3 Filipino boxers in SEA Games finals; Suarez crashes

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The match was very close with both fighters trading strong punches in the first round. But that was until the taller Thai felt Suarez’s power and started using his longer arms to fend off the Filipino attacks.Bautista, the defending champion, lost steam against Tanes Ong Junta of Thailand to yield another unanimous decision.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was tough, Very tough. He took the fight to me,” said Marvin, who is making his debut for the national team after serving in the British Army team.Fernandez had Nat Siek Nin of Cambodia under control the whole time, using his vaunted punching might that saw his foe getting a standing eight count.But tainting their wins were the defeats suffered by Ian Clark Bautista in flyweight and two-time champ Charly Suarez in light welter.“It’s not my time. I give it to him,” said Suarez, visibly upset over the split decision loss to Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines sent three boxers to the finals, led by a spectacular stoppage win by an emotional Eumir Felix Marcial in the middleweight division Tuesday night in the Southeast Asian Games.Marcial didn’t hide his tears when he faced reporters after stopping Malaysia’s Indran AlRama Krishnan in the first round using his pet left hand.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH duo enter semis in squash women’s doubles MOST READ “I want a clear victory. I want to avenge my teammates who lost here by questionable decisions,” said Marcial in Filipino.Mario Fernandez and John Nobel Tupas Marvin also turned in convincing decision wins in bantamweight and light heavyweight categories, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’center_img Teen gunned down in Masbate 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Tupas via UD pic.twitter.com/Wt8ixxEtOG— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) August 22, 2017 View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

Jackson leads Pistons past Lakers

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) attempts to drive around Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Reggie Jackson is rounding into form for the Detroit Pistons.Monday night was a positive sign.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jackson played 28 minutes — the most action he has seen since his return.“I could barely breathe in the second half, but that’s all right — my legs are getting better every game,” he said. “Once I get my legs back under me, I’ll be able to play the way I’m used to playing, but tonight was enough to help us get a win.”Randle had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Lonzo Ball finished with 15 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Kyle Kuzma had 20 points and 11 boards.“We were competitive again, and we gave ourselves another chance to win,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “That’s what we ask from these guys. We just came up a little short.”The Pistons led early, but the Lakers rallied behind Kuzma, a Flint native who was supported by a large contingent from his hometown about an hour north of Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jackson had 20 points in his fourth game back from an ankle sprain, helping the Pistons to a 112-106 victory over Julius Randle and the Los Angeles Lakers.Detroit (34-40) won for the fourth time in five games, but trails idle Miami by five games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWith Blake Griffin reduced to 24 minutes due to foul trouble, reserve Anthony Tolliver added 15 points as the Pistons put six players in double figures. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 18 rebounds and Griffin finished with 15 points.“I don’t know if we’re going to see all of it in these last two weeks, but I know that with Reggie, Blake and Andre, we have the pieces to be really good,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 “That was fun,” he said. “It was great to see my family and friends. It was tough to lose, but that was a plus.”Randle and Griffin each picked up three first-half fouls, so they were on the bench when Ish Smith hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to pull the Pistons to 55-53 at the break.Griffin picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter and headed back to the sideline. But the Lakers weren’t able to take advantage of his absence.Tolliver replaced Griffin and scored eight points in the period as Detroit built an 81-76 lead.Tolliver started the fourth with a 3-pointer to put the Pistons up by eight. Griffin was whistled for a fifth foul, but he returned to hit a 3-pointer that made it 102-93 with 3:32 left.TIP-INSLakers: Isaiah Thomas (hip) and Brandon Ingram (groin) were sidelined by injuries. The Lakers had G-Leaguers Thomas Bryant and Gary Payton II active for the game.Pistons: The Pistons held a moment of silence before the game for Grand Rapids Drive guard Zeke Upshaw, who died earlier Monday after collapsing late in a game on Saturday. Grand Rapids is Detroit’s G-League affiliate.DRUMMOND’S DEFENSEVan Gundy wasn’t happy with Drummond’s first-half defense, but acknowledged he picked it up in the second half, including a spectacular play where he stole the ball from Randle on a lob. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “In the first half, he made Ivica Zubac look like Usain Bolt, but he picked it up down the stretch,” Van Gundy said. “There aren’t too many players in this league who can make the play he made against Randle.”UP NEXTLakers: Return home to play the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.Pistons: Host the Washington Wizards on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Walker comes up big in OT, Hornets top Knickslast_img read more

NFL great Favre reveals addiction, rehab torment

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Favre, who played 321 straight games during his career — a record for a quarterback — retired in 2010 after nearly 20 years in the NFL.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – Green Bay Packers players talk to Hall of Famer Brett Favre as he is introduced after the NFL Hall of Fame Game against the Indianapolis Colts was cancelled due to poor field conditions at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Canton, Ohio. Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFPFormer Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre spent three stints in rehab during his career to battle addictions to alcohol and prescription pills, the NFL icon told Sports Illustrated in an interview on Monday.While Favre was known to have spent time in rehab in 1996 to address problems with drink and the painkiller Vicodin, the 48-year-old told Sports Illustrated’s MMQB.com blog he had also undergone two other spells in treatment.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Favre said he was first admitted to rehab for 28 days to treat an addition to prescription pills, saying on one occasion he had taken 12 Vicodin tablets at once.“I actually went to rehab three times. I saw the most successful, smart people – doctors, professional people – lose it all, ruin their lives,” said Favre, adding he was persuaded to get treatment by his wife Deanne and his agent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I didn’t think I had a problem, but they talked me into it,” Favre said.He was then admitted to a facility in Kansas for alcohol problems. Spurs disbanding cheer squad for ‘family friendly’ act LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “When I drank, I drank to excess. So when I went in the second time, to the place in Kansas, I remember vividly fighting them in there,” Favre said. “They said drinking was the gateway drug for me, and they were right, absolutely right, but I wouldn’t admit it. I will never forget one of the nurses. I fought with this nurse all the time. I would not admit the drinking problem. At the end, she said to me, ‘You’ll be back. I was back.”Favre said his third stint in rehab was to address problems with alcohol.“I was in there 28 days, and it worked,” he said. “When I got out, the toughest thing was the first three months, because I had to change my thought process.“When I played golf before, I realized the only reason I wanted to play was to drink. After a while, instead of thinking, ‘How many beers can we drink in 18 holes?’ I fell into a pattern of what could I do to get good at golf. I realized with each passing day I really didn’t like drinking.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Asian Games: Guiao slams choice of Hong Kong referee in loss to China

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Philippines had clawed their way back from 72-62 down to lead 77-80 with just over a minute to go, before letting the win slip out of their hands.“We committed some mistakes in the last 60 seconds,” admitted Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Serena Williams seeded 17 at US Open, 9 spots above ranking Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The Philippines side are no strangers to controversy, and almost did not attend the tournament after having 10 players and two coaches suspended by world body FIBA following an on-court brawl in a World Cup qualifier against Australia.Cleveland Cavalier guard Clarkson only joined up with the team last week after the NBA released him to play in the event in a dramatic late U-turn.Clarkson top-scored in the match against China, with 28 points including five three-pointers. But he was sidelined with cramp during the final quarter, before returning to give away the two vital free throws that ultimately handed China victory.“Jordan Clarkson cramped so we had to put him on the bench for several minutes,” said Guiao. “He was really in pain. He was not hundred percent when he got back.”“But those are the breaks of the game, no?”ADVERTISEMENT “They let a Hong Kong referee, which is also Chinese territory, referee against us,” said Guiao. “And they gave them 39 free throws and they gave us only 15, no?”“So I thought somebody from Hong Kong which is controlled by China should not referee a China game,” Guaio told ABS-CBN on Wednesday, referring to chief official Yuen Chun Yip.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’Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous Special Administrative Region of China, but competes separately at major sports events including the Olympics and Asian Games.The loss leaves the Philippines relying on results elsewhere in their group to progress to the knockouts of Asia’s regional Olympics. 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Philippines players wave to the crowd after their 82-80 los to China in their men’s basketball game at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)The Philippine national team coach Yeng Guiao said a referee from “Chinese territory” should not have officiated his side’s narrow loss to China at the Asian Games, querying the number of fouls his side was awarded.A Philippines side bolstered by newly arrived NBA star Jordan Clarkson were pipped 82-80 in Tuesday’s thrilling match after China scored two free throws awarded by the Hong Kong referee with just 13 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Young PH footballers return from Milo FC Barcelona Camp

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES The young kids also got an experience of a lifetime training with former Brazil and Barça legend Juliano Belletti and watching a live La Liga match pitting FC Barcelona and Betis. Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino kids at the FC Barcelona camp. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTen young football players from the Philippines have brought home invaluable experience from their recent trip to Spain for the Milo FC Barcelona Camp.The selected young athletes from all over the country completed a prestigious football program in a global camp held at the FCB Youth Academy from November 4 to 12.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img They underwent training sessions with FC Barcelona Youth Academy’s coaches, both on the pitch at Ciutat Esportiv and in the classroom at Camp Nou together with delegates from Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.Lien Dale D. Manuel (Vicente Lim Elementary School), Alexander David C. Villarosa (University of San Jose-Recoletos), Breindel O. Medina (Ateneo De Davao Junior High School), Heaven Andrei N. Teodosio (Ilaya Barangka Integrated School of Mandaluyong City), Tristan Ybanez (Sacred Heart School Ateneo De Cebu), Juan Pablo S. Unlay (Ateneo De Manila), Dylan Theodore O. Wong (Keys School Manila), Carlo Antonio D. Bongocan (Rosevale School), Jelena Loren I. Soon (Singapore School Cebu), and Daniel Isaac N. Cagaanan (Koronadal Central Elementary School I) made up the Milo team to Barcelona.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 ChrissManuel, 11, described the experience as something that was “beyond my wildest dreams” especially that he was able to set foot in the same arena where his idol Lionel Messi plays.A member of the Tondo Futkaleros before being recruited to play for the Ceres Negros Youth FC, Manuel said he is excited to share his learnings from the camp with his teammates. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Justin Brownlee joins fiesta celebration View commentslast_img read more

‘He’s heaven sent’: Alex Cabagnot nothing but grateful to Yeng Guiao for Gilas chance

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “He’s a very soft-spoken guy, a happy-go-lucky guy but when it’s crunch time he does what he does,” said Cabagnot of Desiderio who went for 4-of-20 shooting for 16 points. “He’s assertive and he’s not afraid of the ball and he really does want it.”“He’s trying to carry the whole UP community on his shoulders, I think he did a great job today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabagnot has long established himself as one of the best point guards in the PBA with seven titles and six All-Star appearances, but was seen as a second fiddle to national team regulars Jayson Castro, LA Tenorio, and Jimmy Alapag.It took until Cabagnot reached 35-years-old for him to become a national team player and he credited Guiao for believing in him despite his age.“I’m 36 in a couple of weeks so I never thought, I felt that God sent coach Yeng to really make a dream come true for me, to be an ambassador of Philippine basketball,” said Cabagnot, who will celebrate his birthday on Dec. 8.As for his job with UP, Cabagnot said he has utmost admiration of senior guard Paul Desiderio.UP’s skipper drilled the game-winning jumper with 6.6 seconds left in the game and it was one field goal that reminded Cabagnot of his many similar clutch baskets in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Atin ‘to: Paul Desiderio etches a legacy of swag in UP Maroons’ lore ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Alex Cabagnot had much to celebrate on an eventful Wednesday evening.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES He witnessed University of the Philippines, where he works as an assistant coach, break its 32-year finals curse and he was also named as one of the 12 players that will lineup for Gilas in the upcoming Fiba window.Cabagnot will play against Kazakhstan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifier on Nov. 30 at Mall of Asia Arena and the San Miguel point guard had nothing but gratitude to Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao.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“Thank you for breaking the news. I feel great, I guess double the blessings, I’m still on a UP high right now,” said Cabagnot who only learned of his inclusion after UP’s 89-87 overtime win against Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I feel like coach Yeng’s a Godsend, a heaven sent, he’s my guardian angel. I never thought in my 13 years of playing that I would don the colors of the flag.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

ONE: Eduard Folayang plans to keep PH in limelight after Catriona Gray’s victory

first_imgFolayang was referring to Gray’s victory recently in the Miss Universe pageant.But an even bigger inspiration lies closer to home as Folayang bared he is expecting another baby. 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 33-year-old Team Lakay skipper is slated to defend his lightweight world championship against the very fighter he dethroned in 2016, grappling virtuoso Shinya Aoki.“He deserves the shot. I think the rematch makes for a great show,” Folayang added. MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo from ONE ChampionshipEduard Folayang has a little motivation when he stakes his crown against a very familiar foe in a packed and stellar card that ONE Championship will stage in Japan this March.“Of course, it’s another chance to represent the country. Who shies away from that? Also, I don’t want to spoil what Catriona Gray has begun,” Folayang told the Inquirer over the phone in jest in Ilocano. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Petron thumps F2 Logistics for 2nd straight PSL All-Filipino crown The Japan showpiece set March 31 will feature Xiong Jin Nan and Aung La N Sang defending their respective titles, with MMA superstars Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez making their ONE debuts.The card, titled “A New Era,” marks the first time ONE mounts a showcase in Japan. It will also kick off the flyweight Grand Prix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

4,000 Local Farmers Recruited for Food Security Project

first_imgThe program officer of the Farmers Union Network of Liberia (FUN), John Alphanso Perkins, has disclosed more then 4,000 local farmers from Bong, Grand Bassa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties have been recruited for a 2-year food security project.Mr. Perkins made the disclosure to the Daily Observer newspaper recently at his office in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. The project, according to him, is being implemented by FUN with support from the Ministry of Agriculture(MoA) in partnership with the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) through funding from the Italian government. He said the project is intended to develop the capacities of farmers in the four counties to increase the production of food.He added that his institution has recruited  17 extension workers  and assigned them in the targeted counties to implement the project.“The program intends to upgrade the skills of the farmers thereby increasing their income to reduce poverty,” Mr. Perkins explained; adding that it would help local farmers get away from subsistence to commercial agriculture.According to Perkins, the project required that every farming group cultivate one hectare of land with rice, corn, and peanut. “The farmers are asked to prioritize the production of those crops on one hectare of farmland in their various counties,” he said.The FUN program officer mentioned that the farmers are empowered with money to stage their various agricultural projects.“Several farmers in Bomi County have been given a 50 percent loan to start the brushing of their farm. Upon completion of the brushing and clearing they will receive the last disbursement of the same percentage for planting,” he stated.He stated that the loan assistance shall extend to all of the farmers under the project.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arthington Mayor Decries Deplorable Road Conditions

first_imgThe Mayor of Arthington City, Mr. Genius White has decried the deplorable road conditions existing in Artington and is therefore calling on the government to see reason to improve the road conditions in the area.He made the disclosure to the Daily Observer newspaper on Wednesday at his office in Arthington.According to Mayor White, almost 20 years there have been no improvement of roads in Arthington.He said that this was creating major economic hardship for the citizens as they find it difficult to travel from one place to another.“We absolutely want the improvement of our feeder roads. In most parts of the interior of the township there are no bridges for vehicles to travel from one place to another. During the rainy season people find it very hard to travel to Monrovia,” he explained.Mayor White said that there is a need for the Ministry of Public Works to intervene to improve the road conditions.“In recent times, transportation fare from Arthington to Monrovia was L$100 but now it has increased to $200 due to the bad road conditions,” he said.He said that the situation was brought to the attention of their lawmakers and still waiting for response.The Arthington Mayor has also lamented over the level of food production in his city, citing lack of support for farmers in his community.“This community is not far Monrovia but is isolated in terms of developments. The residents are lacking of basic social services such as safe drinking water and sanitation,” he said.Though Mayor White said that most of Arthington farmers are engaged in sugar cane farming, there was a need for farmers to get involved in food production.“There are many who are interested in growing food crop in Arthington but will need support from the government,” he 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

Children’s Futures impacted Due to Ebola School Closures

first_imgChildren in Ebola-stricken Liberia are playing, working or begging to fill their time while schools remain closed, according to children’s charity Plan International.The virus has kept schools shut for more than four months, in a country which already suffers from limited learning facilities and trained teachers, as well as a high illiteracy rate.New research from Plan shows that many children and youth will lose half a year or more of education, which is expected to affect their prospects in life, as well as dent their confidence and self esteem.The report, entitled “Young Lives on Lockdown: The impact of Ebola on children and communities in Liberia,” says that while teachers and older children are continuing to teach their children and siblings at home, the majority of parents are themselves uneducated and thus cannot give their children home schooling.“Most parents cannot read or write so they cannot help their children at home.  At the same time, they don’t let other people come to their houses to conduct lessons for them or let their children out for even 30 minutes,” said one community leader interviewed for the research.  Remember, there is the constant fear of Ebola.Once schools do re-open, parents worry they will not have the money to pay their children’s fees as well as fees for other activities.“Schools will soon reopen, but no money to put kids in school on time owning to limited vehicles,” said another community leader, who spoke to researchers.In Joseph Town, Bomi, western Liberia, and any other parts of the country, hundreds of children can be seen playing at street corners or in empty market stalls.The children play aimlessly without any form of learning or care provided.“I miss school so badly,’ says Archie, 13. “I never thought I would be out of school all these months. All I do every day is play football and run around the community with my friends.”Liberian school systems were slowly recovering after the civil war eleven years ago. Now, such progress has taken a step backward.“The Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious threat to mankind, and it has affected and hugely impacted negatively every sector of Liberia, particularly education,” said Felecia Sackie Doe-Suma, Liberia’s Assistant Minister of Education for Early Childhood Development.According to the research, the Ebola crisis is having a particular impact on older children’s education – with the risk that they will not return to education particularly at the high level.This is most obviously the case in households who have lost parents or carers, where older children – almost exclusively girls – talk about their need to take over the parenting role.More generally, dwindling (declining) family incomes and a rise in poverty can be expected to increase the pressure on youth to leave education permanently.For these children and youths, the possibilities offered by education are replaced by the prospect of a lifetime of unskilled work or early motherhood.Alphan Kabba, Plan Liberia Programme Manager in Bomi, added: “Children are left to play while some have turned to becoming bread winners in this Ebola period, due to the closure of schools across the country.“This will have far-reaching consequences in the not-too-distant future.”Plan plans to create learning spaces, safe home schools and radio listening clubs in 15 counties across Liberia beginning where Plan has program units.According to Kabba, this will give children access to radio and provide the right atmosphere to listen to the government’s newly introduced radio program entitled Teaching by Radio.Liberia’s Education Ministry launched the Teaching by Radio program in October 2014 on three national radio stations based in Monrovia.The program brings together education specialists, classroom teachers and volunteer educators to teach children and keep them busy whilst schools remain closed.“We teach five subjects – Language Arts,   which include grammar usage; basic and everyday Math, Science for life, including nutrition in the Ebola context, and hygiene,” said Doe-Suma.“We also teach history and social studies,” she added.However, in Bomi, Archie says he has not heard the program, as Bomi County – which has a population of over 150,000 – has only one radio station.“I do not have a radio for myself but I have not heard a program like that on any radio station in Bomi. I know Radio Bomi sometimes relays programs from national radio stations in Monrovia, but this has not been the case,” Archie said.Nigel Chapman, CEO of Plan International, said the closure of schools will have long-term effects on children.“The closure of all schools, colleges and universities means that children and youth are having their long-term futures impacted by the virus.“This will affect their prospects, their confidence and their self esteem. It is very worrying that even when schools re-open, many parents will not be able to afford the fees. Older children will likely remain in work rather than complete their education. We must make getting children back to lessons a priority in our Ebola response work.”NoteIn total, 6388 have died in West Africa of Ebola. As of 10 December, over 3100[1] people have died in Liberia alone as the deadly disease continues to ravage the country with over 7700 reported cases so far, and the numbers still rising.Founded 77 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest child rights organisations in the world that works in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. www.plan-international.orgPlan started working in Liberia in 1982. The organization works in partnership with the communities and the government to ensure poor children have access to quality education, good health and adequate sanitation, and that they are well protected. The organization has 12,250 sponsored children spread over 176 communities in its programmed areas. 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