Venus Williams reaches quarterfinals at Australian Open

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Williams has advanced without dropping a set, finding her rhythm quickly after pulling out of a tournament in Auckland and withdrawing from the doubles before the first round at the Australian Open because of an elbow problem.“It was just not ideal to start the year like this, and it was a ton of anxiety, to be honest,” Williams said of her preparation. “But really, at the end of the day, it’s about walking to the net, shaking hands as the winner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“This is where you want to be … but this is not the end-all for me. This is not the end goal.”Williams will next play No. 24-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3 in the opening match of Day Seven at Rod Laver Arena. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Defending champion and No. 1-ranked Angelique Kerber was playing CoCo Vandeweghe in the last night match.It’s a lot more crowded on the top quarter of the men’s draw, which features matches later Sunday involving top-ranked Andy Murray against Mischa Zverev and Roger Federer against Kei Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Pavlyuchenkova’s win over fellow Russian Kuznetsova left Williams as the only Grand Slam winner left in that quarter of the draw.Williams has a 3-2 edge in career meetings with Pavlyuchenkova, including wins in the last two matches.But she hasn’t advanced beyond the quarterfinal round at Melbourne Park since her loss to younger sister, Serena, in the 2003 final. Against Barthel, she won 90 percent of points when she got her first serve into play, hit 31 winners and fired four aces while not serving any double-faults.Barthel was the lowest-ranked player to reach the fourth round of the women’s draw here since 2010, although she has a career-high ranking of 23 and was consistently top 50 before an illness last year caused her slide down the rankings.“I know what it’s like to be down on my luck,” Williams said. “We’ve played a couple of tough matches before. Today I expected to have some competition.”ADVERTISEMENT Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards MOST READ LATEST STORIES Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Ortiz chokes out Sonnen in 1st round to wrap up MMA career United States’ Venus Williams makes a backhand return to Germany’s Mona Barthel during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. APMELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams has returned to the quarterfinals for the ninth time at the Australian Open, where she reached the same round on debut in 1998.The 36-year-old, seven-time major winner had a 6-3, 7-5 fourth-round win Sunday over No. 181-ranked Mona Barthel, who won three matches in qualifying and then beat two Australian wild cards and Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig in the first three rounds.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Meeks shoots, and rebounds, and saves day for Tar Heels

first_imgMeeks, the only Tar Heel who could shoot straight Saturday night, grabbed the game-saving offensive rebound in a 77-76 victory over Oregon after ice cold Carolina missed its fourth straight free throw down the stretch.All part of a career night for the North Carolina senior, who was on the bench last year when Villanova devastatingly ended the Tar Heels’ chance at a title with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIn this one, Meeks was front and center. He finished 11 for 13 to match his career high with 25 points. And he had 14 rebounds, eight on the offensive glass and none more important than the last one, which secured a Monday-night date with Gonzaga in the title game.“If it wasn’t for Kennedy Meeks, we wouldn’t have been in the basketball game,” Carolina coach Roy Williams said. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely The Tar Heels were happy afterward. But boy did they make it interesting.“I feel very lucky but that’s OK,” Williams said. “We’re one of only two teams playing Monday night.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks celebrates during the second half in a second-round game against Arkansas in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Greenville, S.C., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)GLENDALE, Ariz. — North Carolina missed the shots. No surprise there.Kennedy Meeks saved the game. No surprise there, either.ADVERTISEMENT NXT remains glorious as Roode retains title Meeks had plenty to mop up for.The rest of his team shot a brick-a-minute 14 for 55 from the floor (25 percent). Justin Jackson was one of the few to break through. He had 22 points on 6-for-13 shooting and made three 3-pointers and two free throws to help the Heels to a double-digit lead and put them on the verge of a runaway midway through the second half.Given the late lead and Oregon’s own awful shooting (37 percent), losing this one might have felt every bit as bad as the Villanova loss last year for this, a team on a mission with only one acceptable destination.North Carolina (33-6) led the entire second half and appeared poised, time after time, for a knockout of the never-say-die Ducks (32-7).Never happened. And after Keith Smith’s layup pulled Oregon within one with 7 seconds left (should Oregon have pulled it out for a game-tying 3? Maybe so.), it looked like it would come down to free throws.ADVERTISEMENT It did, and it wasn’t pretty.First, Meeks got fouled, stepped to the line and rimmed out two. But Theo Pinson got inside and batted the ball back out to Joel Berry II, who then got fouled with 4 seconds left.Berry missed both, too. But Meeks outmuscled Jordan Bell for that final rebound, threw it outside, and this ugly affair was over.“My main focus was, if Joel missed the second free throw, to hit the offensive glass hard,” Meeks said.That it came down to Carolina winning on the boards was no big surprise. This was the best rebounding team in the country this season, grabbing an average of 13 more boards than their opponents over the course of the season.Against the Ducks, the rebounding battle was even (43 each), though North Carolina got five more on the offensive glass, which resulted in 19 second-chance points, 10 more shots and, eventually, the win.“We talk and work on little things all the time,” Williams said. “You’re trying to tip it out or get a rebound. We do work on those things we do talk about those things.”Not that Oregon was lighting it up, either. The Ducks went 3 for 18 from 3-point range in the second half and had a stretch of nearly six minutes late where they did not make a shot from the floor.Tyler Dorsey, nicknamed Mr. March for his sensational shooting in the tournament, led Oregon with 21 points but scored more from the free-throw line (12) than from 3-point range (nine), where he came in shooting 65 percent in the tournament.Pinson made his first 3 of the tournament and had the first timely offensive rebound. He finished with eight points and eight boards. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu LATEST STORIES ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

After sorry loss to TNT, ROS focuses on positives heading into playoffs

first_imgTrump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were not out-rebounded and the important thing is our show of character as we head into the next round.”TNT paraded import Joshua Smith who stands at 6-foot-10 and is a gargantuan 350 pounds against Rain or Shine’s big man the heaviest of which is the 6-foot-5 Beau Belga, who weighs just 220 pounds.Rain or Shine did get outrebounded but it wasn’t too big of a margin with TNT holding a 58-55 edge. “As long as we play the same way today, I think we can beat anybody,” said Garcia. “That’s what I tell my players because we always have to think of the positives and we always have to think we can beat anybody.”For Belga, who admitted he was surprised with Smith’s prowess, the next round is still a time for optimism.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Yap owns up to missed free throws in loss to TNT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Heading into the quarterfinals with a losing record of 5-6, and still uncertain who to face next, Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia said they can’t do much but look into the positives.“We’re just looking at the positives, going into the next round this was a good game for us,” said Garcia. “We played without an import for most of the second half and the locals showed a lot of character despite us being a smaller team against TNT.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundRain or Shine import Duke Crews also got thrown out with 6:51 left in the third quarter after getting called for a technical foul.Crews had been slapped with a questionable flagrant foul penalty 1 earlier in the game. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “This game was a good sign for us, we know in ourselves that we can win so there’s no need to sulk,” said Belga. “Coach told us that we don’t have anything to lose once we enter the playoffs.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine didn’t end its campaign in the elimination round the way it wanted to on Sunday.The Elasto Painters had to rally from a 41-25 deficit in the first half only to see its comeback bid end in disappointment following a 105-102 defeat at the hands of TNT.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

JOA to mark Olympic Day with 5K

first_imgOlympic Day, celebrated on June 23, gives everyone a chance to take part in various sporting activities, and this year, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) will mark the occasion with a 5K run on June 25. Speaking at the launch at the JOA office in Kingston yesterday, president Michael Fennell said that Olympic Day is important to the 205 member countries. “We are trying to promote certain values in sports. It is important to hang on to and preserve the value of sports,” Fennell told the gathering. “Olympic values are promoted by the IOC (International Olympic Committee). The run is not about records, but values that we need in the society and not only in sports,” the long-serving JOA boss outlined. June 23 is the day on which the Olympic Movement was founded at the initiative of Pierre de Coubertin, at Sorbonne University in Paris in 1894. The 5K will begin at the National Stadium at 6:30 a.m. EVENT OVERVIEW Alan Beckford, a JOA director, gave an overview of the event. “Last year, we had 100 runners, so this year, the aim is to improve on the number of competitors. There is no cost or entry fee to compete, and we thank Puma for coming on board again,” Beckford said. “We will start with a lap at the National Stadium track then on to the road, ending at the JOA office on Cunningham Avenue,” he explained. “We have 37 member associations in the JOA and are asking the associations to wear attire representing their sport,” he encouraged. He also said that parking would be available at the National Stadium parking lots. There would be free hydration stations along the route and Suretime Ambulance would provide service. Jerry Benzwick, Jamaica Rugby Football Union (JRFU) chairman, said that “these are exciting times for sports”. “JRFU is the newest sport in the JOA, and we are encouraged by the association opening the way for lesser sports. We are looking forward to the Olympic Day,” Benzwick said in giving greetings.last_img read more

Koepka denies Woods PGA Championship

first_imgSt LOUIS (AP): Brooks Koepka is impossible to overlook now, winning the PGA Championship yesterday with machine-like precision to go along with his back-to-back US Open titles. And it still felt like he was the second billing to Tiger Woods. With roars for Woods unheard anywhere this side of Augusta National, Koepka kept his cool and ran off two birdies on the back nine at Bellerive right after Woods closed within one shot. Koepka closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory, making him only the fifth player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year. Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major. It was his seventh runner-up finish. “I played hard,” Woods said. “I made a bit of a run. It looks like I’m going to come up a little short.” Koepka was responsible for that. After wasting one chance to put it away, Koepka ran kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264. It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open. Adam Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka’s birdies. They both missed 6-foot birdies on the 17th, and Scott had to settle for third when he bogeyed the final hole for a 67. The St Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods, and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time. Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two. Dialed in on the back nine, he hit his approach to a foot on the 15th hole to get within one shot. Koepka heard it all and answered with great shots of his own, finally converting the birdies to pull away.last_img read more

Lawrence confident ahead of U-14 Challenge series

first_imgNational Under-14 coach Aaron Lawrence is confident that his team will top Group F in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Challenge series that kicks off tomorrow with a double-header at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Arnett Gardens.The young Reggae Boyz are set to tackle Grenada in the second game, starting at 4 p.m., while Barbados will meet British Virgin Islands in the opener at 2 p.m.Big AdvantageAlthough Lawrence knows little about his opponents, he believes that playing at home in the series is a big advantage.”I am satisfied with the preparation that we had with the boys coming into the series. We have been preparing for about a month during which time we played in a tournament in The Cayman Islands, and playing at home will lift the boys,” Lawrence told The Gleaner yesterday.The team has been getting valuable help from Wendell Downswell, the Jamaica Football Federation’s technical director.”The technical director has prepared a programme, and the players have adapted to it,” he shared.”The mental and physical aspects of the training have been going well. It will be tough, but we are confident we will move on from the group. We are aware that former Reggae Girls coach Vin Blaine is in charge of Grenada’s programme, so it won’t be an easy first game.”With regard to how players were selected for the tournament, Lawrence said: “We went into all the parishes with the exception of Portland and organised games, and the best players were selected.”Lawrence said that the final 18-member squad would not be released until today.National Under-14 Boys’ delegations from Grenada, The British Virgin Islands, and Barbados arrived here yesterday. The other country in the group, Suriname, are expected today.This tournament was organised by the CFU to assist member associations to assess the quality of their youth boys’ teams and also to assist in the preparation for the 2019 CONCACAF Under-15 Boys Championship.last_img read more

“Days Like Dese” Season 2 kicks off

first_img‘Days Like Dese’ — a new sitcom aired on local television channels, was initially launched with a pilot episode  in May 2017. Episodes one to six in Season One were aired from June to November 2017.At a red carpet event on June 29, 2017, at the National Cultural Centre preceded the airing of episode one.Season two consists of six episodes, which began airing on September 7 and will continue until the end of November. Two episodes will be aired per month on eight channels.The new airtimes will be Fridays at 20:00h on Atlantic Cable, Fresh Channel 1;  Saturdays at 20:00h on NTN-69 and 20:30h on TVG-28; Sundays at 19:00h on HBTV-9 and 20:30h on HGPTV-67 and Mondays at 18:30h on Cable26/Ch77 (Berbice). It will also air at 19:00h on MTV-65.Because of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League cricket tournament being aired on NCN 11, the programme will be aired on  Saturday, September 15 at 20:05h instead of September 16 as per schedule.“Days Like Dese” is produced by GEMS Theatre Productions, written by Randolph Critchlow and directed by Randolph Critchlow and Gem Madhoo-Nascimento.The actors in episode one are Nuriyyih Gerrard, Mark Kazim, Simone Dowding, Kirk Jardine,  Rajan Tiwari,  and Simone Persaud. Joining them in the second episodes are Ron Robinson, Lavonne George, Makayah Smith,  Safira Abrahim-William, Mark Luke-Edwards,  Brian Goodman, Olivia Rodrigues, Paul Budnah and Joel Ghansham.“Days Like Dese” is a 30-minute sitcom that delves deep into the daily lives of a diverse ‘socially responsible’ middle class Guyanese family — the Rupauls. The sitcom inspects and highlights the intricacies of family and community interactions through blurred racial and social lens.The sitcom through its intentionally diverse and mixed casting intends to remind us of how connected we really are as Guyanese. The Rupaul family exists not only in a racial blender but a social and generational one; as we get to see how the youth and the older folks try and sometimes struggle to bridge the generational and social gaps.Viewers will feel connected with this family as they journey with them, traversing terrains that may sometimes be considered controversial but always palatable. It is family oriented with a lot of educational information mixed with the comedy.last_img read more

50 years later: oh well, read on if you wish…

first_imgI received a rather interesting email message recently from someone in Toronto I think deserves mention at least to jump-start this piece. The email stated that the single biggest obstacle to progress in Guyana has been the PNC now APNU. The PNC party has never won a fair election on its own.For those of us who lived under the PNC, the aforesaid comment is nothing new but a sad reminder of a not too distant past. But those who were born just before 1992 and are currently the majority population, this history needs to be told to them at least on the eve of 50 years of colonial emancipation dubbed fancily as independence. Guyana seems to be stuck in-depends.For about 28 years, the PNC stayed in power through rigged elections, intimidation, suppression and brutalization. Now, the full repercussions of the illegal PNC regime have yet to be fully assessed, particularly by those who supported it, particularly by those who have returned to power under a different guise, particularly by those who are willing to forget the past.One thing is absolutely sure about PNC rule in Guyana. It moved the country backwards for at least fifty years with regard to human development with the most obvious being in education and health care as well as the suppression of various forms of freedom. This is when Guyanese, especially Indians, began to distrust government. This is when racial tensions in Guyana escalated. This is when mass migration in Guyana spiraled out of control. This is when the good reputation of Guyana took a nosedive. Tell me, how can a country recover from this experience?One does not have to hold a PhD in political science or ethics to be convinced if the Jagans had ruled Guyana half of the time the PNC did, Guyana would have been a better place today. The Jagans were young and full of energy. They were decent and honest. They had always put Guyana first. They had the support of most of the people. They had their faults. They knew their limitations. Cheddi Jagan never mastered the urban Euro-Creole language, Guyana’s national language, because he identified more with his rural support base.The Jagans never had in their blood to suppress the Guyanese people as much as the PNC did for the sake of power. Arguably, the Jagans would not have rigged elections. Over time, they would have been more open to power sharing with the opposition. Walter Rodney would have been alive.Before May 2015, any writing on the PNC was a futile exercise, a waste of time. But since the old guards of PNC are back in power, so do the analyses of grave concerns that have reached worrying heights.Rhyaan Shah observed impressively that the President and his gang have turned Burnham party paramountcy into personality paramountcy. Her perception is spot on. She is bright.The gang of ageing men in the coalition regime, and more so from the AFC entourage, are encapsulated in the drunken chalice of power. This gang is guided, guarded and governed by not the duties of leadership but rights of leadership. This gang is intellectually lazy.When your name is David Granger, Moses Nagamootoo, Khemraj Ramjattan, Joe Harmon, Raphael Trotman, among others, then certain things come easy: a good salary, a safe and secured place to live, a good health plan, a good vacation package, and a ticket to fly out of Guyana any time.But when you still have the above names certain questions are difficult to answer: How come the nation is at standstill? How come the economy has slumped since last year? What are you going to do about the crime situation? When are you going to deliver?By far, the single saddest event in post-independence Guyana is the denial of Cheddi Jagan’s right to govern Guyana for nearly three decades. Jagan was probably a dictator of the Indian proletarian, awkward, infatuated with communism, and the like but he should have never been denied the right to govern by a clique of political animals.Can you imagine if things were reversed? This is where Jagan is unmatchable. He was never wicked, never violent-oriented, but was considerate and careful about the Other in the pursuit of power. Jagan remains a victim of political apartheid in the Caribbean.I do hope during the fifty years of wining, dining and sporting, Jagan can hear these words in his grave from the Almighty. Come home my native son, you have laboured amongst the beasts of beasts. You are tired. Come and nestle into my arms so that you will feel the flow of my blood in yours. They are warm. You are safe. Your people are safe. Your children of all race and ethnicity in Guyana will someday taste the milk and honey that was denied to you for about 30 of the 50 years independence (lomarsh.roopnarine@jsums.edu).last_img read more

Deliberately obtuse…

first_img…on sovereignty of people caseLooks like the “sovereignty case” that was just upheld by the Appellate Court is like a Rorschach Test for Guyanese politicians and their lackeys in the media. You know… that test that makes the subject look at an ink blot that was squeezed between the fold of the paper to form a random, but symmetrical shape – and has to say what he “sees”. It exposes what’s on people’s minds. For instance, what may look like an elephant’s trunk to some, may look like a penis to another.Right off the bat, the then APNU/AFC opposition and their media dubbed the case – when it first appeared in the High Court before Chief Justice Chang – as the “third term” case – even though who may run for the presidency included four categories. Your Eyewitness finds it rather tiresome to keep enumerating them, so he demurs. Obviously, these folks were so scared of Bharat Jagdeo they’d become paranoid and saw him under every bed! Even their bed!!Jagdeo wasn’t even involved with the constitutional challenge that insisted power to change the fundamental nature of the Constitution lies with the people. He was simply in one of the four categories of citizens that were excluded from running for the presidency – through application of the principle and thereby fundamentally restricted the people’s choice. The APNU/AFC combined and their media supporters just refused to see the constitutional forest – not just for the citizen trees – but only for the Jagdeo tree!And even though the Appellate Court once again identified the forest – there are some politicians who’re stubbornly stuck in the Jagdeo tree. Like ex-Speaker Ralph Ramkarran. Ramkarran, who comes up with the disingenuous assertion that the PPP’s against more than two terms for any Presidential candidate – because he carried that spear TWO DECADES ago. Even though he’s a Senior Counsel who’s supposed to be familiar with the fundamental constitutional issues, he avoids the wider gaze and hones in on the “two-term” aspect. Is he so bitter about Jagdeo he would undermine whatever legal credibility he’s earned over the years?But he’s too clever by half. He calls for a referendum to decide the issue – and forgets two things flow from his suggestion. If the Government goes down that path, it‘ll be accepting the republican nature of our Constitution runs so deeply, many other changes will be forthcoming to return “power to the people”!!Secondly, because of their own dubbing the issue as “third term”, any referendum on this constitutional issue becomes a referendum on Jagdeo.In this climate, he’ll win hands down!! All smart flies end up on……on SARA’s clear and present dangerAnother individual in the public space who stands in danger of undermining his credibility is Dr David Hinds, who has his support to the SARA Bill: “If I must make a choice between stamping out corruption and chasing away a few investments, I will choose the former. That is why I am squarely behind the SARA initiative. Despite some of the concerns, in the end the country benefits from the initiative.”But it’s not that simple, is it? Hinds dismisses criticisms of the powers given to SARA’s Director Clive Thomas as because while it’ll “hurt some of the economic and political elites, it will help the working classes of Guyana.” But it’s not as if Dr Hinds doesn’t know the elephant in the room. This was objected to not only by the PSC – who can be said to have some skin in the game – but by TIGI, GHRA as well!!They’re concerned the powers given to Thomas would exceed King Kong’s.Isn’t Dr Hinds?…Sectoral CommitteesGoolsarran wants the PAC to scrutinise “State agencies” more rigorously. But the PAC, by definition, investigates after any unruly horse would’ve bolted the stables.What’s with the Sectoral Committees? They’re supposed to scrutinise in real time.last_img read more

Playing…

first_img…the race cardWhen you’re a two-bit, wannabe, tin-pot, Third-World dictator and you’ve run out of options to defend your illegal hold on power, what do you do?? Well, if you’re David Granger trying doggedly to walk in the footsteps of your dictator-mentor Forbes Burnham, you play the race card!! If patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, race is the last refuge of the ersatz dictator!!Stung by the Ambassadors of the US, UK, and the EU observing that his government was in “breach” of the Constitution for not proclaiming elections by September 18, and unless he does so pronto, they might just stop helping, he lashed out at them last Sunday. He’s skipped Church to address some core supporters gathered under the banner of the “International Decade for People of African Descent”. Said he:“Some of the authors of that crime against humanity have never apologised, have never paid reparations. They can pick up every comma and every semicolon, but they have never apologised for the crime they committed for four hundred years. Any of you know of whom I speak, you know who brought you here; never apologised but now they try to correct other people.”So, let your Eyewitness get this straight. Just because some Europeans once enslaved Africans to work on our plantations, this means they have to be quiet about the PNC – which is supported predominantly by African Guyanese – when they are violating the Constitution? So it was OK for those same Europeans to chastise the PPP Government of Donald Ramotar – whose supporters are mostly Indian Guyanese – when he dared to use a prerogative of the Constitution to stave off a NCM? It had to’ve been, since Granger and his PNC cheered lustily when the then British Ambassador did the chastising!!But what does he now say to the latest condemnation of Mr Granger’s constitutional indiscretions: “The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, urges the President of Guyana and all relevant stakeholders and institutions to restore constitutional rule in Guyana by immediately setting an early election date in consonance with its constitution, enabling elections to be held without further delay… In this regard, and in accordance with the ruling of the CCJ, a general election in Guyana is now constitutionally overdue. A general election should be held in accordance with the unambiguous constitutional imperative to do so.”Baroness Scotland is originally from Dominica and has proudly identified with the Caribbean. For what it’s worth she also evidently shares a common racial ancestry with Granger. Is she also disqualified to chastise Granger’s constitutional trespass?And for what it’s worth…the US fought its bloodiest war to abolish slavery, and sent none here. They get no credit?…the foolDavid Granger is really contemptuous of his supporters. He keeps regurgitating the patent falsehood about why he didn’t call elections by Sept 18. Said he: “This decision is not whimsical. I must be advised that the Elections Commission is in a state of readiness to conduct elections. It would be reckless of me to name a date for the holding of elections without ascertaining the Commission’s readiness to do so.”Now the US, UK, EU, Commonwealth, Christian Churches, Hindu Mandirs, Muslim Mosques, and the Opposition have all condemned Granger’s outlaw behaviour…so his only redoubt has to be the PNC faithful! But they also have to know that in our parliamentary democracy, the party in power can call “snap elections”…meaning without any prior warning to anyone. All he has to do – according to Art 61 – is dissolve the National Assembly and set a date three months hence.GECOM can THEN only balk (Art 162(2) and set a new date if they can show “hardship” or “danger”.…his name and natureOne obviously miffed ex-AFC supporter, who was obviously betrayed by his leaders after their opportunistic pandering to the PNC, wailed: “How low can Nagamootoo go?” Well, not lower than a snake.Which is what his name “Naga” means.last_img read more