Hernandez tabs Asian Games berth

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hernandez, a Wichita State University varsity bowler, will join Merwin Tan, Kenneth Chua, Raoul Miranda, Kenzo Umali and Jomar Jumapao in the men’s bowling team to the Games, where they are hard-pressed to capture a medal following a successful campaign in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag) in Turkmenistan last year.Chua got a silver medal in the men’s individual contest at the Aimag while the PH women’s team of four, led by reigning World Cup champion Krizziah Lyn Tabora and Liza del Rosario, also brought home a silver.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 LATEST STORIES 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 Munti cages ‘unwanted’ Parks; Marikina trips GSW View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Former Asian Youth silver medalist Enzo Hernandez breezed into the semifinals of the just-concluded Singapore Open Bowling Championships only to get blown away during the medal match.Making the finals, however, proved enough for Hernandez to gain a spot in the national team bound for the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, on Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Big boost for Bolts

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArinze Onuaku’s massive frame has done wonders for Meralco—and created nightmares for other teams in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Four straight victories so far attest to that.“He’s controlling the inside for us,” said Meralco coach Norman Black of his hulking import, who attracts the defense, leaving most of the Bolts with open looks at the rim.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ They need to end the elimination round with a win over the Batang Pier, who got clobbered by the Fuel Masters two days ago, 135-108, to keep their hunt for a quarterfinal spot alive.“I will make sure that our guys will give everything we have to get that pivotal fifth win,” said Columbian coach Ricky Dandan.Bidding to survive this one, the Batang Pier (4-5) have to close out their elimination campaign also with a victory against the Gin Kings.GlobalPort will have to deal with a major change in its roster after sending bruiser Kelly Nabong to San Miguel Beer in exchange for veteran Gabby Espinas and a 2020 second-round pick.The 6-foot-5 Nabong, who loves to mix toughness with swagger in the lane, joins a vaunted Beermen frontline that already currently includes four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, rookie sensation Christian Standhardinger and import Renaldo Balkman.“He’s a good addition to the team. Kelly has definitely added more depth to our frontline,” said coach Leo Austria, whose Beermen are situated in the middle of the chart (4-4) in their quest for a quarterfinal seat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Onuaku will literally be in the middle of things anew as the Bolts face the TNT KaTropa Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, aiming to inch closer to a valuable twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.But he will have to deal with another giant physical force in TNT’s Josh Smith, whose similar efficiency has been overshadowed by back-to-back losses that pulled the KaTropa down to a 6-3 record.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 Bolts definitely have the psychological edge entering their 7 p.m. after stopping the streaking Alaska Aces on their tracks with a 15-point victory.“It’s a critical game on our bid to gain a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. We have control of our fate but we have to keep on winning,” said Black. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “If we lose, we go down in the team standings as quickly,” added Black.TNT practically has the same mind-set as coach Nash Racela seeks to win their last two games against the Bolts and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters for a chance to earn a twice-to-beat edge.The top two teams after the 11-game elimination secure the twice-to-beat leverage over the seventh- and eighth-ranked qualifiers while teams in the middle figure in a best-of-three series.Both GlobalPort and Columbian are hoping to make it to the quarters as they tangle in the 4:30 p.m. curtain-raiser at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday.Columbian got blown away by the Barangay Ginebra Kings on Wednesday and fell to 4-6 in the standings in a tie with the Phoenix Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Busmen widen PFL lead to12 points Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

On a roll in Russia, Mexico begs World Cup fans to behave

first_imgBut Mexico midfielder Marco Fabian was one of several players who warned against complacency.“We reached our first target and have beaten Germany, but we can’t sit back,” Fabian said. “Some consider us to be group favorites now, and that’s a compliment — but it’s one we shouldn’t believe. There are no favorites in this World Cup.”The Koreans, stung by their 1-0 defeat by Sweden, could reconsider their attacking 4-3-3 formation that provided little threat and handed space to their opponents.Midfielder Koo Ja-cheol, who plays at Bundesliga club Augsburg, said players were studying Mexico on their tablets and had identified Hernandez as the major threat.“Of course we are not ready to give up. Everyone put in so much effort to get here,” Koo said. “What we want is to turn fans’ disappointment into joy.”ADVERTISEMENT As traveling Mexican fans prepare to descend on this southern Russian city, players and the federation are imploring them not to repeat it at Saturday’s match, in messages on television and social media. The Group F game will be attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.The Mexicans have reached the last 16 in their six previous World Cups, and are on course to make it seven after beating Germany 1-0. Javier Hernandez tore past defenders and found Hirving Lozano for a stylish goal in the 35th minute.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 crownCoach Juan Carlos Osorio is a fan of reshuffling his lineup — a tactic inspired by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson — but is likely to stick to many of his opening game starters, relying on his back four to stop the pacey Koreans.Celebrations in Mexico City of the goal against Germany were so rowdy that seismologists checked reports of an artificial earthquake. It was eventually ruled out. Big boost for Bolts Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding A supporter from Mexico looks at the Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square during the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Mexico’s biggest worry at the World Cup may be its fans instead of its next opponent, struggling South Korea.The Mexican football federation was fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,000) and warned of further sanctions over a chant by supporters considered to be homophobic during the opening game against Germany. Fans in Mexico use the chant to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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

Kobe Bryant’s wife says Lakers legend not interested in NBA return

first_imgWoods-Mickelson match set for Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPKobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, squelched rumors that her superstar husband was considering coming out of retirement to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers.The speculation, fueled by Lakers fans’ enduring love for Bryant, was boosted by erstwhile teammate Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast prediction that Bryant would return to team with James — the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player signed by the Lakers in July.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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. Vanessa Bryant, quizzed by a fan in the comments of an Instagram video she had posted of herself on vacation in Mexico, said no way.“Kobe will not be coming out of retirement to play again,” she said. “He doesn’t want to play again and frankly we really enjoy spending time together as a family without the crazy game schedule interfering with birthdays, holidays and special events.”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’Bryant, 39, played with O’Neal from 1996-2004. He won five NBA titles with the Lakers before retiring in 2016 and since then has pursued a variety of projects.In March, Bryant won an Oscar for the animated short film “Dear Basketball,” a collaboration with artist Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams.last_img read more

Bolick explodes for career-best 50 in San Beda win over Arellano

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Liverpool ‘not for sale’ after $2.6-B bid View comments Robert Bolick showed he’s a class above the rest, scorching with 50 points to lead San Beda past Arellano, 98-79, Friday in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Bolick took charge when it mattered most, helping the Red Lions turn a close game into their seventh triumph by dropping 37 points in the second half alone. It was Bolick’s career best and also the league’s since Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie dropped 44 three years back.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’The Chiefs, paced by Michael Canete’s 24 points, skidded to 3-5. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

Ancajas willing to fight Thai champ Srisaket ‘anywhere’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo taken from Joven Sports Promotions Facebook pageThe venue won’t be of any issue for Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas in a potential title unification bout against fellow super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand.Both have been wanting to fight each other and it could finally happen soon.ADVERTISEMENT After the fight, Ancajas, his trainer and manager Joven Jimenez along with international matchmaker Sean Gibbons congratulated Srisaket inside the ring.Ancajas is also coming off his sixth title defense where he settled for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico on September 29 in Oakland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’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 MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentscenter_img “That has the potential of being a really big fight, maybe the biggest fight in the super flyweight division even. Definitely, we’d like to sit down with his camp and finally discuss it to get the ball rolling,” Ancajas said.“I am willing to fight anywhere. If we come back to Thailand and fight there, no problem. If we end up in the United States, then good for the both of us. If we can all find a way for Top Rank and ONE Championship to work together and promote the unification bout in the Philippines, my home country, even better.” he added.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 ChrissREAD: Srisaket would bring out best in Ancajas, says trainerThe 26-year-old Ancajas, who holds the IBF belt, was in attendance when Srisaket, the eighth-best pound-for-pound fighter today as per Ring Magazine, successfully defended his WBC crown in a lopsided decision over Mexican challenger Iran Diaz on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes at Impact Arena in Nonthaburi, Thailand. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nurmagomedov threatens to leave UFC if teammate fired LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Cignal clips Foton for spot in PSL semis

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Cignal hit a bit of a snag in the fourth set after it allowed the Tornadoes to salvage a couple more points and trim the margin to six , 24-18, after a team block by the Tornadoes.HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga called a timeout to settle things down before Mylene Paat delivered with a clinical kill to finish things off.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 Chriss“We really prepared for this one and we didn’t take a break at all,” said Barroga in Filipino, who singled out Royse Tubino and Rachel Ann Daquis key factors in their win.Tubino just finished her military training with Army while Daquis has been the steady leader the team has while fellow veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga recovers from her knee injury. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Cignal grabbed a spot in the semifinals after tripping Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference quarterfinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The HD Spikers are set to take on defending champion Petron in the penultimate round.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Arsenal players filmed using ‘hippy crack’ 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 “I really pushed Tubino and thankfully she delivered for us and at the same time Rachel had a really good game.”Daquis wound up with a game-high 24 points while Paat and Tubino added 22 and 13 points, respectively.Despite the hiccup in the first set, the HD Spikers were methodical in their offense with a 67-45 advantage in spikes while also limiting their errors to 16 compared to the Tornadoes’ 31.Mina Aganon led the Torndoes with 16 points while CJ Rosario and Shaya Adorador combined for 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Delay in Nimba Scrap Bid Results Continues

first_imgConcern is said to be mounting over the failure of the Nimba County authority to release the results of the scrap bid, which began in 31st December 2013 and expires in 60 days according to the PPCC.Dennis Maneh, a concerned citizen of Nimba, told the Daily Observer at its Nimba Office that the delay in releasing the bid result displays a lack of fairness and raises suspicion of “foul play.”“The delay is causing concern; we suspect foul play is the reason why it is taking such a long time for the results to be released,” he said.“The scrap bid was put up on 31st December 2013. Until now, the result is yet to be released. Tell me what is really happening?” he asked.Maneh explained that the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) stipulated 60 days for bidding. The bidding process in Nimba County has gone beyond that. This is why he demanded that the county leadership releases the results.According to him there were many scrap companies that showed interest. Among them two were qualified; Western Steel, a Ghanaian Firm, and the North Star, a Liberian Firm.The Nimba scrap yard—located around the ArcelorMittal Concession area in Yekapa— has been one of Nimba County’s most talked about issues.Nimbaians had been in doubt over issues concerning the status of the scrap bid since it was published late last year.“How can only two companies be allowed to bid for a multimillion dollar scrap contract? This is unfair,” claimed Mr. Francis Menwon, a local.The scraps in question are the heaviest in Liberia compared to those from Grand Bassa, the contract for which was awarded to a Liberian scraping firm recently.The scraps in Nimba are estimated to cost about US$30 million if ‘mined’ properly, according to statistics from some scraping companies. Exactly how Nimba will award it to a qualified company without it being stolen remains the challenge.The scraps created a split between the 53rd Nimba Legislative Caucus due to a “conflict of interest” involving a Ghanaian scrap company.Senator Prince C. Johnson accused the Nimba Caucus, specifically Representative Rick Toweh, of receiving a brown envelope from the Ghanaian company {which was not named at that time} to award them the contract.Sen. Johnson’s statement was widely condemned by members of the caucus as a lie. They further explained on a local radio station that they were making an effort to contract with a company to build a mini factory in Nimba to create jobs for Nimbaians.The argument led to the expulsion of Sen. Johnson from the caucus last year. Subsequently, the bid for the scraps was put up in late December 2013 to allow other companies to participate.Last year, it was alleged that former Nimba Superintendent, Christiana Dagadu, and Nimba Inspector, Reginald Mehn, secretly visited Ghana to arrange with this same company on the same scrap deal. This raised serious concerns among some of Nimba’s citizens.When the Daily Observer contacted the Assistant Superintendent of Development of Nimba County— also the head of the scrap bid evaluation committee— Mr. Teeko Yorlay, he said he was not the official spokesperson of the county. He told this reporter to contact the county superintendent, but all efforts to get the County’s Superintendent via mobile phone remained futile as his phone rang endlessly.   Despite speculation around Nimba that the Ghanaian company is likely to be awarded the contract, unconfirmed reports reaching the paper says, the Development Superintendent Teeko Torzay  Yorlay has cancelled/disqualified the entire bid and new bid is set to be published soon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where Do Their Fates Lie?

first_imgAs the fight against the Ebola epidemic continues to grip Liberia, there is one thing that seems to be forgotten.That thing, according the National Children and Youth Advisory Board (NCYAB), has to do with the fate of children whose parents died from epidemic.NCYAB, through its national chairman, Henry Bunch Garneo, II, said it is documenting abnormalities within the Ebola crisis, paramount among them being the welfare of children who have been victimized by the pandemic.This grave issue has caught our attention and must be addressed by government and partners as the situation is now worsening beyond control, Mr. Garneo said.NCYAB is a vibrant child rights advocacy group established by Defence for Children-Liberia (DCI-Liberia), with funding from Plan Liberia. Its principal  objective is to combat all forms of violence against children in Liberia.At a press conference at DCI-Liberia’s office over the weekend, Mr. Garneo said  While it is true that we have joined forces with government to kick Ebola out of  Liberia, we are also documenting abnormalities within the crisis which include a gross violation of children’ rights.He indicated that there are children who have been made orphans and semi orphans and some have even been neglected by their communities and relatives as a result of the stigma of Ebola.“Currently, there are numerous cases of such in and around Montserrado County and other places. In Grand Cape Mount County, Tewor district, Bellaja to be specific, there is a child who has been neglected due to the death of both parents from Ebola,”“Also in Bensonville, specifically Low Coast Village, there is a similar case. In Tubmanburg, Bomi County, there is a child who died of starvation indoors because she was perceived to be have contracted the various from her parents who died from the virus,” the NCYAB boss said.We as a child rights institution would like to know what special package or alternative care does government have in store for those kids?“Where does the fate of these children lie now? Government should now begin to take ownership of these children. They are Liberians despite the situation. Like us, these are the future leaders of this country and they must be given the needed attention during this difficult period,” he said.Mr. Garneo, however, proffered what he termed as strongly recommendation to government: that children in this category and others who are either sick or dead due to Ebola be documented nationwide.He called for the establishment of safe homes for the abandoned children to be taken to, with the provision of comprehensive psychosocial packages i.e., (food and non-food items) to meet their immediate needs.“Additionally, we call on government and other national and international partners to provide some economic support to foster families and/or relatives who are willing to accommodate those children, taking into consideration the nature of their cases as it relates to stigmatization.“Moreover, we would like the government and its partners to adopt a holistic approach to responding to the needs of families that are affected by the virus: that is, to ensure the provision of health, psychosocial and educational needs of those families.  We  strongly recommend the provision educational materials to children of the above category to help them maintain their academic pace and prevent them from being bored or ostracized.Similar concern about Ebola orphans’ welfare were also raised recently by Physician Assistant Kandy Kobah, an Ebola survivor, who was released from the Ebola Treatment Unit at the ELWA Hospital.  She spoke with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf about this matter.There are several Ebola orphans at the ELWA’s ETU.Mr. Garneo expressed the NCYAB’s regret over the death of kids who died from Ebola, and most especially about the death of  Shakie Kamara, the 16 year-old by who died on August 21 from gunshot wounds.“We are constrained to frown upon this barbaric act and to condemn it in the strongest terms possible.”Mr. Garneo said the killing of Kamara is inhumane and unjustifiable, and it is a gross violation of Article 5 and 6 of the African Charter on the rights and welfare of the child (ACRWC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC),  respectively.“We call on the international community to probe into this matter in order to serve justice over the death of our comrade!  We say rest in peace, little Shakie Kamara,  and others till we meet again in glory on the Day of Judgment.”Meanwhile, Mr. Garneo is calling on government for the establishment of more Ebola testing and treatment centers in isolated communities around the country in order help curb to spread of this dreadful epidemic.He noted that the fight against Ebola is a national fight and thus demands the collective efforts of all Liberians in combating the deadly killer virus. He also said NCYAB has staged  series of community awareness programs,  sensitizing community dwellers on Ebola and its preventive methods in Peace Island and Whein town, to name a few.“We hope and pray that tranquility will soon be restored in the Mano River basin, and that Liberians will soon be free to move about their normal activities.   Meanwhile, please take all precautionary methods seriously in order to keep safe,” he concluded. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Public Works Min-designate Promises ‘Functional Ministry’

first_imgThe youthful Public Works Minister-designate has told the Senate Committee, which assures its functions and activities that he and his team of officials will work assiduously to ensure that the Ministry of Public Works becomes “a more functional entity.”Minister of Public Works-designate William Gyude Moore, 37, yesterday eloquently informed members of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Rural Development that he has familiarized himself over the past years with the Ministry and all of its signature/flagship infrastructure programs.Mr. Moore who, together with Deputy Minister for Administration-designate Roland Layfette Giddings, 40, appeared before the Senators, said from his previous area of work — Ministry of State and Presidential Affairs — he has followed projects from feasibility studies to loan negotiation and ratification.If confirmed, both Moore and Giddings promised to continue the program to successfully complete ongoing road projects across the country; and to this end to pursue and propose innovative ways to finance and repair roads, bridges and other public infrastructure, while at the same time ensure that roads remain pliable and bridges remain accessible across the country.The two nominees further assured the committee headed by Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper that they will work with the country’s multilateral and bilateral partners, the World Bank, Africa Development Bank, SIDA, GIZ, European Commission, USAID, the Chinese Government and JICA to ensure that their respective infrastructure projects are on course and completed on schedule. To continue with the country’s Liberalization policy, Moore promised that under his tenure, all Public Works contracts valued at US$500,000 or above “will require that at least 20 percent of the works be contracted to a majority Liberian-owned small business or contractor. The primary contractor is required to submit the names of their 20 percent contractor, who will then receive contracts directly from the Ministry of Public Works.”As a means of building capacity, the Min-designate said the Ministry will continue its policy that all contracts valued at US$250,000 or above will require the contractor to hire at least two new engineering graduates or graduating seniors from local universities, who are Liberians, as interns to provide practical experience.However, he said that despite the Ministry’s best plans and intentions, it will require adequate appropriation in the national budget to close the country’s infrastructure deficit.Moore concluded by assuring the committee members and the well-attended hearing by saying: “I believe I have the requisite training, experience, credibility, integrity and most of all the confidence of the President to competently provide leadership at the Ministry of Public Works.”He continued: “I intend to establish and maintain relationship with the engineering society, the Chamber of Architects and the Association of Construction Contractors, as well as take advantage of technical assistance from development partners and, in the process, preside over a Ministry of Public Works that demonstrates integrity in the contract award process and quality in the roads and bridges we build, obtaining value for money on behalf of the Liberian people.”Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Public Works Senate Committee yesterday openly informed the nominees that despite their beautiful presentation he was not impressed, noting that for the past three years in his position, Ministers to that institution have proven failures.He, however, expressed the hope that with the exuberance to serve and age in their favor, he and his committee will not be called upon again to confirm another team of Minister and deputies to that Ministry soon. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more