Morado: PVL crown weighs more than finals MVP award

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team With the conference done, Morado set her sights on the upcoming Asian Games in August with the national team.Morado said they had to block out any distraction, including national team talks, during training to focus on getting a championship in the PVL. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLifting her first finals Most Valuable Player in the Premier Volleyball League, Creamline setter Jia Morado knew it was all worth it.Morado tallied two points and 29 excellent sets in Game two of their finals showdown against Paymaya.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The former Ateneo Lady Eagle said the Finals MVP award was only a bonus compared to Cool Smashers’ first PVL title.“For me, I felt the championship was heavier compared to the MVP award,” Morado said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’She credited the Cool Smashers’ defense for giving her opportunities to set up the spikers.“I couldn’t have done my job if it weren’t for my teammates. They always get the first ball and they make it so easy for me to get the ball,” Morado said. View comments Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football ‘heroes’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

European Leagues urge UEFA to make Champions League fairer

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 The 28-nation leagues group wants its ideas to feed into UEFA plans for a new competition in 2021.UEFA has suggested 32-team group stages in the Champions League, Europa League, and an unnamed third event.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 ChrissEuropean Leagues says fairer shares of prize money and solidarity payments are needed to help competitions stay competitive.Leagues also want weekends protected for domestic competitions, prohibiting Champions League games except the Saturday final. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tokyo Paralympics: Wheelchair-friendly rooms tough to find Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, center, celebrates after scoring against Valencia during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Valencia and Barcelona, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Leagues group has urged UEFA to allocate club competition entries and billions in Champions League prize money more fairly.The proposal on Friday includes reversing changes made this season giving four guaranteed Champions League entries to Spain, England, Italy, and Germany, plus more guaranteed prize money to storied clubs with European titles dating back decades.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

Heat go over .500, top Wizards

first_imgMiami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) looks for an opening past Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi, left, and forward Sam Dekker during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — For the first time since October, the Miami Heat walked off the court with a winning record.Hassan Whiteside scored 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, Josh Richardson added 18 points and the Heat scrambled in the final minutes to hold off the Washington Wizards 115-109 on Friday night and move to 19-18, getting over the .500 mark for the first time since Oct. 27.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trevor Ariza scored 21, Otto Porter Jr. had 14 and Jeff Green and Thomas Bryant each added 10 for Washington.Washington cut the Miami lead to three on a driving layup by Beal with 1:27 remaining. Wade made one free throw on the next Miami possession, moments before Beal connected on a pullup 3 to get Washington within 110-109.Miami then had the game’s final five points.“If we have the same effort and intensity every night, we love our chances,” Beal said.Miami led 95-86 going into the fourth, the seventh time in the last nine games between the clubs that someone held a single-digit lead going into the final 12 minutes. The Heat led by 11 early, but eventually the Wizards settled in and the first three quarters featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s definitely a good mental note,” Richardson said. “A reason to be positive and excited going forward. We just have to keep rolling now.”James Johnson scored 17 points and Dwyane Wade had 14 for Miami, which has won 12 of its last 17 games. Justise Winslow had 13 points and 10 assists for Miami, which lost its last four chances to get over .500.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 Chriss“I saw some growth in our team tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Bradley Beal led all scorers with 33 points for Washington, which had the NBA’s longest current road losing streak extended to eight games. Beal also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Heat: Visit Atlanta on Sunday. Miami has averaged 115.5 points against the Hawks this season, but is 0-2 in the season series. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Olympiakos deals Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos first loss in Euroleague Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “It seems like every time we play one another it comes down to a fourth-quarter game,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said.TIP-INSWizards: Washington missed tip-ins to close each of the first two quarters. … Markieff Morris, who will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a neck issue, was on the court pregame getting in some very light non-contact work alongside Wizards assistant coach Kristi Toliver. … John Wall, who has made Miami an offseason base in recent years, was on the Wizards’ bench. He’ll have season-ending surgery on his left heel in the coming days.Heat: Dion Waiters, who made his season debut Wednesday in Cleveland, did not play. Waiters got minutes Wednesday in part because Wade was unavailable because of a 24-hour virus. … Miami finished with 62 points in the paint. … The Heat lost games when they were 3-3, 5-5, 16-16 and 17-17.ALL-STAR WADE?Wade is second among Eastern Conference guards in fan balloting for next month’s All-Star Game, which surprised him. “I just appreciate and am humbled by people taking the time out to want to see my old self in the All-Star Game,” Wade said. He’s gotten massive amounts of fan support everywhere the Heat have played in this, his 16th and final season, and is already a 12-time All-Star.PORTER WORKINGPorter played in his second game since coming back from a strained muscle in his leg, working his way up to 21 minutes. He was 7 for 14 from the field, but missed all five of his tries from 3-point range. “Otto’s feeling much better,” Brooks said. “We just want to keep his minutes at a manageable spot for the next game or two and go from there.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit Oklahoma City on Sunday. Washington has lost all nine of its previous trips to Oklahoma City. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlike

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college While the San Miguel Beer forward could still do it, he risks getting penalized after the PBA issued a memorandum deeming the “Spiderman” dunk or monkey ride as how the league called it in the memo “unsportsmanlike.”According to the memo, “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”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 Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers PBA fans may have just seen the last of Arwind Santos’ patented “Spiderman” dunk last season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio 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 Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window The memorandum also cleared that “a player may still hang on to the basket rim, backboard or its support, to prevent injury to himself or another player with no penalty.”The league said a player is still allowed to “momentarily” hang on to the rim after a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Free Spider-Man! pic.twitter.com/xxhGhvFlrl— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Manny’s sparring partner downs Filipino bet in Pacquiao-Broner undercard

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kambosos, Pacquiao’s sparring partner the past year, captured the unanimous decision win (80-72, 80-72, 80-72) after a dominant and methodical approach that left Perez little room to recover over the eight rounds of their fight. View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Paul George steals show as Thunder escape 76ers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Perez (24-11), who hails from Laguna, is on a struggle in his past 16 fights going 7-9.Kambosos (16-0), meanwhile, has been on a tear with only his win over Perez the only fight to go to the judges’ decision.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio 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 MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers & the winner by unanimous decision and still undefeated.. @georgekambosos (16-0, 9KOs)#KambososPerez #PacBroner pic.twitter.com/44cor4TpHN— MayweatherPromotions (@MayweatherPromo) January 20, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Filipino boxer Rey Perez fell to Australian George Kambosos Jr. in their lightweight contest Sunday (Manila time) at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe two fought in the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s defense of his WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Character test

first_imgIt looks like Tim Cone actually waited for Matthew Wright’s Hail Mary heave before allowing himself to contemplate the latest victory of his Barangay Ginebra squad.“That shot of Matthew Wright, ano? Banda pa,” Cone said after the Phoenix Pulse gunner threw a desperation triple that didn’t look like it had a chance until it caught glass and spun off the rim.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio 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 And kept at it until LA Tenorio, who will be crowned the league’s new Iron Man in his next game, made the big shots that mattered and Japeth Aguilar came up with a lead-saving swat on Calvin Abueva to seal Ginebra’s fourth win in seven games.That Cone has benchmarked Phoenix’s character for this conference speaks a lot about the Fuel Masters’ newfound identity this conference.And it showed in the way the team carried itself after the loss.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” Wright said. “You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity.”That identity will be severely tested by San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT The Fuel Masters still have a shot at the twice-to-beat incentive for the playoffs, but losing the Ginebra game could haunt them because the Gin Kings stayed at three losses. If Phoenix loses to San Miguel in its last elimination round game, the Fuel Masters will be at three losses, too.That could mean getting tied with any of the following: TNT, Ginebra, Alaska, Rain or Shine and the Beermen. Except for Alaska, four of those teams will no longer play each other—which means a Beermen win over the Fuel Masters could pave the path to a five-way tie at 8-3.And the Fuel Masters would have lost to three of those five teams, putting them at a disadvantage in the quotient count.But Phoenix isn’t overly concerned about that yet, proof that coach Louie Alas has shaped his team’s character well this season.“I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments No. 1 Bataan opens Datu Cup playoff bid LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But it was clear he wasn’t referring to that shot when he gave Phoenix the ultimate praise: That Ginebra’s 100-97 victory Sunday night was a result of the Gin Kings being able to match the Fuel Masters in an important aspect of the game.“There’s a reason they’re on top,” Cone said. “They’re really good … For one night, at least we were able to match their character and get a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBarangay Ginebra simply refused to surrender despite the seeming control Phoenix had for most of the game.“We showed great character all game long,” said Cone. “Things weren’t going well for us. We just kept at it, kept at it, kept at it.” Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sam Jackson Sends Nimba to Soccer Finals Sunday

first_imgSoccer was called to order yesterday at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in the first semi-final match between Nimba and Grand Gedeh but after a grueling 90 minutes of total football, Nimba’s Sam Jackson pulled a stunning surprise to sweep victory the hard way.And the 4-2 drubbing of rivals, Grand Gedeh propelled Nimba to the soccer finals of the 2014 edition and their opponent could be either Grand Bassa or Bong County who were deciding the winner at press time last night.Sunday’s game will be the grand final and Nimba will be in action again to decide which county becomes the undisputed champion.Interestingly, player Jackson scored his 6th goal to lead as the highest scorer so far, and with his incredible strength and skillful tricks with the ball, there seems no player even close.Though for Nimba County, celebrating the victory to the finals on Sunday began the moment improved referee Jerry Nyekeh sounded his whistle to end the game yesterday, someone said it was only the beginning.Hundreds of Nimbains chanted their appreciation to their gallant warriors who stood the threat from Grand Gedeh after they (Grand Gedeh) scored their second goal in the second half to reduce the tally 2-3.Nimba, who had resumed the second session slowly, came under intense pressure as the warriors of Grand Gedeh mounted repeated attacks. They were impressive and even radio commentators expressed the fear and hope that Grand Gedeh would call off Nimba’s bluff.But like all things human, Sam Jackson, the man of the match had different ideas.It was around the 87th minute when the rising star, who just signed a contract to play for BYC, got a connection, and hampered towards Grand Gedeh’s goal. It was like hell on earth as radio commentators cried in celebration as the striker, chased by Grand Gedeh defenders, chose to ignore them.The stadium remained apprehensive as the wonder kid challenged the poor goalkeeper in Grand Gedeh’s post. Having conceded three goals already, only God knew what Grand Gedeh’s goalie was thinking about.In the stands for Nimba County were Senators Isaac Nyenabo and Prince Y. Johnson. And no one was sure if the player had promised them a goal each. Sam Jackson made nonsense of Grand Gedeh’s defense and pushed the ball beyond the reach of the advancing goalkeeper to begin the celebration that would end this coming Sunday.That was in the 88th minute.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ACHIEVE

first_imgLittle things that are freeMake lots of differenceWhen used with cautionWalk into achievementsOnly with a bowed headAchieveCaptured the impossiblesBy having huge dreamsLive by the regular peaceMend fences in your wayClean dirt that dim sightAchieveStand on few shouldersAcknowledge their effortsRespects common rivalryIgnore snarls of the feebleSpeed on to be legendAchieveSmile in the midst of fettersSurely with joy to longevitySpeak life to dead embersSound rich and play honestSail smooth to great yearAchieveShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bassa LFA Reorganizes U14, Receive Ebola Materials from LNOC

first_imgThe Grand Bassa County LFA Sub-Association has reorganized its an Under 14 football team, according to its chairman Jeremiah B. Johnson in an interview in Buchanan last Wednesday.Johnson said the U-14 players are being groomed to eventually graduate to play for the Grand Bassa County football team. He said team was selected recently when 12 community teams in Buchanan and its environs took part in a league at which time Sugar Cane Farm Community FC defeated Church Street Community FC in the finals.He advised the U -14 players to obtain academic education in order to exhibit good sportsmanship and be disciplined for the team’s development.He announced that they are expected to receive a delegation from the Kick For Christ of Monrovia this Saturday March 7.He therefore called on members of the team for their cooperation.In another development the Bassa Sports Association (BSA) presented some Ebola preventive materials, including buckets, a carton of Clorox and soap, among others.BSA President Arthur Jimmy said the items were donated by the Liberia National Olympic Committee, LNOC, through the offices of the County Education Officer (CEO).“Despite sporting activities, I am reminding you that the county is not yet Ebola free so you all must continue to adhere to the Ebola preventive measures instituted by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its international partners,” Mr. Jimmy reiterated.He hoped the Ebola materials would be distributed to teams under the County LFA Sub-Association.Receiving the items, LFA Sub-Association Chairman Johnson thanked the BSA and the donor for the kind gesture, and promised that the Ebola items would be fairly distributed among the teams without discrimination.He added that the LFA Sub-Association would sure that the beneficiary teams adhere to the Ebola preventive measures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No child should be vaccinated without parents’/guardians’ consent

first_imgDear Editor,I recently heard reports of staff of the Public Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Education Ministry, vaccinating underage children with the anti-HPV vaccine without first obtaining parental permission. In some areas, parents/guardians who do not want their child/children to get this vaccine are being tasked with writing and sending letters to the authorities – the ‘opt-out’ approach; otherwise their child will get vaccinated. Especially troubling, are reports from the hinterland regions about parents only receiving information about this vaccine after their children have already been vaccinated. This is a clear violation of both child and parental rights, as well as a potentially very dangerous approach – children’s medical histories, potential allergies, etc, are not being taken into proper consideration. It is important to have this information as it can determine whether or not the child should receive the vaccine and alert caregivers to potential negative side effects.The fact is that every drug/medicine/vaccine has side effects, some more serious than others, depending on each individual’s genetics, medical history, etc. Gardasil, the anti-HPV vaccine, is no exception. While most of the reported side effects have been relatively minor thus far, some more serious effects have been reported. Responsible and ethical healthcare providers would inform people – including the adults and guardians of underage children – of these, allowing them to make an informed decision. Responsible and ethical healthcare providers would also follow up and provide treatment for side effects that children may experience. It is not clear that this is being done in Guyana, especially in the hinterland areas. This vaccine is a relatively new one, and although some amount of safety testing has been done by its manufacturer, research is still being conducted. Some side effects may not show up immediately but after some time; when side effects aren’t tracked properly, the long-term safety of the vaccine becomes questionable.Vaccine side effects and safety concerns aside, the issue of consent remains. Consent is, theoretically, a very simple concept – giving permission, saying yes or no to things affecting you. In sexual matters, not getting consent from someone equals rape. Consent is something we train youth – and adults – to ask for and obtain, as responsible and ethical persons. This is especially necessary in a nation like ours that’s suffering from an epidemic of sexual abuse. Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) is also a very important right of indigenous people in particular. It has been recognised in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and highlights the importance of respectful inclusion of indigenous people in decision making on issues affecting them. Key to FPIC is not being coerced, threatened, or manipulated, and of being informed before any decision is made. Administering the anti-HPV vaccine to underage children – indigenous and non-indigenous – without parental permission is a clear violation of FPIC, as well as potentially dangerous, health-wise.This action of the Public Health and Education Ministries needs to be stopped immediately. Parents/guardians of children nationwide, but especially in the hinterland regions where indigenous languages – not Standard English – often predominate, must not be forced to write ‘opt-in’ letters to the authorities. All information about potential vaccine side effects must be provided to parents/guardians and no child should be vaccinated without their parents’ free, prior, and informed consent. To do otherwise is to disrespect child and parental rights, and potentially harm children. Surely this is not what the caring authorities intend.Sincerely,S Nageerlast_img read more