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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netImports were the focus of all the basketball spotlight Tuesday—and not just because the PBA Commissioner’s Cup features the tallest reinforcements for the season.John Fields is fueling a strong start by Columbian, Arnett Moultrie has found his own patch of concrete at NLEX and, well, look who’s coming home for San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not about the money,” added Reyes. “Renaldo wants to pick up where he left off.”Balkman was banned for life in 2013 because of his infamous outburst that saw him choke teammate Arwind Santos. And he made a strong argument for himself in the Asean Basketball League, averaging 24.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks to lead San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas to the title while being named co-Defensive Player of the Year.Moreover, he and Santos have patched up, paving the way for commissioner Willie Marcial to rescind the ban.Santos even expressed his excitement with this impending reunion with Balkman.“I think he can really help the team,” the 2013 PBA MVP said in Filipino. “And everyone deserves a second chance and maybe, a third chance. Just because he made a mistake before, it doesn’t mean that he’ll do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Can Lomachenko strike savagely as a bullet? Turning down a shot to play in the lucrative Chinese hoops scene, Renaldo Balkman returns to the team where his infamy was born, hoping to rewrite his chapter in Philippine basketball lore.“Never stop and always trust the process,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday after news of his PBA return broke.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 crownAnd this is no fleeting PR-driven move. The enigmatic Puerto Rican forward gets his shot at redemption with the stakes at their highest: The Beermen need him to collect the second Grand Slam gem—a goal that has ran into a 0-2 (win-loss) roadblock.“He was very happy,” said Sheryl Reyes, Balkman’s agent, who has been instrumental in his comeback. “He actually declined an offer to play for NBL in China, which was a guaranteed contract, because he wants to finish what he started here. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Clamor for his comeback grew after an unimpressive showing from first-choice import Troy Gillenwater, who averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Beermen.While Balkman will debut on Saturday against Alaska, Fields and Moultrie will try to build on their impressive starts sooner.“It looked like a big gamble, I must agree, but I have absolute faith in how John is going to be able to help us,” said coach Ricky Dandan of Columbian.Moultrie, who collected 37 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks against Phoenix to help NLEX snap a 0-3 start, is also finding his niche.Fields and the Dyip battle Magnolia at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday while later in the day, Moultrie and NLEX tackle GlobalPort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Upbeat Guiao, NLEX looking to pull off upsets to end elims

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDon’t count NLEX out just yet.Despite sitting on the 11th spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao is confident his team can still come up with a couple of upset wins to get a crack at the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We feel we still have a good account of ourselves,” said Guiao. “Considering our situation we don’t have Kiefer, we don’t have Kevin, and I think you have to give credit to the effort the guys put in.”“If we’re not lucky enough to make the playoffs this conference, we’ll play as hard as we can in the last two games and consider that as preparation for the next conference.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film ‘Healthy’ Manuel showing no signs of slowing down for league-leading Aces Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ View comments 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 LATEST STORIES “It’s still a good sign for us, we’re still looking forward to produce some upsets in our last games,” said Guiao after their 120-111 loss to Alaska Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.NLEX holds a 2-7 record and will face Magnolia, 4-4, and defending champion San Miguel, 3-4, in its final two games.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 crownGuiao, though, is unfazed with the task at hand despite missing his star backcourt of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas.Ravena is serving an 18-month ban after testing positive for prohibited substances under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list while Alas is recovering from an ACL injury.last_img read more

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PBA affirms support for Gilas Pilipinas following Fiba ban

first_imgPOC secretary general Pato Gregorio (left) beside PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial during the meeting with Gilas Pilipinas and SBP. Photo by Bong LozadaThe PBA is giving its full support to Gilas Pilipinas after 10 of its players have been suspended for the upcoming games in 2018 Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.With top players out for Gilas’ second-round campaign starting September, the national team will need to add more players to the pool which will likely come from the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said that head coach Chot Reyes, who is also suspended for one game, can have his pick of qualified players from all the 12 teams.“Chot Reyes’ pool is the 12 teams in the PBA,” Marcial told INQUIRER.net in Filipino in a phone interview. “Whoever he picks, we will give to him as long as the player wants to play.”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’Calvin Abueva bore the brunt of Fiba’s sanctions, receiving a six-game suspension which basically takes him out of the entire second round, while Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, and Carl Cruz got five-game bans each.Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Troy Rosario are suspended for three games while Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright are out for one game. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Super 8: Perfect Etland drops winless Formosa en route to semis Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 Unlike Kiefer Ravena’s ban, though, these suspensions only cover games in the Asian Qualifiers and do not extend to the PBA.“It’s good news for the PBA, but of course we’re sad for the hard work and sacrifice for the players. But we’ll follow Fiba’s decision,” said Marcial.RELATED VIDEO Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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After loss to UST, UP gets its act together and turns back San Sebastian

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Mary Bautista also stepped up for the Lady Maroons, with the outside hitter taking on a new role as libero.“We worked on the passing so we had to introduce a different libero to help Rem (Altomea),” said UP coach Godfrey Okamu. Bautista came up with 10 excellent receptions.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’“I think she (Bautista) held up pretty nicely and she is loud on court so that is what is needed for a libero,” Okumu added.It was a big morale boost for the Lady Maroons, who suffered a 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 26-24 defeat at the hands of the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses on Sunday. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fresh twist, Philippines dwarfs China to top group In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES But while UP was all out in climbing back to solo fourth spot, San Sebastian appeared to have lacked the necessary fight altogether, absorbing its fourth setback in as many matches to occupy the lowest rung in the standings.Earlier, National University picked up its fourth win in as many games by beating UP, 25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, in men’s division.The Maroons fell to 2-2.Far Eastern University dealt Adamson its first defeat after scoring a 15-25, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23, 17-15 victory.The Tamaraws climbed to 2-2, while the Falcons slid to 4-1.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 San Beda survived Arellano, 25-23, 22-25, 25-23, 25-16, in the other men’s match to improve to 2-2, while inflicting a fourth straight loss on its victims.The Lady Maroons were coming off a loss to the Tigresses, and saw their two-game run snapped. UP took the first set but could not match the intensity of UST the rest of the way.Eya Laure, the up-and-coming star for the Tigresses and sister of club league star EJ Laure, had 18 points to spearhead the UST attack, which put the España-based club within a win of an outright semifinal berth in this tournament that serves as a preseason tuneup for collegiate squads.Laure got ample help from Tin Francisco and Carla Sandoval who pumped in 16 and 12 points, respectively for UST.UST, which is trying to regain its championship form after years of lethargy, displayed a measure of spunk after recovering from a first-set loss and taking the next two frames with plenty to spare.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All eyes are on Marian Buitre of UP as she attempts to drive a point past Shannai Shane Requierme and Joyce Sta. Rita of San Sebastian.—AUGUST DELA CRUZUniversity of the Philippines bolted back to contention after downing San Sebastian, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16, Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at FilOil Flying V Centre.Marian Buitre and Lorielyn Bernardo each drilled in 10 points to power the Lady Maroons, who also got eight from Arielle Estranero, taking the slack from the usually high-scoring captain Isa Molde who was limited to just seven points.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Clarkson not allowed to play for PH in Asian Games, says NBA

first_imgGreat Scott! Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments FILE – Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s official, Jordan Clarkson won’t be suiting up for the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas tried to tap the services of the Cleveland Cavaliers guard but failed to get clearance from the NBA. ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “In accordance with the NBA’s agreement with Fiba, Jordan is welcome to represent the Philippines in the agreed-upon competitions,” said Frank. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA spokesman Tim Frank said in a statement that the league only allows its players to play in Fiba competitions and the Asian Games is not part of such. “The NBA’s agreement with Fiba stipulates that NBA players can participate in the Olympics, the Fiba Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions, and associated qualifying tournaments,” said Frank in the statement released Sunday. “Because the Asian Games are not of those competitions, NBA players are not allowed to participate.”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’Clarkson, a Filipino-American, was included in the Philippines’ 12-man team that will play in Jakarta with the assumption that he will be eligible due to his Filipino heritage. Frank, however, added that Clarkson can still, essentially, represent the Philippines in Fiba competitions.  Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute

first_imgCarpio 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? Kraft was not immediately arrested. Jupiter police said a warrant will be issued and his attorneys will be notified. They said details about the misdemeanor charges against the owner of the Super Bowl champion team will not be released until next week.Hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of the six-month investigation, and more are expected. Ten spas have been closed, and several people have been taken into custody on sex trafficking charges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said he was shocked to learn that Kraft, who is worth $6 billion, was paying for sex inside a shopping-center massage parlor, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. “We are as equally stunned as everyone else,” Kerr said.Most people charged for the first time with soliciting a prostitute in Florida are allowed to enter a diversion program, said attorney David Weinstein, a former prosecutor. Kraft would probably have to perform 100 hours of community service and attend a course on the harmful effects of prostitution and sex trafficking, he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft walks on the field before the AFC Championship NFL football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, in Kansas City, Mo. Police in Florida have charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution, saying they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside an illicit massage parlor. Jupiter police told reporters Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, that the 77-year-old Kraft has not been arrested. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday.The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing. The case comes amid a crackdown on sex trafficking from Palm Beach to Orlando in which police planted cameras in massage parlors.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Well it’s very sad. I was very surprised to see it. He’s proclaimed his innocence, totally,” Trump said at the White House on Friday.In a statement, Kraft’s representatives said they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra The arrest could also get Kraft in trouble with the NFL, which in a statement said only that it is “aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”Under league policy, players, owners, coaches and other employees can be punished for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in” the NFL.“Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline,” the policy says.The Patriots won the Super Bowl this month over the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth NFL championship in the past 18 seasons, making them the most successful team in pro sports during that span. Before the Super Bowl, several retired NFL players appeared in a public service announcement decrying sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Atlanta, the host city.Kraft lives in Massachusetts and has a home in the Palm Beach area. Though he is a Democrat, he is friendly with President Donald Trump and a frequent guest at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. Kraft’s wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kawhi Leonard, Raptors beat Spurs in DeMar DeRozan’s return to Toronto MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Justice Minister’s Petition Denied

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia on Thursday, January 23, rejected Justice Minister Christiana P. Tah’s application to reconsider its decision suspending her from the practice of law for six months. The  Minister’s application, according to sources close to the Judiciary, was made following negotiations between the Justices of the Court and the legal team of Minister Tah.The sources further said that following a two-hour meeting held behind closed doors on Monday, January 20, it was allegedly agreed upon for the Minister’s legal team to file an application. The purpose of the application was to request the Court to enable the Minister to file a petition for reconsideration of the Court’s decision suspending her for six months from the practice of law “directly or indirectly.”According to our sources, the effect of filing the petition would have allegedly suspended the enforcement of the suspension until the Court determines the merits of the petition.Following the Monday meeting, a legal expert speculated to the Observer that progress was being made toward an amicable resolution of this matter.Since the rendering of its decision on January 10, efforts have been made by Minister Tah and her legal team to try and resolve the impasse but the Court has maintained its stance.Delivering the High Court’s decision Thursday,  Chief Justice Francis Korkpor declared: “The Full Bench of the Court has agreed not to grant the application for re-argument or re-consideration filed by the Justice Minister and Attorney General, Christiana P. Tah. Her suspension hereby stands and it is so ordered.”According to legal experts, the law provides that a person held in contempt by the Supreme Court has the opportunity to appeal for a re-argument or re-consideration to the Full Bench of the Court within the period of three days for their case to be reheard. Unfortunately, that did not happen in the case of Minister Tah for her case to be reheard; even though her legal team had filed the petition after 11 days following the suspension. But following the closed-door meeting, our sources said if the Court did not want to hear her, it should have rejected her request for filing a petition, but since it agreed then it should have allowed her a hearing.Some legal minds have said this is not a good precedent for justice given our fragile democracy.The Observer understands that Justice Minister Tah, who is cognizant of the statute, did not sit supinely or just ignore the law but was waiting on her legal team, including astute lawyer Varney Sherman.Cllr. Sherman had blamed the delay on her being a political appointee and “those who appointed her were responsible for the delay.”He pleaded with the Justices that her action was not deliberate.However the Full Bench decided to enforce its stance.President SirleafA few days following the Chief Justice’s pronouncement of Minister Tah’s suspension, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in her very wise mind, and not wanting any constitutional conflict with the Judicial Branch of government, said in a release from her office, that she took note of the Supreme Court’s decision. The President stated that she was holding consultations with eminent lawyers and legal professionals, including former Chief Justices and former Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, to fully comprehend the implications of the Court’s decision, especially as it relates to the executive powers of the President. Liberians are still awaiting a reaction from the President on this decision.BackgroundThe Court has maintained that the role played by Justice Minister Tah in releasing Rodney D. Sieh from prison as well as her persistent affront to the Court, as demonstrated by her refusal to reverse the action, formed the basis for the contempt proceedings.However, Minister Tah maintains that she granted Mr. Rodney Sieh “Compassionate Leave” for medical reasons, based on the law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Child Abuse on the Rise in Lofa, RRF & SFCG Releases 1ST Human Rights…

first_imgThe Rights and Rice Foundation (RRF), in collaboration with Search for Common Ground (SFCG), has released the first human rights situation report on Lofa County, indicating that human rights are frequently violated with impunity.The report, released on  Wednesday at the head office of the Search For Common Ground in Sinkor, covered three month of monitors from October to December 2013 in Lofa.James Yarsieh, SFCG executive director, said that in May 2013, his organization and RRF completed a human rights baseline survey (HRBS), which found that human rights violations most frequently occur in four key areas: rape/ sexual violence, domestic violence, child abuse, and abuse by the security sector (illegal/arbitrary, detention, police brutality).“This was followed by recruitment and training of community-based  organizations, monitors who volunteered to participate in the human rights situation  report. “We prepared checklists to be used by monitors taking into account the findings of the baseline report,” Mr. Yarsieh said.Human rights monitors reported a total of 28 cases of child abuse with sixteen reports (57.2%) involving more than one kind of child abuse with categories including: child labor, 10 reports (35.7%) explicitly described neglect of some kind, and 11 reports (39.3%) indicating evidence of physical violence and abuse.According to the reports, the youngest victim was four years old; the oldest was 17 years old with the average of the victims at 11, and fifteen victims, female, amounting to (53.6%), nine victims (males) amounting (32.1%), and four victims not identified by gender with perpetrators mostly identified in these cases as family or friends.Eleven cases of domestic violence were verified; all reported cases of domestic violence indicated evidence of physical violence or injury inflicted on the victim, most often perpetrated by a male “friend” (which may be interpreted as a husband, a friend, a domestic partner, a boyfriend, or a fiancé, with no fatalities reported of all the cases.) In recognizing these issues, SFCG and RRF, with support from the European Union (EU), have undertaken a project to address capacity gaps in human rights violations. The goal of the project is to create a space for constructive dialogue among human right actors in Liberia.The objectives were twofold; to improve the quantity and quality of human rights monitors in two counties (Lofa and Bong); and to enhance the capacity of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INHCR) to coordinate human rights protection and promotion at the Country level.Commissioner Macdilla Howard of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) said the commission, in collaboration with the RRF & SFCG, would work on the recommendations  of the report for the betterment of the situation.She expressed thanks and appreciation for the work of the RRF & SFCG to ensure that many incidences of the violence against women would  be reduced in Lofa and others counties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘I Am Disappointed’

first_imgChairman of the National Elections Commission (NEC), Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, has expressed serious dismay over the recent action by the Supreme Court to place a hold, over the weekend, on the certification of three senators-elect.On Saturday January 3, 2015 Cllr. Korkoya disclosed that the High Court on Friday night informed the Commission about a writ of ‘prohibition’ from Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate Dr. Fodee Kromah that was served on Cllr. Varney Sherman, the victor of the just-ended Special Senatorial Election in Grand Cape Mount County.According to the NEC boss, the Supreme Court ordered that the winner of said poll should not participate in the official certification exercise as conducted by the Commission.In the same speech, Cllr. Korkoyah further announced that two other senators-elect, Morris G. Saytumah of the  Unity Party (UP), Bomi County and Jim Womba Tornonlah of People’s Unification Party (PUP),  Margibi County, and were also served their respective Writs of Prohibition after they were seated in the hall minutes before the start of the ceremony.In an interview with reporters shortly after the program, the NEC Chairman described the court order as disappointing and political, adding that said action “seriously undermines the integrity of the Commission and the credibility of the electoral process.”“I am disappointed in the court order because with respect to Cllr. Sherman’s case, the matter is still before the Election Magistrate in Grand Cape Mount and has not yet reached us. I don’t understand why the Court is involved with it at this time,” Chairman Korkoya said.House Speaker J. Alex Tyler also came in support of the Electoral Body, adding; “In order to sustain our fragile democracy, political questions must be left to political institutions while legal and constitutional questions must be left to the legal institution.”“There are laid-down ground rules and processes in election before going to the Supreme Court,” Speaker Tyler indicated.Asked about the risk of being held in contempt by the High Court for such a statement, the Bomi County lawmaker intoned; “I’m speaking in my capacity as Speaker [of the House of Representatives], not as Attorney-At-Law.”According to NEC Communications Director Joey Kennedy, Dr. Kromah filed a complaint in Robertsport and the case was scheduled for Friday afternoon only to hear an order from the court in Monrovia.The matter has to be investigated first in the county before it can be sent to a  Complaint Officer and onwards to the Board of Commissioners, Kennedy said, adding “there are processes involved with filing complaints.”He confirmed the other two cases are under probe, but maintained that the Commission is doing everything to address the issues within the confines of the law.Interestingly, CDC has distanced itself from Dr. Kromah’s Writ of Prohibition terming it as a “one man show.”The CDC acting chairman, Nathaniel McGill, said, “We are not aware of Dr. Kromah’s complaint and we have neither seen nor heard from him since the election. As a candidate, I think your party should be the one to champion such a case, not the individual.”Chairman McGill confirmed the cases involving Dr. Bhofal Chambers and Prof. Ansu D. Sonii of Maryland and Margibi counties, respectively, stressing that CDC will stand behind these two candidates to the fullest, but not Dr. Kromah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fire Renders Over 70 Homeless in NKT

first_imgAn early morning fire outbreak in New Kru Town last Thursday that residents claimed was started by an unattended candle destroyed seven zinc houses, rendering more than 70 people homeless. It is the second time this month that fire has destroyed properties worth thousands of dollars and forced many to seek shelter from neighbors and relatives in New Kru Town on Bushrod Island. An eye-witness told the Daily Observer yesterday morning, “It began around one in the morning when everyone was asleep. “We heard the noise of fire and so we rushed outside to see and if possible, help.”  He explained that as the fire increased in intensity, “all anybody could do was to leave for a secure area while at the same time we made sure that other zinc houses nearby did not get affected.” He said the fire started from an unattended candle in one of the zinc houses that burned. “We have always told the resident not to leave candles on,” the eye-witness said, “but he would not listen.”  Meanwhile, the chairman of the community, Joe Carr told the Daily Observer that more than 70 residents are affected, “They have lost everything they had.” Carr, who heads the Karpeh Street Community, appealed to the Liberia National Red Cross Society and other humanitarian organizations to come to their assistance. “They need urgent intervention such as clothes, mattresses, food and shoes,” Carr said.  Carr, who is in his first term, said, “We have listed the names of all the affected residents and we are located behind the First Baptist Church, near Karpeh Street in New Kru Town.” Among the affected residents, most of them self-employed, are Joseph Blamo, 63; Martha Neboe, 30 (with 5 kids) who said she lost LD4,000; Rose Blamoh, 16; Victoria Allieu, 25.  Others are Cyrus Nagbe, 36; Anthony Wesseh, 72; Daniel Kollie, 27; Hamidou Jalloh, 19; Jr. Kollie, 21; Wilson Weah, 47, Joseph Wilson, 58 and Wilson Brown, 32, who works as a security for the Barrack Young Controllers football club; and Ms. Patricia Doe, 30, with 3 kids, who also said ‘someone’ stole LD9,000 from her room, directly adjacent to the affected houses.The Daily Observer also learnt that a team of Liberia Fire Service personnel called to the scene could not find enough space to work from. “The houses are clustered together and it was difficult for the officers to reach the scene,” a neighbor said. Most of the zinc houses, particularly on Karpeh Street, were built in the 1960s, residents said. “They don’t have toilet facilities,” said another neighbor, “but we are blessed with the construction of latrines by humanitarian groups, of which at least three are located on Karpeh Street here.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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