Abueva teams up with Ginebra studs for Luzon All-Stars

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Calvin Abueva banners the Luzon All-Stars. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCalvin Abueva partners with Ginebra standouts LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar in a combination straight out of the crowd favorite fans’ fantasies when they headline the Luzon All-Stars in the 2018 PBA All-Star Week in Batangas City on May 25.The squad, coached by San Miguel coach Leo Austria, will also see spitfire guards Jayson Castro and Paul Lee in the starting five as they test the mettle of Gilas Pilipinas in the second leg of the midseason extravaganza.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 View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Thompson leads Cone-coached Mindanao squad vs loaded Gilas Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img It will be a potent selection from Luzon which will also feature guards Stanley Pringle and Alex Cabagnot, sharpshooters Marcio Lassiter and Matthew Wright, and big men Arwind Santos, Ian Sangalang, and Raymond Almazan.June Mar Fajardo will carry the torch in the opposing side for the Nationals, as he will be joined by Terrence Romeo and rookie Kiefer Ravena in the Gilas crew.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 crownAlso part of the national team in this leg are Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Mac Belo, Roger Pogoy, Allein Maliksi, Jio Jalalon, and Carl Bryan Cruz.The tilt will be the centerpiece of the loaded second leg, which will see the staging of the side events before the much awaited clash between Gilas Pilipinas and the PBA All-Stars. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “For me, life is all about learning. It doesn’t mean that when you have a degree it’s so you can work or you will have a better job, it’s about learning.”Eustaquio (10-6), however, will first have to deal with his rematch with Adriano Moraes (17-2) in ONE: Pinnacle of Power on June 23 for the undisputed flyweight belt.That responsibility, however, doesn’t deter Eustaquio from looking into his educational future.READ: ‘No loser’ in Eustaquio-Morales ONE rematch“When you’re holding an interim belt, the responsibility is a bit harder because before I would train two, three rounds now I train four, five, six rounds,” said Eustaquio.ADVERTISEMENT MACAU—There are two goals that Geje Eustaquio wants to achieve in the foreseeable future, one of which involves attaining a feat outside of the ONE Championship cage.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Australia gets crucial 1-1 draw with Denmark at World Cup View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eustaquio, the ONE interim flyweight champion, holds a Master’s diploma in Physical Education from University of the Cordilleras and he doesn’t just want to become the full title holder but he also wants to pursue a higher degree of learning.The 29-year-old Team Lakay member said he wants to either get a Doctorate or take up Law.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 crownREAD: ONE: Eustaquio puts Moraes on crosshairs“It’s going to be between a Doctor’s degree or a Law degree, we will see but I cannot say for now,” said Eustaquio Thursday after ONE Championship’s media luncheon at Studio City here in Macau. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “Or if I become the undisputed champion, Spiderman said that ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ so I have to maintain that belt and train even harder.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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‘KD’ in Manila

first_imgLATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, who bagged his second straight NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award last month, is slated to visit Manila on Sunday as part of a promotional tour for sportswear giant Nike.It will mark Durant’s first visit in Manila for Nike, which has lined up a series of activities for the NBA star.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 “From the countless hours spent in the gym honing his game, to the sacrifices he makes for love of the game, to going beyond the fear of failure, he wants Filipinos to push harder every time,” Nike said in a press release announcing Durant’s visit.Durant will be welcomed at the Nike Park store in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, at 12:30 p.m. on July 8.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 Associated Press, citing a source, said Durant has decided to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors. He will be paid $30.5 million in the coming season. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pacquiao peaking at right time Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View commentslast_img read more

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Bedic powers big Kaya win

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Kaya FC Iloilo warmed up for its back-to-back showdowns with leader Ceres Negros with a 4-2 drubbing of Stallion-Laguna last Wednesday in the Philippines Football League at Iloilo Sports Complex.Barotac Nuevo-born striker Joven Bedic completed a hat-trick as Kaya cut the gap with Ceres to just nine points with two matches against the defending champions at home coming up on Saturday and Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding With Ceres on top with 41 points and Kaya in second with 32, the two matches could potentially determine the league champions who will also earn a berth to the AFC Champions League next season.Ceres only has eight matches left in its 25-game schedule, while Kaya still has to play nine games.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’After Robert Lopez Mendy opened the scoring from close range, Bedic drilled home a penalty before two quick-fire goals in the second half put the game beyond reach for Stallion.“It’s the best feeling to score a hat-trick at home,” Bedic said in Filipino after Kaya also secured a third straight victory. “The support from the Ilonggos is something else here. That’s why when the games are held here, we all have that extra energy to play well and to win.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Kim fires 63 for two-shot lead at Pueblo de Oro View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA: St. Benilde cuts down Arellano, doubles win total from Season 93

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college College of St. Benilde’s Cinderella story is far from over after it weaved past Arellano, 89-73, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Blazers improved their record to 8-5 to stay at the fourth spot and in the process doubled their win total from Season 93.Justin Gutang filled up the stat sheets for CSB with 23 points, five rebounds, six assists, and two steals while Rob Nayve added 16 points.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 ChrissCSB used its might in the paint to take over and outscored the Chiefs 52-32 underneath the basket and much of that was thanks to big man Clement Leutcheu who had 14 points and 11 boards,Adrian Alban had 22 points for the 4-8 Chiefs who played its first game after former head coach Jerry Codiñera’s resignation. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img NCAA: Letran returns to winning form, pounds Mapua Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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DeRozan debuts as a Spur, James as a Laker as new eras open

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots against Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) and Rodney McGruder during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)A new era of San Antonio basketball has begun, with DeMar DeRozan in the lineup and some longtime legends elsewhere.With an offseason of change behind them, the Spurs opened exhibition play Sunday with a 104-100 victory over the Miami Heat.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXT: The Clippers play host to Minnesota on Wednesday.NUGGETS 124, LAKERS 107Juan Hernangomez led Denver with 19 points and three blocks and Jamal Murray scored 18 on 8-of-12 shooting in LeBron James’ debut with the Lakers.Nikola Jokic and Trey Lyles had 14 points apiece, Malik Beasley and Monte Morris each scored 12 and Mason Plumlee added 11 points for Denver (1-0).JaVale McGee had 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting Brandon Ingram scored 16 for Los Angeles (0-1). Kyle Kuzma added 15 points, despite making just 4 of 13 from the field, and Lance Stephenson scored 12.NUGGETS: Gary Harris (hamstring), Isaiah Thomas (hip), Michael Porter Jr. (back) and Jarred Vanderbilt (foot) did not play. … Paul Millsap had six points on 1-of-5 shooting in 21 minutes.LAKERS: LeBron James finished with nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes. … Rajon Rondo had 11 of L.A.’s 26 assists and grabbed seven rebounds. … Rookie Jonathan Williams had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes, but committed five fouls. … Lonzo Ball (knee) and rookie Moritz Wagner (knee) did not play.UP NEXT: The Lakers and Nuggets play again on Tuesday in Los Angeles. SPURS 104, HEAT 100Rudy Gay led San Antonio with 13 points, making all three 3-pointers and 5-of-6 shots in 14 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge added 10 points.HEAT: Dwyane Wade began his final preseason by coming off the bench for 10 points in 18 minutes. … Rodney McGruder and Goran Dragic started in the backcourt, with McGruder scoring 15 points and Dragic adding 12. … Kelly Olynyk shot 1 for 10 for four points. … Duncan Robinson made three 3-pointers and scored 12 points in a city where a Duncan (Tim) and a Robinson (David) once starred together.SPURS: Dejounte Murray, who replaced Parker as starting point guard last season, had eight points in 15 minutes. … Derrick White scored 12 points. … Davis Bertans made three 3-pointers and scored 10 points.UP NEXT: Miami (0-1) visits Charlotte on Tuesday. San Antonio (1-0) hosts Detroit on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The third night of NBA preseason action was the first for LeBron James in a Lakers uniform. He scored nine in 15 minutes of the Lakers’ 124-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets in San Diego.The five-game schedule began in San Antonio, where DeRozan started and scored seven points in 18 minutes of his first game since the Spurs acquired him from Toronto in the trade that sent Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors. With Leonard traded, Tony Parker signing in Charlotte and Manu Ginobili retiring, it was a far more eventful offseason than usual in San Antonio.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 ChrissBut it was a good start for the new pieces. Jakob Poeltl, who came with DeRozan from the Raptors, had six points and 10 rebounds.Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Heat. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown CELTICS 115, HORNETS 112Kyrie Irving scored 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and Terry Rozier had 13 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals for Boston.Jayson Tatum had 16 points, including three 3-pointers, Marcus Morris made 4 of 6 from behind the arc and finished with 12 points, and Jaylen Brown scored 11. Gordon Hayward was just 1-of-7 shooting and had four points in 21 minutes for the Celtics (1-1).Miles Bridges, picked No. 12 overall in June’s draft, made 9 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and finished with 23 points for Charlotte (1-1). Willy Hernangomez added 14 points, Malik Monk 13, including three 3s, and Kemba Walker scored 10.CELTICS: Al Horford missed the game due to a right wrist sprain. He is expected to return against Cleveland on Tuesday. … Hayward, who suffered a gruesome injury in the opening minutes of the regular-season opener last year, is just 3-of-14 shooting in two games this preseason. He showed some hustle, and confidence in his surgically repaired left ankle, on a chase-down block of a layup by Jeremy Lamb.HORNETS: Tony Parker, who signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Charlotte in July after 17 seasons with San Antonio, did not play. Marvin Williams and Cody Zeller were also healthy scratches. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist left the game in the first half and did not return due to concussion-like symptoms.UP NEXT: Charlotte (1-1) hosts Miami on Tuesday. Boston (1-1) hosts Cleveland on Tuesday.BULLS 128, PELICANS 116Antonio Blakeney, Bobby Portis and Zach LaVine scored 21 points apiece for Chicago. The trio combined to make 24 of 42 (57 percent) from the field and 14-of-14 free throws.Jabari Parker, who signed with Chicago as a free agent in July, had 15 points but was just 5-of-14 shooting. Kris Dunn added 12 points and rookie Wendell Carter Jr. scored 11. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Frank Jackson and Jrue Holiday each scored 16 points for New Orleans. Jackson shot just 5 of 14 from the field but made 4-of-8 3-pointers. Holiday was 7-of-9 shooting with four assists.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen did not play due to an elbow injury sustained on Thursday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Denzel Valentine (ankle) and Omer Asik (inflammatory arthritis) also missed the game. … Chicago made just 4 of 18 from 3-point range but shot 49.5 percent (49 of 99) from the field. … Cameron Payne had seven assists.PELICANS: Julius Randle, who signed with the Pelicans as a free agent this offseason, had 15 points, five rebounds and five assists. … Anthony Davis added 13 points, three steals and two blocks in 15 minutes. … Nikola Mirotic (sore Achilles tendon) and Darius Miller (shoulder) did not play. … Frank Jackson, a second-round pick out of Duke in 2017, missed all of last season due to a right foot injury.UP NEXT: Chicago (1-0) plays at Milwaukee on Wednesday. New Orleans (0-1) visits Atlanta on Monday.CLIPPERS 110, SYDNEY KINGS 91Seven Los Angeles players scored in double figures, led by Tobias Harris who had 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Danilo Gallinari added 19 points, five assists and two blocks.Marcin Gortat, acquired from Washington via trade for Austin Rivers in June, and Patrick Beverly each had 12 points, Montrezl Harrell scored 11 and Lou Williams and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 10 points apiece for the Clippers (1-0).Jerome Randle led the Kings (0-1) with 25 points, Kevin Lisch scored 16 with nine rebounds and six assists and Daniel Kickert had 13 points, including three 3-pointers.CLIPPERS: Tobias Harris, who shot a career-best 41.4 percent from 3-point range last season, made 4 of 7 from behind the arc on Sunday. … The Clippers had 31 assists on 41 field goals. … Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the No. 11 overall pick in June’s draft, added four assists, four steals and a block.SYDNEY KINGS: Andrew Bogut, who played 14 seasons in the NBA and was the first overall selection in the 2005 draft, had eight points, eight rebounds and four assists. … The Kings made just 12 of 21 from the free-throw line and committed 25 turnovers. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 LeBron James captivates crowd in his Los Angeles Lakers debut Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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‘Recipe for Chaos’

first_imgThe recent postponement of Voters’ Roll Update by the National Elections Commission (NEC) is a “recipe for chaos” a civil society organization, Campaigners for Change, has alarmed.Campaigners for Change is one of a handful of civil society organizations that championed the failed April 12, 2013 demonstration against President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, Chairman of NEC, at the weekend announced that “The Commission is unable to follow the timeline which was drawn for the conduct of the VRU.”The Commission named “delay in the passage of the 2013/2014 National Budget and Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) regulations which have a trickle-down effect on all of our operations and programs” as factors responsible for the suspension.However, in counter-argument to the Commission’s claim, Campaigners for Change’s national director, Vandalark Patricks, Tuesday, 14 January told a news conference in Monrovia that the action by the electoral body sets the stage for confusion and disorder in Liberia.rHe called NEC’s pronouncement a clever attempt to play games with the results of the Special Senatorial Elections leading to the certification of a selected few.Patricks further warned postponing a critical component of the election process without announcing an alternative date for the start of the process shows the inability of the Commission to preside over electoral matters, and as such, “Chairman Korkoya who has the Unity Party DNA in him must resign to save the country from civil unrest.”He maintained that tampering with this critical election in Liberia could mean that the country is on the path to war, something he said the nation is unwilling to experience at the moment.“If you suspend a crucial part of the election process—without telling the Liberian people the new date—shows that the Commission has confirmed that there will be a series of irregularities during the election,” Patricks said.Meanwhile, the local CSO called on President Johnson Sirleaf to quickly intervene in the ongoing situation affecting the University of Liberia.Campaigners-for-Change believe that if the situation is not handled with caution, there’s a likelihood of it degenerating into a bigger problem that could affect national security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Governor Jones Addresses UMU Students

first_imgCentral Bank Executive Governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, has told students at the United Methodist University that the surest way for one to succeed in life is to become fully educated and do away with the age-old “dependency syndrome.”Dr. Jones observed the world with all its diverse and advanced technology depends on people with the requisite educational qualifications, not on people who will jostle (shove, elbow) their way through life through reliance on handouts and other ideas.Liberians, he said, would only become successful if they are fully educated with the necessary skills needed for progress.Governor Jones made the statement over the weekend when he delivered the keynote address at a program marking the official induction ceremony of officers-elect of the United Methodist University (UMU) Student Council (UMUSC) 2013/2014.The ceremony, which was held under the theme: “UMU First, UMU Last, UMU Always,” was punctuated by rounds of applause from the audience, most them the students.According to Dr. Jones, “when students are encouraged to learn they will in turn get a good education and strive for excellence. This promotes them to strive for excellence rather than leaving them alone to think they have academically achieved.On the topic, “Economic Transformation,” Governor Jones noted that the exercise is the responsibility of all, irrespective of status.Therefore, he admonished the student body to muster the courage and the foresight to think “outside the box.”“In this regard, Liberia must be seen to be a land of hope and opportunity; a land where big dreams can become big accomplishments, where those who are academically prepared to work can lift themselves out of poverty.”According to him, Liberians will not win the war against poverty by relying on handouts. It can only be won when Liberians are economically empowered; when Liberians enhance their productivity and become the principal shareholders in the Liberian economy.He urged the students to strive for excellence and become disciplined, saying, “You must learn now to cultivate a sense of community, because it is only through being a responsible member of a community that you can become a responsible member of the larger society.”Dr. Jones: “If we, Liberians choose to remain unprepared, or go for the unprepared, uninformed, uneducated and ones with a lack initiative, the country will be governed by the unprepared, uninformed, and unenlightened too; thus carrying us backward.”Through that assertion, Dr. Jones encouraged all of the students to get a good and sound education that would eventually open the door to a more prosperous (affluent, well-off) future; a future where not only a privileged few benefit, but the entire country.Prior to delivering his speech, Dr. Jones presented to the UMUSC eight brand-new copiers valued over US$5,000, and pledged to make substantial contributions to whatever endeavors the students leadership intended to undertake in the future.Those inaugurated into UMUSC’s government were the president, Ms. Kate Love Manford; vice president, Jallah K. Wright; secretary-general, Jah Wolobah Beyan; and the financial secretary, Mustapha Z. Sherman.Officials of the student council government installed are being elected earlier as members of their respective class’ government. For example, the financial secretary to the UMUSC, Mustapha Z. Sherman serves as president for the freshman class, the secretary-general also serves as the president for the sophomore class, while the vice president, Jah K. Wright is the president for the junior class and the president, Kate Love Manford is herself, president of the senior class.In her inaugural address, Ms. Kate Love Manford, called for understanding and cooperation between the UMUSC and the administration.She then promised to foster the welfare of the institution by working closely with the Administration and holding consultations with her colleagues to ensure that UMU remains first, last and always.Earlier in his induction speech, UMU’s president, Dr. Emmanuel F. Bailey told the audience that it was a blessing and serious responsibility conferred on the student leadership, and therefore, urged them to work hard because the students recognized them as their voice.Dr. Bailey on behalf of the UMU administration, board, and student body, pledged unflinching support and loyalty to the newly installed UMUSC government. He added, “Together we will strive to create a supportive fellowship and expand the development of our university.”        He admonished the students to take their studies seriously as it is the only viable means to contribute meaningfully to national development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ganta – Saclepea Road, others, Turn Deplorable

first_imgThe stretch of road linking Ganta and Saclepea has turned deplorable, hampering movements of goods and services across Nimba and the eastern part of Liberia.The bad condition of the road is causing hiking in prices of rice and other consumable items in the remote part of Nimba.According to travelers plying the road between Ganta, Saclepea and even beyond, dozens of heavy vehicles are said to have shrugged in mud; condition that is causing light vehicles to find it difficult passing to go to another area.Ganta – Sanniquellie Road is also said to have turned very bad in recent days with travelers spending several hours on there before reaching one point.The recent bad road condition is likely to hamper the fight against Ebola in Nimba and parts of Liberia in terms of carrying on awareness and transferring of sick persons.In 2012, these roads became very deplorable and social and economic activities in Nimba and the south eastern counties had to come to a standstill for several months.Even though UNMIL contingent in Nimba is carrying on some minor works on these roads along with the Nimba County Infrastructural Team, the condition is still bad.There has been no active road rehabilitation works on in Nimba since Superintendent Fong Zuagele took office as Superintendent of Nimba owing to the wrangling between the county leadership and the county 53rd Legislative Caucus.Most of the 22 pieces of road building equipment are said to be down.Effort to have them repaired has not been possible as   tussle/argument within the leadership of Nimba has stalled most development activities.The argument led the Superintendent Zuagele to suspend the Project Management Chairman, Mr. Clinton Layweh for allegedly misapplying over US$ 300, 000, something he (Clinton) has always denied.The bad road condition may likely embarrass President Sirleaf’s expected visit to Nimba on 30th September 2014.Accordingly, she is expected to visit Saclepea and other parts of Nimba, but the possibility is yet to be established owing to the bad road.Meanwhile, the meeting held in Saclepea in preparation of President Sirleaf’s visit ended in disagreement.The meeting was called to prepare for the coming of the president, but at the meeting, some chiefs were soliciting signatures in an effort to ask President Sirleaf get out Superintendent Fong Zuagele and Assistant Superintendent for Development, Teeko Yorlay amidst  vote of no confidence passed by the lower House recently.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Education NOW Number One Priority: War on the Trojan Horses Finally Declared

first_imgSimply Thinking ThoughtsIn my thinking thoughts last night, I reflected on President Sirleaf’s 2015 Annual Message and the declaration that Education would now be TOP PRIORITY. Immediately the speech, pundits and critics began to raise concerns over why so late in her leadership since it is commonplace that the development and existence of all nations depend on educational systems. Howbeit, whatever reasons these critics propound to quench their thirst for answers, in my opinion, declaring education top priority is similar to declaring war on Trojan Horses which have been the conduits for infiltration into our noble profession; hence we should rather embrace the President’s declaration with much zeal and resolve.Infiltration Via the Trojan HorseMy 11thgrade History teacher Bona Deng at the W. V. S. Tubman High School was the first to introduce the story of the Trojan Horse. It is a tale from the Trojan War about the ploy that the Greeks used to enter the City of Troyafter numerous attempts, and won the war (1200 B.C.).According to the canonic version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse as a truce and gift to the people of Troy, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek forces crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had not actually gone away. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war.This anecdote is simply to denote how all kinds of people who do not possess the qualifications and capacity have infiltrated the education sector through several means specifically concealed in Trojan Horses.Presently, the education sector is bridled by the foibles and idiosyncrasies of under-achievers and people who do not know anything about education but are in the driver seats.  You find these people comfortably situated, without any remorse of their ineptitude, at every level of the education sector ranging from school secretariats, NGO education projects, classrooms and almost everywhere you cough “education”.There are therefore uncountable number of ways or “Trojan Horses” through which these infiltrators entered the sector and have brought shame and disgrace to it.Via Compromised and Misplaced Education Workers“Since I cannot find anything in my area, I will just go teach”.  “Uncle, if I can’t fit anywhere, just send me to Education let me be doing something there”.  These statements and people who comply or compromise with them are simply grossly unpatriotic, wicked and possessing no intention to improve education in Liberia and the livelihood of this nation state.Some education leaders are simply deliberately misplaced. These infiltrated the sector when the disciplines they chose did not reap anticipated results. Either they did not read well, or they squeezed their ways through college. For example, some people obtained degrees in Management, Political Science or Sociology just to find out later that employment in those areas could not come by easily.  To survive, they disguised as teachers, in spite of their gross ignorance and limitations, and entered the gates of this noble profession, destroyed it and exposed it to ridicule. These very people are still dishing out poison to our children, and mismanaging education, while genuine and proven education technicians are berated, overlooked, and shamed.Via Private Schools and NGO Recruitment ProcessesAnother means by which Trojan Horses grant entry to unqualified people into the profession is the way private schools, as well as local and international non-governmental organizations (NGO) recruit staff for education ventures without Ministry of Education’s (MOE) involvement.MOE usually never participates in the scrutiny of credentials of private school teachers, neither those of local and international education managers to determine if they possess the requisite pedagogical orientation, professional savvy, instructional delivery tenacity, and relevant experience before they are unleashed into the Liberian educational sector. Before I am remiss, some private sector staff are exceptionally savvy in education project leadership and possess rich experiences; I just happen to carry this hunch that at least their suitability should be archived by the MOE to ascertain they are not contents of Trojan Horses.Via Substandard Teacher Training ProgramsA common entry into the profession is via substandard teacher training programs. Immediately the cessation of hostilities during the 1990 war, all and sundry organizations launched education programs resulting to high demands for teachers.Consequently, people were trained in substandard training programs, pre-maturely certified and dumped into classrooms. These people still hold their sub-standard certificates and creating havoc in classrooms because nowhere in the world can genuine teacher training take place in 6 weeks.Conclusion: Attack the Trojan HorsesThe crux of the matter is that the education sector is faced with so many challenges due to infiltration by people who do not have the passion, requisite capacity and qualifications. In the Trojan Horse story, Education Sector represents the formidable City of Troy which failed to fall to the Greeks.Back in the day, like Troy, although teaching did not make much money, it was a noble and revered profession that turned applicants away because they were not qualified to be educators. All of the unqualified, unfit, mediocre people you find operating education today are the forces that hid in Trojan Horses pretending as if it was a gift, and at nightfall, came out and destroyed Troy.I am sure you have heard the assertion, “If you want to die poor, be a teacher”.  Unfortunately, those who make these assertions are the ones who are hiding in Trojan Horses and entering education, sitting in the decision-making saddles, serving as drum majors, or at the helm of education policy management; these people can be found at all levels from teachers to consultants.Now, since President Sirleaf has declared that Education is top priority, I believe the first thing to do is to attack the Trojan Horses and destroy their abilities to serve as conduits and make war.  To these ends, all conscientious Liberians and professional educators must get off the fence and wage war and wage it with all their bodies, minds and souls, on Trojan Horses wherever they are found.No more should we stand by and allow our profession to be derailed while we are ridiculed. WE MUST POSSESS THIS TOP PRIORITY; WE MUST BATTLE WITH TROJAN HORSES and improve the quality of education in Liberia.I am simply thinking thoughts.About the authorThe Rivercess Village man, Moses Blonkanjay Jackson is a triple Ivy League product, and a Jesuit protégé; Mr.  Jackson is a Yale University Mathematics Curriculum Fellow, and a University of Pennsylvania Physics Curriculum Fellow. Mr. Jackson holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and a Master of Education with Secondary Mathematics concentration from Saint Joseph’s University. Blonkanjay is currently serving as Assistant Minister for Teacher Education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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