first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working LATEST STORIES Robby Celiz dropped 20 points despite his 5-of-14 shooting for Zark’s, while also contributing five rebounds and five assists.Jerome Ferrer chipped in 12 markers and 10 boards, while RR de Leon had 12 points and five rebounds in the second straight defeat for the Jawbreakers.The scores:CIGNAL HD 107 – Cahilig 15, Jose 12, Potts 10, Perkins 10, Villarias 9, Bartolo 8, Atkins 8, Raymundo 7, Sara 6, Arong 6, Arboleda 5, Sumalinog 5, Bringas 4, Batino 2.ZARK’S BURGER 69 – Celiz 20, De Leon 12, Ferrer 12, Argamino 7, Mangahas 5, Nalos 4, Sheriff 3, Juruena 2, Cayabyab 2, Cariaga 1, Cudal 1, Bautista 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak 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 View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Raymar Jose set the tone for the all-out assault with 12 markers and 17 boards, while Jason Perkins and Davon Potts both nabbed 10 in the game to improve Cignal’s standing to 2-1.The Hawkeyes raced to a 10-2 lead and never looked back, pouncing on the hapless Jawbreakers as they extended the lead to as high as 43, 94-51, with a Dan Sara jumper with 6:10 remaining in the payoff period.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 groundThough scoring another rout, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the game should serve as a lesson for Cignal moving forward.“We just have to be ready. We’re falling to a lot of bad behaviors that we shouldn’t do. Our games are back-to-back and we’re playing tougher teams after this. We should be wiser in the coming games,” he said. Quarters: 27-15, 49-28, 80-43, 107-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Andreas Cahilig. PBA IMAGESCignal HD easily dispatched Zark’s Burger, 107-69, to score its second win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Andreas Cahilig took advantage of the blowout, unleashing 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists to topscore for the Hawkeyes.ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Former pro Salvador hopes for one last shot at PBAlast_img read more

first_img HELP IN DEVELOPMENT President of the IAAF Sabastian Coe said despite his busy schedule, he is happy to be in Jamaica to see sprint superstar Usain Bolt compete in his last race on home soil. Coe, who along with his son, Harry, arrived in the island yesterday, also lauded Bolt’s coach, Glen Mills, for his outstanding contribution to the sport over the years. “It’s never a sacrifice to spend time in Jamaica, and I am so pleased to be here today (Friday). I am also delighted to be among close friends,” said Coe following his arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport yesterday. “I have got to know all of you extremely well in the last few years,” he said. Coe added that Bolt has done a great deal for the sport and so deserved all the honours that he has received. “This is an extraordinary career that is coming to a close and we are very excited, of course, that career will close fittingly in a World Championships stadium and if you look at his record everywhere and everything he is done, he has been the first and the best,” Coe said. Coe, who won four Olympic medals, including the 1500m gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984, said Mills has done a lot in helping to develop the sport of track and field. “I am the product of world class coaching, I owe a lot to my coach, my father and the teams that he put together. I know that there will be many, many wonderful and quite fitting things to say about Usain over the next few days, but let me just place on record my thanks to you, Coach Mills,” added Coe. “Behind every great athlete, there is a great coach, and we are particularly proud, Coach (Mills), that you have been a part of the IAAF family since 2006, where you have been working for us and with us, and helping us understand and promote the status of coaching,” Coe stated. “Coaching under my watch at the IAAF will always be accorded the highest status,” he said. Coe was met yesterday at the airport by Minister of Sports Olivia Grange, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association Mike Fennell, Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association; and coach Millslast_img read more

first_img The PLCA said it had ‘advanced or forwarded to the JFF the entire outstanding sum due to the referees and their assessors after this sum was duly reconciled with the said referees/assessors.’ The association also said that it has written to the JFF making what it believes to be a ‘fair and workable proposal’ to resolve the grant to be paid to MBU. However, it declined to go into details about what was proposed. “As a matter of principle, the PLCA cannot disclose the details of its proposal until it is discussed by the parties,” the release said. The PLCA also asked the JFF to lift its postponement of the commencement of the RSPL so that the competition can start on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Meanwhile, JFF presidential candidate Michael Ricketts said that the matter needs to be sorted out as quickly as possible as football is suffering as a result. “It is extremely unfortunate,” Ricketts said. “I am hoping that there’s a speedy resolution to the issues preventing the start of the premiership.” Ricketts’ presidential opponent, Ambassador Stewart Stephenson, however, refused to comment on the matter. The Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) is moving to resolve the problems which have forced the postponement of the start of the 2017-18 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season. The RSPL was set to start on September 3, but the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) stepped in and delayed the kick-off . It (JFF) pointed to administrative failings on the part of the PLCA which needed urgent remedy. Among the items listed was the failure of the PLCA to deliver grants to Montego Bay United (MBU) equal to those received by other teams which participated in the 2016-17 season. The JFF also pointed to the more than $4 million owed to referees and other match officials for work done last season. In a statement released by the PLCA yesterday, the body said that it is working with the JFF to reach what it described as an “amicable resolution” to these issues, to allow for the start of this season’s RSPL. Outstanding sums advancedlast_img read more

first_img Interestingly, he said,”I still haven’t decided what’s my favourite event.” Though he has excelled in the one-lap event, he confessed, “I started out in the 400m, and I love the 400m, but sometimes, it’s just very difficult.” He gave these insights not long after he delighted fans and amazed himself in the 100 metres at the Jamaica Under-18 Invitational on June 30 at the National Stadium. Known for his prowess in the 200 and 400 metres, Taylor breezed through a special 100-metre race in 10.11 seconds to match the national junior record set by Yohan Blake in 2007. “It’s an amazing feeling,” the 18-year-old Taylor said after quashing his personal best of 10.44 seconds. “I came out here, and I equalled the national record in an event that is not my main event,” he remarked. He leaves this week with the Jamaican team for the World Under-20 Championships, which begins on July 10. Though he is now the fastest Jamaican junior of all time over 400 metres, Christopher Taylor of Calabar High School has elected to run the 200 metres at the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland. Taylor says he has made the choice because he has already won a World title in the 400m. However, it doesn’t mean he prefers one event to the other. Speaking last Saturday at the National Stadium, the 18-year-old explained: “I looked into myself, and I said I have a Youth title at 400m already. “I want a title at the junior level in another event, so I picked the 200m.” He was referring, to 2015 when he crossed the line first in the 400 metres at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia. The decision comes as a surprise because he won the one-lap race in a Jamaican Under-20 record of 44.88 seconds at the National Senior Championships on June 24. That run, which lowered the Akeem Bloomfield standard of 44.93 seconds, makes Taylor the fastest in the world in the Under-20 age group. The 2018 Calabar High track and field captain is also the world Under-20 leader at 200 metres at 20.35 seconds from the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. No slouch in that event, the slim speed merchant is the 2017 Pan-American Junior champion and reigns as Carifta champion as well. Favourite eventlast_img read more

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls completed a 3-0 series whitewash victory over rivals England Roses after their 58-43 in game three of their three-Test Lasco Sunshine Series at the National Indoor Sports Centre last evening. The victory was the second straight series win for the Jamaicans in over two years after their 2-1 series in England in 2016.The Sunshine Girls came out firing in the first quarter with captain Jhaniele Fowler-Reid scoring eight straight goals as the Jamaicans took a 16-10 lead at the end of the period. The Jamaican defensive unit which comprises of Kadie-Ann Dehaney, Stacian Facey, and Jodi-Ann Ward was also impressive for the Sunshine Girls as they combined to shutdown the Roses attacking unit. The Sunshine Girls were also very dominant in the second stanza as they outscored the English girls 14-11 for a 30-21 lead at half time. Reid was also very impressive for Sunshine Girls as she dominated the Roses defenders on her way to scoring 11 goals in the quarter. The Jamaicans, who are ranked fourth in the world, two places below the Roses in the world rankings, increased their lead in the third period as they outscored the Roses 16-13 for a 46-34 lead at the end of the stanza.Reid, who is rated as the best shooter in the world, had an excellent third quarter for the hosts as she scored 15 of the Sunshine Girls 16 goals in the quarter. The Roses proved no match for the Jamaicans in the fourth quarter as they were outclassed at both ends of the court. Reid top scored with 42 goals from 46 attempts, and she received support from Shanice Beckford, who netted 12 goals from 17 tries. Georgia Fisher was the leading scorer for the Roses with 24 goals from 28 attempts.last_img read more

first_imgTURIN, Italy (AP): Mario Mandzukic often scores important goals and he did so again as he helped Juventus to a 1-0 win over title rivals Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia yesterday. The imposing Croatia striker headed home in the 66th minute after Inter had missed a couple of golden opportunities as Juventus continued their seemingly unstoppable march to an eighth successive Serie A title. Juventus have an 11-point lead over second-placed Napoli, which host lowly Frosinone today. Third-place Inter are now 14 points behind Juventus. Paulo Dybala had the first chance of the match but headed Cristano Ronaldo’s cross over the bar after drifting into the penalty area. Inter had two great chances in quick succession. Mauro Icardi did well to hold the ball up and pick out a good run from an unmarked Roberto Gagliardini, but his scuffed finish came off the inside of the right post. Moments later Icardi and Ivan Perisic both went for a Matteo Politano cross and ended up colliding with each other. Juventus began to take control and Marcelo Brozovic had to desperately slide in to block Rodrigo Bentancur’s effort. Veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini scored his first goal in two years in last week’s 3-0 win at Fiorentina and he almost got another one, but he headed the resulting corner narrowly over. Juventus finally broke the deadlock when former Inter midfielder Joao Cancelo put in a delightful cross from the left for Mandzukic – who netted in the World Cup final defeat to France – to nod in at the far post. There was more positive news for Juventus, as midfielder Emre Can came on late on for his first appearance for the Bianconeri since October 6, having undergone surgery to have a thyroid nodule removed.last_img read more

first_img…or severed?Oh well! Your Eyewitness predicted it would happen, didn’t he? The Government announced that the oil sector, now the largest chunk of our “Natural Resources – and growing uncontrollably, like Topsy! – won’t be under “Nassau” Trotman’s portfolio. But when this newspaper announced the AFC/PNC insider was “stripped” of authority over oil, the MoP got their drawers all into a knot and demanded a retraction!!Now your humble Eyewitness is always ready to learn from anyone, no matter how idiotic they may sound initially. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings and all that! So he immediately rushed to his trusty dictionary (well nowadays, he just hits the search key on Google!!) and there was the accepted meaning of “Strip”: deprive someone of (rank, power, or property) – “the lieutenant was stripped of his rank”;  synonyms: “take away from someone, dispossess someone of, deprive someone of, confiscate, divest someone of, relieve someone of.”So wasn’t Nassau “deprived” of the power to deal with matters concerning oil? Just like that time he was “deprived” from the leadership of the AFC and immediately announced he was retiring from politics because he’d suddenly developed an (undefined) life-threatening illness?  Of course he underwent a miraculous cure when PNC-leader David Granger offered him the Speakership over AFC’s nominee Moses Nagamootoo. But that is neither here nor there! Except one would want to know if the miracle occurred before or after “Nassau”!!So is it a semantic objection to the verb “strip”?? Would “deprive”, “denude”, “dispossess”, “divest”, “decorticate”, “hive off” etc, be more acceptable? But we know what’s going on here, don’t we? The word “strip” suggests the powers over oil were taken away against Nassau’s will – as in “wrest”. But the line the PNC want’s to push is Trotman himself came up with the idea to “slough off” (?) what’s now the most critical power in Guyana!! So he’s not quite the ogre the big, bad media’s making him out to be!! Look how he’s sacrificing for the greater good! Ooooo!But that’s the rub, isn’t it? Why would Nassau want to jettison (?) his oil authority if he were doing such a fantastic job?? After all he did DOUBLE the royalties and locked down that MASSIVE bonus, didn’t he?? But dear reader, your Eyewitness did say it was simply a feint to remove Nassau from the firing line and it’s all a “cock”, didn’t he? And he advised we look at what’ll unfold.Well, it’s even worse than your (jaded) Eyewitness feared. One fella in the know says the PNC leader will have his nephew run the oil agency!!A new Baby Jesus and it ain’t even Christmas!!…to the buffHow’d you know the measure of a man? Not by what he declaims from a stage…but by what he does in unguarded moments. Or when he loses his cool. Take the erstwhile Public Security Minister and Vice President of our fair Republic – Khemraj Ramjattan. At the function to honour the departing COP whom he’d just sandbagged by revealing the man has asked himself for a gun-dealer’s licence – he was asked about the details. Ramjattan finally ejaculated, “Haul yuh ass!!” That evidently shocked the assembled media corps who’ve now demanded an apology.There is a God!! When this same Minister routinely answered reporters from this newspaper by the same, low-life, low-down expression, no one gave a hoot. Well now they’re getting a taste of the fetid medicine – and some more! Seems some stronger “words of excrement” were hurled earlier at a senior reporter, and he’s all miffed!Your Eyewitness looks at these things contextually. Firstly, Ramjattan was under strain after his rejection by his “fellow” Berbicians.Then, he’s just a bottom feeder!!…of I and ISome unkind and ignorant folks are snickering at (now) former CoP Seelall writing to himself for that gun and gun dealer’s licence.Don’t they realise I-man always refer to himself as “I and I”??last_img read more

first_img…by IMF about oil moneyThe IMF, like most international agencies, work with governments, and as such, have to be diplomatic in their pronouncements. So when they warned the Government not to rush into spending the oil money when it starts flowing in 2020, they couldn’t come out and bluntly say it’s because they’ve concluded most of it would be “siphoned off” into the pockets of friends, families and contributors of the Government! So they instead said the “management systems” need to be improved!!Now, this “management system” to deal with pilfering from the public purse was introduced since the beginning of the new millennium. It’s called the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP), and was in place when the PNC and its soulmate, the AFC, accused the PPP of “siphoning off billions and billions”. So, after three years in office – and innumerable audits — the Government hasn’t closed any loopholes there might’ve been, that allowed the said pilferings??Well, clearly, the IMF doesn’t think so…and from the amount of chicanery going on at all levels, the people also KNOW so. A billion here (D’Urban Park Stadium) and a billion there (pharma contracts) and pretty soon you’re talking about real money!!And the two circumstances – the drained treasury and the coming money spigot – aren’t unrelated. The latter has caused the former. The Government types are so excited about the oil money – and more to the point, what they’ll do once they get their grubby little paws on it – they’ve let the present economy go completely to the dogs. We’re sliding fast into what everybody and their uncle warned about once oil was struck – Dutch Disease. But don’t tell that to the Government. It’s all about getting a (big) piece of that oil money.Now, on the spending, several Government big ones are talking about plunking the money into “infrastructure”, but we’re getting mixed signals on this. The Finance Minister’s talking about PPP – naaah, not their political nemesis, but Public/Private Partnerships — for mega infrastructural projects, but others are pushing the oil money. After what the Government’s doing on the first PPP Guyana tried – the BBCI — they’re whistling in the dark if they think anyone will partner with them!! So we’re back to the oil money.Now, everyone with the least experience with oil has pushed the idea of a Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to receive the windfall funds and invest them wisely, then using the returns for development. But the Government will never go for this. Why? They won’t be able to get their sticky fingers on the money!!…about the Case of the Vanishing Haitians and CubansBack in the day – after Columbus and his cohorts had “discovered” the West Indies — within half a century, the native Tainos and Kalingas (Arawaks and Caribs) had disappeared. And that, of course, is why most of us were brought in to fill the (labour) deficit. But it seems like history’s repeating itself in our dear old Guyana – in which the only significant population of “Indigenous Peoples” survived, but with a twist.Here, it’s been discovered that since the Government took office, thousands of Cubans and Haitians have entered Guyana and suddenly DISAPPEARED!! What’s going on? No one seems to have an answer — especially the Minister of Immigration, who seems to disappear every time questions are asked on the subject! Is there a Black Hole somewhere in Guyana that’s drawing the folks into our country and sucking them into an alternate universe?Or is it payback time for the original genocide?Surely, it can’t be related to padding the electoral rolls?!…addressedYour Eyewitness may’ve earned a reputation for being a cynic on governmental operations. But never let it be said he refused to give credit where – and when – credit’s due.The just-opened up West Coast Highway is of First World standard!!last_img read more

first_img…up the PNC ladder?After a marathon counting exercise of just 828 votes, which took almost 8 hours, Volda Lawrence was elected Chairman of the PNC/R. While it may seem your Eyewitness is a “male chauvinist pig” for calling Ms Volda a “Chairman”, he’s only going by the designation in the PNC’s Constitution. Maybe Lawrence, as the first female Chairman, can initiate steps to make the position more gender neutral. Obviously, even though the Constitution was revised in 2009, it doesn’t appear up to then that a woman might become “chairman”.But what exactly does the Chairman do, to generate such a spirited fight for the position?  Under Rule 20, “FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE CHAIRMAN”, the PNC Constitution declares a bit sketchily: (1) “The Chairman shall preside over, and be responsible for, the conduct of the meetings of Congress, General Council and Central Executive Committee, and may (be assigned) other duties by the Central Executive Committee. (2) The Chairman shall also represent the Leader on such occasions and at such functions as the Leader may direct.”That doesn’t seem to warrant any big sturm and drang, does it? But it all becomes clear when one looks at Rule 19 (1), which stipulates: “If the office of Leader becomes vacant due to death, incapacity, resignation or other circumstance, the Chairman shall assume the functions of the Leader for the time being.” With Granger just reminding us he’s seventy-three (remember him giving away 73 bicycles for his last birthday?)…biblical-minded persons like Volda in the PNC would know he’s now exceeded his “three score and ten” allotment.But the PNC elections were interesting for other reasons than whether Granger might be kicking the bucket anytime soon – and thus raising the question of succession. There was the stinging rebuff of Attorney General Basil Williams, who received a measly 183 votes as opposed to 346 for Lawrence and 287 for Joe Harmon! Williams had used his bully pulpit to flaunt his “bully” credentials, which he obviously thought made his a “real” PNCite.Was Lawrence’s trouncing of him suggesting her less confrontational approach was more acceptable to the delegates? They remembered her implicit reprimand to “I is” Broomes’s Basil Williams-like bullyism? Personally, your Eyewitness had placed his bets on Joe Harmon, who appears to be quite a pragmatic fella – a useful quality in a fractured society like Guyana! But he was “double-banked”!!However, at long last women — always the backbone of the PNC — are insisting on some recognition for their critical party work. The first Vice-Chairman was also a woman – who trounced old-time, rough-and-tumble PNCite Aubrey Norton.Sadly, the male leader remains constitutionally paramount over all!! Next time?…to FloridaYour Eyewitness saw Andre Russel express frustration over the Tallawahs “home games” scheduled in Florida. He complained it felt like playing in Guyana!!But with 300,000 Jamaicans in South Florida, why not bring them out to the ball game??last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Last Thursday afternoon, on my way to pick up my children from their school which is located in Subryanville, Georgetown I encountered quite a hullabaloo on Sheriff Street with heavily armed City Constabulary ranks milling about, lots of heavy-duty construction equipment and machinery present an the demolition of a section of a business underway.Leading the charge of this ‘break down’ exercise was none other than the Town Clerk Royston King, surrounded by a retinue of bodyguards and other municipal officials. This was the second time I had such a revolting experience, as not so long ago, I also witnessed first-hand a similar destructive exercise again personally led by King, that time it was removal and proposed cutting up of some swimming pools that were located on Ixora Avenue in Bel Air Park.My first question is why does King, the Administrative Officer of the Council, find it necessary to take charge of everything personally? Should such an exercise, if deemed necessary, not be supervised by the City Engineer and/or the Head of the City Constabulary or their subordinates? Why does King like to micromanage so much?Does he have a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), or is he sending out a message to the businesspersons that ‘the buck stops at him’ in the most literal sense and therefore they have to talk to him and no one else for their salvation.My second question is why are they being so selective in correcting purported faults in the city, when there are dozens of very glaring faults and breaches in each and every ward of the city for years now. This is discriminatory and counter-productive. By their own admission they said through large full page and full colour fancy newspaper ads that they would be tearing down 52 derelict buildings which are in a ruinous state and pose a danger to occupants and members of the public beginning October 5 last year. They may have pulled down two with the remaining 40 waiting to crash to the ground injuring and killing the occupants and innocent passers-by. Maybe they don’t have an axe to grind with the owners of those buildings or the owners come to an amicable settlement with certain officers of the Council. By the way, we don’t see any of the Council’s ruinous buildings, including City Hall appearing on that list of 52, but they should.But isn’t this present City Council willing to stop King from usurping the responsibilities, mandate and authority of many of the Council’s senior officers, such as those of the City Engineer, Medical Officer of Health, Clerk of Markets, etc, in this march of madness? Or will they allow him to continue running around town, chasing vendors from one place to another, selectively breaking down structures, building presidential parks, putting down parking meters on streets that are not even under the purview of the Council, increasing fees, fines, rents and taxes.They are failing the citizenry that elected them!Sincerely,Debra Gibsonlast_img read more