76ers to meet with LeBron James’ agent

first_imgView comments But the 33-year-old has interests beyond basketball and the massive Los Angeles market would give him a bigger stage and platform.The Lakers have a young, talented but inexperienced roster and they were hoping to land both James and possibly George. But the All-Star forward opted to stick with the Thunder and will sign a four-year deal when teams are permitted to finalize contracts on June 6.George’s choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers are determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark. While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans. That’s made it tough for Cleveland to upgrade its roster, but the Cavs remain committed to bringing back James even for just one more year.On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class.Now that some of the early dust has settled, the battle for him appears to be down to two teams: Cleveland vs. Los Angeles.Home vs. Hollywood.Wine-and-gold vs. Purple-and-gold.But while the Cavs and Lakers appear to be the front-runners for James, the Sixers aren’t ready to give up the fight. Well, at least young and outspoken center Embiid isn’t.Embiid posted a message on Twitter that seemed to be directed at No. 23 and what it might be like to walk in the footsteps of Lakers legends like Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Shaquille O’Neal. LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding James, who returned to Los Angeles from vacation Saturday before NBA free agency opened, will not take part in the meeting, the person said.The Sixers can offer James a chance to play alongside budding, young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as well as stay in the Eastern Conference, where the path to the NBA Finals is far easier than out West.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 crownPhiladelphia hasn’t hid its desire to land James, a three-time champion who would instantly make the club a championship contender. Earlier this season, James was flattered when a Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in Ohio urging James to come to Philadelphia, where the club has been abiding by a “Trust The Process” mantra while rebuilding.Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Valdez vows to fight through ankle injury as Creamline face must-win Game 2 “The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe’s and Magic’s team,” Embiid wrote, referring to Kobe Bryant and Johnson. “Process that.”George’s move has given James more to process, but the chance to restore Los Angeles to prominence may be just what he needs at this point in his career. And while he has long been compared to Michael Jordan, Johnson is the one whose game more closely resembles his own.For now, though, he’s not attached to anyone.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 6: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers after the game at the Wells Fargo Center on April 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Cavaliers 132-130. Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — The Philadelphia 76ers are getting a chance to pitch their process to LeBron James.Representatives from the team will meet Sunday with James’ agent Rich Paul in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.ADVERTISEMENT Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. start to free agency, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and Paul, the person said.James is also being pursued by the Lakers, who have enough salary-cap space to sign him and another star player.While there was a feverish flurry of activity involving big-named players in the opening hour of what has been billed as the Summer of LeBron, James did not announce where he’ll play next season and it’s not known if other moves, such as Paul George staying in Oklahoma City and Chris Paul staying in Houston, have affected his thinking.The meeting with the 76ers was first reported by ESPN.James isn’t expected to drag his choice out over several days. He knows what he wants and he’s very familiar with the Cavaliers after leading them to four straight NBA Finals since returning as a free agent in 2014 following four seasons in Miami. Because they own his “Bird rights” the Cavs can offer James more money than any other team — a five-year, $207 million deal.ADVERTISEMENT 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 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. 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Lakers guard Lonzo Ball to undergo surgery on his left knee

first_imgLonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers calls a play during the second half of a game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on January 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Lakers guard Lonzo Ball is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday on his left knee.The team said Friday that it will provide an update on Ball’s condition after the surgery. He has a torn meniscus.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Ball, who was chosen by the Lakers with the second overall pick in last year’s draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.2 assists during his first NBA season. He started 50 games.He’s expected to compete with the recently signed Rajon Rondo during training camp this fall to be Los Angeles’ starting point guard. The 32-year-old Rondo agreed to a one-year deal worth $9 million this month to suit up alongside LeBron James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’General manager Rob Pelinka said this week that Ball will be fully healthy for training camp. Chelsea fires manager Antonio Conte after 2 years in charge Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Stanley Pringle finally gets to represent PH in a 5-on-5 game

first_imgPringle, a Filipino-American, isn’t eligible to play in Fiba tournaments for 5-on-5 basketball as the sport’s governing body requires all players to have a Philippine passport obtained before the age of 16.The Asian Games, however, does not have that same ruling and that paved way for Pringle to suit up for the national team in the continental multisport competition.READ: Lee, Yap lead Asian Games lineup as team awaits Clarkson green light“I’ve learned at an early age that you can control what you can control so it’s [playing in Fiba 5-on-5 tournaments] out of my hands like a lot of things in life,” said Pringle, who once played for Gilas in the 3×3 World Cup.Pringle, who played for Indonesia Warriors in the ASEAN Basketball League, said he’s eager to play in Jakarta and help the Philippines get its best finish in the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After four years plying his trade in the pro league, Pringle final gets his shot to represent the Philippines in a 5-on-5 basketball game.Pringle is part of Yeng Guiao’s 12-man team that will play in the Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia starting next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Even without Clarkson in lineup, Philippines ready to fight in Asian Games“I’m feeling great and like I said to a lot of people who have always asked me that it was always an honor when they [the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas] gave me that call and play for the team,” said Pringle Friday at Meralco Gym. View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stanley Pringle has always been a sought-after prospect for the national team ever since he joined the PBA in 2014 as the top overall pick of Globalport.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 READ: Guiao reserves slot for Clarkson in Asian Games Final 12“I’ve played in Indonesia for two-and-a-half years so I’m definitely looking forward to connecting with old friends and teammates, I’m definitely looking forward to the competition and playing with my teammates,” said Pringle.“When the call of duty comes, you know you have to give it your hundred percent and put the team in a position to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eya Laure fights through shoulder injury to carry Tigresses to 5-0last_img read more

Compton says games vs Phoenix like ‘family reunion’

first_imgAsian Games: PH’s Watanabe settles for silver in women’s judo 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? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Phoenix team manager Paolo Bugia was also Compton’s player in Alaska with RJ Jazul and Jaypee Mendoza.“I love RJ Jazul, I love Jaypee Mendoza, I love Calvin, I love Bugs, I love coach Louie, I love coach Topex,” said Compton. “Those are six guys we have a good relationship with, so I don’t go into a game and make the game about one guy because last time I checked basketball’s a team sport.”“What it feels like to me every time we play Phoenix is like a family reunion. We’re going to go at it, play a game in the backyard that’s going to be intense but these are people we have longstanding relationships with that you really care about.”ADVERTISEMENT Abueva was undoubtedly the club’s faces throughout his nearly six-year tenure from 2012 until 2018 but things turned sour between the two parties that merited a trade.For coach Alex Compton, though, the game against the Fuel Masters wasn’t just about Abueva alone but a match against former members of a family.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’“I don’t like hyping up, it’s not a thing against one guy,” said Compton after his Aces handled Abueva’s Fuel Masters 108-97 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.And Compton has good reason on focusing not just on Abueva since Phoenix’ top coaches Louie Alas and Topex Robinson were once his assistants in Alaska, Peza offers relief to ecozone firms It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype that surrounded Calvin Abueva’s first game against his former team Alaska after the trade with Phoenix transpired in early August.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img read more

Cousins ejected while sitting on Warriors bench vs Knicks

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Durant scores 41 at MSG, Warriors beat Knicks Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Foster told him he had already warned Cousins and Knicks center Enes Kanter about their jawing with each other. Cousins then apparently directed his talking to Foster.As play resumed following a timeout with 2:28 remaining in the period, it was announced that Cousins had been assessed a technical foul during the break, and then subsequently ejected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Cousins took exception to the ruling and during the timeout he was ejected for one technical foul for unsportsmanlike conduct,” Foster told a pool reporter.Cousins was tossed after just one technical instead of the standard two, with Foster saying the officials felt that was enough for a player not in the game. Asked if the ejection was because of what Cousins said, Foster replied: “More so the way of which he stated what he stated.” LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 10: Kevin Durant (L) #35 and DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors share a laugh as they sit on a baseline during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — DeMarcus Cousins isn’t even playing for Golden State yet and he’s been ejected from a game.Cousins was thrown out in the first quarter of the Warriors’ 128-100 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night after arguing with referee Scott Foster.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Cousins is still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon. He took part in his first practice with the Warriors on Thursday, but there is still no timetable for his return to action.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Tubino, Paat back for Cignal in PSL

first_imgFamiliar faces are set to return to Cignal as the team attempts to hold its place among the league’s elite come the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga said Royse Tubino and former national team player Mylene Paat will return to help the team replicate the success they had in the Invitational Conference in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We like our chances this conference, all our needs were addressed both on offense and defense,” said Barroga. “Right now we’re working on chemistry inside and outside the court.”“As much as possible we need a little more practice time with them so they can study our system and get into the flow of the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLutgarda Malaluan and Roselyn Doria were also added to the team that finished with the bronze medal in last year’s All-Filipino Conference.Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis will lead the holdovers together with Janine Navarro, Rialen Sante, Jheck Dionela, Acy Masangkay, Cherry Vivas, Cindy Amutan, May Macatuno, Rap Aguilar, and Shirley Salamagos. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES There’s one person, however, that won’t be suiting up for the HD Spikers and that’s star opposite spiker Jovelyn Gonzaga who’s in her military training with Philippine Army.“We’re slowly completing the pieces, it’s a matter of making them work together,” said Barroga who took over former head coach George Pascua. “Our goal this year is to match or surpass what we’ve accomplished last year.”“I know it’s not going to be easy, but I’m confident the girls will work hard to get it.”ADVERTISEMENT Tyus Battle returns, making Syracuse a stronger team View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Greek prosecutor investigates TV slur against Giannis Antetokounmpo’s older brother

first_imgFILE – Greece’s forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (R) celebrates after winning against Lithuania the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 men’s round 16 basketball match at Sinan Erdem Sport Arena in Istanbul on September 9, 2017. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)ATHENS, Greece — A Greek prosecutor is investigating televised remarks made by a sport commentator who allegedly called black basketball player Thanasis Antetokounmpo an “ape.”Takis Tsoukalas made the comments on Nov. 9 after Antetokounmpo’s Panathinaikos beat Olympiakos 93-80 in the Euroleague.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES NBA fines Miami’s Josh Richardson $25,000 for shoe toss Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I have lost sleep over the last few days over this negative-racist incident which occurred recently,” Giannis wrote on Twitter. “If this happens to Thanasis, who with pride and a permanent smile represents the Greek national team and Panathinaikos, I can’t imagine what is happening to other colored people in Greece.”Thanasis did not wish to comment directly on the incident, when asked by reporters on Sunday.“I don’t have anything to tell you,” he said. “We should just love each other and stay united.”The brothers were born in Athens to Nigerian parents.People found responsible for racial incitement can be jailed for up to three years, under a law approved by parliament in 2014ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “They have an ape. That Antetokounmpo guy is an ape — that’s what I’m telling you,” he said. “What is that clown doing? Isn’t he ashamed of himself? He’s making his brother look bad.”Tsoukalas angrily denied his criticism was racially motivated and insisted he was referring to behavior on the court.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 ChrissThanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of NBA forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kostas Antetokounmpo, drew support from Greece Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who last week wore a national team shirt over his clothes with Antetokounmpo on the back.Giannis described Tsoukala’s comments as racist. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

African Nations: Enact Anti-Gay Laws

first_imgMr. Editor:I am always at a loss each time a Western leader pleads with an African colleague not to look with disdain on women who pervert the natural use of sex by unnatural acts and men who give up natural sexual relations with women and burn with passion for each other as doing so will violate their individuals’ rights (human rights).I am confused because besides being inimical to the African values, it was the nationals of these same Western countries that taught the African man about Christianity. This was or is being done through the Holy word of God, the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible tells us that God, the Creator of the universe, destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because the people of that city were engaged in such obnoxious and evil acts.The case in point is Obama America’s imposition of sanctions, the freezing of aid and travel ban on the Republic of Uganda because the Government of that country failed to recognize the so-called rights of Ugandans and others within Uganda who practice these shameful acts.Given the western advocacy that the rights of the doers of these acts be protected, I am inclined to believe, especially in this age of ours when the warfare between “good” and “evil” is so fierce, that America and her Western allies are acting as “agents” of the satanic world.America is always in the constant habit of supporting immoral tendencies: abortion, divorce, homosexuality, lesbianism, and so on and so forth, in the name of respecting people’s rights. There is no such thing as modernity or reform as far as the precepts of God is concerned. God’s Laws are always static and never dynamic.To those few African Countries that have enacted anti-gay laws: Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda; I say well done and forward march! Those that are yet to enact legislations in this respect, including my native Liberia, I say join the bandwagon and enact anti-gay laws. African nations must avoid being carried away by Western aid at the expense of eternity.The courage as shown by the aforementioned countries reminds me of the late President Ahmed Sekou Toure of the Republic of Guinea who in 1958 opted for independence, rather than servitude and for his native Guinea as opposed to riches from Guinea’s colonial master, France,.I hope that sooner, rather than later, African leaders will muster the courage to say a resounding “yes” to anti-gay legislations in their respective countries; and when that happens, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who has been our Providence, will continue out of His many bounties.Kind regardsShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Duport Road Residents Undertake Drainage Project

first_imgSeveral residents of Duport Road East community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia on Saturday, April 12, completed a drainage project that would address the challenges presented by flooding in the area.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer after the exercise, Augustine Boakai, the project’s manager, said the initiative was funded by residents in the community. He went on to praise them for their level of cooperation.“We communicated with the acting Mayor of Paynesville for assistance; unfortunately we have not heard anything from her, until now,” he added, “It was only the community’s members that supported the project.”Boakai said residents would continue to engage stakeholders, including the Paynesville City Acting Mayor, to help them address the problem of the bridge that was constructed by District #10.“Since the construction of the bridge, almost every home in the community has been seriously affected by flooding. When even a little rain falls, the entire area becomes flooded due to the drainages and waterways being obstructed by the bridge,” Mr. Boakai explained.The Duport East project manager said if the bridge is not attended to by government, he would mobilize the community to remove it.“We are not threatening the government, but want them to know that we are tired of flooding as a result of the bridge,” he clarified.He called on the acting city mayor to help residents find solutions to solve the drainage problem once and for all.“We realized that this presented an opportunity to improve the health and sanitation conditions of the area as well,” he said of the drainage project he and other Duport Road residents undertook.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What’s Happening in Yekepa?

first_imgWe have long heard of the extremely slow pace of development in the formerly booming town of Yekepa, the center of mining operations in Nimba County.From the 1960s through the mid-1980s the town was the headquarters of the iron ore mining company, LAMCO, a Liberian, Swedish, Canadian an American iron ore conglomerate, known then as  one of Africa’s biggest companies.  It boasted modern housing for high, middle and low-level staff; 24-hour electricity and pipe-borne water; a modern medical center; a vocational training school; and many other social amenities available to the company’s workers.But since the Indian steel giant, ArcelorMittal, took over operation of the mines in 2005, we have heard consistent complaints about the very slow pace of work there.  Last week Nimba youths staged a sit-in on the railway in protest against the company’s failure on many of the agreed projects.Arcelor came in with great promise.  One of the major components of its concession agreement was the multimillion dollar Social Development Fund that put money into the hands of people in the three counties in which the company is involved–Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa.Is was the first such fund required from concessions in Liberia. Nimba receives US$1.5 million, Grand Bassa US$1 million and Bong US$500,000.  The Community Colleges in Nimba and Grand Bassa are direct results.But there are many problems with the Arcelor Mittal that    are frustrating Nimba citizens.   Our Nimba correspondent Ishmael Menkir visited Yekepa in February.  He found the hospital in deplorable condition, not yet renovated ever since Mittal took over the operations in 2005. Nor have most of the schools been renovated.In addition, the Ganta-Yekepa road, which Arcelor Mittal since 2007 promised to rehabilitate and pave, is yet to be done.  Another Dry Season is past and the Rainy Season is upon us.  How long can the people wait for implementation of written agreements between them, their government and this company?Liberians and their government are far more familiar with Americans and Europeans than Indians.  The country was founded by freed men and women from the United States, which has had the longer relations with us than any other country.  Our relations with Europe date back to 1848 when Liberia entered diplomatic relations with Britain, the first country to recognize our independence.  Other European nations, including the Hanseatic States, began recognizing Liberia from the 1850s.But Liberia’s first contact with Indians came in the early 1950s when an Indian national opened what he called an “Indian Bazaar” at the foot of Mechlin Street Down Waterside.  Since then many Indians, beginning with Sethi Brothers, have entered the Liberian market, especially in building materials.  Now the Indians have a serious eye on Liberia’s mineral resources, beginning with Arcelor Mittal. This multibillion dollar deal signaled a lot of hope.  But neither the Liberian government nor its people fully understood the Indians’ intentions–nor their way of doing business.Another Indian company, Sesa Goa, has also taken over the Western Cluster mines in Bomi and Cape Mount counties.  But the GOL knew little about this company and the Daily Observer warned the GOL many times about this.  But GOL went ahead and let it happen.GOL did not even know well enough Elenilto, the Israeli scrap metal company to which GOL, against the advice of the Daily Observer and many others, gave the concession to mine iron ore in the Western Cluster.  But GOL ignored the warnings and Elenilto walked away with over US$100 million when, realizing just as we had said, that they knew nothing about iron ore mining, they sold 49% of the concession to Sesa Goa, an Indian iron ore firm.A few months later, Elenilto sold to Sesa Goa the remaining 51%.  Yet GOL knew nothing about Sesa Goa.  So GOL seemed taken aback when that company one morning presented a most preposterous (absurd) proposal to ship its iron ore from Cape Mount and Bomi by truck to the Free Port of Monrovia!  Now there is another development: the company has scaled down its operation by 80% because of “difficulties.”  Did GOL really know who Sesa Goa really was?As for Arcelor Mittal, GOL needs to engage them  seriously and get them to honor their commitments to their concession agreement.  The company needs to realize that it is not doing business in Liberia in a vacuum, but among Liberians with whom the company has to live and work in order to succeed in doing business.This is the message the youth of Nimba are sending.  It is about their future that they are concerned–and rightly so.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more