La Salle holds off UP in Filoil opener

first_imgThe 6-foot-8 Samuel had a near double-double with 12 points and seven rebounds while Bates added nine points, three rebounds and one block.“Actually, I’m not putting a lot of pressure on the two, but they delivered,” said DLSU coach Louie Gonzalez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownKey returnee Justine Baltazar topscored for La Salle with 16 points that went with six rebounds, three assists and two blocks while Andrei Caracut chipped in 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the three-point area.“The win is just a bonus for us because the team is still really a work in progress,” said Gonzalez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Espejo sets UAAP record with 55 points, Ateneo forces rubber match vs FEU View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle University drew impressive outings from its new recruits to hold off University of the Philippines, 82-79, at the start of the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Kiwi import Kira Samuel and Fil-Aussie Brandon Bates impressed in their preseason debuts, combining for 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Archers blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter but the Maroons made one last push to pull within one, 80-79, after a Diego Dario 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds left.Samuel hit two free throws to give La Salle a three-point cushion before Paul Desiderio took a half-court heave as time ran out.Juan Gomez de Liano led all scorers with 21 points built on five triples on top of six assists while Dario had 16 points. Nigerian import Bright Akhuetie, the transferee from University of Perpetual Help, finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Marcial: We will appeal Fiba sanctions if it involves PBA

first_img“We deeply regret the events that took place during the game,” the statement read. “The actions displayed have no place on any basketball court. We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.“We fully accept our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents. We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”The statement was signed by SBP president Al Panlilio and BA counter part Ned Coten.Nine players from Gilas Pilipinas were jected from the game on disqualifying fouls while four Aussies were also tossed after the melee, which was triggered by a blind-side elbow from Daniel Kickert to Roger Pogoy.Late Wednesday night, NLEX coach Yeng Guiao came to Gilas Pilipinas’ defense and blasted Kickert for the attack, which he described as potentially fatal.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Kickert started it all and he didn’t even apologize. All he said was it’s regrettable and all he said was it was unfortunate,” Guiao told reporters after the Road Warriors’ loss to the Magnolia Hotshots at Mall of Asia Arena.“He almost killed somebody and he did not apologize.”Guiao said the Aussies, who flew to the country on the heels of a stunning defeat to Japan, came to the Philippines “looking for trouble.” “The tone was set the day before when they were already ripping the decals without any permission. I coached the national team, I would never do that coming into any venue and you have to respect the property of other people whatever they say,” said Guiao, who coached the national team in 2008.POC secretary general Pato Gregorio admitted that there were jitters that the brawl would affect the World Cup 2023, which the Philippines is co-hosting with Japan and Indonesia.“Indonesia is also worried with what happened,” said Gregorio, who was also present during the meeting at the PBA Offices in Libis, Quezon City.Panlilio had earlier allayed fears that the brawl would cause a frayed relationship with Fiba and affect the country’s hosting of the World Cup.Panlilio doubled down on his assertion in Wednesday’s meeting, describing the brawl as a “standalone event” that had nothing to do with the SBP’s standing with Fiba and its hosting of the World Cup. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Philippine Basketball Association will appeal any sanction by Fiba on Gilas Pilipinas players if it involves their stint in the professional league, commissioner Willie Marcial said Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Two Koreas hold first unification basketball match in 15 years Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We will wait for Fiba’s decision,” Marcial told reporters after meeting members of the team that came to blows with Australia during their World Cup Qualifying match at Philippine Arena Monday night.“If the players are suspended from Fiba tournaments, we will abide by that decision,” Marcial added. “But if they are suspended even in the PBA, we will appeal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe PBA has deferred action on the erring players until after the Fiba decision comes out.Earlier in the day, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia came up with a joint statement expressing regret over the brawl, which happened in the third period of what was officially logged as an 89-53 win by the Aussies when the Filipinos did not have anymore players to continue on. MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more

Extra toes and a cattle herder as India unearths unlikely heroes

first_imgGold medallist Swapna Barman of India celebrates during the medal ceremony for the women’s hepatatlhon at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoFrom a twelve-toed heptathlete to a one-time cattle herder, it was an eclectic mix of athletes mostly from rural areas that saved the day for India at the Asian Games in Jakarta.After teams from traditional powerhouse sports kabaddi and hockey crashed out, it was up to this group from humble origins to turn around the country’s fortunes. ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Their win in the bronze play-off against arch-rivals Pakistan was barely any consolation as the one-time hockey powerhouse missed out on a chance to qualify for Tokyo 2020.India’s women settled for silver after losing the final to Japan.One official in India claimed the men’s poor performance was down to their bad attitude. “Our men players have become spoilt brats. They are always busy on social media and have no regard for discipline,” the hockey official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.Still, India towered over its neighbours Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal who could only muster seven medals between them, while Bangladesh and Sri Lanka drew a blank.Pakistan teenager Nargis, who goes by a single name, was the first woman to win a medal for her country at the Asiad after bagging bronze in karate. Nepal got a silver in paragliding, but Bangladesh went home without a medal for the first time in 36 years.“We don’t have good (enough) infrastructure to produce medal-winning athletes. There are not many facilities in districts,” AK Sarkar, Bangladesh’s deputy chef de mission, told AFP. TNT stops skid, outlasts winless Columbian in OT Javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra, a farmer’s son from a rural Delhi suburb, didn’t disappoint as he claimed victory with an Indian record of 88.05 metres to add to his Commonwealth title.Meanwhile Dutee Chand, who was barred from the 2014 Games over her hyperandrogenism, a condition that raises testosterone levels, captured two silver medals in the 100 and 200m women’s sprint.India’s total of 15 golds, 24 silvers and 30 bronze surpassed their previous best of 65 medals in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China.Brij Bhushan Singh — India’s wrestling federation chief and the team’s chef de mission — said the country’s Asiad campaign was a success, barring the two blips in kabaddi and hockey.“It was a decent showing by our squad. There were more medals than the previous years and there are more silvers than bronze. And even the gold count increased in the last few days,” Singh told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Swapna Barman stood out with her twelve toes — six per foot — to clinch gold in heptathlon, chipping in to help India achieve a record 69 medals at the continental games.A daughter of a rickshaw puller from the West Bengal city of Jalpaiguri, Barman overcame serious pain as she blazed to victory with ill-fitting shoes.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’For jobless Manjit Singh — once a cattle herder — it was gold in the 800 metres as he outpaced race favourite Jinson Johnson to become a national hero. Singh, who hails from a small village in the northern state of Haryana, trained far away from home for over a year, helped out for money by his father. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “More importantly there was no controversy of any kind. All the players showcased utmost discipline. There was disappointment in kabaddi and hockey but these things happen in sports,” he added.‘Spoilt brats’India’s failure to reach the men’s kabaddi finals had threatened to plunge their Games campaign into crisis after Iran stunned the seven-time winners in the semi-finals.India had already slumped to their first Asian Games kabaddi defeat against South Korea in the group stages, but having to settle for bronze in a sport widely thought to have originated in India was a bitter pill to swallow.The Indian women also lost out to Iran in the final.The defeats were part of a wider scandal in India that saw a high court rule the selection process for athletes as “eyewash” a day before the Games began.In a bizarre series of events, it was decided that the Asian Games team would have to square off in September against the athletes who missed out to win the right to keep their competition bonuses.Singh said events back home likely impacted the performance of the Asiad team.“They must have been under pressure to win here and then go for the trials back home,” he said. “So that would have played on their mind, but nonetheless it was disappointing.”India’s hockey team was also in the firing line as they suffered a shock loss to Malaysia in the semi-finals.last_img read more

Montalbo credits former coach Ayo for thriving UAAP career

first_imgAyo’s two-year stay with the Green Archers produced two finals appearances including a title in 2016 in the UAAP while also transforming Montalbo into one of the best defending guards in the league.And on Saturday the two met once more but this time it was only Montalbo, who was draped in green-and-white with Ayo now coaching under the black-gold banner of University of Santo Tomas.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 ChrissMontalbo’s Green Archers emerged victorious over Ayo’s Growling Tigers in a blinding 110-69 victory, but the “Man of Steal” was just simply reminded of how grateful he was for Ayo when he played  against the coach that made him to what he is.“I was happy, I approached him during warm-ups but I didn’t get the chance to go to him at the end of the game,” said Montalbo in Filpino at Ynares Center here. “It’s because of him that I got the ‘Man of Steal’ moniker.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Resurgent Bolts near quarters, rip Beermen Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ANTIPOLO—For the past two years, Aldin Ayo had Kib Montalbo as his trusted trooper when he was at the helm of De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Montalbo became one of the most prolific defenders the UAAP has seen in Season 80 when he registered 1.7 steals per game making him the second-best thief just behind Adamson’s Jerie Pingoy.Ayo and Montalbo didn’t have chance to face each other in the first round of the Season 81 men’s basketball tournament with the guard sidelined due to a thumb injury.Montalbo said that this might be the last game he’ll face Ayo in the basketball court and he just wanted to thank his former mentor for what he’s done.“Credit goes to him because I learned a lot from him and I wish him luck in his career in UST.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims PLAY LIST 01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic clobber Chicago Bulls

first_imgLATEST STORIES Vucevic had 22 points and 12 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, Aaron Gordon added 18 points and a career-high nine assists, and the Magic led the entire way in a 112-84 rout of the Chicago Bulls.Terrence Ross scored 15 off the bench and Evan Fournier had 13 points and seven assists for Orlando, which has won three of four. The Magic shot 58 percent from the field and had 31 assists on 44 field goals.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 ChrissOrlando coach Steve Clifford sensed a special performance was coming at the morning shootaround.“When we walked out, I told a couple of the coaches, ‘I don’t know if we’re going to win, but we’re going to play well,’” Clifford said. “We were very focused in the shootaround and you could tell we were going to have great energy.” ROOKIE WALL?Chicago rookie Wendell Carter Jr. was scoreless (0 for 5) with one rebound in 13 minutes. “I didn’t come out with the correct edge for myself,” Carter said. “I’ve just got to bring out a better edge every time we play.”COAST TO COASTThis was the second of a six-game, 10-day road trip in which Orlando will play in all four time zones in the continental United States.“The next four games are going to be really hard,” Fournier said. “Tonight was really great for us and hopefully it gives us confidence.”UP NEXTMagic: At the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.Bulls: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Zach LaVine had 16 points while Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn added 14 apiece for Chicago, which has dropped two straight after winning three of four.“I can’t imagine what it looked like on TV — it felt even worse in the game,” LaVine said. “I can’t figure that out. We have to try to figure that out on our own.”It was the third game between the teams since Dec. 13. The Magic have won two, including 97-91 in Mexico City.Chicago held Orlando to 80 points in a 10-point win Dec. 21 when the teams met at the United Center. It was the Magic’s second-lowest point total of the season, but it was apparent early on things would be different this time.Orlando charged out to a 32-16 advantage after the first quarter and took a 62-45 halftime lead. Gordon and Ross led the way with 12 first-half points apiece on 11-for-15 combined shooting. Vucevic added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Brooklyn Nets fend off Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) goes to the basket as Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) defends him during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 in Chicago. The Magic won 112-84. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO— Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic had no trouble finding motivation Wednesday night.A loss in Chicago less than two weeks ago and a blowout defeat only two days ago was all the incentive they needed.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ The Magic were 25 for 39 (64 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 7 of 12 on 3-pointers.Things didn’t get any better for Chicago. The Magic started the third quarter with 11 straight points to stretch the margin to 73-45.Orlando’s advantage was 90-62 entering the fourth period behind Vucevic’s 11 points in the third.The closest Chicago got in the fourth was 94-71. It was a far cry from its 125-100 loss Monday at Charlotte.“The guys were disappointed with the way we played in Charlotte,” Clifford said. “That’s the best all-around game we’ve played in a while. The ball movement was good, and I thought, for the most part, our defense was really good.”TIP-INSMagic: G D.J. Augustin (sprained right ankle) returned after missing the previous game. He had 10 points in 25 minutes. … Timofey Mozgov (sore right knee) and Jonathon Simmons (sprained left ankle) didn’t play.Bulls: F Bobby Portis (sprained right ankle) missed his sixth straight game but is close to returning. “We’re hoping he responds well to today’s workout and has a contact practice (Thursday),” coach Jim Boylen said. “We’ll see how that goes.”STUFFING THE STAT SHEETHad the game been closer, Gordon, who had seven rebounds, might have been able to get his first career triple-double. Instead, he sat out the final four minutes. “That’s cool,” he said. “I’m not going to chase stats.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Saudi Visa Suspension ‘Saddens’ Muslim Council

first_imgThe Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheik Karfumba Konneh, has described the suspension of visas by Saudi Arabia to three West African countries as ‘sad.’The Saudi Arabian government Tuesday, March 25, decided to “suspend visa issuance” to Liberian Muslims, following reports of the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region; which includes Guinea, where the disease has had its worst toll.According to the Chairperson of the National Muslim Council, Liberian Muslims are not the only ones being affected by the Saudi’s action. He revealed that Muslims from Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone have been restricted as well.Speaking in an interview with the Daily Observer Thursday, April 3, Sheik Kafumba Konneh said they had faith in Almighty Allah that before the time for the main pilgrimage reaches, Allah would have passed the Ebola plague over Liberia and Muslims would go to Mecca for their “once in a lifetime” experience.He said the Founder—Prophet Mohammed—of the Islamic Religion, had mandated every Muslim to visit Mecca, which include adhering to one of the five pillars of Islam.The Liberian Islamic scholar spoke with the Observer at his Clay Street resident on Thursday, April 3.He stated that while the Saudi’s action saddens the National Muslim Council, their (the Saudi government’s) decision was “understandable.” According to him, 1,500 years ago, the Prophet Mohammed said, “When there is epidemic (contagious virus), Muslims should restrict their movement and even those in the safe areas should not come into the place that is affected with the virus.”“We want the government of Liberia, Africa and the World Health Organization (WHO) to rise up and ensure this Ebola virus does not spread further. If that is done, Muslims will be able to travel to any of the holy places.”The Islamic cleric explained that they were aware of the situation of the deadly Ebola virus and were trusting in Allah that before the hajj, it would be over and Muslims allowed to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam.He further explained that the issue of traveling to the holy land of Mecca, Jerusalem and Medina was important for each Muslim as it was a once in a life time experience as many life changing things occur at the land of Mohammed.“We must go there once as a Muslim because it allows us to visit historical sites, including the place where Prophet Adam and his wife Hawa [Eve] lived on Mount Arafat. Muslims also see the graves of Prophet Mohammed and his wives and children.”He said Prophet Mohammed once said there is no sickness on earth without cure; something that Muslim people believe strongly. This is why they have faith the threat of Ebola will soon be over.He called on Muslims to be prayerful and trust that Allah will solve the situation and they would be able to visit those holy sites.He disclosed that the Muslim Council in Liberia has asked the Saudi authorities responsible for the hajj to allocate at least 1,000 slots for Liberian Muslims.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Good News in Ebola Fight: At least Five have ‘Successfully Recovered’

first_imgAuthorities of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) have told the Daily Observer that at least five persons who were tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD), have now successfully recovered and have tested ‘negative.’According to Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah, four of the five, who are in Lofa and one in Montserrado, have now been “reintegrated” back into their respective communities.“This is a good news in our fight against the disease,” Asst. Min. Nyenswah, a Public Health Expert, said. “I am told that one of the Lofa survivors is a member of the Voinjama AG Church. There was a big celebration by the church members for the recovery of their colleague,” he added.The Asst. Health Minister, who is also the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the nation, said the Government, through the Health Ministry wants to use those survivors as ambassadors to raise the hope of anyone contracting the disease that they, too, can survive. They would also tell the nation the kind of care they are given by health workers, some of whom are working 24/7 spreading health tips on the prevention of the disease.However, our Health Correspondent said it is a known fact that surviving the Ebola virus disease has to be by sheer miracle, as the disease has no known cure at the moment and it has a 90 percent case fatality rate. This means that nine out of 10 persons, who are confirmed positive with the virus die within two to 21 days. The five, whose names are yet undisclosed and were discharged Monday, July 7, had, upon arrival, tested positive but underwent treatment and laboratory results later showed negative.It can be recalled that in April a family, who had been quarantined following the death of one of their members, was reintegrated back into the community in Firestone, Margibi County after being tested negative, even though they had not been tested positive, initially.Forty-eight-year-old Fallah Taylor, head of a Foya Family, had had contact with his wife, who died after contracting the disease. Mr. Taylor was later declared free from the virus and reintegrated into the community by the Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, Dr. Bernice Dahn.Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has said that at least 41 persons have now been confirmed killed by the virus since the outbreak was reported in Liberia on March 22. However, the Ministry also said that 46 other deaths, have reported to be in the “probable” and “suspected” cases; this brings the total number of deaths to 87 in the “confirmed, probable and suspected” category.Of the number of deaths in all the cases, 47 are reported to have taken place in Lofa, five in Margibi and 35 in Montserrado. Among these deaths are 11 health workers.The Ministry further said it has so far confirmed 63 nationally to have contracted the virus and additional 38 and 30 fall within the probable and suspected cases, making it 131 cases in all the cases, including “probable, confirmed and suspected.”The Ministry further encourages the public to take the following precautionary measures during this Ebola emergency period, “not to eat dead bush animals. Be very careful in handling fresh bush meat; avoid bathing dead bodies of suspected patients; avoid eating plums/mangoes and other fruits partially eaten by bats; avoid eating monkeys, bats, and bamboos and prevent coming in direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Poor’ Ebola Response Angers Rock Spring Valley Residents

first_imgTwenty nine-year-old Frederick Nyanti of Rock Spring Valley, on Capitol By-Pass died on Tuesday, September 10 at 5 p.m., according to a resident who requested his name not to be disclosed.But it was on Thursday, September 12, he said, after angry residents blocked the Benson and By-Pass junction that brought police and medical officers to the scene.“When Frederick died on Tuesday evening,” the witness said, “I called the Ebola Response Unit for more than 10 times.”He told the Daily Observer that at each time he called, “an attendant would tell me that response was on its way.” Meanwhile, the body of the deceased, he said was locked up in one of the rooms in the family house, which sat overlooking the Du River.“We did not know what killed Frederick,” he said, “and that was why I followed the government’s instructions.” But the instruction to call telephone number 4455 produced only frustration, day after day, he said.“For the fear of the Ebola,” he told the Daily Observer, “we could no longer sleep in the house.” As a result, the family, including an older woman in her late 70s, waited for the Ebola Response Unit to appear and remove the body to determine the cause of death.“For two days,” he added, “we called and they said they were coming but did not.”Neighbors in the area told the Daily Observer that they are afraid of what to do, after the body was removed and the house sprayed by health workers. “We live here with each other,” a police officer said, “we don’t know what immediate steps to take now.”     He said he was worried that as people from the deceased’s house move back and forth, without any knowledge of what might have caused their relative’s death, “we can only wait and see.”Another resident said, “Frederick, who was already sick elsewhere came to our community where his family lives.“So, if his death was due to the Ebola, then it means that health officials need to know where he lived before coming to Rock Valley.”Young residents in the community said the roadblock was meant to draw the attention of the government and particularly the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to get the remains of Frederick Nyanti from Rock Spring Valley.Police spokesman Sam Collins could not confirm report of the arrest of several residents during police operations Thursday, September 11.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IFC Supports Small &Medium Enterprises to Cope with Ebola

first_imgThe International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, yesterday delivered hygiene and educational materials to Access Bank Liberia as part of the partners’ wider efforts to help Liberian private sector combat the health and financial risks posed by the Ebola outbreak.The materials were made available through IFC’s Conflict Affected States in Africa Initiative (CASA) and consist of hundreds of Veronica Buckets, soap, boxes of bleach, medical thermometers, and educational posters, all to help control the spread of the Ebola, which has killed about 2,800 people in Liberia and taken a toll on its economy.Access Bank’s Acting Head of SME Banking, Horatio Weedor, said, “This contribution from IFC will help ensure that our clients’ business activities can carry on as safely and normally as possible. We support hundreds of smaller businesses across Liberia with loans and training and their continued operations are vital to the overall health of Liberia’s economy, especially in this challenging time.”IFC’s Resident Representative for Liberia, Frank Ajilore, said, “As a long-standing partner with Access Bank Liberia, IFC is committed to helping Liberia’s private sector thrive, even as Ebola slows business activity and trade. This contribution is a small part of a much wider effort involving many institutions designed to stop Ebola’s spread and allow normal social and business activity to resume in Liberia and the region as quickly as possible.”IFC is an Access Bank Liberia shareholder and has helped the institution increase its support for smaller businesses and expand financial services to underserved parts of Liberia.To help businesses in the wider region, IFC previously announced a support package consisting of at least US$450 million in commercial financing that will enable trade, investment, and employment in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.The private sector initiative will include US$250 million in rapid response projects, and at least US$200 million in investment projects planned to support post-Ebola epidemic economic recovery.The initiative also includes a US$75 million Ebola Emergency Liquidity Facility to fund critical imports for Ebola-affected countries.IFC’s CASA supports private sector development in nine countries recovering from conflict, helping them attract investment and building strong private sectors as a foundation for growth and stability. CASA is supported by donor partners Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway, and additionally by Sweden 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

We cannot sit by and wait on our doom

first_imgDear Editor,Politics is a form of civil war. It is the civil war concerned with the acquisition and control of power or authority over a nation or group of individuals. Political parties engage themselves in civil war for the seat of Government. It is a battle of ideas between the contesting parties. In a fair fight, the party which has the best ideas, has failed the least, and promises and delivers the most, is usually victorious. Guyana is engaged in a civil war, and the major contestants have failed Guyanese miserably.It seems that not a day goes by without the coalition Administration reminding Guyanese that we made a grave error at the 2015 elections. All of this is however necessary for us to mature intellectually as a nation, to accept the incurable faults of our previous Administrations. The coalition Administration committed to returning to Burnham’s ideas almost immediately upon entering into office; an unthinkable proposition before the elections. Why? Most probably because these ideas utilise oppression as a means of remaining in power. It also rejected the notion that it is responsible for creating employment and urged Guyanese to become entrepreneurs. Dialogue with the Private Sector on our economic development has been brought to a political standstill, with the Chairman of the Private Sector Commission only trying to make a show of engagement to allow its members who are betting on acquiring sugar estate lands to get better terms.The Administration’s recent attempt to carry through with recovering our taxes and charging People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government officials hit a snag as the PPP has rightly and thankfully brought to the fore the People’s National Congress’ (PNC) own involvement in corruption and waylaying State property, with no better examples than Carl Greenidge himself being the recipient of property transfers during the PNC years at below market value prices, and the PNC benefiting from the transfer of State lands to itself at zero cost (Guyana Times; Apr 22). This while Guyanese today have to find as much as GY$1.2 million to pay for a house lot just more than one tenth of an acre. But these are very surely just some of the more flagrant transgression of the PNC during its earlier dictatorship.This recent attempt at snagging some PPP officials who were involved in waylaying billions of dollars in our taxes was an attempt to overcome the negative publicity the Administration was receiving from its childish copying of the oil contract used by the PPP as a blueprint for its recent agreement with Exxon, and the slew of criticism it was receiving from mishandling the dismissal of sugar workers, in addition to the declining economic activity and the general disgruntled position of Guyanese with Government.To crown all of this off, the Administration is set on pursuing efforts to include criticisms of its Administration via certain media as sedition, a hilarious and notoriously heretic position in this current enlightened state of our democracy. If anything, this points to the absolute shallowness of the Administration’s politicians and policymakers, since this is a confession if any that they are unable or unwilling to correct their policy mistakes, and are instead intent on laying the foundations for dictatorship and Government bullying as the economy seems to continue to collapse under their recalcitrant backwardness.The Administration’s recent purchase of what I can only describe as some 30-year-old hens for the Army is an obvious attempt to curry favour with the Army, and is the height of eye-pass. The heads of the Army need to pay close attention to our national politics and understand what is unfolding. Their first responsibility is not to any political party or Government in power, but to securing and defending Guyanese, even from their governments.Yours faithfully,Craig Sylvesterlast_img read more