Russell Westbrook stars, Hamidou Diallo hurt as Thunder send Warriors reeling

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal In a loss Monday at Sacramento, Diallo became the first Thunder rookie ever to go at least 7 for 7 from the floor. He made both his 3-point tries on the way to 18 points.Westbrook’s 3-pointer 4:17 before halftime put the Thunder ahead 50-37.The Warriors, who held off the Thunder 108-100 in their season opener Oct. 16 and had won the last three matchups, trailed 60-46 at halftime with just 11 assists to 10 turnovers but opened the third with a 13-2 run to get within 62-59.While Golden State dropped 10 of its final 17 games last season, the Warriors hadn’t endured a four-game losing streak during the regular season since dropping four in a row from Feb. 26-March 2, 2013. They also lost six straight just before that in February ’13.CARE FOR PARADISEThe Warriors hosted the boys and girls basketball teams from the Northern California town of Paradise, devastated by the Camp Fire.Golden State COO Rick Welts and forward Jordan Bell greeted coaches Jerry Cleek and Sheila Craft, players and principal Loren Lighthall along with other evacuees before the game.Of the 31 players in attendance, 29 lost their homes in the fire.“It’s fantastic. It means so much to the kids,” said Cleek, who has been at the school 52 years.Golden State players and Kerr offered messages on the big screen in the second quarter. Six signed jerseys — by Curry, Durant, Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Thompson — were being auctioned while the team also was raising funds through a CrowdRise site, with the Warriors to match up to $25,000. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, dribbles next to Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Three Thunder players were injured and Oklahoma City still left Oracle Arena with a lopsided win against the ailing, slumping two-time defending NBA champions.Russell Westbrook recorded his first triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City defeated the Golden State Warriors 123-95 Wednesday night, when Thunder rookie Hamidou Diallo was carted off on a stretcher with 7:17 left but avoided a serious injury according to the team after X-rays and Warriors doctors evaluated him.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Just having each other’s back. When guys go down, we’re a family here and we have to have our brother’s back, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Westbrook said.Paul George had 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Steven Adams contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Thunder sent the Warriors to their first four-game skid in nearly six years.Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson scored 27 points apiece, with Durant grabbing a season-best 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who were again playing without All-Star starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, as well as key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie.“It wasn’t pretty tonight, and it hasn’t been these last four games,” Thompson said. “If you want to take a positive out of it, that’s the first time we’ve lost four games in a row under Steve (Kerr). That’s pretty incredible.”Clearly in pain, Diallo moved himself off the court and was under basket for several minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown OKC’s Terrance Ferguson returned from a two-game absence as he welcomed a baby, then went down at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn’t return. Nerlens Noel received stitches after getting hit in the face during the second quarter.“There’s just been a lot of things on this road trip that have impacted any level of consistency, our rotation, of having any idea of who’s going to be playing,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.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 ChrissDiallo’s left leg was stabilized as he was wheeled away to applause from the Oracle Arena crowd. Diallo was credited for rebounding Jonas Jerebko’s missed layup when they both went down hard.Westbrook began 1 for 6, then hit his stride, finishing with 11 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds. It was his second game back since missing five with a sprained left ankle, then another when he welcomed twin daughters Saturday night. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Olympic referendum: Shall it be ‘Taiwan’ or ‘Chinese Taipei’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Kerr appreciated the Warriors’ efforts to support fire victims during a “tragic time.”“We’re doing what we can and I think people will appreciate it, but obviously those people up there need much more than just to be able to come to a basketball game,” Kerr said. “I would urge everybody out there to chip in and help any way they can.”TIP-INSThunder: The Thunder improved to 2-4 on the road against the Western Conference. … G Alex Abrines was out with a viral illness. … OKC won at Oracle 125-105 on Feb. 6 this year.Warriors: The Warriors dropped to 8-2 at home, 5-1 facing the West. … Curry missed his seventh straight game with a strained left groin and will be out at least through Saturday’s matchup with Sacramento. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated that day. Green was sidelined for the sixth time in eight games — five of those nursing a sprained right toe while he also sat out last Tuesday vs. Atlanta because of a team-issued suspension. … McKinnie missed his fourth in a row because of a sore left foot.UP NEXTThunder: Begin a four-game homestand by hosting Charlotte on Friday.Warriors: Host Trail Blazers on Friday having won the last seven at home vs. Portland but lost two straight overall. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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Barkley Eboña pushes past pain to deliver performance of his life for FEU

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Barkley Eboña proved that any man with two hands would always put up a fight.ADVERTISEMENT Honorio Banario raring to showcase refined technique in ONE: Conquest of Champions Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img 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 Santillan became the Green Archers’ offensive focal point finishing with 20 points, on 6-of-12 shooting, and six rebounds when shooting guard Aljun Melecio got shut down to nine points on 3-of-11 conversion.Eboña, though, powered through the responsibility of matching up with Santilla and finished with 12 points and 16 rebounds, both numbers more than double his season average of 5.3 points and 6.1 rebounds.“I just had to give my best because I had to repay every bit of trust coach Olsen [Racela] gave me,” said Eboña who was slotted in as the team’s center in the final minutes after Prince Orizu fouled out with 4:30 left to play.Eboña was also instrumental in the Tamaraws’ fourth quarter charge when he tied the game at 62 with 4:08 remaining.“I know that there’s no tomorrow if we lose, nothing will happen for us,” said Eboña. “I just did everything I can so I won’t have any regrets once the day is over.”ADVERTISEMENT Playing through cramping legs, Far Eastern University’s unheralded role player put on an inspired performance in the Tamaraws’ 71-70 win over De La Salle for the no.4 spot in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four.The Tamaraws and the Green Archers entered Wednesday’s game at Smart Araneta Coliseum bearing the same 8-6 records with the victor claiming the fourth seed of the Final Four.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 ChrissWith stakes set high, Eboña decided to put his cramping body to the limit.“It was hard because both of my legs were cramping up and my teammates and I were actually passing on the responsibility of who would guard [Santi] Santillan because he was faster than all of us bigs,” said Eboña in Filipino. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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PH clubs Ceres-Negros, Kaya-Iloilo lead their groups after big victories

first_imgThe win increases Ceres’ tally to six points from two matches, ahead of Persija Jakarta of Indonesia, which has four points after a 3-1 win over Shan United of Myanmar early Tuesday.Only the top team in the group is guaranteed to make the knockout phase of Asia’s second-tier club football competition.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Kaya delivered a five-star performance to wallop reigning Asean zone champion Home United of Singapore, 5-0.The Iloilo side got a brace each from Darryl Roberts and Alfred Osei, while captain Jovin Bedic scored for the second straight match for Kaya, which leads Group H with four points.Roberts headed home a corner from Marwin Angeles in the second minute, before Bedic doubled the lead with a strike from just inside the area.ADVERTISEMENT Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a hat trick as the Busmen subdued Becamex Binh Duong, 3-1, for their second straight victory in Group H at Gu Dau Stadium in this industrial city outside of Saigon.Maranon struck in the first half before firing two quick goals late in the second half as the Busmen showed grit and character to survive a huge scare from the Vietnamese side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I think we can still improve,” Maranon said. “We are not yet in our best form, but we need to make up from our performance in the last game.”The Busmen also needed a stellar performance from goalkeeper Roland Muller, who produced a string of impressive saves to keep the Philippine champions ahead in the second half. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying THU DAU MOT—The league at home will only begin at the end of March but Philippine clubs Ceres-Negros and Kaya-Iloilo have already made a strong statement in this year’s AFC Cup.By the end of Matchday 2 last Wednesday, both Filipino clubs are already at the top of their respective groups following convincing victories in Vietnam and in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Bataan, Manila on collision course LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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3 Nigerians Booked as ‘Stowaways’ on LPRC Oil Jetty Vessel

first_imgThree Nigerian stowaways were apprehended on Sunday, January 5, by Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) security forces after they attempted boarding a vessel at the LPRC oil jetty.Stanley Jideofor Onyeshinye, 28; Desmond Nnamdi 30; and Prince Nonso Udedike, 30, were arrested by LPRC security officers after the three attempted to board the vessel via canoe.The three Nigerians according to information from the LPRC security, entered into Liberia a week ago, but since they could not locate or get in touch with the person who invited them to the country to work, they decided to stowaway on a vessel at the LPRC oil jetty.The vigilance of the LPRC security officers certainly paid off as they were on the alert to apprehend the trio.The three Nigerians have since being turned over to the security authorities of the National Port Authority and Liberia Maritime Authority in accordance to the International Security Procedure for subsequent interrogation.They were turned over on the same day (Sunday) to the Port Facility Senior Officer (PFSO), Samuel Brisbane, during an exercise that was witnessed by the Director of security at the Liberia Maritime Authority, Ernest Omamo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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APNU/AFC fully responsible for woes of the city

first_imgDear Editor,Over the decades, the municipality of Georgetown was always won and controlled by the PNC, PNCR and now the APNU/AFC coalition, in which the PNCR holds the largest controlling representation. Their representatives have always held overwhelming voting control as elected Councillors, and have largely controlled the key Administrative Committees which effected planning, implementation of projects and evaluation of performance, regarding the services required for citizens of our capital city. It cannot be denied, that their high level of continuous mismanagement has been replicated in the miserable failure results for decades.The controlling influences in this APNU/AFC Government prove that they are hell bent on running this municipality as a one-party dictatorship until it becomes non-functional.Their behaviour actually addresses the continuance of the one-seat majority tempo used in the National Assembly while in Opposition, as they sought to use every good project as a bargaining chip or bury it. The results were so impacting in 2015 that they found themselves in the same hole they dug to bury the projects. They now demonstrate that they do not have a clue about getting out of it.It is utterly repulsive that the Georgetown municipality did not conduct their election for the year 2017. By law, all the municipalities and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) must conduct their internal elections where Councillors would elect all the Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and the Mayors and Deputy Mayors before the end of December of every year. However, the eye-pass continues in total disregard for the law of this country. The elected Councillors should be ashamed of themselves and wake up to earn some measure of respect.The ingrained administrative failures and misappropriations that have resulted from the PNCR manipulations at City Hall justify the need for a forensic audit and a Commission of Inquiry.When the APNU/AFC took office in 2015, the M&CC had a positive bank balance of $180 million, but that was not for long as the present Administration has spent ‘Wild West’. Information received indicates that the Councillors were given fake statements and reports when they sought details in preparation of the Municipality 2018 Budget.In addition, the Councillors were asked to consider the statements without any proper explanations.Further, inside sources informed me that the staff strength at the M&CC is more than 1000. Given that the monthly payroll is in excess of $130 million, why is everything that is being done contracted out to private contractors?It is also known that the Georgetown M&CC owes millions of dollars in deductions from workers’ salaries for remittance to the GRA and NIS. Utility companies such as GPL and GWI are also owed even as monies continued to be expended with very little accountability as to when these payments would be made.As the residents and businesses are asked to pay more in taxes, other miscellaneous fees are imposed on them, including fees for garbage collection, while the services provided continue to remain poor and sub-standard. Various areas in the city and its surroundings that the municipality has responsibility for continue to be flooded despite the millions of dollars that were expended over the last two years to address the drainage issues. Negligence is the order of the day and the commitment to provide the necessary services to the rate payers is been put aside for more monies to be spent on overseas travelling and benefits for the elite few at the Council.The APNU/AFC leaders on the Council are fully responsible for the woes of the city. The AFC, like the PNC, has proven that it cannot be trusted, as the promises have turned full circle and are now held like the swords of Damocles over our heads.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

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Local democracy and empowerment (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,We are once again approaching yet another Local Government Election which should democratically elect local representatives to run the affairs of their Local Authority Areas (LAAs). However, I have listened with disdain and disbelief as both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) seem to be suffering intense delusion that the People’s Progressive Party is to be blamed for the currently stymied development of these LAAs countrywide.In terms of local democracy, we have witnessed numerous instances in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) whereby there were efforts by the APNU and the AFC to fraudulently frustrate the electoral process by inserting as candidates many persons who were not backed by the people living in the respective communities such as Whim/Bloomfield and 51/Good Hope LAAs. This by itself being a fraudulent act, has more so damaged and frustrate the entire meaning and purpose of Local Government Elections and has denied the people to democratically elected representatives of their choice. Article 71(1) of our Constitution is seriously breached since it says that, ‘Local Government is a vital aspect of democracy and shall be organised so as to involve as many people as possible in the task of managing and developing the communities in which they live’.It is therefore imperative that the people so elected should be competent to manage and develop their communities and have the support of persons in their community, at least 18 of those in the case of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils. A relevant question needs to be ventilated here. If a prospective candidate cannot even find 18 persons to back him or her, can we conclude that such a candidate is ‘fit and proper’? Imagine a prospective candidate has to cheat, deceive and commit forgery just to have 18 names to back his/her candidacy! Why would political parties go against the spirit and meaning of what local democracy is all about? Voters should beware of such political parties since they have already shown their true colours so do not expect them to deliver when they get into office. We have seen this played out at the last General and Regional Elections in 2015 and its aftermath! Has Local Government Elections truly returned democracy to Guyana? The answer is NO! The entire electoral process must be deemed to be free and fair!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

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Meteor sighting in Canal No. 1

first_imgBy: Devina SamarooAstrange sphere of light flashed in the early morning sky, startling a group of men on their way to work.The peculiar light streaking across the early morning skyIs it an unidentified flying object? A Meteor? An extraterrestrial visitor?Residents from Canal Number One and nearby villages, who were outside on Wednesday around 04:30h might have witnessed the glowing ball of fire blazing through the lightening sky.Kishal Bessoondiyar, 27, one of the dazed observers, was quick to post photos of the intergalactic object to Facebook under the caption “UFO seen right in Canal Number One”.The album soon went viral, with over 400 shares and individuals from all across Guyana expressing bewilderment over the sighting.Many believed the peculiar glow to be a UFO, judging from the online comments. Others believed the image was photoshopped or sourced from another country while others pronounced it a comet.During an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, Bessoondiyar said he was definitely taken aback when he spotted the illumination in the sky. “It was a tiny glow moving at a regular pace and then it started to go faster and it got bigger. You started to see the smoke trails getting thicker and then it disappeared,” he related.He said the experience lasted roughly two minutes.“It was an amazing sight,” he exclaimed.After doing some research, Bessoondiyar posted a video of a similar object spotted over the Miami Airport in Florida in September last.Onlookers initially thought it to be a UFO, however news agencies reported that it was actually a rocket launch.According to CBS Miami, the United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station around the same time the object was spotted.last_img read more

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Murder weapon tendered into evidence

first_img2014 Plantain Walk fatal stabbingAs the trial of a Plantain Walk, West Bank Demerara, mother accused of fatally stabbing her common-lawCurtis McKinnonhusband, Curtis McKinnon, 38, two years ago continues, the murder weapon was tendered in evidence at the High Court.Nicola Joseph is on trial for allegedly killing her husband on July 21, 2014 at their home during an altercation.In the case being heard before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a jury of seven men and five women, Police Constable Alex Solomon took to the witness box on Monday where he explained that he was the first Police rank to arrive in the bedroom of the Lot 12 Plantain Walk home where the stabbing occurred.The courtroom was shown a brown-handled stainless steel knife that was tendered as the murder weapon. Additionally, a blood-stained mint green mosquito net was also tendered as evidence.Under cross-examination by Defence Counsel Sonia Parag, the witness was grilled as to why the murder weapon was not photographed as with other pieces of evidence at the murder scene. Constable Solomon explained that as he was first to arrive, he wanted to secure the murder weapon, noting that it bore drops of blood stains. Solomon however admitted that he was unaware whether or not the knife was dusted for finger prints. He further noted that the knife was not shown to the two other Policemen – Sergeant Dyal and Sergeant Singh – both of whom arrived on site sometime later.The two children of the murder-accused also took the stand to give evidence. At this point Joseph faced her head down for much of the two testimonies.First up was 19-year-old Joshua Perou who explained that his stepfather shared a bedroom with his mother, and the four siblings, including himself shared the other bedroom.He stated that on the day in questioned, “Uncle Curtis” went into the bedroom along with his two young sisters, who were also the children of the deceased man. The jurors were told that his mother, Joseph, arrived home some 30 minutes after and an argument ensued. However, he told the court that he could not make out what was being stated.He explained that he pulled the curtain to see what was occurring but was told by his mother to leave the room.While the young man stressed that he could not recall if his mother had anything in her hand, he noted that she went into the kitchen after which she returned to the bedroom.Minutes after, he heard a “chocking sound” and pulled the curtain and saw his step-father bleeding from the chest area. All the while, the witness claimed that his mother was standing at the couple’s bedside.Perou added that he panicked, then ran to get neighbours, assistance, who assisted in transporting his stepfather to the hospital via taxi. When questioned by Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon, the witness told the court that he never saw injuries on his mother that night. When further questioned, he said that the couple shared a loving relationship and that the July 2014 incident was the first time such violence occurred.The defence however sought to establish that his mother was being beaten at the time of the altercation.Meanwhile, the 17-year-old’s sister confirmed most of what her brother told court about the argument. However, she explained that she did hear her mother complain of being beaten and added that when her brother went into the room, he shouted: “Uncle Curt and mommy, ya’ll stop!” The matter will continue at the High Court this morning.last_img read more

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Ex Sports Writer, Others Challenged to Shepherd the Flock

first_imgPastor Emmanuel F. Bimba, overseer of the Abide in the Vine Disciples Church International, told 15 new leaders of the New Life Christian Fellowship International yesterday to guide the flock and not to scatter them.They included former sports writer, Sargbe E. Byrd, who is also chairman of his Thinker Village Community. With smiles on their faces, the 15, including 9 women, told the congregation at the church’s edifice in Thinkers Village to perform their duties with the Holy Spirit as their guide.To a question as to whether they were compelled to accept the position, each of the fifteen answered, “I was not forced,” and indicated that they are willing to work for the church.Pastor Bimba, quoting part of Nehemiah 2: 15-20, told the congregation that selflessness and consultation with were part of what could make their leadership grow the church.“You must remember that you have two responsibilities,” Pastor Bimba told them, “one is your service to the Lord and the second is your role as a Sheppard of the congregation.” He urged them to avoid backbiting and be aware that whatever issue that would come up should be handled collectively.He told the new leaders to let the word of God shine in their lives, particularly as they deal with each other both at the church at outside the church.He also urged the church’s pastor, Prince Williams to always remember to work with his congregation, knowing that the work is for the Lord.The new officers are Tee Aloysius Kou, Sagbe E. Byrd, Daniel O. Daris, Ma Ruth, Forkpa T. Wonlyou, Frederick S. C. Nyemah and Lovetee N. Kai.The rest are Adolphus K. Vakor, Victoria M. Poweh, Mama David, James T. Kolubah Jr., Esther M. T. Tarr, Alpha J. Young, Daris Myers and Bro. Mark.Sagbe E. Byrd formerly worked for Sports Life newspaper, and traveled to several African countries. He was also a founding member of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia, SWAL.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Meet 36-Yr-Old Honey Bee Farmer

first_imgShe is 36 and engages in one of the rarest farming professions in Liberia — Bee Farming. Old lady Kumba Saah told the Daily Observer Farmer Desk that she was taught by a Ghanaian national in 2006 and has since been raising bees for their honey on her own. Beekeeping is so rare among the farming professions in Liberia that to see its farmer is another thing. Most preferably it would be a male farmer raising bees for their honey than a female the reason being that because bees are ferocious. They are notable for their caustic sting when they are troubled. No woman or most of them won’t want to bother with raising bees that never get to know their owners. This is not the case with Ms. Saah, however. “It’s a very good profession. My family has lived on it since I started doing it. It doesn’t have much work,” Ms. Saah, a mother of two, said.“It’s not hard to do; anyone can do it. That person will only need a little brush up and he or she can be on their own. There is not physical work in the process,” she explained. However, she countered that what someone might see as being hard is when driving the bees away from their combs in order to harvest the honey. She told our Farmer Desk that she built 15 boxes to keep her bees but only four of the boxes were left; the rest were stolen. From a box, she stated beaming with a smile: “When the bees really produce more, one box can give seven gallons of honey.”She sells a 0.5 liters of honey for L$840 (US$10) and a gallon for L$6,720 (US$80). One major problem she has right now is marketing one and half barrels of pure honey she has stored. She stated that it’s a very good venture that she is hoping to join partnership with someone, who will be willing to increase the size of the business. At the moment, Ms. Saah said all she does right is just ‘from hand to mouth,’ meaning she only does it for her family’s survival. The single parent has a family size of seven, including her younger sister, younger sister’s kids and her kids. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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