Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study San Miguel fights for its life in Game 6 on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown San Miguel Beermen. PBA IMAGESWith TNT on the verge of making it to the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup, San Miguel is well aware that its title retention chances are getting slimmer.But as veteran crew which have been in this place before, the Beermen know they just need to keep the faith.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite TNT strikes back, grabs series lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG “Our road is getting slimmer, but at least, there’s still an opening. We can still make it,” Arwind Santos said in Filipino after the Beermen lost Game 5, 101-94, to trail the series 3-2.The 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player led San Miguel with 18 points and six rebounds in the game where the Beermen managed to storm back in the second half only to have KaTropa finish stronger for the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnEven with the Beermen just a loss away from failing to defend their crown, Santos still has full trust on his squad that they can pass the test starting in Game 6.“The good thing here is that even though we’re down and sad, we still believe in each other that we can come back. As long as there’s hope, we’ll do it. We’re still going to fight until the end.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town
Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite PSC eyes MILF kids in Batang Pinoy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Coming off its first loss in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Star is looking at inflicting the same hurt on fellow powerhouse San Miguel Beer.After seeing a four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt exactly a week ago, the Hotshots battle the Beermen in the 6:45 p.m. game at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, with Star aching to deal San Miguel its first loss that could mean a piece of the early elimination round lead.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions And coach Chito Victolero believes that with the right mind-set, his Hotshots will be the first team to pierce the Beermen’s seeming myth of invincibility.“Beating San Miguel is tough, but I think we have a good chance if we all play hard together,” Victolero said in a text message. “We just have to stay focused on our game plan and execute on both ends of the floor for 48 minutes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe reigning Philippine Cup champion Beermen have been impressive in their first two games but will be entering a tough six-day stretch where they play three games, making each one of them important as they try to amass as many wins early and put themselves in position for a top two finish.Meanwhile, Meralco shoots for win No. 6 and enhance its chances for a top two when the Bolts, who will be without do-it-all power forward Cliff Hodge, battle dangerous Blackwater in the 4:30 p.m. contest.The Bolts played a chunk of their elimination round games in the first two weeks of the conference and came out of a hectic schedule almost unscathed. LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coach Norman Black and the rest of his gang are aiming for the highest finish possible.“It may come down to a battle between the imports,” Black said as he parades Alex Stepheson against the equally big and talented Greg Smith.“We are hoping that Alex holds his own [against Smith] and control the boards for us like he has done in our past games.”block16bTony Mitchell of Star, seen here swatting the shot of Mahindra’s LA Revilla, has been a defensive anchor for the Hotshots. —AUGUST DELA CRUZADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments
Good scalps “They’ve had good scalps against a lot of the Test-playing countries. They are a Test-playing country in their own right, so we expect a competitive game. They will field well, they will be very, very disciplined, and they will work hard.” The only survivors from that defeat to Ireland are Gayle, Samuels, captain Jason Holder and Jerome Taylor, with selectors since opting for youth in order to rebuild the unit. And with the likes of emerging Test star Shai Hope, Evin Lewis and Jason Mohammed set to feature, Estwick said the experience would further enhance the development. “[It will] help our young players to get an opportunity to play in these conditions. A lot of them haven’t played in conditions like this, and I think as an international cricketer, you’ve got to learn to play in all the various conditions. This would be another step in their development as well.” West Indies were presented with challenging weather yesterday as temperatures dipped to 10 degrees Celsius, accompanied by steady rain. West Indies are already in danger of failing to qualify automatically for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England. They are currently ninth in the ODI rankings, with hosts England along with the remaining top seven teams, gaining automatic qualification. With eighth-placed Sri Lanka swept 5-0 by India recently, West Indies now need to beat Ireland and then also trounce England 4-1 or better in order to assume eighth spot in the rankings. West Indies will remember the humbling experience at the ICC World Cup two years ago when the Irish chased down 305 to comfortably win by four wickets, and Estwick said he expected a similarly tough encounter. “Obviously, they are very competitive. They have been competitive for a number of years,” Eswick pointed out. WINDIES IN DANGER BELFAST, Ireland (CMC): Bowling coach Roddy Estwick has warned Ireland that West Indies will be playing at full throttle when the two teams meet in the one-off one-day International today. The Caribbean side boasts a team which includes the likes of superstar Chris Gayle and stroke-maker Marlon Samuels, and will face an Irish side with much to prove after recently attaining Test status. And even though West Indies will be more focused on the five-match series against England starting in a week’s time, Estwick said the Ireland contest was of no lesser importance. “They (Irish) will see attacking cricket. We’re here to make a statement,” Estwick said. “We’re on a mission, we’re here to get enough points in this ODI and the five against England to help us qualify automatically for the World Cup so we’ve got to take this game very, very seriously.” He added: “We need points to move us forward in the 50-overs rankings … and all the boys are here so we’re looking forward to putting on a good show tomorrow.”
Richard Longmore, general manager of the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), said he is expecting great things from this year’s graduating of class of apprentices. Nineteen apprentices graduated from the Jockeys Training School on Thursday, during a ceremony, which was held at the JRC head office in Kingston. Among the 19 apprentices were two females participants, Samantha Fletcher and Tamicka Lawrence. Longmore said he is very pleased with the overall development of the apprentices because they have prepared well. “I am feeling very good because the turnout was excellent and for the most part these apprentices did very well and I am proud of them,” said Longmore. “We did a more aggressive riding schedule were we had two sets of professional jockeys training them,” he said. “We also shipped down an equaliser machine and so persons were able to ride beside each other. We also took them through the motions as if they were in a live race and so we saw where that particular aspect of it made some difference and we hope that they will be rewarded,” Longmore said. Beverly Lawrence, principal of the Jockeys Training School and welfare officer at Caymanas Park, said the apprentices have done extremely well in the six months training programme and she is expecting good things from them. “It was a good course,” said Lawrence. “We started out with 22 participants and one fell out of it because of illness and two were not at this ceremony and so we finished with 21,” she said. “They did very well because they are fully rounded and so they just need to go on the track now and do their thing and I am hoping to see them out there doing their best,” Lawrence said. “We also had remedial classes for them including mathematics and English and they did well.” | The other apprentices are, Jordan Barrett, Matthew Bennett, Carlos Blake, Jawani Forbes, Tevin Foster, Gordon Gregory, Roger Hewitt, Reyan Lewis, Christopher Mamdeen, Kiaman McGregor, Shane Richardson, Raddesh Roman, Daniel Satchell, Romario Smith, Romario Spencer, Daniel Thompson and Shavon Townsend.
1. ICTUS 2. TRICKY ONE 3. BEST ADVICE 4. SMOKESCREEN 5. YOLOVE 6. SILENCE Anthony Nunes’ bid to overtake Wayne DaCosta at the top of the trainers’ championship is expected to go into high gear as early as the second race, where he will saddle the highly thought of pair CORAZON (Dick Cardenas) and TRICKY ONE (Shane Ellis) in the 1300 metres Coco Cola Juvenile Sprint for two-year-olds. The Nunes duo will clash with TOP SHELF, who is seeking her third win in four starts. It appears that TRICKY ONE is more suited to the distance and is the one to beat. CORAZON and TOP SHELF are expected to jostle for the lead before weakening late, allowing TRICKY ONE with the patient Ellis to pull off an easy win. BEST ADVICE was left with a lot to do after rearing at the gates on October 20 and had to play second fiddle to Resurgent in a 1100 metres maiden event. She still ended up in a fairly good 1:08.1. The filly continues to work very well, and being bred for speed, will not be beaten if coming away cleanly over the same distance tomorrow. Race Four for non-winners of three over 1300 metres is tailored for David Lee Sin’s SMOKESCREEN. The five year-old gelding has been knocking at the door for a long time and comes in very light, courtesy of apprentice Romario Spencer’s 4kg claim, to meet tomorrow’s engagement. He did fairly well over a distance short of his best when eighth by 12 lengths to Double Deal going 1100 metres on October 20. With the drop in weight, he should be running on best of all in the final 200 metres tomorrow and can win at a good price. The handicaps also favour both YOLOVE in the fifth and SILENCE in the final race of the Sunrise-Six. SUNRISE-SIX SELECTIONS High Gear The four-year-old colt ICTUS has made a steady climb down the claiming ladder and is now ready for a big effort in tomorrow’s opening race of the Sunrise-Six on Burger King Superstakes Day at Caymanas Park. The Steven Todd-trained colt has always done well over the 1000 metres straight distance. On July 18, he was second to Lady Jaela in a good final time of 1:00.3, and three days later, was again the runner-up, this time to Polly B in $850,000 claiming. He will be very comfortable sprinting against $250,000 claimers, including the fast BULLET RAJ, who should take the runner up spot.
…by taxationIt’s no secret our economy’s on the rocks. Even President Granger – who’d be the last person to badmouth the economy while he’s in charge – admitted the “six sisters” – sugar, rice, bauxite, gold, diamond and forestry – show signs of “anaemia”. And we know he’s putting the best face to what’s going down. Now with all the pungent criticisms they’d made while in Opposition about the PPP’s handling of the economy, you’d think the Government would give their right arm to create SOME bright spot on the economic front, won’t you?Well…you’ve just gone and wasted a thought, Dear Reader. In fact, in the area of manufacturing – which hadn’t contracted anaemia as yet – they’ve just gone and sucked out the blood from one sector that’s sure to lead to the same result. Lassitude and slow death. Your Eyewitness is talking about the new Government’s high taxes on alcohol.Now we all know about what alcohol can do to people in general – and us in Guyana in particular. So none of us complain when the Government taxes alcohol way above that they slap on other items. Along with cigarettes, such taxes are called “sin taxes” to signal how folks look at the item being penalised. The theory is the Government’s killing two birds with one stone: collecting higher revenues while discouraging alcohol consumption through the higher prices.Your Eyewitness has his doubts about the last premise – that the demand for alcohol is “elastic”. Meaning folks will cut down their drinking when the prices are raised – ain’t gonna happen. Lushes gotta have their high! So strike one for the taxman. The problem is not all alcohol is of the “sin” type. A whole lotta alcohol have very positive uses. Did you know there’s alcohol in most cough syrups? In many other medicines! In your mouthwash? In your splash-on for that “tingly” after-shave feeling? It’s all because alcohol’s a better solvent than water for the medicine and other substances that’re good for you.This kind of alcohol’s called “neutral spirits” and is 96% pure alcohol…it’ll knock out an elephant!! Now while even the previous Government insisted on taxing the neutral spirits used for manufacturing the medicines etc…this administration didn’t just reject their pleas, but actually raised the taxes from 40% to 60%!! And wouldn’t listen to the pleas of the manufacturers.The irony is the Government doesn’t tax neutral spirits coming in from TT – so it’s now cheaper to import! So it’s either shut down local manufacturing or import spirits.Does this Government think it’s a “sin” to drink medicine? Or slap on aftershave?…by dictatMinister of Communities Bulkan complained of the PPP being “power drunk”. So what does he think of Georgetown’s Town Clerk, Royston King? Even since the Government changed, the letters pages’ve been filled by charges of one sort or another about Royston King throwing his weight around. And then some! But you gotta hand it to Royston – he’s an equal opportunity bully.Pan African Monument at Merriman Mall demolished? Ask Royston why – and also who benefited? Rural vendors thrown out of their expansive spots on the said Mall and herded to huddle in microscopic cages? Ask Royston…and also who benefited? The litany of Royston’s excesses would be longer than “War and Peace” if put down on paper.So how does this guy get away with it? Isn’t there a new regime in Local Government to get rid of fellas like Royston? Well, Bulkan’s kept the status quo – read Royston King – by not constituting a Local Government Commission.The more things change……through stereotypingAfter a hiatus, did you check out the mug shots of those convicted of “Driving Under the Influence”? DUI? Nothing’s changed, has it? Still all Berbicians. It is only Berbicians who drink and drive?Turns out only info from Berbice’s collected and sent to the media!What say you, Berbician Ramjattan?
It came as no surprise to many that after an extremely long wait, the President has indicated to the Leader of the Opposition and the nation as a whole, that he is not in favour of the second list of nominees submitted for his consideration for the position of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).In his rejection letter to the Leader of the Opposition last Friday, the President was quoted in the media as saying that after examining the Curriculum Vitae of the six nominees submitted, he has found the list to be unacceptable within the meaning of the Constitution and the criteria he had previously outlined. It should be noted that the President had rejected the initial list on the grounds that the identified persons were not ‘fit and proper’ in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution of Guyana.This latest move by the President is quite unfortunate as there have been quite a lot of effort on the part of the Opposition Leader to arrive at a list that is in keeping with the constitutional requirements. Over the past few weeks, the Opposition Leader had embarked on an elaborate consultative process which lasted several weeks, during which he solicited the views of, and sought nominations from, many nationally renowned persons and various important stakeholders’ and representative organisations.It is clear that the President has managed to make what was historically a very smooth and straightforward exercise one that is now complicated and politically acrimonious. Considering the fact that there is urgent need for a chairman to be appointed to proceed with the important business of the Elections Commission, one is forced to ask the real reason behind the President’s rejection of the second list. Some have expressed the view that the President was setting the stage for a unilateral decision to be made on the appointment of a chairman, since there were suspicions that he (the President) already had someone in mind that he favours to function in that capacity.While it is still not clear what next steps the Opposition Leader will take, we believe that finding another six names that are in compliance with the President’s criteria would now become near impossible since the pool to draw from has become significantly narrower. More importantly, as indicated by the Opposition, persons would become even more reluctant to offer their names, for fear of the public damage and humiliation to their professional reputation, character and image by the President’s cavalier rejection of their names.We had stated before that while he (the President) may have good intentions, there are many problems with his criteria and his legal team’s interpretation of the Constitution; and while we do not intend to delve into detail on them here, as they have already been ventilated in the media, we believe the focus of the Constitution regarding such an appointment was the integrity and the independence of the post holder.We have seen the complications that have arisen from what in the normal course should have been a simple and straightforward process. Since there seems to be a problem with the interpretation of the Constitution, perhaps the time has come for the relevant stakeholders to seriously consider reviewing that aspect of the Constitution (the process and criteria of the GECOM Chairman’s appointment) with the aim of clearing up all the grey areas. Once the criteria for such a post are clearly spelt out, there would be little room for misinterpretation and political acrimony.GECOM has been without a chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down. From all indications, the work of the Commission is being stymied due to the absence of a GECOM Chair. It would, therefore, be in the nation’s interest if the President and Opposition Leader come to an immediate compromise on this issue.Once the appointment is made, it will allow for the political situation in the country to settle itself; if not, it could be exacerbated. Also, the sooner the issue is sorted out, the better it would be for the new chairman to familiarise himself/herself with the entire electoral process and the running of the organisation (GECOM), which we know is very huge and complex. In the long run, it is in the interest of democracy, it is not about partisan political interest.
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 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.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 comments
The 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)
President 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)