Thai tennis player out of US Open because of travel woes

first_imgThe official reason offered by the U.S. Tennis Association in a brief statement about the withdrawal was “travel difficulties.”The 93rd-ranked Kumkhum has been competing at the Asian Games in Indonesia, finishing with the silver medal in mixed doubles on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Kumkhum was replaced in the draw at Flushing Meadows by Madison Brengle, an American who lost in qualifying. Analyst: Traffic woes, water shortage affect Duterte’s approval rating in NCR PLAY LIST 03:11Analyst: Traffic woes, water shortage affect Duterte’s approval rating in NCR03:12Elephants in Thailand ‘broken’ for lucrative animal tourism00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Everton defender Keane has hairline fracture of skull FILE – Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand serves against Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia during their women’s singles semi-final match at the WTA Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul on September 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-JeNEW YORK — We’ve all been there: A delayed flight or traffic jam or some other transportation issue prevents us from getting to work on time. In the case of a professional tennis player from Thailand ranked in the top 100, a too-long trip meant skipping the U.S. Open.Luksika Kumkhum pulled out of this year’s last Grand Slam tournament on Sunday, a day before she was scheduled to face Sofia Kinen of the United States in a first-round match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Nuggets bolster staff with WNBA star Sue Bird

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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I’m really excited to join the Denver Nuggets organization. I’m thankful for the opportunity and look forward to learning from some of the best,” she said.Bird isn’t the first top WNBA player to gain a role with an NBA team. Since 2014, Becky Hammon has served as one of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s assistants.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Sue Bird #10 of the Seattle Storm reacts during game three of the WNBA Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Mercury at Talking Stick Resort Arena on August 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Storm 86-66. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSue Bird, a four-time Olympic champion with the United States and an 11-time WNBA All-Star, has joined the front-office staff of the Denver Nuggets, the NBA team said Friday.“We are very excited to have Sue join our organization,” the Nuggets’ president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Her resume certainly speaks for itself and as a still active player she will offer an extremely unique perspective.”Bird, who will have the title of Basketball Operations Associate, recently wrapped up her 16th season in the WNBA, in which she earned her 11th All-Star nod and third WNBA Championship — all with the Seattle Storm.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 ChrissAs a collegiate player she won two national titles with the University of Connecticut before she was selected first overall by Seattle in the 2002 WNBA draft.She currently ranks first in the WNBA in career games (508), first in career minutes played (16,173), first in assists (2,831), third in points (6,154), third in made three-pointers (855) and fifth in steals (652). Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Keep going Lucky Lefty’: LeBron James gives Romeo Travis another shoutout for 50-point night MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

NBA making a ‘long-term play’ in Africa

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Aug. 4, 2018 file photo, Team Africa’s Joel Embiid throws balls to fans during the NBA Africa Game between Team Africa and Team World, at the Sun Arena in Pretoria, South Africa. The NBA has big plans for Africa where an office was established eight years ago in South Africa and there’s an annual exhibition game featuring NBA stars. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, file)SALY, Senegal — Timothy Ighoefe is an intimidating defender at 6-foot-11 and 245 pounds. Still, the Nigerian knows he must improve if his decision to play basketball instead of football is going to pay off and take him to the NBA.The 18-year-old Ighoefe has committed to play for Patrick Ewing at Georgetown University next season, only three years after switching to basketball in his hometown of Lagos.ADVERTISEMENT The teenage boys begin their days with a light workout at 5:30 a.m. Then it’s breakfast, school, lunch, school, gym. They’re coached by former NBA and NCAA players and have traveled to Australia, Europe and the United States for tournaments.Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA vice president and managing director for Africa, said the NBA is building from the grassroots, like the Jr. NBA programs expanding across the continent.“We are only scratching the surface,” said Fall, a Senegal native who founded the nearby SEED Academy, which works closely with the NBA’s African operation. “We are empowering young people through basketball and in the process elite talent is going come out and get into the NBA, and also feed other leagues across the world, and our future league on the continent.”This season began with 13 African-born players on NBA rosters.Tatum said details of the pan-African league will be announced within months. It will involve co-operation from FIBA and existing professional leagues, he said.“We’re trying to find a way to do it quickly, to be able to work with some of those leagues, to work with our partner FIBA, to get something up and running sooner rather than later,” Tatum said.Africa lacks good infrastructure, but Tatum cited the new Dakar Arena, as well as Rwanda’s plan for a new facility, as incentive for the NBA to bring games here. He called the Dakar Arena a “world-class facility” but wouldn’t confirm the Senegalese sports minister’s announcement moments earlier that it would host the NBA exhibition game next year.South Africa hosted the first three NBA Africa exhibitions but West African countries like Senegal and Nigeria appear more eager to embrace basketball.Soccer is by far the most popular sport in Africa. The likes of Liverpool and Barcelona boast fan clubs all over the continent, and the European start times make it easier to watch live.Ighoefe catches highlights of his favorite player, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, on the mornings after games. He watches on YouTube and follows the Cameroonian star on Instagram. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil African kids can play soccer with just a ball and any bit of space, even a street. But finding a basketball court, even just a cement half-court and a rim, is hard.Ibrahima Ndiaye, director of Flying Star academy in Dakar, which has produced several NCAA Division 1 players, said the NBA can dramatically increase youth participation by building courts — a lot of them.“That’s what is needed here in Africa to develop basketball in all neighborhoods,” Ndiaye said in a phone interview. “We need more and more usable infrastructure. It’s the only way to increase the number of kids who practice.”China is a huge success for the NBA, so it’s often compared to the league’s initiatives in Africa.“We’ve been in China for 30 years,” Tatum said, adding some perspective. “We opened up our office here on the continent, in South Africa, only eight years ago.”Tatum said that figure of 13 African players on NBA starting rosters could double within a decade.“For us,” he said, “it’s a long-term investment and long-term play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Now, the NBA’s top brass says Africa is ready for more. Tatum said they’re creating a pan-African league that will involve existing professional clubs, and that NBA pre-season and regular-season games will be held on the continent “in the next couple of years.”Another step is the new training center, built on the campus of a soccer academy in a coastal resort town 45 miles south of the Senegalese capital Dakar. Saly, a former Portuguese trading post, is now a getaway spot for Dakar’s upper class and is home to many French people.The two parquet courts were imported from the United States. Simply being indoors and with air conditioning probably makes it the best basketball facility in Senegal. A fabric, tent-like covering is stitched together over steel trusses, and repurposed shipping containers facing the courts are used for weight training.The academy is one of seven around the world, with three of them in China. It features fulltime schooling and training. It can accommodate 24 boys selected from English- and French-speaking African countries. The NBA holds camps for elite African girls, but there’s no center for them yet.“All you have to do here is just focus on basketball and school,” Ighoefe said. “You don’t have to be worried about anything else. In Lagos, it’s different. There are a lot of distractions.”ADVERTISEMENT “I need to work on my speed, running down the floor baseline to baseline,” Ighoefe said this week at the unveiling of a new training facility at the NBA’s African academy in Senegal. “My left hand, I need to improve, to finish with my left hand.”In other words, there’s potential but it’s a work in progress — just like Africa itself for the NBA.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 Chriss“It’s a continent with over a billion people, with a fast-growing economy, fast-growing young urban population. That’s a good recipe for the NBA long term,” said NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum, also in Senegal for the training facility opening.The NBA has big plans for Africa. An office was established eight years ago in South Africa. There’s an annual exhibition game featuring NBA stars. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Battle of photo filters: UP-Ateneo UAAP finals fever catches social media Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Gilas has to ’embrace pressure’ in must-win duel vs Iran, says Guiao

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines is in a fit in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after getting into a third-place tie with Japan at 5-4 in Group F.It’s certainly a must-win situation for Gilas Pilipinas but head coach Yeng Guiao said the team is ready for the pressure that’s lingering over their heads.ADVERTISEMENT “Of course, our next game is a must-win one and of course there’s pressure, but that’s what we signed up for,” said Guiao Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena before the team’s practice in preparation for its game against Iran on Monday. “We just have to embrace the pressure and accept the consequences.”There will only be seven teams from Fiba’s Asian region that will qualify for the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China and the Philippines still has a chance to get one of those slots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe tricky part, however, is that only the top three teams from Groups E and F and the better of the two fourth placers will advance and Gilas is tethering between that third and fourth spot in Group F.Gilas has to at least lock up the third seed in order to avoid any complications as they go further in the tournament and a win against Iran could bump the Philippines in a second place tie with the Iranians at 6-4 while also getting a half game of separation from Japan. And one factor Guiao is looking at in getting the better of Team Melli on Monday is having a big but skilled frontcourt.Guiao emphasized that Gilas not only has to be big but also has to be “quick and strong.”“There’s a common belief that if we just become bigger then we’re supposed to be better but it doesn’t necessarily follow,” said Guiao. “There are a lot of big guys in the international game but if you’re just going to be big for the sake of being big that’s not going to be enough.”Iran has four players who stand at least 6-foot-9 in center Mohammad Torabi who stands at that height, Meisam Mirzaeitalarposhti and Keyvan Riaei who are both at 6’10” and all those are listed as centers.And there’s power forward Rouzbeh Arghavan who stands at 7’0” making him the tallest Iranian in the competiion since Team Melli, as of writing time, doesn’t have the 7’2” Hammed Haddadi in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 3-way tie for lead in Bahamas with Woods at the bottom MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Philippines’ best player is four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo who stands at 6’10” and he will have a reliable stretch four with him in San Miguel teammate Christian Standhardinger who’s at 6’8” and will be Gilas’ naturalized player on Monday.“You have to be big, quick, and strong, and I think that’s what we need to factor in this game against Iran,” said Guiao. “You can’t just be big and expect to be stronger. You have to be big, you have to be skilled, you have to be quick, and those are the kinds of big men we have to contend with.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pistons’ lack of flexibility evident in deadline moves

first_imgLATEST STORIES Mighty Sports falls short, misses out on finals berth in Dubai tourney Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Dwane Casey took over as coach, but the results haven’t been much different. Stefanski stressed the need for players on team-friendly contracts. Bullock, on the other hand, has emerged as a solid outside shooter and figures to become more expensive soon.Detroit is still close enough to a postseason spot that the team isn’t throwing in the towel.“We’re going for the playoffs, and that’s (owner) Tom Gores from the top,” Stefanski said. “We’re a competitive organization. I preach to these guys, when you put that Pistons uniform on, you’re representing people. You’re representing a lot of guys from the past. We’re going to try to win every game. Now, we did sell with Reggie, that’s obvious, but we feel we got a good return, but we’re also looking hard at the buyout market to be a buyer.”So the Pistons will move forward with the same basic core, hoping for significant development from their young players. They didn’t have a first-round pick last year. Johnson, who was just traded, was a first-rounder in 2015. Luke Kennard, a first rounder in 2017, is still with Detroit. He’s shown some ability but has not become a star by any means.Maker was the 10th pick in the 2016 draft.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Stefanski arrived as part of a front office overhaul last offseason, and this week was his first trade deadline with Detroit. The Pistons acquired guard Svi Mykhailiuk from the Lakers and center Thon Maker from the Bucks, giving up Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson in the process. The moves netted Detroit a couple young players but did little to change the overall outlook for the franchise.The Pistons have a lot of money tied up in Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, and although Griffin has remained healthy and played like a star this season, Detroit was 24-29 heading into Friday night’s matchup with New York — and would not make the playoffs if the season ended now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“To get the players that you would want, that extra star or so, we don’t have that flexibility. It’s not happening,” Stefanski said Friday. “But we’re starting it. These are, say, smaller moves on the sides, but we, again, don’t have that flexibility.”The Pistons did make a huge deal last year around this time, acquiring Griffin. They gave up a first-round draft pick in that trade and still didn’t make the playoffs, and that was the end of Stan Van Gundy’s tenure as coach and president of basketball operations. “You’ve got length and size with Thon,” Casey said. “Svi is a big-time 3-point shooter — again, opportunity … he did it more so in the G League than he did with the Lakers.”One way Detroit could try to improve its flexibility is by moving one of its biggest contracts, but it’s not always easy to find a deal that works. Right now, a full rebuild doesn’t appear imminent. The Pistons are moving forward with Griffin, Drummond and Jackson, and they didn’t do anything drastic to give those three more help.“We’re not going at warp speed, because we don’t have the ability, flexibility-wise, to go at warp speed,” Stefanski said. “Would I want to go at warp speed? Yes. But we don’t have it. We have to make good decisions. We can’t bring in players that we’re not sure of on pretty expensive contracts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, right, pours water onto forward Blake Griffin after the team’s NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— Ed Stefanski can maintain a sense of humor about the challenges facing the Detroit Pistons.“I wouldn’t be here if things were rosy, is the way I look at it,” said Stefanski, a senior executive with the Pistons. “And I tell that in our meetings when people want to say, oh, you know, this and that. I said, ‘You guys wouldn’t be here if things were good.’”ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Petron sweeps PLDT

first_imgBell had 15 points and 10 digs while Niemer scattered nine spikes, three aces and a pair of blocks for 14 hits.Mika Reyes was also instrumental with seven points while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Remy Palma added six points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the second game, Kalei Mau delivered the crucial blows down the stretch to carry United VC to a 12-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9 win over Sta. Lucia.The Filipino-American outside spiker finished with 22 points off 19 spikes as United VC improved to 1-1. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sta Lucia’s Pam Lastimosa goes for a kill over United VC’s Taira Robins-Hardy. See story below. —Sherwin VardeleonImports Katherine Bell and Stephanie Niemer powered defending champion Petron past PLDT Home Fibr, 25-19, 25-9, 25-10, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Billed as two of the best imports the country ever saw, Bell and Niemer were unstoppable from start to finish as they towed debuting Petron to the easy win in one hour and 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos out to deliver duathlon gold medals 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Liberian Takes Charge of AFL’s 23rd Brigade HQ

first_imgThe Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) last week moved closer to operational independence when a Liberian Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.), Daniel Ziankahn assumed command of the 23rd Brigade situated at Edward Biyan Kessely Barracks, near Camp Schefflin, Margibi County.The Liberian took over command from a Nigerian Army officer, Colonel S.K. Adorkor, in a change-of-command ceremondy Monday.According to the a statement from the US Embassy in Monrovia, this change of command in the restructured AFL marks the first time that a Liberian officer has commanded the unit in four years.The change of command ceremony, the statement said, featured a passing of the colors, an official transfer of authority, and a display of the lineages of previous commanders. The assumption of brigade command by Lt Col. Ziankahn, who is described as one of the AFL’s best leaders, is a seminal event in Liberia’s progression toward fully commanding its own military.The United States and ECOWAS military mentors have conducted sustained military-to-military training engagements with the AFL to help them build a more professional and capable military force –one that will effectively contribute to the overall security environment and that is a “force for good” within Liberia. The restructuring of the AFL became necessary following the adaptation of the Comprehensive Accra Peace Accord in 2003 that finally put an end to 14-long years of civil strife. Since that time, the strength of the new AFL has been between 1,000 to 2,000; with some being placed on perpetual absence without official leave (AWOL), while some have also been dropped from the official list for various reasons ranging from “indiscipline to disorderly conduct” among others.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Several Rural Roads in Deplorable State Nationwide

first_imgWith no substantive utterances from the dormant Public Works Ministry for the past eighteen months, several reports gathered from the rural parts of the country show that most roads are in deplorable conditions.Almost all of the MPW officials have not come forward to throw light on short, medium and long range plans to rehabilitate primary, secondary and feeder roads throughout the country.As a strict policy of the Minister proper of the MPW, Dr. Antoinette Weeks, the Communications and Publication Department, is not clothed with the authority to provide the relevant information regarding the nation’s road network.The many complaints coming from rural Liberia, especially farmers and businesspeople, continue to fall on deaf ears of the MPW officials.But the current Minister of Finance and Development Planning Amara Konneh, did issue one statement, that owing to the Ebola plague, a hold had been placed on all road projects.Principally, even conveyance of critically needed goods, services and medical materials have been an uphill battle due to the deplorable conditions of many roads in rural Liberia.It has been gathered that even the conveyance of critically needed Ebola virus and other vital medical supplies to rural health facilities has been a complete nightmare in most parts of the country.The road networks in the capital, Monrovia, have not been spared. Many are in very deplorable conditions that continue to pose serious threats to commuters and commercial and private vehicles.Many of the main avenues in the Sinkor and other parts continue to depreciate rapidly to the detriment of the hundreds of commercial and private cars.Primary, private and commercial car owners have added their voices to the unpleasant sentiments about the road conditions.Recently, a Western diplomat remarked that Monrovia’s avenue and other neighborhood roads needed short, medium and long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction in order to ensure some smooth movement of goods and services.“It would actually be an honorable gesture if the Liberian Government could place on its national agenda to prioritize the rehabilitation and reconstruction of avenue and neighborhood roads in Monrovia,” the diplomat stressed.In exclusive interviews, some Monrovia residents and businesspeople called on the Public Works Ministry to wake up and pay attention to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Monrovia’s avenues and neighborhood roads.Resident Robert B. Thomas, 40, of Cheeseman Avenue told the Daily Observer Monday that the Liberian Government should in the upcoming Dry Season rehabilitate some of Monrovia’s streets and avenues.“My brother, even most of our drainages are in very deplorable conditions and need urgent rehabilitation and reconstruction by the Ministry of Public Works during this Dry Season in our city,” Mr. Thomas asserted.Businessman Lawrence M. Jallah, 48, importer of computer accessories, called on the MPW executives to critically consider the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Monrovia’s deplorable avenues and neighborhood roads.“I think the MPW leaders should do away with the extensive planning and embark on concrete projects that Liberians and their development partners can see and appreciate,” Mr. Jallah emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What can we expect at National Elections?

first_imgDear Editor,My observation of the manner in which submission of Candidates’ Lists and contingent documents relative to the upcoming Local Government Elections were prepared and submitted to Returning Officers at three registration centres forces me to conclude that our aspiring “Village Leaders” and their handlers were terribly out of their depth.Persons were still scampering around to submit documents in the afternoon of 22nd September — more than 24 hours after the end of submission time. I know, because I was approached to administer oaths to blank documents, which I refused to do. I guess some other JP/COAs did the honours.This underscores the seriousness, or lack thereof, that “Wanna-be” councillors and officials of all political parties attach to Local Government Elections. If political parties and their operatives cannot shepherd a simple process of filling a few forms correctly, what can we expect at National Elections?However, on the positive side, the process at Enmore’s GECOM location was effectively administered by the Returning Officer and his support staff. It was very obvious to me that he did his research, engaged his team, and they were committed to ensuring that things went smoothly. It would be a breath of fresh air were we to have the same experience at all public offices.Well done Enmore GECOM staff.Sincerely,Taaj Jadunauthlast_img read more

What goes for Peter must go for Paul

first_imgDear Editor,I wish not to believe there is Colourism in Parliament. I wish not to believe that the public buildings of Parliament have different yardsticks for measuring mode of dress between the Guyanese people and their foreign counterparts – some aliens, no pun intended.Allow me the space to explain my plight. My friend and I were preparing for a debate competition hosted by the University of Guyana Students Society, with the moot reading “The Constitution of Guyana should restrict participation in Government based on dual citizenship to the President and Prime Minister only” and so, we thought it best to go down quickly to Parliament Buildings and read the Hansards concerning what led to the reform and the Article in question.My friend was dressed in a lovely red dress, with broad straps and with length passing her knees, while I was wearing jeans and a t-shirt. My friend was told by a security officer that she cannot: 1) Enter the building with arms out, he (the guard) was adamant. However, my friend reached into her bag and took out a sweater jacket. 2) We were then told to check back after lunch, for the Parliament workers are on lunch. At this point, we managed to convince him (security guard) that we will seek the discretion of the researchers, for we needed urgent help as we were in preparation for a final debate that afternoon.Fast forward, we got the much-needed information from the Hansards.As we were leaving the public buildings, my friend highlighted to me that a group of Caucasian people were about to enter Parliament. They appeared to be foreigners – greeted with a hearty welcome – they were escorted by an officer from the PR department.The irony, and colourism, and double standards existed whereby the group of foreigners, who were dressed in fine straps that exposed their cleavage, short pants that showed their legs and slippers and sandals were allowed to enter our Parliament dressed in whatever made them comfortable, while we, Guyanese were asked to get in order according to dress code.This type of attitude cannot bolster public knowledge on matters of Parliament and encourage students to do primary and or secondary research. Further, it will not engender the cohesion we seek as a nation.What goes for Peter must go for Paul.Regards,Dornel McFarlanelast_img read more