May 26

Vanuatu favourites after exciting win over PNG

first_imgThey made it 4 wins from 4 games as they overcame a rejuvenated PNG side by just 7 runs.PNG’s bowlers turned up after a below par performance on Tuesday to restrict Vanuatu to just 115 off their 20 overs after Vanuatu won the toss and elected to bat. Kabua Vagi Morea was tight with the ball taking 2/18 from his 4 overs and PNG were back to their best in the field with 2 run outs and some excellent catches.However, Vanuatu were determined to make it back to back wins and Patrick Matautaava responded with the wicket of PNG captain Chris Amini in the first over. Riley Hekure (41) and Dogodo Bau (23) steadied things to take it 2/58 and PNG looked to be well on track to victory.Vanuatu’s bowlers had other ideas and the introduction of Jelany Chilia (3/18) quickly turned the momentum as PNG lost 7/22 to be left 7 runs short at the end of the 20 overs.In the morning matches PNG and Vanuatu both recorded comfortable wins against Tonga and New Caledonia respectively while Tonga had their second successive win over an enthusiastic New Caledonia in the afternoon.Today is a rest day for cricket with matches resuming tomorrow at Amini Park.Round 3Vanuatu 7/285 (20) Nalin Nipiko 105, Ronald Tari 69, Simpson Obed 32, Joseph Nigote 2/57 defeated New Caledonia 9/51 (14.2) Emmanuel Katrawi 15*, Simpson Obed 2/7 , Shem Sala 2/7 by 234 runsPNG 9/190 (20) Jason Kila 74, Riley Hekure 47, Sione Manumuna 3/26, Timote Latu 2/37 defeated New Caledonia 10/76 (20) Aloisio Pau’u 22, Maamaloa Kuluka 21, Jason Kila 3/7, Alei Nao 2/15 by 114 runsRound 4Tonga 3/222 (20) Nicolasi Moala 86, Aloisio Pau’u 60, Nicholls Adjouhgniope 2/57 defeated New Caledonia 10/162 (19.3) Jonathan Lapacas 57*, David Magulu 21, Asiake Haukinima 3/9, Paula Palu 3/135 by 60 runsVanuatu 9/115 (20) Jonathon Dunn 41,  Andrew Mansale 32, Simpson Obed 32,  Kabua Vagi Morea 2/18, Hiri Hiri 2/20 defeated PNG 9/108 (20) Riley Hekure 41, Dogodo Bau 23, Jelany Chillia 3/18, Simpson Obed 2/13 by 7 runsPacific Games Points Table:last_img read more

January 19

Ateneo, NU keep perfect slates in UAAP juniors

first_imgTerrence Fortea had 26 points to lead the Bullpups against the Junior Falcons while Rhayyan Amsali added 14 points and 12 rebounds.Joaquin Manuel led the Blue Eaglets against the Junior Warriors filling up the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals while SJ Belangel did his part with 13 points, seven assists, and five boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUniversity of Santo Tomas claimed solo third after an 83-79 overtime win over defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman.John Cansino dominated for the Tiger Cubs with 29 points and 11 rebounds as UST bounced back from its lone loss of the tournament, an 89-85 slip-up against NU. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ateneo kept its immaculate record in the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball tournament after humiliating University of the East, 97-47, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles are at 4-0 to share the top spot with National University, which brushed off Adamson University 94-82 on the same day.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gesta to challenge Linares for WBA World lightweight title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments 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 MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

January 14

Albert Bropleh Charged with US$19,676.25 Theft Again

first_imgMore than two years after he was found guilty of stealing hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, the former Chairman and Commissioner of Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA) has been indicted again, this time for allegedly stealing US$19,676.25.Dr. Albert Bropleh, together with Madison Turkpah and Joseph Dortu, General Manager of the Goderich Construction Company have been charged with the commission of the crimes of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC),  competitive bidding process by the government.Unfortunately for them, the Criminal Court ‘C,’ where they are expected to stand trial has issued an order to have the three individuals arrested immediately, though the crimes for which they are charged are offences eligible for bail.According to the indictment, prepared by the Grand Jury for Montserrado County, the defendants on September 29, 2008, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which agreement allegedly authorized the company to procure and install a Closed Circuit Television (CCT) and access control system, including a two year parts and warranty package, at the LTA’s office at the Methodist Compound on 12th Street in Monrovia, at a total cost of US$19,676.25.The document further alleges that the defendants’ action was a total violation of the required process and procedures of the PPCC Act, which calls for a competitive bidding to select the company for the project.But, with criminal intent, the court’s record claimed, defendant Bropleh, single-handedly selected the company and awarded the CCT procurement, installation and access control contract, which it alleges, is contrary to the PPCC Act.Further in the indictment, co-defendant Bropleh told his colleagues that he had the capacity to procure and install the CCT and access control system at the LTA’s office. Based on the MOU, defendant Dortu submitted an invoice to LTA, dated September 24, 2008, in the amount of US$10,862.50, representing 50 percent payment which he detailed for equipment and specifications that he would use for the construction of the CCT, and it was paid to him.According to the record, 10 days after Dortu received his 50 percent payment, and being fully aware that he had not procured or installed the CCT and access control system, he made an additional request, dated October 6, to the LTA for another 40 percent payment in the amount of US$8,745.00, which amount co-defendant Bropleh paid in the presence of Turkpah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14


first_imgIn this sixth and concluding article of the series on what happens to Liberia after the Ebola crisis the focus is on the role of everyone, every partner in post Ebola Liberia. What are we doing now as the government, media, internal partners, inter-religious community, civil society organizations, teachers, traditional leaders, and communities in the fight against Ebola that will serve us well in attending to some of the post Ebola challenges that will inevitably follow? What lessons can everyone involved learn to deal with the aftermath of Ebola and other future emergencies, and making our society safer and better for all? Let us find out. The fifth article on the role of the religious community made the following observations:The role of the faith based institutions in fighting Ebola and in dealing with post Ebola concerns cannot be overemphasized. Most Liberian believers who have considerable influence in the nation are either Christians or Muslims. I am aware that there are others who may be African traditional believers or some other religions but the most influential are Christians and Muslims. These two religious groups fall under the umbrella of the Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) and National Muslim Council of Liberia (NMCL). All the mainline Churches (Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, etc.) and some Pentecostal denominations are members of the LCC. Again I am aware that there are some Churches and Mosques that do not fall under the LCC and NMCL and they too are involved in some ways. Most of what I am sharing about the involvement of the religious community with Ebola fight is specific to the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia (IRCL) headed by Archbishop Jonathan B. B. Hart and Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh.This group is collaborating and coordinating the interventions of Churches and Mosques in the national response to Ebola. They are making as parts of their sermons Ebola messages and awareness, training and dialoguing with their members about Ebola prevention and care for its victims, and providing relief and practical support.Recently the IRCL sent pastors and imams in pairs (one pastor and one imam) to five affected counties, Bomi, Bong, Cape Mount, Lofa, and Nimba to hold training sessions and dialogues with over 300 pastors and imams about Ebola. The trainings and dialogues emphasized religious practices that are deemed dangerous with regard to the spread of Ebola and why they must be suspended now in order to save the living. It was stressed how these pastors and imams must be involved at every level: county, district and community. They can help their communities isolate and care for suspected cases and their affected households, and support victims get treatment while protecting themselves and others. More of such interventions are planned to be implemented soon by the IRCL. A large segment of people are excited to see Muslims and Christians working together for the common good.This brings us to the role of everyone. The health experts inform us that we are now at the second phase of the war against Ebola. The first phase went through a lot of denial, the spreading of the virus disease out of control, panic and fear and then the overwhelming of everyone concerned and involved. Then support from the international community began to come in numbers, and then the government, local and international partners began to learn from early mistakes, acquired new skills and techniques in handling the emergency, and made some considerable progress.The good news is that the rate of infection is declining in many parts of the countries with some notable exceptions. Phase two is a great opportunity and is at the same time a big risk. This is a great opportunity if we accelerate our gains and kick this deadly virus out of the country and the region, and a grave risk if we become complacent. The gains made thus far is the result of the combined efforts of everyone—the government, media, internal partners, inter-religious community, teachers, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, and communities.The biggest lesson, for me, is the unity and consolidation of efforts to fight and defeat a common enemy. We can use this everyone contributing a part of the whole of district to district, community to community, and house to house approach to deal with many of our societal and communal problems and improve our life as whole. Can we use the same approach to deal with future emergencies and in attending to the many problems we have in the areas of health, education, economy, agriculture, and in fighting corruption? Can we, for example, knowing the rich variety of food crops of the land and their excellent nutritional value come up with a practical program of healthy dieting for everyone and do a community to community, and house to house effort until the program is caught and practiced like we are doing with Ebola. I am sure we can do the same in most areas of need. We can do a community to community, and house to house in the area of good security until a tangible result is yielded. And the list can go on. Ebola has hurt and exposed us but it can be an opportunity for us to make us better.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 14

District #13 Gives Rep. Saah Joseph High Honors

first_imgOne of Liberia’s humanitarians and political standouts of District #13, Saah Joseph, has received global and national accolades and recognitions for his tremendous work during the Ebola outbreak that left thousands dead. He invested his entire time and resources to help drive back the attack of the Ebola scourge that was finally eradicated due to his, the government and its partners’ efforts.Though he worked tirelessly without wanting anything in return but to see his nation back to normal, nothing exceptional has been done as a way of paying homage to him for a job well done – until recently.Known as the “Ebola hero” or “Representative without borders” because of the way he and his team fearlessly ventured into every community in search of Ebola victims, Joseph however began his outstanding humanitarian initiatives within his district way before Ebola.That was until Sunday April 31, when he was finally given the recognition deserved, considering he has never asked for it but worked hard for it in his district.where his leadership style, especially during the crisis, which has ignited a call for him to seek a senatorial position when the time comes.This recognition came by the way of a women’s group, the Selehaja Women’s Group and Savings Club. The Club is comprised of vibrant young business women from the Mandingo ethnic group.The “Representative without borders” was honored by the group on Sunday at a well organized program in District#13 for being a savior, not just for them, but the entire country during the height of the Ebola crisis.The occasion was also attended by hundreds of residents including youths, women, men and the elderly. Also present were some stalwarts of the Coalition for Democratic Change, headed by Chairman Nathaniel McGill. Rep. Joseph is a member of the CDC.The women were glad to honor one of their own. “It is a great day to be honoring one of our own who stood with us during one of the most difficult periods in our country’s history,” the group leader, Hadja Konneh said,adding that there were several reasons Why Rep. Joseph was being honored as a true leader and humanitarian.“You made us proud during the crisis because you were the only hope for many Liberians when the virus was raging. “When Liberians were looking up for leadership when none was coming from the central government, you rose up and brought some relief,” she said.During the height of the crisis, Liberians were dying and there was no hope coming from anywhere. “You exhibited true leadership and brought relief to your people,” the group leader said.In a country where public services had virtually collapsed, there were a little over a dozen or less ambulances normally available for the country’s four million population, saving an Ebola patient often came down to phoning a politician with a true humanitarian heart.It is not the Ebola effort that shows Rep. Joseph’s true leadership qualities, she said, adding that the Lawmaker has been highly involved in the empowerment of women, youths and many other residents in the district. “Thousands of young people are being empowered by you. You have also contributed immensely to the development of women here by the markets you constructed for us and many more initiatives,” she said. Rep. Joseph supports thousands of young people at various vocational training institutions in the district.Many of the youth are gaining technical skills at many of the vocational institutions in Monrovia at the expense of the generous Lawmaker, she said.“We have done a lot here in our district and we are poised to do more. We have markets that we can boast about; we have institutions that our young people can attend in spite of lack of funds.“We have 530 young people currently enrolled at the Monrovia Vocational and technical College (MVTC). We have an additional 1800 at the Vision Vocational School,” he said.In response, Rep. Joseph said that he is not worried about his reelection at the polls in October because his works will speak for him.“I want to thank those who organized this program to honor me. This is a clear indication that we have a very good relationship in our district.”He said the honor will also encourage him to do more not just in his district but in Liberia and the world as large.He also lauded the CDC which he said is making him the kind of Representative he is today. “The CDC, along with my people of this district, worked very hard in 2011 which led to my election as Representative.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 12

44 more Govt buildings to receive solar energy in 2018

first_imgThe Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) is continuing its mandate of implementing renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) programmes to fulfil the Government’s commitment to achieving a green economy.GEA Chief Executive Officer (CE), Dr Mahender Sharma said 44 Government buildings across the 10 regions of Guyana would have approximately 648 Kilowatts of grid-connected and energy storage solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.Sharma, who was speaking on the Agency’s 2017 performance and plans for 2018 at a recent forum, explained that the investment cost of this initiative was estimated at $260 million with a simple payback period of four years.GEA CEO, Dr Mahender SharmaAccording to the CEO, in 2017, the GEA installed solar PV systems on the roofs of 70 Government buildings. He added that with regard to the 2017 energy efficiency programme, inefficient lights were replaced and contracts were awarded to install 10,427 light-emitting diode (LED) lamps and 3766 occupancy sensors at 46 Government buildings all of which will be completed in the first quarter this year.“Some locations where the LED lights were installed include Vergenoegen, Uitvlugt, Stewartville and Anna Regina Secondary Schools, Ministry of Business and National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD),” Sharma explained.Further, in 2018, the Agency will continue its energy programme, which will see more than 10,000 inefficient lights being replaced with energy-saving LED lamps and over 900 manually- operated switches being replaced with energy-saving occupancy sensors at 54 Government buildings.Sharma said, “The buildings were selected based on a request by GEA to the various Ministries and Government entities to identify buildings for the installation of solar PV systems and the replacement of inefficient lighting systems.”Although the previous year was a challenging one with tough deadlines, Sharma said the Agency was able to deliver its work programme and would continue to do so in 2018.last_img read more

January 11

Suspect in wife’s dismemberment arrested

first_imgThe helicopter crew, dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard station in Traverse City, spotted fresh footprints in the snow and guided ground searchers in Grant’s direction, Lt. Jeremy Loeb said. “We could see where he’d lay down, get up, lay down again,” Wallin said. After an all-night search,Grant was found about 6:30 a.m. near Big Sucker Creek, which flows into Lake Michigan, about three miles from where he abandoned the truck. The Grants have a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy who were staying with relatives. In a statement released through the hospital, Grant said Sunday that he misses his children. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HARBOR SPRINGS, Mich. – Wearing neither coat nor shoes, a fugitive suspected of killing and dismembering his wife was found hiding under a fallen tree Sunday in a snowbound state park after a bitterly cold night on the run, authorities said. Police tracked down Stephen Grant about 225 miles north of the suburban Detroit community where body parts believed to be those of his wife were discovered. He was in stable condition and was being treated for frostbite and hypothermia under police guard at a hospital. Grant was wearing only slacks, a shirt and socks when he was captured nearly 10 hours after he abandoned a truck and set out on foot in Wilderness State Park near the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin said. He had no weapons and did not resist. “I don’t think he probably could have made it much longer in those kind of conditions,” Wallin said during a news conference. “I wouldn’t want to be out there unless I was dressed for it.” Grant, 37, will be returned to Macomb County for arraignment in the death of Tara Lynn Grant, a 34-year-old businesswoman and mother of two who disappeared last month. A torso found in the family home and other body parts found in a park near their home were believed to be hers. Tara Grant last was seen Feb. 9, and police said the couple had argued that day over her business travels abroad. Her husband reported her missing five days later; he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said Stephen Grant fled in a friend’s pickup Friday hours after police executed a search warrant on the home in Washington Township. Deputies traced calls from his cell phone and a withdrawal from an automatic teller machine, Wallin said. After finding the truck just south of the isolated Lake Michigan park, police with a tracking dog searched on foot and snowmobile, aided by a Coast Guard helicopter. They pounded on doors and warned occupants of nearby homes and the handful of cabins inside the park. “We didn’t know what we were up against,” Wallin said. “We knew he was suicidal, we knew he could be armed.” last_img read more

January 11

This water wholly a case of inspired marketing

first_img“This has some potential and is a lot of fun,” said the Rev. Mark Smith, who blessed a batch in February. “Most people will pass it off. But some may have a moment.” Holy Drinking Water has led to positive conversations about religion and what it means to be a sinner, but it should not be used as a substitute for attending church, Germann said. LINDEN, Calif. – A Stockton-area businessman is peddling blessed bottled water. The half-liter bottles of Holy Drinking Water distributed by Wayne Enterprises Inc., of Linden, only carries the blessings of Catholic and Anglican priests, but company President Brian Germann said he plans to expand to other faiths. He said he thought of the concept June 6, 2006, or “666,” and has sold about 3,000 bottles since January at a Linden market and on the Internet. The bottles, filled with plain, purified water, carry a label that warns sinners who drink the water that they may experience burning, intense heat, sweating and skin irritations. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

January 6

Sunderland interested in former West Ham striker

first_img Marco Borriello 1 Sunderland are hoping to seal a deal to sign former West Ham striker Marco Borriello during the January transfer window.The out-of-favour Roma forward spent the second half of last season on loan at Upton Park but endured a torrid spell during which he appeared just twice and failed to score.As talkSPORT told you last week, the 32-year-old returned to Roma during the summer but has not played for the club’s first-team at all since.He is out of contract at the end of the season and available on a free transfer but now, according to reports in Italy, he is set to leave the Italian capital next month and return to the Premier League.Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is monitoring Borriello’s situation and knows the experienced hitman could be available on the cheap, although the Wearsiders face competition from Cagliari.The Serie A side are managed by another man who has West Ham connections – former Hammers boss and Poyet’s ex-Chelsea teammate Gianfranco Zola.The 48-year-old was appointed the manager of Cagliari earlier this month and it has been reported that a move for Borriello is high on his list of priorities.last_img read more