Back on top, Nadal aims to end Wimbledon woe

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “I had to spend time adapting physically and in my tennis to the surface.“I will certainly arrive at Wimbledon with less preparation, but I’m going with confidence high because I played very well through the whole clay-court season.”Nadal has been preparing for Wimbledon by training for the past week on the grass courts of the Mallorca Open near his home in Manacor.Tale of woeDuring that training block he suffered a scare after appearing to twist his ankle.But Nadal, who hasn’t played a competitive match since the French Open, appeared to recover quickly and will take part in exhibition matches near London this week in a bid to hone his grass game.Even so, his absence from Queen’s and the subsequent lack of grass game-time raises doubts about his chances of a third title at Wimbledon, which starts its 150th edition on Monday.Nadal did receive a boost on Sunday when he regained top spot in the ATP rankings from Roger Federer after his old rival’s surprise defeat against Borna Coric in the Halle final.Between them, Federer and Nadal have won the last six major titles, the old rivals sharing them out with three each.But it is Federer who heads to London as the reigning Wimbledon champion, with the Swiss legend favored to win the tournament for the ninth time after resting during the clay season. The 17-time Grand Slam champion won the most recent of his two Wimbledon titles eight years ago and hasn’t been past the last 16 since 2011.Nadal has admitted in the past that he finds it hard to make the transition from clay to grass.The low bounce on grass threatens to aggravate the knee injuries that have plagued him for years.With that in mind, Nadal decided to withdraw from last week’s Wimbledon warm-up at Queen’s Club to rest his aching body after the grueling clay campaign.“I had a very intense campaign on clay and my body needed rest because drastic changes are not good,” Nadal said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Although Nadal reached five successive Wimbledon finals from 2006 to 2011 — discounting his 2009 absence due to injury — the tournament has become a house of horrors for him lately.His tale of woe started in 2012 with a stunning loss to world number 100 Lukas Rosol.There was worse to come for Nadal in 2013 when unheralded Belgian Steve Darcis dumped him out and a year later Nick Kyrgios, ranked 144, inflicted yet more misery on the Spaniard.Dread-locked Dustin Brown was the next player outside the top 100 to send Nadal home early in 2015 and last year’s calamity came against Luxembourg journeyman Gilles Muller in a five-set marathon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The Spaniard has enjoyed another golden period on his favored clay this year, claiming the Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome titles as well as his latest triumph in Paris.That dominant streak extended Nadal’s impressive renaissance after two years of injury woe.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 crownHe has won three of the last five Grand Slams, taking the French Open two years in a row and lifting the US Open trophy in 2017.But, while the 32-year-old’s superiority on clay is unquestioned, Nadal has found it far harder to transfer that dominance to the All England Club’s lawns in the latter stages of his career. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PVL: BanKo-Perlas sweeps quarterfinals, eliminates PetroGazz Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with the Mousquetaires Cup (The Musketeers) after his victory in the men’s singles final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 10, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULTRafael Nadal remains the king of clay, but the world number one arrives at Wimbledon harboring only slender hopes of winning the tournament for the first time since 2010.Nadal extended his incredible record on the red dirt of Roland Garros earlier this month as he crushed Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open title.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

BaliPure-NU ends ‘productive’ PVL season with rout of Tacloban

first_imgView comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST 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 Compton roots for Abueva in Gilas stint: ‘Hopefully he’s doing a great job’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Up 8-6 in the second frame, Balipure used a quick 6-0 sprint to pull away for good.Janisa Johnson led the Water Defenders with 17 points while Faith Nisperos added 13.Amporn Hyapha delivered 13 markers for the Fighting Warays. Justin Robert ValenciaADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The win, however, had no bearing with BanKo-Perlas and Pocari Sweat already through to the semifinals, joining Creamline and Pocari Sweat.Despite their failed bid, the Water Defenders’ stint in the PVL had served its purpose.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“It was a very productive season for my team because it is the first time that a high school team was fielded in the league and we were able to go in step with the seasoned players,” said Balipure-NU head coach Babes Castillo.Tied at 15 in the third set, Water Defenders unloaded a huge 10-1 run capped by an Alexis Matthews ace to ice the victory. BaliPure-National University steamrolled Tacloban, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16, in its final game in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Magsanoc tasked to lead 3×3 program

first_imgMOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Meralco Bolts assistant coach Ronnie Magsanoc will take charge of the country’s 3×3 basketball program, which is geared toward sending a team when the event makes its debut in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Magsanoc received his appointment on Thursday from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, who immediately tasked the PBA legend to form a competitive team that will represent the country in the Fiba 3×3 Challenger in Shanghai, China, from Sept. 7 to 9.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Having seen the potential of the country to impress the world, Magsanoc said he looks forward to continuing the program which he was already a part of when he handled the team of Christian Standhardinger, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle and Troy Rosario in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup last June.Panlilio said Magsanoc will lead the development of strategic initiatives and will be responsible in the management of the overall program.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’“It’s a great challenge but anytime you’re called upon to help the program is always an honor and privilege,” said Magsanoc, whose pool for Shanghai includes two-time Asean Basketball League Most Valuable Player Ray Parks. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New York slam reunites Tennis’ ‘Big 4’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cignal seals semis clash with Petron

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Dominant Creamline rips Ateneo for title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Propelled by Rachel Anne Daquis and Mylene Paat, the HD Spikers shrugged off a sluggish opening frame that saw them throw away two set points.Daquis unloaded 23 points, while Paat added 22 for the HD Spikers.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 ChrissBehind Daquis and Paat, Cignal came up strong in the successive sets, exposing the Tornadoes’ spotty plays en route to the victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCignal HD overcame a first set jolt to defeat Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, on Saturday night and barge into the semifinals of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.The win allowed Cignal entry into the best-of-three semis against unbeaten Petron, which is gunning for a repeat of its 2015 feat where it swept its way to the title.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Strong finish

first_imgPhoenix forward Jason Perkins celebrates after making the go-ahead triple to beat Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJason Perkins hit a three-pointer with six seconds remaining and Phoenix forged a heart-stopping 89-87 victory over Magnolia on Wednesday night in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Perkins worked his shot from the baseline in front of the Fuel Masters’ bench after getting a pass from Matthew Wright, who also hit a huge triple two plays earlier to help Phoenix rise from 17 points down to an 8-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES The win also nudged the Fuel Masters closer to a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.“I’ve said this before, these are the victories that we like—the ones that show character,” Phoenix coach Louie Alas said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMagnolia, which got its hopes up this conference after ending a three-game slide recently, crashed to a 1-4 slate. And the last sequences of the match were emblematic of the Hotshots’ run this conference.Wright hit a basket that gave Phoenix an 85-84 lead, but Paul Lee pushed Magnolia back up with a clutch three-point play with 33 seconds remaining. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We had a bad start in the first quarter. I told the boys to regroup in the second. We wanted to start on defense, and fortunately the players responded,” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said.The Dyip took a while before losing the chasing Elasto Painters, who tailed Columbian through the efforts of big man Mark Borboran.But with a shot to make the playoffs still within reach, the young Columbian squad kept its distance as Jackson Corpuz and Reden Celda came through for the Dyip when it mattered.“After losing to Blackwater, we had to bounce back. I told the guys … we’ll be needing these next three games, but we wanted to take it one game at a time,” Cardel said.The Dyip moved to 4-5 while the Painters dropped to 7-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief But Perkins countered with his triple and, after a free throw that iced scoring, the Fuel Masters forced the Hotshots to a prayer of a shot at the buzzer to seal the victory. And that stop didn’t escape Alas’ attention.“After all, it’s how you finish,” Alas said.Calvin Abueva kept Phoenix in the game through several Magnolia efforts to run away with the win. He finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Columbian bucked a lethargic start to frustrate Rain or Shine, 85-82, and reassert its mastery over currently the second-best team in the conference.Rashawn McCarthy had 22 points and five rebounds while going 5-for-9 from deep in the franchise’s fourth straight victory over the Elasto Painters in as many conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Fierce Tigresses Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light 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 Taallast_img read more

Liberia Sinking in Fresh Debts

first_imgBarely three years following completion of HIPC and attaining US$4.9 billion debt relief from foreign creditors, Liberia is sinking into new debts once again.According to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the country’s total public debt stock in the first quarter of 2014 rose to US$660.6 million, raising grim prospects for sustained economic growth.This amount, the CBL says, constitutes about 31.2 % of nominal gross domestic product (GDP) and is up from US$630.6 million during the same period in 2013. Compared with the previous and corresponding quarters in 2013, Liberia’s public debt stock grew by US$30.0 million [4.8 percent] and US$95.1 million [16.8 percent], respectively.Both external and domestic debt stocks at THE end of the first quarter, 2014, stood at US$365.7 million [17.3 % of GDP] and US$294.9 million [13.9 % of nominal GDP], constituting 55.4 percent and 44.6 percent of the country’s total public debt stock at the end of the quarter.The rise in the country’s external debt stock, the CBL noted, was attributed to new borrowings from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank’s fund for the world’s poorest countries; the International Development Association (IDA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as domestic sources from financial institutions.In its Financial & Economic Bulleting for the 1st quarter of 2014, the CBL disclosed that external debt stock at the end of the quarter rose by US$27.9 million and US$75.2 million to US$365.7 million [17.5 % of nominal GDP] at end-March, 2014, compared with the debt stock of US$337.8 million recorded at end-December, 2013, and the corresponding period accumulation of US$290.5 million in 2013, respectively.“Multilateral debt stood at US$243.7 million [11.6 % of nominal GDP] at end-March, 2014, up from US$215.5 million and US$157.2 million stockpiles in the previous and corresponding quarters in 2013, respectively,” the Bank said.On the bilateral front, the country’s debt stock at the end of March, 2014, stood at US$122.0 million [5.8 % of nominal GDP], decreasing by US$0.4 million when compared to the amount recorded in the previous quarter.An annual comparison, meanwhile, shows that bilateral debt stock declined by US$11.2 million when matched against the level recorded at end of March, 2013. The CBL has attributed the growth in the country’s external debt stock to increase in credit from multilateral organizations.Domestic DebtThe domestic debt component of total debt overhang in the first quarter of 2014 rose to US$294.9 million. The increase constitutes about 14.1 percent of nominal GDP, growing by 0.8 percent compared to the stockpile of US$292.7 million recorded at end of December, 2013. In its first quarter Financial &Economic Bulletin, the CBL said the growth in the country’s domestic debt stock was primarily attributed to increase in credit from domestic sources, mainly financial institutions.When matched against its level at end-March, 2013, domestic debt stock increased by US$19.9 million. Meanwhile, domestic debt stock to financial institutions also increased by US$2.2 million [0.8 percent], up from US$285.8 million at end-December, 2013, to US$288.0 million [13.8 percent of nominal GDP] at the end of the quarter.Compared to the corresponding quarter in 2013, the CBL observed, domestic debt to financial institutions rose by US$20.8 million [7.8 percent] at end-March, 2014, and constituted 97.7 percent and 43.6 percent of domestic debt and public debt stocks, respectively. Domestic debt to suppliers’ credit and salary and allowances at end of March, 2014, stood at US$1.9 million and US$5.0Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Amara Konneh Shifts Blame

first_imgFinance Minister Amara Konneh has blamed government revenue generating entities for the current state of budget recast the country is experiencing.Appearing before plenary of the House of Representatives Tuesday, 21 January in Monrovia, Minister Konneh blamed revenue generating entities like Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), National Port Authority (NPA) and Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) and others for playing active roles in the ‘poor collection’ of revenue to support the approved National Budget 2013/2014 Fiscal year.Konneh noted that amongst a series of outstanding revenues, US$3 million from LPRC, US$1 million from NPA and US$3 million that should have been remitted to the National envelop are yet to be realized.He announced that there remains a “serious task evasion” by many costumers inclusive of private entities ranging from real estate tax and income. Konneh then said, “We are beginning a massive tax collection campaign Wednesday, [January 22,] and I want the Legislature [to] help us achieve this.”The Finance boss disclosed that out of US$296.5 million estimated to be collected in support of the budget; only 278.8 million has been collected, amounting to a US$17 million shortfall.“We are expected to collect US$303 million by June 30 of this year,” he pointed out.In furtherance of that, the awarding-winning Finance Minister revealed that US$68.6 million has been realized as “delay envelop,” maintaining that there was no need to panic as the economy is in good shape. Minister Konneh also associated the budget- shortfall to government domestic debt owed contractors particularly in the construction sector to the tune of US$33 million; a move he said is responsible for the delay in the completion of several road projects across the country.  He announced that despite challenges faced by his regime in generating the requisite resources needed to support the budget, National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) is up to speed with its commitment to the budget and has provided US$6 million of the US$8 million projected. The Finance boss’ appearance was predicated on a communication addressed to the plenary by Margibi County Representative Emmanuel Nuquay requesting the presence of Mr. Konneh before plenary to speak to several revenue issues affecting the economy.Defending his economic policy, Konneh insisted that Liberia’s economy is stable and remains one of the best in the sub-regions with inflation at 8.5%, an assertion many lawmakers dismissed.Meanwhile, Minister Konneh announced that Liberia has projected US$2 billion in order to stabilize the economy and provide basic social services to the Liberian people. How and when such projections will be achievable was not disclosed. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education, Agriculture to Top Discussions at US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Conference

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah R. Malac, has disclosed that partnership dialogue aimed at discussing key issues concerning Agriculture, Education, and Energy in Liberia, is to begin soon in Monrovia.Making the disclosure to the media on February 27, at a Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Ambassador Malac said the dialogue will begin Tuesday, March 4.The US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue came into existence in 2013, as the result of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Liberia, signed by former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and President Ellen Johnson.The dialogue according to Ambassador Malac involves a high-level delegation that converges to discuss policies of mutual interest to Liberia and the United States.She said that the dialogue discusses policy differences and issues of cooperation, while identifying project for implementation to cement the relationship between the two countries.“The first partnership dialogue was held in May of 2013, in Washington, and Liberia is blessed to have it this year.  We will be looking at three key areas that include Agriculture, which will look at food security, Energy, and human development with emphasis placed on Education: one important issue for the Government of Liberia,” Ambassador Malac noted.She recalled that during the first discussion in 2013, the two countries discussed food security and energy, and this time, they decided to include Education because it is so important to Liberia, in terms of human development.Responding to questions from the Daily Observer as to what problems may have been identified in the Education Sector that need to be included in the partnership dialogue, Ambassador Malac intoned that President Sirleaf last year openly told the public that the sector is faced with a huge challenge: Education.She said considering the challenge, they see it expedient to discuss and find solution to  resolving the problems related to education, so that all Liberians can have access to good and quality education which is a right for the citizens.On the issue of US-Liberia relation, Ambassador Malac said while there may exist policy differences between the two partnering countries, the relationship is well cemented with no problem on either side.Also speaking, Liberia Ambassador to the United States, Jeremiah Sulunteh, who is on an official visit in the country emphasized that the dialogue will look at the Education Sector in depth, taking into consideration higher education including universities and colleges.Ambassador Sulunteh said that cases affecting the sector will be identified and discussed and steps to correct the mistakes will be identified for prompt action.The issue of education in the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue is quite significance to the development of Liberia.The Education system of Liberia has numerous challenges ranging from unqualified instructors to academic fraud.Most churches upon establishing their religious temple bring up schools as the business aspect of the spiritual activity, and it is being noted that most teachers teaching there are neither qualified nor even academically inclined—basically, emphasizing Bible verses.At the university level, exchange of money for grade is at its peak, and dual work causes many instructors not to attend to the students, thus causing a setback in their (students) studies.Moreover, it has been noted over the past weeks that many instructors teaching at universities around Monrovia brought in faked degrees from African Countries including Nigeria. A case in point now is the arrest and subsequent detention of former Vice President for Academic Affairs of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University, N’dien Peters.Peters, who claimed to posse a Ph.D., was found to have a faked degree and unqualified for the position he held at the Zion University for about four years. He later applied to be a president of the St. Clement University.Zion Administration investigated the credential status of Peters and he was also sacked because of his questionable academic status.Upon his arrest, the Cameroonian national claimed there were also many Liberians he knows of, to have faked degrees.  The Commission on Higher Education is investigating; but the names of those concerned are yet to come out. NCHE’s recent moves to address the situation seem to be losing steam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ACOMA Targets at Risk Communities with Awareness, Sensitization

first_imgIt is a common saying that knowledge is power and with knowledge a society  can prevent itself from harm and danger.This is the kind of method or strategy that a not for profit organization, Action for Community Matters (ACOMA), is taking to vulnerable communities in Monrovia and its immediate environs as the Ebola virus rages on.ACOMA last week trained dozens of adolescents and women as well as religious leaders from five communities including ELWA, West Point, Red-Light, Jacob Town and New Kru Town, in how to prevent the Ebola virus.They were being trained about prevention at the home level.  This has to do with what a mother can do when a member of the family falls sick. The trainees were also taught the measurement of disinfectants such as chlorine and chloride and how to dilute the substances.At the launch of a 2-day awareness and sensitization campaign organized by people who benefitted from ACOMA’s intensive training in West Point last weekend, the chief executive officer of ACOMA, Emily Gugbeh-Peal, said since the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the organization continues to buttress government’s efforts through its interventions with the passion for saving lives and promoting happy family life.Madam Peal noted that the aim of these awareness and sensitization exercises is not only to empower community leaders with the requisite knowledge to enhance Ebola awareness; but also to ensure that the training have a trigger-down effect on the overall life of the communities.“This is why after the intensive training we as an organization are following up with communities leaders as they engage their people using the basic skills taught them. By  the same token, ACOMA will also distribute buckets and other sanitary materials to the various communities,” she said. The ACOMA boss, who is also a micro finance expert and passionate leader, believes that when people are adequately informed and educated about the virus and how it can be prevented, they will stay safe and the virus will be contained. Therefore ACOMA’s interventions have been focused on awareness and distribution of anti-Ebola materials.“This Ebola thing is a very serious threat to our country. Let us try to convince our people to live in line with recommendations by health authorities,” Madam Pearl said in an encouragement to community leaders.From the onset of the outbreak, she noted that the organization’s initial strategy was using the telephone to advise all of its members and other women to observe the preventive measures, including  constant and proper hand washing, avoiding bush meat and stopping traditional burial practices as well as getting in direct contact with the sick or dead people and animals.Madam Peal further told the gathering that her organization was not only concerned with micro-financing businesswomen but also focusing on the holistic development and empowerment of women and families.ACOMA is resolved to continue its interventions until the Ebola pandemic is contained  and the country returns to normalcy, she said.Madam Pearl noted that her organization was very grateful to Pierre and Abbey in New York, USA and the Mutual Benefits Insurance (MBI) Company in Monrovia for their contributions that helped make the training a successful one.ACOMA  is a not-for-profit organization established a year ago to empower women with basic business and managerial skills.  It also offers financial loans to enable businesspeople, especially women, to sustain their families.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neyor Launches L$1M Shakie Kamara Scholarship in West Point

first_imgThe chief executive officer and president of Morweh Energy Group in Liberia, Mr. Christopher Zeohn Neyor,  has launched the Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund with LD$1 million as initial startup in West Point.The scholarship begins from ABC through 12 grades and will operate on consciousness and the sphere of larger society.Little Shakie Kamara, now known as the “West Point shooting victim,” died as a result of the severe injury he sustained during the August 20th, 2014 riot that broke out between the joined-Security Forces of the government of Liberia and residents of West Point, which was Ebola-quarantined.The 16-year old Shakie was shot in his legs by one of the bullets while trying to escape. Mr. Neyor, who spoke last Tuesday during the establishment of the Scholarship Fund in West Point, told the audience that: “West Point has been hit hardest in this ravaging war against the deadly Ebola epidemic. A casualty of the West Point Ebola Quarantine was the untimely death of a teenager, Shakie Kamara, who was not even yet of voting age. This was a young man who had gone on an errand like most children of his age and was caught in a shootout.”Neyor, who is an energy expert said: “We have come to identify with West Point in the fight against the Ebola virus that is taking a toll on our land. We have come to stand by West Point during this moment of pain and reflection from your quarantine nightmare. We have come to mourn with West Point for the loss of a youth who had all the possibilities of life before him. We have come to memorialize and immortalize Shakie Kamara.”In attendance were the families of Shakie Kamara and Titus Nuaha, the other teenager who received a bullet in the stomach and is fighting for his life.In his passionate speech, the Morweh Energy boss further stated, “We have also come to stand with the family of Titus Nauha, another victim of that devastating shootout, who is fighting for his life. We want to stand with the family so that  this young can live.”He told the gathering, “Shakie Kamara and Titus Nauha represent the plight of our young children in slum communities and rural villages who are our future, but for whom so little is being  done to prepare them for that future.”Mr. Neyor said launching the Shakie Kamara Memorial Scholarship Fund was a way of contributing to a new direction to rescue the children.For her part, Attorney Tupee Enid Neyor, wife of Dr. Neyor presented purse of LD$50,000.00 to the Shakie Kamara family for sustainability and also presented additional LD$20,000.00 to Titus family for urgent medical care on behalf of the Neyors.Mrs. Neyor then pledged to work with the family to get the wounded young man out of Liberia if necessary to save his life.Meanwhile, Liberia Cultural Ambassador Julie Endee, executive director of Crusaders for Peace, who is a collaborating partner with Morweh Energy, presented a check of LD$50,000.00 to assist with the medical costs for Titus Nuaha.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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