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Desiderio cites lack of familiarity with Go for Gold despite solid debut

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Wild Fastlane finish sets WrestleMania main event Luckily for Go for Gold, UP coach Bo Perasol gave Desiderio the green light to see action in the developmental league as he seeks “to gain more experience,” something which he hopes to get in this foray with Go for Gold.“This is my last season in UP and I feel that I still lack in experience. So I’m happy that coach Bo and the management allowed me to play,” he said.With two games remaining in their schedule, the Scratchers are still on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoffs.Desiderio very well knows how tough the task is, but he is keeping his fingers crossed that this partnership of his with fellow “23-for-23” cadet J-Jay Alejandro and ex-pro Jerwin Gaco will eventually bear fruits and reward them with a spot in the quarterfinals.“We’ll continue to fight. As long as there’s a chance, we’ll take it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Go for Gold wraps up its eliminations assignment against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum next Monday and against AMA Online Education on April 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings PBA IMAGESPaul Desiderio admitted that his unfamiliarity with Go for Gold showed in its 88-91 defeat to Wangs Basketball-Letran on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“We fell short in the end,” he said. “I’m still feeling my way with my teammates because I’m just practicing with them for two days. I’m still adjusting.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Scratchers mounted a belated rally from 15 points down, 79-64, midway through the payoff period and got to within one, 89-88 with 11.4 seconds remaining, before faltering in the end game as Desiderio lost the leather and forced Justin Gutang to heave the desperation three at the buzzer.Still, it was a solid return for Desiderio, who finished with 15 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, while also grabbing two rebounds and two blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe arrival of the UP scorer to the Go for Gold lair may seem like a match made in heaven given the circumstances between the two parties.Since Kent Salado’s MCL injury in the first game of the conference, the Scratchers have been hell-bent in finding someone to bolster their guard rotation late in the eliminations. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READlast_img read more

Money well spent: Mayweather’s retirement tour makes stop in El Nido

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Screengrab of Floyd Mayweather’s Instagram story.Floyd Mayweather Jr. is living off a retirement fit for a boxing king that he once was and perhaps, still is.The former top pound-for-pound fighter in the world has been on a “country hop” that began in the pristine deserts of Dubai late last month.ADVERTISEMENT Standhardinger ready for any role with SMB: ‘Not worried about personal glory’ LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident His lavish trip, well-documented on his Instagram account, has now taken him to the serene islands of El Nido, Palawan where he went island hopping on a clear Tuesday afternoon.READ: Mayweather arrives in Manila to continue ‘country hop’ 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 five-division world champion arrived in Manila early Tuesday morning on board his private jet dubbed “Air Mayweather.”Before heading to the Philippines, Mayweather also enjoyed himself in the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore where he took a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the city. Then he flew to Bali, Indonesia before marveling at sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew READ: Mayweather planes in, will party in the islandsMayweather, who boasted of a flawless 50-0 record, has no plans of making a ring return after already coming out of retirement to dominate MMA star Conor McGregor in a crossover fight last year.And why would he? His life outside the ring couldn’t be any better.The 41-year-old Mayweather had already earned hundreds of millions of dollars throughout his celebrated boxing career including “The Fight of the Century” with Manny Pacquiao in 2015 where it generated around $300 to $400 million in gross revenue.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 View commentslast_img read more

Simpson completes a big win at Players Championship

first_imgSimpson navigated his way through a few mistakes, but not too much stress in his four-shot victory Sunday at the TPC Sawgrass. Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots, even after Simpson made double bogey on the 18th hole when his only remaining task was to finish the hole. He closed with a 1-over 73 to end more than four years without winning.Woods made another big run that revved up the crowd and revived hopes that he was close to winning. So did Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker and Danny Lee. None could do enough to catch Simpson during a week of low scoring at the final Players Championship in May.“It was harder than I thought,” Simpson said. “There’s so much noise in front of us with Tiger, and you wonder what everybody is doing.”The key moment for Simpson was hitting just short of the green on the par-5 11th to set up a two-putt birdie, and then finding the island green on the 17th when he had a six-shot lead.“Once I got to 17 and the ball was on the green,” he said, “internally I was celebrating.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s pretty special that a year later, I got this victory,” he said.Simpson won for the fifth time and moves to No. 20 in the world. He won $1.98 million, the second-largest tournament payoff behind only the U.S. Open.The rest of the tournament would have been plenty exciting had Simpson decided to call in sick for work this week. At one point, Dufner made a birdie to break out of a 10-way tie for third place.“I feel like all of us were just trying to make as many birdies as possible while he was trying to run away from everyone else,” Schauffele said. “So it was an interesting week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Justin Thomas left the TPC Sawgrass as the No. 1 player in the world. He closed with a 66 to tie for 11th, more than enough to end Dustin Johnson’s 15-month reign at the top of the ranking. Thomas is the 21st player to reach No. 1 since the ranking began in 1986, and the seventh American.“I’m very proud to have gotten there, but it means more to me how long I can hold it,” Thomas said in a text message.Jimmy Walker closed with a bogey-free 67 and tied for second with Charl Schwartzel and Xander Schauffele, who also shot 67s. Walker, who struggled all of last year with Lyme disease, had his best finish since he won the 2016 PGA Championship.Woods made the cut on the number — helped by Thomas and Jordan Spieth making bogey on the 18th hole Friday — got back to the first page of the leaderboard with a 65 on Saturday and ran off six birdies through 12 holes in the final round. He was tied for second at one point, still four shots behind, but that was as close he got. Woods made a soft bogey on the 14th hole when he missed the green with a sand wedge, and was well short of the island green in making double bogey on No. 17.He shot 69 and tied for 11th.“I hit the ball better today than I did yesterday, and I obviously didn’t end up with the score I needed to,” Woods said.The final edition of May was one for the record books. Simpson tied the course record with a 63 in the second round when he seized control — even with a double bogey from the water on the 17th — and he tied Greg Norman’s 54-hole record from 1994 at 19-under 197. Simpson set a record for the largest margin through three rounds. Brooks Koepka became the eighth player with a 63 on Sunday, making an albatross 2 on the par-5 16th.And there 1,754 birdies for the week, breaking by 136 the record from 1996.But this ultimately was all about Simpson, who had missed the cut in four of his previous eight appearances at the TPC Sawgrass and had gone 107 starts on the PGA Tour since his most recent victory in Las Vegas toward the end of 2013.He had struggled with the ban on the anchored stroke he used for his belly putter. He finally settled on a longer handle that ran up the left side of his arm, and then Tim Clark gave him the missing link. It was at The Players a year ago when Clark suggested he also use a claw grip, and Simpson had been working his way back to golf he expects to play. He looked out at his wife, Dowd, a big supporter during the past few years of frustration as Simpson coped with the ban on the anchored putting stroke he used to make two Ryder Cup teams and win the U.S. Open.And he thought about his mother at home in North Carolina, her first Mother’s Day since Simpson’s father died in November.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“It’s been a tough few months for my mom, my brothers and sisters,” Simpson said as his voice began to crack. “This is a little beacon of light for my mom, to get this done on Mother’s Day.”There was never any doubt. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Webb Simpson kisses his wife Taylor Dowd Simpson after winning The Players Championship golf tournament Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Starting with the largest Sunday lead ever at The Players Championship was harder than Webb Simpson imagined. Hearing one big roar after another from Tiger Woods playing four groups ahead of him didn’t help. Through it all, Simpson managed his game and his nerves.Only when he had the crystal trophy did he start to crack.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LeBron has ‘zero’ concern after Cavs’ lopsided Game 1 loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 recedinglast_img read more

Painters take top spot, deal Fuel Masters first loss

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tokyo Games nears collection targets for recycled-metal medals MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Fuel Masters forward Jason Perkins forced extra time with 13 seconds remaining in regulation and James Yap’s deep three fell short as time ran out.Yap struggled mightily with only two points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field after coming into the game averaging 16.3 points.“He (Yap) had wide open shots but he just couldn’t make them,” Garcia said.Fortunately for Rain or Shine, Rosales picked up the slack with a career-high tying performance to give the Painters a big lift.Perkins led Phoenix with a career-best 27 points on 13-of-20 shooting from the field that went with nine rebounds in a losing effort.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Maverick Ahanmisi added 13 points while Raymond Almazan and Rey Nambatac scored 12 and 10 points, respectively for the Rain or Shine, which climbed to 6-1 and pinned Phoenix its first loss in six games.“They never gave up and they fought their hearts out,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia, whose squad blew a 14-point lead it built late in the third period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I told them in the fourth quarter when they (Phoenix) came back that it’s bound to happen.”Mark Borboran nailed the game-clinching basket with 12 ticks left after Alex Mallari cut the Painters’ lead down to two, 96-94, with under 40 seconds to go. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine gained the top spot after escaping Phoenix, 98-94, in overtime in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters relied on their depth anew with five players finishing in double-figures led by Beau Belga and Kris Rosales, who each had 16 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Aiming higher

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 View comments HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Yap (right) has been having a rejuvenation of sorts, towing Rain or Shine to the lead. —Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine got what it wanted going into a midconference break in the PBA Philippine Cup. James Yap, the veteran former MVP, is having a career rejuvenation of sorts.Can’t blame Elasto Painters coach Caloy Garcia for aiming higher right now.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Before beating Magnolia, Rain or Shine also outlasted erstwhile leader Phoenix.“I like it,” he said of the intense contests. “Come playoffs, we’ll be used to all of it.”It was doubly sweet for Yap, who came up strong against the team he powered to a Grand Slam in 2014. He was eventually traded to Rain or Shine and hasn’t quite made his mark until this conference, where he has been reliving his MVP form.But the Painters know Yap cannot do it alone.“We just have to trust each other,” Garcia added.The Painters resume their Philippine Cup campaign against TNT KaTropa on March 3 at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Garcia and Yap have always rued about missing the playoffs in the third conference last season—a bitter taste they keep in their mouths for motivation to reach for loftier goals.“We’d want an advantage going into the next round,” said Garcia, whose squad improved to 7-1—the best record in the league—after their conquest of the Hotshots.The top two teams at the end of the elimination round are assured of a twice-to-beat bonus in the playoffs, an incentive that Garcia feels they can achieve if they can stretch their run of solid performances.“If we want to make it far, we have to be consistent,” he said. “Basically, [we] played well [on Wednesday]. But I think we could have done better.”Yap, who made the pivotal play in a nip-and-tuck endgame duel  against the Hotshots, feels like Rain or Shine’s recent clutch performances will sharpen the team up for brutal playoff wars.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Our target now is try to make it to the Top 2,” he said shortly after Rain or Shine survived last season’s Governors Cup champion Magnolia, 75-74, in a clutch duel Wednesday night at MOA Arena.“Before the game, I told the players that as of now, we’re playing good…  I think we’re already assured of a quarters spot during our last game,” he said. “I think six wins will get you to the quarterfinals.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe league’s chief statistician, Fidel Mangonon III, said that at least in the last four editions of the Philippine Cup, teams with six wins have made it to the playoffs.But an assurance is just that: an assurance. Moreso, just getting into the playoffs isn’t enough for the Elasto Painters anymore. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

LPRC Remains Committed to the Liberian Market

first_imgThe Deputy Managing Director for Operations at the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Aaron J. Wheagar, has urged the public not to panic as a result of the recent unfortunate incident that took place at the entity facility on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia.Mr. Wheagar stated that his entity (LPRC) will remain committed to the Liberian Market by supplying quality products and ensuring that supplies do not run out on the market.The Deputy LPRC Manager spoke to this paper recently in an exclusive interview at his head office, on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia.According to him, though there was spill of gasoline at the facility, when one of its mini storage tanks burst open, but there are still enough products (gasoline) that would serve their customers from now and throughout the festive seasons of Christmas and New Year’s Day.Though the LPRC boss clarified that his entity lost 75,000 gallons of petroleum products, sources close to LPRC told the paper that the tank leakage caused the company the loss of thousands of dollars’ worth of petroleum products and more than that amount of gallons that the Deputy LPRC boss stated.He stated that LPRC service men fought gallantly to retrieve  about 30,000  gallons, which is mixed is contaminated.Wheagar further stated that the 75,000 gallons was part of a consignment of 300,000 gallons that was in the entity’s storage. “Out of the 75,000 gallons that spilled out, we were able to retrieve 30,000 gallons, but they are contaminated with water,” he added.“So Super Petroleum, Amanita and Total decided to give us some of their storage tanks to keep these products in, but we are not going to sells it to the public right now,” he intoned.“This incident does not have any effect on the petroleum market, and I can assure you there will be no gasoline shortages on the market, Wheagar assured.The LPRC boss for operation further stated that the recent incident has shown them that they need to accelerate the rehabilitation of various tanks at the facility.He indicated that the tanks were built in the 1950s and nearly all of them are old and no longer useful.“Our contractor (Motherwell) has built three new tanks for us, but we still have lots of work to do at the facility, so we are calling on the Government, and the 53th National Legislature to help us implements these projects on time,” he pleaded.However, the LPRC boss added that in order for Liberia to have fuel security, they need to build more new storage facilities for petroleum products.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

THE POWER OF LIBERIA

first_imgIn a speech in 1973 President William R. Tolbert, Jr. proposed to the nation that the country’s symbols (Flag, Coat of Arms, National Anthem and Motto) be reviewed to reflect – more accurately – Liberia’s ethnic, social, religious and political diversity. Tolbert’s efforts were stymied by a congressionally constituted Commission which, four years later, returned a near unanimous opinion that there was NO NEED to change and/or modify these symbols.  Today, in the aftermath of Coups and Civil Wars, a National Symbols Review Committee has taken up President Tolbert’s challenge to find the words and images which accurately represent ALL of the people. Is there a need for this? Yes, I wager that there is!  Urgent even…  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Maya Angelou, Poet and Activist passed away a few days ago.  I have been told (unverified) that her great masterpiece, ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ was written in Liberia.  But more poignantly, her death is a reminder of her great Crusade on the Power of Words… the power of words to both create and destroy.  But Maya’s life and crusade was centered around the intrinsic spiritual ability of words to unite and uplift, to heal and to reconcile.  And that is why the decisions which are ultimately reached by the Review Committee will mean absolutely nothing to the extent that we, as Liberians, do not NOW begin to eliminate from our thinking and banish from our vocabulary the words and descriptions we use to denigrate, to deny, to humiliate, to isolate and to impugn our brothers and sisters as ‘OTHER’ or ‘NOT A PART OF…’.  This is a hugely destructive and dangerously effective exercise which cuts in every direction and defeats us all! Have we not already and too much endured the bitter consequences of this behavior?It is only we, Liberians, who singularly determine the success of the Review Committee. The Committee in its revisionist wisdom might opt to change everything! But the effects of distrust, hatred, ignorance, envy, disunity and suspicion will only be exacerbated if we continue to use the spiritual and verbal tools which shackle, suppress and imprison our happiness, success and development as ONE NATION AND PEOPLE indivisible under GOD.   Remember Maya Angelou’s caution on the Power of Words! How we use (or do not use) language or descriptions between, with, for or against each other underpins any and all efforts to find the common mystic bonds of nationhood.  There can be no more option for failure in this exercise because it will ultimately augur the dissolution of the place we all know and love.What is the meaning of ‘indigenous’ if it is not someone or something native to a specific or legal geography?  Is there anyone born today in Liberia who can claim that they are not indigenous to Liberia, or who do not love the country because they were born there?  Can ‘Americo-Liberians or Congau’ demonstrate love or prove an affinity for places in the Congo, the Bight of Benin, the Carribean Islands or in any of the Dixie States?  If ‘Country’ people are inherently inferior or undeserving of consideration and humanity simply because they were born in Liberia THEN SO ARE WE ALL.  Let US now turn OUR minds and hearts towards creating and using the new vocabulary and descriptions which will bind and unite US, which will heal OUR wounds and enshrine OUR special and sacred humanity as Liberians.  This exercise will not instantly solve all of our problems, but it will give us the strength, the patience and compassion, the vision, mercy and love to succeed and create those things and entities which we have so far failed to do. Let us ALL and TOGETHER face the world as indefatigable and triumphant Liberians in a forward march of Greatness and Destiny.  WE ARE ALL INDIGENOUS!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia’s Jury System: A Matter for Serious Constitutional Discussion

first_imgThe Judge of Criminal Court B of Montserrado County, Her Honor Nancy F. Sammy, has issued a most disturbing revelation that should immediately grab the attention of the Chief Justice of Liberia, His Honor Francis Kporkor, and the entire Supreme Court Bench.Judge Sammy, in her remarks opening her court last Monday, said court officers were in the habit of “demanding” money from individuals in order for those persons to serve on jury panels.But our Judicial Correspondent, Abednego Davis, reminded courtofficers that jury service is “a civil duty that enables a citizen to attend a court trial and help a judge to determine who is guilty or innocent.”Judge Sammy underscored her warning by insisting that “Court officers have been demanding and receiving payments from individuals in order to place them on the jury.””This practice must be discontinued,” she demanded,” because anybody or any court personnel who engages in this unwholesome behavior will face the wrath of the court.”Turning to the empanelled jury for this session of her court, Judge Sammy gave them this patriotic juridical charge: “It is in accordance with our Constitution and Statue that you have been summoned from the various districts of Montserrado County to be with us in this term of court.  Your being with us is to perform a civil duty for our beloved country.”The erudite and faithful judge further explained to the jurors,”[This] means that you will be with us for the next 42 days to perform your civil duty with impartiality, so as to render a true verdict in each case, predicated upon the evidence and the controlling law.”Do not come to perform this duty with a mindset to render verdicts that are contrary to the evidence and the applicable laws before you for reward or hope,” she added, warning that such jurors do so at their “own peril.”In this editorial, we have quoted extensively from Reporter Davis’ article in order to highlight for the benefit of the public and the Supreme Court bench Judge Sammy’s grave concern about jury tampering and where it begins–right in the court itself, with the involvement of the very court officers who should be guardians of judicial equity and rectitude (integrity). This vile, despicable habit of jury tampering seems to have become a permanent fixture in Liberian jurisprudence.  It has made it next to impossible for the government to win any case in court, for some of the vilest personalities in our society accused of blatant corruption have for this identical reason, gone scot free because they had a lot of money to pay the jurors.The ink had hardly dried on Judge Sammy’s written remarks when we published three days later a story revealing that “jury tampering” was overshadowing the murder trial of Jefferson Dahn, the defendant accused of allegedly stabbing to death Ms. Antoinette Nettie Peters, on January 3, 2013.Judicial Correspondent Davis reported that two of the jurors in the case, Nathan Chea and Rachael Kun Suah, were at different times seen in conversation with murder defendant Jefferson Dahn’s family members.Accordingly, Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court A in which the trial is being held, has removed the two suspected jurors from the case, according to Correspondent Davis.Judge Dixon must be commended for this bold move to cleanse the jury of suspicious elements and we pray that this decisive action on his part will serve a warning and a deterrent to this jury and all other juries.The overriding question with which the three branches of the Liberian government and the people of the country themselves must wrestle is whether or not the jury system has served its usefulness in Liberian jurisprudence.  In a country riddled with poverty and corruption, it has become increasingly clear that people’s peers cannot be trusted in exercising impartial and trustworthy judgment in judicial matters.There are just too many instances of jury tampering, involving not simply court officers but lawyers, too, as well as other key officials of court.Do we, or do we not need a referendum on the efficacy of the jury system in Liberia?  This, it seems to us, is a matter for serious constitutional discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Street Sellers Call for Gov’t Support

first_imgA group of street sellers have called on the Government of Liberia to help provide or explore avenue that would seek to empower them and their parents in the time of difficulties.They expressed this concern comes after government  decided to control or stop children under the age of 18 from selling in the streets, which many are forced to do  as bread winners of the family.The Government of Liberia said it was unfortunate for children under the ages of 12, 14 15 and 17 to be used by parents as a bread winners for the home, describing this as troubling for the government and people of Liberia in general.Speaking yesterday to some of the street sellers on Broad Street, one of the sellers, Robert Sackie, a 4th grade student from the Group of 77 in Monrovia, said that since  government called on parents and children to leave the street, they must provide empowerment for parents.According to Robert Sackie, a 12-year old who lives on Camp Johnson Road, central Monrovia, “My father was not working to help provide for the home. My mother and I have to sell for the family to survive in this difficult time,” little Sackie said.Little Sackie, who sells eggs opposite the Sport Commission on Broad Street, said, he was not happy with the condition of being among cars and selling eggs but called on the government to be more forceful in providing necessities for children,  especially those whose parents  have little income or none at all.Also speaking, Jenneh Sasraku, 15, and a seventh grade student, said she was forced by her aunt to sell in the street as a way of helping to provide food in the home, while using  part of profit  for school’s fees.   She has been doing this since leaving her parents in Grand Cape Mount County.“My aunt has said, if I don’t sell lime, she will not pay my school fees. I know that this business of running in the street, among cars selling lime is not good for me. She called on the government to help our family with jobs and reduce school fees in order to enable us to go to school and focus on our education,” she asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CSOs Brainstorm on Citizens’ Participations in Public Policy

first_imgA conglomeration of civil society organizations led by the New African Research and Development Agency (NARDA) has begun a two-day consultative dialogue to assess impacts government is making in informing citizens about major policies that affect them.The meeting is also meant to share views on how Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) themselves are carrying on their work to impact the end users for whom they seek donor support.During the opening session of the dialogue on June 11, 2015 at a local hotel in Monrovia, the keynote speaker, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer among other things reminded CSOs that for any organization to be successful in meeting its goals, it must have clear rules of membership to know who the members.Dr. Sawyer added that any successful organization must have rules to indicate how positions are filled with clear cut mechanisms in place for accountability and transparency.He, however, noted that many civil society organizations are fostering self interest above the interests of those for whom they claim to work, adding, “I consider many civil societies here to be business entities because they seek self interest which does not show the clear meaning of CSO but business.He indicated that the proper role of a CSO is disseminating and generating knowledge based information.Dr. Sawyer further stressed that a civil society organization that wants to be well recognized for good work in the interest of the people will seek to provide knowledge through training that will allow people to clearly understand what it stands for than just engaging in advocacy.Combining CSOs, Government and private sector based on roles, Dr. Sawyer who is the Chairman of the Governance Commission said since Government is there to provide security and the framework, private sector there to create the business and civil society there to monitor and exactly tell how the ordinary people live their lives, they are better suited to work together for the common good of the country and its citizens.In a cross section of views during comments and questions, representatives of various civil society groups brought out issues indicating shortfalls of CSOs in implementing their goals with respect to what they focus on in their work.The dialogue under the theme, “Making spaces for citizens,” allowed the participants to in some views suggest that civil societies have the space but are not using it the proper way because of conflict of interest.According to some views, many civil society organizations are not on time in their advocacies and other works because they have to rely on donors that cannot come in with funds soon.Others on the other hand noted that conflicts arising in concession areas in the country are caused by failure of government to include locals in signing agreements.Citing references to Golden Veroleum and other concessionaires, the participants said because they are not part of the policy and agreements, they react the way they do since policies and agreements reached with concession companies directly affect them (locals).The chairperson of the National Civil Society Organizations of Liberia, Frances Greaves noted that there are fine policies written in Liberia, but implementers are not knowledgeable about them and so they abuse offices and dictate to people.She said most government officials instead of seeing themselves as servant of the people exert force to show superiority and power in discharge of their duties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more