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Racing stickers pour in for casket of Iowa boy with cancer

first_imgCaleb’s got to experience racing first-hand on Saturday when he suited up in driving gear and sped around a dirt track in a stock car designed for children. A 12-year-old racer sat beside Caleb to help him learn to work the stick-shift and navigate the track.Caleb’s father, John Hammond, told The Oskaloosa Herald that the entire family had been looking forward to the racing.“A goal of his was to be able to drive a race car when he got older,” Hammond said. “It’s like a dream come true.”ADVERTISEMENT In this Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, photo, Caleb Hammond, an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia, grins before heading out in a stock car designed for children on the Southern Iowa Speedway dirt track in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His passion for racing is what prompted the request for stickers. (Angie Holland, Oskaloosa Herald via AP)OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Race drivers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia.Caleb Hammond’s uncle, Chris Playle, told The Des Moines Register that his family brought him home to Oskaloosa, about 55 miles southeast of Des Moines, after determining the painful treatments he’d been undergoing at a Des Moines hospital weren’t working and other options offered little hope. Playle says Caleb’s been home for about three weeks doing things an 11-year-old normally does, but that he tires easily.ADVERTISEMENT Son scores to help South Korea advance at Asian Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Caleb has loved auto racing since the age of 2, when he started visiting his uncle at his home near the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. The two would watch as drivers parked their cars on the street before the track opened and then would head to the stands to see the colorful cars race around the speedway.“He’s my racing buddy. It was kind of our deal,” Playle said. “I probably had just as much fun as he did.”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’His passion for racing is what prompted the request for stickers. Playle said the stickers have been pouring in after social media appeals, helping to keep everyone’s spirits up.Playle said the family is “just trying to do as much as we can with him while he’s here.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Sor Rungvisai would bring out best in Ancajas, says trainer

first_imgADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ancajas and Sor Rungvisai have been very vocal about fighting each other in a title unification clash and it could happen soon after Ancajas along with Jimenez and international matchmaker Sean Gibbons met and congratulated Sor Rungvisai inside the ring following the bout.The 26-year-old Ancajas is coming off a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico in Oakland. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Photo taken from Joven Sports Promotions Facebook pageJerwin Ancajas and his team got a close look at potential foe Srisaket Sor Rungvisai late Saturday night after sitting ringside in ONE: Kingdom of Heroes event at Impact Arena in Thailand.Sor Rungvisai, the eighth-best pound-for-pound fighters in the Ring Magazine’s list,  earned a lopsided win over Mexican challenger Iran Diaz to retain his WBC super flyweight title a performance that thrilled his hometown crowd and left Ancajas licking his chops.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentscenter_img Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregor 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew READ: Unfazed Sor Rungvisai aims to unify super fly titles, eyes fights vs Ancajas, Nietes“Sor Rungvisai leaves himself open because he has this habit of dropping his hands,” Ancajas, the reigning IBF super fly champion, told the Manila Bulletin’s Nick Giongco, who covered the bout in Thailand. “He allows himself to get hit.”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 ChrissJoven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer and manager, sees Sor Rungvisai’s style as a perfect fit for his prized ward.“Sor Rungvisai is right there in front of you and he doesn’t mind getting hit,” said Jimenez in an interview with the Manila Bulletin. “This is the type of fighter Jerwin wants, a style that would bring out the best in him.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READlast_img read more

Real Madrid fires coach Lopetegui after big loss to Barca

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Pelicans’ Davis misses 2nd straight game with sprained elbow 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I want to thank the club for the opportunity it gave me and the players for their effort,” Lopetegui told the local news agency EFE. “I wish the team the best for the rest of the season.”Madrid said in a statement it sacked 52-year-old Lopetegui to “change the team’s dynamic while all of its objectives for the season were still reachable.”The board of directors believed there was a huge difference between the quality of the squad and the results it was achieving. The board noted the team has eight players nominated for the Ballon d’Or award, something unprecedented in the club’s history. They have lost five of their last seven matches.“We know that results are important for a coach,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said after the Barcelona match.Lopetegui, who led the team practice on Monday morning, was hired by Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane, who quit after leading the club to the last three Champions League titles.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Brazilcenter_img Losing the clasico left Madrid ninth in the Spanish league, seven points behind leader Barcelona after 10 rounds. It hasn’t won in five straight league matches, with four losses, and recently reached its worst scoring drought ever.The club had a decent start to the season but things went sour as the squad struggled to produce goals in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade. Madrid didn’t replace the superstar; its only high-profile signing was goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.In 14 matches with Lopetegui, Madrid won six, lost six, and drew two.After the Copa match on Wednesday, Madrid hosts Valladolid in the Spanish league, and visits Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.“We have to move on as soon as possible because there is a lot of season left,” Ramos said.To make things worse, veteran left back Marcelo is expected to be out for a few weeks because of a muscle injury. Forward Mariano Diaz is also injured and is likely to be out for at least a week.Solari, aged 42, is a former Argentina midfielder who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and helped the team win the 2002 Champions League. He also played for Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. He has been coaching Real Madrid B since 2016, taking over not long after Zidane left to coach the main squad.Lopetegui is the second La Liga coach to be fired. The first was Leo Franco of promoted club Huesca, currently last in the 20-team standings. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Real coach Julen Lopetegui walks off the pitch after losing 5-1 during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — In just months, Julen Lopetegui has lost two of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the world.Lopetegui was finally fired by Real Madrid on Monday, less than five months after he was sacked by Spain before the World Cup for not telling federation officials he accepted the Madrid job.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The latest firing followed a meeting by the club’s board of directors on Monday, a day after the team was crushed by Barcelona 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium.Santiago Solari, coach of Real Madrid B, will take charge for the Copa del Rey match against third-division club Melilla on Wednesday.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 ChrissSpanish media speculated Solari, a former Madrid player, was in the running for the permanent job along with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.The firing caps a horrible few months for Lopetegui and is likely to deal a significant setback to his career. After doing well with Spain’s youth teams, he had a lackluster stint with Portuguese club Porto, but gained prominence after revamping Spain and turning it into a contender entering the World Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Mayweather is next–Roach

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title HOLLYWOOD—A rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is highly possible.The affable Freddie Roach said there’s a strong chance there will be repeat of the 2015 “Battle for Greatness” between boxing’s standard bearers.ADVERTISEMENT “Hopefully that happens, if not there’s a lot of guys out there who are big names, but Mayweather’s my first choice,” added Roach, who acts as consultant for the Jan. 19 WBA world welterweight fight at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.Broner is likened to Mayweather in terms of his being a defensive, counter-punching fighter. But that doesn’t bother Roach.“He’s a counter-puncher and doesn’t come to us much, he’s the type of guy that sucks you in,” said Roach. “But we’ve dealt with that before, I mean he’s not our favorite type of fighter.”But what keeps Roach’s hope afloat was the fact that Pacquiao himself told him he’s going for a knockout.“He told me he’s gonna knock this guy out, he’s never said that to me in my life. So I’m happy where’s his head right now. If a knockout comes it’s good but I’m happy that he wants a knockout because that means he’s got his killer instinct back,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “You know that there’s a reason why Floyd went on TV the other night (during an NBA Filipino Heritage game that honored Pacquiao), and it’s to show the world that he’s still there,” said Roach.Mayweather also bumped into Pacquiao last year in Tokyo festival where the undefeated American announced his desire for a rematch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“And I think that part of the reason, I think the winner of this fight (Pacquiao against Adrien Broner) has the chance of getting him (Mayweather),” said Roach. “I hope so yes, because that’s the one fight I would like to have back. I know we can do better.”The first fight, which reportedly earned $600 million, was a big disappointment and ended with the flashy American winning via unanimous decision over the Filipino icon who turned out to be nursing an injured shoulder. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title If the punches land on fight night, said Roach, he expects a knockout triumph that has not happened under his watch since 2009 against Miguel Cotto.And with Pacquiao’s old buddy Buboy Fernandez at the helm, Pacquiao tasted a KO win once again when he stopped Lucas Matthyse in the seventh last July in Kuala Lumpur.But the scenario is clear on Roach’s mind come fight night: A stoppage in the later rounds.He added: “I don’t want the referee coming to the rescue (of Broner), I want it him laid out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Younghusbands’ dilemma MOST READlast_img read more

Bad day for No. 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells

first_imgMOST READ Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts after losing a point to Belinda Bencic, of Switzerland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert.Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round of the first title defense of her career.“She sort of came out there really aggressive,” Osaka said. “She sort of knew what she wanted to do more than me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSince Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she won the U.S and Australian Opens. Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins, who came on court during the match.“It’s always a bit tricky whenever you change someone in the team, but I feel like for a first tournament we did really well,” Osaka said. “We communicate well, so I think that’s a really big plus. I don’t think it’s going to be difficult.” LATEST STORIES Big night from DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge help Spurs beat Mavericks Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel.“I haven’t played that much, so I wanted to make it count,” said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year. “I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play.”Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On Tuesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.The bottom half of the men’s draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Roger Federer, both of whom breezed to victory.Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1, while Federer defeated Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4.“Overall it’s not been easy playing Stan,” Federer said. “He feels the same way, so that’s very awkward sometimes.”Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Kohlschreiber liked the weather — sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s — much better than the cold and rain on Tuesday night.“I liked my chances more at night against Kohlschreiber, but it wasn’t to be last night,” Djokovic said. “Completely different conditions today. I congratulate him for playing tactically really well and getting me out of my comfort zone. He deserved to win.”The 35-year-old German started thinking he had a chance early in the first set when he survived a handful of break points on his serve.“I would say after 3-all in the first set I felt like getting closer to the set, holding my service games, which is not easy against Novak, because he’s such a great returner,” Kohlschreiber said. “I know from that point on it’s going to be a very interesting match.”Djokovic was just 1 for 5 on break-point opportunities. Kohlschreiber converted three of his four chances.Next up for Kohlschreiber is Gael Monfils, who owns a 13-2 record against the German.Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Djokovic returned about an hour after his loss for their match.“When I hit a good return, I was wondering why this didn’t happen in singles,” he said.Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.In women’s fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2; and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

EU Reaffirms Commitment to Working with Liberia

first_imgThe head of the European Union, (EU) Klaus Rudischhauser, now visiting Liberia, has given assurances that the EU remains committed to assisting the country in its development drive— especially in the energy sector.Mr. Rudischhauser, who serves as Deputy Director General in the European Commission Directorate for Development and Cooperation, (EuropeAid) gave the pledge last weekend when he met with Lands, Mines and Energy Minister, Patrick Sendolo, at the Ministry on Capitol Hill.According to Mr. Rudischhauser, European Union Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, is attaching high priority to energy as a key driver for development and has agreed with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that energy should be a priority for EU cooperation with Liberia.“The Republic of Liberia has been chosen as one of the first countries to receive support from the EU’s Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative,” Mr. Rudischhauser disclosed.According to the EU Deputy Director, his organization’s intervention in the energy sector of Liberia is intended to increase access to affordable and sustainable energy services in order to foster economic and social development in Liberia.“The EU strongly believes that an affordable supply of energy to households, institutions, and enterprises increases productivity in the economy. It also generates new private enterprises, jobs, as well as improves education and services,” Mr. Rudischhauser added.During his visit, Mr. Rudischhauser held talks with authorities of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy, and relevant donors and stakeholders in Liberia’s energy sector.Although results from the discussion were not disclosed, Mr. Rudischhauser reiterated that the European Union is one of the biggest donors for Liberia’s energy sector, with a present contribution of more than 65 million Euros (90 million USD).He said discussions are still ongoing with the Liberian authorities for additional support to be allocated over the next seven years.Responding to concerns about why the EU remains committed to the development of Liberia, especially in the Forest and Energy sectors, Mr. Rudischhauser stressed that Liberia, having experienced war for many years, is struggling to build a responsible government and governance system. He explained that to set up such a government requires preparing the people of the country for responsible governance.He said the EU is committed in the long term to helping Liberia achieve its development agenda. Mr. Rudischhauser noted that the EU does not only engage the country through government, but works with non-governmental organizations to achieve its goals.He pointed out the energy sector as a main area of concentration for investors and business people in Liberia.At the moment, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) supplies electricity from power generators that consume thousands of gallons of fuel a month; a situation that is believed to leave LEC in deficit almost every time.Because it is cost-intensive to operate, the cost to subscribe is high and many people in Monrovia cannot afford it.In order to address the power needs of Liberia, especially Monrovia where the seat of the Liberian Government is situated, government has allotted US$45 million with an additional $65 million for a concession loan deal with the European Central Bank.In addition, donor nations have committed US$107 million; with Germany and Norway having already pledged their support to commit US$75 million and US$32 million respectively.With these commitments and assurances, electricity is expected to be fully restored to Monrovia and its environs by 2015.However, before the closed-door meeting between the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy and the EU six-person delegation, Minister Sendolo thanked the delegation for committing to Liberia’s energy sector.He disclosed that sometime this week, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will lead an array of government officials to Mount Coffee, where a ground-breaking ceremony will be take place for the reconstruction of the hydro.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Losing US$1.6M at RIA

first_imgLiberia has announced it is losing over US$1.6 million monthly revenue at the country’s Roberts International Airport (RIA) alone as a result of flight suspension by airlines due to the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.The country’s Acting Minister of Finance and Economic Development Planning, Mr. Amara M. Konneh, told reporters in Monrovia Thursday that the suspension of flights at RIA is having a grave impact on the economy. “This is not money for a post-war economy to lose,” he said. Many key airlines, including the US-owned Delta, Air France, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Air, amongst others, have suspended flights to Monrovia fearing the Ebola virus outbreak.The Liberian Finance Minister also disclosed that the impact of the Ebola crisis will cost the government over US$120 million.The impact of the Ebola crisis has pushed the government to revise its gross domestic product (GDP) growth downward from a projected 5.9 percent growth by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for 2014 to 2.5 percent. “Real GDP is projected to decline by about 3.4 percent to about 2.5 percent,” he said. Many concession companies have declared force majeure and fled the country for safety.Mr. Konneh admitted that the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which has already claimed the lives of over 1,200 people and infected over 1,000 people in Liberia, is a huge blow to the economy. He declared that the government’s Economic Management Team (EMT) has submitted a number of measures, including austerities, which would create the fiscal space for more investment into government’s fight against Ebola and to mitigate the economic impact of the virus on the economy. “So we are going to find some money to help the hardest hit sectors of the economy and this would include finding some stimulus package for the private sector,” he stated. Mr. Konneh also announced that government will continue with its austerity measures to reduce recurrent spending,  urging public officials to fuel their private vehicles from their own pockets. “If you buy your own private car, fuel it with your own money, not with government’s money,” he said.Some government officials are still finding it very difficult to adapt the new policy as most of them are used to relying on freely using public properties for their personal interests.The Minister insisted that Liberia businesses are hurting as a result of Ebola and they need some help. “We have to give them some help, but we have to give it to them through the banks because they need it.”Min. Konneh also used the occasion to challenge the international community to be more accountable and report the financial resources it is pooling to help the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. “They must make financial reports on what they are spending the money on in Liberia and other countries item by item,” he said.The international community has been criticized for being too slow to help eradicate the Ebola virus in West Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Immunization Platform Trains 55 Anti-Ebola Awareness Workers

first_imgThe Liberia Immunization Platform (LIP), in partnership with the Catholic Relief Services-Liberia (CRS),  has trained 55 anti-Ebola health workers intended to help kick the deadly disease out of Liberia.Speaking at the LIP’s official launch yesterday on the Old Road in Monrovia, the health entity’s board chairperson, George Stewart, pointed that though the deadly Ebola virus is in the country, Liberians should remain hopeful and prayerful.Board Chairman Stewart also reminded Liberians and support partners that one day the Ebola virus crisis will come to a permanent end and closure and Liberia will  bounce back in triumph and strength.He also explained that the LIP is a health- related entity that is heavily involved in extensive immunization of children and child bearing mothers throughout the country.Mr. Stewart also intimated that by virtue of the universal convention of the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF), every child and child bearing mother should have the right to effective and sustained immunization in Liberia.But Mr. Stewart indicated that Liberia and its people have found themselves in a crisis that has taken precedence over every situation in the country.The LIP’s board chair noted that right now in Liberia, the Ebola virus is killing people indiscriminately, and these include rich, powerful and poor.  The disease is indeed capable of bringing untold misery, grief and tears upon all.He further disclosed that the Catholic Relief Services, considering the sensitive nature of the Ebola virus,  decided to provide funding to LIP and its affiliates to get involved in kicking the deadly disease out of Liberia.“We have come on this stage to fill gaps and engaged five communities in more sustained grass root  support, an approach that enables you all to visit homes and exercise your interpersonal communication,” Chairman Stewart asserted.The LIP boss urged the 55 anti-Ebola campaigners and awareness carriers to take all health-related  precautions that would ensure their protection and security during their face to face interactions with Liberians.Mr. Stewart also underscored the fact that denial factor is still entrenched in the hearts and minds of some Liberians and community residents in Monrovia and its environs.He further disclosed that LIP and partners have secured 2500 prepared buckets for distribution to homes and institutions that are in dire need sanitation and Ebola virus materials.Mr. Stewart stressed the need for the campaigners to teach the recipients the best practices in the use of the sanitation and anti-Ebola buckets and chlorine.“Serve as goodwill ambassadors of LIP and its support partners as your actions on the field of duty could have the same effect on all of us in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia,” Mr. Stewart stressed.In closing, Chairman Stewart intimated that LIP membership comprised of 22 civil society organizations working together to ensure the successful implementation of the anti-Ebola awareness in LIP’s areas of operations.For her part, the Program Manager of the CRS and Global Alliance Vaccine Immunization (GAVI) Madam Suene Flomo told the LIP’s anti-Ebola volunteers that it was praiseworthy that they have taken up their times to assist Liberians.As a result of the current Ebola crisis in Liberia, CRS as a reliable and sustained partner cannot sit idle but get involved by supporting local partners in the fight against the virus.Madam Flomo also reminded the volunteers and Liberians in general that the fight against the Ebola virus is the sole responsibility of the Liberian Government.She also stressed that there is still greater need for sustained education and awareness amongst the greater population of the country.In brief remarks, Mrs. Danietta Richards, senior staff at LIP,  extended thanks to the 55 Ebola virus-trained volunteers and stressed that the Ebola virus is real and kills. She also urged the Ebola virus volunteers to not engage the community dwellers in confrontation but work with them to ensure that their lives are protected and secured in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where are we heading as a nation?

first_imgDear Editor,We recently celebrated 52 years of independence after a great struggle from British colonialism to independence fought for by our founding fathers Cheddi Jagan and Forbes Burnham.I saw the flag raising ceremony on television, but I noticed the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) was absent; the same happened when the PPP was in office and the A Partnership for National Unity/People’s National Congress was also absent at the flag raising ceremony. This country’s Motto reads: ‘One People, One Nation, One Destiny’ but that is the opposite of what I am seeing from our political leaders.I have many concerns about this nation, but I will address a few here and others in subsequent letters. My first concern was this Carnival introduced into our recent independence celebration last Saturday. I saw a real display of vulgarity and immorality in our streets in Georgetown by people of all races scantily clad gyrating and wining down to the most lewd and disgusting music.These people see independence as a free for all immoral game. Independence is free, but it cost Jagan and Burnham something who fought and suffered for it. If Burnham and Jagan were alive today this carnival would have never been here. I am calling on President Granger and Prime Minister Nagamootoo to stamp out this wicked carnival culture at Mashramani and independence – it is doing this nation more harm than good.Where are we heading as a nation?Regards,Rev Gideon Cecillast_img read more

Thanks for sharing your rich vocabulary

first_imgDear Editor,In today’s world of ‘texting’ and ‘tweeting’, there is very little, if any, appreciation for Standard English Language and rich vocabulary such as are characteristic of the writings of Mr Earl B John.Almost every letter from Mr John introduces me to a new word; the past week has been especially enriching for me.I wish to publicly thank Mr John, and to encourage fellow Guyanese to take due note and try to emulate him.I believe our standards of expression in vocabulary, grammar and style can be significantly improved, and I would like to encourage parents, teachers and community leaders to aim higher and resist the temptation to be content with mere understanding; to embellish their communication the same way they pay attention to their other forms of presentation.Good writing, like clear speaking, is a sign of refinement!Sincerely,Nowrang Persaudlast_img read more