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19
Jan
2020

Well-suited Keuchel, champ Astros set for White House visit

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “If you’re going to spend an off-day doing something, other than relaxing, I think the White House is a pretty good gig,” Keuchel said.Keuchel wasn’t the only Astro scrambling to complete his White House wardrobe.“I didn’t bring any ties with me out here, so I’ve got to go buy a tie,” reliever Will Harris said.Last year, the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs actually visited the White House twice, the first time meeting with outgoing President Barack Obama, then a few months later with Trump.Making a special trip during spring training is rare for a World Series champion.ADVERTISEMENT “I know we’ve got an off-day, but I’ll probably come in and just get some work in. Just trying to still get my timing together,” Maybin said. “For me, the mission was accomplished.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Dallas Keuchel. APWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Dallas Keuchel’s new suit arrived not a moment too soon.Now the ace pitcher has the proper attire to wear when visiting the most famous residence in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Raptors roll to 8th straight win, rout Knicks Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citycenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Keuchel and his World Series champion Houston teammates will leave their spring training home Monday morning to visit the White House.“I’m looking forward to it,” Keuchel said. “I got a new suit. Also gained some pounds, so my old suits didn’t fit.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt’s customary for the president of the United States to invite champions from many sports to visit the White House. Houston is taking advantage of an off-day in its Grapefruit League schedule to accept the invitation from President Donald Trump.The tentative schedule has the Astros leaving West Palm Beach early in the morning, arriving at the White House around noon and returning to South Florida later that evening. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View comments Teams often elect to visit the White House in conjunction with a scheduled series at either the Washington Nationals or Baltimore Orioles. The Astros don’t visit Washington this season and the Astros’ trip to Baltimore doesn’t happen until the final weekend of the season.“That would have been odd for us to wait all the way until that time to celebrate a team that’s another year older,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “I’ll take this day over the other options.”Hinch said he doesn’t mind turning what could have been a restful off day into what will likely be a somewhat hectic travel day.“I like it better as a day off in spring than I do a day off in the season,” Hinch said. “Those are valuable. We’re already on the east coast so that makes it convenient enough.”Houston officials said they anticipate all holdovers from last year’s team will make the trip.The Astros also invited players who left the team during the offseason to accompany the excursion. St. Louis closer Luke Gregerson and Pittsburgh pitcher Joe Musgrove are expected to join their former teammates.“It will be cool to see some of the guys that were with the team last year that aren’t with us anymore,” Harris said. “Looking forward to having a plane ride with those guys, catching up and kind of reminiscing on what we accomplished last year for a few hours. It will be a good time.”Carlos Beltran, who won a World Series ring with the Astros in his final season, said last month that he wouldn’t attend the ceremony for family reasons. He said his decision wasn’t a political statement, and added he wasn’t happy with the federal government’s response to the devastation Hurricane Maria caused in his native Puerto Rico.Outfielder Cameron Maybin played 21 games with Houston after being claimed off waivers late in the season.He signed with the Miami Marlins after 2018 camp opened and declined the invitation to travel to the White House. 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18
Jan
2020

Volleyball gets Manila venues for 2019 SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZIt’s been more than a decade since the Philippines placed in the volleyball podium of the Southeast Asian Games, but with the country hosting the 2019 edition Ramon Suzara has high hopes for the sport he helped flourish.Suzara, who is the president of the Philippine Superliga, said both the men’s and women’s volleyball events will be played at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games thus putting the sport under the limelight of the nation’s capital region.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m happy that volleyball will be at Smart Araneta Coliseum because it’s a big venue and it’s very close to the general public for easier transportation,” said Suzara Thursday at Shangri-La Bonifacio Global City after the SEA Games Federation meeting.“That has been the initial agreement and nothing’s final but the initial agreement is that we will put both popular sports [volleyball and basketball] in a big venue.”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 crownBasketball, often regarded as the main sport of the Philippines, will be played at Mall of Asia Arena with volleyball, the second-most popular sport, getting Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 2019 SEA Games will be played in three key areas in Clark Green City, Subic, and Metro Manila. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Philippine Arena chosen for 2019 SEA Games opening Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Suzara, who oversaw the Philippines’ last volleyball medal haul in 2005 when the country won bronze in both the men’s and women’s categories, expects the host team to go the distance in the event.“The SEA Games is very important in our hearts so we should play in the finals,” said Suzara. “I’m always positive that our women’s volleyball team should play in the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

Pringle explodes for 50 as GlobalPort dumps Columbian

first_imgCarpio 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 Pringle also set a league’s season-high and all-time best for GlobalPort, according to PBA statistician Fidel Mangonon. He nailed nine three-pointers in the thrilling performance that went with five rebounds, six assists and three steals.“Tonight was Stanley’s show. I played like him college,” said head coach Pido Jarencio, one of the deadliest shooters in league history, in jest.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 crownThe last player to have reached the 50-point mark was Asi Taulava, who poured 51 points for Talk N’ Text in the 2004 Fiesta Conference.Pringle’s heroics couldn’t have come at a better time with Batang Pier looking to boost their chances to make the playoffs amid a close race. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Stanley Pringle exploded for a career-best 50 points as GlobalPort dumped Columbian, 133-115, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina They bounced back from their embarrassing 108-135 loss to Phoenix last Wednesday and improved to solo sixth with a 5-5 card.“Overall, the team really wanted to win. In our last game, it was like we just played scrimmage with Phoenix,” said Jarencio. We couldn’t lose today, if we want to make it to the playoffs.”Import Malcom White chipped in 28 points and 14 boards, Jonathan Grey had 16 points while Sean Anthony registered a double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds.The Dyip, meanwhile, are out of the quarterfinals contention with a 4-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Many Egyptian Christians feel left out of World Cup Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

Jones Cup: Ateneo stuns Chinese Taipei on Nieto game-winner

first_imgSEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? FILE – Matt Nieto launches a 3 during Gilas cadets game in the Filoil pre-season tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo isn’t messing around and Chinese Taipei-A, the country’s national team, found that out too on Saturday night.The Blue Eagles cut another giant down to size in dramatic fashion after a last-second triple by Matt Nieto stunned the host Taiwanese, 77-76, in the 2018 William Jones Cup at Xinzhuang Gymnasium.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ NLEX misses out on Super 8 final, falls short against Guangzhou Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Ateneo (5-2), which lost to top teams 3D Global Sports of Canada and South Korea, wraps up its campaign against Iran, which is currently tied with the Canadians and South Koreans in first place with identical 6-1 records, on Sunday.The Eagles have also beaten Chinese Taipei’s B team, Japan, Indonesia and Lithuania.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ LATEST STORIES With Ateneo down two, Nieto buried the clutch 3-pointer off a well-designed sideline inbound play by head coach Tab Baldwin with 0.3 tenths of a second left.Nieto finished with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field to lead the Blue Eagles, who rolled to their fourth straight victory after a 1-2 start.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’Liu Cheng and Chen Ying-Chun carried much of the offensive load for Chinese Taipei as they combined for 41 points.Cheng, who fired a game-high 24 points, was impressive on both ends of the floor with 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

PVL: Tigresses blank Altas for 2-0 start

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas quickly handled University of Perpetual Help, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16, in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 The Golden Tigresses took care of business from the get go, but pulled away in the final frame with a 16-11 lead off of Eya Laure’s kill en route to their second victory in as many startsThe Altas’ lone highlight in the final stretch of the third set was when Angielou Castillo’s ace trimmed the UST lead to three, 17-14, but they never threatened after that.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’“I told my players that the third set will be a display of who has the better individual skills,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes. “That was the instruction that I really asserted into them.”Of UST’s last four points, three of came from the Lady Altas’ errors including two straight that sealed the win. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eya Laure and Milena Alessandrini had 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Golden Tigresses.UST’s charismatic marksman Cherry Rondina is not with the team to prepare for the beach volleyball tournament of the UAAP.Maria Tripoli led the Lady Altas, who dropped to 0-2, with 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced PVL: FEU gets past San Beda for 2nd straight win Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

Sor Rungvisai not taking unheralded Diaz lightly

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand faces off with Iran Diaz of Mexico during their open workout on Tuesday at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Thailand. Sor Rungvisai will be defending his WBC super flyweight belt against Diaz in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on October 6 at Impact Arena in Thailand. Photo from ONE ChampionshipNONTHABURI—Srisaket Sor Rungvisai is the overwhelming favorite against Iran Diaz but there’s no hint of complacency from the Thai boxing champion ahead of his title defense.“I think Diaz is a great fighter. I don’t think it will be an easy fight at all,” Sor Rungvisai said through his interpreter and promoter Thainchai Pisitwuttinan during his open workout at Nakornloung Promotion Gym in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “I’ve seen him fight. He has a difficult style to fight with so I am not taking him lightly.”Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs), who is defending his WBC super flyweight title for the third time, will be headlining ONE Championship’s first foray in boxing on October 6 in the main event of the Kingdom of Heroes event at Impact Arena in Thailand.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’Meanwhile, it will be Diaz’s (14-2-3, 6 KOs) first shot at a world title.Diaz, who describes himself as “intelligent” inside the ring, also hasn’t fought outside of Mexico since turning pro in 2008. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Happy 14th birthday! Chinese teens land diving gold MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The 31-year-old Sor Rungvisai is coming off a first-round knockout of an overmatched Young Gil Bae of South Korea in a non-title fight just last July 21 in Thailand.He hasn’t suffered a loss in his last 19 fights and is determined to stretch his streak for as long as he can.“I will give it all in the gym and that will take care of itself.”and there’s no way that I will let my belt go outside Thailand. I am 100 percent confident that I will win.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

Perasol on UP’s struggles: ‘All is not lost’

first_imgThe Fighting Maroons are a few games away removed from the top four spots of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament and head coach Bo Perasol knows they have to get their acts together if they ever hope to end the school’s Final Four drought.“We have to be better, period,” said Perasol after UP lost its fifth game of the season when it fell to Ateneo, 83-66, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 ChrissREAD: Ateneo recovers, dumps UP to open 2nd roundUP was considered as one of the Final Four contenders before the season when Bright Akhuetie, who last played for University of Perpetual Help in NCAA Season 92, fulfilled his one-year residency. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Akhuetie’s addition, however, hasn’t panned out into instant success as the Fighting Maroons currently languish at the sixth seed with a 3-5 card.“We can’t just say we will fight. We have to be truly better to beat the teams that we will go up against,” said Perasol. “We just have to encourage the team that all is not lost. The day of reckoning will be the day that would be the last.”UP is a full game behind fifth-running University of Santo Tomas, and 1.5 games behind fourth seed De La Salle University.And with the clock ticking down on the Fighting Maroons, Perasol said they have to get back on track starting with their next game against University of the East on October 21.“We need to look at the six games that are coming and we need to take the next one, and the next one, until everything’s over,” said Perasol. “It’s my job to lead my team and to make them feel we have to keep going.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 titlecenter_img UST rookie Cansino ‘surprised’ to be in 7th place of UAAP MVP race Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines has hit a wall.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

NU kicks off NBTC title defense with 90-point rout

first_imgView comments The Bullpups were merciless from start to finish with guards Terrence Fortea and Steve Nash Enriquez leading the way.Fortea had 19 points while Enriquez scored 17 on 7-of-10 shooting for NU, which only needed the first quarter to put the game beyond doubt as it raced to a 37-4 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Before the game, we actually talked about how to be consistent with what we’re doing. We had a great campaign in the UAAP and we picked up where we left off,” said NU coach Goldwin Monteverde in Filipino.NU, which swept Ateneo in the UAAP juniors finals last month, made it a 50-point game after a fastbreak layup by Reyland Torres before the end of the first half. 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 Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MANILA, Philippines—Nazareth School of National University opened its title defense with a dominating 135-45 win over Isabela Colleges-Cauayan, in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC League National Finals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Fireworks expected when Filipino bets Dasmariñas, Demecillo clash in ‘Rising Stars’ MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Bullpups extended their lead to as high as 93 points in the fourth period. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

18
Jan
2020

UNMEER: A Welcome New UN Agency to Fight Ebola—But Why So Late?

first_imgThe United Nations Security Council last Thursday unanimously adopted a   resolution declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to international peace and security.  The Council mandated UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to establish the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).   A day later the 193-member UN General Assembly adopted its own resolution approving the Security Council’s on UNMEER’s establishment. The Assembly called upon all Member States to fully support the new UN Agency.The President of the General Assembly, Sam Kutesa,  warned that “Without quick and decisive action, the trail of devastation this outbreak leaves behind will reach far beyond the portions of West Africa most affected up to now.”The Secretary General has already announced the establishment of the UNMEER to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent further outbreaks.UNMEER will be headquartered in Accra, Ghana, with offices in the three most affected countries.  Accra’s Kotoko International Airport is to be used as the “vital air-bridge” for the receiving and transshipment of Ebola-related equipment and supplies to the affected nations.World Health Organization (WHO) Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, has declared that UNMEER is likely to be “the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced.”The UN System Senior Coordinator for Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, will provide strategic guidance to the Mission. The Secretary-General meanwhile plans to appoint a Special Representative to head UNMEER and accelerate support to the countries and people most affected by the Ebola crisis.“The Mission will rely on the support of the entire UN system, in particular the critical technical expertise of the World Health Organization (WHO), and will work closely with Member States, regional organizations, civil society and the private sector.”We believe that UNMEER’s  establishment is great news, even though it may seem to have come almost too late.  That was the same assessment which American journalist Laurie Garrett gave the United States’ intervention, through which it is sending in 3000 troops to fight the deadly Ebola virus in the three most affected West African countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Yes, we do not know why it took the world so long to respond to this catastrophe.  People are now comparing this belated response to President George W. Bush and the United States government’s slow response to Hurricane Katrina that devastated New Orleans and killed hundreds.  Some blamed it on racism, since New Orleans is predominantly black.The WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan, has herself called the Ebola outbreak “. . . not just a public health crisis.  This is a social crisis, a humanitarian crisis, an economic crisis and a threat to national security well beyond the outbreak zones.”Dr. Chan is not new to this massive health crisis.  While  serving as Director of Health in her native Hong Kong in 1997, she confronted the first human outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza. She also  successfully defeated the spate of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong in 2003; and launched new services to prevent disease and promote better health.Yet it has taken the WHO, under her leadership, a full six months to respond in a serious way to this Ebola crisis.  The world, in particular the people of West Africa, need to know what happened.  We are not here criticizing Dr. Chan or her organization, WHO.  However, people need to know why it took them so long to give a speedy and decisive response to this terrible health crisis that beginning day one last March  caused people to start dropping dead first in Guinea, then in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  Now, by the time everyone is rushing in to “help,” a staggering 2500 lives have been lost.  Also, the Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other expert organizations have predicted that the Ebola virus could mutate (change) and spread, affecting and killing more people in its catastrophic path.We hope that the new UN Agency, UNMEER, together with the efforts of the 3000-strong American military contingent, will make a quick difference and stop this terrible and tragic virus in its tracks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

17
Jan
2020

Public procurement process is being manipulated by political directive

first_imgDear Editor,The public procurement system was established by PPP government in 2003. The procurement process was establish to maintain accountability, transparency, fairness, and equal access to opportunities.While competition was an essential ingredient in achieving and promoting effectiveness in procurement, it also discouraged monopoly situations and avoided favouritism.  Can we say that the APNU/AFC coalition government is upholding the procurement process? Definitely not! I am confident that this Government is compromising or disregarding the procurement process and Act to ensure that their cronies, friends and families benefit.There are various methods of procurement, tender boards can choose from open or restricted procedure wherein request for quotation can only be used in clearly defined circumstances. Also the single source procurement for particular supplier can be used. The most effective method should be used to ensure Government have the best value for money. The open tendering method is the most effective, and should always be used in order to have maximum competition. It is deemed being able to offer the most economical results.  Instructions are given through permanent secretaries to various ministerial and regional tender boards to use a method that the Government can manipulate in order to ensure activist supporters, friends and families benefit. The AFC/APNU coalition government do not have any system in place to promote transparency and accountability in public office, and have total disregard for the Public Procurement Act. There are many projects that fail the procurement process, eg Durban Park, rental or drugs bond, the East Bank Berbice public road etc. This Granger government is the worst Government when it comes to transparency and accountability. They ensure that the Government officials manipulate the public procurement process for personal and political gains.Respectfully,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more