Mayweather heads Forbes money list, but no women in top 100

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours McGregor meanwhile vaulted up the rankings to fourth spot, thanks to his $85 million cut of the Mayweather purse.A further $14 million in endorsements took the Irish fighter’s earnings to $99 million, just behind Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who was third with earnings of $108 million.Brazilian footballer Neymar was fifth on the list with $90 million in earnings, his salary boosted by his record-breaking transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year.NBA icon LeBron James was the highest-paid basketball player to feature on the list, coming in at sixth with total earnings of $85.5 million, just ahead of men’s tennis king Roger Federer, who earned $77.2 million.Swiss ace Federer remains the most attractive athlete for sponsors, with endorsement deals accounting for $65 million of his earnings.ADVERTISEMENT Floyd Mayweather Jr. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Boxer Floyd Mayweather reclaimed his place at the top of Forbes’ annual ranking of the 100 highest-paid athletes on Tuesday but no woman featured on the list for the first time.Forbes reported that Mayweather, 41, topped sports highest-earners after banking $275 million dollars from his cross-combat super fight against mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor in August 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was the only other NBA player to feature in the top 10, with earnings of $76.9 million.Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is the highest earning NFL player, coming in at ninth with $67.3 million. Ryan’s earnings were swollen by a $45 million dollar signing bonus after he agreed to a new contract earlier this year.Another NFL quarterback, the Detroit Lions’ Matthew Stafford rounded out the top 10 with $59.5 million.Elsewhere, Britain’s Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is the highest paid figure from motorsport to feature, coming in at 12th with $51 million.Tiger Woods, who has not won a tournament for five years and who has barely played over the previous three seasons, remains the highest earning golfer with $43.3 million, with $42 million of it coming through endorsements. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Standing down? With an additional $10 million in endorsements, Mayweather earned a total of $285 million between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018, comfortably eclipsing the second-placed figure on the list, football star Lionel Messi, who made $111 million.However, female athletes notably failed to break into the top 100 for the first time since Forbes began publishing its ranking.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 crownTennis star Serena Williams, who last year was the only woman to feature on the list at 51st place with earnings of $27 million, dropped out of the rankings after taking a break from the sport due to the birth of her daughter.Former welterweight king Mayweather, who came out of retirement to face McGregor in Las Vegas, topped the rankings for the fourth time in seven years. LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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

Do it again: Mighty Mouse defends belt vs Cejudo at UFC 227

first_imgMOST READ Mighty Mouse loves the practice of mixed martial arts, and he thrives on the discipline necessary to hone his skills. But that’s just about all Johnson cares about in the MMA game — and that’s basically why one of the greatest fighters in the sport’s history isn’t even headlining the show at UFC 227 on Saturday night in Staples Center.During 11 consecutive title defenses of increasing brilliance, Johnson has become arguably the most tactically well-rounded and creative fighter ever to step inside a cage. But when asked if he is the greatest mixed martial artist in the sport’s history, Johnson dismisses the question with an arched eyebrow and tries to turn the discussion back to video games, his true passion.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’“That kind of thing is all about hype and what other people think,” Johnson said. “I don’t really worry about it.”The 5-foot-3 Johnson’s disinterest in his legacy has been underlined by his steady refusal to move back up in weight from the 125-pound flyweight class to the 135-pound bantamweight division, where he fought earlier in his career. While he has hinted there’s a dollar figure that could change his mind, Johnson would rather keep embarrassing the world’s top flyweights instead of chasing a superfight with bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw or former champ Cody Garbrandt, who will meet in the main event at UFC 227 in another rematch. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Dib quits after losing to Farmer in IBF super featherweight bout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES “I don’t care,” Johnson said. “That’s not my goal. I’m just focused on Henry Cejudo.”Cejudo was knocked out by Johnson just 28 months ago in the first round of their much-hyped meeting, but the Olympic gold medalist freestyle wrestler is already back for another crack at the most unsolvable problem in MMA. Although Cejudo is only six months younger than Johnson, Cejudo started training in mixed martial arts in January 2013 — four months after Johnson won the UFC belt in his 19th professional fight.The reason for this rerun is twofold: Cejudo is a better, more experienced fighter now — and Johnson would rather grant a rematch to a flyweight than chase bigger bouts with bigger fighters.Nobody doubts Cejudo has improved in the two years since his loss to Johnson. He embarked on a worldwide quest to round out his game with trips to Brazil, Thailand and the Netherlands, and he has won his two fights in the interim against contenders Wilson Reis and Sergio Pettis.Yet even the Los Angeles-born Cejudo knows he’s a major underdog against Johnson in the UFC’s first show in three years at LA’s most prominent arena.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img FILE – Demetrious Johnson (r) battles Wilson Reis (l) during their Flyweight Championship bout on UFC Fight Night at the Sprint Center on April 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Demetrious Johnson has been the UFC flyweight champion for the entire existence of the weight class, becoming the longest-reigning champion in the promotion’s 25-year history. He has won 13 consecutive bouts and cleaned out the 125-pound division so thoroughly that previously trounced opponents are getting second chances.Yet any discussion about Johnson’s place in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings or the annals of UFC history ends quickly, due to Johnson’s insistence that he couldn’t care less.ADVERTISEMENT “Even my fans might not think I can win, but I use all of that as motivation,” said Cejudo, who ended up flattened by Johnson’s blizzard of strikes in their first bout. “I burn it for fuel. Somebody has to dethrone him. There has to be a new story line. The baton has to be passed, and it’s my time.”One flickering reason for optimism exists for Cejudo: Johnson is coming back from the longest layoff of his 11-year professional career. Thanks to an injury, Mighty Mouse hasn’t fought since last October, when he submitted Ray Borg.Johnson dutifully fulfilled his promotional responsibilities this week in Los Angeles and then ducked back to his hotel room to play video games on his laptop. Although cordial to most reporters, Johnson has been actively antagonistic toward the media in general for years, repeatedly complaining about instances of what he sees as inaccurate coverage.Yet Johnson also has complained about his paychecks relative to other UFC champions, apparently failing to see the connection between his level of fame and the public’s interest in paying to watch his fights. Johnson wants the prizes without playing the game, oddly enough for a relentless gamer who can get advertising and subscription revenue from his streaming exploits.Perhaps Johnson sees the contradiction, but it doesn’t change the way he approaches his sport or his real life. He fights for self-improvement, and for money to support his wife and soon-to-be three children — and not for anyone else’s approval.“I’m not going to go out and buy a Rolex (after a fight),” Johnson said. “I’m going to buy video games and a new computer. That’s just who I am.” ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Arellano wins first game under Aban, trumps JRU

first_imgLATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Levi Dela Cruz led the Chiefs with 19 points while Michael Canete had a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double.Rence Alcoriza added 11 points to Arellano’s offense while Guilmer Dela Torre and Dariel Bayla had 10 points apiece.Leo Esguerra had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Heavy Bombers while JR Aguilar had his own double-double of 12 points and 18 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Arellano University etched its first win under its new head coach after turning back Jose Rizal University, 86-70, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sor Rungvisai, Diaz make weight for ONE middleweight title boutcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Chiefs improved to a 5-10 card four games into the tenure of interim head coach Junjie Aban, who replaced Jerry Codiñera late September.Arellano, which stayed at the sixth spot, easily dispatched the bottom-dwelling Heavy Bombers going on a 25-7 start in the first quarter and never looking back.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“I think we played good defense today and the players executed our game plan well,” said Aban in Filipino. “The players were tuned in even into the smallest of details.”“I told them that they clearly wanted this win.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 commentslast_img read more

UNFPA Calls for Clean Environment to Encourage Facility Delivery

first_imgAs the Government of Liberia and partners intensify efforts to encourage facility delivery by pregnant women, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund has called for hospitals to remain clean and comfortable.“We cannot advocate for facility delivery when health centers remain in shambles and unattractive,” says UNFPA Liberia Resident Representative Ms. Ratidzai Ndhlovu. “When a woman walks into a clinic or hospital to deliver, she must see the facility as the best place for her delivery. We don’t want pregnant women to hesitate to come to the institution because it is so uncomfortable”“UNFPA is committed to remain a trusted partner to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare,” Ms. Ndhlovu said during an appreciation program on Tuesday 14 January, by the administration of the James N. Davies Memorial Hospital for UNFPA’s contribution to the face-lifting process of the hospital.  The James N. Davies Hospital is located in Paynesville, a suburb of Monrovia and is a maternal and child health hospital that serves a population of about 250,000 people.She said because maternal health is at the core of UNFPA’s mission, the fund will continue to support activities of the Ministry of Health to prevent maternal death by providing technical assistance for family planning, strengthening and upgrading of health facilities and referral mechanisms, improving midwife training curricula. It will also continue supporting human resources management; mobilizing communities and promoting women’s rights. “UNFPA is committed to all efforts that promote the reproductive health and rights of women and girls; ensuring that no woman dies giving life.”In Liberia four women die every day due to pregnancy related complications. In appreciation of UNFPA’s gesture, the Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Health Ministry Dr. Bernice Dahn pleaded for direct UNFPA support to the James N. Davies hospital. “This hospital attends mostly to pregnant women and their newborns, and children and it is one of the hospitals with very high newborn deaths,” she said.In March 2011, the Government of Liberia and partners launched the roadmap for accelerated reduction of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in the country. The roadmap guides the delivery of basic, essential and quality reproductive health care services to the people including institutional delivery.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kemayah, Clergyman Attribute Societal Ills to National Leadership

first_imgLiberia Business Association (LIBA) president, Dee Maxwell Kemayah, has attributed the ills and wide social gap in the Liberian society to those in top leadership positions.Without distinction, Mr. Kemayah stressed in a remark that basic values and ethics are lacking in the Liberian society, emphasizing that those in high leadership positions who should properly steer the affairs of the country are caught in the web of widening the gap.Making the remarks following his induction as chairperson of the board of trustees of the Mount Nebo Baptist Church, the LIBA president underscored that there are three duties one should consider while serving as a leader.He named these duties as care, loyalty and obedience; he accused top government officials failing to provide the Liberian people and this has led the country to what it is today, according to him.He emphasized that the position one has in a society has bearing on his or her integrity, stressing that value of integrity is lacking among those in leadership, which consequently leads to poverty and suffering for people of the country.Though he did not point out who exactly is responsible, the LIBA president asserted that key decision makers in top positions at national level are not concerned about the interest of the country, but prioritize their interest to the detriment of the country.“Because of personal interest above national interest, it is difficult for anyone to operate in public or private sector independently.  If anyone wants to exercise independence, the person is seen as opponent to the powers that be,” Kemayah asserted.Mr. Kemayah spoke at a belated Father’s Day program held by the church.He used the occasion to call on fathers of Liberia to rise up against ills that are rooted in the Liberian society since they have children that could replace them tomorrow.Assuring the church of his commitment to duty, Mr. Kemayah said, “As I take over this post as chairman of the board of trustees of this church, I have some basic principles by which I live, and I hope that applying them will not make me unpopular to the church and its leadership.”For Reverend Joseph Gardea Johnson, III of the Restoration Baptist Ministries, Liberia currently needs men of integrity to steer the affairs of the socio-political and economic situations of the country.In his assertion, Rev. Johnson indicated that key decision makers at the top have allowed ills including same-sex marriage, bribes, and other vices to play dominant roles in society.He vocally said national leadership has given domineering power to Lebanese in the business sector, leaving Liberians out.“Lebanese are not investors, but rogues and deceitful people in Liberia to only benefit from the wealth of the country,” the clergyman asserted.He divulged that some top individuals had attempted bribing him and his fellow pastors with US$10,000 to keep silent on the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) report, but he personally refused to accept it because he would be contradicting his stance against atrocity.Rev. Johnson said until Liberians can realize the reason for their existence, they will not realize anything in their quest for development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kartumu Boakai Builds Resource Center in Margibi County

first_imgAs part of her programs to move the Group of 77 to another level, Madam Kartumu Y. Boakai, wife of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, has constructed a modern resource training Center in Kakata, Margibi County. The center is the first of its kind for the disable community in that part of the country.Madam Kartumu Y. Boakai, wife of Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, has been touring Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties to meet with people with disabilities that are under the umbrella of the Group of 77, a program under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia.The Group of 77 was started in 1977.In the three counties, Mrs. Boakai presented food items and non food items and reassured people living with disabilities that the Government of Liberia believes they have a place in the society and can still contribute towards the advancement of the country.Madam Boakai encouraged them to rise above their condition and get involved in meaningful activities like anyone else. She distributed rice, clothes, clutches, wheel chairs, toys, educational materials and household items made available by the Office of the Vice President and Samaritan Purse International respectively.Mrs. Boakai cautioned them to cultivate a culture of respect for their leaders and further muster the courage to prove those who believe that they are trouble makers wrong.In Grand Bassa County, Superintendent Etiweda Cooper pledged a parcel of land for the Group of 77 for the construction of similar facilities in response to an appeal made by Mr. Boakai.Also in Bong County authorities had earlier made a parcel of land for the construction of a resource center there.In Nimba County, the disabled are engaged in animal husbandry, soap making as well as arts and crafts.Meanwhile, both the Superintendents of Grand Bassa and Bong Counties have pledged their support to the efforts of the Madam Boakai in transforming the lives of people with disabilities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Jue You Bad’ Artist QUEEN V Raps on Celebrity, Motherhood

first_imgAvenette Sirleaf (Aka Queen V), Liberia’s oldest female rapper, has most definitely worked hard to obtain the status “Godmother of Hip-Co” over a period of sixteen years (16yrs).From dancing on stage at age of 15, this “Jue You Bad” female knows exactly how to rock the mic with her standard rap flow and western fashion trends.The tatted up female, who is always seen wearing different kinds of dark designer stunners, was born in Monrovia at the Cooper’s Clinic on Sept 17, 1982.  A mother of two, this 31-year-old rap icon started her musical career at age 15 as a dancer. Many times at local basketball games, hungry crowds looked out for the most outstanding andcaptivating performances of the young Queen V alongside dancing partner Queen B, which redefined girl dancers in the early 90s. Now at age 31, the game has still not changed.Queen V, who has always been admired for her bold and spectacular performances, always making sure she leaves her fans in awe, is now an award winning artist for best song of the year 2013 for her track, “Jue You Bad” featuring Tan Tan B and DenG. She is also known for hits songs like “This is where I’m from” featuring Cypha the King, Nasseman, and Takun J and many more.Recently, the very bold and sassy queen of hip-co has been silent and kind of MIA (Missing In Action). Lib Life thought to checkup on her about her latest developments especially with the latest news on her her newborn baby.Sporting a leotard printed dress with matching headscarf and shoes and, as always, a dark Luis Vinton stunner, she doesn’t hesitate to fill us in on what we’ve been missing out on.Lib Life: hey… Avenette, thanks for having us.Queen V:  Thank you too for having me,Lib Life: Tells us, how do you deal with all the attention, knowing you’re the most experienced and the godmother of this rap game in Liberia?Queen V: Well I’m calm about, you know, being the baddest, I’m not you know crazy, like crazy-crazy and letting it get to my head. I know how to deal with fame, I’ve been in this game for a very long time now so I’m focused and basically I deal with it in a very mature way, which is being the baddest!Lib Life: You’ve been missing in action for quite some time now. As a matter of fact, we didn’t see you at the sound city beach jam. Tell us, what has the queen been up to?Queen V: Well nothing much, just that I’ve just given birth and I’m recovering from a C-Section. I wasn’t at the show because I am recovering.Lib Life: Wow. That must be tough! Is he your first?Queen V: Oh No! He’s actually my second giant. My first child who’s also a boy is thirteen years old now. I have two giants now.Lib Life: Wow… I must admit you’re beautiful. So what’s the secret keeping up with being a mom of two and at the same time being the Queen V of LIB?Queen V: Oh Thank you and all I can say is, the secret is simple, being the baddest! That’s just it.Lib Life: Now lets go back to your pregnancy cause I’m sure not everybody was aware of it.Queen V: They all knew I was pregnant. My pregnancy wasn’t a secret. I performed the entire time I was pregnant. I did so many shows, so now, they’re just finding out that because of the C-section I just had, I couldn’t do any performances and that is why I wasn’t at the show on the 15th. My fans know I don’t let them down (laughing hysterically).Lib Life: You just won an award for best track of the year, for you song “Ju you bad”, how does that make you feel?Queen V: Well ummm I feel great! I feel amazed, I feel happy, I feel so overjoyed that all the hard work I’ve put into this game is finally starting to pay off.Lib Life: But did it ever occur to you or cross your mind that the song would have gone that far? That is as far as winning an award?Queen V: I knew it was a hit song when it was being recorded in the studio. I knew instantly it was a hit, I knew it had potential of going very far, very very far.Lib Life: And who would you say was your inspiration to the track?Queen V: Myself! I was thinking of myself. Am I not bad???Lib Life: Oh of course you are!Queen V: Exactly! I was thinking about myself darling cause I know I’m bad! Believe me!Lib Life: So what you’re saying basically is the song was all about you.Queen V: Yeah that’s right. And then if you’re singing it and you are a female; just know you’re bad too. It’s not really necessarily about Queen V but you could also put it in your shoes as well, you can be a bad chic, which is good!Lib Life: So tell us when will Queen V come out of that hiding place of hers and give her fans what they always expect?Queen V: (Laughing) Well basically, because I have just given birth, I have to heal. I thought it was going to be a normal delivery but it turned out not to be. So once I’m healed, Lib’s going to know what’s up.Lib Life: Any goodies stored up for your fans while you’re taking time off?Queen V: Oh Yeah, most def! I got couple of tracks I did alongside “Jue you bad”, and so I’m working on their videos.Lib Life: But don’t you feel bad a little? I mean missing out on a chance of some possible collabos with two of the foreign artists that came?Queen V: Believe me, I don’t feel bad or consider it as me being left out. In fact, I think I am the reason why I was left out.  If I was well I would have been with them. I’m happy because I just had a baby and he’s my little joy!Lib Life: Ok so, lets talk about this new joy of yours a little.Queen V: (laughing) No no, he’s private. He’s not the celeb here. So no! And don’t even ask about a name cause you’re not going to get it. I’m keeping my baby out of this; he’ll come into the publics’ eyes very soon.Lib Life: And how is older brother taking it? How does he feel about his little brother?Queen V: Oh my gosh! He’s so excited. He’s 13yrs old so he’s a big brother. He’s very happy to have a sibling now, you know, very happy. The baby is still young but he can’t wait to start feeding him once he gets a little older.Lib Life: And how does he handle the fact that his mom is a public figure?Queen V: I mean a lot of times he goes to school and sometimes he tells me, “mommy I heard this about Queen V” and he would ask whether it’s true or not and I make him understand that not everything he hears out there about his mother is true. So if he hears something that is wrong about me, he’s not going to confront you about it, but will rather wait till he gets home and talk to be about those things he heard. And I tell him exactly what’s going on.Lib Life: Oh that’s really fantastic. So you being a musical idol for many young ladies out there and you’re also a mother. What advice do you have to other young struggling mothers out there trying to make ends meet?Queen V: Well I would say as a teenager, protect yourself while you still can, pay attention to school cause once you’re learned, you’re guaranteed to excel in life. But for those who were very unfortunate and ended up having kids already, I would say abstain now from just having casual sex and concentrate on going back to school.Also concentrate on being a good mother to your child because those kids, they didn’t ask you to bring them into this world. It was your decision, so it’s your responsibility. Even if the father of that child is not willing to be a responsible father, I believe the mother should be a responsible mother. I think often times you hear people saying, “I’m the mother and father of this child”, so I mean young ladies, young girls should follow that path.Lib Life: Sweetz of Red Eyes Entertainment once in an interview expressed, wanting to do a collabo with you, how you see that?Queen V: Oh really??? Well that sounds good. You mean Sweetz the first lady right? Well yeah that sounds like a good idea, I mean she should reach out to me, anytime I’m available.Lib Life: And what about this rumor of you and Tan Tan B sparking up a little romance?Queen V: (laughing so hard) Come on! Tan Tan and I work together! We’ve worked on so many projects before “Jue you bad” but apparently “Jue you bad” turned out to be the bomb. Basically Tan Tan and I went to school together, we attended J J Roberts United Methodist School way back in the days, so we’ve known each other way before this music game. So he’s just my real good friend and he’s a godfather to the baby. Please! Liberia, Tan Tan is just and only a friend!Lib Life: We got you loud and clear ma’am, so is there anything else you’ll want your fans to be aware of while you’re still in your hide out?Queen V:  Hehehehe… Ah, they need to know, infact they already know what I’m capable of and they should know that when I do bounce back; I mean “Jue you bad” was just something like a teaser but with the other videos I’m going to be working on, they’re going to be crazy! I mean the bomb! So let them watch out, the queen was expecting, the queen has given birth, the queen shall return.Lib Life: Right! Anyways Queen V it was great chatting with you and we wish you a speedy recoveryQueen V: Yes ma’am!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NOCAL Leads Oil Rig Tour

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has expressed its abiding commitment to developing and harnessing the local human capacity needed for the effective operation of the oil sector in Liberia.The president/CEO of NOCAL, Dr. Randolph McClain, gave the assurance yesterday when he led a delegation of NOCAL and other officials of relevant government agencies on a tour of the West Tellus oil rig, off the coast of Liberia.Meeting with several Liberians working on the drill-ship operated by Seadrill and hired by Chevron to drill its offshore prospect in hopes of finding hydrocarbon resources, Dr. McClain emphasized that a major priority of NOCAL now is to ensure the timely availability of qualified Liberian personnel who can constitute the much needed workforce for the evolving oil industry in the country.He declared that in this regard, NOCAL will continue to provide the needed resources for the training of deserving Liberians in all fields of operation relative to the oil industry. He then requested Chevron officials to timely make available to NOCAL relevant data on Liberian workers on the drill ship to enable NOCAL determine their training and related needs.Also speaking at the occasion, the Chief Operating Officer of NOCAL, Cllr. Althea E. Sherman, expressed great delight at seeing competent Liberians working in various fields of operation on the drill ship along with their foreign counterparts.Cllr. Sherman encouraged the Liberian workforce to remain committed to their professions so that they can make Liberia proud. She also thanked the Chevron and Seadrill staff for the opportunities, training and support that have been provided to the Liberian crew members.Other heads of government agencies making similar comments of appreciation and commendations on the performance of the Liberian workforce included Liberia Maritime Commissioner Binyah Kesselly, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief, Mrs. Anyaa Vohiri, and National Port Authority Deputy for Administration, Mr. Nyekeh Forkpa.NOCAL’s Vice President for Public Affairs, Lamini Waritay, also formed part of the delegation that toured the facilities/operations of the drill ship stationed about 45 miles off the Liberian coast.The ongoing drilling process, which is being sponsored by Chevron Liberia Ltd., is intended to determine the presence of a commercially significant hydrocarbon reservoir within the Liberian offshore geological basin located in Block LB-12.A day earlier, on Monday (April 21), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made a tour of the rig in the company of US Ambassador Deborah Malac, the Chairman of NOCAL, Cllr. Seward Cooper, and other government officials, including the President Pro-tempore, Gbehzonghar Findley, and Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNMEER Says No New Cases in Nine Counties

first_imgAn official report from the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) has disclosed that over the past 21 days, nine counties, mostly in Southeastern Liberia, have reported no new Ebola cases.Hans Rosling said Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Grand Bassa, and River Cess counties, have reported no confirmed cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for more than 21 days, while Lofa County in northern Liberia has reported zero cases in more than 40 days.Speaking at the Information Ministry’s daily Ebola briefing last Monday, Mr. Rosling expressed the hope that the situation would remain under control and that there would not be a rebirth of the disease in those counties, especially Lofa, the former epicenter of the deadly Ebola virus disease.Lofa is one of several Liberian counties bordering Guinea, from which the first outbreak was transmitted. He explained that Foya in Lofa County registered Liberia’s first case of Ebola in early March 2014, with the disease subsequently spreading rapidly to other parts of the country.He has, however, cautioned residents of those counties to remain assertive in protecting their communities and families by adhering to the preventive measures outlined by the Ministry of Health and its partners, including reporting all sick cases, doing away with bathing of dead bodies and shaking of hands.At the same time, according to Rosling, six counties- Cape Mount, Montserrado, Bong, Nimba, Margibi and Sinoe, have reported over 70 Ebola cases in the last three weeks but he maintained that UMEER was determined to ensure that Ebola is eradicated from Liberia.It may be recalled that in early November, the World Health Organization (WHO) assigned doctor to Lofa, Clement Peter, declared the Foya Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) free of Ebola after it did not report cases of the disease in more than three weeks.“The World Health Organization (WHO) will declare a country Ebola-free if no new Ebola case is reported in 42 days. Liberia is fighting the virus and hopes that the country will be declared Ebola-free soon.”Also speaking, the Head of the Incident Management Team andAssistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, revealed that the government has sent a six-man technical team to Grand Cape Mount County to beef up the strength of the local Ebola Taskforce in eradicating the virus.Minister Nyenswah said the government’s decision to dispatch the team was due to the constant outbreak of new Ebola cases in the area and the need to curb the virus.He said it is regrettable that while many counties are reporting zero cases, Cape Mount is still reporting fresh Ebola cases daily.Minister Nyenswah further disclosed that the six-person team will work with the County Health Team and local and international partners in fighting the further spread of the virus in the county.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LFA to Enforce CLS, No Financial Distribution to Clubs

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association will enforce CAF’s Club Licensing System in the 2015/16 soccer league, stakeholders who attended last Saturday’s Interactive Forum at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium were told.LFA President Musa Bility, responding to enquiries from participants, said it is not the duty of the association to provide money to support member clubs.“We are the regulators of football,” Bility said, “and our role is to ensure that we regulate and provide standard that will improve on the overall development of the game.”President Bility’s clarification stemmed from inquiries by several clubs, including LISCR FC and Nimba United FC for the need to get some financial support in the wake of the Ebola virus disease that affected the clubs.Bility said funds received from FIFA are exclusively for development purposes and not for clubs.He noted that the LFA made it clear to teams at the last Buchanan Congress that FIFA would provide U$750,000 financial assistance to the association.“The money is a special bonus from FIFA and the LFA is using this money to construct our national headquarters,” he told the gathering.So far, he said, “We have received $250k of this amount and purchased two pieces of land in Congo Town. We will use the remaining $500k to commence the construction of a $738k LFA HQ beginning February and we also received $100k from CAF towards this project.” Regarding the Financial Assistance Program, (FAP), from FIFA, he said it is the only revenue available to the LFA for the smooth running of the day to day operations of the Liberia Football Association.“We have no intention to distribute this money to clubs. In fact this money comes to LFA quarterly and we are yet to receive the first batch,” he said.He noted that concerning Cellcom GSM sponsorship money 45% goes towards prizes for clubs at the end of the season and the other 55% is used partially to finance the league hoping that the clubs registration and penalties will fill in the gap. The LFA, Bility said, “has no extra money to give to clubs. What we have done in the last four years is to put the LFA under great financial stress in order to assist the clubs.”He, however, pointed out that almost all the first division clubs still have enough credit with the LFA to register for the upcoming league. Bility reminded all club presidents that under the new clubs licensing regime the LFA too has obligations it must meet to carry out to a certain standard. “We will not abdicate our responsibilities to support clubs. It is expected that everyone desiring to own a club must have the finances to do so or disregard the quest.”Without pulling punches, Bility declared, “The ownership of clubs is a commercial venture that yields direct benefits to the clubs NOT LFA. We are the regulators of clubs not administrators.”He said the LFA will make all clubs in the 2015/16 seasons live up to at least twenty five percent requirement demanded in the Club Licensing System.The Club Licensing System demands every team to have, among other things, a youth team, a specified amount in its bank account, an office, and contract agreement with both players and technical staff.Bility said to get a good soccer league, players, coaches; medics and referees must receive necessary support, pointing out that the LFA is prepared to have a minimum number of clubs to ensure that a standard is set for the league this year.The forum had a team of panelist who provided overviews and answered questions in their respective areas. The areas included issues on coaches, referees, medics, and club management.The forum was organized by the technical department of the LFA, and its director Henry Browne earlier explained the importance of those involved in football meeting to exchange ideas to get some clarifications before the league proper.Coach Gabriel Johns discussed issues affecting coaches, relations with referees and clubs’ presidents. It was noted that because the roles of club officials are not defined, there are always overlapping their functions to tell coaches what to do during the process of a game.Bility pointed out that such development comes because of the coaches’ fear of failure, and assured all those involved in the game that the LFA demands clubs to sign contracts with coaches and their players to minimize some of the inherent overlapping of functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more