Month: January 2020

PBA heads to Davao del Sur for All-Star week

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding From Davao, the contingent travels up north to Batangas City for the second leg on May 25.As appetizer to the 7 p.m. game at the Batangas City Coliseum between coach Leo Austria’s Luzon All-Star against the national team to be handled by Yeng Guiao, are the various skills competitions such as the Obstacle Challenge, Three-Point shootout, Slam Dunk Contest, and the Shooting Stars will be held.The All-Star week culminates in Iloilo City with the Visayas All-Stars of coach Chito Victolero tangling with Nash Racela and the Philippine squad at San Agustin gym.Apart from basketball-related activities, which includes basketball clinics, players will also do courtesy calls, motorcades, outreach programs, and meet-and-greet with fans throughout the week.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo from PBA.phThe PBA All-Star Week takes the spotlight anew as the league invades Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for the staging of the annual midseason spectacle beginning on Wednesday.Led by commissioner Willie Marcial, delegates and officials, including members of the Mindanao All-Star and the Smart All Star Philippine team, will troop to Digos, Davao del Sur beginning Tuesday for the May 23 kickoff leg of the mid-season classic.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ROS win gives Johnson final say in verbal war with White The Davao del Sur Coliseum hosts the 7p.m. match pitting the national team mentored by Norman Black against the Mindanao selection of coach Tim Cone.As an added treat, a shootout between legends will be held before the game featuring four shooting tandems in Allan Caidic and Secretary Bong Go, Kenneth Duremdes and Senator Manny Pacquiao, Peter June Simon and Presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio, and Scottie Thompson and Major Michael Sabsal.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 crownGovernor Mark Cagas will be a special guest at courtside to open the initial leg of the three-phase event.“It’s an honor and privilege to be the host of the 2018 All-Star game opener. We hope to give PBA fans a treat and set the perfect stage for another exciting week of basketball ahead,” said Cagas. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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

Mitchell picks Paul George over LeBron James

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He also made a recruitment pitch for incoming free agent Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder to join him in Salt Lake City.In the aftermath of Golden State’s third title in four years, Mitchell said the rest of the league should just “work harder” to catch up with the Warriors who have four All-Stars in their roster.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“We just have to find ways to get better,” said Mitchell, a mid first round pick before emerging one of the top ROY choices after a sensational season that saw him average 20.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 79 regular season games.The reigning slam dunk king also said he’d love to have George in Utah. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational Basketball Association Rookie of the Year contender Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz has nothing against the formation of so-called super teams in the NBA.Speaking at a press conference highlighting his first visit to Manila for footwear giant adidas, Mitchell said it should instead serve as a challenge.ADVERTISEMENT “I’ll make (my pitch) Paul George right now,” said Mitchell. “We want to win, we’re not selfish. If he comes in, it’s gonna make life a lot easier on the offensive end. He’s also a great defender.”Asked if he’d also want LeBron James to join him, the 21-year-old Mitchell replied: “Would I want to [play with him]? Who wouldn’t?” he asked. “But if I had a choice on playing [with] him or beating him, I’d rather beat him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES ‘Amazing’ Obiena asiad-ready Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

Army to soldier on with breakthrough PVL win

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan St. Benilde enters Filoil semis, clips UP Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town He lauded his men for grinding out the win despite being the underdogs of the tournament.“We never gave up in even if we looked outmatched against the opponents,” de Guzman said. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Philippine Army will take a five-set win any day in Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference–considering the stakes.Troopers head coach Rico de Guzman said a winless campaign this conference could have prevented the team from joining other tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT “If we lost today’s game, our commander might not allow us to play in the next conference,” de Guzman said in Filipino.Philippine Army suffered back-to-back losses in the quarterfinal round before they struck gold against Instituto Estetico Manila in five sets on Wednesday.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 crownThe win was a sigh of relief for the Troopers as they finished the conference at fifth place with a 1-2 win-loss card.They were earlier advised to stop participating in tournaments if they could not produce any wins. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cone, Ginebra expect Rain or Shine to ‘come out with great force’

first_imgCone, though, also welcomed the change of schedule so forward Japeth Aguilar, who is dealing with an injury his left Achilles tendon, can recover faster.“We’re hoping the cancellation does not halt the momentum we’ve worked for,” said Cone Wednesday in a text message to INQUIRER. “It does, however, help Japeth get nearer to a return to the lineup.”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’The Gin Kings stretched their winning streak to eight games after their 102-89 victory to Rain or Shine, the number team in the elimination round, last Sunday.Cone added that the break works both ways as Rain or Shine also had the opportunity to make some tweaks in its game plan for Game 2. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “The extra day also gives Rain or Shine more time to make adjustments and get ready to bounce back in Game 2,” said Cone. “We expect them to come out with great force so we’ll have to be at the top of our game.”“This should be a great game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ While the extra days of rest allowed some of Ginebra’s players to recuperate, head coach Tim Cone is hoping that the postponement won’t stall the momentum they had going after their Game 1 win.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew IOC adds 7 medal events to 2022 Beijing Winter Games program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

England hands Spain its first home loss in 15 years

first_imgEngland’s players celebrate the third goal of their team during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain and England at Benito Villamarin stadium, in Seville, Spain, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)MADRID — It was an odd scene at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville: The few visiting English fans were chanting “Ole” at every touch of the ball by their squad, while the home Spanish crowd was jeering its own players.It was only halftime on Monday and the Spaniards had already seen their national team concede three goals for the first time ever in a competitive match at home. By the end, they were witnesses to La Roja’s first home loss in 15 years.ADVERTISEMENT Raheem Sterling scored twice and Marcus Rashford once in a stunning first half for England, which held on to beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to get back in contention for a spot in the final four of Europe’s newest competition.In the other match in League A, Iceland lost to Switzerland 2-1 and was relegated to the second-tier League B.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 ChrissSterling ended his three-year scoring drought with England with goals on each side of Rashford’s strike before the break, leading England to its first win in Spain since 1987.“For a young team, they put in an incredibly mature performance, withstood pressure reasonably well and should all be really proud,” England coach Gareth Southgate said. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LOWER LEAGUESIn League B, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Northern Ireland 2-1 at home to take a six-point lead over Austria atop Group 3.In Group 2 of League C, Finland beat Greece 2-0 at home to remain perfect with four wins and a clean sheet after four matches. Estonia and Hungary drew 3-3 in the group’s other match.Luxembourg defeated San Marino 3-0 to take the lead in Group 2 of League D, ahead of Belarus, which was held by Moldova to 0-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Spain could have secured a spot in the last four with a win, while a draw would have ended England’s chances of advancing. Only the group winner moves on.Spain started well but its high defensive line struggled against the speed of England’s young forwards. The visitors were clinical, scoring on all of their attempts on goal. Spain totaled 25 attempts and 70 percent of possession, and blew it.England opened the scoring early in a fast breakaway. Rashford sent a nice ball into space for Sterling, who entered the area with only the goalkeeper to beat and found the top of the net with a superb finish. It was his first goal for England since 2015, and first ever away from Wembley.“It was a beautiful feeling,” Sterling said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to try to get in the box and score. Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it doesn’t, but it’s my position to score goals so I need to keep that going.”Rashford added to the lead in the 30th after a perfect through ball by Kane, entering the area and finishing with a shot from near the penalty spot.Sterling got on the board again from close range after Kane’s set-up in a move which started with a nice pass by Ross Barkley over the top of the Spanish defenders.Spain got on the board in the 58th through a header by substitute striker Alcacer, who has 10 goals in his last six games with club and country. Ramos’ last-minute goal also was a header.RELEGATED ICELANDIceland needed to beat Switzerland for the first time to avoid relegation but the Swiss got off to a two-goal lead and held on to victory.Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 at home in the team’s opener. It moved into a tie with Belgium for first place in Group 2. The Belgians have a game in hand. Spain suffered its first loss in a competitive match at home since 2003 against Greece. It hadn’t lost at home in 38 matches, and had not conceded three goals in a home match since 1991 in a friendly against Hungary.“It shows how tough it is to come here and win and we have done that,” England forward Harry Kane said. “We came out of the blocks firing, great pressing.”Paco Alcacer scored Spain’s first goal early in the second half and Sergio Ramos claimed the second on the final play of the match.“We have to admit we played very badly in the first half,” Spain coach Luis Enrique said. “We made a lot of individual mistakes.”Despite the loss, Spain stayed ahead in Group 4 of League A with two more points than England after three matches. Croatia, with a game in hand, was five points behind Spain.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown NBA Preview: It’s the Warriors, and then everyone else 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. MOST READlast_img read more

Death Mars Bassa’s Trophy Celebration

first_imgA 16-year-old, Darlingboy Philips, dubbed ‘Dad’ was crushed to death when he accidentally fell from a low-belt truck this past Saturday, amid rejoicing over Grand Bassa County’s triumph in the National County Meet after 24 years of title-drought.The truck, with the inscription ‘Grand Bassa County Development Fund,’ rolled over the lad and crushed his chest and smashed his skull near the entrance of the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.He had slipped while he and friends were hanging on the vehicle’s tail-end after the program when the car was leaving the Doris Williams Sports Stadium.That celebration in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, marked the official celebration of the county’s two trophies won in the 2013/2014 National County Meet.The teenager’s accidental death was linked to connection of ‘neejee’ activities.In Liberia ‘neejee,’ is usually interpreted as witchery and is always generally associated with the people of Grand Bassa County.The Traffic Coordinator of the Grand Bassa Police Detachment, Inspector Stephen B. Kpoeh, told the Daily Observer Sunday morning that Darlingboy died instantly after he was run over by the truck on Saturday. He had been pronounced dead after he was rushed to the Liberian Government Hospital in Buchanan.Inspector Kpoen said the truck driver, Samuel Barlingar, 48, has been investigated and is being detained by Police to avoid ‘unnecessary’ mob violence.He disclosed that from the preliminary investigations, Driver Barlingar is not guilty, in accordance with Section 10.107 of the Police’s Traffic Law of Liberia; the late Darlingboy was hitching a ride without the driver’s knowledge.Section 10.107 of the Police Traffic Law, under the subtitle Soliciting Rides, reads: “No person shall stand on any roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride and from the driver of any vehicle.”The Chief of Traffic of Grand Bassa Police Detachment, Inspector Allen Suah, told the Daily Observer, that after a conference with Grand Bassa’s Superintendent Etweda Cooper, they instructed the family to bury the body yesterday (Sunday), because the county is not responsible for the boy’s death and burial. They promised to send a representative to meet with the family afterwards.The late Darlingboy was laid to rest the day after his death (Sunday) due to his severe injuries.The deceased was a 3rd grade student of Lower Hardlandsville Public School and was helping to support his family through the sale of used clothes.Darlingboy was the oldest of four sons from his parents, who are both alive.  He was living with his uncle, Alphonso Philips, in Jeko’s Town, Buchanan. His parents are Timothy and Sundaymae Philips, and they are living in the interior with the deceased’s brothers.Mr. Robert Guah, a relative of the late Darlingboy expressed disappointment and frustration over the absence of county authorities and members of the Grand Bassa Legislative Caucus, up to the time of burial.Meanwhile, friends from Jeko’s Town have expressed their condolences to the bereaved family; they urged the family to investigate the death of Darlingboy, which they described as mysterious.“How come out of ten people hanging from the truck, he alone fell and was killed instantly? There must be something behind it,” a man only identified as Nyensuah stated.According to Nyensuah, about three weeks ago, one Ben Roberts met a similarly mysterious death. “We think that it is not normal; there must be witch or neeje activities behind them; we know it is all happening because elections are around the corner,” Nyensuah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Monrovia Visitors Map Releases 2014 Edition

first_imgThe newest edition of the Monrovia Visitors Map is now out, making way-finding and navigating around the capital city a whole lot easier for business visitors and tourists in 2014. The first 5,000 copies of the 2014 edition are available now throughout Monrovia. Seven full color maps of metropolitan Monrovia, including Congo Town and Paynesville, make up this pocket-sized essential guide, which features over 100 hotels, bars, restaurants, suppliers and shops, as well as Government agencies, hospitals, embassies, places of worship and other essential information for visitors. From bakeries to building suppliers to beach resorts, the Monrovia Visitors Map shows the best of the city. The 2014 edition is the biggest yet, featuring all of Bushrod Island for the first time, as well as Mamba Point and Central Monrovia, Sinkor, Airfield, Old Road, Congo Town, Paynesville, ELWA, and the RIA Highway. There are also detailed maps of the Broad Street business district and Tubman Boulevard in Sinkor as well. Produced in partnership with the telecom operator Cellcom, over 10,000 printed copies of the Map are given away for free in Monrovia throughout the year.Along with the printed edition, the Map is also available to download for free from www.monroviavisitorsmap.com which has a both a high- and low-bandwidth version. The new high-bandwidth webpage now has a brand-new interactive feature with additional information on featured businesses. “Over 10,000 tourists were recognized as visiting Liberia in 2013—an increase of more than 70% over the past few years. Whether people are visiting for business or pleasure this map will help them find the best that the city has to offer” says Larissa Clark, Business Development Manager for the map.”It’s an exciting new edition that reflects the growth of many fantastic service providers that visitors need to find easily whether it’s a place to sleep, eat or shop during their visit to Monrovia – whether they stay a week or six months!” says Matthew Jones, Co-Founder of the Monrovia Visitors Map.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Infrastructure Deficit Stagnates Africa’s Businesses

first_imgThe World Bank Group has declared in its latest report, the Africa’s Pulse, that Africa’s infrastructure deficit is and has been serving as an impediment to the growth and development of the continent, especially its business and trade sectors.The report says that roads, ports, power and other infrastructures that are to contribute to the development of the continent through trade and commerce are inadequate or lacking. The Africa’s Pulse is a twice-yearly analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects.The new World Bank  Group’s Africa Pulse report also says that the region’s infrastructure deficit is most acute in energy and roads and that across Africa, unreliable and expensive electricity supply and poor road conditions across the continent continue to impose high costs on business and intra-regional trade.World Bank Group’s chief economist for the African region, Francisco Ferreira, while providing analytical views on the report at a discussion on “Africa’s recent economic progress and future challenges in sustaining the continent’s economic growth in a changing global environment,” in Washington D.C, yesterday said though economic growth continues to rise, risks to fast growth remain major challenges.The discussion was a webcast live at the World Bank Group’s Country office in Monrovia. It was also viewed in several other African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, amongst others. Journalists from these African countries had the opportunity to interact with the two discussants, Mr. Ferreira and World Bank Lead Economist in the African region, Ms. Punam Chuhan-Pole.The global economic expansion is set to accelerate, but downside risks persist. Economic activity was robust in much of Sub-Sahara Africa in 2013, supported by strong investment demand and robust private consumption.Mr. Ferreira said while Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the region is expected to remain stronger than in many other developing countries worldwide, a number of important risks remain. He named some of the risks as:  unpredictable commodity prices, locally volatile food prices and political uncertainty.The Africa’s Pulse reports indicates that weaker demand for metals and other key commodities, combined with increased supply, could lead to a sharper decline in commodity prices. In particular, if Chinese demand, which accounts for about 45 percent of total copper demand and a large share of global iron ore demand remains weaker than in recent years and supply continues to grow robustly, copper and iron ore prices could decline more sharply, with significant negative consequences for the metal-producing countries.“Within Sub-Sahara Africa, strong local prices pressure have emerged in a number of countries driven in part by large currency depreciations, as in Ghana and Zambia and also by unfavorable weather conditions,” the report said.It indicates that domestic risks associated with social and political unrest, and emerging security problems, remain a major threat to the economic prospects of a number of countries in the region.World Bank Lead Economist in the African region, Ms. Punam Chuhan-Pole also said the region growth prospects remain favorable despite emerging challenges, such as weaker commodity prices and tighter global financial conditions. During the period from 1995 to 2013, the region performed strongly with an average annual GDP growth rate of 4.5 percent.She said that growth was broad base, but the drivers of growth varied across countries. “Different growth patterns will determine the resilience of growth prospect to changing global conditions,” she said.However, it adds, economic growth in Sub-Sahara Africa continues to rise from 4.7 percent in 2013 to a forecast 5.2 percent in 2014. This performance, according to Africa’s Pulse, is boosted by rising investment in natural resources and infrastructure, and strong household spending.The report notes that growth was notably buoyant in resource-rich countries, including Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR. Congo). It remained steady in Cote D’Ivoire, while rebounding in Mali supported by improved political stability and security. Non-resource rich country, particularly Ethiopia and Rwanda also experienced solid economic growth in 2013.Capital flows continues to rise, reaching an estimated 5.3 percent of regional GDP in 2013 significantly above the developing countries average of 3.9 percent. Net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows to the region grew by 16 percent to a near record US$43 billion last year, boosted by new oil and gas discoveries in many countries including Angola, Mozambique and Tanzania.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAC to Audit US$5M, Other Ebola Funds

first_imgThe Senate plenary Tuesday, September 30, unanimously voted to authorize the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to conduct an audit on funds disbursed to both local and national Task Forces set up  for the fight against the Ebola epidemic.The Senate accepted suggestions that while the GAC works on the details of the audit, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that is responsible for all public accounts be given the responsibility with a specified time frame of two weeks to be able to bring a report to the Senate in terms of the expenditure of the allotments that were made to the various institutions.The Senate’s decision Tuesday came days after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf submitted a disbursement report from the National Task Force on the US$5 million approved for the fight against the spread of Ebola virus.President Sirleaf in her report noted that the implementing agencies have made a budget request of US$34,820.98 for three months.Of the amount of US$5 million, according to President Sirleaf’s report that now goes under the GAC, approximately US$4.7 million was disbursed to the various implementing agencies against their respective budgets submitted, leaving an undisbursed balance of approximately US$1,069,094.91.The GAC is also mandated to conduct audit on Social Development Funds that were used by some of the counties for the fight against Ebola, and an earlier amount of US$250,000 approved for the purpose of fighting the epidemic at its early stage.Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, who is one of the advocates for transparency, thanked President Sirleaf for submitting the report.At a critical period when the country is dealing with Ebola, Senator Taylor said the intent of the Senate is not to be unduly critical, but to make sure that funding given to this process is done in an equitable way so that each county gets its fair share to fight Ebola. She suggested that the Committee on Ways, Means and Finance that is responsible for Expenditure and Revenue write all of the line Ministries and other spending entities that received money to ask them for their full report.During Tuesday’s debate, the Senate’s representative on the National Task Force, Grand Kru County Senator, Dr. Peter Coleman, made several attempts to caution the Senate that the call for audit may be interpreted by the international donors that the government is corrupt.  But this was thrashed out by his colleagues, causing him to short land his argument.Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morais, who is a strong advocate for the audit, in a strong words to counter his colleague’s intervention, argued that the issue at bar was not corruption, but an audit which will be accepted by the plenary.  “So to insinuate otherwise than what the plenary had agreed is unfortunate.”Meanwhile, Senator John Ballout warned that while the audit goes on, the Senate must maintain allotment of funding that may be requested for the fight against Ebola, until it is proven otherwise.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The President should have met with jobless sugar workers

first_imgDear Editor,I recognised through the media, President David Granger continuing the tradition that begun with his predecessors to distribute kites to children of several communities. It is a good gesture, especially at this time when parents are finding it difficult to put food on their tables, let alone to purchase kites for their children. Social media, I recognise, was abuzz with the ‘Presidential kite’ which featured the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change ‘green and yellow’ and a portrait of the President himself. I recall His Excellency speaking about partisanship recently and I cannot help but wonder whether the kites he was sharing out does not contradict what he was saying.But important as that is, I recognised that the President visited several communities along the Corentyne coast which are reeling from the repercussions of mass retrenchment following the closure of estates. The President, I noted for instance, had a kite distribution exercise at Republic Square, Corriverton. Certainly, His Excellency could have gone to see the jobless sugar workers residing nearby. Similarly, he could have visited those of Canje and elsewhere during his trip to Berbice. This is the second time in a matter of weeks the President has visited Berbice and has not seen it fit to visit the distressed and depressed now jobless ex-sugar workers. President Granger, please, I urge you, once again, to live up to your promise to be a “good President for all the people.”Yours sincerely,Liebert Alleynelast_img read more