Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 This booking photo provided by the Story County (Iowa) Jail shows Collin Daniel Richards. Richards has been charged in the killing of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a former champion golfer from Spain, after her body was found Monday, Sept. 17, 2018 at a golf course in Ames, Iowa. (Story County (Iowa) Jail via AP)AMES, Iowa — A man has been charged in the killing of a champion golfer from Spain, after the Iowa State University student’s body was found at a golf course in central Iowa.Police said in a news release that Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames. Officers determined the 22-year-old woman had also been assaulted.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Barquin, who was ranked No. 69 nationally by Golfweek, ended her career as a Cyclone with a fourth-straight NCAA Regional appearance and earned All-Big 12 Team honors for the third time — the second player in Iowa State’s history to do so.She became the third Cyclone women’s golfer to compete in the U.S. Women’s Open Championship, the university said. The team announced Tuesday it was pulling out of the East & West Match Play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to be with friends and family and to grieve their loss.Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen said in a statement on Twitter that she was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death” of Barquin, describing her as a “dedicated civil engineering student” and an “acclaimed golfer with a bright future.”Head women’s golf coach Christie Martens said in a release that Barquin was “loved by all her teammates and friends” and was an “outstanding representative of our school.”“We will never forget her competitive drive to be the best and her passion for life,” Martens said. /kgaADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Collin Daniel Richards, 22, was charged with first-degree murder.Police were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m. Monday after golfers found a golf bag with no one around it. Officers found a body some distance from the bag. Investigators have released no information on how Barquin died or whether she knew Richards. Police said Richards has no known address.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 ChrissBarquin was the 2018 Big 12 champion and Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year. The university said the native of Puente San Miguel, Spain, was finishing her civil engineering degree this semester after exhausting her eligibility at Iowa State in 2017-2018.She was one of the most accomplished players in Cyclone golf history, the university said. In April, she became the second women’s golfer at Iowa State to earn medalist honors at a conference tournament when claiming the 2018 Big 12 Championship. She did it with a three-shot victory. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum IOC signs insurer Allianz as Olympic sponsor from 2021-28 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View commentslast_img read more

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Man City’s threats to UEFA revealed in leaked documents

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “My job entails having discussions, having conversations, exchanging documents, drafts, ideas, whatever, on many, many, many, many, topics. Otherwise you don’t go anywhere,” he said, when asked about the upcoming release of the information. “I mean, if I just have to stay in my room and not speak to anyone and cannot do anything, how can I do my job properly? So if, then, this is being portrayed as something bad, there’s not much I can do more than my job in an honest way, in a professional way and trying to defend the interests of football.”City settled with UEFA to avoid being banned from the exclusive and lucrative Champions League for violating Financial Fair Play rules. It accepted a fine of 60 million euros (then $82 million) spread over three years and agreed to a limit to their top team of 21 instead of 25 senior players.But City never paid the full fine. It was forced to forfeit only 20 million euros of prize money in 2017.UEFA’s auditors found City inflated the value of sponsorship deals with firms related to the team’s owners from Abu Dhabi, which bought the club in 2008 using the sovereign wealth of Sheikh Mansour. New ownership turned City into a power that has challenged the long-standing supremacy of neighbor Manchester United.An internal email sent by City lawyer Simon Cliff recalled an exchange between Al Mubarak and Infantino, the documents showed.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “We will not be providing any comment on out of context materials purportedly hacked or stolen from City Football Group and Manchester City personnel and associated people,” the English Premier League champion said. “The attempt to damage the club’s reputation is organized and clear.”During the 2014 investigation, publicly called independent, City chief executive Ferran Soriano secretly discussed the case in 2014 with then UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, who became FIFA president two years later, the leaked documents showed.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“I had a good telephone call with Gianni Infantino where we agreed how to brief the lawyers (‘to negotiate a settlement that is more than a warning and can be seen as effective/dissuasive but does not affect dramatically MCFC business’),” Soriano told Khaldoon Al Mubarak in correspondence seen by Spiegel.Infantino defended his actions as UEFA head, and later FIFA, in an interview with The Associated Press just days before the documents’ release. La Salle’s Dyke lets game do the talking amid ‘racist comments’ “Khaldoon said he would rather spend 30 million on the 50 best lawyers in the world to sue them for the next 10 years,” Cliff wrote, adding that this was a chance “to avoid the destruction of their rules and organization.”Among other internal correspondence from City published by Spiegel, Cliff said “UEFA doesn’t respond to anything other than aggression” and a lawsuit against auditor PriceWaterhouseCoopers “could destroy the entire organization within weeks.”“If PWC was under threat, you could then imagine them suing UEFA for damages and, if they collapsed, all their creditors suing UEFA too,” Cliff wrote.City eventually signed the settlement agreement in May 2014, the day UEFA’s lead investigator died. Informed of the former Belgian prime minister’s death, Cliff told a colleague “1 down, 6 to go.”Defending the deal struck with City, UEFA said “in cases where clubs overspend and balance their books only thanks to money injections, a settlement agreement has always been the preferred solution.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fulham’s Luciano Vietto is challenged by Manchester City players including Vincent Kompany, right, during their English League Cup, Fourth Round match against Fulham, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday Nov. 1, 2018. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City threatened to destroy UEFA with legal action when European soccer’s governing body pursued punishment against the Abu Dhabi-owned club for overspending on players and hiding costs, according to documents cited by a group of media outlets on Friday.City did not dispute the authenticity of the European Investigative Collaborations documents, primarily reported by Germany’s Der Spiegel as part of a “Football Leaks” series. It criticized the journalism.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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Despite UAAP Finals loss, UP Maroons ‘champions in our own right’

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum UP’s inspiring run ended with a  99-81 Game 2 loss that handed Ateneo another UAAP championship on Wednesday.But instead of sulking over the bitter ending, head coach Bo Perasol wants his players to treat the experience as a stepping stone moving forward to a new era.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“We can’t be focusing on what just happened, we have to focus on the whole season,” said Perasol, who oversaw UP’s rise from a perennial cellar-dweller to one of the league’s elites.READ: UAAP: Ateneo sweeps UP for back-to-back titles Things then went downhill for UP then as the defending champions went on an unrelenting offensive barrage throughout the game.“We need to take away some things that we need to do to be better next season. What I need them to do was to make sure that they know what they’ve accomplished and they shouldn’t focus on what we cannot do.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Perasol took over Fighting Maroons, who had just finished Season 78 with a 3-11 record good for a last-place tie with Adamson University, in his first year.It wasn’t a easy road filled with high expectations, but after three seasons the former Fighting Maroon was able to lead them to their Final Four appearance since 1997 and first championship round since winning the title in 1986.“We can’t be myopic in saying that we lost the game. Of course we lost, but all in all, we became champions in our own rights,” said Perasol who played for UP from 1989 to 1993. “Ateneo was better than us and there was no way we could’ve won against that team if we played the same way.”READ: UP Maroons head to first UAAP finals stint in 32 years UP was bamboozled as early in the first quarter when Ateneo showed its championship class with a 17-5 run to take a 25-13 lead heading into the second period.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ONE: Folayang admits Jomary Torres in for tough challenge vs Mei Yamaguchi University of the Philippines’ Cinderella clock has struck midnight.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 View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’ aims to take down Floyd Mayweather

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The New Year’s Eve bout, first announced in early November, was abruptly scrapped by the unbeaten 41-year-old American after a “misunderstanding” over the fight’s terms, according to mixed martial arts promoter RIZIN.But it was back on as an exhibition match after RIZIN chief Nobuyuki Sakakibara flew to Los Angeles for talks with Mayweather and agreed to an orthodox boxing match without kicking, which will be a disadvantage for Nasukawa.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“I want to make surprising moves,” said the Japanese fighter, who has just returned from an intensive two-week boxing training in Las Vegas. “I want to fully use the kickboxing skills I have.”Nasukawa now weighs 61 kilograms and is is four inches (10 centimeters) shorter than Mayweather, who has won world titles in five different weight classes. MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Model-turned-fighter Rome Trinidad finds inspiration in Catriona Gray’s Miss U win He added that he suspected Mayweather was “not taking the bout seriously”.Nasukawa is considered something of a prodigy in Japanese fighting circles and began learning karate at the age of five.Like Mayweather, he is unbeaten, boasting a 28-0 record as a professional kickboxer with 21 wins by knockout. He has four wins from four matches in mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa speaks to the media after a training session at his boxing gym in Matsuda, Chiba prefecture on December 18, 2018. – Japanese kickboxer Tenshin “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa said he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Japanese kickboxer Tenshin “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa said Tuesday he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month.“I want to kick his ass,” the 20-year-old baby-faced southpaw told reporters after a training session in the city of Matsudo near Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Patriotrs, team America loves to hate, headed to Super Bowl

first_imgNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates a touchdown run by running back Sony Michel during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)NOT THEM AGAIN!Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super Bowl.ADVERTISEMENT Oh yeah, Brady is 41. He’s seen pretty much everything, and will particularly like the looks of the spotty pass coverage Kansas City (13-4) provides.The entire environment seems to work for New England.“Yeah, I think this team thrives on it,” receiver Phillip Dorsett says. “Obviously, there’s no elephant in the room, we’re 3-5 on the road and everybody is going to criticize us for that. We’ve got our backs against the wall and we’ve just got to go out there and play our best game. That’s the only thing that really matters.”It also matters that Chiefs coach Andy Reid rarely outsmarts the Patriots. Indeed, Reid’s only Super Bowl trip was spoiled by New England when it beat Reid’s Eagles for the 2004 title. Reid is 2-6 vs. the Patriots, and lost 43-40 on Oct. 14 at Gillette Stadium.The Chiefs are 3-point favorites, which accounts for the home-field edge. Except in the upcoming arctic conditions, and with the pedigree of the Patriots, this is a matchup Kansas City won’t win.ADVERTISEMENT Knicks’ last-second goaltend gives Wizards win in NBA London game Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history UPSET SPECIAL: PATRIOTS, 27-23Los Angeles Rams (plus 3) at New Orleans SaintsA 45-35 shootout victory for Drew Brees and the Saints on Nov. 4 came in the Superdome. These two have a return matchup Sunday to get to the Super Bowl, and with all their firepower, this one could come down to one factor: experience.That edge clearly falls to the hosts. New Orleans (14-3) has been a postseason regular since coach Sean Payton and Brees hooked up in 2006. This is the Saints’ third NFC championship appearance — a loss at Chicago in January 2007, an overtime win over Minnesota at home three years later. The Saints won the Super Bowl that season, as well.Los Angeles (14-3) had the only unanimous member of the All-Pro team, defensive tackle Aaron Donald. And the Saints lost key DT Sheldon Rankins to a torn Achilles tendon last weekend. Still, this side of the ball looks like a wash.The site of this game is more critical than in the AFC. The way the Superdome rocks can be disruptive to opponents, and uplifting to the homies. Just look at the Saints’ win against defending champion Philadelphia last Sunday.So give us Brees’ calmness and creativity over Jared Goff’s relative newness.BEST BET: SAINTS, 34-26 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sure, there are negatives to point out with these Patriots. They haven’t looked much more than mediocre on the road. Their defense is vulnerable, especially against dynamic passers, and Kansas City certainly has one of those in Patrick Mahomes.New England’s coaching staff tends to take away an opponent’s biggest threat. Who is that with the Chiefs, though? Mahomes has Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins as dangerous targets. He has a running game that hasn’t really missed Kareem Hunt since he was released.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOh yeah, Tom Brady also is 41. At times, he’s looked it this season.And there are so many positives to list, especially when the Patriots (12-5) get this far. Such as being to eight Super Bowls with Brady at quarterback, winning five. Such as their superb demolition of the Chargers, an opponent many thought was the most balanced team in the postseason; though the Chargers’ defense looked from the outset as if it wanted no part of frigid Foxborough. View commentscenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

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Fear of Mass Failure Looms at WASSCE

first_imgAlmost immediately after the 5,034 students began writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the process came under criticism and complaints, with students claiming they were inadequately prepared at the various laboratories and libraries at their respective schools.At the Paynesville Community High School (PCS), in the Voker Mission vicinity, the 342 students who sat the test were embittered after they observed that practical questions in the Physics were incomprehensible to them owing to “poor laboratory preparation.”The Physics— with the code number 512— was the first and only test administered to the students across the 44 testing centers Thursday, April 3.The WASSCE is being administered to 47 schools by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) office in Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties.“We only have the laboratory constructed, but there are no materials or teaching staff to conduct the lab preparation,” the students cried in separate interviews with the Daily Observer Thursday shortly after completing the test.PCS Principal, Alphonso Kanboh, agreed with the students’ complaints when he told this paper, “Our challenges are enormous in the school. Our lack of an equipped laboratory at PCS and irregularly attended classes by the students themselves all add to the problems.”According to him, the school is in need of laboratory materials for the students to do their practical exercises; otherwise they would of course be unprepared for the WASSCE.However, Mr. Kanboh did not give up his hopes of the students passing the test, predicting that the result may fall between the 50 to 60 percentile in favor of the student populace.The Head of the National Office (HNO) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., who also toured the various testing centers Thursday, was reportedly briefed by some of the school administrators about similar problems.He was quoted as telling the students to remain focused and persevere to the end of the tests.Students from the Charles J.S. Young Assembly of God High School (CJSAGM) in the Paynesville Community complained of the same poor laboratory preparation.Students Annet Menyon, Macbeth Kyne, Darrgar Weana and Salomie Sundaygar, bitterly told the Daily Observer that their chances of passing upon completion of the exams were “at the mercy of God.”“The Physics test was not so hard, but the practical portion, which had to do with practical lab work, was complicated, because we did not do any good lab practice,” the students cried.The WASSCE examinations continue today and throughout the course of the month in several other subject areas.Subjects the students will write throughout the course of the tests include English Language (which will be written in three different parts including objectives and essay questions). They will also take Advanced Mathematics, Organic Chemistry, Building Construction, Finance, and Electronics; all tests that will be written in a series of different parts. Of the number of registered students for the WASSCE, 2,569 are males constituting 51.03 percent, while 2,495 are females, who account for 48.97 percent.Unlike last year when students who sat the WASSCE represented 32 schools only in Montserrado and Margibi counties, this year students registered form a total of 47 schools in three counties — Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa.Of the 47 schools, seven are public schools and constitute 15.91 percent, while the remaining 37 or 84.09 percent represent privately-owned or faith-based institutions.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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President J.J. Roberts’ Exemplary Legacy

first_imgTwo young Liberians, Torli H. Krua and Joe Luamba, Jr., of the Association for Civic Education, did Liberians a great service last week in publishing in the Daily Observer newspaper their piece, “Liberia Since President J.J. Roberts.”Before getting into what they said about our First President, let us digress for a brief moment to suggest to the authors that they should prepare and present to the Ministry of Education a comprehensive and serious proposal for the re-introduction of CIVICS in the national school curriculum.Their J.J. Roberts piece was a compelling lesson in Civics, and a good start.  Their proposal to the Education Ministry should call for a retrospective view of Liberia before 1822, and reflections on the structure and administrative practices of Liberian traditional society–the role of the Town, Clan and Paramount Chiefs, the various Councils and how they maintained peace and order at the various levels.The most important point the young authors made about the First President was to recall his love for Liberian children. Yes, in his will, President Roberts bequeathed, for the establishment of “a perpetual foundation,” a US$10,000 Bond and the 102 acres of land bearing his Coffee Farm, to educate Liberian Children after his death in 1876.These assets attest that President Roberts was a hard working man, an entrepreneur and a visionary who looked down the corridor of time and knew that the nation’s future lay in the hands of its youth.Since President Roberts was a Methodist, he placed the Foundation in the hands of the Methodist Church (now United Methodist Church (UMC). The church set up a Board of Governors, which administers the Foundation and its scholarship program.   One of the eminent J.J. Roberts scholarship recipients is Kolahun, Lofa County-born Augustine Ngafuan, former Finance Minister, now   Minister of Foreign Affairs, R.L.It has been 136 years since the First Liberian President set  that wonderful example of love and commitment to the future of Liberia.  We have since had 22 former Presidents, several of whom, beginning with William V.S. Tubman, and continuing with William R. Tolbert, Samuel K. Doe and Charles Taylor, had much, much more money to play with personally.  It is sad to say that none of them–not even Tubman who was also a Methodist and who died in office leaving a will–thought to emulate President Roberts’ personal example.The two authors have lamented the lack of transparency in the handling of the First President’s will and called on government to institute a “commission of inquiry” into the will and its administration.  We think, however, that it is the UMC bishop whose   responsibility it is to open up the wil–not  to government scrutiny, because PresidentRoberts did not leave it in the hands of government.  He must have reckoned–and correctly–that had he done that, the government officials might have grabbed up the land for themselves, just as leading Episcopalians  did to church property  in Mamba Point.  The Methodist bishop should first, open up the will to the view of Methodists, and ensure that its administration is inclusive.The authors, Kruah and Luamba, in their piece, also lamented the continued concentration of power in the hands of the Liberian presidency, especially in her appointment of local officials–county superintendents, city mayors, etc.The Daily Observer  has written many editorials calling for the Governance Commission’s recommendations on the devolution of power to be enacted into law.  This would, at long last, put into effect the decentralization of government and empower the people to make decisions at the local level.On this question, however, both the presidency and the Legislature, for reasons no one can understand, are dragging their feet.We appeal, once again, to the Executive and Legislative branches of government to act expeditiously on this matter, which is critical to good governance and peace.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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UNMIL Extends Operations to 2015

first_imgDue to the increase of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will   continue its operations in the country until 2015 September and there will be no withdrawal now.According to Madam Landgren, the UN Mission will continue to carry out its duties by serving the Liberian people,  especially in the midst of the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.SRSG Landgren described the Deadly Ebola Virus Disease outbreak here as the greatest threat since the civil crisis.Madam Landgren made the disclosure in Monrovia following her regular Wednesday press conference held at the Headquarters of the UNMIL following her arrival from the Security Council.She said, UNMIL is serving as critical back up for Liberia’s security institutions and that UNMIL  and Military are on the standby when needed to respond to specific incidents  that tend to deteriorate beyond the capacity of Liberian authorities.She indicated that in line with the mission’s protection of Civilian’s mandate, UNMIL Police and Military are actively monitoring the deployment of their  national counterparts during the state of Emergency, including at checkpoints, and providing training and guidance on responsibilities regarding protection of Civilians.“UNMIL police and military will  support the planning and coordination of Liberian security institutions, the police, military and immigration, which are active in implementing Ebola control measures.  This will include  officer embedded within the Joint Command Centre.UNMIL police have also facilitated Ebola sensitization training for 500 officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Ebola Response Team ahead of their deployment to affected areas, and provided training materials to LNP and the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization officers across the country through 29 UNPOL team sites,” Said Madam Landgren.The SRSG went on to say that the Mission is working with national counterparts to help mitigate the risk of Ebola outbreak in prisons, including by helping to reduce overcrowding through addressing the extremely high rates of pre-trial detention facilities.  The mission has also provided basic personal protective equipment, disenfectants and thermometers to all detention facilities through a Quick Impact Project. Discussing the UN Mission’s  effort to the fight against the Ebola Virus, she said the UNMIL Engineering Section is preparing ground for the construction of a 33,000m Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Monrovia and the mission is repairing the road and parking are for the National Emergency Operations Center in Monrovia.The mission, in addition, is constructing and providing emergency maintenance of roads leading to other ETUs and UNMIL-constructed holding facilities in Zwedru, Gbarnga and Voinjama.Recounting the Mission’s donation to the country, Madam Langren said these   include 30 vehicles from its fleet to the Government of Liberia for use in the fight against Ebola.  Twenty more vehicles are soon to be donated, she added.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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‘We Are Innocent’: Redemption Health Workers Speak Out

first_imgRedemption Hospital, which has been operating and treating sick patients despite the Ebola outbreak, has decided to keep its doors closed until its appeal for a better hospital condition can be heard.Though the TB/HIV/AIDS Unit has been giving patients temporary treatment until the functions of the hospital can go back to normal, community dwellers who greatly depend on Redemption Hospital are skeptical about it ever opening its doors again.“This hospital is the only hospital my family and I come to. Now for the first time since the Ebola outbreak, their doors are locked,” stated Tenneh Kanneh. She arrived early morning to find the Mother and Child Section of Redemption closed.The vice president of the Health Workers Association Rev. Samuel F. Faley Jr., who is also a dispenser at the TB/HIV/ AIDS Unit at Redemption Hospital says conditions there are grave.Having been selected to speak for both the hospital and workers’ association, he says “workers fear losing their job if they speak out.”According to Rev. Faley, the hospital has been facing steep challenges. He also believes that they will also face the same test if they open their doors.“Because of fear, some of our staff are not coming to work. Just the other day, we were stoned by some angry community dwellers because of a pregnant woman who died. They said the patient didn’t die from Ebola but that we’re in a society where health workers are extracting kidneys and playing medicine. I am a God-fearing man, a pastor of a church and I know what the Bible says. We are not a part of it, we are innocent.”According to Rev. Farley, the Ebola outbreak has seriously affected health workers’ mentally, emotionally and physically. “It has affected us directly because five of our colleagues are dead and gone. Our friends that we once talked to and did things in common with are no more; we can’t do that anymore. It has affected us directly because it is in Liberia our home, where we live. I would love to have good things happen in Liberia because it is my country, and have to do something about it to see it well,” he sadly added.He also stated that the Government of Liberia should begin to see the brave sacrifices that health workers are making during the Ebola outbreak.“Some health workers have worked here volunterly for over 10 years and still have not been employed or put on the payroll. We are being threatened everyday by people while some of our workers have stopped coming to work because of that,” he stressed.Rev Faley used the occasion to ask for increment in their salary. He it should be increased to L$8,000.The Redemption Hospital spokesperson also called on donors to reach out to the hospital and help with protective gears.“There are so many things that we need to list a few. We need medical trays to dispense medicine, gloves, sanitizers and sponges to check tablets. Medicine needs to be stored at a certain tempature and we need air conditioner.”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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Morocco Denies Withdrawing as Cup Host

first_imgMorocco has not withdrawn as host of the African Cup of Nations, the minister of information said on Thursday, denying reports that fears over the Ebola outbreak caused the country to give up the tournament.But Mustapha Khalfi, who was also the official government spokesman, said Morocco still wanted the event in January postponed because of the Ebola threat, forcing a conflict with organisers that may still see Africa’s top football tournament moved just three months before kickoff.The Confederation of African Football has insisted the January 17-February 8 African Cup must go ahead as planned on those dates, and repeated its stance on Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press.CAF has apparently reached out to at least two other countries to ask if they would step in at short-notice if Morocco refuses to host on the original dates.Ghana’s sports minister said on his official Facebook page that his country was approached to possibly host, and CAF also asked South Africa if it could be on standby, according to a CAF letter to the South African Football Association which was published in the South African media.Morocco feels large groups of football supporters and other travelers from West Africa – where Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people in its worst outbreak ever – would put it at risk.”There is no way we can be lenient with the health and safety of the Moroccan citizens,” Khalfi said at a government media briefing on Thursday, and repeating Morocco’s request for the cup to be postponed. He didn’t say when Morocco wanted it postponed to.Khalfi was repeating concerns expressed by Morocco’s health ministry, which originally advised Moroccan authorities to request a postponement from CAF.CAF has canceled all football in the three worst affected Ebola countries – Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – until further notice, but says it is following the advice of the World Health Organisation that travel bans will not help curtail the outbreak.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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