123 Street, NYC, US 0123456789 info@example.com

爱上海,上海419论坛,上海龙凤419 - Powered by Makenna Bufu!

khmttxaew

first_imgThey eventually sent him back to the locker room with a standing ovation, acknowledging the talent displayed by Federer during a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over 22nd-seeded Adrian Mannarino of France in the fourth round Monday, yes, but also his superiority over the course of a career that has produced eight Wimbledon championships and 20 Grand Slam titles, both records for a man.Federer, who has won 32 consecutive sets at the tournament and held serve 81 games in a row, was asked whether he paused for even a moment to wonder why he wasn’t being given more of a test.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Not really,” said Federer, the No. 1 seed. “I’m telling myself, ‘Why didn’t I break the first game of the second?’”His mastery was only the beginning of things for those who spent 120 pounds (about $160) to be at Center Court and were afforded the rare treat of watching three of the greatest to ever lift a tennis racket. MOST READ It’s official: LeBron James signs 4-year, $153.3M deal with Lakers Federer was followed by Serena Williams, she of the seven Wimbledon trophies among her 23 majors, who was hardly challenged in a 6-2, 6-2 win against 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russia. And Williams was followed by Rafael Nadal — two titles at Wimbledon, 17 at all Slams — who dispatched 93rd-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.The only other Wimbledon champion left in either bracket, Novak Djokovic, beat 40th-ranked Karen Khachanov 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 on No. 1 Court, then said he’d like to get as much time on Centre Court as Federer and Nadal do.Was Mannarino intimidated by playing in that hallowed arena?“The fact that it is the Centre Court, and the fact that it is a lot of people in the stands — it’s not changing anything, actually. The only different thing is that it’s Federer in front of me, and he’s a really good opponent. It makes the job harder,” Mannarino said. “This is what is not easy to handle.”He showed up wearing a plain white T-shirt, bereft of any obvious sponsor’s logos, looking like someone out for a casual hitting session in a public park. At least it appeared to be the right size. What a difference from a week ago, when Federer’s debut of new duds after splitting from Nike drew so many headlines.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ It took Mannarino so much toil and trouble to win one game, saving four break points to hold to begin the second set. He was able to tread water until 5-all, when Federer returned a 123 mph serve, quickly gained control of a baseline exchange, then hopped and screamed, “Come on!” as a backhand flew long for the break. Federer also broke, then held to end the match.“I think,” Federer said when it was over, “I can be very pleased.”The women’s quarterfinals are Tuesday, with Williams vs. Camila Giorgi, two-time major champion Angelique Kerber vs. No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko vs. Dominika Cibulkova, and No. 13 Julia Goerges vs. No. 20 Kiki Bertens.On Wednesday, Federer will play No. 8 Kevin Anderson, a South African who was the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up and advanced with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (2), 5-7, 7-6 (4) victory over Gael Monfils.“I mean, I’m definitely going to have to look at it the right way. I think the right way of looking at it is: It’s an opportunity to test myself against a player of Roger’s caliber,” said Anderson, who is 0-4 against Federer. “These are the matches we work so hard for, me and my whole team.”The other matchup on the top half of the draw is No. 9 John Isner against No. 13 Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in the 2016 semifinals before losing in the final.On the bottom half of the bracket, it’ll be 12-time major champion Djokovic against 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori, and No. 2 seed Nadal against either 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro or Gilles Simon. Del Potro was leading Simon two sets to one when their match was suspended because of darkness Monday night.Anderson, Isner and Nishikori all reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time.For Nadal, this marks a return. He hadn’t been this far at the All England Club since 2011, losing to men ranked 100th or worse on four of his past five appearances.“It’s true, it has been a while,” Nadal said. “But when I come here, I come here thinking that I can do a good result, no?” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:52Court orders arrest of Maguindanao massacre accused still at large14:41Andal Ampatuan Jr., kin guilty for Maguindanao massacre of 57 people02:14Carpio 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 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates defeating France’s Adrian Mannarino in their men’s singles match, on day seven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Monday July 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — They roared for Roger Federer just for showing up, greeting his arrival at Wimbledon’s main stadium as if his mere presence were enough to justify the price of admission.They clapped and yelled when Federer’s drop volley capped a 16-minute tour de force of a first set in which he won 21 of the first 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View commentslast_img read more

khmttxaew

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 Calvin Abueva was all over the floor and finished with a game-high 25 points that went with eight rebounds and a steal in just less than 22 minutes of action.In the fourth quarter alone, Abueva and Matthew Wright scored 10 points each.“I told them during the halftime break that you have to take pride with your defense,” Phoenix coach Louie Alas said. “It was all about the defense.”The Fuel Masters, who will own a twice-to-beat advantage against the Meralco Bolts in their quarterfinals on Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome, made crucial stops and big shots late courtesy of Abueva and Wright.The fifth-seeded Elite will play the Magnolia Hotshots, who will have the twice-to-beat, also this Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA ImagesJustin Brownlee dazzled anew and top seed Barangay Ginebra eliminated TNT with a 112-93 rout to end the elimination round of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Brownlee had 31 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists for the Gin Kings, who will face the eighth-seeded NLEX Road Warriors in the quarterfinals beginning Tuesday also at the Big DomeADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ateneo nears semis; Banko ousts Adamson “We wanna make sure we’re going into the playoffs in full speed. That was the goal today,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, whose squad finished with a 9-2 card.“We want to be prepared going into the playoffs and make sure there’s no slippage and we played a lot better than we thought we would.”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 ChrissGreg Slaughter also gave the KaTropa fits with 25 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line in 26 minutes.Earlier, Phoenix’s prolific import Eugene Phelps got a lot of help from the local crew as the Fuel Masters fended off the Blackwater Elite, 97-91, to clinch the No. 2 spot. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READlast_img read more

reqaidxrk

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Tigers are nursing faint hopes of reaching the next round after losing to the Falcons last Wednesday.But a victory over the Maroons could rouse them back into the battle for the Final Four, although they would still need to beat Ateneo on Wednesday for a chance to reach the next round.The Falcons begin the weekend hostilities with a 2 p.m. duel with the University of the East Warriors, who have long been eliminated from the playoff race.But the game is crucial for Adamson as a win will guarantee the Falcons a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs.Although they’ve been putting in impressive performances the past couple of weeks, the Maroons will have their hands full against a desperate UST team, which hopes that rookie sensation CJ Cansino won’t be sidelined by the foot injury he suffered late in the loss to Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT “We need to win so we just have to do whatever it takes,” said a limping Cansino in Filipino after the loss to Adamson.The Tamaraws will be up against an NU team that bombed out of contention last Wednesday following a loss to La Salle. But taking into account its up-and-down season so far, the Tamaraws may have a far tougher outing against the Bulldogs, whose youthful core has shown flashes of brilliance this season.The battle between fierce rivals Ateneo and La Salle caps the weekend at 4 p.m. on Sunday.The Eagles can close in on the top seeding with a win against the Archers, who are aiming to seal their entry to the Final Four. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ The four-team race for the two remaining Final Four berths heats up this weekend with La Salle, University of the Philippines, Far Eastern U and University of Santo Tomas all taking the floor at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 It would be ‘disappointment’ if PH Azkals fail to reach Suzuki Cup Finals Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum With Ateneo already sealing a twice-to-beat bonus and Adamson also poised to grab the same incentive, the spotlight will be on game pitting UP and UST on Saturday as well as the FEU-National U battle on Sunday.Riding high on a three-game winning streak, the Fighting Maroons clash with the Tigers at 4 p.m. in a crucial match that could determine the Final Four hopes of the two squads.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 ChrissWith a 6-6 record just like FEU, UP can put one foot in the next round, especially if the Tamaraws lose to the also-ran Bulldogs on Sunday.The mission is simple for UST: Win to stay in contention. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

isrgopukp

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The extra time doesn’t make it any easier to explain things so far.The Clippers and Nuggets are up. Houston and Boston are down. Golden State has already been both, flying out to a fast start that quickly came to a halt after Stephen Curry was hurt.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 restructured schedule, done to build in more opportunities for rest and fewer back-to-back games, trimmed the preseason and reduced the number of exhibition games, in some cases forcing coaches to continue tinkering around Thanksgiving when they’d prefer to be done with it by Halloween.“Just like every team in the league, in November you’re not going to be the same team as you are in April or May,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “So you kind of expand your play list a little bit.” View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) is congratulated by teammates Kevon Looney (5), Andre Iguodala (9) and Quinn Cook (4) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won, 116-110. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Under the former NBA schedule, the first month of the season would just be coming to a close this week.The earlier start that the league went to last year, with the regular season beginning two weeks sooner, means some teams are now already more than a quarter of the way through their 82-game schedules.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GAME OF THE WEEKThe Warriors are recovering. The Raptors are rolling.When they meet this week, possibly with Stephen Curry back on the floor, it sets up as one of the games of the NBA season.Golden State heads to Toronto on Thursday for the nationally televised game with the Raptors, who have the NBA’s best record at 17-4. Led by Kawhi Leonard, they have won five in a row overall and are 8-2 at home.The Warriors have won two in a row after a four-game skid that was their longest under coach Steve Kerr. The game in Toronto opens a five-game road trip to the Eastern Conference during which they believe Curry will return from a strained left groin that will sideline him for a 10th straight game Monday against Orlando.Golden State knows how good Leonard is. He had led San Antonio to a huge cushion in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena two seasons ago before injuring his ankle in what would turn out to be one of his last appearances for the Spurs. He played in only nine games last season before being dealt to Toronto over the summer.Now the Raptors are looking forward to testing themselves against the champs.“Obviously we’re excited every night to play against anybody,” forward Paskal Siakam said, “but good teams is always a bigger challenge and we’re just more excited.”OTHER GAMES TO WATCH THIS WEEKMinnesota at Cleveland, Monday. Maybe things are settling down after turbulent times for the teams, as each have won two in a row. LATEST STORIES Eleven teams in the Western Conference are .500 or better, and that list doesn’t include the usually automatic San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers, Denver and Memphis are all in the top five spots after missing the playoffs last season.The experimenting figures to continue for the Celtics, who had to readjust to having Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and the Rockets, who had to replace Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Both teams start the final week of November at .500 after falling a game short of the NBA Finals last season.Then there’s the Clippers, perhaps the surprise of the league and percentage points ahead of the Warriors for the best record in the West. The team that once boasted a starting lineup that included Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan now fields a much-more anonymous starting lineup but with excellent results.Can that continue? Like plenty else around the NBA thus far, it appears too early to tell.“I think we can beat anyone,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said, “but I think we can lose to anyone.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen moving closer to season debut 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 Lakers at Denver, Tuesday. LeBron James and the Lakers handed the Nuggets their first loss of the season after a 4-0 start back on Oct. 25.Atlanta at Charlotte, Wednesday. They had an exciting finish Sunday in Atlanta, where the Hawks pulled out a 124-123 victory.Milwaukee at New York, Saturday. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks make their first of two December trips to Madison Square Garden. They’re back to play in the leadoff game on the Christmas schedule.Clippers at Dallas, Sunday. The Mavericks will be trying for their first seven-game home winning streak since starting 7-0 there in 2013-14.BUTLER DOES ITThe scouting report on Jimmy Butler after just a short time in Philadelphia should by now be obvious: Don’t let him take the potential winning 3-pointer from the right wing.He’s already won a pair of games for the 76ers from nearly the identical spot on the floor. After beating the Hornets in overtime in Charlotte on Nov. 17, Butler struck again Sunday to win a game in Brooklyn that Philadelphia trailed by 20 points.Next time the 76ers face that situation, count on Butler wanting to get back to his favorite location. But maybe he shouldn’t wait until then.“I think if I get there at any point in time in the game,” he said, “I could make a lot of shots.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

qaywbshjf

first_imgKovalev-Alvarez rematch set for Feb. 2 in Texas Murtaza’s uncle Asif Ahmedi said the family received at least 10 letters and several phone calls from a variety of criminal gangs threatening to kill Murtaza or kidnap him if they didn’t give them money.“Everyone thinks that because he became famous that we now have lots of money, but we are poor people,” he said. “The gunmen in our area were saying, ‘You got lots of money from Messi and you should give us the money otherwise your son will be kidnapped.’”Criminal gangs roam freely in most of Afghanistan, which has been at war for 17 years. Most of the country’s 38 million people are dirt poor and the country’s police and army have been besieged by Taliban insurgents in near daily attacks.Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan and many local police are in cahoots with criminal gangs. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I wish Murtaza had never become so famous,” she told The Associated Press. “It has created a big problem for us and for him. For the last two years we have not been able to send him to school. I wish none of this had ever happened.”Criminals threatened to kidnap Murtaza after demanding money, assuming the boy’s brush with fame somehow resulted in a windfall of money. Taliban insurgents stopped local school buses asking if anyone knew of Murtaza. They, too, had seen pictures of young Murtaza meeting Messi in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, where he received a T-shirt from his hero.Last November, when Taliban fighters launched attacks in their home district of Joguri in violent Ghazni province, the family fled to the relative safety of Bamiyan province in Central Afghanistan.But the threats continued.The move to the Afghan capital three weeks ago has been painful. Murtaza is the youngest of five children and the family is paying the equivalent of about $90 a month for a room in the Afshar neighborhood in northwest Kabul.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum She said the cold and the damp are making Murtaza sick.“He is always cold,” she said. Temperatures in Kabul hover around 11 degrees Celsius (52 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day.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 picture of Murtaza in his plastic Messi shirt playing soccer went viral on social media two years ago. He met his hero in December last year.But his popularity has turned into a nightmare for Murtaza and his family. Murtaza Ahmadi, a Lionel Messi fan, poses with Lionel Messi’s shirt, at his relative’s home in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan — A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has been forced to flee with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him, his mother said Friday.Since becoming an internet sensation, Shafiqa Ahmedi said her now 7-year-old son Murtaza — a fan of Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi — has not been able to attend school and now they are living in an unheated room in Kabul.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

srofofzol

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., recently launched campaign in the United States of America (USA) to gather over one million copies of textbooks for Liberia is said to be gaining support, a dispatch from the U.S. has reported.Veep Boakai is not alone in the exercise, but in collaboration with the chapter of Future Farmers Association (FFA) in Chicago, Illinois (USA). The two bodies recently launched a campaign to collect more than one million textbooks for schools in Liberia. The Book campaign, according to a dispatch, will locate, collect, package, and ship educational books in the areas of reading, mathematics, science, agriculture, and world history to students in Liberia.The FFA is a US-based organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of students implementing agriculture education in an agriculture classroom setting— a personal application setting known as Supervised Agricultural Experience, and leadership growth setting through the FFA organization. The one million books campaign will accordingly, be coordinated by the Illinois/Liberia Partnership—a philanthropic group comprising Liberians and Illinois citizens working to encourage and support agricultural education in Liberian public schools.At the Launch in Chicago, Illinois recently, Vice President Boakai affirmed the support of the Government of Liberia to introduce agriculture in the curriculum of high schools as a means of encouraging leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.He said Liberia’s food security would be greatly enhanced if students and future leaders embrace agriculture as a career option. Reflecting on his days as Minister of Agriculture, VP Boakai said, the sector has one of the greatest potentials to create more jobs, and spur the economic growth of Liberia.Student Cody Carmen, Illinois Chapter president of the FFA with over 17,000 memberships has pledged on behalf of her members, their commitment to collect and ship books to Liberia to augment junior and senior high schools education by making text books available to their fellow students in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

khmttxaew

first_imgLiberian civil society organizations will tomorrow 30, May, 2014, observe the 50th Jubilee of National Unification Day on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.The program, organized by the Better Future Foundation (BFF), in collaboration with the Kofi Annan Institute for Conflict Transformation, Montserrado County Peace Committee (MPC), and the Liberia House of Prayer, among others has, as its theme: “National Unification Day at 50: Reviewing the Past and Preparing for the Future.”The jubilee celebration (1964-2014), will be focused on Bong, Lofa, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh Counties, created in 1964 and their subsequent integration into the Republic of Liberia.         The occasion will also be characterized by Interactive Dialogues and Panel Discussions.Among other topics which would be addressed by a number of distinguished panelists are the following: “The Influence and Impacts of Tradition on National Unification in the Liberian Society; Promoting Cohesiveness, Harmony, Tolerance and Respect for Diversity; History of National Unification Day- Its Influence and impacts on National Unity, the country and People and the Way Forward.”  Liberia’s Peace Ambassador, and international soccer celebrity, George Weah; Dr. Augustine Konneh, Director of Foreign Service Institute; Rep. Ricks Toweh, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Peace and Reconciliation of the House of Representatives; Dr. Joseph Saye Guanue, a renowned author and professor of history and political Science are expected to make thematic presentations at the occasion which will also be graced by a number of local and international peace advocacy organizations including the youth and student community in the country.BFF president Rev. Augustine Arkoi, giving a historical overview of the National Unification Day celebration disclosed that it draws attention to one of the most pressing issues that faces the country throughout its history. He made reference to the then animosity between the Americo-Liberians and the indigenous population. Rev. Arkoi historicized that under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led the country from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was minimized, if not totally eradicated.“In his inaugural address, Tubman introduced his National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of voting right to women and to the country’s indigenous people,” the BFF President pointed out.He maintains that the day reminds Liberians of what they hold in common as opposed to their divergence.According to organizers of the Unification Day peace symposium, Liberia’s distinguished educator and rights activist, Madam Mary N. Brownell will serve as Presiding Resource person during the daylong deliberations.Madam Brownell according to the BFF communication is meanwhile calling on all Liberians at home and in the Diaspora to forgive, love and unite as a prerequisite for a peaceful, secured, and prosperous Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

kdqhadbmi

first_imgWhen more than 40 heads of state recently met in Washington for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, improving economic opportunities topped the agenda. The leaders could take pride in Africa’s recent economic performance. But the gathering also spotlighted a daunting obstacle to sustaining robust and widely shared growth on the continent: rampant corruption that robs citizens of billions of dollars every year.By one estimate, illicit financial flows from Africa amounted to US$1.4 trillion between 1980 and 2009 — more than the economic aid and foreign direct investment the continent received during that period. A joint report by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Global Financial Integrity (GFI) found that a staggering 60 to 65 percent of this lost cash disappears during “commercial transactions by multinational companies.”The extractive industries — which take natural resources like oil and minerals from the ground — are particularly prone to corruption, because they generate huge wealth that is easily diverted to line the pockets of venal rulers or businesses. This can be devastating in resource-rich developing countries like the Republic of Congo, where the government depends on earnings from extractive industries for 85 percent of its revenue. The siphoning of Africa’s riches is an old story, of course, though today’s culprits are not European imperialists like Belgium’s King Leopold II, but unaccountable African officials and corporations, both foreign and domestic. The paradoxical result is the persistence of grinding poverty amidst apparent plenty, a paradox visible in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and a dozen other African nations. For too many Africans, improving governance of natural resource extraction is “a matter of life and death.”The sentiment is broadly shared among civil society groups across the continent. African citizens are increasingly aware that corruption and poor governance is cheating them and their countries out of billions of dollars. In a moving letter to U.S. President Barack Obama on the eve of the summit, civil society leaders from nine African countries declared that their children’s future depended on ending this destructive cycle:Our natural resources are an opportunity for us to create better lives for our future generations, but if good governance does not prevail, that chance will be squandered. And with oil, gas and mining, the one chance is all you get… We are fighting everyday to change our future. We risk arrest and intimidation to bring the issue of natural resources into the open. Where once silence reins people now debate in the streets how their revenues should be managed.Improving governance in the extractive industries would go a long way toward achieving the five goals of the Obama administration’s vision for the Africa summit: expanding trade and investment ties, engaging young African leaders, promoting inclusive sustainable development, expanding cooperation on peace and security, and gaining a better future for Africa’s next generation.Upon closing the summit, Obama announced that the assembled leaders had “agreed to step up our collective efforts against the corruption that costs African economies tens of billions of dollars every year — money that ought to be invested in the people of Africa.” The centerpiece of this effort would be “a new partnership to combat illicit finance,” based on “an action plan to promote the transparency that is essential to economic growth.”But where do we begin? Though it is an uphill battle, there are already a number of worthwhile international initiatives seeking to empower citizens to fight corruption and help ensure that natural resources benefit local communities. The authors of the abovementioned letter, for example, all belong to one network of NGOs called Publish What You Pay, which campaigns for transparency in extractive industries. The idea is that forcing companies and governments to publicly release information about their negotiated contracts and commercial transactions will discourage them from engaging in corrupt practices, and allow citizens to hold them accountable if they do.The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is another, increasingly influential coalition that requires participating governments to ensure that transactions between extractive companies and governments are fully disclosed to the public. To maintain their status as “EITI-compliant,” member countries must prepare annual reports about how they are implementing common standards. In parallel with this campaign, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its own set of best practices, “Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises,” and the United Nations has produced its own document, “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.”These are all welcome initiatives. But what has their impact been? And how might they be improved?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

fxehmpovl

first_imgRenowned Liberian Businessman-turned politician Benoni Urey has urged commercial drivers and vehicle owners in the country to take Ebola serious and avoid taken sick people in their vehicle to various ETU.“We need to avoid this disease and join the government to fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is claiming the lives of our citizens, Mr. Urey asserted.Speaking last Friday at the official launch of an Ebola Taskforce of the Federation of Road Transport Union of Liberia (FRTUL), in Paynesville City, Mr. Urey said the fight against Ebola is a national cause that requires nationhood, not political loyalties.Mr. Urey, who is also expected to contest for the 2017 Presidential election, said the very essence of Liberia is at stake and therefore President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf needs to have an effective team.   The problem is not about politics but how to fight the virus, he declared.”We need a leader that can control the situation above ministerial positions, inclusive of real medical and other key technocrats. We need patriots and not politicians to defeat Ebola” he told FRTUL leaders.The current situation in Liberia, according to Mr. Urey, is not about politicizing but about the country and therefore it should be the concern of everybody to play a role that will yield positive results and help win the war against Ebola.Hear Mr. Urey: Ebola is highly contagious and very deadly, “We must try to take all precautionary measures to protect ourselves from body contact.”The 2017 Presidential hopeful urged the public, especially commercial drivers, to lend their full cooperation in this all important health emergency,  noting that commercial drivers also transport the virus from one destination to another.The Liberian businessman went on to say that when the Ebola outbreak started in Liberia, people said that “we were politicizing the whole issues but today here it is, it’s has gone beyond our limits, to the extent that we cannot even fight this battle alone.”The virus has cause tremendous and unbelievable loss of many innocent lives in Liberia, Mr. Urey lamented.He continued: “We suffered unnecessary setbacks from our failures to adhere to alarms raised by the media and suggestions made that Lofa should be given special attention when this Ebola outbreak was centered there.”“Don’t allow sick person get in your vehicle, and even if they enter, sprayed in the entire car, Urey admonished the drivers.He advised commercial drivers in the country to be careful how they go about taking passengers.For her part, Una Kumba Thompson, former Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  underscore the need for everyone to the join in eradicating the deadly Ebola virus from Liberia.According to Mrs. Thompson, Ebola does not pick or choose and has no boundary.  “Therefore, we as patriotic Liberians need to join the government to fight this global health crisis.”She told the FRTUL members that government cannot fight the virus alone but needs the collectively efforts of all Liberians, especially the commercial drivers who lives are at risk.  So they, too, should join the fight and say that “Ebola is Real.”The former Deputy Minister said the Ebola is not the concern of the President alone, but all  citizens of our beloved country.Earlier in his welcome remarks, William P. Flomo,  president general and chairman of the Taskforce,  said the initiative is designed  to combat the dreadful Ebola virus within the transport sector.According to Mr. Flomo, the rationale behind the operation is to make it possible to minimize body contacts, which most times takes place in overloaded vehicles, especially buses, since the main mode of transmission of the Ebola virus is through coming into contact with body fluids of affected persons.Mr. Flomo said the battle against the Ebola virus disease is above all politics, tribe and other compatriot differences.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

rlkbwnudt

first_imgDear Editor,As an elected member of the Coordinating Council (Board of Directors) of International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana Country Coordinating Mechanism (IDPADA-GCCM) I do not support the call for IDPADA-G to be scrapped.Being a resident of Linden, who made over 300 trips to and fro the Linden Highway to attend over 160 meetings, work sessions (many on holidays) and outreaches and endured extensive hours away from home and family of 13 leading up to the formation and subvention of IDPADA-GCCM it is impossible for me to do so.I put forward to all that there is no perfect organisation anywhere in the world, even the Constitution of Guyana has to be tweaked. IDPADA-GCCM has to be treated and I repeat as a new born babe who has to have its nose bridge pulled up, buttocks anointed up and head to be rested evenly to maintain/obtain the correct shape.Definitely some things has to be reshaped and plans implemented to reflect an all-inclusiveness “so that no one could be left out” which is necessary to achieve and maintain recognition justice and sustainable development. Unity is strength.Only persons who have no idea of the long hours of tedious labour into the wee hours of the morn, sacrificing holidays, etc, and a selfish person would call for IDPADA-G to be scrapped. I take no sides.My only allegiance is to the countless impoverished, under privileged and disenfranchised African Guyanese citizens I encountered in every village across the country. I suggest we all sincerely consider the concerns of all African Guyanese, come together to resolve our differences and work together to achieve recognition justice and sustainable development and make our President and Guyana proud.After all Guyana, is playing a leading role in the implementation of the UN Declared International Decade for People of African Descent. With love and respect for all my brothers and sisters of the African Guyanese family.Yours sincerely,Esther “Tutashindai”Gittenslast_img read more