first_imgLATEST STORIES “I’m not belittling them for whoever is on the court against us, we still respect whoever we’re facing,” said Santos. “There’s Diamon, they won a championship with him, and Vic who’s playing really well. They are the ones we have to look at, and not someone who’s not with them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Abueva is still suspended indefinitely from the Aces squad after missing weeks of practice.“It’s just weird not seeing Calvin because even though he isn’t here, Alaska is playing so well,” said Santos, who finished with eight points and 10 rebounds. “What more if Calvin was there, their run might be even higher.”The Aces finished with the eliminations with an 8-3 record including a string of seven straight wins and the majority of the games were won without Abueva.Santos, though, is looking at Vic Manuel, who is a frontrunner for the Best Player of the Conference award, and Diamon Simpson as threats to their title defense.Manuel is averaging 24.18 points and 6.36 rebounds while Simpson, who last played with the Aces in 2010 when they won the Fiesta Cup, holds numbers of 15.5 points and 17 rebounds in his two games back with the team.ADVERTISEMENT The polarizing forward once likened San Miguel’s Game 4 victory during the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup finals—the start of the “Beeracle”— to a sweet fruit inside Alaska’s field, and was fined P25,000 after his comments towards game officials during the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finals.But a conference later, he’s still candid as ever.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’With the Beermen facing Alaska in the semifinals of the Commissioner’s Cup, Santos admitted it would be “hypocritical” if he said that he wants to play against Calvin Abueva.“I’m not being a hypocrite here, we don’t want to play against Calvin because he’s really a big factor for Alaska,” said Santos in Filipino after the Beermen’s 106-102 Game 2 win over TNT Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins De La Hoya says no to Pacquiao-Mayweather rematch 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 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 MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Arwind Santos is no stranger to making words that will either make someone scratch his head or clutch his chin.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgView comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Tenorio, Ginebra expecting strong fightback from San Miguel Both teams have won two games apiece and will head to Game 5 on virtual stalemate after four matches have been decided by at least 25 points.There have been sentiments that both teams will eventually clamp down and slow this madness down, but Ginebra forward Joe Devance thinks things will still be in fever pitch.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’“It is pretty crazy,” said Devance Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “But again, coach Tim [Cone] said when you have two great teams and one just gets on a roll like that, it’s hard to stop when they get that momentum.”“I’m sure Game 5 is going to be pretty crazy so I’m excited.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra was the first to taste the intoxicating satisfaction of a blowout after its 127-99 Game 1 win, but the Beermen retaliated in Game 2, 134-109, and in Game 3, 132-94.San Miguel’s 38-point victory tied the league record for biggest finals win after Alaska bombarded the Beermen, 99-61, in the sixth game of the 1998 Philippine Cup finals.Devance, who had 18 points and five rebounds in Game 4, added that both teams will be able to mix things up come Game 5 and that no two games, despite sharing lopsided margins, are always the same.“Every game is going to be different so we can’t expect to do the same thing the next game,” said Devance.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In 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 If ever there was a time in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup that everything went haywire, it has to be in this championship series between defending champion San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the Women’s Singles finals match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPUS Open champion Naomi Osaka insisted she was mystified by Serena Williams’ spectacular meltdown which saw the American legend accuse the chair umpire of being a “liar and a thief”.“I didn’t know what was going on, I was just trying to focus. Since it was my first Grand Slam final, I did not want to get overwhelmed,” said 20-year-old Osaka after her 6-2, 6-4 win.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena ‘umpire thief’ meltdown 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 Williams was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar and a thief” and insisting “you owe me an apology”.“Serena came to the bench and told me she had a point penalty and when she got the game penalty I didn’t know that either,” said Osaka, the first Japanese player to clinch a Grand Slam singles title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP fends off NU, climbs to fourth Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA IMAGESIn what could be his final PBA game, Chris Tiu may have just saved his best for last after leading a shorthanded Rain or Shine side over NLEX, 107-101, in the 2018 Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tiu, a genuine class act on and off the court, delivered a career-game with 30 points as the Elasto Painters won despite playing without an import and with several of their key players in Maverick Ahanmisi, Beau Belga and Raymond Almazan out.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “We were not favored to win this game. For me, just play hard and if we lose it’s okay because we’re undermanned, we had no import. There were no expectations to win that’s why I’m proud of my teammates especially to the guys who don’t usually a lot of minutes and to coach Caloy of course,” Tiu said.“Everybody fought hard today and played with a lot of heart,” he added.The former Ateneo star played close to 33 minutes and also had four rebounds, five assists, one steal and a block.Jewel Ponferada added 13 points while Dexter Maiquez and Norbert Torres scored 12 points apiece for Rain or Shine, which ended their season with a 3-8 mark.Aaron Fuller had 29 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the quarterfinals-bound NLEX (5-6), which blew a 16-point lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH02:14Carpio 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 “Our bigs played well but at the end of the day, Chris played his heart out and like you said, maybe he’s retiring but I don’t know, with 30 points he shouldn’t retire,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia.The 33-year-old Tiu, who was a member of the original Gilas team formed in 2009 before he was selected as the seventh overall pick by the Elasto Painters in the 2012 PBA Draft, said he is still uncertain of his future at this point, although, the game indicated otherwise with his teammates and coaching staff embracing him as he went to the bench with 25.4 seconds left.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“We’ll see. My contract is expiring I think in November or December this year. I have to talk to our bosses Raymond and Terry, see what they have in mind and then, make the announcement maybe,” Tiu told reporters during the post-game press conference.Tiu eclipsed his previous career-high of 24 points at the 8:23 mark of the fourth quarter with three free throws that gave the Painters a 94-78 lead. He hit a triple less than a minute later before making two more freebies for his final points that momentarily stopped the Road Warriors’ big run with 2:33 remaining. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title SPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We need to go show everybody who we need to be,” D’Antoni said. “We may not be there yet but we’re getting there … we just need to go get some wins.”Harden said health is the biggest reason why Houston has played better recently. “It’s just having a full roster,” he said. “Chris (Paul), Gerald (Green) and Nene coming back in these last few games. Having a full roster and guys that can help each other out is key.”Houston was up by 12 entering the fourth quarter and used a 13-7 run to start the period and make it 100-82 with 8½ minutes left. Eric Gordon made two 3-pointers in that stretch and P.J. Tucker added a three-point play. Chicago couldn’t cut into the lead after that and the Rockets were up by 20 with about three minutes left when D’Antoni cleared the bench.Zach LaVine had 29 points for the Bulls, who lost their sixth straight game and for the 10th time in 11 games.Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut after missing the team’s first 23 games with a sprained right elbow he sustained in training camp. He entered the game with about 4½ minutes left in the first quarter and played 26 minutes.“I felt good and I had no problems with my elbow,” he said. “That’s a positive. I was just glad to be out there.”ADVERTISEMENT Clint Capela added 18 points and 15 rebounds for Houston and Paul had 12 points and tied a season high with 13 assists in his second game back after missing three with a sore hamstring.Houston led by 10 at halftime before the Bulls used a 12-6 run to open the third quarter and cut the lead to four. Parker led Chicago in that stretch, scoring eight points.The Rockets got back on track after that, scoring the next five points to push the lead to 67-58 with about seven minutes left in the third.“Coming out of the break, I thought we had great momentum in the second half, and they throw in a couple of bombs,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We have to keep fighting and work on being more consistent.”Houston led by eight later in the third when Harden made a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired to make it 74-63 with 4½ minutes left in the quarter.The Bulls added a layup seconds after that, but Houston scored the next six points, capped by a 3 from Harden with Jabari Parker in his face to make it 80-65 about 90 seconds later.LaVine scored all of Chicago’s points in a 7-2 run later in the third to cut the deficit, but Green made a 3-pointer with a few seconds left in the quarter to put Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.TIP-INSBulls: Hoiberg said that he will limit Markkanen’s minutes in his first games back. … LaVine has scored at least 20 points in 20 games this season. … Justin Holiday, who had 11 points, has made at least one 3-pointer in a franchise-record 35 straight games. … Parker finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.Rockets: Nene had 10 points and four rebounds in his season debut after missing Houston’s first 21 games with a strained right calf. … Harden has scored 30 points or more in six of the last eight games. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hayward posts 30 points, helps Celtics beat Wolves MOST READ REMEMBERING BUSHThe Rockets played a video before the game and had a moment of silence for former President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday night in Houston at 94. The video featured images of Bush sitting courtside at several games and posing for pictures with various former players and coaches.UP NEXTBulls: Visit Indiana on Tuesday night.Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Monday night.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) goes up for a shot as Chicago Bulls’ Jabari Parker (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets aren’t where they want to be, but are feeling much better after following a season-high four game skid with consecutive wins, capped by Saturday night’s victory over the Chicago Bulls.James Harden made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points to help the Rockets down the Bulls 121-105.ADVERTISEMENT The victory comes a night after the Rockets ended their losing streak with a win 136-105 win at San Antonio.Now coach Mike D’Antoni is looking for his team to maintain this momentum on its upcoming three-game road trip.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Isaac Go paced the Blue Eagles with 21 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown, leading a 24-3 blast in the second period that broke the game wide open and gave them a 44-17 lead.Adrian Wong also heated up and scored 15 points all but two from three-point land while Matt Nieto contributed 14 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“This isn’t how we play in the UAAP. We’ll press a lot more, we’ll do a lot of other things that we really can’t do when our numbers are down. So offensively, I was surprised, we played pretty well,” said head coach Tab Baldwin.“We’re not doing a lot really, but the guys played very efficiently and that’s a good thing.” Enes Kanter signs with Trail Blazers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Cignal-Ateneo kicked off its 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants’ campaign with a rout of Go for Gold-St. Benilde, 103-75, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.The defending UAAP champions’ offense was on point all game long, shooting 55% from the field and 45% from three.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Angleo Kouame, meanwhile, did his damage inside on his way to 13 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two stealsThirdy Ravena missed the game to academic obligations.The PBA D-League opened the new season on Thursday with a record 20 teams. Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ English soccer field invasions see players punched, pushed Warriors: At Houston on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Stephen Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.Booker was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists for the Suns in a back-to-back and their fourth win in five games. 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They committed just eight but had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Portland.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoot against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Golden State Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.The Suns beat Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Suns played only 21 hours, 30 minutes later with the Daylight Saving Time change.The Warriors jumped to a 12-3 lead, getting a pair of quick 3s and a baseline drive and dunk from Thompson before a Phoenix timeout at the 7:56 mark. But Golden State’s lead was just 57-56 at halftime.TIP-INSSuns: Booker received a technical with 1:27 left in the third out of frustration on a no-call. … F T.J. Warren missed his 19th consecutive game with right ankle soreness. … Phoenix is 6-29 on the road overall.Warriors: Draymond Green contributed 11 rebounds and eight assists. … Thompson played his 600th career regular-season game — the 11th player in Warriors history to do so. His 102 postseason games are most ever for any Golden State player. … Thompson had six of his team’s 16 turnovers.PRACTICE FACILITYOn Monday, the Warriors will announce their plans for continuing to utilize the current practice facility in downtown Oakland at team headquarters after the franchise moves its operation across the bay to San Francisco before next season.Part of it will include expanded opportunities and activities for youth basketball camps and further community outreach.UP NEXTSuns: Host Jazz on Wednesday night. 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first_imgThirteen-year-old Fernice Thomas from the Ashmun Street Community is fighting for his life at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in the Congo Town, due to “failed kidneys.”Fernice Thomas, who has had a difficult past three years since he was diagnosed with failing kidneys at the age of 11, now finds himself chronically ill, yet with the hope that someone will come to his aid and save him from the inevitable.Jessie Nyenploe, the mother of the chronically ill child, has explained that her son has been battling this sickness for years. She is now reaching out to the media in hopes of finding financial assistance to get her son treated abroad where kidney problems are better treated.“The doctors say that my son’s two kidneys are no longer good and that he needs to be sent to Ghana for them to wash the urine from his system.” She explained.According to Doctor Mahmoud, the doctor of the child, Fernice’s life span will be limited without the immediate treatment of kidney dialysis.“If he is left untreated without any medical intervention, he has less then a month to live, his kidneys are completely destroyed. As each day goes, another day has to come, and he is not guaranteed those days” he added sadly.Fernice Thomas is clearly in a lot of pain and agony as he is barley able to keep his eyes open or breathe steadily due to the excruciating pain. But despite what fate might have in store for him, the child keeps a positive outlook.“I am strong” he whispered to his mom whenever she inquired about how he felt.Mrs. Lah Lah, a relative who has shown support to Fernice’s mother throughout her hospital stay, gave her opinion on what would be necessary to get Fernice on the path to recovery until a kidney replacement can be given. “The only way we can do anything is by getting him to Kenya where they have the dialysis machines. It cost US$575 a week for such cases, and the hospital where he would have to stay during the dialysis would cost about US$175 a day”According to Mrs. Nyenploe, the family has been in the hospital for more then one week since her son fell sick yet again.“ I rushed him to the hospital last week. He had a fever and was very weak in the body; that’s then we brought him. The doctors did the test and said that he has kidney failure and that his kidneys were not functioning. Since he has been in the hospital they have been treating him, even though the Doctor says nothing can be done. They are treating him the best way possible. They say the only way to save him is to fly him out of the country. So now I am depending on the media with the grace of God.” She added tearfully.Fernice’s two kidneys are said to no longer be functional and therefore will need a special medical procedure known as dialysis that can prolong the patient’s life span until they are able to find a replacement kidney.Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood, and is used primarily as an artificial replacement for lost kidney function in people with renal failure. Dialysis may be used for those with an acute disturbance in kidney function“They say damage to his kidneys is what has him swollen up. His system will need to be washed out with a special machine. In fact, he took one pint of blood from his older brother. Since then he has been okay a little bit, but we need to carry the man to Ghana,” his mother repeated.If anyone has the financial hand and or heart as a parent would for their own child, you are asked to please contact 00231886631025 and 00231886531797  so that little Fernice can have an opportunity, like every child should, to live.“I am appealing to anyone to help take my son out of the country for further treatment so that he can get well. I know by Jesus’ name he will get well, because when we arrived at the hospital, the doctor said Fernice only had two days to live. Through the press and the grace of God, he is still alive. Fernice is a smart boy and very playful, his father passed away years ago from chronic infection. He is a strong kid and wants to live; he deserves to live” she cried.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCitizens hailing from Kolahum District in Lofa County have petitioned their lawmakers to combine the Wanwoma and Hassala clans to create a district to be known as the Wanhasa District in Lofa County. At the petitioning ceremony on Thursday, May 8, the spokesperson of the two clans, Shaike Omaru Kamara said, the two clans have unanimously agreed to gain a district status.According to Mr. Kamara, based on their agreement, two clans have collected a signature of over 5,000 people—who hailed from 54 towns and villages or hamlets for the sole purpose of “good and effective governance” in local administration.Mr. Kamara explained among other things that the district, when created, would be bounded on the North by Tahamba Clan, Kolahum District and Tengia Clan of Foya District; on the South by Lucasu Clan, Kolahum District and Kongbah District, Gbarpolu County; On the West by Kissi Tongi Chiefdom, Kailahum District, the Republic of Sierra Leone; running through the customary boundary between Guma-Menda Chiefdom of Vahum District, and the Gbandi Chiefdom of Kolahum District; and on the East by the Lucasu Clan, Kolahum.He explained, among other things that the power of the district when created shall have the right and legal capacity to sue and be sued, plead and be pleaded before any court of competent jurisdiction, and at the same time, do all other acts that are usually done by similar corporate bodies within the country.The new Act, which copy is in possession of this paper, said the corporate powers and authorities of the district shall be exercised by a district commissioner appointed by the President, and assisted by a Clerk; interpreter; manager; a caretaker; and those other positions as are required by law, all of whom shall be elected at a district meeting.Mr. Kamara said, in addition to the fiscal budget by the central government, the district shall have the power to ordain or promulgate development ordinances or regulations, which will not be inconsistent with the Constitution of Liberia.According to the spokesperson, “the people themselves initiated this process by generating funds for its process, and we are working and our people ears are open for it enactment into law.” The chairman of Lofa County Legislative Caucus, Senator Sumo G. Kuppe, who received the petition on behalf of his colleagues from both Houses, promised to work with both Houses to ensure that the Wanhasa District is created. Senator Kupee, however, urged other lawmakers from the county, including Representatives Moses Kollie, Clarence M. Massaquoi, Saah Bamba and Eugene Fallah Kpakai to ensure that the Act is placed on Legislative agenda for next Tuesday.Rep. Massaquoi and his colleagues from the Lower House agreed to have the Act on the agenda on next week for further deliberation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgKaymah, 24, lost several of her relatives to the deadly Ebola virus and has been courageously taking care of children who are also fighting to overcome the disease. At the center where the infected children are being isolated, Kaymah shared with us a very touching but bold story about losing her son in her arms to Ebola.It all began on July 16, 2014, when Kaymah’s father fell ill in the Caldwell community.“I was selling in Duport Road market. I had just brought goods worth over L$20,000. I received a call from my sister telling me that our dad was seriously sick. I didn’t have money to go right away due to the fact that I had spent all my money. So, I went there few days later to take care of my dad,” she struggled to explain.Unfortunately, Kaymah’s father passed away a day after her arrival; there were no hospitals available at the time to save his life. According to Kaymah, her family did what tradition has always identified when a loved one passes.“The men in my family bathed the body and we buried him,” she revealed.On the 30th of the same month, Kaymah’s niece passed away as well, the daughter of her brother who helped in bathing her father’s corpse.“What happened was, I carried my niece to a clinic called Mother and Child, which is located in Caldwell. When we got there, the owners of the place said they weren’t taking any patients. While standing in front of the clinic’s gate, the child died right in my hand. I carried the body back home, and we buried her,” Kaymah whispered sadly.What happened next in Kaymah’s life after her niece’s death she says will never be a blur in her memory for years to come. As the day passed on, Kaymah said she began to lose one relative after another; never once thinking their deaths were linked to the Ebola virus.“On August 7, Thursday morning under the pour of rain, my brother and my son died; and then my two sisters. All these people were at the burial of my relatives that had previously passed,” she agonized’“Though I fed my dad until he died I don’t think I contracted the virus from him. My son Foday Kadia, who was 10 died right on my lap. I’m sure I contracted Ebola from my son because I was his caretaker,” she tearfully remembered.Meanwhile, Kaymah says she never once thought Ebola was killing her family, her mother had finally fallen sick as well.“My son’s death really hurt me because he was my only child. I thought his death caused my mother and me to become ill from sadness. We were taking treatment at the house until I went into coma; my mother and I were rushed to Redemption and later taken to JFK,” she recalled.What happened next is an ordeal only the strongest can survive physically, mentally and emotionally. Kaymah feels it was only by the grace of God that she is alive to tell this story.“My mother and I spent almost one month in JFK. A test was done on us that showed we were positive with Ebola. I was in a coma still and was considered dead. According to the hospital, I was placed in a body bag, sprayed and taken away. Something happened with my reflexes that caused the hospital to place me back in the ward. I know it is GOD.”Kaymah survived Ebola, and since her release she has been stigmatized to no end. Those who once sold alongside her in the market now refuse to sit near her. In fact when she got back, all her goods had been stolen and was driven away by her peers.“As you can see now, I don’t have anything! Everything was burned. Now I volunteer in an isolation center for kids in hopes of coming across people who will help me,” she says.According to SOS International, the World Health Organization said that someone who recovers from Ebola is “in all likelihood” immune to the strain that they had once contracted.With Kaymah, she has been doing all she can to make sure that children suspected of having Ebola are taken care of: Even if it means coming back in contact with the Ebola virus.“I know I can’t catch Ebola again as I was told, and I trust that information. The children that I work with, I imagine them to be my own. I protect them with all of my heart. God gave me life, and I want to give life back to these children. If I can save someone’s life, I will do it.”She disclosed: “Recently, I was with one of the children that came down with Ebola and was taken to the ETU. Though I’m not supposed to do it, I searched for her until I found her inside. I took care of her as I did my son, catered to her, bathed her and spent over five hours with her. In fact, I didn’t leave her until she fell asleep. I hope for donations, money, clothes and something that will help me feel normal again, that’s all I hope for now.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more