Already in tough spot, TNT could miss 3 key cogs for 2 games

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “Every game is tough this conference. You can’t take anything lightly and we learned our lesson in our previous games,” he said.“You just have to focus on the next game. Hopefully, we win the next one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Rockets beat Mavericks for 8th straight win Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTNT coach Nash Racela struggled to find the right words but at the end of the day, he knew that his team just needs to get its act together and end the slump in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just need to break the losing streak. We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice but to focus on the next game,” Racela said.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Losing to Ginebra, 78-93 on Sunday, the soft-spoken mentor accepted the realities that no matter how hard the challenge is, the KaTropa must do their best to advance to the quarterfinals and no longer think about the pressure.Things, however, won’t get any better for TNT, which sits at eighth place with a 4-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSlated to battle GlobalPort and NLEX in their last two assignments, the KaTropa could also miss vital cogs namely Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario in those tiffs as the three are set to be called up for Gilas Pilipinas duty for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Racela, however, isn’t ready to surrender just yet. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

ONE: Eustaquio puts Moraes on crosshairs

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Team Lakay member was riding a two-fight win streak before he lost to Mikinho via guillotine choke 3:54 into the second round.“That loss has taught me a lot, ever since then I have worked extensively in improving in all areas,” said Eustaquio. “I have worked extremely hard to get to this point because deep inside, I knew we would meet again. Now I can finally give him a better fight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Since then, Moraes has become a two-time champion while Eustaquio the current interim champion after beating Kairat Akhmetov in January.And Eustaquio wants nothing more than to beat Moraes and become the undisputed flyweight champion.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 crown“Winning the World title is a dream come true for me, ever since I started my professional career the goal was to be a World champion,” said Eustaquio. “Now that goal is a reality.”Eustaquio (10-6) admitted that even though it’s been more than three years since his defeat to Moraes, the sting of the loss still haunts him to this day. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nabong gets biggest fine for GlobalPort-Rain or Shine melee ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes and ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio face off. Photo from ONE Championship.Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes has had an interesting rivalry inside the ONE Championship cage, and on June 23 the two will face off once for all the marbles.The two fighters last met in September 2014 when Moraes submitted Eustaquio to become ONE’s inaugural World flyweight champion.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pocari, Banko set sights on playoff slots

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BanKo clashes with BaliPure at 4 p.m. while Pocari battles ousted Tacloban in the 6 p.m. main match.Third-running PetroGazz (2-1), trailing BanKo (3-0) and Pocari (3-1), hopes to create a three-way gridlock at the end of the quarterfinal round when it takes on also-ran Iriga-Navy at 2 p.m.In case of a three-way tie, the club with the best quotient advances while the other two dispute the last spot.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 crownAmong the three frontrunners, the Perlas Spikers have the tougher assignment in the youthful Water Defenders.Coach Dong dela Cruz said his team tends to relax after building comfortable leads. He will again lean on imports Jutarat Montripila and Lakia Bright and the locals headed by Amy Ahomiro. Avena rallies, pips Viray in sudden death Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force and BanKo-Perlas zero in on playoffs berths for the semifinals on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Djokovic into Cincinnati final, Federer in his way again

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Halep will be trying for her second title in eight days. She won her third title of the season last Sunday in Montreal.“It’s going to be a big challenge for me to play another final and win it,” she said.She’ll face Kiki Bertens , who advanced to her first Western & Southern final by wearing down No. 8 Petra Kvitova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.Bertens is an unexpected finalist, winning only one match during three previous appearances in Cincinnati. Her only title this season was at Charleston.Known as more of a clay-court player, Bertens has reached a hard-court final for the first time, spending more time getting accustomed to the different style of play.“I think also I’m less stressed,” she said. “So before the match, I’m less nervous than I used to be. Before I was like, ‘Oh, I play on center court and a lot of people are watching.’ But now I’m just more relaxed.”A week of rain delays and double-duty days wore on players, many of whom wound up playing twice in a day. Kvitova faded in her second straight three-set match, ending her best showing in Cincinnati. She’d made five previous appearances in semifinals this season, winning each tournament.“My legs were pretty heavy,” Kvitova said. “I just couldn’t really jump at all. It was very, very tiring, the second set, and I just think that I couldn’t really find energy in the third one. I was really trying, but nothing.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins ‘Sad’ Federer hopes new Davis Cup lives up to promises Djokovic closed in on a Western & Southern Open title with his 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Marin Cilic on Saturday. Then he watched Roger Federer advance to the finals as well when David Goffin retired in the second set with a shoulder injury.READ: Djokovic downs Cilic, edges closer to historic Cincy titleFEATURED 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 two tennis greats haven’t faced each other in two years because of injuries. They’re back for the 18th shared title match of their careers. Djokovic leads in head-to-head title matches 11-6. Djokovic leads the overall series 23-22.Everyone knows who’s favored in this one. Roger Federer, of Switzerland, prepares to serve to David Goffin, of Belgium, during the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Novak Djokovic is once again so close to the one title that eludes him. And the same nemesis is standing in his way, all over again.It’s a moment in time: Djokovic vs. Federer for a title.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It would be the greatest challenge in Cincinnati, without a doubt, because he’s been dominating this tournament historically,” Djokovic said.The second-ranked Federer has won it an unprecedented seven times, going 7-for-7 in finals. Three of those wins came over Djokovic, who is 0-5 in the finals. The only player with better finals results at one tournament is Rafael Nadal, who is 11-0 in both French Open and Barcelona finals.“It’s great to be back in the finals, against Novak in particular,” Federer said. “There’s a lot riding on the match. It’s great to refresh a rivalry we’ve had for many years.”On the women’s side, No. 1 Simona Halep will play for the title a second year in a row, facing Kiki Bertens.Djokovic is a tantalizing one victory away from the only ATP Masters 1000 title he’s never claimed. Djokovic is trying to become the first to win all nine events since the series started in 1990.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “My sixth time, I’ll try to win the title,” he said. “Obviously, this time I’m hoping I get my hands on the trophy.”One familiar hurdle: Federer.The seven-time champion won the first set 7-6 (3) against Goffin, who was struggling with his serve. Goffin got medical treatment on the back of his right shoulder, and retired after the second game of the second set — 62 minutes into the match.Now, it’s on to his first Cincinnati final in three years. Federer won it in 2015 but was sidelined the last two years because of injuries.“I feel like I’m trying to defend my title from way back when,” he said.Djokovic completed his long recovery from elbow surgery by winning Wimbledon for the fourth time last month. He then set out to get his hard-court game in form for the U.S. Open.Frustrated by his ragged play early in his semifinal win over Milos Raonic a day earlier, Djokovic slammed his racket on the court, sending pieces of the frame into the air. The racket-busting became a turning point.When he closed out the victory Saturday, he walked calmly to the net to congratulate Cilic and then raised both arms in triumph.One more to go.In the women’s bracket, Halep reached the final for a second straight year, beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-4. Like Djokovic, she’s never won the title, losing both of her chances, including the title match last year to Garbine Muguruza. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Forget Messi, China’s ‘Nine-Goal Diva’ Wang Shanshan is world’s hottest striker

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Unfinished business brings Romeo Travis back to the PBA Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu PLAY LIST 02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu02:00SEA Games 2019 police assessment as of Dec. 502:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:14Carpio 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 Wang earned that nickname from Chinese fans and media when she plundered a scarcely believable nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes after coming off the bench in a 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan on Monday at the Asian Games in Indonesia.The forward has found the net a total of 11 times, netting in the 7-0 opening victory over Hong Kong and adding a soaring header as China’s women beat formidable North Korea 2-0 on Wednesday to top their group and make the quarter-finals in style.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’China’s free-scoring women, yet to concede a goal, are being feted back home and 28-year-old Wang, in particular, is making headlines for her astonishing prowess in front of goal.There have been tongue-in-cheek suggestions that she could be the answer to the goal-scoring problems of the Chinese men. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “China’s women really have the chance to win the gold medal. The team is blessed to have Wang Shuang and Wang Shanshan in this era,” said one fan on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.China’s evening ended on a sour note, however, after substitute Zhao Rong was sent off at the end and coach Jia Xiuquan followed her for complaining to officials.China’s men play Saudi Arabia in the last 16 on Friday at the Asian Games, although they have struggled for goals in international football in recent times.    /vvpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs This file picture taken on August 8, 2015 shows Wang Shanshan of China (R) shooting the ball during their women’s East Asian Cup football match against Japan at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium in Wuhan. Wang earned the nickname “Nine-Goal Diva” from Chinese fans and media when she plundered a scarcely believable nine goals in a dizzying 29 minutes after coming off the bench in a 16-0 demolition of Tajikistan on August 20, 2018 at the Asian Games in Indonesia.  /PHOTO: AFP, Wang ZhaoLionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo step aside — the hottest striker in world football at the moment is China’s “Nine-Goal Diva” Wang Shanshan.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Wang’s sizzling form is all the more surprising because prior to the past week she was hardly prolific, although she did catch eyes by scoring a backheel volley against South Korea last year — the kind of exquisite strike that Messi and Ronaldo would be proud of.She currently plies her trade in China’s little-noticed domestic women’s league.“For the past three group matches, Wang Shanshan scored 11 goals and became Chinese women’s football’s talisman,” China’s Tencent Sports said in an online article.“In more crucial tournaments, Wang Shanshan will become the key player in helping the women’s team win gold.”Against the North Koreans, midfielder Wang Shuang, who recently signed for Paris Saint-Germain’s women’s team, opened the scoring in the eighth minute, finishing off a fluid passing move.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

Another controversial loss has Abap belting out familiar refrain

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nesthy Petecio feels she won the match against her Chinese foe. —PH ASIAN GAMES MEDIA POOLJAKARTA—Two Filipino pugs hit the showers after the first round in the 18th Asian Games on Friday night, and due to the nature of the second loss, Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap) officials are singing a familiar tune and are batting for the exclusion of three judges in future fights.Nesthy Petecio, the seasoned featherweight, took a 3-2 loss at the hands of Yin Junhua of China at Jakarta International Expo’s Hall B that got Abap executive director Ed Picson furious and asking world governing Aiba that the judges “not be assigned in the coming Philippine fights [for the rest of the Asian Games].”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frenchman Johany Maden scored it even, 28-all, despite the deduction on Yin and made the split decision when he chose Yin as winner since there are no draws in amateur boxing.Boxing is fighting for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics, “and something like this happens,” Picson said. “It’s simply heartbreaking.”Petecio felt she had done enough to merit a win over her rival, who she had already beaten before, and wept after stepping off the ring.The Philippines has been caught in the raw end of several controversial decisions in the past, in major tournaments like the Asiad, the Southeast Asian Games and the Olympics, something local boxing officials hope will change.ADVERTISEMENT Petecio was among the bright medal prospects of the eight-strong PH contingent here, and fought bravely by pressing the action right from the opening bell against the Chinese, who was warned repeatedly for holding and was even deducted a point for head-butting.At times, when under pressure from the Filipino, Yin would resort to turning her back to escape the onslaught.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’Japan’s Katsunori Hanabusa was so impressed with Petecio that he gave all three rounds to the Filipino, 30-28, counting a 10-8 round, according to Picson.Turkmenistan’s Ishanguly Meretnyazov also had Petecio winning, 29-27, with the other judges, Korea’s Kim Jong-gin and Bulgaria’s Pavel Pavlov scoring it 29-27 for the Chinese. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Benilde fans semifinal hopes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

State of Emergency Authorizes President to Curtail Rights

first_imgThe Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has added his voice to the ongoing debate on the state of emergency.  He said the President has all rights to exercise a range of powers and to curtail rights available to citizens and residents under the Constitution.“We must note, however, that during a state of emergency, the Constitution authorizes the President to exercise a range of powers and to curtail certain rights otherwise available to citizens and residents of this nation during normal times,” Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor said when he delivered his charge to lawyers and judges at the opening of the October Term of the High Court on Monday.The Chief Justice declared: “We urge all citizens and foreign nationals residing in our country to be cognizant of the limitations on the exercise of certain constitutional and statutory rights during this period of the state of emergency,” adding that  “They must remain cautions, alert and obey all measures declared and enunciated to fight the Ebola virus.”Delving into the constitution, Chief Justice Korkpor said, “while our constitution provides for a government with three co-equal branches, each with separate powers and functions, it is absolutely essential that these branches coordinate and cooperate with one another during the critical period of our nation to achieve the common goal of eradicating the Ebola virus.”Cooperation by the three branches of government, the Chief Justice noted, did not mean that any one branch will relinquish any of its powers to one or the other two branches.“It does not mean for example, that the Judiciary will not perform its traditional role as a disinterested and impartial arbiter of disputes, whether such disputes are between the other two branches of government or between one and two of them, and one or more or two or more private citizens,” he explained.He said that each branch must work in harmony with the other branches just as ordinary citizens of the country with different backgrounds and persuasions  are required to work together to eradicate the virus.“After all, there can be no Legislative, no Executive or Judiciary Branch of Government, if the virus overwhelms us all. We must first act to survive as a people, government and country before we can even talk of the separation of our branches of government,” he counseled.         Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t Turns ‘Ministerial Complex Site’ into Ebola Treatment Center…But

first_imgThe once selected site for the construction of a government perceived US$60 million ministerial complex has now been turned into a treatment center for Ebola patients, Information Minister Lewis Brown has confirmed. Minister Brown, who made the disclosure few days ago, indicated that the site for the ministerial complex and three other locations are being cleared for the construction of additional treatment centers across the country.According to him, the exercise is to create additional spaces and to further decongest the overcrowded ELWA, JFK and Redemption Ebola treatment centers as caseloads from the outbreak have worsened in recent week, with Montserrado and Lofa being the worst hit.Up to press time late yesterday, the area around the Congo Town ministerial site near the ‘Peace Island’ Community was being bulldozed for the purpose of constructing one of the centers.But residents of the ‘Peace Island’ or the “540” community have expressed fear for their lives should the treatment center be constructed near their area. Pastor Moses Womleh of the Beersheda Ministry said he wants members of his congregation and other residents to form part of the sensitization, while the construction goes on.“Due to the severity of the deadly Ebola virus disease, we as a church want to join government in the fight against the disease since our people are dying in their numbers,” Pastor Womleh told the government. Peter Kogar is one of the ‘prominent’ residents of the ‘Peace Island.’ He told the Daily Observer that government was not applying the right mechanisms for the fight against the EVD.According to him, these misapplications by the government are some of the reasons for the upsurge in the spread of the disease.As such, Mr. Korgar wants government to relocate the treatment center from the “540” vicinity to another area on the outskirts of Monrovia.   Quoting a year-old census report of the ‘Peace Island’ community, Mr. Korgar recalls the total of 260,000 houses with over 38,000 residents. With that number of residents, he, too, expressed fear for the future survival of the residents since Ebola to date has no cure.US$60 million Ministerial Complex ProjectIn the presence of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, along with a few top officials of her government on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the government signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China for the construction of a ministerial complex. The agreement was for the construction of the US$60m complex, which would have by now been hosting at least ten ministries and agencies should. The then Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhao Jianhua, said the signing was the result of a request by President Sirleaf to his (Chinese) government and would be a lasting symbol of the friendship between Liberia and China.The ministerial complex, the second largest construction which would have been undertaken by the Chinese in Africa, was to be the next in size to the headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “It  would have also closed the chapter on the inconvenience suffered by the government as a tenant, as well as open a new chapter on the respectability and cost-saving of being a landlord,” Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan declared during the impressive  September 11, 2012 signing ceremony in Monrovia.After searching for suitable site for the construction of the complex, the government finally selected the “540” courtyard and subsequently fenced the entire facility.Due to unexplained delay to implement the project, the government now selected that same “540” spot for the construction of an Ebola treatment center amidst residents’ outcry. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Spreads Fear, Stigma, Marks Campaign Apathy Nationwide

first_imgNot surprisingly, the Ebola Virus’ massive stigmatization and its instilment of fear among Liberians have caused a very poor start of political campaign activities nationwide.Mixed reactions from the greater Liberian society have also revealed that the pending democratic process may not be transparent and credible.But the staff of the National Elections Commission (NEC) has given assurances that the democratic process will indeed be credible and transparent nationwide.The Daily Observer has gathered reports from some of the political subdivisions of the country indicating strong evidence of voter apathy amongst Liberians.Many prominent and ordinary Liberians in recent times have had fierce exchanges of political views and comments on several key issues with massive disagreements among citizens.Ironically, international medical agencies and donor partners have not issued any formal or official statement declaring that Liberia is Ebola free despite a significant decline in the spread of the disease in the country.In separate encounters with a broad spectrum of Liberians, comments of disagreement and agreement have been neck and neck, with no outright winner at the helm of the political debate.Political commentator Joe Mason Browne, 45, of Coca-Cola Factory in Paynesville said the electoral process will not produce the desired results owing to Ebola virus stigma and fear.Economic commentator William K. Baysahwala, 63, noted that the ongoing electoral process in Liberia will produce some tangible political results in order to avoid a constitutional crisis for the Liberian Government.Mrs. Mary B. Sackie, 48, said the current political dispensation in Liberia is a litmus test to the embryonic democracy instituted some 14 years years ago.“I think I can say yes to holding the elections now, to avoid a constitutional crisis. But I also know there is a problem because the Ebola virus is still spreading and killing our people in our country,” Mrs. Sackie asserted.Mr. Morris Y. Fahnbuttu, 55, a former Secondary School history and geography instructor, said the timing of the current electoral process is unrealistic and counterproductive and will not produce any genuine political results.Mrs. Elizabeth Freeman Harris, 50, social and political commentator of Central Monrovia said an effective electoral process cannot be held in a volatile environment and in a deadly stressed country such as Liberia.“My dear brother, the current Ebola virus spread in our country has overwhelmed us and the entire nation,” Mrs. Harris asserted.Political scientist John B. Williams, Sr. said political interaction should be carried out in an enabling environment free of stigma, fear and suspicion at every level in any society such as Liberia’s, following 14 years of democracy.“Our current timing of the election process in our country is, from all indications, indeed counterproductive and unrealistic” Mr. Williams asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

There is nothing democratically beautiful about removing independent voices

first_imgDear Editor,In a recent interview with Guyana Times (March 26, 2017), the Alliance For Change (AFC) General Secretary, Marlon Williams, boasts about Guyana being a “beautiful” democracy. But there is nothing democratically beautiful about removing independent voices from the State-owned newspaper. And Williams cannot not know of the direct and indirect role AFC leaders played in removing me and Lincoln Lewis from the Chronicle.We are now reliably informed that a senior AFC Minister has over time been raising at Cabinet the issue of Hinds and Lewis’ columns. It was that same Minister who gave the instructions to the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) to axe the columnists. To add insult to injury, two top AFC members, Sherod Duncan and Geeta Chandan-Edmond voted at the Board level to rubber stamp the decision, citing the legal right of the Editor-in-Chief to make the decision. Whether Duncan and Chandan-Edmond knew they were rubberstamping a political decision is not known, but it would take a lot of convincing to assure me that they did not know. I hereby challenge the AFC to deny this version of events.The Chronicle and the rest of the State media are controlled by the AFC as part of the distribution of spoils after the election. The Prime Minister has direct oversight of this sector. He is a journalist by profession, but we have not heard a single word from him on this matter. The AFC, as a party, has not said a single word. The AFC has from time to time hinted that it is being shortchanged by the A Partnership for National Unity within the Government. It is hypocritical to complain of being bullied when you engage in similar behaviour in areas where you exercise authority. This was the same party that famously warned me that I should be thankful to it for the freedom it allowed me and one of its leaders– Freddie Kissoon – accused me of wanting to return the PPP to power.Days before receiving the letter from the Editor-in Chief, I had been tipped off that the column would be discontinued and who were behind the move. I learnt that the EIC was tortured by the situation, but he had no choice in the matter. Armed with that information, I wrote to him asking for an explanation regarding the non-publication of the column for two consecutive weeks. It was then that he sent the letter informing me of the decision. We now know that he did so without the knowledge of the Board.What should be known is that in addition to my column, I have written scores of editorials for the newspaper; most of them complimentary to the Government. That they dispensed with the column while wanting to retain my services as an editorial writer speaks volumes about the mindset – they cannot stand my criticisms but are comfortable with my writings that sanitise them.I always knew that my independent stances were causing concern among Government Ministers – some of them have told me directly. I often wondered why they are so uneasy about self-critique. What is it about us that we cannot deal sensibly with dissent. Despite, the uneasiness, I remained at the Chronicle as a matter of principle. I took the position that they must shove me out and prove to Guyana who they really are. And true to the tradition of Guyanese leadership culture, they have done just that. What a shame!The People’s National Congress section is being blamed for what was executed by the AFC. But the public utterings of the party’s General Secretary suggest that they have no problem with the action – a case of the AFC doing the dirty job for them. One must ask if a Government is prepared to encourage that kind of behaviour towards a coalition member, how would they behave towards presumed enemies? There is something very ugly about government leaders stifling free expression and still preach about the beauty of democracy.For me, my lifelong struggle for a better Guyana continues. My voice will not be silenced. I will continue to speak back to power and the powerful and challenge them to do better. I am determined that this Government must break the cycle of authoritarian governance. In this regard, I am inspired by the words of our national poetic voice and conscience, Martin Carter:No I will not still my voice/I have too much to claim …And soif you see melooking at your handslistening when you speakmarching in your ranksyou must knowI do not sleep to dream,but dream to change the world.Sincerely,David Hindslast_img read more