Alab bags victory–and new team sponsor

Alab bags victory–and new team sponsor

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first_imgMOST READ Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter a shaky start in its second season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), things are finally looking up for Alab Pilipinas.Not only has Alab brought down one of the early favorites in Chinese team Chong Son Kung Fu Lions, 94-91, in overtime on Wednesday night in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the Filipino ball club also secured a new backer in San Miguel Corp., which had a brief yet successful stint in the regional tournament.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments Lady Blazers near Final Four berth Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year San Miguel is returning to the ABL five years after winning the crown in 2013 with a team coached by Leo Austria.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Parks rediscovered the form that made him the local Most Valuable Player last season, pouring a season-high 31 points, while imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee joined forces in overtime, contributing 20 points apiece as Alab improved to 7-4.It was Alab’s fifth win in the last six games—a run that coincided with the entry of Balkman and Brownlee, the import who led Ginebra to back-to-back Governor’s Cup titles last year.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 folkChong Son blew a double digit lead in the second half as Josh Urbiztondo broke out of his shooting slump to will the Filipinos back into the game, hitting three triples in the final three minutes to forge overtime.The victory came as a welcome respite for Alab as it searched for sponsors, after cutting ties with its initial backer, Tanduay, a couple of weeks ago, following disagreements with player and import selections. Sources said the team was informed of the San Miguel partnership after the win over Chong Son. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Abueva proves worth with solid outings vs Australia, Japan

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first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Though the Philippines split its two games after suffering a 68-84 defeat to Australia on Thursday and taking an 89-84 win over Japan on Sunday, Abueva was pleased to have performed at his best in both tiffs.“We expected to have a hard time against Australia because they’re big and they’re top 10 in the world. But we really gave it our all, and that’s the same in this game, especially that we’re playing in front of our home crowd,” he said.Abueva’s infectious energy was in full bloom in the third quarter of the game against the Akatsuki Five at Mall of Asia Arena, diving for looseballs and relentlessly pestering the opposition on both ends of the floor.“The game was physical, but we weren’t intimidated with what they were doing. We really fought with all our hearts. We know it won’t be an easy game, but we did our best to win here in our homecourt,” he said, pouring six of his eight points in the third frame, while also hauling down three rebounds and dishing out two assists.His efforts, together with the rest of Gilas Pilipinas, earned the team a ticket to the second round of the Asian qualifiers with a 3-1 card.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rosario makes triumphant return in PH win over Japan Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netConsider it mission accomplished for “The Beast 2.0.”Previously dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, the Alaska forward made sure  to show everyone that he earned his spot as he lived up to his promise by showcasing his grit and intensity once again for Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT But Abueva said that there’s no such thing as a no-bearing game when you’re wearing the national tri-colors, and fans can expect a better and more prepared Philippine team come the third window later this year.“We heard that we’ve already advanced to the second round, but we won’t give up the games in the third window. For us, our focus should be preparing for those games,” he said.Despite the Philippines already qualifying in the second round, Calvin Abueva says that #GilasPilipinas will still give it their all in the third window. #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/uQLooDtIGb— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018Gilas Pilipinas takes on Chinese Taipei on June 29 in Taiwan, before a rematch against Australia on July 2 at Philippine Arena. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It feels good to play for Gilas once again and I really gave it my all,” he said.Dealing with personal problems early in the year, Abueva missed the first three weeks of practices since its resumption in 2018, drawing the ire of Reyes, who completely took him and fellow absentee Raymond Almazan out of the pool.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 folkApologetic for his actions, the Kapampangan bruiser made sure to make up for his shortcomings and work his way back to the team, helping Gilas in its trainings.That hard work paid off, with the reward coming in the form of the roster spot in both games in the second window. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Despite last-minute opponent change, Danny Kingad ready for anything

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first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “It happened a little less than two weeks before the bout, so it was certainly nerve-wracking,” he said. “But I’m happy that (Kichukov) stepped up to take this bout. My preparations for my return to action will not be futile.”Kingad acknowledges the challenge of changing his gameplan in short notice, but the key for him is his ability to adapt on the fly during the match while also playing it safe inside the cage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s a different opponent, so there are definitely some things you have to change up. But anything can happen in a bout and that’s always my outlook on it. You go into a match, and you have to adapt inside the cage,” he said.He continued: “Expect that I will be a better competitor inside the cage. My team has prepared a good strength and conditioning program to level up my cardio. I made sure to sharpen my striking. I also invested time in my ground game.” Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight02:14Carpio 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 View comments Corey Brewer to sign with Thunder LATEST STORIES A victory for Kingad would allow the Baguio native to get back to title contention after failing to claim the flyweight title last November to Moraes via a first-round submission.But more than anything, he’s taking that setback as a chance for him to grow as a competitor as he builds himself back up to once again be a worthy challenger for the championship.“It’s not a defeat. I think of it as a lesson. It has served as an inspiration and a reminder to work hard and push myself to the limit in training,” he said. “The end of my 2017 left a bad taste in my mouth. My desire is to redeem myself and start my 2018 by winning my match against my Bulgarian opponent. I don’t want to sit here and be relaxed. I don’t want him to take my winning moment away from me. My mind is focused on getting that victory.”“I’m still young, and there are a lot to learn in this sport. I believe great things are ahead of me.”ADVERTISEMENT PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPRegardless of who is opponent is, Danny Kingad (5-1) promises to bring the same grit when he returns to the cage on ONE: Visions of Victory at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 9.Originally slated to face Gianni Subba, the 22-year-old Team Lakay fighter was left with two weeks to prepare for his new foe Sotir Kichukov (9-2) after the former was called up to battle Reece McLaren following the pullout of ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Perpetual Help snaps 3-game skid, eliminates AMA

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first_imgRey Anthony Peralta exploded for 12 of his 17 markers in the third quarter, where Perpetual built a 25-point lead, 69-44, and seemed primed to cruise to the blowout victory.He also had six rebounds and six assists in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnfortunately for the Altas, they could not hold on to the lead as the Titans mounted a huge fightback in the fourth quarter behind James Martinez, who cut the lead down to as low as five, 84-79, with 1:57 remaining, before John Rey Villanueva drilled in a corner three followed by an Eze bucket to douse the rally.“We relaxed. And the players wanted to score,” rued coach Frankie Lim on the near-collapse. “We just have to be unselfish, just try to get the win instead.” Quarters: 22-18, 41-36, 70-51, 89-81.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments PBA IMAGESUniversity of Perpetual Help leaned on a strong third quarter and showed endgame poise to turn back AMA Online Education, 89-81 Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Prince Eze scattered 22 points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks for the Altas, who ended their three-game losing slide and stay alive in the playoff hunt with a 3-5 card.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback NLEX guard Kevin Alas out for 8 months due to ACL injury MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Villanueva went 3-of-8 from three to finish with 13 points, while Edgar Charcos also got 13 markers, eight assists, and six rebounds for Perpetual.Robbie Manalang led the also-ran AMA (1-7) with 23 points, four rebounds, and four assists, while Martinez dropped 13 of his 18 markers in that failed fourth quarter uprising as the Titans suffered their fourth straight defeat.The scores:PERPETUAL 89 — Eze 22, Peralta 17, Charcos 13, Villanueva 13, Precillas 10, Coronel 8, Tiburcio 3, Salvador 2, Mangalino 1, Antonio 0, Aurin 0, Pido 0, Tamayo 0.AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 81 — Manalang 23, Martinez 18, Lao 15, Antonares 10, C. Escalambre 9, Quijano 3, Taganas 2, J. Escalambre 1, Garcia 0, Velasquez 0.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

Serena Williams climbs 153 spots in WTA rankings to No. 28

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Serena Williams of the US waves to the crowd after being defeated by Angelique Kerber of Germany in the women’s singles final match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Serena Williams climbed 153 spots in the WTA rankings after her runner-up finish at Wimbledon, putting her back in the top 30.Williams is ranked 28th in the list published Monday. At Wimbledon, the former No. 1 was playing only her fourth tournament after returning from childbirth, but still reached the final before losing to Angelique Kerber of Germany. Kerber climbed six spots to No. 4, with Simona Halep holding onto the top ranking despite going out in the third round at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Joshua to fight Povetkin in London in Septembercenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Kevin Anderson climbed into the men’s top 5 for the first time after his run to the Wimbledon final put him in fifth place, while champion Novak Djokovic jumped 11 spots to No. 10. Rafael Nadal, who lost to Djokovic in the semifinals, remains No. 1.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’ View commentslast_img read more

Stunners

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first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UST ended the first round at 3-4 in a tie with UP.“We’re finally getting to implement coach Aldin’s system,” said rookie CJ Cansino, who admitted that it took a while to get things together. “During our practice sessions, everything would be really smooth but once we’re in the game everything seems to fall apart.”Cansino filled up the stat sheet for the Growling Tigers with 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while getting substantial help from Ken Zamora, who had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep.UST started the game with an 8-0 spurt and never looked back, leading by 30 at one point, 76-46.“The coaches never got tired of helping us; one small mistake and they will immediately guide us on how to do it right,” said Zamora in Filipino. “Coach Aldin just told us that we should just lean on the system once we play.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern U coach Olsen Racela once said that Ateneo could go undefeated in the elimination round this season. And even when the Eagles lost their first game, the Tamaraws still looked out of their league when they warmed up for their match against the defending champions.But mayhem reigned Wednesday afternoon in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament and after taking time to rev up its game, FEU held off Ateneo, 63-60, to stretch its winning streak to three games.ADVERTISEMENT BanKo Perlas stretches Open win streak to 5, trips Tacloban 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I want to give credit to my players because although we didn’t have a good start against Ateneo, we still came back into the game,” said Racela.The Eagles held the Tamaraws to a single field goal in the first seven minutes of the match to take an early double-digit spread, but Hubert Cani rescued his teammates from that cold start to allow FEU to tie Ateneo at 5-2, behind league-leading Adamson’s 5-1 record.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 Tamaraws were also the ones who dealt the Falcons their first loss and that, plus an upset hammered out earlier in the day by University of Santo Tomas, set the stage for FEU’s stunning victory.The Tigers, who hired Aldin Ayo and his mayhem brand of basketball in the offseason, endured a chaotic start to the tournament before stringing up a second straight win with an 86-72 demolition of the University of the Philippines. View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cani, who broke the Tamaraws’ early dry spell with a scoring cluster off the bench, gave FEU a 61-56 lead with a huge in-your-face three from the left wing with 1:16 left in the game.The Tamaraws were without top gun Arvin Tolentino, who was serving a suspension for a disqualifying foul during the Adamson game.Cani led FEU with 12 points,  five rebounds and six assists.Angelo Kouame led Ateneo with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Marc Pingris sees Ian Sangalang as his heir apparent

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first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pingris is well aware of the reality that he’s not getting any younger and with him still recovering from his gruesome knee injury, the Pinoy Sakuragi believes there’s already an heir apparent to his intensity.“I see Ian [Sangalang] as someone who will one day replace me,” said Pingris in Filipino during the PBA Media Day Thursday at Solaire Resort and Casino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSangalang and Pingris are still different in a way since the latter is more of a hustle player while the former is a more polished offensive player.Pingris saw the heart in Sangalang and that his 27-year-old teammate just needs to work on those little extra curricular. View comments Marc Pingris answers questions from reporters during the 2019 PBA Media Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Marc Pingris has always been the heart and soul of any team he’s been in be it with Gilas or with the Purefoods franchise.His infectious energy made him a memorable figure in Philippine basketball but the power forward is pushing on in age and his body has sometimes failed to keep up with his furious heart.ADVERTISEMENT “He just needs to have a little more experience and by experience I mean he should have some sort of a mean streak because Ian’s a really kind person,” said Pingris, 37, who often shows his tenacity on the basketball court.“But he’s a hard working guy and he can match up with players bigger than him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Dream fight’: Eduard Folayang wants to test his mettle against Eddie Alvarez Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

EU Approves 6.5B Euros for Trade in West Africa, Liberia Included

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first_imgThe European Union Delegation to Liberia has announced the decision of the European Council to provide at least 6.5 billion euros for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa during the period 2015 – 2020.The funds will greatly enhance trade and investment flow to 16 West African countries, including Liberia, thereby contributing to their development, sustainable growth and poverty reduction.The provision of the funds by the European Council, according to a statement, is an essential element of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiated with West Africa, and will provide funding for projects linked to trade, industry, transport and energy infrastructure in the region, as well as through support to civil society.In approving the funds, the European Council noted that “the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is an important step for the partnership between West Africa and the European Union (EU), in coherence with the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, for sustainable economic development that can benefit the West African population including its poorest segments.”The European Council, in addition, welcomed the efforts and progress which West African countries and regional institutions have made to foster regional integration, stating it recalls the fundamental role of regional integration as being instrumental in securing peace, stability and sustainable economic development, as well as its political commitment in support of aid for trade and to mobilise financial flows.According to the press release, this substantial new commitment from the European Commission and the EU Member States, demonstrates the EU’s continuous support to West Africa’s regional integration, which is the most advanced of the African continent.European Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, and Karel De Gucht, for Trade policy, have meanwhile welcomed the decision of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council, confirming new EU support of at least €6.5 billion for the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) for West Africa.Commissioner Piebalgs said: “EU’s commitment responds to the needs expressed by West Africa and will allow the region to take advantage of all the opportunities of the Economic Partnership Agreement. The implementation of the EPA will be instrumental in creating favourable conditions to boost trade in the region and stimulate growth and job creation. The development of the region will also contribute to increase peace and stability in West Africa.”In 2010, the EU already pledged to provide €6.5 billion to support the PAPED for the period 2010-2014. This pledge was eventually increased and the EU has funded projects worth €8.2 billion (through the European instruments, Member States’ bilateral cooperation and the European Investment Bank). BackgroundThe region of West Africa1 includes Benin, Burkina Faso, Cap Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Mauritania.In the Foreign Affairs Council’s conclusions, the European Union acknowledges the importance of the Economic Partnership Agreement Development Program (PAPED) developed by West Africa during the negotiations of the EPA between the 16 states in the region and the European Union.The PAPED has five objectives including promoting diversification and growth in production capacity; development of trade within the region and improved access to internal markets; improvement and reinforcement of regional and national infrastructure linked to trade; fiscal, social and economic reforms, and other trade-related issues; implementation of EPA monitoring and evaluation.The PAPED is an essential step in the process towards the implementation of the future EPA. Also, the EPA represents a new kind of partnership between West Africa and the EU in the sense that although it is a trade agreement, it has a specific development objective. It is designed to strengthen West-African economies via the production and export of a wider range of goods, and by increasing trade between the countries in the region.The negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement between West Africa and the European Union have recently been concluded and endorsement at political level is expected in due course.Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific regions engaged in a regional economic integration process. The EPAs were put in place to help ACP countries integrate into the world economy and share in the opportunities offered by globalisation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Impact of Open Source Software in the Fight against Ebola in Liberia

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first_imgOver the years there have been several discussions and literature over the impact of open source software (OSS) on economic development. Countries, international organizations including the United Nations, the USAID, the British DFID, have all touted the benefits of open source software on economic development, especially on developing countries. Yet, in Liberia, the discourse has not been as ubiquitous and widely embraced as it has been in other countries or in the literature. While open source software has made some progress in permeating the Liberian society over the years (Mozilla Firefox, Apache Webserver, PHP, Java, MySQL), its impact has not been felt as much as it has been in recent times.The current Ebola Virus Disease epidemic has not only exposed many of the challenges the country faces, it has also kindled new opportunities for economic development. One of those opportunities is the adoption and integration of open source software in the Liberian society in a more robust way to allow innovation and competition. In the past, we have spent scarce and limited resources on proprietary software to develop and maintain a digital platform. That approach has obviously hindered the development of the ICT sector especially, the development of a software industry, because proprietary software does not allow the type of innovation that open source software allows. Moreover, the cost of maintaining proprietary software-based platforms is extremely prohibitive and one of the many reasons why IT/ICT systems and projects in Liberia have failed or cannot be sustained. The current Ebola epidemic has shown that there is a critical need to establish a more robust communications and data collection system between health workers and other stakeholders. Equipping health workers with the right kind of information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease will enable them to support their communities to fight back against epidemic diseases. This requires robust IT/ICT systems that are likely to cost a lot if proprietary software becomes the solution, hence the ubiquitous utilization of open source software by various countries and international organizations to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak. This massive, efficient, and effective use of open source software to fight the Ebola virus disease further confirms that development in African countries as well as other developing countries cannot occur in the absence of open source software.In finding the cheapest, fastest and most efficient ways to track the Ebola virus and disseminate information among health workers, international organizations, and the Liberian public, a plethora of open source software have been deployed. Below I list and briefly discuss a few.  DHIS 2: DHIS 2 is a flexible, web-based, free and open-source software released under the liberal BSD license. Developed in Java, DHIS 2 runs on any platform with a JRE 7 installed. It also follows HTML 5 standards and is typically used as national health information systems for data management and analysis purposes. DHIS 2 is also used for health program monitoring and evaluation, facility registries and service availability mapping, for logistics management and for mobile tracking of pregnant mothers in rural communities.FormHub is a free and open source software that allows mobile data collection. It was created to provide NGOs and local communities with the tools to better collect data. FormHub’s powerful APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) make integration with external services simple. It was previously introduced in Liberia a while ago, through training by members of Modi Lab to prepare key energy and data specialists from the Liberian energy sector in the use of mobile rapid data-gathering tools, to estimate the urban and rural energy demand in the country.RapidPro: UNICEF recently (September 22) , “launched RapidPro, an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.” The platform was produced by UNICEF’s global Innovations Labs in collaboration with a Rwandan software development firm known as Nyuruka. RapidPro is already being used in several countries, including Liberia.mHero: UNICEF  in recent times has been working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia  to launch mHero (Mobile Health Worker Ebola Response and Outreach), which is an application available on RapidPro. mHero reports “new cases; broadcast messages about care and prevention; share training information; and allow for real-time coordination between the Ministry and the health workers.”.iHRIS: iHRIS developed by a firm known as IntraHealth, is a suite of free and open source software applications that help countries around the world to gather and manage their own workforce data. It interoperates with other health information systems that are already in wide use across West Africa, such as OpenMRS and DHIS 2. iHRIS can help government officials and clinic workers easily find, share, manage, and update personnel files, including mobile phone numbers. In 2013, Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare began implementing iHRIS.I-RAMP: In recent times, the I-RAMP developed by Liberians in Liberia, for Liberians, and based on open source software tools, made its debut.Epi Info: Epi Info has been made freely available since the 1990s by the CDC.Epi Info VHS: The Center of Disease Control (CDC) is utilizing a new tool known as the Epi Info Viral Hemorrhagic Fever application (Epi Info VHF), to help locate people exposed to the deadly virus in a faster way. Epi Info VHF is an open-source program that runs on the Epi Info software platform.EpiCollect is a free (open source) web and mobile app for the generation of forms (questionnaires) and freely hosted project websites for data collection. Recently, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided a two-day training in the use of the EpiCollect data collection and storage technology for the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH).HeathMap: HealthMap is a tool (open source) that monitors and aggregates data from numerous online sources worldwide including social media on topics related to public health threats. It crunches and analyses this data and provides real-time updates on health threats, anything from West Nile Virus and rabies, to E. coli and Ebola.Over the years, when one mentioned the use of open source software as a solution (be it for business, government or academia) in Liberia, many, especially those who were schooled in Windows-based software, would argue that open source software was not a good solution. This argument according to them was based on several myths about open source software.  On a personal note, many of my colleagues think my advocacy of open source software adoption in Liberia is because it’s my research focus. But the fact is, I have seen the progress/innovation that open source software can bring and how it sustains ICT infrastructures and platforms, as compared to proprietary software. Take a look at the USA government, the British, French, Canadian, Chinese and in Africa, South Africa, Kenya, etc., and understand the impact that open source software or its development paradigm has had on those nations.Finally, had it not been for open source software, (Linux, Apache, Java, PHP, MySQL), its paradigms and philosophy, we may not have achieved all (the Internet, social media, etc) that we have achieved in this information age. New software would not have emerged as quickly and of good quality, as we see today if we were still stuck with the proprietary approach to developing software. Hence, I can argue that the success and sustainability of ICT systems/projects in Liberia demand wide and robust integration of open source software and encouragement on the part of stakeholders and decision makers for its adoption as well. Proprietary software which was hitherto the Ebola epidemic, the “de facto” choice of software in Liberia, does not allow innovation. Worst of all, its prohibitive costs do not ensure sustainability because a country like Liberia cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in licensing fees when basic necessities are lacking.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man busted with marijuana at Matthews Ridge

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first_imgA resident of Matthews Ridge, North West District, is expected to make his first court appearance today to answer to a narcotic possession charge.According to information, ranks of the Matthews Ridge Police acting information went into the community where they arrested a man with 453 grams of cannabis. The arrest was made on Sunday at about 15:00h. Meanwhile, during an operation also on Sunday at Arukamai Backdam, Mabaruma, North West District the Police Narcotics Branch destroyed a quarter acre with about 300 marijuana plants ranging from 1 foot to 6 feet in height.The police also destroyed a camp suspected to be used by the planters. No one was arrested as Police continue their investigations.last_img read more