Jhack Tepora spearheads PH fighters in Pacquiao-Broner undercard

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LAS VEGAS—Jhack Tepora, a former national team member, will lead three other Filipino boxers fighting in the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Adrien Broner world championship bout on Saturday at MGM Grand.ADVERTISEMENT Is Adrien Broner struggling with weight? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ He will clash with fellow undefeated Hugo Ruiz of Mexico for the WBA interim featherweight crown.And with a string of six knockout victories, the Cebuano fighter is the brightest from among the Filipino up-and-comers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut there’s one problem. Just 24 hours before weigh-in, the 25-year-old Tepora is still six pounds heavier than the 126 lbs limit.“I can do it, my body is already used to it,” Tepora said in Filipino during a separate presser for the undercard fighters Thursday here at the media center of MGM Grand. Tepora, thrilled to be fighting in the United States for the first time, has been there before. He was seven pounds over the limit when he knocked out Edivaldo Ortega of Mexico last July in Kuala Lumpur.“I will just have to sweat it out and drink just water,” added Tepora, who donned the national colors in invitationals held in Pakistan and Hong Kong.“I will not let sir Manny down,” he said in Filipino. “I owe him a lot for giving me the break to fight in Malaysia and here in the United States.”Another Filipino who is up to a big challenge is lightweight Rey Perez, who hails from Santa Rosa, Laguna. He has the unenviable task of fighting George Kambosos, the big-punching Australian who is Pacquiao’ s regular sparring partner.Also making their big break here are Jayar Inson of Davao City, who will take on Jonathan Steele of Dallas, Texas, in a welterweight eight-rounder; and provicemate Genisis Labranza, who will lock horns with Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago in a flyweight encounter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Cavaliers come from 14 down in fourth to trounce Knicks

first_imgView comments Cleveland Cavaliers’ Collin Sexton (2) looks to pass the ball away from New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in New York. The Cavaliers won 125-118. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Leading by nine points with just under four minutes remaining, it appeared that the Knicks would have company at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings.But, the Cavaliers wanted no part of that. They used a late 12-0 run to overcome their deficit and post a 125-118 victory on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying UEFA bans Sergio Ramos for additional Champions League game The Knicks led by as many as 14 early in the fourth quarter and were ahead 113-104 following Kevin Knox’s jumper with 3:51 left.But Sexton’s three-point play and layup brought Cleveland within 113-109.After Knox followed with two free throws, the Cavs scored the next 12 points.“We always felt we were in the game,” Love said. “I told Collin he really won us the game. I thought Cedi played exceptional and JC (Clarkson) came up and hit a big shot for us. We just executed down the stretch.”New York led by nine points in the second quarter. But, a 20-10 run culminated by Ante Zizic’s short hook with 3:07 left in the first half gave the Cavs their first lead, 51-50.ADVERTISEMENT The Knicks used the same starting lineup (Smith Jr., Dotson, Knox, Thomas, and Vonleh) for the third straight game. New York hadn’t utilized the same starting five in three consecutive games since January 7-11. Only Knox and Vonleh were members of that quintet. The other starters during that stretch were Luke Kornet, Mudiay and the since-departed Tim Hardaway Jr.HITTIN’ THE ROADAfter playing four straight games at home, the Knicks go west for a three-game road trip which will take them to California (LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings) and Arizona (Phoenix Suns). After a quick stop back at Madison Square Garden for a rematch with the Kings, New York travels to the Midwest and Southwest for games against the Timberwolves, Pacers and Spurs.UP NEXT:Cavaliers: Hosts Detroit on Saturday.Knicks: Visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mitchell Robinson’s alley-oop dunk gave the Knicks a 59-57 halftime lead. Dennis Smith Jr., who finished with 16 points, increased New York’s lead to 97-85 on a four-point play with 3 seconds left in the third and Damyean Dotson increased the advantage to 14 by opening the final quarter with a bucket.“Any win we get feels good. I don’t care who it is against,” said Cavs coach Larry Drew. “With the struggles that we have had this year and what we had to deal with from an injury standpoint, being down players, any win is a good win.”Noah Vonleh finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks. Henry Ellenson scored 13 points, Robinson had 12 and Emmanuel Mudiay and Lance Thomas each scored 10.“We totally let our foot off the gas. We got casual,” Knicks coach David Fizdale. “We got up 10 and decided that we weren’t going to get back on defense. We got a little full of ourselves thinking that we had the game. They made us pay for it.”TIP-INS:Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson, who leads the Cavaliers with 11.1 rpg, has missed 17 straight games with a sore left foot. . Sexton is the only Cavalier to play in all 62 games this season.Knicks: New York has lost 10 straight games to the Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden. They last defeated Cleveland there in a 117-86 blowout on January 30, 2014. … DeAndre Jordan (sprained left ankle) missed his third consecutive game and Frank Ntilikina (groin injury) has now missed 14 straight.DOMINATIONThe Cavaliers have beaten the Knicks in all three meetings this season. They have swept the season series for the third time in four years and have won 15 of the last 18 meetings between the teams.SEEKING CONSISTENCY Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kevin Love led the Cavs with 26 points. Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton each had 22 and Cedi Osman added 21 as Cleveland (15-47) avoided landing in the basement alongside the Knicks (13-49).“When we’re sharing the ball, it’s fun to be out there,” Sexton said. “We were down in the fourth quarter and we all came together and said ‘We have to win this.’ We got the ‘W’ and that’s really the most important thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCleveland has now won three of its last four games, while the Knicks had their modest two-game winning streak snapped.Allonzo Trier led New York with 22 points. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

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Jordan Clarkson, Kevin Love lead Cavaliers over Magic

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Playing his seventh game since returning, Love made two free throws and hit a 3 from the top of the arc during Cleveland’s game-clinching run.Clarkson scored 19 points. Rookie guard Collin Sexton had 17 points and Osman scored 14 for the Cavaliers, who have won five of eight. Larry Nance Jr. and Matthew Dellavedova each added 11 points.Cleveland scored 17 straight points during a run that began late in the third quarter with Orlando leading 72-63. The Magic tied the game on Augustin’s 3-pointer midway through the fourth.Vucevic scored 10 points in the third when the Magic pulled ahead after trailing by four points at halftime.Orlando, trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2012, has won eight of 11. The Magic went 6 of 26 on 3s.TIP-INSMagic: Orlando made its lone trip to Cleveland this season. … C Mo Bamba (left leg stress fracture), G Markelle Fultz (thoracic outlet syndrome) and C Timofey Mozgov (right knee surgery) are out with long-term injuries. … Mozgov, a member of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team, received a loud ovation when he was shown on the arena video board.Cavaliers: Cleveland didn’t attempt a free throw until the 2:19 mark of the second quarter when Love made two shots. … F Tristan Thompson and C Ante Zizic remain sidelined. Thompson has missed the last 19 games with a sore left foot and has been out for a total of 29 games because of the injury. Zizic sustained a concussion after taking an elbow to the face on Thursday.IN THE LINEUPAugustin, who left Saturday’s game because of a sprained right ankle, started and played 29 minutes. He played only 17 minutes against the Pacers, but told Clifford he was available after pregame warmups. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “You can’t take any team lightly in this league,” Augustin said. “The Cavs deserved to win. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to have to earn our way into the playoffs. It’s all on us.”NICE BOUNCE BACKCleveland coach Larry Drew was pleased to see his team rebound from the Detroit game in which the Cavaliers fell behind early and showed little fight.“Our guys really wanted to prove something, that we could be better,” he said. “It was a fun game for us.”UP NEXTMagic: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.Cavaliers: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jordan Clarkson (8) drives against Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Kevin Love makes the Cleveland Cavaliers a different basketball team.The Orlando Magic learned that lesson Sunday night in what could be a costly loss for their playoff hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img MOST READ A night after being held out of a 36-point loss to Detroit, Love had 16 points and 14 rebounds and the Cavaliers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 107-93 win.Orlando, which was coming off wins over Golden State and Indiana, rallied to tie the game at 81 with seven minutes to play before Cleveland took over. The Cavaliers hit seven 3-pointers in the period, including two each by Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLove is still progressing from foot surgery in November and has yet to play on back-to-back days. The five-time All-Star was ready after watching Saturday’s 129-93 debacle.“It was just sticking to the plan,” Love said. “I was very excited when I got asked the question (after the All-Star break) that I wanted to play in every game, that I wasn’t going to miss any more games, but we’re taking it day by day. It was a huge win for us against a team fighting for position.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career PLAY LIST 00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career00:54China edge out Philippines 82-80 in Asian Games men’s basketball thriller00:41Philippines’ Gilas wins men’s basketball opener vs Kazakhstan02:14Carpio 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 UST star Milena Alessandrini out at least 2 weeks due to partial ACL tear Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points for Orlando. He was 13 of 16 from the field and had 13 rebounds.D.J. Augustin added 19 points for the Magic, who hold a very slim lead over Charlotte and Miami for first place in the Southeast Division and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.Orlando coach Steve Clifford held a long meeting with his players after the game.“This is a bad loss, man,” guard Evan Fournier said. “We feel like we were too casual. We’ve got to grow. Cliff said a lot of stuff after the game. He said a lot of things.”“Every game counts the same,” Clifford said. “To not look at it that way, that every game is important, it’s a losing mentality and a total lack of understanding what the NBA is.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

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Kath Arado sees bright future in ‘unique’ rookie libero Jennifer Nierva

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Kath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“She’s restless in chasing the ball, so she really did a good job earlier.”Nierva, based on numbers alone, had a better outing than Arado, posting 30 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Arado, on the other side of the floor, finished with 32 excellent sets and 13 successful receptions.READ: After breakthrough wins, Nierva confident Lady Bulldogs can play better in 2nd roundThe two teams, however, are just level based on win-loss records at 2-6, tied for the sixth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Arado added that Nierva is incomparable to the other liberos she’s faced and that the rookie Lady Bulldog has a style of her own.“She has this unique movement in her,” said Arado. “She has a unique style that’s her own and she’s not imitating anybody because that’s her own technique. No one should be ever compared to her.”“She has her own style and it amazes me when I watch her. That’s hers and she worked hard for that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Metta World Peace gets another technical foul—this time at NBTC National finals Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Arado, however, is also someone who is ready to praise defensive prowess when she sees it and National University rookie Jennifer Nierva has definitely caught her attention.READ: UE star Kath Arado confident change has come for UE Lady WarriorsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNierva and Arado faced each other for the second time this season with the Lady Warriors taking the four-set win, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.“That kid is amazing, that’s all I can say about her,” said Arado in Filipino. “She’s that great. She’s in her first year here and she’s already this good because she can lift her team up. I can already see her future and she’s really incredible.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NU libero Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kath Arado is considered as one of the best, if not the best, defenders in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.Not only does University of the East’s libero have the reputation of being an impenetrable force, Arado also has the hardware to prove it after being named the Rookie of the Year in Season 77 and winning the Best Digger award twice and the Best Receiver plum once.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Women Want Inclusion in Grand Bassa

first_imgWomen groups from the various districts in Grand Bassa County have recommended their inclusion in decision making on burning issues affecting the county.The recommendation was contained in a resolution drawn at the close of the All Bassa Women Conference, hosted recently in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County by the Bassa Women Development Association (BAWODA).The women said their recommendation was due to the past when the Grand Bassa County administration never considered their interests. But a source from the administration denied this. Speaking to the Daily Observer at the end of the conference, BAWODA’s executive director Madam Martha Flajay-Karnga, said 72 women participated, representing the various women groups in the various districts of Grand Bassa County.The 72 women represented 720 women who have so far benefitted from basic leadership skills training, funded by the American-Jewish World Service (AJWS) in collaboration with BAWODA.The participants formulated a network to unite and enable them speak with one voice to address issues affecting women and girls, and especially the usage of the county’s Social Development Fund.Madam Flajay-Karnga named some of the issues affecting women as the lack of benefits from the development funds, their non-involvement in deliberations of the county’s development agenda and their non-representation in identifying the priority needs of the citizenry.She, meanwhile, expressed gratitude to the American-Jewish World Service for its unceasing support to BAWODA, which has assisted in the training many women and girls of the county for their sustainability.Madam Flajay-Karnga also lauded the determination of Bassa women and girls from the various districts to learn and formulate a network and their willingness to make their voice heard in the interest of the county, and their wellbeing.She advised them not to sit idly, but do something positive to sustain and brighten their future.She also appealed to Grand Bassa County authorities, headed by Superintendent Etweda Cooper, the county’s Legislative Caucus and other humanitarian groups and individuals for assistance in cash and in kind to facilitate BAWODA’s activities to support women and girls in the county.For his part, AJWS’ consultant, Dayou Johnson, expressed optimism about BAWOD’s activities and reiterated his organization’s continuous support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Japan-Liberia Dialogue a Milestone

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has said that the newly established Japan-Liberia Business and Investment Dialogue marked a milestone and a major turning point in Liberia’s drive for Economic and Development Diplomacy.Giving the official opening remarks of the dialogue at the C. Cecil Dennis auditorium at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Ngafuan told the audience: “We have come to concretize our commitment to the building of a vibrant private sector in Liberia. We are here to discuss how to deepen bilateral trade to practical presentations and exchanges of ideas to foster trade and investment.”The establishment of the Japan-Liberia Dialogue is the result of bilateral discussions held between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Japanese Prime Minister Abe last year,  during the fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) held in Japan. This was where the idea of a dialogue was given birth. Both leaders discussed the importance of investment in Liberia and agreed to initiate a Policy Dialogue between the two governments.The Dialogue brought together participants from the Japanese Business sector, led by Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Naoto Nikai, and officials of the Liberian Government and Liberia’s private sector executives led by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. Prominent amongst the executives of the Japanese business delegation was Mr. Sachio Kaneki, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation.Minister Ngafuan, in his opening speech, described the Dialogue as critical to the restoration of direct trade and investment between the two countries which would serve as a fulcrum from people to people relationship as well as business to business partnership.He stressed the importance of the Dialogue which is in line with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation as Japan is one Liberia’s longest standing partners in the Asian region and was one of the first countries to resume diplomatic ties to Liberia after the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The Liberian Foreign Minister then admonished participants to focus on relevant issues that will lead to the increase in bilateral cooperation, increased trade volume and make Liberia a strategic trading partner to Japan.The Chief Liberian diplomat hailed many Japanese contributions to Liberia, ranging from power to infrastructural developments, including the donation of 15,000 metric tons of petroleum products, the contribution of a 10 megawatts of power to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the ongoing construction of the Somalia Drive, the Japanese Food Aid and the financing of major projects in the country, among others.Minister Ngafuan  urged Liberian and Japanese business executives to identify areas of common interests and activities within the framework of business and investment promotions.“Lastly,’ he asserted, “in  furtherance of our ties and as a way to cement our cherished relationship with Japan, we look forward to the promised reopening of the Japanese Embassy in Monrovia which will further bolster the friendship and ties between Liberia and Japan and will ease the process of acquiring visas and boost trade and investment between our two countries.”The Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation Mr. Kaneki, lauded both governments for what he called a remarkable decision that brought together the private sector from each country.While encouraging his colleagues at the occasion to explore new investment opportunities in Liberia, Mr. Kaneki noted that the economic relationship between Liberia and Japan is not new: “In Japan, Liberia has been known as the most famous country for business registration.”He also spoke profoundly of Liberia’s maritime program, noting that it has hundreds of ships flying the Liberian flag which covers about 12.5% of total operating ships in 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

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New Anti-Corruption Chair Seeks Collaboration with Media

first_imgThe Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission (LACC), Cllr. James Nyepan Verdier, Jr. has expressed the need to collaborate with the media to effectively fight corruption in Liberia.The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission was created by an act of the Legislature in 2007, and came into force in 2008, with the aim of investigating and recording corruption cases carried out in the public sector and private institutions that receive public funding; it then forwards those connected to corruption to the Justice Ministry for prosecution.Cllr. Verdier, who walked into the offices of the Daily Observer on April 9, 2014, said that for the fight against corruption to succeed, LACC needs to liaise with the media in releasing available information to it or the media providing investigative information to the LACC.In a conversation with the Manager and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Cllr. Verdier indicated that more information to the public brings empowerment to the people, and the media—as disseminator of information— is important to the work of the LACC.“Publication from the media triggers investigation for the LACC, and therefore, we would like to have the cooperation of the media to help bring out investigative issues that we can dwell on to fight corruption.  We would also like to liaise with the media to acquaint journalists with our activities so they can best understand what we do in accordance with the act that created the LACC,” Cllr. Verdier said.He stressed that involvement of the media in the work of the LACC will help promote accountability that would enable Liberians to know how their resources are used.According to him, impunity has seriously undermined the Liberian society, and the only way this mindset can be broken is for two or more people to be prosecuted and made to bear the consequences of their actions to serve as a deterrent for others.Cllr. Verdier also noted that embezzlement of funds is not the only act of corruption, but abuse of office as well.He said many people in high offices use them (offices) to deprive subordinates of their rights, which are also acts of corruption.Welcoming the idea, the Manager and Publisher of the Daily Observer, Kenneth Y. Best, said the involvement of the media is a good thing; but there are challenges in getting the needed information from stakeholders most of the time.Mr. Best underscored that the media finds it difficult in many instances to get information because those concerned are not willing to provide it—sometimes for fear of reprisal or for the protection of their jobs.He also noted that the media, including the Daily Observer, has written several editorials informing the government about what it must do to set a good legacy, but the suggestions are overlooked and trashed out.Despite the challenge, Mr. Best said the idea is quite welcoming and hoped the collaboration would make a mark in the fight against the rampant corruption that has engulfed the society.The Liberia Anti Corruption Commission has been seen as a symbolic institution since it came into force in 2008.There was a public perception that it would serve as an important instrument for curbing and prosecuting corrupt officials; but its mandate to investigate and forward cases to the Justice Ministry for prosecution brought a lukewarm feeling in many people.Moreover, since its establishment—headed first by Cllr. Frances Johnson-Allison—prosecution has been very slow, with many challenging the LACC when they are called for investigation.According it its achievement record, the LACC had on separate occasions recommended for prosecution, former Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) Chairperson Albert Bropleh and the Central Bank of Liberia and four other commercial banks.Though Bropleh was arrested, investigated, and found guilty, the public is yet to know what penalty he bore as a result of his action.Collaboration between the Media and LACC, though essential, the public for which the information is intended will develop interest only if cases are prosecuted and convicted persons are penalized for their actions, it was agreed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Church Begins 3-Day National Fast and Prayer against Ebola

first_imgAs of midnight Tuesday, the Churches of Liberia (the congregations of the body of Jesus Christ) have begun a three-day, stay-home fast and prayer exercise against Ebola. Church leaders have urged every citizen of the land to observe the prayer action against Ebola.The three-day stay-home fast and prayer is being organized by the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) in collaboration with the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, the Full Gospel, the Pentecostal Fellowship Union and other Christian groupings at the end of a well-attended meeting of Pastors, Bishops, Apostles, General Overseers, Prophets, Evangelists and other Ministers of the Gospel.The Chairman of the nine-person organizing committee of the National Fast and Prayer, Bishop Dr. John Adolphus During of the Soul Healing Clinic of Jesus Christ, said residents are encouraged to stay home and pray for God to have mercy and deliver the country during the three days and respectively break the fast at their churches from Wednesday, August 6 to Friday, August 8, 2014 throughout the length and breadth of the country.Bishop During told the Daily Observer via mobile phone Tuesday that that the four-point prayer guideline requires God’s people to humble themselves and pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. The prayer points cover the lamentation of sins of the people and the nation, Dr. During added, and called on Liberians to pray in accordance with 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.He named the prayer points as follows:Day One: Repentance of the family and nationDay Two: Seeking of mercy and forgivenessDay Three: Spiritual and physical restoration“On Sunday, Liberians are expected to converge at their respective churches for a thanksgiving service to the Lord for the answering of the fast and prayers,” Rev. During said, declaring, “God is merciful.”Other members of the organizing committee include Rev. Isaac S. Wheagar, general secretary, Association of Evangelicals of Liberia,  James Y. Gayflor, LCCgeneral secretary; and Bishop Albert Miller, general secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship Union.Other members include the church administrator of Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Charles Diggs; Rev. J. Rudolph Marsh, Christian Community of Liberia; AME Church presiding elder, David Parker; Ecumenical Women Organization represented by its vice president, Mrs. Elfrieda Parker, amongst others.The fast and prayer exercise aims at seeking the mercy of God for His anger with the nation as was unanimously endorsed by men of God, mainstream Episcopalians and non-denominational evangelicals alike. A resolution by the church leaders concluded the following:– That God is angry with Liberia, and that Ebola is a plague. Liberians have to pray and seek God’s forgiveness over the corruption and immoral acts (such as homosexualism, etc.) that continue to penetrate our society. As Christians, Liberians must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.– That a three-day indoor fast and prayer across the nation be observed, commencing next Wednesday, August 6th, and concluding Friday, August 8th.– That an inter-denominational committee be constituted to present said resolution to the Government of Liberia.– That if government is in agreement, the Republic of Liberia be locked up for three days of fast and prayer. All movement should be restricted during those three days. People should stay at home for three days of silence, fasting and prayer.The President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tuesday announced “three (3) days of national fast and prayer to seek God’s face to forgive our sins and heal our land.” An indication that “God is the ultimate solution to our problem,” the President said. The ministers’s assertion that “God is angry with Liberia” sparked outrage on social media, with Liberians in the reading public dismissing the assertion as “utter nonsense”, “absurd” and “rediculous”. In more than 100 comments on the story published on the Observer’s web site, the Bishops were insulted and denigrated for their position. One commenter called them “charlatans posing as men of God”. Another woman called them “freaks”.For Liberians here at home, however, the reaction was completely different. Their endorsement of the Bishop’s statement was almost unanimous. Callers-in to various radio stations repeatedly agreed with the assertion and with Liberia’s need to humble itself before God, and did so with great conviction. The President’s announcement regarding Liberia’s need to seek forgiveness also suggests her agreement that Liberia has sinned against God.Fasting begins today, Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and ends Friday. The Liberian Council of Churches in collaboration with other evangelical movements had called for a complete lock down of the country and restricted movement. The President, however, has announced that businesses will remain open.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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US$22,000 Call Center Donated to LNP

first_imgThe United Nations Police in Liberia (UNPOL) has turned over a fully equipped call center to the Liberia National Police (LNP) under UNPOL’s Quick Impact Project (QIP). The dedication of the call center, named the National Operation Center, took place yesterday at the LNP headquarters on Capitol Hill.Speaking at the turning over ceremony, UNPOL Commissioner   Gregory Hinds said the project was a result of the realization that the LNP needs a strong and effective National Operations Center (NOC) that would play a critical role in decision making at the highest level of the LNP. The UNPOL Commissioner stressed that the National Operations Center                                                                                                                          will serve as a ‘one stop shop’ for all collected and organized information and communication regarding the LNP operations countrywide. He said activities of the center will place special emphasis on the 990, 911 and 9955 emergency response lines in order to foster public confidence in the LNP and to ensure timely response to crime scenes and other emergencies.The QIP, valued at US$22,903, includes three desktop computers, 13 handheld radios, two office desks, one printer and other requisite supplies and comes with training for 30 LNP officers.Commissioner Hinds cautioned the police leadership to guard the facility jealously it will be of long term benefit to the LNP.In response, LNP Director, Col. Clarence Massaquoi thanked the UN Police for the project indicating that it will contribute to the LNP’s decentralization drive.Director Massaquoi said the QIP donated clearly demonstrates UNPOL’s willingness to enhance the capacity of the LNP, as the UN Mission gradually pulls out of the country.The Liberian police chief said  the call center will now afford the police the opportunity to communicate with its officers deployed in others parts of the country.He said the LNP will push for more funding in the National Budget to maintain the center, promising that the equipment will be used for their intended purposes to benefit the Liberian people.He called on the public to make use of the center by providing needed information to the police for the benefit of the citizens.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GECOM is not responsible for creation of new NDCs

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has noted that, in some sections of the media, there are accusations that the Commission has demonstrated a “lack of concern at the creation of new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.”That creative function does not fall within the remit of GECOM. That call falls within the mandate of the Minister of Communities, Hon. Ronald Bulkan, and the statutory duty so to do is his and his alone.Chapter 28:03, section 38a of the Local Authorities Act states that “each Local Authority area shall be divided into constituencies for the purpose of electing members of the Municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils.”In accordance with the Local Authorities Act, the Minister shall, by order, identify the Local Authority Area where the election shall be held, and state for each Local Authority Area:i. the number of members for each local authority is provided and that such number is an even number;ii. the number of members to be elected by the proportional representation component shall be 50 percent of the number so named;iii. The number of members to be elected by the constituency component shall be 50 percent of the number so named.The role of GECOM is clear, as prescribed by section 38a (5) of the Act. It states that “the Elections Commission may, by order, combine or subdivide one or more electoral divisions to form a constituency (a group of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body) for the purpose of electing members of that Local Authority.”It is against this backdrop that GECOM would like to caution that it is not responsible for the creation of new Neighbourhood Democratic Councils, and its mandate is primarily the conduct of elections, once it has been announced and the date has been set.The Local Authorities Act is clear in the distinction of the role of the Minister and the role of GECOM. Identification of Local Authorities falls within the ambit of the Minister, and GECOM determines the constituencies and conducts the elections.Sincerely,Yolanda WardPublic Relations Officerlast_img read more

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