Batang Gilas escapes Japan, qualifies for Fiba U17 World Cup

first_imgMLB serves up a frosty start to new season, more snow coming Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recaredo Christian Calimag. Photo from Fiba.comBatang Gilas booked a spot in the Fiba U17 Basketball World Cup 2018 after surviving Japan, 72-70, in the quarterfinals of the Fiba Asia U-16 championships on Friday in Foshan, China.Top four teams in the Asian qualifiers advance to the World Cup slated in June in Argentina with the Filipinos grabbing one of the semifinals seats along with New Zealand, Australia and the winner of the China-Lebanon duel.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Kai Sotto was in full display for the Philippines, putting up a 20-20 performance of 21 points and 28 rebounds while swatting away three shots.Calimag added 15 points to the Filipinos’ cause.Tanaka finished with 17 points, on 4-of-8 shooting from deep to lead Japan while Keisei Tominaga and Keijiro Mitani added 12 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Recaredo Christian Calimag bailed Batang Gilas out after their fourth-quarter collapse and scored the game-winner with 2.3 seconds left.Calimag got the ball from top of the key, drove to the lane and nailed the tough shot over the outstretched hands of two Japanese defenders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownChikara Tanaka, who scored 11 straight points for Japan in the last 3:24 and gave the Filipinos a scare, then missed the a baseline fadeaway that could’ve sent the game into overtime with a second left.The Filipinos flirted with disaster, losing a 69-59 lead with 3:33 left as Tanaka lit up for Japan and tied the game at 70 with a triple.last_img read more

Tai Bundit bids goodbye to Ateneo

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “Yes, this is my last game,” said Bundit. “Ateneo did a really good job already, we have a new setter, a new libero, and we went to the Final Four. That’s already good enough for me.”Bundit’s first two years in the UAAP saw Ateneo become the undisputed power with three-time MVP Alyssa Valdez leading the Lady Eagles to back-to-back titles in Seasons 76 and 77.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlthough Ateneo failed to win another title after 2015, the Lady Eagles featured in the finals in the next two years with Bundit heading the team.After Valdez left in 2016, where Ateneo finished with the silver medal, it was up to setter Jia Morado and libero Gizelle Tan to anchor the team in 2017 when the Lady Eagles finished once more as the runners-up. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ateneo surprises Gilas cadets in Filoil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Bundit then, relied on setter Deanna Wong and converted libero Ponggay Gaston to complement Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino, and Jhoana Maraguinot.“I love Ateneo, I love my players, I love my alumni, everything Ateneo,” said Bundit who will now coach Creamline. “I love my players, they worked very hard for me.”Bundit added he can now spend time with his family who are in Thailand as he plans to go back to his home country after the season.“I’m very happy, I can go to my family.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Tai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTai Bundit was the architect of Ateneo’s most successful years in the UAAP women’s volleyball landscape, but that era of his has finally come to an end.The Lady Eagles’ dancing mentor coached his final game on Saturday after Ateneo bowed in four sets to Far Eastern University in the Final Four at Mall of Asia Arena capping off the five-year span wherein the school won its only two titles.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Eugene Phelps draws swag from Gucci band, drops 50 anew for Phoenix

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Like thousands of people shouting “Gi-ne-bra!” or Leo Austria using just nine players a game, Phelps reaching the half-century mark is nothing unusual since he already did it least three times usually during team’s opening game.This time, though, Phelps did it while rocking a Gucci headband worth almost P30,000 during a game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: PBA: Phoenix turns back Columbian in Abueva’s debutPhelps sported the pricey headband in Phoenix’ 113-107 win over Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum, and it was all about the “swag.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Ashaolu determined to get back to action right away for NLEX LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Eugene Phelps scoring at least 50 points a game has already become an ordinary occurrence in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Last conference I wasn’t shooting too good at the free throw line so I switched it up,” said Phelps who shot 58 percent from the stripe in the Commissioner’s Cup. “In practice, I was going pretty good, and in preseason games it was falling but this game wasn’t so I’ll probably switch back to two hands.”You do you, Eugene.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “That’s my drift, and drift means swag, so my drift is hella high right now,” said Phelps after he put up numbers of 50 points, 17 rebounds, and eight blocks.“I saw it, I bought it. The Gucci band helped me out this year.”Gucci’s official website lists the “web wool headband with Interlocking G” at $540 or P28,827.42.Phelps also tried out a quirky one-handed free throw to try an improve his shooting from the stripe, but it doesn’t seem like it would last long.Without using his left hand for support, Phelps converted 10 of his 22 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

UST big man Akomo hospitalized due to head trauma, blood clot

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas center Steve Akomo suffered a head trauma and is confined at UST Hospital in Manila, as per The Varsitarian, the school’s official publication.ADVERTISEMENT Akomo sustained the head injury after getting hit with what appeared to be a shoulder block from Adamson big man Papi Sarr last September 22.He also has a blood clot in his brain, according to reports.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-8 Akomo has already missed the Growling Tigers’ last two games against La Salle and University of the East.UST is currently in sixth place in the standings with a 2-4 record. The Tigers face fourth-running University of the Philippines next on Wednesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phoenix Suns fire general manager Ryan McDonough Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

James’ clutch free throw lifts Lakers to win over Mavericks

first_imgMavericks: DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds and 10 points. … Barea (15 points) and Dwight Powell (12) came off the bench to score in double figures. … The Mavericks were 14 of 19 from the field in the second quarter. … G Devin Harris (left hamstring strain) missed his seventh straight game.Lakers: Have won three straight against the Mavericks. … McGee also had five blocked shots, making it his first game with at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks since Jan. 14, 2012, with Washington. The last Lakers player to accomplish that was Pau Gasol on Jan. 20, 2014, at Chicago. … Kuzma scored 11 points in the first quarter. … The 38 points were a season high for a first quarter. … F Michael Beasley missed his second straight game due to personal reasons.UP NEXTMavericks: Host New York on Friday.Lakers: At Portland on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sabonis, Oladipo lift Pacers over Knicks JaVale McGee added 16 points and 15 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma scored 18 and Brandon Ingram had 17 for the Lakers.Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19. The Mavericks (2-6) have lost five straight.“I love the fight. Our first quarter was very disappointing but we battled back,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We were able to get stops in the fourth quarter and we were getting some momentum on offense.”The Lakers scored the first eight points and led by 18 in the first quarter as they went 15 of 23 from the field and made six 3-pointers.Dallas trimmed the margin to 66-59 by halftime. Matthews’ driving bank shot pulled the Mavericks to 70-64 before the Lakers went on a 17-4 run — which included 10 points by James — to open their largest lead at 87-68 with 4:40 remaining in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I don’t like the way we closed out the game, but for the majority of the game we played well,” James said.Los Angeles led nearly throughout and was up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even. Luka Doncic tied it at 113 with 7.2 seconds remaining on a jumper from the corner, but on the next trip down the floor James was fouled by Wesley Mathews while shooting a jump shot.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 ChrissJames missed the first free throw but made the second. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.“NBA games are never over and you have to play the game a certain way,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “If you mess with the game, the game will mess with you and I thought we did that a little bit. Hopefully we can learn the same lesson even if it was a win.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The closest the Mavericks got in the first eight minutes of the fourth was 98-90 with 8:12 left.ROAD WOESThe Mavericks, who dropped to 0-5 on the road, are one of seven teams in the NBA without a win away from home. They have lost 10 straight road games dating back to last season.TOUGH START, BETTER FINISHDoncic, the second pick in the 2018 draft, said before the game that he grew up idolizing James. The teenager from Slovenia, who scored 31 points Monday night at San Antonio and is averaging 20.4 points per game, might have been in awe a bit during his first game against James as he missed his first six shots.Doncic was able to shake off the slow start, though, as he made his final five shots from the field and finished with 14 points. James gave Doncic his jersey after the game.TALE OF TWO HALVESThe Lakers held the Mavericks to 37 percent from the floor in the first and third quarters (17 of 46), but Dallas shot 65 percent (26 of 40) in the second and fourth.“The first and third quarters defensively we were pretty good and then we had two awful quarters. It is just about getting better with those things,” Walton said.TIP-INS Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, left, high-fives teammates after scoring against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James walked into Staples Center on Halloween dressed as Jason from the “Friday the 13th” movies. Five hours later, he saved the Los Angeles Lakers from a horrifying ending.The four-time MVP scored 29 points and made the game-winning free throw with 2.1 seconds left Wednesday night as the Lakers held on for a 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES 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 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

Crawford’s last-second shot lifts Suns past Bucks

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Coach Sangiao’s sacrifices, hard work pave way for Team Lakay’s success Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college TIP-INSSuns: Made 14 of 23 shots (61 percent) in the first quarter.Bucks: G Donte DiVincenzo missed his fourth consecutive game with a left quadriceps strain. “I think he’s close to what we had hoped but I don’t have an update other than I know he’s making progress in the right direction,” coach Mike Budenholzer said.UP NEXTSuns: At Detroit on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Bucks: Host San Antonio on Saturday night to wrap up a six-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix Suns’ Jamal Crawford (11) hits the game-winning shot over Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Suns won 116-114. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)MILWAUKEE — Jamal Crawford made a jumper with 0.8 seconds left to give the Phoenix Suns a 116-114 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.Devin Booker had 29 points, and T.J. Warren 19 for Phoenix. The Suns won for just the second time in their last nine games and ended a six-game losing streak to the Bucks.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After Crawford’s jumper with Malcolm Brogdon draped on him, the Bucks called a timeout. Khris Middleton, after a quick head fake, made a corner 3 after the buzzer. The call was confirmed after a brief review.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 35 points to lead Milwaukee, and Brogdon added 22 points. The Bucks were coming off a 143-100 home victory over Portland on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMiddleton tied it at 108 on a free throw for Suns coach Igor Kokoskov’s technical foul. Antetokounmpo’s layup put the Bucks up 110-108. Booker was whistled for a technical foul, and Middleton again converted to put Milwaukee up by three. Brogdon was fouled as he made a driving layup, and his free throw put the Bucks up by six and capped a frantic 14-0 run.A three by Trevor Ariza pulled the Suns within three with about a minute left. Warren’s traditional three-point play tied it at 114. After Antetokounmpo’s turnover, Phoenix got possession of the ball with 12.2 seconds left, setting up Crawford’s winner. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Meralco withstands NorthPort for thrilling 2 OT win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome converted an alley-oop off the pass from John Pinto to send the game to the first OT.🎥 Pinto alley oop to Newsome… WE ARE GOING TO OVERTIME! #PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/R0sTqPU7pwFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— PBA (@pbaconnect) March 8, 2019 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Baser Amer leads Bolts in overtime. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Meralco outlasted NorthPort, 126-123, in a tightly-contested affair that needed two extra periods to settle Friday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.Baser Amer emptied 11 of his total 23 points in the two overtime sessions to preserve Chris Newsome’s heroics in the final moments of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES “I think there are a lot of heroes by our side tonight,” Black said.The Bolts halted a three-game slide and improved to 3-5 in the all-Filipino conference.“He hit some big shots to give us a chance win this game,” the Meralco mentor said of Amer.“This (victory) gives us a chance to stay alive and fight another day … The road is still going to be tough for us. But this is a start,” Black said, whose wards improved to 3-5 in the Philippine Cup.Meralco resumes its bid for a spot at the playoffs when it takes on No. 2 Rain or Shine at Cuneta Astrodome next Friday.NorthPort, which absorbed their fourth straight defeat, faces defending conference champion San Miguel Beer next. They tangle this Sunday at Big Dome.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As the sport grows, Gina Iniong vows to carry the torch for women’s mixed martial arts MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Stanley Pringle and Mo Tautuaa came through late in the extension to keep Meralco within striking range, but their efforts weren’t enough to put the Batang Pier on the driver’s seat.The spitfire guard paced the NorthPort with 33 points, while Tautuaa pumped in 21 more.The Batang Pier drew a brilliant performance from Sean Anthony, who posted a double-double of 31 markers and 16 boards.“That was a hard-fought game between two teams fighting for their lives and trying to stay in the playoffs—especially us,” Bolts coach Norman Black said.“I’m just thankful that the players never gave up. There were moments in the fourth that looked pretty dim but we’re able to execute some plays down the stretch, send the game to overtime and give ourselves a chance to win in double overtime,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Caring for Our Ebola Orphans: Another National Emergency

first_imgNearly a month ago we carried a front page story about a three year-old girl who witnessed the death of her Ebola-infected mother just outside Redemption Hospital where she had gone to seek treatment.The face of little Pearlina is unforgettable sitting alone dazed and scared outside the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, not knowing what was going on and why her mother was taken away, leaving her all by herself.Fortunately for Pearlina, a humanitarian woman named Katie Meyler, founder of the local NGO “More Than Me (MTM),” immediately came to her rescue.  Ms. Meyler found the child sitting in the hospital office, where the staff, afraid to touch her, was keeping her, not knowing what next to do.Ms. Meyler took Pearlina to the MTM guest house, bought her some stuffed animals and other goodies and cared for her until the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare could advise what next to do.Then in this Wednesday’s edition, we carried another tragic story of a child, also about age three, whose lifeless body was found abandoned outside the walls of Redemption Hospital.The shocked and confused passersby had no idea who she was, how she died or who could have left the body beside the hospital wall.We think the fate of our children, especially those of our impoverished citizenry, but most especially of those parents who have died of Ebola and left hundreds, if not thousands of orphaned children, is nothing short of another national emergency. It is tragic enough for our people, through absolutely no fault of their own, to be dropping dead in horrifying numbers.   But it is even more heartrending (distressing, painful) to see young,   innocent children left behind with no clue as to what will happen to them, or from where they will get the next meal or bath.To date, there are reported to be 668 abandoned children in 10 counties, the highest in Montserrado—244, followed by Lofa, 230.    ALL OF US ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE CHILDREN.  Remember, Liberian families have always taken into their homes children of parents who could not afford to raise and   educate them.  Sometimes they are relatives’ children; but more often they are not, they are other people’s children.  This is a veritable part of Liberian culture and tradition. One historic and laudable example that readily comes to   mind is Liberia’s 12th President, Joseph J. Cheeseman, and his   wife Mary Ann, who around 1895 visited Grand Cape Mount County just after a tribal war there.  They found at the Superintendent’s house two little Vai girls from Jondu Village, Gawula Chiefdom, who had lost their parents during that war.  The Cheesemans took the two girls to live with them at the Executive Mansion in Monrovia and later, after retirement, to their home in Edina, Grand Bassa.  They named one of the girls Victoria E. Cheeseman, after the Cheeseman’s last surviving child who had recently died. When, as a young attorney around 1907, Louis Arthur Grimes—the man who would later rise to eminence, becoming Liberia’s Attorney General, Secretary of State and Chief Justice—visited Edina, he found young Victoria, the Cheesemans’ adopted daughter from Jondu.  Attorney Grimes fell in love with her and married her on December 10, 1911. Victoria E. Grimes gave birth to J. Rudolph Grimes, who became Liberia’s long serving Secretary of State under President Tubman.  Rudolph’s sister, Dr. Mary Antoinette Brown Sherman, became the first African woman to head a university—the University of Liberia.  Their elder brother, Henry Grimes, became one of Liberia’s first electronics engineers. We pray that some caring Liberian families will reach out to these Ebola and other orphaned children and raise them up to become successful and contributing citizens of the Republic.Lest we forget, however, as much as all of us are responsible, the primary responsibility for these children rests with the Liberian government, especially its Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.   The government must now revamp and re-endow MOH’s  Social Welfare Department, so that it is ready and able to care for these Ebola and all other orphaned children in Liberia. MOH cannot do it alone.  It can subsidize some of the orphanages and make sure they are up to standard with food, safe water, proper sanitation, educational opportunities and other amenities that will empower these children, just as the Cheesemans empowered Victoria E. Grimes and her sister, to become contributing citizens of the Republic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top Officials’ Pension Bill Resurfaces

first_imgAfter a year of scrupulous deliberations and scrutiny of the Proposed Pension and Retirement Bill of 2013, the Liberian Senate has finally agreed with the House of Representatives, but with a few amendments.The Bill is to amend and restate an Act approved October 8, 2003 which was published by authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on October 17, 2003 providing pension and retirement for the President, Vice President, the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and President Pro-Tempore of the Liberian Senate. Others include members of the National Legislature, elected officers of the Chambers of the Legislature, as well as the Chief Justice, Associate Justices and Judges of the Subordinate Courts.The Representatives’ version of the Bill of 2013 includes all of the already mentioned government officials in the 2003 Pension Law and input in the personal staffs, but the Liberian Senate added exceptions.In the Senate’s version, the enumeration of personal staff for the former or retired government officials were adjusted, the inclusion of President and Vice President’s spouses and the Judges of the Subordinate Courts of the Supreme Court.“In view of the above, the Liberian Senate would have me to apprise you of the need to constitute a Conference Committee of the House of Representatives to work along with their counterparts of the Senate, so as to enable them to harmonize the two versions of the Bill,” the Secretary of the Liberian Senate J. Nanborlor F. Singbeh, Sr. wrote.According to the Bill, only former and retired top government officials who served their terms successfully and are not re-elected thus retiring to private life and are not in any way gainfully employed by the government will receive an annuity to be divided into monthly payments equal to fifty percent (50%) of the incumbents’ salaries and also twenty five percent (25%) of the incumbents’ allowances and benefits.The Bill also states that they shall be provided the following for the remainder of their life to be paid by the State; which include full medical benefits, securities, a diplomatic passport, duty free privileges for all personal effects, a vehicle once every three years and personal staffs and car(s) every two or three years,  respectively.“However, upon being re-elected or appointed to another position within the Government, the annuity payments shall be suspended and if he/she qualifies for a second annuity upon the termination of services with the Government, he/she shall be granted the greater of the two.”The Bill further said that upon the demise of any top government official, the benefits amounting to fifty percent (50%) of all such monthly annuity payments and other benefits shall be paid to the surviving spouse and upon the death of the spouse, same shall be paid in equal portions to each of the minor children.Interestingly, the Bill made mention of benefits going to the spouse and subsequently to minor children of all of the officials except for members of the National Legislature, saying the benefits shall be given to the spouse or be determined by the National Legislature.Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has constituted a seven-person Committee, headed by Montserrado County Representatives Edwin M. Snowe, Jr, the author and supporter of the Pension Law,  for amendment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Requirements for posting parcels at the Post Office

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) wishes to acknowledge Mr Roshan Khan’s (Sr) letter published in the newspaper and captioned, “GPOC needs tweaking to remain relevant”. GPOC wishes to apologise to the customer for the inconvenience caused.Further, while efforts are being made to modernise the Post Office, the general public is hereby advised that the following documents are required when sending a parcel via the Post Office:1. Proof of address: This is any mail addressed and delivered to you by the Post Office within the last three months. It should reflect the date stamp of the delivery Post Office and,2. Valid identification – This may be your National Identification Card, the New Driver’s Licence or your passport.For further information customers are kindly asked to contact GPOC’s Customer Services Department on telephone number 226-3127 or email us at customercare@guypost.gy .Yours sincerely,ManagementGuyana Post OfficeCorporationlast_img read more