LeBron gets ovation in Staples Center debut

first_imgCarpio 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 Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James runs past fans on his way to the court before an NBA preseason basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LeBron James received a rapturous reception in his home debut for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday but was unable to prevent his new team from slipping to a second pre-season defeat to the Denver Nuggets.James, who joined the Lakers in July from the Cleveland Cavaliers on a four-year deal, was given a rousing standing ovation by the Staples Center crowd as he arrived on court.ADVERTISEMENT The 33-year-old delighted the crowd with some silky touches during 15 first-half minutes.He finished with 13 points, three assists, three rebounds, two steals and four turnovers during 15 minutes on court in the first half before sitting out all of the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe game ended in a 113-111 win for Denver, who had also beaten the Lakers in San Diego on Sunday in James’ first game with his new club.Earlier Tuesday, James told reporters he was still adjusting to his new environment, and once again cautioned that the new-look Lakers squad would take time to gel. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve got a new group. We’re not at the level that a lot of the teams are in terms of cohesiveness and chemistry,” James said following morning practice.“Every day is another opportunity for us to get better.”rADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Player of the Week: Fiery Lee fueling Magnolia’s hot start Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Agriculture Can Develop Liberia’

first_imgLiberian cocoa farmers have stressed the important role agriculture can play in the country’s development agenda if the sector is prioritized by the government and its numerous partners. The farmers noted that the sector has the potential to make Liberia one of the emerging developing countries, with massive job creation. The farmers, who just returned from a week-long knowledge acquiring field trip to Ghana, said Liberia has not acquired the high level economic transformation that it desires because it has neglected the agriculture sector.Speaking at a press conference in Monrovia upon their arrival from Ghana yesterday, a representative of the group, Erastus Borkuah, said when given the desired attention, the sector, especially cocoa production, can build Liberia as it has done in Ghana.The trip was an initiative of Wienco Liberia Limited (WLL), a leading supplier of fertilizer and other agricultural inputs which has been operating in Liberia since 2011. Though it is a business venture, the company provides farmers with essential supplies and advisory services throughout the cocoa season.The cocoa farmers became the latest group to echo this sentiment after their week-long trip to that country where they had the opportunity to be part of the Ghana Cocoa producers’ annual festival known as the Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM was organized by the Cocoa Abrabopa Association of Ghana and held at Asankragwa in the Western Region of that country.Mr. Borkuah said what the team saw in Ghana is very great, noting that this can also be emulated here if only the Liberian government is willing to prioritize agriculture.“What we saw in that country is unbelievable. Agriculture, especially cocoa farming is indeed the spin of the Ghanaian economy,” Mr. Borkuah said.“Even the Bible tells us that humans learn from each other just as ‘iron sharpens iron’ so our trip was indeed rewarding. We saw things that are motivating us as cocoa farmers, but the unfortunate thing is that our leaders are not willing to do the level of investments that we saw out there.“This trip was successful because we learned new things that we have come to apply here. The people told us that it is agriculture that built their country and I believe we can also do the same here.”He said that they visited some farms, many of which are very large compared to farms here, and had fruitful discussions with the farmers. They also visited the Cocoa Research Center (CRC), which he called on the Liberian government to establish here.“We need a research center where we can do some of our technical work to alleviate some of the problems we face as farmers,” he said. “Ghana has really developed and this is because of the way they have prioritized agriculture. Cocoa farmers are building mansions in that country while we sit in abject poverty here because our government has decided to blatantly ignore the potential of agriculture.”He said with the requisite financial and technical support farmers can do more in Liberia. “We want to follow our Ghanaian counterparts’ footprints,” he said.“If we can just get a quarter of the support our colleagues are getting in Ghana, we farmers in this country can develop Liberia beyond recognition.” Wienco senior agronomist, Eric Asante Antwi said the trip was the second of its kind after an initial group of farmers returned from that country a year ago.He noted that when Wienco came to Liberia in 2011 they realized that import usage was at zero level and even now with the four years experience, it is still at this level.“We need to take our farmers around after giving them the technical knowledge. We have levels of learning. Some believe that when they see it they can copy and some like to touch or feel it,” he said.Mr. Antwi said that the trip was organized to share the Ghanaian experience with some of the farmers in Liberia.“We went there and had a five day knowledge impacting experience in Ghana, especially during the AGM,” he said.Meanwhile, cocoa farmers across the country have adopted, and many more will adopt, an initiative by Wienco Liberia Limited, which promises to see a significant upsurge in their yield.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more