Stephen Curry breaks out of slump, helps Warriors extinguish Suns

first_imgMikal Bridges and Josh Jackson added 19 apiece for the Suns, who led 85-82 entering the final quarter.Golden State’s Draymond Green was ejected after drawing his second technical between the third and fourth quarters.The matchup of the teams at the top and bottom of the Western Conference standings was a lot closer than anticipated — and in large part because it took Curry a while to find his stroke.Through three quarters, Curry was 2-of-12 shooting, including 1 of 8 on 3-pointers. But in the fourth quarter, he was 4 of 5, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.“We can compete,” said Ayton, the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft. “We’re maturing even though we’re young. We can challenge any team. Don’t mind our record, there’s a lot of guys with a lot of great potential and we could actually make a dynasty team.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Stephen Curry shook off a poor shooting performance by scoring 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors finally broke open a tight game to beat the Suns 117-107 on Friday night.Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“They totally outplayed us all night,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “The only reason we won is because we have a lot more talent, obviously.”Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 25 points and Deandre Ayton 23 for Phoenix, which was without scoring leader Devin Booker due to a tight right hamstring. 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Warren (right ankle soreness) and De’Anthony Melton (right ankle sprain). … Ayton’s 818 points through 50 games are third-most in team history, behind Walter Davis (1,169) and Alvan Adams (935).UP NEXTWarriors: host Miami on Sunday night.Suns: at Sacramento on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates his 3-pointer against the Phoenix Suns along with Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. The Warriors defeated the Suns 117-107. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX— Make it 18 wins in a row for the Golden State Warriors over the Phoenix Suns.The latest, though, was no cakewalk for the reigning NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Down 94-88, Golden State took control with a 13-0 run — capped by Curry’s 3-pointer that put the Warriors up 101-94 with 5:46 remaining. Richaun Holmes’ tip-in cut the lead to 101-98 with 4:58 left. But Curry responded with another 3 and Golden State pulled away from there.“I think we just started making shots,” Durant said. “They played extremely hard. ”Phoenix shot out to a 26-9 lead but the Warriors cut it to 31-26 after one quarter.Green’s driving layup capped a 13-3 Golden State run that put the Warriors up 60-51 before Oubre’s tip-in sliced the Warriors’ lead to 60-53 at the break.Phoenix opened the second half with an 11-4 spurt to tie it at 64, and it stayed tight the rest of the third quarter. Oubre made one free throw with 4.9 seconds left, missed the second and grabbed the rebound for a dunk that put the Suns up 85-82 entering the final quarter.“Sometimes in this league, it can be ugly for 44 minutes and the last four you kind of revitalize your team,” Thompson said, “and that’s what Steph and DeMarcus did, K.D., and any win you get in this league you have to be grateful for.”Suns coach Igor Kokoskov liked his team’s effort, but said the Warriors’ ability and experience came through in the end.“They were so precise in late switch, miscommunication, late shifts from the weak side, they made us pay,” he said. “It’s just a learning experience for young guys. And it’s a poised veteran team, a team with a high IQ. They knew how to close a game.”TIP-INSWarriors: Their 18-game win streak against Phoenix is the second-longest active streak against a single opponent behind only Oklahoma City’s 21-game run against Philadelphia. … Warriors have won 11 consecutive road wins. … Golden State drew three first-half technical: on Green, Cousins and Shaun Livingston. View commentslast_img read more

NBA says key call was missed late in Heat-Warriors game

first_imgThe league, in its Last Two Minute Report that is released after close games, said it reviewed multiple video angles to determine that Durant’s dribble was not interrupted by the ball making inadvertent contact with the foot or shin of Heat defender Justise Winslow and “a discontinued dribble should have been called on Durant.”Also, the league opted not to fine Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for his postgame comments about the officiating — which were prefaced by Spoelstra beginning his remarks with “Look, NBA, do not fine me. I’m allowed to say this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSpoelstra also said multiple times in his postgame news conference that he was not blaming referees for the loss.Durant was being defended by Winslow with about 10 seconds left in a tie game, dribbling as Golden State’s DeMarcus Cousins came to set a pick, the whole play unfolding not far from referee Kevin Cutler. Durant lost control of the ball and Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn — standing just a couple feet from referee Jason Goldenberg — was among those immediately lobbying for a violation to be called. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) scores against the Miami Heat during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)MIAMI — Golden State’s Kevin Durant should have been called for a discontinued dribble on the Warriors’ final possession of what became their 120-118 win over the Miami Heat, the NBA said Monday in a report detailing all calls made in the last 2 minutes of the game.Golden State made a pair of free throws on that possession, the final points of the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 award Goldenberg signaled that Durant’s dribble was deflected by Winslow, which replays showed was not the case. The play continued, Durant missed a 3-point try, and Cousins got the rebound, was fouled and made two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining in what became the final points of the game.“It’s a double-dribble. Everybody can see it,” Spoelstra said after the game. “Those are tough calls to make but everybody saw it. It’s right there in front of everybody. That should be a violation and you can’t miss those calls. But we had our chances. Like I said, it was back and forth. The officials — so let’s be clear about it, so I do not get fined — that’s not why we lost.”Miami still had a chance to win, but Dion Waiters’ 3-pointer bounced off the rim as time expired. The loss knocked Miami, which was playing at Denver on Monday night, out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.The Warriors took 26 free throws to Miami’s eight, which also irked Spoelstra.“You hate to see 26-8 when our guys are going aggressively,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The league’s review included study of 26 different events that went on in the last 2 minutes, and the league said the 25 others were all handled correctly.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jeremy Lin gets bought out, plans to sign with Raptors Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

JFK Opens Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic

first_imgThe Management of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center Friday, May 2, formally opened an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic at the Center. This clinic is to treat ENT illnesses.The clinic, which will be headed by a specialist from India, will help solve ENT cases that previously had to be flown out of Liberia for treatment because of the lack of facilities and specialists to treat them in Liberia.Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of JFK, Dr. Abraham Borbor, said it was a dream come true to see the center once again open at the country’s largest referral center. He said with the limited resources, it is hoped that the head of the clinic will work with what is available and bring relieve to cases related to ENT.He called on ENT specialist, Dr. Mumtaz Umar, to also consider the transfer of knowledge so that other younger doctors can consider the field in order to bring about effectiveness.Dr. Borbor urged young Liberian doctors who are willing to learn to engage Dr. Umar, who according to him (Dr. Borbor) has a passion for imparting knowledge.Dr. Borbor remarks was followed by cutting of the ribbon by the Chief Medical Officer of the JFK Dr. Billy Johnson who lauded the Center for investing additional resources in awake of economic constrains to again open the ENT Center.He praised the hospital’s Deputy for Administration, Ms. Munah Tarpeh, who is also acting General Administrator, for opening the ENT center after nearly 13 years of closure.What ENT Specialists DoIn addition to graduating from medical school (usually four years), a board certified ENT specialist has completed at least five years of specialty training and passed a certification examination for the American Board of Otolaryngology. ENT specialists are experts in both the medical and surgical management of the following: Conditions of the ear: You may need to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor if you have an ear disorder or condition, such as a hearing impairment, ear infections, disorders that affect balance, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or pain in your ear. ENT specialists can also treat congenital disorders of the ear.Conditions of the nose: ENT specialists often manage and treat problems that affect the nose, nasal cavity, and sinuses. These problems can affect smell, breathing, and physical appearance.Conditions of the throat: Disorders and conditions that affect the throat can affect speech, singing, eating, swallowing, and digestion. ENT specialists can diagnose, manage, and treat these problems.ENT is also referred to as Otolaryngology.  Physicians specializing in otolaryngology are called otolaryngologists or by the nickname “ENTs” or “ENT doctors” and often treat children with persistent ear, nose, and throat conditions to include surgery. Adult patients often seek treatment from an otolaryngologist for sinus infections, age-related hearing loss.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Arrogance that pervades political, administrative power (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Firstly, let me clear my debt to Cicero by thanking him for crystallizing the four Cardinal Virtues: Justice, Wisdom, Courage and Temperance. Courage, in my opinion, is the greatest virtue, and underpins all other virtues; yet lack of temperance is the most challenging of virtues to inculcate into your character.The gains in character and honour from not acquiescing to ill-will, ingratitude, insolence, arrogance and disloyalty far exceed any soup one may receive from the process of grovelling and prostrating oneself to persons in high office.The pure joy garnered from sports in terms of inspiring the masses of a nation is unparalleled; the ethos of cohesion, solidarity and connectivity is immeasurable; be it in cricket, football, basketball or any of the other sports.To a considerable extent, certain sports are played by the underprivileged, and for these individuals, it is the platform for the building of self-confidence, opportunities to travel, self-esteem, discipline, status, love of country, development of friendships, and the perseverance to succeed. Studies have shown that participation in Sports has reduced crime, indiscipline and idle behaviour.The Guyana Basketball Federation is at a sweating point, not a breaking point. We sent, on May 7, 2018, letters seeking funding from the Government, letters written to Minister Norton of the Ministry of Social Cohesion and Minister Harmon of the Ministry of State, for Guyana’s Men and Women to participate in the 2018 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships in Suriname from June 15-30.By some quirk in the structure of the Government apparatus, Senior Minister Harmon is the subject Minister of Senior Minister Norton, among other Minister/s under his domain. In addition, Minister Harmon is de facto the most powerful Minister in Guyana, and his decisions can only be counteracted by President Granger, especially since he is the spokesperson for the President.We have not received a formal response from the Government, since we hand delivered the letters to the above-mentioned Ministries on May 7th, 2018, with the letters emailed days earlier.Of course rumours abound about my writings in the media, causing a backlash against funding for our female team, which includes: five high schoolers from President College, one from Mackenzie High School, two from St. Roses, one from Bishops, one from the Guyana Police Force, one from Marian Academy, one from Guyana School of Agriculture, two from Kwakwani under the age of twenty-three, among others.Most of the players from the Men Squad have completed High School. Six are from Region 10, one from Region 6, and ten from Region 4; all are Guyanese born.Aside from the great honour to play for Guyana, it is a great psychological boost and an impressive achievement to represent your country, as many of us know.Where is the common-sense juxtaposition for my writings in the media and the failure to action letters requesting funding for national teams to represent Guyana at regional championships? For that matter, where is the logic in this protracted delay?Over $150,000 in costs are incurred daily, just too keep the basketball squads in training. The Guyana Basketball Federation is owed $4.3 million since 2016 by the National Sports Commission (NSC). During the hosting of the U16 Caribbean Championships in Guyana, we expended more than $7.8 million on structural improvements to the Sports Hall, which the NSC Chairman and other Commissioners promised to reimburse promptly. So far, only $3.5 million has been repaid. My fervent wish for our country is that leadership from the green and red parties be forward-looking, and disavow our decades- long political culture that has been filled too often with callous vendetta and spite.Sincerely,Nigel Hindslast_img read more

TIGI decries “handpicking” of contractor

first_imgPrivate Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Eddie Boyer has stated if the parking meter contract was not transparent, it should be disregarded while the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI) has come out to criticise what it believes is a lack of local governance.Over the past few months, the parking meter contract has come under fire from all sections of the public, but the Government has reassured stakeholders that it has found nothing illegal in the contract which was signed with Smart City Solutions Inc.“If it is transparent, we will buy it; if it is not transparent, then they have to go back and come back again and I think the whole issue of the parking meters is transparency,” Boyer asserted, adding that he agreed that the contract should have undergone an in-debt review.When the contract was signed in June for implementation throughout Georgetown, many persons were alarmed about the lack of transparency in the deal, with some saying that it appeared to be a shady one aimed at exploiting the local populace.Despite this, Smart City Solutions Inc had gone ahead and conducted demonstration exercises on how the parking meter would work throughout the city. Persons were also seen conducting assessments on various streets in the city.Government had ordered a review of the contract between Smart City Solutions Inc and the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) following rising apprehension about the project’s transparency.The review was conducted by Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams, and it was later disclosed that there were no illegalities found.It also appeared based on a review of the documents that the terms and conditions of the contract were onerous and heavily in favour of the concessionaire, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had indicated.He assured that recommendations were made to ensure that Guyanese were not ripped off.However, the TIGI is of the opinion that the deal is shrouded in unaccountability and ambiguity.“TIGI is of the view that the handling of the parking meter project by the Georgetown Municipality and its response to relevant queries exhibit a dearth of democratic principles and disdain for citizens that would lead to a feeling of exclusion, and alienation from the decision-making process. These failures serve as a strong contradiction to the purpose of local government,” TIGI President Troy Thomas said in a statement. HandpickingHe said there was no open tendering for the project and there was “handpicking” of a contractor and Councillors to conduct due diligence in Mexico.“This was perhaps necessary as it was a fool’s errand from the onset against the backdrop of an already signed contract, which positioned it in the interest of the Mayor to find the firm suitable or even exceeding the requirements,” he added.Thomas stated that there ought to be transparency and accountability in the operations of local government and the views of the people must be respected.  He contended that the project being allowed to continue in its current state despite a legal basis for enacting a new and transparent process was a telling blow to “transparency, accountability and good governance”.“The people of Georgetown, their children, grandchildren and perhaps great-great-grandchildren have been bullied into a deal, the details of which are yet unknown and which, from all accounts, has not benefited from an assessment of feasibility or their input. It is the people that bear the burden of poor governance and it is up to them to be vigilant and to use the democratic provisions to have their voices heard,” he said.Delayed installationThe project was initially slated to commence in September; however, on Monday, Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green announced that it would be not be starting in September.According to Chase Green, after the report and agreement between the Mayor and City Council and Smart City Solutions, no irregularities were found.She disclosed that the Finance Ministry made recommendations that would be discussed by the members of the Council at a later date. “I would have asked that the Town Clerk distribute a copy to  every Councillor and that he sets aside a date next week so that the entire Council can sit and review the report and look at a way forward with the parking meters.”Chase Green also highlighted that alterations would be made pertaining to the proposed parking fee per hour, indicating that the cost may be decreased to $200 an hour or less, based on the agreement of the M&CC.“The report went with the $500 an hour, there is to be discussions about a reduction.”last_img read more

Gov’t Seeks Funding for Lofa Road Maintenance

first_imgDeputy Public Works Minister Claude Langley has disclosed that government is scouting for money for the maintenance of the Gbarnga to Voinjama road in Lofa County.Mr. Langley told a recent news conference that the road, which is currently in good shape  despite the rainy season, needs to be maintained.The road was rehabilitated by Westwood Corporation, a Liberian firm.The Gbarnga to Voinjama Highway, according to several officials who recently traveled to Lofa with President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is so far the best in rural Liberia.The road is better for the first time in the last four years, since the celebration of Liberia’s Independence in Lofa County in 2010.Some independent journalists who travelled with  President Johnson-Sirleaf to Lofa recently, said motorbikes (pen-pen), taxis and buses are currently engaged in serious transportation business because of the good condition of the road.Some residents of the county told our reporter that since the civil conflict, this is the first time Lofa has experienced low transport fares.  This, they noted, is because of the good road network in the county.Mr. Pewu Kollie, a resident of Zorzor, said prior to the rehabilitation of the road, commuters used to pay about L$4,500 per trip, “but now we are paying about L$3,000 from Voinjama to Monrovia.He described the drop in the transport fare as a great financial relief for the people of Lofa County and said “We want to thank the company for doing such a wonderful job.”“My brother, some companies will take the money and do a bad job, to the detriment of locals who have to face great difficulty  traveling on bad roads,  especially during the rainy season,” he said.Also speaking, Tenneh Baysah, a business woman in Voinjama, said “We used to travel with water, buckets, cook spoons and pots for cooking because we would spend more than a day on this road.  But today it takes a few hours, not days or a week from Monrovia to Voinjama.”“Goods, especially vegetables and other perishable commodities, are no longer getting rotten as before due to the number of days we would spend on the road, businesswoman Baysah said.According to our reporter, instead of days or a week, it now takes a maximum of five hours from Voinjama to Gbarnga, depending on the type of vehicle.The volume of traffic along the route has increased significantly, thus boosting economic activities and reducing prices, our reporter said.However, Deputy Minister Langley has given the assurance  that government will attract funding to keep the road intact.He attributed the deplorable road network in other parts of the country, especially in the southeast, to the lack of maintenance.According to him, the Ministry of Public Works lacks   the necessary equipment to maintain roads across the country and was looking for funding to ensure that roads  built or rehabilitated by contractors remain intact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bassa Dev-Supt identifies with Vulnerable Communities

first_imgGrand Bassa County Assistant Superintendent for Development, Adonie Z. Greaves, has identified with the “vulnerable communities” in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County by donating assorted food items and cash to them. Mr. Greaves donated assorted food donation including cash to the Buchanan Central Prison, Old Folks Home, Christian Association of the Blind (CAB), and ‘Group of 77’ or physically challenged people in Buchanan. He said the items donated were made available by him and the County Regional Development Officer, Tobias Weah, as a means of identifying with ‘vulnerable communities’ as Liberia celebrates her 168th Independence.At the Buchanan Central Prison, Mr. Greaves told the inmates that July 26 should be celebrated and observed by all Liberians irrespective of one’s present condition.“We want you to have something to eat too for this July 26 celebration,” he told the beneficiaries.He added that other citizens wish to celebrate the day in grand style, but many do not have the freedom. While some of them are spending their days behind bars, he said, others are being deprived due to the level of afflictions they suffered. “Among you people I know there are rapists, murderers, thieves, not withstanding, other people are behind bars for simple reasons that could have been settled at the community level,” he said.Mr. Greaves said that his meeting with the inmates was not to dignify crime, but to identify with and encourage them that if they are opportune to get out of the prison, they should become productive people in the society.Mr. Rufus G. Chea, who received the items on behalf of the prisoners, commended Mr. Greaves for the items received and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose. At another stop at the Old Folks Home, Moses Henry commended and thanked Mr. Greaves for identifying with them, especially during the celebration of Libeira’s 168th Independence Day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Senate Passes 2015 Electricity Law

first_imgAfter several public hearings, followed by weeks of work in committee rooms culminating in a final debate yesterday, the Senate unanimously voted during its 5th day of extraordinary sitting to pass the 2015 Electricity Law of Liberia.The bill entitled: “2015 Electricity Law of Liberia,” was submitted to the Legislature for consideration in July by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. It was subsequently sent to the Joint Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment; and Judiciary, Human Rights, Claims and Petition.Another bill with similar content was also sent to the lawmakers by a civil society electricity advocacy group, BRESCELCO, a month earlier.According to the Senate Committees’ findings, the main crux of the President’s bill seeks to liberalize the electricity sector as a means of driving competition which could improve access, quality and lower costs of electricity.The act also establishes, according to the committees, the legal and regulatory framework for the generation, transmission, distribution and retail sale of electricity and for import and export which it said will create an enabling environment for private sector investment in the country’s energy sector.Based on findings as a result of the hearings and contentions raised by members of the Senate plenary prior to yesterday’s debate, the 14-member Joint Committee submitted a seven-point recommendation to plenary which was adopted.The joint committee recommended that in addition to its role as the transmission system operator and the national grid company, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) should continue to be involved in the power generation business.It further stated that from the effective date of the proposal, LEC should be considered to be automatically licensed provisionally to engage in power generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity.The three committees further recommended that the regulatory functions should rest with the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy MLM&E) for a period of two years from the effective date of the law which “will allow time for the European Union-sponsored capacity building project in the Department of Energy at the Ministry to be implemented.”The Royal Government of Norway, the committees disclosed, also has a capacity-building project with the MLM&E in the electricity sector, and will help to train the staff of the Liberia Electricity Regulatory Commission (LERC).‘The Chairperson and the other two members of LERC should be appointed no later than one year after the effective date of this law,” the committees recommended.No later than the end of the first year, which marks the beginning of a two-year transitional period, the committees said the MLM&E and the Regulatory Commission shall constitute a transitional committee composed of the commissioners of the Independent Regulatory Commission (IRC) and staff of LM&E to develop a detailed transition plan, which will guide the implementation of the transition from LM&E to the IRC.“At the end of the two-year transition, the IRC should be fully established and completely separated from the MLM&E and housed outside of it.”Giving a summary of the report before submission to plenary, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Albert Tugbe Chie, said the recommendations will go a long way to enhancing the provision of cheap and reliable electricity.Senator Chie allayed the fears of most of his colleagues that government involvement as regulator will drive away investors from venturing into the electricity sector.He reminded them that despite the government serving as regulator in the mineral and other sectors, investors are still coming to the country.The Grand Kru County Lawmaker said building the capacity of regulators will take over a year and must not be treated as an emergency. Other senators suggested however that Liberians in the Diaspora, who have capacity in that area, should be encouraged to come home.The LEC was created by an Act of the Legislature in 1973, and although it does not have monopoly by law, the corporation has been in charge of generation, transmission and distribution of electricity services.At US$0.54 cents per kilo watt hour, Liberia has the highest tariff for electricity in the world. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1,600 Students Pass UL Entrance Exam

first_imgFlashback: The 2017-2018 UL Entrance Result Bar chartThe University of Liberia has released the results of the entrance and placement exam administered on Saturday, May 13 to more than 8,000 candidates, according to a release issued yesterday.This year’s results show a remarkable improvement compared to the last three examinations in terms of the number of students who meet the passing threshold, a release from university indicated.When the scores are tabulated for only the undergraduate colleges, a total of 1,661 students passed the exam with 466 passing regularly, while 1,195 passed provisionally, according to the release.Based on the raw score data, the UL Faculty-Senate on Monday approved a regular pass/provisional pass and unsuccessful threshold to determine who will matriculate to the University.To pass the exam, a raw score of 50% (or more) in Mathematics and 70% (or more) in English constitutes regular pass; secondly, a raw score of 50% (or more) in Mathematics and 50% (or more) in English constitutes regular pass; and thirdly, an average of 60% (or more) in Mathematics and English, respectively constitutes regular pass.As such, a total of 466 candidates meet this threshold for the undergraduate division.Additionally, an average of 50% (or more, but less than 60%) of Mathematics and English scores is considered a provisional pass. Students passing in this category may register up to 12 credit hours during the first semester in a college of the University. The credit hours must include Mathematics and English.As such, a total of 1,195 candidates meet this threshold, bringing the total number of successful candidates to 1,661.To be unsuccessful on the exam, a candidate must have made an average of less than 50% in Mathematics and English.As such, a total of 6,074 candidates are found in this category–meaning they will not be admitted—bringing the total number of candidates who sat the exam in the undergraduate division to 7,735. Below is a graph showing the total break-down of candidates in the three categories.But the unsuccessful candidates, as well as others who did not sit the exam, still have a chance of entering the University of Liberia next academic semester. The UL Faculty-Senate has approved the administering of a second exam scheduled for July 22, 2017. This will be the first time the University of Liberia would administer its entrance exam twice in one academic year. More information on UL’s entrance exams will be communicated later, according to the release.The University’s Testing and Evaluation Center’s Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Peter Humphrey, considers this year’s results a significant improvement, saying, “The results are merit-based and transparent.”“Entrance now at the UL is merit-based; there is no other route to the University of Liberia,” he said. “The testing center is independent, so I encourage more students to sit the test.”The University’s Testing Center is currently undergoing a major reform, according to Dr. Humphrey. To guarantee the integrity of the test, he said the number of people who had access to the test was reduced, saying, “Only two individuals had access to the test.”The full list of results is posted on the university’s website at www.ul.edu.lr with the names and identification numbers of all successful candidates shown, while only the identification numbers of unsuccessful candidates are shown.Below is a graph showing the performance of male and female candidatesThe result for the David A. Straz-Sinje Vocational & Technical College is as follows: Regular Pass 170 students; Provisional Pass 6, totaling 176; while 3 candidates were unsuccessful, bringing the total number of candidates who sat the exam to 179. Below is a graph showing the performance of male and female candidates.And the result for the College of General Studies is as follows: Regular Pass 49; provisional pass 33, totaling 82. In all, 126 candidates were unsuccessful. A total of 208 candidates took the exam. Below is a graph that shows a break-down of the performance of male and female candidates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Consoles Germany

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to her German counterpart, Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmiere, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, following the passing of ex-Chancellor, Helmut Kohl last weekend.Former chancellor Kohl, who presided over Germany’s reunification at the end of the Cold War, died at the age of 87 on Friday, June 16. Together with Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders, he successfully brought an end to the Cold War, the end of Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and the reunification of West Germany with the former Moscow-dominated East Germany. Mr. Kohl was the longest-serving chancellor of the postwar era, serving from 1982 to 1998.According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf noted that admirably, the late German Chancellor was accredited for dedicating most of his political life to the rebuilding of Germany, and inspired a united Europe and the creation of the Euro.“Germany has lost an astute and renowned statesman; a hero and a man of exemplary leadership and dedication,” she indicated, adding that his passing is a great loss not only to the people of Germany but to the entire world and his indelible imprint will certainly live on.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more