UC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAA

first_imgCarpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Read Next With no elderly nun with an engaging personality hanging around at a public school like UC Irvine, Turner got creative.“They had a secret weapon that everyone remembers in Sister Jean and that we also have a secret weapon that no one knows about, and it’s Uncle Blaine,” Turner said. “It was a play on words, you know, as a way to entertain the crowd, but Blaine is special for our team and our staff.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Uncle Blaine” is UC Irvine assistant coach Blaine Taylor, who won 380 games and made six tournament trips as head coach at Montana and Old Dominion and four more as an assistant at Stanford before joining the Anteaters in 2016.After getting the nickname on Sunday, Taylor has heard from many old friends, amused that the 61-year-old basketball lifer is being compared to a 98-year-old nun. He was sent a picture of him and Sister Jean that he proudly showed off in the locker room on Saturday as the 13th-seeded Anteaters (31-5) prepared for their second-round game in the South Region against No. 12 seed Oregon (24-12). Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Anteaters have a long way to matching the run Loyola made last year. They got off to a good start with the 70-64 upset of fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday and are the lowest remaining seed in the tournament.They are underdogs again in the second round against Pac-12 tournament champion Oregon but bristle at the Cinderella label.“We don’t see ourselves that way,” guard Robert Cartwright said. “But we understand that might come with our seeding. But we look at ourselves as a high-level team that can compete with pretty much anybody, and that’s what we’re going to continue to show hopefully throughout the rest of the season.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LATEST STORIES UC Irvine players and coaches celebrate during the second half of a first round men’s college basketball game against Kansas State in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 22, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)SAN JOSE, Calif. — When UC Irvine made the NCAA Tournament, coach Russell Turner believed his team had many of the same ingredients that fueled Loyola of Chicago’s surprising run to the Final Four last year.The Anteaters had an experienced team with a gaudy record but was missing only one ingredient: the good luck charm that provided inspiration for the Ramblers.ADVERTISEMENT “Maybe I’m a little bit of a good luck charm. I’ve been to lots of these tournaments,” Taylor said. “If someone feels a little luckier or someone can show them what’s around the corner down the trail, that’s kind of a compliment. It’s been kind of a fun thing for us to joke around about.”Sister Jean Delores Schmidt became a national sensation last March as she watched from a wheelchair as the Ramblers ran through the tournament as a No. 11 seed and went all the way to the national semifinals before losing to Michigan.The team’s chaplain, unofficial scout and eternal optimist was a natural on TV. She joked that she gave up losing for Lent, had a bobblehead made of her and even got to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Cubs game.That’s a high bar for Turner to meet but one his players believe he can achieve.“I would agree with it,” guard Evan Leonard said of the comparison. “I’m not sure if he would. He has a great personality. The lady last year also had a great personality as well. It’s a great nickname for him.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Charlie Edwards keeps WBC flyweight belt with unanimous win Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View commentslast_img read more

Justice Minister Sannoh’s First Major Case

first_imgThe brutal rape and murder of 12 year-old Musu Morris in Brewerville last Sunday was the subject of the last paragraph in yesterday’s editorial.  We made a strong appeal in that paragraph to the Ministry of Justice and the Liberian Judiciary to handle this case “efficiently and expeditiously  . . .  in order to send a strong message to such wickedly demented people that they will be punished for such heinous acts.”On the front page of yesterday’s edition our Women and Family page producer, Claudia Sara Smith, wrote a detailed story about this most tragic crime allegedly perpetrated by the 49 year-old man whom the victim pointed out to her family before she died. The suspect, Musa Kromah, is commonly known in Brewerville as “CDC Musa”.We think the Ministry of Justice and the Liberian Judiciary have a very serious case on their hands.  Here is an opportunity to show that there is justice in Liberia.In addition, Counselor Benedict Sannoh, our newly appointed Justice Minister, has been landed his first case of barefaced Police cruelty and negligence.   On the night of the rape, the hapless parents took Musu from hospital to hospital and they all refused to admit and treat the severely assaulted child because they said she was “bleeding too much.” Understandably, bleeding is one of the signs of Ebola infection and the medical staff may have turned the child away for that reason.  But it begs the question, where were their PPEs to do an examination of the victim?  But then here is another deeply disturbing phenomenon:  the cruel and inept police behavior.  After being refused treatment by both Redemption Hospital in Monrovia and Faith Clinic in Brewerville, the deeply distressed and hapless parents continued their rush for medical treatment for the bleeding child.  They decided next to try the John F. KennedyMedical Center (JFK) in distant Sinkor.  But when they got to the police checkpoint at the old Ministry of Health on Capital By-Pass, they were reportedly stopped by police who arrested the car.  The parents and driver pleaded with these policemen to allow the car to reach the JFK with their bleeding daughter, but, said Edward Johnson who represented the parents, the Police at that checkpoint “got aggressive and started getting violent with us.”Unable to reach the JFK, the bewildered and terrified parents returned to Brewerville, by which time the child was in her last moments of life.The parents also said that on the very night of the crime, they immediately reported the incident to the Brewerville police who they say did nothing about it and attempted no investigation.Justice Minister Sannoh has a very serious case on his hands and is faced with a two-fold investigative challenge: first, getting all the facts of the case, ensuring that the accused is kept in police custody and does not escape until the case lands before a judge; and second, the behavior of the Police in Brewerville and at the old Health Ministry Check Point.What will it take for our Police officers to recognize a life-threatening case when they see one?  Where is their professionalism, their commitment to serving the public interest, their compassion, most especially in the case of a life-threatening attack on an innocent child?  Had the police responded to the report of the rape and even accompanied the family to the hospital, young Musu’s life may have been saved. You mean our police have no compassion, no real concern about a wicked crime committed against a 12 year-old girl?  These officers should not forget that they, too, have daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and sons who could be the victims of the hideous crime of rape.We pray that the Prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice and the officials of the Liberian Judiciary handling this case, will remember that God has given them daughters, too.  We further pray that Justice Minister Sannoh will not rest until this case is effectively and successfully presented to the courts and that justice, at long last, will NOT be delayed.  We do not want the file of this case pushed under the pile until three years later when the President, showing up at the Central Prison, will spot the culprit and tell him you have served your turn and are free to go.We hope that Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, too, will immediately take a very serious interest in this case and follow it until justice is fully and decisively served.   Beyond that, the Gender Minister must work in close collaboration with MOH, LNP, MOJ and the plethora of NGOs and civil society entities to provide more prevention, protection and response to rape and other crimes against women and children.         Before she ended her Cabinet Retreat yesterday, even the President should have said something about this terrible   tragedy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MSME Conference Features 50 Entrepreneurs: All Get Business Training, 1-year Tax Clearance

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today, November 17, officially open the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Small Business Administration (SBA) flagship 2015 Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Conference in Monrovia.The conference will bring together 50 Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) from all over Liberia. All 50 SMEs exhibiting at the fair will receive The World Bank Group business edge training and a one-year year tax clearance to facilitate contracts.The conference is also intended to showcase the Innovation Hall where young entrepreneurs will showcase their products with awards for the best innovators. This year’s Annual MSME Conference is the flagship of the Ministry of Commerce SBA with support from the Government of Japan, in partnership with USAID-Fed, Lone Star Cell MTN, Building Markets, IBEX-Liberia, Single Sparks, Business Start-up Center and the Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (AEDE). Other supporters include Ecobank-Liberia, LBDI, the West African Venture Fund, Global Bank Liberia Limited, etc.The President, who will be accompanied by her Cabinet, members of the Legislature and the Judiciary, will address over five hundred Liberian owned business men and women, business executives, local and international partners, diplomatic corps, youths and cross-section of people at the Monrovia City Hall. The theme for this year’s conference is “From Vision to Implementation, Buying Liberian, Building Liberia,” with special focus on youth innovation for economic empowerment.Serving as keynote speaker is a young Liberian entrepreneur and Bronson Fellow, Mr. Mahmud Johnson, general manager of J-Palm, a palm oil manufacturing company that utilizes made-in-Liberia technology and innovation to deliver high quality palm oil on the Liberian market.Since its inception in 2013, the SBA MSME Conference has focused on different topics and allowed SMEs to explore partnerships and receive financing to expand their operations. The conference has facilitated over US$1 million in investments in SMEs with new innovations such as the Liberia Innovation Fund for entrepreneurs and the Liberian Marketplace. Each year the conference has a specific focus. Last year various topics were covered, including ‘Entrepreneurship Development, Access to Finance and Access to Markets.’Like last year, this year, all 50 SMEs that exhibit in the fair will receive The World Bank Group business edge training and a one-year year tax clearance to facilitate contracts. In 2014, “Agriculture” was the topic where the President issued Executive Order #64 under which SMEs in the agriculture sector benefited from tariff exemption on certain agricultural equipment or implements.This year’s conference will be a capacity building conference, networking and business linkage event, aimed at providing a forum for Liberian youth to participate in a comprehensive E-Plus/business plan competition for emerging starts up MSMEs.It will select the First Class of E-Plus Entrepreneurs to benefit from the Liberian Innovative Fund for Entrepreneurs (LIFE-Fund) and World Bank Group Business Edge Training. The E-Plus First Class will go through entrepreneurship development and mentoring for a two year period and each entrepreneur will receive up to US$10,000 to start their businesses. The conference will be climaxed with the award dinner on November 18 to be followed by the Liberian Experience Concert and Wear Your Pride Fashion.In a related development, in celebration of the passing of the Intellectual Property Law and various treaties, a special concert organized by Blue Links Promotions artists will pay tribute to Liberian legends Miatta Fahnbulleh, Tecumsay Roberts, Zack and Gebah among others on November 18th at the Monrovia City Hall Theatre from 9pm to 11:00PM. During the performance, the Wear Your Pride promoting young designers’ use of the Lofa (Country) Cloth will take place, organized by Hon. Munah P. Youngblood, where students and are encouraged to participate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

May-Pac 2 out for now; Thurman rematch logical

first_imgBenefits of township living Shortly after the split decision was announced, Thurman readily asked Pacquiao for a rematch.“Much respect to the senator,” Thurman said. “I would love a rematch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIf only for coming out there to fight Pacquiao toe-to-toe, the 30-year-old American—beaten for the first time, and bloodily at that—clearly deserves one.“I think they need to do a rematch,” said Ellerbe, who added that he “thought it was close fight, but I thought it was [a] unanimous” win for Pacquiao. LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ LATEST STORIES ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division But Ellerbe didn’t bother to answer a Mayweather-Pacquiao rematch of their 2015 megafight, which was the biggest ever in boxing in terms of revenues.Young turks Errol Spence Jr., and Shawn Porter were at ringside. They will clash on Sept. 28 with the winner getting the inside track in the Pacquiao sweepstakes.Though the fight tarnished Thurman’s once immaculate record, he proved his worth against one of boxing’s greatest.“This guy,” Pacquiao said of Thurman. “He can fight, he has a lot ahead of him. His journey does not end here. Don’t be discouraged [with] this part of boxing [losing]. This guy is a warrior.”Thurman matched his brashness in words by coming back despite the punishments.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao (L) and Keith Thurman battle in the 10th round of their WBA welterweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on July 20, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won in a split decision. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS—If Floyd Mayweather is no longer an option, Manny Pacquiao still has plenty of choices for his next fight.But if you ask Mayweather Promotions chief Leonard Ellerbe, a rematch with Keith Thurman is the most logical.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchaliancenter_img MOST READ View comments He survived a stunning knockdown in the first, a busted nose in the fifth, and a sledge-hammer punch to the solar plexus in the 10th.“Tonight was a great night of boxing,” Thurman said. “You know, the opening round didn’t start the way that I wanted to. Manny Pacquiao had a lot of momentum from the knockdown.”“I ended up paying attention to the rounds, by the time we got to seven, I said ‘Hey we’re [in the] seventh already,’” he added. His trainer Dan Birmingham then instructed him to try to win every round thereafter.Thurman’s record fell to 29-1 (22 knockouts), while Pacquiao went up 62-7-2 (39 KOs).At any rate, Pacquiao said he won’t fight anymore this year.“I have to go back to my work in the Senate,” said Pacquiao, who , contrary to original plans, won’t make it to President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Top seeds in trouble Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PSL: PLDT finally stops skid, trips Sta. Lucia

first_img‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Urdas delivered with a game-high 20 points while Soltones, playing under the weather, came off the bench to finish with 10 points, highlighted by the match-winning hit in the fourth set. She also threw in nine excellent receptions.Sasa Devanadera and Shola Alvarez added eight points each with the latter contributing 15 digs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m happy because we finally ended our losing streak because this conference has been hard for us. We’ve been struggling for the past games,” PLDT head coach Roger Gorayeb said.Sta. Lucia wrote its own doom by surrendering 37 points on errors against PLDT, which only had 19 freebies off miscues—most of which came in that first-set defeat. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Bowling eyes end of SEA Games gold drought LATEST STORIES Benefits of township living MOST READ LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Aiko Urdas over Andrea Marzan and Roselle Baliton. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPLDT Home Fibr pounced on struggling Sta. Lucia, 20-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-18, to snap its five-game slide in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference yesterday at Muntinlupa Sports Center.Aiko Urdas and Grethcel Soltones showed the way for the Power Hitters, who also drew strong support from their second stringers to improve to a 3-6 win-loss record for the No. 6 spot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spottedlast_img read more

Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2: The Invisible Twins

first_imgTransparency is a Taboo in Liberia From the balcony of the Executive Mansion to the bicameral chambers of the National Legislature, there is an increasing wave of corruption, greed, bribery, nepotism and patronage. From the courtrooms of the Supreme and Subordinate Courts to the Correction Centers, justice is on sale at the detriment of those who do not have deep pockets as well as those who are far away from the powers that be. From the offices of various ministries to public enterprises and agencies, almost everyone who claims to be ‘working for the good of the people’ is in a hurry to get rich, especially with less than 15 months to a crucial electoral process in 2017. Transparency has become a taboo in a small and under-populated country like Liberia as bribery remains a top priority for those at the helm of national leadership. Today under a canopy of democracy, accountability to the people is prohibited as public dishonesty pollutes every echelon of our society. Sometimes, I am left to wonder whether our ‘leaders’ are really sincere about fighting corruption or they are pretending to be fighting it. This menace (corruption) continues to pose severe danger to peace, stability and national unity in Liberia. From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Embassies and Consulates, the collective interest of the nation is mortgaged and sold cheaply in return for selfish gains. From the National Investment Commission to the National Bureau of Concessions, the natural resources of Liberia are rapidly commercialized without any plan to improve the living condition of those who own those resources. These are routine and domineering trends in Liberia’s governance structure that continue to hamper national security, economic growth and genuine development. From every indication, corruption is now presiding as Commander-In-Chief (CIC) of Africa’s oldest republic. When those in authority siphon public resources, they are not held accountable or liable simply because they have big connections and deep pockets. No one is yet to account for the US$60 million the European Union gave Liberia to improve its health sector. No one has been held accountable for the bankruptcy of the National Oil Company (NOCAL). Who has ever accounted for the US$10.5 million given by CHEVRON for social development? Nobody has ever been held liable for ratifying and approving over 66 bogus concession agreements. No one is yet to account for the US$2.6 million stolen Ebola fund. The 65 audit reports released by former Auditor General John S. Morlu are getting dusty on the shelf. The Global Witness Report is gradually dying as Liberians remain curious to know who are Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2. The half a million (US$500,000.00) clandestinely pocketed by Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 could build 5 modern primary schools or 5 public libraries. This money could equip 2 high-tech computer labs at the state-run university or any private institution of higher learning for that matter. More than US$14,933,334 has been spent since 2008 just to renovate an eight-story Executive Mansion, but this project is far from completion. The Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs must give an account of this money. The over US$16.9 billion foreign direct investment since 2006 has made no real impact. Life expectancy is still low while food insecurity remains high. The pace of unemployment, poverty, infant and maternal mortality, disease and ignorance is exponential as a result of unpatriotic and bad governance. The nation is beclouded and eclipsed by a small group of ‘born-again’ rascals and political hustlers. They are ruining our State and plunging its destiny into a ditch of entrenched paralysis. These mountebanks and micro-nationalists are on an expedition to leech onto Liberia’s wealth. Leadership for them is not about service, but self-gains. They are the real originators of the ‘Get, Grab and Go’ formula. The Invisible Twins On May 11, 2016, the invisible twins that Liberians have never known and seen before were given birth to suddenly by a damning Global Witness report under the caption ‘The Deceivers’. No twins have ever been given such a name (Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2) in our history. What is even intriguing and mindboggling is that these twins are invisible. The Liberian people know them by pseudonym (Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2), but they are yet to see them physically after more than 2 months of public outcry. These invisible twins covertly pocketed US$500,000 out of the US$950,000 Sable Mining bribery scandal in 2010, according to Global Witness. Almost everywhere including market places, haitai centers and street corners, the Global Witness report is being discussed. The Global Witness report further justifies that corruption has been given residential permit in Liberia. There is huge public anxiety currently for government to dig out the hard facts surrounding this report. The desire of the Liberian people to know who Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 are remains unquenchable. Every effort to detect or unearth the Invisible Twins (Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2) seems futile. Even the Special Presidential Task Force headed by Cllr. Fonati Koffa is yet to identify these Invisible Twins. It has been more than 2 months since Global Witness, an international anti-graft institution, released a shocking report linking top officials of the Liberian government to bribery. This report has brought national disgrace and embarrassment to our nation; thereby provoking many in and out of Liberia to call for an independent, speedy and comprehensive investigation. The Liberian people are still in doubt as to whether something will ever come out of this report and the culprits of such grave crime (bribery) will be dealt with in accordance with the law. There are many other reports of similar nature linking top officials of government to bribery, conflict of interest, corruption, and unethical behaviors. Unfortunately, nothing has come out of those reports. Bribery in government is preventing millions of Liberians from accessing quality education, improved health care, better housing, electricity, safe drinking water, good roads, job opportunities, social welfare and other basic services. This unscrupulous practice is even detrimental than a venom. Bribery is a grave crime. It is a second degree felony according to Subchapter D Section 12.50. Bribery also violates section 9.1 of the Code of Conduct and Chapter 11 Article 90(a) of the 1986 Constitution. Since this crime or offence is so injurious, then it means that Liberians must stand up to demand an impartial investigation in order to uncover hidden truths in this bribery case. Those who have been accused by Global Witness must be given an opportunity to exonerate themselves through a transparent legal process. On the other hand, Global Witness must also be accorded similar opportunity to prove its claims or allegations against those accused. We hope this other case will serve as a turning point in the fight against corruption in Liberia. Corruption must come to an end – it has to! The Liberian people have endured a lot as a result of this menace. Moving forward will not just require the establishment of anti-corruption watchdogs like the GAC, LACC and IAA, but it will require strong political will and sincerity. Those who are in the constant habit of abusing power and misusing public resources must be held liable in accordance with the Law. The Law is the only legal instrument that binds us together. Nobody is above the Law. The Law is above everybody. The proper and unbiased administration of the law is fundamental to sustaining peace and maintaining stability in the absence of UNMIL. Justice is not selective. It knows no one’s name, title, status, background, religion, or political affiliation. Justice must be dispensed without fear or favor to ensure that public safety or interest is guaranteed. The Liberian people deserve to know who Big Boy 1 and Big Boy 2 are. The government of Liberia must do all it can in the shortest possible time to unearth these Invisible Twins and ensure that the actual facts of the Global Witness report are revealed. Anything less than this, the confidence of the people in the government would diminish even further. As a means of fast-tracking this case and getting at its bottom, it is crucial for the government of Liberia to seek support or assistance from the United Nations, Transparency International, Carter Center, the US government, the British government, etc. Liberia can get better if we begin to uproot economic vampires and vultures through a concrete mechanism of accountability and justice. Impunity has no space under the doctrine of democracy. From the largest slum of West Point and the top of Ducor, I see a new Liberia rising above the African continent. Change is possible even in the midst of impossible odds. About the Author: Martin K. N. Kollie is a Liberian youth activist, a student leader, an emerging economist and a young writer. He hails from central Liberia, specifically Bong County. Martin currently reads Economics with distinction at the University of Liberia and he is a loyal stalwart of the Student Unification Party (SUP). He can be reached at: martinkerkula1989@yahoo.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UBA Pledges More Funding for African Growth

first_imgBesides the $1million donation to assist the fight against Ebola, in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, in the three West African countries where the United Bank for Africa (UBA) does business, and other immeasurable and valuable investments in other African countries, the UBA has reconfirmed its Africa network as a strategic priority, and pledged further capital for African growth, UBA-Liberia has announced. The announcement to pump more money in the African economy, especially through governmental or public projects were made recently at an inaugural Senior Leadership Forum, where the UBA Group Chairman Mr. Tony O. Elumelu reflected on the strategic importance and growth potential of the Group’s pan-African business in a Forum, held in Nigeria recently. The Forum brought together 90 participants, including the entire Board of UBA, all Chairmen and all CEOs of UBA subsidiaries across Africa and the United Kingdom. It was timed to coincide with UBA’s Annual General Meeting and Group Board Meeting.Some of the projects the UBA funded include a US$315 million facility to the Government of Ghana for road projects on the strength of Road Fund levies, domiciled with UBA Ghana; a 234 million Euro oil and gas financing deal with Société Africaine de Raffinage (SAR) of Senegal, and a US$180 million to Delta Energy Zambia for the procurement and supply of petroleum products to marketing companies in Zambia.Others were a US$90m University of Dakar hostel construction project financed solely by UBA Senegal – African capital, building African infrastructure for African education as well as a USD$1.2 billion oil financing with NNPC and Chevron where UBA provided funding for Chevron and NNPC to develop 36 new oil wells that will significantly expand Nigeria’s oil production capacity.This means other countries, where the UBA operates might also benefit in keeping with the objective of creating an institution worthy of the patronage of clients and the trust of regulators and governments, which are inarguably critical issues and drivers for success across the continent. The pledge of more funding for African countries including the approval of additional injection of capital into its East African subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania was aimed to re-affirm UBA’s commitment to growth in its countries of operations across the continent.“We are one bank, the United Bank for Africa”, the UBA Group Chairman Elumelu said as he opened the Forum. “Bringing together our senior leadership talent from across the continent and the distinguished leaders who chair our subsidiary businesses is a powerful demonstration of our commitment to forge one bank for Africa.”“As long-term investors and pioneers in pan-African commercial and investment banking, we are deeply committed to the markets in which we operate and to harnessing the potential represented by the wider African economy. Our intention is to be the leader in African financial services, and our recent transaction track record shows this. We are realizing the potential of Africa” said Mr. Elumelu.UBA subsidiaries operate in 18 African countries and now contribute more than 25 per cent to Group operating revenue. UBA is increasingly recognized as a strong pan-African brand, hailed for democratizing banking in its countries of operation while participating in leading financial transactions, the group said in a statement. Other items on the agenda at the Forum included Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies and compliance standards across the Group. The Group Compliance Officer Uche Ike stated that “compliance is non-negotiable. We operate as a global bank, in global centers (London, Paris and New York). We have seen how swiftly, internationally and within Africa, banks have lost hard earned reputations, through laxity in policy compliance and we will not tolerate this in UBA Group“.The Forum coincided with the 54th Annual General Meeting of UBA (where participants were also able to celebrate the Bank’s strong financial performance) as the week long activities culminated in the dedication of staff at the annual UBA CEO Awards ceremony.UBA reported strong financial results in 2015, in what is largely recognized as a challenging macro environment. Gross earnings were N315bn whilst operating profits stood at almost N70bn. UBA Africa operations currently contribute approximately 25% of these earnings but are expected to grow significantly and over time contribute as much as 50% to overall Group profitability. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UAAP: UST off to hot start, thumps UE in opener

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas dominated University of the East, 95-82, to open its UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball campaign with a bang Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT The Growling Tigers started off with a blistering 13-0 run for a 24-16 lead and never looked back, denying the Red Warriors who had a surprising coaching change just a day before the opener.UST continued to press the issue in the third quarter with Soulemane Chabiyo completing a three-point play to give UST a commanding 65-57 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4This was the Growling Tigers’ first opening game win since Season 78 when they beat Adamson 78-63 in the campaign that saw them claim a league-best 11-3 record in the elimination round.Rhenz Abando led UST with 22 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in his collegiate debut. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener PLAY LIST 01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brooklyn Nets player arrested for assaulting girlfriend Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption “It feels good to win your first game because it gives you confidence, it boosts your morale especially if you have nine newcomers,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.“When you have that many rookies you what you want is in the very first game they should be able to play with their own style so we can set the tone early.”Chabiyo finished with a 19-point, 12-rebound effort  to help the Growling Tigers take off while Brent Paraiso and Sherwin Concepcion had 10 points apiece.Young skipper CJ Cansino, who’s coming off an ACL injury in his rookie season, filled the stat sheets for UST with nine points, eight rebounds, and five assists.Rey Suerte put up 23 points and eight boards for the Red Warriors while Alex Diakhite had 20 points and 21 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Jeremy Miado draws strength from losing compatriots in KO win

first_imgJeremy Miado was the lone Filipino winner at ONE: Age of Dragons. ONE CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOBEIJING—Jeremy Miado, the third and last Filipino to step inside the ring in ONE: Age of Dragons Saturday night, watched two of his compatriots fall to China’s hometown bets by unanimous decision.Miado knew it was solely up to him to prevent a winless campaign by Filipinos in the China card.ADVERTISEMENT But rather than seeing it as added pressure, he used it as extra motivation.“I’m happy and sad at the same time because two other Filipinos lost, but I used that as my inspiration to really try and win,” Miado told the Philippine media in Filipino Friday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The 26-year-old Miado did not disappoint, knocking out China’s Miao Li Tao in scintillating fashion in the first round.Miado unleashed a well-timed flying knee that landed right in Miao’s chin that stunned the crowd at Cadillac Arena here. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:01PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights)00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption ‘People evacuated on their own’ 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw “That flying knee was really part of my game plan. I did that move over and over again during my training. I studied Miao well and I knew I would catch him with a flying knee,”Miado said.“He’s an overly aggressive fighter so I was just looking for the right time to catch him.”Ramon Gonzales and Edward Kelly, however, weren’t as fortunate.Gonzales yielded to Hexigetu in the opening bout while Kelly of Team Lakay bowed to a much-younger foe in Tang Kai.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs studycenter_img Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ PH women’s baseball cops bronze, earns spot in world championship 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist View commentslast_img read more

Agriculture paradigm shift?

first_imgExactly one year ago, we noted in this space the proclivity of the Ministry of Agriculture to ignore the lesson of agriculture — that it takes time and effort to bring crops and livestock to “fruition”. Every October, it announces “Agriculture Month” with an accompanying “theme” that promises revolutionary change in a year.Last year it was “Exploring new production frontiers: in pursuit of climate resilience”, while the year before, 2015, the first since it assumed office, it was “Exploiting our Strengths; advancing agriculture and social protection”. This year, we are informed, the theme is “Food Security and Hinterland Development: Our National Priority.”The connection of agriculture and “social protection” in 2015 was rather ironic in retrospect, since, in that year, the Government unilaterally announced the closure of Wales sugar factory and the “amalgamation” of the estate with Uitvlugt Estate, twenty miles north on the Atlantic Coast.Surely “social protection” was not augmented with the loss of employment by 1700 workers, among whom were several hundred cane-cutters, who were being herded back to the days of indentureship, when the worker had to unquestioningly obey the orders of the planters.Ignoring the labour contract that forbid a worker being shifted to a worksite more than ten miles from his home, the cane-cutters were ordered to report to fields at Uitvlugt, at least 20 miles away, and are still in a state of limbo.  The “amalgamation” of the estates appears stillborn, since a connecting road to transport cane from Wales to Uitvlugt is still only, at best, an aspiration.In 2015, there was also another development (or lack thereof) in the agricultural sector, which belied the theme of “social protection”. The rice industry had received a shot in the arm back in 2009, after then President Jagdeo had negotiated a rice contract on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The mega contract with Venezuela was in effect a barter of rice for oil, utilising the Petrocaribe Fund, at rice prices twice the world market rates. The contract had come to an end, but the new APNU/AFC Government did absolutely nothing to try to salvage a market then absorbing 200,000 tonnes of the 600,000 tonnes produced.But the themes of 2016 and 2017 suggest there was a method to the Government’s apparent madness: the Government intends to abandon agriculture on the coastland and move it inland. Last year’s theme, “Exploring new production frontiers: in pursuit of climate resilience”, saw the Government giving much more attention to the PNC’s efforts back in the 1970s cooperative socialistic phase, to push agricultural development in the intermediate and hinterland savannahs.And we cautioned: “It is our hope that Government is not giving up on the coastal agricultural “bird in the hand” in pursuit of its hinterland “bird in the bush,” as adumbrated in this year’s theme.In its announcement of Agriculture Month last week, it noted: “The Government of Guyana’s 2015 Manifesto has indicated development of the hinterland as a priority, with implementation of policies for development of the Intermediate Savannahs, as well as the Rupununi Savannahs. The Intermediate Savannahs have long been considered as the next frontier for the nation’s agricultural development. In this vein, the Ministry of Agriculture has aligned its work programme to realise the Intermediate Savannahs as the next agricultural centre, and has also prioritised the implementation of policies for development of the Rupununi Savannahs.”While there is unquestionably a need to develop the intermediate and interior savannahs, as was highlighted by the Minister and his high-level team on their visit to the Rupununi during the middle of last month, the challenges presented will take huge amounts of resources – technological, human and material. We suggest that we do not waste the hundreds of years of efforts by slaves, indentured and freemen to make the Guyana coastland among the best drained and irrigated lands on the planet.”It might also appear to be politically motivated.last_img read more