LeBron, Warriors top key rankings in NBA GMs survey

first_imgJames, who made his Staples Center debut for the Lakers in a pre-season game on Tuesday, was the pick of 30% of GMs while Golden State’s Kevin Durant polled second with 27%.The Warriors meanwhile remain the overwhelming favorites to win a fourth title in five seasons.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 ChrissEighty-seven percent of GMs backed the Oakland outfit to retain their title, with the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets earning seven percent each.The Celtics are most executives’ favorites to face the Warriors in the NBA Finals, with 90% ranking Boston as the best team in the Eastern Conference. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown James meanwhile was also given high marks for his overall ability, topping the rankings as the most versatile player and the player with the best “basketball IQ”.The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo was tipped as the most sought-after player, with 30% of managers saying he would be the top choice if they were attempting to build a franchise. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis was second with 23%.The survey was based on answers to 49 different questions about teams, players, coaches and fans, with general managers not allowed to vote for their own team or personnel.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Smashing debut: Giannis, Bucks cruise in new arena’s opener Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles waits during a preseason game against the Denver Nuggets at Valley View Casino Center on September 30, 2018 in San Diego, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James is tipped to win the NBA’s MVP award in his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers while the Golden State Warriors are favorites to clinch a third consecutive championship, the league’s annual survey of general managers revealed Wednesday.While James has cautioned that it will take time to transform the Lakers into a team capable of challenging for silverware, the 33-year-old remains the most popular pick to win MVP amongst the league’s 30 general managers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo, Middleton help Bucks extinguish Pacers

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Bucks led 62-53 at the half and extended it to 93-76 entering the third quarter.Milwaukee, which ranked 25th in the NBA last season with 24.7 3-point attempts per game, continued to fire away under new coach Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks were 17 of 47, with Antetokounmpo going 0 for 7.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 ChrissMiddleton had five 3-pointers, including a four-point play that put the Bucks up 111-88 with 5:03 remaining.The Bucks were 14 of 34 beyond the arc in their 113-112 season-opening victory at Charlotte on Wednesday night. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jimmy Butler dominates as Timberwolves down Cavs at home Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Indiana: Hosts Brooklyn on Saturday night.Bucks: Host New York on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Bucks shook off a slow start en route to a 30-25 lead after one quarter, extending it to 62-53 at the half. Milwaukee took 26 of its 51 first-half shots from 3-point range, making eight.Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first half.FISERV FORUM ROCKSThe Bucks’ regular-season home opener was squeezed in amongst a week of concerts at the new Fiserv Forum. Metallica played Tuesday night, followed by the Foo Fighters on Wednesday and Eagles on Thursday. The court comes up again Saturday for a show by Twenty One Pilots. The Bucks also were competing Friday night with the Brewers-Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS at Miller Park.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT 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? 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, top right, becomes entangled with Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young, top left, and guard Victor Oladipo (4) as he drives to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night.Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 25 points, and Doug McDermott added 14.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

Scottie Thompson says Pia Wurtzbach’s presence fueled Ginebra’s win over TNT

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Pia Wurtzbach with the entire Barangay Ginebra team during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s no denying that Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach caught everyone’s eye when she represented Barangay Ginebra as its muse in the opening ceremonies of the 44th PBA Season.It’s not everyday that the most beautiful woman on planet earth graces the sporting event but it does happen once a year and Ginebra point guard Scottie Thompson couldn’t help but gush over the beauty queen.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thompson, however, wasn’t caught off guard when asked if Pia Wurtzbach has replaced Liza Soberano as his celebrity crush.It was well documented before that Thompson has admired Soberano since the the days when Dolce Amore was still on air.Thompson said Soberano and Wurtzbach are somehow the same since the 21-year-old actress played the 29-year-old beauty queen in a biopic.“It’s still Liza,” said Thompson. “Although the two are the same since Liza played Pia in MMK (Maalala Mo Kaya).”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Thompson did admire Wurtzbach, saying her presence alone motivated them to the Gin Kings to their 90-79 win over TNT, but he couldn’t help himself from making fun of his teammate Prince Caperal.“It’s amazing that Queen P was our muse but we have Prince,” said Thompson laughing Sunday at Philippine Arena. “Queen P meets the Prince and we’re motivated because she’s the Miss Universe.”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 ChrissGinebra head coach Tim Cone said Wurtzbach spent some time with the team in the locker room.“We got to meet Pia, so that was exciting. She didn’t know who I was but I certainly knew who she was,” said Cone. “She was in the locker room for like an hour, so we were all giving her glances. We were inspired, and that’s what makes the opening day fun.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone has no PBA ‘GOAT,’ says Sonny Jaworski ‘most important player of all time’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Knicks’ last-second goaltend gives Wizards win in NBA London game

first_imgLONDON — When Bradley Beal felt his legs go out beneath him, likely ending his chances of scoring the go-ahead basket for the Washington Wizards, he spotted Thomas Bryant standing alone in the lane.Beal dropped the ball off to Bryant, who was awarded two points after Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on his layup attempt with 0.4 seconds remaining, and the Wizards claimed a 101-100 victory over the New York Knicks at The O2 Arena on Thursday night. 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ It was an odd finish for the Wizards, who outscored the Knicks 24-11 in the fourth quarter to send New York to its fifth consecutive defeat.“I’ve never seen that — especially in London,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “But what a finish. This was one of those games that nobody deserves to go on their long flight home without a win, but it happens in sports.”Beal scored 26 points and had nine rebounds and Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, but it was Bryant’s bucket — or, more accurately, the one he didn’t make — that mattered most.Noah Vonleh gave the Knicks the 100-99 edge with a one-handed finish over Bryant with 33.7 seconds remaining, and a 3-pointer by Beal rimmed out. Kevin Knox tried to run down the clock, but his off-balance 3-point attempt missed the rim and led to a shot-clock violation with 3.3 seconds remaining.That left Washington with one last opportunity. After Beal drove the lane, Trier and Emmanuel Mudiay failed to account for Bryant, who released the ball in time but had his shot swatted away by Trier.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think from my angle, watching the replay … I was peeking over (the official’s shoulder) and it looked like it started just on its tick down,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “But we had a breakdown in coverage. It was supposed to be a switch and it wasn’t a switch and we paid for it.”Beal, who worked out with Bryant in Los Angeles during the offseason, said he didn’t hesitate dumping the ball off at the last second.Washington Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. (6), left, drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) defends, during an NBA basketball game between New York Knicks and Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena, in London, Thursday, Jan.17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)“It was a great play,” Beal said. “It was a play for me to basically catch it and get to the basket, but I slipped on something, lost my footing a little bit, and I saw TB rolling to the basket. I trusted him to make the right play for us.”Mudiay scored 25 points, though he missed a heave as time expired, and Luke Kornet finished with 16 points, including 12 in the first quarter, for the Knicks.New York held a 10-point lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 19 in the second before entering halftime up 63-53.It then led by as many as 16 in the third quarter before Washington began to rally. The Wizards reclaimed the lead at 92-91 with 4:34 left on Porter’s pull-up jumper.Beal, whose streak of three games with 30 or more points ended, scored only eight points in the first half.The Wizards shot 7 for 27 from 3-point range and had a 51-42 rebounding advantage.TIP-INSKnicks: C Enes Kanter, who is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, did not travel with the team for the game because of fears over his safety as an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. … Rookie C Mitchell Robinson returned after missing 13 games with a groin injury and finished with four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Barcelona reaches Copa quarters but could be disqualified Wizards: Owner Ted Leonsis said before the game that he would “never, ever tank” and that Washington, which has reached the playoffs four of the last five seasons, would push to do so again. “I don’t think you can tell a coach, ‘Don’t try to win,” Leonsis said. “I would never do that.”UP NEXTKnicks: Return home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.Wizards: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Busch, now winless in 14 Daytona 500s, was initially openly disappointed in falling short.“He’s got two, I’ve got none, and that’s just the way it goes sometimes,” Busch said.But he reiterated the JGR and Toyota goal of working together to win the race and noted he didn’t have much of a shot at beating Hamlin because the field had been decimated by a flurry of late accidents.“Was trying to make sure one of us gets to victory lane, first and foremost,” Busch said. “There wasn’t enough cars out there running at the end. I don’t know how it would have played out.”Hamlin and Busch alternated as the leaders during the handful of late restarts, and the final rush to the checkered flag was a push to hold off Ford driver and reigning NASCAR champion Joey Logano. The Ford camp went 1-2-3 in both of Thursday’s qualifying races and was favored to win the Daytona 500.Logano, who started his career at JGR, settled for fourth and also took a moment to honor J.D. Gibbs.“I’m not a Gibbs driver but for what J.D. has done for my career is the reason why I’m sitting here today,” Logano said. “As bad as I want to win it, it is pretty cool to think that the first race after his passing, to see those guys one, two, three, it just says he’s up there watching and maybe gave (those) guys a little extra boost there at the end.”Hamlin last year suffered through his first winless season in the Cup Series and made a crew chief change during the offseason. When he won the 500 in 2016 it was his debut race with crew chief Mike Wheeler, and this victory came in his first race with Chris Gabehart.Hamlin’s first Daytona 500 victory was in a photo finish against Martin Truex Jr. and the celebration was a blur. This one, he said, he will enjoy.“I think I was so dumbfounded about everything that happened the first time with the photo finish and everything,” Hamlin said. “This one lets me soak it in a little bit more. I’m going to have a terrible hangover tomorrow, but I’m going to enjoy it the rest of my life.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, celebrates in victory lane with team owner Joe Gibbs after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFPDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing.J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a driver, pushed for a pivotal switch to Toyota and discovered Denny Hamlin. He signed Hamlin to drive the No. 11, his number from his football days, and it is his name above the driver door on Hamlin’s car.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 J.D. Gibbs died last month following a long battle with a degenerative neurological disease and Hamlin dedicated this NASCAR season to Gibbs’ memory.When Hamlin crossed the finish line Sunday night to win his second Daytona 500 in four years, Joe Gibbs could not hold back what the moment meant to him. A Hall of Fame NFL coach with three Super Bowl victories ranked JGR’s third Daytona 500 win as top.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s the most emotional and the biggest win I’ve ever had in my life in anything” Gibbs said. “J.D. built our race team, was the guy that ran day to day operations for 27 years. He invested his occupational life in our race team. It was the most important night in my occupational life.“I know J.D. and everybody in my family was emotional.” Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Hamlin came to Daytona determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.He delivered a storybook tribute.Hamlin led JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in overtime and was met in victory lane by the entire Gibbs family, including J.D.’s widow and four sons.“He meant a lot to me and it’s hard for me not getting choked up because I’ve been choked up about 100 times about it,” Hamlin said. “Just to have Melissa (Gibbs) and all the kids here, it’s just crazy.”Kyle Busch and Erik Jones finished second and third as JGR became the second team in NASCAR history to sweep the Daytona 500 podium. Hendrick Motorsports did it in 1997 with Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Women’s basketball teams honor cancer survivors Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

Keep Moving

first_imgWhen you see them big menWalking in groups and chatting with their kindLaughing at jokes only they can understandWith their heads high like a cliffAnd arms spread like the windYou wonder, when would I look like a bull?When you see them coming down carsBuilt like an OxWith horns that howl like an owlDon’t stop and stare at themOr else you’d keep stillWalk past them and keep moving onSomeday in ages timeYou’d grow and be some big manRunning your world your wayYou’d sail a ship or fly a jet in outer space perhapsBut, like a train, you’d got to keep movingShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prevention Is Better Than Closure

first_imgThe Guinean Ambassador to Liberia, Elhaji Abdoulaye Doré, has appealed to neighboring countries not to close the border with his country in face of the Ebola  outbreak.  He has rather suggested that serious preventive measures be taken to halt or minimize the spread of the deadly disease.  Senegal closed its southeastern border with Guinea.Following our publication of Observer Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanu’s story on the Ambassador’s concern, the  Daily Observer  immediately contacted Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and Immigration  Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, for their reaction to the GuineaN envoy’s plea.Both the Health Minister and the Immigration Commissioner readily concurred.  Dr. Gwenigale referred to the International Health Regulation that preceded the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO).  That Regulation advised against border closures in the event of a disease outbreak.  At WHO’s establishment in 1948, where Liberian was represented by its first Public  Health Director General, Dr. Joseph N. Togba, the WHO confirmed that Regulation.Dr. Gwenigale fears that should Liberia close its border with Guinea or any other neighboring nation, “people will start dying in the bush because there are too many crossing points.” He observed that many Guineans and Liberians cross the border daily to work on each other’s farms. Commissioner Reeves told the Daily Observer that from Grand Cape Mount to Maryland County there were 176 known border points, only 35 of which, until recently, were manned by Liberian Immigration officers.  Now the number of patrolled border points has increased to 45.  Mathematically, that leaves 131 border points unchecked.He fears that if the borders are closed, people would begin using unofficial routes along our porous borders, hampering  the Health Ministry’s ability to monitor and regulate possibly infected persons.Dr. Gwenigale told the Daily Observer that Jorwah, the town built in the 1970s by President William R. Tolbert, Jr., behind his farm in Bellefanai, Bong County, was  very near the Guinea border, where highly frequent crossings occur each day.Commissioner Reeves yesterday told the Daily Observer in addition to human beings crossing the borders, there are also animals, including monkeys and deer,  all of which are disease carriers.  In addition, there are planes from neighboring countries bringing people into  other countries.  So, in his opinion, border closing would  not solve the problem.    We think that all three officials, the Guinean Ambassador, Liberia’s Health Minister and Immigration Commissioner, make a lot of sense in arguing against closing the borders.  All their arguments are cogent.We are fortunate that there has not so far been a rapid spread of the disease.  Of the 134 cases reported in Guinea there have been only 100   deaths.  Of the 10 casualties in   Liberia, the last person to die was on Sunday morning, April 6, in Foya, where news of the outbreak here was first reported.   The Health Ministry has disclosed that two labs have been created in Liberia to monitor and fight the spread of Ebola.  The labs are linked to the Meta-Biotic Laboratories in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  The first lab in Liberia is a permanent one, established within the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research, located in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport (RIA).  The second is a mobile lab, based in Foya, Lofa County, where the first casualties were   reported.  This lab is equipped to provide rapid response to any reports of Ebola incidences in the general area.Commissioner Reeves told this newspaper that he will this weekend commence a tour of various border points, beginning in Grand Gedeh County.  It may be a good idea for the Commissioner to consult with Health Minister Gwenigale with a view to taking along health workers  familiar with the epidemic. These experts would know what to do immediately in the case of detection anywhere along the way.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

My Visit to Tubmanburg City & Blue Lake

first_imgIn one of the Liberian government’s most impressive moves, the Liberia Maritime Authority and other related agencies joined together to reclaim the beaches and waterways of communities around Monrovia. The project got underway in 2010 and despite many challenges it has been able to sustain nearly 1,900 Liberians in the slum communities where it was established.Today, the beaches in New Kru Town, West Point, ELWA and Mamba Point are visited by families and their healthy environments provide children with places to enjoy their weekends.The effort to reclaim those beaches came at a high cost. All things considered, the continuation of the project is one of the most effective means to develop areas of interest to boost the tourism industry as well as empower Liberians from the lower rungs of society’s ladder.That brings me to my recent visit to the Blue Lake in Tubmanburg, Bomi County (Sunday, April 27). Driving through Tubmanburg on a Sunday afternoon, smiling faces of Bomi County residents greeted us, and just a short time later, we meandered towards the location of the once popular Blue Lake. Though Tubmanburg is a city crying for development, for there were broken-down homes and mud houses visible here and there, the people seemed contented of their lot. The road from Monrovia to Tubmanburg was direct and in good condition; with the exception of some pot holes that we found from time to time that are crying for attention.We moved from the TOTAL Gas Station in the center of the city and our vehicle crawled towards our destination, passing by the former Police Barracks. The large tract of land was being guarded by a couple of police officers, who sat lazily at their post. The road to Blue Lake was rough, and due to how low our vehicle was, Jonathan Armah Baxter thought it wise to avoid any potential damage to the vehicle. Therefore, I joined the accompanying bus with members of the APM Terminals Limited soccer team. In about four minutes, our bus arrived on the hill and to our right I saw the beautiful landscape of the Blue Lake below. Beyond it, overlooking the lake were three dilapidated structures that residents said were used to manage the lake before the civil-war.Out of the bus, we strolled down to the lake, and met four young men who said they were the caretakers of the Blue Lake. The men were Kaffa MacKay, Ezekiel Jacob, Mohammed Sow and Johnson Brown.Mackay said, “Many people come to see the lake, and there is a boat that they take them across the lake.” The trip, he said, cost US$5 for non-Liberians and if they are Liberians, “They pay L$50 and sometimes L$100 per trip. Visitors don’t visit the lake like before,” he said.The caretakers said though they are not paid monthly, “We are paid after we collect money from visitors.”The beautiful landscape, with its green surroundings, impressed several of the footballers who wondered if the city’s authorities have any future plan to develop the Blue Lake to benefit the cityThough many of the footballers expressed surprise over the poor conditions surrounding the Lake, the fact that there were four caretakers present during our visit indicated that Tubmanburg city has plans for its development.But the surprise was that the Liberian civil-war, which has been the reason for many lapses in infrastructural development, was once again the reason I learned, Tubmanburg and its interested areas have been left to rot since 2006.But the most shocking news is that Bomi County is the home of President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf and House Speaker Alex Tyler, two of the county’s leading citizens whose influence should be enough to promote the county’s development.The lack of infrastructure and what seemed like deliberate neglect of the city does not speak well of our leaders who have their origins in Tubmanburg.  That also brings about the question of the so-called County Development Fund and how much is used to revive Tubmanburg, a city that once hosted the Liberian Mining Company, (LMC) that earned millions of US dollars from the bowels of Tubmanburg.That legacy speaks volumes of the apathy that many Liberians have shown towards their counties of origin and act as an example of the lack of interest some have in the places of their birth.Jonathan Armah Baxter expressed disgust with a county that produced many soccer stars like Albert Nah, Mark Fino, Armah Baxter, Pete Roberts, Morris George, Raymond Godfrey to name a few; yet, can no longer uphold the legacy of its history.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Obasanjo Farm Launches Hatchery Program

first_imgObasanjo Farms Liberia, incorporated (OFL), a multi-million dollar poultry project established to help revamp Liberia’s poultry industry, on Saturday, May 10, launched a hatchery program in Gbah Town, Grand Cape Mount County.The program is expected to benefit several potential Liberian poultry farmers.Over 100 participants including top government officials, agriculture stakeholders and local farmers graced the ceremony.OFL is a private investment of former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. The farm was established in 2013, upon the request of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Giving an overview of the program on Saturday, the general manager of the farm, Adeyemo G. Jamiyu said that the intention of the hatchery program is to promote the revival of poultry industry in Liberia that would help reduce the importation of day-old chicks by Liberian farmers.“The essence of today’s gathering is to commission Obasanjo Farm’s 95,050 capacity hatchery. The average weekly egg capacity of this hatchery is 36,680. We are expecting 22,000 to 24,000 broider chicks per week or at least 1000 pullets (layer chicks) depending on the demand,” he said.He further said that there was the need to inaugurate poultry farmers’ organizations, which would work with the government at all levels to identify feasible projects for growth of the poultry industry in Liberia.According to Mr. Jamiyu, OFL was committed to ensure that poultry farmers in the country are provided with all of the necessary inputs to enhance productivities.“We have put into place the necessary facilities for rearing of commercial layers for the production of table eggs and hatchery for quality day-old chicks,” he disclosed.“Feed mill equipment for the production of poultry rations and veterinarian medicines will also be provided,” he added.The Obasanjo Farm manager further disclosed plans for the training of poultry farmers in the country.“There is also a plan to commence a broiler project (Chickens raised for marketing) in a very soonest possible time,” he further added.“Our next priority task is to develop a broiler processing plant that will enable us to accommodate out-growers, who will raise the birds for marketing,” he disclosed.Out-growers are outsiders, who would be engaged into production of the chicken from one-day old and would sell the chickens back to OFL. They are separate poultry farmers outside OFL.Mr. Jamiyu stressed the need for Liberian farmers to collaborate with financial institutions in the country in order to access loan for the establishment of small businesses in the poultry sector.Meanwhile, he has called on farmers in the country to work harder toward the production of maize (corn) as the poultry farm will largely depend on such inputs.Montserrado County Representative Josephine Francis, who attended the program, said the Government of Liberia was pleased about the investment in the country.Rep. Francis stated that the time has come for Liberian farmers to attach seriousness to agriculture in order to make the country  food-secured.“There is no need for Liberia to continue to spend millions every year for food importation. We have the potential to change this particular trend considering our fertile soil and favorable climate. All that we need to do is to develop more interest in agriculture,” she said.Madam Francis, who is the House’s Chairperson on Agriculture, mentioned that the Liberian legislature was in support of agriculture in the country. Their support, according to her, is through the ratification of agriculture loans.“We have been able to ratify several loans for the past years to help improve agricultural production,” she said.For her part, Liberia’s Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth said that there was a need for Liberia to put an end to the importation of poultry products.“It is a serious fight to ensure that we make sure that these imported eggs on our market cease. This we are able to do through the investment of the Obasanjo farm and other initiatives by Liberian farmers,” she asserted.She said that small holder poultry farmers working in the rural parts of Liberia were improving their lives through the production of poultry but needed help to improve their capacities.“We are thankful for the initiative of President Sirleaf, who has helped some women farmers in Lofa County to increase their production,” she said.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more