Dual Citizenship: A Vision of National Reunification

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) In her 9th Annual Message, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf reflected upon the many accomplishments of her administration as she laid out her vision for the next twelve months and beyond.  One poignant aspect of her vision which must be put into perspective was contained in her call to the National Legislature to render “adequate consideration to the recognition of citizens’ rights for those persons born as Liberians, and those born of Liberian parentage who wish to contribute fully to the development of this country as citizens.” In this call, the President went further to drive home the strategic logic of socio-economic gain in the form of valued human resource which many nations in the developed world have wisely  tapped. She noted, “The grant of Liberian citizenship would enable us to draw on the wealth of financial, technical and other resources available to that category of persons that could be deployed nationally.” Her call was made in full recognition of billions of U.S. dollars transferred in remittances to Liberia by Diaspora Liberians, and the vast talent pool and transferable assets gained by this sector of Liberian society abroad.The President’s proposition reveals the essence of reconnecting a missing link not yet brought to bear in the quest for national reconstruction so desired by millions of Liberians at home and abroad.  It triggers a sober reflection upon the tremendous loss of essential resources by Liberia during the war years. The mass exodus of an estimated 1.5 million Liberians in a dark chapter of human and infrastructural destruction gave way to massive brain drain and accumulated economic disadvantages. These losses account for the missing links, and stubborn hindrances to accelerated reconstruction.  Accordingly, the President’s call to action must be pursued with great vigor as a strategic initiative to attract, regain, and maintain the maximum resources of all Liberian nationals at home and abroad, to achieve the goals of reconstruction.The task of consolidated nation-building cannot be achieved if we fail to pursue all available resources within our reach. It has been observed that the primary obstacle to the achievement of this initiative is not within any Constitutional provision, but rather within a 1972 Liberian Statute which has been deemed incompatible to the Liberian Constitution by major legal scholars, including the acclaimed American Bar Association (ABA). Therefore an Act by the Legislature to repeal of this obstructive Statute would achieve the goals of national reunification as envisioned by the President and the host of Liberian nationals abroad.However, she cannot ably proceed on this crucial matter without grappling with the reality of a divided nation. A crippling challenge to this pursuit of national reunification lies in the growing cynicism on the part of local Liberians towards the intentions and perceived domination by their fellow citizens from the Diaspora. It is also a sad commentary that a nation reeling from the aftermath of war would suffer such an unnecessary schism triggering political hesitation within the corridors of the Legislature, as key supporters in the Senate gear up for re-election this November.  While we commend the President for this visionary and courageous reflection, we note that this call to the Legislature on behalf of Diaspora Liberians is not the first. It has been repeatedly made in previous Annual Messages.Consequently, further action beyond oratory is now required on the President’s part,   considering the essence of this issue, so long delayed, as it relates to national reunification, human development and reconstruction.  A word of advice to the President on this issue, especially in a polarized year of legislative elections, is to consider the use of her constitutional options related to Executive action in the best interest of the nation. The Liberian leader can follow the example of President Barack Obama who took the bold step to use the pen of Executive order to secure opportunities for millions of children born to undocumented immigrants in the United States, even as he battled fierce opposition to his call for immigration reform.In so doing, Liberia, as many developed nations have done, will expand access to unlimited economic, political, and social advantages which lie in the potential of her own nationals. The changing trends and demands of a global community make it increasingly logical to reach out in an earnest effort to tap the vast human and material resource potential of all Liberian nationals scattered abroad. Hence, the path to this objective lies both in a conscientious effort by the President, and the courage of the Liberian Legislature to revisit the Laws of Liberia to guarantee full citizenship rights to natural born Liberians and their children, who circumstantially acquired citizenship in other countries as means of survival during a time of war. JOHN LLOYD, today’s Guest Editorialist, is former Commissioner, Office of African Affairs of the District Government of Washington, DC. He is a former leader of the Liberian Community Association in Washington DC and the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA). He served as member of the editorial staff of the Daily Observer prior to the civil war.last_img read more

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‘We Must Encourage Every Sector of the Economy’

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has described commercial motorcyclists as a group of people “that are meaningfully contributing to the country’s economy”, even though members of the public have criticized them throughout the country for what is considered their “indiscipline and violence-oriented behaviors” that have led to the destruction of properties, including police stations and vehicles, and the loss of precious lives. “We need to encourage every sector of our society for their meaningful contribution,” he said, “because we don’t expect them to do it in a perfect way, but it is our job as leaders to guide them to do whatever they do to continue for the better.” The Vice President’s remarks were a welcome affirmation of commercial motorcyclists, who otherwise continue to incur negative public perceptions about themselves as a result of many unlawful, reckless and tragic actions among their members, in spite of the great potential their services pose to the Liberian economy.“It may not have started all well,” the VP noted, “but our jobs as leaders is to guide them and put dignity on what they do. I am happy that you are building this kind of hub, and I want to thank those who are bringing this vision to reality, especially the people who made this land available. “I want to encourage these young people who are providing these services. And it is true that they behave well sometimes, but at times they get into other things. This is because we have to show and appreciate them, and work with them to make things better.”Vice President Joseph Nyumah Boakai then called on Liberians to begin appreciating and encouraging every sector of the Liberian society, especially those that are meaningfully contributing to the upkeep and well being of society.“In whatever we say, before transportation resumed in the country, it was the pem-pem riders that transported people from their various destinations. We have to consider them as an integral part and contributors to our economy,” the VP said.The pem-pem hub was constructed by the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), which promised to construct several such hubs across the city.The Vice President lauded Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, and her council for “her good works that is gradually leading to Paynesville becoming an evergreen and glowing city.”“Madam Mayor, I must admit that since you took over, we have been seeing a lot of good changes around Paynesville,” the VP added.Paynesville City, he said, is taking a gradual good look, “and therefore, we do expect through your leadership that this community is more united, and a lot of developmental initiatives are undertaken.” He called for the proper maintenance of the facility, adding, “It is our job as a community to ensure that things we put into place for the benefit of all of us are safeguarded and properly maintained, and sparkling as on the day of the dedication.”A similar sentiment was also expressed by District Representative, Henry Fahnbulleh, who said that people caught destroying the property will be penalized.The pem-pem hub consists of an assigned parking, washing station, event spot, garbage can and latrine. Mayor Gibson said with adequate funding many developments like the pem-pem hub will appear across the city.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Croatia’s Luka Modric wins men’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgRonaldo was a distant second, with France and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann completing the podium.Paris Saint-Germain’s teenage forward Kylian Mbappe — who won the Kopa Trophy for the best young player — came fourth, leaving Messi to settle for fifth position.Another Frenchman, Modric’s Madrid teammate Raphael Varane, was seventh, just behind Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.“As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies,” Modric said.“The Ballon d’Or was more than just a dream for me and it is really an honour and a privilege to hold this trophy.”Modric — the oldest winner since Fabio Cannavaro, also 33, in 2006 — was crowned after an outstanding year in which he starred in the Real side that retained the Champions League before heroically helping drag his country to the final of the World Cup for the first time in their history.Croatia lost 4-2 to France in Moscow in the final in July.Meanwhile, Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize.The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta — winner of FIFA’s best player prize — to take the prize organised by France Football magazine following a vote by journalists from around the world.Hegerberg was one of seven players from the all-conquering Lyon side to feature among the 15 nominees, but she won out thanks to her prolific form in front of goal.She was the top scorer with 15 goals as the French side won the Champions League for the third year running. One of her goals came in the final in Kiev in May, as Lyon came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 4-1 after extra time and retain the trophy. Harder had put the Germans in front in that game.“I want to say thanks to my teammates because this would not have been possible without them, my coach or our president Jean-Michel Aulas,” Hegerberg said at the ceremony at the Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysees.“I also want to thank France Football. This is a huge step for women’s football.”Lyon also won the French title for the 12th season in succession, with Hegerberg top-scoring with 31 goals, and she continues to bang in the goals for her team who are top of the table again this season.Hegerberg, whose elder sister Andrine plays for Lyon’s biggest rivals in France, Paris Saint-Germain, is a Norwegian international but has not played for her country since their disappointing showing at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Modric put an end to a 10-year dominance by both Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi to win the 2018 Balon d’OrPARIS, France, Dec 4 – Luka Modric saw off competition from France’s World Cup stars as the Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder won the Ballon d’Or on Monday to end a 10-year stranglehold on the award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.Modric, 33, was announced as the winner of the prestigious prize in Paris ahead of Ronaldo and French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann.last_img read more

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SWAP ROSSNOWLAGH FOR KUSADASI FOR €279 THIS SUNDAY

first_imgWe certainly made the most of the good weather with thousands flocking to our beaches, hopefully we will have plenty more sunshine over the summer!It doesn’t have to end though, you can snap up one of Liberty Travel’s last minute deals departing this weekend. Swap Rossnowlagh for the beaches of Kusadasi staying at the 3* Pine Club Apartments for just €279pp.Departing Sunday 16th June, including flights, transfers, 7 nights accommodation and bags! Phone(074) 918 8380Emailinfo@libertytravel.ieWebsitehttp://www.libertytravel.ieSWAP ROSSNOWLAGH FOR KUSADASI FOR €279 THIS SUNDAY was last modified: June 11th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SWAP ROSSNOWLAGH FOR KUSADASI FOR €279 THIS SUNDAYlast_img read more

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COMEBACK KINGS SWILLY ROVERS WIN CUP FINAL BATTLE WITH TIGERS

first_imgUlster Senior League Chairman Johnny McCafferty presented the Cup the the winning Swilly Rovers captain Paul Fisher.SWILLY ROVERS         3KILDRUM TIGERS        2  Swilly Rovers Reserves came from behind to win the Ulster Senior League Division One Cup at Leckview Park last night (Thurs).Swilly, trailing by 2 goals to 0 at half time against Kildrum Tigers, were a different team in the second half and eventually ran out 3-2 winners after a brace from one of their senior team players Micheal Doherty.The “Tigers” raced into an early lead after 10 minutes, full  back Kevin McBrearty with a fantastic direct free  kick from 20 yards out and they went in at the break two goals to the good after a well struck strike from the edge of the box from Glenn  Bovaird. Swilly were well in the game and could easily have scored at least three goals during the first 45 minutes but for an excellent display of goalkeeping by young Tigers  net minder  Michael Lynch. But 6 minutes into the second half and Swilly/s comeback was on. Micheal Doherty converted a penalty after Kildrum’s Conor Crossan handled the ball on the goal line.Referee Terance Moyne had no option but to send Crossan off and Doherty made no mistake from the spot kick.The Ramelton men equalised in the 75th minute thanks to a close range strike from Ryan Toland and got a deserved winner shortly after, Micheal Doherty with his second on the night from a direct free kick from the edge of the box. Afterwards Ulster Senior League Chairman Johnny McCafferty presented the Cup to the winning Swilly Rovers captain Paul Fisher.Man of the Match: Michael Lynch(Kildrum Tigers)  Referee: Terrance  MoyneAssistants: Stephen Toner and Michael LaganCOMEBACK KINGS SWILLY ROVERS WIN CUP FINAL BATTLE WITH TIGERS was last modified: July 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:COMEBACK KINGS SWILLY ROVERS WIN CUP FINAL BATTLE WITH TIGERSlast_img read more

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BRENDAN BOYCE TO REPRESENT IRELAND AT EUROPEAN RACE WALKING CUP

first_imgDonegal native and Letterkenny Athletic Club member Brendan Boyce has been selected by Athletics Ireland to represent Ireland at The European Cup of Race Walking in Murcia, Spain.Brendan Boyce in action.This is the third time since 2011 that Boyce has been selected to compete in the competition and he will also be the senior team member at the event.Boyce secured his place on team Ireland by recording a 1:26:55 over 20K last May at the World Cup of Race Walking in China. Boyce has been on form recording a personal best of 3:48:55, at the 50K Walk at the recent IAAF Race Walking Challenge Permit Meeting in Dudinska, Slovakia – twelve minutes inside Olympic qualifying time.This strong performance also secured Boyce’s place for the World Championships in Beijing at the end of August.Commenting on the selection for the European Cup of Race Walking, Brendan Boyce said, “I’m very proud of being selected to represent Ireland for the third time on an international stage. My first major international was at the 2011 European Cup of Race Walking, so this particular competition has always been a special one for me. In addition, I’m also the senior member on the team so I hope to inspire other team members to give their very best performance in Murcia. It’s a very exciting time for everyone on the team and we’re really looking forward to preparing for the event.”Boyce continued, “To help me prepare for the race I have committed myself to a training camp in Almeria, Spain ten days prior to the competition. My brother Brian has sacrificed his own holidays to come out with me for half the camp to help me with my training sessions. It’s hard to create a professional environment with the limited funds available. My family has always been my best supporters with my ambition in sport and I hope to get the results to reward them for that.” The European Cup of Race Walking will take place on the 17th May and Boyce will be competing with Cork’s Alex Wright and Luke Hickey in the 20k Walk. Wright is looking to back up his World championship qualifier from last year with another strong performance in Murcia. Luke Hickey of Leevale A.C is also part of the team and will be looking for the European U23 time.You can follow Brendan’s journey through his website www.brendanboyce.co.ukBRENDAN BOYCE TO REPRESENT IRELAND AT EUROPEAN RACE WALKING CUP was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan Boycedonegalracespainwalkerlast_img read more

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Lampard ready to make LA move – report

first_imgFrank Lampard is ready to become David Beckham’s replacement at Los Angeles Galaxy, according to the Daily Mirror.The MLS outfit are one of several clubs to have been linked with Lampard, whose Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season.Chelsea will reportedly not offer him a new deal or allow him to leave in January – apparently ruling out a move to QPR for the 34-year-old and leaving him on course for a summer switch to the States.With Beckham leaving the Galaxy, Lampard could take advantage of the ‘designated player’ rule and not be subject to the MLS salary cap.This page is regularly updated. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Jerry Rice says Antonio Brown ‘badly’ wants to play for 49ers

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Antonio Brown not only has Jerry Rice’s blessing but also an apparent passion to join the 49ers.With Brown’s Pittsburgh Steelers tenure likely ending with a trade in the upcoming months, the wide receiver is eyeing refuge on Rice’s former team.“He wants to come here really bad,” Rice said Monday morning on 95.7 The Game.PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a 7 yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter during the game against Eric …last_img read more

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Conserving Water for Future Generations

first_imgWise Wayz Water Care (WWWC) programme is based on the South Coast of Durban- in the communities of Folweni and Ezimbokodweni. It is there where the desire grew from two community groups at grassroot level – to restore and manage the communities’ dwindling natural resources and build a sustainable project for future generations to come. The programme stemmed from humble efforts by the local citizens to empower themselves in order to mitigate the social, economic and environmental challenges that confronted them.As South Africa is a water stressed country and has been experiencing droughts and low water levels, this stimulated the community to protect the aquatic ecosystems, such as the wetlands,rivers and streams of Ezimbokodweni and Folweni.It was community members like Desmond Malgas, who is now a project coordinator, who went knocking for assistance and support from corporates and organisations, to endorse their project and indeed, the AECI Community Education and Development Trust jumped onboard. This is how the WWWC programme was born.Since its inception in 2016, the programme has been able to bring hope to the lives of the downtrodden communities of Folweni and Ezimbokodweni and has allowed them to think beyond their circumstances. Mr Malgas, alludes to how the project has personally helped him to develop and improve himself in terms of learning about governance, and the skills that he has acquired through the training he has received. He further extols that it has also allowed him “to grow, find full expression through uplifting his community and changing his mindset to see a better future”.Its three-tier model encompasses the different levels of donor, implementer and beneficiary. This project, funded by the AECI Community Education and Development Trust and implemented by i4WATER – has been able to build synergy between corporates and the community, by introducing interventions that develop sustainable livelihoods through impactful and practical measures. Some of the interventions include water conservation, food security, solid waste management, alien plant management, aquatic assessment and monitoring as well as Sinqonqozela Ulwazi (which aims to educate the community and create awareness around waste management).The Wise Wayz Water Care team with members of the AECI Community Education and Development Trust and Brand SA representatives at the interactive site visit.The programme has had a huge impact on the members who have also become beneficiaries of the project in several ways. It has been able to give the youth and elderly members a stepping stone to realising their future prospects through providing skills and knowledge on a basic, intermediate and advanced level. It has also trained and supported the commercial agriculture start-up of the project’s food security intervention by supporting community gardens. The food garden component has yielded a supply of vegetables for consumption by the community. The project recently won its first contract to get profits from their Invasive Alien Plant clearing start-up.Although they have faced several challenges, it is their vision to upscale the piloted model and continue successful sustainable change throughout the country. This keeps an implementer such as Ntswaki Ditlhale of i4WATER committed to the values and vision of the project.For more information on the Wise Wayz Water Care programme, click on the link below:You can also contact them on the following platforms:E-mail: kirsten@i4WATER.org or ntswaki@i4WATER.orgTwitter: @wwwczaFacebook: Wise Wayz Water CareWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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GALLERY: Undefeated NU sweeps FEU for PVL Collegiate title

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA suspends Portland’s CJ McCollum for a game Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Jaja Santiago, who was officially named conference MVP, led the Lady Bulldogs with 22 points while Jasmine Nabor controlled the game and tempo with 45 excellent sets.Nabor wound up winning the Finals MVP award.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Not only did National University sweep Far Eastern University to win the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference title, the Lady Bulldogs also completed a perfect run.NU disposed of FEU in four sets, 25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, in Game 2 on Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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