PVL’s star continues to shine bright

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA year before it celebrates 15 years of existence, the Premier Volleyball League embarks on a new journey amid a sea of challenges.The rise of a rival league has gave the need to develop newer stars to beef up its roster of teams. There is also the need to build more relationships with corporate sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Then known as the Shakey’s V-League, the innovating tournament became the launch pad of several of the country’s biggest stars, including the biggest of them all: Alyssa Valdez.The former Ateneo stalwart has become the face of Philippine volleyball, her skills taking her to several tournaments abroad, both as a star for national teams and as an import for other countries’ club teams.The ex-Lady Eagle has also blazed the trail for other volleyball superstars so that they now are able to match their counterparts in men’s basketball in terms of celebrity status.Anywhere there’s a volleyball game—whether it’s collegiate or club competitions, fans now go wild over seeing their favorite stars in action. They take photos, hunt for autographs and chat up their idols, who end up making a huge impact on their lives.But that works both ways, too.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the greatest challenge is to remain true to the vision of the league’s original founders when it wanted to highlight women’s sports by giving the country’s top volleyball athletes a playground of their own.“When we started out, we really wanted an outlet for these girls’ talents even after their collegiate years,” Ricky Palou, president of tournament organizer Sports Vision, told the Inquirer in a previous interview.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 league has gone way beyond that. It has served as a prep-up of sorts for teams playing in the collegiate leagues, providing them with preseason competition that tests their squads before the varsity wars begin.It has also served as the birthplace of stars. ‘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 Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ “When a fan approaches me, it also brightens my day,” said Valdez, who once brought a fan to tears by simply giving her life advice during a radio guesting at Inquirer’s live sports talk show, Sports IQ.Valdez isn’t the only star to come out of the PVL program.San Sebastian’s Grethcel Soltones, a feared hitter, also grew her game in the courts of the PVL, along with the likes of Myla Pablo, Jia Morado, Steph Mercado, Wensh Tiu and Michele Gumabao.Jaja Santiago and her equally towering sister, Dindin Manabat, also starred in the PVL before moving on to other leagues, local and foreign. The two are now playing as imports in Japan.Rachel Daquis, the former FEU star who ventured into part-time modeling once turned heads in the Shakey’s tournament.The legends of the game managed to grab their share of success in the early years of the PVL’s forebear, the V-League.Angeli Tabaquero, now an assistant coach with the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP, strutted her wares in the V-League, helping University of Santo Tomas dominate the early years of the tournament.The list of the other big names go on: Charo Soriano, now a regular campaigner in beach volleyball, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Mary Jane Balse and others can trace some of their success to the PVL.And as it wraps up yet another successful tournament, the league is ready to grow some more.How far it will go? No one knows. But one thing’s for sure: When history views the PVL decades from now, it will see a league that championed the talents of women’s athletes and gave them a league of their own to shine. —INQUIRER SPORTS LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tabal sets out for sixth straight Milo marathon championship View commentslast_img read more

War-torn Yemen looks ahead after Asian Cup mauling

first_img(Top L) Yemen’s midfielder Ahmed Al-Haifi, Yemen’s goalkeeper Saud Al Sowadi, Yemen’s forward Mohammed Ba Rowis, Yemen’s defender Alaadin Mahdi, Yemen’s defender Mohammed Fuad Omar, Yemen’s forward Emad Mansoor and (Bottom from L) Yemen’s defender Mudir Abdurabu, Yemen’s forward Ahmed Al Sarori, Yemen’s midfielder Ala Al Sasi, Yemen’s midfielder Wahid Al Khyat Yemen’s forward Abdulwasea Al Matari pose for a group photograph prior to the start of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Group D, football match between Yemen and Iran at the Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 07, 2019. (Photo by KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)Yemen coach Jan Kocian was left scratching for positives after the war-torn country’s first-ever Asian Cup outing ended in a 5-0 thrashing by Iran.Hopelessly outclassed, Yemen went into halftime down by three goals in Abu Dhabi on Monday night and Kocian’s players were out on their feet by the time substitute Saman Ghoddos volleyed home Iran’s fifth 12 minutes from time.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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Others Yemen national team players have died, among the tens of thousands killed in a conflict exacerbated by famine and disease.Under the terms of his contract, Kocian won’t step foot inside Yemen but his job remains a logistical nightmare.“We hardly have the chance to train together and we didn’t have enough time to prepare for the Asian Cup,” said the former Slovakia head coach after a Mehdi Taremi double helped Iran to an easy victory.“This game was very hard for us. Team morale fell after we conceded two quick goals to go in 3-0 down at halftime but I told my players to keep their heads up.”Yemen, who lost five of six games in the build-up to the Asian Cup, will look to salvage pride in their next two group matches against Iraq and Vietnam and provide some brief solace for their war-ravaged country.ADVERTISEMENT Syria and, notably Iraq, have shown in recent years how teams can come through extreme hardship to raise their game — the latter famously lifting the Asian Cup in 2007 in a fairytale success.Yemen’s next two matches look likely to be more of an exercise in damage limitation for the world’s 135th-ranked side, based on Monday’s ragged performance.But Kocian understandably called for a little perspective.“Iran’s players play in the best leagues in the world,” he shrugged. “We came here with two months of preparation — we just have to leave this game behind and move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history “We have to live with this result but we have two more games to play and we can play better,” said the Slovakian, striking a defiant tone despite their Group D mugging.“Iran were physically superior to us — they are a team that plays at the World Cup. We have no such experience.”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 ChrissGiven the parlous state of football in Yemen, where players have been kidnapped by extremists or gone off to fight in the civil war, just qualifying for the Asian Cup was an astonishing achievement for Yemen.The local league has been suspended and stadiums reduced to rubble, forcing players to work as taxi drivers or in supermarkets to feed their families. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Miami’s Dwyane Wade clears concussion protocol after fall

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Untraded Anthony Davis returns to action as Pelicans beat Wolves Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade signs his autographs after the Heat’s 102-96 loss to the Sacramento Kings in aNBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. . (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade cleared the concussion protocol and avoided a serious injury after crashing hard to the floor at the end of the first quarter against Sacramento on Friday night.Wade landed awkwardly while going for a rebound with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Wade’s head bounced off the floor and he immediately grabbed the back of his head, and then rolled onto his stomach, where he lay while being checked by a team trainer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 titlecenter_img 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wade was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the court. He was examined by a team trainer and was checked for a possible concussion before returning with 4:35 remaining in the first half.This is Wade’s 16th and final NBA season, and Commissioner Adam Silver made him a special addition to the roster for next Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta, which would be Wade’s 13th All-Star appearance. He has announced he plans to retire at the end of the year, and received a standing ovation from the Golden1 Center crowd when he checked into the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubslast_img read more

Motor Vehicles Now Required to Obtain 3rd Party Insurance

first_img“During the last two years, a Liberian died each day as a result of motorcycle accident, totaling over 12,545 recorded accident cases every year,” Vice President Joseph N. Boakai said, over the weekend at the launch of Liberia’s latest attempt at a Third Party Liability Insurance scheme.The objective of the Compulsory Motor Vehicle Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme would be to remove the economic burden associated with motor vehicle accidents from the victims and their relatives and transfer same to the insurance company and to stimulate financial growth and solvency within the insurance sector and the Liberian economy at large. The scheme would require all motor vehicles registered within the Republic of Liberia to obtain third party liability insurance. “The ‘Compulsory Motor Third Party Liability Insurance Scheme’,” VP Boakai explained as he launched the scheme on Friday, January 31, 2014, “was enacted to law in 1972 by the National Legislature to promote public safety.”He said the Liberian Government has the primary objective to ensure the implementation of all road worthiness and safety laws and regulations throughout the length and breadth of this country, with the aim of protecting lives and property.  “The urgent need of this course is obvious in our nation’s increasing incidence of vehicular accidents,” he stated.According to VP Boakai, “Over the years there have been many accident cases; the situation was further exacerbated with the introduction of motorcycles for commercial purposes.”“Statistics revealed that during the last two years, a Liberian died each day as a result of motorcycle accidents; totaling over 12,545 recorded accident cases every year. Sadly these accidents leave victims wounded, decapitated, and in the worst cases, dead.  A total of 9,456 accidents and 132 cases of resulting deaths were recorded in 2012. This begs the question as to the number and severity of those cases that were not recorded,” he added.Giving those present a ‘reality check’, VP Boakai used statistics from the JFK Memorial Medical Center, revealing, “The period of July to December 2012 recorded 1,773 accident cases with 30 resultant deaths.VP Boakai said what was troubling is the fact that these calamities left in their wake a huge deficit in unpaid bills to the hospital during that six-month period.He furthered that the alarming data should be enough to awaken any conscious and responsible citizen and should amplify the quest for implementing legal road worthiness and safety measures to protect the lives and properties of our citizens and residents like.“Today, therefore, we should all be hopeful that an impactful measure of this relevance that employs a law already on the books will go a long way to ensure that all motorists, passengers, and pedestrians have this safety net at their disposal. I implore all of us to view this insurance scheme as a safety net and savor the feeling and assurance of security imbedded in having hope even after falling victim to vehicular accidents,” he added.“As we launch this scheme today, let us do so with a firm resolve to uphold the highest standards of justice fair play, and honesty. The Ministry of Transport (MOT) must keep an extra mile ahead, overseeing the scrupulous upholding of the tenets of contractual agreements between motorists and insurers,” The VP said.  The Liberian Vice President cautioned Liberians to remain mindful that a scheme of this nature can only stand on pillars of confidence and commitment. He advised that a half-hearted and lopsided approach will introduce cynicism, crooked dealings and resistance thus defeating the “noble purpose,” of the scheme.He urged dealers of new and used vehicles and the various unions within the transport sector to complement the efforts of the relevant authorities to ensure compliance across the spectrum.For his part Transport Minister S. Tonorlah Varpilah, disclosed that the scheme worked perfectly during the pre-war era.Min. Varpilah said the reactivation of the scheme was short lived during the era of President Charles G. Taylor. “This was primarily due to a number of factors, including lack of public trust for many insurance companies and weak institutional mechanisms to regulate the insurance industry,” he stated.Transport Minister Varpilah furthered that the absence of an insurance scheme over the years has resulted in unbearable economic hardships on the population and significantly impeded the social and economic growth of the country.“The increasing number of traffic accidents is inflicting untold suffering on the poor. Road traffic accident victims— many of whom are poor— are often constrained to underwrite the cost of injuries and deaths.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

832 Pre-trial Detainees in Central Prison

first_imgOn Monday, February 10, Criminal Court ‘E’ Judge, Ceaineh D. Clinton Johnson disclosed that 832 inmates were currently detained at the Monrovia Central Prison (MPC).Judge Johnson said out of that number, 442 were in the category of pre-trial detainees or convicted.According to her, 390 cases were on the dockets for hearing during the February 2014 Term of Court.Judge Johnson divulged this information when she delivered her charge during the joint formal opening of the February 2014 Term of Criminal Courts A, B, C, D, and E at the Temple of Justice.“Our challenge during this term of court is to effectively manage the 390 cases to overcome the backlog of cases on our dockets,” she told her colleagues.“To do this we must first look at the work to be done,” suggested Judge Johnson.“Except for Criminal Court ‘E’,” she said, “the other Criminal Courts have only 42 days of trial, with ten days for preparation for the term and ten days to close down its work.”“If we say that we would take, for example, one week to hear a case, two days for each party and one day to argue and render judgment, we would only be able to do this if we violate the rights of one party in the case,” she explained.“Not to mention the different statutory time line requirements in the law. Even with this one week per case, this means that we would hear at most eight cases by term in 40 days.”“So with this kind of situation,” according to her, “we must effectively handle our dockets; any delays would have the propensity to sink society into moral decay with victims becoming bitter and drawing away from the law.”Holding the Judiciary responsible, Judge Johnson noted: “The Judiciary would be at fault if we do not properly administer the processes of trial to ensure that those who commit crimes are punished.”“If we fail in this situation,” she continued, “it would give ground to criminals to glorify themselves by breaking the law and make victims think there is no justice or that society has condemned then for being victimized.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Adieu, Dr. Brisbane and Other Ebola Victims:

first_imgThe Liberian nation was deeply saddened when, amidst the subdued celebration of our 167th Independence Anniversary, we learned in the early afternoon of July 26 that one of our most senior and most distinguished medical practitioners had fallen victim to Ebola.Dr. Samuel Brisbane spent a considerable portion of his career at the Firestone Medical Center where, from 1992 to 2003, he served as medical director.  He   later transferred to the John  F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK), where he rendered services based on his nearly a half century of experience as a general practitioner.  He had already begun his medical practice at the JFK when he returned from medical studies in Germany at the turn of the 1970s.In his long career Dr. Brisbane trained hundreds Liberian medical students as well as many from foreign lands, who have gone on themselves to become medical practitioners.In his passing, Liberia has lost an outstanding medical doctor, who was in good health, ready and able to continue for many more years to come  serving his country in the  vital field of medicine.  His unswerving commitment was doggedly maintained when so many of the younger doctors he impacted have since the 1980 coup d’etat and the outbreak of the civil war sought greener pastures abroad.  Dr. Brisbane remained on the ground throughout the war making, at great sacrifices to fulfill his invaluable services to his people.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led the nation and people last Saturday in paying tribute to all our health and medical personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice in service to their compatriots since the outbreak of Ebola.And these include the widow and family of Dr. Sam M. Muhumuza, the Ugandan doctor who also lost his life last week treating Ebola patients in Caldwell, Monterrado County.  We think it was appropriate for President Sirleaf to honor his widow, Mrs. Muhumuza,  during the Independence Day ceremonies last Saturday.Meanwhile, the deadly virus continues to take its toll.  Yesterday the Daily Observer Health Correspondent, Alaskai Moore Johnson, reported that Bomi Hospital in Tubmanburg, Bomi County had been shut down because the virus had affected the county’s Health Services Officer and his entire  family of 10.The US-based humanitarian group, Samaritan Purse, reported yesterday one of its medical staff, Dr. Kent Brantly, is undergoing intensive medical care after testing positive to the virus.  Also, the Sudan Interior Mission (SIM), founders of Radio Station ELWA and ELWA Hospital, reported that one of its staff in Liberia, Nancy Write Bol, personnel coordinator at ELWA, is also infected.We at the Daily Observer join in extending our deepest condolences to all the affected  families.  We wish all who have contracted the virus, by God’s grace, a speedy and complete recovery.The President, in her Independence Day Message last Saturday, declared a state of national emergency in Liberia, and ordered Liberia’s borders closed.  Suggestions to this effect had been earlier made, but the government felt that somehow the virus would be contained.  Now that it is spreading almost like wild fire, something drastic needed to be done.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has been proactive in putting in place measures to prevent the spread of the disease.Today, many banks and other business houses are requiring all visitors, before entering their premises, to wash their hands with soap, Clorox solution and other  detergents.  We urge ALL other businesses, public buildings, schools and other educational institutions and even homes throughout the country to do the same.  Before one enters a yard, a gate or a building, there should be water, soap or detergents available to enable all to wash hands before entrance.Yesterday, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, one of the nation’s leading and most forward looking public corporations, joined in the battle against Ebola.  The LPRC Board of Directors allocated US$75,000 to assist the Health and Social Welfare Ministry to acquire more gloves and other gears to protect the people from Ebola.We applaud the LPRC for this magnanimous gesture and call on all other para-statals as well as all businesses and concessions, such as Firestone, ArcelorMittal, Sime Darby, etc., to pitch in by contributing to the fight against this incurable and deadly virus which, as never before, threatens the entire Liberian landscape and far beyond.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Listen More Closely to Africa’s Voice on Climate Change

first_imgAs more than 120 world leaders converge on New York this week for an unprecedented UN climate summit, one highly significant voice needs to be heard.  That voice belongs to Africa. In all the global discussions around rising sea levels, shrinking rain forests, imperiled species and biodiversity, green bonds and carbon prices, Africa’s unique stake and contribution to a global climate strategy needs to be more front and center. This is only right for a continent that has contributed the least to the profound changes underway in the Earth’s climate but whose people will suffer its withering impact the most.Consider that Africa is responsible for only 3.8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions yet from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa to the south of the continent, African countries experience first-hand the devastating effects of increasingly severe droughts and floods and more extreme weather patterns that scorch or drown their crops. Africa’s political and business leaders are already committed to a climate-resilient growth path, yet the path promises to be bumpy. Recent World Bank research outlines a disturbing scenario for Sub-Saharan Africa in a 2°C warmer world, forecasting dramatic effects on agriculture and food production in a region where 80 percent of Africans rely on agriculture to make ends meet for their families. Consequently, we cannot separate agriculture and food security from climate change. Agriculture in Africa accounts for 30-40 percent of GDP. A 1.5°C to 2°C increase in temperature by the 2030s and 2040s will lead to a 40- to 80-percent reduction in the area of land suitable for growing maize, millet and sorghum. These cereals are the mainstay of African diets. They provide the bulk of people’s daily food intake especially in the drylands of the Sahel and the Horn of Africa. We must also amplify the links between climate change and conflict. In a groundbreaking 2013 paper published in Science magazine, economists Solomon Hsiang, Marshall Burke, and Edward Miguel argued that there is strong evidence linking climatic events to human conflict in Africa and across all other major regions of the world. The magnitude of climate change is substantial they wrote: for each one standard deviation change in climate toward warmer temperatures or more extreme rainfall, median estimates indicate that the frequency of interpersonal violence rises 4% and the frequency of intergroup conflict rises 14%.Africa’s harsher climate of the future will also change traditional livelihoods. As temperatures rise, Africa’s iconic savanna grasslands will dry up and threaten the livelihoods of their pastoral communities. Given the sensitivity of livestock—their goats, cows, and other animals—to extreme heat, too little water and feed, and disease, pastoralism as a centuries-old way of life is likely to be in danger.Rainfall patterns will dramatically change; droughts and floods will be more frequent and lead to a 3-percent expansion in total arid areas. Coastal populations in Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Mozambique would face the greatest risk of inundation and storm surges. Coastal erosion represents a major threat as a large part of Africa’s GDP derives from activities such as fishing, tourism and trade.  Entire cities and villages along the coast – capital cities and crucial deep-sea ports — could be wiped out due to rising sea-levels. Countries such as Togo, Ghana and Mozambique could lose more than 50 percent of their coastal GDP, according to recent estimates. Sustainable management of the region’s rich natural resources—forests, water, land—can contribute to the storage of carbon, while supporting livelihoods and generating economic benefits. Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, also harbors 5 percent of the world’s known biodiversity. Before the country’s political crisis, nature-based tourism was a $500-million industry, growing at 10 percent per year. But the island is also on the list of the most climate change-vulnerable countries which will have a significant impact on its biodiversity.Africa is one of the world’s fastest-urbanizing continents. Parched rural hinterlands will steadily force people to move to already-crowded cities, creating overcrowding, stressing supplies of safe drinking water and drainage and sanitation.At the African Union Summit in Malabo, last June, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete reminded his audience that the “effects of climate change are likely to strike to the detriment of the whole continent”.  He added that Africa now requires in excess of US$15 billion per year to combat climate change, a figure that continues to rise.The good news is that Africa is uniquely well positioned to build resilience, especially in energy and agriculture, and has already embraced sustainability. Being green is good for business. In Kenya, small farmers are now earning carbon credits from sustainable farming. In South Africa, the city of Johannesburg recently issued its first green city bond to finance low-carbon infrastructure. In Mauritania, solar energy now powers 30 percent of Nouakchott’s energy use. In Africa, wind and solar potential can be over 1,000 GW but needs to be fully exploited. The continent has embarked on a clean power revolution that brings more electricity to people’s homes, businesses, clinics and schools. With only one in three Africans having access to energy, the task is urgent.  Africa has tremendous untapped hydro, geothermal, and solar power and must be developed to provide the electricity needed to offer sustained – and green – growth for the benefit of all its citizens.The World Bank is stepping up to the challenge.  We are financing transformational projects that attack poverty from multiple angles. We are supporting governments to promote “climate-smart agriculture” so that African farmers can achieve higher yields and make their farming more resilient to the changing climate.  In DRC, a $73.1-million technical assistance project will pave the way to bring hydroelectric power to 9 million people. These interventions are just a starting point – not nearly enough to address the monumental energy needs of the continent.  Though prices for renewables have declined significantly in the past decade, these energy sources are still costly.  The green energy revolution in African cannot be achieved without financial support of the international community, to bring down the costs of adopting these clean technologies.    The warning signs are clear: climate change under even the 2°C scenario is a menacing threat to sustainable development in Africa. These impacts could potentially overwhelm existing development efforts. We ignore the early warning signs at our collective peril. But, through collective action, we can ensure a climate-resilient future that benefits all Africans and the entire planet.Makhtar Diop is the World Bank Vice President for the Africa RegionShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia “Takes the Lead” for Marathon 2014

first_imgThe city of Monrovia has been waiting in anticipation for the announcement that would signal the start of the annual Liberia Marathon.  The first ever Marathon in Liberia was held in August 2011 and this year in continuation of that tradition, the third edition of the Liberia Marathon will be held on August 31.  The Marathon is a 26.2-mile professional race that brings people together to run for various causes and ideals. A special 10-kilometer race for non-professional runners and participants in wheelchairs and those using crutches will also take place simultaneously.To kick off the event, an official Launching ceremony will take place on Saturday May 31, at the Monrovia City Hall, beginning at 9 a.m.  According to Eunice Dahn, Race Director of the 2014 Liberia Marathon, the Launch serves as the official start of registration for runners. The general public is invited to the Launch and everyone who registers on May 31st gets a 25% discount on the registration fees. However, registration will remain open until August 16th, 2014.  The Liberia Marathon is an open, inclusive and professional public event that helps transform how Liberians and others see the country. It also provides a catalyst for commercial and charitable activity and lays the foundation for a major competitive international event. This year’s Marathon is being organized by a strong team of committed and dedicated volunteers who are working tirelessly to plan and host this incredible event. They come from all walks of life and contribute their time, skills and resources to ensure that the Marathon is a safe and successful one.The Liberia Marathon Trust, a local non-profit organization, manages the Liberia Marathon and partners with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia Athletic Federation. It is supported by the Monrovia City Corporation, the Armed Forces of Liberia the Liberia National Police, as well as a host of other government ministries and agencies and the local media. A wide range of first class companies such as Lonestar Cell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, RLJ Kendejah Resort and Villas, and AquaLife are sponsors this year’s marathon.  The slogan of this year’s marathon, “Taking the Lead” is all about setting personal and national goals and working towards achieving them.  The story of Liberia’s own journey toward sustainable peace, growth and development resonates well with values of that drive the marathon as a sport: integrity, endurance, commitment, preparation, positive thinking and a competitive spirit.Eunice Dahn, who happens to be the first ever Liberian Director of the Liberia Marathon, said the fact that Liberia is able to organize such a world-class race is an indication of its potential to achieve, to grow and to develop and as such, this year’s marathon is also about exploring and maximizing the potential of the country and its citizens.  Everyone, from all walks of life, regardless of challenges in physical ability, are encouraged to register and participate in the 2014 Liberia Marathon. “Taking the Lead is about the initiative required of us to move ourselves and our country forward,” says Eunice.  “And like any long journey or race, it begins with the first step.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon October 1, 2014

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Independent human resources audit

first_imgDear Editor,Now that a conversation has begun regarding the need for affirmative action to be undertaken at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I believe that a careful look should also be taken at the Georgetown municipality to see whether there is employment equity there.Just a casual look at that entity such as in the City Constabulary, Town Clerk’s, City Treasurer’s, City Engineer’s, Markets, Human Resource, Solid Waste and Public Health Departments indicates an urgent need for the bridging of inequalities in employment and pay and in addressing apparent past wrongs, harm and hindrances.A good idea would be for the City Council to carry out an independent human resources audit to ascertain whether there was any bias with regard to race, creed or colour in the process of hiring. This audit should check to see whether there is any nepotism, favouritism, or cronyism in the hiring process; to see what is the justification in elevating of some persons on the salary scale, and it should review the application process to determine whether the best candidates were selected from those who applied.The City Council collects property rates from citizens of every class, colour, and religion, why then doesn’t employment spread reflect the same diversity? The laws of Guyana are clear on protecting citizens from all forms of discrimination as fundamental human rights. Our labour laws, in particular, the Prevention of Discrimination Act, Chapter 99:09 (No 26 of 1997), provides for the elimination of discrimination in employment, training, recruitment, and membership of professional bodies.There should also be an examination of the various contracts that are given out by the Council, not just for financial probity but to see whether any persons or groups are marginalised.Perception is reality. If you are perceived to be something or to be doing something, you might as well be it or be doing it, because that’s the truth in people’s minds.Best regards,Deodarie Putulalllast_img read more