Like GlobalPort, Pringle gets back up and breaks out of slump

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netStanley Pringle was just happy to have broken out of his personal slump in GlobalPort’s 86-85 victory over Meralco on Friday.“Usually, when I get in a slump, it lasts a couple of games. But I found my rhythm in the fourth quarter a little bit,” said the Fil-Am guard, who delivered his side’s first win in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Knowing how valuable these first games are, Pringle liked how GlobalPort was able to get back up especially with the team’s goal for better showing in this second conference.“You always want to bounce back when you lose games. It’s just like in the all-Filipino conference, we lost the first two games and came back and made the playoffs. Whether its basketball or life in general, when you go down, you get back up,” he said.One couldn’t blame Pringle for having this surge of confidence, and things are about to get better in the coming games with Mo Tautuaa coming back from his one-game suspension.“He’s ready to come back already. Mo is definitely a great addition to the team. He’s focused already. He’s gonna put in the work. We’re not worried about Mo,” he said.GlobalPort returns to the court on Wednesday against Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Eagerness to close out sidetracks Che’Lu-San Sebastian Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast After shooting 5-of-18 in the Batang Pier’s 114-128 defeat to TNT on Sunday, Pringle’s struggles continued after he went 1-of-8 in the first three quarters against the Bolts.And then the fourth frame happened. Pringle went 5-of-10 in the next 12 minutes and poured 13 of his 17 points, including the crucial freebies which carried the Batang Pier to the win.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 crownREAD: Pringle carries GlobalPort to close win vs Meralco “I’ve been trying to find my rhythm. Whenever you’re in a slump, you just got to keep on going. I got good teammates that tell me to keep on shooting and say, ‘Don’t worry. We need you to hit that shot.’ So eventually, it’s gonna come,” he said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

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Warriors’ Curry says ‘no panic’ after big loss to Rockets

first_imgMOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “He has been amazing,” Curry said. “I think we all need to feed off that focus and that determination. If he can continue to do what he does, I’ll shoot the ball better and play better defense, other guys will get involved and we’ll be in great shape.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His 16 points — on the heels of an 18-point performance in game one — marked the first time Curry has failed to reach at least 20 points in consecutive playoff games since the 2016 NBA Finals, when he was nursing a knee injury.His struggles were mirrored by most of his teammates. Kevin Durant was a predictable rock with 38 points, but Klay Thompson scored just eight, Draymond Green six and Andrea Iguodala five as the Warriors offense stagnated.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 crown“No panic,” Curry insisted after the game. “No houses-on-fire type of mentality in our locker room. We’re in pretty good shape right now.”The Warriors, indeed, headed home to host games three and four on Sunday and Tuesday having shocked the 65-win Rockets in game one. 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Pace car for Pacer: NBA’s Victor Oladipo to start Indy 500 And Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he was certain Curry would find his groove.“I’m not worried about Steph,” Kerr said. “He’s the kind of competitor and player who will bounce back from a tough night.”Both Kerr and Curry himself were adamant that Curry’s troubles were unrelated to the sprained knee ligament that sidelined him for 16 games until his return in the second game of the Warriors’ second-round series against the New Orleans Pelicans.“I’m feeling great,” Curry said. “I didn’t find a rhythm early. I had some decent looks from three that could have changed the momentum of the game of the game early in the first half.”Curry said he and the Warriors need look no further for inspiration than Durant.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) stands on the court during a break in the action during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry said there’s “no panic” in the Golden State Warriors locker room after a 22-point loss to the Houston Rockets in game two of the Western Conference finals.Curry looked significantly off his game on Wednesday night, connecting on just seven of 19 shots from the floor, including one of eight from three-point range. He finished with 16 points but never established the remarkable range that can stretch opposing defenses to the breaking point.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Myla Pablo rises to thwart upset plans of BaliPure’s kids

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BaliPure-National University looked poised to get their second win, but Pocari Sweat-Air Force team captain Myla Pablo wasn’t about to let her squad fall in an upset–especially against players who had yet to enter college.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Early in the match, we were being outclassed by high school players. We realized we have to step up our game,” the Pocari team captain said.Head coach Jasper Jimenez lauded Pablo for showing her superb play in the nick of time.“Myla was a huge factor for us, especially if we don’t have any imports in front to counter the opponent’s. It was a huge factor that she stepped up tonight,”Jimenez said. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingADVERTISEMENT Pocari Swear nears PVL semis Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Pablo rallied the Lady Warriors from a 2-1 deficit as she erupted for 22 points in their five-set thriller against the Water Defenders.“I told my teammates as long as the other team doesn’t reach 25 points, we have to fight back,” Pablo said in Filipino.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 crownREAD: Pocari Swear nears PVL semisShe added the team should not be intimidated to Balipure, whose core comes from UAAP juniors’ champion NU Lady Bullpups.last_img read more

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Red Sox unsure on White House visit if invited by Trump

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 The Boston Red Sox celebrate after Game 5 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Red Sox won 5-1 to win the series 4 game to 1. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox say they haven’t decided whether they will visit the White House if invited by President Donald Trump.Manager Alex Cora said Thursday he wants to use the platform he has as a World Series champion in the right way. A native Puerto Rican, Cora has been outspoken about the need for help on the island since it was devastated by Hurricane Maria.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lillard helps Blazers beat Pelicans The traditional White House visit has become increasingly partisan, with some players declining to make the trip because of their political views.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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

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Magic win fifth straight, end 13-game slide vs Hornets

first_img“Rehab is going great,” said Fultz, who added there was no timeline for his return to action. “This is an opportunity for me to get a fresh start with the team, coaching staff and organization. They’ve been about building me up both as a man and on the court. That’s music to my ears, really.”Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft by Philadelphia, was traded to the Magic in exchange for reserve forward Johnathon Simmons, a top-20 protected first round pick in 2020 and a second-round pick this summer.UP NEXTHornets: Host Washington on Feb. 22.Magic: Host Chicago on Feb. 22. “It’s like there has been a paradigm shift, if that makes sense,” Magic forward Aaron Gordon said. “They’ve been whipping us for so long, but I’m glad we got ’em this time.”The Magic have won five straight for the first time in more than three years. Nikola Vucevic had his fifth straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Gordon added 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jonathan Isaac scored 16 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s been a great performance by this team the last five games,” Vucevic said. “Not only the wins, but the way we’ve been playing. Really impressive performances on both ends of the floor. A lot of guys scoring in double digits, playing together, defending well.”The Magic led 71-36 at halftime, their biggest lead in any game this season. Guard D.J. Augustin drilled a 3-pointer on the first possession of the second half and the Hornets never got closer than 29 points after halftime. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Knicks finally win, ends 18-game skid by beating Hawks View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The Magic probably are thinking just the opposite. They have beaten opponents by an average of 22.5 points during the win streak and limited them to below 40 percent shooting from the field. Orlando made 17 3-pointers against the Hornets.“When the ball goes in the basket, everything else becomes much easier,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “In terms of how we’re playing, yes, the All-Star break is coming at a bad time. This is the best we’ve played all year, but you can see we’re tired. We all need a break.”The Magic dominated the game at both ends of the court, but most of it was fueled by a relentless defense that limited Charlotte to 26.4 percent shooting for the half.All-Star Kemba Walker, who has made a career of shooting down the Magic during the 13-game winning streak, was 1 for 10 at the start and only 4 of 17 by halftime. He had a plus-minus rating of minus-27 at halftime and only played seven minutes in the second half before sitting down for the night.Orlando was almost as good offensively, getting contributions from every player, especially the fast-developing Isaac. The Magic’s top pick in the 2017 draft had 13 points and six rebounds at halftime, and was the anchor at the back end of the team’s defense. Charlotte hit just nine of 25 shots in the paint in the first half.TIP-INSHornets: PG Tony Parker (back) and C Bismack Biyombo (knee) sat out. Charlotte is 1-10 without Parker. . The Hornets are 1-10 when they score fewer than 100 points.Magic: Isaac’s streak of seven straight games with two or more blocks ended. . Orlando is limiting opponents to just 39.6 percent shooting during its five-game winning streak.FULTZ APPEARSMarkelle Fultz, traded to Orlando on Feb. 7, made his first appearance in front of the Magic media Thursday, but won’t be in town long. Fultz answered questions and sat on the Magic bench during their game, but will be on a flight to Los Angeles on Friday to resume rehabilitation on his injured shoulder. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Malik Monk scored 15 points, Jeremy Lamb had 14 and Cody Zeller added 13 for the Hornets.It was Orlando’s first victory over Charlotte since Dec. 16, 2015.“I don’t know what it is, what has ignited this stretch, but we’ve finally found a way to come together,” Isaac said.Charlotte started poorly and got worse throughout a forgettable first half. The Hornets were only 6 of 24 in the first quarter and were already down 15 by the end of the period. The deficit grew to 36 when Orlando outscored the Hornets 16-6 in the final three minutes of the half.“We were terrible tonight. We were awful and they were good,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said. “We were not competing, not having pride about your job, not making shots . we were just terrible and we need a break.”ADVERTISEMENT Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) shoots against Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Florida — The Orlando Magic ended one streak and stretched another.The Magic snapped a 13-game losing streak to Charlotte, routing the Hornets 127-89 on Thursday night behind 21 points from reserve Terrence Ross.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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UNMIL Draw Down Continues

first_imgThe Special Representative to the Secretary General, Madam Karin Landgren, has disclosed that the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will continue to draw down its peace keeping mission in Liberia while increasing the presence of UNMIL’s police unit to prepare the Liberia National Police (LNP) for their eventual withdrawal.She made the disclosure over the weekend when she attended the contingent medal parade held at the Pakistani base around Hotel Africa.“For the past 10 years, we have worked with our Liberian counterparts towards maintaining peace and stability in Liberia. In June 2013, we successfully concluded the first phase of transition of security responsibilities from UNMIL to the Government of Liberia. This year, UNMIL is working closely with the Government in implementing the second phase of the security transition. This will also mark the departure of our PAKBATT 19 colleagues after serving diligently in Maryland, Grand Gedeh and River Gee Counties. Once again I want to take this opportunity to thank our Pakistani Peacekeepers for their contribution to peace and stability in Liberia over the past ten years,” she declared.  “As we continue to gradually draw down UNMIL forces in 2014, we are working with the government to continue building the capacity of Liberia’s security institutions, particularly the LNP and Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).The SRSG also used the platform to encourage the Government, civil society, and all national bodies to continue to strengthen their contribution to preserving Liberia’s hard won peace, stating that “Every individual Liberian has a role to play by respecting the law and becoming engaged in civic duties for the well-being of this country. “Madam Landgren also called on UN Peacekeepers to be vigilant, stating, “As UN peacekeepers, you represent the United Nations during and outside working hours.  Your actions as peacekeepers should always remain professional and respectful.The UN seeks to set an example, through all of us. We can do this by preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, respecting and promoting human rights, and in taking good care of the environment. I count on all of us to live up to these expectations.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man, 18, Allegedly Rapes Girl, 6

first_imgAn 18-year-old man accused of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl was Friday, September 19, forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution on the commission of the crime of rape.Defendant Sualiho Sheriff was said to have raped his victim (name withheld) on September 9 in the Mamba Point community, where they both live.Though he denied the claim, he was arraigned before the court, defendant Sheriff was subsequently remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison (MCP) because the act is a non-bailable offense under the Revised Penal Law.Police officers, who arrested and charged defendant Sheriff, claimed they did so based on facts gathered during investigation, statement of the victim and a medical report of the James Davis Hospital.They further claimed that the medical report showed several lacerations on the victim’s private part.Prior to the police investigation, the victim’s mother, Madam Esther Blake complained that her daughter alleged she was sexually abused by Sheriff on September 9, at about 10 a.m. in their Mamba Point community.According to her, before the act was discovered, she noticed her daughter (victim) was losing weight.Besides, Madam Blake said, her daughter complained to her about stomach pain.Due to the stomach complaint, Madam Blake said, the victim’s father also decided questioning her.The family claimed that it was during the inquiry the victim mentioned the name of the defendant.“She told us that it was defendant Sheriff who had sex with her in his (defendant) sister Makula Sheriff’s room, while we were away from the area,” Madam Blake quoted her daughter to the police.“She also informed me the incident took place during the morning hour on Tuesday, September 4, after we left her in care of the defendant’s sister, Makula,” she further quoted the victim.Madam Blake also quoted the victim as saying, “Makula also left me and my little sister in front of her room door for her to go and urinate outside the house,” adding “My daughter also told me that after Makula left the house, the defendant arrived immediately and took her in his sister’s room where he sexually abused her.”After that, Madam Blake also quoted her daughter saying, “Defendant Sheriff advised her not to tell anybody about what had happened between them.”“He also advised me that if anyone was to ask me what was happening to me, I should say it was defendant Sheriff’s older brother Abu Sheriff, who sexually abused me,” the victim is quoted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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ZMapp Drugs ‘Cured’ 100 Monkeys

first_imgMultiple news agencies announced Saturday, that ZMapp had cured 100 percent of monkeys that were inoculated with a different strain of Ebola in a Canadian study of the virus.According to researchers, health officials and medical teams, the vaccine has not undergone the normal human clinical trial stages. However, a small handful of infected people agreed to be injected with the vaccine.CBCNews.com reported yesterday that one Ebola survivor now pleads with the vaccine manufacturer to hurry with the production of the drug.The drug that is being referred to as a “monumental achievement,” only had about 20 doses in stock, and all have been exhausted.Researchers said once a living host has been sick for too long, there are those instances wherein possible treatments cannot turn back the damage already done to the body by the hemorrhagic virus.According to USA Today, a newspaper circulated across that country, of the small amount of people who have received the vaccine, only two have died.  These were “a Spanish priest and a Liberian doctor.” This  means it could be that they may have received the vaccine too late, the newspaper said.The monkeys which were given a lethal strain of Ebola recovered, and were given the drug five days after infection.With only a small number of Ebola patients testing the drug, it is hard for researchers to conclude whether it is the main reason for the patient’s recovery.In the wake of numbers of Ebola cases increasing in West Africa, health officials, medical teams and pharmaceutical researchers have scrambled to find a treatment of the virus to help reduce and contain the spread of the epidemic in the West African affected countries.Thomas Geisbert, an Ebola expert, said one of the infected Americans, Kent Brantly, didn’t just receive the vaccine but he also had a blood transfusion from an Ebola patient who survived — so his case isn’t one hundred percent ZMapp.The research report,  published in the Journal Nature, states that humans should receive three scheduled doses to optimize the efficacy for recovery. While the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimates that the current outbreak will infect more than 18,000 people, Gary Kobinger, who works for Canada’s Public Health Agency, said the drug is manufactured by a bio processing plant in Kentucky, and can only produce 20 to 40 doses per month. But the question remains, does Zmapp work for humans? Kobinger told The Washington Post, “I think it strongly supports that concept, but it’s not proven.”The spokesman for the owner of the Kentucky Bio processing plant believes that the three doses are theory.  Since conclusive human studies have not been done, the real issue is to have everyone’s focus on the clinical, and development steps to help find the correct dosing requirements, and speed up processing, he said.ZMapp could obtain approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in six month, maybe less, under their accelerated review titles.So far, Kobinger said, none of the animals tested has  shown any side effects. He also indicated that the Zaire Ebola strain now appears to be mutating as it moves from host to host, and researchers can’t be sure that Zmapp will solve the Ebola problem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UBA Gives US$1M to Fight Ebola in West Africa

first_imgThe United Bank for Africa (UBA) Board Chairman, Tony O Elumelu, has announced the donation of US$1million to battle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, one of UBA’s main business centers. Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone account for the bulk of the 4,922 deaths blamed on the Ebola epidemic that began in March.It may be re-called that in August, the Tony Elumelu Foundation donated US$100,000  to the anti-Ebola  cause, making unrestricted grants to the Ebola response institutions designated by the Presidents of Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.The money will be distributed through the UBA Foundation, UBA’s corporate social responsibility arm and shared equally among in the three affected West African countries.  The remaining US$100,000 will be contributed to the African Union Support Mission to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (ASEOWA), initiated by the African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.“Africa is our home and our destiny and Africans need to place themselves at the forefront of the campaign to overcome this tragedy,” Mr. Elumelu declared. “This donation,” he added, is an affirmation of our unshakeable commitment to the continent and a message that Africa can triumph over this terrible affliction,” said UBA Board Chairman.“I would also like to take this opportunity to commend our courageous UBA Africa staff, in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, who have kept every branch and ATM open  throughout this testing time. They have demonstrated our corporate value of resilience and commitment that the business and progress of Africa must and should go on,” he added.”Our money will be directed immediately to strengthening capacity in the fight against the further spread of the disease” he further stated. “Our hope is that this donation will act as a catalyst for other African corporate leaders to play their part.”Acknowledging the donation by the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said, “While we have mobilized our national resources as best we can, they are still inadequate to respond to an epidemic of this scale.  So we appreciate friends of Liberia like you, who have come to our assistance in our moment of national need.”This important precedent of African-funded support comes as West African and global development leaders have recently appealed for an increased effort to contain the epidemic.The United Nations estimates that at least 5,000 international medical, training and support personnel are needed in the three countries over the coming months.UBA’s chairman Tony Elumelu further declared, “I want to commend the Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Dlamini Zuma, and Strive Masiyiwa, for presiding over a very successful AU meeting with the private sector to mobilize financial contributions and business solutions, to facilitate a robust African response to Ebola. I am also very proud of my colleagues in the African private sector for demonstrating that we can rise to the occasion and help fund and support the AU deployment of the healthcare workers to care for our fellow Africans.“I urge more African businesses to step up to the plate with more pledges,” he added.With operations in 19 African countries, including the three countries currently battling Ebola, UBA provides financial services to Africans and Africa-related businesses globally and across Africa.  UBA branches have remained open to attend to customers banking needs, with not a single UBA business office or ATM closing in Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia.Meanwhile, UBA Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the UBA Group. The Foundation is committed to the social and economic development of the communities in Africa and operates through such focus including Environment, Education, Economic Empowerment, and Special Projects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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