Steph Curry dances and dazzles in Manila return

first_imgKevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:14Carpio 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 Curry capped the first day of his visit with some hoops and some jukes as he danced and played alongside current PBA players.Heads up MMDA, Steph (@StephenCurry30) does the In My Feelings challenge! #WiredDifferent #SC30AsiaTour pic.twitter.com/FPyT95r3TQ— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 7, 2018Amateur players from the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand played in a couple of 3×3 games divided into girls and boys’ divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Not yet done: Curry determined to lead Warriors to more titles View comments MOST READ It was a long wait but NBA superstar Stephen Curry delivered on his promise to return to the Philippines and enthrall thousands of his supporters.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title There was also skills course featuring PBA players Poy Erram, Troy Rosario, Mark Barroca, and PJ Simon, who won the exhibition, and shootout contest starring Marc Pingris, Christian Luanzon, Harvey Carey, Willie Miller, and their sons.Miller and his son topped the preliminaries which was also participated by Stanley Pringle, Von Pessumal, and Fiba 3×3 3-point shootout champion Janine Pontejos.Steph and Dell winning the father and son shootout contest. #WiredDifferent #SC30AsiaTour | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/GZzRR2HKRW— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 7, 2018Curry joined the action to the delight of the fans, but lost to Simon in their skills course.But teaming up with his father Dell, Curry showcased his sweet shooting stroke and defeated Miller in the culmination of the shootout contest.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Curry last visited Manila in 2015 right after Golden State won the Larry O’Brien trophy and this year’s trip also followed another championship for the Warriors, who have gained a big fan base here in this basketball-crazy country.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’“It feels great, so much support here in the Philippines in what I do in the basketball court,” said Curry Friday during a showcase at Mall of Arena Arena as part of the Philippine stop for his Under Armour Asia Tour.“I told everyone at MOA Arena that I will be back and it took a long time to get back.” LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

PH golden golfers donate over P16M incentives to NGAP golf dev’t program

first_imgThe chance to represent the country in future tournaments and pursue their golfing dreams in the US NCAA was worth a whole lot more than P16 million.ADVERTISEMENT That was the cost for Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and LK Go had to give up to retain their amateur status as the country’s golf heroines donated all their incentives for their two-gold, one-bronze performance in the Asian Games to the National Golf Association of the Philippines’ golf development program Thursday, the same day President Duterte bumped up the bounty for Asiad champions to a total of P8 million.“Due to immutable circumstances … we are unable to accept any and all forms of financial reward,” the trio said in a joint statement forwarded to media outlets Thursday. “At present, two of us are actively playing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the United States, with the third, soon to follow.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“We will automatically lose our amateur status the moment we keep these incentives, as well as the opportunity to continue representing the Philippines in the future.”The three were supposed to receive at least P16.5 million in total, with Saso, the individual gold winner, due to receive P10.6 million. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES 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 The Inquirer managed to obtain a copy of the Royal and Ancient’s opinion, where it said cash awards offered as incentives are based on performance and thus fall under the rules on prizes.Thus, if the players kept their incentives, they would lose their amateur status and make them ineligible for the national team and in the US NCAA.“We unanimously agreed that if it were possible to donate this money to support the national golf program—and thus help other aspiring golfers reach their goals—this would be the best scenario for us. After consulting the world golf governing body, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, we were advised that this was a viable option. We are thus confident that the [NGAP] will allocate these resources in a prudent, equitable, and ideal manner, consistent with our intentions,” the three golfers wrote in their joint statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Another windfall: Duterte makes it an added P2M for Asiad gold medalists President Duterte threw in another extra P2 million for gold medalists in the Asian Games during the release of incentives Wednesday at Malacañang Palace, according to the Philippine Sports Commission.The PSC had announced earlier that the bonus from the President would be worth P1 million but Mr. Duterte upped it by another million.The cash pot is on top of the P2 million granted by law via Republic Act 10699. Gold medalists will also get P1 million each from Siklab Foundation of Sec. Dennis Uy and Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Lee Hiong Tan Wee, plus a P2 million bonus from the POC.“We were touched by the decision of the girls to donate their cash incentives to our golf development program,” said Bones Floro, the NGAP’s secretary-general, who also told golfers and their parents of the legal opinion sent by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews regarding the impact of the incentives on the girls’ amateur status.“The girls and their parents were very appreciative of the situation and they knew what they wanted and it wasn’t a hard decision for them to make,” Floro added.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

San Beda, CKSC, La Salle schools grab early WNCAA lead

first_imgMOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sister schools De La Salle Zobel and La Salle College Antipolo  are likewise unbeaten in two starts in Junior B.  Midgets play kicked off with defending champion Miriam scoring a 59-44 triumph over DLSZ and St. Paul  downing SBCA, 51-41.Over at Rizal Memorial Coliseum, two-time defending seniors champion SBCA streaked to a 2-0 start as it outlasted Assumption, 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPhilippine Women’s University shared the lead after dominating University of Asia & the Pacific, 25-18, 25-13, 25-7. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP Diliman field gets Fifa Quality Certification seal Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew San Beda College Alabang joined seven-time defending seniors champion Centro Escolar University on top while its juniors squad is tied for the lead with two-time titlist Chiang Kai Shek College after week two of the 49th WNCAA basketball tournament.SBCA whipped Assumption College, 73-39, while CEU dealt hapless St. Scholastica’s College a 110-4 beating for 2-0 cards at SBCA gym recently.  In Junior A, SBCA and CKSC also share 2-0 records after victories over Poveda (38-33) and host St. Paul College Pasig (105-40), respectively.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Letran books Final Four, routs San Sebastian

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Of course, we’re thankful but this we’re not done yet. We still have two games yet and we need to work hard for it before we go to the Final Four,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa in Filipino. “We need to take care of business first and rest assured, we will work hard.”Larry Muyang posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds while Bonbon Batiller had 15 points, 10 coming in the first half where the Knights took control with a 42-25 halftime lead en route to a wire-to-wire victory.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 ChrissThe Stags showed some fight to end the third quarter behind RK Ilagan, who scored nine of his 13 in that period alone, including a jumper that made it a seven-point game.Letran regrouped quickly and responded with a 13-2 blast capped by as basket by Batiller to regain an 18-point lead, 72-54, with 5:45 remaining. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran secured a Final Four slot after crushing also-ran San Sebastian, 79-61, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Knights, who improved to 14-4, booked a trip to the semifinals for the first time since winning the title in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dwight Howard’s back problems delaying his Wizards debut LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Knights, who matched a season-high with 27 assists, rolled to their fifth straight victory.Michael Calisaan paced the Stags, who fell to 4-12, with 16 points and nine rebounds. View commentslast_img read more

Hooker stops Saucedo to retain WBO super lightweight title

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Hooker found his rhythm and took charge in an aggressive seventh.He was credited with a knockdown when he sent Saucedo reeling into the ropes and when the fight resumed after a standing eight-count Hooker pummeled the challenger until the referee jumped in to call a halt at 1:36 of the round.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 ChrissSaucedo suffered his first defeat in 29 fights. Hooker improved to 25-0-3 with 17 knockouts as he made the first defense of the title he won on June 9 with a split decision victory over England’s Terry Flanagan in Manchester. 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 LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Maurice Hooker survived a knockdown on the way to a seventh-round technical knockout of previously unbeaten Alex Saucedo on Friday to retain his World Boxing Organization super-lightweight world title.Saucedo, a Mexico-born American fighting in his adopted hometown of Oklahoma City, delighted his fans when he sent Hooker to the canvas with a heavy right hand in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra learns its lesson as it fails to pounce on late-game Magnolia errorscenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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? View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Wade’s late free throws lift Heat past Jazz

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was waiting to see if Wade wanted a timeout on the last possession. He didn’t, and Wade knew when he had the ball at the top of the key exactly what he was going to do — drive down the right side of the lane, get to the rim and see what happens.“It’s like putting on an old glove,” Spoelstra said. “We’ve been in that situation so many times before. It was very natural for him to read everything.”Gobert didn’t like the call.“I just want it to be consistent at one point,” Gobert said. “Every night is the same (stuff).”Ricky Rubio led Utah with 23 points. Jae Crowder scored 19 and Mitchell had 18 for the Jazz, on 8 for 24 shooting. Afterward, he said going head-to-head with Wade was special.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US beats Uruguay, qualifies for 2019 Fiba World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum INJURY LISTMiami’s injury list — which already included Goran Dragic (knee), Tyler Johnson (hamstring), Derrick Jones Jr. (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle surgery recovery) — got deeper in the first half. Starting wing Rodney McGruder, one of Miami’s top defenders, left with a sprained right ankle and did not return.ODD SCHEDULEIt’s a strange schedule this year for the Jazz, who have now played 24 games — a league-high 16 on the road, a league-low eight at home. The first half of the year has Utah playing 25 times on the road, 16 at home, and obviously the exact inverse of that awaits the Jazz in the season’s second half.UP NEXTJazz: Host San Antonio on Tuesday.Heat: Host Orlando on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MIAMI, FL – OCTOBER 20: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Charlotte Hornets at American Airlines Arena on October 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dwyane Wade had a two-hour phone call with Donovan Mitchell over the summer, fielding question after question about what the path toward NBA stardom is like.Wade happily provided a ton of answers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “That was surreal, to be honest,” Mitchell said.Gobert had 12 points and 18 rebounds for the Jazz. Wayne Ellington had 12 points, all of them on 3-pointers — including one with 2:03 left that gave Miami the lead, and the Heat wouldn’t trail again.Utah’s lead was 55-53 at the half, a score that would suggest the first 24 minutes were nip-and-tuck for both sides.Not exactly.The Jazz ran out to leads of 20-5 and 35-16, shooting 65 percent — while holding Miami to 28 percent — and turning the first six Heat turnovers of the night into 12 points.And then Utah suddenly went ice-cold. Miami went on a 20-0 run, forcing Utah into 14 consecutive missed shots, to turn the 19-point deficit into a one-point lead.“We’ll clean it up. It’s little things,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Overall, I’m happy with how we competed, but obviously we wish we could do things better for a full game.”TIP-INSJazz: Joe Ingles scored 11 for Utah, which put all five of its starters in double figures. … The Jazz were trying to finish off a 3-0 road trip. … Utah was 11 for 33 from 3-point range.Heat: The 20-0 run was Miami’s longest of the season, topping a 17-0 streak at Chicago last month. … The Heat were back in their red jerseys, a second consecutive deviation from the schedule. Miami was slated to wear its black “Vice” jerseys again Sunday, but much like Friday — when the Heat snapped a six-game home slide that coincided with the unveiling of those kits — the team went a different way. He might have kept a secret or two for himself.Wade drove past Mitchell on Miami’s final possession, drew a foul from Rudy Gobert at the rim and made two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift the Heat to a 102-100 win over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night — a game where Mitchell’s 3-pointer at the end hit the rim and bounced away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I don’t talk to anybody on the phone for two hours anymore,” Wade said. “But he wanted to pick my brain. He had a lot of great questions and we just talked about the game.”Wade gave Mitchell a couple more lessons on Sunday, in a game where the Heat rallied from an early 19-point deficit and survived 17 lead changes and 16 ties. Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for Miami, which got 16 apiece from Josh Richardson and Kelly Olynyk and 15 from Wade. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

Rene Catalan makes case for ONE title shot

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man PLAY LIST 01:28‘The Two Popes’ movie explores depth of faith, frailties of man00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison02:14Carpio 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 Catalan, who turned 40 this month, believes his time will eventually come.“My goal is to keep on winning until my time to compete for the title comes,” he stressed. “This kind of situation motivates me more. I expect big and favorable things to happen this 2019.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 30, Bucks beat Celticscenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Catalan, a decorated wushu world champion, thought he had done enough to finally earn a title shot having won five consecutive fights over the last two years, including a second-round stoppage of Chinese prospect Peng Xue Wen last January and a one-sided win over Stefer Rahardian five months ago.“I think my previous performances can vouch for my position as a contender for the belt. I scored five-straight victories against top-tier opponents, which qualifies me to be a title contender,” Catalan said.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 ChrissDespite waiting for another time to get a crack at the crown, Catalan said he accepts ONE’s decision in choosing Saruta.“I respect their decision for choosing Yosuke Saruta. Of course, there is a reason behind it. I accept it wholeheartedly. It’s not my time yet,” he said. “I am patiently waiting. I know it will come.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Rene Catalan felt he was worthy to be the replacement challenger to compatriot Joshua Pacio for the strawweight title in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory on January 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.Pacio was initially to defend his title in a rematch against Hayato Suzuki but the Japanese had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury and another Japanese in Yosuke Saruta was put in his place.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Nigerians Want Ambassador Out

first_imgWhile Nigerians throughout the world may have been rejoicing over the news that their country now has the biggest economy in Africa, the situation in Liberia was totally different this week.Local Nigerians were staging a demonstration calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to have Ambassador Chigozie F. Obi-Nnadozie recalled.The Nigerians, who allegedly came from every part of Liberia for the protest instigated by the leadership of the Nigerian Community and Descendants Union of Liberia (NCDUL), on Wednesday, April 8, converged on the Nigerian Embassy in a protest intended to prevail upon the government of Nigeria to have Ambassador Obi Nnadozie recalled for what they termed as a “lack of respect and outright disdain for the welfare of NCDUL members.”The protesters said Ambassador Nnadozie’s continued stay in Liberia is not only unfavorable to the welfare, safety and security of all people of Nigeria and their descendants in Liberia, but harmful to the supreme interest of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a sovereign state.The Liberian National Police, upon getting hints of the situation, barricaded the Nigerian Embassy to ensure the Ambassador’s protection. The LNP arrested the organizers of the protest upon noticing the situation was beginning to get out of hand. They pushed the crowd away from the Embassy entrance until they had moved across the street.The Secretary General of the Nigerian association, Rev. Vincent Abuka, catalogued several grievances that the organization has against Ambassador Nnadozie.Rev. Abuka said the Ambassador has shown a clear lack of respect, if not outright disdain, for their organization, which was founded in 1948-a time when she was not yet born.He said she seeks to destroy the organization by forming a rival organization made predominantly of a handful person from her state of origin. According to him, this has caused her to sideline the majority of Nigerians and their descendants.The NCDUL stalwart said, “The Ambassador has on several occasions expelled from the premises of the Embassy, the NCDUL’s president and other prominent elders she invited to the Embassy for meetings.” “She also reported NCDUL’s President to the Justice Ministry accusing him of obstructing her functions as Ambassador. She instigated the detention of NCDUL president Elder Felix U. Ebeku. This is totally against the fraternity that we share as Nigerians.”He accused the Ambassador of denying and obstructing the return of corpses of deceased Nigerians back home for burial as custom demands, saying, “Her actions often compound the sorrows of relatives. Before her arrival this behavior was unheard of in Liberia.”He alleged that Ambassador Nnadozie is extorting money from her compatriots as registration fees at the Embassy; something they used to do free of charge.The NCDUL Secretary said: “Without any evidence, our Ambassador collectively branded Nigerians and their descendants in Liberia as terrorists and Boko-Haram insurgents, thereby threatening our security in the country. This is unacceptable; her newest statement against us supports recent claims by a top Liberian security operative that Nigerian businessmen in the country are Boko-Haram operatives.”When contacted for comments or reactions to the claims of the NCDUL leaders, Ambassador Nnadozie after answering unceremoniously, cut-off her phone. When this reporter called back a male voice answered the phone and started insulting him.“Why you people are not interested in promoting a good image of Nigeria and only choose to publish negative things about this country.” The man, who was speaking for the Ambassador, said that she had, at the time of the protest, gone to the launch of a new Nigerian business; something he said would promote better relations between the two countries rather than giving heed to something unnecessary.The NCDUL leadership told journalists that its members have begun to observe a week of fasting and prayer to seek divine intervention for the recall of the Ambassador, who they said has been “very insensitive” to the plights of the larger Nigerian community in Liberia.It is alleged that the protesters are all naturalized Liberians that should, thus, have nothing to do with Nigeria. It is rumored the protesters have yet to denounce their Nigerian nationality officially or legally. Rev. Vincent Abuka denied the claims saying they had no substance. “When issues like this come up, you become aware all kinds of people are willing to use propaganda. I can tell you that 99 percent of us here at the Embassy today are not naturalized and will continue to be Nigerians,” Rev. Abuka concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Go Teach for 3 Months’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has mandated her appointed officials starting with the Minister and their deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE) to return to the classroom and teach the students for at least three months. This, according to the President, is to experience the ‘hardship and headache’ teachers across the country endure in the discharge of their duty. The expected exercise, according to the President, is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE and educational areas to feel the adversity (hurt, stings) of teaching in the Liberian schools. The President’s pending mandates, an observer believes, is to inspire (move) her officials into action to defend the plights of teachers, who over the years have been protesting and or staging series of demonstrations for salaries and other benefits. At the same time, President Sirleaf has said, she would direct authorities of the University of Liberia to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation. “If we can allow Peace Corps Volunteers and the ‘Volunteer Teachers’ from the West African State of Nigeria to be assigned in the rural areas, we too should send young graduating seniors to go with the foreign instructors into the classrooms before they are allowed to graduate.” President Sirleaf made the suggestion over the weekend when the Minister of Education, Etmonia David-Tarpeh presented the MOE’s (2014-2016) ‘Operational Plan.’ The ceremony was held at the Monrovia City Hall on Saturday, May 24, on the theme, “Quality Education for All: Redirecting Our Future.” The three-year ‘Operational Plan’ is being launched with the vision to ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education for all. The cost of implementation within the three-year period is US$180 million, while the cost for implementation for the first year (2014) is around US$59 million. Funding for the Plan is expected to come from the government and development partners, including the public-private partnership. The mission is to also ensure quality, relevant, accessible, and affordable education by establishing appropriate legal and regulatory framework through the development of education systems, policies guidelines, procedures and standards. To also promote, good governance practices among actors by coordinating all education programs and activities within the country’s borders; linking education programs to economic and development needs of the population; and promoting public-private partnerships within the sector.    Before presenting the plan to President Sirleaf, Minister Tarpeh explained among other things that the 3-year ‘Operational Plan’ is based on several documents including the Education Reform Law of 2011, Education Sector Plan (2010-2020), Roadmap for System Transformation, National Agenda for Transformation, among others. She said the plan highlights priorities identified by education stakeholders at several consultative meetings including the National Education Roundtable Conference, 2013 and the Joint Education Sector Review taking account of clear messages that there is a need to reform the education sector and other emerging trends within the system. Additionally, it serves as a catalyst (means, channel) to accelerate the “Education for All Goals.”“It is underpinned by the principles of ownership and accountability that the Plan also proposes a range of strategies and activities for improving the quality of education services to ensure that young people within the country’s borders are fully prepared for a favorable livelihood in a changing regional and global environment.” This Plan covers areas such like the Early Childhood Development/Education, Basic and Secondary Education, Teacher Education, Student Personnel Services, Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), Education Governance and Management.Saturday’s launch brought together an array of government officials, legislators and members of the diplomatic community among them U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. to Expand Foreign Commercial Service in Africa

first_imgThe United States Government through its Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker has disclosed expanding Foreign Commercial Service presence in Africa to strengthen the economic and commercial tie between U.S. and Africa.Making the disclosure at the opening of the U.S-Africa Business Forum on August 5, Secretary Pritzker the said the Foreign Commercial Service contains American commercial diplomats who will navigate each African Market.“We are doubling the number of commercial offices in Africa, with new sites in Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Tanzania.  We are expanding existing offices in Ghana, Kenya, Libya, and Morocco, and we are returning Foreign Commercial Service presence to the African Development Bank for the first time in three years,” she said.In addition, she used the occasion to announce on behalf of the Department of Commerce and U.S. partners 10 new trade missions to Africa and 10 reverse trade missions to the United States by 2020.To safeguard the environment amidst desire to invest in the continent, the U.S. official disclosed that the National Institute of Standards and Technology is launching the Global City Teams Challenge to create teams of cities and innovators working together on issues like air quality, resource management, healthcare delivery, and modern energy grids—to utilize the best technology to build “Smart Cities.”Secretary Pritzker described the plan to make business in Africa as a “Moment of opportunity,”  noting that a decade from now participating countries in the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit will look back at the moment as the start of something important, or see a missed opportunity.“The choice is up to all of us here today.  Today’s agenda features conversations on financing and development, energy and infrastructure, good governance and public-private partnerships-all meant to highlight the choices before us,” she emphasized.“As America’s Chief Commercial Officer, I feel strongly that this last pillar – the U.S.-Africa economic relationship – is fundamental to our mutual peace and prosperity. We know that businesses serve as key bridges between our continents, but we also share the conviction that these ties of commerce can be stronger, deeper, and more lasting.” She further indicated that as Africa’s middle class continues to expand, we hope to see our export numbers grow, too. And through Select USA, the Administration is actively encouraging African companies to increase their presence in the United States. On the issue of conduct in business, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce said “Every African leader who embraces greater transparency and market access, speeds business processes, and roots out corruption represents a ripple of hope for greater prosperity for their people – and for ours.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more