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Ateneo dominates San Beda, sweeps way to Filoil title

first_imgJolo Mendoza and Raffy Verano had nine points apiece to help Kouame handle the scoring load for Ateneo while Thirdy Ravena and SJ Belangel combined for 14 points.Javee Mocon had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Red Lions while Donald Tankoua added 13 points and five boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tournament MVP Angelo Kouame led Ateneo with 15 points, 16 rebounds, and three blocks, with one of his rejections preserving the Blue Eagles’ 73-59 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.“We talked about our defense and we had to take something that worked for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga, whose team played for three straight days the moment they arrived from their training camp in Greece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We have to give credit to the players because we didn’t have practice on how to defend the other team.”Ateneo took a big 45-26 lead heading into the break and took advantage of the absence of Robert Bolick, who hurt his ankle in the second quarter after going for a layup. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo had the perfect ending to its immaculate preseason after downing defending champion San Beda, 76-62, to claim the Filoil Preseason Cup title Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blue Eagles went undefeated in 12 games and won their first Filoil title since 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ex-UST guard Sta. Ana leads team in Red Bull 3×3 tournament MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View commentslast_img read more

NLEX settles for 4th place after loss to Korea’s Etland anew in Macau tilt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Miranda had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Road Warriors while Juami Tiongson also had 12 points.Asi Taulava finished with an 11-point, 13-rebound double-double to aid NLEX.In total, the two teams combined for 48 fouls.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lady Tamaraws outlast Lady Blazers in PVL thriller 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? MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo from Asia League FacebookMACAU—NLEX dropped out of the podium after losing to Korean Basketball League’s Etland 67-62 in the bronze medal game of the Asia League Super 8 Sunday at Macau East Asian Games Dome here.The Elephants trudged through a highly-physical game that saw two injury scares when Kenneth Ighalo lay on the floor early in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the thigh.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Park Bong Jin was also knocked down after Dave Marcelo elbowed him in the jaw that got him a trip back to the Road Warriors locker room.Etland held a 65-56 lead with 1:42 left to play after Jung Young Sam’s three-point play but the Road Warriors made a late-game 6-0 run that cut the deficit to 65-62 after Ighalo’s layup with 10 seconds remaining in the game.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’Kim Nak Hyeon, though, iced the game from the free throw line to finish off the Road Warriors.Jeong Hyo Geun had 13 points, six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to lead the Elephants while Hong Gyeong Ki added 12 points. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Russell, Harris lead Brooklyn Nets past winless Cleveland Cavaliers

first_imgThe Nets broke a 10-game losing streak in Cleveland and won for the first time at Quicken Loans Arena since April 3, 2013.TIP-INSNets: F Rodions Kurucs (sprained left ankle) was unavailable and will not play Friday at New Orleans. Coach Kenny Atkinson said his status will be updated this weekend. . F Treveon Graham (strained left hamstring) and F DeMarre Carroll (right ankle surgery) remain out.Cavaliers: Veterans Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith came off the bench in the first quarter after not playing Sunday. Korver had two points in 19 minutes while Smith scored seven points in 18 minutes… Cleveland was 6 of 26 from the field in the first quarter. … Love had 10 points in the first half, the only Cleveland player to reach double figures in the first two quarters.UP NEXTNets: Visit New Orleans on Friday.Cavaliers: Visit Detroit on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Nets maintained a lead over 20 points for most of the fourth quarter, causing many in the crowd at Quicken Loans to head for the exits.Dudley scored 12 points for Brooklyn while Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Ed Davis had 10 apiece.Kevin Love, Jordan Clarkson and rookie Collin Sexton each scored 14 points for Cleveland.Cleveland will face a difficult task Thursday with a road game against Detroit and Blake Griffin, who scored 50 points in an overtime win over Philadelphia on Tuesday.Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and guard Shabazz Napier made their season debuts. Jefferson, out with a hip injury and the birth of his first child, scored seven points in 17 minutes. Napier, sidelined with a strained right hamstring, scored eight points in 11 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Markieff Morris fined $15,000 for tugging on Seth Curry’s shorts Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers’ George Hill (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — D’Angelo Russell scored 18 points, Joe Harris added 16 and the Brooklyn Nets beat Cleveland 102-86 on Wednesday night, keeping the Cavaliers winless this season.Brooklyn outscored Cleveland 38-17 in the third quarter, forcing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to use four timeouts in the period. The Nets placed six players in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 LATEST STORIES Cleveland is off to a rocky start as it tries to move on without LeBron James. The Cavaliers lost their first two games on the road to Toronto and Minnesota. Cleveland was coming off a 133-111 loss in its home opener to Atlanta on Sunday.The Cavaliers are 0-4 for the first time since losing their first five games in 2003-04 when James was a rookie.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe first half had 11 lead changes and the teams were tied at 45 going to halftime before the Nets took over. Brooklyn hit 16 of 22 from the field in the third quarter to pull away.Harris made a 3-pointer that put the Nets up 50-47 and Brooklyn never trailed again. Jared Dudley’s second 3-pointer of the run pushed the lead to 68-50 with 6:12 remaining in the quarter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Manny Pacquiao goes hard in sparring as training rolls on for Broner fight

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Pacquiao (60-7-2) sparred for a combined 10 rounds against Arnold Gonzalez, Lydell Rhodes, and George Kambosos Jr.Gonzalez, who suffered a bloodied nose, and Rhodes went three rounds each with Pacquiao, while Kambosos, who owns a 15-0 professional record, fought for four.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 ChrissArnold Gonzalez with a bloodied nose. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPacquiao, 40, will defend his WBA World welterweight title against Broner (33-3-1), who is 11 years his junior, on January 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.This will be the first title defense for Pacquiao of his welterweight championship that he took via seventh round technical knockout from Lucas Matthysse on July 15 in Malaysia. Big things ahead for NorthPort as Stanley Pringle gets solid backup Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Manny Pacquiao lands a solid hit to his sparring partner’s face. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao isn’t slowing down on his preparations for his title defense against American Adrien Broner.Boxing’s only eight-division World champion schooled three of his sparring mates on Saturday at Wild Card Boxing Gym—the house where he built his legacy with former head trainer Freddie Roach.ADVERTISEMENT And if Pacquiao’s been steamrolling in his preparation, Broner hasn’t had the same path after he was arrested days before Christmas for a driving-related case.Broner, who was quickly released, hasn’t won a fight in almost two years after his split decision win against Adrian Granados in a non-title fight in February of 2017.The American’s last two fights ended in a loss to Mikey Garcia and a draw with Jessie Vargas.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

Sustaining the charge

first_imgLATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phoenix also had a strong showing in the elimination round of the Governors’ Cup last season, but failed to make it past the quarterfinals—a lesson Wright and his teammates hope to learn from.We’re still so far from where we should be,” Wright said.At the same time, however, Wright feels that this version of the Fuel Masters is exactly the team that will help the franchise make its mark on the league.“I feel it in my bones that we’re going to be something special,” said Wright. “We just have to keep at it.”The Fuel Masters will face the NLEX Road Warriors on Friday, looking for a fifth straight win against an opponent that is still feeling its way through its new roster.Game time is at 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena. Later in the night, Rain or Shine will battle NorthPort with the Painters hoping to keep in step with the Fuel Masters on top.The Painters have also been doing great, riding on throwback performances by former MVP James Yap and solid contributions from rookie Javee Mocon.On a sad note for Alas, he won’t be coaching against son Kevin, the NLEX gunner who lost yet another season after tearing his ACL again.That leaves NLEX, which is still dealing with Keifer Ravena’s suspension, trying to stop Phoenix behind JR Quiñahan and star big man JP Erram, an offseason acquisition. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments 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 They’ve done that so far.But their schedule will begin baring its teeth once Phoenix flips its calendar. There, the heavyweights await. And the Fuel Masters have dealt with hot starts before, only to falter at the homestretch of their schedule.“We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t done anything worth bragging about. We haven’t won a playoff game yet,” said top gunner Matthew Wright, echoing his coach’s warning that his teammates should not let their lofty perch cloud their goal.The team wants to roll into the playoffs with momentum, not just barely making it there gasping from the beatings handed out by league heavyweights.“We have to sustain this,” Alas added.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gilas coach Guiao worried over availability of players Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Calvin Abueva (right) hopes to help Phoenix soar past JR Quiñahan and NLEX. —AUGUST DELA CRUZSoaring in a way they have never had in franchise history, the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters have every right to feel good about themselves.But Louie Alas offered a warning that was timely and relevant.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s not the way you start,” Alas said on the heels of a 114-95 drubbing of Blackwater at Ynares Center last week.There’s a reason to look at Phoenix’s league-leading 4-0 slate as a mirage of sorts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor one, the team has plowed through the easy part of its schedule, knocking down teams it was supposed to beat—a preseason challenge Alas hurled at the Fuel Masters.“Before we can start figuring out how to compete against the top teams, we must be able to take care of the teams we’re at level with,” Alas told the Inquirer before the season started.last_img read more

LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan help Spurs rally past Bucks

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ San Antonio was without third-leading scorer Rudy Gay, who missed the game due to an undisclosed illness, but the reserves stepped up in his absence.The Spurs shot 11 for 27 on 3-pointers, with reserves Marco Belinelli (4 for 8) and Patty Mills (4 for 7) combining for most of the 3s. Belinelli and Mills both finished with 16 points.“Tonight was a great example of understanding the game plan, executing the game plan and trusting everyone and each other on the defensive end,” Mills said. “It was probably one of the best games for us all season in playing team defense.”Antetokounmpo was limited to 13 points in the second half on 5-for-9 shooting as the Spurs sent multiple defenders at the Bucks’ 6-foot-11 star.“They played really good team defense, packing the paint,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was trying to create some shots for myself but I was trying to find my open teammates. I think I did a pretty decent job but we weren’t able to knock down shots.”San Antonio opened the second half on a 17-4 run while holding Milwaukee to one field goal in the opening five minutes.Aldridge’s eighth 3-pointer of the season, this one off one of DeRozan’s six assists, gave the Spurs their first lead of the game at 67-64 with 8:41 remaining in the third quarter.San Antonio outscored Milwaukee 33-23 in the third quarter and opened the fourth on a 10-1 run to solidify control of the game.TIP-INSBucks: The Bucks had won two straight in San Antonio with their previous loss coming Dec. 2, 2015. … Milwaukee is 23-12 on the road this season, the league’s second-best mark behind Golden State (21-11). Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH02:14Carpio 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 Milwaukee’s lead atop the Eastern Conference was cut to two games ahead of Toronto after losing on the second night of a back-to-back.Popovich said the Spurs caught a break in the schedule, as the Bucks arrived in San Antonio at 4 a.m. after hosting Charlotte on Saturday night. They also lost an hour of sleep due to Daylight Saving Time as the Spurs rested at home after last playing Wednesday in Atlanta.“It certainly doesn’t help, but all the credit goes to them,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They deserved to win, they played better than us. We just weren’t good enough tonight.”Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 13 rebounds as Milwaukee’s two-game winning streak ended. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points and Brook Lopez had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Bucks appeared fresh early as Bledsoe scored nine points during an opening 11-4 run. The Spurs started sluggishly, opening the game 2 for 10 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ateneo shows character in quick win over UP Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes (11) drives to the basket past Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic (41) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in San Antonio, Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs have won five straight overall and eight in a row at home, though San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich is not ready to make any grand proclamations about the team’s direction.San Antonio’s veteran coach knows nothing matters until the postseason. Still, the Spurs are starting to feel good about themselves.ADVERTISEMENT Spurs: Gay has missed 12 games this season, including one for rest. … Aldridge had 15 rebounds, giving him 7,815 for his career to move past Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for 72nd in league history. Robertson had 7,804 over 14 seasons with Cincinnati and Milwaukee. … Mills is the only Spurs player with 120-plus 3-pointers in five seasons.ABSOLUTELY BATTYThe game was delayed nearly a minute after a bat flew above the court and buzzed past Bucks guard Pat Connaugton’s head. Bledsoe ran, ducking for cover and Antetokounmpo dashed away.“I can’t even deal with roaches and ants,” Antetokounmpo said. “There’s no way with a bat. I don’t understand why the mascot is a coyote; it should be a bat.”The Spurs’ mascot, The Coyote, emerged in a Batman costume Sunday with a net along with a stadium worker and scared the bat to the rafters of the AT&T Center. The Coyote captured the last bat at the AT&T Center, making a diving catch with a net on Feb. 2 when the Spurs faced New Orleans.WELCOME BACKFormer Spurs center Pau Gasol was honored before the game with a video highlighting his 18-year career with the Grizzlies, Bulls, Lakers, Spurs and the Spanish national team, as well as his charitable work. Gasol signed with Milwaukee after accepting a buyout from San Antonio on March 1.“I think it was a very warm welcome even though I basically left a week ago or so,” Gasol said. “But the relationships are here, the moments that we put together are here and it’s appreciated from both ends.”UP NEXTBucks: At Dallas on Tuesday night. LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 28 points and the Spurs overcame a 15-point deficit in the first quarter to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 121-114 on Sunday night and match their longest winning streak of the season.“And then the truck hit us after we turned the corner, is that what you’re about to say?” Popovich said, chuckling at the question. “I don’t make sweeping assumptions about where we are (and) where we’re going. Just like any other year, we’ve always tried to be the best team we could be by the time playoffs arrive and we hope that we’ll be part of the playoffs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSan Antonio has moved into seventh in the Western Conference and within percentage points of sixth-place Utah. The Spurs’ home streak includes wins over Denver and Oklahoma City, and they have now beaten the top three teams in the East at home after topping Philadelphia in December and Toronto in January.“It was a great test for us, one of the best teams in our league,” DeRozan said. “We started off kind of rough but we kept at it. To pull out this win is big.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spurs: At New Orleans on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

‘He Remained a Devoted LNBA Member’

first_imgDespite retiring several years prior to his demise, the Liberian National Bar Association (LNBA) has eulogized the late former Ad Hoc Supreme Court Justice William B. Metzger, Sr., as a devoted member of the ‘black robe family.’Reading a tribute on behalf of the LNBA during wake-keeping over the remains of the fallen former judge at the Trinity Cathedral Catholic Church on Broad Street last Friday, a spokesman of the Association, Cllr. James Verdier, recalled the role the late Judge Metzger played to help inspire him and others to reach where they are today.Cllr. Verdier, who was recently nominated as Chair of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), further recalled that Judge Metzger—even in his retirement years— remained a staunch member of the LNBA and travelled with the Association to several parts of the country to attend annual conferences.Rt Rev. Hart Funeral DiscourseIn his funeral discourse last Friday, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, challenged the bereaved family and friends of Judge Metzger to emulate his good Christian virtues.As a devout Christian, Bishop Hart remembered how many Sundays; he left Bomi Hills where he spent the better part of his life, to come to Monrovia for service whenever a Priest was unavailable to conduct Mass at the St. Paul Episcopal Church where he served as deacon.Supreme Court BenchThe Supreme Court Bench was led by Chief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor and Associate Justices, who in their tribute, expressed sadness over the home going of Judge Metzger, whom they described as a brilliant legal mind.Family TributeThe family tribute, read by one of Judge Metzger’s younger siblings, Mr. Clarence B. Metzger, narrated how close his brother was to the family, saying it did not matter how far apart they were, he was always in contact; and as such, important news about him was relayed from the United States where some of the family members reside.Judge Metzger died November 26, 2013 at the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Monrovia after months of illness. He was in his 89th year.Attendees Among those who attended his funeral included members of the Cape Mount and Bomi Counties Legislative Caucus, Trial Judges of Liberia, and the Chairman of Unity Party, Cllr. Varney G. Sherman, among many others.He was buried in his hometown of Damballa on Saturday, after a night of wake-keeping.The late Judge Metzger was born on October 1, 1925 unto the union of Mr. Boima Kelkeh Metzger and Mrs. Jembeh K. Metzger in Damballa Town, Porkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County.“Bill”, as he preferred to be called, attended elementary schools in Damballa, and the Mambo Episcopal Elementary in Tewor, District and later the St. John’s Episcopal High School in Robersport as well as the Laboratory High, now William V.S. Tubman High in Monrovia, where he graduated with a Diploma.He later matriculated to the University of Liberia for a semester under the watchful eyes of Dr. T. Ebenezer Ward.From 1955-1962, he joined the former Liberia Mining Company (LMC) where he served as Mail Clerk and later Accounts Clerk. He served as Justice of the Peace and Associate Magistrate from 1962-1964, and from 1964-1970, the late Judge Metzger was appointed as Traffic Court Judge in then Bomi Territory; and was again promoted as Circuit Judge for Bomi County in 1978.He finally served as Ad Hoc Chief Justice for a Special Court Constituted at the Supreme Court of Liberia from 2003 to 2004.Judge Metzger was joined in holy matrimony with Marsay Manobah in Bomi Hills in 1955 and was blessed with several children; his wife predeceased him. Later in 1962, Judge Metzger and Bernice Stubblefield tied knots in Monrovia and the union was again blessed with several children.The late Judge was a member of several fraternities, including poro society, Grand United Brothers of Friendship (UBF), Grand Order of Odd Fellows (GUOOF), and Grand Junior Warden and Honorary Deputy Grand Master, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Masons, Republic of Liberia.He is survived by his widow Mrs. Bernice Stubblefield Metzger; his children William Jr., Wayne and Wilmot (USA), Winifred, Wilhelmina, Maima, Kula, Jenneh and Wilfred. Siblings: Dr. Kanda Golafale, Mrs. Miatta Metzger Sherman (USA), Momodu and Dao; several grand and great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and host of other relatives, including the Dagosehs, Konuwas, Mabandes, Sheriffs, Simpsons, Teahs, Shermans, Kamaras, Dunbars, Kannehs and friends in Liberia and abroad.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stark Choices: Orderly Transition or Return to Failed State In 2017

first_imgIn a little more than 700 days, Liberians will be facing a year of decision, one that will determine if the country turns the corner from its ugly past or enters a period where an elected president will be turning power over to another one.  Not since 1944, more than 70 years ago, when Edwin J. Barclay turned power over to Williams V.  S. Tubman, has there been an orderly transition in Liberia from one living elected president to the other.  Although the circumstances surrounding Barclay’s “retirement” are murky, yet historians consider it an orderly transition. After 70 years of a tumultuous history, one of wars, coup, attempted coups, several transitional leaderships, Liberia has a chance to change from its recent ugly past to become a responsible nation that values a democratic and orderly transition.  In order for that transition to happen smoothly in 2017, much work lies ahead and the political and social elites in Liberia should be mindful of the pitfalls and minefields along the path.  The greatest responsibility in determining a smooth transition rests with the current Liberian leadership, under the mantle of Africa’s first freely elected female president. President Sirleaf can govern for the next two years as if the country is in a holding pattern, as an aircraft does in bad weather over an airport, or she can aggressively pursue her development agenda, with realistic goals.  Governing as a lame duck and biding her time would be disastrous as the social consequences would be unfathomable.  The President must govern as if she is running for reelection.  Too much is riding on her leadership and we’ve lost too much time to Ebola and political inertia.  She must turn around the negative narrative that her administration has failed.  The President needs one memorable legacy project or two that will silence her critics and make her relevant in the stark choices for 2017.  If the President fails to be fully engaged in development over the next two years and gets distracted by politics as usual, Liberia runs the risk of falling back into conflict.  I believe the President can change the narrative and increase her influence in the choices we make in 2017 and beyond. Liberia is faced with several developmental challenges, including mass poverty and hunger, being exacerbated by a virulent Ebola virus that is undermining the modest socioeconomic gains made over the 9 years of democratic governance.  Although the percentage of the population living under the national poverty line (one US dollar at purchasing power parity), has decreased from 63.8 percent in 2007 to 56.3 percent in 2010, with further reductions being  made until Ebola hit in March of 2014,  Liberia is still one of the poorest countries in Sub Saharan Africa.  At 1.25 US dollar per day, the international poverty line, nearly 70 percent of Liberians live in extreme poverty with all of the multi-dimensions in poor health, food insecurity and low educational attainment.   77 percent of those employed toil in vulnerable employment, subsistence agriculture or petty trading.  These are people living on the margins of society, working every day to eke out a meager existence and they too have a vested interest in ensuring a smooth transition in 2017. One aspect of poverty that has the potential to undermine social cohesion is the huge level of income inequality with only 2.4 percent of Liberians in the highest wealth quintile. This means only 80 thousand Liberians, or about 15,000 families are doing reasonably well, while the rest are not doing so well.  Obviously two years is not enough time to dramatically reverse income equality, but the choices for 2017 must accompany more robust and aggressive efforts to make some improvements in livelihoods.  Failure to do so could result in Liberians voting their fears and not their hopes and aspirations, and demagoguery could overshadow responsible choices, thereby putting an orderly transition into jeopardy.Liberians cannot treat the 2017 election as a “do or die” proposition, with those in leadership believing that turning over power would indicate the end of their ability to influence what happens in the country, with no access to the desirables of life, while those on the outside wishing to accede to power believing that this is their last and only chance to sit in the citadel of power to reap the rewards. Both mindsets are dangerous and could portend for a mindless struggle for power that may disintegrate into violence and make political coexistence impossible.  A mass exodus of technocrats from the current administration out of Liberia could further increase the country’s lack of capacity and make improving livelihoods even more difficult.  Therefore, it is clear that coalitions and compromises are required for a successful transition in 2017. How we accomplish that will be determined by the kinds of efforts we make, including engaging each other and encouraging those with vested interests to influence politicians to abide by simple rules of decency.  Losers cannot feel further alienated from the political center, fearing that their livelihoods will be threatened by the other side being victorious.  The election must be seen as a win-win scenario for all Liberians.  The process to ensure an orderly transition must begin now. In a few short months, the cacophony of electioneering, with the tastes and allure of power would be too intoxicating for politicians to make reasoned decisions to protect the national interest.  This has been the history of Liberia and has resulted in our current state of development.  We can change that narrative by working together.  I am optimistic that we can accomplish this feat.  And so it goes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Free and quality education is a better option than cash transfers

first_imgDear Editor,Two favourite campaign promises are already being bandied about: free education and cash transfers. The former is borne of a desire to fundamentally change our society and future. The latter is an example of how to squander our oil wealth. This opinion is not influenced by any party affiliation – to me it seems pure and simple common sense.We all know that investing in our education system is an urgent and vital need. The IMF’s Article IV report found that while Guyanese children receive around 12 years of schooling, that education is only worth about 6 years compared to other countries with better education systems. That means that half of the time our children spend getting an education is wasted. Perhaps it is better to call it daycare than school?Better teachers, facilities, resources and programmes will ensure that the quality of that primary education improves. This will equip our children with the solid foundation they need to pursue further education, rather than proceeding to university unequipped for the challenge. We must also invest at the university level as well. Improving UG’s faculties and programmes will prevent Guyanese from being forced to go elsewhere in order to obtain a degree. This must be done if we are to halt our devastating brain drain.To me, all of this seems to be common sense. One of the best things a country can provide its youth is a quality education. Guyana’s system has fallen into disrepair. Now that we have happened into oil wealth, we have an opportunity to fix this mistake.Compare that to the suggestion that Guyana should begin making cash transfers. A blanket payout to all citizens cannot possibly create the same merits and values that a quality education can. Rather, it rewards Guyanese for having the good fortune to be living in this moment. It also counts on the recipient to be responsible with how they use the funds.Of course, the idea of limited or targeted cash transfers has been suggested as an alternative. And in a perfect world, our Government would impartially distribute cash to Guyanese most in need, bereft of any racial or political considerations. But we do not live in a perfect world. I fear that the idea of targeted transfers is more likely to become a mere euphemism for buying political support with oil money.It is the duty of all Guyanese to refrain from the near-sighted temptations that oil wealth will offer. Every international expert and every country that has already experienced oil wealth all urge us to look to the long term and plan ahead. Our generation is lucky to have seen the discovery of oil, but our labour is just beginning if we are to translate that into lasting prosperity and stability. We have not earned the right to take early retirement on an oil “pension.” We cannot be bribed away from our long-term goal. Let us exercise restraint and look towards policies which create a lasting foundation.Yours sincerely,Donald Singhlast_img read more