FEU inches closer to 2nd seed, repulses NU

first_imgThe Lady Bulldogs, who locked up the fourth seed on Wednesday, will go on to the semifinals with a 7-7 card.FEU needed the perfect combination of grit and luck to thwart a persistent NU squad in the fourth set as the Lady Bulldogs played tit-for-tat with the Lady Tamaraws until the final five points.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 crownToni Rose Basas gave FEU a 20-17 lead with an off-the-block kill but NU managed to cut it to one, 20-19, when a net touch was called on the Lady Tamaraws.FEU, however, scored two straight points for the 22-19 lead after Jorelle Singh and Jasmine Nabor committed back-to-back errors. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jaja Santiago had 21 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs who will face defending champion De La Salle in the semifinals. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University got closer to clinching a coveted twice-to-beat advantage after turning back National University, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, in its final elimination round game in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Tamaraws moved to a 10-4 record but will still wait for the outcome of the game between Ateneo and De La Salle in the second match.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LIVE: Opening ceremony of Palarong Pambansa Ilocos Sur 2018 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Lady Tamaraws head coach George Pascua said the close match against the Lady Bulldogs would be the right stepping stone for them as they head to the Final Four.“This game helped us build our momentum heading into the semifinals and this is like the top of the mountain wherein we’re in the most difficult stretch of the tournament,” said Pascua in Filipino. “I told my players to just keep pushing, they don’t just have to want this win they have to need this win.”Heather Guino-o scored two straight points that put the Lady Tamaraws at the 24-20 match point before Bernadeth Pons effectively finished off the Lady Bulldogs with a well-placed off-speed kill.Pons finished with 17 points to lead the Lady Tamaraws while Celine Domingo and Basas had 12 and nine points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Dynasty in making? Warriors chase third title in 4 years

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 12, 1987, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Magic Johnson (32) goes for a layup while Boston Celtics Kevin McHale, right, comes up from behind during fourth-period NBA basketball game action in Boston. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are trying to to join Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.LeBron James considers his familiar NBA Finals opponent among the best teams ever.ADVERTISEMENT “What we’ve been able to do here … kind of taking a small step every year until 2015, winning our first championship, it is a sense of pride around that,” Curry said. “Being the elder statesman here and seeing what has all gone into being on this stage every single year — when it comes to the guys that I get to suit up with every single night, from Bob Myers down to the coaching staff to the ownership — it’s just a transformation that I got to see firsthand and all the details that went into it.“So at some point, when this is all said and done, I hope to kind of just sit back and really truly appreciate, from start to finish, all that went into it. But there is an awareness of where we were to where we are. And I appreciate it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s coming to be a dynasty. If you win a couple more, then you’re talking about a dynasty. So three of them is in the right stage and the right movement to becoming a dynasty, yes.”The defending champions are playing in a fourth straight finals chasing a repeat they couldn’t pull off in 2016 after capturing the franchise’s first title in 40 years during 2014-15 with Kerr as a rookie head coach.TNT analyst and former player Charles Barkley wants nothing to do with dynasty talk regarding the Warriors.“We don’t have any dynasties. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a dynasty,” Barkley said. “The Bulls won six, the Spurs won five. We’ve had a lot of really good teams. I think the only dynasty is the Spurs. They’ve been great for 20 years. The Warriors are not going to win. Winning two in four years is not a dynasty.”Golden State would love nothing more than to continue building momentum as the franchise approaches the opening of its new San Francisco arena, Chase Center , in summer 2019 if all remains on schedule. That leaves one last season at Oracle Arena.B.J. Armstrong earned titles alongside Jordan with the Bulls from 1991-93. If the Warriors win another, they will join dynasty status in Armstrong’s mind.“They’re right there,” Armstrong said. “For them to have a sustained level of excellence like they’ve had, I don’t take that for granted and I think anyone who’s played or observed this game knows how difficult that is for one, let alone to be able to get here four times and have an opportunity to win three speaks for itself. …“If they win this one, they’re right up there with all of the teams for a dynasty-type caliber situation up here in Golden State.”Curry was around for all the losing: 26 wins his rookie season of 2009-10, 23 two years later then gradually building to more victories each season thereafter.He is proud to be part of a transformation — one the two-time MVP hopes they contend for titles for years to come. 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ronaldo begins World Cup preparations amid Madrid doubts Where the Warriors stack up if they win a third championship in four years will make for a dynasty debate. And their domination doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, so if they keep winning Golden State will have its place in history.“As a fan of the NBA, you could go down the list of the teams that won multiple years and just dominated the league for stretches of time,” Curry said.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 crownThe Warriors are trying to join Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.The Warriors are halfway there, holding a 2-0 lead against the underdog Cavs as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Listen, Golden State is one of the best teams I’ve ever played. It’s one of the best teams that’s ever been assembled,” said James, who is playing in his eighth straight NBA Finals and fourth in a row against Golden State.Curry, sharp-shooting Klay Thompson, fiery Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala make up an All-Star-studded squad trying to repeat after James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the defending champs. Kevin Durant bolted from Oklahoma City to join the cast last season.“You look at it, they’ve got four Hall of Famers on their team in Klay, Dray, Steph and KD. They’ve got a Finals MVP that comes off their bench,” James said in reference to Iguodala. “… I don’t know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter.”Not everybody is ready to crown the Warriors as a dynasty, not just yet anyway. Not even if they win the title this year.“I don’t like to go dynasty stuff, they’ve been the team of the decade,” said Gary Payton, the longtime Seattle SuperSonics point guard who played 17 seasons through 2007. “That’s what it is. They’ve been doing their thing. When we get into a dynasty is Michael Jordan and them winning six, that’s a dynasty. The Golden State Warriors (would have) won three out of four, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Hot start needed for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas versus Chinese Taipei the last time was a close shave for the Filipinos.And with their return bout in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers on Friday to happen in Taipei, the Filipinos cannot afford to start the way they did last November when they barely scraped through.ADVERTISEMENT Blatche came in more than two weeks ago to reorient himself with coach Chot Reyes’ dribble-drive offense.If he is in better shape, the Filipinos should have little trouble dispatching the Taiwanese anew.Tickets have already been sold out, according to a report by Fiba.com while Taiwanese superstar Huang Tsung-Han has already declared victory.“This is my house,” the 23-year-old Huang told Fiba.com. “In home games, the whole country will cheer for the players, and it will stimulate the players more.”Terrence Romeo also returns to National team duty after sitting out the November game because of a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Meanwhile, Ricky Dandan resigned as coach of Columbian in the PBA, saying that he will now concentrate with University of the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 Young Asiad-bound athletes feted Home court will undoubtedly make the Taiwanese a better team in their third window clash at Taipei Heping Gym, where the enemy is embraced like gods and where the Filipinos are expected to encounter hostility.Gilas started out on a limp last November, trailing by 13 early and needing the heroics of Jayson Castro and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo to get the job done.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 crownAndray Blatche was a virtual non-entity offensively for Gilas, finishing with just six points.It was also one of the reasons why the game was close as Chinese Taipei got three players scoring in twin digits, with naturalized player Quincy Davis III shooting 20 points—12 in the first period. LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more

New Knicks coach Fizdale already planning for Porzingis return

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Ramirez defends WBC super lightweight belt without Roach in corner New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, center, celebrates with team mates during the first half of a NBA basketball game against Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York. APThe New York Knicks still don’t know when Kristaps Porzingis will return from a torn left knee ligament, but new coach David Fizdale already has plans for the tall, talented Latvian.“It really is a luxury for me to have a guy that I can move around at different positions,” Fizdale told reporters at summer league practice in Las Vegas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I just see a lot of places I can use him to be dynamic for us,” Fizdale said, according to Newsday.Fizdale said he could play Porzingis at center, but could also use the 7-foot-3-inch Porzingis at small forward occasionally in a lineup that would give the Knicks “a whole bunch of wingspan.”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’Fizdale said he would travel to Latvia after summer league play ends to get to know his star.“He’s going to get tired of me but about two of those days over there we’re going to watch film in Latvia because I got so much stuff I’ve broken down and pulled,” Fizdale said. View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He was averaging just under 23 points per game with 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots and had been due to play in the All-Star Game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Stuff that Jeff (Hornacek) was already doing from the year before. Stuff that was similar where I can show him from his own film, ‘Hey I’m going to use you this way’ or ‘I’m going to use you this way.’” “At least I have some visual examples.”Fizdale, sacked by the Memphis Grizzlies last November, was hired by the Knicks in May after they missed the NBA playoffs for a fifth straight season.He took over from Hornacek, who was fired at the conclusion of the Knicks 29-53 campaign.Porzingis was already on the sidelines by then, after injuring his left knee when he landed after a dunk in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in February.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Warriors, Steel forge huge upsets

first_imgGeneral Santos City and Basilan, two teams from the Mindanao region, pulled off shocking victories over their more fancied rivals to boost their playoff aspirations in the MPBL Datu Cup.The GenSan Warriors overcame a sloppy first half to turn back the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports, 56-43, at JRU Gym in Mandaluyong.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Held to an all-time low 12 points at the half, the Warriors, who are supported by Golden State College, worked double time on the defensive end and limited the Kuyas to only 20 points in the second half.General Santos forged a four-way tie for fourth to seventh spots along with Zamboanga, Bacoor and Laguna in the Southern Division at 4-4.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 ChrissBasilan completed the night of upsets with a 70-68 squeaker over Mandaluyong, which lost at home for the first time in the tournament.It was the fourth win in nine games for the Steel, who dealt the El Tigre their second loss in eight matches. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Journeyman Lee Gwan Hee says PBA stint helped his career Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

No longer star-struck, Lady Patriots finally triumph

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Petron and F2 Logistics were locked in Game 2 of their PSL AFC best-of-three title series at press time.Coach Joven Racelis said La Salle learned valuable lessons facing tough UAAP teams who, he admitted, intimidated the members of his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We were star-struck and very conscious [before], and fortunately we faced a team which we think is in equal footing with us,” said Racelis. “So I told the players, let’s just get the experience and make the most out of it.”Joven added: “This is something we cherish no matter what, because we played in a semi-professional league and our last game at MOA Arena.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title NU trounces JRU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum La Salle-Dasmariñas finally broke into the win column after downing Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16, Tuesday night in the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam (CGS) at Mall of Asia Arena.Eunice Castillo and Cyrille Ramos and powered the Lady Patriots with 16 and 14 points, respectively, as they nailed their only win in the CGS, which is being played simultaneously with the PSL All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Flooding, Garbage, Clogged Drainages: Monrovia’s Age-Old Challenges

first_imgPerennial flooding, garbage pollution and clogged drainages have become age-old challenges for residents of Monrovia.Every year during the Rainy Season, residents of over crowded slums and other communities in and around Monrovia endure hardships as a result of flooding, coupled with unattended garbage.The majority of Monrovia’s residents and business entities are built in flood plains that play host to continuous flood water and countless breeding places for mosquitoes and other harmful insects.Most of the drainages in and around Monrovia lie open, narrow and un-concreted. They constantly need sustained rehabilitation and expansion in order to cope with the volume of waste that go through them.The epi-centers of flood water are the crowded slums and deprived communities where structures are built without engineering consultations and designs.Touring three major slum settlements in Monrovia earlier this week, volumes of flood water and piles of garbage were seen filling streets and clogged drainages.Buzzy Quarters, Doe Community and West Point were flooded with dirty water and garbage.The general facial expressions of residents and business people in the affected communities reflected anger, frustration, resentment and dissatisfaction due to their present conditions.Sadly, at the Rally Time Market on United Nations Drive, a stone’s throw from Buzzy Quarters, cook-shops and mini restaurants were in business a few yards from one clogged drainage, which played host to flies, cockroaches and other harmful insects.In that same community around the Rally Time Market, latrine facilities constructed by aid agencies and private entities exist, but in unsanitary conditions.A handful of charcoal sellers in the Rally Time Market, expressed shock and disappointment about the odor emanating from the garbage dumped there three weeks ago.“This stink dirt and water at this Rally Time Market continues to make us sick all the time because the sanitation companies are not clearing the rotten garbage regularly from this big dumpsite,” Charcoal seller Martha Wesseh said.A 54-year-old cook-shop operator, Esther B. Sackie, also told the Daily Observer that her business is losing customers everyday due to the unsanitary conditions of the Rally Time Market.She explained that flies and other harmful insects and rodents such as rats and cockroaches are “regular visitors” to her shop.This story has not changed since last year, or the year before, and may likely not change next year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MoneyGram Renews Confidence in Liberia

first_imgMoneyGram (NASDAQ : MGI), one of the world’s leading money transfer services with over 20,000 branches in Africa, has emphasized its confidence in the Liberian financial sector and reiterated its interest in supporting the financial inclusion agenda of Liberia. MoneyGram is one of the top two international money transfer institutions in Liberia; with its windows at all commercial banks and key business outlets across the country.A statement issued by the company Monday announced that Mr. Francois Peyret, MoneyGram International’s Regional Director for North &West Africa, is undertaking a working tour of Liberia to beef up its business platform in the country. Mr. Peyret’s visit to Liberia today marks what could be the first senior executive visit to the country by a major global financial institution.Whilst in Liberia, Mr. Peyret will hold high-level business development discussions with CEOs and executives of key players in the financial sector and inaugurate the Monrovia Mini-Van Branding Project of MoneyGram.Mr. Kunle Olamuyiwa, the regional operations manager for Anglophone West Africa, and Mrs. Kemi Okusanya, regional business development manager Anglophone West Africa, will accompany Mr. Peyret on the tour. Both executives are members of the MoneyGram North &West African team.On the future of the brand in Liberia, Francois Peyret noted: “Our ambition is to double our network of MoneyGram points of sale in Liberia in the next five years and become the dominant preferred choice for money transfer. To achieve this we shall continue to work with our partners to aggressively offer the best proposition and price to Liberians around the world. We shall continue to be a good corporate citizen, adhering to international best practice on compliance and service quality. We shall innovate and support the Central Bank and the Finance Ministry’s agenda of bringing more Liberians into the financial sector. To achieve this, we are seriously considering introducing our mobile solutions in Liberia that would allow mobile phones to send and receive transactions. As we all know mobile phone penetration exceeds back account penetration by a factor of approx. 1:5 and we intend to leverage this.”MoneyGram offers over-the counter money transfer services in Liberia through its agent partners namely: International Bank, FIBank, LBDI, UBA, Ecobank, Global Bank, GT Bank &Afriland First Bank.Through these agents MoneyGram is now available all over Liberia, in almost 100 locations. From inception to date, MoneyGram International announced that it has undertaken over 2,000,000 transactions valued at over US$500 million, which is a direct cash flow into the Liberian economy.According to MoneyGram, the service is a critical lifeline, allowing Liberians in the Diaspora— especially in the United States— to send money home to loved ones for upkeep, healthcare and education.MoneyGram disclosed that it has invested over a million United Sates dollars in the last five years to market its proposition in Liberia. “Efforts here more recently,” the company added “have included donations of school items-notebooks, waste bins, cash awards, etc. to various high schools and universities valued at over US$50,000.”There has also been a donation of logistics materials to the Monrovia City Corporation in 2010 in addition to various consumer reward schemes like the recently ended Double-Double promo (where lucky customers got their transactions doubled).The brand is currently reputed to be the most popular money transfer in Liberia, with the best price offer in the market, starting at only US$2.00 for sends out of Liberia.MoneyGram, a leading money transfer company, enables consumers who are not fully served by traditional financial institutions, to meet their financial needs. MoneyGram offers money transfer services worldwide through a global network of 327,000 agent locations — including retailers, international post offices and financial institutions — in 200 countries and territories. MoneyGram also offers bill payment services in the United States and Canada.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Requests Expenditure Report on US$5M Ebola Fund

first_imgThe Liberian Senate is requesting President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as head of the National Ebola Task Force, to make report to the Senate on how the amount of US$5 million approved for the fight of Ebola was expended.The Senators’ decision taken Tuesday, September 23, during  plenary was prompted by a communication from their colleagues, Senators Nyonblee Kangar-Lawrence, Sando Dazoe Johnson and Geraldine Doe-Sherif, requesting for an expenditure report on US$5 million approved two months ago used by the National Ebola Task Force, to help  contain the Ebola epidemic.In proffering the motion for the Senate’s action, Bong County Senator Henry Yallah asked his colleagues’ communication be accepted and recommendations therein be adopted, “and that this plenary requests a report from the President as the head of the Ebola Task Force who requested for the money that was approved by this Senate, of the expenditure of US$5 million by next sitting on Tuesday and that copies be made available to all Senators.”Earlier before the unanimous vote, the Senators went into debate that lasted for well over three hours, with each Senator giving supporting reasons why the report was needed now.Maryland County Senator John Ballout, one of the Senators who supported the need for a report and audit, regretted that since the approval of the amount, the situation on containing the disease continues to deteriorate.“We have to step up to the plate and take charge. Audit is not an attempt to fight the Executive, but rather it will help build confidence among the people who are starting to question the Task Force’s seeming lack of accountability; in fact our power has no limitation in asking for report,” Senator Ballout, who Chairs the Senate Committee on Public Works, asserted.Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee put up a stiff fight, recalling a portion of President Sirleaf’s letter to the Senate in which she promised the lawmakers that a comprehensive audit would be conducted at the end the process.He described it as unfair, his colleagues’ communication that is now requesting an expenditure report from the Ebola Task Force, an argument supported by outgoing Grand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo, who, too, believe that it was unfair to ask for a report in the middle of the process.Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Zulu Jallah recalled that during a recent Legislative leadership meeting with the President, she promised to send the report in question to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and not the Senate.Senators, who confirmed that the President has already sent report on US$5 million to the House of Representatives, enquired from Senate Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley whether he was in possession of same report he answered: “I have not received any report on the US$5 million, nor the Senate.”Senator Yallah, before proffering his motion, reminded his colleagues that his county, Bong is one of the hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, disclosing that a town in Bong County has recently reported 13 deaths from Ebola. “We must learn from our past mistake and ensure that we don’t release a dime if the Executive fails to report on the US$5 million.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Refuge Place Clinic Donates Ambulance to MCHT

first_imgThe proprietor and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Refuge Place Maternal Child and General Clinic, Dr. Musoka P. Fallah, on behalf of the clinical staff, has presented a second-hand new Nissan Pathfinder ambulance to the head of the Montserrado County Health Team (MCHT), Dr. Fred Amagashi.Dr. Fallah is a Liberian who undertook his medical studies in the United States, but has since returned home to contribute “free of charge” to the rebuilding of the education and health sectors.He is a visiting assistant professor at A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine. Dr. Fallah has extensive experience working in humanitarian crises with Doctors Without Borders in Liberia (MSF) during the heat of the Liberia civil war. He has over five years of experience in development work. Dr. Fallah is currently working on a consultancy contract with a USAID-funded project to develop a program for the recruitment, training and deployment of community health officers. His clinic is located in Bassa Town, Lower Johnsonville, outside Monrovia. It offers 100 percent “free medical services” to the over 4,672 inhabitants of the community, which contains about 560 houses.The clinic, which operates on the motto, “Zero Deaths to Mothers and Children, was established last June, but was forced to shut down due to the unprecedented wave of the Ebola virus disease (EVD). It resumed full operations in October with 42 staffers that are divided into two groups; one of which is implementing the clinical outreach program, while the other works directly under the supervision of the officer-in-chargeThe ambulance presented yesterday, marked NG 0456, is valued at US$8,000. It was presented to Dr. Amagashi, Montserrado County Officer. The van is to be used by the MCHT mainly in the Gardnerville Community including Montserrado Electoral District #s 11, 12 and 13 respectively.According to Dr. Fallah, the presentation of the ambulance is part of the Refuge Place Clinic Administration’s effort to identify with the government through the authorities of the Ministry of Health, for use by the MCHT.“As a partner, we are happy that we intervened with relevant stakeholders during the Ebola fight even though we had some constrains since we are just a small partner, but we are concerned about maternal services. This is why we have presented the ambulance to bring the sick, but mainly the expected mothers to the nearby health facility when the need becomes necessary,” Dr. Fallah declared as he presented the van to Dr. Amagashi to a round of deafening applauses.Refuge Place Clinic Officer-In-Charge (OIC), N’Chung Eben, who presented the keys of the ambulance to Dr. Amagashi, outlined some of the challenges in the health delivery system, especially in the area of maternal care. She expressed confidence that with the coming aboard of Dr. Fallah, her staff would endeavor to restore confidence in patients when it comes to administering of services at the Refuge Place Clinic. Shortly after he received the ambulance, Dr. Amagashi said he was elated and gratified, while his assistant clinic supervisor, Levi O. Yarnay, described Dr. Fallah as someone who is not so strange, because he stood by the MOH during the Ebola fight last year. Yarnay said Dr. Fallah was one of the doctors that introduced the newest and best practice health delivery services to Johnsonville; as well as established community engagement and active case findings, which supported the fight that led to Ebola eradication from Liberia.Yesterday’s presentation ceremony was attended by an array of local officials, including the Gardnerville Township Commissioner, Vamba F. Kanneh. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more