Cheng foregoes graduation ceremony for La Salle victory

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “I’m taking my Master’s right now so it’s okay for me to miss the march, I’ll just look forward to the ceremony for this one. I’ll just march in the graduation rites for my Master’s.”Though Cheng missed the chance to don a toga, the 21-year-old got to experience a hard-fought win over University of the Philippines.The defending champions trudged in three sets against the Lady Maroons for the 25-21, 25-22, 26-24 victory.La Salle trailed 24-23 in the payoff moments of the third set when sophomore setter Michelle Cobb worked her magic and scored three straight service aces to push the Lady Spikers to their second straight win.“I’m fine because we won and it’s a double celebration for me because we won and it was my graduation,” said Cheng who had 10 points against the Lady Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track A new star rises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Desiree Cheng has hit a fork in the road in her life as a student-athlete.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On one path is the ceremonial graduation ceremonies, and on the other a preliminary game in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.Cheng, who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management, chose the latter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Well, priorities,” said Cheng in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “This is my priority right now, which is volleyball, and it’s the UAAP. If it was any other league I would’ve skipped the game and marched.”Cheng, though, is not missing much because she still has another chance to do the graduation march—when she finishes her Marketing course for her Master’s Degree. LATEST STORIES 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 View commentslast_img read more

Tragedy in La Cote d’Ivoire: Implications for the MRU Basin—and for Our Security Officers

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said it for us all when she extended deepest condolences to President Alassane Ouattara for the terrorist attack that occurred last week on the Ivorian resort Grande Bassam resort near Abidjan, killing 21 people and injuring several others.What happened at Grande Bassam is a serious threat to all nations, governments and peoples in the Mano River Basin. We should all take this very seriously and develop appropriate initiatives to protect our individual countries and people from any such threats or attacks that may befall us.The Islamic group AQIM said they launched the bloody attack on the innocent people and country—why? What did the Ivory Coast and its people do to them? Or was it just a penchant (liking, fondness) for premeditated, unprovoked violence against an innocent people and country? For what?It is known that La Cote d’Ivoire has peace keeping troops in Mali. Was that the reason for the attack? So do Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Liberia and other countries. Does it mean that all the other nations, including Liberia, are similarly threatened and can expect an attack in the near future?This horrific incident has claimed the attention of three former Liberian security personnel. They are Senator Steven Zargo, Chair of the Senate Committee on Defense, Intelligence and Veteran Affairs and former CID Director; Abraham Kromah, former Deputy Director of Police for Operations; and Saah Gbollie, a professor of Criminal Justice, AME University and former Chair of the House Committee on National Security.The three unanimously agreed that the national security sector should concentrate on intelligence and become proactive, especially at all border entry points, including air, land and sea. Mr. Kromah referred specifically to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), which he said had undergone training in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and protection of Very Important Persons (VIPS).Our Senate Correspondent J. Burgess Carter said the three men, speaking on a radio talk show, called for a case study of what transpired in Mali, Burkina Faso and La Cote d’Ivoire, to be able to design mechanisms and a blue print “to guide us as to how to meet the occurrence of some of these issues on our soil.” They called for the passage of the Police and Immigration Act, which they described as vital for Liberia’s national security, especially in the face of the imminent UNMIL draw down. In the phase of the drawdown, GOL has crafted a National Security Transition Plan of US$103 million, of which US$20 million had already been disbursed. Senator Zargo called on international partners “to work with us in the preparation of our resolve to avert another tragedy.”The three former security officers suggested the installation of CCTV cameras at hotels, resorts, hospitals and other relevant institutions.To this we add schools, colleges and universities. In this era of present and constant danger, it behooves all of us to exercise utmost security consciousness. The three former security officers called on the public in general to be security conscious. This means watching out for strange individuals, parcels, loads or incidents, however insignificant they may appear to be. One other major concern that must be highlighted: ALL of our security forces must exercise utmost integrity! This means they—the Police, Immigration, Emergency Response Unit and Armed Forces, etc.—should not be tempted with money. That would be a sure way of willingly admitting miscreants (troublemakers, wrongdoers, rebels) into our country and our midst that could create havoc here. We surely do not want that, for it would seriously undermine our peace and security. So we all, especially those who have been trained and are being paid to protect us, have to be very, very careful. No one can buy integrity; it is innate in a human being. Either one is honest, or he or she is not. However, it would behoove the government to pay our security officers and soldiers better wages and give them incentives. As the Rainy Season approaches, the Liberia National Police should ensure that every Officer receives rain gear—raincoat, hat and boots. If GOL is truly in the process of receiving increased funding for security operations, we pray that this money will be shared equitably with the ordinary officers on the ground, whom we hope will be supplied with the logistical equipment they need, including transportation and communication gear to make them more effective. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more