Zark’s Burger-Lyceum waylays Marinerong Pilipino, advances to D-League Finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum used a superb second half to decimate Marinerong Pilipino, 102-89, and progress to the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.CJ Perez led the cavalry with 23 points, six rebounds, five assists, and four steals and steered the sixth seed Jawbreakers to a sweep of the best-of-three semifinals series and become the lowest ranked team to reach the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ UAAP 80 Final Four keys to victory: La Salle-NU MOST READ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 102 — Perez 23, Nzeusseu 15, Ayaay 13, Pretta 12, Jc. Marcelino 10, Jv. Marcelino 8, Tansingco 8, Cinco 5, Baltazar 4, Caduyac 2, Serrano 2, Ibañez 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 89 — Ayonayon 31, Tratter 13, Pasaol 12, Toth 11, Banal 7, Tolentino 5, Terso 4, Iñigo 3, Babilonia 2, Robles 1, Miranda 0.Quarters: 23-21, 45-45, 76-64, 102-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Again, it’s just a blessing for us to be here. We’re so grateful that were given opportunity to play in the Finals,” said coach Topex Robinson.Mike Nzeusseu has 15 markers and corralled nine boards, while MJ Ayaay got 13 points and four rebounds for Zark’s-Lyceum.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 crownSpencer Pretta also shot 3-of-8 from three to nab 12 points, while twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino combined for 18, six rebounds, and five assists.After a nip-and-tuck first half, the Jawbreakers blew the game wide open in the third quarter as Ayaay poured 11 of his side’s 31 points where to build a 16-point lead, 74-58 en route to its biggest advantage at 94-76 in the fourth quarter. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I just reminded them to just play their game, enjoy this opportunity,” said Robinson. “If you have players like this, they really respond to every adversity that they face.”The duel between Zark’s-Lyceum and Che’Lu-San Sebastian marks first time that neither of the top two teams at the end of the eliminations reached the championship round.Rian Ayonayon saw his 31-point, 9-rebound performance go down the drain with Marinerong Pilipino’s elimination.Abu Tratter also got a double-double of 13 markers and 10 rebounds, while Alvin Pasaol got 12 and nine.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Batang Gilas standouts chosen for Basketball Without Borders camp

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Oklahoma City’s Corey Brewer, Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert, Miami’s Kelly Olynyk, and Dallas’ Dwight Powell are the NBA coaches while former WNBA champion Ruth Riley and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman will also join the coaching team.Padrigao and Cortez will join 64 boys and girls from 16 different countries and territories who were chosen to be part of the program that will feature movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, and five-on-five games.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 camp will also include daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership, and communication.There will be one boy and one girl who will be named BWB Asia MVPs at the end of the four-day camp that Nike will outfit. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Forthsky Padrigao. Photo from Fiba.comA couple of standouts from the Batang Gilas program have been chose to travel to India for the 10th edition of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Asia.Forthsky Padrigao and Raven Cortez are set to join the camps at NBA Academy from May 30 to June 2 that current NBA players and former WNBA stalwarts will coach.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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New head of Spanish federation upset over World Cup trip

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spanish media said delegation members were expected to receive 100,000 euros ($120,000) each in case Spain wins the World Cup in Russia.Rubiales last month took over a federation which was in the hands of embattled official Angel Maria Villar for nearly three decades.A former head of Spain’s players’ association, Rubiales was elected president over Juan Luis Larrea, the federation’s former treasurer and its interim leader since Villar — a former FIFA and UEFA vice president — was suspended following his arrest last year on suspicion of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents.Rubiales said he believed Larrea approved the trip, but the former official told Spanish media he had nothing to do with it.Rubiales had promised to learn from past mistakes and improve the federation while maintaining transparency.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I’m very upset,” Rubiales said. “This is going to affect the negotiations of the (World Cup) prize. If it was a trip of three days instead of an eight-day vacation, then we would have a bigger margin that could return to the players.”Rubiales said the trip cannot be canceled and the money cannot be reimbursed.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 crownThose invited for the trip reportedly will stay in luxury hotels and have translators and transportation available to them while in Russia. They will go to St. Petersburg, Kazan and Kaliningrad. Spain will play group matches in Kazan and Kaliningrad but not in St. Petersburg.“The federation is not here for something like this,” Rubiales said. “This is not going to happen again in the future.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Spain’s Odriozola, center left, celebrates scoring his side’s opening goal with his teammates against Switzerland’s during the friendly soccer match between Spain and Switzerland at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)MADRID — The new president of the Spanish soccer federation has attacked the past administration for paying about $2 million to take more than 150 people to Russia during the World Cup, saying the expense could even affect the prize money for the players.Luis Rubiales said he found out the federation gave an eight-day trip to local officials and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Next stop San Francisco as ‘longest swim’ embarks from Tokyo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Blatche, Castro, Romeo to lead PH team in Asian Games

first_imgView comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding As per ESPN 5, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Kelly Williams, Jericho Cruz, Anthony Semerad and Don Trollano are the other TNT players part of the squad.The roster also includes Gilas Pilipinas cadets Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero and Abu Tratter.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 crown“We want the Asian Games lineup to be a combination of competing for a medal as well as building for the future, thus the inclusion of three Cadets,” Gilas head coach Chot Reyes said in an interview with ESPN5.The Asian Games in Indonesia will begin on August 18. 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Chan excited to learn from Cone, reunite with Tenorio at Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKey players from TNT will mainly compose the members of the Philippine team that will compete in the Asian Games two months from now.KaTropa guards Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo and naturalized center Andray Blatche will lead the way for the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Egypt’s retired soccer star sentenced to 1 year in prison

first_imgThe Brotherhood emerged as the country’s dominant political force after Egypt’s 2011 Arab Spring uprising but was later purged in 2013, when the army, led by general-turned-president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi overthrew Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected but divisive president.Aboutrika played for Cairo’s Al-Ahly club and was central to two of Egypt’s three straight African Cup of Nations titles in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Those triumphs made Egypt Africa’s most successful team with a record seven titles.Aboutrika was dubbed “Prince of Hearts” and “The Magician” by his soccer fans.But he also openly sympathized with the Brotherhood and publicly endorsed Morsi in his successful presidential run in 2012, a year after the overthrow of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Egyptian pro-government media now refer to Aboutrika as a traitor but he still enjoys huge support from his soccer fans in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Aboutrika, who has lived since his 2013 soccer retirement in exile in Qatar, where he works as a sports analyst for the beIN sports network, could not be reached for comment.Under the law, the verdict can be appealed and if Aboutrika returns to Egypt, he would have to stand a new trial.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 court said Aboutrika failed to pay 710,000 Egyptian pounds — about $39,500 — in taxes on income from advertising deals with carbonated drink and telecommunications companies in 2008 and 2009.Egypt froze Aboutrika’s assets in 2015 and placed him on a no-fly list in 2017 over allegations of links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which authorities have labelled a terrorist organization. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Child kickboxing debated in Thailand after 13-year-old dies View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Aboutrika has repeatedly denied ever funding the Islamists, who have been the main target of a fierce government crackdown on dissent led by current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FILE – In this Dec. 9, 2012 file photo, Al-Ahly SC’s Mohamed Aboutrika celebrates after scoring a goal against Sanfrecce Hiroshima during their quarterfinal at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Toyota, Japan. On Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, an Egyptian court sentenced Aboutrika, one of the country’s greatest all-time soccer players, to a year in prison for tax evasion while also giving him the option to pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds, or $1,115, to have the sentence suspended. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country’s greatest all-time soccer players, to a year in prison for tax evasion while also giving him the option to pay a fine of 20,000 Egyptian pounds, or $1,115, to have the sentence suspended.The verdict, handed down on Monday by the Cairo misdemeanor court, was delivered in absentia.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Keynote Address to Graduates of the AM Dogliotti College of Medicine

first_imgMr. President of the University of Liberia, the Vice Presidents, the Dean of AM Dogliotti College of Medicine, Other Deans and Chairpersons, Members of the Faculty, Officials of Government, the President of the Liberia Medical & Dental Association, the President of the Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Members of the Association and Council, the Adeo Maxima Generis Class of 2013, Members of the Press, Parents, Well wishers, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen:I am humbled by the your gesture to accord me the unique privilege of giving the keynote address to a dynamic and progressing cadre of lieutenants in the vanguard of the advancement of the medical destiny of our forward-marching country. For this honor I owe you a huge debt of gratitude.But, I have to tell you, to be up here in this role in the presence of some dynamic, young Alpha Phi Alpha men in this graduating class is a joy I wouldn’t dare have dreamed up. Men who have clung to the philosophy “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All”.As a staunch Pentecostal Christian, it is impossible not to acknowledge God Almighty for his eternal blessings and graciousness that we all may have life and have it more abundantly.Today I am told that we will be witnessing the administration of the Hippocrates Oath to the largest post war graduate class in the history of the Medical School. Liberia celebrates this monumental achievement as it signifies the highlighting of a small step in reducing the Doctors-to-Patients Ratio which stands at over 1 doctor to more than 125 thousand patients.   A lot more will have to be done and many additional graduating classes, some even far larger than this one, before our country can get anywhere in cutting the chase to reducing this very pathetic ratio.Some of my comments today are against the backdrop of a very unfortunate situation I experienced with great degree of pain and anguish while on an official trip to Nigeria in November. I witnessed firsthand the passing of one of our country’s best and brightest upcoming financial experts, the late Deputy Governor for Economic Policy at the Central Bank, Theo Bettie.Theo was a personality just entering the prime of his life. A very famous student leader of his time, the first standard bearer of the Student Integration Movement (SIM) as a student in the 80s. An intellectual par excellence.  A Yale University Graduate.  A Fulbright Scholar.  And critically, a key architect in Liberia’s Emerging Monetary Policy Framework, affording access to finance for our working class. A man I was proud to call my friend. He passed away in Nigeria after suffering a massive stroke at age 50 while attending along with me the ECOWAS Central Banks Conference on Infrastructure Financing. Now let me recount for you my experience while in my moment of anguish. I had gone to the hospital to be at the bed side of my great friend and travel companion. My first stumbling block was “No visitors allowed”. In my usual fiery manner of getting my way done I retorted to the hospital staff, I am not a visitor. I am his next thing to family here in Nigeria. I must update the Government of Liberia, and his very concerned wife on his condition and I am also his travel companion on this trip. The answer was, “No sir we cannot allow you to see him”. I was desperate to hold his hand and pray with him, and reassure him that God was in control. Well as necessity is the mother of invention, a couple of high phone calls were made to strategic personalities at the Central Bank of Nigeria and I was ushered in to see him. But before ushering me in they did something interesting which in all honesty and patriotism to my Liberian Background I have not seen much in similar situations here. They sat me down before seeing him and spent about 5 minutes counseling me and encouraging me, I guess to build up my emotional reserve for the difficult sight I was about to see. Now when the CBL Administrative Manager arrived in Nigeria the next day, I decided to sit him down and administer the same psychological medicine to him before we once again got family – Not Friend or Next of Kin. I could not help but take note of the power and privilege that characterize our respective areas of profession.   You see, today you take a big step into power. With your white coat and your Latin, with your anatomy lessons and your stethoscope, you enter today a life of new and vast privilege. You may not notice your power at first. You will not always feel powerful or privileged – not when you are filling out endless billing forms and swallowing requirements and struggling through hard days of too many tasks. But this will be true: In return for your years of learning and your dedication to a life of service and your willingness to take an oath to that duty, society will give you access and rights that it gives to no one else. Society will allow you to hear secrets from frightened human beings that they are too scared to tell anyone else. Society will permit you to use drugs and instruments that can do great harm as well as great good, and that in the hands of others would be weapons. Society will give you special titles and spaces of privilege, as if you were priests. Society will let you build walls and write rules. Your oath today writes a new chapter in your professional lives and ensures that you sign a new contract with Society. I trust that you will rise to this challenge and discharge the herculean responsibilities that will accompany the challenge. I trust that you will take the high road to nobility with morality and professionalism. Our country is already plagued with many problems. Please see yourself as a small piece of the solution. I am confident that the Medical Field like any other profession goes through its ups and downs. It highs and lows. Its celebrations of success and joy and its moments of despair and apparent hopelessness.In Liberia, the medical profession is not an avenue to riches. It is one of the ultimate calls to service. We perfectly understand the expectations that one anticipates after nine years of continuously keeping one’s head in books. It is pay-up time but here is the irony: in our country sometimes the take home pay cannot take you home considering all your expectations.Our Authorities must do much more to advance the cause of a healthy nation. I must though recognize now that a lot has been done in this area in the last seven years. Nothing should stop us from attaining the enviable position as being one of West Africa Referral Destinations for superlative medical treatment as it was in the late seventies and eighties. Yes, nothing should stop us from achieving the dream of celebrating open heart surgeries, transplants, neuro surgeries and other sophisticated applications of advances made in the medical field the world over.That is why in late 2005 and early 2006, the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment took the bold initiative to sponsor the renovation of one of the medical dormitories under the bank’s Western Union marketing program. The Bank renews its pledge to you the Authorities of the Medical School and yea the University that innovative ways can be employed in meeting the expectations and obligations to our medical practitioners-in-training and the medical staffers who are already employed in the industry. Towards this end, let me throw out some food for thought and you can let me know perspectives in the days to come. Is there anything wrong with working with the health Ministry to ensure proper and adequately reflective Doctors and Nurses Residential Quarters as part of creating the enabling environment for provision of quality health services for our people? Is there anything wrong with ensuring that our Health Care Delivery Providers Benefit from Mortgage or Consumer Loans to improve their wellbeing and increase their productivity?  I am not sure any of the soon-to-be doctors here relish the situation of riding pem-pems to work in the hustle and bustle of our motor vehicle traffic. I am confident that we can make the medical industry a destination for attraction and preference if we could just do some more in terms of improving the privileges of the workers in the field.Towards this end we are gratified about the news of the establishment of a post graduate medical school. I was very pleased to have attended the Ministry of Information Press Conference which was well articulated by Dr. Steve Kennedy. I wish the Liberia Medical and Dental Association well in this endeavor.  I believe that the idea cannot be allowed to fail and all must be done to ensure that it kicks off with a strong start.To the University of Liberia, I cannot but add my voice to no doubt many others before me in congratulating you on the occasion of yet any graduation exercise. I must confess that I did not think it possible to be done especially with the recent difficulties which led to closure of school for a couple of weeks. It clearly signifies that you have come of age and are now fully multi dimensional in the discharge of your duties. Again let me congratulate you the new doctors for your exemplary and scholarly accomplishments; you the parents, well wishers and significant others for your prayers, support, love, and moral support which have played no small part in the accomplishment of this great achievement.My congratulations no doubt extends to the University of Liberia and the Medical School for keeping the light forever burning to extinguish the darkness of retrogression and intellectual stagnation. Lastly, I thank our Government for its support and direction in driving an agenda of progress in the health sector.Thank you everyone and congratulations.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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Challenges for Insurance Companies in West Africa

first_imgThe West African Insurance Companies Association has just ended its 36th Annual General Meeting and Education Conference, held at the Monrovia City Hall.Held under the theme “Modern Technological Advances and the Development of the Insurance Industry in Liberia,” the meeting, in a communiqué, focused its attention on the development and effective use of modern technology to facilitate business transactions.  The delegates urged governments as well as insurance companies themselves to make greater use of modern technology not only to improve business transactions, but also to bring customers up to date in interfacing with their insurance companies.The delegates, who hailed from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia, also pledged to encourage product innovation provided by modern technology.The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Boima Kamara, gave the insurers some good news when he told them that the Liberian government had made it mandatory that all motor vehicles should be insured.  This should boost the insurance trade.  But it also places tremendous pressure upon insurers to enhance their reinsurance capacity.One thing we had hoped the insurers meeting in Monrovia would have done was to address the issue of investments.  This, we believe, is a major challenge for Africa’s insurance companies.  It is a known fact that these companies make a lot of money.  But what do they do with it?It is to his credit that one of the newest insurance outfits in Liberia, the Atlantic Life and General Insurance Company, seems to be the only insurance company that has built a big building–a two-story structure in Congotown,  Monrovia.The company that Urey grew out of, American Life, ran a robust business in Liberia in 1970s, 80s and early 90s.  But they did not put down even a kitchen in Liberia they could call their own.  They were always leasing from somebody.Neither did the Insurance Company of Africa, which was linked to the International Trust Company (ITC), now International Bank (IB). Liberian law states that insurance companies should invest 50 percent of their profits in Liberia.  But one insurance insider, now retired, who worked many years for American Life, revealed to the Daily Observer that his company, like most of the insurance establishments, spent sizeable amounts on overheads, to the extent that they always declared losses, so they invested nothing in Liberia.Today, there are many insurance companies in Liberia, and many of them are Liberian-owned.  We believe that many of the companies represented in this week’s meeting from English-speaking West Africa are also locally-owned.We urge all of them to pursue local investment portfolios.  This is how they can contribute to the development of their countries.  That is how insurance companies in other parts of the world, particularly the West, have contributed to national development.African insurance companies, Liberian ones in particular, should start doing the same thing.  As we strive to shake off the shackles of war and strive to forge ahead in national development, Liberia has many, many challenges that call for serious investments.The field of tourism is one.  Insurance companies should venture into that avenue and start investing in hotels and resorts along our vast coastline and, in the process, make some money.We believe American Life and the other foreign insurance companies were shortsighted in their failure to invest in Liberia, and may very well have been part of the problem that contributed to the instability that led us to war.Let all of us in the business community not make that mistake again. Let us invest locally and help move our country forward.  This much we owe to Liberia and to West Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UN Staff Association Joins Ebola Campaign

first_imgThe staffs Association for the various UN specialized agencies, including  United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the United Nations Women (UN Women), have donated 36 cartoons of rain boots to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as their initial contributions toward the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.The donation was made Wednesday, September 10, at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare by the president of Staffs Association, Mr. Calixte Hessou, to the Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Mathew Flomo.The total cost of the 36 cartoons of the rain boots is put at US$1,000 and the total number of rain boots in the cartoons is 136 pairs.Mr. Hessou said staffers the UN agencies have observed the high increase in death, especially among health workers, who should be catering for the sick.“As staffs of these entities, we thought it wise to join the fight against Ebola by making donation of needed items to the Ministry to help workers while carrying out their duties in the country,” he said.Mr. Hessou, who is a staff of UNFPA, called on all Liberians to join the fight against the deadly virus by taking all the preventive measures, including washing hands very frequently, stop eating bush meats, stop touching, among others to protect their lives. Deputy Minister for Administration, Mr. Mathew Flomo, who received the items on behalf of the Ministry, thanked the UN staffers for the Association’s effort in joining the Ministry to fight against the deadly Ebola Virus.Min. Flomo said the items came in at the right time when health workers are in dare need of such protective gear.“We will distribute these items to the various health centers so that they can be used by the health workers,” Mr. Flomo assured.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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The Face of Goree

first_imgWhen I saw her faceShe was smiling, broadlyThen I saw her face fallI then saw the scarsThe toil of slaverySmall of the stenchThe footprints of slaves bundled like cattle She couldn’t speakSmiles are elusiveI never trust themThe radiance of GoreeHid the stories beneathShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

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Halt on Hinds’ and Lewis’ columns was inevitable

first_imgDear Editor,During last week, we witnessed the mini drama of the Chronicle newspaper standing by its decision to cease publishing articles by Dr David Hinds and Mr Lincoln Lewis. Both men, and some others, have expressed great disappointment at the Chronicle’s decision. Both are supporters of the APNU, and are, no doubt, feeling betrayed.This is the continuation by the Chronicle. Recall Ricky Singh was earlier banned. At that time, Hinds and his cohorts said nothing.Another member of the WPA, who, like Hinds, has a history of struggle against the PNC dictatorship, also joined in expressing disappointment at the actions.These gentlemen seem surprised and taken aback by the action to ban them. They are surprised because they chose to forget, and abandoned the strong, anti-dictatorial, pro-democratic position of Walter Rodney. Instead, they have embraced the racial positions of the PNC/APNU.Having said that, let me hasten to say that Rodney was an even stronger defender of the black working people than Hinds and Ogunseye. However, he was also a strong opponent of black racism. He was in the mould of Mandela and Cheddi Jagan, who were all opposed to any form of oppression of the working people, or of oppression of any race.The behaviour of the likes of Dr Hinds and Mr Ogunseye is in a way a demonstration of the power of Rodney’s intellect and charisma. It is clear that Hinds and Ogunseye were only concerned about the position of Afro-Guyanese. However, despite themselves, Rodney was able to pull them along a progressive path — that of freedom for all oppressed peoples in Guyana and everywhere.Afro-Guyanese suffered greatly under the PNC as well. All our working people, regardless of their ethnic origins, suffered.That is the only basis for their support. Both between 1964 and 1992, and from 2015 to the present, they have failed in every area: economy, social sector, etc. They are holding on to the racial card; it is the only card they have.Hinds and Ogunseye have abandoned Rodney. That is why they said nothing when Indo-Guyanese were and are being purged from the public service. Not a word on the obvious racial bias in hiring in the public service; the Elections Commission and public corporations.Even the black people that the APNU/PNC attacked, like the farmers at Seafield and Number 41 Village, West Coast Berbice have not been defended by those “Rodneyites”. They have not come to their defence because they have been sucked into the PNC/APNU position that those people support the PPP.Our country produced some very powerful intellectuals among all races. Many of them were able to break free from narrow confines of their own ethnic groups to be fighters for freedom everywhere. Cheddi Jagan, Walter Rodney, Ashton Chase, Brindley Benn, C.V. Nunes, C.J. Jacobs, Boysie Ramkarran, Fenton Ramsahoye, E.M.G. Wilson, Janet Jagan are some that immediately come to mind.The PNC/APNU have not changed. They have never apologized for their anti-independence role, their undemocratic rule, and the accompanying brutality.All the signs now point to a deterioration in democratic norms. We are moving back to the worst days of the 1970s and 1980s.Hinds and Ogunseye have travelled some distance, but still find themselves trapped in purely ethnic confines. Maybe their lucrative jobs have stifled their consciences and made them forget the main principles that Rodney stood for. Hinds and Ogunseye should not be surprised by their treatment. It was bound to happen.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

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