Cassell Reiterates Call to Stop Violence against Women, Children

first_imgThe Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Madam Julia Duncan-Cassell has reiterated calls to prevent violence against women.  Min. Cassell also highlighted health implications of violence against women and children as she launched the 16 Days of Activism in Monrovia yesterday. The 16 Days of Activism, a campaign against gender-based violence (GBV), is a part of activities to commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.Activists campaign for an enabling environment where women and girls can live healthy lives, free from all forms of violence.“There is a need to demand not just good intentions but well coordinated and funded strategies by the Government, civil society, community and international bodies. There is a need to move away from talk and take the actions,” Min. Cassell said.She disclosed that women and children are still being violated; she, however, called on all Liberians to push to end violence against women and children.The Director of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Col. Christopher Massaquoi buttressed the call for all to stand up against violence against women and children.The Police boss urged parents to send their children to school stating that if they are educated it will bring more development to the country.He pledged the LNP’s support in providing maximum protection to women and children adding: “The LNP has selected a group of young men to work on gender issues as an effort to stop violence against women and children.”Meanwhile the activities for the 16 days activism are: November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women, November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1 World AIDS Day, December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons, December 6 Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and December 10, International Human Rights 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

Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (agg 2-3): Italians stun holders to reach Champions League final

first_img1 Gianluigi Buffon Alvaro Morata came back to haunt Real Madrid with a crucial equaliser as Juventus earned a draw at the Bernabeu to reach the Champions League final.Leading 2-1 from the first leg, Juve fell behind when Cristiano Ronaldo struck from the penalty spot halfway through the first half, duly moving back level with Lionel Messi in the Champions League all-time scoring charts.Morata, however, popped up with the decisive contribution against his former employers just before the hour mark, firing in after being awarded far too much space.Gareth Bale spurned several clear-cut opportunities to send the game into extra time but the Old Lady clung on to dump the holders out and end the prospect of a Real-Barcelona final.Iker Casillas was the first goalkeeper called into action, getting down smartly to save Arturo Vidal’s fizzing effort.Real were then handed the opportunity to seize the initiative, with Giorgio Chiellini clumsily fouling James Rodriguez after a quarter of the game to put Ronaldo on the spot.The three-time Ballon d’Or winner, who missed a penalty at the weekend against Valencia, never looked likely to spurn the chance and he emphatically fired the reigning champions ahead on the night and on aggregate.Ronaldo then engineered space for himself but, for once, elected to pass rather than shoot when the former would have been the better option.The Italian champions settled and after the break struck the telling blow, as Casillas failed to keep out Morata’s bouncing effort after the Spaniard was allowed the freedom of the Madrid area.Bale then missed the first of his gilt-edged openings; volleying wide after a flowing move, before Casillas kept the hosts in contention by denying Claudio Marchisio.The Welshman screwed an effort wide and then nearly repeated his goal from last season’s final, but headed over as the Real crowd began to voice their displeasure.The Italians held their nerve to end Real’s hopes of becoming the first side to retain their title, duly securing their first final berth since 2003 and plunging Bale and Carlo Ancelotti into further uncertainty surrounding their Madrid futures.last_img read more

As Azkals find success, club football hits a major hump

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “This is on another level,” said Younghusband. “This is where we want to be as a football country and hopefully this is just the start.”Etheridge also reached new heights in his career as he played a huge role in Welsh club Cardiff City’s promotion to the English Premier League.With 19 clean sheets in the Championship, the Filipino international helped Cardiff to a second place finish. In August, Etheridge became the first Southeast Asian to play in the most lucrative football league in the world.“Emotions were running high when we made it to the Asian Cup, but making the Premier League was also a priority for me,” said Etheridge.The unbeaten run in Asian Cup qualifying, however, was not enough for coach Thomas Dooley to keep his job.ADVERTISEMENT No holiday break LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño That set Ceres up for another strong run to the AFC Asean zonal final, where it lost to Home United of Singapore. Still, the Busmen clinched a second straight PFL trophy and booked a return ticket to the Champions League next year.Kaya took the other domestic trophy—the Copa Paulino Alcantara—and also bagged the second AFC Cup spot allotted for the Philippines.There was also heartbreak for the women’s national team, which nearly made it to the Women’s World Cup in France next year.A campaign that started with plenty of promise ended with a whimper as the Malditas failed to follow up their 2-1 win over host Jordan.The Malditas atoned for their failed AFC Asian Cup bid by storming to the next round of the 2020 Women’s Olympics Football Tournament.On the heels of another year of mixed results, the year 2019 could be the most critical yet for Philippine football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In front of an electrifying crowd at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Azkals fought back from a goal down to beat Tajikistan, 2-1, to clinch qualification to the continental showcase in the United Arab Emirates.“We showed our character,” said a teary-eyed Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, after Phil Younghusband’s 50th goal for the country sealed the victory. “That was the Azkals I knew. Never giving up no matter what.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefThe feat also meant so much to the team’s biggest backer, Dan Palami, who has been bankrolling the team since 2010. “We’ve been through a lot, especially for me,” the Azkals team manager said. “We have not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage after all those heartaches, it’s fulfilling.”The 24-nation Asian Cup, which begins on Jan. 5, will be the biggest tournament yet for the Azkals, who will square off with heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In a year with ups and downs, the Azkals carved amemorablemoment when they qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time inPhilippine football history. —SHERWIN VARDELEONPhilippine football achieved huge milestones in 2018, but it ended the year on a subdued note with setbacks overseas and at home, leaving the sport still searching for more support and stability heading into the new year.The Azkals provided the year’s high note, nailing an Asian Cup berth for the country for the first time in history in March.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Former England captain Terry Butcher was hired, but he withdrew from the job without even meeting the team and it was coach Scott Cooper, a former champion in the Thai League, who took charge of the team as it began its buildup for the Asian Cup.In a bold and ambitious move before the year ended, the Azkals hired former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson to handle the team in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the Asian Cup with Cooper as assistant.The Swede guided the Azkals to another semifinal appearance in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Azkals lost two legs to eventual champion Vietnam in the last four.But even with the success of the national team, club football in the country remained unstable and with another club, Davao Aguilas, leaving the league before the year ended.The Philippine Premier League will take the place of the Philippines Football League, with kickoff set for March.But with Ceres Negros, Kaya Iloilo and Stallion Laguna the only clubs that are certain to participate, organizers of the PPL have a tough task establishing the league, which has struggled to draw support and sponsors.The home-and-away format of the PFL proved demanding for the clubs logistically and financially, with almost zero return from investment.“There was no revenue, no national sponsorship, no television media and limited attendance at stadiums with numerous restrictions being forced,” PPL commissioner Bernie Sumayao admitted. “The PPL is a new neutral independent league whose main objective is to contribute to the development of football in the country. We have to stay positive and never lose hope.”The difficult situation in the PFL has made the achievement of its reigning champion Ceres all the more remarkable.The Busmen got off to a flying start this year, reaching the third round of the AFC Champions League highlighted by a stunning 3-2 win over Australian club Brisbane Roar. Ceres made a good account of itself in a 0-2 defeat to Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

Magic Johnson plans to hug Lakers after NBA trade deadline

first_imgMOST READ The team president and Hall of Famer spoke with reporters at Michigan State, where he and the 1979 national championship team he led were celebrated before the ninth-ranked Spartans beat Minnesota.The Lakers were in pursuit of disgruntled New Orleans superstar Anthony Davis and many of their players were mentioned as possibly being dealt before the deadline Thursday. The franchise ended up trading Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac and rookie Svi Mykhailiuk in a pair of deals to acquire Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I love our team. I love the guys,” Johnson said. “It’s a tough part of our business whether you’re mentioned in trade talk, or you get traded. It’s a tough part of professional sports, but they came together and played great against Boston. My job is to make sure we stay together as a team and stay focused on the goal, which is to make the playoffs.”The Lakers, who are in 10th place in the Western Conference, play at Philadelphia on Sunday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Phoenix, SMBeer seek key victories US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes EL SEGUNDO, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Earvin “Magic” Johnson discusses the upcoming Los Angeles Lakers’ season at UCLA Health Training Center on September 20, 2018 in El Segundo, California. Meg Oliphant/Getty Images/AFPEAST LANSING, Mich. — Magic Johnson plans to hug it out with the Los Angeles Lakers to help them cope with the fallout from the NBA trade deadline.“It’s a part of business, it’s a part of being a professional athlete,” he said Saturday. “I’m going to hug ’em and tell them that we got to come together and our goal is still in reach, which is to make the playoffs.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

Gov’t Negotiates $100 Million Loan Package for Banana Farmers

first_imgTo assist with the resuscitation of the banana industry, the Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has negotiated a $100 million loan package from the People’s Cooperative (PC) Banks, which will be available to farmers at an interest rate of five per cent. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, during a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (Nov. 6), said the PC Banks have also agreed to reduce the one-off fees on loans from three per cent to 1.5 per cent to assist the industry at this time. She said the Government recognises that some of the smaller banana farmers may not be able to access these loan funds and so the Ministry has negotiated with the European Union to allocate $13 million from the European Union Banana Support Programme (EUBSP) to assist small farmers with fertilizer and insecticide. Some 3,888 bags of fertilizer and 39 kilograms of insecticide will be distributed in the worst affected areas this week. She informed that banana farmers, who suffered losses above 50 per cent of production and who are subscribers to the Catastrophe Fund, will receive their pay-out shortly.last_img read more