Zimbabwean Nurse Treks 10,000km Across Africa to Watch AFCON

first_imgYet thanks to those following his adventures on Twitter, he has now become a celebrity – and the African football boss has presented him with a ticket to this Friday’s final between Algeria and Senegal.‘Africa is not friendly to Africans’When the 32-year-old arrived in the Egyptian capital last week, completing his 44-day 10,000km (6,200-mile) trip, he said it was well worth it despite some nerve-wracking experiences.And he says he has learnt a lot about himself and Africa.“I used to think I was not patient – but my patience was stretched to the maximum – I’ve got a bigger patience threshold than I thought,” he told the BBC.His other more sobering discovery was that “Africa is not friendly to Africans” – in terms of visas and borders.Most people visiting from Europe or the US were treated better, he said.“And some of the visa fees for African countries, they are actually more expensive than visa fees when you want to go to Europe – and the waiting period takes too long.“I believe we need a borderless Africa.”The journey began on 27 May on a route passing through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.‘We wanted to make history’He started off with his friend Botha Msila, a South African football fan, who lives near Cape Town, and they hitched lifts or caught buses.“We wanted to make history as the first people to make it from Cape to Cairo by road for a sports tournament,” Zhakata said.The locum nurse, who lives in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, had kept in touch with Msila since meeting him at the Cosafa Cup final in South Africa’s Sun City two years ago.He had told him about how he had made a solo road trip in 2016 from Harare to Kigali to support the Warriors at the African Nations Championship in Rwanda.They then cooked up their plan and raised funds for the journey from well-wishers following the hashtag #CapeToCairo to see their progress across the continent.But the two friends were separated when Msila turned back at the Kenya-Ethiopian border as he could not get a visa.Ethiopia only allows online visa applications for travellers by road.While they had the fee in cash, they needed help to get the funds electronically into their account. But then their application was further delayed by five days.“Unfortunately their system was down because there was a national internet shutdown to avoid exam cheating,” explained Zhakata.“I was so dejected that I couldn’t finish my food and my beer.”Msila, known for his travels across South Africa and beyond to support the Bafana Bafana and his local club Bloemfontein Celtic, was so distraught he threw in the towel, returning to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.A South African broadcaster came to his rescue paying for a flight for him from Nairobi to Cairo.Scariest momentBut Zhakata was determined to stick to his guns.And that is exactly what he walked into in Sudan where the security forces were out in force as protesters took to the streets of the capital, Khartoum, on 30 June demanding an end to military rule.The country has been hit by turmoil since the military ousted President Omar al-Bashir in April, but Zhakata hadn’t a clue what was going on.He walked directly into the path of the protest as he was making his way to the Egyptian Consulate in Khartoum.“I could tell that something was happening, but I couldn’t tell what,” said Zhakata.“I saw graffiti on the walls written in Arabic, with the number 30, but I couldn’t understand it. There were soldiers everywhere and people told me it’s not safe.”He was detained by police briefly and then released in what he calls a “shaking moment”.People who were following his journey on social media then became extremely concerned as there was no news from Zhakata for more than a week.The internet had been shut down in the country since a crackdown on pro-democracy activists on 3 June.“I did find a place where I could go online for $30 (£24) for an hour. I saw all of these messages on social media with people being worried about me.”Nairobi thumbs downHis wry observations about life on the continent have been a subject of debate.The Kenyan capital does not get a particularly good write-up: “Enter Nairobi, everything changed, traffic congestion unbearable, filthy and muddy streets, potholes, lots of activity, vendors with megaphones, bikes hooting, and generally dodgy pip.“Everyone who helped us asked for a tip. Even police officers.”In central Tanzania he observed that children of school-going age were working as vendors on the highway “selling farm produce, grapes, honey and fish. It seems education is not a priority in this part of the world”.Besides the visa headaches, language was the most difficult barrier. In Tanzania he said most people were unwilling to communicate in English, and they were “even told to learn Swahili at school”.In Ethiopia when he was ordered off a bus at 18:00 local time because of a transport curfew he tried to find a bar to watch the Warriors’ match that night – but ended up, after many crossed wires and an expensive taxi ride, at a shop selling sports equipment.But he was welcomed in some towns by people who were following his journey online – like Firew Asrat in Hawassa in Ethiopoia, who gave him football shirts and shared a beer with him. He tweeted: “This #Tweethiopian is the walking embodiment of the mantra #AfricaUnite.”He says he tasted the best beer of his trip in mainly Muslim Egypt – a Stella – perhaps out of relief that his exploits were over. The best food – of roasted meat and maize meal – was in Zambia.His one disappointment has been the performance of the Warriors, who crashed out in the first round – amidst rows over pay.But he says his achievement – which has become one of the biggest stories of this Africa Cup of Nations tournament – shows it pays to “dare to dream”.“If you have a passion for something, go for it. Pursue it until you get it. It may be delayed, but delay is not denial – be patient and be strong, because the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory,” he says.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A Zimbabwean nurse travelled from Cape Town to Cairo by road enduring visa delays, internet blackouts and revolutionary protests all for the love of football.Alvin “Aluvah” Zhakata had intended to make it to Egypt for the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations on 21 June, when Zimbabwe’s Warriors took on the hosts.But he missed the match because his epic journey took much longer than expected.last_img read more

For Kendrick-Holmes, season is countdown to deployment

first_img Comments With less than three minutes to play, the Maritime Privateers needed to make a stand. Their opponents had elected to go for it on fourth down. It was the season’s first game, and the score was 15-12. The Maritime defense gathered near head coach Clayton Kendrick-Holmes, the man set to give up his job on the sidelines for active duty in Afghanistan three months from then. ‘Let’s win this for coach,’ one player yelled. ‘No, win this for yourselves,’ Kendrick-Holmes yelled back. The defense trotted back on the field, leaving Kendrick-Holmes to watch what came next.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text To Kendrick-Holmes, this season tastes bittersweet so far. It represents a great start (3-0) for the program, for the football team that aims to win a conference championship this year. But it represents a countdown to his deployment to Afghanistan, leaving his team, his family and program behind. When the football season ends, Kendrick-Holmes, a Navy lieutenant commander, will leave for Afghanistan. He does not know how long it’ll last or when he will return. The secret to success, both on the field and at home, Kendrick-Holmes said, is keeping things day-to-day and aiming to keep the attention on the current task and off of his pending deployment. ‘It’s not a point of emphasis,’ he said. ‘The guys understand that I’m going away at the end, so the guys are making the most of this season.’ In that first game on Sept. 2 against Massachusetts Maritime, the Privateers’ defense stood tall on that fourth-down play in the game’s final minutes. It stuffed the opponent’s running back at the line, and Massachusetts Maritime turned the ball over on downs. U.S. Navy Capt. Jim Driscoll called the game from the press box — just as he usually does. He’s the team’s announcer, the voice of the Privateers. But he’s also a close friend to Kendrick-Holmes, too, and the ROTC commander at Maritime. No announcement went out over the air during the first game about Kendrick-Holmes’ departure at the end of the season. Driscoll and Kendrick-Holmes had talked, but an announcement would have shifted the focus off the football team’s success, Driscoll said. ‘I believe that the coaching staff has done a great job of keeping this potential upheaval to a minimum,’ Driscoll said. ‘They’re not thinking about next year. They’re thinking about this year.’ Kendrick-Holmes learned about his deployment a few months before the season began. Sitting in his office on a July day, his phone rang. The voice on the other end informed him he’d been tagged for mobilization. Details would follow on the particulars — the where and the when, the voice told him. He hung up the phone and told his wife a few hours later. Tough news with two young sons, he said. One of his sons found out he would lose his father for some time when he got home from a Christian summer camp. ‘There’s always the possibility of being mobilized,’ Kendrick-Holmes said. ‘You kind of always have a plan of things that will have to be done. You just hope you never have to execute it.’ The day after the phone call, he received his location — Afghanistan — and his departure date — some time after this football season in December. He has begun to work and make sure he could leave things complete at home. Bills paid. Household appliances fixed. Mike Stroud, his next door neighbor, friend, linebackers coach at Maritime and a retired Marine lieutenant colonel, stopped by to see Kendrick-Holmes and his son one summer night on the porch after the news broke. Stroud gave Kendrick-Holmes’ son a deal: Come see me anytime if you need anything while your dad’s away. Just to give him someone to talk to. Stroud, himself, served overseas several times and knows matters at home need closure before shipping out. ‘You need to be able to know that your house is set,’ Stroud said. ‘It’s a dangerous job over there. You can’t have your mind over here.’ Stroud has helped Kendrick-Holmes prepare for his departure at Maritime, too. The two men talk about what the team needs and what the school needs. Things like which duties of the head coach’s job would go to which assistant coach. ‘When coach told us he was leaving,’ Stroud said, ‘there was a little bit of shock. It was a ‘How can we make it work?’ thing.’ At the end of this season, Kendrick-Holmes will announce an interim head coach. For now, the talk is about how to get better. About how the special team needs to play smarter in this week’s game against Husson. Anything to avoid the ever-present, hulking elephant in the room: The team will need to learn as much as it can, as fast as it can, from Kendrick-Holmes before his deployment. Said Kendrick-Holmes: ‘It’s something that’s on the horizon, but we want to win a championship, and that’s our goal.’ Colgate at Syracuse Prediction: Syracuse 34, Colgate 10 In the renewal of a classic rivalry, Syracuse rolls over Colgate. Even Colgate head football coach Dick Biddle told The Associated Press it would be a stretch imagining his team winning. No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas Prediction: Alabama 27, Arkansas 20 In this week’s best matchup, Arkansas welcomes the nation’s No. 1 at home, in hopes of an upset. Not so fast. Arkansas barely nudged by Georgia last week in a game the Bulldogs took down to the wire. Look for Alabama to win in a tight game. No. 12 South Carolina at No. 17 Auburn Prediction: Auburn 17, South Carolina 10 Fresh off dispatching another worthy opponent last week, look for Auburn to triumph here, too. Auburn has really proven its mettle so far this season and will have no trouble knocking off Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks. No. 22 West Virginia at No. 15 LSU Prediction: LSU 42, West Virginia 34 Louisiana State will prevail in this game, but the Mountaineers will give LSU a run for its money. No. 19 Miami (Fla.) at Pittsburgh Prediction: Miami 20, Pittsburgh 17 Miami has been anything but perfect this season. But Pittsburgh doesn’t have enough to knock the Canes, even with a home game on national television. adbrow03@syr.edu Published on September 22, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

SafeCharge restructures senior management team

first_img SuperBet partners with SafeCharge February 29, 2016 Submit StumbleUpon Rank smooths verification with SafeCharge’s ‘ID Manager’ November 20, 2019 Related Articles Share David Avgi, SafeCharge CEOUpdating the market, London-listed digital payments provider SafeCharge has announced that it has undertaken a number of changes to its senior executive team.The company has confirmed that Tsach Einav will retake his former position as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Einav who until recently served as General Manager for SafeCharge Israel operations, will further join the company’s board this September.Updating corporate stakeholders, David Avgi, CEO of SafeCharge, commented on the update: “I am delighted that Tsach has been appointed as group chief financial officer; he is an ideal appointment as he comes to the role with an in-depth understanding of the enlarged SafeCharge business and its management.“In what is set to be a transformational year for SafeCharge, Tsach’s breadth of experience and strong financial expertise will be invaluable to us, particularly in relation to financial oversight and corporate governance.”Avgi would further detail the executive appointments of Delphine Bos as Vice-President marketing and Jean Beaubois as Head of Investor Relations.Bos will takeover marketing leadership initative joining from global payment firm EMS Card. A seasoned analyst Beaubois joins the payment technology firm having served as Senior Technology lead for Berenberg Bank.“I would like to welcome Jean and Delphine to SafeCharge’s management team; they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be invaluable to the company,” Avgi commented on the appointments of Bos and Beaubois“SafeCharge is committed to actively communicating with the investment and analyst community, as well as with potential clients, and I look forward to working closely with Jean and Delphine to enhance this.” Share Sportito widens payment provisions with SafeCharge April 12, 2017last_img read more

Use scholarships to recruit more athletes- Ali Jarra

first_imgFormer Ghana and Accra Hearts goalkeeper, Ali Jarra, has added his voice to the discussions over Team Ghana’s abysmal performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games, advocating the re-introduction of the scholarship scheme to help train athletes.Speaking in an exclusive interview, Ali Jarra, the current Head Coach of the Ghana National Amputee Football Team, the Black Challenge, explained that the scheme would offer young sports men and women the opportunity to train in well built training facilities in educational institutions in other countries.“Since we do not have the facilities here and there is no indication of plans to build them soon, it would be better to offer scholarships to athletes to attend schools that have such facilities to give then the exposure to be put at the nation’s disposal,” he said.He asked all stakeholders to refrain from apportioning blame, as has been the case in the past, but rather suggest ways of improving on what is available now, ‘since criticism without suggestion leaves us at the same place.’The 1993 National Under-17 World Cup silver medalist was of the view that, since some of the best athletes we have are all taking advantage of other programmes in the developed world, a channel should be created to train up-and-coming ones in the same manner to compete for Ghana at international events like the Olympics.He mentioned Aziz Zakari, the Vida Anim, Margaret Simpson and Ignatius Gaisah as some of the beneficiaries of better facilities elsewhere. “They took advantage of those facilities and have been Ghana’s hopes in most of the field of athletics; why not open doors for others through the scholarship scheme for the nation’s benefit?,” he asked. He also advised the sports authorities to consider putting a plan in place to build facilities to train young sports enthusiasts at their tender ages, in the spirit of ‘catch them young’ so that when they grow older they become great assets.Ali Jarra is currently preparing to start camping with players of the Ghana National Amputee Football Team, the Black Challenge, in readiness for the 31st Amputee World Cup in Russia from October 6-15.last_img read more

Barnes fined for ‘inappropriate language’ directed at Harden’s mom

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers forward Matt Barnes told reporters at the Friday morning shootaround ahead of Game 3 against the Houston Rockets that he expected to get fined for remarks made to a fan — who turned out to be the mother of Rockets’ star James Harden — in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinals series Wednesday at Toyota Center in Houston.Sure enough, he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for what it termed inappropriate language directed at a fan.“We’ve made our peace,” Barnes said before the fine became official, of he and Harden’s mother, Monja Willis. “We’ve spoken twice since the incident. She said something, I said something back.”• Photos: Clippers rout Rockets 124-99 in Game 3 Barnes said he had gotten wind of what supposedly went down.“I’ve heard speculation as to what I allegedly said, which is crazy,” he said. “Crazy, untrue, crazy. But it is what it is.”Barnes wouldn’t say what was actually said.“That’s between her and I,” he said.Barnes had just received a technical foul late in the first quarter Wednesday after bumping Harden. Barnes said he didn’t know who was chirping at him.center_img “I had no idea who it was,” he said. “I didn’t find out who it was until I was on the bus. But I saw D.J. (DeAndre Jordan) speak to her at halftime … and I was like, ‘Who was that?’ He’s like, ‘James Harden’s mom.’“I was like, ‘Oh, God, that’s going to make it a hundred times worse.’ I don’t know her, I don’t really know James too well and like I said, we’ve made our peace and we’re focused on winning this game.”Barnes said he received a “tongue-lashing” from Clippers coach Doc Rivers. But Rivers would not say much about that prior to tip-off.“I’m not going to talk about that much,” he said. “I just was not pleased. I made that clear. And I made it clear to Matt and the entire team. So I’m just going to leave it at that.”All that said, Barnes — speaking in generalities — doesn’t like the idea that fans can say whatever they want without suffering any repercussions.“Well, what’s crazy is they can say anything and everything from things about our kids to our wives to anything and we say one thing and they run and tell, and next thing you know, I’m probably going to get fined $25,000,” he said, before knowing it was $50,000. “So, I think I heard D.J. say and D-Wade said it before, you know, we’re human, too. You know what I mean?“But they can pick and prod us like animals in a cage and run and tell when we respond. So if you don’t want nothing said to you, don’t say nothing to begin with.”Harden talked briefly about the incident at the Rockets’ morning shootaround.“Any situation where you’re talking about somebody else’s parents, that’s just disrespectful,” Harden said. “I’m focused on Game 3 and we’re very focused and locked in. There will be some great intensity tonight.”Rockets find mojoHouston coach Kevin McHale was become quite the cool quote. He was asked Friday morning about his team getting its mojo back in time to win Game 2, which the Rockets trailed by nine points at halftime and by 13 early in the third quarter before emerging with a 115-109 win.“Mojo is a tricky thing,” he said. “It comes and goes like the weather, brother. When you got it, you can run through traffic. When you don’t have it, you can’t cross the street. Hopefully, you have it.”McHale on CP3You might be hard pressed to find a bigger fan of Chris Paul’s than McHale.“Great ball handler, great decision maker, makes great shots, tough kid,” he said of Paul, who started Friday’s game after missing the first two with a strained left hamstring. “He’ll grind it out and get after you. Chris Paul has been a tough competitor his entire career in the NBA and has been one of the top point guards in the league for years for a reason. He’s a damn good player.”Staff Writer Mark Medina contributed to this reportlast_img read more

Yankees’ Larry Rothschild takes the blame for team’s recent woes

first_img MLB trade news: Twins acquire reliever Sergio Romo from Marlins “It’s a matter of just continuing to dive in with each guy, where we can make small little adjustments, attacking the game plan in the best way possible,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Making sure we’re leaving no stone unturned as far as helping the guys make whatever little adjustments or subtle things that they need to change and also not overreacting to a bad week of baseball.”Sabathia said his poor start had everything to do with pitching too easily over the center of the plate and not cutting the corners properly. At 39, he says he should know better.James Paxton, who started Friday night and gave up seven runs, blamed his poor performance on making too many overall mistakes. MLB wrap: Blue Jays top Rays with walkoff home run from Teoscar Hernandez Larry Rothschild is shouldering the blame for the Yankees’ recent struggles.The team’s pitching coach said it was his fault the Yankees have lost three in a row, which included Saturday’s 9-5 loss to the Red Sox. MLB trade rumors: Dodgers considering pursuit of Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman It hasn’t been just Sabathia and Green who haven’t been up to par. Over their past seven games, Yankees starters have a collective 16.62 ERA and have given up seven runs in seven games.“It’s not just one thing,” Rothschild said. ‘This doesn’t happen from just one thing. It’s different things from different guys but first-pitch strikes and things like that haven’t been good.”With each individual, you go by what you’ve seen and what needs to get corrected. We talk about it. If it’s something mechanical, pitch-wise, grip-wise — whatever — we do it in the bullpen and try to correct it there.”The Yankees were one of the hottest teams in the league and still are eight games ahead of the Red Sox in the AL East for the first-place spot with a 66-38 record. However, the loss to Boston pulled the Red Sox ahead of the Rays for second place in the AL East. “It’s been really tough,” Rothschild said, via NJ.com. “It’s been tough on them, tough on the team. But it’s my responsibility to get it right.”On Saturday, it was CC Sabathia who didn’t play well as he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings at Fenway Park. His reliever, Chad Green, didn’t fare much better — he allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings. Related Newslast_img read more

Patricia Smith Pruitt, 69, Overland Park: Feb. 28, 1946 – April 19, 2015

first_imgPatricia Smith PruittPatricia L Smith Pruitt, 69, of Overland Park, Kans. died April 19, 2015  in her home.She was born to Wilbur Smith Sr. and Hazel Smith in Arkansas.  She attended school in Wellington. She formerly worked as an echo-tech at Via Christi/St. Francis in Wichita.She is proceeded in death by her mother Hazel Smith and her sister Barbara Perrin.Survivors include her father Wilbur Smith Sr. of Kansas, two daughters, Machelle Koehn and her husband Mike of Kansas and Sheila Hutchison and her husband Chris of South Carolina, Grandchildren Steven Stewart (Heather) Kansas, Jimi Threadgill (Kayliegh) Texas, Jonathan Threadgill Texas, Caleb Hutchison South Carolina, Emily Hutchison South Carolina. Two Great Grandaughters Kyara and Rylee. Her sisters Lynda Redd (Allen) OK, Wanda Cathey (John) TX,  Brother Wilbur Smith Jr. (Cindy) KS, and a brother in law Ron Perrin, KS. Several nieces,  nephews, great nieces and great nephews.In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been set up at Security State Bank in Wellington in her name.last_img read more

STRONACH GROUP ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING ‘COALITION FOR HORSE RACING INTEGRITY’

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 3, 2015)–The Stronach Group (TSG), long at the forefront of equine and human safety in racing, recognizes and has actively promoted significant advances in racing medication with the belief that safety measures and jockey welfare are paramount to the advancement and perception of Thoroughbred racing throughout the world.In view of recent legislative efforts advanced by the “Coalition for Horse Racing Integrity,” which is supported by several industry groups, TSG reaffirms the following list of foundation principles it deems necessary for the continued growth and development of Thoroughbred racing on a national and international scale:1.)    Mutually agreed upon, uniform testing procedures and protocols at all North American tracks, which include out-of-competition testing.2.)    Nationally uniform rules that clearly define prohibited and permitted medications, substances and methods in all jurisdictions.3.)    Regional testing laboratories that strictly adhere to uniform standards and which are subject to regular accreditation.4.)    Penalties for violations must be uniform and administered in a timely fashion.5.)    Investigations and prosecutions must be fair and uniform on a national scale.6.)    Public perception is our highest priority. As such, the aforementioned objectives must be pursued enthusiastically by the entire racing industry in order to maintain a level playing field for our sports’ stakeholders and most importantly, the betting public.The Stronach Group looks forward to the many challenges we as an industry face, and to building an ever brighter and more transparent future.last_img read more

Hotshots take lead

first_imgLATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESUndermanned yet pushing the pedal to the metal all night long, Magnolia on Wednesday took the lead in its best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup Final Four series with NLEX.And the Hotshots will go into what their coach says will be a “dogfight” carrying a lot of momentum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ian Sangalang played double time and shone the brightest among the Hotshots’ big men, and Jio Jalalon played great on both ends in leading Magnolia to a 106-99 victory at Smart Araneta Coliseum as the Hotshots put themselves in a position to deal NLEX a virtual killer blow on Friday.“Game 4 will be a dogfight because it will be a do-or-die game for NLEX,” coach Chito Victolero said. “And that means we have to sustain what we have been doing (in the last two games).”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 folkJalalon, who is being buoyed by late night text messages from Victolero about carving his niche in the league, scored 25 points while playing defense on NLEX super rookie Kiefer Ravena, while Sangalang finished with 24 in almost 38 minutes of extended playing time because of the injury to Marc Pingris.“He knows that he has to step up and he knows that he needs to play more minutes because of Pingris’ absence,” Victolero said of Sangalang, his offensive revelation in this best-of-seven series. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phoenix hosts 3 WAGC qualifiers View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Victolero didn’t need to get heavy offensive contribution from Paul Lee, but got 17 big points from Rome dela Rosa.The Road Warriors did themselves in with spotty free-throw shooting in the fourth and horrendous execution in the stretch, losing for the second straight game despite having a clear shot at a win going into the final seven minutes.Ravena still went on to topscore with 20 points and Kevin Alas had 15 for the Road Warriors, who would really need to win the 7 p.m. game Friday to be able to entertain thoughts of making a title series for the first time in their franchise history.“We are thankful that we are leading the series,” Victolero went on. “But we need four wins to make the Finals. There’s still a lot of work to be done.”Meanwhile, San Miguel power forward Arwind Santos was fined P20,000 for statements detrimental to the league. Santos criticized officiating after a 95-87 Game 3 loss. He was also fined P5,000 for incurring a flagrant foul penalty 1.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘God Is Not Punishing Liberia with Ebola’, Bethel Pastor Says, as Body of Christ…

first_imgBethel Cathedral senior pastor, Rev. Dr. M. Wolo Belleh, has differed with some views in the public that the outbreak of Ebola and its devastating  impact on Liberia is a punishment for sin that the country has committed.Addressing a press conference on yesterday, Rev. Dr. Belleh indicated that Liberia is not the only country with Ebola, and the virus being a virus could spread in any way not in conformity with precautionary measures people need to take.In response to the Ebola outbreak and its effects on the population, the Bethel Cathedral senior pastor, along with other Christians of different denominations, have come out with a three-day fast and prayer to be observed throughout country.He said during such a time of crisis as this is when people draw closer to God.  The  declared fast and prayer is  expected to be observed from October 29, 30 and 31.  It will draw God’s attention to the plight of Liberians and other affected countries in the Mano River Union Basin.A statement read on behalf of the Christian community indicates that the fast and prayer will be carried out in every county and will not at this time be a Monrovia based event.According to the statement, the Christian community has constituted a task force that will organize churches and craft a plans to memorialize  health workers and those who have lost their lives through  contracting Ebola.Regarding the frequent declaration of fast and prayer, the Bethel leader said one needs to continuously pray to ensure that God hears their plea until He acts.The group says it is a command of God for His people to obey, and frequent prayer being a command from Him, they have to obey in totality.The Christian community urges that just as the case was with Nineveh that the King and all other people in the land took days, fasted and prayed, so it is with Liberia that everyone in the land needs to take these three days to fast and pray from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.Though Liberia was said to have been built on “Christian principle,” citizens have over the time complained about many evils, including homosexual and ritualistic  killing that keeps happening in the society.Regarding the sin of the nation, the Christian group said the prayer will focus on repentance, worshipping, thanksgiving and asking God for His perfect Will to be done in Liberia.Cognizant of the fact that the virus is spread through body contact, the group says the prayer will be done outdoor where people will not have any cause to come into close contact.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more