Among those who died during the period were Pasig City “shabu tiangge” vendorAmin Imam Boratong, Francis Go, Jimmy Yang, Benjamin Marcelo, Zhang Zhu Li, Jimmy Kinsing Hung, Eugene Chua and Ryan Ong. MANILA – Convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian died due to complications from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Hospital in Muntinlupa City. A month later, Sebastian filed graft and criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against De Lima and former Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) chief Ricardo Rainier Cruz and former NBP head Richard Schwarzkopf Jr. Sebastian, who once testified against detained senator Leila de Lima in her illegal drug trade case, succumbed to acute myocardial infarction as a complication from COVID-19, as stated in his death certificate. The remains of the 40-year-old Sebastian was not autopsied and immediately cremated on Saturday evening at the Panteo de Dasmarinas public cemetery in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Based on the latest data from the DOJ, NBP accounts for the most number of confirmed cases among Bureau of Corrections-managed jail facilities with 141 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) infected and 38 BuCor staff. Prior to Sebastian’s death, there were also some eight NBP inmates who passed away also due to COVID-19 during the latter part of May and early part of June, based on the information obtained by Panay News. In this October 2016 file photo, convicted drug lord Jaybee Sebastian takes his oath before testifying during the congressional probe on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison. Sebastian died due to complications from coronavirus disease 2019 on Saturday, JULY 19 with his death certificate showing he suffered acute myocardial infarction. ABS-CBN NEWS/FILE PHOTO To recall, Sebastian tagged Sen. Leila De Lima as a protector of illegal drug operations inside the national penitentiary during the House of Representatives House hearing on the alleged proliferation of illegal drugs inside NBP in October 2016. In light of the deaths of NBP inmates due to COVID-19 that were not being reported, DOJ secretary Menardo Guevarra has summoned BuCor chief Gerald Bantag to his office today. Overall, the number of COVID-19 cases in BuCor-managed jail facilities has reached 301. Close to half of the reported cases – or 145have recovered while 16 PDL deaths were reported./PN
Batesville, IN—Recently, the Batesville Knights of Columbus Council #1461 presented eleven individuals with a $1,000.00 scholarship. Each year the Knights of Columbus holds a Cash Out Raffle to raise money for their scholarship fund. This year’s winners are:Sydney LecherBailey HartmanRuth HeileEli LampingTrey HeidlageElizabeth SutherlinMarissa EcksteinJacob HoffLuke MeyerSummer RatclifffeSylvia Eckstein
De Jong told nufcTV: “The plan always was to be part of that game, to be on the bench. I played 72, 73 minutes and hopefully I can be part of the team next week. “We will see what happens. I don’t think I could play 90 minutes yet, especially not on a level higher, so we will have to build it up and see how it goes.” De Jong, a £6million summer signing from Ajax, has made only three senior appearances and just a single league start for the club after first suffering a serious thigh injury and then being laid low by a recurrence of a lung problem. His battle for fitness has proved both gruelling and frustrating, and he is already looking forward to the start of the new campaign and launching his Magpies career in earnest. He said: “It’s getting a little bit better. I still feel that it just improves every day, but I still need to keep on improving. I feel it in the power training, but also on the field and in the game. “I just need to get a few more games in, and I think that will hopefully be a couple of games his season, otherwise start again good next season from pre-season on.” De Jong was signed to help provide a link between midfield and attack and the kind of invention he provides has been sadly lacking for much of the campaign, particularly in recent weeks as a run of six successive league defeats has left Newcastle too close for comfort to the relegation zone. Victory – something they have not tasted since February 28 – over the Swans on Saturday would go a long way towards erasing any fears of being sucked into trouble, although with many fans in open rebellion over owner Mike Ashley’s stewardship, it may do little to ease the tension on Tyneside. Press Association Siem de Jong is on track to play a part in Newcastle’s Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea after taking another step towards ending his eight-month injury nightmare. The 26-year-old Holland international midfielder played 72 minutes for the club’s Under-21s and set up striker Adam Armstrong for the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Tuesday evening. It was his second appearance for Peter Beardsley’s side since recovering from surgery to repair a collapsed lung and while he admits he is still short of match fitness, he is in contention for a seat on the bench at St James’ Park on Saturday if head coach John Carver requires him.
Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has completed his move to Newcastle after signing a five-and-a-half-year deal. The 23-year-old England international put pen to paper for an undisclosed fee understood to be in the region of £12million after travelling to Tyneside for a medical and talks on Tuesday. Shelvey is the club’s second new signing in 24 hours following the arrival of Henri Saivet from Bordeaux, also on a long-term deal and for a fee understood to amount to around £5million. Press Association He said: “I’m very excited to be here. I’m so glad that it’s finally done. I drove up through the night to be here, so it’s been a manic 24 hours but it’s all been worth it to come here and play for this great club.” Shelvey has been in Newcastle’s sights for several years, but his move comes after he found himself a peripheral figure at the Liberty Stadium in recent weeks. He made his last appearance for the Swans, who are just two points better off than the relegation-threatened Magpies, in Sunday’s 3-2 FA Cup third-round defeat at League Two Oxford, after which he became involved in a row with a disgruntled fan as he left the pitch. Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has been desperate to add players who know the Barclays Premier League to his squad after seeing summer signings Aleksandar Mitrovic and Florian Thauvin struggle to establish themselves in English football. McClaren said: “I’m delighted to welcome Jonjo to Newcastle United. He has great experience for a young English central midfielder and he is a current England international, so I’m certain he will be a great addition to the squad. “He is a player we have admired for some time and we’re very pleased that we’ve now been able to bring him here.” While Newcastle have concentrated their early activity on central midfield, there is little doubt that their main focus has to be addressing a crippling lack of goals – they have scored only 19 in their 20 league games to date, and six of those came on one afternoon against Norwich. To that end, they are maintaining an interest in Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend and are hopeful progress can be made on that front, and are pursuing a series of striking targets. They received no encouragement whatsoever in their enquiries over Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, but remain on the trail of Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost and are keeping close tabs on developments with former frontman Andy Carroll, now at West Ham, and West Brom’s Saido Berahino, another man they have watched for some time. However, their focus on QPR’s Charlie Austin appears to be dwindling with concerns over injuries and the apparent willingness of the player to remain where he is and run down his contract, making his capture less likely.
VIJAYAWADA, India (CMC) – West Indies Women were left sweating on automatic qualification for next year’s ICC 50-overs World Cup in England, after crashing to a 15-run defeat to India Women in their must-win final One-Day International of the three-match series here yesterday.Set 200 for victory at the Mulapadu Cricket Stadium, the Caribbean girls were dismissed for 184 at the start of the final over, to concede the series 3-0 and further endanger their chances of an automatic berth at the ODI showpiece.They appeared on course at 166 for four in the 45th over but shockingly lost their last six wickets for just 18 runs to fall apart down the stretch.Kycia Knight struck form with a top score of 55 and teenage opener Hayley Matthews stroked a breezy 44 from 53 deliveries. But of the remaining specialist batsmen, only former captain Merissa Aguilleira with 22 managed to pass 20, as the Windies Women’s batting let them down yet again.Left-arm spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad was the main bowler for the hosts with four for 34, and was especially instrumental at the death taking three of the six wickets to tumble.The defeat was the Windies Women’s last chance to secure the two ICC Championship points required to seal a top-four position in the standings and gain automatic World Cup qualification.They lie fourth on 22 points but can be overtaken by either by India Women who are fifth with 19 points with three games left to play, or by South Africa Women who are sixth on 17 points also with three games remaining.They were definitely in the hunt early on when they reduced India Women to 52 for three in the 21st over but Veda Krishnamurthy turned it around for the hosts with a brilliant 71 off 79 balls.She stroked ten fours and anchored two half-century stands which all but deflated the Windies women. First, Krishnamurthy put on 51 for the fourth wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur who made 19 and then added a further 57 for the fifth wicket with Devika Vaidya who hit an unbeaten 32 from 45 balls.Even when she perished in the 45th over becoming the second of Chedean Nation’s two wickets, Vaida and Jhulan Goswami (18 not out) dished out more torment in a 39-run, sixth-wicket partnership off just 24 balls.West Indies Women then got a great start from Matthews who inspired a 49-run opening partnership with Shaquana Quintyne who made 18.The right-hander, who faced 53 balls and counted nine fours, put on another 20 for the second wicket with Knight before she was second out, lbw to Gayakwad in the 19th over.Knight put on 27 for the third wicket with captain Stafanie Taylor whose run of poor form continued when she was dismissed for 14.And when Deandra Dottin followed soon afterwards for 14 at 120 for four the Windies were stuttering but Knight and Aguilleira combined in a 46-run, fifth-wicket partnership to raise the visitors’ hopes.Knight faced 94 balls and struck five fours while Aguilleira produced a cameo which included three fours and a six off 26 deliveries.The momentum seemed to lie with the Windies Women with 34 runs required from 33 balls but Aguilleira’s run-out in the 45th over, triggered the sharp decline.INDIA WOMEN inningsD. Sharma c Fletcher b Mohammed 23S. Mandhana c Taylor b Dottin 5M. Raj c Mohammed b Nation 15H. Kaur lbw b Taylor 19V. Krishnamurthy b Nation 71D. Vaidya not out 32J. Goswami b Selman 18S. Verma not out 4Extras: (b-5, w-6, nb-1) 12Total: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 199Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-36, 3-52, 4-103, 5-160, 6-189.Bowling: Selman 10-2-39-1, Dottin 9-0-43-1 (w-4), Nation 7-2-21-2 (w-1), Mohammed 8-0-27-1, Fletcher 4-0-18-0, Matthews 8-0-36-0, Taylor 4-0-10-1.WEST INDIES WOMEN inningsH. Matthews lbw b Gayakwad 44S. Quintyne lbw b Sharma 18Kycia Knight b Gayakwad 55S. Taylor c wkp. Verma b Kaur 14D. Dottin c Goswami b Vaidya 14M. Aguilleira run-out 22B. Cooper b Gayakwad 2C. Nation run-out 5A. Fletcher run-out 2A. Mohammed b Gayakwad 3S. Selman not out 0Extras: (b-1, w-4) 5Total: (all out, 49.1 overs) 184Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-69, 3-96, 4-120, 5-166, 6-173, 7-174, 8-179, 9-183.Bowling: Goswami 7-1-38-0, Parida 5-1-14-0 (w-1), Bisht 10-2-34-0, Deepti Sharma 9.1-0-27-1, Gayakwad 10-1-34-4 (w-1), Kaur 4-0-16-1 (w-1), Vaidya 4-0-20-1 (w-1).ICC Championship points: India Women 2, West Indies Women 0.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Krishnagar (West Bengal): Although 16 years have gone by, differently-abled athlete Somnath Malo still fondly remembers the evening he had dinner with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on Thursday.Malo, who hails from Nadia district of West Bengal, was a member of the Indian contingent that won 22 medals – three gold, nine silver and 10 bronze – in the 2002 FESPIC Games in Busan, South Korea. He had won one gold in high jump.Vajpayee had invited the victorious Indian team to dinner at his residence.Also Read | Mauritius cyber tower to be named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee “He called me to sit beside him. Then, he asked me where did I stay and how my leg got defunct. I vividly remember his smiling face as he had dinner with us,” Malo said, reminiscing that evening.The team was invited to Delhi about 20 days after its return from Busan. The Ministry of Sports had arranged a felicitation ceremony, following which the team members were taken to Vajpayee’s residence for dinner.“At that time, I was unable to speak Hindi. Vajpayee ji realised it and was smiling, patting my back. He was such a simple man that I did not feel I was sitting beside the prime minister and talking to him,” said Malo, who was all of 20 back then and the youngest in the team.Read More | The Vajpayee era and the mystique of saffron frenzy The athlete, who recently joined a school as a non-teaching staff, said Vajpayee had advised him to practice well and not to hesitate if any help was required.The former prime minister died at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi on August 16 at the age of 93, following a prolonged illness.
MILWAUKEE — It’s spring and it’s time to celebrate the six-month hibernation of your parka.Go outside and lay out.Grab a brew at the Terrace.Make a trip to Miller Park for an open roof baseball game.The suddenly pleasant weather also means it is time for that most dreaded of seasonal traditions: spring cleaning.Rather than actually making an effort to rake enough debris from my bedroom to actually see the floor or remove the approximately 3 inches of dust residing on my ceiling fan, I’ll instead turn my attention to the sports world and take out some of trash.Sitting in Miller Park right now, it is exceedingly clear that first and foremost the contemporary Milwaukee Brewer uniforms simply need to go the way of the dodo. Everybody loves the retro Brewer logo. The current script-over-a-baseball logo is quite possibly the most boring thing to happen in sports since televised Scrabble tournaments (don’t look for it on ESPN2). They simply are no longer fit for a team that is on top of the division. While we’re in Milwaukee, let’s toss that wimpy politically correct platform that Bernie Brewer slides into Lake Michigan and bring back the keg. Without it, Bernie’s slide takes a backseat to most McDonald’s FunLands.Moving on to football and video games, let’s throw Pac-Man to Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde. By Pac-Man, of course I’m referring to Adam “Pac-Man” Jones, who yesterday filed an appeal to his yearlong NFL suspension. Just last week, Jones took out a full-page newspaper ad to apologize for his actions. At one point he wrote, “In the past few weeks, I have learned a lifetime of lessons.” Apparently he didn’t learn the lesson about taking your medicine or else he would simply accept the punishment and turn the negative into a positive by returning to West Virginia to finish his degree.Staying in the realm of gaming, overly complex sports games like Madden and any MLB title are also ripe to be discarded and replaced with the simple addictiveness from the day of yore. There really should be only three sports titles allowed on the interactive gaming market: “Tecmo Super Bowl,” “NBA Jam” and “Ken Griffey’s Winning Run.”The next sporting item to make its way to Mount Trashmore would have to be the dregs of the mascot world. Included on this dung heap are Herky the Hawkeye (both his hideous football and lack-of-effort basketball incarnations), UW-Green Bay’s Phlash the Phoenix (Herky-esque), Florida A&M’s Rattlesnake (UGLY!), the Rice University Owl (looks like Predator), George Mason’s Oscar the Grouch look-alike, Cal-Santa Cruz’s Banana Slug (as awful as it sounds), Purdue Pete (just creepy), Harvard’s John Harvard (leprosy not appreciated) and every professional mascot in existence with one or two exceptions. The Philly Phanatic, Ragnar and Billy the Marlin are safe — it’s unfortunate, but Bernie can kiss his mustache goodbye if the keg slide doesn’t return.Regarding the Stanford tree? He can stay just as an example to all that somehow, someway, life can in fact be worse.Sports musicians would be next on the list. I’d say it’s time to remove all the musical talent of athletes, but there obviously isn’t any in the first place. From Carl Lewis’ butchery of the national anthem to Shaq’s lyrical misery to Ron Artest’s K-Fed-esque rapping, professional athletes need to stay away from any recording except instructional videos.Speaking of which, it’s time to finally do away with that tired old Tom Emanski, whose defensive drill tapes have been running since TV, it seems, was invented, featuring Fred McGriff (now retired) seemingly in his rookie year. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that hell features back-to-back-to-back viewings of this commercial, much like ESPN did back in the mid-’90s late night.Is it too much to ask Mr. Emanski to find a new group of capable young baseball players and grab a mid-tier MLB star (like Magglio Ordonez) to endorse it?Lastly: Thunderstix. They gotta go.Well, that looks like enough spring cleaning for one year.Dave McGrath is a senior majoring in English and journalism and hasn’t seen his bedroom floor since sophomore year. If you have some more suggestions for sports-themed spring cleaning, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Dare Ogunbowale gets his way, there will be no music blaring over the speakers this week at the University of Wisconsin football team’s practices in advance of UW’s game at Northwestern this Saturday.The fifth-year senior running back is not trying to take the fun out of practice. Rather, the Badger captain is looking for ways to make sure No. 8 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) is ready for the different atmosphere at Ryan Field, the home of the Wildcats (4-4, 3-2).Football: Wisconsin survives Halloween scare from Nebraska in 23-17 overtime winThe last two times Nebraska visited Camp Randall Stadium, the University of Wisconsin football team imposed its will in the Read…“It’s kind of a dry type of field for a college football game,” Ogunbowale said.Ryan Field is “dry” in the sense it may not be as loud as another stadium. It only seats about 47,000 fans, a considerably smaller stadium than other capacities throughout the Big Ten. Therefore, Ogunbowale said, the absence of music during practice this week may help the UW offense find ways to create their own juice to make sure they are hyped to play come Saturday, regardless of the atmosphere.“Offensively, we got to start learning how to have our own energy,” Ogunbowale said. “When you’re playing at Camp Randall, we don’t have to worry about that because we have such a good atmosphere with the fans bringing energy for us.”Ogunbowale said the Wisconsin defense does a great job of generating its own energy because of guys like fifth-year senior outside linebacker Vince Biegel, who said the absence of music this week is a good idea.“Northwestern’s stadium poses different challenges that we’ve seen up to this point,” Biegel said. “It’s a little more of a quiet stadium. The crowd isn’t as much of a factor as we’ve seen previously.”Especially coming off the high of a prime-time win over then-No. 7 Nebraska in front of an electric home crowd. With the transition to the more laid back Ryan Field, it will be necessary to create the energy instead of feeding off of it, redshirt junior tight end Troy Fumagalli said.What Wisconsin doesn’t want is a repeat of 2014, when it stumbled to a 20-14 loss during an 11 a.m. kickoff under overcast skies and a half-full stadium.“We turned the ball over more than we should,” Fumagalli said. “It was a typical Northwestern game at 11 a.m. We came out in a sleep. What’s good is it’s in a lot of our minds.”Wisconsin has not won at Northwestern since 1999. UW head coach Paul Chryst was part of several of those losses as an assistant, but this will be his first time going to Evanston at the helm.Each of those losses, Chryst said, have come because of what has happened between the lines on the field and not in the stands.“Every stadium is different, and I think that’s what’s kind of cool about going on the road,” Chryst said. “It’s another experience, and no one place is like the other.”Rankings hold little importanceThe Badgers rose to No. 8 in both the coaches and the Associated Press poll this week after defeating Nebraska, but on Tuesday, the College Football Playoff Committee will release its first set of rankings.The release of the rankings will be televised by ESPN in an hour-long special beginning at 6 p.m. When asked if he’d be watching, Ogunbowale said he didn’t even know there was a show about the rankings.“I doubt that many guys will watch the show,” Ogunbowale said. “I’ll probably be watching Family Guy.”That mentality derives from that of Chryst’s, who has emphasized to shut out outside noise, such as rankings.“I think they matter to a lot of people, and there’s a lot of potential with it,” Chryst said. “I think for our team, or for any team, what really matters is what you do that week. The discussions don’t help you play the game. You got to play your season out.”Injury reportSophomore nose tackle Olive Sagapolu (right arm) will miss his third consecutive game this week. Chryst said there was no timetable for his return, but that when the injury occurred, the coaching staff knew it would be some time before he’d be back.The following players are questionable for Saturday: T.J. Watt (left shoulder), Austin Ramesh (right shoulder), Natrell Jamerson (left leg), Jacob Maxwell (right shoulder) and Griffin Grady (left shoulder)
18 Aug 2013 Charlotte wins English mid-amateur title Charlotte Thomas won the English women’s open mid-amateur championship at John O’Gaunt, Bedfordshire, today with a sizzling display of golf.She had the answers to every situation as she took on and defeated Olympian Chloe Rogers 4/3 in an excellent final.Both played extremely well but Charlotte (image © Leaderboard Photography) was superb on and around the greens, and her short game kept her opponent at bay.Time and again she chipped or pitched stone dead, most memorably on the long 13th, where her second found water and she had to drop back under penalty. A glorious shot with a wedge soared over a tree and finished close to the hole – and she’d rescued a par and a half.Winning the title was particularly satisfying for Charlotte after last week, when she came so close to capturing the English women’s stroke play championship, losing only in a play-off.“It was such a good last day last week that it was difficult to be disappointed, but I was determined to win this week. This means a lot, it’s my first national English title and I’m very happy,” said Charlotte, who is based in Singapore and makes an annual golfing trip to England.She laid the foundations of her win with four consecutive birdies, starting on the par four third where she drove the green on the 268-yard hole.She followed up by ramming home a 12-footer on the short fourth for two, chipping dead on the fifth to set up a birdie four, and then pitching up stiff, over a greenside bunker on the sixth, for another birdie four.Chloe, meanwhile, was hanging on tight. The Braintree golfer had a couple of birdies of her own in that stretch and was just two down after the sixth. But, after a par putt stopped on the lip on the seventh and a tangle with the deep rough on the ninth, she was four down.She produced her own short-game magic on the 10th, where she got up and down from a difficult greenside bunker for a par three to win the hole.But Charlotte’s bogey on 10 was one of only two she had during the final and, as she relentlessly secured the pars, she piled on the pressure.On the 12th, for example, she chipped up stone dead for par from the edge of the green. Chloe had a birdie opportunity, but charged her putt past the hole and missed the return, dropping back to four down in the match. After the next three holes were halved the title belonged to Charlotte.Chloe, who won a hockey bronze medal at the London Olympics, remarked: “Charlotte played very well and I just couldn’t do anything about it. She was top qualifier and she’s been on top form all week. But I’ve loved it, I wasn’t expecting to get this far, so it’s been a bonus.”Now Charlotte will return to Singapore and, before long, will be back to the University of Washington in Seattle – where her first golfing date is a much-anticipated match in Japan. Chloe meanwhile heads to Prestwick and next week’s British stroke play championship.ResultCharlotte Thomas (Singapore) beat Chloe Rogers (Braintree) 4/3
President Weah making speaking at the Thanksgiving service for the celebration of his administration’s first year in officePresident George Weah’s submission to not only listen to sermons of religious leaders, but preach in his church has ranked him in the eyes of his die-hard supporters as an inspirational teacher, according to interviews conducted in Monrovia.President Weah, who was for the first time seen delivering a message from the Gospel at his Thinker’s Village Jamaica Resort a few months ago, has not only preached at the Bishop Isaac Winker’s Dominion Christian Fellowship Center in Cong Town, but established a family fellowship Church named Forky Klon Jlaleh Family Fellowship Center Church, where he delivered his sermons.In a radio interview recently on the Truth Breakfast Show (TBS). Reverend Emmanuel Nimley, the religious advisor to Weah, said the President is “not a pastor, but an inspirational teacher in the house of God.”Nimley is the general overseer of the Weah’s Family Fellowship Center Church, and the Pastor-in-charge that is clothed with the authority to determine who preaches or shares an inspirational messages with members of the congregation.“We have been meeting at Weah’s residence in the Rehab community along the Roberts Field Highway even before he became a senator. I mean in the early part of 2014, he decided to open his home to the neighbors, and asked us to begin a devotional mission there. But now that we have grown large in numbers, he thought we should have a church,” he said.Nimley, who was in studio with the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC)’s national chaplain general, now director at the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Fetus Logan and Melvin G. Dahn, head of the government’s recent Thanksgiving and intercessory service, said the President is a ‘humble leader.’ The service was held at the Dominion Christian Fellowship Center.“We don’t want to be politically correct or incorrect, but it is a reality when we say that there is stability in our peace and democracy. It is a fact that the growth in our gross domestic product (GDP) has risen from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent, and it is expected to reach at least 4.7 percent in this second year of the CDC governance process,” he boasted.Nimely added that before Weah became President, prices of basic commodities were to some extent uncontrollable, but since Weah got into power, he is making the difference by having some control over the major commodities.Nimley added, “the Bible says if the righteous rule, the people enjoy.”For how long people should be patient to see the change they have voted for was not made clear, but Nimely, “the man of God”, said commodities are stabilizing and will get better day by day.”On the public perception that those are around President Weah are not advising him the right way to move the country forward, Nimley said people’s opinions will always filter in, but as far he is concerned, Weah has not been ill-advised, neither have they seen something wrong happening in the negative.“It is true that there are challenges, and the opinions of people will continue to filter in, but what good will it do for us if we become arrogant or unprofessional regular talk show contributors in the name of advising the President? We are doing our job, and we are very confident that we are proceeding well,” he said.Nimely added that Weah is a leader who listens, and so he is not heartless.“In fact, you won’t believe that the President is always humble to ask questions when he needs understanding about something, and that he is not a dictator as assumed by his critics,” he said.Festus Logan said President Weah, who called for the intercessory service marking the end of his first year in office, is a great leader in whom Liberians should build their confidence and trust to develop the country.“President Weah is a gift from God to us. He is a leader who cares for his people, and is always willing to make sacrifices in the interest of the people,” Logan said.“One year into office without trouble as other people have projected, is a great gain in our governance system. In fact, we have achieved in a year than any other government’s first year in office,” Nimely boasted.“Having a leader who believes that his success has always come from God, is great and our fellow citizens need to know that we have a reason to be happy for so many things to God has done for us as a nation through President Weah,” Dahn said.“If no one else wants to be happy under Weah’s presidency, a lots of residents who organized this and that, and so I will always be happy because I don’t have to struggle to pay WASCE fee, and tuition for my children at all public universities and colleges,” he said, adding that the roads that are undergoing construction across the country should also give any good citizen a reason to appreciate God for Weah.Over time some pundits have said that President Weah’s involvement with a church as a preacher is a complete distraction from his role as a President while others have said Weah is in no error even if he becomes an ordained Pastor.Their argument is that former President William R. Tolbert was a church leader and head of government at the same time.Weah, on the other hand, is fond of repeatedly narrating his life story which is being known as one full of difficulties leading to his success in his football career and now president.Regardless of where he is found, President Weah has told gatherings that he is the one who paid the tuition for his Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Nathaniel McGill, Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah, among several others who have come to benefit from him over the years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)