Game 4 ‘make or break’ for NLEX, admits Guiao

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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHead coach Yeng Guiao believes NLEX cannot afford to lose Game 4 of its best-of-seven semifinals series against Magnolia on Friday night.Since winning the semis opener, the Road Warriors yielded the next two games and going down three games to one against an experienced and championship caliber team like the Hotshots is already a death sentence.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frustrations pile up for Rondina as UST absorbs fifth straight loss “We fought hard, but again the breaks did not fall on our side. We will fight harder on Friday, we know that’s a make or break game for us,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I have to take responsibility for it because Jio started very hot and I was the one guarding him. I let Jio have his way,” said NLEX guard Kevin Alas.The Road Warriors had no answer for Jalalon, who ran circles around them on his way to a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. There was no slowing Sangalang down as well as the versatile big man finished with 24 points and seven rebounds.The Hotshots hit 52% of their shots and it was just simply a result of NLEX’s bad defense.“They shot the three-point shot really well. 52 percent is their shooting percentage, that’s really very high. That was our primary problem defensively,” said Guiao. “They were shooting the ball well from the outside and at the same time, they had a post threat in Sangalang. It’s a dilemma, especiall if they’re shooting the ball well.”It was a bad loss for NLEX but make no mistake, the Road Warriors are far from waving the white flag.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Our goal is to prolong the series. On Friday, it’s a must win for us, that’s a crucial game,” Guiao told reporters after NLEX got outplayed in the fourth quarter en route to a 106-99 setback. “Every win for us, it prolongs this series, [but] we’ll take our chances with a long series.”Guiao had said that a longer series would favor NLEX, but with Magnolia getting contributions from across the board in Game 3, the Road Warriors’ plan to stretch the series which looked probable after Game 1 has turned bleak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkNLEX’s defensive game plan centered on Paul Lee backfired in Game 3. Not that Lee was in his element, but because they let Jio Jalalon, who has been relatively silent in the series, and Ian Sangalang have their way.Jalalon and Sangalang combined for 49 points and both played very efficient, going 20-of-28 from the field. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

Over the hump

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims When reporters informed him of the Friday start, Victolero could only come up with a slight tap of the table inside the press room.“We have to regroup, we’re going to a different battle,” Victolero said. “I think we are physically and mentally ready for San Miguel. But it wouldn’t have hurt us if we had more time (to rest before Game 1).”Magnolia trailed by as many as 11 points in the first period and engaged the Road Warriors in a nip-and-tuck contest from the second quarter on.Ian Sangalang bucked early foul trouble to shoot 15 points. Marc Barroca added 14 and Jio Jalalon chipped in 11 and 13 assists.NLEX played without Kevin Alas, who will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn right ACL, and the Road Warriors also lost JR Quiñahan to a Flagrant Foul 2 call for clipping Jalalon in the face with 7:27 left in the second period.ADVERTISEMENT Perfect-form Pacquiao a must Magnolia coach Chito Victolero described it exactly the way it should be when he said that he and his Hotshots have finally gotten “over the hump.”Breaking free from a tight and physical Game 6 with NLEX only in the final two minutes on Tuesday night, the Hotshots scored a 96-89 decision of the Road Warriors at Smart Araneta Coliseum to make the PBA Philippine Cup title series.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But NLEX fought like crazy even with a massive manpower shortage and kept its shot at forging a Game 7 only to implode with two crucial miscues inside the final two minutes.“Since I took over last season, I’ve been telling this team that the only way for us to make a championship series is to play defense,” Victolero, who had losing records in the NCAA with Mapua and then with KIA in its first season, said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Over the hump, because the Hotshots have finally dusted off a spate of close shaves in the very recent past to be in a championship series for the first time since the Tim Cone era and its Grand Slam season.Over the hump for Victolero, because this is the first team in any level that he has coached that went this deep.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd now he’s going to fight a different battle when the best-of-seven championship against history-seeking San Miguel Beer starts, and with that, he sees just one problem.“I don’t know how we can all get a rest,” he said in Filipino after closing out the Road Warriors in a very tiring way, 4-2. “I don’t know when the series will start. I just hope that we can have some time to rest.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View commentslast_img read more

FEU ready to break Ateneo-La Salle finals trend

first_imgFor the past six years only two teams have featured in the finals of the UAAP women’s volleyball finals, and those were Ateneo and De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT “We were given this chance and I don’t want to lose it,” added Pascua.FEU’s skipper Bernadeth Pons, who has been to the Final Four in four of her five years as a Lady Tamaraw, said the pressure to succeed has always been there for FEU and she knows that it’s up to them to deliver.“The pressure is always there, we’re always reminded that we should always breath in that pressure because if we don’t we will be thrown off track on what we should be doing,” said Pons, who had 17 points against NU, in Filipino.“So we challenge ourselves on what we should do and what our roles are in the team,” added Pons.Even Pons’ younger teammates Toni Rose Basas and Heather Guino-o are aware of the pressure that comes with donning the green-and-gold jersey.ADVERTISEMENT Alab Pilipinas sweep Hong Kong, make ABL Finals “We’ll just use that pressure in a positive way so we won’t have a hard time playing,” said Basas, who finished with nine points, in Filipino. “We’ll just take in what coach tells us.”Guino-o, who had six points against the Lady Bulldogs, echoed Basas’ words while also mirroring her captain’s statements.“We can’t waste this opportunity because we’ve already started on this journey, we should work doubly hard if we want to get into another level,” said Guino-o in Filipino. “We just have to think that the pressure will help us, we’ll handle it the right way so it can help us reach our goal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident And in those six matchups, the Lady Spikers hold a 4-2 advantage over the Lady Eagles in terms of championships.This duopoly, however, is in danger as No. 2 Far Eastern University tries to spoil the party.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 crownFEU head coach George Pascua said the pressure is on them to stop another Ateneo-La Salle finals series.“The pressure’s on the players because this can be our 30th title, and we’re the hosts, so the chance is really here for us to be successful,” said Pascua in Filipino after beating National University, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, Sunday in their final elimination round game Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games: PH bets Mangrobang, Kilgore end up 7th, 9th in women’s triathlon

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meanwhile, Kilgore also put up a gallant fight, and was ecstatic of her performance.“Just being here is already an awesome experience for me,” the charming half-American said. “To be able to play for our country and get a good finish is already beyond my expectations.”China’s Zhong Menying was second at 2:01.06, with Macau’s Hoi Long winning the bronze with a time of 2:01.28.ADVERTISEMENT No. 2 Wozniacki follows No. 1 Halep on way out at US Open Still, it was an improvement from the ninth place finish she had in Incheon, South Korea in 2014, even as the second Philippine bet, Kim Kilgore, wound up in that spot, 1:37 behind Mangrobang for an impressive debut in the Games.Mangrobang, who was running third after getting off her bike, refused to blame the heat, saying that it was manageable, though her last week in Portugal was weather there steadily in the low 20s. “It was hot, but it was manageable,” Mangrobang said.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’Ani de Leon-Brown, the national coach, was satisfied with the performance of the Filipino duo but rued Mangrobang’s failure to finish higher because of the heat.“If she (Mangrobang) had managed to stay with the pack (in the last 2.5 kilometers), she would have finished Top Five, at least,” Brown said. “(Humid conditions affected her) because she was coming over from Europe where the weather is cool).” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Marion Kim Mangrobang (R) of the Philippines, Macau’s Hoi Long (C), Taiwan’s Chang Chi-wen (2nd L) and Taiwan’s Kuo Jia-chi (L) compete in the women’s triathlon during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYJAKARTA—Failing to handle the heat when the run came, Kim Mangrobang faded in the final 2.5 kilometers on Friday and settled for a seventh place finish in the women’s triathlon event of the 18th Asian Games won by Japan’s Yuko Takahashi in Palembang province.Used to training in colder settings in Rio Maior, Portugal before coming over, Mangrobang had a difficult time dealing with 30-degree Celsius weather during the run, finishing with a time of two-hours, five-minutes and 20 seconds for the swim-bike-run race that wound up in front of the massive Jakabaring Sports Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

AVC: Philippines salvages 9th place, withstands Kazakhstan

first_imgNAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand — Cha Cruz and Mylene Paat combined for nine points to power Team Philippines to a 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 triumph over Kazakhstan Saturday night, closing out its campaign in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines wound up ninth among 10 teams in the tough tournament that qualified only the best teams in the region.Mika Reyes, one of the team stalwarts, said they struggled to form chemistry as the team only able to practice as a whole team one day before the meet starts.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“Given the span of time, I think we did well because we had major adjustments playing as one team,” the starting middle blocker said.“But we I think the crucial part there was in the preliminaries where we didn’t allow them to beat us easily,” she added. View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines also defeated Kazakhstan in Group stage but failed to make the quarterfinals after letting its matches against Australia and Iran slip away in five sets.Matched against Korea in the playoffs, the Filipinas showed big fighting heart before losing in four frames, relegating the country to battles for ninth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PetroGazz sweeps Tacloban in PVL opener Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Dindin Manabat officially introduced as member of Toray Arrows in Japan

first_imgThe Toray Arrows, a volleyball club in Japan’s V.Premier League, announced the inclusion of Santiago-Manabat in their roster for the 2018-2019 season.Mabanat, who just turned 25, will be wearing no. 16.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 ChrissIn the V.Premier League ,, Santiago-Manabat’s will face her younger sister Jaja Santiago, who is part of the Ageo Medics.Toray will be Santiago-Manabat’s fourth club since graduating from National U after playing for Petron, Army, and Foton. MOST READ Dindin Santiago-Manabat is off to new horizons in her volleyball career as she brings her talents to the Land of the Rising Sun.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Father testifies on pay for play at college hoops programs Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 commentscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jaja, meanwhile, will be on her third club after suiting up for PLDT Home Ultera in the Premier Volleyball League and Foton in the Philippine Superliga.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Inspired Etheridge leaves cardiff on winning note; Patiño out

first_imgWith nine minutes remaining and the two sides level at 1-all, Etheridge was called into action as he denied a shot from Jozé Izquierdo on goal.“It’s a great feeling to come away with three points and head for the Philippines on the back of a victory,” said Etheridge, who will start for the Azkals in their AFF Suzuki Cup opener against Singapore on Tuesday in Bacolod City.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 ChrissBut the Azkals’ bid suffered a huge blow after striker Javier Patiño sustained calf injury during training on Saturday.The Filipino-Spanish striker was tipped to lead the line for the Azkals who will also face Timor Leste on Saturday in Malaysia. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Pacquiao headlines WBC summit honorees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge left for international duty on a winning note for Cardiff City FC.The Filipino international played a key role as the Welsh side picked up just its second win of the English Premier League season after rallying past 10-man Brighton and Hove Albion, 2-1, at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Two Koreas to hold talks on traditional wrestling exchanges

first_imgBack on track Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Ssireum. Yonhap via The Korea Herald/Asia News NetworkSEOUL — South and North Korea plan to hold talks on ways to boost exchanges in “ssireum,” traditional Korean wrestling, at the North’s Mount Kumgang next week, a sporting body here said Wednesday.Park Pal-yong, the chief of Seoul’s Korea Ssireum Association plans to embark on a two-day cross-border trip next Tuesday to meet with North Korean officials in charge of the sport, according to the KSA.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Seoul suggested the joint application after a historic inter-Korean summit in April 2018, and Pyongyang responded positively to the idea. It was the first case of a joint inscription on the list.Dating back to the Three Kingdoms period (A.D. 220-280), ssireum is a folk tradition in which, standing in a sand pit, two wrestlers wearing long fabric belts around their waists and thighs grip each other’s belt and fight to topple their adversary.It was widely played on various holidays and festivals, though it has slowly lost its popularity and given way to modern sports and entertainment in South Korea. But in the North, it is still a popular sport, with a large competition held in Pyongyang at the Chuseok holiday every fall. YonhapADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “One of the items to be on the table is the co-hosting of the ssireum festival slated for June,” association official Jeong In-gil said.The event, named the Dano Festival, is set to take place in South Korea’s Gangwon Province, but that could change if the two sides agree to co-host it, he said, adding that several rounds of working-level meetings will follow to arrange details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two Koreas also plan to work for the unification of the different terminology and rules of ssireum and push for personnel exchanges, according to the association.Such efforts have gathered steam since November after South and North Korea successfully pushed for the joint inscription of ssireum as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Air Cote d’Ivoire Adds Liberia to 19-Nation Route

first_imgRegular travelers between Liberia and la Cote d’Ivoire may be sighing with great relief at the new and only alternative to braving the intense, unpaved terrain between the two countries as they have for nearly a decade, since Air Cote d’Ivoire added Liberia to its 19-nation continental route. Announcing its 19-nation route at a major press conference at the airline’s Abidjan hub over the weekend, CEO Mr. Rene Decurey pledged to make Air Cote d’Ivoire’s the leading airline in West and Central Africa.  Established on May 15, 2012 with the help of current Ivorian President Al Hassan Ouattara, the airliner’s initial capitalization of US$5 million investment has already increased ten-fold to US$50 million and is poised to reach US$130 million by the second half of 2014, Mr. Decurey disclosed.  According to him, Air Cote d’Ivoire is a joint venture between the Government of Cote d’Ivoire (65%), Ivorian private company Golden Rod Investment (15%) and Air France (20%).The CEO said the Ivorian leader made it clear to Ivoirians that the development of their country definitely needed a reliable airline that would be able to take passengers in and out if Ivory Coast.  He said, President Outtara asked the company’s chairman Abdoulaye Coulibaly to work along with him (Decurey) to put the airline together which they did; and the airline is now taking passengers into several countries in Africa.Their major challenge, said Decurey, is to build a lasting and profitable company through the continual quest for customer satisfaction, the cohesion and professionalism of their personnel, the destiny of their hub, re-enforced by solid alliances. The challenge requires the company to be flexible, innovative and to engage in corporate social responsibility.The Air Cote d’Ivoire fleet is composed of two Airbus A-319S (equipped with 12 seats in business class and 96 seats in economy class) and 1 Embraer 170 (equipped with eight seats in business class and 60 seats in economy class). The airplanes are destined for the regional network and company plans is to increase its fleet with seven more aircrafts over the next five years. In 2014, the company foresees the acquisition of two Bombardier Q400s for its domestic network and one additional airbus A-319.The company begins operation with four flights but the CEO promised to increase the number of flights before the end of 2014. Responding to flights flying to Liberia, he said “Liberia is a neighboring country with Ivory Coast and currently there is total peace in the country.” He used the medium to thank President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, describing her as “a loving President” that cares about other countries. He disclosed that the airline is now flying to Liberia four times weekly and that he hopes to expand his flight weekly in Liberia. Other officials of the company include Patrick Kone, Jean-Pierre Chonavel, Director for finance and Human Resources and Laurent Loukou, Director General for Commercial and Marketing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Neyor Decries ‘Congo-Country’ Politics

first_imgThe president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Morweh Energy Group, Mr. Christopher Z. Neyor, has strongly called on Liberians to do away with “hyphenated Liberian groups.”Mr. Neyor said “tribalism and the Congo-Country divide” which are being propagated in the country by some groups are “two ugly enemies” Liberians must do away with permanently.He made the call on Saturday, March 15, at program marking the observance of the 205th birth anniversary of Liberia’s First President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, at the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia.“There is nothing wrong with loving your family and the tribe you come from, but all of us must have the awareness and conviction that in a multi-ethnic country collective progress is only possible when we are fully integrated and everyone, regardless of tribe or family background, has equal opportunity to education, jobs and becoming the best you can be,” said Neyor, a former Energy Sector Advisor to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.Serving as a keynote speaker at the occasion, Mr. Neyor, a world-class energy expert added: “As we approach elections this year, and then in 2017, let us be mindful not to get support and votes by dividing the voters into Congo-Country domains and tribal enclaves.”“Let us support candidates not because they come from our tribe, but because of what we believe they can do for the entire country from records of their past performance. Let us reject candidates who keep reminding us they are “country” or they are “congo” or they are this tribe, or that tribe,” he stressed.Paraphrasing the Liberian National Anthem, Neyor indicated: “In union, we are strong, and in strength, we derive success.”The former Presidential Advisor spoke on five key ingredients, which he said Liberians could learn from the life of the late President Joseph Jenkins Roberts.He named them as: hard work, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity, and unity.According to Mr. Neyor, the late President Roberts worked hard and gave most of what he earned in his lifetime to the establishment of the J.J. Roberts Education Foundation.Neyor said: “JJ Roberts and the former slaves who came from across the ocean painstakingly toiled, often with assistance from native tribes, along the coast to establish a new home in Africa; the continent where their ancestors were taken from as slaves centuries earlier. They were traders and fishermen and farmers and missionaries. Many died due to a hostile environment they were not used to.”He named one of those who died early in the new country as Melvin Cox from whom, the beautiful phrase:  “Though a thousand fall, let not Africa be given up,” originated.The Morweh Energy group’s CEO expressed regret that hard work and sacrifice seem to be words no longer used in the vocabularies of Liberians nowadays.“Instead,” according to him, “We have perfected the ‘J.J. Roberts didn’t finish it’ mentality” and this, he continued, sadly points to laziness, irresponsibility, and lack of vision.He maintained that Roberts established the Liberian nation and worked diligently to make the required sacrifice for its survival and continuity before he handed it to the next generation.“It has been the sacred duty of every generation of Liberian inheriting this glorious and rich nation to work hard, to sacrifice, and to correct discovered ills of the past, contributing to the inter-generational building of a stronger  state,” Neyor emphasized.The energy expert described the late President Roberts as “a man of impeccable integrity,” who was “honest in his dealings as a businessman, politician, and most importantly, as a Christian.Neyor, who is also former president of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), called on Liberians to show love for their country.Although he acknowledged that Liberia has many ills, he said, “This is our country, this is our inheritance. We must understand that being patriotic does not mean you accept all that our leaders have done in the past or are currently doing; neither is it patriotic to constantly badmouth your country with expressions such as: “Nothing good will ever come out of Liberia,” or “the country is finished.”The program marking the 205 Birth Anniversary of Liberia’s First President, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, was organized by the J.J. Roberts Education Foundation (JJREF).Founded and named by President Joseph Jenkins Roberts in 1876 after the death of his wife, Mrs. Rose Roberts, the Foundation is the custodian of Roberts’ properties and ensuring the education of Liberian children.The First United Methodist Church in Monrovia is the Administrator of said properties.JJREF is being run by a Board of Trustees comprising three members of the First United Methodist Church in Monrovia who take on the roles of Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.The number of scholarship students for the Foundation for academic 2012/2013 is 783 in 117 learning institutions including high schools, colleges and universities in the country.At the well attended and colorful occasion, 21 Liberian children, who had graduated with honors from various colleges and universities during the academic year of 2012/2013 under the JJREF sponsorship were recognized and certificated for their scholarly achievements. Among the personalities who graced the ceremony were Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop-Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church; Dr. Emmett Dennis, president of the University of Liberia; and Mr. Dewitt Don Balmoos, Chairperson JJREF Board of Trustees, among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more