Tiger Woods on Players rally: This weekend was more like it

first_imgWoods was 110 yards out and four shots back in the final round. He struck the ball cleanly, stared at intently and then watched it spin off the green .The 14-time major winner fell a few feet short of providing the first real drama Sunday on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.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 crownHe missed an 8-foot par putt that caused him to flip his club, ended up with a disappointing bogey and limped home with a double at the famed 17th . Woods, however, left the course feeling better than ever about his comeback.“This weekend was more like it,” Woods said. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Woods shot a 3-under 69 in the final round and tied for 11th at 11-under 277. His round could have been much closer to the 65 he shot Saturday.“If I would have got off to a better start this week, if I would have had the game I had this weekend the beginning of the week, I would have gave Webb a little bit of a run,” said Woods, who finished seven shots behind Simpson.Woods felt like he finally pulled together all aspects of his game : His driving was impeccable, his iron play was better than it’s been all week and his putting was as good as it’s been all season. He stirred packed galleries into a frenzy on Mother’s Day while wearing his traditional red shirt. Fans young and old stood dozens deep, scurrying from tee to fairway to green, just for a brief peek at Woods.“I hit it so good,” said Woods, glossing over a number of less-than-ideal wedge shots in the final round. “It was nice. I had control of it from tee to green. I made some putts. I felt good on basically every facet of the game. Not to really mishit a shot today and only shoot 3-under par is just weird, because I played much better than that.”The back nine was his biggest issue all week, though.ADVERTISEMENT Woods was 11 under on the front, including a scorching 10 under during the weekend after making the cut on the number.He was even on the back, which was slightly easier for everyone else.Still, the big-picture view is mostly positive for the world’s most popular player.“There’s no way I would have predicted I would be at this point the beginning of the year, the way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully have a schedule,” he said. “Didn’t know. But now I feel like I’ve got my playing feels and I’m playing tournament golf and I’ve got it. I’m not that far off from winning golf tournaments.”Woods will take two weeks off before playing the Memorial Tournament, which potentially could be his final tuneup before the U.S. Open in June.He moved up 12 spots in the world ranking, rising to No. 80 after the Players.“He’s clearly playing some really good golf,” fellow golfer Jason Day said. “If he got off to a half-decent start, I mean who knows what would have happened on the weekend. And he may be walking off with a third Players Championship.”Simpson ended up with the trophy, which was about as surprising as someone hitting into the murky lagoon at the island green.Woods could have made it much more suspenseful by making birdie at the difficult 14th, a hole that has given him trouble in recent years. He blistered his drive 354 yards to leave himself in prime position for another birdie.He came up just short of being really good and making the final round really interesting. Simpson completes a big win at Players Championship 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 Tiger Woods throws his club in frustration on the 14 fairway, during the final round of The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Standing in the middle of the 14th fairway with a sand wedge in his hands, Tiger Woods had a chance.At making a birdie. At cutting into Webb Simpson’s lead. Maybe even at winning for the first time since returning from a fourth back surgery.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I didn’t really miss a shot today, so I’m not that disappointed with it,” he said. “I hit it good all day long, and it’s just the way it goes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina’s World Cup crisis

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Iran coach lambasts World Cup use of video on close calls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The captain, who turned 31 on Sunday, arrived to the training field where Sampaoli was waiting to start the session. The coach went up to Messi, giving him a kiss on the cheek and a pat on the back. But then there was no further contact between the two.Argentina’s football association was quick to deny media reports about the future of Sampaoli, who was strongly criticized for his tactical approach and the formation he put out in Argentina’s humiliating 3-0 loss to Croatia on Thursday.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 crownThe reports said that Sampaoli would be dismissed and wouldn’t take charge against Nigeria on Tuesday in St. Petersburg for the team’s last Group D match.Despite palpable tension between the players and the coach, Argentina’s football association president Claudio Tapia indicated Sunday that Sampaoli isn’t going anywhere yet. But he didn’t clarify what would happen afterward since Sampaoli has a contract that runs through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 Lionel Messi is congratulated by coach Jorge Sampaoli on the day of his birthday during a training session of Argentina at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)BRONNITSY, Russia — In any other context, the gesture would have gone unnoticed: Lionel Messi received birthday greetings from Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli.The best wishes, however, came amid turmoil embroiling Sampaoli and the squad, which is on the brink of elimination from the World Cup in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “You have seen the coach and the team training,” Tapia told reporters. “It’s clear that what you are saying is a lie.” Tapia didn’t respond to questions.After the defeat to Croatia, forward Sergio Aguero responded to a reporter’s question asking him about Sampaoli’s post-match comments that the players hadn’t adapted to his methods. Aguero, who is Messi’s roommate at the training base, responded: “Sampaoli can say what he wants.”So far, this tournament has been a huge disappointment for Messi and Argentina, which finished as runner-up at the 2014 World Cup. The five-time world player of the year missed a penalty against Iceland in the first group game and played one of his worst matches against Croatia.Messi may get a boost, however, from the residents of Bronnitsy where Argentina is based. They are planning to present a birthday cake to him, perhaps lifting his spirits for what really counts: beating Nigeria.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mbappe, not Messi, stars as France beats Argentina

first_imgView comments France’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal against Argentina in the World Cup Round of 16. APKAZAN, Russia — What Lionel Messi has never done, 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe did twice.The quick-footed French teenager scored two goals in a five-minute span of the second half to help his team rally for a 4-3 victory over Argentina. Saturday’s victory gave France a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT He became the second teenager to score multiple goals in a knockout match at the World Cup. Pele was the other, doing it twice at 17 at the 1958 World Cup.“It is flattering to be the second one after Pele but let’s put things in context. Pele is another category,” Mbappe said. “But it’s good to be among the players to score in knockout matches.”With the score 2-2, Mbappe got his first goal with a cool finish from a tight angle in the 64th minute, his low shot going under Argentina goalkeeper Franco Armani. Four minutes later, he slotted past Armani again after he was put through on goal by a deft pass from Oliver Giroud.Mbappe also helped France to its first goal. Following a sustained period of early pressure, he won a penalty after a 40-meter burst of speed that ended with him being brought down by Marcos Rojo. Antoine Griezmann then scored from the spot in the 13th minute, sending Armani the wrong way.“Our team is much younger, but we are there. We answered the call,” France coach Didier Deschamps said. “It was not easy because we were leading and then there was an equalizer. Then they led 2-1, but we kept fighting. There is an excellent mentality in this group and we did everything to go further. We couldn’t miss it and we did win it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For Messi, it means he still has never won a major international title with Argentina.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Mbappe was born a few months after France won the 1998 World Cup at home, its only title at the tournament. Deschamps was the captain of that team and Zinedine Zidane scored two goals in the final.“People remember more the World Cup victory than the year I was born,” Mbappe said. “It is normal (because) it was the time we were World Cup winners, so that is obviously what they remember.”France, which has reached the quarterfinals at consecutive World Cups for the first time, will next face either Portugal or Uruguay on Friday in Nizhny Novgorod. Blaise Matuidi will miss the match after receiving a second yellow card of the tournament.Argentina briefly took the lead in the 48th minute at Kazan Arena, but France defender Benjamin Pavard equalized nine minutes later with a superb strike from outside the area.“It is too soon to analyze concrete mistakes we might have made,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “I am sure there might have been mistakes.”Argentina got its goals from Angel Di Maria, Gabriel Mercado and late substitute Sergio Aguero. Messi set up the latter two, first sending a shot on goal that Mercado deflected into the net in the 48th.With time winding down, Messi gave Argentina a bit of hope with a cross to the left that Aguero headed into goal in stoppage time.Di Maria’s goal was one of the best of the tournament. Following a throw-in, he hit a hard shot from 30 yards that curled into the top right corner, beyond the dive of France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.“We played against a team that was very, very fast in transitions,” Sampaoli said. “We were able to turn around the match but after a very short time during a very strange play, we lost our advantage.”For Argentina, it was the first time the team has scored three goals in a competitive match and lost. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Messi, who turned 31 during his fourth and possibly final World Cup, set up a pair of goals but again failed to score in a knockout match at the biggest event in soccer.Mbappe got his two in his first attempt.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 crown“Of course, as I’ve already and always said, in the World Cup you have all the top level players so it is an opportunity to show what you can do and what your abilities are,” said Mbappe, who now has three goals in Russia. “There is no better place than a World Cup.”Mbappe was a constant threat to Argentina’s creaking defense with his speed and skill and was at the heart of France’s often-breathtaking display, particularly in the middle of the second half. After departure from UST, Sta. 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Mapua dethrones La Salle Greenhills for 22nd NCAA juniors title

first_imgMapua scraped past De La Salle-Greenhills, 77-74, to capture the NCAA Season 94 juniors’ basketball championship Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Red Robins claimed their 22nd title, tying San Beda as the winningest schools in the NCAA high school division.ADVERTISEMENT Paolo Hernandez took the best time to notch a career-high 33 points, 21 coming from beyond the arc, while Dan Arches put up 22 points including the Red Robins’ six fourth quarter points.“They really stepped up on this game,” said Mapua head coach Randy Alcantara of Hernandez and Arches.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 Greenies’ Joshua David almost sent the game to overtime but game officials ruled that his three-pointer was released after the time ran out.Alcantara also announced that this was his final game as the head coach of the Red Robins as he will now replace the beleaguered Atoy Co at the bench of the Cardinals. “It was memorable because this will be my last game as high school coach,” said Alcantara who has two titles in four finals appearances with the Red Robins.League MVP Joel Cagulangan was a non-factor in this game after he hurt his ankle early in the game and eventually finishing with 10 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college With La Salle struggling, Gonzales trying to figure out how to fit Samuel in 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img 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? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ASEAN University Games: NU barges into men’s volleyball finals

first_imgThe Philippines continued its solid showing in the 19th ASEAN University Games men’s volleyball tournament, as the Filipino represented by reigning UAAP men’s champion National University topped Indonesia, 25-14, 25-23, 25-13, to make it to the gold medal round Thursday in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.Except for a close second set, the Philippines was dominant in the semifinals match to extend its undefeated run to three games and assure itself of a podium finish.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Chito Victolero to Alex Compton: ‘Referees decide what’s a foul, not coaches’ LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Filipinos surpassed their the bronze medal achievement two years ago in the biennial meet for the student-athletes in the region.Up next for the Philippines is a rematch with defending champion Thailand, which fashioned out a 25-19, 25-20, 25-17 victory over Myanmar in the other semis duel on Friday.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 Filipinos pulled off a shocking 30-28, 25-23, 25-19 win over the Thais, in last Sunday’s opener. Like the Philippines, Thailand is also 3-0 in the tournament. 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 awardcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Bucks hold on late for 107-104 win over Pistons

first_imgBucks: Khris Middleton scored 22 points and Bledsoe added 17. … Antetokounmpo actually played 6:03 in the first quarter despite the early fouls. He played 31:11 for the game.Pistons: Andre Drummond had only 10 points to go along with his 14 rebounds and had a dunk attempt blocked by Antetokounmpo late in the first. … Reggie Bullock scored 10 points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 24.INJURIESMilwaukee was without guard Malcolm Brogdon for a second straight game because of left hamstring soreness.Ersan Ilyasova also missed the game for the Bucks with a nose contusion. The Pistons were without guard Ish Smith (right adductor tear), forward Glenn Robinson III (left ankle sprain) and forward Henry Ellenson (left ankle sprain).IN RESERVED.J. Wilson, a second-year player for Milwaukee who played college basketball at nearby Michigan, came back from a G League assignment and scored a career-high nine points.Sterling Brown also scored nine points off the bench.“They were huge,” Bucks center Brook Lopez said. “Having that kind of energy from the young fellows and having them come out with that kind of confidence, especially defensively, it’s so big time. It was great that they were ready for that opportunity.”BIG QUARTER “No matter how many fouls I have, I’ve got to be aggressive. If I get the third one, I get the third one,” Antetokounmpo said. “Whenever I stop being aggressive, I don’t make plays.”Antetokounmpo made plenty of plays down the stretch, finishing with 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the Bucks held on for a 107-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night when Blake Griffin missed a last-second 3-pointer.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 ChrissGriffin actually missed two 3s in the final 14 seconds. The Detroit star already had a triple-double after three quarters, but it was a difficult fourth for him. Griffin finished with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but he also had 10 turnovers.“We’re not going to win games by 10 turnovers and by making the poor decisions like I did down the stretch,” Griffin said. “I feel bad for these guys because they played so hard and got us back in this game. I wasn’t there for them tonight.” The Pistons rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit and took an 89-86 lead in the fourth when Stanley Johnson connected from 3-point range. Milwaukee was up 100-99 when Eric Bledsoe of the Bucks missed three straight free throws — but Antetokounmpo briefly took over after that.Antetokounmpo put Milwaukee up by three with a dunk, then added a three-point play and another dunk to make it 107-100.The Pistons rallied and had the ball with a chance to tie. Griffin missed from beyond the arc, and after Jose Calderon came up with an offensive rebound, Griffin missed again.“I was unbelievably awful tonight,” Griffin said. “I thought we had a chance to tie it tonight despite everything I did.”TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Johnson finished with 20 points for the Pistons and made four 3-pointers, all in the fourth period.“I thought the second unit came in and played with energy and played hard,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “They got us back into the game.”UP NEXTBucks: Host New Orleans on Wednesday night.Pistons: Visit Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates a basket with Sterling Brown (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for two quick fouls, and with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter, he went to the bench.When he returned, there was still plenty of time for the Milwaukee star to make an impact.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Suns use big 3rd quarter to beat Knicks for 3rd in a row Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

2013 in Retrospect: The ‘Ellen Step Down’ Campaign Made Its Name

first_imgThere were several weeks of a much-publicized protest organized by a group of Liberians. Operating under the banner of the “Ellen Step Down Campaign,” they called for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to leave the Liberian Presidency.  Reasons given for their call included what the group described as rampant corruption, nepotism in government and the failure of the government to improve the lives of the Liberian people.It began after the Liberian leader left the country for the United Nations 68th General Assembly in New York. Later, she paid state visits to Canada, and the Caribbean State of Costa Rica, where a bust-sized statue of the first female African president was unveiled at the United Nations University’s Garden of Peace. The protest was planned for October 9, 2013, upon the President’s return, after a three-week outing.But after weeks of intense campaigning and galvanization of their supporters, the “Ellen Step down Campaign” turned into a fiasco after President Sirleaf arrived triumphant amid cheers and jubilation, right in the presence of her detractors, who were in attendance.As the Liberian leader disembarked Brussels Airliner 000-SFY, she was greeted with applause, chanting of party slogans, and cultural performances from the National Culture Troupe of Liberia, dispelling the notion that there was a planned protest.Mrs. Sirleaf appeared tired from the long trip, saying upon arrival, that she had undergone a minor surgery in the US three days before. Doctors had advised that she stayed and recuperated; however, she decided to come home to her people rather than stay in the US.President Sirleaf said, “This is the right time for Liberians to unite for an onward march for reconstruction and development of the country, especially as the dry season approaches.”She thanked her many supporters for gathering at the airport to welcome her home, despite the fact that she normally does not like such large gatherings.It was also reported that State Security arrested at least eight of the leaders of the ‘Ellen Step-Down Campaign’ on the morning of the planned protest.Mulbah Morlu of the main opposition political party, the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is one of the leaders of the Ellen Step-Down Campaign. According to Police sources, he was arrested at the Airfield Community in the Sinkor area at 1:30 p.m. on October 9, while allegedly distributing T-shirts to supporters of their campaign.Key amongst those reported arrested were the campaigner’s public relations officer, Julius Jensen and their chief strategist, Bah-Wah Brownell as well as five unidentified organizers riding the vehicle of the campaigners who were conducting public awareness to bring out their supporters to call for President Sirleaf’s resignation.The euphoria at the airport was characterized by praise singing in favor of the regime with the President’s supporters calling for continuity and the maintenance of ten years of peace that Liberians currently enjoy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Be the Best Marketing Agents’

first_imgThe board chair of the Palm Insurance Corporation (PIC), Mr. Aagon Tingba, Jr., Friday, February 14, urged graduates of PIC to be the best marketing agents in the country.Mr. Tingba, Jr., urged the marketing agents to take the first steps that are needed to build a more promising future for themselves and that of PIC.“Be the best marketing agents you can be in Liberia,” he added.  At least 17 persons graduated.In his keynote address, Mr. Tingba noted that marketing agents should be able to establish a customer relationship with the public as well as being able to sell the company’s product. He also urged them to maximize the wealth of the entity.He further told the graduates to seek a competitive edge as ‘marketing agents,’ which he said, is the best revenge (payback) in the business world.“Every lecture you’ve listened to during your training in this company, every role play, questions and answers you provided, essay written as well as certification you’ve earned, they have all prepared you to adapt change and challenges in order to be successful at Palm,” Tingba indicated.Also speaking, Ms. Venice V. Dean, president and CEO of Palm Insurance Corporation gave the overview of PIC. Ms. Dean further said the company’s financial strength enables it to underwrite all manner of risk incidents.According to Ms. Dean, PIC is a member of the West African Insurance Company Association (WAICA), locally a member of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA) as well as the Association of Insurers in the country.     She said the weight of the company is evidenced by high professionalism, reliability and efficiency in its operations.“Life is full of pressure and uncertainties in all kinds of forms and manners; you must ensure that you your organization have a secure future,” Ms. Dean said.The company is registered and licensed by the government through the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to transact all lines of non-life and life assurance businesses.PIC was established in 2004 by a group of Liberian entrepreneurs following a careful study on how to make insurance affordable and simple for ordinary Liberians to understand.For his part, Richard D. Williams, president of the graduating class acknowledged PIC’s management for training them as marketing agents.He told fellow graduates that the training they had received is intended to uplift PIC to another level in the business sector.“As Palm Insurance prospers, we will be praised for the work as agents,” he told his colleagues.He also the used the occasion to recommend to the management of the company to provide logistics that would empower them to be effective on the job.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Voinjama Faces Sanitation Crisis

first_imgVoinjama, which hosts more than 11,000 inhabitants, is being threatened by a looming sanitation crisis.The city’s market area, especially the slaughter house and behind the Voinjama Free Pentecostal Church, has been overtaken by piles of garbage.Residents and business people in the affected areas of the city told the Daily Observer recently that the garbage has been untouched for the past three weeks.Citizens of Voinjama pointed out that in the absence of a sustained garbage collection system under the Voinjama City Corporation (VCC), the uncollected trash would continue to pile up and bring with it the threat of an outbreak of disease.Reacting to the claims of the residents, officials of the sanitation and environmental department of VCC said the entity lacks the critical logistics to respond to the sanitation crisis.Concerned health and environmental groups in Voinjama have expressed concern about what they see as a possible sanitation crisis threatening the densely populated city.Martin Sumo, a health worker, claimed that most of the cook shops being operated are doing so in unsanitary conditions and that the lawful intervention of relevant government agencies and institutions in Voinjama was urgently needed.Mr. Sumo pointed out that a majority of the prepared food handlers do not have the required dress code to meet the minimum standards of operating a cook shop.The environmental groups based in Voinjama underscored the urgent need for the local office of the Environmental Agency (EPA) to carry its campaign to the various garages in the interest of a clean environment.The group’s representatives claimed that dozens of makeshift garages situated at strategic locations in Voinjama pose a threat of environmental degradation.They explained that used oil from engines of vehicles and generators continues to be disposed of in the various swamps in the middle of the city.“On top of that, this used oil being dumped into the swamps threatens the marine resources and vitality of swamp crops such as rice, cabbage, and bitter-balls,” the group leaders said.Environmental activist Solomon Mulbah noted that private generator owners using their back yards to house their machines are creating air pollution.He called on the VCC’s leadership to embark on a sustained sensitization campaign among cook shops, restaurants, night clubs and video centers with sustainable mechanisms in place to protect Voinjama’s environment.Environmentalists and health workers have called on residents and business owners to observe better sanitation and hygiene practices to work with the VCC’s Environmental Department to clean the city and its surroundings.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Possible Hope for Orphaned Children, Ministry of Health and Partners Step in

first_imgThree little girls, recently lost their single mother and the sight of seeing them endlessly wandering around, have many concerned citizens asking; “What will happen for these children who became orphans as a result of the Ebola epidemic?”Most of these children, who have had a parent or both succumb to Ebola while they themselves survived the disease, are being rejected by their communities.In the case of the three little girls, community members are afraid to help, console and guide them during their time of need. Not because of heartlessness, but because of their mother’s death, which no one knows what actually killed her.“Our mother didn’t die from Ebola; she was sick for two weeks and didn’t have any money to get help and ended up dying,” the children have always said whenever they are asked about their mother’s death.The oldest, who constantly hangs her head low, is afraid to look anyone in the eyes. She said she’s terrified to see the worried look in the eyes of those who remember her mother’s death.“No one wants us around, but we don’t have Ebola! I take care of my small sister, who is eight and my four-year-old niece. My people are there, but they don’t help us, they say we should wait for 40 days before they can decide what to do with us.”Crying uncontrollably, she adds, “We just want someone to help us because since our Ma died, we’re just passing around hoping to see her again,” she said, recounting how their days are spent since their mother died.What has gradually surfaced in this deadly Ebola fight is the fact that children, well over 600 so far, are living under the same stigma as these girls.According to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW), as of October 14, 2014, there are 668 abandoned and neglected children in 10 different counties; Montserrado and Lofa having the highest number. The MOHSW official in charge of the psychosocial aspect of theEbola task force, Madam Victoria W. Saway, expressed the Ministry’s concern and how they are dealing with these orphaned children.According to Mrs. Saway, the Ministry is in the process of handling “two groups of children” those coming out of communities, and those who have been traced by UNICEF/MOH.“We come into contact with children who are coming out of communities by social workers. MOHSW has its social workers that are contact tracers, while there are social workers in the communities that have been trained and are being paid by UNICEF,”According to her, these trained social workers are working with a community structure that enables them in identify children who are infected or affected one way or another by the Ebola outbreak.“These social workers go into communities and look for cases of children whose parents are sick and have been left alone. These children are not considered abandoned. Sometimes they’re left in the home by themselves because their parents had to be taken to the ETU.”According to Mrs. Saway, everyday social workers bring cases of children being left alone in their homes, and want to know what can be done about it.“Sometimes community members call us when these kids’ parents are taken to the ETUs, or their parents die in the house and are left by themselves. Sometimes contact tracers run into these cases when they go into homes and alert us.”She also added, “We do have children who are abandoned, and our social workers are trained to be able to tell the difference between an abandoned child or an orphan whose parents were taken to the ETU.”While MOHSW has acknowledged knowing that children such as the three girls in this story exist, they have a way in finding them and knowing their statuses.“What we do when calls come in to us is, we send a team. Most of the children that we take are contacts, which mean they are one way or the other affected or infected by the Ebola. If they’re contacts, we take them to an isolation care center because we don’t want the communities to be afraid of them. Most feel that if the child is a contact and gets closer to them, the child will infect them as well with the virus.”She also said, “Because of the public fear, we immediately take them to a place that was given to us by Child Fund called KeleKule, an interim care center (ICC). It’s being sponsored by UNICEF, and is a 21-day withholding ICC for these children. Child Fund helps; they have done renovations at the facility and when there are gaps, they fill them in. MOH as a whole provides supervision to make sure all necessary things take place for these children there.“The care givers who are at KeleKule are survivors of Ebola and have been certified; they care for the children who are taken in. When we were looking at these children’s cases and why they’re being left in communities, we didn’t want to put people at risk. What we did, we contacted these survivors and asked them if they were willing to work; and some applied. UNICEF in turn partnered with us and in fact, most of our functions at child protection at MOH and MOHSW are sponsored by UNICEF,”The Health Ministry statistics show that at least 435 persons have survived between March 22 and October 16.A research states that a survivor is not likely to contract the virus again for up to 10 years.According to Mrs. Saway, UNICEF decided to identify these survivors, train them and place them at Kelekule.“Kelekule, which, in the Kpelle language means ‘willing heart’, is the right name for these workers who are willing to help these children; and for the children who are willing to be helped. When these children are placed there, there’s no fear of infection, because the care givers have already been infected once.”She also added, “they can provide care for these kids if they come down until they can get an ambulance that will come for the kids and take them to an ETU. Most children are negative, but when they are sent to these ETUs, they get infected there, and that’s what we want to stop from happening. That’s why we send them to KeleKule, and in there, the care takers work to make sure none of the children infect another if they come down with the virus,”The Ministry has said that KeleKule is just a temporary place that houses the children for 21 days. And once each child has completed those days, they are free to go. But in some instances where the children have nowhere to go, they are then placed at Hawa Massaquoi, another placement center.“If they don’t have relatives, we send them to Hawa Massaquoi. It’s a place for children who are survivors but are abandoned. The ETUs have called us to inform us about children who lost their entire families but survived. They have nowhere to send them, so we send them to Hawa.”According to MOHSW, the center takes care of children as it once used to be a daycare. But due to the crisis, it has been transformed into a shelter for these kids.“The maximum stay there is two weeks, unless we can’t find their families. If we can’t find a relative, the possibility is we go into the foster care program.The MOHSW has a form that those interested in becoming foster parents for these children have to fill in. According to Mrs. Saway, when a child is in need of parents, those who fill out the form are then inspected and interviewed.“We do it for the survivors; it’s a new system that we’ve started. Once the child goes through the proper channel, social workers and so on, the child is documented and profiled to make sure they don’t come up missing,“Once we have found them a family, we don’t keep these children. At MOHSW, we want to see these children with their families. Family care is the best option,” she added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more