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first_imgMOST READ “We’re all happy because slowly there’s been a solid show support for the national team, and of course I hope we can improve Philippine volleyball,” said Valdez on Friday during the fans’ day of the Premier Volleyball League which drew a big crowd.Valdez herself showed up to the first session of the two-day of the auditions for the national team, where collegiate players like University of Santo Tomas’ Cherry Rondina and University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos also attended.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 crownDe Jesus, just like Valdez, is aware that other players, especially those in the collegiate leagues, could not just simply go to the tryouts in the expense of their time with their school teams.“It’s hard to set tryouts when there are still tournaments that are going on,” said De Jesus in Filipino during one of the tryouts. “They can’t just leave their own training sessions with their school or mother teams.” Alyssa Valdez (left) with Shola Alvarez (right) and a fan on stage during the PVL grand fans day. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOAlyssa Valdez, one of the most recognizable faces Philippine volleyball, is hoping to see continuous improvement in sport, starting with the national team.Valdez, who is also one of the country’s top volleyball stars, is elated with the response to the national team call up, which invited 34 players to join the tryouts two weeks ago, but still sees a lot of room for growth.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Utah sends Westbrook, Oklahoma City packing in 6 games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Valdez, though, believes that once the 80th season of the UAAP is finished, more players will come to the tryouts.Far Eastern University’s Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza have yet to attend a tryout due to their commitment to the Lady Tamaraws in the UAAP, but the finish to the season could eventually allow the two student-athletes to take part in the national program.“We’re just waiting for the finals of the UAAP and we’re hoping we can start as early possible,” said Valdez.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more


first_imgAmer time Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho also scored for Barcelona, which has already won the title but it is still trying to become the first team to go through the entire season unbeaten in the league’s current format.With two matches left, Barcelona reached 90 points, 15 more than second-place Atletico. Its final games are at Levante and against Real Sociedad.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 a great victory, it keeps us unbeaten and that’s how we want to finish the season,” Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo said.Villarreal stayed in sixth place, still in position to qualify for next season’s Europa League. It is two points behind fifth-place Real Betis and three points in front of seventh-place Sevilla, which occupies the last spot in the qualifying zone for the second-tier European competition. Barcelona has scored 94 goals in 36 matches in the league this season.Villarreal got on the board with a 53rd-minute goal by Nicola Sansone.STRONG SEVILLASevilla defeated Madrid for its second straight win after enduring a nine-match winless streak in all competitions.Wissam Ben Yedder and Miguel Layun put Sevilla ahead in the first half, and the hosts added to the lead with an own-goal by Ramos while he tried to block a cross.Ramos, a former Sevilla player who is often jeered by the crowd when he plays in Seville, missed his first penalty attempt by sending the ball onto the crossbar early in the second half. He converted from the spot in the final minute of stoppage time, not long after Borja Mayoral scored Madrid’s first goal in the 87th.“We played better in the second half but couldn’t get it done in front of the goal,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.The loss leaves Madrid three points behind Atletico ahead of the team’s final two games, against Celta Vigo and at Villarreal. Atletico is at Getafe and then hosts Eibar.Among other players rested by Zidane on Wednesday were Luka Modric, Keylor Navas, Marcelo, Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane.Madrid will play Liverpool in the Champions League final on May 26. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Villarreal at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Ousmane Dembele scored twice and Lionel Messi added to his league-leading tally as champion Barcelona stayed on track to finish unbeaten in the Spanish league with a 5-1 rout of Villarreal on Wednesday.A depleted Real Madrid, without Cristiano Ronaldo and many other regular starters, lost 3-2 at Sevilla to remain in third place behind Atletico Madrid. It was an eventful night for captain Sergio Ramos, who missed a penalty, converted a penalty and scored an own-goal.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img 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 LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Before the match, Villarreal players lined up on the field to congratulate Barcelona for its title in a guard of honor that Real Madrid had declined to give its rival in their match at Camp Nou last weekend.Wednesday’s match was postponed from two rounds ago, when Barcelona and Sevilla met in the Copa del Rey final. The Catalan club won 5-0 to earn the first leg of its double.Coutinho opened the scoring in the 11th minute off the rebound of a shot by Dembele, and Paulinho added to the lead with a touch from close range five minutes later.Messi got on the board just before halftime after a perfect pass by Andres Iniesta. It was Messi’s 34th league goal, leaving him with nine more than Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, his closest contender in the scoring race.Dembele scored his first goal in the 87th after a low pass by Ivan Rakitic, then closed the scoring after a long run from near midfield.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgView comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES But the IOC said that despite its “gesture of goodwill” the reasons for its original suspension remained valid.“This is a world record for government interference in the Olympic movement, no country is like this,” OCA director general Husain Al Musallam told AFP after an executive board meeting discussed the matter in Jakarta on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We are very happy for the Kuwait National Olympic Committee and for the athletes,” he said.“We hope this will not happen in the future and the Kuwait government will respect the road map they have agreed with the IOC to lead to fresh, clean, transparent and democratic elections based on each sport’s statutes approved by their respective international bodies.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sweet 16 for North Korea’s women at Asian Games 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 World sports bodies led by the IOC and FIFA suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for a second time since 2010 for political interference in sport.The IOC said that in reinstating Kuwait provisionally that it “acknowledged the progress” and the “positive discussions with the Government of Kuwait”.Al Musallam said Kuwait did not have much time to prove it was trying to meet IOC requirements.“We are going to review the situation with the IOC on October 3 and 4 to see if any of the agreement has been implemented on the ground, or if there is nothing,” said Al Musallam.“We really hope this thing will be finished.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE — Kuwait’s flagbearer Fehaid Aldeehani leads their delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Asian Games at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium in Incheon on September 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JEKuwait was warned by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) on Saturday to stop its “world record” of government interference in sport or face being exiled for a third time.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week provisionally lifted its ban on Kuwait, allowing the Gulf state’s athletes to march under their own flag at Saturday’s Asian Games opening ceremony in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more


first_imgTigresses (from left) Milena Alessandrini, Tin Francisco, and Eya Laure scuttle the plans of Lycha Ebon and the LadyTamaraws. —SHERWIN VARDELEONUniversity of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines rammed their respective opponents Wednesday to move closer to a championship duel.UST bucked a sluggish opening set to demolish Far Eastern U even as UP popped Adamson’s bubble to move within a win of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference finals at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cooper wants Azkals to play in Asian Cup ‘with a purpose’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Marian Alisa Buitre dominated with 25 points for the Lady Maroons who took advantage of the Lady Falcons’ tendency to relax.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ The Tigresses fashioned out a 16-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-23 triumph over the Lady Tamaraws in their best-of-three semifinals series.Earlier, UP scored a rousing 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 25-20 victory over erstwhile unbeaten Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Eya Laure topscored with 19 points for the Tigresses, who are aiming to win their first title here since 2010.“Now we are communicating well inside the court and play more relaxed, and we responded better to the situation in the court,” said Laure in Filipino.last_img read more


first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNot every team can push through perilous situations and Kazakhstan showed it has what it takes in a 92-88 victory over the Philippines in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.The Kazakhs were holding onto a 90-88 lead with less than half a minute remaining and they had a hard time setting up a shot as the Filipinos hounded their passing lanes in front of a rabid Philippine audience at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT But Kazakh captain Alexandr Zhigulin knew how his team remained composed during that pressure-packed situation—just be totally stoic.“Of course, there was pressure but we stayed calm and we did our job without any emotions,” said Zhigulin as his team improved to a 4-5 record while staying in fifth place of Group F.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Snow Leopards have a slim chance of advancing to the 2019 Fiba World Cup since only the top three teams in both Groups E and F and the better of the two fourth placers will advance to China.Still, it was a win Kazakhstan savored especially with the way they pulled it off. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Philippines ‘can’t afford to lose’ vs Iran, says Tenorio Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia It was a tit-for-tat affair throughout the whole game and Marcio Lassiter’s three with 26.1 seconds left cut Kazakhstan’s lead to two, 90-88.The Snow Leopards were able to nail the dagger field goal when guard Rustam Yergali connected with big man Anton Bykov for the clutch layup with 12.7 seconds left in the game.“The last two points from Bykov and that assist from Yergali were very important, and in that moment you won’t feel any pressure,” said Zhigulin who finished with 30 points and seven rebounds.“At that moment you feel like we can finish and that we can win. More importantly we stayed without emotions.”ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more


first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Once teammates at Lyceum in the NCAA, Alaska’s Jesper Ayaay and Columbian’s CJ Perez go up against each other in last night’s game. —SHERWIN VARDELEONThe league’s traditional powerhouses flexed their muscles in a major way—and had a little humor to spare after.In front of national television, San Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo spoke about the motivation behind his strong showing against Blackwater in the PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments “Sabi ni coach our backs are against the wall,” said the reigning five-time MVP. “Buti nga may wall pa kaming nasasandalan. (It’s good that we still have a wall to lean on).”Well, Fajardo was that wall, putting together 20 points, 21 rebounds, five assists and four blocks as the Beermen crushed the Elite, 93-79, at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEarlier, coach Alex Compton was also in the mood for wit when asked when he expects the injury-riddled team to sport a full roster.“Next Christmas,” Compton, a handsome full beard framing a wry smile, answered, before adding: “I don’t know when it (roster) will be full, but if we keep playing this way, I’ll be proud of [the team].” Myanmar’s Yangon United ends Ceres Negros in Asian club tournament The Beermen also evened their record to 3-3 after breaking the game open in the third period and Fajardo spoke about the importance of avoiding a misstep.“If we lost, we would have dropped to 2-4 and it would be difficult to catch up [with the leaders],” he said in Filipino. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption How did the Aces play? They ground it out on the defensive end to rip Columbian, 94-72, in the first game.“We only dressed 10 players and they really played hard,” Compton said. “I really appreciate their efforts. I thought we were energetic, all over the place, [we] went for loose balls. I thought the guys ground it out today and I am really proud of them.”Even with four starters riding the bench because of different injuries, Alaska was in control practically the entire game and even led by as large as 30 on the way to rising to 1-1 and put a disastrous debut against Rain or Shine on Sunday behind.Carl Bryan Cruz hit four triples on the way to a team-high 20 points and three others tossed in 10 or more for the Aces, who went on to deal the Dyip a third straight loss in a 2-4 card.Heavy scorer Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal, Simon Enciso and JV Casio all sat it out for the second straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more


first_imgJessica Singh, commonly known as Flavor, has brought up an interesting topic in her new music video about accepting whoever it is you love for who they are despite their complexion.The music video, called “Complexion Thing” expresses the challenges of being light skinned and in love, and Flavor has no doubt made a point that love is and always will be colorblind.“Complexion Thing is about the connection between two people not based on the color of the skin. It’s about what brought two people together,” Flavor narrated during a brief interview at the video shoot.Award winning record producer Tan-Tan, CEO of Heart Beat Records, is featured in the video poetically expressing his love for black women no matter the complexion.“Working with Tan-Tan was fun and great, I enjoyed every moment of it. I’ve known him for quite some time now and when I got back here in 2012, I had no idea Tan-Tan was into music. I contacted him and asked him to do a track with me. We met out of the studio and put this song together which turned out great. The whole team was there together; the recording crew and it just came out exciting. Working with Tan Tan was easy even though he gave me a lil tough time but it was okay.” Flavor excitedly added.Also, many may remember flamboyant Flavor, who’s been in and out of the entertainment industry for many years, as a young lady who comes off as knowing what she already wants in life. But Flavor says personal reasons have caused her to drop out of the music industry off and on to finally return with a musical hit and permanent plan.She disclosed that she has been living in Ghana and the UK for some years and now finds herself back home. And while many know Flavor as a young lady who can be motivated into taking flight at any moment, flavor assures her return home is permanent and for a good reason.“I’ve been in entertainment for quite some time now, but have been in and out of it because of some personal reasons. But right now I’m well prepared and I’m in it for good.” She assured.“I’m ready and set to show Liberia what I have. I’m fully prepared and excited to work with people.” She added.During the March 8, 2014 premiere of “Complexion Thing” at the Bella Cassa Hotel, Flavor described to her invited guest how much of a devoted artist she is.“I am here to showcase what I can do and what I am made of. I can sing, dance and just entertain people. Because music is what I love, music is like a second family to me. So, I’m here to tell my Liberian people we can do it if we work together.”We asked where she wanted to stand in the Liberian industry, and how she could add value to it, she said, “I’m trying to take Liberian music to another level and that’s why I’m putting in a lot of hard work and energy. During the showcase, we get to show what we can do, how creative we are and the talent we have in Liberia. Complexion Thing is going out there and it’s going to be big, please watch it and support it because it’s here to stay,” Flavor pleads.Flavor expressed her gratitude towards her fans and friends and also acknowledged that without her fans, she would be nowhere.“I want to thank everyone who showed me love; today is the greatest day in my life and I’m thankful to you my fans out there for being such amazing people,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLiberia as a nation state in sub-Saharan Africa is going through a very turbulent period in its history. This national turbulence has been orchestrated by the outbreak of virulent human enemy, the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has inarguably brought the entire state machinery to a virtual standstill.The negative ramifications growing out of the spread of the disease across the country is nothing to write home about. The debilitating Ebola scourge has sent the nation on a partial holiday, forced international partners and investors out of the country and invariably imposed paralysis in every strata of the society. This is sad, despicable and leaves much to be desired.On the heels of the Ebola crisis has also come what can easily pass as a looming constitutional crisis.  This fast snowballing crisis is subsumed in the debate surrounding the suggestion for the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections.Though we have listened to many differentiated views on the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections, it is the installments made by Dr. Joseph Korto, Former Education Minister and the response from Cllr. Tiawan Gongloe, for Labor Minister and Solicitor General, that have spurred yours truly to contribute to this worthy debate.In a nutshell, Dr. Korto thinks if issues surrounding the postponement of the Special Elections are not appropriately addressed in the lead-up to the date originally set for the conduct of the election there could be a constitutional crisis. He further averred that any attempt to postpone the Special Senatorial Elections without doing due diligence, we could run into constitutional crisis.For his part Cllr. Gongloe, the venerable human rights lawyer is of the view that the election should not be conducted as originally scheduled owing to the tragedy that the Ebola malady has unleashed on Liberia.Both men, in my mind, have set the debate rolling on the right trajectory. For it is prudent for us to commence discussing the legal and constitutional ramifications underpinning the decision we will make relative to the postponement of the Special Senatorial Election.Admittedly, there are couples of issues to appraise if we are to get to the bottom of the simmering constitutional crisis in the bubbles of our body politics. It is relevant to make this appraisal now and open the debate before it is too late.I am reminded how on the eve to the conduct of the 2011 Presidential and General Elections, we as a nation almost allowed our politics to run into a constitutional crisis. The source of this was clearly the misunderstanding of Article 80 (e) of our 1986 Constitution. That article states: “Immediately following a national census and before the next elections, the Elections Commission shall reapportion the constituencies in accordance with the new population figures so that every constituency shall have the same population as possible; provided. However, that, a constituency must be solely within a county.”This simple constitutional misunderstanding, almost derail the entire electioneering process in the lead-up to the 2011 polls. Lots of mundane legal argumentations were adduced by differentiated groups especially folks from the legislature. The bickering and political infighting went on until the eleventh hour to the election before some people became to see reason. By then it was too late and we had to make some kind of constitutional compromise again.That compromise meant that, instead of implementing Article 80 (e), a Joint Resolution was passed thus forcing the NEC to carve up Electoral Districts using amalgamated voter registrants from Voter Registration Centers. The very lawmakers, who were responsible for this constitutional detoured, unjustifiably went on to charge the NEC with gerrymandering.  The rest is history. That kind of constitutional blunder should not be allowed to be made again.Special Senatorial ElectionThe substantive electoral management body of Liberia, National Elections Commission (NEC), set the time for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election for October 14, 2014. This was done in keeping with Article  83 (a) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution which states: “Voting for the President, Vice President, members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives shall be conducted throughout the Republic on the Second Tuesday in October of each election year.”But realizing the political cum social anomalies that the Ebola scourge has visited on the country and the attendant disarrangement in serious national programs, the NEC wrote the Liberian Legislature expressing the need for the postponement of the Special Senatorial Elections. The Liberian Senate eventually agreed with the NEC observation. Senate Pro Tempore, Gbehzohngar Findley was quoted as saying ‘it was not practical, prudent and logical to call for election in October when those who should be voting are dying in their number because of the Ebola epidemic…” (Daily Observer, September 9, 2014)In the same article quoting Pro Tempore Findley, it is said that following the Senate’s Joint committees on Autonomous Commission and Agencies and Judiciary perusal of the NEC communication, it advised that …with such expression of inability by the NEC for understandable reasons and underlined supra, the Liberian Senate should now commence immediate discussions with the Executive, which has the constitutional power under the State of Emergency.”My reading in this whole development is that the Liberian Senate and by extension the Liberian Legislature, has tacitly endorsed the postponement of the Special Senatorial election but is cleverly passing the bulk onto the Executive Branch of government. Though I am not a constitutional lawyer nor am I purporting to be a legal luminary, some legal issues clearly need legal interpretations here. For it is often said, anything that is not done legally is not done at all. Apparently, the way things are unfolding relative to this Special Senatorial Election postponement, we could be dangerously proceeding illegally.For instance in Chapter IX Article 87 (a) of the 1986 Liberian Constitution it is explicitly stipulated that “Emergency powers do not include the power to suspend or abrogate the Constitution, dissolve the Legislature, or suspend or dismiss the Judiciary; and no constitutional amendment shall be promulgated during the a State of Emergency…”By calling on the President to change the election date from the second Tuesday in October to another date, are we not unwittingly attempting to breach our constitution?It is no gain to say that Ebola is a serious national distraction and concern but why we have got the time can we avoid what will portray us as a people who do not care of what become of our constitution. Granted that all of the arguments are worthy, are we ever giving thoughts to whether they are constitutionally and politically correct?It is a fait-accompli that in our jurisdiction we do not have a constitutional court hence logically the onus is on the Supreme Court to provide some legal interpretations on the matter before it is too late.  As a matter of fact, we are about two and the half week away from the statutory period for conducting the Special Senatorial Election and nothing substantial has been put in blue towards this end. The sooner we act the better.It’s over to you, Honorable Supreme Court.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAbraham Pelham, considered Liberia’s top fashion designer with a client portfolio that includes President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, recently had a sold out fashion show aimed at raising funds to provide 2000 rain coats for disadvantaged Liberian children.On July 19, 2014, scores of high profile personalities including the President graced the Monrovia City Hall ballroom to see the latest fashion opus by Abraham Pelham.According to Pelham, the proceeds from his charity fashion show will ensure that at least 2000 Liberian children are suited up with rain gear for the rainy season. Who wouldn’t want even a strip of fabric designed by Pelham? Among the crowd favorites was a dress priced at US$3,000, with very elegant hues of lime green embedded in its fabric. Surprisingly, but not a shock to any of Mr. Pelham’s clients, every garment at the show was sold, one of which was auctioned for a deal – US$1,500.  In addition to his gorgeous dresses, Brussels Airlines donated a first-class roundtrip ticket Monrovia-New York that was auctioned at US$5,000.“In Paris we see the kids prepared for the rain, but why aren’t our kids in Liberia prepared? It really bothered me and I was going to do a little show for my friend but then the idea hit me, we should bring awareness to this,” he said during an interview with LIB Life.It takes a lot to notice the little things in Liberia and Mr. Pelham’s charity initiative could go a long way for many children who have to walk distances to school under the rain.  “When I tell this story I get very emotional,” Pelham continues. “I came to Liberia almost a few months ago to do a training program involving children, but I had to work in Buchanan as well. I’ve never been here during the rainy season; there are a lot of things that I forgot about. On my way to Buchanan I saw children under the rain. It’s like we’re getting immune to what we see, when it’s constant it becomes a part of life, like a fabric of life. We don’t know where the next president will come from and I don’t know who the next vice president will be, it could be anyone of these kids on the road under the rain and the amazing thing about it is, despite the rain, it will happen.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMr. Editor:One of the best treats you could give me on my birthday will be to publish my views in your widely read newspaper. Thanks for the space.Today Friday, November 14, 2014 marks my 50th birthday anniversary, but I am observing this milestone in my life with mixed reactions.Indeed, I am grateful to God for sparing my life to see this day, but I am also imbued with excruciating pains to see the dreadful trend in which Liberia, our mother land is taking.How disheartening it is to see Liberia retrogresses in achieving its development goals. What a pity that in a country of abundance of resources, a vast majority of Liberians still live in abject poverty while a privileged few enjoy unprecedented luxury?Many government officials entrusted with the mantle of authority to effectively manage the resources of the nation for the great benefits of all Liberians have over the years engaged in the systematic corruption which has heightened poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.Without the shadow of doubt, the case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to two basic reasons: Firstly, because the policymakers and planners in Liberia are almost always playing “deaf ears” to analytical views from critical thinkers expressed to see Liberia’s development enhanced; and secondly, bulk of the Liberian people have decided to play the role of spectators rather than play pro-active role in the nation building process.It is a pity that Liberia can show hardly anything, speaking in terms of development, after 167 long years of independence.The blunt reality is that Liberia will probably observe two or more centuries of independence without accomplishing any development if Liberians from all walks of life fail to reconcile their divergent views, and strategize the way forward to national growth and development.Let me close with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther Kings’ “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more