Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew James developed a rivalry with the Warriors while meeting them in a record four straight NBA Finals while he played in Cleveland. His move to Los Angeles in July put him in the same division as the two-time defending champions.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 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bonus in the bag Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant drives against Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)NEW YORK — LeBron James’ first game against the Warriors as a Laker drew nearly 2 million viewers, making it ESPN’s most-watched preseason game ever.The Lakers’ 123-113 victory Wednesday night in Las Vegas was watched by 1.98 million viewers, the network said Thursday. A spokesman says that is the most viewers for an NBA preseason game on any network since at least 1994, which is as far back as the records go.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Pellegrini shines as Roma beats CSKA 3-1 in Champions League Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling duels for the ball during the Champions League Group F soccer match between Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England—Raheem Sterling went from the farcical to the sublime in helping Manchester City to a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday.The England winger provided the main talking point in another convincing victory for City when he stubbed his toe in the turf as he attempted a shot in the 24th minute and toppled over. Referee Viktor Kassai awarded a penalty despite there being no contact with a defender — much to the amazement of Shakhtar’s players, some of whom even laughed at the decision — and Gabriel Jesus converted the spot kick for 2-0 and the first of his three goals on the night.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal After City’s latest attacking masterclass, it was the penalty decision — given by a referee who has officiated in a Champions League final and in World Cups — that will best be remembered. It led to Sterling trending worldwide on social media.It was so obvious that Sterling tripped himself over, rather than being fouled by chasing Shakhtar defender Mykola Matvyenko, that Guardiola covered his face with his hands after the incident before wagging his finger toward his own bench , indicating the penalty should not have been awarded. Sergio Aguero, a substitute sitting just in front of Guardiola, had a smile on his face.The official behind the goal — used in UEFA-run competitions instead of a video assistant referee — appeared to have a good view of the trip but somehow didn’t spot it.“The referees, I said a long time ago, must be helped,” Guardiola said. “They want to make a good performance, they don’t want to make mistakes. But today the game is quick, fast; the players are more skilled.“It takes three seconds, four seconds, 10 seconds, for someone involved to say it’s no penalty, carry on.”ADVERTISEMENT “We don’t like to score a goal in that situation,” City manager Pep Guardiola said. “It was really clear.”Sterling showed much more poise in scoring City’s third goal, by picking up the ball 40 meters out, powering through two would-be tacklers and curling a fierce shot into the top corner from the edge of the area in the 48th. It was the run and finish of a man in form, with Sterling having scored twice in the Premier League this past weekend as well.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 ChrissJesus made it 4-0 in the 72nd, again from the penalty spot after David Silva was tripped by Taras Stepanenko, before Riyad Mahrez and Jesus — with a goal that completed his hat trick — wrapped up the scoring. Silva had put City 1-0 ahead with a close-range finish in the 13th.City stayed in first place in Group F, but moved three points ahead of Lyon after the French club drew 2-2 against Hoffenheim. The English champions need one more point from their last two games to be certain of a top-two finish. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sterling looked slightly sheepish as he walked away from the spot where he fell, and didn’t tell the referee there had been no contact from an opponent.Asked if Sterling could have owned up, Guardiola said “he could do that, yes” before pointing to a goal City had wrongly disallowed in the second leg of last season’s quarterfinal against Liverpool.City has scored 23 goals in its last six games in all competitions, heading into a derby against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college It’s almost ironic that the man who consistently broke University of the Philippines’ heart got his soul crushed by the very team he had a knack of hurting.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I just hope I can be remembered that I left it all on the floor, I gave it all to Adamson, I gave my heart to Adamson, and I sacrificed everything for Adamson no matter what,” said Manganti.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia He made the game-winner in the Soaring Falcons’ 73-71 first round win in Season 80 and he replicated that feat in the two teams’ first meeting in Season 81 for Adamson’s 69-68 victory.His last dagger was when he drilled a clutch three that stopped UP’s 22-7 run and help the Soaring Falcons to an 80-72 win in the second round of Season 81.A man of Manganti’s caliber surely drew fear among the Fighting Maroons, but his last game against UP was a complete struggle as he finished with six points, on 1-of-7 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, and four turnovers.He was also in foul trouble at the start of the game, getting whistled twice in the first quarter alone.Still, Manganti hopes that Adamson’s community will remember him as a fighter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Andray Blatche decries ‘very unprofessional way’ Gilas left him off roster After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’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 Sean Manganti bid goodbye to Adamson University after Soaring Falcons lost to the Fighting Maroons, 89-87, in a heartbreaker in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Final Four Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Left in tears and carrying a bevy of emotions, Manganti was the personification of grief as he walked out of the Big Dome having played his last game in the UAAP.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 love you forever,” said Manganti of Adamson. “The school and the team will always be a big part of me, they are the reasons for who I am today. They have shaped me into the man I am today and I hope the feeling is mutual.”Manganti had struck terror on UP for both Season 80 and 81 as he knocked down clutch basket after clutch basket to beat the Maroons.
LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Anthony Davis leaves with shoulder injury but Pelicans cool off Thunder Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine national basketball team made sure to wrap up its camp in the Philippines on a positive note, handing Meralco a 100-82 rout in its final tune-up game here Friday at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We played good defense today and we’re hoping we can still improve our defense and be able to translate or apply the things that we’ve practiced in the Fiba window.”Marcio Lassiter was mainly responsible in Gilas’ third quarter surge after he scored 10 of his total 14 points in the period.Roger Pogoy top billed Gilas with 21 points while June Mar Fajardo and Troy Rosario had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Reynel Hugnatan led the Bolts with 13 points while Baser Amer, who was once part of the Gials program, and Nico Salva had 12 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas is leaving for Doha on Saturday for the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. It will face Qatar at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall on February 21 then Kazakhstan three days after at Saryarka Velodrome.The national team was already in control against the Bolts after the first half with a 55-45 lead but took it up a notch in the third after Gabe Norwood put Gilas up 74-50 with a breakaway jam to complete a 23-5 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilas also played without naturalized center Andray Blatche, who is still playing in the Chinese Basketball Association and will rejoin the team in Doha.“At least even without Andray, we’ve seen that the guys are blending well,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments
Pelicans dump GM Dell Demps after Davis ‘dumpster fire’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE- In this Feb. 12, 2007, file photo, Detroit Pistons center Chris Webber (84) shoots in front of Los Angeles Clippers forward Tim Thomas (2) and guard Shaun Livingston (14) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich. Webber is among 13 finalists for enshrinement later this year into the Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)Seven-time NBA All-Star Jack Sikma and five-time NBA All-Stars Chris Webber and Paul Westphal were among 13 people named Friday as finalists for 2019 induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.Candidates were announced as festivities began in Charlotte, North Carolina, ahead of Sunday’s 68th NBA All-Star Game.ADVERTISEMENT Sikma, who helped Seattle to the 1979 NBA crown, averages 15.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game over 14 NBA seasons and is the only center to be the most accurate free throw shooter in a season, hitting 92.2 percent in 1987-88.Webber was a star at the prep and college levels, leading Michigan’s “Fab Five” to the US college “Final Four” in 1992 and 1993, then jumped into the NBA and averaged more than 20 points for nine consecutive seasons.Westphal helped Boston win the 1974 NBA title and averaged 15.6 points and 4.4 assists over 12 NBA seasons.In addition, the Hall of Fame announced it’s 2019 lifetime achievement awards would go to Del Harris, who has coached at all levels of the sport in a 50-year career, and Harry Glickman, who helped create the Portland Trail Blazers.Harris became the first foreign coach to guide the Chinese national men’s basketball team, where future NBA star Yao Ming was among his players.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eight players, four coaches and 28-year NBA referee Hugh Evans were among those advanced forward from screenings committees to the full selction committee. Finalists need 18 of 24 votes for election into the Hall of Fame.Inductees will be announced in early April with enshrinement September 5-7 in ceremonies at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsOther NBA finalists include five-time All-Stars Sidney Moncrief and Marques Johnson, four-time Defensive Player of the Year Ben Wallace and eight-time All-Defensive First Teamer Bobby Jones.Also on the list were two-time NBA Coach of the Year Bill Fitch, all-time winningest high school coach Leta Andrews, top college coaches Eddie Sutton and Barbara Stevens and five-time Women’s NBA All-Star Theresa Thompson. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Infantino first announced in April that he wanted to fast-track the expansion to 2022 , even though Qatar couldn’t cope with 16 more games.Saudi Arabia has been leading the economic and travel boycott of Qatar with the United Arab Emirates, so holding games in those countries would be problematic. Infantino discussed that during a meeting with Saudi sports leaders at a meeting in Zurich last Thursday, the person with knowledge of the situation said. The top sports government official in the UAE on Wednesday acknowledged the fraught political climate currently impedes his country becoming part of Qatar’s tournament plans.“As far as the co-hosting, currently with the crisis on, I think Kuwait can play a very important role,” Maj. Gen. Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi, chairman of the UAE General Authority for Sports, told the AP. “They have one big international stadium, and they are building two extra stadiums. That could solve the problem and it would easier for the Qataris if the crisis is resolved because you (could) have Saudi Arabia and the UAE.”The World Cup is already operating in a curtailed 28-day period from Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 2022 after it was shifted from the usual June-July slot to avoid Qatar’s fierce summer heat. Qatar is building just eight stadiums for a 64-game tournament. Twelve would be necessary for 48 teams playing 80 games.Stressing that “Qataris are my brothers,” Al Romaithi embraces Qatar’s right to remain the main host for the Middle East’s first World Cup. His view contrasts with the more hostile tone from the rest of the UAE’s governmen.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “The World Cup is a Qatari World Cup, not any other country,” said Al Romaithi, who is running to be elected president of the Asian Football Confederation in April. “This is their hard work. They won the bid in 2010 and they worked hard to build the stadiums and they are almost ready to host 32 teams.“But if a decision is taken by Fifa to increase to 48 then I hope that we all support which means the tension or problems in the Gulf is resolved.”Kuwait has the 65,000-capacity Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium to host World Cup games, but there is a complete ban on alcohol in the nation. Qatar has exemption that allows foreigners to drink alcohol, but it has yet to confirm how available it will be in stadiums. Budweiser is a major Fifa sponsor.Oman’s biggest stadium has 34,000-capacity stadium, which is short of Fifa ‘s minimum requirement of 40,000 seats.The decision to award the tournament to Qatar in a 2010 vote forced FIFA to deal with concerns about labor conditions for migrant workers, many building the stadiums. The bidding process for the 2026 World Cup was the first where Fifa assessed the human rights records of countries. Infantino told the AP last year that he would have to weigh up the human rights records of any countries added to the 2022 World Cup hosting.Fifa Vice President Victor Montagliani wants the governing body’s ruling council to decide whether to expand to 48 teams at a meeting in Florida next week.“I support it,” Montagliani, who leads the CONCACAF confederation, told the AP. “I start in a positive way — unless there is something that makes me change my mind — i.e. Qatar doesn’t want it — or the analysis is negative then I would have to rethink my positive stance.“I would think we have to have some sort of resolution in Miami because World Cup qualifying starts in some parts of the world this year.”Fifa ‘s committee for organizing competitions confirmed on Monday that Asia will kick off qualifying in June, even though the number of slots of the finals is yet to be decided.“The same reason we expanded to 48 teams for 2026,” Montagliani said, “it inspires hope, giving more countries inspiration.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, right, hands over a football referring to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar to Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, left, prior to their meeting in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber)Fifa continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar, which remains in the middle of a complicated diplomatic standoff with several Arab neighbors.Qatar’s infrastructure is already stretched for the Middle East’s first World Cup , and Fifa President Gianni Infantino wants to add 16 more countries to the planned 32-team tournament. That’s too many games for the eight stadiums spread over just a 30-mile radius in Qatar, a tiny nation with just 2.7 million people, most of them foreign workers.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Infantino has been lobbying for an expanded 2022 tournament for months, even suggesting some games in Saudi Arabia, which is leading the bitter isolation campaign with several Arab neighbors against Qatar. Kuwait has been trying to mediate the crisis.Fifa is now looking at Kuwait and Oman, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential. Infantino visited Kuwait last month and Oman on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKuwait and Oman have have remained neutral in the diplomatic battle, which began in June 2017. Other Gulf countries launched a boycott of Qatar over accusations it supports extremist groups, which Doha denies.The principle of expanding the World Cup has already been agreed by Fifa members, with 48 teams planned for the 2026 World Cup being jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Andy Murray upbeat after hip surgery, hopes to play again Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying
This fourth and concluding article of the series on the necessity of preparations summarizes the first three articles and closes on the major benefits and advantages of being adequately prepared and staying prepared at all times.The introductory article of the series observed the following: during the first Advent God sent his messenger (prophet) John to prepare the way for Jesus. And John indeed had a message for them. His message was a call for individual and national renewal and the preparations needed to be ready to be directed and led by God Almighty Himself in all the vicissitudes and changes of life. Hence, Advent is about preparing our hearts and minds and homes to receive God’s supreme gift, Jesus Christ and to strive to live the way he desires. The best way to prepare for this important gift and event is repentance which means the change of heart, mind and conduct. This in turn means getting rid of evil in its myriad forms and holding fast to what is good. In other words, not to be overcome and ruled by evil but rather to overcome evil with good by thinking and doing those things that build up self, the family, community and the wider society.The particular emphasis of the series is on preparation. What then does it mean to prepare for someone or something important? The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the word to prepare as the art of making someone or something ready to be used or to do something. It means “to make yourself ready to do something or for something you expect to happen”.The second article noted the following points: why is being prepared so important in life? Someone has clearly and rightly said that if we fail to prepare we prepare to fail! The fact of the matter is that preparation is one of the key requirements for succeeding in life in general and in most endeavors. Preparations help one make use of the many opportunities and challenges that one encounters. It ensures success or at least the satisfaction of having done one’s best. Success should not always be the measure of one’s worth but rather giving one’s best in terms of preparation and doing one’s best in the face of a particular challenge or opportunity. If one does his/her part well and yet fails then, from a Christian perspective, God has something better in store. One must always prepare for the important things in life in order to take advantage of opportunities when they come and to experience the pleasure of having done one’s best in executing significant tasks.In the third article the following points were made: preparations of most kind involve three essentials: knowledge, skills and experience. To be prepared for any tasks or situations is to have the knowledge required to perform the task at hand or to face the situation confronting one or the expecting task or situation.In addition to knowledge, skills and experience, adequate preparations require two essential elements. These elements are discipline and persistence. The word discipline in a more general sense is the art of controlling and directing one’s mind, heart and body in a way that leads to self-control, obedience to what is right, just and fair in the sight of God and man. It is the training of the whole person in the attainment of positive results in life’s main goals.Persistence is the ability to hold on, keep pressing on, and doing all one can till the expected result is obtained. According to the Encarta dictionaries, persistence is “the quality of continuing steadily despite problems and difficulties”. Without persistence many of us would experience failures most of the time. We all meet or face many odds or challenges in our varied facets of life in the pursuance of big and small goals and objectives in life. Discipline and persistence derive from being focused on worthwhile goals and objectives in life. To prepare well is to pursue knowledge, skills and experience coupled with the virtues of discipline and perseverance.In short preparations give one the added advantage of being ready to make the most of the opportunities and challenges of life as they come and a sense of having done one’s best in given situations. It is a general truth that those who prepare themselves well before they are confronted with various circumstances and opportunities tend to do by far better than those who do not prepare but rather leave things to chance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The seminar, which officially opened at PA’s Rib-house on Thursday, brought together miners and primary contractors, policy makers, major mining and service companies, suppliers associations, practitioners and donors from the mining industry in the country.The seminar is aimed at sharing knowledge and experiences on how to generate common understanding of potential benefits of local procurement, as well as the conditions leading to a successful result of the events.Speaking at the opening ceremony, World Bank Group’s Country Manager, Coleen Littlejohn, reminded participants that they would share and discuss recent research on local procurement in Liberia and the West African region more widely and how to make them more effective for the benefit of governments, industries, suppliers and other stakeholders.According to the World Bank official, the aim of the workshop is to create a better understanding of the mining requirements and create a network with suppliers in ensuring that they increase local procurement for miners.Madam Littlejohn further explained that mining the sector is another source of revenue generating for the government if key attention is given to it as well as employment opportunity for it citizens.“Mining itself generates huge amount of revenue in the private sector and provide opportunity to the people.”She assured that the event would also introduce the World Bank’s new practical guide to mining local procurement in West Africa, which is being developed to support stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of their local procurement efforts.For his part, Tim Melvin, Country Manager of Building Markets said that Building Markets is working with suppliers in identifying lead business opportunity to Liberian.Mr. Melvin said the workshop will addressed some of the major challenges facing business entrepreneurs in the country, especially the mining sectors.He acknowledged the World Bank, NIC and the Ministry of Lands Mine and Energy’s support in hosting the seminar.The Country Manager of Building Markets also called on participants to remain focused and benefit from the workshop.Also speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Lands, Mines &Energy Minister for Operations Mr. Sam Russ noted local procurement is a part of the government’s strategy plan, which he said is being looked at along with other key components of local procurement in the country.“We have realized that as a country, we don’t have effective a monitoring system that can track mining companies that are involved,” Mr. Russ declared.He expressed that hope that at the end of workshop, participants would have effective leverage to discuss and attach importance to the procurement process.The MLME official implored the participants to convey the message to their various mining companies.This program, he said, is a Liberian program and we need to ensure that this workshop achieves its goals.“It is important for you concession companies because it affects your social lesson and some of you who work in various communities, the residents in those communities expect to benefit from you.” For his part, the director of project implementation unit (PIU) at NIC Mr. Zizi Stevens assured the public that NIC remains committed to the local procurement process.Mr. Stevens, who spoke on behalf of NIC’s Michael S. Wotorson, said the government is also supportive of the policy in the mining sector of the country, which is going to include all local procurement contracts in the country.He disclosed that the NIC has an ongoing project focusing on local procurement and different strategy policies in guiding the process. The seminar is expected to conclude on Friday, April 4, 2014. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) So, building markets, an international business consortium that is helping to train and create business opportunity businesses in collaboration with the World Bank Group, the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy (MLME) and Liberia’s National Investment Commission (NIC) yesterday, April 3, began a two-day seminar to discuss local procurement issues in the country’s mining sector. Effective procurement procedure is a major challenge in Liberia, stakeholders including government and development partners have observed. Now they want a reform of the country’s procurement policy, that many, including those in government, believe is hindering the speedy completion of government’s development projects.
Dear Editor,The death throes of the Granger Administration have become a fascinating show; faced with a no-confidence motion they publicly emasculated the role of the Speaker of the House by asserting that it is Government and not the Speaker, who sets the date for the hearing of the motion. Since the fall of the Government and the advent of the theory that 33 votes do not constitute a majority of 65 available, I have watched with morbid interest as the line of those prostituting their intellect grows.I do understand that some never had intellect to begin with, however, to see Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo assert that 33 being a majority is an absurdity, and not catered for by the framers of our constitution is tragic comedy.Editor, there is no surprise that the Granger Administration is seeking to use the courts to thwart the no-confidence motion passed against them. Disregard for the Constitution, misinformation, shamelessness and duplicity have been main characteristics of the Granger Administration throughout its term in office. President Granger ascended to office with a promise to bring law, order and dignity (along with the good life) to our nation. With its latest actions Granger’s Administration will forever be remembered for the parody of Government it became and the level of buffoonery it descended into when forced to face the electorate.Should the Judiciary agree to entertain a court challenge of the no-confidence motion on this basis, it may well be the shortest mathematics lesson in our nation’s history. For the Judiciary to even hear a challenge on any basis is an over-step in my opinion. In this I concede I may be wrong; lawyers do need to earn a living.It is my hope that President Granger can curb the enthusiasm of his minions and restore some modicum of pride and decency in the Office upon his return from Cuba. The man, the Office and the nation deserve better.Respectfully,Robin Singh
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Marita Perceval on Thursday praised the Guyana Government’s stance on children’s rights, especially in the area of education.Perceval, who is in Guyana for the Hague Convention Conference on International Family Law, Legal Cooperation and Commerce: Promoting Human Rights and Cross Border Trade in the Caribbean, met with President David Granger at the Ministry of the Presidency.During the meeting, Perceval noted that the President and his ministers have shown a strong commitment to the wellbeing of the vulnerable groups in the country, especially children. This she said is a characteristic which must be emulated.“We recognise your leadership and your drive for adolescents and children. You have our respect for the decision to prioritise, for children and adolescents, education and child protection. These are core issues for the region…We, as humanity, need people like you, need people that could be shocked by the inequities that you find near you and try to fix them. I appreciate your team, your statement, your support to UNICEF and know that you can count on us,” the Regional head for UNICEF told the President.Just Wednesday evening, the President at the opening of the Hague Convention Conference, reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to ensuring that every Guyanese child is cared for and protected.Perceval also praised the President’s Five Bs (Boats, Buses, Bicycles, Books, and Breakfast) programme, born on the President’s birthday last year, which is aimed at ensuring that every child has access to and stays in school, as she noted that this is a shining example of the human side and commitment of the President to ensuring that every child is taken care of.“We at UNICEF are very proud of the programme… We speak on children, adolescents and women. We are touched by the President’s statement that every child must live with its family… this helps the country greatly and this point is in the best interest of the child,” she said.The Five Bs programme has reached almost every Region across the country. Already, ten buses, nine boats and hundreds of bicycles have been donated to children and communities in an effort to reduce inequalities and hindrances to accessing education.