Marawi-inspired ‘Alab ng Puso’ medals await full Ironman finishers

first_imgView comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 More than 50 weavers overcame the odds and spent countless hours to make more than 1,200 ribbons in less than four months.The couple hopes that this is just the start of something even bigger in store for the Marawi weavers and their families.“For us, it was really our advocacy to make it sustainable. The reason why this is dying is because a lot of weavers stopped working because it’s not sustainable in helping them and their families and that’s a big challenge for us. How to make it sustainable livelihood for them especially with the fact that we had to start again from the ground up,” said Salika.Jardin lived in an area most affected by the war. He had nothing left of his home after it burned down.“Weaving those ribbons was a big help to us because when we accepted the job, the pain was still fresh in each and everyone of us here in Marawi,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hurting Banchero delivers impressive performance in honor of late best friend China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Weaving has been a cultural tradition in Marawi but the Maranaoans have been struggling to keep it alive through the changing times especially when the city came under siege in May of last year that lasted for nearly five months.During the war, lives, homes and livelihood were lost. In the aftermath, bombed-out buildings, rubble from destroyed establishments and bullet-punctured walls describing a city in tatters are those left of Marawi.But amid adversities, hope, perseverance and the fight to revive the true identity of the Maranaoan and their culture remained.“First, we wanted to do this to help the weavers, but we were shocked to learn that our equipment were destroyed. We encountered a lot of other challenges but I kept telling them this is going to be one of those that will prove that we can get back to our feet,” said Salika Maguindanao-Samad in Filipino, who, along with her husband Jardin, led the efforts in making the ribbons. “We were inspired and thankful because this is also our livelihood before that has somehow been forgotten but now, it’s giving us hope.”“We encouraged them to bring back weaving because that is something that we can be proud of and not be known for all the wrong reasons of being labeled as terrorists. We want to show that we are known for something much bigger than that and that we have a culture,” said Jardin in Filipino. “That’s what we want the world to know about us.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The commemorative piece was created by Daniel dela Cruz, a renowned Filipino metal sculptor.“The title of the medal is ‘Alab ng Puso’ and it’s the fire in the heart which I think each and every triathlete needs to be able to finish the race,” said Dela Cruz.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 crownBut a medal won’t be one without a ribbon and making it was no easy task either.Staying true to the Filipino theme, each sling was made by weavers from war-torn Marawi. LATEST STORIES ALAB NG PUSO. These specially handcrafted medals and ribbons from Marawi weavers will be one of the prizes for the finishers of the first Ironman race in the Philippines.A reward like no other awaits finishers of the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines.Each participant who completes the arduous 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run earns a special medal that not only symbolizes victory but also signifies the Filipino spirit and the sport of triathlon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Phoenix rolls to 2-0, razes NorthPort

first_imgPlayers to blame for TNT’s 1-3 start, says Castro Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I told Eugene to reserve his energy because Alaska is a totally different team.”Phoenix further pushed the envelope in the third quarter dominating the Batang Pier 34-19 to build a 94-62 lead heading into the final frame.Phelps finished with a team-high 30 points with 15 rebounds and four blocks to leas the Fuel Masters while Jason Perkins added 18 points.Rashad Woods put up 42 points for the Batang Pier with Paolo Taha pitching in 15 points and five rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix torched NorthPort, 132-91, for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fuel Masters joined Alaska atop the standings with 2-0 records while the Batang Pier are at the bottom of the standings with 0-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ NorthPort was still in the coattails of the Fuel Masters at the midpoint mark of the second quarter, trailing by just three, 46-43, but that was just the start of Phoenix’s domination.The Fuel Masters finished the second half on a 14-0 run capped off by an LA Revilla layup for a 60-43 lead.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’Although the match ended in a much favorable way for Phoenix, head coach Louie Alas said there’s a bigger fish to snag and that is the next game against the Aces.“This will be Calvin’s [Abueva] first game against Alaska, and he I told him to leave everything on the line in our next game,” said Alas who played import Eugene Phelps for just 34 minutes. last_img read more

WWE star Roman Reigns reveals leukemia has returned, relinquishes belt

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “My real name is Joe and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years and unfortunately, it’s back,” Anoa’i said. “And because the leukemia’s back, I cannot fulfill my role, I can’t be that fighting champion and I’m gonna have to relinquish the Universal Championship.”“But I wanna make one thing clear: By no means is this a retirement speech because after I’m done whooping leukemia’s ass once again, I’m coming back home.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe WWE released a statement following Anoa’i’s announcement.“Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Roman Reigns [a.k.a. Joe Anoa’i] announced that he is relinquishing the WWE Universal championship and taking a leave of absence from WWE as he once again fights leukemia, which had been in remission since late 2008,” the WWE said as posted on ESPN.com. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “Reigns is taking his battle with leukemia public in an effort to raise awareness and funds for research in order to advance cures for the disease.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Roman Reigns during WWE Live Manila. Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERLeati Joseph Anoa’i, more popularly known by his ring name Roman Reigns, revealed that he is fighting leukemia.Anoa’i made an emotional announcement inside the ring on WWE’s Monday Night Raw before the crowd at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.ADVERTISEMENT Fire returns inside Mourinho at Man United Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Guiao, Gilas Pilipinas preparing for the worst against Kazakhstan

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP group urges UAAP to tap third-party observers, use tech to improve officiating Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Philippines handed Kazakhstan a sound beating the last time they met three months in the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gilas Pilipinas cruised to a 96-59 win in a game where the Filipinos clicked on both ends which is also something national team coach Yeng Guiao admitted to be hard to replicate on Friday.“You know we beat them I think by 30 plus points and it would be hard for us to do that again. We played really good that game,” Guiao said Monday night after practice.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“If we can beat them by one point, I’ll be happy, especially now that we’re still trying to get our cohesion going.”Guiao is expecting a back-and-forth battle against the Kazakhs this time and the players also know they shouldn’t take their opponents lightly. MOST READ “Even the players now that we played exceptionally well. Of course, I hope we can repeat that but I think we should expect the worst,” Guiao said. “We should also expect that they’ve already made their adjustment, seeing what they saw in the Asian Games.”“This is a different level in the qualifiers. We both want to make the World Cup and I think we need to prepare even harder against them this time because we don’t really know who are going to be the additions to their team,” veteran big man Beau Belga said.In the Asian Games, Guiao steered a team that had players he’s very familiar with which made it easier for him to run his system fluidly.The latest version of Gilas is made up of an entirely different core with Philippine basketball’s cream of the crop suiting up in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.“Our advantage actually is we have a different lineup so they might not really know the likes of June Mar (Fajardo), Greg (Slaughter) or Marcio (Lassiter), Arwind (Santos) and that could be our advantage against them,” said Guiao, who steered a Philippine team that had a core of Rain or Shine players to a fifth-place finish in the Asiad.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 “Advantage is the players are more experienced and talent-wise, this is going to be a more talented team than the one that played in the Asiad no doubt,” Belga said. “But we need to exert more effort to win and this isn’t going to be an easy game against Kazakhstan.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Woods spared penalty because of high-tech video evidence

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tiger Woods adjusts his sunglasses before hitting from the seventh hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge at the Albany Golf Club in Nassau, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Woods now is No. 13 in the world as he hosts this holiday tournament for the 20th time. (AP Photo/Dante Carrer)NASSAU, Bahamas — Upon further review, Tiger Woods hit the ball more than once trying to escape from a palm bush.And under an 18-month-old decision in the Rules of Golf, he avoided a penalty Friday in the Hero World Challenge because PGA Tour officials — and Woods — could only see the violation through a high-definition replay in slow motion.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The big fight: In Fury, Wilder faces true heavyweight equal After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ The decision from May 2017 says that a player is not deemed to have broken a rule if it could not reasonably be seen with the naked eye.“I didn’t feel like I made contact twice,” Woods said. “In slow motion, you can see I did hit it twice. But in real time, I didn’t feel that at all.”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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PGA Tour officials looked at the video and after a lengthy review determined that the ball struck the club twice.“We did determine that he made a stroke at it,” said Mark Russell, vice president of rules and competition, differentiating between spooning it. “And when he did that, Tiger said that he did not think he hit the ball twice. Looking at in the regular speed on a high definition television, you couldn’t tell that at all. But when you slowed it down to ultra-slow motion, high definition television, you could see where the club did stay on the clubface quite a bit of time, and it looked like he might have hit it twice.“But there’s no way he could tell that.”Woods walked out of the scoring area 25 minutes later with a smile, much different from how he walked in. Woods made double bogey on the last hole, dropping him to a 3-under 69 that left him eight shots out of the lead going into the weekend.Golf has been out front in the use of advanced video for the last five years, and it responded again a year ago in May to respond to increasing debates over television reviews in golf.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Woods hit his tee shot right of the 18th fairway at Albany Golf Club barely into a palm bush. He took a stance with his right knee on the ground and his left leg extended to get an 8-iron around the ball, barely took the club back and punched — in real-time it looked more like a scoop — back to the light rough.Questions immediately arose, starting with whether Woods pushed, scraped or spooned the shot (Rule 14-1a). LATEST STORIES Decision 34-3/9 reads in part, “Video technology, especially the use of methods such as high resolution or close-up camera shots that can be replayed in slow motion, has the potential to undermine this essential characteristic of the game by identifying the existence of facts that could not reasonably be identified in any other way.”One incident that prompted the new decision involved Anna Nordqvist in a playoff at the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open when her club nicked the sand while she was playing from a fairway bunker. She was penalized for the violation, even though she could not have seen it with the naked eye.In Friday’s case, Russell said Woods would have received a one-shot penalty if it was clear from real-time TV that he hit the ball more than once. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Paul George has 43 and 14 as Thunder hold off Jazz

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Thunder: Westbrook picked up his fourth foul trying to get around Gobert’s pick with 7:33 left in the third, but the Thunder were actually outscored by 12 points when he was on the court. … Despite allowing several offensive rebounds down the stretch, the Thunder outrebounded the Jazz 51-44.Jazz: Even with a number of open looks, Utah didn’t make a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. … The Jazz hadn’t lost at home when getting more than 30 assists since Nov. 26, 2008. Utah had 35 assists.UP NEXTThunder: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.Jazz: Host the Portland Trail Blazers in the final Christmas Day game on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (23) defends in the second half during an NBA basketball game Saturday Dec. 22, 2018, in Salt Lake City. Oklahoma City won, 107-106. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Paul George had 43 points and 14 rebounds to help the Oklahoma City Thunder hold off the Utah Jazz for a 107-106 victory Saturday night.Jerami Grant and Steven Adams each scored 15 as the Thunder (21-10) won their fourth straight game and tied Denver for the best record in the Western Conference. Russell Westbrook had eight points on 3-for-17 shooting with 12 rebounds and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (16-18). Donovan Mitchell scored 20, Derrick Favors added 16 and Ricky Rubio had 12 points and 14 assists.Three nights after scoring 43 against Sacramento, George went 15 for 25 from the field and made five 3-pointers while dishing out six assists.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 ChrissGeorge hit a jumper to extend Oklahoma City’s lead to 106-97, but the Jazz fought back on the strength of their defense. After a miss by Westbrook, Mitchell drove for a layup to make it 107-105. After Mitchell and Dennis Schroder exchanged steals, Westbrook fouled out trying to block Mitchell on a potential tying dunk with 1.5 seconds remaining.Mitchell was slow to get up after hitting the floor hard, and his first free throw rimmed out. Mitchell launched the second free throw high, apparently attempting to generate a long rebound, but it swished through for the final margin. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Adonis Stevenson regains consciousness from medically induced coma Westbrook was on the bench with four fouls when Rubio made a 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 79-70 lead midway through the third quarter. George scored 18 points in the last 6:04 of the period — on everything from driving dunks to spinning 3s — to forge a 93-81 advantage after three free throws with five seconds left.In all, the Thunder outscored the Jazz 23-2 when everything went through George. He flexed while facing the Utah crowd on the baseline, he talked trash with Joe Ingles and he demanded the ball, even while drawing double-teams at times.George didn’t do it just by shooting. In the fourth quarter, Mitchell looked as though he was headed for a breakaway dunk and George somehow took the ball from him. A couple of plays later, the Jazz overplayed him and he deftly dropped the ball off to Adams for a dunk.George took some time getting in a rhythm after offseason knee surgery and the Thunder lost four straight. Since then, George has become nearly unstoppable. In his last nine games, he has averaged more than 32 points on 47 percent 3-point shooting.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Vision 2030 in Limbo’

first_imgThe president of the Liberian Business Association (LIBA), Mr. Dee-Maxwell Kemayah, said once there is no economic peace and security for Liberian business people, especially those engaged in small businesses, the much publicized Vision 2030 and the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) will not achieve their goals.Kemayah said that he was frustrated over the idea that the government continues to speak of Vision 2030 and nothing is being done to empower Liberian owned businesses around the country.According to him, “It is saddening and unfortunate to see owners of small and medium sized enterprises struggling in our emerging economy just to make ‘ends meet’ for their families while government keeps speaking of Vision 2030,” which he said is not been implemented.The president of LIBA made the statement recently when he identifies with over 500 children at his Paynesville resident during the festive seasons.Mr. Kemayah also added that if the Government’s “Vision 2030” must work in this country, the Government must see the need to empower “our Liberian-own businesses.”He stressed that if the government cannot empower Liberian-owned businesses, it go away with the idea of Vision 2030, the year that the Liberian Government thinks that most Liberians would have been in the middle class.LIBA president suggested that the Government needed to look at this vision 2030 very carefully in this country, because the people are suffering.”Mr. Kemayah used the occasion to also call on the Government to look at the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) laws, which, according to him, prevents Liberians from getting access to contracts or loans.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kwakehdor Farmer Group Embarks on Cassava, Rice Project

first_imgThe Kwakehdor Farmer Group in Kpain Nimba County is embarking on cassava and rice project this season in an effort to revamp agricultural activities, which have been down for over two decades.Speaking at the project site in Kpain Tuesday, April 29, the head of the group, Mr. Landra Diagor, said as they endeavor to revamp some of the agricultural activities at the Kpain Agricultural Project Site, his group will be cultivating cassava and rice this year. Diagor disclosed that they intend on covering more than five hectares of land and then would expand gradually as support comes in.Kpain Agricultural Project site is one of the oldest agriculture sites in Liberia. In began operational in the 1950s and it was only into vegetable production.The project site used to cover at most 600 hectares of land before to the civil war. But our Nimba County Correspondent as the result of the war, agriculture activities collapsed, land became vacant and all of site’s facilities were vandalized. He stated that the land has also been encroached upon.In 2007, the UNMIL Bangladeshi Contingent known as Banbatt 7 supported the farming group in Kpain and they produced several tons of seeds rice.But the project died down upon the departure of Banbatt 7 along with all their equipment, including tractors.As they revamp the site, one challenge now facing the farming group, are livestock that are being raised by Guineans, who crossed the border to find grazing land for their animals.They told the Daily Observer that their young cassava crops have been destroyed by cows which are managed by Fulini herdsmen.“We are experiencing a great set back here from the cows, which roam this land. We want intervention before all our efforts go in vain,” said Esther Mehn, the woman leader.“If this cassava farm comes up well, we will be able to harvest over 400 ‘balawalah’ bags of cassava, said James Mulbal, one of the group’s heads.However, the Zone Chief and the Township Commissioner of Kpain, William T. Whener and William S. Belleh have assured the Kwakehdor that they will do everything possible to stop the livestock/cattle from destroying their crops.The two elders also called on the national government to extend help to the farmers in Kpain by providing them with tractors and other farming machineries so as to help them produce more food for the nation.“A nation should not depend on foreign country for its staple food when its staple food can be produced by itself. The only thing we need is government support,” said Township Commissioner Wehner.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘No Camping’ Upsets U-20’s Coach Pella

first_imgJunior Lone Star’s head coach, Robert Lartey (Coach Pella) has expressed frustration on the failure of the LFA to camp the team, before departing the country on Thursday to honor their 2nd leg clash against the Young Elephants in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.Coach Pella said after the 1-0 victory last Sunday, May 11, 2014, the team has not gone to camp and would not be camping before their flight.Speaking yesterday to the Daily Observer via mobile phone, the coach said camping is a tactic to polish and psychologically prepared for a win.He said also that the major achievement in camping is to knit a team’s spirit.“We use camping to talk to the players during their leisure time at night and early morning hours, to build closeness among the players,” he said, “camping is another method to circumvent players from conflict and embarrassment.”Coach Pella also expressed fear over the morale of his players and appealed to officials of the LFA to visit the players while in practice to rekindle the morale of the players.“Players’ motivation has dramatic effect on the success of the team,” Coach Pella said, “they learn much faster, and keeps winning because nothing is worse than losing control of your team.” He said a 27-man delegation, comprising of 20 players and seven officials would be in Abidjan to pass their second barrier against Ivory Coast after successfully crossing-over The Gambia through a protest.A technical staff, who begged anonymity, also told the Daily Observer via mobile phone, said the letdown of the camping and the refusal of the LFA to increase the players’ per diem from L$200 to L$500 per practice session are sickening.Coach Pella meanwhile urged the LFA to make haste to help the technical staff rebuild the confidence of the team to be able to pull a win on Sunday in Abidjan.The coach said the failure of the LFA to quickly adapt a motivational method on the youthful Lone Star might lead to a worst result.When contacted Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah said, “I don’t think the team will go to camp before their departure on Thursday because we are busy working on the departure of the senior national team.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CAN Donates to Johnsonville Residents

first_imgA locally-based none governmental organization (NGO) working in the country, Change Agent Network (CAN) over the weekend donated several bags of the 25kg rice and other non-food items to some residents of Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.In his presentation remark,  CAN executive director, Eric Wowoh, told the beneficiaries that the donation was the entity’s way of identifying with residents in the CAN operational area as part of the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the country.Mr. Wowoh, told this newspaper shortly before he presented the items that his organization made the donation as it own way of caring for the needy during this time of the Ebola crisis.According to him, CAN has targeted families who are being listed as “destitute” and  could no longer afford a single meal for themselves during the time of the outbreak in the country.Through the help of donors, a container of medical supplies,  including medicines and other facilities, will soon arrive in the country to be distributed to hospitals across the country.CAN is at the same time  providing free education, safe drinking water to over five counties in the country. Since the Ebola outbreak, the entity has been providing rice and other-non food items to residents around the vicinities where it operates, such as the Lower Johnsonville belt. The CAN aims to unite existing and emerging leaders in the way that they too could form a community of practice which focuses on addressing the implementation of innovative policy and models of evidence-based practices.CAN are committed to sharing their passion in providing quality education, relief and other services and learning how to do it better as they interact regularly.Members of CAN will also be supported to develop their leadership skills and knowledge through structured programs that include peer mentoring, leadership training and experiential learning through the participation of real workplace projects, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Under its community practice,  CAN has a vision to support a dynamic workforce which is responsive and sustainable, promoting evidence-based practice and collective wisdom, to facilitate measurable and beneficial outcomes for clients and communities.last_img read more