“Our problem is we can’t shoot the basketball,” he said. “That’s a hindrance … and we’ve got to fix that.”D’Antoni said Houston’s problems are definitely not Anthony’s fault and agreed with Morey that the outside criticism of him has been unfair.“Melo’s been great and he’s done everything we’ve asked,” D’Antoni said.Morey said that it’s “his job” to figure out how to get the team going, but that he’s seen signs recently that things will soon turn around.“I feel like we have been playing better … but the reality is we’re nowhere near where we expect to be and we have high expectations and we’re going to stick with those,” Morey said. The New York Times had a sourced report Sunday saying Anthony has been notified that he will soon be waived. When asked about that report before Sunday night’s game, Morey said: “that’s inaccurate.”The Rockets, who reached the Western Conference finals last season, are off to a disappointing 4-7 start, with many outsiders blaming Anthony for the struggles.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 ChrissMorey went on to say that he wanted to speak to reporters in large part to defend Anthony.“It’s unfair that there’s all this speculation on just one person,” Morey said. “I understand it he’s obviously a Hall of Famer. But it’s unfair.” LATEST STORIES Williamson, No. 4 Duke pull away from Army Anthony, who is in his 16th season, has averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 10 games with two starts this season.When asked if he’s evaluating Anthony’s role on the team, Morey said they’re evaluating everyone as they try to get the team on track.“I know that we’re talking about everything,” he said. “We’re a team trying to win the championship and we’re 4-7 and we’re not in a good place so we’re looking at everything. We’re looking at all aspects right now.”He added that he “would expect” Anthony to play when he’s healthy.Anthony joined the Rockets after a tumultuous season with the Thunder where he averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 starts. Coach Mike D’Antoni laughed off the supposition that the rumors about Anthony are a distraction to his team.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) rubs the ball before the start of the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)HOUSTON — Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey denied a report Sunday that said Carmelo Anthony’s time with the team will soon come to an end.Anthony, who was out for the second straight game Sunday night with an illness, is in his first season with the Rockets after one year in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments
Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was only the second game on Christmas Day since 2004 that went to overtime. Miami’s win over New Orleans in 2015 was the only other one.TIP-INS:76ers: Wilson Chandler returned after missing Saturday’s win over Toronto with a left quad contusion. He finished with 15 points . Philadelphia reserves did not score a point in the first half. . Redick got a technical after he was called for a foul with 7:32 left in the third. Irving made the free throw to put Boston up 70-63. . G Markelle Fultz traveled with the team but did not dress. Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has missed the last 15 games with thoracic outlet syndrome.Celtics: Irving had 16 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. . C Aron Baynes (broken finger) missed his third straight game. . Horford’s minutes restriction was increased from 20 to 25 minutes in his second game back since missing seven in a row with a sore left knee.UP NEXT:76ers: At Utah on Thursday night.Celtics: Visit Houston on Thursday night, the first of three straight on the road. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ben Simmons’ two free throws with 2:15 left to put the Sixers up 114-112, but Philadelphia didn’t score again.Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime at 115-114, then after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left and Boston fans leaped to their feet and cheered louder than they had all 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 ChrissJayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston and Terry Rozier had 10 points.Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making 12 of 12 free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 24, JJ Redick had 17 points and Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 award View comments Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.Irving, who forced the OT on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed 113-108 with 3:33 left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Celtics led 57-51 at halftime, but Philadelphia used a 15-2 run in the third while shooting 60 percent in the period and led 89-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 60 percent in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers, and led 89-86 entering the final quarter.It stayed tight through the end of the fourth. Chandler got open for a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and the Sixers led 108-106, then Irving pulled up for a 13-foot jumper to tie it at 108 with 20 seconds left.Redick missed a jumper just before the buzzer and the game went into OT.LACK OF OTs:ADVERTISEMENT Looming standoff
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Well, that plan got ditched after one half.Paul told D’Antoni at halftime he wanted to guard Walker after the Hornets three-time All-Star erupted for 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting. D’Antoni agreed, and the change worked — Paul helped hold Walker to eight points in the second half as the Rockets escaped with a 118-113 win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJames Harden scored 30 points, Clint Capela had 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Rockets won their third straight. Paul also heated up in the fourth quarter and finished with 17 points and 10 assists for the Rockets (36-25).“I would rather not (guard Walker) as much as possible, but I also like playing defense,” Paul said, adding that nobody in the league changes pace like Walker does, making him a difficult cover. Harden had plenty of support, especially from Capela, who was all over the glass.The Rockets trailed by four entering the fourth quarter but opened with an 18-4 run behind six points from Paul, including four on fall-away mid-range jumpers.The Hornets battled back behind Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and had a chance to tie with 17 seconds left. Walker missed a leaning 3-pointer from the right wing and the Hornets fouled Harden, who made two free throws to make it a five-point game. Walker missed another 3 with seven seconds left.“Maybe it was some attitude adjustments,” D’Antoni said of his team’s second-half defense. “We just played harder. In the second quarter, we lost our spirit completely and (the Hornets) played well.”The Hornets are a half-game ahead of the Magic in the battle for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.“We just have to stay confident,” Walker said. “We are playing really hard, competing our butts off. That’s really all that matters.”TIP INSRockets: Scored 41 points in the first quarter on 61 percent shooting. … Faried didn’t start but still managed to pick up his fourth foul by the middle of the second quarter. … Gordon had six points and missed all five 3-point attempts in the start.Hornets: Walker became the first Eastern Conference player to reach 200 3-pointers when he buried a step-back jumper against Harden in the first quarter.PAUL’S RETURN View comments Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Paul, who grew up in Winston-Salem and played at Wake Forest, said he enjoyed finally getting a chance to play a regular-season game in his home state. He’d missed the last two because of injuries.“So I’m sure my grandparents and all my family — all 300 of them that came to the game — enjoyed it,” Paul said with a laugh. “It’s nice to play here and not be in a suit.”BATUM’S DEFENSEBatum’s defense on Harden was outstanding all night as he flustered the MVP candidate at times and made a couple steals which led to dunks.But Batum wasn’t relishing in his effort after the game, saying “we still lost the game so it doesn’t mean anything to me. … We did a good job, trying to contain them, had a game plan. But they made plays.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Heat on Thursday night.Hornets: Visit Nets on Friday night. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 In his first game since ending his streak of 30-point games at 32, Harden struggled from the field, missing his first eight shots from 3-point range — even having one blocked by Nic Batum, who gave the MVP candidate fits all night with his defense.Harden finished 10 of 29 from the field and 1 of 11 from 3-point range, but he made two clutch free throws with 14.6 seconds left to put the game away.Harden has been bothered by a neck injury the past few games.“I’m trying to figure out how to run and move my neck at the same time,” Harden said. “Just getting a feel for the game, but I will be all right.”“He was just out of sync,” D’Antoni said, saying the recent schedule got to him. “And, the start to the year it takes him about three or four games to get back into rhythm. He will be fine and that is the least of my worries.” ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker, right, and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul, left, chase a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni replaced Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup with Eric Gordon on Wednesday night, a move designed to cut down wear and tear on Chris Paul’s body.The reasoning behind the move was D’Antoni doesn’t want Paul chasing point guards like Charlotte’s Kemba Walker all over the court and running off screens this late in the season. Instead, the goal was to have Gordon cover Walker.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Barcelona stuns Madrid 3-0 at Bernabeu, reaches Copa final again
Mississippi wide receiver D.K. Metcalf runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Receiver D.K. Metcalf showed off his muscle-man physique — and his speed — in Indianapolis.Defensive end Montez Sweat proved big men can run fast, too.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The two pro prospects from rival colleges in Mississippi left the NFL’s annual scouting combine as the two biggest winners of the weeklong event. They were impressive.Following Metcalf’s performance in the 40-yard dash, the New York Jets’ official Twitter account posted: “4.33? At that size?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe comment could tip off the Jets’ plans for the No. 3 pick in April’s NFL draft, considering quarterback Sam Darnold will be entering his second season in the league this fall.And who could blame them for taking Metcalf, who possesses rare athleticism for a receiver that measures in at 6-foot-3 3/8, 238 pounds and has 1.6 percent body fat. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title THE LOSERSAt least four players couldn’t finish their workouts because of injuries, including potential first-round pick Jachai Polite from Florida.The outside linebacker came to Indy with high expectations but ran the 40-yard dash in 4.84 seconds, slower than inside linebacker Manti Te’o in 2013, whose 4.82-second run helped him slide into the second round. Polite stopped after hurting his hamstring and will have to try and rebuild his stock before the draft.Highly rated defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence of Clemson didn’t finish because of a minor thigh injury in his left leg, and his college teammate, linebacker Tre Lamar, hurt his right shoulder on the bench press.Top cornerback Greedy Williams of LSU did not compete after suffering cramps Monday.But the most serious injury may have come Sunday when Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield suffered a torn pectoral muscle, NFL Network reported. Sheffield did not work out Monday.And scouts may be hard-pressed to find breakaway runners in this draft class. Though Josh Jacobs of Alabama did not run Friday, the fastest back in the group was Justice Hill of Oklahoma at 4.40. Ryquell Armstead of Temple was second at 4.45.CAUTIOUS TIGERQuestions about Lawrence’s suspension for using a banned substance, which kept him out of the College Football Playoff, continued in Indianapolis. And Lawrence acknowledges the surprise results of his previous test have made him wary.“Every time I take a drug test it’s going to be skeptical because that was just something that I know I didn’t do and something to pop up like that just really unfortunate,” he said. “Every time I pee in a cup now I’m just thinking, ‘OK, let me pray because it’s just something stupid like that can happen.’ ” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The only question might be his strength. He did 21 reps on the bench press, 12th at his position.But the NFL’s official Twitter account was impressed with what it saw.“Something special out of Starkville,” Sunday’s post read.Now team officials will spend the next six-plus weeks picking apart game film and combine performances, attending pro day, doing additional background and medical checks while bringing in players for formal interviews before making draft-weekend decisions.LOOKING GOODThe offensive and defensive linemen are supposed to be the strength of this draft. The combine proved it.Defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama put themselves in the conversation to be the top overall pick with strong showings. Bosa completed the 40 in 4.79 seconds and did 29 reps on the bench press. Williams, at 303 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.83 seconds.Michigan’s dynamic duo of defensive end Rashan Gary and linebacker Devin Bush also helped themselves with strong showings Sunday. Gary ran a 4.58 in the 40 — No. 1 among defensive linemen — while Bush posted a 4.43.Center Garrett Bradbury of North Carolina State and offensive tackle Andre Dillard of Washington State had the best performances Friday, the first full day of workouts in Indy. Both helped themselves with good performances in the 40 and demonstrated their agility with solid times in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. Bradbury also had 34 reps on the bench press, second among offensive linemen.Safety Zedrick Woods of Mississippi posted a 4.29-second 40 on Monday, fastest time all week. Cornerback Jamel Dean of Auburn ran a 4.30-second 40 on Monday, the second-fastest time of the week. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying His performance was even better. After wowing scouts by doing 27 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, he posted a vertical jump of 40 1/2 inches, a broad jump of 11 feet, 2 inches, and the 40-yard dash time — all top-five performances among the receivers.What made it even more impressive for the son of former NFL offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf was that he did all of it after having season-ending neck surgery last fall.“I’m not supposed to be here right now,” the former Ole Miss star told NFL Network following his workout.Meanwhile, Sweat, the former Mississippi State defensive lineman, made his workout look like it was, well, no sweat.The 6-foot-6, 260-pound Sweat was clocked at 4.41 seconds in the 40, the top speed by a defensive lineman since at least 2003 and faster times than those posted at the combine by Amari Cooper, Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr. Sweat also finished fourth among edge players in the broad jump (11 feet, 2inches) and three-cone drill (7 seconds flat) and was sixth in the vertical jump (36 inches).ADVERTISEMENT ‘Hungry’ Joshua Pacio out to redeem self in title rematch vs Yosuke Saruta Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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When President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, reacting to the violent demonstration which destroyed ArcelorMittal’s facilities at Mount Tokadeh in Nimba, announced that Nimba would shoulder the cost of the damages, it really touched the minds of many Nimbaians. They wondered why the President would be so quick to blame Nimba when the government knew all along what had been going on.The recent situation in Nimba had long been simmering since mid-2013, with the knowledge of the local administrations of Nimba, both past and present.Since early 2013, the youth of Nimba had begun advocating against ArcelorMittal, first by criticizing the Mineral Development Agreements (MDA) between the Government of Liberia and ArcelorMittal-Liberia.After months of consultations with lawyers and some personalities, who could better explain the MDA, the youth began engaging Mittal constructively through dialogue.In July 2013, a group of Nimbaians, under the banner “Concerned Nimbaians for Resigning and Renegotiation,” petitioned the 53rd Nimba Legislative Caucus with calls for the abrogation of the MDA with ArcelorMittal.In their petition, which was signed by 200 youth members from across the county, they said, among other things, that the MDA was done without the collective inputs and participation of the affected communities and it was very ambiguous and not time- conscious.They said, “The indefiniteness of the agreement had raised serious confusion in the minds of Nimbaians [who wanted to know] when the concessionaire would commence and complete the major projects mentioned in the MDA since 2005.”They also claimed that the MDA failed to define clearly when would the 25-year duration begin and elapse and also when would the first revision of the agreement commence?According to them, the MDA did not consider generational changes because in article 34 it called for no other amendments.“A statement which provides that the MDA remain unchanged indicated that any malpractice by the concessionaire under the MDA would be binding on Nimbaians and Liberians at large,” the petition said.“Confidentiality and non – disclosure in Article 6 of the MDA; an amendment to Article VII of the MDA violates the Public Information Act of 2009 and it denounces transparency, accountability and has the ability to promote corruption, dishonesty bribery and among others,” the concerned citizens noted in their petition.About the issue of the social contribution to affected counties, the group quoted Appendix H of the amended MDA since 2007 by saying that the present social contribution was done without considering exploration, production stages, increase in environmental hazards and degradation, growth in return on investment of operation, thereby leaving affected communities victimized and underdeveloped while the company exploits the people and leave the land dusty as had happened in case of LAMCO.With all of these claims, the citizens continued to press on the company through the county leadership, including members of the 53rd Legislature representing Nimba in the Liberian Legislature. On 17th August 2013 about 500 of the youth assembled in the town of Zolowee, which sits at the foot of Mount Tokadeh, which was also the scene of recent violence, to raise alarm over the failure of the government to address their petition.The youth carried a banner, placard and printed “T” shirts with inscription, “Nimba wants full involvement in the MDA, social contribution, based on return on investment, a modern hospital and clinic and Liberians employed over foreigners.” They shouted the slogans: “No turning back! “Mittal Steel Agreement must be changed. “All of this was done constructively in the knowledge of the Government of Liberia; but it appears as though the government was complacent in addressing the youths’ concerns.The youth did not stop there but continued to press on until on the September 6, 2013, when the CEO of ArcelorMittal, along with his entourage, were forced to attend another meeting organized by the Concerned Nimbaians and some citizens so as to formally present their petitions and also get a response from ArcelorMittal’s management.At the September meeting ArcelorMittal CEO, Antonio Carlos Mario, disclosed that within the period of six months ArcelorMittal would be carrying out full employment of Liberians in some key managerial positions which were occupied by expatriates.At this meeting the so-called Tokadeh Progressive Youth for Development, who were at the center of the recent violent demonstration, presented their petition requesting improved of water and health facilities, among others things.The meeting did not end in Zolowee; it extended to Yekepa where on the September 7, 2013, ArcelorMittal committed itself to rehabilitate some facilities, including the hospital, schools and the vocational school in Yekepa, based on the youths’ demands.Based on the commitment made by ArcelorMittal, some Liberians were employed into some key positions of the company upon the departure of the Ghanaian Mining Film “E&P” in December 2013.It was also observed that continued changes are taking place in Yekepa in terms of development.These activities were done with concern and involvement of the then County Superintendent, Madam Christiana Dagadu, and the County’s Legislative Caucus.There were no meetings that the county’s authority would not be part of. Any attempt made by the youth group to do anything, the Superintendent and some members of the caucus would certainly be there to contain it.The recent lawless behavior of the youth group began in March upon the appointment of Fong Zuagele as Superintendent of Nimba County.During the Concern Nimbaians’ last meeting with ArcelorMittal on March 15, 2014, Supt Zuagele, prior to his induction as Superintendent, appealed to the youth to give him a chance to study their concerns as well as the MDA, since he was new in office.Accordingly, he didn’t respond to the youths’ petition until the youth seized the railroad in April and during the seizure the Superintendent as well as the county officials, did not reach there in time to bring the situation under control. It was the police, backed by Emergency Response Unit (ERU) that arrived first, before the arrival of Nimba Caucus and ArcelorMittal’s officials.Again, when the railroad incident was brought to an end, another meeting planned by ArcelorMittal involving the youth, the local county officials as well as members of the Nimba Caucus was held at the Royal Hotel in Monrovia where, according to the youth, all their counts could not be discussed. It was decided to end the Monrovia meeting with the youth and continue it in Nimba so as to discuss the remaining portions of the counts which were not touched in Monrovia.But again, Superintendent Zuagele, failed to convene said meeting; and then the recent violent demonstration that left properties destroyed.The youth formally informed the county authority through a written letter which Supt. Zuagele confirmed having received. Yet, the Superintendent and his closest officials, including Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko Yorlay, the County Inspector, Reginald Mehn, preferred to attend a development meeting in other parts of the county instead of attending to scheduled demonstration.Although Supt. Zuagele sent the County Attorney to put a halt to the demonstration, others said Attorney Hector actually went to the scene of the demonstration and tried to dissuade the youth from demonstrating. But in times of crisis, citizens prefer to listen to the County Superintendent rather than any other county official.Some citizens within the community confirmed massive destruction and looting, but again can we say that the disgruntled behavior carried on by these youth was not known to the county leadership, who are the President Sirleaf’s eyes in Nimba County?Complacency in leadership leads to many problems and destruction. This is what has happened in the case of ArcelorMittal. This problem had long been knocking at the door of government, but the government took it lightly until it blew up.While it is true the disgruntled and violent behavior of some Nimba youth brought great destruction and disgrace to the county at large, we should keep in mind that it is always better to deal with issues at the initial stage and finish it once and for all, rather than wait to see it blows up as it did in Nimba.So who takes the blame for all of these damages that we are trying to repair–the government, or the aggrieved demonstrators or the county in general? And if it is the youth, what was the government doing from the onset of the entire troubles?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Following President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s meeting behind closed doors with members of the National Legislature yesterday, Maryland County Representative Dr. Bhofal Chambers termed the visit as “unprepared” and a “Legislative and Executive session that ignores the relevance of plenary.” “The President was not prepared to address the issues at stake,” said Rep. Chambers, who also sat in the meeting. “The concerns of the Legislature centered on the expenditure of money allotted to the Ebola fight and we’re saying that such meeting must be decided by plenary, the highest decision making body of the Legislature.”According to Dr. Chambers, the agenda of the meeting was decided by the Executive and not plenary of both Houses, something he said sharply contradicts legislative proceedings.According to legislative procedure, the President can meet with the Speaker of the House of Representatives & Senate Pro Tempore – as a representation of the Plenary, specifically to discuss the need for a State of Emergency. Other than that, the President is required to address the plenary in full. According to Rep. Chambers, the House Leadership ignored plenary.According to reports, all legislators were invited to the meeting ever since Friday, September 26, but the session was sparsely attended due to the absence of some legislators who were said to be out of town. House Speaker J. Alex Tyler believes, however, the President’s meeting with the legislators was mutual. In a post-visit interview, the Speaker confirmed that the President’s visit was a “Legislative Executive session.” He maintained that this came as a result of inquiries from individual members of the Legislature relative to specific issues in the country, but declined to state whether the issues at stake were addressed.“The President and Legislature discussed issues of national concerns that are cardinal to our survival,” Speaker Tyler said.According to Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah, the discussion centered “on the current Ebola outbreak now ravaging the country.”However, another member of the Legislature who attended the meeting described it as “an executive agenda imposed on the Legislature.”According to Piah, “the Liberian leader briefed lawmakers on the overall situation about the Ebola virus disease in the country; a new national strategy presented by the National Task Force on Ebola which had been discussed and endorsed at the weekend; the organizational structure to implement the strategy; partnership support in the fight; resources for the fight; the construction of more facilities to enhance the fight and prevent the further spread of the Ebola virus disease; as well as government’s economic recovery plan during and after the outbreak.“The President personally lauded the efforts of Montserrado County District No. 13 Representative Saah Joseph who she described as a ‘hero’ in the fight against the Ebola virus disease and asked members of the National Legislature to join her in thanking the lawmaker for his service to humanity.”President Sirleaf’s visit to the Legislature, Piah continued, “was meant to promote information sharing within government, strengthen coordination and collaboration, enhance transparency in the Ebola fight and bring the leadership up to speed as the government exerts all efforts to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease from the country.”President Johnson Sirleaf was accompanied to the meeting by Finance and Development Planning Minister-designate Amara Konneh, Information Minister Lewis Brown, Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe and Presidential Press Secretary Jerolinmek Piah, among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Ecobank Liberia Ltd. has been named the “Best Bank of the Year 2014” for its immense contribution towards the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. The accolade was bestowed upon the bank by the International Learning Institute (ILI) and its subsidiary, Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, at the Champions of the Year Annual Award 2014, held last Saturday at a local hotel in Monrovia. Chief organizer, Ms. Mildred Dean, said Ecobank was honored for its sacrificial, dedicated and humanitarian services to Liberians during the heat of the Ebola epidemic. She recalled that the Pan African bank was the first institution to help the Liberian government to contain the spread of the virus by donating the first ambulance.Presenting the award to Ecobank’s former managing director, Mr. Kola Adeleke, she said: “We are very happy to award you as the best Pan African bank of the Year for the outstanding performance, sacrificial, dedicated and humanitarian Services to Liberians during the heat of the Ebola crisis.”Responding, outgoing Ecobank MD Adeleke thanked the Gender International Magazine for the honor and said it was a big surprise.He pledged the bank’s continuing commitment to work with the Liberian government to ensure that Liberia becomes an Ebola-free country and survivors are not stigmatized.Mr. Adeleke cautioned the public against stigmatizing survivors, noting that it is imperative for survivors to tell their stories.“We have to learn from their experiences and how they came into contact with the disease. Telling their stories will greatly help the national fight,” he said.The Ecobank executive said Ebola survivors are Africans and Liberians, “just like you and me.”He spoke of the grave impact of the Ebola outbreak on economies of the three countries hit hardest by the virus, but noted that as a Pan African bank with vast experience in operating in crisis environments, Ecobank crafted a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) that has helped it through crises, including the Ebola epidemic.“During a crisis like this, we sacrifice profitability for liquidity,” the Ecobank boss explained. He assured the public that as a Pan African bank in Liberia, Ecobank is here to stay.Other personalities honored were President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Rep. Saah Joseph, Madam Julie Endee, executive director, Liberia Crusaders for Peace, Information Minister Lewis Bowne, Assistant Minister for Health Tolbert Nyenswah, amongst other.Institutions honored included the Central Bank of Liberia, United Bank for Africa, and the state-owned radio ELBC.Ms. Dean is also the chief executive officer of the Gender International Magazine Publication and Resource Center, located on Crown Hill, Broad Street, Monrovia.
Dear Editor,Recognising the many negative attributes and the delicate electoral system that exists at GECOM, it is critical to ensure that the future electoral processes in Guyana are politically free, inclusive, clean, competitive and credible.President David Granger has defused the independence of GECOM by unilaterally appointing the Chairman of his choice, and as such would be destroying the quality and transparency of elections in Guyana since the watershed electoral reforms in 1992.It is important to incorporate technical criteria and establish mechanisms that guarantee independence and eliminate the perception of politicisation of the electoral process in Guyana. The hierarchy of GECOM is mandated to guarantee that Guyana continues on the consolidation of more transparent, equitable and inclusive electoral processes.The recruitment practices at GECOM are just the beginning of one of the many negative attributes that will emerge to destroy the quality and transparency of elections in future. As Guyanese, we have to stand up against injustice and ensure that democracy prevails.Sincerely,Zamal Hussain
Dear Editor,Respondents in the ongoing North American Caribbean Teachers Association (NACTA) opinion tracking poll being conducted in Guyana say they will not be surprised if the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday rules “against Bharrat Jagdeo running for a third term for President”.In fact, they are bracing for what they describe as an “anti-Jagdeo ruling,” because they feel “the CCJ is compromised”.Although the case is not about Jagdeo, but rather on any candidate running for President for more than two terms, it has come to take on the title of the “third term case” for Jagdeo. And the entire case has taken on an anti-Jagdeo tenor.The Guyana Parliament passed a bill amending the constitution (that was established by the then PNC government in 1980) inserting term limit of two five-year terms. Then President Jagdeo signed the bill into law; but a voter challenged the two- term law and the Guyana courts declared the law unconstitutional, saying the amendment can be done only by a referendum.The present PNC-led coalition Government appealed the ruling to the CCJ, the final court of appeal for Guyana. The entire appeal centres on preventing Jagdeo from running for President again, because the focus has been on him rather than on the merits of the arguments. The ruling comes on Tuesday.According to poll’s findings, a majority of the voters feel the CCJ verdict will not be fair and impartial, because of what they describe as “incestuous, compromised and contaminated relations” between some officials of the CCJ and some officials in the coalition. Politicians of the coalition have been talking about their close relations and racial affiliation with some of the judges of the CCJ. This has hurt the reputation of the CCJ. The CCJ has never had an Indian judge in its 12-year history, although Indians make up almost half of Guyana’s population.The poll finds the former President vastly popular, even among supporters of the present PNC-led coalition (that includes the AFC, which has been haemorrhaging). Voters say they would vote Jagdeo back in as President because the country was doing much better under his tenure.Jagdeo is the most popular political figure in the country, with no one coming even close. Voters say life was much better during his period of governance (1999 to 2011) than over the last three years of the coalition Government. They described Jagdeo as “boss on the economy”, and they feel he knows what to do to turn around a stagnant economy.Voters have been disappointed with the governance of the coalition, which was installed in office in May 2015. Polls find that if Jagdeo were the PPP Presidential nominee, he would win a majority against the coalition led by incumbent President David Granger. But Jagdeo has not indicated whether he would seek another term. Nevertheless, the two terms’ appeal to the CCJ is being viewed as an effort “to knock Jagdeo off” the Presidential ballot.Voters say the coalition Government feels if Jagdeo is kept off the ballot, the coalition would have a less difficult task to win re-election. Respondents further note that the coalition Government believes the PPP would be severely weakened without Jagdeo at the helm as Presidential candidate, and that the party would be divided over a nominee, as happened in 2011 and 2015, leading to its defeat.Jagdeo won comfortable majorities in 2001 and 2006. Indeed, the poll finds that PPP would face serious challenge to find a replacement in 2020 for the populist Bharrat Jagdeo. Elections are due in Guyana in two years, and the poll puts the PPP well ahead of the coalition.Last April, reports circulated in Guyana that the seven judges were divided on a ruling. It was reported that the President (Chief Justice) of the CCJ wants a unanimous ruling because of: 1. importance of the case, and 2. this is his last verdict, and he wants to leave on a high. There was intense lobbying to rule against Jagdeo.The legal issue is whether the people or Parliament is sovereign. The Guyana courts say the people are sovereign, and must have a say on how they are ruled. If the CCJ rules Parliament is sovereign, it would mean that the Parliament can pass any law, including taking away the right of the people to elect representatives, or to establish a dictatorship.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisram
There could be some radical changes to the admission requirements to the University of Guyana (UG), if consultations with stakeholders see it necessary, newly appointed Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Ivelaw Griffith has said.Considering the much needed work to be done to put the country’s tertiary institution back on the pedestal, Griffith said that a review of the admission requirements must be changed.New UG Vice Chancellor Dr Ivelaw GriffithThe VC, who only took up the post on June 14 last, on Friday related how important it was for UG to get on par with international institutions, and said that decisions must now be made to see this realised. His concern in this regard was on the quality of the new admissions.The professor told journalists on Friday that “part of the context of the local admission is part of what reels from the high schools. Irrespective of what you think of the last two decades of this nation, the reality is, primary and secondary education have lost quality and so what the university has been taking in, is a low quality.”He further noted that trying to manage that lowered quality can in effect sometimes compromise the integrity of the lecturers, “because they now feel obligated to manage what they are taking in.”He said a much detailed conversation is needed with stakeholders, to try and figure out what might be causing the difficulty.“Some of the things we might consider doing is to revisit the admission requirements. But we have to balance the access with the expertise. So the process is still a conversation… Criteria are also a part of the conversation. Who we take in, is as important part as how we take them in,” said the professor.Griffith said he is uncomfortable with two dimensions of admission – the dimension of process, and the dimension of criteria. He related that he will within the course of the year, be working with the relevant colleagues on campus to also revisit that.“We have to be a little more nimble if we want to be a model university in relation to how students view the process and procedure for them to come on board. In doing that we have also have to ask ourselves, is the university like UG only operating to serve people within Guyana? The answer should be no”, the new VC said, noting that there must be a process that could reach out and recruit persons from outside Guyana.“Whoever is going to be recruited from outside Guyana is not going to come and make a trip and do all the things that local students do only to be told yes or no. So we have to modernise our process with a view to local students and enhance a share of student body that is international.”He said having international students are critical for two reasons: It allows for a different “price point for tuition”. It also allows to serve the region and beyond.Dr Griffith noted that “we also have to make a hassle free process for students locally and internationally”.