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first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title And coach Chito Victolero was particularly proud at how his charges came out against the lowly Dyip in improving to 5-1 and tying idle Barangay Ginebra, instead of merely feeding off big wins against San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine.“I told them to come out with the same effort regardless of who we play,” Victolero said as the Dyip took a seventh straight defeat to drop out of contention with still four games to play. “Their desire to win was there and that’s what I am happy about.”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 ChrissAlaska, meanwhile, kept in step with the leaders after dismantling Rain or Shine in the final period for a 106-89 victory in the other game.The Hotshots get a full week’s rest before playing their next three games in an eight-day stretch. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Handball chief Hontiveros decries omission of sport in POC’s SEA Games calendar MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments “Our goal is a twice-to-beat [advantage],” Victolero said. “We have to look at the bigger picture and our real goal is to end the semifinals strong [and finish in the top four at least].”Romeo Travis led all Magnolia scorers with 32 points, Mark Barroca chipped in  16 and Paul Lee slowed down somewhat with just 13 after torching nets the last two games. Ian Sangalang was the fourth Hotshot in twin digits with 11.Lee came into this game averaging 25 points, but Victolero didn’t see the need to extend his premier gunner and played him for less than 24 minutes.Only Travis played for more than three quarters, with the local core getting much-needed rest.“This is a big game for us, because it solidified our chances [of a top four finish],” Victolero added.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Playing a third game in eight days, Magnolia played the way it did previously against two powerhouses to keep its edge going into a critical stretch in its PBA Governors’ Cup schedule.The Hotshots scored the first eight points against Columbian and never looked back, scoring a 113-95 victory to claim a piece of the elimination round lead and end the Dyip’s agony in the season-ending conference at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Sacramento State product donned the Philippines’ tricolor when he represented the country in the Fiba 3×3 Shanghai tournament under Manila Gilas in August.Jackson also played in the PBA D-League with Marinerong Pilipino and Gamboa Coffee Mix.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 deadline for application for Fil-Foreigners is on October 26 while locals can submit theirs until December 3.The PBA 2018 Rookie Draft is scheduled for December 16. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trevis Jackson. PBA IMAGESFilipino-American guard Trevis Jackson became the first player to declare for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.As per reports from Spin and ESPN5, Jackson submitted his application form on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES NU wants strong end to UAAP first round campaign: ‘We need to start winning’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Returning Soltones carries Smart past Sta. Lucia in PSL All-Filipino opener Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img The PBA will review the documents and eligibility of the Fil-foreign aspirants with the final list of those who qualified will be released on December 3.Local players also have until December 3 to submit their draft application.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew READ: Lyceum settles for no. 2, but adversity motivates PiratesJoining Perez in the draft, scheduled on December 16, are CJ Isit, Robbie Manalang, Paul Varilla, Trevis Jackson and John Ragasa.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 6-foot-2 Perez, who is the reigning NCAA MVP, recently led the Pirates to their second straight NCAA Finals appearance.READ: Before playing for NCAA crown, Lyceum Pirates face another hurdle—exams MOST READ CJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum’s CJ Perez, one of the country’s top collegiate stars, has applied for the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft.Perez led five other Fil-foreigners looking to make a name for themselves in the pro ranks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 awardlast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio not just another game MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘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 Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ Alec Burks (10) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Cleveland. Miami won 117-92. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Dwyane Wade’s absence was no problem for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.With Wade sitting out because of an illness, Josh Richardson led seven players in double figures with 24 points and Miami rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-92.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 BIG MARGINMiami ended the game with a 47-22 rebounding advantage with Whiteside grabbing a game-high 12.“We knew we had to be a little more vigilant, and we have been the last few games,” Spoelstra said. “We were able to do that again tonight.”TIP-INSHeat: Richardson has hit multiple 3-pointers in a career-high 12 straight games. He was 4 of 7 against Cleveland. … Waiters hadn’t appeared in a game since Dec. 22, 2017 when he injured his left ankle and had surgery in January of last year. He played for Cleveland from 2012-15.Cavaliers: Thompson missed the last 10 games because of a sore left foot. Hood was out four games because of a sore left Achilles. …. G Patrick McCaw, signed to an offer sheet Dec. 28, scored two points in 18 minutes in his first appearance with Cleveland. He played the last two seasons with Golden State.UP NEXTHeat: Host Washington on Friday night.Cavaliers: Host Utah on Friday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn’t surprised so many players made key contributions without their third-leading scorer.“One of our biggest strengths is our depth and versatility,” he said. “We should be a team with 7-8 guys in double figures every night. It shows we have a lot of guys that can hurt you.”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 ChrissMiami hit 16 of 31 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson added 16 points, and Derrick Jones Jr. had 13. The Heat have won seven of nine to reach the .500 mark at 18-18.“Everyone was just kind of in a groove,” Richardson said. “I was taking what the defense was giving me, but yeah, I was feeling it.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Cleveland dropped to 8-30 — the worst record in the NBA — with its season-worst seventh straight loss.Cavaliers coach Larry Drew believes his team must show more toughness physically and mentally.“We’ve got to be grimy as far as our style of play,” he said. “We can’t play cute. We can’t play pretty. We’ve got to get on the floor for loose balls. We’ve got to get our body on people when they go in (the lane). We’ve got to do all the little things, which add up to be big things.”Tristan Thompson and Rodney Hood returned from injuries and started for the Cavaliers, but it mattered little in their ninth loss in 10 games. Thompson had 14 points, and Hood added 13.The Heat grabbed control in the second quarter, turning a one-point deficit into a 17-point lead. Jones scored 11 points in the period while Dion Waiters, playing in his first game in over a year, had seven points in six minutes.ADVERTISEMENT “I was just really excited to get back,” Waiters said. It was nice — all the hard work you put in — to have those shots fall, it felt good. I had fun.”Miami outrebounded Cleveland 25-9 in the first half. Heat center Hassan Whiteside had nine boards, matching the Cavaliers’ total for the first two quarters.Cleveland led 30-29 early in the second when Miami took over. The Heat hit six 3-pointers in the quarter, including three by Jones. Waiters added a 30-footer while Richardson and Tyler Johnson also hit from beyond the arc.Miami led 58-43 at halftime and continued to pad the margin. Whiteside scored on an alley-oop from James Johnson, who added a pair of 3-pointers. Richardson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer pushed the lead to 93-73.The Heat can move over .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 with a win over Washington at home Friday.NIGHT OFFWade is averaging 14.1 points in 27 games in his 16thand final season. He played in 46 games last season with Cleveland, where he was reunited with LeBron James, before being traded to Miami. Wade is one 3-pointer shy of 500 for his career.SHOOTING AROUNDDrew said forward Kevin Love, who had surgery on his left foot in November, has begun shooting drills, but has yet to practice. The team doesn’t have a definitive timeline for when Love will return, but it’s hoped he’s back later in the month.Drew said Love will visit a doctor soon as he continues to rehab his injury. 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first_imgFile- This Jan. 5, 2019, file photo shows Naomi Osaka of Japan talking to her coach Sascha Bajin, left, during her semifinal match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia. Osaka says she has split with coach Sascha Bajin a little more than two weeks after winning the Australian Open for her second consecutive Grand Slam title. Osaka posted a tweet on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, that says she “will no longer be working together with Sascha.” She also thanked Bajin and wished him “all the best in the future.” (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)Naomi Osaka surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title and moved to No. 1 in the WTA rankings.“Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha,” Osaka posted on Twitter on Monday. “I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ She was born in Japan — her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian — and moved to the United States when she was 3. She has dual citizenship and now is based in Florida.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Kevin Alas heads home after successful ACL surgery Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Osaka withdrew from this week’s Qatar Open, citing a back injury.The 21-year-old beat Petra Kvitova in three sets in the Australian Open final on Jan. 26.That added to her championship at the U.S. Open last September, when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets.Those back-to-back victories made Osaka the first woman to win two major championships in a row since Williams picked up four straight in 2014-15.Osaka became the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 since Wozniacki at 20 in 2010 and the first tennis player from Asia to reach the top of the women’s or men’s tennis rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Osaka’s agent confirmed to The Associated Press that Osaka would no longer be working with Bajin, the 2018 WTA Coach of the Year, but said there would be no further comment.Less than a half-hour after Osaka’s tweet, Bajin responded to her on Twitter. He thanked her and wrote: “I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOsaka hired Bajin before the 2018 season.He previously worked with Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki. 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 titlelast_img read more

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ “It was a good game, pretty intense. This was my first 3×3 game,” Anderson said. “The team is okay, we just fell short in the last game but it was a learning experience.”Anderson also plays for the Shoemasters in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.Anderson said that he is honored to get the chance to play at an elite level in the Chooks to Go 3×3 tournament, which is geared toward helping the country make it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“It’s privilege for me to get to play with the best players in the Philippines. Just to be able to compete, it’s just a good feeling and such a big fullfilment for me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even with ONE bantamweight belt in his arms, Kevin Belingon remains hungry as ever 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 The actor made a good account of himself in his first 3×3 match, which is far different from the usual 5 on 5 game. He had 11 points in the victory, scoring his team’s last seven points to the delight of the sizeable crowd.The team that Anderson and the Shoemasters beat went on to rule the third stop of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Gerald Anderson plays for Marikina in the Fiba 3×3 tournament. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Gerald Anderson finally made his debut in the Chooks to Go Pilipinas 3×3 on Friday and he showed why he was worth the wait.Anderson was impressive in his first game with Marikina, leading the Shoemasters to a 17-14 upset of league-leading 1Bataan Risers in the group stages of the third leg at SM Fairview Events Center.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Take a l👀k at Gerald Anderson’s impressive #ChooksPilipinas3x3 debut for the Marikina Shoemasters 👟#Chooks3x3onESPN5 pic.twitter.com/PMKjotBvbE— ESPN5 (@Sports5PH) March 1, 2019 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgFilipino powerlifter Eduardo Munarriz has yet to begin his campaign in the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, UAE.But he’s already won the hearts of thousands after being featured on the world renowned Humans of New York (@humansofny) Instagram account, which currently has 8.8 million followers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img In the post, Munarriz shared a short story about how he pictures himself as a leader of a team of superheroes. He then, went on to stress how a leader should be and that winning isn’t really everything but family and friendship are.“I have twenty superheroes that I keep in a folder on my phone and I take it out to look at them, and I pretend that I am the leader of an entire superhero team. The whole team is counting on me to get as strong as possible because I am the muscle of the team. Being the biggest is like a way to take charge. It doesn’t even matter if I have super powers because I can use my own true strength, and the barbell is like a type of weapon. It’s important as a leader to always listen to your team. Our whole team decided together that friendship is more important than winning. Nobody will be mad at me if I lose. They don’t care if I bring home a medal. My family and my friends and Coach John and everyone in the Philippines will be proud of me even just for lifting weights,” the post read.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMunarriz is one of three Filipino powerlifters participating in the Special Olympics. The other two are Joanna Aquino Yabes and Marlon Tindoc, who had already won the bronze medal in the squat attempt.The 20-year-old Munarriz takes his turn on the stage Wednesday. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying A big feat Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? But regardless of what the results may be, Munarriz has already made his case that not all superheroes wear capes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Boakai Resists Gay Marriage, Embraces FGM

January 18, 2020 | shgcmyqk | No Comments

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has for the first time openly frowned on calls to legalize same-sex marriage and abolish Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Liberia.Gay rights campaigners, allegedly backed by some western governments in 2013, stepped up a campaign asking the National Legislature to pass same-sex marriage legislation and decriminalize said practice.Campaigners had also advocated that rights be given to individuals who want to be in same-sex relationships, marry and have family.However, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Vice President Boakai stated: “We have not reached a point where we can appreciate gay marriage [in Liberia].”“I’m an African, a Liberian and a Christian. I have not gotten to the point where I will appreciate same-sex marriage and I am not going to be shy about it, let me be frank about that. It is a difficult thing for me because I have not come close to anything that will make me settle for that — not to mention my own religious background as a Christian.”However, the VP was quick to add that maybe some Christians are involved in same-sex marriage but from his Christian orientation, he added: “It’s a hard stuff for me to swallow.”Liberia’s Deputy President further kicked against the practice, stressing that Biblical teachings do not encourage such, and so Africans and Christians should as well resist this ugly practice.He intoned that any laws supporting this practice will certainly not meet his approval.Meanwhile, the Vice President at the same time embraced the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) stating that there are some positive things that need to be learned.He described FGM as a “sticky and an age-old tradition” that cannot be abolished overnight.The Vice President said regardless of international protocols and treaties, the practice of a tradition should not be outrightly rejected.“Let us understand what may be reasonable to us because of treaties; we should believe that when we make decisions we have to know how those decisions impact our people.”They might not have been educated to a certain desirable level; we need to educate our people. There might be certain things that we are doing that need to be amended. There are some dangers about it that we need to educate our people about and show them the causes and effects (of these dangers). We cannot just get up and say everything that is placed on our table, we will go along with, whether or not a majority of our people are on board. I think this is an issue that needs a referendum but with proper education to show our people the causes and effects,” Mr. Boakai repeated.He was quick to note that no single government or leadership “should just put a pen through it and say we should not practice it, we should consider the impact it will have on our people.”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 Bank Re-affirms Commitment to Liberia

January 18, 2020 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgWorld Bank Country Manager, Inguna Dobraja has reaffirmed the Bank’s commitment to closely work with the Government of Liberia in the successful implementation of the Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for Fiscal year 2013-2017, which was designed together with the Government to support the country’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).Ms. Dobraja made the statement on Monday, June 17, during the officially opening of World Bank new office at the German Embassy compound in Congo Town.She said: “It is indeed a great honor for us all to be celebrating the opening of a new office today for the World Bank.  This simple and fine architectural gem represents more than a place of work for our staff and a meeting place for our varied in-country partnerships.”“In all of its granite, aluminum and concrete solidity; in its eerie resonance of Monrovia’s architectural vernacular and landscape; and in its pleasing proportions, this cluster of buildings is more than fitting physical projection of the World Bank Group’s commitment to the long term and strategic partnership with Liberia.  We are here to stay and be a good partner for as long as it takes,” she noted.She said that infrastructure carries a huge pay stub and the involvements of other development partners in addressing the infrastructure challenges have been pivotal. “In this regard, I would like to commend the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund (LRTF) for their support to Liberia’s infrastructure agenda. As perhaps all of you know, the LRFT is a multi-donor trust fund for infrastructure, which is supported by contributions from the European Union, and the governments of Great Britain, Sweden, Ireland, Norway and Germany, and the World Bank.”“The LRTF is administered by the World Bank and it is supervised by an Oversight Committee comprising the ministries of Finance and Public Works, Development Partners, and the World Bank.  Let me also commend your Government, Honorable Minister Ngafuan for the very evident progress you have made in the intervening years in executing your infrastructure rehabilitation and investment agenda. “According to her, the World Bank will remain engaged with Liberia in supporting economic growth and poverty reduction.  “This commitment was manifested in our current Country Partnership Strategy for Liberia spanning 2013-2017, which we have closely aligned with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT).”She further said, “This Strategy focuses on financing investments in infrastructure, especially energy and transport, along with building the human and institutional capacity necessary to deliver results.”She said over the time, the World Bank has seen strong growth in the size and depth of its program in Liberia – a growth that was foreseen after the country’s successful completion of the HIPC process in 2010.”The building, Ms. Debraja said, was originally built at a time when Liberia was in the forefront of West Africa in such areas as provision of health care, rice production and cutting edge iron ore production.  It was built for a German company, Bong Mining Company that was operating in Bong Mines in Bong County.    “We actually took possession at the beginning of this year and, as expected,   it has taken several months to complete the finishing touches, including developing the gardens and green spaces of this beautiful compound.    I am happy to report that we are now fully operational and have the pleasure to see many of you here for meetings and other events,” she disclosed.She also lauded chief architect, Ms. Christian Furler and her team as well as   the ADI Contractors who did the renovation works. “I will also like to express our appreciation to our many Bank colleagues, both here and in Washington, who have worked tirelessly to make this new office a reality.  Special thanks to Mrs. Maria Ponce de Leon who is the Bank’s architect in charge of this project.”Also speaking, Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan said the establishment of a new and better Office Complex in Liberia by the World Bank represents a huge vote of confidence in Liberia’s future.By this,“You the WB has joined others including the British Government that last year reopened its Embassy in Liberia with a resident Ambassador after almost two decades of closure.  He also said other countries including Sweden, Qatar and Brazil, amongst others, opened their embassies near Monrovia.Acknowledging the World Bank contribution to Liberia, Minister Ngafuan said the movement of the World Bank’s Country Office from Mamba Point considered as the diplomatic enclave, to Oldest Congo Town   far away from the diplomatic enclave and the center of the city testifies to the ever deepening stability and security that Liberia has been experiencing for a little over ten consecutive years.According to him, World Bank was the biggest partner that assisted in crafting Liberia’s development frameworks – the IPRS and the PRS, and the recent Vision 2030 and its five-year slice – the Agenda for Transformation.Moreover, the Foreign Minister said the Bank was also a key player followed by the IMF in driving Liberia through the HIPC  debt relief process which eventually saw Liberia being unshackled from itsUS  almost 5 billion dollars debt burden. Furthermore, the Bank contributed half of the funds which enabled the Liberian Government to clear commercial debts of over 1billion dollars through debt buy-backs.The Bank has contributed to the rebuilding of critical infrastructure including the paving of Monrovia’s streets under URIRP Project, support to the Monrovia City Corporation under the Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation project (EMUS) that provides solid waste services.Meanwhile, Liberia joined the World Bank in 1962, becoming its 75th member. The country later received its first funding to finance the construction of two new roads, including the highway from Monrovia to the Roberts International Airport, and financing for equipment and materials to maintain Liberia’s entire road system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SRSG Honors 19 Pakistani Peacekeepers

January 18, 2020 | rfunaawx | No Comments

first_imgNineteen Pakistani peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) have been honored by the head of UNMIL, Madam Karin Landgren.The Pakistanis were honored for their immense contributions to the realization of peace and many other services rendered the people of Liberia.Madam Landgren is the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General in Liberia.The 19 members of the Pakistani peacekeeping contingent were honored over the weekend at their base near Hotel Africa in recognition of their outstanding work in Liberia.Madam Landgren said, “I would like to commend the Pakistani Contingent Commander Brig Gen.Tahir Mahmood Wafai, for his leadership that has enabled his officers to give their best to the cause of peace and stability in Liberia.  I also express my deepest gratitude to our Pakistani peacekeepers for your contribution to peace and stability in Liberia over the past 10 years.”The honoring program also marked the departure of the PAKBATT-19 contingent, after serving diligently in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties.Madam Landgren made special mention of seven female health practitioners (two medical doctors and 5 nursing officers) serving with the Pakistani Medical Team in Harper.“You have played a vital role in treating local patients, especially women; and I look forward to seeing more women with the Pakistani contingent, in all aspects of peacekeeping,” Madam Landgren added.The SRSG also paid tribute to her colleagues that lost their lives while serving the United Nations Mission in Liberia.“I wish to pay tribute to our colleague from Pakbatt-19, Maj. Kamran Khalil, who passed away last August while serving the United Nations Mission in Liberia; may his soul rest in peace. I would also like to pay my respects to all the 21 Pakistani soldiers who have lost their lives while in service in Liberia.  We will remember them.”In response the Pakistanis Contingent Commander, Brig Gen.Tahir Mahmood Wafai,  thanked Madam Landgren and the Government of Liberia for their cooperation.He said it was the objective of Pakistanis to stand up for peace in the world.He said the Pakistanis’ work with the Liberian Government allows citizens to live peacefully and maintain cordial and friendly relations with neighbors and the world at large.He promised that his country would continue to work with the Government of Liberia in restoring peace and stability to Liberia.When the Daily Observer interviewed Hira Khan, the Pakistani Director General for Medical Services, she said her contingents’ being in Liberia has been rewarding to them and the people of Liberia.“I feel good being in Liberia and working for the people of this wonderful nation. I have found them to be loving people who are willing to learn from us and we have learned from them as well. Liberia is a country blessed with vast natural resources and resilient citizens; these facts are proof that Liberia will eventually become great,” she asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more