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Wonder-goal, gaffes, injuries as Madrid seals Champions League 3-peat

first_imgTrending 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Zidane doesn’t understand why Ronaldo raised fresh doubts over his commitment to the club.“He must stay,” Zidane said. “He will stay with us.”While Ronaldo became the first five-time winner in the post-1993 Champions League era, this was a comparatively muted performance in a final for a player who has contributed decisive goals in the three finals Madrid had contested in the previous four seasons.In the tunnel before kickoff there was a furtive glance across to Salah, who has also scored 44 goals this season. But the showdown between the world player of the year and a contender for his throne never materialized.Blame Sergio Ramos for that, although the foul that ended Salah’s final was not the Madrid captain at his most cynical. Salah landed heavily on his left shoulder in a twisting fall after 25 minutes. Ramos stepped away from the scene unpunished and Salah soon managed to step up after overcoming the initial pain.Not for long. Salah’s final was over after 30 minutes.Lying on his back, hands covering his face, Salah rose only to leave the field. An incredible debut season at Liverpool came to a crying end.Four minutes later, the tears were flowing down the face of Dani Carvajal after the Madrid right back appeared to injure a hamstring while attempting a back-heel. Face-down on the field, Carvajal knew his final was over in the first half for the second successive season.“Of course it was a little shock to the team,” Klopp said.There were bigger shocks to come, from Liverpool’s goalkeeping blunders. LATEST STORIES After collecting a shot six minutes into the second half, Karius rolled the ball out too casually, neglecting the presence of Benzema who stuck out his right foot and dispatched the ball into an empty net.The immediate impact of Karius’ blunder was offset by Mane’s equalizer in the 55th. Dejan Lovren rose above Ramos and headed into the path of Mane, who turned the ball into the net.But then Bale, so determined to prove Zidane wrong, entered this meeting of the Premier League’s fourth-place team and Spain’s third-place finisher.“I was very disappointed not to start the game,” he said. “I felt like I deserved it. The best I can do is to come on and make an impact.”That was achieved with the goal three minutes after replacing Isco and he netted again in the 83rd thanks to Karius’ second gaffe. The German allowed Bale’s shot to squirm through his hands into the net in the 83rd.“I just feel sorry for my team,” Karius said. “I know I let them down today.”It left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp reeling from a sixth successive loss in a final, including a 2013 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich while Borussia Dortmund coach.For Zidane, victory in Ukraine puts the former France great in an elite field alongside Carlo Ancelotti and Bob Paisley as a three-time European Cup winner. But no one has achieved the feat faster, with each of his three seasons in charge ending by winning the game’s biggest club prize.“I’m still only starting out as a coach,” the 45-year-old Zidane said. “You’ve got to seize the moment and that’s what I’m doing.” Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)KIEV, Ukraine — With his back to goal but eyes on the incoming cross, Gareth Bale connected with the ball while leaping in the air and sent a scissor-kick arcing into the top of the net.Fusing athleticism and technique, it was a mesmerizing sight to behold from the Real Madrid forward.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls But while Zinedine Zidane was adamant about the need to keep hold of five-time world player of the year Ronaldo, the Madrid coach seemed far less concerned about the future of the player whose two goals just delivered the club’s record-extending 13th European title.Bale only came on in the second half. The impact was explosive, scoring the bicycle kick in the 64th minute. Five years into his Madrid career, the 28-year-old Bale wants to be more than a super-sub.“I need to be playing week in, week out and that hasn’t happened this season for one reason or another,” Bale said after lifting the European Cup for a fourth time with Madrid. “I need to sit down in the summer and discuss it with my agent.”Will Bale get assurances over a place in the starting XI?“It might be complicated,” Zidane said. “But everybody looks out for themselves and takes care of their own thing, and I understand that.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rarely has there been a finer goal in a European final and Bale followed it up with another to seal Madrid’s third successive Champions League title in a 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday. Yet with blunders, injuries and intrigue unfolding throughout the night in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium, the wonder-goal just enriched this engrossing climax to the European club season and set the tone for weeks of uncertainty.A weeping Mohamed Salah was forced off in the first half with a shoulder injury that foiled Liverpool’s quest for a first continental success in 13 years and left the World Cup hopes of the “Egyptian King” in jeopardy.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 crownTears also streamed down Loris Karius’ face after the Liverpool goalkeeper’s mistakes gifted two goals in the biggest match of his career. It might also be his last for Liverpool, which was denied a sixth European title by the aristocrats of the continent.When all they should have been thinking about is celebrating, both Bale and teammate Cristiano Ronaldo also cast doubts on their Madrid careers. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

F2 Logistics whips Foton in PSL opener

first_imgF2 Logistics made quick work of Foton, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14, in the Philippine Superliga Invitational opener on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Up by just two halfway through the third set, the Cargo Movers uncorked a 14-5 blitz to ice the win.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pocari Sweat-Air Force gets playoff for PVL semis after Tacloban win Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan towncenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “Obviously, all of the teams are still adjusting in the rule to use all players. Hopefully, we survive with this kind of play,” F2 Logistics head coach Ramil De Jesus said.Down 12-15 in the second frame, the Cargo Movers erected a 13-6 run to snatch the set.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 crownF2 Logistics had a balanced attack with four players scoring at least eight points led by Kim Dy’s 10.Jaja Santiago had 12 for Blue Energy. Justin Robert Valencia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

England finally wins penalty shootout at World Cup

first_imgEngland’s Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the round of 16 match between Colombia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)MOSCOW — In a World Cup of surprises, England provided the latest by finally winning a penalty shootout.A long run of penalty misery on soccer’s biggest stage ended with a 4-3 shootout victory over Colombia on Tuesday, sending England to the quarterfinals for the first time in 12 years.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town With a fresh generation of players not burdened by past misery, England coach Gareth Southgate has helped to banish painful memories of his own: Missing the final kick at Euro ’96 against Germany.After exiting the 2014 World Cup without winning a game in the group stage, the squad has been remodeled with a youthful, more street-wise mentality by Southgate at his first major tournament as coach.___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Harry Kane gave England the lead with a penalty kick in the 57th minute. But as the game entered the third minute of stoppage time, Yerry Mina headed in an equalizer.“To get knocked down at the end like we did at the end, it’s difficult to come back from that,” Dier said. “But we were ready for that. We were calm. We stuck to our plan.”England trailed 3-2 in the penalty shootout after Jordan Henderson’s shot was saved, but Mateus Uribe hit the bar and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then saved Carlos Bacca’s kick.“I did a whole bunch of research,” Pickford said. “Falcao is the only one who didn’t go his way. I don’t care if I’m not the biggest keeper in the world. I have the power and agility.”Pickford succeeded where Peter Shilton, David Seaman and Paul Robinson failed as the 1990, 1998 and 2006 World Cup campaigns ended in shootout losses. On top of that, England was knocked out of the 1996 European Championship semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012 on penalties. The country’s only shootout success came earlier at Euro ’96.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Black eye Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Eric Dier scored the decisive kick after a scrappy game ended in a 1-1 draw, denying Colombia a second consecutive trip to the quarterfinals.“It was a nervous one,” Dier said. “I’ve never really been in a situation like that before.”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 crownEngland will next play Sweden in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Samara. It is the furthest England has progressed in any tournament since the David Beckham era, when a golden generation of players exited the 2002 and 2006 World Cups in the last eight.England is advancing in Russia after defending champion Germany was eliminated early and Argentina, Portugal and Spain went home in the round of 16.last_img read more

Liverpool ‘not for sale’ after $2.6-B bid

first_img“But what the ownership has said, again clearly and consistently, is that under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific market places and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team,” it added.Malcolm Glazer’s £790 million purchase of Premier League rivals Manchester United in 2005 remains the most expensive football takeover deal.Liverpool, bought by their owners, then known as New England Sports Ventures, for £300 million in 2010, were valued at £1.42 billion by business services group KPMG in May.  /kgaADVERTISEMENT View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LONDON – Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group insisted Friday the Premier League club is not for sale after details emerged of a failed £2 billion ($2.6 billion) takeover bid from a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour.Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported that Abu Dhabi-based Sheikh Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nehayan approached the club over several months in late 2017 and into early 2018.ADVERTISEMENT Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? He then made the £2 billion offer that would have been the most expensive takeover in the history of the game.Liverpool – 18-times English champions – said the club was still open to new outside investment but is not for sale.FEATURED 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’Britain’s Press Association said it understood that the interest – one of a number of approaches FSG have received in recent years – did not get past the vetting stage because it was deemed neither credible nor worthy of being put to the ownership.“FSG have been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale,” said a Liverpool statement. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Healthier living helps USA veterans Bird, Taurasi on court

first_imgFILE – In this July 14, 2012, file photo, U.S women’s Olympic basketball players Diana Taurasi (12) and Sue Bird (6) watch during practice in Washington. For nearly a decade the duo was playing over 100 games a year around the world and barely getting any time off to rest and recover. Besides making the lifestyle changes, the USA Basketball mainstays are now just playing in the WNBA, not putting the additional wear-and-tear on their bodies. Both players credit the changes off the court for the success on the court. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Veterans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each had one of their best WNBA seasons.Both players credit changing the way they take care of their bodies off the court for their successes on it. Eating healthier, getting more rest and doing more stretching has helped. Also, the USA Basketball mainstays are only playing in the WNBA during the summer and not overseas in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dawn Staley played with Bird and Taurasi on a few Olympic and World Cup teams. Now she is coaching them on the U.S. national team.“You’re looking at iconic figures in our sport,” Staley said. “We see what they’ve done on the court. The sacrifices they’ve added to their lifestyle should be commended and what younger players should implement in their lives.“Am I amazed? Not at all. I’ve seen them grow up. First-time Olympian, first-time World Cup participants, I knew back then. The basketball part of it will take them a long way. What they’ve added to their diets and lifestyles, they’ve already beaten Mother Time to be able to play at a high level today.”Bird and Taurasi deflect questions about retirement and who can blame them. Bird helped Seattle win its third WNBA title. Taurasi had Phoenix within a game of reaching the championship round before falling to her friend’s team.Neither hesitated about joining USA Basketball again. Bird is playing in a record fifth World Cup and Taurasi in her fourth. Both know they don’t have to do much heavy lifting for the U.S.“I think that’s one thing about USA Basketball that’s nice, is that the load is going to be distributed evenly. Everyone has a little piece,” Taurasi said. “Literally, I come down, pass the ball to the best post players in the world and wait for an open 3. That’s my job for USA Basketball for 12 years. I’m really content with that.”Asked if she could do it another 12 years, Taurasi smiled and said, “Why not?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ LATEST STORIES For nearly a decade, the duo played more than 100 games a year with little time for rest and recovery. WNBA players make most of their money playing in more lucrative leagues in Russia, China and Europe during the winter.“I think there’s so much more information on diet and recovery and taking care of the body,” said the 36-year-old Taurasi. “In my career, my first couple of years, until now. I changed the way I lived my life — from what I eat to how I rest. Therapy to the stuff off the court that makes sure you are fit on the court. I had to change the way I looked at basketball and myself and my career.”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 ChrissBird made the changes a few years back and credits working with sports performance consultant Susan King Borchardt. It’s clearly paid off, with Bird and her Seattle Storm teammates winning the WNBA title this month.“She’s the one I credit for saving my career,” said Bird, who turns 38 next month. “I started working with her four years ago, do the math.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum One innovation Bird uses is the WHOOP fitness tracker. It’s a little black band on her wrist, along with teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd.“Basically, it’s a heart monitor, on top of that, it has a unique tracking system that helps you with your recovery,” Bird said. “It monitors if you have a workout, what your heart rate is, how hard your workout was. Where it really comes in will be to tell you how much sleep they recommend for you that night. Tonight, you need eight hours or 10 hours, it varies.”For the past year and a half, Bird answers a few questions on her phone and the WHOOP app tells her how much sleep she got. That data is also available to Borchadt. They come up with a plan to figure out what Bird needs for peak performance.The younger players have taken notice. Stewart, the WNBA MVP of the regular season and finals, approached Bird in late March about her routine.“The thing she said is that you have to be all the way invested in it, you can’t do it (halfway),” Stewart said. “I said ‘Would you do this if it was available when you were 23?’ and she said ‘Absolutely. It’s a no-brainer.’ I want to have as successful a career as Sue has had and to play that long. Do it early. Change my diet. Not just going hard in basketball workouts, but doing things to make sure I’m well-rounded in all areas of my life.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew HBO throws in towel on live boxing coverage after 45 years Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

After back-to-back UAAP titles, Ateneo’s Isaac Go is also First Honor for 2nd straight year

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The six-foot-seven slotman was a key figure in Ateneo’s title run last season, where he made clutch basket after another in the playoffs.This year, Go served as mentor to his younger teammates particularly Rookie of the Year Angelo Kouame, who called him his “second coach.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man02:14Carpio 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 commentscenter_img LOOK: Magnolia players celebrate PBA title with their lucky charms MOST READ Go, an Applied Chemistry major, proudly posted the tremendous feat on his Twitter, saying he’s officially “gradwaiting.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Back 2 Back both on the court and off the court. Thank you lord! 🙏🏼Officially #gradwaiting pic.twitter.com/ylbh4Q0taI— Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) December 19, 2018Isaac Go just keeps on winning, on and off the court.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 ChrissAfter helping lead the Blue Eagles to back to back UAAP championships, Go also finished as first honor in Ateneo for the second straight year with an average of 3.70.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

‘Vandalism is Unacceptable in Sports’

first_imgInformation Minister Eugene NagbeYouth & Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has said that it is unacceptable for any Liberian to encourage any act of vandalism in sports.Minister Nagbe told journalists last Saturday at the Samuel Kanyon Sports Complex that under his leadership, no Liberian will be allowed to use violence to get an objective achieved in the on-going County Meet.He said the theme of the 2014 National County Sports Meet is to celebrate the uninterrupted ten years of peace in the country, and therefore all actions must be geared towards that.Minister Nagbe noted that statements of threats from an alleged member of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus (on the radio) to use force or to interrupt the soccer match scheduled for January 12, between Grand Gedeh and Lofa demonstrates their unwillingness to let other Liberians enjoy peace.“We set rules and regulations that govern the County Meet,” Minister Nagbe said, “and we conducted workshops for all county leaders and their sports officers before the meet.”Minister Nagbe said technical visits were also made to the four host counties.“The rules and regulations were published and made available to all participants,” Minister Nagbe said.He explained that the Appeals Board of the County Meet’s membership includes Liberians of integrity, and named members as Mr. Chuchu Horton, Prof. Wilson Tarpeh and Minister Julia Duncan Cassell.“The committee carried its work and rendered its decision based on the available information in a case which Grand Gedeh filed against Maryland County, concerning a player reported not to be a Liberian,” Minister Nagbe said.He said the protest was handled by the committee in the spirit of the game.“I am from Maryland County and the case affected Maryland County. Rules and regulations about the game must be respected.“If in the past decisions were made outside the rules, let it be known that we are setting a standard for the right thing to be done,” Minister Nagbe said.He regretted that there are certain Liberians who tend to heap abuses and make unwarranted charges against others before investigating the facts.Minister Nagbe said those who allegedly made statements on radio to the effect of encouraging violence should be ashamed of themselves.“It is critical to adhere to rules and regulations developed to ensure the success of the County Meet,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Nagbe appealed to journalists to investigate matters before assuming in their conclusions of the misapplication of funds provided by government for a particular purpose.He said the ministry has not misused any amount in the US$1.1million (NOCAL provided US$500,000) that the Liberian government provided for the hosting of the county meet.“All our transactions are done by check and they are available for verification,” Nagbe said.He also refuted allegation that companies outside Liberia were used to purchase jerseys for the tournament at the expense of Liberian companies.“We used the PPCC and Liberian companies used went through the rules by law,” Nagbe added. Contributing, Mr. Chuchu Horton appealed to Liberians not to engage in any act of violence but should rather allow the theme of the tournament to guide the progression of the Meet.A spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs assured Liberians that the on-going meet will proceed as planned, without violence or any intimidation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LRDC Donates to Ebola Taskforce

first_imgThe Liberia Reconstruction & Development Company (LRDC) has donated 50 pieces of personal protective clothing to the National Ebola Taskforce in support of the ongoing nationwide fight against the deadly virus.The Ebola virus has killed over 300 citizens, especially doctors and nurses with hundreds of suspected cases being reported across the country.On Monday, a Chinese cargo plane landed at the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County with a consignment of medical supplies, valued at US$1.5 million, including personal protective equipment, thermometers, sanitizers and drugs to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.An experimental serum from the United States arrived here Wednesday, to be used on affected Liberian doctors.Making the donation in Monrovia on Wednesday, 13 August, LRDC managing director Yusef Johnson said the company is disturbed by the magnitude of the spread of the virus in the country and the unimaginable deaths it continues to inflict on the population.“It is extremely tragic that the virus is also taking the lives of our healthcare workers, who are at the frontline, risking their lives providing health care for the victims of this virus”, he said.Mr. Johnson said Ebola is a common enemy to all and Liberians must galvanize their best strength to fight and defeat the virus.“In this effort”, he said, “We at LRDC have come to make this modest presentation of a few dozens of personal protective clothing for use by our healthcare workers in the fight against the virus.”Receiving the donation on behalf of the special taskforce, Mr. Addy expressed thanks and appreciation to the LRDC for the personal protective garments.A member of the taskforce, General Services Agency director Madam Mary Broh, commended the LRDC for its effort, saying that it is a demonstration of passion for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Christmas Shoppers, Traders, Celebrate Amid Garbage Sprawl

first_imgAs usual, at the nation’s three general markets of Red-light, (Paynesville), Waterside, (Monrovia) and Duala, (Bushrod Island), Christmas shoppers, traders and others were compelled to celebrate the festive shopping season threading over layers of uncollected trash and making pathways through sprawls of garbage.On top of that menace at the three business districts, thousands of shoppers got the brunt of the stench of sewer and squalor everywhere, making their holiday shopping experience miserable.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts, some shoppers were heard registering their disgust and indignation over the rotten filth and health hazard and expressing serious concerns about the sanitation crisis in Monrovia.The Urban Waste Management Projects under the financial stewardship of the World Bank has infused millions of dollars to alleviate the continuous sanitation crisis of Monrovia and its environs, apparently without much success.Sanitation companies contracted over the years by the municipal governments of Paynesville and Monrovia to collect and dispose of the overwhelming number of garbage sprawls everywhere have failed to keep up with the task.Collection of garbage over the years has not been sustained as inadequate garbage containers overflow and dumpsites remain unattended for several weeks, creating health hazards, untold misery and environmental problems to community residents.It was observed however that some of the sanitation companies made steady progress in keeping the streets of central Monrovia and along the Tubman Boulevard through Congotown relatively clean and tidy during the year in review.Sanitation and environmental analysts also attributed the failure of sanitation companies to meet the garbage disposal challenges of Monrovia and its environs to their refusal to incorporate community dwellers in the process.The analysts also claim that the entire planning, strategies, and implementation processes of the Urban Waste Management Projects have over the years left the community dwellers out for unexplained reasons.The issues of sanitation management should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, not a portion of the Liberian society, they advised.In order for the sanitation crisis of Monrovia to be minimized, Municipal Governments of Paynesville and Monrovia must be able to design practical strategies that are suitable for the current realities. “It is indeed a disgrace to the nation that the capital city Monrovia continues to be the haven of stench, filth and squalor every year,” the analysts lamented.“Our rural back yards and small towns and villages are becoming better in terms of observing the basic and critical sanitation and environmental practices,” Ms. Helen Tornolah Totota’s Christmas shopper asserted.“Each Christmas and New Year season, when we come to Monrovia to buy our goods, we go back to our villages with plenty sicknesses such as colds, headache and fever from the rotten and uncollected garbage in all our market places,” Voinjama City businessman Moses Mulbah Kesselly complained.“I personally want different methods and ways to be designed to help clean all the big market places like Duala, Waterside and Red-light in our cities of Monrovia and Paynesville,” Mr. Kesselly said.For his part, Nimba County businessman Gonkawon B. Saywah, 58, stressed that effective next year, 2015, urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia and Paynesville should employ practical ways to collect and dispose of the dirt.“I’m really frustrated and downhearted that each time I come to Monrovia, I see the markets of Duala, Waterside and Red-light very dirty and worse as I return home,” Mr. Saywah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ft. Wellington Police Prosecutor dancing Abel Seetaram’s tune

first_imgDear Editor,In Region 5, the name Abel Seetaram is apparently synonymous with disorderly behaviour. He allegedly is a known trouble-maker who avoids prosecution because of his reputedly close friendship with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and Corporal Rockel Mars, Court Prosecutor attached to the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court.Although there is no evidence of the minister’s direct involvement, the same apparently cannot be said of Police Court Prosecutor Cpl Rockel Mars.On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the APNU+AFC Region 5 RDC Councillor Abel Seetaram was taken to the Fort Wellington Police Station on charges made against him by his neighbour, Mrs. Meenawati Jainauth, for alleged threatening behaviour and indecent exposure. Abel Seetaram allegedly got home drunk the night before, and reportedly launched a verbal assault on his neighbour, accusing her of snitching on him. He allegedly dropped his pants and exposed himself to his neighbour and her 16-year old daughter, and allegedly threatened to have them raped. Seetaram was arrested and placed on $15,000 bail. Although both Mrs. Jainauth and her young daughter gave evidence to the Fort Wellington Police to this effect, when the case was called on July 12, 2017, it was discovered that Abel Seetaram was never charged with the more serious offences of Indecent Exposure and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Guess who the Police Court Prosecutor was, Cpl Rockel Mars. On March 23, 2017, Guyana Times reported, “APNU/AFC officials implicated in multimillion-dollar fraud”. It is alleged that Carol Joseph, while serving as a member of the MARDS Board of Directors, fraudulently wrote cheques totalling over $6 million. She was implicated along with Abel Seetaram for allegedly taking $2,108,000 to repair a Government- owned SUV and a fence he had crashed into at Bath, West Coast Berbice on May 8, 2016 while driving drunk.He was then charged with driving in a dangerous manner; being an unlicensed driver; and breach of insurance. The money he allegedly had misappropriated was used to repair the MARDS vehicle and the businessman’s fence, which were both badly damaged.Interestingly, the money that Seetaram claimed it cost to repair the vehicle exceeds the original value of that very vehicle when it was imported duty free. Following the crash, Abel Seetaram was fired as the Region 5 Special Representative to the Prime Minister by none other than the Hon Moses Nagamootoo. To date, this money has not been accounted for in any way, and neither Seetaram nor Carol Joseph has been prosecuted for fraud and misconduct in public office contrary to the common law. Then on January 21, 2018, Abel Seetaram’s son was involved in a physical altercation with Avikar Rabindranauth, whose father and Abel Seetaram are first cousins. Avikar’s father — Natheram Rabindranauth, commonly known as “Diamond” — was returning home after plying his plantain chips trade when he saw the two boys fighting. He stopped and allegedly told his son to go home. Abel Seetaram allegedly emerged from a nearby rum-shop, picked up a piece of wood, and lashed his cousin across the face, breaking his nose and fracturing his jaw. Diamond spent two days at the New Amsterdam Hospital while Seetaram was released on $100,000 bail.During the trial before Her Worship Magistrate Rondel Weaver at the Ft. Wellington Magistrate’s Court, Court Prosecutor Cpl. Rockel Mars failed to produce Natheram Rabindranauth’s (Diamond’s) X-rays and medical records in court. She also failed to cross-examine a Police witness who testified under oath that Diamond had told her Abel Seetaram had cuffed him several times, when in fact Diamond told me he had never seen her before that day in court. The illegal entry she is believed to have made in the Occurrence Book was admitted as evidence, and is an attempt to have the court dismiss the more serious charges of Assault with Intent and Felonious Wounding for which Seetaram is charged.Court Prosecutor Cpl. Rockel Mars also failed to give the court and Seetaram’s defence lawyers each a copy of Seetaram’s Police statement, which in effect prevented the newly appointed court prosecutor from cross-examining Abel Seetaram and pointing out inconsistencies in the statement he had given in the witness box against the written statement he had signed on the day he was arrested. A late application to get that statement admitted as evidence was denied by Her Worship Magistrate Rondel Weaver, who said she would not allow the prosecutor to “ambush the defence.” It is evident that the Fort Wellington Police Prosecutor is dancing to the tune of Abel Seetaram in an apparent effort to pressure Natheram Rabindranauth (Diamond) to drop the case against the Region 5 Bad Boy. This will not happen. For despite efforts by Cpl Rockel Mars to suppress evidence that would finally convict Abel Seetaram and make him accountable for his reckless behaviour, I am confident that Her Worship Magistrate Rondel Weaver will impose a sentence that is just and fair, and send a strong message to Abel Seetaram and other public officials that they are accountable for their actions in upholding the Laws of Guyana.I again call upon AFC Leader the Hon. Rafael Trotman and Minister Ronald Bulkan to condemn the continued despicable behaviour of this Region 5 APNU+AFC Regional Councillor, who behaves like he’s above the law, and to do what the Honourable Prime Minister has already done — cut him loose!HARRY GILLPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more