Utah Jazz roll over short-handed Miami Heat

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ “They jumped on us from an effort and energy standpoint,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were bobbling passes, traveling, missing catches, and then it became a domino going down the wrong way. We just couldn’t get it back.”Favors went 7 of 8 and had eight boards in 19 minutes, while Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyle Korver, who has opened up the floor for the Jazz since arriving via trade from Cleveland, made four more 3-pointers and scored 16 points.The Jazz have had an up-and-down season by any measure. This win marked Utah’s second by 27 points or more in eight days, but the Jazz have also lost games by 33 and 50 points and have yet to reach the .500 mark at home (now 5-6).“That’s the tough part for us, just trying to play the same way and keep it up each game,” Favors said.Even within the same game, the Jazz were nearly unstoppable in the first quarter — shooting 70 percent — but went through long stretches later in the game when they couldn’t generate any offense and had a spate of turnovers. They ended up shooting 52.6 percent, including 16 of 32 from 3-point range, with 17 turnovers.The Heat have been riding their own rollercoaster. They led by 31 in the second quarter of a win against New Orleans on Nov. 30 and then trailed by 31 in the second quarter to the Jazz less than two weeks later.BABY WADE?Korver came into the league with Wade in 2003 and has heard the Wade-Mitchell comparisons. “Their physical abilities are similar. D-Wade in his younger years — and he still is — was so explosive and so tough around the basket. He could get into the paint and make plays, make reads. I think Donovan has a lot of those qualities and he definitely has a good start,” Korver said.MISSING YOUWhiteside, who left the court for the locker room during the fourth quarter of a home loss to Orlando last week, is still not with the team for personal reasons. He later said he just needed to go to the bathroom, but Spoelstra was upset and said the Heat “handled it as a team.” Whiteside is expected back with the club on Friday. Dragic, who has battled a sore right knee for the last six weeks and had it drained in mid-November, missed the game — his 12th scratch of the season. Fellow guard Dion Waiters hasn’t played at all since having ankle surgery in January.TIP-INSHeat: Wade, making his last scheduled regular-season appearance in Salt Lake City, got a standing ovation when he checked in midway through the first quarter and another when exited the court after the game. … The Heat’s 15 points were a season low in the first quarter for a Jazz opponent. … Miami was down 92-53 entering the fourth, the largest deficit after three quarters in the NBA this season.Jazz: Raul Neto missed the game with a sore right leg. … The win snapped a four-game skid against Miami. … Utah outrebounded Miami 52-30.UP NEXTHeat: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.Jazz: Play the Orlando Magic in Mexico City on Saturday. 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “That was fun. He’s a legend,” said Mitchell, who thought it was one of his better two-way games.Rodney McGruder paced the Heat with 16 points and Kelly Olynyk had 14 as Miami played without Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic. Wade, set to retire after this season, scored six points.Less than two weeks ago, the Jazz also went up big in the first quarter against the Heat, leading by as many as 19 before allowing a 20-0 run and watching Wade sink two free throws to win it in Miami, 102-100.This time, there was no such drama.The Jazz sprinted out to a 34-10 lead on hot shooting and tenacious defense that denied the Heat any easy looks early.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Utah Jazz guard Kyle Korver (26) shouts to an official as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, left, looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY  — Donovan Mitchell didn’t want to give Dwyane Wade another chance at a comeback victory.Mitchell scored 21 points and Derrick Favors had 17 to help the Utah Jazz rout the short-handed Miami Heat 111-84 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It started from the tip,” Mitchell said after the Jazz led by as many as 42. “We came out strong and didn’t let up.”Playing against one of his basketball idols probably for the final time, Mitchell unleashed a variety of moves — the crossovers and misdirection dribbles that have prompted comparisons to a young Wade. Mitchell has acknowledged he studies film of Wade to develop his own offensive repertoire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t want to think — just play.”On Tuesday night, Mitchell took Wade to dinner in downtown Salt Lake City and gifted him a rocking chair. Then, the second-year guard, who said he calls Wade on the phone often and picks his brain, matched up and scored on the 12-time All-Star at least a few times in the blowout. Clutch: Kyrie Irving scores Boston’s last 12 in OT win over Wizards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Raptors beat Pacers in Kyle Lowry’s return

first_imgThailand fires coach Milovan Rajevac after AFC Asian Cup loss to India Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ “He was really good tonight,” Nurse said.Green matched his season high with five 3-pointers and Toronto hit 17 of 33 from long range, one shy of its season best.“They were the aggressors all night long,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We never really established that we could stop them.”It was the fifth time this season the Raptors have faced a team that had won at least five straight games. Toronto is now 3-2 in such encounters, also beating Miami on Dec. 26 and Milwaukee on Saturday.“Hopefully this will be an eye-opener for us, and realize we’ve got a lot of work to do if we want to get to where we want to be,” Indiana’s Victor Oladipo said.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Oladipo scored 16 points for Indiana. The Pacers have lost five straight and 14 of the past 16 against the Raptors.Thaddeus Young scored 14 points and Darren Collison had 11.Indiana has won 13 of its past 16, losing twice to Toronto and once to Cleveland in that span. The Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Dec. 19.“This is a tough place to play,” McMillan said. “They make it a tough place to play, and we haven’t had success here in a number of years.”Both teams shot better than 60 percent in the first quarter but the Raptors made six of nine attempts from 3-point range to lead 37-35. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Serge Ibaka scored 18 points, while Lowry had 12 points and eight assists after missing the previous six games because of a sore lower back.“He’s a big piece of what we’re tying to do here,” Powell said. “It seemed like he hasn’t missed a beat.”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 ChrissKawhi Leonard rested on the second night of a back-to-back, but Lowry played 32 minutes and shot 4 for 10, going 2 for 6 from 3-point range.“Good to be out there with my guys,” Lowry said. “It felt good to be able to help them get a win.” LATEST STORIES UP NEXTPacers: Visit Cleveland on Tuesday night.Raptors: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives between Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) and guard Tyreke Evans (12) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kyle Lowry returned from injury to help the Toronto Raptors extend a run of home dominance over the Indiana Pacers.Norman Powell scored a season-high 23 points, Pascal Siakam had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and the Raptors beat Indiana 121-105 on Sunday night, snapping the Pacers’ six-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The Pacers lost their 11th consecutive game north of the border. Indiana’s most recent win Toronto was March 1, 2013.Lowry also had three steals and three rebounds, and took a pair of charges.“There’s about 32 other things out there that you’re not seeing that he’s doing that don’t get recorded on the stat sheet,” coach Nick Nurse said.Danny Green scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 12 as the Raptors returned from a victory in Milwaukee on Saturday to win their fifth straight at home.Powell made 10 of 12 shots and scored 11 points in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Powell scored 10 points in the second and Toronto led 70-63 at halftime. Ibaka had 10 in the third as the Raptors took a 96-84 edge into the final quarter.“Everybody was wide open tonight,” McMillan said.TIP-INSPacers: C Myles Turner (right shoulder) was not available. Sabonis made his second start of the season. … All five starters scored at least 10 points.Raptors: Powell’s career high is 30, set at Brooklyn on April 13, 2016. … Lowry and Leonard have played together in 21 of Toronto’s 42 games. … Lowry had not played since Dec. 22 at Philadelphia. He missed the four games before that because of a sore left thigh.BENCH BOUNCES BACKToronto got more bench points in the first quarter (six) than it did in all of Saturday’s win at Milwaukee (five). The Raptors finished with 52 bench points.“We talked about coming out and setting a tone, bringing the energy and playing our game,” Powell said.KAWHI RESTSLeonard has been held out of at least one game of all eight back-to-backs so far this season, one year after being limited to nine games with San Antonio because of a quadriceps injury. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Kings enjoy blowout win over Magic to stop 4-game skid

first_imgAnthony Davis explodes with 36 points, 13 boards as Pelicans rout Grizzlies Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Getting a little swagger back after blowing fourth-quarter leads in all four of those defeats, the Kings went ahead by double digits in a dominant second period and led by 28 entering the fourth.“We’ve given a few games away, so it’s good to come out and control the whole way,” Fox said. “It’s great to have a game like this.”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 ChrissPlaying in their somewhat frenetic offensive style, the Kings were running at every opportunity, especially early when they established the tempo. They outscored the Magic 24-12 in fast-break points and were even more dominant in the paint, owning a 64-24 edge.“The ball was moving and everyone was sharing it,” said Buddy Hield, who had 13 points. “The ball has been really moving lately, even in the games we lost. When we are moving the ball well it’s really hard to stop us.” LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ UP NEXTMagic: Conclude their six-game road trip Wednesday against Utah.Kings: Play at Phoenix on Tuesday in the second game of a back-to-back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Behind a strong effort from their bench, the Kings opened the second quarter on a 20-2 run. Fox had 11 points, helping Sacramento take a 58-42 lead into halftime.Orlando shot under 37 percent, committed 16 turnovers and was outscored 29-17 in the decisive second quarter.“We just struggled to score. We have to find a way to where we have enough shooting on the floor all the time to create spacing. It’s a problem,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “There’s not a lot of room with some of the lineups out there for anybody to have a place to go. It makes it hard.”BAGLEY IS BACKAfter missing 11 games with a knee injury, Sacramento rookie Marvin Bagley III had eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes.Prior to the injury, Bagley had stepped up his play and was a key figure off the bench. He entered averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.“(The knee) feels great. After a couple of times down the court I got a little tired,” Bagley said. “But as the game went on I felt a lot like I did before I was hurt. It will take some time, a game or two to get back in the flow of things.”TIP-INSMagic: Shot a dismal 12 of 39 (31 percent) in the opening half. … Vucevic had his 27th double-double this season. … Aaron Gordon shot 3 of 13 and had 10 points.Kings: Had a 13-27 record last year after 40 games. This season, Sacramento is 20-20. … Starting guard Iman Shumpert missed his second straight game with an injured right index finger. … The bench produced 48 points. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Orlando Magic forward Jonathon Simmons (17) defends against Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)SACRAMENTO, California— After four excruciating losses, the Sacramento Kings savored a rare blowout victory Monday night.De’Aaron Fox had 20 points and the Kings snapped a four-game skid with a 111-95 win over the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bogdan Bogdanovic had 15 points and seven assists for the Kings, and his 32 minutes marked the most by any starter. Willie Cauley-Stein added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Justin Jackson also had 11 points.Terrence Ross hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points and Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which has dropped three straight and eight of 11. Evan Fournier hit four 3s and scored 15 points.“It’s a tough situation for us and it’s disappointing the way we’ve been playing,” Vucevic said. “We have to keep working and find a way to turn things around.”The speedy Fox shot 9 of 14 and directed the Kings’ offense with precision, committing only one of Sacramento’s nine turnovers. He exited late in the third quarter and never returned, playing 22 minutes.An Orlando turnover led to an acrobatic fast-break dunk by Fox, putting the Kings ahead by 25 late in the third quarter. They led 90-62 after three.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Arrest Warrant Issued in Case of Murdered Belgian

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Failure of four of the 17 accused of murdering, Michel Bruno, a citizen of Belgium, to appear before Criminal Court ‘A,’ on Monday, March 31, prompted Judge Yussif D. Kaba to issue an arrest warrant against them.Judge Kaba also ordered a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar to appear before it on Monday, April 7, while another defendant, Luther Glader, was absent during the hearing. Rev. Karngar filed a US$489,000 property bond that released 12 of the 17 accused, including Glader, from prison to await trial.When the defendants appeared at the Court on Monday, defendant Glader was not anywhere to be found in the dock. Judge Kaba’s action followed immediately after prosecution prayed the court to suspend further hearing into the matter and ordered the arrest of Musa Dubai, Stephen Badaygar, Prince Tarwo and Alex Peterson, who were also not in court on Monday. However, the defense team argued that the four men were not included in the indictment that brought the defendants under the jurisdiction of the court.They further argued that the action of prosecution was merely intended to delay the trial, praying the court to deny said request.In the court ruling Judge Kaba declared that “even though the four accused names were not mentioned on the indictment, it does not mean that they were not among the other defendants.They were also served a writ of arrest which brought them under the jurisdiction of the court. The writ is clear evidence that they were part of those indicted by prosecution,” he explained.“Besides,” Judge Kaba continued, “they were not covered by the US$489,000 property bond filed on their behalf by a prominent citizen of Grand Bassa County, Rev. Dr. Aba Karngar, for their day to day appearance pending the completion of the trial.Since they were not part of the other defendants covered by the bail bond,” he instructed, “the court clerk is hereby ordered to issue a writ to have them arrested and brought before court to show cause, if any, why they should not be held in contempt pending final determination of murder charges levied against them.”He continued, “the clerk of court is ordered to issue a citation address to the surety (a promise by one party to assume responsibility for the debt obligation of a borrower if that borrower defaults) of Abba Karngar on the bond filed for the matter to appear before the court next Monday, April 7, to show while another defendant is covered under his bail for failure to appear at the court in respect of the nature of the matter.”At Monday’s hearing the prosecution and defense teams concluded the examination and selection of the six member jury that would assist Judge Kaba to determine the matter.   last_img read more

Mass Protest Planned

first_imgThe Daily Observer has reliably learned of massive preparations underway that will involve tens of thousands of Liberians for a peaceful nation-wide demonstration.According to the organizers of the march, the protestors will peacefully assemble on or before March 6, 2014 to register their opposition to the recent legislation passed by the Legislature prohibiting the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) from contesting any political seat for three consecutive years after the expiration of their tenures.The controversial legislation amends the 1999 Act of the CBL, which already prohibits the governor, his deputies, and board of governors from contesting political seats while serving their tenures. The lawmakers were said to believe that banning the board of governors of the CBL for three consecutive years after their tenures have expired, will help depoliticize the CBL. The heavily criticized legislation also gives lawmakers exclusive powers to determine whether or not an offense has been committed by the executive governor or a member of the board of governors of the CBL and “to take necessary action of impeachment in keeping with relevant provisions of the Constitution.” According to the 1999 Financial Institution Act, “a member of the board of governors can be removed from office upon a bill of impeachment by the House of Representatives upon a finding by a majority of the board of governors and the recommendation of the President for gross breach of duty; misconduct of office; conviction of a felony and being declared bankrupt.” Part II (4) (1) of the 1999 Act which gave the CBL the power to issue legal tender and banknotes and coins was also amended  to say that the CBL shall “supply” legal tender and banknotes and coins. The planners of the march have denounced the bill and vowed to resist it.Organizers of the march are contending that by giving itself these powers, the legislature is scraping the CBL of its legal and international best practice mandate as a central bank. They disclosed that the march will take place on or before March 6, 2014 and will be held at the Capitol Building and the Foreign Ministry. “We are going to tell President Sirleaf not to sign that unconstitutional bill into law,” said one organizer.Functions of a central bankAccording to international best practice, a central bank (reserve bank) or monetary authority is an institution that manages a state’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. Central banks also usually oversee the commercial banking system of their respective countries and are institutionally designed to be independent from political interference, with limited control by the executive and legislative bodies.  In contrast to a commercial bank, a central bank possesses a monopoly on increasing the amount of money in the nation, and usually prints the national currency, which usually serves as the nation’s legal tender.Lawmakers’ argument  Members of the legislature are, however, contending that they have the constitutional authority to print and issue the national currency even though they (legislators) “mistakenly” delegated that authority to the CBL back in 1999.LINSU, Others Condemn BillThe Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) was the first to condemn the legislation. In a widely publicized statement issue last week, LINSU described the law as “a bad law gear towards fostering disunity and witch hunting.” LINSU’s president Varney Jarsey and secretary general Benedict Williams vowed to fight the law to death. The presidents of various universities’ student unions including the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU), AME Zion University Student Union (AMEZUSU), United Methodist University Student Union (UMUSU), Cuttington University Student Union (CUSU), Smythe and Tubman University (TU) have also jointly affixed their signatures to a strong press statement condemning the Bill. The Citizens Solidarity Council has also condemned the Bill and threatened legal action against the Legislature. Also condemning the Bill is renowned Liberian constitutional lawyer and former Labor Minister, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe, who has argued that the bill violates Article 11 of the Liberian Constitution. Hundreds of callers on various phone-in talk shows have also condemned the Bill and called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to veto it in the name of peace and good governance.Some Lawmakers’ Condemnation of the BillSome lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also declared their opposition to the law seeking to bar Liberians from contesting for political offices after the expiration of their tenures with the CBL.Montserrado County Representative Thomas Fallah of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) wondered whether supporters of the Bill took into consideration the constitutional rights of those affected by such a law.Rep. Fallah frowned at the haste with which the Lower House concurred with the Bill, which emanated from the Senate, without sending it to the Committee room for advice to the plenary. Another CDC lawmaker who voted against the Bill in the Lower House, Julius Berrien, described the law as bad and unconstitutional. Our Capitol Hill sources hinted to our reporter during the week that House Speaker Jenekai Alex Tyler of the ruling Unity Party (UP) requested plenary to suspend the House’s Standing Rules before voting on the Bill to allow all motions for reconsideration to be tried on the floor on the same day. “This is because he realized that most of the lawmakers were in favor of passing the Bill,” said this source on condition of anonymity.Why was the Bill Passed?Our sources declared that the CBL Act was amended in order to “clip the wings” of Executive Governor Dr. J. Mills Jones, whom the lawmakers perceived as gaining political capital in the country. The CBL boss has gained strong popularity across Liberia for his “inclusive economic” policy under which the CBL is providing economic stimuli to key sectors of the economy through bank and non-bank financial institutions.With the high poverty level in Liberia especially in rural parts, many Liberians, mainly businesses—both small and large—consider Governor Jones as one who understands their plight and that of the Liberian economy. This paper has been told that politicians on Capitol Hill, who are eyeing the presidency come 2017, see Governor Jones as their greatest threat should he decide to contest. The CBL boss’ second and final tenure as Executive Governor of the CBL is expected to end in 2016.President Sirleaf’s DilemmaPolitical analysts believe that the passage of the controversial Amended CBL Act by the legislature puts President Sirleaf in a critical political position. Executive Mansion sources hinted to our reporter over the weekend that the President is disturbed by the decision of the Legislature to enact a law that directly contravenes international best practice. These sources, however, noted that the President is weighing in on the issue of the US$73 million district development bill recently submitted by House Speaker Alex Tyler.The bill, which seeks to set aside US$73 million exclusively for district development across the country, lacks basic elements of financial management. Citing failure of the County Development Fund, these sources noted that the President seems unprepared to approve the US$73 million bill due to accountability issues. Though these sources didn’t say whether the President will sign the amended CBL Act to appease the Legislature, they told our reporter that doing so would put her credibility on the line. They also told our reporter that President Sirleaf is keenly watching the political interplay on Capitol Hill following rumors that Vice President Joseph Boakai and House Speaker Alex Tyler, all of the ruling UP, are considering contesting the 2017 presidential and general elections. Internal wrangling within the governing UP has been fueled by a power- struggle over who should replace President Sirleaf as standard bearer. The big question is: will President Sirleaf risk what political capital and credibility she has left and sign a law that violates the Constitution and ruins the CBL, to appease lawmakers on Capitol Hill?   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 Lawmaker Blames Finance Ministry for Underdevelopment

first_imgNimba County District #1 Representative, Prince Tokpah, says development in his county is dormant because the Ministry of Finance has failed to disburse county and social development funds belonging to Nimba.Recently speaking at a program marking the ground breaking of four projects in Nimba under the “Legislative Support Project,” Representative Tokpah stressed that over time members of the county’s Legislative Caucus have engaged the Ministry of Finance, urging it to see reason and release the funds for development projects; but all efforts to date have proven futile.He said Nimba County receives US$1.5 million every year from Arcelor Mittal as part of its social development fund. The county development fund that every county receives is a separate fund. According to the representative, Nimba has over US$4 million that the Ministry of Finance is failing to release; this, he alleged, is causing citizens to blame the legislators for failing them.“Delays on the part of the Ministry of Finance to release our social and county development funds are causing our people to blame us.  Not that we are not doing anything to protect their interest, but the Ministry of Finance has failed to release the money allowing us to do so; and because you are not aware of how government works, you blame us.  If our money is not released, we will organize ourselves and approach the issue so that concerns will be raised,” Representative Tokpah explained.The Nimba lawmaker said the withholding of the county’s funds is deliberate as far as caucus members are concerned. He vowed not to relent, and to use every means possible to get to the Finance Minister.In addition to the county development funds, Representative Tokpah also said the Government of Liberia contracted yellow machines belonging to Nimba County to grate damaged roads in 2012 with the consensus that it (government) would pay the difference to the county since the machines were meant for farm-to-market roads.According to the representative, since 2012 government has not attempted to pay the money it owes the county.In separate remarks, Ganta City Mayor Dorr Cooper, rhetorically stated that it would be better if government prepares a billboard with the inscription that the Executive Mansion is renovated by Nimba rather than fail to fulfill the promise made since 2012.He said Nimba should not be the only county the Government of Liberia owes every year; therefore, what it owes must be made available to enhance development in their respective districts.When the Ministry of Finance was contacted on April 21, Deputy Minister for Administration, Jordan Slunteh, said the Ministry of Finance disbursed US$1.2 million to Nimba on September 6, 2013.Minister Slunteh said the Ministry has not disbursed the rest of the money on the grounds that procedures leading to the disbursement need to be followed, and therefore they cannot be disbursed when those conditions set have not yet been met.County caucuses in recent years have come under fire for the mismanagement of County Development Funds. Most notable was the 2013 “You eat, I eat” recording in which Montserrado County Representative Edward Forh was heard trying to convince Superintendant Grace Kpaan to embezzle funds meant for the development of the county.Representative Forh is still in office. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf accepted Superintendent Kpaan’s resignation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Police Director Needs to Be “Harsh”: Beware the Limits of Power

first_imgPresident William V.S. Tubman, once passing by a group of well armed soldiers  in the Executive Mansion in the 1960s, told a young reporter covering him, “You  have to be careful with those ones.  They are mean men.”The President’s kind and frank advice was keenly noted.                                       True to that warning, something terrible once happened to a young reporter, employed in the late 1960s as one of the four new recruits in the Press Bureau at the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs (now Ministry).  This reporter on one fateful day was assigned to cover a political rally at Tubman Farm in Totota.  While trying to make his way through the crowd to get his story, he was brutalized by soldiers and had to be immediately hospitalized.  After three weeks in the hospital, this reporter NEVER returned to the Press Bureau, nor to Journalism.  The three remaining new recruits also eloped the Press Bureau—and  the profession.   But Tubman’s brutal soldiers, “mean men” most, did not know that there are always limits to power.  Many of those same soldiers probably never knew, though few may have heard, what really happened to the great President Tubman in London on that grim late morning of July 23, 1971.  None of these soldiers was around to protect their leader, the most powerful person that ever entered the Executive Mansion.One date which Police Director Chris Massaquoi—indeed ALL police directors, all policemen and all Attorney Generals—should never forget is April 14, 1979.  That was the day Baccus Matthews and his Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) staged their march, which they faithfully promised would be “peaceful.”Then Attorney General Oliver Bright, President William R. Tolbert, Jr.’s chief Legal Advisor, misadvised his boss.  Mr. Bright was a lawyer and should have known that it was the young people’s constitutional right to march.   But Bright, like so many Attorney Generals before and  after him, assumed a jingoistic (intolerant) posture.  He went on air on Friday, April 13 and  threatened to shoot, if the march went ahead.  That emboldened the young people.  Bright and his Police Director, Varney Dempster, started the violent reaction long before the march began.  They sent police to the PAL office on Gurley Street, just behind the building now occupied by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and broke up the furniture, confiscated all of PAL’s  documents and took them away.  Despite all that, the march got underway peacefully, from Broad Street.  But by the time the marchers reached the Information Ministry, approaching the Mansion, the police, true to the Attorney General’s threat, opened fire, killing three youth on the spot.  It was at that point that all hell broke loose.  People, many of whom had nothing to do with the march,  started burning vehicles,   breaking into offices and stores and looting everything in sight!  Chris Massaquoi was a very young man then; but just in case he has forgotten, it is important to remind him of the aftermath.    In the end, over a hundred people had been killed and over US$100 million had been lost in the looting and destruction of property!Remember Director Massaquoi’s warning last Tuesday, that the police would be “harsh” in enforcing the State of Emergency? We all should beware being “harsh!”Mr. Massaquoi most certainly remembers from history what happened to Attorney General Oliver Bright.  By the time the April 12, 1980 coup d’etat occurred, overthrowing President Tolbert and murdering, by firing squad, his topmost officials, Oliver Bright had left the country for England, where he died in exile.  Among those on the firing pole was Oliver Bright’s successor, Cllr. Joseph J. Chesson.And what happened to Police Director Varney Dempster, whose men harshly opened fire on the PAL marchers?  He was arrested and slammed into the Post Stockade where, at 2 o’clock a.m. one fateful 1980 morning, he and A.B. Tolbert, President Tolbert’s son, were taken away, given shovels to dig their own graves on a beach, and buried alive!The purpose of this editorial is not simply to recount this horrific moment in Liberia’s history, but to offer Police Director Massaquoi a gentle reminder of the history of police force in Liberia and of a phenomenon only few powerful people ever remember: the limits of power. 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 Lawmaker Pleads for Reelection

first_imgNimba County District # 6 Representative, Ricks Toweh, has appealed to people of the county to re-elect him and his colleagues serving in the House.Speaking recently in the town of Flumpa in Nimba during a fund raising rally for a community radio station, Rep. Toweh said, “Our eyes are open now.  We did not know how the whole House of Representatives operates, but we have seen what happens there and will no longer be strangers to it.  Please give us the second term so we can pursue what you need to have.”Rep. Toweh (District #6), who was invited by Rep. Larry P. Younquoi (District # 8),  called on the people of district # 8 to consider re-electing Rep. Younquoi, promising that he along with the rest of them will deliver to Nimbaians what they deserve.The appeal by the Nimba District #6 lawmaker comes in the midst of criticisms and plans by citizens of the county to get most of them out come 2017 because of alleged failure to deliver what they promised.People of the county usually express on community radio stations that their lawmakers have failed them by allegedly misapplying their social and county development funds.Six of them won their seats through the influence of Senator Prince Johnson, but since their election in 2011, they and Senator Johnson had fallen apart over principles.Currently in Nimba it is widely believed that Senator Thomas Grupee has paid some Monrovia-based Nimba youths, headed by Daniel Bleh, to honor him (Grupee) during an occasion to discuss development and reconciliation.One Calvin Wonda has disclosed on a local radio in Ganta that Senator Grupee had paid US$2,000 to them to honor him. Wonda said he would not participate in such an event because it is “deceitful.”Daniel Bleh, who is heading the group, has confirmed that they are to honor Senator Grupee but not on the basis of financial influence.In response to a question about what could be his achievement, Rep. Toweh boasted of adequately representing his people and carrying on oversight responsibility as enshrined in the Constitution of Liberia.Meanwhile, Rep. Lester Paye of (District # 4, Bong County) has called on the electorate to evaluate properly which candidates to vote for on the basis of their achievements and not on sectionalism, tribalism or nepotism.Rep. Paye said by now Liberians should know who has truly represented them and they must vote for those whose performance has positively impacted on their lives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Careless action by onlookers at crime scenes

first_imgDear Editor,I sat and watched with amazement at the various live feeds of the shootout on Thursday night at Norton Street, Georgetown, between the police and those who are supposedly bandits.Crime has really escalated and incidents must warrant our attention. What is disgusting is to see the scant regard onlookers have for their lives and that of others. This is a norm in Guyana and we must desist from this practice. During Thursday night’s shootout, bullets could be heard being rapidly fired and onlookers and media operatives could be seen heading closer to the scene, some walking openly, which placed them in line of being hit by a bullet. Now, while the police are busy doing their job, some of them have to pay less attention to the threat and concentrate on getting onlookers to step away from the scene. Not only are the onlookers putting their lives at risk, but they are also putting the lawmen’s lives at risk by these careless actions. The onlookers should desist from this careless action. The way they operated, I could have sworn that they were going to deliver the bullets to the targets.Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

MPs should, first and foremost, represent the interests of their constituents

first_imgDear Editor,What can we learn from the most recent phase of the Brexit process in the UK? Mr Anil Nandlall (“Brexit process in UK puts Guyana Gov’t to shame – Monday, September 9) offered one interpretation. I write to offer another, speaking as a layperson.The UK polity is now split into two roughly equal parts (Brexiteers and Remainers). The past fortnight has seen a breakdown of trust between the Executive (Government) and the Legislature (Parliament). The Westminster model envisages an Executive with a healthy majority and the respect of other MPs. Faced with an absent majority, absent trust, absent written Constitution and a belligerent Executive, the model has been stretched to its limits. There has been a noticeable pivot in the balance of power in favour of Parliament: the Opposition parties have combined to flex their legislative muscle in Parliament to force the Government to act in certain ways.The ‘Whip’ system (where MPs are instructed how to cast their votes by their party) has failed on previous occasions and appears to be crumbling. Last week, a clutch of respected Conservative MPs acting in line with their conscience, eschewed blind loyalty to their party, defied the Whips and worked with Opposition MPs to secure the passage of the Benn Bill. It seems that the Whip system and the Prime Minister’s prerogative to prorogue Parliament may emerge diminished from this phase of parliamentary history.Guyana also has a polity divided along roughly equal lines and has had recently a sequence of Administrations with a slim or no majority. The current Administration, having prevaricated relentlessly in the aftermath of the no-confidence vote, has now lost the trust of those who do not support the APNU/AFC coalition. The Opposition has withdrawn from the National Assembly and gridlock looms.Given events in the UK, is it possible that in future our National Assembly might play an amplified role in our decision-making and governance? Might it not be wise to provide for this constitutionally? And to revise some of the more autocratic features of the current set up such as powers to prorogue and the Whip system? If, as seems likely, future Governments here will also only enjoy the support of half of the population, perhaps more Executive power should devolve to the National Assembly (and the parliamentary committees) and MPs should be encouraged to represent, first and foremost, the interests of their constituents.Yours faithfully,Isabelle de Caireslast_img read more