Pacers’ 3-point flurry buries Lakers in LeBron James’ worst loss

first_imgMOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES Pacers: “We’ve had a couple good games, but it’s still going to take some time for us to really establish the way we want to play, not just establishing the way we need to play,” Turner said. “We’ve got to keep going.”UP NEXTLakers: Visit Boston on Thursday night, their fourth stop on a six-game trip.Pacers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol out against Timberwolves amid trade talk The Pacers, meanwhile, remained focused on regrouping.After losing four straight immediately following Oladipo’s season-ending knee injury, they’ve rebounded with three straight wins. On Tuesday, they produced a season-high 69 points in the first half, a season-high single-game total and their widest victory margin of the Eason.They made it look easy, too.After Bogdanovic opened the game by scoring all of the Pacers’ points in a 10-2 spurt, the Lakers never recovered. Myles Turner finished with 22 points while Thaddeus Young had 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.“We look at it as another win, but it does feel good,” Young said. “It’s not really about beating them by 42, but we played a complete game.”TIP-INSLakers: Played without Lonzo Ball (sprained left ankle) and Josh Hart (left patella tendinitis). … James became the fifth player in league history to top the 32,000-point mark. … Los Angeles has lost six straight in Indy, where it last won in March 2013. … Lance Stephenson had 13 points while Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram each had 12.Pacers: Avoided their first season sweep by the Lakers since 2009-10. … Coach Nate McMillan tied Jack McKinney for No. 7 on the franchise’s NBA victories list with 125. … Indiana improved to 10-1 this season when seven or more players score in double figures. Domantas Sabonis, Aaron Holiday and Edmond Sumer each had 17 points. … The Pacers have won four games this season by 30 or more points, matching their highest single-season total since 1993-94.THEY SAID ITLakers: “There are a million excuses that we could come up with — the travel, first game coming across the country, all the trade rumors and everything else,” Walton said. “The bottom line is we’ve got to be better And we will be.” Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points and the Pacers tied an NBA franchise-record by making 19 3-pointers in a 136-94 rout over the Los Angeles Lakers — the most lopsided loss James has endured in his 16-year career.“They scored 33 points off our 19 turnovers and that was from the beginning of the game. We can’t play from behind like that,” James said. “I think it (the jet lag) hit us. That first game flying across the country looked like it had a lot to do with it, but we didn’t come out with the defensive mentality we had the last time we played them and they made us pay for it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTwice previously James’ teams had been blown out by 36: Against Washington in April 2008 and in the 2013 NBA Finals against San Antonio. But this was might go down as the most embarrassing of the three.Indiana led wire-to-wire and never allowed the Lakers to get within single digits after the first basket of the second quarter despite playing without All-Star guard Victor Oladipo and on the tail end of a back-to-back following a four-game trip. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) celebrates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS— The Indiana Pacers have suddenly found a new winning combination.Not even LeBron James could slow it down Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At one point, the Pacers led by 46.And after James left with 2:06 remaining in the third quarter, coach Luke Walton wisely kept the four-time MVP him on the bench for the rest of the night.James was not himself either after missing 17 of the previous 18 games with an injured groin. He missed three of his first five shots, was beaten three times early on defense and had five first-half turnovers before finishing with 18 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and six turnovers.JaVale McGee added 16 as the Lakers lost for the sixth time in eight games amid the continuing swirl of trade rumors, something Pacers fans noted by repeatedly chanting “LeBron’s gonna trade you.”“I know it has to be tough on a lot of our guys — especially our young guys,” James said. “They’ve just never been a part of it and they’re hearing it every single day. I know that the worst thing you could right now is be on social media and I know all young guys love social media. So, that definitely can’t help.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Knicks beat Spurs to end 18-game home losing streak

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “That group gets credit for playing and doing their job the way they should,” he said. “Other than that, it was a pathetic performance defensively, but the Knicks had something to do with it.”The Spurs were so off early that they didn’t even make one of their baskets. Knox and Smith both went for the rebound of Aldridge’s miss with no Spurs around and knocked it into the basket, with Aldridge getting credit for the field goal.The Knicks led by nine at halftime and then started to run the Spurs off the floor in the third quarter. Pushing the pace and getting some easy dunks on lobs, they opened a 90-67 advantage on a 3-pointer by Dotson. The Spurs had to call three timeouts in the period — two at the same time when they couldn’t get the ball in after the first one — and were still down 19 with just over 2 minutes left in the period.They scored the final eight to cut it to 94-83 entering the fourth, but whenever they seemed to have any momentum, they would throw the ball away, allow an offensive rebound or commit a foul to stall.“We crawled back from 20, got back in the game, gave ourselves an opportunity,” DeRozan said, “but it’s really hard to find positives when you’re supposed to come in a building like this, against a team like this and get a win.”TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said G Derrick White, recently returned from a heel injury, would play Monday in Brooklyn after sitting out the front end of the back-to-back. … Jacob Poeltl had 12 points and nine rebounds.Knicks: C DeAndre Jordan sat out with a sprained left ankle. … Fizdale said G Frank Ntilikina was progressing in his recovery from a sore groin and now able to do some running. … Fizdale was asked if he had considered any different types of techniques to deal with the Knicks’ struggles at home. “Like incense?” he responded.COACH ON COACHPopovich coached against Jeff Van Gundy when the Spurs beat the Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, and selected him to coach the U.S. team in qualifying games for this summer’s Basketball World Cup, where Popovich will lead the Americans. Popovich praised the work of Van Gundy, who hasn’t been an NBA coach since going 52-30 with Houston in 2006-07. So when the Knicks snapped franchise-record losing streak at Madison Square Garden at 18 games by beating the San Antonio Spurs 130-118 on Sunday night, actor Samuel L. Jackson made the announcement from on stage to Lee . Lee was in the audience on the night he won the award for best director for “BlacKkKlansman,” but for so long sat courtside when the Knicks used to win home games.“It’s major,” guard Dennis Smith Jr said after his first home victory as a Knick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’ve been having our fans come out and support every night and haven’t won here since Dec. 1. I wasn’t part of that one, so I’m glad that we could get it tonight and just give the fans something to see.”Damyean Dotson scored 27 points, and Smith, Kevin Knox and Emmanuel Mudiay all had 19. Smith had 13 assists and Knox had 10 boards, while rookie Mitchell Robinson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. “He’s better than most of us as a coach. I think most people know that, but that’s not always what gets you hired,” Popovich said. “It’s circumstances and those sorts of things and personal situations, and timing has to be right and all that. But he certainly is somebody who would make a franchise better, without any doubt.”FAMILIAR FACEDavid Lee sat courtside with his fiance, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki. Lee played for both teams, beginning his career with the Knicks in 2005 and playing his final season with the Spurs in 2016-17.UP NEXTSpurs: At Brooklyn on Monday night.Knicks: Host Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tigresses foil Lady Maroons bid for lead; Lady Eagles stun Lady Tams New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) looks for a shot around the defense of San Antonio Spurs center LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New York, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — This Broadway smash even made news on Hollywood’s big night.Hey, when the Knicks win a home game, Spike Lee needs to know. Even if he’s across the country at the Academy Awards, busy getting his own big victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Coach David Fizdale said the Knicks never talked about their home skid, which began after a victory over Milwaukee.“They get over it, they get back to work,” he said. “And at some point you know the basketball gods will look out for you when you’re doing that.”DeMar DeRozan had 32 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who fell to 1-6 on their trip that ends Monday night in Brooklyn. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, but was limited to just 13 minutes through three quarters because of foul trouble.The Spurs came in as the NBA’s best 3-point shooting team but were just 6 for 24 behind the arc, far too poor to make up for a dismal defensive effort that had the Knicks wearing out the rims with slam dunks and shooting 51 percent.Coach Gregg Popovich credited his reserves for getting the Spurs back into the game in the second half, but the hole was too big.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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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New Wood Processing Equipment Enters Liberian Market

first_imgXylopia Equipment, a Liberian owned company near the Bong Mines Bridge on the Bushrod Island, has begun bringing in modern wood processing equipment.The machine known as the “Wood Mizer,” saws wood in an easy manner with low risk; unlike other existing equipment currently being used.The Wood Mizer is a heavy yet portable piece of equipment on which a log is placed where the wood is sawed through the control of an operator.Heavy wood processing equipment used in the past was usually owned by multilateral companies that operated saw mills.  In the case of the Wood Mizer, it is possible to be owned by an individual or a business as is the case with regular chain saws.Speaking at the launch of the equipment at the Xylopia business center on January 31, Mr. Frantz Sawyer, who partners with the company, acknowledged that Wood Mizer produces equipment for the world’s most reliable sawmills.According to Mr. Sawyer, the equipment comes with accessories that make its operation easy at sawmill.In his brief speech during the launching witnessed by Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Commerce & Industry Minister Axel Addy, Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Managing Director Harrison Karnwea, Stella Maris Polytechnic OSF Sister Mary Lauren-Brown, Chamber of Commerce President, Francis A. Dennis and other invited guests, Mr. Sawyer recalled the administration of President Sirleaf reviewed the Forestry Law of Liberia in order to strengthen value addition that would reduce the export of round logs.He added the review serves as a reminder that it did not make sense to produce round logs for export while importing construction materials and furniture for use in schools, offices, and other places.He stressed that Xylopia thought of the need for wood processing in dealing high quality and efficient Wood Mizer Equipment. Equally so, WoodMizer, having produced one of the best pieces of equipment for lumber, decided to bring it to the Liberian market to make sawing wood easier.He assured Government and the business community that their products meet all Liberian business criteria, and that they meet quality standards that sawmill operators can rely on to give them the needed services.Mr. Sawyer also acknowledged that they were deeply involved with the Forestry Training School in Bomi County and training young Liberians to operate the machines. This knowledge would prepare them for job opportunities with companies operating in the Forestry Sector.Vice President Joseph Boakai in his remarks stressed that under no condition can the impact of the economy be felt if Liberian owned businesses are not prioritized.He described the venture of bringing the Wood Mizer equipment to Liberia by some Liberians as a ‘welcoming’ and commended the group for engaging in such a business initiative.Vice President Boakai also indicated that wood is exported from Liberia, but the products are not produced here; something he hoped a Liberian owned company would engage in to make forest resources more beneficial to Liberians.He expressed hope that the business would extend to producing timber products  on the market to reduce their prices.Identifying customers with the financial potency to purchase goods and services is one marketing strategy that entrepreneurs carry out if they can be successful in their undertaking.Johnee Hammond, the General Manager of Xylopia, said in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer, before establishing the business in Liberia they did their feasibility studies and found out that there are potential Liberian customers to purchase the machine.Ms Hammond said depending on the type of machine the prices range from US$15,000 to US$16,000; amounts she believes Liberians who have been identified as clients can afford to pay for the machines.Meanwhile, prior to the arrival of WoodMizer equipment to Liberia, local lumberjacks relied heavily on hand and chainsaws to cut timber.The chainsaw (power saw) is used to cut down trees with the operator sawing at the same spot with a chain motor powered blade.It puts the operator and those assisting him at a high risk of being injured when not handled with care.With the hand saw, operators are usually two, one on the ground while another stands on top of the log they lay on a scaffold to saw.The risk is also high for the operator below; because if he is not adequately protected he could develop an eye problem from sawdust that may drop in his eye. Both operators could also be badly harmed when the scaffold breaks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Your Service to Your Country Is Invaluable

first_imgSince 1957, February 11 each year is celebrated as Armed Forces of Liberia’s Day, set aside by an act of the Legislature to be celebrated as a national holiday. But for Montserrado Electoral District #2 Lawmaker, the AFL deserves being celebrated everyday of the year, even if such celebration means just a line in every day’s prayer.Representative Sekou S. Kanneh made the assertion over the weekend in Monrovia in a brief chat with journalists. The chat was meant to express his appreciation for the appointment and taking over of Liberia’s first post-conflict citizen-Chief of Staff for the AFL; describing the move by the Liberian government as a single most significant strive in recent times towards empowering Liberians to take over their own governance.Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankhan was appointed by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and took over the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as Chief of Staff from Nigerian Army Major General Suraj A. Abdurrahman, who served that post since June, 2007.According to Rep. Kanneh, the appointment of a Liberian- Army Chief of Staff will serve as a serious motivator to AFL soldiers’ current state of mind in the defense of their country and people. “Now, the soldiers see a friend, a brother and a comrade whom they’ve known and trained with during the years. The soldiers know him and believe in him. That is what is most needed in any organization. This is a plus for all men and women in arms,” the Honorable Lawmaker said.“Although I couldn’t make it at the official celebrations, seeing the soldiers do what they did, no one has to guess it. Liberia truly now has an army it can rely on. They are discipline, they are trained and they are our own; and that is what we as Liberians need to understand and accept most: ‘that the army is what we’ve got and that it is what we must build to be what it ought to be; to be that force for good; to be that force that dares to defend,” the Montserrado Lawmaker emphasized as he watched local television stations relay AFL soldiers parade the streets of Monrovia.“All that I can say to these men and women in arms is that their service to their country is invaluable. Nothing is compared to their service. We love them and we appreciate them,” the lawmaker ended.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Acarous Gray Denies ‘Phone Theft’

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are said to be investigating Representative Acarous Moses Gray on allegation of “theft and physical assault”,  according to a communication obtained by Daily Observer.The Montserrado County lawmaker is under investigation based on a formal complaint addressed to Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi by one Musa K. Sackor, station manager at Voice FM, Monrovia.In a letter dated April 30, 2014, Sackor alleged that Rep. Gray ordered his bodyguards to physically assault him at a bar in Crystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point. In the process of the assault on him, Sackor claimed his iphone, valued US$600, and other personal belongings were stolen.Said event took place on April 28, 2014 at about 3:30 a.m., the letter indicated.“It all started when Rep. Gray entered into a fight with some group of guys outside of the bar that morning. They claimed that he nearly hit them with his official vehicle marked ‘HOR 32’ while trying to back [out]. When we heard the noise, we all rushed on the scene to find out what was going on. It was at that point when Gray identified me as a media collaborator and supporter of Mr. Benoni Urey. He felt insecure and claimed I would have used his misconduct against him on the radio. In that vein, he ordered his bodyguards to assault me and they made away with everything I had to avoid me using recordings against him.“I left the scene and immediately reported the case to the Central Police Station. Regrettably, officers on duty that early morning informed me that ‘the individual in question is a Representative and he couldn’t be questioned by them,’” the letter said.In a quest to follow up the story, Sackor told our reporter over the weekend: “I didn’t stop there, I wrote a formal complaint to Director Massaquoi and copied Deputy Director for Operations Abraham Kromah. My complaint is still before the police and I’m yet to get a redress.”According to him, the police announced that it had started investigation into the matter, but added: “I can’t get my phone, and my number with all my contacts remain off.”When contacted, Rep. Gray debunked the information asserting that, “This is a scheme.”“In your right mind, I will take somebody’s phone? What purpose will make me engage into that?” Gray asked.When first contacted on Saturday afternoon, Gray declined to comment, adding; “I’m eating; I will call you back.”However, Gray did not call as promised until late Saturday evening when our reporter managed to get thru after several attempts.Sackor’s allegation against Rep. Gray, who is a senior official of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party, is reminiscent of the case involving another CDC’s stalwart. The CDC deputy chairman for operations, Mr. Mulbah Morlu was accused by former Transport Minister Willie Russell of allegedly stealing his (Russell’s) phone while they were having political discussions in Sky FM Building on Broad Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Lawmakers Condemn Attack on ArcelorMittal’s Facility But…

first_imgTwo lawmakers of Nimba County have strongly condemned the recent attack on ArcelorMittal facilities in Yekepa and described the act as “awlessness” and an “embarrassment” for them in Government.The two lawmakers, Representatives Jeremiah Koung of District #1 and Larry Younquoi of District #8, in separate interviews on July 6, said they were taking serious exception to the violent act, stressing that it was the wrong way of addressing issues in a civilized society.For Representative Koung, who spoke first at the third commencement convocation of the Liberia International Christian College (LICC), stressed with strong assertion, “The day before yesterday was a sad day in Nimba when some of our citizens took on ArcelorMittal and destroyed millions of dollars of properties, going as far as burning the train that transports the iron ore from here. They went to the extent [of] burning the bridge connecting Sanniquellie with Zolowee and Gbaapa, and this is very embarrassing to me.”Representative Koung admitted, “Yes! There are issues; yes, there are problems and our people need a better living standard because the iron ore is taken from here. But this will not cause people to go ahead and destroy such huge properties.”The Nimba lawmaker said such action requires arrest and prosecution, and that those involved should face prosecution.Representative Larry Younquoi described the situation as “very unfortunate.  I have just returned from there with legislative and executive delegations.  It is disheartening that this county is again in the air for the wrong reason.”According to the Nimba District #8 Representative, a committee comprising officials and elders from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Nimba Legislative Caucus has been set up to negotiate so that the looted materials belonging to the company can be retrieved.Representative Younquoi did not exactly state the level of damage done in Yekepa at ArcelorMittal’s facility; however, he said it would have been massive destruction because while they were there, about two trucks of looted materials were brought out.Representative Younquoi called on citizens of the county to desist from violence and look up to their elected and appointed leaders when there is a need to address certain problems.In an opposite assertion, Representative Jeremiah Koung again noted that Government on the other hand has been very slow in addressing the problem in Nimba.He said complaints have over the time mounted over ArcelorMittal’s alleged failure to meet up with its responsibility to owners of the land, but those in Government have talked much and nothing is being done.Besides the conflict between the people of Nimba and ArcelorMittal, Representative Koung said conflict is still arising over a parcel of land declared “eminent domain” in Ganta in 2010 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.He said if the Government is serious about the land being eminent domain, the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy should survey and deed it, and settle people who have claim to it in order to lay the matter to rest.He also noted that the land in question has been contested on many occasions and discussions have taken place, but Government is yet to effect the decision by bringing the matter to a conclusion.ArcelorMittal signed a Mineral Development Agreement with the Government of Liberia to invest US$75 million to mine iron ore in Mount Tokadi in Nimba County for a period of 25 years.According to provisions in the agreement, ArcelorMittal is obliged to meet with the following activities:Provide the Government with a financial report on the quantity of iron ore produced and sold every calendar quarter, and a report on all operations and activities at the end of each financial year.It is also to construct, maintain and operate health facilities in the Concession Area with modern equipment and with procedures that meet international standards, and provide training for Liberian citizens for skilled, technical, administrative and managerial positions.The agreement indicates that ArcelorMittal provides an annual social contribution of US$ 3 million to be managed and disbursed for the benefit of communities in the counties of Nimba, Bong and Grand Bassa by a dedicated committee formed by the company and the Government.It is also to conduct its operations in accordance with the environmental protection and management law of the Republic and undertake an annual environmental audit and assessment.While the agreement provides the benefits, the people of Nimba, especially those in Yamein and Sehyee Clans have over the time complained that Arcelor Mittal was grabbing their farmlands without settlement and extending its mining activities to other mountains  besides Tokadi.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Bank to Give Nearly US$400M to Fight Ebola

first_imgFollowing alarming evidence of the spread of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the World Bank Group has announced that it will nearly double its financing to US$400 million to help the worst-affected countries address the emergency and build stronger health systems for the years ahead.This represents US$170 million in new funding. With Thursday, September 25th announcement, the Bank will put US$230 million toward the emergency response and US$170 million for medium- and long-term projects.According to a World Bank statement issued, the new resources – which the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors will consider in the coming weeks – will be targeted at rapidly increasing the health care workforce and purchasing needed supplies in order to bring care and treatment to all parts of the affected countries. The funding also is aimed at building a stronger health care system because it will aim to train cadres of health workers to bolster care at a community level throughout the affected region.“The global community is now responding with the urgency and the scale needed to begin to turn back this unprecedented Ebola crisis,” said World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, who was speaking today at a special session on the Ebola crisis at the United Nations. “The real challenge now is to bring care and treatment to the most remote areas as well as the cities and then to build a stronger health care system. This funding will help the countries start a massive scale up of training of community health workers and bring needed supplies and equipment.”The World Bank Group previously announced that it was mobilizing US$230 million for the three countries hardest hit by the crisis—Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—including a US$117 million emergency response.This support – coordinated closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations, the United States, and other international and country partners – has assisted countries in treating the sick, cope with the economic impact, and improve their public health systems.The additional planned support will make US$113 million that had been earmarked in the earlier package for longer-term help immediately available for the emergency response. The new package will have US$170 million set aside in medium- to longer-term assistance for the countries’ health systems.More people have died in the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa than in all previous Ebola outbreaks combined since the virus was first discovered in 1976.  A World Bank analysis, released last week, found that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries, its economic impact could deal a potentially catastrophic blow to these already fragile states.However, the analysis also found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating fear resulting from people’s concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.“This is a humanitarian catastrophe, first and foremost,” Kim said. “But the economic ramifications are very broad and could be long lasting. Our assessment shows a much more severe economic impact on affected countries than was previously estimated. We have been greatly encouraged by the major increase in assistance given by the international community, but now all of us have to deliver on the ground to match the scale of the crisis. ”The bulk of the emergency financing provided to date—us$105 million in grants out of the US$117 million package—was approved by the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors on September 16, 2014, and is new money provided in grants from our IDA Crisis Response Window. The other US$12 million in the emergency financing was reallocated at the end of August 2014 from existing health projects in Liberia and Sierra Leone (US$6 million per country) to make some funds immediately available. As of Thursday morning the Bank had already transferred 80 percent of the US$117 million package to the three Governments and UN agencies with the remainder of funds to be disbursed by the end of the week.These funds are being used to pay for essential supplies and drugs, personal protective equipment and infection prevention control materials, health workers training, hazard pay and death benefits to Ebola health workers and volunteers, contact tracing, vehicles, data management equipment and door-to-door public health education outreach. The Bank has been supporting country responses in line with the WHO Roadmap.“We can—we must—all move more swiftly to contain the spread of Ebola and help these countries and their people. Too many lives have been lost already, and the fate of thousands of others depends upon a response that can contain and then stop this epidemic,” said Kim.A World Bank Group analysis of the Ebola epidemic released last week warned that if the virus continues to surge in the three worst-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – its economic impact could grow eight-fold. However, the analysis found that economic costs can be limited if swift national and international responses succeed in containing the epidemic and mitigating “aversion behavior” – a fear factor resulting from peoples’ concerns about contagion, which is fueling the economic impact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crime wave in Wales-Patentia

first_imgDear Editor,Crime is an aspect of life that all citizens must deal with as it seems to have been around as long as civilization itself. Crime has ravished communities for centuries and one assertion is that crime is more prevalent in poor inner-city neighborhoods than it is in equivalents that are more affluent. Finding the root source of this plague has been on the minds of criminologists and others for centuries. This is because the control, reduction, and prevention of crime has been a major problem in our society and many others. There have been many different angles that have been studied as the potential cause of crime. Currently, the three major aspects include a lack of education, living in poverty, and being raised in a single parent home. Each of these perspectives offer insight to crimes but it seems that none can stand alone. Crime is a complex issue that may stem from many sources, but a lack of education, generational poverty, and the rupture of family structure each seem to play a prominent role in criminal activity.Since, the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate, crimes, crimes and more crimes are the talk of the village, recently a prominent business man was robbed, 65-year-old pensioner was robbed, even the little detergent, clothing in the backyards are now gone missing, to me and others this is an act of desperation. No jobs, no opportunities, are presented in the lives of these villagers, so the way to eat, and to feed some of their families are to steal and rob.I guess the prediction made by the People’s Progressive Party is so true; it’s now a village that is left behind the back of the APNU administration, it’s a ghost town so to speak, depression and thoughts of suicide are on the minds of many because of the lack of resources. Villagers are complaining that the privatized companies are now cutting their wages, our village needs another source of hope, to this administration where is good life you promised, its nearing to election and there’s no sight of the good life.Sincerely,Pt Surendra Tiwarilast_img read more

So who murdered Lallbachan Bachan?

first_imgDear Editor,The abuse of prisoners while in Police custody is a violation of human rights, which is escalating in Guyana.Recently, Mr Lallbachan Bachan, a young taxi driver who was incarcerated at the Suddie Police Station on DUI charges became a statistic to these problems.Mr Bachan was found dead in his prison cell in which he was singly housed. An autopsy report revealed that Mr Bachan died from asphyxiation and his voice box fractured. So who murdered Mr Bachan? Was it the police?However, in a cover-up attempt, the police claimed that Mr Bachan died from a fall which fractured his voice box. But drawing from a bit of anatomy, it is obvious that the police are into fake news because the voice box is a vital cartilaginous structure which spans a short length of only about 25 millimetres along the upper respiratory tract. Given this, the tiny voice box is quite easily fractured through direct trauma such as squeezing on it in the neck region.Therefore, it can be reasoned that the police fractured Mr Bachan’s voice box by deliberately choking him and sealing off his airway, thereby blocking the vital flow and exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide essential in sustaining his life. Editor, this knowledge is necessary in helping to zero in on how Mr Bachan died. Also, a motive behind Mr Bachan’s murder needs to be calculated based on information that he failed to come up with the hefty $100,000 which the police allegedly demanded.Further, the fact that Mr Bachan was singly housed rules out the possibility that he was murdered by persons other than the police. Of course, the police needs to be held accountable given the dynamics in this case.Convincingly, the murdering of Guyanese who are perceived to be PPP/C supporters is on the rise under the illegal coalition Government because people like Dr David Hinds have encouraged hostility against PPP/C supporters. How can anyone forget when Dr Hinds callously urged the flushing out of PPP/C moles? These are the reasons why citizens like Mr Bachan, who are perceived as PPP/C supporters, are singled out and taken advantage of and murdered. Well, the police have responded to Dr Hinds by flushing out Mr Bachan from society. Dr Hinds has been bullying PPP/C supporters for years as a WPA executive.Mr Bachan’s family will now suffer the consequences to this kind of bullying. Mr Bachan was the main breadwinner for his family and his murder will no doubt plunge his young wife and his four young children into undue economic hardship in a country unable to provide them with any kind of social safety net.Also, in an unrelated case, about six months ago, Mr Kalicharran Sawak became another statistic of grave human rights abuse while he was in Police custody at the Sparendaam Police Station, where he sustained a fractured skull and a slew of physical injuries which caused him to haemorrhage and die. To date, nothing came out of this case which can easily be cracked with whistleblowers.Further, it needs to be clear also that no matter if the police murdered Mr Bachan or Mr Sawak, they need to be held accountable because these men were in their custody when their human rights were violated.The ordeal of these two men is reminiscent of my very own experience with the GPF. Several years ago, a certain police constable unsuccessfully attempted to extort money from me. I was obviously selected as his victim because the police routinely targets Indo-Guyanese who are also perceived to be PPP/C supporters.And so he retaliated by enlisting a van load of officers who were brandishing huge rifles as if they were in combat with drug lords. The brainless officers heard that I was visiting from New York and they reflexively raced over to get me based on an erroneous calculation that I was loaded with money. This experience made me realise how the police prey on innocent citizens like criminals.The cowardly police even forcefully took me over to the East Ruimveldt Outpost. I was no doubt traumatised. And I knew that the extortioner would frame me and have me detained. I also feared that the police were going to beat me and murder me in a dark cell.As predicted, the extortioner fabricated silly lies about me but he failed to sell them to the corporal and he was booted from the outpost. The corporal was the one who stepped in and did the right thing in saving my life. It was obvious that all of the officers were of a certain race/ethnicity, except for the corporal. It was this experience that caused me to realise that racial/ethnic diversity is needed in the police force to protect innocent citizens and to give them a fair chance. Guyana’s diversity needs to be valued, not trampled. But Dr Hinds endorses the unfair racial/ethnic imbalance seen in the workplace. On Globespan 24X7, he argued that Indo-Guyanese are rich and thus they do not deserve to be in the workforce. This is stereotyping and deception to cheat Indo-Guyanese of what they deserve. I know that the majority of Indians in Guyana are poor. I also hailed from the ranks of a poor Indo-Guyanese family. Dr Hinds has been pushing for ethnic dominance which compromises our welfare and destroys our country. Dr Hinds can’t be of any good for Guyana if he does not stand up for diversity.Moreover, I was absolutely shocked to see drunken officers on the job at the outpost. Some of them were pointing to great big ledgers and mumbling that I must deposit money in them but I pretended not to understand what they wanted and so I asked the corporal for clarification. The corporal responded with a wide smile. The GPF can’t be trusted. The GPF is dysfunctional, dangerous, corrupt, abusive and lawless. The GPF can’t be of benefit to Guyanese given its lawlessness.However, I am convinced that the GPF can shed its problems through education which emphasises respect for human life. And this will allow only good things to fall into place for the benefit of every Guyanese.Sincerely,Dr Annie Baliram (PhD)last_img read more

GAWU in dark over conversion plans

first_imgWales Estate closureSome six months after official confirmation that the sugar operations at Wales Estate will cease, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has not given a definitive pronouncement on how the proposed conversion plans for the Estate will be implemented.In February, the Minister told the National Assembly that the sugar factory would be converted into a business establishment that will see the rearing of poultry and other livestock.GAWU President Komal ChandWhile these plans will impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of sugar workers, there has been a lack of consultations with the relevant unions. This is the contention of President of the Guyana General and Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, who told Guyana Times on Tuesday that neither the Agriculture Minister nor the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has given word on the future plans for the Estate.“In January, they promised to inform us about the new venture, what they hoped to do with the land…we haven’t heard from them and GuySuCo hasn’t got back to us and neither have we heard from the Minister,” Chand noted.He explained that while Government was not legally required to discuss the new venture as it was a policy position, the livelihood of workers at Wales was at stake; therefore, Government had to engage in discussions with the Union.With regard to cane planters who are reluctant to transfer their cane to the Uitvlugt Estate, citing transportation costs and implausibility, Chand noted that Government had “a political responsibility” to assist planters in having their canes transferred to the factory on the West Coast of Demerara.“They [Government] said that, ‘look we are integrating the two estates’,” the GAWU President pointed out.Chand further related that the 99 workers who have been denied severance pay continued to be unemployed, even though workers wrote GuySuCo earlier in June appealing for jobs while the High Court case on the matter was ongoing.“GuySuCo has not yet responded to that letter in which the workers appealed to the Sugar Corporation to give them employment in the time which they are waiting to hear the severance case,” Chand said.Meanwhile, this newspaper has learnt that the Sugar Corporation has filed an affidavit in response to the High Court litigation and GAWU’s legal team was working on its response.This court action was first brought after GuySuCo began discussions with individual employees of the Wales Estate to negotiate severance packages without informing or involving the unions. At one point, workers were given a three-day ultimatum to make their decision, but GuySuCo subsequently folded these plans as information got out.On June 7, Justice Roxanne George had granted the Sugar Corporation time to respond to the legal action, which was brought by GAWU and the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE) on the deployment of Wales Estate workers. The case will continue in the High Court on June 28.last_img read more