Ginebra turns back NLEX; Caguioa gets 10,000 points

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The loss was the first in two games for NLEX since Yeng Guiao returned from national duty and the Road Warriors dropped to 4-5 overall.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “We can now go into (the) Meralco (game) clear-minded and not focus on that anymore,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said as his charges enter the homestretch of their schedule starting Sunday against the Bolts at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Sports Complex in Laguna.“We’ll start making him work on his next 10,000,” Cone added, even saying that Caguioa “can play until he’s 50. He’s just that kind of a special player.”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 ChrissGinebra peeled away from the Road Warriors at the start of the second half, dropping 40 points in the third period before blowing NLEX off the floor in the fourth, with the latter half of the payoff quarter turning into garbage time where Cone got the chance to put Caguioa back in for the final two points he needed to make history.And that was a bad stretch of basketball that got him calling for time and reminding his players of the task at hand, “and that is to win the game,” he said. PBA IMAGESPlaying an extraordinary third quarter, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night went on to bamboozle NLEX, 106-94, to clinch a playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup on a night the Gin Kings celebrated with their biggest local star since the era of the man who gave birth to the never-say-die spirit.Mark Caguioa scored 16 points and joined the exclusive 10,000-point club, helping the team plug the holes made by several injured stars as the Gin Kings won for the fourth straight game to rise to 6-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum and reclaim the solo lead.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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup: Philippines racks up 2 wins but fails to enter quarters LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Dead Brazilian footballer almost decapitated

first_imgElenco homenageia Daniel na reapresentação. Leia em: https://t.co/alrIUJfcGL pic.twitter.com/iZ6NjxGgDs— São Paulo FC (@SaoPauloFC) October 29, 2018Brazilian football was in shock on Monday after authorities announced the death of 24-year-old midfielder Daniel Correa, who was found almost decapitated with his genitals cut off.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 ChrissHis parent club, Sao Paulo FC, whom he joined in 2015, paid tribute to Correa with its players holding a minute’s silence before training on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View comments The United Nations considers a murder rate greater than 10 per 100,000 citizens as the threshold for endemic violence.Once a prospect at Brazilian giants Cruzeiro, the powerhouse club from his home state of Minas Gerais, Correa made his professional debut at Rio de Janeiro outfit Botafogo in 2013, alongside Dutch great Clarence Seedorf.With a talent for dribbling, fans dubbed him “Daniel Messi.”But a serious knee injury in 2014 curtailed his progress and Correa was never able to fulfil his early promise.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sao Paulo said in a statement that he was “found dead this weekend.” Other Brazilian clubs and players also paid tribute.Police in the southern Parana state said Correa’s body had been found in a rural zone on the outskirts of the state capital Curitiba on Saturday.Authorities said an investigation into his death was “advanced” and that members of his family would be interviewed.A police source told Folha de S.Paulo newspaper that Correa’s throat had been slit with a blade so wide that his head was almost entirely cut off. His genitals had also been severed.Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world where last year a record 63,880 people were murdered, some 30.8 per 100,000.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Correa had been on loan at second division Sao Bento when he died. Watanabe becomes only second Japanese player in NBAlast_img read more

Knicks coach Fizdale pleasantly surprised by Porzingis progress

first_imgFILE – Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks awaits a free-throw shot during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 26, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPLatvian big man Kristaps Porzingis appeared to take issue with New York Knicks coach David Fizdale’s assessment this week of his rehab status in the wake of knee surgery.After Fizdale told reporters that Porzingis was up to “light running” but added “Sprinting — he’s not at that level yet” the 23-year-old promptly posted photos on Instagram of himself sprinting on an outdoor track.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Fizdale told reporters at the Knicks practice facility on Friday that his comments the day before were based on what he’d seen of Porzingis’s progress in the gym.“I didn’t realize he had went out to the track,” Fizdale said, according to Newsday. “But I was happy as hell to see that stride, I know that. I might to out with him next time and do some power walking because, man, that got me out of the bed when I saw that!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe coach also said he realized his comments might have been mis-interpreted by Porzingis as a knock on his efforts in rehab.“I think how he took it was that people thought he wasn’t busting his hump, he took it personally, it got to him that people would think that,” Fizdale said. “And he’s really, this guy has been a terror on his workouts. I think that’s what it was in response to.” MOST READ 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The absence of Porzingis hasn’t made things any easier for a Knicks team in rebuilding mode under new coach Fizdale this season. New York are 4-8 and 11th in the Eastern Conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Warriors star Curry ‘day-to-day’ with groin strain Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Porzingis underwent surgery to repair a torn left knee ligament on February 13. Fizdale said Thursday he wasn’t counting on having the 7-foot-3-inch center back this season.“I’m not planning on it,” the coach said, adding that he needed to keep his attention focused getting the most out of the players on the active roster.“That would be a huge distraction for me mentally, hoping and wishing for KP, that 25, 28 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, whatever,” Fizdale said.Porzingis hasn’t spoken to reporters since the opening day of training camp in September, when he said he was “getting itchy” to return to the court.“But it won’t happen until I am 110 percent and medically cleared,” he said, although his impatience was clear in an Instagram post two weeks ago when he captioned a photo of himself in action “I just wanna hoop.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘Yellow vest’ boxer arrested after assaulting French policeman

first_imgFrench police walk through a cloud of tear gas used to disperse “yellow vest” protestors (Gilets jaunes) and others on a side street off the Champs-Elysees after New Year’s celebrations in the French capital Paris on January 1, 2019. – A fireworks display and sound and light show under the theme “fraternity” went ahead on the Champs-Elysees despite plans for further “yellow vest” anti-government protests at the famed avenue. (Photo by Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP)French police arrested a former professional boxer on Monday who was seen punching police officers during a “yellow vest” protest in Paris, in shocking scenes that have highlighted the violence of recent protests.The images filmed on Saturday show a heavily built man in a black duffel coat square up to several police officers before knocking them down in a hail of punches and kicking them on the ground.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Around 50,000 “yellow vest” protesters took to the streets again on Saturday in cities around France to denounce the centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron, leading to clashes in Paris, Bordeaux and Rouen.Several men driving a forklift truck also smashed open the doors to the ministry building of government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux in Paris, who denounced the break-in as an “unacceptable attack on the Republic”.While the number of protesters has dwindled since December, the determination of a smaller but increasingly radical core of “yellow vest” protesters poses a dilemma for the government.On Friday, Griveaux said those still protesting were “agitators who want insurrection and, basically, to overthrow the government”.He called Monday for everyone to take part in a national debate on taxation and the government’s pro-business programme, which is set to begin later this month.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The French boxing federation issued a statement condemning the violence, saying that it “ran completely contrary to the values of our sport”.“The French Boxing Federation sends its support to the family and loved ones of the officer who was a victim of this individual, but equally to all the security forces who have been on duty these last weeks,” it said.Dettinger’s former coach, Jacky Trompesauce, had urged the father of three to give himself up to police earlier on Monday.“There was something that set it off, which I learned overnight,” Trompesauce told RMC radio on Monday morning, claiming that a woman was attacked by the police, prompting Dettinger to respond with a flurry of punches.“Yellow vest” protests against fuel taxes began in rural and small-town France in late November, but then mushroomed into a wider revolt during December against the policies and governing style of 41-year-old Macron. 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It needs to end,” he told RTL radio on Monday.French police signalled a tougher line last week when they arrested one of the leaders of the “yellow vests”, truck driver Eric Drouet, for organising an unauthorised demonstration.The move led to criticism from political leaders on the far right and radical left, who have encouraged demonstrators to continue taking to the streets to underline their discontent with Macron’s agenda.Images of a policeman striking several protesters in the southern city of Toulon on Saturday also risk fanning the flames.The police officer — a commander who was granted France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on January 1 — was referred to investigators at the weekend after appearing to punch a protester in the face several times.‘Surrender plea’The “yellow vest” demonstrations have been frequently violent since they began in late November, particularly on December 1 when crowds ransacked a museum in the Arc de Triomphe and daubed graffiti on the famed monument.The French media has been targeted, while mock executions of Macron have also been a feature of some gatherings, notably in the town of Angouleme in southwest France.Dettinger, the boxer, could face years in jail if convicted over his rampage on Saturday on the Leopold-Sedar-Senghor bridge which links the Tuileries gardens to the Musee d’Orsay in central Paris.Assaulting a police officer can lead to up to three years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (51,000 dollars), though sentences can be increased in certain circumstances. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title One of the officers is then beaten by other protesters wearing yellow vests before he is rescued by fellow riot police in protective equipment and helmets.The ex-boxer, identified by French media as 37-year-old Christophe Dettinger, is a former heavyweight professional fighter who reportedly works for the local government in the Essonne area south of Paris.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 ChrissInterior Minister Christophe Castaner said Dettinger, known in the ring as “The Gypsy From Massy”, a town south of Paris, had handed himself into police in the capital.“He was immediately arrested and will be held accountable for his acts by the justice system,” Castaner added. 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Reality check

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college A few tactical tweaks by coach Sven-Goran Eriksson did not go as planned as the Chinese overran the Azkals midfield. Manny Ott was relegated to the bench with Carlie de Murga getting a first start.Schrock took an advanced role on the left wing, while Luke Woodland played at rightback.The Azkals, however, seemed to run out of ideas when they had the ball and struggled to settle into the match, unlike in the Korea encounter where they looked comfortable soaking up the pressure, before breaking forward in numbers.Javier Patino, just like against Korea, again couldn’t find a way through the Chinese goal, after he was released by Patrick Strauss on the counterattack.“We were all very disappointed with the outcome but just to defend in a game like this is not enough,” said Schrock. “We barely created our opportunities from our side. We had one golden opportunity with Javier on the counter and that was it.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A marked man as mentioned by Eriksson before the match, Wu proved to be a cut above the rest as his well-placed effort in the 40th minute opened the scoring for the Chinese.In front of 16,000 fans, most of them Filipino workers spending their day off at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, another moment of magic from the Chinese striker in the 66th minute doubled the advantage, before substitute Yu Dabao cashed in on some indecision from Azkals defenders off a corner.“We knew that one of the two things we needed to before the match was that we cannot give him space, but he still finished twice unmarked. We have to do a better job in this situation,” said Schrock.Defender Daisuke Sato said the Azkals have to be physically stronger at this level after the Chinese refused to pull up on some heavy challenges during the course of the match. Sato had a swollen lip after getting hit in the first half.“You cannot switch off in these types of games, in this level we are playing now,” said Schrock.The midfielder warned his team from looking past Kyrgyzstan, a newcomer in the tournament, which the Azkals have beaten twice two years ago.“We cannot overlook anyone in this group especially now that Kyrgyzstan has a chance to advance to the next round. Like I said, it’s a final. We have more time together and work something out for this game and we will take the challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phil Younghusband shrugs off the challenge from Wu Xi. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Ryan LimABU DHABI—The Philippines left this city tired and disappointed after a heavy 3-0 defeat to China last Friday night that left its hopes of reaching the next round of the AFC Asian Cup hanging by a thread.Getting a grim reality check on the level of competition they are facing, the Azkals were punished by a sharp and incisive Chinese side, which capitalized on some poor defending from the Philippines to secure their second straight win and progress to the Round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers On a high after their impressive performance in the 0-1 loss to South Korea, the Azkals’ pride was pricked by China’s workmanlike and classy display that was highlighted by two sublime goals by Wu Lei.The Azkals still have an outside chance of reaching the next round after South Korea nipped Kyrgyzstan, 1-0, last Friday night, but they would need to beat the Kyrgyz side first and hope that other results go their way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe final group match is slated on Wednesday at Rashid Stadium in Dubai.“We still have hope,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “As you know, South Korea beat Kyrgyzstan last night and so we can still have a little final for the third place for maybe a place in the next round.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison PLAY LIST 01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison01:43Duterte OKs holiday truce with Reds02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Blue Eagles roll past Green Spikers; Falcons outlast Tigers

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo had a Sunday cruise after dismantling De La Salle in three sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tony Koyfmann had 15 points to lead the Blue Eagles while Chumason Njigha and Ishmael Rivera added 10 points apiece for Season 80’s runners-up.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES In the other game, Adamson University survived University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14.Paolo Pablico led the Soaring Falcons with 23 points while Lheo Miranda had 13.Joshua Umandal had 22 points for the Tiger Spikers while Manuel Medina added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UST holds off Adamson in season-opening win Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ateneo head coach Timothy Sto. Tomas said he was surprised his team was able to pull off the sweep against the Green Spikers since the Blue Eagles are essentially on a rebuild after the departure of setter Ish Polvorosa and Marck Espejo due to graduation.“This is definitely a morale-booster for us because people are saying that we don’t have Marck or Ish and they’ll think that we won’t have any scorers,” said Sto. Tomas in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“But that’s the thing because now I was able to instill in them that everyone will score for the team, that’s their mentality right now.”Chris Dumago led La Salle with 12 points. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

U.S. Court Declares Tom Woewiyu ‘Flight Risk’

first_imgJucontee Thomas WoewiyuThe U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, who arrested Jucontee Thomas Woewiyu last week described the former Liberian Minister of National Defense a ‘flight risk,’ meaning he would escape to Liberia if the bail was accepted.This latest development followed a decision by a U.S. judge to deny him (Woewiyu) bail. This also means that Woewiyu will remain in detention until a new motion is file by a reputable lawyer on his behalf; but no date was set for any motion, this paper has learnt.The former spokesman of the disbanded rebel National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL) was arrested last week at Newark Airport upon his return from Liberia.He was subsequently charged with ‘perjury’—lying on his citizenship application by failing to disclose his alleged affiliation with a “violent political group in Liberia” during the height of the country’s civil crisis, which lasted over a decade. Woewiyu served as Defense Minister in Charles Taylor’s former rebel NPFL, during Liberia’s civil war. Upon his arrest, his immigration lawyer, Raymond Basso, said his client amended his citizenship application to include his participation in the Taylor regime.  But Linwood C. Wright, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia, said Judge Judith Faith Angell denied bail, “because she believed Woewiyu might try to leave (runaway) from the U.S. should he be bailed.“There was a detention hearing and Woewiyu was ordered detained by a U.S. Magistrate.  The magistrate found that he (Woewiyu) was a ‘flight risk,’ and so she ordered him detained pending his trial,” Wright said.Raymond Basso, Woewiyu’s immigration lawyer, told VOA last week the case against his client was purely an immigration matter, and that it was a “misconception” (mistaken belief) to suggest that he was being charged with war crimes.Basso said he was confident his client would be exonerated because, although he made a misrepresentation in his first citizenship application, it was later modified to include Woewiyu’s participation in the Taylor regime.Wright said the case is an immigration issue based on Woewiyu’s misrepresentations and non-disclosures under oath regarding his background.“For instance, one of the requirements was that he names all the organizations that he’s been in, political organizations, and he did not report that he was a member of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia,” Wright said.According to him, Woewiyu also checked “No” when asked in his application whether he had ever advocated, either directly or indirectly, the overthrow of a government by force or violence.“Another question was whether he had either directly or indirectly persecuted any group for a number of reasons, including political opinion and social affiliation and he said “No” to that. Of course, the grand jury determined that he was the minister of defense for the NPFL. There was a question with regards to persecution of groups that supported former President (Samuel) Doe when Doe was in power in Liberia,” Wright said.Woewiyu pleaded not guilty at his detention hearing to all counts against him, including perjury and four counts of fraudulent misrepresentation in immigration applications.As the case stands, a barrister in Liberia has told the Daily Observer that Woewiyu would eventually be charged with ‘war crimes’ and be prosecuted accordingly.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LCUNA Appeals for Inclusion on CBL’s Weekly Forex Sale

first_imgMembers of the Liberian Credit Union Association (LCUNA) are appealing to the Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones to include them on the CBL weekly sale of foreign exchange auction in the country.The leadership of the Union made the statement Saturday, May 24, at its Annual General Assembly in the port city of Buchanan where they bestowed honor upon Governor Jones for his numerous economy contributions towards the empowerment of Liberians.Making remarks on behalf of the organization, the chairman of the Board of Director of LCUNA, J. Saye Biyie noted that the CBL’s weekly foreign exchange auction remains the principal policy instrument for affecting domestic markets in Liberia.Mr. Biyie suggested that in order to improve the credit union sector,it was important to include credit union members on the foreign exchange lists, especiallyfor those that are doing international trade.According to him,the credit union’s role is pivotal to the ongoing recovery of the Liberian economy.The credit union, Mr. Biyie said,is also helping to buttress government’s efforts by providing economic opportunity to Liberians in the business sectors.Also speaking, Baboukar Jeng, Manager of the Gambia Credit Union Movement (GAMCUM), expressed delight over the level of development that the organization has carried out in meeting the needs of Liberians after the civil conflict.Mr. Jeng noted that improving of the business Sector and infrastructural development are key to the country’s needs.“The business sector remains one of the cardinal areas for the development of any nation, and as such, Liberians should begin venturing in the sector,” he urged.According to him, when this is done, the citizens will be in a better position to contribute to the national government as it strives to rebuild the lives of its people.Mr. Jeng, however, called on the leadership of the Union to show good leadership to its members for the betterment of the association.At the same time, the Gambia Credit Union Movement manager said that he is optimistic that the country will once more get on par with other countries due to the level of transformation taking place in every sector.Receiving the honor on behalf of the CBL Governor, EL-Tumu Trueh, Director for Microfinance at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), lauded LCUNA for the honor and said that the Bank will continue to empower ordinary Liberians.On the inclusion of LCUNA on the CBL weekly sale of foreign exchange auction, Director Trueh promised to convey their request to the Executive Governor.According to Mr. Trueh, for the past years the CBL has been engaging the movement of the credit union activities to ensure that there is efficiency within the association.He assured LCUNA members that the Bank would continue to provide better economic opportunity by lifting Liberians out of poverty.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UL Expels 3, Suspends 2

first_imgAuthorities of the University of Liberia (UL) Wednesday, May 28, expelled three students for acts ‘incompatible’ with their status as students, the University’s vice president for Relations, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, Sr., has confirmed. Two other students have also been suspended for three academic years and eight semesters each.The UL decision, according a release is in an effort to reinstitute discipline and curb student violence, and other unruly acts.The three expelled students are being identified as Joyee O.T. Wilson with ID#34949, James E. Julo, ID#49264 and Moivee Dennis, ID#51225. The students, the UL Administration said, were expelled for ‘receiving money from candidates, forging Ecobank deposit slips and issuing fake UL receipts.  The suspended two are facing the wrath of administration for staging riot and holding several professors hostage, among them, the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry, Prof/Dr. Roland Massaquoi for over five hours.The incident was recorded on the Fendell Campus of the University early last year. The two suspended students are, Abraham B. Sarwah, ID#66102, and Moses Kollie of the William R. Tolbert, Jr. College of Agriculture and Forestry.Following the April 2013 riot on Fendell Campus by students of the Agriculture and Forestry, UL President, Prof. Emmet A. Dennis appointed a committee to investigate the root causes of the riot and the role played by students. According to findings from the investigative committee, Student Moses Kollie assaulted Assistant Professor E. Nimley of the College of Agriculture and Forestry during the 2013 April riot on Fendall Campus in contravention of the student handbook. By that, Student Kollie has been suspended for three academic years (six semesters) beginning first semester of academic 2013/2014. He has also been required to undergo six months of counseling before returning to the UL should he muster the courage to return. As for Student Abraham B. Sarwah, he is held liable for ‘theft of property’ in the aftermath of the same 2013 April riot on Fendall Campus. Hence, the statement said, Student Sarwah has been suspended for four years (eight semesters), and has to undergo six months of counseling before returning to the institution having served his suspension. However, in a separate communication to the suspended students, the UL Administration strongly warned them not only to repeat the acts that led to their suspension, including any other act that contravenes the student handbook. The affected students have been further warned to keep away from the premises of the UL (Fendall, Capitol Hill, Straz-Sinje, and the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine Campuses) until their suspensions are lifted. In a related development, the UL President has frowned on acts that have the propensity to disrupt activities at the institution. Dr. Dennis is quoted as saying that the UL has had enough of disruptions, and therefore, “any faculty or student that engages in act that disrupts normal activities at the university will be thrown out.” Dr. Dennis sounded the caveat recently when he met with some members of the UL Faculty Association to discuss matters relative to lifting of the institution. It can be recalled that the UL Administration in 2013, issued stern warning letters to 13 other students for “violating various rules of the Student Handbook.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man Sets Himself Ablaze in Gbarnga

first_imgGbarnga City, Bong County was a scene of shouting, pandemonium and crying when a 29-year-old man set himself ablaze at about 4 p.m. at the Phebe Parking.Twenty-nine-year-old Papa Canmue, who reportedly said he was facing too much hardship, set himself ablaze on Sunday May 18.According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, Canmue had bought a liter of gasoline, measured in a small mayonnaise jar, which the commercial bike riders in that area refer to as Musa, with the amount of L$100.The eye witnesses told our Bong County Correspondent that they thought that Canmue intended using the gasoline in a motor cycle. But to their uttermost surprise, he poured it on himself and struck a match, which caught fire, setting him ablaze.According to the bystanders, when they saw what had happened, they tried to extinguish the blazing fire, but the 29-year-old man began to run as they ran after him.“He ran until the fire overcame him and he dropped rolling in the grass. By the time we reached him, the fire has already overcome the young and nothing else we could do,” one of the eyewitnesses explained.Investigations conducted by this reporter established that Papa Canmue committed suicide for what he (Papa Canmue) termed as living in the bondage of economic hardship.The information maintained that Papa and his family have since separated because of him not being able to provide for the home as the head.“This young man and his family have always been in quarrel for the past three years on grounds that he could not feed his family,” a close neighbor told the Observer.The investigations also indicated that Papa’s children are out of school as the result of him not being able to pay their school fees.It has been said that the latest action by Papa was his second attempt at committing suicide. They said in April of this year, he had climbed in a coconut tree in an effort to fall from the tree and finish his life as a means of liberating himself from the repression of economic hardship, but he was rescued through the frantic effort of community members, who persuaded him to come down.It is been speculated in many quarters of Gbarnga that that man was mentally unbalanced, while some are arguing that he was suffering from psychological problem. Political pundits in Bong County are of the believe that the action by Papa Canmue to immolate himself is a clear indication that the country’s economy is not meliorating for the poverty-stricken citizens evidenced by the hike in the prices of the basic commodities on the Liberian market. It can be recalled in March of this year a 33-year-old woman in Wainsue few miles away from Gbarnga committed suicide because of what she termed as over loaded with extreme hardship.One of the bystanders said, “Whether Papa Canmue was unbalanced or not, let the Government of Liberia build vocational institutions across the country as another way of providing economic security for young people who do not have the opportunity to acquire tertiary education.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more