Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee’s return

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “We should not be part of the welcoming party,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black laughing. “Brownlee is a really good player and he’s proven it in the past that it’s very difficult to deal with him on the court.”“It’s a big win for us because it leans us a little bit more towards the top and keeps us away from the bottom.”Onuaku finished with a game-high 24 points while also grabbing 23 rebounds to lead the Bolts while Chris Newsome added 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists.Jared Dillinger also finished in double digits with 13 points while Anjo Caram orchestrated the Bolts’ offense with 12 points and seven dimes.Brownlee had 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists in his return to the Gin Kings while Japeth Aguilar added 13 points and six boards.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Meralco had no plans of partaking in any welcome celebration for Justin Brownlee as it frustrated Ginebra, 93-82, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT TNT thrashes Columbian for share of lead in PBA Commissioner’s Cup Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Brownlee returned for his fourth conference in the PBA but his comeback did not make any immediate positive impact for the Gin Kings, who slipped to a 1-4 record.The Bolts, for their part, climbed to the third spot with a 4-2 card.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 crownMeralco created space in the third going on a 13-6 run across the middle quarters with Arinze Onuaku’s two-hander giving the Bolts a 54-45 lead.Onuaku then gave the Bolts their biggest margin of the game hitting a three-point shot with six seconds left in the third for Meralco’s 73-56 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ECOWAS, GOL Pay Homage to UNDP’s Dr. Kamaluddeen

first_imgThe Ambassador of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia, Tunde Ajisomo, has lauded outgoing United Nations Development Program Country Director Dr. Kamil Kayode Kamaluddeen for his immense contributions to peace, good governance and infrastructural development as well as the rule of law in Liberia.Director Kamaluddeen, who is affectionately referred to as KK, has left an indelible mark on Liberia as a development specialist by the policies and strategies he helped to draft—leading to some considerable levels of developmental improvement in the country, Ajisomo said.Speaking at a cocktail reception held in KK’s honor in Monrovia, Ambassador Ajisomo said “KK has been passionate about development in Liberia and is a true son and patriot of the African continent.” Ambassador Ajisomo, who is also a Nigerian, added, “Any of our compatriots who come to Liberia on assignment firstly has to get in touch with KK to get an orientation, because of his reputation as someone who helps others integrate in the Liberian terrain; and KK is referred to as the ‘Landlord.’”Dr. Kamaluddeen served Liberia for nine years, though intermittently. His first stint was when he served as Economic Advisor and Head of the Strategy and Policy Unit, UNDP Liberia, from 2002 – 2008 before returning in 2013 as Country Director.KK was very popular in the diplomatic community as well as among his Nigerian compatriots all because of what many describe as his high level of humility, selflessness, commitment to duty and accessibility. Many of them praised him for helping them settle in successfully upon their arrival in Liberia.Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said KK will truly be missed because he has been a strong pillar to rely on. “KK has been a true friend to this government and our country. He was very instrumental in the crafting of the Poverty Reduction Strategy that helped us significantly to set us on our path of national development,” the Minister said.The Minister described KK as a “development-oriented” individual who built up on the Community Based Initiative (CBI), which was set up by his predecessor, Antonio Vigilante.The CBI provided the stage for community participation in the country’s decentralization process to provide municipal services in Liberia’s 15 counties—a program that led to the realization of the County Service Centers in some counties.Responding, KK said his tenure may have come to an end, but he is leaving as a very proud man, adding that he is grateful to God for his contribution to Liberia.“We strongly believe we could not have done this alone so we appreciate the capable teams we were fortunate to have worked with. They too, must be appreciated,” KK said. According to him, his greatest achievement is leaving in a peaceful country. “We’re very happy that Liberians have embraced peace and I’m of the conviction that this peace will be sustained because without peace there can be no development,” KK said, adding that he now considers Liberia a second home.“Many of our compatriots from the ECOWAS region made a lot of sacrifices to ensure that peace comes to Liberia. Some of them did this with their lives. So I’m glad that this dream is being realized and I’m also glad to have been a part of transitioning Liberia from its war era to a stable country on the path of development,” he said.KK, who has over 15 years working experience with the UN, replaced Mr. Dominic Sam as UNDP Country Director. He has extensive professional, academic, administrative knowledge and experience.UNDP, the UN’s global development network, advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help empower people and build resilient nations, and has been working in Liberia since 1977.UNDP is currently providing technical assistance within the framework of the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2013-2017, which is fully aligned with Liberia’s mid and long term development strategies.According to KK, UNDP’s interventions are meant to ensure that the country is peaceful and has inclusive politics, a diversified economy, and stable institutions. “We have also been helping to ensure the laws are enforced fairly, land tenure problems have been resolved, natural resources are efficiently managed and health and education standards have reached those of other middle income countries,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more