first_imgThe captain who led University of the Philippines to its first UAAP basketball finals in 32 years had his first taste of official PBA action when he participated in the first day of the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.Desiderio, who’s always maintained a happy-go-lucky attitude outside the court, was still brandishing a wide smile and said he’s still on a high after the Fighting Maroons featured in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I think I haven’t rested one bit,” said Desiderio in Filipino. “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for, I have no choice but to do this so I can achieve my dream of playing in the PBA.”Desiderio’s Fighting Maroons got swept in the championship round with Ateneo taking its 10th title in two games. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Despite the loss in the lone finals of his collegiate career, Desiderio said he wouldn’t be in his position if not for the inspiring run UP had in Season 81.UP finished the eliminations as the third seed with an 8-6 record and fought its way to its first championship series since winning the title in 1986.Desiderio said there’s some pressure especially after he led the Fighting Maroons to the finals as their emotional leader, but it also gave him the stock to become a potential first rounder.“Of course there’s some pressure because I was fresh off the UAAP finals,” said Desiderio who, along with UP teammate Diego Dario, are the only two applicants of the 47 that applied straight out of college. “The UP community expects much out of us, but I’m just euphoric I’m in this level.”“The finals were really a big help to my stock because if we weren’t in the finals I wouldn’t be even known at this kind of level.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—The Paul Desiderio party isn’t stopping any time soon.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kawhi Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Pacquiao threw shade at Mayweather’s latest conquest with a new year’s resolution.READ: Floyd Mayweather clobbers Japanese kickboxer for TKO win 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“Here is an early New Year’s resolution. To continue to only fight experienced opponents who are my size or bigger,” tweeted boxing’s only eight-division champion who’s busy training for his WBA World welterweight title defense against Adrien Broner.Clearly, Pacquiao wasn’t talking about himself. View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pacquiao’s tweet was meant for Mayweather and a retweet that featured a video of a goat knocking down a kid captioned “The Mayweather/Tenshin fight is the funniest thing I’ve seen” immediately followed up Pacman’s tweet.READ: Manny Pacquiao teases Floyd Mayweather rematch Mayweather, Pacquiao, and Broner are all welterweights while Nasukawa, who’s fighting in his first boxing match, weighs 121 lbs and is lighter by 26 lbs than the three boxers.Needless to say, it was a fighting farce between Mayweather and Nasukawa.Mayweather, a five-division World champion, floored Nasukawa thrice in the opening round prompting the Japanese fighter’s corner to throw in the towel.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors torch Phoenix Suns (L-R): CEO of Mayweather Promotions Leonard Ellerbe, WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum pose during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on April 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Pacquiao will face each other in a unification bout on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKI / AFP PHOTO / JOHN GURZINSKIMANILA, Philippines—Years have already changed but the rivalry between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather has not.After Mayweather destroyed Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in exhibition-boxing match in Japan on New Year’s Eve, Manny Pacquiao couldn’t let it pass.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

first_imgCHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 17: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat reacts as they take on Team Giannis in the second quarter during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Copyright 2019 NBAE Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dwyane Wade is adamant that the end of this season will be the right time for him to bid farewell to the game of basketball.The game of basketball spent the weekend disagreeing with him.ADVERTISEMENT Wade’s final All-Star appearance as a player is now complete, a four-day trip that had testimonials, celebrations, moments with his family, countless photos and chats with some of basketball’s royalty, and one more lob to LeBron James for good measure. He scored seven points in his final NBA All-Star Game, helping Team LeBron get a 178-164 victory over Team Giannis.“If you could wake up and say, ‘This is how I would like my perfect day to go, this is how I would like my perfect All-Star weekend to go,’ then this was it for me,” Wade told The Associated Press. “This was exactly what I envisioned, what I wanted when I knew I had this opportunity. And it’s been even more than I thought it could be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe score and the stats from the weekend will be forgotten.The moments won’t be, at least not anytime soon. And with 26 games left in the Heat season, the NBA is not ready to say goodbye. “He’s been one of the guys who’s been a leader in our league, an ambassador worldwide as well as a champion,” said Los Angeles Lakers President Magic Johnson, one of many who lauded Wade at a dinner to start the weekend. “D-Wade embraced being the face of the league for a long time. … I think the league has done well by him this season, with every arena honoring him, but also we’re going to miss him.”So this weekend was about the past, present and future.A few hours after landing in Charlotte, Wade thought he was headed to a dinner with some family and close friends. When he arrived with his wife Gabrielle Union and their new daughter Kaavia James, he quickly realized that he’d been misled by his inner circle — and dinner for a few was becoming dinner for a few hundred instead.It turned out to be a five-hour party, replete with a red carpet arrival, him seated on a throne and simultaneously drinking from two glasses of red wine at one point, laughs, hugs, tears and capped by karaoke — one of his off-court obsessions. Speakers included Caron Butler, Donovan Mitchell, Isiah Thomas, Tim Hardaway, his parents Jolinda Wade and Dwyane Wade Sr., Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Heat President Pat Riley.They all told different stories with the same theme: Wade has meant so much, to so many, for so long.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “Having Zaire by my side every step of this road is something that I really wanted to do,” Wade said. “But I couldn’t imagine it’d be this cool. He was trending worldwide. That’s, like, insane.”Wade’s last regular season with the Heat ends April 10. After that, the Heat hope, there’s a playoff run. And then he’s done, sans for one final game — a 1-on-1 matchup against Zaire, the high school junior who has multiple Division I offers already and will likely draw more this summer before he commits to a college this fall.Zaire has never beaten his dad.“He can’t beat me now,” Zaire Wade said.Time will tell on that.But first, there’s the season to finish. Wade will take a couple of days off before practice resumes Wednesday, ready for some sun and some golf. When the playoff push resumes Thursday in Philadelphia — and Miami has some work to do in the Eastern Conference race — Wade insists he will be ready.“My mind will be right,” Wade said.Whatever happens, though, the legacy is clearly secure.“There will never be another D-Wade,” Johnson said. “And that stretches further than Miami. That’s all over the world.” “No one — when I say no one, I mean no one — has done the things at a professional level out of Chicago on a basketball stage better than Dwyane Wade,” said Thomas, who like Wade is a proud son of the Windy City.Riley spoke longer than anyone, nearly 20 minutes, and when he got done he tried to play off Wade’s “One Last Dance” theme for his final season by having the sounds of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” blare through the room where revelers dined on filet mignon and sea bass.The music played. Wade and Riley hugged. Riley kissed the most important draftee of his career on the cheek.“He’s the greatest,” Riley said.Wade even savored the regular All-Star machinations — interviews, practice, appearances. Fans screamed for him and clamored for him to sign anything and everything when he walked into media day on Saturday, and he couldn’t go anywhere without someone asking for a photo or autograph.“To be here, for me to be able to choose him to be part of Team LeBron, for him to be here this weekend, it’s a bittersweet moment, obviously,” said James, Wade’s championship-winning teammate in Miami and later a teammate again in Cleveland. “The bitter part of it, that this is his last weekend being in All-Star Weekend and knowing that his journey is coming to an end as far as a basketball player. But the sweet moment is that we’ve got so much more life to live together, and we will continue that.”The biggest thrill Wade got of his celebration weekend, however, had nothing to do with his own play.His kid was a star on the All-Star stage.From throwing lobs with his dad and James at practice Saturday, getting an on-court tutorial from reigning NBA MVP James Harden, posing for photos himself, even being on the court for warmups at the All-Star Game and slapping fives with Blake Griffin among others, Zaire Wade — a budding star — soaked up everything he could all weekend.That was precisely what his father wanted. MOST READ Bullpups beat Blue Eaglets again, close in on UAAP juniors title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

first_imgRafael Nadal, of Spain, speaks during a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Nadal withdrew from his semifinal match against Roger Federer, of Switzerland, due to a knee injury. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Dominic Thiem outlasted Milos Raonic 7-6 (3), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final after Roger Federer advanced when Rafael Nadal withdrew because of a knee injury.A somber Nadal announced his withdrawal a couple hours before he was scheduled to take the court at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadal said he won’t play again until the Monte-Carlo Masters on clay in mid-April.“I don’t have doubts today that I will be ready for Monte Carlo,” he said.It would have been the 39th career meeting between Nadal and Federer, who seeks a record sixth title at Indian Wells and the 101st in his career on Sunday.“I know every one we have now could be our last,” Federer said. “It’s a special rivalry, maybe the most special with Rafa and Novak (Djokovic).”Sunday’s women’s final features 18-year-old Canadian wild-card Bianca Andreescu against two-time major champion Angelique Kerber.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying The year began promisingly enough. Nadal didn’t drop a set in reaching his fifth Australian Open final, where he lost to Djokovic. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world and has a match record of 11-2.“Still tough because I felt more or less OK during this beginning of the season in terms of my knee,” he said. “Now it starts the process that I have to decide what direction we have to take to recover well and to recover as soon as possible.”Even with all of his injuries, Nadal indicated he has no intention of giving up playing on hard courts, the surface for two of the four Grand Slam events.“My goal is to play on all the surfaces,” he said.With time to fill before the women’s and men’s doubles finals, Djokovic and Pete Sampras teamed for a one-set doubles match against John McEnroe and tournament director Tommy Haas. Comedian Jon Lovitz served as chair umpire.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I warm up today in the morning, and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete,” he said.Federer was warming up on another court at the same time as Nadal and figured the match was on. However, Nadal soon texted him it wasn’t going to happen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s a big letdown,” said Federer, who came on court in khaki shorts and a gray cardigan to address fans. “I know the anticipation is there from the crowd and also us players. I’m excited to be in the finals but not this way.”The 32-year-old Spaniard’s right knee flared up in the second set of his 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) victory over Karen Khachanov on Friday in the quarterfinals. He twice called for a trainer, who applied tape just below Nadal’s knee. It was obvious that Nadal’s movement was hampered. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Thiem reached the semifinals via walkover after Gael Monfils withdrew from their quarterfinal with a strained left Achilles.Against Raonic, Thiem earned the only break of the third set in the fifth game. He led 5-3 and served it out, winning on his second match point with a backhand volley.“The only break point I had to save was in the last game, and that was what I wanted to do, to play my service games well and not let him have too many chances,” Thiem said.Thiem and Federer have split their four previous meetings, with only one going three sets. Federer won the last time they played at the ATP Finals in London in November.“It’s always something special to play him,” he said.Thiem has never won a Masters 1000 title, losing in two previous finals.Knee problems have dogged Nadal for years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September. He was forced to quit two sets into his semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro.Nadal choked up discussing his withdrawal last fall, and he appeared near tears on Saturday.He admitted that he sometimes is sad because he feels at a disadvantage against his opponents due to his continued knee issues that force him to limit his practice and playing time.Then he gathered himself, saying, “It’s not the moment to complain much. With all this stuff, I still where I am today.” View commentscenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Zion Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU for ACC title MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has strongly denied media reports that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf advised her Malawian counterpart Madam Joyce Banda not to fight corruption during an election year.During an interactive discussion with some Liberians on Wednesday, at the Center for Exchange of Intellectual Opinions, (CEIO) the Liberian Foreign Minister, who recently accompanied President Johnson Sirleaf to that southern African nation, clarified that at no time did President Sirleaf tell President Banda not to fight corruption in the heat of a election fight. President Banda, is seeking making a run of her own at the presidency. Malawi is scheduled to hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections in May of this year.“Let me tell you that the Malawian Presidential Press Secretary has come out with a clarification. But I can tell you that this statement going around, especially on the Internet, claiming that ‘President Sirleaf told the Malawian President not to fight corruption because it is a risk in an election year,’ is not true at all.”According to the report, Mrs. Sirleaf was supposed to have reasoned that ‘people with money would have fought the Malawian president back, leading to her defeat at the polls in May.“I can tell you that this is a big, black lie. I say that with all the strength of my integrity because I was there. I was even behind the Press Secretary to get some clippings so that we can play for you to hear,” Foreign Minister Ngafuan said, in response to a young lady’s question on the matter.“What President Banda said was that her sister [President Sirleaf] is her role model. They discussed a wide range of issues including the anti-corruption fight and the risk that is involved. But she said publically at the state dinner that President Sirleaf encouraged her to stay the course, to soldier on—to continue the corruption fight in spite of the pending elections and the risk involved. That’s what President Banda said,” Mr. Nguafuan narrated.He reminded his audience that Malawi is going to elections and, as a consequence, the Malawian political climate is getting very charged.  Therefore, falsehoods and twisted facts may be peddled by individuals with ulterior motives.The Liberian Foreign Minister then encouraged the jam-packed audience at a local haitai shop, dominated by the youths, not to lose sight of the progress that has been made since the end of the civil conflict that has created the environment for economic recovery and development as well as the institutionalization of a culture of democracy. “We are not at the bottom of the proverbial ‘bottomless pit.’ We are not way up there yet; but equally so, we are not way down there. We have miles to go but we have made some significant progress that you need to note and appreciate,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Press Union of Liberia last Friday awarded several journalists and institutions for their remarkable and courageous performances as news gatherers in their various assignments last year.Interestingly one of the areas was sports reporting which encompasses those in the print and the electronic media.Located at its Clay Street’s office is the Sports Writers Association of Liberia. This body is an auxiliary of the Press Union of Liberia. Its members are also registered members of the PUL.At its recent elections at the YMCA building in Monrovia, among other things, PUL President Kamara A. Kamara told the members about the important role that SWAL ‘plays’ in PUL.Kamara’s statement has come to haunt me since his infant administration did not involve the SWAL in the selection of its deserving member who supposedly made exceptional contribution to sports in the previous year.I am not sure, as it is often said jokingly; PUL President Kamara’s recent statement at the SWAL installation was a statement someone would make at a liquor table, to impress the ladies who are present.How does an organization become an important part of another when the other is ignored in an important selection process that should benefit at least one of them? What about the Reporters Association?The Secretary General of PUL, Kaihene Sengbe told SWAL members during our recent elections that he began his career as a sports reporter. Except maybe I was not paying attention to him, I want to know how in the world he would become part of a decision that overlooked a field that served as the foundation for his success as a journalist.It is of interest that while those who were honored deserve my commendation, goes against the practice of honor. How do you select yourself to receive an honor? Are your works not enough evidence that you deserve it?Someone told me the other day that what is not done properly is not done at all. It is too early for the good old Kamara and his new group of leaders to behave as if someone was telling them what to do.I am also aware of the Reporters Association also an auxiliary of the PUL was sadly ignored in the selection of deserving reporters for recognition the PUL.In all due respect, the idea that the honorees selected themselves in the first place was a bad practice that must be discouraged. We live in a society in which degree holders are not able to justify how they got their degrees.Rightly, a committee must be set up, with responsible members, along with media managers outside the PUL to manage such a sensitive issue. Also needed is a set of criteria that must serve as a guide. Why the above suggestion was not envisioned by the PUL is difficult to comprehend.Personally, I am satisfied that someone down the road the other day, offered me a bag of cold water, for reading my sports article that torched his heart. At least I did not have to nominate myself.last_img read more

first_imgThe student population of Nimba County has something to smile about this New Year as the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) and the Nimba County Community College seal a MOU to collaborate in providing access to quality education for students in the county.AMEU and NCCC over the weekend signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a Dual Degree program (DDP) with emphasis on the English and Mass-Communication disciplines. The program which is considered a pilot academic project will be offered on the campus of NCCC in Sanniquelie.It presents a unique partnership between both institutions and provides a rare pathway for students enrolled at NCCC to earn quality, accessible, and affordable Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees. The DDP is expected to commence in September of this year with two baccalaureate degree programs from AMEU.The MOU was signed on Friday, January 9, at the Ezzat Eid Resource Center on the Campuses of AMEU. The President of AMEU, Dr. Joseph T. Isaac and NCCC president, Dr. Yar D. Gonway-Gono, signed for their respective institutions.The DDP is based on a formal agreement between AMEU and NCCC under which students will spend three to five years completing requirements of both institutions. Students will be awarded an associate degree from the community college and a bachelor from the University.        The program also has a vision to help transform the deplorable education system in the country and place it on a proper footing for advancement of the youth who make up over 60% of the nation’s population. The beneficiaries of this program, though beginning with Nimba students, are those young people outside the nation’s capital where such opportunities tend to be concentrated.AMEU envisages an ambitious plan that is on the verge of transforming the education system of the country and provide quality education to a larger student population, many of whom are in the leeward counties, Dr. Isaac noted.This will also help to alleviate the pressure on students who in an effort to come down to Monrovia to obtain higher education have to hustle for school fees, transportation, shelter and fend for themselves.The AMEU president noted that he was happy and excited that the collaboration had gotten underway. He narrated that the DDP vision was conceived when he attended the World Innovative Summit for Education (WISE). Two months ago while on his way back from the US, he had the opportunity to attend the WISE in Qatar where educators from all over the world gathered to brainstorm about innovative ways to impact and reach a larger student population globally, said Dr. Isaac.WISE is an initiative of the Qatar Foundation (QF). It spends millions of dollars each year on the WISE with organizers inviting thousands of educators from different countries.“At the summit, we were challenged to become innovative about how we deliver education to our home institutions and think about new ways to develop education.One way we decided to make use of the knowledge we gained at the WISE is through collaboration like this, Dr. Isaac said, adding , “unfortunately, leaders in education in Liberia think the best way is to collaborate with foreign institutions. “It is so easy for us to call up institutions that we attended or we know of, most times big names, and collaborate with them.”“One thing we are not doing well is to collaborate internally, not just institution of higher learning, but with high schools as well. Even agencies and ministries of government do not collaborate as they should. There are a lot of things that we at the Universities and colleges can do to solve most of the problems we face in our education system when we collaborate with others,” declared Dr. Isaac.So while on his way back from the summit he decided to email Dr. Gonway-Gono and Dr. Levi Zangai of Bassa Community College. “And I told them we can bring AMEU to your campuses, because nothing is stopping us, just our thinking. We can start small with one or two programs so that your students, when they graduate, will not have to come to Monrovia unless they want to or unless we are not offering the program of their interest.”Dr Gono responded positively and the conversation started. She visited us first and we talked and she invited us over and they agreed to collaborate not just in the chosen disciplines, “but in other areas we are going to explore so that we can strengthen our capacities. So both faculties can have conversations and maybe we can do joint research and student exchange programs as well.He admonished his colleagues from other universities and colleges in Liberia to take advantage of the WISE program. He noted that the summit is free of charge, Qatar Foundation pays for everything.Dr. Gono, truly overwhelmed at the signing ceremony, commended her counterpart for conceiving the vision. “As an administration I have really been worried about the future of my students. So when this opportunity came I was really overjoyed,” she said.She indicated that the students at NCCC are very enthusiastic about education. “Our students, I can say, are over ambitious. They are eager to learn. They always want to do something. I can’t rest since we began talking about this program because they are always in my office inquiring about when the program will begin, said Dr. Gono, who won best Community College president of 2014. NCCC was also chosen as the CM of 2014.Meanwhile, the DDP is intended to help address two major national development issues. Firstly, the overarching problem of Liberia brain-drain and the need to decentralize socioeconomic development, especially access to higher education. The complexity and scale of the “brain-drain” exacerbated by the civil crisis and the current demand for decentralized social services requires integrated solutions to build around human development.It has been well established that in order to accelerate effective and efficient service delivery across Liberia, government and its partners, with the private sector included, need to develop and strengthen the capacity of county and local institutions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Reference your news item ‘Oil Experts for High-level Cabinet Ministers Caucus today’, a question or two and a few brief remarks. Why was this briefing by a panel of experts not extended to include members of the parliamentary Opposition, civil society and the various interest groups that have evolved in the wake of the oil discoveries? Surely it would have been possible to at least hold a general session initially before a discussion in camera with Cabinet?1. The items on the agenda (SWF, national security etc) outweigh any partisan political divisions and speak to the future of the nation. While these issues transcend the current political matrix and the moment, the meeting is prisoner to both.2. Public funds have presumably been used to underwrite this meeting and to transport the various experts from their respective corners of the globe. It is therefore not unreasonable to expect that the expertise made available to the Cabinet also be made available to the citizenry.3. Did none of the experts or the organisations involved think to enquire as to whether there would be an opportunity for public engagement? One wonders how reports of this exclusive caucus would play with their respective constituencies, employers and funders at home. Chatham House, for example, maintains a commitment to open debate as well as ‘private discussions’ in its mission statement. In this case, apparently, the former has been forfeited in favour of the latter.4. The current Administration holds power by a one-seat majority, the slenderest of margins. What was arguably an ambitious coalition of disparate groups is already showing signs of fraying at the seams. Many commentators have pointed out that, if only for the sake of survival, it needs to govern inclusively and to seek to build alliances across the political spectrum, particularly on issues such as these. Here was a golden opportunity squandered.5. This, it seems, is the first of several such gatherings. One hopes that, in the future, the convener and the distinguished list of invitees will make a more concerted effort to respect international norms of public discourse.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,It is sad that I must use this harsh description, but the unbelievable reality is that President David Granger and his Government left young cyclist, Beyoncé Ross for dead. Mine you, this is a Government I support, voted for in 2015 and will do so again in 2020, given that the other political party is not an option.Yet, I ache to say that the change myself and other desperate Guyanese had voted for is slow and seems almost non-existent, especially when it comes to issues regarding equality to the underprivileged and less wealthy.I was brought to tears, and am still very upset even as I pen this letter at the failure of the Ministry and State entities responsible for the development of sport and athletes in this country. Reports said this young woman was suffering for months, but none of the agencies came to her aid.I blame the Government for being slow to intervene in a situation which was so brilliantly highlighted by the media and still no one in authority moved to act.Now she is dead in the very same week when we are told that Minister Ally is being flown overseas for medical treatment paid for by the State. Clearly here, all men and women are equal but some are clearly more as George Orwell said.Sincerely,Naresh Singhlast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,The citizens of Guyana should be deeply troubled by a tribute to convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir, otherwise known as “Aubrey Michael Seaforth”, passed unanimously by all 33 APNU/AFC Members of Parliament on April 26, 2019. Members of the opposition party were not present in the Assembly on that day.Regardless of one’s ethnic or religious affiliation, Guyanese must demand that members of the esteemed legislative body rescind the motion honouring Kadir. They should do so because it is the morally right thing to do.Failure to do so sends an extremely dangerous message to criminals and violent Islamist extremists in Guyana and the Caribbean that their evil actions can be erased by having friends in positions of power.When the heavily scripted Honourable Valarie Patterson-Yearwood stood up in the National Assembly of Guyana and called on her APNU/AFC colleagues to honour the memory of Kadir, she deliberately expunged dark details of his life, and in doing so, made a mockery of the country’s Parliament.Patterson-Yearwood and the Honourable Audwin Rutherford, who seconded the motion, painted the picture of a “friend” and a “colleague” who was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather to dozens of grandchildren. Patterson-Yearwood, apparently awed by Kadir’s ability to spawn his seed so profusely, admiringly referred to him as a “fruitful man”.And so gushing was her praise of Kadir that Patterson-Yearwood made him ten years younger by getting the year of his birth wrong. Perhaps that sort of mistake can be excused these days on the grounds that this particular group of parliamentarians has recently experienced a heap of trouble in properly adding and dividing numbers.Patterson-Yearwood got the correct day, time and year of Kadir’s death, down to the specific location of his final resting place, and yet she conveniently omitted the fact that Kadir was a convicted terrorist who died in a US penitentiary in Pennsylvania, USA, as inmate number 64656-053.Kadir was found guilty by a court in the Eastern District of New York on terrorism charges in 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison. His conviction and the seriousness of it ought to have overshadowed everything that preceded it but that’s not how Patterson-Yearwood reads history.It is true that during his custody and trial by jury, Kadir had consistently pleaded innocent. Why else would there have been a trial?He claimed repeatedly that his association with his co-conspirators had nothing to do with attacking John F Kennedy Airport, but rather he was hoping to obtain financial assistance to help build a mosque in Linden, establish trade contacts and rehabilitate the men’s understanding of Islam.However, Zainab Ahmad, assistant US attorney, disputed Kadir’s version of events. She asked jurors to consider “what kind of person comes face to face with committed terror, and says, ‘you know, I wasn’t into that idea about blowing up JFK Airport, but he seemed like a great guy to get into import/export business with.’ The very idea is laughable because it is patently false”.During the six-week-long trial, US attorneys introduced a mountain of evidence that ultimately convinced members of the jury that Kadir had “a terrible criminal plan to teach America a lesson. A plan to destroy the economy of New York and a plan to take innocent lives”.It is alarming, therefore, that Patterson-Yearwood would ignore all of this and boldly proclaim to Members of Parliament that “the people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart, a bold and courageous man”.Kadir had converted to Islam in the mid-1970s, but eventually, he rejected the Islam practised by the vast majority of Guyanese Muslims and became a devoted follower of Ayatollah Khomeini and a believer in the Shiite Iranian worldwide revolution.“It is his belief that Shiite Muslims around the world should rise up and throw off the yoke of their Western oppressors,” said Ahmad in her summation to the jury.Kadir was so devoted to Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolutionary ideals, evidence from his trial shows, that “he has been providing intelligence to the Iranian Government for years”.To APNU/AFC Members of Parliament who applauded the motion believed that Kadir was a technically competent engineer who travelled extensively, was into martial arts, enjoyed swimming and cycling and was fluent in multiple languages.But the jurors who found him guilty heard evidence that it was Kadir’s competence as an engineer, his leadership skills, his authority and influence among a tiny cabal of fellow religious extremists in Guyana and the Caribbean, including the notorious Yasin Abu Bakr in Trinidad and Tobago, plus his contacts in Iran’s revolutionary leadership, that drew his co-conspirators to him in the first place.The court heard evidence – testimony, documents and photos – that proved Kadir had agreed to present the terror plot to the revolutionary leadership in Iran and that he was about to get on a plane to do just that when he was taken into custody.What Rutherford said about Kadir is true. He was generous in his financial support for youth sports clubs in Linden. But at the same time, Kadir allowed a bank account associated with his Guyana Islamic Information Centre to be used to launder the funds for the terror attacks in New York.What is absolutely shocking about this ill-conceived motion is that on August 30, 2017, the Finance Ministry, under the stewardship of Winston Jordan and Jaipal Sharma, froze the financial assets of Abdul Kadir under Guyana’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act.What is even more bizarre is that both Jordan and Sharma were present in the Assembly on April 26 when the motion honouring the very person whose assets they froze less than two years ago was passed.Sincerely,Nazim BakshGuyanese bornjournalist in Canadalast_img read more