Jerwin Ancajas: Relaxed and ready

first_imgJerwin Ancajas at lobby of Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina. Photo by Roy Luarca/INQUIRERCorpus Christi, Texas— Just one pound above the weight limit, Jerwin Ancajas found a moment to relax Wednesday night.Right after a meet and greet at Rockit’s Whiskey Bar & Saloon Wednesday night, the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion rode back to Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, where he and Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez were billeted for their title duel at American Bank Center on Saturday here.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UST looks to ‘overachieve’ anew, targets twice-to-beat LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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. Ancajas went directly to his 15th floor room, changed into sleeping clothes, turned off the light, and dropped on the king-sized bed.He crawled inside the bedsheet, pulled out his mobile phone, put the ear plugs on and shut himself out from distractions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkEyes closed, Ancajas reminisced on his journey so far.Lured by his brother, Jesar, into the sport, Ancajas won in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa in Palawan and was named best boxer in the Philippine National Games four years earlier. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He turned pro at 17 in 2009, won the IBF crown from Puerto Rican McJoe Arroyo in 2016 and defended it thrice against Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, Japanese Teiru Kinoshita and Irish Jamie Conlan in succession last year.Finally realizing his goal of fighting in the United States, Ancajas is now looking forward to attaining global recognition like his idol and benefactor, eight-division champion Sen. Manny Pacquiao.The first step is to beat Gonzalez convincingly. And on fight night, Ancajas plans to be patient, stalking his prey, before going for the kill.That would be easier said than done. Gonzalez, who was riding a 13-bout unbeaten streak before an upset to lightly regarded countryman Argi Cortes, promises to keep on winning.“I don’t want to lose again,” Gonzalez told Filipino media through an interpreter before his open workout at Neighborhood Center Boxing Club Wednesday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Since that defeat, he has racked up eight wins, five by knockouts, and was rewarded with a title shot against Ancajas.Having studied videos of Ancajas’ last few fights, Gonzalez knows he is in for a rough, tough night.“He’s aggressive, a strong fighter with fast hands,” said Gonzalez, whose 21-1, 8 knockout record pales in comparison to Ancajas’ (28-1-1, 19 KOs) card.Gonzalez trained in high altitude for two and a half months at Jiquipilco, 40 kilometers north of the famed Toluca Mountains. He also sparred for over 100 rounds.Gonzalez, who learned boxing from his grandfather and an uncle, said he intends to exploit Ancajas’ “predictable” footwork, and lure the Filipino into a punch.With the official weigh-in set Friday afternoon, Gonzalez said he’s just a little above the 115-pound limit.“I don’t feel any pressure,” said Gonzalez, youngest among 10 siblings. “The pressure is on Ancajas and I’m going to give it to him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Curry to auction shoes in support of My Brother’s Keeper

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed He says the effort “was created to reduce barriers and expand opportunity” in support of “young men and boys of color in their pursuit of achievement and higher success in life.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry’s shoes are adorned with messages during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — You can own a pair of shoes worn in a game by Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry — and support a cause, to boot.Curry posted on Instagram that he’ll be auctioning off the sneakers he wore in Golden State’s game at the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night to raise money for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mr. Volleyball’ happy to see more attention given to men’s division Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Carmelo Anthony signs 1-year, $2.4 million deal with Rockets

first_imgMOST READ Houston general manager Daryl Morey announced the signing and the Rockets posted a picture on social media of Anthony signing his contract.The 34-year-old joins a team led by MVP James Harden and star point guard Chris Paul. The Rockets hope the addition of Anthony will help them contend for their first title since 1995. They lost to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals last season.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’Anthony will get a fresh start in Houston after spending last season with the Thunder, with whom he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 games. The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a 15-year career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.The 6-foot-8 Anthony is a 10-time All-Star and has won three gold medals in the Olympics. He is USA Basketball’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. 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. 13, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony pauses during the team”s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)HOUSTON — Carmelo Anthony signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal with the Houston Rockets on Monday.Anthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks last month before the Hawks released him.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Anthony has averaged more than 20 points every year of his career except last season and led the NBA in scoring in 2012-13, when he averaged 28.7 points a game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Murray loses in Cincinnati, clearing Federer’s path Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Guiao comes back, Fonacier returns to form in NLEX win

first_imgPBA IMAGESThe return of Yeng Guiao gave NLEX a shot in the arm and old reliable Larry Fonacier made sure the Road Warriors welcomed their head coach back in the best possible way.Guiao called the shots for the Road Warriors for the first time in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup after missing five games due to his coaching duties with the Philippine team in the Asian Games and Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Brazil’s transgender volleyball star eyes Congress seat “I guess we missed coach Yeng,” said Fonacier.The rest of the Road Warriors could say the same for Fonacier, who delivered a throwback performance 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 ChrissThe 36-year-old swingman caught fire from long range just like old times when he was still playing his best basketball as a member of the Talk ’N Text franchise where he won five of his seven PBA championships from 2010 to 2017.Fonacier racked up 24 points, erupting for 22 in the second half, to shoot NLEX past previously-unbeaten Blackwater, 124-106. Fonacier made six of his nine 3-pointers, including two straight that sealed the Road Warriors’ fourth win against two losses and the Elite’s first setback after a 4-0 start.“There was really no initiative for me to take over the system earlier. I mean, I was just flowing with it. The openings were just there so I just took advantage of it. Like I said, I’m not here to be the main threat or anything. I just take what the defense gives me. My priority is to make my teammates better and for NLEX to win, that’s it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES 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. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? It was the most points Fonacier has had in five years, as per PBA head statistician Fidel Mangonon, in a game where NLEX also set a franchise record with 20 made 3-pointers.The former Ateneo standout, though, said he just seized the opportunities where he was left open.He also owed his sterling outing to his coaches and teammates. “It’s just understanding the system and flowing with it. Like coach Yeng said there will be open shots for shooters and it’s up to us to take advantage of the opportunities,” said Fonacier.“Just credit to the whole staff of NLEX for getting me back in shape, nursing me back to health and coach Yeng and his system is really friendly for shooters. My teammates we all played together and we all aimed to make each other better and it just so happened that I had a lot of openings,” added Fonacier, who was sidelined for the remainder of last conference after suffering from a bruised rib and collapsed lung in a game against Barangay Ginebra three months ago.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Alaska holds off Meralco

first_img“I’m just happy to win,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said after Mike Harris hit some key baskets in the stretch and Chris Banchero missed a triple double by just two assists after hitting 13 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a game the Aces couldn’t afford to lose.Meralco’s franchise-best seven-game winning streak came to a halt with the loss, its first since Oct. 12, but one that unveiled the personality of the walking-wounded squad, which almost turned things around in the waning minutes.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“They have phenomenal character and they just never gave up,” Compton said as he braces for another clash on a day’s rest on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Simon Enciso scored 23 points, counting the final two free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Is it a patsy or a crook for Pacquiao’s next foe? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Playing with sustained effort on both ends this time, Alaska held off Meralco, 100-95, Tuesday night to knot their PBA Governors’ Cup Final Four series after two games and take some sort of momentum going into the next game of this playoff that has become a race-to-two affair.The Aces started hot and opened a 20-point lead in the third period but what was most commendable was how they kept their composure in the endgame when the Bolts made a dizzying run to turn things around at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “[In the] first half, I thought our defensive energy and attention to detail was perfect,” Compton said as he paid tribute to his charges for a reversal in effort compared to their lethargic Game 1 stand that led to a 97-92 loss.Allen Durham struggled for his 24 points for the Bolts, as the Alaska defense concentrated on him all night.Meralco rallied behind Nico Salva, who tied his career high with 20 points, and Baser Amer, who hit a triple with under a minute left that had the Bolts coming within three points.Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra tries to overhaul a 0-2 deficit starting with Wednesday’s Game 3 with a little bit of history on its side.Only one of 36 teams that fell behind 0-2 in a best-of-five series has been able to bounce back and win. That team was Barangay Ginebra, pulling off the caper in the 2010 Philippine Cup quarterfinals against Talk ‘N Text.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

PH boosts Olympic 3×3 dream with hosting of Fiba Asia Pacific Super Quest

first_imgThe Philippines’ bid to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got another much-needed shot in the arm.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The other way for the Philippines to make the Olympics is through ranking points, which the country is currently way behind.As host, the Philippines gets to filed in two teams in the Super Quest.The top three finishers in the Super Quest will qualify for the World Tour.The unveiling of the Super Quest comes on the heels of the country’s successful staging of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League, the first-ever 3×3 league in the Philippines, which made quite a good impression on Fiba 3×3 managing director Alex Sanchez.“After last year’s success of the FIBA 3×3 World Cup organized by SBP, the initiative of Chooks-to-go to set up a tournament with international teams from Asia-Pacific qualifying to the FIBA 3×3 World Tour is excellent news, underpins the effort of Chooks-to-go in organizing dozens of local 3×3 events and will accelerate the development of 3×3 in Philippines,” said Sanchez.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Fiba World Cup qualifiers: Thirdy Ravena makes Gilas Pilipinas’ final 12 vs Qatar Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chooks-to-Go on Tuesday revealed that the country will stage the Chooks-to-Go Asia Pacific Super Quest, an international 3×3 event tentatively set on April 6 to 7 in Manila.The Quest, a tournament which Fiba opted to award the hosting rights to the Philippines, serves as another avenue for the country to participate in the Olympic 3×3 event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We are looking for tangible ways for the country to find its way to the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments. I know it’s hard at this point but we will try everything,” said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas. “We are happy to be chosen to host the first-ever Super Quest.”“The Super Quest will serve as a qualifier to get to the World Tour,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 League commissioner Eric Altamirano. “It opened a pathway for us first to get to the World tour and then, hopefully in the World Tour we get a spot in the Olympics.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments There is no reason why Philippines cannot have successful teams playing at World Tour level, considering the depth of talent and love for the game in the country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Massaquoi Promises to ‘Weed Out Corruption from LNP’

first_imgPolice Inspector General, Colonel Chris Clarence Massaquoi, has reaffirmed his pledge to weed out corruption from the Liberia National Police (LNP).Col. Massaquoi stressed that his administration will continue to uphold the zero tolerance policy on corruption/bribery within the LNP.Director Massaquoi, addressing hundreds of police officers who converged at the Monrovia City Hall Sunday, June 22, to celebrate the police General Assembly, said he will not relent in his drive to reshape the image of the LNP, which according to him, has been hard hit by misconduct as the result of the country’s civil conflict.The Liberian Police Chief said corrupt practices that tend to undermine the integrity of the police will not be condoned, adding that those who will get involved in such ugly and embarrassing acts will meet the wrath of his pen.He encouraged officers of the Liberia National Police to perform their duties with a high degree of integrity and professionalism, taking into consideration tat they are being watched by the public, whom they serve.Commenting on the welfare of police officers, Col. Massaquoi told the gathering that their welfare is paramount on his administration’s agenda. He assured the officers that his administration is revisiting the insurance policy, which will benefit officers and their spouses.He furthered promised to push for better incentives and improved allowances, especially for officers taking assignments in the leeward counties.The LNP boss also took the time to warn against absenteeism, thus mandating his Chief of Human Resource to be more robust in monitoring the attendance of LNP employees. “Cut the salary of anyone that will abandon his/her job for no justifiable reason,” Col. Massaquoi instructed.At the same time, he lauded officers for their sacrificial services they continue to render to the people of Liberia through difficult times and circumstances. He said despite the ups and downs being faced by the police, he was thankful that the police as an institution has been able to meet its statutory mandate by protecting lives and properties.“You have done exceptionally well in these difficult times, I am proud of you as well as the President of Liberia , and we do hereby assure you that our administration will give you all of the support you need to work”, he asserted.He admonished supervisors to be more vigilant in their oversight role, stressing that supervisors will be accountable for the actions and inactions of their subordinates.“We will take drastic measures against any supervisor who will not exercise due diligent in the execution of his/her duty,” Col. Massaquoi warned. On the issue of capacity building for officers, the Police IG said he is satisfied with the number of trainings being offered to the police by the Government of Liberia and its foreign partners.He cautioned the officers to take advantage of the trainings, which are intended to build their capacity in the wake of the drawdown of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).Officers of the LNP are currently benefiting from several training opportunities across Africa, Asia, and the United States of America.He told the men that the Government of Liberia was supporting the process of the UNMIL drawdown, which he said is taking place in three phases. Phases one and two ran from October 2012 to June 2014, while phrase three is expected to commence July 1, 2014 with a completion date of 2015.He concluded by calling on Liberians to see the police force as their own as they prepare to take over from UNMIL, adding that the LNP is fully prepared to provide security to the people of the 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

Greenville Flood Water Rages, Destroys Streets

first_imgEach day of the week, when there it rains heavily in the port city of Greenville, residents and businesspeople encounter the menace of flooding.Many drainages are clogged with garbage having been thrown on the various streets by residents and other business entities.According to some of the Greenville residents and businesspeople, the situation has become a menace that continues to send out offensive odors, to the detriment of the residents.Many of the streets observed by reporter were littered with huge volumes of garbage that have been thrown there and not cleared for the past three weeks by staff of the Greenville City Corporation (GCC) in Sinoe County.It may be recalled that last week’s all night rainfall kept hundreds of residents indoor for long periods and their business centers were surrounded by both animal and human feces from the clogged drainages in Greenville City.   As a result of the extensive downpour rains last week, Liberia National Red Cross Society, Sinoe County branch,  handed out some drainage tools to open of the biggest drainages in Greenville City, Sinoe County.Several citizens and residents told the Daily Observer last week said that they want the clogged drainages to be given top priority in terms of rehabilitation and reconstruction in Greenville City.Business owners, especially foreign business entities, have also underscored the urgent need for the rehabilitation of the clogged and age-old drainages in Greenville City, Sinoe County.They also expressed outrage over the slow pace of rehabilitation works on the clogged drainages and other critical spots that continue to pose serious threats to lives and moving objects in Greenville City, Sinoe County.The Greenville City’s business owners also explained that most of the water flowing through some of half- rehabilitated drainages contained human and animal feces that pose health and environmental hazards.The Greenville’s businessmen and women also expressed grave concern over the deplorable conditions of the clogged drainages and called on the GCC’s Sanitation and Environmental Department to take swift steps to remedy the situation.“We are indeed being exposed to lots of health, sanitation and environmental hazards that call for the urgent attention of the GCC’s Sanitation and Environmental staff and employees in Greenville City,” auto-spare-parts dealer Davidson Tugbeh stressed.“Our city Greenville, founded 1838 by the pioneers of Liberia, should be given an extensive attention by the central administration of Sinoe County in order to restore its prewar dignity, Mr. Tugbeh emphasized.“Sadly, the flood water is  slowly and systematically destroying and damaging our concrete streets in Greenville City,” Mr. Tugbeh concluded.For her part, used clothes dealer Madam Patricia Nimely told the Daily Observer that at the front of her business entity, the sanitation crisis has reached its highest peak with hundreds of flies invading her provision shop in Greenville City.“I’m out for more hardship and suffering from now to the end of October as the rains continue to destroy my goods and hamper my children’s progress in Greenville City,” Madam Nimely lamented.In a brief statement, a Greenville’s pineapple and orange wholesale dealer,  Madam Susan Randolph Kun,  pointed out that the flooding in the city in recent times was worrisome and needs  immediate intervention of the GCC’s staff and employees.She added the extensive flooding has affected the sale  of pineapple and oranges to her regular customers and the general public in Greenville.Meanwhile, as the rains intensify at the port city of Greenville, business entities’ owners and residents have sounded an urgent SOS appeal to all well meaning Liberians and non-governmental organizations to help clean the clogged drainages.When contacted for comments on residents and business people’s claims, GCC’s staff and employees told the Daily Observer that lack of critical sanitation equipment has impeded the cleaning of the clogged drainages in Greenville City.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

One can define level of civilisation in a State by the way it treats…

first_imgDear Editor,Recently, I have become aware that whenever and whatever oil money arrives, senior citizens will not benefit much from this new largesse because Guyanese life expectancy is about 71.6 years for women and 65.4 for men. It should also be noted that only approximately 5.4 per cent of our population is over 65 years.Now, this is patently unfair to the elderly. They are the ones who remained behind to weather the storms. They gave their youth to this country, and did not “cut and run”. They stayed behind to hold our country together, to experience the painful hard times, to ensure stability, to keep the productive machinery functioning – whether as managers, field workers, civil servants, scientists, teachers, Private Sector employees, and all the other areas of service.I am suggesting that ways and methods be found to ensure that some tangible benefits reach our senior citizens. Such direct financial support could be in the form of an increase of their pension from $20,500 per month to whatever the minimum wage per person is at the relevant time. VAT could be removed from every purchaser provable (by ID card) to be over 65. That most iniquitous Property Tax could be expunged from the law as it relates to the elderly homeowners. Payments for crossing rivers via bridges and Airport Exit Taxes and Airport Security Service Charges (built into airline tickets) could also be removed for senior citizens.For the foreseeable future, it will be only five per cent of the population which has served this country well and, in some cases, beyond the call of duty, who will be receiving such benefits.I call on caring leaders/political parties/Governments to advocate and implement serious actions to improve the standard of living of our seniors, whose current lives may not be receiving the great attention it deserves. Place your commitment, in this regard, in your respective manifestos. If that is already too late, then state your intentions publicly from your pre-elections platforms.One can define the level of civilisation in a State by the way it treats its elderly.Sincerely,Senior citizen (name and address provided)last_img read more

US$5M District Development Money on Ice

first_imgThe Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hans Barchue, has sounded an alarm that US$5 million for the purpose of direct District Development remains “on ice as the 2013/2014 Budget elapses.” Said amount was allotted in the National Budget for direct district development projects in the 73 electoral districts across the country.In a Daily Observer interview at the weekend, Deputy Speaker Barchue expressed concern over the delay in implementing projects associated with said amount, adding, “Liberia strongly depends on district projects in order to develop its broken infrastructure.”He disclosed that 26 projects in various counties had been identified by community dwellers, local authorities and lawmakers as projects that are ripe for implementation in their respective regions.“The Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) under instruction of a committee of the Legislature, conducted feasibility studies in the areas of concern and identified projects to be implemented,” Rep. Barchue indicated.Since LACE completed the assessment process, Deputy Speaker Barchue declared, “Finance Ministry is yet to release the money for those projects and we are closing on this year’s budget with nothing being done to address said critical matter,” he stressed.The Grand Bassa County lawmaker expressed frustration over the slow pace of development in rural communities, noting that rural dwellers feel completely disconnected from urban areas.“The US$5 million was a pilot project introduced to make a way for other bigger interventions in the near future. The Finance Minister had assured us that the money was in a special account that has not been touched. LACE has been across the country inspecting the sites for these projects and as we speak, Finance Ministry is yet to release a single dollar for them. This act on the part of the Ministry is frustrating people like us, who are development-oriented and want rural areas to be lighted as Monrovia,” he said.“These projects range from schools, clinics and bridges to markets and farm-to-market roads that are urgently needed in the rural communities. We’re not going to take this lightly because the development of the districts is paramount to the Legislature,” Deputy Speaker Barchue indicated.As the close of this Fiscal period, June 30, approaches, Rep. Barchue pointed out, the plenary of the House is expected to invite Finance Minister Amara Konneh again to explain the status of the money.He wants serious attention placed on the development of rural communities in order to develop the entire country.He used the medium to announce several development initiatives instituted by his office in District #1, Grand Bassa County. According to him, 13 Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) set including generators and other accessories valued over US$9,000 were provided to district residents recently.“The DSTV sets were provided to the district in order to give our people the opportunity to watch the Football World Cup from their respective communities. Our people have difficulties in getting to Firestone and other places for amusement, so we have brought it to their doorsteps,” he said.However, reacting to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s claims, the Deputy Finance Minister for Budget, Mr. Sebastian Muah, confirmed that the money was on “ice” because of the present budget shortfall that the nation is experiencing.Speaking with the Daily Observer late last night, Mr. Muah  further stated that because of the shortfall, the money had to be diverted to other meaningful undertakings of the government. He said the money had nothing to do with the lawmakers because the Constitution does not give them expending power.  That power is the constitutional preserve of the Executive, which contains the Ministry of Finance and other expending entities of the government.Commenting on LACE’s intervention, Dep. Min Muah stated that for the last two years, that agency has not shown a single project that it has completely done with thousands of dollars that it had received from the Ministry of Finance.“Should we just be spending money when we can’t see any meaningful thing that has been done with the money? You people [journalists] need to go on a fact finding in order to verify for yourselves what I am talking about.“Another thing, for the last seven years, we have been spending money in the name of county development.  Go into the counties and see the developments that are there,” Min. Muah said.He told the Observer that as Deputy Minister for the Budget, he was yet to receive any new plan from the LACE concerning any development projects to be carried out in the counties. His comments are in reference to Deputy Speaker Barchue’s, that LACE had since gone around the country and identified projects but the Ministry of Finance was yet to release money for those projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more