NBA: Ex-Cavs coach David Blatt calls Kyrie Irving trade request ‘brave’

first_imgFormer Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt  (AP/Paul Sancya)Since freeing himself from LeBron James’ shadow, Kyrie Irving is enjoying his best season as pro, setting career highs in both points and assists while leading the Boston Celtics to an Eastern Conference best 26-7 record.Although many were left baffled by the 25-year-old point guard’s decision to leave a good situation with perennial contenders Cleveland Cavaliers, the team’s former head coach, David Blatt, lauded Irving for his “brave” request.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ “The first thing that hit me about it was that Kyrie made a very profound statement about himself when he requested a trade,” Blatt said in an interview with The Boston Herald.“It’s a situation that hasn’t been easily interpreted by everyone. It was brave, and it’s one of those things that makes him a special kid.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 58-year-old bench boss declined to comment on James and Irving’s off-court relationship, but insisted that the change was needed for Kyrie “to fulfill his inner self.”“Ky is the top dog, top of the totem pole, and he’s reveling in that,” Blatt said. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Warriors’ Curry to miss Christmas clash with Cavs due to ankle injury Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 “Also incredible is the fact that he’s playing in a winning program. It’s up to him to do whatever it takes from here. This is where his potential is really going to come out, with the responsibilities of the team,” he added.Before being let go by the Cavs in 2016, Blatt coached the crafty playmaker out of Duke for almost two seasons.He returned to Europe and is currently the head coach of Darussafaka Dogus in Turkey.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Lillard likes matchup but knows Pelicans are dangerous

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, right, drives to the basket past Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 11, 2018. The Blazers won 102-93. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland’s Damian Lillard says he likes the first-round matchup against the Pelicans, but in almost the same breath he lists the reasons why New Orleans is dangerous.After splitting their four regular-season meetings, the third-seeded Blazers and sixth-seeded Pelicans open the playoffs Saturday night at the Moda Center.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GUESSING THE BEARD ISN’T COMING BACK: The Pelicans acquired Nikola Mirotic in a trade after Cousins went out. He initially joined the squad as a sixth man and was inconsistent. But late this season, he shaved his beard, joined the starting lineup and he’s been thriving ever since, scoring no fewer than 21 points in a game during the Pelicans’ season-ending five-game winning streak.LUCKY THIRTEEN: The Blazers went on a 13-game winning streak, starting with a victory over Golden State just before the All-Star break that boosted their playoff position. And despite their late four-game losing streak, the Blazers still finished 49-33 and clinched the Northwest Division title. “We would have liked to have a 50-win season but you can’t complain about a division championship or 49 wins,” Lillard said.ROAD COURT ADVANTAGE: The Pelicans were just as good on the road (24-17) as they were at home (24-17). “On the road we’ve been really, really good at just locking in and giving ourselves an opportunity to come up with wins … That’s what you have to do in order to be a playoff team,” coach Alvin Gentry said.HIGH MILEAGE: CJ McCollum topped the NBA for the most miles on the court this season with 218. It was the third straight season he’s led the league in the stat. Jrue Holiday is No. 2 overall with 211.40 miles.GOING FORWARD: Game 2 is set for Tuesday before swinging to New Orleans for games on Thursday and the following Saturday. The “if necessary” games go like this: Tuesday, April 24, in Portland; Thursday, April 26, in New Orleans; and Saturday, April 28, back in Portland.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Davis stepped up in Cousins’ absence, averaging 30.4 points and 11.8 rebounds.“When Cousins went down, everybody kind of wrote them off and they’ve done a great job of really competing since then,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Anthony Davis has been an outstanding player. It’s been a tough matchup for us, games are close.”Lillard, who goes into the game averaging 26.9 points, had 41 points in the final meeting of the season with the Pelicans, a 107-103 Blazers win in New Orleans.“Dame had a hell of a game, but it’s playoffs and you can put everything behind what happened before,” Stotts said. “The playoffs is a different animal.”Other things to watch as the Blazers and Pelicans begin their playoff series:ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES “They stole one from us here, and we felt like that was a game that we should have had. We had a bad third quarter,” Lillard said. “But they have Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, E’Twaun Moore, they’ve got a lot of guys that make them a dangerous team.”The Blazers won the season’s first meeting with New Orleans, 103-93, back in October. But two months later the Pelicans beat the Blazers 123-116 in Portland without Davis. DeMarcus Cousins had 38 points and New Orleans extended its lead to as many as 18 points in the third quarter.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 Pelicans lost Cousins for the season because of an Achilles injury in January, and many thought the team’s playoff hopes were over. Instead, New Orleans rallied, going 21-13 the rest of the way and ending the season on a five-game winning streak.“We were just starting to find our groove before he went out and when he got hurt it kind of pushed us back,” Davis said. “We were trying to figure out how we wanted to play, and then we figured it out and were able to push through it.” View comments AP investigation: Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Celtics rout Bucks in Game 7, advance to play 76ers

first_imgBoston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) celebrates a basket with fans during the second quarter of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Boston, Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Al Horford and Terry Rozier scored 26 points apiece, and even Giannis Antetokounmpo tipped in a basket for the Celtics on Saturday night to help Boston beat Milwaukee 112-96 in Game 7 of their first-round series and eliminate the Bucks and the Greek Freak from the playoffs.Horford had eight rebounds, Rozier had nine assists and Jayson Tatum added 20 points for the Celtics, who rode the home-court advantage to win all four games in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals for the second straight year.ADVERTISEMENT They will meet the Philadelphia 76ers, with Game 1 in Boston on Monday night.Khris Middleton scored 32, Eric Bledsoe had 23 and Antetokounmpo had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Milwaukee has advanced from the first round of the playoffs just once since 1989, losing nine straight playoff series since Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell brought George Karl to the Eastern Conference finals in 2001.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 crownPlaying in their NBA-record 31st Game 7, the Celtics improved to 20-4 at home and 23-8 overall in best-of-seven clinchers. It was the second Game 7 at the TD Garden this week, with the Boston Bruins beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night to advance in the NHL playoffs.Tatum had nine points in the first, when the Celtics scored 15 straight points — including a tip-in by Antetokounmpo into the Boston hoop — and 20 of the last 22 to end the quarter with a 30-17 lead. Milwaukee scored 11 in a row at the beginning of the second to make it a two-point game, but Boston answered with nine in a row to make it 41-30. Bledsoe has been unpopular in Boston this series because of a trash-talking back-and-forth with Celtics point guard Terry Rozier. Rozier mistakenly referred to him as “Drew Bledsoe” — confusing him with the former New England Patriots quarterback — early in the series.Since then, Bledsoe has pretended he doesn’t know who Rozier is. Celtics fans joined in by chanting “Who is Bledsoe!” in the first half. And during a fourth-quarter break, the scoreboard showed a video of Drew Bledsoe holding up one of his Patriots jerseys and proclaiming himself “the original Bledsoe.”TIP-INSBucks: Have an 0-18 record in playoff series in which they’ve lost the first two games. They are 2-8 in Game 7s. … Bledsoe picked up a technical foul in the first quarter after complaining about a foul call. … C John Henson missed his fifth straight game with a sore back.Celtics: Injured players Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis were all at the game. Theis, who has been out since March 11, recovered enough from left knee surgery to ditch his crutches for the first time on Friday. … Also in the crowd: Red Sox owner John Henry and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. … Red Sox manager Alex Cora and a bunch of players also filed into a pair of luxury suites after their game ended. … Boston was 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the third. … Rozier’s 26 points were a career playoff high.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Celtics led 50-42 at the half despite going 1-for-12 from 3-point range. Horford had 14 points and seven rebounds at the break, and Bledsoe had 12 points for the Bucks.Milwaukee cut the deficit to three points early in the third but Boston scored 11 of the last 15 points in the quarter.HAMMY TIMEJaylen Brown limped off to the locker room late in the second quarter, then came out to test his sore right hamstring just before the start of the second half. But he left the floor and went back into the tunnel; after riding the stationary bike for a few minutes and getting checked out in the locker room, the team said he was available to return, but he did not.BLEDSOE AND BLEDSOEADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Stephen Curry sitting out Game 1 against Pelicans P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

BaliPure brews perfect mix to turn back BanKo-Perlas

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blazers pull out rough win over Tigers Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Robredo pushes back, asks what’s the real figure on drug war PLAY LIST 03:13Robredo pushes back, asks what’s the real figure on drug war00:50Trending 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 On Wednesday night it, struck a mix potent enough to thwart veteran-laden BanKo-Perlas, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 32-30, and take a share of the lead in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.Senior high school graduate Joyme Cagante was the master brewer, tossing 54 excellent sets as the Water Defenders’ solid offense enabled them to stop a late uprising by the Perlas Spikers.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 crownJanisa Johnson led BaliPure-NU with 30 points.center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES BaliPure-National University is slowly getting the right blend with its young local crew and its foreign players.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

3 teams pour in 140 points on high-scoring night in NBA

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Warriors went on to a 142-111 win that moved them ahead of the Nuggets into first place in the Western Conference.“They made a lot of shots, to be honest,” Denver’s Nikola Jokic said. “They played really good basketball at a high level.”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 ChrissAnd that wasn’t even the biggest total of the night.Philadelphia went for 149, with an 83-point first half, in a 42-point rout of Minnesota in the first meeting between the teams since the Jimmy Butler trade. Also, the Atlanta Hawks beat Oklahoma City 142-126.The league said it was the first time three teams scored 140 on the same night since Jan. 7, 1984 , when the Warriors (154), Nuggets (141) and Knicks (140) reached the mark.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES #KicksStalker: Nike unveils next-generation self-lacing basketball shoes Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, congratulates guard Andre Iguodala after his dunk against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Denver. The Warriors won 142-111. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NBA teams piled up the points like they hadn’t done in 35 years.Three teams scored 140 points Tuesday night, with the Golden State Warriors setting an NBA record by pouring in 51 during the first quarter of their victory over Denver.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Asante Kotoko Kicked Out

first_imgSoccer loving Liberians and particularly those of Barrack Young Controllers said it: “BYC is set to make history,” and thousands sat on tenterhooks after 88 minutes, yesterday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.They waited for a miracle that came through substitute Blamo Nymely in the 89th minute to make history, and hopefully to revive the image of Liberian soccer.It was during an attack on Kotoko defense. BYC strikers pushed forward as the ball entered the 18-yard box.Kotoko defenders Abieku Ainooson, Ben Adama and Kwabena Edusei struggled to get the ball under control.The compact of players in the defense forced goalkeeper Soulama Abdullahi to lower his towering frame to locate of the ball.Substitute Nymely also in the box turned around and the ball rolled in front of him and he put his right foot to it as it rolled into the net, with goalkeeper Abdullahi misjudging the course of the ball.And the referee sounded his whistle to acknowledge the goal as Nymely ran to celebrate it.The goal unsettled Kotoko players as they stood in their tracks shocked.Goalkeeper Abdullahi had been playing unnecessary delay tactics and was warned by the referee. With the goal he sat on the field, not believing what had just happened, when the game had was barely four minutes to end.   Soccer fans waited for 88 frustrated minutes but it was atoned for by the goal which indicated that Asante Kotoko is out of the completion and BYC is through to the next round.  Both teams played a see-saw game, resorting to entertaining football in the midfield with occasional drives for the goals that did not come. Agitated fans could not understand why BYC was not making use of several scoring chances created.  George Williams was at his best, ably supported by Trokon Myers, Isaac Popo and left winger Prince Saydee, whose accomplishment was evidently succeeded by Nymely’s wonderful goal.   Kotoko’s attacks centered on midfielder Rahim Ayew, whose torches sent the ball to team-mates who could not make use of the few chances that came their way. However, unable to open up their game, Kotoko played cautiously which suited BYC fairly well.Perhaps with their 2-1 first leg win in Ghana, Kotoko players were less aggressive which seemed to affect BYC.BYC responded and kept pressure on Kotoko and kept goalkeeper Abdullahi busy. Kotoko wasted the first of its four corner-kicks in the 16th minute. BYC had several direct-kicks where were wasted.As the game progressed, Barrack Young Controllers resorted to passes from the midfield but the few chances created by Trokon Myers and Isaac Popo could not materialize into goals.Kotoko on the other hand could not exert their authority on the game and their winger Prince Baffoe was held on his tracks by Alpha James who made Baffoe very much ineffective.Resuming the second session, BYC played their usual game and Kotoko also responded in kind. BYC did not seem more aggressive than Kotoko and the tide only changed when Blamo Nymely and diminutive player Benjamin Ghamy came in the second half to reinforce the striking force.Ghamy announced his presence with forceful attacks which helped the midfield in building their attacks against Kotoko but the game remained as if it was going for a draw.The Antoinette Tubman Stadium, packed with thousands of soccer fans, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf waited patiently for a miracle to happen.The miracle happened in the 89th minute to send the Liberian champions into the new round of the CAF Championship League.The 1-0 victory made an aggregate score of 2-2 but BYC has qualified for the next round, due to the away-goal rule for the goal they scored in Ghana during their 2-1 loss in the first round first leg. The 89th minute goal has made all the difference, ending Asante Kotoko’s dream in the 2014 CAF Championship League.BYC: Nathaniel Sherman, Alpha James, Blama Kamara, Prince Jetoe, Teah Dennis, Junior Barshall, George Williams, Isaac Popo, Trokon Myers, Prince Sayedee, Lamine Jabateh: sub: Sporo Somah, Blamo Nymely, Benjamin Ghamy.Kotoko: Soulama Adbullahi, Amos Frimpong, Ben Adama, Abieku Ainooson, Kwabena Adusei, Rahim Ayew, Richard Mpong, Jordan Opoku, Siedu Bancey, Larbi Koomson, Prince Baffoe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How Long? 167 Years Of Suffering

first_imgOn the 167th anniversary of the birth of Liberia, Africa’s first independent republic, we, at the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) wish to reecho the humanitarian emergency alarm sounded daily since July 2003 (over a decade ago) on the humanitarian crisis facing Liberian refugee women and young Liberian-American children evacuated by the United States Military from Monrovia to safety in the United States. It is unconscionable that the governments ofPresident Barack Obama the United States of America and Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, both in their second and final terms of office, have chosen to ignored the plight of their citizens and reneged on their legal and moral obligations to protect their own citizens, especially vulnerable young children and women. While this crisis predated the ascendancy of both Obama and Sirleaf to power, there is no excuse or justification, whatsoever, for ignoring the suffering of the citizens they were elected to protect and paid a salary to serve. On this 167th anniversary of Liberia’s existence (?independence?), we call on Presidents Obama and Sirleaf to use their good offices and end over a decade of unnecessary and unjustifiable suffering and misery for over 7,000 Liberians who entered the United States after October 2002 and have since been denied protection contrary to pleas from the Massachusetts Delegation to Congress and the late Senator Edward Kennedy (See attached letter).Additionally, as President Obama is seeking $500 million dollars to support and arm rebels in Syria and nearly $4 billion dollars to assist unaccompanied minors entering the USA illegally from Central America, surely, he must address the plight of accompaniedAmerican children and Liberian refugee women evacuated from Liberia by the United States Military over a decade ago. We also call for a constitutional amendment in Liberia making Citizens’ Initiative a part of Liberia’s political life.  Citizens’ Initiative is a measure of participatory democracy that allows citizens, as the supreme source of state power, to propose good laws, repeal bad laws, set the salaries and benefits of politicians without the approval or permission of the president or legislature. Citizens’ Initiative, which dates back to the 5th Century B.C. in Athens, Greece works great in 2014 in the European Union, Switzerland and 24 states in the United States of America.On June 13, 2003, President George Bush ordered Operation Shining Express, a deployment of an American naval task force based around the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) to rescue U.S. embassy personnel and American citizens during the Second Liberian Civil War. The deployment announced on June 13, 2003 lasted until July 2003.Considering the appalling state of Liberia’s education, widespread poverty and political landscape rife with corruption, greed and advancing of personal and family interests above national interests as well as 167 years of political gimmickry that has rendered Liberia’s political elite as masters over the impoverished masses of citizens, we believe now is the time for the citizens of Liberia to embrace Citizens’ Initiative and thereby bring lasting security, equal opportunities and sustainable development to this country. Citizens’ Initiative is the only sure way for more transparency, justice, security and equal opportunities in the republic of Liberia because this measure puts citizens in charge.As Liberia commemorates 167 years of existence (?independence?), the president appoints all mayors, governors of all political sub-divisions, cabinet members, heads of all public corporations, thus putting too much power in the presidency.  Only politicians and their friends and family members are celebrating their freedom to travel first class, drive expensive cars, enjoy huge salaries and benefits while poor citizens are living in misery and hopelessness at home and abroad.Beyond widespread unemployment, the deplorable education system, other consequences of the breach of trust include greed and corruption which seems to be the order of the day. Public service in Liberia has become the primary path to acquiring personal wealth for Liberia’s ruling elite. The gap between the rich and poor continues to widen, evidenced by the outrageously high salaries and benefits politicians have assigned to themselves and their family members. The number of sub-standard schools and universities across Liberia is alarming and growing with many places of worship setting up sub-standard schools without adequate facilities for learning.July 26 celebration is mired by widespread boozing and dancing on the streets. Meanwhile, the Liberian economy, Liberia’s largest churches, security sector and big banks are all controlled by foreigners. There seems to be evidence that growing political corruption also means that ‘brown bags’ and corporate money have potentially powerful influence in the government.When it comes to national leadership, it seems that the process has been effectively rigged by the ruling elites against ordinary Liberians without access to foreign higher education. Even President Roberts, one of the greatest selfless leaders of the world, evidenced by donation of his estate to educate Liberian children never had access to foreign higher education. Additionally, many of the brightest and most creative minds of the 21th century, including millionaires and entrepreneurs in America such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve Jobs of Apple and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, never completed college and they were 20 and 21 years old when they started their companies.By creating unrealistic standards for national leadership out of the reach of most Liberians such as foreign higher education requirements, the ruling elites have established an unjustifiable political hegemony that have robbed majority of Liberians of a role in national leadership. Liberian citizens continue to be robbed of natural resources due to corruption, robbed of a role in leadership through the lack of citizens’ initiative laws and the requirement of foreign higher education for leadership. Liberians have been robbed of the future by effectively denying innovative youths a chance to tap into their God-given talents and potentials.On the other hand, unnecessary government bureaucracies and commissions continue to be created as avenues for the elite to siphon wealth for themselves and their families, many of whom reside overseas. Laws have been enacted not for the common good of ordinary citizens but for the benefit of multi-national corporations and the ruling elite. Although the constitution claims that “All  power is inherent in the people,” ordinary Liberians are powerless in the face of powerful corporations, foreign-owned companies that dominate the Liberian economy and the ruling elite. Without citizens’ Initiative, the citizens cannot exercise their power as the boss of the republic.Accordingly, we wish to reassert the inherent dignity and inalienable rights of these accompanied young Liberian-American children and Liberian refugee women as human beings who deserve to be protected both at home and abroad. Inalienable rights are in fact God-given rights-not given by any man and rights which no man can take away.Liberian refugee women suffering for over a decade deserve better. We call on both President Obama and President Sirleaf to use their good offices and end the unnecessary suffering of American children and over 7,000 Liberians who entered the USA after October 200. We call on citizens of Liberia to join ranks in pushing for a constitutional amendment that brings to birth in a new day of true freedom, justice, peace, equal opportunity, prosperity and security in Liberia and Africa.With our children set free in America they can begin to live their dreams and contribute their quotas in making our world a better place. With Citizens’ Initiative, Liberia will be a prosperous nation that guarantees justice, security and equal opportunity for all citizens and a level playing field for foreign investors to compete in a free market place.Torli H. Krua is President of the Universal Human Rights International (UHRI), a non-profit organization that promotes democracy and citizens’ initiative in Africa and refugee rights in the USAShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man Beats Girlfriend to Death in Totota

first_imgPolice in Totota, Bong County, have arrested and remanded a 33-year-old man identified as John Mulbah for allegedly beating his girlfriend Alice Sam to death.According to Police accounts, the incident occurred last Sunday when John Mulbah accused his fiancée of responding to what he considered as a suspicious mobile phone conversation with another person.The police information further stated that while Alice was conversing, her husband-to- be, John Mulbah forcibly took hold of her phone on suspicion that she was in a conversation with a lover.The Police report revealed that a scrimmage ensued when Alice tried to recoup her mobile phone from her betrothed but John, according to the police, put on an insolent posture releasing a blind man slap in Alice’s ear and stepping in her stomach, leaving her unconscious. Alice Sam was pronounced dead by health workers on duty at the Phebe Hospital upon arrival on Sunday night.The investigation maintained that the deceased early last year underwent surgery when she gave birth to Mulbah’s son who, following her death, now lives with Alice’s mother in Totota.     Many of Totota’s residents who spoke with this newspaper disclosed that John Mulbah and Alice have had a long history of conflict over phone conversations.Some of the residents told this reporter that the deceased on many occasions complained of her boyfriend searching through her phone for strange numbers.The residents narrated that John had constantly accused his fiancée of having outside relationships, a claim they said the deceased had always denied.There were mixed reactions among residents of Totota, with some describing John’s action as out of mistrust, while others labeled him as cruel and wicked.Meanwhile, police at the Totota depot have charged John Mulbah with murder and processed him to be sent to the Gbarnga Magisterial Court for arraignment.The remains of the deceased have been deposited at the St.  Kennedy Funeral Home in Gbarnga.According to police, the suspect blamed his action on the work of the devil and pleaded for forgiveness.The police said they were informed by suspect John Mulbah that on many occasions he had suspected his girlfriend of being in a relationship with another man.He told the police that he did not intend to take the precious life of his wife-to-be but to penalize her by seizing her mobile phone for a short period of time.John, a father of one is appealing to the family members of his late girlfriend for pardon and said it was the work of the devil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Leaders Without Vision – The Root Cause of the Liberian Crisis

first_imgPresident Joseph G. Herring, officers and Members of this distinguished organization, President Emmanuel Smith and members of the national board, distinguished guests present, fellow Liberians, ladies and gentlemen- friends:It is both an honor to join you today on this historic occasion marking the inauguration of a new leadership, poised to steer the ship of destiny of UNIBOA – AH MUN BEDO in Maryland. It is also a pleasure to stand in solidarity with this great organization which represents an historic culture that transcends many county lines, forming a belt that surround  four counties – Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Margibi, and Montserrado – in a regional union of ethnic kinship which can otherwise be referred to as the THE BASSA NATION.The Liberian nation is defined by many ethnic groups but I can say tonight with facts and conviction that the Bassa nation stands tall among the ethnic groups of Liberia when it comes to her contribution to the history, culture, and political landscape of Liberia.  Indeed, Bassa has produced many great Liberians – from politicians, to cultural artists, diplomats, doctors, engineers, educators, and of course – the long list of eminent lawyers.I must commend you for the wise selection of the theme “Working together to win it together” The fact that we are gathered here together- the fact that many have subscribed in membership to this great organization- the fact that we share a common patrimony,  signifies at least the desire to work together. But how do we win it together? To win it, my friends, it takes a leader with a vision – a transformational leader who is endowed with the passion to initiate meaningful action to achieve advancement for his or her people.  This leads me to the topic of my message to you today: Leaders Without Vision – The Root Cause of the Liberian Crisis.Most reference books would define a leader as a guide – an individual selected and trusted to steer a group to achieve their desired ends – one responsible for the survival and safety of a group – Like a parent to family. The Bible often likens a leader to a shepherd who guides his sheep to feed in green pastures, quenching their thirst by the rivers and streams.  Allow me in a few minutes to illustrate the virtues of a good leader in the sense of a designated driver, selected and trusted by his peers to lead them with a sober mind to their desired destination – having responsibility to a large extent for their safety. A good designated driver, who takes his role of leadership seriously, would get the group together and remind them of goals while selecting the most competent amongst them to assist him in the front seat. He would first secure a roadmap by means of an ordinary map, GPS, map-quest or even a scribbled outline. As a good leader he would then ensure that the vehicle is basically equipped, having sufficient gasoline, spare tires and jack. He would even go further to check out the traffic, weather reports, and possible alternate routes. With this kind of leadership, the group is bound to find itself smoothly on a superhighway, riding on cruise control to the land of their destiny. In other words, a leader who is conscientious and committed to succeed comes prepared with a plan – never neglecting the basic needs and aspirations of his people.But on the other hand, there exist a different breed of leaders. Those who are the ones whose interests are not focused upon “working together to win it together.” Their self-conceited modus operandi is rather focused upon working to win it for themselves. Those are the shepherds who instead of leading their sheep to green pastures and flowing streams, would recklessly take them to the wilderness to die of hunger and thirst, simply because of their own quest for fortune and fame. Those are the leaders who would dare to take the drivers’ seat unprepared, and without a roadmap or plan.  In the last 34 years, the progress of our nation Liberia has suffered tremendous stagnation characterized by a series of devastating experiences because of leaders without a plan. Yes, indeed, we have had our share of bad drivers without a roadmap. It started with the one who seized the wheel even though he did not know how to drive. Predictably, he ran us off the road after 10 years of adventure, causing panic and confusion. We then took our chances from one miscellaneous driver to another for seven years – taking us from one dead end to the other. We though we solved the problem when we gave the wheel to the chief agitator, who took the wheel and ran us over the cliff – taking the lives of so many of our love ones.  And finally, after finding our way out of that wreckage, another driver, who professed to have so many credentials, has led us into a valley of the shadow of death, facing a hopeless situation of disease and distress simply because of the lack of a plan or appreciation for preparedness. Yes, that is the story of our nation. What we need to forge ahead as a nation, and finally achieve our destiny as people, is a committed leader, imbued with a vision of progress, and a mission for transformation. What we need is a leader with the ability to inspire his or her people to rise up on their feet from a hopeless state of complacency to achieve their God-given potential.With a plan for progress sanctioned by the will of the people we can transform that vision into a mission, and then we can declare with true conviction, that we are ready and willing to WORK TOGETHER TO WIN IT TOGETHER. Let me admonish you, my fellow Bassolians, that in this struggle “to win it together”, we cannot gave up on our nation. Let us keep Liberia close to our hearts. It is true that the unfolding events of recent decades have been challenging to our sense of endurance.Decade after decade, we have found ourselves dressed up in the morning in cloaks of hope, only to go to bed in shredded garments of distress and frustration. If I was asked to write the story about my experience as a child, and millions of others like me, who grew up in Liberia during this turbulent era, the title will certainly not be “THIS CHILD WOULD BE GREAT – It will be properly labeled “shattered dreams, wounded hearts  and broken souls.”  Sad but true – That is the legacy that those before us has left for us to grapple with. But something deep within me tell me those shatter dreams can be transformed into bright hope for tomorrow if we come together and believe that we are in this together. The famous poet,  John Dunn put it right when he said:No man is an island,Entire of itself,Every man is a piece of the continent,A part of the main.Any man’s death diminishes me,Because I am involved in mankind,And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;It tolls for thee.The turbulent storm of destruction has had its way with us. The rude awakening of this disastrous epidemic has brought us to our knees, but no, we cannot give up. From one era of distress to another, our nation has endured.  Yes, we were shaken by the forces of instability at the hands of one tyrant to the other. The relics of infrastructural destruction, coupled with devastating socio-economic woes are scars that we will bear for years. And yet, we have still endured.  Even in this moment of untold human suffering brought by a deadly epidemic, I can say with faith, that with God above, we will still endure.  We will endure because sooner or later, the scars will heal, the broken walls will be mended together again, and the wounded hearts torn apart by tragedy and pain will be healed again. It may seem long, but when the night of healing is complete, we will see the dawn of prosperity. Our star will shine bright in the horizon – AND Liberia shall rise again.With the winds of adversity behind us, besides us, and stirring ahead of us, we must build courage to forge ahead. With this kind of resolve, I’m certain that we can enter into a new era of progress. So, out of adversity, let us reap advancement, out of frustration, let us muster the will of determination, out of this moment of pain, together, we can make gains. Together, only together, we can turn this dark night of tragedy into a bright morning of triumph.Yes, Ah Mun Bedo, Liberia shall rise again because we can work together to win it together.I THANK YOU Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Situation must be corrected

first_imgDear Editor,Much evidence exists of the increasing dysfunctionality being encouraged and created by the coalition Government in the Local Government system. The weakening of governance systems is now ever present across the length and breadth of Guyana and comes as a sacrifice of the cohesive and developmental gains that could have been achieved.I justifiably, condemn and will continue the exposure of the wicked intent of the Government’s partisan, disruptive and clearly unproductive agenda. Regrettably, the Government’s approach is glaringly visible through their deliberate, callous and presumptuous circumvention of the roles of legitimately elected Councils in our Local Authority Areas (LAAs).These Government excesses of power, obviously, negatively impact and contradict good governance practices. The results are far reaching and linked to a certain permanent social deterioration. Certain constitutional elements guard against these excesses, such as the meaningful functioning of a semi or fully autonomous Local Government Commission (LGC).Since the delayed establishment of the LGC in October 2017, the nation has not heard much from the Commission itself. It leaves one to wonder about the approach to what the LGC needs to be doing? Clearly, the Commission needs to make citizens aware of its difficulties and move to remedy the emerged alarming incidences under its mandate.The general media has candidly made the public aware of the numerous reported violations and breaches of financial and other regulations by Government empowered Regional Executive Officers and Town Clerks. More so, Government officials have been either silent or shamelessly attempted to cover for the blatant misappropriation and mal-administration by these officers. Fraud and more fraud is taking place in the LAAs and apparently, nothing is being done to prevent this lightening fast growing epidemic.The associated pervasiveness of the foregoing will never benefit residents of communities and all citizens at large. They are also not uncommon when with the rules are applied in a partisan manner, and being convenient bent in favour of a particular political party or for a selected few. As expected, the situation is fuelling greed and its associates’ impediments as the agents of the State embark on a get rich quick syndrome, rather than ensure acceptable governance.The weakening of the Local Government system in light of the Government’s approach cannot be denied. Only recently, Councillors from the Linden Regional Democratic Council joined the bandwagon of public commentators against the excesses.More serious is the fact that so-called contractors, are allocated work to do which they can never complete. Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is experiencing the highest turn-over of Regional Executive Officers and Town Clerks. Recently the once ‘discarded’ Mayor of Linden, Orrin Gordon was appointed as the Regional Executive Officer (REO) in Region 10. This appointment did not have the blessings of the LGC and is a blatant disregard by the Communities Ministry in not allowing the LGC to do its work.Further, the members of the Region 10 Regional Works Committee are accused of soliciting money from the public and persons expressing interest in bidding for contracts. Many are of the view of what happened with the Chairman of the Works Committee in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica).As for the Georgetown municipality, the Mayor and Town Clerk have become tourists of immense extravagance, while mismanaging the City’s finances.Minister Joseph Harmon must not turn a blind eye to the unsatisfactory parking meter issue because the general public would not. It is public knowledge that before the ‘Gang of Four’ left this country to finalise the parking meter deal, they had a meeting with the ‘bosses’ at the Office of the President and the big General Secretary of the People’s National Congress was there at the meeting.The Public Accounts Committee is recommending that all the corrupt Regional Executive Officers and Engineers must be booted out of the System. It is clear that the corruption in all these Ministries and State departments are getting worse and the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition Government is doing nothing to deter same. The situation must be corrected!Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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