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first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Solinger said a casino would be well within its rights to ban a cheating patron, and other casinos who hear about the patron’s actions may choose to watch that person more closely.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Oakley was booked and later released from jail. The regulatory agency would not release details of the circumstances surrounding the arrest.The Cosmopolitan said in a statement that it had “no details with regards to any alleged activity and will not comment on our guests’ experience.”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’Oakley’s attorney, David Chesnoff, told The Associated Press on Thursday that he is “presently investigating the facts.” Court records show Oakley is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7.The felony count carries between one and six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 6-foot-8 Oakley was a rugged enforcer playing alongside Patrick Ewing and has kept his tough-guy persona long after retirement, trading barbs with former rival Charles Barkley.Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998, helping them become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. But they have been one of the worst franchises of the last 15 years, and Oakley’s criticisms of the team and management has led to a strained relationship with the organization.Last year, he was escorted from his seats at Madison Square Garden and arrested after an altercation near team owner James Dolan. He was cleared of the misdemeanor assault charges in February.Oakley filed a lawsuit against Dolan alleging that he was the one assaulted.Las Vegas-based attorney Adam Solinger, who is not involved in Oakley’s case, said very few people end up with a felony conviction when they commit a gambling violation, unless “the cheating is more sophisticated.” He said cases are sometimes resolved as misdemeanor offenses with fines.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley is shown before an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in Cleveland. Casino regulators in Nevada are accusing former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley of gambling fraud. The Nevada Gaming Control Board on Thursday, July 12, 2018, said Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)LAS VEGAS — Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley is being accused of gambling fraud after a wager at a Las Vegas casino last weekend, casino regulators said Thursday.Oakley was arrested Sunday at the Cosmopolitan casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip on suspicion of committing or attempting to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment, the Nevada Gaming Control Board said in a statement. The agency said Oakley is suspected of “adding to or reducing his wager” on a game after the outcome was known.ADVERTISEMENT Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Bertens shocks No. 1 Halep to win Cincinnati title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lindswell Kwok of Indonesia bagged the gold while Juanita Mok of Hong Kong won the silver medal.The Philippines’ first two bronzes were courtesy of its men’s and women’s poomsae teams.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’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Agatha Chrystenzen Wong of the Philippines competes in the women’s taijiquan event at the womes’s wushu competition during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 19, 2018. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMAAgatha Wong gave the Philippines its third bronze medal after finishing third in the women’s wushu taijiquan and taijijian event in the 2018 Asian Games Monday at Jakarta International Expo in Indonesia.Wong, a gold medalist in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in the same event, scored 9.68 to earn a spot in the podium.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more


first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Bucks fell behind by 17 points before rallying to down the Denver Nuggets 104-98. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Eric Bledsoe added 23, including two late 3-pointers.Antetokounmpo added 12 rebounds for Milwaukee, which came from 22 down in the first half to beat the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. The Bucks also fell behind by double digits in the first quarter in a loss to Memphis on Wednesday.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’ve got to do a better job to try to set the tone,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think we did a better job this game, but we can do a lot better. I think our talent saves us. I feel like we are so talented that even when we are down 10, down 15, we can always get back into the game.”The Bucks swept the two-game season series against the Nuggets for the first time since 2009-10. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LONG-RANGE LOPEZBrook Lopez, who connected on a career-high eight 3-pointers when the teams met earlier this month, was just 2 of 7 from deep but both turned out to be clutch. Lopez’s 3-pointer late in the first half helped fuel a Bucks’ rally. His 3 with 2:41 left in the game gave the Bucks a six-point lead.TURNOVER TROUBLESAlthough Murray nearly recorded his first career triple-double, he also committed five turnovers.“He did some good things out there for us. For him, the challenge is going to be valuing the basketball,” Malone said. “As a starting point guard, you can’t have five turnovers.”UP NEXTNuggets: Visits Minnesota on Wednesday.Bucks: Host Portland on Wednesday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anthony Davis, Julius Randle lead Pelicans past Spurs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks over Denver Nuggets’ Mason Plumlee during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 104-98. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE— The Milwaukee Bucks have been plagued lately by sluggish first-half performances.They got away with it again Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jamal Murray had 17 points, eight rebounds and a season-best nine assists for Denver, which has lost six of its last seven games.“We still have confidence. We just aren’t winning games,” Murray said.Nikola Jokic had 20 points, Gary Harris 14 and Malik Beasley chipped in with a season-high 12 points off the bench.“I was really pleased with the fight and the competitive spirit. We gave ourselves a chance against a very good basketball team on the road,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But there are no moral victories. We’ve got to start winning these games.”The Bucks led 78-77 heading to fourth quarter. The teams exchanged leads until Milwaukee went on a late 8-0 run that featured a pair of 3-pointers by Bledsoe.ADVERTISEMENT “I think Eric is in a really good place,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He is understanding what we need in different moments.”Denver pulled within two points with less than a minute left on Jokic’s 3 but Khris Middleton, who had been 0 for 7 from deep, answered with a 3-pointer to put the Bucks up 103-98 with 27 seconds left.After trailing by 10 to start the third quarter, the Bucks grabbed the lead late in the period on a slam dunk by Antetokounmpo.Denver used a 17-4 to start the second quarter to build a 17-point lead and held a 56-46 advantage at the half. Milwaukee closed the half on a 10-3 run.The Nuggets led 29-25 after the first quarter, sparked by nine points from Gary Harris.TIP-INSNuggets: Shot 6 of 21 from 3-point range in the first half. .With 11 first-half points, Murray was the lone Denver player to reach double figures, although all nine players who saw action scored. …Malone was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter after arguing an offensive foul call on Juancho Hernangomez.Bucks: Lopez had seven first-quarter rebounds. He entered the game averaging 3.3 rebounds. .Antetokounmpo and Middleton combined to shoot 1 for 14 from 3-point range.CITY EDITIONThe Bucks donned their colorful city edition uniforms for the first time this season. The uniforms feature a color scheme inspired by the Robert Indiana-designed court at the MECCA, which served as the Bucks’ home until 1988. Milwaukee will wear the uniforms for 12 games this season.last_img read more


first_imgAfter faking a drive that sent Capela scrambling toward the basket, the 19-year-old Slovenian settled behind the 3-point line one more time, connecting again for the 26th lead change between the Mavericks and Rockets.So much for a rough shooting night.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 ChrissDoncic scored 11 straight points to erase an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks went on to their ninth consecutive home victory, 107-104 over the Rockets on Saturday night.“It’s pretty clear that he’s got a flair for the moment,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s unafraid. You don’t see that every day. It’s a unique three or four minutes, whatever he put together there.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia James Harden shrugged off early foul trouble to score 35 points, but missed all four of his 3-point tries in the fourth quarter. Two of them were during Doncic’s flurry, along with Chris Paul missing a pair of free throws before Doncic’s tying bucket.“The first thing I’d like to do different is make my free throws,” said Paul, who scored 23 points while matching Harden with eight assists. “I think that’s where, honestly, it ticked the game off. We were up two. Throws would have put us up four. They hit some step-backs.”Doncic was 3 of 13, and the Mavericks weren’t too far removed from a nearly six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter when he made the first 3 with the Mavericks trailing 102-94, the largest Houston lead of the game.“I wasn’t playing great,” said Doncic, who finished 7 of 17 with all three of his 3-pointers in that final stretch and had seven rebounds. “My game wasn’t good at all. I get confident in the end of games. I would say that I feel comfortable.”Lost in the electrifying stretch by the third overall pick in last spring’s draft was center DeAndre Jordan’s backdoor bounce pass to rookie second-rounder Jalen Brunson.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The two-time NCAA champion from Villanova, making his second career start with Dennis Smith Jr. out because of a sprained right wrist, hit the twisting layup to get the Dallas lead back to three with 24 seconds left and finish off his career high of 14 points.Doncic scored 21 points along with Wesley Matthews, who missed two free throws with a chance to put the game away in the final seconds. Eric Gordon missed a potential tying 3-pointer for Houston at the buzzer less than two weeks after the Rockets lost to the Mavericks by 20 at home.“I thought we played well,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “I think the good news out of all this is that if we play with that intensity, we’re going to win a lot of games. Having said that, Doncic did it to us right toward the end.”TIP-INSRockets: It was the seventh loss in nine games since a season-best five-game winning streak. … Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 18th double-double. … The Rockets had just four other assists besides the 16 combined from Harden and Paul. … Harden had his 10th 30-point game of the season.Mavericks: It’s the longest home winning streak since Dallas won nine straight in 2011, the year of the franchise’s only championship. … F Maxi Kleber was out with a left big toe sprain. … Smith sat for the second straight game and third time in seven games because of the wrist issue. … Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points along with Harrison Barnes.HARDEN’S RECOVERYHarden already had 10 points when he picked up his third foul with 4:17 left in the first quarter. He fell for a pump fake from Doncic and reached as the rookie went by him. Doncic sold the contact well and got the call. But Harden didn’t foul again until midway through the fourth quarter, finishing 11 of 22 from the field, including 6 of 16 from 3.ALL-AROUND GAMEJordan had his 15th double-double by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He didn’t score in the second half but had both of his steals along with the clutch assist to Brunson, who was 7 of 9 from the field. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic (77) celebrates after the Mavericks defeated the Houston Rockets 107-104 in an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Cooper Neill)DALLAS — Luka Doncic started with a routine 3-pointer from the corner.Then the Dallas rookie skipped back several feet behind the arc to hit one over Houston center Clint Capela, followed by a floater in the lane for a tie.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES MOST READ UP NEXTRockets: Host Portland on Tuesday night.Mavericks: Host Orlando on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Seton Hall overcomes half-court shot to stun No. 9 Kentucky Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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first_imgLATEST STORIES “Grateful. To Ginebra. To UP. To Xavier. To my coaches. To my teammates. To my family. To the fans,” Manuel posted.“It was definitely short, but definitely sweet. Choosing to retire wasn’t easy but I’m excited for everything that lies ahead. I’ll always be connected to the game of basketball, but in a different form this time.”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 Jett Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJett Manuel bid farewell to his short but sweet PBA career where he played just one season for Barangay Ginebra.Manuel, the former University of the Philippines captain, wrote an emotional goodbye on his Instagram account on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT — Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) January 4, 2019The 26-year-old Manuel, who is a licensed civil engineer, played sparingly but he still retired in the PBA with one championship as part of Ginebra’s title run in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.Manuel was picked 12th overall by the Gin Kings in the 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 3, thanking 3: Bradley Beal calls Dwyane Wade an ‘idol’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grateful. To Ginebra. To UP. To Xavier. To my coaches. To my teammates. To my family. To the fans.It was definitely short, but definitely sweet. Choosing to retire wasn’t easy but I’m… https://t.co/LTAoYBoaHs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more


first_imgLATEST STORIES Representing Filipinos in her home country lit a fire in Alkhaldi that almost got doused in the pools of Rio de Janeiro and now she’s on a mission to wear the Philippine colors proudly in the regional games.“It’s really what keeps me going,” said Alkhaldi during the PBA’s opening ceremonies for the 2019 season Sunday at Philippine Arena wherein she was Blackwater’s muse.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“I thought I was going to quit after the Rio Olympics but the passion and fire in swimming is still inside of me and the thought of representing the Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games gave me that motivation to go back to swimming and keep going.”Alkhaldi has been in both the London and Rio Olymic Games and also represented the Philippines in three Asian Games but all those stints ended in disappointment for the Filipina. 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)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach, PBA muses dazzle in opening ceremony Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Her stints in the SEA Games, however, produced five bronze medals and she’s gearing up to take the gold in her home country.“I believe there’s always a time and place for everything and I didn’t really have any hard feelings on what happened to me in 2013,” said Alkhaldi, who will fly to Spain on Monday to start the first leg of her month-long European training camp.Alkhaldi’s recorded a time of 56.65 seconds in the 100m freestyle that could’ve won her the gold medal in Myanmar but the technical committee scratched the result because of a false start and she had to undergo a re-swim wherein she clocked in at 56.63 seconds for the bronze.“I learned a lot from 2013 and I think it wasn’t my time yet because I’m still getting bronze medals,” said Alkhaldi, who will end her European camp in Italy. “I’m hoping this will be my time and it’s perfect to be able to get a gold medal along with other gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games.”ADVERTISEMENT Jasmine Alkhaldi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Olympic heartbreaks won’t make Philippine swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi walk away from the sport.Jasmine Alkhaldi had thoughts of giving up swimming when she failed to advance to the semifinals of the 100-meter women’s freestyle event in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but the notion of competing in the 2019 Philippine Southeast Asian Games made her change her mind.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more


first_imgNow that there is little doubt about the existence of Ebola as it continues to claim more lives with thousands of confirmed, suspected and probable cases across the sub-region, authorities in Nimba County have halted daily marketing activities that take marketers from one town to the other.It is customary for sellers in rural areas in Liberia to attend market days during the week in designated towns.Marketers board trucks with their goods either in the early morning hours to get to market on time, or leave a day to in advance to sleep in the town in order to sell the next day.With the rapid rise in the Ebola death toll, however, the City Mayor of Sanniquellie, Mary Gonlepah,  last week warned marketers via community radio stations not to go to Sanniquellie market until otherwise ordered.Mayor Gonlepah said it was her personal view that the virus gets transmitted through bodily contact; and the convergence of people in such a manner as “market day” has the propensity to spread the virus exponentially.“This is not to say people should not travel to Sanniquellie or marketing activity is totally stopped.  We do not want marketers sit together on vehicles to come to the Saturday market as had been done in the past until the Ebola crisis subsides,” Mayor Gonlepah explained.At the same time, the City Mayor of Bahn (another town in Nimba), Angie Dopoe,  has stopped the Wednesday market of that municipality, warning that any group going there for marketing purpose will face the consequences.In Saclepea, marketers residing there only go to the daily market, but people, without caution from the city authority, have resolved to stay away from the larger Tuesday market. As Ebola rages, many people are fearful and have taken precautionary measures of their own volition.In fact, marketers there no longer gather in the market building situated along the Ganta highway, but spread outside where wide spaces are provided so that people do not touch one another during transactions.However, out of town marketers in Ganta are not content with the decision by the city mayors although the evidence is clear.According to a footwear seller, who spoke on the local community broadcaster, the decision is hampering them as most of them do not have selling spots in the Ganta Market.The seller, who was later joined by other callers on the radio, claim that the decision by the city mayors is preventing them from conducting their businesses, making it difficult for them to feed their families.  They are, therefore, calling on the Nimba authorities to reconsider their  decisions.Meanwhile, villagers in the county are not taking the Ebola awareness for granted,  now that so many have died due to denial.Reports gathered from local villages indicate that before a stranger or even a citizen of a village who has been away can be accepted back in that village, he/she must undergo a 21-day observation period, a community-instigated quarantine, before being allowed to interact with the community.Nimbaians swallow grinded cassava root (otherwise known as Gaygba or GB) as their second staple food, and they use their hands to dip it into the sauce to swallow.This is done together with other family members or friends and they all use the same sauce to dip their GB (gaekpa or bayekpo), but because of the message that Ebola gets transmitted through bodily contact, this custom is now halted, and each individual is only entitled to his/her own sauce, each eating from his/her own bowl.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Board of Trustees of the Tony Elumelu Foundation has announced the appointment of Professor Reid E. Whitlock as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Foundation.The appointment of Prof. Whitlock was announced last Sunday while Dr. Wiebe Boer, was similarly appointed the Inaugural Chief Executive of the Foundation; a position which puts him as director of Strategy at Heirs Holdings, Mr. Elumelu’s pan-African Proprietary Investment Company.Professor Whitlock brings 30 years of experience as a business school rector, diplomat, entrepreneur, strategy consultant and advisor to leaders in Africa, Asia and the Middle East on economic development, according to a statement issue by the United Bank for Africa (UBA)-Liberia yesterday.He obtained his Ph.D. and law degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in America. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University.Commenting on Prof. Whitlock’s appointment, founding Patron of the institution, Prof. Michael Porter said, “Tony’s commitment to African entrepreneurship is unshakeable and therefore saluted his appointment as CEO of his Foundation. He has an experience in driving competitiveness and entrepreneurship growth in Africa, including Rwanda that has achieved remarkable progress. I look forward to continuing to support Tony, as he furthers Africa’s revival through the great work of the Foundation.”President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was also quoted as saying, “I am delighted to hear of Reid Whitlock’s appointment as the CEO of Tony’s Foundation. Reid’s work was instrumental in improving Rwanda’s Public Sector Service Delivery, Competitiveness, and Business Education. As CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, he now has a unique platform to ensure this work continues across Africa.”“As Dr. Boer becomes Director of Strategy for Heirs Holdings, I want to thank him for the leadership he has provided, helping transform the foundation from just an idea into a preeminent global philanthropic institution. I welcome Professor Whitlock, who brings considerable global experience in the private, public, and academic sectors, which will significantly assist in realizing the mission of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, in empowering Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and driving the continent’s economic and social transformation,” The founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tony Elumelu said.Prof. Whitlock said, he was honored by the opportunity the Board of Trustees had given him and was excited to join a dynamic institution, with a truly pan-African focus and an ambitious agenda. “I look forward to leveraging my extensive experience and networks to further help the Foundation achieve its important goals.”His responsibility as new CEO of the foundation will focus on supervising the Foundation’s four key projects and programs, including the US$100 million pan-African Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program–Africa’s largest direct intervention in support of entrepreneurship, the Africapitalism Institute, the Foundation’s policy and research arm, which provides a rigorous program of research and advocacy in support of the Foundation’s goals.Others activities are: the Elumelu Nigeria Empowerment Fund, directly assisting, through private sector strategies, conflict affected and disadvantaged communities across Nigeria, the Tony & Awele Elumelu Prize, which champion’s academic excellence on the African continent and will support the Foundation’s senior leadership team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgIT WAS an overwhelming fact that an epidemic had broken out and even men of God could only predict about our doom. How could we get out of? And though there were many prediction of doom, I was not freak about them. After all what crime could cause us such God’s anger? Unable to find answers I saw the emptiness of our frustration and the ugly attempt by supposed men of God to escape reality into the zone of uncertainty.  I then made up my mind to accept the reality that it would be a long but hard fight against an unseen enemy. My patriotism had awakened, and there could be no turning back, since running away was not an option. The chilling news apart, I could hear loud noises approaching my Bushrod Island resident when I had gotten ready to leave the house to join other colleagues of the task force. I knew dying was not an option to make me afraid. I would keep my senses open, and ensure that all preventive measures were adhered to. Then I heard a knock at my door and rushing towards me, right after the door flew open and in apparent confusion was Solomon Jerboe, a member of our Ebola task force.  “It got me,” he said breathlessly. “What got you?” I replied with surprise in my voice. “My wife Catherine.” “What happened to her?” “She complained of headache and later she began to vomit and before I knew what to do, she was gone.” I felt a sensation of anger and shock. I remembered Jerboe’s wife Catherine. If she died as the husband was reporting then of course I would have to know further details of her death.  “Did you touch her?” “What else could I do?” Moving away from him, I brought out my chlorine water and began to wash my hands and my arms. I instructed my friend to do the same and told him to remain at the door, while I went inside for a moment. I returned with a shirt and a pair of trousers and told him he would have to change into the new clothes.  “You don’t think I get the Ebola, do you?” Jerboe said, fuming. “It is not what I think,” I said, “it is what need to be done to protect yourself and myself since you are here with me.” “Dixon,” Jerboe said, “I don’t need you to humiliate me with this act.” “You call this an act?” “What else should I call it?” “We are fighting an invincible enemy called Ebola,” I said, “and what I am suggesting is one of the ways for anyone who may have apparently made contact with someone killed by the disease.” “I don’t have Ebola, period Mr. Dixon Zeon,” Jerboe said, and turned, walking away from me. “I never said you have the Ebola,” I shouted after him, “just to take precaution since…” the morning echo drowned my statement for Jerboe had bent the curve and furiously making statements about how foolish he felt about being humiliated by his friend. By the evening, Solomon Jerboe was dead, and after tests were conducted three days later, the results said he died of the Ebola virus. Though I realized Jerboe became a victim of denial and would not accept steps that could have saved his life, his sudden death came over me like a gloom. Jerboe’s demise brought me so close to what I never expected. The thought of my encounter early that day brought tears to my eyes and how close I came at being infected filled me with horror.  I, nonetheless blamed myself for my friend’s death and many questions assailed my mind. But in the end I realized that the fight against the Ebola Virus demanded the religious adherence to instructions and customary practices, including the suspension of cultural and religious methods of burying the dead.  To deny and fail to follow simple instructions when tragedy of death struck these days in Liberia could mean fatal, as I saw plainly in the case of Solomon Jerboe.  The increasing number of Liberians who had succumbed to the virus was staggering and I knew that such increasing statistics was due to denial and the apparent failure by the victims to take simple preventive steps. WHEN MY wife Jennifer returned from the market, I was still sitting at the entrance to our room, with my head bent over my arms, in deep slumber. Slender and imposing looking, the young woman silently walked pass me to enter the room, but first of all she lowered herself to the chlorine bucket and washed her hands thoroughly from her shoulder to her palms. “Why are you sitting here like this?” she said, as I slowly lifted my head. “Oh,” I replied. “I hope you are ok?” “Yes,” I replied with little interest, “Jerboe…” She interrupted him with, “I heard the story down the road.” I gave a deep breath with a grin. “Not too good,” I remarked, and lowered my head on my arms. “What caused his death?” “Denial.” “Denial of what?” “He was here in the morning,” I told her, “but would not accept my suggestion to even wash his hands with chlorine water as a protection, since he was the last person to handle his wife’s body.” “He was a fool.” Yes, a fool he was, and now dead. I knew many more would die because of their inability to accept the reality of the situation. What was killing them was a dangerous enemy, deadlier than the recent civil-war that raged for fourteen years. With failures throughout the organized health system; with funds expended without positive results to calm the spread of the virus, I could not envision what the future would be like. Many more people would die, that was sure enough. Like many, I felt like I was in a cage, waiting to face slaughter. For a people that had suffered fourteen years of calculated horror to face another enemy, the worst one that was revenging on everyone, could mean some prophetic fulfillment on a grander scale. I consoled myself that proper and unemotional handling of issues was the best means to survive the carnage. Secondly, adopting self-preservation methods were also another means to survive the scourge.  I was determined to live through it, and was also resolute to keep my mantra going as long as I had to go: die Ebola die, I said and repeated it several times though I knew there was no place to run.MOST OF the reasons for the rapid spread of the virus were also due to the refusal to change traditional burial ceremonies. More often than not, reports said a family had perished because the members had flatly refused to believe that a deceased relative was killed by the Ebola virus, and would go ahead to bathe the body, getting it ready for burial.  Sadly, several days after the burial, one family member, who participated in the washing of the Ebola virus infested body, where the deadly virus was full-blown to take new resident in other bodies would die. I was horrified to hear such a report. Daily reports on the numerous radio stations and many print media, newspapers, were filled with horrible stories of the ravages of whole families decimated by the virus. I believed then that the forced acceptance of new methods for burying the Liberian dead ought to be introduced and it was apparent that the Liberian government would not be too happy curtail civil liberties due to how far had happened in the fight against the insidious enemy. It was in such gloomy atmosphere that fresh reports filtered into Monrovia that a recently dead Imam, whose congregation had scooped water used to wash his body for blessing by washing their faces in it had all perished.I COULD feel my stomach rumbling but not for hunger. It was clear to me that the tragedy in the country was mostly one of denial. And so a day after the mass deaths of religious men and women who sought blessing by dipping their hands into the water used to wash their spiritual leader’s remains, I found myself in a form of discussion about the ravages and how to contain it. That many people were dying was no news. Something had to be done. I decided to take a walk through the community on Bushrod Island and maybe pay a visit to some friends I had not seen for several days. Ten minutes later when a motor bike deposited me near the Point Four Junction; I sauntered on the main road observing what was being done to support the efforts to stamp out the virus from the community. The morning weather was cold but with a mixture of heat under it, as the unpredictable rains were shadowboxing the community. Across from a church, a congregation of people watched my movement, and as usual I did not imagine that something unusual could happen. Motorbikes rushed towards me, dodging me while others rushed from behind me. Business centers on each side of the road open to customers that seemed not to pay attention to what was being advertised. I kept my attention focus beyond and then I saw what seemed as people moving away from a house located to the left side of the road. There could be no telling the meaning of what was going on there.  The enemy, Ebola had struck a family, and in my own frustration tears welled up my eyes. It was clear that like the Americans and others who had escaped from Monrovia, I needed to escape, too. But the question was: to where? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDear Editor,The APNU/AFC coalition will go down in the annals not only for its adamant refusal to resign and call an election within three months as stipulated by the Constitution having been defeated by a vote of no-confidence on December 21, 2018, but also its continuous violations and blatant disregard for the Constitution. On that unforgettable day, 34 members of the National Assembly agreed that the coalition has, since it acceded Office, not only plunged the Guyanese nation into an economic crisis but has been the architect of the most blatant forms of corruption and squandermania only paralleled during the 28 years of PNC dictatorship. The nation has also witnessed a most zealous and unique form of political witch-hunting of Opposition members and supporters as never seen before. Thousands lost their jobs because they are perceived as PPP supporters!Undoubtedly, the coalition was confident that the Opposition’s No-Confidence Motion would have failed since they had the majority of the House, but little did they realise then that suffering of the people has a way of igniting the conscience of some. It came as a massive tsunami which drowned their confidence and allowed the reality of their gross misdeeds to come to the fore when they lost the NCM. It was unbelievable and in their shell-shocked state of mind, they woefully accepted the outcome. However, the very next day, they came to the realisation that a lot was at stake and they needed time to do damage control and activate the infamous PNC rigging machinery.They needed time to regain the trust and confidence of their supporters because, for four years, they rapidly eroded the economic gains made from 1992 to 2015 under the PPP/C Government. The coalition not only gave themselves humongous salary increases but they embarked on a journey of corruption to enrich not only themselves but families and friends. Soon after taking office, old and feeble PNC members filled every strata of Government, adding to the bureaucracy and incompetence whilst sucking the blood of the overburdened taxpayers! Their support base has dwindled rapidly and their coalition partner, the AFC, has been completely decimated.Therefore, to delay the elections which was supposed to be held on March 22, 2019, the coalition went from the High Court to the Appeal Court and finally to the CCJ. Months went by and by June 18, the CCJ ruled that the NCM was validly passed thus reactivating the process and making it imperative that elections be held by September 18, 2019. According to Granger in his address to the nation, his Government accepted the CCJ’s ruling and planned to abide by it and the Constitution. Then he introduced his next delaying tactic, he claimed that “we cannot proceed on the current list of voters. It is outdated and corrupted. It may hold as many as 200,000 incorrect entries…It is democratic and imperative that House-to-House Registration be completed”. He was emphatic that based on advice from the then Chairman of GECOM, Justice Patterson, GECOM would be ready to hold elections by November 2019.We have now seen that by proclamation, General and Regional Elections will be held on March 2, 2020, four months after the Patterson advisory. Furthermore, Granger’s claim of ‘200,000 incorrect entries’ is totally false and ridiculous but the intent all along was to delay the elections and on that score, he was successful since just a week before the illegally appointed Chairman demitted office, he set the HtH Registration by signing the order for it to commence on July 20, 2019, and end on October 20. This is a clear indication that the November timeline Patterson had advised Granger on was just a ruse. How can he advise November when he signed the HtH order which would catapult elections to 2020? The work plan of GECOM has 290 days to complete all activities and that is a conservative estimate according to Commissioner Sase Gunraj. Elections were never meant to be held in November 2019.It is now conclusive that after wasting approximately $3 billion, it is now found that out of the 370,000 persons registered during the HtH Registration, only approximately 16,000 are new registrants, that there were massive duplications and from this, it is estimated that only about 10,000 will actually be placed on the Revised Preliminary List since approximately 6000 entries could not be verified. This has now exposed the fact that Granger’s ‘200,000 incorrect entries’ was just another chapter in the PNC’s book of devious stratagem to attempt to rig the impending elections.Will the PNC ever give up their devious ways and allow this nation a free and fair election? The answer will be known soon!Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more