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ONE chief defends Belingon, Fernandes after controversial bout: ‘They would never cheat to win’

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first_imgMANILA, Philippines—The title fight between Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes in ONE: A New Era took an ugly turn after the Filipino was disqualified for multiple hits to the back of the Brazilian’s head last Sunday in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ La Salle captures UAAP baseball title, slips past Ateneo in thrilling finish 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 P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View comments Read Next Fernandes reclaimed the ONE World featherweight championship he lost to Belingon in November of 2018 but with such a controversial end, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong ordered for an immediate rematch.Sityodtong also went to Facebook to defend his fighters after a backlash against both Fernandes and Belingon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSityodtong said that based on his review, both Belingon and Fernandes did not intentionally hit each other at the back of their heads.“In their last bout that ended via DQ, both Bibi and Kevin landed illegal elbows to the back of the head in different rounds, these things can happen sometimes in the heat of battle,” said Sityodtong who’s also a mixed martial artist. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “For me, I don’t believe either warrior did it with intentional malice. I reviewed all footage of both sides landing illegal elbows, and it was clear that both men were moving around at speed as blows landed.”Sityodtong said he believes both Belingon and Fernandes would never resort to cheating to get advantage in the fight.Referee Olivier Coste called a stop to the fight 1:21 into the second round awarding the DQ win to Fernandes.“Both Kevin and Bibi are true martial artists in every sense of the word, they both would never cheat to win,” said Sityodtong. “They are honest warriors, I can also assure you that Bibi is not someone who would game the system to win a World title.”“He [Fernandes] has always earned everything in his life through hard work and dedication. In fact, Bibi did not want the title after the DQ. He wants to win the title the right way. Bibi is not someone who wants to get something for free or on a technicality.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Jayson Castro to skip 2019 Fiba World Cup, could be retiring from Gilas for good

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption The veteran point guard said that he is officially begging off from the  2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup duties,  saying he wants to give more time for his family after seven years of playing basketball year round.“I talked to coach Yeng and even the SBP [Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas], of course, boss MVP [Manny V. Pangilinan], and the whole coaching staff, and they know about my situation,” said Castro in Filipino after his club team TNT beat Columbian 109-102 in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I told them that I want to focus first on my family because it’s been almost seven years that I’ve been playing non-stop basketball.”Castro, who has two children, married long-time partner Lyle Castro on Saturday. Trestle Tan rues poor conditioning in ONE: Shanghai setback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge A member of the 2013 team that world the silver medal in the Fiba Asia Championship, Castro’s dedication to the national team earned him two silver medals in the Fiba Asia Championships and also a couple of selections to the All Asia team.“I’ve dedicated myself to the team and whenever I take a break [from the PBA] there I go to Gilas,” said Castro, who joined the seniors’ program in 2012 and briefly retired from international duty in 2016.“I think it’s time to give it to the younger guys because I see that they’re ready.”Asked if he will indeed retire from international capacity, Castro just gave a nod and a short “maybe.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—It could be the end of Jayson Castro’s international career.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View commentslast_img read more

Senate Recommends September 30th for School Closing

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first_imgThe Senate Committee on Education and Public Administration has forwarded several recommendations to the Senate plenary as options to harmonize viewpoints on solutions for the education system and the resumption of the academic calendar in the country.The Committee chaired by ranking Bong County Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor, recommended that in order to fulfill the previously scheduled nine-month academic calendar, the Ministry of Education should adjust the 2014/2015 academic year to September 30, 2015, instead of its proposed July 31, 2015 deadline.The recommendations also state that the 12th and 9th graders be required to attend Saturday classes during the extended period to September 15, in order to properly prepare and sit the exams which could be scheduled for the end of September 2015. “The rationale for their recommendation is that if 9th and 12th graders remain in school until 2016 as is being proposed, the education overflow for 10th and 12th graders will be trebled. This increase would pose a national problem of overcrowding in both grades and result in another crisis in terms of low education impact and limited space.”With respect to the next academic year, the Senate Committee is recommending that the 2015/2016 school calendar run from October 2015 to June 2016 with scheduled Saturday classes to make up the loss in school time. “This allows the Liberian school calendar to line up with the international academic calendar by the end of this calendar period,” said the Committee.The Senate Committee which is co-chaired by former University of Liberia Geology Professor Albert T. Chie is also recommending to plenary that the proposal by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for a consultation with the leadership of the House of Representatives include the leadership of the Senate and the members of the Education Committees of both Houses. The Committee further proposed that “there be a roundtable meeting of all stakeholders to finalize an educational program and to seek and obtain adequate funding for all activities which will move the school system from mess to best.”“These are indeed extraordinary times which require extraordinary efforts and sacrifices by all. It is the responsibility of the Liberian Senate as the House of elders to keep the spirit and intent of the coordination and interaction among the three branches of the government in harmony at an even level,” the Committee advised.Though a majority of the Senators welcomed the report of the Committee and its recommendations, some of them called for urgent consultations to avert crisis within the education sector.Margibi County Senator Jim Tornolah described it as a saga looming over the education sector, saying it was worrisome and calls for serious attention.Senator Dallas A.V. Gueh, a member of the committee and himself a former classroom teacher, said the committee’s work was in the spirit of coordination and its recommendations are to help avert what he described as a looming crisis. “We have one government and we are all stakeholders. If anything affects one branch it affects the entire government.”The Rivercess County lawmaker said that every problem in the country is owed to ignorance, and recommended that education be declared a national security emergency. “We need to commission research in the various universities so as to look at the problem from the root cause and to find the medical solution.”For his part, Maryland County Senator J. Bleh-bo Brown warned that the new recommended dates in the Committee’s report will further exacerbate the problem and will only increase the confusion already existing among the citizens. He suggested that the Senate leave dates for closing and reopening of schools to the appropriate education authorities.The Committee comprises of Senators Jewel Howard-Taylor, chair; Albert T. Chie, co-chair; Dallas A.V.Gueh, J. Milton Teahjay, and Oscar Cooper as members.Meanwhile, dozens of non-violent chanting students from the 9th and 12th grade classes of various schools within Monrovia yesterday briefly converged on the premises of the Capitol Building with placards calling on lawmakers not to allow the postponement of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examines as announced by the Ministry of Education. They later dispersed peacefully as lawmakers carried on normal legislative work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LACC Probes US$100K on Capitol Hill

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first_imgLiberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has launched an investigation into US$100,000 remitted to the House of Representatives to conduct a nationwide consultation on the draft Oil and Gas law.The amount in question is part of US$1.2 million issued by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to the Legislature for the draft law. According to reports, US$200,000 was released to the Liberian Senate while US$1 million should have been given to the House, but instead only US$900,000 was received by the consultation committee headed by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.According to a letter addressed to Deputy Speaker Barchue under the signature of D. Blamo Kofa, Chief Investigator and approved by Cllr. J. Augustine Toe, Acting Chairperson of LACC; the graft commission wants Deputy Speaker Barchue to provide a “useful information and comprehensive expenditure report.”LACC is also requesting that a copy of the US$1.2 million budget, voucher and other relevant documents received by Deputy Speaker Barchue be provided during Barchue’s appearance at the Commission today at 10 a.m. at the Commission’s Gurley Street offices.However, in a counter letter addressed to the House on January 21, the Grand Bassa County lawmaker acknowledged receipt of the LACC invitation and proposed that plenary and the leadership of the House take charge of the matter.Deputy Speaker Barchue said he was only asked to execute a simple piece of job which he did perfectly well.“I would like to inform you that, since it was the plenary, through leadership, that instructed my committee to conduct this nationwide tour, I would appreciate were plenary to take siege of this matter,” Deputy Speaker Barchue asserted.However, plenary noted their colleague’s letter and forwarded it to the House’s leadership for discussion next week.Meanwhile, relative to the Nationwide Oil and Gas Consultation and the expenditure of US$900,000 received by Deputy Speaker Barchue’s committee, the second among equals termed the process as successful.In his report yesterday, Deputy Barchue declared: “I am pleased to inform plenary that the task is completed; and therefore I present a detailed, comprehensive, expenditure report on the US$900,000 that was requested and approved by plenary through the leadership.”Plenary advised that copies of the report be distributed to all members of the House for discussion next Tuesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vai, The Key to Varney’s Victory: Liberians, Please Teach the Children Our Languages

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first_imgThere is a certain Paynesville resident who every morning makes it his duty to pick up students and drop them at their schools in Monrovia.  He usually asks their names, whereupon, he detects the ethnic group from which each hails.He also asks, “Do you speak the language?  To the child named Juah,” he asks, “Do you speak Kru?”  To the name Korvah comes the question: “Do you speak Lorma?”  Sia, “Do you speak Kissi?” Fanta, “Do you speak Mandingo?”  Wede, “Do you speak Grebo?” Yormie, “Do you speak Gio?”It is most unfortunate that for 98 per cent of these children, the answer each morning is “No!” or, “I don’t know that thing, oh.”What a national tragedy—Liberians are not teaching our children their languages.However, for most of the Mandingo students this Paynesville resident picks up, the answer is YES!  The Paynesville resident then asks each with the answer No to make him a promise: “When you go home today, please ask your ma, pa, aunty or grandmother to teach you your language.  It is very important for one to speak his or her own language.”At this point in this Editorial, we say a joyful   Thank God for four people: Senator Varney Sherman, his maternal grandfather, grandmother and grandaunt!These are the people who raised Varney Sherman from infancy through high school.  His maternal grandfather, a traditionalist, spoke Vai fluently and cared for his relatives, including his sisters, who were Varney’s grand aunts.  But none of them spoke English.  So since they were responsible to raise this child—his mother, shortly after his birth, traveled to Monrovia to complete her education—the grand aunts spoke nothing but Vai to Varney.  So from early childhood he grew up speaking Vai—before he learned English. Varney was very bright and studious.  In our recent interview with him, he told our team of reporters, “I did not only learn to speak Vai.  I studied it.”Is there any wonder that because he was bright and studious he excelled academically, becoming valedictorian at St. John’s Episcopal High School and graduating from Cuttington, excelling in Science and Mathematics?His St. John’s teachers, especially Ms. Banarby, the school’s legendary American   Science instructor, wanted him to become a medical doctor because he excelled in Chemistry, Biology and Math.  What they probably did not know was that Law was in Varney’s genes.  Both his maternal and paternal grandfathers were lawyers.  Both were also elected Grand Cape Mount Senators.  The paternal grandfather founded the Wakolo Law Firm in Robertsport in 1928.  Varney’s father inherited that firm and several of Varney’s brothers became lawyers.  A younger brother also graduated from Harvard Law School.Today, Varney Sherman is one of Liberia’s most successful corporate lawyers and many believe he is Liberia’s richest lawyer.  His firm ranks, along with the nation’s oldest—the Henries Law Firm (1944)—as the second firm in its own building.  Others are Pierre and Tweh Law Firm and The International Group of Legal Advocates and Consultants.All of these successes—and legacies—would naturally lead Varney into politics. His 2005 presidential bid was unsuccessful; but that could not possibly have been the political end for this talented, wealthy, ambitious young man.  So, like his grandfathers, he decided to enter Cape Mount’s 2014 Senatorial race.  And that is when his linguistic legacy laid in. Varney is modest, never boastful.  So only a few knew of his Vai linguistic prowess (ability, competence, dexterity).  So when he appeared before his proud Cape Mount people, the vast majority of whom—whether Dey, Gola, Mende or Mandingo—speak Vai—he addressed them in the classical Vai he learned from his grannies. When the votes were counted, he had won by a wide margin.We have taken pains today to explain how one man’s example convincingly demonstrates the importance of learning to speak one’s indigenous language.  Liberian parents, PLEASE TEACH OUR CHILDREN OUR LANGUAGES!  Look how far it has brought   Varney Sherman!Ministry of Education, please start teaching our languages in our primary and secondary schools throughout the country—NOW!   All Liberian universities should also require every student to be able to speak at least one Liberian language before graduation.Remember, language is the bearer of culture.  Lose it, you lose your culture.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Learning to Swim Reduces Unintentional Drowning

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first_imgLiberia is a coastal country with more than 350 miles of shoreline, dozens of rivers and thousands of streams and lagoons. Monrovia, its capital city, is one of the wettest cities in the world. The country has one of the largest maritime flag registries in the world. Yet, few Liberians know how to swim. As the dry season gets into high gear, more and more people will be heading to various beaches and waterways to spend some downtime. The chances of someone drowning are great, but this can be prevented with the right policies. Matter of fact, which agency of government regulates beaches, lagoons, and swimming pools in the Republic? Of course, a sound system will be a great first step, but the biggest problem is cultural, or is it racial?Many black people seem to fear water, even in the Caribbean that is surrounded by large bodies of water – which lie to the east and northeast. There are a lot of mythologies (i.e. mamie wata) in most ‘African’ cultures that contribute to the high rate of drowning among blacks; however, Liberia is not alone. This aqua-phobia can also be seen here in Nigeria, another coastal country with rich natural water systems, where I now live.Researchers in Canada recently found that “black immigrants are four times more likely not to know how to swim than native-born Canadians.” Moreover, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says drowning rates among blacks aged 5–19 years are 5.5 times higher than those among whites in the same age range. In the state of Connecticut, two students from Ghana drowned in their high school pool last year, prompting a new state law. It requires all schools to have a trained, dedicated person — either a lifeguard or swim instructor — “to monitor the pool for students who may be struggling in the water.”An earlier study by the CDC showed that nearly 60 percent of black children surveyed were unable to swim or felt uncomfortable in the deep end of a pool, compared to 31 percent of white children.This attitude stems from cultural differences, experts believe. More white families spend recreation time at pools or beaches, and white parents make sure their children learn how to swim than black parents do.Despite ingrained negative cultural beliefs about water, the Liberian government should come up with sound policies to protect people going to rivers and streams this season, like: All public beaches and pools should have trained lifeguards. Encourage people to swim with a companion. Never leave a child near water unattended. Do not trust a child’s life to another child. Make sure everyone learns to swim well. Work with the YMCA/YWCA and Red Cross to develop and offer swimming lessons. Teach children always to ask permission before going near water. Young children or inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets.But lifeguards are no guarantee of safety, what is needed is a comprehensive cultural shift and education about the health and recreational benefits of swimming. Only this, I am afraid, will reduce the elevated rate of unintentional drowning in Liberia.Wynfred Russell lives in Kano, Nigeria. He can be reached at: wnrussell@hotmail.comShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNDP Dedicates 10 Eco-Ovens in Grand Cape Mount County

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first_imgFor many years fishermen and market women have been using woodand open charcoal flames to smoke their fresh fish as a means to add value and protect it from rotting.The use of wood and charcoal to smoke or dry fish involves the excessive felling of trees near beaches that increases coastal erosion.And in an effort to combat coastal erosion in Grand Cape Mount County, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Liberia has dedicated ten new eco-friendly ovens for use by residents in the towns of Latia and Tala.The use of the ovens will significantly reduce the amount of wood residents cut from nearby mangrove swamps.KamilKamalludeen, the Country Director of UNDP Liberia, explained during the dedication ceremony held in Latia: “The women in these communities rely on drying fish to supplement their family incomes. These ovens will not only help the environment by reducing the need for wood to fuel the drying process, but they will also enable women to dry more fish and earn more income. Families will have more money to buy medicine and send their children to school.”The ovens were provided after successful pilot projects in neighboring communities, which demonstrated the value to local communities.During the dry season the nearby mangrove swamps provide a rich environment for palm-sized fish known locally as “Bonnie fish,” and the catch is usually larger than the local market can absorb.Fishermen therefore travel from village to village selling their surplus catch so that it can be smoked and sold dry.SiafaSombai is the spokesperson for Sembehumvillage which received 10 ovens last year. He explained that smoking the fish over an open charcoal flame used to require 30 to 40 bundles of mangrove wood each day. But with the eco-friendly ovens the villagers can smoke the same amount of fish with only five bundles of wood.Throughout the year, the villagers grow cassava, which they grind and cook into a traditional Liberian porridge known as “gari.”In the dry season, the 360 families who benefit from the program organize a schedule so that they can share access to the eco-friendly ovens and supplement their incomes by selling dried fish.It is also healthier for the women to use the special ovens because they produce much less smoke, leaving them less vulnerable to respiratory and eye problems.The greater fuel efficiency helps to preserve the mangrove swamps, which both protects against erosion and provides carbon sequestration, which helps global environment.The Liberian coast is highly vulnerable to erosion and storm damage because of the abrasive currents, high-energy wave patterns and frequent storm surges.Sea erosion is already a major threat to all Liberian coastal cities. In Robertsport, about ten miles from the town of Latia, the airfield has been completely submerged by rising seawater and a sub police station was recently washed away.Global climate change and its attendant sea level rise, combined with increased intensity of storms are likely to accelerate this dangerous erosion.People living in coastal areas are generally among the poorest and most vulnerable with a large proportion of the population living in temporary or poorly constructed housing that offers little protection from storm surges.The eco-friendly ovens project is part of the Enhancing Resilience of Vulnerable Coastal Areas to Climate Change Risks in Liberia (Coastal Project for short), and is aimed at helping coastal communities in Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado and Grand Bassa counties develop defensive mechanism against the effects of climate change.The Coastal Project is funded with a US$2.9 million grant from the Global Environment Fund/Least Developed Countries Fund. UNDP is providing a further US$400K to the fund to combat coastal erosion, as well as improve economic development with eco-friendly ovens and solar panels.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

169th Independence Day Activities Commence Today

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first_imgThe Inter-Ministerial and Agencies’ Steering Committee on Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary has released the Calendar of Events to mark the observance.According to a Foreign Ministry release, this year’s anniversary will be celebrated in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, under the theme: “Consolidating Progress towards Transformation”.Liberia’s only medical doctor who is also a renowned biomedical research scientist, an inventor, and political activist at the same time, Dr. Dougbeh Chris Nyan, has been selected as this year’s National Orator.Dr. Nyan, who hails from Killepo-Towroken, River Gee County, holds a degree in human medicine from the Humboldt-Universität-University zu Berlin Medizinische Fakultät – Charité in Germany. He completed his post- doctoral fellowships at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine in the United States of America. Trained in infectious disease research, Dr. Nyan has over a decade of experience working in public health systems in pathogen diagnostics and the development of affordable diagnostic tests for underprivileged communities.As a career accomplishment, Dr. Nyan recently invented a rapid multiplex quantitative diagnostic test that can detect pathogens such as Ebola, HIV, Zika, Plasmodum (Malaria), Yellow Fever virus, Dengue viris, Hepatitis B, C, and E, and West Nile virus, just to name a few.Activities begin today, Thursday, July 21, with the Golden Image Awards and Dinner which takes place at the Monrovia City Hall.On Friday, July 22, the Muslim community will host a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Prayer at the Jacob Town Central Mosque, Paynesville at 12:00 noon; while an Investiture Ceremony takes place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis, Jr. Auditorium at 4:00 p.m.; followed by a Reception for the Honorees hosted by the President of Liberia in the Foyer of the Ministry.On Saturday, July 23, there will be the turning over and dedication of projects in Monrovia and Paynesville, Montserrado County as well as Sinje, Grand Cape Mounty County. At 5:00 p.m., a Football Match featuring the Government of Liberia verses Civil Society takes place at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.On Sunday, July 24, at 11:00 a.m., a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service will be held at the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street, Monrovia.This will be followed by Street Soccer matches involving Zogos and Don Bosco Boys on Carey Street at 1:30 p.m.The Liberia Community Health Assistants Program will be launched in Marshall City, Margibi County; while the Buchanan Water and Sanitation Rehabilitation and Expansion Project will be dedicated in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.On Monday, July 25, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will continue to tour and dedicate projects in Montserrado and Margibi Counties; at 4:00 p.m., there will be an Interactive Youth Dialogue at the University of Liberia Auditorium on Capitol Hill.On Tuesday, July 26, Liberia’s 169th Independence Anniversary programs begin at 6:00 a.m. with the hoisting of the National Flag.At 7:45 a.m. the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and President of the Republic of Liberia will arrive and review the AFL troops at the Barclay Training Center. This will be followed by Honors to the National Colors.Official ceremonies in observance of the 169th Independence Anniversary will take place at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.Independence Anniversary activities continue on Wednesday, July 27, with the Launch of the Tourism Trade Strategy at the Monrovia City Hall at 11:00 a.m.; followed by a Children’s Socialization Day with the President at 12:00 noon.On Saturday, July 30, the President will continue her tour and dedication of various projects in Bomi and Gbarpolu counties which will climax this year’s Independence Anniversary celebrations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberate Yourselves from “Slave Heart”

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first_imgThe president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, has warned Liberians to be careful in making decisions that could have an everlasting impact on their lives and those of generations unborn. He indicated that the decisions one makes determine the individual’s backward or forward march (success or failure in life).He said Liberia has been through a lot for a very long time, dating back to the inception of the country, and that it is now time that Liberians rise up against all odds to liberate themselves from what he termed as “Slave Heart” which he said has made the country not to reach or not even approach the verge of reaching its potentials.Dr. Anthony made these comments on Sunday March 6 when he delivered a sermon at the First Presbyterian Church in Careysburg, outside Monrovia. The Detroit is home to the largest chapter of the NAACP in the USA. Dr. Anthony is also the Pastor for that Fellowship Chapel.He was heading a three-member delegation on a five-day visit to Liberia where they observed the country’s prevailing situation to determine how he could be of help to Liberians.He said Liberians have been called by many negative names, but it is left with Liberians themselves to determine their own names that they should be called by, noting it to be a country of great potentials. “You have to define your own destiny. People have been calling you names, but what do you call yourselves? You are made in God’s image and likeness and he gave you the power to rule the earth so you have the power to become who you want to be,” Dr. Anthony said. “Some of us have free feet, but still got that slave heart, which we need to change from. You need to elevate yourself. You need to move and you need to make the right decision that will liberate you from that state,” he challenged. He said that some people are satisfied in their situation of perpetual agony, which should not be the case. You should try to liberate yourself from any situation that is not doing you good,” he contended, adding that this is what the African American did. “They were not satisfied in their condition that is why they expressed their dissatisfaction through the civil rights movement-an agenda the NAACP was founded to pursue.Dr. Anthony did not openly endorse any of the candidates who have declared their intention to contest come 2017. He however said Liberians should not just elect people based on what they say they will do, but rather on what they have done. He also challenged the church to speak to issues that affect the people and must not remain mute when cardinal national issues that would affect the masses in whatsoever ways are brought about. Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. It is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The NAACP, an interracial organization whose membership is predominantly black, works for the elimination of racial discrimination through lobbying, legal action, and education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: May 5, 2016

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