Trump calls off Eagles visit over anthem dispute

first_imgGolden State cannot relax now, or else Smith, who played on the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia team before being traded to the Carolina Panthers in March, added: “No one refused to go simply because Trump ‘insists’ folks stand for the anthem. … The President continues to spread the false narrative that players are anti military.”He went on: “There are a lot of people on the team that have plenty of different views. The men and women that wanted to go should’ve been able to go. It’s a cowardly act to cancel the celebration because the majority of the people don’t want to see you. To make it about the anthem is foolish.”The announcement was the latest signal that tensions remain high around the NFL protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines while the anthem played. Kaepernick’s protest was an effort to raise awareness around systemic racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police.He was soon joined by teammate Eric Reid. Both Reid and Kaepernick have filed grievances against the NFL and remain unsigned since their contracts with the 49ers expired.Last season, Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers game against the Indianapolis Colts after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the anthem. Pence, who left before kickoff, tweeted soon afterward, “I left today’s Colts game becaue @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”Trump has repeatedly decried the players’ protest, referring to them as “sons of bitches” who should be fired at a rally for supporters in Alabama last year. Last month, the NFL announced a new policy – praised on Twitter by both Trump and Pence – requiring players to stand for the anthem if they’re on the field before a game.After the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2017, several players declined to attend the White House ceremony honoring their team last August, citing their differences with the president. In February, the Golden State Warriors declined to attend the White House ceremony honoring their 2017 NBA Championship, instead using their trip to Washington to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.During an interview after the new NFL policy was announced, Trump praised the league for doing “the right thing.”“You have to stand proudly for the national anthem,” Trump said. Or “you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the country.”Several members of the Eagles have voiced staunch opposition to the owners’ decision. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “This is a fear of the diminished bottom line,” Long said last month. “It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don’t get it confused. These owners don’t love America more than the players demonstrating and taking real action to improve it.”Jenkins has vowed to carry on the cause.“I will not let it silence me or stop me from fighting,” he said recently. “This has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone’s patriotism, but doing what we can to effect real change for real people.”Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., invited the Eagles to come to Capitol Hill.“I’m proud of what the @Eagles accomplished this year. I’m skipping this political stunt at the White House and just invited the Eagles to Congress. @Eagles How about a tour of the Capitol?” he wrote.White House legislative director Marc Short said in an appearance on CNN that he didn’t know who had canceled on whom, but said, “It’s unfortunate when politics gets in the middle of this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2018 photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, right, hands the Vincent Lombardi trophy to Nick Foles after winning the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. President Donald Trump has called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House Tuesday due to the dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem. Trump says in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart.” Trump says the team wanted to send a smaller delegation, but fans who planned to attend “deserve better.” (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)WASHINGTON — Digging deeper into a culture war that he’s repeatedly stoked, President Donald Trump on Monday called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House Tuesday, citing the dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem.Trump said in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team “disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film He said the team wanted to send a smaller delegation, but “the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better.”Instead, Trump said he would be hosting “a different type of ceremony,” featuring the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus, that “will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the National Anthem.”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 crownNone of the Eagles took a knee during the anthem in 2017.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney replied with his own statement, saying that he is “equally proud of the Eagles’ activism off the field” and that the players “represent the diversity of our nation — a nation in which we are free to express our opinions.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend,” the statement continued.Last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he would not attend the ceremony because he didn’t want to be part of a photo op, saying he wanted “to avoid being used as any kind of pawn.” In addition to Jenkins, defensive end Chris Long was the most outspoken player against going. Quarterback Carson Wentz had planned to attend.It remains unclear exactly what prompted the change of plans. The White House did not immediately respond to questions about what had sparked the decision and why the circumstances were different from other events honoring winning teams, which some players have boycotted. The team did not immediately respond to requests for comment.But wide receiver Torrey Smith, who said previously that he planned to skip the visit, responded with a series of tweets.“So many lies,” he wrote, adding, “Not many people were going to go.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

UEFA orders Lyon to close stadium for Champions League game

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Eric Cray crashes to 7th in Asian Games 400m hurdles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lyon will find out its Champions League opponents when the draw is made on Thursday in Monaco.The French club had faced even tougher sanctions following persistent crowd trouble in the 2016-17 Europa League campaign.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’The latest UEFA disciplinary case came after the Europa League round of 16, second leg against CSKA Moscow in March.Lyon lost 3-2, was eliminated on away goals and missed the chance to feature in the final at its home ground. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyon’s Martin Terrier celebrates after he scored a goal against Strasbourg during their French League One soccer match in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has ordered Lyon to play its first Champions League group-stage home game in an empty stadium as punishment for crowd disorder and racism in last season’s Europa League.European soccer’s ruling body says it deferred a second stadium closure for a two-year probationary period, and fined Lyon 100,000 euros ($116,000).ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Bolick deserves to be top pick in PBA Draft, says Fernandez

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Ferandez believes his prized guard Robert Bolick should be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft.Fernandez said Bolick can do it all on both ends and coaches in the PBA should be well aware of that by now.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “If the coaches just watch how he plays, he can play with the system, he can play without the system. I think he’s one of the best players who can play the one, two or three. He can play defense, he can score, can do everything,” said Fernandez.“I’m hoping that Columbian will change their mind because you got Bolick, he will be the best point guard coming in this draft.”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 Columbian Dyip own the rights to the first overall pick and reportedly have their eyes on Lyceum’s CJ Perez with Bolick and Ray Parks also among the top prospects.“He (Bolick) came from being benched or a benchwarmer in the other school and he came to San Beda and brought more championships to San Beda. He deserves to be No. 1,” he said. “No offense to CJ. I do love him, I do believe in his game but this guy (Bolick) deserves the No. 1 pick.” The 23-year-old Bolick had another stellar NCAA season where he made the Mythical Team and helped the Red Lions win their third title in a row after sweeping the Pirates on Monday night.The 6-foot-1 Bolick wrapped up his collegiate career averaging 8 points and 10.5 assists in the finals.Fernandez also vouched for his other graduating star in Javee Mocon, who is also expected to turn pro this year.“I’m hoping that the coaches can see Javee not only as a four-man but a three-man as well. We tried really to move Javee to the three-man because that’s his size in the PBA but during our season, he’s very consistent as our four-man so I think we just maximized the things he’s been giving us,” Fernandez said of Mocon, who was named Finals MVP.“Hopefully, No. 4 pick and up Im sure he will be in the first round. He deserves to be in the first round. But whatever happens I wish them all the best.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Jayjay Helterbrand, Ginebra beat rival Purefoods in PBA Legends game

first_imgMOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nostalgia hits in PBA Legends charity event LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Roger Yap scored a game-high 27 points for Purefoods, which also had trouble containing Ginebra’s towering frontcourt of Marlou Aguino and EJ Feihl.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESJayjay Helterbrand played as if he could still make a PBA team today to lead Ginebra San Miguel over longtime rival Purefoods, 97-89, to cap off the PBA Legends: Return of the Rivals event Sunday night at Araneta Coliseum.Helterbrand, who retired just two years ago, posted a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists with four steals to boot.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments “It feels good. It’s really an honor to play on the court with all the legends and getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and play for a good cause,” said Helterbrand.“I didn’t really plan on playing that hard but I don’t wanna let them down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 42-year-old Helterbrand, one-half of Ginebra’s Fast and Furious tandem that ran havoc in the league in the 2000s, shared the best player of the game honors with Vince Hizon.Hizon fired 19 points and looked like his old deadly self from downtown in the third quarter where he caught fire with 16 points to spearhead Ginebra’s breakaway. He also grabbed nine rebounds.last_img read more

LeBron James’ 33, clutch 3 lift Lakers past Anthony Davis’ Pelicans

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) gestures after making a 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Davis had 22 points and eight rebounds in the first three quarters after getting a warm reception from Lakers fans who eagerly followed Los Angeles’ fruitless pursuit of a trade for the forward earlier this season.But Davis sat out the fourth quarter again under the Pelicans’ strange version of a minutes restriction, and James made two enormous shots in the final 2:18 to safeguard the Lakers’ victory.“It was tough not to be on the floor, especially in crunch-time situations,” Davis said. “But they battled. They hit some tough shots toward the end. It was just tough not being on the floor.”And though Davis heard his cheers during player introductions, he didn’t return the love: “I don’t care about that.”Lakers fans are still hoping for good news this summer after their team spent several weeks attempting to make a deal for Davis, whose trade request last month threw both of these teams into upheaval.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans: Frank Jackson had 15 points in his highest-scoring performance of February. … Jrue Holiday added 19 points. … Miller scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.Lakers: Lance Stephenson limped to the locker room early in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. He sprained the second toe on his left foot, but X-rays were negative. … Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was an even bigger superstar than Davis when he demanded a trade and ended up with the Lakers in his prime, was in attendance. … Other fans near courtside included Adam Sandler, Todd Gurley, Halsey, NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and David Beckham, who high-fived Dean Tran after the Lakers fan hit a half-court shot to win $100,000 before the fourth quarter began.CLOSE GAMEBrandon Ingram scored 23 points for the Lakers, who had a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans trimmed it to 118-117 on Darius Miller’s 3-pointer with 1:38 to play. After Ingram hit a layup, Reggie Bullock forced a turnover by Holiday before James drilled that one-footed 3-pointer from the corner.“I just trusted my mechanics, trusted my shot and gave it a chance,” James said.Rajon Rondo had 16 assists for the Lakers, who avenged a loss in New Orleans four days earlier with just their third win in nine games overall.JULIUS RULESRandle finished two points off his career high. The big man also appeared to have words with the Lakers’ coaching staff after nearly every one of his baskets, although the smiles on the Lakers assistants’ faces indicated it might have been good-natured. Randle spent his first four NBA seasons with the Lakers before leaving as a free agent last summer. He already had his homecoming game at Staples on Dec. 21, getting 21 points and eight rebounds in a loss. “It’s tough, because we started so strong,” Randle said. “Wish we could have that (final) stretch back.”UP NEXTPelicans: At Phoenix on Friday. While the Pelicans were forced into a future that won’t include the best player in franchise history, practically everyone on the Lakers’ roster outside of James spent the next few weeks reading daily speculation about their possible departure for New Orleans in a trade.Ant Davis’ face after that LeBron three is classic pic.twitter.com/PjEtiAAUCh— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 28, 2019The Pelicans elected to hold onto Davis despite the Lakers’ strenuous efforts, but the saga is likely to continue this summer. Until then, the Lakers will continue their pursuit of a playoff berth without Davis, who doesn’t seem bothered on the court by his unclear future or his curious restrictions — he got only 21 minutes.“I’m actually great mentally,” Davis added. “I go out and play basketball. I don’t let nobody steal my joy, no matter what it is.”The Pelicans elected to sit Davis for the entire game last week during the Lakers’ visit to New Orleans, but the Pelicans won anyway.“We knew playing New Orleans that we owed them a little bit of revenge because of the way they killed us there,” said Kyle Kuzma, who scored 22 points for LA.Randle scored 35 points against his former team, but couldn’t finish a comeback against James and the Lakers’ new core during New Orleans’ fifth loss in seven games.TIP-INS Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LeBron James is good, but Anthony Davis’ reaction is better 🙃 pic.twitter.com/47Ow8zPkNP— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2019LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis’ first night in Los Angeles since the trade deadline started with a loud pregame ovation from Lakers fans still hoping he’ll wear their team’s uniform someday soon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe superstar forward ended it on the New Orleans bench while the Pelicans failed to keep up with another superstar who already made his way to Hollywood last summer.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Damian Lillard, Blazers send Celtics to 4th straight loss View comments LeBron James capped his 33-point performance with a one-legged, fallaway 3-pointer with 31 seconds to play, and the Lakers weathered strong performances by Davis and Julius Randle for a 125-119 victory on Wednesday night. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lakers: Host Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Nimba United Secures 87th Minute Win

first_imgNimba United FCs’ striker Sunnyboy Dolo played a master game and gave his team the needed victory in their league clash against Barrack Young Controllers, BYC ll, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium yesterday.But it was a victory won the hard way, which should not have been, if the soccer mountaineers’ front-men had reassessed their partnership well and coordinated to complement each other outside their opponents’ 18 yard zone.As Dolo worked along with Papie Johnson, Paul Reeves, Franklin Mulbah, George Allison and later substitute Patrick Singboh, their coordination was suspect and several chances were sadly wasted. Though BYC ll appeared a determined unit, very often dancing the ball as it moved from player to player, their midfield under the control of Abubakar Dunnor could only push their opponents around without serious attempt to score.But it was Nimba United FC that proved a bit more aggressive. They wasted nine corner-kicks against two by BYC ll, and in the end secured the much needed victory in the 87th minute. Rough play earned both teams a couple of yellow cards. Nimba United’s goal was long overdue.  BYC ll had forced Nimba United FC’s defense to work overtime and goalkeeper Bill Jensen was doling overtime, urging his defense to work together.This was in the 86th minute. Nimba United counter attacked from the wings, and a long up-field in the right wing found substitute Titus Cooper who ran after the ball nearing the 18-yard box.Cooper lifted his head and saw winger Sunnyboy Dolo running from across from him from the opposite direction. By now BYC ll’s defenders were fighting to gain their rhythm with Mark Paye, Hilton Vanney and Solomon Yarweh beaten and struggling to provide cover for goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh.Jalloh who had, for at least three occasions, come out to prevent the ball from his opponents, this time stayed put in the post. Perhaps he wanted to come but something told him not to.With his defenders out of space, and lacking cover-up, Cooper cleverly put his right foot to the ball and it obeyed the winger’s instructions. I landed in the 18-yard box where Sunnyboy Dolo was running full-speed to make amends of his earlier miss. He was aware that he had thrown a possible goal away in the first half and this time Dolo intelligently brought the ball under his control.Goalkeeper Jalloh had his hands opened, and many thought he was begging the striker not to kick the ball pass him, which even if Dolo had understood his request, he would not have agreed.By now, a lone man, in the stands, in all red, and blowing a single vuvuzela had surprisingly stopped, waiting to see what would happen, since Dolo had wasted such a golden opportunity away, as earlier mentioned.Standing in front the substitute bench, Nimba United FC’s head coach Korvay Kollie had his hands on his head, and mouthing the word ‘GOAL.’Perhaps goalkeeper Alpha Jalloh thought he was dreaming when the winger put his right foot hard on the ball to enter the net, and when the sparse crowd yelled GOAL, Jalloh’s hands were still opened.It was a goal that came too late but indicated how small boys can run and cannot hide, said a follower of the victors.In earlier results on Saturday, FC Fassell defeated Gardnersville FC 1-0; Aries won 1-0 over Gedi & Sons and 72nd and LISCR FC settled to a 0-0 draw.Nimba United: Bill Jensen, Darlington Pailey, Anthony Buogbor, Michael Guanue, Bill Zogar, Paul Reeves, Franklin Mulbah, George Allison, Sonnyboy Dolo and Papie Johnson. Sub: Titus Cooper, Patrick Singboh, Jimmy Kortee, James Kpadeh, De-jusus Sullonteh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kilvin Jones Loses Battle with Kidney Infection, Mysterious Poisoning

first_imgThe group Extraordinary (XO) and their fans are grieving whole-heartedly as they mourn the death of 30 year-old music artist, Even XO.Also known as Kilven Jones, Even passed away on July 29, 2014 at 3 a.m. Laid back but cool and friendly with everyone, the he and his twin brother Milven Jones made up the two-man group, XO.The group is popular for hit tracks like the post-war anthem “It’s over now” and “Crazy”, a nice dance track that was produced in Ghana years ago.The late Even XO is survived by his parents, twin brother, wife, host of relatives and two-week-old daughter Lucy Even Jones.According to the late singer’s cousin, Ranale Zleh, Jr., Even XO died after a period of painful illness and swelling.”He was sick off and on, but not too bad. This time around it was serious; he was swollen from head to waist before he died. We knew he wouldn’t make it, I knew from the swelling in his stomach,” narrated Ranale.It is also said that during the late singers agonizing medical experience, he was taken to a Chinese clinic in town and diagnosed.”They did his blood test and said he had a kidney infection and urine infection. The doctor also said the swelling looked strange. We later took him to a native doctor who said that Even was poisoned. The native doctor also said that it had spread all over his body and that we were late.” Ranale further added.”Even fought death and right now his twin brother is bad off. We sent him away before Evens’ death, we didn’t want him on scene because we didn’t know what he would have done.”According to Ranale, the twin brothers were inseparable and both recently had babies before the singer’s death.”Melvin can’t believe that his brother is gone, they went everywhere together, they haven’t missed each other for a day in their lives. We pray Milven comes out fine after this.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BRAC-Liberia Step up fight against Ebola in Liberia

first_imgAs Liberia continues to step up its Ebola containment strategy since the deadly disease was imported from Guinea to Lofa, BRAC- Liberia, a Microfinance Company last Friday, September 26, joined in supporting the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) eradication effort by donating a huge quantity of assorted food items and disinfectant materials valued at L$56, 8650 to the newly constructed Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit.Kolubah Zazay, Acting Country Representative of BRAC-Liberia, who presented the items, said the donation was part of his company’s social responsibility in the area of health for the benefit of Liberians. “We see the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a threat to the collective health and socio-economy of the country. We therefore reiterate our commitment to partner with other stakeholders to stem the tide of Ebola,” Mr. Zazay lamented.Mr. Zazay further promised that the company will work tirelessly in partnership with other stakeholders to ensure that the dreaded disease is contained and stopped from spreading throughout the country.“We have a very strategic ongoing approach to support the work of Ebola in Liberia and hopefully by next week we will be going to Bong County and other communities to make more donations to affected Ebola patients as well as health workers,” he added.Responding, Dr. Atai Omoruto, a Uganda Medical Director and WHO consultant on Ebola case management at Island Clinic, lauded the effort of BRAC and described the contribution as invaluable in the concerted efforts at containing the disease.“This donation will definitely assist in dealing with this emergency. It is important to acknowledge the fact that Liberia has done a very good in responding to the Ebola fight,” Dr. Omoruto added.The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa continues to evolve in alarming ways, with hard-hit countries-Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone-struggling to control the outbreak against a backdrop of compromised health systems, deficits in capacity, and rampant fear.The hard-hit countries are experiencing a phenomenon never before seen in any previous Ebola outbreak due to the fact that as soon as a new Ebola treatment facility is opened, it immediately fills to overflowing with patients, pointing to a large but previously invisible caseload, according Dr. Omoruto.Of all Ebola-affected countries, Liberia has the highest cumulative number of reported cases and deaths, amounting, on 8 September, to nearly two thousand cases and more than one thousand deaths, Dr. Omoruto concluded.BRAC-Liberia is a development focused organization dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor to bring about change in their lives.  BRAC achieves large scale, rapid change by working with individuals, families, communities and institutions to overcome poverty.The organization’s approach is comprehensive – with financial services, capacity building and livelihood development as well as health, education and social justice – enabling them to realize their potential.BRAC launched operations in Liberia in 2008, incorporated BRAC Microfinance Company in January 2009 and disbursed the first loans by June of the same year.The items donated by BRAC-Liberia includes 50 mattresses, 100 bags of 25kg rice, 20 (10L) gallons of Argo-oil, 10 cartoons of chloride, 20 cartoons of alcohol and 50 cartoons of medicated Soap. Others items included 40 cartoons of Juices, 10 cartoons of Dettol, 100 sacs of mineral water and 10 sacs of toilet tissue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Never a dull moment during GECOM’s statutory meeting (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Another statutory meeting of the Guyana Elections Commission(GECOM). Tuesday starts on time. It is as if the Chairman, having just recently signed his contract has decided that meetings need to start at 13:00h (1:00pm). Imagine, he did not even send his secretary to find out if there was a quorum, as is his usual practice.Even the CEO and DCEO had to rush to catch up. Fortunately, there is a quorum, and a longer than usual meeting starts on time. Refreshing.It is election season, so there are many issues to be discussed and the minutes are longer than usual because, at last, the report from the Admin and Finance Subcommittee is included. The minutes are of a meeting held since October 16, 2018, so people’s memories have faded and when, for example, Commissioner Trotman does not like the record of what he is reported to have said, he tries to correct it so that his contribution sounds better.The CEO is unusually belligerent today (Tuesday), and the DCEO is very much present but speaks only when she is spoken to. I am convinced that she continues to be overwhelmed with the realisation of how much she does not know about elections management. I do hope that she is a fast learner!One positive note today (Tuesday) was a report by the PR manager who is rolling out the Civic and Voter Education (C&VE) for the LGE. She was able to report on the social media page which seems to be very informative and managed well, but she reported that she pays for infomercials on television. It is my view that LGE education constitutes public service announcements, so by law, they should be broadcast free of cost. I hope Ms Ward follows up with the GNBA, up to today (Tuesday) no one can say what the C&VE budget is, or of there is an identifiable budget for this purpose.Questions revealed the information that the agencies contracted to prepare the C&VE materials, were taken from a list left on record by the previous officer with no attempt to advertise for the service. Of course, the previous contractors said that the material used in 2016 could not be edited for use this year! What could anyone expect them to say? So completely new material was paid for, and we were assured that from now on, this new material can be reused in future. I, for one, am taking this with a grain of salt. I bet we will hear another excuse for the elections of 2020!There is no visible activity in the compound. The chaos of last week is over and purportedly ballots have been enveloped for the voting on November 2, 2018, by the 7918 listed members of the Disciplined Services at 81 ballot stations using 63 ballot boxes countrywide.The political parties’ representatives/chief scrutineers met with the CEO and his team on Tuesday and were given the D-day logistical details, which were shared with the Commissioners on Wednesday. They look very good on paper. Let us hope they translate into smooth movement on D-day. I asked and was assured that eight aircraft and several buses will accommodate GECOM staff as well as party scrutineers with no one left behind. Let us hope that all goes as well as it looks on paper and no party agent will be told that there is no room on the bus or plane! There have been too many such instances in past elections.I seemed to have aroused a hornets’ nest with my inquiry as to who will be allowed to visit any ballot station on Friday November 2, as well as Monday November 12.You see the law allows for any listed candidate to do so, but experience has shown that candidates have, in the past been refused entry into ballot and polling stations. The CEO mumbles that persons like the Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Scrutineers can visit, but discussions reveal that persons, candidate or otherwise, will only be allowed in of he/she is wearing some form of identification issued by GECOM! All Commissioners have IDs. Commissioner Corbin speaks very knowledgeable about ‘Candidates to the Poll’ so it turns out that the CEO will have to be given a list by the relevant stakeholder of persons who wish to visit ballot/polling stations, so that they can be issued with GECOM accreditation IDs! Equal treatment even for the Leader of the Opposition!Well I suppose the Ballot Officers/ Presiding Officers can always say that even former Presidents are not exempt from being properly badged and tagged!Sincerely,Bibi Safora ShadickCommissioner –GECOMlast_img read more

Ship of State careening towards undemocratic iceberg

first_imgDear Editor,We are 232 days on from the passage of the No-Confidence Motion; we have missed our first constitutionally mandated deadline for elections on March 21 and are now 39 days from the advent of a usurper Executive and the end of constitutional rule of law. Sadly, much like the musicians on the Titanic, APNU/AFC’s band of supporters, apologists and appeasers keep on playing as the ship of State careens towards the undemocratic iceberg, threatening all the citizens of our dear land with dire consequences.It is unnerving to witness perfectly normal people behaving unhinged in defence of ‘straw men’ being used as the APNU/AFC lifeboats. While I can understand that questions such as ‘what constitutes a majority of 65?’ can be raised, I cannot fathom that a few minutes with a pencil and paper would not lead all but village idiots to the correct answer. Similarly, the other issues raised in defiance of the No-Confidence Motion and questioning its validity could have been easily discerned by reading the relevant Articles of the Constitution. The Judges of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) were restrained in their cruelty and mocking of our Attorney General and others appearing for the Government and its actors, nevertheless, the insults were there, diplomatically couched with a threadbare veil. At the end of it all, we were told to go read our Constitution where the relevant Articles were clear, and yet it seems, there are those unwilling to comprehend and may well have us return to the CCJ for more punishment to the national psyche. I shudder at the thought of what would be said of the ‘Guyanese’ intellect.The Gold Board man, GHK Lall, is the latest to prostrate himself under the David G bus. Lall was taken to task by one of his former students via the letter columns after he suggested that “the entire collection of qualified voter information through registration (barring the objections period) could – should – occupy six weeks or less” This poppycock is not based on anything factual, GECOM has provided a work plan that includes House-to-House Registration, which would see a possible election mid-2020 if all goes well. That a former student should have to provide factual evidence to counter a fallacious argument presented by a teacher must be humiliating for GHK, but, it would seem, some have lost all sense of honour and dignity in pursuit of perks and privileges. GHK Lall has brought himself low in the esteem of many with this attempt to pass off presumptive nonsense as serious thought. ‘The gold in them dar hills’ must be more than a soul is worth.Editor, Guyana has a credible National Register of Registrants (NRR), that is a fact. A Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) can be extracted within hours from the NRR, this is a fact. A Claims and Objections exercise can and will allow all eligible voters to be placed on the Official List of Electors (OLE), this is a fact. A credible election can be held in Guyana in a short time following the production of a PLE, a period of Claims and Objections and the provision of an OLE thereafter, this is a fact. In 2015, US Charge d’Affaires Bryan Hunt said: “the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has provided everyone with more than sufficient opportunity to review the preliminary list, raise concerns about it, issue objections to inclusion of names, and the objections that did come were credibly dealt with” (SN 26.4.2015). Any argument that an election based on a yet-to-be-created NRR Database will be more credible is fallacious, to add that it can be done promptly as mandated by our Constitution is downright dishonest.We are not yet beyond the pale of constitutional rule, President Granger needs to be advised by sober men, not swayed by charlatans who are clinging to power and perks. President Granger must act quickly before the ship hits the iceberg and all is lost, for the band played until the end, they never got into the lifeboats, they perished along with their captain.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more