Against arguments that her government has not done much to the expectations of the Liberian people, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has continually stated that there is no need for arguments as the evidences are clear for all to see. And it was in this vein, she said, that the country is currently undergoing more infrastructure facelifts than previous years.Speaking at the dedication ceremony at the National Social Security & Welfare Corporation’s (NASSCORP) Village, a project of the National Housing Authority (NHA), in Brewerville yesterday, President Sirleaf said Liberia’s developmental agenda continues to make tremendous progress, with the construction of 70 housing units for low-income earners.“Liberia is changing,” the President confidently said, smiling. “These people are now the proper owners of these housing units. NHA has constructed quality housing units and NASSCORP has been the strategic institution behind the construction of these estates. We want to thank NASSCORP for its efforts in ensuring that low income earners have places to sleep.” She called on new and prospective homeowners of the various estate units to take care of and properly maintain the facilities, and be proud owners of the housing units. She reminded the tenants to ensure that their mortgage for the housing units are paid according to an arrangement with the Liberian Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), and failure on their part to honor the mortgage would result in the building being repossessed by the bank.She wants the management of NHA to extend the construction of housing units from Montserrado County to the leeward counties to benefit many more Liberians.In an earlier statement, NASSCORP’s Managing Director, Dewittt Von Ballmoos, praised the President for her tireless efforts in ensuring the development of Liberia, including the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant, the construction and rehabilitation of roads throughout the country and other major projects.Mr. Von Ballmoos said the construction of housing units at the NASSCORP Village started three years ago when the first and second phases of the project were targeted.He disclosed that NASSCORP has spent US$5.5 million on the housing project as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. “These units will be given out at an affordable cost. The proceeds will go towards the construction of more housing units in the country,” he said.Mr. Prince Wreh, Acting Managing Director of the National Housing Authority (NHA), thanked the Chief Executive for her support of the National Housing Authority, adding: “Thanks to you, Madam President, this is a dream that has come to reality that Liberians can own their own homes now.” He said the NHA’s goal is to ensure that more Liberians become homeowners. He praised President Sirleaf for giving young professionals the opportunity to serve their country responsibly, but was quick to note that there is still more work to be done. For his part, the Chairman of the NHA Board of Directors, Bishop George D. Harris, disclosed that NHA anticipates dedicating the fourth phase of the housing project, comprising 53 units, with its partners.He said NHA has constructed a total of 163 housing units, adding, “progress is being made.” He lauded the management of NASSCORP for the partnership and assured that more work will be done to build affordable housing units for Liberians around the country.At a cost of US$20,000, a unit will be paid for through a mortgage arrangement subsidized by government at an interest rate of 7 percent over a ten-year period.The ceremony was graced by senior government officials including Madam Miatta Beyslow, NASSCORP Board Chair; George V. Curtis Sr, the Mayor of the City of Brewerville; citizens, among others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Of course, I think all of us were surprised. But maybe, it shows that our hard work is paying off,” Lastimosa said in Filipino. “We’ve been adjusting in the past two conferences, but with the veterans coming in, we’re slowly getting our groove.”The changes have been evident, especially on Sunday when NLEX fought back from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes to play and pulled off a 95-91 squeaker over Phoenix to stay unbeaten.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsLastimosa is one of the big reasons for the Road Warriors’ come-from-behind victory, triggering the late push as he poured in 11 of his 14 points in the payoff period.The 26-year-old slasher said the team is imbibing Guiao’s no-quit attitude. LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Creamline rallies past Perlas to sweep PVL elims “Our attitude comes from coach Yeng, that we won’t give up. Fortunately, we had a good showing in the fourth quarter and we’re able to get the win,” he said.And that may really be the biggest takeaway from this scintillating stretch for NLEX that after two conferences, the team is finally forming in the same mold as the old Guiao teams in the past.But Lastimosa would rather not get too far ahead of himself as the Road Warriors seek to achieve more than just match their total wins in the past two conferences.“We’re not yet satisfied. We still have to prove ourselves to the stronger teams. There’s still a lot of games and we can still get eliminated early. So it’s important that we sustain this,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke.But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
A night of high intensity and drama ended with a tragic event when Chennai Smashers’ Gabrielle Adcock fell on court writhing in pain.The result of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) tie between Chennai Smashers and Delhi Dashers hinged on the last match of the night, the mixed doubles. However, Chennai had to concede their Trump match and thus the tie after Garielle sustained an ankle injury.Barely a few points into the match, Gabrielle stepped onto Chris Adcock’s feet after playing a shot and twisted her ankle as the entire stadium came to a standstill. Gabrielle Adcock (L) lying on court with an ankle injury during a Premier Badminton League match between Chennai Smashers and Delhi Dashers in Lucknow (PBL photo)Unable to continue, Chennai lost their Trump and Delhi won the tie 3-0 at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday.ALSO WATCHEven though the scoreline suggests that Delhi had a comfortable night, they had the most horrid start when they lost their men’s doubles Trump match to Chennai.The Indo/Taiwanese men’s doubles combination of B Sumeeth Reddy and Lee Yang for Chennai Smashers scored a superb 15-13, 15-11 victory over the Russian duo of Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov to put Chennai up in the tie.The win saw Chennai win their first point of the tie while Delhi fell to a -1 by the virtue of losing the trump match.However, it was an absolutely different picture for Delhi thereafter and a complete turn around of fortune happened.advertisementHong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent put up yet another strong show and beat France’s Brice Leverdez 15-10, 15-13 to bring Delhi back in the tie.By virtue of his win, Delhi upped their score from -1 to 0 against Chennai’s 1.World No.15 Vincent started off brilliantly and raced to an 8-2 lead. Thereafter, Leverdez attemped to come back in the game but Vincent proved to be too much and the Delhi player took the first game.The second game was more of a battle where Leverdez stayed neck-and-neck with Vincent. However, the Hong Kong shuttler rode on his confidence-building play in Delhi’s previous tie against Hyderabad Hunters and beat Leverdez in straight games. Delhi Dashers’ Wong Wing Ki Vincent celebrates after beating Brice Leverdez of Chennai Smashers during their Premier Badminton League tie in Lucknow (PBL photo)Tian Houwei was up next for Delhi against Chennai’s Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk and Mr. Consistent shone on the night once more.World No.22 Houwei of China beat Tanongsak 15-14, 15-10 to level Delhi 1-1 with Chennai Smashers in the tie.Houwei began the match in a dominating manner and breezed to an 8-2 lead. However, the deceptive Tanongsak hit back hard after the mid-game interval and managed to reach the game point.However, his own errors brought his doom as Houwei saved three game points to win the deciding point and the game.The second game had a similar story, only this time Tanongsak lead 8-5 midway. Yet again, a string of errors happened from his side and Houwei dug deep and kept himself in the game to snatch it 15-10.The star of the night for Delhi, however, was Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun. The world No.6 forced a massive upset as she came from behind to beat world No.3 PV Sindhu 11-15, 15-13, 15-14 to put up Delhi 2-1 up against Chennai. Sung Ji Hyun celebrates after beating PV Sindhu during the Premier Badminton League tie between Delhi Dashers and Chennai Smashers in Lucknow (PBL Photo)Sung Ji did not have a favourable record against Sindhu in the PBL, having lost both times last season. However, Sung Ji got one back at the perfect time.Sindhu established an early dominance over the Korean with her deceptive cross-court drops. Sung Ji was caught off guard regularly and without breaking much sweat, Sindhu took the first game.It was the second game from where Sung Ji began her revival.Sung Ji began engaging Sindhu in longer rallies — something that Sindhu has been suffering against on the international circuit as well in the past year.Sindhu once again fell prey to the Korean’s strategy and Sung Ji outsmarted Sindhu to win the second game and force the match into decider.The third game was a riveting contest. Both shuttlers matching stroke by stroke, Sindhu began to look drained halfway through. Sung Ji kept her calm in the most crucial moment when the game was tied 14-14 and Sindhu sent the shuttle long to give the match to Delhi.advertisementChennai will next take on in-form Ahmedabad Smash Masters at home in Chennai while Delhi will be up against North Eastern Warriors in Hyderabad on January 10.On January 4, Awadhe Warriors will take on last season’s runners-up Mumbai Rockets in Lucknow.