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18 Jan
2020

North Korean athletes arrive in South for joint Asiad training

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dressed in matching light blue outfits, the delegation of 34 athletes and coaches landed at Incheon International Airport via Beijing.Their exact schedules have yet to be determined but the North Koreans are expected to begin training with their South Korean teammates next week.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’It is the first time North and South Korea have formed unified teams to compete at the Asian Games.The two countries –- which are technically still at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty –- will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies in Indonesia. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The move follows an agreement between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s president Moon Jae-in at their summit in April.Sporting cooperation helped spark the current diplomatic thaw between the two Koreas after the North sent a high-level delegation and athletes to the Winter Olympics held in the South in February.Diplomatic efforts have gathered pace since then, leading to a landmark summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.Indonesia president Joko Widodo formally invited the Korean leaders to the Asian Games, although it is unclear if either has responded.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Two officials from the Indonesian Asian Games Organising Committee (INASGOC) put North Korea flag next to South Korea flag prior to a meeting with Olympic Council of Asia at its headquarter in Jakarta on June 28, 2018.North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asian Games, organisers said on June 28, in the latest sign of thawing tensions. AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYNorth Korean athletes arrived in the South on Sunday for joint training ahead of the Asian Games next month, the latest effort at rare cross-border sports diplomacy.The two Koreas agreed last month to field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asiad in Jakarta and Palembang from August 18 to September 2.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Thomas effectively seals his first Tour de France title The idea for a joint team initially sparked a backlash in the South on the grounds that Seoul was depriving its own athletes of the chance to compete.Ultimately, the sight of North and South Korean players wearing the same jerseys drew emotive responses from spectators and the squad quickly became an Olympic favourite despite being thrashed in all its matches.Earlier this month, a group of 50 South Korean basketball players visited Pyongyang for friendly matches, and a team of North Koreans will be in Seoul in the autumn for another round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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18 Jan
2020

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alonso, whose first win came in the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix but who hasn’t won since the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago, says new challenges await.The former Ferrari star is known to be keen to complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of world Formula One champion, winning the 24 Hour Le Mans race and the Indy500 — he has achieved the first two of those aims.“Let’s see what the future brings; new exciting challenges are around the corner,” said Alonso.“I’m having one of the happiest times ever in my life but I need to go on exploring new adventures.”McLaren — whose unpopular racing director Eric Boullier resigned in early July — issued a statement bordering on a eulogy to the Spaniard. “Fernando is not only an outstanding ambassador for McLaren but also for Formula 1,” said Zak Brown, McLaren Racing’s CEO in a statement.“His 17 years in the sport, as arguably the pre-eminent driver of his generation and undoubtedly an F1 great, have added another layer to Formula 1’s rich history.“There is a time for everyone to make a change and Fernando has decided the end of this season to be his.”During his F1 career, Alonso has also claimed 22 pole positions and 97 podiums.In a heartfelt address, Alonso spoke of his life-long love of Formula One in a ‘letter’ to the sport posted on his Instagram account. Alonso — who in 2005 became the youngest ever Formula One world champion while driving for Renault before defending his title the following year — has garnered 44 points this season and is ninth in the drivers’ championship.Alonso went on to drive for McLaren for a year in 2007 followed by a return to Renault and then four years at Ferrari, before beginning his second spell with McLaren in 2015.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’“I have seen you (Formula One) changing, sometimes for good, others, in my opinion, for bad,” said Alonso, who on three occasions finished runner-up in the drivers’ championship while at Ferrari.“And this year, while still driving at my best, is how I want to remember you.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins McLaren’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso attends the German Formula One Grand Prix at the Hockenheim racing circuit on July 22, 2018 in Hockenheim, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO / Andrej ISAKOVICTwo-time world champion Fernando Alonso announced on Tuesday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season after his recent struggles with underachieving McLaren.The 37-year-old Spaniard — who has 32 Grand Prix wins to his credit in 17 seasons — has become increasingly disenchanted with Formula One as the once all-powerful McLaren team have fallen way off the pace.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “When I barely knew how to walk, I ran straight towards your noise, your circuits, without knowing anything about you,” he said.“We had very good times, some unforgettable, others really bad. We have played together against incredible rivals. You played with me and I learned how to play with you too.“Every time I close my visor on my helmet, I feel your warm embrace, your energy, there is nothing like it.“But today, I have some other bigger challenges than those you can offer me.”Among those in the frame to replace Alonso is British teenager Lando Norris, who serves as McLaren’s reserve driver.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ UP leader Molde praises young Lady Maroons, demands more from herself Alonso, whose best finish for McLaren so far was 10th in 2016, said he would carry on endeavouring to finish with a flourish.“After 17 wonderful years in this amazing sport, it’s time for me to make a change and move on,” said Alonso in a statement.“There are still several Grands Prix to go this season, and I will take part in them with more commitment and passion than ever.”He left the door slightly ajar, saying in a statement posted on the McLaren website he could return when it is “the right moment for me to be back in the series”, but the personal message on his Twitter account sounded like a farewell.‘Exploring new adventures’ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

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18 Jan
2020

James Harden’s 45 lead Rockets over Celtics

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 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Rockets used a 14-4 run to end the third and start the fourth to open up a 103-90 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers by Green with 9 minutes remaining. Boston got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.“We just weren’t covering up for one another consistently enough,” Irving said. “That’s really what it comes down to.”Houston opened up a 41-24 advantage a minute into the second on 3-pointer by Danuel House Jr. Trailing 50-33, Boston used a 22-7 run to end the half, aided by three technical fouls against the Rockets in barely a minute, to cut the lead to 57-55 on Marcus Smart’s 3-pointer. Irving had seven in the run.TIP-INSCeltics: Aron Baynes (broken finger) missed his fourth straight game. … Robert Williams missed the game with a sore left leg. .. Al Horford had 15 points, and Smart scored 11.Rockets: James Ennis missed his eighth straight game with a strained right hamstring, but D’Antoni said he was “close” to returning. … Green and Austin Rivers each scored 10 points.TECHNICAL FOULSWithin a 61-second span of the second quarter, Chris Paul, who is out with a left hamstring strain but was sitting on Houston’s bench, D’Antoni and Capela were all called for technical fouls. Capela’s, which was the last with 2:28 remaining, was called for hanging on the rim following a dunk.Morris was called for a technical foul with 9 minutes left in the third after taking the ball to the other end of the court after being called for a foul. Morris was called for his second technical foul with 4:38 left in the fourth after arguing an offensive foul. Smart was called for a technical foul with 24 seconds remaining.UP NEXT “He has a mastery of the game and a control and an ease of which he plays,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said of Harden. “It’s fun to watch.”Harden has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, the longest such streak since Russell Westbrook had eight straight 30-point games in November 2016. Harden has scored at least 35 points in six straight games, the longest streak since Carmelo Anthony had six straight in April 2013.“I think what James is doing is really special because he’s really carrying us right now,” Gerald Green said. “Not only is he scoring, he’s leading us.”Kyrie Irving had 23 points and 11 assists, Marcus Morris added 19 points before being ejected midway through the fourth quarter, and Jaylen Brown had 18 points off the bench for Boston, which shot 47 percent but was outrebounded 54-38.“The first 18 minutes and then the last 24 minutes, the glass killed us,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “I thought the restricted area generally on both sides of the floor, our finishing and our lack of rebounding were separators.”ADVERTISEMENT “Of course, I should be in that conversation,” Harden, the reigning MVP, said. “I received a lot of hate, but it won’t stop me from going out there and killing it every single night and being the dog that I am. You can name a few other people that can be in that conversation, but realistically, it’s coming back.”Harden, who was playing on a bruised left calf, had 17 points in the first quarter and finished 11 of 26 from the field, including 9 of 18 on 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“You take those shots, you’re confident in those shots and those shots will go in,” Harden said. “Sometimes they might not go in, but mostly, they’ll go in. I just have to keep going, keep working.”Eric Gordon scored 20 points for Houston, which shot 48 percent while improving to a season-high four games above .500. Houston finished 18 of 45 on 3-pointers. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) applies defensive pressure against Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden thinks he should be in the MVP discussion again this season and showed why on Thursday night.Harden had 45 points and six assists, Clint Capela added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and the Houston Rockets beat the Boston Celtics 127-113 for their eighth win in nine games.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Celtics: Visit Memphis on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit New Orleans on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 3 at buzzer sends Kings past Lakers LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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18 Jan
2020

All about LeBron: Where does the Lakers star go from here?

first_imgMiami lost the 2011 NBA Finals in his first season with the Heat. Fueled by that, he came back the next year better than ever, and his fingerprints smudged the Larry O’Brien Trophy for the first time in 2012. Cleveland lost the 2015 finals in his first year back there, and he carried that all the way to winning the 2016 title.Of course, he was younger then.He’ll turn 35 in December. Next season is his 17th in the NBA. Does he have the ability to engineer the sort of turnaround that LA needs?Kevin Love, his former Cleveland teammate, has no doubt.“Just having that break, being able to reassess and come back really, really highly motivated, I think it’s going to be big for him,” Love said. “If you get Bron highly motivated, anything can happen.”James is still putting up amazing numbers. At 34, he’s on pace to become the oldest person in NBA history to average 27 points, eight assists and eight rebounds. If it happens, he’ll break the record set by 33-year-old LeBron James last season. No other 30-something has finished a season with stats like that.Still, this Lakers’ season is lost. But Wade warns against expecting the same next season.“This is definitely going to make him hungrier for what he’s trying to accomplish next year,” Wade said.MORE JAMESJames passed Michael Jordan for No. 4 on the NBA’s all-time regular season scoring list last week. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief This week, he’ll pass Kobe Bryant on another scoring list.Including playoff games, James now has 39,252 points. That leaves him 31 shy of matching Bryant for No. 3 on the all-time total points list, when including the postseason. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has 44,154 points including playoffs, Karl Malone has 41,689 and Bryant scored 39,283.Bryant will remain No. 3 on the regular-season list, though James is on pace to pass him in that department next season.AND MORE JAMESOne thing to think about as James enters potentially six months without any basketball: It might not be six months without any basketball.USA Basketball certainly is hoping that’s the case.With the FIBA World Cup looming in China this summer, and with the Americans — set to be coached by Gregg Popovich — not convening for camp until more than three months after the end of the Lakers’ season, it would seem like James would have plenty of time to feel refreshed and ready for a return to game action by then.There are pros and cons that he’ll consider.Pros: He’s enormously popular in China, he’s greatly enjoyed playing for USA Basketball before and the chance to be coached by Popovich is going to be a major selling point.Cons: The tournament goes until Sept. 15, which is not long before the start of NBA training camps, and the Lakers have to go to China for preseason games next fall. Even from Los Angeles, that’s a long flight and it remains to be seen if James would want to make it twice in a relatively short amount of time. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES That’s not entirely true. He knew it would be difficult but he couldn’t have foreseen anything like this, since the only other losing season of his life came when he was a rookie in 2003-04.Thing is, he doesn’t possibly know what comes next. No one does. The offseason will see roster change, top free agents to play alongside James will be pursued hard by Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson, and it will not be a surprise if the Lakers decide Luke Walton isn’t the right coach anymore.But the key for the 2019-20 Lakers — obviously — is going to be James. The grind of eight straight runs to the NBA Finals is over. He’s about to get six months off to rest, recover, reset, heal, think, plot, prepare. It’s been a long time since that happened, and at this point in his career it might be precisely what he needs.“Rest is going to help,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ closest friends. “I think the biggest thing with him is probably mental, the mental break from it. Physically, obviously, he’s getting older but he’s still very good at this game. Look at his numbers. They’re still very good. But he’s been going at it for a long time, so to get away from it and kind of look at it from a different lens, it’ll definitely help.”It has been proven that setbacks inspire James.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying CEU blows 30-point lead, escapes San Beda for 3-0 recordcenter_img LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 06: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on March 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFPThe year was 2005. No one had an iPhone. No one had tweeted. Facebook wasn’t part of the mainstream.And it was the last time the NBA playoffs didn’t have LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT THE WEEK AHEADA game to watch each day this week, as the playoff races continue getting hotter:— Monday, Boston at L.A. Clippers: The Celtics are red-hot, while the Clippers’ Doc Rivers is a major coach of the year candidate.— Tuesday, San Antonio at Dallas: Spurs are 2-0 against the Mavericks this season, winning those games by a total of nine points.— Wednesday, Golden State at Houston: The Rockets are simply rolling right now, and are 3-0 against the Warriors this season.— Thursday, Cleveland at Orlando: The Magic will not go away in the East playoff chase, and are 6-1 since Jan. 31 in home games.— Friday, Charlotte at Washington: They played a down-to-the-wire game last week, and both teams are fighting for their playoff lives.— Saturday, Golden State at Oklahoma City: National TV game, and Kevin Durant’s only trip this season back to his old home court.— Sunday, Philadelphia at Milwaukee: These teams haven’t played since Oct. 24, when Giannis Antetokounmpo did whatever he wanted. The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t mathematically eliminated from postseason consideration yet, but it’s only a matter of time. For the first time in 14 years, the postseason will begin without James — and for the first time in nine years, the NBA Finals will be played without him.It will be a very long offseason for James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt is not what he envisioned, either.“It’s challenging,” James said of the current state of the Lakers. “But I kind of knew what I was getting myself into.” MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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18 Jan
2020

Liberian Music Awards: And The Nominees Are…!

first_imgSong of the YearJODI “NUMBER 1″XPOLAY FT LIBERIAN ARTIST “POT BOILING REMIX”DAVID MELL “COOL YOUR TEMPER”QUUEN V “JUE YOU BAD”LIL BISHOP FT JB, SCIENTICFIC, SUNDAYGAR DEARBOY “HUMAN BEING REMIX”BENNY V “CALL THE POLICE”SHAWDOW “TRICKAY PAPAYE”BERNICE BLACKIE ” UH NAH DO IT AGAIN”EBEN FT GREG AND NARRATOR”AZONTO & WINE MASTER” GBEMA ARTIST OF THE YEARSUNDAYGAR DEARBOYKZEEKING FACEFRIDAY THE CELLPHONEMANKARNYEA MANMILK MANFORTUNE JRCRAFTY K VIDEO OF THE YEAR- USARICH GOONE THE BOSS – “STAY GRINDING”JOE B – “SPEND MY LAST DIME”G RIZE – “EVER HAD DREAM”MUNNAH – “WEST AFRICA”MUNAH- “CELEBRATION”SAGA AP – “KOLOQUUA COUPLE LIBERIAN MUSIC”2C- “INTERNATIONAL GIRL”JODI – “NUMBER 1″DOUK DE LIBBENJI CAVILI FT BABY EYESTYLES CREW – “SHINE SHINE BABY” Artist of the YearJODIKANVEE ADAMSSCIENTIFICFATU GAYFLORBERNICE BLACKIESAGA APSUNDAYGARDAVID MELLTAKUN JTRU STORY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEARMUNNAHMUSULYN ‘SWEETZ’ MYERSBUTTERFLYM’PRESS 1LOVESNOTIKANVEE GAINES ADAMSQUEEN VLOVE WEAHALICEA JONES AFRO POP ARTIST OF THE YEARPITTY D BESTBENJI CAVALISAGA APE BENROYAL BUSTA PAIND12BENNY VJODIKING FACEG RIZES MANJOE B LIBERIAN ARTIST IN THE USAJODIBENJI CAVILLIG RIZETRU STORYBLACQ CHILDMUNNAHJOE BRICH GOONEKNERO2CSAGA APYUNG MUSEGLOURIOUS LAMPS REGGAE/DANCEHALL ARTISTM’PRESS1LOVEJAH ROKA.B. SWARAYSANTOSJ. YOUNKONDENASSEMAN HIPCO ARTIST OF YEARLUCKAY BUCKAYTAKUN JSOUL FRESHDYDDY COOLYOUNG HOVERBUTTERFLYXPOLAYRAW PEKINSCHOOL BOY WIZZYCHILLER COOLANAE DJ OF THE YEARDJ NO (UK)DJ BLACKEST 305DJ SKY (NORWAY)DJ REUD (UK)DJ WALLACE (USA)DJ CHICAGO (LIBERIA)DJ CHIRPS (USA) PRODUCER OF THE YEARRAWLOLIL VANJUST PRINCEJD WALKERBEAT MASTERINFECTIOUS MICHAELBENNIE OXSAMUEL MORGAN (SHADOW) COLLABORATION IF THE YEARTAN TAN FT DEN G – “ELEH ELEH”BENJI CAVILLI FT BABY EYEXPOLAY – POT BOILING REMIXQUEEN V FT. TAN TAN & DEN G “JUE YOU BAD”NATE K FT JODI ” SENIOR PLAYER”RAWPEKIN FT FEJ – “TROUBLEMAKER”YOUNG HOVER FT POCHANO, PICADOR, JD DONZO AND LUCKAY BUCKAY – “DEY SAY DEY SAY”LIL BESHOP – “HUMAN BEING” REMIXMR. SMITH – “WHATS UP” FT. MARVELOUS MC, JD DONZO, TANT TAN, DJ CHIACAGO, TAKUN J, NASEEMAN, NOY Z, DAVID MELLDAVID MELL – “COOL YAH TEMPER” FT. CHILLER COOLNANEE AND SHADOW The most anticipated and well deserved Liberian Music Awards ceremony is about to go live this Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. In hopes of recognizing artists, musicians, DJs, producers, actors, actresses and those who have poured heart and soul into entertaining Liberians and international audiences; this will be a great turning point for Liberia’s entertainment history.Worldwide Liberian performers have been called upon to register themselves as artists, which will enable them to show what has been reaped in the development of entertainment and showbiz.Hoping to connect Liberian music with other genres of music such as Hip-Hop, pop- electro and so on, Kaifa KY Yamah’s dream as one of Liberia’s media moguls is to stabilize and globalize our Liberian music, he stated on his website.Among the nominees who have been selected by thorough evaluation of their work since Dec 2012 are several Liberian based artists including Shadow, D12, Killa Lu, Tan Tan, David Mel, Scientific, Pitty D’Best, Benny V and JD Donzo. All of od those named are also scheduled to perform live during the Awards ceremony.“I’m going to perform during the awards, when I get there I will know how many songs I will be performing. I have a couple of new songs that I want to perform. I’ll be there until August 1st 2014 which is my deadline to be back. “Stated Donzo who has plans to connect with business opportunities while away.Pitty D’Best and Benny V had a wonderful and exciting joint farewell party before their departure for the United States.“LMA foundation booked me for two weeks, and I’ll be performing live. I promise you it’s going to be crazy, I’m going to perform and make the crowd go wild. I’ll be performing in 10 states afterwards, including New York, Minnesota, Philly, South Dakota, Maryland, DC, and a couple of others that I can’t remember. This is my first time ever traveling, I feel great and special. And I also wish LIB LIFE blessings for interviewing me.” Pitty stated.Benny V, a star that has come up extremely in his career and a passion for music that can be heard in his tracks, says that he’s very much prepared to take another big step in his career.“All my networks are set, so you can download my music and check out my stuff while I’m out there. I have a lot of energy tracks; I’m strictly Afro and will be performing “Call The Police”, “Activities”, and “Fatmata”. Beside the 10 state tours, we have Canada to set up, the UK which is pending (London) and Australia, which is also pending. Show biz is the LMA; other promoters in Canada are making preparations to engage us to have us in their own area because of it. When you’re hot they will start calling you.”Meanwhile, there are a lot of artists also being nominated who have reached out on facebook and other social websites to show their support to their fellow stars that are fortunate to make it to the awards.“I wish my homies Benny V and Pitty D’Best a safe trip mehn, sorry guys I should have been on board with ya’ll but due to my 21 cities tour here in China along with Zheng starting June 20th, I can’t mehn. Wish u guys all of the very Best.. Go kill it and show them how we do. Liberia international all day every day,” stated John Bricks.Marvelous C, who has also been nominated positively looks at the whole award ceremony as a true blessing.“I was nominated because my music goes with traditional music mixed with hip hop beats. I feel great about it, and I feel the industry is going from one stage to another. By being able to recognize my effort and contribution in the industry makes me want to work more, if I work more I’ll get to a bigger stage. I hope people voted for me, if I don’t win, whoever wins deserves it and they should keep it up.” He added. MALE ARTIST OF THE YEARPITY D BESTDSP2SWITTJON BRICKSTAN TANJODIYOKEE BLEEKDAVID MELLTAKUN JSUNDAYGAR DEARBOYMR. SMITHRAWPEKIN Liberian Music Awards Full List of Nominees R&B ARTIST OF THE YEARDAVID MELLJAWAYPICADORBRYAN DOEPETER COLEMUNNAHEFINXACESWEETZNATE KPERFECT STRANGERcenter_img GROUP OF THE YEARGLOURIOUS LAMPSBIGSOUL FRESHCO STARM.O.R.ITS ALL GOOD (IAG)PARTY BOYSSTYLES CREW GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEARGLORIOUS LAMPSI VAN PWILTA HARRISBERNICE BLACKIEOLIVIA SEWARDTONIA MAKOR PETERSABRAHAM GIBSONEVEINETTE KAMARAALICEA JONESKANVEE GAINES ADAMS VIDEO OF THE YEAR JOE B “SPEND MY LAST DIME”MUNNAH “CELEBRATION”JODI “NUMBER1″2C “INTERNATIONAL GIRL”M’PRESS 1LOVE FT KILLA LU “ONE MORE TIME”EBEN FT GREG & NARRATOR “AZONTO & WINE”POCHANAO – “PRODCUT OF FAILED STATE”TAKUN J – “SONG FOR HAWA”DSP – “PROMISE”SHAWDOW “TRICKEY PAPYE”BERNICE BLACKE – “U NA DO WEY” AFRO DANCE SONG OF THE YEARALFANI DOUKI – “SHEIKI SHOKOO ACT 1″G RIZE – “FOREVER LUV”STYLES CREW – “SHINE SHINE BABY”EBEN – “AZONTO AND WINE MASTER”ROYAL BUSTA PAIN – “DESPERATE CHICKS”SAGA AP HIP HOP ARTIST OF THE YEARSCIENTIFIC2C2ND KINNGLYRICAL WATSONYUNG MUSECO.ZBABY EYEPOCHANOTAN TANKNERO TRADITIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEARNIMBA BURRJUNIOR FREEMAN AND AFRICAN SOLIDERTOKAY TOMAHETTA SMITHMARIE NYENABMR. 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DONZOKILLER LUMR. SMITHLIL BISHOPTRU STORY VIDEO OF THE YEAR- UKDAHAI FT BRAYEND -ESA CHICAEBEN FT GREG & NARRATORDAHAI FT PRINCESSE JOSS KALIMFT PAPA WEMBA ” STRANGER”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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18 Jan
2020

‘Fake’ Degree Granting Institution Exposed

first_imgIn an effort to streamline (update, reorganize) Liberia’s post-war ‘messy education’ sector, the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) has embarked on a vigorous exercise by inspecting the sector’s higher divisions across the country.During one of their routine exercises on Monday, NCHE deputy director-general, Dr. Kadiker Rex Dahn, and the Commission’s director for monitoring and evaluation (M&E), S. Reginald Mehnpaine, uncovered what was observed as an established ‘fake degree granting institution’ in the country.Interestingly, the ‘fake university’ is being administered by one ‘Dr.’ Austin Okafor, president and founder, who has in his employ, a fake doctorate degree-holder, Ndien Peters as one of the professors.NCHE recently booked the ‘terminal degree holder,’ Peters with fake academic credentials at the St. Clements University while serving as the vice president of academic affairs, thus prompting the Commission to close it down. The CUSWORTH International Business School (C.I.B.S.) Liberia had reportedly begun operating in the country about four years ago, at the corner of 20th Street and Coleman Avenue, in the Fiama Community. It is located in the courtyard of Global Trust Insurance Company.The institution’s bulletin claimed that it is an affiliate of several universities around the world including the South African-based, Anointed University located in the City of Johannesburg, and some locally-based tertiary institutions.It also claimed that in Liberia, it is being accredited by authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE), but interestingly, the so-called accreditation was reportedly approved by the Ministry’s Bureau of Insurance—which is not consistent with the accreditation processes in Liberia.Both the claims have been vehemently denied and protested by authorities of the MOE and NCHE respectively. As a result, the two institutions have cited C.I.B.S.’s self-proclaimed administration to make itself available for questioning.MOE director of communications, J. Maxime Bletahn told this paper via mobile phone late Monday, that the Ministry’s Bureau of Insurance does not accredit schools; instead, it deals with the documentation of deceased personnel including teachers.The two officials from the NCHE (Dr. Dahn and Mr. Mehnpaine) promised to investigate as to how the C.I.B.S (university) was established. Their pending investigation, according to them, will involve personnel from the Ministry of Justice and other stakeholders. The ‘fake degree granting university,’ according to the Daily Observer’s investigation has a college of insurance, and also offers courses in business management/strategic studies; economics, finance, investment and banking; accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship studies, computer networking, engineering, etc.C.I.B.S. also graduates students with diplomas, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) bachelor of business administration (BBA) and master of business administration (MBA) in insurance and risk management, management, marketing, and computer engineering.Meanwhile, CIBS has announced in its recent bulletin that admission for 2013/2014 is in progress, while clearances are being processed for a pending Commencement Convocation.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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18 Jan
2020

Revenue Authority Begins Official Operations

first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), Madam Elfrieda Tamba, has called for full support from the newly combined Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP).According to Madam Tamba, the newly merged Ministry is cardinal to building effective tax administration in Liberia.Commissioner Tamba made the call Tuesday during the official launching into operation of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).The program was held at the MFDP’s head office on Broad Street, in Monrovia.She said support from the Ministry is needed, because, they  are directly in charge of tax policy as well as the divider of the national revenue. The LRA collects needed revenue on behalf of the government and people of Liberia.Madam Tamba told Minister Amara M. Konneh that her team (LRA) will deliver all necessary revenues to implement the national economic transformation.“Team LRA, can deliver for you as Minister of Finance, the revenues you need to implement the national economy, but the LRA needs your support to deliver the goods,” she emphasized.“Again, Minister Konneh, lets us continue working together to strengthen the partnership to improve revenues,” she said.The LRA Commissioner then called on her staff  transitioning into the new agency to prepare themselves for the task of lawfully and legitimately collecting  revenues for the benefit of the people of Liberia.Minister Konneh, in his intervention, said the launching of the LRA was a quest in building a vibrant, dynamic and professional public sector of Liberia.“This reform has been driven by a thoroughly organized and methodical process pre-dating our administration. We believe, a truly professionalized public sector is the most effective way to deliver quality services to our people, and the value of this exercise would be seen in increased efficiency, better organizational management, and improved service delivery, particularly in the fiscal and development policy direction of the country,” Finance Minister Konneh, who now heads the merged Finance and Planning entity, said.According to him, the policy idea behind the merger is to bring synergies to the government through the avoidance of duplications and gaps in the functions of both the Ministries of Finance, and Planning and Economic Affairs, thereby resulting in better allocation of human and financial resources and better service delivery.Minister Konneh, who is the nation’s Chief Financial Officer, was, however, quick to point out that with every transition, there are rough roads and bumpy rides.He added that as the GoL pursues this painful process of helping to streamline the government through the rollout of the MFDP, and the operationalization of the Liberia Revenue Authority, it remains conscious of its responsibility to treat its employees with respect and dignity.“We are opened to ideas and have broadened the consultative process from the very inception of this reform,” he pledged.The Acts creating both entities has provided a one-year window from its adoption to implementation of the law.Minister Konneh further assured the workforce of both entities that everything would be done in his powers to ensure the concerns and views of the workforce are considered. “We have done over the last few months through direct and indirect engagements, but we must remain focused on the broader objective of working to reform our public sector. We can’t afford to go back. ”According to him, the Act of 2013 which created the MFDP and LRA required that these two institutions be made operational within 12 months as of the signing of the acts.He said since the Acts were all signed into Law by the President on September 19 and 23, 2013 respectively, both institutions are to come into effective no later than September 2014.“However, because of the nature of revenue collections, the Management team decided that it would make sense to ensure that the LRA started on July 1, 2014 since that is the beginning of the budget year. Management decided also that it would make sense, if possible, for the MFPD to also start on said date,” he said.According to the Minister, the Law is clear that all employees (not only civil servants) of the Department of Revenue will be transferred to the LRA for a period of 12 months during which time they will be required to complete application formalities. “The Law is clear that if these employees apply for a position with the LRA, they shall be granted employment.”However, in the event that an employee decides not to apply within the 12 months, the Law requires that they return to the Civil Service Agency (CSA) for reassignment.The MFDP boss said consistent with these provisions of the Law, it has forwarded the names of all employees of the Department of Revenue to LRA through the CSA and added that separate memos have also been served each employees of the Department of Revenue informing them that as of July 1, 2014, they are to report to the LRA for assignment and begin application formalities.“By the LRA Act, on the date that LRA begins operations, the Department of Revenue will cease to exist. However, few staff of the Department will remain in holder positions for the proposed Department of Fiscal Affairs, which is part of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning,” he explained.“It is important to note that the Minister of Finance and Development Planning has general supervision and direction of the LRA,” Min. Konneh said.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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18 Jan
2020

RPAL Convenes National Rubber Congress

first_imgAs the year 2014 approaches its halfway mark, an advocacy group for the rubber sector, the Rubber Planters Associations of Liberia (RPAL) with concentration in the rubber sub-sector is prioritizing its resolutions or work plans, by skillfully putting in gears to jump start their development agenda and making show so that everything as envisaged is materialized before the year goes into oblivion.With this concept in mind and not leaving any stone unturned, this non-governmental organization, in designing its work plan which has cardinal and pertinent issues is convening a National Rubber Congress where Dr. Florence A. Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture is expected to serve as Keynote Speaker.The congress, an annual event held on a rotational basis was not held in 2013 because of economic reason. But, in 2014, as the economic condition of rubber farmers and the natural rubber as a whole on the downward trend, the congress is now being convened in Gbarnga, Bong County from 23 – 24 May.A few days prior to convening the congress, at a news conference, the Executive Director of the RPAL, Mr. Simeon Z. Woheel said this year’s event is the Fourth of its kind, in post-war Liberia and would gather from across the country 300 participants and representatives  including politicians and stakeholders in the rubber industry.Mr. Woheel said, “The group attending the congress is composed of individuals coming from rubber farms or factories irrespective of the size of their farms or the factories. But they must be rubber plantation owners, planters, processor, buyers or stakeholders”.Executive Director Woheel disclosed that the Congress, with the theme, “Our Rubber – Our Future”, will give an impetus to greatly discuss in length those meaningful and issues relevant to the Liberian natural rubber industry including declining rubber price, rubber theft, the availability of improved planting materials and support for the RPAL.The RPAL was organized by the Liberian rubber farmers and trans-nationals and has been in existence for more than half a century.  It was eventually enacted into Law by the National Legislature in 1966 as a body to represent, foster and protect the interest of the farmers, who are engaged in the Liberia rubber industry by either planting or processing rubber.Mr. Woheel said, “RPAL, during the Congress will seize the opportunity for its members to go to the poll and elect a new code of 25-member officers who will steer the affair of the Association for the next two years”.A major issue for discussion also during the Congress will be centered on the efforts being made by RPAL to solicit assistance from the Government of Liberia and friendly organizations.The Agenda of the Congress will also focus on the setting up of five working committees that will use an eagle eye to pin-point weaknesses and successes of the Association particular on the Liberia natural rubber industry in general; perhaps with the intention to finding amicable solutions to problems affecting the RPAL on one hand, and rubber industry as a whole on the other hand.Committees will be set-up at the Congress which will include Committees on Nursery Development, Decentralization, Subscription, Pricing and Rubber Farm Registration as well as Identification Cards and Rubber Theft.“One cannot predict the steadfastness of the work of the committees. But one thing that is hoped for is that resolutions from the committees’ room will create an avenue for a greater and speedy development of the Association” and the rubber sub-sector, said one small-scale rubber farmer who asked for anonymity.At the moment, RPAL finds itself in a state of financial barb wire that has caused strangulation to the point that it has considerably reduced its staff members and employees from 10 to five in the last four years.The financial situation of RPAL is worsening day after day thus reducing the capacity of the Association to implement planned field activities around the country, especially in the area of nursery development and extension activities.Critics have it that if nothing is done very soon to bring the association from financial crisis, the association will find itself almost to a zero operational level.Presently, Mr. Roger Sherman is the President of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia. He has been serving in the position since 2008, a time when the Association held its last Congress at the same venue where it is taking place this year.  Mr. Sherman is being assisted by Mr. Emery Dennis as Vice President. The issue of rubber theft has been and still is one cardinal problems that bothers the President of the Association, who himself is a rubber plantation owner.In his last inaugural address, Mr. Sherman put it this way, “The issue of rubber theft is high because of the mobile buying stations operating in the country.  The thieves are physically prepared to combat anyone trying to halt their operations.  But we will do everything that is humanly possible to protect the interest of the RPAL thus enabling every rubber farmer to substantially benefit from the proceeds of their labor”.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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18 Jan
2020

French Business Club Donates US$80k to Red Cross

first_imgFrench business merchants or companies operating in Liberia, under the banner French Business Club (FBC), have made a huge donation to the Liberia National Red Cross (LNRCS). The donation includes US$80,000 and a brand new Renault car.The president of FBC, Jean Michel Macia, at the presentation ceremony held Thursday, September 25, at the French Embassy in Monrovia said the donation was their way of helping to boost the efforts of the LNRCS, which is one of the most important entities on the frontline of the fight against the virus.“We believe that this is the key contribution we can make and the best way for our companies to help the country and the population. But we see that to fight Ebola more must be done.He said the LNRCS was selected as the beneficiary of the FBC’s donation because it is proving its competence every day in the field. “This contribution, we believe, will enable the Red Cross to continue to battle against the virus,” the FBC boss said.“Their actions also help our organizations and our employees. Consequently the FBC is pleased to donate one vehicle and commit US$80,000 to the national society,” he added.Mr. Macia also stated that the donation marks the beginning of a strong partnership between FBC and the LNRCS.The French business executive indicated that since the outbreak of the terrible epidemic all these companies of the FBC have reinforced their commitment to stay and to continue their economic activities despite growing number of difficulties and hurdles.“We want to be part of the economic life of Liberia during the good times but we must also be present during the difficulties. To be present, to stay in the country, to maintain the jobs of our employees, to maintain their revenues and to keep investing are our prime targets,” he said.In quoting former Ivoirian President Felix Houphouet Boigny, Mr. Macia said: “Peace is not a word, it is comportment” and in his own words: “I say to you today solidarity is not a word, it is comportment.”The Liberia National Red Cross Society, tasked with the responsibility of dead body management by the National Task Force on Ebola, has for some time complained of lack of adequate support from central government and partners in carrying out its mandate.Speaking at the donation ceremony, the president of the LNRCS, Emmanuel Kparh, said the donation is a boost to the Red Cross and will make a great impact in the fight against Ebola.He lauded the French club for recognizing the works of the Red Cross over the years and said the donation is in recognition of the sacrificial works that the LNRCS continues to render to less fortunate Liberians.French Ambassador to Liberia, Joel Godeau, said the contribution of the French businesses in Liberia is a sign of strong commitment to countries that are affected by the virus.He said French people won’t remain insensitive to the plight of Liberians as the virus rages on.The donation ceremony was graced by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador Abdoulaye Dore and other officials of government.FBC was founded in 2013 under the umbrella of the French Embassy in Liberia. It has brought together the key representatives of the French Group operating in Liberia.Members companies of FBC include, AGS FRAZER-a packing and removal company, BIVAC/VERITAS-control and expertise, CICA Motors Liberia (FCAO GROUP) Toyota and Yamaha representative, DELMAS (CMA-CGM Group, the third biggest ship owner in the world and ELIAS ANTOUNE Motors (Renault representative), distributor of trucks and cars.Others include, Liberia Equipment (representative of Ja Delmas Bordeaux), sole authorize dealer of caterpillar, Salala Rubber Corporation (SOCFINGroup) rubber plantation in Margibi County, TOTAL-oil marketing company, UMARCO (BOLLORE GROUP) clearing and forwarding shipping agent and logistics sector.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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