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Raptors president apologizes to DeMar DeRozan

first_imgToronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) celebrates with teammate Serge Ibaka (9) after a basket against the Washington Wizards during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized Friday for a “miscommunication” with four-time All-Star and franchise icon DeMar DeRozan, but Toronto’s traded All-Star guard didn’t seem quite ready to make amends.Speaking for the first time since sending DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard, Ujiri began by saying sorry to DeRozan. The career Raptor had expressed anger and frustration in an Instagram post after learning of the deal, indicating he’d been told he would not be traded.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Even with DeRozan, Toronto lost three straight postseason series against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, including consecutive second-round sweeps. The Raptors have never reached the NBA Finals.Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, has twice finished in the top three in MVP voting and is a two-time winner of the league’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Ujiri called his new acquisition “a no-nonsense basketball player that plays on both sides of the floor and produces.”Still, there are reasons for concern. A seven-year veteran, Leonard missed all but nine games last season because of a leg injury. He can become a free agent next summer, and has stated his desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.As long as Leonard is with the Raptors, however, Ujiri will work to show him what Toronto has to offer.“I think there’s a lot to sell here,” Ujiri said. “Our team, our culture, our city, our ownership. We have everything here except a championship, in my humble opinion. I don’t think we lack anything in this city.”Leonard has yet to pass a physical, Ujiri said, adding one is expected to happen “in the next couple of days.”Ujiri, who returned from a trip to Africa earlier Friday, has not met Leonard in person since the trade, but said they have spoken on the phone. Ujiri disputed rumors that Leonard has no interest in playing north of the border.“He didn’t express a lack of interest about playing in Canada to me,” Ujiri said.DeRozan and Leonard are expected to be on the court together next week when USA Basketball convenes a national team training camp in Las Vegas. That team is coached by San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. MOST READ High jumper Ukhov among top Russians facing doping cases In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Shortly after Ujiri apologized Friday, DeRozan added a new post to his Instagram feed: a facepalm emoji, a symbol of frustration and exasperation.Reflecting on a conversation he’d had with DeRozan at Summer League earlier this month, Ujiri said he “should have handled it better” when discussing future plans.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’“Maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him,” Ujiri said. “I think that’s where the gap was, because in my job I always have to assume that I’m going forward with the team that I have. If there was a miscommunication there, I do apologize to DeMar.”Still, after three straight disappointing playoff exits, Ujiri felt something needed to change with the Raptors. He acknowledged struggling with the “human side” of the trade, but decided Leonard was too good a prize to pass up. Now, Ujiri says, the Raptors “are stepping on territory that we never have.”“I think if we look at ourselves honestly, everybody knows that we had to do something different, even if it wasn’t this,” Ujiri said. “We had to figure out something different. I take responsibility for that.“We’ve been doing this how many years?” Ujiri said. “You can’t continue doing the same thing over and over again. And when you get a chance to get a top five player, which doesn’t come very often, I think you have to jump on it. We’ve given a chance to this team, we’ve tried to build it as much as we can but, at this point, this opportunity came in front of us and we had to jump on it.”DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last five years, and was key to Toronto winning a franchise-record 59 games and securing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.“There’s no measurement for what DeMar DeRozan has done for this organization,” Ujiri said, pledging that the departed guard will be acknowledged “in the biggest way that we can possibly do it” for his nine seasons with the Raptors.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Not done’: Now that UP is in Final Four, Paul Desiderio not letting this chance slip

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal ONE: Expect more careful, flexible Eduard Folayang vs dangerous Amir Khan For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We’re not done, there’s still work to be done,” said Desiderio. “We still have to play in the Final Four to get our chance at the Finals and we will grab that opportunity.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments The Cebuano gunner has experienced both utmost heartbreak and absolute euphoria since joining the team in 2013.After a miserable 0-14 season, Desiderio witnessed how the Fighting Maroons slowly improved their winning totals but still miss out on the Final Four like in Season 80 when they finished fifth with a 6-8 card.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 ChrissBut with UP ending a 21-year drought in the Final Four, Desiderio is excited to show that UP truly belongs in the elite company in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.“Of course I’m excited for my first Final Four and we still have a chance to enter the championship and we’ll do everything in our power to fulfill that,” said Desiderio in Filipino Thursday at the Maroons’ training facility at Epsilon Chi Center in UP Diliman. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Desiderio, who went to University of Visayas in high school, said he was aware of UP’s reputation when arrived in Metro Manila for his collegiate career.Still, he took on the challenge of improving UP’s lackluster basketball program.“This was the challenge for me when I got here, I know we lacked some star players and we didn’t have a dominant big man but I knew we would get this chance to prove to everyone, and to ourselves, that we are winners,” said Desiderio.Desiderio put the Fighting Maroons on his back in Season 80 when he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists en route to becoming the first Maroon since Marvin Cruz in 2006 to be named to the Mythical Team.And although he’s been relegated to the team’s second and sometimes third offensive option, Desiderio still has the fire that made him on of the most beloved Maroons of his era.ADVERTISEMENT If there’s one man who knows the real hardships of University of the Philippines’ long road back to the Final Four, that’s outgoing guard Paul Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Jeremy Miado stopped by Dejdamrong in rematch

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Scientists to harness the sun to break down plastic02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Dejdamrong and Miado engaged in a back-and-forth duel in the opening round.The Thai warrior then, found an opportunity and seized it when he denied Miado’s weak takedown attempt before going for vicious knee strikes that prompted the referee to end the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 40-year-old Dejdamrong finally got back at Miado, who knocked him out just 84 seconds into their first meeting in March of last year.Miado dropped to 8-4 having lost four of his last six fights.center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Michelle Cobb, La Salle thump Adamson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from ONE ChampionshipDejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke earned his redemption after stopping Filipino Jeremy Miado in their rematch in ONE: Call to Greatness Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium.The former ONE strawweight champion scored a second round TKO over Miado at the 2:38 mark to hike his record to 10-4.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Engaging Youth in Agriculture: A Strategic Plan

first_imgIt is a glaring fact that youth unemployment is one of the major concerns facing both developed and developing countries. The youthful population of the world is at 1.2 billion according to statistic from the International Labor Organization (ILO). Youth makes up 43.7% of the total unemployed, even though they account for only 25% of the world’s working population. 77.7 million youths between the ages of 15 to 24 are unable to find work. African countries are the most vulnerable, showing the highest rate of youth unemployment 🙁 Zimbabwe: 95%, Mozambique: 60%, Namibia 51.2%). The global youth labor force grew from 602 to 633 million by 5.2% between 1995 and 2005 and is projected to grow by another 24 million to 657 million in 2015.Liberia’s total population is nearly 4 million. Out of this total, 1.13 million is the labor force of the country, and only 195,000 people are in paid employment. According to ILO 70% of Liberia’s population is under the age of 30.Thus there are an increasing number of young people who after the prolonged civil crisis are engaged in commercial motorcycling across the country for living. This number of youth, though not all when encouraged for agriculture ventures could provide employment opportunities and in fact boost the nation’s continuous strive for its food security program.Moreover, it is indicated that the farming population, which comprised mostly women is rapidly aging. Most local subsistence farmers are of age 50. This calls for a serious fight toward the revamping of the agriculture sector to improve agricultural production, which requires a strategy from government and partners to attract the young people.But what are many youths not into agriculture? A survey conducted by FAO revealed that the youths have the mindset that agriculture is not a worthy venture in Liberia.“Many young men and women are not willing to work in the agriculture sector because they see it as a non-profitable business and a very hard work which lacks respect”, a young man in Monrovia once told me.Experience suggests that in developing countries like Liberia, with enough resources and the creation of national policies as well as support from the international community agriculture can become a strong and income generating sector, probably one of the most important. In a country like ours where more than 60% of people depend on agriculture and where more than 50% of the food is imported, youths’ involvement into agriculture should be a must for the government.The question that than arises is that how can Liberia advocate youth into agriculture.FAO’s attemptConsidering that the youth must be encouraged to engage into agriculture for poverty reduction, FAO has developed a strategy to convinced young people to understand the vitality of agriculture, especially now.They have incorporated youth as sensitive population in all of FAO’s programs. This means that for all of the projects that FAO carry out in the country, youth will play a significant role.GOL’s pitfallsIn as much as the Government of Liberia has recognized for the past 10 years that agriculture is the center of the poverty reduction strategy, there has not being a well-organized program to attract young people into agriculture.In 2008, the Liberian government through the help of the British government saw the need to recruit youth for agriculture training.The Tumutu facility, which comprises of school building, dormitories and staff quarters was constructed by the British government.This training commenced in Tumutu, Salala District, Lower Bong County, where over 300 young people were recruited across the country as the first trainees. Majority of the recruits were former ex-combatants from Gutrie Plantation, which is now the company site of Sime Darby.This program ran for almost 3 years with close to one thousand youths acquiring skills in agriculture. However, it did not succeed much as there were no sustainable measures put into place to ensure that the trainees get continue supports from government.Many young people found it difficult to continue their farming ventures afterward.SolutionsFor the government and partners to succeed in advocating youth intentions for agriculture there should be a vigorous media campaign to change the mindset of the young people.The government must put in more funding for training to develop the skills of the youths.Additionally, with an organized program there must be serious attention given to the creation of market for the young farmers to market their produce. Some youths in Crozierville, Montserrado County who spoke to this paper, sometimes ago have called on government to provide them support in their various garden projects.They disclosed their completion of month training in vegetable production and animal husbandry.According to them since the completion of the training, they have not gotten any support from the Ministry of Agriculture.The Crozierville agriculture training was an initiative of Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, Publisher of the Daily Observer Newspaper.       Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LICC Needs Degree Status

first_imgProminent Liberians living in the commercial city of Ganta are calling on the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) to give accreditation to the Liberia International Christian College (LICC) to run a Bachelor’s degree program.The citizens made the call recently at the third graduation exercises of the institution.Taking the first turn in sending out the request to NCHE, J. Lanon Martor, District Education Officer of Meinpea Education District said at the end of every academic year over 800 students graduate from high school and most of them cannot afford to live in Monrovia.Mr. Martor said besides the high cost of education in Monrovia, it is difficult to have dwelling places couple with transportation.He added that the only state-run university is overpopulated that entering therein is very difficult.“With this condition, we are calling on the national government to see reason to grant LICC the accreditation for a Bachelor Degree program since it has the facility.  Most of our students graduating in Nimba cannot afford the living condition in Monrovia.  There are some Master’s degree earners here who can teach Bachelor’s degree candidates,” Mr. Martor stressed.Also making the same request, Bain-Garr Commissioner, Shirley Brown said Monrovia is not the only place every Liberian will have to acquire education.According to Commissioner Brown, decentralization of education will help government take more people from Monrovia to other areas in the country, thus easing the economic and other social constraints.Making the request to Nimba County District #1 lawmaker Jeremiah Koung, Commissioner Brown emphasized that students are willing to seek higher education, but because not many universities in the country to accommodate them, they are constrained to do other things than pursuing education.She said when LICC is granted degree status; most of the school-going youths will have the opportunity to acquire their education in the area they are at a low cost.“LICC has the facility and instructors who can teach our children here.  When this college is granted a degree status, it will help to reduce the population concentrated in Monrovia and people will not have problem with housing as it is in Monrovia,” Commissioner Brown said.The president of LICC, Dr. Sei Bour in an interview with the Daily Observer said the institution has the requisite facilities even more than some accredited universities operating in the country.“We are building two-storey building for the Agriculture College, and today we are dedicating this resource center that will comprise a library and a technology center.  Moreover, we have sent out some of our staff to get advance degrees to come and work here.  I can assure you that we have the capacity to operate a Bachelor program and our product will be solid and reliable in the job market,” Dr. Bour said.In response to the request, Nimba County District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung alluded to the fact the college has the needed facilities and can operate as a Bachelor Degree granting institution.Representative Koung assured the requestors that he would liaise with his colleagues and the Commission on Higher Education to consider all necessary reasons associated with the request to grant the institution the accreditation to offer Bachelor Degree.Liberia International Christian College is currently offering Associate of Art Degree to students who undergo its teaching for a period of three years.Courses offered by the institution include Education, Agriculture, Pastoral Theology and Business Management.  The school graduated 56 candidates during its third commencement convocation on July 6.LICC is the second college in Nimba that offers Associate of Art Degree, the first being the Nimba Community College that has not produce graduates yet.The former African Bible College is now accredited to offer Bachelor Degree and is not African Bible College University located in Yekepa.It also has more learning facilities with foreign instructors; however, it has impediment in attracting students because of the high tuition paid in the United States Dollar and its location.Unlike pre-war days when LAMCO was still operating, the area now has less population due to unimproved facilities in that local area.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bility Sails Through Unopposed!

first_imgThe President of the Liberia Football Association is riding a smooth sailing as the only candidate for the presidential elections, according to information reaching the Daily Observer.As of the deadline for the receipt of applications from aspirants on arrived on Friday, February 21, 2014, only the incumbent (Musa Bility) has completed his application for the post of the president.LFA Elections Committee chairman Malcolm Joseph told the Daily Observer: “Qualification and publication of candidates’ names will be released soon.”The Daily Observer learned that the following candidates have completed their applications for their various positions: Fassel FC’s president Cassel Kuoh and Alfred Sayon have applied for the seat of the Vice President for Operations, along with the incumbent Adolph Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence is the President of Small Town FC (Rep. District#15, Montserrado County.)BYC Football president Sekou Konneh will be challenging sitting Musa Shannon for the position of Vice President for Administration.Besides the contested seats for the president and two vice presidents, there are 10 seats for the executive committee with a seat allotted exclusively for a female representative.Island Queen’s president Siatta Bishop has applied for the lone ‘female representative seat,’ while the following 15 persons have applied for the remaining nine seats:Mustapha Raji, Dee-Maxwell Kemayan, D. Sheba Brown, Wallace Weiah, Lemuel Sherman, Rochell Woodson and Cyrus Wright.Others are Rev. John Allen Klayee, Mamie Kpoto, Uriah Gleebo, Ansu Dorleh, Wilmot Smith, Matthew Smith, Samuel Karn and Sam Ashley.On facebook Secretary General (LFA), Alphonso Armah acknowledged the deadline for the receipt of application from candidates and disclosed that FIFA has been notified.He could, however, not comment on the publication of eligible voters, the deadline which should have been the 21st of February, 2014, as well as the commencement of campaign which would have run from February 21 to the midnight of March 21, 2014, according to the elections guideline.Another issue is the election of three substitute members of the elections commission in case of resignation, death or incapacitation.According to the LFA’s electoral code, congress should have voted and confirmed members and substitute members of the elections, election appeal and appeal committees.“The electoral committee is elected, in accordance with the provisions of the LFA Electoral Code, by the LFA congress for a term of four years at the final LFA congress taking place before the elective LFA congress.   The LFA congress also elects three substitute members of the electoral committee as well as the three members of the election appeal committee and two substitute members for the appeal committee,” Article 4.1 of the LFA electoral code said.It can be recalled, on January 18, 2014, stakeholders at the extra-ordinary of LFA unanimously endorsed the new statutes and the nominations from the executive committee on members of the elections, election appeal, appeal and other committees without substitute members.Those elected and confirmed by congress as commissioners for four years, include Malcolm Joseph, chairman; Papa Kamara, deputy chairman and Abraham Kaydea, member.The secretary general of the LFA, according to the LFA electoral code, is serving as secretary to the committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

HJ Golakai One of Africa’s Top 39 Writers under 40

first_imgHawa Jande Golakai, Liberia’s award-winning crime fiction writer and author of The Lazarus Effect (Kwela Books, 2011), has been selected as one of Africa’s top 39 writers under the age of 40 from Africa and the Diaspora.  The selection was made at the London Book Fair (LBF) breakfast press conference in London on Tuesday April 8th.The ‘Africa 39’, as the select group is called, is an initiative of the UK-Based Hay Festival which it carries out with World Book Capitals – with Bogota in 2007 and Beirut in 2010. This project comprises the selection and celebration of 39 writers under the age of 40 who have the potential to define the literature of an area or language. ‘Africa 39’ features writers from Africa, South of the Sahara.The list of the 39 was unveiled at the Port Harcourt World Book Capital stand at the London Book Fair (8th April) and would be announced again during the opening ceremonies of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital programme (22 to 26 April).Golakai, who made her debut as an author just three years ago with The Lazarus Effect, wowed the industry when she scored the coveted Sunday Times (South Africa) 2012 Literary Award for outstanding suspense and best fiction novel of the year. The Lazarus Effect was also shortlisted for the 2012 University of Johannesburg Debut Prize for Creative Writing as well as the prestigious Wole Soyinka African Fiction prize.By profession, Golakai is a clinical immunologist and holds a BSc in Molecular and Cell Biology (2004-2005) from the University of Cape Town with honors.  However, the success of her first novel has clearly infused confidence to continue in her literary pursuits.  Her 2nd title – yet undisclosed – is almost complete. “It means a lot to me because that’s what most authors look out for: recognition,” says Golakai. “It adds up to your credentials and I think that’s a good start for me especially with The Lazarus Effect being my first novel, that’s where your fame comes in. So for me, I’m very excited as an author and also a Liberian knowing that I was able to make my country proud. I’m also very humbled about all this, I’m not going to let it get to my head and I’m really looking forward to networking with other writers in Port Harcourt.”The 39 writers have been commissioned to write for an anthology to be published by Bloomsbury with foreword by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Ellah Allfree will edit the Africa 39 anthology.The research to arrive at the names of the authors was carried out by Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainana. A long list of about 100 names emerged from screening of the over 200 entries from Africa and the diaspora responded to a call that drew participation from authors, publishers, academics, libraries, readers, etc. around Africa and the diaspora. The panel of judges, who selected the final 39 were- Elechi Amadi, Margaret Busby and Tess Onwueme.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Obama Withdraws US Ebola Army Fighters

first_imgUS President Barack H. Obama has announced the withdrawal of all US troops in West Africa helping to combat the deadly Ebola virus disease. The disease has so far killed more than 9100 persons as at February 11.At least 3826 of the number of persons, who have reportedly died so far from the disease in eight of the nine countries, which have reported confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), have occurred in Liberia alone.Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are the three worst hit nations of the virus and all three account for most of the deaths. Liberia 3826, Sierra Leone 3341 and Guinea 1995.The nine countries, including the US, United Kingdom and Spain, have so far recorded at least 22, 894 cases on their shores. Others are Mali, Nigeria and Senegal.Speaking on America’s leadership on the Ebola fight both at home and abroad in West Africa on February 11, the US President told the world: Today, I’m announcing that by April 30th, all but 100 (troop) who will remain to help support the ongoing response, all but those 100 will also be able to come home — not because the job is done, but because they were so effective in setting up the infrastructure, that we are now equipped to deal with the job that needs to be done in West Africa, not only with a broader, international coalition, but also with folks who have been trained who are from the countries that were most at risk.However, the US President made it very clear that despite him pulling his soldiers from West Africa, including Liberia, does not mean that the epidemic has been defeated. He also announced his government’s new response approach to the Ebola crisis in the sub-region.“So I want to be very clear here: While our troops are coming home, America’s work is not done. Our mission is not complete. Today, we move into the next phase of the fight, winding down our military response while expanding our civilian response. That starts here at home, where we’re more prepared to protect Americans from infectious disease, but still have more work to do., for as long as Ebola simmers anywhere in the world, we will have some Ebola fighting heroes, who are coming back home with the disease from time to time.  And that’s why we’re screening and monitoring all arrivals from affected countries.Obama told the audience that they had gathered at the South Court Auditorium, Washington D.C., so that he would tell all those directly and indirectly involved in the fight and to mark a transition in their fight against this disease , stressing: we’re not to declare mission accomplished, but to mark a transition.“Thanks to the hard work of our nearly 3,000 troops who deployed to West Africa, logistics have been set up, Ebola treatment units have been built, over 1,500 African health workers have been trained, and volunteers around the world gained the confidence to join the fight,” he told the American audience to rounds of applauds.The US is heading the global respond against the epidemic.The President also announced to the US people and the rest of the world that “Liberia has seen the best progress. Sierra Leone is moving in the right direction, Guinea has the longest way left to go.” He stated that they would now focus on getting to “zero. Every case is an ember that, if not contained, can light a new fire. So we’re shifting our focus from fighting the epidemic to now extinguishing it.”In mid-September 2014, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wrote Mr. Obama for help in managing Liberia’s rapidly expanding Ebola crisis. President Sirleaf had warned that without American assistance the disease could send Liberia into the civil chaos that enveloped the country for nearly 15 years.In a letter she sent to her American counterpart on Tuesday, September 9, Madam Sirleaf wrote: “I am being honest with you when I say that at this rate, we will never break the transmission chain and the virus will overwhelm us, and she requested 1,500 additional beds in new hospitals across the country and urged that the United States military set up and run a 100-bed Ebola hospital in Monrovia.The US President responded to Madam Sirleaf’s plead and deployed nearly 3,000 of his soldiers to West Africa. He said it’s now logical to withdraw them but their (Americans’) mission is not yet complete as new cases of the virus still emerge.According to the WHO, the total weekly case incidence increased for the second consecutive week, with 144 new confirmed cases reported in the week to February 8, Guinea reported a sharp increase in incidence, with 65 new confirmed cases compared with 39 the week before. Transmission remains widespread in Sierra Leone, which reported 76 new confirmed cases, while the resurgence in cases in the western district of Port Loko continued for a second week. Liberia continues to report a low number of new confirmed casesShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Municipal officials must be placed before the courts

first_imgDear Editor,Almost one month ago, the Former Chancellor of the Judiciary, the Honourable Cecil Kennard completed and handed over a most detailed, cogent and lucid report containing more than 31 prudent recommendations after an exhaustive investigation into some of the venality that has been occurring at City Hall.One would expect that dealing with these recommendations would be an unqualified priority of the Local Government Commission, the agency that sought the special competence of Mr Kennard and who have the power to deal with all matters relating to the regulating and staffing of local government organs including employment and dismissal of staff.Of course, everyone would expect substantive as well as procedural standards for the review of the report to be upheld in the interest of natural justice and fairness but at the same time with the level of misconduct that has been unearthed by the CoI one could only imagine that in the interest of protecting evidence of misconduct, records that detail fraud, violations of bidding and tender procedures, of nepotism and cronyism, complicity, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, and malfeasance in office to name a few; that those officers that were fingered by the CoI would have been immediately sent on administrative leave until a final determination is made on the fate of those officers.Additionally, one wonders if an investigation will be made into the display of sudden new wealth, and acquisition of many properties and business by some officers through unexplained income, whether the State Asset Recovery Agency will be called in to recover the many municipal assets and properties that have been doled out to friends and family. Indeed there were properties that were not under the purview of the Georgetown Municipality which were illegally sold or leased out.One wonders whether the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) was called in to deal with the privileged and well-connected municipal officers who were abusing their positions and acquiring wealth through illicit means. Citizens of Georgetown have experienced municipal officials, both elected and appointed — known to be on fixed income — moving from rags to riches in a very short period. Citizens have seen disregard by Council’s Officials for the functioning of the Integrity Commission and Revenue Authority, the National Insurance Scheme all of which are legal entities.There is the prevalent instance in the use of state motor vehicles including those owned by the City Police driven by persons employed by the Council transporting children, and spouses of municipal officials. Then you have the chauffeurs and bodyguards of the big shots there that have often been subjected to the indignity of having to wait for extensive hours whilst the assignee engages in non-official activities. This is a form of corruption, given that it is an abuse of municipal resources.The Local Government Commission must ensure that the brunt of the law bears down wherever misconduct occurs. Municipal officials who commit, or have committed, offences must be placed rapidly before the courts.Sincerely,Roseanne Rodgerslast_img read more

Thieves hit Flamboyant supermarket

first_imgThe proprietors of Flamboyant Supermarket are counting their losses after thieves broke into theirThe empty structure where the gas cylinders were stored before being stolenestablishment and carted away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth in items.Reports are that thieves broke into the supermarket at about 01:00h on Monday and stole 52 cylinders of gas from the business which is located at 3rd Avenue, Diamond New Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara. The items were valued at $560,000.Speaking with Guyana Times, the owner of the entity, Keirtie Brasse, said the business was secured at 20:00h but subsequently received reports from residents in the area that at about 22:00h, two men were seen jumping the fence of the premises.According to the businesswoman, the men shifted the security cameras’ focus and left the business. However, reports are they returned later and broke the locks to the structure where the gas cylinders were security and carted off the items. This newspaper was told that the men they loaded the gas cylinders into two awaiting white cars before making their escape. Additionally, this newspaper was told that even as the men were removing the items, the Police was called but never showed up until the following morning.When this publication contacted the Diamond/Grove Police Station about the incident, this newspaper was told that an investigation has been launched into the incident. However Police there were tightlipped about the failure of ranks to respond to the robbery.last_img read more