Amid scorching heat, Castillo gives BaliPure time to recover before Pocari match

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The Water Defenders are riding a three-game winning streak after losing their season-opener against Iriga-Navy and their last game against Tacloban featured the same theme as their win over the Perlas Spikers.BaliPure dictated the tempo in the first two sets before allowing the Fighting Warays to steal the third.“Recovery will now play a big factor for us and it will be just as important as training, we just have to get back slowly for Sunday,” said Castillo.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Chris Paul’s status for crucial Game 6 uncertain with hamstring injury 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments BaliPure is locked in a three-way tie with Creamline and PayMaya atop the standings of the Reinforced Conference and head coach Babes Castillo plans an unorthodox way of preparing his team for its Sunday’s game.Castillo is well aware of the summer temperatures in Metro Manila and he plans to rest his players before their match against Pocari Sweat to avoid overworking them under temperatures that constantly reach the high 30s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I need to make them rest,” said Castillo Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre after their 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 32-30 win over BanKo Perlas. “The past two games we played phenomenal in the first two then we will dwindle in the third.”“We really have to manage our energy because the heat is really snuffing the energy from them.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial As the summer heat continues to hit fever pitch, so does the race in the Premier Volleyball League.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Capela signs five-year, $90 million extension with Rockets

first_imgMOST READ The 6-foot-10 center averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks — all career-highs — last season. The 24-year-old had 42 double-doubles last season and Houston was 25-2 when he scored 15 or more points.Capela, who the Rockets drafted with the 25th pick in 2014, has steadily improved in his four NBA seasons and his development has helped him become a key piece of this team led by James Harden, who won his first MVP award last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The deal was first reported by ESPN. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SALT LAKE CITY, UT – MAY 06: Clint Capela #15 of the Houston Rockets controls the ball in the second half during Game Four of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 6, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Clint Capela has signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Houston Rockets.Capela, who was a restricted free agent, started a career-high 74 games last season in helping Houston reach the Western Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Riley: Heat will be patient and wait for Wade’s decision 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Egypt keeper, oldest World Cup player, quits national team

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img FILE – In this file photo dated Monday, June 25, 2018, Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary deflects a penalty during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. In a social media announcement, the 45-year old Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary said he is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, FILE)CAIRO — Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary is retiring from the national team after becoming the oldest man to play in a World Cup match.El Hadary started the World Cup as Egypt’s backup goalkeeper, but he played in his team’s final group match in Russia, saving a penalty in the 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia on June 25.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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves,” the 45-year-old El Hadary wrote on Facebook. “This is a moment I didn’t want to come … I am very proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements.”El Hadary made his debut for the national team in 1996. He won four African Cup of Nations titles with Egypt, including three straight with him as goalkeeper in 2006, 2008 and 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Teammate Mohamed Salah hailed the veteran goalkeeper on Twitter.“A new legend from a great golden generation is leaving us,” the Liverpool forward wrote Tuesday. In Russia, El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 when he came on as a late substitute in Colombia’s 4-1 victory over Japan four years ago at the World Cup in Brazil.El Hadary, who will continue to play for Egyptian club Ismaili, first rose to prominence with Cairo club Al-Ahly, but he fell out with management and left in 2008 for Switzerland. Since then, El Hadary he has become something of a soccer nomad, playing for several clubs in Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippines holds off China to stay perfect in Fiba U18 Asian Championshiplast_img read more

Publicity stunt: Indonesia leader gets lift from motorbike skit

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Widodo then walked out of an elevator and took his seat in the VIP section, prompting laughter and cheers in the stadium — and a favourable reaction on social media.“I nearly cried, Koreans are calling Jokowi oppa (brother) after watching him riding the bike, and now they want him to give them a ride,” one Twitter user posted, while another likened him to Hollywood star.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It seems like Jokowi will star in the next sequel of Mission Impossible,” read the tweet.Widodo, 57, who was also spotted gyrating in his seat to music during the ceremony, joked about the motorbike video sequence with his 10 million followers on Twitter. Barrientos tops GMTBC Open Masters division An actor impersonating Indonesian President Joko Widodo rides a motorbike during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADPresident Joko Widodo found himself flavour of the month on social media on Sunday as Indonesians lapped up his motorbike stunt skit at the Asian Games opening ceremony.A motorbike stuntman posing as Widodo, known as ‘Jokowi’, leapt off a ramp and pulled other tricks in Jakarta’s streets before riding into the Gelora Bung Karno stadium and disappearing into the basement.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Who was riding the bike? Manoeuvring and doing stops and arriving on time at GBK last night? hehehe,” he tweeted.The Asian Games, declared open by Widodo at the ceremony on Saturday, features 18,000 athletes and officials and is being held in Jakarta and Palembang.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Taekwondo jin Lopez goes for shot at gold vs Chinese in semis

first_imgMOST READ Lopez dominated her way to the semis after overpowering Gyani Chunara of Nepal, 20-0, in the quarterfinals and Xiao Feng of Macau, 8-0, in the Round of 16.The 22-year-old Lopez, who won the gold medal in thethe 2015 Southeast Asian Games, battles Zongshi Luo of China for a shot at her first Asiad gold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Kirstie Alora, however, was sent into an early exit after bowing to Cansel Deniz of Kazakhstan, 8-7, in the first round of the women’s +67kg event.Darlene Arpon, meanwhile, got outclassed in the quarterfinals of the women’s -67kg, 29-0, by Jandi Kim of Korea on Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines currently has three bronze medals as of posting time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Guiao can have smorgasbord of PBA players for next Gilas team LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez secured at least another bronze medal for the Philippines after making it to the semifinals of the women’s -57kg event in the 2018 Asian Games Tuesday at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Javier, Pinto carry Blackwater to best franchise start

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Pinto only had eight points but notched a career-best 13 assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pumaren reminds Adamson not to take foes lightly Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chris Javier had two big buckets in the clutch while John Pinto knocked down the separation triple and Blackwater found itself in a strange spot after a 113-111 victory over NorthPort Tuesday night: On top of the PBA Governors’ Cup standings.Javier stole a basket off a quick inbounds play and then buried a jumper from top of the key to give the Elite a 108-101 lead with 1:47 to play.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 ChrissStanley Pringle and Sean Anthony had baskets each that quickly trimmed the gap to three before Pinto detonated a timely triple to provide Blackwater with a 111-105 cushion. 31 seconds remaining.“It’s a test of character for our players,” said Blackwater coach Bong Ramos. “They really wanted to get this win.” LATEST STORIES It was unusual watching Blackwater keeping itself from unraveling in the stretch, rising to the challenge by knocking big shot after big shot. Even more unusual? The guys hitting those shots.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Who wouldn’t? The win kept the Elite spotless at 3-0 for their finest franchise start. And it gave them an early headstart in a tournament where a single loss can deal a team’s playoff hopes a brutal beating.And that puts NorthPort in a really sore spot.Needing a victory to halt a four-game slide, the Batang Pier zoomed to several huge leads in the first half, and had the Elite still pinned to the corner, 79-87, entering the final period. But Blackwater kept gnawing at the lead until it finally gained control in the stretch, leaning on import Henry Walker and Mike DiGregorio to give the Elite a 104-99 lead.Walker had 24 points and 15 rebounds while the sharp-shooting DiGregorio knocked in 19 as the two anchored a searing fight-back by Blackwater in the fourth quarter. National team standout Poy Erram added 19 points and seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Gayoso, Bedic lift Azkals to semis

first_imgView comments PH chessers score rare double Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Collegiate star Jarvey Gayoso and Joven Bedic scored their first international goals as the Philippines crushed Laos, 3-1, Wednesday night to reach the semifinals of the Bangabandhu Cup in Sylhet, Bangladesh.Despite far from ideal preparations in the lead up to the match, the Azkals still proved too strong against the Southeast Asian side with returning Misagh Bahadoran also finding the back of the net in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ With coach Scott Cooper using the tournament as a try-out for players hoping to make the final lineup for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and the Asian Cup in January, several players made their case with solid performances.Azkals manager Dan Palami expressed delight over the response of the team after a challenging past few days that saw organizers switch training schedules. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED 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 Chrisslast_img read more

Stephen Curry scores 38 to push Warriors past Timberwolves

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a score as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose, right, watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr long ago ran out of superlatives to describe Stephen Curry.The Warriors coach isn’t even trying anymore, not with the way his All-Star point guard is playing since coming back from a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lakers edge Heat in final meeting of buddies LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil There is still no timetable for Cousins’ return from a torn Achilles tendon, but the four-time All-Star center is definitely getting close.“We want to make sure he’s really comfortable with his conditioning and movement before we put him out there,” Kerr said. “Everything has come along nicely. This is not about a doctor saying he can’t play. It’s more about when he’s ready to go out there and perform well.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Play at Sacramento on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host Toronto on Wednesday night. The Raptors beat Golden State 131-128 in overtime on Nov. 29.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Curry had 38 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Golden State beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 116-108 on Monday night in Draymond Green’s return to the Warriors’ lineup.Klay Thompson scored 26 points and Kevin Durant had 22 as Golden State prepared for Wednesday’s showdown with Toronto by earning its fourth straight win.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 ChrissCurry went 7 for 14 from 3-point range.“He’s good at basketball,” Kerr deadpanned. “Nothing he does surprises me. Even on a night he gets off to a slow start he finds a way.” 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 “I felt like a kid in the candy store the last few days,” Green said. “To come back off a layoff like that, I felt pretty good. I really had no issues at all. It’s good to get back to who we are.”Karl Anthony-Towns had 31 points and 11 rebounds for Minnesota. Derrick Rose added 21 points.“It’s a great team and to beat a great team you’ve got to play 48 minutes,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We didn’t do that.”The Warriors led 12-0 early and got a spark from Green.After making his 3-pointer, Green had a second bucket on a goaltending call against Gorgui Deng, and then scored on a driving layup. The excitable Green also picked up a foul for setting an illegal screen and jawed at a referee while walking down the court.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Robert Covington scored seven points on 2-of-7 shooting in his return after sitting out Saturday’s loss in Portland. … Rose scored 11 points in the second quarter, and then made an outstanding play to block a 3-point attempt by Jonas Jerebko near the Minnesota bench in the third. … Minnesota has lost six straight to Golden State.Warriors: Thompson made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half. … Andre Iguodala did not play because of tightness in his right hip. … Curry, Durant and Thompson have each scored 20 or more points in the same game 35 times as teammates.COUSINS GETTING CLOSEDeMarcus Cousins practiced with the Warriors G-League team in Santa Cruz earlier in the day, and then was back on the court at Oracle to put in some extra work before the game against the Timberwolves. MOST READ Curry, who recently returned after sitting out 11 games with an injured groin, got going after missing six of his first nine shots. He made a pair of 3s and scored 14 points in the third quarter, including Golden State’s final nine of the period, and then made consecutive shots from deep after the Timberwolves closed to 101-93 in the fourth.Thompson and Durant provided plenty of support. It’s the fourth time this season that the trio has scored 20 or more points in the same game.Curry is averaging 31.4 points in five games since coming back from the injury.“We were trying to do a lot in the first half just because we had another playmaker out there,” Curry said. “We were playing really, really fast and excited. Just had to settle in and make the simple play. In the second half we kind of slowed down.”Green, the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, had seven points, 10 rebounds and seven assists after being sidelined for 11 games with a right toe injury. He made his first shot, a 3-pointer, and then playfully challenged the Timberwolves to come guard him.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Kimmie Weeks Pleads for Increment in LWSC’s Budget

first_imgThe Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Water and Sewer Corporation, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, has called on the House and Senate to prioritize the provision of pipe borne water for Liberia in the upcoming 2014 National budget. Dr. Weeks made the call in separate letters to the House and Senate where he outlined the dire need for the Government of Liberia to take the bold initiatives to ensure that all Liberians have access to water, which he described as “a very basic human right.” In response to the letters, Senators Geraldine Doe Sherriff, Jewel Howard Taylor, and Representatives Zoe Pennue and Acarius Gray have already committed to championing the cause of “water for all.”In one of the letters, Dr. Weeks earmarked three major projects that LWSC was prioritizing.   They included a request for allocation to purchase new pipes in order to change 40-year-old rusted pipes in downtown Monrovia, $200,000 for pipes to deliver water to all of the estates off Somalia drive, and $700,000 to provide water for the first time to the Dwazon Community on the RIA highway.     Weeks outlined that the primary problem with LWSC not being able to deliver water to more parts of the capital was due to the fact that after years of nonuse, most of the pipes had gotten rusted or stolen.  He wrote: “Unfortunately years of war, destruction of the corporation’s facilities, dilapidated infrastructure, and poor funding amongst other issues has severely limited the Corporation’s ability to deliver on its statutory mandate.”  Weeks highlighted that changing Monrovia’s pipe systems to PVC pipes would greatly improve the quality of the water supplied to homes and ensure that thousands of new residents gain access to water. He explained that by not changing the old pipes, the population was at a health risk.  Dr. Weeks in the letter said, “The pipes through central Monrovia are 40 to 50 years old.  They pose a major health risk even for people using it as bath water because leaking pipes allow sewage to enter thus causing contamination.   It is very urgent both from a health perspective and a revenue generation perspective to prioritize changing of the pipes in the city.”   LWSC has requested funding of US 2.8 million dollars for these three capital project, which the Chairman believes will have a marked impact on the lives of many Liberians.In another letter to the House and Senate, the Chairman also called for support for a national feasibility study that would allow the corporation to begin working towards renovating water treatment plants in 22 cities and county capitals.   “If we can conduct the studies in the next fiscal year, we will be well on our way to ensuring that our children in these cities and counties will very soon be able to turn on the faucet right in the comfort of their homes and receive clean drinking water,” Concluded Weeks.Over the past several years, LWSC has greatly increased its pumping capacity.   The corporation’s investment in the purchase of two high lift electric pumps allowed it to increase its capacity from 4 million gallons per day to 10 million gallons a day.  The corporation has also increased its pumping hours from a few hours a day to 12 hours each day.  In addition, LWSC has in recent months resumed operations at its plants in Kakata and Zwedru while it expects to complete rehabilitation of treatment plants in six county capitals with support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Business Operators Face Tough Times with Customers’

first_imgThe Minister of Commerce and Industry, Axel M. Addy, said despite the stringent measures  put into place at various ports of entries to mitigate any risk of infection, business operators in the country are facing tough times in finding customers for their goods and services.Minister Addy made the assertion at a one-day business development forum held between the United States  Department of Defense and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) over the weekend in Monrovia.The forum was intended to address some of the issue that Liberian own-businesses are facing and how foreign partners who are helping us to eradicate Ebola out of Liberia would buy and promote locally produced commodities to boost the country’s economy, affected seriously due to the Ebola epidemic.Minister Addy noted that insurance premiums are on an increase for imported commodities and there has been a drop in commercial air traffic in the country.He said that Ebola is a virus menace that thrives on human kindness, and it will take a global response of human kindness to defeat it.“Our cultural norms, how we greet each other, how we take care of our sick, how we value the sanctity and dignity of death, now serve as a super highway for the spread of this disease,” the Minister lamented.According to him, the World Bank has predicted that the impact of Ebola on the country’s economy will be catastrophic if the epidemic is not contained soon.He reiterated that the country’s GDP is falling dramatically and could be negative by 2015 if Ebola is not contained.“The short-term impact on the national revenues is a $116 million dollars loss. Government is the biggest spender in town, and thus this has had a dramatic impact on the private sector. Steady inflation affects food prices due to shortages, panic buying and speculation,” he added. “This initiative—the attempt to patronize Liberian-owned businesses—shows US Government’s commitment to contributing to our country’s economic recovery by making every effort to buy locally, because when you do, you create jobs for Liberians,” he said.Min. Addy assured Liberian businesses that Commerce will work with the development partners in whatever way possible to ensure that Liberian business operators will be successful in their dealings with the partners. “To the team, we will continue working with you to encourage you to buy locally within your standards,” Addy added.For his part, the Deputy Commander General of US Army Africa, Peter Corey, said Liberia is like a home because he has travelled all around the country and has friends; so it is a great pleasure and it touches his heart to help at this time where the country is in an Ebola crisis.Brigadier General Corey stated that their primary focus is to determine how best they could support military men and women working in those counties while promoting businesses of the country in which they have their operations.One of their primary objectives in Africa, he said, is to build cardinal capacity.  At the same time, they are looking for ways to save the US tax payers’ dollars.The US Army Africa Commander General said if goods or services are purchased locally and they do not have to send for goods from the US or and any part of the globe, then they can help save their tax payers’ money.They had already done the same in Niger and Djibouti and they have had great success.Brigadier General Corey added that they will have a wide presence in Liberia for some months to come, which depends on how well they go after the epidemic and how quickly they can deflect Ebola.He added that as they are here they see it as a global mission because Ebola is a serious threat to the entire international   community.“We are here to work with you as Liberian brothers and sisters to get after this epidemic. We believe working collaboratively we will have success in defeating this disease and while we are here we believe that there are great business opportunities which will help the Liberia’s economy that has been affected due to the Ebola outbreak,” he asserted.Brigadier General Corey concluded that the group of experts from the US Defense Logistics Agency will take Liberian business operators through every process and procedures that the United States has and to help to understand how to do business with the US Government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more