Djokovic seeded 14th for Australian Open, Nadal top

first_imgThe seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings, although Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are out injured and women’s champion Serena Williams opted not to play after giving birth in September.Djokovic made a winning return on Wednesday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt “great” after beating world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt was the 12-time Grand Slam winner’s first competitive outing since losing a Wimbledon quarter-final to Tomas Berdych last July.The Serbian former world number one had pulled out of a warm-up tournament in Abu Dhabi, raising concerns over his fitness ahead of the year’s opening Grand Slam. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Federer, seeded second, and will bid for his 20th Grand Slam title in the bottom half of the draw.Former winner Stan Wawrinka, who hasn’t played since Wimbledon but said he has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury, is seeded at nine.In a women’s field notably missing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there appear to be many chances of a new Australian Open champion this year.Seven-time champion Williams announced last week she wouldn’t defend her title, saying she was “super close” but not quite ready to compete so soon after becoming a mother.Spain’s Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is seeded three, while Serena’s sister Venus has the fifth seeding.ADVERTISEMENT 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. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Serena says motherhood may make her better player MOST READ FILE —Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over France’s Gael Monfils during the men’s final tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on July 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKSix-time champion Novak Djokovic will lurk as 14th seed for next week’s Australian Open in Melbourne, with Rafael Nadal seeded top, organizers said on Thursday.Nadal heads defending champion Roger Federer at the top of the men’s seedings, with Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki seeded one and two in the women’s competition.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Nets go abroad, grab Musa and Kurucs in NBA draft

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Kurocs, a 6-foot-9 prospect, was tabbed by draft experts in years’ past as a first-round selection but sat mostly on the bench for FC Barcelona in the Spanish ACB League and in Euroleague competition this past season. He averaged 1.4 points in 10 games.“I am not sure why he was there when we picked, but he is a guy that we had been targeting for some time,” Marks said. “We’re thrilled to get our hands on Rodions.”Marks said he expects both players to join the Nets roster for the upcoming season.Musa has a $1 million buyout clause with KK Cedevita. Rodions’ contract calls for a $4 million fee to free him up from his Spanish club.“There is a lot of development there with their bodies and so forth. Again, I think both (are) really great development pieces for our coaching staff, performance (and) so forth to get their hands on,” Marks said. “I am intrigued to what they can do for both player. Playing in an elite level in Europe for quite some time, I think that transition that we talked about before will hopefully won’t be seamless.”Brooklyn also drafted at the 45th spot, taking Kentucky shooting guard Hamidou Diallo, and traded his rights to the Charlotte Hornets as part Wednesday’s deal for Dwight Howard, who is expected to be bought out by the Nets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial So now, the Nets are looking abroad.Brooklyn has invested heavily in its international scouting department since New Zealand-born general manager Marks took over in February 2016, and that group led them to Musa and Kurics.Musa, 19-year-old from Bosnia and Herzegovina, spent the last three seasons with KK Cedevita, leading them to the Croatian League championship. At 6-foot-9, he averaged 13.3 points and shot 46.2 percent from the field in 30 league games.Brooklyn was impressed with what they had seen at the international level from Musa, who has been playing professionally since the age of 16.“I think from scouting perspective we’ve enjoyed watching him play. Very dynamic,” general manager Sean Marks said. “Obviously his offensive skills are pretty special. (A good) size for (his) position. He has been playing at a very, very high level. A very competitive young man.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brooklyn continued its rebuild Thursday night, selecting Dzanan Musa with the 29th overall pick and Rodions Kurics at No. 40 in the NBA draft.Musa was taken with the pick acquired from the Toronto Raptors in a trade last July, which also landed forward DeMarre Carroll.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Nets have been trying to salvage something of the previous drafts after the last regime sent three unprotected first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018 to the Boston Celtics and the right to swap first round picks in the 2017 draft for Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry.The trade netted Brooklyn a disappointing second-round exit that season and sent the organization into a downward spiral with no draft assets to show for it. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentscenter_img GALLERY: Best in UAAP, NCAA feted in 2018 Collegiate Basketball Awards Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 award Dzanan Musa, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reacts after he was picked 29th overall by the Brooklyn Nets during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)NEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets have been creative in their attempt to start from scratch after selling away the future of the franchise five years ago hunting for a championship that never came.Two months after capping a third straight losing season, the Nets hope their latest acquisitions might be part of the solution.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

June Mar Fajardo honored to be in PBA ‘GOAT’ convo but won’t say he’s greatest

first_imgFajardo said that even though he has the most MVP and BPC trophies in league history he is nowhere near the “legends” Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio.Before Fajardo became the No.1 in the MVP list, he shared the top spot with Fernandez and Patrimonio with four.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“For me, the MVP is not the basis if you’re the best player ever,” said Fajardo after the Leo Awards in the PBA’s opening ceremonies Sunday at Philippine Arena. “The gauge, for me, is how much you’ve contributed to the league.”“There were people who played before me, there are legends who’ve played earlier, and those guys are the GOATs (greatest of all time). They’re the greatest and they’ve achieved more than I did in terms of championships.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title June Mar Fajardo hoists his record fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo took just seven seasons to become the most decorated individual in the PBA after he won an unprecedented fifth straight MVP plum on top of his seven Best Player of the Conference awards.San Miguel’s jolly giant also has six championships under his belt and despite all the hardware he’s received he has never thought of placing himself on the pedestal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I did not even play against them and I probably wouldn’t have even played well against them,” said Fajardo. “For me, I’m nowhere near those guys. But of course I’m honored that I’m in the same conversation as them but I wouldn’t call myself the greatest.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In terms of championships, Fajardo is nowhere near Fernandez with “El Presidente” owning 19 titles and that mark is more than all the other PBA clubs have achieved with the exception of San Miguel, which has 25.Fajardo, however, has eclipsed Patrimonio’s mark of five.As for notoriety, however, Fajardo still has some work to do with Fernandez essentially the league’s foundation from the 1970s to the 1980s while Patrimonio took the PBA to new heights with his combination of skills, charisma and movie star looks in the 1990s.Fernandez and Patrimonio were also teammates in 1988 with the latter first serving as a playing-coach before returning as a player in the Open Conference and relinquishing the head coaching chair to assistant Cris Calilan.Fajardo added he can’t call himself the greatest player in PBA history since he didn’t compete against Patrimonio and Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:14Carpio 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View commentslast_img read more

CJ Perez raring to test his mettle vs Chris Ross, Beermen in PBA debut

first_imgColumbian rookie CJ Perez during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season at Philippine Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCarrying the label of being the top overall pick already comes with tremendous pressure to live up to.CJ Perez, the No. 1 selection by Columbian in last month’s rookie draft, isn’t shying away from that challenge.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Apart from Perez, Columbian is also banking on its guards Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy, who is coming off his best season yet in his first year with the Kia franchise after playing sparingly for San Miguel in his rookie season.“I feel like San Miguel is the measuring stick for everyone especially in the all-Filipino Cup. They’ve won the last four championships,” McCarthy said. “I just love to play against those guys. those are my guys, I love to complete against those guys, it’s always fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Broner fires up fight hype Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fact, he’s raring to show the PBA what he’s all about even if it means going toe-to-toe with undisputed Philippine Cup king San Miguel Beer in his keenly-awaited pro debut.“They’re the top team and they’re a formidable team. It’s a good opportunity for us to show what we’re capable of,” Perez said in Filipino. “It’s our first game and we’re going to find out what we’re made of.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m excited to face them. They have great point guards in Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross. Chris Ross is a very good defender so it’s a chance for me to see how far I’ve improved as a player. I’m just really excited,” added Perez, who carried the Lyceum Pirates to back-to-back NCAA Finals appearances.The Beermen are gunning for a fifth straight all-Filipino crown while the Dyip are looking to finally turn their fortunes around this season after languishing at the bottom of the standings year after year. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Jeremy Lin leads Raptors in rout of Bulls, but Kyle Lowry injures ankle anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ “I watched the clip,” Lowry said. “I think it was a little bit dirty. He grabbed me and pulled me down. I don’t think he did it on purpose. I know he didn’t think he was going to hurt me.”Robinson, who fouled out with no points in 14 minutes, did not speak to reporters.Marc Gasol had 12 points and 11 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 19 points and OG Anonoby had 14 as Toronto reached 50 wins for the fourth straight season.Allonzo Trier scored 22 points and Kevin Knox had 12 as the Knicks lost big one day after Mario Hezona’s last-second block gave them a 124-123 home win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. New York, which has the worst record in the NBA at 14-57, lost for the ninth time in 10 games.“Toronto is going to be in that mix at the end,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “They’ve got all the ingredients to go after this thing. We took one on the chin tonight.”ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin (17)gets fouled on his way to the hoop by New York Knicks centre Mitchell Robinson (26) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto, Monday, March 18, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time.Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 12 assists for his first career double-double, and the Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-92 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The victory came at a cost to the Raptors, who saw guard Kyle Lowry leave in the third quarter after suffering an injured right ankle. Lowry, who had 15 points and eight assists in 26 minutes, was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games because of a sore left ankle.Toronto coach Nick Nurse said Lowry’s latest injury was “not terribly bad,” although Lowry said after the game that his ankle was “pretty tender.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m able to walk, a little bit slower, but I’ll be all right,” Lowry said.New York rookie center Mitchell Robinson collided with Lowry while chasing a loose ball at 5:15 of the third, falling onto Lowry’s legs and taking the All-Star point guard down from behind. Lowry slapped the floor in pain and frustration before being helped to his feet and limping to the locker room. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img With the Raptors playing the second game of a back-to-back, forward Kawhi Leonard was given the night off to rest. Leonard scored 33 points in Sunday’s loss at Detroit. VanVleet, who returned to the lineup Sunday after missing 12 games because of an injured left thumb, started in place of Leonard.With forward Serge Ibaka set to return from a three-game suspension Wednesday, Toronto looked set to have its whole roster available for the first time since the trade deadline. Instead, Lowry may be forced to miss at least one of this week’s two games against Oklahoma City. Toronto visits the Thunder on Wednesday before hosting them Friday.“I’ll be doing some treatment all night, trying to get myself healthy and try to get back and not be out long,” Lowry said.Toronto made 14 of 17 shots in a blistering first, including five of seven from long range, and led 38-29 after one. The Raptors led 73-54 at halftime. It was Toronto’s highest-scoring half of the season.After the Raptors opened the second half with an 8-0 run, Fizdale called timeout and removed all five starters.“Not getting it done, not playing at the level I wanted to see the game played at,” Fizdale said. “They understood. I think every guy that was out there owned it.”The change didn’t help, and Toronto took a 101-69 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSKnicks: G Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game because of a sore lower back and F Noah Vonleh missed his second straight because of a sprained right ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina will be reevaluated Tuesday. Ntilikina has not played since Jan. 27 because of a sore groin. … Robinson has now recorded a block in 28 straight games, tying Patrick Ewing for the longest streak ever by a Knicks rookie.Raptors: Ikaba served the third and final game of his suspension for throwing a punch at Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss on March 11. … Toronto is 15-5 without Leonard. … Toronto’s 36 assists matched a season-high. The Raptors had more assists than the Knicks had made baskets (28). Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ATLANTIC ACHIEVEMENTToronto is 8-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents. The Raptors have won 31 straight home games against Atlantic foes. Their last home defeat to a division opponent was a Nov. 10, 2015, loss to the Knicks.WHOLE AT HALFToronto won its 18th straight game when leading at halftime, extending a franchise record.UP NEXTKnicks: Host Utah on Wednesday night.Raptors: At Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES David Beckham admits using phone while driving, police say Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Tom Woewiyu Denied Bail

first_imgJucontee Thomas Woewiyu has been denied bail by a US court. Mr. Woewiyu, a former spokesman for the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) is facing a potentially lengthy prison term in the United States for alleged immigration fraud.He was planning to run for Senate in the upcoming special senatorial election.And despite living for the last four decades as a legal permanent resident in Delaware County, he and his wife maintain extensive real estate holdings, including a rubber farm in Liberia.”He is very, very much involved in public life in Liberia,” said prosecutor Linwood C. Wright. “He has an infrastructure there [Liberia] that is more substantial than what he has here [US].”On Friday, a U.S. magistrate judge agreed and ordered Woewiyu, 69, held without bond while he awaits trial on allegations he lied to immigration officers about his past with Taylor,  who is serving a 50-year term in a British prison.But in arguing for his release, Woewiyu’s lawyer, Benjamin G. Perez, suggested that what government attorneys misunderstood was that having a life on both sides of the Atlantic is the norm for much of Southeastern Pennsylvania’s 15,000-member Liberian expatriate community.In the African hair salons and grocery stores that have sprung up along thoroughfares such as Woodland Avenue, shoppers tell tales of family living here and there. Rivalries cross oceans, and men in T-shirts and jeans are equally likely to introduce themselves as café owners or dignitaries from nations thousands of miles away.Such was the manner in which Liberian expat Jeffrey Harmon introduced himself Friday in the hallway of the federal courthouse.”This is all political,” he said of Woewiyu’s arrest. “This all has to do with politics back at home.”His concerns mirrored conspiracy theories snaking their way through the Liberian immigrant community in the days since Woewiyu’s arrest. Homeland Security detained him Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport as he returned from a campaign trip to Monrovia, Liberia’s capital.The charges against him stem from a 2006 application for U.S. citizenship. Asked on the form whether he had ever advocated for the toppling of a foreign government or persecuted minority groups, Woewiyu said no.Prosecutors, however, call him a war criminal – linking him to the worst atrocities of Taylor’s regime.Throughout back-to-back civil wars that wracked Liberia from 1989 to 2003, Woewiyu served as the U.S.-based spokesman and defense minister to Taylor’s National Patriotic Front of Liberia.The party had mounted a violent campaign to wrest control from Taylor’s predecessor, Samuel Doe, in 1996, but then turned its weapons on countrymen in an effort to hold on to power – executing political opponents, conscripting boys into child armies, and forcing girls into prostitution. Taylor was convicted of those crimes by an international court in 2012. Woewiyu – who served as labor minister in Taylor’s government and president pro tempore of the Senate before breaking politically with Taylor – remained here.For years, he has resided with his wife in a two-story home in Collingdale. They have enjoyed a prominent role in Delaware County’s immigrant community.He earned a bachelor’s degree in labor studies from Rutgers University in 1981. He is pursuing a master’s from Pennsylvania State University while earning a living through real estate development.Six of his grown children also live in the United States. One is a lieutenant in the Navy.”I am very surprised,” said the Rev. Moses Dennis of Faith Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Lansdowne, which caters to a large Liberian congregation. Woewiyu occasionally attended services at there.”He comes across very genuine,” Dennis said. “He’s a politician. A politician, you know.”Others preferred to keep their opinions to themselves, fearful that anything said here could mean trouble for family abroad. For, as U.S. prosecutors said Friday, Woewiyu maintains a high profile in his homeland.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

RESH Trains 50 Volunteers in Psychosocial Counseling

first_imgA Liberian organization identified as Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH), aims to provide psychosocial support to victims of natural disasters and traumatic events like the Ebola epidemic.Ernest Garnark Smith, Jr., executive director of RESH disclosed that the psychosocial aspect of the war against the deadly Ebola virus was either non-existent or neglected with no attention from the stakeholders.He said RESH intends to provide quality counseling for patients and clinical staff combating the horrific impacts of the Ebola epidemic. The organization is training volunteers to carry out its mission under the theme “Empowering to Serve.”  It recently held a three-day workshop for 50 volunteers at the Amos Taybior Institute in Paynesville. The volunteers are mainly from the Bassa Town Community.The volunteers are being trained in counseling Ebola survivors, relatives, community members and clinical staff. Subjects covered during the workshop included Community Sensitization and Significance in Psychosocial Supports, Trauma Counseling, Grief Counseling and Introduction to Temperament Analysis: An Effective Tool in the Health Profession.The executive director, speaking at the conclusion of the workshop, urged the volunteers to use their newly acquired skills to give back to humanity by way of counseling Ebola survivors and victims in the Bassa Town community. He charged that they would be on the wrong side of history if they did nothing to help after acquiring the counseling skills.He assured the workshop participants that refresher training will be provided by both RESH and its partners in order to keep volunteers abreast of the tasks ahead.Mr. Smith appealed to other humanitarian organizations and UN agencies operating in the country to provide support to his entity to ensure that its work is expanded throughout the country.RESH’s Coordinator, who is himself a psychosocial counselor, social worker and freelance psychosocial author and poet, facilitated the workshop. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Request Accepted

first_imgIt seems that the outgoing Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale’s request for retirement has been granted by President Ellen Johnson SirleafIn a special address to the nation yesterday, President Sirleaf replaced Dr. Gwenigale as Minister of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) with Mr. George Werner, who, too, will leave his post as head of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) if and when he is confirmed by the Liberian Senate.However, the President had a special word for Dr. G, as the former Health Minister is affectionately called. She said “ Dr. Gwenigale who continues to have my full confidence, will continue to serve as Advisor in the Ministry of Health, will continue to work with me on the President’s Advisory Ebola Committee, until his planned retirement in February.”Dr. G., who joined President Sirleaf’s Cabinet in 2006, had written the President on November 3, 2014, asking for her permission to retire next February 2015, which is also the month in which he takes his deferred annual leave. He will also turn 80 next February.In his letter, Dr. G. did not provide reasons for his request to retire but told the President he was retiring “from a personally gratifying active service to my country since September 1, 1973.”Recounting his years of service, Dr. G. said he returned to the country in August 1973, with “a young foreign wife and a year old son and started working for Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing on September 1st as the Chief of Surgery.” He was subsequently appointed Medical Director/CEO of Phebe the following year and in that same year, he was made Medical Director (now County Health Officer—CHO) of Bong County, where the hospital is located.He had inherited a 65-bed hospital; but between 1974 and 2003, when he left his administrative post at the hospital, he had increased the beds to 200 and the hospital campus grew to include the Rural Health Training Center for 200 students and an eye hospital was built by CBM of Germany.Even after stepping down as CHO and CEO in 2003, he continued to serve the hospital as Chief of Surgery until he was asked by the President to join her Cabinet.The former Health Minister told the President: “I have enjoyed working for my country under your wise and competent leadership. I will truly miss you and my seat in your Cabinet Room, but stand ready to advise you and my successor, should I be asked to do so.”Dr. G. also had this to tell the President: “Because I started supervising all of the MOHSW activities in Bong County in June of 1974, I can truly say I have served my country from that time until now, and do deserve to be pensioned by the country I have served all my productive life. Therefore, I kindly request that you favorably consider my request for a pension for the years, I have worked for the Government of Liberia.”Following 33 successful years in Bong County, the last three years of Dr. G’s tenure in Monrovia as Minister of Health and Social welfare, have been contentiously driven by claims and counter claims between him and striking public health workers on one hand and some members of the National Legislature on the other hand.Last October, when he addressed a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information Culture and Tourism, he had said the two dismissed leaders of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL) would “NEVER” come back to work with the Ministry as long as he was there as Minister. Calling for the reinstatement of the two had been one of the demands of the striking health workers.Min. Gwenigale’s remark did not go down well with many people, including lawmakers. When lawmakers in the Senate summoned him, he reportedly accused the senators of being supportive of the strike action by health workers. It angered the senators who threatened him with “contempt.” He was, however, saved from the senators’ wrath when his physician, Dr. Robert Kpoto, told the lawmakers that his (Dr. Gwenigale’s) blood pressure was 197/90, and that he needed rest and medication for 14 days and therefore could not appear for a hearing.Following that communication from his doctor, 15 senators, among them, Senators Geraldine Doe-Sherif, Jewel Howard-Taylor, H. Dan Morais. Sando Johnson, Henry Willie Yallah and Thomas Grupee, requested, in a three-page communication to their colleagues, for President Sirleaf to retire Min. Gwenigale.They had said in their communication that Dr. Gwenigale, who should be the frontline general to supervise health workers, needs to be in the best frame of mind, void of illnesses such as high blood pressure during the Ebola crisis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana must resist external meddling and interference

first_imgDear Editor,“Massa day done” over 57 years ago, Trinidad’s Dr Eric Williams rocked the West Indian psyche with his speech in the ‘University of Woolford Square’ Port of Spain. This iconic moment spawned a new consciousness among our peoples and political class, independence would come to Guyana five years after this event – Guyana’s own master orator Forbes Burnham, worked tirelessly to build the Guyanese identity, one of a people intelligent enough to make decisions to chart their own destiny without assistance of the imperial powers. To the extent that I pen this letter, he was successful, I regard myself as a child of independent Guyana, born post independence and educated in a time of revolutionary thinking, so one can imagine my dismay when I see my dear land subject to ‘advice’ on a daily basis from foreign emissaries of the United Kingdom and the United States of America in clear violation of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States, a well-established and important part of international law enshrined in the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.During the past year, High Commissioner Quinn has made pronouncements on corruption; at the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association’s (GMSA) 22nd annual Presentation Awards Dinner, Quinn noted that Guyana’s score on Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Index Report is “unacceptably low” and berated us with “failure to tackle corruption.” On April 10, he demanded that “corrupt law enforcement officials must be jailed”; Quinn also urged us to “have a clear plan to spend oil money” (Guyana Chronicle 2017/02/22). Our Government has been shamefully quiet as the High Commissioner becomes bolder with his pronouncements, demands and advice, I am not advising a feral blast a la Manickchand, which though not undeserved was poorly timed and undiplomatic given the venue and occasion. I believe Mr Quinn needs to be reminded that Guyanese are citizens in an independent republic and unlike his home country Ireland, we are not subjects to the whims of Her Majesty or her primitive form of Government, surely the time has come when an accident of birth accords one divine status has passed? Your intentions may be good but the history our nation shares with yours speaks volumes on exploitation and abuse, the situation in the United Kingdom vis-à-vis corruption is far from ideal and I see no move to jail your corrupt politicians, indeed, it would seem only a resignation is called for when found with your hand in the UK cookie jar. To the Ambassador of the United States, I have also noticed your increased pronouncements on our possible oil revenues, to you Sir, I would advise you share that advice with your home country, your future is mortgaged to China and you are dependent on Mexican agricultural labour to feed yourselves, on what ground do you stand to give advice? We have not yet forgotten or forgiven your last interference in our affairs via the CIA in the 1960s as your declassified documents show. We all know America has only one friend, the one with something they need. To Guyana’s present Administration, I beseech you not to forego all of our nation’s toil in achieving independence and identity by your silence in the face of pronouncements on our internal affairs that are demeaning and insulting to our collective intelligence. We all celebrated our Golden Jubilee of independence, now is the time to give meaning and significance to that milestone, Dr Williams said “With his backward ideas of aristocracy of the skin … Massa still has his stooges who prefer to crawl on their bellies to Massa … instead of holding their heads high and erect”. Let us not be that stooge, let us not fail to remember the past lest we repeat it.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Misinformation, false promises by Govt affecting Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The old saying goes “no news is good news” – it even gives us hope. In our present situation in Guyana, false news and information is dangerous and alarming on the other hand. This now illegal Government has been on the path of false promises, false and malicious information and lies from the day that they took office to date – and it keeps getting worse. Aside from the ill governance and massive corruption within the Administration, the information that is released from Government officials and agencies alike are all ninety per cent false. It has come to the point that one cannot take for granted anything at all that is said on behalf of the Government by the press or their officials. All Governments worldwide, of course, always have television, radio and other media that reflect, let’s say, the “positive”  side of things for them. In contrast, the opposing party/s have their source of information broadcast which is usually very critical of the ruling party. Any smart person would listen objectively to both sides because the truth is always somewhere in the middle.Now, aside from day-to-day news and with serious reference to vital information, we expect almost identical language from both sides regarding press releases, addresses and proclamations that will be used by the citizens as guidance. It is absolutely important to be credible and this Government dangerously fails in this area. Citizens are now totally relying on the Opposition for accurate and reliable news in order to guide us. That is a total shame on the Government’s part. The Chronicle newspaper takes printing misinformation to new dimensions and thus takes the prize. Most of the headlines are so incredibly false and stupid that it is just a waste of printing paper in my opinion and as everyone knows, this newspaper is the major mouthpiece of the Government.Take the recent case of the House-to-House Registration process from start to finish; almost every headline in the Chronicle was misleading, almost every announcement by then President Granger and his Administration was misleading. The only way to get accurate information on what to do was via Mr Jagdeo’s weekly press conferences and other interviews and programmes by the PPP Administration. If I had listened to the other side, I would have totally wasted my time bothering to register when it was not necessary at all and I am a person who hates to waste time on things.The PPP fought for and succeeded so far in protecting our constitutional right to vote.Now recently (about a week ago) Mr Granger croaked and mumbled around regarding a date for elections. Moments afterwards, headlines screamed like sirens…only to retract like screeching brakes shortly after because closer inspection of what was said by the President left us all in doubt. Thankfully, after the PPP voiced annoyance at his ambiguous announcement and the international communities chimed in, he was forced to give us a definite date for elections (I won’t bother to repeat it, let’s hope it prevails). Now all is well right?? Absolutely no way! The “official” gazette published the duration for the Claims and Objections period..and just as we suspected, it was erroneous…they ummm, miscalculated the days “accidentally”, adding two additional weeks! I think that was corrected, but don’t be too happy just yet. Mr Aubrey Norton also announced a few days ago on NCN that people need to check that their names are on the list and report to the nearest GECOM office to verify same, otherwise they would not be able to vote! he added that we must also ensure that “phantoms” who were added to the list by the PPP are removed! That man is a hideous liar. In the same breath, he is making a last-minute attempt to misinform the public again by saying that we all need to verify with GECOM although our names appear on the PLE. Mr Norton, you and your Government are the ones who were trying to use the House-to-House Registration process to “deregister” legitimate voters. Shame on you all (again). GECOM never discussed removing legitimate voters from the list once their names are already there. We are, however, patiently awaiting Mr Jagdeo’s press conference to hear his opinion on that matter.These outreaches that the illegal Government continues to make at the expense of taxpayers is another headache. Look at that picture of a muddy road to Lethem being replaced by that of a photoshopped finished road and the heading that said “promise kept”! What promise? the road has not been built as yet! All that this Administration can do is peddle false information.Sincerely,Shane Lindielast_img read more