‘Other Aguilar’ Raymond earns Cone’s praise in Ginebra win over SMB

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “He guarded June Mar all game long. We didn’t want to put Japeth on June Mar because we didn’t want Japeth to get in foul trouble, so that chore went to Raymond. And then, he hit big shots and made big plays on his own,” he said. “It was amazing. He played out of his mind tonight and I can’t thank him enough at this point because we really needed a big game from somebody.”Aguilar’s breakout performance was just the kind of game Cone needs from the Gin Kings, especially with the team cautious in breaking in Greg Slaughter back from his injury.“The good thing about what we’re going through now is we’re developing trust in guys that we’re not used to trusting. Guys like Raymond are stepping up and playing big for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year PBA IMAGESFor once, it was the other Aguilar, who shone in the spotlight.The seldom-used Raymond Aguilar provided Barangay Ginebra a big lift on Sunday, helping the Gin Kings snap their three-game slide after a 100-96 win over the June Mar Fajardo-led San Miguel Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Aguilar finished with 16 points and made such a big impact in close to 30 minutes of action that his head coach Tim Cone couldn’t stop himself from raving about the former National University slotman’s performance.“I can’t talk enough about Raymond Aguilar — the other Aguilar, for once. He was just phenomenal,” Cone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith Cone not putting Japeth Aguilar as Fajardo’s primary defender in a move to keep him from getting into foul trouble, the tall order of defending the reigning four-time MVP was now on Raymond.And the 32-year-old big man went on to defy his coach’s expectations and gave Fajardo all he could handle while also giving a boost offensively. Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Series tied after Mono Game 2 win

first_imgRay Parks. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueBobby Ray Parks Jr. feels he has figured out San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ problems that led to a Game 2 loss to Mono Vampire in the Asean Basketball League Finals.“We weren’t playing our style of play in the first half,” Parks said, after the Thai ball club escaped with a 103-100 win late Wednesday night in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, that tied the series at 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “In the second half, we did a better job, but with a team like that, they’ll take advantage of everything that you do wrong. One turnover, one backdoor play, one missed defensive play, they’ll take advantage of it,” added Parks, who had 21 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the loss.San Miguel-Alab hopes to correct those mistakes in time for Game 3, when the series shifts to Bangkok.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 crown“I’m definitely excited about that,” Parks said. “All we got to do is rest first and make adjustments. We need to figure out better defensive assignments and really bring it. We’re deep with our bench and everybody plays a part on our team.” 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’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Zark’s-Lyceum trips Che’Lu-SSC, forces D-League Finals decidercenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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#KicksStalker: Jeter’s shoes get general release treatment

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Austria admits Beermen still getting back to winning form Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The new low-top pairs will come in the same materials as the original high-tops and will feature navy suede upper, a white midsole, and a milky translucent sole.Jeter’s no. 2 is also embroidered on the heel and printed at the midsole with the label “RE2PECT.”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 crownJordan Brand, which sponsored Jeter since 2002, first released a high-top version of the shoe on the day the Yankees retired the Captain’s jersey on May 14, 2017 with a pop-up shop.The pairs that were released hours before the ceremony could only be bought through a scratch-off lottery. View comments Image via Nike.Derek Jeter’s coveted Air Jordans just got a new life, and a much lower price tag.As per SoleaCollector.com, the “RE2PECT” Air Jordan 11 retro low, the “2” being an homage to Jeter’s jersey number with the New York Yankees, is expected to drop at Jordan Brand retailers on May 14 and will be worth $200.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Consignment stores in the United States priced the original pairs at around $40,000 and the tags could also increase depending on the size of the shoe.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

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Filoil: UST posts first win, dumps JRU

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas went all out in the third quarter to rip Jose Rizal University, 98-88, in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Renzo Subido captained the Growling Tigers in their breakthrough win, unleashing 24 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three, while also dishing out five assists and three rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Enrique Caunan nabbed a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while Nat Cosejo and Kenneth Zamora took advantage of the extended garbage time to collect 12 points apiece.Marvin Lee also dded 12 points, four boards, and four assists for UST, while rookie CJ Cansino made his return to the lineup and had for 12.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 Growling Tigers broke the game wide open in the third quarter, where they exploded for 31 points to grab the commanding 76-58 lead before going on cruise control in the payoff period.UST improved to 2-1 in the summer tournament, while sending JRU to its fourth straight defeat. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Welcome, rookies: Kokoskov, Pierce getting their 1st shots LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Darius Estrella led the Heavy Bombers with 22 points and five rebounds, while Jarvy Ramos got 12 in the loss.The scores:UST 98 — Subido 24, Caunan 13, Cosejo 13, Zamora 13, Cansino 12, Lee 12, Huang 10, Marcos 1, Agustin 0, Lagumen 0.JRU 88 — Estrella 22, Ramos 12, Dela Rosa 10, Dela Virgen 9, Bordon 8, Perez 7, Padua 5, Mendoza 4, Silvarez 4, Steinl 4, Esguerra 3, Butcon 0, Dulalia 0.Quarters: 22-22, 45-37, 76-58, 98-88.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Cavs’ JR Smith struggles in Game 2 after Game 1 blunder

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, top left, sits on the bench with George Hill, from bottom left, Kevin Love, third from left at rear, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Warriors won 122-103. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — J.R. Smith turned from villain to Warriors’ fan favorite thanks to his memorable blunder.Unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith was a nonfactor Sunday night after his late-game mistake in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments Smith was a prominent figure in Game 1 for all the wrong reasons. He grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw by George Hill in the final seconds of regulation with the game tied. Smith then dribbled toward midcourt as if he was running out the clock and thinking Cleveland had the lead. The Cavs couldn’t get off a shot and lost in overtime.James and coach Tyronn Lue raved about Smith’s ability to bounce back from tough moments but that didn’t happen Sunday. The Cavs will need much more from Smith when the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday night if they are going to match their comeback from an 0-2 deficit that they accomplished in beating the Warriors for the title two years ago and in the Eastern Conference finals last month against Boston.James was his typical brilliant self but was unable to match the 51-point scoring he had in the opener as the Warriors made a stronger effort to pick him up quicker to make him work for everything.James, who played with a bloodshot left eye after getting poked by Draymond Green in Game 1, finished with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. He made 10 of 20 shots from the field but was not nearly as efficient as he was the series opener.The Cavs once again failed to take advantage of good looks from 3-point range that are apt to come with all the attention Golden State pays to James. They shot just 9 for 27 from long range and are at 35 percent for the series, a number that will need to improve if Cleveland wants to reverse the tide of the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 NBA Finals lead Smith has been one of the Cavs best options from 3-point range, but he was just 1 for 4 in this game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After he inexplicably dribbled out the clock at the end of regulation in a tied game, Smith was basically a nonfactor on a night LeBron James needed all the help he could get to keep up with Stephen Curry and the Warriors.Smith made just 2 of 9 shots and didn’t make a single basket after the first quarter as the Cavaliers fell into an 0-2 series hole after a 122-103 defeat.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 game started with Smith getting loud cheers from the Warriors fans, who booed him mercilessly in Game 1 after Smith slipped and fell into Klay Thompson’s leg, sending the Warriors guard to the locker room briefly with an injury.That sarcastic support continued all game long, with Smith getting serenaded with chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” on a trip to the foul line in the first quarter. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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Sarr comes through in clutch for Adamson

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew And Sarr knows he couldn’t have thrived in the clutch shot if not for his coaches who continued to push him no mater what.“You did a great job coach,” Sarr said, addressing Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren. “He’s pushing me so hard in this game.” LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims PLAY LIST 01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims00:50Trending 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 “I missed some shots, but I thought to myself that if I get this rebound I won’t miss this chance so I went straight to the basket,” said Sarr, who finished with eight points on 4-of-13 shooting and nine rebounds, five of which were off the offensive glass.Sarr’s clutch follow-up came off Sean Manganti’s missed 3-pointer in transition that gave his team a 72-70 edge with 39.4 ticks to go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“If I missed that chance that might’ve been a problem for the team but I knew I will go for the rebound and go straight for the basket.”Sarr’s box out, though, almost looked like a foul after he appeared to have pulled down Go. But with the game in such a crucial situation, the referees seemed to have just decided to let the players play with no whistle blown. Adamson’s Papi Sarr posts up Ateneo’s Isaac Go. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonNothing was going to stop Papi Sarr from delivering in the clutch for Adamson University against defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Sarr just hit one of the biggest shots of the year this early in the season as his putback helped the Falcons stun the Blue Eagles, 74-70, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sans Mbala, Santillan embracing bigger role for La Sallecenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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Pacquiao says legal threat vs Top Rank result of ‘miscommunication’

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Osaka’s US Open win re-opens cultural discussion in Japan Pacquiao on Tuesday announced he was about to take “legal proceedings” against Top Rank regarding his US rights payment, which he allegedly did not receive, for his July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse for the WBA World welterweight belt that was broadcast on ESPN+.READ: Pacquiao to Arum: I’ll see you in courtArum said in an ESPN report that Top Rank’s legal department looked into the issue a day after Pacquiao’s Instagram post.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Filipino boxing icon said his earlier post was just a result of “miscommunication” between both parties. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “We read the Instagram post and Harrison handled it with Pacquiao’s attorney, and it looks like everything will be resolved,” said Arum in ESPN’s report.Pacquiao has since deleted the caption in his previous post.As of posting time, Pacquiao is still in Top Rank’s fighter database.“I would like to thank Bob and Top Rank for helping guide my career and for the many great years of working together,” said Pacquiao who had his peak during his time with Top Rank. “We have accomplished so many amazing things together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Philippine senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao trains at a press preview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018.  (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)All is well between Manny Pacquiao and longtime promoter Top RankAfter threatening to start a legal battle over supposedly unpaid TV fees, Pacquiao said that things have been smoothed out between Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Team Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Terrence Romeo, Beermen blast Hotshots for 2nd straight win

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Petron in for tough title-retention bid sans Lindsay Stalzer in PSL Grand Prix Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 PBA IMAGESTerrence Romeo played his best game yet for his new team as San Miguel Beer steamrolled Magnolia, 113-92, in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Romeo dazzled with 23 points but what’s even more impressive was he only needed 10 shots and made eight of them in just 22 minutes off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Beermen led from start to finish. They scored the game’s first 10 points and even took a 37-14 advantage in the second quarter.It was a dominating performance by San Miguel, which didn’t even have the services of injured big man Christian Standhardinger.Ian Sangalang had a team-high 19 points while Paul Lee scored 16 on a 5-of-15 clip from the field to pace the Hotshots, who just couldn’t handle the Beermen’s firepower.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title A couple more Beermen scored at least 20 points with Arwind Santos firing 29 points on 7-of-11 shooting from downtown and June Mar Fajardo added 22 points on top of eight rebounds and one block.“I think our last game against Blackwater gave us some momentum going into this game. I can’t say enough about my players. They were just really focused,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They knew Magnolia is a tough team and most of the players really prepared for this game. We were able to do our game plan offensively and defensively.”San Miguel has now won two in a row to reach above .500 in the standings with a 4-3 record while Magnolia dropped to 0-2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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“Goliaths Will Meet their Davids”

first_imgFormer President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton FindleyGrand Bassa County Senior Senator Gbehzohngar Milton Findley has welcomed the ruling Unity Party’s recent decision to endorse his bid to retain his Senatorial seat in the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.Senator Findley who is also President Pro Tempore of the Liberian Senate, further welcomed the widespread notion that he will be a mere David among the Goliaths who are going all out to unseat him in the forth coming poll. “At least those with such a notion are also aware that for every Goliath, there is a David, and if the Biblical story is anything to go by, then the end result will favor me,” Senator Findley pointed out.The Grand Bassa lawmaker made the statement recently when he addressed Legislative Press Corps at the Capitol Building in Monrovia.The Senator who celebrated his 54th birthday last Wednesday in Buchanan with an array of fellow lawmakers, family members and friends, expressed the hope that other political parties,  including his county’s archrival, the Liberty Party, must now see it prudent to follow the example of Unity Party.In a joyful mood, Senator Findley told journalists that those who think he has failed in his social contract with the citizens of Bassa who elected him nine years ago, will have the shock of their lives when the same Bassonians renew his contract in October.“I have built my report card over the years and come October, the perceived political Goliaths will cease to exist politically.”Speaking on other national issues, Pro Tempore Findley disclosed that the chapter on the fate of the two dismissed leaders of the National Health Workers of Liberia (NHWAL) remains open, even though the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare failed to carry out a 72-hour Senatorial order to reinstate them over a month ago.The two leaders, Joseph Tamba, president, and George William, secretary general, were among 22 health workers dismissed by Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale last February, when health workers carried out a nation-wide go slow in protest of poor working conditions and incentives.Senator Findlay told the press briefing, however, that following the failure of the Ministry to carry out their request, the leadership of the Senate wrote the Executive (Presidency), and that the response to their communication will soon be publicly disclosed.On the recent disclosure by Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly that a certain lawmaker had requested US$800,000.00 of the County Development Fund (CDF) to be placed in his/her personal account, Senator Findley said the Minister will again appear before the Senate Tuesday to throw more light on accusations that he placed moratorium on CDF and Social development Fund; and that four Commissioners whose nominations were rejected by the Senate are still functioning in those positions.But when asked whether Minister Dukuly, who on the request of the Senate last Thursday appeared in executive session with his lawyer,  named the lawmaker who requested for the US$800,000.00 to be placed in personal account, the Senator was noncommittal. He reminded journalists that discussions and decisions in executive sessions cannot be divulge to the public.Meanwhile, Minister Dukuly is expected to make another appearance before the Senate tomorrow for more questioning.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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Mentally Challenged Man Takes Precaution against Ebola

first_imgThere is an adage: “Jack is drunk but Jack is not a fool”.That is exactly the case with this mentally ill man, who refers to himself as “50 cent the Diamond Man”.In the wake of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the country, coupled with the intense anti-Ebola campaign carried out by the Government of Liberia and its partners on the prevention of contracting the disease, no one is taking the message frivolously.On Friday August 8, 2014 at the technical office of Cellcom GSM Company in Gbarnga at about 11:25AM, my attention was drawn as a journalist when I caught sight of this insane man reaching into his jean trousers pocket and taking out a small plastic bottle with green top. He began to spray his hand and his entire body with what is believed to be a disinfectant — a chemical that kills the Ebola virus. It could not be established whether the bottle contained the decontaminator that is widely used by many people to fumigate their hands from the hemorrhagic fever disease, but 50 Cent the Diamond Man was seen spraying both his hands and his entire body with the fluid in the bottle. “50 Cent the Diamond Man” in his disjointed speech told this reporter that the disinfectant was given him by a community member of Gbarnga whose name he could not recollect.In his incoherent conversation, the mentally deranged man said he paid a few pieces of diamond to get himself the sanitizer in order to protect his life.“I bought the bottle with my diamond I am selling around,” 50 Cent the Diamond Man told this reporter.What he referred to as diamond were stones (rocks) he was carrying around. But it was unbelievable that this mentally challenged man would take the necessary precautionary measures in order to protect his precious life against the Ebola virus disease despite the defiance of the existence of the hemorrhagic fever by some knowledgeable individuals in the society.In March of this year, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare confirmed the existence of the Ebola virus disease in the country and advised the public to take preventive measures since there is no cure for it.The Ministry warned the citizens against the consumption of bush meat especially monkey meat, fruit bats and chimpanzee and encouraged them to always take the sick to the hospital.The World Health Organization has reported that more than 900 people have died from the disease which started from neighboring Guinea and to Sierra Leone and Liberia early this year.This is the largest of deaths of the Ebola disease since it was discovered in 1976 in former Zaire now Democratic Republic of Congo.Despite the Government of Liberia’s commitment to its citizens to take the sick at the hospitals especially during the period of this epidemic, the two main hospitals in Bong County are still closed to the public.Pregnant women who were encouraged to report at the health posts when in labor pain have again returned to traditional practice to give birth out of the hospitals or health centers due to closure of the hospitals.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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