Guide to Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta

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 Alternatively, visitors can also visit Jl. Pakubuwono to try Sate Khas Senayan or Penang Bistro. Sate Khas Senayan specializes in Javanese and Balinese cuisine. Meanwhile, Penang Bistro serves contemporary Malaysian dishes.A plethora of restaurants and food stalls can be found near the Pondok Indah Golf Course, the GOR Popki Stadium Cibubur and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. However, foodies in Cibubur and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah may want to drive a bit further to Cimanggis and sample ikan bakar bambu (grilled fish in bamboo stick) at the Ikan Bakar Karimata restaurant.Nearby tourist attractionsWhen it comes to tourist attractions, visitors can find a variety of entertainment in Jakarta, including historical places, museums an amusement park and more.Kota Tua is among the popular tourist destinations. Located in West Jakarta, the complex’s main attraction is Fatahillah square, an open space surrounded by colonial buildings. There, visitors can do some museum-hopping by visiting the Jakarta History Museum (Museum Sejarah Jakarta), the Museum of Fine Arts and Ceramics (Museum Seni Rupa dan Keramik) and the Puppet Museum (Museum Wayang).Contemporary art lovers can go to either the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Museum Macan) in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta, or the Art:1 museum in Kemayoran. The former hosts the Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow exhibition until Sept. 9. Meanwhile, Art:1 frequently exhibits works by emerging artists.As for those who stay in Ancol, you can find an amusement park or learn about animals and marine life at Seaworld.Those looking for antique goods can go to Jl. Surabaya in Menteng, Central Jakarta. Tucked away in the middle of Indonesia’s bustling modern capital, the 450-meter road offers a range of unique items, like old china, the traditional kris daggers, wood carvings, vinyl records as well as luggage. Shopping centersJakarta is a shopping haven. Those who need some retail therapy may want to visit the malls of Plaza Indonesia or Grand Indonesia in Central Jakarta. Located near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle (Bundaran HI), the shopping malls offer various international brands, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Kenzo, Balenciaga, Coach as well as H&M, Uniqlo and Zara. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Those wanting to see artistic gymnastic, weightlifting and bridge competitions at JIExpo Kemayoran can check for rooms with Grand Mercure Jakarta Kemayoran and Holiday Inn Jakarta Kemayoran.Those two hotels are also convenient for those wanting to attend competitions at the Jakarta International Equestrian Park in Pulomas and the Jakarta International Velodrome in Rawamangun.Meanwhile, those planning to see jet ski and sailing competitions in Ancol can try the Mercure Convention Center hotel located inside Ancol.As for those going to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Senayan, Central Jakarta, you are in luck, as there are many hotels in the area. Those seeking five-star accommodation can make a reservation at the Fairmont Jakarta or Mulia Hotel Jakarta. For others, Sultan Hotel Jakarta, Harris Suites Fx Sudirman and Century Park Hotel are also within walking distance from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and Jakarta Convention Center.Pondok Indah Golf Course, the venue for the golf competition, is quite far from the city center. ADVERTISEMENT Near the GOR Popki Stadium Cibubur, visitors can find Rumah Sakit Olahraga Cibubur (Cibubur Sports Hospital) and 24-hour clinics, making it convenient for health emergencies. As for those staying near Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, fret not, as the venue is located near Ridwan Meuraksa Hospital.TransportationVisitors can use public transportation, such as the Transjakarta busses and Commuter Line trains to visit the venues.For the Transjakarta busway, passengers need to use travel cards, such as e-money, Flazz or Tapcard. These cards can be purchased at Transjakarta bus stops. To top up the card, visitors can go to Indomaret, a local convenience store chain.For the Commuter Line, a single trip costs Rp 3,000 (less than US 50 cents) for the first 25 kilometers of a journey. Those who do not have a travel card can purchase single tickets at the train station. A Rp 10,000 deposit is required and can only be refunded on the same day.Alternatively, tourists can also download ride-hailing apps Grab and Go-Jek, which will spare them the hassle of learning the ins and out of public transportation.Changing moneySome popular money changers are Dua Sisi, BMP Money Changer and Dolarindo Money Changer.These money changers can be easily found in shopping malls, such as Plaza Senayan, Plaza Indonesia, Senayan City, Pondok Indah Mall and Mall Kelapa Gading.24-hour convenience stores Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Although there are many 24-hour convenience stores, most of them close at 10 p.m.However, those who stay at the athletes village Kemayoran can go to a 24-hour Indomaret located on Jl. Kemayoran Gempol.Emergency numbers112 is the integrated emergency services number, which will connect to hospitals, fire stations and police stations.Mobile phone servicesForeign tourists can purchase SIM cards at shopping malls, some convenience stores or even at roadside stands. The staff at the store are usually happy to help tourists register and purchase internet data plans.Tips:–  It is recommended to purchase travel cards, as they can be used for most of the public transportation and toll gates.– For an easy journey around the city, download ride-hailing apps Go-Jek and Grab.– Do not drink tap water. Indonesian officials and participants escort the flame during the torch relay for the 2018 Asian Games as it passes the Zapin Monument in Pekanbaru, Riau, on August 2, 2018. Jakarta and Palembang will host some 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries for the Asian Games, which will be held from August 18 to September 2. / AFP PHOTO / WahyudiJAKARTA — This city has been busy gearing up for the 2018 Asian Games, which will run from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.The city residents are gradually becoming familiar with the new odd-even traffic policy that will be enforced during the event. Meanwhile, visitors to the capital now can see Asian Games 2018 banners and posters in every corner of the city.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentscenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Therefore, visitors can check for vacencies at hotels in the area, such as The Bellevue Suite or Swiss-Belhotel Pondok Indah.Supporters of pencak silat and kabaddi can opt for the Santika Taman Mini Indonesia Indah Hotel in the cultural park complex.As for those interested in the handball competition at the GOR Popki Stadium in Cibubur, we recommend checking out Hotel Ciputra Cibubur.FoodWhen it comes to food, you can find almost anything under the sun in Jakarta.Those staying in the Kemayoran area can try Chung Hua and Medan Baru. Both of those restaurants are only around a 15-minute drive from the athletes village in Kemayoran.The former is a legendary Chinese restaurant that once served state guests from China. The latter serves Sumatran dishes, such as gulai kepala ikan (fish head curry), rendang (beef stewed in coconut milk), burung punai goreng (fried pigeon) as well as the Acehnese staple es timun (frozen cucumber) drink.In Ancol, visitors can find a plethora of restaurants. Seafood lovers can visit, for example Bandar Djakarta or Jimbaran Restaurant.Those planning to stay in the Senayan area might want to give the 1945 at Fairmont Hotel Jakarta a try. The fine dining restaurant specializes in Indonesian food, allowing you to sample local delicacies.Spicy food lovers can try the Beautika restaurant on Jalan Hang Lekir. Offering Manadonese food, this eatery is known for its fiery hot dishes. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In the Senayan area, visitors can go to Plaza Senayan or Senayan City. Located near the Gelora Bung Karno, both of those malls are home to high-end international brands, such as Gucci, Tiffany & Co, Celine, Burberry and Fendi.Near Kemayoran, visitors can visit Mall Kelapa Gading. Tucked inside the Kelapa Gading area, the mall also offers various shops, varying from Adidas, Giordano, Guess to local brands, such as This Is April and Gaudi.Similar to the above shopping malls, Pondok Indah Mall also offers both local and international brands, including Longchamp, Lacoste, Massimo Dutti, Batik Keris, Alleira and The Goods Dept.LandmarkThe National Monument (Monas) that stands at the center of Merdeka Square is known as the landmark of Jakarta. Built in 1961, the 132-meter tall structure is the symbol of Indonesians’ struggle against the Dutch colonization.Hospitals and 24-hour clinicsEach of the Asian Games 2018 venues in Jakarta is located near hospitals.Those who book a hotel in the Kemayoran or Ancol areas can go to Mitra Kemayoran Hospital.Meanwhile, visitors to the Senayan area can go to MRCC Siloam Hospitals Semanggi or Mintohardjo Navy Hospital (RSAL).Although Pondok Indah is the farthest location from the athletes village Kemayoran, the venue is located near the Pondok Indah Hospital (RSPI), which has a 24-hour emergency department. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES In Jakarta, the competitions will take place in eight locations, namely Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and JIExpo Kemayoran in Central Jakarta, Ancol Ecopark in North Jakarta, Pondok Indah Golf Course in South Jakarta, Jakarta International Equestrian Park in Pulomas, Jakarta International Velodrome in Rawamangun, GOR Popki Stadium Cibubur and Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) in East Jakarta.Although some of the venues are located in the same administrative areas, the distance between other venues is quite far. The Jakarta Post has prepared a guide for those planning to visit the capital during Asia’s largest sporting event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’AccommodationBoth domestic and foreign tourists are recommended to book accommodation located near to event venues. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lewis urges togetherness and love in Hall of Fame speech – When Jakartans say food is spicy, they mean it.– It is suggested to avoid roadside food stalls, as most of them lack in terms of hygiene.– Use sunblock or bring an umbrella, as the weather is humid and often scorching hot.– Not everyone can speak English. Foreign tourists may find a translation app or pocket dictionary useful.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Red Sox happy to be asleep at the ballpark

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES Reliever Joe Kelly heads there whenever he feels tired.“It’s amazing. I love it,” he said. “It’s cold. Dark. Great beds. Very useful.”A 2017 paper by Northwestern University researchers Alex Song, Thomas Severini and Ravi Allada published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science examined travel by big league teams from 1992-2011.“We observed that jet-lag effects were largely evident after eastward travel with very limited effects after westward travel,” the authors wrote. “Jet lag impacted both home and away defensive performance. Remarkably, the vast majority of these effects for both home and away teams could be explained by a single measure, home runs allowed.”Their recommendation: “A starting pitcher scheduled for a game in which the team is jet lagged might travel to the game location a few days ahead of the team, to adjust to the new time zone.”While many clubs send the next day’s starter to the following city ahead of the team, the pitcher usually travels just a day in advance.The rest of the team, those players grind it out.“There are times when your body is just not 100 percent. There are sometimes you’re exhausted,” Pearce said. “Sometimes you just need to shut your eyes for about 30 minutes. And with a small locker room like ours, it’s good to get up there and just hide out for a little bit.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Minnesota Timberwolves clamp down on Indiana Pacers in 101-91 win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, May 31, 2017, file photo, Zineb Curran, left, Boston Red Sox senior director of corporate communications, arranges bedding in a nap station near the team’s clubhouse at Fenway Park in Boston. Catching some Zzzzs during downtime could help Boston be more alert during the first coast-to-coast World Series in 20 years. A sleep room was opened in 2017 at Fenway Park, adjacent to the gym next to the home clubhouse. Two bunk beds contain four queen-sized mattresses. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)BOSTON — Think the Red Sox are asleep at the ballpark? You may be right.Catching some Zzzzs during downtime could help Boston be more alert during the first coast-to-coast World Series in 20 years.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? A sleep room was opened last year at Fenway Park, adjacent to the gym next to the home clubhouse. Two bunk beds contain four queen-sized mattresses.Steve Pearce used it before hitting a double off Houston ace Gerrit Cole and scoring the tying run during the Game 2 win in the AL Championship Series.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“I was like, I am exhausted. I went upstairs and I took a nap. I didn’t even hit BP that day,” he remembered. “Don’t fight. Just go take a nap, and that’s actually better for you than trying to play a game running on fumes.”Boston’s World Series opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night is just the start of the final stretch of an 8½-month endurance test. Six weeks of spring training is followed by 162 games in 186 days and then a postseason of up to 4½ weeks. Even the fittest, sturdiest players are knackered. Now add in a 2,611-mile flight to the West Coast after Game 2 and a return East possibly between Games 5 and 6.No wonder the Red Sox put a new-wave space into the oldest park in the majors.Because in an industry where little expense is spared in seeking the smallest edge, it may be important to figure in box springs along with box scores.“Comfy beds, comfy pillows. Really dark. It’s a good area if you want some peace and quiet,” All-Star infielder and outfielder Brock Holt said. “It’s a good place to have just to kind of wind down and get out of all the hustle and bustle, what’s going around the clubhouse, and just kind of get some quiet time.”The room, about 12 feet by 12 feet, is similar to freshman college housing — with a darkened window that keeps out ambient light. There is a wood floor, and each bunk bed has a five-step ladder. Above are a pair of slightly yellow lights and an air duct that creates a sound a bit like white noise.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

James Harden’s 30-point streak ends but Rockets beat Hawks

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES He’s glad it’s over, too — especially since he had no expectation of matching Wilt Chamberlain’s 65-game streak, the longest in NBA history. Harden’s stretch with 30 or more points ranks second.“Yeah I am. It was cool but I knew I wasn’t going to get to No. 1,” Harden said before walking away chuckling.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHouston overcame a scoring outburst from Hawks rookie Trae Young, who set career highs with eight 3-pointers and 36 points.Harden returned after missing Saturday’s win over Golden State with a neck injury and missed all 10 3-pointers he attempted. The Hawks cut the lead to five on a basket by John Collins with about 2 1/2 minutes remaining. Harden missed his 10th 3-pointer seconds after that, but Harden was fouled on a 3-pointer on the next possession and made all of the free throws to make it 115-107.Atlanta scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter, with five points including a long 3-pointer from Young, to cut the lead to one. P.J. Tucker got the Rockets going again when he made a 3-pointer to make it 98-94 with 8 1/2 minutes remaining.Young’s hot shooting continued after that when he made his seventh 3 to cut the lead to one again.Harden made four quick points later in the quarter, but Young was at it again after that, sinking his eighth 3-pointer to cut the lead to 107-102 with about five minutes left.Young said he couldn’t appreciate his big night since the Hawks came up short.“For me, I’ve grown up with a dad who raised me that winning is the only thing that matters,” he said. “So for me, of course you want to play well, of course you want to do well in the game and help your team, but at the end of the day I don’t feel good about it.”Vince Carter got the Hawks within one with a 3-pointer later in the third quarter before Houston scored five quick points, capped by a basket from Harden to make it 82-76 with about four minutes left in the third.Alex Len added a 3 for Atlanta after that but the Rockets padded the lead to 90-79 with an 8-0 run.The Hawks got within seven late in the third, but Paul made a shot while being foul and completed the 3-point play to leave Houston up 95-85 entering the fourth.TIP-INS Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul, left, and guard James Harden look on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden isn’t exactly lamenting the end of his impressive scoring run.Harden had 28 points, snapping his 32-game streak with at least 30 while the Houston Rockets beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-111 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “This was the first time I was able to move it since a few days,” he said. “So it kind of felt good to go out there and just move it and run around. I hadn’t really done any movement or working out. I’ve been in bed really.”He got to 28 points with 23.3 seconds left and had the ball on Houston’s last possession but did not attempt a shot from half court with the game in hand. When asked if the injury affected his shot he said: “I don’t care. Made shots, missed shots, we won the game.”Harden last came up short of 30 points in a Dec. 11 win over Portland, when he had 29. During the streak, he scored 50 or more points four times, including a career-high 61 in a win at the Knicks on Jan. 23.“Eventually it was going to have to end one of these days,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s unbelievable. He’ll start another one.”Chris Paul added 20 points, and Eric Gordon hit four 3-pointers for 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Jordan Clarkson hopes to join Gilas brothers in China for Fiba World Cup Hawks: Collins had 20 points. … Kevin Huerter had seven points in his return after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. … Carter received a flagrant 1 foul in the third quarter when he knocked Austin Rivers to the court on a fast break.Rockets: It was Paul’s third straight 20-point game. … Iman Shumpert returned after missing the last two games with a sore right knee. … Kenneth Faried had 13 points and has scored at least 10 points in all 15 games as a Rocket, which is the longest streak of his career.OLD FRIENDSVince Carter took a second to chat with Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, who was sitting courtside on Monday night. The Dream and Carter were teammates in Olajuwon’s final NBA season in 2001-02, when he left the Rockets after 17 seasons to play for the Raptors at 39.Carter, who is in his 20th season, is currently the oldest player in the NBA at 42.THEY SAID ITPaul on Young’s performance: “He was hooping. It’s funny because coach (D’Antoni) and everybody was like, ‘Man he can play.’ I was like, ‘Yeah we knew that.’”UP NEXTHawks: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night.Rockets: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday night. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Read Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Visiting US Ambassador Urges Gov’t to Strengthen Health Sector

first_imgVisiting United States Ambassador on Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), Bonnie D. Jenkins, has urged the national government and its partners to intensify efforts to rebuild the public health sector.Ambassador Jenkins made the call yesterday during a two-day celebration of Laboratory Week for medical laboratory professionals in the country.Lab Week celebration is meant to promote improvements in Laboratory Science, which according to the Ministry of Health, is now an essential component in health services in Liberia since the Ebola outbreak. It is hosted by Africabio Enterprises Incorporated, with sponsorship from Exxon Mobil, World Health Organization (WHO), Clinton Health Access Initiative and Coca-Cola, among others.Ambassador Jenkins emphasized that when the public health sector of Liberia is rebuilt, the country will have a resilient health system and ensure that efficient medical services are provided to its citizens.In the absence of a good public health system, disease outbreaks can be very devastating, Amb. Jenkins warned.She observed that the public health sector is in dire need of resuscitation, and added that government and partners need to strengthen laboratories to enable health workers to prevent diseases.National Director for Reference Laboratory (NDRL) at the Ministry of Health, Mr. Philip Sahr, lauded President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for making Liberia a part of Global Health Security Agenda. He said the process of building laboratory systems in the past was very difficult because resources from government were limited.Mr. Sahr recalled that in the past, the National Reference Laboratory started with a single room in 2002; seven years later it was located at Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research (LIBR), where it is now accommodated in 21 rooms.The issues of competent human resource, lab supplies and equipment, have to be dealt with, said Mr. Sahr, adding that there has been a significant improvement in lab systems in the area of human resource, good capacity building and laboratory structure and technology. The NDRL Director said the Ministry of Health has demonstrated its commitment to improving the health sector because it is a priority.He noted that the Global Health Security Agenda’s five-year strategic plan for Liberia will help strengthen the health system.However, he called for resource mobilization for implementation, noting, “The Ebola outbreak taught us many lessons.” The Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Alex Gasasira, pledged his entity’s commitment to Liberia in its endeavors to build a good public health sector.For her part, Ms. Candace Eastman, CEO of Africabio Enterprises Inc, said “Focusing on clinical laboratory is long overdue in Liberia. Let us ensure that beyond Ebola, we can begin to prioritize diagnostics. It cuts across every area of medicine and impacts the status of our healthcare system on the overall.”“This conference,” Ms. Eastman added, “not only provides allied health professionals with the tools they need to start to increase supply and demand in this arena; it also sets a stage to promote the creation of jobs in healthcare.”The Africabio’s Chief Executive Officer said, “Africabio wants to promote public-private-partnerships where there is value for all stakeholders, from the Ministry of Health to vendors, researchers and private companies that can leverage this experience to ultimately improve labs here for all Liberians.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Boy, 12, Suffers Caustic Soda Infection

first_imgThe parents of a 12 year old boy suffering from a ‘caustic chemical infection’ are appealing to the general public to help him seek medical treatment abroad.Mr. Randall Mychenburg said his son Richard mistakenly drank caustic soda in July 2007, when he was four years old.Dr. Jose Uroz Tristan, who attended little Richard aboard the Mercy Ship in 2008, diagnosed the boy’s condition as “oesophageal stenosis” and post-operation diagnosis as “esophageal stricture/stenosis due to indigestion of caustic substance.” He recommended that he undergoes surgery on “esophageal dilatation, retrograde, laparotomy,” surgery that cannot be performed anywhere in Liberia.Although Richard was provided with weekly dilations and a regular diet, including iron, multivitamins and pain medication (paracetamol liquid), his situation did not improve.At the Medecins Sans Frontieres location at Island Hospital in 2007, Richard was again diagnosed with ‘moderate malnutrition and esophageal striction’ (caustic ingestion). Again, doctors recommended that the boy be taken abroad for advanced medical treatment.With the condition of his son still not improving since then, Mr. Mychenburg is therefore calling on Liberians and humanitarian groups and government officials to come forward and help his son.Young Mychenburg currently has a clogged throat. “His food consists of liquids injected through a narrow surgical opening in the left rib,” Mr. Mychenburg added.According to the parents, they have visited several health centers across the country, including DU-Side Hospital, John F. Kennedy Medical Center, Bong Mine Hospital and Mercy Ship Liberia, among others, but were on each visit told to seek treatment abroad. Anyone who can assist this child should please contact Mychenburg’s parents on; 0886962782, 0770305248, 0888066837.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WFP Trains Farmers, Technicians in Improved Lowland Development

first_imgLead farmers, CACs and DAOs in training session in lowland developmentBy Judoemue KollieThe World Food Program in Liberia (WFP) has embarked on developing the capacity of more than 80,000 smallholder farmers in improved lowland development in 10 of Liberia’s 15 counties.As part of efforts to meet this goal, WFP recently completed a 2-day workshop in Suakoko, Bong County for more than 80 persons comprising lead farmers, County Agriculture Coordinators (CACs) and District Agriculture Officers (DAOs) in the improved methods of swampland development.The trained lead farmers, CACs and DAOs in the targeted counties will work with farming cooperatives to develop or rehabilitate 285 hectares of lowland.The project is an asset creation plan designed as a food/cash for work scheme aimed at providing needed incentives for vulnerable food insecure smallholder farmers and their communities. These farming communities are expected to engage in the expansion of agricultural production through the development and rehabilitation of swamps with small scale irrigation facilities that will enable them to restore their livelihoods and increase agricultural production and farm incomes.It is supported by the government of Japan under the Japanese grant fund for Ebola affected communities, through WFP-Liberia in collaboration with MOA.The irrigation specialist at WFP, Faya Sandono, told the Daily Observer during the workshop that the project seeks to develop the skills of 886 smallholder farmers in the targeted counties.“Our institution intends to encourage rural farmers to engage in more productive activities by adopting swamp development for rice production. It is important to note that in order to increase the production of rice in Liberia, farmers must also be encouraged to leave the upland and move to the lowland. The beneficiaries of the project will benefit from the construction of modern spillways (irrigation structures) that will enable double cropping,” he said.He stated that 10 spillways, both concrete and wooden, will be constructed in the targeted counties, adding that they will increase the production capacity of the farmers to improve incomes.“WFP is increasing the construction of irrigation infrastructures in the targeted counties to increase the production of rice in the lowlands,” he told the Daily Observer. “It is a concrete irrigation structure that will last for a long period of time,” he added.According to Sandono, the project hopes to achieve the United Nations’ mandate to end hunger.“This project is going to become sustainable because the farmers will receive enough training and encouragement on how to focus on lowland crop production. We seek to link the beneficiaries with the MOA in providing additional supports,” he stated.Mr. Sandono added that the trained lead farmers and technicians from the selected counties will work closely with farmer cooperatives to provide technical support for the success of the project in the various counties.The WFP’s irrigation specialist stated that despite partners’ support, lack of tools still remain a challenge for farmers.“Many farmers are still complaining about the lack of tools but this project is not addressing such a concern. We are hopeful that with the support of the MOA, farmers will benefit from tools and seeds to expand production. With the food/cash for work under the project, the farmers are highly motivated,” he stated.Nancy Flomo of the World Affected Women’s Cooperative in Suakoko district said: “We highly welcome the project because it will strengthen our abilities to grow more food for our families. We have benefitted a lot from the WFP program to the extent that today, we can sell produce to raise more income.”The district agriculture officer (DAO) of Suakoko and Zota districts, Garsonide Watson, stated that with the intervention of the WFP project more farmers in his district are motivated to increase food production.“Many farmers in Suakoko and Zota districts are now moving to the lowlands for rice production with support from partners. These farmers were provided with seeds and tools and they have adopted lowland rice production practices,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia, EU Sign €4M through VPA

first_imgThe Government of through the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday, July 10, renewed their commitment to the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) through the signature of a new financing agreement valued at €4 million (US$4,672,640.00).The VPA, which is a legally binding trade agreement, aims to ensure that all timber and timber products destined for the EU market from a partner country comply with the laws of that country. In addition to promoting trade in legal timber, VPAs address the causes of the illegality by improving forest governance and law enforcement and the major strength of VPAs.According to the Aide Memoir document, the VPA look beyond trade to consider development and environmental issues.The chairman of the Board of Directors of FDA, Harrison S. Karnwea, who signed on behalf the board at the end of the sixth meeting of the Joint Implementation Committee (JIC), lauded the EU through the VPA for finalizing such agreement, that would boost the country’s timber industry.Mr. Karnwea said the country will continue to manage its forest and forest resources sustainably for the benefit of “this and the future generation.”He expressed the hope that very soon the country will join Indonesia to issue a Forestry Law Partnership Agreement and Trade (FLEGT) certificate.“We also thank the office of the FDA managing director, the EU ambassador, the FLEGT facilitators for the mutually acceptable outcome. We look forward to a successful implementation of the VPA until Liberia joins Indonesia to issue FLEGT certificate in the not too destine future,” he said.Alberto Menghini, EU Head of Corporation Sector for Resilience in the country, who also spoke on behalf of his Ambassador, Hélène Cavé, expressed gratitude to the FDA management and their partners for signing the final document of the joint implementation committee of the new VPA for Liberia.This discussions, according to Menghini, were particularly intense and of substance. “I believe that this is a very good sign that shows that the VPA agreement is alive and kicking and we are particularly pleased to see that the new administration is committed to the VPA; this is the first implementation committee that we owed to the leadership of the FDA,” Menghini said.He said EU is aware that one of the targets of the Weah administration under the pro-poor development agenda is to increase the contribution of the forestry sector to Liberia’s National GDP to 12%.Mr. Menghini said they are sure that the forestry sector is a potential source for the country. “And we believe that through the VPA we can also work together so that the sector produces more revenue generation, more jobs, but also we can promote together more than ever to improve governance of the sector, so that economic growth is not just economic but also target the issuing of a full FLEGT licensing.”It can be recalled that EU ratified the VPA in 2012 and Liberia ratified it in 2013. They are now implementing the commitments they made in the agreement. Once Liberia has implemented a timber legality assurance system and other commitments outlined in the VPA, it will export to the EU only verified legal timber products accompanied by FLEGT licenses.FLEGT-licensed timber products from Liberia will be able to enter the EU market without undergoing the due diligence checks required by the EU Timber Regulation. Such direct access to the EU market can increase the attractiveness of the Liberian timber products to EU importers and can contribute significantly to raising revenue an stimulating the country’s economic activity. While FLEGT licensing is an important goal, the VPA has already had a positive impact by improving transparency, stakeholder participation, capacity and other aspects of good forest governance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Enmore Co-op feud continues

first_img…villager “locked” into homeAs the feud between the North Haslington Co-op Society and residents of Enmore North, East Coast Demerara (ECD) intensifies; a resident was on Sunday morning faced with added humiliation when she was locked in her own home by persons claiming to be the new owners of her property.The invaders of Rambarran’s property erecting a fenceNadia Rambarran is living on the property owned by her mother, Yasmattie Rambarran. The plot of land was willed to her by her now deceased uncle, Rango Paul, who was part of the Co-op Society.At around 10:00h on Sunday morning, she heard loud noises emanating from outside of her house.Upon inspections, she saw three men nailing her main access door shut, thus trapping her inside. The men then proceeded to erect a fence while the young woman who was unable to exit her house was forced to watch from her window.The said persons who had on a previous occasion invaded the said house and threw her belongings outside, were later ordered to stop construction as a probe has since been launched into the matter by Minister with responsibility for Labour, Keith Scott.“The matter is now engaging the Minister of Co-op, Mr Keith Scott, engaging Central Co-op, Ms Gibbs is looking into the matter, and the matters is engaging the Police… yet still they are coming and invading the people premises and making rings around them, threatening remarks, as well as locking them up in their home,” one angered resident who was witnessing the ordeal explained to Guyana Times.It is being reported that following a meeting between Minister Scott and the Chief Central Co-op Officer of Georgetown, it was relayed that the lands of the co-op society are not to be sold but are to be transferred from one generation to the next.Further, the lands are also not transported lands as it is a block lease and as such, the Enmore residents were never given individual transports.As such, the Secretary of the Haslington Co-op is engaging in irregularities by selling these lands and issuing individual transports to the buyers.It was also reported to this publication that the Secretary was in 2014 sanctioned for her actions and was in June of this year invited to a meeting with the Chief Co-op Officer and again sanctioned.However, following that meeting, the woman reportedly held an emergency meeting with the buyers of the already owned Enmore North lands and encouraged them to dismantle homes and to “put up structures”.As a result of this, the residents are awaiting a decision by the Labour Ministry but are currently unsure of their next move as they are being targeted on a daily basis.Attorney Anil Nandlall had stated that he would represent the residents in the High Court if the matter could not be resolved amicably at the level of the Co-op.As such, Nandlall had visited with the Commander of the area who had promised to dispatch two senior ranks to the area to provide protection for the Enmore residents. However, the protection was never provided for the residents this newspaper was told.Nandlall had also visited the residents and proceeded to condemn the wrongful actions of the co-op. He is holding out that while the co-op is in a process of redistributing the land, they cannot merely give it to another member while noting that when a person is deceased, the beneficiary is supposed to be given the land.However, it is not a case whereby the residents were squatting on the land. “That is not what the law says. The law of cooperative society recognises transmission of interest upon death. If a deceased was a member of a co-op, and would’ve been entitled to a plot of land, when that person dies, that interest passes on to the beneficiary of that deceased person,” the former Attorney General stated.“Those who are administering the co-op ought to recognise that and rather than assign the property to another member of the co-op, they’re supposed to assign it to the beneficiary,” Nandlall detailed.last_img read more

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Man arrested for three robberies

first_imgWHITTIER – Officers arrested a parolee Monday night after he allegedly robbed three people of cell phones and a pack of cigarettes. Paul Martinez, 50, of Victorville was booked on suspicion of armed robbery and was being held without bail at Whittier Jail. He will be arraigned Wednesday at Whittier Court. The robberies happened in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. The first victim was sitting in a car in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 8438 Santa Fe Springs Road about 9 p.m., Monday when a man brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to Whittier Police spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. She said the robber got away with two cell phones. The victim gave police a description of the robber and the getaway vehicle, a maroon Ford Ranger. The robber next struck in the parking lot of the Food 4 Less at 7810 Norwalk Blvd. in Santa Fe Springs. He robbed a second victim of a pack of cigarettes but took nothing from a third victim, Salazar said. She said there could be a fourth victim. A witness saw the robbery in the Food 4 Less parking lot and called police. Officers suspected it was the same man because of the similar description from the previous robbery, she said. Salazar said Martinez was arrested as he was getting into a pickup. Officers found a replica of a 25-caliber handgun in his pocket and two cell phones, she added.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more