La Salle moves on from Ateneo, sets focus on Final Four

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “I’ve always told them, throughout the whole eliminations that these games aren’t important,” said De Jesus, whose team will hold a twice-to-beat advantage against the Lady Bulldogs.“The most important games are the semifinals and the finals, if we will get to the finals,” said De Jesus who owns all of La Salle’s titles. “That’s their motivation right now.”“So that’s their motivation right now, they have to prepare for the semifinals and, if we reach it, the finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Madayag, Ateneo ‘confident’ ahead of Final 4 despite not having twice-to-beat 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Lady Spikers moved closer to their third straight title, and the multi-titled head coach wants his team to focus on the more important games.“We’re done with Ateneo, so it’s about time to focus on our next game and that is our semifinal match against NU,” said De Jesus in Filipino after their sweep of Ateneo, 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 crownLa Salle finished the eliminations with a league-best 12-2 record and will head into the semifinals with an eight-game winning streak.De Jesus knows that even though they were stopped just twice in the preliminaries, the real measure of a team is how it handles the pressure-packed Final Four. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For someone who’s won 10 titles in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, Ramil De Jesus isn’t the type to put too much thought on an elimination round tussle.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

MPBL: Marikina, Muntinlupa get opening day wins

first_imgAllan Mangahas paced Muntinlupa with 16 points, six rebounds, and five assists, while Parks finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.Meanwhile, the Marikina Shoemakers turned back the Gen San Warriors, 81-88, in the curtain raiser.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 crownYves Sazon, a standout from Philippine Christian University, exploded for 33 points, 10 rebounds and four assits in the win. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award New-look Archers earn praise from Baldwin: They’re rugged, hardworking Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View commentscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Marikina and Muntinlupa were off to a strong start in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup after opening day wins at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Tuesday.The Muntinlupa Cagers spoiled the debut of Ray Parks and the Mandaluyong El Tigre, 86-74.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Tennis star Serena Williams struggling with ‘postpartum emotions’

first_imgBecause of the rain, their match was one of several that will be added to an already busy Tuesday calendar.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I read several articles that said postpartum emotions can last up to three years if not dealt with,” Williams said on Monday.Williams’ disclosure comes a week after she suffered the worst loss of her career in San Jose, losing the final 12 games in a shocking 6-1, 6-0 first-round upset to unseeded Johanna Konta.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’On Monday, she described her mindset at the time as being in a “funk.”“Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom,” Williams wrote on her social media Instagram account. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Williams said she is trying to work through her despair by sharing her feelings with family and friends.“Talking things through with my mom, my sisters, my friends let me know that my feelings are totally normal. It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby …. Whether stay-at-home or working, finding that balance with kids is a true art,” she said.Organizers announced on Saturday that Williams was withdrawing from this week’s WTA Montreal tournament citing “personal reasons.”Williams battled back from life-saving surgery after giving birth to daughter Olympia in September, reaching the final at Wimbledon, where she was beaten by Germany’s Angelique Kerber.Williams had a tough draw in Montreal. Her opening match would have been against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet who has defeated Williams four out of the six times they have faced each other.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If she advanced past Cornet, her next opponent would have been Kerber.Meanwhile, in first round matches on Monday, Serena’s older sister Venus rallied from an early break down to ease into the second round by defeating world number 124 Caroline Dolehide 7-5, 6-1.“I think maybe she had more of an advantage because she’s probably seen me play more than I’ve played her. It was pretty close in the first set,” the 38-year-old Venus said.Venus used her experience to wrestle control of the match as she hit 12 winners and made 16 unforced errors.Dolehide tried to make the most of her baseline game but she racked up 25 unforced errors to 11 winners, and lost her serve four times.Venus next faces the winner of an all-Romanian encounter between qualifier Monica Niculescu and 2013 tournament runner-up Sorana Cirstea.Teen rivalsMaria Sharapova and Sesil Karatantcheva, of Bulgaria, renewed their teenage rivalry but were only able to complete the first five games before the rains hit.Russia’s Sharapova has a 4-1 lead in the match which will resume on Tuesday.The pair played their first three career matches as teenagers, including a fiery affair on the outer courts at the 2004 Indian Wells tournament when Karatantcheva was 15. Tuesday’s contest under the Court Central lights will be their first in over eight years. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Serena Williams of the United States serves gets ready by her chair before her match against Johanna Konta of Great Britain during Day 2 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic at Spartan Tennis Complex on July 31, 2018 in San Jose, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Serena Williams says she is suffering from “postpartum emotions” as the 23-time Grand Slam winner struggles to deal with juggling family life and tennis.The 36-year-old American is seeking to regain her top form after missing most of the 2017 WTA season due to a pregnancy.ADVERTISEMENT Alaska trades Calvin Abueva to Phoenix View commentslast_img read more

UST, Adamson battle for top spot; UP takes on FEU

first_imgFour teams see action on Saturday in matches that could ultimately shape the semifinal cast of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.University of Santo Tomas and Adamson clash for the top seed even as University of the Philippines eyes at least a playoff for the last semifinal slot when it tackles Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dizon pips Choi for Petron triumph Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Women’s matches begin at 2 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Tigresses and the Lady Falcons will not only battle for the No. 1 spot but will also try to stretch their unbeaten runs.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’Led by Eya Laure and a bunch of unyielding youngsters, the Tigresses test their ferocity against the steady Lady Falcons of coach Airess Padda, who is expecting more from her wards after their scrambling 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24 win over UP last Sunday.“I don’t know how we managed to win; it frustrated me because I felt that we were not hitting back,” said Padda after the UP match.last_img read more

Asian Games: PH’s Watanabe settles for silver in women’s judo

first_imgKiyomi Watanabe settled for the Philippines’ first silver medal after she lost in the finals of the women’s -63 kg judo competition in the 2018 Asian Games Thursday at JCC-Plenary Hall in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Abueva antics won’t throw Manuel off his game: ‘I know him too well’ As of posting, the country has four golds, one silver, and 13 bronze medals good for 17th place.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Filipino-Japanese bet, who is the gold medalist in the last Southeast Asian Games, faced off against Japan’s Nami Nabekura who was the top judoka in the Asian Championship in 2017.Nabekura scored an early Waza-ari 1:53 into the fight and finally got the Ippon (10-0) after another Waza-ari with 3:21 on the clock.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’Watanabe advanced to the finals after a 1s1 win against Mongolia’s Gankhaich bold in the semifinals.Watanabe’s silver medal is the Philippines’ first podium finish in judo in the Asian Games since the sport was included in the continental games in 1986. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Undefeated Pirates welcome long break to focus on studies

first_imgLyceum has entered exam season for its students and going 12-0 in the NCAA won’t exempt the Pirates from their scholastic duties.Jaycee Marcelino was stellar for the Pirates against the Generals with 15 points, seven assists, and four steals, but his next challenge could be even harder but he knows that he has Robinson’s support even off the basketball court.“This break is important for all of us but it doesn’t mean that we’re on break we’re allowed to go partying,” joked Marcelino as Robinson laughed along. “The number one focus should always be studying.”ADVERTISEMENT In must-win vs Qataris, Team Pilipinas needs its shots to fall Lyceum is having the best ride in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament having won all of its 12 outings so far.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Pirates cruised past Emilio Aguinaldo College, 95-75, on Thursday and won’t be playing again for eight days when they face University of Perpetual Help.While the inactivity sometimes pose a problem with coaches, coach Topex Robinson is welcoming the oncoming lull.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 ChrissRobinson said it’s also important for them to step away from the game of basketball for a few days with his players students first and athletes second.“This is good for us because some of the players are already getting sick and more importantly it’s going them the time to focus on their classes because it’s the prelims week,” said Robinson. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) shoots and scores as Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig, second from right, defends and center Nikola Jokic, center, watches along with Lakers center JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. With that basket, James moved past Michael Jordan for fourth place on the NBA career scoring list. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, California—From the very first day LeBron James picked up a basketball, he wanted to be like Mike.James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets. As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history PBA D-League: Go for Gold-CSB notches first win vs. Family-Mart Enderun James proudly put No. 23 on his back as soon as he could get it as a high school sophomore. He has never taken it off.“He was everything,” James said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJordan has also admired James’ game for years.“I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career,” Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday through his spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy. Every loss eats at James, yet he fidgeted in front of his locker afterward with the anxiousness of a rookie, still buzzing over the enormity of the moment in his life.“When you’re an inner-city kid from Akron, Ohio, like myself and my guys growing up, you look for anything that can inspire you,” James said. “You’re always just up against the numbers of failing. The percentages of guys like myself — single-parent household, only child, underprivileged — (the chance of) making it out is not high at all. M.J. had a lot to do with me making it out, along with my mother, along with the city itself, along with the Little League coaches I had. But Mike had no idea what he was doing for a kid that was growing up a 45-minute flight away from Chicago, where he was putting in that work.”James acknowledged he missed most of the tribute video aired at Staples Center during the timeout after his milestone points. That’s because he was crying into a towel on the Lakers’ bench.James is among the last active players who were old enough to witness Jordan in his prime with the Chicago Bulls. Little LeBron would buy packs of basketball cards hoping for a Jordan, and he would study every aspect of Jordan’s game, down to the way he wore his calf sleeve turned slightly inside-out so that the red lining showed.James couldn’t afford Air Jordans, but he remembers walking through the mall and marveling at the pristine red-and-black shoes. They inspired him to dream of having his own shoes, a natural result of being the star he hoped to become.“You guys have no idea what M.J. did for me and my friends growing up,” James said. “Just in a sense of, some days where you just don’t feel like you’re going to make it to the next day where I grew up, because of everything that’s going on. Like I wrote on my shoes today, I thank M.J. more than he would ever know. I’ve got to carry it on to the next kid. Hopefully I can inspire the next kid.”James is an inspiration to a generation now, many of whom have already reached the NBA. Several of the Nuggets spoke of idolizing James while they grew up, and his own Lakers locker room includes teammates playing alongside one of their boyhood heroes.“I never saw Michael live,” said Moritz Wagner, the Lakers’ 21-year-old German rookie center. “(James) is the G.O.A.T. of our generation.”James trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kobe Bryant (33,643) on the scoring chart. He seems likely to become the top scorer in NBA history if major injuries don’t cloud his next three seasons with the Lakers — but those moments just might not resonate as profoundly for James.This achievement also might be the biggest highlight of a disappointing season with the Lakers (30-35), who have fallen to the fringe of playoff contention. The struggles bother James, who has played in the last eight NBA Finals and hasn’t missed the postseason since 2005. 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side. That tribute doesn’t begin to encompass what Jordan’s radiance meant to a youngster who dreamed of finding a better life through basketball.“M.J. was an inspiration,” James said. “M.J. was the lightning in a bottle for me, because I wanted to be like him.”James has grown into a 34-year-old man with three championship rings and a redoubtable 16-year NBA career. Yet he is still in awe of Jordan, who has represented the apex of achievement for his entire life.James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets. He bettered Jordan’s 32,292 career points with another variation of the brute physical brilliance that defines his playing style — a style that was influenced by Jordan’s combination of grace and aggressiveness.James finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. His struggling Lakers rallied late, but dropped their fourth straight game in a season that appears to be lost.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But James still seems relatively content with his move to Hollywood, where he is closer to his burgeoning career as an entertainment mogul. He has spoken repeatedly of patience with the young Lakers while the club attempts to land a second superstar to turn James’ next team into a title contender.Even if this season is a failure, James will never forget the night when he made a historic connection with his childhood hero.“It’s crazy,” James said. “My high school best friends, they text me and they can’t believe it. I can’t believe it either. We remember walking up and down those Akron streets with a basketball, just singing, ‘I wanna be, I wanna be, I wanna be like Mike.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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President Sirleaf Meets with U.S. Congressional Delegation

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has assured a United States congressional delegation of her administration’s commitment to upholding the rule of law following the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The Liberian leader said Government has initiated several measures to ensure law and order and peace, in the absence of the Mission. She named the training of the military, police and the decentralization of Liberia’s justice system by the creation of security and justice hubs across the country as some practical steps taken by her administration.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader made the statement when a U.S. Congressional delegation, including Adam Daniel Kinzinger (R) and David Cicilline (D) of Illinois and Rhode Island respectively, paid her a courtesy call.The delegation’s visit is aimed at assessing the United Nation’s work in Liberia. It was organized and paid for by the United Nations Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the UN’s work, established by CNN founder Ted Turner.Briefing the delegation on Liberia’s progress and challenges, President Sirleaf said while her administration is applying all efforts to upholding these national duties from its meager resources, her government is open to bilateral talks for partnership especially in training the Liberia National Police. She listed training, compensation, and logistical support, as the police critical needs. “We are equally aware that Liberians should take responsibility of their country’s security,” President Sirleaf clarified.In other areas, the Liberian leader stressed the need for robust private sector investments which will greatly address unemployment. She also spoke of the need to invest in Small Medium Enterprises which she said have demonstrated to be a stimulus to economic growth.Further on the economy, President Sirleaf said Liberia is still challenged with adding value to its products as a greater number of its exports are still done in their crude form. She however informed the delegation that the economy is growing and attributed the growth to, among other things, ten years of uninterrupted peace.The Liberian leader named ongoing road and power initiatives as some of her administration’s interventions; an initiative, she emphasized, which is well on course in restoring to the people basic social services.On the long term policy, Vision 2030, and the shorter term Agenda for Transformation, the President informed her guests that her administration has begun the implementation of these policies which, among other things, highlight youth empowerment, reconciliation and the creation of a middle class in the economy. Earlier, Illinois Republican Congressmen Kinzinger, on behalf of the delegation, praised President Sirleaf for her steadfastness in Liberia’s post-war recovery. He said they were proud of Liberia’s progress and their visit has further helped to build relations between the UN Foundation and Liberia.The delegation which departs Wednesday, November 6, has been in Liberia for the last four days meeting with U.S. Embassy officials, Liberian legislators, the heads of Liberia’s armed forces, national police, among others. The delegation was escorted to the President’s Office by US Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nigerian Heroin Swallower in Court

first_imgMr. Johnson Paul, a Nigerian accused of entering the county with 795 kilo grams of heroin valued as US$23,250 last Thursday, January 16, appeared at the Monrovia City Court, at the Temple of Justice.   Defendant Paul was said to have swallowed the drug in Pakistan with the intention of smuggling it into this country, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).He was charged with ‘unlawful possession and distribution of illegal substances and drug trafficking.It is not clear whether the defendant was released on Thursday or remanded to the Monrovia Central Prison, where he has been detained since his arrest on January 11 of this year. The crimes are bailable under our Law.Though, the status of his case is unknown, he was seen sitting on the prisoners’ bench in the courtroom, along with other accused; he was apparently waiting for his lawyer to secure a bail bond for his release.His arrest had been effected by the DEA on January 11, around 4:10P.M at the RIA.Mr. Paul is charged in violation of Section 41.23, of the Public Health Law of Liberia.During preliminary investigation, it was established that defendant Paul was contacted by cell-number #+923065908794, belonging to one John Okarfor in Pakistan. His assignment was to secure the substance and bring it to Liberia, this paper was told.The DEA said that it was Okarfor who instructed defendant Paul to deliver the heroine to another Nigerian, identified as “50-50” who resides in Liberia.Upon Paul’s arrival in Liberia, “50-50” was to immediately contact cell number #0880531354.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Only a Degree Holder Qualifies for LFA Presidency”

first_imgIn an effort to encourage football players, coaches and administrators in the country to seek higher education, the world football governing body, FIFA, has amended the Statutes of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) with a prerequisite of a college degree to be eligible to contest the helm of Liberia’s governing football body. The amendment is expected to be adopted on Saturday, January 25 in an Extraordinary Congress.According to a reliable source at the LFA, the educational requirement for executive committee members, except the President, is a high school diploma with a certificate from the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC). Additional amendments for the presidential and the two vice presidential candidatures include becoming a president of a club for at least three years, while for executive members; one must be a secretary, vice president or president of a club.Also amongst key amendments to be made are the settings up of several vital committees that would be nominated by the Executive Committee and approved by FIFA’s Congress. Some of the Committees include Election, Appeals, Disciplinary, Ethics and Elections appeals.Meanwhile, over 400 stakeholders of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) will adopt the newly FIFA Approved statutes, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Saturday, January 25.It can be recalled, two senior officials of the World governing body FIFA had met with the president of the Liberia Football Association Musa Bility and other officials of the LFA to harmonize the Statutes in agreement with FIFA’s standardization drive.Mr. Primo Servgio Corvaro, head of Administration and Ms. Salome Stahli, of the Legal Department had brainstorming exchanges with the LFA officials at the RLJ Resort; they disagreed to agree on the amendments of the LFA Statutes.A recent communication from the LFA Secretary General, Alphonso Armah, to Stakeholders reads: ……the extraordinary congress will be held on January 25, 2014 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium beginning at 9am.According to the communication, the extraordinary congress will discuss the following agenda items: The adoption of the LFA Statutes, which has been approved by FIFA; the endorsement of the nomination of judiciary Bodies and Electoral Committee Members nominated by the Executive Committee, amongst others.The communication also assured the Stakeholders that upon receipt of the reversed Statutes from the Legal Department of FIFA, copies will be sent to them in 15 days before the Congress.In a mobile interview with the LFA Chief Scribe yesterday, the revised Statutes are expected to be sent to stakeholders, beginning Monday, the 6th of January.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more