Russian hammer thrower banned for using 4 different drugs

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOSCOW — A Russian hammer thrower has been banned for doping after testing positive for a cocktail of four different drugs.The Russian track and field federation says Tatyana Kachegina’s sample contained the anabolic steroids turinabol and stanozolol, as well as the heart drug meldonium and GHRP-2, which prompts the body to make more growth hormone.ADVERTISEMENT She has been banned for four years.The federation says bans were also handed to four other Russian athletes. Three were for positive doping tests and one for failing to give a sample.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 Russian national team has been barred from international track competitions since 2015 because of widespread doping. Kachegina and the others banned Thursday aren’t among the many Russians who have been approved by the IAAF to compete internationally. France lose top spot to Belgium in FIFA rankings Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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. last_img read more

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Davao del Norte native rules 5K run in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Zamboanga City also showed its might in karatedo with three golds courtesy of Hanica Regino (girls 11-12 intermediate kata) and Jullian Pueblo (boys 12-13 intermediate kata pool A and C).Duplicating Zamboanga’s feat at the NCCC mall were Mary Geerica Galsing (girls 8-9 intermediate kata), Christian John Borongan (boys 12-13 intermediate kata Pool B) and Marcu Noel Pacapac (boys 8-9 advance kata) for Calamba, Misamis Occidental.Swimmer John Alexander Talosig increased his gold-medal production to four after besting the field in the boys 13-15 200m freestyle (2:05.43) and 15-under 400m individual medley (5:00.58).The 14-year-old from Southern Christian College eatlier won the boys 13-15 200m IM (2:19.74) and 15-under 1500m free (17:52.25).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Either Ormoc City or Tagbilaran in Bohol will host the 2020 Batang Pinoy National Finals.Gumban got off his bunk as early as three hours before the race and defeated Lordy Salpid of General Santos City (19:05.07) and Rome Laviste Jr. of Davao del Sur (19:12.66).He intends to pull off a hat-trick by winning the steeplechase and 1500m at the Davao del Norte Sports Complex track oval before the meet organized by the Philippine Sports Commission ends Sunday.Mary Joy Mancera of Davao del Sur shared the spotlight with Gumban after dominating the girls’ discus throw (26.28 meters) while Rona Bacus of Cagayan de Oro asserted herself in the girls’ triple jump (11.01 meters).Zamboanga City was a force in pencak silat with 13 gold medals, overwhelming South Cotabato and General SantosCity, which collected six gold apiece.ADVERTISEMENT TAGUM CITY—Aaron Gumban’s golden dream ended in tatters in the previous Batang Pinoy national finals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The 14-year-old from Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte got his chance for redemption after blazing the trail in the boys’ 5000-meter run on Thursday in the Mindanao qualifying leg of the sportsfest in search of the finest athletes age 15 years old and younger.“I ran in the finals last year, but didn’t finish the race,” said Gumban in Filipino after topping his event in 17 minutes and 14 seconds to retain the title he captured in the qualifiers in 2018 Oroquieta City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Grade 8 long-distance runner from Sto. Tomas National High School injured his foot during the finals in Baguio City last year.“I’ll come in prepared for the finals, I don’t want to waste this opportunity again,’’ said Gumban, who ruled the same event last week in the Davao Regional Athletic Association meet. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Alex Cabagnot happy to see former players Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio in the PBA View commentslast_img read more

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Jordan Clarkson fuels Gilas Pilipinas’ #LetJordanPlay World Cup clamor

first_imgView comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Unlike the Asian Games, the World Cup operates under FIBA rules which could classify Clarkson as a “naturalized” player. FIBA restricts each team to one naturalized player.This means the Philippines would have to choose between Clarkson and ex-Brooklyn Nets center Andray Blatche, who acquired Filipino nationality by naturalization.READ: Gilas Pilipinas to ‘do everything’ to have Jordan Clarkson for Fiba World CupPhilippine basketball boss Al Panlilio told AFP the federation wanted FIBA to recognize that Clarkson was a Filipino by blood under local laws, adding he obtained his Filipino passport after the age 16.The Cavaliers, who currently have the third-worst record in the 2018-2019 season, are expected to miss this year’s playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Jordan quest 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 gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Filipino-American Cleveland Cavaliers guard on Tuesday congratulated Gilas and expressed hope of joining the team again after carrying the flag for the Philippines at last year’s Asian Games.READ: Jordan Clarkson hopes to join Gilas brothers in China for Fiba World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Such a honor for the country, qualifying for the world cup, so hyped!!! hope to see you guys in china!!!,” the 26-year-old said in an Instagram post sharing a photo of himself wearing the Philippines team jersey.Basketball is a virtual religion in the Southeast Asian nation and enthusiastic fans were quick to comment on the post with their approval using the hashtag “#LetJordanPlay”. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “It’s perfect timing because the NBA is on break. Definitely Jordan will help us a lot,” Panlilio told AFP.Blatche, who led the Gilas victory over Kazakhstan in Astana on Sunday to secure World Cup qualification, hailed the possibility of teaming up with Clarkson at the August 31-September 15 tournament to be hosted by China.“If we can get him, that would be huge. If we were to have me and him together with the team we have now, we can definitely go and make some noise, make some wins,” Blatche told Sports5 television on Wednesday.Sports fans and analysts have said a Clarkson-Blatche combination in the World Cup would be a “dream team” for Gilas, ranked 31st in the world.They said they wanted to see Clarkson play ahead of the Philippines co-hosting the 2023 World Cup.“He should be the face of that tournament. As early as now, FIBA should ease him into that role,” said Twitter user @RakiRockefeller.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next (FILES) This file photo taken on August 31, 2018 shows the Philippines’ Jordan Clarkson (C) shooting against Syria in the men’s basketball 5th and 6th place final match between Syria and the Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)NBA star Jordan Clarkson is stoking Filipino fans’ clamor to allow him to play in this year’s World Cup as their team seeks to hurdle FIBA’s eligibility rules.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is appealing to basketball’s world-governing body to recognize Clarkson as a Filipino citizen, allowing him to play for Gilas Pilipinas who won a World Cup berth last weekend.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Jamal Murray leads charge as Nuggets pounce on banged-up Timberwolves

first_imgJamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and the Nuggets cruised to a 133-107 victory over the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.Called out by Malone after a lackadaisical performance in a loss at Golden State last week, the Nuggets responded by playing with more intensity. It was the first time they’ve had 40 assists since April 6, 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“The message was delivered. The guys embraced it, accepted it, owned it and went out and played tonight at a very high level,” Malone said.Paul Millsap finished with 23 points, including a buzzer-beater from half-court to end the third quarter. Jokic added 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help Denver snap a two-game slide at Pepsi Center. The Nuggets are hanging on to the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. They are 5-4 since the All-Star break.“We’re focused on the bigger picture right now,” Plumlee said. “There’s a chance to do something special.”Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 10 rebounds to pace a Timberwolves team that’s fading from playoff contention. Towns did a little bit of everything to keep the Timberwolves close until Denver pulled away in the third quarter. He had one play where he quickly applied the brakes to shake free from Jokic and then stepped back to hit a long jumper. Towns grinned on his way back down the floor.“In boxing, Mike Tyson said, ‘Everybody has a game plan until they get punched in the face,’” said Towns, who was back after missing a game with knee inflammation. “When we punched them in the face, they stuck to their game plan. We got punched in the face, we started getting erratic, started speeding ourselves up.”Minnesota was light on guards with Derrick Rose (right elbow), Jeff Teague (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left quadriceps) all sidelined. The depleted guard situation meant more court time for Cameron Reynolds, a rookie out of Tulane who recently signed a second 10-day contract. He had 12 points in 25 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bad day for No. 1s: Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka upset at Indian Wells 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 At practice Monday, Malone had a heart-to-heart with his squad. He asked them what they wanted to achieve as they march toward their first postseason appearance since 2012-13 — simply settle for getting in or challenge for the top seed. At 28-6, the Nuggets have the best home record in the Western Conference.“I didn’t give them a chance (to answer),” Malone said. “I said I’m tired of talking. All we do is talk, talk, talk — let’s start doing.”Malone’s message was taken to heart.“We need to just get back to playing together, screening for each other, playing for each other, passing,” Jokic said. “Just to play for someone else.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: PG Tyus Jones had 16 points.Nuggets: G Torrey Craig hurt his left arm while blocking a shot with 14 seconds remaining. … The starters for the Nuggets were a combined plus-78. This after going minus-95 against the Warriors.NO THOMASMalone shortened the rotation and guard Isaiah Thomas didn’t get into the game.“Definitely talked to him. I’ll keep that conversation between I.T. and myself,” Malone said. “Not an easy conversation, but that’s my job. … Isaiah is a pro and was into the game, supporting his teammates.” Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img USING THE HEARTBREAKThe Timberwolves beat the Nuggets in overtime last season in the final game of the season to earn the last playoff spot. Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders believes that’s been a big catalyst for Denver.“A lot of times through any type of pain or hurt, good can come out of that if you come together as a group,” Saunders said. “They’ve done a good job this year … of staying together and really pushing themselves to a new level.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: At Utah on Thursday.Nuggets: Host Dallas on Thursday. The Nuggets have won five straight at home against the Mavericks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, left, knocks the ball away from Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray as Minnesota guard Jerryd Bayless defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 133-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Mason Plumlee was completely surrounded under the basket when he tossed a no-look pass over his head to teammate Nikola Jokic for an easy score.Now that’s more to the liking of coach Michael Malone, who implored his players to return to their selfless ways after a bumpy stretch.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

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Pacers rally from 19 points down to extinguish Thunder

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil They did it against George, a six-time All-Star who shrugged off resounding boos to score 36 points, and Russell Westbrook, who added his 27th triple-double of the season but missed a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key as the buzzer sounded.Westbrook finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists.George was terrific for the first 47 minutes.He scored 25 points in the first half and completed a three-point play to give the Thunder a 73-54 lead with 7:18 left in the third quarter. He even made the tying 3-pointer with 1:49 left in the game and two free throws to give Oklahoma City a 106-104 lead with 1:13 to go.It was a different story in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Indiana Pacers’ Wesley Matthews (23) and Myles Turner (33) celebrate during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder,Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 108-106. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS— Paul George figured to be the feature attraction in his second visit to Indiana since a blockbuster trade two years ago.Domantas Sabonis and Wesley Matthews upstaged the former Pacer on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Matthews tipped in a basket with 1.8 seconds left and Indiana rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-106. Sabonis added 26 points against this former team.“Man, this team fights. That’s one of the big reasons why I chose to come here,” Matthews said. “We fight, we compete. No lead is too much. We needed a win against a playoff team, and that’s what we’ve got to do going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWithout All-Star guard Victor Oladipo, who the underdog Pacers got in the blockbuster deal that sent George to the Thunder in July 2017, Indiana fought its way back over the final 15 minutes behind the other player it acquired in the deal, Sabonis, and Matthews, who the Pacers signed last month as Oladipo’s replacement.It was Indiana’s second-largest comeback this season. 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Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying George turned the ball over twice, slipped as the Pacers started their final possession and got knocked to the floor on a pick — giving Indiana the one-man advantage that allowed Matthews to free himself for the putback on Bojan Bogdanovic’s errant 16-footer.“At the end of close games, there’s going to be contact,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “In those situations you just have to play through that.”Matthews finished with 16 points and seven rebounds to help Indiana cut its magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.The Pacers’ second straight win also kept them in third place in the Eastern Conference while the Thunder slipped into a tie for fifth in the West.“Domantas really came in during that second half and established us,” coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought we did a good job, especially late, pressuring their dribble, getting some deflections and really disrupting their rhythm defensively. That is what we have to be about and, really, it came at the right time for us.”TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook has 131 triple-doubles in his career. … Steven Adams had 17 points and eight rebounds. … Oklahoma City went 3-3 during a stretch in which they played five road games. … The Thunder fell to 6-5 on the second night of back-to-backs this season.Pacers: Darren Collison had 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists. … The Pacers committed 16 turnovers. … Bogdanovic scored 23 points and extended his streak of consecutive games in double figures to 24 and his career best single-season total of 20-point games to 28. … Tyreke Evans missed his second straight game for personal reasons. McMillan said he expects Evans to travel with the team later this week.BOO-BIRDSGeorge brushed off the boos by saying he thought his second trip back to Indiana was tamer than his first.last_img read more

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National Housing Policy in Sight

first_imgMr. Samuel Thompson, Managing Director of the Liberia National Housing Authority (NHA), has disclosed that with the help of consultants, for the first time in Liberia’s history, the NHA has among other things, produced a new draft National Housing Policy to guide projections for providing 512,000 housing units in Liberia by 2030, the target year for Liberia to have achieved middle-income status. That means, delivery of these dwellings would require a build rate of 30,000 new dwellings every year – for the next 17 years – if Liberia is to become a middle income country.“Clearly, the old approach of the NHA actually engaging in the direct provision of homes has not worked and cannot be expected to bridge the glaring deficit in decent and affordable housing,” an NHA statement signed by managing director, Samuel W. Thomason explained.Based on those ongoing development plans, the NHA says a two-day National Stakeholder’s Colloquium is scheduled for April 17-18, 2014 and is expected to bring together a wide range of participants from across Liberia to deliberate on the draft policy. Mr. Thompson says the policy draft would then be presented to the donor community, the cabinet and the Legislature for further review and input before being finalized for formal launching. The new National Housing Policy should provide a rational and holistic framework for passing new legislation, reforming existing organizations and creating new institutions to effectively address the significant housing needs of the country.   Hopefully, Mr. Thompson said, the exercise will also erase the misconception among both policy makers and the general public that the housing sector simply provides a social good.  Housing, he said, is known worldwide as a powerful engine for economic growth, job creation, and poverty reduction for large numbers of people, economic justice and expansion of the tax base.   Also, progress in the provision of decent, affordable housing also has a direct bearing on national security, “because it gives a larger number of families a reason to maintain peace and stability.” The NHA was established by an Act of the National Legislature to, among other things, join the overall growth and development of the Liberian economy by serving as an engine of economic growth, economic justice and individual upliftment of the citizens.However, a recent media report branded the Housing Autority a “failure”, an assertion which the NHA leadership says is unfounded. Mr. Thompson disclosed that his administration remains resolute toward meeting the country’s National Vision 2030 development framework and Agenda for Transformation that mandates the NHA to expand access to affordable housing for low income households in all counties. Based on that, in June 2012, the NHA in collaboration with the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Planning developed a plan called “Program for the Construction of 5,000 Housing Units and Home Ownership for Low to Middle Income Earners,” which are yet to become fruitful due to other challenges the entity is faced with.So far, however, a US$10 Million low-interest, 10-year fund has been provided by the CBL to LBDI to lend for housing construction and mortgage loans.  Old and New Matadi residents are now tapping into these funds to purchase homes they were only occupying as tenants up to 2011. NASSCORP also provided an initial CSR funding of US$1 Million to acquire land and build the first 58 housing units and cover project management costs at the NHA Brewerville Housing Estate.  However, the NHA is still awaiting approval from the Ministry of Finance’s (MOF) Debt Management Committee for a proposal submitted in September, 2013 to borrow US$2 Million from the CBL funds to build an additional 100 housing units at Brewerville, which has a purported waiting list of almost 300 applicants to purchase homes at the Estate.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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Tribute to the Late Joseph Korto Gbowee

first_imgJoseph Korto Gbowee was born on June 10, 1938 in Sanoyea, Bong County, which was   the Central Province, one of the three interior political subdivisions of Liberia before the beginning of the Tubman Unification era in 1964.  It was in June 1964 that the three Interior Provinces were transformed into the Four New Counties: Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh.  That is when Liberia’s Interior people,  gained full political recognition and were able to elect their own two Senators and Representatives for each county.  This town, Sanoyea, has gained national prominence for producing many famous citizens of Liberia,  including Mrs. Priscilla Payne, widow of the first Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Rt. Rev. Roland J. Payne; Honorable Peter K. Bema, Deputy Minister of Finance, Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Unity Party, along with Presidential Candidate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in the 1997 Liberian presidential elections; the late Nora Giddings Howard, mother of Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong County; Lands, Mines and Energy Minister and later Senator James Y. Gbarbea, Rev. Emmanuel Giddings, Executive Director of Liberia’s leading literacy organization, ALFALIT, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and, of course, Madam Leyma Gbowee, one of the first two Liberian Nobel Peace Laureates, along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Sanoyea is one of the citadels of Lutheran establishments in Liberia, hosting the first Lutheran educational institution outside of the coastal seat of Lutheran missions in Millsburg and Harrisburg up the right and left banks of the St Paul River.Sanoyea is therefore where Joseph Gbowee embraced the Martin Luther doctrine of ‘justification by faith’ as a Christian for sins to be forgiven. Gbowee’s commitment and dedication to this faith was unwavering. He became an acolyte in the Church in Sanoyea, going on to serve the Church’s Totota Parish and later in St. Peters’ Lutheran Parish in Monrovia, which may be considered the church’s leading parish.His service to the St. Peters’ Parish was marked with devotion and distinction, ranking him as Father of the Year twice and further elevating him to the status of ‘Grandfather of the year.’ Joseph Gbowee’s outstanding contribution to the St, Peter’s Lutheran Church Parish was his commitment to the effective performance of the choir by ensuring that all its electronic instruments function properly at all times. For this reason he always sat and sang with the Choir. To sum it all up, Joseph Gbowee was born and baptized as a Lutheran, he married in the Lutheran Church, all his children are confirmed Lutherans, and he served the Lutheran church at all levels of the laity, leading to head the Council of Elders in his Congregation. This devotion to Church duties strengthened him as head of his family.Father Gbowee and Rachael Kolleh in 1973 took the matrimonial oath before God to become partners till death parts them. This union was strong and remained intact until his death. This holy matrimony was blessed with six children, most of whom were girls. Joseph Gbowee loved his girls, always motivating them to become somebody in life. It is, therefore, no surprise that his daughter, Leymah Gbowee, along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.He proudly escorted the Nobel Laureate to receive this most distinguished International Peace Prize in Norway in 2011.We, Lutherans, are proud of this achievement and consider it as the apex of Grandfather Gbowee’s accomplishments. A high level functioning family maintained by Grandfather Gbowee was indeed based on a sound educational foundation. Joseph Gbowee started his education sojourn at the Sanoyea Lutheran Elementary School and continued at the Totota Lutheran Junior High School. He completed his senior high school education at the Booker Washington Institute, specializing in electronics, in which he pursued advanced studies abroad. This educational qualification determined his career path.JOSEPH GBOWEE started his career controlling and maintaining electronic equipment at the Executive Mansion, the office of the president of the Republic of Liberia, within the Executive Action Bureau (EAB). He distinguished himself as a dedicated, trusted and patriotic civil servant in that Bureau. His record of performance was outstanding, providing the opportunity for promotion to a higher office in the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served assiduously until retirement.This public service background, qualification and experience prompted him to establish a private security agency: The Angel Security Agency, which he managed until his demise.As we say in Liberia, Father Gbowee was a “hard working man”. Socially, Father Gbowee was a man of the people. He was known only by the name “Neighbor” in his community. The name Gbowee is hardly recognized in his neighborhood. His favorite sport was football, which he played well in high school.Father Gbowee had 11 dogs,  but hated the one called Tiger because he is too caring and behaves like a human.Unfortunately this family man, this strong religious leader, this fine neighbor left us here, got ill on August 13 and died shortly thereafter on August 25, 2014 at #37 Military Hospital in Accra Ghana.Goodbye, Elder Gbowee, till we meet again.MAY YOUR SOUL and ALL SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED REST IN PEACE AND LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE ON THEMShare 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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It takes maturity to admit that one is not perfect

first_imgDear Editor,On Saturday, January 26, I attended the PPP public meeting at Miss Phoebe. I listened intently to the address delivered by Irfaan Ali and would like to commend the young man for the quality of his content.There are two things, in particular, I would like to share with your readers; Irfaan Ali mentioned that during this period out of office, he and his party were able to find time to reflect on “where the gaps” in their policies and development programs were during their period of governance.It takes maturity to admit that one is not perfect and that you were not able to plan for full coverage in the field and it shows that the PPP is not sitting idly on the opposition bench.Members of Parliament draw down a salary and should work to make life easier for everybody in Guyana.Irfaan Ali said he recognises that the cost of doing business in Berbice is too high and that more than one Government Office has to be established – GRA, Immigration and Registry offices were mentioned among other services.The other thing that was said that is of note is his willingness to work with non-party members in a ‘big tent’ of ideas and implementation.I am so happy to hear a young man talk about inclusiveness when all the old men are still talking about race, colour and religion. I look forward to seeing members of the Private Sector and civil society joining this energetic candidate to work for a bright future for Guyanese.What this speech shows also, is that the PNC (People’s National Congress), AFC (Alliance For Change), WPA (Working People’s Alliance) and other parties wasted their 23 years in Opposition; all they did was make promises that they never meant to keep; nine thousand a bag for paddy was a lie! Care about sugar workers was a lie! Everything APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) and AFC said in Berbice in 2015 has turned out to be lies. APNU and AFC had no plan for anything except power, all they talk about is oil money and it shows the mentality of the people in charge of those parties.For all who have eyes to see and ears to hear, listen to both sides speak and you will know where to place your mark on Election Day.Sincerely,Brian Azorelast_img read more

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Conduct of NA Hospital CEO “unacceptable”

first_img… “let the doctor make a report to the Police Station” – Health MinisterBy Ramona LuthiAfter it was brought to light that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the New Amsterdam Hospital, Berbice has allegedly been physically abusive towards a doctor of the facility, Health Minister, Dr George Norton has advised that the doctor report the matter to Police.“I would advise the doctor to report the matter to the police station, as I would hope that anybody that is abused does. Let him make a report at the station. If the doctor wants, he can address the letter to me and I would investigate. I have no problem with that. We cannot uphold anyone abusing others. It’s totally unacceptable,” Dr Norton said.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonRegion Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Health Committee Chairman Haseef Yusuf, in a letter published in Guyana Times on April 14, 2016, stated that the New Amsterdam Hospital in Berbice has ‘’a matador who intends to ensure that everyone, from administrators to doctors to nurses is not spared of his vicious onslaught’’.  He indicated that the CEO of the medical facility has been using the health institution as a coliseum to target the employees.According to the letter, there have been several complaints issued against the CEO who is reportedly not only verbally abusive, but, of late, physically abusive. He has allegedly said that the facility belonged to him, in the midst of heaving his insults at patients, employees and sundry in a boisterous tone.It was explained that on April 6, 2016, Dr S Alli, who was attending to three patients in the Emergency Unit during the afternoon session, went to the laboratory to uplift lab results for one of the patients. He was then approached by the CEO who reportedly “boorishly” enquired about his business in the room. When Dr Alli stated his reason for being in the lab, the executive hurled abuse at him and took him to the Medical Superintendent. After the issue was heard, the Medical Superintendent explained to the CEO that it was not peculiar for the doctors to collect lab reports in emergency cases. The CEO, not satisfied, stormed out of the office with Dr Alli behind him. The doctor then enquired from the CEO if he had any problem with him, and this reportedly further angered the executive, who allegedly pushed Dr Alli against the wall and waved his fingers in the doctor’s face, before asking if he wanted to know what the problem was.Dr Alli immediately made a verbal report to the Medical Superintendent who advised him to submit a written complaint to her.Yusuf also posited that a formal complaint was made by Dr Alli to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on April 22, during the Ministry of the Presidency Outreach Programme at State House in New Amsterdam. The Minister assured him that the matter would be dealt with accordingly.Yusuf further stated that it was at the said outreach that Alli met with him and relayed the incident, accompanied by many medical staff of the Hospital who felt strongly about the matter and empathised with him since they were recipients of verbal abuse from the CEO, but had not spoken out in fear of victimisation.A complaint was also made by Dr Alli to the Director of Health Services, Jevaughn Stephens, who advised him to send his complaint in writing.In his letter, Yusuf said that he was “calling for a Commission of Inquiry to be held for this incident”.last_img read more

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Pensioner slapped with assault charge

first_imgA pensioner was on Wednesday slapped with an assault charge when he appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert.Joel Harper, 69, of Lot 7 Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), pleaded not guilty to the offence, which he allegedly committed on May 28, 2016 at Tuschen, EBE when he assaulted Norman Duke with intent to cause bodily harm.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was riding a bicycle when he struck the defendant causing him to fall. Upon getting up from the road, the defendant took up a piece of wood and dealt the VC multiple lashes.As a result, the VC had to be rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital where he was treated and sent away.The matter was reported to the Police Outpost at Tuschen and then to the Leonora Police Station.The defendant was later arrested and charged with the offence of assault.When given an opportunity to speak in Court, he explained that he was upset because the VC was careless. Magistrate Lambert explained to the defendant that his actions could not be justified, and ordered him to seek anger management counselling.He was granted bail in the sum of ,000. The case will continue on June 22.last_img read more

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