Ginebra still kings

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After the final buzzer sounded, amid a deafening crescendo from the roaring crowd, Tenorio gathered his teammates to one section of the floor for a prayer, before they broke up with hands raised and fingers signaling No. 1.The ScoresGINEBRA 101—Tenorio 26, Brownlee 23, Thompson 14, Slaughter 12, Aguilar 10, Devance 10, Caguioa 4, Ferrer 2.MERALCO 96—Durham 26, Dillinger 20, Hodge 14, Newsome 11, Caram 9, Hugnatan 7, Amer 6, Lanete 3.Quarters: 27-19, 52-37, 81-64, 101-96Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Justin Brownlee didn’t need to come up with the buzzer-beating triple to win this one for the Kings, though his role in this latest triumph was more pronounced because he was able to play more that just the offensive end.Tenorio, who will have surgery to correct a right elbow injury on Monday, won the PBA Press Corps-Cignal Finals MVP award. He was also the winner of the same citation last season when the Kings snapped an eight-year title wait.“We’re not going to stop here; we have more (championships) to win,” Cone declared while addressing the crowd that stayed after the final buzzer to watch the celebration on the floor.Allen Durham also had 26 points to pace Meralco, with Jared Dillinger shooting 20, his biggest production in the series after being held to single digits in each of the first six games.“Game 7s are just the most amazing games to play,” Cone said. “You never know what’s going to happen; you just try to do your best while staying calm, staying focused. You just don’t want to let the fans down, let the management down.”ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set BOCAUE—The team that has never said die had just enough to hold off an enemy that has taken the same sort of attitude and reach a new milestone for the franchise.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fight another day Barangay Ginebra didn’t need a big comeback this time, but had to fend off Meralco before prevailing, 101-96, in a historic Game 7 to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champions Friday night at Philippine Arena here.The Kings erected a 20-point lead in the first half then weathered numerous storms that the hard-fighting Bolts tried to conjure in the last two quarters to repeat as champions for the first time in franchise history and trigger a stomping celebration by its major share of the record 54,086 fans who showed up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We hit big shots all night; it was a total team effort,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone shortly after the buzzer as he won his 20th championship in 32 title series appearances. “And to be able to do it in front of 50,000 fans is just so cool.”The heady LA Tenorio hit some of the biggest shots of the night and finished with 26 points built on 5-for-7 clip from beyond three-point range. Five more Gin Kings chipped in twin digits in a balanced attack that befuddled the Meralco defense. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Strategizing the Way Forward to National Development

first_imgI will begin this article with an excerpt from Rev. Martin Luther King’s “Letter From Birmingham Hail” written on April 16, 1963: “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and action of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless effort of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.”As a child growing up in Monrovia, absolutely nothing would have convinced me then that Liberia, a nation with abundance of resources, would today be in a state of underdevelopment and backwardness. Notably, there are two fundamental reasons which account for this pathetic state. The first is the lackadaisical attitude adopted by our policy makers and planners towards implementing policies to positively impact the lives of ordinary Liberians; and the second is the attitude of passivity of ordinary Liberians in advocating for those basic rights and privileges denied them over the years.Irrefutably, achieving national development requires commitment and dedication on the part of both the policy makers and planners, and ordinary Liberians. Obviously, the way forward to national development must be based upon Liberians from diverse backgrounds coming together and reconciling their divergent views and actions.The blunt reality is that words are easily said than done. To embark on a new course, it is imperative we retrospect on Liberia’s past to discover where precisely our missteps occurred during our national existence. The question that naturally springs forth is, were the founding fathers of Liberia prepared to effectively and efficiently manage the nation? The answer is resounding, “No”.Clearly, the administration of Joseph J. Roberts which led Liberia after the nation hastily declared independence on July 26, 1847 felt short of establishing a solid political foundation. Consequently, this created a unique avenue for corruption, nepotism and other vices which are still prevalent in the governance of the nation even up to today.For the benefit of the reader, permit me to reveal an excerpt of a report of conditions in Liberia written by William Nesbit, a black American, who visited Liberia in 1854 during the era of Liberia’s first president Joseph Jenkins Roberts:“And it is humiliating to me to say it, though it must be said, that the majority of them, even including some of his cabinet officers, cannot read and are totally ignorant of the simplest duties belonging to their stations. Every thing is and must be done by the President. He performs the duties of judge, counselor, justice and constable. He receives, disburses, and keeps the accounts, in short, he is the government, the embodiment of Liberia; and when you speak of Liberia, you speak of President Roberts.”The problems in Liberia are aged old, formidable and seem to be defying solution. The case of forging development in Liberia is proving to be a stubborn one owing to the fact that many Liberians have become accustomed to behavior patterns which are counterproductive and anti-developmental. As Martin Luther King rightly stated in his ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’, “human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability.”In other words, development will never be delivered on “Silver Platter”, it will come when Liberians from all walks of life are willing and ready to constructively engage in sacrificial services that put the interests of the nation and its people above the selfish concept of “I, me and myself”. Without the shadow of doubts, most government officials are involved in systematic corruption which had heightened the levels of poverty and misery amongst ordinary Liberians.I definitely do not wish to discredit the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led administration, which had made some gains in the areas of health, educations, road construction, etc. but these gains have so little impacted the living standards of ordinary Liberians.No wonder why almost every Liberian, you talk to will not hesitate to express the desires of seeking greener pastures in the U.S.A. or some advanced countries.Many Liberians have simply lost hope and confidence in what the future of their country holds for them.The way forward to national development is certainly not for ordinary Liberians to sit as spectators and leave their destinies in the hands of gluttonous government officials, but rather to play more pivotal roles in shaping or reshaping their destiny. Now is the appropriate time that all Liberians must work tirelessly to ensure that 167-year-old Liberia takes it rightful place amongst the comity of nations.Let me close with these wise words from Martin Luther King’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’: “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”About the AuthorJahbulleh C. Dempster is former Co-Chairman for Operations of Saye Town. He is currently the Interim Secretary General of the Union of Liberian Artists. His letters as well as articles, which are usually published in the Daily Observer reflect his ardent desire for socio-economic reforms in the Liberian Society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more