Gin Kings find their Jordan

first_imgCarpio 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ceres moves on from AFC defeat ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s (Brownlee) gonna have a huge target in his chest in the 6-5 conference,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone after the Kings closed out the San Miguel Beermen in six games to rule the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday night.With the best import of the just-concluded tournament suiting up for Ginebra one more time, the season-ending Governors’ Cup featuring imports 6-foot-5 and below could again be a coronation of sorts for the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“He’s the measuring stick of all the other imports at this point,” said Cone. “There’s a lot of very good imports coming in and every import will be out there to prove themselves against him.”They will certainly have a difficult time matching up with Brownlee, who showed what he’s capable of doing opposite an import such as the 6-foot-8 Renaldo Balkman of the Beermen in a championship series. Surrounded by complementary pieces who are just as efficient, Brownlee engineered the back-to-back titles of the Kings in the Governors’ Cup, both accomplished at the expense of the Meralco Bolts the past two seasons.Greg Slaughter, who went toe-to-toe with four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo in the championship, will form an imposing frontline with the 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar, 6-foot-7 Joe DeVance and Brownlee.PBA Press Corps Honda Philippines Finals MVP Scottie Thompson is expected to gain more confidence and will join the already formidable tandem of LA Tenorio and Sol Mercado at the backcourt.“Justin is going to be the Michael Jordan in the next conference,” said Cone. “I think, in many ways, Justin had an easier time in the big (import) conference to score and do his thing because nobody can really match up to him. In the 6-5 conference, there are a lot of them that can match up with him.”According to Cone, it’s now the job of the coaching staff to help Brownlee get those open shots as the Kings have to be creative in helping him out.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Barangay Ginebra added another Commissioner’s Cup trophy in its collection, the 11th league title of the Kings overall that netted Cone another milestone—21 championships with no sign of slowing down or retiring soon.“If I could do this until 85, I’ll do this until 85,” said Cone. “Never go old and I’m ready for more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee has shown he can thrive in a conference where imports are way taller than him.It surely won’t be stunning if Brownlee marshals Barangay Ginebra to another championship with a lesser degree of challenge.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

6th gold gives Ikee a record 8th medal at Asian Games

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Of all my races I was the most nervous before this one,” Ikee was quoted as saying. “I really didn’t think I was going to win. But at the end, I absolutely did not want to lose.”Ikee became the first woman to win six gold medals and the first to win eight medals at a single Asiad.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’It has been a big program for Ikee, who is aiming to be one of the stars in the pool at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs World Cup winner Lloris charged with drunken driving Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Rikako Ikee hold sup her gold medal after winning the women’s 50m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rikako Ikee has won the 50-meter freestyle title to secure a record-equaling eighth medal at a single Asian Games.The 18-year-old Japanese swimmer equaled the medal total mark set in 1982 by North Korean shooter So Gin Man when she held off China’s Liu Xiang and Wu Qingfeng to win in 24.53 seconds Friday in the Jakarta pool.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Unfazed Sor Rungvisai aims to unify super fly titles, eyes fights vs Ancajas, Nietes

first_img“I have been watching him fight and I think he’s a great boxer especially in terms of his style fighting backward,” said Sor Rungvisai through his promoter Thainchai Pisitwuttinan, who also served as his interpreter on Tuesday during his ONE open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym here.Sor Rungvisai during his open workout. Just shadowboxing. No mitts. #ONE pic.twitter.com/MEERTFUiMTFEATURED 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’— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) August 28, 2018 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “If I really get to fight with him, I would definitely move forward and try to knock him out. I think that will be a great fight,” he added.The 31-year-old Sor Rungvisai, who reclaimed the WBC belt after edging former pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez in March of last year before knocking him out in their rematch six months later, has grand plans of unifying the titles in the 115-pound division before potentially going up in weight.“My wish is that I would like to unify the division. If I really can do it, I want to clean up the division first, unify the whole thing and when it’s all done and if it really happens I would consider going up to the 118-pound division to fight Inoue,” he said, referring to Japanese champion Naoya Inoue, who has moved up to bantamweight.Sor Rungvisai says he’s “very impressed” with Ancajas. pic.twitter.com/Q2vbTJiOEQ— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) August 28, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, right, and Iran Diaz of Mexico pose for a picture during their open workout at Nakornlound Promotion Gym. Sor Rungvisai will be defending his WBC super flyweight title against Diaz in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netNONTHABURI—From one boxing champion to another, Thai warrior Srisaket Sor Rungvisai has high praises for Filipino star Jerwin Ancajas.Sor Rungvisai said he’s impressed with Ancajas particularly with his boxing style and that same brilliance is also one of the reasons why the current WBC super flyweight champion is interested in fighting the reigning IBF titleholder.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asian Games: Philippines nears 5th place, routs Japan Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ancajas, who is set to defend the IBF crown against Alejandro Barrios of Mexico on September 29 in Oakland, had also expressed his intention to fight Sor Rungvisai.“I will not take him lightly for sure because he’s a great fighter, but my aim would be to go for a knockout and it would be a very interesting fight especially that we are both southpaws so that would be an interesting style of fight,” Sor Rungvisai, the fifth-ranked fighter in the world pound-for-pound, said.Sor Rungvisai is also not discounting the possibility of clashing with another Filipino champion in Donnie Nietes, who is fighting in the 115-pound class for the first time against compatriot Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO crown on September 8 in California.“They are both great fighters and if I get the opportunity, I would love to fight both of them. It will be great fights.”Sor Rungvisai is set to defend his belt against Iran Diaz of Mexico in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

IOC signs insurer Allianz as Olympic sponsor from 2021-28

first_imgAsia League: Mbala buzzer-beater saves Seoul past Fubon 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The International Olympic Committee has 13 worldwide sponsors for a four-year commercial cycle leading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Top-tier sponsors were worth $1 billion to the IOC for the cycle tied to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.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 IOC says Allianz will support Olympic Games organizers with insurance for transport and property, and “future products and services, driven by technological changes.”The Germany-based insurer holds naming rights to home stadiums of Bayern Munich and Juventus, plus venues in Sydney; Nice, France; Sao Paulo; and St Paul, Minnesota. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC says insurance company Allianz signed as a worldwide sponsor from 2021 through the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics.The value of the deal, which includes becoming a partner of the Paralympics, was not given.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Kevin Anderson vs Kei Nishikori in Vienna final

first_imgMOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title A winner of 11 ATP events, Nishikori hasn’t triumphed since winning in Memphis in February 2016. He has lost eight straight finals since.The second-seeded Anderson defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.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 ChrissAnderson has a shot at a fifth career title and second of the year after winning in New York in February.Nishikori leads Anderson 4-2 on career matchups, but the South African won their only previous meeting this year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With a victory on Sunday, Anderson will qualify for the ATP Finals.Currently in ninth place, Nishikori with a win could move to within 125 points of the cut for the eight-man event in London next month.Nishikori held serve throughout against Kukushkin, who came through qualifying. He used his first break point to close out the first set before going up 3-0 in the second and wrapping up the win on his first match point.Against Verdasco, Anderson hit nine of his 19 aces in the opening set. The Spaniard broke Anderson twice in the second but didn’t get another chance on the South African’s serve in the final set.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stuffed on sports: 5 leagues playing in Los Angeles on 1 day Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan’s Kei Nishikori reacts after winning his match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan during their semifinal match at the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)VIENNA — Kei Nishikori will try to end his long losing streak in ATP finals and Kevin Anderson will go for his second title of the year at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.The fifth-seeded Nishikori reached his third final of 2018 after beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals.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 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 commentslast_img read more

LSGH, Mapua forge NCAA juniors finals showdown

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Defending champion La Salle Greenhills and Mapua on Monday arranged a finals showdown for the second straight year in the NCAA Season 94 juniors basketball tournament.The top-seeded Junior Blazers inched closer to retaining the championship after dominating Jose Rizal University, 97-71, while the Red Robins topped San Beda, 75-67, in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Player of the Week: Standhardinger gives life to San Miguel’s playoff bid 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. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Hernandez came away with 27 points and 10 rebounds while Policarpio collected 25 points and 13 rebounds for second-seed Mapua. The best-of-three title duel begins on November 6 at Mall of Asia Arena.Inand Fornillos unleashed 18 of his 22 points in the middle quarters, where La Salle took total control of the game.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 ChrissJoel Cagulangan, who erupted for a career-high 39 points in a loss to the Light Bombers last game, added 19 points.The Robins also had their own tandem to turn to against the Red Cubs with both Paolo Hernandez and Jonnel Policarpio finishing with a double-double. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Malaysia, Vietnam draw in Suzuki Cup final first leg

first_imgCarpio 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 Vietnam goalkeeper Dang Van Lam made a fine save in stoppage time to deny Syafiq Ahmad and keep the score level ahead of the second leg in Hanoi this Saturday.Malaysia exerted much of the early pressure in front of a capacity crowd of more than 87,000 but Vietnam took the lead after 22 minutes following a swift counter-attack.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 ChrissDoan Van Hau lofted the ball into space on the right for Phan Van Duc whose cross towards Duc Huy was cut off by Nazirul Naim but fell nicely for Huy Hung to tuck the ball into the net.The home side hardly had time to recover before Vietnam scored again three minutes later. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled View comments Vietnam’s forward Nguyen Cong Phuong controls the ball duirng the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup 2018 final football match between Malaysia and Vietnam at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur on December 11, 2018. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)Malaysia came from two goals down to salvage a 2-2 draw with Vietnam in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Tuesday.Goals by Nguyen Huy Hung and Pham Duc Huy midway through the first half put the visitors in charge but Shahrul Saad halved the deficit before Safawi Rasid converted a stunning free-kick on the hour mark to restore parity for the home side.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Van Duc was again the provider, pulling the ball back for Duc Huy who slipped as he met the ball with his left foot but saw his effort from 25 metres fly past goalkeeper Farizal Marlias.Malaysia cut the deficit in the 36th minute when Syamer Kutty Abba’s free kick from the left found Shahrul, who headed powerfully past Van Lam.The home side then got back on level terms on the hour when they were awarded a free kick on the right edge of the box and Safawi curled a magnificent shot into the far corner of the net.The home side had a final chance to win the game in stoppage time with a free-kick by substitute Syafiq that went through the Vietnamese wall but was punched clear by an alert Van Lam.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READlast_img read more

Rescue West Point and Other Monrovia Beaches

first_imgIs there an emergency   fund anywhere in the government of Liberia? Should there be one, we know of nothing more urgent than reinstating the Beach and Waterways Project of the Liberia Maritime Authority (LMA).Why the urgency?  Christmas is here.  What treat shall we give the tens of thousands of our   children living in West   Point, Clara Town, Point Four, Popo Beach, New Kru Town and South Beach?  Is it going to be lots of good food, new clothing and footwear, toys and other goodies? Or is it going to be, by woeful contrast, renewed defecation and the indiscriminate throwing of trash on these beaches, inviting swarms of flies, rats and roaches to make the children sick?If nothing is done, and done immediately, the flies, rats and roaches will poison our   children’s Christmas and their general wellbeing for the foreseeable future.    Instead of giving them a good time, they will get sick with cholera, diarrhea and malaria, brought on by these deadly disease carriers.It was on behalf of these tens of thousands of children in these beach communities that we heard yesterday on our back page, the cry of West Point Commissioner Miatta Flowers.  She told our Senior Reporter, Omari Jackson, that she was worried that if the LMA Beach and Waterways Project were not restored, the children and general populations of these areas would suffer the deadly consequences.All of us and our government should remember that the people we are talking about are among the most vulnerable in the society.  They are poor and deprived, since the vast majority of their parents are either self-employed petty traders or not employed at all.  When the Man whose birthday we celebrate tomorrow uttered these words, “The kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these,” Christ was talking precisely about the children of South Beach, West Point, Clara Town, Point Four, Popo Beach, New Kru Town and all the nation’s slum and other impoverished  communities.So in all our last minute shopping and other preparations for this most important holiday, Christmas, let us remember these children and do whatever we can to rescue them from this totally unnecessary but deadly malaise. What can we do?  What can anyone do? Pick up our cell phones and call someone who cares or should care and who is able to do something about the problem.  Pick up ourselves and go find someone who can make the difference.  Finance Minister Amara Konneh has left the country.  So the next best person to call, visit or engage is the President herself, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  Persuade her to get her lieutenants to find the money from somewhere to restore the LMA’s Beach and Waterways Project.If we do nothing else for these children, let us do this one.  It is not just about giving them a good Christmas; it is about saving lives by saving our environment.Let us remember, too, that in most of our neighboring countries, Sierra Leone, La Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia and Senegal, the people are using their beaches to bring in thousands of tourists throughout the year to spend their money and provide jobs for the local populations.Let us begin this Christmas by injecting some pride in ourselves by making our beaches a playground for our children and our people in general.  This commitment to protect and make good uses of our beaches will pave the way for the development of the tourist industry in Liberia.There have been talks of the creation of a National Tourism Authority, an autonomous body that will organize tourism in Liberia.  This is necessary since the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) has failed to do anything about tourism—or culture or even information itself.Let us in Liberia finally realize that tourism is a money maker and a job creator.  Let the development of our tourist industry be a New Year resolution that will be taken seriously and forcefully implemented.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Mission Accomplished’

first_imgThe Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has finally accomplished the quest to give allow their political leader, Mr. George M. Weah, to contest for the Senate in the upcoming Special Senatorial Election. However, this move had been scorned by the party’s critics, with some saying that it was just a “whitewash attempt” as Mr. Weah had long selected himself for the post and no one dare question his authority if they want to remain in the party.Weah contested in the party’s primaries at the weekend in Buchanan, Grand Basaa County and got the mandate his partisans to stand as a candidate for Montserrado County in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election early October.Weah booked his place for the hot seat unopposed and was amongst the first four candidates elected at the jammed packed hall.Other candidates elected include, former Unity Party stalwart and CDC newcomer Dr. Foday Kromah, Grand Cape Mount County, Nathaniel McGill, CDC secretary general secured his spot for Gbarpolu County while Prof. Ansu Sonii will lead the party for Margibi County, they all went unchallenged.In the most contested race, Cllr. Teplah Reeves defeated two other contenders, Emmanuel Toe and Rosina Shaack for River Cess County seat while Solomon Murrey was the lone candidate for Grand Bassa County, putting an end to speculation that CDC was prepared to support football star, James S. Debbah, who attempted joining the CDC to grab the seat.  Results from the polls suggest that CDC has finally parted company with incumbent Senator Joyce Musu Sumo Freeman, who as well tender in her resignation early this month.Political commentators described the outcome as “unsurprised” due to the involvement of Mr. Weah and other strong members of the CDC, who already expressed their desire to stand in the election prior to the primaries.   CDC partisans at the rally termed it as “Peaceful and Democratic”, expressing their desire to engage the upcoming election with every available political material to ensure that candidates contesting emerge as winners.Weah is expected to face challenges from fellow contenders, the first family candidate Robert Sirleaf and Christopher Neyor, both former employees of National Oil Company of Liberia and are kin on representing Montserrado at the Legislature.Meanwhile, primaries for Bomi and Maryland Counties were postponed based on series of protest emerging from the respective location.CDC confirmed the postponement and announced that Bomi primary will take place this weekend at the party’s headquarters in Monrovia to avoid further violence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Put the National Cultural Center Where It Belongs: in Bomi’s Dowein District

first_imgMost of us have heard of Bai T. Moore, the celebrated Liberian and international cultural icon, who did so much for cultural reawakening in Liberia.But how many of us have heard of Dwuala Bukele?  Well, he was the inventor of the Vai Script, the written  expression of the Vai language.  It was one of only two African languages that have their original scripts, unrelated to the Latin or Arabic alphabets.  In other words, they are original.So what is the point about these two men?  What is the relationship between Bai T. Moore and Dwuala Bukele?   Both of them hail from the same Dowein culture that links the Vais (Dwuala), Golas and the Deys (Bai T.).  These cultures have very deep and strong linkages with indigenous cultures that crisscross Montserrado, Margibi (especially the greater Kakata-Firestone area), Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Gbarpolu counties.   It is in these cultures that the Porro and Sande traditions are strongest.Bai T. Moore’s remains are buried in Dimeh.  Not far up the street from Dimeh is the Besao Cultural Village, a place that Bai T. frequently took cultural enthusiasts on pilgrimages.  We understand that some of the early Liberian kings are buried there. The point we are trying to make is that we know of no better place for the National Cultural Center that in the Dimeh-Besao areas.  But the Ministry of Information and the Liberian government want to plant the new Cultural Center in Marshall, a place totally alien to Liberian indigenous culture.  We know of no Porro or Sande bushes in Marshall, nor do we know of any substantial cultural groups in the area.  What we do remember is that when Mr. John Bestman opened his  motel in Marshall a few years ago, he invited Julie Endee and her Crusaders for Peace to do the cultural honors for Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and other dignitaries.On the other hand, there are many cultural activities ongoing all of the time in Dimeh and Besao.  Both the Porro and Sande bushes are in Besao.  Unconfirmed sources say it was in Besao that President Tolbert joined the Porro Society.  We understand that in 1978 he accompanied the King of Lesotho to Besao.  And King Njola, one of the signers of the Land Treaty with the settlers, is buried in Besao.  Another very powerful historical figure, King Sao Boso, is buried not too far from Besao, in Gbarpolu, most probably in Bopolu, one of the county’s main towns.This Dewoin area we are proposing for the location of the National Cultural Center is, it seems to us, the most natural place for such a center.  What is there in Marshall besides the fishing village of Fanti Town?  Yes, there is the proposed new headquarters of the Liberian Maritime Authority, but that is not a cultural but a marine institution.  They have their performances, but these are on the sea.  We hope that one day they will build a dry dock there for the repair of vessels traveling to West Africa.Marshall is also a potentially great tourist destination.  We pray that it will be the home of at least two five-star hotels.  The tourists could travel from there to the Dowein District to see first class cultural performances.  That would be an expedition that tourists would fondly remember.We trust that the government will see reason to change its mind about where to put the National Cultural Center and place it where it belongs, in the Dowein District, especially Besao, which already has an open air theatre and all other facilities relevant to a cultural village.  The people of Besao have made it plain that they would welcome the National Cultural Center in their area.  The culture is already there in abundance.  All that will be needed would be build a modern theatre, an Arts and Crafts Shop, and the 23 or more cultural villages to accommodate the acrobats, artists, dancers, dramatists, drummers, singers and all other cultural experts from Liberia’s 16 major ethnic groups. There, as they did for decades in Kendeja, they can dwell together in peace, harmony and creativity, practicing and refining their crafts and preparing to present their ingenious cultural displays to the nation and the world.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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