Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Brazil’s Neymar (right) prepares to kick the ball and score during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (Photo by SERGEI GRITS / AP)SAMARA, Russia — Neymar flaunted his flair and his theatrics with a goal and an assist Monday to lead Brazil into the quarterfinals at the World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mexico.The world’s most expensive player put Brazil in the lead after his back-heel released Willian, who then sent the ball into the penalty area. Neymar slid in to tap in the opener in the 51st minute.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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Reyes says Australia’s Kickert ‘triggered the brawl’ after hit on Pogoy View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Neymar then showed his unselfish side, crossing for Robert Firmino to score in the 88th minute. Neymar has 11 goals and nine assists in his last 19 games for Brazil.It looked like Neymar’s game – or even his World Cup – could be over with 20 minutes to go. It turned out to be pure histrionics. Writhing in agony after his right ankle was stepped on by Miguel Layun, Neymar managed to get back on his feet. But not before trying a stamp on Layun himself. Both escaped punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe five-time World Cup champions will next face either Japan or Belgium in their seventh straight quarterfinal match, the stage they have reached at every World Cup since 1994.Not so for the Mexicans, who have lost in the round of 16 seven straight times.last_img read more

Taming the ‘Beast’

first_imgBolt agrees to practice deal with Australian football club After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Alas has faith that Abueva still does. The former NCAA champion coach with Letran said he had already spoken with Abueva hours after the trade that sent the energetic forward to Phoenix from Alaska was approved by the Commissioner’s Office.“I told him: ‘Let me coach you, play for me,’” said Alas. “I told him that if he ever has any problems, he doesn’t have to look for for a person to talk to. I will always listen to him.”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’“He knows I respect him and he knows I won’t think twice when there is a need to call him out,” Alas added.Alaska received Phoenix’s first-round pick in 2019 plus wingman Karl Dehesa in exchange for Abueva, who makes up for his lack of size in the post with sheer will, energy and athleticism. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Louie Alas always had Calvin Abueva’s ear, back when the Phoenix head coach was an assistant to Alex Compton over at Alaska.“It’s usually the job of the assistant to pass along the head coach’s message during emotional moments,” Alas said. “And Calvin always listened.”ADVERTISEMENT But it was hard to limit that boundless energy on the court, and Alaska had to deal with Abueva’s on-court antics and off-court issues that led to his suspension by Alaska weeks before the trade. Alas says the new situation might help tame the “Beast” where it matters.“It’s hard to predict what will happen,” said the soft-spoken coach, whose demeanor is a stark contrast to Abueva’s fiery personality. “But maybe a different situation will be of help to him and to us.”Alas said Abueva will be a big boost to Phoenix, thus the Fuel Masters were more than willing to shoulder some of whatever baggage Abueva is carrying.“In the PBA, the difference between getting eliminated and making the playoffs is one possession,” Alas said. “I told Calvin, ‘you’re here to give us as many possessions as possible.’”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Almazan shows up

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan was joined by his wife Liza in the meeting.League governor Mert Mondragon and alternate governor Edison Oribiana were present for the team.“He (Yu) told [Almazan]: Let’s not talk about the past,” Espiritu quoted Yu, who owns half the team together with billionaire businessman Terry Que, as saying.Rain or Shine must win its remaining three games—against Phoenix Petroleum, San Miguel Beer and then NLEX—to have a shot at the last playoff slot.Almazan will attend practice starting Tuesday but can only watch the games for now.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Going AWOL (absent without leave) had a lot to do with Almazan’s differences with coach Caloy Garcia.  Although they agreed to talk, the former Letran ace, drafted third overall under Yeng Guiao in 2013, cannot escape sanctions.A trade is also not an option, agent Danny Espiritu said of his ward, whose contract expires after the end of next season.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 ChrissInstead, Yu urged the team to move forward and try to salvage what is left of their campaign in the Governors’ Cup where they are currently in 10th place at 2-6.“Let’s have a fresh start,” Espiritu quoted Yu as saying during the meeting that lasted more than an hour at the team’s office in Pasig. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Krog lives up to promise MOST READ 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rain or Shine and disgruntled center Raymond Almazan patched up their differences, but the 6-foot-8 national team mainstay won’t be returning to the Elasto Painters as they make a desperate drive to make the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs.Almazan finally appeared before co-owner Raymund Yu and other members of team management on Monday afternoon.  He apologized after weeks of unauthorized absence from practices and the Painters’ last six games.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

James Harden’s 47-point eruption lift Rockets past Jazz

first_img“I know he’s the MVP and everything, but this level the last three or four games is where it’s really high,” D’Antoni said. “It’s as good as he’s ever played.”Harden scored 47 points to help the Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz 102-97 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.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 ChrissIt was Houston’s first victory over the Jazz this season after dropping the first two meetings. The team’s current winning streak comes following a three-game skid.Monday’s performance came after Harden had 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over the Lakers on Thursday and another triple-double of 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in Saturday’s win at Memphis. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets guard James Harden reacts after making a three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award.But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has topped anything the veteran coach has seen from his superstar player.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re in a hole,” he said. “I keep saying the same thing, but if you look at the standings it (stinks) to look and see you’re not where you’re supposed to be. We just continue to work and build our way up there.”Mitchell had 23 points for the Jazz, who have lost four of five.“We had a hard time scoring for a while, and that was about the same time we weren’t close enough to (Harden), and he rose up and hit a big 3 and made a series of plays,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.Harden, who hit 15 of 16 free throws, had six rebounds, five assists and five steals.“He’s been getting really hot the last week, playing really aggressive, and we let him get to the free throw line, which was one of the things that we were talking about trying to avoid,” Rubio said.The Rockets had a 10-point lead after three periods and Harden put them up by 11 on a 3-pointer with about nine minutes left in the fourth. Mitchell had a nifty spinning layup before the Rockets missed five shots over their next two possessions and Danuel House turned it over the next time down.Mitchell’s layup started a 9-0 run for the Jazz, capped by a 3 from Rubio that got them to 90-88 with about 5 1/2 minutes left.Harden scored Houston’s first points in more than 3 1/2 minutes after that, and things between him and Rudy Gobert got a little testy after that. Gobert fouled Harden as he dribbled down the court and Harden approached Gobert after the call. There was some minor pushing between the two before Harden walked away.The Rockets led by 13 at halftime but Utah opened the third quarter with a 12-2 run to get to 52-49 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the period.Utah used a 7-0 spurt later in the quarter to take a 58-57 lead. But Harden took over after that, scoring all of Houston’s points in a 9-2 run that gave the Rockets a six-point lead with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter. Harden converted three-point plays on consecutive possessions before hitting a 3 after a turnover by Jae Crowder. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Houston was up by four about a minute later when Harden sailed over the 7-foot-1 Gobert for a one-handed dunk before a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker made it 73-64. Snyder was handed a technical after that for yelling at the officials, and Harden made the free throw.TIP-INSJazz: Gobert had 18 points and 13 rebounds. … The Jazz had 23 turnovers. … Crowder finished with 14 points.Rockets: Waived F/C Zhou Qi. … James Ennis missed his third straight game with a strained right hamstring and D’Antoni said Ennis could be out as long as two weeks. … Brandon Knight had three points and a rebound in his third game back after missing last season while recovering from knee surgery. … Paul had 11 points and nine assists.THEY SAID ITHarden on his one-handed dunk over Gobert : “I still got some juice in these legs. For you bigs out there that want to keep testing (me),” Harden said before cracking up. “Nah, I’m just playing. The lane was open all night. The bigs were going back, taking away the lob, taking away the lob, so I had to get to the rim and finish.”UP NEXTJazz: Host Golden State on Wednesday night.Rockets: Host Washington on Wednesday night. “He’s the best offensive player I’ve ever seen — like, seriously,” teammate Chris Paul said. “He can drive. He can shoot. He’s got ballhandling, so it’s going to be a tough night for you, whoever it is. I don’t care what you’re doing.”Houston led by double digits early in the fourth quarter, but poor shooting left the Rockets tied with about two minutes left. A 3-pointer by Harden put Houston back on top and he added two free throws with about a minute remaining to make it 99-94.Donovan Mitchell was fouled by Eric Gordon on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws to cut the lead to two with 35 seconds left.Then, under heavy pressure from Ricky Rubio, Harden stepped back and hit a 3 to make it 102-97 with 13.3 seconds left, securing the victory.Harden brushed off talk of his recent dominance, insisting that it’s something he has to do with the Rockets (15-14) in 10th place in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stronger, faster’ Manny Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Wizards’ Thomas Bryant has a game for the record books

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “MVP, by far, by far,” Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who had a triple-double with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists, said when seeing Bryant’s stat line from the night’. “That’s my boy. He plays his tail off every minute.”Going back to Washington’s game against Houston on Wednesday, Bryant is 19 for 20 from the field and has made his last 16 shot attempts.The Wizards play at Indiana on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s amazing,” Bryant said. “I had no idea throughout the game and I had no idea after the game until people started telling me about it.”They will be telling him about this one for a long time.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 ChrissBryant became the fifth player to have a 14-for-14 game or better, joining Payton, Bailey Howell, Billy McKinney and Wilt Chamberlain. Howell was 14 for 14 for the Baltimore Bullets — the Wizards’ franchise — against San Francisco on Jan. 3, 1965, and McKinney was 14 for 14 for Kansas City against Boston on Dec. 27, 1978.Chamberlain had four such games — he was 15 for 15 against the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 20, 1967, an NBA-record 18 for 18 against Baltimore on Feb. 24, 1967 and 16 for 16 against Baltimore again on March 19, 1967, recording all of those for Philadelphia. He was 14 for 14 for the Lakers against Detroit on March 11, 1969. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) dunks over Phoenix Suns guard Jamal Crawford, right, during triple overtime of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Thomas Bryant’s perfect night was something the NBA hadn’t seen in nearly a quarter-century.Bryant’s 14 for 14 effort from the floor in Washington’s triple-overtime 149-146 win over Phoenix on Saturday night was the first such game in the NBA since Gary Payton had the same shooting numbers in Seattle’s win over Cleveland on Jan. 4, 1995.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs Bryant scored 31 points on Saturday, more than he had posted in any other two NBA games of his career. He easily exceeded his previous career-highs for points (was 16), field goals (was five) and field goals attempted (was eight).Bryant was 3 for 3 in the first quarter, 1 for 1 in the second quarter, 2 for 2 in the third quarter, didn’t take any shots in the fourth quarter, 4 for 4 in the first overtime, 3 for 3 in the second overtime and 1 for 1 in the third overtime.The previous high for shots made without a miss in a game this season was 12, by Indiana’s Domantas Sabonis against New York on Oct. 31.“I had no idea,” Bryant said. “I was just in the flow of the game. I just let the game come to me. Then as soon as I felt that I was in a rhythm, I just went out and took it.”Bryant was also 3 for 3 from the foul line — adding to his perfect night. Of the others to go 14 for 14 from the field or better in a game, only Payton also didn’t miss from the foul line, as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

PBA D-League: St. Clare-Virtuality dominates Go for Gold-CSB

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—St. Clare-Virtuality took the lustre out of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde, 92-78, in the PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.Joshua Fontanilla took charge for the Saints in the fourth quarter scoring 15 of his total 27 points in the period spearheading their 18-5 run to take an 88-74 lead with a couple of minutes remaining.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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next St. Clare head coach Jinno Manansala admired Fontanilla’s attitude in showing utmost positivity despite being the target of his scolding.“He has a strong heart and that even though I’m hard on him he’ll still lead the team no matter what,” said Manansala in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJunjie Hallare pitched in 13 points, six rebounds, and three steals for St. Clare while Ray Rubio added 11 points, nine rebounds, and four assists.Justin Gutang led the Scratchers with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals, while shooting at a 5-of-13 clip. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No. 1 Duke, Zion Williamson figuring out what’s next after knee injury View commentslast_img read more

LNRCS Signs US$700,000 Agreement

first_imgThe Liberian National Red Cross Society (LNRCS) has signed a cooperative framework (CFW) agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is intended to provide support in the amount of over US$700,000 to help the entity carry out its work for 2014.LNRCS has indicated the funds are intended to help it adequately drive a five-year strategic plan recently drafted by the national society for rapid humanitarian response to promote timely humanitarian services throughout the country. The CFW agreement is an annual contract focusing ICRC financial and technical support to the Liberian Red Cross’ program implementation and core cost.The agreement is expected to be concentrated in five strategic areas the LNRCS has earmarked, including: Organizational Development, Disaster Management, Communication, Restoring Family Links and Community Based Health.The president of LNRCS, Mr. Emmanuel Kparh, signed on behalf of his entity, while the head of delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jean Jerome, signed on behalf of his organizationMr. Kparh, at the signing ceremony said the Liberian Red Cross appreciates the existing partnership with the ICRC. He stated the agreement would enable the LNRCS to address pressing challenges to help alleviate human suffering.Mr. Kparh termed the agreement a significant step in the LNRCS’s plans to consolidate gains of the past years in providing quality and timely services to vulnerable people and communities in an effective and efficient manner.“Since 2007, we have formed a partnership with the ICRC that better positioned us to address Liberia’s many humanitarian challenges. With this agreement, the LNRCS and the ICRC have committed themselves to continue cooperation and have decided to base this on an overall cooperation framework agreement,” Mr. Kparh noted.The LNRCS president furthered that he strongly believes the aim of the cooperation is not only limited to implementing LNRCS-ICRC joint projects, capacity building, provision of financial aids and technical supports, but to ensure that mutual respect, information sharing and trust become its hallmark.The head delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jean Jerome, acknowledged the partnership with the Liberian Red Cross and renewed the ICRC’s commitment to supporting the LNRCS in its humanitarian interventions.Mr. Jerome noted that there is a lot of work to do for the vulnerable and underprivileged people who suffer the worst during natural and human made crises. The ICRC delegation boss detailed that the content of the agreement was discussed since July in line with the situation in Liberia.With the latest signing of the agreement, the Liberian Red Cross would be strengthened to maximize its output to vulnerable people and communities through its programs implementation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Technical Breakdown at LWSC’s White Plains Plant not Sabotage

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) has disclosed that the recent technical breakdown at its White Plains water treatment plant in Careysburg was not due to sabotage in any form, shape and manner.Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services Frankie Cassell told the Daily Observer Monday that the problem that generated at the LWSC’s water treatment plant three days ago was purely technical in nature.Shedding light on the recent water shortage that hit Monrovia, Mr. Cassell and Public Relations Manager Wilmot Dweh disclosed that swift pipe-borne water had  been restored to greater Monrovia.The two LWSC officials also intimated that during the three-day water shortage that hit Monrovia and its environs,  there were alternative mechanisms that helped pump pipe-borne water to its many customers.Consequently, very often the LWSC management has  sounded a passionate plea  that the water agency is facing some serious challenges and other constraints that need  swift intervention.In a radio announcement issued on August 5, 2014, the LWSC said the system was experiencing technical problems that continue to affect the regular pumping schedule through its 16 inch and 36 inch lines.As a result, water supply was being rationed on alternate days in greater Monrovia and its immediate environs.The statement also explained that residents and customers along the 16 inch line,  specifically in Louisiana, Caldwell, Tweh Farm, Duala, Club Beer Factory, Freeport, New Kru Town and West Point,  would receive LWSC’s services on day one of the rationing exercise.The statement further added  that residents and customers along the 36” line on Pipeline Road, Paynesville and Congo Town would receive water services on Wednesday on day two (2) of the rationing exercise.The LWSC management wishes to reassure the general public and valued customers that its water is safe to drink and would continue to protect the source and distribution of water to the public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana described as next big global oil beast without meaningful benefits

first_imgDear Editor,Mr Robin Mills, a guru in the oil industry, writing for “The National”, an online and print media platform, posted on October 8, 2018 that – “Guyana may be the next big beast in Global Oil”; Mills foresees the country emerging as the top per capita oil producer.It is noteworthy that Mr Mills of The National ignored the robber baron 2 per cent royalty in the 2016 Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between Exxon’s Esso two partners, Hess & Nexen, and the Government of Guyana, which is so blatantly minuscule, odious and obnoxious.Guyana, after being referred to as a Frontier State by international energy research firm “Wood McKenzie”, and now an oil beast by The National”, has indeed suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Our economic straits have now housed us as a global oil nation, without remedying the abysmal 2 per cent royalty that enchains us.Many are inclined to focus on the shadowy and smoky 50/50 “profit sharing” post expense contract stipulation; it is more a contrivance than a condition of any value, that should be ignored due to its subjectivity in the treatment of capital and current costs, and what could be deducted and set-off from the profit share remnants, if any; with special emphasis on the mysterious, coreless and fungible pre– contract costs.The will of the Guyanese who seek and strive to obtain a fair share of our oil resources by having the incomparable, incongruous and incompatible 2 per cent royalty renegotiated is undiluted. Whether we have one billion or fifteen billion barrels of oil; whether we are governed by PPP/C or PNCR, we must benefit meaningfully from our resources.Every Guyanese politician, non–governmental organisation, private sector executive, some local commentators, and international organisation such as Chatham House, Natural Resource Government Institution, among others, try to treat us as myopics and encourage us to focus on the terms of post oil contracts. The attempted Segway is an oily herring that is a form of glad-handing with the handlers.The global oil giant ExxonMobil currently controls Guyana’s Stabroek Block contract, a block that represent 100 per cent of commercial oil discovered in Guyana’s offshore as at September 30, 2018.Yet, we have some analysts and commentators twisting themselves into pretzels by seeking to have Guyanese focus on other oil contracts that the Government of Guyana has with Repsol, Tullow, Mid-Atlantic and Total, among others; though these companies have discovered zero oil in Guyana’s offshore. Let us focus our energies on revising the contract with Exxon’s Esso and their partners.Some of our learned and “objective” oil aficionados have made a stormy fuss about the difference between one per cent and two per cent, while overlooking the depraved nature of the beastly contract that has so far accounted for over five billion barrels of known oil recoverable reserves, carrying plundering 2 per cent royalty. The specialists compute the value of 1 per cent of zero; while the exploitative 2 per cent contract with Exxon’s Esso is not mentioned or made invisible to the general public, even as it is covered in sanctity and sanity by overlooking its morass contract terms.Let us not endorse and make a reality of the words of Sophocles, the greatest of the Greek tragedians, who said, “The greatest grief are those we cause ourselves.”Yank and revise the 2016 PSA, as consistently requested by Christopher Ram, Melinda Janki and Ramon Gaskin.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more