No NCAA season 94 basketball games today

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) management committee chair Frank Gusi of host Perpetual Help announced there will be no basketball games today at Filoil Flying V Centre due to the forecast of inclement weather. As such, the seniors and juniors matches between Letran and Emilio Aguinaldo College, Perpetual and College of St. Benilde, and Arellano and San Beda University will be rescheduled in the latter part of the first round of the double-round elimination.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIEScenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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’ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacquiao arrives in Malaysia ahead of title fight vs Matthysse View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Beckham to receive UEFA President’s award

first_imgFormer England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President’s Award in honor of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who is now 43, will receive the award in Monaco later this year.ADVERTISEMENT “I have chosen David Beckham as the recipient of this year’s award because he has been a global ambassador for football, promoting the game and all its values in every corner of the planet,” said UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.“His tireless humanitarian efforts, which have helped the lives of many children around the world, should also be celebrated. Beckham is a true football icon of his generation.”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’Beckham won the Champions League with United in 1999 and later played for Los Angeles Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain after leaving Madrid.He hung up his boots in 2013 and earlier this year was awarded an MLS franchise in Miami. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “During my career I always gave 100 percent and tried to uphold the values of teamwork and fair play and I am proud to join the illustrious list of players who have previously won this award,” said Beckham, who is now involved in charity work with UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.“Many of the unforgettable moments I had on the pitch came in the UEFA Champions League such as that magic night in Barcelona in 1999 when we beat Bayern Munich in such dramatic fashion.”Last year’s UEFA President’s Award was given to former Italy star Francesco Totti. Other recent winners include Franz Beckenbauer and the late Johan Cruyff.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘I’ve waited for hours’: Fans left furious amid Asian Games ticket chaos ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Blistering start helps Hornets blow out Suns

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego, left, and Kemba Walker, right, watch a video replay during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Coach James Borrego has been preaching defense to his Charlotte Hornets the last two weeks.But on Saturday the Hornets turned up the heat on the other end of the court, getting off to a blistering start and matching a season high in points scored in a 135-115 win over the Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT “A lot of times it’s up and down because we’re still learning and growing, so I feel as if once we lock in on the little details of being great, everything else will follow suit,” Oubre said.BRIDGES DUNK CONTEST?Hornets teammates say they want to see rookie Miles Bridges in the dunk contest at next month’s NBA All-Star weekend here in Charlotte, North Carolina. While he’s still improving as a player and has a lot to learn, the athletic Bridges has put together quite a highlight reel of high-flying dunks.“Of course, he should definitely be in there,” Lamb said.Bridges said he is looking forward to having a chance to compete, but said he hasn’t heard anything definitive from the league.TAKING CHARGE(S)Walker isn’t just a scorer for the Hornets. The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Walker has shown he’ll do anything to win, including taking 15 charges this season — tied for fifth-most in the NBA. He drew another in the third quarter against the Suns.UP NEXTSuns: At Minnesota on Sunday night.Hornets: At Indiana on Sunday night. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Our ball movement was great,” Borrego said. “When we move the ball like that we are a dangerous offense.”Devin Booker had 32 points and 11 assists for the Suns. They have lost 10 of their last 12 and fell to 4-19 on the road.This one was never close.The Hornets raced to a 29-11 lead, making 10 of 14 shots from the field behind the backcourt duo of Walker and Lamb. They combined for 18 points in the quarter on 7-of-10 shooting. Charlotte extended its lead to 23 by the end of the third quarter.“Yeah, they just hit us right in the mouth,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “It was their first punch right to the head. By the time we figured out what was going on, we were down 20 (points). .. Every cut they were making, screens they were setting, everything had a purpose. They were sharper and also had more energy than we did.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic PLAY LIST 01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic01:51Typhoon Kammuri pounds Philippines, damages Legazpi City airport01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college All-Star hopeful Kemba Walker led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points, Jeremy Lamb hit five three-pointers and had 18 points as the Hornets won their third straight game.Charlotte shot 54.5 percent from the field and made 16 of 34 3-point attempts in the wire-to-wire victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It started with our defense,” Lamb said. “We got stops and were able to get out in transition and get some easy ones. And we moved the ball well tonight.”Charlotte had 31 assists — six each by Lamb and Nic Batum — much to the delight of Borrego. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra TIP INSSuns: Once again started three rookies in Mikal Bridges, Deandre Ayton and De’Anthony Melton. .. After an early dunk by Biyombo over Ayton, Booker yelled “Get big!” at his teammate.Hornets: Honored former Hornets small forward Glen Rice at halftime as part of their 30-year anniversary celebration. Rice is the team’s career leader in 3-point percentage and is the only Hornets player to play in three All-Star games. An emotional Rice said “Wow! Wow! Wow!” while he stood at midcourt after being given a key to the city, and told fans, “I hope I made you proud.”BIG EFFORT FROM BIGSBismack Biyombo had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Willy Hernangomez added nine points and 13 rebounds to help the Hornets outrebound the Suns 53-26 despite playing without injured starting center Cody Zeller.Borrego praised Biyombo’s effort as “fantastic.”Kokoskov said the Suns got caught in too many switches on defense.“When we switch, that’s your guy and you have to compete every possession with your guy, so a lot of times it was a mismatch,” Kokoskov said. “It comes down to the collective responsibility on the boards, so you have to stay with your guy and compete with him.”CONSISTENCY NEEDEDForward Kelly Oubre Jr. said the Suns need more consistency, something that will come with more playing experience. Starting three rookies adds to that inconsistency. View commentslast_img read more

Ex-star Reyes not worried over La Salle slide

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “People aren’t used to seeing La Salle losing back-to-back games,” Reyes told the Inquirer. “So I think they expect too much from the team, [considering] that La Salle lost several seniors from last season.”“It’s just the first round,” Reyes added. “The young players have to step up and use this as a learning experience.”The Lady Spikers have a relatively easy schedule on tap as they try to snap their skid when they face the struggling Lady Warriors of UE.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Those, however, who are privy to what goes on behind the veil of secrecy that traditionally shrouds the Lady Spikers’ program know that this is only a minor hiccup that La Salle can easily overcome.Mika Reyes, once the team’s star middle blocker, sees no reason to panic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Knowing coach Ramil [de Jesus], I know he can guide the team and make sure they are on the right path,” said the Petron star in the Philippine Superliga.Successive losses to UP and UST have raised some concern among fans and supporters, but Reyes said a lot of the apprehension comes from the success the Lady Spikers have had. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Park leads by 4; Saso keeps chase MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Aduke Ogunsanya and the Lady Spikers hope to rise from their first back-to-back defeats when they take on the Lady Warriors on Saturday. —Sherwin VardeleonBy the time UST’s inspired Tigresses were done inflicting a straight-sets schooling on La Salle on Wednesday, the defending champions Lady Spikers were thrust into an unfamiliar situation.They suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in four seasons in UAAP women’s volleyball and suddenly, there are questions on La Salle’s ability to win the crown for a fourth straight year.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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

Of Faith, Hope and Love

first_imgDo you’ve faith to remove mountain,Or hope that life must go on;And love that doesn’t discriminate?Then, you’re on track my friend!For, having faith to surmount your obstacles,Hope that life must go on no matter what;And love that transcends all barriers,Makes you quite wonderful, too!Faith is bold and stronger than might,Hope is courageous than an athlete;And love knows no condition,Possessing these makes life worth living!Let your faith not be weak,And let your hope not be in man;Or your love full of condition,Your faith, hope and love should be unwavering!For, having faith even to the end,And hope that your time will inevitably come;Or love that doesn’t discriminate,Will indelible impact your life-style my friend!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“. . . This Is the Time for Vahun”

first_img“There is a time for everything, and this is the time for Vahun.”These ecstatic (overjoyed) words were uttered by Jimmy Passama, a resident of Vahun, when on Tuesday, February 18, he gave an exclusive interview to our Presidential Correspondent William Harmon. The occasion was President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s first visit to Vahun, Lofa County’s remotest District, situated on the Sierra Leonean border.Mr. Passama was expressing the general feelings of Vahunians, in District No. 2, who truly appreciated not only their President’s first visit to what they had long considered their forgotten town; but also the concrete efforts she had made to reconnect them, finally, to their country, Liberia.Nearly three years ago Ellen had already taken the first reconnection step by mandating her Public Works Minister Kofi Woods to build a 68-kilometer all-weather road from Bolahun to Vahun, connecting them with the rest of Lofa County.  The road immediately cut from eight to only two hours the travel time from Vahun to the county capital, Voinjama.In addition, Vahun’s first high school and health center are nearing completion and youth empowerment and capacity-building programs are underway.In his story, Correspondent Harmon also quoted   Representative Fofi Sahr Baimba, Sr., who represent’s District No. 2 in the House of Representatives.Rep. Biamba recalled that President William R. Tolbert, Jr. was the first Liberian President to visit Vahun. This was made possible when the President, during a visit to the United States, met Dr. Benjamin Dennis of Michigan State University and a Vahun son.  Dr. Dennis told him that no Liberian President had ever visited Vahun.  President Tolbert told him the next time Dennis was in Liberia, they would visit Vahun together.  That is how that same year President Tolbert with Benjamin visited Vahun. They flew there and President Tolbert promised that his next visit would be by car, which indeed took place a little a while later.Rep. Baimba recalled that as late as the 1970s he and his colleagues had to attend elementary and high school in Sierra Leone because Vahun was totally isolated from Liberia. “Those days we did business with Sierra Leone. Our parents sold their produce and paid our school fees in Sierra Leonean currency,” he said.One can imagine what a great relief the new government school and youth empowerment programs in Vahun will mean for Vahunians.It is important to recognize the progress   being made in Liberia. The Vahun visit and recent developments there plus the mini-hydro that brings cheap electricity to Youndohun and environs are tangible signs of development.We hope government will make a deliberate effort to encourage some Vahun elementary graduates to enroll in at the Booker Washington Institute and high school graduates at the University of Liberia.One of Vahun’s early college graduates was Thomas Brima, now Liberian Ambassador to Sierra Leone.  After graduating top of his class from Bolahun High, he enrolled at Cuttington in Suacoco, Bong County in 1960.   A member of the Class of ’63, Thomas excelled in Anthropology but devoted his life to government service, beginning with the State Department (now Foreign Ministry).  He later joined Internal Affairs, serving in senior positions, including Superintendent of Lofa County.Now fully connected with the rest of Liberia, Vahun is set to produce many more talented sons and daughters, like Thomas Brima, Dr. Benjamin Dennis and Rep. Fofi Sahr Baimba.Vahun is not the only remote Liberian town that Ellen has visited.  On Christmas Day, 2009 she walked on logs part of the way and became the first President to enter Belle Yella by road.  Then in September 2011, against the advice of her security, she crossed a deep stream by car to enter Buutuo, Nimba County.  There are many other parts of the country that neither she nor any other President has visited.  We hope she will find more such places and bring to them the blessings of roads, schools, health centers and youth empowerment.We cannot close this editorial without asking if Buutuo yet has a modern elementary and high school. We pray that these are in the making.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Council Credit Union to Train Ganta Credit Union Bank Staff

first_imgThe World Council of Credit Union Incorporated (WOCCU) in collaboration with the Liberia Credit Union National Association (LCUNA) has disclosed plan to train staff of the newly established credit union bank in Ganta, the commercial hub of Nimba County.The training, according to WOCCU Chief of Party (COP), Patrick Muriuki, will enhance the productivity of staff as well as provide better services to their customers.Mr. Muriuki’s comment was contained in a speech he delivered recently at a dedicatory ceremony of the Trust Savings Credit Union Bank in Ganta, Nimba County.“As per our commitment to the revitalization process, for the next three years, WOCCU and LCUNA will continue to train staff of the bank to better serve the members as well as the customers.”According to him, executives of the bank will eventually organize members of the credit union as well as other members of the association to inform them about their products and services where they would in return provide feedback from them.“We will organize members’ education days to inform our people about the credit union products and services; and to get feedback from Nimba, Bong and Lofa counties, because these are areas we need to improve our services better,” he said.Mr. Muriuki noted that the credit union is a not-for-profit making cooperative, but able to offer lower loan rates to their members, who want to venture into business.The credit unions, Mr. Muriuki said, are democratic, member-owned cooperatives, which ensure that members have power to direct credit union policy, but not-for-profits.  “Our organization is there to help raise Liberians out of poverty, by empowering them through business establishments,” said Muriuki.He said that surveys have shown that members are more satisfied with the services they received from their respective credit union organizations than customers of banks.However, the WOCCU COP added that the union is poised for positive, economic and social change that is currently providing significant value to both developed and emerging nations.At the same time, the WOCCU boss used the occasion to inform members of the union that, if majority of the members are dissatisfied with the directors because of bad policies, they have the right to replace them.Credit union elections are based on a one-member, one-vote structure, this structure is in contrast to for-profit, public companies where stockholders vote according to the number of shares they own, he added.He concluded by presenting the Ganta Trust Savings Credit Union Bank to members of the entire region three, comprising Nimba, Bong and Lofa Counties. The bank is to be used as headquarters to benefit and serve all members equally in the region.Meanwhile, The Trust Savings Credit Union is one of the four credit unions bank formed under the micro-lead program funded by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and implemented by the World Council of Credit Union, Inc. (WOCCU).The program started in April 2013 for the purpose of revitalization of Credit Unions in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President’s fiction far from reality

first_imgDear Editor,The January 1 Stabroek News, in its article titled “President announces launch of development decade”, referred to caretaker President David Granger New Year’s address. From the article, we learnt that the President and his Administration which have lost the legitimacy to govern, envisage that Guyana, by 2030, will become a “modern state”.According to the President, an Administration led by him will, alas, deliver the now-worn out ‘Good Life’. That Administration, he said, would be “…eradicating extreme poverty…” a goal, we believe, that is shared by all Guyanese. Mr Granger went on to say that “the ultimate measure of the good life is happy communities, happy households and happy people”. The President is known for his lofty ambitions. However, translating that talk to reality is where the Granger Administration has faltered and utterly failed time and again.The President and his Administration, who will seek re-election in a few weeks’ time, will seek to convince voters that given another chance, they will deliver not only the ‘Good Life’ but a ‘modern state’ and that they will end poverty in Guyana. But can we really and sincerely believe what Mr Granger and posse are saying and will repeat, we are sure, several times during the elections campaign.Mr Granger says he will eradicate poverty. But let’s consider what he has done to the sugar industry. In less than five years, he has put 7000 Guyanese out of work and tens of thousands of his fellow countrymen, women and children closer to or beyond the poverty line. But to rub salt in that deep wound, Mr Granger has turned his back on these people who are probably in the most miserable time of their lives. Not once has he found the time to even interact with this group of now hard-pressed Guyanese.Even his own colleague, Minister Jaipaul Sharma, on a post on his Facebook page disclosed that during the Christmas Season, with the assistance of several companies and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport Corporation, he provided hampers to communities of the shuttered Wales Estate. Minister Sharma wrote “the aim was at bringing joy to children and their parents especially during the festive season. This was not a political exercise but one of caring for our less fortunate in society and to build hope and relationships by fostering social cohesion amongst villagers and their children”.In an article published by online news outfit INews on December 25, 2019, titled “Christmas in the sugar belt”, the Guyanese public learnt that in the communities surrounding Rose Hall Estate “there have been drastic changes in several villages in East Canje… the impact the closure has had and is continuing to have on the lives of those who live in the sugar belt is most evident”.According to that article “the environment here is dead” as “…there is literally nothing to do”. One woman told the news agency that “we don’t have Christmas here in Canje”, she went on to say “I used to work at the estate and my husband and both of us get sent home. He left and he gone in the bush and since February…he hasn’t returned”.At Wales, the INews disclosed “children are not looking forward to the holidays because of the fact that there may not be a present for them”. These are hardly “happy communities, happy households and happy people” which Mr Granger promises to deliver. In fact, the INews correctly pointed out that Christmas there, which was “once an elaborate celebration is now another regular day where the worry is finding the next meal and keeping your job”.While that disheartening situation was unfolding, Mr Granger told the Guyanese nation in his Christmas 2019 message that “Christmas is a time to strengthen the bonds of fraternity, friendship and family-hood. It is a time for family reunions and for spreading cheer by exchanging gifts, visiting friends, attending church, sending greeting cards, singing carols and sharing dinners within the home and community”. We agree with the President but, again, reality is very much divorced from his fiction.So, while Mr Granger will come again with fancy talk, big promises and grandiose plans, the reality is that his time in office has exacerbated than alleviated hardship in the country. His very decisions have pushed more into poverty and misery. His policies have burdened the Guyanese people with a growing cost-of-living while he and team live the Good Life.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Golden Veroleum’s Conciliatory Initiatives

first_imgThe people of Sinoe County, after many months of conflict with the oil palm company, Golden Veroleum, have finally let it be known that they are satisfied with the company’s operations and are now willing to work with GVL toward the achievement of its goals.They gave this reassurance to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during her recent visit to the county.They are now convinced, they said, that the GVL investment is beneficial and have therefore pledged to encourage the company’s oil palm development.Rev. D. Lasanna Seqeh told the President during her visit to GVL oil palm plantation that the realization of the true intent of the investment came from the President’s detailed explanation, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs, of the benefits accruing to their communities, including their rights to their land and the company’s rights to the concession area as contained in the Concession Agreement.The detailed explanation from Internal Affairs’ Deputy Minister Varney Sirleaf convinced to form a common front with government and GVL to realize its investment and development objectives.  Rev. Seqeh emphasized that according to the Agreement, the company has the potential to change their lives as demonstrated by the thousands of their sons and daughters now being fully employed, enabling  them to sustain their families.Paramount Chief Johnnie Brown assured the Liberian leader of the citizens’ fullest cooperation with the company.  He referred to construction of schools and a health center which have been opened by the company as some of the benefits of the company’s presence.  The citizens were therefore prepared to protect the company’s properties to demonstrate their appreciation for its work among them.The Sinoe people have been in conflict with GVL since it started few years ago.  Their first complaint was that they had no participation in the agreement with GVL.  They also complained of the company invading their farmland and their sacred ancestral areas; and the lack of any social development to benefit the people.These grievances seem now to be forgotten, as the people say they are now experiencing the company’s real intentions–jobs for many of their people, the construction of a school, health center and other amenities.We applaud the peace between Sinoeneans and GVL.  We pray that government has learned a key lesson: before granting any land concessions to any foreign or local entity, make sure to INVOLVE the people because while the government may claim ownership to all the country’s lands, the land really belongs to the people, and nothing can be accomplished without their consent.There is one other lesson government must learn: pay close attention to the promises these companies make; involve the people in the negotiations; so that they KNOW what benefits should accrue to them. Why?  Because they are on the ground with the companies, and are directly affected by whatever is done.  If the people are not happy with what they see, they will scream–and that is what the Sinoe people have been doing all along, through their faithful, understanding and forthright attorney, Environmental Advocate Alfred Brownell.One more thing: the government and the people should carefully monitor the value added developments the company promises–the refining of the oil, which should provide the people even greater employment opportunities and create more infrastructures that will bring further development to Sinoe.Is it possible, for example, for GVL to produce cooking oil and limit the amount we import with our hard-earned foreign exchange.What kind of cosmetics can we produce from palm oil?  What use can the company make of palm nut “pummy”–the residue after the juice is drained from the palm nuts when, for example, we cook palm butter?  We are told that while we in Liberia waste the pummy, in other places it is put to valuable use.We foresee a number of small industries from palm oil.  Liberians must do their own research, at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), and also at various universities as well as private research in people’s homes.Now is the time for Liberians to be more creative–and more hardworking, taking initiatives ourselves, rather than wait for others to come and do it for us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Barrolle, T-Wolves in Double Wins

first_imgThe kanyan peppers boys of Mighty Barrolle have followed up their surprise win over LPRC-Oilers, beating the triple basketball champions, for the second time on Sunday 55-33 points.Barrolle extended their lead in a rather vibrating battle to defeat Oilers in the ongoing finals, of the ‘best-out-of-five’ games.The relatively convincing derby was described as “amazing” by scores of the Roller fans, including Oilers coach Paul Houlson.Sunday’s game was a rematch from Saturday owing to the rain, cutting off the match in the third quarter when Oilers were in a slight lead.On Friday, at the twitch of the finals, Mighty Barrolle initiated their captivating spree with a narrow win over Oilers, 69-68 points.Another supposedly underdog in the basketball finals Timber Wolves are ahead 2-1 series over triple female champions K-Delta.The female giants began the finals with 56-47 points win on Friday, but Timber Wolves turned the tables with two straight wins.On Saturday and Sunday, Timber Wolves surprisingly dumped K-Delta 51-50 and 60-52 points respectively.In the 2nd division, Georgia Blazers are leading Heats (2-1). Heats activated their win with 49-47 points on Friday, but Georgia Blazers overturned the tally with two wins; 51-50 and 49-47 points.Meanwhile, Wednesday’s win for Barrolle, Timber Wolves and Georgia Blazer would make them to grab their respective trophies, but a loss will cause the league to continue on Friday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more