Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs And it goes deeper than that.He has finished among the top 15 in 12 of the last majors he has played, dating to a tie for fourth in his U.S. Open debut at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.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’“More attention to detail, more mentally focused, more … every shot really, really means something, ” he said about his major performances. “Everyone on my team says I act a little different, the way I approach it. It’s very down to a routine this week, and other weeks … not saying I vary from the routine, but it’s much more disciplined.”One oddity about his record is the low number of other victories, though it’s not as skewed as it seems considering his background. “There’s only one thing that would surprise me about Tiger’s game, and that’s if all of a sudden he becomes a great driver of the golf ball.” — Hank Haney on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I want to make sure I have five vice captains there,” Furyk said. “That’s what we’re allowed, and I see a lot of value in having all five there.”Then again, Furyk says Woods plays a big role no matter what his position.“Tiger’s been a vice captain in the team room as a player. He serves that role in either direction,” Furyk said. “His value … he’s priceless, to be honest with you.”MAJOR RECORDSThe British Open gets the distinction of being the only major this year where a significant scoring record was not set or tied.The PGA Championship led the way at soft Bellerive Country Club, where Gary Woodland set the 36-hole tournament record at 130, and Brooks Koepka set the 72-hole record at 264. Both scores tied major championship records — 130 is the record at the Masters (Jordan Spieth), U.S. Open (Martin Kaymer) and British Open (Brandt Snedeker, Nick Faldo).Koepka and Charl Schwartzel tied the PGA Championship record with 63. Fourteen players had shot 63 previously in the PGA. Also, Tony Finau tied Gary Player’s record in the PGA by making 10 birdies in one round. And if that wasn’t enough, Ben Kern shot 277 to set the PGA record for club pros.At the Masters, Spieth tied the record for lowest final round with a 64. Gary Player also shot 64 in 1978 when he rallied to win. Spieth finished third. It’s also worth noting that the final round at the Masters set a record for most rounds at par or better (42), most subpar rounds (34) and most rounds in the 60s (19).And at the U.S. Open, Tommy Fleetwood tied the 18-hole record with a 63. It was only the sixth such score at the U.S. Open, and second in two years. Justin Thomas had a 63 at Erin Hills last year, which played as a par 72.GRAND SLAMMED Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced One year after his Masters victory, Sergio Garcia was the only player to miss the cut in all four majors.It wasn’t just the majors.The PGA Championship was the seventh time that Garcia missed a cut this year, the most of a career that began in 1999. But it was one shot from looking very different. Bellerive also was the fourth time this year the Spaniard missed the cut by one shot.He now goes to the Wyndham Championship this week at No. 131 in the FedEx Cup, needing to at least make the cut — and then do more — to finish among the top 125 and qualifying for the playoffs. He has never missed them since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.And to think Garcia began the season with a victory in the Singapore Open.Also in jeopardy is a spot on the Ryder Cup team for Europe. He likely would have to win the Wyndham Championship to move into the four spots from the world ranking points that qualify for the team. He is too far behind on the European Tour points list, which is based on money. Garcia has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1999 except 2010, when he served as a vice captain.FURYK’S HELPTiger Woods will either be a vice captain or a player at the Ryder Cup, but not both.At least in name.U.S. captain Jim Furyk already had picked Woods and Steve Stricker as his vice captains in late February. Since then, Woods has moved up to No. 11 in the standings and appears certain to be a pick. Woods has said he would like to do both, though Furyk said if Woods is a captain’s pick, then he will take another assistant captain. Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ST. LOUIS — Just call him big-game Brooks.Not even Brooks Koepka can explain why he plays some of his best golf at the biggest events. The PGA Championship not only was his third major, he won two of the three majors he played this year and three of his last six.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth is 0 for 2 in his bid to complete the career Grand Slam. He’s also 0 for 26 in his last PGA Tour starts, dating to his British Open victory last summer at Royal Birkdale.Spieth keeps thinking his best stuff is around the corner. He closed with a 66, despite a double bogey on the par-3 sixth hole with a tee shot in the water. He also had a triple bogey on Saturday in his round of 69, and he opened the PGA Championship with a double bogey.“Minus a couple of tee shots, I had a chance to win this thing with what felt like not my A-game,” Spieth said. “The putting was phenomenal. And the rest of the game is moving in the right direction. So it’s good to have a test like this.”Spieth is No. 40 in the FedEx Cup and should be in reasonable shape for the first three playoff events. He still has work to do to earn a spot in the Tour Championship.“I’ve got a week off now to nail it in and feel like I step into the playoffs with my game in the best shape it’s been this entire year,” Spieth said.DIVOTSRickie Fowler and Marc Leishman are the only players to have made the cut in all four majors each of the last two seasons. … The 266 by Tiger Woods at Bellerive would have won or forced a playoff in all but three PGA Championships since it switched to stroke play in 1958. … Tony Finau got into the record book at two majors this year for his birdies. His six straight birdies in the fourth round of the Masters was second behind only Woods and Steve Pate (seven), and his 10 birdies at the PGA Championship tied the record for most in a round held by Gary Player. … Kenny Perry, 58, is the only PGA Tour Champions player averaging more than 300 yards off the tee (301.1). … Brooks Koepka now has won two majors with scoring records. He tied Rory McIlroy for most under par (16 under) at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he set the PGA Championship record (264) at Bellerive. … Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says he will call every player under consideration for a captain’s pick to let them know his decision. Furyk never received a call from Fred Couples when he was left off the 2013 Presidents Cup team, ending his appearance on 15 straight teams.STAT OF THE WEEKBen Kern set the PGA Championship record for club pros with a 277 to tie for 42nd at Bellerive. The previous record was 279 by Jimmy Wright, who finished fourth in the 1969 PGA Championship at NCR Country Club, three shots behind Raymond Floyd.FINAL WORD Messi to skip Argentina friendlies – reports ‘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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On the PGA Tour, Koepka now has four victories — the Phoenix Open and three majors.Koepka began his career on the Challenge Tour, winning three times in 2013 to earn a European Tour card. He also won the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and he has back-to-back titles in the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour. He won last year by nine shots over Xander Schauffele.Larry Nelson’s third major was his eighth PGA Tour title. Nelson had the fewest victories of those with at least three majors (since World War II) until Koepka.Jordan Spieth’s third major was his 11th win on the PGA Tour. Payne Stewart’s third major also was his 11th victory on the PGA Tour. Nick Price had 14 titles on the PGA Tour when he won his third major, while Hale Irwin had 18 wins when he captured his third U.S. Open.SERGIO’S SWOONADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’
“I didn’t expect him to move up (in weight). It didn’t sink in until I was in the gym the next day after his phone call to ask about a fight. And then at Madison Square Garden, are you serious? There have been a lot of big fights there.”Not for Alvarez. He expects a huge turnout, and though he himself doesn’t like to watch other fights, he knows there will be lots of passion in the crowd when he makes his New York debut.“I don’t like to watch boxing, but I like boxing, being in the ring,” he said with a grin.He recognizes his popularity with Hispanic fans, but when pressed on who have been the greatest Mexican champions, he demurs, fearing he will leave out someone and be accused of disrespect. What about Canelo being considered in that group?Another smile.“They are all legends,” he said. “I respect them too much to say who is the best. But there continue to be so many champions from Mexico, they are the pride of Mexico. They have given a lot to the Mexican people.“It is a difficult sport. You need discipline and sacrifice, so I respect them all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s the Mecca of boxing,” Alvarez said Tuesday. “I have wanted to fight there for many years, and this is a great opportunity to give the fans from Latin America and Mexico a great fight.“This is a fight I made because I want to make history as one of the top Mexicans to win three titles. He is the current WBA champion. … I asked for the opportunity to fight at 168 pounds. For me, it’s the history. Only 10 Mexican champions have titles in three weight classes. I am taking a big risk entering his comfort zone.”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 ChrissPerhaps. But Alvarez, who had a draw and then a narrow victory over Golovkin in his last two fights — sandwiched by a suspension for testing positive for performance enhancers that his camp said came from tainted meat — isn’t taking that big a gamble.Fielding is 27-1 with 15 knockouts, but he’s never faced anyone close to the level of Alvarez. And Alvarez (50-1-2, 34 knockouts) has the edge in experience, speed and ring savvy. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Canelo Alvarez is interviewed, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in New York. Alvarez is scheduled to fight WBA super middleweight boxing champion Rocky Fielding in New York in December. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez has never fought in Madison Square Garden. He’s never fought on the East Coast. And he’s really never fought after as big a win as he had in September against Gennady Golovkin.So when Triple G’s name is brought up to the ruler of the middleweight division, Alvarez sort of shrugs and instead begins talking about his Dec. 15 meeting with Rocky Fielding, the WBA super middleweight belt holder.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? UEFA charges Romania for racism, misconduct by fans LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That could lead back to folks concentrating on Triple G and a potential third fight rather than on the matchup in the Garden. Alvarez scoffs at such a notion.“Moving up a division, that’s the biggest risk,” said Alvarez, who was a super welterweight champion before moving into the middleweight ranks. “I don’t know how it will feel there. He is the champion and has the experience at that weight, and it is a risk for any fighter to (add) eight pounds. I just take it as another challenge.”That Alvarez would challenge Fielding came as “a big surprise” to the Brit who won his belt in July by stopping previously undefeated Tyron Zeuge in Fielding’s first world title shot. He goes from that relatively obscure matchup to taking on what Fielding calls “the face of boxing.”Fielding never thought of saying no to fighting Alvarez and is comfortable with being an underdog. That was the case when he went to Zeuge’s turf in Germany and beat him for the belt.“He is a worldwide superstar,” Fielding said. “You have to fight the best to be the best, and this is an opportunity for me to take on the best.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title
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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Banario said Folayang never expected to get another shot at the title and this motivated the 34-year-old lightweight to put everything in training.“I see a highly-motivated Eduard Folayang in training because he didn’t expect to be blessed with another shot at the world title,” said Banario. “He’s just so motivated for this bout and is ready reclaim the world title.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA G League to offer $125,000 contracts to elite prospects Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – Honorio Banario celebrates after his knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFormer ONE World featherweight champion Honorio Banario is putting his money on Team Lakay teammate Eduard Folayang when he goes up against Singaporean Amir Khan.Folayang will take on Khan in the main event of ONE: Conquest of Champions on Nov. 23 at Mall of Asia Arena for the vacant ONE World lightweight strap, the same belt the Filipino mixed martial arts icon once held for nearly a year.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “When it comes to strength, striking, and wrestling, Khan will have a hard time against Eduard in those areas,” said Banario (13-7) who lost to Khan (11-3) in September in Shanghai, China.“I’m not underestimating Khan, but Eduard is simply on another level. Both are complete fighters, but Folayang is a much more experienced veteran.”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 ChrissFolayang (20-6) won the ONE World lightweight belt on Nov. 11, 2016 after scoring a technical knockout win over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki (42-8) at Singapore Indoor Stadium.The owner of three Southeast Asian Games gold medals, Folayang held the belt for 364 days before losing to Martin Nguyen via knockout at Mall of Asia Arena.
CURRY’S SCORINGCurry’s 3-pointer at the 7:37 mark of the second quarter put him in the 15,000 club.Kerr knows the number is hardly important to his star point guard, saying: “He’ll probably be at 16,000 before too long, and won’t be aware of that either.”Curry is thrilled to join such elite company.“Just a pretty humbling experience in terms of how long I’ve been here and all the success that we’ve had in recent years, and individual accolades and milestones come out of that,” he said.Chamberlain leads the way with 17,783, followed by Barry (16,447), Arizin (16,266) and Mullin (16,235).“It’s a lot of points and the thing to me what’s most impressive is how he creates them. They’re not just wide-open, catch-and-shoot 3s, his creativity with the ball in his hands,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “The shot-making from all three levels, the left hand, the floaters, the three off the bounce, the walk across that half court line and shoot a three. He has a variety of ways he puts the ball in the basket. You can probably count on one hand how many guys that we’ve seen with the shot-making creatively and the ability that he has.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: G Mike Conley missed the game with left hamstring soreness. F Kyle Anderson returned after missing one game with a sprained left ankle. … Memphis shot 2 for 11 on 3s in the first half and 7 of 25 in all. … The Grizzlies have been limited to fewer than 100 points in eight of nine December games. … Memphis has dropped five straight at Oracle Arena, also losing on Golden State’s home floor 117-101 on Nov. 5. … A top priority for Bickerstaff was improving rebounding, and the Grizzlies were edged 42-41 on the boards.Warriors: F Andre Iguodala returned from a three-game absence with a sore right hip to score 10 points. G Shaun Livingston was back after bruising his pelvis and sitting out Friday at Sacramento. … Curry did a 19-minute Skype call this weekend with astronaut Scott Kelly and made sure Kelly and others knew he meant no harm with joke about not believing in the moon landing, according to the Warriors. … Baron Davis drew big cheers when shown on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Marc Gasol had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Grizzlies, who lost their third straight and fifth in six. This marked Memphis’ final visit to Oracle Arena before the Warriors move to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season. Omri Casspi added a season-high 20 points against his former team.Gasol said the Grizzlies must talk as a team about ways to be better.“There’s a few things that we need to do more of that we are doing well, and things that we’re not doing so well, do a little less,” he said.Jonas Jerebko made Golden State’s only two 3s in the opening quarter and finished 16 points off the bench.The Warriors were 17 of 18 from the free-throw line in the first half to 8 for 10 by Memphis, which trailed 61-38 at the break.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Curry became just the fifth player in Warriors history to score 15,000 points during the regular season — joining the company of Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Paul Arizin and Chris Mullin.“It was a pretty cool moment, again just reflecting on the entire 9½ years and more to come,” Curry said. “Definitely appreciative of the opportunity, the milestone, hopefully a lot more to come.”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 ChrissKevin Durant scored 23 points to go with five assists and passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 33rd place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Klay Thompson contributed 16 points with five rebounds.Golden State led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter in quickly turning the game into a rout. That allowed coach Steve Kerr to rest many of his regulars as the Warriors began a busy stretch with eight games before the end of the year, including Christmas night at home against LeBron James and the Lakers. View comments LATEST STORIES Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates a score against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry missed his first three tries from deep, got a little frustrated and forgot about the 10 points he needed for another major milestone.Curry had 20 points and seven rebounds while adding another accomplishment to his long list, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 110-93 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTGrizzlies: Play the second game of their four-game West Coast trip at Portland on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies beat the Trail Blazers 92-83 at home last Wednesday.Warriors: After concluding a four-game stretch playing in California, the Warriors play at Utah on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Forest Law EnforcementRegional representatives are calling for the rights of Indigenous Peoples to be integrated into the negotiations of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnerships Agreements (FLEGT VPA) between Guyana and European Union.A section of the participants at the regional seminarThis call was made at the regional seminar held at the Pegasus Hotel, where representatives shared lessons on FLEGT VPA in support of the legal trade in timber.In deliberating on the role of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples during the VPA implementation, representatives indicated that while extensive engagements were carried out there is still a need for the active engagement of Indigenous groups in every stage of the deliberations while applying the principle of Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC).The participants recognised that there was need for more discussions on this topic, and possibly channel non-VPA related issues to other relevant fora.There was also major cross-cutting themes throughout the seminar, including the need to involve civil society in the decision-making process relating to FLEGT licensing; the need for continued financial support in moving from the negotiation stage to the implementation phase, and the need for Guyana to highlight its forest sustainability capacity and be proactive in securing timber export markets in preparation for its eventual FLEGT licensing.There was also a general consensus that gaps in capacity necessary for implementation exist and some stakeholders identified the VPA annex on support measures as one mechanism through which these needs could potentially be addressed.Guyana’s VPA process commenced in 2012 with the formation of a National Technical Working Group followed by consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and the subsequent development of a road map; four negotiations with the EU have since been held – in Guyana in 2012, 2015, and 2016 and in Brussels in 2013.This seminar is the second such event to be held in Guyana — the first was in 2014. It was organised by the National Technical Working Group and the FLEGT Facilitation Support Office in collaboration with other partners (APA, EFI, FAO, Iwokrama and IUCN).This seminar was convened to share experiences and lessons learned around the processes of VPA with the European Union under the auspices of the FLEGT Action Plan.The FLEGT Action Plan was developed in response to the problem of illegal logging and trade in associated timber products.Approximately 90 persons participated in the event, including Guyanese resource persons from Civil Society, the different scales of forest sector operators, the NGO community including Indigenous organisations, Academia and Government Agencies; and international participants from Suriname, Honduras, Guatemala, Liberia, Ghana and the EU.
In an effort to keep children, teachers and parents learning, the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with partners, has launched a radio education program for school-going children across Liberia.At the official launching ceremony at the Ministry of Education Monday, September 15, in Sinkor, Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh said, the radio program is intended to help children, who are sitting home get education while observing and preventing Ebola.Naming the radio education program, “School Away from Home and Home Away from School,” Education Minister Tarpeh assured teachers and children of benefiting from the learning program.According to her, the radio-learning program will focus on social studies; civics, math and science. According to her, the science will focus on nutrition and the hygiene component as Liberia continues to contain the virus.She disclosed that the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio and Truth FM will broadcast the program. She said it will also be relayed on community radio stations in the rural areas.“We want to continue to keep our children, teachers and parents informed about the Ministry’s policies and regulations as well as improved public relations,” she added.She explained that, the learning program will also focused on students from nursery to grade 12, Early Children Division and parents. This will help our children and teachers in the absent of regular school’s activities in both the urban and rural areas.”Also speaking, UNICEF Acting Chief of Education, Jake Kersey, said education is only the government’s business, but also families should make sure that their child or children are in school.He urged mother, parents and guardians to focus on providing the necessary opportunities for children and ensuring that they get the best education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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With 26 right around the corner, everyone is trying to make the season special for their families and themselves. Among the surplus of food, drink and merriment, there is also a surplus of commercial activity. This is a time when “season sellers” — ordinary, people who are not involved in regular business or commercial activity — join the hustle to sell anything from used clothes, shoes, teddy bears, hand bags, things that passers-by can find at least temporarily appealing to give them a feel of the independence day season. There is some profit to be made, and a means to strengthen ones financial position to make it through the holiday and beyond. The Daily Observer spoke with some of these “season sellers” to gauge their outlook on the commercial environment this season and more. Winston Rogers, 34, is actually a professional driver who has been out of a job for few months. “Joining this business was a way to keep myself busy because nothing was really happening for me and I have my family to support,” he told the Daily Observer. Since he could not find a job, he decided to venture into the slippers business this Independence Day season, with the little cash he had. As far back as the last week of June, Rogers says, he started his season hustle. He paid US $150 for a bag of slippers, spent LD $100 on soap to clean and make ready for sale. “After everything, I sell one pair of slippers for LD $500, but actually it was good.”“I used to sell two bags of slippers per week at least, but now that has slowed down and I don’t know why or whether it’s because of the reopening of schools,” he said. The Ministry of Education has scheduled the opening of schools for September, which means parents have only the month of August to prepare their school-going children for the coming semester. When asked how much profit he expects from his seasonal business, Rogers declined to respond, but said that everything is fine, despite the slow pace of business as the holiday draws closer.George Seke, another season seller who trades in the same business on Johnson Street, intimated that business is not going as expected, especially were has spent close to US $300 on shoes with the intent of selling everything before the holiday. “We are getting limited customers as compared to [few weeks] before. In fact, now we have to reduce our price just to get something for us and our families to eat at home,” said Seke. Hawa Kollie, who only started selling used clothes (do-ka-flag) during the second week of July, agreed that business much slower now, especially during the few days leading up to the holiday.Ms. Kollie, a regular season seller, said she used to buy a bale of used clothes for US$150 but this time, she paid US$165. “After selling, I generate not less than 190. Sometimes it is loss-and-gain. Some of the bales we buy don’t have good clothes that people will want to buy. She agrees with Rogers that customers are holding their money now to pay their children school fees and other things next month. Like Rogers, season sellers get better results when they set up business early enough ahead of the holiday. The few days leading up to the holiday finds the market saturated with what they perceive as “more sellers than buyers”, which forces nearly all sellers to drastically drop the prices of their goods so as to sell all before the holiday comes. After the holiday, anything left on hand goes up for auction or donation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Lewis G. Brown has emphasized the need for Liberia to market its tourism to the international world, which will enable it to be explored and developed.Making the disclosure at the Ministry of Information’s regular Thursday press briefing held on Capitol Hill in Monrovia, Minister Brown averred that the beauty of Liberia’s tourism, including the Bomi Lake, was a place to be when in search of tourism sites in Liberia.He emphasized the need for a genuine effort to continue in promoting Liberia’s own products and showcasing these to the world of tourism.But it is important to remind heads within the tourism sector of Liberia that there are many characteristics of tourism as an activity, which make it particularly relevant to low income countries and to poor communities within them.In research on drivers of world trade, turism places great value on some common features of developing countries, such as warm climate, rich cultural heritage, inspiring landscapes and abundant biodiversity. These strengths can be particularly apparent in rural areas, which may have a comparative advantage for tourism while being at a disadvantage in most other economic sectors.He explained further that tourism also helps in creating job opportunities for the citizenry, in which Liberians must all engage, in order to ensure that the sector is developed and can achieve its outlined goals, including creating employments and giving facelifts to the nation. “Our traditional displays of Liberian fashion help to market this country in the area of tourism. And tourism also helps in creating a facelift for the country, community and its citizens,” he notedHe said that with the completion of roads and major infrastructures in other parts of the country, there would be a great kindness of the ocean, golden beaches and others colorful tourism areas in Liberia.Minister Brown said one of the characteristics of Liberians that will be display in Bassa during the World Tourism Day will be the extraordinary handshake, which Liberians are known for, though more is expected to take place, including the traditional food of the various tribes.He said the activities of this year will be held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, and called on all Liberians, including hip-co artists, traditional dancers and cultural dancers, among others, to make their presence known on Monday, September 28 to celebrate this great day.“We continued to get better and better within the area of tourism on a daily basis and we must work in sustaining this environment as well as bringing more attractions to the sector and the world. We also need to believe in locally-made products, displaying what we have as a country and people,” he cautioned Liberians.The Minister also admitted to the lack of infrastructure within the tourism sector of Liberia, which has received the greatest criticism from the public, expressing hope that there will be improvement when roads and other developments are completed.In researching its accessibility to the poor, Tourism is a relatively labor intensive sector and is traditionally made up of small and micro enterprises. Many activities in tourism are particularly suited to women, young people and disadvantaged groups such as ethnic minority populations. Many tourism jobs are potentially quite accessible to the poor, as they require relatively few skills and little investment.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The National Muslim Congress of Liberia has rejected the proposition to make Liberia a ‘Christian Nation’ for fear that it will bring division and go against the peaceful coexistence between the two religious communities.The chairman and secretary general of the National Muslim Congress, Sheik Abubakar Kamara and Sheik Omaru Kamara, in separate presentations said the longstanding relationship between the traditional people and Christians “will be threatened.”They made the statement recently during a one-day public hearing held in the House first floor conference hall at the Capitol Building.The hearing was on the 25 Propositions submitted by the Constitution Review Committee (CRC), which is under scrutiny by the Joint Committee on Good Governance & Government Reform, Election & Inauguration and Judiciary, to set the agenda for a referendum for the amendment of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.Sheik Kamara added that making Liberia a Christian state “also has the potential to divide the people of Liberia, including the traditional people, who have been living together in peace and harmony since 1847.”Former Grand Cape Mount Senator James Momo, Mohamed M. Kamara and Mohamed M. J. Manssalay of the Muslim community said the Christianization of the country would make Muslims “secondary citizens” in every sector of the government, including employment.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is on record for having rejected the Christianization of Liberia, saying it will bring about division. “I do not concur with this view,” the President stated in her letter attached to the CRC report which she sent to the National Legislature for its review and action. “Liberia was established on a foundation of Christianity nevertheless the founders of the republic did not then put into the Constitution a declaration of Christianity as the religion of the nation.” She contended that the Constitution of Liberia has always allowed freedom of religion and freedom of worship so as to avoid seeking to prescribe one religion as an official state religion, and stressed that “to make the country a Christian state now will only create division among the people of the country who have been living together for a very long time,” despite their religious differences.She further noted that Article 14 of the Constitution clearly separates state from religion and says further that the state shall establish no official religion.Meanwhile, Rev. Arnold Hill, the head of a seven-man delegation, told the lawmakers that Liberia needs an identity like other countries.He indicated that they are advocating for the country to be a “Christian Nation,” not a “Christian State,” and explained the difference between a ‘Christian Nation’ and a ‘Christian State.’Rev. Hill said in a ‘Christian State’ both structural and economical organizations, including political and economic positions are occupied only by Christians while in a ‘Christian Nation’ that is being advocated for Liberia, appointment to positions will be based on merit and will be occupied by both Christians and non-Christians. He refuted the claim that non-Christians will be second class citizens if Liberia were to be declared as a Christian Nation.The Chairman of the House Joint Committee, Nimba County District # 8 Representative Larry P. Younquoi, thanked the religious groups for their presentations and said it would help the Committee make an informed report to Plenary for subsequent approval, and then to the Senate for concurrence.The CRC is headed by former Chief Justice Cllr. Gloria Musu Scott, and was set up by the President to review the Constitution of Liberia. In March 2015, the committee, at a conference held in Gbanga, Bong County, approved 25 recommendations to set an agenda for amending the Constitution. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)