Meralco ruins Standhardinger’s PBA debut, downs San Miguel Beer

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer stole the spotlight as Meralco ruined Christian Standhardinger’s keenly-awaited debut with a 93-85 win over San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Amer delivered down the stretch, scoring 13 of his game-high 28 points in the last six minutes to lift the Bolts to their third win in four outings.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s always a big win when you beat San Miguel. We were hoping to catch them early, catch them when they’re still rusty,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.All eyes were on Standhardinger, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Beermen in October, and the fancied San Miguel making their debut coming off a historic fourth straight championship in the Philippine Cup last month.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 crownBut the Bolts stole their thunder behind Amer, who flourished in the crucial stages.Meralco was down seven before it went on an 11-2 burst capped by three free throws by Amer with 4:29 remaining. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The former San Beda star then, scored five unanswered points to give the Bolts an 85-81 edge before sinking a pair of freebies to put the game away, 90-83, with 23.5 ticks left.Amer went 8-of-13 from the field including 5-of-6 from downtown and also had eight rebounds and three assists while his backcourt partner Chris Newsome added 23 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Bolts import Arinze Onuaku posted a near triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists while also collecting two steals and two blocks.Beermen reinforcement Troy Gillen started like a house on fire but cooled off in the second half, where he only scored two points after tallying 17 in the first two quarters.Standhardinger had a subpar outing, finishing with only four points, five rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes off the bench. June Mar Fajardo had a quiet night, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Garcia disappointed as Rain or Shine fails to capitalize on frontcourt edge 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Mount Coffee Project – A Promise Fulfilled

first_imgNews that Liberia’s much awaited power plant project (Mount Coffee Hydro) destroyed during the civil war has finally been revamped to meet some of the country’s growing demands for energy use is not only a promise fulfilled by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s administration, but also one of the proudest moments for Liberia since the return of peace almost two decades ago. For so long, not entirely the fault of this Administration, Liberians have had to endure hardship associated with non-availability of electricity or where available, it has been largely inadequate or epileptically provided from whatever source it came.In post-war Liberia, petty traders have relied heavily on imported generators to sell cold water and other locally produced beverages with low returns on their sales as they had to spend some of the meager amounts accrued from the sales to purchase gasoline or pay for the locally supplied electricity from the neighborhood. At the end of the day, they always complained of low profit margins. It is also fair to point out that while there has not been any independent assessment to establish the health hazard associated with the use of some of those generators, such as fire incidents and the loss of property, there exists the probability that several people have suffered respiratory problems due to excessive exposure to carbon monoxide. That, not to talk of loud noise we hear from communities, made it impossible for any sound sleep. In today’s world, scientists and common people do agree that electricity is one of the key factors necessary for the rapid development of other sectors of the economy. Therefore, its absence or partial provision brings lots of discomfort not only to the city dwellers who have become accustomed to the use of electricity-based equipment such as television, cell phones, refrigerators, among others, but also hampers economic activities and slow down or deters investors. Cognizant of this reality, President Sirleaf’s administration has always emphasized the importance of resuscitating the energy sector as a gateway to economic revitalization. With the completion of this project, it has now become apparent that the saying frequently echoed by her administration “Small Light Today and Big Light Tomorrow,” which has been interpreted by many as one of those politically crafted slogans designed to appease the masses, has now hit home for real. The truth is that President Sirleaf believes in the methodical approach to tackling development challenges, something she has demonstrated over time and evidently, this has proven efficient as opposed to disjointed approach. The steady progress the country has witnessed in the last decade sprang from well thought out development initiatives rooted in the vision propounded by her administration since its inception. For instance, the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (iPRS), as well as the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), and most recently the Agenda for Transformation (AFT), all considered the energy sector as a critical component of the country’s development agenda. As a proponent of the Sustainable Development Goals, Vision 2030, Liberia is poised to maximize the use of electricity to accelerate its developmental goals. This is based on the scientific evidence that the use of electricity as a clean source of energy is more efficient and sustainable than other sources of energy that breed environmental problems. For instance, a study has revealed that “current projections estimating world population growth read in conjunction with corresponding projections of increased world energy consumption, point to electricity as the cleaner fuel of the future, especially because of its efficiency and low levels of pollution.” Clearly, the resuscitation of the Mount Coffee Dam is one of the many projects that this administration has undertaken with commitment and dedication. Indeed, the launching of the Mount Coffee hydro plant is a promise fulfilled. It is an affirmation, and it does reinforce to the people to never lose hope in the determination of a government that has proven ability to turn things around despite numerous obstacles, if only we care to reflect on the past. Emerging from the status of a Failed State to an internationally accepted player among the comity of nations speaks volume about the resolve of Madam Sirleaf’s leadership to the meet critical developmental needs of Liberia. In the next few months or so, we shall turn our searchlight on some of the achievements of this administration. At least not for the purpose of showering praises, but to inform that when discussions are held about the legacy of President Sirleaf, the record stands tall; and that there are more positive things to account than detractors will want us believe. It all boils down to simple appreciation of government’s efforts and the need to show a minimum respect for authority especially when the government has demonstrated over time, its readiness to meet its obligations to citizens despite the daunting challenges.About the author: Abu M. Kamara is Minister Counselor and the Deputy Chief of MissionEmbassy of Liberia in Riyadh- Saudi Arabia Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more