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  • Never say die personified: Cone marvels at Thompson’s will to win for Ginebra

    first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In the semifinals against Rain or Shine, Thompson went high up to outrebound Elasto Painters import Reggie Johnson from behind.More often than not, Thompson would get one of those incredible rebounds that have drawn amazement from the crowd the way an emphatic dunk would.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’READ: Scottie Thompson named PBA Finals MVP “Scottie came up big from day one he joined in practice,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “I’m running out of superlatives to describe him. His will to win is off the charts.” View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Scottie Thompson squeezed in between San Miguel Beer big men June Mar Fajardo and Renaldo Balkman and somehow, in some way, ended up with the rebound.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cone is used to seeing Thompson make one spectacular play after another but the crafty guard still never fails to marvel him.Thompson’s dazzling ways were in full display in the grandest stage of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against the mighty San Miguel Beermen.The 25-year-old Thompson shone in the bright lights and his finals performance didn’t go unnoticed as he was named Finals MVP, averaging 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in six games.“Scottie brings us that intangible that never quits. He really exemplifies that never-say-die attitude,” Cone said.“The stuff he does in games, he does in practice all the time. He’s a really special kid. He’s just scratching the surface. He might go down as one of the all-time greats.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Santos swallows San Miguel’s ‘painful’ loss to Ginebra ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

  • Diaz gets help from Mexican boxing stars for world title fight vs Sor Rungvisai

    first_imgLATEST STORIES “Like what I said before, we will need all the help that we can get to win in Bangkok this coming October,” Ernesto Salgado, Diaz’s trainer, said.We are happy that Juan Francisco Estrada reached out to us and spared a little of his time to work with Iran.”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’The odds are stacked against Diaz, who will be fighting in his first world title bout against an experienced Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs).But having Marquez, known to have one of the smartest minds inside the ring that made him a four-division champion, and Estrada, who is very familiar with Sor Rungvisai, surely boosts Diaz’s bid to claim the belt. View comments Iran Diaz. Photo from ONE ChampionshipBANGKOK — Mexican challenger Iran Diaz is getting all the help he can get ahead of his world title fight against Thai boxing champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai less than two months from now.After Mexican ring legend Juan Manuel Marquez took the role of adviser, Diaz tapped another one of Mexico’s boxing stars in Juan Francisco Estrada to be his sparring partner.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘I’m a club man’: Mourinho insists Manchester United come before his future Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He (Estrada) has given us some tips on how he thinks Sor Rungvisai competes, moves and strategizes inside the ring. It’s a big help. Sharing his insights on the Thai champion worked out in our favor,” Salgado said.Estrada, who has gone to war with some of the best fighters in the stacked super fly class including Sor Rungvisai, who barely beat him by majority decision six months ago.The 31-year-old Sor Rungvisai stunned the boxing world after toppling former pound-for-pound king Roman Gonzalez twice including a fourth-round knockout in their rematch last year.He is defending his WBC crown for the fourth time in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6 before his hometown crowd at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

  • My fault, Guiao says of PH 5 loss

    first_imgBut coach Yeng Guiao didn’t point a finger at anything or anyone after the country bowed to South Korea, 91-82, in the quarterfinal round at GBK Basketball Hall.“I take full responsibility for it,” Guiao said. “We were in the game until the last five to six minutes, until we committed some crucial turnovers. We were not comfortable with the zone (defense Korea played on us).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 was my responsibility (to prepare them).”Clarkson rebounded from a slow start by shooting 21 points in the final two periods. He paced himself well this time and didn’t cramp up, but a spate of bad decisions and critical errors did the Filipinos in.At best, they hope to finish in fifth place, two notches higher than the 2014 team’s performance in Incheon. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next JAKARTA—Jordan Clarkson and the basketball team made their way past Filipino and international media just after the buzzer confirming the Filipinos’ exit in the medal rounds of the 18th Asian Games here on Monday afternoon.They couldn’t mask their frustrations. And Filipino scribes allowed them that moment.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Filipinos blew an eight-point third-quarter lead, falling to the Korean zone and melting down in the fourth when the game was truly on the line as they finished with 13 turnovers after just five in the first half.Guiao’s game plan of allowing Korea’s naturalized player, Ricardo Ratliffe, to operate inside almost worked, as the Filipinos didn’t give the Korean outside gunners many open looks. And if they did get it, they were simply missing it.Until the tide turned in the fourth, when no amount of defense could scuttle Korea anymore.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Popular e-sports eyeing 2024 Olympic inclusion DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • PetroGazz survives Tacloban to kick off Open campaign

    first_imgLATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Rodriguez favored as Petron GT highlights Batangas racing weekend Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PetroGazz survived a challenge put up by Tacloban in the first and third sets as it hammered out a 25-22, 25-14, 26-24 victory Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.Paneng Mercado led the way with 14 points, 11 of which came off attacks and the other three on blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m happy that the work we put up in the last few weeks is starting to bear fruit,” said Mercado, daughter of former Asia’s former sprint queen Lydia de Vega-Mercado.Meanwhile, action in the season-ending conference of the league organized by Sports Vision heats up this early as Ateneo-Motolite and Pocari-Air Force slug it out in a duel of fancied teams at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite on Sunday.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 Lady Eagles, who skipped the Collegiate Conference to toughen up for this tournament, and the Myla Pablo-led Lady Warriors slug it out at 4 p.m. with PetroGazz and BanKo-Perlas colliding at 6 p.m.“We realize that with the unprecedented rise in the popularity of women’s volleyball, many want to watch our games. But their distance to our home venue in San Juan are prohibiting them. Particularly this season, Sports Vision is bringing more and more PVL games to the provinces,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou. MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

  • Stanley Pringle difference maker for struggling NorthPort

    first_imgRashad Woods may be the import but Stanley Pringle remains as NorthPort’s most important player.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Of course, it would have been a lot different because even if we had a lot of injuries but if Stanley was there it helps me a lot also,” Woods said of Pringle, who finished with 26 points and seven assists in a 118-101 win over Columbian.The Batang Pier’s hopes of making the playoffs are bleak at 1-6 but Woods stays positive especially after the team got a much-needed shot in the arm.“[This win] just shows that we’re not a team that will lose every game and it can help us with our confidence. Confidence is all we need right now,” said Woods, who struggled with only 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting from the field and 10 rebounds.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 Yeng at heart: Guiao opens up on Gilas, Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum It showed the moment Pringle came back after missing the first three games of the conference.Minus Pringle, the Batang Pier lost by an average of 24.6 points in their first three games, including a 41-point beating at the hands of the Phoenix Fuel Masters last August 26.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 ChrissAnd though NorthPort also dropped its next three outings with Pringle back in tow, the narrow defeats against Barangay Ginebra, Blackwater and TNT could’ve gone either way.In fact, Woods feels that if Pringle had been around for the Batang Pier at the start of the Governors’ Cup, the team wouldn’t be near the bottom of the standings with only one win to show. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

  • What’s in a Tokyo 2020 medal? Old phones, discarded cameras

    first_imgFILE – In this April 1, 2017, file photo, gold tablets of 3 grams, left, which is able to be recycled from 100 mobile phones, are shown as the example in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers said in a statement Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)TOKYO— Tokyo Olympic organizers say they expect to collect enough obsolete electronic devices by the end of March to reach the amount that will be required to manufacture all Olympic and Paralympic medals.The Tokyo 2020 Olympics open in just over 500 days and all medals will be made from discarded smartphones, digital cameras, and other handheld games and laptops.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Pelicans will allow Anthony Davis to play rest of NBA season LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In a statement Friday, organizers said targeted amounts of bronze, silver, and gold will be extracted from the discarded devices with quotas expected to be reached by March 31.The design of the Tokyo medals will be unveiled later this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee PLAY LIST 01:38SEA Games 2019: Filipina fencers bag gold medal in team epee01:25SEA Games: PH dancesport plucks 5 gold medals in standard events03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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. MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more

  • Freeman, Gongloe, Bikers’ Union Differ on CBL Bill

    first_imgIn the wake of Capitol Hill’s latest decision to stamp its authority on the powers of the executive governor and other executives of the Central Bank of Liberia, politicians, lawyers and labour organizations have started voicing their opinions on the matter.The Legislature amended an Act establishing the CBL thereby preventing the CBL governor and executives from participating in future elections.Said legislative move has received mixed reactions from state-actors including Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) political leader, Mr. Simeon Freeman, constitutional lawyer Tiawon Gongloe and Liberia Motorcycle Transport Union representative Robert M. Sammie.Freeman expressed support for the proposed legislation in a news conference Thursday, February 20, adding that the Reserve Bank governor had been “in violation of the act creating the CBL for a very long time, and as such, there was a need for legislative intervention in order to right the wrongs along the way.”Mr. Freeman applauded the efforts of the Legislature in addressing such critical instrument affecting the country, declaring that the proposed legislation “does not contravene the Constitution as being speculated by groups of individuals across the country.”He pledged his party’s unflinching support for the bill, encouraging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to sign the bill in the interest of democracy and political stability.However, constitutional lawyer Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, and trade unionist Robert Sammie, frowned on the passage of the bill on Capitol Hill, describing it as, “unconstitutional.”In separate conversations, Cllr. Gongloe and Sammie said the proposed legislation contravenes several provisions of the 1986 Constitution, and as such, should be considered non-existent.Appearing live on a local station Thursday in Monrovia, Cllr. Gongloe indicated that the lawmakers’ action is “a clear violation of Article 11 of the 1986.”Article 11 states: “a) All persons are born equally free and independent and have certain natural, inherent and inalienable rights, among which are the rights to enjoy and defend life and liberty, of pursuing and maintaining the security of the person and of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.b) All persons, irrespective of ethnic background, race, sex, creed, place of origin or political opinion, are entitled to the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual, subject to such qualifications as provided for in this Constitution.c) All persons are equal before the law and are therefore entitled to the equal protection of the law.”Based on these constitutional provisions, Cllr. Gongloe advised the Legislature on the violation and further advised the signature power not to sign the bill into law.For his part, motorcyclists’ secretary general, Sammie, described said action as “a few myopic individuals, including some members of the Legislature, who are acting jittery and paranoid because they feel that the Central Bank Governor, Dr. Mills Jones, harbours presidential political ambition, which is not unconstitutional.“We are constrained to question the rationale and wisdom of amending the 1999 Act that gives access to Governors of Central Bank of Liberia to extend helping hands to poverty-strickened Liberians looking to be lifted to a level of economic dignity. What is the wisdom in making laws intended to keep your people in perpetual poverty? In simple terms, the Legislature detests the Central Bank Loan Scheme.  This action on the part of the National Legislature can only be described as thoughtless and inconsiderate,” the motorcycle riders’ representative 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

  • ‘Withdraw Tweah’s Appointment’

    first_imgThe president of the University of Liberia Alumni Association (ULAA), Mr. James Davis, II, is calling on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to withdraw the appointment of Mr. Norris Tweah as the new Vice President for UL Relations.Mr. Davis, II told this newspaper that as president of ULAA, he thinks Mr. Tweah’s appointment by the President undermines the university’s by-laws.According to him, Article III Section 2 of the institution’s by-laws “clearly states that Officers of Administration and Instruction of the University of Liberia shall be nominated by the President of the University of Liberia for Approval by the Board of Trustees. Therefore, the appointment of Mr. Norris Tweah by the President of Liberia and Visitor to the University of Liberia is in violation of the by-laws or Charter of the University of Liberia.”Mr. Davis, II, who is also a member of the UL Board of Trustees, stated that one of the tenets of good governance is the respect for rule of laws. “I’m convinced that President Sirleaf is an adherent of the rules of law.  She will adhere to this call to withdraw the appointment of Mr. Tweah as Vice President to the flagship state University of Liberia.” He clarified that he and others are not against Mr. Tweah serving their alma mater; instead, “We are against the procedural error that has characterized his appointment.”Davis, described Mr. Tweah as an astute individual with a wealth of experience and credibility, who could immensely contribute to the UL. “BUT his appointment by the Visitor contravenes the University of Liberia by-laws or Charter.”He emphasized that, as enshrined in the UL Charter, the UL president, who is presently Dr. Emmet Dennis, is the only person with that authority to nominate a Vice President for approval by the UL Board of Trustees. “President Sirleaf and the president of the University of Liberia should now begin a constitution about Mr. Tweah’s appointment, and if possible, the president of UL should nominate Mr. Tweah to the UL Board of Trustee for approval to avoid any further attempt to undermine the University of Liberia By-Laws or Charter,” Davis said, suggesting a way forward.Dr. Dennis could not be reached for comments as his mobile phone rang endlessly.Mr. Tweah replaces Prof. Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh, who is now the Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs of UL.Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tweah served as Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism.  He served for more than seven years at the Ministry and had received three appointments from President Sirleaf.As part of his core responsibilities at UL, Mr. Tweah is to establish an effective public relations system and strategy that will promote the goals of the University  and create the most positive image and branding of the nation’s premier University; engage in lobbying exercises on behalf of the University;  articulate the values of the University to the developmental needs of the local and external community, testify, when necessary, on behalf of the university before Government and Non-Government agencies and bodies, both foreign and national, as well as assume oversight of the UL Public Affairs, UL Postal Office and the UL Protocol Activities.He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Administration (MDA) and a Bachelor’s in Communication from the Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.  He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia. He was admitted to the Liberian Bar Association in August 2014 to practice law in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Representatives exist to give effect to the will of the people

    first_imgDear Editor,Our Constitution makes it unambiguously clear that supreme power, or sovereignty, or authority to make decisions which affect their lives, belongs to the people, and the elected representatives exist to give effect to the will of the people.As an RDC councillor, when I took the oath, I swore to discharge my duties without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. I intended to do just that. In addition, at every RDC meeting, the prayer is read by the Clerk of Council, who exhorts everyone to invoke ‘divine guidance’ in all our deliberations, so that we could be able to serve our region. I have never taken this prayer lightly as well.I have written many missives on corruption with the intention of opening the ‘eyes’ of the relevant authorities, so that our citizens can have value for money. When in opposition, this Government made ‘corruption and transparency’ their mantra on the political platform. Now that they are in Government, the corruption chant suddenly died, and those who highlight corrupt practices are being attacked and threatened to keep their mouths shut.I wish to make it clear that I was expelled from the AFC because I dared to expose corruption and cronyism within the AFC. Today the same evil practices are in existence, but have been multiplied exponentially.In one of my letters, I wrote about corruption in Region 6, and I made reference to the ‘junk’ bulldozer issue.The REO wrote a strong letter to the Chairman, which was circulated to all the RDC councilors, demanding that I recant what I had written. She claimed that I implied that no bond was in existence when what I stated was that I queried the existence of the bond. In that letter, she claimed that a bond is in existence. However, at the last RDC statutory meeting, it was discovered that no such bond was in existence. In fact, bond dated 13th March, 2018 was for an entirely new contract for the supply of a D3 angle blade bulldozer.In another part of the said letter, I wrote what the fishermen at #43 Village told me with regards to the work which was done on the #43 Canal and the excavation work which was supposed to commence on the clearing and excavation of the channel.What I did was to relate their grievance, so that it can be heard. I bore no malice towards anyone, especially the contractor, whom I did not name when I reported the fishermen’s conversation with me. I bear absolutely no ill-will or malice, and I do unreservedly apologize if he feels that way!It is my understanding that, as a councillor, I need to communicate and collaborate widely, and I need to engage citizens in my region, listen, and highlight their grievances and advocate for them. In the case of the #43 fishermen’s plight, the situation had reached crisis point with no resolution in sight. They were losing money and they were frustrated. I had to make known their grievances, so that their lives can be returned to normal.My intention is to represent those people, and to make a difference to the quality of their lives, which have seen more than a month’s deterioration.At the last RDC meeting, an APNU councillor took offence to the fact that I was highlighting alleged practices of cronyism and corruption. Mr Fraser, in addressing the Council, demanded that I stop writing negative things in the press, and that I should highlight the progress. What progress he is referring to I am still in a quandary to fathom. He fully supported the REO, even though it was evidenced that no bond existed on the junk bulldozer.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor —Region 6last_img read more

  • Supply chain maturity framework for MOPH is not suited for Guyana

    first_imgDear Editor,In the December 14, 2018 issue of a section of the media, it was stated that the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) gets strategic support to boost procurement capabilities from its international partners that uses a supply chain maturity framework as a measure of success. The framework outlines five levels from Canvas to Accredited and in between, there are Bronze, Silver and Gold. The accredited level requires that our health supply chain system become privatised or at minimum, a competitive process of public-private partnership (PPP).On this substantive point, it is important to note that there is no guarantee a privatised system will provide better service than a Government operated system. In the world today, the best healthcare systems are managed under Government control, with the most notable being Cuba, Canada and the Scandinavian region. Also, this framework has not determined whether Guyana’s unique conditions would allow such a framework to effectively improve the supply chain system.Currently there are medicines being stored in a bottom house, a decision made by the very leaders of the MOPH who are currently creating the impression that they are striving for excellence. The PPP Government never allowed medicines to be stored in such conditions to put the public’s health at risk.Prior to 2015, there was in place, a standard equivalent to the gold level; however, it was downgraded to a lower level after this Government took over. Therefore, the strategic support that now presents itself is simply a means to correct this Government’s incompetence on many levels. A Government operated health supply chain system has already proven to be successful.What we truly need is strong and visionary leadership in the healthcare system that understands how to implement a supply chain system to meet Guyana’s unique conditions. We should not be measured by a framework that lacks the flexibility to recognise our needs a as country. Our success must be measure foremost by the availability of medicines and supplies through the development of a system that’s organic to our needs and can be effectively managed by the Government.For far too long we have been receiving consultants who write and copy and paste long policies and guidelines that becomes ineffective as soon as the consultant leaves. It is unfortunate that this Government did not have the foresight and will to build on the success that the previous Government built in the health sector.Sincerely,Malcolm Watkins, MSOL, CSCPlast_img read more