Pelicans beat Blazers to go up 2-0

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 Holiday also had nine assists for the Pelicans, while Rajon Rondo came close to his 11th postseason triple-double with had 16 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Anthony Davis added 22 points and 13 rebounds.CJ McCollum, who struggled with backcourt teammate Damian Lillard in the opener, rebounded with 22 points to lead the Blazers.Portland trailed by as many as 11 points in the third quarter but Lillard hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw to tie the game at 93 with 7:31 left. Holiday’s pull-up jumper and Rondo’s driving layup kept the Blazers from pulling ahead.Maurice Harkless dunked and Al-Farouq Aminu had a layup to re-tie the game at 97. After Holiday’s hook shot, Harkless made a 3-pointer to give Portland a 100-99 lead.Nikola Mirotic and Holiday each hit 3-pointers to put the Pelicans back in front 105-100 with 1:35 remaining and Portland couldn’t catch up. Fans at the Moda Center booed at the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Pelicans: Holiday had 12 points in the first quarter alone. … Davis had scored 25 or more in his first five post-season games. He came up a game shy tying LeBron James for the second-longest streak to begin a career, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 14 straight, according to Elias.Trail Blazers: The third seed in the West has won its first-round series for the past four seasons. … Portland had home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time since 2009. … Fans at the Moda Center were clearly upset with the officiating, taunting the refs with a chant in the final quarter.QUOTABLE: “We’ve still got two more games to win, so we’re not celebrating anything,” Gentry said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lillard finished with 17 points for the Blazers, who were hurt in the third quarter when starters Jusuf Nurkic (left leg) and Evan Turner (right toe) left the game.The third-seeded Blazers, in the playoffs for the fifth straight year, dropped the first game against the Pelicans 97-95, becoming the highest seed to lose at the start of the opening round.Davis had 35 points and Rondo had 17 assists to tie the franchise record. Lillard and McCollum combined to shoot just 13 for 41 in the opener.Lillard said he expected more out of himself.“Coming into the playoffs, you know teams are going to lock in and they’re going to try to make the game hard for you,” he said.Portland got a boost in Game 2 with the return of Harkless for first time since he had a minor procedure on his left knee in late March. He missed 11 games.McCollum shook off the Game 1 struggles, hitting four of eight from the floor in the opening quarter. His layup tied the game at 21 and then he dished to Harkless for the dunk to put the Blazer in front.Portland led 35-30 after rookie Zach Collin’s bank shot and the Blazers led by as many as nine points before taking a 59-54 lead into halftime.Davis made a short jumper from out front to give the Pelicans a 65-64 lead. Portland was hurt a short time later when Nurkic limped off the court and into the locker room. When he returned to the bench, he was flexing his left leg. He iced his leg the rest of the game.TIP INS: LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Holiday struggled at times with injuries after coming to the Pelicans in 2013. Then in early 2016 he took a leave of absence when doctors discovered that his wife, former U.S. national soccer team player Lauren Holiday, had a brain tumor while she was pregnant with the couple’s first child.“He’s been through some tough times, the first year he’s injured, he’s on minute restrictions through the greater part of the season, and then everybody’s familiar with the situation with his wife and what they had to go through there,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “Everybody’s healthy and in a good place now so I think mentally he’s in a good place.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHoliday played Tuesday night with emotion he did not often show earlier in his career. He agreed that it felt a weight has been lifted.“My family’s the most important thing to me, and with them being OK I can come back to the team freely and be able to help them out now,” Holiday said. “It’s been fun. I feel like my teammates and the organization definitely helped me out coming back from things with my family, and even the injuries, with being able to play and being able to perform at the peak I’m performing.” Warriors’ Iguodala has a knack for big playoff performancescenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, center, guard Rajon Rondo, right, and forward E’Twaun Moore, left, celebrate during the second half of Game 2 against the Portland Trail Blazers in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Portland, Ore. The Pelicans won 111-102. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Removed from the turbulence that marked his previous seasons in New Orleans, Jrue Holiday is in a good place — and it shows.Holiday had a career playoff-high 33 points as the Pelicans took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 111-102 victory on Tuesday night. The series shifts to New Orleans on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Thompson hot hand carries Warriors into Game 7 with Rockets

first_imgAs for Curry?“I think we both blocked that whole year out of our memory,” the two-time MVP quipped.No arguing they both appreciate Thompson’s no-fear shooting approach and ability to almost single-handedly turn the tide of a game with a timely 3-pointer or two — or nine.Once Golden State got going in transition, following clutch defensive stops, Thompson found the looks he so prefers from long range.“I feel like we’re the best team in the world and most fun team in the world to watch when we’re pushing that ball, getting defensive stops and making plays,” he said. “We’ve got too much talent not just to hit singles like Coach always says. Trust the next man ahead of us. It will end up working in our favor most of the time.”Thompson shot 13 for 23 and 9 of 14 from deep as the Warriors responded from an early 17-point deficit to dominate James Harden and Houston the final three quarters, outscoring the Rockets 93-47 after trailing 39-22 at the end of the first.Thompson went a combined 20 of 32 from 3-point range in those two impressive Game 6 shows, Saturday and in 2016.“I think Klay doesn’t worry too much about repercussions. He doesn’t worry about judgment and results. I think he just loves to play,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s so comfortable in his own skin. I just think he wants to go out there and hoop, and he doesn’t worry about much else. So the pressure doesn’t seem to bother him much. He just competes and plays. As I said, the two-way ability of this guy hounding the MVP of the league, most likely, all game, and continuing to rain down 3-pointers, he’s amazing.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LeBron, back in Boston, for another Cavs farewell Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden State Warriors swingman Klay Thompson reacts after making a shot against the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. APOAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson flashed back to a night he left the arena still in uniform, furious about his forgettable performance against Denver.It used to be he struggled to shake off a bad night, or even a bad start to a game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Now, he just keeps shooting. Whenever he feels like it, from wherever. No conscience. A hand or two in his face, no matter.“I was not always like this. I used to be so hard on myself, especially early in my career,” Thompson said. “… I learned, as I get older, if you play with passion, you play hard, and you leave the game saying I gave everything I have tonight in those 48 minutes, you can live with the result.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Warriors’ season lives on largely thanks to Thompson’s shooting touch. Golden State is one win from a fourth straight NBA Finals, headed back to Houston for Monday night’s Game 7.He came through with the defending champions’ season on the line in another do-or-die Game 6, just as he did two years ago at Oklahoma City. This time he scored 35 points with nine 3-pointers as the Warriors rallied with a huge second half to beat the Rockets 115-86 on Saturday night to force a deciding game in the Western Conference finals. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil His defense shined, too. Oh, and the typically subdued Thompson let his emotions flow for all to see: He flexed his biceps Draymond Green style, pumped his arms like Kevin Durant and yelled out the way Stephen Curry often does at Oracle Arena.Thompson has long been content to be the understated All-Star among the four in Golden State’s starting lineup.“I just wanted to play with as much passion as I could tonight. Probably sounded more vocal than I usually am,” Thompson acknowledged. “When your back’s against the wall, if your shot’s not falling, you can always control your passion and how hard you play. Usually when I do that, it trickles over to other aspects of my game.”Curry’s Splash Brother did it in 2016 when he scored 41 points against Durant’s former Thunder team with the Warriors facing elimination. They went on to win Game 7 before falling to LeBron James and the Cavaliers in a seven-game NBA Finals.Durant had no interest in recollecting, smiling and laughing with Curry as he said, “next question.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Serena Williams launches fashion collection of her own

first_imgSerena Williams of the U.S. walks back to the baseline after returning a shot against Krystina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)NEW YORK — Serena Williams has launched a fashion collection soon after participating in her first major tennis tournament in 16 months, dressed in a black “warrior princess” catsuit, no less.But don’t look for her French Open outfit among the athleisure, office and evening clothes on her new namesake website, the only place her duds are available.ADVERTISEMENT Mother of G League player who died sues NBA, Pistons Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 awardcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Following collaborations with HSN and Nike, Williams’ “Serena” line includes an “S” motif and comfortable price points.The letter adorns bralettes and high briefs, along with a T-shirt with the name of her childhood home, Compton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownShe says she hopes to inspire women to own their own “s” words, like strong, sexy, sophisticated, sassy, smart, silly and spontaneous.Prices range from $40 for the logo T-shirt to $215 for a gold and black anorak jacket. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Reigning national champs stamp class early, post 2-0 start in Santa Ana

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Also making it to the semis are Harbor Pilot-Cebu’s Therese Ramas and Dij Gutierrez, and Tuguegarao’s Charo Soriano and Bea Tan.Ramas and Gutierrez made quick work of Far Eastern’s MJ Ebro and Ivana Agudo, 21-7, 21-11, and Singapore’s Tin Lai Ng and Tan Shiang Theng, 21-15, 21-13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSoriano and Tan overcame Ng and Theng, 22-20, 21-15, before scoring a 21-14, 21-16 conquest of Ebro and Agudo. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SANTA ANA, CAGAYAN —Davao’s Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario of Davao notched two victories Saturday to lead Philippine semifinalists in the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open here.Catubag and Quilario, the reigning BVR women’s national champions, turned back Hong Kong’s Chan Mei Kit and Yip Wai Yan, 21-10, 21-13, and Iloilo’s DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia, 21-13, 21-19, to seize the Group B lead in the tournament presented by Cagayan Economic Zone Authority and First Cagayan Leisure Resorts.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Inexperience, not physicality, the issue so far for Gilas in Fiba 3×3 World Cup Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Ayo, Tigers undeterred by UAAP opening defeat: ‘The loss will make us better’

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jarin finally beats Ayo in UAAP but coaches downplay rivalry 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 MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NU, for its part, went 32-of-75 from the field and 5-of-19 from deep.A good thing that came out of that loose cannon shooting spree is UST’s terrific rebounding with a distinct 59-49 advantage over the Bulldogs.Ayo said they are determined to bounce back from a disappointing debut and repay the trust and support the Thomasian community have given his team.“We’re going to work hard, play hard for UST because the community deserves a good showing because they’ve supported us so much,” said Ayo.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SEPTEMBER 8, 2018: UST Coach Aldin Ayo. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonA simple opening day loss isn’t something that will easily upset University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Aldin Ayo, the Growling Tigers’ hardened head coach, said their 76-70 loss to National University on Saturday still served its purpose for the growth of the team.ADVERTISEMENT “I told the boys that the loss will make us better,” said Ayo. “This is our first game, we still have 13 more games so we can still adjust.”“The good thing is the guys haven’t lost spirit and we won’t be shaken by this defeat,” added Ayo in Filipino.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’The major reason behind UST’s defeat to NU was the team’s terrible shooting.UST shot the ball 90 times and made just 26 of those attempts. The Growling Tigers also had a dismal showing from beyond the arc going 5-of-34. View commentslast_img read more

PFF issues check to cover unliquidated accounts

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PFF thus joins the NSAs of athletics, shooting, sailing and cycling as federations that have cleared their delinquent accounts. The PFF’s unliquidated assistance, however, was something the current administration inherited.“That amount is from past administrations of PFF from 1996 to 2010,” said PFF secretary general Edwin Gastanes.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 ChrissLast year, the PSC announced that “NSAs with outstanding obligations and/or unliquidated accounts shall receive no funding, effective Nov. 1, 2017.” PetroGazz out to stretch run vs Ateneo 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 The Philippine Football Federation issued a check worth P4,882,602.71 on Sept. 14 to cover all its unliquidated accounts with the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) dating back to 1996.The development comes on the heels of the PSC tightening the noose on national sports associations (NSAs) with pending unliquidated financial assistance after accounting of such has pegged the amount to as much as P100 million.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

It would be ‘disappointment’ if PH Azkals fail to reach Suzuki Cup Finals

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title One game shy of 100 appearances for the Philippines, Younghusband, however, insists that anything less than a finals spot for the Azkals will be a disappointment particularly with the depth and quality in the squad.“We should be going further than the semifinals,” said Younghusband, who also has 51 goals for the country. “Anything less will be a disappointment.”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 Azkals start their campaign on Tuesday against Singapore at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.The Lions, who held the Azkals to a goalless draw in the 2016 tournament in Bulacan, were slated to face Indonesia at the start of Group B matches late Friday night. Younghusband believes the new format will make it tougher for teams to go all the way in the competition ruled by Thailand in 2014 and 2016: “There’s going to be a lot of traveling and we will be away from our families so recovery will be important.”With new coach Sven-Goran Eriksson at the helm with the help of consultant Scott Cooper, the Azkals are looking to carry their fine form in the competition as they are unbeaten in their last seven matches, including a couple of stalemates against Middle East powerhouses Bahrain and Oman. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rising star Ramos stays ahead with wind-blown 75 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 READ With a new format that requires teams to play home and away games in the group stage, Philippines captain Phil Younghusband sees the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup as the most challenging yet for the Azkals, who are aiming to atone for a disappointing campaign two years ago when they failed to advance to the knockout round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 View commentslast_img read more

AFI Honors Robert Sirleaf for Building Sports Stadiums

first_imgAn international soccer group, which uses football to share the good news of Jesus Christ, The Ambassador Football International (AFI), has honored Mr. Robert Sirleaf for ‘bringing hope through football’ with the construction of sports stadiums in Monrovia.The AFI was formerly called Ambassador In Sports (AIS).The Director of the Youth League and also the overseer of the AFI-Liberia, William Tinesio Tarpeh, said the Plague of Honor is to recognize the ‘little works” Mr. Sirleaf, evidence of the erection or renovation of sports stadiums in and around Monrovia.Mr. Tarpeh presented the Plague of Honor to a proxy of Mr. Sirleaf – the President of FC BYC I, Sekou Konneh, on Friday, January 3, 2014, at one of Sirleaf’s renovated fields, the Blue Field, located at the PHP Community.“When we come to Liberia, we see many mini stadiums being built around Monrovia and we are told they were build by Mr. Robert Sirleaf, some of the little things that people do and Robert stands out,” Mr. Tarpeh said.Mr. Tarpeh disclosed that Liberia is amongst the 100 countries AFI is establishing its chapter, before or by 2020 and two coaches will be trained in the US in July.On behalf of the honoree, Mr. Konneh “When people do what impact other people’s lives, especially, young people who are vulnerable, I think, they need to be appreciated and that is what you have shown us today.”“Mr. Sirleaf has always said that what he wants is to share his glory with others because of his passion for football.”Mr. Tarpeh started his soccer career with Grand Kru in 1974, Great Bame (1980-1982); St. Joseph’s Warriors 1983-1984) and LPRC Oilers (1985-1987). He coached Oilers (1992-94) before going abroad.He is a Christian football evangelist for the AFI at the Cleveland, Ohio Chapter.Mr. Sirleaf has helped to build or renovate minis sp;ports stadium in West Point, the Borough of New Kru Town, Slipway, Gardnersville, Barnersville, and the PHP Community, in Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Supt Brown Commends Bomi Farmers for Growing Vegetables During Border Closure

first_imgAs Liberia’s borders with neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone remain closed due to Ebola, the Superintendent of Bomi County, Samuel F. Brown, has called on the citizens of his county to continue their regular farming activities in order to ensure that the county has enough food for local consumption.After a weeklong tour of several villages and towns, Superintendent Brown commended the farmers for increasing the production of basic foods, especially vegetables and cassava, despite the Ebola virus disease.He encouraged the farmers across the county to return to their regular farming activities to help increase the production of vegetables for the Liberian people.  The people of Bomi have the ability to produce more vegetables, and they have proven that during the Ebola outbreak when the border with Sierra Leone was closed, he said.“We no longer have vegetables coming from the various border countries to supply our markets as experienced in the past. But we still have vegetables in the markets for all of us to eat because our farmers continue to be hard working and productive,” Mr. Brown said.We have shown that our farmers can grow more vegetables in Bomi and all they need is to be empowered.“I would like all of us to go into farming activities and to continue to keep vegetables permanently on the Liberian market,” the Bomi Superintendent stressed.Mr. Brown called on the farmers to disengage from other activities that would undermine farming and remain focused on the production of food for the county.The Superintendent who completed his tour last week Wednesday after visiting several towns and villages in Dewein area, including Bowein, Beh and Yamah Towns, was accompanied by representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, PLAN Liberia International and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.He said he was impressed with the county’s fight against Ebola.Four key messages highlighted during his tour were the fight against Ebola, avoiding issues of election violence, engaging in regular farming activities and cleaning the towns and villages for the festive season.Speaking on behalf of one of the villages, Julius V. Sannoh appealed to the Superintendent to help empower the farmers with materials and equipment that would help to increase the production of food.According to Mr. Sannoh, some of the houses in the villages are currently empty because they had been marked for having been occupied by Ebola victims.  The townsfolk called on the Superintendent and partners to help ensure that care, including education and livelihood, is provided for their Ebola orphans. One of the large towns, Beh Town, also called on the Superintendent and partners to help in building a high school and to provide network connections to make them feel that they are a part of the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jaipaul Sharma missed the point

first_imgDear Editor,I believe Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma deliberately missed the point and put a political spin on a non-political issue when he recently attempted to justify the President’s decision to keep the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil a secret.I say so because, according to media reports, Sharma tried to whitewash the two most controversial aspects of the signing bonus saga and deflected legitimate criticism by throwing up a smokescreen of rhetoric about perceived misdeeds of the past Administration.Let me deal with the uncomfortable truths Minister Sharma tried to brush aside. First, the act was unlawful, because the law required the bonus to be put in the Consolidated Fund. Second, the act was a secret kept by the President and a small band of insiders leaving most Cabinet Ministers and parliamentarians in the dark.On this issue, Minister Sharma reportedly acknowledged the law requiring Government to place such funds in the State’s account, but said there were “real” national security issues, alluding to problems with the Consolidated Fund in terms of converting US dollars to local currency and back again at a higher rate, etcetera.Is the Minister saying that the Constitution does not provide ways of dealing with national security issues without violating the law? Is he saying that a president has discretionary power to define national security issues and to break any law, or all laws, to deal with them? I do not accept that the President needed to break the law to protect the nation.Mr Sharma also sidestepped the issue of the unusual secrecy of the deal. Why put the money in a secret account and why keep this from most members of Cabinet and Parliament? The funds should have been put in an escrow account with Cabinet approval and parliamentary scrutiny.Guyana’s need to put funds aside to pay for the best legal representation possible in its controversy with Venezuela is quite obvious. Indeed, Venezuela would be foolish not to expect Guyana to do so. So why treat such an obvious and necessary provision as a national security issue requiring great secrecy? I do not buy Sharma’s take on it at all.To me, a government that was elected on a platform of honesty, accountability, and transparency has no business getting involved in secret accounts that are only accessible to the President and a small group of confidantes. A law-abiding government’s actions must be above suspicion; this is not.The signing bonus rightfully belongs to the people of Guyana. The rightful owners and their elected representatives in Cabinet and Parliament had a right to know about it up front: how much it is, where it is deposited, what it is to be used for, how it will be accessed and who is authorised to access it.No law should have been violated in the handling of the signing bonus and its availability and proposed purpose should have been disclosed to Cabinet and Parliament. At least, it should have been disclosed that funds have been earmarked for a national security purpose to be disclosed at an appropriate time.Minister Sharma had an opportunity to offer the nation an apology and give citizens the assurance that this deception will not be repeated. Instead, he opted to do damage control by shifting the focus of his remarks to the transgressions of the past Administration.But note that the past Administration had committed transgressions and the people, the official bosses of this country, fired them. In the same way, if transgressions are being committed again, the people will fire the transgressors.I find it strange that the President of Guyana, His Excellency, David Arthur Granger, a man I have respect for, would take so long to acknowledge that he was responsible for the clandestinely entombed account. Being a man of honour, he must realise that people have a high regard for him. Is it possible that he did not know about the entombed account and only claimed responsibility for politically expedient reasons?Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more