NBA: Several Hawks players ‘screamed in jubilation’ after Howard trade—report

first_img“You ask why, and one account was that Dwight would give these speeches before the game about how everyone is playing hard, we want unity, we’re going to… and then go out and play like a blah game where he demands post touches and doesn’t rotate as hard as he could,” Lowe explained.“And everyone is like, ‘why are you speaking in the locker room?’ But that’s all anecdotal. It’s just crazy how these stories come out after every stop in his career.”Howard’s fall from grace since leaving the Orlando Magic in 2012 has long been documented, often butting heads with teammates and coaches during his tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.Howard also struggled with playing time with the Hawks last year, often getting benched in the fourth quarter due to his inability to stretch the floor and shoot free throws at a high rate.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Dwight Howard (8). APDwight Howard did not have a stellar season with his hometown Atlanta Hawks last year, but still managed to put up respectable averages of 13 points to go along with 12 boards and a block per game.Still, it comes as a surprise for most that the 31-year-old center was shipped off to the Charlotte Hornets this summer, after just one season with the team.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Villanueva starts and ends PBA career with ‘father figure’ Guiao as coach LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently bared the possible reason behind Howard’s departure: the big man wasn’t really well liked inside the locker room.During an airing of the Lowe Post podcast featuring fellow NBA journalist Kevin Arnovitz, the pair shared a story of how some of the Hawks players screamed in delight after knowing that the eight-time All-Star was traded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I don’t know what it is. No one has kind of gotten to the bottom of why. It can’t just be the corny jokes—and my god, does he tell the corniest jokes—but I’ve heard multiple stories of Hawks players learning about the trade and screaming with jubilation into their phones,” Lowe said.Aside from Howard’s personality, one particular quality didn’t help his case with his teammates either. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Federer into Swiss Indoors semis; Del Potro to play Cilic

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The top-seeded Swiss saved two break points when trailing 3-2 in the decisive set, including with a backhand half-volley winner from the baseline.Federer never gave the French left-hander another chance and clinched his first match point on Mannarino’s serve with another in a series of backhand winners.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogA finalist in his last 10 appearances at his hometown event in Basel, Federer will play either David Goffin of Belgium or Jack Sock of the United States in the semifinals on Saturday.Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, both former U.S. Open winners, will face each other in the other semifinal after also being pushed to three-set wins. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Wolves hold off Thunder in Butler’s return 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Second-seeded Cilic was on court for more than three hours to beat 100th-ranked qualifier Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (4).Cilic, the defending champion at Basel, clinched the quarterfinal with a delicate sliced backhand volley for a winner.Fourth-seeded Del Potro needed exactly two hours to win 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 against sixth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.Del Potro, who won back-to-back Basel titles in 2012 and ’13 beating Federer in the final, will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? BASEL, Switzerland — Roger Federer was tested before beating 28th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Saudi football player in hot water for dabbing

first_imgMOST READ However, the seemingly innocuous move is illegal in Saudi Arabia for its links to drug use. The country’s National Committee for Combating Drugs claims that the dance move suggests sniffing drugs.Inquisitr reports that during a King’s Cup match, a player from Saudi club Al Nojoom was walking toward the benches when a teammate reached out to high-five him. The player dabbed instead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkA video shared on the Twitter account of sports broadcast app Dawri Plus shows the incident. The commentator is heard saying “no, no, no” after the dab.👀#الوحدة_النجوم #دوري_بلس pic.twitter.com/niD2b8ncC9— دوري بلس (@dawriplusksa) January 3, 2018It was unclear what consequences this had for the unidentified player. Saudi TV host and actor Abdallah Al Shahani was arrested after a video circulated of him dabbing in a concert.ADVERTISEMENT UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi PLAY LIST 01:38UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event00:50Trending 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours After his arrest and online criticism, Al Shahani issued an apology which read, “I apologize to our respected government and to my audience for unintentionally and spontaneously making the dance move at Taif festival. Please accept my apology.” Dabbing is a common celebratory move in sports, with the likes of Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba and  American quarterback Cam Newton dabbing in games. Even politicians such as Hillary Clinton and French president Emmanuel Macron got in on the act when it was a fading trend.  Niña V. Guno /raRELATED STORIES:Watch Rihanna Dab in Protest of Donald TrumpFil-Am singer Jessica Sanchez defends her move of ‘taking a knee’ during performance of US national anthemADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina A dance move may spell trouble for a football player in Saudi Arabia after he dabbed on the pitch.Dabbing is a hip-hop dance move that became a cultural trend in the US in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson What’s bugging Alaska? LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Thrilla in Malaysia fast shaping up

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ De La Hoya, who failed to grace the event’s launch-off press conference in Manila last month, has vowed to be at ringside in Kuala Lumpur on July 15.Pacquiao, out of action for almost a whole year, will try very hard, but will his best be enough? And how much has Manny really got left?He now trains under boyhood buddy Buboy Fernandez, who has taken over Hall-of-Fame coach Freddie Roach.Pacquiao has not even bothered to talk about a possible knockout.At the same time, he has confided in his first day back in the gym that he would be fully focused on conditioning.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 FEU not giving up as La Salle guns for crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose for photographers during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The two are scheduled to fight on July 15, in a World Boxing Association welterweight title fight in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Not monumental, burning-bronze, possessed as Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were in Manila in 1975, but there’s every reason to believe the super warriors in the Fight of Champions WBA world welterweight championship in Kuala Lumpur on July 15 can cause the main event to sizzle, soar and explode into a classic Thrilla in Malaysia.Both Lucas Matthysse, the WBA welterweight champion, and challenger Manny Pacquiao are solidly committed to give their hardest best for a defining victory that will ultimately decide their respective careers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames He would be needing all the stamina he could gain and store in challenging a younger opponent.Pacquiao swore the Matthysse fight would be both dangerous and difficult.Pacquiao, 39, has personally chosen this killer test against a magnificent 35-year-old hammer man, who has knocked out 36 of the 39 opponents he has beaten.There’s nothing sure, there’s no turning back.There are signs the Fight of Champions could finish like the Thrilla in Manila in October 1975 which, as the badly beaten winner Muhammad Al would swear, “FELT LIKE DEATH.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC There’s the promise of blazing tactical combat, it could also be bloody and very brutal, with the defending champion repeatedly crying he would be ready and willing to die to keep his three-month-old crown.Charge it to hunger on Matthysse’s part. He owns only one world title, compared to Pacquiao, who has reigned supreme in a total of eight world boxing classes.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 crownIt could also pale out as a clash between a plebe intruder against an all-time ring monarch.But we must believe boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya who said: Matthysse vs Pacquiao has all the makings of a Fight of the Year sure bet. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

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Moultrie proves he can play ‘the right way’ in NLEX’s crucial win

first_imgWith a chance to win the game in the last 5.1 seconds and the game tied at 104, the Road Warriors reinforcement immediately hoisted a floater which went wide right allowing the Fuel Masters to get the board at the buzzer.“We got a good look, but I felt like I rushed my shot. JR (Quiñahan) was open under the basket, but I missed him,” Moultrie explained.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 crownThat miss led to five more minutes of action, which fortunately ended in a 120-115 victory for NLEX for its first victory in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Still, Moultrie couldn’t get the missed opportunity out of his head as he hopes to learn from this experience. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding With the Road Warriors back on track in their playoff chase, Moultrie is keeping his fingers crossed that this will be the start of things turning the page for his squad.“We feel confident,” he said. “Like coach said, we take it one game at a time and Wednesday we got GlobalPort and we’re just trying to win before the break.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View comments BIÑAN — Arnett Moultrie owned up to his mistakes at the end of regulation which could have stopped NLEX-Phoenix game on Friday from going to the extra period.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Alas blasts Fuel Masters: ‘I feel like I’m taking care of children’ 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 “Coach got on us about letting this game go to overtime and I felt like we should’ve finished it in regulation,” he said.“We should not lose up big leads. We led by 19 points coming into the third quarter and we kind of let them come back into the game, being complacent, being lazy, and that’s something we have to work on.”Moultrie had his best showing this conference, racking up 37 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists, and four blocks as he finally showed his full potential in the PBA.But that’s the least of his concerns as he wants to focus on developing more chemistry with his NLEX teammates.“I’m not a selfish player,” he said. “I’m not here to shoot every basketball. I know how to play basketball the right way and I think I proved that tonight. Right now, it’s all about our chemistry and playing hard for the whole 48 minutes.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more

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Creamline favored vs PetroGazz

first_imgLATEST STORIES Joining Valdez are Jia Morado, Risa Sato, Melissa Gohing and Jema Galanza, who all saw action in the recent Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup in Thailand.The Cool Smashers underwent a training camp in Thailand ahead of the Asian Cup all in preparation for the Open Conference.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 ChrissThat makes the Angels heavy underdogs in their 6 p.m. showdown.Pocari Sweat eyes back-to-back wins when it takes on winless Iriga City in the other match at 2 p.m. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fiba Asia Champions Cup: Meralco loses 2nd straight, bows to Alvark Tokyo Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Warriors survived a scare from the Angels on Wednesday before scoring a five-set win at Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.Thai coach Tai Bundit, who stayed in Thailand to watch his players during the Asian Cup, will have a full arsenal going into the match with the likes of Michelle Gumabao, Pau Soriano, Danielle Cabaños, Rose Vargas, Rizza Mandapat, Kyla Atienza, Paula Maninang, Coleen Bravo and Fille Cainglet-Cayetano completing the roster.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fresh from their stints in the national team, Alyssa Valdez and three other players will power debuting Creamline against PetroGazz in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Eagles land first blow

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP trailed by a point going into the half and even took the lead briefly to open the third before Nieto rallied the Eagles.“I blame myself for that,” the crafty Nieto said of their inability to break away early. “We just had to find our rhythm on the fly and of course, play the defense—the system of coach Tab (Baldwin).”Nieto finished with a career-high 27 points, three steals and an assist to go with Ravena’s near triple-double of 21 points, 10 boards and nine dimes. The two outscored the entire UP starting unit but were just a pair of spokes in Ateneo’s wheel.A lot of players pitched in here and there, with Anton Asistio, Tyler Tio and Jolo Mendoza hitting timely outside bombs that parried every Maroons uprising—which came in waves during the game.But with Paul Desiderio and Bright Akhuetie held down from their usual scoring output, UP did not have enough fuel to charge through the later quarters. Desiderio was limited to five points the entire game—just days after scoring the last five points that booted out the Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ravena was all over the court to push Ateneo to an early lead, but when Jun Manzo and the Maroons tried to ride the momentum of their dramatic semifinal victory over Adamson, Nieto pitched in and helped prick their bubble.“[C]oming into the Finals, we knew that they were still on that momentum off the series with Adamson,” Ravena said. “Those were two grind-out games. Minsan, hindi tumitigil ‘yun (momentum won’t quit) unless you stop it—with preparation.”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“Hindi biro ‘yung UP (UP is no joke),” Nieto chimed in. “They’re a different team from the last two games we met them.”Manzo certainly gave the Maroons a different look on offense, burying triples and knocking in drives to finish with 19 points. He joined hands with Gomez de Liaño brothers Javi and Juan in the second quarter to resurrect UP’s drive after Ateneo burst out of the gates to build a 12-point lead. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena put on a show right at the start. And when Ateneo faced adversity, he was there to keep the defending champions from falling apart at the seams. And when the University of the Philippines caught a whiff of an upset, Matt Nieto stepped up to remind everyone why the Eagles are favorites in the UAAP Finals.Nieto scored 19 of his career-best scoring output in the second half while Ravena flirted with a triple-double as Ateneo repulsed every challenge mounted by the UP Maroons Saturday and carved out an 88-79 Game 1 victory at Mall of Asia Arena that put the Eagles on the cusp of repeating as champions.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 LATEST STORIES View comments Quicker bigs doomed PH Akhuetie survived quite a scare after hyper-extending his knee in the third period. He was stretchered out of the court  four minutes into the third quarter but returned in the pay-off period in a last-ditch effort to fire up the Maroons. He also finished with five points.“If there’s one takeaway here, it’s that it’s possible to beat Ateneo,” UP coach Bo Perasol said.“Before the series, everything was like ‘You have no match against them. You have no experience going to the Finals.’ But the boys showed that with a little tweak in defense and a little more rest, they can give Ateneo [a run for] their money,” he added.The two teams square off again on Wednesday.UP will have to address several concerns, including the seemingly demoralizing way Ravena, Nieto and the Eagles took a strong punch from the Maroons and still emerged victorious.And then there is Akhuetie’s knee situation, which seems rosy for now.“Wala naman daw (There is no) serious injury,” the UP mentor said of his import. “He just needs therapy for a couple of days.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Bishop Hart Elected Archbishop, Internal Province of West Africa

first_imgThe Right Rev. Jonathan B.B. Hart, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia, was Thursday, May 1, elected archbishop of the Internal Province of West Africa.The election took place at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  Bishop Hart succeeds Archbishop Tilewa Johnson, who recently died of a heart attack in his native Banjul, The Gambia.As archbishop, Bishop Hart will preside over the dioceses of Bo and Freetown in Sierra Leone, and the dioceses of Guinea, The Gambia, Cameroon and Liberia.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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Nyenabo Dribbles Colleagues Again

first_imgGrand Gedeh County Senator Isaac Nyenabo scored political and legislative points on his colleagues again when he scuttled a plenary decision to request President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to retire her Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale.A special block within the Liberian Senate comprising 15 Senators  last week voted in favor of a motion requesting “President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to recall Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and honorably retire him.”The group of senators cited “health condition” as the reason for their decision.However, during the call for votes, Grand Kru and River Gee Senators Cletus Wortorson and Frederick Doe Cherue voted against the motion, while Grand Gedeh Senator Nyenabo announced a motion for reconsideration, a move that largely stalled the entire process and dashed  the hope of the opposition block, a legislative commentator asserted.Motion for ReconciliationThe Grand Gedeh County lawmaker has been successful in stalling the quest of some of his colleagues to force Dr. Gwenigale into retirement.The intent for filing a motion for reconsideration is to “Filibuster and Buy more time, aimed at convincing the presiding officer to consider previous arguments provided by a senator during the debate but was not considered by his/her colleagues.”In a conversation with the Daily Observer  over the weekend, Senator Nyenabo disclosed that he intends to introduce his motion on the second Tuesday of this month, in keeping with their rules that provide  that a Motion for Reconsideration  when filed, has three session days to bring back the subject for legislative action.Interestingly, Nyenabo has been successful in achieving the goals for such motion based on a constitutional requirement that compels the Legislature to adjourn session after the elapse of the emergency period.Article 87 (a), “Emergency powers do not include the power to suspend or abrogate the Constitution, dissolve the Legislature, or suspend or dismiss the Judiciary; and no constitutional amendment shall be promulgated during a state of emergency.Where the Legislature is not in session, it must be convened immediately in special session and remain in session during the entire period of the state of emergency.”Thursday November 6 marks the end of the 90 day State of Emergency announced by President Johnson Sirleaf on August 6, 2014.Nyenabo argued that said decision of the 15 Senators to ask the President to retire Minister Gwenigale  violates Article 56 a) of the Constitution, which gives the power to the President to appoint and fire, and those appointees work at the will and pleasure of the President.Judging from these constitutional provisions and in keeping with the Senate rules, the Grand Gedeh County Senator and former President Pro Tempore has again trounced the entire plenary of the Senate in achieving a critical but cardinal decision in their political history.As was done in cases involving the Liberian Senate and Madam Mary T. Broh, President Sirleaf’s second letter during the emergency period requesting for more power, a similar motion was filed by Senator Nyenabo, thereby placing hold on these two critical issues.Meanwhile, legislative analysts believe that the decision to retire Dr. Gwenigale as proffered by some members of the Senate will gain no results since the matter can no longer be discussed ahead of defeating Nyenabo’s motion.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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Redemption Hospital Workers Protest

first_imgThe Redemption Hospital in the borough of New Kru Town, Bushrod Island, was on Monday turned upside down after the Workers Association demanded their benefits, compensation, Ebola protective materials and other necessities in the often dangerous work environment.Speaking to the Daily Observer reporter, who visited the hospital, the vice president of the association, Samuel Faley Jr., said the association had written a series of letters to the administration about the lack of benefits for the workers, risk benefits for staff and the special package that was promised by the President.According to him, the association asked the management to urgently address the situation unfolding at the institution.  “Committed staff working without compensation in this critical time, without necessary protective equipment to do their job efficiently and risk benefits for staffs are among the problems they face,” Mr. Faley explained.The Workers Association recommended to the administration that the management team works closely with some international NGOs to cover some important departments at the Redemption Hospital; but that recommendation did not materialize.“We also informed them that the Workers Association should assist the management team in making decisions for the general well-being of all the staff at the institution. We also suggested that the management team provide enough protective equipment materials to the staff that are in close contact with patients on a daily basis.”According to Faley, the absence of such materials for health practitioners was a serious problem, which has caused the deaths of many of their colleagues after several calls to the management to provide those necessary in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.“One of our colleagues, who came down with the virus is currently being isolated.”Mr. Faley further explained that, “The Workers Association quizzed the management as to whether the Redemption Hospital was being used to treat Ebola patients.  They had answered in the negative and added that anyone suspected of the virus would be transferred to the Ebola treatment center.“Several of our colleagues have died while the management team continues to marginalize us and fail to give us the needed materials for the work; we have decided to demand our benefits and other emoluments.”  With regard to the President’s  special package for the workers during her visit to the hospital recently, Mr. Faley “Some people were given L$1,000, 800, 400 and 100 Liberian dollars, and some denied ever receiving the money, stating that some of us don’t even know how much we are making.”He further stated that one of the Embassies accredited near Monrovia provided 50 bags of rice, 15 buckets of chlorate and other materials to the administration for the staff of the institution. These, he said, were shared only by two of the administrators.“We have people who have spent 10 years and above at the Redemption Hospital and are not even on salary as we speak. We don’t have fixed salary for some of us.  When the month ends, sometimes it is low and sometimes it high.”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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