World Series: Boston on brink of title after Game 4 win over LA

first_imgMoreland got the comeback started with his three-run shot off Ryan Madson — only Boston’s second hit of the game — after Xander Bogaerts and Holt walked.Pearce then repeated the Game 3 feat of Jackie Bradley Jr., who also hit a tying homer in the eighth off Jansen. The longtime Dodgers closer has three blown saves and an extra-inning loss during the past two World Series.Dodger Stadium was already rumbling with tension and fear when Holt doubled in the ninth off losing pitcher Dylan Floro. Devers sent him home with a go-ahead single — and three batters later, Pearce cleared the bases.After Pearce arrived at second and Martinez was intentionally walked, Martinez used his hands to make a heart and mouthed “I love you!” to Pearce. Both players cracked up.Pearce even scored Boston’s ninth run on Bogaerts’ single, celebrating wildly with teammates in somnolent Chavez Ravine.Devers added a big defensive play in the ninth when he slid to stop Manny Machado’s hard grounder behind third before throwing across the diamond for the second out. Craig Kimbrel retired Cody Bellinger to end it, leaving Puig in the on-deck circle.After throwing six pitches in relief the night before, left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez largely stymied the Dodgers until giving up Puig’s homer in the sixth. Rodriguez slammed his glove on the mound in frustration.Los Angeles opened the scoring on a throwing error by catcher Christian Vazquez.Joe Kelly was the winner after tossing two shutout innings.HOLLYWOOD LIGHTS Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Game 5 is Sunday at Dodger Stadium, where the Red Sox can close out a spectacular season with their fourth title in 15 years. Boston picked Game 2 winner David Price to start on short rest over Chris Sale against fellow lefty Clayton Kershaw.Soon after Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer in the sixth put the Dodgers up by four, Boston’s incredible surge began with pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer in the seventh. By the time they were done decimating the Dodgers’ bullpen, six Red Sox had combined for seven hits — four for extra bases.“It was just a great night, all the way around,” Pearce said. “A great team win. A much-needed win, especially after what happened (in Game 3). I just love this team’s fight.”The Red Sox scored just two runs in their first 24 innings at Dodger Stadium, but added nine more in the final three innings of Game 4. Sale’s motivational screams in the dugout might have played a role, but whatever the reason, Boston responded splendidly to a perilous situation.“Sometimes in October we talk about mechanics, and how you feel at the plate and all that, (but) sometimes it’s will,” rookie manager Alex Cora said. “You will yourself to do great things. And it started very simple. A few good at-bats, and then the big swing, and we kept rolling and we didn’t stop playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Gasol, Conley lead Grizzlies to easy win over Suns The stands were packed with iconic Los Angeles athletes from Sandy Koufax and Magic Johnson to Kobe Bryant, who read the Dodgers’ starting lineup before watching from the front row in a Machado jersey. Hollywood luminaries also attended, including Charlize Theron, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, James Franco, Don Johnson and Rob Lowe. For the first pitch, Dennis Eckersley took the mound in an Athletics jersey for a toss to Kirk Gibson, whose game-ending homer off Eck in the 1988 World Series still looms larger than Muncy’s drive in Dodgers history.STARTING FROM ZERORodriguez, who threw 93 pitches, became the first pitcher to start a World Series game on zero days’ rest since Firpo Marberry for the Washington Senators in 1924.UP NEXTRed Sox: Price gave up two runs and three hits over six innings in Game 2 for his second consecutive postseason win. He also pitched in relief in Game 3.Dodgers: Kershaw makes his fourth World Series start. He was charged with five runs and seven hits over four-plus innings in a Game 1 loss at Boston.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Red Sox overcame a three-run deficit in a World Series game for the second time. Boston also rallied from three down against Cincinnati in 1975 in Game 6, best known for Carlton Fisk’s dramatic homer in the 12th after Bernie Carbo tied it with a three-run shot.Pearce was an unlikely candidate to join that lineage as the latest postseason hero in Boston’s long October history, but the 12-year veteran acquired in June did it twice.The 35-year-old journeyman connected off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen for a tying homer in the eighth, and cleared the bases one inning later with a double to the gap. Pearce joined Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 and David Ortiz in 2004 as the only Boston players to homer while driving in four runs in a World Series game.″(Puig’s homer) was a big blow, but everybody was pulling for each other, trying to get each other riled up,” Pearce said. “This team has a lot of fight, and it was great to see how we responded. Our offense went silent for about 20-plus innings, so our pitchers did a great job.”The superlative Boston roster that won 108 regular-season games and then rolled through the 100-win New York Yankees and defending champion Houston Astros to win the AL pennant is now one win from this formerly tormented franchise’s ninth World Series crown.Enrique Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Los Angeles, which could become the first team to lose the World Series on its home field in back-to-back seasons since the New York Giants lost at the Polo Grounds to the Yankees in 1936 and 1937. The Dodgers’ bullpen flopped after manager Dave Roberts pulled starter Rich Hill, who dazzled for 6 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.Los Angeles must overcome a 3-1 deficit to end its 30-year championship drought. Only six teams have accomplished the feat in a best-of-seven World Series, although the Chicago Cubs did it just two years ago.“We’re not out yet,” Roberts said. “Our guys aren’t done. We’ve got our best going tomorrow and we’re expecting to win a baseball game.”Less than 17 hours after Max Muncy’s 18th-inning homer for the Dodgers ended the longest game in World Series history at 7 hours, 20 minutes, the teams were back on the field in Chavez Ravine. Game 4 took only 3 hours, 57 minutes, but had at least as many twists and turns.After Hill left to a standing ovation, Boston’s feast on the Dodgers’ relievers began. By the time the Red Sox were done, all five relievers used by Roberts had yielded at least one run. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda looks up as Boston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi scores on a three-run double by Steve Pearce during the ninth inning in Game 4 of the World Series baseball game on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Los Angeles. Center is Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn’t wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn’t faze them.This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Steve Pearce hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a three-run double in the ninth, and the Red Sox emphatically rallied for a 9-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.Pinch-hitter Rafael Devers singled home Brock Holt with the tiebreaking run in the ninth as Boston roared to a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.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 ChrissLess than a day after a wrenching, 440-minute defeat ended well past midnight, the Red Sox trailed 4-0 in the seventh inning before they shook off that heartbreak, warmed up their bats and sped away from LA.“I’ve never been on a team where you just get punched in the face and then come back tomorrow and act like they are totally fine,” Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said. “It’s impressive.”last_img read more

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Broner fires up fight hype

first_imgGoodbye with a goal? Schrock hints at Azkals retirement Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The WBA welterweight title fight needs a little boost and Broner looked willing to do his share, even if he had to take villain’s role.The Cincinnati bad boy refused to take questions from veteran boxing analyst Al Bernstein, whom he accused of “talking so much (expletive) on me on Twitter.”Bernstein, who was presiding over the Q&A, also didn’t get a reply from trainer Kevin Cunningham, who instead made a slash-in-the-neck gesture at him.“I take that as a no,” said Bernstein, who later said he never wrote a Twitter post against Broner.As Pacquiao and Broner posed for the camera, Broner was dishing out racial slurs at Team Pacquiao members.“I got a cat for you for dinner,” he told the Filipinos. “I got some sautéed German Shepherd for you in the back.”Things became touchy at that point, with the Filipinos looking ready to spring to action, but Broner shifted his tirade to reporters for focusing on his problems, like his weight.He said he would have no problem making 147 pounds in Friday’s weigh in.Biggest fight“Heck I can do 135 lbs. [Pacquiao] had twice lost a world title on the scale,” he said, adding: “You (expletive), you are all (expletive). I see it. I read a lot what you’re saying and stuff.” But when the tension became palpable as he tried to whip up the hype, there was Manny Pacquiao, de-escalating the situation—by reading bible verses.“I trained not just my physical body,” said Pacquiao, who will defend his WBA welterweight belt against Broner on Saturday at MGM Grand here, during the final press conference for the bout. “I also train my mind, as a senator I need that. So I play chess. I read books. I read the bible.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBroner created a ruckus as he tried to pick a fight with just about everybody and threw a fit in the middle of the press conference for his duel with Pacquiao, which will be aired live on Sunday in Manila.“I really don’t want to talk about (expletive); you know I put in the work,” said Broner. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ That meltdown triggered several online articles questioning his fitness to stand against a high-caliber fighter like Pacquiao.After all, he lost in all his three top-level fights against Shawn Porter, Marcos Maidana and Mikey Garcia, who pale in comparison to Pacquiao.This is Broner’s biggest fight of his career, which is part of his reported $50 million, five-bout deal with Premier Boxing Champions. Pacquiao is reportedly getting $20 million.“I know both camps worked hard,” said Pacquiao. “It’s nothing personal, outside the ring we are always friendly. We are friends.”“That is if you want to be friends with us,” he told Broner.Pacquiao, however, said all goodwill goes out the window on fight night.“We should give our best for the fans and make them satisfied,” he said. “For me, I am just doing my job inside the ring. I will go wherever he goes.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img 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 Angry at venue“I’m pissed off, really, coming doing this press conference in this … room. When I went to the Mayweather-Pacquiao [the press conference in 2015], it was in a big ass place,” said Broner. “Now I see what they’re trying to say.”“I’m tired of hearing he go fight Mayweather again; Floyd is (expletive) retired man,” Broner said in the event held at MGM Grand’s David Copperfield Theater. “I just feel like you know, they threw me to the wolves.”Reports said ticket and pay-per-view sales are slow as the Filipino boxing great continues to be a heavy betting favorite in this bustling gambling capital.Villain’s roleADVERTISEMENT A calm Manny Pacquiao (left) cools down the heat after his opponent, Adrien Broner, went on a tirade against several people during their press conference. —AFPLAS VEGAS—There was Adrien Broner, throwing racial slurs and expletives like jabs at everyone on Wednesday, and at one point looking like he was ready to go at it with members of Team Pacquiao.Call him a live wire. Or disrespectful. Or maybe downright troubled. But Broner sure knows how to sell a fight.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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Champion Juggler Entertains Fans

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Jean Mama’s football career ended in the 2nd division of the Liberia Football Association, some years ago in Mamba Point.Since then he has developed a knack for juggling the ball.He was in action last Sunday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium when the national soccer team, Lone Star, took on their opponents from Lesotho.“I won the juggling champion,” Mama told the Daily Observer. “It was last held in July at the YMCA in Monrovia.”He has the ability to play with the ball with his feet and kick it on top of his head and let it sit there as long as he wants.Last Sunday, he had on a boxer shorts and he decided to put on his sweat-suite trousers, while at the same time he juggled the ball from one part of his body to another.Fans who were familiar with his antics cheered him on, and it was a fascination to see someone who had absolute command of the ball and did all he could with it, with the experience of a professional juggler.This was a piece of side attraction that the Daily Observer could not have overlooked.last_img read more

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Bleak Venture: European Union Dashes African Migrants’ Hope

first_imgFor over 500 years, Africa has been the epicenter of some of humanity’s worst moments in history.  War, poverty, slavery, disease and environmental destruction dominate the public perception of the continent in which humanity began. Over and over again, research has proven that the African continent is the birthplace of civilization, language, art, music and the place all of human ancestors began their great journey to every nook and corner of the globe. A Chilean-born American naturalist, poet and popular writer depicted in a recent report about his first visit to Africa:  Ask a child anywhere in the world to name kinds of animals, and it’s no surprise to hear the names of the great beasts that dwell in the Savannah’s and deep, dark jungles.  African animals are symbols of nature itself and for adults that mystery and awe are not lost to time and adulthood.  Yet, the reality of life in Africa for Africans is often drastically contrasted.  Africa and her inhabitants have been plagued by thousands of years of struggle.  From the Romans, to the Persians, to the French, English, Spanish, and Americans, the world has come to Africa to drink her rivers, log her forests, mine her minerals and exploit her people.  Let alone the Chinese who are on massive exploitative ventures.The desire of many Africans to migrate to Europe in the midst of war, poverty, disease and human suffering has been trapped as the European Union tightens its borders alongside the Mediterranean Sea. Europe that professes to be a continent devoted to the tenets of human rights, democracy and deeply rooted culture of Christianity as well as a citadel of free movement has turned a blind eye on thousands of African migrants mostly young people crammed into rickety smugglers’ ships to drown right in front of its doorstep without any assistance.This contentious immigration crisis has led to the death of over 3,000 migrants in this year alone and experts are predicting an expected rise.  According to a new report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Europe is being labeled the most dangerous destination for “irregular” migration in the world.   Another shocking statistics from the IOM in its compilation of data since 2000 indicated that an average of eight “irregular” migrants die each day.  All the more so, last year October an estimated 500 African migrants died in a shaky boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa while attempting to enter Europe.  In spite of all the efforts instituted by an unsustainable Italian search-and-rescue initiative after the Lampedusa calamity, the Italian authorities have proclaimed that more than 2,500 African migrants are known to have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the beginning of this year. Even as the death toll of desperate African migrants rises in the Mediterranean,  coupled with uprising in some North African countries and ferocious human rights abuses,  the European Union has put into effect a limited joint border patrol codenamed “Operation Triton.”  This operation, managed by the European Frontex border agency that replaces the Italian Mare Nostrum operation which rescued on average 400 migrants a day with an aggregate of 150,000 since the boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, has absolutely no search and rescue operations across the Mediterranean and limited resources within 30 miles patrols of the Italian coast.As the European Union builds the walls of fortress higher and higher with tougher regulations, it seems that the immigration crisis is becoming a stalemate with gross violation of certain provisions of the Geneva Convention that give asylum entitlement to those fleeing persecution, including religious, racial, national and political identity or beliefs.  Moreover, as one of the cradles for the promotion of fundamental human rights,  most especially the right to life, the European Union should not and must not implement bizarre and harsh regulations to the detriment of  already poverty-stricken migrants fleeing from some of the worst atrocities ever known to human history and in search of greener pastures  and a better way of life as measured by the colonial masters. The European Union must come to the realization that African migrants are not risking their lives and making the deadliest and most dangerous sea crossing for nothing.  As the old African adage goes, “The snake cannot run out of its hole for nothing”.  Consequently, the European Union must understand that it is part of the problem and not just an ordinary bystander with protective gears shelling it face with censorious comportment towards African migrants.Furthermore, the European Union must in the truest sense accept the fact that countless number of African slaves through their sweat, blood and tears labored very hard without any compensation and some even died in the process to build Europe’s wealthiest nations with almost all of the raw materials taken for little or nothing from the African continent.  The European Union needs to know that its vast wealth derived from Africa, especially during the colonial period, where they governed, enslaved and enriched themselves at the expense of the continent’s forefathers and indoctrinated many Africans to believe in their way of life.  In addition, the European Union must recognize irregular African migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in overloaded boats to a safe haven in Europe deserve the right to live just like anyone else.Howbeit, no one expects Europe to carry all of Africa’s burdens because of its deeply rooted history on the continent.  Nowadays, what is expected isn’t just aid to destitute Africans without traceable impact or chronicled  and voluminous reports about the continent’s lapses, pitfalls and challenges, but a more holistic and realistic picture.  The European Union has got to comprehend that Africa merits  a mutual relationship, fair trade, and exchange of ideas,  especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and other educational related initiatives.In this 21st Century, when the world is like a click of a mouse, the European Union ought to stop humiliating irregular African migrants and provide best alternatives to resolving many longstanding conflicts as well as societal vices.  Together, Europe and Africa can find a common front in addressing migration across the Mediterranean. It is about time that the European Union realizes that one day Africans will be able to hold their heads high as they combat the wrongdoings of the past through their own imagination, creativity, and culture.  The best days in Africa’s history are in her future and every African must begin to look inward to realize their own potential and believe that they have the power to change the future of Africa to be one ripe with opportunities.About the author:  Mr.  Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, non-profit, voluntary, youth-led and grassroots development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org.  The views expressed are the author’s own and do not represent YES.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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Robertsport Highway, Feeder Roads in Deplorable State

first_imgIn spite of its close proximity to the nation’s capital Monrovia, travelers to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County should plan to double the time it takes to get there because of the very deplorable condition of the highway and feeder roads in the county.In an encounter with potholes on the Robertsport highway last Wednesday, it was observed that most of the highway was a huge challenge for vehicle movement.United Nations, medical aid agencies, private sector transport providers and small business Liberians continue to endure severe hardships due to the deplorable conditions on several parts of the highway in Grand Cape Mount County.Accordingly, a 30-minute drive road stretch now takes one hour and fifteen minutes, owing to the bad road condition.Commercial drivers, private car owners, UN aid agencies, non-governmental organizations and even users of government vehicles encounter serious challenges to their vehicles.Regrettably, with the rapid spread of the deadly Ebola virus Disease (EVD) in some parts of Grand Cape Mount County, fear has gripped public and private service providers, who often see on the bad highways vehicles marked National Ebola Task Force stranded in some deep potholes, with critically needed anti-Ebola materials intended for some of the county’s infected districts.Some residents and businesspeople told the Daily Observer that even several feeder (farm-to-market) roads are in very deplorable conditions, posing more suffering for farmers and small business Liberians residing in villages and towns.UN-Aid Monitor Joe Stewart pointed out that swift intervention should be carried out during the current Dry Season in the county in order to enhance the smooth and unhindered movement of goods and services in Robertsport.Mr. Stewart also stressed the need to place serious priority on the rehabilitation of farm to market roads that are in deplorable sin order to enhance the conveyance of locally produced commodities for the urban markets.Another aid agency staff, David B. Clarence, intimated that the Robertsport highway must be given urgent attention during the course of the current Dry Season in the country.Businesswoman Meata B. Dennis told the Daily Observer that owing to the deplorable condition of the Robertsport highway, commercial drivers are hiking transport fares to  the detriment of the vulnerable business community of Robertsport.“I’m only doing business now because I don’t want to sit down idle and business contacts may be lost during this Ebola crisis in Liberia,” Mrs. Dennis lamented.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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NPA MD, Others Honored for Humanitarian Services

first_imgThe First Presbyterian Church in Monrovia has honored a number of its members, including the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA), Madam Matilda Parker, for what the church termed as their numerous humanitarian services to the church in particular and the Liberian nation.Madam Parker and others were honored with a title of Elder and Deaconess in the First Presbyterian Church.The moderator of the Presbytery of Liberia and pastor the First Training Church of Monrovia, Rev. Sando Townsend, said that what led to Madam Parker being selected for the honor is her numerous contributions to church and society and her active roles in the activities of the church and her country.He made the statement yesterday at a grand reception hosted by Madam Parker at the Monrovia City Hall.Rev. Townsend said that the charming NPA boss has contributed immensely to humanitarian activities, with specific mention of the fight against the killer disease Ebola in the country.Several other Presbyterians were also honored at yesterday’s church service at the corner of Broad and Johnson Streets.Those ordained deacon were Sister Catherine A. Cooper, Sister Celestine S. Johnson, Sister Matilda Parker, Brother Clarence B. Townsend and Brother Henry Harris.The moderator and pastor, Rev. Sando Townsend, also ordained several as elders of the church.  Among them were Sister Edith Yancy, Sister Charessetta V. Nimmo and   Sister Matilda Parker.“It was due to the commitment of these people that the church board agreed to honor them for their services to the church and the country,” said Rev. Townsend.He asserted that the honoring of Madam Parker is not just seen from her being the NPA Director but it was based on the sacrifices she is making to her country and God’s kingdom.In remarks, the NPA Director said it was important to serve humanity rather self. It was  good for one to avail oneself to the service of mankind through the church as an institution and the country whether or not you are in leadership.She urged her fellow Liberians to exert more efforts to live a purposeful life that others can count on for the future.“I live a life with purpose so that people can count on me for the future and I strive to do the very best I can do.”“I was selected to be an   ordained elder of my church because I choose to live a purposeful live.”She used the occasion to call on Christians to provide more support to their churches in order to build the kingdom of God.The NPA MD promised to work with the pastors and her ordained sisters to implement any project the church decides on to carry out.“If women work together, they can do something by bringing about change,” she said.The honoring program was followed by a grand reception held at the Monrovia City Hall.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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New Election Date: Dec. 20

first_img“The decision to reschedule the election from December 16 to December 20, 2014, is intended to compensate for time lost as a result of the Stay Order imposed on the election and campaign activities by the Supreme Court,” the electoral body said.Providing their reliance on said decision, NEC maintained that the new date is in “consonance with Joint Resolution #002 recently adopted by the Legislation.”Joint Resolution #002 mandated the Commission to hold consultation with stakeholders aimed at deciding a new date since October 14 due to onslaught of the Ebola virus in Liberia.The 53rd National Legislature’s Joint Resolution instructed the Commission to decide a new date of polling no later than December 20, 2014.While political rallies were ongoing, few political parties inclusive of Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) Alliance for Peace and Democracy (APD) and National Democratic Coalition (NDC) filed a lawsuit, forcing the High Court to place a Stay Order on the process.Indeed the Supreme Court lifted the Injunction on 13 December, but failed to set a new date. Though clothed with the responsibility to conduct elections but not to set polling date for legislative and Presidential elections as provided for under the Constitution, the Commission announced December 20, 2014 as voting day, and at the same time, urged political parties and candidates to assist in informing the electorate about the new date for the election as they proceed with their respective political campaigns.The Commission called for parties and candidates involved with the election to restrict their political activities within the framework of the law and measures agreed to at a recent Inter Party Consultative Committee Meeting held on December 3, 2014.According to NEC, several issues were decided, including but not limited to, “no street Parades, campaigns will only be conducted in districts/communities; and gatherings will not exceed 250 persons.However, political commentators termed the restrictions as “mere bluff” stressing that NEC does not have the capacity to monitor these processes, let alone prosecute violators.Political Campaigns for Saturday’s poll will officially end at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 19, 2014.According to the 1986 Constitution, the electoral body should have conducted election for the first category of senators elected in 2005 after the coming into force of the Constitution as provided by under Articles 46 and 83 respectively.However, with the controversies associated with the poll including who has the authority to change election date and the lawsuit filed against the process, not forgetting the presence of the Ebola virus in the country; credibility remains a major challenge for Liberia’s young democracy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) National Elections Commission (NEC) has again somersaulted on its mandate to conduct polling for the 2014 Special Senatorial Election.The new date set for the election is now Saturday, December 20, 2014 and not December 16, as was previously announced, NEC indicated yesterday in Monrovia.According to a press statement signed by the Commission’s Communications Director Joey Kennedy, NEC took the hard decision in collaboration with political parties and independent candidates at an urgently arranged meeting at the Commission’s headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.last_img read more

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Two Ministers, ‘TOP HEAVY ‘Regional Health management, failing National Ophthalmology Hospital

first_imgDear Editor,At last statutory meeting of the Regional Democratic Council of Region Six, held last Thursday, a number of important issues were highlighted, the most important being the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, which is being managed by the Ministry of Public Health, failing the people of Region Six.After numerous pleadings by the RDC and the media, both Ministers of Public Health and a ‘top heavy’ regional management are unable to ensure that the National Ophthalmology Hospital perform cataract surgeries. Both Ministers promised the residents of Region Six, three months ago, that the situation would be resolved.Unfortunately, the Public Health Ministry failed, and as such, the Regional Health Committee is recommending that the RDC manage the National Ophthalmology Hospital to ensure that these problems are resolved, to ensure efficient delivery of health care.The RDC is presently managing the day-to-day running of the National Psychiatric Hospital. Likewise, the Regional Democratic Council should manage the National Ophthalmology Hospital.This situation exposes the level of incompetence that exists in the APNU/AFC Coalition Government. The People of Region Six are calling for the resignation of both ministers for failing to fix a critical issue that has been existing for the last three years.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

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Removal of vagrants “a huge problem” – Minister

first_imgAn inter-Ministry team is being established to remove vagrants from the environs of Parliament Building.This comes in light of the recent report that the Project Restore Guyana (PRG) is cash strapped, so the initiative to relocate vagrants has been put on hold. The Public Security Ministry was said to be seeking technical advice on the permanent removal of vagrants who currently “squat” around Parliament Building.Social Protection Minister Volda LawrencePublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThe Government Information Agency (GINA) quoted Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Tuesday as saying that the removal of such person posed “a huge problem” to the Guyana Police Force.“We have a huge problem there…when you start taking them and putting them in the lock-ups because we don’t really have space for them,” the Minister explained. Ramjattan observed that some vagrants would usually return to the area once released from holding cells.According to GINA, the Public Security Ministry is “part of a committee established by the Ministry of Social Protection to address the welfare management of the homeless, mentally challenged and addicted persons on the streets. The committee also includes representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.”Ramjattan also observed that a half-way house needed to be constructed, with funds from the Social Protection Ministry.PRG is a multi-disciplinary task force that was set up by Government to address, among other social ills, the welfare management of the homeless and addicted, but financial constraints compelled the body to shelve plans for vagrancy removal.Head of the Secretariat of the task force, Dr Sewnath Ponalall told Guyana Times on Monday that the Project was faced with financial and human resources challenges in continuing its relocation programme. Dr Ponalall had observed that the biggest challenge was finding a building to assess the mental and physical status of vagrants to determine where and how to place them, whether it was in a hospital or a home.“Unfortunately, there is no such facility in this environ; we have looked into the availability of buildings, matter of fact, we have a register here with the Government buildings, but we did not find any fruitful building that we can use to facilitate our project because all of the Government buildings are either run down or occupied,” Dr Ponalall had noted.“If we can find money tomorrow from somewhere to invest in this direction, we will go forward…since the economy is not performing too well right now – gold prices gone down and sugar price gone down, we cannot expect the Government to spread out all over at this moment, but to maintain what is there already,” he had further pointed out.Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence had told this newspaper that the commencement of the evaluation process for street dwellers would begin as soon as a building was released by the Public Health Ministry, which was in collaboration with the Social Protection Ministry to carry out this programme. Minister Lawrence had disclosed that the purpose of the evaluation process for street dwellers was to assess the vagrants, then to determine the best facility for them.“The committee recently held a meeting where it was agreed that to swiftly tackle this issue, there needs to be an evaluation process to determine whether those street dwellers can be treated externally, placed in a home, or be referred to the National Psychiatric Hospital,” she had said.last_img read more

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