Simona Halep, of Romania waves to spectators after retiring with her back injury during her first round of the women’s singles match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (Jia Haocheng/Xinhua via AP)No. 1-ranked Simona Halep has a herniated disk in her back, putting the rest of her season in doubt.Halep wrote on Twitter on Tuesday that she had an MRI exam that revealed the injury.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Barcelona surpasses $1 billion in revenue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum She retired from her first-round match at the China Open on Sunday, citing a back problem that has been bothering her.The season-ending WTA Finals begin in Singapore on Oct. 21.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 ChrissHalep has lost her past four matches, including at the U.S. Open. She became the first top-seeded woman to lose in the opening round in New York in the 50-year professional era.The Romanian, who turned 27 last week, is 46-10 with three titles in 2018. Halep won her first Grand Slam championship at the French Open in June, and was the runner-up at the Australian Open in January. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
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 MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Of course, the PBA governors want to know who will be the players in the pool for these players to be notified. The board also wants to know the program and the practices but for sure, the PBA will lend any of the players called,” said PBA commissioner Willie Marcial in a story posted on the league’s website.The special meeting will be led by Ricky Vargas, who was renewed for another year as PBA board chairman.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 ChrissFajardo and Slaughter missed the Philippines’ campaign in the previous window due to injuries.Gilas settled for a split in its past two games in the qualifiers. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petron clobbers Cocolife to kick off PSL All-Filipino bid Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Filipinos fell to the Iranians, 81-73, in Tehran on September 13 before bouncing back with a 92-81 win over the Qataris four days later in a closed-door game at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comCebuano giants June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter are expected to rejoin Gilas Pilipinas when head coach Yeng Guiao names his latest national team pool during a meeting with the PBA Board of Governors next Tuesday.The Philippines begins the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of home games at Mall of Asia Arena against Kazakhstan on November 30 and Iran on December 3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Mark Barroca was just a humble rookie when he won his first PBA title back in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup.Standing third in the pecking order behind Roger Yap and Jonas Villanueva, the former national team star had no other choice but to learn from the veterans.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But six years since then, Barroca, now one of the leaders of that same team, has come full circle, steering Magnolia to the 2018 Governors’ Cup.“I think the difference was I was just a rookie during my first championship,” said Barroca in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 102-86 Game 6 win over Alaska Wednesday at Ynares Center here.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 ChrissREAD: Mark Barroca wins PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP“Now I’m the senior and the one leading my younger teammates and the chemistry’s different this time around.” 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Top pick CJ Perez inks three-year max deal with Columbian Dyip LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Barroca, 32, also won his second Finals MVP making him the third player in the Magnolia franchise to win more than one joining legends James Yap, who has four, and Marc Pingris, who also has two.And the wily point guard did this while also providing guidance to young star Jio Jalalon, who is six years his junior.READ: Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero“Coach [Chito Victolero] always tells me to always talk to Jio because I’m one of the seniors of the team,” said Barroca who had 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists against the Aces.“That role is crucial in our dynamic and that’s how James treated me when I was a rookie, the older guys were telling me what to do and I accepted the roles they gave me.”ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia’s title also broke its four-year championship drought that dates back to when it completed the Grand Slam for the 2013-14 season.READ: PBA commissioner: No precedent to suspend Mark Barroca on groin hitAnd the victory lit a fire in Barroca’s heart that he thought got extinguished during the years when they couldn’t win a trophy.“Now that we won, the heart and the desire seems to have returned,” said Barroca who was the Finals MVP in the 2014 Philippine Cup. “We have to maintain this going into the next conference and we’ll go to the All-Filipino again where we lost in the Finals [against San Miguel].”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has long been a proponent for women’s advancement in various spheres of Liberian society. She has put a specific emphasis on market women taking a bigger role in many of the government’s development initiatives. Although other Liberian women have benefited from the President’s drive to empower females, market women enjoy most of that focus. Market women were the chief beneficiaries of projects commemorating her 75th birth anniversary.In a change from these recent trends, last week President Sirleaf publicly committed herself to the empowerment of women involved in farming. The President intends to solicit support from Liberia’s development partners so these women can transition from subsistence to large scale farming.At a meeting held last weekend at her Foreign Affairs office with Assistant Director General for the African Division of the Swedish International Development Corporation Agency (SIDA), Mr. Georg Andrén, and Sweden’s Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Sofia Strand, President Sirleaf requested that the partnership between the Swedish government and Liberia should concentrate on rural women, most of whom are engaged in subsistence farming.President Sirleaf praised Sweden’s role in Liberia’s recovery, especially in the areas of women’s empowerment. She expressed hope the partnership would take this focal point to another level by enabling women to learn more advanced farming techniques.Sweden, through SIDA, has been supporting various projects in Liberia, most notably on women’s empowerment, agriculture and road rehabilitation in Liberia.The Liberian leader also spoke of the need for stronger technical and vocational institutions. She invited SIDA to work with the Ministries of Agriculture and Gender to ensure that women in small scale agriculture receive adequate support enabling them to transitions from ‘hand-to-mouth’ farming to more lucrative agricultural practices.She thanked Sweden for its development partnership, which she said is a manifestation of the long relationship between the two countries dating back to the operation of the Nimba mines by the Liberian-American-Swedish Minerals Company (LAMCO). She indicated that the recent posting of an Ambassador with residence in Liberia had further strengthened the ties.The Liberian President used the occasion to thank the Government and people of Sweden for their support to her national secretariat for the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which she co-chaired. She expressed further hope Sweden would continue to support the voice of the people as contained in the Panel’s Report to the Secretary-General.Speaking after the President, Mr. Andrén said that Sweden’s renewed commitment to Liberia’s development is based on responsible leadership exemplified by President Sirleaf.The SIDA Assistant Director General for Africa said that the Swedish people have seen their taxes at work in Liberia and are encouraged by the level of development in the country. “Sweden promises to do more in support of the President’s development agenda through SIDA, we will remain a dependable partner,” he said.Mr. Andrén said that his organization was equally ready to help in capacity building and promised to help fund such activities.SIDA, he informed the President, was working with USAID and ExxonMobil in a tripartite arrangement for development in Zambia, Ethiopia and South Africa, and hoped a similar engagement would work in Liberia.The President promised to raise the subject during the upcoming Liberia-U.S. Partnership Dialogue slated for early February. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Governments of the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China signed two separate bilateral agreements aimed at enhancing the Liberian Government’s fight against the deadly Ebola virus, and helping the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) respectively.Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan and China’s Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Mr. Zhang Yue signed on behalf of their respective governments.According to the first agreement, the Chinese Government provided the Liberian Government with a batch of medical materials as gratuitous assistance, one million Chinese Yuan (valued at US$162,310) as the Liberian Government continues to exalt efforts in eradicating Ebola.The Chinese Government, through the second agreement, also provided technical aid and training to the LBS at the value of more than US$1 million (6,500,000.00 Chinese Yuan). According to the agreement, the Chinese Government will dispatch four technicians (one for transmitter, one for audio frequency, one for generator and one interpreter) to Liberia, to provide technical instructions in the operation and maintenance of the facilities of the LBS and conduct technical training for its personnel. The Chinese Government shall also supply some necessary equipment and spare parts.During the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Capitol Hill, Foreign Minister Ngafuan, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Liberian people, thanked the Chinese Government for its response to the fight against Ebola in Liberia and support to LBS.Describing China as a true friend, the Liberian Foreign Minister lauded his Chinese counterpart for the efforts and further stated that such signing ceremonies only testify to the solidity of Liberia-China relationships.He said the Chinese provision of the medical equipment towards the Ebola fight in Liberia shows that China is a “friend indeed”.Minister Ngafuan used the occasion to also laud China’s continuous assistance to LBS. He stressed the importance of effective communication which he said is the gap between what is being done and how it is marketed.He lauded LBS’ ‘great job in the rural parts’, alluding to the impacts the state broadcasting entity has in rural Liberia when the station is on but also when it is not on.For his part, Ambassador Zhang said, “We appreciate very much the efficient efforts being made by the Liberian Government since the outbreak of this virus and also the media that raised the social awareness about the prevention of this virus…At this critical moment, China as a friend to Liberia, is reaching out with a helping hand when our friend is in need during this period of difficulties.”The Chinese Envoy said he believes that the strong leadership of the Liberian Government and its people, with the cooperation of the International Community, will overcome of the Ebola virus.On the technical assistance to LBS, Amb. Zhang emphasized that it will further enhance the cooperation between the two countries in the area of telecommunications which he believes will improve the mutual communication and the mutual understanding of the peoples of China and Liberia.He also thanked the Liberian Government for its support and coordinated cooperation for such initiatives. The Chinese Ambassador then assured the Liberian Government that such cooperation will continue in building the capacities of the state-owned broadcasting entity.Reflecting on China’s wealth of experience on dealing with such national health emergencies, Health Minister Walter Gwenigale expressed his appreciation to the Chinese for their contribution towards Liberia’s fight against Ebola.The Health Minister also used the occasion to reveal that there have been no new cases of Ebola reported for the past weeks in Liberia.The Liberian Health Minister also listed some of China’s huge contribution to the Liberian health sector including the Tappita Hospital and the Health Ministry’s current headquarters in Congo Town.For his part, the Director-General of the LBS, D. Ambrose Nmah, on behalf of the entity’s board and its entire management expressed gratitude to China for its endless support to LBS which he said is far beyond what has been expected.He emphasized that the success of any nation depends on effective communication with its people. Director Nmah recalled China’s assistance to the LBS including aids to its television network and its expansion exercise nationwide as well as China’s ongoing effort in helping Liberia to transform from analog to digital before the June, 2015 expiry date.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In the wake of A plethora of rebuttals and clarifications against the recent announcement by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission, LACC, against several government officials, its chairman Cllr. James Verdier has come under sharp criticism by several Liberians interviewed by the Daily Observer.Many of those interviewed last week in Monrovia questioned the credibility of the LACC, wondering if Cllr. Verdier has not been manipulated by those who may have issues with the accused.The LACC Chairman on October 23, at a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, indicted several present and past government officials for allegedly misapplying millions of United States dollars intended for development programs and operations.James Dorbor, 26, of Monrovia told the Daily Observer, “How could most of the people the LACC accused come out to challenge the decision? Is the LACC’s action a witch-hunt as former NOCAL boss Clemenceau Urey has indicated?” Dorbor said from the explanations so far, if the LACC had engaged in due diligence in its research and subsequent conclusion, “the LACC would have known that what happened at NOCAL was the modus operandi with the Senators.”Related to Dorbor’s position is the fact that five other members, including the Ministry of Justice that voted to approve the payment under question were not accused, according to Theresa Kun of Central Monrovia. “Does this not suggest that not much due diligence was carried out by Chairman Verdier and his workers?”In a telephone interview,Thomas Seeyon of West Point, regretted that in its attempt to unearth corruption, the LACC is engaged in a smear campaign against Liberians whose sacrifices, said Seeyon, are so immense in the country’s reconstruction. “For men like Speaker Alex Tyler and LPRC’s T. Nelson Williams to be brought into disrepute is sad and unfair,” he noted in disgust, adding, “I don’t think Cllr. Verdier’s role is to create confusion by hurting the hard earned image of distinguished Liberians?”A resident of Logan Town told the Daily Observer that Rep. Adolf Lawrence’s clarification and threat to take the LACC to court indicates that the Commission did not exhaust its research on the case in question.“I share the opinion of Rep. Lawrence that the Commission may have inadvertently distorted the facts,” he said, accusing the LACC Chairman of using the institution as a political tool rather than a professional entity.When contacted, a source at the LPRC told the Daily Observer that Mr. Williams fully cooperated with the Solicitor General’s office at the Justice Ministry by submitting all relevant documents but was shocked to learn of Mr. Williams’ indictment.Though many of those interviewed sympathized with the LACC in its fight against corruption and its practices, they however indicated that the manner in which Chairman Verdier’s LACC has handled its report suggests an element of unfairness to those whose names the Commission has brought into disrepute.Many who talked to the Daily Observer appealed to the LACC to go beyond brewing controversy, and be more organized and professional in exercising its duties.Others who accused the LACC are Miatta Beysolow, former Minister of Commerce, Milton Teahjay, Superintendent of Sinoe County, Alex Tyler, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Adolph Lawrence, Representative District # 15, David Kortie, publisher of the FlashPoint newsletter, Josephus S. Keita, Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Public Works, Foday Kromah and Amos Koon, both employees of the Ministry of Finance, among others.When contacted yesterday, LACC’s public relations officer, Ben Kolako, said: “The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) is aware and takes note of a series of sponsored propaganda in the media against the Commission by individuals opposed to the government’s anti-corruption fight. These individuals have planted paid agents in the media to discredit and misrepresent the LACC following a MICAT press briefing by the Executive Chairperson to update the people of Liberia on the status of corruption cases.“Such propaganda is allegedly being orchestrated by some accused persons or their paid agents. They have allegedly dished out money to these paid agents as a result of a midnight meeting held on the Robertsfield highway, with the intent to weaken and discredit the Commission’s resolve to pursue the prosecution of individuals accused of corrupt practices.“The LACC stands by its report, and therefore wishes to assure the public and its partners that it remains resolute and unshakable in the fight against corruption and will ensure that the accused are brought to justice,” Mr. Kolako declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On November 16th the world community observed the 19th International Day for Tolerance. While we are reminded of the security and human rights implications of intolerance which also take the form of stigma and discrimination. This day also provides an opportunity to highlight the vital contribution of tolerance and acceptance to achieving important public health objectives and impact, especially focusing on groups living on the margins of many societies, including those communities currently in the grips of the Ebola virus in West Africa.The U.S. Government is proud to partner with the people and government of Liberia to implement President Barack Obama’s ‘whole of government’ approach to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The United States has been engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak since the first cases were reported in March and has since deployed almost 2250 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. government response to a global health crisis.Thus far our efforts have helped increase the number of Ebola treatment units (ETU) in the region, increased the number of safe burial teams to 65, which are now working across every county in Liberia to safely and respectfully remove and bury bodies and we have expanded the pipeline of medical equipment and supplies in the region, airlifting more than 250 tons of personal protective equipment, infrared thermometers and chlorine. The United States has deployed and commenced operation of mobile Ebola testing labs in Liberia, reducing the time needed to determine if a patient has Ebola from several days to just a few hours. Additionally, the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) this week received the first two health care workers who are infected with the Ebola virus, both Liberian.But while the whole of the United States Government is working with the Government of Liberia and many other partners to contain the threat of Ebola, the tolerance that Liberians extend to each other will be critical to continued success in diagnosing, containing, and treating Ebola patients, and moving Liberia towards a post-Ebola era.Tolerance requires treating everyone, even those who are different, with dignity and respect. In the case of Ebola, this challenge will be a global one. Tolerance is needed for Ebola survivors, as well as health care workers treating Ebola patients and members of burial teams, many of whom have been ostracized by their families and communities. Countries whose citizens have so generously donated their time and talent working as clinicians, medical volunteers, engineers and aid workers, must work to combat the view that these healthy individuals are tainted for simply having worked in proximity, or even visited a nation touched by Ebola.Let us reaffirm that all individuals, whether they are Ebola patients, survivors, clinicians, lab specialists, nurses, doctors, burial teams, family members or aid workers should be free from the stigma that this, or any other disease, might carry with it, and instead should be treated with dignity and respect.I call on all our partners in the shared mission to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia to practice tolerance in all aspects of service delivery. The goal of an Ebola-free Liberia will remain unfulfilled until every Liberian feels that he or she will be treated with tolerance and respect when seeking services to preserve his/her health if already infected, to protect themselves from becoming infected or to provide assistance and care to those seeking treatment.Join me in urging everyone to practice tolerance and respect of others not just to mark the International Day of Tolerance but every day of the year so that we may work together for the goal we all hope for: a post-Ebola Liberia that is prosperous, vibrant and healthy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The focus of this fourth article of the series that is focused on the Ebola Virus Disease and its devastating impact on all of the Liberian society and the ongoing war to eradicate it and mitigate its impact is on finding an appropriate messaging to accelerate the defeat of it. What do we mean by an appropriate messaging? What kind of massages do we need to help us get everyone on board in the ongoing fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia and the sub-region? What kind of messages is not helpful? Why is messaging important for the fight to care for Ebola victims and to eradicate the virus? Let us explore in brief below. The third article on the need for an appropriate strategy for phase two of the war against Ebola observed the following points:Most of the partners, if not all, in the fight against Ebola agree that what strategy or strategies we proffer must include taking the involvement of the community as key to bringing the rate of infection to zero. The government and its local and international partners should bring all of their expertise and resources to empower communities to achieve what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified as: (1) safe burial: bury all dead bodies safely, (2) isolation of sick people: keep sick people away from others, (3) speedy and effective communication about cases and contacts, (4) Contact tracing: help find anyone who is suspected of being infected, and (5) quarantine of contacts and supply them with food and water: contacts must stay to one area. This and all the personal and communal preventive measures are what must be done. But how can we get them done?There are lots of helps out there from the international and local partners. But one great need is the coordination of all the interventions: who is doing what, where and when. Such a directory should be available by now. We must endeavor to respond to any outbreaks anywhere quickly starting with those who are already working there.The free movement of people throughout the length and breadth of the country is a major concern, especially during this Christmas and elections time. At some point the government has to take the hard decision to let everyone stay where he/she is for three weeks. People have to stop moving from place to place and let homes and communities be checked. This approach is not popular and is very expensive but a radical problem requires a radical solution.To undergird any strategy to eradicate Ebola is the right messaging. Messaging is absolutely vital to any attempts to persuade people to do something, especially if it involves asking them to change their mental attitude and behavior. Any kind of propaganda (whether it is a war of any kind, a political platform, a new policy, a marketing strategy, or any human endeavor that asks the voluntary involvement of other people) requires the right kind of messaging if it is to succeed. In fact, communication of which messaging is one kind, is a necessity for all who lead or influence others in one form or the other. Sometime the difference between success and failure depends on the kind of message one employs.The fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia has been helped or hampered by the messages used. For example, earlier on in the fight, out of ignorance and lack of experience in dealing with an emergency of the Ebola kind, people were told not to touch anyone who was sick and that Ebola had no cure and this message was not qualified. That led to some sick persons being abandoned and people suspected of having Ebola not wanting to go for any treatment and thus leading to their deaths! But as our understanding of the virus improved messaging included isolating the sick and caring for them while protecting the caregivers and that an early treatment could lead to a cure for some.Phase two now requires clear, simple messaging around safe burials, isolation of the sick, speedy and effective communication about cases and contacts, contact tracing, and quarantine of suspected people and supplying them with food and other basic needs. The messages have to be unambiguous and consistent. All partners in the fight must synchronize their messages and get them across to all via radio stations (national and local), jingles, dramas, and reaching out to as many as possible on one on one basis. The Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Liberian Media Center (LMC) and other news outlets, both print and electronic, can play a crucial role in the dissemination of the massages. A clear message on Ebola and the war against it can change perception and behavior in the right direction. And the fight against Ebola desperately needs a behavioral change at the community and personal levels if it is to succeed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nimba County Infrastructure Development Committee, through its Acting Project Management Team Leader, Eddie Z. Tenwah, has procured 17 brand new Yamaha (AG-100) motorbikes intended for the use of local officials. The motorbikes, said Mr. Tenwah, will enhance their ability to monitor and evaluate several ongoing projects across the county.The bikes, all red in color, were sold to the county by CICA Motors at a duty-free unit price of US$4,250, totaling US$72, 250 for all 17, according to Mr. TenwahWhile taking delivery of the motorbikes yesterday from the company’s offices in Monrovia, Mr. Tenwah told reporters and onlookers that the motorbikes are being purchased with a portion of the county’s social development fund to be used by the office of the Project Management Committee and local officials, including district commissioners and statutory superintendents.“Unlike officials that motorbikes were previously assigned to, and those in the county’s Electoral District #1 and 2, the rest of the commissioners are each entitled to a motorbike.”He said the decision to purchase the motorbikes was reached during the county council sitting when the county authority approved the US$72,250 for the procurement of the motorbikes.He noted that the acting PMC chair and two administrative districts will not benefit from the motorbikes “because the authorities of the two districts opted for a different project rather than the use of motorcycles.He named district #1 and 2 as those that declared no interest in the motorbike purchase. He asserted that the purchase of the motorbikes will enable the local officials to effectively carry out their duties in their respective areas of assignments.Mr. Tenwah explained that due to the lack of vehicles in the county, commissioners and statutory superintendents have encountered difficulty in monitoring some of the ongoing development projects.He stipulated that fueling and maintenance of the motorcycles will be done by the users themselves.A large portion of the county’s social development funds is provided by the world’s steel giant, ArcelorMittal, which now operates in the county extracting high grade iron ore.Mr. Tenwah has admonished the motorbike users to maintain them with the highest sense of responsibility that will guarantee their durability. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…“It was delayed because of the weather” – City EngineerBy Ramona LuthiKitty Market under constructionCity Engineer Colvern Venture on Thursday confirmed that construction on the Kitty Market has resumed, adding that the delay was caused by the rainy weather.According to Venture, a section of the Kitty Market has to be redesigned and after this is done, the new completion deadline will be announced. He told Guyana Times that work had been halted for a short period because of the unfavourable weather conditions.“The work is ongoing right now. It was stopped a little because of the rain and it was delayed because of the weather, but work is pressing on,” he said.His comments come on the heels of media reports that works were allegedly stalled because the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was cash strapped.Venture refused to disclose the total cost of the construction on the Kitty Market, thus far.Rehabilitation on the Market began early in the year by the M&CC. At the time, it was relayed by Town Clerk Royston King that after consecutive meetings with stallholders and stakeholders, it was agreed vendors would be relocated nearby and works would commence.He added that the City Engineer’s Department would be conducting the restoration of the historic site in various phases so as to not completely displace vendors.It was also highlighted to the public that the project was scheduled to be completed in three months. King noted that there were many technical aspects to be completed during the period, with decisions being made to retain the historic architectural design of the structure. The construction of a new sanitary block for the Market was also slated to be done during the restoration process.At the beginning of the restoration process, many vendors expressed happiness that attention was finally being given to the Market.However, long before the stipulated deadline of May month-end, vendors had begun complaining about the delay in works which would make it impossible for the deadline to be met and hence ,the extended time period that they would be displaced.