Cayco elected LVPI president

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments GALLERY: Relive San Miguel’s 38-point Game 3 win Robredo to Duterte: 200,000 vote margin no small matter PLAY LIST 02:29Robredo to Duterte: 200,000 vote margin no small matter00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Romasanta, who was voted as the new vice president, said the LVPI will be in good hands under Cayco’s presidency.“We are very fortunate that a very able president is now leading the LVPI,” said Romasanto of Cayco who was voted unanimously into the position. 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’“The first order of the day, as much as we wanted to increase the number of membership before, we opted to have our elections first.”Romasanta added that new associations like the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. are lining up to join the LVPI, the country’s volleyball governing body as recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee. Cayco said that as president, he will continue what Romasanta had done before him.“We’ll buckled down to business continuing the program set by Mr. Romasanta,” said Cayco. “Whatever he did during his tenure, we will just continue it.”LVPI, which was formed in 2015, replaced the Philippine Volleyball Federation as the national sports association for volleyball in the same year.And it was under the LVPI, and Romasanta, that saw the Philippines get back to the international stage in volleyball.The LVPI formed the men and women’s teams that played in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and that marked the Philippines’ return in the regional sporting meet after a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc., elected Arellano University’s Peter Cayco as its new president Thursday at Arellano University-Taft.Cayco, who is Arellano’s AVP for Administration and LVPI’s former vice president, replaced former president Joey Romasanta who held the post for three years.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It was also the LVPI that created the team that competed in the 2015 AVC Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship and in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship in 2017.And for the first time in 36 years, the Philippines will send a representative to the Asian Games volleyball tournament.Philippine Superliga’s Ariel Paredes was named as the secretary-general, Col. Jeff Tamayo was voted as the association’s treasurer, and General Benjamin Espiritu of the AFP (Reserve) was elected as the chairman of the board.Rod Roque, Dr. Ian Laurel, and Atty. Mon Malinao were named as members of the board.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

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Australian golf Jarrod Lyle dies after long cancer battle

first_imgAfter an another setback he made an emotional comeback to a Victorian state golf course during the 2013 Australian Masters before using a medical exemption to play on the U.S. PGA Tour in 2015.Lyle underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia but opted recently not to continue with treatment after saying he’d “reached his limit” and that he and his doctors had agreed that a “positive outcome” was no longer achievable.The family said a private family service would be held in the coming days with a public memorial service in Torquay, near Melbourne in Victoria state, at a later date.    /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, Warriors, Rockets, Celtics highlight NBA holiday schedule MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In this Nov. 10, 2011 file photo, Australia’s Jarrod Lyle watches his ball on the 18th hole during the first round of the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney. Lyle has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 36. “It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” the golfer’s wife, Briony Lyle, said in a statement on Thursday, August 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 36.“It breaks my heart to tell everyone that Jarrod is no longer with us,” the golfer’s wife, Briony Lyle, said in a statement Thursday. “He passed away peacefully at 8.20 p.m. last night having spent his final week among his family and close friends.”ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk He was survived by Briony and daughters Lusi, 6, and Jemma, 2.“Lusi, Jemma and I are filled with grief and now must confront our lives without the greatest husband and father we could ever have wished for,” Briony Lyle said.“At the same time, we have been blessed and overwhelmed with the messages and actions of support from around the world and feel comforted that Jarrod was able to happily impact so many people throughout his life. Our humble thanks to you all,” she added.Lyle was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 1999 when he was 17. He spent much of the next nine months in a hospital in Melbourne and it was another year after that before he could walk around a golf course.He gradually reduced his handicap to scratch and earned a golf scholarship before turning professional in 2004. He qualified for the Asian Tour in 2005 and started playing on the second tier of the U.S. tour in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Briony Lyle said her husband had asked her to pass on a “simple message: ‘Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I’ve helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn’t wasted.’”Lyle, who won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008, was first diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager and suffered recurrences of the disease in 2012 and 2017.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’He returned to the U.S. PGA Tour in 2013 after apparently having beaten cancer for a second time.But the illness returned and Lyle last week announced his decision to forego further treatment and enter palliative care. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Trae Young scores 24 as Hawks beat Heat

first_imgATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 27: Trae Young #11 of the Atlanta Hawks reacts during the game against the Chicago Bulls at State Farm Arena on October 27, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPATLANTA — Trae Young had 24 points and a career-high 15 assists, and the Atlanta Hawks beat Josh Richardson and the Miami Heat 123-118 on Saturday night.Taurean Prince and Dewayne Dedmon each scored 15 points for the Hawks, who had dropped four in a row. Young also had six rebounds in his ninth NBA game.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Young dribbled through traffic and made a short floater at the buzzer to give Atlanta a 102-93 lead entering the final period.Richardson’s jumper tied it at 116. Following a flagrant foul against Justise Winslow, Young’s two free throws got the lead back for Atlanta.Miami held out point guard Goran Dragic due to persistent pain in his right foot. Dragic, second on the team with 17.7 points per game, had a cortisone shot earlier in the week.Dwyane Wade had 19 points for the Heat.TIP-INSHeat: Wayne Ellington made his season debut after returning from a left ankle injury. He finished with five points. … Winslow had 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in his first start of the season. … Richardson had 31 points against Sacramento on Monday.Hawks: Rookie F Omari Spellman had seven points in his first start. … G Kevin Huerter had 12 points after spraining his right ankle in Thursday night’s loss to Sacramento.UP NEXTHeat: At Detroit on Monday night.Hawks: At Charlotte on Tuesday night. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Oladipo’s triple lifts Pacers over Celtics LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Before Miami allowed more than 120 points for the third straight game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made a pregame appeal for better defense.“We’re coming off two poor defensive efforts,” Spoelstra said.“We just need to commit better, harder, for 48 minutes.”Spoelstra may have repeated his plea at halftime. The Hawks led 74-68 at the break after making 60 percent of their shots from the field. The Hawks shot 52.3 percent for the game.A 12-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer and pullup jumper by Young, gave Atlanta its biggest lead at 86-71.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Richardson scored 32 points, setting a career high for the second time this week, but Miami lost its third straight game.The Heat trailed by 15 in the third quarter before rallying to a 111-110 lead in the fourth. The game was tied at 118 when Vince Carter’s jumper gave Atlanta the lead for good. Carter had 12 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 ChrissPlayers on each team were quick to launch 3-pointers in the fast-paced game.The Hawks made 13 of 32 3s, and the Heat connected on 16 of 40, including 6 of 10 by Richardson. View commentslast_img read more

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Over the moon: PGA announces new tournament in Japan

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college GALLERY: ONE: Conquest of Champions press conference Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The tournament, set for Oct. 24-27, will be part of the PGA’s swing through Asia along with stops in South Korea and China. The Japanese tournament replaces one in Malaysia.The PGA said it was a six-year deal, and driven partly by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and golf’s high profile there.PGA officials said the Zozo Championship will have a purse of $9.75 million with a field of 78 — plus 10 designated by the Japanese Tour, and eight others with special exemptions. It will be played at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba prefecture, just outside Tokyo.Maezawa said he was a “5-handicap” golfer at his best, but said he may have slipped to a 9-handicap — also a high level for an amateur player.Isao Aoki, who was the first Japanese player to win a PGA Tour event, was thrilled by the announcement. Aoki won in 1983 in Hawaii.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “Finally this day has come,” the 76-year-old Aoki said. “If I were younger, I’d like to play in a PGA tournament in Japan. I wish this day had come earlier.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments ZOZO Inc. President Yusaku Maezawa speaks during a press conference on the PGA Tour in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. The PGA Tour will hold its first official tournament, the Zozo Championship, in Japan. And the main sponsor of next year’s event, Japanese billionaire Maezawa, is calling the tournament a kind of “moonshot” for golf in his country. Maezawa was announced earlier this year as the first commercial passenger to attempt a flyby around the moon. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — The PGA Tour will hold its first official tournament in Japan. And the main sponsor of next year’s event, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, is describing it as a kind of “moonshot” for golf in his country.Maezawa should know.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The founder of the Japanese fashion website Zozotown, Maezawa was announced earlier this year as the first commercial passenger to attempt a flight around the moon.“I think this will be the first PGA Tour sponsor that is going to the moon,” he said through an interpreter Tuesday in announcing the tournament. “I haven’t decided who I will take to the moon with me yet. I would like to talk to many people with an open mind.”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 ChrissJapanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama was sitting alongside Maezawa during the media event at a central Tokyo hotel.“I don’t know whether he will ask me, but I would love to go (to the moon),” Matsuyama said. MOST READlast_img read more

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Beermen are going to miss Arwind Santos’ Spiderman dunk

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ A day hasn’t passed since the PBA issued a memorandum banning Arwind Santos’ ‘Spiderman’ dunk but his San Miguel Beer teammates Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross are already sentimental over it.ADVERTISEMENT The All-Star guards even joked about paying the fine just for Santos to continue doing his patented dunks.I’m sponsoring the first spidey dunk “fine” this conference ? @cmross6 you want to sponsor the 2nd spidey dunk ? 😊😊😊😊FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 Joking aside, Cabagnot said he’s “gonna miss that spidey dunk.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next I will match you!! Haha https://t.co/Icyd2MeUus— Chris Ross (@cmross6) January 15, 2019READ: End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlikeThe league on Tuesday released a memo wherein “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

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Tanzania base

first_imgYour name sends a chillYour face sends a silent cold, traveling through spines, like needlesHidden under the enclaves of CARI,Deep in the bosom of Bong!When men, like chicks, ran to your arms for shelterYou opened a door, hid them under your feathersFrom the gnashing sounds of gunshots and stray bulletsBringing a relief, life was about to breathe again!In the darkest of dark,You pushed them out to the wolvesShut your hutsTook off your doorsDemolished your windowsUnmasked your faceAnd, like a coward, you fledOh Tanzania base! Why?You could have left us alone!Let the lions devour us then!Or, we would have buried ourselves alive!But you gave us hope, masked by terror!And left us out to dryWish your name could vanish like a dreamOh Tanzania base, you are a beast!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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‘Rotarians Are Big Hearted Distinguished Men & Women’

first_imgVice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai has described Rotarians as distinguished and exemplary world class citizens and professionals that are responsive to the critical needs of humanity.VP Boakai made the statement last week Friday at a lunch hosted by the Rotary Club of Monrovia intended to honor founding member Joseph Richards, Al Browne and Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.He pointed that the visionary founding father of Rotary International was far back as 1905 endowed with so much urge to serve.VP Boakai reminded Rotarians and Liberians that the selfless and astute Chicago Attorney Paul P. Harris as far as back in the last century, could picture the enormous positive impact that such human bonding and drive could exact on his fellow beings in their respective communities even a century later to this day.The Liberian Vice President also noted that the ideals that attended the birth of this humanitarian organization more than 100 years ago and the embrace of its foothold in Liberia some 50 years find serene expression in the thoughtfully crafted motto.“We convene at this lunch meeting today, just as in beginnings when pioneering Rotarians – then a handful of big hearted and broad minded men- held similar regular meetings during their lunch hours on a rotational basis to plot their own service map as professionals with the urging to serve humanity,” VP Boakai asserted.VP Boakai also added that as a mark of their absolute accession to the highest of ethical standards, Rotarians carved for themselves a model guide in what they refer to as the four way test.He further stated that in aspiring to the pinnacle of ethics, Rotarians are duty bound to ask themselves in any enterprise they are set to undertake.Ambassador Boakai also explained that Rotary Clubs, like ours in this country, are noted for championing health issues, supporting hunger-fighting initiatives, providing safe and clean water in villages as well as responding to and helping rebuild when natural disasters strike.VP Boakai intimated that Rotarians rightfully designate their movement as a global network of over a million volunteers’ dedication to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.In remarks, honoree Joseph Richards urged the current generation of Rotarians concentrate their energy and time on the decentralization of programs across in order to meet the socio-economic needs of other Liberians.Rotarian Richards regretted the conspicuous absence his wife at the auspicious occasion of the Rotary Club of Monrovia’s lunch and honoring ceremony in Monrovia.Earlier, Rotary Club of Monrovia President Milton A. Weeks welcomed VP Boakai, staff, and Rotary members and guests for the lunch and honoring program.In brief statement, the Sinkor Rotary Club underscored the need for their participation in the official celebration of the 50th jubilee anniversary.Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Monrovia was founded on January 24, 1064 by few distinguished, business and professional Liberians in an effort to buttress the Liberian Government and other support partners in the country.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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Street Child Team Liberia Loses SCWC Match against Indonesia

first_imgIndonesia Mauritius South Africa Pakistan  Tanzania  USA  4-1 Egypt  3-0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Argentinacenter_img India 2-0 13-0 Nicaragua Liberia Philippines  1-0 Team Liberia put in a strong performance and was praised for the team’s industrious display despite as the 4-1 defeat to Indonesia in their first game at the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) in Brazil.The West African side had the better of the first half but failed to take their chances and went in to the break level at 1-1 after a fantastic strike by Daniel Nimleh Bowdior.Indonesia captain Sularja opened the scoring five minutes in to the game when his header crept in at the far-post. He later doubled his goal tally when he tapped in following some good movement down the left side of the Indonesia midfield.Midfielders Malik and Jordan made sure the points were wrapped up with long-range strikes midway through the second half, both of which took wicked deflections on their way past Liberia goalkeeper Soko Gurley.However Liberia responded well, forcing the Indonesia goalkeeper to make some very good saves. The team made their coach’s and country proud showing real commitment throughout the game and embraced what the Street Child World Cup is all about, fair play, passion and hard work.Team Liberia Coach and Street Child of Liberia volunteer Sam Burnette afterwards commented: “I am extremely proud of how the boys performed against Indonesia. They are a solid side and have been tipped as contenders to win the SCWC tournament, so for us to give them such a good game is very pleasing.“Of course it is disappointing to lose any football match, but I know that if we continue in this manner we will pick up points very soon. We are enjoying our time in Brazil, learning a lot and looking forward to playing our next game against South Africa.”Latest Results 3-0last_img read more

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Are Police Abusing State of Emergency?

first_imgBarely a week following the imposition of the state of emergency by President Ellen Johnson, some  poverty-stricken families, who usually depend on their children to serve as their bread-winners through petty trading, were left to encounter further hardships when some of the them (sellers) were asked to abandon their wares in the name of the state of emergency.One of such parents who reportedly encountered the wrath of law enforcement officers—a mother, Sarah Manitoe, 32, had accompanied two of her children on their selling assignments over the weekend when they reportedly experienced such actions on the part of two unidentified police officers.She told the Daily Observer that the two officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) on patrol at the intersection of Benson/Lynch streets stopped them from selling their coconut signs in Central Monrovia.She quoted the police as telling her that they (police) were acting on the law regarding the presidential state of emergency being imposed.By that stop order from the LNP, Madam Manitoe claimed her children were forced to lie down before a half-opened grocery shop, while she sat nearby to watch over them.This allegation, the two LNP officers, who suddenly encountered the Daily Observer, vehemently denied, but they did not say what had transpired prior to the children’s being stopped from  selling. The two officers in dramatic fashion disappeared in thin air without uttering a word when they noticed that our reporter had pulled out his camera to capture the scene.Earlier, some commuters were reportedly encountering  similar difficulties while in the process of selling their wares in central Monrovia. Those reports are yet to be independently confirmed.At the same time, the ongoing state of emergency has given rise to the increment of the prices of basic commodities including rice, where a 25kg bagnprevious sold for L$1250, is being sold on the market for L$1500.In post-war Liberia, 90 percent of the population lives below US$1 daily since they earn their livelihood by petty trading.  However, President Sirleaf’s imposition of the state of the emergency last Wednesday is part of the fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that continues to take away precious lives across the country.The President announced that the nation is currently affected to the extent where the disease has now spread to eight counties — Lofa, Bong Margibi, Nimba, Bomi, Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh.Liberia, the President said, is among three countries, experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of the virus, the largest since the virus was first discovered in 1976.“It now poses serious risks to the health, safety, security and welfare of our nation. And beyond the public health risk, the disease is now undermining the economic stability of our country to the tone of millions of dollars in lost revenue, productivity and economic activity,” the President said. As such, and out of fear of being infected with the disease, health care practitioners are afraid to accept new patients, especially in community clinics all across the country. Consequently, President Sirleaf added that many common diseases which are especially prevalent during the rainy season, such as malaria, typhoid and common colds, are going untreated, which may lead to unnecessary and preventable deaths. Based on her concern for Liberians, the President said, her government requires extraordinary measures for the very survival of the state and for the protection of the lives of Liberians. “Therefore, and by the virtue of the powers vested in me as President of the Republic of Liberia, I, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia, and in keeping with Article 86(a) (b) of the Constitution of Liberia, hereby declare a State of Emergency throughout the country effective as of August 6, 2014 for a period of 90 days.”Under this State of Emergency, the President said, the government will institute extraordinary measures, including, if need be, the suspensions of certain rights and privileges.By that, the President further instructed all non-essential government staff to stay at home for 30 days, ordered the closure of schools, and authorized the fumigation of all public buildings. Markets in affected areas have been shut down and movement restricted in others.While sending children out to sell in the streets amounts to child labor, the above incident speaks to a different issue, as the officers were clearly not acting in the interest of child rights and fled the scene upon encountering a reporter. If they were simply abusing their powers, that presents a problem.There is a need to define exactly what rights and priveleges are being suspended in line with this State of Emergency, especially as far as the Armed Forces are concerned, in order to prevent the abuse of power and the state of emergency.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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Only You, Community Members, Can Stop Ebola, not Doctors, Nurses …

first_imgMargibi County Senator Oscar A. Cooper has underscored the need for all Liberians,  irrespective of culture,  religion or economic status, to take seriously the preventive measures instituted by government through its Health Ministry to combat the Ebola outbreak across the country.According to him, the level of the outbreak now in the country required all Liberians’  holistic participation in the fight against the disease. He said government and partners alone cannot stop the spread of the disease.Sen. Cooper made the assertion recently, at his residence at Cinta, a Kakata suburb, when he presented a special Ebola awareness message to the media in the county.In his message, Sen. Cooper told his citizens how they can prevent themselves from getting the disease and the danger it poses to family members who may encounter the Ebola virus.He advised Liberians to always avoid shaking hands, or touching an  Ebola-related dead body.The Margibi County Senator further cautioned citizens to report immediately to the Ministry of Health or a designated group,  cases of people suffering from severe pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, fever/malaria, red eyes, and rash, among others.The Senator noted that by adhering to these measures, it will certainly help the government and its people to eradicate the pestilence from Liberia.He averred, “My people, this Ebola thing is not only the government business but all of our business. We have to find  security for ourselves from this deadly disease. When you discover that you are not feeling well, go to the hospital. The sooner you go to the hospital, the better your chances of survival.  If you are sick, or you know that you have the virus, don’t endanger another person with it. Doing that will not help you nor stop the widespread of the virus,” Sen. Cooper cautioned.“The current status of the virus in Liberia cannot be stopped by medical Doctors, nurses nor government alone,” he told his Margibi citizens, “but by all of you –community members.  You are the participants in the fight against Ebola,” he declared.Senator Cooper encouraged all Liberians to team up  and unite to defeat this human enemy.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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