UAAP Starting 5: Week 7

first_imgThe Final Four is slowly starting to take shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Center: Issa Gaye (NU Bulldogs)Well Ben Mbala can’t have all the fun.As the reigning MVP struggled, Issa Gaye took advantage and became the top man in the middle this week. Gaye averaged 15 points on 45% shooting, 10 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks to lead the Bulldogs to a 1-1 week and 4-6 overall.The NU big man capped off his week with 22 points, six rebounds, and six blocks in a win over University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Mbala still produced respectable numbers this week putting up 15 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks against in the Green Archers’ 80-74 win over Adamson University but Gaye got the better of him this time.Forward: Alvin Pasaol (UE Red Warriors)Alvin Pasaol first reached superstar status when he torched La Salle for 49 points in University of the East’s penultimate game in the first round.And that scoring spurt was no fluke.The burly forward averaged 27 points and 12.5 rebounds this week as the Red Warriors split their two games and improved to an overall 3-7 to stay in the Final Four race.Pasaol closed off UE’s week with a 32-point, 13-rebound performance in its 73-64 win against University of the Philippines and scoring 14 fourth quarter points in the processForward: Santi Santillan (De La Salle Green Archers)Santi Santillan is often overlooked in the loaded frontline of La Salle especially since Mbala and the equally imposing Abu Tratter get the recognition.This week, however, saw Santillan prove that the Green Archers can rely on their lanky forward to get them out of sticky situations.The Soaring Falcons were basically going tit-for-tat with the Green Archers on Saturday but Santillan heeded the call to put La Salle on his back.  Santillan scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half as he helped La Salle take an 80-74 victory.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)J-Jay Alejandro became the walking manifestation of a stat sheet this week.NU’s veteran wingman flirted with a triple-double in both of the Bulldogs’ two games this week.Alejandro averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, and 6.5 assists.Guard: Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers)Ricci Rivero has risen as one of La Salle’s main options.Of course there’s still Mbala in the middle but Rivero can provide the same scoring punch the big man regularly brings.In La Salle’s lone game this week, Rivero put up 17 points to lead La Salle to an 8-2 record. Honorable mentions: Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Juan Gomez de Liaño (UP Fighting Maroons)The rookie has proven that he can ball. In a game where the UP starters scored just a combined 17 points, Juan Gomez de Liaño put the Fighting Maroons on his back. Gomez de Liaño put up 22 points, 10 in the fourth, in a losing effort against the Red Warriors. Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto is clutch, there’s no other way of going around it. The Blue Eagle showed his chops in Ateneo’s 76-75 win against La Salle this season and he displayed it again in the second round. Nieto willed Ateneo to a 70-59 win over Far Eastern University scoring 14 points and pulling down six rebounds.What impressed the most was Nieto scored half of his total points in the fourth quarter, two points shy of matching FEU’s total output in the period. 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Exporting Guinea’s Iron Ore through Liberia: Great Economic Integration Opportunity

first_imgIt has been long in the making, but is finally here.  Finance Minister Amara Konneh announced last week that an agreement had been signed between ArcelorMittal and Sable, one of the companies mining iron ore on the Guinean side of Mount Nimba.Liberia, which borders Guinea, has an existing rail link to the Buchanan port in the Atlantic and offers a far shorter export route from deposits such as the giant Simandou project and Mount Nimba in Guinea. This is vital for mines to be profitable.The rail line is currently operated by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker.“ArcelorMittal is open to the multi-use of the rail because it is enshrined in the mineral development agreement signed with them. The government of Liberia would like to use its rail as much as possible for economic integration that is going to benefit both sides,” Minister Konneh told Reuters.“So this year I will be travelling between Guinea and Liberia bringing all the stakeholders together so that we can close this deal (between Sable and ArcelorMittal).” The Guinean government has so far granted permission to export through Liberia only to Sable Mining (SBLM.L), which is aiming to start production in 2015 and hit 5 million tonnes per year output after that.To allow more companies to use the line, more works need  to be undertaken to expand the rail’s capacity.Adding a second rail line is also an option, the Minister said. There is a short and direct route from the Guinean mines to the Port of Buchanan, making it far cheaper than shipping the ore all the way to Conakry,  the Guinean capital.This agreement will benefit both Guinea and Liberia.  Guinea will gain faster and cheaper means of shipping its iron ore to world markets; while Liberia will earn modest financial resources from the cost of shipping the ore throughLiberia on its railway.  This is a win-win situation for economic integration between the two sister countries, who are both members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and, closer home, the Mano River Union (MRU).  There are vast iron ore deposits in Guinea’s Mount Nimba; so the deal promise a long term means of cooperation between the two sisterly nations.This deal has been long in the making.  Discussions began between the two nations in the 1980s, following the death in 1984 of Guinea’s first President, Ahmed Sekou Toure, when the government of PresidentConteh began eying the exploitation of the Mount Nimba ore.  But that politically and economically chaotic decade in Liberia, that swiftly led to the civil war, was clearly no time for such serious bilateral deals.Does this teach anyone in Liberia today a lesson about the importance of political stability—especially those who, because they have differences with the present regime, have been calling for regime change?  Who doesn’t have differences with this government? Could such an agreement as that sealed last week have been possible in such a chaotic environment?  Who would enter any agreement with people they do not know and in an atmosphere of instability?The promise of economic integration between Guinea and Liberia is further enhanced not only by the possible installation of another rail line between Mount Nimba and Buchanan.  Rail transportation could open avenues for other forms trade, such as agriculture and timber. Minister Konneh has already hinted to the possibility of a second rail line to accommodate other companies mining in Mount Nimba.If carefully planned, the rail between Guinea and Liberia could also include passenger transportation, making it far easier for Guinean and Liberian market women and other businesspeople to traverse (navigate, pass through) the two countries. This would be yet another boost to economic integration.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more