Kings whip Bolts, grab 1-0 start

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Kings closed out the first period with a bang and jumped to a 40-23 lead in the second quarter after a Brownlee basket that buried the Bolts in a hole they were never able to climb out of.Meralco, the elimination round topnotcher, tried repeatedly to get back in the contest, narrowing that gap to within four in the dying seconds of the third after a four-point play by rookie Mike Tolomia.But a barrage of triples gave the Kings a 96-75 lead going into the final 5:05 and completely knocked the wind out of the Bolts.Game 2 is slated Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, and the Bolts would need to find an antidote to Ginebra’s imposing size and impeccable shooting if they want to avoid falling 0-2 behind.Only three franchises in the league’s history have defended the Governors’ Cup, with Ginebra looking to join the company of sister teams San Miguel Beer and San Mig Coffee and the Alaska Aces.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Another crucial factor for the authoritative win was Ginebra’s defense on Allen Durham, whom the Kings held down to 27 points, just 10 in the first half where Ginebra made its most damage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU shoots for crown, perfect run View comments Justin Brownlee scored 32 points, had 19 rebounds and missed a triple double by four assists to headline the unforgiving Kings, who led by as large as 21 for the emphatic Game 1 win in their grudge rematch for the season-ending title.The Bolts would now have a long road trip back to Manila, where they will have to pick up the pieces and figure out what went wrong, as the series-opener not a few tipped would be close got out of hand early.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAnd the way Ginebra played—and dominated—actually surprised coach Tim Cone, who said that he expected a “rusty” team to go out there.“I was surprised that we played this well,” Cone said after getting five players in twin digits. “I was surprised that we controlled the game from start to finish.” Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PBA IMAGESLUCENA—Too big, too quick and too deadly, Barangay Ginebra couldn’t have come up with a more intimidating statement to start its PBA Governors’ Cup title series against Meralco Friday night.The Gin Kings were all over the Bolts right from the get-go and battered the Bolts black-and-blue, 102-87, at Quezon Convention Center here to seize a 1-0 start and also put a huge dent in the enemy’s psyche with the second game just two nights away.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

What Are LIBA’s Strategies for Greater Liberian Participation in the Economy?

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has reiterated its call for greater Liberian participation in the economy.LIBA President Dee Maxwell Kemayah, addressing a meeting of the Executive Committee last Wednesday, said the organization advocates “for indigenous (or Liberian-owned) businesses to take over the country’s economy,” but lamented the targeting of Liberian businesses in times of crisis. This tends to undermine the efforts toward achieving LIBA’s goal, he warned.The meeting was apparently called after the destruction of houses and businesses belonging to one of LIBA’s key members, Prince Howard of Ganta. Mr. Howard is the proprietor of the Alvino Hotel in that city which was attacked by hooligans in the recent violent demonstration there. The demonstrators accused him of being involved in the death of a motorcyclist in Ganta on September 30. Putting the country’s economy in the hands of Liberians remains LIBA’s primary objective, declared Mr. Kemayah.The question is, what strategies has LIBA put in place for achieving this objective?The reason we raise this question is that we still see Liberians missing in the grocery and general trading businesses, especially near the main market centers in Monrovia. These include the markets at Sinkor Old Road, Jorkpen Town, Rally Time,Waterside, Douala and Red Light markets, where market people get their supplies for retail selling.The Lebanese and other stores supplying marketers, especially market women, get their goods from the same wholesalers found across the bridge on Bushrod Island. Granted, the Lebanese and Indian wholesalers may have special prices from some of these outlets that are patronized by the market women. But this is where LIBA can come in and negotiate with the wholesalers to ensure that Liberian stores receive the same prices offered the foreign traders. The stores from which the marketers get their goods also supply middle class Monrovia families on a monthly basis. Liberian business people could do the same thing and develop a clientele not only from the marketers but also from those customers who buy their goods on a bi-weekly or monthly basis. What is LIBA doing to introduce Liberian business people to this market, which encourages Liberians to open stores near the market centers and enjoy the steady stream of market women coming in to buy goods for retail sale in the market places? Also, when was the last time Mr. Kemayah or any of his officials visited Camp Johnson Road? President Ellen Johnson herself noticed a few years ago that Camp Johnson Road is now dominated by Liberian-owned businesses and she stopped by to patronize several of them. But a close look at Camp Johnson Road today shows that many of these stores are closed—why? Has LIBA taken note recently? Has it investigated this? If so, what have been its findings and what is the Association doing about them?Several months ago we advised LIBA in an editorial that it should give great encouragement to Liberian businesses in the counties. Yes, they are encouraging Prince Howard in Ganta. But what of business people in Kakata, Margibi County, Gbarnga, Bong County, Kpain and Tapita, Nimba County, Zwedru, Tchien and Putu, Grand Gedeh County, Karweaken and Fish Town, River Gee County, Barclayville, Grand Kru County and Gedetarbo, Pleebo and Harper, Maryland County?There are the major cities and towns in the other counties in western Liberia—Clay and Tubmanburg in Bomi, Bo Waterside and Robertsport in Grand Cape Mount, Vahun, Foya District, Kolahun, Bolahun, Vezala, Voinjama, Zorzor and Salayea in Lofa County.What of Buchanan in Grand Bassa, Cesstos City in River Cess, Greenville, Juazon and Butaw in Sinoe?In all of these cities and towns, local entrepreneurs are in charge. But one can see that they are struggling. Has LIBA any plans to visit these areas and check out its members and other business people there to find out how they are faring and what are their challenges?It seems to us that LIBA needs to come forward with some clear strategies to improve and enhance Liberian participation in the business sector in Monrovia, the capital and around the country. We have seen that the government cannot do it alone, nor does this seem to be one of government’s top priorities. At a recent LIBA meeting some Liberian businesspeople lamented that it is people in the very government of Liberia that are doing everything to frustrate and undermine Liberian businesspeople.LIBA cannot sit supinely and see this happen. The Association needs to find some means of combating this problem and giving Liberians a competitive edge in business both in the public and private sectors. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more