PVL: Creamline dumps BaliPure, earns outright semis spot

first_imgAlyssa Valdez dropped a game-high 15 points to lead the Cool Smashers, who have locked the top spot and earned an outright berth to the semifinals.“We took it one game at a time and coach Tai [Bundit] made us go through game-viewing sessions to help us in little ways,” said Valdez in Filipino. “I think we had a pretty nice distribution today and the team had a beautiful chemistry in the game.”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 crownCreamline had the Water Defenders close behind midway through the third set, 15-13, but they eventually zoomed away and finished the match on a 10-3 run. Michele Gumabao finished things off with a crosscourt kill.Kuttika Kaewpin had 10 points to complement Valdez’ scoring while Risa Sato added nine. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial TNT’s Cruz, Trollano eager for chance to represent PH in Asiad Janisa Johnson had 13 points fro the Water Defenders while Alexis Matthews had 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline continued its mesmerizing dance and handily dispatched BaliPure 25-22, 25-18, 25-16, to capture its fourth consecutive victory in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Cool Smashers, who stumbled in their second game against BanKo, ramped up the wins and improved to a league-best 5-1 card while the Water Defenders dropped to 3-3.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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San Beda locks down EAC, rolls to 3rd straight win

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Robert Bolick led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field on top of six assists and two steals as San Beda strung up a third straight victory.“I’m happy with the way the boys played. It’s our defense that really stepped up today,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday. “We knew EAC is a really good third quarter team and we held them to eight points.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We also know EAC is one of the best rebounding team in the league and we limited them to 33. We limited Laminou to just two rebounds the whole game,” said Fernandez, referring to the Generals’ center Hamadou Laminou.Laminou, who entered the game averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds, finished with only nine points and two boards. The Cardinals blew an 18-point lead before making crucial baskets down the stretch to keep the Chiefs behind.“After our loss last game we really gave our double effort in practice to get our intensity up,” said Mapua’s third-year guard Laurenz Victoria, who scored nine points and provided stability in the backcourt amid Arellano’s rally.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Defending champion San Beda locked down on defense in the third quarter en route to a 61-46 rout of Emilio Aguinaldo College Tuesday to stay undefeated in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.The Red Lions shook off a slow start and shut down the Generals, who only scored eight points in the third period.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Ceres-Negros hosts powerhouse Singaporean side at Panaad LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putting premium on consistency after an up and down first three games, St. Benilde sustained its play from start to finish to pound Jose Rizal University, 81-66, in the other game.Cameroonian center Clement Leutcheu posted 20 points and 14 rebounds while Yankie Haruna added 15 points, including nine in the third quarter for the Blazers, who evened their record to 2-2.“Before the game, what I told the guys was about consistency,” said Blazers head coach TY Tang, whose squad came off a sorry loss to defending champion San Beda in a game the Blazers blew. “We’re a young team and we haven’t really played together that long.”Leutcheu scored 10 points in the second period where the Blazers created separation and never looked back.Mapua survived a fiery fourth quarter fightback by Arellano, 91-83, to stop a two-game slide in the nightcap at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Interim boss sole candidate for AIBA boxing presidency

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The International Olympic Committee said it was “extremely worried” when Rakhimov was nominated as interim president in February, and has threatened to axe boxing from the Games due to concerns over its governance.Rakhimov’s critics claim he has links to organized crime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe AIBA, which suffered a major judging scandal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is expected to be discussed by the IOC’s executive committee when it begins a two-day meeting in Buenos Aires on Wednesday.In a separate statement, the AIBA said it had slapped life bans on its Taiwanese former president CK Wu and ex-executive director Ho Kim of South Korea. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Interim leader Gafur Rakhimov has been named as the sole candidate for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) presidency, setting the troubled body on a potential collision course with Olympics organizers.The Uzbek businessman was the only candidate listed by the amateur boxing body’s election commission as eligible for the post, according to a document seen by AFP.ADVERTISEMENT “AIBA and Olympic boxing have over the past year been facing major challenges due to the gross negligence and financial mismanagement of the previous leadership, and the evidence presented to the executive committee was overwhelming.”IOC president Thomas Bach said in February that he was “extremely worried about the governance of the AIBA” and that the IOC retained the “right to exclude boxing from Tokyo 2020”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Wu was banned after a report by “forensic investigators” K2 Intelligence documented “gross negligence and financial mismanagement of AIBA affairs and finances”, AIBA said.The ban will need to be ratified by member federations at the AIBA Congress in Moscow in November, where the new president is also due to be elected.An internal power struggle saw Wu ousted and Rakhimov — who vigorously denies US government allegations of links to organized crime — installed as interim president earlier this year.AIBA’s executive committee also voted to suspend Franco Falcinelli from the committee, his role as president of the European Boxing Confederation and all other boxing-related activities over “offending conduct”, the statement said.“The executive committee felt that there was a need to once and for all to draw a line in the sand and put the bad behavior of the past behind us,” said AIBA executive director Tom Virgets.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron gets ovation in Staples Center debutlast_img read more

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‘Keep going Lucky Lefty’: LeBron James gives Romeo Travis another shoutout for 50-point night

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Magnolia’s import added that he didn’t want to play another game in the semifinals and he wanted to make sure he would spend time with his wife before she leaves the Philippines on Sunday—the day that was set for a supposed Game 5 in the series and would be played in Biñan.“I just wanted to win you know, I didn’t want to travel for a road game,” said Travis. “My wife is leaving on Sunday and I just didn’t want to play again honestly. I don’t know if I could physically play again so I just gave it all I had, I just put it all out there.”Travis secured a medical clearance to play from famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raul Canlas on Thursday morning and he said that the pain he experienced made the victory even sweeter.“I went through a lot of pain to play today and it was worth it,” said Travis. “That was emotional, to be able to make it through, get through the pain and make it worth it. It meant a lot to me.”And the allure of the finals was just a radiant treasure tempting Travis to push himself to the limit.Travis first played in the PBA with Alaska in the 2015 Governors’ Cup where he was able to lead the Aces to the finals only to lose to San Miguel in four games.“Last time I was here I laid an egg,” said Travis. “I played very bad last time I was in the finals. I want redemption and that’s why I came back. I looked at the roster and I see they had good veterans and hungry guys. I don’t want to take over, I just wanted to be part of the team.”“These guys have allowed me to be part of the team and that’s what makes this team special, it’s the chemistry, they know I’m not a guy that’s going to demand the ball and curse at somebody if I don’t get the ball. That’s not who I am as a person and as a player. We’re one unit right now, we’re totally clicking.” Kings no more Different time zones won’t stop friends from having each other’s backs and NBA superstar LeBron James continued to show his appreciation for longtime buddy Romeo Travis, who is having quite a performance in the PBA. MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Travis carried Magnolia on his back, putting up 50 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hotshots to their 112-108 Game 4 win over Barangay Ginebra to advance to the Governors’ Cup finals.James took to Instagram against to show his love for his high school teammate in St. Vincent St. Mary, where they were part of the group called the Fab Five.READ: Travis gets shoutout from ‘brother’ LeBron after big game for Magnolia“Headed to the finals on a 50-piece nugget! Congrats my brother,” posted LeBron. “Keep going Lucky Lefty.”Travis, who had 21 of his points in the fourth quarter, played through pain after he suffered a grade 2 strain on his left hamstring in Game 3 of the series.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Celtics rally in 2nd half to end Pistons’ win streak

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo fuels Bucks late rally to charge past Pacers Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, left, drives past Detroit Pistons’ Reggie Jackson, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics haven’t played as well as they’ve expected at times this season.They’re hoping the games they’ve put together over the last six weeks are a sign of better things to come after the All-Star break.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments “It was good the way we ended going into the break,” Hayward said. “It definitely builds some momentum.”Blake Griffin led Detroit with 32 points and eight rebounds. Andre Drummond added 21 points and 17 rebounds.Despite the loss, Drummond said he is also encouraged.“This past week, week and a half, I think we played really, really good basketball,” he said. “We set a goal to go 5-2 and we succeeded with that. … Got a week off, take a break, come back and it’s off to the races from there.”TIP-INSPistons: Were just 5 of 19 from the field (26 percent) and 2 for 9 (22 percent) from 3-point range in third quarter.Celtics: Improved to 9-2 this season without Irving. . Rookie Robert Williams (illness) also sat along with Aron Baynes (left foot contusion). . Smart’s 3-pointer early in the third quarter ended his 0-for-20 slump from beyond the arc.‘GREAT ACTOR’Horford and Griffin made contact going for a loose ball near the sideline late in the fourth quarter. Following a video review by officials, Horford was called for a flagrant foul. Asked about the play after the game, Horford rolled his eyes and smiled.“Blake is a great actor,” Horford said. “I was going for the ball, and he sold it well. So, yeah, I don’t think that was a flagrant foul.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jayson Tatum scored 19 points and Gordon Hayward finished with 18 to help the Celtics hold off the Detroit Pistons 118-110 on Wednesday night.Hayward added eight assists and five rebounds in his first start since Dec. 21. Al Horford finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists. Jaylen Brown had 17 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Celtics have won seven out of their last nine. The loss ended the Pistons’ four-game win streak.Coach Brad Stevens said he liked the way his team gutted things out coming off a close win over the 76ers on Tuesday. LATEST STORIES “This was a good two days for this group,” Stevens said. “I thought it showed a lot of good character and hopefully we can enjoy the rest.”After trailing by 11 in the first half, Boston outscored Detroit 34-20 in the third quarter and led by as many as 28 in the fourth.Celtics All-Star Kyrie Irving sat for the second straight game with a strained right knee, and Terry Rozier was also sidelined with an illness.Stevens adjusted to their absences by starting Smart and Tatum in the backcourt and rounded out his lineup with Hayward, Horford and Marcus Morris.It was another strong showing for Hayward, who now has scored 15 or more points in four of his last five games. He had only 10 such games in his first 48 games this season. Over his last five outings Hayward has averaged 17 points on 61 percent shooting (9 of 18 on 3-pointers), 5.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ RUN TIMEThe Celtics were energized early, jumping out to an 8-0 lead. But Detroit negated it, responding with a 24-5 run to nudge back in front as Boston relied heavily on jump shots and went through a nearly five-minute scoring drought.The Celtics settled down, ending the opening period on a 15-5 run. Boston controlled the pace in the second quarter and led 57-52 at the half.IRVING UPDATEStevens said Irving’s status is officially “day-to-day,” but that he could theoretically be cleared to play if the Celtics had a game scheduled for Friday or Saturday. As far as Irving’s availability for the All-Star Game, Stevens said he should only suit up if his knee is completely healthy.“If there’s any issues at all and he’s not 110 percent, I would not play,” Stevens said.UP NEXTThe Pistons play Feb. 22 at Atlanta.The Celtics return to action Feb. 21, beginning a three-game trip at Milwaukee.last_img read more

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power

first_imgFormer NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center, speaks with Dominque Wilkins, left, as former player Bill Russell is seen at right, during the NBA All-Star skills session basketball contest, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)MIAMI — There was no social media or around-the-clock basketball coverage in October 1974, on the night when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looked up from his dinner plate and told the Milwaukee Bucks that he would like to be traded.As such, hardly anybody knew initially about the demand.ADVERTISEMENT Abdul-Jabbar said he understands why Davis’ trade request is getting so much attention.It’s because Davis — averaging 28 points and 13 rebounds this season — is worth it.“That’s always going to be the case,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The most talented people out there in the job market are going to get the most attention.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ALA Boxing cares for Mark Magsayo Kyrie Irving had two years, plus an option year, left on his deal with Cleveland when he asked for a trade and eventually got moved to the Boston Celtics. Paul George had a year left when he told Indiana that he wanted out. Both of those requests went public, and it could be argued that the Cavaliers and Pacers were ailed, at least somewhat, by losing leverage since it was no secret the superstars wanted to be moved.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t like trade demands, especially ones that go public. When the NBA adopted its most recent collective bargaining agreement, Silver said the notion was that teams would have the option to extend player deals a year early to avoid being blindsided by requests by those players to leave.It hasn’t worked that way, with Davis just being the latest example.“The law of unintended consequences,” Silver said. “It hasn’t worked precisely as we had planned.”Irving had a title with the Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard had a championship with San Antonio when he asked to be moved, and ultimately got his way. George still doesn’t have a championship, though flirted with one plenty of times when he was in Indiana only to be thwarted on annual basis by the Miami Heat.Davis doesn’t have one. He hasn’t been close. New Orleans went to the second round of the playoffs last year, a great sign of progress. This year the Pelicans have plummeted back toward the bottom of the Western Conference. And Davis realizes that his window for winning and being elite won’t last forever, so mindful of his legacy he wants to be moved.The great players are rich and going to be rich no matter where they play. The ring is also very much the thing, and Davis knows helping lead a team to a championship is vital to how he will be remembered.“I just want to win,” Davis said at All-Star weekend.The Pelicans haven’t done enough of it, and this year was the wrong time for their winning percentage to fall off a cliff. So Davis made the ask, and Hall of Famer Dave Cowens said that’s fine — as long as he accepts whatever comes next, whether it’s good or bad.“If a player wants to usurp or influence a decision on personnel, then the accountability for that move if it doesn’t work out, that’s what it’s about,” Cowens said. “You can’t have union and management doing the same things. … To me, it starts with the accountability. That’s the biggest thing.” If anyone understands what Anthony Davis is thinking, asking for a trade out of New Orleans with nearly 1 1/2 seasons left on his contract, it’s Abdul-Jabbar. His trade request came with two years left on his contract in Milwaukee. Eventually, he got his wish in the summer that followed his ask and got traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.“I think that the players have power because they have value,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “The players that teams know that they can win with are going to be in a position to dictate what they want to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnd while few people would disagree with that, the fact that Davis’ request went public — and the impact it had on the both the Pelicans and the Lakers, the team that appeared to go after the six-time All-Star the hardest before the trade deadline came and went earlier this month without a move being consummated — did not sit well with a number of the league’s former players at All-Star weekend.And it isn’t about the money. Top players like Davis, who will likely get his trade request fulfilled this summer are going to be well compensated one way or the other. But some think he might have been better served keeping it quiet until then. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “I just think it’s a situation where they needed to keep it in house,” Hall of Fame guard Rick Barry said. “Just talk to the owners. Talk amongst yourselves. Airing your dirty laundry and putting stuff out there … I just don’t understand why you want to get into a situation like that that does nobody any good and can only cause problems.”Like Abdul-Jabbar, and like Davis, Barry also forced a trade. Back in his ABA days, he made it known that when the Washington Caps were moving to Norfolk, Virginia, he wanted no part of playing there. So Barry got traded to the New York Nets, the entire trade “saga” lasting no more than a week or two and all done during an offseason.Davis asking in-season, Barry said, had a negative effect on both the Pelicans and the Lakers.“Doing it a year before, I don’t understand,” Barry said. “Hopefully they won’t continue doing it that far in advance.”Actually, that is nothing new.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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‘Police-Absence Creates Insecurity’: Chris Massaquoi Summoned

first_imgJust days after announcing how robust the 3rd sitting of the House of Representatives will be, Police Director Chris Massaquoi has been singled out as this sitting’s first ‘casualty.’The House of Representatives Thursday, 16 January voted 16 for, and 15 against, in a motion to summon the Police Chief.Accordingly, the intent of Director Massaquoi’s summons is to allow him to account for “limited, or no police presence in many parts of rural Liberia.”His summons was predicated on a communication address to plenary of the House by Lofa County Representative Moses Y. Kollie.Rep. Kollie noted in his communication that he observed the low presence and, in some cases, no presence, of police officers in both Salayea and Zorzor Districts of Lofa County.“The issue of low police visibility in District #5 is not unique to this district; it includes the entire Lofa County which has stirred a measure of insecurity for our people whenever there is a crisis,” Rep. Kollie said.He blamed the lack of “motivation, promotion in rank, a lack of higher education, financial benefits and no care and concern on the part of senior administration as some of the conditions responsible for the situation.According to Rep. Kollie, police officers continued to abandon rural assignments and return to Monrovia for a variety of reasons; in the process, they leave rural Liberians vulnerable to criminals.Based on these concerns, Rep. Kollie pleaded with his colleagues to summon the Police chief in an effort to ascertain first hand, what underlies the situation leading to a scarcity of officers across the country.Rep. Kollie’s communication received support from many of his colleagues including Maryland and Bong County Rep., Isaac Roland and Edward Kafia; the two supported Massaquoi’s appearance but wanted committees to handle the matter instead of plenary (full body).However, Nimba County Rep. Larry Younquoi’s motion to invite the Police boss before plenary was later accepted, Massaquoi is expected to make his first appearance before the Legislature since his last fallout with the Liberian Senate, in  late 2013. Following that misunderstanding, the Senate recommended that President Sirleaf dismissed the Police Chief. Massaquoi still heads the Police as Inspector-General.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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MOE Rejects ETUs At Schools

first_imgThe increasing number of deaths due to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) has claimed the attention of authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE).As such, the MOE has out rightly rejected the selection of school campuses for use as facilities for Ebola holding centers or Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) for those afflicted or suspected of carrying symptoms of the killer disease.Education Minister, Etmonia David Tarpeh, warned that no individuals, organizations, agencies, institutions or taskforce team should use school buildings or facilities as Ebola quarantine centers anywhere around the country.Minister Tarpeh rejected calls by some county authorities requesting the use of school facilities as Ebola quarantine centers or treatment centers to refrain from such idea.According to her, that idea has the intention or the ability to create fear among students when classes shall officially resume in the not too long distance future.“Please stop your demand because it is not in the interest to improve Liberia’s educational system, which is struggling to provide quality and affordable education to every Liberian and foreign national in the country,” Minister pleaded.She disclosed among other things that the MOE is working ‘tirelessly’ to protect and maintain all school facilities in the country.Works by the minister, the Minister believes to further give the government the necessary impetus to resume classes shortly when the Ebola crisis reduces.She argued that the usage of school facilities as Ebola withholding or quarantine centers has the knack to delay re-opening of learning institutions in the country.“The use of schools as Ebola withholding or treatment centers will further traumatize students, thereby prolonging the healing process,” she observed.Minister Tarpeh also disclosed that the ministries of Foreign Affairs, and National Defense, recently signed a resolution that schools in Liberia will be protected as “Zones of Peace” in times of crises.Document of commitment calling for the protection of academic facilities in the case of crisis, the Minister said, was in the possession of the MOE at her Sinkor 3rd   street offices in Monrovia.Minister’s Tarpeh reaction became necessary when several other organizations and individuals over the past weeks embarked on ‘systematic’ campaign suggestions the use of schools campuses or its facilities as Ebola withhold centers or the treatment centers for those being victimized by the EVD.In a related development, the secretary-general of the Civil Society Movement of Liberia (CSML), Christopher Toe, recently called on the government to reopen all schools in the country.Toe believes that when schools are reopened, campuses could be used as one of the cardinal points to carry out Ebola sensitization, and to also promote hygienic measures, thereby moving Liberia towards zeroing the infection.Mr. Toe made the recommendation during programs marking the official launch of the National Teachers’ Association (NTAL) Ebola Awareness Program in Monrovia a week ago.He then emphasized that with the reopening of schools, teachers and students could be hired by the National Taskforce on the fight against Ebola to play a vital role in spreading anti-Ebola messages both at school, and in their various communities.He on the other hand, challenged teachers to approach the Ebola issue with commitment and dedication to help contain the spread of the virus since they (teachers) are the role models.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 Funds ‘For Health Workers Directly Involved with Ebola Fight’

first_imgAs the go-slow action continues by Liberian health workers demanding higher salaries, risk benefits and better working conditions, United States Ambassador Deborah R. Malac has clarified that the US$10 million her government has given Liberia is meant to pay salaries to health workers directly enrolled in the Ebola fight.Ambassador Malac made the clarification in Tubmanburg, Bomi County Wednesday when she visited the newly erected Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) built by the U.S. government in conjunction with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).Making her government’s intentions clear in response to the persistent questions posed by journalists, the U.S. Ambassador was precise.  “The U.S. Government has assisted with US$5 million to pay salaries to healthcare workers and an additional $5 million was given by the USAID Director just recently.  This is for healthcare workers directly involved in the process of the Ebola fight,” Malac stated.She made it clear that those health workers receiving the payments are found in ETUs and care centers.  She spelled out that those are the people directly involved with the Ebola work and are at risk because they handle corpses and come in direct contact with Ebola- affected people.She gave the assurance that they (donors) know where the money goes and to whom it goes.  “This (fund) is not for risk benefits but for salaries of health workers directly involved with the Ebola fight, the ambassador repeated, clarifying that Risk benefit payment is being arranged by the Government of Liberia and the U.S. is not involved with it.”Ambassador Malac said Ebola is a health crisis affecting everybody and does not need political reaction.Regarding the health workers’ go-slow, Ambassador Malac acknowledged that the health workers need to take care of their families, have PPEs and are also assigned to help improve the health of the country as a whole.She indicated that the problem of the go-slow is the Liberian Government’s responsibility and it must take ownership of and find amicable solutions to the health workers’ issues.Also speaking about the construction of the Bomi ETUs, Ben Hemingway, head of the US Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), told journalists that work began two weeks ago and they expect the area to be in use within the next two weeks.He said the construction sponsored by USAID is carried out by members of the U.S. military contingent in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The structures erected are not only ETUs but care centers as well, said Mr. Hemingway, reviewing that the U.S. Government will erect 17 treatment units in Liberia, and a fully equipped 100-bed ETU costing about US$250,000.   Most of the work is being done by Liberian contractors, he noted. That is also a way of helping the crumbling Liberian economy, he asserted.He named epidemiological survey and rainy weather as serious challenges to fighting the Ebola disease, noting that it is necessary to know where the outbreak is occurring and with heavy rain the work becomes difficult.AFL Captain Glee Dilliard Dada toured with Ambassador Malac, accompanied by U.S. Joint Forces Operation Commander, Darryl Williams and AFL Chief of Staff, Daniel Ziankahn.There are four structures erected at the site in Bomi, and the yard is well leveled with crushed rocks that will prevent flooding.  There are areas for suspected, probable and confirmed cases.  There is also a waiting area for family members who do not have the disease. 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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