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A windfall for Beermen

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Guevarra tops Bicol netfest LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Ang, a basketball fanatic who refuses to watch the games live as much as possible, reminded the team to keep its feet on the ground and remain focused on the big picture as the Beermen once again aim for the rare Grand Slam.“I tell the players to relax and give thanks to God because He is the one blessing us with this success,” Ang said. “He gave us a chance to win this conference and we shouldn’t be boastful of our success. We should continue praying for these players so that they can accomplish the goal we set.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC For Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo, this means rewarding his parents whatever they desire while also saving for his future.“Whatever my parents want and whatever I can give them, I will. But of course, I have to save too,” Fajardo, who won a record sixth Best Player of the Conference award, said.“It doesn’t mean that when we get these bonuses, we have to spend all of it. We have to spend it wisely,” he added as he stands to gain the most if the BPC and Finals MVP awards perks are counted.Normal bonuses of PBA teams give players 4.5 months for winning the Philippine Cup.None of the players divulged the exact figure during the celebrations, with former MVP Arwind Santos refusing to look at it as a motivating factor.“For me, money is not the main factor here. What we achieved, with the bonding we had as a team, that’s what makes us happy,” said Santos in Filipino. “As for the bonus, I’d like to say we’re always happy here.”ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It was evident in the faces of the players during the victory celebration on Tuesday night at the SMC compound that hefty bonuses were given and that they were rewarded well.Inquirer sources, who refused to be identified, pegged the amount at “seven months at the least to eight months (of a player’s basic pay) at the most.”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 crownThat means players receiving the maximum monthly base pay of P420,000 will get at least P2.940 million, excluding the extra that generous team owner Ramon S. Ang could give.“I think San Miguel is very generous when it comes to giving us extra, especially with what we have achieved,” said coach Leo Austria, referring to the all-Filipino championship record after dispatching of sister team Magnolia, 4-1, in the best-of-seven Finals. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAfter collaring an unprecedented fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup title last Friday, San Miguel Beer certainly put itself in the conversation as the best team of all time.And with that run—and if reports are accurate—these Beermen also became the wealthiest in terms of bonuses earned.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Figure skating champion Zagitova gets dog for gold

first_imgHer parents said they would consider having a dog if she won in Japan.Japanese dog enthusiasts then rallied round to send the 16-year-old the puppy, named Masaru, or “victory”.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 crownPrime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie attended Saturday’s ceremony in Moscow during a visit for talks with President Vladimir Putin.Zagitova won gold in February, beating her friend and fellow Russian Evgenia Medvedeva. 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding UFC fighter Nick Diaz arrested on domestic violence charge Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Russian Women’s Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alina Zagitova holds An Akita Inu puppy named Masaru presented by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Abe is in Russia for talks with President Vladimir Putin in hopes of making progress on joint economic projects on disputed islands as a step toward resolving a decades-old territorial row. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)MOSCOW — Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova has been given a Japanese akita dog in a ceremony involving Japan’s prime minister.Zagitova said at this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that she had fallen in love with the akita breed — which she calls a “devoted friend” — while training before the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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NCAA: Lyceum rolls to 7th straight win after nipping St. Benilde

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Pirates stepped on the gas after trailing the Blazers early in the third quarter. An eight-point spurt in just a span of 24 seconds pushed Lyceum ahead for good.Justin Gutang and Edward Dixon had 13 points apiece for CSB as its star big man Clement Leutcheu was held to just eight points and nine rebounds due to foul trouble.The Blazers reeled to their second consecutive defeat and dropped to 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lyceum turned on the jets in the fourth quarter to beat College of St. Benilde, 77-65, and stay perfect in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Tokyo Olympic chief pushes for daylight saving time For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With CJ Perez running the show anew, the Pirates to rolled their seventh straight win to move within two wins away from a  first round sweep.“The guys just didn’t give up. We’re always going to be challenged and it’s always gonna come to a where we need to bring our best,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Perez collected 22 points, 12 rebounds and five steals while Mike Nzeusseu also posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds with five blocks to boot.Jaycee Marcelino also stepped up with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Guiao confident Clarkson can catch on to system ahead of China game

first_imgHead coach Yeng Guiao, assistant coach Caloy Garcia and Gilas player Jordan Clarkson. POOL PHOTOJAKARTA—Yeng Guiao was honest enough to admit that he was surprised at how his rag-tag version of a Gilas Pilipinas crew performed two nights ago.“Who would have expected that,” Guiao asked the Inquirer Friday afternoon on the way to team practice, referring to the 96-59 victory by the Filipinos over Kazakhstan that jumpstarted the Philippine campaign in the 18th Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PH volleyball team to skip Asiad opening rites to focus on Thailand preps 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 What Team Philippines lacks in size against China it will make up for in speed.With Clarkson, Guiao has possibly the best guard rotation in the tournament together with Stanley Pringle and Paul Lee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img “That was farthest from my mind,” he went on as he praised the team he assembled less than two weeks ago for a job that almost blew his mind. “I guess it only goes to show the determination of the players to prove themselves—and more importantly, represent the country well.”WATCH: Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) and Gilas during practice Friday afternoon at the Gor Pukugadung gym. | @musongINQ pic.twitter.com/Vi2utgw1cDFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) August 17, 2018 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Guiao said he is having a difficult time getting his system in place as the Philippines—and the other countries as well—is getting just 50 minutes a day to practice, whether this be at the official GBK Baskeball Hall, or at Gor Pulugadung stadium.“As you can see, that’s just what we have,” Guiao said, pointing at the electronic scoreboard at the old gym that started a 50-minute countdown for the Gilas practice.Gilas plays mighty China Tuesday and Guiao is thankful for the break that they have so they could get Jordan Clarkson in the scheme of things. He’s confident that the Cleveland Cavalier in the NBA will catch on to his system very quick.WATCH: Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) and Gilas during practice Friday afternoon at the Gor Pukugadung gym. | @musongINQ pic.twitter.com/Vi2utgw1cD— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) August 17, 2018ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “If the others got it right away, someone with his intelligence on the basketball court will surely get it in a few practices.”Clarkson flew in from a long-haul flight from Los Angeles via Singapore before noon on Thursday and is battling jetlag.There’s a part of Guiao’s coaching staff that is making sure that Clarkson gets acclimatized as soon as possible and won’t be groggy for the China game.“There are people (from the Gilas team) that stayed with him (before nighttime of Thursday) to make sure that he doesn’t sleep at the wrong hour,” defensive anchor Gabe Norwood said with a smile. “That’s hard, being denied of sleep. But he has to do it and our guys did a good job at it.”Follow @musongINQ for more updates on @JordanClarksons and the #AsianGames2018 https://t.co/3IQ9vqx8xx— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) August 17, 2018Guiao and his coaching staff have an idea of the competition they will face when they play the Chinese, and reiterated that the arrival of Clarkson has given the Philippines something to hope for.“Before he came over, we were listed as the absolute underdogs,” Guiao said. “But now, we’re just the slight underdogs and who knows, maybe we can shock the world.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

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Cavs’ Love to miss against Pistons with sore left foot

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love juggles a basketball during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)DETROIT — Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love will miss Thursday night’s game against the Pistons with a sore left foot, another blow to a winless Cleveland team.Love missed three preseason games with an unspecified injury in the same foot. He was favoring his foot following Wednesday’s home loss to Brooklyn, and after traveling with the team to Detroit, the Cavs ruled him out several hours before tip-off.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NCAA Final 4 tips off Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 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 View comments It’s not yet known if he will be able to play Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.“I know he’s going to be out today,” coach Tyronn Lue said before the game. “He tried to play though it last few games, and it was hurting pretty bad.”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 ChrissLove scored 14 points against the Nets, who pulled away in the second half and dropped the Cavs to 0-4 in their first season since 2013-14 without LeBron James.Love is one of only three players left from Cleveland’s 2016 NBA title team. He’s averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds, but is shooting just 32.3 percent from the field. He signed a $120 million contract extension this summer.  /kga Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Pasaol mulls PBA draft or return to UE next year

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ANTIPOLO—As miserable as University of the East may have been for the past two UAAP seasons there was one gleaming hope in the form of power forward Alvin Pasaol.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The burly Pasaol was a scoring machine for the Red Warriors averaging more than 20 points a game in both Season 80 and this point in Season 81.Pasaol averaged 20.6 points as a sophomore last year and is the league’s best scorer this season with 22.8 points and 10.3 rebounds to boot.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 ChrissThose numbers, and legend status, may very well leave UE in Season 82 as Pasaol said he’s uncertain if he will comeback to the Red Warriors for next year.“I’m still thinking if I will return to UE,” said Pasaol in Filipino after the Red Warriors lost to Far Eastern University 80-61 Sunday at Ynares Center here. “Right now I’m still tentative if I will come back especially with what’s happening.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I’m still thinking if I will apply for the PBA Draft and that’s actually bothering me,” said Pasaol. “I have yet to talk to the coaches and school officials, but I suppose I have to talk with them.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Tolentino making up for lost time as FEU braces for last 2 games Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UE ended Season 80 with a 3-11 record as the seventh seed and currently sits in last place with a 1-11 card this season.After this year, Pasaol still has two years left in his collegiate eligibility but his draft stock continues to rise.The 6-foot-4 Pasaol first garnered attention when he exploded for 49 points against Ben Mbala and De La Salle in a 106-100 loss in the first round.UE head coach Joe Silva said that he will talk with Pasaol regarding the player’s plans of entering the PBA Draft.Silva added that whatever decision Pasaol says is what UE will follow.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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No more miracles: Vietnam ousts Philippine Azkals

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 Eight years ago, the Azkals stunned the home side, 2-0, in the same stadium, but they were unable to pull off the feat in a more important stage in the tournament. Captain @PhilYHusband gives away his jersey to the Pinoy supporters at My Dinh Stadium after the Azkals bowed out of the AFF Suzuki Cup. | @cedelfptINQ #AFFSuzukiCup pic.twitter.com/wTyq6cz6KSFEATURED 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— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 6, 2018 The Azkals failed to capitalize on their home advantage last Sunday when they lost 2-1 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, leaving them with a daunting task to overturn the Vietnam advantage here.The squad which was already down to 18 players was dealt another setback as it missed goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard and midfielder Manny Ott to injuries dor the second leg.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Second UAAP title sweeter for Nieto twins as they match dad’s feat Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “I’m very proud of the team because everyone gave it their all tonight,” said a clearly disappointed Phil Younghusband.Already hit by injuries and absences of key players who returned to their clubs, the Azkals couldn’t overcome a young and energetic Vietnamese side that again showed its quality when it mattered.Goals from Nguyen Quang Hai and Nguyen Cong Phoung sealed the home side’s victory, before James Younghusband scored a late consolation strike for the Philippines.Party time in Hanoi after confirms its place in the AFF Suzuki Cup finals vs . | @cedelfptINQ #AFFSuzukiCup pic.twitter.com/RnqRsR9YTH— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) December 6, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH Azkals during the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup home-and-away series against Vietnam. Photo from AFF WebsiteHANOI – There was no repeat of the Miracle in Hanoi. A courageous performance wasn’t enough for the Philippines on a cold Thursday night as the Azkals saw their 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup run come to an end at My Dinh Stadium.Vietnam dealt the Philippines another 2-1 defeat in the second leg of their semifinal tie before a crowd of 40,000 as the Azkas bowed out in the knockout stage for the fourth time in five editions of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Japan Pledges US$83.4 Million to ECOWAS

first_imgThe government of Japan through its Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged its support to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a preparation of a US$83.4 million humanitarian assistance package which will go to the stabilization West Africa’s Sahel region.The Japanese Prime Minister also indicated that the package is intended to spur economic growth in the region and as well promote more Japanese investment.According to a dispatch from Abidjan, where a mini ECOWAS Summit was convened over the weekend, Prime Minister Abe made the commitment at a State Dinner hosted by President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire following a meeting with Heads of State of the regional organization in the Ivoirian capital on Friday, January 10.  President Ouattara is the current Chairman of (ECOWAS).Countries in the Sahel region have been plagued with natural disasters such as drought and famine along with the man-made burden civil conflict. In recent times the civil conflict in Mali has put the region’s fragility in the spotlight and garnered international attention.The Japanese Prime Minister is on a week-long first visit to Africa, which includes stops in Mozambique and Ethiopia. His visit is expected to further enhance Japan’s economic ties with Africa, including business relations, while also highlighting Japan’s efforts toward international peace.“Solidarity gives strength. It’s a simple but a strong message which ECOWAS is conveying to the world. The efforts that you have expended to stabilize the Sahel region lead to respect,” Prime Minister Abe told the ECOWAS leaders at the State Dinner, adding, “Japan wants to support you. That is why we are preparing $83.4 million worth of assistance in favor of the Sahel region.”Prime Minister Abe’s visit to Africa follows the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), held in Yokohama, Japan, back in June 2013, which was attended by nearly 40 African Heads of State and Government. At that meeting, Japan discussed, among other issues, trade and investment, as well as peace and stability in Africa. Japan also pledged a US$14.4 billion aid package over the next five years as part of a broader envelope of US$32.8 billion in private sector investment.Mr. Abe’s visit was the first by a Japanese Head of Government to Africa in the past eight years. In 2006, then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited Ethiopia and Ghana.Making remarks earlier during the opening meeting with ECOWAS leaders, Prime Minister Abe said his country would partner with them to promote peace and security in the region, which he said would in return help spur economic activities and boost development in the region.The Japanese leader said the need to promote peace and security in West Africa had become crucial due to the region’s strategic place in the global economy. Mr. Abe indicated that Japan, as a long-standing friend to many countries in the region, would continue to engage in issues to promote economic development.Welcoming his guest, the ECOWAS Chairman, President Ouattaera, observed that West Africa is blessed with investment opportunities capable of triggering sustainable economic development.He noted that ECOWAS Member States are ready to work with Japan toward deepening economic integration and cooperation that would be mutually beneficial. “ECOWAS Member States see Japan’s interest in the region as a welcome development. It is our hope that we will enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship,” he said.Welcoming Prime Minister Abe to Côte d’Ivoire and the region – the first such visit by a Japanese Head of Government to his country – Ivorian President Ouattara termed the visit a milestone in the relations between the two countries and the region. “Your presence is a testimony to our common desire to continue the development of our states and collectively ensure the well-being of our people,” President Ouattara said, adding that beyond la Côte d’Ivoire, ECOWAS and its people welcomed him in a context of deepening economic integration.President Ouattara indicated that the dynamism of the region calls for the strengthening of its strategic partnership with Japan in various spheres, including infrastructure, safety, new technologies and the involvement of the Japanese private sector.“In a world where regional groupings reassure the people and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between nations, Japan and the ECOWAS countries have in common the goal of building a peaceful world, based on a representative global governance of our time,” the ECOWAS Chairman told the visiting Japanese Premier. He reiterated the call of ECOWAS Member States to reform and expand the United Nations Security Council and to ensure that Africa is represented among the permanent members.Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Friday January 10, 2014 joined 12 of her West African colleagues for a two-day mini-Summit of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government with Japanese Prime Minister Abe.During President Sirleaf’s stay in Abidjan, she held discussions with the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, as well as closed-door discussions with President Ouattara. She also met with the leadership of the Liberian community in Côte d’Ivoire.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 Cost of Dependency

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China has been very generous to Liberia. They built and later rehabilitated the S.K.D Sports Complex; they resumed and completed the new Health and Social Welfare Ministry Building.They have given US$10 million to revamp and expand the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC).  In the biggest assistance initiative of all, they have pledged US$60 million to build a ministerial complex to house the government’s ministries.  But this important project has been stalled because of the quarrel over location.  That, believe it or not, relates directly to the theme of this editorial–the cost of dependency.What do we mean?The Chinese insist on visibility and the Liberian government seems to want to please this totally unnecessary wish.  Monrovia is a relatively small city, where nothing can hide.  First, they wanted the complex built at ELWA compound right on the Robertsfield Highway. Because of the controversy that it provoked, the government started leaning to the most logical and suitable place for the complex, the Buzzi Quarter area, which is next to the center of power—the Legislature, Executive Mansion and the Temple of Justice.  The people there said they welcomed the ministerial complex in their area and were willing to be relocated. No, the government changed again, saying they wanted to locate the complex at Peace Island.  But the thousands who reside there, mostly non-combatants and their families, say they are not moving anywhere.Why the government feels it has to answer to whatever the Chinese want beats most Liberians; but GOL feels that this is part of the cost of dependency, forgetting that we are a sovereign nation and those who want to help us should do so on our terms, not their own. But dependency often breeds subservience, though it does not have to be that way.Another tangible indication of the cost of subservience is the attitude of the Chinese in Liberia.  Many of them feel they can do anything here and get away with it.  Many are involved in petty trading, which should be the exclusive preserve of Liberians.Last week en route to Sinoe, the President herself saw Chinese gold miners preparing for mining operations, even though they had not yet secured a license for that.  They were even mining sand in the Cestos River, undermining the free flow of the river and endangering the structure of the Cestos Bridge.President Sirleaf was incensed by this and ordered an immediate halt to the Chinese operations.  She was gentle with them; she could have ordered their arrest, since they were violating the law, for which country can one enter and start mining gold without first obtaining an official permit to do so?But this is part of the cost of dependency.  Some Chinese feel that because their country is helping Liberia, they can come here and do anything and get away with it.That is why Liberians should work harder at everything they do, be more creative, more patriotic and strive to make our country stronger and more self-reliant.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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Gross negligence by Govt (Part 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Citizens should not be surprised if one morning or evening they were to be confronted in their yard or in their place of residence by one or two or all three of the escapees.The threat to life, limb and property is real and must not be taken for granted nor underestimated. The much-touted National Security Strategy continues to be held hostage by the Granger Administration. The President has a habit of trotting out deceptive and misleading assurances to the public. As recent as September this year, he promised that the Combe Report on Security Sector Reform will be released; “I have instructed that he (Jagdeo) be sent a copy of the Report by Colonel Combe and during the month of October, after the, recess it will be made available to the National Assembly.”In August, President Granger declared that the report would be “made public once it is presented to the National Assembly.”Apparently, the security reform plan is still being “studied” by the sub-set of seat warming security experts ensconced at Cabinet. In the meantime, the crime situation is in a mess and the prisons system continues to rock from crisis to crisis.The citizenry has lost all respect for the Public Security Minister and the Government in which he serves, despite assurances.Calls for Ramjattan’s dismissal have been made time and again; however, President Granger is shackled by the Cummingsburg Accord. No AFC Cabinet Minister can be removed from office, lest the coalition Administration falls apart. Guyanese must be like Banwarie and ‘bear their chafe.’ 2020 is the only way out.In the meanwhile, more and more drugs, improvised weapons and other illegal items are pouring into the prisons. Bribable and corruptible prison officers are complicit.Granger in an interview in September this year was quoted as saying; “… at the heart of the problem are of course the quality of manpower; and I believe the Minister of Public Security is working on… and recruiting suitable type persons that would not be susceptible to bribery and corruption.”This statement is a clear indication that Granger is sailing while Ramjattan is sleeping. They are both oblivious to the fact that the security situation in the country is becoming more and more unmanageable.In the wider society, despite assurances when in Opposition, that they would snuff out criminal networks engaging in human trafficking, gun running and drug smuggling, on a daily basis massive amounts of cocaine are found in lumber, vegetables and in the bowels of human mules.But even more disturbing was the ‘breaking news’ that Ecstasy is in great demand in our schools while heroin and crystal methamphetamine are penetrating the borders of our country only to endanger the lives of our young people. Constant bellyaching by Government claiming there is no money to implement the 2016 Commission of Inquiry recommendations aimed at addressing the deplorable conditions at the Lusignan and other prison locations is hypocritical to say the least, especially when huge amounts are being spent on wasteful, non-essential projects.The loud-mouthed commitments made over the years that Government will find the resources to finance the security sector rings hollow.With approximately 558 inmates belonging to the Camp Street Prison being held in hellish holding bays at the Lusignan Prison and another 300 belonging to the Lusignan Prison itself, it is not surprising that the escape of prisoners and protests actions at Lusignan took place.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Administration must cease its pretense at being a fountain of knowledge on security matters. It must be more inclusive and transparent in its management and administration of the prisons system.To constantly harp on the claim that it was worse under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and to ask the perennial question, ‘why didn’t you, meaning the PPP/C do these things when you were there, is not good enough. The APNU/AFC campaigned on the platform of time for change. An APNU/AFC coalition is in Government now, they must make the changes they promised the nation or resign. 2020 beckons!Yours sincerely,Clement J Roheelast_img read more

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