Wizards send Marcin Gortat to Clippers for Austin Rivers

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) defends against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas. A person familiar with the deal says that the Wizards have agreed to trade Gortat to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)WASHINGTON — Seemed fairly clear that Marcin Gortat and the Washington Wizards were ready to part ways. Now they will.The Wizards traded Gortat, their starting center, to the Los Angeles Clippers for guard Austin Rivers on Tuesday night. Both players are entering the final season of their contracts and are set to earn similar salaries, making a straight-up exchange work under NBA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees The 34-year-old Gortat is a durable, screen-setting big man who has played 12 years in the league, the past five with Washington. He averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds last season, his lowest numbers since 2009-10, when he was with the Orlando Magic, but could fill a need in Los Angeles if DeAndre Jordan departs.After the Wizards finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and lost in the first round of the playoffs to No. 1 seed Toronto, Gortat was adamant that he had no interest in changing his style of play at this late stage of his career.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 crownAsked about the possibility of working on his outside shot, Gortat replied: “This summer, I’m going to work on my tan. I’m going to work on my 6-pack. Get my biceps definition a bit better. You can’t improve 3-point shooting. You can’t improve your shot, specifically for me. I truly believe I’m a solid, good shooter up to 15, 17 feet. But I’m not going to shoot 3s. No, I’m not going to do that. I want to go into the paint. Body people. Be physical. Get scratches. Bleed.”Gortat also discussed the widely held perception that he and All-Star point guard John Wall did not get along. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Another early exit for Socceroos at the World Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We are good. Are we best friends? And, like, the greatest friends? Brothers? Probably not. But I’m not best friends with probably half of the team over there,” Gortat said in April after Washington was eliminated. “So I have a few good friends, but the rest of them are just my colleagues and teammates. That’s how it is. That’s how it is around the league.”The Wizards had a bit of a roster problem at center, with Gortat plus a similar, stay-in-the-paint, well-paid backup center Ian Mahinmi.They also were in need of backup help at guard, which Rivers can provide.Rivers, who turns 26 in August, averaged a career-best 15.1 points and four assists last season while playing for his father, Doc, the Clippers’ coach.“He is coming off a career year and his ability to create offense for himself and others will help our second unit and allow us to play a variety of lineups throughout the season,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement announcing the trade.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READlast_img read more

ROUND 3: Pacquiao knocks down Matthysse

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (R) fights Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANManny Pacquiao floored Lucas Matthysse 30 seconds into the third round.Matthysse, shaken, started to back pedal as he got up with Pacquiao, bringing the fight to the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao did not look for another opportunity to floor knock Matthysse down but he did push his aggression more as compared to the past rounds.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’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ROUND 2: Pacquiao sizing up Matthysse Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Chinese football club sorry for foul-mouthed jibe at rival on Weibo

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Jiangsu is fifth in the CSL and face old foes Shenhua — 12th in the table — away on September 15.“Due to our official Weibo managing editor’s operational mistake, inappropriate comments were posted, causing adverse effects,” Jiangsu wrote on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter.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’“We apologize to Shanghai Shenhua and their fans. At the same time, the club immediately and severely dealt with the Weibo account operator and manager who made this mistake.”The offensive Weibo message was posted following Jiangsu’s 1-1 home draw with Tianjin Quanjian on Sunday. Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss 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 LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning have apologized and said they would punish the official responsible for a foul-mouthed reference on social media to rivals Shanghai Shenhua.The official, who has not been named, mistakenly used the club’s account on the popular Weibo platform instead of his own when using an expletive about Shenhua and saying Jiangsu should “kill” their opponents in the next game.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img It was later deleted but not before screenshots were taken and then posted online and in Chinese media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo shuts down NU, improves to 2-1

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Ateneo delivered a masterful defenisve performance to crush National University, 72-46, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday night at smart Araneta Coliseum.The Blue Eagles clamped down on the Bulldogs from start to finish to chalk up their second straight win after dropping their season opener at the hands of the league-leading Adamson Falcons last September 9.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Taalcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Enzo Joson was the only Bulldog in double-figures with 11 points as NU was held to just 28 percent from the field, including 1-of-16 from the 3-point area.Dave Ildefonso, the former Ateneo Blue Eaglet, scored just four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field with three turnovers after averaging 17.5 points in his first two games.NU, which scored nine points in each of the first two quarters, slipped to 1-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I thought our defense was the way we wanted it to be played,” said Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “Never any excuse not to play that way now so I like it when we set a standard, we set a precedent now we have something to live up to because NU, it’s not like they’re easy to beat.”But Ateneo made it look easy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Eagles got going in the second quarter after a slow start to build a 33-18 halftime spread that ballooned to as much as 27 points in the final frame.Thirdy Ravena collected 13 points, four rebounds and three steals through three quarters while Anton Asistio added nine points and Angelo Kouame had 12 rebounds three blocks with five points to boot. LATEST STORIES Malaysian badminton star Lee has nose cancer Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Leonard has 29, Raptors win 5th straight, top Heat

first_imgToronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard, left, drives past Miami Heat Rodney McGruder during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard delivered his sixth double-double for the surging Toronto Raptors, and added an unusual first, too.Leonard had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Lowry added 12 points and 10 assists, and the Raptors won their fifth straight game, beating the Miami Heat 125-115 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES After going 421 games without one, Leonard picked up the first regular-season technical foul of his career for arguing a non-call on his drive to the basket late in the third quarter.“It was just kind of getting out of hand with some of the calls out there,” Leonard said. “They’re doing the best job they can but some of the calls tonight, I felt like I got fouled pretty hard.”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 ChrissLeonard was asked whether he thought his outburst was deserving of a technical foul.“Definitely,” he said. “You work so hard in this game to try and win a game or score the basketball and when you don’t get your calls, it’s very difficult when someone blatantly fouls you.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FOLLOW THE LEADERLeonard responded to comments from former coach Gregg Popovich, who said Saturday that Leonard was not a team leader in San Antonio.“It’s just funny to me because I don’t know if he’s talking about last year or not, but I guess when you stop playing they forget how you lead,” Leonard said.PLAYING CAREFULMiami didn’t have a turnover in the first half, the first time in team history the Heat have gone an entire half without turning the ball over. They finished with seven.SHIRT OFF HIS BACKLowry and Wade swapped jerseys after the game. “He’s a future Hall of Famer,” an appreciative Lowry said. “It’ll go up in my house. I’ll have a couple of stories I can tell to my kids a long time from now.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Atlanta on Tuesday night.Raptors: Visit Memphis on Tuesday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Toronto is 11-0 against teams with losing records.Ahead 63-54 at halftime, Toronto opened the third quarter with an 11-3 spurt, leading to a Miami timeout. The Raptors’ onslaught continued when play resumed, and Spoelstra was forced to call time again with 7:11 remaining in the period, with his team trailing 88-62.“That beginning of the third quarter was very uninspiring,” Spoelstra said. “Two timeouts and I looked up and it’s 26. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe how fast it went.”Miami recovered before the end of the quarter, but trailed 101-89 heading to the fourth.The Heat cut the gap to eight points in the final quarter but Toronto used a 7-0 spurt to pull away for good, a sequence that included a three-point play from Siakam and a long 3-pointer by Lowry with the shot clock running out.“We got down early in the third quarter by too many points to try and come back on the road versus the best team in the Eastern Conference,” Wade said.Leonard scored 11 points in the first as the Raptors led 36-29, the fifth straight game Toronto has been ahead at the end of the opening quarter. The Raptors are 13-1 when leading after 12 minutes.TIP-INSHeat: G Goran Dragic (right knee) missed his fourth straight game. … G Tyler Johnson (right hamstring) sat for the third straight game. … F Justise Winslow played despite being listed as questionable because of a sore right quadriceps. Winslow had nine points in 30 minutes. … Wade shot 13 for 22, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range. He scored almost half of Miami’s 71 bench points.Raptors: Toronto made 15 of 20 field goal attempts in the first. … Serge Ibaka scored eight points off the bench, failing to reach double figures for the first time in 18 games. It was the second-longest streak of his career. … Toronto is 11-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field. … The Raptors, who made a season-high 17 3-pointers in Friday’s win over Atlanta, shot 11 for 35 from long range against Miami. Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Pascal Siakam scored 21 points, two shy of his career high, as the Raptors improved their NBA-leading record to 17-4.Dwyane Wade scored a season-high 35 points, the most ever by a Miami bench player.“It’s a shame that kind of game is wasted on a loss,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Josh Richardson scored 19 points and Bam Adebayo had 16 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, but the Heat lost for the seventh time in nine games.“The rebounds don’t matter unless you come out with a W,” Adebayo said.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Big things ahead for NorthPort as Stanley Pringle gets solid backup

first_imgPringle was the highest-scoring local the past season putting up 21 points-per-game in a backcourt that was largely his responsibility, but just like his team’s previous season things are about to change for the MVP candidate.Joining Pringle in the NorthPort backcourt is third overall pick Robert Bolick whom Jarencio already gave high praises to.ADVERTISEMENT The Batang Pier already had a decent campaign in the 2017-18 season, going into the playoffs twice and only missing out in the Governors’ Cup when star guard Stanley Pringle played just eight games due to national team duties.That string of exits, though, may be a thing of the past for NorthPort once the new year starts with head coach Pido Jarencio expecting bigger things ahead.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 Chriss“I have a positive outlook for this team, the players aren’t giving up easily, the winning attitude’s there,” said Jarencio in Filipino after his team’s 102-90 victory against Rain or Shine in a tune-up game Saturday at Green Meadows Clubhouse. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:50Trending 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES MOST READ MANILA, Philippines—Things are starting to look up for NorthPort for the upcoming 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Bolick’s an intelligent player, an A1 player, and he’s really a good complement for Stanley,” said Jarencio.Bolick is a proven winner with San Beda after he helped the Red Lions to three titles during his stay with the NCAA powerhouse.Jarencio just now has to see if Bolick’s performance in the NCAA, where he averaged stellar numbers of 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists, could translate to the professional game.“Stanley likes players who understand his style so these two really complement each other,” said Jarencio who basically has two floor generals who can play off one another.“We’re still a run-and-gun team but I told them that we should have patience,” said Jarencio whose Batang Pier led the league in fastbreak points with 18.38 a game the previous season. “We can’t just attack relentlessly, we have to execute well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Novak Djokovic: ‘I’d be lying if Roger Federer record not on my mind’ View commentslast_img read more

Farmers Union Network (FUN) No Fun, But Serious Business

first_imgThey have given themselves the acronym FUN, but when they met at several locations in Liberia’s southeast last week, members of the Farmers Union Network realized that they were faced not with matters of fun but with very serious challenges.The farmers took a realistic approach to the problems at hand.  Rather than take a general approach to the issues, they realized it was better to hold their consultations in each of the five southeastern counties–Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Sinoe counties.  The aim was to determine the problems specific to each.  In the process, however, they discovered that the 500 or more southeastern farmers recruited to plant rice faced the same problems: the lack of follow-up on lowland prepared in each county for the rice project of the West African Agricultural Productivity Program; the 50 tons of seed rice that should have come from the Ministry of Agriculture and from OXFAM, the British-based NGO that helps farmers, among others; the lack of tools to execute the project; and the absence of sufficient agricultural extension agents in the entire sub-region.Our Farm Correspondent, Judoemue Kollie, who in Tuesday’s Daily Observer reported on the consultations in the five southeastern counties, quoted FUN president, the Rev. Robert Bimba, as saying that these farmers also lack agricultural loans, extension services and access to information.  This has caused many of the farmers to abandon the lowlands where they were to engage in rice production and shift upland.In this one instance, we are playing not only with the southeast but with our staple, rice. Hasn’t this newspaper time and again over the years pleaded with the Agriculture Minister to extend its Extension Services to farmers throughout the country?  At the onset of her second tenure as Agriculture Minister, Dr. Florence Chenoweth told this newspaper that hundreds of    Ag extension agents were being trained at the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), at the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) and elsewhere for deployment around the country.With few of them seen anywhere, it is seems that Minister misled the newspaper.  During the Vision 2030 Consultations around the country, farmers throughout complained about the absence of Ag extension agents in their areas.  Todee in particular, an extensive farming area in Montserrado County, complained that they had not seen an ag extension agent there in 15 years.  But the Minister said it was “not true.”A Minister of government cannot afford to be deceptive in the performance of her duties–that is a recipe for trouble, especially in the vital area of farming, in which the vast majority of our people are engaged.Since the government has failed effectively to address the unemployment problem, and tens of thousands of our people, especially our youth,   are unemployed, it seems to us imperative that our farmers are told the truth and adequately provided the tools and other resources they need to be successful.This newspaper has also for a long time urged the Agriculture Ministry to see as one of its most serious challenges the shepherding (steering) of our farmers out of subsistence farming and into the money economy.  But it seems that nearly nine years of this administration we are just as further from that goal as we were during the pre-war years.Whether or not Florence Chenoweth realizes this, it is a serious indictment not only on her administration as Agriculture Minister, but also on that of her boss, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.  We thought that people appointed to important public positions would do their utmost to help their President accomplish critical national goals, even if this President has the penchant (inclination) to protect and even retain non-performing officials in her administration.This newspaper has frequently asked who can afford to ignore the southeast, already for decades one of the country’s most neglected regions?  But   the more we have written, the more we, too, have been ignored.  The Agriculture Minister is on record as saying she does not even “read the tabloids anymore.”  A tabloid is a newspaper that turns everything into a scandal, NEVER looking at the positive side of anything.  Believe it or not, she casts the Daily Observer in that category!Well, that is what is being said TODAY.  But we all work not for today, but for tomorrow, for the future.  When Agriculture Minister Florence Chenoweth is no longer on the stage, how will the Liberian people remember her, or the administration she served?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rescue Bong County from Ebola!

first_imgSomething alarming is happening in Bong County.  Our Correspondent Marcus Malayea reported yesterday that within one week, 73 new Ebola cases have been turned up there.This is a very serious development demanding the immediate and decisive response by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) and the other leading stakeholders including Medecin sans Frontier and the American health and military contingent with the expertise and resources to marshal (organize, assemble) the appropriate and swift intervention required.  It seems to us that there are three types of interventions required right now.  First, we need an intense and comprehensive AWARENESS campaign.  Correspondent Malayea says not only are many Bong people still in denial of Ebola’s existence; but they don’t want to follow the rules.Dr. Sampson Azaokoi, the Chief County Health Officer, told a press conference at Phebe Hospital this week that the rapid spread of the virus is a direct result of the attitude problems on the part of the local residents, who fail to adhere to measures announced by the Health authorities.  Dr. Azakoi referred to “the entrenched culture of silence” in the county, meaning that people are refusing to report or bring their sick relatives and friends to the testing centers.He further lamented that those suspected of the virus or show symptoms “are not prepared to be quarantined, nor are they willing to report to the health facilities for early treatment.”Dr. Azakoi warned that should these negative attitudes of the Bong County people continue, it will lead to “a breakdown of the fabric of the society.”This critical circumstance warrants the direct intervention of the MoHSW Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, who is himself a son of Bong County and knows the culture and language of the people.  Can he assist the Awareness Teams in formulating clear, concise and emphatic messages that the people will understand and accept? Or at least offer some suggestions to the teams as to the manner of approach that will win the people’s confidence and acceptance?A massive awareness promotion campaign seems to be most urgently needed in Bong County at this time.The second intervention urgently needed in Bong is the revamping of the testing and treatment centers in the county.  These centers need more trained staff, equipment, food and water to adequately care for the patients.   The health workers also need more personal protection equipment (PPE).  This will reduce their fear of exposure to the virus.  We recall that Bong’s two major hospitals, Phebe and C.B. Dunbar, were closed for a period because health workers stayed away for fear of contracting the virus and dying as did many of their co-workers.Thirdly, Correspondent Malayea reported that health workers do not believe that the MoHSW  “is doing enough to encourage them to provide services around the country. Yesterday’s editorial tried to address this problem.  But it was pegged to the “go-slow” action by health workers at Island Clinic in Monrovia.  Now the health workers in Bong County are saying the exact same thing: they are not happy.Dr. Gwenigale and his team must find a way to decisively address this burning issue which, it seems to us, is a matter of urgency nationwide.We are faced today with the worst health crisis in our history.  Never before have we seen our people dropping dead in so many places around the country—and it is not getting better yet.  Here now is Bong County in the focus of the crisis.  Now is NOT the time for government and health workers to be quarreling.  No!The GOL alone, of course with the support of the development partners, can resolve this impasse between health workers and their bosses.   We fear that so long as the impasse maintains, so long will our fight against this deadly virus be undermined.  For who can do without the health workers?  We need ALL of them on board.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebola Cases Are Still High in Bong

first_imgBong County Health Officer, Dr. Sampson Azoakoi, has stated that Ebola cases are still high in the county despite frantic efforts by the County Health Team, the County Leadership and partners to fight the deadly virus there.Briefing journalists at the office of the Bong County Health Team at Phebe Hospital on Monday, Dr. Azoakoi said 74 new cases were recorded last week alone.Of the 74 cases, he said, 15 are confirmed and 59 suspected.  But he quickly informed journalists that of the 59 suspected cases, 32 are recorded in Bong, while 34 are from Margibi, with 6 registered from Gbarpolu and 2 from Monsterrado County.Of the 15 confirmed cases, 3 are from Bong County, nine from Gbarpolu, and 3 from Margibi County.Dr. Azoakoi also announced that the Bong County Ebola Taskforce received thirty-eight mobile laboratory results last week, of which 15 were positive and 23 were negative.Nine of the cases were undetermined, meaning the nine are required to repeat their EVD test.He was swift to notify the County Taskforce that a cumulative number of 1,326 contacts were recorded from the beginning of October, of which 1,226 persons completed the 21-day quarantine as instituted by the County Health Team.The county also recorded 28 cumulative deaths from the period under review, with six occurring at the ETU in Suakoko District.Dr. Azoakoi indicated that the County Health Team has documented 54 discharged patients from the ETU in Bong County.He said three children from the ETU in Bong County have been reunited with their parents after surviving the killer disease.He named Gbarpolu County as the latest epi-center, with nine cases, all testing positive, reported from that county.The County Health Officer informed the gathering that the Ebola cases began to increase in the county from week ten when the disease engulfed the entire county. Dr. Azoakoi told the Taskforce that he believes the rapid spread of the disease is the direct result of the refusal of local residents to adhere to measures announced by health authorities.“If we do not change our behavior of how to treat this deadly disease, it will surely live with us for a long period of time despite firm commitment of the international community to fight the virus,” Dr. Azoakoi declared shaking his head in disappointment. He told this paper that one of the underlying reasons for the increase in Ebola deaths in recent times is the entrenched culture of silence on the part of Liberians to report for testing in spite of the presence of testing centers in the county.  This, he warned, is breaking down the fabric of the society.The County Health Officer stressed that with the ingrained culture of silence, the County Health Team is finding it extremely difficult to fight the Ebola virus disease in the county.  This is especially so because suspected Ebola virus carriers are not prepared to be quarantined or to report to the health facilities for early checkup and treatment.Ordinary Bong County residents who spoke to the Daily Observer argued that the virus is not being enclosed due to the lackadaisical response on the part of the residents to the measures put in place by health authorities.  Others maintain that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia are not doing much to respond to the appeals of health workers to provide services at the health facilities and ETUs around the country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt working on implementation of regional Police Commanders

first_imgVery soon, each administrative region across the country will be appointed with its own regional Police Commander.As a part of the major transformation awaiting the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Government had proposed the idea of assigning each of the 10 administrative regions with its own Police representative to ensure better control and management of security of each region.Providing an update on the progress, President David Granger told media operatives that the proposal is still on the table, adding that his Administration is working swiftly to ensure this becomes a reality.“What has happened is that we have a regional system with 10 regions, an old country system with three counties and an old colonial system with districts…,” the President pointed out as he lamented that in all the years gone by, no attempt was ever made to marry the Police divisions with the current regional administration.“So there are a lot of anomalies. For example, the Commander of B Division actually straddles Region Five and Region Six. So we just want to streamline the system to ensure that one Police Commander would respond to Regional Chairman or one regional interest,” he explained.In further supporting the need for this regional integration with the Police Force, President Granger further highlighted that there is only one grouping of Police managing the entire hinterland regions.“Literally Region One, Seven, Eight and Nine were under one Divisional Commander who was actually working in Eve Leary and living in Georgetown…,” the President expressed.Nonetheless, he pointed out that through his Administration’s intervention, the Divisional Commander is now living and working in Bartica, Region Seven.last_img read more