to begin the immediate implementation of the Action Plan.On August 5, Vice President Boakai will participate in the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, hosted by American philanthropist Michael  Bloomberg, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum. He will later join other African leaders at a White House Dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Obama.Also on the Vice President’s agenda will be the following events, taking place on the margins of the Summit: the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Partner Round Table; Africare/ExxonMobil Breakfast; Mercy Corps Event highlighting Liberian Youth; a Panel, at Georgetown University on “the Future of Business and Development in Africa”; a Power Africa Event, on energy; and more. He will also attend a Congressional Reception for Heads of Delegation.Vice President Boakai will grant interviews to a number of media organizations, all of them keen to pose questions about Liberia’s management of the Ebola virus disease.While in Washington, the Vice President will also participate in a meeting entitled: “Achieving a Successful Post-2015 Development Agenda”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

4 Top Empty Seats at Justice Ministry

first_imgAs the nation witnesses the removal and reshuffling of several high profile government officials, some Liberians, particularly employees of the Justice Ministry, have expressed fear for their safety wondering when the Ministry’s new leadership will be announced,. Expressing their misgivings, they want to remind President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the four top empty seats in the Justice Ministry, the government department responsible for the enforcement of law and order and the administration of justice in the country.The four top vacant positions at the Ministry include the Minister, the Deputy Minister for Administration, the Deputy Minister for Qualification and the Assistant Minister for Correction.According to our investigation, the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Cllr. Benedict Sarnor, is relatively acting in all the positions and running the Ministry in consultation with the Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo.Some Liberians yesterday told the Daily Observer that the vacancies at the top echelons of the Ministry, if not filled soon, have the propensity to tilt the statutory mandate of that government department.   These concerned citizens are keenly aware that effectual leadership at the helm is required for the Justice Ministry to carry out its chief responsibilities to enforce the law, defend the interests of the country, ensure public safety against foreign and domestic threats and provide unitary leadership in preventing and controlling crime and punishing those guilty of unlawful behavior.Madam Musuly Morrison and Mr. Jenkins Nah said separately that the absence of the Attorney General and other key officials at the Justice Ministry would undercut the rule of law, jeopardize the maintenance of peace and security, sustainable development, and the protection of human rights.However, the spokesperson of the Concerned Workers of the Justice Ministry, who is known only as ‘Scarface’, indicated that the prolonged vacancies of the top seats at the Ministry would not only slow down the access to justice but also delay the process of fair play and justice in the country.It may be recalled that former Justice Minister Christian Tah resigned a month ago.  Earlier, Cllr. Whetonia Dixon-Barnes and Madam Victoria Leigh-Sherman were relieved of their posts as Deputy Ministers for Administration and Qualification, respectively, as well as Assistant Minister for Correction, Hilary Sackor.Justice Minister Tah, in her resignation letter, said she could not be the Minister of Justice and not supervise   the operations of the security agencies under her Ministry.The letter cited her lack of independence to investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency, which is headed by Mr. Fumba Sirleaf, son of the President.Minister Tah also said it had become “unbearable” to continue as Minister amid “determination to systemically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness.”In a brief statement issued later, the Executive Mansion said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had “received and accepted the resignation” of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General.  There is no hint of who the President might be considering to fill these top positions at the Ministry of Justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more