Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES The 27-year-old Alas sustained an ACL tear in his right knee on February 2, the exact same injury on the same knee he suffered last year.Alas is determined to power through his latest setback and he will especially with a strong support system led by his family and longtime girlfriend and courtside reporter Selina Dagdag.“We’re about to embark on this round 2 with lots of hope and positivity! Please keep @kevinlouiealas in your prayers always. We know God’s plans are the best!” Dagdag posted on her Instagram account.“He’s okay. He’s already in high spirit,” said his father Louie Alas.The former Letran star went down just five games into the 2019 Philippine Cup where he was averaging 8.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists before the injury.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Juventus signs Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal from next season Alas was sidelined for 10 months when he tore his ACL the first time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kevin Alas’ road to recovery is off to a great start.NLEX’s rising guard underwent a successful ACL reconstruction surgery and has been discharged from the hospital, the Road Warriors announced on their official Twitter account Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ALL SMILES. @kevinlouiealas is out of the hospital after a successful ACL reconstruction surgery!Here he is with our assistant team manager Mon Celis, conditioning coach George Yorobe and dad @CoachLouieAlas. #ArangkadaAlas! pic.twitter.com/Rz4Sgqhzr0FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— NLEX Road Warriors (@ArangkadaNLEX) February 12, 2019 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
The focus of this second article of the series on the Christian understanding and attitude towards both poverty and wealth is on poverty and its major causes. We already noted in the introductory article that our concentration in this series on material or indignant poverty. What are the common causes of poverty and why is it so wide spread around the world? What is the Christian take on the issue of poverty? Let us examine in brief in below. But first a summary of article one on background and definitions:According to research done by John Stott, there are three major categories of poverty. These categories are the indignant or economically poor, the oppressed or powerless poor, and the humble or spiritual poor.Economically speaking the indignant poor are those who lack the basic necessities of life, namely, food, shelter, clothing and basic health needs. They are sometime referred to as the destitute. We may refer to people who have more than the basic necessities of life such a television, a vehicle, a smartphone, washing machine, two or three decent meals a day and the like that make life a bit more comfortable but in comparison with the rich poor relatively. They do not have luxury goods and items in abundance as the rich have. The word poor is also employed in reference to the one deserving pity and sympathy. Like we would say, “Poor Flomo, he recently lost both his job and his wife”.The oppressed poor, sociologically and politically speaking, are those whose rights are denied because of their race, tribe, religion, political affiliation or place of residence. They may have some material comforts but have no say in the decision making of the society they belong to. The spiritually poor are those who recognize and acknowledge their need and dependence on God. They do not confide solely in their own strength or any other human strength. Jesus calls them, “blessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:8). Our main concern in this series is with the materially poor.The rich on the other hand are those who have material abundance. This again is relative in relation to a particular society and depending on whom one is comparing the rich to. It is the complete opposite of the poor. They have lot of money and property and can afford the comforts of life. Rich can be used in terms of interesting and variety. “The country has a rich history and culture”.A study of Church history reveals that there has been and still is a variety of Christian views on poverty and wealth ranging from seeing material poverty as the way of the true Christian life to regarding wealth as the reward of genuine faith, from seeing poverty as a mark of true spirituality to regarding wealth as an offense or obstacle to faith. We shall explore these a bit more in subsequent articles. Suffice it to say at this stage that poverty and wealth do affect real lives and how we regard them matters very much.Poverty is pervasive. What is responsible for its widespread? From a biblical perspective all the blame for poverty can be laid at the feet of sin. And sin, by the way, is any thought, word and deed that is contrary to God’s will. One form sin can take is laziness. Proverbs has a lot of warnings against laziness. Laziness is an indirect, slow but sure way of inviting poverty on oneself. “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:6-11). Other aspects of sin are greed, drunkenness, gluttony, extravagance, mismanagement or abuse of resources, and failure to make adequate use of available resources and opportunities.Some of these sinful ways are caused by bad governance and selfish policies and practices on both national and international levels. People are denied of their rights and opportunities to better themselves. Terrible injustices work against them from the crib to the grave. Both the individual themselves and society reduce them to appalling living conditions. Conversely, individuals and society must work in concerted efforts to reduce or eradicate extreme poverty. How? The next article will make some suggestions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has underscored the need for adequate education for Africans if the continent is to remain relevant. “For Africa to remain relevant, we need to adequately educate our people, as it is through education that we can unlock the potential of our youth to enable Africa to compete globally, and create jobs in the new knowledge economy,” the Nigerian leader said. President Jonathan’s comments come as Nigeria prepares to host the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja, Nigeria beginning Wednesday of this week.This year’s forum will take place on the theme: Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs. It takes place just few weeks after the world announced Nigeria as Africa’s biggest economy. Nigeria, which has accumulated over US$70 billion in foreign reserves, is also Africa’s most popular country. More than 900 leaders from business, government, civil society and academia will participate in the meeting on 7-9 May. The meeting convenes against a backdrop of significant economic growth, progress in reducing poverty in most parts of sub-Saharan Africa, but also persistent inequality. This year’s program, according to organizers of the forum, is built on three pillars: Accelerating Society’s Transformation; Deepening Investment Partnerships; and Redesigning Growth Models.In addition to President Jonathan and representatives from his government, other leaders that have confirmed their participation are: Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, President, People’s National Assembly, Algeria; Thomas Yayi Boni, President of Benin; Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China; Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire; John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger, Prime Minister of Madagascar; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of Tanzania; and Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo.“Africa’s continued progress depends fundamentally on the ability of its leaders to take the bold decisions necessary to transform the region’s economy and society. By bringing together leaders from politics, business and civil society, we hope the meeting will offer an environment where such decisions can be catalyzed, and where commitment and creativity can be drawn on to build a future fit for all Africans,” said Elsie Kanza, Director, Head of Africa, World Economic Forum.From the broader perspective, Africa’s remarkable growth trajectory is projected to remain above 5 percent in 2014 with West Africa the fastest growing sub-region, representing the continent’s largest business opportunity.Such momentum is a welcome and necessary boon to a region whose youthful population offers the prospects of a significant demographic dividend fuelled by growth in consumer industries, manufacturing and business process outsourcing.Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation – with over 160 million inhabitants – already plays a crucial role in advancing the continent’s growth; yet it is also emblematic of the challenges of converting natural wealth into solutions that address persistent social challenges.As the foremost gathering on the continent, the 24th World Economic Forum on Africa will bring together regional and global leaders to discuss innovative structural reforms and investments that can sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity for all its citizens.According to the preliminary, Africa’s richest man, Nigerian billionaire and president and chief executive officer of Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote, will address a topic on redesigning growth models; while the chairman of the executive board and chief executive officer of Heineken Netherlands Jean-Francois Van Bomeer will address a televised session on deepening partnerships. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Independent senatorial candidate for Montserrado County, Robert Alvin Sirleaf, has openly apologized for “any comment [he] might have made which is wrongly interpreted that [he] meant to hurt anyone who disturbs [his] campaign”.The controversial senatorial aspirant visited a community of Red Hill in Virginia, just outside of Monrovia on November 8 and let rip his emotions at a group of people who had protested his campaign. “Let me come back in Red Hill Field and catch one of them,” Robert Sirleaf said with a clenched fist and an angry tone. “Let me come back in this community. Plenty people holding placards, I can’t wait to catch them… they will feel their stomach coming out of their stomach. And when I’m finished with them, and they think they can come hold something, I will deal with them in my most final way [like] the Ebola virus. I will make them bleed…”Professing to be a very peaceful and civil person, he described his recent threatening remarks as based on “emotion as a human being”. But he maintained that the context from which he spoke was perceived differently.“I profusely apologize to the people of Montserrado County,” Mr. Sirleaf stated during a radio talk show yesterday, marking the first day of the campaign of the Special Senatorial Elections.The President’s son expressed optimism of winning the Senate Seat for Montserrado County despite the popularity of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate George M. Weah. He attributed his optimism to his being the most accomplished candidate in Montserrado County in terms infrastructure development and meeting the welfare and educational needs of the people.Sirleaf has been making the rounds in the county identifying with the needy through humanitarian initiatives.“I respect people’s dignity. Therefore it’s my passion to help people,” Mr. Sirleaf said adding that “people, issues, respect and execution of development are my aspirations.”The radio talk show was climaxed with a pre-launch campaign paradewhich kicked off from the RCI Junction in the Duport Road Community to the ELWA junction.Some of the supporters sang “Your leave us, da Sirleaf we want”, while others sang, “It hurting them”, interspersed political slogans.Addressing scores of his supporters at the ELWA junction, Mr. Sirleaf said Liberians should believe in Liberia by “thinking forward” with the election of an able representative in the Liberian Senate.Mr. Sirleaf, standing atop a pillar of a fence constructed by the Paynesville Municipality, thanked his supporters for turning outon day one of the campaign, and vowed to campaign to the end to ensure his victory.“The battle has just begun and we will win this battle,” said Mr. Sirleaf, adding, “I am counting on all of your support as well as all those who want a better future.”Meanwhile, football legend and former presidential candidate George Weah, the most popular politician in Montserrado County judging from the results of the last two presidential elections, has ruled out complacency.Weah told VOA recently that he will win the contest, having won the county in the last two presidential elections against President Sirleaf. Last week, 14 lawmakers from Montserrado County presented Weah with a petition endorsing his candidacy.Despite his popularity, Weah as well as Sirleaf could face strong competition from Dr. Chris Neyor, the former head of the National Oil Company of Liberia, as well as Benjamin Sanvee, the 33 year-old former youth leader during the Charles Taylor era.Neyor is promising change when elected to the Senate but Sanvee professes that he is the real candidate of change, vowing that if elected, he will fight for what he calls “bread and butter” issues, as well as the establishment of an anti-corruption court to fast-track corruption cases.The Special Senatorial Elections will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 throughout the country, but in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in the affected county could be deferred and treated as a by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I write to urge caution amidst the heightened passions and hollow promises which so often characterise Guyanese elections. This election is perhaps the most monumental in the whole of Guyanese history, for it comes at the same time when our oil industry is taking off. The wealth at stake, and the power of good or evil it will provide those who wield it, will surely set the tone for Guyana’s future.It is vitally important that the Government keeps those revenues flowing. It seems to be fashionable of late for politicians and other Guyanese to suggest that Guyana could benefit from attempting to reopen and renegotiate existing contracts. Of course, Guyana left some money on the table when they were first negotiated – that much cannot be disputed. But to suggest that we are best suited by reopening them now seems to me, simply, a farce.Why, you ask? Because to do so ignores the bigger picture. We may be producing oil now, but it is not in any meaningful quantity. That will come later, will the addition of more phases of development in the Stabroek and more discoveries elsewhere. What is the cost of disrupting that? We would also be fools not to consider what is taking place just next door in Suriname. If there is any indication that the reserves there might rival our own, what is to stop oil companies from fleeing Guyana if it seems that we do not respect the rule of law, or that they may get better terms there?On this latter point, Guyanese should consider the example of Mozambique and Tanzania, the neighbouring African states. East Africa has seen a budding rivalry between the two, which have both discovered major offshore gas reserves. Yet, it has been a lopsided contest. Mozambique has moved quickly and decisively, granting attractive terms and arranging for major international operators to get projects online within the shortest possible timeframe. Their regulatory framework and petroleum laws have also been clear and thoughtful, reassuring investors.Tanzania’s path has been one of errors and misjudgements. Its resources are still in the nascent phase after frequent construction delays for the onshore LNG export facility. The country has also established industry laws which provide no clear roadmap on production, commercial processing, liquefaction, transportation, storage or distribution of its natural gas resources. And amongst the most cited concerns for international investment is a new regulation that would allow the Government to apply laws retroactively, giving them the power to renegotiate already-signed contracts.Much of the Tanzania context should be startling familiarity to Guyanese. We sit now in a privileged and unique position with the advent of oil production. We are the darling of the world’s oil industry. Let us not get carried away with our newfound celebrity and let us not be tempted to rash action when patience and deliberation would serve us better. Certainly, every effort must be made to wring out as much benefit from oil operations as is possible for Guyana. That does not mean a blunt approach is the best approach.Yours respectfully,Gregory Lynch
A man and a woman were on Wednesday arrested after Police ranks discovered an illegal firearm and matching ammunition in a boat that was in their possession.According to Public Relations Officer of the Guyana Police Force, Ivelaw Whittaker, the incident occurred around 10:30h. According to initial reports, Police ranks conducted a search on a boat at Eteringbang, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).During the search, they unearthed an unlicensed 12-gauge shotgun along with 14 cartridges. The ranks subsequently arrested the man and the woman.The two suspects remain in custody and are assisting with the investigations.
President David GrangerWalter Roth MuseumPresident David Granger on Monday justified the Government’s decision for the removal of the Walter Roth Museum from its Main Street, Georgetown location to the Guyana National Museum. He insisted that the move was not “whimsical” but was made on the basis of organisational changes in the administration.The museum – which is the oldest museum of anthropology in the English-speaking Caribbean – will be moved to the western wing of the National Museum.President Granger stated that he does not view the removal of the museum from the heritage building as a “problem but as an improvement”. He assured that there will be no damage to the artefacts or documents that are housed in the building.“It is an administrative decision which was made because of organisational changes in Government,” he said, adding that the establishment of the Ministry of Presidency Department of Environment has brought on the need for more space.He stated that there is no need for worry since the new housing arrangement will be up to international standard.“It is not tumbling out. It is an improvement…if it could have been avoided we would have avoided it but we need to deploy staff from the Ministry of Presidency,” he noted, explaining that the merge of the two museums would improve access to the exhibits.He also stated that it is quite likely that he will be working from one of those departments, hinting that the department of protocol might be one of those departments.The Walter Roth MuseumIn an invited comment on the issue, Former Culture Youth and Sport Minister Dr Frank Anthony had stated that the National Museum was already overcrowded with its own artefacts. He said that instead of dismantling the Walter Roth, its heritage should be preserved.“We have to see what this is all about…it is an institution and instead of dismantling it, we have to be preserving it and growing it because it has a very important role to play in Guyana,” he said.Dr Anthony said he does not think the President is aware of the space the National Museum has, since it has been overcrowded with its artefacts: “They cannot display their current holdings because there is a lack of space and to move an entire museum and somehow cram it into the space of the National Museum, I don’t think that is possible.”Dr Anthony added that if it is true that the President wanted all the museums in one place then the Government would have to build another building and he does not believe that they are rebuilding the current museum, and “if they are doing that, where are they getting the budget from because there was no budget voted in 2016 for it.”The Walter Roth Museum was established in 1974 but did not open to the public until 1982. It is located on Main Street, Georgetown. It is famous for its journals in some of the leading universities of the world.However, President Granger assured that there will be no damage to the pieces in the museum but it will be moved to the other building which will meet international standards.Walter Roth museum was founded with the collections of Guyanese Archaeologist, Dr Denis Williams and in 1980, the ethnographic collections of Dr Walter Roth, JJ Quelch and Sir Everardim Thurn were transferred to the museum from the National Museum. The museum’s collections also include subterranean artefacts from all 10 Administrative Regions.
A 25-year-old mother was remanded to prison when she made an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Judy Latchman for allegedly setting a house on fire.Arson accused Naomi Williams being escorted out of the courtIt was alleged that on October 9, 2016, at Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Naomi Williams, of Lot 62 Norton Street, Georgetown, unlawfully and maliciously set fire to the dwelling house of Phillip Narine valued $1.6 million.It was further alleged that on the same day, she damaged a number of household items valued a total of $1.3 million, also property of Narine.The unrepresented defendant pleaded not guilty to both charges.The prosecution objected to bail on the grounds of the penalty attached to the crime and value of the items.As such, bail was refused and Williams will make her next court appearance on October 25, 2016 for statements.
One of Liberia’s foremost adult literacy entities, Alfalit-Liberia and the Ministry of Education (MOE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at promoting adult literacy in the country.Speaking at the signing ceremony Tuesday, May 27, at MOE’s Computer Training Center, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh called for the translation of the signed document into a practical context that would enhance the learning process of adults in the country.Minister Tarpeh also stressed the hope that the MOE’s collaboration with Alfalit-International Liberia will build a vibrant educational system at the grass-roots level for the nation’s adult population.The Education Minister wishes that her relationship with Alfalit-Liberia will also promote and enhance productivity in the educational system of the country.“No one person at the MOE would be able to do all the adult literacy work in this country. It should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, irrespective of background,” Minister Tarpeh declared.She further admitted that many adult literacy organizations have tried in many ways, but perhaps their initiatives were not highly successful owing to the condition in the country at that time.She urged adult literacy entities operating in the country to train adult learners also in some basic negotiation skills that further empower them not only in reading and writing, but in carrying out successful business activities. The Ministry of Education head also underscored the need for the teaching of local languages in the adult education sector as an alternative for the better understanding of the subject matter. She also urged adult literacy groups in the country to include in their training manuals the training of marketable skills to the adult literacy learners.Minister Tarpeh in closing congratulated Alfalit-Liberia’s staff for their commitment, resilience and determination over years in training adult Liberians in literacy.In a special statement, the chairman of Alfalit-Liberia’s Board of Directors, Kenneth Y. Best, gave the overview of the adult literacy entity since it was established in Liberia in 2006.Chairman Best explained that Alfalit-Liberia has trained about 55,000 adult literacy learners in Liberia and adult literacy centers have been established in all 15 counties of Liberia.Mr. Best, who is also Publisher and Managing Director of the Daily Observer newspaper, recalled chat he once had with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, that the nation could achieve functional literacy in five years. However, he maintained that in order to accomplish this goal, “All stakeholders have to be on board.” These include the Liberian government, especially the Ministry of Education, all schools and educational institutions around the country, civil society organizations and the development partners.Mr. Best thanked Education Minister Tarpeh and her staff for accepting Alfalit-Liberia as a solid partner with the MOE in promoting adult literacy.Chairman Best also narrated a passionate success story of Alfalit-Liberia’s education initiative that transformed the life of a market woman into a productive adult literacy reader and writer.For her part, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Education Team Leader, Dr. Julia B. Richards, acknowledged the huge challenges of the MOE in meeting many with its demands in the country.She pointed out that no skill would serve better than empowering adult literacy learners with the knowledge to read and write good English.Dr. Richards also commended Alfalit-Liberia for its determination in enhancing the adult literacy program in the country.She underscored the need for civil society organizations and other major stakeholders in education to work together as a united team to promote adult literacy.Earlier, the Policy Advisor to Minister Tarpeh, Dr. Albert Coleman, welcomed the Alfalit-Liberia’s officials and staff to the signing ceremony and hoped that both parties would live up to the terms and conditions of the MOU.In brief remarks, the Executive Director of Alfalit-Liberia, Rev. Emmanuel J. Giddings said the signing of the MOU with the MOE marks a significant breakthrough in the nation’s adult literacy program.The MOE and Alfalit-Liberia’s MOU signing was also attended by one of the board members, Mrs. Helen Roberts Evans, who also works at the Ministry of Education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Executive Director of the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC) has called on all Liberians to join in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus by engaging themselves into what she described as “Citizens in charge.”Cllr. Yvette Chesson Wureh said there is not enough awareness and sensitization on Ebola in the country and many still doubt the existence of the killer disease.Speaking in an interview with journalists in Monrovia on Thursday September 11, Cllr. Wureh called for “Citizens’ Action that will involve more young people in the process to carry out the message.”She said Citizens’ Action will help the process greatly since the Liberian government cannot do all, and does not have all the capacity to protect every one.She said the ABIC is working with its partnering, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which donated US10, 000.00 for the Ebola awareness and sensitization campaign.The ABIC initiative, she said is doing it without the involvement of the Liberian government.On the role of the youth, in the impending Citizens Action campaign, she said, the youth will need protective gears while others will carry verbal message about the Ebola prevention in the various communities.The campaign will be held under the theme: “Spread the word, not the virus,” she said and will last for two weeks, another three months for monitoring and evaluation.Every citizen has to do what is right, Cllr. Wureh said, adding, “This is not time for political games. Let us stop bringing in politics and show to the people that we are in a serious crisis. We all must move this forward. We want no more new cases.”“What we want to focus on now is the issue of contact tracing, psycho-social counseling, effective management of the dead bodies, all of which will lead to containing the virus,” she said.She concluded that “Contact tracing and containment are very important because it will help our citizens. We will train some of our youths for these interventions.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)